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    Four, 4, vier, fire, cuatro, chetiri, quattro, yon, quatre

    By LoriBecky

    Four... no matter what language you say it in... I just fit into a pair of size FOUR jeans... yes, me! I love thrift store, bargain hunting. Its a huge thrill to me to find something that i love for less then $10. From my amazing, full length wool coat for $8.88, to my wool peacoat for $6.88 to my Ralph Lauren cords for $3.33 or my Stuart Weitzman pumps for $4.50... I love a bargin, but I have to admit, pulling those 4's off the endless jean rack and looking at them and thinking "no way" - to them sliding in and fitting me perfectly... shocker! Do I think every pair of size 4 pants will fit me... not necessarily. But I had someone tell me that my other jeans were looking too baggy on me - they were 6's... Its time to do some more shopping... I just love my sleeve!! The other nice thing about thrift store shopping... when something doesn't fit you anymore, it doesn't hurt so much because you spent so little on it, you can just put it back into the circle of life at the thrift store and find a new treasure... and it helps a good cause!! My daughter is getting married this saturday, and my son leaves for London the day after Christmas to participate in the New Years parade there... so my next week will be crazy - so my guess is, this is my last post before Christmas so... Merry Merry Christmas to everyone. Hold your loved ones close, make sure they know you love them. Be a blessing to all you come in contact with, and the best gift you can give yourself, is to help others in need! Lori 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com
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Fat Brain.... does it ever end?

If you were to meet me, not having known me in  my past... you would probably never guess that I used to be a fat girl.  People are always surprised when I tell them, or when they see a picture of me pre 2006.  People who have known me a long time do forget how much space I used to take up in a room!  I showed my mom my "before" picture from the OCC Facebook page... and she said "that's not you!" she couldn't believe it because her mind has made that switch... this is Lori... this is the space she fills in a room... this is what she looks like.  And I think that's true for most people in my life.  Why is it so hard for me? So... that leaves the question of "why do i still see myself as fat".  I know what size clothes I wear.  I see what the scale says.  So why can't I just accept it and realize this is my new normal.... I'm not sure if it is because I was in denial for so long about what my weight was doing to me and my health.  Is it because I was in denial that I really was that big... so maybe I'm in denial about my size now?  Or is it because I still don't feel "good enough" whatever that means.  Or is it because I'm afraid that I will fail at this so I don't want to get too comfortable in my weight/size now? I think it takes longer for our brain to wrap our heads around this concept.  To truly accept ourselves - whatever that means.  That the goal is HEALTH... and whatever else comes from that... a smaller size, more energy, more mobility... THAT is the prize... that is the change we need to wrap our heads around and fill our brain with. I'm not thin Lori, I'm not fat Lori... I am Lori... and I am good enough... so take that "Fat brain"...   as always... if you have questions or are interested in weight loss surgery please call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 1 to speak with any of our spectacular Patient Coordinators or email coordinators@obesitycontrolcenter.com you can always get in touch with me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com  

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

It works... it really really works... but you have to work it too

Its been a long time since I posted.  We are so active over on Facebook these days where interaction occurs immediately, that blogs just aren't what they used to be... But I intend to start posting here more, because the information is easy to find and more permanent, so I want to start updating here more. I get a lot of private messages from people asking how i've done with my sleeve, how i've REALLY done long term... i think so many things have failed for us over the years, that we are afraid to believe that this could really work and be long lasting. I had an appointment yesterday with my doctor, and I was cold so I had on jeans, tank, shirt, sweater, scarf, and heavy socks and boots... so i was seriously winter dressed(don't we all usually wear "lightweight clothes" when we know we are going to get weighed lol)... weight on scale fully clothed was 147.1. I'm 5'7, the jeans I was wearing were a 6 (i go between 4 & 6 and an occasional 8 depending on brand and how i want it to fit. I had my sleeve surgery 4/12/2012 so i'm almost 6 years out (my original band surgery was 6/2006 you'll find more info on that in my blog) . I did go under 140 for a short time (naked weight) after my surgery, but it was too skinny for me (and way too skinny for my hubby!) - i'm really happy mid-140's and haven't had trouble maintaining this. So it really DOES work... you have to work it too... but when I say I love my sleeve, I really do love my sleeve! If you want more information please visit our website www.obesitycontrolcenter.com or our Facebook page (check out the video section!) https://www.facebook.com/OCCMedicalCenter/ or call our toll free # 1-866-376-7849 ext. 1 to speak with one of our Patient Coordinators.  

