[MINI GASTRIC BYPASS THREAD – PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR SURGERY AND EXPERIENCES MAY NOT APPLY TO MINI GASTRIC BYPASS PATIENTS]
Hi all BP’ers and lurkers out there; especially hi to everyone who had the mini gastric bypass (AKA the one-anastomosis gastric bypass/single-anastomosis gastric bypass/omega loop gastric bypass)
It’s my surgiversary!
I can’t believe it’s already been a year. But what a year it has been. Man. I wanted to share a lot of thoughts about my journey – there’s not a ton of MGB patients out there yet, and especially not in the US.
I’ll admit I’ve been working on this for a while, because I want to share the good word about the MGB and contribute some of the things I simply cannot find out there. Well, now I know, at least how it’s been the first year for myself. So that’s my small contribution.
Below, I’ll post the following posts individually so it’s easy to browse for anyone new:
The surgery: what is it, how does it work, what does science say about weight loss and complications with MGB?
My journey to weight loss surgery
My weight journey for a year after the mini gastric bypass
My diet and calories – stages + what does a typical day look like after a year?
Exercise – what and when and how much?
Alcohol and MGB
What I wish they had told me prior to surgery
Setting a goal
Why I think you should consider the MGB
What it’s like being a mini gastric bypass patient on BariatricPal – what I found useful, and why I needed a pause from participating on the forum
I hope you’ll find some of this enjoyable.
My weight journey pre-op + for a year after the mini gastric bypass
I reached my highest weight – 364 lbs – fairly close to surgery. I then lost from 364 to 344 at day of surgery.
In the first month, I lost 34 lbs, and at the 60 day mark, I had lost 61 lbs. So 2 months after surgery, I was down to 283 lbs.
At the 6 month mark, I was down to 234 lbs (total loss 130 lbs), and at the 12 month mark I’m at 201 lbs (total loss 163 lbs).
My EWL is 88.8%, and I’m of a pretty muscular build, so for all intents and purposes, I’m done losing.
More importantly, I think I look fantastic! I went from a 54” waist to wearing 32” jeans, and from a 6XL to a medium or large in men’s tops. I can see the individual parts of the shoulder muscles, there’s tricep definition, my legs look like pro soccer player legs … in a way, my fat decade was a massive bulk for the fellow weight lifters out there
As for excess skin, it looks like I gave birth to quintuplets a few weeks ago, and there’s loose skin everywhere. I’m only wanting surgery on the stomach area, though. I think the rest will gradually be okay, and I don’t really need to be perfect. I’m great as I am.
I’ve debated whether to include photos, but what the hell. I have nothing to be ashamed of, and if this motivates just one person to go do this for themselves, I’ll be happy.
DAY BEFORE SURGERY (this is 20 lbs lower than my heaviest)
FROM THE PAST WEEK (163 lbs lighter than my heaviest, BMI around 27.5)