Rob_VSG

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About Rob_VSG

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  • Birthday 11/11/1960

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Age
    57

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. McCarty
  • Hospital
    Pine Creek Medical Center
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-10
  • Start Weight
    332
  • Current Weight
    238
  • Goal Weight
    230
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    35
  • Surgery Date
    3/8/2018
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Rob_VSG

    One year today—keeping it real

    I like all the responses in this thread. And @Madhouse Heidi, you really are doing well. The thought processes that helped me gain weight are still in my head and as soon as I feel a little bloated, they kick back on and try to tell me forget the plan and go back to my old habits. That is just self doubt messing around in our heads. Real easy to feel like not losing pounds is failure but I totally agree with @BurgundyBoy that not gaining is success!
  2. Rob_VSG

    4 month check in

    I appreciate all the kind words. I'd like to remind everyone that it is reading about all of your successes, trials and challenges that keeps me motivated to keep trying and learning. Thank you, Rob
  3. Rob_VSG

    4 month check in

    You can find youtube vids usually called "90 second keto bread". Some use almond flour some use coconut flour and there are probably a few more variations.
  4. Wow! Those are awesome numbers, I am really happy for you. You must be jazzed about approaching your goal. Good job. Rob
  5. Rob_VSG

    4 month check in

    I'm happy to share, though I don't claim to have any sort of a "magic bullet" as I'm just trying stuff out to see what works for me and everyone is a little different. Plenty of places on net to find lists of low glycemic foods. Also, I'm not really following the plan the nutritionist gave me, although I haven't really checked to see how far off I am. Here is an example: https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/glycemic-index-chart/ My macros are tilted somewhat towards keto so I have very little dairy except for maybe some heavy cream in a recipe and I like ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses and I have almost no refined sugars or carbohydrates. My protein and fat macros are pretty close in grams. So like if I want to snack on some fruit I would choose blue berries or cherries. For veggies, I lean towards asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli and green beans. For salads it's lettuce, spinach, cucumbers are typical. Since I don't have bread, I figured out how to make a simple bread recipe in the microwave that just uses egg and almond flour. If I snack on nuts it would be almonds, pecans and brazil nuts. Once I had strong craving for sweets so I put a table spoon of raw honey on palm full of almonds and it was like eating huge sweet snack, although I wouldn't do that often. When it comes to protein I really like red meats, but I had a gout flare up this weekend so I'm switching back to fish and chicken for a few days. My favorite salty snack indulgence is parmesan crisps. You can buy them at most grocery stores or Costco. I figured out an easy to way to make them myself using a mini muffin pan and just dumping 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of parmesan into each spot and baking for 6 minutes at 375 degrees F. My latest favorite creation is low carb Manicotti. Wow that was awesome. I made one version with tomato sauce, and another with Alfredo sauce. I make the crepes (shells) myself and they are just egg and some almond flower, then stuff them ricotta and mozzarella and bake them in the oven. That is very filling and having grown up around some Sicilians are more like a comfort food for me. Even my skinny friends wanted to eat some. If I have the urge for "junk food" I keep sugar free popsicles handy for this hot Texas weather. Hope you find something useful here. Rob
  6. Greetings fellow travelers, Since my surgery was March 8th, I guess that makes today the end of my fourth month. Thought I should stop by and say hello. I just blew past the 90lbs lost mark and I my fancy scale indicates I might have lost some muscle mass but I still feel plenty strong and energized. My exercise has not increased, still walking a little less than 2 miles a day, 5 days a week. I am about to add stretching exercises to my daily routine and some time after that maybe some simple calisthenics. I don't feel like I am "gym ready" yet so will keep it simple a while longer. My next follow-up appointment with the surgeon is the middle of August right after I return from a week in Las Vegas, so that should be interesting. The weight loss goal my surgeon gave me would still put me in either the "obese" or "over weight" category of BMI so I my intention is to move well below that. I'm not really sure what that number should be so I will just wait and see how I feel. Trying to keep my weight loss on track with all the insulin reducing tricks I can find like low glycemic foods, smaller eating windows, and supplements that help improve insulin sensitivity. Since insulin signals the body to store energy (fat), I figure I should try and keep that low. So far so good. I hope everyone is having a great summer! Rob
  7. Rob_VSG

    10 month post op tomorrow !!

    You are inspiring me stay the course. Congratulations on your progress!
  8. Rob_VSG

    Update

    Us two Robs are tracking fairly close and our surgeries were only a couple weeks apart! I too am working my way back through my closet of cloths that now fit again. I think some time in June I might need to start shopping for cloths that fit, but going to put that off for as long as possible, just keep pulling in belts and living with looser shirts for now. Keep on keeping on! Rob
  9. Not too bad numbers. That is almost exactly what I was seeing my first 2 weeks post op. About 114 in the morning and 85-95 in the evening. But before the operation I never tracked BG so I didn't have anything to compare it to.
  10. Best I can recall, my A1C, fasting blood glucose and I think they also checked fasting plasma glucose. Were in the high range.. Not sure they measured FPG. But A1C and FBG moved to the normal range in 6 weeks. I also have been monitoring ketones and have been in continuous ketosis since March 10. I think it is safe to say that my insulin sensitivity is improving. Ok, just found my most recent test. Looks like they measured "mean glucose" and "hemoglobin A1C" and those two markers moved into the normal range from where they were "high" pre-op.
  11. I don't have enough pharmacological background to have a clue. But for a data point, my surgery was March 8th and going in I had pre-type2 markers in my blood tests and was not on any medications besides for high blood pressure. At my 6 week follow up, ALL the pre-type2 markers were gone from that blood test. For a while my morning FBG was around 120-125, but it has drifted down now to 94-105. Additionally, my evening 4hrs post meal gluc is almost always in 80's, sometimes in the 70's after exercising. Chances are in the first week post op, your body will go into ketosis also, so if your meter can measure it, might want to get some ketone strips. Also, welcome to the losers bench!
  12. Rob_VSG

    Summer heat

    Yes! You and I in a very similar situation. I walked for 27 minutes today in 80 degree weather and didn't hardly sweat. Yay! A welcome non-scale victory.
  13. Rob_VSG

    3 months out!

    That is good progress and it should help keep you motivated. Congratulations.
  14. Rob_VSG

    4 Weeks Out

    I'm not sure I really lost my appetite, but it definitely became very fickle. One minute I feel hungry, but I drink some water and the next minute I feel full, then 20 minutes later I think I'm hungry again. It's been crazy. I also find sometimes I can ignore the hunger and it just goes away, but other times feel he need to really eat something. The signals seem to keep changing over time. At one point I did 3 24hr fasts just to experiment, eat a good meal, wait 24hrs, eat again etc. I didn't seem to get any more hungry doing that than eating 3 small meals a day. That is the best way I can explain it.
  15. Rob_VSG

    100 lbs down !!

    Yes! 100 pounds is a HUGE mile stone! You keep on keeping on. Your goal is clearly in the cross hairs! Congratulations.