- Name: Melodie R.
- Username: grlnxtdore73
- Location: Niagara Falls, Canada
- Member Since: 10/20/2011
- BMI: 23.2
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- Surgery Type: RNY (06/06/12)
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Almost 1 year post op and expecting our first baby :) on May 29, 2013 7:28 pm
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I cant believe how fast this year has gone by. June 6th will be one year since I had my RNY. I managed to reach my goal weight in about 8 months which was about 113 lbs. I have since however; lost an additional 10 lbs and went downto 125 lbs which is too little I find. Some people have said I look smaller than 125 and I look too small while others say I look good and I shouldn't change. Me personally feel that I lost a bit too much and look too small. My boyfriend loves the way I look. I could just be being too hard on myself because I don't remember being this small. Other than that, I am very happy with my progress and the best thing is that I am finally healthy.
The only issue I have experienced is low blood sugar a few times but that is only when I have eaten too much sugar. I feel somewhat lucky that I can actually handle small amounts of sugar without dumping. I really have to watch it though.
The most recent and exciting news is that my boyfriend and I are expecting our first child. We tried prior to surgery but had experienced a miscarriage. Neither of us have children so this is exciting since we are both 40 and weren't sure if it would happen. I know they say we should wait 18-24 months but it just happened. My dietician was very happy to hear the news and wasn't too concerned because I had already reached my goal weight. She has been working closely with me regarding my nutrition intake. Its all been a matter of fitting more calories in. I haven't really gained much weight but after reading several posts of pregnancies after post op surgeries, apparently its normal to not gain much. Its mainly important to get as much nutrition in as possible. I was told, the weight will come on in time.
Well thats my latest for now. Hope everyone else is just as successful.
10 and a half weeks post op and major back... on August 19, 2012 6:04 pm
I am 10 and a half weeks post op and up until maybe a week and a half a go everything was going great other than not getting enough calories in.
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About a week and a half ago, I started to feel a slight ache in my mid back section. I didn't really think much of it but then it got worse. It got to the point where I had to take one of my oxycodone that I got after surgery. I did some research and apparently with the rapid weightloss, our bodies and spines shift. It has affected my work a little bit but I have really good clients and very understanding ones too. I am on modified duty at work but I am at a point where I feel I need to take time away from work to get back on track. The pain I feel in my back started out like just a big ache but in the last couple of days it seems to have shifted a bit and now feels like a stabbing pain and is now mostly felt under my right shoulder blade.
My boyfriend is amazing, he has been massaging my back and putting ointment on it in addition to me taking extra strength tylenol. I have also had to go to the chiropractor twice within 5 days. My chiropractor says that the middle of my spine seems very jammed up (her words) and very tight. I feel fine immediately after the adjustment but within hours it comes right back. I decided to try Robaxacet and it doesn't work as well as extra strength Tylenol. Tonight I did some stretches by pulling my arm back behind my head and down to see if that works. As of right now, I am doing okay but I am also now starting to notice a bit of aching in my hips. Nothing severe but I have a feeling that it could get worse if it is this whole shifting thing.
I did quite a bi of research before the surgery about post op complications or issues and no where did this come up. I definitely think they should advise us of this. Maybe in some places they do but in Toronto, they never did.
On a better note...I had my 1 month post op appointment with my Dietician (it was actually 10 weeks before I got in) and she was quite pleased with my progress. In 10 weeks, I have lost 44% of my excess body weight. She said normally around this time, the average is 25-30% so I am higher than the average. She also gave me some good tips on eating and getting more calories in. Since I was only taking in around 500 calories, I was experiencing a lot of fatigue. I am now up to 700 calories by adding healthy snacks. She wants me between 600-900. Outside of my back issue, my energy levels have increased.
My stats go like this right now. Pre Optifast, I was 242 pounds (my highest weight was 248), pre op, my weight was 231 lbs. I was wearing a size 3X top and size 24 pant size at my heaviest. I am proud to say I am now at 195.2 pounds and wear an XL top and size 18 pant. I still have a long way to go but I am very proud of my successes so far.
