Camping in Algonquin Park

May 16, 2007

Over the past few months I have been thinking about all the things I want to try and or to do again now that I am down to a reasonable weight to do so.

This past weekend I went camping with friends in Algonquin park.  Now these friends are avid campers and have been camping a few time s a year for a number of years.  I on the other hand haven't been camping since I was a kid and the only reason I know that is because I've seen photos of me bathing in a bucket!!! Can you imagine I was ever small enough to fit in a bucket? :-)

Anyway, I bought a few things and then headed out on Saturday. 

We left at 5:00 in the morning and arrived at the park north of Huntsville just before 9:00 am where we picked up our canoes.

We loaded just after 9:00 am and headed out. The trek from the launch point to our campsite took about 5 hours. Our first canoeing stretch was about 1.75 hours. Then we hit the portage where we had a bit of lunch and then portaged our gear to the next lake which took about 45 minutes. The second canoe stretch was about 2.5 hours and finally we arrived at a beautiful peaceful lake and had our pick of sites.

We spent 3 nights ... the first it got down to below zero and the last there was a huge storm that felt like the tent was going to blow over but we had great fun. We had 21 Moose sightings as well as seeing beavers, otters, various birds etc. No bears thank goodness.

The whole time I was out there I kept thinking how I have changed in the past year. I would never have attempted camping a year ago and my weight would only have been one of the issues. Everyone kept telling me before I left that I wasn't a camper and that I was going to hate it and a year ago I probably would have listened and back out of going but I had it in my mind that I would give it a fair try and see what I thought. It was after all only 4 days and guess what ... I liked it. I wouldn't want to do it every weekend but to go a couple of times a year would be great.

I'm not too keen on the whole sleeping on the ground part but for a short stretch I can manage that too! I didn't mind the tent or being outside but the ground was hard and uncomfortable and with less padding now my hip bones and shoulders felt a little bruised!

The best part was that although I was a little stiff the first night from all the paddling I was for the most part just fine. All of that physical exercise and I wasn't in incredible pain. I felt healthy and vital and good about being able to actually physically make the trip but more importantly I felt good about myself. There was no whining about not being able to do it. There were no excuses to get out of any additional paddling (we spend 4.5 hours out on the lake canoeing the second day) And making the trek back my muscles didn't hurt at all.

I think now I am seriously going to make that list of all the things I want to try and the things I want to get back into doing.  What fun.  I can't wait.  Even if I can manage one a year. I'm really looking forward to it.

11.5 months post op

Apr 12, 2007

Gosh it is hard to believe that it has been almost 1 year since I had surgery.  Time really does fly.  It seems like almost yesterday that I was still contemplating if it was the right decision for me.

All I can say is I am 100% pleased with the decision.

I have struggled the last couple months with emotional things and my eating habits (and weighloss) have suffered because of it and I have and still find it hard to get things back on track.

I need to call and make my appointment with Barix for my one year follow up which I am hoping will be the second week of May.  If all goes well I may even get to spend some time with my surgery buddy limeandaqua.  I'll be calling you.

I haven't dropped as much weight as I should have so I am a little afraid of what they will say at Barix but maybe it will be a good kick inthe pants for me to get things back on track and to start taking metter care of my body again.

I have an appointment with my family doctor on April 26th so I should get my blood work results etc. by then and we'll see how my liver enzymmes are and how the iron levels are too.

Other than that all is well.  I'll post again after my check-up.

Almost 10 months

Feb 22, 2007

I finally have the results of my CT scan and they are fine.  There is a cyst on my left Kidney but there is no reason at this time to have it removed.  My Iron stores are still below average to spite my taking Iron supplements but my hemoglobin is fine and there are no signs of anemia.  My liver enzymes are still high but not outrageously and my doctor feels it is simply because the organs are working so hard to clear things from my system.

I have gained one pound this month which I know is because I have started working out at the gym doing weights twice a week and cardio one night.  But also because my eating is out of control and I am snacking and eating high sugar and carb foods.  I still get in my protein in a day but am eating way more than I should in terms of calories.  

This is a stressful and emotional time for me and I haven't been able to break the old habits and emotional eating patterns.  I recognize them but eat anyway and I know that is bad and will get me in trouble again but it has been beating me lately and if the truth be told for quite some time and much longer than I should have allowed it to go on.  The catch is that I haven't gained weight until this month so there were no consequences to my poor eating. 

