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11/10/12 5:46 P

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11/10/12 5:30 P

Before my surgery I was riding with a friend to the closest support group there was, which was 45 minutes away. I don't have a car, so when hers broke down, that ended. They do have a couple of online support groups offiliated with the hospital and I am a member of both. Although they are not as good as the face to face meetings. Sometimes people respond and sometimes they don't. It's really hard to be involved when you don't have transportation. But I do the best I can. :)

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11/10/12 3:03 P

Did the hospital that performed your surgery hook you up with any support groups for others who have undergone gastric bypass? I work for a hospital that just began doing them recently and many of the patients find that the support groups help enormously! (Especially when you can meet up with others who may be in the same stage afterward as you are.)

That being said, I'm very glad to see that you will find support from others on here, as well :)

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11/10/12 1:41 P

Thanks Cecelia,
It is overwhelming to see how fast the numbers move on the scale. Even more so not the scale, but my shrinking body. Losing inches and not lbs.
I started out at 335 and am now 295. It will be 6 weeks on wednesday.
My tastes have changed so much. Things I used to like are just so disgusting now. So I am really going through some adjustments. I hope I can have the success that I have seen in so many others.

11/10/12 12:59 P

Hi Donna, Welcome!

My name is Cecelia. I had the Roux-en-y procedure in 2003. I was 330 lbs at the time of surgery and now, 9 years later, I stay between 150-165. I'm 35 and 5'10. Sparkpeople has been a great partner in helping me do that and keeping me motivated.

You are still in what I called the, "HOLY CRAP LOOK AT ALL THE WEIGHT I'M LOSING" stage of the surgery (which was awesome) and is also a great time to get motivated to change the lifestyle habits and become healthier. This site provides all the tools for that and the community here is incredible.

Congratulations on your big step to a healthier you!

Take care,

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11/10/12 9:48 A

Hi and welcome to SparkPeople. There are so many great tools and great people involved with this site. I'm sure that SP can help you along on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Good luck reaching your goals!

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11/10/12 1:49 A

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Congrats on taking the first step into changing your life to a more healthier one by joining the site. Spark is filled with amazing people that will motivate, support and encourage you on your journey. There is so much to learn and discover here, take this one day at a time.

A couple of things I would like to suggestion to make you Spark experience a great one.

1. Put together your own Spark page. This is a great way to communicate with other members and build relationships that will support and motivate you. You can do this by going to the START page and the green section has something about your Sparkpage.

2. Make goals for yourself. Each month I make a list of what I want to accomplish that month and break them down to smaller goals to work with week by week. This way the BIG picture doesn't seem so big.

3. Join Spark teams. There are tons of teams here and you will be able to find ones that fit to what you like or want in a team.

The key to success here is to be active and you've already started by joining. You will find that everyone is willing to help you out if you need it. Spark friends are here for support, motivation and encouragement. Good luck on your journey to a healthier lifestyle! Again, welcome to the SP family!
*~ Paula *~
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11/9/12 7:24 P

Welcome to SP Donna!

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11/9/12 6:44 P

My name is Donna, On October 3rd I underwent the biggest thing I have ever done in my life. And I think it was a good thing. I had the Duedenal Switch procedure done and so far I am down 38 lbs. Comparing myself to other surgical weight loss patients it seems I am losing rather slow. Maybe it's just my imagination. Guess I just want it to happen to fast.

I am hoping to learn from other WLS patients in this journey.

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