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And guess what. I refuse. Again. Resolutions fail. And we PAY PEOPLE to help us fail. Suck on that WEIGHT WATCHERS AND YOUR ZERO POINTS PLAN. (AIN'T NOBODY CAN EAT THAT MUCH CHICKEN OR FRUIT COCKTAIL AND NOT GAIN WEIGHT.) It's 2018. I have not blogged in for-ever. Here's something. I've maintained this exact weight for two years. (173 lbs since Elliott was born GOD DAMN IT) I keep saying that "...if I would just exercise again" I'd be at goal weight immediately. That is truth -- I have just spent the time peeling my most hyperactive child (of mine)... Continue reading
ONE IN FIVE. ONE. IN. FIVE. One in five patients who undergo one of the most popular weight-loss surgical procedures is likely to develop problems with alcohol, with symptoms sometimes not appearing until years after their surgery, according to one of the largest, longest-running studies of adults who got weight-loss surgery. The finding -- reported online today in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, the journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery -- indicates that bariatric surgery patients should receive long-term clinical follow-up to monitor for and treat alcohol use disorder, which includes alcohol abuse and... Continue reading
I am in my third month of sciatica pain, the kind that makes you consider stomach ulcerations by taking All Of The Ibuprofen In The House over the course of the last twelve weeks. After two or three urgent care appointments and an orthopaedic doctor visit, I saw my primary care doctor and asked her what I could do. I am no longer able to walk normally, lay down or sit. It is a bit ridiculous how stupid this pain is, if I sit (like right his very moment) it takes me quite a long time to get out of... Continue reading
The Doctors welcome Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Frank Chae and his patient Cindy. “I have had an incredibly positive experience with my device,“ says Cindy. After her vBLOC was inserted, she lost 45 pounds in 11 months. Dr. Chae recommends the device for patients who are not only overweight but on verge of type 2 diabetes or suffering from hypertension or disease. Continue reading
Special Issues for Women After Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery. Special Issues for Women After Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery Diane E. Judge, APN/CNP Be prepared to prevent or delay pregnancy and maintain bone health. Bariatric surgery — operations such as gastric sleeve, gastric band, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass that change the digestive tract — has enabled many obese people to approach and maintain a healthy weight while controlling life-threatening obesity-related medical conditions like heart disease, sleep apnea, diabetes, and high blood pressure. More than half of those who have benefitted from bariatric surgery are women, mostly in their childbearing years. If you are... Continue reading
Mama June: From Not to Hot premieres Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on WEtv. (Nice name.) Continue reading
Don't shoot the messenger, I'm sharing this for my blog's historical reference because it's AMAZING INFORMATION -- and even if you "don't agree," because it's not your experience, it's science! Via New York Times - “Bariatric surgery is probably the most effective intervention we have in health care,” says Laurie K. Twells, a clinical epidemiologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She bases this bold claim on her experience with seriously obese patients and a detailed analysis of the best studies yet done showing weight-loss surgery’s ability to reverse the often devastating effects of being extremely overweight on health and... Continue reading
Bariatric Advantage Multi Chewy Bite Strawberry Watermelon I tore into this package IN PARTICULAR out of all the bags that came my way - and all I am going to say right now because I am sleep deprived and losing my mind is Y - E - S. These little foil-wrapped multivitamin chews may very well solve my problems and save the world. (Am I allowed to say that? I DON'T CARE. I AM TIRED.) Bariatric Advantage? Please create caffeine vitamins so that future reviews make sense. These little fruity-chew-Starburst-esque bites have nearly all the multivitamins a bariatric patient needs,... Continue reading
If you have been following me since Ye Olden Days Of WLS (I had roux en y gastric bypass in 2004, and I've blogged and been on social media since 2005), you will know this is my second go 'round with this product. (Or here is to hoping it is the same product I adored back in days of old.) Proti Wafers. I think I called them "Sugar Wafers, Only Better" in my very first review which I can no longer find. Sent to me from netrition, I have a box of Proti Wafers in my choice - vanilla. Netrition's... Continue reading
I've been food journaling. Here is the damage. That's about 1500 - 1700 calories a day, with nearly everything in my apathy diet included. I am remaining in the 170 - 173 pound spot. Obviously, this calorie range keeps me squarely in this weight range. (I have been here for a year and a half?) I go from 170 to 175. I get excited to see 1-6-9, and then, poof, right back into 170's. I have always shared (in my BBGC support group) that I believe in 10 - 12 calories per pound maintains my size. Which also means, if... Continue reading
I know I promised to write a bariatric approved product review. But first, this that showed up in my suggested Google links. Girl, what are you thinking? Why are we flopping our fupa all over the Instagram and sharing/errr selling it to The Sun UK? We know that shit is real. (Did she really make a single account for, um, skin?) For a moment I am tempted to pull out the skin I AM IN -- you know -- IN POST WEIGHT LOSS SOLIDARITY, after losing 170 pounds and having two babies and start a fupa social media campaign. But,... Continue reading
I signed on with a company to do a monthly product review of bariatric-approved products. My first product arrived this weekend, and in the spirit of full disclosure before I even start the review I have to tell you (...before I laugh, cry, or other?) that I hand-picked the first product because I know I like it. It's something I used to promote back in The Day of Blogging. (I do not know when the day ended, but it's no longer that day.) The reason I am oversharing with you -- is because -- when I sniffed around the blog... Continue reading
