Res Ipsa

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  1. 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"!!
  2. 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.
  3. Pre surgery nervousness

    I'm betting that you celebrate your 80th too!!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Newbie

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

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

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

    Sorry - I’m no help. I am a Jiff smooth peanut butter eating person.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 3 wks in and have plateued

    A weight loss stall roughly three weeks after surgery is very common. Just stick with the diet program from your surgeon, and the stall should break in a few more days.
  15. Almost all of the posting here at TTF focus on the weeks before weight loss surgery and the months of weight loss after this surgery. These periods are of critical importance as they are the time of transition from being overweight and unhealthy to being at a healthy weight (the so called "goal weight"). But in the long term reaching one's goal weight is meaningless unless one can maintain this weight. At its core, I believe that success at maintaining weight once you reach your goal weight is about these things: First, be sure that you set and then attain the right goal weight - not too high and not too low. Weight charts and BMI calculators are almost useless in determining the right weight for a particular person. The proper weight should just feel good and look good. One person at TTF a few years ago referred to it as your weight "sweet spot." The easiest way to find your proper goal weight is to keep losing weight until you are too skinny, and your goal weight is about 5 pounds more. Try not to set a goal weight based on a vanity number or on what you may have weighed in high school or on a particular BMI. While advice from your surgeon or NUT on a proper goal weight can be helpful, too often they will set a goal weight that is too high in order to make the goal attainable. Remember, everyone can reach their ideal goal weight after weight loss surgery if they stick to a proper post-op diet; thus, there is no reason to accept a goal weight that is too high. Similarly, a goal weight that is too low can be unhealthy. if you are all "skin and bones" that you probably need to gain a few pounds. Next, remember that unlike the post op diet, your maintenance diet is for the rest of your life. Forever. So you need to make this diet varied, healthy, pleasant and effective. Basically, it should be similar to your post op diet except with some more calories and/or carbs. You will find what works best for you by trial and error. Some people continue to avoid sweets and most carbs as they are trigger foods in that one bite leads to an unhealthy binge. Other people can enjoy any food in moderation as part of a healthy balanced diet. Obviously, avoid foods that make you dump. Everyone's goal weight diet is a bit different. Also, everyone's calorie intake on a maintenance diet differs. I maintain at about 2,000 calories a day, while other people seem to maintain at about half that. In general, at maintenance men can have more calories than women, and gastric bypass people can have more calories than sleeve people (indeed, a medical study showed that on average a RNY gastric bypass patient loses about 11% of their calories consumed through malabsorption as compared to people without a bypass and this malabsorption does not go away with time). You also want your diet to reflect a healthy relationship with food, so try to continue to avoid viewing food as a source of pleasure or comfort. Keep remembering how wonderful life is at goal weight, and how these joys far outweigh any "pleasure" from unhealthy food binges. Also, I suggest that you think about foods that you like to eat that happen to be healthy, and try to build your diet around those foods. Next, remember that the basics of your post op lifestyle do not go away simple because you reach your goal weight. You still need lots of lean protein (which may mean having a protein shake every day), you still need to drink lots of liquids, you still need to eat healthy foods, you still need to avoid liquids with meals, you still need to take your vitamins (and minerals) every day, you still need to see your doctor and have comprehensive blood tests on a regular basis, and you still need to exercise or lead an active lifestyle. Next, maintain your weight support structure. For me, this means coming on to TTF every day, even if just to read the latest postings and like a few of them. Similarly, be sure that you continue whatever medicines and support that you need for your mental and physical health. Also, be very very careful if you drink alcohol, as many people develop alcohol addictions in the years after weight loss surgery; and never drink and drive as the alcohol will hit you much faster and harder than before your surgery. Smoking of any kind is out for the rest of your life, as the smoke will irritate your intestines (since the small stomach pouch cannot hold much smoke). Perhaps most importantly, you need vigilance and a stubborn refusal to accept any weight gain over your goal weight. TTF is full of postings from people who gained 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or more pounds in the years after they reach their goal weight. DO NOT LET THIS BE YOU. My mantra is that "failure is not an option." I weight myself first thing every morning (unless I am traveling). Even if you weighed yourself weekly when you were losing weight, so as to avoid the stress of stalls etc, I strongly suggest daily weight checks now. For the rest of your life. Your goal should be to be at your goal weight or within five pounds below your goal weight every morning. So my goal weight currently is 185 (it was 180, but after a couple of years my spouse quite correctly told me that I was too skinny), thus I want to be between 180 and 185 every morning. If I go below 180, then I increase my food consumption to get back into the 180-185 range. If I go above 185, then I immediately go "back to basics" on my diet, sharply drop my calories and carbs, increase my lean protein and liquids, and continue this until I am back into my proper weight range (usually a day or two). In short, I do not accept any increase in my weight over my goal weight since I know that 1-2 pounds now will grow into 5-10 pounds and then..... not good. It is easy to lose 1-2 pounds of excess weight; it is not easy to lose 20 pounds of excess weight. Also, if you have a vacation coming up, then try to be at the bottom of your weight range the day before you leave on vacation, as that will make things much easier when the vacation is over. Finally, enjoy the many and constant joys of being at a "normal" weight - such as being able to buy attractive clothes anywhere off the rack, being able to fit easily into coach airplane seats, being able to be active and not sweat much or easily lose your breath, being able to see your doctor and not dreading stepping on the scale and then getting the "lose weight" lecture, being judged by strangers by your actions and not by your weight, being able to stop taking many of the medications that you had to take when you were overweight, and being able to live (on average) decades longer and in more healthy manner.
  16. Surgery VS. Diet

