BurgundyBoy

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  1. 1 year Surgiversary

    Surgery was on 3.20/2017
  2. Newbie

    @SusanvmalloryTo quote @Ladybugzzz86 Legumes! Red-orange lentils have flavor, fiber, and protein, and quickly cook into the kind of puree that we're supposed to eat after surgery. Easy to add hot sauce, or make using a tasty broth or sprinkle with truffle oil.
  3. Newbie

    Nah, I wouldn't plan on suddenly becoming lactose tolerant (although those lacatose removing drops are pretty efficient these days). Allow me to magically invoke @cinwa by citing her name and asking if she remembers some products that might be useful for you. There are milk derived drinks that include the small molecules (like lactose) in them and others that have those removed, but since Cinwa Knows Everything I bet she can point you in a productive direction. Could you drink vegetable broth with lots of egg whites? Yes. Plus there are LOTS of very neutral tasting protein powders. You will be fine.
  4. What a year can do

    Oh, my bad... snappy suit there too, matey. Am sure your kids - the most studious, most attentive students of their parents other than your own parents - are fully ON with your weight loss. Even if they say next to nothing. Kudos again. So happy you post here.
  5. Postponed

    Steady nerves now, disappointing but not the end of the world. The surgery is life - changing/ enhancing so best to feign equanimity as much as this is a rollercoaster for you. Me, I might have been an emotional puddle - but ... you have to look forward. Stiff upper lip and carry on, etc etc. Just a week. Plus who wants to have surgery when your surgeon is emotionally tied into an unreasolved family emergency?? Michael_A, by the way, the prior poster, has a crazy-perfectionist-reduce-patient-risks surgeon and he ended up losing MORE on the pre-surgery diet getting his liver shrunk down than after surgery.... but it took him months and months longer than he thought BEFORE his surgery, so when he says the week will whiz by.... he has a lot of street cred. Not sure he is a Time Lord like Dr. Who but he is at least a Time Noble. All praise to all who helped people in PR. Thank you for your service!
  6. Newbie

    Dear Susan, I think you are right to mentally prepare yourself - including knowing lots of the small details - before (potentially) having surgery. To cut to the chase - Many of us use milk-based protein shakes both immediately after surgery and then, during maintenance, to make sure we get **LOTS** of protein - smooths recovery, reduces the risk of hair loss, etc. In the 11 months since my surgery, I doubt that I have missed my protein requirement more than 1 or 2 days. I still have a milk protein based protein shake most mornings. If you eat eggs and/or milk I very much doubt you will be at risk. One pearl: You can heat a (veggie) broth with a touch of vinegar or lemon juice to boiling, turn it off and beat in the egg whites of a couple of eggs to get an egg-drop (Asian) or lemon-egg (Greek) style soup. Easy to digest, tons of protein. I used fish stock (which you will not!) which also had protein in it as my liquid base. Best wishes - BB
  7. Stall

    Yup. and the astonishing thing is that this surgery reliably, predictably, regularly leads to life-changing (life-saving) weight loss. Even with the emotional rollercoaster!!
  8. Pre surgery nervousness

