Lost 139lbs in 20mos After RNY Surgery - Mountain View, CA

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My journey from first appointment to surgery was...

My journey from first appointment to surgery was 8mos. I had BCBS insurance and had no problems with approval. It was approved the first time. I weighed 263 day of my surgery 3/29/10 and today I weigh 124. That's 139lbs and I'm still in wonder that I accomplished it.

I had BP problems, knee issues, foot problems and arthritis. Not type2 diabetes but was a very unhappy, unhealthy gal. Both of my parents have had GBS and have been very successful. This allowed me to have an incredible local support team.

Pros: it truly will change your life if you follow the rules. You will be healthy and more confident.
Cons: surgery is just the tool - you have to use it & do all of the hard work. Exercise, eating right, liquids, meds & vitamins.

It's changed my life dramatically... I have a self confidence that I hadn't had in years. I am more active, interested and savoring my life.

I wish I knew how this journey would impact not just my body but my mind as well. It takes time for your brain to catch up to your weight loss. I've also had to learn hard painful lessons about how people perceive you. The last two relationships I was in ended because both men said as much as they liked me and that I was a beautiful person - the excess skin just made them uncomfortable and inhibited a physical relationship. It really broke my heart. Especially since this year is the year of my plastic surgeries.

I had a BL/BA in Jan and am having an extended tummy tuck & thigh lift on 7/13. Maybe I started dating too soon but I also thought I picked guys with good hearts who would be understanding. Bottom line is I would do it all over again and do my plastics for me not in hopes to get them back because those weren't relationships worth having. I'll wait for the man who really loves me inside & out without conditions.

Helpful things for me: -a rocking playlist on...

Helpful things for me:

-a rocking playlist on my iPod (tiny one that clips on - iPhone was just too bulky!)
-Syntrax Nectar protein powder - I do chocolate truffle, a tsp of espresso powder & milk every day for breakfast
-Papaya enzyme - little orange supplements that really help me when things feel "stuck"
-Cottage cheese is my go-to for protein when I need it quick
-I really only drink water - no crystal light, etc. I do use an infuser pitcher & add cut up fruit to it daily. Oranges, limes, lemons, berries and peaches/nectarines
-Take pictures in the same place - that way the difference is really noticable
-Go to support group at least a few times - it is great for some people and others not so much. I attend 2-3 times a year when it's a topic I am interested in.
-See you DR regularly - get those labs & take your vites & supplements!
-Miralax has been a wonder drug for me - ask your DR about it if you have problems going.
-At cocktail parties, etc - I ask for a glass of ice water, a tiny splash of cranberry juice and a lemon or lime. It keeps a drink in my hand and encourages me to drink my water. I go to a lot of events for work and this is just an easy social fix.
-Take your measurements in addition to weighing yourself...it's pretty cool to add up all those inches lost!
Dr. Prithvi Legha

Excellent care, encouragement and explanations to all of my questions. Part of my Palo Alto Medical Foundation group and was referred by my excellent internist.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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