    I agree, I lost all of my excess weight in about 10 months and have kept it off since then (except for adding 5 pounds to my goal weight about a year ago at the request of my wife who thought that I was too skinny).
  17. Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    I feel your pain (or should I say cold)! My secret to staying warm is simple - lots of layers of clothing when it gets cold.
  18. Surgery VS. Diet

    I agree with all of the excellent points above. In addition, the honeymoon period, besides allowing you to lose weight fairly quickly and without much of an appetite, gives you many months to develop and enjoy a new and more healthy "relationship with food." Thus, when/if your appetite returns you will be prepare to deal with it because you will realize by then that food is not your friend, food is not a proper source of comfort, eating is not be viewed as a form of entertainment, and (perhaps most importantly) that no food is worth eating if it will result in gaining weight and losing all the joys of being thin, healthy and more active. For example, I no longer eat Oreo cookies (which I loved before my surgery), not because they won't taste good (I'm sure that they will), but because I know that I enjoy and appreciate my current life maintaining at (or just below) my goal weight so very much more than the taste of Oreos. Yes, many people do regain weight after their honeymoon period. I suspect that all (or at least almost all) of them went back to their old bad habits of viewing food as a source of joy, comfort and entertainment.
  19. Devastated

    I am so very very sorry to hear your news. I suspect that he felt threatened that you were taking control of your body, your life and your health. You are not weak; you are strong. We are here to support you.
  20. Past due update

    Minfit, how are you doing?
  21. An a big concern

    I take no medicines, but you need to be sure that you are drinking lots of liquids. The irritation of having to go too often (which I understand ) is minor compared to the risk of being dehydrated. Also, I find that drinking lots of liquids helps with weight loss. We are here to support you.
  22. 7 Months Later...

    Congratulations! I remember when I was about seven months out from my weight loss surgery reading an old-timer's TTF post that she felt so much more "alive" as she approached and then reached her goal weight. I have found this to be very true, and your list is clear proof that you also have found it to be true. It is hard to overestimate how much serious weight loss can positively change your life and your outlook on life in so many large and small ways.
  23. 6 months... seriously!?

    Wow, just wow. You are totally rocking your bypass. Just keep doing what you are doing and you will reach your goal weight soon enough (and life at goal weight is fabulous)!!
  24. Real food

    Chobani nonfat flavored Greek yoghurt, sugar free Jello instant chocolate pudding made with skim milk, peanut butter, hummus, and puréed chicken or tuna salad (made with low fat mayo).
  25. Questions for a newbie

    Most importantly, be sure to drink a lot of water or other no calorie liquids.