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"Understand that there is NOT a magic bullet but, rather, the accumulation of small decisions and actions over a lifetime."
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Hello everyone, I'm new to this group but not to the world of weight loss.

I have been on some type of "diet" since I was a kid & only seemed to manage small losses with huge regains.

In January of 2013, after much research, I had weight loss surgery known as "The Sleeve". I had a grand total of 170 pounds to lose & the surgery helped me lose 100 pounds of it. I have, since then, gained back 20-25 pounds & I am going to put a stop to it before it gets out of control, again.

My husband has decided to do something about his weight with his doctor's help, so we are in this together.

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"Understand that there is NOT a magic bullet but, rather, the accumulation of small decisions and actions over a lifetime."
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12/22/16 7:34 P

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I really like hearing people's observations of how their minds and their new TT's are interacting. I'm sure you've read accounts about how someone with a stroke will teach themselves to play the piano again or something like that. It's a little like that I'm thinking. Our brains remember loving a bowl of pasta with butter and cheese, like Bottom says, but our stomachs are not in that reality anymore. Eventually, if I pay enough close attention and don't fight back, my brain will be in synch with my new reality. I think Di said sometime back that she's surprised to find that now she really likes cottage cheese, where it was not her favorite thing before. Same deal for me, cottage cheese is my friend! I like it, but my brain tries to tell me well, that's not real food, that's not "good" enough, that's not going to get you to Nirvana! But in my new reality it goes down easily, it fills me, it has lots of protein, and it keeps me happy for quite a while. I just have to let go of my old ideas. I've discovered that what really works for me for breakfast is lentil soup. Keeps me happy until lunch time, and goes down happily. Why some foods are easy to eat now and others just aren't so comfortable, I don't know. But I've just had to admit that my old standbys of eggs and veggie sausage, or blackbeans and tofu hash, just don't go down as well. I can eat them, but they're a little uncomfortable even in the 1/2 cup portion. So why insist, just because I *think* of them as breakfast food? Come on brain! get with the program!

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12/22/16 7:17 P

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Thanks everyone.

Yes, I can identify with the thoughts of wanting to be able to eat "normal" again some day. Not my old normal (so I tell myself), but normal like how a person at a healthy weight would eat. At least eat some of the same things. On the flip side, everything I hear about long-term success is that maybe I should be hoping for the opposite, that I never can eat normal again.

Di, I can already eat quite a few things you cannot, so from the variety perspective, I should not complain. Certainly some things I used to enjoy don't seem the same. Example - a boneless wing was much yummier when I could pop half of it in my mouth rather than a tiny piece I chew forever. And I only eat 3 now, and the 2nd and 3rd are cold by the time I get to them. Had them twice now and 2nd time I really started thinking that I need to get past eating stuff I have memories of liking that I really don't enjoy as much now.

Still feels like it is melting off even at 6 weeks, though not sure exactly how much the last 9 days. I don't think I'll have another weigh in until February, unless I end up somewhere with a decent scale before then or I run out and buy one.


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70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
What a change.


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12/22/16 11:01 A

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I am sorry, Bottom. I'm not sure time helps this- at least it isn't with me. I am 15 months out and still struggling- and I haven't even tried any new foods. Most folks by the time are adding some carbs (fruit or potatoes or rice)- not me. I'm still eating basically thinly sliced deli meat- cheese- cottage cheese- yogurt- ground meats cooked "wet", eggs and beans. That's pretty much it. (and soft veggies). And I am still struggling with not paying attention to portions- if anything I can only tolerate smaller portions than even a couple months ago and I don't know why.
as hard as this is- I think for some of us it just 'is'- our new normal. I think for me my previous 'dieting' mentality that once I was skinny I could go back to 'normal' eating still creeps up on me sometimes- and I think just because I'm thinner I can tolerate more than I used to when- that just isn't the case.

Hang in there- we all do find our comfort zone I think- eventually.

"Understand that there is NOT a magic bullet but, rather, the accumulation of small decisions and actions over a lifetime."
Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D
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12/21/16 7:41 P

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Bottom, the negative feedback from the Tyrannical Tummy is no fun. Working as designed, but unpleasant. Part of your body's response might be be due to food volume and/or the pace at which you eat. It may also be food-specific. There are some foods that my TT just will not tolerate--poultry of any kind, for example, will not stay down no matter how moist it is, how small I cut it up, or how well I chew it. So chicken and turkey are on my NO!! list--at least for the foreseeable future. The NO!! list for each of us is different. And it does take some getting used to. I'm 7 months post-op and am just now reaching the point where past experience has more influence on my behavior than wishful thinking. It took multiple One-More-Tries with poultry to hard wire that. With more time and experience, you will know better what your body is trying to tell you real time.

