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4/27/15 9:15 A

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Hi all,

Just wanted to introduce myself. I am 44, 6'-1" tall and living in Texas. I had Lap band surgery in Feb 2008 at 602 lbs. My doctor didn't offer the sleeve to me back then because I was so heavy and he had just started doing them. I wanted the Lap band because I wanted to be able to reverse it if something went wrong anyway. I lost approximately 180 lbs and then stalled for 3-4 years, oscillating +/-15 lbs for that period. It was a successful result
(I mean I did lose the weight equivalent to an average size man), but I was still too large to be as active as I wanted and enjoy life to the fullest. So I revised to a Gastric Sleeve in July 2014 and have now lost 135 more lbs and still losing. I reached a milestone a few weeks ago by going below 300 lbs. As of this post I've lost 314 lbs! Half of me is gone forever. My goal has been to get to 250 lbs and then set new goals from there. Only 38 more lbs to go.

I was married for the first time in Dec 2013 and we are starting a family.

I never thought I could feel this good again. Investing in myself was the best decision I ever made.



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4/9/15 7:13 A

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Hi, just wanted to touch base and say hello. I am new to the team. I have had my appointment with the bariatric staff and have decided on the gastric bypass surgery. My insurance had several pre-requisites for the surgery and have recently completed them. I have a couple of other minor items to take care of and I am hoping to schedule my surgery in the next month or so. I am glad to find this team. I am a little scared because it is such a huge step to take, but one that I know will help me as I have trouble loosing the weight by myself. I loose a little then gain it back. I have several other health issues that have made this choice the best for me. I look forward to getting to know everyone here.


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1/29/15 4:57 P

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Congrats on all for taking that first step and going into the weight loss surgery program.

I had thought about the sleeve-but my insurance and surgeon told me that Gastric Bypass would do the best good for me-due to diabetes, etc and so that is what I had. I had my surgery on 12/17/2012 and have not regretted the decision. I have lost a total of 160 pounds since then.
When I left the hospital from the surgery I was no longer on Diabetic Meds. My A1c is 5.0 and maintaining.
I feel a 100% better.


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1/24/15 4:20 P

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Hi all!

I'm K and I'm 28, soon to be 29. I have been referred by my GP to a bariatric center for weight loss surgery. I'm thinking it will be a gastric sleeve plus a possible partial bypass. I am currently attending these educational classes called Weight Wise (10 all in total) and then will be attending Crave workshops (3). I have to do my lifestyle journaling and wear a pedometer. I'll hopefully be having surgery between July and January depending on wait time and how quickly I can meet my prereqs for surgery.

Looking forward to getting to know ya'll.

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Hi everyone! I'm Karri, after yo-yoing my entire life (I'm 32) I went to a bariatric support group then earlier this week to an informational meeting. I've also read a few books, watched YouTube videos and read blogs. September 11, I have my first meeting with the dietician. I feel like this is the best route for me and I'm super excited to learn all I can from everyone here as well as the support and be support for anyone that needs it :)



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7/30/14 5:45 P

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I had surgery on 12/17/2012 and have lost 160 pounds since then. Started out wearing a size 4xl in scrubs at work and now I just started wearing a size small in scrubs.
I have got myself on maintain, though to try and slow down any more weight loss. Hubby is afraid I am whittling away to nothing.

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I just joined this team. I just had my first bariatric surgery consult appt. I'm thinking about getting the gastric sleeve.

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6/19/14 10:01 A

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I had the gastric sleeve.
I am doing well, I think, except for occasionally vomiting from eating too fast... because i go too long without eating.
I am staying hydrated. liquid is so much easier to consume than actual food so i prefer drinking.

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6/18/14 6:05 P

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Welcome to the group! What surgery did you have? How are you doing with it? Keeping hydrated?

Carol

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6/18/14 4:46 P

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Hi!
I just joined this group.
I had weight loss surgery 2 months ago. I'm down 39lbs. Just looking for more support/community/people who are going through the same things as I am, I guess.


