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UnderTheCaliSun

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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from berry girl in Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!   
    I agree N0VA, if you get where you want to be, it doesn't matter. I just find it interesting that so many doctors don't recommend it or perform it. It just seems like such a viable option. Lots of sleeves get converted so I don't understand why they don't just recommend it in the first place. Personally, I don't know many people that have had it. I have met a lot of full bypass patients and sleeve patients. I rarely meet an MGB person.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from NYCGAL000 in MINI GASTRIC BYPASS AND ACID REFLUX   
    I had severe acid reflux before I had my mini. I had a hiatal hernia too. That was fixed and my mini was done last year. I have since lost 120 lbs. I don't have any acid reflux, none at all. I may have had one small episode of bile reflux last fall but I'm not sure. It didn't last but 10 minutes and went away with a few swigs of mylanta. I don't take any medication for reflux but I'm prepared to take Nexium if need be. They sell it pretty cheap at costco and I have a friend who gets bile reflux after she had her gallbladder out. She said Nexium works very well.
    As for eating, I can eat anything. I don't dump, I don't crush pills. I just eat very small amounts of food 5 or 6 times a day and stay on my healthy diet. I had a small piece of cake at a wedding and a cadbury egg at Easter but I have lost my sweet tooth so I don't crave that stuff anymore. It was really satisfying to allow myself a treat and find that I didn't want to finish it all. I just was not interested. I really love meat, veggies and fruit. I drink a Protein Shake every morning. I use a straw daily. I take my chewable vitamins and so far I have no complains. This was the best decision I ever made.
    My philosophy is that nothing is perfect. I can either deal with the health issues that come with being obese along with how uncomfortable I was and that I hated my appearance OR I can deal with the very few health issues that might come with WLS. So far, it is one episode of something (maybe bile reflux) and a lot of extra skin. I"m good with that trade off.
    I hope that helps!
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    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to Orchids&Dragons in Water pill??   
    I've been taking prescription Spironolactone since before my surgery for edema in my legs.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from GreenTealael in Water pill??   
    Has anyone found a safe diuretic to take after surgery? I get awful bloat during my period and it is more noticeable since I've lost all my weight. It's actually uncomfortable. Perhaps, it was just as uncomfortable when I was much heavier but I didn't notice it. My fingers hurt and I can't wear my wedding ring. I'm nervous to try a Water pill because I don't know how my body and stomach will react to it. Has anyone found a positive solution that works but is safe for people who have had WLS??
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from NYCGAL000 in MINI GASTRIC BYPASS AND ACID REFLUX   
    I had severe acid reflux before I had my mini. I had a hiatal hernia too. That was fixed and my mini was done last year. I have since lost 120 lbs. I don't have any acid reflux, none at all. I may have had one small episode of bile reflux last fall but I'm not sure. It didn't last but 10 minutes and went away with a few swigs of mylanta. I don't take any medication for reflux but I'm prepared to take Nexium if need be. They sell it pretty cheap at costco and I have a friend who gets bile reflux after she had her gallbladder out. She said Nexium works very well.
    As for eating, I can eat anything. I don't dump, I don't crush pills. I just eat very small amounts of food 5 or 6 times a day and stay on my healthy diet. I had a small piece of cake at a wedding and a cadbury egg at Easter but I have lost my sweet tooth so I don't crave that stuff anymore. It was really satisfying to allow myself a treat and find that I didn't want to finish it all. I just was not interested. I really love meat, veggies and fruit. I drink a Protein Shake every morning. I use a straw daily. I take my chewable vitamins and so far I have no complains. This was the best decision I ever made.
    My philosophy is that nothing is perfect. I can either deal with the health issues that come with being obese along with how uncomfortable I was and that I hated my appearance OR I can deal with the very few health issues that might come with WLS. So far, it is one episode of something (maybe bile reflux) and a lot of extra skin. I"m good with that trade off.
    I hope that helps!
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from newdaydawning in What length is your bypass?   
    I don't think it smacks of mistrust at all. I think it shows an educated, thoughtfulness with regards to a patients decision for surgery. I didn't ask before hand because I didn't know there were different lenghts but length of bypass is an important consideration and choice. My surgeon spoke openly about it with my husband so that we would know what exactly was done during the surgery. I have no doubt he would have been open to the discussion before hand if I had thought to ask.
