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  1. Just wanted to update you guys that I was finally approved for surgery on Feb 10th!  I had my pre-op appointment today and my surgery is scheduled for March 14th!  To say Im excited is an understatement.  I am so grateful for another shot at getting my health together! 

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    GACaldwell
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    Technically, it's 6 months and 30 days..but who's counting, right? right...

    So far, I'm down 53 lbs & 25 inches over all. Logically, I know both of these things have made  difference. Mentally, it's still hard to accept some times. This month I hit one hell of a stall. I've wavered between 143 & 145 the entire month of February. Some of that is on me, and bad choices. I still have a sweet tooth. I still hate hate hate to exercise. I'm still battling the lifelong issues with anxiety, depression, insomnia and obsessive compulsive tendencies (It's only a disorder if it negatively impacts your life, FYI)

    I've gone from a tight size 18 jeans to a comfortable 10. Yesterday I put on a skirt that was a size 8 & while it was tight...it buttoned and zipped. That was mind blowing to me. I haven't worn anything that had single digits or didn't have an X behind it in over 20 years. My dad asked me flat out how much I weighted now because he told his boss I was 135lbs...i laughed and told him that was my goal but I'm not there yet. Apparently to my family/friends I'm smaller than I look, but that was common before I became obese too. I'm dang solid is all. 

    But it's come along with weird things too. I can't really talk to my friends/loved ones about it very often. My partner of 10 years is the only one who hears it all and he had gastric bypass 14 years ago so he gets it. He's supportive no matter what and celebrates with me, encourages me and reminds me how far I've come, even though his own weight is an issue for him right now. My friends and loved ones who are still struggling just get dismissive or mean about it so I don't tell them my milestones, I don't celebrate publically and I rarely, if ever post photographs of myself. One friend told me I needed to take new belly dance pictures and take all the old ones down. It really ticked me off...she knows why I did this surgery and I'm not ashamed of my pictures from when I was bigger. At all. So I keep my mouth shut, i listen to them complain and commiserate as best I can. Yes, I know it's hard. Guess what? It STILL is. This wasn't an "easy" fix. 

    I need to get my head back on track though. I've been lethargic and eating less healthy than I should. I've given in to my sweet tooth and said "fuck it" a few too many times. The negative committee in my head still tries to sabotage me and tell me that I'm going to fail. I won't make the goals I set to begin with but that's ok...I'm learning to adjust and be flexible. Now I just have to work on being stronger. 

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    I went to my initial appointment with the nutritionist this week and it was much different than I imagined. More emotional, as she asked me questions beyond "what do you eat?" Questions like "how does that make you feel?" and "why?" I cried, but she assured me that it was normal. 

    I love checking things off lists, so I'm thrilled with this process so far. 

    I've had my blood work done. 

    Scheduled my psychological evaluation.

    Scheduled my in-home sleep study.

    Will be attending the required intro class tomorrow.

    And, given a list of goals to begin working on.

    My first goal is working on giving up coffee. Specifically, Starbucks every morning. Not just regular Starbucks, but sugar and calorie packed lattes. The goal for the month is to only get Starbucks on Fridays. The rest of the week, I will make my own coffee or tea at home before work. I'm also to exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes per day. And, finally read my binder of information. I've already devoured the information in the binder and will reference often between now and surgery in 6 months. 

    I can tell this process isn't the "easy way out" as many people seem to think. I knew it would take work, but now I know concretely what that work is and how I will be able to explain it to those curious with my decision to have surgery. 

    Something I was surprised by was a clause I had to sign stating that I would not gain over my initial weigh-in. I was surprised, because I thought that was a given. I'm going to be program compliant because I want to be shown the way. I want to make a lifetime change and realize there is no magical fix. I think the 6 month program will set me up for great success and I look forward to my next meeting where I turn in my goals and start on new ones.

     

  2. Hoping052017
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    Embarking on this journey of weighing less means a lot of things to me. It means, essentially, becoming a different person yet staying the same. It means starting a new lifestyle. It means getting healthy. It means letting go of things that are weighing me down mentally while getting rid of what's weighing me down physically. It means letting go of unrealistic ideas regarding relationships and accepting some relationships are only meant to be friendships and nothing more. It's realizing that people that I thought were ancient history, that I only think about once in a blue moon, have actually been thinking about me too. An uncommon relationship that spans the miles that was long gone remarkably resurfaced tonight. How strange that this person crossed my mind for the first time in months just a week or two ago. I haven't thought about him in a long time. And he messages me tonight. I wonder where this will lead. Will he be willing to do what he wasn't willing to all those years ago? Here's to new beginnings.