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6/9/14 1:06 A

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I hope that everyone is having a good week!!!

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6/6/14 3:59 P

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Welcome, Alison!!!!! Why don't you start a journal and keep track of everything-measurements, weight, thoughts, before and after pictures, etc.. It is great to look back on and I find it a great motivator!

Carol

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5/12/14 2:36 P

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Hi Alison! I agree with you, tracking is hard, but it may be the absolute key! I also found a helpful book - 'The Emotional First + Aid Kit" by Cynthia L. Alexander.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein


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5/12/14 2:08 P

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Hi! I'm Alison and I am joining this group to learn more about WLS and gain insight from those with lived experience. I am in the referral process for bariatric surgery and have my initial orientation in July. I was referred by my NP in April. I live in Ontario, Canada....and the process takes between 8-15 months from referral to surgery. I have been reading a lot of books on the topic and feel that this is right for me. I am now looking for more personal accounts and real tips for what to expect, both successes and struggles. I have been a SparkPeople member since 2009/2010 and have returned for the structure, support and community while I attempt to get things in order and re-learn the power of tracking! Thanks :)


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Well, looks like we have have some nice weather sometime this weekend coming up. Hubby and I are off work and will be looking for ways to get out-like to the park, etc.. Still looking for flea markets.

Carol

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Thanks, Carol! What a great idea!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein


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Ah the start of your journey. Start and keep a journal with starting pictures, measurements, feelings, etc. You keep adding to it as you go along. Great for motivation and looking back on your journey.

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5/1/14 12:22 P

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Hi, everyone, I'm Ellen. I'm almost 60 and in the process of getting a sleeve gastrectomy. I have met with the surgeon, have screening appointments with the psychologist, nursing, nutrition and the exercise physiologist coming up in the next few weeks. Tonight I have a sleep study. It's all a little overwhelming, but I think this will be a good thing for me after yo-yo dieting for 35 years! I'd be glad to hear any advice you may have for me.

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4/27/14 1:20 A

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Greetings, everyone;

This is a good place to connect with others who have had the surgeries, or will have.
A place to trade ideas, recipes, etc..

Carol

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4/24/14 7:01 P

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Hello everyone... I am from North Texas, Close to DFW, I am 30 years old with a wonderful husband and 3 beautiful kids that are my inspiration for this.I have been struggling with weight loss for so long, since I was 15 years old. I have been talking about weight loss surgery for 2 years now. No one ever thought I would actually do it, nor did I myself. I found a doctor that took both my insurances, I have been working the last year really hard to get this surgery and guess what! My surgery date is May 9th. I start my pre-op diet tomorrow. I am so, so excited. I have overcome all my fears of having this surgery and I am more than ready, i just don't like the idea of having surgery. I have really bad anxiety and I don't take medicine for it but I have had 6 surgeries and it is just scary, but I know I will be fine. I have already lost 20 lbs on my own in the past 3 months on my medically supervised weight loss. My doctor says I should lose 20 lbs on my pre op diet and the another 20 pounds by my 2 week post op visit for a total loss of 60 lbs by 2 weeks post op which is really exciting and that would put me under 300 lbs for the first time in 8 years!!I would like to find some ladies that i can talk with on a daily/weekly basis and kinda go through this together, be buddies, perhaps maybe even find some ladies in my area and go walk some trails or something. We all need lots and lots of support, we all need someone to cal when we are feeling low, or tempation sets in. I cannot weight to share my story and success with all of you and to hear all of your stories.

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4/19/14 7:13 P

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Welcome to the group, Cheryl. Being diagnosed with Sleep apnea they will get you a Pap machine.
I had my Gastric Bypass (done via the Davinci robot) on 12/17/2012 and I have since lost 150 pounds. When I left the hospital I was no longer on my diabetic meds. My A1c runs 5.1.
It was the best thing that I had done for myself and I feel 100% better.
I work at the hospital I had it at. The week before surgery I was wearing a size 4xL scrubs for work-now I wear a size medium. Now I can walk up and down the stairs without getting short of breath, etc.... it feels great.

