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Weight Loss and Me 
Jan. 4, 2010 9:23 am 
Updated: Jan. 24, 2012 9:14 pm
This Blog is just my story, one that I traveled to get me here today.

Here it goes. Most women have some of the same issues of how they turned their life around that lead them to decide on what I did. I first want to say, not everyone has to follow the same way or route. But I will have some tips that may help before having to ultimately do what I did. It's not for everyone. But it's the life altering change that has allowed me to be healthier happier and be here with my family and to share my story with others. Because of my father.

I didn't start hitting the puggy stage until puberty. And then weight just tacked on and off, on and off. I remember dieting with my dad in my teens during the summer, and doing all the fad diets...The Dolly Pardon one was the one I remember most. Besides the Slim Fast. Or the water pills. I love healthy foods always have, my family just couldn't figure out even all the healthy foods I'd eat why the weight was always an issue.....well depression has loads to do with it as well, something I didn't realize until almost a year and a half ago or more like 2 years ago. But if you have members of your family that are prone to being overweight, you shall too. Not likely you won't but your genetics can play a roll in over weight issues, as well as depression and trying to starve yourself to drop off the wieght doesn't help.

We all love love love food in my family, so talking about food is a staple. And food brings people together, it's true. I talk about food now just as much as I did a almost  2 years ago......but food is inspiring when you know it's outcome to your life. Weird right?

I got a call in March 2008 from my father, that tore me up one end and down another, and one I will never ever forget for the rest of my life. My father was given a matter of months to live because he was going through congestive heart failure and his lung diease had plumiated his oxygen levels to being able to breath with only 15 percent of his lung capacity. He needed to drop 200 pounds off quickly to be able to live. And he yelled at me and yelled at me. Here I was 35 hadn't made it to my 36th birthday yet and my dad was telling me I wouldn't be able to see my kids grow and graduate because I was headed down the road faster then he had. I had sleeping problems, breathing problems, standing problems, on all these meds for all the problems I had to be told I'm going to die soon as well. It didn't sit very good with me, I had been telling my dad for over 2 years he needed to do the bypass surgery and he refused. Here, now finally he was going to call Dr. Warnock to get it done.....I cried and cried and cried. I called my doctor on post to get a referral to see the same doctor as my dad because Dr. Warnock, my dad and I had history together and we knew him both professionally and personally and I was upset when I made that call to Dr. Muslin and that was a mistake. The RN called me and told me I needed to come in immediately to see the social worker and the physcologist before they sent them to my home.....I never thought I had done anything to warrent that before, I just got told my dad was dying and that if I refused I was going to be committed for help........I was grieving, what point did it seem I was harm to myself or my family. I never ever said I wanted to do anything to hurt myself or anyone else. I was more depressed over what the RN did then over the loss or the losing of my father..... It was insane. I couldn't believe what had happened. I went in, saw the doctor as they requested and well nothing more became of it other then I was depressed. And that I needed to deal with depression....needless to say, I don't take medications for it, I am constructive, I work it out by going in the kitchen and cooking or doing some sort of craft. Or just taking a time out and head for the computer for some quiet time...... But any way, after a couple of visits, that ended. I saw my doctor that the military assigned me and him being very foreign and he wouldn't give me a referral, Said I wasn't over wieght---and said in his country they adore large women......hmmm okay. I was stunned. I left and researched this and that, and found out that he wasn't military but had a contract with the base and what my rights were. I also found a BMI site online to find out my Body Mass Index to see how I qualify for some sort of weight loss help. Thanks to my dad for his help. I qualified big time. You have to be more then 100 pounds over weight and your BMI was over 40. http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/  my BMI was over 55.3 there are catagories to where you fall into and mine was Obesity. So I went back to the base doctor and he again told me I was fine and not over weight, when I pulled out all my info, the Tricare rights I have for getting my referral and what I could do to him professionally with his contract with the base if I went to the commandor of the hospital for refusal to write me a referral as I requested.....didn't think it was that hard to get a referral but it was. And I got it. I then called Tricare and changed my doctor but I still had to keep him for as long as the referral was approved by Tricare then I could switch....so I agreed.

