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About BurgundyBoy

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  1. One advantage of the Premier Protein is that one shake has 30 grams of protein and only 1 gram of carbs. If you drink 2 a day you would have met a substantial part of your protein needs for the day. The low carbs helps you to stay in the fat-burning ketosis mode, which is what you want for weight loss. I buy mine from Costco like @Zen_Steph given their very reasonable cost. The vanilla flavor goes well with some fruit for my morning shake, and the chocolate I tend to use after some hard cycling as my recovery drink - My nutritionists recommend Premier Protein in their group of maybe half a dozen drinks with top honors. Having said that, a lot of people use other brands with perhaps less protein because the specific drink is tasty for them. You have to drink something you like, or else you'll avoid it!
  2. There are a few studies showing that aggressive vitamin D and calcium intake, and exercise, slow bone loss after WLS ... here's one. In this study they started the supplementation and treatment before the WLS. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/853274 I sometimes forget to take my vitamins. Off I go to take them now, this topic has me revved up to be more diligent.
  3. Going back to the original post by @Res Ipsa I find myself struggling with a couple of things - snacking (already mentioned) and not having any liquid with the meal. The amount I snack on is way down... and more healthy ... but is still more than I would like. Plus I find the separation of meals and liquids asks me to break a long-standing habit... although I have to say, it is really effective at limiting consumption. Sigh. Will redouble efforts during this honeymoon period.
  4. I think strictures are uncommon but not rare. @Dtrain84 just had a stricture dilated a few weeks ago, maybe he will comment. If you search the site for "meatballs" and strictures you'll find the thread. He has done okay after the dilation by all his reports.
  5. I made or bought broths - fish, bone stocks, chicken, etc... and used a lot of different spices and hot peppers to keep them interesting. These links may be interesting to you (shellfish and shrimp stock). Now, at 8 weeks out, one of my most satisfying things to eat is a cup of killer fish stock with an egg whipped into it. http://www.all-clad.com/Recipes/Shell-fish-Stock/231747 http://www.food.com/recipe/awesome-rich-shrimp-stock-247957
  6. Hi Lennie, some others have just joined the site after bypass a number of years ago, they may have similar issues, some have mentioned they have regained some weight too. @tracyringo I guess disorders of calcium and vitamin D are pretty common after surgery... my nutritionists are fanatical in making sure we take our vitamins and calcium.
  7. Your intro - hello! - reminds me that WLS just changes your stomach size, and not the other parts of our lives. But I'm a newbie, only 8 weeks out, and am untested compared with you. Congrats on maintaining such a healthy weight over nearly 9 years!
  8. Another nice thing about tofu is that it can be eaten very soft, or cooked to a crunchy exterior. Friends also 'scramble' tofu like eggs.
  9. @Missdigital Perhaps you could have another visit with your program's nutritionist. I have found them full of sound advice. When I had issues like yours, I found just changing the frozen fruit that I blended into my protein shake helped to prevent boredom.
  10. No reason not to speak directly to HR. When I filed my FMLA paperwork it went to the top boss, not my manager. I did speak with my manager, who is a very good soul, and made it clear that I expected a professional workplace. No reason not to be blunt with HR about your concerns, and explicit with your observation that some co-workers are unprofessional. Good luck. All of us have to find the right approach for our individual circumstances.
  11. As @cinwa says, good to get checked out. The exercises she posted should help. I have significant right hip osteoarthritis - a big driver for my WLS - and it is helped by yoga. Weight bearing exercise like walking is good for weight loss but you may want to consider non-weight bearing exercise, such as cycling or swimming, if your left hip discomfort is persistent. Wouldn't discount the value of a good massage either! I can attest to the issue of ligaments and joints and articular surfaces having to adjust to new weight bearing patterns. I see an ortho-bionomist, who straightens these things out and gets joint surfaces to go back to where they "should" be rather than where my overweight has driven them. I walk fully upright, with my hips forward and my thorax balanced over my hips, when all is in place. My weight led me walk bent over, somewhat twisted, hips back, and too much weight on the balls of my feet. Hope you feel better -
  12. Go @slars04 Go!
  13. Zyia, truly remarkable. Congratulations for a spectacular effort, you're an inspiration.
  14. @Aussie H you bring up an interesting topic - mobilization of chemicals from the "storage site" of our fat cells. Rapid weight loss has led to what is essentially acute DDT poisoning in people exposed to DDT decades ago. DDT can be stored in an inert form in fat cells. I think there is a lot that is unknown about this and similar topics in WLS....
  15. I'm too soon from surgery to comment from experience. But you resolved all those health issues, feel great, get exercise, and look great? Sounds like success to me! The real endgame is having health and a good life. The numbers are, well, just numbers. My two cents: Forgive yourself for not reaching your goal weight, and then, if you want, do the drill - you know it - that leads to weight loss, but without the burden of regret or shame if you don't get down to 170 or 175. You're ahead of the game and you already won.