Carol
PS- My before and after comparison pictures are still in my blogs.

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Debby, nice to meet you my name is Cheryl and I'm 25. I too have always thought of weight loss surgery as cheating and nothing that I would ever do because if I could stay on a strict diet and exercise plan I could lose it. WRONG on so many levels I have only found myself GAINING weight. I was told yesterday that I needed the surgery, I was diagnosed with SEVERE sleep apnea at the age of 17. I'm scared but I know if it will save my life I am ready to have it done today.

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4/19/14 7:19 A

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Hello everyone my name is Cheryl. Not sure exactly where to start but at the beginning. All through my teen and up to the age I am now I have struggled with my weight. My heaviest being at 295. At the age of 17 I had to have a sleep study done but lost my insurance due to age shortly after having it done. At that time my weight was around 220-230. I finally got those results yesterday after seven years. My PCP scheduled me an appointment with a sleep specialist and I mentioned that I had one done when I was younger. My file was pulled and I was diagnosed with SEVERE sleep apnea at 17. At the time I had 68 episodes an hour of not breathing. So one of the things to help with that my dr wants done is to have another sleep test so I can get on a CPAP machine but he said I NEEDED weight loss surgery as well as having my tonsils removed. Sorry to just be rambling on but I'm still in some what of a shock, I did not realize that everything was that bad. So now before I really get into everything with finding out what surgery is going to be best for me I would like to talk to people that have had it done and to see what their thoughts on it is as well as other questions that could arise.

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4/13/14 4:57 P

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Happy sunday!!! let's all get out and do something!!! It finally looks like Spring here.

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!!!!

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Welcome, Briana. It is a good time to start a journal for your journey. Great to look back on.
Weight, measurements, how you feel etc........ Before pictures.

Carol

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My name is Briana. I am planning on having my surgery in about 6 months. I have to do a 6 month doctor supervised diet to make my insurance happy and after that I plan on either the lapband or the sleeve, still deciding. I have done all the pre-testing now it is just a waiting game, and a "see how much I can loose before my surgery" game. LOL

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2/4/14 7:09 P

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Welcome everyone!!! I had my RNY on 12/17/2012. I was wearing size 4xl scrubs at work at the hospital that week-I now wear a size medium!! The best thing I have had done for myself and I would do it again in a heart beat! Big change-but worth every bit.

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Hi Everyone

I am Jodi and new to this team. I had a RNY on New Years Eve (12/31/13) so am about one month out of surgery! I feel fantastic ad feel it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Like most I have battled for years and tried everything imaginable....I am very interested in recipes that would work well for those of us on this team. Feel free to share or provide resources if you have any! Happy New Year!! emoticon

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Hello everyone! My name is Debby and I am a 57 yo retired woman who lives in Shallow Lake, Ontario. I had RNY surgery in July 2013 after my diabetic Dr told me I would never lose enough weight to be healthy as long as I was on insulin. Years of trying told me he was probably right. I felt really stuck because I couldn't go without the insulin and my weight was keeping me from exercising effectively. I had such back pain that I couldn't stand upright long enough to cook a meal or walk my dogs. I couldn't work was denied disability, and had to retire to have an income! My wonderful Dr Worked with me to make the referral to the Bariatric program in Ontario and the surgeon who I was eventually paired up with frankly told me that I probably didn't have long to live. He agreed with my Dr that weight loss while on insulin was not going to happen except with surgery. The process of getting to an actual surgical date was long and sometimes frustrating but after my surgery, I left the hospital off my insulin and my blood pressure medication! I still take pills for my diabetes but no 4x/day insulin! Not to make my story too long (maybe too late already), I felt for a long time that giving in to bariatric surgery was "cheating" or taking the easy way out. Now I know that it was neither and while not the first action that an obese person should take, it can be life-saving for some.