It wasn't long of a wait, my father got into see Dr. Warnock 1st but being retired military, his medicare was primary and tricare was secondary. He had to wait 4 months to go through a review from medicare before he got his approval for his surgery and we were all on pins and needles, especially when he went to sleep because he had severe Sleep Apnea and was on a C-pap machine to help him breath while he slept. I saw Dr. Warnock a week after my dad, and Tricare called to tell me that I was approved. I saw a nutrionist with his office and she has been amazing. She taught me things I didn't know about dieting, or changing my eating habits and I've also helped with finding products and other ways to enjoy foods again. I started going to support group meetings, that I was amazed to hear and see others that had gone through almost everything I had. I saw family members there that didn't have problems with obesity there supporting the ones that did. I never knew. Now I can't go to the meetings because my job interferes with it, but I do talk to others from Dr. Warnock's office for support when he asks if I may speak to someone that has just seen him for the 1st time and what my journey has done for me.

I was embarrassed to tell me sister that I was doing the same thing as my dad. Matter of fact my parents and friends knew but her. She was like Dr. Muslin, I don't have a weight issue. Well, she's also 225 pounds lighter then me and she just thought I needed to just change my food habits. Well I needed to change it all. Exercising, eating, stop trying to starve myself, because that wasn't working for me. But I also had precursers as well. Bad thyroid, heart issues, pre-diabetes, Sleep Apnea, depression, asthma, all that combined with meds also doesn't help either. My sister found out the night before I was to have the surgery, my parents wen't down to help her while she was almost due to have her 2nd child....I figured if they were down there, they wouldn't be to involved....but it back fired. But one other reason I didn't tell her is that when i did bring the surgery up, she said she was in the medical field and she said people are known for dying from the surgery it wasn't safe, blah blah blah....I love my sister, but she works with eyes and not the same type of medical field. But she was against it.....so I tried not to say a thing. I had the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, not the lapband. http://www.bariatricsoftexas.com/about.htm<  

The surgerical part of it was different, the recovery was not as bad as I thought, but I have had other surgeries on my tummy areas in the past, so it was a bit easier on me then someone that hasn't like my dad. I was depressed with the giving up my foods. Because I was still cooking for my family and my children didn't understand. My father had his surgery and was able to make it to that point, about 5 weeks after me.....his surgery and recovery was way different them myself and I cried the whole time I was with him. Because none of the things he went through, I didn't go through. I stayed with him the whole time at the hospital. My dad is my hero and one of my best friends. I wouldn't be here today with out him....thanks to him, my life is so much happier healthier and fuller then I could ever imagine.

The food cituation pre-surgery was not so bad. My dad's was harder. I only had to loss 13 pounds before I was approved....I did it. My dad had to lose over 60. I went on protein drinks and a salad a day until my surgery. But my diet with "diet food products" is a difficult one. I have a aspartame allgery, so I can't have any product with it. My dad, he eats aspartame stuff like crazy....So I have to be inventive.

My road has been a long one. I'm now a year and a half post opt. I have had time to think, to reflect and time to see my changes. I wouldn't change a thing. There are alot of changes you do to make yourself successful in your decission. But it's not for everyone. I was at the bottom of the battle and I needed help getting myself out. There are always do's and dont's, there are things you have to be willing to give up, by saying is this really worth it--yes or no? It was for me. I'm here with my husband, my kids, my family and the most of all. I'm here with my dad. Who has made it through, and each day I make sure he knows how much I love him and how I know I have another day with him. I want everyone to know how awesome of a man he is and how much he has ment to me in my life, and how much he means to me every single day regardless of he's yelled at me or laughed with me or cried with me. He's my hero.

Here's what I can tell you from my journey on the foods side:

Keep a record of everytime you put anything into your mouth....look at it at the end of the week and do not fudge either and say, oh I'm not going to write down that cookie.....anything you put to your mouth (water, milk, a cookie, a burrito--you name it you write it)

Caffiene-----it dialiates the stomach, causes you hunger (it really does) I ate more then I do now just out of bordum and in biggier quanities. Even though I may eat frequently in small portions, I'm not hungry offen, I eat to maintain. If I choose not to eat food, I find myself drinking more liquid protein then eating protein.

Carbonation----the fizzy drinks, as much as I loved Dr. Pepper, the gases expand your stomach causing you to fill your stomach up with more food and blocks absorbtion. And now I can't stand sodas, they taste metaliccy to me and I'm so not interested in them. I do drink decaf tea and coffees because I love the taste.