As for food, I am on the regular diet now (well the beginning of it) but I still find a few foods that don't sit well. I have not experienced any dumping or vomiting. When I eat, if I even start to feel a bit of discomfort in my pouch I stop eating immediately. One of my biggest fears with this is the vomiting and dumping so I am trying to avoid that as much as possible.
One symptom that I have recently started to experience which of course is common is the dreaded hair loss. I have fine thin hair to begin with due to my thyroid but now it is falling out like crazy. I have been taking 5000mcg of Biotin even before surgery but it is not woking as well as I thought it would. My dietician told me to take Zinc Citrate for 2 months. Apparently that will help. Today was my first day taking it.
I also started taking the Calcium chews which through Bariatric Advantage is not too bad. There is a bit of a chalky taste but it is way better than the liquid. For anyone on Ontario, Shoppers Drug Mart at Toronto Western is carrying them now. I haven't checked my local Shoppers but they may carry them in your area. I refuse to order from Bariatric Advantage directly because when I called about shipping, they said its $40 to ship to Canada and thats on top of the actual order. I am glad they finally have a place here to get them now.
Well thats it for now. I hope everyone else is doing well. Thanks for reading and hopefully the next blog I do, I won't be experiencing such back pain.
6 week Post op update on July 17, 2012 10:51 am
Its hard to believe but it has already been 6 weeks since my surgery. Other than the few bumps in the road at the beginning, things have been good. I am down 44 pounds (from my highest weight and not including 7 lbs lost prior to starting the process). The 7 lbs was lost was due to a medication change a few months prior to surgery, so with just the surgery process, I have lost 37 lbs. Also after 1 month post op, I was down 16 1/4 inches in total and my BMI has dropped around 8-10%.
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It is still a learning process and definitey not an easy way to lose weight (although there are people out there that believe this is the case). Following the surgery there are so many things that change in your life. I am still learning what I can eat and what I can't eat at this stage. Right now I am on the soft food stage. I can now eat scrambled eggs but usually only half an egg fills me up. Everyone is different. One book that I read said at this stage I should be able to eat a whole scrambled egg, half a piece of toast with 100% fruit spread (no added sugar of course), but for me, I can't fit all that in. I tend to stop eating as soon as I feel full, I don't wait for the discomfort feeling they tell us about because the last thing I want is to over load my pouch (new stomach) resulting in it not staying down. I try to be very careful with the foods I eat and how much. I am currently managing about 500 -700 calories a day if I am lucky. I have to drink lots of water and no gulping allowed. It has to be little drinks at a time so basically my job is to drink all day...64 oz a day. I have come to enjoy the odd "mio" drink enhancer and sometimes even Crystal Light which I swore before I would never drink but look at me now...I'm actually enjoying it. Most of my water though is straight water.
I have had a few incidents involving food which left me feeling very uncomfortable which falls right into the area of learning what I can and can not tolerate right now. Red meat, even a homemade hamburger patty broken up in tiny pieces doesn't sit well. I am not really supposed to have red meat just yet but I thought I would try it. Chicken on the other hand, I have no problem with. I am still trying to stick to softer foods though. Mashed potatoes (from the box) are so good (thanks to my friend Tami for that tip). I am also apparently supposed to be able to eat melba toast so i tried it with mild salsa and it tastes so delicious, however; The discomfort I get has me knocked down resting about 20 minutes after so I have stopped eating that. My snack now is plain old soda crackers (salted of course) and I am really enjoying it. When Al has his snack of choice (chips or anything else), i reach for the crackers (i only eat about 5)...its one of those lessons you have to teach yourself. Eventually I will be able to eat almost anything within reason (low fat and no sugar added) but for now I am taking it all one step at a time.
