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happyteacher
on 10/14/17 3:29 pm
Topic: RE: One week update

Congrats!!! I crushed and mixed in a little applesauce. Just check first- don't do that with time released stuff!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/14/17 3:24 pm
Topic: RE: Would you do VSG again?

Absolutely. I fall firmly in the camp of those that doubted the surgery would really and truly work for me prior to getting it... I was just hoping to lose enough to be able to move around better. I made it to a normal bmi in about 8 months, maintaining now nearly 6 years. Did blow out the gallbladder and dealt with a returning hiatel hernia, but both of those may well have happened without vsg. My health improved dramatically. And I mean dramatically dramatically.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/14/17 3:18 pm
Topic: RE: One year anniversary

Wow Bill- impressive results!! Double century club is just around the corner. Keep doing you!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/7/17 5:56 pm
Topic: RE: Highly Considering the Gastric Sleeve but have many questions.

Food enjoyment is identical- you just do small portions...but the result in the same level of satisfaction. I eat a lot of ethnic food no problem. You can still eat around your sleeve, but it is a powerful tool if you are committed to using it.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/2/17 7:14 pm
Topic: RE: Talk about a trigger food OMG!

I am like this as well with Polenta. I have make only once in a great while because I can't stay out of that either. Or fried mush. Or grits.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/2/17 7:13 pm
Topic: RE: Talk about a trigger food OMG!

Cold oatmeal is disgusting. I don't blame you and dang, you had some resolve at a young age!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/2/17 7:12 pm
Topic: RE: Talk about a trigger food OMG!

I like this idea. It would go a long way to help with restricting without completely eliminating it.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/1/17 4:34 pm
Topic: RE: Talk about a trigger food OMG!

Yea, I love steel cut oats as well. Back when I carefully tracked everything the pattern became very evident that on the mornings I started with it my calories were high by the end of the day. Protein shakes still even this many years out are the best way for me to start.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/1/17 4:10 pm
Topic: RE: Sous Vide!

Oh, forgot to mention. I no longer season the steak before sous vide. Just toss it in. When done, pat it dry, season and sear on a ripping hot pan 1 minute each side.

Hamburgers take a bit longer sous vide, but are well worth the little extra wait!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/1/17 4:08 pm
Topic: RE: Sous Vide!

Oh Gwen I am so excited for you! And you got the fancy one that will keep meat cooled during the day until it is time to start, correct? Lucky duck!!

Download the Joule app. It has a bunch of guides on it that shows you what to do step-by-step. You plug in the meat, fresh or frozen, and how thick it is. It offers a visual guide and recommended temps- makes it brain-dead easy! The recommended temps have all been my favorite so it is a good place to start.

Family fave and easy one to start with: steak. 132F- time depends on thickness. Costco top sirloin goes about 30 minutes if fresh- check Joule app for suggested times for different thicknesses. Fattier steak like ribeye we like better at medium (not medium rare).

My "you have got to be kidding me" favorite- turkey breast. We can get bone in breasts locally for $4. Sous vide 24 hours and you have a plate of insanely good lean protein. No joke- it is the best we ever had.

Prepare for sous vide to wreck you. Hubby and I routinely think restaurant food sucks now because the proteins are so poorly prepared. Your tiny tummy will also thank you for all the tender goodness you are about to send it!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 10/1/17 4:03 pm
Topic: RE: Talk about a trigger food OMG!

I mill my own flour and am playing with my newest mill (Mockmill 200). It can grind very coarse so I offered to make my daughter some homemade Cream of Wheat. I tried maybe a quarter cup prepared. 20 minutes later I am like a crack addict. Holy heck folks, keep those trigger foods at bay- they can possess your soul if you let them!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/28/17 3:52 pm
Topic: RE: Vitamins

I love the Patch multi with iron and the calcium with d3. Keeps my levels right where they need to be!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/28/17 3:49 pm
Topic: RE: Success with moderate carbs?

There was a period a few years back where there were constant "carb wars". At the end of the day there simply is not one "perfect" plan. We are all too different for that. With that said, many here do 40g or less. My first month out of vsg I did do that-- and my blood sugar levels kept tanking on me. I needed to figure out where my ideal level was. Eventually, I found eating 5-6 times a day and monitoring carbs worked best. My meals would be about 30 net carbs and my snacks about 15. More carb and it triggers that insulin spike, hunger vicious circle. Less over a prolonged period causes low blood sugar issues. I had no difficulty getting to goal doing this. Now a little further out, my a1c has been creeping up. Not prediabetic yet--but getting close. When I first found out I set out to drop carbs a bit. Doing Ok now and such, but just know for some it can be a moving target.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:52 pm
Topic: RE: The Holidays

