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About BurgundyBoy

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  1. BurgundyBoy

    Can you have too much protein?

    Oh those will tighten up too with time. When you think of your arms now focus on the emerging muscles, so that your thoughts about your arms are more reasonably balanced and positive, not unbalanced and negatively attuned to the cellulite.
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    REGAIN! I feel out of control.

    @kat___138 You're a big success. You've lost a lot of weight, have taken responsibility for the alcohol issue, and are seeking help. Not all anti-depressants lead to weight gain, by the way. Your surgeon will likely be supportive, not judgmental, he or she is there to help you. They can help form the support network to aid you in losing some weight again. I'd focus on how you dug yourself out of the hole you were in and not focus on the fact your feet are a bit muddy still. Plus someone loves you so much you are getting married. You;re blessed.
  3. BurgundyBoy

    Asking for prayers from the group

    How very very sad. Things like this feel like they are too much to bear.
  4. BurgundyBoy

    Five Months of Maintenance

    Great post. Nice you mentioned the ways your spine / hips / posture are continuing to subtly shift. Good luck with the family thing ... everyone in my family knows now, even the ones who haven't seen me yet... he he he. @Kio Just go with a friend to the gym who can show you how to use the machines, or get a tour from the staff. You'll be up to speed in no time!
  5. BurgundyBoy

    Any other painkillers besides Tylenol?

    You may find that in the NSAID class, ones that are COX-2 inhibitors may work. (see, for example, https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/treatments/pharmacological/non-opioids/ask-expert-nsaids-after-bariatric-surgery - note that combining them with acid blockers may be helpful too). Perhaps someone on the TTF may have personal experience. Agree CBD oil (from cannabis) may be pretty safe, not known to induce ulcers or other stomach problems.
  6. BurgundyBoy

    5 week post op stall, need some encouragement

    @Lisa050505 You'll be okay. Body likely just readjusting after all that weight loss. Hoping you have photos of your former self, or measures of your limbs/bust/waist/neck to help goad you along. Be of good cheer, you'll do fine.
  7. BurgundyBoy

    Pre-surgery weight loss

    @Rager2Sharp Do be careful that you do lose some weight, even if it is just a couple of pounds. @michiganmilkman did his supervised 6 month diet but wasn't told he had to lose SOMETHING and had his surgery initially denied because his weight at 6 months was a lb or two higher than at the start. He had to appeal it and won the case, had surgery earlier this year... but it was worrisome. I think the 6 month supervised diet thing is often used to deny surgery to people who should otherwise have it. Clearly reducing your risks by losing weight before surgery is a clear positive but not always possible....
  8. BurgundyBoy

    First Time(r) for Everything

    Yes, it's within the realm of normal. We're all different, I remember losing up to two pounds a day for a short while to start. Part of this loss must have been not much caloric intake, part must have been extra fluid leaving my body from surgery, and part was the weight loss due to resources being needed for healing. It may take a week or two until you get to a place where the losses are not so extreme and are based on your reduced intake more than the fluids and healing stuff. Just remember weight loss is NOT steady, it is lumpy-bumpy, most people have stalls, and your body can be remodelling even if your weight is not changing. Record your measurements of neck, thighs, calves, ankles, upper and lower arms, bust, waist, hips... you can have dramatic remodelling without much in the way of weight change. One thing I remember @Jen581791 bringing up early is that on a chemical basis, when you eat carbohydrates you tend to hold on to some water molecules as well... it's just the chemistry. I looked it up later to learn more about it. When you make glycogen, a storage form of carbohydrates found in your liver and muscles, you also incorporate some water with the sugars to make glycogen. Later on I have found that when I shift to more protein and fats I not only lose a bit more, I often get rid of a couple of pounds of water which I ascribe to the carbos. So at this juncture, when your diet must be mostly protein, liquids, fats and not carbos, you have used up your glycogen and in doing so mobilized the water that was in the glycogen. Gosh, I hope this is not too nerdy. Anyhow my guess is that if you have been losing 1-2 lbs a day, sometime in the future you will suffer horrible stalls, lose 0.01 lbs a day for a while, and be tortured by the Weight Loss Demon Gods for having been so successful early on. You may gain weight while eating 300 calories a day for no good reason. Plus you will then abandon all hope of future weight loss. You will suffer all the more because you will weight yourself every day, instead of once a week or every two weeks. This is par for the course, it passes, and you will do fine. You just need to stick to the program, and all will be well. Really!
  9. BurgundyBoy


    I am very very abstemious and moderate, not having more than a big pot of expresso (about 600 mls) every morning and several cups during the day. The evidence you need to avoid it after WLS is ... small. An argument can be made that for people sensitive to ulcers, coffee could aggravate an ulcer. The American bariatric society suggests avoiding it for 30 days after surgery then "asking your surgical and nutrition team." My nutritionist, when I tried to pin her down on this, refused to be drawn into the conversation, as I think she thinks it is nearly a non-issue. The diuretic aspect of coffee - making you pee - has been overplayed. Recently coffee has even been identified as a beverage you can rehydrate with after moderate exercise. Common sense has to play a role here: if you drink 20 cups of coffee a day, then yes it will be a significant diuretic and your heart rate may be a gazillion. I would enjoy my coffee in the absence of pains suggesting an ulcer.
  10. BurgundyBoy

