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  1. First, let me apologize if this post is too graphic, I just think its a fabulous way to educate you on a sleeve surgery. When I was at OCC the first week of December I had the amazing opportunity to observe several surgeries. One of them was a gastric sleeve surgery. We know that the sleeve surgery has fabulous results. Our OCC Sleeve patients get results similar to a gastric bypass surgery without all the risks and complications. And this is why...look at what is removed during this surgery. This picture is the removed portion of a stomach from a gastric sleeve surgery. Look at it... look at what it stretches out to when inflated. That is all space you can't fill anymore. AMAZING!! And look... even the part we remove is still AIR TIGHT. Remember, on the remaining stomach our surgeons go back and over suture over the staple line to prevent leaks and prevent stretching - but even this part, the part that is removed is totally air tight. Now that is a safe sleeve. I know sometimes its hard after weight loss surgery to think about what we might be missing... the foods we can't eat (or eat much of) but I am SO thankful for this... because if I could be eating more, chances are I would be eating more... and I wouldn't feel this healthy, I wouldn't be wearing a size 4 jeans, and this would be a stressful time for me, thinking of how much weight I would gain between Thanksgivng and New Years... and I'm under control, my sleeve keeps me under control. So goodbye excess, stretchy, haven't missed you for a minute stomach.... hello healthy, portion controlled life! Again, if this is too graphic, I'm sorry, but I can't think of a better way to share this - it was a huge eye opener for me, hope it is for you too! Here are more pictures for those of you that can "stomach" it http://www.occforum.com/gallery/album/336-sleeve-surgery-educational-a-little-graphic/ As always, if you have any questions you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81
  2. LoriBecky

    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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. CELEBRATE Good Times C'mon.... let's celebrate! woohoooooooo 3 years ago I had by Sleeve surgery - my band to sleeve revision surgery. I can tell you I haven't regretted it for a single solitary second! I still love my sleeve. I love what is has allowed me to do... I'm at a healthy weight, my cholesterol is 115... 9 years ago it was over 240. I feel great and... ok ok... i get to buy clothes off the really cute rack... usually in a small or medium. If you've read my blog you know I had my band surgery back in 2006, and I did well with it for quite awhile... then I got derailed through a series of accidents, surgeries, no walking for months, band wide open, and lots of really good church lady food. I needed a change... enter the <ahhhhh> sleeve surgery. I loved my band, but I will tell you - I love my sleeve more.... its a much more natural restriction, i can eat whatever I want (within reason!) just in smaller quantities... no worries about food getting stuck, I just fill up really fast. Thanks to OCC and Dr. Ortiz, today, I am at a very health 5'7 and average around 140 pounds. I'll be FIFTY this year....<shudder> and I honestly feel worlds better then I did when I hit 40. My husband and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary next week.... in Cancun. I am taking 7 bathing suits for our 6 day trip - almost all of them are 2 piece (nothing too skimpy... the sleeve didn't give me 20 year old thighs people!) but 10 years ago i would never have considered spending all day in a bathing suit at the pool or beach... but that's what I'll be doing all of next week (with a fabulous faux tan and a lot of sunscreen and one of those big floppy hats and oversized sunglasses... again i'm almost 50 people...) Thank you for sharing this day with me... and happy sleeviversary to my sleeve sista Emily, too - we've walked this journey together (and she has a baby to show for it!) If you have any questions about my journey or weight loss surgery you can reach me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81.
  6. 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
  7. Don't minimize the benefits of great support. Be it a good bra, compression socks, Spanx, family, friends, or the kind I'm going to talk about today... Sleeve sistas (and brotha's). When we are going through weight loss surgery we NEED support - for the pre-op phase, for surgery, and especially for after surgery. There are so many things we don't consider for post surgery... eating isn't just about nourishment for most of us - we know we should "eat to live not live to eat" but most people don't follow that rule. We eat because we are hungry, but we also eat because we are bored, we are sad, tired, mad, scared, so many other reasons besides nourishing our body. We need help to work through all of those things after surgery. We need encouragement, camaraderie, understanding, accountability, and sometimes a good ol' kick in the butt! We can find that many places, sometimes with friends and family but sometimes we need that from someone that truly understands what we are going through... someone that has been through it or is going through it. The occforum is a great place for that, the posts, the blogs, they are all so helpful. There is another new place where I am finding and giving that support - in the OCC Sleevers Support Group. This group was started by some of our patients and is administered by them. If you are looking for some support why don't you give it a try.... you just may find that extra help you need (and maybe a good bra recommendation too!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/758113717570254/?fref=nf as always, if you have any questions you can email lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81
  8. LoriBecky

