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7/29/14 8:22 P

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I've never had a problem getting 50g of protein a day - 50g is all my plan calls for. For the first two weeks after surgery I drank protein shakes, but as soon as I was able to eat real food, I stopped using them. I have used them on the 5 Day Pouch Test, so I keep a couple of cans on hand at all times.

As long as I have 3-4 ounces of lean protein 2 times a day, with a couple of ounces of cheese or milk or a yogurt or some nuts, I hit my daily protein goals.

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7/28/14 1:26 P

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i have to take 60g of protein daily and after 3 months post surgery i have to get 75g ( that's challenging)
i don't drink shakes every day . i have bars that gives me 10-11 g , i always have greek yogurt witch is a good source of protein.
and i try to have 15-20 g of protein at lunch and dinner.
i find it challenging , because i want to have veggies with my meals but its not enough , i dont have room, its either more protein or more veggies at the meal. so i try to have a little bit of vegetable at meal time and then have more veggies at a separate time.
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7/28/14 1:21 P

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I drink a protein drink at some point in the morning.... and then I'll have one at night if I don't get enough from my food that day! emoticon
I will also add protein powder to my oatmeal and my greek yogurt if I have any that day... emoticon

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First thing in the morning I always drink a protein drink and that gives me 31 grams of protein right off.
The rest of my meals I try to get the protein from my meals and at the end of the day if I still don't have 60 grams then I'll drink a Carnation instant breakfast or eat a protein bar.

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7/28/14 11:14 A

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Question of the week for July 27th - August 2nd

Getting enough protein daily can be a challenge. How do you ensure you are getting enough? Is there a special recipe that you make to boost your intake in those "emergency" situations?

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7/23/14 6:33 P

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I will occasionally get dizzy after bending over or standing up too quickly but the weirdest thing is I am briefly dizzy every night when I lay down to go to sleep. I have no idea why, it just happens.

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several times right after surgery I was dizzy while laying down...but not for the past 3 months. I do get dizzy when I stand up to fast and sometimes when I'm working in the yard...then I think I just have to drink more and do. emoticon

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I have dizzy spells but only when I stand. Sometimes it almost feels like I'm going to faint but if I stand still for just a few seconds, it goes away. I'm thinking that it's more than likely my blood pressure running a little low. The dizzy spells seem to be an issue among most people that I know that have had WLS... I wonder why!?

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7/21/14 11:09 P

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I have the same problem. I get dizzy everyday....
Specially gardening because your bending and standing ......


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I still get dizzy when I stand up too fast, especially if I'm even a little bit dehydrated. I've talked to my surgeon about it......my blood pressure runs 80-90 over 50-60 all the time now (which is low). He suggested adding a little more salt to my diet to retain more water. It hasn't helped. I go in next month for my one year anniversary with all the labs (first set of labs since surgery), so I'm hoping he'll have better answers then. For now, I just stop and grab something to hold on to until the dizziness passes.

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Not while I'm laying down as much as when I'm standing and trying to walk. My whole since of balance seems to be off. I don't know if it's my arthritis, the fact that I have to have cataract surgery in Sept. or what but I do have dizziness. Because of my balance problem I have fallen a lot but so far I've not hurt anything but my pride. We're hoping after my eye surgeries things will get better.

Connie
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I do get dizzy but not when I am laying down .

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Question of the week for July 20th - July 26th

Since having WLS, have you experienced any dizziness when laying down?

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I've lost ALOT of hair and it's still falling out. Like Andrea, I'm so grateful that I've always had such thick, full hair or I guess I'd be completely bald about now. I started noticing the hair loss around 4 months post op and I'm 7 months now. I take extra Biotin and I use the Nioxin shampoo and conditioner. I've got tons of new hair growth. I'm still losing hair but it has slowed down somewhat.

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7/15/14 7:56 P

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I didn't lose a lot of hair, just kind of shedding at times. My right side is definitely thinner that my left side so started styling the opposite way now.

The texture of my hair has changed also. I'm almost five years out and my hair is definitely weird.

