A State Of Emergency

It hasn’t been that long ago I posted all proud of myself for maintaining my weight loss, staying at 145 pounds 3 years after my gastric bypass surgery.

Well — be careful what you brag about, right? Of course I didnt’ mean it as a brag, my hope is always that whatever I say here will help someone else on this crazy path.

Nonetheless, after that post life intervened. Lot of work, lot of busyness. And not so great eating habits. I reached “emergency weight” for the first time, and things worked as they should. I went into gear and got back to 145 over the course of a week or so. But life hasn’t slowed down.

I hit 150 again maybe 2-3 weeks ago now. I meant to declare the emergency. But I’ve been really busy and focused on other stuff. So I put it on my to-do list. I bounced between 150 and 152 till today.

Today my scale said 155. NOW it’s an emergency. I ain’t playing any more.

So TODAY, not tomorrow, not next week… Today I have started the 5 Day Pouch Test.

If you haven’t heard of it, the 5 Day Pouch Test was created for just this situation. I’ve gotten out of control, I’ve lapsed into bad habits. Too much eating late at night, too many carbs. The Pouch Test takes you back to your immediate post-op eating habits, jerks you out of your complacency and helps you get back in control of your eating habits.

Days 1-2 are low carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar free gelatin or pudding.

This morning I had my normal cups of coffee because, well.. I just ain’t giving that up regardless. I had a protein “shot” before church (it was a big morning, the drama team I direct was performing).. had water through the services. When I came home I had a protein shake and some cream of chicken soup. I’m supposed to have 64 oz of water and I’m working on it.

I’ll try and post every day as I do this – and let you know if it works. I’ve never tried this before. So far so good tho.. I don’t feel much different than normal.

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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11 Responses to A State Of Emergency

  1. I had Gastric Bypass 9 years ago 2002 it is now 2011 I have gained 40 lbs of the 147 lbs back I hate it I am very concerned but i guess no will power i know I need to go back to protein shakes and soups but is it safe i dont see why not but would like to hear it from someone else whom has had the ok to do this. I also thought about the surgery where they go down the throat and tighten the pouch back up but dont know about this either HELP


  3. I was so happy after my gastric bypass I was down to a size 5-6 now up to sizr 14/16, I hate myself. How do I get this back under control????

  4. Well as far as I know even the best of eating regimans will have its plateaus. If you are keeping to the instructions that were provided you should be ok. Thus far it has been very difficult because I still have children and a husband that I cook for all the while I am drinking my 2oz of glucerna. I am finishing week 2 and going on week 3 at which point I will see my surgeon for a follow up and hopefully be placed on a semi-solid diet which from what I have been told is a bit better than liquid. We must also remember the surgery is a tool not a solution to our weight management. So hang in there and stick to it before you know time will pass and we will be on the road to weight loss.

  5. hi i had the surgery done almost 1 month ago . when i left the hospital week 1 i lost 15 pounds . 2 weeks later another 5lbs. Now i dont see the scale moving is it because i am eating ..obviously not much at all but my nutrisionist said to snack all day on protiens cuz the shakes are killin me .but i am thinkin to go back on clear liquid diet i dont know what to do please help.

  6. I had gastric bypass 3 years ago, and lost lots of weight. But, now I am gaining it back! Oh no!
    I need to get my bad eating habits back under control. I was told that going on a milk diet for a week should make the stomach shrink back to the size it was right after surgery. Is this right?

  7. hi,I have been fighting a constant bladder infection since my GBP surgery. I finally went to a urologist who said that we are very prone to Kidney Infections. He said It was due to the oxybut. in the tea and I can never drink tea again for the rest of my life. I don’t really get the connection.Help! Anybody heard of this..I hate carbonation..I cant live w/out my cup of and iced tea….thanx

  8. Had my op may 2010….weight loss fantastic and not really experienced any problems….followed bariatric teams advise thoroughly….but HELP, I am loosing hair…..nobody told me to expect this….any advise on supplements appreciated….I take a multi vit tab every day….should I add something else????????

  9. Hi,
    I was researching information on gastric bypass and i ended up on your page. I has surgery 3years ago i was 420 and know i am 254 i am scare like you to gain the weight back. I think i messing up but i want to get back to track, and i was looking at your 5day pouch test. Can you explain it to me more detailed and how you do it, so i could get back in track, because i feel that i am not losing anymore. Thanks

  10. October 4, 2010
    Hi, I just had my surgery last Tuesday, came home from the hospital on Thursday and each day is a progression to feeling a little better. First six days, everything tasted like I was chewing aluminum foil, I can finally see my knuckles as the bags of fluid they pumped into me go away and this morning, I finally hit the weight I was the day I went into the hospital. I have been on liquids for 16 days now (8 day pre-op fast and 7 day after) and I am giddy at the thought of oatmeal tomorrow morning. WOW

  11. I ran across your blog site just researching soem public opinions about the after affects for gastric bypass surgery. I am scheduled to have surgery on Sept. 27th 2010 and I’m excited, yet nervous. I enjoy reading your blog and will continue to do so after I have my surgery.