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WendyH

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About WendyH

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  • Birthday 06/05/1968

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Age
    48

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Alex Nagle
  • Hospital
    Northwestern
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    336
  • Current Weight
    162
  • Goal Weight
    160
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    25.7
  • Surgery Date
    07/07/2015
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. A few of you have reached out to me, and I appreciate it, and also that Raeme started this thread (thanks Greer for letting me know). Here’s what’s going on, along with some back story here and there that provides some insight into what makes me tick. Apologies for not responding to your PM. I saw it pass through my email then forgot about it. I had a nice holiday season, connecting in real life with the people around me. Historically I get uber-grumpy around the holidays. My parents are divorced, and when I was a kid, every holiday season was contentious about custody and who got my sist
  2. I actually answered that question recently on the thread below. When I deviate much from what I mentioned there, I tend to get into trouble.
  3. I may be completely wrong on this, but I've heard that zinc deficiency can cause chocolate cravings. Have you gotten your labs checked recently?
  4. I'm less than 1.5 years out, so not super-experienced at maintenance yet. I had a recent hiccup with my weight, but I've turned the corner on getting it back down again. My weight isn't so much my goal as my behaviors are. I bottomed out at 137 and liked weighing 138-140. I'd like to get back under 150, but it's not the end of the world if I don't, as long as I'm behaving in a manner that allows me to maintain. I'm planning to see a counselor after the beginning of the year to help get me better grounded (he doesn't have any openings until then, and my needs aren't urgent). I lost 56# in
  5. It's been a while since I posted here. Today I wore size 10 black side zip pants and a medium ribbed, striped turtleneck I picked up at Target for $7.48 on Saturday.
  6. Read about the honeymoon period here.
  7. Since your mom is 1000 miles away and already has your brother's health concerns weighing on her, it may make sense to mention your surgery after the fact, once the unknown is passed and there's nothing to worry about. Your immediate family has you covered.
  8. I also already had a stick mixer, and I used it all the time. I tried puréeing cottage cheese in a conventional blender once, and the blades just spun around above it.
  9. My surgeon was Dr. Nagle, but I understand that both are excellent surgeons. You will find a ton of discussion on the thread recommended above.
  10. It definitely varies. The variables are insurance requirements, bariatric practice requirements, and schedules (both yours and the surgeon's). If the stars align, it can be less than a month, or if there are many requirements and hassles, it can stretch to more than a year. For me, contemplated mid-Jan, attended seminar mid-Feb, first bariatric appointment late March, and surgery early July.
  11. I can't advise you on what to say. I can tell you that your surgeon should have your best interest at heart, but so should you. You've had this hiccup during a stressful time that will continue to be stressful as you lose rapidly and the estrogen stored in your fat cells is rapidly dumped into your system. Regardless of what someone else would do, you know you and you must look out for your own best interest. I may overstep. Even so, I want to throw this out there for consideration. There's nothing noble about managing a mental disorder with therapy alone. Successfully managing a neuroche
  12. Don't worry about the sounds. For whatever reason, a sleeved stomach can be quite vocal, but it's just making noise. Those noises have nothing to do with hunger or fullness. Feeling like you're going to get sick after eating a small amount of yogurt is definitely worth talking with your nutritionist about, though. In the meantime, I wouldn't be too concerned. Your appointment is in a week. Just eat the amount that agrees with you and focus on staying hydrated. Let us know how things go.
  13. Jolls, you look great. I can see why you bought that shirt, despite knowing it would hang in your closet for a while. It's very flattering. You mentioned fat back. I struggle with the same thing. This time of year I like to wear mock turtlenecks. If I don't wear a body shaper, I have 360 degree muffin top. If I do wear a body shaper, I have bad back bulges along the edge of it. If I layer on my arm shaper to tame the back bulges, my breasts are pushed out of the top of my bra. I can't win. I found a product that I'm going to buy in a couple of months, once my weight re-normalizes.
  14. I did too, despite two Thanksgiving dinners. At both I focused on protein and sampled the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn casserole. Then I had dessert after the second dinner, more than I should have, but not a crazy amount. My "get out of jail free card" was to stay off the scale for one day, allowing me the opportunity to eat properly for a day first. I'm down 1# from two days ago.
  15. Katherine, if the 15# gain was recorded before you made any dietary changes to reverse it, probably a third to half of it is water weight, meaning it's not as bad as it looks. Your body got some extra fuel and stockpiled it in the form of glycogen. Glycogen requires water, so your body held onto that too. Three to four days of eating appropriately will flush those from your system and get you to your true baseline. Then you can assess the actual damage and begin to reverse it.
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