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12/21/16 10:44 A

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So sorry, Bottom. I feel you on that. I did the same thing with about a week ago with a little over 1/3 cup tuna salad. Not pleasant. :( But I agree. It is a trial and error kinda thing, where we are going for "progress, not perfection". :) Hang in there and yes, the BEST tip I got was Peppermint tea *I use Bigelow brand*, from ND. It is so soothing and makes the yuck feeling go away so much quicker.

Take care, all!

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12/20/16 1:45 P

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Bottom ~ it will get easier. It is so very much a mind game. Remember to keep Peppermint tea on hand for when this happens so that when you can drink you are able to calm the tiny terror tummy.

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him


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12/19/16 3:23 P

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Did it a 2nd time.
Ate too much at lunch, this time out to lunch. Snack size grilled chicken wrap and a few bites of a side salad.
Very sorry about an hour later.
This is hard - this was a healthy and SMALL lunch by just about anyone's standards (tiny by pre-surgery standards). But it was about a cup of food, and I'm only at 1/2 to 3/4 right now.
Is my mind ever going to accept this?

I need to get into an exercise routine. No biking and not much walking with the cold. Plenty of snow shoveling when it snows, but that is not frequent enough.


Ticker shows my goal for total lost at my 15 month post-surgery mark. (Mar 9 2018)
70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
What a change.


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12/18/16 6:21 P

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Cardio exercise in the am. Weights in the pm. I think I'll try experimenting and observing.

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12/18/16 2:18 P

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Hippie, both can be true.
Protein helps prevent hunger, so starting the day with protein is important.
Carbs you eat in the morning will help you with energy and get burned off during the day.

With the smaller stomach, hard to do both early in the morning.

When do you work out? Another good time for carbs when you are likely to burn them all off and then some, is before your workout.



Ticker shows my goal for total lost at my 15 month post-surgery mark. (Mar 9 2018)
70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
What a change.


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Sunday is my day for weighing myself and today I came in at 183, exactly the same as on 12/4 two weeks back. GAAAAAA. I can't help it, it's getting me down. I lost 27 lbs in 3 weeks, but now nothing for 2 weeks. The only thing that has really changed is that I'm exercising more regularly! Generally, I have recovered pretty well from surgery with a few bumps (a couple of the incisions got mildly infected); have occasional low-energy fade outs. I'm in a good mood all in all except this lack of progress is getting to me.

I've been reading around on the internets and I see that plateaus are not an uncommon phenomenon at about this stage. It could be that as with many sleeve patients, the initial weight loss was water loss (especially after surgery when they pump you up with fluids), and the shock/trauma of surgery temporarily revving up yr. metabolism. NOW is when I'll begin to discover what really works for me to achieve my goals.

There are so many suggestions, backed up with folks experience. For instance, just as one little example: Some people report that eating any carbs for the day first thing in the morning works for them so they have the whole day to "burn" them up. Don't eat carbs just before you go to bed. Sounds reasonable. But, read on and there's the person who says: Be sure sure sure to just have a protein shake for breakfast to keep you feeling full and avoid the temptation to snack. I can feel annoyed at this, but I recognize that what I must do is experiment, be methodical, keep track and discover what works for me. No silver bullets, no sense in whining.

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12/7/16 2:51 P

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Welcome to all of the newbies! Glad you are joining us. Keep us posted on your progress and let us know if you have suggestions or questions.

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emoticon everyone! We are usually active on the chat thread if you want to check things out there. Glad to have you all here.

"Understand that there is NOT a magic bullet but, rather, the accumulation of small decisions and actions over a lifetime."
Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D
Co-leader: Purple Passion BL Team, Bariatric Journey Team


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Welcome to everyone that is new! This is a great place to connect with others going through bariatric surgery.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Hello all! I'm just beginning my journey. I'm in my 3rd month of mandatory pre-op with the surgeon. I haven't quite decided if I want the sleeve or the Roux-En Y. A little nervous but excited. Have a great day!

