Whats on your Monday menu RNYers?

on 5/20/19 3:17 am - Brighton, IL

Quick post for accountability so feel free to add a QOTD. Accountability was spot on yesterday food wise but I was short on steps due to weather. Weight up a bit due to swelling from RA 124.2. Due for injection tomorrow so that will help. Lily and Iwill do 3 walks today and here's the food plan B2/3c Earnest eats hot cereal L 4 oz deli chicken and a slice of cheese D 2 scrambled eggs 1 piece Turkey sausageS if needed sm apple with 1 T peanut butter. Have a great day full of healthy choices



on 5/20/19 4:36 am
RNY on 02/28/17

Good morning everyone! I'm working from home today and have the windows open for ventilation before it gets steamy again. The cats LOVE their open-air view on the world but they are already minding the heat and humidity that has come to the DC-area swampland!

I spent alot of time studying for my cert this weekend and feel like I made some good headway. A busy week ahead though and I'll have to work hard to carve out more review time. My trainer, soon to be boss (see Friday's pic!), has set up a bunch of in-person and cyber training sessions for me, which are SUPER but I am already feeling time crunched and that will make my days even longer! Great practice though. And BTW if anybody is willing to be a cyber guinea pig and let me do a totally free cyber training practice session with you, PM me and I'll get you on the schedule.

I did get in some of my study outside in the sunshine which helped me to feel more refreshed too, at least until my phone and laptop got too hot and shut down and got too hot to touch!!

QOTD: We have a session online tonight talking to a group of bariatric folks about adding exercise to their journey. Can you help? 1) What is your BEST NSV?; 2) If you exercise or are otherwise physically active, what is your fave activity?

I think for me, just having my health is the most amazing (although being more active is a close second). No diabetes, HBP, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, asthma, etc. And I really love being able to move my body more comfortably, especially getting out in nature and hiking!

Accountability: pretty good yesterday. And thanks to the Miralax, Mag Oxide & getting better control of my sugar binging, my weight is back down where I want it **** 4) from above my comfort zone (122).


B: thus far coffee w/ Miralax, soon to have 2 oz of ham & 1/2 cup of plain oatmeal w/ blueberries & slivered almonds

S: turkey breast

L: probably a CarbMaster yogurt, more turkey, & baby carrots

S: protein shake

D: no clue since I am training all evening!

E: hour workout in the gym

All the best everyone!

HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122

RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018

on 5/20/19 6:12 am - DC
RNY on 12/16/13

Hi Janet,

If I were talking to bariatric patients about adding exercise to their journey, I would recommend:

Start small! You probably won't go from being a sedentary 350 lb person to running a marathon one week later. And that's ok! start with walking, then add in some stationary exercises while you are watching tv for example. Even 20 squats and 20 lunges will make a difference in the long run.

Join a gym. I waited until I was under 300 lbs to join a gym - I thought I would be stared at or laughed at, and NOBODY CARES. No one looked at me like I didn't belong, even at 275 lbs. Most people in fact, gave me encouraging smiles. And even if I was only walking at 3.0 miles per hour, hey, it was something. And over time, as I lost more and more weight, the speed went up and the incline went up. I could literally see my progress over time.

Invest in a step tracker! It's so motivating to make a goal and meet it. Again, you might not start at 10,000 steps a day, but you will get there!

Find a supportive friend. Someone who might want to go on a walk with you on a Saturday morning, instead of a high calorie brunch. People want to see you do well!

on 5/20/19 6:53 am
RNY on 02/28/17

Thanks for your input. I agree with you. That is why my question asked about physical activity OR exercise. We are trying to offer people suggestions about how they can become more active and have fun without even doing traditional "exercise".

HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122

RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018

on 5/20/19 6:39 am
RNY on 07/23/14

Janet- adding my thoughts on exercise. I agree with Emily, you aren't all if a sudden going to do tons of exercise.

I always took the 30 minutes of daily movement seriously, but didn't start 'exercising ' until I lost 100 pounds.

Walking just for the sake of walking and taking steps bores me to tears. If I am talking with a friend, hiking, or throwing some running sprints in there that is different. No Fitbit for me.

Obviously I found out I love bodybuilding, but who knew? I am only really competing against myself and improving. Looking for that first pull-up.

Prior to that I did: trampoline, swimming and BeachBody videos- 21 day fix, Cize, and 20 minute Bootcamp. I took a Krav-maga martial arts class for awhile.

I think part of it is challenging the mindset of you have to do a certain type of activity. You don't have to do walks. You don't have to run. Yes weight training is important, but I'd its not your favorite mix in other things. It's ok to switch it up and experiment to figure out what you love.

