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About Kio

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  • Birthday April 9

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    Boston area
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  • Surgeon
    Scott Shikora
  • Hospital
    Brigham & Women's
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  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
  • Goal Weight
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Switching surgerys

    What is it about sleeve that you prefer to RNY?
  2. Hello, my friends.....

    Staaaaahhhhp! We got over two feet yesterday. I am done!!!! I mean, sure, shoveling is great exercise... but enough is E-N-O-U-G-H! I also spent quite a long time beating snow out of the evergreens overhanging the driveway, and cutting back branches so we could get the car out. It was nutty out there!!
  3. Hello, my friends.....

    @CheeringCJ!!! So glad to hear from you, and especially with such great news! Jobs are hard to come by these days so finding his dream job must be making your hubby soooo happy (and you, too!) I just had my week of loss, and now I'm back to my monthly plateau... so I know how you feel. I'm going to try not weighing tomorrow... but I have low expectations of my ability to pull that off! The good news is you know for fact you're not actually gaining weight - you're eating right! So it's just your body playing with water, and that will pass (literally!). *HUG*
  4. I agree with everybody! Plus I will rant about clothing sizes for fat chicks - you really don't move in sizes for an AGE, and while your clothing is still big, you still look a little big from all the fabric. It took me three months to stop wearing my biggest pants... but when I did, I went right down to a size 22, then a month later a 20, then a month later an 18. I'm almost ready for 16s now (if my belly would cooperate a little, sheesh). Things speed up - you'll lose it all as fast or slow as your body wants to, but the changes are cumulative, and every 10 lbs will make you look smaller than the last 10 lbs did. And to echo others again... I'm glad it happens kind of slow. I mean sure, I'd love to wake up at my goal weight tomorrow! But since I can't, I do appreciate how the little wins accumulate. Every day it seems there's something new I can do, something that looks or feels smaller (or wrinkly-er! lol!), some milestone to pass. And when a stall happens, I can still be proud of making good choices, and learning how to do that going forward. You ARE losing weight. You will continue to lose weight. The pattern of your weight loss will probably be frustrating sometimes, but as long as you're following your program, it will come off!!! Be proud of what you have accomplished today, hope for the best for tomorrow, and forget about yesterday. You're on your way!
  5. BB, I may need you to teach me some cooking skills after you teach me some bike maintenance skills! And you're totally right about portions (you too, Dinah). You get pretty good at measuring or estimating (I measure things that are carby, and estimate things that are proteiny - for instance, I eyeball a piece of chicken or fish - I know what 3 oz of those look like by now! But I use my kitchen scale for cheese/cream/yogurt, or meat in a sauce, etc). I also don't absolutely forbid myself anything, on the theory that doing so would just make me nuts. So when my room mate bakes an apple pancake, I eat a bite of it; when our monthly pot-luck guests bring brownies, I'll eat a bite of one. I just include it in my tracking, and don't go past the one bite. I'm also not above a slice of bread - I buy whole wheat sandwich thins, and sometimes have a piece of toast made out of it. But that's 11 g carb, and I put it in my tracker - which means I have to adjust my carb intake for the rest of the day so I still stay under 50 net carbs. (Basically translates into more lean meats/eggs and less cheese/dairy for the rest of the day). It definitely makes me more mindful of my eating, but it doesn't make me feel deprived at all. And it also makes me way more choosy about what carbs I choose to indulge in (Life's too short to eat cheap chocolate! And allowable carbs too few to waste on Doritos...)
  6. That struck a chord with me, so I went back to my blog from two days before surgery and found this: "I wish I knew how it was going to go for me. Am I going to be one of those people who has no significant pain post-op? One of those who has agony? One of those who can't keep anything down, or one of those who never feel any restriction? Will I have dumping syndrome? Will I be a slow loser or a quick loser? Will I have a stricture? Iron-deficiency? Will I never feel hunger or food-interest again like some people report? Or will I be one of those people who feels hungry immediately after surgery? Will things taste and smell the same, or will I find I don't like stuff I used to like? Will my sense of smell go off the charts? (I kind of hope it will; that would be cool.) Will I ever hit my goal weight? If I do, will I be able to maintain it?" So yes, we do all feel that - it's a big unknown, right up until you know it. There's no way to look into the future and see how it will be for you personally. But you can look at how it's been for most of us, and realize that the vast majority have few or no complications, that even complications are generally easy to resolve, and that life gets better long before you reach your goal. You'll also find, if you read through blogs and posts here from people who have been through it, that your nutritionist may not be on the same page as your surgeon or your program with regard to what to eat and what not to eat, and may in fact be totally off base. We should totally have a sticky post titled "#@$! My Nutritionist Says" here - because some of it is pretty wacky. Yours would be a prime candidate - never eat blue cheese again?! People don't get fat from overindulging in blue cheese, I'm sorry! I would definitely take that with a grain of salt (and a tablespoon of blue cheese crumbles!). (Oh, and the answers to my questions so far are: no pain post-op, sometimes trouble keeping stuff down but mostly ok, totally feel restriction, no dumping syndrome so far, relatively quick loser, no stricture, no vitamin deficiencies, no hunger yet but I'm still interested in food, things mostly taste and smell the same, I like the stuff I used to like, and sadly I did not magically develop super smelling powers. The last two questions will have to wait a few months... )
  7. Sad news

