Where are the 'i gotta get on track' folks? the 'is this the right decision for me' thinkers? the 'am i doing it right' wonderers???
is everyone out living happily and well? or frozen in the snow?
WAKE UP!!!! come out, come out, wherever you are!!!
olly olly oxen free!!!!
01-21-2013, 03:00 PM
I was on here a few months back working towards getting my surgery. My surgery was 12/27 and I am doing great!
01-21-2013, 10:44 PM
Hello JiffyPop! I actually went for my first surgeon consult today, so I am on my way! I'm hoping on the first week of June for surgery!
01-22-2013, 12:14 PM
Hello Jiffy we're still here just haven't got much to say :) oh and yes I do have one news which Im really happy about....my mom is like 90% decided to have the surgery herself *doing the really happy dance* :) she needs it, her BMI is 36-37 but her main problem is her spine and knees. She really needs to lose weight so she can move around easier. For now she agreed to go to the first doctor appointment and then we'll see :)
01-22-2013, 12:17 PM
And one more thing...I still haven't hit 100 lbs...the scale just wont move...grrrrrrr I need three pounds...please scale give me that three pounds..pleaseeeeeeee lol
01-22-2013, 05:02 PM
Its the change of semester for me and so things have been hectic preparing for a new group of kids.
On another front, I have been doing ok with my goals. I've applied for an online teaching job and have another place to apply to this weekend.
This cold, though, is really aggravating my Reynaud's. Goodness, I HATE it. (For those that don't know, as a result of RNY, I developed a complication called Reynaud's Syndrome, which means my blood flow is compromised in my hands and feet. It can be very painful and there isn't much that can be done about it, apparently.)
01-22-2013, 11:06 PM
I personally haven't had much to contribute to this forum as of late, but I definitely still check back to read! Last time I was here I was talking about getting the ball rolling on a lapband, I'm now just past my first month of my insurance mandated six month supervised weight loss program, which is essentially just meeting monthly with a dietitian as we slowly but surely work on good habits for post surgery. At first I was very bummed that I'd have to wait six months, but now I'm actually glad! I think it's going to help my success a lot post op having had all of this wonderful one on one preparation and guidance.
01-23-2013, 10:02 AM
thank you all!!! SEE?? you didn't think you had anything to say, but each and every one of you did!
CARLY - does your surgeon have any ideas for pushing through stalls? some folks up their water, and/or their protein, and/or do intervals. but with the breast feeding, that might make breaking through a bit more of a challenge.
CHICK-MISSION: 3 weeks out? have you moved to solid food yet? exercise? congratulations!!!
DUCKY: do you have to do the 6-month supervised diet thing? or just go through the appointments and clearances [a royal pain, but it's gotta be done]?
THINK: So... what sorts of things does the dietician have you doing? are you journaling? or following an eating plan, or what? i didn't have to do this part of it [insurance companies didn't mandate it years ago - if you had an extensive diet history - and mine ran 6 pages - you didn't have to see the doc for 3-6 months]
SLEEPY: you'll get your 3 pounds off - I PROMISE. what made your mom change her mind?
ZEIGEIST: why are you changing jobs? hope it goes well... about the Reynaud's - i had it going into the surgery, but it also has become more noticeable since. i HATE IT when my fingers start warming up again - IT HURTS! Layers help, of course, but it's really hard to layer up your hands. on my feet, i have compression stockings [long story], plus handknitted washable merino socks plus extra thick lined slipper booties -and am sitting next to the gas fireplace. brrrrr!!!!!!!
and now, i gotta explain something. After decades of living as an overweight person [varying from being able to wear a bikini to being 500+ pounds], and a decade moderating this forum, I've learned several things about people like us - who qualify for the surgery and who go through it...
we don't talk much about what's going on with ourselves. As a group, we don't talk about the issues that are getting in our way, or the thoughts/emotions that either derail us or keep us moving. When there's silence for several days, I get concerned. Believe me, I'm guilty as well [with the added issue that i DO NOT want to make this forum all about MOI [because I'm boring].
so here's the bad news - i'm back to cheese and crackers, although i've added homemade soup to it. I've had this icky cold/bronchitis for the past couple of weeks, and that also means that my exercise tolerance has slid backwards again.
the good news: feeling better, and I'm trying to eat my main meal in the middle of the day, so that it's no big deal if it's cheese and crackers at night. And i'm eating when i want to - which means that i don't eat at normal hours. I DON'T CARE...
and the job hunt continues.
