LakotaRobb

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About LakotaRobb

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  • Birthday 06/30/1967

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Central Florida
  • Age
    49

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Teixeira
  • Hospital
    Orlando Regional
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    342.0
  • Current Weight
    186
  • Goal Weight
    171.0
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    30.0
  • Surgery Date
    05-16-2014
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Smylin - I would strongly suggest the book, Run to Lose. It's published by the folks at Runner's World (written by Van Allen & Bede). While it isn't specifically geared for those of us who have had WLS, it has some solid menu choices that are appropriate for our needs (occasionally with a little modification). Since my WLS in May 2014, I've done 20+ 5Ks, a 15K, 3 half-marathons, multiple duathlons (run-bike-run), and am now training for the Miami Half Iron Duathlon, Miami Marathon, and the HITS Half Iron. As you move to longer runs in your training, I'd suggest finding out what works best for you. Have seen a few folks try something "new" on race day and it's always been a mess for them. Best of luck! Robb
  2. Good evening, All - Wasn't sure which thread/section to post this, but Exercise seems to be the most logical to pose a question. It may seem to be a bit shallow - but please bear with me. Because I love working out, my surgeon recommended that I purchase a handheld body fat measuring device (Omron). I had my surgery in May 2014 and went from 342 to 180.8 on our home scale. At my lowest, my Omron-measured body fat was 29.4%. That measurement was on 11/01/2016. A few weeks later, while running the Space Coast Half-Marathon, I badly injured my knee and wasn't able to do any meaningful walking/running for about 4 months. To replace that exercise, I started lifting...and in April, I began training 4x per week at a CrossFit box...and I love it. I'm now back up to running/walking 100 miles per month.... But my weight is now in the mid-190s (it was 193.4 this morning) with a body fat of 26.8%. I feel significantly better than I did when I was 180.8 lbs and 29.4% BF. My doctor is thrilled since the real metabolic danger for all of us is the amount of fat we carry and the harm it causes. The challenge is in how to handle people who ask how many pounds I've lost and know that it's less than the 160+ I was quoting last year. They immediately go to some sort of "oh - so you're putting the weight back on" type of statement (ugh!)...and I kindly point out that I am now leaner than I was back then. Unfortunately, they equate muscle weight with fat weight ---- which is completely inaccurate. So, my question is this ----- has anyone had this issue with others and have a better way of explaining it. I would think that folks would understand that 26.8% body fat is less than 29.4% body fat....but I guessed they missed the explanation of the number line when they were in 2nd grade.
  3. Not sure that I call myself a "runner" yet ---- but those that I classify as being such say that I am one.... Kudos for running - for those that go down this path, it can be an incredible workout and really help with the changes in your life. Since my surgery, I've done 30+ 5Ks, 4 10Ks, 2 10milers, and 3 half marathons. In the next year, I've got a half-iron duathlon (1.2 mile run / 56 mile bicycle / 13.1 mile run), the Miami Marathon, and then a traditional half ironman (the 1.2 miles at the front is a swim). Along the way, I've found a few things to be helpful in transitioning from the 5/10K platform to longer distances. Here's a few things to be be mindful of: Listen to your body. I did a lot of damage to my knees and back when I was so large. If you ache excessively, it's okay to skip running for a few days. Monitor your blood sugars. I struggle with this and am trying to find the right balance still. Have had some incredibly low readings late in the day (I run in the morning). Cross train as your able (cycling and swimming are very helpful) Do some resistance training. I am now doing CrossFit to avoid some injuries and strengthen neglected parts of my body...but simple body weight exercises or a resistance tube are incredibly effective. But most of all ----- BE PROUD of WHAT YOU ARE DOING!
  4. PMofNC ---- I might be mocked by roadies, but I wear a 70 oz Camelbak and carry two frozen 20 oz bottles in my cages when I go for any ride over two hours. The C/B allows me to take small sips every 4-5 minutes. A normal ride of 20-24 miles during the spring thru fall here in FL usually has me drinking about 70-90 ounces because of our humidity. Many years ago, before I had my RNY, I had heatstroke while out riding....that was awful....and I'll take being scorned by the super-skinny hardcore racers over that situation any day.
  5. Hi, Mike - thanks for letting me know that I am not alone with this concern. I fully understand the "need for speed", but there are so many variables that impact that metric...so, I don't put as much emphasis on it since I'd drive myself bonkers. That said, I'm always striving to set a new personal best in the various distances. As far as increasing your mileage, I would do it incrementally. That's the approach I've taken for the Miami Marathon (file attached). I know I'll be tweaking this a bit based on the books I'm reading by Higdon and Galloway ---- but there's a reason that I'm giving myself 60 weeks to increase from 13+ to 26+ miles (age, business travel, and wanting to avoid injury.) Again, thanks for responding!
  6. Thank you for responding - Carbs are hit or miss with me sometimes, although oddly HammerGel and Gu are incredibly well tolerated. I just don't like to use them that much. I am a data geek (my actual profession includes quite a bit of moderate to advanced statistical analysis) and I track more than I probably should, but hadn't considered looking at my protein:carb ratio --- although it makes perfect sense. I can go back and look at that for the past five months. Thank you!
  7. Thank you, Wendy - I'll be the first admit that I've got to change my mindset. Prior to my surgery, I would just shovel food in without thinking how many calories were in whatever I was eating. Needless to say, when I began using MFP, I was SHOCKED at how calorie-dense many of my favorites were (I'd look them up in comparison to what I was eating). From that, I've probably become a little over-obsessive regarding my nutrition. Recognizing the increased need for calories/carbohydrates while training for these events is probably a good start ---- and that begins with your suggestion to simply think of what I am eating as fuel. Respectfully, Robb