I also take regular vitamins and my regular pills throughout the day and a few of them have to be spread apart by 2 hours. That is sometimes hard to remember but I manage to get them all in. I learned that liquid multi vitamin is absolutely disgusting and it didn't take me long to start taking the chewables. I am still taking liquid Calcium with vitamin D but soon I will be switching to the chewables for that as well. These will be things I will need to take for the rest of my life which at this point, doesn't bother me. I have made myself a schedule and chart where I mark off each time I take either a prescription pill or vitamin since I am doing it throughout the day. It helps me remember. I also have to take B12 but my choice of method has been the B12 shot once a month because it goes right into my system and is absorbed the best.
I still fnd myself coming across the odd person who questions my choice in getting this done but that is their opinion. So far it has worked for me. I still have a ways to go because I will eventually hit a plateau where I stop losing weight for a while. They say it should take about a year to a year and half to reach my goal weight if I follow the rules, however; some people I know have lost it within a year.
Since the surgery and knowing that my body can't handle certain things, I have become so involved in learning about healthy foods. I read labels, I calculate foods and calories I take in and even sometimes try to spread the word of good healthy eating so that other people can take that step to a better healthy lifestyle. Whether they take my advice or not, its up to them. I can only try to spread the word.
Having Weightloss Surgery is a personal decision and is not for everyone. I think first and foremost, you have to be ready for what you will be experiencing. It is not just a matter of getting your stomach stapled, banded or bypassed and thinking you can go back to the way things were before. It is truly a whole new lifestyle. First and foremost, you have to be mentally prepared. The entire process for me has been a mental one. There have been times that I wanted to have a few chips but I think to myself, what will that do to my progress...I could decide to keep eating them like I used to and then start getting the cravings again or I can take a chance of getting a dumping syndrome episode (google Dumping Syndrome to find out what it is). I can also make the right decision and choose a healthy snack or nothing at all. Since surgery, I have had about 5 episodes of discomfort relating to foods that at one point I could tolerate but now I can't. I have never let it get to the point of excessive pain or vomitting.
Another big thing in being successful is exercise. Within a week after surgery, I was slowly starting to go for walks. After 2 weeks, I was walking 3-4 km's a night and even took at 9.7 km bike ride (which I think might have been too much thinking back) but the energy you get is awesome. I have since started Zumba classes and although I am just starting out and trying to learn the steps, I am having fun even though its kicking my butt....lol
There are so many things that Weightloss Surgery can cure or help you with including, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and sleep Apnea (which is the reason I was referred and had it done). My excess weight was causing me to have health problems and Sleep Apnea was one of them. These are all considered co-morbidities and people with these and other issues can die from them. Within 3 weeks of the surgery, I realized, I was able to fall asleep and sleep an entire night without the dreaded CPAP mask (required to aid in breathing while you sleep). I am sure I still have sleep apnea but possibly just minor now. I won't know until I hit my goal weight and have another sleep study done to know for sure. I can sleep with no mask but after so many years of wearing one, I will sometimes still put it on for a few hours in the night. Might be a comfort thing. But this just proves that this type of surgery can be successful in aiding other health problems.
I am now into regular size clothing (from the hips down are on the borderline of plus and regular but that is coming along). Being able to shop in a regular store and not only a plus size store or section feels amazing. There is so much more selection and much nicer clothes also. Its almost like a kid in a candy store feeling...lol.
For anyone who is thinking about getting this done or if you know someone who wants to get it done, I have a few tips that have definitely helped me:
1/ first and foremost, make sure you are mentally prepared for the change and that you have tried everything else first. This is not a quick fix to getting skinny or losing weight, although some people may tell you it is.
2/ Make sure you are doing this for yourself and nobody else.
3/ Research, Research, Research. Read books, talk to people who have had it, attend support meetings (2 really good books to read is from the dummies series - Weightloss Surgery for Dummies and Weightloss Surgery cookbook for dummies). The cookbook one is not just a cookbook, I learned more from this book than from anywhere else. It is very detailed.
