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CarmenP

Gastric Bypass Patients
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  1. Hello all, If anyone has either had cosmetic surgery after bariatric surgery, or has seriously considered it, what questions did you ask yourself as you weighed your decision? How did you go about finding a surgeon? Are all surgeons capable of any kind of cosmetic surgery, or do they specialize (lower body, breasts, face, etc...?) I have been reading, but it’s hard to get a feel, there is so much information out there. Some former bariatric patients have even gone to another country for surgery! That idea frightens me! But I’d love to know more if anyone wants to share. Please feel free to give me as much information and detail as you’d like. I am very appreciative of any and all help. Thank you! 😊
  2. Well, folks, I had my RNY in July, 2014. I started at 302 pounds. I finally, finally, FINALLY, F I N A L L Y!!!, hit onederland this morning!!! I stalled out 2 years ago at around 205, and never lost another ounce. Bounced between 205 and 215, and just got fed up. Went back on my post-RNY regimen around Thanksgiving, and this morning was 199.8!!!!! I cannot believe it!! I never thought I’d see the scale dip below 200. 4.5 years, but, if you work at it, and just stick to the program, it will work!!! *hugs for everyone!!!!* Carmen
  3. Thank you, anaxila! I’ve got one consult already scheduled, and do plan a few more. That was very helpful! 😊
  4. Thank you, RickM. That is valuable info. I appreciate it. 😊
  5. Thank you for the feedback! The (negative) realities are definitely something I would weigh above and beyond any potential positives. For clarity, I’m considering a panniculectomy. I just have this horrible sagging bunch of skin that is, honestly, disgusting. I really feel like I need to do something. Would the same pain/recovery/time to heal apply for this as would the full tummy tuck/muscle rebuilding, etc..? I’ve got a consult with one surgeon, but I know that won’t be enough information for me. Plus, he’s in the business of selling this (or any) cosmetic procedure to me, so I am wary of getting all the bells and whistles but none of the brutal truth, you know? Thanks again!
  6. Hello all! I had my RNY surgery in July 2014. I lost 98 pounds and managed to keep around 92-95 of it off as of Sept 2015. However, this past Feb/Mar, I have gained 15 pounds. Yes, I’m naturally eating more than I did immediately post-op, but nowhere near my overeating habits of my pre-op life. My question is: have any of you had this happen? Any idea what the cause(s) could be? Any idea of a plan to either shrink my pouch (has it stretched too much!??) or restart my body or something? I will try ANYthing!! I am absolutely TERRIFIED that my body is just going to start putting the weight back on again and I am a panicked WRECK. I can’t even sleep I’m so upset. And, yes, I know stress isn’t helping, but I don’t know what to do!? Everything has been great since I hit my lowest weight in 2015. I gained around 3-5 (up and down) pounds since then, and now these 15 out of nowhere!?! I’m FREAKED. Thank you for any help, information, insight you can provide. I really do appreciate it!!!
  7. Hi all! I have been AWOL for a long time. I had my surgery in July 2014, and in the first year lost 80 pounds. Since then, I've lost ~10, and have completely stopped (I have gained and lost the same 5 pounds for the last 6 months). SW: 302 Pre-Surg Weight: 292 Current Weight: 205 My surgeon and I meet next week for a follow-up. At my last appt (Sept), I was 206, and he was of the opinion I would be 190# by the 18 month post-op mark. I'm bummed I am just stuck. I have been walking every weekday (60 minutes, over 3 miles), and eat roughly 1200 calories a day. I'm lucky in that I can eat anything now, but I'm still very restricted in how MUCH I can eat - so I know I'm not overeating. Has this happened to anyone else? Am I crazy to be worried what my surgeon will say that I'm not losing any more? Do you guys have any ideas/suggestions on how to jump start some loss again? I just wanna meet MY personal goal of being in Onederland. 199#. I never thought I would sit 5 pounds from goal for more than half a year!! HELP!!! Thanks! Carmen
  8. CarmenP

