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hikergirl14

Duodenal Switch Patients
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  1. hikergirl14

    Heartburn or acid?

    On of the complications of DS is the possible exacerbation of existing reflux or development of reflux. I feel into the later case. I take omerprozole, but switched to nexium. I still have bouts of it but take an omerprozole for the breakthrough instances of reflux.
  2. I am from Colorado too, so I know your pain. It is hard to tell where you will be for a number of factors. One, some people plateau early so they don't lose as much weight up right after the surgery as they do further out. I would buy some 3x, 2x and XL and wear them as you get smaller. Lots of people, including myself on occasion, shot at resale shops. This way you aren't putting out tons of cash for clothes that you might only wear for a month.
  3. That moment when you think your son is clapping for you, but you realize it is just the loose skin on your thighs...nightmare comes true.
  4. Luckily my surgeon believes in nerve blockers so I had almost no pain post duodenal switch. Unfortunately, when I was given Lovenox (a blood thinner) they found out I have a bleeding disorder so I bled heavily for four days. Three transfusions of blood and two transfusions of plasma did the trick. I currently am still experiencing vomiting but it is due to my stomach's aversion to Protein (meat mainly). I would not change it for the world.
  5. hikergirl14

    Fat People programs

    I agree with what most of what was posted, but I have to disagree with the notion that the weight of a person dictates their happiness. I, for one, was not an unhappy overweight person. I had no comorbid conditions or body aches. It wasn't until I reached 310 lbs that I felt myself slowing down, and that was when I decided to have the surgery. I most likely would not have had the surgery if I could have continued hiking and my other activities. My weight makes up about 1% of who I am. It is all of the other great things in my life that influence my happiness on a much bigger scale. If skinny is what dictates happiness then why are there so many unhappy average weight people walking around. Also, one will find that when some people lose the weight they still remain unhappy. This is normally because other factors were the cause of their unhappiness and not the weight. I agree with what most of what was posted, but I have to disagree with the notion that the weight of a person dictates their happiness. I, for one, was not an unhappy overweight person. I had no comorbid conditions or body aches. It wasn't until I reached 310 lbs that I felt myself slowing down, and that was when I decided to have the surgery. I most likely would not have had the surgery if I could have continued hiking and my other activities. My weight makes up about 1% of who I am. It is all of the other great things in my life that influence my happiness on a much bigger scale. If skinny is what dictates happiness then why are there so many unhappy average weight people walking around. Also, one will find that when some people lose the weight they still remain unhappy. This is normally because other factors were the cause of their unhappiness and not the weight.
  6. hikergirl14

    How Do You Set Your Goals?

    My surgeon and NUT have never mentioned or asked what my goal weight would be, so one day I asked them why they never suggested a weight. Their response was that they didn't concern themselves with numbers. They were more interested in me being healthy and happy. So I set my own little goals centered around being healthy and happy. I don't stress about the weight. My current goal is to climb as many 14ers (14,000 ft mountains in Colorado) as I can in one year. I have climbed over 8 in the last 3 months.
  7. I have been using the MyNetdiary food tracker for the iPhone and it is a really great app. You just take a picture of the UPC code and it list tall of the nutritional information for that food. You enter the serving size and instantly your intake for the day is calculated. You can even scan ur vitamins and track your water intake. Easy to use also. It also gives the food choices a rating so you know if it is a wise choice (A-F).
  8. hikergirl14

    HELP Dumping!

    I am four months out and still can not really tolerate meats. It isn't dumping syndrome because that has to do with high sugar intake. Things get stuck and also our stomachs may not be processing the previous meal very efficiently. So we assume our stomachs are empty when in fact there still might be residual food in there. I feel like a cat with a furball sometimes.
  9. I hike two miles everyday during the week. On Saturday I do a big hike of 13 miles. This is a very technical hike with lots steep inclines. I was wondering if it would be ok to carb load the day before. I eat throughout the hike but around mile 8-9 I am spent due to lack of intake.
  10. hikergirl14

    Carb loading the day before a big hike

    Thanks so much sweet tea. I was running up to five miles daily until I hit 275. So I have always been able to do distance related activities. My friends call me the mule because I can just keep going. After surgery it has been a lil harder but I intend to keep at it. I have found that setting a goal is what keeps me motivated. I intend to run the Leadville 50k in July 2016. I am also currently competing to complete the castle rock canyon 100 mile challenge. I have knocked out 41 miles in two weeks so that goal is well within reach.
  11. hikergirl14