4/ Once the process is started, follow through on all your appointments
5/ Listen to your doctors, surgeons and specialists to a tee. Do not stray thinking that you know better. These doctors and specialists deal with bariatric patients every day and they have seen the good and bad outcomes.
6/ Once referred, start changing your eating a little at a time. An example of what you "can't" do after surgery is drinking with a straw or drinking carbonated beverages. You must also chew your food 20-30 times till it is like mush (gross i know), take smaller bites, take 20-30 minutes to eat your food, and concentrate on your food and what you are eating. These are some things you can try to do and prepare yourself for.
7/ Don't let people try to change your mind. No matter how hard you try there are people out there who will not believe in this surgery. Stick to your guns and know that what you are doing is the right thing if it means bettering your health...and the doctors and specialists would not have accepted you if they didn't believe it was the right thing to do. In the last 2 years since I started the process, I have had both positive and negative reactions. I do my best to not let it get to me which is very hard for me on a personal level.
8/ Find Weightloss Surgery websites such as ObesityHelp.com and read up on them (there is an area for Canadians on there under the forums)
If you are someone who knows a loved one or friend who is having this done, my advice to you is to support their decision. I believe that not only does it affect the person having the surgery but everyone around them, friends and family. Support them by researching and reading up on how you can support them. Learn everything about it along with the person having it. Having the right support is one of the biggest factors a person needs who is having this. I have been lucky to have many people (friends and family) support me through this process.
To end it off, although I have had a few ups and downs and i am sure I have said this already, I don't regret my decision because the light at the end of the tunnel in this journey I am on continues to get brighter and brighter. I am looking at how this will only better my future, personally and health wise.
3 weeks post op and happy :) on June 28, 2012 10:23 am
Things are much better since my last update which was me heading back to TEGH (Toronto Eastern General Hospital). I ended up back in the hospital for 2 days. I was in emerg from 6pm until they finally got me admitted at around midnight. The doctor sent me for xrays and nothing could be found and then he said that since he is not really familiar with the RNY, he didn't want to take a chance and send me all the way home to Niagara falls without for sure knowing everything was fine. Apparently they have a proticol he said that if any Gastric Bypass patients come into emergency, their surgeon is to be called in. They called my surgeon and they said she was going to come in but she didn't show up. I wasn't happy about that. TEGH is known as a teaching school and I was basically handed over to med students to be looked after. No surgeon who was familiar with the surgery even showed up until the next day to see me. WHile in emerg, they were going to send me home but after discussing it with a sr resident, they figured it could have been a twisted hernia that wasn't able to be seen in a regular xray. The sr resident decided to have a catscan done which meant calling in a technician at 11pm. She wasn't happy i don't think.
The next day since the pain had gone away for 12 hours, i thought they would let me go home but nope, the doctor wanted to keep me for observation to see if the attacks I was having occurred when I ate or drank. The pain never came back but the area of my pouch was very tender. I guess the attacks had me cocentrating on them and not realizing my pouch was very tender which was nothing compared to what I was experiencing under my left rib.
For the first full day there, I walked around and it seemed like I didn't need to be there. I went outside and just hung out with my boyfriend. The worst part was having to try and eat that aweful oatmeal for breakfast. The day I left there which was the Monday morning, I just refused it and decided to go with nothing.
On the 2nd day and the day of my release, even though my surgeon was in the hospital, and they asked her if she wanted to see me, she still didn't come so again I am not impressed.
Upon discharge, the nurse seems to think that the pain I was having and the attacks was possibly trapped gas under my rib cage from the surgery. I guess we will never know.
Since coming home, the first couple days, I took it easy but then my energy level has increased so much. I still get the odd weird feeling inside but I have been going for long walks and even went for a long bike ride (maybe longer than I should have) but it felt good to be on a bike again. Now I am concentrating on learning about eating and meal planning and also getting all my pills and vitamins in.