    First Time(r) for Everything

    Good to hear from you. You must be delighted to have less weight on those poor knees and other joints. Keep up the protein and fluids, you need a lot for healing and more protein early on may help with possible hair loss later on. Yes, lots of people have gall bladder issues so pay attention if you start to have belly pains! and good you are walking too, that helps to move the fluid out and get in the habit of some daily exercise.
  11. @Aussie Bear Sorry to hear of this. To all of you lurkers out there trying to decide if surgery is the way to go, a couple of things: - Surgery gives you a pouch that is small and when full, you don't feel hungry --> so you lose weight. Surgery does NOT alter the attitudes and habits and thinking of the person having the surgery. If you ate Twinkies 18 hours a day before surgery and think surgery will magically prevent you from buying and eating Twinkies, think again. You have to quit buying Twinkies too. You can defeat the pouch benefits by eating all the time for emotional reasons. Success does not require perfect adherence to the WLS diet, but it does require SOME mindfulness and reasonable choices. One of the reasons why WLS usually requires a psychological evaluation is so that people who are NOT committed to stopping their Twinkie habit are flagged and can get psychological attention and help with this form of emotional eating.
  12. Karen, I would call up the programs at Mt. Auburn, Tufts, the Brigham, Newton Wellesley, and MGH to find out who they refer to. There is a lot of plastic surgery done in this area!
  13. BurgundyBoy

    Look what I just bought, Burgundy Boy...

    Wow, what a deal! 3 suggestions: (1) shrimp or scallops; (2) some cut of beef you really like; and (3) soft-boiled eggs. Both the scallops and the beef I take out of the food-grade plastic when they are done, and sear on the outside. For the beef, I go to Costco and buy rib-eyes, cut off the bigger pieces of fat and weight out portions of 3 ozs or so, and then cook them with fresh rosemary or thyme with some olive oil and a bit of broth, and some salt. These are then about the size of your palm and easy to sear with a pair of tongs on a super hot cast iron pan. For the scallops it's just 30 seconds on a side so I don't overcook the insides. If you cook a bunch of them up in separate pouches they will last a long time in the fridge, since the process also pasteurizes them. So I make up a bunch of them, cook them, and eat one and put the others into the fridge for another night. When that other night rolls around, I just (using the sous vide) bring them back up to temperature and away I go. The soft-boiled eggs are a hoot. I first had a soft-boiled egg at a Japanese restaurant where they called it a hot-spring cooked egg. I guess people cook eggs in hot springs! (They don't need to be put in food-grade plastic. You can go online and find diagrams of how the eggs change texture as you change the water bath by a degree. Example: https://www.seriouseats.com/2013/10/sous-vide-101-all-about-eggs.html; ) As you know, soft-boiled eggs evoke a lot of comments since people have such different opinions about them ... have seen recent sites that suggest boiling the eggs for 3 minutes, THEN putting them into sous vide. Example: https://www.reluctantgourmet.com/sous-vide-hard-boiled-eggs/ (These are not meant to be commerical endorsements, just suggestions and examples). Another advantage is you can set up the water bath and sous vide, and then just have a family member turn it on 1-2 hours before you get home from work - and it's ready to go when you get home.
  14. BurgundyBoy

    Gastric bypass weight loss montly

    hI @Heavenlyy_piink Must agree with Rachel @athenarose weight loss is only smooth and predictable... in our dreams. I have been a series of steps. The suggestion to measure arms, bust, thighs, calves, neck, everywhere you can and take photos is a great one and cannot recommend it highly enough. Days and weeks when my weight did not change, my neck and waist got smaller. That helps keep the emotional boat afloat and keeps you on an emotional even keel. Weight is only ONE of the metrics to think about; never forget your blood pressure, blood sugars, load on your joints, and all sorts of other stuff will get better too. Congrats on having the surgery done!
  15. BurgundyBoy

    I have not forgot about you!

    Hi @AustinJ Read this thread with a lot of interest. You have managed a rare and difficult task with all your loss. Good luck with the new business and your family must be just amazed. Hard to comprehend being 225+ lbs down now since just November of last year. Clearly you can continue to still lose more weight even with the 1500-1700 calories your doc is insisting on now.... just the rate may be slower. than with a smaller amount of intake. Are you still working out every day? That has seemed to be an important part of your life, your self image, and in particular your strategy for losing. There are some recent studies showing that an half hour of exercise a day will keep you fit but not materially contribute to weight loss... but at about the hour mark that equation changes and it can contribute. There are some older studies showing that people who did NOT have WLS and successfully lost weight have to work out about 90 minutes a day to change the equation for themselves. I'm, beginning to think that our bodies can adapt to some level of exercise without needing extra calories but then that shifts as the caloric requirements and length of time go up. My surgical team has told me they think that the adaptation to maintenance is in general easier for people who gradually increase their calories over time rather than abruptly changing from a low intake to a maintenance intake. I think you'll be fine with this higher level of intake if you remain as disciplined as you are. This is SUCH a head game. I used to say 90% is the head game, now maybe I would say 95%. Discipline, stay true to principles of protein and fluids, and thoughtfulness about your habits. In my case thoughtfulness about my many flaws, bad habits, and such. Like some of the others who have posted into this thread, will be rooting for you to achieve your next set of goals now that this biggie is behind you.