Post # 1
July 31st will be three years since I had gastric bypass surgery. I am seeking if there are any other brides out there who have had this operation and would be willing to discuss some of their experiences with me… thanks!
Post # 3
I haven’t had the surgery yet but am working towards it.. If all goes well, I will be having it around December this year.
Post # 4
My mom had it about 10 years ago. She went from a size 28 to a size 8, and many of her medical problems disappeared as she lost the weight. If she exercises more, I bet she could lose another size or two. She’s actually considering surgery to get rid of the extra skin, but I’m not sure if she’ll go through with it.
Post # 5
I had it 9 years ago. Fiance had it 2 months ago. My only issues have been nutritional in nature (rather severe) but I went from 270 to 170 at my lowest.
Post # 6
I went from 240 to 148. I am between a size 8 and 10. But I feel like such a “bad patient” I did not properly educate myself before the procedure and therefore broke a lot of rules. I don’t have any real heath issues or even nutritional. If I wanted to eat something with sugar, I could – I don’t throw up. I’ve never thrown up since BEFORE my surgery. Thank God I haven’t gained weight back but I can’t loose anymore and I feel like my eating is back out of control. I live everyday in fear that I am damaging my life and putting my FH at risk of marrying me and I die…. i know it sounds extreme but it’s a fear I have. And yet I can’t say no to carbs (that’s my weakness). I don’t drink alcohol except maybe 3 glasses of wine a month. I don’t drink sodas or juices – only ice tea plain with no sugar, no splenda, no lemon, etc. I’ve learned a TON since having the surgery but the problem isn’t with the surgery it’s with my mind!
@Chrissy09242011 if you want to talk about it, I’m happy to share all my thoughts and new knowledge
@Boston Bee if your mom has advice, I’m open to it!
@MeaganNZ same to you, if you have any advice, please let me know!
Post # 7
I had it done in Feb. of 2008. I lost about 126 lbs and have been fluctuating with about 10 lbs or so in the last year. I too have gone back to my old bad eating habits and fear gaining all the weight back. My insurance did require me to attend educational classes before getting the surgery…which helped of course but I have not “kept” to all the “rules”. I am really down on myself for not doing everything I should be doing….like taking my vitamins religiously. I am now reaping the consequences of that as I have developed iron-deficiency anemia. I get light headed a lot and have actually fell down quite a few times already from when I have an “episode”. I also became lactose intolerent. My favorite thing to drink was milk and I would drink at least 2-3 large glasses every single day. Now, I have a sip of milk maybe every 3 days because any more than that, and I will most definitely have a “vomit fest”. I have not drank any soda since then but I most definitely still love drinking alcohol. I can still eat some sweets but I will ALWAYS take a tiny nibble, then wait. If it doesn’t make me feel sick in the next 2 min. or so, I will continue to eat BUT the majority of the time, I get sick right away and then dodge to the bathroom to vomit. This also happens if I eat too much. I sometimes ask myself if all this is worth having lost all of that weight??….And YES, I really do think so because my weight brought on a lot more awful things than this. Just the fact that I no longer have to buy ALL my clothes at only 1 store (Lane Bryant), is in itself priceless!
Post # 8
@futureMrs.L – well we are experiencing a LOT of the same things and some different things. I cannot get in the habit of my vitamins either and I am scared of developing deficiencies and even more so of what will happen to me when I get pregnant (and to the babies!) I have not GAINED weight which is amazing considering my diet is 90% carbs. It is truly a change of your mind you must have and I can’t seem to do that and I feel like I am slowly slipping back into depression and with a wedding around the corner and the stress and fear of all the changes and the financial hardships we will for sure endure, I find myself turning to the comfort of food again and even when my brain is screaming I’m not hungry and I don’t really want to eat, I eat anywas! I hate the mad cycle my life is..