I found the actual holiday proper quite easy to navigate. There are always nice proteins and a great selection of veggie dishes. Plenty to have a great meal without derailing. I would also "plan" for one small treat and was able to stick to that. Now where I did have a problem was all the cookies, candy and such that has such a stark increase around the holiday. I am an elementary teacher so I would just come home with basketfuls of beautiful tasty items my cherubs would give. I gave up after 3 days, talked to the kids and hubby, and had to toss it all. I just didn't have the willpower for all that. Since you are the cook that makes it easier IMHO- you can be sure there are a few options that fit into your plan on the table :)

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:48 pm
Topic: RE: Introduction

Welcome back- sounds like you are ready!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:45 pm
Topic: RE: Questions I plan on asking my doc too . . . . .

I think your restriction sounds about right. I am not sure about apple peel- I have always been able to tolerate that. Now dry meat, forget about that. My nose is still exactly like that at nearly 6 years ou****er did have that type of taste for a long time, but I am now able to drink it again without that being a thing. I don't remember how long that took though- but quite a while.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:40 pm
Topic: RE: Its been a while- kitchen gadget disease, what is your thing?

I overdid my first batch because I was so worried about not going long enough. How can you tell if it is done? The whole bend it until it cracks thing just isn't specific enough- makes me nervous! Hoping for a more sure-fire method of knowing.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:38 pm
Topic: RE: Its been a while- kitchen gadget disease, what is your thing?

I really like mine. I am not using it enough to warrant keeping it on a counter, but keep it within easy reach. There are just some things I cannot cook any other way and love the pseudo fried food without all the stomach upset.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:37 pm
Topic: RE: Its been a while- kitchen gadget disease, what is your thing?

I LOVE zoodles! We don't have that model, but it looks intriguing. We have a white one that works horizontally and my original small one. The bigger one works well, but I can't stand dragging it out to use it. Sometimes I can get the hubby to do it though- especially when we have a lot of garden veggies. I am so afraid to click on your ice cream sandwich maker link. trigger trigger trigger... I really wish I could manage that one though, as I would love to make low fat versions. I know I could never stay out of it though :(

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:34 pm
Topic: RE: Its been a while- kitchen gadget disease, what is your thing?

I agree! We finally broke down and bought an Excalibur earlier this summer. What a huge upgrade over the super old Nesco bought for a dollar from an auction. We have made a ridiculous amount of dried apple rings. This is the first year we have been able to make enough to vacuum seal for snacks. Love zucchini chips too! Dried watermelon tastes awesome, but there is something about it that totally messes with my sugar levels- even just two smallish strips. We have made 2 batches of jerky- turned out good enough, and a lot cheaper. I overcooked it though so looking to improve once we are ready to try again.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:31 pm
Topic: RE: Its been a while- kitchen gadget disease, what is your thing?

Is it the copper pan thingys I see on infomercials, or different?

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:30 pm
Topic: RE: Its been a while- kitchen gadget disease, what is your thing?

I "thought" I would enjoy a smoker. Found one on Craigslist for $25 so that it was a low-cost way to try it out. Yea, have not used it once. I need to take a class or something to get me motivated! I love the food that comes out of it, love the idea of making it, but apparently not motivated to do so.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/18/17 2:24 pm
Topic: RE: suggestions?

It will get easier- you are still early out. Keep sipping! I had back pain- not from drinking too little water, but related to the surgery. 2 reasons- constipation or there was something about the surgery (or perhaps weightloss) that triggered it. Eventually, it fully resolved.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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happyteacher
on 9/15/17 6:32 pm
happyteacher
on 9/15/17 6:20 pm, edited 9/15/17 11:22 am
Topic: RE: Air Fryer?

I have a Phillips. After losing my gallbladder I don't tolerate fat at all, so picked this up primarily to make fried chicken. First thing I tried was french fries- I was not a big fry fan before at restaurants, but love them out of the air fryer. You don't have the fat but all the crispy goodness- a total win! Fried chicken- You do get that same crunchy kind of goodness, but pan fried still wins. Despite that, it is still very good and totally scratches that fried chicken itch I get every so often. Where it seems to excel is on all of those frozen convenient food type things- egg rolls, pizza rolls, that kind of thing. I don't eat that stuff anymore though. It can totally cook protein from frozen- I have tossed in a frozen chicken breast with some Penzey's spice blend on it and it turns out quite nice. Frozen burgers too. Grilled cheese is extra nice. Roasting veggies is great too. Very convenient. Forget about baking cookies in it- terrible for that.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost  

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