    I am beyond sorry to read and hear about this - she sounds like a truly lovely person.
  8. Mania creeping in again

    Trish, we're here for you. If it helps, remember we're all pulling for you, and looking forward to seeing you feeling better on the other side of whatever is making life hard right now.
  9. Restaurant story! I'm a regular at a local diner for breakfast. I just started going there after RNY, because they're better than the breakfast place I used to go to, less busy than the place I used to go to, and eggs and bacon have protein! My first time there, I ordered coffee, then pretended I was perusing the menu for the next half hour while I drank it. Then I ordered one egg over easy and one slice of bacon. Five minutes later the waitress brought me: Two eggs over easy and one ORDER of bacon. I shrugged, ate about half of one egg, about half of one piece of bacon. When I asked for the check, the waitress asked if there was a problem with the food. I said no, it was great, I just wasn't super hungry. My next time there, I did the coffee thing, then ordered one scrambled egg and one slice of bacon. Five minutes later the waitress brought me: A plate of scrambled eggs so large I couldn't have eaten it all BEFORE surgery, and approximately half of a pig. I didn't want to deal with the question again, so I ate like, an ounce of egg, an ounce of bacon, and asked for a to-go box when I asked for the check. Since I can't eat leftovers (too tough once reheated), I tossed the to-go box in the trash on the way to my car, then felt like a loser for the rest of the day for wasting both food and money. Third time: Coffee. Then I ordered half of an eggs benedict. The waitress said she had to ask a manager before selling me HALF of an eggs benedict. The diner is basically one big room divided by a counter, so I heard the manager saying basically "We sell the customer whatever the customer asks." Five minutes later, the waitress brings me: HALF an eggs benedict!!! I was able to eat about half of it (skipping the english muffin underneath) and then asked for the check. Again, the waitress asked if there were any problems, and I said no, sorry, just not super hungry. Fourth time there, I went with Leah (my room mate/found family). I ordered coffee, then later one egg over easy and one slice of bacon. This time the waitress (same waitress every time, btw) said, "You don't eat much!" And before I could say anything, Leah says, "Yeah, she just had gastric bypass!" Apparently, Leah is my personal traveling WLS-outer! So the waitress says, "Oooooh! That explains everything!" and actually this time brings me exactly one egg over easy and exactly one slice of bacon! ... and then she asks me about fifteen thousand questions about WLS while my egg and bacon get cold. Which is fine; I've had WLS! My food is almost ALWAYS cold by the time I finish it. Plus, she is overweight herself, and I figure she is asking out of personal interest. After she finally wanders off, I see her chatting with her manager, and I figure (correctly, as it turns out) that she is sharing all the news on their micro-eater. Now, I go there all the time, and they know me. I get coffee without asking, and nobody comes to ask me about food until the coffee is gone. Then they come and ask me what I want today, and bring me a tiny amount of it, and charge me a tiny amount for it. And nobody stops by to try to refill my coffee while I'm eating. So the moral of this story is - it doesn't pay to be shy about why you can't eat much, and also it's good to cultivate a set of restaurants where they know you. It just makes life a ton easier! (And I guess the other moral is, local places are way more likely to cater to your special needs if they know you life down the block and show up twice a week like clockwork...) If you travel a lot - I'd just tell the waitress up front. "Hi, I'd like X, but I'm recovering from surgery and can't eat an entire X, or even probably half of an X. Could I get a half order?" Most places try to give you what you want/need - they're in the business of satisfying customers, and a happy customer is just good marketing.
  10. I feel like you're looking for a long-time veteran perspective here, and that has been supplied by others. But from 6 months I can tell you that I feel nothing like your description of post-op life. Quite the opposite! *Before* surgery I felt like my entire life rotated around my food choices - and I had basically stopped dieting and given up! Before I committed to this process, I thought constantly about food - what was I going to have, how much of it would I have, would I have enough of it to get me through X amount of time, would I have enough time to get this AND that before someone came home and caught me eating whateveritwas. I planned out the night before what I was going to order out the next afternoon... and dinner. And a huge amount of my thought processes went toward which drug store I was going to in the morning to get my junk food for the day. I'm not even kidding. What I've experienced since my WLS (gastric bypass) is freedom from all of that. I can finally relax, because food is not constantly at the top of my mind. I'm still in my honeymoon period, but I feel like this is the time when I can build joys in my life that have nothing to do with what I eat. Before, losing weight was so hard and took so long, and I had so far to go, that it felt hopeless - and because it was so slow, I had nothing to replace food with when I tried to eat better. Now the weight is coming off so easily and so fast that I can fill my life with activity, with so many things I couldn't do before, from going for long walks to taking a long bath - there's just an abundance of things in my life that make me happy that are in no way related to what I put in my mouth every day. I feel like that is the strength of the surgery and the honeymoon period - it frees you from obsessive thoughts of food and at the same time gives you other things that can fill your life with comfort and happiness. While dieting pre-surgery felt like deprivation and anxiety and anger, eating well post-surgery feels positive and strong. I think that helps train us for when we're able to eat more and having hunger, later down the road.
  11. Honestly, I would back off the running a bit. Stress causes your body to hang onto its stores, and between fretting about your health and running 3 miles almost every day, you may just be overdoing it. Take a week off from the running, make sure you're getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night, get at least 64 oz of water every day, and at least 60-70 grams of protein a day. I'd also consider dropping the protein bars in favor of a few ounces of dense protein - chicken, pork, shrimp, beef, whatever. Sometimes sugar alcohols can stall you out. Mainly, rest up and relax. If you're nervous about dropping exercise entirely, maybe walk your distance instead of running this week. Your heart is in the right place - you're working hard. But maybe changing things up a bit will help?
  12. 2 week pre diet

