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About Jen581791

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    Muscat, Oman
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Rumbaut
  • Hospital
    Swiss Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Jen581791

    Vacay time

    Thanks, @cinwa @Cheesehead @Res Ipsa @BurgundyBoy! I’m on day three and all is well. We’re in the SW - our favorite area. We’re in Rocamadour for the night, which is always gorgeous but improves after the sun goes down and the tour buses leave. Started in Figeac and will work our way in loop-de-loops up towards Brive. Limoges is nearby, actually. I went to HS in La Rochelle for a year and university in Montpellier for a year, so I am a long-term Francophile The socks are treating me well so far, @BurgundyBoy. Two layers: good wool ones over the top of thin high tech ones.
  2. So inspiring! In the end, being able to be active participants in our own lives is the most important outcome and it looks like you've got that covered It's great to be someone's very special aunty. I love your dress - the colors are really good on you, and the pattern is lovely.
  3. Jen581791

    Vacay time

    I'm off to France for a walking trip, leaving this evening. We'll be walking from village to village, staying in hotels and B&Bs, but carrying our own gear this year instead of having it transported every day as we've done before. I feel a whole lot more confident about it than I did last year when I did a similar trip. I already know, for example, that getting in enough calories every day will be a bit of a struggle - I'll be walking 6+ hours per day (with a pack this year, so more calories to make up for, yikes) and also running when I can since I'm in the middle of marathon training, so I'll be burning a whole lot of them. My tricks include: carrying a few protein powder pouches for days I really need them, buying a jar of peanut butter as soon as I land, eating all the cheese, eating lots of peanuts, yogurt, and tuna pouches, and stuffing myself with pastries if I start feeling really low on energy. I'll probably be eating meat on this trip, as I did last year, just because there's almost no way to avoid it if I'm needing so many calories and I'm staying places without kitchens I can use. Anyway, I may not be checking in very regularly over the next couple few weeks, but rest assured I'm thinking of you all. Wish my feet luck: it's the blisters that will be my downfall if anything.
  4. Welcome and congrats! -9kg since May 23 is outstanding! The important thing is to get your fluids and protein every day, which will speed up the healing, and to work on building habits. However fast or slow your body decides to shed the weight, if you're following doctor's orders, you will lose a whole bunch of weight. Building the good habits now is what will help you keep it off in the long term. I hope you find some good info and support here. This forum has been the key for me in my time both pre- and post-op.
  5. Jen581791

    Hi guys

    Eggs remain one of the most difficult things for me, which stinks because they're a pretty ideal food for a mostly-vegetarian post-op person. Your pouch might just be having some issues with certain things, and if lunch meat and cheese worked OK for you later (barring the pain that might just be from being previously irritated), maybe focus on those for the moment. Or just really easy stuff like shakes and yogurt and cottage cheese. I hate to recommend tofu to a non-vegetarian because they usually wrinkle their noses at the idea, but tofu is really really easy to eat for me, and can be made tasty with coconut milk/cream and just a bit of curry paste, if you're feeling adventurous. Coconut cream has a ton of calories, too, since you're looking for that right now. You're struggling. I'm sorry! I hope your pouch starts to feel better. I find that the more I stress about eating something, the grumpier my pouch gets :/
  6. Long distance hug initiated. There is so much to learn about surgery beforehand, and I thank my lucky stars I found TTF before my surgery. Keep reading, keep asking questions, and keep coming here
  7. Jen581791


    I'm so sorry to hear this. Take all the time you need to process this, and get back to us when you're feeling up to it. We're here for you.
  8. Wow! How idyllic! You're going to have a great time getting used to life in a small town, I think The puppy will help keep you busy, I imagine - what a cutie. Enjoy!
  9. You look beautiful! Thanks for stopping in to keep in touch - your name is one I see all over the site on stuff from before my time, so it's like a brush with fame It's so inspiring to see someone who's had 15 years of success.
  10. I'm sorry for your loss - it's hard to lose a parent or parent-in-law, I know. I hope your wife is doing OK. Congrats on the twins! That must be a lot of fun You look amazing - seriously, seriously amazing. Getting the go-ahead from the cardiologist must have been very exciting for you. You're certainly making the best of it! Keep up all your hard work. It's good to hear from you.
  11. Hi Zahra, I've got a stomach full of titanium that will always be there - I've seen it in an X-ray, and it looked a little freaky! To clarify, the titanium staples are the ones that hold together the pinched off part of the stomach, not holding together the holes where the equipment goes in. Those holes were closed up with glue and there was nothing to remove or anything. Congrats on your decision. As someone involved with the healthcare sector, you know very well how much obesity affects long-term health outcomes. I am a far healthier person today than I was three years ago, and I have zero regrets on my RNY. Did I mention happier? Also far happier. I eat a mostly vegetarian but also with some seafood diet. I eat a lot of dairy, plus eggs, some fake meat stuff, and fruits and veggies. Particularly early out, I got a lot of recipes from The World According To Eggface, a WLS blogger who has a ton of advice, info, and recipes. Her ricotta bake is to die for, and I make her egg bites on the regular. If you haven't poked through the blog portion of this forum yet, I'd recommend it. I read it like it was my job pre-op, and I felt really really prepared for everything when it happened. I will also shamelessly plug my own blog there because I'm like that. There are lots of other ones there that I really liked though, too, and there are several blogs there by people who have gone after me that are really good, too. They're good places to get a feel for what you need to do to get ready, emotionally, physically, and logistically, for your surgery. Best of luck - keep us posted, and keep hanging around TTF. People here are friendly, helpful, and welcoming. And they know a lot and are happy to share.
  12. Jen581791