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I had a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of hair so when it started coming out at about 3 months, I freaked out. My doctor didn't tell me that was a side effect. I was cleaning my brush out twice a day. My stylist tells me it's a good thing I had thick hair because now it's like a normal persons hair. I am now at 7 months post-op and the hair loss has started to slow down significantly. I still lose quite a bit but not as much as I was. I take 10,000 mcg of Biotin a day. I split it up, 5,000 in the morning and 5,000 in the evening. I can see all the new growth so I'm just hoping it can keep up with the loss.

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I shed like a dog before surgery, so I knew I would lose a ton of hair. I started taking 10,000mg Biotin pre-op and still take one every morning. I can't tell you if it really helped or not, since I still lost a lot of hair. I thinned the most around the temples, so I gave myself a new hairstyle with bangs to hide it. In the winter I use hair thickening products, Marc Anthony's Hair Thickener works well (you have to blow dry it to activate it). In the summer it's too hot to blow dry every day and my hair is in a pony tail 100% of the time, so I've switched to a Shea Butter leave in conditioner......but because of the pony tail, I've noticed a lot more breakage.

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I had a lot of hair loss and started to notice it at my 7th month. I began taking Biotin 10,000 twice a day right after my surgery in hopes that I wouldn't lose any. It is very thin right now so thin I can put all my hair in a small Barrett. I'm getting new hair now but I'm very very thin on the sides and I have a bald spot in the front that really show.

Connie
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Question of the Week - July 13th-19th

After WLS, did you experience an unusual amount of hair loss? When did you begin to notice it and what, if anything, did you do?



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On Friday, it rained basically all day so we stayed in and did a Dr. Who marathon on Netflix. The rain let up in the latter part of the evening so we were able to get out and go hang out with the rest of the Magnolia Prairie world and watch the annual fireworks show hosted by the fire department (better safe than sorry when you live on the prairie, lol!!). Saturday, we got up and went to the local farmer's market and got our fresh veggies/fruits for the week then spent the rest of the day basically walking around in old Tomball, Tx checking out antique shops and jut hanging out together. That night the fam went to see Maleficent. Sunday we went to church and met our new pastor. I didn't have any trouble staying on my eating plan. I did eat a little bit of buttered popcorn at the movie but just enough to get the taste then I was through with it. All in all, it was a pretty relaxing weekend!!

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We went to a local speedway and watched the races. Afterward they had fireworks which was nice. Ended up being a great weekend!

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We're in the middle of one of the worst droughts in California this year, and fire hazard is at an all time high, and it was well over 100 degrees outside........ no fireworks at all near Yosemite National Park or any where in our county. So my hubby and I spent a quiet day at home and watched a bunch of movies in front of the air conditioner.

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We spent a quiet day at home hubby and I and then that evening we went to our sons, We had BBQ watched the kids play water volley ball and later watched them do fire crackers. It was a good day all around spent with family.



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Question of the week for July 7th - July 12th

Let's do a fun question. How did everyone spend the 4th of July weekend? Did you have a lot of fun and still maintain your calories and get all your protein?

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Well I just came back from a trip to the Hot Springs and did not have trouble finding things to eat and we had to eat at a restaurant every single day for every single meal. No fast food either. For breakfast, we ate at one of our favorite Hot Springs diners every morning and they let me order from the kids menu. I ate egg whites with either turkey bacon or freshly made all white meat turkey sausage. I'm not much of a bread eater these days so I just asked for them to leave that stuff off the plate. All other meals we split. We were always able to find something very high in protein... steaks, grilled chicken, fish. I had taken Quest protein bars just in case and I ate those if I had a sweet tooth but that really doesn't happen for me anymore. We even found a local yogurt shop that had SF yogurt so I got the kid cup with SF Vanilla then added a tiny bit of walnuts & a tiny bit of SF dark chocolate pieces. We even ate at a Red Robin and I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich wrapped in lettuce, hold the french fries!!

Seriously, it wasn't as hard to figure out as I had made it all out to be in my head. When I've been in a fast food situation, like Mcds, I just order anything grilled chicken and just eat the meat. I do ALOT of positive self-talk when I feel tempted... :-)

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Good to know about the onion rings. I love those!!! I can usually only eat maybe 2 but I'm glad to know they are better than fries. Jimmy John's (if you have one in your area) also has the low carb option wrapped in lettuce. It's called the Unwich and they are fabulous.

