- Name: Karly Green
- Username: karkar26
- Location: Middletown, NJ, USA
- Member Since: 8/11/2009
- BMI: 21.8
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (08/02/10)
- Surgeon: Ward, Dunnican
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Surgeon TestimonialWard, DunnicanDr. Dunnican was AMAZING. Besides being young and incredibly handsome (stared in a few fun dreams of mine... But I digress). He is extremely kind and thorough. My very first visit with him he answered every single one of my questions, plus more I didn't even know I had. By my 2nd and 3rd appointments I had every confidence that Dr. Dunnican would be an amazing surgeon, and had absolutely no doubts about him. He was alway apologetic if I had to wait long to see him, and was always very warm and sincere. My surgery went well. He said I had an initial leak that he fixed right up before closing me up, so I'm not worried at all. He came to my room to see me everyday with the exception of my discharge day ... But, he forewarned me that he wouldn't be around until later that day (if I was still in the hospital) so I wasn't concerned.
Dr. Dunnican was very gentle while checking my incisions post op. The EXACT opposite of one of the other Dr.s that came in and put an unnecessary and painful amount of pressure on one of my incision sites the day after surgery (uncool nameless Dr guy).
All in all, I am fully pleased with Dr. Dunnicans care and excellent work. I look forward to my post op appointments with him. And would recommend him to anyone in the Albany, NY area who is thinking about this surgery.
Edit - 9/08/10
Dr. Ward Dunnican was killed in a motorcycle accident last night. I am deeply saddened by this. He was a very skilled surgeon who was only 38 years old with a wife and 3 daughters.
I dedicate every dress size I go down to him.
Thank you Dr. Dunnican, for changing my life. RIP.
- Animals - Absolutely love cats! Have 3.
- Health - Farmers markets, co-ops, fresh & whole foods
- Humor - I'm a total geek and will do anything to get people to laugh.
- Travel - Hate flying. But love to travel. Go figure!
- Movies - Comedys, horror, dramas, action. You name it!
- Interior Decoration
- Amusement Parks - Anything for a thrill, right!?
- Shopping - Nothing like the rush you get when you find good deals!
- Reading - Jackie Collins, Harry Potter, Twilight, True Blood
Up and Up 7 days ago
So as much as I have been trying to be good. I KEEEEEEEP gaining! WTF! Stepped on the scale yesterday and it read 136. I freaked!! Well, sorta.
My lowest weight was 125. But, I know I am currently a LOT stronger than I was last summer. I've been going to the gym about 2-3 times a week in the morning before work. I do about 30 minutes of cardio. Followed by abs, and arms. Generally if the weather is nice I'll do a hike or something active on top of that as well.
i rarely eat out. I pack my lunch for work every single day (you can follow me on myfitnesspal.com). But, I know I eat TOO MUCH! Too much carbs I'm sure. I drink too much booze (love my dranks! ... do as I say not as I do). I definitely see the struggle people go through once they reach maintenance. it's not as easy as it once was, and today I had to go through my closet to put pants away that no longer fit me, because they're too small. That was an "ouch moment". But again, I'm healthy, active, and happy.
Anyways. I'm both angry at myself for a 10 lb gain, and I'm ok with it at the same time. I don't mind being fuller in places! Plus, I know I've been lifting more weights, and hopefully turning my fat into muscle. So ...... Cheers to my weight gain! (?)
My personal life is great. My BF and I have settled into a fun, happy, domestic, blissful relationship. We got season passes to our local Six Flags, and I'm still in AWW sometimes that I have no problem fitting in any of the rides. I endure all the walking and standing without issue. It's nice to remember where I came from.
I'll post an side by side bikini pic once I learn how to upload on this fancy new Imac. lol
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Short term goals on March 24, 2013 7:46 am
Reflecting on my eating choices lately.... I've realized I eat HORRIBLY!! Yesterday y'all ...... I ate pizza for 2 meals, and had desserts for "dinner" .... Uhmm..... that isn't cool.
So, I've been trying to log all my food on My Fitness Pal (user name is karkar28 - Find me and judge what I eat, PLEASE!)... I'm so bad at it. I'll do it for a few days, then stop for months. But, in doing that I've realized how important it is! Seriously, it holds me accountable to myself.
I've set a short term goal to go back to "eating clean". All this nasty stuff (including alcohol) I've been putting in my face has made me feel bloated, frumpy, and just plain gross. So I got my crybaby self to the store! Marinated some chicken breasts in a Pollo Asado type concoction to put on the grill to have for the week, along with a healthy salad, a big vat of homemade pork chili, greek yogurt, fresh fruit, cheese, eggs, and nuts just to name a few.
