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LUGNUT_9754 Posts: 2,029
1/4/11 10:32 A

Welcome to Sparkpeople!

I had my gallbladder removed this past June and didn't even know it could effect my weight. Since then I have been struggling but still staying afloat.

Definitely check out the Sparkpeople book. It's a fantastic way to get started. Make sure that you make small changes. They will last a lot longer than drastic ones.

If you have any questions or need help in any way let me know.

Good luck on your journey!

MEGGERSW SparkPoints: (0)
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1/4/11 9:25 A

Hey! And welcome to Spark People. I saw your post and I feel for you. I had my gallbladder removed in 2005. I have been able to lose weight (50lbs) since I had it removed (although I just gained it all back because of medications and falling off the wagon).

Research on gallbladders is mixed in terms of weight loss. It helps spurt out bile to digest fatty foods, but with out it, your liver supplies a small drip of this anyway. Regardless, eating fatty foods isn't good.

I found the hardest thing in losing weight after my gallbladder surgery was actually getting fit again. I couldn't believe how long it took to get my abdominal muscles back!

I would recommend not drastically changing your diet but start thinking about it. Fatty foods will be harsher on your stomach and harder to digest now, but you don't have to entirely give them up. For example, if you usually order a large fry, start by getting a medium fry instead.

Good luck! emoticon

LAURIE5658 SparkPoints: (285,105)
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1/4/11 8:55 A

Hi emoticon and congratulations on beginning your Spark journey!

There's so much here to help you along the way and excellent advice to setting and achieving healthy goals. With the thousands and thousands of fellow Sparkers you will always find someone you can connect with. I am always amazed how many lives have been changed for the better through the use of SparkPeople.

If you have not already done so, I suggest that you check out the videos in the "Healthy Lifestyle" section. Scroll down for the site orientation videos. That should point you in the right direction. I find that if you just start looking around Spark, you will quickly learn about the wonderful tools available for your use. After being a Sparker since 2007, I still find something new and very useful.

Welcome and best wishes!

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LKEITHO SparkPoints: (528,575)
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1/4/11 8:54 A

Welcome to SparkPeople! You'll find lots of support, information and inspiration here. All the best on achieving your goals in 2011!

SHREKWARD SparkPoints: (114,476)
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1/4/11 6:39 A

Hi and welcome to Sparkpeople!

1/4/11 1:59 A

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Happy New Year and congrats on taking the first step to reaching a healthier you! I'm glad you're getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support.

In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


If you haven't discovered The Spark book and/or the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check them out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I do - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


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1/4/11 1:03 A

Hello, my name is Tamara and I am over weight. In June I lost my Gallbladder and have packed on over 30 lbs. I don't know what to do. I exercise, and am trying to change what I eat but its hard. I am a single mother and alone. Sometimes I feel like its just easier to be heavy and alone. I need support you guys. I need help.

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