Hot drinks....help your upset stomach. I find that if my stomach gets a litte irriated, I try not to go to over the counter meds like Prilosec or Zantac, I go for hot tea or coffee and drink slowly.....this really helps.

Don't drink when you eat.....okay this one was hard for me at 1st but here's why......when you eat or take a bite you normally wash it down with a swig of fluids, right? Well this causes you to start flushing your foods out of the stomach before you even get your digestive juices or natural enzymes in your stomach running. If you wait 15 to 30 minutes before and after drinking something to eat, your stomach kicks in with the digestive juices it naturally produces to break down those foods. I never understood this until I started doing this process and doing this myself....and now that I've had the surgery I don't eat and drink together unless I absolutely have to take a sip for a good reason....like getting something really dry down. Or I put something way to spicy in my mouth. But it's a bare minimum sip.

Eat your proteins 1st........Women neen 60-65 grams of protein daily and Men need 80-85 grams and all no more then 100 grams of protein daily. It doesn't matter how you get your protein just as long as you get protein. Protein is essential for body and organ function. As well as getting your fluids. But I notice when I don't get enough protein, I'm sluggish, I ache and I even feel just all in all blah. And my eyes start to hurt.

Plenty of fluids......you know the normal "Oh drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day" is out the window. Yes you need plenty of water but it doesn't have to be water, any fluids will do....there are fluids in veggies and fruits, but more so it is this that helps me. You measure up how much you weigh.....then turn that into ounces......divide that in half and that should be the amount or more you intake in fluids....if you drink more then that, your very will hydrated and that's awesome.....Okay give you an example...and trust me I was floored in the beginning when weighed over 283 pounds....283 pounds is 283 ounces divided in half is 141.5 ounces of fluids I had to down a day....it was nearly impossible and it took me forever to get to that. But the more I dropped the weight the more easiley I could get to my right fluid intake a day...Now it's not impossible to drink plenty of fluids. I know when I haven't and it's the 1st thing I go for when I get dizzy, light headed, or when my eyes start acting like I can't focus...those are my tail tail signs.

Okay here's another tip:
When you look at a box of something in the store. the Rule of Thumb on fat content, know this. If your looking for low fat products.....3 grams of fat per 100 calories is considered low fat grams. Or what I do, is look to see what the Daily Percent Value is and if it's under 15% it's safe.

Carbs....there are good carbs and bad carbs........Carbohydrates are burned better by the body to get energy than fat or protein. The better the burning of carbs depend on the type of it taken - good or bad carbs. The consumption of bad carbs leads to expansion in waistline and numerous other health problems. Good carbs represent natural and wholesome food while bad carbs come from unnatural, highly processed, refined food like baked food,white bread, pastas, snacks, candies, soft drinks etc. Having too much bad carbs leads to obesity, heart disease, diabetes etc. The source of good carbs are green leafy vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts etc. A good way to include good carbs in the diet is to cut junk foods and replace it with fruits and vegetables which is rich in them. They are in fact, essential nutrient supplier to the body... But you can be creative or inventive with your baked goods by changing some ingredients to make them lower in fat, sugars and carbs.

Because of my diet change I do little things to my families diet that they don't know about by using different types of breadings, flours, replacing oils with lower fat contents, or using applesause instead of oils in baking. I still make make chocolate goodies but may change the cocoa to a darker chocolate to cut out the sugars. But I still eat. I now can work out on my AB Circle twice a day and walk 3 miles each day as well. I enjoy cooking more now and being totally active then I ever have before. I am no longer on half the medicines I was on a year and a half ago. And don't depend on them. Allergy meds and vitamins Yes.

But if I can help anyone, to just be healthier, I will. I love food still. So does my dad. And we talk about recipes all the time. How we changed this recipe and found a new product to help us. Again. I'm not telling anyone to do this surgery, it was my journey. But what I have offered is just some ways to help others with tidbits along the way that I learned that I can pass on to others. Just those little tidbits can help shed a few pounds here and there. Because of my journey, I was able to get my self out of the house, get into a rountine for myself, get my self back into an active life style, get back into the medical field working again. In the kitchen more, able to smile and laugh more and able to enjoy what is around me. God Bless to everyone one how actually attempts starting the new year right, by taking the steps to become healthier.

