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About monalyssa33

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  1. Have any of you had issues of noticeable mucus in your stool? I've been having this happen the six months or so and I don't know if it is something I should be worried about or not.
  2. I've been seeing the same eating disorder therapist since way before my surgery, so I'm good on that front. I might look into increasing my sessions to every week for a while though. I've just been dealing with a lot of family crises and stress from work that I've been talking mainly about that during my sessions.
  3. I had surgery in February 2017 and lost about 110 pounds before surgery and another 80 after surgery (at my lowest, which was 210). In the last year and a half, I've gained about 40 pounds. Around the same time I started gaining, I also moved out of my parents' house and now live alone. My biggest problem has been sweets and fighting sugar cravings. My activity level hasn't been consistent either, but I'm more concerned about my eating than anything else. I guess I just need some motivation or some encouragement to get things back on track and ideas to get started again.
  4. TMI warning!!! I'm 14 months post-op today and for the last 8 or 9 months I clog a toilet at least 3 times a month because my BMs are unusually large compared to pre-op. I'm not talking amount, I'm talking size. I eat Fiber One nearly everyday just to keep things moving, but a week before to a week after my period I find that I've become the Chronic Toilet Clogger. This gets embarrassing especially at work because we only have 2 staff toilets for 30 some people. I don't know what to do about this! Am I eating too much fiber or something?
  5. Have him attend an information session with you. When my aunt had WLS about 20 years ago, my uncle felt the need to start losing weight himself (even though he's never had an issue with weight) when my aunt started losing weight. So if your husband weighs less than you, that could be an issue, but I suspect the biggest worry from your husband is that he is scared about something going wrong. So I think having him learn more about WLS with you it will bring him more on board.
  6. My hair started falling out (at least when I noticed) around month 3 or 4. It stopped around month 8. I didn't take any additional supplements because it didn't bother me that much since it wasn't very noticeable to other people. The hair loss wasn't in clumps or anything and more even all around so that's why it didn't bother me.
  7. monalyssa33

    Drinking with straw

    I didn't start drinking with a straw until about 8 weeks after surgery. I felt no different and no issues with it. I think if you take it slow and see how you can handle it without doing it often or quickly until you know for sure how you can handle it you should be fine.
  8. monalyssa33

    I need a kick in the butt

    I started the process in July 2016, was approved January 2017 and had it February 20, 2017. I'm sure I could have had the surgery sooner, but I had some delay because I wasn't following through with the pre-op stuff consistently.
  9. monalyssa33

    I need a kick in the butt

    I really liked Dr. Krook and the rest of the bariatric staff are wonderful too. I first started my WLS journey at Park Nicollet several years ago and it never worked out because I was never ready, and I was hesitant about going to HCMC too, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole staff. The main reason I went to HCMC instead of going back to Park Nicollet though was because I work for the county and the surgery was 100% paid for by my insurance.
  10. That doesn't seem right. I've been on Wellbutrin XR for years and I took it the day after surgery and am still on it today. If I were you, I'd see if there were other surgical programs in your area that will allow you to take the meds you need or talk with a psychiatrist to help you to stay on the XR while still pursuing surgery. A good number of doctors are not well-versed in psych meds, so I would fight to get the care you need.
  11. monalyssa33


    It really depends upon the insurance company. I had insurance that would only allow patients to go to a Bariatric Hospital of Excellence, while others don't have that requirement. When I started the WLS journey, I was around the same BMI with hypertension and sleep apnea.
  12. I'm 11 months out and have lost a total amount of 185 lbs (80 since surgery). I haven't lost anything in the last 5 months or so, but I've been starting to gain a bit because I'm getting back into bad habits. I'm worried about it, even though I have been fluctuating between a range of 10 pounds since August. My issues are with indulging in sweets and because the weather has been crappy in Minnesota (well when isn't it in winter?) and it gets dark so early I haven't been running or walking as much as I was. I went for a run this morning and I want to get myself back into the habit. I need some words of motivation or encouragement though to get through feeling like a failure. I'm moving into my own place on February 4th (I currently live with my parents), and I think this will help me a lot. My dad buys a lot of sweets and junk food and while I'm at the grocery store for myself, I'm almost always able to talk myself out of buying that stuff. When I do buy sweets, I will buy a single serving chocolate bar because I know if I buy more, I won't be able to control myself. Before surgery I would eat fast food all the time too, but now it just doesn't appeal to me, mainly because I can't eat the entire meal and left over fast food doesn't taste that great. So I believe I can get through this little setback, but I guess I just needed to vent a little.
  13. monalyssa33

    Workout Music-Whats Your Song?

    I usually start walking to an inspirational or lower-beat song, then when I'm ready to run Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News comes on and I'm ready and raring to go. Other upbeat songs I love are Footloose by Kenny Loggins, Hold On Tight by ELO and Mr. Blue Sky by ELO.
  14. monalyssa33

    Hit me with your best dad jokes

    My mom is the queen of bad jokes and I have a little back story to one of her jokes. A few years ago my mom took me to the ER because I was suicidal. The ER doctor made a comment about it being 2:30 pm and my mom said, "What's a dentist's favorite time of day?" I'm sitting in this chair like, wow this doctor is probably thinking the wrong person needs to be evaluated. Then my mom delivers the punchline, "Tooth-hurty! Get it?!?" I'm pretty sure the doctor had no idea how to respond to that. I laugh about it now because I'm not depressed anymore and it is funny now.
  15. monalyssa33

    Post-Op practical jokes

    I honestly think the simpler the better. As stated previously, just flat out deny you lost any weight.

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