The first 2 weeks were not the best for me but I know that I am on the right path. I have lost about 12 pounds since the surgery but more in inches. I am down 2 pant sizes from a 24 to a 20 and i recently was able to go shopping in a real store (not plus size) and I can now wear an xl top. My profile picture shows my new top.
My sleep apnea has also gotten better. A couple of times, I have fallen asleep without it and have not woken up and my boyfriend says my snoring is only sometimes now (and I snored bad before at my heaviest weight. I know this cause he taped me one night..lol). My only problem now with my sleep apnea is that if I forget to put my mask on, I don't feel like I had a full night sleep and am tired in the morning. The other issue is I have started sleeping with my mouth open so when I do use my mask, it is completely drying my mouth and throat out which is waking me up...its almost like my saliva ducts aren't working when I sleep like that because of the air pressure. I called my sleep specialist and his secretary said I need a new full face mask now.
Overall though, I am very happy with my decision to get the surgery. Everything is now working out.
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Heading back to TEGH on June 16, 2012 12:08 pm
Well it has come down to the point where the discomfort and pain has not gone away. been to Emerg in Niagara Falls, Dr of course knew nothing. Went to my family doctor for my 1 week follow up and she had me take a laxative for possible constipation. That is not the problem as I have figured all along but I was going by what the doctors were telling me. Had a bad attack on Thursday and another slightly less one but still very hard to bear last night. I talked to Telehealth and they have advised me to go back to the hospital where they know what to do so heading to Toronto East General in a few minutes. Hopefully I will get an answer this time. I just want to be like all other post op patients and be able to do stuff. I can't wait to be able to start exercising so the weight will start falling off. Fingers crossed its nothing serious.
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My story begins back around 1995. Prior to this date, I wouldn't say I was skinny or over weight, I just thought I was normal.. I was a size 11/12 throughout high school and College and never thought I would ever have a problem with my weight.
I met my ex husband in 1995 while working at a local Radio Station. Without all the in between details, we hit it off almost immediately. He moved in after about 3 months of steady dating. Our relationship was far from perfect due to his mothers disliking of me. All I know is that I wasn't the "type" of girl she wanted with her son. From what he said, I wasn't skinny, a model and didn't come from a wealthy family. To make a long story short, he was a real Mama's boy and what his mom said went.
When it came to cooking, I was never really one to want to cook meals and well he knew nothing about cooking, so most week nights we were eating out somewhere. That was only part of the problem.
In 1996, we decided to get some professional pictures of us. I was at the hair dresser and I simply asked her if she knew why I had such thinning hair. I always had thick long hair. She looked at it and asked me if I have had my thyroid tested. At that time, I had never even heard of a thyroid and when she started talking about thyroid disease, I became even more scared. I went to see my doctor who ran a blood test on me and sure enough it was low (Hypothyroidism). It wasn't too bad though. She said my levels were "teeter tottering" but nothing serious so she said they will just monitor it. There was no medication prescribed.
Between 1996 and 1998 when we got married, I gained about 25 pounds. I had to have my dress adjusted a little bit but not by much. At this point we had been together for 3 years and I was already feeling like it was a rocky relationship because of his mother. I was never accepted by her (although she would tell you a different story). For the first time in my life, I experienced verbal and emotional abuse. No matter how hard I tried, she always had a put down waiting for me...mostly about my size which at this point I might have been about a size 14/16. One of the things she constantly said to me was that I needed to do push ups for my stomach...this was always followed by, I had 2 kids and I don't have a stomach big like yours (at this time, it really wasn't that big). Being around her really took a toll on my self esteem. This was an ongoing issue which eventually caused my Major Depressive Disorder. Her son didn't help because he would also sometimes tease me thinking it was funny but obviously didn't realize how much it hurt. If you are wondering why I stayed in the marriage, it was because I didn't want it to fail like my parents marriage did. I thought I could change things and make it work.