    I would not use a surgeon that was offended by the question. There are numerous good surgeons out there and as a patient, I'm letting them cut into my body and rearrange my guts so I better be able to ask specifics and not have a surgeon take it personally. It is a medical procedure, there should be nothing to hide. Having a bypass is a big decision.
    I say ask and discuss with your surgeon all you want. Most surgeons don't have a hard set length and will discuss the positives and negatives with their patients of the different length options. If they won't, find a surgeon who will.
  7. Congrats!
    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from TripleM in Straw   
    My doctor said it is ok to use a straw. He said there is zero scientific evidence that it has any ill effect. It won't stretch your pouch and there is no evidence that we take in more air than we should. He said zero, it is old, out-dated information.
    I've been drinking from a straw all day every day since 2 weeks post-op. I have sensitive teeth and won't drink without one except for warm drinks. I'm down over 100 lbs. The straw has not hurt me and in fact, I get far more Fluid in each day when I use one. I struggle to get fluid in on days that I don't.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from Ed_NW in Coffee?   
    I have coffee daily. In fact, I only stayed with Decaf the first week. I drink 16 oz of coffee every morning. I mix in unflavored Protein collagen and a tablespoon of Creamer. I drink it 30 minutes after my Premier Protein drink in the morning. My doctor has no issues with it and my body is happier.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from berry girl in Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!   
    I agree N0VA, if you get where you want to be, it doesn't matter. I just find it interesting that so many doctors don't recommend it or perform it. It just seems like such a viable option. Lots of sleeves get converted so I don't understand why they don't just recommend it in the first place. Personally, I don't know many people that have had it. I have met a lot of full bypass patients and sleeve patients. I rarely meet an MGB person.
  10. Congrats!
    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from Retty in FOOD RESTRICTIONS   
    It's pretty normal to not feel much restriction right after surgery. I freaked myself out with how much and how fast I could drink my fluids including Protein Drinks, Soups etc... at first. I didn't get much help during the pureed stage other than I went longer in between meals.
    However, once I moved toward solids, the restriction was evident. Hang in there, you will find that particularly with meats, you will get full fast. At about 5 or 6 months when all the internal swelling has gone down, you will find a new level for restriction and be able to eat a little more in one setting but not a lot more. Now that I'm farther away from post op, I don't eat as often during the day. I have 3 meals and one snack plus my liquids. If I get hungry, I eat a spoon of Peanut Butter and I'm good for a few more hours.
    With weight loss, I lost a lot the first week and stalled for several weeks after surgery. Everyone is different but I tend to lose for 2 or 3 weeks and stall for a week or two and repeat. I'm down almost 100 lbs so the surgery did work. You'll find your own losing pattern and it will become predictable for you, just stick with the program.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!   
    Why don't more people get the MGB? I had mine on April 27th and it has gone so smoothly that I often forget I have it. My friend has a different surgeon and he is resistant saying that there are more complications and risk of reflux. However, they are bypassing the stomach so there can't be gastric reflux and there is a technique or stitch that they can do to prevent or minimize the risk of bile reflux. It seems with only 1 connection that the risks are smaller. Why do so many surgeons not offer this. I absolutely love mine!
    My recovery has been great and so far I've lost over 60 pounds and that includes a 3 week stall. I absolutely feel restriction which is great and what I want. I do feel hungry and sometimes starving but I can eat a snack like a boiled egg and then I'm satisfied and full for hours. I don't dump and have no heartburn or reflux. I know my surgeon did the stitch to prevent bile reflux and so far it works. It seems that I can eat anything but just in smaller portion sizes. I only count Fluid and Protein. I stopped counting calories because it is a real effort to exceed 1000 at this point. Maybe because my favorite things are tri-tip steak and salad or scallops and veggies. When we eat out, I've learned to order al a carte or just bring home the leftovers for another meal or two. Most important is that I don't dump. That really terrified me. I can eat sweets but I've found that I have no interest in them anymore. One bite is all I need and I'm done. I had a small piece of cake at my niece's wedding and I didn't get sick but I didn't want more either. It was nice for a celebration.
