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happyteacher
on 7/31/15 3:06 pm
Topic: RE: hiatal hernia and sleeve anyone have it?

Had it fixed. It did bother me more than the stomach surgery, however, please know that IMHO the entire recovery was smooth sailing and well worth it. The gas pain/issue for me that we all experience for the first 3 days or so was worse, and that wasn't that bad :)

  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 7/31/15 1:18 pm
Topic: RE: Gratitude thread

Lots of people to help you out when you need it. Good luck next week!

  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 7/31/15 9:31 am
Topic: RE: Isopure question

Absolutely. Preop I bought a humongus size of Muscle Milk Light powder, and absolutely oould not choke it down in the shake version post op. Eventually I started using it in the morning coffee and I was able to use it that way, but I would nevery buy it again. 

  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 7/31/15 9:29 am
Topic: RE: Isopure question

alpine punch

They also make a product (or used to at least) called isopure plus... same thing, but in smaller bottles that are portioned out nicely. I used this a lot in the first 2 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 7/30/15 7:13 pm, edited 7/30/15 7:13 pm
Topic: RE: little over a week post op and i HATE protein shakes

Keep trying, you will find something you can tolerate. It is tough the first bit out for sure. Do a search on protein shake recipes. I had a phase where I was blending vanilla, sf butterscotch pudding mix, ice, and water to make it similar to a milkshake. Maybe some wacky combo like that will help? Another option, if you have not tried the Chike high protein coffee option it doesn't taste proteiny at all and is like an iced coffee awesomeness. Other options are the high protein cream of chicken soup, high protein hot chocolate (very good!), etc. You can also use protein powder (vanilla  or chocolate) in your coffee and that does a great job of masking it... just make sure the coffee is not piping hot to avoid clumping. Try to notice what temperature is working better for you hot or cold, and go in that direction for now. Then try and notice if sweet or savory is more tolerable and try something from that genre. Isopure makes a drink that is kind of like kool aid and available at Gnc and similar stores where you can buy just 1 bottle to try. Just keep trying, you will fnd something!

  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 7/30/15 7:07 pm
Topic: RE: Gratitude thread

No details needed! Keeping it simple- gotta love that!

  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 7/30/15 7:07 pm
Topic: RE: Gratitude thread

I love Fiesta dishes also. I have a couple of complete sets and now want to switch to the square settings, but just can't justify having a ridiculous amount of the stuff. Qi Gong- never heard of it, and off to Google it now!

  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 7/30/15 7:05 pm
Topic: RE: Gratitude thread

Lol, the french is killing me with all of the accents and other thingys that I don't even know the name of! I went though a big chunk of the lessons before I even noticed the opening page (once scrolling down) explains stuff. My cell app does not give options for accents, so I switched to using the website and my laptop... the website offers the accent buttons needed. Not that I have a very clear idea at the moment of exactly when to use which type ;)  Clever chica switching your keyboard!

  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 7/30/15 3:20 pm
Topic: RE: Gratitude thread

After I return from my Montreal trip, I am switching to Spanish. Used to know a decent amount and managed to forget more then I remember. Had to start with French so I could experience what it is like starting with no knowledge to get a feel for what it would be like for me students. Totally and utterly in love with the app, website, and appreciate they have a teacher dashboard with appropriate features for use in the classroom and for friggin' free! My kiddos are going to love 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 7/30/15 1:00 pm
Topic: RE: Gratitude thread

Gratitude! It is worth taking a moment to acknowledge what is good in your life! Feel free to share the amazingingness that is yours!

- my kids are doing splendidly

- I am learning French through a free app called Duolingo and loving it

- health is doing awesome, recovery from surgery going smoothly

- enjoying planning my upcoming vacation

- found my sisters' Fiestaware at a great price for her birthday

I could go on and on.... how about 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 7/30/15 12:20 pm
Topic: RE: Vitamin question- if skipping, then back to being consistent how long until labs show this? Patch...