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Count your many blessings name them one by one, count your many blessings, see what God has done! This is the time of year for reflecting on our blessings. I am thankful for so many things! Faith, a merciful God, I'm even thankful for my trials, that is often the times when my richest blessings reveal themselves. I am thankful for a loving husband, my family and friends, my 3 blessings that call me mommy. Thankful for a warm home and food on the table. Thankful that I am able to help those less fortunate. Thankful for my job and the wonderful people I get to work with, including my patients. What are you thankful for? Let's remember that our richest blessings can come from blessing others. Donating your time and resources to your church or food bank, charity, or community center. Reaching out to those in need. Give what you can, help when you can, really... in blessing others you are blessing yourself... and who couldn't use more of that this time of year. Giving thanks... giving appreciation.... giving what you can and turning that into a blessing. I am also thankful for my sleeve... which helps me to stay on track, slaps me back when I want to eat more then I should and keeps me healthy despite myself sometimes... What are you thankful for this season? I wish all of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving this year... don't forget to stop and remember to be thankful for all that you have!
  9. LoriBecky

    Happy Sleeve-iversary to ME!

    Today is the one year anniversary of having my band to sleeve revision. What a year! I am at the lowest weight I've been at since... well... jr. high maybe? I feel great, and I'm not braggin' but I think I look pretty great too. I've stayed at the same weight now since Christmas and I'm happy with it. I still need to work out more and build some muscle, but as far as weight loss goes and this is the FIRST TIME in my life I have ever said this, but I'm not looking to lose any more weight! I am happy, and more importantly, I am healthy and pretty proud of myself I do love my sleeve. It allows me greater flexibility then I had with my band as far as foods I can eat, I am satisfied on very little food, I have a lot of energy and unless I'm trying to eat a bit too much, I just don't think about my sleeve very much... it is just my little shrimp stomach, it is a fabulous tool, but I'm not worrying about adjustments, if I'm too tight or too loose, or what i should order because I'm in a restaurant and don't want to get embarrassed if something gets stuck - which I did have trouble with during the last year with my band. I did love my band for a long time, but the last year, it didn't seem to love me back! If you are hesitating about a weight loss surgery, or if you have a band and you are feeling stuck or frustrated, please know there are options! I'm here to help you any way I can. I wish I had a picture to post, I should have taken one on Sunday because I was looking pretty slammin' in my sundress and sandals... I will try to take one later this week when it warms up again, right now i'm bundled up (the one thing about losing weight... I do get cold easier... that's OK - i'm up for that trade off!) Call me or email me if you have questions or want information on surgery! 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com did I mention that I love my sleeve??
  10. I'm so sorry I haven't posted in awhile. We have been really busy at OCC and I've been really busy at home. Graduations, end of school, water polo season starting. Crazy train - woot woot! I recently read this article about weight loss surgery and pregnancy and long term health of the child, and breaking the cycle of obesity in a family. I had my weight loss surgery after I was done having kids, so I can't say I have first hand knowledge of this subject BUT... (and that's a big but) I will tell you that I have 3 kids. Two of my kids battle with their weight, the 3rd one, my last, hasn't ever had that battle. With my 3rd child, I was diagnosed with Gestational diabetes. I believe I had it with all 3, but it was only diagnosed in my 3rd pregnancy (after much urging on my part for more testing - all my babies weighed over 9 pounds, the 3rd weighed 10!) Since