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About istytehcrawk

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  1. Friday was my first surgiversary, so I wrote 3,000 words about it on Medium, if you want to check it out: https://medium.com/@mistyfritz/life-after-having-my-intestines-rerouted-d7baf9c8c39f
  2. istytehcrawk

    I'm so COLD!

    I went from being someone who was hot all the time pre-surgery to someone who freezes constantly now that I'm down ~100 pounds. It turns out that for me there is a fine line between "comfortable" and "ice cube" and that line is about 73 degrees. I've been so cold this winter that I bought a scarf for the first time in years, and between my birthday and Christmas (four days apart), I was given a sweater for work (where I use a space heater every day) and not one, not two, but THREE electric blankets. One for my bed, one for the living room, and one that plugs into the cigarette lighter in the car.
  3. Peekaboo! Popping in for a year-end update.

    I've lost juuuuuust over 100 pounds in 2018 (including pre-op), but I've been stalled in about a 10-pound range for almost three months now. I'm the first to admit I've slacked in sticking to my program's rules; I really need to get back on track with my eating and actually start exercising (the gym membership was short-lived because the expense wasn't worth it on my budget). 

    Hoping to jump-start the downward trend again now that the holidays are over. I see my PCP in 2.5 weeks and my surgeon a month after that (at which time I will be a year out, holy crap) so I'd really like to be out of the stall by then.

    1. istytehcrawk


      OH also, while I was visiting a friend in Tulsa for Labor Day weekend, I got my first tattoo to celebrate (albeit a tiiiiny bit early) hitting the 100 pounds down mark.


    2. Orchids&Dragons


      Glad to see you back and congrats on 100#! Major milestone! Very cute kitty tattoo!

    3. The 56 Bypass

      The 56 Bypass

      What a great visual aid that will be there all the time to remind you of your success and to help you remain focused. Congratulations! 🙂

  4. istytehcrawk

    Anyone try a burger??

    My first restaurant meal post-op was at about 7 weeks, and I had a "pizza" burger (no bun) which was really just a burger patty topped with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella. It was delicious, but I could only eat about a third of it, plus a few bites of whatever veggie I had on the side.
  5. I joined a gym last night for the first time in my life. Right now I'm only joining for the pool/water aerobics, but who knows what the future holds!

  6. istytehcrawk

    GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +

    My program requires you to stay in the hospital for a few days, so I don't know how it goes with outpatient surgeries.
  7. istytehcrawk

    GALS who started their journey over 300 lb+<br /> +

    That'll depend partly on how much you gain in fluids from the surgery (for me, I gained at least seven pounds between my weigh-in at home the morning of surgery and the weigh-in my first morning home the day after I got out of the hospital). With a surgery weight of 413, it took me about 12 days to get down to 393.
  8. istytehcrawk

    Six months post-op update

    Uh, thanks, but I'm not sure where you're getting that number?
  9. istytehcrawk

    Changing BC after surgery?

    I just got my second Nexplanon implant last week after having my previous one for the full three years. I love it. I don't have a period at all, though I do liiiiiiightly spot every once in a while, and I still have cyclical breakouts and sore boobs.
  10. istytehcrawk

    Non Plain Water Drink Choices

    I second the recommendations for Hint and Propel; I also have become quite fond of the Lipton diet green teas in the mixed berry and citrus flavors (there are others, but I haven't tried them).
  11. As of today, I am six months post-op from gastric bypass. In that time, I have gone from a size 34/5X to a 24/3X and lost 75.4 pounds (89.8 since Jan. 2). That is 18.3 percent of my body weight since surgery and 21.7 since January. My BMI has gone from 75.7 to 59.8. I have lost 34.2 percent of the weight I would like to lose and am averaging a loss of .4 pounds per day; that is with a stall of about a month (recently ended) when I hovered within a range of about 4 pounds. As of today, I am at the lowest weight I have been since December 2007. Hair loss started in earnest right at the three-month mark and has now slowed considerably (I don’t expect it will ever stop completely, as I’ve always been a shedder) but regrowth has not yet begun. I've been taking hair/skin/nail vitamins and recently started taking flaxseed oil; I've also been using shampoos/conditioners with biotin and collagen, and drastically reduced how much dandruff shampoo I was using (which I'm sure wasn't helping anything, including my hair color). I'm hoping it will resolve itself. I've also stopped putting my hair in ponytails unless it's necessary (that was how my hair initially started thinning, long before surgery -- I wore tight ponytails ALL THE TIME for many years, and my once-thick hair is no longer). I'm averaging about 1,000 calories per day, up to a cup at a time depending on the food (both are in accordance with where my program says I should be), and easily surpassing the minimum of 48 ounces of fluid and 60 grams of protein per day (usually at least 64 ounces and 70 grams, which includes one 11-ounce, 30-gram Premier Protein every morning). Haven't had too much trouble with food, though I do still slime occasionally. I finally am able to eat Mexican food without the spices bothering my stomach (not the heat, because I don't like spicy food, but the actual spices -- I think cumin was the main culprit). Just had my six-month lab work done, and everything was great except for my vitamin D, so I'm on a megadose for 12 weeks to get that boosted up to where it needs to be.
  12. I've become a big fan of the JIF powerups clusters, in strawberry or apple cinnamon. They come in individual bags of about six clusters, for 190 calories, 7g sugar (a little more than usually recommended, but I tolerate it without any issues), and 6g protein. They're a decent option for when there's a deluge of sweets in the office.
  13. istytehcrawk

    Hair Loss

    Mine, too! I'm definitely still losing hair, but not NEARLY as much. It's definitely a relief, because it was starting to get worrisome.

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