I know at some point I was over 300 pounds but when I started tracking my weight around 2008 I was 283 pounds, my youngest kept messing with the dial scale so when I thought I lost 60 to 80 pounds was only like 20 to 30. When I weighed in, in at Dr. Warnock's office in April I was 233. But base records had already documented my 283 pounds, so that's what they went by. I'm NOW 115 pounds And that's ideal for my 5 foot tall body. My father went from 323 pounds NOW 168 pounds......And he's still kicking.......
Me at My heaviest Jan 2005
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Me & my dad 6/25/05
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1/22/09----Me TODAY!!!!! YEAH ME
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Me & my Daddy 3-16-09 We've lost a total...
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My darling hubby Rob and Me 2009
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Jan. 4, 2010 9:32 am
GOOD job!! :D Congrats! What an amazing story! You guys look AWESOME! Keep it up ...
Jan. 4, 2010 9:33 am
(I meant that in a good way)
Jan. 4, 2010 12:42 pm
You gorgeous creature, you! Dad is no slouch either. You, my dear, have told my story...except mine was over 33 years ago. Roux-en-y also. Same start weight. I was older than you, obviously, but it brought it all back for me. I'm so grateful for it. Perhaps I would have 'overcome' on my own, who knows but I don't think so. Now, as then, folks can be cruel without meaning to. Still hurts. Word of caution: do regular followup checks for the rest of your life. You might even want to check with an endocrinologist as hormones, vitamin D, etc. can get out of whack as well as thyroid. Best of everything for you both. Cheets
Jan. 4, 2010 1:46 pm
Thank you so much Cheet, I do have my thyroid checked once a year, and Dr. Warnock is a saint, he draws my blood every 6 months, for everything. Thank God, he's a general surgeon as well, he's done my last 3 surgeries. The last one could have been avoided had I told him that I had a fisher. When I had my 1st surgery. I'm also a cancer survior, so it is important that I stress, take your vitamins, beware what you put into your body, anything weird you think you should dismiss---DON'T, because it could literally bite you in the be-hind. And keep up with walking if you don't do any other exercises....walking helps keep your cardio and pulmonary functions in check. If you don't walk but a few times around the block that's still better then not walking at all. Thanks again Cheet, my sister unforunately got a taste of my life's medicine this christmas holiday when for the 1st time in my life I handed her clothes I shrunk out of. It would have felt great for only a second but the look on her face reminded me on how I felt when people and my mother included handed me clothes either because they knew I was expanding out of my clothes or the shrunk out of theirs. And for only a second did I have that feeling like "Yes", but after a heart to heart with her, she realized how I felt all those years. When I didn't want people buying or giving me clothes because I was more embarrassed of my size then the thougth that counted. And now my sister understands all the years of me being over wieght felt like and had a change of heart for the harsh words she threw at me the day before my surgery. But she did do something for me for Christmas, which was a full makeover. Hair, waxing and make-up. I'll never forget the change and the expressions of my family when I walked in a new person but one that had self esteem and was able to show it for the 1st time outwordly to everyone. So to all keep up the work, and hopefully have some moral support as each one of you goes through your journey.
Jan. 4, 2010 3:20 pm
You are an inspiration, and I admire your courage in telling your story. I am struggling with weight loss, and every success story I hear, just makes me that much more determined to do it to. It really doesn't matter to me that you chose surgery to lose your weight,because you did what you and your doctor thought was right for you. We all need to make the decision that is appropriate for us. Good for you and your dad!!
Jan. 4, 2010 5:16 pm
Congrats on your wonderful dream come true...you look MARVELOUS! I have also had the surgery. Mine was almost 5 years ago. I started at 274 lost 90 pounds, had plastic surgery and lost another 10 pounds. (I'm 5'10"). I've had some health issues (not as a result of my surgery) and put back 20 pounds. I'm struggling so and so very unhappy with myself. You have done a very good job of keeping track of your foods. I'm hoping that I can catch hold of myself and get back on track. I want so much to get back into my slinny cloths, they look so nice. Keep up you good work, Blessing, Ilene
Jan. 17, 2010 10:57 pm
Awesome job!.. I looked at your pictures as I didn't read your whole story yet; I'm hoping to lose about 30 lbs this year!.. :) btw, how did you get your black bean brownies to cut so sharp! Did you freeze/chill them first! :)
