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on 2/20/17 9:36 am
VSG on 02/15/17
Topic: RE: What's up, Doc? One hurdle vaulted, many more to go.


I know you are excited I will also be undergoing Surgery this year. I currently live OH as well. Im on my 4th out 6 Month diet.  I have been cleared from everyone except my Nutritionist who stated that I should be cleared after April. Wi**** was alot sooner. 

on 2/13/17 11:12 am
RNY on 01/26/17
Topic: RE: HI, Im new
I am a new member here. I had RNY on 1/26/17. I have read on this board the importance of treating your reflux and how it can make you believe you are hungry. I will do more research on it.





* New member and I'm happy to be here- RNY 1/26/117


on 2/1/17 2:43 pm
VSG on 03/09/17

I am a lovely lady of Alpka KappaAlpha Sorority, Incorporated!  

SKEE Wee!!!!!!

Lia D
on 2/1/17 8:05 am - Waldorf, MD
RNY on 01/15/04 with
Topic: RE: Missed my actual surgiversary day

Thank you so much, I really appreciate your response.  I wish you the best on this life long journey.



Lia D
on 2/1/17 8:02 am - Waldorf, MD
RNY on 01/15/04 with
Topic: RE: Missed my actual surgiversary day

Thank you much for the accolades.  I don't feel like I've done a good job yet so I really appreciate your comment.  I am still trying and won't give up.  Good luck to you on your journey. 




on 1/28/17 7:44 pm - Youngstown, OH
Topic: What's up, Doc? One hurdle vaulted, many more to go.

Well, I had my first consult w/ the surgeon Jan. 19th 2017, here in Youngstown, OH, and Dr. Woodruff has accepted me as a patient. Yippee! However, I requested a 2nd consult w/ him because instead of the 90minute session I was told it would be, it was roughly 20 & never got to ask my grocery list length of questions. I was a bit miffed   about that and I felt although he's congenial, he's a bit aloof too [it's not like he had another for two more hours I was informed by a staff member]. I sought out reviews of him on google & and this seems to be his "M.O.", but he does good work so I've read [no current reviews though on this site.  had to Google for a few recent. [sadly not everyone gives a review.  even searched YouTube.  Zilch.], I've exhausted my other options and this is the best fit for me anyway. The staff member obliged & bariatric nurse obliged & said, "of course they'll set the appt." Since he's only in the office on Thursday mornings, I'll be seeing him Thursday, Feb. 16th @ 8AM.

  So now I've many specialist appointments and tests I must take to meet the surgeon's and my insurance's requirements. Luckily, as I scanned his & my insurance's requirement list, I've accomplished a good number of these in Nov. & Dec. of 2016 and in early January because I was always thinking ahead and recalled what other patients had done. I also met w/ my Pulmonologist and she's faxing him my sleep study results and a letter of CLEARANCE for Surgery.  YAY!  I've since booked the other doctors [these I'll be meeting for the first time] and all will take place during mornings in February and March . Except the support group meetings. Those are on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month @ 6-ish PM. Looking forward to it.  Cheers. 

on 1/28/17 7:42 pm - Youngstown, OH
Topic: RE: Are there any old timers still in the forum?

Hi, I'm only now just making some headway and have finally been able to sit down w/ a bariatric surgeon here in Youngstown, OH, and I've been w/ since 2002!  I usually post on the General Discussion board.


Also many people, w/ video cams/ webcams, are doing Vlogs of their weight loss journey on YouTube and/ or posting on Bypass and VSG groups on FB and other social networks.


But will always be the place I first interacted w/ & saw b4 & after pics of people that looked like me all aspiring for the same thing(s); sorta similar goals.  To be slimmer, healthier, more ambulatory and active and to LIVE-- not just exist.





on 1/28/17 7:20 pm - Youngstown, OH
Topic: RE: Missed my actual surgiversary day

Happy belated Surgiversary!  No matter what, you've made great strides over the years for the better.  You've got this.  Never lose that momentum.  I hope to be where you are some day. 


Jen in Ohio

on 1/27/17 12:16 pm
Topic: RE: Missed my actual surgiversary day

Wow.I appreciate your post so much because I see that this truly will be a lifelong maintenance. You have done an amazing job, so don't beat yourself up. I would love to be 178 and in a 10, but I'm not. However, I am committed to trucking along until I get there. Remember to be kind to yourself and stay in the fight. You will be victorious.

Lia D
on 1/25/17 9:51 am, edited 1/25/17 10:14 am - Waldorf, MD
RNY on 01/15/04 with
Topic: Missed my actual surgiversary day

Hello All:

I can't believe another year has come and gone and I'm still working on getting to my weight loss goal of 138lbs.  Once I hit that it will be a 204lb loss since my RNY.  Sometimes I want to give up, I do that allot which is why I haven't met my goal yet, but then I realize that if I give up I'm gonna be back at 342 where I started or higher.  That gets me back on track for awhile.  So, I am yo yo dieting and exercising and it has gotten me to my current weight of 173.6 lbs.   

I took phen-phen over the holiday it worked the first day but not the second so I don't want to get back on those.  I tried the back-on-track system but I had headaches everyday.  I'm always trying to find something that will work for me.  I'm still in size 8 as long as they are stretch and into some 10's which is very disheartening for me since I swore I would not buy a bigger size. 

I am going to continue to work on getting to my goal and hopefully the sabotage will decrease and the willpower will increase.  So far this week I've been good and trying not to overindulge and workout 6 days a week.  Good luck all!

Forgot to include my surgery date 1/15/04.