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    Makotodragon
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    My current OBGYN has referred me to the bariatrics team at LGMC. He advised that there were other, pharmacological forms of treatment that we could try before using surgery as a solution, but I was insistent that I needed to take this next step as all that I’ve tried has failed and I didn’t hold out much hope for other "similar but different" treatment options, let alone I was afraid of being kicked off of insurance before finding/completing treatment.

    I weigh 242lbs.

    I went to a mandatory seminar at LGMC within a week of seeing the doctor. I was worried it was going to be more of the same, trying to talk me out of surgery as an option, citing it was “easy to lose weight, fatty”. To my joy, that was not the case.

    They took my insurance card and my weight. I sat through a presentation about the different surgeries offered by one of the laparoscopic surgeons. I was visibly the smallest, youngest person there. It has made me think that I am less worthy of a surgery. I don’t know. I just feel like I might be thought less deserving of this tool.

    The nurses advised they would use my insurance information to call and check on coverage and call me back within a week.

    I felt giddy. Elated. Just, lighter. Relieved.

    I got a call back promptly from the surgery center and have scheduled my first meeting with a surgeon. The nurse also let me know that the only requirement from my insurance was to have a psychiatric evaluation.

    Our first meeting is scheduled 02/21/2017. I'm excited to meet the surgeon although just the appointment

     is $250!

    I will be calling them Monday to see how much the surgery will cost and what my out of pocket will be-if they know. This money will be contributed to the total amount of surgery if I go through them, but if they are 5k more than someone else, I might want to look at other options. I hate to let my frugal flag fly, but money is not disposable to me. While it is important that I go through a reputable surgeon, I can’t bankrupt myself doing so. There must be a balance.

    Their program and facility are very impressive, though. I know someone who went through self-pay with them. They have a very involved team for the bariatric surgery center, and a high success rate. I think they put a lot of effort into it because we live in the south with a high rate of morbid obesity and a culture of “clean your plate”, so it’s easy to fall right back into bad habits.

    The first ingredient in many things my family cooks is butter. My adopted family is French – Lebanese, several family members have wrestled with weight gain over the years. On my birth mothers side, they are Italian- American with few weight issues in immediate family. My paternal grandmother, it seems, lived with undiagnosed PCOS, and I pulled the short straw when it came to inheriting those genes. Though, I am the tallest, so nyah!

    I feel nervous about the evaluation. I know why it’s necessary. I just worry about being denied and having to start over or something.

    Unfounded worries about something that probably isn't that bad.

    Reading everyone's posts here has done a lot for my internal dialogue. I feel like if I keep a level head and don't stress about everything coming up, take everything one step at a time, I will be ok.

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    bunnyofbadideas
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    starting to feel better! did some low impact stretching today. switched off of the pain meds from hospital to tylenol. hoping to bring my husband out to lunch to celebrate his being here for me this whole time (he cant drive and i cant eat! what a pair!) feeling optimistic! 

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    Hey everyone,

    So I have not lost any weight in about 5 or so days and prior to that it was only a pound. Previously I had been losing a pound a day but now I am just stuck. I am 6 ish weeks out and still following the meal plan. I am working out and keeping my calories at about 500 which is suggested. I know I am not drinking enough water or getting enough protein. I am just focused on calories because my dietician said I wasn't getting enough in. Should I change my focus to protein maybe? It is just really frustrating to be stuck at this weight when I feel like I am doing everything right.

    Does anyone else have this problem? What did you do? I have a goal of losing 15 pounds in the next 6 weeks for a trip I am taking. I'd really like to fit into my clothes comfortably, ya know. Maybe I'll just go back to shakes and water?

    Thanks for your time and your input.

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    After 31 lbs of weight gain over the last year of being off the wagon the alarm bells finally started ringing in my head. I had grown complacent with the slow gain. I had plateaued at 211 and fell back into eating the wrong stuff, not exercising. The sleeve part held good, I still can't eat like I used to before the sleeve but I began grazing junk food.