Feb. 1, 2010 5:24 am
Sometimes you do have to pat yourself on the back, because others won't. Stay positive and keep up the good work! You and your father have a wonderful relationship.
Feb. 1, 2010 1:16 pm
Your story is an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing it.
Feb. 9, 2010 2:44 am
Fantastic story! What a success you and your father are!! So many people arent able to pull themselves out of that downward spiral . . . YOU DID! How EXCITING & CONGRATULATIONS! Wonderful to see people changing and enjoying life. :)
Feb. 10, 2010 11:37 am
congrats to you and your dad !! my mom had the same procedure done around 7 years ago and by making the changes she did, shes the happiest ive ever seem her!! Great blog and keep up the good work...p.s. i love the iphone ap its awesome:-)
Feb. 14, 2010 1:56 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us ! wishing you health in the present and future. Jean
Feb. 14, 2010 1:58 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us ! wishing you health in the present and future. Jean
Feb. 14, 2010 5:10 pm
Kudos to you for sharing your inspirational story,it takes a lot of courage. You look so beautiful and confident now. I am currently considering lap band surgery and your tips are very helpful. I too have an aspartame allergy so I really have to read each label carefully, even with toothpaste! Thanks for sharing with us!
Feb. 14, 2010 5:53 pm
Thanks very much all...i appreciate it. Yes, horrible we even have to watch that stuff in toothpaste. Eat your proteins 1st, chew slowly and completely(that helps gets the digestive juices going) don't eat or drink within 30 minutes of each other....by drinking with your food your flushing it right out of the stomach and not giving it time to digest. A swallow or two doesn't hurt when your eating but not totally drinking a glass with your meal. Walk walk walk....I can walk 3 miles a day. drink half your body weight in fluids daily. It's hard at first but you eventually can do it and make sure you have plenty of moral support...because there are going to be up's and there are going to be down's, but no matter what, you can do it. Good luck NYJEN. Ask away anytime if you have questions.
Feb. 15, 2010 6:53 am
Wow I read this with tears in my eyes. So inspirational. Congratulations to you and your father and the rest of your family that has supported y'all. Bravo! I grew up very underweight and ate anything and everything in attempts by all to fatten me up. Now I battle with yo-yo weight and saw a lot of my patterns and habits in your words. Whoa. Scary truths. SO I need to get off my lazy butt and get moving. I love my diet Coke. And my caffeine. And food. I didn't think you could sucessfully diet and still be a foodie too, but you have just shown me I was wrong and I can still enjoy food and my AR addiction. Okay, but how? I could learn a lot from you. Thanks for the story, the inspiration, and the information. I never knew....
Feb. 15, 2010 10:34 am
Thanks TxCin and everyone else....the biggiest stuggle in the beginning was "getting over food" and getting over still having to feed everyone else. I'm still learning everyday. Now that I'm over food, makes it a lot easier to enjoy food. Try new things, not be scared to try Tofu, which I just bought some on Friday. Now, I can say it doesn't bother me to cook for my family and myself. My kids tend to forget that when they offer me something, I normally don't eat it. But I will take a bite because the youngest doesn't understand because of her disabilities, But I do try my foods. So long as I know my boundaries, and stay within those boundaries, I'm good. I work and push myself. I never wanted to take photos of myself because I hated the way I looked, just a reminded me of how huge I was. But for the 1st time I was proud to take a photo with me family and everyone saw how I beamed, made a dream come true, I like me I like feeling me smile. And for the 1st time what I felt on myself of who I am finally I broke out of that shell. It was so hard to express myself before because people always looking at me weird, the weird glares you feel behind you when you put something in your mouth. Then I learned not to care and that is what I shouldn't ever have done, was loss site of not caring because it feed me more to my weight issue. And now, I care. And realize how wonderful life really is. I still cook the same for my family with hidden subs that they normally can't tell I've done. I so enjoy my AR buddies very much and feel like a have a 2nd virtual home here. With wonderful group of people.
Feb. 18, 2010 9:17 am
congrats to you and your father, and thanks for the tips, and you look wonderful:)
Feb. 24, 2010 8:29 am
Feb. 25, 2010 7:39 pm
What a story! You have had a journey that's left you a beautiful and STRONG woman. What an inspiration.....
Feb. 27, 2010 6:23 pm
