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karen_marie

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    karen_marie got a reaction from Crystal* in Just beginning my journey to gastric bypass   
    Glad to hear you found a center of excellence! And to share a quote from my surgeon, who is not only my bariatric surgeon but the President of the Illinois state chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Knee surgery is actually more risky than laparoscopic WLS nowadays. Crazy isn't it?! Depending on how long ago the friend had the surgery, her age, underlying health conditions..... the list goes on and on as to why everyone reacts differently to the surgery.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in Turkey vs Human   
    I already told my dad and step-mom that I'll be bringing my food scale with me to measure out the turkey meat that I will eat, as well as the steamed sweet potato that she is leaving on the side sans butter and brown sugar lol. They're all super supportive, so holidays should be fairly easy :knock on wood: I don't really crave much, except nachos lol strange but true. I'm still only a few weeks out from surgery, so nachos will just have to wait
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    karen_marie reacted to Healthy_life2 in Turkey vs Human   
    I run the turkey day 5K each year since surgery. It's my new Thanksgiving tradition. The holiday is not all about the food anymore. It's family and friends, being thankful, living life and having new experiences.
    Not having a food coma every year is an amazing feeling. No weight gain guilt.
    Food plan: turkey, steamed french green Beans with bacon and sliced almonds, roasted pumpkin, cranberries and apple. Desert is dannon light n fit pumpkin pie yogurt with 2 oz vanilla halo top ice cream.
    I plan ahead at potlucks. I bring deviled eggs or a meat and cheese plate. I make sure there is something I can eat.
    I pack my meals for work with healthy sweet and salty options.


