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2/20/14 12:24 P

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That was interesting!!! I had never heard of it put that way. I really like that analogy.

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2/18/14 6:25 P

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Hi Lynn!
The Paleo lifestyle is so awesome for our bodies!! I'm wishing you tremendous success!
~ Carol

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Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
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2/18/14 6:24 P

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Hi Jay! So happy to see you here with us. I pray I can be an encouragement to you on this jourmey! I just read a get article on the "stretching of the pouch". Here's what the doctor said:
"Pouch stretch is a common concern of patients after bariatric surgery. They may worry that their pouches will stretch and they will be able to eat large portions of food again. The good news is that your smaller stomach after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, will generally not stretch up to the size of a normal stomach. Whenever we perform a CT scan, contrast swallowing x-ray test, or endoscopy of the stomach pouch, we typically find that the pouch is the same size years after bariatric sugery.

How then can people eat slightly larger portions years after weight loss surgery? Part of the answer lies in the "compliance" of the pouch. Compliance describes how easy it is to distend something. Imagine a balloon fresh out of its package. When you first try to blow it up, it will be difficult. But after blowing it up and deflating it 100 times, it will be easier to blow it up the next time. You will not have to blow as hard. The balloon has not really "stretched" per se. When you deflate it, it is still the same exact size as it was when you first took it out of the package. The volume of the balloon is no larger.

The same is true of your stomach pouch. Even though it will still be small years later, it will be easier to fit more food in it if you try. I always tell my patients that just because you can eat something, it doesn't mean you should. Even with increased compliance, I have found that 5-7 years after bariatric surgery people still can't eat as they could prior to surgery. Portion sizes remain limited so you pouches are always there for you, ready to help keep your weight under control."

Carl Lowe, Jr. MD
taken from Carolina Surgical Center

I hope this article gives you the encouragement to jump right back in.
God Bless You
~ Carol

Carol Thomas
Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
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2/8/14 8:08 P

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I've been enjoying about two weeks of "a new day" feeling. I'm trying to follow a paleo lifestyle by cutting out sugars and grains. So far so good.

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MYPALSCALLMEJAY's Photo MYPALSCALLMEJAY Posts: 371
2/3/14 12:48 A

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I use humor as a coping mechanism. I often joke that I broke my Gastric Bypass Surgery. I know for a fact I stretched it back out and I have gained about 100 pounds and now have lost about 20. This is an important group to me. People think I could easily loose weight after having the surgery. But that was almost 6 years ago.

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1/26/14 6:09 P

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Hi Everyone,
My name is Cat and I have been missing from spark for a short while. I noticed that after Christmas I couldn't get back to the same spark mentality that kept me focused and successful at weight loss. I am so happy that I chose to come back and refocus. I realize that I was guessing instead of tracking, comfortable in not moving as much as I should have and making choices that really were not in my best interest.
I realize that I was falling into old habits. I feel so happy to be with every one that has been in my shoes. Thanks for being here. It has only been one day and yet already I feel re-motivated and happy that I know the right road to take. emoticon

With Love and Hope for a bright Future.
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1/16/14 9:25 A

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Today is a new day for adding some strength training to my exercise routine. I'm 5 months out and have lost 79 pounds, but I feel untoned -- down right "giggly" in my thighs, stomach, and upper arms. I know a lot of it is saggy skin, but I think some muscle tone will help!

Carol Thomas
Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
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3/28/12 1:49 P

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Yeah just go to 5daypouchtest.com It's basically 2 days of liquids, a 3rd day of soft protein, day four is ground meat and day 5 is solid proteins like steak and chicken. Check out the page for the specifics - I am on day 3 and so happy to be eating food again! Canned chicken never tasted so good! haha. But anyway, it's designed to tighten up the pouch and get us back into the patterns of eating that we're supposed to be on - ie protein protein protein.

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3/27/12 11:38 P

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good for you! I have to schedule an upper GI test to see how my pouch is but I know its stretched out. But I also know that doc wants me to diet right so...
what is the 5 day pouch test?
have a link?

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3/26/12 7:01 P

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Hey There! I will help as best I can - I definitely need this group too! Started the 5 Day Pouch Test in an effort to get my pouch back in shape. If that doesn't work, I'll be looking into revision procedures. I cancelled the appointment I had with the dr for tomorrow b/c I decided to give this test a try first - I've read great things about it so I'm hopeful!
I am up 80 lbs from my 125 lb loss in 2003, and I have had Enough! Time to get back on track and now that I know I'm not alone, I feel so much hope! Thank you all!

