SparkPeople Bariatric Journey - TEAM CLOSED Team Messageboard This team has moved to a PRIVATE bariatric team. If you would like an invitation to the private team email difromwyoming or ndhuntress for an invitation please. SparkPeople Bariatric Journey - TEAM CLOSED Team Messageboard Beginner RNY. Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am Teri and I just had RNY on 12/12/16. <BR> My highest recorded weight was 279. (I say recorded because I thin:k I was heavier before this weight was recorded. My weight at the start of my bariatric journey: 242. Pre-surgery weight: 230, after liver shrink diet; 221. Current weight as of my 2 week follow up 197! <BR> <BR> I am really struggling with the "head hunger" and keeping on track with meals. I am currently on the stage 3 diet, but often fall back to ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:51:55 EST Ah Pensacola here you come! Wow ND I forgot you were going to Pensacola. That sounds so wonderful! I hope you have <BR> a great time. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:07:26 EST . <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> . Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:26:41 EST Hunger not the same, fullness neither? Would like to compare notes with the team? <BR> <BR> The "news" I get from my greatly reduced stomach is so different. Lots of y'all have <BR> made mention of this, here and there. I do now (a little more than a month post sleeve) feel something like hunger--though sometimes I'm deducing that a feeling must be hunger given that I've hardly eaten anything for 4-5 hours--and even when I do feel hunger, it is milder and less insistent than before. <BR> <BR> But I've also noticed that when ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 15:09:19 EST Vitamins Hey all! What chewable vitamins did you use post-op? How was the taste? I have been using Source of Life Adult Chewable and they have been seriously clogging me up! Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:21:28 EST Rate of loss with sleeve gastrectomy? Dear buddies. Today is exactly 30 days since my surgery. For the last 10 days my weight has not changed noticeably. I've averaged about 725 calories per day over the month, I keep it down on the carbs--today was a high day at 68 grams (it was the xmas party, i had 1/4 cup of cheese cake--but going back several days this week the values were 41, 47, 26, 45, grams, and I usually get in at least 60 grams of protein (sometimes more sometimes less), I take all the vitamins and supplements (Calc... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:42:00 EST Busy couple of days Hello buddies! Last couple of days have been interesting and busy. Had a couple of early morning appts. so I didn't have time to check in here. Today was the Xmas party at one of my jobs. I really wasn't sure what I was going to do. We always go to a fancy restaurant here in town and we do have a very good old time. So there was a salad for an appetizer I ate one or two forkfuls, it was good, but I was not so sure about those raw lettuce leaves, so I just picked out 3-4 pecan halves ch... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:07:53 EST SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and Weight Loss Dear Buddies--In the past this has always really affected me. As soon as Daylight Savings ended, boom--I would become so lethargic. I must have been a bear or some other hibernating creature in a previous life. All I could do is come home, stand in front of the refrigerator till I was full and go to bed. <BR> <BR> Somehow, miraculously it seems, this is beginning to lose its grip on me! When I get home, I turn on ALL the lights, I meditate, I do a couple of tabatas for upper body stren... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:26:21 EST Haven't quite figured out the team/boar d/threads Going private seems like a reasonable idea to me. But I'm a newbie. <BR> I sure wouldn't want to miss out on all the good information and encouragement. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:13:52 EST 15 days after surgery Since Monday I've restarted my exercise program. I did go for a couple of long slow walks the week before, but this week I really got on it! Today I've done 5 tabatas for upper body <BR> and 25 minutes of Just Dance3. Yesterday I walked 30 minutes and danced 25 minutes, Monday did 2 tabatas and 25 minutes of dancing. It feels GOOD! last time I weighed myself on Sunday I had lost 22 lbs and already I feel the difference in my joints. I've been drinking 2 Premier protein shakes, half a bott... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:28:49 EST Pouch Reset Sorry I did not get this posted last night. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> sorry that it is a little hard to read. Here is also the link. <link><BR>set-losing-weight-after-weight-regain/<BR>10-day-pouch-reset-web/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can click on the image in the link to increase the size. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:42:51 EST New Here Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm looking into possibly getting the sleeve. I'm going to seminar to get more info this week. My family Dr recommended the sleeve and told me to go to the seminar. If I'm interested then I'll receive paperwork to fill out and send back for the surgeons to see if I'm a candidate. I'm pretty sure I am and now just crossing my fingers to get things moving as far as process goes. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to making new friends on this new journey that I'm about to start. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:32:39 EST New Member: second start to the path. This bariatric path is a difficult one for me, I'm almost 65, supposed to have been dead for about 57 years, kept doing things the Doctors said would kill me and I'm still here. I'm not sure why. I am starting the path for the second time, first bariatric group was a bust. This Dr I have now is at least asking me to do some tests, doing some heart monitoring, to see if I am fit enough to live thru the surgery and recovery. Frankly, in one way, this is what I have hoped for a long time, in ano... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 01:57:53 EST Post-op Dental Care This may be TMI for some people, but I'm sharing this info for those who find it relevant. <BR> <BR> I saw my dentist this morning for the first time since my RNY surgery. She and I discussed the post-op vomiting that I've been experiencing. She told me that it's important to let your dentist know if that is happening to you. The acid in the stomach contents erodes teeth enamel. Not a good thing. An occasional vomiting episode is less concerning, but if it's happening regularly or freq... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:55:46 EST 3 Months out Today is a major day for me. I am exactly 3 months out from surgery. <BR> <BR> In that time I have lost just shy of 50 pounds (49.2 to be exact). For a grand total of 116.2 pounds gone forever and every Amen. <BR> <BR> I started with just walking prior to surgery and was able to get my distance and pace to increase in the many walks I have taken. Now I have joined Planet Fitness and it is time to kick it up a notch. I started a 30 day Squat Challenge about a week ago that is a persona... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:27:11 EST Any Canadians in this group? Hi, I'm from Ontario, Canada, and I am just starting the Bariatric program - so I guess I'm pre-op. Even though I want and welcome support from all, I was especially hoping to connect with anyone from Canada who has gone through this process, since the procedures and process may be slightly different from anywhere else. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 23:42:08 EST Yo! Yesterday, my doctor gave me the referral for bariatric surgery. So I am still in the 'asking questions' stage of things. I've talked to two people who had it - both had bands they hated and one went on to get the sleeve, which she loves. She's under the care of Duc Vuong in New Mexico and he is apparently a big deal vis a vis surgery and post-op nutrition. I watched some of his videos and he seems upbeat and smart. <BR> <BR> The whole thing feels doable. <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> Now, about me. <BR>... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:25:49 EST I've got my date! Good morning, everyone! I just spoke with Nicole, my scheduler at the Bariatric Center and I have my labs date of November 1st, sleeve procedure date of November 15th and 1st followup appt on November 23rd set up! I am so excited and nervous about this wonderful opportunity to take my life and health back. I hope you all are doing well and journeying successfully! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:02:02 EST 36 Hours and Counting I'm finishing the 13th day of my pre-op liquid diet and will have my RNY at 8:00 am Monday, September, 19, 2016. I decided at age 69 it is never too late, especially, if I want to live a longer and more active lifestyle. My primary physician is always quick to remind me he hasn't seen many 70 year-olds wighing what I weigh (428 starting point). Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:18:27 EST kidney stones At support group meeting last night, there was some discussion of kidney stones after WLS. Apparently your chances of having kidney stones increase after surgery, which I had not heard before. <BR> Sounds like drinking enough water is one of the biggest things you can do to reduce the chances and is a general thing people with kidney stones try to do regardless of WLS. <BR> <BR> Here is an article talking about some of the science - was a little surprised it doesn't mention the likely conne... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:02:07 EST I'm getting sleeved!!! whoo hoo! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with weight loss for about 10-15 years. I just couldn't seem to find the strength to stay on track. I'm very excited to get VSG on August 19th. I'm excited to learn new healthy eating habits along the way to live a healthy lifestyle. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 04:06:48 EST Just starting my journey Hi all! My name is Janice and I am just starting my journey to WLS. I have gone through orientation, and now waiting for my first appt to arrive (Sept 6)! I am so excited! I am a large gal at 417 lbs. They did tell me I would have to lose 47 lbs to be considered for surgery through my insurance. I also have to do 6 months before seeking insurance approval. Weighed in last week, and will weigh in again Friday, at my son's dr appt.. Crossing my fingers and toes that I have lost some! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 16:03:02 EST Total newbie here! Hi all! I'm just beginning the process for WLS surgery after mulling it over for YEARS. I will meet with the surgeon for the 1st time on July 25th after attending a seminar. Fear is definitely a huge factor in this for me. Fear of getting the surgery but also of what would happen if I don't get this surgery. I'm only 35 and on a fast track to some serious health issues. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:57:07 EST Surgery and post op thoughts So t no point leading into surgery was I nervous about it. I was nervous that they would open me up and decide that they could not operate on me and close me up again. <BR> <BR> Was in a fair amount of pain in recovery but when they put the warm blanket on me that helped a lot. I went for walks as soon as they let me go. And did a lot of deep breathing to get pas the pain. My first walk was not very far but after I could go further and faster. <BR> <BR> I was able to have liquid this mor... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 12:10:21 EST sleeved on 6/16/16-- how many calories per day?? I was sleeved on 6/16 and have noticed that I do not always feel the restriction that I hear others feel, especially as the day goes on. The morning starts with not wanting anything and as the day goes on I feel more hungry and can hold more food. I can eat a little kid plate amount (ex-2 oz fish and 1/2 c veg) if I take around an hr to eat it. I don't know if this is normal at all!!!! <BR> <BR> Soooo with that I feel it would be best if I started many calories should I ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:57:33 EST sleeved 6/16/16- tracking w/SP again Hey there! I'm not far out from being sleeved on 6/16. I've tracked many many times on SP in the past with good results but due to a neurological disorder (pseudo tumor cebri), they pushed for bari surgery and everything went pretty quickly and here I am (process started around Feb). I am hoping to use SP again bc of all the features there are in addition to the trackers but hate that they don't acknowledge us bariatric peeps :(.....but oh well. I've lost around 24 lbs since surgery and ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:51:15 EST Starting my journey Hello! I wanted to introduce myself. I'm Robin and live in very rural Maine on a farm with my wife and daughter. I had a VBG back in 2000 and lost...wait for it....30lbs! Yeah, there is a reason they don't do those anymore. So, after years of vomiting and eating "slider" food, I met with Dr. Cobean in Portland. He is willing to revise me to a RNY. At least with this program, I'll get a good education. <BR> Had my upper and lower (ick!) GI and no problems there. My introduction class and first... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 13:32:52 EST Clothing Adventures I'm attending a fund raising tea this weekend and there's nothing in my closet ATM that is appropriate and still fits. So after work yesterday I visited my Go To shop for women-sized clothing to find an outfit to wear. Almost everything in the shop was too large for me. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Losing 45 lbs does increase the clothing store options. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:31:35 EST SP article about protein supplement This SparkPeople article about protein supplements is really informative. Thought you all would like to read it, too. <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=1964&amp;page=7 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:53:09 EST This is a good read I got this from another group thought it would be a great one for our group of dedicated members. <BR> <BR> WLS Do’s and Don’ts <BR> <BR> DO remove the word ONLY from your vocabulary. Ex: I’ve ONLY lost 10 Lbs in 2 weeks… Now let’s look at this again without the word ONLY: I’ve lost 10 Lbs in 2 weeks!! See what I mean? Perception is reality folks!! <BR> <BR> DON’T assume you’ll never eat all of your favorite foods again. This is just an excuse your brain has designed to allow you to indulg... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:59:33 EST Puree/Soft Diet Suggestions? I'm currently POD #23 and am almost 1 full week into the Phase 3 puree/soft diet. I'm having trouble achieving the Phase 3 targets for calories, protein, and fluids. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to space out the food/fluids/supplements. Also, my new pouch seems to be opposed to any animal proteins. Chicken was a disaster. Scrambled eggs are iffy, but I have managed to eat 1 twice and kept it down. Yesterday, refried beans--which had been working just fine--cause... Wed, 25 May 2016 12:41:15 EST Hello Hello my name is Paul, I am new to the group. I am on track to have the Bariatric sleeve surgery in mid June. I hope to be able to share my journey with you Tue, 24 May 2016 13:45:07 EST POD #21: Returned to work today POD #21 / Back to Work Day #1. I only lasted 4 1/2 hours, but it's a start. It felt good to be out of the house and at least semi-productive. Now it's nap time. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:31:14 EST Full Liquid to Soft/Puree Diet Transition- :-( Today was Day #1 of the FL to Soft/Puree Diet transition. Despite good intentions, careful adherence to all of the advice from the Nutritionist, what I call the Blasted Bariatric Bible Binder, and you all. It did not go well. In the AM I ate 1/4 c of unsweetened applesauce without any difficulty. Was feeling pretty optimistic about things. In the afternoon I ate 1 oz of very moist chicken thigh, diced very small, eaten very slowly, and chewed to a paste. Tasted good. Didn't get stuck. ... Fri, 20 May 2016 01:59:19 EST POD #16: visit with Nutritionist Tomorrow is my first post-op visit with the Nutritionist. After a rocky start, I am now on track with the calorie, protein, and fluid targets for Phase 2 diet (full liquid). After this visit I should get the okay to graduate to the Phase 3 diet (soft/puree). I am SO looking forward to a scrambled egg, some cottage cheese, or some banana! Let's hope she doesn't decide to postpone the transition. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 01:53:07 EST Specialized Apps I am just wondering if anyone here is using any specialized apps for Bariatric Patients. <BR> <BR> I am starting to investigate which ones are the best to meet my needs. I already track my food on Loseit since I have the scale that integrates with it. But most regular apps on the market do not address the nutritional needs of a bariatric patient and they really don't cope well with low calorie &amp; high weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> If you have apps that you have found that work well plea... Mon, 16 May 2016 16:55:02 EST 1st postop visit Had my 10-day post-op visit with the surgeon this AM. Despite the rocky several days after discharge, I met all the items on the milestone checklist. &amp;#128516; Have lost 9 lbs from the most recent pre-op weight thus far. <BR> <BR> Next step: 7 more days of full liquid diet, then I can advance to purée. I have no appetite yet, but scrambled eggs are beginning to sound like a good idea. Which is progress. Until the last day or 2, any thought of anything other than clear liquids was naus... Thu, 12 May 2016 21:07:13 EST Tracking postop diet with SP? I want to use Sparkpeople to track my intake postop. I'm having trouble figuring out the best way to incorporate the required meal schedules, fluid, tracking, &amp; supplement tracking into the existing SP system. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks. MatkaZ Wed, 11 May 2016 04:26:42 EST POD #8--the saga continues Just checking in. Am now at POD #8 from the surgery. I had three surgeries actually: the roux en y, a hiatal hernia repair, and an abdominal incisional hernia repair. The hospital stay proceeded pretty much as expected. I met the milestones for tolerating fluids, walking, peeing after the catheter was removed, and showering. When I went home on POD #3, I didn't feel perky, but I felt reasonably okay and was anticipating an uneventful recuperation at home. <BR> <BR> The first 4 days a... Wed, 11 May 2016 00:44:25 EST Cauliflower Crumbles For those who have already had surgery have you tried the Green Giant Cauliflower Cumbles. I have been experimenting with these and am hopeful that after some time that I would be able to have this again. Thu, 5 May 2016 21:05:35 EST Home from the hospital POD #3. Came home from the hospital this afternoon. Being home is more challenging than being in the hospital. The after effects of the ride home convinced me that slow progress is the way to go. Am making the transition from clear liquid to full liquid diet. I'm kind of scared about adding new foods. I know that I can eat tea , jello, &amp; juice without any problems. I don't trust yet that the same will be true for full liquids. Did any of the rest of you have that response to the change? Thu, 5 May 2016 20:54:32 EST POD #2 POD #2. Am still in the hospital. Milestones in the last 24 hrs: they removed the Foley catheter. I finally voided. It was probably the threat of reinserting the catheter that inspired the reluctant bladder to give up its contents. They removed the drain in the side of my chest. That was unpleasant, but brief. They discontinued the pain med pump &amp; started liquid oral pain med. Have walked in the hall and sat up in a chair. Best of all they advanced my diet from NPO (nothing by mouth) to... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:54:22 EST Surgery Today I finally had my first pre-op visit with the surgeon last Friday. He told me that it would be another 2-3 months before there was an opening on his surgery schedule. I told him that if he ever had a cancellation, that I could be flexible, and would be willing to schedule my procedure with a short notice. The Fates were listening. He was notified that one of his cases for Monday (today) had been cancelled. They offered the spot to me. I accepted it. So, after months of preliminary ste... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:31:40 EST Hello fellow WLS friends Hi, I'm Eris. I had RXY last June and I just joined SparkPeople. <em>524</em> Sun, 1 May 2016 23:31:14 EST New protein drink product This weekend I found a new (to me, anyway) protein drink at Costco: Premier Protein. 11 fl oz with 160 cal, 30g of protein, 1g of sugar, the usual mix of vitamins and minerals. The flavor is no worse (or no better) than the other protein drinks I've tried. But the 30g of protein in one serving is a big help. As is the Costco pricing. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 13:36:51 EST 3 weeks to surgeon appointment April has finally arrived. My first appointment with surgeon is April 29th. And the first appointment with the nutritionist is on the 27th. So 3 weeks to make sure I'm at pre-op goal weight. Hopefully, the wait time between the surgeon appointment and the procedure won't be too long. I really want to get on with this. Am trying to "stay in the moment," but it feels like life is on hold while the system slowly grinds through its processes. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 13:26:46 EST FMLA, what (and if) to tell your boss, etc. I'm at least 6 months out from surgery, so I have time to figure this out, but I'm wondering what others who work full time have done as far as telling work, FMLA, etc. I didn't find a topic on this yet, and I suspect others have questions and concerns with how to handle work, so I thought I'd create it as its own topic. <BR> <BR> I work full-time as a manager and am the main provider for my family. With the 6 month wait and some vacation time already saved up, I will have no trouble having ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 18:40:47 EST Duodenal Switch specific discussion Created this topic for people that had a Duodenal Switch or are going to have it. I have just started the process a few weeks ago - not scheduled yet. Fewer people have this so there doesn't seem to be as much discussion. I searched but am not finding a lot specific to it in this group or in the message boards, so I thought I'd create a topic here. <BR> <BR> For those wondering what this is, I included a link to a good comparison of the DS to the more common RNY. It is a more complicated pr... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:51:05 EST Returning from break Just stopping by to say, Hello! I've been away from SP for about 5 weeks. Had carpal tunnel surgery on my dominant hand mid-February. Have been limiting my keyboarding and other hand-intensive activities during the post-op recovery phase. Am very happy with the results of the carpal tunnel surgery. The thumb and first two fingers on my right hand were completely numb. Now they are rapidly returning to normal sensation. Hopefully with some TLC and luck we can prevent having to repeat t... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 20:09:05 EST New here I am very new. I just made an appointment with a clinic for an initial appointment. I am at the point where I am very concerned about limiting my life because my weight interferes with things I want to do and used to do. I've never been "active" but I've never been in the place I am now such that walking around in the mall is a horrible experience because my joints hurt because of the weight. Anyway, here I am and I'm glad to see this group. Thanks for being here. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:36:06 EST not losing weight on preop diet has anyone else stayed the same weight while on the pre op diet (not the liquid diet)? in my case i have been at a plateau for three months. i am physically disabled and limited in both strength and cardio exercise. i have been 90% compliant with all the dietitian's suggestions. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 01:49:37 EST Hair Loss I am still pre-surgery but I have heard about one of the side effects of the rapid weight loss being hair loss. <BR> <BR> Have any of you experience this? I have approximately 200 pounds to lose with this surgery and I understand that a large portion of that will be off in the first 6 months. Will that increase the odds of hair loss for me? <BR> <BR> I will of course be talking to my surgeon about this and know that to a certain extent vitamins can help but from my understanding this will... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 15:46:06 EST New to the group! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Jen and I just wanted to share a little about myself. <BR> <BR> I'm 31 and I live with my husband and six dogs. I'm still working on my 6-month supervised diet to appease my insurance before they will submit my information to see if I'm approved for surgery. March 14th will be my last appointment, then it's just a waiting game. Hopefully, if everything goes right, my husband and I both will be getting RNY in April. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to take part in a new g... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:16:52 EST Portable Protein? So, my husband is being amazing enough to go through the dietary part of this pre-op journey with me. We are both getting sick to death of sandwiches. However, I am sort of out of ideas on how to pack some protein into his lunch that isn't in sandwich form. <BR> <BR> I am considering tuna salad pita pockets, because technically, not a sammich, but still. <BR> <BR> ALSO: he has no access to a microwave so it can't require cooking. <BR> <BR> I appreciate any and all suggestions on this ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:55:52 EST Just a Fun (hopefully!) Question If you're pre-op, name something you are looking forward to being able to do. <BR> <BR> if you're post-op and have made good headway, what is something enjoyable that you do now that you were unable to do before. <BR> <BR> I'll go first :-) <BR> <BR> I'm pre-op (still in compliance phase)... I can't wait to be able to RIDE A BIKE again! <BR> I haven't ridden a bike since I was 18. <BR> <BR> <em>309</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2016 02:03:35 EST Hi All. Newbie here <em>40</em> <BR> Hello, everyone. I'm new to this team, but have been on and off of SP for a few years now. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty much at the beginning of my journey at this point and haven't decided which of the two surgeries I want (U of I doesn't do Lapband) and am hoping that from reading through the teams and seeing other folks' experiences I can be a little more informed about the outcomes of each. Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:40:08 EST Week 7 Post Surgery and I Feel Fine I had gastric bypass surgery on December 28th and I'm feeling great! The pre-surgery prep was the worse part since I was on liquids on Christmas but my family is very supportive and got me through it. So far I've lost 41 lbs from my heaviest weight of 257 lbs. I haven't really given up anything except soda; everything in moderation which means no more than 1/2 to 1 cup of food 3 times a day with each meal lasting 25 minutes. I really need to eat slow with tiny bites or I get discomfort from m... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:23:46 EST Pre surgery I am a pre surgery bariatric patient. I have done a great deal of thinking and researching this before going all in. I will be having the gastric sleeve. I am finishing my group counseling sessions and have medical clearance for surgery. I have been following the pre bariatric surgery meal plan. I am excited to have the surgery. I know it is just a tool in my Arsenal to help me. It just feels right after years of loss and gain. Just wanted to say hello. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:35:08 EST Reached pre-op wt goal I have finally achieved the required pre-op weight goal. Despite being a faithful SP, sticking with the food plan, recording everything that enters my mouth, and taking swimming lessons, I've been bouncing around in a 2 lb range which was never less than 1/2 lb over goal. Yesterday I was 1/2 lb under goal. <em>9</em> About time. Of course, that weight was in the morning, minus clothing, after nature calls, and before breakfast. Oh, yes, and I was probably exhaling at the time. <B... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:28:00 EST Surgery scheduled! I thought I'd have at least another month but I got a call today and the insurance company has approved my surgery. The doctor had a cancelation next week so I jumped at it: Next Thursday, Feb 11th. <BR> <BR> There is so much to do in such a short amount of time: <BR> - Schedule and have Upper GI <BR> - Chest x-ray <BR> - Pulmonary Function Test <BR> - Blood work <BR> - EKG <BR> - Purchase Post Op "food" &amp; vitamins <BR> <BR> I'm nervous but extremely excited to continue my journey. ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:58:23 EST What is an NSV??? I have to ask, what is an NSV? Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:27:43 EST Fingernails? I'm plugging away at reaching the mandatory pre-op weight. Am stuck at 1/2 - 1 1/2 lb from goal. Will get there eventually. Are any of you on the weight loss path having problems with your fingernails? Mine have always been strong, but lately they've become thin and brittle. They tear or break at the slightest thing. I keep them filed short &amp; don't wear polish or artificial nails. <BR> <BR> The SP nutrition analyzer report indicates I'm getting enough protein--about 60-65 grams a... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:03:32 EST New Member Hi! I am new to spark and this team. I have my initial consultation on Feb10th. I am excited about starting my new healthy lifestyle. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:46:10 EST New to the Team Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm very glad this team exists! It was a happy accident that I found it. I just had my sleeve surgery completed on 12/29/15 and I was poking around the site looking for some ways to get plugged in so that I can make the most of post-surgery journey. I'm excited to be here. <BR> <BR> - NS1985NS Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:36:46 EST Patiently Waiting & Swimming Lessons I have completed all of the items on the pre-op Must Do list. The case manager told me Friday that in 2-3 weeks, the surgeon's office will contact me to make an appointment with him. The appointment will be 2-3 months after the scheduling phone call. They have a long waiting list. Am practicing patience. <BR> <BR> In the mean time, I've signed up for swimming lessons for those who have never ventured into the water. The first class is tomorrow at 7AM. I don't know what is more surpris... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:24:29 EST Personal Trainer - To Be Or Not To Be So, I'm thinking seriously about becoming a personal trainer. I really believe there is a niche for bariatric patient, special physical needs, over 50 years old... <BR> <BR> I've had some concerns about going back to the gym, because I'm worried about water intake and nutrition intake. I'm over a month post op, and still haven't been back. I've bought my membership at a local gym, but, after talking to the in-house trainer, I'm not super comfortable about his knowledge with reg... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:48:34 EST Survived the psych eval I finally had my psych eval appointment today. It went better and was more useful than I anticipated. Certainly not worth the pre-appointment anxiety I dedicated to it. The discussion with the psychologist left me with several things to think about--none of which will dissuade me from having the surgery. But certainly are helping to keep me grounded in the realities of post-op life. <BR> <BR> We talked about the percent of people who regain their weight after bariatric surgery (more th... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:22:22 EST Psych eval questions? Next week is my preop visit with the bariatric program psychologist. I'm a bit anxious about that interview. I believe I'm reasonably mentally healthy and realistic about the upcoming surgical procedure and the aftermath. The medically-oriented stuff doesn't phase me at all. But I have some anxiety (based on nothing but my own imagination) that if I don't give the right answers to the questions she is going to ask, she can delay or prevent me from having the surgery. If it's not betrayin... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 16:16:39 EST Inspiration! In case you need inspiration for keeping active, check out this video on the Daily Spark page: <BR> <BR><BR>yspark-videos-detail.asp?video=68 <BR> <BR> This is how I want to be when I'm 80 years old! <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 14:31:08 EST Tips to tighten loose skin? I am almost 5 months out - down almost 90 lbs. I workout at the gym, do boot camp and , water aerobics . I workout about 10-12 hours a week. I do cardio and weights at the gym. What tips if any, have people found to help tighten the loose skin!?! <BR> My legs and stomach look like I am Melting- ugh <em>40</em> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:40:36 EST Joined the gym! All this talk about daily exercise must be having a good influence on me. Today I joined the IMA (intramural athletics) gym at work. (I work on a university campus). Have been nagging myself about doing the for, oh, about the whole 8 years I've worked there. It's a nice facility with all the features that college athletes and their friends could want. Next I'm going to enroll in the Beginners Swimming class. Have always wanted to know how to swim. This seems like the right time and pla... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 03:03:03 EST deleted msg Deleted--duplicate message Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:12:32 EST Sugar plums! Deleted-duplicate msg. Computer gremlins and/or End-User Errors. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:03:14 EST Christmas food in the break room It's that time of year. The break room is constantly stocked with tempting Christmas foods--cookies, candies, fudge, nuts, even a salami. I'm successfully avoiding eating any of it, but I am having a bit of a Pity Party over it. Sticking to the weight loss regimen provides (some) moral satisfaction, but, frankly, I'd rather have a lebkuchen and some peanut brittle. <BR> <BR> Momma said there would be days like this . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:42:34 EST Frustration I mailed the case manager yesterday to tell her that I've completed all of the items on the "All of the Above" checklist that must be completed before I can schedule an appointment with the nutritionist and the surgeon. Which must be completed before I can schedule the surgery. Her very kind reply was that I can't schedule the nutritionist and surgeon appointments until after I see the psychologist. Her first available appointment is January 16th (5 weeks from now). I set up that appoint... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:43:58 EST 1st bariatric surgery group mtng Am going to attend the first bariatric surgery group meeting this PM. Will be interesting to hear what they have to say. Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:30:04 EST Unexpected progress Received a call from the Case Manager today. They have scheduled my psych eval appointment. Thought that was not going to happen until I had checked a few more items off the pre-op prep list. :-) Fri, 4 Dec 2015 02:58:08 EST New to the team Hi, I'm new to this team. Made the decision (finally) recently to have bariatric surgery. Have been approved for the procedure. As I posted on the wall this AM, I'm in the pre-op, Jumping Thru Hoops phase of the process. Checking off completed tasks as required. Next week I'll attend the mandatory group meeting. Then, they will allow me to schedule the psych eval. <BR> <BR> Am working on my attitude. Having made the the decision to have the surgery, I'd like to just get on with it. ... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:12:56 EST Sugare after WL surgery Hi everyone <BR> I love eating sweets to much and surgery didn't made it impossible fit me to keep eating it .... <BR> <BR> I have a question for those who had the surgery a while a go ( I am 18 months post up) <BR> <BR> What does sugar do to your body ? What is your symptoms ? Do you feel pain? Bloated?..... <BR> If you can share some of the side effects if any I'll appreciated <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:47:58 EST 1 year out It's been so long since I have posted on SP (2013) I hope I am posting in the right <BR> <BR> I had the sleeve done last year and I have lost 85 lbs still not at goal and have been kinda struggling with the last 20 lbs not that I really have a number, I am ok with where I am at but would like to go farther and connect with other wls people. <BR> <BR> So HELLO :) Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:47:50 EST Just Starting My WLS Journey Hi everyone! My name is Janet and I'm just beginning my WLS journey and trying to get as much information as I can. I've gone to the first seminar and filled out the bajillion question (okay, perhaps it wasn't quite a billion...LOL) paper, called my insurance company, made sure everything is covered and I don't need a referral, etc. Now I am waiting for the phone call from scheduling to make an appointment to speak with the surgeon I've chosen and meet some of my *Team.* I'm a Senior Medi... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 02:17:15 EST My pre-surgery journey Started August 5th, my birthday. I weighed 272. The insurance company required a 90 day wait before I could have the surgery. Had my 3rd appointment of 4 today weigh in and I am down 11 more pounds, a total loss of 29. 6 more weeks to go Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:51:38 EST Fitness Tracker Question Okay I am looking for advice on what is the best fitness tracker to get. I am pre-surgery so still in the Morbidly Obese category (ugh). I am trying to get moving and thought that if I invested in a fitness tracker that it would be helpful. <BR> <BR> So I am hoping that some of the members here have suggestions based on use on the best one to purchase. I have an iPhone so must be able to sync with IOS. Also I am not a runner (never was but Surgeon says that may change lol) I want to get ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:45:31 EST Pre-Op Diet - What does/did that look like for you Hi, All! <BR> <BR> I'll be starting my pre-op diet sometime in November, and I'd like to be as prepared as possible for that. How did you all manage several weeks of below-normal calorie intake? <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> <BR> Garrie <BR> <em>422</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:33:44 EST New direction in the battle of the bulge... I've been trying to lose weight more years than I care to admit and after losing and gaining 60 lbs more than once in this life I changed jobs to an office position and found myself back to where I was full-term with my now 9 year old twins. I have come to the realization I cannot do this without some medical intervention; I went to my doctor and asked for help and because of my thyroid issues due to direct field radiation combined with hypertension I am not a candidate for prescription weigh... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:14:03 EST Begining of my Journey **I hope Well after years of saying no I won't have WLS I am now waiting for Insurance to approve me for surgery. I have met with the surgeon and he has drafted a letter of necessity to the insurance company. Now I must wait for them to respond could take up to 60 days. <BR> <BR> A little about me. I have been on one diet or another for over 30 years now. Essentially I dieted to my size. My surgeon was surprised at some of the fad diets I have been on. My journey began when I was in my early te... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:12:56 EST Hi I found you! Need online support/su uggestions I am post gastric sleeve and am glad to find an online place to chat. <BR> I have had respiratory issues lately sarcoidosis, asthma, allergies, and infection <BR> I need to exercise tomorrow For at least 30 minutes!! I can do it although it can easily SLIP away from me if I get distracted. <BR> It is good to have you all online Have some success and peace today Wed, 23 Sep 2015 05:28:49 EST Question of the week: Sept 20 What things help you when you get 'head hunger' and think you want something to eat? Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:44:41 EST overwhelmed I met with the bariatric surgeon one on one today for the first time. The plan is a gastric sleeve in a few to six months. I found the experience to be a whirlwind. There are so many tests and procedures to get done before my next appointment. The doctor is not going to use any medications to assist my weight loss because i am a heart patient. So i am confused about what is going to be any different about my weight loss process pre surgery that it is already. I don't meet with the dietician... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 15:08:39 EST Vitamin D Has anyone on our team had to take mega Vitamin D before surgery? Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:38:13 EST Qotw Sept 14 Celebrations are an important part of the journey. <BR> <BR> What kind of celebrations have you planned for hitting goals? <BR> If you're pre surgery, what would be some milestones for you to celebrate? <BR> <BR> For example...I want to celebrate being in the " terrible twos" (200's) when I get there with a new haircut. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:24:22 EST New to the group, 6 months post RNY Hi, I had my Gastric Bypass on March 3, 2015. It was a band to bypass revision, and was so incredibly thankful to get that horrible band out. I'm 5'8" My weight on the day of surgery was 319, and I'm down to 234, so 85 pounds lost in 6 months. I'm starting to struggling a lot. My weight has plateaued, and my surgeon is 4 hours away, so going to the support groups isn't really an option. I'd love to be able to use this as another support tool to connect with people who are in the same situatio... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:51:58 EST Question of the week Sept.. Week 2 What is your "big dream" when you get to goal? If money and time were no option...what is on the top of your bucket list? Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:36:59 EST New to the group Hello everyone, I had my orientation on my birthday Aug 5th , my first appointment was Sept 2 and I lost 8 pounds so far. My insurance company required 4 appointment in 90 days. Just trying to figure out when the 90 days begin. Only a 134 pounds more to go! Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:02:11 EST Question of the week: Sept 2015 Tell us how far out you are from surgery (or if you're pre) <BR> and what you're eating in a typical day. <BR> Good recipes are also welcome. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:23:13 EST September 2015: Back to Basics Goals Time to re-commit to getting back to basics we might have fallen off on. You can post your goals here for September- do you need to log and measure food? get your fluids in? Exercise regularly? Here is the place to post your September goals. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:21:15 EST Recovery from surgery/going back to work HI, all. <BR> <BR> Would anyone care to share their WLS recovery stories? I am curious about how long it took you to stand up, take a walk, resume daily activiites, go back to work, etc. <BR> <BR> I would also like to know about your pain levels after surgery? Can you describe how you felt at various points...1st day after surgery...1 week after surgery...1 month after surgery? <BR> <BR> I haven't scheduled my surgery yet, but I'm beginning my meetings with various professionals, ie, nut... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:36:15 EST Starting down this road I've met with the surgeon, and the nutritionist. I'm scheduled for 2nd surgical meeting, and the psych eval as well. I've decided on the gastric sleeve option. I hope to have the surgery in early September. <BR> <BR> I worry that I won't be able to stick to the plan after the first 12-18 months. I worry that I have little to no support at home. I worry that I've heard that some folks have major, continuous complications. I've already started exercising more, and am attempting to train for a ... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 13:57:10 EST My journey is just beginning... I have been on the pre-surgery diet for 6 weeks and have about 2/mo until surgery. I would love to know how much other people lost prior to surgery and what their doctors suggest about excess skin. Are there things I can do now to prevent excess/loose skin? <BR> <BR> I am down 5 pounds after 6 weeks because I went on vacation to California. Although I didn't over eat I did have carbs and foods high in fat and sodium. I was down 10 pounds before vacation. When got home I had gained back the ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:53:38 EST Hello I'm in the beginning stages for getting weight loss surgery still haven't decided 100% on the sleeve or gbs. hoping to meet people who are in the same boat or were in the same boat. :) <BR> <BR> I have been on sp for years on and off. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:34:04 EST A whole new meaning to "the change of life." :) Hi, everyone! I've been a SparkPeople member for a few years. Tried many weight loss programs with some success, but mostly not. I'm in lots of pain in my hip, knees, and feet...arthritis. After long discussions with my family and many prayers, I've decided to embark on the bariatric surgery program. I think the approach to bariatric surgery is vastly improved since the "early days." One of my friends, who had the surgery 15+ years ago, said she is impressed with the improvements being ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:35:08 EST soon to be sleeved after a lifetime of struggling with my weight and years of research, i've finally decided that it's time to get the help that i need. for me, that's the sleeve. i've already completed the 6 months of medically supervised weight loss (lost a grand total of 6lbs) and have the referral from insurance. tomorrow i have my initial consultation with the surgeon and nutritionist, and thursday is my psych eval. i'm hoping for a surgery date in september. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:12:34 EST Hello I'm new! Hello! I am new to Spark People. I am 2 months away from sleeve surgery (hopefully) and am about to schedule my psychologist appt. I am looking forward to learning a lot from you all! <BR> <BR> I had my fourth nutritionist meeting on Monday. I think that for the first few months I felt like it was so far I'm starting to panic and feel really unprepared. I've started just over the last couple of days to try to get enough water each day and track my food...I still need to lose ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 14:38:08 EST Goal Setting Feel free to join me by setting yourself a goal. I will link some Sparkpeople Goal setting stuff later. <BR> <BR> Week #1 - Tuesday - Monday <BR> <BR> I will edit this to include things like barriers I expect later. In a hurry but didn't want to let this slip away. <BR> <BR> I will remind myself daily that despite kids bad behaviour and the rest of life's stressors that <BR> -I am important <BR> -I want to take advantage of the honeymoon phase <BR> -I don't want to give up on myself <... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:45:49 EST New to Spark Team for Bariatric Patients Looking for support. I am approaching my 5th year anniversary in December 2015 and still have 30 pounds to lose. Please give me any advice that you may have. Thanks! Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:33:47 EST Hi Everyone Hi Everyone…I am new here. I go for my bariatric surgery in less then two weeks. I am excited and nervous all at the same time…I question myself everyday but I know this is the best tool for me. I look forward to reading all your posts. :) Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:46:01 EST working my way towards D.S. Hi everybody. I have been fighting my doctors on getting WLS for years now and have finally gotten to the point where I feel it is necessary. I am in pre op testing right now. I've done 2 initial consults with the surgeon, 1 meeting with nutritionist (my insurance requires 6), and I have cardiology and pulminology scheduled for next week. I am waiting on paperwork for my psych eval. and results from blood work. I had to sign a weight loss contract with my surgeon to lose 40 lbs. before my sur... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 15:30:23 EST frustrated Just needing to vent.. <BR> so today i was on the eliptical and could only do about 20 knees starting aching so hubby says im letting my mind get in the way of my success...he's seen me do more...and hes right I whats going on with me? Why cant i do this? i want to get healthy I want the surgery to help make me healthy so I can live the life Ive always dreamed so frustrated and upset... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:17:24 EST Books and Such I was wondering if there were any books about surgery that any of you would recommend. Also recipe books for meals after bariatric surgery recommendations would also be greatly appreciated. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:44:55 EST VSG and Fiber I'm having my surgery on Monday and I'm on the high-protein liquid diet right now and I'm starting to notice the constipation is starting...usually when I need to I will use MiraLAX but I don't that's the best solution for me once I have the surgery. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend an easy way to get more fiber in? I don't mind the powders (except for Metamucil because it gets so thick so fast) and I used to chew Benefiber tablets, but they didn't seem to do me much good. <BR> <BR> Thanks a... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:34:15 EST turned down? so im about 3 months from finishing my 6 month program to have the sleeve done....sadly i havent lost the weight I need to....and tomorrow I have my EGD done to check for hernias... or any other biggest fear at this point is that after all the ive done...all the work...I'll be denied surgery....has this happened to anyone? Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:04:33 EST Starting out I am pre-op. I have done the beginning class and the orientation. I am an autism paraprofessional. I love to sing, act on stage, read, hike, kayak, and swim. I am doing this to help me get back to an active lifestyle doing the things I love. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:50:05 EST Which surgery you chose and why? Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Dori, I am new here and very happy to have found this team as a support group. I am awaiting for a surgery date. I want to hear from you, why you chose the surgery you chose? I have done a lot of research but still want to know all about how you decided between surgeries and your experience with your surgery. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:28:14 EST Are you at goal?? I notice many after surgery get to their goal weight, which is awesome. I'm stuck in my last 20...How did you emotionally and physically get to goal weight?? I am feeling down and need a pick me up and hear how others succeeded. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:31:53 EST I'm in pre-surgery testing. Hi, <BR> After many years of trying to lose the weight on my own I've decided to pursue WLS. I found a supportive doctor that has worked with me over the last year on mental and physical issues. While I've become more physically active, but unable to lose the weight. I mentioned that I was just in general pain. At that point I went on meds for fibromyalgia and wham! That cleared such a cloud and I felt soooo much better. I then decided that I wanted more. I was just so tired of trying every... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:38:27 EST Making Protein shakes taste better I am finishing up my pre-op testing this week, hoping for surgery in early to mid March, so I've started looking for the supplements - multivitamins, B12, Iron, protein powder, etc. <BR> <BR> I began taste testing the protein powder in order to find the right "mix" for my palette. With 8oz of water it seems to be "too thin" somehow, the taste was fine but it just seemed to off ratio-wise, y'know? So I'm wondering how everyone else mixed their protein powders to get a little more satisfactio... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:54:35 EST February : drink And sweat Hello everyone <BR> <BR> It's the second month if the new year . <BR> One month closer to spring :) <BR> <BR> How about we make an extra effort to make sure we drink our water and we exercise <BR> At least 3 times a week? <BR> It does make a diffrence in the weight loss. <BR> <BR> We can do this <em>91</em> <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Are you with me ? <em>9</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:07:59 EST 18 months post op I had my 18 month post op appointment on Thursday. Weighed in at 127 (two pounds heavier after the holidays). BMI is 21. Lab work came back fine. I haven't been tracking calories, carbs, proteins, etc. over the holidays and I know my carb intake has been high, and that's where the two pound gain came from. I do have minimal skin sagging - I mean really minimal, so I've joined the local gym to try and build some muscle to fill out the saggy spots (tummy, butt, and arms). Overall I am... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:07:46 EST Fibromyalgia and WLS Does anyone here have fibromyalgia? I'm curious to know how WLS affects it. <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:10:23 EST Hi! I'm new here and so happy to find this forum. I'm pre-op and hoping to learn from veterans and have support throughout my journey. <BR> <em>524</em> <em>381</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:48:41 EST December Challenge -- WLS friendly dessert recipes I don't know about you, but Holiday treats are hard to resist. So for this month let's share our WLS friendly dessert recipes. <BR> <BR> Here's my favorite -- Pudding Parfaits <BR> <BR> Take your favorite sugar free pudding and sugar free whipped topping and layer in a glass mug. Top with chopped nuts and dust with Cocoa Powder/Cinnamon. These desserts look beautiful and taste great! Enjoy! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:51:09 EST December I wish you a very great holidays <em>446</em> <em>445</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:49:41 EST Two years after surgery... I am happy I got the sleeve, but I have wandered far from where I wanted to be... <BR> <BR> I fell into bad habits, pushing the limits of what I can eat, and not eating the things I should. I started at 230+, and have held at 275 for over a year. Not losing, not gaining. <BR> <BR> I am ready to give up my bad habits and learn to love myself more than food. This has been an ongoing battle. Although the sleeve helps with portions, if those portions are unhealthy and too frequent, well... you ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:10:39 EST a question about cholesterol to my fellow GB ppl I had gastric bypass and got down to 90 lbs from 281 and my cholesterol is actually way higher and I am now on lipitor anyone else having that problem Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:35:37 EST Question of the week Hi <BR> What did you find most challenging or didn't expect to happen after surgery? Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:32:29 EST Question of the week: snacks... Hi <BR> What do you bring to work as healthy snack to keep you on track? <BR> <BR> I love low fat mini babybell, Greek yogourt, roasted edamame and nuts . <BR> This are high in protein and low carb . Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:24:03 EST Question of the week: winter activities <BR> What are your plans for the colder weather to stay active? <BR> Do you still take walks outside ? <em>332</em> <BR> Do you ski ? <em>329</em> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> Personally , I go out less often and workout at home and do my zumba classes. <BR> Here in Canada it gets very cold soi take a walk when the weather is mild enough. <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:53:51 EST November challenge : extra workout day. Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Are you already active? <em>361</em> <BR> If not, are you planning to start? <BR> So I propose to add a an extra day of exercising a week . If some of you are exercising everyday how about adding and extra 10 minutes for a day. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I am taking zumba classes 2 times a week and I am going to add a day of workout at home so are you with me ? <BR> <em>381</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 11:45:56 EST Question of the Week -- Staying Hydrated Howdy y'all! <BR> <BR> Hydration is so important for our success, so this week's Question of the Week is: <BR> <BR> How do you stay hydrated? <BR> How many glasses of liquid do you drink per day? <BR> How do you manage/what are your tips for getting all your fluids? <BR> What are your favorite "go to" drinks? <BR> <BR> Post your responses here! And thank you for sharing! <BR> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:54:13 EST Finally scheduled my surgery Yesterday I finally got the call I had been waiting for. The insurance company approved my surgery and I now have a confirmed surgery date for just before Thanksgiving. I've been trying for so long to lose weight (currently weigh 390) and I am relieved that I can finally see some relief. Up until now, I've been very lucky with respect to health affects of my weight, but lately there have been problems creeping up so this couldn't have come at a better time. <BR> <BR> The surgery I have deci... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:36:13 EST Question of the Week - Who is your Surgeon? Howdy y'all! <BR> <BR> This week's Question of the Week allows all of us to share our recommendations for surgeons across the world. So will tell us <BR> <BR> Where do you live? <BR> What is the name of your surgeon? <BR> What hospital did you go to? <BR> Why do you recommend him/her (or not recommend)? <BR> <BR> Post you comments here!! Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:49:39 EST 5 Day Pouch Test I'm going back on the 5 Day Pouch Test...... may carbs are out of control AGAIN!! This will be the third time since surgery -- and boy, I really need it to break the carb cravings! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'll post how it works this time around here! Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:47:09 EST Question of the Week - What are your "go to" meals What are your "go to" meals? -- the ones you make at home, the ones you eat when you are out, and the quick meals you grab on the go? <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:32:36 EST Question of the Week -- Resources You Use What resources do you use that have been extremely helpful on your journey? <BR> <BR> Please share the Books, Websites, Groups, etc..... that have been educational, informative, supportive, and helpful to you both pre-op and post-op. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:11:13 EST October "Fall Cleaning" Challenge Hey friends! <BR> <BR> It should be no surprise by now, that I’m on a mission to get organized. It’s a process, one that’s going more smoothly than I originally anticipated. I’m learning every day, and truly changing the way I do things, and it’s almost become second nature. If you think that it’s too late for you to make changes, or you don’t know where to begin, stick with me. I’m always sharing what I learn, and what’s making my life easier so you can make changes in your own. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:51:58 EST Question of the Week -- What was your "Last Straw" I'm just curious as to what was the catalyst for you making this decision. I know most of us have been dieting for years and years... and so.. what was the "thing" that happened that made you give up on the "diet alone" route? <BR> <BR> For me... My husband and I decided a year ago that we wanted to do something fantastic with our retirement. So, we decided to work towards buying a Winnebago to travel the county. Starting in the West and moving on East. So, in order to do that, I had to lose... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:34:03 EST Question of the Week -- What are your top 5 NSV's? This week we are going to focus on Non-Scale Victory Goals.... <BR> What are your top 5 NSV's? <BR> List the ones you've all ready achieved first, then pick 5 new NSV's to set as goals. <BR> <BR> Copy this format or use your own: <BR> NSV's Acheived: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> New NSV Goals: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:17:45 EST Question of the Week -- What are your top 5 NSV? This week we are going to focus on Non-Scale Victory Goals.... <BR> What are your top 5 NSV's? <BR> List the ones you've all ready achieved first, then pick 5 new NSV's to set as goals. <BR> <BR> Copy this format or use your own: <BR> NSV's Acheived: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> New NSV Goals: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:09:09 EST Question of the Week - Insurance Requirements Question of the Week <BR> <BR> What insurance do you have? <BR> What surgery did you have? <BR> What were the pre-op requirements that you had to complete before you were approved? <BR> <BR> Did you self Pay? <BR> What surgery did you have? <BR> How much did you have to pay? <BR> Did you have any pre-op requirements to complete before you had surgery? Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:36:35 EST Question of the Week - Low Calorie or Low Carb? Question of the Week - Low Calorie or Low Carb? <BR> <BR> I have read a few posts on here and everyone seems to be different. <BR> Do you follow a low calorie or a low carb diet?! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:30:29 EST September Challenge -- Log Your Fitness Minutes Hi team! <BR> <BR> Let's log our fitness minutes each day or week - which ever you choose! And shout it out with a fitness emoticon! <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> Wednesday (9/3): 15 minute walk with the dogs in the morning and 15 minute walk in the evening <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:39:59 EST Question of the Week - Pureed Stage after WLS This week's Question of the Week: <BR> <BR> How long did you have to stay on the Pureed Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What did you do to plan ahead/stock up for the Pureed Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What were your favorite foods to get you through this phase? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:59:38 EST September "Food Stamp (SNAP)" Challenge Hi Everyone! <BR> What is the SNAP Challenge? <BR> <BR> The SNAP Challenge encourages participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, you’ll commit to eating all of your meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant - $1.50 per meal. <BR> <BR> The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) provides monthly benefits to supplement the food budgets of f... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:57:31 EST Question of the Week - Liquid Phase after WLS This week's Question of the Week: <BR> <BR> How long did you have to stay on the Liquid Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What did you do to plan ahead/stock up for the Liquid Phase after WLS? <BR> <BR> What were your favorite drinks to get you through this phase? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:30:31 EST Question of the Week -- Vitamins and Supplements Most of us need and will need to take vitamins and supplements now that we have had WLS. <BR> <BR> 1) What vitamins and supplements do you take on a daily basis? <BR> 2) Does your surgeon require specific brands or do you buy over-the-counter brands? <BR> 3) Where is the cheapest place you have found to buy your vitamins and supplements? <BR> <BR> Let's help each other out and share our best information! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:37:51 EST Question of the Week - Eating Out Hi everyone! This week let's share our "go to" places and favorite WLS friendly foods for when we are on the road, don't have time to cook, having lunch with friends, or dinner with that someone special. <BR> <BR> Where do you go? What are your favorite dishes? <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:22:53 EST Hair loss Just over 2 months post op and i am already losing so much <BR> Hair. It is scaring me. I am taking my vitamins. I use product for my hair to prevent and fortify <BR> <BR> Does biotin really works? <BR> Dies the hair grow back after a year or so? <BR> Any advice please <BR> Kaza Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:15:03 EST New Drivers License I was just wondering if anyone has had to get their drivers license changed because you look so different than you do now I went to the Army base today and at the front gate and in the hospital I had to explain that it was me in the picture I just have lost a lot of weight. Then it happened again at the Social Security office, I’m thinking about just going and getting a new license, I still have two years left on this one and don’t want to have to keep telling them it’s really me. Should I ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 19:54:20 EST Question of the Week - Fitness Routines Good morning all! <BR> <BR> This week's Question of the Week is all about our fitness routines. <BR> Please tell us how far you are out from surgery and what fitness routine you routine you faithfully follow each day. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what everyone is doing! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Carol Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:37:53 EST Plastic Surgery - Share your Experience Hi Team! <BR> <BR> For those of us farther out, I'm curious who has explored or had plastic surgery? <BR> Please tell us about your experience. Why you chose the procedure you did. Where did you have the procedure done? Who did the procedure? Did insurance cover the procedure or did you have to pay out of pocket? <BR> <BR> I'm just now coming up on my one year anniversary and am considering a few "nips and tucks". I value your input!!! <BR> ~ Carol Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:33:36 EST August "Back On Track" Challenge It's August, and whether we like it or not, the days of summer are dwindling. Bathing suit season may be mostly behind you, but that doesn't mean it's time to abandon your healthy efforts now that autumn is in sight! Plus, maybe all those barbecues you've attended this summer are starting to show on the scale. Maybe your vacations and kids' activity schedules have taken precedence over your exercise routine. Maybe, now that the wild ride of the season is coming to an end, it's time to get bac... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:30:34 EST Optimal Carb Intake - easily explained.... This is a great article on optimal carb intake... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ariatric-carbsense-why-carbs-matter-ev<BR>en-when-calories-are-low/?utm_source=B<BR>ariatric+Eating+Newsletters&utm_campai<BR>gn=c03ef63c00-Mon_Med_News_Carbsense_7<BR>_287_25_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term<BR>=0_da1df32cd0-c03ef63c00-11148389&mc_c<BR>id=c03ef63c00&mc_eid=480ad00798 </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:27:56 EST Dumping Syndrome - Surgeon Video Explanation Here is a great video series on Dumping Syndrome -- plus the Doc is really cute!! <BR> <BR> Part 1 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Part 2 <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:42:41 EST not sure where i should be at weight wise i am 4 ft 2 and so far at 115lbs but i am not sure what my goal weight should be so i can be healthy weight instead of obese i should mention i am a 31 yr old female Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:46:31 EST How are you ONE word... reflective Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:39:31 EST HI Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Maria. I've been a sparkteam member for quite some time now. After 20 years of dieting I've decided to have the sleeve. I had managed to lose weight the old fashioned way to join the military. (This was a very restrictive diet and tons of exercise, 70 mile a day bike rides, hiking up steep inclines, 10 pushups every time I went to the bathroom, exercise from dawn to dark). But the three years I gave to the Army came at a price. I blew out both knees and my right... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:39:56 EST Emotional eater What a life changing experience is the weight loss surgery <BR> <BR> So many people are emotional eaters and I am one of them. <BR> Or hopefully was because I can't do it anymore thanks to the surgery. <BR> This past week I became so aware of this problem. <BR> After Bering stressed or frustrated I had the urge of wanting to eat a large amount of food. <BR> Of course I didn't , I have no room in my new little stomach. It made me sad and angry at the same time. Sad because i have this p... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:28:45 EST Does Muscle weigh more than Fat? (article) Fitness MythBusters: Does muscle weigh more than fat? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One pound of mashed potatoes weighs the same as one pound of raw potatoes. No matter how you slice, scallop or roast it, a pound is a pound. So why do the weight-watching women of the world preach the misinformed belief that lean muscle weighs more than fat? I find most individuals use this erroneous rationale to soften the blow of the scale. When the numbers on the scale begin to tip in an unfavorable direction, it... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:41:04 EST Weighing and Measuring... After a year of purposely weighing and measuring each and every item on my plate, I slacked off and started 'eye balling" my portions. But I was feeling my portion sizes were getting larger and larger. Now I "eye ball" and then weigh and measure to keep me accountable to accurate portion size. I'm getting better at seeing what a portion really should be. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:09:28 EST Cereal Killers - The Movie (Free until 7/4) "Contrary to popular belief, you do not get fat from eating fat. You get fat from eating too much sugar and grains. " <BR> <BR> This is an hour long movie, but very informative!! <BR> <BR><BR>es/archive/2014/06/28/cereal-killers-m<BR>ovie.aspx?e_cid=20140628Z1_DNL_art_1&u<BR>tm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_con<BR>tent=art1&utm_campaign=20140628Z1&et_c<BR>id=DM51229&et_rid=568660734 Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:45:56 EST July Challenge There are many great recipes here on SP. For July, I would like to see how many of us can make at least one new recipe from SP and report back on what they made, the ease or difficulty and whether or not you liked it. Something high in protein would benefit all of us. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:28:54 EST Exercise Just wondering... Does watching my boyfriend (on Skype) riding his scooter through London traffic count as a something for me? <BR> <BR> I'm absolutely positive it increases my heart rate! <BR> <BR> Julie <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:52:55 EST On the 800 calorie diet!! I went for my Bariatric Evaluation this past week. Surgeon said she could probably get my husband and I in for our surgery in September! Said she needs two readings stating we hit our target and finish our to do list before surgery and we're clear. She put us both on a high protein 800 calorie diet (which is what she uses for pre surgery for two weeks before). <BR> <BR> I'm on my 2nd day and do ok then starving. I've been drinking the liquids (3 shakes a day, water/iced tea), broth, 2 l... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:25:05 EST Interesting article on how RNY cures Diabetes.... Interesting article on how RNY cures Diabetes. <BR> <BR><BR>new-take-on-how-gastric-bypass-cures-d<BR>iabetes/ <BR> <BR> <BR> "the “Roux” limb (the new passage linking the stomach pouch to the lower gut) seems to grow and expand—an energy intensive process that requires a lot of sugar." Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:44:46 EST Weight Loss and "Saggy" Skin Here's a link to a great article posted here on Spark... <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1997 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:30:18 EST Ketosis Calculator for protein/ carb/fat ratios A friend recommended I use this calculator: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> to work out the appropriate ratios of protein/carbs/fats.... for me the ratios helped me set new goals to stay at goal weight. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 00:15:24 EST RNY I did a RNY in 2007... Best decision I ever made for myself and my ankles still thank me every day. i walked into the OR at 435... I'm down 180 and though still a big boy, losing a whole person was amazing!! I did the RNY because there was no going back.. full commitment to change my life.. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:47:58 EST Hello group Hello, I'm Georgia from Northern California. After unsuccessfully keeping weight off (more than 40 lbs lost 4 times in the last 15 years), I've decided to do bariatric surgery. I'm planning on getting a vertical gastric sleeve. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm in the whole see every doctor under the sun step. My cardiologist wants me to do one more test and then he'll give his okay. My primary is totally on board. I've seen a new dietitian who I like a lot (good thing, because my insurance doesn... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:01:37 EST Starting the Bariatric Journey Hello, <BR> My name is Shannon Blondell and have been looking at the Bariatric Surgery for over a year now. Have stopped and now restarting (due to health insurance lapse) and now feel am ready to do this! <BR> <BR> My husband is thinking about it as well (he needs it more for the fact he's diabetic - shots). We're both obese and want a better quality life and be able to do the things we did when we got married 10 years ago (biking as a family, walking, just being more active)! <BR> <B... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:45:38 EST June "Eat a Rainbow Challenge" Thanks Connie for this great Challenge!! <BR> <BR> June is “National Fruit & Vegetables Month.” This is a ‘diet’ that will work for all of us. So let’s “Eat a Rainbow” to celebrate the month of June! We can - <BR> <BR> Strengthen our immune system <BR> Lower our risk for certain cancers <BR> Help ward off type 2 diabetes <BR> Reduce high blood pressure <BR> Prevent some eye diseases <BR> Maintain urinary tract health <BR> Maintain heart health <BR> Improve memory <BR> Help build st... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:33:41 EST June "Try Something New" Challenge We can all get "stuck in a rut" and the mundane often lacks the motivation we need to get us going. So this month we are going to "Try Something New". Pick your something new -- go paddle boarding, try a new recipe, go horse-back riding, or try something else that you think would be fun. Post your something new for the week and tells us what you liked about it, didn't like about it, and how it made a change in your life! <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste your answers each week! <BR> <BR> This week... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:17:55 EST The Long Wait is almost Over! My name is Lynn and I have been working towards bariatric surgery for over a year! Last year my insurance company specifically excluded bariatric surgery from coverage so I had to change insurance for 2014. Now I am working through all the programs and finally, my case is being submitted to insurance for approval. I should be scheduling surgery for the end of June or middle of July. I am so excited. I have been working hard at changing behaviors now to help me going forward. Increasing ... Tue, 13 May 2014 20:13:36 EST Do You Own a..........? This is the "Do You Own" game.... <BR> <BR> I ask you if you own an item - you answer my question, and then ask the next person the same question. I'll start us off! <BR> <BR> Do You Own a laptop computer? Mon, 12 May 2014 19:57:34 EST Waiting and waiting Hello everyone <BR> I had the worst night ever <BR> I had the sleep apnea machine hooked up ,so many wires. It took me over an our to fall asleep and woke up so many times. <BR> Thank god that I don't have a problem so no more test . <BR> I am very impatient to know the date of my life changing surgery. <BR> I just called the nurse and left a message . I hope to get a call today . I'll try to wait till tomorrow. And called them back if they don't. I feel a little pushy but I can't wait t... Thu, 8 May 2014 13:17:26 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! My name is Alisha and I live in southern Minnesota. I have been overweight since I was a teenager because I got my first job, which was at Little Caesar's and discovered a love for breadsticks and carbs in general. That was my biggest downfall. I gained weight steadily until I went to the bariatric surgeon last April and was at my highest weight of 372 pounds! I couldn't believe it! I had severely swollen ankles and legs. My back hurt so severely if I walked that I would break ou... Sun, 4 May 2014 04:29:18 EST May "Positive Affirmation" Challenge This month's challenge is to motivate and encourage ourselves with Positive Affirmations. <BR> <BR> I know I love to hear nice things about myself -- but I don't always remember to say nice things to myself!! This month we are going to choose (1) one positive affirmation to tell ourselves every day for a week. Share what positive affirmation you choose!! <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste the format below into your reply for the month. <BR> <BR> My Positive Affirmations for the Month of May <BR... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:25:45 EST Optimal Carb Intake (from marksdaily The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve <BR> From<BR>carbohydrate-continuum/ <BR> <BR> Yesterday, low-carb blogger Dr. Michael Eades (he of Protein Power) posted a message from his friend and fellow low-carb guru Richard Feinman as sort of a call-to-action in public policy-making for upcoming 2010 USDA guidelines. Dr. Eades and Dr. Feinman have suggested that we ought to quickly find a way to help the USDA arrive at a sensible recommendation for c... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:11:48 EST Dietitian supervised diet before surgery I met with the dietitian, she gave me the diet log sheets that will be used post surgery to follow now. I am 268lbs, Spark says to eat 1800-2200 calories per day. She has me under 800. I can do very low calorie for a while. It just doesn't work. There is an initial weight loss and then nothing. So I am torn between proving to the surgical team that I can follow their plan, and getting as healthy as possible before surgery by upping my calories to at least 1500. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:59:48 EST The Joy of Almond Breeze Milk I just discovered the joy of Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla milk - only 30 calories in an 8oz cup and net 0 carbs! I wish I had discovered this 8 months ago!! I use it in my coffee and when I want a protein shake!! <BR> Nutrition Facts <BR> <BR> Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla <BR> Serving Size: 8 oz <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> <BR> Calories 30.0 <BR> Total Fat 2.5 g <BR> Saturated Fat 0.0 g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 0... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:13:51 EST Weight Loss Plateaus -- the Dreaded Stall..... Here is an excellent article from Evan Army Community Hospital <BR> <BR> WEIGHT PLATEAUS <BR> It's inevitable. Anyone who has lost a large amount of weight (more than 10-15 pounds) has hit one or more weight loss plateaus. The weight loss plateau is a period of body adjustment, where your body "catches up with itself”. Patience is the key during weight plateaus. After gastric bypass surgery, may individuals experience weight plateaus every 3-4 months during weight loss. <BR> <BR> There are... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:52:52 EST My 5 Day Pouch Test Results... Overall Results: <BR> 1 - Lost 5 pounds in 5 days <BR> 2 - carb cravings have subsided considerably <BR> 3 - Constipated by day 5 <BR> Even with the constipation, I would highly recommend the 5 Day Pouch Test to break the carb cravings and drop a few pounds. <BR> <BR> To read my full 5 day journey, you can read my blog.... <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657945 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:15:13 EST Recipe Swap Variety is the spice of life (and it helps us keep to plan if we tantalize our taste buds) - So share your favorite WLS friendly recipes here! <BR> <BR> Citrus Marinaded Pork Chop <BR> 4 oz center cut port chop (1" thick) <BR> Marinade (this will marinade 4 chops) <BR> zest of one Orange <BR> 3 Tbsp Orange Juice <BR> 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce <BR> 2 Tbsp Olive Oil <BR> 1 tsp chopped garlic <BR> 1 tsp grated ginger <BR> 1 tsp cumin <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp pepper <BR> <BR> Marinate chops in a zi... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:49:56 EST newbie Hello, my name is Christina and I am going to be having gastric bypass in about a month. I really could use the support and possibly some ideas on menu planning. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:59:53 EST April Spring Clean Challenge! The April Spring Clean Challenge! Who doesn't need to clean and organize at least once a year? I know my house needs it desperately! So for our challenge this month, we are going to Spring Clean/Organize one room per week - kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, bathrooms - you pick the room for each week! And of course, for all you over achievers, you can always clean more than one! <BR> <BR> Just copy the weeks into your response and tell us what room you took on for this chall... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:36:29 EST Cities - A to Z A - Anchorage Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:40:50 EST Has any one gone thru a total reversion <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I under went a VBG 28 yrs ago and after being sick for the last 5 yrs now thinking the Drs. checked out everything I recently found out that my EDG showed my staples had come undone and have a couple of holes in my stomach and some bowel problems.I trusted Drs when I was in hospital for migranes requested to see if my VBG was in tack was told yes now I find out that never was several test done to check all of the VBG now I need a revision and looking at this all o... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:32:51 EST N-North Carolina <em>20</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:58:57 EST Why we take our Vitamins Daily.... Hi Everyone! I'm blatantly stealing this post from another WLS forum, but it's too good of info not to share. <BR> <BR> So deficiencies in the following can result in: <BR> <BR> B1 or Thiamin <BR> - irreversible neuromuscular disorders <BR> - permanent defects in learning and short-term memory <BR> - coma (aww.. this isn't so bad..) <BR> - death (Nothing worth worrying about, right?) <BR> <BR> B9 or Folate (Folic Acid) <BR> - forgetfulness <BR> - irritability <BR> - hostility <B... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:20:46 EST Over-the -Counter (OTC) & Prescription Meds I know this has been discussed in a couple other threads but I wanted to highlight this information in it's own thread. I feel this is important information, people and we all have the responsibility to be aware of it AND to educate the doctors that we deal with outside of our bariatric physicians. <BR> <BR> So here is the latest information about meds, post-op. <BR> <BR> There are certain pills that you should not be taking after surgery because they will either irritate your pouch, such... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:13:28 EST Two Words - Change One This is a fun and easy game! Below are two words. Change one word to make a new response! Here we go! <BR> <BR> Light House Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:04:50 EST March Fitness Challenge! Wooooo Hooooo! Go Team! Join with me for a month of heart-pumping, get-the-blood flowing, feel good fitness! <BR> This month we will challenge ourselves to rack up 930 minutes of exercise (this is 30 minutes per day for 31 days)! <BR> <BR> Whatever your favorite may be -- walking, running, strength training, yoga, zumba, swimming -- you pick what works best for you!! <BR> <BR> We'll break it down into 4 sessions for the month. So if you miss a day, no worries, you can make up missed minutes anytime during ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:38:42 EST Just joining today. Hi everyone! Im just joining today looking for others to talk to about this journey I have embarked on. Had my first dietician meeting yesterday, have my sleep study next week. My insurance company requires a six month period before I can have surgery but one is already gone. Im excited, nervous, and a myriad of other emotions. I am going to be having a sleeve gastrectomy. <em>29</em> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:58:08 EST Dumping Syndrome "Dumping" is a medical term describing a condition/complication that can occur in someone who has had gastric surgery (usually associated with the removal of the pyloric valve). Some may confuse lactose intolerance, an irritated pouch, inability to tolerate certain foods, and simply diarrhea or vomiting with "dumping". However, true "dumping" involves a specific suite of symptoms that may or may not include vomiting and/or diarrhea and is usually caused by eating sugar, carbs, and to a lesser... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:51:44 EST Why we don't drink with meals... This is something that I found at this blog, Journey to a Healthier Me: Why we don't drink with meals ... <BR> <BR> I thought this was really, really good info and I wanted to share it with you all. It's kind of long, but definitely worth the read. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why we don't drink with meals....... <BR> <BR> Sometimes understanding WHY we have to do something (or not do something) helps us follow the rules. Here's the low-down: <BR> <BR> Before surgery you had the pyloric valve at the b... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:19:38 EST States A -Z Alaska <em>26</em> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:10:59 EST Vitamin D Def I have taken Vit D supplements (OTC) for several years but it did not help raise my level. My rheumatologist recently put me on Boniva after diagnosing me with Osteoporsis when reading my bone density test. Now I have to take calcium every day or the Boniva will not work. <BR> <BR> I blame my Vit D def on a lot of things now just because it all makes sense and the puzzle fits together. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:06:08 EST There's no crying in Baseball...... THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!! By: Leilani Gibbs <BR> <BR> That's the sentiment (scenario) that comes to mind sometimes when I hear some of the comments from people who've already had the surgery. In case you haven't made the connection, that's a line Tom Hanks made famous in the movie "A League Of Their Own." Resorting to tears or just giving up every time the going gets tough. Or your sick of taking vitamins, getting in protein is hard, water doesn't taste good, etc. That kinda' thinking... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:50:28 EST Please share your story with me Thank you everyone for sharing. I'm on a list to get surgery but I don't know when yet. I'm guessing May. <BR> <BR> I haven't decided between RNY and VSG. It helps me to hear your stories and it motivates me to make what changes I can now. <BR> <BR> I'd like to know which surgery you had done, did it need any revisions and would you do it again or do something else? <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know how your surgery helped you in the beginning and how it's helping now? What did you strug... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:17:38 EST Pre Op Challenges I didn't have much to do pre surgery because I went to Mexico to have my sleeve and they are not so strict, but my experience was very well taken care of while there, and husband too. <BR> <BR> My challenges was mostly due to my weight, so all of that has improved since surgery. I have developed new challenges and one, my periphial neuropathy due to my surgery. My neurologist said a lot of his neurology patients have had WLS. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:01:04 EST Post Op Challenges One night about 4 months post op gastric sleeve I was up every two hours vomiting. I went to the ER and they said I had some kind of stomach flu. Well I followed up with my physician two days later and found out that my sinuses were infected and draining into my little tummy. Well that is why I threw up so much. <BR> <BR> The drainage is thick and just set there in my stomach because of that, and it made me sick. <BR> <BR> So, if you have sinus issues and have had bariactric surgery and thr... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:57:38 EST Can someone tell me what's wrong with me please? Ever since 3:00 this afternoon I have been spitting up this white foam stuff. I have tried eating a soda cracker and even drinking some hot tea but nothing is helping. Is this something I should be worried about? And if you know how to stop it please tell me I'm miserable. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:36:45 EST New to Team - 3 weeks post op - VSG Hi. I will be 3 weeks post op on Wed (surgery date 12/18). I have found the whole surgery aspect to have been much easier than I anticipated. Everyone is different but I was very fortunate to not have any complications or issues physically. <BR> <BR> From multiple message boards it is clear that every surgeon and their program in terms of what you can eat and when is very different. In order to not be completely confused...I follow MY plan. After liquids only for 1st week, I am allowed Selec... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:15:58 EST New to group Hi everyone! I'm 51 years old, and 11 months post-op RNY. I am down 93 pounds. That probably doesn't sound like a lot to most of you, but I am 7 lbs away from goal, so I'm hanging in there, fighting to get those last 7 lbs off. I never got that feeling of "restriction" that other bariatric patients get, so I have to always measure my food. I feel cheated, but I have been successful so far. <BR> For those of you who are further out, do you struggle with maintenance? Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:45:26 EST WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS? Every family has their own little things that they do that makes it Christmas for them. At my house Grandma buys a special Christmas book and right before we open presents I read the story to my grand kids. Inside the book I always write something to my grand kids. We also take a picture of the grand kids gathered around me as I read to them, then I put that picture on the inside of the book along with my writing.I've been doing this for the last 19 years and we have got a good collection no... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:09:02 EST Exercising in the Winter We just got our first snow of the season yesterday. And, as beautiful and needed as it is, I just couldn't bring myself to go for a walk in it. Needless to say, I skipped doing any exercise at all. This morning there's still a foot of snow on the ground and down the drive, and down the road (we live on a private dirt road). It should melt today as temps reach up into the 40's, but I need to find an exercise that I can do indoors on snow days. <BR> <BR> What do you suggest? Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:30:53 EST Creamy Sugar Free Egg Nog Creamy Sugar Free Egg Nog <BR> <BR> Here's the Dish <BR> On the Fourth Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to Me… The Classic Christmas Beverage~ Rich and Creamy Sugar Free Egg Nog! <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Egg beaters* <BR> 1 cup Unsweetened almond milk (or low fat milk/milk substitute of choice) <BR> 2 tbs Sugar free instant vanilla pudding mix <BR> 1/4 tsp Pumpkin pie spice <BR> 1/4 tsp Cinnamon <BR> 1/2 tsp Imitation rum extract <BR> 3-4 pkts Stevia or to taste OR sweetener of choice, to t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:51:45 EST Protein Powders Does anyone know where I can buy unflavored Protein Powders? I would like to mix it with the broth, but all I have now are vanilla & chocolate....doesn't sound good putting in soup ;) Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:02:24 EST Holiday Perseverence - what are you doing? Thanksgiving was tough, I have to admit it. And, to be honest, I couldn't resist the sweet potatoes and found myself licking the cheesecake batter off my fingers -- Old habits are hard to break!! <BR> <BR> What are you doing to persevere through the Holidays? Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:42:04 EST Tomorrow!! Surgery is TOMORROW!!! I am the 1st surgery of the day at 8am....both excited and nervous.... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 16:05:26 EST Frustrated by this Stall! I know I'm not supposed to obsess over the scale, but I've been stalled for almost a month. I can see that I am converting fat to muscle as my clothing hangs off my body more and more each day, but I would like to see the pounds drop too! I'm getting my protein+ on 600-800cal per day and would like to see at least a pound a week come off the scale. <BR> <BR> Just frustrated for now...... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:34:54 EST Califlower Tortillas A friend found this recipe for gluten free tortillas -- I'm going to try it today!! <BR> One batch makes 6 tortillas. <BR> Looks like the nutritional value is as following: 43.8 calories, 3.7 prot, 2.2 fat, 3.1 carb, 42.1 sodium, 1.4 sugar. <BR> <BR><BR>las-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/ Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:41:46 EST Happy Thanksgiving! I pray you all have a joyous holiday! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:02:31 EST Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs <BR> Ingredients <BR> 24 Hard Boiled Eggs <BR> 1.5 cups 0% Plain Greek Yogurt (I use Fage) <BR> 2 Tbsp Yellow Mustard <BR> Salt and Pepper to taste <BR> Paprika or Chili Powder for garnish <BR> <BR> Eggs: <BR> Hard Boil 2 dozen eggs by placing eggs in stock pot and covering with water. Bring to a roaring boil, reduce heat and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, then place eggs in an iced water bath for 10 minutes to cool. Peel and halve. Place whites on a serving platte... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:52:17 EST Help - I am gaining the weight back Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Jenny. I am 2.5 years out from my surgery and find I have lost my way. I am finding it hard to stay on track as I had begun to check out old favorites after 2 deaths in my family. The "feast beast" is on the lose again. Any suggestions on how to get back under control. I have gain 10 pounds in 3 months. I am so scared. I don't want to go back to being so over weight I can't enjoy life again. I am 57 and I am ashamed of my failure on this program. <BR> <BR> Jen Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:00:41 EST Chicken Marsala Chicken Marsala <BR> 3 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast <BR> 1 tsp EVOO <BR> 1 clove garlic <BR> .25 cup mushrooms - sliced <BR> 2 Tbs Marsala Wine <BR> .25 cup Low sodium chicken stock/broth <BR> 1 oz frozen peas <BR> 1 tsp Thyme <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Brown chicken breast in olive oil with garlic over low heat (so the garlic does not burn) for 3 minutes per side. Add stock, wine, mushrooms, thyme and simmer for 8 minutes until sauce reduces and thickens (add a small amo... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:50:43 EST Doing the Weight Loss Math... So I was trying to figure out my expected weight loss will be given my current caloric intake and exercise. So I did the math. <BR> <BR> So my BMR is about 1500 -- that's how many calories my body uses per day to "function" <BR> you can calculate yours here:<BR>or/ <BR> <BR> So Calories In - Calories Out math <BR> 1000 calories from food - 1500 calories from BMR - 200 calories from exercise = <BR> - 700 calories <BR> <BR> 1 pound of fat is eq... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:37:31 EST Spark Activity Tracker... I would like feedback from those of you who are using an Activity Tracker. What do you like about it? Where did you get yours? Drawbacks/limitations? <BR> <BR> Thank you!! <BR> Carol Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:15:54 EST I will not be a bariatric drop-out. I had been scheduled for bariatric sleeve surgery last may, I had my last meeting with the surgeon, who scared the livin' diddlees out of me. I stopped everything right there! I spoke to no one... Now after six months I realize that my fears were totally blown out of proportion. I have contacted my doctor, and am rescheduling all that I need to to have surgery this winter or spring. Now I am excited.I feel hopeful that my life will be improved by weight loss.. I need to continue to surro... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:57:21 EST Time to Color my Hair.... I'm 3 most post op and am starting to notice my hair is thinning, not a lot, but a few more stragglers attach themselves to my brush every morning. I taking 10,000mg of Biotin, and using two protein conditioners, but alas, I was told this would happen and it's happening. <BR> <BR> And it's time to color my hair. I've put it off since pre-op and the gray is more than noticeable. <BR> What are you using to color your hair? <BR> Have you noticed more breakage/thinning from coloring? Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:18:06 EST how do I give my spark friends "goodies" I can't figure this out! But I got one from CSYoung! And it made me so happy!! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:28:45 EST Wheat/Oat Allergy? I'm 3 months post op and my body does not like wheat or oats. I've tried eating liquified hot cereal twice now and a couple of whole wheat flax crackers with my tuna once to get my fiber up. But just one ounce of whole wheat cooked cereal or oatmeal and if feels like a massive lumps in my tummy for hours. Then it's a painful day while the blob moves through my intestines. <BR> <BR> Could I be allergic or developed an intolerance to grains? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:29:19 EST Ticked the Doc off Went to doc yesterday to get lab slips for blood work, chest xray, endoscopy. I gained 4 lbs since I last saw here and she was livid. She got so angry with me because I haven't been trying to lose some weight before surgery. My husband was there too and he agrees with Doc. I want to show her I am truly wanting surgery but now I'm afraid she might not refer me. Ugh!!! can I cry now? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:17:22 EST Calcium Citrate Powder???? Has anyone used Calcium Citrate Powder? <BR> 700mg per teaspoon <BR> I found 5 pounds for $25 + $12 shipping -- this would be sooooo much cheaper than chewables. <BR> 5 pounds would last 6 months or more. <BR> <BR> The directions say to mix it in juice or a shake. Has anyone tried the powder??? <BR> <BR><BR>in-powder/2924-Calcium-Citrate-5-pound<BR>s.html Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:16:44 EST Recipes to Share I'm always looking for new and exciting recipes that I make up quick, make up ahead of time, serve me and my family, and pack for lunches on the go. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any that are out-of-this-world good! and good for me? Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:46:10 EST Sauces for BLSL chicken breast...... I'm on a sauce craze right now to spice up my BLSL chicken breast meals -- pesto, alfredo, marinara, salsas, gravies --- but I'm already getting bored! <BR> <BR> Help! What are your favorites ways to spice up chicken and fish? Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:07:06 EST Calcium Blocks the Absorption of Iron..... Calcium Interferes with Iron Absorption <BR> <BR> If you take a multivitamin containing iron (or an iron supplement) and you take a calcium supplement, it’s a good idea to take them at different times. High doses of calcium, especially calcium carbonate, the form found in most supplements, can block the absorption of iron. Try taking your multivitamin with breakfast and your calcium supplement at dinner or before bed. Taking calcium late in the day can also help you relax and fall asleep mo... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:32:42 EST Did I stretch my pouch?? Pouch stretch is a common concern of patients after bariatric surgery. They may worry that their pouches will stretch and they will be able to eat large portions of food again. The good news is that your smaller stomach after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, will generally not stretch up to the size of a normal stomach. Whenever we perform a CT scan, contrast swallowing x-ray test, or endoscopy of the stomach pouch, we typically find that the pouch is the same size years after bariatr... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:14:37 EST I lost 50 pounds! I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy two months ago. I am very pleased with my weight loss so far. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:05:50 EST Consumed 830 calories today - little worried! My doctor released me to a regular diet at my 8 week check up. Calorie intake increased from 500 to 900-1000 per day. I haven't add extra calories until today when I added breakfast as a meal instead of just a protein shake and half an avocado to my spinach salad for the extra fiber.......protein at 64g, carbs at 44g, fiber at 13g, and fat at 25g <BR> <BR> Praying the extra calories and ratio of protein/carbs/fiber/fat keeps the weight coming off in a healthy manner. I still have 56lbs t... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:06:20 EST What is your total calorie intake for the day? I am two months out from my RNY and am now able to eat solid foods. I'm curious to know if I'm eating too much or not enough. I eat any where from 600 - 700 calories a day. Some days I'm full and then other days I'm starving. I get my calorie count from the back of the package or I go to Here is my menu today could you tell me if I'm on the right track? <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 1/2 cup cooked Oatmeal: 150 calories & 5 grams of protein <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 2 oz. of turkey b... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:39:38 EST What should I ask?? I decided this summer that I am ready to be done weighing 2x what I 'should' and have admitted that I need more help than what I have been able to give myself in the past. <BR> <BR> I am just starting the pre-surgical medical exams. <BR> So far I have: <BR> -met with the surgeon <BR> -initial visit with nutritionist <BR> -ultrasound of gall bladder <BR> -blood draw for lots of tests...the tech called it a 'rainbow' draw :) <BR> -started on the vitamin schedule to have that become part of m... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:40:06 EST Compression Garments - what do you recommend? Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I need your assistance in purchasing compression garments. Right now I am a BIG apple shape with a bigger abdomen than hips and thighs -- so I can't really find a full body that will fit my shape and give me support with my arms and thighs too! <BR> <BR> I'm having a hard time making a decision based solely on a website images. Can you tell me what you have used? <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:44:16 EST Workout Issues I am 8-1/2 months post sleeve surgery and have lost about 62 pounds (rougly 30 more to go). Thrilled with the results (although I currently hate plateaus). Now that I've been able to up my cardio workouts, I'm finding that it's difficult to jumping jacks, jogging, etc. - anything that makes loose skin, etc. flop around (sorry - I just couldn't think of a better way to put it). Any suggestions for support around my middle and possibly the best support bras? Suggestions are greatly welcomed... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:44:33 EST Calcium & Magnesium for Constipation Good morning everyone! <BR> I recently added a Calcium & Magnesium Vitamin to my mix of supplements based on the recommendations from several online articles. I have say - it's working. I have had regular movements three days in a row now and am thrilled to have the relief. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of the articles: <BR><BR>s/ingredientmono-998-MAGNESIUM.aspx?ac<BR>tiveIngredientId=998&activeIngredientN<BR>ame=MAGNESIUM <BR> http://ezinearticle... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:30:03 EST Boosting Energy Levels Hi everyone! <BR> I am one month post-op (RNY) and I'm having difficulty finding the energy to exercise any more than a 20-30 minute walk in the evenings. I'm faithfully sticking to 400-500 calories per day with an average of 6 glasses of water per day. I'm an early riser with busy mornings, but by mid afternoon I'm waning to take a nap. Any suggestions for boosting energy levels? Any suggestions for motivating exercise routines? I appreciate the feedback. :) Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:40:17 EST Dr. Sharma - Obesity Reasearcher I follow the blogs of Dr. Sharma. He is a Canadian researcher in Obesity and his blogs are free. I learn a lot from these. His article series this week is on weight regain. Here's the link: <link><BR>regain-hormonal-and-metabolic-factors.<BR>html </link> <BR> He keeps these research blogs readable and understandable. Let me know what you think! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:47:46 EST Great Pumpkin Challenge Tracker - Post Here! <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Great Pumpkin Challenge Tracker <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> You can copy and paste this tracker so it is easy to update daily - just use the "edit my post" button at the bottom of your post to ente... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:27:51 EST Autumn Great Pumpkin Challenge <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> The Autumn Great Pumpkin Challenge begins on September 22nd and continues until October 31st. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We'll count pounds or inches lost (your choice) and you end result will define the size... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 07:16:33 EST Newbie that has just crossed over!!!! Greetings! <BR> <BR> My name is Nancy. I'm 44 and Married. We live in Ct. <BR> On Monday 09/09/2013 I had my Gastric Bypass. <BR> In the hospital on Monday, check out Wednesday afternoon. <BR> Wed afternoon and Thursday I have slept more... and have attempted to keep up on the liquids. Not having an easy time getting 40 grams of protein in.... spoke to one of the Bariatric PA's from the hospital, and they said to be sure I am getting my liquids and that I can concentrate more on the pr... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 14:12:56 EST Just joined this group today. Hello my name is Connie and I just had my surgery five weeks ago today. I have lost 42 pounds and I’m down two dress sizes. Having this surgery was the best thing for me. I have gone from four insulin shots to one and from eleven pills to three. <BR> This new way of eating is something to get use to, I’ve found I can’t tolerate chicken or black pepper, and after trying to eat supper this evening I’m wondering about ground meat. <BR> I’m very anxious to learn any tips and tricks you migh... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 20:06:12 EST Excess Skin Remedies Needed My body looks like a Sharpei with all the excess skin after losing 180 lbs over the past 12 months from the miracle of RNY Gastric Bypass. I've experienced miraculous changes in my health, fitness and lifestyle, but the skin, oh the skin! Fortunately my face and throat area have tightened up nicely and I camouflage the worst areas of my body with my new smaller wardrobe and control underwear. I've tried many creams including aloe vera, Regenerist, cocunut oil, CoQ10, Amazing Grace, etc, but I... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:06:53 EST Have you gone public with your bariatric surgery? My close friends and family know the truth of my surgery, but I do not wish to talk about it with work colleagues and passing acquaintances. Have you gone public with your surgery? What are your thoughts regarding sharing this information? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:13:08 EST Ideas for an Autumn Challenge Thanks to those who shared your ideas, I really appreciate it. The Autumn Challenge is now posted - we're using this week to gear up and then starting the challenge on September 22 and ending October 31, 2013. When this one is complete, I'll post the next one for November 1 - December 31, 2013. I'd call this second one Holiday Survival Challenge - how does that sound to you? Let's get focused and rock this weight loss! <BR> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:13:55 EST My Plan for Today is... Starting a new thread where we can focus ourselves and share our ideas for a healthy lifestyle. Just fill in the rest of the sentence with your plan! <BR> <BR> My Plan for today is to focus on getting in my protein and to reach 10,000 steps on my pedometer. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:41:47 EST New Member Hi, I'm Lisa from Indianola, Iowa. I had gastric by-pass 4 months ago and am down 61lbs. Ive had some challenges with strictures meaning I have a hard time getting food down. I've had my opening stretched a couple of times and it seems to be getting easier. I'm excited to be part of this group and share ideas. I contemplated having surgery for years and finally at the age of 46, I made the decision to move forward. It's been hard but well worth it. I'm almost half way to my goal weight... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:34:12 EST Weight Plateau after 3 weeks and still constipated Hi everyone! My first two weeks after RNY surgery went great and I lost the first 24 pounds of my 115 pound goal. 3rd week and I've hit a weight loss plateau. As soon as I went from 250 liquid calories to 400-500 soft food calories my weight loss stopped even when I added 30-60 minutes a day of exercise. Should I cut more calories for the next couple of weeks? <BR> <BR> Plus, I'm constipated. Miralax has helped, but I really don't want to be taking it every day just to go a little each... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:07:17 EST Just wondering.... I don't want to sound like a whiner at all, I ask this out of complete curiosity. My next group meeting is not until the 21st so I thought I would start here. <BR> <BR> I had my sleeve gastrectomy on July 16, 2013, 25 days out. I just finished the liquid diet portion of this process and started puree. I am sipping my 64oz of fluids and doing my best to get my 60 grams of protein in. I eat between 450-600 calories, AND for 7 days straight now I have been walking 2 miles a day (a far cry f... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:46:04 EST My journey continues.... Hi everyone, my name is Lisa and I'm 11 week post op. I had gastric by-pass surgery on 5/21/13 and am down 41lbs as of yesterday. I had a stricture and had to have my opening stretched. This has prevented me from moving away from soft foods and liquids. Even though I've had challenges, I'm still very happy I chose to have surgery. There is nothing easy about the process but in the end when you step on that scale and the number continues to go down, it makes it all worth it. I've been at... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:07:42 EST Gastric By-Pass Challenge I had surgery on 5/21/13 and have had some challenges along the way. Four weeks after surgery I discovered that I had a stricture which is when the opening from your esophagus to your new pouch narrows and food/liquid cannot pass through easily. My surgeon told me it only happens to 5% of patients. LUCKY ME!!! I had my opening stretched on 7/2/13 and it did help but I will need to have it stretched again because I'm still not able to eat anything other than soft foods. I'm slowly losing w... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:09:38 EST Eating while traveling My husband and I are going on vacation starting Saturday. We will be driving quite a way to get to our destination. Usually we pack snacks and beverages to eat along the way. They - for the most part - have been relatively healthy - water and grapes always seem to be there. But then there is the pretzels, chips, crackers, trail mix with M&Ms. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have suggestions for snacks and maybe some lunch suggestions too that we can pack in the cooler too. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 01:02:26 EST PC Fit I see many of you mentioning PC Fit. Can someone tell me what this is? Is it a program or a gym? <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:15:48 EST New to team and surgery scheduled Sept 17th Hi all. I am new to this team because earlier this year, on my 32nd birthday while sitting at work with severe back and knee pain, I said to myself, "this has got to stop" and I made an appt that day to speak with a bariatric surgeon. Since then I have been jumping through all the hoops for my insurance company, and the surgery is approved, now all I have to do is wait for the doctor to be approved. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you, I am not a happy camper right now. I go from one extreme to anoth... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 00:35:08 EST As may is winding down What are your goals for June? I am so close to the 100 pounds gone ... I really want to hit that before July. So my personal goals are walk and walk and walk some more, reach my protein intake everyday, and try for more veggies and fruit. Fri, 24 May 2013 09:31:02 EST severe stomach pain a year and a half out i am a year and about 8 months out of gastric bypass and a few weeks ago i started having severe stomach pains at night while i'm sleeping it gets so bad that it keeps me up all night..i'mm thinking its galbladder sttacks so i'm curious if anyone had that and what you did to relieve the pain because its pretty intense.thanks Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:37:30 EST Did anyone else feel this way.... So I am almost one month out from my gastric sleeve surgery and while I feel great ... I find myself thinking WHAT IF I DID THIS AND I ONLY LOSE 30 lbs????? <BR> <BR> I know that isn't very logical, but I have lost almost 30 lbs, since stating my liquid diet befroe surgery (which is great!!) but my weight loss has already slowed to a snails pace, and this is the time that my doctor said I should lose the most!!! So if I am already at a snail's pace, what if my body just quits losing?!?!?!... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:54:52 EST The WAIT Hi guys, <BR> How do you handle the wait? Maybe it is different in the states, but in Canada, the wait for surgery is about 18 months. Part of that is assessment period, to determine if they will go ahead with the surgery, but it seems very long. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate that it will be covered by healthcare, but I still have to wait. <BR> <BR> How did you cope? Sat, 13 Apr 2013 17:21:29 EST I wish I knew.... Hi guys, <BR> I'm going in for my surgery assessment on the 25th. I'm just wondering if you could share your wisdom and let me know some of the things you wish you knew before surgery? <BR> <BR> Also, I'm sure you guys get urges for certain foods, how do you cope? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Tammy Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:07:25 EST Done and home got my surgery (RNY) at 10am yesterday, and they sent me home at 6pm today! A bit of pain. No gagging. Will sleep in the recliner for a day or three. But, I'm HOME! Going to go crash. Just wanted to let y'all know. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:27:05 EST April Fitness Challenge I'm looking for some focus as we head into Spring! How about joining me for a fitness challenge? <BR> <BR> Post your minutes walking, running, jogging, swimming, gardening, And anything else that gets you up and moving. I'll have a special spark goodie for each person who gets 210 minutes (30 per day) in a week! <BR> <BR> Let's post here daily and encourage each other in meeting this fitness goal! <BR> <BR> Here's a template for posting: <BR> <BR> April 1: ________ Minutes of _____... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:47:24 EST Living with a slipped lapband.... Yep, thats me. 10 mths ago, I started with severe nightime reflux,so bad that I would vomit stomach acid every morning. Started taking RX Prilosec, OTC Zantac, and Tums like they were candy. I was afraid of telling my dr for fear that he'd take out my fill and I'd gain back the 104 lbs I had lost. My husband forced me to go (6 hr round trip, btw) and I got an xray. Showed a minimal slip. He took 1/2 of my 10cc fill out (I have a 14cc band) and let me rest for 4 weeks. The reflux went away imm... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:51:12 EST Living with a slipped lapband.... Yep, thats me. 10 mths ago, I started with severe nightime reflux,so bad that I would vomit stomach acid every morning. Started taking RX Prilosec, OTC Zantac, and Tums like they were candy. I was afraid of telling my dr for fear that he'd take out my fill and I'd gain back the 104 lbs I had lost. My husband forced me to go (6 hr round trip, btw) and I got an xray. Showed a minimal slip. He took 1/2 of my 10cc fill out (I have a 14cc band) and let me rest for 4 weeks. The reflux went away imm... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:50:23 EST 3 1/2 yrs post Lapband...still 30 lbs from goal :( Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Marci, 45, married and live in Souther Oregon. I've always been overweight. 