    Hi guys

    You must be feeling self-image whiplash. I'm sorry you're having this problem. What a strange problem to have at this moment of your life. Take good care of yourself and just keep eating healthy food in healthy quantities. You're still in Healthy BMI territory (19.2), so don't fret too much, but I can definitely see how you'd be a little alarmed. We're here to support you, whether you're weighing more or less than you feel is healthy for you.
  13. I did very low carb for my first year of rapid losing, and still do pretty low carb. It helped me to build habits and change my relationship with food, and also just helped me to say "no" to a lot of things for a long time. I tend to have a sweet tooth, too, and eating low carb seems to be the best way to keep that in check - the fewer carbs I eat, the fewer carbs I want - and, conversely, the more carbs I eat, the more carbs I want (and the less healthy the carb choices get). In my first year out, I had no real sweets of any kind for more than 6 months (cookies, cake, ice cream, etc, etc). I didn't eat any pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, etc. Currently, I eat a little dark chocolate most days (like a square or two) and have a sweet of some kind (cookie or a bit of cake) every now and again. Ice cream makes me dump (which may be for the best ). I still do not eat more than a spoonful of rice or pasta (they stick in my pouch and bother me), but I may have a few bites of potato sometimes. I eat whole wheat crackers pretty often. I have a piece of bread now and again if it's really really good bread. Otherwise, I get most of my carbs from fruit, vegetables, and dairy. For some people, this style of eating works well. For others, it either works against them or just isn't really necessary, I guess. I'm sort of an all-or-nothing kind of person, so just forcing myself to say no to a very long list of things for a year was really helpful. I've come to a place where I don't really see food as my favorite entertainment/self-soothing-device anymore (not all the time, anyway! ). One thing that will make the process much easier for you is that you will likely be either way less hungry or not hungry at all post-op, and the tiny little amounts you'll be eating will seem huge to your new stomach. Following the "protein first, everything else afterwards" rule, you'll usually be pretty full on just the protein, which is what your body will need to heal, anyway. Something you can do now to make the transition a little easier is to start trying to eat pretty low carb/high protein so you can learn the tricks of the trade before you really really need to. You'll know which restaurants might work better than others, which things are best to order, which aisles of the supermarket will have lots of things for you to eat and which have virtually none (stick to the periphery!). You'll learn which things are satisfying, which things make choices difficult, and hopefully you'll start to understand a bit what kinds of life events or emotions send you to a place where eating is the most attractive choice (boredom, sorrow, and self-pity here!). You could also start upping your daily activity level if that's something you feel you should be doing. That will help you build good habits for later. Don't push too hard or get down on yourself, though, since exercising only gets easier as the weight comes off. You'll probably naturally get more active as time goes by - when it gets to be enjoyable! The key component for me was this forum. It got me through the tough times, it gave me a sense of belonging to a group, it gave me a ton of good ideas and important information, and it really continues to help me stay on track with things. Best of luck as you prepare for the big day!
  14. Jen581791

    Hi guys

    Oh my! So glad you got to the right people and got things taken care of! Scary!!! Keep us updated as you can, Trish!
  15. Don't be disappointed! I know that's just how most of us feel in the first few months and it's not an emotion you can really control, but try to work on feeling positive about it. Just keep doing what you're supposed to be doing and it'll work for you. 43.6 pounds in four months is amazing, and your numbers are right in line with most people's, I think. In the losing phase, there are big months, small months, and everything in between, but it's not linear for most people. You can't control how fast your body responds to the changes you've made, but you can control how you behave. Focus on what you can control. Remember to praise yourself for good behavior and habit building, not for "success" in pounds lost - it's the behavior that will get you there and keep you there, and eventually the scale will follow *edit: to answer your food suggestion question, I don't have any great suggestions, as dairy and eggs are sort of the basis of my food pyramid these days. Breakfast meat (or veg alternative)? Good luck.