- Username: Balynn34
- Location: USA
- Member Since: 4/10/2007
- BMI: 62.5
- Surgery date scheduled
- Surgery Type: VSG (04/04/12)
- Surgeon: Ramiro "Sonny" Cavazos
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- Teaching - Kindergarten..12 years...what more can I say??
- Web Development - Love to play with my classroom website!
- Board Games & Puzzles - We love to hold family game nights with the kids!
- Movies - Love movies...anything except horror ( I hide behind the TV Guide!)
- Scrapbooks - I'm learning, but it's a fun distraction...expensive, but fun!
- Cake Decorating - It started as a hobby, doing it for my daughter's 1st. Now it's a full time job
Mushies Ideas on April 10, 2012 12:10 pm
egg salad/deviled egg puree
chicken salad (use canned chicken since it's super soft)
laughing cow cheese wedges
ff refried beans with a little melted cheese
lf ricotta cheese w/ fine meatsauce
cream soups (brocilli cheese, potato, cream of chicken)
ff plain greek yogurt (added a little splenda and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice)
no sugar added applesauce
sugar free pudding
still protein shakes to supplement mushies
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Great Resources! on April 28, 2009 5:19 pm
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www.obesityhelp.com – message boards and other resources
www.theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com – a WLS patient’s blog, with great recipes
www.hungrygirl.com – diet tips & tricks, product reviews
www.weightview.com - submit a photo to see how you’ll look when you lose weight
www.myvirtualmodel.com – create a virtual model of yourself to help you visualize weight loss
www.laurenshope.com – beautiful medic alert jewelry
http://kateharding.net/bmi-illustrated/ - the photos of real people on this site will make you
think twice about whether the BMI standards are really valid
Side-By-Side Pictures (directions courtesy of... on November 23, 2008 2:31 pm
I'm getting good at doing the side by side thing though... I first make sure that the pictures are the same size. Then, I use my paint program. I open up the after picture first. Then I use the cropping tool, I crop the whole picture. then go into tools, click on "cut". it's a black page then. Then back up to "file" and open the before picture. Before it will open, a box will pop up & ask you if you want to keep the changes to the after picture. Click on NO, so it doesn't change your picture to that blank page. Then, your before picture will open up. Just grab the side of the picture and drag it out to the right. Back to the tool bar.. click on "edit" the list will come down & click on "Paste". It will paste the picture over your new one, but it's movable... so move it to the right side, so the pics are side by side. If there is extra white beside it, you can click on the side.. and move it, so it looks like only 1 picture. Same with the bottom of the picture. When that is all done, back to the tool bar.. click on "Edit" and then "Save as" And name your new picture. I use "Before_down 95_Comparison" or something like that.
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10 Day Plateau Buster Diet on July 19, 2008 4:41 pm
Thought I'd post this for when I need it later....
1 Do this for 10 days to break a plateau
2 Drink 2 qtrs of water a day
3 You must have 45 grams of protein supplement and all your vitamins/mineral supplement each day
4 You may consume up to 3oz of the following high protein foods, 5x a day beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb, fish, eggs, low fat chs, cottage chs, plain yogurt or artificially sweetened, peanut butter, beand/ legumes
You may also have: sugar free popsicles, tea or coffee, sugar free Jello, broths/bullion, crystal light drinks.
5 If it's not on the list, you can't have it for 10 days!!!
6 Keep a food diary and try to get up to 30 minutes of exercise daily
If you follow PB faithfully (not cheating) you can easily lose 10lbs in 10 days!
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What can I say that no one else has? I feel like my story reads like so many others out there. I've always been overweight, teased in school, dieted on some of the craziest plans imaginable (Cabbage Soup Diet anyone??) and yet the weight always came back--and it always brought friends along!!! :o) Seriously, about three years ago I hurt my back--fell off a step ladder while taking things off of my wall in my classroom on the last day of school--and that's where it got bad! I've gained about 100 pounds since that day. I've tried so many diets I've lost count--and that isn't including all of the medication that is out there to "help you." I've read the warning labels on those things--I think surgery might actually be safer!
I went with the Lap Band because as I understood it (and I love my research) it was the "most reliable, least invasive and most safe" surgery. HA! Wish I knew then what I know now...and if I did I would NEVER, EVER have gotten the Lap Band--or as I have come to call it, the CRAP BAND!
I thought the lapband was the answer to my prayers. It turned into my worst nightmare! I did super the first year, I was a compliant bandster and I followed directions. I lost 119 pounds total, from highest weight to the summer of 2009. That July, one evening I ate a piece of meat (like I had done a hundred times before) and I got stuck...like the kind of stuck where you can't even swallow your own spit! I went to my surgeon the next morning and we unfilled the band and he checked for a slip. I spent the next year getting fills and unfills because one time it was too much (by maybe .05 cc's) or too little (and I was starving, or at least it felt that way). I continually went back, even being a self-pay patient, so that I could have the best chance of losing weight. Nothing worked, the band was either too tight or too loose, but I continued to throw up daily. I never had acid reflux, but I began having episodes. I started living life the way no one should have to, keeping a cup in my car or baggies in my purse in case I needed to throw up. After that year we did an endoscopy (the only thing my insurance has paid for since their is a weight loss exclusion on the policy) and found my band had eroded and nearly breached my stomach lining. A surgery that should have taken 45 minutes took 3 hours and almost became an "open" procedure...worst pain of my life and I've given birth--twice!! I also had a reaction to the anesthesia, something that didn't happen before. I gained all of the weight back and then some. I worked with my regular PCP, but having spoken to the surgeon, he said my stomach was very likely messed up and would have "significant scar tissue." I kept the pictures of the erosion (and so did my doctor for a study) and the band itself. I know, that's weird, but I paid $15,000 for that piece of crap! I just had revision surgery on Wednesday, April 4th...self-pay once again. I wanted the bypass or the sleeve but even after a year of "resting" my stomach was still "hammered" as my surgeon put it and right where the RNY pouch would be. It was tough but the lap band let me down in ways I cannot even explain. For someone who values her research, I found years later that many of the websites I used and blogs I found were run by or in some way profited from the makers of the band. Talk about feeling as though you had been sold a bill of goods. I am a kindergarten teacher and I teach my children every day to tell the truth. This is not a life I would wish on anyone.
I am revising to the sleeve on April 3rd and am looking forward to seeing real, true, lasting results and life-long changes.