  8. Good afternoon, All - On Sunday, I completed my 4th half-marathon and have now set two new goals. These are to do the 2017 Miami Marathon (January) and 2017 New Orleans Half-Ironman (April). Has anyone in the forum trained for and completed either a marathon or half-iron? If so, do you have any guidance on doing so after having had gastric bypass? My primary concern is keeping my blood sugars in an acceptable range. I've had some issues keeping them up in a safe range (>70) while training or competing. I hate consuming a lot of carbs because I'm afraid of falling back into old habits of gorging on them. For the three months leading up to this past weekend's half-marathon, I averaged 209 carbohydrate grams per day. This is about 13% below the suggested level from the My Fitness Pal app (its average target for the same period was 240 grams). I'd welcome any advice that folks may have!
  9. Good morning - Your idea to focus on "training" for these changes is great...I didn't consider that when I had my surgery 15+ months ago. I did, however, try to get my comfortable with something that I knew would be a challenge for me. Specifically, that was letting others take care of and help me. One of the issues that I've worked through since pre-op and through today is my overwhelming desire to be "all things to all people." This means, ultimately, that I'll subordinate my needs to do things for others. Thankfully, I've been doing a pretty good job at learning how to say no to other people's "wants" so that I can care for my "needs." I still put others needs over mine, though. So, if any of this resonates with you, it might be something worth considering. Best wishes for your surgery and recovery! Respectfully, Robb
  10. Wow - it's hard to believe that a year ago today I had my gastric bypass. Without any exaggeration, I can say that it's been one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done. During these past 12 months, I have: Lost 146+ pounds Walked-Ran-Waddled in 20 5Ks or greater (including 2 Half-Marathons, a 10-miler, a 15k, and a 10k) Learned to focus on my needs, instead of consistently subordinating them Began to understand my triggers that lead to emotional eating Stopped being addicted to mindless activities like watching television for 4+ hours per evening My physician had been suggesting WLS for about 10 years, but I had to get my mind fully around it. I am so glad that I did. I will turn 50 in June of 2017 ---- but before then, I have now set my sites on completing the Miami Marathon in January 2017 and the New Orleans Half-Ironman in April 2017. So, for any of you that wonder if this is surgery can help improve your lives, please know that it can ---- you just have to commit yourself to it and loving you. The attached pictures are of me when I began the pre-op diet on 05/02/14 (342 pounds), a few minutes before surgery (328 pounds), and today before I set a new personal best at the Lake Mary 5K (195 pounds).
  11. Good evening, Razim - I'm sure other folks will weigh-in shortly, but please follow your surgeon and nutritionist's advice to the letter. It is there to help make your recovery as smooth and beneficial as possible. In the first few days after surgery, my intellectual side knew that I shouldn't eat anything that deviated from the surgeon's blueprint ---- but my food addicted side craved bad stuff (for me, it was mozzarella sticks). Just focus on getting in your liquids and proteins for now. You'll do great. Respectfully, Robb
  12. Rona - like others, walking was it for me for the first few months. I gradually increased duration and distance, but made sure to really pay attention to how my body felt. If it was fatigued, I was merciful on myself and rested. One thing that I did was to set up multiple playlists on my iPhone to listen to while walking (and then ultimately to walking and jogging). Some are perfect for a longer, slower pace (my "mellow" playlist)....and others are created specifically for going all out (my "5k" playlist that has some very aggressive rock and rap). Once you are cleared by your doctor/surgeon, try different types of exercise. You'll never know what really captures your attention.
  13. That is great ---- and color runs are a lot of fun. Make sure to fully embrace getting drenched in color and being silly. There is something quite powerful about "letting go" and having fun like that. Since my surgery, I've done close to twenty 5Ks, a few 10Ks, a 15K, a 10-miler, and two Half-Marathons ----- and walking/running is a great way to help your body along the path of weight loss surgery. The most important thing I've learned with walking/running is to listen to your body. If you're aching and just don't feel right, take the day off. If you're feeling a little stronger/energized than you expected, go a little longer or faster. Best of luck!
  14. Stephtay - I've experienced the same thing when I'm getting my cardio exercise outdoors alone. It doesn't seem to occur when I am at the gym or doing cardio with someone else. At first, it took me back a bit. Now, a little more than 9 months after I began my exercise program, I accept it as a natural part of the process. While I can't speak for others, I think my experiences with this is linked to the following: I suppressed a lot of emotional pain, hurt, and self-loathing due to some things that have happened in my life. This pain suppression led me to overeating and not giving a damn what I did to my body with food For once, I put my own needs first and had gastric bypass last May Losing the weight helped me feel "less bad" about myself and what I had become physically Through exercise, I started to focus on myself and what I needed to continue getting healthier This mindset allowed me to examine what it was that was driving me emotionally to make the food choices I did The solitude of walking, jogging, or cycling outdoors allowed me to feel more connected to nature...and ultimately, with myself Once I got to the point that I really understood how to process past pains/hurts/damage and to also respond to anything that may have occurred that day, I was able to make much better choices. I'm sure that I could've gotten to this place through other means ---- but I'd say that the very act of finally caring for and about myself (through exercise) has been incredibly powerful.
  15. Unfortunately, it's been my experience that others try to destroy or devalue that which they don't understand. I try to live my life in a transparent and authentic manner. As such, I shared my decision widely. There were some people that were negative and I'd be kidding if it didn't hurt a little bit...then one of my biggest encouragers sent me a photo from the someecards.com website. It says, "You know how to tell when someone is miserable with their own life? When they look for ways to destroy someone else's." Here's the link to the card: http://www.someecards.com/usercards/viewcard/MjAxMi1mNjkyOGNlMWQ1ZmM1NGRm It may seem a little over-simplified, but this item has really helped me maintain my composure/balance when I've had to deal with others' negativity.