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About Jen581791

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    Muscat, Oman
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Rumbaut
  • Hospital
    Swiss Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
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  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Caramelize them in the oven with salt and herbs, blend them up, and put them in the freezer for as soon as you can have tomato sauce! Voila. No waiting for next year
  2. Hi @Kio Sounds like you're plugging right along. I know that in the early days, it's easy to get wound up about how many calories you're taking in, but thinking about it in a non-WLS-numbers kind of way, 600 is miles below what you'd need to lose. If you're getting lots of protein, that's what you should celebrate. More calories because you're eating more protein is probably the best thing you can do. I looked back at my earliest MFP entries, from when I was a month out (I was using Baritastic before that, but switched), and I was at around 600 calories a day at that point, with 65+ g of protein. Of course, I was on soft foods, so I was actually EATING some of those calories, but was drinking only one shake per day. I think at your less than two weeks out stage, two shakes a day if you can manage it would probably make your NUT happy. You can ask, of course, but protein = healing, and that's your job right now. If it makes you feel better, I'm still feeling happy about 800 calories per day right now, so you might be able to keep up that calorie deficit for quite some time, depending on your body, your activity level, etc. Good job on the walking. Exercise gets SO MUCH EASIER the more weight you lose, so it gets more enjoyable. Keeping at it right now will get you there faster and help you hang on to those muscles. I think being consistent is probably more important than pushing yourself really hard, so just getting after it every day is a great strategy. I, too, am fond of running my hands over myself to check out my progress. It's a great measurement in terms of satisfaction, if not precision. Lately it's been ribs and hip bones sticking out Your daily journal is like internet gold for those who will follow after you - you're doing a public service, my dear. It's also like a nice walk down memory lane for me - it's helpful to remember how crazy things seemed a short time ago. Keep posting!
  3. I always love to hear about people like you who have decided to be open about this decision and the process. Kudos to you! Thanks for doing your part (and mine, apparently) to lessen the stigma. I'm really glad to hear that you've experienced positivity from people who you've told. It brightens my outlook on humanity a bit
  4. I think the mashed potato cave was Clusie L... I'll work on my schmearing technique.
  5. I do food, liquid, exercise, and weight in MFP. It syncs with my Fitbit app, as well. I like that it does all the work, including keeping weekly and monthly snapshots and macros and everything. I used Baritastic for a couple of months, but didn't like it as well. MFP won't let you close the day with such a small number of calories, as @Gretta said, but it doesn't seem to make a difference in how it works. Its database of foods is huge.
  6. @Stephtay Thanks for the long and heartfelt reflections. Our stats are really similar, and I can see now that our emotional rollercoasters pre-op may have been, as well. I feel like your words describe my thoughts - but from a perspective further down the road, where I hope to be when I'm four years out. Congratulations on your continuing success and on all the happiness you've achieved with this easiest of hard things to do.
  7. I'm hoping to blind them with my sparkling personality! I can definitely say I'm on a diet, since I will probably be losing more weight in the next few months - this might be the best cover story in that it's... true. And will prepare them for me getting a bit smaller. Glad you did well on your trip to Indonesia. I adore Indonesian food - without the rice, it must work pretty well, actually. Lots of small bits of very spicy protein and veg. Now you've got me looking on Google Maps to see if there are any Indonesian restaurants around Muscat... Blessing a neighbor with your excess lobster is pretty good way to make friends. Maybe I should just carry some lobster around in my bag. "Hey do you want some lobster?" A classic opener.
  8. My hair loss seems like it's slowing down now, at 7 months post-op. I started taking 10,000mg of biotin per day pre-op, and have kept that up. I've also been hitting my protein goals daily. The hair loss was worst from about 3 months to 6 months - I could see thin patches for sure. My husband acknowledged he could see them when I pointed them out, which is probably his polite way of saying, yes, they are visible. After 20+ years together, he knows my hot-button issues and when to be polite. The biotin did increase hair growth in other places (more little white fuzzy hairs all over, as I have blond hair). Right now, I have a halo of little baby hairs growing in all over my head. They look a bit funny, but better than bald patches. When the hair loss was at its worst, I colored my hair a lighter shade of blond, which made it look a bit better - my hair and my scalp were closer to the same color, so the remaining hairs weren't so sparse looking. If you're not already blond or blondish, I wouldn't recommend that, though, as processing your hair a lot can damage it, making things worse! Chemistry Queen on YouTube has a video about hair loss and the science behind it, if you're interested:
