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1/28/14 9:28 A

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Dear Friends,
You have helped me sooo much! Day 3 and I am down 1 lb. On Sunday I had that piece of Chocolate cake, and yesterday one of my snacks was 3 pretzel rods. I am feeling so elated by the freedom of choice, I know that our bypass was just the tip of the iceberg, but having spark to help us control the inevitable sliding backwards is just the help we need to stay focused. Once again I thank you all for being here. emoticon

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1/27/14 6:53 P

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Thanks Jewel! I appreciate the words of encouragement. Today is a much better day! On track for calories from protein, not carbs! Happy Happy Day!

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1/27/14 11:08 A

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Clynn, I Thought you did a great day. You had your international delight and you managed to eat healthy the rest of the day!
To me you are a hero. Sometimes we are our worst critic. You weren't bad you were human. Remember it is ok to have what you love. The best part is that you were able to control everything else.
I had a piece of Chocolate cake last night, I reached 1200 calories with it and even though I didn't drop today I feel satisfied that I didn't over eat, had some chocolate and today I am re motivated to track, drink, walk and feel happy that I have a spark person like you on my team!
You go Girl!!!! emoticon

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1/26/14 9:43 P

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International Delights -- my downfall today at church! I wanted a cup of decaf. I should have settled for a cup of plain black, but no......... I was drawn in by the International Delights Vanilla. I guesstimated that I consumed 300 calories just from coffee before church. Finished the rest of the day eating only bl/sl chicken breast, lettuce, and redwine vinegar. Reached almost 700 calories for the day and only a 30 minute walk....

UHHHGGGGG........ sometimes I wish my pouch would "dump" so I would learn my lesson and avoid the sugar at times like this morning!!

Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.

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1/25/14 4:57 P

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Friends, we are united in our quest to be the best we can be and with this support we will succeed! I am sure of it. Just being part of Spark gives us all an edge. I am resolved to go forward. Even if it means going back occasionally. You have given me the strength to go on...
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I read through this thread from 2009 thinking how awesome is it that comments from so long ago could hit home and motivate me. So, those from the past, thanks! I identify with Dar especially when it comes to diabetes. I had to pay for my own surgery in Mexico because I was a teacher and it was an exclusion on my insurance despite the fact that on insulin I still had sugars in the 400s. It was the best decision I could have ever made. Even with a slight weight regain and (like others) saggy boobs, a pooch (I don't have children), and a neck wattle, I still have many blessings that don't show up on the scale. I count this community as one of those blessings!
Btw I'm pretty sure I was separated at birth from my twin Babarr because we have had exactly the same experiences; your rambling a sound like my autobiography, which I haven't written ;)!

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Way to go nipping your gain in the bud! I find it so much easier to maintain when I exercise regularly, so I am hoping to start in on that in the new year.

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day." Richard G. Scott

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11/9/13 2:46 P

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Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I had gastric bypass surgery in April of 2010. I only lost 70lbs from the surgery and 30 before. I have recently started gaining. Its minor...only about 5 pounds in a year...but my old habits have come forward. I am here in hopes to get the support I need in order to come back and start losing again. I just had a check up and am back on program as of this morning emoticon so here I go!

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11/7/13 12:28 P

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Hi. Thanks for posting today. I understand the way the food addiction can switch to another one. I'm glad we have this forum to write about our experiences and share the wonderful relief that comes from knowing we are not alone in our struggles. It gives me strength today to know so many other post-surgery people are out there trying their best to continue to look for peace surrounding food issues.
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I'm eight years post op, started at 310, 140-ish was my lowest weight and from there back up. About ten months after my surgery (after quite a few complications that made it very difficult to eat long after I should have been able to introduce solid foods), I switched addictions from food to alcohol. Drinking made me forget about eating anyway and I lost the 150 in just over a year. I finally quit drinking two and half years ago, but switched back to compulsive eating. I'm so glad this group is here because it's incredibly difficult to find anything about long term gastric bypass questions/concerns, etc on the internet (or at least, for me). What I see consistently is the pouch diet, which after eight years, I simply cannot tolerate. :)

In any case, I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles, but also not the only one who is trying to make changes again. I still have bad days (in fact, yesterday was one), but on the whole my days are better.