01-24-2013, 05:19 AM
Cheese and crackers are my downfall. I bought some cucumbers this week to substitute for the crackers. But winter cucumbers just don't compare to summer ones. I like to use Laughing Cow cheese, not because it is sooo delicious, but because I can limit myself to two wedges quite easily. Give me a block of sharp cheddar and I can easily consume 500 calories of cheese.
I'm not looking to replace my current job (which I love), but to supplement my income with a second job. I depleted my savings this year with a series of unfortunate issues, like major car repair, an aging dog and cat, and some home repairs. I hate living paycheck to paycheck; it scares me. So, I've been applying for some online positions, but haven't had any luck yet. Something will come up, that I am sure of. I just need to be patient.
01-24-2013, 10:36 AM
Carly - that's a lot of deployment! can you tell us where he'll be going? My nephew went to what he initially told me was a 'hot and sandy place.' didn't take much to figure it out. He finally 'fessed up, though [can't keep anything from his old auntie!]. And came back in one piece, but a bit sadder and wiser. That's what matters. sounds like you're plugging along - and i gotta wonder why anyone could schedule a regular support meeting at 2:30 pm. Parents with children need to be home, and other folks are generally working.
Zeitgeist - cucumbers don't do it for me. nor does celery. I guess the good thing is that i can actually limit myself to a fairly small amount - and if i eat 500 calories of cheese, it's a pretty safe bet that i'm not eating much else. thank goodness!
i hear ya on the job front - i've been freelancing for a year while looking for a job - and it's not easy. what sort of work are you looking for?
01-25-2013, 05:45 AM
Jiffy, I'm looking to be an adjunct professor at the community college level or possibly do some online tutoring in my subject area. What sort of work are you looking for?
The cuke "crackers" are a bit unsatisfying for me as well, especially this time of year. I can't eat celery at all; I have never liked the texture.
I stumbled upon a recipe this past weekend that was quite tasty, a Hungry Girl "pizza." In essence, I cut a pepper in half, baked it until it was a bit soft, then put diced tomatoes, italian seasonings, and cheese on top. It was totally yummy.
Other than putting on additional layers, have you found anything to reduce your Reynaud symptoms?
01-25-2013, 10:34 AM
i've been a medical writer and editor for many years - and have specialized in continuing medical education. And decided to go back to grad school as no one will look at me without a doctorate.
Celery? can't stand the strings... that hungry girl pizza sounds quite good - i'll have to try it. i LOVE roasted peppers!
have you made fricadelle [i think that's what it's called]? make several small piles [a tablespoon or two] of some romano or parmesan cheese on a sprayed pan [or you'll never get it off!] and put it in the oven and let it melt into a circle - and let it get a little brown around the edges. Remove from the pan while they're still warm - they're sort of like crackers, but no carbs.
01-25-2013, 10:38 AM
and the reynaud's? i do everything i can to NOT get cold. when i feel my fingers getting cold, i check them for that lovely purple blue color - if the skin shows signs of changing, i immediately warm them up - pockets, gloves, warm water, a mug of something hot [ANYTHING hot] to hold onto. other than that, i have no idea what to do - [in fact, my fingers are a little cold right now, but still nice and pink, and i keep rubbing them and warming them up.]
what have you been doing?
01-25-2013, 12:45 PM
Jiffy, as of now she just has me working on a few small things at a time. At the first visit, she had me start taking calcium citrate & a vitamin everyday plus work on eating three meals a day as I have a bad habit of skipping lunch. At the second visit, we decided to work more on developing the kind of habits you need post op, such as chewing every bite many many times, slowing down, making every bit of food count (you can only eat so much post op, so everything you DO eat should count etc), and specifically this month was to work on separating liquids from meal times. I hadn't realized that cereal would count for that, and since I eat cereal basically every day, my goal this month is 5,000 steps a day & finding healthy breakfast alternatives. I'm also journaling what I eat/drink, the time, and what I'm feeling at the time/if I tried anything else first(to help ward off emotional eating). Like I said before, I thought I was bummed about the long wait, but I can see it's going to help me so much later :)
I hope you get better soon! Nothing is more frustrating to me personally than when you actually want to exercise but you're just unable to. Plus, not being able to eat full meals isn't very fun either.
01-25-2013, 05:20 PM
Hey Jiffy - Yesterday was my first day on a regular diet. Exercise - I am doing the stationary bike. I have worked up to 20 minutes at a time about 4-5 times a week (5.25-5.5 miles a day) up from two 10 minute sessions a day. As of today I have lost 23 since surgery (12/27) for a total of 56 including preop.
01-26-2013, 01:08 PM
hey Daisy - wow - sounds like your dietician is on the ball - all of those things are great preparation for post-op. Just be aware that the stuff you like to eat/can eat BEFORE surgery might not work after surgery. Don't worry - it's generally temporary, but it does happen. I couldn't eat a scrambled egg for more than a year, but deviled eggs [even made with hot sauce] worked GREAT for me.
and chick-a-mission - WOW - you can do 5+ miles in 20 minutes? you must be ROCKING that bike! congrats!!!
I'm getting better - honest! i walked a little bit today without stopping [that's HUGE], and did a home inspection for a dog rescue group. The dog that these folks are looking to adopt LOVES LOVES LOVES children [the more the merrier]. They have one child, but live in a 2-family house [which means i did stairs!] with the wife's parents, and there are other grandchildren running in and out of that house all day long.
sounds like a winner to me!
01-27-2013, 07:50 AM
Well, I've been trying not to get my hands or feet cold (lots of layers), but it doesn't seem to be helping much. I have a toe episode at least once a day and my fingers are an almost constant battle to keep warm. It appears that there are some drugs that could help, but one is a calcium blocker. Since we have to take calcium 3x a day or more, I truly don't want to take a calcium blocker.
I've heard of making little cheese crackers, but I'm truly scared to try them in fear of finding a new way to eat more cheese, lol.
Good for you for walking more. The dog rescue inspection sounds interesting. Do you find it hard to turn away people who don't meet the needs of the dogs?
01-27-2013, 12:13 PM
I'm here, I've just been working and going out and having a life and seeing my surgeon (whole other novella of a post in another thread).
So, Raynaud's, huh? Interesting. I have it, had it before surgery though. In my case it's genetic - my paternal grandmother had a severe case. Mine's mild, but my fingers and toes go white first, then turn purple when I start heating them up. Very attractive, and it hurts like a you-know getting into the bathtub if I want a hot bath. I live in Ugg boots around the house and sometimes at work.
Weird: I've starting breaking out in hives. Anyone else do this post-op or am I just weird? Literally, since December I have had five major hive outbreaks. Right now I have a patch of eczema-like stuff on my elbow and my lips look beestung or like I had Restalyn. The rest of my face is perfectly clear right now. My body is suddenly allergic to everything and I cannot find the culprit(s). Might not be surgery related, but it bugs.
I need to get busy on the next novel. It's finished in my head so I need to get it written down. I also need to get busy on laundry and un-frakking my habitat (specifically my bedroom and bath) today. I am boring, y'all.
It's nice to see what everyone's doing! :)
01-29-2013, 09:58 AM
Carly - you're not alone with that facebook thing! so many of us get so involved with it that we forget we should be living in real life! How did the get-together go? hope you made some good friends - or at least the potential of good friends. You know what it's like to live through a deployment.
hmmm. sounds like you have Raynaud's in SPADES here, Jen. How do you warm up your toes after an episode? the reason 'I'm asking is that it might help [i hope, at least!] that doing something similar BEFORE the episode might help prevent it. i think there are foot warmers you can buy - people who go to football games in the winter buy them, so i guess a sporting goods store? Do you have episodes in the summer, too?
A couple of days ago, when it was about 2 degrees here, i did something REALLY stupid and paid for it. I took the garbage out without wearing gloves. warm water, holding a mug, massaging my fingers, more warm water, extra gloves, tucking my hands into warm places [pockets and so on] - it took about a half hour for my fingers to go from blue to achy red, and i battled it for the rest of the day.
i'm going to be experimenting with chick pea flour to make some high-protein snacks. Maryann Esposito [Ciao Italia] has some nice recipes - are a couple of links].
[this last one calls for deep frying, which just isn't gonna happen in my house. Lidia's recipe for these call for frying them in a little oil and butter, which i can handle. But lidia's recipe doesn't come out as light as i think this one will]
imp - can't wait to hear about your next book - what was your first one? how exciting! i suspect that your hives might be related to your nutrition - but since these things can escalate into breathing problems PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call your doctor.
And Jen - i don't feel one bit of guilt turning down a potential adopter. All of the dogs in this rescue group are in foster homes, so they are safe and loved. thank goodness!