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About carolthomas

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    Mariposa, CA
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    Fresno Heart and Surgical Center
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  1. Dizziness hit me at about 8 months out..... it was definitely low blood pressure for me - I run 80 over 50 most days. My surgeon recommended increasing my water intake, adding more salt, and half a cup of caffeinated coffee. All of this helps. Best wishes!
  2. Hi Andrea! I'm 18 months out and can drink 16.9 ounces of water easily......... I couldn't at 6 months out. That's why we sip, sip, sip ALL day long. I switched to decaf so I could count my coffee intake as water. Here's my schedule: 5:30 am - 7:00 am: 2-3 cups of decaf (16 ounces) 7:00 am - 7:30 am: 30 minute break 7:30 am - 8:00 am: breakfast, calcium, vitamin B 8:00 am - 8:30 am: 30 minute break 8:30 am - 12:30 pm: 2-3 cups of water, crystal light, herbal decaf tee (16 ounces) 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: 30 minute break 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: lunch & calcium 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: 30 minute break 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm: 2-3 cups of water, crystal light, herbal decaf tee (16 ounces) 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: 30 minute break 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: dinner & calcium 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: 30 minute break 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: 2-3 cups of water, crystal light, herbal decaf tee (16 ounces) 9:00 pm - multi vitamin & BED TIME! I stick to this schedule every day -- it makes getting all my liquids in pretty easy!
  3. Congratulations on all of your success so far!! Wooooo Hooooo! And as someone who has done the 5 Day Pouch Test three times in the first year -- I highly, highly recommend it!! In fact, it is my "go to" when I feel I'm getting off track, eating too many carbs, and craving sweets! The Black Bean Soup with liquids for the first two days is actually wonderful for cleaning out your system of tons of toxins and you don't feel hungry at all. The third day you re-introduce food and feel your pouch right back at work -- like it did after surgery. I also agree with getting back to basics of lean protein first, then veggies........then nothing else. Have cooked chicken on had at all times. I am amazed at how full I get if I eat 4 ounces of lean protein first. I barely have any room left for veggies. BUT if I eat only veggies (think salad), or carbs (even whole grains which are supposed to keep me feeling full) my head hunger goes BEZERK on me and I am hungry all day long. And I have to stay away from slider proteins (yogurts. etc.) because they don't stick for more than 30 minutes or so. My personal down fall over the holidays was nuts and chocolate.... I couldn't stop with just one. My other down fall was reaching for rolls and bagels -- empty calories and really not filling! I gained two pounds over the last two months. So it's back to basics for me!! If I gain another pound -- it's the 5 Day Pouch Test -- without hesitation. I wish you all the best!
  4. I had my 18 month post op appointment on Thursday. Weighed in at 127 (two pounds heavier after the holidays). BMI is 21. Lab work came back fine. I haven't been tracking calories, carbs, proteins, etc. over the holidays and I know my carb intake has been high, and that's where the two pound gain came from. I do have minimal skin sagging - I mean really minimal, so I've joined the local gym to try and build some muscle to fill out the saggy spots (tummy, butt, and arms). Overall I am so pleased! Down over 100 pounds, walking a mile + per day, and feeling blessed beyond belief! I'm excited to start the gym! I'm looking forward to reshaping with TRX and MMA classes. plus light weight training, and gaining heart rate endurance through the "Spinning" sessions. And I just packed my fridge with bl/sl chicken breast and veggies to get back on track with healthy meals - gonna lose that 2 pounds this week and work to lose a few more to reach a BMI of 20. I'd like to weigh in at 120 pounds of lean muscle and stay there. Praying for you all to have a blessed journey too!
  5. For me it's a constant vigil to watch what I eat..........I can eat anything now that I am over a year out. I still constantly struggle with my carb addiction and have to monitor my calorie/carb intake on a daily basis. If the scale tips upward a pound or two, I immediately get back to the basics of protein and veggies for a few days til my weight stabilizes back to where I want it. I use my TOOL to my advantage and it WORKS!!
  6. Thanks for sharing Jodi! And it's nice to know I'm not alone! I, too, stick to the basic plan 99% of the time, but I don't deprive myself if I feel the need to have a few sugar loaded carbs. My hubby and I have Date Night on Wednesdays and I have been known to order a Sub sandwhich or a burger with onion rings -- I love it! I eat a quarter of my dinner (yes with the roll/bun) and then have lunches for the next three days! And, yes, I sometimes splurge with a scoop of ice cream, a cookie, or a piece of chocolate. When I notice the scale has moved up a pound or two, I drop right back into a "protein and veggies" mode and the weight drops off. I love my size 5 juniors jeans and size 2 pencil I know I need to stay disciplined, and YES! it's working for me too!
  7. I'm an avid home cook and baker and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to watch people eat my creations -- I enjoy seeing them get pleasure from the "goodies" I make........and I take pics of everything I make and post them on my blogs and social media!! I guess I'm weird right along with you! No Tums for me.... I took my Omeprezole for a whole month after surgery and now take it only once in a great while, since I rarely get heartburn anymore. Food was an obsession pre-surgery and still is post-surgery...... I am very very careful not to go over my calorie count, especially if I want to have one of my own treats. I spend tons of time adding my home recipes into Spark Recipes so I know exactly how much protein, carbs, fat and calories are in each serving. IMHO - I don't think food obsessions are a bad thing..... the obsession keeps me on plan and at a weight I am happy with. (((hugs))) Carol
  8. carolthomas

