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Bhageerah

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    Bhageerah got a reaction from clsumrall in Diet Preachers   
    I am in public safety where Keto is running rampant. There have been quite a few diet preachers that I have dealt with, even my best friend that was pretty unsupportive and was upset because intermittent fasting was working for him. He doesn't realize that we have different genetics. Most of his family is tall and skinny wile mine is short and overweight. I had tried most diets with short term success but he as well as those around me didn't understand that either. It was EXTREMELY aggravating and in the end I made my decision, didn't tell hardly anyone and know that I made the right choice for me. Everyone says that I look amazing and I feel amazing, you just have to know that you made the best choice for you and that it is your life not theirs!
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    Bhageerah reacted to Matt Z in Feeling Guilty: Who's life do I save? Mine or my daughters?   
    And honestly, your life is more at risk. You are older and have more than likely dealt with the weight much longer than your daughter. Your risk ratio is going to be MUCH higher than hers. My family saw the benefits of my surgery. My wife goes to the gym with me, my son's are eating better, because I'm eating better and we don't buy foods that I can't (or am not supposed to) eat very often now. So my surgery has had positive implications for the rest of my household. So, if you do end up getting the surgery yourself, she will more than likely benefit from it as well.
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in One week before surgery!!   
    Prayer on the way and congratulations! Make sure you have your lap bar down because you are in for one heck of a ride!!! I am almost a year out and still can not believe how well this thing has worked and how much more energy and stamina I have. I do believe you will come out on the other side thinking this was one of the best decisions of your life!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in rash on pre-op surgical site!   
    Only thing I can say are to try some diphenhydramine/hydrocortisone cream and call your Dr to see if it makes a difference. They would be the best source of information, and I do have one scar from the trocar about 1-2 inches below my sternum, the others are WAY lower than that one.
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in One week before surgery!!   
    Prayer on the way and congratulations! Make sure you have your lap bar down because you are in for one heck of a ride!!! I am almost a year out and still can not believe how well this thing has worked and how much more energy and stamina I have. I do believe you will come out on the other side thinking this was one of the best decisions of your life!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from sillykitty in Considering stage Questions   
    I know that there are others on here that will disagree with this statement, but I realize that this is a lifelong journey. It is not a sprint to the finish line and that I will have to change my relationship with food for the rest of my life. That being said surgery helped put ME in control of the food and not the other way around. I still eat crackers from time to time, I also eat sugar from time to time. But it isn't an everyday thing and not in the amounts that I used to consume. I do know that sugar is one of my downfalls so I do watch how much I consume. I also changed my part time job. In essence I was working 240 hrs a month at my main job, and then another 90-120 hours a month at my part time job. That amount of working led to me eating fast food 3-4 meals a day and packing on the pounds like crazy. I still work about 300-320 hours a month but I am prepared and have Protein Shakes in my book bag, in the refrigerator at both jobs as well as Protein Bars. Just like with Keto meal prep is the key! If you plan ahead and keep something high Protein around you then you have passed half the test.
    If you are doing Keto now then you are well on your way!!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from BeeCat in 2 week post surgery exam   
    I will have to say that the liquids only phase was hard but well needed! I have NEVER been so happy just to get a spoonful of refried Beans in my entire life!!! Enjoy your puree phase and congratulations!!!!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in Considering stage Questions   
    Hello! I am sleeved as well, and I also believe I can answer, keep in mind that each person is different but I hope that all the answers that you get will help you make your decision and give you some much needed information!

    1. I do believe that you will be able to get lower than that easily, especially if you stick to the program and add the appropriate amount, as well as the appropriate exercise depending on the phase you are on. Yes I am a male but the weight that I lost was absolutely insane and happened much faster than I thought it would. I have not been at my current weight in YEARS, almost so long that I feel like I came out of the womb at this weight!

    2. I do feel as if last winter was the worst of my lifetime, I was sitting in the house in a knit cap, scarf, gloves and a jacket while the kids were walking around in pajamas.... recently took a cruise to Alaska and it was 50-60's and I felt fine. I usually am a polar bear and enjoy weather in the 30's and 40's. Normally I am able to go outside in just a light jacket, pants and sweater and I am very comfortable. Lets just say that I am curious to see if my cold tolerance has changed over the course of this year and since my weight loss has stabilized I will be able to tolerate it better.

    3. I would say that depends on you, I can tell you that my relationship with food has changed, while I can say that working around food may be a trigger, it can also work in your favor if you let it. I do not work around food but I do work for a fire department and people are dropping off good Snacks and food all the time. Prior to surgery I could not say no whatsoever (unless it looked unappetizing) now I am able to walk by and just look.