Cynthia 5'11" RNY 7/23/2014

Goal reached 17 months. 220lb Weight Loss
Plastic Surgery Dr. Joseph Michaels - LBL and Hernia Repair 2/29/16, Arm Lift, BL, 5/2/16, Leg Lift 7/25/16

#lifeisanadventure #fightthegoodfight #noregrets



on 5/20/19 6:55 am
RNY on 02/28/17

Thanks. We certainly understand that traditional "exercise" may be too difficult physically and mentally for obese and sedentary folks. That's specifically why we are trying to offer ways of being more physically active that are fun and less intimidating.

HW: 248, SW (2/17): 244, GW (10/17): 125, CW: 117-122

RNY w/ Joseph Afram: 2/28/2017; Plastics w/ Douglas Forman: Extended mastopexy, Extended abdominoplasty-5/18/2018

on 5/20/19 7:06 am - DC
RNY on 12/16/13

I agree, Cynthia - I hate running. Hate hate hate. I am a group classes person, and I have tried them all. Solidcore, Barre, Yoga, boot camp, boxing, spin, body pump, kickboxing cardio. I am totally motivated by being around others and by a great instructor and MUSIC! Put on Beyonce and I can't help but move! So I would recommend trying different things until you find your thing. I ran one 5k and that was it for me - I can't just set out and do a solitary run - bores me to tears. But others like Erin and Shauna run races! So each person has to find what works for them :)

on 5/20/19 7:15 am
RNY on 02/14/18

I was telling my bestie yesterday that I did one 5K and I did one inflatables race and I never need to run again. I am so impressed by the people that do and amazed by our marathon and half marathoners --- but for me, there'd better be a dragon chasing me for me to run.

HW: 306 SW: 282 CW:144.8 GW: 145 (reached 2/6/19), next goal - 132.9


Sparklekitty, Science-Loving Derby Hag
on 5/20/19 11:47 am
RNY on 08/05/19

I think this is a SUPER important point. You're much more likely to keep up with something that you actually enjoy doing! Don't feel like you need to force yourself to run becauase if you hate it, you're not going to do it. But if you can find something that makes you happy, then you'll actually look forward to it and you won't skip because you dread it.

I'm in the same boat about running. Tried it after WLS, still hated it, still terrible at it. But I got on my bike, and discovered that I loved it! So I stuck to that and got really into it and got pretty good at it. I also like swimming, so I do that at the gym when I can because I honestly look forward to it.

Nerdy Little Secret (#42) - Derby Strong!
VSG 2013, lost 150lb - RNY conversion 2019 due to GERD

on 5/20/19 4:49 am, edited 5/19/19 9:50 pm
RNY on 08/29/18

Good morning, Karen and menu board!

About 10 days ago I was in the elevator going up to work and I hear a snippet of conversation from the two men in front of me. One says to the other "I play jazz flute." As it turned out, from the rest of their conversation, he did actually play jazz flute and was quite an accomplished musician, having played semi-professionally.

But that didn't really matter because as soon as I heard "jazz flute" I thought of Anchorman. Ron Burgundy and Veronica Cornerstone having a drink when Tino comes over to ask Ron to play a little jazz flute. Ron claiming he was unprepared and then magically producing a flute. Jumping up on tables, stepping on martini glasses, sliding under the bathroom stall and finally using the flute to suck all of the Manhattan out of one drink glass. Plus, the flaming flute.

Well, now I'm starting to giggle. We are not supposed to laugh uncontrollably at our employees for no good reason. And since nobody else on the elevator had any idea, what I was thinking about, I didn't want to appear unstable. So I put one, and then both, hands over my mouth, discreetly to prevent the shaking. Afraid of looking at anybody I put my head down to avert any eye contact. Then subtly turned my head to the corner. You can imagine that the more I tried to not think about Jazz Flute the more I thought about it. And the more that I thought about it the gigglier I became.

Finally, we got to my floor and I went into my office and finished giggling. But now every time I get into an

elevator, I start laughing.

If someone has QOTD I will amend.

I'm playing in a charity golf outing today, hopefully it gets warmer.

76 Burpees.

Breakfast: bratwurst

Snack: Protein bar

Lunch: probably ham sandwich

snack: none

Dinner: Probably Italian Beef

Have a great day, all

Jim Age 53 Height 6 Feet Consult Weight 344 SW 289 Pre-Surgery -55, M1 -25, M2 -16, M3 -21, M4 -10, M5 -5, M6 -1, M7 -4, M8 0, M9 +4, M10 -4

World Class Fitness in 100 Words: Eat meats and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, Clean, Squat, Presses, Clean & Jerk, and Snatch, Similarly master the basics of gymnastics: Pull-ups, Dips, Rope Climb, Push-ups, Sit-ups, Presses to Handstands, Pirouettes, Flips, Splits and Holds. Bike, Run, Swim, Row, etc. hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.