Moving forward, after a few months of getting married, we moved to Marathon, ON for our Radio careers. We were there for a good year and a half. It was probably the happiest time for us since getting married simply because we were 10 hours away from his mother. Mind you, he was alot like her and would often make remarks, not realizing what it was doing to me.
I was on location at a local store one day and just as I was about to go on air live, I suddenly had an anxiety attack. My first one. From that point on, I had a hard time doing live events because I was afraid it would happen again. I went to the doctor and he said I was fine. It wasn't too long after that, I felt like I had something stuck in my throat. If I were to describe it, I would have to say, it felt as though I swallowed a piece of meat and part of it got stuck. This feeling went on for a good 2 weeks before finally going to my doctor about it. He sent me for xrays and quickly found something on my thyroid. They couldn't tell what it was so I was sent to Thunder Bay for another test which was supposed to be able tell what it was. I was scared it was cancer. When I got the results, I was very thankful to find out it wasn't. The funny thing is that all it was, was a small piece of dust that I must have enhaled and it attached itself somehow to my thyroid.
In October 2000, my ex decided to take another job resulting in us moving to Dryden, ON. It was a mistake because he hated it there and we only lasted about 3 months there. During the time there, I managed to get a part time job as a waitress. I had a hard time because I didnt have the best boss. He wasn't too nice. One day, I arrived at work to start my 3pm shift but about 15 minutes before i was to start, I suddenly felt ill. I got shakes, dizzy spells and felt like i was gonna vomit and faint. I ran downstairs to the basemeent where it was cool. Once I felt better, I returned. My thought was that I was just hungry or that I was lacking something in my diet.. I had a salad and seemed fine afterwards.
After my ex quit his job (on the spot i might add), we now had to figure out what to do. We managed to each get a job in Huntsville ON. My ex lasted about 3 days before quitting but I stayed on for 7 months. Our relationship continued to decline and so did my health it seemed. I experienced the same effects a few more times before my boss became worried and told me to go to the clinic. Believe it or not, I had actually lost 42 lbs in a month and a half and didn't notice till I was able to remove my jeans without undoing them. I looked sick too. I had dark circles under my eyes and very pale skin. The doctor checked me for a number of things including diabetes and of course my thyroid. It wasnt soon after that when the results came in and I was instructed to see a specialist. It ended up that my thyroid levels were the highest he had seen resulting in me having hyperthroidism. I then had to go to North Bay for Iodine treatment. The only problem was that, the doctor couldn't guarantee how much Iodine was needed and the chances of my thyroid levels reversing were high. During the wait time, I moved to Hailleybury to follow my ex once again as he got a job in New Liskeard. 8 weeks had passed and the effects of the iodine were showing. The doctor was right about the reversing effects. I ended up with hypothyroidism again. I gained 50 lbs back over the next few months. Since then, I have not been able to take it off.
My marriage with my ex ended within 6 months of this when I moved back to my hometown of North Bay. At this point, I think I was about 175 lbs. I could no longer take the name calling, and emotional abuse.
Between 2002 and 2009, I slowly gained more weight. I tried different gyms and diets. The only one that worked for me was Curves for women. I tried, slimfast, good life gym, weight watchers and Tops.
In 2005, I joined Curves for women for the first time. I joined their free eating program and since I dedicated myself with both exercise and eating better, I managed to lose about 10 pounds plus some inches. Approximately 6 months after joining, I had to leave as my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and I had to take care of her while still working full time. Unfortunately we lost her 9 months later which also took a toll on me. I was super depressed and greiving alot. This resulted in my not taking care of my health. I ate and drank whatever I wanted. I had no care in the world.
Also in 2005, it was my first time seeing a sleep specialist. My sleep doctor diagnosed me with Sleep Apnea because I would wake up gasping for air. This was actually just before my mom was diagnosed with the cancer. I tried the CPAP machine but couldn't seem to get used to it, so I returned it after the 1 month trial period. Over the next few years, my sleep apnea became worse. I went back to my sleep doctor and he suggested I really needed it so I tried it again. This time I kept it. It has helped me greatly with my sleep. I also developed Narcolepsy (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness), which is common with sleep apnea.
