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on 8/20/18 9:23 am - PA
VSG on 08/23/16
Topic: RE: Whatcha Earing Today VSGers? Monday, 8/20/2018

QOTD - Favorite restaurant - wow - that's a tough one. So many of the ones I have loved have closed in recent years. right now, I'd have to say Mr. Joe's Cafe in Philly - open for lunch only. Little corner Italian place with pasta made fresh daily - I feel like I'm eating at my grandmother's house.

Breakfast - Protein shake - frozen pineapple and mango, fresh spinach, Fairlife Skim and protein powder

AM snack - Oikos Protein Crunch - Vanilla with Blueberry

Lunch - Chicken breast cold - 4 ounces with 1 tablespoon of pesto for Pesto Chicken Salad and two cups of salad greens and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette

PM Snack - Quinoa Chickpea salad with summer vegetables (1/4 cup)

Dinner - Not entirely sure - I fence tonight so I won't eat dinner until I get home at 10 - I'll try to grab some kind of protein before I fence.

Keep on losing!


HW 271.5 (April 2016) SW 246.9 (8/23/16) CW 158 (5/2/18)

Kristi T.
on 8/20/18 9:23 am - MT
VSG on 02/09/16
Topic: RE: Whatcha Earing Today VSGers? Monday, 8/20/2018

Good morning! I hope you can get some good sleep today Mersh after your long night. I am so glad to hear you feel a little better about your birthday tomorrow!

It was a long weekend and I was slammed at work yesterday. Groups of people coming in to ask what in the heck they are going to do all week long now that half of Glacier Park is closed. The air quality is so bad you can't even tell them to enjoy the rest of the outdoor activities our area has to offer:-) Museums and shopping is all I had to offer for right now. The Osprey's are still screeching like mad, but I found out it is totally normal, so now I can stop worrying about them.

B-Bullet Coffee

L-PP shake(peaches & cream)


D-Grocery shopping

E-I can't take Emmy outside, she is too small to handle the air, so not sure what to do today.

Have a safe Monday!

on 8/20/18 9:19 am, edited 8/20/18 2:22 am
Topic: RE: Whatcha Earing Today VSGers? Monday, 8/20/2018

Happy Birthday, mersh! Hellos, menu friends. Happy Monday. I?m off today, which is great?still recovering from an end of year getaway and a family party at the house yesterday. Not to mention chasing, buying and sorting school supplies. Today is a day to get back on track with hydration and protein. I had so much salty stuff yesterday?probably my body trying to replace all the salts that I sweat out. Thought I?d lose 3lbs on this vacay, but nope! (Hopefully, I?m retaining water in my crazy sore legs). In truth, I?ve neglected my best interests and am noting it as a lesson learned.

QOTD: I?m not sure that I have one. One of the best and most beautifully presented meals that I?ve had was at the Napa Rose at a hotel in the Disneyland resort. It was autumn and everything was seasonal and so well- plated, you almost hated to eat it. If I'm in Honolulu, I really like Alan Wongs--fun, creative menu. For everyday family meals, there?s a local cafe that has a solid menu, a nice staff and a great coffee bar.

B - coffee, protein, fairlife. maybe I will add some cinnamon. I?m trying to see if I can fake a Mexican hot chocolate taste.

L - Ham, Swiss, some celery and raw broccoli. Need some fiber :/

D - TBD.

S - more protein.

Water and vitamins.

HW: 260 - SW: 250

GW (Surgeon): 170 - GW (Me): 150

on 8/20/18 9:16 am - PA
VSG on 08/23/16
Topic: RE: Thin Forearm Skin - any correlation?

More likely related to your thyroid than VSG. My mom and my mother in law (who worked hard to stay at 100 pounds each) both had thyroid issues and were on synthroid for YEARS. They both developed very thin skin on their arms and shins as they aged and it seemed like if you looked at them funny they developed bruises.

I had thyroid issues but they have since regulated, but the thinning skin also seems to come along with menopause. I bruise fairly easily now and it seems like they are more visible. But I also fence (as in en garde) 5-6 hours a week. So people are stabbing me intentionally with force.

I have read that potassium helps with stopping bruising, but check with your medical team first.

Keep on losing!


HW 271.5 (April 2016) SW 246.9 (8/23/16) CW 158 (5/2/18)


on 8/20/18 9:06 am
VSG on 08/16/12
Topic: RE: Negative Nancies - venting

Sounds like she is jealous and you just keep rocking what you are doing..... huge win for you! congratulations!

on 8/20/18 8:56 am
VSG on 10/05/17
Topic: RE: Whatcha Earing Today VSGers? Monday, 8/20/2018

Hey, Mer****hanks for the post! Your food always sounds so much better than mine! I need some preparation, I think.

