My adventures in fitness!

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Postby Madrigal » 09 Apr 2011, 18:19

I ALMOOOOOOST drank a Diet Pepsi today. Luckily my friend was there to talk me out of it.
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Postby Madrigal » 16 Apr 2011, 10:02

I binged. And I feel completely guilty. I mean, you have no idea the guilt that consumes me right now. And I hope it's just a phase, because I really don't want to go back into therapy.

I haven't been exercising much either. I will, here and there. But not as much as I used to. I think right now I'm feeling loads of sadness because of my dad (for whatever reason I'm paranoid about him dying) and my grandpere being sick with cancer.

I feel terrible.
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Postby dre » 17 Apr 2011, 04:24

Aww, Stephanie I'm really sorry you're having a tough time right now. :hug: We all do things we shouldn't from time to time, but I guess to quote my pastor, you can at least "fail forwards." She was talking about how she forgot her Lenten vow not to drink diet coke one day, but I think it can apply here. I'm not saying you failed, because I don't think you did, but rather than let yourself be consumed with guilt just know that you can pick yourself back up and keep going.

As long as you keep exercising, that's still good. Sometimes consistency is just too much to ask. However, exercise can help ease your stress and boost your mood. Generally, if you force yourself out the door and do at least 10 minutes, you'll find you can keep going. If not, at least you did 10 minutes.

I hope you feel better, really I do. :hug:
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Postby Madrigal » 17 Apr 2011, 14:27

Thanks for the kind words, Andrea. :hug:
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Postby Madrigal » 18 Apr 2011, 07:04

I'm going to talk to my doctor Wednesday about getting gastric bypass. I know I've done it in the past and I was just sent to a weight loss clinic. But I just saw some ghastly pictures of myself and I am on the verge of being diabetic. I'm not really losing weight anymore. And I feel like I'm stuck in a rut. If I DO get sent to a weight loss clinic, I am going to repeal it in the courts. I just can't deal with this anymore.

And no, I don't want any advice about what this weight loss guru has to say or not. I don't want ANY unsolicited advice. I've made up my mind and this is what I'm going to do. I'm sick of being sick, fat, tired and stressed out. SOMETHING needs to be done.
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Postby Madrigal » 18 Apr 2011, 07:26

I may or may have not changed my mind. I'm not sure. It's something I need to sit on.
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Postby Mama Dee » 18 Apr 2011, 07:31

go and chat to your doctor. find out all the facts about the procedure and then see how you feel...
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Postby DarkInk » 18 Apr 2011, 20:35

I have a friend who did it, he was really big tough, and was only 17. He looks half of what he was, and it was really fast. The thing is, he's all shaggy now, too much skin. He doesn't exercise.

I always think that's that last thing to do, a surgery? In order to lose weight one must be motivated. If I lived near you I would exercise with you, and cook all sort of healthy meals, wich I LOVE :D
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Postby Madrigal » 19 Apr 2011, 21:45

This is my last resort. And I haven't made a solid decision yet. Like I said, I'm sitting on it.
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Postby dre » 24 Apr 2011, 05:11

Well take your time sitting on it and good luck with the decision!
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Postby Madrigal » 24 Apr 2011, 09:51

Thanks, Andrea! The only reservation I really have about it (well, it's not the only, but I have very few) is that it will worse my IBS. My food only takes 20 min to digest as it is. I have something called "rapid transit time". Instead of taking the normal 45 min, or whatever, it takes me 20 instead. And when some people get gastric bypass it causes "dumping syndrome". I'm just worried about that. It's such an invasive surgery, so it's something that makes me uneasy. But I've seen SO many successes with it that I'm sure that my GI surgeon would do a good job.
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Postby Madrigal » 01 May 2011, 02:42

I've been so anxiety ridden this past week that I haven't been eating as much. I still force myself to eat, even though I don't have much of an appetite. Blaaaah.
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Postby Mama Dee » 01 May 2011, 10:40

why don't you just for balloon in the stomach thing instead of the full gastric bypass? less evasive and reversable...
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Postby Madrigal » 01 May 2011, 12:32

The lap band? My insurance doesn't pay for that for whatever reason, and I definitely couldn't afford it. Plus, I still haven't made up my mind if I want the bypass or not. lol And that's if my insurance will even let me do that. They're so fickle about what they will do for someone. I guess it all depends on what my blood work comes back with. I don't even see my doctor until next week. :shrug:
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Postby Mama Dee » 01 May 2011, 12:34

not the band...it's literally a baloon thing. goes in with laproscopy operation (keyhole surgery) and they then blow it up inside your stomach. it takes up like half the room or more so you only have a little room for food before you are full up.

safer than the lap band...and the op is quicker and easier to recover from
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Postby Madrigal » 01 May 2011, 13:02

Hmm. I haven't heard of that one, then. I guess I'll have to look into it! Thanks for the suggestion! :)
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Postby Mama Dee » 01 May 2011, 18:35

Gastric Balloon ...
The Intra Gastric Balloon is a simple gastric surgery devise, fitted inside the stomach, to create short term & rapid weight loss. It is a soft, expandable, silicone balloon that is placed inside the stomach via a camera that enters through the mouth and into the stomach. Once inserted in the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with sterile saline.

Rapid Short Term Weight Loss To Enable Surgery
This simple tool allows surgeons the possibility to create a short and rapid period of weight loss for the candidate, this may be necessary to reduce a candidate’s weight to a safer level for further obesity surgery and also enable the surgeon to successfully monitor whether the gastric bypass would be suitable for the candidate.

