BurgundyBoy

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About BurgundyBoy

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    MetroBoston
  • Age
    63

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  • Surgeon
    Kim
  • Hospital
    Mt. Auburn
  • Height (ft-in)
    6-02
  • Start Weight
    294
  • Current Weight
    201.7
  • Goal Weight
    185
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    26.0
  • Surgery Date
    03/20/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Kim

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  1. No doubt your youth has helped... the younger you are, the more likely your skin is to be able to adapt. Your degree of weight loss - 65% of your weight - is on the high side and that suggests you had more than the average amount of skin to start with. Exercise will help, and is sometimes enough, but only plastics will leave you sculpted. Sometimes just a bit of exercise makes a difference in how you look, how you carry yourself, and how taut you are. Your neck and face may unduly benefit - - and IMHO, there is nothing as visually confidence building as developing or enhancing a jaw line where there had been none. Having said that, only plastics will leave you sculpted - or be thorough in getting rid of redundant skin that is tiresome.
  2. Wise. You can only worry about the things you can alter (by worrying) through being more mindful ...
  3. Am 2 years out - in general do NOT have hunger pangs - and I only get hungry in one of two circumstances: - True hunger where I've not eaten in a long time. - If I am foolish enough to eat a lot of carbohydrates and no protein/fat - I get hungry a few hours later. I think is part of the carbohydrate-induced metabolic cycle of low-> high insulin In other words, am just like @Aussie Bear!
  4. BurgundyBoy

    still here!

    All the gallbladder does is store up your bile, so that when you eat you get a squirt of bile to help dissolve the food ... instead it just flows like a steady stream after having your GB out. The existence of a gallbladder, along with the appendix, is offered as proof by some people that God (or the Gods, or whatever...) makes Mistakes or could be Misled by mischievous parties. Glad you have an answer Kio!
  5. Bowel kink may be caused by adhesions, little bits of scar tissue that anchor the outsides of your intestines to nearby things... and given all your surgery it's all the more likely. Hope this goes away on its own!
  6. That's "chiseled" not gaunt, chiseled, chiseled .... helps you look distinguished and edgy in an attractive way... I know what you mean. My, um, chiseled cheeks are above slight jowls around my mouth, which I disguise a bit with my short beard and mustache. Turns out the most sensitive indicator area for me and my weight is my neckline, and my weird little inner tube that goes around my middle. Your smile is lovely. One can see that when you smile, as in your photo, the natural crease lines to the side are also in the smiling position, and not the frowning position. One must guess that you smile a lot!
  7. Tracy, I don't sense that my post-VSG stomach is much different now (2 years) than it was at 6 months or so. I cook an amount of food for dinner most nights that is at my limit for being full, since I often don't finish it: typically 50 g of farro, 50 grams of lentils, with 300 g of chicken broth, some sauteed garlic and maybe some defatted sausage or hamburger meat - am sure it is less than 2 cups (500 cc) by volume. I'm 6' 2+" inches, not 5'6". At this point I remain a cheap date by food volume standards!
  8. No magic answers here for sleep ... modest alcohol intake; got a new mattress recently that I sleep much better on; I do take clonzepam sometimes especially when I am travelling and sleep is elusive; and the thing that seems to help my friends the most sleep through the night as a group ... is a substance recently decriminalized in Massachusetts!
  9. Hey Trish sorry you have been under the weather with all this, and have now gained some weight back. ... and lack of sleep is so very draining. You still on track for the surgery on your other knee? Best to be in the best shape...
  10. We each lose weight at our own rate. Your rate is what it is. Your stats are minus 30 pounds. You are a success. You must not fall into the trap of comparing your rate to some other random person. Success is success. How quickly you lose weight after surgery does NOT determine your long term success. The fact you are on a support website is good though as social support - in person, via the web, whatever - IS predictive of success. Maybe you would like to accelerate your success. People tend to look to modest changes in exercise; perhaps changing your balance of proteins, fats, and carbs; or (with really low caloric intake) upping your calories by a few hundred calories a day. An interesting tactic is to measure your arms, thighs, waist, hips, bust, chest, neck.... it's really common to see a change in your SIZE with an unchanging weight. A fall in one of those measures keeps your spirits up when the scale is not changing. Try measuring yourself every, oh, week or so with those.
  11. There are studies showing that people with kidney disease need to be careful with protein intake, but shy of that there is not much evidence of such a problem. One example I have read about is something called (by some) rabbit disease. The traditional diet of the Inuit peoples of the far North was very enhanced in protein and fat, and only about 15-20% carbohydrate ... and you may know that they famously had excellent cardiovascular health on a protein and fat rich traditional diet. They also got all their vitamin C, vitamin A and so forth from the flesh of the animals and fish they ate. Rates of things like diabetes in people eating a traditional Inuit diet was about half that of people eating a Western diet. (But of course they also exercised a lot, being an hunter-gatherer can take a lot of work). I've read that in this kind of diet, the calories from fat were 2-3 times the number of calories obtained from protein (animal and fish meat, primarily). One difference between the famous (or infamous) Atkins diet and the Inuit diet is that there was a lot more of the 'healthy' fish oils in the Inuit diet - the ones called omega-3s. "Rabbit disease" occurred in people who ate only protein that was deficient in fat. Rabbits are notoriously low in fat and very lean. In many traditional hunter-gatherer societies / cultures people would not eat meat that did not have fat since it could lead to protein toxicity - wasting, nausea, vomiting, liver problems. I think the body gets overwhelmed with the amount of nitrogen waste on a pure protein diet.
  12. @Aussie Bear is absolutely right. You can be taking in enough protein to allow recovery from your surgery, but not enough to support that AND hair growth. Nails and hair are substantially all protein. There are gazillions of studies showing that the more protein you eat, the less hair loss. Would not confuse the two issues. Suggest you consider upping your protein to 90 grams or more a day. Also get your hemoglobin / blood count checked out, since you are feeling tired, as well as make sure you are taking your vitamins. Some hair loss is related to (otherwise obscure) vitamins and micronutrients. If it is any comfort, your circumstances are common. What kind of surgery did you have? And congratulations on 48 lbs weight loss. Don't be discouraged. Just alter your Plan as needed to meet your needs and desires.
  13. Well, perhaps in defense of the warnings, they may be focusing on the core need we all have to be mindful and to take to mind the message that the surgery is only part of what is required ... the circumstances for these persons who are so very heavy, and have such a difficult time not regaining weight, deserve our empathy (if not our sympathy as well). The emotional drivers, and social environments we live within, are so very powerful! There are lots of scientific studies showing that the people we associate with are important to our success or failure after surgery. To use a literary analogy, if you read a Balzac novel you are often reading a morality tale, a story with an ending that is foretold by the good or bad decisions that people make along the way. In this case I do not think it is a moral tale we are exposed to, but rather a story where the helpful environment and support may not be present. If you siblings, spouse, and parents and friends are quite obese, then you are surrounded by people who are less likely to be helpful when you are trying to decide between a good or bad decision. I totally agree with you that these circumstances of such an high weight are uncommon.... but sometimes the extremes inform us as to the risks we run.
  14. Two thoughts: TV shows love the dramatic, so a show about a family's inability to keep weight off is just sensationalism. Bah. Just think how boring a show would be of a family or persons who lose weight, keep the majority of it off, and live happily ever after. But that would be by far the more common result for people after weight loss surgery. And, in the long run, this is a 90% head game. The surgery only changes your intestines (and some of your hormonal and metabolic machinery) but you have to make good choices on a daily basis. In my case I know that I have to get some at least moderate amount of exercise during the week too. ___________________ I just came back from a long trip to East Africa and I almost dread the flight meals... all carbo stuff. (I forgot to pre-order meals for diabetics, which are usually protein and veg and light on the carbs). I packed protein bars and when meal times came around, ate them instead of the garbage they serve. I chose my hotel on the basis of its having lots of high protein foods at breakfast and a good gym. No, I wasn't perfect for the last couple of weeks, but we should never let the good be the enemy of the perfect.
  15. BurgundyBoy

    still here!

    @Kio Hope you are better soon!