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About Rob_VSG

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. @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
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Welcome aboard Kristen! @BurgundyBoy Always has sage advice. I have become somewhat of a low carb/intermittent fasting convert/evangelist so happy to answer questions about that stuff for anyone who asks. I even get PMéd questions. I too have an evening snacking habit I can't break and also substituted with healthier/low carb alternatives. Additionally, since I use a compressed eating time window, I only have a limited amount of tummy space for snacks in that time period so weight has still been under control. I'm only about 16 months out and still working hard to build and maintain healthy habits for the long term. I'm glad you found these forums! Rob
  11. Compared to pre-WLS, every thing has improved for me. I am on 0 prescriptions and have no chronic conditions! Thank you all for your support! Yes, happier and healthy is an apt statement. I'm still working hard to keep my progress improving. Rob
  12. @BurgundyBoy and @tracyringo requested a photo update. I've updated my profile pic and snapped a new picture today. Here is me at 332 lbs. : And here is me today at 173 lbs. : I just noticed my neck looks longer now! Rob
  13. My scale doesn't have that. I don't actually know what metabolic age is or how it is calculated. I'll have to research that one. Rob Update: I'm reading this now: Found this: Metabolic Age is calculating the BMR and then comparing it with average BMR of different age groups. But the truth is that BMR varies depending on your geographic location, lifestyle, body type, activity level and various other unknown factors. It is nearly impossible to calculate metabolic age of every person on earth using the same BMR chart. As we read about some researches of BMR on wikipedia, we found that in a research two different person with same lean body mass of 43 kg when obeserved in a test-lab reported BMRs of 1075 kcal/day and 1790 kcal/day. The difference in BMRs of those two test subjects was equivalent to running 10km. So if you want to calculate your real BMR or Metabolic Age then is better to visit a reputed medical facility.
  14. I have a home scale that measures body composition. Every time I weigh it measures body fat and lean muscle using electrical impedance. It's probably not super accurate but it seems fairly consistent and usually isn't too far off from those big expensive machines at the doctors office. The home body composition scales usually have 4 electrical sensors, 2 under the front of your feet and two under your heals. My doctors office machine has 6 as it has two additional sensors for the hands. They all use electrical impedance though.
  15. Recent selfie below: LOL, joking. Ok, that is from one of those photo apps. I promise I will take some new pics soon!