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About harrahgirl

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  • Birthday April 11

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    CA - California
  • Interests
    Cooking (of course), reading, needlework, classic movies, Broadway musicals. Also enjoy video poker.
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  • Surgeon
    Sunil Bhoyrul
  • Hospital
    Scripps La Jolla
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  • Surgeon
    Sunil Bhoyrul

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  1. Congratulations, Tracy! That is probably the best Christmas present you could get!
  2. Hi there. You could also try one of the clear, flavorless protein powders that you can mix into any beverage or you can even mix them into bouillons and broths. I use the Inspire brand from BariatricEating.com but you can also find some others on Amazon.com. I mix it into coffee, tea and Crystal Light.
  3. I hit a stall on Week 3 and the scale barely moved until I hit Week 8 and since then it's been a pretty steady weight loss (I'm coming up on 7 months this Saturday so I'm mentally preparing myself for another stall). From what I've experienced and read, the body needs to adjust to all the changes hitting it all at once. Just stay with the program - the scale will start moving again. Funny thing - at about the 3-month mark I thought I was beginning to feel hunger for about a week or so, but it disappeared. Not sure what that was about but I pretty much eat and drink on schedule - I plan e
  4. So at this time exactly six months ago I was wheeled out of the OR after having gastric bypass and gallbladder removal surgery. Saw my surgeon yesterday and we are both very happy with where I am now - my surgery day weight was 235, my weight yesterday was 174 - down 61 pounds. My goal weight has been set for 140-150 pounds so I can see daylight although I know the weight will come off more slowly as time goes on. I've had no complications and, to be honest, my medical team was expecting there might be problems since I had/have underlying health issues. But the surgery and weight loss have res
  5. Thank you. Looking forward to my next appointment with my surgeon (next week and it will probably be via videoconference).
  6. In my case I have pulmonary arterial hypertension (so I have to use supplemental oxygen) and arthritis in my right knee. I also had Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. I'm almost 6 months post op and the surgery plus the bariatric diet resolved the BP and diabetes. And while I was considered a high risk candidate due to the PAH, my doctors still recommended the surgery to improve long-term survival. I had no complications and, like you, I live alone (I'm 62). As for exercise, I walk and over time have been able to increase my distance and the time I spend walking.
  7. Another milestone achieved - made it to 179. My six-month surgiversary is coming up next week (6/29) and I'm hoping I can take off another four pounds so I can claim 60 pounds gone since surgery (but if I don't I'm not going to beat myself up over it, since as long as I follow the program the speed of weight loss is outside of my control). Down a few inches in the waist and hips, tossed out a few more outfits that are too big and able to walk farther and longer so I'm measuring my progress in more than just pounds.
  8. Congratulations on achieving Onederland!
  9. I know the feeling. Some people do lose faster than others so don't get discouraged if you see others losing at a faster pace. I'm one of the slower ones - I actually projected losing 4-6 pounds a month so I'm pretty happy with where I am so far. Good luck and congrats on your loss!
  10. Same thing happened to me - I went up about 7 pounds when I got home from the surgery (had my gastric bypass Jan. 29th), but by the time I went for my 2-week follow up I was 10 pounds down from my weight at time of surgery. I also went through a 3-week stall about 6 weeks out. Since then it's been slow but steady. Five month surgiversary tomorrow and I'm down 51 pounds.
  11. Hi Tracy. I've tried a variety of bariatric vitamins because I it seemed that everyone I tried caused nausea and the ones that work the best for me are the Journey 3+3 that you can get at BariatricEating.com. They're in capsule form, they're a standard size capsule and don't smell (which was one of the things I had real problems with on the other bariatric vitamins). You take three in the morning and three in the evening - I usually take mine right after breakfast with my morning coffee and again in the evening with my evening cup of tea. They contain all of the vitamins you need, including t
  12. I had my RNY 1/29 and haven’t had a dumping episode yet but I’ve also really watched the sugar and fat content in what I eat. I’ve had a pretty easy time with the procedure and recovery really ... which is a bit surprising since I was considered a very high risk. But I have a great surgeon and was in one of the best hospitals so that helped, plus I strictly stuck to the 2-week pre-op diet. I got out of the hospital two days earlier than originally planned since I was healing well and had no complications. I had a 3-week stall in April but otherwise things have gone well. Seeing the nutritioni
  13. Based on what I've read, I'm not sure any food is worth risking a dumping episode, at least right now. I have a pint of Halo Top ice cream in my freezer - my nutritionist listed that as something I could have as an occasional treat since it's low sugar/fat and high protein. I've had it for two months and haven't opened it yet ... I'm afraid of derailing my progress if I start using any of those "substitutes."
  14. Thanks. Honesty compels me to admit that it was only partly self control. There was also fear of dumping - that hasn't happened yet and I really didn't want to take the chance of having a dumping experience at work!
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