SmilinNC reacted to brandiga03 in List of Bariatric Nutritional companies offering Free Samples!
http://www.iceezero.com/ you can print a coupon for $1 off the Icee Zero Water drops. The Blue Raspberry is SOOOOO good. That is all I drink in my water. It actually tastes like the ICEEs that I had as a kid.
SmilinNC reacted to lcsimondi in August 2013 Roll Call
I finally got back to the gym today. I only did 20mins on the elliptical because I didn't know how my body would react and I didn't want to over do it. It felt good. Then I did 20laps in the pool. I am really amazed at how much more energy I have. Normally after I get home from dropping my kids off at school I go back to sleep cause I'm so tired but lately I'm wide awake.
SmilinNC reacted to PrettyLilButterfly in Dear Diary ....
It was amazing! I had the greatest time ever!! the floors...well..umm..ahem...haha we haven't bought the wood yet. I'm putting it off. But we have a few more events the next 2 weekends. After that, I will buckle down and do it. Get it out of the way!
SmilinNC reacted to LI Gemini NY in SEX!
Yea at 17, the harsh realities of life hasn't showed its ugly head yet :-/
When I was 17 cancer didn't mean anything to me now it's invading my life... Meaning perspectives change...
And yea the word lesbian is mostly accepted as a noun and gay as an adjective, it's complicated lol
SmilinNC reacted to LI Gemini NY in SEX!
Not that I'm big country's spokesperson or anything but I think he "stopped wanting her" on page 1 of this thread. And phrases like "playing for the other team" are homophobic where I'm from. It does create a sense of "us vs. them" mentality...but most people don't think about what they say anyway homophobic or not so I guess it's whatever.
SmilinNC reacted to neal2012 in new to the site and new to my sleeve
As the title says I am new to the site and just recently had the sleeve done. I think I'm doing fairly well I'm past my first two weeks of Fluid and am now starting pureed foods. On the date I started the presurgical diet I weighed 363 after surgery and two weeks I now weigh 337. Not too bad. Looking forward to being able to update as I've gained confidence reading all your stories. Oh and ya, split up with my bf a month before this...never a better time to start!
SmilinNC reacted to lsu2868 in 100 mile challenge
I downloaded the "Map my Walk" app on my phone. My wife and I went and walked at a track not to far from the house. We walked .78 miles. I know that doesn't put a dent in the 100 miles, but it's a start. I felt good and wasn't as tired afterwards. How do I go about sharing or is this the honor system...lol?
SmilinNC reacted to DeniseM in Cream based soups.....
I just used a hand blender and blended all different kinds of Soups until they were completely smooth. I didn't add cream or milk to them, but blending them made the texture creamy. I don't like any of the "Cream of ____" soups except Tomato and that got old fast. I would get Soup from Panera bread and blend that up- tastes so much better than soup from a can!
SmilinNC reacted to lark60 in Even doctors have a story to tell
I have been searching for answers and ran across this site while surfing the web.
My story: I am 52, divorced, have raised 4 children and am a Family Practice physician. The year my life became very stressful (1998) I gained 100 lbs. That was the year I chose to let my husband leave the family (he had another "love"), I was accepted into medical school and moved the 4 kids to a new home, in a city where I had no friends or family and no employment. Yes, STRESS will cause one to gain weight. At that time I couldn't focus on my body and had to get through every day one at a time.
Now fast forward 15 years: I have had a successful career as a physician, raised 4 wonderful children who are all now married and living good lives and am now an "empty nester". I decided it was time to focus on my health and weight. I always felt awkward telling my patients they needed to loose weight when I was overweight as well. 3 years ago I started working on my weight and was able to loose 65 lbs with a low carb diet & exercise. My weight stalled at 198 lbs but I felt better than I had in years. I knew stress was a factor in the plateau (I was "retiring" and closed my clinic since the economy was chipping away at my income as the sole proprietor.) I took a year off of "dieting" and went to work for a cruise line to travel and see the sights. I managed to maintain the weight loss for the most part (gained 10 lbs while cruising) and exercised an hour daily on the ship.
