Boho Rosy

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About Boho Rosy

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 01/15/1978

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Baltimore, MD
  • Age
    40

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  • Hospital
    Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-04
  • Start Weight
    324
  • Current Weight
    268
  • Goal Weight
    180
  • Surgery Date
    11/15/2017
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Nguyen

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  1. What will it feel like when I wake up?

    Great question. I was so nervous about this part. When I first woke up, I was super groggy. I kind of slowly faded back into reality. I was not nauseous, but I had upper abdominal pain from the trapped gas. My mouth was dry, and as @CheeringCJ says, ice chips were gold. My memories of being in the recovery room are like snapshots - I was in and out of it, and I don't actually remember being brought up to my room. Once I was there though, I started walking. It was the only thing that gave me any relief from the gas pain. Waves of nausea hit me from time to time over the next 2 days, and I now know that was from the oxy I was given for the pain, so I switched to just Tylenol. I didn't feel any pain from my incisions except for the one where the surgeon cut through the abdominal muscle, and that one only hurt when I laughed, coughed, or moved in a certain way. I was so nervous to swallow water or the food that I was given (all liquid). I thought it would be painful, but it wasn't. Best of luck to you! The discomfort of your surgical recovery will be a blip on your radar screen very soon, and it's not that bad.
  2. Hang in there, @Cardamom77. I have to say, you are an incredibly resilient woman and an inspiration.
  3. Hi guys, Doing great over here. I'm down 57 pounds from my highest weight ever - about 40 of that is since surgery. From an eating perspective, things are good. I am not one of the lucky ones who lost my appetite post WSL, but as a longtime foodie, I love finding and coming up with recipes that are both favorable from a nutritional standpoint and yummy. Portion control, a concept that once eluded me, is now my middle name. Yay for tiny ramekins with lids! I just had my blood work done in anticipation of my 3-month appointments which are later this month and the results look really good. The only thing that is not in the ideal range is my iron. It's not crazy-low, but it's lower than it should be. I'm currently taking Flinstone's chewables (among other supplements), and the aftertaste of the iron totally grosses me out, so I'm a little miffed that I'm not at least seeing the benefit in my numbers. I'll definitely be speaking with my nutritionist about whether or not I can switch to the kind you swallow. Fingers crossed she's on board. I joined a gym a couple of weeks ago and have been absolutely loving it (omg did I just say that?). I'm not doing anything fancy - just intervals on the treadmill for now - but I'll be meeting with a trainer next week (I get 4 free sessions with my membership), and look forward to adding weights. I'm a huge music nerd, so making playlists for each workout has been a fun and motivating part of my routine. My energy level is through the roof and I find myself taking the stairs or walking super fast from my car into the office just to burn some of it off. The most noticeable change for me (besides loose-fitting clothes) is in my mood and confidence level. I find myself wanting to be out and about way more. There's a bounce in my step again that had been missing for about a decade. I still have a long way to go, but I feel so capable of not only continuing on this journey, but enjoying myself thoroughly along the way. This is the new me!
  4. Can’t get Syntax Nectars to dissolve

    Thanks, guys! Letting it "rest" did the trick.
  5. Hi guys. Does anyone else drink Syntrax Nectar and, if so, do you have any brilliant tricks to help make it dissolve better? I’m using a shaker bottle and shaking thoroughly, but I’m still getting chunks.
  6. Pre op weight loss

    This news made my day. Congratulations, and thank you for keeping us posted!
  7. Pre op weight loss

    Thinking of you today!!
  8. My Fitness Pal

    I actually use a different free tracking app called Baritastic. I prefer it because it puts the tracking of protein, carbs, and water front and center while also allowing you to track calories, exercise, etc. I can also track my supplements. MFP is great and I've used it for years, but for my post-op purposes, Baritastic has been a better fit for me. You may want to check it out too.
  9. Pre op weight loss

    Hi Rob. When I was pre-op and I had a few days to drop a lot of weight, I always did something that I call a “water binge.” I drank tons of water and it really helped to flush out my system. Sometimes I would lose 3-5 pounds in a couple days just from that. Also keep your sodium intake low for the next few days. That will also help. Good luck - we’re routing for you!
  10. Am I ready for this surgery???