  9. Just when I get comfortable in my belief that you're a sweet and gentle person!
  10. Hi, @CJireh, I haven't told many people, either. I only told my husband beforehand (he was very supportive right away). When all was said and done, I told my MIL, who has been surprisingly supportive (lifelong frustrated dieter), and also my own mom (supportive but less so - annoyed with her own much more recent dieting struggles, I think). I told my brother because I was staying with him 1 month after surgery and kind of couldn't keep it from him. He's been great, despite never having been overweight. I told my two BFFs, and they're both been really good. That's it. I feel really torn about being more open about it - I am a very private person, and on the inside I think, "What business is it of anyone else's?" and "I don't want to deal with judgement." However, I also think that there is a huge benefit to coming out of the closet, as it were. As long as everyone who's successfully had WLS hides it, people will continue to think of WLS as a weird, drastic, dangerous thing that usually ends in failure - they just don't know any different. I sort of feel like I must have some responsibility to be a good example, even if not an evangelist. But deep down inside, I think I feel shame that I needed it. I know what most thin people think about fat people. I read internet comment sections. That scares me. It shouldn't, but it does. I really admire people who've been open about their procedures. I have an old friend from high school who I'm friends with on Fb, and in the last 6 months or so, she's been very visibly losing weight. I've heard several people talk about how well she's doing and how great she looks. Then, last week, I got an ad for some WLS Fb group on my feed. It said I had one friend in the group. Guess who it turned out to be. I really hope she's not trying hard to hide her WLS from the world, because Fb ad services has pretty well outed her. My fear of this is what prompted me to get out of the Fb WLS groups I had been in, which is in turn what led me here to TT, so in the end that all turned out well. The Fb groups were pretty obnoxious. One thing someone here on the forum said a while back: once you tell someone, you can never take it back, so be careful. Make sure you want that person to know, or make sure you want to be public about it. I've hung onto that piece of advice.
  11. 4 oz of food looks like a lot on MY plate because I'm eating on teacup saucers!!! I love my little teeny bowls and plates - they make me feel like I'm accomplishing the impossible when I clean my plate. Right now I'm just praying for salad - I can pack that stuff away. @Cheesehead is right, salad compacts down into nothing. That reminds me that I should eat more salad. I'm hoping to have fun. The whole starting from scratch making all new friends in a new place thing is fairly exhausting. I've done it every time I've made a big move, but it's a big job. On the plus side, I know people all around the world.
  12. At least you were among family! A great NSV, even though it was embarrassing at the time
  13. I'm guessing surgeons vary in their ideas because there is no mystical perfect way. There's probably a range within which post-op patients tend to do best, but I suspect the water and protein goals are just that: goals. I hit (and generally surpass) them every day. I don't count my shakes as my liquid so as to encourage myself to drink a whole bunch more liquid, but it's really just a way of tricking myself. It's like deciding whether you're going to eat the calories you burn when you exercise - I don't, which gives me some more leeway. OK, now reading this I sound like a masochist. Basically, keep drinking as much as you can. You're doing a great job. Just getting all that into your body so early after surgery requires a lot of work.
  14. Great to hear it, @Raddy! I know you've been feeling frustrated. I'm afraid Americans have a bit of an advantage in the water-drinking, since we have sort of a national obsession with being "hydrated." You can always tell an American abroad because they're always carrying a water bottle and ordering lots of bottles of water at restaurants Keep it up!
  15. Great point, @NerdyLady - fortunately, this will be, as far as I know of the invited guests, only expats and likely only people from English speaking countries. There will be more tolerance for weird food plans, for which I'm grateful. I'll try to relax about it, but my last go-around really stressed me out. I think I'll cross my fingers and hope that everyone has had a fair amount to drink before we go to the table, so they won't be noticing as much There was mention of tequila, so I may be in luck there. @Kio My husband has been REALLY helpful about stealing food from my plate so far. I'm *that* woman: "Oh, hon, I couldn't possibly finish this - do you want some???" Lol. That's soooooo not me, but I guess now it is. @Res Ipsa @Cheesehead @GAviv - Thanks for the reassurance that I can get through this without looking like a jerk - I give your responses extra weight since you've actually been dealing with this for a while, now @CJireh I'm thinking of inventing a gluten sensitivity... I know that annoys people who actually have celiac, and I do not want to make light of their really awful bodily responses to gluten, but it would be awfully handy. Maybe just "I don't eat carbs" - more truthful is probably better!