- HEALTH TRACKER
“You are working on a healthier life, but you find yourself obsessing about calorie counts and food foes. Here's how to think outside the food box.”
If you constantly think about food, what you can or can't eat, how you'll manage at your sister's wedding dinner, and if eating a Twizzler will blow your diet, you need a reality check. If you have this much time to obsess, maybe you need to find something more constructive to think about. Think beyond yourself. Get some food perspective. Go volunteer at a food bank, women's shelter, or online to sponsor a needy child. Realizing that your excess can actually turn someone else's life around can be very liberating, and motivating. Look at this as an opportunity to not only change your life, but someone else's.
“You want to eat right, but when you try, you feel like you're starving. Here's how to never say diet.”
If you are dieting and often feel hungry, you may not be on the right program. Dieting doesn't mean starving yourself. It means feeding your body what it needs, when it needs it. Every time you eat, your body goes to work processing that food. If it knows you are going to feed it again regularly, it doesn't hang onto it as hard. It keeps your metabolism burning off excess. Feeling "starved" triggers your body to hang onto excess. Knowing when you are TRULY hungry is the first step. Feeding your body properly with fruits, veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, and nuts (and in calorie friendly portions) is the second. Even if you are eating 5 to 6 meal/snacks per day is okay when done the right way. If you've just embarked on a new program, you may need to give it a couple of weeks to let your body adjust to the new plan, so if you feel the need to eat too often, assess if you are really hungry or just wanting to grab something out of habit. In a short while, you and your body will adjust.
Unfortunately, weight gain is very common after a few years. All I can say is that possibly you are not eating enough. I know I know that sounds crazy but, your body needs food for energy and to function properly. So, my suggestion is to maybe see a nutritionist and see what adjustments can be made to your diet.
I had gastric bypass surgery in 2005 and went from 244 pounds to 160 pounds. Now it's 2013 and I back up to 185 pounds. I still cannot eat alot and I don't eat junk. I exercise 4 days a week. All my blood work has been good, bloodpressure good, off diabetes and cholesteral meds. I'm very discouraged. I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this, because I didn't have a mini gastric bypass. I've never heard of it before.
That's exactly what I meant. The MGB surgeon should be in the spot light as not being qualified to do it.
I'm so sorry you had to go through that. The surgeon never should have attempted it on you. Why did he think he was qualified to do it? Did you sew for malpractice? I can see how you would blame the MGB but I think I would go after the surgeon for doing such a crappy job and making you so miserable.
I hope things calm down for you soon and you can have a quality life.
“You want to do more, be more, but you are waiting until you feel more prepared. Here's how to gear up.”
Okay, sorry but sitting out in life isn't going to cut it. Sure, you could wait until you are completely on top of your game in life (whatever that means to you). Or, you could start living it now. What do you want to do? If you feel your weight, or your age, or your personality is holding you back, it is. If you feel nothing can hold you back from your dreams, then they won't. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing." If you decide to succeed, and actually move toward that success, you will either succeed or be able to know why you didn't, instead of wondering if you could've or just writing off that you can't.
I am two weeks post-op my revision from MGB to RNY. For some reason, I developed a stricture six years after my MGB. They're still unsure as to why, but the only thing they think could have happened is the bile reflux continually aggravated the opening between the stomach and intestines causing the connection to scar shut. After eight months of continuing vomiting, six scopes with dilation, and rapid weight loss, I contacted a local surgeon. He advised I convert to the RNY to get the bile to drain properly. I consented to the surgery and am hoping it will fix the problem.
When I contacted Dr. Rutledge, he insisted I have an ulcer, but after six scopes, no ulcer has been seen and nothing was seen during the conversion surgery either, so I do not think that is the issue. What they did find when they did the RNY is the doctor who performed my MGB did not properly form the new stomach. In fact, it was not even close to what the diagram shows should be done. It was huge on top. He did not staple all the way up and left the old stomach attached to the new one. I'm unsure if that has anything to do with the stricture, but I can say I am very unhappy that it was not performed correctly and my new surgeon was at a loss as to why any surgeon would do that to someone. I will also say that finding help locally after having the MGB is very difficult to do. Not many doctors are comfortable treating an MGB patient because they are not familiar with the surgery. I had to be completely malnourished and very, very sick before my surgeon would agree to treat me and he only agreed to after my GI doctor pleaded my case to him. I thank my lucky stars he did, because I had lost 30 pounds when I was already at goal weight. I've since lost another 10 pounds because I can only eat 2 ounces until my new pouch heals. I hope I can start putting the weight back on because I feel emaciated and unhealthy, but I just know it's going to get better.
