- HEALTH TRACKER
I prefer to use instant espresso because regular instant coffee tends to get too watered down (for my taste) once everything is added... I have 2 favorite recipes:
4 oz heated almond milk
2 tsp instant espresso
1 scoop Unjury chocolate splendor
2 pumps Torani SF Hazelnut
1 Pump Torani SF English Toffee
6-8 oz Ho****er
4 oz Heated Almond Milk
1 scoop Matrix Mint Cookie
3 Pumps SF Torani Peppermint
I have a question about protein, A friend of mine from work recently had a RNY and I was told that she gets her protein by using Unjury unflavored. I would like to know if this is a good way to get additional protein? I had never heard of the product and would like to know from those how have been at this awhile if this is a good product to use and what the benefits of this product or others like it.
Okay...I haven't done the research, but I know the liver makes cholesterol as a response when something needs healing. In and of itself cholesterol isn't bad, we need it to strengthen our cellular walls, make hormones, utilize Vitamin D, to name a few uses. It is also important to know which kind of cholesterol is high, the HDL or LDL. The LDL are small, dense, sticky cholesterol, and known as the bad cholesterol. This is the cholesterol that sticks to our arteries. But if HDL is high, it goes along and cleans up the LDL. I melt one teaspoon of raw coconut oil in warm water and drink everyday. This has actually increased my HDL and my carotids are whistle clean even though my cholesterol is always high.
Here is a link that helps explain cholesterol.
Not sure about that area but would Charlotte NC work for you? Same cost includes all pre op expenses and post op follow ups (minus lab work costs I think but am not sure) for one year and you are covered by insurance for 90 days against strictures and stenosis with the option to purchase additional insurance to extend that coverage.
Actual place can be found by searching the internet for The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman. Once you get to the website there is a tab at the top to click for information on self pay. They also have a special package deal for people that are coming from out of state.
I realize that this isn't really the are you were looking for but thought it was worth mentioning.
I was contemplating whether I even wanted to post an update since ive been the queen of the Debby Downer club lately, but I guess I'll just share my reality.
I'm two years out today. It happens to be my birthday, and my re-birthday. I guess I'll never forget my surgery date.
In July of 2010, I began my WL journey when I tipped the scales at 420 lbs. I decided I needed to change my life, and began a year long journey to WLS - losing 85 lbs along the way.
I had surgery in 2011- I was 335 on the day of surgery. I had a great first year. I did all sorts of stuff - races, bike rides, etc. I had a lot of fun and I was pretty happy, and did well on the WL side of things. I never did reach my goal though. A year ago I was 204 lbs. Today I was 209. It's hard to be happy about that, but in the grand scheme of thing, I can't really complain too much. Im a litle disappointed in myself from gaining weight from my lowest (188lbs), but the last 6 months have been incredibly difficult for me - physically with PS, and emotionally with a deep depression.
Up until last week, I was just sitting at home, wallowing in self pity, eating myself to death, but then I decided I wanted more from life. So, I started the Whole 30/paleo program and started getting out of my house to combat my depression.
I spent a great weekend remembering why I had WLS, celebrating the fact that I'm still healthy enough to do what I love. I went and swam in the ocean (in a sports bra and bikini bottom nonetheless but there are definitely no pics of that lol). I stopped by a little booth in Santa Monica so I could be on TV for some People's Court episode. I went ocean kayaking, and went ice skating. And stayed on my food program (which is hard when everyone wants to buy you a cake for your birthday).
So, I cant change the decisions I made in the last 6 months, but I can change what happens from here. Hopefully next year, I'll be celebrating being at an eventual goal weight.
My TV appearance with my friend
Ice Skating Kayaking
www.sexyskinnybitch.wordpress.com - my journey to sexy skinny bitch status
11/16/12 - Got my Body by Sauceda - arms, Bl/BA, LBL, thigh lift.
Hello Kathy :) I've interviewed approx six surgeons and narrowed it down to two. Dr Siamak Agha is my front runner and is based in Carona Del Mar/Newport Beach area and next is Dr Ritu Chopra in Beverly Hills. I've seen other PS' and I like these two the best. Dr Agha has great reviews and his pictures show beautiful work, great scars (my great area of concern), and I like his personality. He's pricey but you get what you pay for... Feel free to message me if you're interested in hearing more about my P.S. journey.
So far you have had a lot of great replies and stories. Basically it really boils down to mathematics for me. Statistically speaking if you are at or over 40 BMI you can loose weight without the surgery as many have said ... including at least one in replies you have received so far. But the second half of that statistic states that you will most likely regain it all back over time. You only have something like a 10% chance of keeping it off again assuming your BMI is 40 or above.
