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post #31 of 53
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Thank You Skierteach.

No.. I want to lose weight for myself, its just eating at the right times, and the right things is hard.

But what you just said really touch me. Thank You again.
post #32 of 53
Here's proof that I am not a "twiggy", but if you ask those who have skied with me, my size does not have a major effect on my skiing. I'm not great, but I hold my own!
I'm the one in the yellow coat.
February 2004 picture
post #33 of 53
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Hehe... The only thing I don't want to do is fall down. It's much harder to get up and very [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img] when you need help getting up.

I feel it mostly through my knees, that is one of many reasons I need to get this weight off.
post #34 of 53
Originally posted by SnO*Eagle:
Hehe... The only thing I don't want to do is fall down. It's much harder to get up and very [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img] [img]redface.gif[/img] when you need help getting up.

I feel it mostly through my knees, that is one of many reasons I need to get this weight off.
I take a ski off to get up when I fall! I always have, even when I was a skinney twig of a child at age 8.
post #35 of 53
Thank you for the PM, Sno. I gotcha.

We be cool. :

And yes, Skierteach skis like the wind. I'd kill for such style and smoothness in my skiing.
post #36 of 53
Yeah, Skier teach even falls gracefully!
I'm jealous!
post #37 of 53
My wife lost fifty pounds over the course of eighteen months and I shed forty.

I agree the key is a qualified nutritionalist/trainer.

Particularly in my wifes case the key seemed to be the combinations that she ate.

You cannot starve and you must get a lot of exercise. Once those first pounds come off the journey is underway.

I'm also convinced in my case I had to treat it like booze. One quits and never looks back.

Good luck to all who fight this battle and I will keep your struggle in my prayers.
post #38 of 53
Thread Starter 
Sorry I haven't responed in a while.

I have trouble getting to the ski's [img]redface.gif[/img] , all the fat is in the middle.

Bonnie [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] :

LM, ah come on... It cannot be that bad.

The relationship was rough in the begining.. that is when I gained the weight. Truth is I didn't realise till after overone responded how it sounded. I love my husband, he has his good side and bad. I must have been P.O.ed with him in the back of my mind when I posted that.

Rusty Guy,
Hey thats great! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] I hope I can have bragging rights later on.

special not I am too sick to check my spelling today so please excuse all the grammer and spelling errors. Between trying to get my business running, and sick kids.... oh my nose and head.
post #39 of 53
Did anyone see that TV special about the lack of certification for this specific surgery?

The main thrust of the argument was that the sole required skills basis for specialisation was a 3-day instructional clinic- it aired sometime middle of last week.

I believe this was it, but not sure:
post #40 of 53
Thread Starter 

Ya.. I made my husband watch it.
post #41 of 53
SnO*Eagle, I have been thinking of you allot. I am pretty active but I was not always. The turning point for me was participating in a St. Patrick's day fun run in 1993. It was a 4 mile course. I had never run a mile in my life. Trust me when I say it was really hard for me. I walked/slogged my way through it. All around me people were running, talking, laughing, having a great time. I swore that I would get into shape so that the next year I too could run and have fun at this fun run. I have been running ever since. While running may not be for you, you might take a look at www.active.com to see if there is an event that interest you.

I'll add too, not to worry about coming in last. You may or may not. I have been in the back of the pack at a few events. People cheer for you no matter your speed. As a matter of fact I am considering entering an event that I am certain I will be last or damn near. I figure that if I finish I am way ahead of the folks that did not even enter.
post #42 of 53
You are in charge of your life, period.

Good luck.
post #43 of 53
Thread Starter 
Coolness Kima,

I use to do those kind of things, but I did a fast walk (I have always been sprinter not a long distance runner) even more so because of my knees.

On a different note... Doesn't feel good when you spell check and nothing is spelled wrong.

I been thinking about doing a walk-a-thon this spring... The problem is I think about it, need to do it.

Thank you LUCKY.
post #44 of 53
Originally posted by SnO*Eagle:

I been thinking about doing a walk-a-thon this spring... The problem is I think about it, need to do it.

Pick an event tell EVERYONE, including us, you are going to do it. Once you do that it becomes very difficult to back out.
post #45 of 53
Thread Starter 
LOL.... OK...

sorry I haven't be here lately, been trying to get my gbusiness going. I will make and effort to be her at least 2 or 3times a week.


P.S. I will let you all know if I do a walk a thon thing.
post #46 of 53
I just saw my doctor yesterday and she wants me to go onto a special program. My sugar levels and other things are off and she wants me to lose about 50lbs (knee's and heart), change my diet (sugar is little high), and some other things.
Your doctor says special program, not stomach stapling and for a good reason. My best guess is, it is not indicated. If you take care of the weight, your knees, heart, blood sugar, skiing, and of course, your wonderful husband would all follow.

Stomach stapling is not a panacea. It is quite an undertaking with specific indications, preoperative screening, postoperative complications, desirable outcomes, and some long term regimen. One does not walk in to a surgeon's office and demand one.

BTW, if your knees bother you, use passive exercises with limited weight on your knees. Stationary bikes or some of its variations are good examples. Once weight is lost hopefully back to ideal, then one can gradually put pressure on the knees. Those knees have cartilage pads which when eroded gives knee pain. I would conserve them for skiing.

