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  1. JLPSch's Avatar
    Thanks! I feel good and finally almost four years later, I believe I can be athletic!
  2. Christie13's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing! You are definitely no longer the big girl! You look fabulous! Good luck working that core.
  3. JLPSch's Avatar
    Thanks!! I appreciate it!
  4. Shirl's Avatar
    Totally agreed! Thanks for sharing your story.
  5. JLPSch's Avatar
    Thanks! And thanks for not judging! Glad to hear I'm not alone in my love of lattes.
  6. Christie13's Avatar
    Great blog. And I do not judge. I can tell you that I could not go without my daily latte so I completely understand. But you have given up a lot of things and you should be proud at your commitment. I am glad to hear that you have a lot more energy! Keep up the good work!
  7. JLPSch's Avatar
    Hope you like it! I have other recipes you might like on my Pinterest Boards: https://www.pinterest.com/jenlsch/
  8. Christie13's Avatar
    Thank you so much for the asparagus recipe! Going to have to try it! You rock!
  9. JLPSch's Avatar
    I've missed going to Starbucks for a latte these past two days. I like their almond and soy milk, but they have sugar in them. So, it's coffee at home these days. It will be better for my diet and budget, anyway.

    I loved the asparagus soup! Here's my pin for it on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/269512358931990986/
  10. Christie13's Avatar
    Good luck on this journey of eliminating those foods. I am a daily latte drinker and don't think I could give up the milk and coffee. I can do without the sugar, wheat, and almonds. Hopefully this elimination will go well. As for your asparagus soup....I absolutely love asparagus and asparagus soup. Was it good??
  11. sraebaer's Avatar
    My nutritionist was horrified when I told her that after 3 years out I didn't think I needed the bariatric vitamins anymore and had been taking the Walmart brand multivitamin for a year or so. She said they didn't have any iron. She was right! Back to bariatric ones for me.
  12. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JLPSch
    Thanks for replying! My Vitamin D was low the first year after surgery and I've been on large doses of it weekly every since. My levels are good now, so here's hoping my iron levels will be back on track soon, too!

    They did a blood test for the food sensitivity. I'm curious to see how my elimination diet goes. I'm not sure if I can rule coffee out of my life completely!

    Take care!
    There's a direct connection between our smaller stomach and absorption of D vitamin because we have less stomac acid to absorb it. But in my case, since I have reflux, it's actually not an issue with acidity and my doctors are puzzled. I did have deficiencies in the past, before surgery, but never to that extend. I take 10 000ui per day plus 200 000ui every two weeks. So they don't want me to take more because I could develop a bad reaction. I'm supposed to get a complete health check up soon but it requires two days so it will have to wait.

    I'm glad they used the blood test right directly. At least it's more reliable! Please let us know how you do with the diet. I hope you will feel better!

    Nutrition has such an impact on our health, I wish more doctors could realize it!
    Take care!
  13. JLPSch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    Great blog Jen! And I love the picture! You always have such a great smile in your pics! Fingers crossed you can get your iron up. My sister had issues with iron and had to have the infusions to get it up. She is doing fine now, 5 years post op. Gah! I don't think I could give up my coffee. I drink my venti nonfat latte every morning. It may take me 2 hours but it is my happy time. LOL. Hope you get it all sorted out so you can feel more like you again. I agree about the running. I love it. I find it very therapeutic. I do a lot of thinking things through when I run. What exactly does a running trainer do with you? I am curious as I have never heard of that. Do you go running together outside or do they do it on a treadmill?

    Thanks, Christie! Glad to hear about your sister!

    I'm not sure I'm ready to give up coffee completely. I gave up Diet Coke years ago and don't miss it, but it's different with coffee.

    I've only had one session with my running trainer and we just need some tests, measurements and some exercises. We're going to worth on strength training, my form and working on getting my endurance up. I think I'll be doing sprints with her, so I think I'll do longer runs on my own in-between our sessions. I'l let you know what we do!
  14. JLPSch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3
    Interesting post!
    I'm wondering why your previous doctor was not worried about low iron. It's one of the first thing they should test!
    How was your D vitamin level? I'm deficient in both and have a hard time improving my numbers even with huge dosage of supplements. We don't really know why, one issue with absorption could have been the PPI (I stopped it completely two weeks ago) or my IBS issue. Next blood test will tell if it was the PPI...
    My doc (in France) was actually against infusion because of my multiple allergies. But he was horrified when he saw my numbers in June. He said it was the lowest he ever saw in his career...and he is not a Spring chicken! My results did improve a little since June but I'm still too low and sometimes feel really exhausted. Also I can feel when my iron goes down because I'm starving and start to have cravings..

    Did you have a skin test for the food sensitivity? a few years ago my specialist (allergy specialist) had me tested, they used skin tests, it was positive to everything they tested.
    I was told that kind of test is not always reliable so after that they did blood cultures. At that stage may be only 70% remained positive. It was still really high but better than the skin test. For example on skin I was positive to peanut, when I was not in the blood culture.
    And I have issues with tomatoes but it didn't show on the skin test...
    So may be in your case double checking could help to get a more precised target of what to stop in your diet.
    I would be upset about the coffee too, and I don't even drink coffee everyday anymore!

    Thanks for replying! My Vitamin D was low the first year after surgery and I've been on large doses of it weekly every since. My levels are good now, so here's hoping my iron levels will be back on track soon, too!

    They did a blood test for the food sensitivity. I'm curious to see how my elimination diet goes. I'm not sure if I can rule coffee out of my life completely!

