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About AustinJ

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  • Birthday 10/08/1984

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Thomas White
  • Hospital
    CHI immanuel
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. AustinJ

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    Yes, there are a plethora of other health benefits, Lower pulse and blood pressure, no more gout meds (saves a ton of money), bad cholesterol is non existent good cholesterol is good. I never had high BP, pulse or cholesterol to start but they are all lower. BP from 125/77 to 100/60, resting heart Rate from 74 to 52, and I don't have my papers to tell you cholesterol but its in the same boat. The blood pressure is low and is an issue from time to time with the Hyponatremia, but that is easier to deal with than gout. The best part is I don't go to bed every night wondering when its my turn for a heart attack.
  2. AustinJ

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    Thanks again to everyone for all the awesome support. I do fear maintenance a bit, I have my routine and like it. I don't feel like I'm that close to "goal" and I definitely don't look it. But I suppose that is what the follow up is for.
  3. AustinJ

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    Thanks again to everyone. Its been awhile since I have had time to make a post, I have been working on expanding my business and fighting with "the man" (a big corporation we compete with) trying to shut us down. It has been quite exhausting and time consuming. Monday I went and talked to a group of pre-surgery people and that seemed to go very well. Afterward I had Body indexing done to find out where I need to stop losing to stay safe and health. Turns out it is a bit closer than I thought it was. They don't want me going below %15 body fat and that would put me at 243.7lbs for my minimum with my current bone and muscle mass. They also believe I have between 30-35lbs of skin to be removed at some point. So if you take my current weight 284 - 30lbs for excess skin that puts me at 254lbs which is only 10lbs away from the minimum they want me at!?!?!?!?! We decided to change my exercise routine to lower the calorie output and maybe help some more with the Hypo natremia. and I will go back in 4-6 week for another body indexing to see where I'm at. Total down 220lbs
  4. AustinJ

    Post op 9 days SICK of shakes

    I used and still use Syntrax Nectar Carmel Macchiato and Vanilla latte with 8 oz of hot but not super hot coffee. It's not like shake, it's more like coffee with creamer.
  5. AustinJ

    100 lbs down !!

    Way to Go!!!! You are amazing! Keep up the great work.
  6. AustinJ

    Brave, brave article by Roxane Gay on WLS

    Ruffling feathers is what I do best. Everyone has their own way of handling and processing issues, traumas ect. and one of mine happens to be a little on the brash side. I have found that people either love me or hate me due to this aspect of who I am and that is one of the things that used to bother me. Until one day when I was hanging out at the nursing home play cards with some old guys (also very brash) and one of the nurses asked me to cool it down or to not come back (she really despised me because I would get they guys all riled up) and one the guys said "Scr*w her we like having you around" for some reason at that point I realized I just need to be me and everyone else can decide whether they like me or not and that was their problem.
  7. AustinJ

    Brave, brave article by Roxane Gay on WLS

    I have myself dealt with depression, and yes therapy and mental health care can both be very helpful, but it's not until you decided that the change needs to happen that anything changes. Therapy is a great tool for this most therapist help you to see things in a different perspective.
  8. AustinJ

    Brave, brave article by Roxane Gay on WLS

    Thank you so much. Having WLS to please others is not going to make you happier but, doing it for the right reasons is going to at the very least give you peace knowing you have done what you feel is necessary. I feel the 6 month insurance requirement is a great thing, it gives people time to filter through all the feelings and issue that they have been covering with food.
  9. AustinJ

    Brave, brave article by Roxane Gay on WLS

    I'm probably going to ruffle some feathers here. This article is very well written and does address several of the issues we deal with on a day to day basis. To me the power of positive thinking eliminates the majority of the issues that come with WLS, certainly the issues that are addressed in this article. It is very important to take the time to educate yourself before you decided to modify your body on a permanent scale. I have done so, and have dealt with many similar issues as she has, but I chose to accept the positive changes and celebrate those instead of mourning the loss of one thing that helped falsely fill the void of emptiness inside. Knowing why you use food prior to surgery is very important and having a plan in place to replace the food is also very important. Everybody has issues and everybody copes with them in different ways, for many of us that coping mechanism was the consumption of food. For others its exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol, and spending money just to name a few. Many of us change to one of these other coping mechanisms and that is why it is important to have a plan in place. The change in how you cope is either celebrated or looked down on. We even have a name for the replacement of food with another negative coping mechanism, we call it addiction transfer. When it is replaced with something "positive", like exercise, everybody has to say how amazing it is. In reality we are all dealing with the same issue, and that is "What do I do in place of food?". That emptiness that this article revolves around is NOT an emptiness of food, even though we may have filled it with food for many years. It is a spiritual emptiness, it's an emptiness inside your soul that is caused by a longing for something greater, a fear of failure. You and everyone else out there has it in you to succeed! Go after what you want and persistently, annoyingly and brashly claim it. Or as NIKE says "Just do it". I have found in my life that fear of failure breads failure. Persistently striving for success breads success, even if it isn't the success you set out for. Thomas Edison once said "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." and that to me is success. Every person is amazing and beautiful, every person is special and has their reason for being here, every person is going to succeed and fail, it is up to you to decide how you perceive the out come.
  10. AustinJ

    7.5 months

    Way to go Kio! You are doing awesome. The more you can do the easier it will be to maintain the weight loss, at least that's how I feel about it. I'm glad to here your dog is getting better and that you are doing so well.
  11. AustinJ

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    Well as awesome as 190/195 sounds (what I weighed when I was 12-13) the bariatric surgeon, dietician, and my PCP all have told me 240lbs was my minimum even with muscle mass loss during this process. I had the whole submersion BMI testing done for wrestling back in college and my minimum body mass @ 5% body fat was 269lbs back then. I knew going into this that I was going to be a big guy still in the end just not a fat guy.
  12. AustinJ

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    Make it 205lbs lost now and another left digit shift. 299 lbs what's that called Twonderland? I'm not going to see a 1 on the left hand side not while I'm alive at least.
  13. AustinJ

    Down 200lbs!!!!

    Thanks Boho.
  14. AustinJ

    shoe advice from the veterans, please....

    Oh shoes my new love... I have went from a 14 4E to a 14 regular. My advice would be to find a shoe store that actually measures your feet..... every time. as you lose weight the bones in your feet will no longer be spread out so far also your arches will lift and you made need a smaller size length wise.
  15. AustinJ

    Down 180 pounds!!!

    I have lost 204 lbs but I still have 48lbs to go to get to half my starting body weight. I learned to look at percentage instead of pounds and you my dear are amazing. Kickin' butt and losin' lbs.