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hikergirl14

Duodenal Switch Patients
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from FatToPhat in Confused   
    This is not a new procedure. They have been doing the switch for 25 years, but until 2007 they were doing the switch much further down the intestine. This was causing some people to have malabsorption of Vitamins even though they were receiving Vitamins. So this newer version does the switch further up allowing for more absorption of vitamins. Weight loss is greater with this procedure, and most have been able to keep it off. Also, unlike gastric bypass, there is really no risk of dumping syndrome. This procedure is also recommended for patients with BMI >50, due to the greater amount of weight that needs to be lost.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from ZetaStar in My Little Piece of Heaven   
    As anyone who has ever been overweight can tell you, heat and skin friction is a constant battle. Luckily last year I found "Gold Bond Friction Defense". It has been the best think since sliced bread. It has worked with no recurrence of that nasty friction rash we all get. Anyway, this weekend I noticed that I no longer needed this. I can now free myself of this burden. My point is this, we need to not only Celebrate the fact that our numbers are decreasing, but we need to also Celebrate the small victories that make our life better. So Gold Bond Friction Defense stuff you have been great to me and helped me in so many ways, but now it is time to say adios.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from mrs kaje in 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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from rmarylee09 in Is this realistic after rny?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from phatfatgirl in Fat People programs   
    I don't think it is fair to project how we feel on another human being. The lady on "My Big Fat Life" has stated that she is indeed unhappy with some of the issues associated with being overweight, and she has even cried onscreen when discussing these issues. I am for the most part happy with myself, because I consider my weight to be a very small portion of who I am. I have accomplished many things in my life, and my weight hasn't hindered me in that endeavor. If anything it has caused me to be more selective of who, and what, I allow to be associated with myself. We each have our own battles, and no one has the right to decide if someone should or shouldn't be happy with themselves. Plus, why should we want someone to be unhappy with themselves. By saying that there is no way she is happy with herself, we are in essence wanting her to be unhappy. Misery loves company. From watching the show I believe that she finally accepted that she was larger, and decided that she wasn't going to let her weight dictate who she was. She utilized her weight as a mechanism to encourage other larger ladies to get out and dance.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from rmarylee09 in Is this realistic after rny?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from rmarylee09 in Is this realistic after rny?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in What’s Your Worst Post-Op Memory (or Fear)?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in What’s Your Worst Post-Op Memory (or Fear)?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in What’s Your Worst Post-Op Memory (or Fear)?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in What’s Your Worst Post-Op Memory (or Fear)?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in What’s Your Worst Post-Op Memory (or Fear)?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in 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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in 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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Alex Brecher in 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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from vsgjess in MyNetDiary Food Tracker   
    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).
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from vsgjess in MyNetDiary Food Tracker   
    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).
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from sweettea in Carb loading the day before a big hike   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from sweettea in 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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from sweettea in Carb loading the day before a big hike   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from jess9395 in Carb loading the day before a big hike   
    Thanks for the advice. I will definitely try out your recipe.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from jess9395 in 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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Sajijoma in Do people try to get you to engage in fat bashing?   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Babbs in New milestone reached   
    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.
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    hikergirl14 got a reaction from Babbs in New milestone reached   
    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.
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