    4. As long as you stick to Protein you will be fine, you will find that protein is your best friend, and when you eat it, you will not be hungry whatsoever. Had to take a 10 hour trip up to PA to pick up my puppy, I was able to eat Breakfast around 9 and make it home and only had a banana and a couple of Protein Shakes. I got home about 9pm and did not feel hungry the entire ride, before I would have stopped and McDonalds and Chick Fil A several times before I got home.
    5. As long as you follow the plan you should be fine, I can tell you that there were days that I did not follow the plan because I was not hungry but I was not malnourished. There are still days at almost a year out that I do not really eat much, I have my normal handful of Vitamins and several protein shakes and I am good. I am pretty healthy and definitely malnourished whatsoever!
    6. As long as your Dr knows what meds you take you should be absolutely fine, not to mention that you taking off the excess weight will help your joints because they are not carrying all the weight that they are used to carrying. Ask me how I know....... Not sure of what surgery you are having but my Dr says that with the VSG NSAIDS are ok. Just as long as I follow the label so they are not an issue for me.
    7. Have not had any depression at all, I will say that I was a little moody for a bit because there are times that you realize that you counted on food to cope with certain issues. You have to relearn how to cope and not use food, as well as saying goodbye to old lifelong habits.
    8. I am not on Paleo and I do not make about half of my food, I love Chick Fil A and will always love it, I still eat it, but I watch what I eat! Grilled sandwich (only able to eat half) and a small superfood side salad are my typical meal there. Its about you finding the healthier choice and picking it most of the time. I am a cook and enjoy cooking so its pretty easy to fix a protein and low carb veg for me and add in a carbohydrate for the rest of the family. Its all about choices. When I am at the fire station there are times that I just eat a Healthy Choice meal for lunch and call it a day!
    9. If you are as active as you say you are, then you should be fine! Hate to bring it up but I can tell you that I have been on several cruises (average weight gain during a 7 day cruise is anywhere between 5-10 pounds) I have been on several and actually lost weight! I watched what I ate and didn't get stupid, and took the stairs almost EVERYWHERE we went on the ship. If you are willing to workout 30-40 minutes several times a week you will be fine!!! Past month has been absolutely insane here and I have not been working out as I should have, but I have still managed to keep my weight the same.
    10. I have not had dumping whatsoever (once again I had the VSG) only side affect that I have had is GERD, which I am currently trying to get under control. I have had anything and everything else on your list and more without one issue whatsoever! Only thing is that I notice that I do not tolerate spicy that well, not because it causes serious issues it just makes my stomach more acidic so I have to take some Tums or something.

    11. I can tell you from my experience that guzzling will not be an option. Water does not compress, it will change shape but it does not compress. When you swallow a large amount of water and it is too much to easily go through the small pipes that you have it is going to HURT, I can tell you that you will be able to drink normally after awhile (not at first!!!!) but you have to take it easy. One year out I still have to watch how fast I drink!

