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About LotusOne

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  • Birthday 06/05/1968

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    Northern California


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Yen-Chung A. Lee
  • Hospital
    Valley Care
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  1. Alright....so I'm starting 5 Day Pouch Test tomorrow! http://www.5daypouchtest.com/plan/theplan.html Anyone want to join the fun??
  2. Hi! It's been awhile since I've been back to TT. It's almost 2 years since my surgery, and while I've not even come close to my "goal weight" of 150, I'm still so glad I made the decision to go through with it. I always like to say that I'm in the best shape I've been in my entire life, but my husband likes to remind me I've seen ever 'ologist since the surgery. . Thankfully nothing dramatic, and could have been more related to getting older (just turned 45) and slightly hypochondriac. Some odd thing since the GBS: - Had an MRI and saw neurologist because of tingling and numbness in feet and hands. - Numerous EKG and stress tests with cardiologist because of fainting spells. Ends up, my blood pressure is just incredibly low (always has been) and my heart rate is low (resting is in the high 50's), so I have to increase my salt intake (oh darn). - Colonoscopy and various scans with the gastroentologist to get the initial diagnosis of early Crohn's disease. Other than all that fun, things have been great! I workout at least 4 days a week and haven't really gained much weight back. I feel like, in the last couple of months I've lost and gained the same 5 pounds over and over again! Right now, my biggest challenge is eating. I started drinking with my meals a long time ago, and feel like I'm pushing myself with every meal. Every meal ends with some discomfort, which is bad. So tomorrow I'm going to start the 5 day pouch test and hopes that that will reset me back to the good eating habits. Anyone have any advice?
  3. Welcome, Steph!!! This is such a great group of supportive folks that really helped me before, during and after my surgery. Good luck to you!!
  4. Howdy! It's been awhile since I've posted here. I'm 18 months out from my GBS and to day have lost over 110 pounds. I have had no issues, other than some low blood pressure issues. About two weeks ago, I thought I had appendicitis, so my doctor put me in the hospital for all of the fun tests. No appendicitis, but I have swollen lymph nodes in my abdomen. A condition called Mesenteric lymphadenitis, which is common with kids. I am far from being a kid. Causes can be an infection or a lot of other more scarier options. While I was in the hospital, they pumped me full of antibiotics and fluid. Ended up back in the hospital with dehydration and increased pain two days later. It took my genius of a husband to question the doctor on the size of the pills I was getting, which may not be fully absorbed. They moved me to liquid pain medication, which helps. Eating can be a challenge and cause some cramping (good news is that I broke my 6 month stall!!), so I've upped my protein drinks again. No other symptoms, other then the abdominal pain. I can't stand for a long time, and occasionally can't even find a comfy position to sleep. Has anyone else experienced this?? Seems so random!
  5. Okay, I exactly 5 months out today and have stalled again. I know, I know....this to shall pass and I have to remind myself: - I've lost 75 pounds in 5 months. That is 15 pounds a month (the normal weight loss is about 2 pounds a week, so that's good, right?) - I've gone from a size 24 pants to a size 16. Almost out of the W world! - I was a size 18/20 top and now am a XL or 12/14. More progress! - I'm healthy and feeling good! None of the "usual" issues with any food. - I've developed good habits of taking vitamins and have increased my protein intake. Okay, sorry, just needed to put it in writing to see it and remind myself. I get so lost in the number and scale that I forget everything I have accomplished in such a relatively short time. Hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!
  6. LotusOne

    4 Months Out

    Great job! Such progress in such a short time!
  7. Wow!! Congratulations! You look amazing. So inspirational.
  8. LotusOne

    3 Months Out

    I'm 11 weeks out and am down 60 pounds (11 of those were before surgery) and am feeling great! Down from a size 22 (almost 24) to an 18. Yippee! Eating about 3.5 to 4 ounces of food, mostly protein, at meals and am drinking two protein shakes a day. Just went in for my bloodwork today, so am anxious to see what that looks like. I'm pretty faithful to my vitamins, except for the calcium. Can't seem to always get those in everyday. I try to work out 3 to 4 times a week. Trying to get more, but between work, travel and school it's nearly impossible! The whole stall thing still gets me. I'll stay at one weight (+/- 1 pound) for over a week and then BOOM will loss like 5 pounds. My last big loss was going from 229 to 225 this week. Looking froward to getting under 200!!
  9. LotusOne


    I haven't been in awhile, but just wanted to share that I stomped in at 229.6 this morning. Total of 55 pounds down! I haven't been this weight in over ten years! So excited!
  10. LotusOne

    Almost Two Months Out

    Thanks all! I haven't weighed this amount in over 7 years. Amazing!!
  11. LotusOne

    Almost Two Months Out

    Almost 2 months out.....50 pounds total (11 pre-surgery, 39 post!). Almost can see the difference....
  12. LotusOne

    My Journey

  13. LotusOne

    Ack! Stall......

    I know, I know....this too shall pass, but I've been in a lovely stall for the last week and a half. So frustrating and I'm worried I'll be one of those rare people that lose only a certain amount and then stop. I'm taking in approximately 600 calories a day, am getting between 80 - 100 protein and all of my fluids. I'll be 7 weeks out on Thursday and have lost a total of 31 pounds since the surgery. I've read that if you increase your calories and protein, that may help the stall? How do I possibly get more calories in, when I'm still only eating 3 oz. at a meal, without increasing the fat? Any suggestions?
  14. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you!
  15. So I've been in a stall for about a week. I know, I know....this too shall pass. However I was looking at my food log on myfitnesspal.com and was looking at my fat intake, and am wondering if it's too high. I'm still, on average, getting only 600 calories in, so maybe any little fat will skew my numbers. On average it's usually 25% fat each day (60% protein and 15% carbs). Maybe I should cut back on the eggs (1 a day). I just don't know! Thoughts?