My story started about 4 years ago when I met a woman that was about 3 months post op from having the VSG. She was doing great and told me all about it. It stuck with me.
Last year I turned 50 and had been overweight all my life despite efforts to loose. I had Diabetes II and it had already started destroying my feat. I also started feeling hints of it in my finger tips. I figured within one year I would have no feeling in my hands or feet. Since this neuropathy was traveling up my body I knew it was only a matter of time before it was likely to make me blind. Can you imagine a blind man without feeling in hands or feet? I could walk into something and cause a laceration on my foot. Not being able to feel that or see that it could be the thing that causes amputation or if bad enough death.
I decided my life was getting way too scary and I was dying a slow death due to obesity as most people will. So my options at that point were surgery or suicide. I was convinced if I did not have surgery by year end that would be the end of me. At this point I started to try to figure out how I could get this surgery. I didn't have any health insurance and only about $50 worth of savings. I also have credit that is likely to be the worst in this country or very close to it so there would be no borrowing it. After speaking with my father and explaining what was going on in my life and how bad things had gotten he agreed that if I were to research and convince him that this was a great idea that he would help cover the cost. I did and he did and within 5 months post op I dropped from 231 to 138. I lost all I needed to.
I have been in maintenance for about 7 months now and lost another 6 pounds trying to figure out this maintenance thing. I am now at a point that if I were to loose another 10 pounds then I would actually be underweight. How amazing is that. For the first time in my life I am actually wanting to gain back 10 pounds.
Basically it still comes down to the statistics of it. If you have a BMI 40 or over you can loose the weight without surgery as many have ... but the kicker is that you will regain it all back also as many have. As I said I believe that the number is 90% of people will regain with a BMI of 40 or over. If I am wrong I am only off give or take 5% meaning the actual number is between 85% and 95% but I don't know the actual number statistically speaking.
Just my two cents.
Hello Raven :) I'm planning to have a lower body lift and with that the surgeon will also help lift my tush. Every surgeon I've consulted with states that I don't have a great deal of body fat to work with and want to harvest the fat from my belly to inject into my backside and hips to give me an hour glass shape. So for now, I'm following Dr's orders.
I am having the same problem as the OP - but I am only 8 months out. I am sticking to my program - under 800 calories - I don't think I can go any lower. I am only losing 4-5 lbs a month for the last few months and I have 50-60 lbs to go. How long did you have to stay at 600-700 calories before you went into maintenance? My hunger has definitely returned - seems protein doesn't hold me like before. I do the 80 gms protein below 40 gm carbs and I drink 64+ oz of liquids. I'm older (61) but I was sure hoping I could lose 150+ lbs. Any suggestions??
Frisco...you are my hero. Thank you for the kind words! You have been such a motivator and inspiration for me and I love seeing your posts of your meals. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks all....I wanted to post updates of me because seeing others was definitely an inspiration while I was on my weight loss journey. I don't want to deter anyone who hasn't yet had surgery but I had many complications after surgery (Gall bladder removed a week after WLS, dehydration, pancreatitis, PICC line, and so on). I second guessed myself afterwards but I have to say that the highs far outweigh the lows. You will be terrified before surgery, you will be questioning whether you are taking the "easy" route but there is nothing easy about WLS…including buying several wardrobes to get to your final size. It is your start to a healthier and more confident you. Hang in there everyone...it's truly worth it.
Hi surgery date buddy! I'm afraid I haven't been a good one so far I tried in vain several times to message you but for some reason it only allows me to input the title of the message and the message body is greyed out and I can't get that stubborn little skinny cursor to move in there for nothing!
I understand your anxiety and if you look over your shoulder, I'm right here where you are. . My anxiety level is otherworldly but, I think there is an ample amount of excitement in there I may be confusing with the nail biting hormone, as well.
I'm preparing and foraging for supplies and squirreling them away and trying to get things done for my family so they won't have to deal with it while I'm gone. You pinged a brain cell o'mine when I read that you were starting to imagine all the changes in your body, relationships and life. I think I'm guilty of focusing on the possibilities of problems or negatives and not on the hopefully wonderful things coming down the line. Thanks for the reminder
I wish you lots of health and an easy peasy recovery! If I find the destress fairy, I will send her your way packin' some serious dust. I am currently trying to figure out the best way to word my break up letter to the fat fairy.
For me it was the realization that I was once again planning to lose weight for some future event when I never had lost the weight for countless other long past events. I asked myself if I was stupid because I had been doing a whole lot of nothing in the weight loss department for decades. Then asked if I would now wise up and do something different. The sleeve was my something different.