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Rainbow_Warrior

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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About Rainbow_Warrior

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    Bariatric Evangelist
  • Birthday 06/10/1956

About Me

  • Biography
    Married, Retired Psephologist, Semi-retired Mathematician
  • Gender
    Male
  • Interests
    Cinema, Trivia, Puzzles, My Grandchildren, Ken-Ken, Crosswords, Cryptics,
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • City
    Newcastle
  • State
    New South Wales
  • Zip Code
    2300

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  1. Rainbow_Warrior

    So what are you unable to eat now?

    I choose to no longer eat rice ... don't have steamed rice, fried rice, etc. I avoid pretty much all crumbed and battered foods and most deep fried. I enjoy chips/fries but only four to six at a time with a meal these days. Too many empty calories.
  2. Rainbow_Warrior

    So what are you unable to eat now?

    Chicken. Just does not taste/feel right.
  3. Rainbow_Warrior

    The WORST Loser

    It's a bit early to consider but, in a few weeks, if things are not progressing, you could try the VSG Sleeve Reset ... Ask and I'll cut and paste it for you if you can't locate it on Bariatric Pal.
  4. Rainbow_Warrior

    Hunger 3 years post op, Regain

    I know the feeling. I swim 2+ hours most days and do gym/weights 3 or 4 times per week. I cycle 35-65 minutes 4-6 days per week. My energy burns make me extremely hungry, I have a lot of 1850-2300 calorie days when I should (logically) stick to 1100-1200 on my big days. I have been around the 105-109 kilogram area now for five months. A few messages ago I posted you the RESET DIET ... I should work at it myself. I actually restarted it Monday 9th Sept ... 50 hours ago. Best of luck.
  5. Rainbow_Warrior

