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About LeeC

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday September 2

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Spokane, WA
  • Interests
    Horses, Motorcycling, Beading, Reading, Photography and Ceramics
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  • Surgeon
    Mathew Rawlins MD
  • Hospital
    Deaconess - Spokane WA
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. January 2016 I had an R-Y bypass and lost over 100#s and am thankful to have such good health. However, living with my husband became more and more difficult. Last October, not for the first time but for the last time, he looked at me and said, "If you don't like it, you can leave". So I did. The first 3 months were rough but my life is getting better each day. I hope to be here more often now.
  2. Hi gang . Sorry I haven't been here much over the summer. Have had way too much going on. The good - the middle son and family found a home to rent and moved from our house to their new home two weeks ago. 1200 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath just doesn't work for two families of 2 retirees with 2 small pets compounded by 2 adults with 2 to 4 children and 2 large dogs. But we got them through their rough spot. The mediocre news, the declining health of my husband - mostly Agent Orange (Vietnam Vet) related health issues (diabetes, heart, breathing). The bad news, verbal abuse by him. But I've got my mind in a good place now and I will take care of him unless/until he gives me another "and if you don't like you can move" then I will (move). The best news, 33 months post op and the weight has been steady and my BMI is 26. Being physically healthy helps me cope better with the other stuff in life.
  3. LeeC

    Goal day!

    Kio, congrats to you on making one goal and having another goal. You are awesome.
  4. LeeC

    Hair question

    Apparently I lost hair in sessions. It thinned quite a bit and I've trimmed about 6" off my braid but at 2yr 7mo there's a noticeable difference about half way down my braid, it's thicker just below where I start the braid and finally there's about 4" of the last growth that (hopefully soon) will be part of the braid. I didn't have thick hair to start with but thin hair, thin body is fine by me.
  5. I drank Postum (roasted cereal ground up fine) for my coffee fix for a month post op. Then went to 1 shot 8oz breve for a bit. Now on my way to work I go to my latte place, hand them a Premier Protein (usual Caramel or Banana flavor) and they heat it up and add 2 shots. On my days off I have an 8oz cup off coffee with either a little 1/2 and 1/2 or some of my protein drink in it. I've been drinking coffee since I was 4 (more milk than coffee back then) and sometimes think that coffee should be my blood type.
  6. If you don't like the shakes then you might want to try protein water (Amazon and Costco carry it). Currently I drink Ready Nutrition Protein Water with 70 cal, 0g sugar, 1g carb and 15g protein. Comes in a variety of flavors (Black Cherry, Mango, Blueberry, etc). 2 oz was all I could handle at 2 weeks out and it had to be pureed so unsweetened applesauce and higher protein/lower carb greek yogurt was a lot of what I ate.
  7. The reversal of any type of surgery is not easy and may not be successful (that is, cause you additional issues). If you're want to gain a bit of weight just adding carbohydrates incrementally should do it. If you are having digestive issues then you should have a discussion with your personal MD and your bariatric surgeon.
  8. There is also protein water. 15 protein and 0-1 carb, Costco sells it and there are several types on Amazon. Unsweetened applesauce, greek yogurt that is under 20 carbs and 12 or more protein is also good. Did your bariatric group give you any type of a list of foods that you can try as the weeks go along?
  9. Prior to having the R-Y bypass, carbs have been and will always be my enemy. The only time I lost weight in the past and kept it off was keeping carbs under 30gm or less a day. My surgeon and his team made it very clear to me that I am expected to get 70-90gm of protein a day, keep the carbs at 50gm or less per day and keep an eye on fat but not worry too much. If I don't track the carbs (I use myfitnesspal) I gain. Have lots of stress factors right now, which in the past would have been a 10# weight gain. My lowest weight has been 149, right now I am 157 (and my bariatric team was fine with that). This weekend is going to be very quiet and I am doing lots and lots of protein and fluid and very few carbs and expect to be 155 on Monday. If you need sugar fast, part of a small tube of frosting or a honey stick will do the trick. You don't have the metabolism of a "normal" person. You have your metabolism, adjust as necessary.
  10. On my way to work, my latte stand (Dutch Bros.) heats up my protein drink and adds 2 shots of coffee. Caramel and Banana flavors are my favorite.
  11. So here's where I am at 26 months out. I've always had long hair and worn it in a braid. I ended up trimming off 8" of it over time because it became so thin. I added Hair, Skin and Nails supplement as it has 5,000 mcg of Biotin which seems to help. My hair is growing back in 3 stages; stage one is about the first 4" of my braid (which means it is finally thicker), stage two is just about ready to be held by the band where I start my braid and stage 3 is now about 3" long and gives me the most interesting bed head when I look in the mirror in the morning. No problems with facial hair.
  12. Currently, for constipation I have 2 Tablespoons of Barleans Digestive Health every morning in Hummus or SF Jello. I also eat a large salad of butter lettuce and shredded carrot with lemon juice and olive oil dressing every evening. That pretty much takes care of the constipation problem for me. But for you at just for days out, small amounts of Milk of Magnesia would be much better.
  13. I have a flex 2, it tracks steps and reminds me hourly to take steps. I charge it twice a week, it syncs with my cell phone and my computer.
  14. Congrats, you look awesome and handsome.
  15. I am almost 2 years post GB surgery and have no hunger and am so glad. That said I use MFP daily to track what I do eat to make sure that I get my protein and fluids in and keep the carbs under 50. I've been wearing size 8 jeans since around May (last time I wore size 8 I was age 8). I cook daily for my husband and I cooked Thanksgiving dinner - I like to cook but I don't care if I eat it. If what I cooks gives me the needed protein than I have 2-4 oz of it. I have head hunger from time to time but have learned to ignore it. Today I was at the Farmer's Market and Craft Fair, lots to sample but I sampled very little of it. Most days I average 1000-1100 calories and my weight is holding. The handbook from my surgical team stated that 1000-1200 calories a day post op would be good. Using MFP helps me plan what to eat and I can eat the same things day after day and not mind.