    Tons of things that you said helped me, @Stephtay! I hope you don’t mind that I name you when I pay it forward.
  11. Am I ready for this surgery???

    Hi Pam. I felt the exact same way, and one of the things that helped me more than anything was an email exchange I had with my friend @Stephtay who is also here on TT. The night before my surgery, I emailed her asking if I would ever be able to enjoy food again. She reassured me that I would, and also said the most magical thing to me - she pointed out that food is always the most delicious in the first few bites, and after that, we tend to mindlessly shove it in. She went on to say that my WLS would help me become a person who could be satisfied by those first few bites alone and that I would learn to savor my food instead of just "gobbling it down." She was 100% right. This idea that Steph shared with me has continued to resonate now that I'm just over 2 months out. I wasn't one of those lucky WLS patients who lost my interest in eating post surgery, but I've had a realization. My whole life, I've been told that I can't have this or that (I'm one of those people who has been on a diet since I was a kid). The thought that I'm not allowed to have something was the very thing that made me turn around and binge on it. Now, when I'm craving something that isn't part of my eating plan, I remind myself that I can absolutely have it if I want it because I will only have a few bites. Case in point, over Christmas break, I found myself at an ice cream shop with my family. I ordered a kid's sized sundae to treat myself (ice cream is my #1 vice). I ate three bites and threw it away because I was full. Long story short, post-op, I don't have to obsess over food any more, because I know that I can have a taste of just about anything. I cannot tell you how much it puts my mind at ease!! I think you're ready to have surgery and I applaud you for thinking about these issues pre-op. You can do this, and I know you will be so glad you did!
  12. Annoyed!?!?

    I feel you!!! I have also been very open, and it seems like any time I walk into a room, people scan my body with their eyes to see how I'm doing. I hate it so much - they barely even look at my face. I've also twice been in social situations with friends who hadn't seen me since before surgery, and about 30 minutes in to the visit, they both said, "is it OK for me to just say how great you look now that you've lost weight," as if they spent the last 30 minutes dying to say it. I'm always gracious about it, but inside, it majorly pisses me off. As a single woman, I also fear the point when men start noticing me. I feel like it's going to take everything I have inside not snap at them and resent people who might be open to dating me who clearly never would have been before. I have quite a ways to go before I cross that bridge, but I've been worried about it from day one.
  13. Hi! I was able to get 60 grams of protein through protein drinks probably around day 4 post op. To do that, I had to sip them little by little over the course of the day. I stopped narcotic pain meds when I left the hospital and switched to Tylenol. I remained on Tylenol for about 3 weeks, but usual just in the evenings because I found lying down and getting out of bed to be the most painful things I did. I was prescribed Lovenox which is an injectable blood thinner. I had to give myself a shot in the stomach twice a day for a month. In terms of feeling better again, I had ups and downs for the first month. Some times I felt great and then my energy would just disappear. From a pain standpoint, it took about a week for the gas pains to subside. Other than that, it was just the one incision where the surgeon cut through the muscle that bothered me if I coughed, laughed, laid down or tried to get out of bed.
  14. Stalls and Weigh-Ins... What did/do you do?

    You're not alone. I just "unstalled" after a week. I still weigh daily, but for some reason it doesn't bother me so much as long as the number isn't going up. This weekend I did an all liquid diet - (kind of like Day 1 & 2 of the 5-day pouch test which some people use to get back on track). I had taken some mild liberties with my diet while celebrating my 40th last weekend which lead to the stall. I found that my liquid diet stimulated my weight loss again. One other thought, and this is loosely based on some research that I recently saw presented at work - try cutting the carbs way down for two days in a row and then go back to normal. Sometimes you need to confuse your body a little so that it starts working more efficiently for you. In a sense, that's what I did this past weekend (I just drank water and protein shakes) and I was pleasantly surprised when I weighed myself this morning. Today I'm back to "normal," and my usual stats are a lot like the ones you posted. I'll let you know if things continue in the right direction. Hang in there, and if weighing yourself less makes you feel better, by all means do it! You're doing so well, and the weight loss will start up again.
  15. I can't be trusted

    Um...you look amazing!!!