Jen581791

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About Jen581791

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Muscat, Oman
  • Age
    45

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Rumbaut
  • Hospital
    Swiss Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    290
  • Current Weight
    138
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    21.0
  • Surgery Date
    02/14/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Welcome! You've made it through the first three weeks, which are the tough ones. You're on the mend now and probably starting to move in the direction of normal-ish types of food, which was a huge relief for me. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.
  2. Welcome! It takes a while to get your mind to remember all the new rules, but it'll happen eventually I chugged a glass of water a few days out before I remembered not to, and it wasn't fun there for a few minutes. I was worried I'd messed something up inside! I was OK, though. Eventually these things will become either second nature or they won't be a problem anymore. I can chug water now as well as take a handful of pills if I need to - but remembering to chew things well and take small bites is a habit now.
  3. Welcome! I wish you the best on your journey!
  4. Congrats on getting your surgery date - what an interesting one! As @msmarymac said, it's worth noting that the normal outcomes for obesity aren't great, whereas the normal outcomes for WLS are excellent, and it's relatively low risk. You're buying yourself a healthier happier future to enjoy with your wife (congrats to her on the recovery). My husband was a bit freaked out by the surgery, but I don't think he'd even consider not encouraging me to go for it if he had to make that choice now. I'm a much happier person, both physically and mentally. It sounds great that you have a dietician to help you through the process. Good support will be really helpful in making the lifestyle and thought-pattern changes that you will need to make to ensure your success. I hope your surgery goes really well. Keep us posted on how you're doing during the liquid diet. You may need some words of encouragement from people here at the forum during that phase - it's a tough one, but essential for reducing the risks of the surgery.
  5. Hi Jay, and welcome. You definitely didn't gain 15 pounds of fat from surgery - it's swelling and water retention from the surgery itself. Many (most?) people report coming home from the hospital heavier than when they went in, but it goes away pretty quickly. There's nothing to worry about there. Just focus on getting the nutrition and water you need to recover well, and your body will take care of itself. Protein shakes and water - your best friends right now!
  6. Oh my goodness, it sounds like you've been through the wringer. I hope you've turned a corner and start feeling better soon. What an awful list of complications you've experienced! Gentle hugs.
  7. Welcome and best of luck to you! Being able to tie your shoes and breathe at the same time is a worthy goal Keep your eyes on the prize and understand that it'll be a lot of work and life changes to get where you're going, but it's so worth it.
  8. Endurance racing is a weird thing. I think it takes a certain kind of brain, and then it sort of takes over your sanity. Fortunately I'm wise enough to not have my eye on the 130km for next year. I think 50km is plenty. It is definitely a different kind of achievement to have taken the long road to get to this point. 99% of ultrarunners have probably never even been slightly overweight, so they'd have no idea, but I've definitely got it in the back of my mind at all times. Three years ago me would have been blown away, for sure.
  9. Thanks, Cindy! I'm soaking up all the pride I can get My injury seems to not be too big a deal (please let these words not come back to haunt me). After three days of complete rest (I have a bad cold, so no desire at all to run, fortunately), my knee feels pretty good. I'm going to go back at it pretty slowly, so I'm hoping it'll just have enough rest to not be a problem.
  10. Extreme is probably the best word for it! Thanks
  11. Thanks! I feel pretty proud of all the hard work I've put in to get to this point!
  12. I did it!! I finished the trail ultramarathon within the cutoff time. About 80 of the 350 or so did not, so not too shabby. It took me 12:41:30 to do it, which was longer than I'd thought, but the last 7km took an extraordinarily long time because they were a steep descent over very technical terrain (think ladder-steep over bowling ball sized rocks) and by that time it was dark, so I was doing that with my headlamp It was a long, hard, crazy day, but I finished and I'm so proud. I ran 53 km (33 miles) up a mountain and back down, for an elevation gain of 2400 m (7900 feet). It was surreal to show up the morning of the race and see all the people who had flown in from around the world to compete. I felt like a complete imposter in this group of incredibly fit athletes - they were so amazingly fit. Ultra trail-runners are just an insanely in-shape group. You basically don't want to be carrying any extra weight over those kinds of distances, plus the training sessions burn a ton of calories on a near daily basis. Let's just say there aren't any pudgy ultra trail-runners. I felt very out of my league. The first half was great - I am very good at the uphill portions, and was holding my own very well. The downhill is where I fall back in the pack, partly because I'm just a bit of a chicken when it comes to running downhill fast over tough terrain, and partly because my knees are crap. At the top, around the halfway point, I was feeling great and was happy it was easier than I'd thought. Then the last 15 km took like 4 hours, with the bulk of that in the last 7 km. I injured my (other) knee at about that point, so the steep technical downhill in the dark was slow, slow, slow. I finished about 20 minutes behind the people I was running with all day, with pain every time I put my foot down. Fortunately, it was just a strain, I think, as it's much better today (two days later). I cried at the finish line, but I think it was mostly from the pain. Everything hurt, but especially my knee. But also everything else. My ribs hurt from my pack. My arms hurt from using my trekking poles like crutches for the last 7 km. My hips hurt. My neck hurt from holding my head up to see the trail all day. My lower back hurt from the weight of the pack. My abs hurt from just running so much. My quads and hamstrings hurt. Weirdly, my calves were ok. My feet were (and still are, and will be for a while) a complete mess. Black swollen toenails, blisters upon blisters. Oh, and I had woken up with a cold that morning (awesome timing!) so my throat hurt to the point of aching, my ears hurt from the pressure change at elevation, and I had a pretty nasty headache. Everything everything everything hurt. But I did it. And, weirdly, my running partner and I are already talking about what we're going to do differently for training next year So what do you eat when you're running up a mountain for 12.5 hours? Sugar and refined carbs, it turns out. This worked out OK for me since these are easy things to get into my stomach, fortunately. Lots of packets of sports gel (Gu, which is basically sugar goo with electrolytes in it plus caffeine), dates, gummi worms, cake, cookies, crackers, sports drink (like Gatorade). Other things available included candy bars, Nutella, and Coke, but I decided not to press my luck with those. Overall, I had no problems eating that way all day just because I was burning it all off I suppose. That's how most endurance athletes eat when they're competing. I think next time for training I'm going to try to stay low carb just to see if I can. I have definitely been eating a lot of carbs over the last two months during the heavy training phase, but I feel kind of yucky doing that. There are some endurance athletes who do low carb, so I suppose it's possible. So here are the important things: the pictures.
  13. Welcome! This is a pretty friendly and helpful place, so I think you'll feel comfortable here
  14. Yes, normal, but not great. Things you can do to help: drink lots of water, use Miralax, use something with senna in it (Smooth Move tea, etc), put psyllium in your protein shakes, get up and walk around as much as you can. I often still put psyllium in my protein shakes just to be safe. Later on, you can rely on caffeine to help you out, or eat things that help in that department (beans, veggies with lots of fiber), but those are tools that aren't available to you at the moment. Best of luck - it's hard to go when you're not eating any fiber and not a lot of "food" (liquids or mushies only) at all.