I say over and over and over that WLS ain't easy. It gets easy, absolutely. But everyday is a struggle to maintain a healthy, balanced, yet fun and non-deprived lifestyle. Exercise and healthy eating is what our tool needs to help us learn in our honeymoon phase. I learned it, PROMISE! Sometimes I just slip and this time the almost 10 lbs I've put on since summer is a shot in the ass I needed to get me back to the healthy woman I know I can be. (Plus, bikini season is right around the corner LOL)
So cheers to making goals, even if it's just a short term goal to eat healthy for the week and make it to the gym at least 3 times. Because short term goals will help us with our long term journey, right?!
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2.5 yrs out NSV ! on February 12, 2013 5:01 pm
Mark this day on my calendar! Today .... Feb 12th .... I RAN on the treadmill for 30 minutes straight at 5.6 ! Non Stop!
Usually I jog, walk, jog, walk, etc. But today I RAN !!!!
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The skinny on my weight gain on January 6, 2013 5:50 am
Hi my OH family,
I am officially 2.5 years out from my RNY. It's safe to say the honeymoon phase is over. Let me explain. ...
In the last 3 months I have put on 6 lbs. Now I know that doesn't seem like a lot. But to us Rny'ers that have had our guts rearranged to have a healthier life .... that is noticeable and eye opening! Here's the thing ... As hard as I try .... I have not been able to ENJOY exercising! I love some things like yoga and pilates. I love that I CAN exercise! I love that I CAN run, and I CAN do bootcamp classes. I just don't like actually doing them. Even with my "unofficial personal trainer" of a boyfriend there to help me and encourage me. I still find myself dragging ass and not WANTING to do it! Uuuuuugh!!!!!
However, I had my "AH HA!" moment right around Christmas when none of my (already skin tight) pants fit. I know, I know, it's only 6 or so pounds ... But that makes a huge difference in how clothes fit - and frankly, in how you see yourself in the mirror. I've already started cutting out the misc. junk food I was grazing on throughout the day. Those are what we call "empty calories" and certainly unneeded. And just like almost every other American I've made a New Years Resolution to be the healthiest me I can be. I've started having protein shakes in the morning again. Salads with grilled chicken and black bean salsa for lunch most days. And dinner has been left overs of chili, or soup, or more grilled chicken and veggies. ..... I'M TRYIN' Y'ALL ! I will not fail! It's astonishing how fast the weight creeps back on. For anyone who's followed my blogs I've always said I'm not going to be one of those WLS patients who have regain (we all aim for that, right?) ... And I don't know if I'd consider 6 or 7 lbs "regain" .... Either way - it woke me up from my sluggish, potato chip and pizza haze to remember that I am different! And as the old saying goes: "Just because you CAN eat those things doesn't mean you should". I love cold pizza, and ramen noodles, and french fries, and chips, and M&Ms. But I have to reign that crap in. Tisk tisk Karly!
Oiiiiiiiiiiiii ........ So, with all that being said - This morning I decided to put on my bikini from the summer to see how it fit. I was surprised to see it looks like most of my extra pounds have gone to my boobs! HaHaHa!
I am still extremely happy with myself and my journey thus far. True, I am just frustrated with my short comings. And that's my own fault. But everything is fixable. I will not let myself be my own downfall.
Highest weight: 275
Current weight: 131
Here's to a healthy and happy 2013 ! I know it will hold a lot of big moments in my life. I am so excited to see where this chapter in my life goes!
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Vitamin and water intake on October 4, 2012 5:37 pm
Slowly my vitamin and water intake got all out of whack. And although I know how important they both are.... they just started to fall by the wayside. Over the summer my life was uprooted, turned upside-down, chaotic, and altered. So I let all of that get in the way of my goals and journey.
Now that my life has slowed to a managable pace, and things are back to good and calm I am refocused on getting all my vitamins and water in daily. That being said.... I went out and bought Adult Multi Gummies, and Calcium D3 chews. They are SO GOOD and make it like a treat to take my vitamins. I alternate the treats with regular vitamins since the gummies and chews are expensive. I look for BOGO sales at CVS/Riteaid,Walgreens in combo with coupons in the Sunday paper to help make them affordable
Now I find myself excited to take my treats everyday! It's fantastic!!
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From San Diego, CA but currently living in Upstate NY. 29 years young, I Work full time as a receptionist.
Growing up I was thin all my childhood and most of my teens. Then after high school I started to pack on the weight. I had a Pituitary Tumor which didn't help matters, but once I got that taken care of the weight didn't come off. I lived a sedentary lifestyle and watched myself balloon with the help of high calorie, high sugar, highly processed foods.
Then a girlfriend of mine had gastric bypass at the ripe ol' age of 22 and she looks and feels AMAZING. So I figured,.... If she can do it, so can I, right! I consider myself to be a pretty tough cookie.
I knew this surgery would NOT be a quick fix, or a walk in the park. It's a commitment that I am making for the rest of my (hopefully very long) life.
I didn't want to not be inconvenienced anymore by the restrictions of weight.
I'm ready to be healthy and happier, and feel confident and radiant! Look out world, I'm coming for you!