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Dave In Houston

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  1. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    We're actually in Sugar Land. Sugar Land Costco is just one exit further out 59 from where we live. The USDA Prime tenderloins used to be $20/pound and now they're $30. I also like the pork tenderloins at Costco. They used to be $1.99 and now they are $2.89. We're retired and we don't drive much, so gas prices don't affect us much, but the inflation in meat prices induces anguish. First-world problem: I've had to change my usual steak from the USDA Prime tenderloin to the USDA Choice tenderloin. And I always watch the meat counter for those yellow stickers showing a package that's had the price reduced. When I compare our situation to the people in Uvalde or Ukraine, we've really got it pretty damn good. I do my best to remember that.
  2. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    I have a cast iron pizza pan that I use as a griddle. (It never leaves the stove top and is used at least once a day.) I heat it to 500 degrees or so. I spray the steak with an olive oil spray, then put it on the griddle with a weight on it. Thirty seconds on each side with the weight gets a pretty good sear, but not quite a crust. I usually cook them at 124 degrees, so if it's a thick steak it's still a long way from medium after 30 seconds a side. Since my surgery, we never eat more than 3.5 ounces each. Sliced and artfully arranged on the plate, a rare steak is pretty beautiful. A steak house would be soaking it in butter. I generally leave that off. I have a torch, but I've never used it.
  3. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    I like ribeye the best, but my wife doesn't like to chew much, so she appreciates how tender the tenderloin steaks are. If I'm paying full price, I usually buy the USDA Choice tenderloins from Costco. I think they're about $20/pound now. But if I happen to see a ribeye or strip marked down because it's been around a bit too long, I'll buy it. Whichever I buy, I'll season it, vacuum pack it, and freeze it. Then it can go straight from the freezer into the sous vide water bath. Sous vide is the best way to prepare a steak, IMHO.
  4. Dave In Houston

    Pain upper abdomen

    You might try some simethicone. The trade name is Gas-X. That's why the surgeon's medical assistant recommended to me 3 weeks or so of my gastric bypass. She said the pain was probably retained gas. You can buy Gas-X anywhere. There are less expensive generic brands, too.
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    The sneezing is definitely when I'm full. The runny nose is all day long, though.
  6. Dave In Houston


    I have a runny nose all the time. I never had that before my gastric bypass surgery. My surgeon said he hasn't heard that complaint before. I also sneeze repeatedly when I eat too much. He hasn't heard that complaint, either.
  7. Dave In Houston

    Nerves and am I choosing right?

    I had reflux, so I went with the bypass. I'm now off the proton pump meds and my reflux is well controlled.
  8. Dave In Houston

    *trigger warning* My Dad

    From what I understand, my weight loss surgeon wants to see me once a year for the rest of my life. I'm going to the 1-year post-op visit today. So I'll always have a doc to call if I need one.
  9. Dave In Houston

    High Risk -- Scared of complications

    Hi, Zack, and welcome to the site. My high weight was 277, so not as high as you. I hadn't really thought of myself as being a candidate for WLS, but when I mentioned to my voice doc that I wanted to get off the proton pump meds, he suggested I consider it. I had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and reflux. My age (67) also put me at higher risk. Now I'm 180 and off the proton pump meds. Also off the blood pressure meds. And my weight is down to 180. A guy I sing with had a gastric bypass before I knew him. He weighed 525. Now he's 280 and MUCH healthier. He told me he got down to 240 before settling in at 280. He says he can get down on the floor and play with his grand kids, which he would never been able to do at over 500 pounds. He's happy. If I were you, I'd go for it. But monitor yourself carefully and take care of yourself. A few weeks after surgery I had some chest pains. It was a Friday night, so I went to an urgent care place. They hooked me up to the box and scanned me, and there were no problems. You should probably adopt the same attitude about symptoms that might be nothing. Good luck!
  10. Hi, Tracey, and welcome to the site. I'm a bit less than a year post-surgery. I eat three meals and two snacks every day. Often, one meal and one snack are protein shakes. I tend to blend the shakes with some frozen fruit or with peanut butter powder, so it takes a bit of work, but not too bad. I eat an egg, a strip of bacon, and a slice of toast for lunch virtually every day. My afternoon snack is always cottage cheese and canned pineapple. Dinners can be very simple or a bit less simple, but they generally involve a protein, a carb, and a salad. Could be a burger, a steak, or salmon in the air fryer. I made a huge pot of cioppino (seafood stew) that involved a lot of preparation, but it made 12 meals for my wife and me. I'm also not ashamed to use canned soup with some extra veggies and protein. I do tend to get dehydrated. Before surgery, I would get most of my water at meal time, when I would drink almost a quart. Now that I can't do that any more, I have to be disciplined enough to have a water bottle nearby and drink throughout the day. I can now drink about 2/3 of a cup without hurting myself.
  11. Dave In Houston

    Is my weight loss on track?

    The medical assistant may be able to many of the things you are expecting the surgeon to do. My surgeon's medical assistant does prescriptions, for example. If you ask the surgeon, he can probably tell you how to get the best results from him and his staff.
  12. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    To be clear, when I serve the steak to my wife's dad, it will be 128F in the middle just like everyone else's, since it was in the water bath at 128. But since I cooked it to 155, it will be the well-done color he (and you) would like. Does that make sense?
  13. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    That one I posted was indeed pretty red, but it was delicious. That one was 132F by the sous vide machine. I have another one in the freezer, and I may cook it a bit warmer. 136, maybe. Sous vide is wonderful for cooking red meat. It comes out the desired doneness all the way through, rather than being just right in the center and too done on the outside. My wife's dad likes them well-done, too. When we cook steaks for him by sous vide, I make his 155F or so, then cool off the water bath and make them for everyone else. I just leave his in. It cooks longer, but doesn't get any more done, since everyone else likes their steaks about 128F.
  14. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    So sorry to hear about your father's passing. When my dad passed away about three years ago, it was expected, but still had a profound effect on me. So be gracious and forgiving with yourself in the coming days and weeks.
  15. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    Easter dinner. (We had Easter dinner yesterday, because our daughter couldn't make it today.) Rib eye roast, cooked by sous vide to 132F. Sauteed asparagus, air fryer sweet potatoes, and half a ciabatta roll. Cabernet sauvignon from South Africa. I ate about half, except I ate all the bread. With butter. I love bread and butter.
  16. Dave In Houston

