12 Weeks After Gastric Bypass

Well, It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my Gastric Bypass and my progress. I last blogged at 9 weeks since Gastric Bypass and now I’m at almost 12 weeks out.

Life has been really busy over the past few weeks. My ability to eat certain foods has improved. I am not being sick as often as I was back in May which is fantastic. There are still foods I simply cannot eat and I’m slowly starting to accept I’ll never be able to eat these.

These are red meat, sausages, steak, bread, pasta and noodles. Everything else I cant eat I hope to be able to in future for example salads and fruit and certain vegetables.

I tried noodles yesterday and I was so sick, it was not funny. I guess it’s a game of trying things and finding out what will and what wont work.


I’ve stuck to the plan but lost no weight whatsoever in the last 3 weeks. I’m still at 16 Stone 12 pounds. It’s hard to see others who are also on the same journey as me, (in a gastric bypass group I joined) lose weight at a much better rate than me. However I have to be realistic and remember that I’m not well enough to exercise. I barely walk around or burn calories and am dependent on steroids daily to live.

I do think the steroids impact heavily on my weight and my ability to lose but I will keep following the guidelines I have and hope for more progress. The scariest thing is fear and my biggest fear is that this operation wont work or I wont lose any more weight. I simply have to keep following the rules and hope for more weight loss.

I set a realistic goal to get to 16-15.7 stone by my 34th birthday in November. I hope I can do it.

I am really not eating much. I have the smallest of breakfasts and a tiny lunch, tiny diner and two snacks. At the moment I feel I am not able to enjoy much food and eating can be a miserable process.

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I really am struggling with the whole “food thing”. I cant sit and enjoy a meal. I can barely eat much and I’d love to just eat a yummy chicken salad or a healthy tuna burger on wholemeal bread or a poached egg on rye with a grilled tomato. I want to eat fruit and drink gallons of water but everything is hard to eat and drinking is such a challenge. I will keep at it though.

I really wish I had the ability to eat healthy foods but my bypass is “for now” at 12 weeks stopping me from enjoying my meals no matter what they are. I am trying but I get the rare meal which goes down well and then the rest, well it really sucks.

I see others talking about it as if it’s an amazing tool and you can have the yummiest of meals in small portions. I’m hoping that this will be the case for me at some point but currently, I’m finding it hard to enjoy food. I would like to try and research some bariatric meal ideas and try one or two and see what happens.

I know people much further down the bariatric road than me and they are eating salads and thats the one thing I hope one day I can tolerate again. Yummy salad!

The one positive is we spent the day at hospital last week and I tried Sushi and it went down well and I loved it. I ate tiny bits of salmon and rice and soya sauce. I think because of the pieces being small I was able to eat them. So I sent my hubby to the shop and have had sushi for lunch almost three times this week. I’m kind of over soup and need to try something different.

I’m finally at the stage where I’ve moved from soft to hard normal foods and should be able to tolerate a lot more over the coming weeks but as I’ve discovered the healing process is different for everyone and it may take time.

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I know this operation was needed. It has saved me from Diabetes and helped me lose a good 30 pounds so far which is good, but I want to lose more and hope to eventually once I get more well and be able to do a small bit of exercise but I really don’t know how realistic that is. I get so ill simply from standing and walking for a minute or two. I’m hoping one day I can try swimming again.

I don’t want my post to come across too miserable and negative. I am happy I am at a lower BMI but at the moment I’m finding life in the bypass lane very tough.

I always said I’d write the truth about this experience and this is the truth, it’s really mentally tough as well as physically but I will try to experiment over the coming weeks and I’m going to try and eat more protein and see if that helps at all? I still regret this operation and hope I wont feel this way in the future.

Wish me luck.

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      1. I’m in the same spot that you are. I’m nauseated all the time! I’m nine weeks out. I did find a recipe that I was able to get down and was delicious. I hope it works for you. I took rotisserie chicken and chopped it in my hands chopper. I made spaghetti squash for noodles and mixed them together with light Alfredo. Protein and veggies, and “fake” pasta. Good luck to you.

  1. My mother in law has lost 16 stone after a bypass, she is able to eat normal food in small portions now.

    Stay strong – you will get there X

  2. I think its great that someone is being so honest about their gastric bypass journey. It’s so important that people can read about the harder side, as well as all the positives when considering this sort of surgery. I think 30Ibs is amazing, considering that you have to rely so heavily on steroids, and aren’t very active at the moment – if you think about it you would probably have had a weight gain in this time if you hadn’t had the surgery, so you need to take that into account too!

    1. Thanks Sarah. I agree. There is a ugly unpleasent side and its nothing like the before and after pictures people show. It is a tough life changing journey and very difficult.

  3. Hi Angela, like the others, I am really glad to see total honesty about your journey. I am embarking on the same journey, and am scared and excited all at the same time. I know my style of life will completely change, and I am thinking about the future all the time. Can I ask what type of bariatric surgery did you have? I am leaning towards the sleeve, or the full on bypass, I haven’t made the decision yet. But I am asking everyone I know that has gone through this what type of surgery they had and what their complications were. I think my biggest challenge is going to be not drinking when I eat. I have tried to practice it now, but have not been very successful. I welcome any comments or advice you may have. Good luck on your journey!
    Sunny Fox

    1. I had a gastric bypass … Drinking with meals is a tough one but I learned it eventually. For me the hard part is chewing and eating slow. Also the pain when you eat too much and the air hat gets trapped in my stomach. It’s one great learning curve. Good luck to you!

  4. Angela- sorry to hear it is such a struggle. My husband had sleeve surgery August 2nd and has lost 52 lbs. so far he has 20 to go. I go to my last Doctor appointment tomorrow and will get my surgery date. My niece lost and has kept off 120 lbs. for 2 years. They both eat very slow and small meals. They also both have 75-100 grams of protein per day which they believe is why they have been so successful. Good luck!!

  5. Please don’t be depressed or regret your decision! You made a choice to improve your life. Look at what you’ve accomplished so far!!! They say the first 6 months are the hardest. I am waiting to find out if my insurance will cover my gastric sleeve. I have a 100-110 pounds to loose. I’m excited at the chance to be healthier at 52. One day I was under like to run a 5, 10k and 1/2 marathon. But remember good thinks come to those who wait.

  6. Don’t despair. I had my sleeve on 30 May 2017. I was 103kgs and am now 87kgs. I turned 62 on 30 August. My weight loss is a bit slow because of my age but I am encouraged by downsizing my clothes. I was a size 18/20 and now am 14/16. We all differ. Look at the positive not the negative. I used to love fish but I can’t tolerate it anymore but am hopeful one day I will eat it again. I am also failing to drink the required amount of work. I get full and fail to eat food. All the best. It is a journey. You made the right decision.

  7. In a few weeks I will celebrate my 1 year post gastric sleeve! I just saw your blog. It sounds exactly the same as what my experience was like. I had many days where I was so very sick and regretted having the surgery. Now that I’m this far out and have lost 95lbs I am so thankful that I did it. I feel so much better! I still cannot do any bread or rice. Salads in very small amounts.
    Good luck as you continue on this journey!

  8. Hi there . I had my surgery in 26 of Aug I was 105kg
    Today I am 85kg
    I am so happy . It “s hard but the results deserve it

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