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7/23/16 4:55 P

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I had lost 40 pounds the year before my surgery. I was thrown for a loop when I went into WW post surgery and I had gained about seven pounds. Called the nurse coordinator and was informed that this was as a result of iv meds in hospital and reassured it would come in off. Did lose that and more by next week. I faithfully walked a couple of times a day in the mall or box stores. I had surgery in December so could not do outdoors. The first few months the weight steadily came off at about three pounds average.

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7/23/16 12:59 P

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Sandra congrats on have your surgery! It must feel great to be home and comfortable. I don't remember what I lost the first month but it wasn't much. The first month is very slow and that is very normal - you did just rearrange some major organs :)

I am doing well ladies. I did a SP virtual 5k and it took me 52 minutes which includes 32 minutes of running. One day I shall run it ALL!!!!

I'm 7 months out and my body is losing very slowly now. About a pound a week. It's hard to not lose more but I just keep eating healthy and exercising and I have faith that that will be enough.

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7/23/16 11:51 A

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Hi all,

Just joined the group. i had bypass surgery last week and am still eating pureed foods. I've lost 20 pounds during surgery prep and since surgery but I find myself disappointed, instead of celebrating. While I shouldn't compare, I'm curious how much others lost in the first weeks after surgery. Encouragement is always welcome.

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Feel a lot better. It has been crazy at work since I got back on Monday night. I am off this weekend for a much deserved rest. I am not a young "Spring chicken" anymore! emoticon

So, yesterday my sister called me up-she lives in Hawaii-she just found out from her doctors that she is allergic to the outdoors there. There seems to be quite a few offenders outside contributing to it. Poor thing-living in Hawaii and being allergic to the great outdoors. That will take some managing.

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7/8/16 6:50 A

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Carol, so sorry you have been so ill. It seems that caregivers often are last to get the help they need. Hope you are on the road to a strong recovery.

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7/7/16 7:54 P

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Went to my Primary today and he has me off work until Monday night. got to get better.

The bathroom and I have become friends. Literally. emoticon

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7/5/16 5:02 P

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It has been really busy at work at the hospital. Early Monday morning I went from working on my floor to the ER as i felt so dizzy and not good. They gave me an IV of fluids and electrolytes. I was running a fever and sick to stomach both ends. Gastroenteritis. So, here I am at home sick. Supposed to sip, sip, sip-but when I sip I have to go-fast.

I will be glad when I am better.

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7/3/16 5:09 P

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Yesterday, we were on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We never could find the ponies that swim the channel but saw a few wild rabbits at the national park and lots of egrets. We ate at a wonderful place. Had a crab cake packed with crab meat--the only breading was to coat it for frying. The salad had fresh tropical fruit and shrimp on the greens. Yummmm. If I were at home, would have taken enough home for another 2-3 meals. Hate to leave good food but do not wish to get sick.

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Hey everyone! emoticon I just had the vertical sleeve gastrectomy on June 8th. I realize it's not the bypass, but this team seems active, so I thought I'd join you! I hope that's not a problem.

I just graduated to soft foods on Thursday. I haven't experimented with too many new foods yet. I made some cloud bread tonight and put a spoonful of canned salmon mixed with mayo on a small piece. It sure did beat eating the meat mixture solo!!

emoticon for having me!


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6/18/16 6:11 P

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Agree. Hair loss is a bummer. I get my protein in but still have problems.

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6/18/16 3:49 P

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I got annoyed at all my hair falling out and so I got annoyed and chopped it all off. First pixie cut and I like it! It feels weird not having hair but I am hoping it will save me time in the morning!

I've also been trying a lot of new recipes too. Tonight I am making baked tofu, hopefully it turns out. Last time I tried to make tofu it didn't go so well lol

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Several are nearing their surgeries. Best wishes. Keep us posted.

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6/5/16 1:32 A

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Congratulations! By the time I get off work in the mornings (I work nights) I am so tired-I just crawl into bed.

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6/4/16 11:17 P

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I have completed 2 weeks of running and I love it! Can't wait until I can run a full 5k!

How is everyone doing?

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Happy Hump Day!

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Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday!

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Sounds like fun. Enjoy your new adventure. It takes a few days to be comfortable with something new. You have got this.

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Smilingeyes - yes I love that about surgery too! I can cook a meal and have lots of leftover for the next several meals.

I start the running room tonight emoticon Lots of mixed feelings. Fear, worry, nervous but mostly I am excited and planning for where my running might take me. Once I go for 2-3 weeks all my nerves will be gone and I will be able to simply enjoy it. Wish me luck!

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One benefit to the surgery is the way one can stretch a meal out. Had enough chicken left over from my lunch out to make a meal for my son and I and even some for the fur baby.

Got to run. Hope all are off to a great week.

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Happy Monday!

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Congratulations!!!!! Keep on moving along!