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My daughter and I discovered that Carl's Jr. has a low carb option for all of its sandwiches and burgers -- they wrap them completely in lettuce! My daughter had the grilled southwest chicken sandwich and I had the veggie burger. Also Onion Rings have half the calories and carbs that French fries do, so we split a small order and didn't feel any guilt.

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I recently found myself at McDonald's for breakfast during a road trip. I ordered an Egg McMuffin with the cheese on the side. By having the cheese on the side, it didn't melt into the english muffin. I then removed the english muffin and just had a sandwich of ham, egg and cheese. It was a perfect portion and 12 grams of protein. (My boyfriend ate the english muffin) I also discovered that you can find the nutritional value of items at most fast food restaurants without the bun on-line which I have found helpful in a pinch. I'm always looking for the items with the highest protein.

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This is a great question
I can't really answer that since I just had the surgery not long a go.
But when I have to spend most of the day out i take these things with me: Greek yogourt, high protein cheeses, vegetable juice, water.... Can't eat anything raw yet so no salad , fruits , nuts or bars....

Kaza

Edited by: KAZABLANKA2009 at: 6/30/2014 (11:59)
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Question of the week for June 29th - July 5th

Summer is here and many of us are traveling for vacation. How do you handle eating on the road? When you are limited to restaurants (many of which may be fast food), what choices do you make and/or how do you modify items to fit within your diet and still get your protein?



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Congratulations THEPOWERGUY! You've done a great job with your weight loss.

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My Surgeon didn't set any sort of goal weight for me either. He did mention that The Gastric Bypass would be my best option at the time. However at around my 1 Year Follow-Up my Primary Care Doctor did say that he would like to see my weight in the 225 to 250 range. He believes that should be a realistic goal area.

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My surgeon didn't set a goal weight. We discussed what the ideal weight is for someone of my size and frame. That weight is 125. He said that I could expect to lose somewhere between 70-80%. However, at just 6 months I am already at 70%. If I reach 125, that's great but if I don't, I'm not going to be disappointed. I am already further than I thought I would be so anything more is just "gravy". I'm able to wear a size 6 which I haven't done for over 20 years so to me, that's a HUGE success. I'm just taking one day at a time.

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My bariatric center's RN gave me my goal. However, the surgeon very pleasantly said that due to my tiny frame, he said "there is a tiny little girl in there" ... so I'll aim for the RN's number and determine where to go from then.

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My surgeon set my goal weight but we will revisit it when I get closer to the goal to decide if I want to go lower than 150.

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My surgeon set mine but I went below his number, because I wanted to be safe if I gained a few pounds like some do. Not that I plan on gaining. My husband says I'm too skinny for my age can you believe!!

Connie
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Pre Surgery Weight: 255
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"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

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My surgeon gave me a number, but it seemed high...... so I set my goal weight based on a
"normal" BMI for my age (48) and height (5'6"). My BMI is 22 and I'm pretty happy at this weight.

You can calculate your BMI here:
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obes
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I have decided my goal weight myself.
It may not be what my surgeon will suggest but it's what I weighted before and it's a
Healthy weight for my height 150 lbs
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My goal weight was determined by my WLS and I've never been able to go under that prescribed weight. It must be a head thing.



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How did you determine your "Goal Weight"?

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Hi like the idea of rewarding with kitchen gadgets!!! I'll have to remember that :) I'm always wanting new stuff for my kitchen :)

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I always seem to reward myself with kitchen "gadgets". I just bought myself a new cherry pitter.....and I was super excited about it -- I know, I know...a cherry pitter! And I love it!

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I have gained four pounds and lost four pounds it seems like forever now. I'm going back on the pouch test and if I lose the pounds my reward will be a digital scrapbook kit that I have my eyes on. Lately I have been doing too much grazing and for the life of me I can't figure out why.
I never use food as my rewards: I buy a new outfit, a new book, a scarf, a new pair of shoes even perfume.

