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happyteacher
on 8/19/17 5:23 am
Topic: RE: Breast Issue - Scared

Glad to read that you had a positive outcome. Mri's are great and all, but there is also a higher rate of false postives. Just be sure to do your follow-ups and don't skip 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 8/18/17 2:16 pm
Topic: RE: Breast Issue - Scared

Just want to reaffirm what the above poster said about the weight loss- my oncologist also said that the number one thing I could have done to reduce cancer issues is losing the weight.

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 8/18/17 2:14 pm
Topic: RE: Breast Issue - Scared

Take a deep breath. I know it can be scary. I mean, I really know. So here is the thing- you have large ladies there so the density and size alone can trigger false positives. It might also be benign. It might be something else. Try not to "cross that bridge" before you get there. There are different outcomes that could arise, and you don't know what you don't know... so don't scare yourself over what you don't know. I have had several flavors of cancer with a slew of procedures and treatments including a double mastectomy. I know it can be difficult waiting. But don't make that difficult time even harder on yourself imagining the worst. Sending good karma your way sister.

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 8/18/17 2:09 pm
Topic: RE: Tummy Tuck, YAY or NAY?

I was one prior to vsg that never envisioned getting a TT. I was just not concerned about loose skin, but far more about improving my health. Fast forward and the loose skin is prominent after a 150 pound plus loss. Turkey neck- check. Thighs- yes, but not ridiculous levels. Arms are not too bad. But- I carried all my weight in the abdomen. My stomach and back were bad. I qualified for insurance to remove the panni, and elected to pay the extra $2,000 for the anchor scar and abdominal muscle tightening. Best money I have ever spent on myself- just an unbelievable difference. I went from looking heavy in the stomach (mostly from muffin top) to a perfectly flat stomach. I just had a ton of loose skin there. I could not afford to have the back done, but that drapes more naturally so with clothing not a big deal.

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 8/12/17 3:29 pm
Topic: RE: Hard lesson! ~ newbies please read ~ Positive comments only please

Oh thank God this wasn't worse. This is how people die. Glad to read you are honoring your stages and I applaud your honesty that hopefully will serve as an authentic warning to other newbies. Take good care of yourself.

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 8/8/17 2:11 pm
Topic: RE: where do I start?

Welcome back! There are not many of us around from that time period, but a few!

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 8/6/17 9:01 am
Topic: RE: Lifting restrictions immediately post-op

It was 10 for me...

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 8/6/17 8:58 am
Topic: RE: Tested positive for H-Pylori and the treatment is making me feel worse

The iron supplements can do that. Talk to your doc about switching- I can no longer recall which type is typically tolerated better, but ask. The doc should know, but if not post a thread here. Someone will know... Sparklekitty, Grim, Hala or someone from that group is usually very on top of that type of stuff. Hala in particular has to struggle with nutrition and tolerance of items. Antibiotics can also be an issue. I have a strong awful reaction to the cepholaxin family so I don't use it. The desired goal in my case can be met with different antibiotics that don't cause horrible diarrhea. Eat yogurt and other probiotics to help level out your system.

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 8/6/17 8:49 am
Topic: RE: Why it is important to weigh and track-

I am 5 years out or so. During the weight loss phase I tracked and weighed portions daily. As I met goal I tracked less, weighed less. I found that I would always slowly work into "portion creep", where I thought I was eating less than I was. If my weight spiked up I would always revert to weighing and measuring for a while to recalibrate of sorts. I am in that mode now.

Found a new recipe that I "thought" would be reasonably protein forward and a nice change of pace. It was a breakfast cake with no sugar, ricotta, yogurt, lots of eggs and I used freshly milled 100% whole wheat flour. I skipped the yummy ass lemon glaze. I actually thought it would be reasonably Ok, so made and ate it first... then entered the recipe on MYP. Mistake. 189 calories and only 9 grams of protein. In maintenance that is Ok and all, but I am looking to shed a couple of pounds so not cool. Even 5 years out it surprises me how much off I can be on my estimates at times!!

Anyone else out there still muck up their estimates? It doesn't happen as frequently anymore, but dang... still happens a lot!

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 8/4/17 5:20 pm
Topic: RE: Patch MD results after about 2 years of use

It does seem to work especially well for those of us with low iron. Like mentioned, I was anemic despite taking supplements. This worked though and even seems to tolerate my forgetting to put it on a few times a week. I do eat mindfully though most of the time to help ensure nutrition is good.

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 8/4/17 5:19 pm
Topic: RE: Less than 24 Hour until VSG - Nerves/Coffee

First few days are the hardest. It steadily gets easier so hang in there! Keep up on the fluids, right now that is even more important than trying to hit your protein targets. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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 8/4/17 5:14 pm
Topic: RE: Homemade Greek Yogurt- so easy now!!! Fairlife...

It is positively liberating! Give it a try! I adore the IP- it does healthy fast food. Tackle the learning curve- you will be glad you did!!

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 8/4/17 5:13 pm
Topic: RE: Homemade Greek Yogurt- so easy now!!! Fairlife...

