Blogs by Donna Maris
One Year Post Op: WLS Surgery
8/15/2006 4:39:38 PM
Anniversary of my Gastric Buypass Surgery
!!!YEHAAAAAAAAAA!!! I DID IT!! TODAY IS MY 1 YR POST OP ANNIVERSARY!!!! >BOWS< HI FIVES!! CLAPS ALL AROUND..
THANK YOU , THANK YOU..DRUM ROLL: I HAVE LOST 130LBS!!!
I am the lowest weight I have been in a very long time..probably since I was in my 20s..My last birthday I entered a NEW DECADE..I'm now 50 and look and feel 30!!
It's the most sensational thing to say the least..I have been DOWNSIZED and DAMN HAPPY to say it! LOL!! It has by no means been easy - and yet - no harder than trying to lose weight in any other manner- you just have to prescribe to the recommended food groups..and be very careful about pouring sugar into your body. I am convinced I was a sugar junkie from age 7 and medicating myself and uneasy feelings. I used to feel I was the biggest or fattest person in the room. Ignored by most men or women..never looked in the eyes..never feeling fully appreciated for whatever I have contributed..possibly only my writing spoke volumes. What I wrote and what was silenced..deaf feelings of non existence..only living to work and raise my son..My son turned 21 last year- and I emancipated myself through surgery..It has been the most LIBERATING THING I could possibly do for myself..My dependence on food and sugar has been unshackled from me..seriously!
I feel SO MUCH BETTER physically, mentally and emotionally.I feel like this huge depression was lifted off my shoulders and could finally begin to live normally...I even got on the roller coasters again- with my son this summer- and we rode them 2 consecutive times! WOO HOO- hadn't done that since I was like 10!! It was part of a birthday present to me..rebirthday just like today.. I sit in awe and inspired by my progress.. filtering happiness and joy in my life in steady streams now..enjoying all the outdoors and fresh air and experiencing LIVING again..
My cardio is thru the roof..I went from being able to do 30mins on the treadmill (6wks postop) to and read this list:
30-55 mins treadmill - inclines 3-10 WITH BOXING
30 mins PreCor stairmaster - Level 6-7/ level 5 resistance
not holding on but BALANCED USING 5LB HANDWEIGHTS..
Weight Training - 3 sets of each- varying from 40lbs - 100lbs(legsled) Shoulder Press, Lat PullDown, Hamstrings,
Quads, LegSled, ABS machine ( 150 situps and 80 Obliques)
I could barely do 30 situps 6mos ago AND... AND...
I SWIM 4-8 LAPS..then jump into the hot tub/ sauna etc
I don't work out this intensely everyday- but it is my workout 3 days a week and I modify to include all these exercises- based upon how much time I do have..some days I can only get 3 swimming laps in..I love the way my body looks and feels naked..I can see definition in my shoulders and feel my ribs..WHY do I do so much? simple.. BECAUSE I CAN!!!!!!!!!!!! AND I'M 50 BABY!!
I have gone from wearing a size 26/28 pants to sz 14/misses 16..and from 22/24 tops to wearing womens M-L tops! Even 14/16 tops are too big..I keep returning clothes- because I think I have the right size- and its big. Athletic wear, pajamas, Skirts, dresses..even Victoria's Secrets order- I had to return- too big! All my athletic wear is bought in Target..instead of the mens dept at Sports Authority. I have NOT bought a thing in Avenue or Lane Bryant since surgery..I do love my clothes from Dress Barn. I've even fit into some petite cut clothes. I've never had so many choices before! it's thrilling and yet - I keep finding new things to try..either in food or my workout or discovering something new I can do- that I could not before..its an unending gift that reopens itself when you least expect it. The question you are probably wondering- is am I done losing weight? No I dont believe I am..I would say Im happy with my results..I have gone from 55.5% (morbid obese) to 35% in one year-- that is 20% bodyfat..do you know how hard that is? To even lose 10%?? This hasn't been a cakewalk- if that is what you are wondering, and it hasn't been some terrible rollercoaster of events, where nausea reigned supreme. Simply not true! I have maintained myself with diet and discipline and hard work and exercise. Some days it took awhile to get used to food and wonder what would happend..but like every 2 or 3 yr old who eats too much- they get over it and feel better..
That is really what goes on..my tummy/pouch can now old 4-6 oz of food. I still do not finish a whole sandwich- whether its a sub or bagel or bread etc. And I really do not eat bread..I've become anorexic about it I think..I do eat some of the crust..I like crackers more..and I have had French Toast - 3x and pancakes 2x- with sugar free syrup- inside one year. Thats pretty yummy and saved as a treat for me..
I eat s/f ice cream by Blue Bunny and I drink most everthing except SODA. It will stretch your stomach and you will def overeat and it can cause you to burst your staples. The point of surger was to begin over- NOT to replicate the life you previously lived, you know? So why do it to yourself? There is too many good things in life to experience. Yes I am tempted by chips, and bagels and pizza. I have them occassionally..I can't remember the last time I had pizza..but I will tell you I eat a ton of chicken and fish..and salad.. Living a healthy lifestyle exposes you to new people and people that live healthy, you know?
And I have recently met a guy and I am having fun with him, not to mention great f***ing sex! LOL! He is 40 and 5-9 and has a swimmers build and is Latino. He is fun and affectionate and treats me well..and we have this magnetic attraction..(not so you think Im making this up- I did his astrology chart- looking for confirmation on the chemistry- and BOOM ITS THERE!- his Mars is conjunct my venus by one degree/ His Venus is an exact conjunction my Ascendant/ his Jupiter in Cancer is conjunct my Mercury exactly- and my Sun in Cancer...I have a major trine in all water signs. Those are all powerful planets..and I was amazed..he is Cancer too and the feeling was so mutual from our first date..we felt incredibly comfortable..I get near him and just feel like the HEAT IS ON! LOL ! What's funny is, I text message him or leave him vm in Spanish on his phone..my Spanish is very good...and I call him Papi Chulo.. LOL! The interesting thing about this surgery- it releases your hormones.. whatever sex drive you lacked before- it returns in spades!! No Kidding! I didn't believe it either till it happened to me..My cycle is normal- but at the same time- it should be diminishing, I can't tell yet..but Steven does make my adrenalin pump! And I LOVE IT! I have greatly missed this part of my life and if I could be 30 again and do the last 20 yrs over- I would..but all things happen for a reason and this is the road that brought me here..SO, all is good and great with me.. I am just happy and love myself again and I'm living my life, instead of just watching it pass me by. My confidence has soared and I can be as bold as I want to be and Im no longer ashamed to be in the womens locker rooms or wear a 2pc bathing suit ( Ladies you know what I mean!) YEP! I have been tanned- head to toe ALL SUMMER - NO TAN LINES! I LOVE IT!
And if you have the opportunity to benefit from this surgery- I will say- pick your surgeon carefully- because you are his patient for life, so choose wisely and pick someone very experienced - and GO FOR IT! Give it everything you have and you will be ecstatic with your outcome too!
Here is my OH Journal link- with details on my sugeon, surgery and pre and post op life:
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