• Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About swenger

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 09/20/1966

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Billings, MT
  • Interests
    Reading, spending time with hubby of 24 years and 15 yr old daughter. Fishing, hunting (not so much any more), camping, and cooking for family and work.
  • Age


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Bentzel
  • Hospital
    St Vincent Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Surgery Date
  1. ADRD, What an exciting time in your life with a little one coming. And to think of everything that you have accomplished for yourself over the last 2 years with your weight loss, healthier lifestyle, etc. It will portray in how you raise your child to have an active, healthy life that the whole family can enjoy. CONGRATS on your 2 year surgiversary and CONGRATS on the baby. Enjoy it all!!
  2. A big Kuddos to you. What an amazing feat and you have perserved and succeeded. Seems like when we have those darn stalls nothing is going to make a difference. Way to stick it out and reach that all time 100 loss. Congratulations!!!!
  3. If you work just package them in a small container and take it with you two days a week so you don't get tired of eating the same thing everyday. This way it will get the freezer cleaned out quicker. Get creative and check recipes and adjust them for you so that you get the flavor and something new.
  4. I bought Wendy's chili and blended it a few pulses in the blender. Oh my gosh it was to die for. kept drinking my juice protein drinks, and lived on chili, and pureed some chicken or stew meat and thinned it with water or brother. Just take it slow! Listen to your pouch..........you will do great.
  5. Ever since I was in WW, I have always planned for the weeks worth of meals. Even if I cook a bunch it is nice to freeze in smaller containers so I can take to work in a pinch when I haven't been thinking ahead of the game. I do cook quite a bit of larger portions but love to have them in the freezer for taking it out anytime. Good luck to you!!!
  6. I would have to agree on your question on the protein content and the amount. If you have the Unjury or Premier Protein I would be using that. I know every NUT is different but the majority of what I have read and have gotten through years of protein diets is that you want to be around 80-90 gms a day when having weight loss. Otherwise as you say, your hair will thin more than it is, and you may have more weight stalls and lose more muscle mass than what you should be. I truly think using the Unjury and/or Premier shakes is wise. 3 of the premier shakes is 90gms and low calories. Once you are out of surgery it will be difficult to want to drink enough fluids let alone your shakes to get it in. I am surprised they want you to use Carnation Breakfast drinks, Ensure or Boost when they are all loaded with sugar/carbs. That is one thing I would not recommend using after surgery as you might dump horribly. We are all different.............but I say go with your gut!! Good luck to you, and wishes for a speedy recovery!!
  7. CONGRATULATIONS on becoming the new you here in the near future. What a great thing to take control of your health!!! I wish you a speedy recovery!!
  8. Make it be your goal.............no one elses. Once you get through your 1 year visit, you more than likely won't be seeing your professionals any longer. You will be the one living your life, and you need to be happy where you are at, how you feel, etc. My surgeon said he doesn't set goals for anyone because everyone is unique in their own way, metabolisms are different, people have different expectations than others, and the whole purpose of the surgery is to be healthier. If you decide 175 is your goal and for your height is probably a great goal, then go for it. You are you, unique, and have your life to live, and need to be happy!! Do this for YOU!!
  9. Amazing how easy it is for our bad habits to find us even after surgery whether 3 months or 1 year or 7 years out. This weekend I made lemon bars for the family and company, and only my daughters friend was eating them. I had a taste (I know - I shouldn't even go there). Ended up eating 1 large piece over 2 days. Felt guilty and decided if the family wants a treat they need to make it themselves or I will make it for them and what they don't eat goes into the freezer or to the relatives. Non of us would be where we are at if the ugly habit didn't tempt us years ago............and it is a lifelong habit that we have to fight off each and every day. You are not alone ladies!!! Get back on track and compliment yourself each and every day when you are doing well, sticking to the program, exercising, etc. We are all human!!
  10. Chrissy, your huge smile says it all. You should be sooooooooo proud of your accomplishment. What a testimony to many!! CONGRATS!
  11. I'm almost a year out and feel like I have stopped as well. It has been over 2 months with this stall. I keep doing the same thing as far as my diet but vary it up a bit trying more protein for a few days, few more or few less calories, and I keep exercising. If this is where I am supposed to be then so be it. I am smaller now than I think I was as a child. Keep up your faith.........do a little variations, drink more water, more protein, exercise more. Something will happen when you least expect it. CONGRATS on your success so far!!
  12. You ladies can do this. You don't have much further to go. The pre-op phase is the hardest. Once surgery is done your life will change forever and you won't want to eat. You will get through this difficult period, and will be proud of yourselves for hanging in there. You are all in my thoughts and prayers for great surgeries, and speedy recoveries.
  13. It's amazing how the power of a voice saying "you are approved" will move us to tears. Just think what it will be like in 3 months, 6 months, 12 months.......... Bet you will have tears flowing at all those times as you see the scale moving downward, the amount of energy you will have, and what a wonderful life you will have. CONGRATS on getting through the hoops.
  14. Mine is my mocha big train fit frappe and a nectarine. The other is a high protein pancake and watermelon. Mmmmm Mmmmm!
  15. Loved the premier premade chocolate drinks at Costco before surgery but since surgery makes me want to gag. Almost 1 yr out and retried it yesterday. Awful tasting and really bothered my stomach. I however found a Mocha Big Train Fit Frappe powder and mix 2 scoops to a blender with 1 scooop Unjury chocolate with 2 cups water and 2 cups ice. Blend and It 3/4 fills a hospital mug. I drink it throughout the morning and is so tasty. People at work who have never tried it have drank some of mine and have asked me to pick it up at SAMS club for them. It is so heavenly. Reminds me of the mocha big train frappe at the coffee houses. I can't tell the difference. SO YUMMY! I drink it 7 days a week for 41 gms of protein Carries me through till lunch. Amazing how we are all so different in our tastes, especially after the surgery. Good luck to finding more recipes. Several of them sound awesome.