Phoenix97

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About Phoenix97

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  • Birthday 06/02/1975

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Age
    42

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Thomas Roshek
  • Hospital
    Baylor Scott & White Plano
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    287
  • Current Weight
    198
  • Goal Weight
    180
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    32
  • Surgery Date
    12/12/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Thomas Roshek
  • Surgeon
    Nicholson Clinic, Plano, TX

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  1. Phoenix97

    High blood pressure

    It looks like no one ever responded but YES!!!!!! I was put on 100 mg losartan with 25 mg hctz when I weight 287. Now at 198 - SAME MEDS. I thought it would go away. Nope. Ah well.
  2. I know it is not everyone's meal plan, but my doc said NO carbonated nothing. Ever...again.... haha. Maybe because I used to drink them and he doesn't want me to go back to that bubbly delicious ...sigh...way of life. I do miss my LaCroix! I ended up making a half water / half coconut water, mint, cucumber with wild dewberrries and a splash of lemon juice and stevia to sweeten it. It was AWESOME!!!
  3. My rock on here has been @tracyringo if ANY if you need to gripe... Please let me know. PM me and just GO OFF with your frustrations nothing off limits. It helps so much to have someone who understands you and will allow you to use them as a sounding board! If you saw all of our private messages, lol, most of mine start with "I can't believe I'm still the same weight..." I swear. It was stall after stall after stall. Both of us... and her weight loss would move ... mine was stuck ... then mine moved ... hers would get stuck. It really helps. Sheesh. The doc explained recompositioning and insulin dependence and why the keto/Paleo thing works so well, it just clicked. And it seems like when you read my stats it was fast. NO. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE FAST! I thought ok I'm going to get the surgery and lose like 30 pounds the first month. Nope. I weighed 255 on 12/12. It's 5/11 and I've lost 55 pounds. Awesome? Yes. Fast....? No. Not at all as fast as I normally would thought wls would have been. BUT........it keeps coming off. 0.4 pound here 0.3 the next couple of days. Next thing you know you're down another 5 and another 5. You look up and see one year ago you weighed 90 pounds heavier. It's like that hope gives you the wear with all to push through the plateaus. And not to mention ... if I had hit these plateaus before and not had the surgery to have in the back of my mind as a tool, I would have said SCREW THIS CRAP and eaten a gallon of ice cream and gained it all back. It's what I've always have done. The thinking just isn't like that anymore. It's almost like they cut my stomach to be smaller then tweaked my brain to finally understand food, nutrition and never be on a diet again. This is just how I eat. You don't eat healthy, and then go back to your old habits once you lose weight. You eat right and stay right. It's weird! Lmao Sorry for the soap box!
  4. Oooh That does sound good! I am finding sangria recipes and just taking out the alcohol. I am also thinking if it says grape juice, I could Nutribullet pulverize a half cup of grapes with water. Add stevia - boom - grape juice. Haha! Thank you for the compliment, too!!
  5. Ladies and gentlemen: I have reached ONE-derland. 198 pounds. Down from 287!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! I will attach a pic from Summer 2017 to now. Whoa. Anyone who just had their sleeve - and they are hitting plateaus - just stick with it. THEY PASS!!!! They really DO!!!!!! I was hitting a plateau every other week, I swear. Now - the other question: The girls and I want to hit the lake this weekend. Of course, the alcohol will be flowing. I looked it up and thought maybe there was a light libation I could have. Nope; just not worth it. SO...that being said - what could be a funky, weird fun drink to enjoy at the lake in the sun? I *LOVE* Black Cherry Kool-Aid - like in a WEIRD way. I am obsessed with it. Haha. Maybe a sangria with that???? Like does anyone have a recipe for something frou frou like kiwi-cucumber-basil-stevia water or something? I am still trying to stay under 20 carbs a day, but I allow up to 50 - 100 on cheat days. Plus I will be floating and swimming ALL day, so I am not concerned about the sugar content of fresh fruit infusions. Lemme know your ideas.
  6. Phoenix97

    Confused about meals

    I'm on the 30 to 45 minute rule forever! I got sleeved December 2017 and still not used to it! I get sooooooooooooooo thirsty! Lmao
  7. Phoenix97

    Finally got in! Vsg complete!