    Shana tova!

    Shana Tova to you, my dear friend! And best wishes for a Happy, Joyful Year!!
  9. YES! It's "head hunger"! I find it especially irritating and want to eat when I get stressed or am tired. I try to drink through it.......down a few of glasses of water, decaf, or crystal light until it passes......
  10. best wishes and prayers for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery! God Bless you and watch over you!
  11. praying for God to handle ALL of this for you and to give you some peace and joy through the process.......
  12. Hi Lopez! And congratulations on your success so far!! I've always eaten50-60g of protein a day -- that's what my plan calls for. I get my protein primarily from chicken. Sauces and gravies are the key to giving my diet variety -- salsas, pestos, marinara, curries........I change up the sauces and cuts of chicken daily. Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Indian....... Roasted, Broiled, Sauteed, BBQ'd.... just mix it up and enjoy!
  13. I went from a 42D to a 34A -- and I love it! It's so nice to have little boobs! No more back aches and shoulder pain! The do sag a little more than I'd hoped for -- but hey, I'm almost 50 and nursed two girls with these boobs -- they look age appropriate in the mirror after a shower and look even better in a tiny little lace bra!
  14. Weeks 3-5 I was allowed to introduce mushy, chunky foods back into my diet -- this sounds like where you are at..... I was so thrilled to be able to taste real food again by this point.... here's some of my favorites: Greek Yogurt or cottage cheese with canned fruit. Eggs – scrambled, deviled, fried, pouched, etc. Deli roll ups: wrap a slice of deli meat (turkey, chicken, ham) around a cottage, string, or cream cheese with a little mustard and/or mayo. Chicken and veggies -- make a HUGE pot of chicken veggie soup -- save the stock for future recipes or use the delicious broth as part of your liquid intake and mash up/cut up the chicken and veggies into little bite size pieces!! Beef Barley Soup -- same as above! Use a cut of beef that falls apart after simmering on the stove (or slow cooker), like a want soft beef. Split Pea, Mixed Beans, Black Bean, and Lentil Soups (with ham or chicken) – pureed at first, chunkier as you get further out. Cream of Broccoli, Asparagus, Cauliflower, Celery, etc – these are great homemade and again pureed smooth at first, then chunkier as you get further out. Ground meats and beans -- make up a batch of ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken) and add in a can of refried or black beans, top with a little cheese and salsa – YUM! Fried tofu and veggies - marinate firm tofu in a little soy sauce and honey for an hour -- fry it a little coconut oil and eat it with well steamed mashed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Gravies -- even canned gravies, became a staple at 3 weeks and beyond........they add tons of flavor and help foods "slide" a little better...... Sauces are super important to give variety -- Pestos, salsas, and sauces from every country around the world -- pick your favorites and keep them on hand at all times!! These are the recipes that I cook for my family that I eat too: Chicken Marsala, Chicken Picata, Skinny Chicken Parmesan, Basil Chicken, Meatball Marinara (give the family the pasta), Chicken Pot Pie (save some of the stuffing for you), Pot Roast.....the list is endless! I wish you all the best and greatest success!
  15. Sounds to me like you are right on track! My pouch didn't like lactose products right after surgery either......but it does now. My surgeon recommends this plan: which recommends eating several tiny meals throughout the day over the first few months, and then cutting back as your pouch heals and you can eat more in a single sitting. Best wishes! ~ Carol