I was properly diagnosed with my 3rd, I cut out all sugar and most of my carbs during this pregnancy. Didn't gain much weight (yes, I was overweight already, but stayed pretty much the same weight throughout my pregnancy unlike the first 2) anyway, my eating habits were much different with my 3rd child. I do wonder if there is any correlation with my eating habits and my older 2 kids difficulty with their weight. So this article made a lot of sense to me. I don't think its just the weight loss surgery they talk about in this article, but the different eating habits that generally go along with a weight loss surgery. So.... I wanted to share this. I get a lot of questions from younger women coming in for surgery about how weight loss surgery will affect a future pregnancy... as always, Dr. Ortiz would recommend you wait 1 - 2 years after having surgery to get pregnant, at least 12 months as that is when most of your weight loss will occur and you want to keep that momentum. Here is the article: health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/womens-health/articles/2009/09/02/weight-loss-surgery-breaks-families-obesity-cycle As always, if you have any questions about weight loss surgery, or revision surgery you can always reach me at 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com Enjoy your weekend!
  11. So, I had another very successful shopping trip to Goodwill this weekend. I got a pair of capri's, a pair of shorts, and 3 summer blouses for under $20. I also delivered another huge bag of clothes for donation. Its strange to be picking through through the clothes on the rack and see things you recognize from your closet, but in a good way! Sometimes you think, why did I hold onto this so long? Did that ACTUALLY fit me at one point? or the most common - what was I thinking? lol But anyway... its nice to donate your old clothes to a worthwhile cause, and fill your closet back up with really cute items, and a great price, I really recommend you consider this as you lose weight, don't spend too much money on clothes you won't be in for very long, and DO NOT HOLD ONTO YOUR OLD CLOTHES that are too big... not only does it take up valuable closet space, but don't give yourself an excuse to get back into them again.. stay on track and make your goal to get to or stay at a healthy weight! OK... getting off my soapbox for a moment, I realized something today as I was getting dressed. When I was heavier (aka Fat - a word i disdain!) I always felt the need to compensate for my bigger self. Just because I was fat, I refused to be frumpy. I spent a lot of time accessorizing, or more time on my hair, or just being more "put together" - because I didn't want people to think that just because I was overweight, I was lazy, or that I didn't care about my appearance, so I tried really hard to look very pulled together. As I got dressed today (its supposed to be 80ish here today) I pulled on a pair of capri's and one of my "new" summer shirts (ok... hawaiian, but that's not a bad thing, its really cute and yellow with soft blue flowers and palm frawns on it - shaddup!) I realized, I am perfectly confident to go out in just a pair of capri's, a sunny shirt, and flip flops. I even pulled my bangs away from my face and clipped them back - because I don't have to hide behind anything anymore (except my faux tan - I will be clutching my St Tropez faux tan with my dying breath - because I am an irish girl and "fish belly white" without it.) But... I do hope you see my point. I'm not hiding... i'm not disguising myself. Are you still hiding and/or disguising yourself because you aren't happy with your weight? So I ask you why the weight? Why the wait? Why did I wait so long? I love my sleeve, even more then I loved my band! If I were starting over from today, first time weight loss surgery patient, I would not pass go, would not collect my $200 and would go STRAIGHT to the sleeve, I love it, have no complaints, and zero regrets (except the waiting part!) What are you waiting for? You know how to reach me... 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or Lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com Summer is almost here, but more importantly, a healthier you is so ready to come out and play!
  12. LoriBecky

