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About ValerieInMexico

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  • Birthday 09/28/1956

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    Bounce between Mexico and Canada
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  1. ValerieInMexico

    My Plastic Surgery Thread

    I am so happy for you!!!! It makes me hopeful. I hate pain meds.... I know I will need them, but I like to get off of them as soon as possible. My Surgery is 5 weeks away! My good news is I have a place to stay for my second week. A friend invited me to stay at her house sit, with the approval of the host. It is so kind of them. I want to have the drains out before going to anyones home. Can you tell me, when will you have your drains out?
  2. ValerieInMexico


    So great to hear you are doing well! You have such a great attitude and really taking care of yourself and setting yourself up for the best outcome. I really hope that this weight loss and improvement in health helps in maintaining the functionality of your kidneys too!
  3. ValerieInMexico

    Absolutely Anxious Surgery 2 Days Away

    Those strangers in the OR really, really, really have a lot invested in a successful, uneventful procedure. They want a great record of success, remember that. It is normal to have anxiety before surgery. Deep breaths. Keep busy. Come here and look at the photos and postings of the successful people.
  4. ValerieInMexico

    My need to do Pouch reset.

    Hello, fellow cracker addict. I had to cut out refined carbs, wheat, grain completely. It took years of not being able to get off the last 30% of my excess weight. I feel so much better after cutting that out. I do have dry roasted almonds when I need to crunch. They are my protein for a meal. Very satisfying. Good for you for coming here and telling us about it. You are on your way!
  5. ValerieInMexico

    My Plastic Surgery Thread

    A small fee would be OK, like $50, that is the fee charged by those locally. I would agree that the other two are very confident and know you will want them. Who is #1. That is amazing work!
  6. ValerieInMexico


    shawn, is it the actual surgery that is making you anxious? Or, is it the life after the surgery? If this is your first surgery, I think it is normal for some people to get anxious, especially if they fear surgery in general. I have never been anxious about surgery, yet my sister has always been. I love the drugs they give you before..... then you wake up and its all over. Think positively! And, nothing wrong with taking adivan if it is helping you. PS, I don't use drugs, but I like to think of the silver lining and for me, who has had a lot of surgeries, I love the falling asleep part of the sedative they give you.
  7. ValerieInMexico

    Its a Weekend full of land mines!

    Thank you!!!! I did very well. I almost fell off the tracks when I ordered an espresso and they put two little cookies on the saucer! I gave one to my friend and hid the other one under packets of Splenda so I did not have to look at it!!!
  8. Holy Moly! This is my last week at my casa in Mexico, then back to Canada. Its dinners and lunches for the next three days! Tonight it is dinner and a show with a friend who I really enjoy. We are foodies, but worse: wine lovers. Last week my will power lasted about 30 seconds and I agreed to split a steak and share a bottle of wine! Dang! Tonight I chose a restaurant that has lettuce wraps and lettuce tacos. Also, sugar free ice tea. Can I stick to my guns? I will bring my mobile phone. If anyone thinks about it, message me encouragement. 5:30 Guadalajara time. That is Mountain time I think. That little friend of mine, a diabetic, smoking 98 pound 70 something woman will live to be 100.... eating steak and drinking wine and smoking. Me: I am trying to be a pesca vegan tea totaler*sp. So.... I will be thinking of all of us who are struggling this weekend. I will say "cheers" with my sugar free icetea to our health!
  9. ValerieInMexico

    Too Much Protein?

    What program/App do you use to product this. Looks awesome.
  10. ValerieInMexico

    Too Much Protein?

    I have Kidney Function tests annually, a full CBC, Liver function etc, This is because I have one Kidney and a fatty liver. Also a thing called MGUS. Anyway, my nephrologist, hematologist, both told me, as a Kidney Donor, avoid red meat. Eat any animal meat rarely if ever, but especially red meat. I am close to being a pesca-vegetarian, but eat meat occasionally. The RNY reduces the amount of protein we adsorb, so I think we should stick to whatever our program or surgeon recommends. Ask your Dr to include Kidney function tests in your next blood work, and do so annually. That should help alleviate your concern.
  11. ValerieInMexico

    surgery time

    Your on your way! Best of luck!
  12. ValerieInMexico

    7 Pounds from Goal......

    Have you tried measurements? I asked my personal trainer to take my measurements and weigh me as it has been five weeks since I have been practicing good eating habits and targeting 1200 calories a day. Only 6.5 pounds down on that scale, but 14.5 inches lost! 9.5 pounds on my home scale. Its crazy. I am on the pre-surgical diet now, so weight loss will speed up a little. I think I am going to take the tape measure out once a week. The scale can really be frustrating. Still, I am going to weigh every day because I read that the most successful people do that. The measurements will keep me sane.
  13. ValerieInMexico

    Week 5 Update

    I traveled to Spain this year. Have been there a few times in the past few years. What I loved was tapas. Small, delicious dishes served one after another. I had a tapas party a few weeks before I began the presurgical diet. I made sure that there were a lot of dishes that were great for my health conscious friends and a few for their husbands (ha!). Everyone brought a tapas dish and I made 6. Half the people (women) were on keto diets so the carb dishes were for men. Several guests were vegan. The great thing with tapas, is you can make something special for each person and they can just ignore the ones outside of their scope. I think I will do another before Christmas. You can eat very little, eat slowly, and no one notices!
  14. ValerieInMexico

    Pre-op work out

    I just returned from the gym. My personal trainer could tell I am not a deficit calorie diet after about 20 minutes. I lost steam. Usually we are increasing weights, but she did not today. She asked if I could have a small amount of carbs before workout. I am thinking I might have my veggies and protein for breakfast, and have the shakes for lunch and dinner. The veggies are carbs. I started on June 24 and it is July 22 today. lost 6.5 pounds and 14" (6 points of measurement). I feel so strong. I am going to miss the gym after the surgery.
  15. Thanks for this post. I wonder what facility he works out of. I will check with several of my friends in the Medical profession about the state of affairs in Guadalajara, in the hospital I will be going to. There are strict protocols to how to prepare a surgical room and special training for people who clean surgical tools and devices. Obviously, someone is doing a terrible job of this.

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