     

    I had fallen back into the trap of rewarding, comforting & punishing myself with food. I had recently made some break throughs in some old childhood abuse issues and that has helped me get a hold of the out of control drive cycle to eat myself to death & some other poor coping skills that beset in my mind early on.

     

    Yesterday I just had a glass of Unjury Chocolate for breakfast & lunch, no grazing, a healthy dinner & an hour long fast walk and I'm down 2lbs this morning, that's good motivation for someone like me. I just ordered more Unjury to make sure that I have it on hand for no excuses...

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    I'm a newbie, just has my gastric sleeve on Monday, January 9th. Surgery has totally kicked my butt. I stayed in the hospital for 2 nights due to complications with water intake. Now, that I'm home, I still struggle with water intake. I seem to handle the protein shake with no problems. However, no matter how small the sips, I feel a lot of pressure with water. Followed by burping. I've always been a big water drinker, so it's really frustrating me that I can't seem to tolerate water now. Is this normal, will this subside?

     

    Also, I'm having a lot of numbness in my lower extremities. The hospital discharge sheet listed this as a minor complication, However, it's alarming to me and I don't know how worried I should be about this.

     

    Overall, I feel a lot of weakness and like each of my limbs weigh 100 pounds each. I was sent home with oxygen, which I'm being told is normal. Are others experiencing any of these same things?

     

    Thank you. :rolleyes:

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    Necessary information about Nucific Bio X4

     

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    This is a very popular supplement for people interested in losing weight fast and without having to go to extreme lengths in order to achieve that. Its composition is made especially for the protection of your metabolism and empowers you to take control of your appetite so that you won’t develop any unnecessary or unwanted issues with your digestive system.

     

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    First, let’s find out who exactly can benefit of Nucific bio x4’s properties. Well, exactly everyone that is searching for a new way to slim down, as natural as this process can be done. This means without having to go through extreme or radical lifestyle changes or needing to follow a drug prescription pill, which can be very dangerous for your health.

     

    Nucific bio x4 saves you from some of the most impossible-to- keep-up-with diets or impossible-to-restrain-from-eating-what-your-body-craves-for types of foods and sweets. So, if you are well aware of your issues with the hunger and craving times, and you are eager to get the body you want and know you deserve, Nucific bio x4 might be all that you need.

     

    You can try to benefit of Nucifix bio x4 for a 90 days period of time, risk-free and fully covered up in benefits for your health, such as: fat-burn and loss positive results, improvement of the digestive system, increasing energy levels. If you are not pleased with the results or if you see that the product doesn’t work for you the same it works for everyone else, you can stop the treatment at any time, and you can get your money refund, without any more questions or troubles. Why? Because Nucific bio x4 offers you 90 days to observe the results and if you don’t like what you see, you can always send the order back in these 90 days and get the full refund back.

     

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  3. I am now 124. :)

     

    But.....I still can't eat a lot. And I mean almost just a hunk of chicken or fish or a bit of potato and Im done.

     

    I have no desire to eat food, it all taste bland to me. I tried different ways to spice it up but it don't help. Maybe once I am able to eat more and I hope soon that food will be enjoyable again.

     

    And its even harder when your limited due to allergies to dairy and wheat, and I don't like fruits and vegetables. Very limited. And I don't even have room to eat it because I need the protein first but I can't get enough. I will get much les if I split it with veggies or with a starch.

     

    Anyone else have the same problem?

  4. Hi folks I know I haven't written anything since June. That is mainly because I am finally living a life I should have been living all along.

    It has been a little bit past 10 months since I had my 3 procedure surgeries for hernia repair, gallbladder removal and the sleeve. In those ten months I have lost 95 pounds for a total weight loss of 277 from my highest weight. I am still 40 pounds from my goal. I still can't stand for more than 5 minutes without pain. I must still use a cane to walk for a short 5 minutes until the pain starts. The back surgeon doesn't want to do any operations on my 4 bulging discs and spinal stenosis until I have gotten to my goal and had skin removal surgery. Why I really do not know.