    Reflux?

    As is fairly typical after a sleeve gastrectomy, I was having some reflux issues occassionally, even while using my acid blocker medication. Now remember, I'm not a doctor, but in doing some research, and from my own experience adding a probiotic to your daily intake (or like me 2 or 3 during cold/flu season) seems to have really helped this situation. From some of the literature i've read, after having a sleeve surgery, the addition of a probitoic supplement can be helpful in many ways... and it sure can't hurt! My probiotic of choice is this brand - Natrol Biobeads. super easy to swallow, very reasonably priced, and since they need no refrigeration, you can keep some with you all the time! (I get mine on Amazon on their subscribe and save so shipping is free and they ship to me automatically) I've taken probiotics for years but now I'm taking at least 1 extra during the day (again up to 3 during cold/flu season) I haven't had a cold in quite a long time and haven't had the flu in years (yes, I do get my flu shot) - but considering how many colds have gone through my house, the fact that I've steered clear of them I believe is a direct result of my diligent use of these probiotics... wish I could get my family on board! That's just my little pearl of wisdom for the day... hope everyone is ready for Christmas! My daughter gets married in 10 days so things are super hectic right now. Hope you are all taking the time to enjoy this season and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and counting your blessings. Lori
  13. 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
  14. LoriBecky

    Wow... Amazing! I love my sleeve

    My whole life, my goal has been to lose weight, never been satisified with where I was, always had my eye on where I was wanting to be. Today my scale sits at 135. ME!?!?!? 135. Can't be! never! I see myself as I was... when I look in the mirror, most of the time I still see "fat Lori" - I think someone that hasn't had a life long battle with the scale could never understand this! I was walking this weekend and saw a shadow on the ground. Of a slim/trim woman. I was thinking wow I'd like to look like that... then I realized... hey that is ME! ME ME ME.... it is me wearing a size 6 jeans. ME! really? YEP! I hold up the jeans, and I think they look small, but somehow when I see myself, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that those jeans... those size 6 jeans that look small when I'm holding them in my hands FIT me (sometimes a little looselyl) they fit ME... How did that happen? The sleeve from Obesity Control Center is how that happened... my rescue surgery from Dr. Ortiz has changed my life. I don't battle with food anymore. I can eat whatever I want just in much smaller quantities. I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, I had to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy and all kinds of fun (NOT!) tests, but the one thing my gastroenterologist was SURE of was that my sleeve was PERFECT! He said the shape and size were right, no signs of any issues with that and no ulcers. As with any US doctor, they are always a little suspicious of going to Mexico for surgery, but he said everything about it was perfect and has NOTHING to do with the celiac diagnosis. I always knew Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Martinez were wonderful surgeons, but its always nice to have that confirmed! If you are battling with your weight, battling with your band, and just want to try something else... email me at lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81, I'd love to talk with you!
  15. LoriBecky

    Video's

    There are some great patient video's on OCC's blog - if you haven't visited recently - stop by, take some time, and watch the videos... maybe you'll even see one of me http://www.obesitycontrolcenter.com/blog/
  16. LoriBecky

    150's wow!

    I'm so sorry I haven't been posting much lately, Carolyn has been on vacation for over a week now and I'm incredibly buried! I just wanted to put a quick note that I broke the 160 mark and am officially in the 150's (158.9) - haven't been down this low in over 20 years! I'm feeling really good! If you have any questions about weight loss surgery feel free to email me lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or call me 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 or visit our website www.obesitycontrolcenter.com
  17. Today would have been my 6th Bandiversary. I still feel like celebrating it, even though I no longer have my band. My friend helped to get me out of a dangerous part of my life, got me into a healthier weight range, helped resolve my health issues associated with my weight, and we had a great relationship for a long time! The best thing my band did for me was got me to OCC and Dr. Ortiz. The experience has changed my life forever, and I don't know how to express my gratitude enough! Even though I've moved on from my band to my sleeve revision (which i totally love!) I will forever be grateful for my band and the time we spent together so I continue to celebrate my bandiversary or maybe it will be my OCC-versary! Either way - Happy Day If you have questions about surgery - you can contact me lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81
  18. LoriBecky

    quick entry - blood work

    Just a quick note, I got my test results back and nothing is wrong with me (well at least not with my blood work!)... so that's good! I just wanted to report that before my band surgery 6 years ago, my cholesterol was up over 270 my number today was 137 My LDL - the bad cholesterol is only 69 which is remarkably low! woohooooo My HDL - good cholesterol is a little low too - still within normal - but should be higher, but this probably has a lot to do with my extremely sedentary lifestyle over the past year because of 2 foot surgeries and over 9 months in a cast and not walking! I hope to resolve this as my foot continues to heal! all my other numbers look really good So what that means, is my other issues are probably related to stress (hubby lost his job over 2 months ago now - so stress is probably warranted!)
  19. LoriBecky

    Busy Busy - but success!!!

    I'm sorry I haven't been posting too often, my youngest is graduating Jr. High today so the last 2 weeks have been extremely hectic! I'm looking forward to next week when I won't have to wish for a magic wand so I can be 2 places at once! I just wanted to report, that I got on the scale today, and I'm down 30 pounds so far! Lower then I ever got with my band and not even 2 months out from my sleeve revision. I haven't decided on where I'd like to end up, I think I'll let my body tell me as I lose weight. I know the weight loss will be slower now. I'm 5'7 and at 164 - so getting close to where I'd like to end up. My "bathroom issues" are not yet gone, but have improved some. I go back to my doctor next week to review the test results (I was hoping for this week but he is out of town) I think so much of it has to do with stress... its now over 2 months since my husband lost his job, and we haven't made any strides in that department... so for any of you that are praying people, I would love you to include that in your prayers. I know God will provide! That's all I have time for now, taking 1/2 a day off today so spend the afternoon getting my babygirl ready for her graduation tonight In case you have any doubts... I'm LOVING my sleeve! Take care and have a blessed day!
  20. LoriBecky

