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About Snydhead

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    Dr. Kerry Kole
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    Troy Beaumont
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

  2. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I'd like to also thank Diana Nyad....for after seeing her documentary, The Other Shore, I may not have ever dipped my toes back into the pool!!!! She is such an inspiration swimming from Cuba to Key West!!!!
  3. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I'm just busting! I have registered for a 5K swim (3.1 miles).....coming up in 4 days! I swam a 5K (200 lengths of a 25 meter pool) for time (1:35 in a lap pool) and found out from viewing last year's race times that I am right in the ballpark of other women in my age group! I thought...what the heck? DO IT!!! I am SO stoked about swimming this race! I will be swimming through a chain of 5 lakes.... And to think nearly two years ago I was stuck in a recliner! My life was over! (Or so I thought at the time) At 52 years old, I'm doing something that I wouldn't have even thought possible when I was 18! I owe it all to that inner part of me that is driven to be healthy! And to stay that way, damnit! LOL.....I'm NEVER going back! Stay strong, people! We're in this together! P.S. I'd also like to take this time to thank my weight loss team, my family and friends for all of their support, and, of course, my surgeon! LOL!
  4. workout last night

    Duff, Keep up the good work. I can so relate to getting out there and doing it and feeling so good about it. I know it is easy to get stuck in a rut sometimes after working out. I try to change it up: swimming, walking, tai chi, yoga, etc. I'm thinking of trying paddle boarding sometime. I've never tried it, but I think I'd like it! You go!
  5. Winzi...I did not mention that I have been trying to recover over one neck surgery and two back surgeries. Swimming is one activity that makes me feel like I can move normally, with the weightlessness of the water! Tai Chi and Yoga help with the back, too. Good Luck to you with your hips. My personal trainer is so good about modifying exercises for my back issues. But strengthening my core, I think, really has helped my back in some activities that I do. My worst pain comes from standing....ugh.
  6. Wow, in less than a week!

    Congratulations! I love my Fitbit Surge, as well. I just wish it was water proof and I could wear it in the water during my swim workouts! I switch to my Pebble watch in order to track my lap count. Love the Surge, though!
  7. Hey there, exercise peeps! Just wanted to post on where I am currently at. Since around last March, I found myself back into the pool. I was a competitive swimmer from the age of 8-18, a lifeguard, WSI instructor, swim coach, etc. At my highest weight, I got to be around 292. So far I have lost close to 140 pounds. Getting back into that pool has been so theraputic for me! Not just physically, but psychologically. I started off rather slow, but now I am swimming 4,000 meters a day and I'm loving it! I look so forward to getting up in the morning and heading to the pool. I feel young again! LOL! I also started with a personal trainer roughly 10 months after my surgery. I really wanted to keep the muscle that I already had and build on that muscle, too. I don't know how I lucked out, but I found the perfect trainer for me, right in my area. I also started taking Tai Chi classes, as well as Yoga. Both were very new to me. I found them very beneficial. Yoga and Tai Chi have stopped for the summer and I really miss going, but I incorporate it into my regime on my own. All of the different types of exercise has really built and toned my body. I feel that I am in better shape now, than I was as a competitive swimmer! My personal trainer has shown me how to lift weights and basically I have created more muscle in my arms, which has really helped with the "saggy arms" that sometimes get left behind. I still have some sag, but not as much as I thought I would! So much more muscle definition in my legs, too! Also, exercising during WLS helped me strengthen my core. I think working out is the reason I was not left with the "stomach apron" that so many patients are left with. So...I encourage all of you to find an activity that you are passionate about and pursue it! We are heading on vacation during the Fourth of July holiday to Mexico and I picked out the particular hotel to stay at because it had a lap pool! Can anybody say OBSESS MUCH!!!! LOL! Oh well...guess it's better than obsessing on food, my old GO TO..... Good Luck to all of you out there, fighting "the battle" on a daily basis! Just wondering what other passions of exercise others have out there! I'd love to hear from you! P.S. I'm actually thinking of swimming in the Mighty Mac swim a year from this Labor Day--which is a 4-5 mile swim in the Mackinac Straights , with donations that go to Habitat for Humanity.....might be a goal for the next year.......nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.
  8. Exercise Addiction?

