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Mini-Gastric Bypass- Mary

Bridal bootcamp
The wedding is only about 6 weeks away. I seem to be stuck at 173.5 pounds and have been for quite a while. I'd love to be around 165 or lower for the wedding.
wedding dresses
I have been shopping for a dress appropriate for the wedding. I don't want the traditional white gown, since it is a second marraige for both of us, and I am, after all, 58 years old.
The MGB results in weight loss. That's a given. What may be harder to understand is how it helps so much with self esteem. I walk taller, smile more easily, feel better meeting new people.
Livin' on love
I haven't posted for a while. My weight loss had stalled, so not much to say. That is now changing. I met a wonderful man just over a week ago.
Food shopping for New Year's Eve
Costco was crowded with people buying chips, dips, soda, shrimp and all the normal party stuff.
Merry Christmas!!
It was! I went to the health spa as planned. For the 3 hour ride down, I packed green grapes and nibbled those like I used to eat potato chips.
Christmas plans
Merry Christmas! In the past, Christmas consisted of baking, eating, parties where the food selection was important, dinners where I scoped out dessert first. It was all about food.
Weight Watchers
Yesterday I joined Weight Watchers. I know, I know...you thought the idea of having the MGB meant I'd just have the weight fall off, and I could eat anything I wanted and be skinny. No, it is a tool.
MGB advocate
Tonight was the Mortgage Bankers holiday party. Once again, there were the predicted responses as people realized who I was. It's funny to watch their faces as I approach.
New boots
Shopping is much more fun now. Last night, I did all of my Christmas shopping. Got home around 1 AM.
Dr visit
I had an appointment with my primary care physician this week. I actually look forward to them now! I had thought my weight had stalled, but looking back at the records, my last visit was mid Sept.
Annual business dinner
Every year, we hold a customer appreciation dinner to thank those people who refer business to us. We also invite attorneys, appraisers and other folks who sponsor the dinner.
Fashion expert???
Every day with my new body is a new experience. Last night, as I was checking out hair products at the grocery, I got into a conversation with a lady looking for something to make her hair less frizzy.
Would the real Mary please stand up?
I tried to submit some professional ad copy to a local business publication. I say, "tried" because they called to say my photo got messed up when I emailed it and could I please bring them an original.
Las Vegas
Just came back from a vacation in Vegas with a whole group of MGBers. Laughs, tears, hugs, stories and lots of food sharing.
When I bought life, disability and long term care insurance, I paid a higher than normal premium because I was overweight and I smoked. In order to have the MGB, I had to give up smoking, which I did willingly.
Just walk on by...
My x husband is in town on vacation. He lives in Arizona, and I have not seen him in about 4 years. We have been divorced for about 15 years, so any animosity or angst is gone.
vacation by motorcycle
I have been gone for 10 days on a trip I could never have imagined a year ago. I left on Sept 20th, as soon as a major thunderstorm cleared the area. The roads were wet, so I wore rain gear all day. Read more: http://www.highpointregional.com/blogs/blog.asp?i=12&all=yes#ixzz1iQoXGetl
Heading to North Carolina
Tomorrow, I am heading to Hendersonville, NC for a GoldWing (motorcycle)rally. I am riding 1100 miles on my own GoldWing, all by myself. This is not something I would have ever done a year ago.
New clothes (again!)
Nothing is as much fun as clothes shopping now. Best when accompanied by a good friend. I got to stay in the dressing room trying on the clothes my friend brought to me.
Need new clothes!
I have been putting off buying anything new. I need smaller clothes for fall and winter, but hate to buy anything too soon because my weight and inches are still going down. But, cool weather is here.
I actually had a fun experience at the Dept of Motor Vehicles.
July 20: Going down
My weight, that is. Down 55 pounds as of today. Sizes keep getting looser, too. I have passed the 4 month mark, and according to the normal plan, I should be losing hair, too.
July 5: Body Image
Before having this surgery, I could look at the largest person on earth and think I was as big or bigger. I knew somewhere in my brain that I was fatter than anyone else.
50 pounds gone!
Today, I am down to 199. 50 pounds gone and I am thrilled that my weight no longer begins with a "2". Now is the place where I expect a little anxiety.
vacation = weight loss
Never before have I lost weight on vacation. This is a first! I just spent a week on Cape Cod. Went on a whale watch and saw 5 whales and got a bad sunburn in the process.
3 month checkup
Going to the doctors for a checkup is actually something I look forward to now. I went for my 3 month checkup on June 8th. The weather was clear and sunny, so I rode there on my brand new trike.
June 4th: Summer is here
After a very cool and wet spring, the sun is out, the temperatures are in the high 70's and 80's and it is hot out! Now the fun of finding things in my closet for this season.
