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happyteacher
on 8/1/14 8:36 pm
Topic: RE: Second guessing my decision

You will have naysayers.  Let them decide what is best for them, and completely disregard their advice for your particular situation. Be confident. This surgery can change your life. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/1/14 8:30 pm
Topic: RE: Do I DARE Say It?? .....GOALLLLLLL!!!

Yayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I never doubted you Chrissy, and I am so very, very happy for you!  I love your approach and sustainable approach!  New man, new job, and new you... talk about a total makeover!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/1/14 7:36 pm
Topic: RE: Attn Chike-Loving Cheapskates

I have been on vacation and going through total chike withdrawel. I think I am going to order some even though I can't have it right now!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/1/14 7:35 pm
Topic: RE: Moderation or strict health food...what's your approach?

I think it is very wise that you are trying to wrap your head around approaches and what the best fit is for you.  There is not a right or wrong answer as far as choosing abstinance or moderation.  The right answer is the one that works for you, and know that this answer might need to change as time passes.  I fall squarely in the moderation camp. During weight loss the first 2 months I was pretty darn strict, and from that point started seeking out healtheir verisions of a few favorites.  I still do not eat potatoes, rice, crackers etc. hardly ever. I have a wicked sweet tooth that can really get the better of me so I have to always be mindful.  I made it to goal without incident and maintenance into 2.5 years post op has gone well.

But the rules are changing on me.  My blood sugars are creeping up and back into the prediabetic range. I suspect when I make it to my doctors appointment after vacation that carbs are going to be severely restricted. My metabolism just is not handling them well at all right now. Freshly post op it was the opposite- I was having persistent issues with low blood sugar. I needed the carbs then.  Now carbs seem to be causing me issues and I need to adjust. 

So my answer- be realistic about your situation and keep yourself open to the idea that you may have to adjust to keep the flow going. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/31/14 5:45 pm
Topic: RE: GOT A DATE! (And now I'm having 2nd thoughts, lol)

Very normal to be nervous... don't back out! You are fortunate to have the date work so well with school!!!  If you are able to go into your classroom before surgery to complete some of your setup, do that. You will not want to do lifting afterwards so heaving cases of paper or whatever will need to be done carefully.  You will not regret this!  Look forward to seeing you on the other side!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/29/14 7:14 pm
Topic: RE: Vets, how long did it take?

I have adjusted and also noticed that I am forgetting what it was like being super obese... taking the thinner me for granted more.  I imagine this is part of why some of us struggle with regain. I am 2.5 years out. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/25/14 7:19 am
Topic: RE: Chike Iced Coffee

My docs want me getting at least 80 grams of protein a day... depends on your size. I am super tall for a chic, so I am a little higher than most women.  I LOVE the Chike protein coffee drink.  I make it with 2 scoops and 10 ounces of unsweetned vanilla almond milk.  You can make it with water, but for me it is worth the exta 40 calories for the almond milk. Durig weight loss i would regularly drink 2 shakes a day- 1 at breakfast and 1 for a snack or lunch. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/25/14 7:15 am
Topic: RE: One Year Follow Ups

Love the dress!!  You have done an excellent job!!!!!!  Keep the path and I look forward to reading your goal post when you pull of the last 50 :)

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/24/14 5:47 pm
Topic: RE: Omg what am I going to wear!!!

I agree with the poster above- maxi or skirt :)  We graduated the same year, and I am definetly not old!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 4:36 pm
Topic: RE: Well, that appointment didn't quite go the way I planned...

Are you a teacher? I love teachers :)

I know the waiting game is frustrating, but it is so worth the weight! Glad to read you connected with the therapist. The head work tends to be the tough part for many of us.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 1:56 pm, edited 7/23/14 1:58 pm
Topic: RE: Carbs are completely messing with me!

