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happyteacher
on 2/24/17 2:06 pm
Topic: RE: Question for those who have used the vitamin patch for a while...

Thank you- I do normally put them on the abdomen. Tried to tuck them in the panties, but first bathroom use and it is off for sure. I agree about the shower thing. Even worse is not realizing you had it on the shower, and then the darn thing hits the tile floor and you don't notice. That is a pain to get off!

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 2/24/17 2:04 pm
Topic: RE: Question for those who have used the vitamin patch for a while...

Good suggestion- thank you!

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

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

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happyteacher
on 2/23/17 6:29 pm
Topic: RE: Question for those who have used the vitamin patch for a while...

Double mastectomy here, and my chest is not just flat- it is concave. So that won't work for me... but I appreciate you letting me know they are not as sticky. I am contemplating contacting them for a replacement. if I have another one fall of quickly again I might call.

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 2/23/17 4:21 pm
Topic: RE: Question for those who have used the vitamin patch for a while...

I have been using the patch for a quite a while now, and used several packs of them. I have noticed on the stuff that came in my recent shipment the patches are falling off very easily. Back when I first started using them I practically had to chisel them off. Anyone else notice this? It is bad enough that they are falling off in an hour or so, so quite sure I am not getting enough in given they are designed to be on for 6 or more hours. 

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 2/23/17 4:08 pm
Topic: RE: Plastics Consult Post!

Hi Gwen,

I am so excited for you! Does an upper body lift include a tummy tuck? Not real sure. I had the tummy tuck and it was shocking how much of a difference it made, so I would imagine your more extensive surgery would be utterly amazing! I still have a lot of loose skin on the back that needs to go, but no plans on shelling out the money. I think that your surgeries are expensive, but I totally agree that it will help you to stay on track long term and last a lifetime (unlike the fancy car). So happy for you!

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

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

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happyteacher
on 2/20/17 5:07 pm
Topic: RE: Anyone Try Epic Bars?

Never heard of them, off to check it out now. Thanks for posting!

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 2/20/17 5:00 pm
Topic: RE: Happy Sunday - Just need some tips

Preop is rough, but it really helps to get you closer to the habits you are looking to develop along with shedding some of the weight. IMHO it was critical to my getting to goal, so stick with it to the very best of your ability. I relied on shakes a lot during with weight loss phase. My most used was Premier Protein RTD chocolate. I also early out from surgery used Jarrow unflavored protein powder to add it to food to up the protein levels. Eventually I started to tire of the shakes, and used powder to blend into chocolate shakes (Vitamix, chocolate powder, water/skim mil**** cubes, Torani sf syrup).From there I started using coffee flavored options like Chike. Now a days I don't use them as much, but always do best calorically on the days that I do. 

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 2/18/17 10:02 am
Topic: RE: Rebounding from Regain 101

A little off topic for sure Karik... given you are a big meat eater you might want to dabble with sous vide. It makes for insanely tender proteins, and works incredibly well for our teacher schedules. I can put something on Sunday evening and it is finished on Tuesday for dinner. Get home, quick sear, and crazy good dinner. Steaks and other items take 30 minutes or so, so this is very dependent on what you are cooking for time. Anyway, I know you are a bit of a foodie and it is worth playing with it. I have the Joule, but no need to spend that much if you want to get a cheaper circulator. 

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 2/18/17 9:59 am
Topic: RE: Length of stay in the hospital after the sleeve

23 hours, and I also had a hiatel hernia repair done at the same time. The bullet can work for your needs, but I love my Vitamix. I have been off and on liquid diets since vsg, and the Vitamix makes that far more tolerable. I am very picky though about texture. Hence, you bullet will get you through if you are not as picky as I am. 

 

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 2/13/17 5:56 pm
Topic: RE: Where moderation got me ...

Wow, that is some serious strength to get up that rope. Pretty sure if I tried to just jump up a tad and hold that position on a rope for 3 seconds couldn't do 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 2/13/17 5:50 pm
Topic: RE: Protien Shake?

Premier protein RTD is what I used most during the weight loss phase. Switched it up in the summers with Chike. 

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 2/13/17 5:48 pm
Topic: RE: Acid Medicine For...Life? (Another Acid Post)

Oh, I should add- it was such a problem before surgery I was unable to keep solid food down. If you are at such high levels maybe get checked for a hiatel hernia. They did an endoscopy looking for an ulcer, but that did not pick up the hernia. If my gastro guy had not palpitated my abdomen and found a very tender spot (not in the gallbladder area) might not have found it. He ordered a CT, that found the hernia. Surgeon thought it was a false positive, ordered an upper gi- confirmed. 

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 2/13/17 5:46 pm
Topic: RE: Acid Medicine For...Life? (Another Acid Post)

Prior to having the gallbladder out and super large hiatel hernia I was on that much. Once surgery was done, on it for a while and weaned off of it. Drinking kombucha tea really helps- maybe try that and see if you can taper off some?

