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About Dragonfly111

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  • Birthday 06/11/1976

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    Minneapolis, MN
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ikramuddin
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    University of Minnesota
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    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ikramuddin

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  1. Thanks @delilasand @Kio! I am a tried-and-true starch addict, so I try to avoid it as well. (Kio, tortilla chips are one of my favorite foods! I could eat them at every meal and in between.) I'm eating a lot of tuna/chicken mixed with avocado and greek yogurt, cheese, and meats, and am trying to up my vegetable intake. I'm also drinking a protein shake post-work out. My program and nutritionist aren't focused on calories, so I feel like I'm doing a very trial-and-error job of things.
  2. Hello friends! I am nearing five months post-op (2/11/18). I'm exercising five days a week (two days of the dreaded cardio, three days of the much-loved weight lifting). I'm feeling good inside and out. My only regret is that I did not do this surgery sooner! Right now I'm eating about 1100 calories a day on average, and I find I can eat 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of food depending on what it is. I'm still tending to use volume measurements rather than weight measurements for my food and tracking. I find that my body wants more food than it did a month ago and that sometimes I can eat it faster than 30 minutes, though I'm still trying to eat my meals over a 30-minute period. I'm a little concerned that I'm advancing too quickly on the amount of food I'm eating. I'm concerned about stomach stretching, and habits, and such. I am curious as to where others are at calorie-wise and amount-of-food wise.
  3. Congratulations! You look lovely and happy in the picture you posted.
  4. Jen, I am so, SO happy for you! I did not know your entire background, and reading it here makes me see that you and I have similar experiences in more ways than one. I, too, have been experiencing a professional crisis for some time, and I can't quite let go of the things that I REALLY want to be when I grow up, as I stare down 42. Being a woman "of size" has always held me back from taking more chances and from living this one, precious life more fully. Like you, I strive to be body positive for myself and others, but it is something I will continue to cultivate rather than a state of being I've already reached. You have been instrumental in supporting my journey, and I hope you know that you have been and will continue to be a beacon of hope for me and so many others. I am immensely proud of you and so grateful for all of your honesty, vulnerability, and willingness to share along your journey. As others have done, I lift my glass of water (#2 for today) up to you - cheers! Sharon
  5. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Today I'm thankful for having the courage to admit that I couldn't do it on my own and needed the surgery AND to put myself first as I learn to use my new tool to the best of its ability; I'm also thankful for all of the advice I've received from so many of you on this site and your enduring kindness and generosity. You are invaluable. I hope I can reciprocate in due course. @BurgundyBoy, those loaves are GORGEOUS!
  6. @Jen581791, this is a hug-worthy post. Don't know if you are a hugger or not, but I'm sending you a virtual one! I am SHOCKED at my size. Now, off to purchase some nice new undergarments!
  7. Thank you, as always, for sharing your story. And I agree with @BurgundyBoy - send pix with the new wardrobe!
  8. Wow. So impressive! 27,000 steps. Really, I can't even fathom!
  9. I'm nearly 7 weeks out and my weight loss is crawling along extremely slowly. I've lost 25 pounds since surgery and the bulk of that was within the first few weeks. Walking daily (usually at least 1.5 miles at good pace), tracking religiously, and eating around 700-750 calories. I'm doing everything within my power to weigh only once a week. Am I not eating enough? I'm really trying to go by inches and how clothes fit rather than the scale, but the scale is such an easy proxy. I'm trying to keep the little green voices inside of my head from getting the better of me when I see others who've had surgery after me with larger losses. FWIW, I've been a keto/low-carb eater for years and still am, and my doc has cleared me for strength training, so I'll start back on free weights and body resistance exercises on Monday.
  10. @Jen581791, I'm doing pretty well! Finally back at work, so we'll see how that goes. I'm about 7 weeks post-op and my weight loss is VERY slow. Wondering if I need to up my calories, but since my lifting restriction has been lifted, I'll be starting back at strength training this week. Not sure what that will do to my weight loss. Trying to keep the faith and such.
  11. Wow, wow, wow. Congrats on this huge accomplishment!
  12. I messaged my care team yesterday about a bunch of issues and I forgot this one - just goes to show you how off and on this sensation is. This is a good reminder to contact them today to ask about this issue as well! I am thinking that a preventative antacid would be worth the trouble of taking.
  13. Hi BurgundyBoy, no hiatal hernia repair, just my sleeve. It has occurred to me that perhaps, in my quest to make the foods that are available to me less boring, that I'm using too many acidic ingredients, such as steeping jalapeños in my beef broth to make it more interesting. I like the milk idea and will give it a whirl. Thanks!