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Connie
RNY Date: 8/8/2013
Pre Surgery Weight: 255
My Goal Weight: 150

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It's a good question but I don't know yet
Just that when I lose 100 lbs I'll go for a tripe :)

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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Question of the Week (June 15th to June 22nd)

List your three main short term goals.
What "rewards" will you give yourself when you meet these goals?

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Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
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I had RNY on Aug 15, 2013. RNY was right for me because (I know this sounds strange to some) I wanted the adverse effects from eating the wrong foods and from eating too much. I knew I needed "consequences" from bad food choices. Breads, pastas, rices, and potatoes are no longer part of my diet -- and these carbs made up the majority of my diet before surgery. I can eat sugar.....I don't "dump" like some people do, so I have to be very careful to limit sweets and treats.

Overall I am so pleased with my results! I lost 100 pounds in 8 months and have been able to maintain for the last two months. Spark played and still plays a huge role in reaching my goals. I diligently track every bite and get support from all of you! If I was out on my own, I know I would cheat and gain back weight!

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Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
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I had researched all the surgery options and discussed them with my surgeon. We concluded that the sleeve was the best option for me. I had my surgery 4 years ago and have never felt better.

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I haven't had surgery yet. I was thinking RNY because stats show people lose the most weight with it. However I started thinking about what I've learned about stats and now know that's because they almost always recommend RNY for 200+lbs to lose lots lighter too but those big #s cause big averages. I did more research about VSG and in most cases works just as well with less complications and risks. The surgeon and I will decide together later in the year. I'm not interested in lapband. IMHO if you are wanting it because it's reversible you may not be 100% committed.

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I had the sleeve done on 12/12/13. This was the only option for me. 18 years ago I had to have my entire large intestine removed because of colon cancer. You would think that would've made a body skinny but oh no... Lori had to take Prednisone and gain tons of weight!! I have a very unique situation now where instead of having an ileostomy bag hanging off my side, I had a surgery called Barnett's Continental Intestinal Reservoir(BCIR) where they take the very lower half of your small intestine and create an internal ostomy with it. It was a life saver!! So, I didn't have much to work with to begin with at the start of this WLS journey. Now I guess I'm just one long tube, LOL!! It all works for me. I've lost 74 pounds as of this morning which is 4 pounds beyond my surgeon's goal weight for me. This morning at my son's baptism & confirmation, I was wearing size 6 Vera Wang white dress slacks and a petite medium blouse!! Not bad considering that back in December I was wearing size 22W pants & XXL blouses!! I'm off all of my diabetes, blood pressure, and triglyceride medications...WOOHOO!!

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I chose the sleeve after fully investigating the RnY and deciding it wasn't right for me at the time (I weighed too much per that program's rules to have it done laparascopically and I didn't want an open procedure). The information about the sleeve just came out of nowhere and after about a week of reading about it, I just somehow knew it was right for me. Then, I found this amazing surgeon whose program/office/set up meshed really well with my personal goals. I just think it was meant to be!

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I had RNY my family doctor and my WLS both agreed this was best for me. I had it because I was in terrible health. I wanted off of the four shots of insulin I was taking and all the pills I took each day. Went to church this morning wearing a size 14 suit and was very proud. That's a long ways from the 22-24 I use to wear.

Connie
RNY Date: 8/8/2013
Pre Surgery Weight: 255
My Goal Weight: 150

"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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I had the sleeve . I really didn't want the bypass because of the malabsorption . It was to drastic for me. And the band not good enough. Me and my surgeon decided that the sleeve was the good option for me.
I had a lot of pain after surgery but I'm still happy. I can't say much yet because I'm only 10 days post -op.
Kaza

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I had the sleeve.Originally i wanted the band, because i had never had surgery and was terrified of getting cut and having something removed. But the more i researched i realized that the sleeve was just a better fit (ie not fills, less complications). I had it in Oct 2013 and so far i have lost 145 lbs in just around 8 months, i cant argue with that!! As for motivation, i was 27 years old and had isolated my self and pretty much stopped living my life. I hurt everyday and was depressed and had no motivation for anything.

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I had the gastric bypass. I wanted the sleeve, but insurance wouldnt pay for it. I wanted the RNY so I wouldnt be able to eat sugar anymore & regain my weight. The lapband I didnt think would work for me because I didnt think I would lose enough to keep me motivated. I had the open RNY because of an older hernia & would do it again in a heartbeat! I havent had any issues so far.

