SparkPeople Bariatric Surgery Team Messageboard On the bariatric surgery journey? This team is for you! Pre-op, post-op, and WLS veterans- we're all here to support each other along the way. SparkPeople Bariatric Surgery Team Messageboard Which surgery you chose and why? Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Dori, I am new here and very happy to have found this team as a support group. I am awaiting for a surgery date. I want to hear from you, why you chose the surgery you chose? I have done a lot of research but still want to know all about how you decided between surgeries and your experience with your surgery. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:28:14 EST Are you at goal?? I notice many after surgery get to their goal weight, which is awesome. I'm stuck in my last 20...How did you emotionally and physically get to goal weight?? I am feeling down and need a pick me up and hear how others succeeded. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:31:53 EST I'm in pre-surgery testing. Hi, <BR> After many years of trying to lose the weight on my own I've decided to pursue WLS. I found a supportive doctor that has worked with me over the last year on mental and physical issues. While I've become more physically active, but unable to lose the weight. I mentioned that I was just in general pain. At that point I went on meds for fibromyalgia and wham! That cleared such a cloud and I felt soooo much better. I then decided that I wanted more. I was just so tired of trying every... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:38:27 EST Making Protein shakes taste better I am finishing up my pre-op testing this week, hoping for surgery in early to mid March, so I've started looking for the supplements - multivitamins, B12, Iron, protein powder, etc. <BR> <BR> I began taste testing the protein powder in order to find the right "mix" for my palette. With 8oz of water it seems to be "too thin" somehow, the taste was fine but it just seemed to off ratio-wise, y'know? So I'm wondering how everyone else mixed their protein powders to get a little more satisfactio... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:54:35 EST 18 months post op I had my 18 month post op appointment on Thursday. Weighed in at 127 (two pounds heavier after the holidays). BMI is 21. Lab work came back fine. I haven't been tracking calories, carbs, proteins, etc. over the holidays and I know my carb intake has been high, and that's where the two pound gain came from. I do have minimal skin sagging - I mean really minimal, so I've joined the local gym to try and build some muscle to fill out the saggy spots (tummy, butt, and arms). Overall I am... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:07:46 EST Fibromyalgia and WLS Does anyone here have fibromyalgia? I'm curious to know how WLS affects it. <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:10:23 EST Hi! I'm new here and so happy to find this forum. I'm pre-op and hoping to learn from veterans and have support throughout my journey. <BR> <em>524</em> <em>381</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:48:41 EST December Challenge -- WLS friendly dessert recipes I don't know about you, but Holiday treats are hard to resist. So for this month let's share our WLS friendly dessert recipes. <BR> <BR> Here's my favorite -- Pudding Parfaits <BR> <BR> Take your favorite sugar free pudding and sugar free whipped topping and layer in a glass mug. Top with chopped nuts and dust with Cocoa Powder/Cinnamon. These desserts look beautiful and taste great! Enjoy! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:51:09 EST December I wish you a very great holidays <em>446</em> <em>445</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:49:41 EST Two years after surgery... I am happy I got the sleeve, but I have wandered far from where I wanted to be... <BR> <BR> I fell into bad habits, pushing the limits of what I can eat, and not eating the things I should. I started at 230+, and have held at 275 for over a year. Not losing, not gaining. <BR> <BR> I am ready to give up my bad habits and learn to love myself more than food. This has been an ongoing battle. Although the sleeve helps with portions, if those portions are unhealthy and too frequent, well... you ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:10:39 EST a question about cholesterol to my fellow GB ppl I had gastric bypass and got down to 90 lbs from 281 and my cholesterol is actually way higher and I am now on lipitor anyone else having that problem Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:35:37 EST Question of the week: snacks... Hi <BR> What do you bring to work as healthy snack to keep you on track? <BR> <BR> I love low fat mini babybell, Greek yogourt, roasted edamame and nuts . <BR> This are high in protein and low carb . Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:24:03 EST Question of the week: winter activities <BR> What are your plans for the colder weather to stay active? <BR> Do you still take walks outside ? <em>332</em> <BR> Do you ski ? <em>329</em> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> Personally , I go out less often and workout at home and do my zumba classes. <BR> Here in Canada it gets very cold soi take a walk when the weather is mild enough. <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:53:51 EST November challenge : extra workout day. Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Are you already active? <em>361</em> <BR> If not, are you planning to start? <BR> So I propose to add a an extra day of exercising a week . If some of you are exercising everyday how about adding and extra 10 minutes for a day. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I am taking zumba classes 2 times a week and I am going to add a day of workout at home so are you with me ? <BR> <em>381</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:45:56 EST Question of the Week -- Staying Hydrated Howdy y'all! <BR> <BR> Hydration is so important for our success, so this week's Question of the Week is: <BR> <BR> How do you stay hydrated? <BR> How many glasses of liquid do you drink per day? <BR> How do you manage/what are your tips for getting all your fluids? <BR> What are your favorite "go to" drinks? <BR> <BR> Post your responses here! And thank you for sharing! <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:54:13 EST Finally scheduled my surgery Yesterday I finally got the call I had been waiting for. The insurance company approved my surgery and I now have a confirmed surgery date for just before Thanksgiving. I've been trying for so long to lose weight (currently weigh 390) and I am relieved that I can finally see some relief. Up until now, I've been very lucky with respect to health affects of my weight, but lately there have been problems creeping up so this couldn't have come at a better time. <BR> <BR> The surgery I have deci... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:36:13 EST Question of the Week - Who is your Surgeon? Howdy y'all! <BR> <BR> This week's Question of the Week allows all of us to share our recommendations for surgeons across the world. So will tell us <BR> <BR> Where do you live? <BR> What is the name of your surgeon? <BR> What hospital did you go to? <BR> Why do you recommend him/her (or not recommend)? <BR> <BR> Post you comments here!! Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:49:39 EST 5 Day Pouch Test I'm going back on the 5 Day Pouch Test...... may carbs are out of control AGAIN!! This will be the third time since surgery -- and boy, I really need it to break the carb cravings! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'll post how it works this time around here! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:47:09 EST Question of the Week - What are your "go to" meals What are your "go to" meals? -- the ones you make at home, the ones you eat when you are out, and the quick meals you grab on the go? <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:32:36 EST Question of the Week -- Resources You Use What resources do you use that have been extremely helpful on your journey? <BR> <BR> Please share the Books, Websites, Groups, etc..... that have been educational, informative, supportive, and helpful to you both pre-op and post-op. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:11:13 EST October "Fall Cleaning" Challenge Hey friends! <BR> <BR> It should be no surprise by now, that I’m on a mission to get organized. It’s a process, one that’s going more smoothly than I originally anticipated. I’m learning every day, and truly changing the way I do things, and it’s almost become second nature. If you think that it’s too late for you to make changes, or you don’t know where to begin, stick with me. I’m always sharing what I learn, and what’s making my life easier so you can make changes in your own. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:51:58 EST Question of the Week -- What was your "Last Straw" I'm just curious as to what was the catalyst for you making this decision. I know most of us have been dieting for years and years... and so.. what was the "thing" that happened that made you give up on the "diet alone" route? <BR> <BR> For me... My husband and I decided a year ago that we wanted to do something fantastic with our retirement. So, we decided to work towards buying a Winnebago to travel the county. Starting in the West and moving on East. So, in order to do that, I had to lose... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:34:03 EST Question of the Week -- What are your top 5 NSV's? This week we are going to focus on Non-Scale Victory Goals.... <BR> What are your top 5 NSV's? <BR> List the ones you've all ready achieved first, then pick 5 new NSV's to set as goals. <BR> <BR> Copy this format or use your own: <BR> NSV's Acheived: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> New NSV Goals: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:17:45 EST Question of the Week -- What are your top 5 NSV? This week we are going to focus on Non-Scale Victory Goals.... <BR> What are your top 5 NSV's? <BR> List the ones you've all ready achieved first, then pick 5 new NSV's to set as goals. <BR> <BR> Copy this format or use your own: <BR> NSV's Acheived: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> New NSV Goals: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:09:09 EST Question of the Week - Insurance Requirements Question of the Week <BR> <BR> What insurance do you have? <BR> What surgery did you have? <BR> What were the pre-op requirements that you had to complete before you were approved? <BR> <BR> Did you self Pay? <BR> What surgery did you have? <BR> How much did you have to pay? <BR> Did you have any pre-op requirements to complete before you had surgery? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:36:35 EST Question of the Week - Low Calorie or Low Carb? Question of the Week - Low Calorie or Low Carb? <BR> <BR> I have read a few posts on here and everyone seems to be different. <BR> Do you follow a low calorie or a low carb diet?! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:30:29 EST September Challenge -- Log Your Fitness Minutes Hi team! <BR> <BR> Let's log our fitness minutes each day or week - which ever you choose! And shout it out with a fitness emoticon! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> Wednesday (9/3): 15 minute walk with the dogs in the morning and 15 minute walk in the evening <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:39:59 EST Question of the Week - Pureed Stage after WLS This week's Question of the Week: <BR> <BR> How long did you have to stay on the Pureed Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What did you do to plan ahead/stock up for the Pureed Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What were your favorite foods to get you through this phase? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:59:38 EST September "Food Stamp (SNAP)" Challenge Hi Everyone! <BR> What is the SNAP Challenge? <BR> <BR> The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, you’ll commit to eating all of your meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant - $1.50 per meal. <BR> <BR> The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) provides monthly benefits to supplement the food budgets of f... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:57:31 EST Question of the Week - Liquid Phase after WLS This week's Question of the Week: <BR> <BR> How long did you have to stay on the Liquid Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What did you do to plan ahead/stock up for the Liquid Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What were your favorite drinks to get you through this phase? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:30:31 EST Question of the Week -- Vitamins and Supplements Most of us need and will need to take vitamins and supplements now that we have had WLS. <BR> <BR> 1) What vitamins and supplements do you take on a daily basis? <BR> 2) Does your surgeon require specific brands or do you buy over-the-counter brands? <BR> 3) Where is the cheapest place you have found to buy your vitamins and supplements? <BR> <BR> Let's help each other out and share our best information! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:37:51 EST Question of the Week - Eating Out Hi everyone! This week let's share our "go to" places and favorite WLS friendly foods for when we are on the road, don't have time to cook, having lunch with friends, or dinner with that someone special. <BR> <BR> Where do you go? What are your favorite dishes? <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:22:53 EST Hair loss Just over 2 months post op and i am already losing so much <BR> Hair. It is scaring me. I am taking my vitamins. I use product for my hair to prevent and fortify <BR> <BR> Does biotin really works? <BR> Dies the hair grow back after a year or so? <BR> Any advice please <BR> Kaza Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:15:03 EST New Drivers License I was just wondering if anyone has had to get their drivers license changed because you look so different than you do now I went to the Army base today and at the front gate and in the hospital I had to explain that it was me in the picture I just have lost a lot of weight. Then it happened again at the Social Security office, I’m thinking about just going and getting a new license, I still have two years left on this one and don’t want to have to keep telling them it’s really me. Should I ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 19:54:20 EST Question of the Week - Fitness Routines Good morning all! <BR> <BR> This week's Question of the Week is all about our fitness routines. <BR> Please tell us how far you are out from surgery and what fitness routine you routine you faithfully follow each day. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what everyone is doing! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Carol Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:37:53 EST Plastic Surgery - Share your Experience Hi Team! <BR> <BR> For those of us farther out, I'm curious who has explored or had plastic surgery? <BR> Please tell us about your experience. Why you chose the procedure you did. Where did you have the procedure done? Who did the procedure? Did insurance cover the procedure or did you have to pay out of pocket? <BR> <BR> I'm just now coming up on my one year anniversary and am considering a few "nips and tucks". I value your input!!! <BR> ~ Carol Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:33:36 EST August "Back On Track" Challenge It's August, and whether we like it or not, the days of summer are dwindling. Bathing suit season may be mostly behind you, but that doesn't mean it's time to abandon your healthy efforts now that autumn is in sight! Plus, maybe all those barbecues you've attended this summer are starting to show on the scale. Maybe your vacations and kids' activity schedules have taken precedence over your exercise routine. Maybe, now that the wild ride of the season is coming to an end, it's time to get bac... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:30:34 EST Optimal Carb Intake - easily explained.... This is a great article on optimal carb intake... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ariatric-carbsense-why-carbs-matter-ev<BR>en-when-calories-are-low/?utm_source=B<BR>ariatric+Eating+Newsletters&utm_campai<BR>gn=c03ef63c00-Mon_Med_News_Carbsense_7<BR>_287_25_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term<BR>=0_da1df32cd0-c03ef63c00-11148389&mc_c<BR>id=c03ef63c00&mc_eid=480ad00798 </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:27:56 EST Dumping Syndrome - Surgeon Video Explanation Here is a great video series on Dumping Syndrome -- plus the Doc is really cute!! <BR> <BR> Part 1 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Part 2 <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:42:41 EST not sure where i should be at weight wise i am 4 ft 2 and so far at 115lbs but i am not sure what my goal weight should be so i can be healthy weight instead of obese i should mention i am a 31 yr old female Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:46:31 EST How are you ONE word... reflective Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:39:31 EST HI Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Maria. I've been a sparkteam member for quite some time now. After 20 years of dieting I've decided to have the sleeve. I had managed to lose weight the old fashioned way to join the military. (This was a very restrictive diet and tons of exercise, 70 mile a day bike rides, hiking up steep inclines, 10 pushups every time I went to the bathroom, exercise from dawn to dark). But the three years I gave to the Army came at a price. I blew out both knees and my right... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:39:56 EST Emotional eater What a life changing experience is the weight loss surgery <BR> <BR> So many people are emotional eaters and I am one of them. <BR> Or hopefully was because I can't do it anymore thanks to the surgery. <BR> This past week I became so aware of this problem. <BR> After Bering stressed or frustrated I had the urge of wanting to eat a large amount of food. <BR> Of course I didn't , I have no room in my new little stomach. It made me sad and angry at the same time. Sad because i have this p... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:28:45 EST Does Muscle weigh more than Fat? (article) Fitness MythBusters: Does muscle weigh more than fat? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One pound of mashed potatoes weighs the same as one pound of raw potatoes. No matter how you slice, scallop or roast it, a pound is a pound. So why do the weight-watching women of the world preach the misinformed belief that lean muscle weighs more than fat? I find most individuals use this erroneous rationale to soften the blow of the scale. When the numbers on the scale begin to tip in an unfavorable direction, it... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:41:04 EST Weighing and Measuring... After a year of purposely weighing and measuring each and every item on my plate, I slacked off and started 'eye balling" my portions. But I was feeling my portion sizes were getting larger and larger. Now I "eye ball" and then weigh and measure to keep me accountable to accurate portion size. I'm getting better at seeing what a portion really should be. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:09:28 EST Cereal Killers - The Movie (Free until 7/4) "Contrary to popular belief, you do not get fat from eating fat. You get fat from eating too much sugar and grains. " <BR> <BR> This is an hour long movie, but very informative!! <BR> <BR><BR>es/archive/2014/06/28/cereal-killers-m<BR>ovie.aspx?e_cid=20140628Z1_DNL_art_1&u<BR>tm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_con<BR>tent=art1&utm_campaign=20140628Z1&et_c<BR>id=DM51229&et_rid=568660734 Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:45:56 EST July Challenge There are many great recipes here on SP. For July, I would like to see how many of us can make at least one new recipe from SP and report back on what they made, the ease or difficulty and whether or not you liked it. Something high in protein would benefit all of us. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:28:54 EST Exercise Just wondering... Does watching my boyfriend (on Skype) riding his scooter through London traffic count as a something for me? <BR> <BR> I'm absolutely positive it increases my heart rate! <BR> <BR> Julie <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:52:55 EST On the 800 calorie diet!! I went for my Bariatric Evaluation this past week. Surgeon said she could probably get my husband and I in for our surgery in September! Said she needs two readings stating we hit our target and finish our to do list before surgery and we're clear. She put us both on a high protein 800 calorie diet (which is what she uses for pre surgery for two weeks before). <BR> <BR> I'm on my 2nd day and do ok then starving. I've been drinking the liquids (3 shakes a day, water/iced tea), broth, 2 l... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:25:05 EST Interesting article on how RNY cures Diabetes.... Interesting article on how RNY cures Diabetes. <BR> <BR><BR>new-take-on-how-gastric-bypass-cures-d<BR>iabetes/ <BR> <BR> <BR> "the “Roux” limb (the new passage linking the stomach pouch to the lower gut) seems to grow and expand—an energy intensive process that requires a lot of sugar." Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:44:46 EST Weight Loss and "Saggy" Skin Here's a link to a great article posted here on Spark... <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1997 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:30:18 EST Ketosis Calculator for protein/ carb/fat ratios A friend recommended I use this calculator: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> to work out the appropriate ratios of protein/carbs/fats.... for me the ratios helped me set new goals to stay at goal weight. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:15:24 EST RNY I did a RNY in 2007... Best decision I ever made for myself and my ankles still thank me every day. i walked into the OR at 435... I'm down 180 and though still a big boy, losing a whole person was amazing!! I did the RNY because there was no going back.. full commitment to change my life.. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:47:58 EST Hello group Hello, I'm Georgia from Northern California. After unsuccessfully keeping weight off (more than 40 lbs lost 4 times in the last 15 years), I've decided to do bariatric surgery. I'm planning on getting a vertical gastric sleeve. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm in the whole see every doctor under the sun step. My cardiologist wants me to do one more test and then he'll give his okay. My primary is totally on board. I've seen a new dietitian who I like a lot (good thing, because my insurance doesn... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:01:37 EST Starting the Bariatric Journey Hello, <BR> My name is Shannon Blondell and have been looking at the Bariatric Surgery for over a year now. Have stopped and now restarting (due to health insurance lapse) and now feel am ready to do this! <BR> <BR> My husband is thinking about it as well (he needs it more for the fact he's diabetic - shots). We're both obese and want a better quality life and be able to do the things we did when we got married 10 years ago (biking as a family, walking, just being more active)! <BR> <B... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:45:38 EST June "Eat a Rainbow Challenge" Thanks Connie for this great Challenge!! <BR> <BR> June is “National Fruit & Vegetables Month.” This is a ‘diet’ that will work for all of us. So let’s “Eat a Rainbow” to celebrate the month of June! We can - <BR> <BR> Strengthen our immune system <BR> Lower our risk for certain cancers <BR> Help ward off type 2 diabetes <BR> Reduce high blood pressure <BR> Prevent some eye diseases <BR> Maintain urinary tract health <BR> Maintain heart health <BR> Improve memory <BR> Help build st... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:33:41 EST June "Try Something New" Challenge We can all get "stuck in a rut" and the mundane often lacks the motivation we need to get us going. So this month we are going to "Try Something New". Pick your something new -- go paddle boarding, try a new recipe, go horse-back riding, or try something else that you think would be fun. Post your something new for the week and tells us what you liked about it, didn't like about it, and how it made a change in your life! <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste your answers each week! <BR> <BR> This week... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:17:55 EST The Long Wait is almost Over! My name is Lynn and I have been working towards bariatric surgery for over a year! Last year my insurance company specifically excluded bariatric surgery from coverage so I had to change insurance for 2014. Now I am working through all the programs and finally, my case is being submitted to insurance for approval. I should be scheduling surgery for the end of June or middle of July. I am so excited. I have been working hard at changing behaviors now to help me going forward. Increasing ... Tue, 13 May 2014 20:13:36 EST Do You Own a..........? This is the "Do You Own" game.... <BR> <BR> I ask you if you own an item - you answer my question, and then ask the next person the same question. I'll start us off! <BR> <BR> Do You Own a laptop computer? Mon, 12 May 2014 19:57:34 EST Waiting and waiting Hello everyone <BR> I had the worst night ever <BR> I had the sleep apnea machine hooked up ,so many wires. It took me over an our to fall asleep and woke up so many times. <BR> Thank god that I don't have a problem so no more test . <BR> I am very impatient to know the date of my life changing surgery. <BR> I just called the nurse and left a message . I hope to get a call today . I'll try to wait till tomorrow. And called them back if they don't. I feel a little pushy but I can't wait t... Thu, 8 May 2014 13:17:26 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! My name is Alisha and I live in southern Minnesota. I have been overweight since I was a teenager because I got my first job, which was at Little Caesar's and discovered a love for breadsticks and carbs in general. That was my biggest downfall. I gained weight steadily until I went to the bariatric surgeon last April and was at my highest weight of 372 pounds! I couldn't believe it! I had severely swollen ankles and legs. My back hurt so severely if I walked that I would break ou... Sun, 4 May 2014 04:29:18 EST May "Positive Affirmation" Challenge This month's challenge is to motivate and encourage ourselves with Positive Affirmations. <BR> <BR> I know I love to hear nice things about myself -- but I don't always remember to say nice things to myself!! This month we are going to choose (1) one positive affirmation to tell ourselves every day for a week. Share what positive affirmation you choose!! <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste the format below into your reply for the month. <BR> <BR> My Positive Affirmations for the Month of May <BR... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:25:45 EST Optimal Carb Intake (from marksdaily The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve <BR> From<BR>carbohydrate-continuum/ <BR> <BR> Yesterday, low-carb blogger Dr. Michael Eades (he of Protein Power) posted a message from his friend and fellow low-carb guru Richard Feinman as sort of a call-to-action in public policy-making for upcoming 2010 USDA guidelines. Dr. Eades and Dr. Feinman have suggested that we ought to quickly find a way to help the USDA arrive at a sensible recommendation for c... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:11:48 EST Dietitian supervised diet before surgery I met with the dietitian, she gave me the diet log sheets that will be used post surgery to follow now. I am 268lbs, Spark says to eat 1800-2200 calories per day. She has me under 800. I can do very low calorie for a while. It just doesn't work. There is an initial weight loss and then nothing. So I am torn between proving to the surgical team that I can follow their plan, and getting as healthy as possible before surgery by upping my calories to at least 1500. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:59:48 EST The Joy of Almond Breeze Milk I just discovered the joy of Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla milk - only 30 calories in an 8oz cup and net 0 carbs! I wish I had discovered this 8 months ago!! I use it in my coffee and when I want a protein shake!! <BR> Nutrition Facts <BR> <BR> Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla <BR> Serving Size: 8 oz <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> <BR> Calories 30.0 <BR> Total Fat 2.5 g <BR> Saturated Fat 0.0 g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 0... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:13:51 EST Weight Loss Plateaus -- the Dreaded Stall..... Here is an excellent article from Evan Army Community Hospital <BR> <BR> WEIGHT PLATEAUS <BR> It's inevitable. Anyone who has lost a large amount of weight (more than 10-15 pounds) has hit one or more weight loss plateaus. The weight loss plateau is a period of body adjustment, where your body "catches up with itself”. Patience is the key during weight plateaus. After gastric bypass surgery, may individuals experience weight plateaus every 3-4 months during weight loss. <BR> <BR> There are... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:52:52 EST My 5 Day Pouch Test Results... Overall Results: <BR> 1 - Lost 5 pounds in 5 days <BR> 2 - carb cravings have subsided considerably <BR> 3 - Constipated by day 5 <BR> Even with the constipation, I would highly recommend the 5 Day Pouch Test to break the carb cravings and drop a few pounds. <BR> <BR> To read my full 5 day journey, you can read my blog.... <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657945 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:15:13 EST Recipe Swap Variety is the spice of life (and it helps us keep to plan if we tantalize our taste buds) - So share your favorite WLS friendly recipes here! <BR> <BR> Citrus Marinaded Pork Chop <BR> 4 oz center cut port chop (1" thick) <BR> Marinade (this will marinade 4 chops) <BR> zest of one Orange <BR> 3 Tbsp Orange Juice <BR> 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce <BR> 2 Tbsp Olive Oil <BR> 1 tsp chopped garlic <BR> 1 tsp grated ginger <BR> 1 tsp cumin <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp pepper <BR> <BR> Marinate chops in a zi... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:49:56 EST newbie Hello, my name is Christina and I am going to be having gastric bypass in about a month. I really could use the support and possibly some ideas on menu planning. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:59:53 EST April Spring Clean Challenge! The April Spring Clean Challenge! Who doesn't need to clean and organize at least once a year? I know my house needs it desperately! So for our challenge this month, we are going to Spring Clean/Organize one room per week - kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms - you pick the room for each week! And of course, for all you over achievers, you can always clean more than one! <BR> <BR> Just copy the weeks into your response and tell us what room you took on for this chall... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:36:29 EST Cities - A to Z A - Anchorage Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:40:50 EST Has any one gone thru a total reversion <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I under went a VBG 28 yrs ago and after being sick for the last 5 yrs now thinking the Drs. checked out everything I recently found out that my EDG showed my staples had come undone and have a couple of holes in my stomach and some bowel problems.I trusted Drs when I was in hospital for migranes requested to see if my VBG was in tack was told yes now I find out that never was several test done to check all of the VBG now I need a revision and looking at this all o... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:32:51 EST N-North Carolina <em>20</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:58:57 EST Why we take our Vitamins Daily.... Hi Everyone! I'm blatantly stealing this post from another WLS forum, but it's too good of info not to share. <BR> <BR> So deficiencies in the following can result in: <BR> <BR> B1 or Thiamin <BR> - irreversible neuromuscular disorders <BR> - permanent defects in learning and short-term memory <BR> - coma (aww.. this isn't so bad..) <BR> - death (Nothing worth worrying about, right?) <BR> <BR> B9 or Folate (Folic Acid) <BR> - forgetfulness <BR> - irritability <BR> - hostility <B... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:20:46 EST Over-the -Counter (OTC) & Prescription Meds I know this has been discussed in a couple other threads but I wanted to highlight this information in it's own thread. I feel this is important information, people and we all have the responsibility to be aware of it AND to educate the doctors that we deal with outside of our bariatric physicians. <BR> <BR> So here is the latest information about meds, post-op. <BR> <BR> There are certain pills that you should not be taking after surgery because they will either irritate your pouch, such... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:13:28 EST Two Words - Change One This is a fun and easy game! Below are two words. Change one word to make a new response! Here we go! <BR> <BR> Light House Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:04:50 EST March Fitness Challenge! Wooooo Hooooo! Go Team! Join with me for a month of heart-pumping, get-the-blood flowing, feel good fitness! <BR> This month we will challenge ourselves to rack up 930 minutes of exercise (this is 30 minutes per day for 31 days)! <BR> <BR> Whatever your favorite may be -- walking, running, strength training, yoga, zumba, swimming -- you pick what works best for you!! <BR> <BR> We'll break it down into 4 sessions for the month. So if you miss a day, no worries, you can make up missed minutes anytime during ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:38:42 EST Just joining today. Hi everyone! Im just joining today looking for others to talk to about this journey I have embarked on. Had my first dietician meeting yesterday, have my sleep study next week. My insurance company requires a six month period before I can have surgery but one is already gone. Im excited, nervous, and a myriad of other emotions. I am going to be having a sleeve gastrectomy. <em>29</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:58:08 EST Dumping Syndrome "Dumping" is a medical term describing a condition/complication that can occur in someone who has had gastric surgery (usually associated with the removal of the pyloric valve). Some may confuse lactose intolerance, an irritated pouch, inability to tolerate certain foods, and simply diarrhea or vomiting with "dumping". However, true "dumping" involves a specific suite of symptoms that may or may not include vomiting and/or diarrhea and is usually caused by eating sugar, carbs, and to a lesser... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:51:44 EST Why we don't drink with meals... This is something that I found at this blog, Journey to a Healthier Me: Why we don't drink with meals ... <BR> <BR> I thought this was really, really good info and I wanted to share it with you all. It's kind of long, but definitely worth the read. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why we don't drink with meals....... <BR> <BR> Sometimes understanding WHY we have to do something (or not do something) helps us follow the rules. Here's the low-down: <BR> <BR> Before surgery you had the pyloric valve at the b... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:19:38 EST States A -Z Alaska <em>26</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:10:59 EST Vitamin D Def I have taken Vit D supplements (OTC) for several years but it did not help raise my level. My rheumatologist recently put me on Boniva after diagnosing me with Osteoporsis when reading my bone density test. Now I have to take calcium every day or the Boniva will not work. <BR> <BR> I blame my Vit D def on a lot of things now just because it all makes sense and the puzzle fits together. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:06:08 EST There's no crying in Baseball...... THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!! By: Leilani Gibbs <BR> <BR> That's the sentiment (scenario) that comes to mind sometimes when I hear some of the comments from people who've already had the surgery. In case you haven't made the connection, that's a line Tom Hanks made famous in the movie "A League Of Their Own." Resorting to tears or just giving up every time the going gets tough. Or your sick of taking vitamins, getting in protein is hard, water doesn't taste good, etc. That kinda' thinking... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:50:28 EST Please share your story with me Thank you everyone for sharing. I'm on a list to get surgery but I don't know when yet. I'm guessing May. <BR> <BR> I haven't decided between RNY and VSG. It helps me to hear your stories and it motivates me to make what changes I can now. <BR> <BR> I'd like to know which surgery you had done, did it need any revisions and would you do it again or do something else? <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know how your surgery helped you in the beginning and how it's helping now? What did you strug... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:17:38 EST Pre Op Challenges I didn't have much to do pre surgery because I went to Mexico to have my sleeve and they are not so strict, but my experience was very well taken care of while there, and husband too. <BR> <BR> My challenges was mostly due to my weight, so all of that has improved since surgery. I have developed new challenges and one, my periphial neuropathy due to my surgery. My neurologist said a lot of his neurology patients have had WLS. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:01:04 EST Post Op Challenges One night about 4 months post op gastric sleeve I was up every two hours vomiting. I went to the ER and they said I had some kind of stomach flu. Well I followed up with my physician two days later and found out that my sinuses were infected and draining into my little tummy. Well that is why I threw up so much. <BR> <BR> The drainage is thick and just set there in my stomach because of that, and it made me sick. <BR> <BR> So, if you have sinus issues and have had bariactric surgery and thr... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:57:38 EST Can someone tell me what's wrong with me please? Ever since 3:00 this afternoon I have been spitting up this white foam stuff. I have tried eating a soda cracker and even drinking some hot tea but nothing is helping. Is this something I should be worried about? And if you know how to stop it please tell me I'm miserable. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:36:45 EST New to Team - 3 weeks post op - VSG Hi. I will be 3 weeks post op on Wed (surgery date 12/18). I have found the whole surgery aspect to have been much easier than I anticipated. Everyone is different but I was very fortunate to not have any complications or issues physically. <BR> <BR> From multiple message boards it is clear that every surgeon and their program in terms of what you can eat and when is very different. In order to not be completely confused...I follow MY plan. After liquids only for 1st week, I am allowed Selec... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:15:58 EST New to group Hi everyone! I'm 51 years old, and 11 months post-op RNY. I am down 93 pounds. That probably doesn't sound like a lot to most of you, but I am 7 lbs away from goal, so I'm hanging in there, fighting to get those last 7 lbs off. I never got that feeling of "restriction" that other bariatric patients get, so I have to always measure my food. I feel cheated, but I have been successful so far. <BR> For those of you who are further out, do you struggle with maintenance? Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:45:26 EST WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS? Every family has their own little things that they do that makes it Christmas for them. At my house Grandma buys a special Christmas book and right before we open presents I read the story to my grand kids. Inside the book I always write something to my grand kids. We also take a picture of the grand kids gathered around me as I read to them, then I put that picture on the inside of the book along with my writing.I've been doing this for the last 19 years and we have got a good collection no... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:09:02 EST Exercising in the Winter We just got our first snow of the season yesterday. And, as beautiful and needed as it is, I just couldn't bring myself to go for a walk in it. Needless to say, I skipped doing any exercise at all. This morning there's still a foot of snow on the ground and down the drive, and down the road (we live on a private dirt road). It should melt today as temps reach up into the 40's, but I need to find an exercise that I can do indoors on snow days. <BR> <BR> What do you suggest? Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:30:53 EST Creamy Sugar Free Egg Nog Creamy Sugar Free Egg Nog <BR> <BR> Here's the Dish <BR> On the Fourth Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to Me… The Classic Christmas Beverage~ Rich and Creamy Sugar Free Egg Nog! <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Egg beaters* <BR> 1 cup Unsweetened almond milk (or low fat milk/milk substitute of choice) <BR> 2 tbs Sugar free instant vanilla pudding mix <BR> 1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice <BR> 1/4 tsp Cinnamon <BR> 1/2 tsp Imitation rum extract <BR> 3-4 pkts Stevia or to taste OR sweetener of choice, to t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:51:45 EST Protein Powders Does anyone know where I can buy unflavored Protein Powders? I would like to mix it with the broth, but all I have now are vanilla & chocolate....doesn't sound good putting in soup ;) Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:02:24 EST Holiday Perseverence - what are you doing? Thanksgiving was tough, I have to admit it. And, to be honest, I couldn't resist the sweet potatoes and found myself licking the cheesecake batter off my fingers -- Old habits are hard to break!! <BR> <BR> What are you doing to persevere through the Holidays? Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:42:04 EST Tomorrow!! Surgery is TOMORROW!!! I am the 1st surgery of the day at 8am....both excited and nervous.... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:05:26 EST Frustrated by this Stall! I know I'm not supposed to obsess over the scale, but I've been stalled for almost a month. I can see that I am converting fat to muscle as my clothing hangs off my body more and more each day, but I would like to see the pounds drop too! I'm getting my protein+ on 600-800cal per day and would like to see at least a pound a week come off the scale. <BR> <BR> Just frustrated for now...... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:34:54 EST Califlower Tortillas A friend found this recipe for gluten free tortillas -- I'm going to try it today!! <BR> One batch makes 6 tortillas. <BR> Looks like the nutritional value is as following: 43.8 calories, 3.7 prot, 2.2 fat, 3.1 carb, 42.1 sodium, 1.4 sugar. <BR> <BR><BR>las-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/ Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:41:46 EST Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you all have a joyous holiday! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:02:31 EST Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs <BR> Ingredients <BR> 24 Hard Boiled Eggs <BR> 1.5 cups 0% Plain Greek Yogurt (I use Fage) <BR> 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard <BR> Salt and Pepper to taste <BR> Paprika or Chili Powder for garnish <BR> <BR> Eggs: <BR> Hard Boil 2 dozen eggs by placing eggs in stock pot and covering with water. Bring to a roaring boil, reduce heat and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, then place eggs in an iced water bath for 10 minutes to cool. Peel and halve. Place whites on a serving platte... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:52:17 EST Help - I am gaining the weight back Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Jenny. I am 2.5 years out from my surgery and find I have lost my way. I am finding it hard to stay on track as I had begun to check out old favorites after 2 deaths in my family. The "feast beast" is on the lose again. Any suggestions on how to get back under control. I have gain 10 pounds in 3 months. I am so scared. I don't want to go back to being so over weight I can't enjoy life again. I am 57 and I am ashamed of my failure on this program. <BR> <BR> Jen Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:00:41 EST Chicken Marsala Chicken Marsala <BR> 3 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast <BR> 1 tsp EVOO <BR> 1 clove garlic <BR> .25 cup mushrooms - sliced <BR> 2 Tbs Marsala Wine <BR> .25 cup Low sodium chicken stock/broth <BR> 1 oz frozen peas <BR> 1 tsp Thyme <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Brown chicken breast in olive oil with garlic over low heat (so the garlic does not burn) for 3 minutes per side. Add stock, wine, mushrooms, thyme and simmer for 8 minutes until sauce reduces and thickens (add a small amo... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:50:43 EST Doing the Weight Loss Math... So I was trying to figure out my expected weight loss will be given my current caloric intake and exercise. So I did the math. <BR> <BR> So my BMR is about 1500 -- that's how many calories my body uses per day to "function" <BR> you can calculate yours here:<BR>or/ <BR> <BR> So Calories In - Calories Out math <BR> 1000 calories from food - 1500 calories from BMR - 200 calories from exercise = <BR> - 700 calories <BR> <BR> 1 pound of fat is eq... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:37:31 EST Spark Activity Tracker... I would like feedback from those of you who are using an Activity Tracker. What do you like about it? Where did you get yours? Drawbacks/limitations? <BR> <BR> Thank you!! <BR> Carol Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:15:54 EST I will not be a bariatric drop-out. I had been scheduled for bariatric sleeve surgery last may, I had my last meeting with the surgeon, who scared the livin' diddlees out of me. I stopped everything right there! I spoke to no one... Now after six months I realize that my fears were totally blown out of proportion. I have contacted my doctor, and am rescheduling all that I need to to have surgery this winter or spring. Now I am excited.I feel hopeful that my life will be improved by weight loss.. I need to continue to surro... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:57:21 EST Time to Color my Hair.... I'm 3 most post op and am starting to notice my hair is thinning, not a lot, but a few more stragglers attach themselves to my brush every morning. I taking 10,000mg of Biotin, and using two protein conditioners, but alas, I was told this would happen and it's happening. <BR> <BR> And it's time to color my hair. I've put it off since pre-op and the gray is more than noticeable. <BR> What are you using to color your hair? <BR> Have you noticed more breakage/thinning from coloring? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:18:06 EST how do I give my spark friends "goodies" I can't figure this out! But I got one from CSYoung! And it made me so happy!! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:28:45 EST Wheat/Oat Allergy? I'm 3 months post op and my body does not like wheat or oats. I've tried eating liquified hot cereal twice now and a couple of whole wheat flax crackers with my tuna once to get my fiber up. But just one ounce of whole wheat cooked cereal or oatmeal and if feels like a massive lumps in my tummy for hours. Then it's a painful day while the blob moves through my intestines. <BR> <BR> Could I be allergic or developed an intolerance to grains? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:29:19 EST Ticked the Doc off Went to doc yesterday to get lab slips for blood work, chest xray, endoscopy. I gained 4 lbs since I last saw here and she was livid. She got so angry with me because I haven't been trying to lose some weight before surgery. My husband was there too and he agrees with Doc. I want to show her I am truly wanting surgery but now I'm afraid she might not refer me. Ugh!!! can I cry now? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:17:22 EST Calcium Citrate Powder???? Has anyone used Calcium Citrate Powder? <BR> 700mg per teaspoon <BR> I found 5 pounds for $25 + $12 shipping -- this would be sooooo much cheaper than chewables. <BR> 5 pounds would last 6 months or more. <BR> <BR> The directions say to mix it in juice or a shake. Has anyone tried the powder??? <BR> <BR><BR>in-powder/2924-Calcium-Citrate-5-pound<BR>s.html Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:16:44 EST Recipes to Share I'm always looking for new and exciting recipes that I make up quick, make up ahead of time, serve me and my family, and pack for lunches on the go. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any that are out-of-this-world good! and good for me? Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:46:10 EST Sauces for BLSL chicken breast...... I'm on a sauce craze right now to spice up my BLSL chicken breast meals -- pesto, alfredo, marinara, salsas, gravies --- but I'm already getting bored! <BR> <BR> Help! What are your favorites ways to spice up chicken and fish? Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:07:06 EST Calcium Blocks the Absorption of Iron..... Calcium Interferes with Iron Absorption <BR> <BR> If you take a multivitamin containing iron (or an iron supplement) and you take a calcium supplement, it’s a good idea to take them at different times. High doses of calcium, especially calcium carbonate, the form found in most supplements, can block the absorption of iron. Try taking your multivitamin with breakfast and your calcium supplement at dinner or before bed. Taking calcium late in the day can also help you relax and fall asleep mo... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:32:42 EST Did I stretch my pouch?? Pouch stretch is a common concern of patients after bariatric surgery. They may worry that their pouches will stretch and they will be able to eat large portions of food again. The good news is that your smaller stomach after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, will generally not stretch up to the size of a normal stomach. Whenever we perform a CT scan, contrast swallowing x-ray test, or endoscopy of the stomach pouch, we typically find that the pouch is the same size years after bariatr... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:14:37 EST I lost 50 pounds! I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy two months ago. I am very pleased with my weight loss so far. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:05:50 EST Consumed 830 calories today - little worried! My doctor released me to a regular diet at my 8 week check up. Calorie intake increased from 500 to 900-1000 per day. I haven't add extra calories until today when I added breakfast as a meal instead of just a protein shake and half an avocado to my spinach salad for the extra fiber.......protein at 64g, carbs at 44g, fiber at 13g, and fat at 25g <BR> <BR> Praying the extra calories and ratio of protein/carbs/fiber/fat keeps the weight coming off in a healthy manner. I still have 56lbs t... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:06:20 EST What is your total calorie intake for the day? I am two months out from my RNY and am now able to eat solid foods. I'm curious to know if I'm eating too much or not enough. I eat any where from 600 - 700 calories a day. Some days I'm full and then other days I'm starving. I get my calorie count from the back of the package or I go to Here is my menu today could you tell me if I'm on the right track? <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1/2 cup cooked Oatmeal: 150 calories & 5 grams of protein <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 2 oz. of turkey b... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:39:38 EST What should I ask?? I decided this summer that I am ready to be done weighing 2x what I 'should' and have admitted that I need more help than what I have been able to give myself in the past. <BR> <BR> I am just starting the pre-surgical medical exams. <BR> So far I have: <BR> -met with the surgeon <BR> -initial visit with nutritionist <BR> -ultrasound of gall bladder <BR> -blood draw for lots of tests...the tech called it a 'rainbow' draw :) <BR> -started on the vitamin schedule to have that become part of m... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:40:06 EST Compression Garments - what do you recommend? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I need your assistance in purchasing compression garments. Right now I am a BIG apple shape with a bigger abdomen than hips and thighs -- so I can't really find a full body that will fit my shape and give me support with my arms and thighs too! <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time making a decision based solely on a website images. Can you tell me what you have used? <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:44:16 EST Workout Issues I am 8-1/2 months post sleeve surgery and have lost about 62 pounds (rougly 30 more to go). Thrilled with the results (although I currently hate plateaus). Now that I've been able to up my cardio workouts, I'm finding that it's difficult to jumping jacks, jogging, etc. - anything that makes loose skin, etc. flop around (sorry - I just couldn't think of a better way to put it). Any suggestions for support around my middle and possibly the best support bras? Suggestions are greatly welcomed... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:44:33 EST Calcium & Magnesium for Constipation Good morning everyone! <BR> I recently added a Calcium & Magnesium Vitamin to my mix of supplements based on the recommendations from several online articles. I have say - it's working. I have had regular movements three days in a row now and am thrilled to have the relief. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of the articles: <BR><BR>s/ingredientmono-998-MAGNESIUM.aspx?ac<BR>tiveIngredientId=998&activeIngredientN<BR>ame=MAGNESIUM <BR> http://ezinearticle... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:30:03 EST Boosting Energy Levels Hi everyone! <BR> I am one month post-op (RNY) and I'm having difficulty finding the energy to exercise any more than a 20-30 minute walk in the evenings. I'm faithfully sticking to 400-500 calories per day with an average of 6 glasses of water per day. I'm an early riser with busy mornings, but by mid afternoon I'm waning to take a nap. Any suggestions for boosting energy levels? Any suggestions for motivating exercise routines? I appreciate the feedback. :) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:40:17 EST Dr. Sharma - Obesity Reasearcher I follow the blogs of Dr. Sharma. He is a Canadian researcher in Obesity and his blogs are free. I learn a lot from these. His article series this week is on weight regain. Here's the link: <link><BR>regain-hormonal-and-metabolic-factors.<BR>html </link> <BR> He keeps these research blogs readable and understandable. Let me know what you think! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:47:46 EST Great Pumpkin Challenge Tracker - Post Here! <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Great Pumpkin Challenge Tracker <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> You can copy and paste this tracker so it is easy to update daily - just use the "edit my post" button at the bottom of your post to ente... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:27:51 EST Autumn Great Pumpkin Challenge <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> The Autumn Great Pumpkin Challenge begins on September 22nd and continues until October 31st. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We'll count pounds or inches lost (your choice) and you end result will define the size... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:16:33 EST Newbie that has just crossed over!!!! Greetings! <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy. I'm 44 and Married. We live in Ct. <BR> On Monday 09/09/2013 I had my Gastric Bypass. <BR> In the hospital on Monday, check out Wednesday afternoon. <BR> Wed afternoon and Thursday I have slept more... and have attempted to keep up on the liquids. Not having an easy time getting 40 grams of protein in.... spoke to one of the Bariatric PA's from the hospital, and they said to be sure I am getting my liquids and that I can concentrate more on the pr... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:12:56 EST Just joined this group today. Hello my name is Connie and I just had my surgery five weeks ago today. I have lost 42 pounds and I’m down two dress sizes. Having this surgery was the best thing for me. I have gone from four insulin shots to one and from eleven pills to three. <BR> This new way of eating is something to get use to, I’ve found I can’t tolerate chicken or black pepper, and after trying to eat supper this evening I’m wondering about ground meat. <BR> I’m very anxious to learn any tips and tricks you migh... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:06:12 EST Excess Skin Remedies Needed My body looks like a Sharpei with all the excess skin after losing 180 lbs over the past 12 months from the miracle of RNY Gastric Bypass. I've experienced miraculous changes in my health, fitness and lifestyle, but the skin, oh the skin! Fortunately my face and throat area have tightened up nicely and I camouflage the worst areas of my body with my new smaller wardrobe and control underwear. I've tried many creams including aloe vera, Regenerist, cocunut oil, CoQ10, Amazing Grace, etc, but I... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:06:53 EST Have you gone public with your bariatric surgery? My close friends and family know the truth of my surgery, but I do not wish to talk about it with work colleagues and passing acquaintances. Have you gone public with your surgery? What are your thoughts regarding sharing this information? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:13:08 EST Ideas for an Autumn Challenge Thanks to those who shared your ideas, I really appreciate it. The Autumn Challenge is now posted - we're using this week to gear up and then starting the challenge on September 22 and ending October 31, 2013. When this one is complete, I'll post the next one for November 1 - December 31, 2013. I'd call this second one Holiday Survival Challenge - how does that sound to you? Let's get focused and rock this weight loss! <BR> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:13:55 EST New Member Hi, I'm Lisa from Indianola, Iowa. I had gastric by-pass 4 months ago and am down 61lbs. Ive had some challenges with strictures meaning I have a hard time getting food down. I've had my opening stretched a couple of times and it seems to be getting easier. I'm excited to be part of this group and share ideas. I contemplated having surgery for years and finally at the age of 46, I made the decision to move forward. It's been hard but well worth it. I'm almost half way to my goal weight... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:34:12 EST Weight Plateau after 3 weeks and still constipated Hi everyone! My first two weeks after RNY surgery went great and I lost the first 24 pounds of my 115 pound goal. 3rd week and I've hit a weight loss plateau. As soon as I went from 250 liquid calories to 400-500 soft food calories my weight loss stopped even when I added 30-60 minutes a day of exercise. Should I cut more calories for the next couple of weeks? <BR> <BR> Plus, I'm constipated. Miralax has helped, but I really don't want to be taking it every day just to go a little each... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:07:17 EST Just wondering.... I don't want to sound like a whiner at all, I ask this out of complete curiosity. My next group meeting is not until the 21st so I thought I would start here. <BR> <BR> I had my sleeve gastrectomy on July 16, 2013, 25 days out. I just finished the liquid diet portion of this process and started puree. I am sipping my 64oz of fluids and doing my best to get my 60 grams of protein in. I eat between 450-600 calories, AND for 7 days straight now I have been walking 2 miles a day (a far cry f... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:46:04 EST My journey continues.... Hi everyone, my name is Lisa and I'm 11 week post op. I had gastric by-pass surgery on 5/21/13 and am down 41lbs as of yesterday. I had a stricture and had to have my opening stretched. This has prevented me from moving away from soft foods and liquids. Even though I've had challenges, I'm still very happy I chose to have surgery. There is nothing easy about the process but in the end when you step on that scale and the number continues to go down, it makes it all worth it. I've been at... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:07:42 EST Gastric By-Pass Challenge I had surgery on 5/21/13 and have had some challenges along the way. Four weeks after surgery I discovered that I had a stricture which is when the opening from your esophagus to your new pouch narrows and food/liquid cannot pass through easily. My surgeon told me it only happens to 5% of patients. LUCKY ME!!! I had my opening stretched on 7/2/13 and it did help but I will need to have it stretched again because I'm still not able to eat anything other than soft foods. I'm slowly losing w... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:09:38 EST Eating while traveling My husband and I are going on vacation starting Saturday. We will be driving quite a way to get to our destination. Usually we pack snacks and beverages to eat along the way. They - for the most part - have been relatively healthy - water and grapes always seem to be there. But then there is the pretzels, chips, crackers, trail mix with M&Ms. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have suggestions for snacks and maybe some lunch suggestions too that we can pack in the cooler too. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 01:02:26 EST PC Fit I see many of you mentioning PC Fit. Can someone tell me what this is? Is it a program or a gym? <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:15:48 EST New to team and surgery scheduled Sept 17th Hi all. I am new to this team because earlier this year, on my 32nd birthday while sitting at work with severe back and knee pain, I said to myself, "this has got to stop" and I made an appt that day to speak with a bariatric surgeon. Since then I have been jumping through all the hoops for my insurance company, and the surgery is approved, now all I have to do is wait for the doctor to be approved. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you, I am not a happy camper right now. I go from one extreme to anoth... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 00:35:08 EST As may is winding down What are your goals for June? I am so close to the 100 pounds gone ... I really want to hit that before July. So my personal goals are walk and walk and walk some more, reach my protein intake everyday, and try for more veggies and fruit. Fri, 24 May 2013 09:31:02 EST severe stomach pain a year and a half out i am a year and about 8 months out of gastric bypass and a few weeks ago i started having severe stomach pains at night while i'm sleeping it gets so bad that it keeps me up all night..i'mm thinking its galbladder sttacks so i'm curious if anyone had that and what you did to relieve the pain because its pretty intense.thanks Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:37:30 EST Did anyone else feel this way.... So I am almost one month out from my gastric sleeve surgery and while I feel great ... I find myself thinking WHAT IF I DID THIS AND I ONLY LOSE 30 lbs????? <BR> <BR> I know that isn't very logical, but I have lost almost 30 lbs, since stating my liquid diet befroe surgery (which is great!!) but my weight loss has already slowed to a snails pace, and this is the time that my doctor said I should lose the most!!! So if I am already at a snail's pace, what if my body just quits losing?!?!?!... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:54:52 EST The WAIT Hi guys, <BR> How do you handle the wait? Maybe it is different in the states, but in Canada, the wait for surgery is about 18 months. Part of that is assessment period, to determine if they will go ahead with the surgery, but it seems very long. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate that it will be covered by healthcare, but I still have to wait. <BR> <BR> How did you cope? Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:21:29 EST I wish I knew.... Hi guys, <BR> I'm going in for my surgery assessment on the 25th. I'm just wondering if you could share your wisdom and let me know some of the things you wish you knew before surgery? <BR> <BR> Also, I'm sure you guys get urges for certain foods, how do you cope? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tammy Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:07:25 EST Done and home got my surgery (RNY) at 10am yesterday, and they sent me home at 6pm today! A bit of pain. No gagging. Will sleep in the recliner for a day or three. But, I'm HOME! Going to go crash. Just wanted to let y'all know. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:27:05 EST April Fitness Challenge I'm looking for some focus as we head into Spring! How about joining me for a fitness challenge? <BR> <BR> Post your minutes walking, running, jogging, swimming, gardening, And anything else that gets you up and moving. I'll have a special spark goodie for each person who gets 210 minutes (30 per day) in a week! <BR> <BR> Let's post here daily and encourage each other in meeting this fitness goal! <BR> <BR> Here's a template for posting: <BR> <BR> April 1: ________ Minutes of _____... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:47:24 EST Living with a slipped lapband.... Yep, thats me. 10 mths ago, I started with severe nightime reflux,so bad that I would vomit stomach acid every morning. Started taking RX Prilosec, OTC Zantac, and Tums like they were candy. I was afraid of telling my dr for fear that he'd take out my fill and I'd gain back the 104 lbs I had lost. My husband forced me to go (6 hr round trip, btw) and I got an xray. Showed a minimal slip. He took 1/2 of my 10cc fill out (I have a 14cc band) and let me rest for 4 weeks. The reflux went away imm... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:51:12 EST Living with a slipped lapband.... Yep, thats me. 10 mths ago, I started with severe nightime reflux,so bad that I would vomit stomach acid every morning. Started taking RX Prilosec, OTC Zantac, and Tums like they were candy. I was afraid of telling my dr for fear that he'd take out my fill and I'd gain back the 104 lbs I had lost. My husband forced me to go (6 hr round trip, btw) and I got an xray. Showed a minimal slip. He took 1/2 of my 10cc fill out (I have a 14cc band) and let me rest for 4 weeks. The reflux went away imm... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:50:23 EST 3 1/2 yrs post Lapband...still 30 lbs from goal :( Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Marci, 45, married and live in Souther Oregon. I've always been overweight. 3 1/2 yrs ago, at 248 lbs (I'm 5'5"), I had a lapband placed (where they place an adjustable plastic band around the top part of my stomach). Last year at my wedding, I weighed 144 lbs (9 lbs from my 135 goal). About 10 mths ago, my band slipped, causing severe nightime reflux. My dr had to take fluid out of my band to relieve the pressure, causing me to lose my optimal restriction. Today I... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:40:56 EST Happy Easter Weekend Everyone! In the dieting world Easter is the safest for us .... Hard boiled eggs! <BR> My all time favorites are Cadbury mini eggs, DH bought a bag set them out <BR> where they where very tempting .... I could only eat maybe two without being <BR> over come by the sweetness. He wanted to show me I can still have a treat <BR> every now and than. I love what I am learning through this journey!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.... Remember not to over eat, or the pain will be h... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:14:12 EST Thankfulness wards off Depression I just read this article on Real Age by Drs. Oz and Roizen. I'm a big fan of theirs and tribute their unbiased review of WLS as one key factor that started me on a path to consider RNY. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link><BR>ight-depression-by-saying-thank-you?ei<BR>d=1010679589&memberid=26751094 </link> <BR> <BR> It is a great reminder to me that I get bogged down in issues and worries sometimes. <BR> <BR> So what are three things you are thankful f... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:10:56 EST I found a great site for snacks .... Hi y'all, my husband loves to have his snacks in the evening, lately I have been feeling like I would love to have what he is having .. but I found a site that now I can have what he is having, sorta kinda .... I can't wait to try some of this stuff ....<BR>riatric-protein-puffs.html Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:30:57 EST Illness and WLS Greetings! <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer this week. As part of gathering my thoughts regarding the days and weeks to come, it occurred to me that I will have to keep my nutritional and physical needs in mind regarding my Lap Band, and be sure to share the fact that I am a Bander with my medical and surgical teams. In some cases, I may know more about my requirements than they do, so there may be some teaching moments ahead <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> In ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:10:54 EST Question of the week - 2/28/13 Greetings to all my teammates! <BR> <BR> We are almost into the Spring season, a time of renewal and rebirth. Here in Florida, where we're pretty much green all year round, I'm still looking forward to my grass greening up again from the winter browns. And, if you ever wondered where your Robins go in the winter...they have been here, soaking up the sunshine. I'll send 'em back North soon, I promise! <BR> <BR> For me, with the spring comes a birthday, March 2nd. This year, it's on a Sat... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:19:44 EST How is everyone doing? I had to take a look at everything I was doing this past week, any one else have to check themselves to see that they might be falling into old habits? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:40:46 EST Prospective Sleever Hi <BR> I just started the process to get surgery for Weight Loss. Not totally sold out yet but very much considering having this drastic weight loss procedure done to me. I have had it with living like a yoyo dieter. I am 59 years old and have allot of weight related issues/illnesses. I am a Type II Diabetic on Insulin, Sleep Anea, HBP, High Cholesterol, Knee (had 1 TKR), Back & Hip Problems that affect my mobility & sleep which all of these issues make me tired of living because it af... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:46:48 EST Question Of The Week - 20 February 2013 Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> There have been times when, having learned that I am a WLS patient, insensitive people have said to me "Oh, you took the easy way out!". Interestingly, I've found that many of those willing to make that statement have a weight problem themselves. Has anyone ever said that to you? And if so, how did you respond? If you've never experienced it, what do you think you would say to a comment like that? <BR> <BR> For me, I have generally said, "Oh, how I wish t... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:13:13 EST Weight Plateau - Are you taking your measurements? As a slow loser, I found this article very interesting: <link><BR>n-you-lose-inches-not-weight/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've had lots of people: my surgeon, dietician and personal trainer tell me that my slow weight loss is probably because I exercise, including weight training, and that this will be great in the long run. Somehow, seeing this in writing, and the explanation given makes it seem more real and less like an excuse! <BR> <BR> I have lost 2 siz... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:23:24 EST common goals Hello all, I belong to several team all fit my personality however, they don't have the same medical concerns or restrictions. I need and want to be support for others that "get it". It will be great getting to know you.. Have a great night and see you soon. <em>334</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:08:50 EST Hi, I'm new to the team I had my RNY on August 2, 2010 so I'm about 2 and a half years out from surgery. From the beginning, I had issues with producing too much acid and was hungry all the time. That was totally frustrating but subsided after having tried several meds. I currently have an ulcer which I'm healing from also. Most of my problems have been caused by not eating correctly or drinking too much alcohol. <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful surgeon and support staff that I go to in the Dallas / Fort Worth ar... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:36:16 EST Plans for a Healthy Weekend Do you have plans for a healthy weekend? <BR> <BR> I plan to do two workouts this morning. The first one is the heavy duty workout from my personal trainer. The second one is aqua fit - I love this class and this will be my post intense workout treat! I'm also "earning my way" on dinner out with my husband. We are going to a favorite restaurant for our deferred Valentine's Day celebration. I'll still eat in moderation but plan to order whatever I want! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan to do t... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:45:38 EST Emotional Eating Greetings, all, <BR> <BR> I thought I'd open a topic regarding a subject dear to the hearts of many of us...emotional eating. Now, I have to admit, that I'm a major emotion gal...I've been known to cry at the least provocation...and I know for sure that I'm an emotional eater. I have an addictive personality, as do my siblings, but we all express it in different ways. I don't take drugs, but I DO tend to use food as a tranquilizer, and boy, is that a tough habit to overcome! My only hope... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:29:34 EST Question of the Week - 13 February 2013 Greetings, everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's a new question to ponder... <BR> <BR> We all go through major life changes...marriages/divorces, loss of loved ones, job changes, health challenges. When you get thrown off balance, sometimes you find yourself responding in ways you weren't expecting...habits you thought were rock-solid suddenly fall away. When that happens, how do you cope and get yourself back to solid ground? <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I am facing a serious health crisis right... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:22:26 EST Diet Drinks and Diabetes - your thoughts? I read this article and at first was really glad it didn't apply to me because I no longer drink any type of soda. However, as I read on, I realized that aspartame is cited as the issue and I do drink Crystal light. What do you think about this article, here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>-diet-soda-increases-risk-diabetes-why<BR>-still-192600358.html </link> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:24:23 EST What are you willing to push for? Any one willing to push themselves this month.... I am going to push harder my proteins, walking to three times a day, and toning twice a day. What are you willing to push for? Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:23:25 EST SparkPeople Food Log I track my food in the SparkPeople tracker every day. I keep my food logs public. I'm always interested in how different people eat to meet their protein and nutrition needs after bariatric surgery. Doing this has given me ideas of how I can improve my efforts. <BR> <BR> I welcome you taking a look at my blog and seeing what you think. I'm curious do any of you have your food logs public too? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:53:41 EST Coping with Cruises Good morning, teammates! <BR> <BR> On Saturday morning, I am setting sail for a 5 day cruise. This is not my first time around, so I kind of know what to expect. Unlike my previous cruises, though, this time, I will have an empty Band, and although I still have some hunger control, it's definitely going to be a different (read that, more challenging) experience. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about some coping strategies: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm going to take easy-to-pack protein supplements, so ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:29:57 EST Non-Surgical Option Does anybody have experience with a bariatric medicine who didn't need/opted out of surgery? I'm trying to find a Spark friend who went to a bariatric clinic for extensive testing and monitoring. <BR> <BR> I have seen many many specialists (dieticians, endocrinologists, personal trainers, you name it) who cannot explain my weight loss issues. I live a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. I'm inexplicitly 60-75 pounds overweight. For my 5'3 frame, this number is astronomical. I've had en... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:50:24 EST Question of The Week- 30 January 2013 Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a great deal about body image recently. As we lose weight, we go through a lot of mental gymnastics as we adjust to our new lifestyle. However, one of the hardest adjustments of all is to get a mental image of ourselves that matches what we see happening in the mirror...and there have been studies that suggest that failure to do that can be a key factor contributing to weight regain. <BR> <BR> I am a stage performer. Even when I was muc... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:24:54 EST Scale Addiction Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> I remember what a high I got from hopping on that scale every day (sometimes more than once a day!) during my surgery prep and in the weeks after being Banded. I loved to see those numbers going down, down, down...and I got a little frantic when that downward trend slowed, and then stopped altogether. You can only imagine how it felt when after I had to curtail my activity (I was teaching 10 Zumba classes a week in 3 different locations for awhile there!) an... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:38:08 EST Kickin' Your Proteins Up A Notch! Hi, all, <BR> <BR> We all live with the challenge of increasing our protein intake while still living with the physical constraints of our WLS. For me, the nutritionist at my new surgeon's practice has recommended 60-80 grams a day. So, I'd love to find out what sources you all have found for protein supplements, and if there are any you like in particular. <BR> <BR> If you've never visited the Bariatric Choice website , it offers a wealth of options - you don't gotta settle for just sha... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:16 EST Question Of The Week Here's a place to explore some of the deeper questions we all face as bariatric surgery patients. I intend to make this "If you could be a color, what color would you be?", promise <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'll get the ball rolling with this one: <BR> <BR> We all expect our families and friends to support us on this journey. In your personal circle, has there been anyone who has surprised you by NOT being supportive? How did you cope with that? <BR> <BR> For myself, I ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:53:07 EST Coping with challenges Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> Several of those who responded to my call for ideas mentioned that they would like a place to talk about the many challenges that go along with the bariatric surgery journey. For example, some of you know that I recently had to have my Lap Band emptied because I had developed some complications with my esophagus, causing me great discomfort. It's definitely been a challenge to manage my food intake over the last couple of weeks without having the restriction... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:21:50 EST Living La Vida Loca Post-Surgery Greetings, everyone! <BR> <BR> One of the suggestions I had for new topics was to open a forum to talk about how to adapt to our new post-surgical lifestyle. This could encompass many topics...nutrition, exercise, relationships (both with others and with yourself). I'll look forward to seeing what evolves! <BR> <BR> Best always, Christine Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:16:17 EST Dealing with a pre-op all-liquid diet. Physically I think I've got this all-liquid diet down now... *if* I don't think about the fact that it's only around 500 cal a day. But mentally... hoo boy. I just got hit with a wave of overwhelming sadness when a co-worker (who hasn't noticed that I've been dieting or lost 70+ lbs) asked, "What are you doing for lunch today?" In my mind, I immediately replied, "nothing", but I managed to squeak out, "Nothing special, how 'bout you?" <BR> <BR> I mean I really thought I had a good sense o... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:58:48 EST Grieving Food post op Sleeve I am two weeks post op the Sleeve and finally on Soft foods. Some weird happened to me yesterday....I cooked two eggs (not knowing my limits yet) and I could barely eat one. The dogs got the rest. I was really really sad about this. It hit me that I made a life decision that I can never take back. I know it is worth my health, which is why I did it, but I am almost grieving food. I read this could happen but didn't think my bond with food was that strong. Hmmm. ... I think it is. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:33:38 EST New to Spark-two weeks post op Sleeve Good morning - I am two weeks post op the gastric sleeve and doing wonderful. From two months ago I have lost 27lbs. I haven't weighted this little in years and it feels so good. <BR> <BR> I am though almost grieving food. I see others eating chili cheese fries or even a big bowl of soup and I CAN'T. It almost saddens me. Has anyone else experienced this? Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:28:27 EST 8 weeks out I had bypass surgery almost 8 weeks ago. Had a complication while I was in the hospital. It was corrected and 2 days later I went home. At first I took it a little easy but now I am active again. I bought and ride a stationary bike. I had my surgery do to my health and was not quite the weight that is required. I now have no diabetes, no nothing lol. I take 3 pills a day compares to 35 a day and shots. Last time I was at the doctors I had lost 51&1/2 pounds, I don't weigh myself but once a mo... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:22:02 EST dizzy I just wanted to know if any of you have had any side effect like when I work out I get dizzy like if I was drunk.My doctor first thought I didn't have enough salt but that was not it,then maybe not enough food or protein that"s not it either it just comes and goes Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:47:01 EST Empty Lap Band I had to have had my saline removed before Cancer Surgery in June. I'm still without a fill and it is over 6 months. I was told I am cancer-free. I lost 67 1/2 lbs 6 years ago, Now I have gained 4 lbs since cancer and am hungry more often. What should I do? <BR> <BR> I think I want to wait until Spring before I ask for a fill. I have to drive over 300 miles (round trip) so I can't go every 2 weeks......I want to be sure my cancer troubles are settled before I ask for the fill. <BR> <B... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:15:23 EST Hello!!! I'm 29, and a mommy of three. I had gastric surgery on 10/22/09. I lost 170 pounds in 10 months, and then at my 17 month I found out I was pregnant( very unexpected, and not planned at all) I gained about 40 pounds with my daughter, and the doctor and I are still not quite sure how... I had complications, and low blood sugar issues, which I still have to this day. But in the end I came out with a very healthy and happy baby girl. Now I'm just trying to retrain my body and mind to eat how I wa... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:22:05 EST Hi! I'm new to sparkpeople Just wanted to say Hello On Sept 24,2012 I had gastro bypass surgery I weighed in @ 297lbs Today I weigh in @ 225 lbs and still counting thought I would join a group to help with my journey!!!! <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:50:30 EST Day 2 of Pre-op diet Hi, my name is Kim. I am just coming back to SparkPeople after an absence of about 4 years! I am scheduled for LapBand surgery on nov 27. I began the pre-op diet yesterday. Not enjoying the protein powder, but trying some different ways to get it down. <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:18:55 EST CURTISWLS Where are you? When I first started posting on these boards, Curtis was always there giving me encouragement. I haven't seen him post in a couple of weeks. I hope he's ok? Just taking it easy! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 01:59:05 EST protein shakes just curious what protein shakes everyone likes Mon, 5 Nov 2012 22:40:26 EST Thinking of weight loss surgery I'm considering weight loss surgery. I want to get some actual facts and information from people who have had the surgery. I have multiple other medical issues ranging from high blood pressure, open heart surgery, type 2 diabeties, arthritis and I'm struggling with the what if's and how comes. Please anyone who might have sound advice. The doctors want you to talk to their people I want to hear from all the others. Thanks for reading Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:22:46 EST I hate insurance companies! After being told 2 weeks ago by the lady on the phone with TriCare that the sleeve IS covered, today, I called to get information on another subject, and was told that it is NOT! She listed all sorts of Bariatric procedures that ARE covered, but not the sleeve. VERY FRUSTRATING! Guess it's RNY or nothing. <BR> So, back to studying up all I can find out about that procedure instead. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:13:32 EST Grocery Bill? My Grandson is in a financial math class in high school, and as his project, he's taking on "The Financial Toll of Obesity and Weight Loss." To do this, he's asking me, and several other people, how weight loss, of all sorts, changes their grocery bills. At the moment, that's the focus of the project. I'm thinking that they take on one aspect of their project a quarter, but, I could be wrong. <BR> <BR> So, to summarize, how has your weight loss, and surgery, effected your grocery bill? <B... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:30:11 EST Of course I new!! Hi, <BR> <BR> Kim from Boston looking to get sleeved in January!! Hello ALL!! <BR> <BR> -Kim Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:49:49 EST Step 1: Complete! Went to an informational meeting tonight for Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. They aren't a "Center of Excellence" for bariatric surgery, yet. Though in the process. I was very impressed with the Dr. giving the chat. He answered all of my questions before I could ask them! Believe me, with my hubby having worked as an xray tech for several years, and been a corpsman in the Navy, we both had some good ones written down! <BR> We stayed after and chatted with the Doc. Mostly because I wanted s... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:53:40 EST SkinnyME...My daily journey to better health STILL FIGURING OUT THIS SITE! THIS IS GOING TO BE MOVED TO MY BLOG PAGE...FOUND IT FINALLY! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Yes! I am motivated and feel like a little kid again. I've been a "Sparker" for about a month give or take, and I keep getting busy and not even logging in for a days in a row. I'm not going to get very far by ignoring the main place I get motivation and inspiration. I also think that the accountability is key. If I start this blog and add to it every day, I will be... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 17:24:54 EST New member From Michigan. Preop, about a month from gastric sleeve surgery. Currently working on losing required weight, following up on a lot of prep appointments. Very excited, dream come true after working on my insurance referral for almost 3 years. Have decided "diet" is a 4 letter word and I am never going to use it again! Really appreciate a medium to share with others and find out what they have gone through, pitfalls and successes. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:59:49 EST new member Hello. I am a new member of this team. I've been on Spark about two years with little success. I knew I needed a team of experts to meet with face-to-face to win my battle with obesity. I have been down to 170 and now all the way back up to 230, my highest weight ever. After meeting with the surgeon, I have decided to have the lap band with plication. I am very early in my journey, but I should have approval and be post op by October, according to the office insurance manager. In the ne... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 14:53:50 EST HYPOGLYCEM MICS...ANY SUGGESTIONS? Around my 3rd year after surgery I developed hypoglycemia. I think that, combined with the high intensity cardio and strength training I do (boosting my metabolism) I seriously have to eat no less than every 3 hours. At 3 hours I start to get majorly light-headed. At first it was every 2 and I started stretching it out until I can usually last for 3. If I need a boost I'll do a fruit or veggie just to up my blood sugar a bit til meal time. However, between that and falling back into poor... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:41:14 EST Facing surgery for the second time Hi all, <BR> <BR> I saw my doctor last week. And despite my excitement over having the scale finally move in a downward direction (I had a fill at beginning of July after not having had one in over 2 years), my doctor is recommending a recission. He recommends the RNY based on my BMI which is now 47. I had considered that it would come to this and I had made myself comfortable with the sleeve. I trust my doctor and I understand his reasons. The band has not been successful for me and when fi... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:35:41 EST Hi Hi everyone, I am from the GREAT state of North Dakota, born and raised, <em>334</em> , I just recently went through gastric bypass surgery last Tuesday, (June 25th) Wow what a ride so far, I feel great, I'm doing great. Does anyone have any ideas or plans or products that have worked for them? I am excited to start the full liquid and pureed diet, this week. Some real food, sort of, I excited to be with this team, <em>334</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:24:46 EST Food Likes/Dislikes Before and After Surgery Thought we could chime in and describe some of the foods we like/dislike before and after surgery. Hopefully, this will encourage pre-opt members that think they will 'have to' really change what they eat. So chime in and please keep it light (pun intended!). lol <BR> <BR> I didn't like soup much before surgery. It was okay, in the winter, but summer. Give me a break. Well today it was 93 degrees, and for lunch I had about 4 oz of bean with bacon soup. And it was yummmmmmy!!!! Wanted more...... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:28:51 EST Almost Divorced! :) :) Since my wife's surgery, she cannot do all the yard work she loves to do. So the other day I got the opportunity to mow the yard. First I edged and trimmed (normally I do those parts). Then I grabbed the lawn mower and mowed the yard. Didn't break a sweat and was not winded at all. Yipee! However, when I went into the house and washed my hands, I noticed my wedding band was missing. Oh no!!! I went in and told my wife it looked like we were divorced. I've lost so much weight that my rings are... Wed, 23 May 2012 22:36:46 EST new to team and considering surgery <BR> <BR> hi everyone.... i am not new to sparks.. but new to this team.... <BR> <BR> so many messages here i dont know where to start.... first i am considering bypass surgery as i have 120# to lose with no success.... i am diabetic and it was reccommended by my doctor to consider it.... <BR> <BR> i would appreciate any feedback anyone can give... pros/cons... types of surgery... what to expect after surgery... a thread that can answer my questions?? i go for my first seminar introducin... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 07:29:23 EST Conscious Eating This is a great link with information about how WLS is only a tool, to be used for us to get past the physical with our weight loss. <BR> <BR> For those who might think this is is NOT! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ml </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:33:07 EST Sinuses and the Sleeve I never considered this before my sleeve, nor would it have effected my decision....but, this info may come in handy at one point for some.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I have spent a miserable couple of weeks and an afternoon in the ER trying to find out what was wrong...with the ER doc wanting to shoot me up with morphine!...of course, I refused that! <BR> <BR> Finally, a follow up from the ER with my PCP answered my questions and will hopefully help others that may experience the same thing. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:58:31 EST Cravings - What do you do? Thought I would ask other's what they do when the craving monster attacks. Yikes!!! We have to have a plan here. Any ideas, thoughts, comments, will be a valuable resource for all of the team members. <BR> <BR> Me, I'm trying to walk a little more and make an effort to say 'you can have some tomorrow'. Yea, I know tomorrow never comes. :-) <BR> <BR> curtis Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:13:48 EST 2 Full days to go Start clear liquids only for today and Monday. I spent yesterday trying to find good recipes for post surgery. I think I am more nervous than I let on. My style is to stay calm while everyone else is going crazy. However nerves are getting to me - as this will be a change for the rest of my life. Thanks to all on this site for the positive reinforcement you give each other. I will keep you posted !! <em>91</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 08:18:22 EST Lucky Number 400! So, I noticed I was the 400th member to this team! I have a good feeling about it! <BR> <BR> My name is Emerald (age 23) and I had a Sleeve Gastrectomy in Dec of 2011. Unfortunately due to many, many complications I had to have it revised 12-Feb-2012 to a Roux en Y gastric bypass. <BR> <BR> I started at 340lbs, and am now 270... the smallest I have been since I was in my teens! <BR> <BR> This has been a hard road, but I am here and I am going to make the best of it. I'm excited to be a p... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 19:56:53 EST Happy Valentine's Day Wanted to wish all a happy valentine's day! Hope you all are doing something fun with a loved one! <BR> <BR> My good wife made me sugar free brownies. Yum!!! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> curtis Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:47:13 EST Stuggling with my decision Ok, i need to know if anyone else out there has struggled with this decision the way i am. It's not that i doubt my choice to have the gastric sleeve procedure, i'm 100% committed to it and excited to be on this journey to a healthier me. I'm losing weight in preparation for the surgery and have now been asked by 2 different people why i have to go through the surgery if i'm already losing the weight and it's making me question everything. Why can't i just save that money and stay on track, ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 13:08:59 EST WLS Recipes Folks; Thought I'd share a recipe for Turkey Tostadas. The one I submitted for SparkRecipes does not include any chips. You can add/subtract as needed or as you like. The 8 servings are about 1/2 to 2/3 cup. Hope you can enjoy. <BR> <BR> curtis Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:00:49 EST Hi, new to the group! I am very glad to find a this group. I had gastric by-pass surgery Sept. 6, 2011. I think it is the best thing I have done.My only regret is tha I did not do it years ago. I am having trouble setting up my meals. I would love to have you support and friendship on my journey. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:01:14 EST Introduction Hello :) I have been a member of SparkPeople for some time, but just recently had by-pass bariatric surgery, December 19th, 2011. This is my first week where I am allowed to eat regular food, and the journey to this point has been challenging. After the operation I realized my body was not the one I have known for the past 56 years, it's a new one digestively, and does not react to food the way it used to. Not only that, it does not respond the same to food I have eaten after surgery eith... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:53:12 EST Go! Go! Go! <G> Thought I would mention you all have done 23,786 fitness minutes so far this month! Job well done!!! <BR> <em>243</em> <em>208</em> <BR> Thanks for all you are doing. And, thanks for the inspiration. <BR> <BR> curtis Wed, 25 Jan 2012 20:48:49 EST Hello I'm new! Hi everyone, I'm 30 years old and overweight my whole life but ready to change it and opted for gastric bypass. I'm currently in the process of getting ready to have surgery. I might have to do a six month check in with a nutritionist due to my insurance but other wise I hope this process goes fast I can't wait to get the surgery now that I'm feeling brave! I haven't told anybody other than my husband who is very supportive about it, I don't feel comfortable telling any one yet, plus I'm not ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:27:55 EST Help! I am not consuming enough calories or protein each day. I have tried, but can only take a few bites or sips. I try to eat protein every three hours when possible. The protein bars seen to have a lot of protein. Does anyone know of a good one? Thanks for your help. I am beginning to get worried! <BR> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:02:24 EST Good News! and a Concern Well I've been away from the group for awhile. Work and some family celebrations kept me busy. But I'll try to get back in the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Good News! Our son and daughter-in-law finalized the adoption of their little 15 month old girl recently. We flew on down to be part of the celebrations. Our whole family is so blessed by this precious little one. <BR> <BR> More good news...I didn't have to ask for a seat belt extension on the airplane. Sat in center row seats and didn't ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:56:21 EST anyone have hair thinning after gastric bypass??? its been almost 5 months after my surgery and i noticed my hair is getting very thin and coming out in clumps did anyone else have this happen and what did you do for it..??? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:11:20 EST Hello I'm Linda, I just had the gastric sleeve at the end of September. Since then I have lost 75 lbs. I probably only get in about 400 to 500 cals per day (not my choice). Can anyone recommend a good mind, body and soul book to help me with this new transformation? And will I be able to slowly consume a little more? Thanks. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:47:28 EST A new-by to the team, NOT to SPark Hello folks, <BR> I'm new to the team but have been doing my SPark routine for almost three years. Finally giving in to jump into the surgery bandwagon. I've learned so much here at SPark and hope to get approval for RNY surgery, sooner than later. Have my first appointment with my doctor on January 24th and in the process of setting up the appointments with the psychologist. That ought to be a blast for anyone that knows me, LOL I've got a skewed view of many things and I'm really use m... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:36:15 EST Re-starting my journey to wellness Hi everyone <BR> I am getting back on the exercise and healthy eating trail. I am almost 10 years post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. I did fairly well on maintaining a stable weight for the first 5years or so, then slowly began to fall into old habits and thoughts, gaining a few pounds here and there. Then about 2 years ago, I fell into a major depression that I didn't seek treatment for until it was really bad. Needless to say, healthy eating and exercise were among the first casualties... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:18:11 EST Transitions - What I Ate Thought I would post a few lines about my transition from surgery (RNY, 3 Aug 2011) to today and describe some things I have found very helpful when it comes to eating (something I love to do, lol). <BR> <BR> CAUTION: My experiences have worked for me, however, they may not work for others. I'm sharing them in the hopes that others may benefit. And most important, follow the advice of your doctors and dietitians. <BR> <BR> Immediately after surgery, I was on a liquid diet. Protein drinks, s... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:46:48 EST 2011 in Review and Happy New Year Hi everyone; Wanted to take a few minutes and review 2011 and wish everyone a very happy new year. <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> As I reflect on my journey, in 2011, I am amazed and yet so grateful. Amazed that I made the decision to have gastric bypass (RNY - 3 Aug 2011) and amazed where this journey has taken me, physically and mentally. Yes there have been ups and downs but in all, 2011 has been full of ups and great successes. I've done twice as much in the last 5 months than I did in the prev... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:27:32 EST HELP I see posts all the time that beg for help and now I'm the one begging. I had gastric bypass a few years ago and now I've gained about 40 pounds. I'm back to eating EVERYTHING and then hating myself for it. I need some help that won't go away after aq couple of posts. I tried the find a buddy page a long time ago and NEVER did find a buddy! Is there anyone oiut there who can not only relate but HELP????? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:39:24 EST Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Wanted to just take a moment at this special time of year and wish all a Merry Christmas. As we celebrate this holiday season, I would advise to not fuss or fret about our weight. Spend time with loved ones and continue the journey. (Yes, I even had one byte of an A&W Root Beer float last night. Yum!!!) <BR> <BR> Wishing a joyous time with loved ones, for all. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> curtis <BR> <BR> P.S. And thanks to all of you for all the special help you have given me. I will be forev... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 09:57:24 EST Almost 3 months and officially down 60. Yippy!!!!! Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:50:53 EST Hi Everyone! I am scheduled for gastric sleeve Hey everyone! I am Amber, and my gastric sleeve surgery date is scheduled for December 14th. I have a blog and because of that i was able to score a bunch of free proteins (unjury, bariatric choice, click.. ) Anyways i am really excited and nervous about this journey. I hope to meet people just like me. =) Oh btw i am 25 a graduate student, married, and live in michigan. <link> </link> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:54:10 EST Thanksgiving Just wanted to wish everyone on the team a happy thanksgiving. And to remind us all that we have much to be grateful for. Please take a few moments this weekend and share something (even your time) with someone. <BR> <BR> Thanks, to all of you, for all your inspiration. <BR> <BR> curtis Wed, 23 Nov 2011 23:00:55 EST Able to eat hamburger Hi everyone. I'm now 14 weeks out from RNY and tonight had my first hamburger (ground beef) since surgery. Ate it with some sugar-free catsup and tasted pretty good. Not like I remembered before surgery. It's like I recently told the surgeon, I know you operated on my stomach but somehow you also worked my brain over. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we grilled the hamburger on an electric grill, wouldn't the dietitians be happy with me to cut out so much grease. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> curtis Sun, 20 Nov 2011 22:17:52 EST crunches So, I am 2 months postoperative and have been cleared for activities, but I am a little nervous about doing sit ups//crunches. How long did you guys wait before doing crunches laying down? Fri, 18 Nov 2011 22:06:13 EST one week until gastric bypass 11/16/2011 Hi everyone. I'm scheduled for next wednesday, So very excited. I have been obese my entire life and ready to feel better. I am struggling a bit with the preop diet. Any suggestions? Tue, 8 Nov 2011 21:50:20 EST Daily Chit-Chat <em>213</em> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 16:36:48 EST Does anyone else watch Toni & Lynnda on-line show? It air every Thurday night with a new show. I have been watching it for about 2 month now and have gotten a lot of good info out of it. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 17:37:51 EST What do you do for cravings? I have been having cravings for something to eat for about a week. I cannot figure out what I'm craving for. Any ideas, thoughts? Thanks in advance. <BR> <BR> curtis Fri, 28 Oct 2011 20:57:19 EST post-op recovery Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My surgery is in two days! Wow! Can't believe it's almost here! Excited and scared at the same time. <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I went to a WLS support group meeting at the hospital I will be having my surgery, and several of the people who had already had their surgeries talked about how tired they were after they came home from the hospital, that they napped all day long, spent most of their day in bed, etc for about a month after their surgery. This was a to... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 20:36:35 EST October Chat Sorry, I'm late <em>2</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2011 08:35:11 EST Gastric sleeve surgery next week Hi, I'm new and will be having gastric sleeve surgery Oct. 11. I was hoping there might be some others out there who have already had gastric sleeve surgery and maybe could give me some info on how your recovery went, pitfalls to avoid, things that were really helpful. I really appreciate it. Thanks so much! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 23:49:35 EST plateau 3 weeks after gastric bypass surgery i am 3 weeks post op gastric bypass and hit a plateau i am curious if this happened to anybody else or just me :( i am doing everything the doctors and nutritionist told me to do.. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 01:34:20 EST Hi, I need help My name is Kelly and I am almost 3 1/2 years out from gastric bypass. My life has changed a lot since then, including losing both of my parents. It's getting harder and harder to stay true to what i know in my head, but it's not my stomach that is the problem. It's my head fighting itself. I'm not hungry, I just want to eat. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:40:08 EST Getting back to "life" after surgery..How? How much time off did everyone have to take off and how did you do when you went back to work? What about the gym/exercise? Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:31:52 EST September Chat A place where we can stop by and chat/check on each other and support each other. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:15:45 EST New Co-Leaders Hi everyone; <BR> Wanted you'all to know Kathy (KITRAE2) and I (curtisWLS) are the new co-leaders for the team. We are looking forward to helping all of you, as you help one another, on this journey we are all taking. <BR> <BR> Kathy is in the preparatory stage and waiting to meet with the surgeon. (Hope I got that right Kathy.) I'm 6 weeks out from RNY and getting more and more excited every day. <BR> <BR> Please let us know how we can best support you as you progress. <BR> <BR> curtis Mon, 19 Sep 2011 22:44:01 EST How have you changed your way of eating? Have you changed any food behaviors? Have you changed how you cook or what you eat now? What are some of your favorites? Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:38:25 EST How has WLS changed your life - Fitness wise? Are you more active now than before? What is your favorite was to burn calories? Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:36:51 EST Hi Hello- <BR> Just getting the feel for this board so sorry if I am all over the place. I am just starting my WLS and Spark journey. Habitual yo-yo dieter, now facing arthritis and hypertension. Started behavioral therapy 18 months ago and proud to say we kicked emotional eating's a$$. BUT - not any thinner. So, got the go ahead from insurance and my first consult is 10/6. <BR> <BR> Now, I have hope. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:22:32 EST Need new owner or admins Does anyone want to take over the team? I realize I took on more than I thought I could.... owning a SparkTeam... Let me know by commenting here and I'll add you. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:09:21 EST Got to Brag Well today I'm 1 month out from RNY. Saw the doctor today and yes we are both excited. I've lost 35 pounds, Yea!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm sorry but I just had to brag. Hope you all can forgive me. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I'm now on soft foods. Had deli turkey with Laughing Cow light swiss cheese for super. Big difference from pureed foods. <BR> <BR> Well that's my story and "I'm sticking to it!" Sorry, I just couldn't resist (can you tell I'm excited?) <BR> <BR> Curtis Fri, 2 Sep 2011 21:56:01 EST New to the Team Waiting to do my lab work on the 9th of Sept and see the dietitian then my paperwork heads off to the insurance....Keeping my fingers crossed it won't take to long for that. I look forward to talking with all of you along this journey Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:44:48 EST Mushy Foods My doctor gave me a table of what foods I was allowed, to avoid, and tips for each week. Unfortunately all it says for Meat, Veggies, and Starches for next week is Gerber Stage 1. But I'm going to talk to him about it Tuesday, my first follow up appointment, and see what he says I can have. I was thinking about, like you said, having some soft mashed potatoes, mashing some peas and carrots, and maybe some shredded chicken and finely ground turkey. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 21:17:01 EST Shout Out for WLS Hi Chaya; Wanted to give you a special shout out for your surgery tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just remember, 'You can do anything for a day!" <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> The best <BR> Curtis Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:50:43 EST Status after RNY Well I had a RNY one week ago today. Thought I would post a status update. I have lost 12 lbs since the morning I was in surgery. (Actually gained weight in the hospital <em>30</em> ) When the surgeon saw my insides, I had two other additional problems that needed repair. So I got a three for one deal. <em>30</em> Everyone says how good I appear to be healing and I must agree. I'm not ready for full-time work, but each day I have more strength. I am surviving the liquid diet (I believe tha... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:10:09 EST Curous: Why did you choose RNY? Hi All. I know, this sounds like a strange question for this particular team, but, being a Lap-Band patient who speaks publically about WLS, and stays on top of statistics, mortality rates, pros and cons of the various procedures, I'm curious as to why those of you reading this, who have had gastric bypass / RNY / or some form of malabsorptive procedure (e.g. duodenal switch) *IN THE PAST 2-3 YEARS* chose the procedure you did. I'm a firm beleiver in personal choice, and am not suggesting a... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:55:06 EST waiting for insurance It's been a long road and I feel like I haven't even started yet. two years ago I was turned down for WLS because I was fighting depression and I wasn't thought to be stable enough for the process. <BR> <BR> This year in March I was given approval to begin step one which is a 12 week LEARN program to change diet and exercise habits. Following that I got the Psych eval. then the surgeon. Now it is wait, wait, wait for insurance to decide my fate. I think of all the waiting all year this has b... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:51:35 EST Have A Surgery Date - Any Advice My surgery is scheduled in just over two weeks. Any advice? Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:41:11 EST Introduction Hi; Thought I should introduce myself. I think of myself as an 'old fat man' who is on the verge of changing the rest of his life. I currently have a RNY scheduled in 4 weeks. As the date gets closer I'm getting more nervous. No, I'm not nervous about the doctor and medical staff skills. And I'm not nervous about the operation itself. I'm nervous about my reaction to the surgery as I really like to eat. I've kept this surgery pretty private. Friends and coworkers don't know. Looking forward t... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 20:45:56 EST new member from Salem OR Hello everyone! My name is Melody <em>335</em> , and I live outside of Salem, OR. I need to lose 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am just starting the process of WLS, and don't know if I will end up with the RNY or the Lapband. I have just been approved by my insurance company, and have been to several orientations and support groups. I have some weight loss management classes that I need to attend before I can continue in the process. <BR> <BR> I just heard of ST on a TV news channel, and am looking f... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:58:47 EST surgery date about a week away and I need support Hi everyone! I got My surgery date, its May 14th and I'm starting to get scared and excited at the same time! I start my pre surgery diet on Monday witch is nice because Mothers day is my last day with food before my big divorce from it! Although I dont start my diet until Monday I have been replacing one meal a day with a protein shake I wanted to find one that I like and I found slim fast french vanilla with a cup of milk added to it for extra protein which I love it is very yummy! I'm real... Sat, 7 May 2011 13:31:24 EST Message board activity I would LOVE to see at least one surgery message board become active. Any suggestions as to how to get everyone interested in posting? <BR> <BR> Brenda Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:07:52 EST Newbie! I had my lapband surgery almost one month ago on January 14, 2011. I've lost 36 pounds so far! Follow me on youtube if you want - bonnieb118. <BR> <BR> I am loving my band. I have completely changed my life for the better since I had this surgery. I feel like I am finally becoming the person that I was always meant to be. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to NEVER throw up from not eating correctly/eating the right foods. I've been successful so far. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet more peop... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:53:52 EST Roll Call- MEMBERS Please introduce yourself :-) Hello everyone! <em>235</em> <BR> Thank you for being a part of our SparkTeam! Let's get a roll call post started so we can see whose out here and actively support one another! Here are the questions to answer in your reply: <BR> <em>52</em> <BR> 1. Where are you from? <BR> 2. Where are you at in your process (researching, pre-op, post-op & how far out)? <BR> 3. What type of surgery have you had/contemplating getting? <BR> 4. If post-op, how much have you lost? In what time frame? <BR> ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 08:40:23 EST New to the group I had Rouen-Y on 26 May 09, lost 110 lbs, feel marvelous! I have had great success, and now just focusing on toning and keeping healthy! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:45:54 EST Our appts so far for the lap band process Oct 5th- Social worker <BR> <BR> Oct 20th- Dietitian <BR> <BR> Nov 8th- 2 nutritional classes and PT(psychical therapist) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hopin to start my 6 months of supervised visit with PCP this month!!! Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:57:24 EST Scheduled for lapband surgery Hello All, <BR> I am new to this team and wanted to say that I am excited about joining. I am scheduled to have lapband surgery on the 15th of this month. I look forward to a new me! Although I am very excited about the surgery I am nervous. I hope to be able to look back at myself in a year and say who is that. I am happy to be a new member of the bariatric health team. <em>244</em> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 10:24:08 EST Made my decision Hey everyone! <BR> I have made the decision - I am going to try to have lapband surgery. It all depends on my insurance. I filled out the paper work for the surgeon and mailed it today. I have been thinking about this for about two years. That's when I met someone who was about to have surgery. Her transformation has been amazing. I have been obese all my life and tried soooo many diets. WHile I have no major medical problems due to my weight, my lower joints ache all the time and diabetes ru... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 20:19:06 EST Hello Hi, my name is Clint. I had the Ruan-Y surgery back in 2003. I lost about a 100 pounds but have gained about 80 pounds back. I'm not here to gain a certain look, I just want to be around to watch my grandchildren grow and become adults. I have painful arthritis that makes it hard for me to move and I know that if I lose weight, that pain will be reduced. I am interested in getting to know folks who have had a bariatric procedure and then regained and then got back on track. Mon, 31 May 2010 10:36:02 EST Been away for a while..... Hi Spark Buddies <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I've been away from Spark People for a while, just thought I would check back in and see how all of you are doing. Kind of a where are you at in your journey type thing. <BR> <BR> Since my surgery on 11/3/09: <BR> <BR> I am doing great!! I have lost 87 pounds, and 28 total inches in my tummy, waist and chest. WOW!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I am finding my emotions are a little up and down. It can be quite a ride!! Hahaha <em>20</em> But, real... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 14:32:10 EST Hello Hello! <BR> My name is Heather. <BR> I am at the end of the process to get the date for my gastric bypass surgery. I have one more appointment before they will give me my date, however, they said it will be about 8 weeks out. <BR> I am VERY excited. It has been a long hard road. <BR> <BR> I am looking for support and Spark Friends. So check out my Spark Page. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:45:28 EST Hello from Akron, Ohio I am so glad to find this forum. My lap band was January of 2009. I've lost about 80 pounds, but I find that the bariatric clinic where I had the surgery is only minimally supportive. I think SparkPeople will be much more helpful. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 15:11:22 EST My old food addiction habit rear its ugly head! I had a fun but rough Holiday weekend with food. My old food addiction habits came roaring full force with this holiday. It was bad.. <BR> My parent's Christmas is all centered around food. I ended up eating roughly 10 different kind of cookies and treats.. My pouch is gassy and aches. Ugh! <BR> <BR> I feel horrible! I am also a little scared that now that it escaped this weekend will I be able to get it back under control again? Any words of wisdom out there? <em>33</em> Sun, 27 Dec 2009 23:21:50 EST Favorite WLS Friendly Recipes List your favorite Weight loss surgery friendly recipes here. This is great for new ideas and for new post-ops. I can't weight to see what you have all found! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 12:13:36 EST Someone please give us advice. I dont know if anyone else has been through this situation. <BR> My son is in the process of getting the surgery. <BR> He has gone to several appointments for the required tests. <BR> On his last visit,he was told that he could`nt do the stress test because he was too heavy.(He weighs 560).I understand that he has to do this test but he cant walk very well. <BR> Any advice?I dont want him to be rejected for the surgery. Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:51:34 EST Just beginning the process..... Hi Everyone! <BR> Just started on the preparation journey.....doctors, doctors, doctors!! I am 62 years old, and have battled weight my entire life. I only wish I had considered this option earlier! Actually, I was initially interested in having the gastric sleeve done, but my insurance (Aetna) won't cover that, so banding is the next best thing. If all goes as scheduled so far, I should be having surgery by the end of January. I am SO ready for the next chapter in my life, and I am anxious t... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:43:15 EST New to the Journey I am new to SparkPeople and I want to introduce myself. My name is Mary and I live in the San Francisco East Bay. I have just started the journey toward Gastric Bypass and am researching and making notes of all the wonderful information available. Thanks for being out there! I'm reading all posts with interest and becoming more and more optimistic. Love reading all the success stories!! Wed, 2 Sep 2009 12:42:09 EST Re-introduction Hola, My name is Toya. I joined this group in '08, and then stopped logging onto SP altogether. Well, I'm back now because I've hit a serious plateau & need to re-implement a more structured system. So here I am again & I look forward to our time 2gether, reaching our goals. <BR> <BR> Tootlz <BR> TnC Mon, 31 Aug 2009 09:12:00 EST Considering Lapband I'm really considering the lapband procedure. I've done all my research. I do have medical conditions associated with my weight and I've tried every diet known to me...sigh. <BR> <BR> My big question is how do I approcach my husband about this? My insurance will not cover it and we will have to pay out of pocket. Ironically I'm not worried about the cost, but about his attitude that will power is the key to all. (He's never been more than a few pounds overweight no matter what he eats.)... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 19:23:52 EST Fremont Kaiser Patients? Hi Everyone!! <BR> I was just wondering if anyone out there is a past and/or present patient of Fremont Kaiser bariatric? I am getting ready for my surgery now, hopefully it will be in November. <BR> I would like to hear from anybody who has experience they might like to share.. <BR> <BR> Thanks <em>220</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> LeAnn Fri, 14 Aug 2009 20:57:47 EST Darcie says 29.5 down so far had WLS July13th! Hello Everybody! I am so excited I found a group for WLS! I had the gastric bypass and have I think finally gone through the hardest part for myself. The first couple of weeks of mourning over the loss of my beloved food! lol I am kicking butt now and working out. Still have troubles with getting my protein in but I am trying to stay strong! :) <BR> Dar <em>9</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2009 22:09:03 EST Hello!! Help with Bariatric Surgery Hi Everyone! I am new to SP, but totally love it! I am going through the process of having Gastric Bypass Surgery. I am in the first stages, getting ready to go to my orientation on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me what to expect with sugery? Any do's and dont's that you all have learned? What about in the years after surgery? I am wondering what the rest of my life is going to be like. <BR> <BR> Any and all help is very much appreciated. Thanks <em>304</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:47:10 EST July Chat Had the memorial for our friend Candice this weekend. It was bitter sweet and so Candice! I'm sure she laughed and cried with us. <BR> <BR> Starting my new position with a vengence today. I'm going to love it! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday!!!! <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:08:16 EST Coming Surgery I've now done 6 1/2 months of preparing for the Gastric by-pass surgery and have a date of August 25th to have it done. I got so excited when I got the news, I stupidly began to celebrate and gained 2 pounds in 10 days. Now I have 17 days to get it off and more. I have another check up on the 28th of July along with my pre surgery appointments, then 2 weeks of careful eating and 2 weeks of the pre-surgery regiment. <BR> I almost talked myself out of having the surgery, but they I saw pictu... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 09:33:22 EST Surgeries I met with my bariatric surgeon yesterday and had the discussion I knew was coming. I had gastric sleeve surgery in June 2008 and have lost around 90 pounds. I have stayed at this weight for over 5 months. While I'm quite pleased with the results, I knew this surgery was to get me healthy and would eventually need to be changed to a gastric by-pass. I'm ready for this surgery as I still need to lose 100 pounds and I'm not willing to stay where I'm at. I'm hoping my insurance will cover the su... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:56:37 EST Inspiration I saw this quote and realized how powerful it is and wanted to share it with all of you. Have a great day... <BR> <BR> The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul. ~Rona Barrett <BR> Wed, 8 Jul 2009 10:05:05 EST Quick, Easy, Bariatric Recipes Hi, I'm interested in hearing how others stick to plan without driving themselves insane. Anyone interested??? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:38:04 EST Hello?!?!?! Hi, I think it would be awesome to find some regular support for us through this group. I too have used and really like it. However, I find I need a lot of the extra things I can find on SP. Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:36:55 EST Jagracer says hi from Denver I started the process of bariatric surgery in October 2007 and found out I wasn't strong enough for bypass surgery, had heart and lung problems and was put on oxygen. I went in for lapband surgery in April 2008 and they found an extra artery behind my stomach and had to abort the surgery. In June 2008 I had gastric sleeve surgery, the first one performed by Dr. Michael Snyder at Rose Hospital. He is my hero. I feel he has helped me to find a way to live life as an active participant. <BR> <B... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:00:43 EST Hello from Michigan My name is Claudia, <BR> I hope to be having my WLS in early fall. I am so geeked. My surgeon only asked me to lose 5lbs, so I have lost 37. I know the more you lose the better. I have been tracking my food and going to the gym and meeting with a trainer. I want this so bad, I have been overweight my entire life and a friend had the surgery about 5 yrs ago, but it has taken my this long to commit, now there is no stopping me. I don't want to get a beach body, just heathly. I know it will... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 11:52:37 EST Hello I'm just starting back on Spark and even before I didn't do much more here than track my eating... I hope to do more this time around. Check out forums etc... I had RNY gastric bypass in Feb. 2006. I did not have a great experience with my surgeon who was basically acting like a great caregiver until after the surgery was done and the money in hand. Lot's of turn-over in his practice and I didn't really get much in the way of support or aftercare. I joined a yahoo group for support and j... Wed, 13 May 2009 22:23:55 EST Hello fron North Carolina Hi everyone. I am new here and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Linda and I live in NC. I had gastric bypass (RNY) on April 16, 2009. I have absolutely no regrets at all! I am very excited because I have found this site and now I can chat with others who have or are going to go through what I am going through now! <BR> <BR> Linda Tue, 12 May 2009 18:58:36 EST Sizes Post Surgery Any ideas on making "fat clothes" last for a couple sizes? About how long between sizes? <BR> I understand if things go right I should be loosing 20 pounds a month. That's a lot of money for clothes alone! <BR> Thanks! Wed, 6 May 2009 21:26:34 EST Wisconsin Greetings I have been working toward Bariatric Surgery since January, heading for a date in the summer. I have the support of my family and am very excited for this tool to come about. <BR> I am joining this Team to learn about other peoples experiences. and waht to expect post surgery. Sat, 2 May 2009 22:20:34 EST Getting rid of pre-op clothes 2X-3X Hey everyone its time for me to clean out my closet and here's a sampling of stuff I plan to put on Ebay... if you are interested in anything, please send me a message before I post things on Ebay in a few days (you have first dibs!) Here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>heryld/?action=view&current=a3be8ce3.pbw </link> Sat, 18 Apr 2009 10:00:24 EST Hello from Iowa - I just had gastric Bypass on 03/31/09. That first week after the surgery was a tough one. Now I am feeling better everyday. I get my staples out this coming Tuesday 04/14/09. (my birthday) <em>236</em> . Sun, 12 Apr 2009 00:31:04 EST Problems with Eating Chicken and/or Eggs? Hi there! I'm new to the team, but I've been a bariatric patient for a little over 4 years. When preparing for bariatric surgery, I was told, as is everyone, that the risk of having dumping syndrome when taking in sweets is a normal result of the surgery. I guess perhaps I'm an odd-ball with that. I can tolerate sweets very well (which is not always a good thing). The one thing I can't tolerate well is chicken. I get sick every time I try to each it...fried, roasted, grilled...any way it... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:36:21 EST Hello from Indiana HI there, all! I'm so glad that I found this group!! From reading some of the posts, it looks like a wonderful group of very well-informed people. I'm a bariatric patient. I had the Roux-n-Y gastric bypass in December of '04. I lost 190 pounds and have gained back around 40. I would really like to lose all of that 40. That put me under 200 pounds...and it felt SO GOOD! <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to talking with some of you. I have some questions, and I have some answers...a... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:27:01 EST Hello from Sweden I just joined sparkpeople yesterday and found this forum. I had gastric bypass April 2007 and have lost 66 pounds since. I have had almost no trouble with foods except now I am lactose intolerant (probably was before surgery just now notice it more). In a way being able to eat anything is also bad because I find I eat things that aren't good for me, then I feel guilty. I got pregnant 4 months after the surgery (big surprise since I was told I couldn't get pregnant) and had a healthy big ba... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 05:38:08 EST New gastric sleever Hello all! <BR> My name is Dora, I'm from Costa Rica and happy to have found sparkpeople! <BR> I had my sleeve gastrectomy surgery last month and so far so good! Looking forward to share my journey with yours! <em>9</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:05:16 EST Hi There Hi Everyone, I just joined this team and would like to get to know all of you. I had RNY Sept 2002 and never reached goal. I have gained some weight back (40 pounds) and am working on getting back in control to loose that and to get to goal. I started the 5 day pouch test last Saturday so today is day 4. I seem to be gaining control and making really good choices. Looks like I developed another really bad "carb monster" about 2 years after surgery and have gained about 10 pounds a year s... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:42:16 EST New to this board & excited! Hello, <BR> I am glad to see that there is a bariatric forum here on SP! I've been on the site for awhile but just had gastric bypass a few weeks ago. I've lost 20lbs so far and I feel great! I am looking forward to connecting with you all and supporting each other through this journey. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:47:30 EST Newbie -Gastric Bypass 3 years ago I had WLS 3 years ago and have gained bck 20lbs but have maintained the weight for over a year now and am scheduled for skin removal TT in 3 weeks but in the mean time I am trying to get some of the extra weight off and stay in shape.I have been slacking and don't want to loose what I have worked so hard for the last 4 years,so I heard someone on the ObesityHelp Board mention Spark so here I am.Would love to meet friends on here to encourage each other meet and Keep our goals. <BR> Joy Fri, 9 Jan 2009 12:58:27 EST Hello - 5 years Post OP Gastric Bypass Newbie here Hi <BR> My name is Kym and I will hit my 5th year post gastric bypass surgery on the 7th of January. I am having a little trouble, I seem to have taken a step backwards on my once positive attitude toward weight loss. I weighed 312lbs prior to surgery. I dropped down to 168 within a year and 1/2 of surgery and have been slowly putting the lbs back on. I am up to 215lbs today and that is why I am here. I have to take control back and get it together. So I ask for any assistance or encou... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 16:41:48 EST Hello All!! Hello everyone! I'm new to SparksPeople, I had gastric bypass July 2007 and have lost 180lbs. I am now trying to level off my weight loss and trying to eat correctly. <BR> <BR> Meg Sat, 3 Jan 2009 22:20:10 EST