    It's totally normal to feel a bit waffly on surgery in the weeks before. But recovery is fast, and weight loss is fast. Think how much easier it will be to work with your crops when you're 50 lbs lighter. I was really nervous before my surgery, too - but now I'm 6 months out and SO glad I did it. My world is completely changed. Don't let the jitters cheat you out of a better life.
  13. Sounds good! I can't believe they're using "bombogenesis" in weather forecasts again...!
  14. I'll totally take you up on the offer of some mechanicking! I actually went out to the garage this morning to assess the State of the Bike, and while it's definitely in need of some love, it may not be quite as bad as I thought. The tires that got destroyed were snow tires, and I was able to put the normal tires back on and inflate them. I'll have to see if they hold air or not - it's been quite a while since I was able to bike, so I have no idea how they've held up. Other issues are hopefully a little easier to deal with. There seems to be something wonky with the brakes, they may just need to be adjusted so they're not in constant contact with the wheels... and I think things need like... general oiling/tightening? I rode a tiny way, just up and down the street, and the gears shift and the tires spin. Then my hands froze, so I came home.
  15. Overeating?

    Exactly! And for me I am never quite sure what food it's going to be. For instance, I spent about two weeks throwing up from Premier Protein shakes, after two months of being able to basically chug them any time I wanted. So measuring can be a great guide, but I would say it's no guarantee!