Just Say No During Weight Loss Surgery Holidays

chicken stir fry with brown rice

Even though it has been three years since my vertical gastractomy weight loss surgery I still do not eat narrowly what I use to.  Yes I am eating more than a couple of bites.  I had the pleasure of helping a relative on her first Thanksgiving since having bariatric weight loss surgery (RNY).   I watched her eat and stir  her food like all of us have done that have had weight loss surgery.  I keep a vigil eye on her and after a few to many bites I could see she was not able to figure out away to get away from the table.  I made up an excuse to get her and I away from the Thanksgiving feast.  She thanked me and we talked about not being afraid to get up away from the table and if she wanted to return after digesting a little.

Even after three years I excuse myself from the table all the time.  I have to just walkaway from food.  If I don’t I  will eat myself sick and that is not a pretty site.  My recommendation to anyone that has just had weight loss surgery and this is your first holiday season is to Just Say NO!

Don’t be afraid to get up and get away from the situation.  Otherwise it will be more embarrsing to have a problem right at the table.  With this in mind

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays which ever makes you more comfortable.

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12 Responses to Just Say No During Weight Loss Surgery Holidays

  1. John says:

    Hi Jeff
    I just had to write and congratulate you on an amazing transformation, my wife is in hospital as I write this having had the same procedure as you. her op was on the 10th December 08, she has struggled with weight issues all her life now at 59 it’s done, unfortunately she was not able to have it done laproscopicly (another story) anyway thanks for your blog it’s a very courageous thing to do.
    Best Wishes
    John
    Sydney Australia

  2. Tim Michael says:

    Jeff great job congratulations, I appreciate your total honesty and site. I just had the gastric bypass on December 2nd and am doing pretty good, I have only made a few mistakes and am learning from them extremely fast, Very cold water or milk will hurt if I accidently drink to fast, must chew better and much slower. Like my brilliant Dr. told me I sip water after every bite to wash the food on down and this does help alot. I have read where they say dont drink before or after you eat for like half an hour… There nuts you need to wash that food on down or experience some pain. I have found I dont like the protein powder shakes to much so I have turned to sardines in mustard sauce 16 gms of protein, or Chicken of the Sea Smoked Alaskan Salmon 21 gms of protein plus I love the low fat cottage cheese and nonfat yogurt. Hey whats the cottage cheese goop you tak about?
    Happy New Year and keep up your great wok Jeff I started at 484 and day of surgery at 429. 2 week checkup 413, I cant wait to get under 400, Ill keep you updated.

  3. ariel says:

    Even after three years I excuse myself from the table all the time. I have to just walkaway from food. If I don’t I will eat myself sick and that is not a pretty site. My recommendation to anyone that has just had weight loss surgery and this is your first holiday season is to Just Say NO!

    Don’t be afraid to get up and get away from the situation. Otherwise it will be more embarrsing to have a problem right at the table. With this in mindguzzista

  4. I can see why weight loss surgery is such a big step for people, if you have to only eat such a small amount of food. I love my food too much to go through that but luckily I have found a way to eat what I like but not too much, so I have lost weight on my own. It was not easy and it is a battle every day to keep the weight off. I admire anyone who has gone through surgery.

  5. Jeff says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for visiting, your blog is so true it is better to lose weight by getting healthy as a matter of fact. I will embarking on a new weight loss journey soon and will be doing it through getting health from exercise and consuming less food.

    Please check back and keep up the great work on your site.

  6. Jeff says:

    Ariel, how true your comment is. You really do have to get away from the situation otherwise people notice more from you being sick then excusing yourself from the table.

    Please check back often as I will be embarking on a new weight loss journey soon.

  7. Jeff says:

    Tim, please let us know how your doing. One thing I have found from talk to people is everyone and every surgery is different. Where you sip liquid after every bite to help it go down. I did not have that problem and if I sipped I found I could not get enough protein in me for the day. It seemed liquid bloated me much quicker with food.

    Sardines in mustard sauce, yikes! I do like the protein content in them but not to fond of sardines. Chicken and salmon heck yes I am with you on that. I will get that cottage cheese goop receipt for you and email it to you.

    Please stop by often and let us know how your doing. Take care.

  8. bob says:

    Hey, really great blog posts… I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog because of the great style and energy you put into each post. I actually run AceHealth.org, a blog of my personal research and experiences. If you’re interested, I would love to have you on as a guest blogger. Please send me an e-mail: bob.mauer65(at)gmail(dot)com, and I can give you more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  9. That is the fact of the weight loss surgery. well described.

  10. Absolutely right…. It will take time for your body to heal, as your body recovers from surgery, it is essential for you to follow the specific eating guidelines given to you by your bariatric surgeon or dietician. The bariatric recovery diet is set to ensure that your body heals properly and obtains adequate nutrition.

  11. Desertmom says:

    Hi,can you please update on how you are doing after all these years?Are you healthy and how big is the struggle now…or not?

    Thanx

  12. Lady Rose says:

    I had my gastric bypass surgery in Aug 2009 – hit my goal weight Jan. 2011 – the first few holidays were a little stressful but I’ve gotten the hang of it now – maintaining my weight of 135 lbs (released 173 lbs total)

    really enjoy your blog 🙂 (my weight loss blog is dietpulpit.com but I don’t update any more – I decided I needed a fresh start, so I started a new one – but I still blog a bit about creating a healthy lifestyle, but now I blog about adventures and creative things I’m into)

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