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About wwboy

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    I grew up in SE Washington in a small religious community. I'm now a pastor amongst that community and life is good :)
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  1. wwboy

    Tri-cities, Washington?

    Congrats to you as well!! Keep us up to date with how it goes. There’s a Wednesday night group once a month that meets in the basement of St Mary’s, also a group at SonBridge. Let me know if you need any support along the way! Good luck.
  2. wwboy

    Tri-cities, Washington?

    Congrats! Hope all is going well. I’m 3 years out now, doing great. Had my surgery in Spokane with Dr Rawlins Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. wwboy

    frequent urination

    I developed this problem only after surgery. My PCP sent me to a uro for a workup who diagnosed me with a overactive bladder - but had no guesses how I developed that. I’m taking some medication that helps a bit but it’s still really really annoying. If I drink anywhere near my water goal for the day, I’m peeing every 30 minutes and sometimes rushing to get to the toilet before leaking. Oh, and I have male anatomy.
  4. With the sometimes significant loss of tissue That accompanies bariatric surgery, it only makes logical sense that BMR would drop. There is simply less tissue metabolizing nutrients to stay alive. But is there a systemic/hormonal drop in BMR on top of that more mechanical one? Is that why caloric needs for Bariatric patients seems to be relatively lower than the general population? I am a large man even after weight loss, 6 foot one and 230 pounds. Yet my body fat percentage is 19% which is just barely within the normal range. I have very high muscle mass. So according to the inbody analyses I have had done at my local YMCA, my BMR alone based on muscle mass is close to 2600 calories a day. But then I am also super active on top of that, I exercise hard and regularly, and according to the standard model of 1 mile running equals 100 cal burned, it would seem that I would be burning another 500 to 1000 cal a day on top of BMR. But then when I see my dietitian she says my goal should be under 1500 cal of intake. Generally I am under 2000 for sure. And all my food is good quality non processed, protein centric, etc. All of this, and my weight has stayed within 5 pounds for two years. It would seem if the math were as simple as it sounds, I should be losing a lot of weight still. But something seems to be happening metabolically. Does anyone have any knowledge about what percentage of standard BMR having had bariatric surgery reduces?
  5. wwboy


    I’m almost three years out and eat sushi somewhat regularly. Quantity will always be an issue, the rice can expand and make me feel full without having had much nutritional value - but it’s nice with sushi that you can bypass all or most of the rice depending on how you order. Also, there are typically good veggie options at Japanese joints which is nice. At the same time, You can also make it a slider food out of sushi if you buy a deep fried roll slathered in mayo sauce
  6. wwboy

    I need help

    I’m in somewhat of a similar situation. I went from around 315 to 235 very rapidly. And then I’ve just stopped...hung there...and am still there. I would like to lose more, but my clinic is happy with where I’m at and is not urging me to try to lose more. That’s one question I have for you. What does your followup team say about where you’re at? As for food ideas: my dietician insists on me doing 6 meals a day @ 200-250cals... Mostly protein; I eat things like: 2 eggs w/ salsa and some cheese Container of yogurt with tablespoon of granola for crunch Flax wrap with 2 slices of cheese 2 Asada tacos with 3” tortillas and salsa Variety of salads w/ protein on top: boiled egg, chicken, or tofu Lentils, bean soup, beans w/ brown rice - 1/2 to 3/4 cup worth Protein shake with espresso in it Also...like others have said...drinking calories is an easy way to bump things back up. Black coffee not coffee with milk or syrup. Water not milk or juice or pop. etc These were hard ones for me to wean away from. Finally - don’t get down on yourself. Our bodies have a majestic way of defending weight. They are crafty suckers and adapt adapt adapt adapt to our every whim. You have had decades of hard work to wire your body to think it needs to store fat and ramp down metabolism. You aren’t going to change it overnight...and you might not change it ever. It’s part of being human. Give yourself some grace. Best! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. I’m having similar problems with frequency - but also accompanied by urgency. Not UTI related in my case, but I’m beginning to wonder if it somehow is related with having had VSG. (I’m almost 3 years post op)
  8. wwboy

    Catheter During Surgery?