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

frustrated

So, last Sept 2016 I had a total hysterectomy with complications.  I was on bed rest for 3 months, low bp, low blood count, huge hematomia in pelvic area.  so to say really sick.  Since getting back on my feet, the hormones or lack of hormones are killing me.  I have gained 25 lbs back.  It seems I can gain weight overnight.  Help Help please. 

kellyct

kellyct

 

Day 3

The first step to a move to Hawaii has turned into a successful relocation from the Bay Area, CA. in June of 2015.  It is now New Years Day 2017.  I'm in need of a lifestyle change and have committed to discipline myself this year in order to accomplish this goal.  I love the plication I received in 2011 and now know that I will always be an emotional eater.  "In my own way", so to speak.  I have a good support system here and intend to use every advantage God has given me to get out of my own way.  I believe my EGO is divided into divisions that have different intentions for my life.  My faith has taught me to be aware that my EGO enjoys chaos and anger, creating my bad choices and a vicious cycle that keeps me hurting most of the time.  I'm going to the mattresses, to quote "The Godfather".  It's an internal war that I intend to win.  So far, I have cleaned out the frig and pantry of foods that I know lead to weight gain for me.  These foods are for maintenance only.  I've given myself till my birthday July 6 to achieve my goal of 40 lbs.  I am now 200 lbs.  I can do this.  I guess I thought my surgery would protect me from old habits and I'd never gain weight again.  But, that's just not true.  I will get used to eating smaller portions again and use the 3 bite rule for foods I crave.  Not eat late in the evening.  Cut out sweets.  Limit fats and bread. Use my friends as sounding boards regularly.  Work out at my gym 3 times a week, 1 hr. min.  Journal here once or more a week. HAPPY NEW YEAR and Thanks for Listening

italiannaillady

italiannaillady

 

POST OP stalls ...we have all asked about this. Why are there such few articles on the physiology of this phenomenon?

So frustrated, so I watch the others that had surgery around the same time as I did. I have been doing the diet and vitamin routines to a "T". Why are my mates dropping pounds and my scale is goose eqq of loss every week I weigh in? Is this really a reboot? My surgery date was July 20 2016. I am down 18 pounds AND HOLDING. not sure what the heck is happening. pre op weigh in was 255 (down about 8 pounds for my liver shrinking pre op diet) 1 week out 245 (water weight I am hearing from my body attacking glycogen) 2 weeks 240 (maybe 5 legit fat pounds) 3 weeks 237 4 weeks 237 5 weeks 237 6 weeks 237 (starting to feel like the "0" girl on the biggest looser show) I can see the trainers jaw fall on the floor! Is this a normal thing? I set myself up with expectations and now they are not being met. I am starting to regret my decision to have done this surgery. ( I know this too shall pass) I am struggling with the mental hardship of knowing I can never eat like I used to and freaking out that I will remain this way and still be 237 pounds!! please let me know I am not the only one experiencing this. PS I am never hungry so I feel the weight of that burden is gone. JUST ready for the scale and my clothes to catch up. Still a size 24. Any comments welcome !!

knowledgehungry

knowledgehungry

 

Questions about WL surgery at OCC

I am seriously considering surgery at OCC because I do not qualify in the US. My Bmi is 31, however it might as well be 51. I am so uncomfortable in my own skin that I need to do something. Excercise, dieting and food logging isn't getting me out of the obese category! My questions: Does the hospital at OCC abide by the same or similar standards as US hospitals? Is it inspected by a team to make certain that it's up to par? How often? How do I know I will be getting the gastric sleeve that was agreed upon? Following surgery, how can they tell if there is no leakage? OCC's & Dr. Ariel Ortiz have outstanding marketing. How do I know for sure that they are legitimate? Is the sleeve surgery safe for older females? I am 58 and I see blogs from much younger people. Does the staff speak English ? What happens if my pre-op lab work doesn't pass the day before surgery? How many days should I plan for surgery before flying home? I appreciate your responses.

