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About annegirl

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  • Birthday 10/07/1956

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    Dog training & showing, reading, outdoor activities, spending time with grandkids and family, travel
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  • Surgeon
    Dr Huguet
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    Baycare St Anthonys
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
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  1. Thanks all. In the last couple of weeks, the loss has definitely slowed. Still more than before surgery but at least it doesn't look like I'm flushing an entire mouse down the toilet. And I was blessed with ridiculously thick hair all my life so no one but myself and my hair dresser notices it.
  2. Maybe this is why my hair is falling out, I am only eating 60-70 grams of protein daily!! Sounds like many members eat way more than that. Gonna up the protein!
  3. I would consider an addiction specialist. My sister, who also had the sleeve, saw a therapist with a specialty in addictions. My sis knew she had a food addiction and was VERY anxious about having the surgery knowing this. It helped her through this journey. She had lost #200 and seems to be holding steady even after a couple of years. She doesn't eat much, mostly protein bars, drinks, etc but feels satisfied and looks healthy. Good luck. You sound very frustrated and unhappy, I'm sorry
  4. I'm a nurse practitioner. Have been a nurse for 36 yrs this year!!! YAY for me. Was always the path that chose me, even as a child. Ok so maybe I wanted to be the white Diana Ross but could never get those high notes, hahahaha. I have worked in many arena's the last 14 yrs in urgent care. Trauma for the 12 yrs before this. Like this MUCH better at my age. Trauma is the under 45yr old's game:)
  5. I wish I could post a new picture but cant get one small enough, go figure, hahaha (but I just mean jig small enough) I am really, really trying to get in more protein. Gonna start drinking 2 of the Premier Protein drinks daily (30gm each) . I know I haven't been getting in 60-75 gms, which is what I need for my current weight. I started this journey needing to lose ~75# and in < 6mth am down 64 so I have done really well BUT I think it's at a cost to my hair. Been on biotin x 6mths and just started Zinc 220 mg per the bariatric surgeon. Been taking that about 3 weeks. I THINK, cautiously, the loss seems to be slowing. I quit washing my hair more than every 3 days. I simply couldn't take seeing the amount of hair I took from the drain. This started at the 4 mth mark. I read about this but honestly didn't worry about it since I have always had an abundance of hair. In fact a ridiculous amount. Now I'm at slightly panicked about going bold or being one of those women with very stringy hair. I know that's unkind of me, but we all have a vain spots, I've always had beautiful hair, no matter my size. Maybe it's Gods way of making me more humble...And I know I will cope with whatever happens but I am anxious about it. Seeing a new hair dresser tomorrow. Going to get the grey covered and guess I might have to go shorter for a while. Thanks for listening and the positive posts about the slowing and regrowth.
  6. I am about 6 mths out. Down 64 #'s I have had MASSIVE hair loss. It's incredible I'm not bald. If it continues like this I will be!! I have been on Biotin since before the surgery and started 220mg of Zinc per the bariatric surgeon about 3 weeks ago. In the last couple of weeks I think it's slowed down, or it's wishful thinking. My hair dresser was surprised how different it is this didn't start till about 4 mths after surgery. I am lucky I had VERY, VERY thick hair to begin with. I am not exaggerating when I say it's been massive loss. I am trying harder to be sure I am getting 60-75 grams of protein daily. Had gotten pretty slack about the protein intact. Both my siblings have had this surgery and neither of them lost as much hair as me. They both lost some, my brother says his never filled back in but my sister didn't feel she lost much and it's normal now. they are 3 yr and 2 yrs out, respectively. Going to a new hairdresser tomorrow and will be embarrassed by the amount of hair she will see come out. I am worried about this and look at every woman with extremely thin hair and feel like crying.
