Restarting my journey


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Thank you! At this point I need all the encouragement I can get. :)

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Hi Brittany1225,

Great news. I give you my prospective on both. Back in 2006 when I did my research on WLS it was Gastric Bypass or LapBand that was buzzing, there wasn't a whole lot of resources or material for GS. In my case I did not qualify for GB, Banding was the best choice. It worked, but I've had my share of issues with the Lapband, if given the choice now I definitely choose Gastric Sleeve. Unfortunately with my current BMI 33.5 for insurance purposes I do not qualify for the GS, that's why my surgeon had to replace the port portion of the band. Six months not unusual, and it goes by very quick, taking advantage of the nutritional weight loss plan is a great tool you will use everyday, I joined WW last year and really enjoy my weekly support group gatherings. I enjoy cooking, but now I cook much healthier, my family eats what I cook, and on board with most of the meal, what they don't like (cereal is in the panty). Life changes will come and go, how you handle your food intake will be a huge difference. Do not wait until 4 weeks before surgery to make changes, Start now. Make the path a smooth as possible. Once you start making better food choices now, (despacito) by the time surgery gets here you won't think twice. And transition will be easier. Take advantage of the great weather and start walking outside. I love to dance, (Weeepppaaa) Zumba I make it my party...is great for me, at times I get there 30 minutes prior to the class and stretch a bit, and get on the treadmill slow-just to get the blood circulating. Now I spend about 2 hours at the gym 4-5 times a week. If your family and friends know about your WLS it will be easier for them to understand watching you make better choices now , then suddenly watching you run to the nearest restroom because some you ate made you ill, wonder what's wrong with you cause suddenly your whole face/body is changing. (once the weight begin to come down your entire body will change.) I was very open about my WLS from the beginning, many were against but respected my decision, and backed off. Growing up in a Puerto Rican/Spaniard household was not easy, (eat until your plate is empty) and every time you turned your head someone was adding more food to your plate. Gave you a lot of information, hope its helpful.

Aqui estoy para ajudarla,

RyLopez

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Your are welcome Brittany1226, do not hesitate to reach out. Were just a click away.

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Good evening everyone,

Pretty good day. Pain level is between 4/5. My abdomen slowly decrease from beach ball to basketball now. Last night I did notice a rash developing just on the sides of my abdomen no where near my scar, it wasn't itchy or painful. Took a shower with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Soap, can be expensive look for coupons, but worth using the first few week after surgery also took a Benadryl to avoid scratching during the night. Woke up better but still there. Will bring it up to my surgeon next week. (don't wanna see a dermatologist unless I have to, Breakfast I made simple Quaker oats wt. control oatmeal and decided to put my Protein Shake powder into the mix. (huge mistake) 3 spoonful I was done. lunch left over corn (chew really well) mixed with cauliflower with about 2 oz. of left over salmon. 2pm snack 1/2 cup of salami. For dinner my son took hubby and me to dinner , 9 times out 10 when I go out for dinner I look for seafood on the menu It's easier to chew and pass through the band, Try to be seated near the restrooms. I ordered Salmon with side of salad. by skipping appetizer's I treated myself to a glass of Sangria and dessert shared by three.

Thank you, have a great evening.

Rylopez

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Good Morning Rylopez:

I met with my PCP last night and he recommended that I get the sleeve rather than the lap band. My PCP stated that he has seen too many complications with the band such as slippage, pain etc.... He highly recommended the sleeve and provided me with detailed information regarding the surgery and outcome. Again, I informed my PCP that I will do my research and ultimately make my decision, after all, I have a few months to decide. It's now a matter of following through with all my appointments.

On another note, you recommended that I start dieting and exercising to prepare myself for what I am required after the surgery. Great minds think a lot, I've already begun working on my appetite control. I'm not dieting per say but limiting my intake (don't want to lose weight or gain weight) but have control of my intake. As for exercising that will have to be put on hold until after I have my knee surgery on 8/30/17. I injured myself running. After physical therapy ends I can begin to exercise.

Enough about me, How are you doing? Were you released from the hospital? when will you be scheduled for your next weigh in? What weight goals have you set for yourself?

Mucho Bendiciones

Brittany1225

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Hello Brittany1225,

Your WTL have you options and your PCP is on board with it. You have time to decide, and you found this website that has lots of information good and not so good. Good luck with your Knee surgery, been down that road-(ice - ice and more ice. The sooner you start PT the better off you will be. If I remember correctly they would put me on Treadmill, bike, strengths exercise and other stuff I cant remember and finally the heat stimulation ( my favorite). It may be for your knee, but it sound like exercise to me.

My surgery was Same day/Outpatient, no hospital time. Surgery was Friday 7/28, was at work on Monday 7/31, my abdomen looked like a beach ball (inflated) by Friday I was down to basketball size abdomen. I was driven in, and pick me up. Packed my meals, walked around the building when needed was moving slow, I did well. If I felt pain bottle of Extra strength was in my desk. First post op visit is on Wednesday, currently I have no restrictions,hoping she will adjust me and get this show on the road. Day of surgery my weight was 171.6, my goal is 130/135. Back in 2008/2009 I had reached 110/112 I felt great, many even my surgeon felt is was too much, was told I looked sick. My fam/friends have no filter..(love that about them) My boyfriend is on board and very supportive-he even joined WW with me last year and lost 25 Lbs. like nothing,,he loves my curves. Curves with no meat, does not look right. I'm only 5" 130/135 I like, feel good and look amazing.

For date night my boyfriend took me to an Outdoor Havana Night Cigar event, (lots of smoke) happy it was outdoors. (hard I quick smoking a year 1/2 ago, felt a little out of place, but when the music started, Yes I was on the dance floor. Boyfriend said your GOOD (estas cura). There was music, Cuban food, mojito's, and lots of smoke, met great people. Had a great time.

Good luck with the knee surgery, keep me posted. Let's stay in touch.

Bendiciones para usted y su familia.

Rylopez

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Good evening everyone, Today was good day not much pain. Moving much better. Breakfast: coffee, eggs/cheese in spinach wrap. Walked around the flee market with my boyfriend and son. Had late lunch /early dinner at Bone Fish, between the three of us we shared their Bang/Bang Shrimp, I ordered shrimp pad thai ate about 1/3 of it, they make the best martini's in this area, and since we skipped coffee and desert I had my martini. We spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at MetLife, where Jet's had their scrimmage event. It was something different. There I had some coffee. Overall very good day.

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I'm back on the "bandwagon" as well. I gained weight after having my 2 kids and having most of my Fluid removed after my first child was born. I finally got the courage to go back and get a fill. I'm focusing on a mostly lower carb diet and drinking ketones supplements. Down 25lbs in 2.5 months!!! I'm making my way back

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