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 2/7/17 2:59 pm
Topic: RE: Prilosec

I would. I also want to share that when I have acid issues post vsg, it is the "silent" variety most all the time. In other words, no burning or other typcial symptoms of my former GERD status prevsg. My biggest indicator now? If I feel hungry. Acid mimics hunger. Hunger makes me eat, which comes back again maybe an hour or so later. That is the acid talking, and it also can make it difficult to lose weight due to dealing with the psuedo hunger thing. So yes, take it for now.

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 2/6/17 12:20 pm
Topic: RE: Anyone 8 years or more out? I have a question

I am 5 years out. Last year I got to a point where I couldn't keep solid food down and gallbladder attacks. Ended up I needed both the gallbladder out and a very large hiatel hernia repaired (same surgery). Doing better since then, but the digestive system is easily irritated by fats and other foods. 

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 2/6/17 3:29 am
Topic: RE: Almost 8 Years Out- Looking for people 5+ years out

Glad you dropped by! I want to offer that the acid might be resulting in the difficulty in getting the 30 pounds off. I had my gallbladder and a very large hiatel hernia fixed a little over a year ago. Just prior to that I was dealing with a lot of acid, and had gained 30 pounds, putting me over my goal weight for a period. After surgery and with the acid dealt with, the weight came right back off. 

Kombucha tea is now what I regularly use to manage the little bit of acid issues I have remaining, with occasional doses of a PPI. I thought at first it was just me that seemed to benefit from the kombucha, but a few others on here who have tried have also found a benefit. If you are not used to drinking it, start with just 4 ounces or so a day until your body has time to adjust. I now attribute much of the acid issues that I do have to fallout from losing the gallbladder. With the hernia it was a constant issue, whereas now it is something that flares up when I eat food with even minimal fat content. 

Glad to see you have returned, checking in periodically does help all of us to stay on track. :) 

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 2/4/17 12:48 pm
Topic: RE: Embarrassing...

Yep. Had an incident in class once, but the 5 year olds blamed each other. 

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 2/4/17 7:20 am
Topic: RE: Thinking out loud -- personal/professional life and its impact on my health

You seem like a list maker! Glad to read you have a balanced view on your life and that you work to keep things in a happy place. Congrats on hitting those health goals!

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 1/31/17 3:48 pm
Topic: RE: Woman Within catalog

Try Old Navy and JCP. I could replace an entire work wardrobe for $200 when I was churning through sizes. Sorry about WW. I used to order from them years ago, and was never very impressed. But when you are a '=6'2'' super fat chick it was one of the only places to get super fat and super tall.

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 1/31/17 3:09 am
Topic: RE: I'm going to scream

Hang in there, that is very typical for the process. It is really good you are noticing inches coming off. That is how it tends to work, either losing pounds or inches. When stalled, it is inches. Hang in there and keep yourself on plan. 20 pounds is a lot for one month, so you body just needs time to catch up and heal!

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 1/29/17 4:53 pm
Topic: RE: VSG doubts over hair loss-advice please!!!!

I had super thick hair going into surgery. I did lose quite a bit, but not enough so others would notice. I ended up getting a shorter haircut, and it went from wavy pre vsg to downright curly. It didn't grow for a little while, but eventually resumed. I have tons of hair now and it is longer than it has been in years. Don't let your hair dictate your decision about surgery. The health benefits drastically outweigh temporary hair loss. 

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 1/29/17 1:57 pm
Topic: RE: Alcohol

You should be good. Just be warned that if you are using alcohol in a pressure cooker recipe, the alcohol will not cook off. 

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 1/29/17 10:20 am
Topic: RE: Having burning acid reflux please help

Some of us needed to try different PPIs until we found one that worked. Drinking kombucha really helps me as well. If you are not a kombucha drinker, start with only a few ounces a day until you adjust. Maybe 4 or so, slowly.

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 1/29/17 10:16 am
Topic: RE: Losing hair

I got a shorter haircut. Seemed to help until the shedding stopped. I also let it air dry. By that time my hair had gotten really curly, so I just rocked the fro.

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 1/29/17 10:05 am
Topic: RE: Are there any VSG patients here more than 5 years post op?

I am a little over 5 years out. Portion size is still small, as my restriction is still excellent. Of course, it is also very easy to eat around my sleeve. I shoot for 1200 calories a day on average, as some days are higher and some lower. Portion size, if I am eating clean continues to be 3-4 ounces dense protein, green leafy veggies, and a small amount of a side. I try not to lose my eating habits developed during the weight loss phase, and for the most part do well with that. I do have some not so great days here and there, but also put myself back in weight loss mode should me weight spike.

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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