    Hey Rob, I had all sorts of butterflies in my stomach and kept having the Doubts. All of us do. But it's still the best thing I ever did. My family is pretty blown away by my health and all the good changes that came with it. Do the math, this is all so in your favor. Don't let your emotional fears of a bad outcome outweigh the rational benefit-to-risk calculation. Maybe you can fight the emotional fear of the surgery with emotional grief, and motivation, related to your father's early passing. Easy for me to say, of course. Very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. It stinks. His loss must be powerful - my father passed 7 years ago, and I miss him every day - and you don't want to leave the Earth prematurely as he did.
  9. @Readytobeme @Kio @Ladybugzzz86 @cinwa -- I totally agree this site is robust enough to read the good, the bad, and the ugly. Eyes wide open. Daniel Kahneman got the Nobel Prize in 2002 for his work, in collaboration with several other people, on behavioral economics. He wrote a best-selling book called, "Thinking: Fast and Slow" that is an excellent read. A cardinal observation is that a negative experience "feels" 3-5 times more powerful than a positive one. Finding a $20 bill is not as big an emotional high as losing a $20 bill is an emotional low. You have to find a $100 bill to reliably balance the dejection you feel from losing $20. We avoid negative experiences, or the risk of having them, to an irrational extent. So, there are a gazillion things that could go wrong during surgery or afterwards, bad luck and bad things happen, and so on. When you look at the pluses and minuses of having weight loss surgery no reason not to include all the potential benefits and all the potential negatives when one weighs one's decision. If you were told that you might temporarily feel some pain, and have to drink some liquids for a month, but reduce your risk of death by 40 or 50% or even more for the rest of your life and get another decade or two of lifespan.... lots of people would not choose to have the pain of the temporary events. The risk of death from having our surgery is far outweighed by the benefits from WLS. So @Readytobeme I think it is fine by me if you post this particularly unusual complication here - the key is its rarity. At the risk of boring you, but still reciting some facts that may be new to the Lurkers on the site --- Lurkers out there: use your brains, not your emotional heart, when you make health care decisions including WLS (weight loss surgery). Fear is your enemy. Being obese and having diabetes... short life span. The risk of death from having a sleeve is about 1 in a 1,000. If you drive a car your risk of death from driving over ten years is about the same. Have you given up driving your car yet? Aha. That is because you 'accept' the risks of driving as part of normal life. and let's see, the JAMA article cited earlier.... 2.3% of people died without surgery versus 1.3% in those with surgery over roughly the same period, 4 years. So =if there is a 1% extra risk of dying over 4 years from being heavy = this equates to 10 per thousand death rate. So let's see, in first 4 years, risk of surgical death is 1 per 1,000 and risk reduction is 10 per thousand ... so "only" a ten-fold benefit: risk ratio. Go out another 4 years and the risk reduction would, all things being equal (at least) double to 20 per thousand... and so go out 20 years, and you are talking a 50 fold benefit to risk ratio. (This is a back of the envelope calculation; the benefits are likely bigger as you get older and the rates of death from strokes, hypertension, getting limbs chopped off from diabetes, blindness, kidney and heart disease, cancers, etc go higher).
  10. Stall

    well, I am in awe of your progress! You must feel so accomplished and great even if the stall has you temporarily in a tizzy. So I ended up with no smooth path down, but rather a set of steps - stalls - which ended with some abrupt weight loss until I got to the weight of the next stall. Had I had the intestinal fortitude of @cinwa I would have just weighed myself every month and never known I had stalled. If the stall has you down - look to see if you can lower your carbs, even for just a week or two to kick you back into loss; consider a bit more exercise, perhaps 20 minutes; more water for sure; and paradoxically, increasing your calories by 100-200 a day. Sometimes our bodies need to be reassured that you are not starving to death by getting a little bit more in the way of calories. Plus if you post here out of desperation and feelings of woe, our comraderie will help the Woes, and for reasons only understood by the Weight Loss Gods, posting here seems to hasten the end of the Stall. Go figure...
  11. From another thread: A JAMA paper published in January. Many thousands of people in Israel who could be tracked electronically: Bariatric surgery reduces mortality (e.g. INCREASES LIFESPAN) - in people who had surgery (banding, sleeve, or bypass) 1.3% died over the 4.3 years after surgery; the death rate in those who did not get surgery was 2.3% over 4 years. https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2018/january/bariatric-surgery-prolongs-lifespan-in-obese/ https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2669726?redirect=true
  12. Hungry

    Well, I do get somewhat hungry, 11 months out. Like a lot of the others it feels different than it used to but it is recognizable. More of a sense of low energy when it happens. I still enjoy the act of cooking and have some head hunger - have to be careful when I am eating out not to order too much, else the table gets to enjoy half my food! As @athenarose says though your stomach does NOT get bigger even if the hunger is there!
  13. What will it feel like when I wake up?

