Jen581791

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About Jen581791

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Muscat, Oman
  • Age
    43

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Rumbaut
  • Hospital
    Swiss Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    290
  • Current Weight
    132
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    20.1
  • Surgery Date
    02/14/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Jen581791

    Before/After

    Wow! What an amazing change!
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Knees are tricky. Take good care of them!
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    It's done!

    Congrats and welcome to the losers bench! The nausea should pass soon. Take it easy, rest a bunch, sip sip sip, and walk walk walk
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    My NSV of the week is definitely one that's been a while in coming: I ran 30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday (5k). Running is something I like OK if I'm light enough, like now, but after a big knee injury last winter and the ensuing opposite hip problem due to compensating for a limp in the aftermath of that, I haven't been able to run. In the last few months, I've been slowly babying the joints into being able to do that, and I'm proud to say that I ran without any pain, and have no pain this morning. Thank goodness for my lighter body. I'm in good enough shape now that my cardiovascular system isn't really a limiting factor in running - I don't really breathe very hard, even after 5k. My muscles are all fine with it, too. It's the knee and hip that have been stopping me, and I think I've sensibly and slowly built them up so they can take it now. Feeling good!
  5. Jen581791

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    What a great look to wear on your surgiversary date! Flared pencil skirt with a belt is definitely a look that works on you Congrats!
  6. Jen581791

    Rediscovered passion

    Congrats on your return to the world of eating without pain! And thanks for the update. It's nice to hear that you're doing well. You've had a really tough road, @ktallon, and I sincerely hope your difficult days are behind you. Woo hoo! You hit your surgeon's goal! Nice!
  7. Jen581791

    Halo Ice Cream

    I have Halo Top now and again, when I can get my hands on some, but I would stay away from it when you're so early out, @Daisygirl - both for the benefit of building good habits (like how to say no to something you want and how to live life without ice cream for a while! ) and because your new pouch just needs to be babied for the time being. Depending on what your food triggers are, you may well be able to regularly indulge in Halo Top once your system is all healed up and functioning well. It's got a ton of protein and not a lot of carbs, thanks to all the fake sugar (which was probably the culprit in the dumping episode), so it can fit pretty easily into a post-op diet. I used to have zero self-control around ice cream, but I find that with Halo Top, I'm OK having just a 1/2 cup and stopping. For some reason, it just doesn't trigger the food demon. Real ice cream, on the other hand, I tried a few months ago - it was my favorite favorite favorite small local brand, and amazingly delicious. I started taking bites cautiously because I was worried about dumping, and then lost my head and ate too much. And dumped. I think it was worth it because I tested my limits and found a weak spot. So for me, Halo Top is OK, but my favorite favorite favorite brand probably should not come home with me. A little self knowledge goes a long way.
  8. I was really low on energy that soon out. Just walking was plenty of exercise for me! I basically just did walking for the first several months. I found that anything more strenuous required a few bites of food beforehand! Honestly, if I was doing anything like hiking at 4 or 5 months out, I carried protein (bars, nuts, cheese) with me to take a few bites every half hour or so. I was climbing around on Mayan pyramids at about that time and I truly needed to have a few bites to make it up to the top. It made the difference between being able to and not being able to. When you're in keto, your body doesn't have carbs to rely on for fuel, so you need refueling frequently, especially when your calories are so low! Everything is all good now, although I do snack a lot more frequently than most people, especially while exercising. That's OK - I love snacks.
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    Weight loss slow down...

    My monthly losses are in my signature line if you're looking at this on a computer rather than a phone. My monthly losses were pretty steady right up until I decided I wanted (needed?) to stop, which was within a few days of exactly one year since surgery. At that point, I drastically upped my calories to bump myself into maintenance, which somehow magically worked and I stopped losing. I think exercise is mostly important in the first year to build a habit of doing something and make a big change in your lifestyle. When you're heavy, almost anything can be fairly intense exercise - a moderate speed walk on a treadmill was enough to count as serious exercise for me for a while. I really grabbed onto the habit of exercising, though, so now it's just part of my routine. At this point, I have to work quite a bit harder to make sure my workout is intense, but that's OK because it's also a lot more enjoyable and I feel less self-conscious doing it. I actually *like* going to the gym and I carve time out of my day to do it, rather than making excuses not to.
  10. Same here. Pear-shaped for sure, but not big boned, and not wide hips. Size 4 for me usually, which seems pretty crazy! I'm about the same size as I was when I was 11 or so, but with about 3 extra inches of height now, so I'm actually thinner. 11 year old me would have been SOOOOOO happy to see me now.
  11. Jen581791

    Surgery date 10-22-2018 pre-op sleeve :)

    It sounds like you've got a system worked out for yourself - that's great! I'm glad to hear your body is feeling better on the pre-op diet. Hopefully that continues for you
  12. Jen581791

    11 months.....

    @CheeringCJ - It sounds like you already know the pep talk you need!!! You're doing great! One year is not the magical end of the active losing phase. You've exceeded all expectations: weight, size, health, etc. Your health is the most important measure, and you're healthy now! Dieting with a deadline hanging over your head isn't positive behavior. It's not a race. That's your old diet-brain talking. Just keep being healthy. You'll get where you need to be. It may go quickly or slowly, but honestly, you're already in the "successful" category, so don't rush! Just keeping doing the healthy lifestyle thing. Give yourself a huge pat on the back!
  13. Jen581791

    36 Hours To Go!

    Good luck! It's coming soon, now Prop yourself up in bed using a million pillows for support so you don't roll or twist. Take a lot of naps. Try different temperatures of liquids post-op until you find what works for you. Use some sort of app timer/scheduler for your meds, vitamins, and liquids. Watch a bunch of inspirational YouTube videos so you don't feel like you're alone in this. Some of my favorites are Milla K, Chemistry Queen, and Clusie L. Fun, funny, informative, and positive.
  14. Jen581791

    Surgery date 10-22-2018 pre-op sleeve :)

    Welcome, Christina! The pre-op diet is a pain, for sure, but you'll get through it. I hope your losses will lead to increased comfort and mobility for you. UTCD sounds really hard, and I congratulate you on taking positive steps to lose weight in the hopes of helping you enjoy your life more.
  15. Jen581791

    Feeling heavy

    I'm deadlifting about 80 lbs now (not a lot, but I'm working on it). I've tried walking around the gym a bit while I'm holding the weight, and those 80 pounds make it seem like I can barely take a few steps. And that's about half of what I lost... I just feel lighter now. I can spring up off the floor, scramble up onto tall things (ladders, rocks while hiking, etc), and run up stairs. It's great! You have so much to look forward to! Part of it, though, is just the psychic weight of the weight itself - the burden of being heavy is both literal and metaphorical. I felt mentally unburdened when I put my problem into my surgeon's hands. Letting go of the guilt, shame, and disappointment made me feel lighter right away. The literal unburdening came later.