20 Weeks After Gastric Bypass Surgery

20 Weeks After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Well, I cannot believe it’s been twenty weeks since my Gastric bypass surgery. That is a good chunk of time and I think the turning point happened at about 16 weeks. Up until that point I found it really hard. I was being sick a lot and struggling with different foods.

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Now I’m at 20 weeks, I can pretty much eat any carbs I want. (I still can’t have lettuce or meats such as steak or pork). Now that is a good feeling- being able to eat semi-normal foods again. I am tolerating bread again and pasta and foods I could not eat for many months and it feels wonderful. The key for me now is to make the best and healthy choices that I can make.

I can’t eat much at a time. For example, if I want a sandwich, I can manage 1/3 of a wrap or 2 slices of Warburton’s thin’s, with some protein and cucumber and I will have to eat it very slowly and chew chew chew. I cannot eat a burger. I’ve tried (a healthy version) and I managed a quarter and it was so unsatisfying and yuck.

John and I bought an Asda Pizza. It was spinach and mozzarella and I was able to eat one slice which was a real treat. That won’t be regular though. My meals will be mainly protein, veg and a few carbs.

I don’t get dumping syndrome which stops you eating anything sweet foods (I guess that’s a good thing- it is difficult not having control over certain things) at least I have the choice. I’m limiting my sweet intake to one nice treat a week.

The key for me is feeding my body with healthy nutritional mini meals. for example a poached egg with two spoons of beans or half a potato with some tuna and cucumber. I need three meals a day plus two snacks and it’s up to me what I put in my mouth.

I have tried chocolate and it goes down well. I will however, continue to avoid this just as anyone would who is making a healthy lifestyle change, but it’s not easy. It’s really hard. I will continue to work hard to make healthy food choices and buy treats for Sylvia and John which I do not like.

Having a Gastric bypass – now my stomach appears to have healed, will not stop me eating bad foods. That is something I will have to do myself. What my bypass will do is limit how much I can eat per meal and I’ll never be able to eat and drink at the same time- something I still struggle with.

Now I’m through the pain and the most difficult stages of pureed and soft foods and learning to tolerate food again, the hard part is not being able to eat like normal people. For example going out for a meal. I can eat most of a child’s portion or half an adults meal with no room for a drink. It’s difficult going to events such as a party. I could only manage one small item compared to a plate full of tasty food. It’s something I’m learning to get my head around.

The one thing I can never have- because it could stretch my stomach is fizzy. I was not a fizzy fan anyway but I do like Sloeur and Appetizer at Christmas and to celebrate the New Year and special occasions and I am missing not being able to have that option. I will have to stick to orange juice which I guess is the next best thing.

I’m through the so-called “Honeymoon stage” where the gastric bypass limits so much that you lose a lot of weight. Compared to others I know who have had the surgery, I have not lost as much as one might expect. This is most likely because I am on steroids for life with my adrenal insufficiency but I have lost a lot of weight and am working towards my goal of 15 stone for my 34th birthday.

At 20 weeks I’m weighing 16 Stone and I am so so happy. Who would have thought after all the difficulties and suffering you go through I would be at this point. I have just under 3 months to get to my first big goal of 15 stone.

I’ve not actually lost any weight in the past two weeks. It’s my first stall in a while which is a little tough as I am following the plan I have been given but I’ll keep at it and see what happens in the coming weeks.

It’s not as simple as saying I’ve had a gastric bypass and the weight will drop off. If I put the wrong foods in my mouth or graze all day I would not lose the weight and I could gain so I have to be vigilant and work hard to achieve my goals. I am also going to have days where I am sick, it will happen at least once a week for me but as I improve my technique and learn to adapt It will get easier. I’m still learning to eat slowly and sometimes if I forget I may

I’m even considering joining a slimming club to help me with the emotional side of things. Food is for everyone a comfort to some degree and now I could potentially make “unhealthy choices” I will have to work extra hard. I can do this.

You may be interested in reading my Journey: Here are some of my previous posts on Gastric Bypass.

Read more about my Gastric Bypass Journey in my Gastric Bypass Category. You can read about My Adrenal Health in The Adrenal Diaries.

My Health Journey

24 Weeks after Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery Lessons and Tips

20 Weeks after Gastric Bypass Surgery

Weight Loss Goals After Bariatric Surgery

The Painful Truth About Gastric Bypass Surgery

One Week After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass and the Liquid Phase Diet

Gastric Bypass and the Pureed Blended Diet

16 Weeks After Gastric Bypass Surgery

My Bariatric Meal 14 Weeks after Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Journey Part Two

One Year of Eating Healthy

Preparing For Gastric Bypass The Announcement

The Liver Shrinking Diet

Toxic Messages About My Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Journey Part One

What to Eat after Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass A Life Changing and Scary Thing

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18 Comments

  1. Dawn
    August 13, 2016 / 2:54 am

    Thanks for the honesty and the hope in your post. So glad you are feeling better and getting back to some kind of normality with the foods you can eat.
    That is the trouble with steroid replacement it makes your thyroid less efficient……….. as well as if we don’t have it exactly right we are very swollen. Even my always thin father has had to go on 5mg of pred for a medical condition and he has slight swelling in the face and a belly on him now. Still if we get the right balance exactly, being insufficient, we might stop swelling as I know many don’t get that effect. Who knows eh?
    God bless you in your journey, you are fighting well for what you want.

    • August 13, 2016 / 4:01 pm

      Your welcome. It’s not an easy journey and will be tricky but despite testing what i can eat, Iam sticking mainly to protein and veg and fruit. Just a spoonful of carbs. 🙂

  2. August 13, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Ahh! That is great that you are getting back to eating normally….
    It sounds like things are going so well and you are doing fantastic! Good on you x

    • August 13, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Thanks. It’s tough as the size of food is different and I do have to do protein, veg and fruit before anything else but its a good thing to be able to have more choice for sure!

  3. August 15, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    It’s great to hear that you’re starting to eat normal foods again! It sounds like you’re on the right path with making healthy choices!

    • August 15, 2016 / 11:49 pm

      Hi, it is good to know i can eat a real meal even if it is tiny in comparison to other family members.

    • August 15, 2016 / 11:49 pm

      I think cutting out carbs is the hardest thing to do.

  4. August 15, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    It sounds like you are doing really well with it all !

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:41 pm

      I’m trying hard to do what I can. 🙂

  5. Alica
    August 17, 2016 / 3:43 am

    Hi, I am now 5 years post op from a gastric bypass and I just wanted to let you know it does get easier as the time goes on. You sound like you are doing really well! Remember protein first, veg and carbs only if you can fit them in and no fluid with meals 🙂 Good luck on your weight loss journey! x

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:37 pm

      Oh thanks Alica, I am trying really hard and focussing on the protein.

  6. August 20, 2016 / 9:34 am

    So proud of you Angela, you looked amazing at BritMums and watching you transform your life is inspiring and will help so many. A slimming club sounds good too, it will help you feel supported by others in a similar situation even if they haven’t had the op. Thanks for sharing this post

    • August 20, 2016 / 10:36 am

      Thanks Vicki. It has been tough and I agree a slimming club would be helpful! 🙂

  7. August 30, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing your recent update. I have been reading through your posts as I am being referred for WLS so these have been super helpful! I will continue to follow your progress! 🙂

    • August 31, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      Oh good luck. It is a process but It worth it in the end. I am having a big stall at the moment but hope to lose some more weight soon.

  8. September 12, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    You’ve worked so hard, but it’s good things are settling down a little. I guess stalling on the weight front is annoying.

    • September 12, 2016 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks Erica. I am waiting for my weight loss to continue and will be patient.

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