Guest Blog: Turning 50 after Gastric By-pass Surgery--Happy Healthy Birthday to Me!

Friday, March 9, 2018
Everyday many people are facing the life-changing event of bariatric surgery. It does change everything....even how we celebrate our birthdays. What is worth celebrating is taking charge of our health, putting our health first and realizing there is this amazing community of people who have experienced or are about to experience similar events...just like how to still have fun and navigate a special, milestone birthday as a post-op. Dannelle Gay is a well-known blogger and prolific author. She has been gracious enough to share some of her journey with the Livliga Live Vibrant blog readers. Let's all wish her a Happy Healthy Birthday!

Happy Birthday To Me!
One thing I didn't really think about in this weight loss surgery journey was how my birthday would change! This month, I turn the big 5 - 0 and will be having a totally different kind of party than I have over the last 49 years. I was joking with my daughter (she is 11) that I am going to throw myself a surprise party. She kindly let me know that I couldn't do that. (sigh) I even practiced my "surprise" face...

Oh well.
My birthday is eight days after my RNY surgery so I will still be on a liquid diet. Soooo, no cake. It's not fair to make the birthday gal blow out candles when she can't eat the treat, right? I'm thinking Jell-O shots! Sugar free for me and a tad boozier for my friends. Maybe I will mix some of mine in with theirs to see if the placebo effect really works? Something like all red ones are something I could indulge in, but not let them all know that? It's starting to sound like I should have video of this event...

What gifts do you normally give a birthday person for eventful milestones? My go-to was always restaurant gift cards. Um, nope! I won't be eating "real" food until mid September.

My daughter's brilliant idea was to have everyone bring me a two pound bucket of protein powder - any flavor but chocolate or vanilla. She has followed my education with me and knows that I will be enjoying protein shakes until March first of next year. She also informed me that Wal-Mart now has whey protein for $16.98. To round it up to an even twenty dollars, she suggested a fun scented Softsoap body wash. (Again, at Wal-Mart). So much for our stock in Target.

At least I will smell great while I loose weight, right?

Black decorations are not allowed. At. All. I am taking control of my life and getting ready to live a longer and healthier life. I think that calls for balloons!

Add some goofy Minute to Win it games and we now have a non-food themed party! Anyone who follows my blog, or has read one of my cookbooks knows that is a HUGE thing for me to deviate from - it's always been about the food, the theme and how to make the treats beyond adorable. March first is the start of a new me. The first year of my new lifestyle. It's going to be a real party!

Dannelle Gay is the author of the popular lifestyle blog Operation $40K where she is now sharing her Gastric Bypass journey. You can find her books on Amazon and Nook.

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