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Old 05-14-12, 05:26 PM   #1
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I need surgery/sickness recovery advice. (losing weight fast)

I've debated adding a thread but my googlefu is weak (and my medication strong.) Just had a septoplasty and a tonsillectomy one week ago today. Tomorrow the nasal splints come out and I'll be allowed to breathe again. No strenuous activity til week two.

Did my very best to stay hydrated and eat everything that I could, but I have lost a LOT of weight. 225 on sunday, 207 yesterday. (For other clydes out there, double face hole disaster catastrophe surgery is a great way to shed a few pounds!) I was riding about 70-100 miles a week before the surgery. Hard efforts when I could. I like to swim. I hate running. I would imagine a focus on stomach friendly light carb replenishment is ok when I can start eating hard foods more frequently. So far living on applesauce and electrolytes.

I assume these things: I am dehydrated. My metabolism is probably wrecked and I assume I've lost 15lbs of hard earned muscle, since I'm still fat as a week full of days.

Biggest concern, I want to eat healthy to replenish my body without stuffing 4590lbs of food right back into me and bloating up and being worthless again. I'm going to try and do some stretching and eating, and maybe swim in the next few days. I'll try some time on the trainer before I hit the streets. I really want the meds out of my system before I run into cars.

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You will regain your former capabilities after you are back in the saddle. I had two surgeries and missed about eight months for each and am still fighting my way back. Don't come back too early and don't be disappointed if you feel that you have lost a lot--you will get it back in time.

Not sure if I helped or not. Think moderation when you come back.

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I've debated adding a thread but my googlefu is weak (and my medication strong.) Just had a septoplasty and a tonsillectomy one week ago today. Tomorrow the nasal splints come out and I'll be allowed to breathe again. No strenuous activity til week two.

Did my very best to stay hydrated and eat everything that I could, but I have lost a LOT of weight. 225 on sunday, 207 yesterday. (For other clydes out there, double face hole disaster catastrophe surgery is a great way to shed a few pounds!) I was riding about 70-100 miles a week before the surgery. Hard efforts when I could. I like to swim. I hate running. I would imagine a focus on stomach friendly light carb replenishment is ok when I can start eating hard foods more frequently. So far living on applesauce and electrolytes.

I assume these things: I am dehydrated. My metabolism is probably wrecked and I assume I've lost 15lbs of hard earned muscle, since I'm still fat as a week full of days.

Biggest concern, I want to eat healthy to replenish my body without stuffing 4590lbs of food right back into me and bloating up and being worthless again. I'm going to try and do some stretching and eating, and maybe swim in the next few days. I'll try some time on the trainer before I hit the streets. I really want the meds out of my system before I run into cars.

Please help me?
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Organic white rice and raw honey.. It's about the most calorie dense, natural food combination you can eat. Works for the sumo wrestlers, and given your tonsillectomy it should go down relatively easily too.
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you will come back. I am just starting the road back after a second pneumothorax (air on the wrong side of the lung). I have also had knee surgery in the past as well. think of them as small road blocks.
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I have been fighting back issues for the last 3 years (2 surgeries). I am finally starting to feel healthy. I felt exactly as you did when going through all that.. Was downright depressing. You really gotta give yourself a break. Your laid up and there is not much you can do about that. It is hard to see gains go away, but you will be surprised ow quickly they come back.
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Neither a doctor or dietician am I, but I would consider protein protein protein. Keep the sugars low, you aren't burning them. You rebuild muscle with protein, not carbs.

And remember you aren't exercising- don't just stuff calories in. You'll be amazed how much of this weight loss is water.
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Thank you for all of the advice and encouragement. My biggest concern I guess is that I won't know how much to consume. I've never been good at balancing diets and I'm so happy with my prior to sickness weight loss results that I'm afraid I'll just start inhaling food and double the weight I've lost so far. I was think fruits and things with good nutritional value but that weren't super high in calories. I guess if I'm not going to be working hard in the saddle I don't need to take in a ton of calories.
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Here's a tool you can use to estimate how many calories you should consume: http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/

You didn't lose 15 pounds of muscles ( or fat ) in a week, that's for sure. The weight difference probably comes from food loss, dehydration and some moderate fat loss. Just sitting in bed for a week, even if you ate nothing, you'd probably lose at most 4-5 pounds of fat.
You'll feel pretty weak on the bike the week you start back again but it'll come back within 1-2 weeks, most likely.