    Is my experience unique? I still have 50 lbs to lose and at some point I know it will slow and be more difficult but isn't it that way with all WLS methods? Why aren't there more MGB patients?


  12. Congrats!
    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to FluffyChix in Out With the Old--In With the New!   
    Wooohooooo. Thought I would post this here for posterity and since I never really believed in my heart of hearts I would actually stick it out and do this thing. Jokes on me!
    Today I hit my mythical 65% of EBW lost since surgery. This is the number that they use to calculate your goal for RNY surgery. They estimate that you will lose 65% of EBW--for me that end weight is 156lbs. I had 102lbs of EBW on my carcass as of surgery day and my "ideal" is defined as 120lbs for my height. So to reach 65%, I had to lose 66.3lbs and today I am down 66.4lbs since surgery. It did take me since Feb 20th to do it though--not like I tore up the ground with losses. But still--focused/obsessed/whatevs--I did it. I'd like to thank the Academy.
    So I can stop right? Cuz I'm a big ol' loser?
    Not EVEN!!!
    My actual 1st goal is 150lbs. I guess I'll be back to post about that when I hit it (hopefully this year ).
    Here's my piccy update (click to enlarge):

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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from newdaydawning in What length is your bypass?   
    I don't think it smacks of mistrust at all. I think it shows an educated, thoughtfulness with regards to a patients decision for surgery. I didn't ask before hand because I didn't know there were different lenghts but length of bypass is an important consideration and choice. My surgeon spoke openly about it with my husband so that we would know what exactly was done during the surgery. I have no doubt he would have been open to the discussion before hand if I had thought to ask.
    I would not use a surgeon that was offended by the question. There are numerous good surgeons out there and as a patient, I'm letting them cut into my body and rearrange my guts so I better be able to ask specifics and not have a surgeon take it personally. It is a medical procedure, there should be nothing to hide. Having a bypass is a big decision.
    I say ask and discuss with your surgeon all you want. Most surgeons don't have a hard set length and will discuss the positives and negatives with their patients of the different length options. If they won't, find a surgeon who will.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from lessismore1001 in Mini vs RNY   
    Not at all but I agree that it's hard to compare unless you have had both. However, I've been completely pleased with my MGB and surprised at how quickly I recovered.
  15. Haha
    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to FluffyChix in Confessional - Lets post our cheats/confessions/etc so others can see that we are all human   
    LOL. I know I'm gonna have a smokin' hot bod--with tons of sad, droopy, melted candle skin cuz no money in the inn for plastics. And I will be bald-- and forced into a Jacquelyn Smith wig from Paula Young Wigs. And I will just slowly gather all the extra skin into a top knot on top of my head, secure it with a rubber band. And put on my happy wavy wig. Guess it will still be a fair trade. LOL.
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Why don't more people get the MGB? I love mine!   
    Why don't more people get the MGB? I had mine on April 27th and it has gone so smoothly that I often forget I have it. My friend has a different surgeon and he is resistant saying that there are more complications and risk of reflux. However, they are bypassing the stomach so there can't be gastric reflux and there is a technique or stitch that they can do to prevent or minimize the risk of bile reflux. It seems with only 1 connection that the risks are smaller. Why do so many surgeons not offer this. I absolutely love mine!
    My recovery has been great and so far I've lost over 60 pounds and that includes a 3 week stall. I absolutely feel restriction which is great and what I want. I do feel hungry and sometimes starving but I can eat a snack like a boiled egg and then I'm satisfied and full for hours. I don't dump and have no heartburn or reflux. I know my surgeon did the stitch to prevent bile reflux and so far it works. It seems that I can eat anything but just in smaller portion sizes. I only count Fluid and Protein. I stopped counting calories because it is a real effort to exceed 1000 at this point. Maybe because my favorite things are tri-tip steak and salad or scallops and veggies. When we eat out, I've learned to order al a carte or just bring home the leftovers for another meal or two. Most important is that I don't dump. That really terrified me. I can eat sweets but I've found that I have no interest in them anymore. One bite is all I need and I'm done. I had a small piece of cake at my niece's wedding and I didn't get sick but I didn't want more either. It was nice for a celebration.
    Is my experience unique? I still have 50 lbs to lose and at some point I know it will slow and be more difficult but isn't it that way with all WLS methods? Why aren't there more MGB patients?