  7. Agree with all the posts!! Well said. Morbid obesity IS a huge risk factor for many acute, chronic and fatal diseases. Weight loss surgery isn't as dangerous as it used to be and complications are relatively rare. I'm a nurse practitioner AND had a complication during my surgery, a very unusual one. I did fine, and continue to do so. I am stronger and healthier than 3 mths ago and will continue to be!! My cholesterol and fasting glucose(sugar) have been slowly creeping up over the last few years. Am going to follow up with my PCP this summer, hopefully will have much improved lab values!!! Will post about this further when available
  8. I think eating sausage and peanut butter this soon is causing you distress. Please follow a full liquid diet for another week. Make sure you get protein powder or drinks with 20-30 of protein per serving. Did they not tell you how many grams of protein per day you should be having?? 60-80 gms of protein daily, around 600 calories/day initially. Lots of dietary advised given about, read it all!! Helps a lot when making grocery decisions. Best of luck, stay on the boards and ask as many questions as you need!!
  9. Mine said NO POPCORN too. However I did note my brother who had the same surgery 3 years ago, is eating popcorn. However, he is gaining weight, sadly, so I won't be adding popcorn to my diet for a long, long time, if ever I was told no gum and no straws. I have done both from the first month. Gum- because my mouth tasted terrible with all the shakes, greek yogurt and protein bars. HAve always been a 1/2 piece of gum chewer daily. I don't swallow gum so I don't think it's a problem. I use straws to drink smoothie and shakes only. I don't drink carbonated drinks, they were on the no-no list too. And amazingly I have done just fine with this. Have ice tea, unsweetened daily, 1 glass. read the handouts and reasons why the surgeon doesn't want certain things. Help you decide if you will choose to follow those guidelines.
  10. I initially was scale obsessed. Now I force myself not to be. I weigh 1-2 times week. I am 2.5 mths out. I think it's counter productive to weigh so often. It determines how we "feel" about everything that day. It's a bad habit. If you can't be happy with the number on the scale, no use ruining the day. I agree with the others. AT 500- 600 calories/day, the human body will lose weight. I'm up to a little more than that and expect my weight loss to slow a bit. But I don't mind. I feel good, am exercising again and happy with my progress I will tell you, this has been more then a giant weight loss thing. It has been very personally eye opening for me. there are things about me I didn't realize, or chose to ignore, that I have had to face during these 2.5 mths. 1. I had no idea the relationship I had with food, and surrounding food. 2. I thought this would be easier than it's been. I have been much hungrier than I thought I'd be. This mad the initial month quite challenging. Much less hunger and feeling much more satisfied now. 3. I care much less about my appearance, then I thought I would, and more about how much easier moving, and just plain existing, feels. 4. Just started back to 4 day/week exercise and while it's tough, it makes me feel like "me" again, So maybe you are on a journey. Less worry about the destination, more about the journey and what you are experiencing. Best of luck, Anne
  11. I was cranky for a month!! I was sooo over the liquids and soft pureed foods. But it definitely got better for me once I was eating "real" food more. I still have shakes but I add frozen fruit now (without GI symptoms) and enjoy them so much more. Hang in there. Tell people, sorry I'm cranky, let them help you. Watch comedy, laugh. get outside for fresh air. It helps (but I still was a big crab, at work especially) and I just apologized without excuses once I felt better.
  12. How do you add the ticker to the screen?? Thanks anne
  13. Just had a bra fitting yesterday!! The only way to go. Find a store near you that does this OR do it yourself with a trusted friend/family member. Down 3 sizes, BUT cup size is larger which validates your research (at least in my case), And if it's not "snug" it doesn't fit. Bras shouldn't move or have to be tugged, readjusted, whatever. I needed a strapless bra cause I can wear much more stylish tops. Wore it for 5 1/2 hours last night. Even with it fitting properly, it's uncomfortable after 3 hours. I looked great but couldn't wait to get it off, hahahaha. That why women in Hollywood "tape" the girls. But my blouse, and my shape, looked great (if I do say so myself). But to each her own, many women chose not to wear them, or any bra, and that's ok too. As I get slimmer, I will try the taping or sticky bras my millennial step-daughter and her friends use. That ought to be worth a chuckle or 2:)
  14. I agree with the above posts. Just a healing area, I expected tenderness for weeks, even up to a month (I'm a nurse practitioner). the body ahs been invaded and will take time to heal. Just allow it too. Doesn't hurt to use oil or low heat to area but avoid excessive stimulation. If still concerned in 3 weeks, see the surgeon Good lick Anne