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    A Motorcyclist NSV

    I am still on this forum on occasion. I took a three day trip to New Hampshire and Vermont two weekends ago. 1,100 miles of mostly back roads with great weather. Some other life events have hampered touring on my motorcycle for the past year. However I am finally getting back on track and am getting a new rear tire tomorrow morning in preparation for a trip to Newfoundland later this Summer.
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    Garmin Devices

    I am looking to buy a wearable device from Garmin and am currently considering 3 devices: 1) Vivosmart HR+; 2) Vivoactive HR; and 3) Forerunner 235. Does anyone have any experience with these Garmin products or others? I am not a runner, so I think that the Forerunner 235 might not be worth the cost. I would like to monitor heart rate, and steps at a minimum.
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    Anybody in Jersey?!

    I had a heart attack a few years prior to my sleeve. My surgeon required a sign off from my cardiologist. Once he received that sign off he was ready to move forward with the surgery.
  4. I was sleeved a little over a year ago and have been off of all of my diabetes meds since then.
  5. About a week after my sleeve I was able to get off of all of my diabetes meds (including Metformin).
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    Anybody in Jersey?!

    "We're there any major challenges you ran into post op?" I have had no negative medical issues post op. I have been able to get off almost all of my medications. It was a challenge to wear clothes that fit during the weight loss period. I would order pants online and by the time they arrived they would be too big. It was also a challenge to get into the habit of exercising every day. I am heading off to the gym right now.
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    Anybody in Jersey?!

    I had my surgery at Virtua in Mt Holly (Dr Boynton) over a year ago. I try to attend the monthly support group meetings in Moorestown because I find them helpful. Good luck with your surgery!
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    The drinking light is lit

    I used to enjoy bourbon before my surgery. If your doctor cleared you for booze - enjoy. Just be careful when you first start. My first experience with alcohol after surgery was not great. It felt like a roller coaster ride.
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    Probably the last quiet day at the gym for a while

    I went to the gym today around 3pm and it was incredibly crowded. Its a large gym and they have recently hired many new staff members from receptionists, to operations staff, to trainers. Lots of new members with new sneakers, copper socks, fancy water bottles, new clothes, and wearable devices. I mostly used the free weights today so the new members (who were mostly using the cardio machines) did not slow me down. For the next two months I will have to stay away from prime time (lunch and after work) gym visits. Everything should be back to normal in March.
  10. When I was cleared to have Protein shakes I bought a bunch of single serving protein powder samples. I tolerated most of them and continue to try different brands. My least favorite to date was the unjury chicken Soup flavored protein powder. I use the protein powder to make Protein Bars and currently have Wegman's brand chocolate. costco has Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard on sale now, and I will give that a try next.
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    Riced Cauliflower Recipies

    I managed to find some riced cauliflower at Trader Joe's today, but have no idea how to prepare it. The package says to saute it with some olive oil. There must be some better ideas on how to prepare it. Any suggestions?
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    Foodie Life Post-op

    I was a foodie pre-sleeve. Post sleeve I would still consider myself a foodie, but with major changes. I avoid fried foods and starchy foods, but can usually find something to eat at a restaurant. Portion sizes are much smaller now and typically take home a doggie bag. Pre-sleeve I was partial to bourbon and cigars. Post sleeve I cut out bourbon and cigars, but do enjoy red wine and craft beer in moderation.
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    Is This Thing Working?

    I also had slow weight loss a few months after surgery. What worked for me was to focus on the things that I had control over - like exercising and hitting my daily Water and Protein targets. I considered it a success if I was meeting these targets, even of my weight loss was stalled.
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    Riced Cauliflower Recipies

    It is a simple side. Easy to cook and tasted great! Thanks!
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    Riced Cauliflower Recipies

    I made the cauliflower rice as a side to some steak. Sautéed it with some olive oil, mushrooms, red peppers, and orange peppers.
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    Diabetics type 2

    I am over a year out (my sleeve was done in Sept 2015). After 2 months, I stopped taking Metformin. All of my subsequent A1C's have been under 6.0 taking no diabetes medications. Hopefully when you meet with your endocrinologist the end of this month you can stop all your meds as well. Good luck!
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    Diabetics type 2

    Prior to my sleeve I was on Victoza and two oral medications for type 2 diabetes. After the surgery I stopped the Victoza and one of the oral medications. I continued to monitor my blood sugar on a daily basis and continued to take Metformin. I met with my endocrinologist about two months after surgery and based upon my daily sugar levels and an A1C of around 6, he took me off of the Metformin. Now I no longer need to see an endocrinologist and my primary care physician orders A1C's about twice a year. If your sugars remain in the 150-160 range, I would suggest checking in with your primary care physician or endocrinologist.
  18. I am over a year post op and my stomach still growls/makes noises occasionally. Sometimes I drink some Water and other times I just ignore it.
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    Halo Top ice cream

    @@kris2100 I gave Halo Top ice cream a try about 9 months after surgery. Its low calorie, high Protein, and low sugar - so I was able to fit it into my calorie target at the time. The flavor (mint chip) was just ok and it took a few weeks to finish. It didn't trigger any Ben & Jerry purchases, or even a repeat purchase of Halo Top. Wait a few months and give it a try for yourself.
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    Should I tell my housemate?

    If you don't want to tell him about your surgery, you could just mention that you are going on a medically supervised diet (which is true). The diet would explain your new food choices and the smaller portion sizes.
  21. I have been on Plenty of Fish (POF) for about three months now and it has been an interesting experience. I have met (face to face) about 10 women during these 3 months. For the past month I have been seeing some one about twice a week. I am tempted to concentrate all of my attention on this person, but I keep getting sucked into POF's messages and likes. I am tempted to delete my profile on POF. Any suggestions or guidance?
  22. costco has $4 off Muscle Milk Protein shakes. I have never tried them. Are they worth trying? Is there a particular flavor that is better than the others? My go to Protein drinks currently are Premier Protein (Chocolate) and unjury (Chocolate).
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    Snacks other than protein drink

    Beef Jerky and almonds - in moderation. Easy to take with you if you are out and about.
  24. Does anyone have any experience with Cellular C4 Pre-Workout powder? I am always hesitant to start taking something, especially supplements like this. It contains caffeine (I understand what this does), beta-alaine (helps delay muscle fatigue), creatine nitrate (helps increase muscle strength), and alphaketoglutarate (helps blood flow to the muscles). I see other folks drinking supplements like this before weight training, but am not sure if there is any science/truth to the benefits claimed by this supplement.
  25. Do you notice a difference when you take a pre-workout supplement compared to not taking one?