Then my grandmother was placed on Hospice for back pain from crushed vertebrae (she was 90 years old) I quit my job with the cruise line and came home to be around for my parents and grandmother. Then my mother had her 4th heart attack. More stress and a new PCP (primary care provider) that insisted on messing with my thyroid medication caused me to gain all the weight back (265 again). I commented to the PCP that he should have listened to me (I am a physician after all and know my medical history) and his solution was to suggest bariatric surgery. The funny part is that I have recommended this to many of my patients and never thought about it as an option for myself. I believed that carful healthy diet and exercise would work again. My concern was "stress" seemed to be the bane of my existence and I would never loose weight when stressed. I researched the options (medical web search), had the PCP office request the prior auth and then met with the surgeon to set the date for surgery. Since I had the records from my weight loss progress and my PCP provided the weight gain record (I gained the weight back over 3 months) The auth for surgery was approved.
I had a vertical sleeve procedure May 29th this year. My pre-op diet started the weight loss (incidentally the pre-op diet was similar to the low carb diet I had followed previously) and I lost 13.5 lbs the 2 weeks prior to the surgery. I also had my gallbladder out at the same time and the surgeon performed both procedures by a new technique using a "spider instrument" which was through one umbilical port (so only one incision!) My hospital stay was prolonged by a day because of the additional procedure.
I have not been able to take in more than 3-4 oz at one time since the surgery. I thought this was normal and didn't ask questions about this until my weight loss stalled. At 7 weeks post surgery I hit my first plateau. I was following the diet to the letter (2 Protein shakes and one "meal" of Protein, soft meats & cooked veggies) I would mix the shakes so the 3 oz had 25 gm of protein and would create a Soup that had at least 10 gms of protein in the 1/2 cup of Soup. I was taking in 48-60 oz of Water each day and my exercise routine included walking my 2 dogs (a bull mastiff puppy and an 18 month lab/heeler mix) 2-3 times a day (60 to 90 min) and swim laps for 30-45 min when the weather cooperates. My surgeons response was I was eating too much! He wanted me to cut back to 50-55 gms of protein. Now I know the protein is the main measure but the calorie count of my meals was under 500 calories. He stated that didn't matter. I followed his advise for the next week but still did not loose any weight.
That was the last time I went to his office. I have increased my intake by adjusting the shakes (still 3 oz) to 10 gm each and increasing the intake to 3 shakes, "lunch" (the soups), a snack of either cottage cheese, yogurt or string cheese (1-2 oz for a snack) This has increased my calories to around 750-800, my protein intake is 55-60 gm daily and I am slowly starting to loose weight again. I average 1 lb loss a week over the past month.
So this is my story and I am looking for others to build a support system since I am on my own (my choice)
SmilinNC reacted to indecision in SEX!
Back on January 9th, a group of Pekin , Illinois bikers were riding west on I-74
when they saw a girl about to jump off the Murray Baker Bridge .
So they stopped.
George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks
through a group of gawkers, past the State Trooper who was
trying to talk her down off the railing, and says,
"Hey Baby.....whatcha doin' up there on that railin'?"
She says tearfully, "I'm going to commit suicide!!"
While he didn't want to appear "sensitive," George also didn't want
to miss this "be-a-legend" opportunity either so he asked …
"Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe...why don't you give ole George here your best last kiss?"
So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing
and did just that … and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss
followed immediately by another even better one.
After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval
from his biker-buddies, the onlookers and even the
State Trooper and then says,
"Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had, Honey!
That's a real talent you're wasting, Sugar Shorts. You could be
famous if you rode with me. Why the hell are you committing suicide?"
"My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl."
It's still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.
SmilinNC reacted to julia7665 in 56 lbs down!
I am 2 months post op and things have been going great, I am down 56 lbs since I started this journey in April! Had surgery 6/26 and I was looking at an old pic and I am so glad I did the surgery.
Feeling great and it's been a lot of work, but so worth it!
SmilinNC reacted to CharmingTortoise in New Activities
So I'm almost two weeks or from my sleeve and realized that when I would want to do something with friends or always seemed to revolve around food. We'd either meet for lunch, or dinner, or drinks, or Desserts. This isn't really an option at all, for now. Concerts in my area are few and far between and movies just really don't appeal to me. We've done walking at some different locations. Anybody have any ideas for other friend outings that don't involve food?
SmilinNC reacted to tami wright in How do I know fullness?
You WILL know! And it is a feeling of discomfort in your chest. The key I think is to not only the small amounts but eat SLOWLY! Give your tummy a chance to tell your brain I'm full! One of my biggest problems was and is eating too fast! Old habits die hard. So I find myself eating away and then all of a sudden I'm stuffed and very icky feeling. I have never thrown up from eating too much, but sometimes wonder if I would be better off!! LOL! When I do get that discomfort I find that if I can go for an easy walk around the block it does help move things on down!
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