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About athenarose

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
  • Hospital
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Goal Weight
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I haven't had it either. My two faves were California rolls & crunchy rolls (not a big sashimi fan) and rice is one of those things my surgeon wants us to stay away from (she says it expands in the stomach/pouch). I do miss I though. Oh well, trade offs. Sigh....
  2. Yes, give yourself more credit. Like you said, it's easy to focus on the flaws. That's where taking pictures can come in handy. Then you can see the massive changes instead of nit-picking at the stuff that still needs work. I bet you do look pretty fantastic in spite of the flaws that you see. And try to remember that you're mid-transition and give yourself some grace. Yes, you've come incredibly far, but your body is going to keep changing.
  3. According to my program, anything that's liquid at room temp (including jello and Popsicles) count towards your water goal. And get a Camelbak Eddy water bottle. It makes getting my water in 1000 times easier.
  4. I set my goal weight of 135 based on how much I weighed at my smallest adult weight (when I was 19). Then I kept dropping. I say, set your sights on 165 for now, but once you reach it, just keep doing what you're doing. If you drop more, great. If not, that's ok too. I'd be willing to bet that you will hit 135 but I can see why that seems out of reach right now. At this point, an ultimate goal weight isn't super important in my mind as long as you're moving towards something, kwim?
  5. Congrats! That's a big milestone.
  6. I didn't have to fight for my above average weight loss, but my doctor is quite thin and French-born (which I think has some effect on her cultural expectations of thinness and what is "normal"). I know she told me that I was good at about 10 pounds heavier than I am right now, but I haven't seen her since I lost this weight and don't expect to see her for a long while. But I know when I called a plastic surgeon for a consult and gave them my height & (current) weight, I was declared the "perfect" size with an "ideal" BMI (somewhere between 19 & 20?). So, it really is all perspective to a certain degree, Personally, I don't buy the idea that our bones and supporting structures are designed for a bigger me. First off, that substantial percentage of lean body mass that we lose during weight loss? There's a scientific theory that there's "obesity tissue" that develops as part of your fat free composition that is formed to support your fat and that's part of what we lose during weight loss. Your body simply doesn't need the extra vascular and related tissue once you lose the fat. And I have hardly any excess skin, so that's a moot point in my case. I'd be shocked if I had more than 2 pounds of excess skin across my whole body, so that argument doesn't hold any weight (pun intended) for me. Second, you won't be skinny fat if you lose the fat. It sounds obvious, but there it is. Our bodies prefer to burn fat to muscle. There's been plenty of studies demonstrating that, while some muscle loss does occur, even in the extreme starvation conditions, our body is still going to use up our fat supplies. Keep going until you're down to a healthy body fat percentage. And, third, dietitians aren't necessarily physiologists. They're trained in nutritional needs (and as many posters have experienced, not all of them are even that well versed in that when it comes to WLS patients). They're not really in a position to be advising you on whether you should stop losing weight unless they are consulting with someone who has or themselves have substantial knowledge beyond just dietary & nutritional studies. And finally, you can build back muscle once the fat is gone. It seems completely counterintuitive to encourage someone to stay heavier and carry a higher amount of fat mass instead of encouraging you to work on losing that fat, then shift the focus to gaining muscle. This is why I read, read, read scientific journals, consult with people who have extensively studied exercise physiology, sports medicine, etc and then challenge "professionals" when they try to spout off opinion disguised as medical fact. Or I just smile and nod and then go along my merry way doing whatever I intended to do anyway. Just my thoughts....
  7. I think a big part of it is that you're still relatively early out. According to your profile stats, you've lost about 40 lbs, right? I believe the estimate is that, of the weight we lose, 1/4-1/3 of it is lean body mass (which isn't just muscle) depending on protein intake, exercise habits, etc. So you've maybe lost 10-13 pounds of LBM, a good chunk of which is probably water (since we all tend to lose a good amount of water weight in the beginning), which automatically makes you look leaner and your muscles more defined. And then you factor in body composition (some people are naturally more muscular than others). So I suspect it's a combination of things. FWIW, I look cut. My arms, abs, etc are pretty nicely defined. People assume I'm in much better shape than I actually am because of my muscle definition. But looks are deceiving and I lost a lot of strength and muscle as I lost weight. I'm just so lean that there's not really any fat left to cover the muscle I have left. Keep circuit training and hit your protein goal and hopefully you'll minimize any muscle & strength loss.