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So I got to go to Canada's Wonderland yesterday. Couldn't have had more fun if I tried!! Getting the opportunity to go there was one of my top reasons to lose weight! So glad I had the surgery!!!

It has been 13 years since I went, initially because I lived too far, and then because I was too large for rides. At my heaviest I was a 4x and a 28 jean. Today I am a 1x and a 20 jean. I was really anxious about being able to fit in the rides but I fit in them ALL! Some of them were very tight, and a couple of them were quite painful to fit, but the point is I FIT!

I am planning to go again in August with a different set of friends. I am going to be smaller and I am excited to have a little more room in each of the rides!



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TGIF! Have a Happy Weekend everyone!

Having Gastric Bypass is a life change and one that is a continuing journey.

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I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day yesterday!

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Happy Tuesday-hope everyone is doing good. Hubby and I were off work last night and just too tired to go anywhere.

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TGIF. Our pouches let us know. Take care of the pouch.

It is a continuing journey.

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WLS is only a tool. Where I reached my goal I find myself needing to use other tools I learned for weight loss and healthy eating. Many of us have learned to stuff our feelings. While comfort food is familiar and initially may mask it does not help the underlying issues. I have tried to face more head in with journaling, meditation, etc. when I do this I feel empowered versus a victim of circumstance and this helps more than mindless eating.

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I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing but I apparently have a stomach of steal.

I have recently pushed myself out of my comfort zone in life and I spent a few days using food to feel comforted (loads of junk). I wasn't aware of it - I just thought I was failing at WLS and doomed to gain it all back. Once I realized I was eating because of the familiarity and the way it makes me feel (comforted) I was able to stop. Today has been healthy, and normal and I am so freakn relieved that I CAN stop.

I am a little alarmed at how easily slider foods can go down - and the amount I can eat!

I am trying to remember that this is a learning curve.

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Hope everyone is doing well.

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4/21/16 5:43 P

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Theory tested here before and lesson learned. Does cause dumping whether your pouch has something in it or not.
I tested that theory early on. I do not want to feel that way again.

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Usually forego the sweets. Because the cake and icing did not taste that sweet I had more than I should. Will not repeat.

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I've heard that sugary foods on an empty stomach will cause dumping, but a few bites of sugary dessert when you already have food in your pouch can be tolerated. I haven't tested this theory. Better for me to just stay away from the sugar.

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Sorry to hear about the dumping. Our tummy pouches definitely let us know what not to eat.
Sugary stuff causes dumping.

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Oh, my. Big mistake yesterday. Had a small piece of wedding cake that had a raspberry filling and the icing did not seem to be cloyingly sweet but either it was sweeter than I thought or had high fat content or fat content or both. Belly ache followed by dumping ensued.

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4/8/16 1:37 A

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Chili-my husband makes the best 3 bean with ground turkey chili. If we are on the road-Wendy's makes a great chili.
Hubby just made a great beef stew-he cuts everything up into real small pieces for us. We mostly do not eat beef except with stew. It is so tender that it has no problem with my pouch.
Great veggies as well with it.

I can't eat any pasta or rice-still hurts tummy-tried each once -a tiny bite and it did not go well. lesson learned.

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4/6/16 8:51 A

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Ahi tuna is by far my favorite app as a meal. It is one of the few items I can finish and it never upsets my pouch.

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Interesting on the protein enriched chip - Has anyone tried the protein enriched pasta?

The restaurant is always a challenge for me, too. DH loves to go out to eat, and he does NOT like to share his food. We probably eat out once a week. I order my own entrée and eat about four bites and I'm done. The server comes by repeatedly to ask if my food is okay, and sometimes even the manager. Its awkward and weird. I don't feel like I want to explain my surgery or my eating habits to the restaurant staff. I usually just smile really big and assure them that it's DELICIOUS. Lately, in-between visits from the server I pass portions of my food to DH so it looks like I'm eating. Only, now he's starting to gain weight. Occasionally a restaurant will have a healthy appetizer, like Ahi Tuna, and I'll order that as my meal. The portions are usually a little closer to reality for me. Often, if they have a healthy soup I'll just order that for my meal.


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GMC carries a protein enriched chip that can be used as an occasional treat.

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Its been a while since i checked in here, I am still doing ok, although I have had a few days where the craving for chips got to be too much... First time I made the mistake of buying a large bag (they had no small ones at the store I went to) and finished it off in two days. After that I made myself a promise that I would only buy one small bag if I found myself craving chips, and to limit them to once every two weeks or more.

I have found that too many raw vegetables hurts my stomach, so have not been able to eat all the salad that I would like. Have never really been too fond of boiled or steamed veggies so I really need to work on figuring out a way to make them more appealing to me. Smoothies are still my go to to get in spinach, and a serving or two of fruit. I do have fruit with my breakfast most days though.

