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happyteacher
on 3/1/15 8:12 am
Topic: RE: YONANNAS RECIPES NEEDED

Here are some resources- we bought one of these a few years back, and love it... but found we are far to lazy to actually use it. :(

Recipes without banana

General recipes

Have fun with it!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 3/1/15 8:08 am
Topic: RE: Surgery and flight cancelled, feeling lost and alone.

My heart is breaking for you. I cannot emphasize this enough- stay with it. It is worth all of the heartache. The people in your life who are not supportive will most all change their mind once they see how much your health improves. This is a setback for sure, but you can find a way past it. Just. Keep. Trying.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 3/1/15 8:06 am
Topic: RE: Treadmill question

I do. I bought the ultra back in the weight loss phase, but the hubby lost it. I now use the Flex, but don't like it as well due to the display. I bought it and will keep it though due to it being shower proof and a wrist band type... so I can forget about it most days. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/28/15 12:04 pm
Topic: RE: New bariatric procedure

Me too usually... but I love the fact it is removed once goal is reached. That is the one downside of Vsg or Rny... not so reversible should complications arise. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/28/15 12:02 pm
Topic: RE: Premier shakes new formula

I am far, far lazier than you though. I use RTD most of the time due to convenience. In the summer I do take the time to mix up Chike, because that is worth me not being so lazy! I agree though that the stuff we can put together is far better tasting than the RTD.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/28/15 11:59 am
Topic: RE: Treadmill question

I have a different perspective...  during my weight loss phase I would go for long walks daily (4-5 miles). For me I consider the calories burned a bonus. It was more about regularly moving and exercising in the evening when I am most prone to eating crap food. The walks work especially well as it gave the hubby and I a lot of quality time together, which reinforced doing it regularly. I agree with the above post- mixing up the exericise is a good idea. The most important goal IMHO is to find something you do consistently and can be a life long habit. I can't wait for it to thaw, as I am finally, finally  cleared for walks!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/28/15 11:52 am
Topic: RE: Another reason VSG is better than RNY...

Loved the article and it was helpful in reminding me not to slouch on the vitamins (guilty- I only take 1 a day).

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/28/15 11:28 am
Topic: RE: Premier shakes new formula

Yikes- I didn't realize and I do still drink them. When I first started drinking the shakes the NUT warned against blends because it shows the higher protein, but as you mentioned absorption is an issue. The ONLY reason I drink these things is for the protein, so time to do some checking!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/28/15 11:18 am, edited 2/28/15 11:22 am
Topic: RE: New bariatric procedure

Here is the link  What a interesting concept! If this had been FDA approved at the time of my decision (and assuming of course it works as described) I totally would have tried this prior to trying the VSG. I really feel like I would have experienced regain though, but it is hard to tell. Right now I have a regain of 10 pounds, and the restriction does still contribute to that not being worse... although the regain is a result of sugary crap food and not overeating from a purely volume aspect. (Lots of calories in cookies, but cookies don't take up a lot of room in the stomach when eaten type thing.) I wonder if the larger stomach/hunger thing would have resulted in the slow but steady gain I experienced in my younger years and prior to vsg. I think probably yes given I am having to be mindful of it now even with our reduced ghrelin levels and restriction. 

Thanks for the post- interesting read!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/21/15 6:54 am
Topic: RE: "How many pounds have you lost?"

"I am not entirely sure, but a lot."

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/20/15 5:22 am
Topic: RE: Bravo test Results

I am not sure how much dietary adjustments will help in your case, but for me it does have an impact. Avoiding acidic coffee, eating foods that counter the acid (carrot juice, milk or whatever...) can help to tamper that down. I get that it can only go so far, but it is worth a shot. Here is an article on foods to avoid (pretty much all of my favorites) and one on foods that can help. There are cookbooks devoted to this as well. If it were me I would try all of the tips and tricks to see how far I could get it reduced. If I had a known hernia I would have that fixed prior to resorting to Rny. I know preop I had a hiatel hernia and I was drowning in  acid. The doc found it and repaired it, so no acid issues (persistently anyway) since. Acid issues can be pretty miserable so I hope you are able to find a path that works well for you- and if that includes revision to Rny then I would forge through with that as well. Long term acid build up, in my humble opinion, is far more damaging than taking some meds to treat it. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/20/15 5:10 am
Topic: RE: Water weight- don't let it mess with you!

