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Uomograsso

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    Uomograsso reacted to Uomograsso in 3 Month Stall. WTF?!   
    Here is BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) calculator which shows your daily caloric needs based on your height and weight. Not sure if it would be any different for WLS folk, but it will at least give you and idea of where you are at. For me an 80 lbs weight loss means my BMR is 500 calories a day less than when I started.
    http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
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    Uomograsso reacted to mousecat88 in A Tale of Two Arm Lifts (rs & ms.sss)   
    Did yoga today. Really helped stretch out that scar tissue. Here is a bunch of pics of what my arms look like exactly 7 weeks post op today.       

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    Uomograsso reacted to ChrisXStitcher in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    Hi! They look yummy!! Thanks for sharing!! Good luck on your VSG! Look forward to hearing all about your progress!!

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    Uomograsso reacted to Taj in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    Had VSG on Jan 6 at NYU Tisch. Best decision of my life. Things I wish I had known before surgery...abdominal binder will help tremendously with bloating and swelling, as well as making it not so painful to cough or sneeze. Child’s sippy cup is the best way to sip slowly and completely eliminated the reflux I was feeling from every sip of Water or Protein Shake. Apparently those cups are designed to reduced the amount of air taken in, and doesn’t allow too much Fluid, but you really do need to sip constantly and stay hydrated. Walk walk walk beginning the day of surgery. You won’t feel like getting up to walk but once you do it, you feel great. GasX will help tremendously so get it in advance. I take 2 or 3 per day and it really does provide relief. If you have trouble sleeping-take your own pillow to the hospital because all hospitals have cheap pillows that flatten and I couldn’t get comfortable. Good luck!! The first week is the toughest but if you’re prepared, it will be so much easier.
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    Uomograsso reacted to Jenn P in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    Hi all! This is my first post although I’ve been looking around for awhile. My surgery is on the 14th. I have SO much nervous energy, but super excited!
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    Uomograsso reacted to Uomograsso in 3 Month Stall. WTF?!   
    Here is BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) calculator which shows your daily caloric needs based on your height and weight. Not sure if it would be any different for WLS folk, but it will at least give you and idea of where you are at. For me an 80 lbs weight loss means my BMR is 500 calories a day less than when I started.
    http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
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    Uomograsso reacted to Fatboyslim1 in 3 Month Stall. WTF?!   
    It is entirely possible that you have not "stalled"' you have "stopped". You have hit a daily caloric intake that no longer causes you to lose weight.
    Among other things, you are 80 lbs lighter than when you started so your daily caloric burn is LESS than it was when you started. Think of it this way: whatever you are consuming today, is what it will take for you to maintain your current weight for the rest of your life. That's a good thing!
    First - congratulations on losing close to 80 lbs.
    Second - don't consume any more per day that you have been for the last 3 months.
    Third - get a bit more exercise (enjoy your new self)
    Fourth - try to cut back a little bit on calories (500 per day less would give you a lb per week)
    Give it a try, and see what happens
    luck!


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    Uomograsso reacted to GreenTealael in How many years after surgery could you eat a plate of spaghetti without feeling nauseous?   
    100 years ... That should be a safe amount of time 😂
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    Uomograsso reacted to FluffyChix in How many years after surgery could you eat a plate of spaghetti without feeling nauseous?   
    Wow. The experience is very similar.
    I waited until I was in MM to test the waters with Pasta. And because I've worked to develop new food choices, I actually prefer my zoodles and Zeroodles to eating real pasta. No carb hangover. No heaviness or nausea.
    I don't eat Chinese take out cuz of too much hidden sugar and RH. I make it at home and eat it at least 2x a week usually.
    I don't eat rice any more, but I've had a bite of Mexican rice with charro Beans without issues.
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    Uomograsso reacted to darcyjae in Death Clock   
    This might belong under the Non-Scale victories thread, but it felt like it warranted a thread, because I didn't see it anywhere else, here.
    Are you familiar with the Death Clock? http://www.deathclock.com/
    It's morbid and obviously a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the site "calculates" your approximate "death day" based on attitude, weight, and smoking status. I did mine a few years back and it gave me a date of December 25, 2061. I did it again today and I'm happy to report I've bought myself another 8 years with surgery! New "date of death" is January 2, 2069.
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    Uomograsso reacted to ms.sss in Intermittent Fasting   
    hi @heycrystal2052 there is a long running thread about intermittent fasting found here:


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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Jenn P in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    Just had my pre-op clearance appointment with my surgeons nurse practitioner and everything is set for my surgery on January 16th. Nothing to do now but wait.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Krimsonbutterflies in Surgery in two weeks...   
    Zinc lozenges. They have worked for me.
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    Uomograsso reacted to summerset in Powder Protein, Unflavored   
    Mix it up with a bit of colder liquid first before you're adding it.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Krimsonbutterflies in Surgery in two weeks...   
    Zinc lozenges. They have worked for me.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Lady VS in I have addictions   
    3 words Protein Ice Cream.