Anyways, I used to gladly recommend the MGB, but after my experiences over the past eight months, I don't think I can do that any longer. The doctor who did my MGB isn't even performing them anymore and has moved to another state, so I essentially was left on my own to find someone to help. Also, my family doctor retired, so even though she had agreed to follow me for my post-MGB care, she left and my new doctor didn't feel comfortable being the primary care giver for a gastric bypass patient. I do personally know several people who have had great outcomes from the MGB, so do your research and know that NO gastric bypass surgery is without risk and even though the MGB doctors tout it's easily reversible, it is STILL a major operation. Mine took three hours, I ended up having a heart attack during it, and half my spleen died. I also had to be hospitalized for nine days following it. So while it can be reversed, revised, whatever, it is risky just like any other gastric bypass revision.
“You want to eat healthier, but it's such a chore. Here's how to clean up.”
If you've said (probably in a whiny voice), "Eating healthy is more expensive," or "My family doesn't like eating that stuff," or even, "I don't know what to make that's healthy," you are not alone. All of those statements SEEM true, until you overcome them. You are probably just not USED to thinking that way. Start by trying one healthy recipe each week. Yes, there will be some that you or your family doesn't like. You've probably tried new, unhealthy recipes that they didn't like from time to time too. It's okay. Chuck it and try again. There are plenty of very good recipes that will be successes. You may believe that healthy foods are expensive. Depending when produce is in season, and your location, prices will fluctuate. But you can usually work around these issues. You might feel your grocery bill is higher too, if you are buying fresh ingredients in ADDITION to what you normally buy. Once you start REPLACING the processed, pre-packaged foods (and probably a few trips through the drive thru), you'll see that eating well is healthy for your pocketbook too.
“You want to feel inspired, but there's de-motivation at every turn. Here's how to run it off the road.”
Television, family members, so-called friends, magazine ads, a look in the mirror. There are plenty of things that make us feel bad about ourselves. Things that make us doubt that we'll ever succeed at our goals. So, what are we going to do about them? Eleanor Roosevelt had a great quote, "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." We know outside influences will occasionally bring us down, so how do we spring back up? What motivates you? Music? A particular movie? Thinking about God? Standing in the sunshine? Reading uplifting quotes? Exercising? Find what motivates you and keep your goals on the road to success.
This could be a simple as a dietary change. Many of our foods produce a lot of gas. Might want to check your food choices.
When was the last time you had an endoscopy? This is always a good way to find out if there are actual physical issues with your tummy.
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With any kind of major surgery, recovery takes awhile but you should feel a little better each day. Give yourself plenty of time to heal.
Your body has been through a lot and I don't doubt that this is just a response to that process. When I was in the Air Force years ago going through basic training, I didn't have my period for a couple of months. It was such a drastic life style change, high physical activity and many other things going on, my body just kind of freaked out.
Keep in touch with your doctor and see how things ago after a month or so. Hang in there.
“You know you have to find time to exercise, but it's just so elusive. Here's how to find it's lair.”
You wonder how some people do it. They seem to be able to get everything done. They must be multi-tasking wizards. Here's the truth. There is no such thing. If you are doing more than one thing at a time, you aren't doing at least one of them well. Think texting and driving. Feeding the baby and doing homework. Cooking and learning calculus. Sometimes folding laundry and watching TV will leave you with towels in your underwear drawer and your house guests perplexed when they need to dry their hands. Studies have shown that when you multi-task, not only does your skill level go down for each project, but you also raise your stress level. It's a lose-lose situation. You simply have to eliminate things from your to-do list. If you want to exercise everyday, you'll have to give something up, or at least rearrange other things to save time. All the time you need is right in front of you. It's up to you how you'll use it.
Arn't you scared of dying of a heart attack???? thats how i looked at it, I was 305 at my highest...i am 5'8 also, i just had my surgery on tuesday, I like u was scared of that as well, but I new if i did't do something I would die anyway because I just couldn't loose the weight myself no matter what I tried!!!! Gook luck to you
I had my gastric bypass on tuesday (april 30th), am home now, (saturday) am still in quite a bit of discomfort...wondering how long i should expect this to last, or what other peoples experience was?? also, I am yet to get my period...no chance of preggers, my husband had a vasectomy 7 years ago, I am wondering between the 2 weeks of fasting and surgery if that has altered it...anyone??? thanks..