     

    However despite the limited time I can stand and walk I am able to do so much more than I ever could before losing 277 pounds. In March of this year I became the social director of our community and (with the help of many wonderful volunteers) have been able to plan and implement many wonderful Summer, Fall and Seasonal activities for our community. I have also been able to finally assist my room mate with bringing in the packages from our shopping trips. This year I was able to assemble the Christmas tree string the lights and put the ornaments on by myself while my room mate decorated the outside. What a wonderful feeling that was! In years past all I could do was tell him which branches to put the ornaments on. I have started attending Bingo on Tuesdays, Friday Morning social and Trivia nights. I have lived in this community for 26 years and this year I have met some of the wonderful people who live here. I have also taken on some new and different teaching responsibilities at my work with longer hours.

     

    I am not at my goal yet, but I know I will get there. The weight loss has started to slow down but I am going to increase my exercise and do more than riding my bike and swimming. In 2017 I will probably join a gym and hopefully be able to do some sit down exercises of the circuit. I meet with my back surgeon again on Monday Dec 5th to review the x-rays and nerve conduction tests they were finally able to take. There is some talk about me getting an epidural in my back and seeing if that will reduce or eliminate the pain. If it wasn't for this horrible back pain I know I could do so much more than I am all ready. However I am thrilled to be doing what I am and to have finally had a life outside of the house.

     

    Until I write again Have a wonderful Holiday Season, Stay healthy and happy! I know I will!

  5. Nootropics are likewise called savvy drugs or intellectual enhancers. Nootropics are medications, supplements, or different substances that enhance psychological capacity, especially official capacities, memory, imagination, or inspiration. Nootropics are rapidly turned into the most elegant medication these days. Many people are taking nootropics and they consider it the secret to a healthy life. However, do they work? Furthermore, are they harmless?

     

    Firstly, let us start with the pros of the supplement. The advantage of it is that the nootropics work by shielding the neurons in our brain from harm and reinforcing neuroplasticity, the reaction to tactile information. That implies changes to our ability to focus, memory, capacity, and in general intellectual health. Nootropics have been shown convincing among people who encounter the ill impacts of mental deficiencies, including Alzheimer's sickness, however, whether they give mind- boosting effects to the healthy individual is still indistinguishable. Still, nootropics positively affect the brain. There are numerous nootropics available and more studies are being produced to see which kind of nootropic works the best. Meanwhile, try to take nootropics and will surely boost your brain. To summarize what nootropics are, I can say that nootropics are “good drugs” also called “smart drugs” that are so useful when it comes to boosting our memory, attention, and efficiency. We can find nootropics in one ingredient or combined with others. Any product combined with nootropics will boost our minds helping us taking the best decisions and the most important leading us in reaching our goals.

     

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    We flew into Boca Raton on Sunday afternoon, found our hotel and got our bearings. On Monday, I went to the medical center and had my pre-op work done. They took my information, drew my blood, took chest x-rays, and an EKG. Everything checked out fine and I was asked to arrive in the morning at 6:00am.

    I was nervous, but felt somewhat removed. I'd resolved to do this, survived the interminable two week liquid diet, taken my "before" pics; I was ready, but I wasn't sure I knew what I was in for. Surgery weight: 239.4--Wooohooo!

    Pre-surgery, I was asked to change into a giant paper gown and booties. They put an I.V. in my arm and a myriad of people came to meet me; the anesthesiologist, the intern, the nurses, and the surgeon. I sent a text to my family and told them I was going in and that I loved them. The anesthesiologist came back and told me he was going to give me something to relax. He explained that this wasn't the "sleep" medication, just relaxation, but I honestly don't remember anything after that!

    I woke up in recovery, but was so groggy, all I remember is hearing the nurse say she would call my mother. Then I was in my hospital room. The nurse explained that my pump had morphine and I could push the button when I had pain. I pushed it a lot. The hours after surgery are so hazy.... I know the surgeon came in and explained that the surgery went well, that he'd repaired my hiatal hernia (who knew I had a hernia?!) and that I'd done well with my liquid diet. I pushed the button every chance I had, and slept most of these hours. Part way through the night my breath rate dropped, apparently too much morphine makes you forget to breathe! My nurse came in and asked me if I was having pain. I wasn't, but I was terribly nauseous. So, I decided to stop pushing the morphine. A few hours later (time was surreal at this point), I felt okay. No more nausea, so I decided to try to walk. My nurse was surprised, but she helped me. I made it about 15 feet and had to go back to bed. Too nauseated again. I tried again a short while later. The first night, I walked four times! By morning I felt pretty good, sore, but not pained.

