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About Jabsie

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Namir Katkhouda
  • Hospital
    USC - Keck Medical Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Amen to this! If I'm not seeing good results over the next few days, I'm going to do the 5DPT too.
  2. After being on tour and traveling for 6 weeks, I'm happy to finally be back at home. Sleeping in my own bed last night was glorious! It's been a lot of hard work but I love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything. I did a pretty good job of keeping my head in the health game for 3/4 of the tour but found the last week to be very challenging. Access to my regular food choices and exercise options were limited. I wasn't able to weigh my self daily as I do at home and was worried to see what the scale said once I was able to step on it. I was happy to learn that after about 4 weeks in, I had pretty much stayed the same (less than a pound difference). The 2 weeks after that visiting with my husband's family in Canada, however, have been a healthy-living disaster. I've been a complete slacker and took a total food vacation. I'll never be able to eat the volume I did before my VSG but my food choices were an abomination. We were surrounded by indulgent food in every direction. Today, I paid the piper, stepped on the scale, and gained 6.8 pounds!!!! Time to get my head back in the game, recommit to my routine, remind myself why I went through all of this, and prioritize my health above all else. Just felt I needed to be accountable....and this is a good place to do it. On a separate note, my son has decided to proceed with a VSG and started his pre-op program this past week. He works in medical research so he is very well informed. I am so happy and proud of him. I've been careful not to push surgery and just let him ask me questions when he had them. Unfortunately, he inherited my genetic payload and was witness to my bad habits growing up. I've carried a lot of guilt about that over the years, knowing that had I made different choices, he may not have had the same struggles with weight that I have. I know that maintaining my goal weight is the very best thing I can do to make up for that. I have no credibility with him if I don't. Happy to be back.
  3. My energy was low but I felt pretty good and had minimal pain after the first few days. The pain I had I only experienced when I stood up or sat down and it felt like I had done a super intense ab workout. I took 2 weeks off to recover but probably could have gone back after a week. A couple of days after my discharge, I went to the grocery store with my hubby. I felt great until all the sudden, I felt really weak. It wasn't that big of a deal because I felt fine once I sat down. Terrible post-op stories are for sure the exception and not the rule.
  4. First let me say that I'm sorry to hear of your family's loss. It sounds like this is going to be a very challenging time for you both physically and emotionally. Please know that this community will be thinking good thoughts for you. Without having a crystal ball it's hard to know how you are going to be feeling a week post-op. Recovery experiences vary widely from person to person. There isn't anything you can do to control how your body will tolerate the surgery but there are things that will help aid in your recovery. Follow your surgical orders to a T and do everything your doctor tells you. To quote a veteran of this forum "Sip sip sip. Walk walk walk." This can feel like work immediately post op but both are super important to recovery. It doesn't take long to get dehydrated and it can make you feel pretty crappy if you do. Take small sips throughout the day, all day long. Walking helps dissipate surgical gas, improve circulation, prevents post op clots, and promotes healing. Stay ahead of your pain. If you have a lot of pain, try not to let it get too bad before you take something for it. Since most believe you've had hernia surgery, there shouldn't be any issue with folks wondering why you're taking it easy. Most people will not be paying attention to what you're eating (or not eating). Always have a drink in your hand or nearby. If folks ask, you can simply say that you're not feeling well and are going to stick with water for now. Depending how long the day goes, you can sneak away somewhere to sip on a protein shake. Best of luck and please let us know how you make out.
  5. Thinking good thoughts and hoping your unwelcome visitor has some mercy on both you and the scale.
  6. These are all horror stories. I feel pretty lucky to have never had a medical professional speak to me about my weight in any manner other than matter-of-fact. The closest experience I've had was in a beginner yoga class. Nothing was directly said to me but I was for judged and treated differently because of my size. I'm not known for holding my tongue in any situation and that class was no exception. When the owner of the studio tried to defend the instructor, I gave her an earful. I hope they thought twice in the future.
  7. I weigh myself every day. I do it first thing in the morning, right after I wake up and use the bathroom. I do it totally naked and with no jewelry except my wedding band. I place the scale in the exact same spot on the floor and weigh twice just to confirm. This may seem like a lot but it ensures that I get the most consistent and accurate numbers as possible. I also spent a little money on a scale that also measures water, muscle, and bone weight (not density). Early on my nutritionist suggested that I also take body measurement. Once cleared to do so post op, I started exercising and weight training regularly and she wanted to make sure that I wasn't just relying on the scale to measure my progress. I'm so glad she did because there were weeks that I lost inches but not pounds.
  8. @Trish1967 This Oct will be 7 years out from thyroid cancer. I go every year for an ultrasound and chest x-ray. Despite how long it's been, I still get very anxious when I go for these appointments. I totally understand your feelings.