Believe me, I have tried everything. I am ADHD so it is a known issue for me. I have tried setting alarms, posting notes, carrying them with me at all times, setting up pill boxes with am/pm boxes, purchasing pill boxes that "annonce" when it is time to take meds, asking family members to remind me if they think about it (yea, totally adhd family... the whole apple/tree thing!). It truly is not a wilful noncompliance thing. I literally will remember to take them, but by the time I make it downstairs or what have you I have managed to redirect myself to something else and then later can't remember if I actually followed thorugh in taking them or only started to and then didn't follow through. The patches, I hope, due to being time released will be a higher absorption rate as advertised. I am much better at remembering the stuff in the morning, but evenings (after adhd meds have long warn off) not so much :(

  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 7/29/15 7:57 pm
Topic: RE: Vitamin question- if skipping, then back to being consistent how long until labs show this? Patch...

Thanks Grim!

  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 7/29/15 2:07 pm
Topic: RE: HELPPP!!!

Beg the office. Let them know why it is so critical to get it before he retires and loss of your insurance. They can many times make something work. If that doesn't work, then what Diane says- the Cobra will be worth it for a bit to cover the costs. Check with the surgeon- I know mine included in the cost of the surgery all of the follow-up care for a year. Thus, carrying it for just a couple of months is typically long enough to be fairly assured trips to the ER or other complications are taken care of in the unlikely event they occur. 

  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 7/29/15 2:03 pm
Topic: RE: first year p/o, do we have chemical advantage for weightloss?

Oh, totally forgot about that. I was diabetic preop, and no issues with it immediately postop other than some bouts of low sugar. 

  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 7/29/15 1:52 pm
Topic: RE: Vitamin question- if skipping, then back to being consistent how long until labs show this? Patch...

Hi,

I am guilty of missing vitamins a couple of days per week- usually I remember 4 days out of 7 type pattern. I previously also took the typical multi with iron pill, and would never remember to take the second one. I switched over the the patch version and now consistently remember to put on a fresh one daily. I am having bloodwork done here in a few weeks and would like to compare how I do on the patch compared to the pills, but I am not sure how long I would need to be on it for it to give me a reliable reading?

  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 7/29/15 1:48 pm
Topic: RE: Weight/size issues

I fully understand that we all have different frames, and 168 on one 5'4'' woman could look totally different that the same stats on someone else. But, your BMI is sitting at a tick under 29. I read research that for women the ideal bmi is 22-23. I get that is not true for ALL women, but most anyway. I also respect that you are down to only 2 meds, and that is positively wonderful! The extra weight you are still carrying, however, predisposes you to more health issues potentially down the road. Stay in this for the long game! Regain of 5% of your loss is very typical too. My daughter is 6'2'' and weighs in at 150- she is not outrageously skinny by anyone's definition, and if she were to gain more it would be muffintop tummy pudge at this point. She wears a size 2 or 4 depending on what store she shops at. Clothing sizes don't mean much in other words. I am the same height as my daughter, have a bmi of 25 at the moment, and wear a size 12- and I am "thick"... if it were not for my cancer status I would have absolutely dropped down a few ticks on the bmi scale. I can also vouch for once you are out of your weight loss phase mindset it is more difficult to lose later on strictly from a discipline standpoint. Go after it now. We all possess the skills of gaining should that end up being something you need to do to adjust if you find that you truly are too thin for your likes once you drop that weight. 

  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 7/29/15 1:39 pm
Topic: RE: NSV!

Can totally attest to that sister! Congrats!

  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 7/29/15 9:25 am, edited 7/29/15 9:26 am
Topic: RE: New to this process

Varies by insurance. I was fortunate, as I was not required to demonstrate 6 months of dieting before. I was required to see a shrink, have a stress test, see a Nut, have bloodwork drawn, see an exercise guru, meet with the doc at the bariatric clinic, meet with the surgeon. Usually patients are required to do a sleep study, but since both me and the hubby worked in a sleep clinic and were very familiar with apnea that was waived given I had nothing symptomatic or observable during sleep. It took me 3 months to get through the appointments and make it to surgury. 