I am not sure yet what my new level will be... I know that for lunch I had crushed lentil soup and a small amount of white pita with an estimated carbs at 57 carbs and 18 of them being fiber.  That would put the meal at a little higher target than my previous 30 g net carb target... did it to see what would happen to the blood sugar. Went from 92 to 163... 30 minutes after eating. Clearly too much carb despite the lentils being considered a complex carb.  Two days ago I held very tightly to my 30 g meal 15 g snack plan with no trace of processed/white carb and my levels did Ok.  But thus far the second I put anything that is processed or a sweet my blood sugar goes up too high.  I need to track for a while longer and try different foods/combinations though before I can figure out where I land. 

Previously if I hung around 100 net carbs, or 125-150 total carbs with not too many at any one meal I had not problem with hunger.  Last night was the worst I can remember in a long time... but all of that carb was also much worse than a normal night. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 1:43 pm
Topic: RE: No real loss in over a year

Back to basics:

1. No drinking for at least 30 minutes after eating.

2. Go high protein.  For me this means 110 grams plus, but for smaller women it would be less. Lean protein too, or protein shakes. 

3. Green leafy veggies, and fruit that is low on the glycemic index.  Lots of veggies are Ok, fruit in moderation.

4. My best days are always the ones where I start with a protein shake.  My very very best days are when I have 2 shakes in a day.  Premier RTD for a meal replacement (30 grams protein) and EAS Lowcarb advantage for a snack (100 cals, 17g protein).

5.  You will have to decide if incorporating planned snacks will help or hinder.  I am hypoglycemic, so it is important.  Others do better just by eat 3 meals a day.

6. Have a list on the fridge of things you like to do instead of eat, then use that list.

7. Exercise. I would set a target of 30 minutes daily, but usually would end up doing an hour or more.  If I set my daily target at 60 minutes, on days I was tired I would not want to start because it sounded unattainable. When I did start though, I tended to do the hour.  So, set the goal at something you can live with and start, then exceed  as much as you can. 

8. Consider carbs.  Many do well at 40 grams a day, I did best cycling 30 grams at a meal and 15 at a snack.  Too much carb even with lower calories for the day will trigger a nasty insulin flood/cravings/hunger cycle that will increase your overall calories. Avoid that. 

9. Log and weigh everything.  Plan you meals and snacks.  Rid your house of all junk food.  Stay away from drive-throughs. Prepare your own meals. Shop only lean meats and produce, nothing processed.  Avoid white carbs (white flour, rice, sugar, etc.)

Heres' to clean eating!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 9:27 am
Topic: RE: Carbs are completely messing with me!

I think there is no question that my carb needs have changed, and pretty drastically compared to the first few months post op.  I cannot even remember exactly when my last low was, and I had attributed it to just eating my carb plan.  Somewhere along the way though, that changed.  I have really noticed the difference once school let out and I am not so busy that I am not noticing little fluctuations.  I do think my carb tolerances have dropped.  Right now I am in the process of trying to figure out what they have dropped to, which complex carbs are Ok or if most of them just are not working. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 5:55 am
Topic: RE: I found the best shake- but then I lost it again :(

Just checked the nutrition- 240 calories for 17 grams of protein... that should be a better calorie to protein ration.  You can get that much protein in a 100 calorie protein drink such as EAS Advantage low carb or Premier Protein (snack size- 100 cals) or Chike protein coffee at 120 cals (I think) and 20 g protein.  Great choice of shake when on the road... so much better than McDonalds, but those extra calories are precious during weight loss if it is a regular thing. On the other hand, if you are struggling to tolerate any form of protein shake then this is better than nothing. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 5:13 am
Topic: RE: Surgery tomorrow! 60lbs down in a year, 95 from my highest weight, with pics!

