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About Alioops

  • Birthday 07/07/1957

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    West Sacramento, California but heading back to NY
  • Interests
    Reading, nature, animals, music, art museums, outdoor sculpture, being online, politics, walking, crime shows, history,
    writing, peace and quiet, being in, on or near water, all things Asian, libraries, theater, gardening...
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  • Surgeon
    Dr Stephen Patching
  • Hospital
    Sutter General Hospital, Sacramento, CA
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
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  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Can you tell I am not tech savvy? Anyway, I just gave the protein Powder to someone in my support group. Thanks.
  2. Hi! I am approaching my two months post sleeve surgery and cannot BEAR to have yet another protein shake (shudder). I have 3 coupons for $2.00 off Pure Protein powder purchase(normally about $17.99 at Walmart for a 1.75 lb container (28 ounce, 793 gms). I have approximately 1/4 container of Vanilla Crème flavor left that is fresh and in the container and you can have along with the coupons for free, just pay postage. I can dump the contents into a clean Ziploc bag so you don't pay for the big container (8" high and 6" wide round container). I can cut off the label that is left on it if you want, but a part of it gets torn off when you open the container. It comes with a scoop. This is 100% whey.Per 8 ounces made with water :25g protein, 2g sugar, 160 calories. Can also be made with skim milk to boost calories and protein. I made shakes with a scoop of powder, 8 ounces of skim milk and ice. There is also a Chocolate variety available by Pure Protein. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want it mailed in the container or in a plastic Ziploc bag plus the cost to mail. Description Pure Protein 100% Whey Protein is a convenient, easy-to-mix protein powder that contains only the most superior protein sources. Each scoop provides 25 grams of premium protein, plus all the essential amino acids your body needs to stay fit and ready for action. Whether you've just completed a hard workout or are looking for a nutrient-rich midday snack, just add a scoop of delicious vanilla cream flavored Pure Protein 100% Whey Protein powder to your water, shake it up, and start reaping the benefits! Provides 25 grams of protein in a low-fat powder formula Each scoop provides over 5 grams of BCAAs from protein Supports lean muscle and strength Delicious vanilla cream flavor
  3. Thank you,Jen and BB. I know its all going to work itself out in the end. Sadly, after losing all the weight so far, few people have even noticed! That's because I dress "baggy" elastic waists, and oversized tops, plus I was/am pretty big and still am even though I am losing. The Bariatric Nurse says depression is normal at this point in recovery from surgery because we have lost food as a go-to solution for feeling good. I am also not sleeping well, getting up at 3-4am for no reason! I look forward to getting new clothes and a winter jacket but if the loss is still slow, I may have to augment with thrift shop clothes until I lose enough. Thank you BurgundyBoy and Jen58, I feel like I just got an e-hug! (and I SOOO needed one, today).
  4. I am also 6-7 weeks out from sleeve surgey and I am a little surprised that unlike Drake, I seem to be losing lesst han 2 pounds each week. I lost most of the weight while on the pre-surgery diet I created myself (no fat, very low carbs, high protein) from 277 to 236 the day of surgery. Last Thursday at my primary physician appointment, I weighed 228. So, 9 pounds since Sept 13 at 7 1/2 weeks. I am happy, don't get me wrong, but I am eating less than 1000 calories a day and exercising by walking for an hour each day. I thought it would be a drastic weight loss but it is slow and steady. Maybe the sleeve surgery was unnecessary?
  5. I found a great site for bras for women who are plus size and also those who have large breasts ( or not).Its called JMS Just My Size and they carry Playtex, Hanes, JMS, College Apparel, Champion, Bali and more and all bras are free shipping. They currently have a sale of 2 bras for $24 and free shipping so $12.00 plus tax for name brand bras.They also have 2/$30 but again with free shipping. Its not bargain bin cheap but its better than paying $50 per bra, right? Here is the site: Justmysize.com enter promo code: SHIPBRAS for There are more expensive bras also available with free shipping.free shipping. I saw a sports bra that went up to a 56G in 4 color choices (Style # 514) $18.19 and a traditional bra that comes in 8 colors and goes up to 56J (Style # 1000). $32.99. Also clothes, hosiery, underwear and pajamas. Just spreading around some info that might help someone out. PS I am post-op sleeve for 5 weeks. I try coming here more often but simply cannot get the hang of finding my way around.
  6. Thank you, Bellamoma, for the heads-up about selling to ThreadUp. Good to know and I will spread the word to friends and family.
  7. Wow! I had surgery last Wednesday (9/13/17) and I am taking Liquid Centrum multi vitamin, liquid iron, an antibiotic (preventative) and will add to that in 2 weeks to include a Vitamin B Complex, Calcium Citrate, Biotin and Vitamin D3!!! So far the absolute WORST part of all of this is having to ingest crushed pills (BITTER) every morning. I thankfully have no pain for some reason and the slow return to a normal diet does not bother me like I thought it would. Anyway, yea, if they only want you to take one daily vitamin, consider yourself lucky!
  8. Alioops