About a year after my mom's passing, I decided to try Weight Watchers since my sister in law was looking amazing while on the program. Unfortunately I didn't do so good. I don't think I lost more than 4 or 5 pounds in the 8 weeks I attended. I realized that type of weight loss program was not for me.
When I tried Good Life Fitness, I couldn't keep my head in the game. I first went to the co-ed gym but felt completely uncomfortable. I didn't really know how to use all the equipment and just seeing all the fit people made me more uncomfortable. I also tried the Good Life gym for women and still felt uncomfortable bacause again everyone there was young and fit and I didn't feel like I fit in there.
My next stint was joining TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) with my best friend Julie. We joined this because her aunt lost alot of weight through this avenue and thought it would be a great thing for the two of us to do together. I soon realized that it was more of a social group than a weight loss program. At the beginning, we would weigh in and as usual, the most I was able to lose was about 4 or 5 pounds in the few months I was there. The problem was that a group of the ladies from there would go out for something to eat after the meeting. They would go to places like Swiss Chalet, Burger World etc. They would say, their week for losing weight would start the next day. I realized it wasn't for me. If I was going to lose weight, I had to belong to something much more strict.
Julie and I then tried Curves again but after a few months we stopped going. She stopped going and I didn't want to go alone so I wouldn't go. This is when I realized if I was going to lose weight, I have to do this for myself and by myself. In September 2010, I made that mental decision. I went back to curves and talked to the manager and explained what needed to happen. I had to be pushed and I couldn't just rely on exercise, I had to do the eating program but not in a group, I wanted one on one sessions. She made it happen and over a 6 month period, I lost 25 lbs and 18 and a half inches. I was looking and feeling awesome until I went on vacation.
I went on my first cruise with my friend Julie and just to give you an idea, my friend Julie is blonde, blue eyed and has a nice body. While on vacation, I became depressed because as much as I felt good about the weight loss, I couldn't get over the fact that there were so many beautiful women on board and with my friend, well the guys would flock to her. I was just the nice friend who would be with her. It really affected my self esteem. Because of all this and it being February (winter blues added to my depression), when I returned home, I lost all interest in continuing with my working out or eating better. Eventually I gained all the weight back over a span of about 6 more months.
Now to how I got to where I am today....In November 2010, I approached my sleep specialist about Gastric Bypass. I read it somewhere that it can help get rid of Sleep Apnea. As soon as I asked him, he was on board right away. He said out of all the patients he referred for the surgery 80% lost their sleep apnea. He immediately signed the papers and sent them away. I knew it was a long wait to just get a call from the Bariatric Program so I waited. In August 2011, I moved to Niagara Falls and in with my boyfriend. While making phone calls and changing my address with different companies, I also called Toronto Western Hospital which was the only number I had regarding the program so when they did call, they could get a hold of me. At first they said I had to call the Bariatric Program and gave me a number but then I told them I was referred in November 2010. The receptionist asked for my name again and it ended up that I should have already been called because they had my name on their list already. She said they were already booking orientation for patients referred to them from June 2011, 7 months after I was referred. I was obviously overlooked. Thankfully I called that day. She immediately set me up with orientation.
Since August, I have attended all my appointments and am now awaiting my surgery on June 6, 2012. At this point it is only a few weeks away. At the beginning of Optifast, I weigh 237 lbs, I am 5'3", My pant size is currently a size 22/24 and I wear size 3x in tops.
I am determined to keep the weight off. To me this is a last resort and I don't want to screw it up. I have already approached a local WLS Support Group which I think will really help. I have alot of support also. I know about 9 friends who have had it done and all have been successful. If I have to, I will also start attending counselling sessions to deal with any problems (depression) that may arise. I am also happy I found this website because I find everyone is so supportive of each other. I am enjoying reading all the success stories and I look forward to adding my own success story very soon.