    Over night stay at hospital. Yay or nay

    They kept me for one night when I had my gastric bypass. They never offered me the opportunity to go home the same day. My insurance is good, so I wasn't worried about the cost of the overnight stay.
  17. Dave In Houston

    Price of diet?

    I see you're in Texas. Do you happen to be anywhere near Houston? My tastes have changed, and I have some protein shakes and maybe one or two other things that I no longer care for. It would be great if I could find a good home for them. Please let me know. Having said that, if you have a protein shake for breakfast, even at $1.50, it's not that much more than what a pre-surgery breakfast might cost.
  18. After my surgery last year, I started weighing everything I ate. I wasn't logging, but I kept track of protein and total calories in my mind, at least roughly. As the months passed, I began to weigh just at meal time. This was more to be sure I didn't hurt myself, rather than for tracking purposes. It's been almost a year, and I've reached my target weight. I had hoped to get 10 pounds or so below my target, but I've been stuck about where I am now since Thanksgiving. Where I am now is not a bad place, so I'm not too worried. However, I've developed a habit of grazing between meals. It will be a handful of pretzels or dry cereal straight from the box. Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal is like crack cocaine to me. I could stand in the pantry and eat half a dozen fists full. None of the grazing is tracked. (On this matter, you folks are serving as my father confessor.) I'm going to have to be more careful if I put on several pounds.
  19. Dave In Houston

    Food Before and After Photos

    I read this thread often but I rarely post because my efforts are quite plebian compared to the resident experts here. I was proud of this cioppino, though. 373 calories, 42 g protein and 12 g fat per serving. This is about half a serving, and I ate it all, along with an ounce or so of sourdough bread. It was delicious, and I made a huge batch. Sorry I forgot to wipe down the sides of the bowl. If I posted more often, I might learn how to take decent photos.
  20. Dave In Houston

    Lapband to VSG now to RNY

    Long term use of proton pump meds can also cause bone density problems. That's the reason I wanted to get off them after 20 years.
  21. Dave In Houston

    Pre-Op Tests

    My surgeon didn't require a sleep study, though I told him I suffer from sleep apnea and I can't tolerate the CPAP machine. I think my sleep apnea is better after my surgery. Getting another sleep study is on my to-do list. I understand the CPAP machines are better than they were 10 years ago, so maybe I could tolerate one now if I still need it.
  22. Dave In Houston

    Final Choice

    I also chose the RNY because of reflux. My voice doc had been prescribing proton pump meds for 20 years, and when I mentioned to him that I wished I could get off them, he asked whether I'd ever considered weight loss surgery. I hadn't because, I wasn't as big as the people I had associated with surgery, but I was big enough, considering my various co-morbidities. The weight loss surgeon said the bypass is the way to go for reflux, so that's what I did. I'm off the proton pump meds now. I go to the voice doc 2/25 for him to take a look at my vocal folds. It will be interesting to see whether he sees any sign of reflux.
  23. Dave In Houston

    Protein Intake A Struggle

    I never had a problem with the Premier Protein brand shakes or similar. I like them even better, though, when blended with ice. My favorite is chocolate, blended with ice, a serving of PB2 peanut butter powder, and a tablespoon of reduced sugar Hershey's syrup. The PB powder adds another 8 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat. Blending with ice makes them more like a shake and less like medicine. I also blend a strawberry or vanilla flavored one with frozen strawberries. No added protein, but it adds a fruit serving. My favorite healthy snack is half a cup of pineapple tidbits (the juice-packed ones, of course), and half a cup of low-fat cottage cheese. I think the cottage cheese is 13 grams of protein.
  24. Dave In Houston

    I've Started Doing Workouts with a Personal Trainer

    I used a personal trainer at a gym 10 years ago, the last time I got close to the weight I am now. Of course, that was before I had surgery. I don't remember for sure, but a probably did 2 or 3 dozen sessions. It definitely made me feel better. I've been thinking about doing it again. As I near the supposedly ideal BMI of 25, I notice that my legs and especially my arms are looking pretty scrawny. I also have some wrinkly skin on my arms and legs that could really benefit from adding back some muscle mass. (Of course, at 68, I'm a certified Old Guy, so maybe the wrinkles are par for the course, but they weren't there when I was bulked up with fat. ) And though I look good in clothes, I still have a couple fat places that could really look a lot better when I'm standing shirtless in front of the mirror to shave. What I've been wondering is whether I need to find somebody who has experience with bariatric surgery patients, and if so, how to find such a person whom I could afford.
  25. I'm an amateur singer, and I have a voice doc for when I have problems. He had been prescribing proton pump meds for reflux for 20 years or so. When I mentioned I'd like to get off the meds, he asked if I had ever considered weight loss surgery. I had never considered it, since I wasn't as big as many weight loss surgery patients. I had the surgery 6 months or so ago, and I'm off the meds now. I'm experiencing only very minor reflux symptoms. I plan to go in soon to get him to take a look at the vocal folds, because it's about time for a procedure I need every ten years or so. It will be interesting to see whether he can see a reduction in the inflammation caused by reflux.

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