    Almost 2 Years Post-Op

    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it. I've been feeling bummed because I really thought I'd see 199 waaaaaaay before now. I guess I have to go back to tracking, which I hate. I have spent so long being able to eat so little, it was obvious I was under 1000 cal. But I guess it's clear that things are a-changin'! I'll update in a month or so on any progress I make after getting into this new (old! LOL) routine (again).
  9. Hello All, I had RNY July 2014. By February of 2015, I had lost 70 pounds. Since February, I have only lost 26 pounds, and in the last 7 weeks, I haven't lost anything. According to my surgeon, I should lose another 30 pounds by the end of the year, but with the way I have completely stalled out, I don't see that happening (I saw him at the end of August, and between April and August (my last follow up with him) I had only lost 6 pounds). What can I do to break through this plateau? Anyone ever have this happen to them? I appreciate any words of wisdom you can offer! Thanks!
  10. Hello All, I had RNY July 2014. By February of 2015, I had lost 70 pounds. Since February, I have only lost 26 pounds, and in the last 7 weeks, I haven't lost anything. According to my surgeon, I should lose another 30 pounds by the end of the year, but with the way I have completely stalled out, I don't see that happening (I saw him at the end of August, and between April and August (my last follow up with him) I had only lost 6 pounds). What can I do to break through this plateau? Anyone ever have this happen to them? I appreciate any words of wisdom you can offer! Thanks!
  11. Hello All, I had RNY July 2014. By February of 2015, I had lost 70 pounds. Since February, I have only lost 26 pounds, and in the last 7 weeks, I haven't lost anything. According to my surgeon, I should lose another 30 pounds by the end of the year, but with the way I have completely stalled out, I don't see that happening (I saw him at the end of August, and between April and August (my last follow up with him) I had only lost 6 pounds). What can I do to break through this plateau? Anyone ever have this happen to them? I appreciate any words of wisdom you can offer! Thanks!
  12. My chewable Vitamins are testing my gag reflex BIG TIME. I'm still in the liquid-only post-op phase, and these are the vitamins purchased from my doc's office. They taste like fruit flavored chalk!! I can hardly get them down. Are there any alternatives to these chalky type vitamins?? Going forward, will pills be an option? I don't see myself taking these nasty things beyond finishing the bottle. Thanks!
  13. CarmenP

    Chewable Vitamins - HELP!

    I couldn't stand the calcium either. It was the worst. I bought some caramel chews (Bariatric Advantage) and they are SO MUCH better. I'm going to finish the chewable multis, but then I need something different. They're a close second in nastiness to the calcium chewables. Part of the problem is the chalky taste that stays with me for hours. Part is that everything is SWEET flavored, and I'm sick of sweet. Sweet shakes, sweet Vitamins, sweet Popsicles, sweet Jello, sweet sweet sweet. Sick. Of. It. All. (Sorry for the rant. Just reaaaaaally depressed lately over it all)
  14. All I know is, I feel ya. I have zero help to give here, but my sentiments are exactly the same. I've been in Phase 2 (purée) since the 5th, and will be this way until the 25th. I think I was happy about it for about 20 hours before I got totally fed up and bored with it. I can't even stand the smell of my Protein shakes anymore, and I'm sick of broth and Soup. The thought of doing this for another 15 days makes me ill. I spend most days wanting to just go to bed and feeling like this has been the biggest mistake of my life. Before surgery, I was a prisoner of my fat body. Now I feel like a prisoner of my pouch. It's like nothing has changed for me, except the type of jail I'm in. I still have no energy, I still can't figure out my body's signals (Am I hungry? Am I full?), I'm dying for a cold soda, and while I fully recognize that my hubby and kids are not in jail with me, I feel a sense of anger and resentment when they sit down for dinner. I literally have to leave the room and close doors against the smells and sounds. If I could go back and undo this, I would.
  15. Well, I guess it's like I graduated from kindergarten to first grade. Lol Yesterday, I went for my 2 week post-op follow-up. I FINALLY got those darn staples out (man, those were annoying!!) I also was moved to purée! Yay! I gotta tell ya, that first "bite" (sip, really) of Soup reminded me of an Eddie Murphy skit: "If you're starving and somebody throw you a cracker, you gonna be like this: That's the best cracker I ever ate in my life! That ain't no regular cracker, was it? What was that, a Saltine? That was delicious. That wasn't no Saltine. That was... That was a Ritz. That wasn't a Ritz? God, that was the best cracker I ever ate in my life." I could only get down about 1/4 cup puréed split pea soup before I felt STUFFED! It was the weirdest experience ever. This morning I made myself one scrambled egg with some cream cheese mixed in, and it was almost TOO MUCH food! I was just thrilled I tolerated both the egg and the cheese. After 4 weeks of liquid, and the surgery itself, this was the hardest 4 weeks of my life. I am just absolutely ecstatic to have finally graduated!
  16. CarmenP

