Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag

Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 1 month, 1 week ago

When I was losing weight, I had a very hard time translating the number I saw on the scale into a number that my head could wrap around. Here are some good ways to visualize your loss:

8lb: a jug of milk

13lb: a medium-sized housecat


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Anybody want to share something they're proud of today? Doesn't matter if you're pre-op, newly post-op, or a long-time vet, here's your chance to brag!


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Since this topic comes up once in a while, I thought I'd share some expert info I came across recently.

ASMBS position statement on alcohol use before a


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I know there are plenty of folks here who take ProFerrin as their iron supplement. (This is a supplement that has both heme and non-heme iron, and can work really well for people who've been deficient.)

I just got an email saying that they've g


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 2 months, 1 week ago

We're having a "farewelcome" potluck for my department at work today. We're saying goodbye to one analyst, and welcoming her replacement, who's already been here in training for a week. I always volunteer to bring a main dish, since I have an Instant P


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It's SUPER important to take your supplements every day. Deficiencies can have a serious impact on your health, and can put you at a great risk. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you take your vitamins on time; feel free to add your own ide


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 2 months, 3 weeks ago

A few months ago, I conducted a survey of OH participants and asked them about their behavior, outcomes, and attitudes related to WLS. While I haven't gotten a chance to put together a full report, I thought it might be helpful to touch on some highlig


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago
I've seen no such thing here in the 6+ years I've been a member of...

Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Who wants to share something they've accomplished lately? I don't care if you're pre-op, recently had surgery, or you're a 5+ year vet. Tell me why you're proud of yourself!


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Re-sharing some of this info since some of it came up in the "worst WLS advice" thread.

I've assembled some useful information about what vitamins we should be taking after WLS:


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 4 months ago

Hello protein-loving friends,

I could use some inspiration for new ways to cook meat. Anybody care to swap recipes??


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 4 months, 1 week ago

Losing weight and maintaining it is HARD, even after surgery. I'm really proud of every one of you for working hard, doing your best, and taking good care of yourself.

This tiny kitty is cheering you on!


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 4 months, 1 week ago

It's very important for us to keep track of all of our lab results after surgery. Our doctors may not see the change in results over time, and it's important to look at trends to prevent bad situations from getting worse!

I've made a Google spr


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 5 months, 4 weeks ago

My office is doing a potluck today, so I'm making chicken soup in my Instant Pot. My version is bariatric-friendly, so it's great if you need something warm and comforting during the winter!

In your IP or crockpot, cook the following for three


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 6 months, 1 week ago

I see a lot of posts from newbies asking, "will I ever enjoy food again?" It's absolutely possible, but different from pre-op life. I'd like to share an example from 4 years post-op.

Last night, my husband and I went to a fancy steak restaurant


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 6 months, 2 weeks ago

While sharing some information with a poster yesterday, I realized my go-to vitamin cheet sheet is over 10 years old! So I decided to look up the newest expert recommendations from the ASMBS and share them in an easy-to-read format.

The newest


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a comment 7 months, 2 weeks ago
I have to respectfully disagree with parts of this, particularly if the...

Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 7 months, 3 weeks ago

When Googling a bit of information for a friend, I came across this manual from the bariatric program at the Cleveland Clinic, Florida. This is a wonderful reference, especially for people who are considering surgery and need to research. It has inform


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello OH friends,

As you're probably aware, there can be a lot of conflicting information out there about WLS. What things do all patients go through? What are common factors to success? What things should we avoid? The wisdom and experiences s


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello OH friends,

As you're probably aware, there can be a lot of conflicting information out there about WLS. What things do all patients go through? What are common factors to success? What things should we avoid? The wisdom and experiences s


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Hello OH friends,

As you're probably aware, there can be a lot of conflicting information out there about WLS. What things do all patients go through? What are common factors to success? What things should we avoid? The wisdom and experiences s


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 8 months, 2 weeks ago

There are already daily threads where people can post about the physical side of WLS-- what they're eating, how they're exercising, etc. I think it would be helpful to ALSO have a thread where people can be accountable for the emotional wide of WLS! So


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag posted a discussion topic 9 months, 3 weeks ago

If you don't have one yet, the Instant Pot is on sale on Amazon today. $70 for the 6qt model.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FLYWNYQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_JZJ0zbBXEN


Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag wrote Which surgery is right for me? 9 months, 3 weeks ago

"Which surgery should I get?" This question pops up on the forums ALL THE TIME. And it's a big decision to make!

The default answer is: talk to your doctor and consider your medical history....

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