    Update: I have been seeing a psychologist at the weight control clinic. It has really helped me put things in perspective, especially with my "all or nothing" attitude I have about exercising. I'm glad I am addressing the issue before it got out of hand. I certainly didn't want to become sick from over exercising and under eating. So, taking advantage of their services at the clinic. Seems to be helping!!!!
  9. Bariatric vitamins

    I have been taking Bariatric Advantage chewables in the multivitamin, iron and calcium after surgery. Bariatric Advantage is pricey. I'm a year and a half out and my weight loss team/doctor told me I could chose an over the counter multivitamin and stop taking the extra BA iron, since the multivitamin already has that in it.
  10. Anyone had a beer post op?

    All I know, is that many people have gone to carbonated beverages after WLS and it has basically sabotaged all of their hard work. I haven't had a carbonated beverage in 1 1 /2 years. I am so terrified of drinking them, that I have even had dreams where I am drinking a soft drink! I'm so thankful when I wake up and discover it was just a dream!!! I love water now. Propel. Coconut Water. Protein 2 0....nothing with bubbles! LOL!
  11. calories a day?

    Around that time, they told me I was eating more calories a day than I should. My doc told me to stick around 800. I remember being on 800 forever. Now, 1 1/2 years out, I'm around 1100. Because I exercise so much, they told me to increase it to 1500 over the next month. And yes, protein shakes and protein powder added to foods does help get your daily goals met! Good Luck to you!
  12. I, too, went to my weight control clinic and was asked to up my caloric intake. I was told, "Either exercise less or eat more." I turned around to see if she was talking to somebody else! What? Are you talkin' to me??? LOL. I have never heard those words uttered to ME before. Wow. I'm increasing from 900 to 1500 over the next month. I didn't think it would be a problem, IS harder than one thinks! I'm still eating right, but have to add an extra "meal" in the day. Have to increase protein goal and can add unsaturated fats like oils, avacados and nuts, etc. I really tried today and got to 1100. I've even tried to restrain myself from exercising so much. (I just love to swim...4,000 meters a day...around 160 lengths or so) 5 to 6 times a week. That is my new addiction....I am told that I need to find a "balance"...between what I consume and how much I exercise. I'm really focused on finding this balance.
  13. And another problem I that I have been exercising to the extent that I was told that I needed to increase my calorie intake. I had been staying at 800 a day, then increased to 900. After my body scan results, the NUT wants me to increase to 12, 13, 14 1500 over the next month. This is totally freaking me out! I, like you, PapaG, am deathly afraid of gaining weight back and getting myself into the morbidly obese category again! I even have dreams (nightmares) that I am heavy again! This is so much more of a mental process than I thought it was going to be. LouisianaLady, I also "get" what you are saying. It's like 'maintaining' isn't successful enough. This is certainly a topic to discuss in more depth. Thank you for your comments all!
  14. Good question, Lennie....I guess my mind set is that this is something I have been doing for a year and a half. And it's that it? I have to stop? I know this is going to sound weird, but it's like...I won't continue to be successful if I stop. I know it doesn't make sense. I mean, intellectually, I know there has to be an end to it, but emotionally, I'm not ready. Oh well...just another revelation I've uncovered since WLS! LOL!
  15. Hi fellow WLS Peeps, I'm roughly 18 months out and have lost a considerable amount of weight. I'm looking good and feeling good. However, my problem is that I don't want to see the scale stop going down. It's like, I don't want to see an end to it, even though I know there has to be. Has anyone else out there had this problem? BTW...I do have a therapist and probably should discuss this with him, but I wanted to ask the 'experts' first! Ha! I don't know, it's like I don't want to give it up! Does any of this make sense or resonate with anyone else? Comments or suggestions are appreciated!