For Valentines my husband got me a 36 ounce container of my very favorite chocolates on the planet. in a period of 2 days I ate probably 7/10s of the container- and that is a LOT even for my former fatty days. Obviously I gained. I finally forced myself to weight and couldn't believe the impact- I was 5 pounds over goal weight. (I normally stay 5-10 pounds under.) I immediately went into weight loss mode and hit the gym to the extent I am cleared for. 3 days later I am down 8 pounds. This is not a loss of fat people- I never lose that fast. It is a lot of water retention sloughing off. I am still thick in the middle and have a few pounds to pull off so weight loss mode will stay for a bit. But I just wanted to post to let newer folks know that the number on the scale can increase even if you are doing everything right due to fluctuations in water weight. And they can really increase if you follow a self-destructive path like I did there for a few days. Don't play ostrich, and don't freak out. Just get back to plan! 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/18/15 6:50 pm
Topic: RE: Super obese- article indicates bariatric surgery does not extend life span (bmi>62)

Absolutely agree--- the article does not outline specifics other than the bmi. There is a big difference with a SMO bmi with several significant health complications compared to someone with the same bmi but no other major issues. It does not mention age or other risk factors. Singling out the SMO for regain can also be deceiving, as that occurs across the boards... but certainly not by everyone. At the end of the day I still firmly believe that the surgery can drastically improve quality of life unless the procedure itself could cause serious detrimental side affects for a specific individual with known issues. 

I was diagnosed with cancer a few months before I went through with surgery. I had simply decided that whatever time i had left, I wanted the best quality of life possible for that duration. 2 months post op I already had significant improvement and by 4 months out I was drastically improved. Quality of life is a huge payoff in and of itself!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/17/15 2:37 pm
Topic: RE: Super obese- article indicates bariatric surgery does not extend life span (bmi>62)

Interesting article. In a nutshell it finds that for folks with a bmi above 35 but less than 62 bariatric surgery extends life. Above 62, it shortens, It didn't get too much into why other than saying there are more complications and regain issues post op. Here is the link.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/11/15 2:56 pm
Topic: RE: Where do your spouses/partners go for WLS-adjacent support?

He attended the group support meetings with me, and it was incredibly helpful. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/9/15 6:00 am
Topic: RE: Same Post... Different Day

Caffine withdrawel is not fun, but it is not overly paralyzing either. Prior to my doctors strong arming me into a caffine free day, I would drink several pots of strong coffee daily. I truly can say I did not know a bigger caffine junkie than me at that time. The heart palpatations that went with it though were getting out of control, so I did have a lot of natural incentive to follow doctor's orders on that. What I did was to immedieately switch to half caf coffee, and did that for a couple of days. Then I went to quarter caf for a few days, then down to zero. It was not bad at all. 

One thing for sure-you will not kick the caffine if you don't start doing something. Get going at it- you will be happier once you have accomplished the goal! 

I would also throw out there that your bigger problem is not the caffine, but the soda. Even if it is diet soda, it will completely undermine your weight loss. There is a documented link that diet soda translates into weight gain- not from the no calorie thing obviously, but because of the food cravings and such that go right along with it. Don't just kick the caffine to the curb- kick soda right along with it. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/8/15 3:34 pm
Topic: RE: Surgeon Thinks RNY is better for me???

I disagree with your doctor. Sleeve and Rny have comparable results- for my surgeon anyway. There are a whole lotta folks here who made it to a normal bmi on the sleeve. My surgeon had also recommended Rny for me, but I was 100% sure that I wanted the sleeve. It worked out brilliantly! At the time I had my surgury done, the surgeon said his sleevers lost 5% less EWL than his Rny patients, but by the time I went to the 1 year follow up he said results were comparable. 

All the loss. No malabsoprtion and other issues to contend with.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/8/15 12:26 pm
Topic: RE: Usually just lose 75% of weight?