    Then I was sent to radiology for a swallow test. I've seen gastografin before, but what they handed me was like the worst poison in the world. I managed three tiny sips, stood like a statue for the imaging, and retched uncontrollably. Thankfully, they had the images they needed and I returned to my room.

    Those three tiny sips sent me spiraling. I was nauseated for hours and my stomach hurt.

    When I'd recovered from that I was given a pitcher of water and several medicine cups and told to start sipping. Sipping hurt! I failed at this until the nurse explained that I had to drink, or would not be released the next day. So I walked, and I sipped, sipped, sipped, walked......

     

    All of this was over a week ago, and I'm home now. I am surprised to find myself struggling. I've got the sipping thing down, but can barely get in 48 oz, and force myself to finish 64 oz. I'm still on full liquid, and have not figured out how to schedule all of my protein drinks. So, I'm super tired. The pain has decreased dramatically, and I can walk easily for 30 mins now.

     

    So I have written out a schedule for myself, hour by hour, of how much I have to have in. So WEIRD to struggle with water! I am not hungry, but have had a few moments of foreshadowing where I get a "craving" for something. Makes me laugh because my head has no understanding of this new reality.

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    My first blog post. I am 10 days post op and still finding this whole thing bizarre and difficult. The one thing I miss the most nearly every moment of the day is not having to be careful how much water I drink at a time. If you gave me a 20oz bottle of water before surgery, it would be gone within 3 minutes. Seriously. I gulped water like it was my job. I love water. This sip by sip stuff sucks! It's not at all satisfying to me and I just want to drink my whole cup of water in one short sitting. why am I like that? Why didn't I consider changing that habit before surgery? It didn't dawn on me that I wouldn't be able to drink massive amouts of water. I mean, it's just water. I easily drank 150oz+ of water every single day. Since surgery I've been mostly lucky to get 10oz a day. Though since Thursday, I've been really pushing myself and have reached about 24oz a day, probably more.

     

    I'm having lots of trouble with protein, though. Part of it is that I am just not hungry ever. I always feel full. And I've made the mistake of feeling overfull - I do not recommend reaching that point. It left me pacing between my couch and the bathroom, waiting to throw up, which I never did.

     

    It's so hard to get used to drinking.eating so little. I'm so tired and so weak. I know I need calories and protein, but I also don't want to make myself sick in the process.

     

    So that's where I'm at on day 10.

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    In September 2013, I was given the diagnosis of Ewings Sarcoma. I was 27. In short, I went through 10 months of grueling chemotherapy. I spent most of those 10 months in the hospital either recieving chemo, or so sick I needed to be hospitalized. I lost 70 pounds. I used to joke that my silver lining was that I at least wasn't so fat. I was declared NED in July 2014. Shortly, and I mean shortly after, I gained those 70 pounds back, and an additional 10. My oncologist sat me down one appointment and described the damage the chemotherapy had done to my body. "You have the body of a 60 year old." I just turned 28.

     

    I have been big my entire life. Before chemo, before cancer, I was still active. I couldn't run a marathon, but I could still hang with the best. After chemo was completely different. I could barely walk down my drive way, take a shower. I was out of breath for everthing.

     

    I sat with my husband and decided this is what we needed to do. I needed weight loss surgery. I can not reverse what the chemo did to my body, but I could get healthy and stop my weight from causing more damage.

     

    On November 22, 2016 I will be going in to have weight loss surgery. I am terrified of this journey, but I know that it will be worth it in the end.

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    prairieprincess
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    Well its finally here - I was beginning to think that this day would never get here - tomorrow I have my surgeons appointment - not sure which emotion is winning right now my excitement/anticipation or the terror. I have never been in for any type of procedure or surgery unless you want to start including minor dental work such as fillings that's as close as it comes. I don't know how I will be feeling once I get a surgery date and it becomes that real - I have a feeling anxiety and nerves will be tipping the scales a little bit then. I plan to just focus on the tasks I need to do and not the date to try and keep the emotions in check hoping that will work. I will keep this updated more for myself looking back more than anything

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    I started my liquid diet on 9/27 and my surgery is scheduled for 10/13. I had such a hard time with the first 3 days, I am prone to migraines and the change in my diet made them so much worse. I was sick to my stomach, vomiting and low fever. After 3 days I couldn't take it and I ate tacos. I felt much better after that, no more nausea or headaches. I did great with the diet for 2 days and temptation got the better of me and I had dinner out on day 5. I have been good since, with the exception of chicken broth (1Cup) daily. I am so worried my surgeon will cancel the surgery for not following the diet. Anyone know if 7 days, minus the broth will be OK?