I find the hardest time is the evenings.  I do fairly well duringthe day unless really tempted or completely stressed but the evenings I am bored and have nothing to fill my time and I eat.  I am couped up in a crowded bedroom hating every second and I eat.  I feel alone and sad and I eat.  I struggle financially and the stress builds and I eat.   It is so evident how I got to be 300 lbs and yet I still eat.

When I am feeling good about things I do pretty well at taking care of myself and eating well but when things aren't going well, like the past 3 months, I turn to food over and over again. Doing this and knowing it just makes me feel worse and so I eat more.  I am struggling to break the cycle and each day I start saying today is the day I am not going to eat any sugar and stick to my eating plan and each evening I faulter and fall.

HELP!!!! I NEED HELP!!!  My situation isn't easy and it limits so many things for me and what I can do for myself I just NEED to get back on track instead of talking myself into the fact that it is okay that I haven't lost any weight this month.

9 months post op today

Jan 26, 2007

I can hardly believe it has been 9 months.  WOW!  I am down to 182lbs from 298 lbs at my highest.  I am also down from a size 24 to a size 14. Holy crap that is 10 dress sizes.  I have gone from 3 and 4X clothes to M and L.  Yep thats right medium.  Gosh I think I was 9 years old when I last wore a medium anything.

I joined the gym the begining of this month and have been working with my personal trainer which has been great.  I also joined a Cardio Dancefit - Latin Fiesta class.  Just to prove to myself (once again) that I am the most uncordinated person on the planet!!

I don't really care though because I can make it through the class without being completely winded or sore the next day and it is lots of fun.  I'm starting to like this whole exercise thing.

I got the results of my blood work and my ultrasound and it turns out that my liver enzymes are still high and that my liver and my spleen are enlarged.  My doctor isn't sure why.  In addition I have a complex cyst so now I have to go for a CT scan to check that out.  I am having a bit of abdominal pain but nothing I can't handle.  I have a pretty high pain tolerance though so maybe that isn't a good thing.  My doctor says it could all be related to the rapid weight loss over such a short period of time.  I'm hoping that that is all it is.

This weekend is my sons 2nd birthday.  I can hardly believe it.  I find it hard to remember my life before Davin.  He is so much a part of who I am now.  My life has changed so much and so many times in the last five years.  I should write a book about it all!   Yeah right.  LIke I have time for that!

Starting New

Jan 11, 2007

January 10th, 2007
8.5 months Post Op
184 lbs.  loss of 93 Lbs.

I had my ultrasound on the 2nd and still have not heard back about the results.  I am going on the premise that no news is good news at this point although I have been having some mild pain recently but I can't really tie that to my surgery or even eating and digestion.  Could be from so many other things so I'll wait to see what the doctor says.  I have an appointment on the 24th so if nothing else will know by then.

I have come to the conclusion that I need to start almost everything new again this year.  Davin and I have no place to live at the moment and so are staying with my parents which in itself is challenging and stressful at times.

I need to find us a place so that we can get our lives settled and get back into a good routine.  I need to be able to provide for and nurture my little boy.

My stress and emotional eating has been out of control and I need to go back to the basics and start fresh on a healthy eating plan

I haven't been doing any real organized exercise only walking and thay went by the way side as soon as the weather got colder so on Monday I joined a gym and have booked twice weekly personal training sessions for a month to get me started on the right foot.

I need to get back on track with WLS support group meetings so that I can talk to and be accountable to people who know what I am going through and can offer advice and support.

Dating again.  I'm not sure I am ready to start that new right now but maybe some day.  I still have so many things to work out before I am ready for that.

Christmas Stress

Jan 11, 2007

December 28th, 2006
8 months Post Op
186 lbs.  loss of 91 Lbs.

As I think I have mentioned before I am a huge stress eater so the past few weeks have been deadly for me.

Just when I think things are going well for me and I let my guard down life throws me for a loop.  I moved out of our house just before Christmas and Mark and I are no longer getting married.

To top it all of with it being this time of year and all the sweets and get to gethers I have eaten more than my fair share of candy, desserts, cookies and especially CHOCOLATE!!!  Now I am finding it hard to get off it again.

Although my digressions have not made me gain any weight I am so afraid of how quickly I fell back into old habits and how hard htey are to break.  It makes me wonder if I am going to be one of those people who gains back the weight once the 'honeymoon' period is over.

Gosh that scares the heck out of me.  To have come this far and gone through what I have gone throguh only to be back int he same place I was before.