    Hunger 3 years post op, Regain

    It's entirely possible. Have you tried the recommended "GASTRIC SLEEVE RESET"? Here is a cut 'n' paste: Complete Five-Day Bariatric Reset Diet The Five-Day Pouch Reset is a "reset" diet for people who have had gastric bypass surgery and might be starting to regain weight. Step 1 Drink only liquids for the first two days of the five-day diet. You'll need to drink at least two litres of water in addition to low-carb protein shakes. You can drink as many shakes as you want; the point of the first 48 hours is to take a break from your eating habits. By getting all of the nutritional needs from liquids, you'll be forced to pay attention to how often you were eating, snacking or simply grazing. Remember: The goal during this phase isn't weight loss, but mentally re-setting your habits. You can't make your pouch smaller through changes in diet, but you can learn portion control. Step 2 Eat only protein the next three days. On day three, you'll eat "soft protein" such as eggs and cottage cheese. On day four, you'll eat "ground meats" -- such as meatloaf and hamburger. On day five, you'll eat "solid proteins" such as chicken breast or a piece of fish. Limit condiments, such as salsa or mayonnaise. Foods should be as dry as possible -- which will help you gauge how full you are. You're allowed to eat as much as you'd like and as often as you like, but you must stop eating 15 minutes after you start. Do not sit and eat for longer than 15 minutes at any point during the final stage of the diet. Step 3 Do not drink any liquids 30 minutes before eating or with your meals. Liquids can help push foods more quickly through your pouch, allowing you to eat more than you should. Many facets of the five-day bariatric pouch reset diet are similar to the post-op diet followed right after surgery. Tips Plan ahead because the diet restricts the types of food you can eat. Make sure you have the foods you need on hand. The goal of this diet is to make you conscious of your food choices and stop mindless eating. Warnings According to the National Institutes of Health, "bypass surgery alone is not a solution to losing weight. It can train you to eat less, but you still have to do much of the work. You will need to follow the exercise and eating guidelines that your doctor and dietitian gave you."
  6. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Great feeling, eh? I am 23 months post-surgery. 15 months ago, I took 19 bags of clothes (9XL, 8XL, 7XL, 6XL, 5XL and 4XL) to the charity shop to help needy people who were big plus sizes. Currently around XL or 2XL depending on brand and fit ... so contemplating when to get rid of a few remaining 4XL and 3XL garments. I keep the track pant bottoms as I can slip them on for the pool or the gym despite their bagginess but I not how much the "swim" on my smaller body now!
  7. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I bought my cruiser bike in late January and built up slow and steady for almost two weeks ... 15 minutes out, then 20, and 30, and soon 45. Then on the coolest summer Sunday in February, I rode west out of town and took 57 minutes to reach the roadhouse near the main freeway. (16km or 10miles). I drank some of my water and most of a 600mL Coke Zero . Time away from home? A few minutes shy of three hours. I took a two week break from rides over 50 minutes before trying again. Fortunately for me (and the other 230000 residents) the city council has an extensive cycleway-Greenway network so I try out lots of places these days. Cheers to your preparation and practice.
  8. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Ditto all those ... My lower abdomen rubbed the lower edge of the steering wheel for many years. VSG 23 months ago. It took all of four months for the space to appear. My arse ('ass' for American readers) eventually shrank so much that I actually had to move the driver's seat well forward (about 7 of the 15 notches) ... and still I am 200mm-250mm (8"-10") away from the steering-wheel. My knees are crap but I swim daily for exercise. 20 laps of the (25 metre) pool used to take about 65-70 minutes of wading and padding when I started in 2015. Last Sunday (25th August), I timed myself ... 130 laps (2.05 miles or 3.25km) of breaststroke in 161 minutes. I've gone from 9XL, 8XL and 7XL tops/shirts in various brands to 3XL & 2XL. Down to 117cm (44") jeans/slacks already but on a plateau because of excess hard flab that exercise is not now shifting. Living on 1650-1850 calories a day. After my apronectomy (due in the next 5-8 months), I expect to wear size 40" (102cm) pants then lower myself to 36" (92cm) in time. Thanks for sharing your achievements. I have dropped about 1.5kg (3.3lbs) since March but have not updated the signature JPEG.
  9. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I had a very similar experience last night (Friday 28th June) at the liquor store. A man with whom I'd worked on a three-month project in 2011 (when I was in the mid 170kg range ... or 380 pounds) saw me for the first time in eight years. "Oh, f***, I knew the voice but I had to look twice. Sh**, you must have lost about 70kg, pal ... you look amazing," he announced. I confirmed that I was about 65kg lighter but extremely muscly these days thanks too my pool and gym programs. I chose not too discuss my October 2017 surgery as the store had some people I'd rather not have shared info with. It made my day when DARREN heaped so much praise on me ... vocally and with his eyes and his massive jaw-drop.
  10. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I know this feeling. (2014-2017) I used to stop drinking (any liquid at all) by 7:30pm/7:45pm and have a long pee before departing the main part of the house for the bedroom. I used to go to bed around 9pm/9:30pm but wake up with bladder pressure (and have to pee) around midnight and usually two or three more times before 7am. These days, I occasionally wake around 2:30am-3:30pm maybe once or twice per week. My VSG surgery has given me better sleep ... but my wife appreciates the silence of the night with me NOT getting out of bed through the night 20-30 times per week. Relative bliss!
  11. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I know what you mean. I bought discounted end-of-season WINTER clothes (on very low-priced special pricing) at the end of the last Australian winter (July-August, 2018) ... 3XL and 2XL garments ... down from two years ago when I was 9XL/8XL sizing. As the autumn is having colder nights and much cooler mornings now in late April 2019, I am pulling this stuff out of the drawers to begin wearing it AND THEY ARE "SWIMMING" ON ME in most instances. I have dawdled to lose only about 12kg (26 pounds) in the last nine months but my upper body is more muscular. And yet, despite the seeming waste of the money, I'm pleased with the extra NSV feel of fat lower down being replaced by muscle higher up. My exercise physiologist says that my body's centre of gravity has moved UPWARDS 19mm in 9 months but that my sense of balance (which was 'terrible' before my weight-loss surgery is now "borderline excellent".
  12. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Yes ... I had "bath sheets" [a.k.a. giant towels] that at 400+ pounds would barely go around me. And now, 17.5 months post-VSG, I can wear a standard towel around me. Nice feeling.
  13. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    This is a factor. It's so true. As an obese man, the humid summers on the Australian coast were horrible on many, many days. Coming into summer now with our spring temps of 25C to 32C (77F to 90F) with humidity 70% to 95%, I am much better off. My regime of lots of daily swimming and "no perspiration left to give" is better. But, oh, the mild winters we have here with daytime temps of 16C to 20C (61F to 68F) after overnights of 6C to 11C (43F to 52F) left me quite cold getting up to swim each morning. I've never felt cold more than a couple of dozen times in thirty years before last winter (June-August here in the southern hemisphere). This winter was my worst ... I felt cold on FIVE or MORE days per week regularly and for the first time since my childhood, I needed extra night blankets. I even bought and electric blanket and an electric throw rug to try to hold back my personal cold. The youtube videos and the weight loss surgery forums were MOSTLY pretty clear about this feature of post-WLS.
  14. Rainbow_Warrior

    Guys who started over 400 lbs.

    Correct. Even when one feels like not going, just getting there is part of the process. I have had a lot of days (like today, Saturday 20th Oct at nearly 10am) where I really don't feel like kicking off my morning in the pool. But, if I just get in the car and drive the 8 km to the pool, it will be getting the routine started. The other thing is, I can feel like 5h1t some days and really think I don't want to swim, but just getting in the pool and doing that first lap or two sparks the right mindset within three to five minutes. You are so right about right time of day ... I prefer 5:30am to 9:00am on weekdays but, on Saturday, with the pool so cluttered with learn-to-swim classes near opening time, I often prefer early afternoon. And, Sundays 7am-10am is excellent at my swim centre. You remarked, too, about speaking with the front desk people. I'd say the same thing about the regulars in the pool too. I have a rapport or friendship with quite a number of weekday morning swimmers and a nodding acquaintanceship with others. People will remark next day if they haven't seen you the day before. (I had to stay home to let a plumber in last Monday so I swam from 11am-1:30pm instead and, when I went to the pool on Tuesday, at least seven or eight regulars sought an explanation or asked if I'd been unwell.) And, of course, if you feel hurt/pain/strain, just take it slowly or modify your workout or do a different exercise that day. I have been known to wade chest-deep for 2 hours or more if I have muscle-strain or muscle-tiredness from a long session the previous day.
  15. Rainbow_Warrior

    Guys who started over 400 lbs.

    Perfect advice. Swimming (even slow breaststroke) brings back a muscular upper torso in reasonable time and the pool allows one to operate oblivious to the knee and ankle pain of other cardio exercise. I have been doing 2.5 to 3.5 hours per day at the pool for over 11 months now. (Have only missed two days since I started.)

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