Just Say No During Weight Loss Surgery Holidays

chicken stir fry with brown rice
Even though it has been three years since my vertical gastrectomy weight loss surgery I still do not eat narrowly what I use to.  Yes I am eating more than a couple of bites.  I had the pleasure of helping a relative on her first Thanksgiving since having bariatric weight loss surgery (RNY).   I watched her eat and stir  her food like all of us have done that have had weight loss surgery.  I keep a vigil eye on her and after a few to many bites I could see she was not able to figure out a way to get away from the table.  I made up an excuse to get her and I away from the Thanksgiving feast.  She thanked me and we talked about not being afraid to get up away from the table and if she wanted to return after digesting a little.

Even after three years I excuse myself from the table all the time.  I have to just walk away from food.  If I don’t I  will eat myself sick and that is not a pretty site.  My recommendation to anyone that has just had weight loss surgery and this is your first holiday season is to Just Say NO!

Don’t be afraid to get up and get away from the situation.  Otherwise it will be more embarrassing to have a problem right at the table.  With this in mind

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays which ever makes you more comfortable.

Protein Blended Mocha Beverage

Wanted to list my protein drink that I make every morning. I loved mocha frappuccino from that big retailer but they are loaded with sugar. Here is my alternative

Jeff Protein Blended Mocha Beverage
1/4 cup (2oz) – Half caffein coffee
2 scoops – Protein Powder (EAS Premium Protein)
1/4 cup – Half & Half
2 Tbsp – Sugar Free Chocalote syurp (Torani)
Ice
Blend well

Makes about 16 oz mug of cool refreshing protein beverage

Here are the specs on this drink.
300 calories
110g Cholestrol
4g Sugars
30g Protein
65g Sodium
200g Potassium
9.5g Fat
0 Fiber
7 pts for Weight Watchers

Lower in sugar and high in Protein is what I look out for due to my weight loss surgery. Just wanted to share this since I finally figured it all out. I some times substitute half caff with decaf

Later
JB

Heart Echogram

I had a heart appointment today and my ejection fraction is about 47% that is up from last test. I was hoping for higher at least in the 50% range. Trying to not be discouraged about that result but tough.  I know I should be grateful that I still have my original heart and not taking 50 different medications.  My cardiologist said if my ejection fraction was above 50% we could talk about taking my defibrillator out.  I will keep you informed as I get more information thank you for reading.

December Weight Loss Update

Good day to all:

It’s been awhile again, I tend to go days, weeks and months in between post. Quick weight loss update I am now 177 pounds. If you have been following my weight loss progress you know that is amazing weight loss. My health has been doing great. My heart is rebounding like it should be. I see my heart doctor in January and look forward to a great update from him

I went to Salt Lake City for three days to replace a server. The trip was quick but a great one. The swap went off without any issues and we had a few of the key people praise us for a good turn over

Everything else is going okay for the most part. You know with 4 kids life is always fun.  Especially with 2 teenagers, a 9 year old, and a baby. We need a bigger house to accommodate everyone.

For now I will leave it at that and try to send a new weight loss surgery update tomorrow with more details. Take care and have a great week.

Gained 5.5 Pounds During Labor Day Weekend

Good morning all:

Just had a nice relaxing three day Labor Day weekend.  It was nice, we did absolutely nothing.  The only bad part of the weekend is the fact that I grazed all weekend.  Due to this unusually bad habit I gained 5.5 pounds.  Yes that is correct 5.5 pounds after weight loss surgery.  This is so not me it makes me sick thinking about it.  I completely deserve it and brought it on myself.

I need to find better things to do with my time then eat or as I call it grazing.  The reason I call it grazing is because I don’t actually eat much but a little bit a lot of times in the day.  I need to start focusing on 3 meals a day and maybe 2 smaller snacks in between.  Since I don’t eat a lot at a meal a snack would be okay.  I don’t eat sugar items and I try to watch my carbohydrates.  The only bad thing is I eat nuts and cheese its a lot.  The nuts are okay I suppose but the cheese its are not so good.  This eating is all in my head and I know it and that is what frustrates me the most about it.  I am not hungry but just for some reason need to have something to eat all the time.  I am not sure why I feel that way but I need to get to the bottom of it soon.

Other than that the weekend was nice.  Brandon went camping all weekend and had a good time.  Brittany had to work all weekend and she did not much care for that.  Adriana hung out with Tammy and I all weekend

Defibrillator check up

Good afternoon all:

Had my defibrillator checked just a little bit ago. They said everything looked good and had no issues. They saw one spot where the unit went into monitor mode. It did not go off (luckily) so they were not to worried about it.  The technician can not believer my progress after weight loss surgery.

I don’t have to get the device checked but every 6 months. So now I have my heart doctor and defibrillator check up at the same time which makes it nice. Have a great day everyone and watch out for the heat.

Weight Loss Pictures

Just had to share these pictures

First I am at my heaviest. This is me at 382 pounds possibly heavier.

Before weight loss surgery at heaviest

Here I am in the hospital before Jeff before vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery.  I am 325.5 at this point getting ready to have vertical gastrectomy.

Jeff before weight loss surgery

Last but not lease here I am at 11 months after my vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery.  I weighed in at 201for this one year weight loss picture.

Jeff one year after weight loss surgery

It is strange to see these pictures. I always knew I was big but to see me at my heaviest is just amazing. I never saw myself that large. In the first picture you can see my necklace is tight, I mean tight. In my 1 yr picture you don’t see my necklace because it is hanging below my shirt. I never take off my scuba diver necklace and can remember at one point at my heaviest I thought I was going to have to take it off due to circulation. This is what I have been going through during my life. Just a few days ago I did not see 200 on the scale. I am below that now and it is amazing. I never thought I was going to see under 300 again let alone under 200. This is why I believe highly in weight loss surgery and would recommend it to anyone that is obese.  Sure there are risk and you need to do some weight loss research before selecting a laparoscopic bariatric surgery but at this point my life has been extended due to my weight loss. Just had to share these with everyone.

1 year Weight Loss Surgery Appointment

Good Monday every

I had my 1 year weight loss surgery appointment about a month early. My biggest grip is the fact that I have to drive 4 hours one way to get to my appointment. Then I wait in the office for an hour and thirty minutes for a 10 minute appointment. Dr. Robert Rabkin says your looking good and the blood work is good have a good weekend, well gee whiz thanks for that. Why couldn’t they have told me the blood work was good on the phone.  Oh well that is the way goes

Here are my statistics from the appointment.
Weight: 201 pounds
BMI: 26.5
Fat Mass: 35.5 pounds
FFM: 165.5 pounds
TBW: 121 pounds

For those following I started at a weight of 325.5 pounds the day before my vertical sleeve gastrectomy.  I was 359 just a few months before that when I was in California Pacific Medical Center awaiting a potential heart transplant. I am happy to say I do not need a heart transplant and very pleased for that

Pacific Laparoscopy did a profile on me for there Winter 2006 newsletter.  Have a good week and I will try to update later.