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Life After Bariatric Surgery

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hi everyone. Just dropped by to let all know that my surgery went well. I'm 2 weeks post op and feeling great. Left hospital at 220 lbs and now down to 211. It will be a slow battle, but I didn't gain it overnight. I am still having to force myself to walk or's just not something I enjoy. Guess I have to beat that excuse.
Well, it's hot here in Florida, so today I am going to the pool to walk in it. It's harder, and I don't walk near as long, yet it's better than setting here on my can surfing. Wish I had a walking buddy.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/14/2013 4:39PM

    Good luck to you!! Glad everything went well. Jeannie

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PONYFARMER 7/13/2013 5:47PM

    Good for you. The key to exercise is to find something that you enjoy. I hate to walk due to my 2 really bad knees, but I have a dog and believe it or not a new kitten that is a year old who loves to walk with us. Focusing on them keeps me not thinking about the walking and I enjoy it.

You can do this, you will find something you like to do, and I hope someone you can do it with. That helps a lot.

Keep up the good job so far.

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ELAINEANNE1 7/13/2013 2:45PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss, you must be feeling excited. Pity that I am too far away from you to be your walking buddy as I could do with one too.
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TUBLADY 7/13/2013 2:22PM

    Glad you are doing well.
I walk in the pool often or water jog.
On a hot day it feels really good.
My best to a continued good recovery and weight loss.
Take care, Be strong., stay positive.
Tisha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/13/2013 1:50PM

    Glad you are doing OK Have a great day!


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EMMACORY 7/13/2013 1:45PM

    I like to walk in the pool also. We have a water treadmill where I go and I use that when I can. Glad you are doing well post-surgery. emoticon

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Finally have a surgery date...yeaah!!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Hi Friends. Well thank all of you that commented on my last post, and all comments were very supportive...exactly what I needed. Thank you.
I finally was given the date: June 26...only 17 days away! Yikes.

On Thursday I start the pre-op diet. This is very rigorous and it will be a HUGE challenge for me. I have never fasted in this way before in my entire life (and I am not very proud of that). So to go 2 weeks with only liquids will be the highest mountain I have ever climbed.

Has anyone ever done this? I wish Spark had a weight-loss surgery group.
Well, please pray for me as I know God is the only power strong enough to give me the will power I will need for this marathon.

I'm going to do my BEFORE pics this weekend in a 2 piece swim suit....Oh won't this be hilarious! Well, my husband suggested it, as he said it will motivate me. And I said "just keep the whale harpooners away from me! Just joking. I love my fat body just as I will love my skinny body. I just am not much on showing skin.

Love you all. Thank you for all the encouragement..

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/9/2013 4:02PM

    Annie, I think there are several SP groups for surgery weight loss support. Try searching a number of different ways, as often some will come up with different names even if it isn't exactly the type of surgery you are having. Good luck to you! Looking forward to hearing how you get along and for your success story! Hugs, Jeannie

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/9/2013 11:26AM

    Good Luck to you, I will be praying that you can do the juice and you will do great with the surgery too.

Can't wait to see those pictures!

Hugs, Gail

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LKWQUILTER 6/9/2013 7:44AM

    Wishing you the best of luck and praying for you too. ((HUGS))

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TOWHEE 6/8/2013 11:53PM

    I went to the Spark Teams page and put in the search word "surgery". There were 24 entries. One of the teams is probably what you're looking for. By the way the first time I tried it I entered "weight loss surgery" and got several hundred hits.

I hope you find the support you are looking for.

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NANCYPAT1 6/8/2013 10:46PM

    I haven't had the surgery - have some friends who have - some great success stories, others not so great - there are those who will talk or blog about it but not sure there is any "official" group on here. I know there are LOTS of people I have encountered who have been there and done that. Post a message as a new thread in one of the message boards - make your title clear and others will flock to the post - expect some negative comments but you will find some who can help you and support you through this.

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BARBARASDIET 6/8/2013 3:48PM

    good luck.