    Welcome, bubby! Welcome to your new life!
  8. Ok looked it up. How do you even find that out? I have no clue! @tracyringo you asked me what my bougie size was in a PM - and I thought you autocorrected to bougie from "biggest" hahaha!
  9. What in the world is this bougie you guys are referring to? Can't watch the vid. Husband is asleep lol
  10. OMG GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!! I quit in 2006 with Chantix. And even with pharmaceutical help, it was HARD. I have been on all sorts of things - was the wild child raver chick in the 90s - even all the way of having a $5000+ week booger sugar habit in my 20s, yuk- and to this day, I still say that cigarettes were the hardest to quit. Good for you - no great for you- you are doing incredible. Remember relapse is a part of recovery, and if you slip - which I seriously do not see you doing, but if so, start the quit process again. In my blog I write- that I have neglected for a month, now - I wrote "People ask me how I quit drugs. Honestly, I tried to quit a million times- it was the million and first time that stuck. Katinka, I raise a glass of non-carbonated, sugar free, delicious Kool-Aid beverage in your honor. Your life is about to change in ways that you will never have thought. @tracyringo has become my sounding board for grumbling, but seriously - with every "struggle" I have now - it is NOTHING compared to having NO hope for ever losing this weight. You are going to emerge a different, better person whose self worth is elevated by the very choices you have decided to take in the right direction. I am so happy for you. Welcome to other side. It exists. And like you, none of us thought we could ever make it here!! And you know what the bonus is- alcohol does NOT taste nearly as good without cigarettes. I used to love a good Johnny Walker Blue Label over ice with a lime and a Dunhill Blue cig to pair up with it. Now - yuk that whiskey tastes like CRAP, and get that friggin' smoke out of my face!! Hahaha!!!!
  11. Phoenix97

    Unflavored protein

    AAAAAAAAAAAAH I see - that's prolly true, then. LOL. I wonder how they could really tel what it does provide given people's metabolism. Like I am hypothyroid and I bet I absorb WAY less than your friend. How on EARTH do they regulate that> Crazy.
  12. Phoenix97

    Unflavored protein

    In 2017, they published their findings of 20 bariatric patients. The absorbtion was proved superior. My labs have come back with great readings for protein (8.1). I swear by that product. I use it every morning in my yogurt. I LOVE it. Others may disagree. Just my $0.02. I also cannot handle most whey proteins. Like projectile vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. Not fun! Lol TMI? Lol this stuff had been my savior. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/results/NCT02919657?sect=X70156#outcome1
  13. Noooooooooooooo! Well, too bad. I love it. I'll have to deal with the leptin later. It is the only thing that even comes close to an exercise I like. So far it has been a HUGE part of me losing 70 pounds, so I am going to HOPE my Leptin is stubborn and likes to stay where it's at. Shoot High ghrelin, high TSH, high everything...why not Leptin? Hahaha! I am such a slug and my swimming is LAUGHABLE in terms of speed and intensity. **A swimmer who has an easy interval time of two minutes would consider a 100 m time of one minute 30 seconds very good.** HAW HAW HAW I looked at my Fixbit Flex 2 stats. 91 m in 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Yeah I won't worry about it stressing ANY levels on me. Heh heh.
  14. Phoenix97

    Raw veggies, salsa - uh oh.

    OMG that made my mouth water! Hahaha
  15. I am at work, so I am kind of jumping around in this post, LOL. I thought that it was after three weeks, post op, you hit this thing called "the stall." Then I thought – after my weight loss stopped for a week on week 4– what if they mean it is a stall for THREE WEEKS??? Well – this has been my weight trend as of late. Now – I qualify this with the fact that I was on extremely high steroids for the third week in January and take steroid nebulizer treatments and an inhaled mix of steroids (and will continue to through flu season) so I was a little munchy. This is the insane stall: Jan 9 - 224 Jan 12 - 220 Jan 17 - 218 Jan 24 - 222 Jan 25 -221 Jan 26 - 218 Jan 27 - 224 Jan 29 - 221 Feb 2 – 219 Feb 5 - 219 What wut? How am I GAINING weight? Now… the only thing I can attribute this to is something I have changed. I have added swimming back to my regimen - starting about January 8th - then I got realllly sick - and stopped for a week and a half and started up again around January 24th. I LOVE to swim. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Now, in my pre-op days, I started swimming on month three. That was the month my weight moved 2 pounds in four weeks. And it was UP. Does anyone know if there is something that your body gets pissed at when you start exercising or what the heck it could be? Now--- I follow all of this griping with the fact that after my stall in month 3, pre-op, in month 4, I lost 25 pounds in 4 weeks. 100% due to swimming, my dietician says. Now though, combined with the 2 miles a night jogging that I do, two trips to the pool (40 minutes before work and 40 minutes after work) is about 1.6 extra pounds a week that I would lose -- which does not even include to the food restriction courtesy of with my new little pouch. I get at LEAST 90 mg of protein a day and TRY – hehe- to stay at 30 grams of carbs a day – only coming from tomatoes or the occasional coffee creamer when I am being bad. I live on salmon, tuna and eggs. And I swear by Genepro powder. I mix it in everything. I eat NO bad foods - none. When I have had sweets, it has been well under half the serving and left me feeling incredible at my new choices I am making. So no times I look back on and say - ooooh yeah - maybe I should have not had this or that. I food prep every night for work the next day and never bring more than 4 ounces of food for all day. Anyone else experience this strange retreat in weight loss after you start exercising?? It’s SO weird. I was SO excited starting swimming -I was POSITIVE pounds would FLY off the scale, yet when I get on the scale, nope. And it is 100% NOT me building muscle. I swim and for a good while, but I am not Michael Phelps. I am doing like 1000 yards in 30 minutes. Not fast, LOL. Thoughts? Anyone else had this?