Gigi11

Gigi11

 

The Journey Begins

In just 2 weeks I will go for my first pre-surgery diet and exercise appointment with my surgeon's office (5/16/16) that is required by my insurance in order to have weight loss surgery. I need 3 months of documented diet and exercise with some progress of weight loss to get approved for surgery by my insurance. This is the third time I have started this process. The first time I missed a weigh in and had to start over. The second time I was denied by my insurance because the documentation by my primary care doctor was not adequate (I also fluctuated with my weight loss down then up so I wonder if that played a role in being denied). I am both nervous and excited about this journey. But I am looking forward to documenting my journey with the use of this blog. This is my first time blogging so bear with me and my inexperience. I hope to also get some photos to document with as well. Here we go!
 

Could AI develop spirituality?

Artificial Intelligence theorists spend a good deal of time thinking about how the creation of true artificial intelligence would affect society. Some brilliant minds, like Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates are rather pessimistic about what a future with artificial intelligence could mean for humankind. Others are hoping for the best. Both sides predict an event called The Singularity. The Singularity The Singularity is a term artificial intelligence theorists use to describe a point in time where the development of intelligence is no longer biological. In other words, true intelligence can be created and that intelligence can in turn build upon itself. Because this artificial intelligence would not be restricted by the need for biological evolution, like humans are, it could grow exponentially quickly surpassing human intelligence, eventually becoming trillions of times more advanced than human intelligence. Good AI, bad AI If The Singularity did come about, and many brilliant minds like Hawking predict that it will (and soon). Human intelligence would be surpassed quickly. For many theorists, it’s only a question of when. But one unanswered question is whether this will be good or bad for humankind. Hollywood movies depicting artificial intelligence often portray a dystopian future where artificial intelligence has altered its own directives and is now bent on eliminating humankind. But according to many theorists, the opposite reality could become true. As intelligence grows exponentially, AI could prove more and more useful to humans resulting in unimaginable advancements in technology. The real question is whether an artificially intelligent being would seek to harm or help humans. AI and religion One question about AI that is only just now being talked about is whether AI could become religious. Humans have pondered about their purpose in the universe and how they came to be since their beginning. If human intelligence can be boiled down to electrochemical reactions in the brain, then, theoretically, artificial intelligence, like human intelligence, could begin to think about those same kinds of questions leading them to a religion of sorts. Marvin L. Minksy of MIT hypothesized that artificial intelligence might even be able to develop a “soul” of sorts. He jokes that perhaps artificial intelligence will one day stumble upon a computer science textbook, read about the development of artificial intelligence, and ultimately reject the idea that they were first created by humans and develop their own belief system about how they came to be. If artificial intelligence were to become religious, we can only hope that they would choose a peaceful belief system that is inclusive towards humans rather than an exclusive and violent one. Artificial Intelligence News brought to you by artificialbrilliance.com Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/08/07/artificial-intelligence-could-one-day-become-religious_n_7954514.html

SharonneDwade

SharonneDwade

 

One Year later

Well today is my one year anniversary and i am more then proud to say i have dropped 120 pounds.. and regained my life and smile. i no longer hurt every time i move and have more energy then i know what to do with... for the first time in years i actually went horseback riding which was a huge milestone for me.. Thank you OCC for allowing me to get back to what i love you guys are awesome

Stacygirl36

Stacygirl36

 

I reserve the right to bare arms!!! I finally got rid of my batwings!

