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About Chefman77

  • Birthday 09/21/1968

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    Dr. Kuruba
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    G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Hospital Jackson, MS
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Premier protein is my favorite. I have been so frustrated that Chocolate and vanilla were the only flavors I could find for a while. I'll have to look at Sam's Club and see what they have now. Thanks for the info!
  2. This time around I have discovered bone broth. It's high in protein, has low calories, and 0 carbs. The one I have is chicken flavor and I like it better than just chicken or beef broth.
  3. I'm glad to hear that you were able to have your knee surgery @Nana Trish. I hope you get your pain under control soon so you can get the PT going. Let us know how things are going.
  4. Been a lot going on with me the last 6 months or so. I'll try and keep it brief and simple. I started having severe pain, frequent vomiting, and acid reflux that eventually led me to the emergency room one night. Fast forward a month or so and 2 EGD's later it was determined that I had some inflammation causing some blockage that they opened with a balloon as well as the formation of a fistula. 

    I underwent Laparoscopic Gastro Gastric Take Down and a Red of the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass on the 4th of February. The procedure went well. He was able to do the revision without any complications and removed a lot of scar tissue.  I spent 4 days in the hospital. My surgeon thinks the fistula may have formed due to some anti-inflammatory medications I was on for pericarditis (swelling and irritation of the thin saclike membrane surrounding the heart.) 

    So, I'm back on the same post-surgery diet phases...Yay! I'm just ready to get healed up and back to lifting weights, riding my bike, swimming, and running again. Keep me in your prayers as I heal. Thanks!

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    2. Cheesehead


      Oh my!  Hope the healing goes well!  How long before you can work out?  

    3. Chefman77


      @Cheesehead He said I can run, swim, and ride my bike whenever I feel up to it and to listen to my body. I'm going to wait until I'm in a little less pain still. I'm thinking by next Friday or so I'll give it a go and see. As far as lifting weights I have to wait 4-6 weeks. :(

    4. Jen581791


      Poor @Chefman77! I hope you're on the mend and doing well now. That sounds really stressful and scary. Take good care of yourself - it sounds like your team is watching out for you :) 

  5. There is some great stuff in this thread. I think for me I have to remind myself where I used to be and why I wanted wls to begin with. After all the research and education about it I had a decision to make. Live to eat or eat to live. I gorged myself most of my life on all the comfort foods I loved. I decided I was willing to give up my love affair with food for a chance to be thinner, healthier, and happier. I'm a pretty strong willed person, but I'm weak when it comes to food. I knew/know that going back to the same bad food choices at any time after surgery would be detrimental to my success and health. I didn't go through all of this so I could eat like I use to. I have to remember how the desperate obese man that I once was was willing to do anything for a second chance. I would have done ANYTHING to get to where I am today! I can't afford to go back down that dark, lonely path. It's a slow suicide in my book. I choose life and happiness. It's not easy. It's a choice. I wish you the best getting back on track. Workouts, lean protein, vegetables, and water...
  6. I ruptured my achilles back in '04. Not a fun injury or something to take lightly. I've been doing jells, chews, bananas, and fig bars mainly. I do those usually just on rides over 40 miles. It's usually good to fuel about every 40-45 min. 17 mph is a good average. I usually average between 16-18 mph depending on the amount of hills on my route. I did a 50 mile ride in a group back in June and averaged almost 22 mph. Drafting makes a huge difference. I think I'm going to back off on the length of my rides. Maybe keep them between 20-30 miles and stick to protein bars for fuel. I'm going to be doing a 50 in the morning for a local cause.
  7. Since Valentine's day. I fluctuate between 194-199. I'm starting to worry about winter coming and some of these bad habits that I've gotten away with biting me in the butt. I've gotten into some longer rides up to 60 miles and I'm usually between 100-150 miles a week and I take in quite a bit more calories so I don't bottom out on my energy on these rides. It's been harder lately to get the miles in though and as winter gets here that will get worse. I need to get more disciplined with my eating habits sooner than later. Have you been riding much?
  8. Thanks @NerdyToothpick I was glad to see this topic come up! I think I'm part monkey because of my love for bananas! I usually eat 1-2 a day either blended in a shake, on a long bike ride for fuel, or as a snack. Sometimes I throw some blueberries in to join the party in the shake. I must admit I haven't been very good about logging things in myfitnesspal lately and have developed some bad habits that I've gotten away with because of all the calories I typically burn in a day. I need to grab onto the reins and get back to some of the things I know I should be doing.
  9. What a great picture! You all look amazing! Wish I lived closer.
  10. Happy surgiversary! What a transformation! Great t-shirt by-the-way!
  11. Congratulations!!! Keep up the good work!
  12. Hi @Luke76. I suffer from bipolar and anxiety and I had gastric bypass a little over a year ago. I was concerned as to whether or not my medications would continue to work for me post-op as good as they had for years prior. I take the same meds and the same doses that I did before surgery and I haven't had any problems. If anything, the weight loss has improved my mental health. For my two cents, if you have a good relationship with your doctor and are open and honest with how you're doing and what your needs are, you can work through any adjustments that may or may not be necessary post op. I wouldn't be surprised if your dosage stayed the same or even decreased after significant weight loss. One thing I was concerned about was absorption. I crush every pill that can be crushed to alleviate the absorption problem. The only pill I take that can't be crushed is my bupropion and I haven't had any issues with it. I wish you the best as you move forward in this. Let me know if you have any questions.
  13. You look great @Nana Trish!
  14. Thanks Trish! You’ve done spectacular too! Especially with everything you’ve been through.
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