frozennorth

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About frozennorth

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Alaska

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Todd
  • Hospital
    Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    6-00
  • Start Weight
    378
  • Current Weight
    201
  • Goal Weight
    180
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    30
  • Surgery Date
    03/07/2016
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Todd
  1. Honestly the first thing I ate during purred foods was refried beans. I just made sure that I took baby sized bites and chewed till everything was a paste before I swallowed. Refried beans, humus and anything else soft with a fair bit of protien and fiber will be great at this stage. Just go slow and stop once you start to feel full.
  2. Congrats on the surgery date!! I had my VSG surgery 1 year ago today and it has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I was lucky and had a very easy recovery, but I also think that the changes I made played a major part in my smooth recovery. My advice is to start slow/ don't push yourself right away. I read a lot of people talking about trying to make sure they get enough protein right off the bat, but honestly in the beginning, I focused on just getting a bit of water/ broth and letting my new stomach ease into things. I really babied my new stomach along for the first few weeks and focused on water intake so that I didn't get dehydrated and sipped at protein drinks for energy. Make sure you get up and move around, the day after my surgery I was out for short walks and back to light duty work after a week (mostly computer stuff, but I was not sitting at home). Once you feel ready slowly introduce new soft foods one at a time like a baby, that way you can see how your body reacts to each food and will let you know how much you can handle. High protein foods like eggs, chicken, ect... sit hard and it scares a lot of people the first few times, but just remember if you keep at it, it will get easier. Most import for me has been changing the eating habits I had before and sticking with them!! Good luck!!
  3. The funny thing was before surgery all I could think about was how the food tasted and after the surgery, I could care less. I could only eat such small quantities of things that it really didn't matter how it tasted because it was gonna be over soon. I tried to pick my foods based on how much protein they had versus sugar and fat content and for the first few weeks of soft foods I lived on refried beans, hummus, broth and protein drinks. I never could get into the whole baby food/ pureed foods. Afterwards eggs became my best friend and then I slowly started introducing one new food type at a time till I could eat anything I wanted. The only struggle I ever had was with salmon, the first time I tried it, I thought I was going to die, but the next time I tired it I ate less and it was better. I still pick most of my foods the same way I did in the beginning, looking at calories, fat, sugar and protein and have fallen into a pretty nice food routine, with an occasional new dish thrown in for variety. Keep up the good work!!
  4. I agree with everyone above that 16lbs in a month is a fantastic start. I was one of the people in the beginning that lost about a lb/day and I lost nearly 36lbs my first month, but I started out with a fairly high weight for one thing and for two, I stayed on a liquid/slush diet for a bit longer than most do and third, (I think most importantly) I didn't start exercise till much later than you did. Looking back now I regret waiting so long to start exercising, because by the time I did my poor muscles had wasted away and it has taken me 6 months to get back to normal. Most people starting out don't realize that not all of that weight coming off is fat, even if you eat nothing but protein, your body is going to burn some muscle in order to meet its needs. Early regular exercise will slow that down and will likely slow weight loss down, but will leave you in a better place in the long run. Good luck and don't get discouraged!!
  5. I was incredibly nervous about the surgery, right up till the surgeon wheeled me in to the operating room, but I have never regretted it for even a moment since I woke up in recovery. I will be a year out next week and I have lost almost 165lbs, I took up cross country skiing this winter to help rebuild my muscle loss and now ski 3 to 4 times a week. This last weekend I was able to go down hill skiing for the first time in almost 20 years and realized exactly what I had been missing all those years. Don't get me wrong, this surgery is not a magical fix, I still crave foods I used to eat and I have struggled to find quick meals after a busy day with my kids, but in the end it all comes down to will power, planning and what is most import to each person. For years it was more important for me to feel comfortable and food was comfort, but after the surgery I decided to break that habit and start new habits, VSG gave me a fresh start and I decided to use that fresh start to make myself healthy for the first time in my life. I wish you the best of luck!!
  6. Craig, I am just shy of a year out myself (March 7th) and I did see a small amount of hair thinning in the first 6 months, which was my greatest fear! Going into this surgery I knew this was an issue and so I made sure that I ate as much protein as possible each day. I am sure that genetics play a part in this as with everything else, and while biotin would probably not hurt, protein I believe is the answer. Keep up the great work!!
  7. Hi dumpleina, I would like to offer a little advice from my own personal experience with this surgery.I see that you have been at this for a few months so this may not seem to apply, but I think it may help. When I first had this surgery I was scared that I was going to hurt myself by eating and so I babied my new stomach along. Luckily I had family to coach me, who had previously had gastric bypass, so I figured if it didn't hurt them it wouldn't hurt me. So I started small, I drank warm beef broth which settled my stomach, I sipped on warm premier protein drinks which provided me with some calories and protein and I drank small amounts of water through the day. Over the days I gradually increased the amount of intake until I felt comfortable enough to try soft foods. I gotta tell you mashed potatoes with a little beef broth was heaven. I continued soft foods for weeks and gradually built up the confidence to eat normal foods again. The first time I tried truly solid food (canned salmon) I thought I was gonna die after I ate it, but the next day I tried again and it was better. The key things I have found for me at least is to keep hydrated, not to let the stomach acid get out of control (take nexium every day and if that's not enough get some tums) and to not be afraid. I can't stress the first one enough dehydration is your worst enemy!!! Anyways, I hope this helps.