The easiest starter to get is to simply purchase a yogurt from the grocery store that you like and has active cultures in it. Fage for example. I also keep on hand dried culture for those times I don't have anything in the house. Once you have a batch of yogurt made, save a bit of it and you can use that as starter for your next batch. Use 1 TB per half gallon of milk. The higher the milk fat the thicker the yogurt. Fairlife (2%) is a little different, the higher protein makes for a very thick yogurt.

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 8/4/17 5:09 pm
Topic: RE: Patch MD results after about 2 years of use

Honestly, I have never heard about no iron 2 hours from coffee or tea. If that is a rule, I have broken it every day since surgery. I do know there is a 2 hour window from calcium. There is also a calcium with vitamin D patch also, and I try to remember to use that one at night. I have not been using that one in a while though, hence the low D.

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 8/3/17 5:51 pm
Topic: RE: Favorite High Protein Easy Breakfast?

The coffee really minimizes the protein taste. Try 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 8/3/17 5:50 pm
Topic: RE: Favorite High Protein Easy Breakfast?

Meat. I sous vide a variety of proteins, and so it is just a super quick heat up in a pan. Chicken breasts, steaks... pretty much anything. I also teach so I hear you on the simple protein packed breakfast. In the colder months I use chocolate protein powder in my coffee- makes a very nice mocha coffee and helps to switch things up!

I also do smoothies, but without any of the high-calorie junk other than some fruit. A cup of greens, a cup of plain ff greek yogurt, a cup of frozen strawberries, unsweetened milk or crystal light, and ice cubes. Makes enough for 2 people. I sweeten it with liquid stevia. You could also toss some protein powder in this if needed, my daughter likes it with vanilla.

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 8/3/17 2:18 pm
Topic: RE: Homemade Greek Yogurt- so easy now!!! Fairlife...

If you are a Greek yogurt eater there is a super easy way to make your own yogurt! If you take a container of Fairlife milk and add in a TB of starter and incubate it for 8 hours. No need to boil and then cool it first! It also turns out super thick so there is no need to strain off the whey- so easy!!!

I use my Instant Pot's yogurt function to incubate it. If you own an Excalibur dehydrator that will work, or there are also different DYI options you can do. Just Google- you just need to be able to hold the temp steady. Making your own saves not only a fortune but also avoids all of the extra chemical sludge that is used in commercial yogurts.

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 8/3/17 2:07 pm
Topic: RE: Patch MD results after about 2 years of use

The Patch multivitamin with iron is a relative new kid on the block. I started using them a while back, and within 6 weeks my labs were all within normal ranges except my D3 being just slightly low. Fast forward a few years- I skipped my labs last year and was way over due. I also have been very inconsistent with wearing the patch, averaging 3-4 times per week now.

My labs just came in great! My D3 is just a shade low still, but everything else is in range. Prior to using the Patch I was anemic and no amount of supplemeting seemed to help. Cholesterol is also normal- I went through a cholesterol spike after surgery so I thought I would mention that. Only caveat is that after having my gallbladder out a while back I don't stomach fat well so eliminated a huge amount of it out of the diet.

Also of interest potentially is that my doc said that although there is not a lot of research on the Patch as far as effectiveness, from what she was seeing the folks using it were getting consistently good lab results.

They are a tiny bit pricey, but at least for me they work awesome and I love not having to take a pill! There are always codes that will get you 30%-40% off. The patch to help with sleep also seem to work quite well for me, although I only use them occasionally.

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 7/31/17 2:48 pm
Topic: RE: Less than 24 Hour until VSG - Nerves/Coffee

Perfectly normal to be nervous, so don't let that stop you. Coffee is typically Ok provided you do not add cream.

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 7/30/17 8:15 pm
Topic: RE: Multivitamin help!

Have you tried the Patch by chance? My iron was always low until I switched to it. Might be worth a conversation with your doc?

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 7/30/17 8:14 pm
Topic: RE: Multivitamin help!

Thanks Gwen, I will ask about it at the next appointment.

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 7/28/17 1:07 pm
Topic: RE: My allergic reaction is better!!!!!!!!

I have a ton of allergies, most of which are different than what my daughter has. Given that, we have a lot of experience. Try introducing only 1 food back in at a time. There is no requirement to eat protein shakes, as it is quite possible to get your protein in without them. If, for example, you are pretty confident you can do chicken then add that in. If after a few days all is well, add in tuna. If you suspect it is protein shakes only add the exact one back in- if you react then you have at least identified what is triggering it. From there, it is time to start ruling out specific ingredients. You can pretty easily find dairy free/lactose-free shakes.

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 7/26/17 6:50 am
Topic: RE: Everything changes..

I had the same thing happen with water. It took quite a while to readjust for whatever reason. Like you I added flavorings in for a long time. I am back to plain water again without issue, but dang... was super sensitive to needing some type of acid in the water to lighten it up for 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 7/26/17 6:48 am
Topic: RE: Multivitamin help!

Oh I had forgotten about the applesauce thing. I too was advised to grind my vitamins and put it in the applesauce for the first few weeks. :)

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 7/26/17 6:46 am
Topic: RE: Multivitamin help!

For folks reading this thread, Donna is spot on.

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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