Obviously I need to do something drastic to turn things around again and stay on top of my weight and eating problems.

In the house

Jan 11, 2007

December 4th, 2006
7 months Post Op
192 lbs.  loss of 85 Lbs.

Well we made it.  Mark and I are moved into the new house in Hamilton.  It is odly strang and exciting at the same time.

Neither I or my son are morning people so the getting up at 5:30 am and 6:30 am for him is taking it's tole already and it has only been a few days.

Getting home late from work is throwing a wrench into our eating habits and I find that I am not as well planned and organized to have 'good' foods ready to eat for meals.


Nov 28, 2006

November 28th, 2006
7 months Post Op
195 lbs.  loss of 82 Lbs.
I just wanted to say thank you to Tammy and Klee for organizing the Gala and for all the other people that helped with food and prizes etc.  I love this communitiy.  What a great group of people.

I also wanted to say that I am sorry for not getting a chance to talk to everyone.  I know that there were people there that I really wanted to meet in person and chat with and it just never happened.  In part becasue unless I could read a name tag I didn't always recognize people.  So if I missed you I'm sorry and at the next event I'll try harder to make a point of intorducing myself to more people.

Well it has been 7 months since my surgery and things are going so well.  This month has been extreamly slow in terms of weight loss but so hectic and rushed in just about every other aspect.  

Mark and I got our new house the day before the Gala and spent that weekend doing some painting and cleaning etc.  We actually move this week so there have been lots of late nights trying to get things packed.  This also means skipped meals and or snacking and left ove halloween candy.  All of these things in addition to my habit of stress eating have made for some poor chices this month and the result is of course a lack of weight loss.  I am hoping that once we are in the new house and settled that I can get back on track and in to a more regimented eating routine.  In addition exercise has to become a priority for me.  It is the missing component right now I'm sure.  My only saving grace has been the small pouch because even when I do make a poor decision in terms of what I eat I can still only eat a small amount. 

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October 23, 2006 
6 months post op 
198 lbs ~ loss 79 lbs. 
It has been quite some time since my last post (wow that sounds a bit like confession) Anyway, I have been very busy living life.  Things are going well.  Mark and I bought a house in Hamilton that we get posession of in one month from today.  Then December 1st I'll be making the actual move.

I had my 6 month blood work taken and my iron levels are still dropping and thus my iron supplement has been upped again.  I am no taking 600mg a day.

In addition I had a slightly elevated liver enzyme that was retested and still high so now I am scheduled for an ultra sound on January 2nd as a precautionary measure to make sure everythign is okay.

My weight loss has slowed dramatically whcih is very likely due to stress and a slip in my eating habits.  All this Hallowwen candy around is not good since I have no dumping syndrome and can eat whatever I want.

The discipline and willpower necessary is becoming grater as time goes on.  I can see how easy it is to out eat your pouch and why people regain weight. 

September 15, 2006 
4 months 3 weeks post op 
206 lbs ~ loss 71 lbs. 
Only a few more pounds to onderland.  And almost a 100 lb loss since my highest weight.  With my 21 lbs before surgery and the 71 since I am at 92 lbs GONE!

Even better than that though Mark and got engaged Friday September 8th!!!!  We have both worked though our own recovery but are now feeling great and wanting to be together.  We have been dating for a year and are finally at a place where a more permanent situation is what we both want. 

We are in the process of looking for a house and will set a wedding date when we have the house thing worked out. 


September 6, 2006 
4 months 2 weeks post op 
210 lbs ~ loss 67 lbs 
This is an excerpt from LivingAfterWLS talking about passionate living.

There are specific actions we can take toward living a passionate life: 

1. Reawaken to romance. If your heart and mind are open to the idea of a personal renaissance, something or somebody will surely ignite your imagination and you will once again feel the romance of the new. 

2. Learn to be alone with your new self. This is the perfect opportunity to launch an affair -- with oneself. Learning to love your own company allows for growth of the mind and a widening of your future possibilities. 

3. Stop deferring your dreams. Dare to be bold enough to think outside the box. If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Start today!
Engage in a passionate life! 

WLS has allowed me the freedom to do exactly this.  I wouldn’t have thought it possible at 300lbs.  Now the world is mine!  My life is mine! 

I have had a want to do list since before surgery but have never posted it.  I think it is time to pull it out again and start to see where I am and what I still need to accomplish.

