Saturday, May 4, 2013

Gift ideas for the weight loss surgery post-op

Mother's Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Just Because gifts. Here's a few gift ideas for the weight loss surgery post-op to help support and celebrate our healthy new lifestyle changes.

1. Clothing Store Gift Cards - One of the wonderful but expensive things that happen when you lose 100+ pounds is the need for an entirely new wardrobe. Shopping for new threads can be fun and a thrill but it can get $$$ expensive.

I went from a size 26/28 (some 30/32 blouses) to my current size 4. I needed pants, shirts, bras, underwear, pj's, jackets and every event that came up I no longer had a closet full of garments to choose from something had to be purchased. I donated most of my old threads or made stuff out of them but one pair of pants I keep around to remember.

2. Fitness Stuff - What better way to support your loved ones healthy lifestyle changes then with some cool exercise gear. I love my Nike Fitness Walkman MP3 player and you'll need an Itunes card to download a workout playlist. A Fitbit or pedometer, a bicycle, new sneakers (I lost an entire shoe size), a Blender Bottle, DVDs, a fitness magazine subscription, a snazzy new workout bag, sessions with a personal trainer, a kettlebell (tons of free kettlebell workouts online), or my most recent purchase a yoga mat.

3. Cooking Gadgets - If your post-op is a foodie like me... a good blender (Oster Beehive is my old standby favorite), a cool blender (the Oster My Blend Blender) or a really really $$$ cool blender (for making protein shakes.) Already have a blender there's always an ice cream maker (for making protein ice cream), a mini food processor, a bento box, or my very well used 12 or 24 cup mini muffin tins (for making bites and protein muffins.)

4. Experiences - Many of us affected by obesity had to say no to a lot of fun things in our lives because we knew we wouldn't fit or physically couldn't take part... hot air balloons, horseback riding, roller coasters and amusement park rides, bumper boats, gondolas, sporting events or concerts (I could never buy a concert shirt) in those tight stadium seats, trips without a seat-belt extender to cities with lots of walking.

5. Makeover/Queen for the Day - Hair, makeup and of course lots of photos. I had a makeover in NYC as a post op and it was such a great experience. I was always the one behind the camera (avoided photos like the plague) so it was great fun to get the star treatment for the day and an "after" picture taken.

Can you still take your post op for dinners out? Sure! I would just suggest to let them pick the location. It may not be the same birthday dinner joint they have been going to for years. Some menus are more easily adaptable and some are just grease laden white carb horror shows.

I hope this gives you a few ideas. You could always just ask them what they want ;)

Fellow post-ops: Feel free to add what you would most like to receive as a gift in the comment section.


Lisa Baker said...

Those are some really good ideas!! Especially the "experience" catagory. In the past 2 years since my RNY, when my family asks me what I want for special days. I always tell them I don't want anything, I want an adventure. They make for some awesome memories!!

Karla said...

love this!!! you got me thinking.... kettel ball!!?? this sounds like a workout I could do at 4AM before work... by the time I get up, get dressed, drive to the gym, drive home ... I have only 30 minutes at the gym... so I usually just do my treadmill in the morning

how did you decide what weight to start with? sounds like a Google search to me... tee hee

I just went to a conference and I saw a friend of mine that was unable to do all the walking required, she had to take one of those airport shuttles to the gate... makes me sad... then those are the same people that criticizes me for how I eat.... confusing...

Anonymous said...

Such a great post! It's helpful for loved ones and those who are jut starting out on this journey. It's a nice reminder of what the wonderful "end game" will look and feel like. Thank you for always sharing and being so honest!

Leesa Freeman said...

Great ideas! Especially the clothing gift cards! I'm a little over half way to my goal and I've made Savers my go-to place since the clothes I have don't fit and new clothes tend to fall off after a few weeks. Someday very soon, though, my best friend and I are gonna raid all the stores I couldn't shop at before. I can't wait, and I'd happily take gift card rewards from anyone willing to give. :-)

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Anonymous said...

Don't forget new shoes! So many of us lose weight in our feet too! I lost an entire shoe size after my surgery.

Kimberley said...

You are always such an inspiration to so many. I hope to be more like you someday. :-)

Cheryl Hill said...

This was absolutely wonderful!!!! Great ideas!!! How about their favorite protein powders, flavored syrups, etc.. We all know they can be pricey.

Beva Bradford said...

Thank you for the ideas, that I can give to family and friends. Can I ask you something? "How long did it take you to get to your current size." I am stuck at a size 16, have been here for about 5 months, I am afraid I have stopped losing :(

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hope Santa brings you all you deserve!


Beva, Have you chatted with your surgeon about your weight loss goals lately... maybe he can adjust some things in your program to get the scale moving again. It's normal to have some stalls but if the scale has not moved in 5 months. I'd track my food/drink and exercise and make an appointment. bring the tracking with you so the Dr can use the info.

Try not to compare yourself to others losses ;) everyone loses at a different rate... we all started at different weights, some have health issues or medications that hinder loss, some have more to lose so it appears as if they lose faster.

speckledmorton said...

Hey Shelly. You use:

Does it chop pretty finely ???

Thanks! Tracy (lover of your blog)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Awww thank you! Yes very fine... purees really well.