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11/6/13 2:50 P

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That is a great point Dar... it is all relative. Who remembers feeling fat when you were a teen? *emphatically raises hand* Yeah... I did weigh between 180 and 210 as a teen and back then that was above a size 20. There weren't fat clothes about size 16 in most stores so I had Lane Bryant and Kmart... that's it. However, little did I know that 180 was svelte for me! My highest was 318. I thank the heavens that I didn't develop any severe health issues, but I am so much better able to move about since I lost weight. I try to remember that every time I choose not to exercise. At one point it was hard to even walk up the stairs to my job. Now I don't even notice. I can ride a rollercoaster and sit in an airline seat comfortably without buying an extra ticket. Yes, I still have a pooch, my boobs are saggy and I have developed a wattle... but I look better in clothes than I used to. I think focusing on the positives and loving ourselves as we ARE is key to getting where we want to be. I eat good food bc it is nurturing my body. I run because, damn, I CAN. Never could before.... not even once around the gym. *note on that... it's freakin' cold out today... I don't wanna gooooo!* And now this is officially a random ramble. What I meant was... keep your chin up, don't give up and HUGS from me.

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Hi everyone! I just celebrated my 7th year anniversary of my RNY operation. Wish I could say I reached a goal weight, but I never did. I read emails from this group often, to remind myself that I am not alone, and it helps. But I am grateful for the increased health I've been given since my operation. I was a high risk patient due to blood sugar numbers in the 800 despite 7 daily injections and countless pills to try to control the results of a "diabetic attack" brought on by stress. Now, I am free of all medications and am no longer even considered to be diabetic, and have been able to see about 100 pounds leave, although it has been up and down for sure, fighting with 30 pounds one way or another all the time. Still have 50 to go, but am trying to relax and learn to accept where I am right now and not let disappointment make me run back to compulsive eating. This journey we are on is not an easy one, is it? But we are farther along the path to wellness than we would have been without going through the operation. Today I am remembering to let myself feel gratitude even if I still have so far to go. Thanks for listening. Sending my wishes for all of us to experience continued healing and continued self-acceptance.
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11/6/13 1:38 P

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Hi BEVANN0820,
I too had the RNY 11/24/08. I am about 50 lbs away from my start weight. It is so frustrating to see the scale rise weekly (I've stopped weighing myself daily b/c I don't want to start the day off angry!). I know I have overeaten and eaten some (apparently a lot) of "bad" food, but I had my weight down until 2 years ago when I had my panniculectomy. All of a sudden I put on about 30 lbs! I was like where did this come from? Getting depressed about the sudden weight gain helped me put on a few more pounds. I am back on track - food logging, exercising (that was a big thing for me - everytime I exercised I hurt myself, mainly in the feet, ankle and legs). I've done physical therapy to help with the injuries and now work through the pain that comes from exercising.
Good luck to you and to everyone here! emoticon

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I wish you well. You are not a failure. It is soooo easy to slip back into bad habits and even pick up some new ones. My new one is drinking which is especially common. I used to only drink at special occasions, now I have wine or beer almost every night. I've decided to not buy it and only have it when I go out. I do go out pretty often though bc my stepdaughter is a musician and only 19. We go to bars to watch her play (and make sure she is ok LOL) I do not need those extra calories, not to mention that since I've had surgery 2 beers/wines is enough to make me tipsy! My old habit is eating too much when the food tastes good, even if I am full. Working on it. I sooo want to find some sort of certification to help people who have gained weight back or want to prevent it. Partially self serving... I figure if it is my _job_ to help others, I will be held more accountable to walking the walk.

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10/15/13 2:59 P

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Oh how happy I am to read these posts!! I have felt like such a failure.