One of the first "rules" (....bahahahaha, rules?) of gastric bypass I learned early on - was not to add concentrated sources of extra calories where they were totally unnecessary. A food that qualifies the unnecessary category for me is - peanut butter and nuts. I don't like peanut butter, so I was not bothered by not enjoying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after weight loss surgery. However, one of the other things you learn later on is YOU NEED EXTRA FAT SOMETIMES. To, uh, make your body work, and to make your skin not fall off. (This is just... Continue reading
People like to make fun of first-time parents. They run to the emergency room with their babies littlest concerns. Sometimes that is true. 20 years ago we probably took a baby to the ER for a head bump once or twice for no real cause, and now? Well, look at this poor nose. A video posted by Beth Sheldon-Badore (@mmbbgc) on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:38pm PST What happened? Dad came home and realized he needed something outside in the car -- the mailbox -- somewhere. He opened the baby gate, failed to click it shut, and went out the... Continue reading
I changed up my toast ritual. #daveskillerbread #maranatha #breakfast #bariatric #protein A photo posted by Beth Sheldon-Badore (@mmbbgc) on Jan 3, 2017 at 7:26am PST Continue reading
A friend just pointed out weight loss surgery themed subscription box service, you know -- where you sign up to have a selection of samples (I am guessing these are sample sizes based on the photos given on the website that is at the moment very limited...) sent to you each month. For your payment -- a flat-fee of $34.95 -- you are sent 8 - 12 sample-size products for the bariatric patient. I can see the niche of people who'd want this. Hi. I was curious enough to throw my email on their mailing list, but I wonder are... Continue reading
Apparently this concern with gastric bypass patients hasn't been "well-studied." Hey researchers - PLEASE SEEK OUT PATIENTS WHOM COMPLAIN OF EXACTLY THESE ISSUES FROM DAY ONE. Because, uh, *putting on my Dr. Google Hat* they're totally normal and expected, or so we thought? Or am I living under a rock where it's that we're not supposed to live with digestive distress most of the time?I suppose this is my bias because I live as a distressed patient, with a distressed patient, and know mostly only distressed patients? And WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE FOODS LISTED IN THIS STUDY!? I... Continue reading
Alright guys, who is going to send me this? Can you feed a family of seven in an InstantPot? Tell me more. I need to know all about this thing. These things. All the things. Amazon linkage below will send you to the product page. Comments are entertaining as always. Continue reading
Worth a read, and worth a watch. This mimics a bit of my experience, my family's experiences, and brings up some (deeper) questions. As someone who's had gastric bypass in 2004, I'm always intrigued at any new science that's discovered about the gut - brain connections. "Nearly 200,000 Americans have bariatric surgery each year. Yet far more — an estimated 24 million — are heavy enough to qualify for the operation, and many of them are struggling with whether to have such a radical treatment, the only one that leads to profound and lasting weight loss for virtually everyone who... Continue reading
Sharing Daddy's #questprotein shake diluted A video posted by Beth Sheldon-Badore (@mmbbgc) on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:30am PST Sharing Daddy's #questprotein shake diluted A video posted by Beth Sheldon-Badore (@mmbbgc) on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:30am PST Continue reading
A shocking report. "Obesity and excess weight is an expanding health problem for more than 60 percent of Americans, and a new study by Hugh Waters and Ross DeVol finds that it's a tremendous drain on the U.S. economy as well. The total cost to treat health conditions related to obesity—ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer's—plus obesity's drag on attendance and productivity at work exceeds $1.4 trillion annually. That's more than twice what the U.S. spends on national defense. The total, from 2014 data, was equivalent to 8.2 percent of U.S. GDP, and it exceeds the economies of all but three... Continue reading
We moved house on Halloween, and in the process, my scale lost it's batteries. I have avoided quite successfully, replacing the batteries to the scale. The scale, with it's cracked plastic face, still weighs and measures quite accurately and is that what I am afraid of? It hasn't been very long since I checked in with that scale. And my eating hasn't changed much at all, as it never does. I eat what doesn't kill me, and occasional OH MY GOD I MIGHT DIE BECAUSE I ATE THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE WARNED ME foods. I have been one of the... Continue reading
I know I haven't blogged in regular blogs, but we've spent the last two weeks moving -- and move day (s) turned into Hell Week. This is mostly why. Thank you CASEY MOVERS of Rockland, MA. (Waits for ads to change) After a failed "full pack," Casey's "professional packers" left us with truck loads of stuff to pack before our buyers came to the house for their final real estate walk through. We were thoroughly embarrassed as we packed the last of our household into our own cars in the pouring rain, while the 18-wheeler LEFT US without taking everything.... Continue reading
Finally. Something I can post. "Currently, Samantha's work focuses on conceptual portraiture, allowing her to explore human emotion from the inside out. She is working on an on-going self-portrait series focused on body image and healing that challenges viewers to question what is means to accept oneself. " Her photos are shocking if not absolutely realistic and raw if you have lost hundred(s) of pounds with weight loss surgery. If you have yet to do so, I would not be alarmed. Question the photos. Dig into them. Feel it. This is is what we know. Cropped image. Go to her... Continue reading