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Question of the Week (June 8th to June 14th)

What Weight Loss Surgery (WLS) did you choose (lapband, sleeve, RNY, etc.)?

Why?

Carol Thomas
Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
Pre-Surgery Weight: 234
Goal Weight: 134 (met April 14, 2014)


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I had a long stall in my 7th month, nothing I did seemed to move that scale. Someone told me to check my measurements and when I did I couldn't believe the inches I lost just in my waist alone. The less pounds I needed to lose the harder it got to lose them for me. That last 10 pounds were the toughest. That's when I did the pouch test and also every once in awhile now I do a liquids only and I like it better than the pouch test.

Connie
RNY Date: 8/8/2013
Pre Surgery Weight: 255
My Goal Weight: 150

"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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Well said, Lori!!

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I'm 5 1/2 months post op and I've only had one stall around my 4 month mark. It only lasted a couple of weeks but I really didn't do anything special. I think I had one day where I chose to just do liquids... protein shakes, broth, jello, lots of water and somewhere around that time, I got on the scale and had lost 2 pounds. I've met my goal weight that my doctor set already but I feel like I want to take another 5-10 pounds off and I'm on my way because I lost another 3 pounds last week...WOOHOO!! Okay... so basically I just try not to panic when the scale isn't moving. I do ALOT of self talk and remind myself that the weight didn't get on my body overnight so I shouldn't expect a miracle just because I have the sleeve as a tool.

Lori

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I haven't really "stalled" I have just had a few weeks where I bounce around within a pound or two and can't seem to get below it. Those times didn't last long though, just a few days and then I'd drop another pound and continue on. Of course I'm only 5 months post-op but I only have about 29 pounds to reach my goal so I'm not really surprised that the weight isn't coming off as fast.

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Question of the Week (June 1st to June 7th)

Have you "Stalled" during your weight loss? How many times? When? What did you do to break the stall?

My Answer:
Oh how I hate the dreaded "STALL"!! I stalled twice over the course of 8 months. The first stall was at 2 months and lasted almost 2 weeks. I needed to up my calories from 500 to 700, increase my water to 8 full glass a day, and eliminate caffeine completely. The second stall was from month 5 and lasted the whole month. Again I needed to up my calories from 700 to 900, increase my fiber by adding flaxseed/meal to relieve constipation. But my weightloss really really slowed over the next two months. I only needed to drop 10 more pounds to hit goal weight, so I did the 5 Day Pouch Test. It was just what I needed to get me back on track and hit goal (100 pounds lost) before by my 8th month check up.

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Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
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I wouldn't lie about it.
I told my older sister who had a bypass and lost 68 kg wow.
She was very happy for me and I'm glad I told her. Kaza

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I agree with Connie. It will come off, just be patient and keep doing what you're doing. I've still got about 30 pounds to lose and some weeks are better than others. I figure as long as that scale keeps going down, no matter how fast or slow, I'm happy and that's all that matters. This journey isn't about whether or not others feel I'm doing what I should be doing. It's about how I feel about it and how my health is improving whether or not it can be seen on the outside. I think you're doing a fantastic job!! emoticon

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Becky:
Some lose fast others lose slow but you'll get there just keep pushing. I think your doing great my granny use to use the saying a lot with me because I was too impatient, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Just give yourself time.

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My Goal Weight: 150

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I also was very open about it - anyone who asked why I was going to be out for 2 weeks, who wondered how I was losing the weight, or who noticed that in general I was changing (like exercising more, looking healthier, etc.). I figured that even if I was selective about telling a few people that word would get around. It helped that I had a very supportive family and that several people where I work had also had WLS around the same time. Now that my weight loss has slowed and I am still quite a way from where I want to be (would love to take off around 50 more), I am afraid those that know may think I have not been totally successful. I have to keep reminding myself that I am in a much better place than I was and that if I continue to do the right things it will eventually come off - even it it takes a year or two. And I did lose inches - 3 inches from around my bust, 3 from my waist and 3 from my hips in 2 months even though the weight only went down 5 pounds.