  7. I am weighing in at 186 this morning and it is near my lowest sustained adult weight and yet I feel like a FAT failure. I am 18 months post op from band to sleeve revision and I was supposed to weigh 135 pounds (in my mind) by now. Instead? I got down to 169 pounds around month eight but could not sustain. Have mainly hovered at 182 for the past year but this past month I have been up and down from 185-192 pounds. I started a reset today and really need to get myself back on track. I need to get to goal! I am worth it!

  8. I work in the Information Technology Industry, my work routine is very punishing, most of the time its sedentary. Im working in this Industry since 12 years, over the years I have put on lots of weight. Around beginning of 2014 my weight was around 130 kgs, very high considering my average height (5.7). I tried all non-surgical weight reduction methods but nothing really helped. As part of my work I had to move to Hyderabad India, here I was introduced to Dr. Venugopal Pareek, he is considered to be one of the best bariatric surgeon in Hyderabad (a metro city in India). Dr. Pareek assessed my complete condition and suggested to undergo gastric bypass surgery, after much hesitation i agreed for this surgical method of weight reduction, surgery was successful and my weight was reduced by almost 30% which is a big relief for me.

     

    I encourage all morbidly obese people to consider bariatric procedures for reducing weight, I assure it would be one of the best decisions of your life.

  9. When thinking about bacteria, the last thing that comes to mind is ingesting it. The truth is that throughout our lives we are only taught about the negative connotations of these microorganisms. Rare are the cases when people are aware of the “good” bacteria, and its benefits, as well as the bad.

     

    Probiotics are beneficial microbes that have been proven useful in the ailment of afflictions ranging from allergies to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

     

    The term “probiotic” began taking form as early as the 1940s, gaining the attention of the masses. This was all thanks to the efforts of Nobel Prize laureate Elle Metchnikoff, who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, studied the ways of longevous Bulgarian peasants.

     

    Metchnikoff found a link between their most consumed food product – yogurt – and their significantly longer life expectancy.

     

    This was because the yogurt was fermented with lactic acid bacteria (or Lactobacillus). The process of infesting the gut with “useful” bacteria helped balance the microflora and decrease the pH levels of the intestines. Consequently, it became a way of helping those suffering from lactose intolerance (the inability to digest the sugar found in milk) and diarrhea.

     

    Even though modern medicine has advanced in such a way that we are now able to encapsulate probiotics, many studies have shown that probiotics that are taken in the form of tablets can be killed by the acidic conditions of the stomach.

     

    Therefore it seems that you can benefit best from the effects of probiotics by eating foods such as milk and dairy products, pickled vegetables, kimchi and soy sauce.

     

    Different strands of probiotics have been proven useful in treating various types of disorders.

    Lactobacilli are used in curing skin diseases, bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections and even in the prevention of certain respiratory infections.

     

    Bifidobacteria effectively improve the level of blood lipids, as well as help in diminishing pain and discomfort in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.

     

    Saccharomyces boulardii is the only probiotic that can be found in yeast. It has shown its effectiveness in the treatment of diarrhea and skin conditions.

     

    Probiotics may seem like an entirely new concept but the truth is they have been with us even since our travel through the birth canal. A newborn gets its dose of healthy bacteria from his mother, during labor. This is not possible during a C-section. We are born with a certain balance of the immune system and the first step in keeping that balance may even be enriching our diet with probiotics.

     

    Source: https://www.hlbenefits.com/lose-extra-weight-20-steps/

  10. I've been rejected for surgery twice now (once on the day of surgery) due to health concerns that I won't bore you with. I'm trying one more time. I found a doctor about an hour away who might be willing to work with me, provided he gets letters of clearance and the 2 week liquid diet I'm on improves my lab scores.

