• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won



About Zen_Steph

  • Rank
    TT Master
  • Birthday 07/23/1977

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Northern California
  • Age


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Pierce
  • Hospital
    UC Davis Medical Center
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

Recent Profile Visitors

11,314 profile views
  1. I didn't have plastics done after WLS when I hit goal because I don't have the overhead money to pay for it. I lost 130 lbs and have a good deal of excess skin. I was overweight starting at about 21 years old and I had surgery the year I turned 37 years old. I can get a panni covered by insurance and I've considered it, but I've got other things I'd like to have done, too that cost probably $15-20K. Nah, I'm financing a buying a house instead. But, if I happen to finish paying off all of my student loans and credit card debt (should be done in about 5 years or so), then I'll think about saving some up in a medical savings plan through work that I have access to.
  2. I second all of athenarose's post. I'll try to come up with five more that aren't overlapping: 1. Stalls happen to most of us. If you hit a stall, don't see that as a failure. The post-bypass journey of weight loss looks more like a stair case instead of a slide. 2. Follow your nutritional guidance from your bariatric team. All of us have varying schedules of when to eat what stage. Follow what is given to you and don't skip ahead, no matter how hard you will want to (see above comment about the liquid stage BEING ABSOLUTELY AWFUL and difficult at times). 3. If you are a slow loser, you're a slow loser. Losing weight is losing weight, no matter how fast or slow you do it. I've noticed that, more often than not, if you lose slower, loose skin is not as much of a problem as those of us who lost fast. Just a thought. 4. Body dysmorphia. You may experience it. I still do to this day and I am over 3 years post op from my bypass. You may look in the mirror after your scale/measurements say you've lost a lot and you'll still see the old person before your surgery. It may cause you to think that you really haven't lost the weight. The numbers don't lie, you have. You may come across times that you look at yourself and say "Wow, I'm still that same older big person, unhealthy and gross." (That's what I tell myself at least once a week before I catch what I'm doing.). It happens and if you start noticing it, talk to someone in your bariatric team or here on the forums. We are here to remind you that you have succeeded and your brain may be fooling you into thinking you haven't. 5. Once you lose the weight,that does not mean that you can fall back into your old habits and the weight will stay off long term. You will gain it back if you do not property maintain your weight loss. It is a lifestyle change that you have to keep up with. Once you get down to goal, it can be hard to keep it off. Don't give up. Always remember: lean protein/fluids first, veggies second, and fruits/good fats third. Low carbs, low sugars. And vitamins every day, even if you don't want to take them. They will help you out with malabsorption. They suck to take, but you need to. It is what it is. I think that's a good list, too. It's helped me. Good luck and welcome to the journey that will bring you to a healthier you. Keep with it and we're always here for you!
  3. The Bai non-carbonated drinks are good, but I stick to iced decaf tea and super cold iced water. Both settle really well.
  4. Most of my thoughts have already been in other posts. I lost 130 lbs and I have loose, wrinkly skin in my thighs, arms, and upper body (and boobs....whoa totally there). Does it bother me? Yeah, sometimes. Does it make me regret the surgery? Absolutely, positively not. I am still active (when my back allows me to be). I was regularly distance running until I got sick and had a knee injury a year ago. I started back up again in January, then decided to flip the table on life and sell my house/move/buy a new house. Then my back got hurt in April, so actual running has not happened since April. But, I can walk a lot (as long as it's not on much topography, else my back rebels in pain) and do yoga and swimming every week. It doesn't hinder my movement at all. I've got the idea of plastics in the back of my mind, but not until I can raise about $15K to cover all of the stuff not under insurance (panni is the only thing I can get covered). Not something I want to raise money for at the moment....there are other things that are more important, like a second car and my kids' college funding. Your diet isn't all that bad and I don't think it will hurt you at all post-op (except maybe the sushi with rice). You'll go through a progression of foods while you heal, so you won't be able to go right into the same diet on day one after surgery. And you'll be thankful for it. Your diet is not very dissimilar to mine right now, but I'm over 3 years out. Good luck!
  5. I waited until I was at goal weight and I had maybe two pieces from a roll and it stuffed me. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually had sushi since then.
  6. I was prescribed Protonix (basically the same thing) and I took it for a year because I had reflux bad. I tried to go off after the recommended six months and my heartburn was bad, so I was advised to take it for another six months. At 11 months, I stopped taking it and haven't taken it since. Can't remember the dose, though...it was a prescription. They sell Omeprazole at Costco. Might be more reasonably priced and they probably have the 20 mg dose.
  7. I always try to go places that have a good grilled chicken or seafood selection (that isn't breaded). I eat out more than I should, but if I get anything other than a salad, I'm always splitting it with my husband and likely taking some of it home. I also love a great salad and will eat those every meal of the day, especially in the summer. I'm a huge fan of the Green Goddess Cobb with Chicken salad at Panera (I'm a Panera freak) and a half of one is two meals for me.
  8. See....time just creeps past you and then it's been two or so months. Things are moving along. My sister-in-law officially moved out on Sunday and she and her dog and cat, with my husband and son in tow, began their trip to her new home where here husband has been since January. They arrived a few hours ago, actually, and were unpacking the truck when I spoke to them. This week it's been quiet, just me, our daughter, and our animals. I'm going to start going through the boxes that have been upstairs with us and repacking them into boxes that go to specific rooms and finally moving them downstairs now that it's cleared out down there. I can't wait to have open space again!! I rearranged the living area on Sunday to open it up a bit, then I've been working on organizing with more shelf space for pet and cleaning stuff, then packing up things in the kitchen I won't use with the hot weather (like my espresso maker I use to make decaf lattes and hot chocolate for my boys) so it's ready to move in a few months. This was the one major hurdle to get past: my SIL moving out. Now, I feel so much more relaxed. If only it wasn't a million degrees outside this week. Stupid heat wave. The new house is coming along nicely. It is framed, the duct work is installed, electrical has started to be installed, the exterior wrapping has gone up, flat work poured and cured for the walkways and exit points in the backyard, and our doors (minus the garage door) have been installed. I think they did some interior work yesterday and it may have been installing our tub and shower units. And today, windows were installed. I'm hoping they aren't working on the houses when I get out of work today because I'd love to go walk around the house and see what all they did. I am anticipating that we will have our framing walk through by the end of next week or the following week. What is awesome about that is that usually indicates that we may be 4-6 weeks away from closing on the house, which is quite ahead of schedule. That makes me happy. I would love, love, love to move in at the end of August, but I'm thinking more the first week or so of September around Labor Day. But, it is awesome to see all of this work going on. The work on the next phases has slowed down a lot, but I'm at the point that I don't care one bit because my house is going up and that's where my focus is. Maybe 2 1/2 months and we'll be moving in! Happy dances all around! Our daughter is healing well from her broken collar bone. It looked great according to the specialist when we had our follow up, now it's just letting it heal. She is acting like it never happened and is back to her old self. Love to see her giggles and smiles again. Our son, though, broke his finger, which was fun. It was a small break where a ligament popped off and took a small bone fragment with it. It looks healed and the swelling went away. He has range of motion. I'm guessing it's going good. I, however, threw out my back on Easter Sunday and have been dealing with chronic pain ever since. I went in to get it checked out and got prescribed Flexeril. That took away the stiffness, but not the pain, so I went in for a follow up. After some x-rays, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and early grade 1 degeneration in a few of my vertebrate (the discs looked great and the spacing is fine, which is a relief). They have me in physical therapy, which I started last week and have for two more weeks. It has helped a great deal and my pain levels are drastically lower than they were for those two months. I also started back at yoga and that seems to be doing its thing, too. I haven't gone running and I haven't done any high intensity workout at the gym, but I'll get there. I miss running, but gotta heal first. And besides....in this heat, running is not a good idea. Our son started swim season and he is doing well. That's kept me outside and active more outside of my regular routine. It's just made me incredibly busy and the little free time I had after work and commute time has been sucked up with swim practice and meets. But, there is only 3 1/2 more weeks of that and we're out of swim season. Yay! The doggo is doing good overall. Annoying at times, but she's a dog. She is just shy of 50 lbs and comes up to maybe my mid thigh now. She's a lot bigger than last photos...when I get home, I'll post a few to this post to show. She's my buddy, though. Can't fault her for that. I think that's it. My weight has stabilized. I had my 3 year follow up a few weeks ago with my bariatric team and everything looks good. They were concerned that I dropped my calories, but I told them I hadn't been working out or active as much as I was, so I dropped it along with my carb intake. They reminded me that when I do get back to work, bring it back up so I don't get sick. My blood tests came back really good. The only change I have is that I now need to take an iron supplement during my period (yay!) to make up for the blood loss. My Ferritin came up this time, but it's still low, so she's like to see the stores come up more to a normal level. Blech, iron supplements. Better stock up on the bran and fiber... That's about it. A lot has gone on, but nothing drastic other than my SIL moving out and me feeling less stress as a result. Oh, and she is also working with her husband to work the finances out to get their deck and roof replaced, so we can have access to a not rotting deck to sit out on during the evenings when our Delta breeze kicks up. I've loved having access to it because it affords some peace and quiet during the evening, but I'm not back to being concerned about it because there is rot and mold growing. I doubt I'll bring it down off the house, but my irrational fear sometimes gets the best of me. Still plan to grill some of the nights during this summer because it allows me the chance to cook something different than my normal fare. Besides, I love to grill. Hope you all are well. Cheers.
  9. Premier Protein seems to be the most liked one among bariatric patients I've heard of. Not everyone likes them, but a lot do. That said, don't stock up on a specific flavor. I used to hate chocolate because it was too sweet, but loved vanilla. My first vanilla shake once I was cleared for them post op...threw it right up. Tried it three separate occasions with the same result. But, the chocolate was great. Still drink them to this day. I've wanted to try the banana cream, but not enough to buy a whole case. I buy the 18 pack cases from Costco for $25 regular, sometimes a deal for less.
  10. I am cold most of the year. I used to not be, but it is consistent now. I use light sweaters and sometimes gloves. If I have to work, I take occasional breaks and go wash my hands in the bathroom under hot water to warm them up again.
  11. I have learned that it is very, very easy to slip back into old habits. Maintenance takes work and diligence. Don't think for a minute that once you've lost the weight, it will stay off for good. It's easy to slip and most of us do, but keep up the work even after you hit goal. Your health will thank you.
  12. Agreed. Also, Ritz Crackers might not be a good choice, but I get it. Call your surgeon. This isn't normal.
  13. Hit my 3 year surgiversary last week on Friday. I was so busy last week and this week, it snuck right by. Still around goal weight. Dealing with a pinched nerve, so my back is screwed up...meaning no exercise. However, I'm feeling really good still.
  14. Chili and canned tuna are staples for me. Doesn't take much to fill me up.
  15. All clinics give differing instructions. The best advice I give you is to follow the guidance you are given for your particular program. I was liquids for 2 weeks, purees for 2 weeks, soft foods for 2 weeks, lean meats for 2 weeks, then the all clear for everything...so I was not given the all clear until 8 weeks post op with the RNY. I still drink at least one shake a day for breakfast and I drink the Premier Protein pre-made shake as well. It gives me a good boost in the mornings and helps me out until lunch, where I eat a lean, light lunch. Every plan is different.