    Do your follow-up program

    I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. I'm at work, because this isn't a holiday in Mexico If you are an OCC patient, I wanted to remind you to participate in the email follow up program. It helps our doctors stay on top of any issues you may be having, it also helps you to stay on track! During the first month after your surgery, you will get an email every week, then they slow down a little bit, each of them also include a seminar link once you've completed the questions (sorry, we have been having an issue with some of these, hopefully that is resolved now). As time goes by it may also ask you to have some blood work done at your primary care doctors and send us the results. When you answer the questions, it also alerts our doctors if you need additional follow up - you will be asked to get in touch with us. Don't ever hesitate to call with any questions or feel embarrassed about calling if you don't feel like you are losing weight fast enough, if you've gotten off track, or need some extra help. The surgery is just the beginning of your journey! On a personal note, I have been having some "bathroom" issues still. I went to my doctor last week after having several conversations with Dr. Martinez, taking me off all of my supplements, avoiding dairy, etc - I go in tomorrow morning for some blood work and "sample collections" (yes, this is a gross as it sounds LOL) but we need to be able to rule out what this is or isn't. It could simply be that my body is taking a little longer to get used to being sleeved (especially on a revision, the stomach is a bit "rigid" for awhile, so things flow through a bit more quickly, as the stomach relaxes a little, this problem tends to go away). I'll keep you posted about how the test results come back, but I think between the stress I'm dealing with right now, plus the changes to my body, and my predisposition towards "bathroom issues" anyway - because of my IBS - it will just turn out to be nothing that some time won't heal Lori's urban blog dictionary: Bathroom issues = diarrhea lol
  21. LoriBecky

    Checking In

    Let me start by saying, I'm really loving my sleeve! I still rarely feel hunger, which is a big change for me. When I eat, I feel satisfied really fast! I am still working on getting in enough liquids during the day. I have increase my intake, but I'm not up to where I'd like to be, so I'm working on that. I was reading something that had nothing to do with weight loss surgery today, but it reminded me of something that I already knew, but because my life with the band had become a struggle towards the end, I was always trying to figure out ways to "cheat it" because I couldn't get down enough "good food" - so I was eating easy to eat foods. What I was reminded of: eat as little as you can to feel satisified, intead of seeing how much you can get away with eating. Its a simple rule, easy to understand - very straight forward, yet so many weight loss surgery patients consistently push the boundaries of what they can eat. eat as little as you can... stop even before you feel full. I learned the hard way tonight, trying to get in one last bite can result in pain and nausea and in some cases vomiting. I didn't get that far, but that chicken tasted so good, I thought... just one more bite. well... a bite too far isn't worth it! I ended up "sliming" and burping and thankfully didn't throw up (I HATE THROWING UP!) I haven't thrown up in years, and I plan to keep my run as long as possible (last time was the stomach flu). even more then that, if I were to push my limits repeatedly, I could end up stretching my pouch... why would i want to risk that? nothing tastes THAT good! I'm still figuring out how to be a model sleeve citizen... trial and error and hopefully learning a lot as I go along, and sharing as much of it with you as I can. As always... any questions just email me: lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com or 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81
  22. LoriBecky

    Mother's Day

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day with their family! I sure did! My kids (and husband) really wanted to see Avengers. I honestly didn't know that much about the movie, and the Incredible Hulk will always be Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno (or so I thought) - anyway... the movie was FABULOUS... My family went for the adventure, and I went for the "gun" show and I couldn't have been more impressed (evil grin) it did not disappoint, and the movie was really good, too! The guy that played Captain America... OMG... the guns on that dude. And Robert Downey, Jr... he's held up very well... mmm mmm mmm (honey if you are reading this, just know I love you and wouldn't trade you for ANYTHING and I did see you observing Scarlet Johansen fairly grippingly, so let's call it even!) and Mark Ruffalo played the Dr. Banner/Hulk really well (he's not hard to look at, either)! For a little while I thought the smell of buttered popcorn may be too much for me, but I found that I just didn't want it. Yes, it smelled great, and I could almost taste the butter/salt combo from inhaling so deeply, but I just didn't feel like it would be a good choice, and I wasn't sure how my gut would feel about it, so I passed. I did insist on a drive by to See's on the way home. One treat on mother's day so I had my beloved Bordeaux. Totally worth it! If you know me, you know I am hooked (HOOKED) on Downton Abbey! My kids got me the book "The World of Downton Abbey" to hold me over until Season 3 starts next year. My poor DVD's of Season 1 & 2 are going to be worn out between me re-watching them and new converts borrowing them to catch up. My family kept asking what they could make me, or bring home, for a special dinner that night, but I just wasn't hungry. They all got burgers, and I took a couple of bites of my husbands, and that was it, I was full and happy. It still amazes me how FULL i feel most of the time, even if its because i've had a few sips of vitamin water, or iced tea, I'm just not hungry!
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