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thanks, keep me posted on your recovery,... i went to first bariatric seminar last night, i was kinda scared, you know the butterfly feeling in your stomach kinda thing? well to tell ya the truth it went very well, i was even excited afterwards , to get this journey started.
so now it's the waiting game on insurance, then the call from dr office for the *come on in so we can start * lol i'll keep ya posted...
take care :)

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9/26/13 3:09 P

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Hi Terri. I was on full liquids for 2 weeks before surgery but this is different with different surgeons. I used Atkins Shakes and Lean Body shakes a lot. Lean Body shakes are very filling, at least to me. Your doctor's staff or nutritionist may have suggestions.

BYW I had gastric bypass last Thurs. Went home on Sat. Am a little sore, but not too bad. emoticon

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9/24/13 7:42 A

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Hi,
before your surgery,....
was wondering what kind of diet do you go on ? is it protien shakes, if so what brand ? so when it comes my turn i'll know what to buy. thanks and good luck on your journey.i know it will be worth it !



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9/24/13 12:35 A

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Happy Fall!!!! On to good fall recipes!!!

Carol

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Congratulations to those with upcoming surgeries!!!

I am glad to see others on here as well.

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hi ,
im looking into having the sleeve done as well, i go for my first seminar on this ,in 2 weeks, was wondering if you could kinda explain what i can expect to go through to start this journey , and what it was like after having surgery, just want to know any an all information i can get about this from someone who has gone through it... i know i can read up on it, but to me i would like to hear about it from someone who knows first hand... thanks for taking the time to let me know... terri :)

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I had my RNY July 29,2013 and I have no regrets. My case was very complex but my surgeons were great. My pre-op journey took a whole year but I managed to lose 80 lbs before surgery. I am now down a total of 104.4 lbs and feeling fabulous. I now seek friends that understand the struggles we have to go through and our lifelong journey so please feel free to add me.

What may seem like baby steps to some are giant leaps to others...


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Hi Michelle! It's nice that you and hubbie will be getting healthy together! It's a pleasure to meet you!

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Great work, Lori! It is a real pleasure to meet you!

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Hi, Im Lori,

On July 16, 2013, I had Open RNY Surgery.

My surgery went very smoothly. Smoother than I had dared hoped. I had pain, but was able to wean myself off the morphine pump by the 1st morning after surgery. I had surgery on a Tues & was determined to get home by Friday afternoon. For those who dont know, I have a chihuahua named Peppy who is my spoiled rotten furbaby. I was worried about him & needed to get back to him. My surgeon was very impressed with my progress & agreed that I could return home (350 miles from the hospital) on Friday.

I have followed the diet to the letter, even limiting myself on the free foods, so that I dont stretch my stomach by accident. I am now eating pureed foods, on my way to being able to eat regular food. Im currently eating 2 ounces of food 3 times a day with 2 protein shakes a day to supplement my protein needs. Starting September 17th, I will move to 3 ounces of food 3 times a day. My stomach will never get any bigger than 8 ounces.

I had this surgery for ME. Not for anyone else. I did it to save my life. My mother passed away at 52 of heart disease & my father passed at 60 with chronic lymphatic lukemia. i just turned 48 last month. If I wanted to make it any farther than 50, I had to make some major changes in my life, well this was the start to those changes. I have several more surgeries in my future. Both knees need to be replaced as they are bone on bone, I have a large hernia in my stomach that will need to be removed after I lose alot more weight; ans my surgeon informed me that I will need to have the extra skin from my weight loss removed around my stomach. So I still have along way to go, but Im looking forward to being smaller & healthier than I was when I graduated high school.

I forgot to say, So far 6 weeks after surgery I have lost 61lbs, 6 inches off my hips and 3 inches off my waist. I am able to walk with my rollator about 250 feet without stopping & without being out of breath! I can even talk while Im walking... those things are Miracles to me. Before surgery I could walk about 15 feet without being out of breath! I was able to walk through Family Dollar last week, I had to stop, but I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Dr even commented at my 1st post op visit, look you have collarbones now! That was awesome! I have went down 3 sizes in clothes so far & am looking at the next one!