I had my surgery in May 2001. Started at 275 lbs. Got down to 140. Now, I'm up to 236. I am only 39 pounds away from my original weight!!! OMG!!

Depressed and hopeless doesn't come close to explaining how I feel.

I am reading a book about the psychological aspects of weight gain, and how we eat to sooth ourselves. I am using the things I am learning to try to get started on losing this weight again.

I am SO excited to find this group!! I need the support oh so much!! :)

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After gaining a few pounds, I started fresh on the anniversary of my SP enrollment (6 years ago). That was on Sept 16 and I'm doing great!

People who talk about being bored - are boring.

There's a brighter day coming...


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hI Cathie here from Ohio I am post for 20 yrs now was doing good until 2010 losing my mother started it off I am doing better on the grief but still miss her always will I started old patterns during this then in 2012 I got married and was down to my goal weight and cut out my sugar intake 165# when I started 20 yrs ago went thru a Vertical Band Gastric surgery at a weight of 320# what I discovered was I never KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE FULL always wondered what it was like to be NORMAL. I was told by my dr. that in my brain my brain never developed the STOP eating full message so I ate in private. In 2 yrs I lost 155# and won my fight now as of today I have gained 35# AND TO ME IT FEELS LIKE I WEIGH LIKE I STARTED at the beginning after moms death 2 major surgeries in less than 1 yr, migraines that landed me in the hospital for 18 days now abdomen problems and back problems I know I NEED TO GET BACK TO MY WEIGHT and my life. so a fresh start today and exercise program. So I thanks for letting me tell my story I'm here for support.

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I think I am going to reset my maintaining weight to 165. I look good, feel good and my clothes all fit that way! I did get lower, but had a hard time maintaining. I know 165 is doable. emoticon

People who talk about being bored - are boring.

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Thanks so much for the thought. I do like diet Sprite and even diet Pepsi once in awhile. Most of the bars in our area for some reason have diet Coke. I think I am just going to tell my bf that we need to get glasses instead of a pitcher and I will stick to a light beer. Some are as low as 52 calories. I like lemonwater, but I feel sort of obligated to buy something bc I'm taking up a table. Of course, I'm sure the performers at open mic bring in some business, so maybe I shouldn't feel guilty.

I have been doing well writing down my food and got below 175 this morning. I'll be back under 165 in no time. Hopefully the warmup in weather here in Rochester NY will cooperate. Cold and rainy has been the case for so long that I didnt remember what the sun actually looked like for awhile. LOL. I noticed Monday though that there were some buds on the bushes and that is a pretty reliable sign that it will get better soon.

Take care, BEV

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I don't know about a solution, but I do know how I have handled it. I drink lots of diet sprite! I also like water and lemon using the great crushed ice.

People who talk about being bored - are boring.

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I am almost 3 years out. I was able to keep my weight below 165 for the past 2 years (once I lost it of course). My all time low was 153. I liked being in the 150s. Lately I've noticed creeping up to 170, now 175 and I realize that the whole time I maintained my weight, I was actually trying to lose. I wanted to be below 155 so I could get lifetime membership to Weight Watchers. I know if I go back to those habits, specifically tracking my food and avoiding alcohol, which has become a huge source of empty calories for me, I will be okay. Although I am not a lush, my teenage stepdaughter has begun doing open mic nights at various local bars and coffee shops 3 to 4 nights a week. I feel I need to order something and usually it is a shared pitcher of beer with my boyfriend. I don't like diet coke any more, it tastes too sweet. Any recommendations on a healthier alternative would be appreciated.

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I had RNY surgery 13 years ago. Even though I have gained some back (and have lost it), I am back to losing some more that I gained.

I can say without a shadow of doubt, this surgery does not fail - we do!!! I've proved it to myself a few times LOL.

It always goes back to what is going on in my head. Once I refocus on why I like being really healthy and start the baby steps getting back to that, then all is well with me.

Staying healthy is a lifetime commitment and I refuse to give up on myself. How 'bout you?

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Does anyone find themselves avoiding ppl who know you have had the surgery but are too ashamed they will see you gained weight back?