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Hi, I'm 4 months post op sleeve in Ontario, Canada. As of yesterday I'm down 62 lbs. I'm eating about 1000 calories a day but I think I need to increase that a little. I'm very happy with my decision to have the surgery. Sometimes I wish the pounds would drop off faster but I know that wouldn't be good for me. I joined SP and this group looking for ideas and support.

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AH, flavoring the plain water can help make it more appealing. Try adding slices of lemon, lime, or cucumbers to cold water. Many find that very tasty. Herbal teas are another way to flavor water without adding calories or caffeine. My partner is fond the Mio--you add a few drops of it to water to create various flavors. There are no-calorie, no caffeine options. They're usually found in the near the instant ice teas, etc. in the grocery store.

Link to the Mio website:

http://www.makeitmio.com/?gclid=CO6sxuis
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Welcome, FTG. This team is friendly and welcoming. Feel free to ask questions and keep us posted on how you are doing.

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Welcome FTG. The Daily Chat thread is the most active. Looking forward to taking this journey with you. I had RNY on 7/5/16

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him


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Hello! I am new to this group. I had gastric sleeve surgery in September in the Dallas, Tx area. I am on my second journey with SP. I started about 4 years ago and lost 70 lbs. thru diet, exercise and posting on SP. I hit a road block in my weight loss, had an injury and couldn't exercise and then my depression took over again and the weight piled back on plus 10 lbs.

After several years of trying to find my "spark" again. I finally decided I needed to have gastric sleeve surgery to help me reach my goal of being a healthy weight. I recently posted a blog about my surgery. I started my second journey in August at 309 lbs., today I am 253 lbs. and my goal is 165 lbs. I have a long road ahead of me but, I am taking it one step and one meal at a time.

Glad to be a part of this group. Stop by my page and say hi. I am looking to make some friends.

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"In everyone's life, at sometime, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle our inner spirit."
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Interesting to read some other have trouble with just plain old water. I can swallow it but it just feels uncomfortable. Spring or distilled water is better. I used to chug half a quart of water at a time and loved drinking water. The more I drank the more I wanted to drink, now I have trouble getting in those 64 oz recommended, I've actually never succeeded. I have to drink it so slowly I run out of time!

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MATKAZEIDKELE, glad to hears things are steadily getting better. Good luck at your appointment.

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Matka ~ glad things have been going much more smoothly after round #3

Carrie

New Goals
1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him


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According to the calendar, I'm now 6 months and 4 days post-op from surgery #1 (the RNY). My 6-month check-in with the bariatric team is next week. This AM I had the 6-months labs drawn. A LOT of lab tests! Eight tubes! Given all the medical & surgical adventures since surgery #1, it will be interesting to see the results. Am taking all the recommended vitamins and supplements: multivitamin, calcium chews, B vitamins, and a probiotic. Will be adding a daily vitamin D supplement this week.

The improvements in my Tyrannical Tiny Tummy since surgery #3 continue. I'm gradually adding bariatric-approved "real" food to my menu. With few exceptions I'm tolerating the new foods just fine. Even those with texture, lumps, & bumps. Recently I've even be able to tolerate small portions (1-2 oz) of beef and meat loaf. Chicken has been less successful.

The few episodes of vomiting I've had since surgery #3 I would attribute to the TTT functioning as designed. Some foods just will not be on Approved List--at least for now. The improvement is that now when I eat a food that my TTT dislikes, vomiting is limited to 1 time and then done. Before surgery #3, if anything triggered vomiting, it would continue for 12-48 hours.

Negative reinforcement from the TTT is very persuasive. When I'm tempted to exceed quantity limits or to eat iff'y foods, memories of the prior consequences is almost always enough to keep me on track.

I'm still glad that I had the procedure. Even with all the post-op drama, I'd do it again. But it's definitely been more challenging than I anticipated--physically and emotionally.

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Herbal teas can be a good substitute for plain water. They are caffeine-free and calorie free. And are good hot, iced, or room temp.

Another flavoring that tastes refreshing is cucumber water. Float a few slices of cucumber in the water as you would lemon or lime slices. Be care about the seeds. I remove them before adding the slices to the water.

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I can't stomach tap water, but I am fine with spring water. I like to put sliced oranges or berries to flavor my water.

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Thank you so much for the help you guys. Happy to know I am not alone. Di, I too loved water before, and drank tons and now? I will try your suggestions and thank for the head's up with the lemon. Never even dawned on me.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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I avoided lemon due to acid but I couldn't stomach water plain and I used to love it! I used drops, but smaller amounts of them. And nestle has lightly flavored water (very lightly) I drink the grape, orange or berry. I still drink mostly flavored drinks.

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Water was an issue for me for about 2 months. Try lemon in your water. Or peppermint tea. I was using lemonade 15 cal early on but my doctor was concerned about the acid in it.

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him


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Alton Brown's applesauce sounds good and no sugar, awesome. Having a hard time stomaching plain water during the full liquid phase. See NP and dietician tomorrow. Lemonade 15 is about the only drink that is appealing. Does anyone else remember having trouble with plain water in this phase?

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Rock, I love homemade applesauce. Since the surgery, I've been making a batch of Alton Brown's microwave applesauce recipe every week One batch lasts most of the week. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook. There are a few not exactly approved ingredients (a bit of honey and a bit of butter) in the recipe, but with a 1/2 cup per day portion size, I tell myself that the minuscule amounts of these things in each portion are okay.

A slippery slope, I know, but a person (this person, anyway), needs a smidgen of flexibility in her post-op regimen.

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You're all doing great! emoticon

I'm one that the sweet tooth didn't go away for- I LOVE sweet still to this day. It's salty I can't tolerate- nor anything spicy or peppery at all. It's very weird. I also cannot handle anything fatty tasting. All of that was a surprise for me. I virtually get no salt if I can help it and if I do I swell up still. (I have lymphedemia in one leg that is much better- but not gone). We're all very different so it's interesting to see how others handle the changes.

Keep us posted, everyone!

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MATKAZEIDKELE, you have done an amazing job. You should be so proud of yourself. Congratulations on all your accomplishments. emoticon emoticon

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Thank you, Matka! Wow, you aren't too far out and have done amazing. Great suggestion re: Amy's. I have a stick blender so look forward to trying in a few weeks. I am hoping that my sweet tooth stays at bay like yours. :)

Even though I am going through this I am into cooking for my husband. Just made sugarless, applesauce in the slow cooker.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Rock, it sounds like you are making excellent progress with your post-op course. Keep up the good work!

I had a similar experience with sweet foods in my post-op phase. Anything with a sweet flavor was just not edible for me. That has decreased somewhat (am now 5 month post-op), but not entirely. Sweet foods just don't appeal to as they did before the surgery. I expect that they probably never will.

When your diet advances to more choices, you might like the Amy's lentil soups. I puree them (thank goodness for stick blenders!) and thin them with chicken broth. The flavor is good and they are satisfying without upsetting my Tiny Tummy.

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Thank you, Gwen. Great job on your weight loss. emoticon

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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ROCKGREATHEALTH, you are doing amazing. Keep up the fantastic job. I hope you knee feels better soon. I understand how it can make it difficult. I have arthritis and neuropathy, so I understand. Good luck with your journey.

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Seven days out from gastric sleeve. Feeling great, a little irritable at times, but taking a minute at a time. On Full liquids until next Monday. The Unjury chicken soup and broth from Campbell's low sodium soups taste the best. Anything sweet, except for sugar free jello, made me nauseated. Yesterday was the first day I could eat Oikos Zero. I mixed with skim milk to liquify. Light lemonade is rocking my world. Walking is pretty good except my non-replacement knee was giving issues, I think because of the sodium, so I have been opting to ride stationary bike and walking in stores with a cart. Not much pain but continue to take Gabapetin and extra strength Tylenol.

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday.

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When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Hi BOTTOMOFTH9TH! Yes, a big chunk was presurgery. Congratulations on your weight loss. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.

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Forever - looks like you are well on your way to your goal. Already down over 100, I assume a big chunk of that was pre-surgery, which is great. Last weigh in I am down 59 pre-surgery. Expecting I'll be down another 10 at least on the liver shrink diet.

2 more days on the shake diet, clear liquids Tuesday, surgery on Wednesday for me.

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70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
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My surgery was October 19th. I had the rny.

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Congratulations Cubs! Wow, what a game.

Sounds like you are doing great on liquids. Awesome! Wishing you all the best on Wed. Will be thinking of you.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Only 4 days left on the shake diet. Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon
Tue - clear liquids.
Wed - surgery

I feel really good and last 2 days haven't been too bad. Belt in several notches, shirts loose. Haven't weighed in, but I have been active during it and the weight is coming off - will be down at least 60 total by surgery date.
There is a part of me at times where I hit a "high" mood where I think "I can do this myself this time - just stay on the Shake diet for a year and I won't need surgery". But I hit the lows where I don't think I can possible not stop at a drivethru on the way home. (I have NOT given into that.) Not to mention I've still got over 130 pounds to loose, and I've been at this spot many times before...
Staying the course.


