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Hello,

I am 57 myself and have considered WLS for about 20yrs now always thinking I can do it myself. I did and gained it back everytime! Now that I am this age I am starting to have health problems so it is time to finally do this.

I am very scared but it is something I know I have to do.

I have been working with a dietician and we discussed having surgery on the last visit. I am going thru the VA for this so I am just going to start the process. I pray that this is something that God wants for my life, and will walk along side me.

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Welcome TatorTot ,you came to the right place.We are all past the age of being young and foolish. This is our last hoorah to be thin. Everyone here is very supportive. We'll help you thru this. Just stayed tuned in, read the texts and join in. Take care, be happy, live life

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Ikm96h, congratulation on finalizing your date, we are here for you, I trying to figure out how soon after shoulder surgery that I can get my bypass, I hope I don't have to wait to long. Keep me posted on your progress,thoughts and feelings. Take care, be happy ,live long

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Hang in there, Tatortot, it seems we all waited a long time to have WLS. I say better late than never. I plan to live a long time and now I will be healthy. IKM96h, glad you got your date--the time will fly by. I thought I had a long time, but I wonder if I will manage to get everything that needs to be done before 15 April! Mary, hope your shoulder heals quickly so you can join the rest of us on our weight loss journey. So glad you're all doing well.

Pat

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Hello, I am 57 myself and have considered WLS for about 20yrs now always thinking I can do it myself. I did and gained it back everytime! Now that I am this age I am starting to have health problems so it is time to finally do this. I am very scared but it is something I know I have to do. I have been working with a dietician and we discussed having surgery on the last visit. I am going thru the VA for this so I am just going to start the process. I pray that this is something that God wants for my life, and will walk along side me.

I was 67 when I had WLS last October. I did great and the only regret I have is not having it years ago. If you need any advice or help along the way, this is the place to come. I have learned a lot just by reading posts. I am here to help any way I can, message me anytime. God bless you on this awesome journey.

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Hi everyone, just checking in to let you know I'm still here and doing fine. Night time nausea has stopped, still experimenting with Protein. Tried a rib-eye and it tasted so good I ate to much, dumped and felt horrible till I threw up. Ah, the lessons we have to learn. Have lost 28# and 17" since surgery 2-4. Energy level is improving and working with a trainer at the gym twice a week. Trying to train for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in DC May 3 and 4. Can only do 3 miles at a time and need to step it up. Even at my highest weight I walked 13 miles each day so I would like to do that in DC, if I can't I won't be upset, I'll just hop on the sweep van and ride till I'm rested. Hope you all are doing well cause there are so many ups and downs it can drive you to frustration, each day is better than the next (usually). Keep smiling!!!!

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Sally, love your posts! You always seem so happy. I'm sort of reserved so it's difficult for me to really open up to people the way I would like. Wish we lived closer--I this k you would be such a great friend to have! Hope you are able to the entire Avon walk and have a lot of fun doing it.

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Yea Sally , I'm glad you're doing better all the time! I did the Avon walk in NYC in 2007, it's amazing ,fun and inspiring! I'm scheduled for May 5th and I'm having a terrible time eating all of the bad things I won't get to eat after surgery. Any body else do this?!!! Well keep up the good work and good luck with your training. Linda

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Ikm96h, I'm there with you eating things I won't be able to eat after surgery. I am so worried about gaining weight that I started my pre-op diet a week early! Do you have a surgery date yet?

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Hi all, a lot has happened since I posted last. I had shoulder surgery , 1 week post -op, pain is winding down, and starting to feel better. We had a huge shock 2 weeks ago , our bariatric surgeon notified us that he was retiring ASAP., no more appts. No more program,but thanks to Aurora Hosp. They picked up the program, hired a surgeon, and had their first meeting all in two weeks time. I'm still waiting to get my April appt. so that there is no skipped months in my file. I hope you are all doing good, getting out and enjoying the nicer weather. Keep in touch with your progress. Stay safe, live long ,be happy

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Hey Sally I am 62 and I will be having RNY on April 22nd. I am presently on week 3 of my Optifast liquid diet. I must be on it for 4 weeks. I am like you in that I want to ejoy the time I have left here on this planet. I want to experience the feeling of being slim before I exit this beautiful world. I have lost 25lbs so far on this. Good luck to you as you journey forth. :-) Val

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Hey Sally I am 62 and I will be having RNY on April 22nd. I am presently on week 3 of my Optifast liquid diet. I must be on it for 4 weeks. I am like you in that I want to ejoy the time I have left here on this planet. I want to experience the feeling of being slim before I exit this beautiful world. I have lost 25lbs so far on this. Good luck to you as you journey forth. :-) Val I may have addressed this to the wrong person. I think it was to rhinny oh well its for evetyone :-)

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Just checking in with everyone. I'm doing good but at another plateau! Frustrating as heck. Don't have to go back to the MD till August and am trying to exercise as much as possible. Still seeing the trainer twice a week but not walking as much as I should. Am still on only Protein and can eat most meats except steak, my stomach cannot tolerate it and I throw up - yuck. The only major events in my life are on Monday the 14th I turn 65 and am leaving May 1 for DC and the Avon Walk. I hoped to lose more weight before then but these plateaus last weeks!!!! Give me patience.

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Glad to hear everyone is doing so well! I'm getting really nervous because my surgery is coming up on the 15th. I have been trying to keep busy, but sometimes I seem to get too nervous for being busy and end up just worrying the day away. My pre-op diet is pretty good; I eat two small meals a day and two Protein Shakes made with Water. I have been eating salads since it will be a while before I get them again, but the shakes are much better with milk. You are all in my prayers.

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Just checking in with everyone. I'm doing good but at another plateau! Frustrating as heck. Don't have to go back to the MD till August and am trying to exercise as much as possible. Still seeing the trainer twice a week but not walking as much as I should. Am still on only Protein and can eat most meats except steak, my stomach cannot tolerate it and I throw up - yuck. The only major events in my life are on Monday the 14th I turn 65 and am leaving May 1 for DC and the Avon Walk. I hoped to lose more weight before then but these plateaus last weeks!!!! Give me patience.

I can definitely identify with you on the plateaus! I have had several in the past 3 months! Yes, it is very frustrating! I am down 69 pounds since my highest weight before surgery. I go to the gym 3 or 4 days a week and ride my stationary bike at home other days. I have 33 pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight. I know without surgery I never would have been able to do this on my own. I just wish I had done this years ago. I am 68 and feel better than I have in 30 years. We just have to keep on keeping on and the weight will come off eventually.

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