That is a national average type of statistic. You should ask what your specific surgeon averages. Many of us here on the site make it to 100% lost so it is utterly possible. It is in the end just a tool though, but I cannot emphasize enough how much it levels the playing field making a healthy weight far more possible. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/8/15 7:40 am
Topic: RE: Goal?

The idea of goal and really mess with a person. Just prior to surgery I didn't think I had a prayer of making it to a normal BMI. Consequently, my goal related more to wanting to be able to move around better and be more physically active. I estimated that to be about 220 pounds for my 6'2'' frame. Then not so long after surgery I saw a slew of posts encouraging people to not be scared to go after a normal BMI, and realized that indeed I was selling myself short. Deep down, I truly did want that... I was just so accustomed to failing miserably at weight loss I was letting my fear of failure dictate my goal. I went back and forth with the goal for a time, but then set it at the upper limit of my BMI range and never looked back.  

A caveat to that number though- it is still a farily high weight for me. Yes, I feel like I look good and move great. But, my teenage daughter is my height and weights 40 pounds less than me and does not look emaciated. When I was younger I was at her weight, so I know I could stand to lose more. I have other health issues though, so I am comfortable where I am and 100% satisfited with my results.

Here is what I know. Once I hit my goal weight it became mentally excruciatingly difficult to keep going. Set your goal weight truly where you want it, because once you mentally switch out of weight loss mode it will start to feel more like the dieting we did prior to surgery than the lifestyle change it is during the weight loss phase. Just my 2 cents!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 2/7/15 5:36 am
Topic: RE: did you tell people you had surgery?

I wouldn't. Particularly in your case, as you are a light weight and it will come off looking like a typical diet. This allows you to skip the constant explaining and judgement that comes along with the surgery. The downside is that you also lose support possibilities as a result. I told family and maybe 2 others outside of the family. I have a work discrimination issue I contend with, so I elected to not address it publicly. That can be a pain in the butt too though, but just remember if you decide to tell anyone you may as well tell everyone unless they are very very close to you. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 1/31/15 5:19 pm
Topic: RE: Miracle Noodles?

I liked them well enough, and it did a great job of itching the pasta craving without going off plan. It was an extra bonus that I could start and finish a meal prep in 5 minutes in my classroom as well. My favorite recipe is the hungry girlfredo recipe. Just make sure you rinse them really well and then dry well. Even my husband will eat it :)

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 1/30/15 4:40 pm
Topic: RE: Anyone loose over 100lbs with the vsg?

150 pounds, goal in 8 months

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 1/30/15 4:25 pm
Topic: RE: what determines bougie size?

I am 6'2'' and had surgery at 300 pounds. My sleeve is somewhere in the 40s. My surgeon actually prefers to use a 36, but he couldn't find it that day. I am  glad for that, as thus far it has been a perfect fit for me. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 1/25/15 3:53 pm, edited 1/25/15 3:54 pm
Topic: RE: Inflamation

I take Nsaids every so often (cancer patient, typically for post surgical pain/swelling) and my surgeon is just fine with that. I have not had an issue yet. I do try to take it with a little food or something to coat the stomach, and only take it every so often. Now if I reach a point due to arthritis or something where I felt I needed in persistently, then I would start looking for alterantives.

Another strategy I use and it helps is drinking green juice... using a juicer throw in a vareity of greens, a lemon, and an apple. The juice should be very green. The batch makes far more than I drink (family gets the rest). It really does help. This is not for everyone though, particularly during weightloss... although I did have this during the weight loss phase. I am not sure if it is going to reduce inflamation enough though for back issues. I can positively attest to sugar and other diet changes that can increase inflammation though. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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 

happyteacher
on 1/24/15 1:00 pm
Topic: RE: Fitbit

I used to have the Ultra and now have the flex. I love the wristband and that I only need to remove it once every 5 days for a bit to charge. It also can go in the shower. I am ADHD and with my ultra I would constantly forget to take it on or off. I hate though that the display is just dots. I nearly bought the charge due to the display doing so much more, but then read that you cannot take it in the shower. I stick to the damn dots. 

On a side note- the wrist band can come undone without "feeling" it. I bought a guard to put over the clasp area as a safety thing. It was $2 or so on ebay including shipping. 

One day I will upgrade to something with more functionaility, but for now the Flex is Ok. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  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