New Year, Same New And Improved Me

me-dec-09Well, once again, it’s been a while.

Sorry for that. When I started this blog I was working from home as a freelance writer. That business kinda dried up in the bad economy, and so in July I started a new job. Continue reading

Gastric Bypass Surgery: Pros and Cons

wls-pros-and-consI found the following story by a local TV station in Tulsa, OK. I thought it was more balanced than most, so I wanted to share it here.

They mention the incredible benefits of weight loss surgery, and then spend a good bit of the segment with a man who’s had some significant problems as a result.

The man’s name is Micah, and he admits that the problems he has are partially his fault. He forgets to eat, and I am guessing he’s not been super faithful with his vitamins. He’s had spells where he feels drunk and has even passed out a few times. Continue reading

Weight Loss Surgery May Lead To Better Sex… Or Not

romance1Well here’s another great gastric bypass surgery benefit: Better sex.

Maybe. If you’re a man with ED anyway. If you’re a woman, well, it’s all in your head. Isnt’ that typical?

Here’s what the article, “Hospital Says Weight Loss Surgery May Lead To Better Sex” has to say: Continue reading

Redefining Yourself After Weight Loss Surgery

Successful female dielWeight loss surgery changes more than just your appearance and your eating habits. No matter where you are in the process, you probably already have a basic knowledge of this fact.

But it’s hard to overstate the mental impact losing so much weight so quickly has on you. Once you get to the other side of the roller coaster ride, and realize that you’ve reached your goal, you still have to process who this new person you see in the mirror really is. Continue reading

Awesome New WLS Resource

Here is another post I wrote at the end of January but couldn’t publish due to computer problems:

wlschannelMany thanks to Yvonne at Bariatric Girl for turning me on to this incredible resource – and for mentioning little ole me in the process!

It’s a website called the Weight Loss Surgery Channel. And it is PACKED with information, videos, inspiration – everything you need to know about WLS. Continue reading

Who Is This Person?

Hi everyone!

Hiking With The KidsIt’s been forever since I’ve posted, and I’m sorry.  I guess I do these things in spurts.

In fact, I originally wrote this post at the end of January. But computer problems prevented me from publishing it. Below, I mention that I’m 2 pounds away from goal. I’ve been hovering between goal and five pounds below it for several weeks now.

But what I was feeling at the time seems important, even though I’ve worked a lot of it out. I’ll post again soon (I promise!), but for now, here is the post from January:

A lot is happening. I’m sooo close to my goal weight – like 2 pounds away as of this morning. I’ve actually hit it once, but then bounced back up a few pounds the next day. Now that I’m here, tho, I’ve revised it. I think there are still 10 or 15 pounds of fat lurking in my tummy and thighs.

Between losing all this weight, and the really bad experience I had last year (where I really could have died),  I realize that I’ve changed tremendously. The outside is obvious – sometimes I look in the mirror, and I just don’t recognize the person looking back. She’s a lot hotter than the me I’m used to.

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House Tackles Gastric Bypass – Is It “Cheating?”

This is going to be a long post, so go grab some coffee and settle in. It’s all about how the world is biased against people who’ve had gastric bypass surgery. Yeah, we get to be thin(er). But people think we “cheated” to get there. It was “too easy.” As if!!

It’s all because I watched House last night. (December 2nd). His patient was a DVD fitness queen, hawking her healthy tips via infomercial. In the beginning of the show, she’s running with a really fat guy up a set of bleachers. Only the fat guy makes it, and Ms. Fitness passes out.

I’ll be honest. I watch House mostly for the characters, and don’t really pay a lot of attention to the medical stuff. It usually flies right over my head. I’m really just killing time until The Mentalist comes on anyway. (OMG Simon Baker is HOT! He may be replacing my Keifer Sutherland Crush.)

But last night’s House was different, and my interest was piqued during the MRI (or some related test), when it was discovered Ms. Fitness had had (gasp!) a gastric bypass! Dun dun dun…. Continue reading

Thanksgiving After Gastric Bypass

How do you enjoy Thanksgiving dinner after gastric bypass surgery?

I don’t know about you, but for me Thanksgiving dinner used to be all about the food, the gold plated silverware, the family and the decorations. Everything is sooo good, and much of it is stuff you only eat during the holidays. Green bean casserole is one of my all time favorites. So is sweet potato souffle. And of course stuffing. Can’t forget the stuffing.

Last Thanksgiving was my first with Pouchie. And while my brain wanted to dive into the carb-laden overabundance that was covering my dining table, Pouchie was pretty firm in his (her? is Pouchie a girl or a boy? Hmmmm… Probably something deep-seated and psychological about calling my stomach “him”. Of course, naming my stomach at all is a little weird, come to think of it…) resistance. Continue reading

Bariatric Surgery Success Increases With Physical Activity

Exercise Improves Bariatric Surgery SuccessSometimes I am amazed at the things that are reported as “news,” even though they should be common sense. Nonetheless, it seems scientists have proven that bariatric surgery success improves with exercise.

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital’s Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine say, “Previously inactive patients who became physically active after bariatric surgery lost more weight and achieved greater improvements in quality of life than those patients who remained inactive.” Continue reading

Pros And Cons Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

A study in the November, 2008 British Journal of Surgery highlights the pros and cons of gastric bypass surgery.

The intention of the study was to compare two different methods of performing a gastric bypass. And while the difference is pretty technical, it boils down to doctors trying to decide how much of the intestine to bypass.

Overall, 50 patients were studied over a 4 year period. The doctors ultimately decided that bypassing more of the intestine didn’t really make patients lose more weight, but did make surgery take longer and increase the rate of complications.

In general, here are the findings for both groups: Continue reading