  8. Can you have sugar free Popsicles or jello? And get a Camelbak Eddy water bottle. It made a huge difference for me in getting my liquids in.
  9. Well it shouldn't hurt more than a little. How about, if you're not uncomfortable, you're not pushing yourself. And you're clearly pushing yourself. Great job Trish!
  10. Yeah, it's basically impossible to gain muscle mass while dieting. If you're hitting your protein goal and doing weight bearing exercises, you can minimize some of the muscle loss, but you're still going to lose some. My primary goal right now is gaining muscle mass and it's going really slowly. Do you have any free weights? I'd say use those and/or do basic bodyweight exercises. Push ups, squats, lunges, calf raises, crunches, planks, burpees (ugh). The other thing I'd strongly encourage you to do is exercises that work on your balance and your core. My trainer was saying that his clients who've lost a lot of weight all struggle with balance issues. So use a bosu ball and exercise ball if you have either of those. Single leg deadlifts are loads of fun (dripping sarcasm) but really great at working on balance among other things.
  11. I'm young-ish, no co-morbidities and I chose gastric bypass. My main reason was, when I looked, I couldn't find any long term (like 5-10 year) studies about the effectiveness of the sleeve, but there were plenty for gastric bypass. Additionally, gastric bypass is considered the "gold standard" and people who have gastryc bypass usually lose more weight overall and faster than people who have the sleeve. The other thing that reaffirmed that I'd made the right choice for me was when, at my 1 year check-up, my surgeon ( while congratulating me on reaching my goal weight) remarked, "aren't you glad you chose bypass? My sleeve patients aren't nearly as successful as my bypass patients." Now, that could just be her experience but it confirmed for me that I made the right choice for myself. I know some people take issue with having their intestines rerouted or worry about dumping or malabsorption or choose the sleeve for other reasons and I totally respect that this is a personal decision where there isn't necessarily a wrong answer, but for me, bypass was 100% the right choice. Hopefully Res Ipsa will chime in with his amazing list of reasons why he chose bypass and some of the sleevers will post their reasons. Whatever you end up deciding we're here to support you and try to answer any questions you have. Welcome to TT!
  12. So sorry that happened to you. I'm not sure which drink you ordered, but generally the sugar free (Splenda sweetened, I believe) drinks taste completely different than the regular ones. So, maybe order a sugar free one when it's super slow (and you can watch them make it) so you have a reference point for taste in the future. Also, you might want to mention it to the manager next time you go in and they might comp your drink. Sorry about the dumping. That really, really stinks.
  13. I'm not even sure how useful they are at tracking averages. My ex-DH used one and had his fat measured by calipers at the same time. He tracked his losses over 12 weeks and his body fat was pretty low (around 10-12%) by the end, but if I remember correctly, the averages from the two methods weren't even close. I think the hand held device was off by around 5% (lower than the calipers). And, fwiw, I have a friend whose body fat is probably around 7%. His body is beautiful but he works his butt off and his diet is so clean, it's insane. And he's never battled his weight. I admire his commitment and he definitely challenges me to do better, but it's a crazy lifestyle. In regards to the OP, definitely track your measurements. Weight only can tell you so much. And, to echo everyone else, stalls are a normal, expected part of weight loss. I know there was a long period of time where I would literally stall from when I ovulated to when I started my cycle every single month. That was a solid two weeks that my weight didn't change. Every single month for maybe 7 or 8 months straight. It's good to remember that, as we lose fat, that fat releases extra hormones into our system and hormones can do all sorts of crazy things. So just hang in there and keep the faith. Stick to your program and the weight will come and off eventually.
  14. If you like Metallica, you might not like my workout music. For my strength/HIIT sessions, I like it loud, with a good beat. Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine, Nicki Minaj, Notorious BIG, Kanye, Fergie. For hiking, I go mellower, but still upbeat. Some "pop" country (Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, etc) mixed with dance-y pop/R&B (Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, etc). I have weird, eclectic taste.
  15. Babe, we're ALL still working on our demons. It's never going to end. The hope is that, as we get further along on this journey, we learn some coping skills and tricks along the way so we're better equipped to fight those demons. But they never, ever completely go away.