    Hope this helps and good luck !!!
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    Bhageerah reacted to Sosewsue61 in Weight loss   
    I too could lose weight with weight watchers, over and over again. The surgery provides physical restriction plus a reduction in cravings and hunger. The reminder of restriction is always there, and you get satisfied much easier if you relax about food. You have to get your head wrapped around not needing quantity, you have to not use food for emotional support and dig inside yourself. You might be able to do that on your own, but I couldn't sustain that.
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in Starting my Journey Need Help!   
    I did not start near that weight, and if I was I would not have needed the VSG I am 5' 10" and was 338 at the start of my journey. Ok now that has been said and please don't think that I am being condescending because that is the farthest thing from my intention, I just wanted to let you know where I started! It is completely understandable that you are scared but trust me you will be fine in the end. You need to fasten your seatbelt my dear because this is going to be one heck of a ride! I am almost a year out and you can check my profile for the amount of weight that I have lost. I feel absolutely AMAZING and wish that I would have done this MUCH SOONER, if I did then there are several health issues that I would not have had to deal with! What I did to prepare myself is exactly what you are doing, searching boards, looking at Youtube videos and doing serious research online. Just know that there are things that you are going to have to give up like soda, but in the long run it will be more than worth the small and temporary discomfort that you will go through. Another way that I prepared myself was starting on a high Protein and low carb diet. That will be essential to long term results, it will lead to long term results. Please do not sweat the procedure the worst time that I have had with it was the one week following surgery, after that it was smooth sailing! This is a process, and even though it is moving pretty fast you come out on the other side half the woman you are now and have a smile on your face that very few things will turn into a frown! Your confidence will increase, as your waistline decreases! Good luck and please report back with your progress!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Sosewsue61 in Weight loss   
    I am not sure of your history but I can tell you that I have lost, about 70 pounds with other diet methods but the weight has piled back on in about a year or two. I have done about 5-6 other methods and knew that I was sick and tired of the yo-yo dieting. This is going to be a choice that you have to make after about 8 years of doing this all on my own I knew that I needed help. VSG was my solution and so far it has worked and worked very well. I can tell you that even with the VSG you will plateau just as you will with all diet plans. As my Dr told me "the problem with a diet is the word diet, it needs to be a complete lifestyle change and not just a diet change" at first I was upset because he said that but the longer that I have lived the post VSG lifestyle the more I know that he is right. The farther out from the diet you go you will start going back to the way that you used to eat. I can assure you that this will even happen with the VSG but one of the major differences that I notice is that prior to the VSG my cravings were unrelenting and would hound me until I satisfied the craving, and I wouldn't stop until I had eaten FAR more than I should have. I am now in control, if I eat something that I shouldn't I am able to eat a handful and walk away. My advice? Try the diet for awhile, if you notice that you are able to keep it off then you are good and well, absolutely nothing has been lost! But if in fact you diet and notice the weight coming back on then talk to your surgeon and get your appointment scheduled!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in Starting my Journey Need Help!   
    I did not start near that weight, and if I was I would not have needed the VSG I am 5' 10" and was 338 at the start of my journey. Ok now that has been said and please don't think that I am being condescending because that is the farthest thing from my intention, I just wanted to let you know where I started! It is completely understandable that you are scared but trust me you will be fine in the end. You need to fasten your seatbelt my dear because this is going to be one heck of a ride! I am almost a year out and you can check my profile for the amount of weight that I have lost. I feel absolutely AMAZING and wish that I would have done this MUCH SOONER, if I did then there are several health issues that I would not have had to deal with! What I did to prepare myself is exactly what you are doing, searching boards, looking at Youtube videos and doing serious research online. Just know that there are things that you are going to have to give up like soda, but in the long run it will be more than worth the small and temporary discomfort that you will go through. Another way that I prepared myself was starting on a high Protein and low carb diet. That will be essential to long term results, it will lead to long term results. Please do not sweat the procedure the worst time that I have had with it was the one week following surgery, after that it was smooth sailing! This is a process, and even though it is moving pretty fast you come out on the other side half the woman you are now and have a smile on your face that very few things will turn into a frown! Your confidence will increase, as your waistline decreases! Good luck and please report back with your progress!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from Frustr8 in Considering a lap band - scared after reading this forum!   
    I was looking at getting the lap band done but my surgeon warned against it, they stated that they remove more than they put in. They also stated that if they were researched more than they may not have been accepted under todays standards. I came home did my own research and made my choice for the VSG, I can not change your mind but I personally hate surgery. I only wanted to do this one time vs having the risk of going back and having a revision or removal done. Several of the staff in the Dr office had the band, and they actually warned against it as well, they were working to get the band removed and then have a VSG. I am not a chicken when it comes to pain but I personally would rather have one surgery vs several!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from ProudGrammy in August Sleevers-How are you doing??   
    All I am going to say is that if they can not see that you have gotten healthier and lost quite a bit of weight then they are absolutely blind! You look amazing! Congratulations!!! Job well done!
    I am doing well, I am down 94 pounds and feel great! The last night that I was able to sleep all night was Feb 3rd due to a 12 week old four legged addition to the family. If it wasn't for surgery I would not be able to keep up with my busy schedule (typical month is over 300 hours at work) and the sleepless nights from letting him out to potty, and walking 3-4 miles a day with him. I have about 20-30 pounds left and know that I made the right decision! I only wish I would have done it a few years ago!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from emkaybee21 in Undies question....   
