selhard posted a discussion topic 1 month, 4 weeks ago

In 2014, I requested off-topic input that proved to help tremendously. Please offer thoughts on a decision I need to make quickly: my 93-year old mother has been living for three years in an assisted-living apartment located 12 miles away. She self-p


selhard posted a discussion topic 3 months, 2 weeks ago

It happened again--an obituary photo of a SSMO person that stirred my emotion. This time the obituary made reference to "..gained her cooking and baking skills," "...baking for bachelors," and "...making donuts." I cannot help wonder if this person pr


selhard posted a discussion topic 5 months, 1 week ago

I lied. An encounter with a bear while berry picking had me post, "Bears Win." Well, I couldn't "bear" to see ripe berries hanging off branches when they make for the best protein smoothies ever. For protection, I recruited DH to come help asking hi


selhard posted a discussion topic 1 year, 3 months ago

The Dollar Tree store recently had brand name Born Sweet Zing stevia & sugar baking blend in a 20 oz. pour spout, green & white container. Ingredients: Sugar, Stevia leaf extract, natural flavors. Nutrition: Calories 1/2 tea


selhard posted a discussion topic 1 year, 9 months ago

This 57-year-old northern Minnesotan thinks a fun, mental health NSV goal would be to become a short-term, solo snowbird during the bitter, cold months of January and February.   Please offer suggestions for places/ideas for me to read as I sit here in


selhard posted a discussion topic 1 year, 11 months ago

Buying new clothes? Following is a warning to help with your new purchases:  after years of ordering clothes from a plus-size catalog in the color BLACK only, I was clueless how to shop.  The closet is already in need of a revamp after recentl


selhard posted a discussion topic 1 year, 11 months ago

Homemade Christmas candy:  I knew it would make me sick, ate it anyway, got sick, have no excuse, read help articles, and now feel somewhat better armed to fight harder the rest of the Holidays.  Please allow my error to serve as a reminder to


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years ago

"Broken Soldiers Marching On" might make a good title for summing up last night's support group meeting-- an evening hearing new health struggles.  It is the Holidays, joy should be in the air, yet it felt like we were sitting there as the mis


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years ago

A fews days ago, I mentioned a local support group attendee had died in her 30's.  I do not know why she died.  Today, the local paper printed a photo along with the obituary of this young woman I was fortunate to know through group.  For whatever reas


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years ago

The sun is shining and the northern Minnesota winter air is mild.  My adult daughters, DH, and I had a noon party to celebrate four years post op and my 56th birthday, as well.  We ate grilled beef, coleslaw, and a real whip cream-frosted, peeled water


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 1 month ago

The WLS-life seems to give me dry hair. Googling homemade hair treatments resulted in one of many recipes using a stirred mixture of:  1/2 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt, a whole egg, and a squirt of honey.  I globbed it on my short-length


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 1 month ago

These past four post-op years, I have tried, retried, and changed food choices along the way.  It continues to be a learning process.  For example, Walmart's Great Value Whole Milk (key word, whole milk) Greek plain yogurt is a new favorite finding it


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 2 months ago

Obesity is a painful disease.  I have been freed from super, super morbid obesity thanks to many dedicated people willing to help instead of hurt.  Tonight, I will pray for those sitting on their bed over 400 pounds hoping they find the peace WLS has g


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 5 months ago

Curious if anyone has feedback on using a bite counter (device worn on the wrist that tracks how much people eat based on wrist action)?  Does a Fitbit have that as an option?  My computer sits next to a window where I watch our chickens make multiple


selhard uploaded a new photo 2 years, 6 months ago

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selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 7 months ago

There's a theory ingesting a Vitamin-B Complex before going outdoors keeps insects at bay.  Taking a whiff inside a smelly B-Complex bottle makes it believable. Has anyone tried this, think it works, or plans to try it?  Also, does anyone lower their V


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 8 months ago

I decided to order self-pay lab work before moving.  Did I order the wrong iron test by looking at the following results:

Iron Total = 157 (50-170)

TIBC = 289 (250-450)

Saturation = 54% (20-50%)

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selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 8 months ago

Today and most days, my food journal includes a line at the bottom stating what I am appreciative for. I notice the weather makes it in my journal often.  Today, it says "I am thankful for Photoshop;"  it helps make a picture tolerable without the urge


selhard uploaded a new photo 2 years, 9 months ago

selhard uploaded a new photo 2 years, 9 months ago

selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 9 months ago

Passing along information for those yet to have WLS:  I used something called "Scrub-Stat" the night before surgery provided by my surgical team.  It came in a 4 ounce bottle and is a liquid surgical skin cleanser, antiseptic, to scrub the area where i


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 9 months ago

Tuning in to Dr. Oz yesterday has me rethinking Greek yogurt choices today.  Taking advice from the show, (plain no flavor, at least 18 grams protein per serving, whole milk, and two or fewer ingredients to avoid fillers like starch thickeners, fak


selhard posted a discussion topic 2 years, 9 months ago

Because my house is packed-up for moving, the home office has space for me to exercise to YouTube's Sia Performs "Bird Set Free."  The words of her song sorta remind of how to feels to be freed from morbid obesity..."I don

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MN
Location
32.9
BMI
RNY
Surgery
11/26/2012
Surgery Date
Nov 24, 2012
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