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Glad you're here!
Linda a/k/a "Twiggy"
SW 377 lbs. -1/3/07
CW 202.6 lbs. - 5/22/11
TL 174.4 lbs. - 5/22/11
Inches lost to date: 121" - 5/22/11
"If you fail to plan you plan to fail" ~ Bill Phillips
Make sure you do plenty of research and ask a lot of questions. My favorite bariatric website is http://Bariatriceating.com and http://bariatric.susanmleach.com/. Both websites are from Susan Maria Leach who is a 10 year out Gastric Bypass patient herself.
Welcome from Southern California, Cortney.
Welcome Cortney, I am glad you found us! I sent you a goodie but I see you answered my question. You are starting an incredible journey to a healthy active new you. The surgery is just one tool. You will need to make many changes. Start making those changes before surgery and you will have an easier time of it.
There have been a couple of new members in the last few days so I am repeating some of my recommendations for those just starting the journey.
So for those of you who are just starting out I like to recommend that you read 4 books. If you can afford it, I would recommend that you buy those books as they are helpful later on too.
1) Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies - Great book to help you decide upon the type of surgery and will walk you through the process. easy to read, simple explanations.
2) Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook For Dummies - This will show you what meals will be like after surgery. You can start using them now and start adjusting down the serving sizes by using smaller plates and small silverware.
3) Eat It Up! by Connie Stapleton PhD - This book will help you to identify your food issues and then help you move beyond those issues.
4) Weight Loss Surgery Stages of Transformation by Katie Jay MSW (she had gastric bypass herself). This book will help you to see the various stages of tranforation you will be going through after surgery.
I also recommend that you join a local support group now. They will welcome you and answer questions and help you as you progress on your journey to and beyond surgery. Go to a number of different groups especially ones for each type of surgery. Ask questions but most importantly listen to what they say about the various stages. At my meeting we have about 1/4 of the participants are ones deciding on surgery or in early stages like you. Most members are between surgery and 1 year out. The majority of successful post surgery people are the ones who continue to attend and to garner support as they move forward on their journey.
I also recommend that you do online research and participate in a variety of forums and online groups. Ask us questions. We will share our experiences but you must remember it is important to run all suggestions by your own medical team as they are your experts who know your medical history and under whose medical care you have chosen. We are just patients and each of us has a little different story.
Starting now, record your measurements every month [head, neck, bust/chest (for women band and cup), waist, upper arm, lower arm, wrist, hips, thigh, calf, ankle), record your weight every week or month, record your clothing sizes including shoe sizes, and record your emotions and thoughts. I take a photo every month at the same time as the measurements. I do it the 1st of the month but you could do any day of the month that you will remember. I am now working on a photo book that will include my photos, measurements, weight, blog entries and other information related to my surgery journey. This book is just for me! I also made a business card to celebrate my 1 year anniversary and it has a before and after photo that I can share with people. It cost $17 for 50 cards on 8pt glossy stock and the local off supply chain store made them up for me.
Good luck to all of you who are just starting out on the new and exciting journey to a healthier more active you.
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
My name is Cortney and I am new to the team. I am currently on the 3rd month of my doctor supervised diet and exercise program as required by my insurance and surgeon. My last appointment will be 2/27/2012 and then I will work with my surgeon for insurance approval and set a date.
I look forward to getting to know some new Sparkies who have been there and who won't try to talk me out of the procedure.