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I have been very open about my WLS. I have not kept it a secret from anyone. I don't go around telling anyone who will listen obviously but if they ask how I've lost the weight or why I eat so little, I tell them. Usually I get a lot of questions but I have yet to have a negative reaction from anyone. I'm proud of the decision I've made and the weight I've lost. I feel so much better about myself and that's really all that matters.

Andrea (NSCRFAN)

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I have told 2 my 2 close friends, my mom and my mother in law. They are all so happy for me. Knowing that I tried so hard by myself.
I didn't tell any of my sisters ( I have 3) because they never supported me in any way and I don't have a relationship with them it's sad bit it's life.
I might tell my older sister who had a wls also I just don't know witch one she really doesn't talk much about her things ,she is very far from me and I only saw her 4 times in the past 20 years.
And for the rest , I still don't know what to do . I am very honest by nature and hate lying. So depending on the person and how I feel I'll let them know . Maybe not a person that I only met once before , I think not everybody needs to know the details of my life :)
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Most of my friends and family know about my surgery except my parents and my kids. I didn't tell my parents because they are in their 80s and are, like Carol's parents, naturally big worriers. I did not tell my kids because I have been through some real hell with past surgeries from colon cancer, etc... where I literally almost died. I told them I was having a small hernia repaired (which was not a lie) because they get completely mortified and cry hysterically if I even have to go to the hospital let alone have an operation. I explained away the small portions as part of the recovery process from the hernia repair and now they just think I've gotten used to eating less. One day I'll tell them the truth when they have healed from their fears about my health. For now, they are thrilled about my weight loss and the fact that I can work out with them and that's all that matters at this point in time.

Lori

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I told anyone that asked I didnít keep it a secret. People pay good money for cosmetic surgery to make their nose smaller, or have a face lift and I see nothing wrong with that.
Why should I hide the fact I had weight loss surgery? I am in better health and look better and feel better than I have in years. I didn't cheat any more than someone who had a nose job. I had the means to get what I wanted and I used it.



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RNY Date: 8/8/2013
Pre Surgery Weight: 255
My Goal Weight: 150

"Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." ~ Charles Schultz ~

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I"m possible!" ~Audrey Hepburn ~


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Question of the Week (May 25th to May 31st)

Who did you tell about your surgery? Who did you keep it from? Why?

My Answer: I told everyone, except my parents, about my surgery. I didn't want to worry my parents (they're worriers by nature) and because I had a hernia repair at the same time as WLS, I explained my lack of appetite on the hernia surgery. I told everyone else. I wanted to gain as much of a support group as possible. Some people still think I "cheated" or "took the easy way out", but the people that are closest to me know how arduous this journey has been.

Carol Thomas
Surgery Date: 8/15/2013
Pre-Surgery Weight: 234
Goal Weight: 134 (met April 14, 2014)


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My surgeon's requirements are fairly similar to everyone else's that I've read on here. I'm a little over 5 months post op VSG and I've already reached my doctor's goal weight for me of 140 pounds. I'd still like to lose another 5 pounds but if I don't that's okay too. My current plan is to stick to the eating plan and maintain what I've lost. If I lose the extra 5 pounds, well then, that'll just be a little bonus.

I usually have 5-6 small meals daily, including a protein shake for breakfast. My main focus is to keep the diabetes under control. I'm off all meds and I want to stay that way. I average about 700-900 calories daily... high protein, low fat, very low carbs.

Lori

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Requirements post sleeve surgery was similar to those stated here. It was recommended that I have one protein shake or smoothie a day and eat 4 small meals a day because I can't tolerate 4 oz of protein per meal....I can do 3 comfortably. 60 - 90 g of protein a day

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It was a long time ago, but yes, I did have specific nutrition requirements from my bariatric center. Now I'm six years post-op and those nutrition guidelines are:
1. 70 grams of protein a day (at least 20 at breakfast)
2. No drinking with meals.
3. No snacking between meals. (I have 5 meals due to blood sugar issues)
4. Not more than 11 grams of sugar per meal.
5. No snack foods (chips, cookies, etc.)
6. No liquid calories or slider foods. (I still sometimes have protein shakes - I just don't tell the doc. :-))
7. Some whole grains.

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