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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in Turkey vs Human   
    I already told my dad and step-mom that I'll be bringing my food scale with me to measure out the turkey meat that I will eat, as well as the steamed sweet potato that she is leaving on the side sans butter and brown sugar lol. They're all super supportive, so holidays should be fairly easy :knock on wood: I don't really crave much, except nachos lol strange but true. I'm still only a few weeks out from surgery, so nachos will just have to wait
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    karen_marie got a reaction from MrsGamgee in Goal weight   
    I did choose what I call an initial goal weight based on the weight charts. I chose 160 for this initial goal, since that's still in the overweight category. Once I'm close to that or there, I'll decide on if I want to keep losing weight or start maintenance. I'm also taking into consideration that my body composition may be different (more muscle than fat), so I may be small already but weight more than 'normal' because of the muscle mass, not fat. But at least it gives me a bit of an anchor to swim to.
    And yeah, I LOL'd when I saw that 114lbs at the bottom end of 'normal.' I probably haven't weighed that little since grade school
    Height Weight Normal Overweight Obese 5' 5" 114 to 149 lbs. 150 to 179 lbs. 180 to 234 lbs.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in Turkey vs Human   
    I already told my dad and step-mom that I'll be bringing my food scale with me to measure out the turkey meat that I will eat, as well as the steamed sweet potato that she is leaving on the side sans butter and brown sugar lol. They're all super supportive, so holidays should be fairly easy :knock on wood: I don't really crave much, except nachos lol strange but true. I'm still only a few weeks out from surgery, so nachos will just have to wait
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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in Turkey vs Human   
    I already told my dad and step-mom that I'll be bringing my food scale with me to measure out the turkey meat that I will eat, as well as the steamed sweet potato that she is leaving on the side sans butter and brown sugar lol. They're all super supportive, so holidays should be fairly easy :knock on wood: I don't really crave much, except nachos lol strange but true. I'm still only a few weeks out from surgery, so nachos will just have to wait
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    karen_marie reacted to Happy Go Lucky in Turkey vs Human   
    It's almost as if we've come to accept that we're going to put on weight during the holiday season. It's commonly reported by the media that 5 pounds of body weight is gained during the holidays. In actuality, normal-weight people typically gain about one pound over the holiday season...which means (at least to me) that I will gain 10 pounds...if I don't remind myself to eat MINDFULLY!
    So, this is my public personal promise, that I will be mindful of what I eat and make a strong effort to stay on track. I want to encourage you to do the same. The fact that you would even make an attempt to think and choose a healthier option, puts you on the right track.
    What are your tips and tricks to avoid over doing it during the holidays?
    Have a safe and healthy holiday!
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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in My tummy loves unhealthy food!   
    It's not necessarily that your tummy loves unhealthy foods (good news!), but stuff like Cookies are what people refer to as slider foods (not so good news haha).
    Slider foods are are soft simple processed carbohydrates of little or no nutritional value that slide right through the surgical stomach pouch without providing nutrition or satiation. When slider foods are consumed, they go into the stomach pouch and exit directly into the jejunum where the simple carbohydrate slurry is quickly absorbed and stored by the body. There is little thermic effect in the digestion of simple carbohydrates like there is in the digestion of Protein so little metabolic energy is expended.
    The most commonly consumed slider foods include pretzels, crackers (saltines, graham, Ritz, etc.) filled cracker Snacks such as Ritz Bits, popcorn, cheese snacks (Cheetos) or cheese crackers, tortilla chips with salsa, potato chips, sugar-free cookies, cakes, and candy.
    Definitely keep talking with your doc and nutritionist if you continue having issues with solid foods. Maybe try some vegetarian options that are higher in protein, like chili with Beans but no meat. Good luck and keep us posted!
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    karen_marie reacted to Berry78 in I need help with my diet   
    Oh, and I also get full down in the belly. As soon as you feel that, stop eating. That's your signal. (It does go away quickly, but your meal is done, regardless).
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    karen_marie reacted to FluffyChix in I need help with my diet   
    This is awesome, James! I'm gonna go add these values to the food chart in the food area!!
    The only thing to add, once you're at the point where you are going by weight rather than volume is that 1oz of Protein by weight is different than 1oz of anything by volume.
    By volume, 1oz is made by about 2tbsp=1/8 cup.
    By weight, 1oz of meat either ground of finely chopped is actually about 4tbsp=1/4cup. Please give this a try. Cook up ground turkey or ground beef. Weight out 1oz. Then put it in a 1/4cup measure. It will fill it up.
    My concern is that if people think they are consuming 2oz of protein or 12-14g of protein, when they eat 1/4cup of protein without weighing it, when actually, they are only eating 1oz and that's about 6-7g of protein, then they will unintentionally overestimate how much protein they're actually eating. It may not be that big of a deal, but for some, it might represent a tipping point?
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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in I need help with my diet   
    Definitely invest in a scale. It is your best ally and tool before and after surgery. Hat's off to you for going this long without one! My docs told me between 600-800 calories a day, 60-80g Protein a day over the course of 3-5 meals a day. Depending on my schedule, I may just have 3 small meals, or I'll have two small Snacks and 3 small meals. Just depends on what I'm up to. I have started keeping at least one Quest Protein Bar in my purse at all times for those weekend days that I'm running around and don't want to worry about lunch. I drink a lot of caffeine free hot tea, Powerade zero, and Water or water with crystal light to try and get my liquids in. I also use MyFitnessPal to track everything I eat, and keep an eye on the nutrition breakdown as the day goes on to make sure I'm at least hitting my protein goal.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from OmaJ in Bowel movements   
    Are you just walking on the treadmill at the gym? not even 2wks out from surgery and being at the gym sounds concerning to me, but if your doc cleared you then go for it I wasn't allowed to do much more than walk and could only lift up to 10lbs first week or so, then was allowed up to 20lbs. But I won't get full clearance for all activity until 6wks out. Until then, walking and light exercise are ok, moreso to keep your body moving while your insides finish healing up.
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    karen_marie reacted to Elizabeth21 in Post-op Protein bars?   
    Another great Protein source that is easy to take with you and/or store in a drawer at the office are the Starkist foil pack tunas. There are various flavors. Good protein for low calories. Also, Lite & Fit Greek yogurt is a good low cal protein source.
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    karen_marie reacted to ChaosUnlimited in Post-op Protein bars?   
    A hint for those who use the Quest bars: Put the bar in the microwave for 10-15 sec. It gets soft and tastes so much better! I take the chocolate chip cookie dough bar, cut it into pieces, microwave them, and it's like I'm eating chocolate chip cookies!

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    karen_marie reacted to James Marusek in Post-op Protein bars?   
    I used Quest Protein bars. These bars were good in that they had high protein, minimal sugar and also contained Fiber. One of the problems that can plague those that had weight loss surgery is constipation. Fiber helps with that problem. These protein bars also came in a lot of different flavors.
    When I compared this Protein Bar with my Protein Shake, it revealed the following: A Quest protein bar contains 220 calories and provides 21 grams of protein. A Muscle Milk Light protein [2 scoops of powder in a 16 ounce glass of water] contains 210 calories and provides 25 grams of protein. So they are comparable.
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    karen_marie reacted to Daisy30uk in Just beginning my journey to gastric bypass   
    Welcome! All your fears are understandable - so many of the people that you talk to and the articles that you read will tell you all about the complications rather than the successes and I strongly believe that there are way more successes than those who have complications. Plus, there are many complications and health issues with being obese too. The most important thing is that you do your research from finding a good surgeon (does your insurance recommend a Center of Excellence?) to learning what you can about the procedure and what you need to do to make it a success and to avoid complications where it is possible to have some control over them, plus recognizing the signs of potential issues post op as well. Make the most of your six month supervised diet to learn what you can - I know a lot of people (myself included) wanted surgery the next week / month and were impatient to get on our journey, but in the end, having those six months was useful time to find out as much as I could about what I would be able to eat, things to expect and all the other things that you might come across. It was also time for my husband to accept the fact that I was going to do this since initially he was very concerned about it though supportive of me doing it but that concern made me drag my heels. As for your other family, it is understandable that they have concerns given what happened in the past but I would continue to pursue your decision regardless, answer any questions that they have and try to allay their concerns. You are not your Uncle's ex wife, she may have had underlying issues that you are not aware of, or maybe did not follow what she was meant to do (not saying this is the case, but there may be things that happened that your parents are not aware of) and things are very different now to back then.

