SparkPeople Beyond Gastric Bypass Team Messageboard A support group for people who have had gastric bypass and need support to keep them on the road to good health. Surgery doesn't guarantee success! SparkPeople Beyond Gastric Bypass Team Messageboard Hello? Is anyone out there? Thought I would check. Maybe we are missing some great chances to help others. I am 2-1/2 years out from gastric bypass, went from 224 to 124, but had a knee replacement with complications in Feb and didn't really start back to exercising until the middle of August. I gained 10 pounds and that's why I'm back. My husband had his bypass 6 months after mine. We were lucky to have each other for support! <BR> <BR> I would love to help and encourage anyone I can. I can offer meal suggestions, ju... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:20:20 EST Newbie Hi: <BR> <BR> I am 1 month out from RNY surgery and have lost 27 lbs. so far. I'm ecstatic with the weight loss, but I'm having issues with water and food. I hope I can get some tips here that will help. <BR> <BR> Thanx. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:40:05 EST Hello! Hi!! My name is Krista. I has the surgery in July of 2004! Wow! Where does the time go!! I lost 110#! I have gained 35# back. <BR> Keeping track of what I eat on Spark really helps me!! <BR> Hoping to lose the 35# and some! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:37:39 EST Plateau help I had GBP surgery in Oct 2011. Since then I have lost a total of 112lbs. For the last three months I have not lost one pound. I have not consumed sugar for the last two weeks and I gained a pound. I exercise nearly daily. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG????? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:13:05 EST Getting beyond the plateau. Help please! I had GBP surgery in Oct 2011. Since then I have lost a total of 112lbs. For the last three months I have not lost one pound. I have not consumed sugar for the last two weeks and I gained a pound. I exercise nearly daily. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG????? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:09:32 EST Getting beyond the plateau. Help please! I had GBP surgery in Oct 2011. Since then I have lost a total of 112lbs. For the last three months I have not lost one pound. I have not consumed sugar for the last two weeks and I gained a pound. I exercise nearly daily. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG????? Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:08:54 EST Embarrassed to admit having had surgery! Am I alone in feeling embarrassed to admit to friends, family and Co-workers that I had bypass surgery? It has been some years since the surgery but the same year I had it I had at least two other surgeries. My hubby and I decided to keep it a secret. I'm not sure if we feared reproach or my failure but we only told maybe ten people. I'm not sure that was such a good idea now. If I had announced to the world my intentions then I would have had something to live up to but since the world was u... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:33:53 EST Soup!! While wanting to decrease my calorie intake while keeping my proteins and veggies up.....I forgot how wonderful and low calorie homemade soups can be. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a huge pot of homemade chicken and veggie -- equal part chicken, celery, carrots, and a whole can of canned tomatoes, and a slice of onion in a pot with chicken bullion. I just added pepper and thyme for flavor. I added a tiny bit of water, but wanted this soup to have very little broth. Wow! Delicious! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:36:08 EST Protein intake to lose weight again I am 8+ years post bypass and over the last few years have gained back 35 lbs., mostly from change of eating and exercise and TRACKING intake. :-( <BR> I remember post surgery I was doing very high protein, like 80-100 gr. per day. Does anyone have experience with how much to do when we are post surgery and want to lose weight again. Know if I do too much it can interfere with kidney function. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:20:25 EST Hello I'm more than a year out from having WLS and have lost over a hundred pounds. Now the hunger is back, I'm getting lazy and I see the slippery slope. I'm hoping SparkPeople will help me fixate on healthier options for food, exercise and lifestyle. Is anyone else having to face this issue, or is it just me? <em>237</em> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:44:18 EST Had my surgery September 6 HI there. I had my surgery last month, the hardest decision I have ever made. For the most part I'm doing ok, but I know this is a tool, not a solution. It's important to me to communicate with those that have been down the road I am travelling and help me keep on the right track. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:04:21 EST started gaining i am 6 years out and for the last year i have been gaining weight can someone tell me how to stop this from happening?? will mention i have 5 kids 2 are 22 month twins so i dont have alot of time... which might be the Sun, 18 Aug 2013 13:21:12 EST hello my name is liz I just had the sleeve done on & 6 2013 and looking forward to the life ahead Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:24:03 EST Introduction Hi I am not new to spatkpeople but new to this Team. I am starting the pathway and looking for a way to find good information and help. I saw my surgeon yesterday and he seemed to be leaning towards the sleeve but I was thinking more on the lines of G bypass. I would like to know your thoughts on this. What do you think is a better idea? Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:01:29 EST No judgement please just support <BR> I have gained 20 lbs after my daddy died last July. It is hard for me to get enough water in me. I exercise a few times a week. With so many life changes my eating has been mindless. My son is finally getting all the services we have asked for. Everyone is fine and I look around and I have gained 20 lbs. I dont eat fast foods. I dont eat junk. I eat a lot of raw cashews and nuts. <BR> I dont drink enough water...I stay dehydrated...My supplements are taken daily and my labs are perfect... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:19:20 EST Introduction... Hi, I had my gastric bypass on Christmas Eve 2012. I'm starting back to logging my meals and exercise here. :) Was 247, currently 190. I decided now is the time to start logging my meals all over again on here instead of just a notebook. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to finding new ideas, friends and support here. And hopefully I can help some one out there too. Have a fabulous day!!! :) Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:57:50 EST Prospective Sleever Hi <BR> I just started the process to get surgery for Weight Loss. Not totally sold out yet but very much considering having this drastic weight loss procedure done to me. I have had it with living like a yoyo dieter. I am 59 years old and have allot of weight related issues/illnesses. I am a Type II Diabetic on Insulin, Sleep Anea, HBP, High Cholesterol, Knee (had 1 TKR), Back & Hip Problems that affect my mobility & sleep which all of these issues make me tired of living because it af... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:42:06 EST Questions about Diarrhea Is it normal for someone who has had the RNY Gastric Bypass surgery and their Gall Bladder out to have Diarrhea and Tummy Cramps everyday? <BR> <BR> Channing Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:59:38 EST Hello Everyone I am new here. I had The RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery done in July of 2012. I am looking for email pen pals that have had the RNY Gastric Bypass that will answer short letters with questions like for example: <BR> 1. Do you have any pets? <BR> 2. do you like music? <BR> 3. What type of music do you like? <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:58:08 EST Introduction Hi , I am new here. I had RNY gastric bypass on 09/18/2006. I lost 145 pounds down from 298 pounds. I reached my goal weight after 14 months and maintained until 2010.when my marriage ended after 19 years together. I gained 25 pounds. I have lost 13 of the 25 pounds. I am sort of stuck and looking to get remotivated to get back to my goal weight.My eating is okay but I am in a exercise rut. Looking for support from others who have also been through WLS Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:09:45 EST Help!!! Hi my name is Sheri I am 43 years old and I recently had a gastric bypass. I weigh 187 and hoping to lose even more. If any of you can help me as far as learning new recipes of things I am able to eat I would really appreciate it. Im still a little new at this. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sheri Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:47:48 EST I need a jump start May 11/2011 I had 4 mini strokes within 10 days, drs didnt want me exercising because I kept passing out. was put on steriods for 8 months. after the bypass I lost 135lbs. in the last year or so 34lbs have found me . I need a jump start. get back the motivation I had before the mini strokes. I was told there is a way to get a fresh start ... jumpstart... I could use some help and info. I do not want to gain any more weight... that is for sure! <BR> Lisa Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:03:52 EST Hi I am new to this Hello, <BR> I am new to this and so excited to join a support group for the gastric bypass. I had my surgery April 9, 2012. Right now I am 18 pounds away from my first weight loss goal and cant wait to achieve it! At times I feel really great and sike myself up to make it through this life change that I chose and other days I get so discouraged because I feel like I havent lost anymore weight or not doing everything right. A couple of my friends had the same surgery but sad to say they are ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:39:50 EST Rekindle the Weigh Loss Excitement Hi Every One, <BR> I am now entering my 8th month after surgery. My motivation is still very high. Summer has been especially good because I can enjoy the fresh fruits and veggies that are so plentiful. Walks in the early morning and late at night are especially pleasing to me. I hope you are still feeling the feeling of success that the surgery has afforded you. <BR> Let me know how you keep the excitement going. <BR> Cat Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:12:20 EST Hello~New Member looking for support Greetings from beautiful San Diego! I am 2.5 years post-op and stalled in my weight loss 6 months after surgery. I know EXACTLY what happened...I started drinking soda and snacking. Since then, I've told myself a hundred times that I need to get back on track...but of course, I never do. I'm done just talking about it. Now's the time to do it. Going to go back to the basics. I've heard that I can "reset" my pouch with the 5 Day Pouch Test, and basically retrain my stomach and my brain to kn... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:43:37 EST Hi I'm sort of new here. Still in my first month, and really don't know how to get friends. So here is my post. I am happy to be here. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:49:11 EST Intro Hello, I had my gastric bypass in January 2006. I started at 277 (i am 5'5"). I have been as low as 155 and I weigh 164 now. I need a little bit more motivation now than I did when I first had my gastric bypass. I'm glad to be here. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:47:06 EST Intro Hello, I had my gastric bypass in January 2006. I started at 277 (i am 5'5"). I have been as low as 155 and I weigh 164 now. I need a little bit more motivation now than I did when I first had my gastric bypass. I'm glad to be here. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:45:37 EST New to the group Hello From MN ! I am so excited to find this support group! I have been trying to get back on track with my bypass and have been struggling to get some positive long term movement on the scale. I am hoping there are others who can support and give thoughts on how to get to my long range goals. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:34:12 EST Post-Op and it feels so good :) Good day everyone! Hoping to get a nice support forum here. I had RNY- Gastric Bypass August 19, 2011 and I do NOT regret it in the least. In fact, I think I would be in a world of hurt if I never had this done. I started at 230lbs and currently weigh 156. (I am VERY short so that is why my weight is lower than most... I get a lot of weird looks when I tell ppl my starting weight). I feel "stuck" currently and have began a gym membership with a place called Planet Fitness. My husband is going... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:52:31 EST New here but not new to WLS Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined SP and found the group. It really looks like the right group for me. I had an RNY 10 years ago. Initially I got my weight down to 190, but have since gained back up to 230. Ugh! I can't consume the same amount of food that I did 10 years ago before the surgery, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> After joining SP yesterday and seeing what I should be eating (calorie number) and am just shocked at the amount. I haven't counted calories since the surgery and... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:31:10 EST Getting Ready...Just Waiting for My Op Date I am 55 years old and ready to begin a new life. I have been reading some of the forums and it makes me nervous that so many people have gained back a lot of their weight. I would love to befriend someone who can help and support me through this. This must work for me and I feel I am ready to commit to this. I live in Ontario Canada. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:45:19 EST My zoo keeps me going My name is Brandy and I am a 30-something married woman in the Philadeliphia suburbs. My husband's name is Joshua. I adore animals and rescue all my babies: <BR> Victoria Elizabeth- 11 year old tortiseshell cat <BR> Andre Pascal- 4 year old turkish angora cat <BR> Rebecca Lynn- 4 year old mini lop rabbit <BR> Ghirardelli Square- 6 month old mini rex rabbit <BR> Cinderella Lu- 5 year old mini satin rabbit <BR> Houdini Muppet 1 year old english angora rabbit <BR> Barnum & Baily- 4 year old gerb... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:25:50 EST Just starting out Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I had my surgery on 12/15/11, just for days ago. I'm back home now and trying to get on top of my eating/drinking schedule. Its hard to get in my protein because I'm not really that hungry. But I'm forcing myself to take sips all day long. <BR> I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself now because I'm certain that I'll need support as time goes on. Right now things seem pretty easy, I don't have an appetite and I'm fine with people eating around me but I know that... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 14:15:55 EST Almost 8 week post op update Hi everyone, <BR> Just wanted to stop by and give you all an update on my progress. I had surgery on Oct.25 of this year, next Tuesday will be 8 weeks so I'm a few days early with this update. I havent been on the board in a while and wanted to drop a few lines. <BR> <BR> I've also been home sick with strep throat. Let me tell you that I've been in bed for 3 days. Really high fever, soreness, pain etc... I feel that my body is too fragile at this stage of my journey to fight anything like th... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:03:58 EST Scary I have been reading a lot of the posts and I see that people who are out more than 2-3 years have gaine d weight back, while I am teetering back and forth about ten pounds, I am struggling with food issues and a tiny bit of depression, how can I combat that feeling that I just don't matter? I have been praying and keeping my faith pretty steady. I know that I am a daughter of God my father, but I can't seem to shake the overwhelming feeling of blues. Maybe it's the holidays, but I have decide... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:41:12 EST Weight Watchers after gastric bypass weight regain Wondering if anyone who had gastric bypass and regained some weight tried weight watchers point plus to lose? any good/bad information would be appreciated...I have gastric bypass 4 yrs ago and have regained 30 lbs...wondered if ww would work for me. thanks for your feed back...:) Tue, 27 Sep 2011 06:50:55 EST Hi My name is Kelly and I am almost 3 1/2 years out from gastric bypass. My life has changed a lot since then, including losing both of my parents. It's getting harder and harder to stay true to what i know in my head, but it's not my stomach that is the problem. It's my head fighting itself. I'm not hungry, I just want to eat. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:37:43 EST HAVING EATING PROBLEMS ONCE MY HUSBAND TOOK A JOB IN FL I DIDNT WANT TO COOK SO I JUST EAT CHEESE PREZT AND WATERMELON NOTHING ELSE WORKING OUT IS HARD FOR ME BECAUSE I'M JUST GETTING OVER HAVING BACK SURGERY SO THERE IS A LOT I CAN'T DO BUT NOBODY CARES ALL I HEAR IS YOUR NOT WORKING OUT LIKE YOU SHOULD YOUR EATING VERY WELL BUT THERE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT I DON'T GET HUNGRY I HAVE TO FORCE MYSELF TO EAT WHEN I DO WORKOUT I FEEL LIKE CRAP Sun, 4 Sep 2011 13:18:21 EST Hello Everyone Hey everyone!! I had my surgery on 6/29/11. I have lost fifty pounds with twenty more to go. I have been on SP in the past and really enjoyed it! I'm starting my exercise program on Monday(woo hoo, school starts). I went to the gym about a month after my surgery and had a hard time with stomach pains, etc. My friend, who also had the surgery said it may have been gas pain. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from occuring everytime I go to the gym. I also had some questions abo... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 06:54:15 EST I need Help. First I am not trying to make any excuses, but explain what the heck is going on with me and why I need Help!! I had RNY on 4-09, got an infection from a back surgery that I had a week later, that wasn't expected .(had a tumor removed), I spent 20 days in the hosp, and didn't get any adequate protein. Then ended up on antibotics for 8 weeks, and was so weak and out of it, I couldn't do anything. Then my body wouldn't accept any protein, I threw up everthing that we tried to put protein in. ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:15:29 EST Structured Menu Pos-op Does anyone have a structure menu that can be used to track? <em>4</em> Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:07:29 EST First Day Hello, I had gastric by pass surgery on May 25th. On my day of surgery I weighed 270 lbs. Today I weigh 237 lbs. I am so stressed that my weight loss is not on par with others who have had the surgery. I hear others saying the weight just melted off but I don't feel it is melting off me. I lost 19 lbs in the first 2 weeks but only 14 in the next 3 weeks? <BR> <BR> I am only eating about 375 - 475 calories a day as that is all I feel comfortable with, otherwise I get a little nauseous. ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 18:19:20 EST Hello Hello, This is my second time with starting the Spark People plan. I had my GB 5 years ago and did really good for a couple years (I got past my goal weight.) Then things started to happen that were out of my control and I started gaining weight. I gained 72lbs after losing over 175. There is nothing worse than seeing something you really needed and wanted slip through your fingers. But I am trying again and doing ok so far. I lost 6lbs on my own the past couple weeks and I've lost anot... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:40:55 EST my intro I have fallen off the "band wagon". I am not following the plan my surgeon and I agreed with. I'm from the Seattle area and have moved away from my support group. I had a medial Feb. 2000. I am fairly healthy and have few issues, compared to those before me. I do have anemia issues. I had iron infusions over Christmas 2010 and, as of Apr 2011, I have had my first normal blood work for Iron and B-12 deficiencies since 2005. Is this a problem for others? B-12 & Iron? <BR> <BR> I do not rememb... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:52:24 EST Pre Surgery weight loss help! I can't get weight off... THis is my second time going through this processes. I was denied once. Now I need to lose the weight and I can't gett it off this time! How did you all get the pre surgery weight off? Sat, 23 Apr 2011 20:26:22 EST Hey Guys!! I'm excited to be here! Hello Everyone, <BR> I am so glad to be here. I have been a member of sparkpeople for a little while, but have not done anything with it. I was just "clicking around" to check things out. <BR> Well, I am finally at a real Pre-op stage. All of my paperwork is in and I finally have a date! <BR> April 20th starts my new journey on being healthy. <BR> I have to start my 2-week high protein diet next week, April 6th. Does anybody have any suggestions for great high protein choices? <BR> I am glad ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:03:31 EST Need Help On Planning My "Goal Trip" Ok, so as of today, I'm at 148.2, only 3.2 lbs. away from GOAL! I have decided to reach my original goal first before I decide whether I want to revise goal and go lower. A friend on here suggested that so that just for some reason I don't get to a lower revised goal that I don't feel like I've failed. Because I will have reached everything I set out for and that is a HUGE accomplishment and not to sell myself short. That sounds very wise to me, because I HAVE reached ALL the goals I hav... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 07:29:20 EST New to team Hi I am new to this team and spark people. I had my surgery Jan. 11, 2011. I am having a hard time with what foods I can eat and getting exercise. I get so wore out so quickly. I am finding helpful tools on the website, I hope they will help me get to my goals. <BR> <BR> thank you for reading. If you want to know more just ask. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:56:43 EST getting stuck I have been away for several days and wat I noticed is that I "cheat" more when I don't have someone or something to be accountable to. Weird. But, pretty much have stayed between 1200-1500 calories and am exercising at least once a day with either strength traing or cardio, sometimes both and have not lost one single solitary pound....:(, any suggestions? I had gastric bypass in April of 09 and am 40#" from goal weight. Total weight loss to date is 225#'s. Thanks, Heidi Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:27:54 EST Glad I'm not alone So glad to have found this. My name is Eileen and I will be 37 in a couple of weeks. I had Open RNY on November 4, 2003. I had started at 271 lbs. 8 months after my surgery I got pregnant with my first son. After being told "it will be impossible to get pregnant" my husband and I wanted to try for a while before starting the adoption process. Well, viola, pregnant the first month we tried. I lost weight 6 months during the pregnancy then gained. After he was born I got down to 150lbs (f... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:37:05 EST helloo!! Hello everyone!!! I'm a newbie to this team, not to sparkpeople... I had Gastric Bypass on January 13, 2009. Originially lost about 105-110 lbs. I was using sparkpeople for a long time before the surgery, but never really committed to sparkpeople afterwards because I didnt know how to adjust the calories... <BR> Thats when I found this team! I am ready to take control back! I havent really gained back any weight , but I never lost as much as I wanted to. :/ a little depressing. <BR> So here... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:49:20 EST Hello I am 1 year and 4 months out and I had my first gain over Christmas. I don't want to gain my weight back I actually feel like doing things with my family and having fun with the kids. It is a challenge everyday not to eat the wrong things, it is hard. I have lost 149 pounds but would like to lose around 25 more but first I need to get off the 5 I gained over the holiday. UUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!! Does everyone else struggle? <em>240</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 23:43:31 EST Greetings from Colorado Thanks for letting me joing your group. I need help so that's why I'm here. I had Gastric Bypass surgery November 2008. I lost over 100 pounds in about 6 months. Since Janaury of this year, I have gained back about 50 of it. I'm sick again all the time having problems with my breathing (asthma) and was just diagnosed as being prediabetic. I hope that all of you here can help me get back on track and give me suggestions to get back on track. I'm hoping I'm not "too far gone" to be healthy agai... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 21:03:16 EST Christmas Cookies HELP I fell in the Christmas Cookies (HOME MADE and I'm the one Making them with the kids)and I cannot get up. Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:06:46 EST not on track I have tried to get back on track twice already. I`m so afraid I will put back on all the weight I`ve lost. I have already gained back 12 lbs. My surgery was in 2005. I was really thrilled and had no problems. I`m still trying to buy healthy but, hubby,( who also had the surgery) Is also gaining again will not read labels and still buys what he wants. which makes it hard to stay on track.I need help big time. Also I never got to my goal weight. <em>46</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:10:46 EST hello from kristyn506 I have a family member considering weight-loss surgery. <BR> <BR> While I think that he is a prime candidate and this will be beneficial to him, I just want the opinion of real life people who have gone through it. <BR> <BR> I know one woman personally who had complications, but I don't want to base my opinion on one person's experience. <BR> <BR> What are some challenges you've faced related to the surgery? How did you deal with them? <BR> Most of all, is it worth it? <BR> <BR> *(If this... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:35:48 EST Introduction Hi, My name is Rayne and I had my surgery almost 5 years ago (11/18/05). Since then, my weight has fluctuated up and down while I have looked for a comfortable weight and while I got way to comfortable and fell back into old habits. Well, today was my first day back on the horse because I have 37 gained pounds to lose. Just wanted to say hi to everyone and let you know I would be happy to buddy up with anyone who needs support and is willing to offer it as well :-) <BR> <BR> ~Rayne Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:38:41 EST I'm sorry I have been away I'm sorry about not posting in so long, I have been having many life problems lately, but hopefully I am back on track (at least fo now). I will try to do better. Thanks for understanding. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 22:54:51 EST Popcorn: Friend or Foe? i just had RYN 3 weeks ago .. and altho i'm barely starting out eatin soft foods.. i'm goin to the movies today with my son since my operation.. typically i'd have some popcorn.. altho i know its to early for that.. i'm wonderin .. coz i heard from a coworker .. are we allowed to eat popcorn after RYN or is it no longer tolerable? Please let me know if some of you have been able to eat it afterwards.. :) Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:22:57 EST surgery after surgery I had the gastric bypass surgery on May 11th, 2009 and everything was going good until Sept 21, 2010 when I started having real bad pain and went to my local hospital (Holy Family in Methuen Ma.). They didn't know anything about the gastric bypass and kept telling me that I didn't need surgery and wouldn't send me to the hospital where I had the bypass. Well needless to say I did need surgery for an internal hernia. They finally did send me the the other hospital after 4 days of really bad pa... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 19:50:13 EST Back to square one I just responded to the last post thinking I was introducing myself. Earlier I wrote all about myself on my page and lost it all because I tried to upload a better photo. One of those mornings. If you want to know more about me...look at my reply to INTRODUCE YOURSELF. I'll write more on my page later today. Mon, 4 Oct 2010 10:28:14 EST Protein Bars I am two weeks out from Proximal Gastric ByPass, feeling ok but hate the protein drinks. Freedom on Monday I can then start eating soft food. I did pull a muscle in my stomach so recovery is a bit slower. <BR> <BR> At my support group they say they switched from protein drinks to protein bars to boost their protein intake. It will be a few weeks before I can eat protein bars but I like to do my research early. <BR> <BR> I have looked at a lot of protein bars but most are higher in carbs ... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 01:06:28 EST Drinking Water? Hello Everyone.. new to the team.. excited to be here.. i'm getting my surgery done on the 29th of September.. 2 of my co-workers just recently had it done they look great so i'm excited.. but i do have one question and concern.. 1 of my co-workers said it hurt for her to drink water.. then they other said that indeed you do have some trouble at first with water.. is this true? i dunno if i misunderstood them.. but has anyone had any issues with drinking water after surgery? i'm worried coz t... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 16:31:57 EST How far out are you from surgery? Please tell us how long ago you had surgery, and share if you want what has helped you along the way. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:13:04 EST Support group insights Did you go to a support group and learn something you think we all should know? Then post it here! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:10:59 EST Foods that keep us on track Hi! Here is where we can post ideas on what food we tolerate well and keeps us hitting our protein intake goal, recipes, food exchanges (substitutes for other foods we shouldn't or can't eat), and anything else related to food and beverage. Have fun! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:08:49 EST Hi Everyone I just joined SP and this team today. I had gastric bypass surgery this past January and have had great success. I do lots of exercise and walking. Hoping to make some new friends who can relate to the new lifestyle. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 17:28:05 EST 5 year Anniversary is F-A-S-T approaching.... Does anyone know if we're supposed to set a follow-up appointment with our surgeon? I'm concerned my GP isn't ordering the right blood tests and haven't been able to get in touch with the surgeon's office. They don't answer the phone or email and the VoiceMail box is always full. Any suggestions?? Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:53:04 EST New -- Surgery will be Sept 3 I have a question in my preparation for surgery and life after surgery. I am on the pre-surgery liver shrinking diet now. <BR> <BR> The surgeon wants me to keep a food log after surgery. Is there any software program for Microsoft Vista (nice if it also has an online component) that you recommend? Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:44:23 EST You know you're on the right food track when... Your mom says she made vegetarian lasagna for dinner and all you can ask is "NO MEAT?" She says, "No MEAT. No Pasta. Low fat cheeses." You say, "NO MEAT!?!?!?!?" and bust out laughing. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of that line from Aunt Voula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when she's told Ian is a vegetarian. For those of you who don't know, it goes like this: <BR> <BR> Toula says "Ian's a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat." <BR> <BR> To which Aunt Voula replies "What do you mean he dont eat no m... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:00:35 EST how do you take your medications? I have meds that I still need to take. I open them and put them in applesauce to take but that is just so gross. <BR> <BR> Do any of you swallow capsules or pills? They gave me the whole thing in the hospital but I don't know if I should swallow them whole since they changed alot of them to liquid. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering if any of you take them whole. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:32:54 EST Artificial Sweetners...are they all OK? I have also posted this in blog form but thought I might get more responses if posted this in the forum. <BR> .... <BR> After the dentist today, I took my daughter to Panera for some lunch. We each got the half sandwich/soup combo. I ate about 1/2 of the sandwich (so 1/4 total) and we ran into Walmart. Once I got home, I had the tortillia soup (minus the tortilla strips) and did have a few sips of the unsweetened tea. 5- 10 min later I was sick in the stomach and had a headache.......not exac... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 20:34:41 EST New to Team :) Hi everyone. My name is Mia. Hubby Larry and I have been married 8 years as of July 12 and we have two little girls. Marissa is 7 and Vanessa is 5. We also have a dog and 2 cats. <BR> I just had GB June 29th and the last month has been a struggle for me but with some helpful advice I think I am moving towards a more positive outlook and a lot less pain. <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:33:47 EST Hi!!!! Everyone Since going to Bariatric Doctor he suggests eating only three meals an day and no snacking and no drinking during meals and drinking 30 minutes before meals and 30 minutes after meals since following the rules and drinking my 80oz of water I been constipated any suggestions would be helpful. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:24:24 EST Goal Weight I have heard so many stories about people gaining weight back is there anyone out there who has NOT gained weight (and I'm not talking about 5 lbs or under). So far I am 2 1/2 years out and I have been able to maintain my weight within a pound or two one way or the other. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 19:36:03 EST slider foods. What is slider foods? can anyone tell me please!! i had my surgery on may 26 2010 and i doing good but i don't know what slider food is. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 14:04:34 EST Always Cold Now I went from being the hottest person in the room to being the coldest person in the room. Doctor checked my thyroid to make sure nothing had changed (was already on meds for the rest of my life) then suggested it must just be the weight loss. 132 lbs in 16 months (plateau'd since Thanksgiving). Anyone else have this problem? My hands and feet are so cold all the time ... specially at work. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:09:52 EST Eyesight after Surgery I have read information about diabetes and sleep apnea, high blood pressure, etc. get better after the surgery. Recenly as my diabetes has gotten worse so has my eyesight. So my question is....and I don't know if this would only be for those with diabetes or anyone can let me know, have you noticed if your eyesight has changed in any way since your surgery? I am due for an exam but think I might wait till after surgery to see if things change. (I am waiting on insurance approval for surgery... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:02:32 EST New to the site, 2 years after gastric bypass Hi, I'm Briana and I'm new to the site. I am amazed by how many resources there are here, and hopeful that this will help me stick to my plan. I had gastric bypass surgery in May 2008 and lost 116 pounds, but missed making it to my goal weight by 3 pounds. In the last few months, though, I have slipped back into some bad habits and the number on the scale has been slowly creeping back up. After gaining back 17 pounds (putting me at 20 lbs above my goal weight), I decided I had to get contro... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:24:58 EST My Followup Appt. Covering Bezoar and Weight Gain I'm posting this in hopes that it helps you, my team mates to avoid what I went through or at least know what the signs and symptoms are. I also am posting the plan my barriatric nurse practitioner worked out to help me get back to my weight loss without more surgery since my pouch is now all stretched out. This plan is the bottom part of post. I may post the plan as a blog, also. It might be helpful to non surgical patients also. <BR> <BR> Well, I had my followup appt. If you didn't read... Thu, 20 May 2010 14:32:37 EST Has anyone heard of or had a bezoar? I wound up in the hospital with a bezoar. It is undigested food that got stuck in my pouch. It was removed during an endoscopy. I was vomiting and in pain for several days prior to this discovery. My WL surgeon says it stretched out my pouch. He said I can get a revision. Has anyone else gone through this. Do you know how to prevent it from happening? I never want to go through this again! Sun, 2 May 2010 18:00:26 EST Gaining 5 yrs later I am reading the messages and there are two categories: 1- those who recently had surgery or are nearing goal. 2- those who had surgery years ago and are scared because they're gaining weight. I feel like I know all the right things to say to encourage the people in the first group. I did SOO well at sticking to my food plan and exercising. I honestly have a hard time believing that I am one of the ones gaining weight. (Went from working @ home to sitting in an offc/commuting, which I h... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:38:46 EST support of spouse Hello everyone! Not sure this is the right place, if not maybe someone can direct me there. My husband was just scheduled today for his Gastric bypass surgery. Something he has been preparing for for 6 months. The pre-op diet starts on Monday and goes for a solid 14 days until surgery. I am looking for support and ideas for pre-op and Post op drinks. We have done a ton of research and he says he is ready, but I won't know until the pre-op diet starts next week. Any ideas on how to get ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:19:58 EST Stoma Fix Has anyone ever had this done...I'm meeting with a surgeon to have this done...It's where they will go in thru the mouth and make the pouch smaller no cutting or anything like that I'm a bit nervous about it though...Have you heard of it or done it let me know <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:48:51 EST I need some advice for flabby fanny syndrome! =) Anyone know of a brand or type of undies that would give me a bit of serious support for my flabby backside? I fit into nice shorts and jeans but they don't look right because of how the extra skin sags. Any advice is welcome! Thanks! Thu, 8 Apr 2010 20:24:16 EST What to drink after your surgery Hello Team, <BR> <BR> I am almost 2 weeksafter my surgery and I am sick of drinking sweet drinks daily. Do you have any suggestions? Can you drink V8 juice or is it too acidic? <BR> <BR> Ruby........ <BR> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 12:53:24 EST Way beyond Gastric Bypass... Hi, I am Ada Marie. My original Open Rouen Y was December 28,1998. I had a hernia repair surgery in July of 2002 (with mesh). These were two of the most painful things I have ever gone through. My Dr. retired suddenly in 2002. So I didn't have anymore follow up. I began to have some problems and my Gastric Dr. referred me to Dr. Kelvin Higa. He is terrific. He was able to do a revision working around and through the mesh. However, my pouch had a leak. We waited a year to see if it would seal ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:46:24 EST Daily Menu Ideas According to the Spark website, I should be eating 1200-1500 calories. I'm wondering if anyone else is in that range (or any other range) if you'd tell me what you're eating. Are most people eating several small meals a day, or the three meals with a snack? Just looking for some new ideas and a good plan to set up. Thanks Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:47:30 EST Too Few Calories I am having trouble. When I got back on track I immediately lost 11 lbs. Then it quit that was almost three weeks ago. I finally started tracking my nutrition and found out that I was only eating about 500 to 800 calories per day. I am really struggling getting 1000 to 1200 calories per day in. When I do get around 1000 a day then I manage to loose some weight but I don't seem to be able to maintain that many calories per day. Does anyone have any suggestions. I seem to be fighting aga... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 02:04:49 EST toning after gastric bypass wgt. loss. I had gastric bypass 7/08 and have lost 160 lbs. am trying to tone muscles and loose excess flab while maintaining a healthy heart after heart attack 2005. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:31:02 EST More than 1 1/2 years out and gaining! Hi! My surgery was in July 08. I had complications and wound up in ICU. I never got to my goal weight. My top loss was 72 pounds. I gained back 12 pounds and now I'm scared to weigh myself. I went through too much not to make my goal. I haven't lost for more than a year now. I'm so embarassed to admit that. I need you guys! I don't feel well, and I can't do what I need to do. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 15:48:26 EST What food have you found? What food have you found that fulfilled the nutrition requirements you needed, tasted good, satisfied your needs, and worked with your stomach? <BR> <BR> I am always looking for new things I found that I really like grilled tuna steak and it works with my stomach. As much as I like grilled chicken it does not always work and when it does not it comes up. <BR> <BR> Any wisdom out there? <BR> <em>492</em> <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:23:37 EST Hello from Texas Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm a 33 year old, Mom of three kids. I joined here because I had a gastric bypass in 2003, weighing 325 pounds. Exactly 1 year from my surgery I found out I was pregnant (weighing 195 at the time) and had to sabotage my weight loss to make sure the baby would be ok. Now, three kids later, I weigh 250 pounds. <BR> <BR> I worry that I missed my chance to actually weigh a "normal" weight. I was under 200 for the first time in more then 10 years.. so close. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 16:35:04 EST 18 Months out and need help Hi I'm Jamie and am 18 months post-op. I saw my surgeon on Friday and I am officially at my first major stall. I have to date lost 158 lbs. I need to pull at least 40 to 50 more lbs. off. Dr. Fuzz wasn't real pleased on Friday as I wasn't either. Subconsciously I think I knew I had not been very compliant lately but it took him being disappointed to get me back on track I think. I found Spark on Saturday as I was looking for a good site for support and to track and journal. I find it is also ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 09:35:33 EST What is your average protein daily intake? What would you believe is your average protein intake? I have not seen my doctor in several years due to work issues and getting off time to go. I forgot or lost the dietary guidelines. Just wondered what was the average from the group of protein a day? <em>101</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:03:03 EST My Story Hi everyone. I have been struggling but I am determined to get this under control. I had my original Gastric by-pass in August 2006. I originally lost about 80 pounds and then began to gain it back. I was not feeling well but was to ashamed and embarrassed to tell the Dr. so I avoided my appointments. When the pain finally got the better of me, I finally went back to the Dr. and discovered that I had developed an ulcer from some of the medication I was on and that it had eaten through th... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:55:49 EST I feel like an infant What seems to be working for me this week is getting up in the morning protein shake first thing. Protein loaded breakfast then off to work. I work 2-10 when I get to work I keep looking at the clock at 4 I have my sandwich, then at 6 I have my fruit smoothie protein enriched, then at 8 my salad. By the time I get off work the salad has filled me up and I am ready for bed. Of course lots of water and green tea mixed in. The job I work is mentally stressful which always makes me hungry but th... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:58:12 EST Bypass vs Sparks calorie requirements It seams when I try to stick to the calorie requirements of 1500 to 1800 calories a day as per sparks and exercise I cannot loose any weight. I have been keeping it around 1300 to 1400 lately and have been a bit more successful the last few days. I am exercising every day and sparks keeps telling me I need more calories I am kind of at a loss? <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 19 Feb 2010 20:27:02 EST Hi, Just introducing myself I had my surgery Nov 3 and to date have lost 50 lbs. My biggest fear is plateauing and not being able to lose more weight. After years of dieting and exercise, I still find myself glancing toward the weight-loss pills and books. =) No more! I know I have the tools to be sucessful and just need to believe in myself! Wed, 17 Feb 2010 13:07:51 EST Introducing myself Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm Krista and I joined SP yesterday. I found the site when I was searching for an online calorie/protein/fluid tracker and joined when I saw everything the site had to offer. <BR> <BR> I had my laparoscopic RNY gastric bypass surgery in Celebration Health in Celebration, Florida on 11/24/09 and went home on Thanksgiving Day. <BR> <BR> I progressively developed an esophageal stricture that I started noticing around Christmas, and ultimately ended up being admitted to t... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:02:39 EST Just saying hi Hi I'm Christine I had gastric bypass almost 1 year ago. I have lost 122 pounds so far and feel great (most of the time). It's been a while since I've been on sparkpeople and saw this team and decided to join. Thanks for having me. Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:38:50 EST Hi - 5 days post-op from RNY and new! Hi, my name's Dana and I'm 5 days out from the RNY GBS. I had a pretty good go of it - no complications, easy (thus far) recovery with no pain only minor discomfort. The gas is pretty much gone and now I'm dealing with water, protein, and vitamins. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:40:04 EST Has anyone done any fasting? I want to do a fast for spiritual reasons. I don't want to make myself sick. Has anyone done a fast? Would it be unwise? Sun, 10 Jan 2010 19:13:43 EST 5 day pouch test I read about this on nutrition tips but I don't know what it is. Someone asked but that was in September and there was no answer. Please let us know what this is. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 13:52:15 EST Getting Back on Track My name is Paige and I had surgery in May of 2006. WLS did not do what I thought it would and after depression and circumstances . . I am again trying to restart my tool. What is different this time? I have support. My pouch still works but I am going to utilize guidance this time around. My surgeon was just that a surgeon. He had not program set up, he even moved his practice without so much as sending me a letter in the mail . . Anyway . . I am on the wagon now!! Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:46:56 EST Putting weight back on after 5 years Hi! I am a 51yo mom and gramma. I had GBS 5 years ago and over the last 4-5 months have put back on 40 change in my eating habits, though I am sure I don't eat lack of exercise since my job duties changed, mostly sitting at a desk for 8 hours and I am also a full-time college student...I really need help...don't want to gain back the 115 pounds I had lost! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 14:40:14 EST I am a newbie Hi all, <BR> I had surgery, RNY, larposcopically. on 12/15. The surgery went well but my body did not like the anesthesia or pain meds and my pressure went sky high for a couple of days. I am feeling great and working really hard each day to get my protein in, 90grams. I was on straight liquids for two weeks but was able to start soft foods on the 29th. I have lost 24.5 lbs thus far. <BR> I am not sure that I am eating enough , 2ozs of chicken, black beans or egg substitute. What i am no... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 14:18:58 EST Gaining I feel like a looser. I had my gastric in 2002, lost 100 pounds over the last 2 years I have put back on 45.. I am so scared and feel so helpless. No control.. I don't don't want to be a fat blob again. I did Sparks for a while. Got a Wii active for christmas have the Wii fit. I want to start now today.. Sweets are my down fall. When I was fat sweets were not.. Geezz... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:00:16 EST My friends are sabotaging my diet I told my friend what was cooking for my husband and myself for thanksgiving: Turkey and green beans. I get my protein and veggie. She said, " On No! you HAVE TO cook the good side dishes for your husband!! You have to fix him pumpkin pie and stuffing! " I told her for me to cook pumpkin pie right now would be like asking an alcoholic to work in a bar. Besides my husband said he is perfectly fine with my choices of what to cook. In A.A. you are told you have to change the places you hang out... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 08:50:30 EST Hi I am new Hi everyone! My name is Susan and I had gastric bypass May 8, 2009 and so far I have lost 75 lbs! For the most part, I am very pleased that I had this surgery. My blood pressure was 102/190 but now I have perfect blood pressure and don't even have to take meds anymore. I had to take cholesterol meds before surgery, but now it is just fine. I had to quit smoking before my surgery would do the surgery and this month I have not smoked in one year. So my health just keeps getting better every day... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:20:07 EST embarressing problem My husband is having quite a problem with gas. We have tried Gas-X with no relief. Does anyone have any suggestions. He has this problem even if he doesn`t eat any foods that can cause it. Thanks for any help Sun, 22 Nov 2009 12:03:05 EST I need clarification please! I'm a gastric bypass patient, almost 3 years out now. I've lost about 130 pounds and am wanting to lose about 15 more. I have my calories set at 1000 to 1200 per day, fat 30 - 35, carbs 100 - 125 and protein 70 and up. When I enter my cardio, for instance yesterday was 255 calories burned, it changes all my nutrition goals? Is this normal? To think I can get 1500 calories a day, with a stomach as small as mine is almost impossible, unless I incorporate peanut butter or some nuts into my diet,... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:36:08 EST I am so unhappy and desperate I had my gastric bypass in feb of 2008. So far I have lost 289 and the dr said I have met my goal because I have about 30 pounds of skin. <BR> <BR> I worked very hard, working religiously at the gym, walking, etc.. I have had 6 additional major surgeries due complications. Bouncing back remarkably. <BR> <BR> So what is the problem? <BR> <BR> I hate my body, I hate the way I look, I think I am sabotaging myself to gain the weight back, sneak eating at night, etc.. I have not gained, bu... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 11:08:56 EST Big Medicine Special on Discovery Health Channel Hello all, <BR> <BR> I don't know if you're familiar with the show Big Medicine that used to air on Discovery Channel. On the show, they followed bariatric patients as they prepared for surgery, and immediately after. <BR> <BR> There will be a special "Where are they Now?" episode on Wednesday, November 18th at 9PM eastern. If the show gets good ratings, Discovery is considering a third season of the show. Tue, 3 Nov 2009 13:15:28 EST New member Hi Everyone: <BR> <BR> I just had gastric bypass on October 5th. I have been having a couple of weird problems and I am wondering if anyone else has had the same. <BR> <BR> My hands and feet itch. Odd, huh? This never happened before the surgery. I am using all the same medicines as before the surgery and have not switched detergents or anything else. Did this happen to any of you? <BR> <BR> The other odd thing is that I am producing tons of phlegm all day. I make more after I eat or... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 08:55:31 EST Had GBP, live in DFW and not too whiney? If so, I would like to start a team/message board dealing with our particular needs/issues. I know a LOT of GBP folks who do NOT want to follow the rules and who DO expect the surgery to do all the work! I need to surround myself with positive, self-motivated WLS folks who want to change their lifestyles and get on with life! Do you have the same goals? <em>217</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 09:57:38 EST Great site We need to keep people interested , because this is a really good source of info. Like, getting people to see their Dr. when something just isn`t right. Asking questions about their recovery. Sat, 26 Sep 2009 08:13:58 EST participation Hi all, Where is everyone. I know I haven`t been around for awhile but it seems no wants to chat anymore. Sat, 26 Sep 2009 08:07:54 EST Hey from NW Indiana!!!!! Hi I am Katrina from the Great Lakes area of Indiana! I had my RNY 08/24/2003 I had lost 115 pounds and found 25 of it back, my poor doctor (I was in tears after they weighed me and I had found myself sitting on the magic number I vowed never to see again!). <BR> <BR> I am a mother of three our oldest is autistic and we have have an adhd and one who thinks she needs to be involved in everything to be happy. We are involved in 4H and Spec Olympics which take alot of our time. <BR> <BR> I re... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:44:38 EST What are your "rules"? Hi. I'm Kathy and I had my GB in September 2002. I lost about 140 lbs, then gained back over 40 pounds and am back on my way down having lost 40 pounds this summer by getting back to the basics that my surgeon enforces which is: <BR> -2 oz protein six to eight times a day every other hour <BR> -No drinking 1/2 hour before or after meals <BR> -50-70 grams of protein daily (I drink one protein shake a day to get this amount of protein in) <BR> -Exercise 3-4 times a week <BR> -Write down every... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 10:57:40 EST Pregnancy after RNY surgery, pros and cons Just curious has anyone been pregnant after having RNY surgery? I am just trying to find out some pros and cons about this topic. So all feedback is welcome. Thank you in advance for your input. <BR> <BR> Take Care and God Bless ! ! ! <BR> <BR> Kat <BR> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:10:50 EST Body Image I don`t know about anyone else, but I`m still having trouble with body image. I think I still look like I did when I was at my heaviest. f course I have seen pictures but it hasn`t helped. Any suggestions would help. <em>39</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2009 19:07:29 EST post rny now struggling with eating disorder For over seven years I have kept off over 180 lb. I work very hard to eat heatlhy and get exercise. However, over the years of restrictive eating and being overly cautious since I was so terrified of becoming heavy again, I have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. I am "average weight and BMI" now. <BR> <BR> I am working with an eating disorder program and have gone from eating 800 calories, to 1000 and am now averaging 1500. I don't want to eat any more than that and while I have not g... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:11:11 EST Food is Stuck and I Can't Eat or Drink! I am 8 years post-op. When I first had my surgery, I had a stricture that required a followup surgery to re-stretch the opening to my stomach. Since then I've done fine, but I occasionally have instances where something I eat causes me to be unable to eat (and barely drink) for several hours and sometimes longer. I ate broccoli and chicken breast on Monday night and I haven't been able to eat since then. My stomach makes this thick mucous which adds to my nausea. I get really ill when I ... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 08:32:22 EST Hi everyone I had gastric bypass on 10/30/2007. I lost 140 lbs and am managing to maintain that loss even though it is VERY difficult. I find myself wandering back to food when I'm emotional or stressed. <BR> I'm 48 and live in Central TX with 2 dogs and a cat. I would never go back to who I was before even though I'm not sure who I am now. LOL Even after all this time the new me is still a work in progress--more on the inside now that the outside is totally different. <BR> I look forward to getting ... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:17:24 EST Vitamins? I have had problems with anemia, particularly when I wasn't eating a healthy diet, so I was taking 2 multivitamins daily. I am now doing much better about a nutritious diet and my anemia is under control. Should I continue to take 2 multivitamins? Or would 1 be better now that I get adequate nutrition from my diet? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:04:00 EST Hi My name is Rhonda, and I had WLS about 3 years ago. I had lost about 150 lbs, and kept it off. But in February of this year I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer, had a total thyroidectomy and have since gained about 30 lbs. I am now trying to get motivated to re-lose that 30 lbs and a few more. I hope to find some extra support here. I am looking forward to meeting you all!!! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:21:38 EST Gas? Is there anyone else out there that has experienced gas problems since their surgery? I am really embarassed to talk to my doctor about it but my family is hounding me because it is frequent and very odoris. Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:41:09 EST Pouch Rules, I found while exploring other teams Pouch Rules (Please read credits at the end) <BR> <BR> INTRODUCTION: <BR> A common misunderstanding of gastric bypass surgery is that the pouch causes weight loss because it is so small, the patient eats less. Although that is true for the first six months, that is not how it works. Some doctors have assumed that poor weight loss in some patients is because they aren't really trying to lose weight. The truth is it may be because they haven't learned how to get the "satisfied" feeling of be... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:57:43 EST NEED HELP!!! Oh boy...I really need help! I am 4 month post out and have slipped back into some old habits. I've starting snacking between meals (low sugar graham crackers, 100 cal packs, etc). I more stress at my job over the past few months. I use to stress eat and I feel some of that bad behavior creeping in. I have also "justified" getting a 4 pack of chicken nuggets from McD as it was protein. I have to stop this! I'm am SO scared that I have stretched my pouch out and destroyed everything that I had... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 18:26:29 EST Help! I've gained! Hello everyone! I had my surgery, RNY, 11-07 and have gained back 20 of the 90 lbs I lost! I am eating the right foods, not snacking in between meals, getting in protein first and exercising! What could be wrong??? Sun, 21 Jun 2009 18:18:40 EST New to this time, looking for revision surgery Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer and I had my original GBS surgery July 2000. I was 336 lbs and lost 150 lbs which I was so proud of, unfortunately some things happened in life and I started to gain weight, I'm now 70 up from my lowest weight of 185. <BR> <BR> I have been continuing to go to support groups and seminars when they roll into town and about 18 months ago met a surgeon who has been doing revision surgery. I later found out I had a rupture in my staple lin... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 12:05:19 EST over 50's out there? I am 2 years out 30 July - sw 298 am now at 215 but I am 5'9 - need tummy tuck and have stayed constant weight for 6 months plus. I have heard from everyone it is much harder after 50, I am 55. I have a problem with vomiting still, always have, and have had stricture correction 3 times already. My stomach has not a problem with digestion but textures make me dreadfully ill sometimes. YUCK. But all in all I feel great - Would like to hear from other over 50's with problems too - also I am... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 12:40:07 EST new to team and commited I just joined your team. Thank you for having me. My name is Joy. I had RNY bypass on 4/25/2007. I lost a total of 156 pounds now I have gained about 20-25 back. I am not happy and I am committed to getting back on track (this is why I joined spark people). Sun, 31 May 2009 21:06:00 EST New to the Team I am a 48 years old single female. I have a 25 year old son, 3 dogs and 1 cat. I enjoy making jewellery, many other crafts, teaching religion (catholic), reading, and cooking. I am a Medical Technologist, and I supervise a research laboratory at Battelle Institute in Columbus, Ohio. I had Roux-N-Y gastric bypass surgery May 28, 2008 and I have lost 161 pounds. I want to loose about 50 more pounds. I have a membership at McConnell Heart Health Center and my goal is to exercise 5 days a w... Sun, 10 May 2009 16:23:46 EST back on the wagon !! and I NEED TO STAY THERE!!! this has been a long hall for me, I had bypass back in Feb of 2005, dropped 113 pound 11 months after my surg. I found out I was Pregnant with our 3rd child unplanned. I was shocked my other 2 children were conceived with fertility drugs and we were done have kids and it took me a long time to except that I was pregnant and that I was going to gain wt back, in Sept of 2007 Jayden was born a true blessing and I love him very much, but now I struggle to loose any Wt again I now sit in a size 12... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 12:19:10 EST Ideas on what to eat. I am having RNY on the 28th, I have so much more going on too, that for some reason I just can't seem to think of what I will be able to eat after surgery. I want to go to the store before surgery and get everything, but am stumped. Other then <BR> Sugar-free jello, and broth, I am lost. Any help would be greatful. <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 17 Apr 2009 21:39:09 EST 5 day pouch test Confused about the 5 day pouch test. I understand days 1 and 2. On day 3 are we ONLY allowed soft protein (exception of water) are protein shakes out of the question. On day 4 are we ONLY allowed ground meat (which means no eggs for breakfast or yogurt or cottage cheese)? Same question for day five. Just need some clarification. Thanks Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:04:18 EST bipolar meds and weight loss? I had gastric bypass 4 years ago and at the time was at my all time high of 300 lbs. Now I'm 240 and have hovered around this weight since six months after the surgery. I am on antidepressants and other meds for bipolar and am wondering if this is why I don't lose any more weight. I graze but never ever do I binge anymore. I'm a vegetarian that eats about 1800 calories a day....does yoga 2 x's a week and walks when I can. My diabetes is under control now but I can't help but be discourag... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 06:40:46 EST B-12 Dots!!! i have found the best thing for vitamin B-12 they are called dots they are very tiny pills that disolve in your mouth and they actually taste good!! I found them in walmart and got two different ones one is has a purple strip on it for energy metabolism and the other is a red strip for stress support the stress one doesnt taste as good as the regular one its a lot better than swallowing the pills. and the stress one comes in a tiny bottle that i will use to carry them with me in my b... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:53:07 EST First weigh in I just completed my FIRST week on SP, that is officially working the program and I lost 4 lbs. Now I know some of that is water weight but it was still a positive sign. I have taken my vitamins every day and logging my food all day long. <BR> I'm still having trouble getting in all my carbs which is quite a surprise as I'm usually a carb junkie when given the choice. Sun, 29 Mar 2009 22:10:22 EST I'm a newbie hi all my name is barbara and I'm 62yrs old and live in columbus ohio i had gastric bypass surgery in jan of 2001 i went from 400lbs to 160 after that i a tummy tuck and arm reduction surgery I've maintained my weight for the most part i go up and down about 10lbs i am looking for support to maintain my high protein low carb diet Sun, 22 Mar 2009 16:07:47 EST Failure vs. "Work In Progress" Hey all. <BR> <BR> I'm a little sheepish about being here and joining the team. I know I need to, but guess I kinda feel like a failure. <BR> <BR> I had surgery 5 years ago at 27. I was 377 at my biggest, and 355 at my surgery 6 months later. My lowest about a year later was 250(?). <BR> <BR> Even early on, I didn't experience some of the negative consequences like dumping. It was pretty rare that sugar made me feel sick. I find that odd since the doctor bypassed an extra amount of tract ... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 19:35:53 EST Five day pouch test. Has anyone out there tried the five day pouch test to get back on track? I found the website and read it over, seems simple enough: <BR> <BR> First two days: ALL LIQUIDS(protein drinks + water, water, water) <BR> Third day: Soft proteins <BR> Fourth day: Tougher proteins <BR> Fifth day: Back to normal/solid proteins <BR> <BR> Along with that you'd go back to the no drinking half an hour before and after eating and at least half an hour a day of exercise(at least walking). <BR> <BR> This se... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 14:27:12 EST introduction and need advice Hello to you all! I am glad that I found this site. I think it is great. I had stomach surgery 2 years ago and lots of things I can not eat as well as I can't eat that much at once. It is very important to me to have a high intake of iron and protein and that seems hard for me. I am a single mom of 3 and by the time I work and go to school and deal with kids I seem to have a hard time with eating the right things and exercise. I need to know how much protein I need. i was always told more tha... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 19:39:56 EST 40 Years of Thanks Some Good news for a change <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tts/articles/2009/02/12/40_years_worth<BR>_of_thanks/?s_campaign=yahoo </link> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:05:05 EST Diet Plan Question.... Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I had surgery April 2007. I am currently 162 but my weight always fluctuates by about 3 pounds plus or minus. To date, I have lost and maintained a loss of 100 lbs but never reached my goal weight of 145 to 150. My weight loss just seems to have stopped altogether about 6-8 months ago. <BR> <BR> I know most everyone does a high protein low carb diet. I do try and get my protein in and most days I do. I really don't relish the idea of living on a low carb di... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 00:33:24 EST Intro Hi, <BR> My name is Lauren. I am 52 and had my Roux en-y August 8th 2006. I have so far lost 112.5 lbs and am happy but still have 63.6 lbs to loose to make my goal of 199.9 lbs. I set a reasonable goal weight. I was happy at 200 and felt good there. I have no desire to be a super model, I just want to be comfortable and healthy. To be honest I am comfortable now. I can do everything I wanted to do at this weight and have slacked off because of that. Over the last 2.5 years i have steadily... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 13:51:35 EST PROTEIN, LOW CARB FOOD SITES! I use these and thought you may want to know about them! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The shipping on all three of these sources is very very reasonable!!!! And they offer many MANY low carb, high protein foods-supplements! <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Feb 2009 18:01:58 EST The Worst 'Healthy' Foods in the Supermarket <link><BR>30/the-worst-healthy-foods-in-the-supe<BR>rmarket/ </link> Wed, 4 Feb 2009 14:15:01 EST Another Newbie! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Marie and I had RNY 04/2006 and have lost about 100 pounds to date. I would love to lose another 20 but have been stuck for about 6 months now with my weight fluctuating up and down the same 3-5 pounds. I'm really depressed about not getting to goal and I decided to start posting for I have been a lurking for a little over a year now. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for all of your support! Fri, 23 Jan 2009 02:04:04 EST Surgery on 12.13.07 Hello, All! I had my surgery, reached my goal weight and then some, but am fearing that I am getting back into some old habits, particularly not working out. I just started back to the gym yesterday and bound and determined to get back into the right frame of mind. I love that I am a size 2 now, but really feel like I have not been taking care of the tool that I was given. I need help and support to get back on track and feel as good as I did when I was losing all the weight!!! Thank you in ... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 22:22:06 EST Do you use the Sparkpeople diet plan? They don't seem to have a good menu for WLS patients. Or am I just not looking somewhere I need to be? Do any of you follow this menu or do you stick to your plan your surgeon laid out for you?? Fri, 9 Jan 2009 08:26:02 EST REVISIONS Have you had a revision due to lack of weight loss? <BR> <BR> If so..what did the revision entail? <BR> <BR> I am looking into a revision (per doctor's advice) and I would like to get your stories. <BR> <BR> Please be frank..the good and the bad or complications if any. <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 14:43:54 EST Introducing myself - RNY 4-2000 My name is Linda and I had RNY in 2000 and had to have 2 revisions to correct problems. <BR> I lost 198 lbs but since the last revision which restored a portion of the intestine by-passed <BR> I have gained 120 lbs over the last 6 yrs. I still have the disadvantages of the by-pass such as <BR> not being able to eat pasta, rice or bread and sugar intolerance. Even with the weight gain and <BR> being near death in 2002, which prompted the last revision, I don't regret the choice and would <B... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:21:25 EST gall bladder removed 2 year after GBS just wanted to check with team about anything i should look for or feel after having gall bladder removed two weeks ago. It's been 2 years post GBS and want i thought was food not digestinig well was gall bladder attackes. Listen to your body! Sun, 7 Dec 2008 06:35:20 EST Water Consumption do you all count everything you drink (ie: coffee, tea, juice, water) as water that you drink each day or is it just water??? <em>198</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2008 23:44:06 EST sugar sensitive program Has anyone who has had WLS tried to follow the Radiant program? <BR> Eating the proper amount of protein with a complex carb within one hour of waking up in the morning? I would love to hear from you if you have! It helps to get rid of sugar cravings. <BR> <BR> Sharen Tue, 25 Nov 2008 21:44:07 EST help!! essay on WLS why were you obese? what factors made you over eat? emotional? body image? whay psychologicaly effected your weight gain? im wrighting a research paper for englisha nd i need some more sources!!!!! Tue, 25 Nov 2008 18:49:31 EST Question I have had gastric bypass 6 years out and was wanting to know if anyone has had bypass and has gained weight and can not get that back off and has considered or has had the lap band procedure. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:40:26 EST HELP! Hey all!! <BR> <BR> I'm one of 4 finalists in a contest with my local radio station and the Doctors TV show to win the skin removal surgery I've been desperate for every since my Gastric Bypass 5 years ago. Please go to the link below and vote for me! You can vote once daily from each computer!! And please pass the word! <BR> <BR> 14 <BR> <BR> Thank you all so much for the continued support! SparkPeople has just been such an amazing help over the ... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 13:38:38 EST How do you change your mind set post surgery Hi had gastric bypass surgery in sept 05 and was very fortunate to sail through it loosing 112lbs. my concerns and issues are how do you deal with the left overs!! <BR> 1) body image (skin)a swear word! <BR> 2) maintaining your mental mind set when it want to return to old habbits! <BR> <BR> I really need some help with this because i am terrified that the 9lbs i have just put on is the start of an apsalute dissaster! <BR> The way I look with clothes is fab but without!!!!!!!My confidence a... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 02:17:32 EST Hello All! I had gastric bypass Sept 8th and I've lost 40 pounds since then. I feel wonderful but I want COOKIES! When I would lose weight before, I would celebrate the loss by gaining it back and then some. This is the point I feared would happen. I would have some measure of success, get comfortable, get fearful of my success and then find a way to wreck that success. Has anyone else ever dealt with this? Sun, 16 Nov 2008 12:00:08 EST Had By-Pass in 1994 My name is Brenda and I had the gastric by-pass back in 94 and for me is one of the worst decisions I ever made for me! Yes,it was nice to have the wt off and thought all would be fine but who was I kidding!I ended up in auto accident leaving me unable to walk and learning to re walk with walker and then quad cane well I ended up putting the wt on but not all of It kept it off for 4 yrs total would get sick every day at least 2-7 times and I wasn't able to eat meat or breads or certain veggie... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 14:59:53 EST Nighttime Nausea I am completely stumped. I am 4.5 years out and in the last 6 months or so, every once in a while (not often), I wake up with horrible nighttime nausea. Lots of bile and I struggle not to throw up. <BR> <BR> It's not the same feeling as overeating. It almost feels like I'm starving and nauseas. There is some sort of a painful "cramping" or "waving" sensation that accompanies it that I can't explain. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it will start in the middle of the night and last well into the morning. I... Sat, 8 Nov 2008 07:08:01 EST Websites for Low Carb - High Protein products! <em>250</em> Websites and I wanted to share with you all!! <BR> <BR> 1) NETRITION.COM <BR> These people are great..shipping is cheap and the product selection...excellent! <BR> <BR> Many many low carb products and protein drinks for you to choose from <BR> <BR> 2) (they carry ACHIEVE ONE!!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> 3) <BR> This place is like a little grocery store..they carry so many different low carb - high protein items...they ship all over the U.S. a... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 16:51:11 EST sugar addiction ~ HELP! I am 1 year post op RNY, I began to have problems with craving sugar about 4-5 months out. It is still an issue.... I work out everyday, so I am able to maintain or even lose a little... but I feel like I am a prisoner to it! I just ordered a book called Potatoes Not Prozac which is suppose to be a 7 step plan to help you get off of sugar. Has anyone read it? Was it helpful? Any suggestions? I have added fruit into my diet, but it is still a challenge to get in all the water and prote... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 09:24:52 EST Wanted to introduce myself and say Hi! Wanted to say hi to everyone I'm new to the team! Had my GB about 5 years ago now Dec18, 2003 then I was 460lbs had gotten down to 200lbs and since having my son have gained about 40lbs back I want to get back on track lose that 40 and an addtional 20lbs. Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:28:09 EST NEW REALITY SHOW! On ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT tonight (10/30) they are profiling a very obese woman who now has her own reality show. <BR> <BR> The show will focus on her struggle to lose weight and her daily life. <BR> <BR> For those that are interested..check it out for more details. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Oct 2008 18:02:03 EST GOYB challenge = GET OFF YOUR BUTT GOYB challenge = GET OFF YOUR BUTT <BR> <BR> A GOYB challenge should be something simple that gets you off the couch and moving if only for a couple minutes such as jumping jacks, squats, marching in place, stretching, clean something, do something anything just get off your butt!!!! . You let us know how many sets or how many minutes you want to challenge the rest of us to. It will be a just for the day challenge. Then we can all check back in here and post if we did it. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:16:42 EST Verticle Sleeve Gastrectomy Hi everyone - I'm Tammy, and I am 2 weeks post-op after a verticle sleeve gastrectomy. I'm doing well, but looking for others who might have had this procedure to "buddy" with. Thanks so much! Mon, 27 Oct 2008 13:15:09 EST VSG Post-Op 2 Weeks - New to Team Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> I'm Tammy and I had a verticle sleeve gastrectomy 2 weeks ago. Doing well so far, but always looking for support wherever I can find it. One of my co-workers is on the Lap Banders Team, and she referred me to SparkPeople. I look forward to speaking with you, and I hope to hear from others who have had VSG. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 13:08:20 EST Tail Bone Pain I am 10 mts. post op, have lost 90 lbs. and have tail bone pain. Can anyone tell me why? And is there something that can be done? <BR> Fri, 17 Oct 2008 21:38:13 EST My Intro Hi Team!! <BR> <BR> My name is C7 (Codeseven) and I had RNY/LAP in 1/07. <BR> <BR> Right now I am in the process of researching a revision...sleeve is a possiblity. <BR> <BR> The revision was suggested by 3 of my doctors as the RNY seems to not work with my body. <BR> <BR> I am still 100+ pounds overweight and I have shown to my docs that I am totally commited to the they want me to consider a revision. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading all your posts and learning from all... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 18:29:44 EST Eating regular!! I had surgery on Aug 6. I was 370 lbs at PAT, 355 day of surgery, 364 day of discharge <em>46</em> . I'm now 323. My husband also had the surgery in May and he's down nearly 100 lbs. He pretty much eats what he wants to and never exercises and is still losing like crazy. He's setting a very bad example for me, so I read these message boards like crazy for guidance. I see lots of you guys who say that you stay under 900 calories/day. What are you eating? Please give a sample of your daily in... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:42:58 EST Hi, I'm new to board Hi - I'm Rhonda and new to this board. I had Lap RNY in January of this year. My weight loss has slowed tremendously over the last couple of months. I need some motivation (and maybe a good swift kick!) to get back to the fundamentals - no snacking mostly! I feel pretty comfortable where I am but I really need to lose more weight, at least 30 more pounds on top of the 98 that I've lost so far. Any kind words and/or suggestions will be appreciated. <em>213</em> Sun, 5 Oct 2008 19:49:38 EST What insurance companies cover the tummy tucks? Everyone, <BR> <BR> we are having open enrollment at work, and I was just wondering maybe you could give me some pointers. Now I have bcbs, ppo. Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:32:22 EST OK...Now What??? This is bound to sound even sounds dumb to me but...I'm looking for ideas on how to STOP or at least seriously slow my weight loss. I'm 4 months post op, at 184, 18% body fat, and don't want to lose any muscle mass at this point. I am lifting weights and getting about 70gms of protein a day but I'm looking for ways to add some "healthy" calories. As you all know...quantity just doesn't work. I can't eat much more than about 8oz at a meal so...I'm hoping you guys have some creative... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 12:23:28 EST Help:Pregnancy i was reading on pregnancy and we have decided in about a year to began trying. in the mean time i have decided to come off of birth control and began using "barrier" methods. i was wonering if anyone can give me some information regarding prenatal vitamins, folate, ect... anything will help me. i just want to get as much info i can you know? <BR> thanks Mon, 8 Sep 2008 14:52:02 EST THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! This is what I've been looking for for several years now! I had bypass 5 yrs ago and lost 110 lbs but I still have 50lbs left to reach my goal. I seem to gain and lose 5-7lbs it seems almost daily! I wanted to find a group that would give me pointers, help me figure out why this is happening. My doc told me to join Weight Watchers - and I did but only lost 7lbs and gave up! I don't think people understand our unique lifestyle at this point. In fact, my cousin - who was always obese - said I t... Sun, 7 Sep 2008 08:21:07 EST Heart Burn I am 3 years out from surgery and i am not having major heartburn which I have not had in YEARS! I started taking prenatal because we are trying to have a baby! I wonder if to many vitamins are causing it? Does anyone have any advice. Fri, 5 Sep 2008 10:34:30 EST Returning to Sparkpeople Hi everyone. I had a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on Aug 18, 2008 and tracking my food using pen and paper was not working for me so I have come back to SP. I am thrilled to be a post op and happy to find a place here on SP where there are others like myself. Thanks for being here. Thu, 28 Aug 2008 12:19:39 EST Tummy tuck after loss I had gastric bypass about 5 years ago, lost 120 lbs in first year. My next step was suppose to be the surgery to remove the huge flap of skin hanging from my stomach. I was excited to get that removed and look trimmer. My insurance company rejected me. They said I didn't have enough complaints about rashes. So I went another year making complaints and having my dr record them. Called plastic surgeon and was told that since I gained back 40 lbs, my bmi would not qualify me for surgery. ... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 10:29:38 EST Six Meal Template for Bariatric Patients I am about seven years out from a gastic bypass surgery, and I am down about 230 pounds, but I still have about one hundred pounds to go - which is taking FOREVER!! I am still supposed to be eating small meals six times a day, using protein supplements, etc. <BR> <BR> Does have templates to use with this kind of lifestyle? Is there a way I can customize one? <BR> <BR> If anyone knows, please reply. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> JohnnLeon Wed, 20 Aug 2008 16:12:57 EST Excessive (burping!) :) Hello all. I have a not too serious dilemma (I hope)! <BR> I am 9 months post lap RNY and have been experiencing more burping after meals and drinking - more than usual. I remember to eat slowly, chew, and not drink 30 min. before and after meals. Could there be anything more serious? I probably should check with my doctor. <BR> <em>29</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:27:05 EST 100 POUNDS GONE FOREVER!!!! WOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! BOO YEAH BABY!! just when you think the honeymoon is over, WHAPAM! Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:17:41 EST whats too much? is a 6oz can of tuna too much to eat for 7 months post op in 15 min? (five day pouch test)? Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:49:11 EST New to team Hi! <BR> <BR> I had my bypass 7 years ago and lost 250 lbs, but this last year I have regained 40 lbs. Most of it is emotional eating and I'm scared silly I'll undo all the hard work of the past. I have arthritis and other health issues that make it vital for me to get my weight back down. My daughter is getting married next fall so that's added incentive as well. I'm doing the 5-day pouch test now--so far, so good! Rosemary Wed, 13 Aug 2008 12:26:46 EST Hernias Here I go again. I had RNY in Dec. 03 and had complications from the start. My last surgery from the RNY was in May 04. Now I have to go and have another surgery to take care of another hernia. I've had 2 repaired already. I ended up at the er the other night because of it. Now I have to be very careful in what I do. That will make a total of 9 surgeries, so far. I am scared because this surgery almost took my life. I was in a hospital and nursing home for 3 months when I first had this surge... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 14:01:56 EST compulsive eater Help! I am 1 year post op and have lost 90 lbs. - That is not the problem but I can not stop putting food in my mouth......luckily it is not large amounts just can not stop <em>234</em> . Anybody have any suggestions for the compulsive eater in me????It can not be healthy - I throw up a lot because I am always eating.......... <BR> Thanks to any and all... <BR> Diane Fri, 1 Aug 2008 12:11:58 EST Enjoying the new ME! How many of you are enjoying the new YOU?! I am finding that I so love the way I am looking so much now! And I have finally made it under 200 and that is such a GREAT feeling!!! I didn't think I was ever going to see the one hundreds again and here I am 15 lbs into them!!!! <BR> Hugs, Kim Wed, 30 Jul 2008 20:43:32 EST pouch rules for dummies, rule we all should know Pouch Rules (Please read credits at the end) <BR> <BR> INTRODUCTION: <BR> A common misunderstanding of gastric bypass surgery is that the pouch causes weight loss because it is so small, the patient eats less. Although that is true for the first six months, that is not how it works. Some doctors have assumed that poor weight loss in some patients is because they aren't really trying to lose weight. The truth is it may be because they haven't learned how to get the "satisfied" feeling of bei... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 11:13:33 EST Memorials on Obestiy Help I havent spent too much time on OH, but tonight I was reading all of the Memorials. Its seriously freaking me out. I know in my mind the potential complications. Anyone have any thoughts on this <BR> <BR> Paula Tue, 15 Jul 2008 01:12:24 EST Oops...there it is... Sorry...just had to say something. Weigh in this morning was 204.0 lbs. Oops there it is...I have lost 101 lbs since I started this journey...most of it with the help of all of you folks here at SP. I was 305 on Nov 15 last yr, 266 on surgery day May 5, and now 204 and FALLING. My Dr will be pleased at my 3 month post op appt. next month but nowhere near as happy as I am. I wanted to take a moment (not just to brag) but to thank all of you for your insight and support, it has been great. I'm ... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 10:47:53 EST Constipation I know this sounds gross, but since surgery I am getting constipated. Is this normal? Wed, 9 Jul 2008 02:13:38 EST What tastebud changes did you have? I have heard that after surgery alot of people's tastebuds changed. They no longer like things they used to love or they like things they use to hate. <BR> <BR> I am addicted to coffee and have not enjoyed it since before the surgery. It is no longer good. Yuck. I do drink decaf instant in my vanilla shake each morning. <BR> <BR> What changes did you experience? How long before you noticed the change? Wed, 9 Jul 2008 01:57:59 EST Hair loss Alright. I had WLS on 3/7/08. 99% of the time I get my 60 grams of protein a day. For the last two weeks, I've increased it to 80-100 grams of protein a day. But, I'm still losing my hair by the handfulls. I have to clean out my brushes everyday and vacuum more often. <BR> <BR> The only other surgery I had before this was an outpatient removal of a cyst,so I think I maybe just reacting to the huge amount of anesthesia I was given. <BR> <BR> What is everyone else experiencing? Any ideas wha... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 22:31:25 EST Hi I'm new I had my surgery on March 27, since pre admission testing I've lost 75 pounds. I still have trouble getting all my water in but most of my old habits, for now, are gone. I'm so glad to have found this group... I look forward to being here! <em>41</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:51:08 EST Pregnant after bypass? OK I am not sure if I am or not, I will know next week. But I am wondering if anyone has gotten pregnant after surgery (I am three + years out)? And if you have what were your symptoms? If you have had kids, I have two already but was 250+ when I had them, was the symptoms different then before? Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:09:39 EST food suggestions Anyone have any suggestions for the picky eater? <BR> My doctor said to eat high protein, NO Carbs, No potato's, NO fruits. <BR> For me that's tuff....I don't like vegetables except potatoes and corn. So i feel like I can only eat meat. I have a hard time thinking of things to fix for dinner and even harder time finding things to bring for lunch. <BR> I feel like I have the same thing all the time. In turn, am sometimes making the wrong choices, giving in to junk food. <BR> <BR> HELP!!!! Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:18:58 EST Help Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am in need of some help. I had my surgery on 6/30/97 so yes this month will be 11 years. I have not gained all the weight back but I have gained enough. Before surgery I was 279 by lowest was 170 and now after two little ones I am at 230. What can I do to get this weight off of me. I still eat very little but much more than I use to. I would like to know if someone would share with me their daily menu or at least give me some advise on what I should do. Mon, 23 Jun 2008 09:42:46 EST extra skin...blah i just noticed something today. check out my page, i wasnt super obese, but i was obese none the less. ive lost 85 lbs in 5 months. havent really been working out so im sorta flabby. i went walking yesterday(2miles) and liked it, but i was really sore around my pouch, my sternum to be exact. today i went walking again and noticed that the pain was comming from the belly flab/skin tugging on my chest/ upper belly area, like really bouncing and pulling. what can i do about that? i tought about ... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 21:29:03 EST Checking in... New Pics Hello everyone. I haven't been on the boards much since my surgery. I had a rough go of it for a little while. I'm three months post-op now and doing much better. I took a progress photo and put on my WLS page. You can see it at <link> </link> I couldn't see the difference until I could look at pictures side by side. Hope all of you are doing well. Tue, 17 Jun 2008 19:05:22 EST just read this and thought I would pass it along Tainted Salmonella Tomatoes 'Distributed Throughout the Country' <BR> <BR> Salmonella food poisoning from raw tomatoes has spread to 16 states, causing U.S. health officials to speculate that the outbreak might be nationwide, the Associated Press reported. <BR> <BR> The infestation first began in Texas and New Mexico in mid-April, the wire service said. The latest statistics from those two states' health departments put the number of cases at 56 in Texas and 55 in New Mexico to raw, uncooke... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 19:16:15 EST wow is it HOT outside today!! Wow it is like 95 here in NE PA today--And I went for a walk--how stupid of me--but i had too--I really had the urge to get out in the nice weather and get some exercise--there is a nice breeze and I have a walker/rollator with a seat so i rested in the shade for a few here and ther--I live in a trailor park so it was nice and quiet at 1 pm.. i was outside for over an hour and a half--It sure feels good to have 200 lbs off now and getting closer to my goal (50 more to go) I used to be in a w... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 15:26:54 EST RNY (5/4/05) New Girl But Need Support/ Motivation Hi, <BR> I'm so glad I found you guys!!!I need all the support/motivation I can get.Due to my hectic work schedule and lattes(to keep my energy flowing),I feel helpless as I see the weight coming back.I now realize that the latte are not the way to go.I feel so blessed to have somebody out there who has had the surgery and knows what i'm refering to. Fri, 6 Jun 2008 04:00:09 EST Hi All - 4 yrs Post-op and back to pre-surgery wt! Hi <BR> I'm very happy to find this group as I've been searching the net for support. I had my surgery Apr/04 and almost didn't make it! I was lucky and was rescuscitated the morning after surgery but then my lung collapsed and I found out later a massive infection on my abdomen was caused by a bowel leak. <BR> My original weight loss was 60 lbs but I am back up to my pre-surgery weight and have just recovered from multiple hernia surgery - phew!!! <BR> Now I am ready to get back on track, ... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 13:56:13 EST weight gain due to depression & antidepressants Hi <BR> I am new and not sure how this whole thing works but I need support. I had gastric bypass (Reux-N-Y with Fobi Pouch) 5 years ago this month. Was successful in losing 105 pounds. Have suffered with depression most of my adult life but it bacame severe enough in the last year that I was hospitalized and am now on Zoloft and Seroquel. I have gained almost 20 pounds in 6 months. I immediately started exercising to try to lose but no budge on scale. I know I have developed bad snacki... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 11:24:52 EST Trying Again I have not done well the last year, on again off again trying. I had my gastric in 2001. Gained back 35 of the 100 pounds I lost. Got very depressed. I now get very shaky and sweat with some foods and of course sugar. I am starting today to get back on track. Got up at 4:30 and did the elliptical for 30 minutes. I usually listen to my mp3 and pray and that helps me stay focused. Drinking water and am now doing a protein drink. I am not sure why I am having such a struggle right now but I r... Wed, 4 Jun 2008 08:53:57 EST HI 3 years out and need help Hi my name is Holly, I had gastric bypass March 24th of 05. I feel great and love life. I am due to be married November 22nd of 08 and need to lose some pounds, 10 to be exact. When I met my fiancé I was 135 and I am now am at 149 and feel yucky. When I met my future husband I was told by my surgeon and family that I was sick looking and needed to gain some weight. I tried to eat and then old habits came back. I do well during the day and then at night FORGET IT! What to do, I am pretty activ... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 09:59:16 EST This looks like the place for me!! I am 5 years POST RNY and needing help to get back on track and use my tool the way it was intended!! I have gained 50 lbs - dr. wants me to go back to dense protein -- not even sure what that is! Any help and motivation would be wonderful!!! <BR> Linda in FL Fri, 30 May 2008 06:28:08 EST 40lbs to go!!! my goal weight is 150 and im at 190. whats your goal and how close are you? what are you doing to get there? one of the questions i never really thought about untill recently: what are you goanna do when you get there? Thu, 29 May 2008 12:11:04 EST suggestion on getting in extra protein Anyone have any good suggestion on getting in more protein for the fewest calories Wed, 21 May 2008 15:58:34 EST Hello! I'm New - 3 Years Out & Need Help Hi! My name is Reshel and I am from North Idaho. I had Gastric Bypass February 2nd, 2005 (yep, Groundhogs Day... now I have a reason to "celebrate" it!). I had lost 140 pounds, 1/2 of myself and was doing well. Then I was told by a few family members that I was too skinny and I was going to die (yeah). Well I gained five pounds and felt good and looked good. But then those new BAD eating habits sunk back in and I continue to gain. I also gave up on exercise completley and now I am weak and la... Tue, 20 May 2008 11:59:32 EST My one year surgiversary What a difference a year makes!!!! today i celebrate my one year surgiversary. in some ways it seems like my surgery was yesterday, in others it seems it was years ago. to date i have lost 213 lbs from my highest wt. and 201lbs since my surgery. <BR> <BR> i've not had any complications, i am no longer borderline diabetic and i no longer have to sleep with my CPAP machine. i can walk more than 20 ft. without having to sit down, in fact last sat. i walked the whole flea market (we have a fairl... Wed, 14 May 2008 15:47:39 EST Acquired Lactose Intolerance After By-pass I have a question- I vaguely remember reading something about some people developing lactose intolerance after gastric by-pass. Has anyone had any experience with this? I think that this is what the war going on in my mid-section is sounding like! I'm almost 7 weeks post-op & when ever I drink a whey-based (or when I add milk to the protein) protein I get this unGodly moving pain in the mid area of my abdomen, no gas will pass up OR down... (not until it's BM time.. and THAT'S a whole other i... Sat, 10 May 2008 16:51:05 EST New here ** I am in the initial stages of having the surgery here in Colorado. The doctor here is wonderful and does a simplified laproscopy. I have my testing done next week (ekg, chest xray etc) and have to have a mental health evaluation, then it all goes to the insurance company. <BR> <BR> My sister had it done over 8 years ago and I was very leary. However after being overweight all her life, it was a whole new life for her. She did not have the advantage of having the laproscopy though. <BR> ... Thu, 8 May 2008 19:35:03 EST New to the group Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm glad to see that I'm not the only post gastric bypass patient who continues to struggle with weight. I'm 3 years out (Jan 2005). I initally lost 90 lbs but have unfortunately gone back to some bad habits and have gained 20 lbs back. I'd like some suggestions about what has worked/didn't work for everyone else. I don't expect to get back to my lowest weight(135 at 5'4"), I just want to get things under control before I'm back where I started. <BR> <BR> A little ... Fri, 2 May 2008 21:05:49 EST Weight Loss Clothing Exchange team Found this team and want to share with everyone who has clothes to get rid of and need some clothes like me--I need some 2x summer clothes..So I am looking-- <BR> Check it out.. <BR> <BR> SUSIEQ from PA Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:05:22 EST Hi! Anyone else in VT? I had RNY in July 2006. Weight loss was great at first in spite of some "glitches" (or maybe because of them?) I've found I can still eat whatever I want - sweets, etc. - without any repercussions, as long as I don't overeat. So guess what I like when I'm stressed (which is a lot lately)? <BR> <BR> How do others handle stress? <em>303</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2008 13:41:51 EST Snacking and Post Bypass Hello everyone. Sorry if this topic has been addressed already. <BR> I'm getting conflicting messages about whether snacking is ok or not. I am 5 months post-bypass and find I need high protein, low-fat snacks throughout the day. My surgeon advises against snacking, but the nutritionist said it's ok. I try to eat enough to stay full at mealtimes, but it's difficult at times. Then, I find I am with true hunger (not head hunger) between meals. Any suggestions? Thanks to all for this wonderful ... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 11:42:51 EST No weight loss on Protonix Last week I found I could not eat or drink. After an endoscopy they found I had ulcers and put me on Protonix. I have not lost any weight at all in the past two weeks. I am 7 weeks post op, eating protein in small portions, apprx. 2 ounces a meal, plus protein bullets. No more than about 500 calories a day. I have started back walking this week, (had to stop because of a pulled muscle in my stomach, and my gall bladder surgery). I can not figure out what is going on. I read that weight... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 00:22:13 EST Help with fruit! Now that I'm tracking what I eat on Spark People, I'm more aware that I'm not getting in the healthy fruits and vegetables recommended. I've tried a lot of vegetables over the last year and they all went down okay. <BR> <BR> Fruits are another matter. I'll admit that I'm scared of eating them because I've read that a lot of people dump from eating them. I know they're higher in sugar and calories than vegetables, but I feel like they still have a healthy role in my new way of eating. <BR>... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 06:22:54 EST I don't know all the rules I am still very up-set with my gastric bypass surgeon after the third surgery I had, I never went back to him nor went to the support groups. I go to my Doctor which is endocrinologist and my primary Doctor, which is my constant adviser. But I do have some questions. <BR> <BR> When people on the message board talk about rules a gastric bypass person should follow. I know some of the rules, but if I could ask anyone what are the rules and explain why these are rules. I am know this is a ... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 22:33:42 EST Staring co workers! I had gastric bypass surgery almost a year ago and I've lost a bit over a hundred pounds. I received a lot of comments and compliments about my weight loss from co workers during the past year as the weight melted away. <BR> <BR> Now, my weight loss has really slowed so that I only lose a pound or two a month. I'm finding that people still stare at me at work. They used to stare at me because of my large size, and then because I was losing weight, and now I don't know why they continue to... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 18:27:09 EST why is cafine bad? any one got any answers. Thu, 10 Apr 2008 17:07:12 EST Anyone on this team live in North Eastern PA I live near Wilkes Barre/Scranton area.. I live in EXETER which is in between both.. But i was born and raised in Scranton.. I am 45 married with no kids.. <BR> I feel so alone sometimes and i know that depression sets in at times--But i want a buddy who is around my age and lives close to me... I do not drive tho.. <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> God Bless <BR> SUSIEQ Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:18:39 EST New Girl Hi, <BR> <BR> I had my wls feb 2006. I lost a 110 pounds and then became pregnant with my beautiful surprise baby in December of 2007. She is the joy of our lives. She is now 4 months old and I need to lose 16 pounds to get where I left off. I am struggling!!!! I knew that wls is not a guarantee nor easy fix you have to work at this for the rest of your life. I am reminded of this daily. I'm still an emotional eater. I hate taking vitamens and I am supposed to take iron and I rarely do. As m... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 12:25:52 EST The one thing you weren't prepared for... Even though you had read about it, talked about it, and researched it, what is the one thing, that you were not prepared for the reality of...after surgery? Tue, 8 Apr 2008 17:43:03 EST A good scale? For those of you who weigh at home, what kind / brand of scale do you have? <BR> <BR> I bought one at WalMart tonight, and when I got it home, I found it was clearly a repackaged/reshelved unit. It was scratched, dented, and the battery was dead. And this was the only such model on the shelf. Figures! <BR> <BR> At any rate, I'm going to return it tomorrow and get something different. <BR> <BR> I like that this one calculated BMI in addition to tracking weight. Do any of you have a sc... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 17:57:50 EST Hi, I'm new, too Hi, all- <BR> I am happy to see so many WLS groups on Spark- I think I will join as many as I can cos it looks like everyone has great recipes, discussion topics and every one is so very nice- no infighting (that I have seen) over which method of WLS is "better" as I have seen on So sad- we are all in the SAME leaky old boat, we need to support eachother! <BR> Thanks, Tamera <BR> Dallas Thu, 3 Apr 2008 22:53:54 EST Motivation.. I received this today in my email from the "Living After WLS" website. I thought this was very inspiring and wanted to share: <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*********** <BR> <BR> chasing the butterfly <BR> chasing happiness <BR> <BR> <BR> I came across a quote recently in the Neighborhood and it really has had the gears in my head turning. Barbara s, thank you for inspiring me and making me think. The following quote is in her signature line. <BR> <BR> <BR> Happ... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 18:54:06 EST Shakes & Vitamins Someone has mention a protein shake, can you tell me what type of protein shake, and how much protein is in one of those shakes, carbs,and are those shake high in calories? Do they taste good? <BR> <BR> My Doctor is concern that my body is not absorbing Iron and vitamin D. I am taking 325mg of iron and 50000iu in vitamin D, yes it not a mistake 50000iu, I like to knew if anyone is having these problems? If my body doesn't absorb those vitamins, I will have to take shots. <BR> <BR> One of m... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 19:23:25 EST new to the group-need support! hello all: last week i 'celebrated' 5 years since my GBP surgery. I am here with all of you because i am in need of help from a group of people who understand what having WLS is all about. My mother passed away at the holidays last year, and i have probably gained 25-30 pounds. i feel horrible and in a rut. i look forward to hearing from anyone who can help me. thanks, teresa Wed, 2 Apr 2008 15:39:06 EST Tiny Pouch Days? OK, so here I am with almost NO appetite, and when I DO manage to eat, I'm stuffed within bites. What gives? I mean, I've had those "tiny pouch days" before where I can barely eat anything, but this is day 3 in a row, and still no change. <BR> <BR> I'm 7 years out, so this is rather mysterious to me. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Sun, 30 Mar 2008 22:09:48 EST BROKE THE PLATEAU!! Thanks to all of you wonderful ladies and Gentlemen, I having finally broke the Plateau I have been on for the past weeks, which seemed like months, and also lost another 4 pounds to boot! See what spending Easter in bed, all alone, no turkey,no candies can do for ya!. I have been suffering with Sciatica for 8 days and could not join the family for Easter dinner, so guess this is my reward. Thanks again for all your support over the past few weeks. It really can be done, WITH A LITTLE HELP FR... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 19:42:09 EST Hello from Idaho Hello. I have accidently found this team. One of these sweet ladies just found me and sent me a sparkmail. To her I say thank you. <BR> I joined Spark a month ago and I have been thinking for a few days that somewhere there must be a team of people that have had the Gastric bypass. And here you are. Cool. <BR> I am Neva from Idaho. I had my Gastric bypass way back in 1978 and then had my stomach stapled in 1979. That is how they did it then. My worst weight was 600 pounds and I am sure that i... Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:13:37 EST Newbie Here Hi, All: I am new to this team, but I belong to some of the other GB teams. I had rny in Nov. 2003 & am struggling to keep the pounds off. I love to knit & read. I collect Chinese cookbooks also. Nice to meet everyone. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 10:01:37 EST WHAT IS THIS??? Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,I was recently diagnosed with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and Pulmonary Artery increased Pressure. Apparently it is brought on by High Blood Pressure, which I do NOT have, it is historically low. When I was in hospital for my Sciatic nerve flare-up a few months ago, I was given an Echo Cardiogram and this showed up. I've been referred to a Heart Specialist, but that is a few months away. Just wondering if there is anyone that knows anything about this. I do ... Sun, 23 Mar 2008 22:07:03 EST Getting Miserable too often I ate slow, and had little...oh, what causes this misery...I wonder. <BR> <BR> I was so gassy, and took a Gas X. <BR> <BR> I find that if I go out on a limb and eat out...I get so sick. Or almost sick... <BR> <BR> I ordered a baked fish, ate a little with some of the baked potato. <BR> <BR> I got home just an hour ago. I was so miserable. <BR> <BR> My grandson, husband, and I had a wonderful time out. I am just wondering how to forestall this feeling after I get home. <BR> <BR> My husba... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 21:37:22 EST New here - Had GB 6/6/08 Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I had my operation last June. I was on the small end of things, i started out at 264. I am now down to 200. My surgeon says my ideal weight (given excess skin and bone density) is 180. The other day fully dressed, sans shoes, I was at 202.4. My cheap home scale read 201. I am down one pound this morning. <BR> <BR> I need to reach 180 by my next appointment in mid June so we can start getting things in order for my next operation... Skin removal! My surgeon says I have ... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:53:25 EST A new journey for me begins.... I'm posting this publicly to help myself stick to it. I did the cottage cheese test today, and thankfully, have not stretched my pouch. It showed just under 6 oz. I was so scared it was going to show more like 9 or more just based on how much I can sometimes consume in one sitting (when I'm not doing mindful eating). Now I know that it is those slider foods that are hindering me. <BR> <BR> Next week (aim is Monday) I am going to start the 5-day pouch test to really reconnect with my pouc... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:46:51 EST How many Calories are you eating per day post I had my Gastric Bypass in feb 2007--so i am a little over a yr out--last i was told by the GI Nutrtion dept we were supposed to live the rest of our lives eating high protein low carb low fat of course--but eating between 800-1000 calories per day--i just would like to know what others are instructed to do.. i have a hard time even eating 1,000 calories a day--i am going for a visit to Geisinger hospital in Danville PA where i had my surgery next month and i am gonna ask them-- i just never ... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 19:51:31 EST WHAT'S LEFT Hi All, I was wondering if you of you members use a littlee trick that I do to help with our battle of the bulge. I always try and leave something on my plate, nomatter how good it is. You would be surprised how this adds up towards calories saved!!! Now of course, you can't cheat and put extra on the plate to leave!!! Anyone ever tried this? <em>224</em> Sat, 15 Mar 2008 15:14:16 EST Gastric Bypass Revision Ok, This hurts as one haveing to be told you need a revision hurts like all getout. I would love to get feedback from anyone that has faced this issue! <em>39</em> Thu, 13 Mar 2008 20:57:05 EST tanning booth i've lost about 100 pounds since GBS in 10/2006. i'm going on vacation in april to a warm place and have been to a tanning booth to avoid burning when i'm on vacation. in the past when i've tanned it's been real easy on my skin. this is the first time i've tanned since GBS and i'm burning easy. i do know tanning booths aren't good to start with, but i'm trying to avoid the burn on vacation, but getting it now. anyone else have this experience? Thu, 13 Mar 2008 19:02:53 EST Hi, I'm New (RNY 5/14/01 Hi everyone. I had a very distal RNY 7 years ago. Lost 250# in about 18 months, had regained 50# (20%) mostly in the past 2 years. I have lost 26 since December and hope to lose 50 more to get to goal. <BR> <BR> I just found this site and I am so glad to be here! Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:32:14 EST MISUNDERSTOOD I was just informed that because I used capital letters in my note, that that meant that I was yelling and screaming at the person. I did not know that that is what it meant. I am legally blind and it is easier to see my mistakes when I type. I apoligize to anyone that thought that. Though, if you would read my notes, they have always been positive and upbeat and never have I been detrimental nor dimeaning to anyone. Some days its just not worth going on these threads.Peggy <em>198</em> Sun, 9 Mar 2008 18:54:14 EST Newbie Hi, I had gastic bypass 4yrs & 7mos. ago. It's tough to maintain weight loss & unfortunatly have gained 30 of the 100 lbs back, anyone else in that position? Please help. Thanks Sun, 9 Mar 2008 09:52:06 EST Hi I'm Andi Had RNY 2-17-03 I started out at 311lbs got down to 109 then to a very healthy weight for me 125-130 for 4 yrs, exercise almost daily still stick to the rules but now I weigh 153 so my surgeon's office told me to start logging everything here. I have gained this weight just this year. I am not sure if something is wrong with me or I'm just meant to be fat....And yes I still exercise, no sugar, no fast food no fried foods not on any anti depressants...Welcome to my life 1 big diet. I need support thats why... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 20:09:22 EST Supplements I've also fallen off the vitamin supplement wagon, and I can't find my binder of info from when I originally had my surgery. <BR> <BR> Can you guys tell me what types of supplements your programs recommend? Tue, 4 Mar 2008 09:25:48 EST Four years ago today... Today is the 4th anniversary of my gastric bypass surgery. I stepped on the scale this morning, and I am vowing to myself that number will never again go higher. <BR> <BR> At my initial consultation, I was at my highest weight I was 340 pounds. The day of my surgery I was 308 pounds. At my lowest weight, I was 192 pounds. Today, and for the past year, I've been back up to 248 pounds. <BR> <BR> I know the weight gain is due to the Depo Provera, but it's my fault it hasn't come off again.... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 08:39:52 EST Hi ~ I am new to the board I had a lap RNY done on 6-29-07 in Arlington Heights, IL by Dr. James Kane Jr. I have had no complications at all! Thank you Jesus! I do have issues when I eat too fast! I have had several UTI due to not drinking enough water. I just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary... and was thrilled to do it 104 lbs. lighter than last year. Since I live in Iowa, I am anxious for spring to come so I can get out in the fresh air to walk. I workout on my treadmill, exercise bike, and I do an old ... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 11:48:39 EST Hi ~ I am new to the board I had a lap RNY done on 6-29-07 in Arlington Heights, IL by Dr. James Kane Jr. I have had no complications at all! Thank you Jesus! I do have issues when I eat too fast! I have had several UTI due to not drinking enough water. I just celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary... and was thrilled to do it 104 lbs. lighter than last year. Since I live in Iowa, I am anxious for spring to come so I can get out in the fresh air to walk. I workout on my treadmill, exercise bike, and I do an old ... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 11:48:30 EST Hi everyone Hi I have an question have anyone been on the 5 day pouch test to get back on track and to see if your pouch is still working and have any success on it I am planning to start on it but I feel like I might fail on it so any input on this subject would be appreciated. Sun, 2 Mar 2008 16:51:49 EST WLS and Gallstones any one have any i wish they would have just taken it when the cut me up! <em>46</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 21:25:46 EST DIFFERENT WAYS TRIED TO LOSE WEIGHT Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, and a great middle of the week to you all. <BR> I was reading through some of the Boards this morning and reading about how other people have tried to lose weight. I added up all of the different ways I have tried and it was amazing all of the crazy things I have tried <BR> <BR> 1) Had jaw wired shut for 8 months, lost 100 pounds <BR> 2) Hypnosis, lost 30 pounds Very Expensive <BR> 3) Liquid Protein Diet, lost 20 pounds Boring <BR> 4) Weight Watchers,10 pd... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 11:36:04 EST Emotional eating I'm struggling with emotional eating. I'm sure everyone has to deal with this.. but..for me with Patrick (suicide, 7/5/07) being gone is hitting me again. Nothing really I think is the trigger except for things like the truck heater going out and things like that. I just don't want to handle it all, even tho I have to and I have been. It seems like one thing gets fixed, something else goes wrong. I'm having a hard time learning how to deal with this emtional eating. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Wed, 27 Feb 2008 06:27:55 EST Please dont judge: Drugs One of my new WLS buddies is interested in going to BurningMan or popsicle, for those of you who dont know these are psychadelic raves, where psychadelics will be used. now shes 7 months post op, and im 1 1/2months and we used to party together. every one can tell me, "oh she shouldnt do it, you shouldnt even be thinking about it." yadda yadda, but i would like to know what anyone thinks about this. psychadelics/narcotics used after WLS? im deffinately to scared to even think about it, im jus... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 18:50:15 EST I'm in the same boat` I've had by gastric bypass surgery 1 1/2 years ago. I've recently found out that my system can tolerate some sugar and now I'm off to the races. Although before I go too far I want you all to know that Alcohol became a huge problem for me after surgery and as you all probably know our system doesn't process it like it use too. Therefore landing me in a detox center and then a 4wk rehab program which is where I stumbled upon the ability to eat sugar again. It was not easy trying to eat hea... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 13:15:19 EST Hi I am new Hi I'm new to sparks people three years post surgery transferred to a new job with more stress and gained 40lbs talk about stress. Just looking for others to chat with and hopefully find ways to work through this and get started loosing again. <BR> <BR> My son also had gastric bypass and also is finding stress adding to his weight looking for ways to help him as well. <BR> <BR> I hope to get a sparks page started soon any suggestions? <em>198</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:38:55 EST Scale frustration Ok, I know it's only been a few weeks, 3, since surgery on feb 1, but my scale isn't moving as fast as I thought it would. I was overwhelmed at the fast drop in the first days, but now I'm stuck at the same weight. Is this normal? I'm eating less than 1000 calories, I'm walking at work and doing some rowing when I feeling the energy. Am I doing something wrong? am I broken? or is my scale broken? <BR> <em>303</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 06:48:25 EST Pureed Foods I had my surgery on Feb. 11 and I am about a week away from pureed foods. I am so ready too because these liquids every 15 min. gets old. Anyway, what I need to know is what kinds of things did you puree? What is good? Any recipes to pass on to me? I am ready for more foodish type stuff, lol. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 15:08:37 EST Hello Hello all just to start I had the surgery 6/30/97. I lost a lot of weight going from 285 to 180 in a 5ft 1 inch frame. Since then I have gained a lot back I know it is due to lack of working out and also having two kids. I can still eat little portions but they are bigger portions then what they where when I first had the surgery. I just joined weight watchers but I don't know if it is going to work since I can only eat so little. I know that I need to get off my butt and start working ou... Sun, 17 Feb 2008 09:21:14 EST Feeling Hungry I have been feeling really hungry lately. I am one year post op and have lost 113 lbs. It seems that I get hungrier as I eat solid food, than full. It is getting harder and harder to wait the 10 minutes between bites. Any suggestions? Sat, 16 Feb 2008 11:45:38 EST NonScale victories I'm not sure if this is really a victory.. well, ok, it definitely is... but my wedding rings, they almost fell off while I was doing the dishes this morning. <em>244</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2008 07:36:41 EST Newbie! Hi, just joined & I'm excited to meet you all. Thu, 14 Feb 2008 02:31:46 EST Help getting back on track.... So I am really struggling. If you have read my profile, you know that I have lost 116 pounds but have been at the same weight for about 9 months now. The reason for that is 100% me, and I recognize that - which is why I am here. My problem is I see myself slipping into old habits. Or rather, I am not letting my new found knowledge become habits. Exercise is so hard for me - I can find any reason not to do it, however, when I do do it, I feel so much better so I'm not sure why I struggle ... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 00:13:43 EST February 21 is the day!! I am through with my pre-ops! I have lost 22 pounds since my last visit to the surgeons office. Met the actual surgeon who will be performing the surgery and loved him!!!! Saw the Anesthesiologist today. Shopped for protein bullets and soups. Have a new robe and slippers. Woohoo a little over a week to go!!!!!!!! <em>104</em> Tue, 12 Feb 2008 22:35:37 EST One Year After Surgery Hi I am one year out from surgery and down 113lbs. I would like to lose about 15 more lbs and then maintain. It is the maintenance that scares me. I hope to find good support here! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Frannyp Tue, 12 Feb 2008 17:48:05 EST Going back to work forms need some tweaking <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I knew some information would be lost in the mix. My job needs information from the surgeon. I did not speak with him directly. <BR> <BR> Today, I got the forms and it has me as being able to lift 70 pounds. I have not been able to do that since the 90's. <BR> <BR> I knew something should have been said when the new person called me. It is not really that complicated a form. <BR> <BR> I just have certain limitations, and it seems as if miracles happened because of... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 16:50:02 EST Foods - Go, No Go I was wondering what foods you have problems with and which foods you don't have problems with... Ok, here it is, I bought a soft avocado and I was wondering if I should actually eat it or not. I was thinking of just eating it like yogurt. I know it's high in fat, but it looked so good. Maybe with a little salsa juice to puree it down? What do you think? Sat, 9 Feb 2008 11:30:01 EST 46 Days to RNY!!!!! Hi I wanted to introduce myself to you all. I have 46 days till my RNY. I am very excited and so ready to do this. I know it is a tool and is not a fix all. I have tried everything else and nothing has worked to get this weight off. I need lots of support, so when I saw this group I knew I needed to join. <BR> My name is Kim and I am 40 years old. A SAHM of 4 wonderful children. My hubby is very supportive of my choice and is excited for me to do this too. <BR> I am looking forward to gett... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 13:57:58 EST Hi I didn't even realize there was a team for us. I am so pleased to find this out. I had gastric bypass 6 years ago lost 100 pounds and gained back 40. Well, I have on the way back down and very happy about it. I know I can. I just let the snacking and emotional eating get in the way. I feel like I am back on track. My question do any of you exprience pain? Do certain foods still bother you? Thanks for your in put. Fri, 8 Feb 2008 12:46:49 EST creative meals - first weeks I'm having to be a bit creative since I'm out of chicken and beef broth - good source of my protein. I drained a can of soup. It's a bit thicker than broth, but I'm just coating my spoon and 'eating' it from there. Honey, my dog, will be getting the goodies of the can of soup. <BR> Tue, 5 Feb 2008 17:48:07 EST IM COLD I AM COLD, I'M COLD, I'M COLD!!!!!!!!!! I used to break wind and work up a sweat. I didn't even have to breath heavy to be hot I was always hot. My BF used to call me his own personal little heater at night because I was just so warm. Ever since my surgery I am cold, I am always cold. I have to wear many layers and always socks. I HATE THINGS ON MY FEET but if I do not wear thick socks I have toe-sicles...anyone else suffer like this? Is there anything I can do? I heard once Niacin raises yo... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 23:02:32 EST stomach stapled 18 years ago I had my stomach stapled 18 years ago. I can hardly believe it's been that long. The most I lost was 98 lbs. and have gained all but 17 lbs back. I feel like such a looser. I had the tool but misused it. I wish I could make it work again instead of having to do the traditional dieting again to loose weight. I have tried dieting ever since I put the weight back on and it doesn't work. <em>39</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2008 20:27:38 EST first day home this is my first day home after surgery and I don't think I was getting much protein in at the hospital. Oh they gave me isopures and such but I didn't like those flavor that they gave me. so my goal today is to get my 40 grams of protein in and my fluids. My pain meds put me to sleep so .. LOL I'll have to work on that during my waking periods. I'm feeling tired and drained, but I know that's to be expected. I could use a shower too, but I have to work around my staples and my drain they lef... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 10:03:06 EST I'm back It has been almost a year since I have been back, but I am heavier and even more committed to getting back to my goal weight and shedding these unwanted pounds. I so dearly want the body I worked so hard to get, I feel like a GBP failure! I started my journey at 360 lbs and had my surgery on Jan.12/05. I went all the way down to my lowest at 179, and now am back up to 255 (was 260, but dropped 5). I was able to eat most things and it seemed that I would graze and eat all day long. I am gratef... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 21:54:48 EST gastric bypass lady gone wild I blew my renewed vow to eat right badly yesterday. I went to visit a young cancer patient at St. Jude where my grandaughter was. I was so overwhelmed at being at the same place we had spent so much time and seeing that little girl so sick that my emotions just went haywire. It was like reliving all the pain and suffering my little Destiny went through. We were at the Ronald McDonald House and saw all the little handprints of the children who had stayed there (including Destiny) and I saw... Sun, 3 Feb 2008 10:39:05 EST Hi Hi everyone I had my gastric bypass surgery 14 years ago I had gain back 60 pounds of my weight loss and I decided to start back on low carb eating I notice when I don't eat carbs I start losing my weight do anyone know any low carbs snack ideas are low carb web-sites I can check for my low carb eating program so I can completing lost all my weight and reach my goal within the year thank for your assistance. <em>213</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2008 18:23:22 EST did anyone have doubts prior to surgery I have been working so hard to get my surgery to become a reality. Now that it is less than a month away I am very nervous. I have been on sparks for three weeks and lost almost 26 pounds. I have that little doubt in my head, well maybe this time I can do it. I know I have said that over and over again and have never been able to. I know the surgery is right for me and just wondering if it is like before getting married, a little cold feet. Any thouoghts? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2008 13:03:39 EST need low carb ideas My nutritionist told me I need 15 or less carbs per day to lose my weight.. Any quick recipes?? Thu, 31 Jan 2008 17:53:30 EST my date is fast approaching Hi! I would like to join this team even though I have not had my gastric bypass yet. I am scheduled for 2/21/08 and am so excited and nervous at the same time. I look forward to going thru the posts and see what is going on. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 23:33:41 EST 30 LBS to Lose...After Gastric Bypass... I am new to this site and want to introduce myself. My name is Hollie Seward and I had Gastric Bypass surgery August 23, 2003. I was initially 350lbs and climbing before surgery. I lost 200 pounds and had kept it off until this past 5-6 months. I have now gained 30 lbs and want to lose this before Summer of this year. If you have any good advice, please contact me...Thanks, Hollie Sun, 27 Jan 2008 12:55:06 EST Helloooooooo! Newbie to the group. I am investigating gb surgery and would love to hear from anyone with info to share so I can make an educated decision. Fri, 25 Jan 2008 20:53:40 EST Nutritional needs A this point (5 yrs out) how many calories, carbs , fat and protein do we need to lose weight?? <em>4</em> Fri, 25 Jan 2008 15:14:25 EST Hi! I had gastric bypass in Aug. 2006. I lost 116 pounds in about 9 months. Since then, I have been static and staying within 5-8 pounds of that weight (191 pounds). In fact, the month of December I figured out that I can tolerate most sugar, and returned to a lot of my old habbits - which caused an 8 pound weight gain. <BR> <BR> I have realized that the surgery has done what it is going to do and that from here, it is all up to me to reach my goal of 145 pounds. Since the first of the year,... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 11:22:45 EST 5 day pouch test I am on the 4th day and have lost 6 lbs and do know I have a working pouch!!! Lord now I remember why I went to slider foods. The ground beef almost killed me when I ate 1 bite too many!! Mercy this will let you know quick that the tool is still there! I also made an apptment to see my surgeon in Feb for aftercare. I haven't been since Destiny was diagnosed with cancer 3 yrs ago! Thu, 24 Jan 2008 23:05:10 EST support groups I am serious about getting back on track! i went to my first baratric support group meeting tonight. It was fun and made me feel better to know that I was not alone with my emotional eating! <em>250</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:42:58 EST new to GBS and spark people hello, i had GBS in october and am looking for more support! my biggest concern right now is protein. I know it is important, my doc does not recommend supplements, however i do my best to use them knowing how important it is. how much protein do you shoot for a day? <em>9</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2008 16:30:00 EST 5 day pouch test I started it today after I saw it mentioned in another post the link is This will explain it better than I can. Under recipes for day1 is split pea soup...It is wonderful! <BR> Vicki <em>4</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2008 13:56:29 EST So happy to find this group. I had my bypass in 03 and had lost 120. I never thought I would let myself regain 40lbs, but I never thought I would have 2 granddaughter with life threatening illnesses. One has leukemia and was diagnosed in 04, we had 2 1/3 yrs of treatments and are now finished. The other has cystic fibrosis and was diagnosed in 06 and there is no cure. I wasn't prepared for the fact that the surgery only fixed my belly not my heart or head. I ate again for comfort and was so depressed! I am better now... Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:38:43 EST Hello all of you! I am so glad to have found you. Greetings, <BR> <BR> I had my RNY surgery on August 6, 2008 and am doing fairly well. I have lost a total of 115 lbs so far and am 100 pounds from my ultimate goal. When I went in for surgery I weighed in at 394 pounds! I was weighed last month and I weighed 279. I am disabled and use a wheelchair to get around so I don't get weighed but once a month on the wheelchair scale at my doctor's office and the next weigh in for me will be Jan. 31st. I am so excited because for a while I totally ref... Fri, 18 Jan 2008 18:02:40 EST Mind if I join??? I'm a little over 5 months out. Down about 85-90 lbs depending on the scale. I've had tons of issues and surprised that I've lost as much as I have even though I feel like I'm losing soooo super slow. I was on TPN for 9 weeks in the beginning and have a g-tube for feeding on my bad days. <BR> <BR> I struggle loads with protein and my weight loss has slowed to prove it! <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jan 2008 21:29:18 EST I'm a newbie <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Sherry and I'm new the group. I'm 29 years old, about to be 30 in a few days (boo!). I am a single mother to 4 and 5 year old girls. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University (Gig em Ags!) and a soon to be graduate of Strayer University Online. I work in I.S. in the Texas Medical Center. <BR> <BR> I had laproscopic Gastric bypass surgery on April 17, 2006. My highest weight was 302. I was 289 the day of sugery and the lowest I have reached in weight wa... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 12:40:59 EST Lite Yogurts Hello. I like to eat yogurt for the protein but having trouble finding a brand that doesn't have too much sugar. Any suggestions? <BR> Thank you. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 11:48:56 EST