Elaine M

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About Elaine M

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  • Birthday 02/23/1961

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    Portland, Oregon
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Emma Patterson
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Welcome! We share a surgi-versary . I'm sure you will find a lot of good support on this site -- I know I have!
  2. I have worked with personal trainers at corporate "big box" gyms (24 Hour Fitness). It is easy to sign up for training. [They are happy to take your money .] I also recently joined a "boutique" gym focused on powerlifting and work with a trainer there (who used to work at 24 Hour Fitness). What has taken me some time is to figure out what makes a good match for me with a trainer. Assuming they are technically competent, what is most important to me is that they take a sincere interest in my progress. I find that interest very motivating -- both during the training session and also when I'm working on my own. I didn't join a gym for the first 9 months after surgery -- for the first 9 months, my doctor wanted me to exercise regularly (daily) but not to the point of exertion. I walked for 20-30 minutes in the morning with my dogs. He also wanted me doing resistance training (with bands or dumbbells) 15-30 minutes daily. After I was down to around 200# and my weight loss leveled off, I started wanting to move and really work out. So, I (re-)joined 24 Hour Fitness, signed up to work with a personal trainer, and have been doing that for the past 15 months. I have really gotten into powerlifting and have started competing. I like lifting weights and feeling strong. What has been your challenge in finding someone to work with? Looks like your surgery was very recent -- are you cleared to work out yet?
  3. I travel frequently on business. I carry protein bars (Quest bars travel well), nuts, and jerky with me. Have a great trip!
  4. I've struggled too -- work has been very depressing lately and I think I'm starting menopause (think PMS all the time! ).... My weight was stable around 195 and since I came back from my ski trip with my 12 y/o at the end of March, it's been up around 205. However, I continue to work out -- I joined a gym that is focused on powerlifting (squat, deadlift, bench press) and lift there 2x/week along with meeting with my personal trainer weekly. I have a competition on July 11th and last week, I hit a new PR on deadlift -- 3 reps @ 240#. I am also continuing to weigh myself daily and keep focused on protein. I'm competing in the 198# weight class, so I will have to cut to make weight for the meet and then after that, I'm going to focus on backpacking and training for the Girlfriends half marathon in early October. This year, I want to walk a 15:00 or less mile pace. I guess for me, 205 is still 40 pounds less than my previous low under my own effort and 120 pounds less than I started a couple of years ago. I'm still staying very active. Although it is expensive, working with a trainer weekly provides a level of accountability (and butt-kicking) that I find useful.
  5. Sure, but given your surgery was only a week ago, I would think you'd just sip a protein drink. I think I was on liquids for 2 weeks and my doc had me at a goal of 30 grams of protein per 100 pounds body weight daily. Early on, I couldn't drink that much and just getting the protein in was plenty. Hope your recovery goes well!
  6. I'm sorry to hear this. Can you get a prescription for the nausea? I recall having little pills to take for that. You will definitely need to keep hydrated or you will end up needing IV fluids. You will feel better down the road. I hope you are able to recover soon!
  7. @VFL, if you search the forums on "stalls", you'll see that they are fairly common. The usual advice is to make sure you're getting enough protein, make sure you're getting enough water, and be patient (which is hard, I know). That said, I will let you know that my fat versus lean body mass loss was followed very closely by an endocrinologist for about the first 9 months post-surgery (due to my participation in a NIH-sponsored study he was running). One of the surprising (to me) points I took away from my meetings with him was the need to preserve my lean body mass by doing regular (daily) but light (not to the point of breathlessness, exhaustion, or muscle soreness) aerobic (walking) and resistance (bands or dumbbell) training. I now exercise vigorously -- but I didn't start it until my weight stabilized at around the 9 month post-surgery point. Just FYI.
  8. I had sleeve surgery 1 yr and 10.5 months ago. I have not hit surgeon's goal which would be 164. I have maintained my weight at 195 for little over a year which is a 130 pound loss. No complications requiring surgery. I do take 1-2 omezaprole per day (one in the am, one in the pm unless I forget). Yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I am very pleased with my results.
  9. I eat out a lot too due to work. I find that bread, especially, is not my friend. I tend to try to order protein with vegetables on the side instead of pizza or a sandwich. Lunch meetings are the worst! I end up picking apart the sandwich or taking the topping off the pizza.
  10. You may want to check out protein powders -- they are lower calorie and you get your liquids in too . I like Syntrax fruit flavors myself. You can get single serving size packets so you can try out a variety of flavors before you commit to the big tub.
  11. With me, yes. And after eating a high fat meal. I agree with Cinwa, you should be seen by your doctor.
  12. Have you had your gallbladder removed? That sounds like the kind of pain I had when i had gall stones.
  13. I totally get this. I travel a lot on business -- in fact, it was on a 13.5 hr flight from SFO to Hong Kong that I decided I needed to seriously look into WLS. It is so thrilling not to need a seat belt extender, to be able to have your tray table lie flat, and to be able to sit in a bulkhead seat without pain from your hip bones being squished. The only bad thing I have found is that now on Southwest flights, people do sit next to me . Used to be I could count on an empty seat next to me unless the plane was completely full.
  14. I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I had thoughts of suicide for many years and came close a couple of times. I'm so glad I didn't end my life -- I would have missed out on so much and also hurt so many people. I can only imagine how painful it is to lose someone like this.