September 5, 2006 
4 months 2 weeks post op 
211 lbs ~ loss 66 lbs 
Wow.  Four months already.  I can’t believe it.  I am feeling great.  I had another blood test to check my iron levels and they are still dropping.  I was taking a liquid supplement (YUCK!!!) every other day.  I am now taking a pill every day and will see in month if I need to up that.  I have also started taking calcium ‘just in case’ as of now I have no problem as I think I drink enough milk but Calcium is something I don’t want to be low on. 

My thyroid medication has also had to be increased again.  I am back at the level I was before surgery.  I wonder if it is the malabsorption  that is the result.  Having dropped 65 lbs. my level of medication should be dropping not going back up.  However if that is the only issue I have I don’t care! 

I have been on another plateau lately.  I’m not really sure why.  Almost three weeks this time.  I was bouncing up and down the same three pounds.  The scale has just started moving again and I have dropped 4 lbs. in 4 days.  Hopefully that will continue for awhile.  

Oddly enough it seems that my plateaus are closely linked to my menstrual cycle.  All I can say is I hope this doesn’t happen EVERY month. 

and I hit a bunch of value village stores today for their 50% off sale so I finally have a few things that are in my size 14/16 I can’t believe it.  I haven’t been that size since high school. I think it is funny how I can still be over 200 lbs but wear a size 14 or 16.  When I was a teenager in high school I wore the same size but weighed a lot less. 

I previously went through my closet to clear out clothes but kept some jeans and pants for winter hoping they would get me through but they are all too big now.  I can still wear them as they will stay up but they are incredibly baggy.  Funny how now that feel I look better in clothes I want things that show off some of the curves and look better.  I no longer want or need to wear baggy clothes to hide my body and cover the bulges. 

Surgery is GOOD!!!

August 15, 2006 
3 months and 2 weeks post op 
214 lbs ~ loss 63 lbs 
I can’t believe the energy I have.  I have been on vacation for two weeks and it has been bliss.  My parents had Davin for the first week at the cottage and I stayed home to get a bunch of long awaited projects complete not the least of which was a much needed yard sale.  Thanks to Lorraine and Julia for their help.  The second week I was at the cottage without power for 4 days but had fun none the less.  I swam most days and certainly played in the water with my little guy.  He loves the lake (well any water actually) and has no fear. 

I finally managed to take some measurements for my three month post-op update.  I am continually amazed at the change in inches if not lbs.  This month has been both and I am quite excited.  I feel like I have my life back. 

I am down 63 lbs since my surgery and weigh 214 lbs.  My NEW size 18 pants are getting a little loose on me - and I went ahead and found a couple pairs of size 16's at the thrift store. I was flabbergasted to find that one pair actually fits me NOW! Whooo Hoooo I can not believe I am wearing a Size 16. I feel thinner. People tell me my legs look thinner and so does my face. My tummy feels flatter - much flatter. I am so happy.
I finally feel like I look normal in clothes again and don’t have to wear a tent to cover my bulges.  Funny how the confidence improves so dramatically as the weight comes off.  I even took the plunge and cut my hair short after 18 years of long tresses. 

I had my three month blood work done and found that my iron is slightly on the low side of normal so my family doctor put me on an iron supplement that is a yucky liquid but I have been taking it and will see in a few weeks what effect it is having.  I’m hoping I can go to a pill instead.  Everything else was just fine with all levels falling well within the normal level. 

My three month post-op photos

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July 26, 2006 
3 months post op 
222 lbs ~ loss 55 lbs. 
WOW!!! Three months today.  I can’t believe it.  It seems like ages ago that I had surgery and yet it has only been 12 weeks.   I am now down 55 lbs since my surgery and feeling great.  I am going to try and do some new photos in the next few days. 

The Ontario WLS BBQ and Potluck was a blast to spite the weather and I really enjoyed meeting so many new people.  I am hoping to be able to get to the Milton meeting on occasion and hopefully meet many more great OH people. 



July 20, 2006 
almost 3 months post op 
226 lbs ~ loss 51 lbs. 
Thankfully I have started to lose lbs again.  I have been losing inches, I’m sure, as my clothes are looser but it is nice to see the number on the scale change again finally. 

My little guy sees mommy on the scale and wants to try it out. He weighs 25 lbs.  Holy Cow.  Just 3 months ago I was carrying 2 of him around 24/7.  That is amazing to me as I carry him around now and keep thinking how heavy he is after only a few minutes!! 

