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About athenarose

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
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    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. athenarose

    Pre-surgery weight loss

    So, smile and nod while thinking those things to yourself?
  2. athenarose

    Pre-surgery weight loss

    Ooh! I just remembered that you’re in the south. Can’t you do that whole “bless your heart” thing to him? You know, where you sound all sweet but you’re basically telling him that he’s an idiot and to f*** off? (My kids’ aunt is from Georgia and went to school in Valdosta and has that skill perfected. I’m just a blunt, socially awkward California girl who is so jealous of her southern charm sometimes. )
  3. athenarose

    Pre-surgery weight loss

    See?! Even he knows that he’s out of line. He needs to just shut his mouth and stop trying to “help”. At least you know he’s not worth listening to. Jeez....
  4. athenarose

    Pre-surgery weight loss

    Ditto @Stephtay. My pre-surgery BMI was close to the qualifying cut off point so I was instructed not to lose weight until after insurance approved my surgery, but that’s the only situation where anyone should be careful about pre-op weight loss. Am I remembering right that this is the same guy who was making negative comments about gastric bypass? If so, I think your best bet may be to dismiss pretty much anything that comes out of his mouth.
  5. athenarose

    Gastric bypass weight loss montly

    I’ve found that weight loss looks much more like stairs than a steady downward slope. My weight loss stalled every single month for the two weeks between when I ovulated and when I got my period. My average loss was about 8-10 pounds a month. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to focus less on the weight loss and more on creating new healthy habits. Also, take measurements and full length pictures if you haven’t already. It’ll help you see progress even when the scale isn’t moving.
  6. athenarose

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Not bitchy at all. Karma.... I would’ve died trying not to laugh.
  7. athenarose

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Now when you make jokes, you sound like the neurotic thin lady who thinks she’s fat
  8. athenarose

    Can you have too much protein?

    If I did the math right, you’re eating about 100 grams of protein a day. That’s not too much by any stretch of the imagination (even the most conservative RDA is 0.4 grams protein/lb of body weight). That said, there are varying opinions about how much protein you can actually absorb (and utilize) at any given time, so it would be wise to be conscious of how often & how much protein you’re eating at a time. The general consensus is a max of about 35 grams per meal, depending on the type of protein (whey protein, for example is absorbed at a rate of about 10 g/hr). Honestly, I doubt your weight loss is related to your protein intake or your exercise. Unless it’s incredibly intense water aerobics, I doubt it’s stressing your body enough to increase your cortisol levels and inhibit weight loss. Personally, I’d cut out the fruit and replace the beans with a lower carb food and, depending on your water intake, possibly increase that to see if it makes a difference. But the 3lbs/wk may just be the rate of loss that your body is losing at. That’s really not a bad rate, honestly, particularly given that you had the sleeve which is known for a slower rate of weight loss. I think if you stick with doing what you’re doing, the weight will come off, even if it’s slower than you’d prefer.
  9. athenarose

    REGAIN! I feel out of control.

    Wow! You’ve been through quite a lot. Kudos to you for having the courage to put yourself out there. Please don’t feel ashamed! I agree with @kristinwitha_k. I think therapy and looking into possibly getting mood stabilizing meds would be a great first step. If you can find a doctor who is willing to test your levels (dopamine, serotonin, etc) and use supplements alongside meds, it could potentially help get you both mentally & physically healthy, so that therapy will be a bigger help and you can get to a space where you can take control of your eating & weight again. I’d also suggest reading the books “The Mood Cure” and “The Diet Cure” (both by the same author). They both delve into supplements that can help your body with different issues. The books have a quiz at the beginning so you can figure out what you might be deficient in and what supplements would help. Glutamine, for example, is fantastic for people who have carb/sugar, alcohol, and/or cocaine cravings/addiction issues. It attaches to the same receptors as all of those (isn’t it interesting how carbs, alcohol & cocaine all cause similar chemical reactions in our brains & bodies) and can help reduce cravings. Please take care of yourself and keep posting so we can support you. Many, many hugs and positive thoughts being sent your way!
  10. athenarose

    Three months post op

    Congrats on your continued weight loss success! As far as the nutritionist’s advice, I think a lot of us on here have found that their advice doesn’t always help us lose weight. Are you still doing what you mentioned above for exercise (3-4 miles of walking/jogging, yoga and arm weights) or did you increase your exercise? Do you track your heart rate when you work out? (I’m just trying to figure out if you’re burning a significant amount of calories). I don’t know....some muscle loss is inevitable with weight loss (there’s a reason why bodybuilders do a bulking cycle, then a cutting cycle), but I think the concern of burning muscle instead of fat when you’re still significantly overweight is overblown, particularly when you’re taking in sufficient amounts of protein and burning minimal calories through exercise. It’s been a while since I did the research and pulled up studies to back up what I’m saying (my world now is gym rats, bodybuilders and personal trainers, so my beliefs about nutrition are the norm), so I don’t have anything to cite. Personally, I would ask her for studies to back up her concerns and suggestions, but that’s just me. I just don’t understand why she would suggest you increase carbs if she’s worried about you losing muscle. That doesn’t make sense at all. If she’s worried about your muscles, you should increase protein and weight bearing exercise. And why would she want you to burn carbs? The goal is to burn fat, which means you need to get through your glycogen stores (which your body uses before you start burning fat). If you increase carbs, you’re providing an energy source that is used by your body before it’ll tap into your glycogen stores (typically around 400 calories or so), which need to be used up before your body taps into your fat storage. Her advice makes absolutely no sense to me. Regardless, you are doing fantastic. I wish you continued success and hope you find a method that works well for you and gets you to your goal weight.
  11. athenarose

    Breathe, Emma (1)

    I’m so excited for you! You’re starting a new chapter in your life. That’s scary and overwhelming, but also incredible. I really hope that you losing weight isn’t a condition of getting the referral to the surgeon (do you need a referral?). If you need any extra support as you’re processing through this all or just want to chat, feel free to message me.
  12. athenarose

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    55 pounds in 4.5 months is pretty awesome. You’ve made tremendous progress and you’ll continue to make more progress. You absolutely will be successful. We all have bumps in the road. That’s part of the process as we figure out our new normal. The hard lessons are valuable because they’re going to help guide you to success in the future. We’re here cheering you on. I look forward to celebrating with you as you get back on track and have many NSVs and pounds lost along the way. You can do this!
  13. athenarose

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    How much have you lost post-op? (I tried to look back to see if you posted it somewhere, but I didn’t see it). If you’ve lost all 55 pounds on your tracker post-op, you’re doing incredible. I just looked back at my own stats, and at 3.5 months post-op, I was down 44 lbs and that’s with RNY (which has a faster rate of loss than VSG). Regardless, I just wanted to chime in and encourage you not to be too rough on yourself. You’re making great progress (even though I know it feels like you’re just slowly plodding along). And take measurements if you haven’t already! The scale isn’t always an accurate representation of what’s actually going on. According to the scale, I’ve gained 3 lbs in the last two weeks, but I’ve lost fat and gained muscle, which in reality has made me smaller. Keep the faith and stick to the program. The fat will come off.
  14. Yay for being normal! And, by the way, I’m loving all your pics on the “what I wore today” thread. You are not only normal, your clothes are cute and so flattering. And, agreed, that nutritionist clearly had no idea what she’s talking about. I literally just finished eating an apple with peanut butter right before reading your post and I’m SO full. My “food baby” belly is in full effect right now. There’s no way on earth I could eat two eggs right now. Is your support group not specifically for WLS patients?