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  1. I’m with Tek. I underwent two rounds of extensive plastics, so my tummy tuck was part of a whole host of things done at the same time including my arms. But HOLY HECK PLASTICS IS A HARD RECOVERY. I don’t want to discourage anyone from doing it as it’s the best money I’ve ever spent and I’d do it all over in a heartbeat. But go in eyes open: it’s a much more painful recovery than you might otherwise expect. I found it helpful to have my husband on standby for pretty much everything for the first couple of weeks. I bought a recliner specifically to sleep in while recovering from this surgery, and I don’t think I moved from it for at least two weeks. I got up for the bathroom and that was about it.
  2. I do not and I’m very happy with my results. I’m attaching two photos - one from the night before my surgery in November 2016 where you can see from the drawn lines what was being removed, and one I took just a moment ago in regular daylight. You can see from the recent photo that the surgeon went all the way down to the elbow; he also went all the way up through my armpit almost to my bra band. Hope this helps!
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    April 2020 Vets Roll Call

    Hello! I'm not on the boards regularly, but I have alerts for certain forums so I can still check in from time to time when others show up. It looks like you had surgery about 6 months before me, so we may not have crossed paths much at the time. I had RNY in Jan 2015 and reached my goal weight about a year later, so I've been in maintenance mode for a while. I became a runner shortly after surgery and it became a huge part of my life, so I have been suffering quite a bit since being sidelined by a bone spur on my heel in October. When I had to stop running, I had 5 half marathons on the calendar over the course of the coming 7 months, so it was a huge adjustment. It took me quite a while to stop eating like an athlete in training. And it was the holidays. And I was in mourning over my missed races. And then winter set in. And now I'm locked in the house with all this food... So I've definitely gained weight. I'm trying not to freak out about this and to accept that these stressors are real and temporary and I'll whip my self back into shape soon. I haven't weighed myself, but I'm guessing I'm up at least 15 pounds. Maybe more. I know I should commit to knuckling under and straightening myself out, but at the same time I just need to fight one battle at a time and right now it's adjusting to life in a pandemic. I had surgery in January to shave down the spur, and have finally been getting back into running (baby steps!) in the last 7 days. I've been doing quite a bit of physical therapy and have had good days and bad, but right now I just have to trust that better days are ahead on all fronts.
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    Calorie and carb intake

    If you’ve reached your goal weight and are maintaining a high degree of athletic activity, I recommend working with a sports nutritionist rather than a bariatrics one. I struggled with endurance for over a year before I realized carbs were no longer my enemy. if you’re still losing or not yet at goal, I’d be cautious about changing your diet too much unless you’re really struggling with energy.
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    Building up for my first marathon

    Hooray for you! I’m five years post-RNY and ran my first marathon last June. I’m one-and-done with marathons and plan to stick with the half distance going forward. Sounds like you’re doing great!
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    Stop vitamins before surgery?

    I have had surgery 3x since my RNY 5 years ago, and every time they have me stop ALL supplements for 7 days beforehand.
  7. Congratulations on your accomplishments! My biggest question is what consequences are you seeing as a result of not eating after a run? Are you suffering because of it, or just concerned that it’s abnormal / not part of the program? A lot of runners I know have trouble eating after a run, and they don’t try to force it. If you’re not having I’ll effects from delayed eating, I’d let it go. Otherwise, please say more about the problems it’s causing. For me, the hardest part of becoming an endurance athlete after RNY was adapting the nutrition I was supposed to follow with the nutrition my body actually needed. I’ve since done a marathon, 13 half marathons, a bunch of Olympic and sprint triathlons, and a handful of 60+ mile bike rides. I’m just shy of 5 years out.
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    New Podcast for Bartiatric Fitness?

    Great idea! I would totally listen, and wold love to contribute too. I’m 4.5 years post-RNY and ran my first marathon yesterday. I try to stay engaged with the patient group from my surgeon, to both give and receive support, but there’s no one else like me there and most are in a very different part of their journey. The Bariatrics specialists haven’t been any help in my journey since I hit my goal weight, and the non-Bariatrics nutritionists and trainers haven’t had much idea what to do with me either. PM me if you want to talk more.
  9. From the album: Progress Pictures

    Two weeks before gastric bypass, compared to finish line of olympic-distance triathlon 21 months later.
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    From the album: anaxila

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    Opinions please

    I don’t think you look disproportionate at all. You need to do what’s right for you, but from the outside, through a stranger’s eyes, you look good. Your arms look good in the photos so I can’t really advise on brachioplasty For me, brachioplasty was just about the best money I ever spent. It’s been two years and the scars are still visible, but I would take them over my old bat wings any day.
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    Pain Question

    The compression garment is supposed to be tight, and you neeeeeed to wear it. I stopped wearing mine too soon, and had complications that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It sounds like yours is much tighter than mine, though - it was like a tight girdle or spanx, but not so intrusive that I couldn’t sleep or that was actually painful. I’d talk to the surgeon’s team about that one. As for the drains, there really is nothing to worry about. It’s a small tugging sensation that lasts a couple of seconds at most, with absolutely no pain.
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    First appt with personal trainer any tips?