May 31st: New clothes!
My weight has been fluctuating between 207 and 209 for the past week for so. While those numbers haven't changed, my measurements have. I put on a pair of size 18 jeans on Friday and they were too big.
May 27th: Size 16!
About a month ago, I pulled some old size 18 jeans out and tried them on. Good thing no one was watching! I could pull them up, barely snap them, but my belly stuck out so much, the zipper would not close.
May 26th: New foods!
Last week, I had a bad time with creaky chicken. I had brought the rest of my meal home, and the next day, it sat in my fridge just begging me to try it again. I looked at it as a science project....
May 19th: First bad food experience
Last night I went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, the Asian Bistro. I had not been there since the MGB, but I really, really wanted Creaky Chicken.
May 10th: All I had to do was whine!
The scale is moving again. That's not all that's moving. Last night,I jumped on my motorcycle and headed out for a long ride. The weather was warm, the sky was clear and I was very happy.
May 6th: The scale is stuck!
Someone who has lost 35 pounds in 6 weeks has no right to complain. Yes, I DO know that, but in the last two weeks, I've only lost 3 pounds and keep finding one of those and losing it again.
May 4th: Long days
I haven't posted for a while. It is springtime in Vermont, and the home buying season is in full swing. Those who aren't buying are refinancing, thinking this may be the last chance at low rates for a while.
April 30th: Lost more weight!
Today I am down to 215. The weight loss has slowed down, but my clothes are getting looser. It's all good.
April 26th: The sun will come out...
I live alone. Most of the time that's OK, but there are some things that need to be done that are so much easier with an extra hand.
April 21st: Rolling emotions
This has been a rough week. One of my employees gave her notice on Monday.
Motorcycle swap meet
What a great weekend! This was the first weekend that we have had decent weather up here in Vermont. It actually felt like summer.
The Road Trips are Different
Everything changes after MGB, including the “provisions” I pack for a day trip. Before my new life began, I had the road food routine down pat. I knew what to bring. Everything had its place.
Back to the gym
Many years ago, I was afraid to go to a gym. I figured everyone there would look like they didn't need a gym. I'd look like a hippo in any workout clothes.
1 month physican appointment
My MGB was done 1 month ago yesterday. Today, I went to my PCP for a follow up visit and for the first time, I was actually looking forward to getting weighed.
Hugs and compliments
Another great day! My weight didn’t change today, but I do feel like I am shrinking. I saw a friend tonight who has not seen me since the MGB was done.
"Hey, Skinny"
I’m all smiles today
Rainy day musings
It’s rained for about a week straight. I know it is supposed to rain, April showers bring May flowers and all that, but it is still too cool to put away winter clothes.
Three weeks out
My skin is drying out horribly! I was startled when I looked in the mirror this morning to see deep creases around my mouth, under my eyes and in my forehead. My skin is flaky.
Getting in the food groove
I’m finally into a routine that allows me to get in all the vitamins, meds and protein, but it isn’t very exciting.
It’s Easter Sunday. Since I live alone and have no family close by, it’s not a major cooking day for me. I generally go the home of friends for holidays, armed with a casserole or dessert.
2 weeks out
It’s Thursday! I’ve been on the other side 14 days now. I am down 19 pounds. I can try real food today!! Real but soft, able to be squashed with a fork. I woke up early, excited about breakfast.
Working full time.
After a weekend of pure laziness, it was back to work. I have a busy schedule, but I tried to work only until about 3:00. It just didn’t work that way.
I'm back!
I planned to sleep in on Friday, my first day at home. It felt good to be home, to sleep in my own bed. I still woke up early, though, and saw no reason to stay home.
The ride home
As the Thrush began to clear up, soups and other drinks tasted more normal. My disposition improved and my energy increased.
Staples out!
Monday morning, I woke up feeling really crabby. My mouth felt weird. I didn’t want to eat or drink anything. We drove back to High Point that afternoon for clinic to remove my staples.
A setback
I woke up Friday morning, expecting to leave the hospital and go to the hotel. Of course, there would be walks.
The big day
I am NOT a morning person. I even joked with Anne that she should drop me off at the hospital after dinner. I could sleep on a gurney and be there on time for surgery without having to wake up early.
Where to go for surgery?
MGB is only performed by a select few surgeons in 5 or 6 locations in the US. My selection of High Point was not very scientific. I live in Vermont, so the 2 closest locations were High Point or Bay City, MI.
My Mini Gastric-bypass journey
I'm just an ordinary person, fighting my weight most of my life, like so many of us. I am 57 years old, 5' 7" tall and weighed 249 when I was approved for the MGB.