Sweet Ride, Leslie, Lina and more

on 1/1/18 10:09 pm, edited 1/1/18 10:10 pm

If I missed some.one I am sorry there are so many coming up. Lukes too maybe. SUZY you just had yours!

So many of you are about to start this new journey. You are in the Optifast phase and soon comes the big day. I was sitting here thinking about you all and remember being were you are almost 4 weeks ago.

I am so excited for you all and no matter the question we are here for you. I am still learning everyday myself. Why did this happen or what is this about? It' all part of the process and I look forward to watching you all on your journey!

I keep saying this but... pack. Tp, shakes, tic tacs, undies, personal whipes.

You all got this!

on 1/2/18 1:57 am

Thank you for your thoughts, encouragement and advice. No one understands this like the people on this forum. My family is supportive but wary and worried for me.

I'm quite a bit older than most who have this surgery. I'm 60 and retired but I'm tired of being inside my shell. I want to smile when someone takes my photo. Onward!

Referred January 7/17, Orientation Humber May 28/17, Meet Dr. August 4/17, TRIO November 3/17, Internist November 21/17, Surgeon again December 21/17, Pre-op assessment January 4/18 and Surgery January 12/18.

on 1/2/18 4:12 am

It is never to late Leslie.

There is always risk with any medical care but the odds are in your favor and there are risk if you do nothing as well. I had issue but I am here and well now eating Popcicle at 7am. Lol I love Dole sugar free orange and strawberries pops.

My family had concerns for me as well but are very supportive.

If this is giving you a chance of a better life while you are still here and you have done your homework and made your own descion then we are here for you!

I am still a newbie but this forum and the people on it has been vital to me.

You are going to do great! Here is to many smiling photos!

Linda M.
on 1/2/18 6:23 am - Orillia, Canada

Hello Leslie,

I'm 55 and I have never felt better. 9 months out and I'm feeling like I'm in my 30's - chasing after little ones (grandchildren this time), running (literally) up and down the stairs and feel more like myself then I did in years. The extremely overweight, out-of-shape, tired, sore me that I had become was NOTHING like me. I'm back to being Linda. No worries. Like most say, it was indeed the best thing I have ever done for myself. Looking good is just the beneficial bi-product of FEELING good.

And I am one of the freaks who actually liked Opti! All the best to you all.


Orientation: June 29th, 2016, Surgery March 22, 2017. Pre-surgery: 16 lbs, (Size 2x, 18/20), M1: 19 lbs. (Size 1x, 16/18), M2: 13 lbs. (Size 16, XL) M3: 10 lbs. (Size 14/16, large). M4: 6 lbs. (Size 14, large/medium). M5: 10 lbs. (Size 14, solid medium - lol), M6: 9 lbs. (Size 12, medium). M7: 8 lbs. (Size 10/12 and small/medium). M8: 7 lbs. (Size 10 and small/medium). M9: 2 lbs. (Size 8/10 - small/medium). Lost 100 lbs by Month 9! M10: 5 lbs. M11: 4 lbs. One year: 6 lbs. Total 111 lbs. lost!

on 1/2/18 7:58 am

I like the Opti too! Thank you for your encouragement. There's a lot more I want to do in my life and I want to do it at my best possible self.

Referred January 7/17, Orientation Humber May 28/17, Meet Dr. August 4/17, TRIO November 3/17, Internist November 21/17, Surgeon again December 21/17, Pre-op assessment January 4/18 and Surgery January 12/18.

on 1/2/18 5:00 am

Thank you for the kind words, RoundPenny! I am scheduled for January 16th :)

I am stressing a bit about tying up loose ends at work/home and making sure I know what the heck I'm doing in all of this lol! I'm second guessing the food phases, vitamins, et****ep reading the manual and packets. It is going to be a huge journey.

I am thankful for the forum, because like Leslie said, no one can quite fully understand this process.

Best to everyone with surgery upcoming! I am excited for you all!

Referral: September 2016, TWH. Orientation: December 2016. Social Worker & Nurse: March 2016. Nutrition class: May 2017. Psychologist: June 2017. Dietician: July 2017. Surgeon: November 2017. Pre-admission: January 8, 2018. Surgery: January 16th, 2018!

on 1/2/18 6:01 am

Hey Clutch! You almost go into a nesting mode getting ready.

Your doing great by reading to get ready and once you are home you will make adjustments best for you.

You will be great and we are here for you!

It is great so many of you are going through around the same time.

I have one poor friend I bug all the time to compare were we are and I learn from her. Lol

on 1/2/18 5:10 am
RNY on 01/16/18

Thank you Roundpenny.

I'm excited and yet worried as well. I know it won't be a walk in the park. I have great support so I know it will all be OK.

Funnily enough, I feel quite emotional these days. Not mad, not sad, but I get teary. I'm not sure why, but I am sure it will pass.

Looking forward to surgery and finding the new me.

Referral - May 31/17; Orientation - June 15/17; First Appt Nurse - June 26/17; Bloodwork and ECG - June 27/17; Sleep Study - July 5/17; Dietician Appt - July 10/17; Counsellor Appt - July 10/17; Abdominal Ultrasound - July 10/17: Endoscopy/Colonoscopy - July 25/17; Second Dietician Appt - September 14/17; Internist Appt - October 2/17; Meet the Surgeon - November 21/17; Pre Surgery Nutrition Class - January 12/18; Surgery - January 16/18

on 1/2/18 6:04 am

It' a big step! There is alot to think about and prepare yourself for physically and mentally. I am still taking it all day by day.

You are going to do great Sweet. I am glad you have alot of support. It can make a difference.

on 1/2/18 9:23 am - Canada
RNY on 06/02/17

I was very emotional at that point too - I think its normal. You are about to have surgery and thats a big deal. It will pass :) you are right about that. In the future you may get teary - tears of joy at your success :) :) :)

Surgery Jun.2/17 at TWH ----- HW 215 - SW 197.2 - GW 125 CW 124.6

Pre-Op=8.8lbs --- Optifast= 8.4 (was on it for 9 days due to cancellation)

M1 - 20.6... M2 -10.2... M3 -8.0... M4 -5.8... M5 -9.0... M6 -5.2... M7 -7.0... M8 -2.2... M9 -0.9... M10 -2.6... M11-0.6... M12-2.0


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