    feel crapy

    Same here with the fatigue. The last few times I walked around 1-2 miles, (like today) I've come home completely exhausted. I could barely stay standing up, and was asleep no sooner than hitting the couch. I've basically felt like I've had zero stamina since surgery on 7/21. My doctor said this is completely normal, especially since I am not yet able to get all my protein in.
  17. CarmenP

    Post-Op Sweets

    I found the shakes and sf Popsicles etc.. almost sickeningly sweet (I am NOT a sweets person). I wonder if there are ways to turn shakes or greek yogurt into something ice-cream-ish to help with sweet cravings.
  18. CarmenP

    I'm officially overweight - woo hoo

    Congrats! Can't wait to get there, too! I agree, my goal (around 180#) would still have me considered 30-50# overweight, but even when I was in HS and playing both softball and basketball, I was 175#. I loooooong ago stopped subscribing to the "everyone fits in this box" mentality that is prevalent in medicine. Thank God, my doctor agrees with ME.
  19. CarmenP

    Chewable Vitamins - HELP!

    Celebrate is a brand. I got them from my surgeon's office. But I do believe they are available online.
  20. I just made the same decision this morning! I plan to put the scale away and only pull it out once every TWO weeks. I plan to measure every month and take a progress photo the same day. Otherwise, all the numbers begin to drive me crazy and make me doubt myself. I can't afford the distraction!
  21. "I never want to drink, or even SEE, another Protein shake as long as I live!!!" ?
  22. What an amazing result!! Super congrats to you! What do you think led to such awesome results? What was your routine like (food and exercise)? I have just started this journey (2 weeks post-op today) and am looking for ways to maximize my results. Your success is something to be admired!
  23. I guess this is an odd question, because I know every single one of us is different, but what is a reasonable expectation of weight loss every month? I see everything from 40 pounds in 6 months to 100 pounds in 6 months. That's such a huge gap. I just don't know how to know if I'm "on track". Has anyone here researched this or found a website that sorta answers this question?
  24. I'm just about 2 weeks out from surgery (7/21). The first several days after being discharged, I was taking Tylenol with codeine to help with pain. It also knocked me out at night. I'm not in pain anymore - haven't been for about a week - so I've not touched the pain meds. But now I find I cannot fall asleep. For the last week, I've been in bed by 11pm, and tossing and turning until well after 3am. Is insomnia common? Is there a cause related to my RNY? I don't (and never have) drink coffee, a and I've not had any caffeine since 6 weeks pre-op. I can't tolerate this. My parents took the kids while I was in recovery these last 2 weeks, but they're home now. I can't afford to be up all night and a zombie all day. Ugh. This is awful.
  25. CarmenP

    Eating out?

    I got one as part of my "congratulations" package from my surgeon and his team. Just ask yours, I'm sure they offer one!
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