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The Big "BS'' is Coming Soon

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hi Friends. Just returned from 2 weeks in Kansas where grandchildren were graduating all over the place! 3 high school, and 1 college. With all that celebrating, I was sure to gain 5 or 10 pounds. Yet the naked truth is, I only gained 1 pound. So not too bad.

Well, incase your wondering what the big BS is = Bariatric Surgery. I used to think it was the easy way out of this "fat suit" I am lugging around on my body. However, now that have started all the testing and classes, I realize that this is NOT EASY. It's actually overwhelming. I am definitely committed, and my insurance and medicare are on board with it. Should happen in June. I will keep everyone posted.

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RETURNTOTHIN 5/30/2013 4:41PM

    I talked to a lady on Sunday who had bypass a year ago. She is very conscious of what she eats and works at her healthful eating all the time. I agree with Jill.... be sure to stay here or with another group to get the support you need. Nothing is magic....

Seriously, according to your weight ticker you weigh 212.... I have to say, I hope you change your mind.... you are almost "there" without the surgery. I'm not far from that weight.... and short too.... but don't look to bad..... emoticon

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JILL313 5/30/2013 11:28AM

    Gaining only a pound while attending Graduation celebrations, parties is great in my book. . .I do know weight loss surgery is a serious step and I'm glad you've thought it over well and are attending classes now and I hope you gi ti a support group after the surgery as that would be great for you.. I know people that have been very successful taking the weight off after it but I also know people that about a year later were right back to where they started before the surgery. As you know it's not "magic" and it still takes eating very small meals and healthy food and exercising. emoticon Wishing you good luck and success.



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ELAINEANNE1 5/30/2013 10:26AM

    Thank you for the advice it sounds good to me. Re the holiday it looks like we will not be going because of my husbands depression, I will help as much as can but he won't even try.
I have subscribed to you blog.
All the best Elaine

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NANCYPAT1 5/30/2013 7:03AM

    Good luck with your surgery

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IOWAGRAMMA 5/29/2013 6:55PM

    Good luck and best wishes! The classes and counseling before AND after are critical to your success. I'm pulling for you!! Jeannie

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TXMEMAW6 5/29/2013 6:28PM

    Congratulations! Only 1 pound is a real success. I went to a family reunion over the Memorial Day weekend and regained 3 pounds. I've got to get serious about this program if I'm ever going to succeed. I haven't looked into bariatric surgery, but my cardiologist keeps telling me that I need to do it. Maybe some day, but right now I'm still trying to do it on my own. I wish you much good luck with your surgery and I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you go through it. Please do keep us posted on your outcome. Hugs, Sharon

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Dear Life

Tuesday, February 12, 2013



Could you also please stop giving us Mondays?

Hello Monday. Today is a good day to recommit to being sober and sane. My journey to the skinny me was interrupted by all sorts of excuses, like holidays, trips home, moving and all sorts of other ridiculous things life throws at us. Well, I am not a quitter. So life, put that in your pipe and smoke it!

This morning I woke up with pain in my shoulder so bad it brought tears to my eyes. I must have pulled a muscle. Anyway, it reminded me of how my mom used to always say to "offer pain up in penance for ones sins". (she was such a good Catholic) To her suffering was a blessing, a gift, like money in your pocket to pay for sins. So maybe she was on to something. If we have to hurt, why not get something for it…like redemption. In thinking of it that way, it does become more tolerable. Maybe God has given mankind a certain prescribed dosage of pain each day (complements of Adam and Eve) and he just sprinkles it on us like salt and pepper. Maybe today is my turn to pay some dues. Anyway, Mom, if your reading this in heaven, two things; First, Isn’t there something more interesting to do? Secondly, is Dad there? No, I’m kidding. Of course he is. Just a little chuckle. (Mary got it.) No,seriously... secondly, I ask for faith in me. Fat people are good people who just are not thinking clear about what’s good for them.

