Welsh Dragon

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    Not Wales any more :(


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  1. Fish weight?

    For the nutrition info, I weigh before the food is cooked. This is mostly because a lot of my foods are mixed - I make a lot of stews and that sort of thing, so I can't really weigh out the after-cooking weight of meat, veg etc. It makes more sense to add up "one bag of quorn, one tub of mushrooms" blah blah and divide it by the number of portions I get out of it. That's probably easier for me because I'm batch-cooking for one rather than feeding a lot of people - it would get much more complicated if I were then to divide the pan into one Welshie sized portion and two normal-person portions, for example. To check that my portions are in line, I eat the vast majority of my meals out of a bowl or a tupperware that's the right size for my pouch. I'm going to scoot around the lettuce issue, because I loathe leaves. I make all my salads on a diced cucumber base!
  2. What would you eat?

    I would wait and decide on the night based on what I fancied. If I were there right now, I would opt for the mussels or the shaved pork from the antipasti menu. Sounds delicious whatever you go for!
  3. How important is your doctors guidelines to you

    I had no guidelines to follow! My entire operative process was: - 20 minutes with the surgeon in which he outlined the anatomy of a gastric bypass (stuff I already knew) and checked that I was sure I wanted RNY, not band or sleeve. - 15 minutes with a nurse, who went through a preop assessment checklist. - 5 minutes on the morning of surgery, just to say hello and make sure I'd not had anything to eat or drink from midnight. - 5 minutes two mornings after surgery, to tell me that my barium study was normal and I could drink and go home. - An A4 sheet of paper about textures (4 weeks of liquids, 4 weeks of puree, etc). No nutritionist. No psych evaluation. No post-op follow-up (every time I rang to arrange one, I was told they'd ring me back.) The worst part is that I paid £12,000 for that crap. I followed the texture guidelines to the letter, in terms of when I tried things (they were very slow guidelines but my pouch was even slower, it was about a year before I could tolerate meat). I genuinely didn't realise the importance of protein - when the texture plan said mashed potato, for example, I ate mashed potato because why would my meagre instructions tell me to eat something if it wasn't a good thing to eat? Clearly I hadn't done my research and hadn't come across TT! I counted my calories religiously. I weighed religiously. If I knew a rule existed, I followed it, I just didn't know the rules. Last summer I saw a dietitian about my ongoing weight loss, but I didn't follow her guidelines because they were clearly bullplop. She wouldn't really believe me that dumping syndrome was a problem, and her recommendations included replacing all my fluids with ice-cream milkshakes , eating dessert with every meal, and assorted other things that would knock me flat on my backside for a week! Turns out they were copied from the guidance for regaining weight after chemotherapy. I'm seeing another dietitian next month and praying for more helpful advice - this one is based out of a diabetic resource centre and the hospital does run bariatric groups, so I'm hoping for someone a bit more well-informed! I guess "I'll follow the advice if I think it's sound advice" makes the whole thing kind of redundant - doing what I think is best is clearly working so well for me at the moment - but I'm open to anything I don't think will make me sick. We'll see!
  4. skin rebound

    I'm constantly amazed by how much my skin has shrunk. Obviously my weight isn't stable, but over the period that it was, the skin kept reducing - and now that I've lost more, it's gotten even smaller. I don't know which bits of me I'll bother to get plastics on, TBH - I am a long way from stable enough to think about it (and a long way from financially solvent enough too!) The thing that amazes me most is my boobs - they're non-existent now but they're not bags of skin, they even pass the pencil test! I'll almost certainly want implants some day but that's a size issue rather than a skin issue. I can take photos if anyone is curious - not sure how relevant it'd be compared with a healthy goal, and the bony bits of me look a bit grim, but if anyone is interested I can do pics for skin?
  5. What Are You Wearing Today?

    Oww, Greer, that doesn't sound fun! Not today's outfit (it's taken two days for me to get my phone camera and my laptop to talk to each other) but this is what I wore on Sunday night when I went out for dinner with work friends:
  6. I got my Masters result!

    Thank you all so much! Saguaro - there are so many reasons to avoid alcohol after WLS! It's bad for the pouch, especially early out (alcohol is quite irritant to the stomach); it's full of empty calories and a lot of drinks either are carbonated or sugary enough to cause dumping syndrome; it can affect us dramatically differently than we're used to (for me preop, a pint of beer wouldn't have had any effect on me; now it gets me so I can't feel my face or walk in a straight line) so we can end up in unsafe situations quite easily. I have the occasional drink, but it is one small one and it is occasional. I've been lucky not to have had any transfer issues, but alcohol issues run in my family so even pre-bypass I was mindful of my drinking and trying to avoid getting into problematic patterns. Ikantspell and teachingaimee - the MSc doesn't qualify me to practice, but the long-term plan is to become a psychiatrist, and having this result should make it much easier to get onto the specialist training programme. I have to finish my rotations in general hospital first - I have another 18 months to go, but I'm really enjoying doing them so it's all good
  7. fashion advice

    It ain't necessarily so! I was a 46E. I now wear a 28A, and even that A holds a plastic glittery fakie, not a real boob. While I was actively losing, yes, "satsuma in a sock" was probably the best analogy, but the skin settled over time and now I even pass the 'pencil test'. OK, I'm much flatter chested than most ladies aim for (hoping that when I gain I get a bit of boob back) and I had the advantage of starting young (24 when I had my bypass) but it can happen! It's good that you're scoping out bras now, but as Stephtay says, nothing you buy now will fit when you go on your trip - I'd go as far as to say that you may not even want/need the same style. But knowing your options is always a good thing!
  8. How often do you weigh yourself?

    I've always been a once-a-week girl. Little fluctuations bug the hell out of me. Right now, it's every fortnight or less - whenever I see a health professional, I weigh on my own scale that morning so I can accurately report the change in my weight since the previous appointment. I'm fighting like a trooper to try to gain weight or at least maintain, I'm failing, and watching myself waste away in the mirror is bad enough without putting a number on it. And now I have massive oedema which seems to come and go, so the number doesn't represent my muscle or fat mass at all. But yeah, once a week worked for me. When I get stable again, I'll get straight back on it, I'm a creature of habit and my Thursday mornings feel kind of empty without updating my ticker and MFP!
  9. I got my Masters result!

    You all had to tolerate me yattering on all summer about writing my Masters dissertation, "Addiction Transfer after Bariatric Surgery", and I thought that now I've got the result I should come and share. I got a distinction! In the thesis and in the Masters overall. I'll graduate in the summer with an MSc in Psychiatry. I'll spare you the 20,000-odd words and summarise: "Addiction transfer might not be the ideal term for it*, but the incidence of alcohol and drug addictions is higher after bariatric surgery. The risk seems to be highest in gastric bypass, then sleeve, then band; it's probably highest for duodenal switch but there haven't been enough of those to have good data yet. Gastric bypass in particular affects your metabolism of alcohol (and maybe drugs) so that is probably a factor. There doesn't seem to be an increase in the incidence of smoking." *The debate around this could be a whole separate thesis. It is really really interesting (to me) but super dull to most people. I'll make a thread if people are curious!
  10. how much does ring resizing cost?

    I haven't had mine redone yet (weight isn't stable) but I was told that for rings with gemstones, they didn't like to take them down by more than a couple of sizes. Pretty gutted - my two favourites are a diamond ring I got for my 21st, and a garnet ring my grandmother left me in her will, and they're both massively too big for me now. Maybe I just need a better / braver jeweller than the one I asked!
  11. buying sugar free syrups

    I love this idea! A coffee bar in the basement - when can I move in?
  12. waitresses!

    I got tired of wait staff commenting, so now I really try to get in first. Before they get a chance to ask what was wrong with the meal, I'll chip in something like "that was SO good! But haha I always order more than I can eat". Even if there wasn't an option to have a smaller meal, if I make it sound like my mistake it stops them worrying it was their problem. I should really just try to stop caring so much what waitresses think of what I eat...
  13. Dumping question

    It doesn't sound like dumping syndrome, it sounds like a good old-fashioned 'carb coma' to me! Dumping tends to involve feeling sick, shaky, palpitationey, diarrhoea. This sounds more like the classic sleepiness that most people get if they eat a lot of carbs - it's just that your body is so used to a very low carb intake that it only took a little bit to set off the same reaction as a "normal" person would get from eating Christmas dinner. I've become more sensitive to the 'carb coma' since surgery too. To me it's a very different sensation from dumping syndrome - I haven't followed a particularly low-carb diet at any point in my journey but I do avoid them before and during work for this reason.
  14. No Drinking While Eating But.....

    Yes, yoghurt is a slider food for a lot of people - thicker is better, a good thick Greek yoghurt may last better than your standard runny fat-free offering. Try it and see how you get on - beware the sugar content though, I find that for me the runnier a food is, the more likely it is to cause dumping, because it goes through quicker - I can handle quite a bit of sugar in a stodgy protein bar, but hardly any in a milkshake (for example) - YMMV of course.
  15. No Drinking While Eating But.....

    From my understanding, the issue with eating and drinking at the same time (for bypass folks) is not only that it overrides restriction, but that it can damage the stoma that connects the pouch with the jejunum. Because you're forcing the chunks of food through before they're softened, they can stretch the stoma - not as a one off, but if you're doing it a lot, that will dramatically increase the amount you can eat before you feel full, or reduce the length of time you feel full for - which spells regain. So long as the soup is all the same consistency (blended, or all brothy, or just really thick with no watery base) it's probably OK - a slider for some people (so calorie inefficient), but not harmful so long as it fits into your day / plan.