    I am so sorry about what you and everyone else in parts of Texas are going through. There is no comparison I can make as Super Storm sandy that hit NY and NJ was nothing compared to what is happening to you, but, even so, know that life will go back to its new normal a little at a time. the whole country is watching, people are sending help, sending money, sending the Red Cross. Its all over the news and our hearts are all broken over this devastation. I came here today because I am scheduled for sleeve surgery on Wednesday, Sept 13 and I wanted to know if anyone had second thoughts before surgery and any regrets after surgery. Then I found your story and I know how brave you must have to be with your husband just out of the hospital, the rains and no car right now to get away. Puts things in perspective. I will keep you in my thoughts and know things will be be
  9. I am scared, too, Jackie. I lost about 16 pounds so far pre-op and my blood sugar dropped to normal levels, my blood pressure is perfect and my lab results were ideal. All this just from exercising and dieting. Makes me think maybe I could skip the surgery (expected date in Sept). Then I remember that I have been unable to lose weight except when I was a teen and in my 20s. Now I am 60 years old. Each time I put on more weight. I developed diabetes in my 30s, it progressively got worse until I now take 2 kinds of insulin, plus pills, plus pills for high blood pressure, high fats in my blood, high cholesterol. I developed diabetic retinopathy, yes, I went from having good vision to becoming legally blind overnight, literally. Still, I ate what I wanted. I had to get laser eye surgery at least 6 times in each eye and then developed edema of the eyes which required injections IN THE EYE! Still, ate what I wanted. My feet burned at night (peripheral neuropathy). Still did not stop overeating. Then one day, last January, my general doctor told me I had to control my diabetes and lose weight or I would be on dialysis by Dec. Here I am pre-op. So, yes you are healthy right now, but life can change in a heart beat and you'd be surprised how much you can gain and still make excuses. I need to drop about 10 more lbs before surgery. For the rest of my life I have to make my weight control a priority. I hope the diabetes reverses itself. I hope I get a (late) second chance at being healthy. I hope you do not wait as long as I have to give yourself the advantages of a healthy weight and a healthy life.
  10. I am still pre-op but my doctor wants me to exercise for at least 30 min a day. Everyday. I do not know how much of a difference it will make for you but for me when I do not walk a couple days in a week (because of heat) I stall and do not lose that week. No idea why, but that's my 2 cents. If we lived near each other I'd go walking with you
  11. Thank you, Gretta! I am grateful that you took the time to respond to me.
  12. About that shower...when can we take a shower AND part of my exercise program is water aerobics and swimming, plus a yoga class. Can I go in the water after surgery and if so, how long after surgery? So much to plan and think about and remember. I want to tack up a huge calendar page and list everything. First week diet, 2nd week diet, etc. Protein and water, protein and water! Vitamins: which ones and how much? When do I start the calcium citrate. What to pack for the hospital. What to have waiting at home. Does the surgery wound require special care? Do I have to move or rest after surgery. Do I need to buy a blender or food processor? I already bought a Blender Bottle that you guys recommended and I love it! I love this site because you folks are so generous with your advice. I have print outs from my doctor and my nutritionist plus from the support group I attend once a month. Then their is the advice from this site and the stuff I look up online. My surgery should take place in Sep;t so I deal with one question a day. Purchase one food item or vitamin or protein shake a day. I am far from wealthy so I manage financially by pacing my purchases. Anyway, I am bringing /wearing a sweat suit, a change of underwear,a hairbrush, a toothbrush and sugarfree mints. Thank you all for being here!
  13. Alioops

    Potty Mouth

    Thank you Michael_A. I guess I should hit the Unread stuff and see if my questions have been asked! I appreciate your response!
  14. Alioops

    Potty Mouth

    Thank you MsMaryMac and cinwa. I am finding it a little hard to negotiate my way around this site. When I have a question, I am not sure if I dig through all the thousands of old posts looking for an answer or just start a new post. For example, two questions I want to ask involve second thoughts after successfully losing weigh pre-surgery and how do people exercise when it is deathly hot. West Sacramento is almost always over 90 in the summer and typically dips up as high as 106 degrees or some number between 90-106. I walk for exercise so I wanted to see how others coped. Advice on how others use this site would be very helpful. Thanks.
  15. Alioops

    Potty Mouth

    I have poked around this site and not yet seen a question that weighs heavy on my mind. Is it possible to have normal bowel movements when you are eating so much less food and nothing that qualifies as roughage after surgery?
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