Gastric Kaleigh

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I'm Kaleigh a 23 year old lady that has just moved to NYC from Boston.

This is my journey through my life post Gastric Bypass Surgery.

Height: 5'6

Highest Weight: 310+ lbs
Surgery Weight: 285 lbs.
Current Weight: 183 lbs.


Surgery Date: October 22nd, 2012

Wearing this today for obvious reasons. A year ago today I was at Fenway with my best friend around the time of the bombings. We were on our way to the finish line when we decided we didn’t want to deal with the crowds… Thank goodness we turned around and went home. I didn’t sleep more than an hour that week. I’ve never been so scared for not only my own safety in Boston, but also making sure that all of my friends were alright. 

I ran today for Boston. Because I will forever be Boston Strong even if I’m living in NYC now.

Wearing this today for obvious reasons. A year ago today I was at Fenway with my best friend around the time of the bombings. We were on our way to the finish line when we decided we didn’t want to deal with the crowds… Thank goodness we turned around and went home. I didn’t sleep more than an hour that week. I’ve never been so scared for not only my own safety in Boston, but also making sure that all of my friends were alright.

I ran today for Boston. Because I will forever be Boston Strong even if I’m living in NYC now.

— 2 days ago with 5 notes
#boston strong  #run 
My spring colors are on point. In the mood to selfie.

My spring colors are on point. In the mood to selfie.

— 5 days ago with 8 notes
There’s no better motivation than looking how far you’ve come. I don’t even consider my old self a person. Fat Kaleigh is dead and gone.

I have been stalled at 180lbs for a few months now. I’m sick of still being in size 12 jeans. I need to keep going! I want to lose at least another 25lbs through this summer. I’ve started today and really need the help and motivation to get through it all.

I’ve had a tough month with my personal life (lack of money, wanting a career job, in need of a relationship and stuck living at my sisters house). I have been depressed for a couple weeks and i need to get out of this funk. I know that getting back to being healthy will change everything, it’s just the hard part of sticking to it that I struggle with.

There’s no better motivation than looking how far you’ve come. I don’t even consider my old self a person. Fat Kaleigh is dead and gone.

I have been stalled at 180lbs for a few months now. I’m sick of still being in size 12 jeans. I need to keep going! I want to lose at least another 25lbs through this summer. I’ve started today and really need the help and motivation to get through it all.

I’ve had a tough month with my personal life (lack of money, wanting a career job, in need of a relationship and stuck living at my sisters house). I have been depressed for a couple weeks and i need to get out of this funk. I know that getting back to being healthy will change everything, it’s just the hard part of sticking to it that I struggle with.

— 2 weeks ago with 27 notes
#weight loss  #losing weight  #getting healthy  #health  #get fit  #fitblr  #fitness  #fit  #diet  #workout  #wls  #weight loss surgery  #gastric bypass  #rny  #vsg  #lap band 
Anonymous asked: ... i feel like that my life is always going to be about food and i fear that the surgery won't help me to achieve my goal and that i'm screwed :( i'm sorry for annyoing you i just don't have anyone in my personal life to talk about this. (i hit my asklimit so i had to continue anonymiously)


Answer:

The only way the surgery will work is if you change your lifestyle. You will not be able to eat the same way, but you have to WANT to change and WANT to be a healthier person. If you want it bad enough, you’ll make the change, and it will actually be easier than you think.

Don’t EVER feel like you’re annoying me. I am happy to be here for anyone who needs help. If you need more feel free to email me with any questions even if it’s not related to surgery (gastrickaleigh@gmail.com) . I have this blog to support others, and for others to support me. We’re all in it together.

xoxoxo

— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
mia-59 asked: hi:) i really enjoy your posts and since we're going through the same thing i thought maybe you have some advice for me. i got my sleeve on february 12th and my starting weight was 280 and i only lost 33lbs since. i havn't lost anything in the last 8 days and i feel like shit because i am able to eat a lot more than 2 weeks ago and especially in the evening when my work is over (i work in an office) i pretty much eat all the time and it just feels so wrong and i don't know what to do...


Answer:

Don’t give up. Seriously Don’t. Also don’t get discouraged. Every time you add something new to your diet, you’re going to experience a stall for about a week. I got upset every time, but eventually your body gets used to it and you start losing again. As far as you feeling like you’re eating all the time and you need to be sure you’re not eating the wrong things at least. I always felt like I had to force feed myself and I had a strong hate for food the first 3 months post op. Get in contact with your nutritionist and discuss a plan with them, that’s what they are there for.ย 

— 2 weeks ago
Anonymous asked: So I think you are awesome ๐Ÿ˜ณ for everything you've accomplished and how beautiful you are before and after! I just had a question that I am confused about. I am 19 and looking into WLS but I am unsure on how everything works. Though I am researching, I've mainly been interested in the lap-band because it's not so invasive. What surgery did you get? Also how did you go about telling your family and friends? I have a very close knit family so it's not like I can avoid them haha well thanks. (:


Answer:

Thank you so much love!

The best thing you can do, since your family is close… is tell them that you are interested in having weight loss surgery. Lap Band can work for some people, but know that it requires the most commitment and self control after surgery. Most people that I know that have had Lab Band are right back at square one and have gained all their weight back. With the lap band it is only slowing down your food from entering your stomach, but you can still eat whatever you’d like.

Even though getting the vertical sleeve, or gastric bypass done is more drastic, I think they have the best long term results. Any doctor will tell you that. I’ve never met anyone that has had the surgery and has struggled with their weight after surgery. It happens, but less often.