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Hang in there I am only 3 years out of my laproscopic RnY (July 2010). My lowest weight achieved was around 153 but that was only for minute. LOL. I know several people who have gained back a lot of weight after RnY. My strategy for not doing so is that I am taking a personal trainer course and studying nutrition. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and am studying that component of weight loss too. I hope to work one day with people who want to lose the weight they gained back, and/or prevent that weight gain in the first place. Hey... no one wants an overweight personal trainer... if it were my job to motivate people... and I spent a lot of time in the gym anyway, I think it might help. Plus I'd get to help people. I really hope this works out!

Personally, I have stayed within a 10 lb range until recently when over the holidays I was up to 174. I started a low glycemic eating plan which focuses on lean proteins, lots of fruits and veg and other low to moderate glycemic carbs. The first week included a fruit and veggie cleanse which I was very skeptical about... I ended up dropping it after 3 days. I am practicing my future personal training and motivational skills on my family. We'll see how that works out!

Losing weight and keeping it off is not easy, but it is worth it. Every time I run down the hall to catch the elevator, or put back a shopping cart and it clicks that, "Hey, I just caught it, I ran, I did that!" I am super psyched. I don't want to ever lose that feeling.

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I created this thread because I feel the guilt of how I have regained so much weight after surgery.
But that guilt does not stop me from hoping and trying to change. I dont view the surgery as a failure. I feel that I lost out on better results because I pressed my luck and stretched my stomach, lol. But I am so much a better person for having done it!
We're in this together and am so happy to have a place where there are other who've been down this road and understand.
Keep up the good work sparkers!

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Thoreau73 - You certainly aren't alone! I congratulate you for realizing that you need to take action that includes going back to your bariatric doctor! So many people don't realize that, in order to succeed, we need to take accountability for our actions and use every healthy method we can to stay motivated and be healthy. We need to "face the music" and get help wherever it comes from - including our doctors! emoticon

My mantra: You have the choice.... Don't trade what you want most, for what you want at the moment.
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Be grateful for your problems....they often teach you something, but they always show you that you are stronger than you ever thought you were.

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This is undoubtledly the best topic I think I could have ever found. I had my RNY back in Nov. 2010, and had platued some months ago, and in the last couple of months started gaining again...because I wasn't working my tool. I felt ashamed, humiliated and alone. I hadn't gone back to my surgeon for my last visit, I have just kept rescheduling it, because of the shame I feeling about the weight gain. But, after joining this group and reading this topic and all of the responsed, I am going to go ahead and make that appt. I am committed to this again. I am committed to myself. Thanks to all of you for being here. I am really hoping to make the most out of this group, not just by getting motivation and support from you all, but also by giving it. Thanks again!

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Hello all,
I find it interesting that a lot of people are viewing their ryns or other weightloss surgeries as failures..I had surgery in 2001...starting weight 442 down to 192 by 2004...but in the last 6 years or so have bounced back up about 60 pounds...yes I drink, yes I smoke, yes I drink soda (diet, sugar still makes me sick)...I can't eat huge amounts but considerably more than in the beginning, and I go back and forth taking my supplements and have been anemic several times and vitamin B12 deficient...but I would have surgery again in a heart-beat...we all have to remember that surgery isn't a "cure-all", it unfortunately doesn't change how our brains work...so our surgeries aren't failures...We just have to remember it is a tool...that's all and it is our choice to use it...but just like any weightloss tool, whether it be surgery or dieting or both..there are always rules to follow and learning moderation....So hang in there..we'll all get through it....and its nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed off...

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This site will help. Remember protien first and this is a great tool that you have been given as being out 8 years I too have to remember that it doen not happen over night measurement of you body helps when the scalle does not move. emoticon

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I also have had a slight weight gain. I had surgery on Feb 3, 2011 and got down from 290 to 208. I am now 213 as of today and kinda frustrated. My body hit that point thee it does not want to lose and keeps going on this yoyo thing.. I decide to join this group to help me stay on tract.. I hope it helps..

