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Prestonandme

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  1. Prestonandme

    Symptoms of gallstones?

    I didn't have neck or back pain, but had strong pains under my rib cage, usually after eating fatty foods. The pains were intermittent and sometimes would last hours, other times would cease sooner. Occasionally I felt winded, like my breathing was constricted.
  2. Prestonandme

    Carbs and Resistance Training

    I'm six months post-surgery and have been doing resistance training using my gym's weight machines for several months. However, I haven't made any progress -- I've been stuck at the same reps and weight resistance on all the machines for months. I've tried to up the weights by small amounts but haven't been strong enough to utilize them. I fatigue at the same number of reps, too. Yesterday my nutritionist advised me to increase my carbs because I'm on a very low car diet. She said I need to do this so my muscles can get stronger. This terrifies me because I don't want to stall or, worse, gain back weight. I'm older (60) so maybe that is part of the cause. But if anyone else has had similar problems -- or knows of a possible solution -- I'd love to hear about it.
  3. Prestonandme

    Lamictal after gastric bypass

    My doc simply changed me from once a day Extended Release Lamictal to twice daily split dosage.
  4. Another option is chewable berry-flavored Barimelts. They're designed for bariatric patients and taste great.
  5. Prestonandme

    Is McDonalds gone for good?

    If you decide to eat a burger, consider requesting a "protein burger" which is wrapped in lettuce instead of bread. It actually tastes a lot better.
  6. Prestonandme

    60 years young and having surgery

    I had my surgery last year when I was 59. Great results, no post-op pain whatsoever, fast recovery, etc. My one poor outcome was that the 100+ lb. weight loss aged me terribly. I look about ten years older than I did when I was fat and my skin is wrinkled like a SharPei's. That said, the WLS was still absolutely necessary and a lifesaver for me.
  7. Prestonandme

    Going in wrong direction-Help

    Perimenopause is the scourge of the gods. I had been normal weight until then and had been able to eat huge quantities of food and never gain weight. Then perimenopause: 136 to 245 at my highest, over the years. For some of us, our metabolism nosedives. You were doing great and still are in good shape. You've caught the gain creep in time and you're doing everything right -- logging/exercising... Maybe you might consider making a long list of really low-calorie foods (e.g., radishes, cherry tomatoes) that taste good and can satisfy snack cravings. Also, come to the forum whenever you need encouragement. Even if that means a few times a day for awhile. There are hundreds of thousands of posts by people who are in similar situations and also by people who have managed to overcome weight regain. We're in this together through the ups and downs. And we all, every one of us, go through them.
  8. Prestonandme

    Weight gain

    Before surgery, people repeatedly suggested that I log my food at MyFitnessPal and weigh the food every day. That was way too burdensome for me. But when I reached maintenance weight a year post-surgery, this became my life-saver. Through MyFitnessPal, I discovered that prior to logging, I was eating about 300 calories a day more than my daily required caloric needs (1200/day) and was wildly off when I guesstimated how much food was in a cup. (I always overestimated). If I hadn't started logging and weighing, I would be quickly regaining all the weight I had just lost. Yah, it's a pain. It's time-consuming. And it's burdensome. But it may be what helps you lose those 10 pounds and shed even more.
  9. My surgeon predicted that I would bottom out at 150 lbs. and I would have been very happy with that goal, but somehow I was able to lose more weight than expected. During my one-year checkup last month, my surgeon told me that it's highly likely that over the next few years I may gain back 15-20 lbs. (which he says is average for WLS patients) but even if I do, I'll still be happy at that higher weight.
  10. Hopefully it won't be a gallbladder problem but if it is, don't panic. Before the surgeon removed my gallbladder, he first performed an easy, quick procedure to remove the stones. This is done via the mouth and throat. In many cases, that resolves the problem, but in some cases like mine it's not enough and surgery has to be performed. My gallbladder surgery went perfectly well. I recovered quickly and experienced no pain at all. I hope this might put your mind at ease a little. Best of luck to you. Please keep us informed about your diagnosis and progress.
  11. Prestonandme

    How often do you weigh?

