Jillian Michaels WLS is FLAT-OUT DANGEROUS.

“This is a really tricky question because there are a lot of people who feel that they couldn't have done it without these surgeries,” Jillian says.

“But I couldn’t disagree more. I don’t want to take away from the fact that there are people who have lost a good amount of weight from these surgeries, but that said, if you’re somebody who’s on the fence about it, it’s dangerous. Flat-out dangerous. Completely, 100-percent dangerous.”

Shit.  I'm on that fence.  WHAT DO I DO NOW?!

Jillian.  Must you say things like this?

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No dear, those are not WLS friendly Easter Baskets.

The bunny left baskets err sandpails in my bedroom, so when someone climbed out of bed this morning, they were easily found.  That bunny needs to work on his locations.

GOOD MORNING!  WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!

Did you have a nice morning — what did you give your hatchlings? 

"MM, are those WLS-Friendly?"

Um.  No.  My kids aren't WLS patients.  That said, there is very little candy in the buckets as compared to most.  There's mostly fruity-gummy stuff, I've learned that loading them up with chocolate is a bad idea — it gets torn through so fast.  And Easter Bunnies?  

*GO READ THE LABELS, OMG.*  I stood in the store last night mouth agape at "MAMA I NEED ONE OF THOSE BUNNIES, OMG, JUST GET ME ONNNNNNNNEEEEEEEE!"  

So maybe there's some deodorant, hairspray, toothbrushes, hair doo dads… you know.  To be honest, two of the buckets got "protein" bars from KIND and sugar-free gum.  I won't force sugar-free candy on the kids, it's bad enough if *I eat* it, do. not. give. sugar-free. candy. to kids who think flatuence is hilarious. 

I try not to buy any candy prior to holidays (bought the basket stuff yesterday…) and NEVER EVER ON SALE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS — because I will graze my way through a bag of chocolate like NOBODY ELSE.  So. There is no leftover chocolate in this house.  Because. I. will. eat. it.  

Beam.  

As for the rest of the day, we didn't make plans this year… in previous years we had gone out to brunch.  I think we're going to go visit family and I have the makings for a boiled dinner ready to go.

<shrug>

Go make these.  They are overwhelmingly cuuuuute.

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Eight Years Post Op – And I may NEVER QUIT.

 

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Eight years post op

Eight years ago today I had roux en y gastric bypass surgery.   Do not say it.  I already made that clear in my previous post.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of ups and downs — but mostly — it’s been good.  I often refer to my life as a country song.  Because it is.  

But you know what?  Regardless of the roller coaster of life —

Today – Should teens have weight loss surgery?

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This is a bit controversial, because while a third of the population is overweight or obese, the attitude until now has been kids need to cut the junk food and exercise more. but some doctors now say weight loss surgery is the best way to save obese kids from a life of potentially deadly diseases. early morning at nationwide children's hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and 17-year-old Megan Huffman is preparing for surgery.

Teenagers having weight loss surgery.  It's becoming more and more mainstream.  

While I am always a little very torn about children having bariatric surgery, I am also the parent of an overweight 14, 13, 10 and 5 year old.  I am married to a man who was 375 lbs before gastric bypass surgery.  I was 320 lbs pre-operatively.  His mom was pushing 400 lbs also before gastric bypass surgery, my dad 350 lbs, his sisters well over 300 lbs, one also post op.  

It is what it is.

I know it's in our future for someone — at some point.  

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Obvious Cooking Lessons – How To Hard Boil Eggs!

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Eggs are often a staple of a post bariatric surgery diet for those who can tolerate them. Sometimes eggs can be tricky and not your friend, but when they are?  Eat up.  

Eggs provide lots of nutrition and protein for about 70 calories each.  They're also super-filling, which is a bonus after weight loss surgery.  

Eggs are one of the least expensive sources of protein at about 20 cents a piece, and one egg can easily fill (or overfill) a gastric bypass belly. 

You would be surprised (or not) at the fact that many people enjoy a good hard-boiled egg, but do not know how to cook one.  You can even find pre-cooked and shelled hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerated section at the grocery store!

There's no fun in those, if you're planning to dye them for Easter this weekend however.  

  1. PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling. REMOVE from burner. COVER pan.
  2. LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large).
  3. DRAIN immediately and serve warm. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.
  4. Cooling the eggs immediately avoids the green ring around the yolk, too.

How do you like your hard-boiled eggs?

Intervention – Terry – Gastric Bypass – And a realization…

I fell asleep last night before catching all of last night’s episode of Intervention, however, I saw about three minutes in the middle and said: “This woman is a WLS’er.”

I have a sixth sense about other post ops.  It’s bizarre.

I did not know, in fact, until I just got a Google Alert for this episode in my email from Google due to the words “gastric bypass.”

I am telling you alcoholism post WLS is RAMPANT.  And, hidden.

You can have as many chicken – egg conversations about it –

  • What Caused “Us” To Gain Weight?
  • Is It The Same Problem That Causes Us To Drink – Drug – Party – Etc. LATER?  
  • Often, yes.  Directly related.
  • It’s not always about liking food too much.

Mr. MM looked at me and said, “You know, I’m lucky that isn’t me.”

And he’s right.  If he did not EAT – even now at eight years post op food is his drug – he’d drink.  It’s in him to be addicted to something.  Anything.

And that is a VERY FRIGHTENING REALIZATION that is VERY REAL.   This stuff often isn’t realized until YEARS post op.  It’s true — he had no idea why he ate too much.  We’re only just scratching the surface now — in 2012.  

Sigh.

TV Replay –

A&E saved one of the most heartbreaking stories yet for the season finale of “Intervention” (Mon, 10 p.m. ET on A&E). Terry’s descent into alcoholism was easy to understand as her story unfolded. She was pressured to be beautiful by her mother. She even went into modeling, but gave it up after her mother and the agency suggested diet pills.

So Terry turned to food, gaining a tremendous amount of weight, before gastric bypass surgery and ultimately alcoholism took over. Even during the taping of this show, her mother said, “I think appearances do make the person.” She also refused to believe her daughter about an earlier molestation from a family friend.

So starting from a young age, Terry felt like she was never quite good enough for her mother. In a society that puts an undue burden on women in regards to appearance and beauty, Terry’s burden was even heavier because it was her mother telling her she wasn’t good enough the way she is. By the end of the episode, though, her mother had apologized and Terry had found sobriety, so there may yet be a happy ending to her story.


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