    Take care!
  15. JLPSch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Katrina
    Nice blog post. I love the picture of you on the floating dock; you look fantastic.
    Thanks so much!
  16. Christie13's Avatar
    Great blog Jen! And I love the picture! You always have such a great smile in your pics! Fingers crossed you can get your iron up. My sister had issues with iron and had to have the infusions to get it up. She is doing fine now, 5 years post op. Gah! I don't think I could give up my coffee. I drink my venti nonfat latte every morning. It may take me 2 hours but it is my happy time. LOL. Hope you get it all sorted out so you can feel more like you again. I agree about the running. I love it. I find it very therapeutic. I do a lot of thinking things through when I run. What exactly does a running trainer do with you? I am curious as I have never heard of that. Do you go running together outside or do they do it on a treadmill?
  17. Sandra3's Avatar
    Interesting post!
    I'm wondering why your previous doctor was not worried about low iron. It's one of the first thing they should test!
    How was your D vitamin level? I'm deficient in both and have a hard time improving my numbers even with huge dosage of supplements. We don't really know why, one issue with absorption could have been the PPI (I stopped it completely two weeks ago) or my IBS issue. Next blood test will tell if it was the PPI...
    My doc (in France) was actually against infusion because of my multiple allergies. But he was horrified when he saw my numbers in June. He said it was the lowest he ever saw in his career...and he is not a Spring chicken! My results did improve a little since June but I'm still too low and sometimes feel really exhausted. Also I can feel when my iron goes down because I'm starving and start to have cravings..

    Did you have a skin test for the food sensitivity? a few years ago my specialist (allergy specialist) had me tested, they used skin tests, it was positive to everything they tested.
    I was told that kind of test is not always reliable so after that they did blood cultures. At that stage may be only 70% remained positive. It was still really high but better than the skin test. For example on skin I was positive to peanut, when I was not in the blood culture.
    And I have issues with tomatoes but it didn't show on the skin test...
    So may be in your case double checking could help to get a more precised target of what to stop in your diet.
    I would be upset about the coffee too, and I don't even drink coffee everyday anymore!
  18. Katrina's Avatar
    Nice blog post. I love the picture of you on the floating dock; you look fantastic.
  19. JLPSch's Avatar
    Thanks! I never thought I'd swim in the winter, but our YMCA has wonderful indoor pools! My kids love the activity pool so it's a great winter activity! I can swim laps or more often, I go to the whirlpool while they swim.
  20. Christie13's Avatar
    I like to swim in summertime. Have fun!
  21. JLPSch's Avatar
    Thanks! I cut my hair short after I started losing it after surgery. And I also had more confidence to have a pixie cut.
  22. Christie13's Avatar
    That's great trying and enjoying new things!! And I love your short haircut! So cute!
  23. JLPSch's Avatar
    That is awesome! Love the hashtag!
  24. saramichelle's Avatar
    I am going zip lining this summer!
    #inthweightrangenow!
  25. JLPSch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    I love running. (Well I used to and then got fat and stopped but now I get a do over!) I just started doing C25K again to get back into running. I am in week 2 and I am so happy to be back to running. With all the weight I have already lost it feels so much easier and more enjoyable. My goal is to run a half marathon by December. (We have the Rock and Roll marathon here in December so that is what I will be signing up for....the half.)

    Yeah for do overs! I ran my first half-marathon last May and it was such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment! Best wishes are your training for your's!
  26. Christie13's Avatar
    I love running. (Well I used to and then got fat and stopped but now I get a do over!) I just started doing C25K again to get back into running. I am in week 2 and I am so happy to be back to running. With all the weight I have already lost it feels so much easier and more enjoyable. My goal is to run a half marathon by December. (We have the Rock and Roll marathon here in December so that is what I will be signing up for....the half.)
  27. JLPSch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer
    Today was my first run after freezing temps and snow for at least the past 2 weeks. 56 degrees this morning! I run in the dark before school, so if there is any risk of ice I stay in and hike after school in the woods. I do not want to break any bones.

    It felt so good to run again! Not to mention I still have one Christmas pound to lose.
    I'm so impressed you run in the dark and in the cold! I missed running outside today, but the indoor track wasn't too bad. Better than a treadmill I think.
  28. sraebaer's Avatar
    Today was my first run after freezing temps and snow for at least the past 2 weeks. 56 degrees this morning! I run in the dark before school, so if there is any risk of ice I stay in and hike after school in the woods. I do not want to break any bones.

    It felt so good to run again! Not to mention I still have one Christmas pound to lose.
  29. JLPSch's Avatar
    You have some wonderful and, I think, realistic resolutions! Good for you for making yourself accountable; it's not easy, but well worth it I think! Best wishes!
  30. Sue_902010's Avatar
    We had a message at church about new years resolutions and its a known fact that more and more people are giving up the idea because they realize they loose the motivation to stick with it after so many months, myself included. I do like the idea of resolutions but I think they need to be more realistic, so I did make a few resolutions that I can ease into one was to find another way to releive stress instead of eating (wouldn't you know my desire to cook my old fashioned dishes, meals and desserts have haunted me lately lol!). The next resolution is to clean the treadmill off again and make an effort to run again (my daughter uses the treadmill as a storage space so I keep moving her stuff so that guilt is staring me in the face). The other reaolutions is more advancing myself and cultural desires learn piano and study for a big accounting test. I am posting here to hold myself accountable so let's see what the new year brings.
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