    During my first year of weight loss, I weighed myself once a month because I knew that if I weighed myself more frequently I would ruminate over every stall, every uptick of the scale. It was a happy surprise each month to see how much weight I had lost over the previous four weeks. When I hit one year out, I began weighing daily. (I'm 13 months out). This is because my weight seems to have plateaued and now I have to be really careful about how much I eat and exercise so that I don't regain. I log my daily weight in MyFitnessPal and watch the 30-day and 7-day trends to be sure I'm on course.
  12. It's probably something else, but I had exactly the same symptoms when I had gallstones. Eventually a surgeon removed my gallbladder and the symptoms went away. It's never overkill to inform your surgeon about your symptoms so s/he can properly evaluate you and make recommendations about what to do.
  13. Prestonandme

    1 year post-op gastric bypass

    Same. My surgeon has repeatedly told me to expect the 15-20 lb. regain. (I'm 13 months out). He says it is rare for a WLS patient to remain at his/her lowest weight. When I get sad about this, he always answers "but if I could have guaranteed you a surgery that would cause you to lose 70 lbs. wouldn't you still be happy?"
  14. Prestonandme

    8 Years Post OP - Weight Gain

    Man, you are lucky. I am 13 months out and am maintaining on 1200 calories a day, including exercise. This is how much my body says it needs/wants or it will add weight again. It is really rough because I could easily eat 300 calories a day more if I were permitted. I am so envious...
  15. Perhaps because Gay was so ambivalent about WLS, the nutritionist worried that Gay might read posts about complications, regret, diet neglect, etc. and reconsider surgery or develop bad habits afterward. Even in Gay's 2018 post-surgery posts, she still seems frustrated with her body. Initially after surgery, my surgeon and nutritionist urged me to join an in-person WLS group, but after one attendance I dropped out because the issues discussed were not relevant to me (e.g., a couple talking about their marriage, a woman obsessed with an upcoming 10k) . Now both surgeon and nutritionist are really supportive of my visiting WLS forums, saying that this shows I remain "engaged."
  16. That's fantastic! Thanks for sharing your success story.
  17. When I had my surgery, my doctor changed my prescription from Wellbutrin XR (extra release, which slowly releases the medication throughout the day) to two Wellbutrin regular dosage pills, dividing the overall dosage in half, since our stomachs can no longer lastingly absorb the XR.
  18. I've been taking Wellbutrin for several years. It didn't interfere whatsoever with my weight loss.
  19. Prestonandme

    Multivitamins

    I've been taking BariatricPal Multivitamin One capsules for six months. I've had my blood work done twice and everything is fine. I've had no problem tolerating the capsule. Also, BariatricPal's Multivitamin annual subscription (four bottles) costs much lower than most other bariatric multivitamins.
  20. I'm currently reading "Hunger" by Roxane Gay. It is a memoir about being morbidly obese, how one perceives the world, and how the world perceives the obese. At her heaviest, Gay was 577 pounds at 6'3. She does not disclose her current weight, but Google Images shows that she's still very obese. I found it interesting that Gay went with her father to a seminar about weight loss surgery and walked out disgusted. She called the videos of the surgery "grotesque and chilling" and the weight loss seminar "a total freak show." She and her father concluded that she is "not at this point yet." "A little more self control. Exercising twice a day. That's all you need," said her father. Gay admits she desires the results of weight loss surgery but does not want to undergo the surgery. Though she repeatedly denies the damaging health effects of obesity and devotes an entire book to the struggles of being obese and and coping with the harsh perceptions and judgment of others, she is unable and unwilling to do what's necessary to change her life. According to one study, only one obese woman out of seven is still alive at 75 years old. Gay is in her forties. I hope she one day saves herself from an early death.
  21. Prestonandme

    *SO HUNGRY*

    I'm a year out and I have occasional days where I experience a lot of hunger. I stave it off by drinking water frequently and, if the hunger pangs continue, eat small portions of low calorie, filling protein every three hours or so. I use MyFitnessPal to gauge my caloric intake and make sure I don't exceed my daily goal. If you are really concerned about gaining weight or stalling, you may want to start logging food daily. It truly helps.
  22. Could be that your body fat percentage is decreasing while you are retaining water. Unfortunately, body fat percentage home scales are very unreliable -- the best can be off by 21%. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/body-fat-scale-accuracy If you are drinking lots of water but not eliminating it frequently, that could point to a water retention problem. Your surgeon may be able to help you figure out why you have this early prolonged stall.
  23. I'm just over 60 and was told several times by both my nutritionist and surgeon that the best way to boost BMR is to build muscle. AARP currently is hosting a "Get Moving" video series for strengthening the body, something that we older people need to do. Here's a link to the first videos: https://campaigns.aarp.org/getmovingLP1/?cmp=IM-HEALTH-HL-LPTWO-2020-Previous It requires a time investment of as little as 10 minutes a day.
  24. Here's a link to a Ricotta Bake recipe from BariatricBits, for when you are able to tolerate soft foods: https://bariatricbits.com/single-serve-baked-ricotta/ It's quick and easy to make, and is less than 150 calories.
  25. Prestonandme

    Going in wrong direction-Help

    I should add that the 60 lbs. weight loss took my friend about 2 1/2 years. It required constant vigilance and dedication.
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