You & your Dad didn't just change your lives, you changed the lives of everyone that reads this. Bravo to both of you & keep the blogs coming! You're both an inspiration.
Feb. 27, 2010 9:23 pm
What a wonderful, wonderful story1 You and your dad are an inspiration to everyone here and you both should be so proud of yourselves!! I am!! I have some extra weight I need to get rid of and have considered lap band but I think at 72 years old I am probably over the age limit for that. You have been a big help to lots of people with this blog! Keep on keepin on!!
Mar. 1, 2010 9:20 pm
Granny---you are never to old. I have seen women and men, up in their ages, in the support group meetings that are up there. I say your never to young and never to old. And again thanks everyone!! I'm blessed.
Mar. 7, 2010 7:26 pm
That was really interesting to read. I've recently lost weight. I was diagnosed with diabetes in August 2009 and have lost 35 pounds. My A1C is now in the normal range. Isn't it great to live in a time where medical advances allow things like your surgery? I'm really happy for you!
Mar. 18, 2010 11:18 pm
Great blog! Shows fabulous courage and character,and I am so happy to see you succeed!
Dec. 30, 2011 8:19 pm
I know you are probably not even checking this blog now.... but I still want to say GOOD FOR YOU!!!! I had the same surgery you did about seven years ago, and I have lost a whole person. I have learned a lot of lessons through those years, and one is that you need to learn to live with your food addiction -- and that is what it is! But that doesn't mean living on protein shakes and grilled chicken. For those who took the time to read this I encourage you to go to www.bariatiriceating.com and check out the recipes. That website and the surgery saved my life -- of that I am sure! But don't think that the surgery is the cure-all OR the end of you life, it is only the beginning of a new life! I surf AllRecipes every day in search of new recipes that taste great so I can stay within my dietary requirements and still ENJOY my food and cooking -- which is my passion and my stress reliever! Congratulations again, mis7up, you are an inspiration to many you don't even know about!
Jan. 22, 2012 6:54 pm
My congratulations to you and your father. I know this has been life changing for you and took a lot of hard work. It takes a special person to be able to do this. How wonderful that you are so heathy now and can enjoy life so much more. Part of my job at work is to arrange for a monthly Bariatric Weight Loss Information Session. This is a required session for those who are interested in weight loss surgery. I have learned so much by attending these meetings. I especially enjoy the speakers who come in to share their weight loss stories. I hope you are able to continue to share your story and inspire those who are seeking the surgery.
Jan. 22, 2012 10:37 pm
congratulations to u and ur dad for the successes u have had with ur weight loss. There are never any easy answers and whether u do it thru surgery or not...it all takes hard work to lose it and keep it off. I have lost a total of 185 lbs since my highest weight of 420. I have learned alot about eating healthier and the importance of exercise the past cpl yrs. It has bcome a habit to go to the pool and workout 10+ hrs a week. I'm still a work in progress but I'm heading in the right direction. Thanx for being an inspiration to me and the others here fighting the fat battle.
Jan. 23, 2012 10:10 am
Two thumbs up!!! Great will power and such a good inspiration to me and i'm sure to others....:)
Jan. 23, 2012 12:31 pm
Awesome journey Mis7Up. I wish you many years of great health ans success.
Jan. 24, 2012 9:14 pm
I'm right there with you, had WLS 12 years ago. At 5'9" and 350+ lbs and a power eater, I opted for the more drastic Bilio-Pancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch. I lost half my small intestine, half my large intestine, but have no stomach pouch, just a much smaller stomach than before surgery. I weigh 157 now, and the biggest thing for me was being able to navigate in the world. Airplane seats, amusement park rides, small chairs; isn't it wonderful to just FIT into the world? To go anywhere and do anything, with no restrictions? Best of all, to enjoy the energy and good health that go along with a normal body, that's the real pay-off, right? The path we chose is not for wimps, and anyone who says we "took the easy way out" doesn't know what they're talking about, do they? Good for you, Mis7up, for taking control of your future. Best wishes to you and your Dad.
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Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the kitchen...lol My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
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Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
My cooking tragedies
I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
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