    Carb loading the day before a big hike

    Thanks for the advice. I will definitely try out your recipe.
  12. hikergirl14

    Carb loading the day before a big hike

    I have been doing this for the last 5 months. Time restrictions keep me to two miles a day during the week. The problem I have is eating 100 calories every 45 minutes. I am 3 months post op and still can only handle 1/4 cup of food at a time. It takes me 3 hours to down just one cliff bar. So it is hard to keep up the intake during the hike. I drink about 72 oz during the long hike.
  13. Until this is seen as not being socially acceptable it will continue. No one goes around saying look at that bald-headed cancer patient. Can't she at least put on a wig. Unfortunately it is perfectly ok to bash the overweight population. Most of these bashers fail to realize that one day they may also be the victim of fat bashing. I know plenty of former skinny people that over the years have gained significant weight. The worse bashers are those that are obese themselves. I had an overweight man once tell me that I was too large to be jogging. I just gave him the finger and moved on. Never let other's dictate your path. After all we are the captains of our own ships.
  14. hikergirl14

    Hello all! Newbie!

    I too. Annoy handle meat. I have tried it every way but it pretty much upsets my stomach. I upped my protein shakes which gives me 60 grams of protein and I try to accommodate my diet for the other 20. Keep working at it and you will succeed.
  15. hikergirl14

    Vomiting every night

    Believe it or not it was way worse for about two months. I have had all the tests done and all came back normal. My doctor says that some people's system can take up to a year to adjust.
  16. I am normally ok throughout the day, but I can rarely keep dinner down. It almost seems as though my pouch is irritated after having to digest food all day that it just rejects any input. Also it doesn't matter if I eat one bite or five. I am almost 3 months post duodenal switch. Does anyone else have this issue?
  17. I completed the 6 months supervised weight loss classes and had my surgery the next week. The way my scheduler pushed it through was to say I was scheduled for surgery one week after finishing classes. Then the insurance company put me into the expedited slot. I was approved in 2 days. She does this for all of the patients so that the insurance companies don't make the patients wait months.
  18. I can finally say I can fly without an extension for my seatbelt. Plus I have 6 inches of excess strap. This is a big thing for me because I fly a lot.
  19. hikergirl14

    New milestone reached

    @hikergirl14 61 wonderful feeling you've lost 61 lbs don't look at me, i didn't take them kathy congrats Lol. Made my day
  20. hikergirl14

    New milestone reached

    Well I typically would bring my own, but southwest has its own unique extension so when I would fly them I would have to ask.
  21. Why don't you switch to the NY coverage. I lived there and never formally changed residency from Florida and was still able to get insurance, plus didn't have to pay a dime since I made under $90,000/year with a family of three. This was before the Affordable Care Act. Try and see if you can change insurance companies. Plus NY covers bariatric surgery.
  22. hikergirl14

    Advice

    I had the DS seven weeks ago, and quite honestly I can't eat more than 1/4-1/3 cup of anything. So the chances of you gorging yourself is rather small. I, too, use to eat a ton of Pasta and pizza. I was a fast eater too thanks to the military. All I can say is now eating is out of necessity instead of pleasure. I never feel hungry per say, but my stomach lets me know when I have gone too long between meals. Also cravings aren't a big thing for me. One time I was craving a stupid gyro, and my wife happen to order one, well when I smelled it my cravings went away. A lot of our senses are intertwined so use them.
  23. How many calories are you taking in now. If your caloric intake is too few, then boosting it by just a little will kick start your weight loss again. Fir example, if you are eating only 700 calories a day, then boosting it to 800-1000 would bring your body out of the survival mode. But if your caloric intake is on track, then the opposite will happen.
  24. calories in calories out only works in the movies, or in a perfect world. Just as your body gets use to having 3000 calories, it also gets accustom to 1200 calories. That being said, regardless of what you do, if your body/mind fears starvation it is going to make sure that your internal organs and brain are not damaged if possible. Plus someone mentioned that it is the quality of calories in that matters. If you are eating 1200 calories of high carb then your fat stores are never needed, and the body will happily utilize the carbs. Our body packs away energy stores for emergencies, and the only way to use that up is to not add to it with carbs and sugars.
  25. There is one essential component that you left out. The body adapts to the reduced calories, and if too severe a reduction starts conserving energy in order to preserve life. I think it is natural to stall even if doing everything right. Our bodies adjust and then we start losing again.
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