I get my inspiration from my Fellow Sparkers.....Keep up the Great Work!

Spark On!!!!

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8/30/13 10:28 A

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Hi everyone! I am scheduled for RNY on 9/19/13. I'm so glad I found this page for Weight Loss Surgery folks. Look forward to getting to know you all! emoticon

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Hi everybody! I'm just starting my journey here in Lexington, KY! My husband and I attended our seminar in June and we BOTH are having surgery about 2 weeks apart. We're on a strict high protein/low carb diet until surgery, hopefully in September! We're so excited! Glad to meet you all!

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Time isn't moving fast enough!
Seminar 6/10/2013
1st appt 7/11/2013 (nutrition class, psych eval, physical)
2nd appt 7/19/2013 (Psychologist, Endoscopy)
Nutrition Class 7/31/2013
Stress Test 7/31/2013 and 8/1/2013
Submitted to Insurance 7/31/2013
Insurance Approval 8/16
Bariatric BootCamp 10/28/2013
SURGERY! 10/30/2013
Follow Ups 9/6, 9/30


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Welcome to everyone new!!!

Gerhring13-make sure you attend those classes ahead of time to learn how to eat and in portion control before you have your surgery.

I hope everyone is doing well.

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Location: Upstate, NY
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Surgery Date: 12/17/2012
RNY with Dr. T.Paul Singh at Albany Medical Center.


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Hello, my name is Stephanie. I had the RNY Gastric bypass on March 26, 2013 after many many years of losing and gaining the weight back for years. The day of my surgery I weighed 279. I have three teenage kids, my oldest is graduating high school in a week and has a weight issue. My other two kids (boys) are thin and very active. I'm married to the love of my life. We are a military family stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state right now. I'm so excited about my future and what it holds.

Stephanie

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My name is Kimberly and I had decided to go ahead and have the Gastric sleeve weight loss surgery after many years of trying to lose weight and not being able to but instead putting more on every year. I had my surgery in January 2011, weighing in at 286, 10 pounds under my peak (296). I got pregnant with my daughter (child #2) which was a complete surprise with me having PCOS AND on birth control. I gave birth to her December 27th of that year weighing about 217lbs. It was a challenge trying to make sure I ate enough to grow a healthy baby, I was able to do it but eating,literally, around the clock. I ended up having to have little snacks beside my bed for when I would wake up hungry. By all rights I should have already reached my goal weight but life happened (and by that I mean that we found out about a month after she was born that our beautiful baby girl has Cystic Fibrosis, so she took/takes a lot of my time. I had a huge learning curve for the first year of her life and her first full fall/winter was harsh) and all I was able to do was sort of maintain a weight. Now, that spring is here I am able to get back to the gym and eat the way I need to! I am now 193lbs and I only have 23 more pounds to go to reach my goal of 170, and at that time I will re-evaluate and "SEE" if I need to lose more or not. This is the smallest I have been since I was about 14 years old. I honestly have no idea what MY ideal weight is. I thought once I reached a size 14 I would be good to go and not need to lose any more. Nope I was wrong. I am so thankful that I had this surgery it has been a great tool to help me get to where I am now! I am also really glad to have found this group! emoticon

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Hello,
I have been on the weight loss journey for many, many years, like everyone here. In 2009, I had planned to have gastric banding surgery, but then got scared. I didn't think I could make the drastic lifestyle change that was required. Since then, my body has progressively gotten worse. I can't run with my kids, go up or down stairs without my knees hurting. My physical health has also worsened.

Then, in December 2012, my PCP asked if I was still seeing the surgeon. That got me thinking and realizing that I will never lose the weight I need to lose without help. I started attending the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, which has nutritionists, dietitians, classes, and other support. While waiting for my appointment one day in March 2013, I started talking to another client that is planning to have surgery. She told me about the Sleeve Gastrectomy. A lightbulb lit up in my mind!

