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I had gastric bypass surgery November 9,2010.  It was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life! I did fantastic with the surgery itself and have done even better with learning how to eat and live.
As of today, July 30,2011 I've lost 76 lbs. I feel wonderful and have more energy than I've ever had in years.
I would like to say that I’ve never thrown up since my surgery and that was the case until yesterday.  I threw up (7) times but it’s my fault.  I ate two mini meals two hours apart and that second meal did a number on me.  This is what you would call “dumping“.  I had heard it was not fun and they were right.  So I’m thinking that I’ve gotten a little “cocky” in my eating.  Not that I’m eating a ton of food because I really can’t.  In fact I probably do not eat enough!!! But sometimes the things that are eat are not what I need to eat.  When I say that I’m not meaning that I’m eating fattening foods or foods bad for me but foods that I just cannot tolerate since having the gastric bypass.  So with that said I need to be a little more careful in my choices these days.  

In the meantime I’m going to continue with my 3-5 mile walks per day and hopefully incorporate my 3 days a week of weight lifting.  My doctor says if I will do this for at least a year my body will find it’s ideal weight! hearthappy

Below are two pictures ..one before gastric and the second 72 lbs later....

  

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      Mztracy wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • I am so excited and proud of you!! You look fabulous! I am so glad it worked out for you and you are feeling better with yourself.  

      Sorry for the yucks yesterday but we live and learn!! heartheart



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • Mary I’m just going to point out that you are beautiful before and after. However the fact that you took your medical future serious and made changes that will benefit your life is SMART!



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      UK Girl wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • Mary

      I know we haven’t met but can I say I have known you since Oct 2008 and in a way we all speak daily on here but the difference this has made to you since having it is like night and day - it’s not just the physical energy which you have but I think you have more appetite for life in general - your Stella and Dot - exercise and just being Mary (not Mary who hates her weight and in turn herself)

      I think you should be an advert for the company as I’m sure you have inspired people to take this step instead of feeling hopeless about their weight



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • Mary I love that you’ve shared this journey with us here. We’ve all been cheering you on! I’m so proud of you!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • I just wanted to say "THANK YOU" to all of my fabulous FAB40 friends! You all have been very inspirational to me and very supportive during this journey! I can't tell you enough how much your support and cheering helped me make the decision and to get through it.  I truly believe that God put you all in my path to help me through this journey! I don't believe you all just happened by chance!!  

      Thank you again for your kind words, love, and support!heart



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      Mzd3 wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • heartheartheartheartheart
      Looking Fabulous Maryclark!!!



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      Brimstone1968 wrote Jul 30, 2011
    • Mary I am proud of you.  Just looking at your eyes I can feel how happy you are.  You were beautiful before and even more beautiful, youthful after.  Go Mary, Go!!!!!!.



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      Vonniegirl wrote Jul 31, 2011
    • Mary, I am so glad you have shared your journey in this. I myself will be taking this same journey soon. I know I have allot to learn about new eating habits and what my body can and cannot deal with. Please share more of your experience and if I may be so bold as to ask what have been the emotional and psychological rewards of having the surgery and the weight loss? I can almost hear it in what you have written so far. You are doing wonderful.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jul 31, 2011
    • Vonniegirl:  Congrats on making a great decision! I think the one thing that stands out for me as far as the emotional and psychological aspects of the surgery would be people not recognizing me.  At first when it became really noticeable about my weight loss ..when I saw friends in stores that had not seen me since before the surgery they would not recognize me.  At first I would get “hurt” they didn’t speak etc....but then I finally realized they just didn’t know it was me.  So now...I just laugh about it and I try to speak first.  Everyday I get the comment “I hardly recognized you“.  Emotionally....I’m on cloud nine and a half!!!happy



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      Frannie1964 wrote Jul 31, 2011
    • heartheartGlad it’s working for you. You look wonderful!



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      Marya1961 wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • You look awesome!!  Sorry about the bad day you mentioned, but these things happen and we go on.  You are an inspiration to us all.heartheart



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      Mary Clark wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • Thanks everyone!! Thanks again for the kind words and support! I really do mean it!heart



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      Allinet48 wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • I agree you were beautiful before and are after. But take care of yourself.heart



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      Anne E wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • Good job Mary!  You look and sound great!



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