    http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2008/08/protein-ice-cream.html
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    Uomograsso reacted to Bastian in Thermage anyone?   
    Hi I have ended up with a turkey neck gobble gobble ... I HATE it!! Cn't afford plastic surgery and have seen some great thermage pics, but you never know if they are photoshopped. Anyone had it and had great results?
    This is a selfie i took earlier
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Hop_Scotch in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    Be careful collagen is not a complete Protein and shouldn't be counted in your protein totals. It only has 8 of 9 amino acids required to be a complete protein. It is still beneficial though. Here is a good article explaining the benefits and shortcomings of collagen.
    https://tasty-yummies.com/collagen-good-source-protein/
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Hop_Scotch in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    Be careful collagen is not a complete Protein and shouldn't be counted in your protein totals. It only has 8 of 9 amino acids required to be a complete protein. It is still beneficial though. Here is a good article explaining the benefits and shortcomings of collagen.
    https://tasty-yummies.com/collagen-good-source-protein/
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    Uomograsso reacted to BigViffer in So is coffee a real no-no?   
    Since I am at least a pot & a half a day drinker of coffee, and a 5 year vet, I have some experience.
    When talking coffee, we all say coffee but we don't all mean the same thing. Coffee to me is regular coffee with cream. My uncle says coffee and it means black. My coworker says coffee and it is this whipped cream covered sundae in a huge cup with enough sugar to kill a diabetic.
    The first thing to debunk is that coffee is diuretic. Caffeine is diuretic yes, but the amount of liquid present in a cup of coffee is more than enough to offset that. It will not dehydrate you.
    When coffee is said to be acidic, that is actually in reference to the flavor; not the pH level. Our own saliva is more acidic than coffee and our stomach is far more acidic than that.
    https://espressocoffeeguide.com/low-acid-coffee/
    The only things to truly be cognizant of is that caffeine, regardless of its source, attaches to the same receptors that Vitamin D and Calcium bond to. So if you take supplements for those, don't take them with coffee. The other thing is that coffee can stimulate the bowels. Some people have always been like this, a good strong cup can send me to the bathroom relatively quick. That was before surgery and still happens today. Some people never had that issue before and now they do. It's not uncommon.
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    Uomograsso reacted to Uomograsso in Caffeine?   
    A lot of liquids with caffeine are also acidic. You are trying to let your stomach heal so why introduce an irritant? I guess I would rather be safe than sorry.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Krimsonbutterflies in January 2020 Surgery Date   
    On day two of 1 week liquid diet. It hasn't been too bad so far as it allows for something every hour or so.
    8am - Protein Shake
    9:30am - sugar free Jello, 1 cup of fruit and 8 oz Water
    10:30 am Protein shake
    12pm - 16 oz water
    1pm - Protein Shake
    2:30pm - 1 cup low sodium broth, 1 cup of fruit and 8 oz water
    3:30pm - Protein Shake
    5pm - 16 oz water
    6:30pm - Protein shake
    8pm - 1 cup low sodium broth and 1 cup of fruit
    Spreading things out over the day helps. Prior to this I was dieting using intermittent fasting, so I am used to feeling hungry and can deal with it.

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    Uomograsso reacted to AZhiker in What if it doesn't work?   
    One has to be prepared, willing, and ready, not just for weight loss, but for a total lifestyle change. The weight WILL come off. HOW much comes off does depend a bit on genetics and compliance, as first degree relatives who have had successful weight loss procedures are a strong indicator of success in the patient. However, the long term compliance is up to the patient. If someone starts slipping back into old habits (gradually, and hardly noticeable at first), they will regain. I am baffled by folks who say they regained 50 or 100 pounds and seem to think it all just popped back on over night. That doesn't happen. It happens pound by pound. If someone is weighing daily or weekly, regain cannot be a surprise.
    WLS is only a tool - the hard work of lifestyle change is up to the patient. That means acquiring new taste buds for healthy foods, giving up the junk food that caused the problem in the first place, learning Portion Control, being consistent with tracking, getting on board with exercise, and rewiring the brain to see activities other than food to be gratifying and sustaining. One study showed that a determined mindset from the get-go: "I AM NEVER GOING BACK!" to be predictive of success. These individuals are willing to do whatever it takes to lose and maintain. When I see posts from newbies wondering when they can start drinking alcohol, asking about cheat foods, talking about the simple carbs they are eating, and stating they are months out from surgery and still haven't started exercising, I can't help but wonder if they will be the regainers. One must be determined to do everything possible to be successful - not continue to peek around the edges to see where they can still get away with unhealthy foods or habits.
    Bottom line - you WILL lose weight with surgery. What you do with that gift is up to you.


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    Uomograsso reacted to lvidacovich in What if it doesn't work?   
    Yes, 100%. It's really as simple as CICO - calories in, calories out. Nothing more than that. Do some people have added complications that make it tougher to analyze? Yes. But I'm willing to bet that for 90%+ of the people that WLS doesn't work for there's an underlying compliance issue that can be to blame.
    Comparing this to a drug or anything else is apples to oranges. Different mechanic of action.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from GreenTealael in Before and After Pictures   
    There is a thread for this already. I found it very motivating to see the transformation that is possible.
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