Blessings,
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I too have had Rny gastric bypass laprascopy. I have not admitted to all that this is what I have done. I had the surgery in Aug of 03 and have lost 126 pounds only to have gained back 17 pounds never reaching the goal of 135. This morning I weighed 154 and am as didcussdid as can be. I have had several plastic surgery to correct the hanging skin and after the last one in May of 11 went to the dr and was complaining that I am not the way I wanted to be. The Dr weighed me for the first time. I had to come to the realization that I need to do this myself to achieve the results that I want. I am scheduled for another procedure on 11-15-11 and this time I am going to do all that I can to achieve the results that I want and need for my head health.
I feel that this is mine and mine alone not for the world to know. what I have done. This was done for health reasons and not for the world to know. I ate smaller portions and this has not been easy. The doctors have given me a tool and I need to get it back to achieve the goals that I want. This time I will succeed.

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none of us are alone, even when we feel like we are. Keep those heads up and feet walking in the right direction!

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I felt like I was the only one who had done this and felt like a giant failure. I had gastric bypass in July of 2006 and although I still weigh less than I did pre-surgery I have gained weight and find myself falling into the same emotional eating traps I did before. I have taken the first step and made a meal plan using Sparkpeople and I have started exercising this week. It's nice to know that I am not alone in gaining weight back and maybe I'm not such a failure. Thank you to all those who have posted about your struggles.

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protein power baby! and dont forget your water intake! I still take all of this one day at a time and relish in the small vistories

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Thank you all for taking away this shame that I have had for the last 2 years since regaining after surgery. I thought that I was the only one that let circumstances in life take away my dream after having weight loss surgery. I know exactly what I did wrong. I had surgery in April 04. Did real well in maintaining my weight. Got pregnant in Dec. 07, had my daughter in Aug. 08. Can't even blame pregnancy for the weight gain. I lost everything I gained but 5 pounds. I stopped smoking, again.(Something that I never should have started back.) When I stopped, I ate. EVERYTHING!!!!! Salty. Sweet. Good. Bad. Sometimes I didn't even realize I was eating. Then with the weight gain came depression. Now, I'm starting new. I'm trying to figure out the best way to plan my meals, I guess a lot of PROTEIN and very little sweets. emoticon emoticon

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Hi Fablemaker and Healthy this time
Fable...
First let me say Congrats on your pregnancy! You must be thrilled! Enjoy being pregnant with your new body. No doubt you can and should enjoy every lighter step. I'm sure your docs have your best in mind. Dont spend time worrying about the surgery and weight gain. My advice to anyone who is at a weight loss plateau after surgery is stay the course. use the tools. Dont push yourself to over eat and be mindful of that extra bite. I truly believe that is where the trouble starts.
Go for walks, stay active and listen to your body.

healthyths...
You are certainly NOT alone. And you know what, be proud of what you've accomplished! Even with my weight (re)gain, I am so thankful that I am still less than what I was. And actually, if I didnt have the surgery, I'm sure I would be even heavier than what I was. All we can do is keep trying.

I hope to see you both around :-) In the coming says/weeks, I will posting a challenge. I hope you'll be on board
~Linda



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Hello
I had surgery in August of 09 and have lost weight slowly since that time. I have lost about 160 pounds but I still have a long way to go. I continue to see the PA in the surgical office which helps a lot, but every time I go in I get the same puzzled response. I stared out extremely overweight even amongst those having Gastric Bypass and yet my weight loss has been really slow from the very beginning. In the last couple of months I have only lost about 2 pounds. Now I am seven weeks pregnant and very worried. I want to eat healthy and make sure that my baby gets the nutrients he or she needs to grow, but I am terrified of gaining weight. I simply cannot go back- it is not an option. I have been told not to worry about weight loss goals during pregnancy and that is fine, but I have also been told that I should gain no more than 10 or 15 pounds in the next 8 months. I am really trying to focus on weight training- which I hate- because I know that building muscle mass is crucial to maintaining weight loss. Of course, weight training during pregnancy is entirely different.... I guess I am just feeling afraid and frustrated.