I have also started to have spaghetti squash, but need to perfect how I cook it. It was so soft the last time that the noodles were too mushy, but still it tasted yummy. I think I left it in the oven too long, so will cut the time in half and see what happens. Sweet potatoes have become a favorite of mine, and I do them in the microwave, then finish them off in the oven. One potato will give me four servings.

I have steered clear of things like pasta and pizza for the most part, but I do include chili as one of my go to foods to get in enough protein and fiber. If i have pizza it is thin crust, and generally I make it at home so I know what is in it.

Eating at a restaurant is an interesting experience these days, I never know how much I will be able to eat before getting the signal to stop or be in severe pain. It definitely is no where near what I used to be able to eat though. Also trying to be very conscious of getting in enough protein, while limiting the carbs and fat when ordering can be a challenge but I am getting better at it.

All in all, its been an interesting four months, but I would not change it, finally seeing myself as a much slimmer and healthier me.


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TEMPEST272002 - how did the spaghetti squash work out? I am pre-surgery, but have had it many times in the past on low-carb diets.

I usually baked it, then sauteed it with garlic cloves, onion, and some butter. Sometimes had it with Italian sausage or meatballs - nice pairings.
I tried putting pasta sauce on it and pretending it was pasta, but that preparation just didn't work for me. But it may be good for other people. For me, I have just accepted that I won't do pasta anymore.

I also tried baking then high-heat frying it like hash-browns and having with eggs - I always liked egg yolks mixed in with has browns. It was OK, but again, didn't really come close to the flavor or texture of hash browns, and didn't do much for me. I do miss sopping up egg yolks with bread or hash browns, but can live without it.

As far as the prep and having it around and easy, I would sometimes cook several squash at once and freeze in smaller containers. Since my prep always involved some form of sauteing or frying after baking, that worked well. Always bought it in the produce section - never looked to see if I could find it in the frozen foods sections. Wonder if that is a good option.



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Know how I craved foods that are well seasoned after my surgery. Still strive to include dishes that are loaded with flavor.

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I'm about to have my pasta-less spaghetti - I use spaghetti squash instead. So yummy with a fraction of the calories. This will be my first time trying it since my surgery.



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I don't eat any pasta it is too heavy of a carb. Hubby makes the most delicious stews, soups and 3 bean chili.

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Know how I was taught to clean my plate as a child. I consciously did not pass that onto my child but I hear other family members say this to him and they all have eating problems. When eating out I order without bread or I deconstruct the lasagna taking out the filling and discarding the noodles--even then I may not eat it all. I often take home half or more. Portions in restaurants are ridiculous.

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Happy Easter! Yes, it is easy to get lost in your head stuff and slip into mindless eating. Surgery means that I have immediate consequences to shock me out of it. Definitely going to be more cautious in the future!

Had a talk with hubby about appropriate portion sizes. We split the cooking. When hubby serves up my dish, he puts on about twice what I can actually eat. I understand. Even on a little plate, 1/2 cup of food doesn't look like much. The problem is that I have a really hard time stopping eating if there is still food on the plate - even when my body starts giving me full signals. Something I'm going to work on.

In the meantime, I asked hubby to put on less on the plate than he thinks I need and then let me go back for 2nds if I still have more room. Ate dinner with the much smaller portion - 1/4 link of moose sausage & 1/4 cup chili. Went back for 2 Tbsp more of chili. Felt much more comfortable through the process. I'm learning. :O)

Lizzie - So sorry to hear about your grandfather. That's a hard thing to deal with. Even though the workout felt heavy, I think it was still a good thing to do. Shows your effort to take care of yourself even in the midst of grieving.

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Happy Easter everyone!!!!!

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Strange how easy it is to go back to old eating habits eh? My grandfather died 2 weeks ago and I decided to go to the gym directly after the funeral as a conscious way to not turn to food. (not sure it was a good idea - the workout felt very heavy). But it did work.

I'm doing well, can run 5 minutes on the treadmill now. Since the gym is closed today I am going to try to run outside today...bringing down the goal to 3 minutes and repeating it twice.

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When I am eating wrong foods or too much, my nose begins to run. If I ignore the warning sign, I cough up tons of mucous but no food. It has only happened a few times but is awful and am probably overly cautious. I stop eating early. My hardest days are those if I am in a rush and skip breakfast or try to squeeze all my eating into a few meals rather than small bites spaced over the day.

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Sorry to hear about your bad food experience. Our tummies will definitely let us know.
Nothing like having the experience of that as it does get you back on track with why we don't eat fast, etc. It is a journey and a learning expereince.

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Had my first bad food experience yesterday. Combo of bad news plus pms had me unthinkingly sinking into old habits. I made myself a lovely turkey burger with fixings... and then proceeded to snort it down as quick as possible. Big mistake. So much pain in my gut. I managed to throw a bit back up and had some relief. I won't be doing that again soon!

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Son has four Med appointments this week. About five changes to his medications so busy keeping up with that.

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Son released from rehabilitation. His strength and endurance are back up.

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