    Good luck with your journey! I hope that you will update us as you progress!
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    karen_marie reacted to Sunnyday25 in Kitchen toys   
    I love my instant pot!!!! I have had it for about a year and it makes everything even yogurt though I haven't tried that one
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    karen_marie got a reaction from Aries331 in Time off   
    GB surgery was 10/27, and today was my first day back at work. I was one of the lucky ones with no complications or bad pain after surgery, so that amount of time off was just right. I do work sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day though, so 9 work days/13 total days was enough for me. Glad to be back amongst the living haha I was running out of Netflix to watch.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from 1badassbiggurl in Anyone else use stuffed animal for post-surgery tummy support?   
    I've been meaning to share since I got home from my 10/27/17 surgery and just keep forgetting - until now! My hospital is AWESOME - they give you a 'Bari-Bear' for stomach support after surgery! They gave him to me while I was getting prepped for surgery, and he's the cutest thing!
    He's not a normal Teddy Bear though. He is very firm, and has more of a flat body shape than rounded. He's perfect to hold against your tummy when coughing, moving, walking, etc after surgery. I don't really need Barry (that's his name haha) very much now that I'm about 3wks out from surgery, but I do still keep him in bed for a little extra support when I sleep on my side.
    Did anyone else get something similar from the hospital, or did you bring your own??


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    karen_marie reacted to katemac127 in Anyone else use stuffed animal for post-surgery tummy support?   
    I brought my own Bari Bear only he was a moose from the same manufacturer as the bear. One nurse scoffed at me and said I'd been 'had' - that a pillow worked just as well. She was wrong! Mort the Moose was so much firmer and provided so much more support that I never dreaded an oncoming cough. Don't need him anymore but he's front and center on the guest room bed now.
    Well worth the $$ if you can.
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    karen_marie reacted to RobinJoy in October '17 RNY buddies   
    I had my follow up with my surgeon today finally .. usually they do 1 week but he was out . It’s been 2. 1/2 weeks . I get to go back to work tomorrow yay ! I am so ready ! Because I’m bored . I am down 12 lbs and feeling great all except for the pain next to my right side incision. He said there are stitches in my abdominal muscles there to prevent a hernia . ANd it’s normal for them to start hurting now because I am doing more . Other than that he said I’m great ! Down 37.5 lbs since April and on track . I just gotta remember to eat slower . I have done that three times nd it hurts so bad you would think I would learn quicker !!


    This is my Journey to Joy !
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    karen_marie got a reaction from Subaru in Paperwork submitted   
    Be mindful that it's also the end of the year, so insurance providers are being inundated with paperwork for procedures before people's deductibles reset on Jan 1st. I have Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL, and my doc says they normally will turn around and give approval to shut and close cases like mine within a week. However, it took a little over a month to get my approval back. The contact at BCBS IL told my doc's office that because of it being 4th quarter, it was just taking longer to get through all of the paperwork. Hopefully that's not the case for you, but if it takes longer, don't stress about it! My doc still scheduled me for surgery because they knew they'd get the approval at some point beforehand.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from jls99660 in Puree Ideas, Please!   
    I'd be careful of adding sugar to things - just don't be heavy handed about it! I'm not allowed to add sugar to stuff yet, and can only have low sugar or no sugar foods. I'm too scared to even attempt having added real sugar to something lol
    I've done buffalo chicken salad (canned chicken, frank's red hot sauce, blue cheese, light ranch dressing), egg salad (ratio of 1:1 whole egg and egg white, light mayo), plain oatmeal with Protein Powder and sugar free maple Syrup added, Oikos Triple Zero greek yogurt, BBQ chicken (canned or soft cooked and mashed up chicken breast, sugar free BBQ sauce), low fat (or fat free) cottage cheese. I tend to make a batch and then portion out into smaller containers. That way I'm not making a tiny serving constantly!
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    karen_marie got a reaction from Aries331 in Time off   
    GB surgery was 10/27, and today was my first day back at work. I was one of the lucky ones with no complications or bad pain after surgery, so that amount of time off was just right. I do work sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day though, so 9 work days/13 total days was enough for me. Glad to be back amongst the living haha I was running out of Netflix to watch.
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