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About GrannyHomeJames

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    Senior Member

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Alberta, Canada
  • Age


  • Surgeon
    Dr. D. Birch
  • Hospital
    Royal Alexandra
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  1. 1 million posts!

    Thank you, John and Cinwa for all your hard work. This forum is a refuge on so many days! All the best wishes for the future too!
  2. Newbie - Counting Down to Surgery

    Welcome to the forum. It's a super place to find information, get tips and ask questions. The members are super, too, and are always willing to offer their experiences for the benefit of others. I also want to congratulate you on your decision to pursue a healthier you! Very best wishes...
  3. Power's out.

    It's fascinating how the weather works. Sometimes it's actually lovely (or lovely for the season, anyways) while other times it's down right miserable. I am grateful that we are having no power problems, though, as its meant to go down to 10 below 0 tonight. It's our first real winter storm this season but waking up to a foot of snow with temperatures this cold is no treat. My brother's home in Florida is sounding better and better... Good luck with your power, Dees! Hope it gets better for you sooner rather than later!! Glad, too, that you didn't get the brunt of the storms.
  4. Hi, I am new to this forum

    Welcome to the forum, Gayle. Congratulations, too, on your recent surgery and weight loss. Doesn't feel terrific?! This is a great site for general information, support and to ask questions. The members are super friendly and are more than eager to answer any questions you might have. Sometimes, it's even a good place to vent as others usually can relate to what you might be feeling. Very best wishes as you continue down the scale on your route to a healthier you!!
  5. Calories to maintain

    Hi there I was told, by my dietician, that it is possible for them to calculate what your "resting" metabolic rate would be giving you your base calories for the day. Adding to this would be any additional exercise you get resulting in what should be maintenance calories. This suggests, naturally, that it could change from day to day which does seem logical. I hope what I'm saying makes sense. It is something I'm going to take her up on in the near future. If you come up with something else, though, I would be grateful to hear. The last thing any of us want is to start gaining weight again!!
  6. newby from Connecticut

    Welcome to the TT forum. You will find this site a great place for support, recipes and to get questions answered. The people here are super helpful and often willing to share their personal experiences for the benefit of others. I want to wish you all the very best as you begin, once again, to go down on the scales. Please check in occasionally and let us know how you're doing.
  7. Bonfire last night.

    Just stopping in again to share a photo of our beautiful landscape. It's Christmas card pretty outside--dastardly cold but gorgeous! I' d have preferred it on the 24th of December but... Enjoy!
  8. Ok not at my personal goal BUT! :)

    Totally adorable--congratulations! You've chosen a beautiful name too!!
  9. Energy level

    Hi there One of the things I try to do (when walking on my treadmill) is think about my lost 100 pounds in terms of sacks of potatoes. When you think about carrying around 5x 20 pound bags of potatoes full time, it's not surprising that life (energy wise) is so much easier. I'm sure that some people feel much more energetic than others but, all in all, things have to be easier--barring some other type of medical problem, of course. I feel certain that you will notice the difference! Very best wishes...
  10. Really? 24s?

    Hi Jolls Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was standardized sizing? I find it's a bit of a hit and miss sort of thing when purchasing new clothing. Since I've done a fair bit online as my size has changed every few months, I've found I tend to stick to brands I have an accurate sense of their size. I personally prefer to wear clothing on the loose side so only give up things when they're at the falling off or "where ever did you find that?" stage. Still I can wear size 10's and mediums but still buy some XL's. In fact, my new winter coat sized small so I purchased an XXL so I could wear sweaters underneath. Go figure... Frustrating--yes; exasperating--yes; solution--haven't got one yet! If you think of something that will motivate manufacturer's to change (that involves mass input), please let me know--I'll be on board for sure!
  11. Bonfire last night.

    It sounds like you had a glorious time! I'm so envious as we had an arctic front come down from Alaska and now have a good 2-3 feet of snow everywhere. It's one of those "do not drive if you do not have to" days. Myrtle Beach, Florida and Hawaii all sound heavenly today...
  12. Groin issues.

    Just thought I'd chime in briefly. Sorry, Dees, to hear you're having so much trouble. My granddaughter, who has a stick-like body has been dealing with these for the past six months. She's seen a number of doctors ultimately landing at a plastic surgeon's office. She had been on a strong antibiotic for over a month and there was finally some healing so he said he would not do anything further at this time. The one bit of advice her offered her, though, was to use Nair to keep the area hair-free. Since I wasn't at the appointment I can't offer you an explanation but thought it was worth passing on. All the very best!
  13. two weeks post-op appt. YAYAYA me :)

    Hi there Congratulations on your work thus far. One of the things that is also worth doing (besides tracking weight) is to track your measurements. Others have often remarked that while they hit stalls every now and again, their measurements will change. It also could be fun (when your goal is met) that you were once a size X with an X sized waist and now are only Y inches. Just a thought anyways... Best of luck to you as you continue on your downward journey. Be careful, too, to have a smaller pair of pants/jeans before the present ones reach the "falling down" stage. I didn't and had more than one uncomfortable moment as a result--humorous, but uncomfortable!
  14. Hi there Whereas it is easier said than done, you need to focus on the things you have control over. If you have gathered the correct and sufficient information for your insurance company, approval will come. If they are requiring something more, you can bet they will let you know. In the meantime, though, fretting about it only adds to your stress level which contributes to the "foggy brain" issue you're dealing with. Maybe try some meditation or deep breathing to settle yourself down... Very best of luck to you!!
  15. Semi-New Member. Need some friends. I'm in Georgia.

    Welcome back to the TT forum. It's great you've been able to find a doctor/hospital that will accept your insurance. As far as choosing between procedures, your own personal circumstances will likely dictate which would be best for you. Check to see if your doctor has a recommendation. Failing that, please read through the old threads in the Gastric Bypass section as well as the Vertical Sleeve threads. You'll get a fairly good feel for the successes others have had as well as some of their challenges. Remember, please, that ultimately it will be your choice. All the very best wishes as you re-begin your journey. Please stop by often and share your experiences.