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  2. Don't beat yourself up!! That's an old pattern that needs to stop. It's not good for you or for your journey. It's OK to make some bad choices, realize it and try to find a way to avoid it next time. It's totally OK. I have found that if I eat crappy food I feel crappy. That's probably part of how you are feeling. We now need so much protein it's ridiculous! lol! Traveling and maintaining a good diet is SOOO hard. The choices aren't good, we are on the run and don't have time to source out the best things. So now that you've traveled and experienced how hard it is have you come up with any ideas? Packing protein drinks maybe? Regarding food choices I find a lot of places will have grilled chicken. I know it's not exciting but it's so good for us and will be filling and is something that can be found at a lot of places. I'll just order the grilled chicken sandwich and then eat just the chicken breast. When I met with my surgeon this last time he asked how I was doing. I said "I'm doing pretty well. I find the protocols to be simple to follow. I don't find it easy but it is simple." And that's what we have to remember. That while it may be simple, it's not always EASY. It's oK to fall, it gives us the opportunity to get back up, learn where we tripped and try to avoid it. It's OK to have made choices you aren't happy with, this is how we learn and grow. Don't be upset with yourself, give yourself a hug and realize just how hard that trip was and how well you did to lose weight.
  3. I don't think such a blanket statement is fair. This surgery has changed many lives for the better.
  4. All my garments came from Design veronique - Worth their weight in gold! They are not the cheapest - But they made me feel like I was protected form the world - Most of them (To protect my scars through first phase of healing and under I had Micropore tape) I wore for 12 weeks - Using this tip I got - My scars when having the tape and the compression on for 12 weeks - Left my scars much finer and flatter then my own arms - That I removed the compression etc after 6 weeks (Which now I know the tips _ I wish I knew all taht before - lol) http://designveronique.com/ And you can also get them in the Uk ( I think if you see the one you want on the US site the UK people will send you it from the product number - I just phoned them up and orderd the one I needed and it arrived a couple of days later) http://www.eurosurgical.co.uk/plastic-surgery/design-veronique/ Good luck!!!
  5. It's important to remember everyone heals differently and at a different pace. I never had any issues with nausea (other than due to the anesthesia) and no vomiting at all. I was able to get my fluids in very quicky after surgery and am able to drink normal amounts and pace now at 3 months out. I also have no issues with being only able to eat bites. I can eat 3-4 ounces comfortably.
  6. "When you feel it coming on"....that is exactly what happens! Besides the monor discomforts after the surgery, there are times you suddenly feel the pressure getting worse. That was when I got up and walked. Also, it is not nearly as bad if you sit in a recliner, rather than lay down flat. I found that sitting made me feel better all the way around....and only laid down to sleep.
  7. My doctor is making me wait 2 months before going from the band to the sleeve and I wish he wouldn't. I don't want to wait that long! He said my stomach had to heal. How did your doctor say you didn't have to wait? You're lucky!
  8. And as I just found out, this is my problem. 6 months out eating 700-800, now pushing 1000-1200. Feeling not run down. I was at a stall. Scale moving this morning. My bmr was 2100 andi was burning an additional 650-700 through exercise. My poor body thought I was starving.
  9. NYC

    Are you just considering the sleeve, or other wls? The forum is filled with Q&A's which helped me a lot with all my doubts. So feel free to ask away!
  10. That is so awesome. I hope I am in the same boat. Impressive weight loss too! I never had c-sections so... yeah. But good to hear. Makes me a LOT more comfortable.
  11. Don't get the lapband. I've been throwing up for 2 years while still, somehow, gaining weight. It's so uncomfortable and embarrassing.
  12. I am just starting the process myself, I go to the surgeon on Thursday to get the ball rolling. Have you went to the MD yet?
  13. Finding unflavored protein in a single serve packet will allow you to sample a brand without having to buy the larger container first. Single serve packets of whey protein isolate are available online with Bariatric Fusion, Jay Robb and Unjury. Whey protein powder is also found in the bulk bins at Sprouts Farmers Market. You can buy a small amount to taste test. Our patients have also liked the larger containers of unflavored whey protein by brands like Inspire (www.bariatriceating.com), Isopure (GNC, online) and Syntrax Nectar (online). Keep in mind, whey protein must be kept under 140 degrees, otherwise it will curdle. Soy protein isolate is also available. Brands include GNC and brands like NOW Foods and Genisoy, which are available online and some natural foods stores. These will be in larger containers. Sprouts Farmers Market also has soy protein in their bulk bins, so that you can buy a small amount to taste test. Sometimes you can get a sample taste of unflavored protein in stores that sell natural foods, supplements and sports nutrition products. Ask about the return policy if you don’t like the product. There are many other brands of unflavored protein powders on the market. If you have a group of bariatric buddies, perhaps the buddies can buy different brands to try and share. This cuts the cost of taste testing. May your protein status be awesome!
