My Gastric Bypass: Three Month Photo Update

Breigh April 21, 2012 24

Ok, well it’s been a little over three months now since my surgery and things are going well.  The weight loss comes and goes in waves but I’m noticing the changes mostly in my clothes.  Meaning, I have very little left that fits!  Again, a luxury problem, but a problem nonetheless!  I am going to have to bite the bullet and go shopping for a new pair of jeans this week.  I had been hoping the weather would improve enough for me to start getting into summer clothes but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.

Food-wise, everything is going well. Still not had any issues but am always careful and pay close attention to what I eat.   I allow a very small amount of natural fats in my diet and try to avoid anything with added sugar.  I’m yet to experience the dreaded dumping. I know it may be coming, but I’m in no hurry to experience it!

Down side at the moment?  Hair loss… I was told many times that it could start anywhere after three months post-op and no lie, within a few days of my three month mark I started noticing a drastic difference in the amount of hair I’m losing each day, especially in the shower.  I knew it was coming but I was no less shocked by it. I had a little weep and then moved on.  There isn’t anything I can do about it, I’ve already been experiencing hair loss for the past few years due to Androgenic Alopecia caused by PCOS but now it’s falling out double time.  I’m not sure how thin my hair will get but I will deal with it one way or the other.  Maybe some nice summer hats, maybe a wig… hell, maybe I’ll even take the clippers to my head and spend the summer GI Jane style!  Whatever happens, I’ll deal.

Now, on to the photos and stats!

Again, like in my two month photo update, I will start with the beginning and show my original weight (from back in 2008) for a true comparison then follow with the updated photos.  Excuse the stats on each photo, I also share them on forums and stuff so I like to have it included with each.

Before

3 Months Post-op

3 Months Post-op

3 Months Post-op

Before

3 Months Post-op

There you have it, that’s me as of today, Saturday April 21, 2012… three months and three days since the day of my surgery.

Sometimes it feels like it was just yesterday and other times it feels like the time is going too slowly. It feels like no matter what is going on in my life that I am stuck in a freaky time warp where it moves too slow and too quickly at the same time.

Overall I’d say I’m quite pleased with the progress. I’ve lost 5 kilos (11 lbs) since my two month photo update, which I feel like definitely could be more, but I am trying not to stress about it too much.  I knew going in that ther would be months that frustrate me like this and others that make me jump for joy.  It’s not a race. It’s not a race.  I just have to keep telling myself that.  I’m seeing more results and feeling better than I would be had I not taken this step, and that makes me very happy.

I feel good, I still don’t see the changes so much wen I look at myself but I know things are changing with my fitness levels and how I feel in my clothes.  The massive pile of clothing on my dining room table (that doesn’t fit anymore) is there to remind me anytime I feel like things are moving too slowly or not enough is changing!!

I’m eager to see / feel what has changed at my four month point, I hope it’s looaaaads!  Oh, oops… it’s not a race, it’s not a race… it’s NOT A FREAKIN’ RACE!!

*Cough*

24 Comments »

  1. mmichele April 21, 2012 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Wow. You look fabulous!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Michele! :)

  2. Kara April 21, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    My good god! I cannot get over the change from the original pictures. I love how slim you are getting in the waist and rib cage. Amazing transformation!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks Kara! The small waist is a blessing and a curse, I’m glad it gives me a figure but man finding pants to fit is a bit of a task!

  3. lala April 22, 2012 at 2:50 am - Reply

    I had to click through to tell you that the most amazing transformation is in your face, your smile, your colour, your spirit…..all glowing.
    It’s wonderful to see.

    lala in Ottawa

  4. Heloisa April 22, 2012 at 4:40 am - Reply

    OMG! You look amazing! I just love the look in your face. You look so happy! :-D

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks Heloisa! Yes I’m definitely happy, getting more and more happy the more weight I shed. I can’t wait to see where I am 6 months or 1 year from now. I hope it just keeps getting better!

  5. Renée (@pinkypie) April 22, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

    you are looking amazing Tammy! I’m proud of you for hanging in there each day even when you feel frustrated or upset by some of the side effects.

    If the hair loss thing gets worse, there ARE things you can do for it – friend of mine lost all of hers due to stress and insurance paid for 3 different wigs (and you can’t tell AT ALL unless you know). I hope in your case it will stop and then grow back at some point (that’s the alopecia type that I had lonnnnnnng time ago).

    well done my dear!!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Renee, I’d have to look into the wig thing, perhaps since I have a double whammy they’d pay. I’m not sure how I’d like it tough… I imagine them to be warm and I’d always be paranoid that people could TELL. Unfortunately with the Androgenic Alopecia it doesn’t grow back, at least not when it comes from the causes that I have it. They told me that in no uncertain terms. The hair loss from the surgery should come back, but the hair I lost because of the alopecia is gone forever :( Sucks. I’ll make it work though, one way or another. There are people out there with a lot bigger problems that that, right?! That’s what I keep telling myself anyway! haha

  6. Jules April 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    OMG where are you disappearing to? The changes are incredible!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jules! :)

  7. Marie-Claude April 22, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Look at that waistline!! Look at that hourglass shape!! You look fantastic :)

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Yeah now if only all the sand wasn’t in the bottom! haha

  8. Lynn Susmilch April 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Tammy you are looking fantastic. I really hope you are are able to get pregnant. I have a friend who’s daughter IFV, then a couple of years later got a nice suprise and turned up pregnant with no medical help. Keep up the good work!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lynn :) Who knows, maybe it will happen for me naturally too and the IVF won’t be necessary, how great would that be!

  9. DeAnna April 24, 2012 at 4:31 am - Reply

    You are doing so good! Keep up the good work!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks DeAnna! :)

  10. liz April 24, 2012 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Hi there, I just want to say a massive WELL DONE! You look fantastic and HAPPY – which I guess is the point. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself, its going to take time to see more results, and for you to feel more confident and comfortable in your new skin. Also try not to stress about the hair loss, I’m sure its not as bad as you think :)

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Ooooh it really is as bad as I think, I’m carpeting our flat with my hair! haha I’m dealing with it though, there have been less tears than I thought! Thanks for visiting!

  11. Amanda Blog & Kiss April 30, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

    WHOA you look great! I didn’t realize you had done this, must have missed all that. I used to work for a company that organized bariatric surgery for patients in Belgium. I loved it when people sent their before and afters. Really kept me motivated! Right on, sister!!!

    • Breigh May 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      What company was it that you worked for? I just mentioned in my other reply that I was operated on through Ra-Medical. They were great for me as I needed a very short waiting period. Not as extensive a program leading up to the surgery but I was good about doing a lot of the research and work on my own ahead of time. :)

  12. Tanya May 3, 2012 at 6:28 am - Reply

    OMG LOOK AT YOU! You’re doing so well!!!

  13. Ladybird May 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    WOW Tammy!! amazing! What if I don’t know it’s you when i’m supposed to wave from the window!?? i won’t recconise you haha…. you look amazing! proud of you, it must be hard work and dedication!

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