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Wow! I was so ashamed and embarrassed about my RnY failure...I had the surgery 10/30/2001 at 353 pounds. Lost 153 pounds and have gained back 60 over the years. I thought I was the only one. I hought I knew what I was doing...wrong. I have just joined Spark - yesterday - and I LOVE IT! Thank you, new friends, in helping me to start fresh...this time with support and encouragement! It is time for me..it is time to be healthy! This isn't about a number on the scale...it is the whole package and I am on my way!! emoticon

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I had no idea there were so many responses. We are all in this together! I still suffer and strive every day to regain the accompishment of my former weightloss. All we can do is keep trying. The last two days I've fallen off the perverbial wagon. Dont know why. I still want it. Anyway, stay in touch and reach out for a buddy, or even just get your thoughts out there.


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Hi - I'm Mary...had my RnY in June 04 (6+ yrs postop). My original loss was 110 lbs and I did very well maintaining that until my mother passed Oct 08. Over the course of the past 2 years, I have not recognized the emotions taking over my internal triggers. I drank beer - and usually more than just one. In turn, the beer lead to "bad food choices" and too much of them.
Like many of you, I am now at a point where I can consume a meal (most times depending) the size of pre-surgery consumption.
I snapped back to reality about 10 days ago and made a decision.
I got myself over being angry with myself at regaining 40 lbs and grabbed my perverbial boot straps.
8 days ago, I completely cut out refined sugars or carbs; no diet soda (biggie!!), and jump starting the metabolism - trying to reset my body to use the energy the right way. The next couple of weeks are more extreme than the long term plan but again...just need to kick start the body in a different direction.
I'm glad to have found this board - I originally joined SP in 2008...of course long before my mother got ill. At that time, I had only the last 20 lbs from my original surgery goal that I wanted to lose. Now I will be happy just losing the 40 I regained over 2 yrs...then worry about the last 20 if need be but I would be very content there and able to maintain once and for all.
I'll be on this board alot, I'll bet. It's good to know that we are not alone.

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I had my surgery in August of 2008, I've lost 115 pounds, but have been stuck at the exact same weight for a year now. I still have 11 pounds I want to lose. And after using spark as a tool for the past week, logging all my food, something I've never done before, I've realized that in a course of a day, I tend to eat even more than a normal, non surgery person does (over 2000 calories) and wasn't gaining weight, hoping now that I realize this, and start watching what I'm eating again, I can make these last 11 pounds go bye bye! BTW-I hate my stomach skin, and my saggy boobs!

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Hey Magggs what diet did you do?

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hi

been on spark for awhile, but last few months away. i too had the rny in 04 lost 130 have now gained over 70lbs. have streched out pouch & eat regular portoins unforutnate. have alot of family drama & depression with some loss of hope & dreams. glad 2 c that have others, 4 long x no 1 on this site.

hope we can support each other! & offer advice & suggestions 4 help 2 get back on the horse.

jan

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Hi

I just qiut smoking and am up ten after a 140 lb loss. Had RNY 2 and a half years ago.
Can't believe I'm gaining again! This seemed to be an answer to prayers. Glad to see I'm in good company.

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Hello all. I am new to this team but after reading everyones messages I feel at home. I had my RNY November 2005 and lost 115. Maintained that weightloss until 2009. I remarried in 2008 and my eating habits went to pot. My new husband had a sweet tooth and is a meat and potatoes man, so I started eating like he did and snacking in between meals and now have regained 40 lbs. The ironic thing is as I have gained he went on a diet and has lost 20 lbs. He has been encouraging me to lose the weight and has even given up the sweets but I am struggling with the snacking and controlling meal portions. I still get sick if I eat to much at one time. I know that I do not make good food choices but am trying to do better. Any help I can get would be appreciated.

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HI all,
After my initial wt loss of 130 lbs, I regained 17#. My doctor told me to "start over", eating like I did immediately post op, with the protein shakes and only teaspoons of protein foods. This kept me at bay. I got Crohn's disease and that took off 70 pounds, all by itself. So, now my problem is keeping weight on, but I do know that going back to the proteins helped, I felt full, it allowed my pouch to shrink back, and I again lost my taste for the fattening snacks. Hope this helps.
Linda
Good luck to you all! I know most people think our surgery was like "magic" but I know the hard work we all had to put in before and after the surgery..
also, did you all get therapy post op? I found I had to. I had always used food to cope and I had to learn new coping skills.


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Hello1, I am new here and was reading the posts... and I am not alone!! I have RNY surgery in Oct of 04' lost 100 lbs and after I had my son in 2007 I gained 50lbs and its still creeping up... I joined spark people to see what I can do to get this weight back off, its actually kind of sad... I cant fit into the pants that I was able to wear 5 month ago. I just want to wish you all good luck!

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this is a very awful thing to experience.unfortunately my dietician showed me a graph of weight loss of bypass patients and lap band patients.by pass patients often gain some weight back after their initial loss.this is not a good thing for me.i was down to 165 and now i am back at 207.this is the most depressing thing to me.after all the hard work it takes b4 and after the surgery to attain the weight loss, onlt to gain a bunch back again.my problem is the snacking!!! i cant eat much at a time, but i started to snack in between meals. so i have begun to stop the snacking and now i am hoping to get my weight back down to about 150-160lbs.after being between 220 and 270 my whole life, 160 sounds pretty darn good to me. i can handle wearing a size 12-14. so wish me luck and willpower and i will send it back at you all too! emoticon

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Had Gastric bypass in OCT 2003. Started at 393#'s lost 193#'s. My weight stopped. I got 28 months post op and finally got pregnant (after 7 years of trying). I had a problem with my sugar bottoming out while pregnant (not an issue beforehand). I had to eat every 2 hours. Gained 70#'s. A year after my 1st child was born and before I managed to lose the 70#'s from my 1st pregnancy, God blessed me again with another pregnancy. I managed to "only" gain 30#'s, with 2nd pregnancy. I have lost the 30#'s again but cannot seem to get the 70#'s off. I watch what I eat, I excercise and I will lose like 5-10#s and then I bounce 2#'s up and down and my weight will NOT budge. Been fighting this plateau since September! I did lose 6#'s a few weeks ago after starting curves but again bounce up and down 2#'s and the weight won't budge again! I get so frustrated! I was 279 when I joined curves fitness study a month ago this Friday. I have a net loss of 3#'s and I'm hoping I will see some inch loss, or I will lose hope again. I don't know what else to do. I want to get back to my lowest weight of 200#'s. Ideally I would LOVE to go to 170#'s but my first goal is 200#'s.

Phillipians 3:13-14 (NLT) No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: FORGETTING the PAST and looking FORWARD to what lies ahead. I PRESS ON to REACH the end of the race and RECEIVE the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.


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HI EVERYONE!! I AM IN THE SAME BOAT AS ALL OF YOU.HAD MY SURGERY LAST APRIL AND INITIALLY LOST ABOUT 68LBS.THEN CAME XMAS,VALENTINES DAY,AND EASTER.I GOT OUT OF CONTROL WITH ALL THE SWEET STUFF AND GOODIES.I HAVE GAINED AT LEAST 40LBS BACK.I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME.ALL THE HARD WORK,BOTH B4 AND AFTER THE SURGERY,JUST TO GAIN IT BACK.I HAD TO DID OUT SOME OF MY OLD FAT CLOTHES.OMG!! IS THAT DEPRESSING.I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH MY DEPRESSION AND FEELING GUILTY AND LIKE A FAILURE.SO AGAIN TODAY,I CLEARED THE HOUSE OF ALL THE JUNK FOOD I HAVE BEEN INDULGING WITH AND I AM AGAIN TOMORROW STARTING ANEW.WE ARE ALL SUFFERING FROM THE BAD BEHAVIOR WE HAVE DEALT WITH ALL OF OUR LIVES.NOW WE MUST GET A GRIP ON THIS THING BEFORE IT RUINS ALL OF OUR HARD WORK!! I WISH ALL OF US WELL AND I 4 1 NEED A LITTLE WILLPOWER AND ALITTLE HELP FROM GOD! AND I AM NOT EXTREMELY RELIGIOUS.BUT HEY,ALL THE HELP WE CAN MUSTER UP!!! RIGHT PEOPLE!!LETS GO AND DO THIS THING!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good job Maggggg !

You're doing great! Keep up the great job.




Stand firm, keep praying, keep hoping, keep believing, success is just around the corner.















Expect favor, expect peace, expect joy.









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Hi I am new. I had Surgery in Sept 1999. I started at 259 pounds. I had a baby 15 months after surgery. I got down to 176. I went back up to 206 pounds. Got pregnant again. When The baby was a year old I decided this is it and started dieting again today I weigh 148 pounds.

Margaret

September 1999 starting weight 259 lbs.

October 2008 starting weight 198 lbs.

February 4, 2009 starting weight 164 lbs.


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Annadora1 You and I lost the same amount w/our procedure.

why don't we come up with a challenge. XXX amount of lbs in 8 weeks.

I'm game if anybody is interested.

Stand firm, keep praying, keep hoping, keep believing, success is just around the corner.















Expect favor, expect peace, expect joy.









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same thing happened to me. I am 4 years post op
and had a tumor removed from my foot with skin grafting twice, had my foot elevated for three months and old habits crept back and I gained 40 lbs.

But I am not to dwell in the negative, I have started my new way of thinking and I am going to get back.
I've been stuck on a plateau for the longest (january 26, and today I weigh 168... a total weight loss of
6 lbs. Doesn't sound like much but hopefully this plateau will be a thing of the past.

I feel for all of us, we endured so much to have any of it back. But we can do it. Yes we can !!!

Good luck to us all !!!

Stand firm, keep praying, keep hoping, keep believing, success is just around the corner.















Expect favor, expect peace, expect joy.









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i JOINED THIS GROUP FOR THE SAME REASON

HAD MY SURGERY IN 2002- LOST 135 BUT GAINED BACK 45

MY GAIN STARTING AFTER A KNEE REPLACEMENT WHEN i COULD NOT EXERCISE

bUT THEN OLD HABITS CREPT BACK AS WELL.

i NEVER REALLY FEEL FULL

i AM SO DEPRESSED, WHICH MAKES ME EAT, THEN THE CIRCLE BEGINS

MAYBE WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER

pLEASE!!!! emoticon

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Your not alone in this one.... I also lost 107 lbs. and I'm up about 35. I to thought I would never be able to eat a candy bar again.... Now I find that I have to really restrict my calories to loose weight I think because my metabolism slowed down so much but I can do It, Its really not that much and with some support from other that have the same problems, I am going to do it.... by the way my weight came from my 2nd child...... When I went into the hospital they weighed me because my son was premature when I left the hospital after having him I weighted 1 lb higher, how can you have a baby of 7 pounds and weigh more than when he was in you????

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Well, this is my first post...hello all. I was actually looking for a forum dedicated to those who lost and gained.
My name is Linda and I had RNY surgery in March 2003. It worked great, until Valentines Day '04... that was the day when I stopped losing. I basically maintained for a year or two then the weight started creeping back. I should say, then I started eating wrong.
I can clearly remember the surgical consult when my doc said, "the body will eventually figure out what you've done to it and will adapt". I thought that it wouldn't happen to me.
Well, this is not a sad story, I am a well adjusted, happily married 30 something. I didn't get divorced or have affairs with my weight loss, nor did I go off in a self absorbed spiral. But I was disillusioned that my old habits wouldn't return.

So, here I am... I've gained 45 lbs back from my 100 lb loss. I keep thinking that 40 isn't all that far away and I want to be fabulous way before that comes up so...the journey has begun!
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