Today is Christmas Eve. I am 9 months and 2 days post-op. My goal was to lose 100 lbs by Christmas. I started at 267 and am 5'2 inches tall. I weighed 168 this morning when I got up. 99 lbs!!! Can you believe it? I went for a long walk this morning with my dear Husband and my son. I still have 1 day!
We were going through some video tapes of our family from this time last year. I am happy to say that I am not even that person in those video's any more. And very happily not!
I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday season, and good luck to those having surgery near Christmas!
Today is March 28th. I am over a year post op now. I have lost 103 lbs so far. I have kept on losing inches though the weight has slowed tremendously. I am now going to have to seriously consider exercising.
I can eat most anything. My favorite is seafood. Not fried. Mostly grilled. I never used to eat fish, and now it's a big part of my diet. I can eat about 3/4 to 1 cup at a single meal. I still cannot tolerate Red meat, nor even care to now. I do not eat dairy either. It doesn't take but 1 or 2 dumping sessions to deter me!
I will get an updated pic on here soon I promise!
E-mail me with questions.... concerns...... anything!
Good luck to all those who are having surgery in the near future.
Here it is now past 2 years. I have managed to maintain a constant weight of 175 to 180. (Gained 13 lbs due to exercise!). Can you believe it?
I still remain at the same weight, or maybe a little less as in my after picture on this site. I received for Christmas 3 months of free tanning. Imagine how great I feel about myself now! I still can only eat about a cup of food at a time, and by now figure that will be all I ever can eat. It's been 25 months now and I'm sure I will not be able to eat any more.
I still wear a size 12/14 and I still cannot tolerate much red meat. I can eat some, usually ground beef. No more steak or Prime Rib. Have to chew it too long and it just doesn't taste good any more. Some of my favorite foods now, since I no longer can tolerate foods high in fat, sugar and no dairy, Seafood, Mexican food, I love baked Chicken or BBQ Chicken. I can order a real dinner now when dining out, but 9 out of 10 times, usually take some home. I guess it will be that way for eternity, but that's ok too.
I did crave sweets for a long time between my first and second year, but now that I've determined that a good bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, or something high in protein both decreases my body's need for sweets and maintains my fullness for a much longer time. Of course on my oatmeal, I use skim milk and Equal for sweetness. I manage to stay full for a long time when I eat it, so I do quite a bit and it's good for me too.
I bought a George Foreman Grill (the small one) and I marinate Chicken Breasts (no skin, no bones) and take them to work with me. 1 holds me over for the entire afternoon. Aside from the fact that the smell drives everyone crazy in my office, it takes 5 minutes, It has 4 grams of fat and it has 26 grams of protein. What else could you ask for?
I also use Rye Bread and make fat free turkey sandwiches with lots of lettuce and mustard. That tastes good, but doesn't satisfy my hunger like the chicken does, but you can only eat so much chicken.
I have had a lot of questions from folks considering this surgery and the doctors office where I had the surgery often refers prospective candidates to speak with me on the phone to discuss the "post-op" life.
I am going through some pictures now and hope to get some more updated ones on this site soon, I promise :)
Good luck to everyone considering surgery!
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Surgeon: Paul T. O'Rourke M.D.
Christmas 1998, 3 months
9/22/99, 6 months after