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5/11/11 8:13 P

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I hear ya Nena!

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5/11/11 11:57 A

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I love shapewear. I can't afford surgery and the ones from thigh to under the bra are fantastic. I like the L'eggs brand and have bought brand new ones on Ebay. Also several years ago, Walgreens had them for $1.50. I went online and bought $50 worth!!! I'm still using those. They usually run about 8$ a pair now.

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5/10/11 9:03 P

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I bought all my clothing from the used stores, resale shops and salvation armys I would go on the sale days when they would have like 5 pieces of clothing for $5.00 and buy the next size down on pants and shorts that were too tight. I knew it would be real soon that I would fit them perfectly and I did'nt waste all my money on clothes that I would grow out of(I should say shrink out of, and thats a great feeling!) I still shop at these places because now I can't stand using my money on the real prices in the stores. I save that money for all the things I really want or need. Its a good feeling to know i"M not wasting. Hope that helps some.

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5/10/11 4:45 P

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I like Lee jeans - they have tummy control panel. My tummy isn't fat, but the extra skin looks like a muffin top. I can wear one size smaller in these jeans. I never wore a size 10 before. That is a huge ego boost!

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5/10/11 4:11 P

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Shape wear is another good buy as it also keeps everything in one place with no moving or jiggling! Shop around as it is pretty pricey and keep an eye out for sales. I find sales on flexees and control it every couple of months.

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5/10/11 9:08 A

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Those snack plates sound great! White is a good color. Don't buy red plates - I think it stimulates appetite.
I bought exercise clothes and sports bras. You need to keep everything from jiggling and distracting you, and you need clothes to sweat in.

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5/8/11 11:49 P

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Just found a great buy on small plates. Kohl's had a sale this weekend on a set of 4 Marshmallow (White) canape plates from Food Network. They are durable porcelain and simple rounded square shape.
$24.99 reg price for 4. Sale was 17.99 plus another 15 % off. They are just a little bigger than a woman's hand and perfect size for me. Ate my dinner on it tonight. If having salad as a side I would probably use 2 plates.

As Kohl's has frequent sales you may want to watch for these plates. They are a little smaller than a salad plate. I use a salad plate that is 8 inches for a big celebration dinner but these will do well for every day. It is a great way to keep portion size under control.

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5/7/11 7:39 P

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All things that I did also. journal is great idea, as the emotional ups and downs were rough for the first 4 months. Food scale is a must have. get the one that cindy suggested. makes it easier to weigh food on your plate. smaller baggies were a godsend for storing portions to make a fast lunch or dinner, so you are not munching on stuff while getting your food prepared. Comfortable exercise wear is important also, I purchased and brought back many that did not feel right while walking and riding bike. Good luck on your journey!! Oh and applause to cindy...she always has good information and is always willing to help out whenever anyone has a question emoticon

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5/6/11 4:24 P

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Yes, I forgot I also bought a mini chopper for $15 and I still find it useful. I too do not own a food processor and my small portions are just perfect for the mini chopper.
I already owned a food scale but if you do not own one you need to get one so that you can measure your portions. Get one with a zero balancing feature so you can put your container on it and then zero it out and add your food and that way you get the weight of the food without the container.
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5/6/11 1:30 P

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I bought all the small size snack bags, 1 cup containers and4 ozx and 8 oz paper cups. I stocked up on the recommended foods for soft stage and the pureed food too so it was all ready. I don't know if this is common, but they cut a muscle on me so one of my incisions took forever to heal and it was so hard to get up and down or bend if I dropped something so I also got one of the long handled pick up sticks so i could reach things without bending too much.
One thing i found really helpful for soft stage foods was eggbeaters--what a godsend! and oreida steam mash potatoes ( 1package went a very long way.) I also have the Tupperware "Quick chef" which is basically a manual food processor and using that to grind the protein meats finely and add a little water or broth was a savior too (I don't bake or cook things that require a regularr food processor so I dont have one.) Any kind of magic bullet or blender will do.

I live alone so I made sure I had everything in stock so I didn't have to go out for awhile to get anything, and then my friends and family helped me replenish in the first few weeks if i needed help with the grocery store.

I took four weeks off form work and wish I had done six--although I was bored out of my mind and anxious to go back, I did go back too soon and needed to continue to heal. I really underestimated the "major" in major surgery.

One other thing that I found helpful (and forgive the bluntness of this) was I bought one of those toilet seat raisers they use in nursing homes. I was SOOOO gald I had that once i got home as that cut muscle was very challenging to move around and raise up form sitting or sit down!

I also used a timer for a lot of things--reminding me to chew slowly, how long to wiat between bites and gage my "meal" (2 oz of protein) to finish within 30-45 minutes, making sure i could sip water and get in enough liquid.





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5/5/11 4:51 P

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I agree with Davena, small utinsils and plates are a must. Shapewear can help. If you develop a rash in that loose skin take a photo and give it to your doctor to put in your medical record. You will need those photos later if you want surgery to remove the skin. buy a magic bullet or other blender for your protein drinks!

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5/5/11 4:17 P

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Smaller sizes of plates and bowls: sandwich plates and fruit bowls work great for keeping portion sizes in line. A good reusable water bottle is a must.
Also, Underarmour is wonderful for corralling all the loose skin as you lose. I LOVE Lipo-In-A-Box brand shape wear, but for exercising especially, Underarmour is GREAT for wicking away moisture and odor as well. This is a necessity for me; otherwise, my back and legs hurt terribly from the weight of the loose skin.
These are just a few things off the top of my head; I'll see if anything else comes to mind.
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5/5/11 3:42 P

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Keeping a journal on progress is a super idea, I did not take the time to do that and should have, in my case I was fortunate enought to have worked with a nutritionist and her hadouts and baskin robbins spoons along with tiny dishes helped me along after getting home from the hospital

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5/5/11 1:27 P

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The best thing I bought for myself was a $1 notebook from the craft store. I used it as a journal for my process. In my family and group of friends, no one else had ever gone through this type of thing. The first few months after surgery are difficult and emotional. For me, taking a few moments out of my day to journal those thoughts was a huge stress relever. It helped to sort of my thoughts.

For example, I couldn't drink alcohol after surgery. Going out with my girlfriends to a bar on a summer weekend was so hard. I wanted to be included but the temptation was a lot to take. Journaling those thoughts was helpful. After the feelings passed, being able to look back on where you were and where you are now is amazing. I HIGHLY recommend it! :)

Best of Luck! You can do this.

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5/5/11 1:12 P

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HI All,

I'm gearing up for my surgery and August and would like to know what are you best buys that have helped you on your journey. Things that you wished you had or things that have been key to your success. Thanks!

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