Yes my lovies, I finally did it. I had that arm lift I have been waiting for... I've always had large arms, I am of mostly Norwegian, German, and Irish descent... and we are known for thicker arms, and I for sure got that from my Norwegian Grandma. It had come to the point that when i was working out (or waving to someone) that my upper arms kept up the motion long after I had stopped... It was also causing some pain and friction during my workouts. I was going in to have a fix to a breast lift from years ago and since I had to have surgery anyway - I decided to just go for it and have my arms done at the same time... if i was going to be recuperating, might as well get it done... so I did. Even immediately after surgery - OMGOSH - are those my arms? I took a picture the night before I left for Mexico and then one a few days after surgery. You can already see the remarkable change. I had an extended arm lift so it goes from my elbow up my arm, through the arm pit and then down my side, to take care of that bra bulge as well. I'm being very careful to follow all of Dr. Medina's advice so that I let the arms heal well, so that as my scar fades, it will be a nice, tight, clean, faded out scar. I won't say this recovery is a breeze... I mean - you use your arms for everything and I'm having to be very careful about how far I extend them for a few weeks. Thankfully most of my work is computer so i can use my laptop, and i wear a headset with my phone, so i'm not having to hold anything. Probably having the surgery 2 weeks before Christmas is the hardest part, but it made me get organized, get things done early, and will give me that excuse of... sorry, no i can't do those dishes or make those mashed potatoes because i can't use my arms for that yet! (insert evil grin here) but it also made me cut back on Christmas - not the joy or the experience, but the endless shopping, parties, baking, candy making, and over the top decorating, and allowed me time to sit back, and enjoy it, watch a few more Christmas movies. Have a little more snuggle time with my kids. And just enjoy the Reason for the Season, and the Celebration of my Redeemer's birth. I can't recommend Dr. Medina from www.thearielcenter.com more highly. I have seen several pictures of his other cosmetic patients, including arm lifts, and he does amazing work, and he specializes in post bariatric cosmetic surgery, which is so important! Those of you that had recent arm lifts with him will forgive me for my endless questions, but you look fabulous and i'm a need to know kind of girl. He also fixed a problem with my previous breast lift, but I'm way too shy to post those pictures, but my girls look good! So here is a before and right after pic... i'll post updates as the healing continues! If you are considering cosmetic surgery visit www.thearielcenter.com or email cosmetic@thearielcenter.com and our coordinator, Ora, will be happy to assist you! Usually all its takes for a consultation and quote is some pictures and description of the areas you are interested in improving! 1/12/2016 update - new "after" picture - and LOOK you can see my muscles... that has never happened before! You can see the picture on The Ariel Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thearielcenter/ or my review on RealSelf https://www.realself.com/review/tijuana-mx-arm-lift-bare-arms-finally-batwings-fixed#dr-review

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

Hair loss after surgery

I thought I would share this post about hair lost after surgery from the OCC Nutritional Team. Many patients experience early postoperative hair loss, which is mainly due to telogen effluvium, an alteration in the normal hair cycle, a dormant or resting stage, that results from emotional or physical stress (i.e. surgery). This event is unrelated to protein malnutrition or vitamin and mineral deficiencies which is a common misconception. Hair loss experienced 3-5 months after surgery, ​ ​is more often due to the stress of the surgery and the extreme weight loss; in these cases, hair will grow back. However, there are nutritional deficiencies that can contribute to hair loss as well. A diet low in protein and/or calories can also cause hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies such as protein, iron and zinc deficiencies can increase your risk. If hair loss occurs after six months post-surgery, nutritional causes are probably involved in hair loss. The nutrients that are related to hair loss are protein, iron, zinc, biotin, essential fatty acids and vitamin b12. To prevent the nutritional cause continue following our dietary recommendations post-op: in addition to the bariatric multivitamins you should also include probiotics (in addition to gut health they produce additional biotin) liquid B12 which is better absorbed than in capsules, calcium+D3 and of course your protein. Don't forget to take separately the bariatric vitamins from the calcium as iron and calcium compete for the absorption at the gut. Working on your protein goals and taking your bariatric supplements will help prevent the nutritional cause. Attached you'll find a protein equivalents table to help you count your daily protein; let's aim for 70-80 grams of protein per day. As always, for OCC patients, if you have any questions about nutrition please email nutritionist@obesitycontrolcenter.com or you can email me, lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com

LoriBecky

LoriBecky

 

8 year anniversary

I've been M.I.A. for 3 years and a lot has happened. I graduated from graduate school this summer and now have a master's degree. Kyle and I have been dating for 4 years now. He is currently finishing up his last year in graduate school as well in Boston. So we're currently long distance. The last time I was on here I wrote about me getting an unfill. Well I went 3 years with an unrestricted band. Needless to say I gained my weight back and I'm currently at 319lbs. I'm really disappointed in myself considering I was only in the 100s for 1 year before I ballooned back up into the 200s and now 300s again. I was at my highest weight in May of this year (2015) at a whomping 348lbs. A lot of that was stress eating and drinking every weekend. update: I'm now 317. I seem to be losing weight very quickly now that I have a fill. I'm excited to start losing weight again!

babymk

babymk

 

almost 3 months post op

I am almost 3 months post op. down 61 lbs from start. went from a size 16 to a size 10. I am feeling great and getting use to the mirror and how I look. I dont have much more to loose, but I have hit a wall for the past 3 weeks. My family says I shouldn't loose any more cause I look great, but that scale still calls me. Any words of wisdom.

kellyct

kellyct

 

Glad

Glad to have come across all this positive feedback about the OCC and making this decision to have Bariatric surgery. My surgery is on July 21, 2015, I am a little bit nervous because I am a revision patient. Here we go again, God willing this time is for keeps....

