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Suzanne-photog4fun added a topic in Ask Dr. CalleryRNY revision or ANY ideas to help meHi Dr. Callery,
I was one of your early lap RNY patients from January 2002. I have slowly regained 65 of the 120 lbs. that I dropped after RNY. Three years ago I paid cash for Dr. Elner to do the stomaphy out of desparation. I regained the 25 lbs. that I lost after the proceedure within 6 months and felt no additional restriction from the stomaphyx. I feel like a failure. Is there any revision possible after RNY for weight regain for me? I'm so embarrassed by my weight regain and sugar addiction.
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Suzanne-photog4fun added a topic in Long-Term Post-opIs Your Pouch Still Working?:DThe 5 Day Pouch Test by Kaye Bailey
Does my pouch still work?
Have I broken my pouch?
Have I ruined my tool?
These are questions many weight loss surgery post-ops find themselves asking occasionally during their journey. Perhaps it feels like we can eat more food or we know that we are eating more food. Sometimes these questions are asked when there has been a weight regain.
This is the 5-day plan that I have developed and used to determine if my pouch is working and return to that tight newbie feeling. And a bonus to this plan, it helps one get back to the basics of the weight loss surgery diet and it triggers weight loss. Also, it is not difficult to follow and if you are in a stage of carb-cycling it will break this pattern. Sounds pretty good, right?
The 5 Day Pouch Test should never leave you feeling hungry. You can eat as much of the prescribed menu as you want during the day to satiate hungry and prevent snacking on slider foods and/or white carbs. You must drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day. A reduction of caffeinated beverages is suggested, but do not stop caffeine cold turkey.
Weight loss is not the intent of the 5 Day Pouch Test, however, many who have tried this plan report a significant drop in weight. More importantly they celebrate a renewed sense of control over their pouch and eating habits and easily transition back to a healthy post-surgical weight loss way of eating.
Understanding Hunger, Appetite and Satiety
Below you will find a brief list of the menu for each day. Please click the "Read more" links for further detail and hints and tips that will enable your success with the 5 Day Pouch Test. Days One & Two: Liquid Protein
low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding. Read more.
Day 3: Soft Protein
canned fish (tuna or salmon) eggs, fresh soft fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy. Read more.
Day 4: Firm Protein
ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, lamb), shellfish, scallops, lobster, fresh salmon or halibut. Read more.
Day 5: Solid Protein
white meat poultry, beef steak, pork, lamb, wild game
Good luck! I believe you are going to like the results when you give this plan an honest try.
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Suzanne-photog4fun added a topic in Gastric Bypass NutritionProtein Powder recipes:DThis is from: [email protected]
Do you find that day after day you get tired of the same routine with your protein shakes? This combined with the desire to try something different is what often leads us to allow old habits back in our lives. Instead of resorting to unhealthy foods, why not try and find something that you can substitute your shake with that will offer you the same nutritional profile? This is how you get the best of both worlds: a nutritious meal and a break from the everyday monotony. Here are a few recipes and ideas using protein powder that are easy to make and can satisfy your cravings.
Pumpkin Protein Shake
This shake is so rich and filling. I use it as a meal replacement or have half as a dessert. This shake is best used within 24 hours and it helps to put the saved portion back into a blender or shaker jar before serving.
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons sugar substitute
1 pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup skim milk or soymilk
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder
1/4 cup Cool Whip Lite
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Suzanne-photog4fun added a topic in Post-op Gastric BypassSetting a realistic weight loss goalI like this website:
Katie Jay Director, National Association for Weight Loss Surgery
Because Weight Loss Surgery Isn't Magic! www.nawls.com
Here's a good article from Katie:
How to set a realistic, sustainable weight-loss goal.
A common attitude for many weight loss surgery patients is:
"My surgeon said I should weigh 150 pounds, but I want to weigh
135 - the weight I was when I graduated from high school."
Have you chosen a goal weight? Is it realistic? Should you even
have a goal weight?
Your best weight is not the number in your head that you think
you should weigh. It's more a matter of the intersection between
your lifestyle choices and how your body responds to weight loss
You Are Unique
You know (or can sort out) what lifestyle choices
feel "tolerable to great" for you; and, if you're honest with
yourself, you know what feels "barely tolerable to horrid."
If it Feels Pretty Good, You'll Do It
A maintainable weight loss requires a lifestyle with habits that
leave you feeling in the "tolerable to great" range. Anything less
and you're pretty much guaranteed to slip into behaviors -- even
negative ones -- that feel more tolerable or comfortable.
What Do I Mean by "Tolerable to Great"?
Let's say to maintain a weight on the low end of the healthy
range, I would have to do 45 minutes of aerobic exercise 7 days
a week, and weight training 2 days a week.
Honestly, (and you may be different from me on this) I don't
think I would enjoy that much exercise. I would dread it, and
some days find it intolerable. Eventually, I would probably just
I Choose the Right Lifestyle for Me, and You Can, Too
Now, let's say to maintain a weight on the higher end of the
healthy range, I could walk my dog twice a day (not fast paced),
and do aerobics at the gym twice a week. And instead of doing
formal weight training in the gym, I could stay active with
gardening and housework.
To me that lifestyle is much more tolerable. In fact, it's great!
Do you see the difference?
Resist the Desire to Be Perfect, Because You Can't Be
So, while you may want to get down to your high school weight,
it may not be a weight you can reach, or maintain.
If the More Rigorous Lifestyle Works for You, that's Another Matter
So now, let's say you do get to that low goal weight. And you can
maintain that low weight by exercising five times a week - and
for awhile that feels quite tolerable. Then, that's certainly
a healthy and appropriate goal weight for you.
The Only Thing You Can Count on Is Change
But, let's also say that eventually five times a week becomes
too much for you (maybe you change jobs, get married, find a new hobby),
and exercising three times a week becomes your magic number.
That would be okay, too. Your weight might readjust to a
slightly higher number, but you could still be in your healthy range.
The Amount of Food You Eat Needs to Be Tolerable to Great, Too
Suppose you discover you are happiest with a certain quantity of
food (and not necessarily too much -- just not enough to lose
down to that super-low weight you are telling yourself you
should be). That would be okay. A good nutritionist can help
you sort out the amount and types of food that are ideal for you.
Think Seriously About Your Goal Weight
Consider whether or not you are pushing past a level of effort
that's sustainable to a more intense lifestyle that will
eventually burn you out.
Ask yourself honestly, "Do I have to reach a lower weight
just because a certain number is stuck in my head?
And learn what your healthy weight range is. You can learn this
by calculating your body mass index (BMI) or by asking your
doctor or nutritionist. Click on this link to calculate your BMI:
Make a Choice that Honors You - a Tolerable Choice You Can Sustain
What if you gave yourself permission to let your body weigh
what it wants to weigh, with you eating and exercising at the
healthiest levels you can tolerate long term?
What if you let yourself off the hook for being perfect, stopped
equating super-thinness with your self worth, and got busy with
an exciting and active life?
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