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About Rob_VSG

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  • Birthday 11/11/1960

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    Dallas, TX
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. McCarty
  • Hospital
    Pine Creek Medical Center
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  • Start Weight
  • Current Weight
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  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Surgery Date
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Lots of good advice here. I avoided eating out as much as possible for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Mostly of my experimenting was around figuring out what sources of nutrient dense protein would taste good to me and could be tolerated. On the subject carbs, it comes down to this, food that raises your blood glucose also raises your insulin (storage hormone), and this signals your body to store energy (fat). Things that spike your glucose and insulin are dense carbohydrates such as sugar, fructose, honey, bread or anything made from flower or grins as well as rice, pasta and starchy items like potato. Focusing on nutrient dense protein sources and eliminating or minimizing carbohydrates will give you an edge when trying to burn fat because your body won't produce as much insulin.
  2. So ALL the responses on this thread are awesome! I can't think of much more to add. I can tell you this, at the 2 week post op mark, I was really tired, run down, depressed and just felt like garbage. I ended up going to a place to for a hydration IV packed with vitamins and and minerals and felt about 200% better in just one hour. It was worth every penny.
  3. Post OP period, for me anyways, seemed like my body let go of lots of toxins. I'm guessing that is what you are experiencing. Try not to let it get you down as it is likely temporary, and good for you in the long run. Rob
  4. Rob_VSG


    Yes, they are often referred to as a bio-impedance scale. I wish I knew how I could order a DEXA scan for myself. One of these days... ok, right after I typed that I did a search and found a place that will do a DEXA scan for $150! That is now on my list.
  5. The best way to check if the macros you have chosen for your nutrition are working for ketosis is to use something like a Keto Mojo meter to test your blood. It works just like checking your blood glucose level, which it can also measure if you like. I typically measure both ketones and glucose because I track my glucose ketone index (GKI). It might not be for everybody, but I have found objective measurement useful to keep me on track. Incidentally, 17 months on keto nutrition and I had my fasting insulin and glucose measured. The results were normal (85 mg/dl) glucose and low (2.7 mIU/L) insulin yielding a HOMA-IR score of 0.6. A HOMA-IR score of 1.9 or lower is considered good. This means the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance I had before surgery is gone and I have good insulin and glucose control. The other marker that helps confirm this is my HbA1c was 6.2% before surgery and is now 4.9% 17 months later.
  6. Rob_VSG


    Are you using a body composition scale? I have one to help maintain my sanity because when my weight fluctuates, it gives me a good idea how is much water, muscle and fat. I am currently fluctuating between 169 and 176. I try not to sweat it too much, as I just get a little more mindful when things go in the wrong the direction. Hang in there! Rob
  7. Update as of today... So I resumed my visits to the personal trainer and now have 3 pounds less of fat and 3.6 pounds more muscle but weight is about the same! Looks like I'll keep seeing the personal trainer. Rob
  8. Rock on @tracyringo !! I too worry about the possibility of regain. I'd like to think I learned a lot and have all the tools I need to reverse it should it happen, but I guess I won't really know until it happens. Happy surgiversary! Just keep focused on all the positive changes and how much impact they have had on your life, you will have strong motivation to avoid regain. Make many stops a long the way to enjoy your successes! Rob
  9. If the dinner is scheduled for a restaurant, study the menu ahead of time and see if there are any selections you think you can handle. I found that helped relieve the stress of having to eat out. Also, try to think about subjects to discuss, if you are talking, folks are less likely to notice you aren't eating much and it gives you the opportunity to move the conversation away from you or your surgery. If you aren't up to it, not showing up at all is still an option and your husband can just tell the host you are still recovering from minor surgery and don't have the energy. You can do this! Rob
  10. Rob_VSG


    @Patcat16 I see you are post-op now. Which surgery did you have done? How are you feeling? Do check in and let us know. Rob
  11. @BrightDay I hope your post-op time is going well. My surgeon also did not require a pre-op diet. I used the post-op period to break free from my sugar and carbohydrate addiction. That turned out to work really well for me and gave me the time I needed to research about nutrition and metabolism then slowly find the most nutritious foods that were tasty for me. Do check in an let us know how you are doing. Rob
  12. I suspect everyone is nervous before. I know was as VSG was the first time I've ever had ANY surgery. I see you are post-op now. Please check in and let us know how you are doing. Rob
  13. Sounds like you are doing all the right things and I agree with all the posters in this thread too. I only told family and closest friends before I had surgery. I think the reason I mostly kept it secret is the fear that I might fail at losing weight after surgery and if everybody knew about it ahead of time, they might end up watching me fail in in real time and that would just mess with my head more. Keeping it secret made for less mental pressure. Now 16 months and 159 lbs later, I will spill it all to anyone who asks. I have lots to tell about surgery, and post surgery life style changes and usually more than people want to hear. Best of luck!
  14. FWIW, My choice of vertical sleeve was because it has the least nutrient malabsorption issues. Read as much as you can, you will find what is right for you.
  15. Starting if February this year I began personal training sessions (3 days a week) at the the local health club and it's been great. At the end of every week, I step on this 6-sensor scale and body composition machine to track my progress. Since February, for the most part, I've been watching body fat decrease and muscle mass increase. Due to vacation/work and other scheduling challenges, I was not able to make it in for my personal training sessions for 3 weeks and just started up again today. I asked the trainer to do a body composition scale today to see what has changed over the 3 weeks of no training. At first I stepped on the scale and was excited to see I lost 5 lbs from my last training session the end of June. Then I looked at all the numbers and my jaw just dropped. I lost 5 lbs of muscle, gained 4 lbs of fat and had 4 lbs less of water weight! @%ˆ&ˆ%$# That was an eye opener and made me realize how measuring weight only can lead me astray. Just wanted to share. Rob