    I was buck nekked under my gown, I did wear undies to the hospital they requested that I take everything off prior to surgery. It all got packed into a bag and left with the wife as she waited, once I was done with surgery and released 7 hours later I threw everything back on and went home.
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from batistaselenia in I feel like I can eat too much   
    I was the same way post surgery, I NEVER had a problem keeping any food down, what is being said is the absolute truth. The liquids slide through even if it is a Protein Shake. The yogurt may stay with you for awhile but not long as it will slide right through as well. I had the same problem and thought that my sleeve was too large until I started doing some research and discovered what many here have told you. Once you start eating solid food you will QUICKLY discover how small your stomach is. Once you eat some real food you will see! I can only eat about 4oz over 30 minutes.
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from psychnurse1 in Who will like me skinny??   
    My dear, there will be plenty of men out there! I will be perfectly honest with you I like my wimmen curvy. But at the same time the figure does not make or break the relationship. It is in the personality of the woman, if the guy doesn't see the " real" you then please leave the no good, non deserving bastard by the road and move on! You deserve the best and if he can not support you on your journey then he obviously isn't worth your time to begin with!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from FluffyChix in What do you guys do for fun?   
    Currently I work due to my schedule, but when I am able to get some time off I plan on taking the kids to a few amusement parks and actually riding EVERY ROLLERCOASTER for a change. Looking forward to taking the kids and going zip lining as well!!! I am currently enjoying just being able to move better and not get as tired as fast, I am just constantly amazed at how much this weight loss is changing the quality of my life! Take inspiration that once you drop your weight that your life will change SIGNIFICANTLY and for the better. The only real negative that I have to say is that I have lost so much weight so fast that this winter has been extremely hard to go through because I have not been able to get warm. But I will gladly walk around the house in a sweater, scarf, and knit cap vs all of the excess fat!!
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    Bhageerah reacted to abefroman329 in What do you guys do for fun?   
    I am looking forward to doing this, hopefully when our six-year-old niece comes to visit this summer.
    My wife, who is far too pregnant to ride roller coasters, is not as enthused as me.
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from FluffyChix in What do you guys do for fun?   
    Currently I work due to my schedule, but when I am able to get some time off I plan on taking the kids to a few amusement parks and actually riding EVERY ROLLERCOASTER for a change. Looking forward to taking the kids and going zip lining as well!!! I am currently enjoying just being able to move better and not get as tired as fast, I am just constantly amazed at how much this weight loss is changing the quality of my life! Take inspiration that once you drop your weight that your life will change SIGNIFICANTLY and for the better. The only real negative that I have to say is that I have lost so much weight so fast that this winter has been extremely hard to go through because I have not been able to get warm. But I will gladly walk around the house in a sweater, scarf, and knit cap vs all of the excess fat!!
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    Bhageerah got a reaction from FluffyChix in What do you guys do for fun?   
    Currently I work due to my schedule, but when I am able to get some time off I plan on taking the kids to a few amusement parks and actually riding EVERY ROLLERCOASTER for a change. Looking forward to taking the kids and going zip lining as well!!! I am currently enjoying just being able to move better and not get as tired as fast, I am just constantly amazed at how much this weight loss is changing the quality of my life! Take inspiration that once you drop your weight that your life will change SIGNIFICANTLY and for the better. The only real negative that I have to say is that I have lost so much weight so fast that this winter has been extremely hard to go through because I have not been able to get warm. But I will gladly walk around the house in a sweater, scarf, and knit cap vs all of the excess fat!!
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    Bhageerah reacted to FluffyChix in My man said I cheated   
    Yeah, so. As @Sosewsue61 said and @Creekimp13 said, don't go to the dry well. Don't go to him for support. Don't ask him if those jeans make your ass look big.
    Here's the translation for him: Dude, I don't wanna hear it. Bottom line? I'm sexy and hot and you get the benefit of my new hot bod with all kinds of crazy great sex. If you don't like it, you can be replaced in 10 minutes.
    In this case, the destination is all that is important as far as he's concerned--the how and why of the journey is irrelevant and he does not possess the "need to know" security clearance.
    Easy my left fanny. His opinion of your actions should NOT determine your reality.
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    Bhageerah reacted to Creekimp13 in Bitchy grammar rant   
    LOSE........what we hope happens to our fat. We want to lose it.
    LOOSE.....how our clothes fit after we LOSE some weight. My pants are loose. The neighbor's dog is loose. The only way I could loose fat, is if I thew a can of Crisco out the door...and I'm guessing it would still be pretty contained as it isn't very ambulatory.

    I know...I know...spelling isn't an indication of intelligence. It's not a big deal. We all make a million spelling errors. Myself included.
    Just ranting.
    Lose....when something is gone.
    Loose...your butt with diarrhea.
    Lose....when you don't win.
    Loose...when you're friendlier in the sack than you oughtta be.
    Lose....your car keys.
    Loose....your kid's baby teeth.

    I'm sorry. Thank you. I feel better.

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    Bhageerah got a reaction from FluffyChix in Constipation   
    I take 4 per day, two in the morning as well as two in the evening with meals. I am 7 months out and I started them about a month ago. Dr told me to take magnesium since it is a smooth muscle relaxer, I take two of those a day at the same time I take my psyllium. Magnesium was not working on its own, so I added the psyllium without any issues whatsoever. Of course I have to drink plenty of Water and lets just say that I will not be going back unless my surgeon tells me to stop. They work extremely well, and I can tell when I do not take them. They have worked miracles!!!

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    Bhageerah reacted to FluffyChix in Constipation   
    Love this! I shall copy it and paste it on my bathroom mirror! "Have you had a good poop lately?" TY!
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