  9. Chiming in as the others have. I too had no obesity related co-morbidities. But at nearly 280 lbs, that would not last and I couldn't help but feel like my weight was a ticking time bomb. I've never been healthier than I am right now. I spent a year doing research before I made the decision to have WLS and I can say with total confidence that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. When you start to feel overwhelmed by your fears, try to remember the following: WLS adds an average of 10 years to a person's life. Think of everything good that has happened in your life over the last 10 years. Would you really want to have missed any of it? Obesity is many times more likely to kill or harm you than the surgery. Without realizing it, fear of 'not being able to eat the way I do now' can contribute to surgical trepidations. It's kind of like having to break off an unhealthy love affair. You know the person is terrible for you but you still find them irresistibly attractive. There is no single treatment more effective for obesity than WLS. Statistically speaking, only 5% of people who have 100 lbs or more to lose are able to do so without surgical intervention, and only 1% are able to keep it off for 5 or more years. Let that sink in for a second. 99% of people are unable to sustain their weight loss for 5+ years. That's an astounding failure rate. Now let's compare that to the data for WLS: You are literally 50 times more likely to lose your excess weight and keep it off for 5+ years. If we were talking about cancer and doctor's presented you with 2 treatment options, one with a 1% survival rate and the other one 50%, which would you choose? Yep, me too. With the adoption of the laparoscopic method, the risk of surgical complications was dramatically reduced. The procedure you're having has a lower risk of surgical and long term complications compared to other procedures. Fear is a very very strong emotion and when given a voice, can trick you into thinking it's legitimate. The cognitive part of us knows better. If it didn't, you wouldn't be as close to getting the surgery as you are now. Hang in there, you're almost to the finish line. A year from now, this will all be a distant memory as you give the same advice to someone else that we are all giving you now....oh and you'll be doing it in a fit and healthy body!
  10. I'm from the Boston area and when I moved to LA, I couldn't believe how lame the pizza was (insert sad trombone sound here). Pretty much every local house of pizza in MA is better than what I've found here. I very rarely have pizza and the lameness makes it that much easier to stay away from it :-) Back to the topic @Trish1967... What I'm hearing in your post is frustration....I get it. But don't be fooled; folks who eat burgers and pizza weeks after surgery aren't being rewarded with better weight loss outcomes. When you have 75-90% of your stomach reduced, you're going to lose weight no matter what you eat. But as we all know, this is a long game and it doesn't take a crystal ball to predict what will likely happen to someone who sees the surgery as a solution rather than a tool. Regardless of how strictly we stick to plan, we all lose at different rates.....which can be super aggravating when you're working your tail off. When I start to feel this way I try to remember that weight is only one metric of health. I'm doing all of this not to be 'skinny' but to be healthy. I don't think there's a credible doctor anywhere that feels that a diet primarily consisting of junk food will help someone live longer.
  11. There's only one place in the world I'm 'socially selective' (love that term btw) and that's at the gym. I talk to almost no one. I'm all business, in and out. The one exception is elderly folks. If a senior starts talking to me, I always engage them. For whatever reason, it's the only type of social interaction at the gym that I don't bristle at. The thing I have zero tolerance for at the gym is unsolicited advice about what I should be doing or how I should be doing it. It amazes me how many people feel it's appropriate to do this to a complete stranger at the gym. That's just bad manners.....to which I generally respond in kind. I actually said to someone once when they tried to give me advice I didn't ask for "No offense dude, but I just lost 119 pounds without your help. I think I'm doing alright on my own but thanks anyway." I'm an Angelino as well so hit me up if you're ever looking for a 'workout buddy'. I promise, no unsolicited advice ;-)
  12. I suspect that no 2 answers to your question will look exactly the same. I can tell you what has worked for me but truthfully, the best exercise routine is the one that you'll consistently do. I kept waiting for exercise to become "fun" and "enjoyable" as so many fit people profess it does once you "get used to it".....yeh, no. At least not for me. Although I enjoy things that have the side benefit of exercise like hiking or playing a sport, I don't enjoy exercising for exercise sake. It's not fun or even mildly enjoyable to me. You know what's really fun?.....naps. I'll just say it flat out; I hate exercise.......but I LOVE the results. I love how it makes my body look and feel. Like everything else I do to take care of my body, I workout...a lot. I don't enjoy going to the dentist or getting mammograms either but I tolerate it because I love having teeth and boobies. My albeit humble advice: Getting fit is a long game so find what you can tolerate and stick to it. What you do isn't as important as doing it consistently.
  13. There's one other good reason to limit your visits to Starbuck.......your wallet. I keep odd hours but on the days I leave in the AM, I usually take a travel mug of coffee with me. It's easier to walk past a Starbucks if you have a coffee already in your hand :-) If I'm in a pinch, I'll get one of those little egg white spinach thingys. Super low cal, high protein.
  14. Hahahahaha! He's a keeper for sure ;-)
  15. It sounds like you went through a positively terrifying experience. I'm so glad you came through it! There are some things in life we have no control over but it's important that where our health is concerned, we do what we can, when we can. It sounds like you're doing that very thing. Congrats on your weight loss success thus far. Please keep checking and let us how you're making out.