I just had my gastric bypass about a month ago, in January 2014. How did I get here? I don't know how it happened. I yoyo'd for years but it was never horribly crazy until about 15 years ago when I went to grad school full time while working full time and doing a freelance job part time. Lot's of sitting. The weight slowly crept on and I was too busy to notice until it was out of control. Actually, I don't think that I really noticed it too much--it was more other people making comments to me. People can be cruel! I joined Jenny Craig and started to lose weight but then they raised their rates and I decided to quit, thinking I could do it on my own. Unfortunately, I also quit my job to start consulting on my own, and I also quit smoking. What a trifecta! The weight came back very fast and kept going. Since I was still in marketing mode, looking for my first contract job, I was able to go to the gym every day. I worked out hard. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I would do arms and abs; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, I would do legs and glutes. And then all the time I would then do the treadmill, bike, and elliptical. And yet the weight kept coming on. The next thing I know, I have gained 100 pounds, and I was already overweight.
I don't know why it took me so long to even think that gastric bypass was an option for me but it did. My brother-in-law had the surgery a few years ago and he looks and feels great. It wasn't until my sister said she was going to do it that made me think maybe I should, too.
So, after going through the process, I had the surgery last month. I'm feeling great, though a little tired yet. The weight started to come off nicely--I dropped a little over 20 pounds in just over 3 weeks. However, I haven't lost anything in the past week so I'm a little freaked out (and would love to hear if this happened to anyone else!).
I'm still drinking protein shakes and pureed foods but just this past week tried to get braver to try "real" food a little more. I'm very confused on how to incorporate food into my day. I do have to say that a menu plan was always my demise and here I am again.
Anyway, I'm still trying to find some good exercise to do. What are others doing? For now, until I figure it out, I'll continue using the treadmill and bike but would rather do something fun.
I have no idea how much weight I'll lose in the end but I'm excited to find out. If nothing else, I already feel better!
Height: 5 feet 4 inches
Weight on Day of Surgery: 275 lbs
Current Weight: 185 lbs
Goal Weight: 130 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit:
Surgery Date: 01/16/2014
Hospital Stay: 2 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: n/a