Today it has been two years since RNY gastric bypass, and it really has changed my life. I am off all my medications (diabetes, BP, cholesterol), my blood pressure and heart rate are low, and my last A1C was 4.8
I have had no complications, issues, or problems of any kind. I can move and do things that I could not before surgery. My bet is that it saved my life; it absolutely made my life more livable.
My highest recorded weight was 475, but it likely was higher than that. I just refused to go near a scale. It's easy to do when it is so hard to find a scale that goes up that high. My BMI was 59.4. My consultation weight was 411, day of surgery it was 359. My surgeon's goal weight for me was 250, my own goal was 225, and this morning it was 184, and a BMI of 23, for a total of 291 pounds lost. I have been between 183 and 187 since last summer, a little over a year. I think that's the longest my weight has been that stable in my entire life.
I exercised for a little while between six months and a year, in order to retain lean body mass. But I haven't done any formal exercise this past year. I do walk, and use my recumbent bike on days my knees hurt more, and I get my 10,000 steps in FitBit every day. I do a fair amount of physical labor as well. My last project was breaking up a concrete cellar floor and hauling it out in 5 gallon buckets. But it's work, not exercise.
The first eight months I averaged 1,040 calories a day (I'm 6'3" tall). I gradually increased that as I approached my goal weight, and for the last 8 months or so I average almost 2,700 calories a day.
For me, this was absolutely the easy way out. I don't mind when someone says that at all. I never could have done this without surgery. Maintaining this weight so far hasn't been terribly difficult either, but I'm still pretty new at this. I have bad days now and then, and days I have to push to eat enough. I just make sure it averages out.
I still weigh and log all of my food every day in MyFitnessPal. I could be eating twice as much as I am, if I weren't kept on track by have a detailed log. I am certain that down the road I will have to change how much I am eating, and that will almost certainly mean less. We get older, we slow down, we get complacent. I'd like to think I'll be ready for adjustments when I need to make them, after 5 pounds, not 50.
I couldn't do this every day without support from all you insane people. It keeps me mindful of where I've been, where I am now, and where I'm headed. Thanks to all of you.
This was taken today. I have no before pictures.
6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.
Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.
M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.
Congratulations both on being such a phenomenal success and a great inspiration. You have also become a great friend and I value your unwavering support of my insanity as well as your no nonsense advice ...
(that's my inappropriate wolf whistle at the pic)
Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist
Congratulations. Glad everything is going good for you. I think it's great that you still keep a journal of what you eat to keep you on track. You are inspirational! I hag RNY almost 4 years ago. I am working on a web site of my own to offer information and inspiration to those thinking of having WLS or those who have had it and just need some encouragement. I need people like you to share your story. Sharing is caring and it means so much to others to hear inspiring stories. Please share a little of your journey on my site. It's easy. http://www.gastric-bypass-journey.com/before-and-after-gastr ic-bypass.html
Grim! You have totally been an inspiration to me since I joined this site last Fall! You are such an incredible success story and I love watching your continued success. I am with you - this was the easy way out and it's working :) You look so healthy and fit...I am just so happy for you. Thanks for posting and sharing your story!!!