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I have noticed a tremendous amount of energy since having my surgery just over a week ago. I am not trying to push it because I do not want any complications. I know that it is extremely early to even have this cross my mind, but to be honest with all of you I feel like I am having the smoothest possible recovery. I have just started having a little bit of yogurt today, and want to be able to jump start some sort of fitness regime while I have this good feeling. I have not been doing much except taking the dogs out for an hour walk around the block. Does any one else have new found energy? Want to work out but know they cant? When is the safest time to start something?

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Safest way is chatting with your surgeon and getting the okay for anything other than walking.

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I also had a huge energy surge. I could only sleep 4 hours a night, and felt like the energizer bunny on steroids. I got a bike and did a triathlon and a 50 mile bike race in the first year post op. I think it is the ketosis of rapid weight loss that causes this. I started walking right away, hitting 10,000 steps a day by the end of week one, then speed walking, climbing stairs, upper body and leg exercises. I used very light weights ( 3 pounds), and did wall pushups, as well as a stretching routine. I went up to 5 pound weights on my arm exercises. Was training to do a one day rim-to-rim Grand Canyon hike, and then Covid hit and the world changed. And ketosis stopped, and I don't have all the energy now that I did a year ago.

I say go for it! But please, please, please follow your doctor's instructions to the tee when it comes to weights and lifting. There is a lot healing on the inside that you can't see and you DO NOT want another surgery to repair a hernia or any other damage. But use all the energy you have now to your advantage. It will put you in great metabolic condition and help the weight come off even faster.

PS: We have about the same height, starting weights, and BMI. I reached my goal of 149 within 7 months. I know that is pretty fast, but I want to encourage you to go for it. You will hit 180 pretty quickly and may well discover that your body wants to keep losing. It was so exciting to get to a normal BMI. So great to hit 180, but then don't be afraid to go lower. The energy surge really helps.

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I could walk right away. At four weeks out I was cleared to do pretty much everything but weights. I got the OK on those when I was about eight weeks out.

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3 hours ago, AZhiker said:

I also had a huge energy surge. I could only sleep 4 hours a night, and felt like the energizer bunny on steroids. I got a bike and did a triathlon and a 50 mile bike race in the first year post op. I think it is the ketosis of rapid weight loss that causes this. I started walking right away, hitting 10,000 steps a day by the end of week one, then speed walking, climbing stairs, upper body and leg exercises. I used very light weights ( 3 pounds), and did wall pushups, as well as a stretching routine. I went up to 5 pound weights on my arm exercises. Was training to do a one day rim-to-rim Grand Canyon hike, and then Covid hit and the world changed. And ketosis stopped, and I don't have all the energy now that I did a year ago.

I say go for it! But please, please, please follow your doctor's instructions to the tee when it comes to weights and lifting. There is a lot healing on the inside that you can't see and you DO NOT want another surgery to repair a hernia or any other damage. But use all the energy you have now to your advantage. It will put you in great metabolic condition and help the weight come off even faster.

PS: We have about the same height, starting weights, and BMI. I reached my goal of 149 within 7 months. I know that is pretty fast, but I want to encourage you to go for it. You will hit 180 pretty quickly and may well discover that your body wants to keep losing. It was so exciting to get to a normal BMI. So great to hit 180, but then don't be afraid to go lower. The energy surge really helps.

That is good to hear, I will definitely be speaking to my surgeon to see what he has to say. I have another appointment with the doctors' in 2 weeks and I will bring it. By then it will be about 4 weeks post-op. I am just trying to keep the energy going by doing what you said you were doing, walking, maybe 10,000 steps. I guess its a good time to put my Apple Watch back on haha. It has felt like forever since I have had this type of energy, this type of motivation to get things going in my life. I thank you for your information, it is more helpful than you think, but I will seek out advice from a doctor before I do anything too strenuous

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Calm down but great attitude. You need to let you body heal 4-5 weeks - Just walk till you drop I also used a eliptical a few weeks out but on low gear. Best thing to do now is drink Water - Get you Vitamins and mineral plan in order and walk 10k steps per day. Sounds like alot but it really isn't that hard that is two good long walks and working

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My doc said 10,000 steps a day, so I went for it. Anyway, about the energy, I asked my PCP, the bariatric NP, and the nutritionist about the energy surge, and they all acted like they had never heard of such a thing, and even offered my sleeping pills! Got my thyroid checked, too, and it was fine. Knowing that others have experienced this as well, was reassuring, and I just chalked it up to ketosis. It slowed down and stopped after I reached goal weight, so now I can actually sleep 7-8 hours a night, and unfortunately, I have to work a bit harder to make myself exercise! :(

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On 12/25/2020 at 1:48 PM, merraculous said:

I have noticed a tremendous amount of energy since having my surgery just over a week ago. I am not trying to push it because I do not want any complications. I know that it is extremely early to even have this cross my mind, but to be honest with all of you I feel like I am having the smoothest possible recovery. I have just started having a little bit of yogurt today, and want to be able to jump start some sort of fitness regime while I have this good feeling. I have not been doing much except taking the dogs out for an hour walk around the block. Does any one else have new found energy? Want to work out but know they cant? When is the safest time to start something?

well, I just had my gastric bypass on Jan 12th and I wish I had not overdone it. I went to a basically empty mall where I live and people go there to get there walking done inside. I am only 3wks post-op, and not mention the Dr did 5 hrs worth of work on my intestines, besides the bypass. I walked 3 days in a row as fast as I could and all the bouncing on my belly was a really bad idea. So, start slow, and make sure you are good and healed before doing what I did. I am still paying for it. The pain?? I even had a fever all day yesterday, but none today, so I guess I am fine?

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I am 2 weeks post op and my doc told me at my 1 week check up that I could do intensive classes on peloton right away. He said crank up that resistance, get out of the saddle and aim for the 30-45 minute classes. I told him I was nervous to push myself so soon- but he said it is totally fine. I’ve done about 3 intensive classes since my appointment last week and I’ve felt great- no issues! I walk on the other days. My BMI is 49 and I have 150+ lbs to lose to get near an ideal weight . I’m 5’3. Good luck everyone- I’m ready to drop these pounds.

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