    I did not have a catheter although I did experience quite a bit of retention after surgery...so much so that they had to straight-Cath me several times because the volumes in my bladder were getting unsafe. It seemed that being able to pee on my own was a pre-requisite for getting out of the hospital so it seems like I might’ve ended up having to stay an extra night because of that. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. I don’t think I’m at risk of diluting my electrolytes like that...seems like it’s way more common in long distance running and other endurance athletics. I was definitely mindful of it when I ran a marathon last spring. The national academy of science came up with a recommendation of 3.7 and 2.7 liters of fluid daily for men and women - (food and water combined). But that’s if a person is not very active. The recommendation goes up if there’s lots of exercise. I just wonder if that need changes at all for bariatric patients. Sort of like how calorie needs change for us post surgery.
  10. I am 2+ years post sleeve. How much is too much water in a day? I find that if I’m not drinking ~3L/day or more, I get headaches and feel terrible. To do this and also not be drinking during/around meals, I am constantly drinking through out the day - and also constantly peeing. Sorry if TMI. Lately my PCP doctor made me feel like that is unusually high. The national academies recommendation is 3.7L for adult men per day. Just wondering if there is an upper limit for Bariatric patients. I hear 64oz thrown around here but that seems low to me as a long term goal, perhaps something to aim for closer to surgery day - I would be dehydrated on that little at this point....especially if I’m regularly exercising. How much water do you drink per day?
  11. You’re amazing Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I had surgery 2 years ago this week. I was a 41 BMI and was absolutely terrified. I identify with many of the questions you’ve expressed. It’s a scary decision. Today, I have no regrets. I’m happy I did it. I feel better than I have since I was in high school. I ran a marathon last spring. I’m not an evangelist for this surgery - it’s not the right thing for everyone. But I think it’s right for some of us. Best way to think of it imho is as a TOOL. To get to a healthy weight and better health overall, I had to make many permanent changes to my lifestyle and diet. WLS for me was a key tool to help make those changes permanent. I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity. And the only regrets I have are for not (perhaps) better taking advantage of the early honeymoon stage immediately following surgery. If you’ve yo yo dieted for years and are ready to settle into a permanent lifestyle of health, I think the surgery is a great piece of a good strategy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I would change it to accommodate having important people present. I was on pre op over thanksgiving too - and while not pleasant, is doable. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I had surgery almost one year ago to the day. Day of surgery I was down about 40 pounds from my all-time high and now 12 months later I'm down about 80 pounds. I have been recently dismayed that since about August I am essentially not losing any weight. I mean don't get me wrong I'm happy to maintain but I have been stuck at 230 literally since the middle of summer. It's crazy though, because I exercise a ton and eat junk, almost all vegetables and lean Protein. I eating over 100 g protein day at least. And my total calorie intake is 1800 a day on a bad day and 1400 or so on a good day. It made no sense to me that I could ride hundred miles on my bike in a week and still see no movement of the scale. Well this week I went to the YMCA and they did a " in body " Analysis on me. One of the most interesting things that came up is that my body fat percentage is 21%. In July my body fat percentage was 29%. One year ago percentage was 38%. I am 6 foot one and I am exactly the same weight as I was four months ago. But over that for months I have lost 8% body fat!! So apparently I am adding muscle or bone and I guess losing fat. I can't tell you how encouraging to me this feels. Everyone says to stay off the scale, and it is really hard for me to do that. But this recent revelation to me understand why. It's so easy to get fixated on or discouraged by data, and that is terrible it is bad data. Keep up the good fight y'all. I'm not giving up yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. wwboy

    Any Marathon Runners?

    I feel like I struggle with hunger after long runs. Even for a couple days after doing 8+ miles, I am a little bit crazy about getting sugars and sweets. I bet it's the rungries hahah. My dietician has recommended I eat quick carbs before working out and yeah, if I'm doing anything greater than 5mi, I take some Beans or GU along the way. I also like 4-5oz of lite Gatorade for electrolytes especially on warm days. I am struggling through. Trying to get off another 20 pounds but have been stuck in maintenance for 4 months. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk