- Username: StrangePassion
- Location: Dallas, TX, USA
- Member Since: 8/20/2008
- BMI: 23.9
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (11/12/08)
- Surgeon: Wade Barker, M.D.
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Surgeon TestimonialWade Barker, M.D.PRIOR TO SURGERY:rnrnMy primary physician Dr. Paul Worrell recommended me to Dr. Barker; I have two great doctors that have given me nothing but stellar medical service!rnrnMy first impression of Dr. Barker and his staff was that they are very thorough, friendly, professional, warm, patient and very understanding of my needs and concerns. The office is neat, clean and accommodating. The staff is patient and listens to what I have to say, which gives me the comfort needed to get through my weight loss surgery (WLS).rnrnI have been to see thus far Dr. Barker and his staff twice. The initial visit lasted for 4 hours and I was not just sitting and waiting I talked with the staff getting prepared, giving information, etc the entire time I was there! Wow, I was very surprised at how detailed, how thorough, kind, friendly and patient everyone was it was a good thing I took the entire day off I had no idea it would take that long!rnrnThe second visit also was a long one, I was there from 1:30pm - 5:00pm, now on this visit I was a little annoyed with how long I had to wait, and I sat in the lobby until about 4:00pm before I was able to see anyone! I even went up to the desk a couple of times to find out if I was forgotten (I had a 4pm appointment with my primary), but when I could be seen it was one-on-one treatment and I can understand that some patients may have more to say that others which may cut in on others scheduled time.rnrnI was seen by Dr. Thompson, Internal Medicine, which he explained everything that will happen during surgery, which I understood, I was also able to ask questions (which I had several questions that I printed from OH's website which basically were the same questions/concerns that others had) that he went over in detailed.rnrnThen I spoke with Kevin, Dr. Barker's assistant that went over the risks of WLS in detail.rnFinally I was seen by Dr. Barker and he went over my details of my EGD test, says everything looked great, asked if I had any questions I said no, felt that everything was explained to me and that I felt very comfortable to with my visit.rnrnAfter seeing Dr. Barker I was seen by Earline (awesome personality, bubbly and full of energy, personable and thorough) which gave me my options for where and what date I would have my surgery. I now have a date, but my only concern is that my hospital chosen is out-of-network, but I was informed that the charge would be written-off. I need to investigate this with my insurance carrier before committing to the hospital chosen.rnrnWith each visit, they have gone over the importance of following the guidelines of my diet and eating right, exercise and attending the weight loss seminars. Dr. Barker is so dedicated to his patients that he has a workout facility available to his patients, for his patients at anytime. He says this way we do not have to rely on memberships, or being with people that are not like us and that we would have the physical therapist and dieticians available to us.rnrnRight now I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Barker and his staff, I feel very comfortable about him performing the surgery and his dedication to me as his patient. I would recommend him to anyone that I know that is having WLS.rnrnI believe that surgical competence, bedside manner are both important!rnrn |
Lady Of America-Fitness Center for Women on October 11, 2011 4:16 pm
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It's been a minute since I've checked in with everyone, I've been crazy busy, I'm a bad girl LOL!
I wanted to touch base and let everyone know that I'm doing great and my weight loss is still continuing and I'm in great health!
I also wanted to share with you my video that I did for my gym,Lady of America, they were inspired with my story of my weight loss and asked if they could share it on their website! I was so honored to do the video and now it's on the national website for all to see, check it out and let me know your thoughts, stay in touch! http://ladyofamerica.com/ I'm towards the bottom, right next to SHAQ, or should I say on the left! Oolalah!
Chandra aka StrangePassion!
BURN THE FAT! on October 1, 2009 6:19 pm
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"My Goal Was To Be a "Hot Mamma At 40," And I Think I've Achieved That. I lost 23 Kg's and 12.5% Body Fat!"
"I am a 40 year old mom from South Africa. I have 3 children, aged 11, 6 and 4. My weight before was 85kg’s my body fat was 36.5%, size 40. I was fat and miserable, and my family life and my relationship were suffering. I was not able to do anything with my kids, and I was tired and constantly irritated.
I've always counted calories, but this just wasn't working for me anymore. Someone my husband knows had done the Burn The Fat programme and it had changed his life, so I decided to do it too. I lost 15kg’s within 8 months and kept it off.
In the last 3 months, because of my training and desire to be "hot at 40," I've taken this to a new level. Tom taught me how to control my carb intake and I have lost another 8kg’s in this time and am preparing for my first competition, in the bikini or figure division. My current weight is 62.5kg’s, size 33 and my body fat is 24% (with calipers), and dropping.
My goal was to be a ‘hot’ 40 year old Mamma, and I think I have achieved that and I am very proud of myself, as are my family and friends. Thank you Tom, for all your dedication to helping people."
- Bonnie VanNiekerk
Tips from Jillian Michaels-The Biggest Loser on June 28, 2009 7:49 am
FRIDAY-July 3, 2009: FEELING GOOD
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Get Seven Hours of Shut-eye for a Healthier Mind and Body
A full night's sleep is not a luxury — it's a basic necessity for healthy hormone balance. Once you dip below seven hours a night, you are increasing your risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, depression, and obesity.
Some researchers believe that slow-wave sleep — the deep, dreamless sleep that you ideally sink into about three or four times a night — may actually regulate your metabolism. Sleep researcher break down sleep into five stages. Stage 4 slow-wave sleep, which begins about an hour after we fall asleep, is when we release our greatest pulses of growth hormone, the hormone that prompts the body to burn stored fat. When we're young, we spend about 20 percent of our time asleep in slow-wave stages 3 and 4. But as we get older, we may only spend about 10 or even 5 percent there.
Sadly, just two nights of bad sleep will cut your satiety hormone leptin by 20 percent and increase your hunger hormone ghrelin by 30 percent. That one-two punch makes you much more likely to snack on high-carb treats, which couldn't come at a worse time for your insulin levels. In a recent study, University of Chicago researchers found that just three nights of poor sleep made the bodies of young, healthy test subjects 25 percent less sensitive to insulin. This level of insulin resistance is comparable to that brought on by carrying 20 to 30 extra pounds.
In order to block fat-storage hormones and allow the full release of fat-burning hormones, you need to get at least seven hours of sleep a night!
Monday's Tip-July 6, 2009: Stronger Every Day
FRIDAY - June 26, 2009: FEELING GOOD
The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon. And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process — it takes time. You will encounter small failures — everyone does — but every pound you gain can be lost.
And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow. New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it! Stay tuned for more Jillian's Biggest Loser! LosingIt@JillianMichaels.com
Suffered a Setback? Here's How to Get Back on the Wagon
It happens — you miss a few workouts and you feel like you've fallen off the weight-loss wagon. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.) Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is the Old You.
Flavors of Spring With This Quick and Easy Dish on May 27, 2009 9:16 am
Tip of the day from Jillian Michaels-The Biggest Loser
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WEDNESDAY, May 27, 09: RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Enjoy the Flavors of Spring With This Quick and Easy Dish
A farmers' market favorite, sugar snap peas are coming into season in many parts of the country, and they're a naturally sweet treat. Now, peas of any kind are a bit starchy, so in general I want you to go easy with these babies. Pairing them with protein-rich chicken, as this dish does, is a smart way to enjoy them. Serve a salad or some steamed kale or broccoli on the side and you've got a healthy, fresh, and filling lunch or dinner.
Chicken With Sugar Snap Peas and Spring Herbs
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
5 teaspoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 pound chicken breast cutlets, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces sugar snap peas, cut in half
1 1/2 cups frozen thawed artichokes, quartered
1/4 cup bean sprouts (optional)
3 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, such as tarragon or dill
2 teaspoons champagne vinegar or white-wine vinegar
1. Whisk broth, mustard, salt, pepper, and 2 teaspoons of flour in a small bowl until smooth.
2. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with the remaining 3 teaspoons of flour. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken in two batches, adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning, until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.
3. Increase heat to high; stir the broth mixture and add to the skillet along with snap peas, artichoke hearts, and bean sprouts. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook until the snap peas are tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.
4. Return the chicken to the pan, nestling it into the vegetables, and simmer until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in herbs and vinegar.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts per serving: 245 calories, 7 g fat, 16 g carbs, 28 g protein
Recipe reprinted with permission of EatingWell.com.
Tomorrow's Tip: Get Intense
My Trip to Las Vegas! on May 21, 2009 7:51 am
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I just got back from Vegas this past weekend (5/14/09-5/16/09) after celebrating my friend Beth's 50th birthday! I haven't seen Beth in over 30 years, since high school and it was great to be able to see her, and when she saw me it was almost the same as seeing me in high school (weight, look/age, etc) after such a long time she was very surprised and happy!
Check out the pictures by clicking here, when you reach the website look towards the upper left and select "slideshow" to get the best results! Stay tuned for more weight loss changes.....
My Story I am 48 years old, single, no children and no pets (all by choice) . My present weight to-date is 256 pounds and I too like so many other profiles that I have read, been told the same things, what you do not look like you weigh that much...really! You have such a pretty face or you have a wonderful personality, etc, etc, etc.
Well now, I am going to change things, shake ‘em up a bit, and get on the road to better health . There is nothing wrong with my personality or my looks. I like me and who I am, I just got to a point in my life that I've tried everything thing to loose the weight but to no avail and now it's affecting my knees which I had Arthroscopic knee surgery on my right knee in 2004 and will need Arthroscopic surgery on the left knee. I am also borderline with high blood pressure and I have sleep apnea, which I now have to sleep with a cpap machine, can you say "NO" frigging way !
I am now in the process of getting everything ready for my surgery scheduled for sometime in October ’08, and since I just discovered OH, I have previously done most of the requirements. The only things I have left to do (I think) is my appointment in September for my nutrition and my pych testing, then I will give all of the information to my surgeon's office to finish processing the paperwork to my insurance company and await they’re confirmation, so keep your fingers that everything will get approved.I will give another update shortly, stay tuned......