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About la.craig

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  • Birthday 11/03/1980

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ayoola
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    Baylor Medical Center at Trophy Club
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas

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  1. Thank you.
  2. It's because I always thought of myself as in transition and I never accepted being fat. So, when I became a lot thinner, I really didn't feel any different. I'm not sure because maybe I punish myself about other things too much to be able to congratulate myself. But I'm trying to pat myself on the back more, especially when I see people who've had the surgery and gone back to unhealthy ways and have gained their weight back. I hate admitting it here, but I lost this weight to basically make me dating material again and I just seem to be almost invisible now as I was when I was morbidly obese. It's been a big disappointment in that regard as well. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy being a lot thinner. I certainly look a lot better and I feel a lot better and I can move around easier. I would definitely do it again. I'm almost 170 pounds down. I weighed 213 on Friday. My military weight was between 180 and 190 lbs.
  3. I wish I was but I'm not.
  4. 156 pounds gone so far.
  5. I'm getting worried. Doc says labs are perfect, I'm eating lots of fruits and vegetables. I've (reluctantly) added butter back into my lifestyle following doctors orders for more fat. She also recommended vitamins but I don't remember what they were. My question is: Has anybody still had thinning hair 1-2 years post op VSG? When did it grow back or did it ever grow back?
  6. Thats awesome that you are doing so well! 

    1. la.craig


      Thank you

    2. Laurie_2007


      You're welcome! :) I used to have a Beagle years ago, she was always into mischief. 

    3. la.craig


      My beagle(mix) is very quiet, low keep but very sensitive and affectionate. I don't think I could have gotten a better dog.  I don't feel like I deserve her. She's going to be my Valentine. lol

  7. They aren't secrets. I keep my calories low and don't eat crap.
  8. I've lost 150 pounds in 1 year. Still losing.
  9. They continue to disgrace the Star Wars franchise with these bad movies. I went to watch Rogue One with my brother last night. They didn't even play the main title. I knew from that point forward, it was going to be bad....but I knew it would be before going in. Has anybody else seen it?
  10. I'd like to know this too.
  11. The reality is that you can't work out for a while but you can use this extra time to concentrate on diet and nutrition. Get on YouTube and learn about probiotics, carrot juice, diet composition, metabolic changes in the stomach after surgery, Epsom salt baths for inflammation (plantar fascitis) etc.. Experiment with new meals and supplements (calcium especially) and do swimming if you can handle it. Your muscles have memory, I bet it won't take 2 weeks to get them back. Fractures heal bro, it's just a minor setback. You got this.
  12. If you want to rid yourself of cravings, I'd recommend Dr. Weiner's "A Pound of Cure" diet. I tried it before weight loss surgery and it worked very well. I lost around 40 pounds in almost 2 months. It will cure physical cravings but not comfort / psychological ones.
  13. I don't know. Most overweight people's Leptin levels are going to be high. We don't need more Leptin. What we need is our bodies to respond to the Leptin that we already have circulating in our system so it can tell our brain that we're full and can stop eating.
  14. I know this an old post but I wanted to respond because I've been getting like this, too. I re-discovered that drinking a at least half a gallon of water a day will help. If you're not doing that, I'd suggest doing that first. Another possibility could be a physiological change. I've been reading about Leptin which is a hormone that controls our appetite among other other things. Most of us are Leptin deficient but not because we're not producing enough of it but because our brains have become desensitized to it. So, our bodies are full while our brains think we're starving. If you want to rule this out as a possibility, there are some things you can try. I'd suggesting buying Leptin sensitizers. Some of the most potent ones I've read about are the Thunder God Root (Celastrol) and Witherfarin A. I've also read that Calcium AEP, Garcinia Cambogia, Vitamin D and ALCAR (Acetyll-L Carnitine) combined along with a low-carb diet can make a big difference too. There's another's method. Leptin is raised with insulin, and of course insulin is raised when our blood sugar is spiked. Go very low carb for a week and then spend one night going on a refined carbohydrate binge eating donuts, pizza, and things like that. Monitor how you feel you the next few days as you return to low-carb and see if you're hungry. The spike in Leptin should send a signal to your brain and that you don't need to eat. This is what bodybuilders refer to as "carb-loading." I don't recommend this approach because those foods are addictive and can make you want to eat more of them, even if your urges aren't driven by deficiency in Leptin. You can also ask your doctor for Leptin deficiency tests. 1. HS CRP (highly-sensitive C-Reactive Protein) 2. Reverse T3 tests.