  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 7/29/15 9:23 am
Topic: RE: Doctor Told Me I Wouldn't Be Happy With a Sleeve

I experienced this too. Remember that your vagus nerve is cut and not working right now- this is what sends you the full signal. Be sure to measure so you don't over do it since you cannot "tell" at the moment when you have enough. Like others mentioned, once you get to dense protein believe me you will know. I had myself convinced at the 2-3 week point that my sleeve was just not working as described, but even with my larger lossly sewn sleeve I have loads of restriction and cannot put much down at one time at all even a few years out. Hang in there!

  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 7/29/15 9:18 am
Topic: RE: first year p/o, do we have chemical advantage for weightloss?

Actually we do- the surgury reduces a hormone Ghrelin. This is the hunger hormone. Some patients eventually get hunger back, but typically no where near the levels experienced preop. That alone makes it much easier in my opinion, and the restriction is also exceedingly 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 7/29/15 9:16 am
Topic: RE: Reactive Hypoglycemia, Seizure

RH is not common at all with Vsg. I also had low blood sugar issues that slowly improved as the months wore on. I was fortunate in that as long as I tracked carefully and particularly avoided pasta it was well managed. I would never discourage someone from seeking the Vsg as it is far far more likely that they will experience dramatic improvements in health than not. I am sorry that you are having continued issues with RH, and I hope you are able to find a regiment that works for 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 7/29/15 9:10 am
Topic: RE: Whatcha Eating Today VSGers? -- Wednesday

I have also spent the last few days adjusting to get the grazing/snacking/ice cream addiction in check. Pretty much there now, so time to build on the positive mojo. 

B: Premier Protein shake

S: steamed veggies, fibergourmet cinnamon crackers

L: tuna on a bed of lettuce

S: green smoothie or turkey pepperoni if I am too lazy to make the smoothie

D: Going to see Hozier tonight! Hubby and I hopefully can go out to dinner before if he can get off work in time and I can arrange a ride for my youngest. If going out, the low calorie options either at Chils or Applebees or Olive Garden or Logans. Probably sirloin steak and broccoli.

I have vowed not to drink at the concert (alcohol). Bottled water for me tongiht!

  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 7/29/15 7:44 am
Topic: RE: Gall Bladder Medication

I was allergic to the gallbladder meds, so my surgeon did not have me use anything the whole duration. No issues. 

  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 7/29/15 7:42 am
Topic: RE: are protein bars soft foods???

As others mentioned, not a soft food. Protein bars (when you are far enough out for them) will either help your process, or slow it down. It seems to be at one end of the spectrum or the other. Many find that they are triggery. Myself, I found them to be incredibly helpful. It is true when some refer to them as a candy bar substitute, however, if you select the type carefully they both taste good and pack good nutrition. Most of them are way too high in carbs and cals and too low in protein. Some stand out. The Quest brand is popular on this site, although personally I couldn't stand them due to texture issues. I prefer the Detour brand (low sugar version) or the pure protein brand- both at Sams or Costco. My general rule is 1 gram of protein per every 10 calories and low carb. They make a fantastic quick meal replacement, or in my case did a fine job of choosing that over the candy bars located in the staff lounge. For others though, they can't stay out of them so perhaps at first just buy one to try instead of a whole case :)

  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 7/29/15 7:36 am
Topic: RE: Pre op appointment today scale is down

You are off to a fantastic start, congratulations! Those pounds coming off now will go a long, long way to helping you reach your ultimate goal. The preop diet phase can be a pain, but truly do your very best as it will pay huge dividends post op. It does a ton to help ease that adjustment and get you to goal! Proud of 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