Houda44

Houda44

 

I am just Loving me

I am anxious, feeling hiper alert and just plain excited that I am finally going to have the sleeve done. I made the decisión only a month ago, but after researching for entire nights and consulting my family gastroenterologist, decided to go with Dr Ortiz. I could not find a bad review for him or the center and If I am going to take the risk (no doubt any surgery is a risk) I should look for the best odds. I have come to terms with the fact that it is a selfish decision, I am doing this for me and nobody else. And that is OK. I am a good daughter, mother, a wife and an accomplished profesional and my priorities have been evident my whole life (not necessarily in that order :-) ), it is just this time I will set all of that aside and do this for me. So, after talking it over with my husband, he is supporting my decision. He is my hero for overcoming his fears and standing by me as he has always done. I have not told anyone else, don´t want to worry them, and also don´t want to have to convince anyone. My surgery is JUne 26th, I have so many arrangements to make so I can take the time off and leave things prepared for any outcome. Otherwise, I am so ready, Wish me luck!

MexMom

MexMom

 

ONE MONTH POST OP---today!!! minus 30 lbs

Minus 30 today!!! 2 more to go and never again will I see the 200's!!! I am exactly one month post op and onto soft foods. I was a little excited about the whole soft foods things but after having the poached egg, not so excited anymore. Interesting how the food did not go down so easy, its kind of hard to explain, but slow going and by the time I was done the egg was cold and I had enough anyways. You sure can feel how somethings are easy to go down and others cause you discomfort. That's a good word, not pain, but not comfortable feeling. Another thing I do not think I have done yet is fill myself to the FULL point. I usually eat til I think I am full, satisfied for sure but not STUFFED. Don't want to have that feeling. I have had no acid reflux, no heartburn, no problems really. I am now taking my suppliements whole, no more crushing or blending in vitamins and such. That is really good. I am still on 1 to 2 protein shakes a day. Cottage cheese, yogurts, mashed sweet potatoes. I had mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy which was heavenly! but of course a half a cup. I have had troubles with my Weight watchers stupid scale. I just bought it and I even swore off it for a few days as I am getting no where on it, stalled!! Then I tried the other features, BMI..etc and it shows Err...so I pulled out my old school style scale that I was using from the very beginning and it says I am down another 3 lbs. I think the WW scales is a big Err. I have had no issues whatsoever with my health, the healing process, I have been in the hot tub a few times in the past week, all is very good! I am 1/3 of the way to my goal, looking forward to the rest of summer!!! Keep up the good work friends!!! The best part of our lives are head of us yet!!!

Debbest

Debbest

 

Just over 3 months..

Wow Wow Wow thats all i can say.. I am 3.5 months post op and down almost 80 pounds never in my life have i felt as good as i do.. i have gone from a Size 26 jean down to a loose fitting 20 almost ready for the next drop.. I walk 5 miles a day when before walking a block was a chore.. Thank you OCC you have given me my life back

Stacygirl36

Stacygirl36

 

countdown

My first post. Surgery date is booked May 08, 2015. Day 4 of liquid pre op diet. surprised that I am not hungry. Protein shakes, veg soup and jello. down 17 lbs from start weight. Started to get a bit teary eyed thinking about the change. Was supposed to have surgery 1 1/2 ago but had infected gallbladder which required surgery and then 6 months of waiting. So cross fingers and hope that everything turns out fine this time. Looking forward to family wedding in July. New dress.

kellyct

kellyct

 

-20 One month from the beginning

Hello Everyone!! I am officially past the 1 month mark from when I made my decision and started the PRE OP diet. I am down exactly 20lbs for my 1 month anniversary. I am now on day 10 POST OP, I am still on the liquid only part of the diet and can not say I am bored with it. Soup is my friend! Yogurts and Protein Shakes get me through the day. If I feel the need to chew I get a piece of gum. I can not believe how EASY this whole thing has been. I think today was the first time I felt hunger. It was time for me to get something into me and I did have Tomato soup, about 3 ozs of it. I am working on the WATER WATER WATER all the time..is sure is hard. But can now take bigger gulps, no more chest clenching. I can see the difference in my face and start to feel it in my clothes, it is only going to get better from here on in. Good Luck people, someone pinch me I feel that this is a dream!

Debbest

Debbest

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