I have also gained 80 lbs back and feeling really crappy about it lately! So you aren't alone! I'm 7 years out. I have spent some time the last few days going over the eating rules and stuff. Going through the binder I kept through my weight loss journey. Tomorrow I'm hoping to kick myself in the butt and start following the rules again!! You can do it too!!
Hello:) Looking for a Hematologist good w/ RNY related iron deficiency. Think I need iron infusions. I can no longer tolerate ferrous sulfate in pill form. It is tearing up my stomach. Ferritin has been steady decreasing over the years and is now at 5! I know not good..... So, I am iron deficient but not technically iron deficient anemic. Always very borderline labs. Now also have mental fog, fatigue, ice cold hands and feet, brittle nails and have been diagnosed by neuro and rheumatologist w/ primary Raynaud?s.
I am thinking all probably related to the iron deficiency. Took me a year of visits to get a diagnosis. Need to find a hemotologist that understands the unique issues that come with RNY. I am in Houston. Does anyone know a really good Hematologist.
Need encouragement and advise. No motivation and I hate my self for going back to the old me. Feel like a failure. I am 30 lb away from before my gastric bypass. I over eat due to bordem and cravings. I hate exercise. HELP ME PLEASE!
Thanks for popping in and telling your story. It's always such an encouragement to see long term post ops. And I know it's a help to many - so reassuring especially to newbies I think. I'm really glad you're doing so well.
Just a thought: this board doesn't get much traffic. you might consider posting this on the Main Forum and/or the DS Forum as well. The more people that can see this, the better.
Congrats again on your success.
16 yrs ago I found this board, it was very new then. I was 200 libs overweight and miserable. I had 4 children under age 7, my youngest being less than a year. I was dying a slow death and unable to do much bu****ch my kids play. After many nights crying with frustration to all my friend in the pre op forum, and all the insane insurance hoops I had to jump through, I found my way to Dr. Dennis Smith in Alpharetta GA and the gift of WLS saved my life. I have had few problems over the years, but keeping my iron, adek in range is a constant balancing act. I now have osteoporosis that I manage and I have had to put about 30,000 in my mouth as the imbalance of natural D and Calcium ratio has been very difficult to control over the years. I still have a lot of issues with gas if I eat as I want, but it is controllable by diet. My highest weight was 357, my lowest was 145. I now stay between 150-160 but need plastics to get rid on all the skin. For about 10 years, I was just thankful to be able to walk without pain and feel like a normal person, I didn't care about what the aftermath looked like, I was just glad to be alive. At this point, I am looking into getting some plastics, so we'll see what happens next. All that being said, I would absolutely do it again all over again, in a heartbeat to buy me 15 years of reasonably good health and to be able to watch my children grow up. My youngest (1 yr old on my surgery date) graduates high school this year and is on to college. I was one of the first lap bp/ds Dr. Smith has been able to follow all these years, my regular test results and visits to him yearly had been used as case study material several times in the medial world to study the long term changes that might or might not happen 15 years after a surgery considered at the time, one of the most drastic WLS procedures. Hopefully my data contribution as to the long term success of this life saving surgery will be helpful to others who are just starting their journey. I just wanted to pop in and say hello to my fellow travelers. As scary as it may look today, it will all be worth it in the end. :)
Blessings to you all, Sara
I'm 6.5 yrs post-op VSG, and was disgusted that I had gained back half of what I lost. However, since last summer it's been coming off slow and steady (35+ to date). Your doc is on the right track, but for me I had to take it one step further. Sugar is my weakness/trigger/downfall. I ran across an article on the CNN website about a 30-day sugar detox, and that's what did the trick for me. Once I got off sugar, the cravings were gone.
The secret for me was to get off SWEET -- that meant artificial sweeteners as well. No Sweet-n-Low, no Equal, no Stevia, no honey, agave -- doesn't matter if it's "natural" or not (diet soda is probably the worst thing you can drink for weight loss, or health in general). Also, since almost all processed foods contain sugar, I've switched to whole REAL food with minimal processing. Once you've "recalibrated" your pallet without the added sweetness/carbs, you'll find that natural foods taste better and will satisfy. My dessert most nights is an apple with Smuckers Natural PB (1 gram of sugar per serving). The protein in the PB and the fiber in the apple takes care of my cravings.
The article did a pretty good job explaining why (and how) to do that and not go crazy.
Hope this helps.
I will be honest it took me about a year before it clicked. My head issues dealing with my loss kept blocking me. Keep trying and learn from each reset and you will get there!
HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125
RW:190 - CW:130
Ill be 6 yrs PO in April 2018 Somehow I lost a year bc I was thinking it was 5 lol. Im struggling with regain of 35-40 lbs (it was 20 lbs) did you have any issues with that? I was going to the gym 6 days a week for 3.5 years had surgery on my knee in 2015 couldn't go for 5 months and lost all motivation. I know what I need to do but cant seem to do it. I fail pretty much everyday. I could give advice all day but doing it myself seems so hard right now. My clothes are tight and I dont like the feeling. I need to go back to basics and probably go to support group as well. Do you track macros? If so can you tell me what yours are right now I try to stay at 1100 cal, under 50 fat, 80+ protein, 2300 sod, less that 160 carbs which probably seems like a lot. I do eat a lot of fruit and veggies but added starchy bad carbs as well. What are sample meals you cook or eat and do you do snacks? Sorry for so many questions I just need to find something that works or Im going to weigh 346 lbs again. I will NOT let that happen so Ive got to fix that now.
Thanks Jennifer :)
Ill be 6 yrs PO in April 2018 Somehow I lost a year bc I was thinking it was 5 lol. Im struggling with regain of 35-40 lbs (it was 20 lbs) I was going to the gym 6 days a week for 3.5 years had surgery on my knee in 2015 couldn't go for 5 months and lost all motivation. I know what I need to do but cant seem to do it. I fail pretty much everyday. I could give advice all day but doing it myself seems so hard right now. My clothes are tight and I dont like the feeling. I need to go back to basics and probably go to support group as well. Do you track macros? If so can you tell me what yours are right now I try to stay at 1100 cal, under 50 fat, 80+ protein, 2300 sod, less that 160 carbs which probably seems like a lot. I do eat a lot of fruit and veggies but added starchy bad carbs as well. What are sample meals you cook or eat and do you do snacks? Sorry for so many questions I just need to find something that works or Im going to weigh 346 lbs again. I will NOT let that happen so Ive got to fix that now.
WE CAN DO THIS!!
Thank you for your post... I printed it and will use it as a guide. I will be 6 years on 4/23/18. I lost 190 pounds and maintained for 3.5 at 163-165. I was going to the gym 6 days a week for 2-3 hrs a day. I had to have surgery on my left knee and wasn't able to go for 5 months and thats all it took. I lost ALL motivation and was still eating like I was maintenance which was whatever I wanted bc I burned it off.. Long story short I have since struggle for the last two years trying to lose the 35/40 lbs that I gained. I always said " I would not be that person" and here I am feeling like a failure. I know what I need to do but cant seem to get it together. The scale went down as of this morning so I will continue what Im doing. Thanks for the suggestions :)
Congrats on the loss!