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Surgeon TestimonialThirumalariaj Jayakumar, M.D.'My first impression of Dr. J was that he was a soft spoken man but extremely knowledgable about the different surgies. I considered him to be very concerned about his patients. I think the little sisters at Neweigh are great. He's a huge advocate of the aftercare program. About 3 days after being released I called his office complaining of chest pains |
Excerise Update on April 3, 2008 6:25 am
Well here it is on Thursday.....I just wanted to report that I completed my first class of spinning and whoa!!!!!!!!!! Let me start off saying I am thankful to God that I made it thru the entire class. But on this morning, my butt is killing me......one would think if you have a big butt it would be its own cushion. Not in the least I bought the gel seat and I promise you it doesn't matter if you have it or not. The instructor gave me a high five for completing the class and that made me feel good. He asked if I was coming back tonite, I had to be honest and say NO! Yes I'm going to the gym tonite, but not to do the spinning class.....I will have at it again on Monday. I encourage myself to continue by placing a sticker(cool stickers that say wow, super job, u rock, way to go, great etc.) on my calendar @ work on the days I go to the gym. It really helps, the calendar sits next to my computer and I look at it throughout the day. It makes me more accountable if I'm looking at a date and theirs no sticker there. May sound childish, but hey it works for me. Until next time..........keep working your tool!
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New beginnings on April 1, 2008 8:02 am
Wow I cannot believe how long its been since I posted a blog........shame on me I'm not even sure where I begin.......It will be 2 yrs post-op on 4/20/08. I've had quite a few ups and downs after having the surgery. I guess I went thru what many of us go thru after the surgery....I thought the surgery would fix all of my issues, my problems, and I was amazed that it didn't. Let's go back...... after getting approved for the surgery I was completely estatic, concentrating on losing the pre-surgery weight so my surgery could go smooth. After having the surgery, this was the honeymoon period. Weight was falling off, friends and family that hadn't seen me in awhile was so happy for me, some of them crying when they saw me. I was doing everything my surgeon told me to do, taking my vitamins,EXCERCISING, getting in as much protein as humanly possible. Then reality set in, I got too comfortable, weight is falling off at a much slower pace till it eventually stops all together. Old habits creep up again, my addiciton to sugar seems stronger than ever(and yes I will dump if I eat something to sweet, but that didn't stop me I ate it anyway)...I'm starting to see that I'm an emotional eater, I eat primarily when I'm happy, when I'm sad, when the sky is blue....you get the idea. I quit going to the gym, then other people very close to me got the surgery. Now I'm happy as punch that they got approved and were all in this struggle together.......then I get depressed. Everyone that had the surgery after me is loosing way more weight and have reached their goal weight. I gained at least 20-30lbs of the weight back. I'm scared as hell. I contemplate getting a revision to make my pouch smaller, then it hit me. I could have revision after revision but if I don't make a change, I mean a life change I will gain every pound of the 110 I lost. Tammy had to get real with Tammy. Eliminate the poor habits, get back to basics, remember the reason the surgery was needed in the first place......think about all the people that would love to be in my shoes and for me to have the audacity to take my tool for granted I must be crazy! So I say all that to say I'm in a different place mentally and phyisically. I no longer take my tool for granted, I've religiously started working out again (the funny thing about that is I don't necessarily hate working out, I hate giving up the time. I feel sooooooo much better when I workout. I'm not sluggish the next morning, I pop up like popcorn. When I don't workout the alarm get hit about 50 times) trying different things at the gym and I'm loving it (do I sound like the McDonlads commercial?). I got on a machine that I had been deathly afraid of last nite, its the one where you look like you are actually walking up steps-no not a stair climber. It was a beast, but for my first time I was elated that I could withstand 5 minutes. I'm determined to increase that time each and every time I go to the gym. I bought the gel seat to begin my spinning class come this Wednesday. God is doing an awesome thing in my life, he's given me a complete overhaul, mentally, physically, & spritually. I'm incredibly thankful. And although it may take me just a little longer to get to my goal weight than my friends/peers I know it can be done! I love this website for the information, the different journeys we all encounter and learn from. I'm on here more often than it appears (don't judge me by the space between the blogs) I'm always learning something new from you all....until next time. Be healthy and work that tool. By the way, I will post new pictures soon.....
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Finally started back exercising.......... on February 14, 2007 10:37 am
I finally started back exercising.......I know I've been talking about it for what seems forever. But I just had to wakeup and just do it (listen at me sounding like the nike commercial). This last 70+ pounds are not gonna come off unless I work out. I think we as post-ops take the tool for granted especially after the tremendous weightloss in the beginning. I officially started back last week and I am now walking at lunchtime if the weather permits and still trying to go to bally's in the evenings. Some of my clothes actually feel looser after a week. Not pounds but maybe inches??? Tomorrow I am gonna brave the gym and go in the morning before work. I am not a morning person to say the least so I will definitely get in bed early tonite. Wish me luck, will post more later after I get on the scale to see if its moved!!!!
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A Whew moment................... on January 3, 2007 7:37 am
1/2/07 I had begun to feel like I hadn't lost anymore weight and was really getting nervous about it. I'm not one of the post-ops that weighs constantly probably because after sooooooooo many years of dieting its hard to shake old habits. In the past, I didn't get on the scale alot while dieting because if the numbers hadn't moved like I thought it should I would be incredibly disappointed. Well this past weekend after some urging from a girlfriend I jumped on the scale and it said I gained 4 lbs. I thought I would past out......I was sooooo disappointed with myself and was like this cannot be happening??!!! I should still be in the honeymoon period I need to the scale to continously go down not up. I wanted to cry and then I begin to evaluate what I've been eating lately and was like oh well its back to the basics. During this holiday season I was able to eat a cookie here, another cookie there without dumping. Well my girlfriend said the scale was off because it was saying she weighed something that she knew she wasn't. So anyway to make a long story short, (how could I huh after all this babbling?) I went to the doctor today and I am done 8 lbs from the last time I weighed. Whooohooo!!!!!!!! The scare is over so in total I have lost a whopping 110 lbs. I still want to get back to the basics of increasing my protein. I bought some of those protein tubes (ugh, how do people get that stuff down???) that has 42 grams of protein per tube. I had to hold my nose to drink it almost came back up. Well I'm happy that I am still on the losing side, will talk more later. Smooches!!!!!!!!!
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I am a 33 year black single female. I'm not married as of yet and have no children. I have always been told you are cute but need to lose some weight. I have battled the "bulge" for many years! Going up and down on the scale, trying diet after diet. Lose 30 gain 40 etc etc. If you've tried one diet and are like me you've tried them all. When deciding to proceed with this surgery I am "TRYING AGAIN" to get healthy and just feel better in my own skin. This is first time that I believe it will stay off and I'm excited about the new outlook on life that I have.