Cure For Diabetes II
In addition the short term weight loss enables the surgeon to monitor diabetes and its effects to determine the candidate’s suitability for the Roux en Y Gastric Bypass and whether the patient might reasonable expect the bypass to cure their diabetes
The Gastric Balloon is a useful and simple devise that is easily and quickly fitted without a surgical procedure and can be easily and simply withdrawn from the stomach without the patients suffering much discomfort.


This is a temporary restriction placed inside the stomach pouch, which reduces food intake. It is generally used in cases where the candidate has an unusually high BMI, or Diabetes II in order to reduce the weight of the candidate to a safer level for them to undergo weight loss surgery safely and to cure diabetes II.

How Does The Intra Gastric Balloon Work?
The balloon fills a large portion of the stomach, and therefore reduces the capacity of the stomach.
This creates a feeling of fullness for the patient and does not allow for overeating, therefore allowing the patient to effectively diet without feeling continuously hungry.
How Is The Intra Gastric Balloon Procedure Performed?
A qualified specialist gastroenterologist performs this procedure in conjunction with an anaesthetist and trained nursing staff.

The balloon is introduced into the stomach through the mouth without the need for surgery. The physician inserts an endoscopic camera (gastroscope) into the stomach. If no abnormalities are observed, the physician proceeds with the placement of the balloon through the mouth and down the oesophagus into the stomach. Once the balloon is inside the stomach, it is filled with sterile saline through a small filling tube attached to the balloon. Once filled, the doctor removes the tube by gently pulling on the external end, leaving the balloon inside the stomach.

Placement of the balloon takes approximately take 20 minutes, after which you will be monitored by specialist nursing staff in the recovery bay.

As this is a “day-hospital” procedure, you are generally able to be escorted back to your accommodation a few hours after balloon insertion.

How Long Is The Gastric Balloon System Used?
The balloon currently can be used for six months. Longer periods of use are not recommended. Over time the acidic content of the stomach will weaken the balloon material and cause the balloon to deflate. Should your physician recommend use of the balloon for longer than six months, a new balloon will be placed six months after the first balloon is fitted.

While you are using the balloon, your physician may prescribe a course of oral medication to reduce your stomach acid (this may reduce the possibility of stomach irritation and damage to the balloon).

What Happens If The Gastric Balloon Deflates Spontaneously?
The surgeon will place a colored dye inside the balloon called Methelyene Blue. This will help you clearly identify early deflation or leakage as it will change the co lour of your urine.
The balloon is small enough that it may pass through the intestines and leave the body naturally, but there have been some cases in which it has had to be removed from the bowel surgically. If you suspect a deflation, you must notify your physician immediately.

How Will The Gastric Balloon Be Removed?
The balloon is removed in the same way it was placed, via the oesophagus and mouth.. Using an endoscopic camera, the physician will introduce a catheter through the mouth and into the stomach. The balloon will then be punctured and deflated. Once the balloon is deflated it can be grasped and removed.

How Much Weight Will I Lose With The Gastric Balloon System?
It is important for you to understand that the Gastric Balloon System is an aid to weight loss and must be used in conjunction with a diet, exercise and a behavior modification program. Therefore, the amount of weight you lose will depend on how closely you follow your diet. How long you maintain weight loss will depend on how completely you adopt long-term lifestyle changes involving eating behavior and exercise.

What Unpleasant Effects Are Possible With The Gastric Balloon?
It is very likely that the presence of the balloon in the stomach will cause nausea or vomiting for a few days after placement. Your physician will prescribe medication to help minimize these potential effects.

There exists the possibility that you will lose only a small amount of weight or lose no weight at all while using the balloon. Of course, as stated earlier, your commitment to dietary and behavioral changes is a pivotal factor in the outcome.

There is also the chance that unhealthy, uncontrolled weight loss will occur and create adverse health consequences. Be sure to speak with your physician about this.
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Postby Madrigal » 02 May 2011, 00:44

I'm still not sure.
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Postby Mama Dee » 02 May 2011, 11:01

i'm not pushing you to have anything done hun...just answering your question about what it is.
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Postby Madrigal » 02 May 2011, 11:21

And I appreciate it greatly! :)
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Postby Madrigal » 09 May 2011, 17:28

I saw my doctor today. I didn't talk to him about weight loss surgery, because I'm still unsure. Plus I haven't had my blood work done yet. He told me to wait until the end of the month because it hasn't been a year since I last had my blood work done. I need to make a pros and cons list, because I have quite a few reservations and whatnot. Not to mention the insurance bit.

But yeah, he seems to be satisfied with my weight loss so far. Right now I'm at a plateau, not losing, not gaining. And not gaining is good. I guess I just got frustrated for a minute. lol

So yeah, still weighing my options.
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Postby dre » 10 May 2011, 02:39

It's probably good you're thinking long and hard. It's a big decision, not one to be taken lightly. I guess while you're on this plateau you could sit back, take a deep breath, look back and survey the progress you've made.
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Postby Madrigal » 10 May 2011, 11:39

That's a great idea! Thanks, Andrea! :)
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Postby Madrigal » 23 May 2011, 09:13

My periods are more regular now. This is a good sign. The only bad part is is the PMS! :p
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Postby dre » 27 May 2011, 05:42

Haha well at least the PMS gives you a warning ;)
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