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I am a 44 yr. old married mom of 11 yr. old twins. I have been battling my weight since early adulthood. I can recall being in my early 20's and having to go to the gym 5 times a week for an hour each day just to maintain my weight at 145. I am 5' 3" tall and in the past 17 years have ballooned up to 238 (although my highest was a year ago at 244). I have done Atkins and Weight Watchers. I seem to lose 25 lbs. or so, then gain it all back PLUS some. I can only recall once in the past 5 years that the first digit on the scale was a "1".
I have arthritis in both knees and have recently been diagnosed with high BP. I had gestational diabetes when pregnant, so I am also at risk of developing that again.
In early Dec. 2007 I met with a bariatric surgeon and discussed WLS. On Dec. 18, 2007 I had an echo-cardiogram, an upper GI and an ultrasound of my liver and gallbladder.
On Jan. 3, 2008 I met with a registered dietician - Carolyn Losure. What a super nice person she is! She convinced me I could eat Tilapia... so I bought it and cooked it as she had suggested... YUCK! (I am not a seafood person.) Any way, she took her time with me and my appointment lasted 1-1/2 hours. She reviewed my eating habits and usual meals and informed me that about 80% of what I eat now will not "go down" post-op. She discussed the changes I will have to make - such as chewing my food to the texture of Cream of Wheat. She gave me weekly meal plans to follow, but I have not yet gone out to buy everything I will need (I don't have much of it in the house!) I have to start cutting back on beef and fats and try new things. I have always been a picky eater, so this should be interesting to say the least.
At this first appointment I had to make an initial payment of $150, which is not covered by insurance. She will be overseeing my monthly weigh-ins when I attend the monthly group session. I think at my next visit I have to pay another $150, then the one after that the final $150.
The next step is the psych appointment on Jan. 7th.