I had gastric bypass surgery. It’s probably the most drastic one because they re-rout some stuff, and change your insides quite a bit, but the results are great. The reason I got bypass is because you’re less likely to go back to bad eating habits because they can often make you feel sick… which has happened to me. My whole life changed after surgery, and it’s only getting better. You are so young and doing it at your age is a great thing, but you REALLY have to want to change your life, and REALLY dedicate yourself to changing your life style with no turning back.

So, in conclusion… tell your family, get their support, go to a bariatric program at the hospital of your choosing (research), and get the information about alllll the types of surgery options. It’s not as simple to get as you think… and having your family involved is something you are going to NEED.

— 3 weeks ago with 7 notes
Vacation is over

So I’m done drinking my face off, and eating things that only taste good but have no nutritional value.

Tonight I made grilled chicken and sautรฉed green beans. It was delish. I also had a salad with some of that greek yogurt ranch dressing.

I spent $65 on allllll healthy groceries. I am NOT letting that money go to waste!

— 1 month ago with 7 notes
#Healthy Life  #health  #health food  #weight loss  #weight loss surgery  #wls  #gastric bypass  #rny  #losing weight  #weight  #weight loss journey 

For shits and giggles

BLACK = I would date you.
GREEN = I think you’re cute.
BLUE = You are my tumblr crush.
GREY = I wish you would notice me.
PURPLE = I don’t talk to you but I really love your blog.
TEAL = We have a lot in common.
YELLOW = FUCK ME.
ORANGE = I don’t like your blog.
BROWN = I don’t like you.
PINK = I think you are unattractive.
RED = I hate you with a burning passion.
WHITE = MARRY ME.
NONE:nobody likes you
— 1 month ago with 799249 notes
Here it is… my bikini pic. I’m sure not skinny, but I felt completely comfortable in my bathing suit.
If you want a comfortable bikini that doesn’t pull in at the waist and give you a muffin top… aerie. They make their bottoms like undies. The elastic isn’t toooo tight. It’s perfect.

Here it is… my bikini pic. I’m sure not skinny, but I felt completely comfortable in my bathing suit.

If you want a comfortable bikini that doesn’t pull in at the waist and give you a muffin top… aerie. They make their bottoms like undies. The elastic isn’t toooo tight. It’s perfect.

— 1 month ago with 8 notes
shrinkingamy85 asked: How long after surgery did you feel comfortable heading back into the dating world?


Answer:

Right away! I never stepped out of the dating world lol. It all depends on when you feel comfortable with yourself. But having the surgery and losing the weight boosted my confidence 1000x. Take care of yourself, and your appearance, and dress in clothes that fit you. Do what makes you feel pretty!!!! Guys will notice! It drives me insane when I see WLS people or even anyone losing weight wearing their old pants that are sagging in their ass lol. Make sure you are wearing jeans that fit. My suggestion is to just shop at thrift stores, so you’re not paying full price for jeans. Or Old Navy usually has a sale on jeans.

But anywaysss….. Go out with friends, and talk to people you may feel are out of your league, they probably aren’t. That’s what I’ve learned. Try the online dating! But be careful, because there’s some losers out there lol. The guys that I used to be attracted to, I only felt comfortable talking to because they also were “chubby”. I loved the teddy bear football type, but now that I’m confident with myself, I’m not scared of talking to the hunky football type, or the sexy mysterious artsy guy, or the rockstar, or whatever you may be into!! Since surgery and my change in confidence, I have been dating guys that are physically fit, and pretty hot. The more attractive you find yourself, the more attractive the people will be that you attract…. does that make sense? haha.ย 

***BIG TIP: Don’t date guys that don’t take care of themselves as far as eating and going to the gym. They won’t understand your struggle with eating, and changing your lifestyle. If they cheat sometimes that’s fine, but if they can eat an entire bag of Doritos in one day, they are no good. You will struggle!***

((PS. I used to intern for a dating coach shooting his videos and I learned a lot about confidence.))

— 1 month ago with 2 notes
Anonymous asked: How do you get past temptations?


Answer:

Find healthy alternatives. There are plenty of ideas out here on the internet for replacing your bad cravings with healthier options. It can be very frustrating, and sometimes taking a single little bite of something sweet and tasty is enough for you to get by. Sometimes I just need ONE piece of chocolate and I’m content.

— 1 month ago
I DID IT! Conquered my fear of fish and snorkeled. I didn’t pass out like last year, and I actually didn’t swim through as fast as I could! It’s all because I drank 2 margaritas before… Liquid courage. #proudmoment (at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon)

I DID IT! Conquered my fear of fish and snorkeled. I didn’t pass out like last year, and I actually didn’t swim through as fast as I could! It’s all because I drank 2 margaritas before… Liquid courage. #proudmoment (at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon)

— 1 month ago with 4 notes
#proudmoment 
I want this every day for the rest of my life. #margaritasandsun #floridalife ๐Ÿนโ˜€๏ธ

I want this every day for the rest of my life. #margaritasandsun #floridalife ๐Ÿนโ˜€๏ธ

— 1 month ago
#floridalife  #margaritasandsun 
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— 1 month ago with 1 note
Anonymous asked: I got RNY on 1/7, and I've lost 35 pounds but I still feel like I look the same... how long did it take before you started to notice a difference?


Answer:

When you no longer fit in your pants, week after week and have to keep buying new ones from Salvation Army or goodwill lol. I would say about 50bs you’ll see a difference. I’m sure there is differences in your face you may not see. That’s where it first started to show for me.

— 1 month ago with 2 notes