As for foods, just eat.. normally, but less. Depends on what your fitness goals are and what you can and can't eat, really.
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Takes time.

Drink lots of water and relax.
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Morale is your friend OP. Take this time to treat yourself to something nice, like a steak or lobster.
Plan what comes after, but don't worry about it.
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4 weeks ago tomorrow I was admitted for emergency surgery on a bowel obstruction. Spent a week in the hospital. Came home with a feeding tube hanging out of my stomach so I can't easily get into a good cycling position. After a few days home I couldn't eat or drink anything, so was sent back to the hospital to get a PIC line and was on TPN for another 5 days. I lost at least 20 pounds.

So, my cycling fitness was basically shot to hell. This last weekend I decided to venture out on the bike a bit. I taped up the feeding tube, and covered my incisions, and got on the bike. Man it felt like I was a total newbie. I did about 22 miles just doing laps on a dead flat course (Hains Point in DC). I was completely wasted doing just that much. On Sunday I did 32 miles on a local bike trail. Felt a little better, but still had almost no leg strength. Had some really weird/scary moments where I would get up to stand on the pedals like I normally would, and almost couldn't do it. I wasn't particularly sore -- I just had no strength whatsoever.

The Drs would kill me if they knew I were out riding. I don't even get the stupid feeding tube taken out for another two weeks. I'm going to take it real easy, but now that I'm back on the bike, I'm going to at least try to get 3 or 4 25-mile rides in during the week, and try to work back up to longer rides on the weekends.

It's been amazingly frustrating. Good luck on your recovery.
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Been on the weight loss/gain roller coaster from surgeries with 16 since 2000 (3 back and 13 abdominal) My take is to come back slowly, eating very wisely. Your physician can guide you or refer you to a dietician that can guide you to safely re-entering riding. Best of luck and I hope this works out well for you.
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I am recovering from foot surgery from about a month ago. I have been riding for the last two weeks (my first ride in a few years). I was walking for health and weight loss prior to surgery, my Dr told me that I could ride long before I would be able to walk for exercise.
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4 weeks ago tomorrow I was admitted for emergency surgery on a bowel obstruction. Spent a week in the hospital. Came home with a feeding tube hanging out of my stomach so I can't easily get into a good cycling position. After a few days home I couldn't eat or drink anything, so was sent back to the hospital to get a PIC line and was on TPN for another 5 days. I lost at least 20 pounds.

So, my cycling fitness was basically shot to hell. This last weekend I decided to venture out on the bike a bit. I taped up the feeding tube, and covered my incisions, and got on the bike. Man it felt like I was a total newbie. I did about 22 miles just doing laps on a dead flat course (Hains Point in DC). I was completely wasted doing just that much. On Sunday I did 32 miles on a local bike trail. Felt a little better, but still had almost no leg strength. Had some really weird/scary moments where I would get up to stand on the pedals like I normally would, and almost couldn't do it. I wasn't particularly sore -- I just had no strength whatsoever.

The Drs would kill me if they knew I were out riding. I don't even get the stupid feeding tube taken out for another two weeks. I'm going to take it real easy, but now that I'm back on the bike, I'm going to at least try to get 3 or 4 25-mile rides in during the week, and try to work back up to longer rides on the weekends.

It's been amazingly frustrating. Good luck on your recovery.
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Be careful with that PICC, man!




Thanks again for the advice, guys. I had the splints out today. Ate breakfast for the first time in a week and am going to nap after watching my ToC and Giro stages for the day. Tomorrow I'm going to try and spin in the trainer just a little bit.
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