Because of that conversation, I have re-connected with my surgeon, have completed the many tasks he requires, and am working on losing the 5% of my weight that my insurance company requires before surgery can be scheduled. The trouble is, I am having a lot of trouble keeping on track and losing any weight. I think I'm sabotaging myself with eating the wrong things (i.e. ice cream, etc.) and not working out enough. Anyone have any advice about that? emoticon

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Sheila-

Welcome to the group and to your upcoming new life-you will learn lot in those classes before your surgery that you will apply. Remember to ask your Team any questions.

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Surgery Date: 12/17/2012
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4/18/13 7:48 P

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Hi everyone, I am new to the group and on my way to having weight loss surgery. I went for my 3rd seminar a week ago. I got my call yesterday saying my insurance approved me but I have got to meet a deductible of 1100 dollars and go through a 3 month weight management program with TRANSFORMATIONS in Jackson Miss. My 1st appt is May 9th at 1 pm. I have been big all my life and have many health problems. My PCP referred me to the Reggie White Cardio rehab about a month ago, which I love going to. I go there twice a week for support, I see a nutritionist and counselor there for an hour then I exercise for an hour with trained pulmonary assistants. I have managed to lose 26 lbs since starting the rehab and let me tell you, even though I am still over 400 lbs I feel a lot better than I have in a very long while. I am gonna for the Gastric Sleeve surgery but I am sure the doctor is gonna want me to have the Gastric Bypass as my BMI is 80. But I am still gonna tell him i am strung high to have the sleeve done, afterall it is my choice. I can't wait to get the ball a rolling. I am so thankful I stumbled onto this group/team and I have already read some amazing stories, I will graciously take all the support and advice I can get and dont hesitate to ask in return.

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NO MATTER HOW BIG MY HURDLE IS, GOD IS THERE TO HELP ME JUMP OVER IT


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Greetings, Patty and Samantha and welcome to this group.

You can do it!!! Exercise helps. Patty-there are plenty of sit down exercises. I have a DVD called "Chair boxing" and it is good-it really gives you a workout in the sitting position.
There are plenty of sitting down exercises that can be done. Keep up with your Rehab as well. They will give you exerrcises to do to help in your recovery.

Samantha-exercise and walking, etc..will help you.

Carol

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Surgery Date: 12/17/2012
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My name is Samantha. I am going to be 28 in August. I had my gastric sleeve July 20,2011. The day I first met with my surgeon I was 336 lbs(in Jan of the same year). The day of my surgery, I was 298 lbs(I just made the cut-off for my surgeon's pre-surgery weight loss requirement). In the first year I lost 162 lbs(way too fast I may say) because I even had trouble keeping water down(I am convinced and so was another bariatric surgeon) that my surgeon made my sleeve even smaller than he normally would have(this surgeon later admitted he did make it smaller than normal). In April of 2012, I found out I was pregnant with my #3 baby(which was a shock to me since I have PCOS and haven't had a normal period or such in 3 years since my son was born in Dec 2008). My pregnancy was really hard because of the inability to eat enough calories to meet requirements for pregnancy. I was also severally anemic. I did end up having a girl Dec 28th 2012. The day I delivered her, I was 221 lbs. To meet my goal of about 170 lbs, I have a lot of work ahead of me. emoticon

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Hi all, I just joined this group hoping to have a bit of support and information about Lap Band surgery and afterwards. My surgeon has just referred me for Lap Band so I can lose the next 40 pounds.

I've had one back surgery and am not able to do exercise. I do go to PT and I'm going to start walking at a mall with my walker. My PT and I are going to work on creating a workout that I can do that won't aggravate my back. I'm hoping with the Lap Band and the new workout it won't take me to long to lose the 40 pounds.

Please feel free to message me and stop by my page. I'm really feeling the need for encouragement right now.

Patty

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MSMERCY;

Congratulations on your weight loss and getting rid of all those meds!!!

I was just on diabetic Meds, and I went off of them the day I left the hospital in December.
I still check my fasting blood sugars-but, all is well.
Everything is moving along!!

I hope everything stays well with us and everyone out there!

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