I had my first experience with the ‘foamies’ last week.  I made a wonderful beef pot roast for dinner the night before and enjoyed it so much that decided to have some leftovers the next night.  Trouble was that I eat really quickly.  I was babysitting my niece and nephew and expecting clients to show up at my door any second so I was rushing.  About 25 minutes into our meeting the feeling of pressure started.  I felt like I needed to throw up but kept fighting it.  The saliva kept building up in my mouth and I felt like I was spitting on everyone! As soon as my clients left I hit the bathroom and threw up but only foam.  YUCK!  Not a nice experience at all and not one I want to repeat any time soon. 

I had my 3 month blood work taken today so I am eager to know the results.  My next official weigh in and appt. with my family doctor is next Friday so I guess I will find out then!  I’ll also try to have some updated photos taken.  Lots of people have been commenting on my weight loss even people I wouldn’t expect to so it must look pretty dramatic to others.  It will be interesting to see a photo next to my before photo.  I should probably have done that sooner.   

I want to send out a BIG thank you to Mary Lou B.  You  were such a great help to me when I was starting out and making my application to OHIP and since surgery you have been an inspiration and support.  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  You will be happy that I have been doing everything I can to ‘pay it forward’ and loving every minute of it. 

I am looking forward to the Ontario WLS BBQ and Potluck on Saturday July 22nd and  hope to see a number of  OH people there.  Come join the party!! 





July 5, 2006 
10 weeks post op 
235 lbs ~ loss 42 lbs. 
Once again my weight loss seems to have stalled.  I see everyone else who had surgery around the same time as me or even after me who is continuing to lose weight at a rapid rate and here I am inching along so slowly.  It is frustrating. 

I find it VERY difficult to get in enough liquid in a day and the head hunger in the evenings is unreal.  In times of stress and loneliness and sadness and frustration (all of which I am going through) I have given in and had food late in the evening and snack type food that is only empty calories.  I feel like I have so easily slipped back into old eating habits only I eat a lot less.   I SOOOOO need to get back on track. 

I do miss food.  I miss the comfort.  I miss the taste.  I find that if I do not plan in advance I eat cheese and crackers or plain chicken or something boring and don't really enjoy it.  I guess I miss the enjoyment of food.  I am hoping that will come back.  I love to cook but just don't get the opportunity being a single mom with a young child.  He takes so much of my time and care cooking tasty healthy meals has gone out the window. 

As of yet I have had no reaction to fat or sugar.  I haven't really pushed the envelope too far but a bit and nothing.  I am afraid that I won't have a reaction and will be able to stomach anything which won' be good.  I chose Roux-en-Y specifically for that dumping syndrome.  Haven't had it yet. 

I have been walking with my son most evenings for 30 - 45 minutes and need to keep that up.  I would love to be able o do something more there just aren't enough hours in the day.  I feel like I am nothing but a bunch of excuses and yet it isn't enough to get me motivated to do anything. 

I know I REALLY need to drink more water for sure.  I think probably my body is still in starvation mode and saving every bit of everything I take in.  I haven't been able to kick my metabolism into gear.  I know what to do I just don't do it.  I'm not 100% sure why.  

I went to a counselor.  She specializes in weight issues (has no experience with WLS) but she has been an amazing help to me over the years.  I had to stop seeing her last year as I couldn't afford it.  Now I just go even now and again when I feel I really need to and can get the money together.  Not the best way to do therapy but better than nothing I suppose.  I was telling her that I look in the mirror and other than my face not looking so puffy I don't really see a difference.  I still look the same to me as I did when I was 300 lbs.  I wear a smaller size but that is it. 

June 22, 2006 
8 weeks post op 
237 lbs ~ loss 40 lbs. 
FINALLY ... the scales have started to move again.  Well my home scale anyway.  I haven't had an official weight in yet.  I have started walking 30 - 45 minutes a night with my son and am back on track with my eating.  Liquid is STILL a problem.  There just  aren't enough hours in the day.  I am also starting to get concerned that I am not getting the proper nutrition.  I have very little fruit or veggies in a day.  I have another month to wait before I get my full blood work-up.  I am also not yet taking any calcium supplement and I think maybe I should.  I drink at least 2 glasses of milk in a day and I eat one yogurt and eat cheese.  I’m not sure that is enough though.  I’ll ask my family Dr. about it next week when I see her. 