  14. Finding unflavored protein in a single serve packet will allow you to sample a brand without having to buy the larger container first. Single serve packets of whey protein isolate are available online with Bariatric Fusion, Jay Robb and Unjury. Whey protein powder is also found in the bulk bins at Sprouts Farmers Market. You can buy a small amount to taste test. Our patients have also liked the larger containers of unflavored whey protein by brands like Inspire (www.bariatriceating.com), Isopure (GNC, online) and Syntrax Nectar (online). Keep in mind, whey protein must be kept under 140 degrees, otherwise, it will curdle. Soy protein isolate is also available. Brands include GNC and brands like NOW Foods and Genisoy, which are available online and some natural foods stores. These will be in larger containers. Sprouts Farmers Market also has soy protein in their bulk bins, so that you can buy a small amount to taste test. Sometimes you can get a sample taste of unflavored protein in stores that sell natural foods, supplements and sports nutrition products. Ask about the return policy if you don’t like the product. There are many other brands of unflavored protein powders on the market. If you have a group of bariatric buddies, perhaps the buddies can buy different brands to try and share. This cuts the cost of taste testing. May your protein status be awesome!
  15. I am 48 and will have my surgery on May 15. I am looking forward to spending my 50's and beyond at a healthy weight.
  16. Hello, This is my first post so I'm very new here. I'm having my lapband out this Wednesday and going for the sleeve 5/31/17. I was looking for some advice/information from people who have lived through the whole procedure already. I'm currently 205 and gaining no matter what I do. I'm so stressed out that I'll gain a lot of weight between 3/29 and 5/31 that it's all I can think about! I have PCOS and Insulin Resistance and also, I have my wedding this October. I know I'm smaller than most people who have gotten the sleeve but I've struggled my entire life and I'm ready to get this tool to help me finally succeed, as the band did nothing for me except make me throw up every day for the last 2 years. Does anyone suffer from the same things (PCOS & IR) as me? Have you found success? Any advice from anyone is much, much appreciated. Thanks in advance, Amanda
  17. I watch it and sit on my recumbent bike or elliptical and work out while I watch. It amazes me how a few of them can eat large amounts so soon after. I'm 6 months out and have eaten sliders thinking it seems like a lot. "Following dr plan" to get enough protein and calories, but a sandwich from drive thru.....I can't even look at a biscuit still.
  18. Hi there! I had surgery last July. I had it done on a Tuesday and came home Thursday. From the time I got out of surgery I didnt take any pain meds. Dont get me wrong I was sore but I just dont like them. You can have them in the hospital. They offer them to you. I didnt even take Tylenol so it was bearable. The first day of surgery I slept about all day. I only got up to walk a few times. 24 hrs later I felt much better and was up sitting in the chair. I was just very sleepy. When I came home I slept in my bed that night and never did take any Tylenol. By Saturday I was moving around great and out of the house. I was moving slow then usual but felt good enough to be out and about. Usually only for an hour or so because I would still tire easy. I had 2 C-sections years ago so I dont know if that made it easier on me or not. Im happy to say the last time I weighed I was down about 65 pds and I have never had one complication at all. It went so much easier then I ever expected. You will be fine and good luck.
  19. I needed someone here. I had the VGS, Hiatal Hernia repair and gallbladder removal. I needed help for 2 weeks.
  20. Hi, i was sleeved Jan 31, 2017. I feel as you. Total loss 38.4. 14 pre op counted in that . 2 week stall. I eat what i have been told. No more than 600 to 800 cal. I eas told i should be at 900. Trying to eat every 2 to 3 hours. It's got to come off but after surgery i lost more than 1 lb a day. I think our bodys are like "wait a minute you lost alot of weight quickly, so slow down" LOL. Weight loss is a science that our bodies listen to, not us. Lol
  21. I'm almost 13 weeks post op and finally home after being on the road off and on for 10 days. I traveled from NY to Florida, around the state and then back to NY. My eating has been horrible. I've been trying to make the best choices I can but I've been eating out almost daily between the traveling and meeting up with people. While I feel find physically emotionally I'm a mess, I'm my own worst enemy and I've been so hard on myself. I did manage to still lose 2 pounds which is about my average but I feel so guilty for eating poorly. I know I have to make the best choices as my sleeve is a tool and this was not a normal situation for me to be in. Of course I come back to work and they are providing food today and it's pizza
  22. NYC

    Thank you, Ive just been doing my research. Havnt made a decision yet, still indecisive [emoji53]
  23. It is so wonderful!! I celebrated big time twice so far, dropping below 300 and dropping below 200. Both were major and the third will be reaching my goal. I'm so happy for you!! It's so wonderful isn't it???
  24. No. My weight loss has been slow but steady still lost more than I thought I would. Biotin should be started as soon as possible. Even before surgery. It doesn't stop or prevent hair loss it just helps it grow back faster my dr says. I took it before surgery but was on 1 5000 tab a day, not knowing there was a difference, now 6 months out I'm on 10,000 gel cap 2x a day. Results are astounding. Got my hair cut shorter and stacked in the back about 2 months ago. Before my hair was a bit dry but thick and strong I could only wash it every couple days. Now its growing quick and the texture is different. I have to wash it every day. Still shedding but not as much.
  25. I'd like to know this too! My wedding is October and we want to have a baby right after 🤞🏻
  26. No, That stuff always makes me sad.
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