Anyway, today is is a wonderful day to be alive and I feel confident that my higher power is with me. This weekend I recommitted to a group I used to belong to called OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS. It’s a very successful group of strong people who share their strength and hope with each other through phone calls, meetings, and literature. It’s nothing like a diet club. They don’t talk about food and restricting calories. They focus on a higher power to use to seek will power. It resonates with me totally. As I have all the information about how to eat right. I totally get the calories-in verses calories-spent equation. I think most fat people do. We are not idiots, right? We just are folks who can justify our indulgences with all kinds of excuses. Believe me, I am the queen of justifying a chocolate addiction as if it were a narcotic.

Well, today I am going to be conscious of what I put in my mouth and seek my higher power for a little help here. Today I am 218 pounds of woman. Actually, two women…a skinny one wearing a fat one over her like a big overcoat. And it’s going to suck when summer gets here. Love you all.
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KELLYTHEFIT0710 2/21/2013 4:46PM

    Hi Annie,

Love your blog! emoticon I am so proud of you for going to OA and working on yourself through the steps, developing a relationship with your Higher Power. He is the answer and will help when we ask for it. We just have to work it! emoticon I recommitted myself to Spark this morning and I thank you for keeping it simple for me and reminding me what it's really all about! Blessings to you on your journey! Kelly emoticon

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SEASHELLANNIE 2/15/2013 2:30PM

    Thank you for commenting. Always helps to hear from other sparkers.

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CARLANNIE 2/13/2013 9:32AM

    I love your comment, "Fat people are good people who just are not thinking clear about what's good for them." Now I know the truth. Glad you have found a good group of people to share this journey with. We can do this! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 2/12/2013 12:59PM

    Annie, I loved your blog today. It's funny, but spoken from the heart and so very true! Good luck to you and to me and to all of the friends who will be conscious of what we put in our mouths and say good-bye to all the excuses that don't work any more! Hugs, Jeannie

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If You Are What You Eat...I'm Becoming A Celery

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It’s “Diet Philosophy Day”. I have always believed that we become what we think about. However, I didn’t put {food} and {ideas about food} together in until this diet. I honestly never really thought this much about my food choices before. I just ate whatever was easy. This blog has really forced me to think about stuff I used to think was obtuse…like what sort of junk I stuff in my mouth. Boring. And another weird thing is that I've noticed that on the days that I blog....I lose, and visa versa on the days that I skip blogging. Go figure.

Even if no one ever reads this blog, it still helps me to sort out my inner feelings and beliefs.

1.One idea that has shaped my life came from my second oldest sister. Back in 1965, I was worried about being a good mom. My big sister said, “Sweetie, just FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT" (and I thought, Oh, I can do that!) .
2.Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” .
3.My favorite quote by Will Rodgers,“A man will be about as happy as he decides to be.”

I understand that I can’t fake myself skinny, or think myself skinny, but I can decide to think like a skinny person when I shop and when I nibble.

I’m trying to create modifications to my thinking to make hunger an attractive feeling. Today folks use the term “mod” to refer to modifications (i.e. changes) to software, just as we now use the term “app” to refer to applications we download to our software. Well, I need an app or a mod to change the way my brain thinks, especially when I’m feeling hungry. I want to see “diet hunger” as “fun” and “feeling alive”. I want to crave celery and carrots. I want to be addicted to health instead of sugar. Where’s the app?

From my blog:

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SAINTBETH 7/26/2012 10:36AM

    Great ideas! I gorged with fresh strawberries yesterday, so I'm becoming a strawberry. But when I logged my nutrition, I found them surprisingly low in calories.

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/26/2012 12:30AM

    Me neither, No craving celery or carrots. If you figure out how to make us cravy those thing, please let me know but I think I might have to turn into emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticons My doggie loves carrots, comes running every time he hears us get the veggie peeler out.
Hugs Gail I enjoyed your blog.

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IOWAGRAMMA 7/25/2012 10:21PM

    I don't think I'll ever crave carrots or celery, but one never knows. I do know that in the evenings, which used to be my worst time, I have come to appreciate that tiny bit of "hunger" feeling that I get. I tell myself that it is my body using some of the excess that I've stored over the years and is working in my favor! Usually it works and it is getting easier. I hope things are going well for you! Keep up the hard work--it really does pay off!! Hugs, Jeannie

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