    @Lyds85 Surgery only had minor issues for me. I woke up in the recovery room after surgery remembering nothing. I had no throat pain from being intubated. My team preventively put me on a medication for nausea that made it harder for me to pee (yes, a prostate issue). Since I had no nausea I stopped it and had no problems peeing. Yes to some pain or soreness at the incision sites, but nothing that the meds couldn't take the edge off. Also had some upper chest shoulder pains from the dissolved carbon dioxide in my system coming out of solution (yes it's a "gas pain" but really it's like the bends that scuba divers get, it has nothing to do with your bowels). All in all the surgery was less of a bother than a few of my prior broken bones or bike accidents.
  14. @Aussie Bear Thank you for posting this! Really very sobering statistics. It is clear that the diet and exercise paradigm only works for a very small number of people. Here in the US everyone has to go through a period where they try to lose weight in a supervised program for 6 months or more... but it is clear that the odds of success are tiny. So here is the thought experiment: How many very obese persons (BMI > 40) suffer an adverse event (a stroke, heart attack, a complication of diabetes, etc.) during the 6 month trial of exercise and diet - versus the number of persons who have the positive benefit of attaining a normal body weight and are able to maintain it thereafter?
  15. All but one of these people were very severely malnourished if their serum albumin was as low as the level published ... and 9 of the 11 had very low zinc levels, which is very hard to accomplish on a diet that is remotely normal, since zinc is present in many foods especially meat and seafood proteins (vegans are at a bit more risk of zinc deficiency though on average their zinc levels are only a little lower than in omnivores). Zinc deficiency is common in malourished children in poor countries where the diet is monotonous and deficient in micronutrients, e.g. kids eating maize (corn in US) porridge for all meals. My guess is that this group of unfortunate souls is a mixed collection of people with odd eating habits after bypass plus a few with inborn genetic dispositions to this abnormal biochemical state. I would put this complication on the list of things you can tell people about at a cocktail party when you regale them with your tales of the Weight Loss Path and your success.
  16. What a year can do

    @Michael_A People who haven't seen you in a year or two must do the most amazing double-takes. Your family must be so proud of you (even the teenagers). ... and you must feel so very good about yourself too! Thanks for all of your insights, wisdom, and sharing along the way!
  17. One Year *cue music: Celebration, by Kool and the Gang*

    Great post Jen!! Even more: a great success story! and all the kindness and common sense you have shown being part of TTF!
  18. HELP PLEASE I am gaining !!

    Congrats on Onederland!
  19. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    Well, it's not possible to stay off one's feet all the time, since we do walk and such! I'm trying to figure out still if my hip pains are mostly due to osteoarthritis (years of being heavy, years of weight-bearing exercise) or to some weird re-alignment syndrome from losing a lot of weight and having my posture, muscles, tendons are reset. Am curious if @AustinJ or anyone else has noticed such a thing... am vaguely remembering that someone posted that she had to see a physical therapist at around the 6 month point after surgery because of pains in both hips ascribed to the realignment...
  20. Travel Tips?

    @kristinwitha_k Last year my family went to northern Italy for 10 days and then Iceland for a week. In the little Italian town we were in, the WLS options were not extensive, but I did fine with eating the meat and cheese appetizers - salamis, olives, charcuterie... even in pizza places where the whole family went, there were always some high protein things to eat. I pack a protein bar for each day I am away, so for 3 weeks pack 21; bags of low-carbo beef jerky; in Italy there are a lot of great cheeses! And often ate one protein bar while hiking in the mountains, perhaps with a piece of fruit. Plus you should be able to get great seafood. But these are just echoes of all the good advice you have already received! ** Usually you can pre-order a meal for your flights going and returning. Recently did the low calorie choice on British Air when going to India -> it turned out to be high protein, low carbs. Perfect. Between that and the nuts (almonds) I had bought, and a protein bar, all was well. No reason to eat the gloppy cheap pasta dish they serve everyone ... ** Bring your sugar substitute of choice - I use Splenda and it is not available in much of Europe. ** Similarly unless you are getting expresso I find the "hotel coffee" often pretty bad so I carry packets of Starbucks instant French dark roast or Italian roast coffee with me. Of all the instant coffees out there I think they are the best. l buy lots of 50 or so on Amazon, less expensive than buying at the retail Starbucks.
  21. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    Jen I had this happen to me... bad bike accident in 2015, trashed my whole left side of body, which unmasked my (compensatory) bad osteoarthritis in my right hip - I gained a bit more weight, which affected my back and made my sleep apnea much worse -->> led to my having WLS. Good luck with this! It's what started me swimming since there is no weight bearing at all in the water.
  22. NSVs—Let's share!

    Well, yes, it is helpful if your Perfect Spouse manages to miss / oversee a few things...
  23. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    Thanx Austin - I just bought something similar a couple of days ago. No hypotension for me!!
  24. How much fat do you eat?

    It's a good question! For this I used a bottle of 2015 Chablis (real Chablis, from Burgundy) - I would say it made the stock more aromatic and a bit richer rather than sweeter. If I cook this with Sherry, I don't use one of the "cooking" sherries but rather a bottle of Fino sherry - costs only $1-$2 more than cooking sherry, but cooking sherry is not anything you want to drink, and my rule is that the wine has to be something you would want to drink if you are going to cook with it!
  25. Free parenting program from Stanford for post-op WLS people

    (You forgot to mention that this cheese is gluten-free).