Friday, April 6, 2007

Advice for weight loss surgery pre-ops

Are you pre-op and waiting for your new healthy life to begin...

Here's some positive things you can do to pass the time:

1. Research everything about your surgery (here's a great start)

2. Make wls friends (you'll need support from others who've been there done that post-op)

3. Add more exercise into your day (it will build you up for your surgery) if you are able.

4. Lose some weight (cut back on simple carbs and up your protein... practice your post-op lifestyle), your program will likely require it.

5. Drink more water (it will help with #4 and prepare you for post-op)

6. Eliminate soda, smoking, it will be an easier transition.

7. Figure out the why's of why you gained weight, what your eating issues are, what your trigger foods are (this is an operation on your body and not your head so it's important you deal with all of these ASAP)

8. Take your measurements and pictures (you'll want comparisons), when the scale doesn't move you (and stalls will happen many times) will have other methods of seeing your progress.

9. Journal, blog, or if your crafty scrapbook your journey (its a good outlet for frustrations and fun post-op to look back on)

10. Make a list of everything you are looking forward to (buying new clothes, fitting in places, different activities...) that your health or weight has held you back from.

Best wishes on your journey!

26 comments:

indiananimal said...

Michelle, you look absolutely
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! Love & Hugs.
lorriv

meggo339 said...

ive been reading just about everything on ur profile...ur such a great help i think i love u lol

Anonymous said...

Michelle, I am schedule for GBS 1/22/09 and I am really nervous. Not about the surgery, but about the diet. Thanks for the inspiration you give so freely.
Connie

dandydanda said...

Fixin to start my Journey, good eggdeas!!

Rachel said...

Hello...I am scheduled for GBP on 1/20/2010 and am nervous, DUH!! I am more nervous about the surgery and risks than anything. I already lost 23lbs preparing...I am half excited and half scared. Your recipes sound great and I look forward to trying them. Any advice I can get has been awsome!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

My husband is haveing a GBS in 2 weeks. What is the best way to support him, cook for him, ect. without tempting or undermining his effort?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Best wishes to your husband on his upcoming WLS.

Some things you can do...

Eating healthy around him for sure. Everyone benefits on that one. Hope you find some recipes here that you enjoy. The non-ops in my life eat all my food... I don't make adjustments for them. Rarely do they realize.

Find alternative fun things to do as a couple then eating activities. Some many "dates" are focused on eating... come up with some new fun... a walk in the park, a nightly walk together, something active, a trip to a museum, old car show, whatever is his thing.

Don't bring up things he may not remember he's had to give up or worse something you've had to give up doing/eating with him.

Be careful not to become the food police monitoring every crumb or commenting on it.

Hope he will soon feel as I do about having weight loss surgery that it was the BEST GIFT I ever gave myself :)

Debra said...

I am so inspired by your blog! You have really put a lot of work into this site. Thanks so much for sharing all of the great info, recipes, and words of wisdom for those of us who are getting ready for surgery (mine is Sept 2nd. I will definitely be checking back ALOT for support!
P.S. You are so beautiful!
Debra

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle,
You are an inspiration to me. I am having gastric bypass 2/7/11...I am nervous, and excited. I am so so ready to get the weight off me. I know have lots of work ahead of me, I am 325 down from 346...aways to go but I have so many tools and support people at the ready...thanks for your blog, I will be one of your followers.
God Bless,
Joanna B

Mike Liddle said...

Hi Michelle,

Don't have a date for GBS yet but feel it will be in June 2011. Completeing one year suupervised diet required by insurance. So far I am down 15 lbs from a start at 300. My worst habit is diet sodas. Any advice as to the best method for giving them up?

Retired Mike

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Mike, You know post-op it may not be as hard as you think... bubbles actually hurt a bit... not pain but uncomfortable not a good feeling so that may be enough for you to not go there. I will on occasion have a beer (never get through one) and a sip of champagne NYEve but its always an ouchie, burpy feeling I'd rather not have.

While you wait for your surgery date I'd start phasing them out... 1 a day for a week, 1 every other day, etc. That way it won't be as big a shocker and you'll be used to other non carbonated drinks.

Good Luck!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you guys! Hope you will soon feel like I do about having weight loss surgery... that it was the BEST GIFT I ever gave myself.

Alice in Wanderlust-land said...

This blog has been so incredibly helpful! I am set to have my lap band surgery in June/early July and have been reading up on your recommendations, pre-op exercises, and recipes. This has been a great tool for education and inspiration!

The Mom said...

Could you repost #1's "here is a good place to start". It's not taking me anywhere, and I can't WAIT to get there!!

Alanna said...

You are a god-send! Having my surgery July 19, 2012 & sure need inspiration, support & ideas for encouragement. Looks like I found the place! You look wonderful & I will be back daily. Thank you for sharing & God bless. It's so good to know there really are others out there who truly understand this battle.

Lisa said...

I am in the very stages of prep for WLS and have been reading your blog and another woman's also. I have not seen on yours (at least I didn't find it) about skin removal surgery after the weight loss. That is a concern of mine and any repercussions it may have. Your blog and all the liks are helping me do my research. Thanks for all of your posts.

Peggy Hanafin said...

Hello. I am new to this blogging but have been enjoying your site, Michelle, and comments by others. I am in the preop stage - hopefully gastric bypass soon. I look forward to all the advise, support, recipes and everything this site gives. I think I'll need all the help I can get.

susan burlingham said...

LOL What meggo said in 2008 is true for me today..."ive been reading just about everything on ur profile...ur such a great help i think i love u lol." I am really excited to find your blog!! Thanks! I am pre-op looking to have bypass in a few months here in Asheville, NC. Thanks again Shelly!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all you do. I am scheduled for RNY Bypass next month. You have given us a plethora of recipes and ideas to try out prior to the surgery!

Anonymous said...

I am scheduled for the sleeve next month and I am just starting to get scared. I love this site! It has really helped me not be as concerned and even get excited about all the new and healthy foods I can eat. Thanks.

Tina said...

This site has truly been a godsend and I'm so thankful you've kept it current! I am 9 days post RNY surgery today and starting to feel good-actually put my contacts in today for the first time since surgery..lol. Looking forward to the next phase when I can begin to try some of these great recipes. Thank you Michelle "Shelly"!

Anonymous said...

I don't know how I found you, but I'm glad I did. I am 13 days post surgery.

Thanks for all you do!

China said...

Thanks for the advice...I love this blog! My WLS is Feb 25th, 14 and I cant wait for my new journey!!!

Lisa H. said...

I am also having my WLS on 2/25/14, unless it is delayed again (I had pneumonia in January and missed two prior dates) . I hope everything goes well for you, and for me.

I love this site. I can't wait to try some of those puréed delights! Thank you Michelle for all your hard work...

Jennifer Gentry said...

I am working on losing 40 pounds before surgery. I am just struggling with the fact that I'm not a fan of fish. I need some help in that area. I have started eating 1200 calories a day no bread, rice, or potato.

Julie Thompson said...

Hi I got my date of 2/16/16 for GBS. I had my lap band removed in July. I have started Optifast today. I love reading your information, very helpful to us all. Thank you!