QOTD: Describe your favorite restaurant, what's your favorite thing about it? I love the Black Eye'd Pea here in Mooresville. It's small, (maybe 12 tables), run by two brothers with their mum, sister and nieces. The food is hot, well prepared, never greasy, and pretty traditional comfort food.

I can order "sides" to make sure the choices are good; only down side is the waiti some times!

B: Daughter home; over easy egg; 1 crisp bacon, 1/4 waffle

S: Skinny Girl Popcorn 1 C

L: Chicken breast, 1/4 twice backed potato

D: Thin crust ham & pineapple pizza, yogurt

HW: 240 Consult: 205 lbs SW: 199 lbs

5.5 MO = 130 lbs (-70 lbs) GOAL!!!!

9 MO = 122 lbs BMI 21 (-84 lbs)

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 8/20/18 8:41 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16
Topic: RE: Whatcha Earing Today VSGers? Monday, 8/20/2018

Good morning! I hope the rest of your shift went well. Exciting about your birthday tomorrow!

We are back from the lake in NH (got home at 9 last night). Today I have to clear the decks and get ready for company this afternoon and the next few days. Lots to get in before the end of summer here on Cape Cod.

QOTD: This is a tough one because we have some many great restaurants here. Probably a place called Fisherman's View which is on Cape Cod Canal and has a beautiful view of the canal and lots of boats. The fish is terrific there as well. But I also like Spranos at Casino on the Sea which has a beautiful view in Falmouth Heights and the dining room is lovely. They have wonderful Italian food (they have had a good inland restaurant for a lot of years). I could actually go on and on, because it depends on the time of year and the weather as to what appeals. The best restaurant I've ever been to is one where DS interned twice and worked at for a while as a chef: Auberge Du Soleil in Rutherford, CA (Napa valley). The restaurant is at the resort. Amazing food and views! And thank goodness we had a 50% discount... I actually couldn't do it justice now as it is a fixed course meal and I wouldn't be able to eat enough to make it worth even that 50% price.

2 Years, 4.5 months post-op (maintaining at goal for 20.5 months)

Always lots of coffee...

B: eggs, cottage cheese and Canadian bacon

L: tuna salad, pickles and cottage cheese

D: ? Probably going out

S: cottage cheese with fruit

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017 - Brow and eyelid PS 12/11/2017.

WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL since 10/12/2016 - in current range since 12/10/2016. Average maintenance calories 1350


on 8/20/18 8:39 am
VSG on 08/16/12
Topic: Thin Forearm Skin - any correlation?

Super strange question but there is 1 other person that has had the surgery and has the same issue as me. Not sure if it is surgery related or not. I had the gastric sleeve 6 years ago and on thryiod medicine and so is my friend - we both have thinning skin on our forearms. If we bump into something, either the skin breaks open and bleeds or a red spot will appear and then may break open later. It could be as simple as my dog jumping up on my arms :(

I am 44 years old - so it could be age related too - but I am healthy other than a small spare tire still. Is anyone else experiencing thin skin after surgery? I know I run a lot colder now but just curious if any of you experience what we have? If yes, please share. It comes and goes...

Dr. Guillermo Alvarez
on 8/20/18 7:30 am
Topic: The #AskDrA Show | Episode 148 | Constipation, Feeling Hungry & Stress Test Before Surgery

Good Morning

Don't forget to check out the new episode of the #AskDrA Show


Dr. Alvarez

on 8/20/18 6:37 am - Daytona Beach, FL
VSG on 06/25/18
Topic: RE: Whatcha Earing Today VSGers? Monday, 8/20/2018

Hi All

QOTD: Describe your favorite restaurant, what's your favorite thing about it? Currently my favorite is a small breakfast/lunch diner we stumbled onto, well, truthfully we have seen it many times but finally decided to give them a try shortly before my surgery. We like to support local shops and restaurants/diners/cafes and now after my surgery they are just most often more willing to cater to my limited diet. AND FYI even when we share a meal we tip like we bought two full meals! (We've been in that business so we are big on tips) OK, so Hanna's is the name and it is really busy (which means good food) and they have a great staff! One thing I love is I can substitute out foods I can have for those I cannot or should not have, for example out with the potatoes and instead I can have tomato slices OR avocado slices! At no additional charge which is great, we stopped going to one because even with no toast or potatoes they still charged me for a small amount of salsa! Don't get me wrong if I order something special I expect to pay but in this case it seemed wrong.

Week 8

Water, water, water! Oh a VSG friend suggested I try Jordan's Skinny Syrup PEACH to up my fluid intake so giving it a try today she said it doesn't have that sugar free taste.

M1: 4 oz Ocean Spray Diet Cran-Grape Juice

M2: SF Sea Salt Caramel Coffee

M3: Mini Salad w/½ Burger Patty

M4: not sure probably anything left of M3

M5: ½ of an Avocado Burger Patty

M6: Not sure IF hungry String Cheese