Eliza,

You are truly showing serious commitment and sincere motivation.  This process is going to change your life! I am sending good karma your way and keeping my fingers crossed that this puts your diabeties in remission!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 5:11 am
Topic: RE: Candida (yeast) cleanse

Can you recommend a probiotic and how much to take daily?  If I usually eat a yogurt a day is this enough generally speaking? I have always suspected yeast issues due to being VERY prone to yeast infections, but have never attempted to do much about it. Regarding the Ph comment below... how do you check/adjust the diet aside from adding more base like milk or carrots if one is runnig on the acidic side?

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 5:05 am
Topic: RE: Carbs are completely messing with me!

So I have thrown up a few posts over the last few days about my checking blood sugar levels and the impact of food. Last night I had class (I was the student,not the teacher.)  I ate 2 servings of Pop brand chips, 1 low sugar detour bar, 2 knox shortbread cookies... went out with the cohort for drinks and had an angry ball (1 bottle hard cider beer with a shot of fireball), came home feeling hungry/cravings and had fibergourment crackers, an atkins bar, and a dannon yogurt.  This is a crazy amount for me and completely blew out my normal 30 carb meal 15 carb snack mindset. Weirdly after class (before crackers, atkins bar, drink, and yogurt my blood sugar was 98. Didn't check it before bed.  In all I put down 125 grams or so of carbs once class started... with a good chuck of that being crap carbs. My fasting this mornig though was 135- ouch! Anything over 100 is high for a fasting. I am only posting this because yesterday my overall calories was at 1500... my maintenance calorie daily goal is 1600.  Just a reminder to folks that even if you hit caloric goals we all have a sweet spot for carbs... some much less than my normal targets, others can go higher.  The impact on the blood sugar is critical and worth paying attention to. I haven't had hunger/cravings like last night in a long time! Spending today getting off the insulin crazy train. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 4:58 am
Topic: RE: Dr. goal weight, My goal weight

Assuming you are not big bone or super muscular.... go for the lower weight. A slight regain is very common with vsg and you will be very glad to have some wiggle room.  Once you get down to that weight range you may realize it doesn't look quite as skinny as you imagined, and it won't be hard to put on a few pounds if needed. On the other hand, once you mentally switch out of the weight loss phase mindset it could be very difficult to pull of more weight. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 4:55 am
Topic: RE: how much weight loss before surgery

Dang, that is commitment! I consider myself commited... but I don't think I could have done 50 pre op. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 4:54 am
Topic: RE: how much weight loss before surgery

My surgeon required 5%, I weighed 326 at first official weigh in, so about 17 pounds "required". Thing is, I knew I reached a point where even losing 2-3 pounds (no****er weight) was problematic... my metabolism was going haywire. I spent 3 months working incredibly, incredibly hard at losing 26 pounds. Looking back though it really helped to set me up for a very succusful weight loss phase post surgery. My eating habits improved dramatically, although tremendous improvement also occurred post surgery... started exercising, paying attention to nutrition, dealing with adjusting to shakes, adjusting to tracking in MFP, research, etc.  All effort well spent!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/23/14 4:51 am
Topic: RE: I don't want to brag or anything... jk I totally do

Brag away- you earned it! Great job!!!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/22/14 9:08 am
Topic: RE: Benefits of monitoring blood sugar

When I first was sleeved I was dealing with low blood sugar, and occasinally tested.  I now seem to be working back into prediabetic mode and beginning two days ago decided to test frequently to see clear patterns of how different foods impact my blood sugar level.  I really wish I would have done this as a newbie.  I have already found two patterns that goes against what I thought was happening.  Also, I suspected my blood sugar was starting to go high here and there and it is confirming this.

What I found already is that when I test before I go to bed my morning fasting level is now higher than that number.  A total turn around from what happened when I was newly sleeved. I still have to try eating before bed (my normal routine due to the low blood sugar from being newly sleeved) and see what that impact is. I was shocked to see my levels were up without eating or drinking anything. 

