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Andromedadust, I have been exactly where you are. First of all, do not be embarrassed if you need to you the mobility scooter. You can't just stop living because of the pain and inability to stand and walk far. Use that scooter when you need to. I was not much older than you when I had to start using one. After two back surgeries, I don't need to scooter as often, but when I do, I don't mind pulling mine out of storage and using it. That scooter has gotten me places I would never have been able to go and enjoy without it.
Second of all, there are ways to still get exercise even with your limitations. Water aerobics is one of the best ways as the water takes the pressure off the back, or water walking. But before I even started that, I used a bicycle, because the pain is with standing and walking, but with the bike you are sitting, so often that can be used. The last way I found to get exercise at first is using exercise on SP that can be done sitting down or lying down. There is a routine set up somewhere on this site for people confined to wheelchairs. While we are not confined to a W/C, we still have some of the same problems as far as not being able to stand very long. These were a big help to me when I first started.
I hope this gives you some ideas...but I mostly wanted to say that I understand. Since having two back surgeries, I can now walk most of the time without a cane,walker or scooter...but when I have a bad day, I have no problems in pulling out whichever one I need at the time.....don't let your back keep you from living life! Hugs to you!
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Andromedadust, Welcome to the team and congratulations on beginning your journey to a healthier you! We are glad you found us. I wish you success on your new journey. Take things one step at a time and build a good medical team. It is important to make sure that medical team (primary care, dietician/nutritionist, physical therapist, surgeon, and others) works well with you. Start attending the local support group now. They will help prepare you for your journey. Sometimes they even have team members willing to mentor new members.
You will have to find a form of exercise that you can do every day! It is a must and your success depends upon it both before and after surgery. Work with a physical therapist to develop a program suited to you and one that you are willing to do. I have a bad back (degenerative disc disease), bad joints arthritis, tendonitis, shoulder decompression surgery, and I exercise at least 5 days a week and usually 6 days a week. I do take off one day for resting the muscles and tendons. I do water aerobics (water walking using hand buoys or webbed resistence gloves works too in the beginning), ride a recumbent exercise bike, and am now adding back in hand weight and resistence band exercises. I enjoy these forms of exercise. Walking while good for you is something that is difficult for me to do and running or jogging is out as I have an artificial hip. So you will need to find some form of aerobic/cardio exercise and some form of strengthening/resistence exercise.
As to shopping for food. You need to start your change with meal planning, shopping, and meal prep. Use the internet, amazon.com or netrition.com or other local grocery store online ordering if you cannot walk in the grocery store. Some deliver to the home and others you can just pick up the food after ordering online or by phone. Have you made a shopping list and planned your meals and requested whomever does your shopping to buy those items. If they buy them then you will need to prepare the food. It does not need to be fancy or exotic just healthy. My meals are usually prepared and on the table in around 20 minutes.
I now recommend Four Books to those just starting the journey. The books are easy to read and can be read slowly. These books answered most of my questions. Some are available in E-book format or can be borrowed from the library is you can not purchase them.
Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies - Great reference book for all stages Pre, Surgery, Hospital, Recovery, and Beyond! It will also show you what to expect on the journey.
Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies - There is a great section on setting up your kitchen for after surgery. Recipes for the various food stages but most recipes are for later stage and beyond. Dave Fouts is the chef behind many of the recipes. He had Gastric Bypass Surgery Himself! (Go to his website for his Shake booklet for the early food stages and he has a new book the WLS process I have not read but it is for the early days after surgery www.chefdave.org)
Eat It Up! by Connie Stapleton PhD - We all have food issues and this book helps you identify the food issues and work beyond them to make your weightloss surgery a success.
Weight Loss Surgery Stages of Tranformation by Katie Jay MSW - CTA Certified Wellness Coach. Her book is about what to expect and how to manage change after your bariatric surgery.
Here are a couple of my favorite websites with great information and most also have newsletters:
www.wlsfa.org Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America
www.nawls.com National Association for Weightloss Surgery Katie Jay has a free newsletter (site does have a section that is not free)
www.bariatricafterlife.com Cari De La Cruz who had Gastric Bypass Surgery
www.conniestapletonphd.com or www.eatitupbook.com Connie Stapleton's website
www.chefdave.org Recipes and other information (fee to join but has free newsletter)
com Michelle (Shelly) has great recipes and lots of protein shake recipes!
So jump right in and ask questions and contribute to making this team sparkle and shine!
Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135
I met with a surgeon in my area about a month ago and since then I've already had my fasting blood work done and a cardiopulmonary. Next up is my EKG, then I have to be scheduled for my psychological evaluation and the test where they put a scope down my throat to see what my stomach looks like (can't remember what that's called).
I've been told by my surgeon that I need to quit smoking and lost 10-15 pounds before the surgery, so that is what I'm working on now. It's hard for me to lose weight since I tend to get involved in it and then become side-tracked by physical issues that come up when I try to get into exercising. I have ruptured discs in my back so walking or doing anything that involves standing up for more than 10 minutes has become difficult. It's even more difficult for me to explain how difficult it is. Nobody seems to expect someone my age (32) to have problems walking, and I depend on my parents still to buy food for the house, since I am unable to walk in a large place such as Wal-Mart and my pride prohibits me from riding in the disabled buggy. This is also a difficult matter, since they don't always buy what is good for all of us.
Anyway, I'm both excited and terrified of this new journey I've started on. I've read A Complete Guide to Obesity Surgery so far, but nothing else. If you have any must-reads please tell me about them.
I look forward to getting to know you all!