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on 10/21/18 4:16 pm
Topic: RE: Can't have surgery and can't go on like this.

This is a very hard situation, I don't know what to do when I'm in your shoes. I hope you will find solace from the support of people around you. You can handle it. Try other diet options.

on 10/20/18 9:31 am
Topic: Fad diets Fail

Hi all, I'm new to the web site having just wrote a review for the weight loss clinic I attend. Fad diets promise quick and lasting results, but very seldom deliver both. Why? Because weight loss is more than intake and exercise, there is a very real psychological side to it as well, and any program that fails to address all three aspects will never work. for sure you have your weekly meetings but losing weight, especially if you are looking to lose a lot, is a minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day process that takes discipline (something we all lack to begin with or we wouldn't be in this position in the first place) and requires incredible support. I have lost 80 pounds in the last 18 months and just yesterday completed my first ever 5K. I still have a long way to go but I will get there, and it will be sooner than later. I am open for comments, questions, and discussion so long as it is civil.

on 9/29/18 5:38 pm
VSG on 01/14/19
Topic: RE: How to stay hydrated in summer?

Hi Christineanna1.

I'm taking fitness classes through our local recreation district "Hayward Rec" nearby. The classes take place only a few blocks from where I live. I included a class in general fitness for active adults which is a low-impact course that meets in the morning 3 times a week. I was taking yoga, but developed house maids knee (bursitis in both knees) which made it impossible to kneel on my mat without a whole lot of pain. So, instead of yoga (2 per week), I'm walking with my husband, who also needs to lose weight, 2 to 3 times per week, about 30 minutes each time. We've been going out in the morning before it becomes hot. I think anything that makes me sweat is probably very good for me and will help me continue to take the weight off. I've done aquatic aerobics at our local pool and enjoy it very much and have participated in Zumba (yeaaay!).

I'm a severely obese female, H 5'7", HW 255, but am now steadily losing weight. I'm down 13 pounds in 20 days and have a goal weight of under 160. I need about to take off about 100 pounds. The diet is 1200 to 1550 calories per day of quality food, emphasizing protein: 70 - 100 grams per day, fat: under 60 grams, and carbohydrate: 130 - 160 grams per day and 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. I'm doing the pre-surgery (VSG) vitamin regimen (excepting the extra thiamine) and am starting to feel much better. I don't feel deprived at all. I'm writing everything down in a food log, which I plan to keep doing for the rest of my life. Plus measuring/weighing my portions as I go.

VSG was/is on the horizon and I'll continue to keep my appointments at the bariatric clinic. I have many obesity-related comorbidities. I'm putting off my final decision until just before surgery so I can weigh my options better. VSG is so permanent! And it complicates hydration. I already have problems with swallowing and VSG isn't going to improve that. It'll most likely make that worse. I've named my new diet the "fear-of-the-knife" diet and am pretty sure I can work it into a permanent life style. It's certain that I can't remain at my current weight because it's having such a negative effect on my quality (and quantity) of life.

Staying hydrated is so important. A new habit I'm developing is keeping a water bottle next to me at all times. I take it to the exercise classes and drink a full 16 oz. during the time before, during and after. When I wake up in the morning, I drink 3, 8 oz. glasses of water first thing and write it down in my food log. I'm using a Diet Minder, which has room for 90 days worth of records and it also has space to write down exercise each day. This was/is available on Amazon. I've bought several and usually buy them used, in very good condition and with free shipping to cut costs.

Let's support each other as we press into healthier lives! I noticed that this part of OH is not much frequented...perhaps because of the surging popularity of VSG. Maybe we can get something going here again. Take care!

(deactivated member)
on 9/28/18 10:52 pm
Topic: How to stay hydrated in summer?

Tips to get fit and hydrated in summer?

Sparklekitty, Hag of Science
on 9/26/18 1:00 pm
VSG on 12/10/13
Topic: RE: AspireAssist

I don't know of anyone who's had it, but it's been mentioned a few times here on OH.

As I understand it, you basically attach a device to a port in your stomach, and suck the food you've eaten out before it has time to be digested. Some folks have called it "medically assisted bulimia" and I'm inclined to agree with that description.

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Tucson Roller Derby

on 9/26/18 12:37 pm
Topic: RE: AspireAssist

Do you know anyone who has used it before? Its covered on my insurance, surprisingly. Just wondering how it works, and the pros and cons of it.

Sparklekitty, Hag of Science
on 9/26/18 9:23 am
VSG on 12/10/13
Topic: RE: AspireAssist

This procedure doesn't force you to re-assess your eating habits; I would be very skeptical about the odds for long-term success and maintenance after this surgery.

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Tucson Roller Derby

on 9/24/18 3:37 pm
Topic: AspireAssist

Hello Community,

Has anyone heard of AspireAssist or have used it? I just want to know people's thoughts.


on 9/18/18 2:34 pm
Topic: RE: Optifast Medcial Program ~ Sudbury ON

I did the Optifast Program in Guelph about 18 months ago; it changed my life and I'm maintaining a 130+ lbs weight loss. After the first 3 days, I wasn't particularly hungry and the lifestyle and nutrition education component was invaluable in continuing to lose after the 12 week Optifast only portion ended. It's absolutely worth a try if you're interested.

HW: 299 CW: 165 GW: 150

Started Optifast on April 21, 2017 at 248lbs through the Ontario Bariatric Network medical program.

on 7/22/18 6:53 pm
Topic: RE: Optifast Medcial Program ~ Sudbury ON
On June 16, 2018 at 8:00 PM Pacific Time, bagmaven wrote:

Hey There,

I just started the Optifast medical program in Hamilton on June 13/18

Have you started yet?

Let me know if you start it!

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