I also found that when I now exercise in the morning after my usual cups of coffee with cream and taking my vitamin supplement, but not eating anything... my blood sugar actually increases immediatly after the workout.  This is not typical, but is explained by the liver releasing glucose for the workout and my body not responding to the insulin correctly. Damn. I still have to run that by the doc to see if that is what is actually happening so please read that only as an anecdotal observation. 

Finally, normally when you eat your blood sugar goes up.  I have now documented a few instances when I eat protein with carbs under 10 grams, my blood sugar actually drops. Wtf? 

Oh, and as I suspected... I had eaten some veggie straws, a little popcorn (about 1 cup) and a few bites of chocolate over a period of about an hour.  My blood sugar clocked in at 195 or so.  I had another incident of eating a normal meal and going up to 179. By actually monitoring I can now confirm with the doc in an upcoming physical that I am having issues... nothing severe yet, but enough to start trying to figure out how to stop the progression.

Anyway, you don't need a prescription to get a blood glucose monitor.  Walmart sells their version (Relion or something similar) where the montior is about $15, cheap test strips, and the lancets are also reasonable. Most test stips for other systems are far more expensive so if you go looking compare total costs- not just the cost of the monitor itself. I wish I would have tested more early out to better understand how different foods impact me and not just going off of "how I feel". 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/22/14 8:56 am
Topic: RE: Ice cream

Ice Cream is probably my number 1 trigger food and accounted for at least half of my prevsg obesity.  Sure, we can eat it.  I can attest that you can also eat a lot of it- slider food for me. After a couple of years I have finally found acceptable "options" for me"

1. Ice cream is consumed outside of the house- occassional cone.  This opens me up to creating a habit though, so I have recently reduced this to 1 per week. 

2. Substitution- I use my Vitamix to make ice cream at home. It takes 5 minutes, uses 1 cup greek yogurt, an ounce or so of skim milk, tsp vanilla, splenda to taste, and 3 cups or so of frozen strawberries.  Blend. This makes 3 generous servings and the nutritional profile is pretty decent... I will allow myself this up to once per day.  It totally scratches that ice cream itch too, and I actually prefer it to store bought options.  I have also made it with a frozen fruit mix from Costco that has peaches, strawberries, pineapple... I assume the carb load on that is higher, but the ice cream turned out great.  I use strawberries because they are lower on the glycemic index, although Karik pointed out that when you blend them it breaks down something that increases the glycemic load. Don't remember exactly- but it made sense. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/21/14 6:35 pm
Topic: RE: Still Deciding - Lots of Questions

1) Are you able to eat any type of food?  (I know that my husband cannot eat fibrous things; they just don't pass the band well.) Yes.  I rarely drink soda, but I am able to.. just stay away from it per recomendations. 

2) How do you deal with travel?  I travel internationally for work; typically, I'm a guest in someone's home for meals and the tendency is to try to overfeed me.  How do you deal with similar situations? I don't travel much, but it is actually easier to travel. Prior to surgery I was always thinking about when I would eat next, now I skip meals without even realizing it. I eat a lot of ethnic foods- you can find sleeve friendly options in all of them.  Overfeeding- just explain your situation. Most will support. If you don't want to tell all, just go with working a diet high protein low carb. 

3) If you live in a hot climate, are you able to drink enough water to prevent dehydration? I can drink 200 ounces a day no problem. 

4) How long were you in the hospital?  How long until you went back to work after the surgery? 24 hours. Back to work 14 days after surgery. No heavy lifting for a while.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 7/21/14 4:40 pm
Topic: RE: Capacity at 1 year

slider food- food choices sleeve patients can eat a large quantity of with restriction not helping much.  They are usually carbs.  For example, I can comfortably eat 3 ounces of steak, and then full. I can also eat a super large popcorn by myself at the movies and still be able to go back for more.  I can eat a sleeve of oreo cookies still in one sitting (yea- I avoid that**** cream is a serious slider for me- I can put down ice cream almost to the level I could before the sleeve.  So food that just slides right through the stomach instead of sitting tight and keeping us satietiated. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost