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9/2/12 2:44 P

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This was inboxed to me by a concerned young lady getting a different surgery, did not happen to me but any knowledge is good knowledge
I do worry about any bariatric surgery people have, but it does seem that you really have done the research and I applaud you for that. Most don't and think they have. I have seen several done including my sister-in-law, I am an RN so I am really interested in the medical side of everything. The one thing I will tell you is VERY important and may save your life, but you HAVE to drink water, lots of it. It is one of the fatal flaws people don't think about. I know you don't want to drink during meals, but start half hour to an hour after a meal and sip on it until an half hour to hour before the next meal. Kidneys work on pressure which comes from water and if you don't get enough they will start to shut down. This was fatal for my sister-in-law and can happen with all gastric surgeries. After she died I research it, and this is very common for bariatric surgery. I do not mean to scare you just inform you of the importance of water intake, especially with the surgery. I know several people who have had kidney failure and several other that did great, water intake seemed to be the key to success. Please take care and let us know how everything went and of course new pics.

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9/2/12 2:41 P

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8/27/12 10:07 P

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Thank you lynna for the great support!

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8/27/12 8:18 P

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yes you can! Because I said so

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8/26/12 10:58 P

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Gaining weight back is very hard I started drinking pop again and when i started my antidepressants a few years ago i have gained back 80lbs. I feel like a failure as far as my weight loss surgery, but I am going to conquor this and lose the weight again. I am cutting back the pop till i am not drinking it at all.This will be hard since I am addicted to caffeine but i know with sparkpoeple and all the wonderful people on it I can do this.

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8/21/12 8:33 P

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regaining it back was & is the hardest for me, the extra attention is a little uncomfortable also

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8/8/12 1:32 P

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that is EXCELLENT advice!! So glad you are in the group.

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8/3/12 6:11 P

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I had RnY 10 years ago and honestly, I can't bring myself to say there's a "hardest thing". I'm not trying to be rude about it at all. I just look back 10 years to bring myself back around. I lost 170 lbs and re-gained some with pregnancy. I have 50 pounds or so to lose again, so no small task, but I'm just sticking to it.

The hardest thing to deal with was being 330 pounds every day. Living life at that size was much harder than any of the things I deal with now.

We all have our ups and downs, but keep looking forward. If you get caught up in regret, it's easy to get stuck there and harder to move forward again. Just forgive yourself as you would your best friend and keep moving!

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7/24/12 11:03 P

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its so tough to deal with the regret and guilt of regained weight. I consider my self a super optimist but I think I need to recognize that optimism and avoidance of reality are two different things.
Everyone, keep hanging in there...keep posting for us to know we are all in it together. give us hope and give us strength by allowing us to carry you when you need help.
We can do it. We serve it... whatever it may be.

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6/30/12 1:41 P

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Hi everyone.

I am not new to SP, but new to this team.

I had Vertical Banded Gastroplasty 23 years ago. Within 18 months I had lost 130 pounds.

My DH was in the Army at the time of my surgery and he got orders for a Tour of Duty in Germany 2 weeks after my surgery. So after the surgery, I saw the doctor to have the stitches taken out.......and that was it. We moved to Germany and thru the transition, somehow, all the records pertaining to my surgery never found their way into my medical records. So, I never did get any follow up care from a doctor concerning the surgery. Six months after surgery, I got pregnant and not gaining (as with a typical pregnancy but loosing more then 50 pounds within the 9 months that I was pregnant with my baby girl.

After being in Germany for 18 months, we were sent back to the United States because our baby was born with many health problems, and there were no doctor's available over there in the military that she needed. She needed pediatric doctors, and there just were none stationed there at the same time we were. So, my DH got a compassionate reassignment to Ft. Bliss Texas. As soon as we got back to the states I started rapidly gaining the weight back! Not long after getting settled in our new quarters, the Army sent DH to a advanced training school in California....for a month. So there I was left to deal with and take care of a sickly 18 month old baby, and a 6 & 7 year old both of whom had hyperactivity attention deficit disorder & severe behavior problems in school, because they did not get the teaching & discipline that the needed at the American school in Germany.

Within the 1 month that DH was away at school, I gained another 20 some pounds and continued to quickly gain till I weighed MORE then I did pre-surgery!!

Since all those years ago, I still am gaining weight. I now have fibromyalgea, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic migraine headaches, knee, ankle & back problems, as well as depression, and I feel that I am a complete failure, look like the most horrid thing alive (that is how a lot of people look at me too) and am just sick of it all!!!

I know that WLS has come a LONG ways since I had mine in the 80's and I have considered having it done again. But in the back of my mind I am telling my self that I failed the 1st time, what makes me this that I am going to be successful a 2nd time.

~~Starr~~

HAPPY 2014. MAKE IT A FUN & HEALTHY YEAR!

"RIP MY SWEETIE, I LOVE & MISS YOU." MARCH 3rd 2014


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5/27/12 6:21 P

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Consistency is definitely a BIG problem. That's why I've joined SparkPeople and these Teams! I think the motivation I find from SparkPeople helps keep me going. Have to get those streaks! emoticon It also helps deal with the emotional side of things (my tendency to berate myself for "messing up," emotional reactions to things, etc.), even having to deal with things like taking vitamins and meds 8 times a day, when I read blogs and articles that often seem to be speaking directly to me. I haven't been part of SparkPeople for long, so I haven't had too much one-on-one support, but am looking forward to the future which hopefully includes a lot of it! emoticon

As far as things very specific to WLS... eating very slowly is a hard one (mostly the chewing part) and not drinking while eating. But if I can keep my eye on my goal (not just to lose weight, but to be and stay healthy), and my motivation up (see above paragraph), I know I will succeed!

One day - one action at a time!!! We CAN do it! emoticon

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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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5/21/12 9:07 P

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For me it has been readjusting to eating. I no longer have an appetite, I no longer get hungry. I didn't have gastric bypass I had the sleeve gastrectomy. Eating slow took some getting used to and no liquids with food is hard for me. This has been the hardest thing for me.

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5/21/12 8:22 P

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Hey all.... What is the hardest thing you find yourself dealing with, post surgery? It doesn't matter how long ago your surgery was. Mine seems to be my endless, endless supplements and exercise.
As far as the supplements go, it seems that if I forget to take them on one day, one day turns to two, and then to three, and then I have a hard time getting back on track with them again.
The same thing can be said for the exercise. I can do great for a while...then I miss one day...and just like the supplements, one day turns to two, then three, etc. It's seems like it is a never ending struggle.
So, I have decided to stop worrying about the missed days, and stop looking back, and just focus on today.. "What can I do today to accomplish what I need to accomplish today?". I ma just looking at today. Yesterday is gone, there is nothing I can do about yesterday. Tomorrow isn't even here yet, so why am I going to worry about tomorrow.
So, I will just focus on today.

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