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    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to KimTriesRNY in Eating too much?   
    I do find I am able to eat more Soup and say salad rather than a denser start of 4 oz of just Protein. If I eat 4 oz of meat I will be full but I am always able to eat more than 4oz of chili or soup. I don’t stress over it as I make my own Soups and they are high in protein and low in carbs. I don’t stress over eating more salad because sometimes my body needs the vegetables and I get sick of meat all the time.
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    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to Angel2018 in Any MGB in March?   
    Us mini bypassers have to stick together, there are not many of us!



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    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to Alaska1980 in Follow Up   
    Thank you, I just bought my plane tickets and upgraded to fist class on the way home.
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    UnderTheCaliSun reacted to FluffyChix in Out With the Old--In With the New!   
    I'm 1 pound away from 100 loss from my most recent high last May 5th! Expect my 100lb loss post tomorrow. Today I'm at 188.6lbs post poopy!
    And I wanted to post another daily menu, cuz I was just spending morning coffee time with the YOUTUBE and Dr. Weiner and his Pound of Cure program. And he suggests that even bariatric patients should be able to reach 1lb of veggies and fruits per day at 3-6months out from surgery.
    Tomorrow is the start of Week 12 from surgery (3 months baby! Can't believe it. Time flies.) And I've heard the Atkins style low carb diet repeatedly bashed for being a diet that is SO unhealthy that has wayyyyy tooo much Protein, gobs of fat, and void of beautiful fiber and the veggies and fruits we all need! (Now. Please don't misunderstand. This is MY style that suits me and one I've honestly been doing for more than 80% of the last 18 years--it's not for everyone. And I'm not suggesting that this is the ONLY way to a healthy diet. I believer there are many paths and the best one is the one that you can personally stick with for life!
    And while I couldn't lose all my weight though it alone, it did keep my PCOS and pre-diabetes in control. It was actually dx'd as T2 before I ever started Atkins, but since then, they only ever refer to it as pre-dx since my A1C went from 6.9 down to 6.0 with it and stayed there.)
    So I wanted to post my menu today. It is indeed Atkins style. It is exactly what he suggested--protein adequate (I am aiming to get to 74g of protein per day per my RD) high in leafy greens and even has some low glyc. fruits (yes, I'm testing green smoothies...AGAIN. *le sigh*), it's low fat due to my food choices. It's packed with veggies and some fruits and for around 29g of net carbs, I will eat about 11oz of veggies and fruits. IDK. Not too shabby, Dr. Weiner. Feeling pretty proud. This is a pretty typical menu for me.
    The MFP lists it in excruciating detail (sorry), but short hand, here's what I had: (each meal is about 3/4-1c of food)
    B1: 2 protein lattes with Miralax and Colace
    B2: 1/4 lo Egg White Delight - no muffin; 50g egg white puff with lite LCow cheese wedge & salsa; 1oz steamed spinach
    L: 1/3 lo Caprese salad; 2.5oz grilled shrimp; 1/4c pico with avocado and cilantro
    AS: 16oz green smoothie (after PT) (apple cucumber spinach cilantro psyllium and lemon in vanilla protein powder & uns. coco. milk)
    D: 2.25oz grilled fajitas with grilled zuccs/ysquash and avocado
    BS: 1 protein latte
    Daily Totals: 704 cals; 74g protein; 30g fat; 40g carbs; 11g fiber; 29g net carbs; 11g nat sugars
    (You can click on the pics to make them bigger if you want to geek out.)



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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from Biddy zz 🏳️🌈 in Out With the Old--In With the New!   
    FluffyChix, you inspire me! I'm only 7 days out from a mini-bypass but my favorite foods are salads, veggies and meat. Your recipes and journey give me hope that at some point I will be able to eat these things again! Thank you!
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    UnderTheCaliSun got a reaction from TaylorMade4One in Gallbladder, Haital Hernia and bypass??   
    I would get them all fixed at once. I just had a mini-bypass with Dr. Illan and he also fixed a hiatal hernia at the same time. I've already had my gallbladder out so that wasn't an issue but it would be so simple to remove it too during the procedure. I'd just ask.
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