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70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
What a change.


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You are all so kind. I do feel a lot better tonight. Was able to get all of my meds, protein and water in, that was a big accomplishment. Need to up the walking.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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I'm glad you're healing, Rock. I was also just in overnight (for RNY) and they did other fixes while in there- so recovery took me a little longer. But I know the sooner you're up and moving the better you feel!

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Thank you, ND! Today I have been walking around the house and out to the mailbox, tomorrow plan to venture further. Love getting suggestions, ideas, etc. ... thank you again. Hope all is eel with you.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Rock ~ glad all went well.

Sounds like you are doing well. Continue to walk as much as possible. When you feel up to it try and take those walks outside and make them longer and longer.

Carrie

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2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

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Thank you, Cubs!! Please keep us updated on yours.

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

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Glad you are through it Rock.
Heal well.
Thanks for the update.

Ticker shows my goal for total lost at my 15 month post-surgery mark. (Mar 9 2018)
70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
What a change.


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Hope Ronnie and Mom are doing well. Thinking of everyone and sending well wishes.

I was on a 3 month program and a 7 day liquid diet. During that time I lost 25 pounds. Had my surgery on 10/31/16. Came home the day after. The surgeon was going to do roux-en-y but because of scar tissue from other surgery years ago opted for the gastric sleeve. I knew this ahead of time and was actually o.k. with it because I was worried about malabsorption due to early menopause and possible parathyroid tumor. My "D" and calcium have been monitored closely by endocrinologist for a few years. I was super nauseated following surgery, had low oxygen levels but otherwise doing great. Once the anesthesia wore off I felt so much better. I wake up every couple hours to take pain relievers and to walk. Opted for no narcotics so I feel pretty good. Walking around the house every time I get up to take meds. etc. has helped after I swallow meds. So relieved the surgery is over and now looking forward to better days ahead.

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When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. ~~ Oprah Winfrey ~~