Good luck!
post #47 of 53
Thread Starter 
Thanks Pro... I have very limited Cartlage in my one knee, so I have pain in it reg.
post #48 of 53
Originally Posted by SnO BJ
Thanks Pro... I have very limited Cartlage in my one knee, so I have pain in it reg.
Take Glucosamine with HCI, and preferably with Boswelia too. It helps build up cartilage over time.

post #49 of 53
I totally agree with teachskiljp, I believe starving your body makes you fat. Why? It messes up your metabolism, when you start eating again your body will store it to keep you going when you starve it again. Our bodies were designed to survive in the natural elements without a regular food supply, ie. the supermarket. I think thats why so many have great success eating more frequent smaller meals, your body regularly gets foods so after a while knows it does not need to store any for when there is no food available. Also you don't get so hungry that you end up eating a lot in the 20 minutes that it takes your somach to tell your brain it is full once you start eating.

Weight watchers worked for me cause it makes you balance want you eat with what you burn up. I learnt if I do regular exercise I can still have my treats. One half hour run = two glasses of wine. Its a bit of a bugger though when you do lose the weight cause you have to eat less points. The smaller you are the less fuel you need, so you have to be careful to keep it off.

I always remember a sign they had on the wall at Weight Watchers....

"If you go back to your old eating habits, your old body is waiting for you ....."
post #50 of 53
Go to the library and check out the May 24 issue of People magazine....page 140 or about that. There's an article on gastric bypass surgery. It has some various cases of success and failure. Success STILL hinges on eating habits.
post #51 of 53
So is there any update? I am no twig myself (currently about 240) but I have lost and held off about 80-85 lbs on my own, and a couple things that helped me (because eating many little meals was not really a viable option at the time) was to try to make sure I eat breakfast, make lunch my biggest meal of the day (it allows your body to have the longest period of time to burn off the calories) and to try to eat more raw foods (uncooked - mainly refering to vegetables). With the raw foods, by not cooking them, you are not taking away (destroying) the natural enzymes and vitamins, and they really do help with your energy and general feeling of well being.

I know it was previously mentioned about differences for people who do not metabolize sugars normally, but could someone express those thoughts publicly too. I have always had a problem with that, and no one (doctors, nutricianists (sp?), endochronologists (gland doctors)) has ever been able to figure anything out about my weight, aside from an abnormally high insulin level (believed to have caused premature bone aging - stunted growth) and normal blood sugar levels. Personally, I believe, from past history, that I do not process sugars properly (it was previously thought that I may have what was then thought of as a carbohydrate addiction), and I believe that has had an affect on my ability to drop more weight, so publicly expressing those ideas may offer different ideas that people have not realized (including myself).

And something to realize, as big as I am (and have been) I have been teaching skiing for 10 years, and am very familiar with the difficulities of skiing (and the unique advantages) when you are big. I didn't know how to get up when I fell either, and it wasn't until my 4th year teaching that someone had a viable solution (works great for over-weight people and women specifically because of the different location of the center of mass). The trick is to roll onto your stomach, head facing up the hill, and feet down the fall line, spread your legs, toes and ski tips pointing uphill. Then raise up onto your hands (kinda like a push-up) and walk your hands in towards your feet. It is important to try to get your knees up in the air so they do not try to bend sideways, which can cause some irritation and pain and force a snap movement to your feet. This has worked wonders for me, and is actually THE only way I teach everyone to get up in the flats.

BTW, stomach stapling has been brought up to me (by skiing professionals - not really the best to give advise and I know it), but it sounds like you made the right choice. There are a lot of risks, and it simply should not be considered unless it is a last option, in my honest opinion. As I put it to the people that mentioned it to me, it is a very risky, permanent fix to a temporary problem. Glad it sounds like you made the right choice, but its not an easy path to follow, but it is definately worth the effort.
post #52 of 53
OK - not endocrinologist but....

High insulin & normal sugar = body less responsive to insulin (otherwise that high insulin would lower your sugar) ....

things this is common in from memory - but dp would be better (I do d.r.u.g.s not diagnosis)

1) polycystic ovary syndrome thingy (rule out if male )
2) Syndrome X (metabolic syndrome)
3) Maturity onset diabetes

Anyhow.... check out glycaemic index stuff - there is a bunch at a university in NSW (Australia) have a web site with good info ...

Can only say anecdotal evidence is good from this end .... pharmacist I worked with (70+) Had bad knee & could not exercise.... having had heart bypass etc he was careful with eating & weight... (pretty good shape for age - ran a very conservation based farmlet)

He tried the Low GI eating thingy & dropped 10kg without changing anything else than the GI of his carbohydrate sources (grainy, slow fermented breads; low GI rices;sweetpotatoes added to potatoes etc).... His basic eating changing pretty much NIL really - he just shopped differently.

I find eating low GI helps stop me fainting - I am a little prone to getting very low blooofd sugar & NEED to eat about 5-6 meals a day....

It is a pretty small change & is very easy to eat lower GI foods (unless carb eating post exercise & want to get glycogen into muscles)

NOTE: this is NOT zone stuff - they are very different as the low GI mob are dieticians & not into proscriptive diets - just moderation
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