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Everything posted by Rob_VSG

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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    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.
  4. 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.
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    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
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    @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
  10. @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
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. @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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Recent selfie below: LOL, joking. Ok, that is from one of those photo apps. I promise I will take some new pics soon!
  21. Yes, it's interesting to watch, now getting to the lower end of the of the 170's, I haven't been here since grade school! It had felt like 176 is where I would stay but now it's drifted down some and is possible I will be into the 160's before year end. My goal weight was set by my surgeon and set according to some math based on average percentage weight loss for VSG patients. I had planned to blow past it from the beginning and that's why I put so much research time into diet and nutrition (and insulin control). Even with that plan, I figured some where around 190 would be a realistic point where weight loss would likely stop. I weighed in at 172.0 this morning which means I'm already 18 pounds below the more aggressive target I had set for myself. I feel really awesome (maybe even giddy) and am tracking percentage body fat and muscle to make sure I don't go too far. That way if anyone I know suggests perhaps I am losing too much weight, I have data to refute the claim and continue on with no self doubt.
  22. The last few months my focus has been on keeping a healthy eating style (whole foods, low carb + IF) and not gaining weight. Seems I'm still losing a pound or two a month. I'm wondering if our bodies can just "figure out" a weight to stay at.
  23. Stay strong, it will be worth it.
  24. Oh yeah, same here, if I'm going to go off plan it will be when I am away from home. That way it seems less likely to turn the off plan stuff into a bad new habit. Although I have to say, even when I'm away from home, I don't feel a strong attraction to less healthy foods and I hope that continues for me. As far as weight, I'm not really trying to lose at this point, just focused on healthy eating habits (quality foods and intermittent fasting). My weight seems to be stuck (or stable) around 175-179 although my percentage body fat is stable to slightly lowering. I'm glad you are healing! Rob
  25. Ahh, the journey is long from over! There are so many things left to try. Read @BurgundyBoy's suggestions above, they are good ones. I'm 13 months out and more often than not my body rarely lost weight how I expected it to. What I found worked for me was staying focused on protein first, then drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and shortening my daily eating time window as well as going for 20-30 minute walk 3-5 times a week. Shortening my eating time window lengthened my over night fasting time window and between that and reducing carb intake my surgeon measured a higher metabolic rate for me. That means my metabolism increased well over where it was pre-op. You will find what works for you!