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3/26/12 11:20 A

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Hi there,, I need help please be my buddy . I had gastric bypass ` surgery on Jan 29 ,09 and got down from 269 to 144 ,but have put on 20 pounds again . I go up and down like a yoyo . My doctor said I need to be at 135 -- I have put up some poor habits .
I need to get back on track,befor I got big. I got to witch I am putting in my mouth ,I got to take time to journal my choices . ,, Thinking about winning this battle in 2012
I NEED PEOPLE HAD GASTRIC BYPASS BUDDY GOD BLESS JOAN

WENT TO BE HEALTHER NOW,AND EAT RIGHT TOO


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6/6/11 5:50 P

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Oh my! It is so nice to know that others are dealing with the issues that I do. I have been with Spark for a few years. I start and have every intention to stay involved but without support and interaction I stop. Lynn, I am happy to hear that this is going to be an active group. I feel I do so much better when I am interacting and giving and receiving support. I am very excited and plan to be more involved.




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LYNNAPO's Photo LYNNAPO Posts: 56
4/27/11 10:06 A

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Welcome Judy!
Isn't it funny (not really) how we know what we should do but cant find the strength or fortitude to follow through and committ to it? Well, I feel that every day is an opportunity to recommitt ourselves to a healthier lifestyle. I sometimes get down or off track, but always try to move myself in the right direction.
I hope that we are all moving in the right direction. You'll find alot of support and resources here. I find that I do better when I make Spark part of my healthy habits. Hopefully you will too!

Keep on trying!
~Linda

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4/12/11 9:31 P

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Hi!
I'm really glad to find this team.
I had my RNY 'way back in October 1996. Starting weight was 372--down from an all-time high of 396. Over the next 8 months I lost 130 lbs--nothing to sneeze at, but I never got anywhere near a goal weight. At that point I developed an incisional hernia and, although I don't think the two events were related, I found I could eat almost anything without getting sick.
Over the last 15 years, I've put 90 lbs back on. I'm sure that my pouch is stretched beyond belief, but I've got to get back on track. I'll be 60 in November, and if I can't get the weight off this time, I'm afraid I'll just give up. I'm a carb junkie and I've got to find to do without them. I know that protein is the way to go.
Intellectually, I know it all--but emotionally I'm a basket case. I need lots of support and I'm hoping to find it here.

Thanks for listening!
Judy emoticon

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3/14/11 10:13 P

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Welcome Jess!
It's a tough day alot of days, but I know it's going to get easier. Spark really keeps me motivated and accountable. I've been actually moving up to running.
I love ready people's spark page blogs. You'll find alot of help and resources for inspiration!
See you around... I know we can do it!
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much more to come!
~Linda

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3/14/11 8:55 P

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Hi Linda!

I just joined Spark People and this team as well. I'd love to make it more active and would love to interact more with others who are going through the same things I am. I'm 5 years out from my surgery and put on about 45lbs after my divorce. I know I can get it off and I know I'm going to enjoy working towards it!

Look foward to talking to you more!

Jess

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3/5/11 9:02 P

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Hi Everybody!

I have been a Spark member for some time but never really lived up to my potential nor have I used all of what Spark has to offer. The past few weeks I have tried to get back into using the site for support but haven't seen anyone around too much.

So, it got me thinking. This is the group I need the most. This group speaks to me. I have now become a (co)team leader to this group in the hope of inspiring myself to stay on track, as well as regain a community of those like us, to lean on.

Post Gastric Bypass Team is something very special; we have different needs and desires. We have gone through this roller coaster of being trapped in a large body, then tasted the sweetness of success of weight loss. There are those who have made the sacrifice of having this surgery, and may never have found the weight loss goal they desired. And here we are now, still overweight, still feeling like we have more to do.

I'm sure there are so many stories that you can share which will help another person find the light switch in their mind which will show them the way to success

Won't you join me in making this an "active" team once more. It doesn't matter if you are dieting, watching what you eat, walking, exercising or thinking about exercising....just start reading and posting. We of all people should understand how much weight is related to the mind. We need to reprogram ourselves, find motivation, give and get love & support.

Check out my profile/blog. Request me as a friend or just post something on the topic board.

Like you, I'm on a journey back to health as well. Let's walk together!

Love
~Linda

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