3 1/2 yrs ago, at 248 lbs (I'm 5'5"), I had a lapband placed (where they place an adjustable plastic band around the top part of my stomach). Last year at my wedding, I weighed 144 lbs (9 lbs from my 135 goal). About 10 mths ago, my band slipped, causing severe nightime reflux. My dr had to take fluid out of my band to relieve the pressure, causing me to lose my optimal restriction. Today I... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:40:56 EST Happy Easter Weekend Everyone! In the dieting world Easter is the safest for us .... Hard boiled eggs! <BR> My all time favorites are Cadbury mini eggs, DH bought a bag set them out <BR> where they where very tempting .... I could only eat maybe two without being <BR> over come by the sweetness. He wanted to show me I can still have a treat <BR> every now and than. I love what I am learning through this journey!!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.... Remember not to over eat, or the pain will be h... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:14:12 EST Thankfulness wards off Depression I just read this article on Real Age by Drs. Oz and Roizen. I'm a big fan of theirs and tribute their unbiased review of WLS as one key factor that started me on a path to consider RNY. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link><BR>ight-depression-by-saying-thank-you?ei<BR>d=1010679589&memberid=26751094 </link> <BR> <BR> It is a great reminder to me that I get bogged down in issues and worries sometimes. <BR> <BR> So what are three things you are thankful f... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:10:56 EST I found a great site for snacks .... Hi y'all, my husband loves to have his snacks in the evening, lately I have been feeling like I would love to have what he is having .. but I found a site that now I can have what he is having, sorta kinda .... I can't wait to try some of this stuff ....<BR>riatric-protein-puffs.html Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:30:57 EST Illness and WLS Greetings! <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer this week. As part of gathering my thoughts regarding the days and weeks to come, it occurred to me that I will have to keep my nutritional and physical needs in mind regarding my Lap Band, and be sure to share the fact that I am a Bander with my medical and surgical teams. In some cases, I may know more about my requirements than they do, so there may be some teaching moments ahead <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> In ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:10:54 EST Question of the week - 2/28/13 Greetings to all my teammates! <BR> <BR> We are almost into the Spring season, a time of renewal and rebirth. Here in Florida, where we're pretty much green all year round, I'm still looking forward to my grass greening up again from the winter browns. And, if you ever wondered where your Robins go in the winter...they have been here, soaking up the sunshine. I'll send 'em back North soon, I promise! <BR> <BR> For me, with the spring comes a birthday, March 2nd. This year, it's on a Sat... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:19:44 EST How is everyone doing? I had to take a look at everything I was doing this past week, any one else have to check themselves to see that they might be falling into old habits? Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:40:46 EST Prospective Sleever Hi <BR> I just started the process to get surgery for Weight Loss. Not totally sold out yet but very much considering having this drastic weight loss procedure done to me. I have had it with living like a yoyo dieter. I am 59 years old and have allot of weight related issues/illnesses. I am a Type II Diabetic on Insulin, Sleep Anea, HBP, High Cholesterol, Knee (had 1 TKR), Back & Hip Problems that affect my mobility & sleep which all of these issues make me tired of living because it af... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:46:48 EST Question Of The Week - 20 February 2013 Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> There have been times when, having learned that I am a WLS patient, insensitive people have said to me "Oh, you took the easy way out!". Interestingly, I've found that many of those willing to make that statement have a weight problem themselves. Has anyone ever said that to you? And if so, how did you respond? If you've never experienced it, what do you think you would say to a comment like that? <BR> <BR> For me, I have generally said, "Oh, how I wish t... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:13:13 EST Weight Plateau - Are you taking your measurements? As a slow loser, I found this article very interesting: <link><BR>n-you-lose-inches-not-weight/ </link> <BR> <BR> I've had lots of people: my surgeon, dietician and personal trainer tell me that my slow weight loss is probably because I exercise, including weight training, and that this will be great in the long run. Somehow, seeing this in writing, and the explanation given makes it seem more real and less like an excuse! <BR> <BR> I have lost 2 siz... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 09:23:24 EST common goals Hello all, I belong to several team all fit my personality however, they don't have the same medical concerns or restrictions. I need and want to be support for others that "get it". It will be great getting to know you.. Have a great night and see you soon. <em>334</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 22:08:50 EST Hi, I'm new to the team I had my RNY on August 2, 2010 so I'm about 2 and a half years out from surgery. From the beginning, I had issues with producing too much acid and was hungry all the time. That was totally frustrating but subsided after having tried several meds. I currently have an ulcer which I'm healing from also. Most of my problems have been caused by not eating correctly or drinking too much alcohol. <BR> <BR> I have a wonderful surgeon and support staff that I go to in the Dallas / Fort Worth ar... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:36:16 EST Plans for a Healthy Weekend Do you have plans for a healthy weekend? <BR> <BR> I plan to do two workouts this morning. The first one is the heavy duty workout from my personal trainer. The second one is aqua fit - I love this class and this will be my post intense workout treat! I'm also "earning my way" on dinner out with my husband. We are going to a favorite restaurant for our deferred Valentine's Day celebration. I'll still eat in moderation but plan to order whatever I want! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I plan to do t... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:45:38 EST Emotional Eating Greetings, all, <BR> <BR> I thought I'd open a topic regarding a subject dear to the hearts of many of us...emotional eating. Now, I have to admit, that I'm a major emotion gal...I've been known to cry at the least provocation...and I know for sure that I'm an emotional eater. I have an addictive personality, as do my siblings, but we all express it in different ways. I don't take drugs, but I DO tend to use food as a tranquilizer, and boy, is that a tough habit to overcome! My only hope... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:29:34 EST Question of the Week - 13 February 2013 Greetings, everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's a new question to ponder... <BR> <BR> We all go through major life changes...marriages/divorces, loss of loved ones, job changes, health challenges. When you get thrown off balance, sometimes you find yourself responding in ways you weren't expecting...habits you thought were rock-solid suddenly fall away. When that happens, how do you cope and get yourself back to solid ground? <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I am facing a serious health crisis right... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:22:26 EST Diet Drinks and Diabetes - your thoughts? I read this article and at first was really glad it didn't apply to me because I no longer drink any type of soda. However, as I read on, I realized that aspartame is cited as the issue and I do drink Crystal light. What do you think about this article, here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>-diet-soda-increases-risk-diabetes-why<BR>-still-192600358.html </link> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 08:24:23 EST What are you willing to push for? Any one willing to push themselves this month.... I am going to push harder my proteins, walking to three times a day, and toning twice a day. What are you willing to push for? Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:23:25 EST SparkPeople Food Log I track my food in the SparkPeople tracker every day. I keep my food logs public. I'm always interested in how different people eat to meet their protein and nutrition needs after bariatric surgery. Doing this has given me ideas of how I can improve my efforts. <BR> <BR> I welcome you taking a look at my blog and seeing what you think. I'm curious do any of you have your food logs public too? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:53:41 EST Coping with Cruises Good morning, teammates! <BR> <BR> On Saturday morning, I am setting sail for a 5 day cruise. This is not my first time around, so I kind of know what to expect. Unlike my previous cruises, though, this time, I will have an empty Band, and although I still have some hunger control, it's definitely going to be a different (read that, more challenging) experience. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about some coping strategies: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm going to take easy-to-pack protein supplements, so ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:29:57 EST Non-Surgical Option Does anybody have experience with a bariatric medicine who didn't need/opted out of surgery? I'm trying to find a Spark friend who went to a bariatric clinic for extensive testing and monitoring. <BR> <BR> I have seen many many specialists (dieticians, endocrinologists, personal trainers, you name it) who cannot explain my weight loss issues. I live a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. I'm inexplicitly 60-75 pounds overweight. For my 5'3 frame, this number is astronomical. I've had en... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:50:24 EST Question of The Week- 30 January 2013 Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a great deal about body image recently. As we lose weight, we go through a lot of mental gymnastics as we adjust to our new lifestyle. However, one of the hardest adjustments of all is to get a mental image of ourselves that matches what we see happening in the mirror...and there have been studies that suggest that failure to do that can be a key factor contributing to weight regain. <BR> <BR> I am a stage performer. Even when I was muc... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:24:54 EST Scale Addiction Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> I remember what a high I got from hopping on that scale every day (sometimes more than once a day!) during my surgery prep and in the weeks after being Banded. I loved to see those numbers going down, down, down...and I got a little frantic when that downward trend slowed, and then stopped altogether. You can only imagine how it felt when after I had to curtail my activity (I was teaching 10 Zumba classes a week in 3 different locations for awhile there!) an... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:38:08 EST Kickin' Your Proteins Up A Notch! Hi, all, <BR> <BR> We all live with the challenge of increasing our protein intake while still living with the physical constraints of our WLS. For me, the nutritionist at my new surgeon's practice has recommended 60-80 grams a day. So, I'd love to find out what sources you all have found for protein supplements, and if there are any you like in particular. <BR> <BR> If you've never visited the Bariatric Choice website , it offers a wealth of options - you don't gotta settle for just sha... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:16 EST Question Of The Week Here's a place to explore some of the deeper questions we all face as bariatric surgery patients. I intend to make this "If you could be a color, what color would you be?", promise <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'll get the ball rolling with this one: <BR> <BR> We all expect our families and friends to support us on this journey. In your personal circle, has there been anyone who has surprised you by NOT being supportive? How did you cope with that? <BR> <BR> For myself, I ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:53:07 EST Coping with challenges Greetings, teammates! <BR> <BR> Several of those who responded to my call for ideas mentioned that they would like a place to talk about the many challenges that go along with the bariatric surgery journey. For example, some of you know that I recently had to have my Lap Band emptied because I had developed some complications with my esophagus, causing me great discomfort. It's definitely been a challenge to manage my food intake over the last couple of weeks without having the restriction... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:21:50 EST Living La Vida Loca Post-Surgery Greetings, everyone! <BR> <BR> One of the suggestions I had for new topics was to open a forum to talk about how to adapt to our new post-surgical lifestyle. This could encompass many topics...nutrition, exercise, relationships (both with others and with yourself). I'll look forward to seeing what evolves! <BR> <BR> Best always, Christine Thu, 24 Jan 2013 22:16:17 EST Dealing with a pre-op all-liquid diet. Physically I think I've got this all-liquid diet down now... *if* I don't think about the fact that it's only around 500 cal a day. But mentally... hoo boy. I just got hit with a wave of overwhelming sadness when a co-worker (who hasn't noticed that I've been dieting or lost 70+ lbs) asked, "What are you doing for lunch today?" In my mind, I immediately replied, "nothing", but I managed to squeak out, "Nothing special, how 'bout you?" <BR> <BR> I mean I really thought I had a good sense o... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:58:48 EST Grieving Food post op Sleeve I am two weeks post op the Sleeve and finally on Soft foods. Some weird happened to me yesterday....I cooked two eggs (not knowing my limits yet) and I could barely eat one. The dogs got the rest. I was really really sad about this. It hit me that I made a life decision that I can never take back. I know it is worth my health, which is why I did it, but I am almost grieving food. I read this could happen but didn't think my bond with food was that strong. Hmmm. ... I think it is. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:33:38 EST New to Spark-two weeks post op Sleeve Good morning - I am two weeks post op the gastric sleeve and doing wonderful. From two months ago I have lost 27lbs. I haven't weighted this little in years and it feels so good. <BR> <BR> I am though almost grieving food. I see others eating chili cheese fries or even a big bowl of soup and I CAN'T. It almost saddens me. Has anyone else experienced this? Tue, 8 Jan 2013 05:28:27 EST 8 weeks out I had bypass surgery almost 8 weeks ago. Had a complication while I was in the hospital. It was corrected and 2 days later I went home. At first I took it a little easy but now I am active again. I bought and ride a stationary bike. I had my surgery do to my health and was not quite the weight that is required. I now have no diabetes, no nothing lol. I take 3 pills a day compares to 35 a day and shots. Last time I was at the doctors I had lost 51&1/2 pounds, I don't weigh myself but once a mo... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:22:02 EST dizzy I just wanted to know if any of you have had any side effect like when I work out I get dizzy like if I was drunk.My doctor first thought I didn't have enough salt but that was not it,then maybe not enough food or protein that"s not it either it just comes and goes Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:47:01 EST Empty Lap Band I had to have had my saline removed before Cancer Surgery in June. I'm still without a fill and it is over 6 months. I was told I am cancer-free. I lost 67 1/2 lbs 6 years ago, Now I have gained 4 lbs since cancer and am hungry more often. What should I do? <BR> <BR> I think I want to wait until Spring before I ask for a fill. I have to drive over 300 miles (round trip) so I can't go every 2 weeks......I want to be sure my cancer troubles are settled before I ask for the fill. <BR> <B... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 20:15:23 EST Hello!!! I'm 29, and a mommy of three. I had gastric surgery on 10/22/09. I lost 170 pounds in 10 months, and then at my 17 month I found out I was pregnant( very unexpected, and not planned at all) I gained about 40 pounds with my daughter, and the doctor and I are still not quite sure how... I had complications, and low blood sugar issues, which I still have to this day. But in the end I came out with a very healthy and happy baby girl. Now I'm just trying to retrain my body and mind to eat how I wa... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:22:05 EST