    I recommend total, radical honesty and candor. Tell them everything. Tell them you’re scared, intimidated, new to gyms, prone to being turned off, etc. Tell them why you are there and what you want out of it. Tell them what hurts and what’s hard. You will get out of this what you put into it, and candor is the first step.
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    Workout buddies in Wisconsin

    Congratulations on your surgery! I’m 47 and 4 years out from RNY, but I’m in the Milwaukee area and would be happy to be your workout buddy. PM me to discuss.
  15. I had extensive skin removal surgery following RNY. I did it in two rounds (upper / front, then lower / back), two years ago. Aside from RNY itself, it's the best decision I ever made. It's nearly impossible to find useful information about cosmetic surgery online. The majority is either advertisement or scare-mongering, and most of it is not relevant to a bariatric patient. The only way to learn is to schedule consultations with local surgeons, get an assessment and quote, and - most importantly - look at their book. All of these consultations should be free of charge. If they're not, skip to the next option. They will all have photo albums of similar procedures they've done on past clients, and can talk you through the similarities and differences between yourself and those other people. They all have different techniques and different experience, and the good ones will want to make sure you have a realistic assessment of what you can expect in terms of final outcome. Don't assume that the first surgeon you meet is going to be the right one for you. Shop around. In terms of finding good candidates, I would start by asking the team that did your bariatrics surgery. They likely know which surgeons in the area do a lot of post-weight loss surgeries and can make a recommendation. Good luck!
  16. As many have said... you just need to suck it up and go. I recommend finding the least popular time to go for the first few trips, to minimize contact with your fellow gym-goers. In most places / at most gyms, this means NOT going first thing in the morning or anytime between 5-7pm. This is when the most serious and focused athletes are there, and I totally understand that they can be intimidating. However, on the flip side... the most serious and focused athletes are worried about getting their workouts done and getting on with their day. They are not noticing you / watching you / gossiping about you. They are focused on their own crap. Having said that, if you can do in the middle of the day or late at night, it's likely to have a more chill vibe. There's also a HUGE uptick in gym attendance at this time of the year - increasing in December, peaking in January, starting to drop off in February. So it's almost guaranteed you won't be the only newbie in the joint at any given time. Personally, I'm a serious gym rat (I'm there 8-10 times a week, depending on weather), and I go out of my way to welcome new and lost-looking people. Don't assume that the fit person next to you hasn't been an unfit newbie in the recent past. You're me, just a couple of years removed.
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    Kettlebells and other ways to tone a bit

    Everything here is useful for making home weights on a budget. https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Homemade-Weight-Set I also second the suggestion of using resistance bands. I’m sure you could MacGuyver something, but I have this relatively affordable set from amazon and am very happy with them. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/7245456313/ Google can help you identify what to do with them, but this book has also been helpful. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00FM5HM0E/ Good luck!
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    How sweaty, out of breath should I be.

    Sweatiness is highly variable. I am a cyclist and runner, and I always sweat like I'm dying. But I have friends that finish a run or a ride looking fresh as a daisy and completely unmussed. I sorta hate those guys. :D Out-of-breath-ness is generally related to heart rate, and the recommendation to get a heart rate monitor is a good one. I generally shoot for zone 4 / orange zone in cardio. But how out of breath you feel is also slightly variable by person. Unless I'm sprinting, I can almost always carry on a conversation while running. On the other hand, my cycle coach knows if we're all chatty we aren't working hard enough, but she's a mean one. Personally, I know if I can't talk, I'm working too hard, but if I can sing more than a line or two I know I'm not working hard enough. Yeah, I'm a joy to hang with. :D But I run with friends who don't ever feel like they can talk and run at the same time, despite the fact that their heart rates are in the okay zone. The other factor to consider is your underlying fitness. If your legs & butt are feeling it, but your cardio isn't there, then keep working your legs hard until they catch up with your cardio capacity and you can push them both together. And above all, HAVE FUN!
  19. I am almost 4 years post op RNY and I don’t eat anywhere close to a bariatric diet. I am a runner and triathlete now, so I eat quite a lot of carbs as fuel for athletic performance. I work closely with a sports nutritionist who struggled mightily to get me to break from my obsession with protein and embrace the carbs. I have to eat about 6-8 meals a day to keep myself properly fueled, which is a bit annoying but a small price to pay. I am not able to tolerate much sugar or fats (ice cream, pie, cake, cookies, brownies), but otherwise eat whatever suits me in the moment LOL.
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    Should I be offended?!

    Gross gross gross. Yes, you should be offended. But don’t let it derail you. You will be unconscious for the most important part of your relationship with this troll. If you’re getting good service from the rest of his team, stay the course.
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    Things to keep in mind...
  22. I had it done. Absolutely worth it. Aside fromtje original bariatric surgery, it’s the best decision I ever made. Like the other commenter, mine was done in combination with other procedures so I can’t give specific guidance on price for the body lift. However, I had that done, along with a thigh lift, arm lift, and vertical shaping with the tummy tuck portion of the body lift. Two surgeries, $20k all in, done by a fantastic local surgeon who has a lot of weight loss clients.
  23. I had it done. Absolutely worth it. Aside fromtje original bariatric surgery, it’s the best decision I ever made. Like the other commenter, mine was done in combination with other procedures so I can’t give specific guidance on price for the body lift. However, I had that done, along with a thigh lift, arm lift, and vertical shaping with the tummy tuck portion of the body lift. Two surgeries, $20k all in, done by a fantastic local surgeon who has a lot of weight loss clients.
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    Progress Pictures

    A reminder of how far I've come
  25. I’m about 3.5 years post-surgery, and I don’t follow the Bariatric diet at all. I became very active (swimming, biking, running) after surgery and my food intake was all wrong for my athletic performance and training needs. So I switched over from a Bariatric nutritionist to a sports nutritionist and never felt better. It’s important to balance your macronutrients to fit your activity level, watch your caloric intake, monitor your weight, yadda yadda. But no, you don’t need to eat like a new patient forever.

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