Res Ipsa

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About Res Ipsa

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Boston Area
  • Interests
    Cooking, walking, current events, history, wine, and travel.
  • Age


  • Surgeon
    Denise Gee, MD
  • Hospital
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Travel Tips?

    As ususal, I totally agree with the wise advice from @Stephtay, @Jen581791, @BurgundyBoy, @Cheesehead, @NerdyToothpick, @Aussie Bear, and @CheeringCJ. When I am on vacation my goals are to have a great time with my family/friends, focus on non-food events, and not worry too much about losing weight. By the way, don't forget to pack your vitamins as they can be hard to find abroad. I find it helpful to organize them into daily packets in small ziplock bags. I travel a lot and I have not found it hard to hit my protein levels. In Italy, if you go out to eat see if they can serve you a small piece of fish or chicken, some meatballs, or at least an antipasto plate with cheese and sliced meats. Soup is usually a good option, although it may not be high in protein. Try to avoid pasta, risotto, or bread as these items will fill you up in a non-nutritious way. Do not be surprised if you gain a few pounds, as when you travel the food tends to be high in salt. Just plan on drinking a lot of liquids when you get back, and the salt related weight should fall off quickly. Most of all enjoy your trip!
  2. Happy!

    Wonderful news, congratulations!! Your news has made my day!! Ane welcome to the "maintenance cafe" - there is seat waiting for you, just come on in and make yourself at home.
  3. What an amazing and transformative weight loss surgery journey you have had! Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. Now on to life in the "maintenance cafe"!!
  4. What a year can do

    Wow. Your weight loss, body transformation and health improvement are amazing and inspirational. You are living proof that weight loss surgery really can allow a person to totally change their body and their life. Thank you for sharing these photos.
  5. Pre surgery nervousness

    I'm betting that you celebrate your 80th too!!
  6. Pre surgery nervousness

    I worried about my surgery before the day of surgery, especially since it was the first time in my life that I would be under general anesthesia. But I worried far more about a heart attack or a stroke killing me at a younger age if I did not have weight loss surgery. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass - not once. We are here to support you, and to welcome you soon to the losers bench.
  7. BCBS CA PPO BMI Question

    I do not know the answers to your questions (sorry), but do not lose any weight until you are formally approved as you do not want to have your BMI get too low. Although I do not recommend it, some people have gained weight to qualify for weight loss surgery, or have put weights into their pockets when being weighed in order to increase their BMI.
  8. Free ICONIC cafe au lait protein shakes

    I have no interest in them, sorry, but I recommend that you try Premier Protein pre-mixed protein shakes. They are quite tasty (especially the chocolate flavor). You can find them at Costco,, and Walgreens.
  9. Picture updates

    Wow, just wow. Your weight loss is both amazing and inspirational. I cannot wait to welcome you in a few months to onederland.
  10. Newbie

    Welcome! We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  11. What Are You Wearing Today?

    You look fabulous! You have used your surgery to become both healthy and thin. Congratulations!!
  12. Calories ... again ...

    I maintain at about 2,000 calories a day.
  13. Peanut butter recommendations?

    Sorry - I’m no help. I am a Jiff smooth peanut butter eating person.
  14. Another newbie!

    Welcome! I have never regretted having a gastric bypass as it allowed me to become thin, healthy and more active. My only regret is that I did not have it sooner. Spend some time to carefully pick the best possible surgeon and to decide what kind of weight loss surgery to have. These are decisions with life long impacts. We are here to support you on your journey.
  15. Low-protein protein shakes

    Alternatively, how about a totally different kind of snack? Nuts, cheese, cut up carrots and celery served with some low calorie ranch dressing, sugar free instant pudding made with milk, flavored Greek yoghurt, or even some Goldfish crackers?