Happy Three Years!!!

on 2/23/11 12:57 am
Hi, everyone! I hope things are going well for you all, three years out! The following was taken from something I posted on the Main Board and the DS forum the other day.

So, on Tuesday, it was THREE YEARS since I had my DS with the amazing Dr. John Rabkin in San Francisco (www.paclap.com).

Before my DS: 344 pounds, 55.5 BMI, Size 30-32 and Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea  

3 years after my DS: 148 pounds, 23.9 BMI, Size 8-10 and Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea GONE!!


I had an extended tummy tuck and a brachioplasty 6 months ago. (Info and pix on my blog.) So far, I must still be in my “DS honeymoon." I have no idea how long that will last, but I will enjoy it as long as I can. I eat what I want (fortunately what I want is not usually ALL carbs so far) and I have no deficiencies and no gas or poop issues, so far.

I weigh myself EVERY day. I notice the number and I don’t freak out if it’s a pound up or down. I know the neighborhood it should be in for my comfort. I WILL say that if I even lose 2 pounds, it seems to come off of my face ONLY and I look “too skinny" for my taste. Then I up my carbs a smidge. If I start to regain, I plan on cutting back severely on my carbs and seeing what happens.

Yesterday, I ate

Breakfast at Bakers’ Square
·         Hickory Skillet with extra bacon and cheese
Two pieces of rye toast with butter
2 cups of coffee with heavy cream and sugar

Half of a large bag of uber-buttered popcorn at the movie theater
2 treat-sized bags of mini-M&Ms
Handful of chocolate-covered almonds and Diet Coke

Dinner out at a Latin American restaurant:
Handful of tortilla chips and salsa
Tapas: Lamb mini-taco, mini chicken empanada, 2 breaded goat cheese and pumpkin balls, breaded plantain ball
Half of a skirt steak with Costa Rican potatoes
Glass of white wine
Grand Marnier chocolate torte with whipped cream
Cup of coffee with heavy cream and sugar and Diet Coke

Midnight snack
·        Cheese and crackers

I have not developed any cross-addictions like over-shopping (in fact, I hate clothes-shopping--too many choices now!), alcoholism, drug addiction, sex (well, I AM far hornier for my husband than before my DS, but that’s a good thing). My marriage has been positively impacted by my weight loss and improved health. My kids eat well-rounded, healthful meals and snacks and indulge in some treats (some nutjobs here on OH seem to think we DS moms and dads slather Crisco on a cookie and hand it to our kids for lunch). My kids view food as fuel and pleasure, as it should be. If I had that attitude from birth, maybe I would not have become obese in the first place. I exercise, but usually in the act of having fun and sometimes in the gym.

I told my husband and my best friend the other day that if I died tomorrow due to something freakish about my surgery, then I would have no regrets. It still would rate as one of the very best things I have ever done. While I was always active, even at 344 pounds, I was moving slow, not at the hyperspeed that I am now.  I have packed a helluva lot of living in these three years including:

Easily walked the almost 40-mile Avon 2-day breast cancer walk
Logged hours upon hours in active play with my kids (rollerskating, bikeriding, running, climbing,etc.)
·         Gone back to work full-time, confident that my appearance was the LEAST important thing they noticed in interviews (My hilarious new co-workers DID say they saw me on interview day and actually called me a “skinny *****!")
·         Hours upon hours of more comfortable, even closer sex with my husband
Happily posed for hundreds of pictures without trying to shield my huge body from the camera with children, my purse, a chair, anything!
Did everyday life things without a thought to my appearance (e.g. "I wonder if I look fat doing this?").
·         Ate any and all foods that tickled my fancy, without worrying about fat, calories, etc. or how people would judge me for my choices. I now taste food and flavors as they should be tasted. I had been tossing food back without really tasting it for YEARS. The world is HUGE when you can taste it all!
·         I said “yes" to lots of things, from roller coasters to new relationships. I was always outgoing, but now I am outgoing times a million.
Met tons of new friends, fellow DSers IRL and online.
Oh, and I got to wear shoes with a heel. Now, I am never going to wear serious high heels. It’s not my style and not really age-appropriate, BUT, here is a pic of my shoe the other night. I felt tall and glamorous, not frumpy.


I had the kick-butt duodenal switch (DS)!

HW: 344 lbs      CW: 150 lbs

Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea GONE!

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