My clothes are starting to be too big to wear.  I have gone from a size 24 to an 18.  I have been taking things in and trying to make due with what I have to this point but I broke down this weekend and bought a couple of pair of capris and a shirt.  I have a few things in my closet I can fit into once again which is nice but I got rid of most of my ‘skinny’ clothes.  Come the fall I won’t have much I can wear at all. 

It is strange but the only way I can tell I am losing weight is how my clothes fit (and that my boobs are getting smaller – had to splurge and get a new bra too!).  I still look in the mirror and see the same figure I did before.  The odd time I will notice that my face is a little thinner and not so puffy looking but that is it.  I don’t look in the mirror and think “wow, you look great!”  I’m not sure that will ever happen.  

My energy level is good.  I am able to play with my son and keep up with him for the most part … which I absolutely love!  (you can see some photos of my little guy below) 

I picture myself as a mom who will be out shooting hoops or kicking the soccer ball around or playing catch, going for bike rides or rollerblading.  Before this surgery I wouldn’t have been able to do that.  Now by the time my son is old enough I will have no trouble doing any of that.  I’m so happy!! 

June 8th, 2006 
 weeks post op 
246 lbs ~ loss 31 lbs. 
Well my weight loss has slowed dramatically.  I am having lost of trouble getting in enough water.  I am back to work and that is even more difficult.  I get busy and forget to drink.  I can sit all day with water inches in front of my face and not have a sip.  I have had to implement a timer that goes off every 10 minutes to remind me to take a sip.  It is annoying but it works. 

I also have not been exercising.  My stress level is really high right now and I not longer have my old friend FOOD!  Finding a way to cope and make myself feel better has been hard.  Now even the littlest things sets me off. 

I have not made the best food choices.  I still want to reach for a snack especially at night and although I can't eat much and it isn't high sugar or fat it really ends up just being additional calories. 

I am back on regular food totally and most everything is going down well.  Eggs are the only things that do not agree with me at all.  I have tried scrambled and boiled and neither sit well.  As soon as I have the first bite or two I begin to feel sick and like I need to throw-up.  I fight it as long as I can and then end up throwing up anyway.    Needless to say I am not going to give them a try again for quite some time. 

I need to work some things out in my life and get myself back on track.  I know that my family and friends are supportive of my decision to have WLS but they don't entirely understand and they really can't help me.  I am feeling very alone and frustrated right now.  Plus the PMS and water retention doesn't help!

May 23rd, 2006 
4 weeks post op
248 lbs ~ loss 29 lbs.

I am back at Barix with Mark for his surgery.  Did a quick weigh-in as I was curious and am now down almost 30 lbs.  

Mark's surgery went very well and he is recovering nicely.

Here I am with JoJo our nurse.  I am 1 month post op in this photo



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 Now one with Dr. Kam.  I am 6 weeks post op in this photo

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May 17th, 2006 
3 weeks post op 
256 lbs ~ loss 21 lbs. 
I have found a protein I quite like. Pure Whey Protein Stack (chocolate) that I think I am going to stick with.  I was so afraid I wouldn’t be able to find something I could tolerate long term especially since I can’t chug it.  I purchased a number of samples from websites in the .  Some were okay some were disgusting.  Initally I had been using a tasteless protein and adding chocolate syrup but it isn’t really tasteless as far as I am concerned.  However I quite like Pure Whey Stack.  

For anyone who is interested the Pure Whey Protein Stack is made by Champion Nutrition and comes in:
Cookies & Cream
Tropical Sunrise

My only comment is that I find it a little sweet and tend to add a bit more milk or ice to cut it a bit.  I buy it at Sports Nutrition Depot as it is cheaper than GNC (even with a gold card) and they have a way better selection of not only protein powders but protein bars as well. They have a website at

The other shake that I found that is pretty good is by Nature's Best and called Precision Protein Stack (Chocolate) It is not as sweet and has a very slight protein taste but still tolerable.  I got that at GNC. 

May 8th, 2006 
2 weeks post op 
260 lbs ~ loss 17 lbs 
Everything is going very well.  I have lost 17 lbs in 12 days and feel great.  No problems at all.  Everything is healing well and my surgeon is pleased with my progress.  The liquid diet is difficult as I really just want to chew something!  I am managing though.  I am having a little difficulty getting in all my liquid but am doing fine with the protein.  

I have noticed that I tend to chug liquid and I can’t anymore.  I get a huge pain in my chest like something is stuck.  Other than that no problems. 

My next check up is in 4 weeks.





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