     

    The 2 weeks were technically up yesterday, but because of the long weekend I have to wait until Tuesday to get my blood drawn. The surgeon also wants me to get a fibroscan of my liver, to see if it's shrunk. I've been trying to schedule this fibroscan for 2 weeks, and so far nada. I spoke to someone at the hospital Friday who said that even after the test is ordered, I'll have to wait a week to have it for insurance reasons. I'm really hoping the surgeon doesn't make me stay on this liquid diet all the way until whenever I can get the fibroscan! Ingesting nothing but diet drinks and protein shakes is making me nuts. Yesterday was my birthday, and it was a pretty big bummer not to be able to have anything but liquid.

     

    I'm trying very hard to be positive, and view this as training for when I eventually get the surgery. I'm sure I'll be frustrated by how little I can eat then, too. I'm just trying to deal with the hunger a little bit at a time . . . I'll tell myself that I can cope with it for 15 more minutes, and then at the end of that time I'll focus on 15 more. I'm also trying to point out to myself when I'm just head hungry--which happens a lot. Even on the scale of liquid diets, mine is fairly strict, and I'm sick of everything on it. I crave stuff, but that's head hunger. I do not actually need pizza or Chinese food to survive. I watch a lot of DVD's and take naps to suck up time.

     

    Even still, the end of this liquid diet can't come too soon for me!

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    Not quite a month post-op and already 34 lbs. down. I will hit 40 lbs. by my one-month mark since I am losing a little over a pound/day. 45 lbs down from my HW.

     

    I rock. Let's just be honest.

  11. Today I spent hours going through the binder of information given to me by the bariatric team. I am one of those super organized, Type A personalities, so it was necessary for my peace of mind to have dividers and tabs and plastic sheaths for the important papers. Kinda crazy, I suppose, but that's me! Next I went through all my diabetic magazines and clipped the yummiest sounding recipes. :-)

     

    So far on this journey toward surgery--

     

    1. I established the insurance requirements (a complicated story I may share at another time) and got the preliminary clearance. That was a relief!

     

    2. I discussed my desire with my personal physician, a fabulous doctor and man I respect greatly who has been my GP since moving to KY 3 years ago. His approval and support was not a deal breaker, necessarily, as I was 80-90% sure surgery was my best course, but it was important to me for him to be on board. It was a relief when he not only didn't disagree but also confirmed the positive reports I had read about the local surgeon and bariatric program.

     

    3. I (and my husband) attended the informational seminar offered by the Bariatric Weight Loss Program here in my home town. The surgeon was at the meeting, as well as others on the team, and the info was very thorough. So far nothing to give me pause! I filled out the request form, then waited....

     

    4. The wait wasn't too long. Gayle, the program coordinator, called me about a week later to set up my first appointment with the surgeon Dr. Farrell.

     

    5. August 4 was my appointment with Dr. Farrell. Before meeting him I also had brief meetings with the dietician and again with Gayle. A binder containing detailed information about the pre-approval process and appointments, the surgery itself and surgery prep, diet pre- and post-op, possible complications, exercise, recipes, and much more. VERY thorough! I even got a few samples of protein powder and shakes.

     

    6. August 11 was my appointment with a cardiologist for "surgical clearance." I had seen this doctor just over a year ago, before my diagnosis of sleep apnea, to rule out any cardiac issues. Nothing had shown up at that time, and as a prior patient I was able to get in to see him quickly. Unfortunately, I have been very sick with bronchiolitis and possible pneumonia, on strong cough medicine and steroids. The latter (I'm convinced) is why my heart rate was high, and of course my chest wasn't as clear as it should have been. For this reason the doctor recommended a follow up ECHO and treadmill test to be sure all was well before surgery. As an RN, I could not argue the logic even if it adds more to the process. Better safe than sorry!

     

    7. Gayle called the next day to give me dates for all the various appointments: Psych Eval, Support Group meetings, endoscopy, Nutritional Eval, Exercise Eval, and a Healthy Lifestyle Class. These, along with the cardio followup, are scheduled over the next month, beginning tomorrow.

     

     

    No set surgery date as yet. The initial estimate was early November, but it seems to me mid to late October makes more sense. My birthday is on October 26, and while it doesn't sound like too much fun to spend one's birthday in the hospital, in pain, and unable to eat at least a small piece of cake, I am willing to make the sacrifice if it means getting the rest of my better-health-and-skinnier-life started!

     

    I'm ready!

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    • Yes, I am going to have the surgery.  Just waiting to get the date set. 
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