When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy." They told me I didn't understand the assignment; and I told them they didn't understand life.
~~~ John Lennon ~~~

Lisa

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Congrats - heal fast!
I'm getting closer to my surgery, but still no date yet - probably November, hopefully early.
The wait is hard - doing everything I'm told for my 6 month program - felt physically and mentally ready a couple months ago, but still waiting.
As long as the wait has been, dealing with the healing, the huge changes post-surgery, those can be a challenge. So while I envy you, I know this is a big transition time.
Hang in there - keep us posted.


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70 lbs of this was lost pre-surgery. (Nov 9, 2016)
60 lbs was lost first 3 months post-surgery. (Feb 9)
56 lbs lost next 3+ months (May 22) Blew this goal away.
26 pounds lost next 3+ month (Aug 28) Close to goal, slowing down.
Already in my target weight range. Fine tuning and maintaining for the long haul.
What a change.


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I am on my way home from undergoing my RNY yesterday morning. Everything went smoothly and my doctor fixed a hernia while he was in there. I lost 26.8 lbs on my 2 week liquid diet. Sipping on a Propel as I await my meds

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Welcome to our weight loss surgery family, Ronnie and Mom! Keep us posted on how your are doing and let us know if you have questions. Glad you joined us!

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Welcome Ronnie and Mom- you're surgery buddies!

Be prepared to take things slowly- know you won't walk out drinking like a champ or feeling very good- but know you are starting an amazing journey you won't regret! We will be here when you're ready to start posting. Excited for you both!

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Thanks for the welcome. Just drank my citrate and the countdown continues. I'll try to have my wife measure me when she gets home. I probably should have done it before I began the 2 week liquid diet

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Welcome to the group Ronnie and Mom. Best of luck to you both for surgery tomorrow.

If you have not done so I suggest taking your measurements so you can see the change as you shrink.

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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I am having Bariatric Sleeve surgery Monday at 1:45. Prayers appreciated. Clear liquids today and for 1-2 weeks.

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36 hours away from my RNY at 8:00 am, Monday, September 19, 2016. Welcome all thoughts, tips and support.

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Welcome to the group. Glad to have you.



Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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New to the group. I am currently 6 months post op and down 71 lbs. Having this surgery was the best decision of my life. Glad there is a group to share this journey with.

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Welcome to the group Neon.

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him


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Welcome, Neon! Glad you joined us. Looking forward to getting to know you & learning about your weight loss surgery adventures.

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Welcome Neon-Cat, I LOVE your profile picture!

You're just beginning the journey= it's a worthwhile one for sure. Feel free to pop in our daily chat thread we're usually in there talking about something! :)

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Just starting the process. Had a good exam at My Bariatric Solutions yesterday. Have a big folder about the process and will work at getting my food ready for the week before surgery. I am looking forward to the weigh loss. emoticon

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Agreed, hon, I've had more than my share of issues and unhappiness during this past year, too. None of this is easy. I'm glad you're home and praying you recover quickly and well.

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I think you have earned the right to be upset. I am sure it is not an easy phase you are going through. I am sending healing prayers. Hopefully this time speeds by and you are back on the path before you know it.

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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Just a quick check-in: was discharged home from the hospital today. A week there was more than enough. Am now home with a gastrostomy tube & continuous infusion of a nutritional supplement. Thus far I've done pretty well with staying positive & accepting of this latest phase of my medical adventure, but this evening I'm angry & depressed. Thirty days of nothing by mouth & being tethered to a feeding pump 24 hr/day seems like a really long stretch. It's probably just a case of the post-hospital blues. Hopefully, I'll feel more optimistic tomorrow.

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Yes those unexpected things that make a big difference. Way to find the silver lining.

Hope you are on the mend.

Carrie

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1st 199 - Onderland at last - ***Reached this 4/20/17***
2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

Well-behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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8/8/16 9:29 P

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The fainting was probably due to a combination of dehydration, after effects of conscious sedation (versed & fentenyl), and the perforation-- with perhaps a dash of luck. If I had not fainted &'gone to the ER, they prob would not have discovered the perforation until it began to make me seriously ill with an infection in my abdomen. So while banging my head on the furniture was not a positive thing, it did probably save me from some unpleasant complications.

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8/8/16 9:56 A

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Oh My Matka. Hope all goes well today and you get to return home tomorrow. Do they know what caused the fainting?

Carrie

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2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

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8/7/16 11:04 P

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Thank you, Di. It's been a rough several days. Thursday morning I had an upper GI endoscopy & dilitation of the stricture. After I was home for a few hours I fainted & hit my head on the end table. Woke up on the floor with a big laceration over my right eyebrow. Of course there was lots of bleeding. Had an ambulance ride to the ER. While they were doing the after-the-fall physical exam, they discovered a perforation on my tiny tummy/small bowel. Had surgery Friday morning to repair the perforation. They also put in a feeding tube. Will need to be NPO (nothing by mouth) for a month. All nutrition (protein shakes & water) and meds will go in via the feeding tube. I'm still in the hospital. They started the tube feeding so this afternoon. If all goes well they will let me go hit me on Tuesday.

This set of adventures pretty much used up my store of coping skills. But I'm beginning to feel better--less pain & more energy. So life is beginning to seem manageable again. A month without food doesn't seem that difficult. But a cup of tea is my cure for everything. Will definitely miss that during the next 30 days.

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8/5/16 2:31 P

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Matka- I'm sure sorry and hope you're doing better today? I've only had one of those, but it seems to be some people are prone to it. I know it's no fun!

Bottom- when I had surgery I ended up walking out of the hospital on no diabetes meds or shots any longer. I DO sometimes have a low blood sugar incident (had a bad one I ended up in the ER for). So I do keep checking myself periodically and I keep those glucose tablets handy if I have to pop one in and chew it up to bring my numbers back up.



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Having endoscopy & stricture dilatation #2 this morning. Weight is dropping like a rock, mostly due to the fact that I've been limited to mostly water, Pedialyte, and sips of protein shakes since Sunday. Looking forward to having the problem corrected so I can proceed with achieving the new normal.

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Bottom, make sure that your physician knows about the low blood sugar. They may want to adjust your medications further. Glad you were able to catch it and treat this episode so effectively.



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Bottom glad to hear you are get off some of your meds. Scary about the low blood sugar. Hope your levels sort out soon

Carrie

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2nd 195 - 1/2 my weight from my high of 390 ***Reached this 5/10/17****
3rd 184 - 1/2 my weight from begging wls 368 ***reached 6/26/17***
4th 161 - 1/2 my weight from day of surgery 323

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