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  2. Things that Measure: What to Look for

    Key Points · Measuring your food helps you keep track of your nutrition. · Tracking protein is difficult unless you know the portion size. Measuring Spoons · Stainless steel (heavier gage like 18/8 is more durable). Plastic measuring spoons are lightweight and can be put in a dishwasher. · Aluminum is a metal that can bend easily and turns dull if washed in a dishwasher. · Look for a set that has at least a ¼ teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon measures. · Plastic sets are priced from about $1 to over $30. Stainless sets start around $6 and can be up to $50 for fancy, decorative sets. Measuring Cups · Stainless steel is most durable and dishwasher safe. Find a heavier gage weight like 18/8 if possible. · Aluminum is less expensive than stainless steel. This metal is more easily bent and dented. Washing in the dishwasher will make them dull. · Plastic measuring cups come in a variety of colors and styles. Check to see if the plastic measuring cups you want to buy are microwave safe. Most are usually dishwasher safe. · Tempered glass is microwave and dishwasher safe. Brands include Pyrex and Anchor Hocking. Safe for microwave use. · Measuring cups for dry ingredients are the ones that come in separate measures (1/8 cup to 1 cup). · Measuring cups for liquids come in stainless steel, aluminum, plastic and tempered glass. Sizes are usually 1 cup, 2 cups and 4 cups (1 quart). · Prices can range from a few dollars to $50. Food Scales · There are digital (requires batteries) or mechanical/dial types that look like what is in the produce section, but smaller for home use. With a mechanical/dial-type scale, avoid “high capacity.” These scales are meant to measure in pounds, rather than ounces. That makes it a challenge to measure accurately. Prices start around $8. · Digital scales are easier to read when looking for how many ounces the food weighs. Prices start around $25. · Scales that can zero out after you place your dish on top can measure each ingredient as it is added to the dish. Some allow you to use your own dish and some have a bowl you have to use.
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  4. Stalls Happen Your surgeon will probably tell you about your likely weight loss. You might hear numbers such as 70 to 100 lb. in the first year, or up to 10 to 20 lb. in the first couple of months. Those might be realistic and turn out to be accurate for you, but what might also be true, that your doctor did not tell you, is that weight loss may not be steady. You might lose 75 lb. in a year, which is an average 1.5 lb. per week, but you are not going to lose 1.5 lb. every week for a year straight. You may lose 5 lb. in one week, 3 lb. in another, 0 lb. in another, and, some weeks, even gain weight. You are almost sure to encounter stalls, or plateaus, or periods of weeks or even a month when you do not lose weight, even if you are eating right. Your doctor may not tell you about stalls ahead of time, but you can handle them better if you are prepared right out of the gate. Your Metabolism May Plummet As you lose weight, you need fewer calories to sustain your basic body functions. Furthermore, when you exercise at a lower body weight, you burn fewer calories doing the same workout at the same intensity than you did when you were heavier. On top of that, your body may go into starvation mode and use even fewer calories as it becomes more efficient at using what you give it. While there is little that you can do to prevent a slower metabolism, you can at least be aware of it. Also, you can take heart knowing that you are likely to be able to exercise longer and at a higher intensity to offset some of the reduced body weight. It’s Freezing! Brrr…! Remember the days when you were the hottest one in the room, and all you wanted was to stop sweating? Those may be in the past. Part of the slowed metabolism can be due to your body’s new mechanism to save energy, which means turning down the thermostat. Another possibly surprising side effect of weight loss is that having less cushioning (body fat), so sitting in chairs or lying in bed can be less comfortable. People Can Still Hurt You You probably know that WLS does not change who you are, but your doctor may forget to tell you that it does not change other people, either. You may no longer get flack for being overweight, but people can still be hurtful. They can tell you… You took the easy way out with WLS. You have not lost much weight. Clearly, WLS did not work. You lost so much weight that you look sick. All you care about now is your diet and exercise plan. Your Social Life May Change Some friends will stick by you. Others may desert you. If some of your friends have just been “eating buddies,” or people you go out with to the bar or restaurants, you may need to exercise self-control at the bar or restaurant, find new activities to do with those friends or find new friends. You stand to gain wonderful new friends who share your new interests, such as walking, going to the gym, or cooking healthy fun foods. The Skin Stays Losing body fat will not give you a movie star’s appearance. It may not even be all that you need to lose. You may have loose skin that flaps, chafes, and interferes. There is a chance that you will want to get skin removal surgery for cosmetic, comfort, or medical reasons. Beware Replacement Addictions You may have been addicted to food. It may have provided comfort, entertainment, and companionship. Give it up, and you are likely to find something to replace it. Alcohol is a common replacement addiction, but you can do better! Stay aware of your emotional and physical needs, and you can be mindful about what replaces food in your life. Exercise, within reason, is a common choice; another healthy option is to make some great friends who are supportive and make you feel good. Your doctor will tell you a lot about what to expect after weight loss surgery, but she may leave out several important items. Go in with open eyes, and you can prepare better and come out farther ahead.
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  6. Texas

    Great....keep on keeping on....
  7. Alot of ppl never do. But I know some that do. But its less. She is at goal weight. She has a drink now and again.
  8. 6 months post op

    You look Amazing! Congratulations!!! Keep up the great work!!
  9. I’m now OBESE CLASS 2 at 261 pounds!

    Nice job! Congrats and you’ll crush the next goal too ! 👍🏻
  10. 7 days post op and i feel....

    Popsicles are a life saver 😊
  11. I really hope that is the case! Thank you! Is it really true that we can NEVER have any alcohol EVER again?
  12. Ppl that are farther out enjoy these. I have made a few friends who still enjoy grilling out and eat. It is a much smaller portion and a healthy side dish.
  13. 6 months post op

    6 months post op today and down 54 pounds. Was super down about being at a stall for awhile but super proud of what I’ve lost so far (:
  14. How has Loosing Weight Changed Your Style Picks?

    I can't wait! When I was younger and normal weight, I rarely wore heels. Now I have to wear heels frequently and they kill me. I get them off literally as soon as I can, like in the car after an appointment! I do wedges, espadrilles, kitten heels, anything to still look professional and not die.
  15. Don't pray for me

    @elforman I usually ask first, do you mind if I pray for you? A person has a choice to refuse or accept and that is fine. Someone may be Hindi, Muslim or another religion than Christianity and I have found that most are willing to accept a prayer regardless because it usually stems from kindness. But it is an individuals prerogative to say 'no thanks' and we (the offerors) should not get offended by that.
  16. Non Scale Victories

    My NSV is that I need new underwear 💃🏻💃🏻
  17. Ladies! I'll let you in on a little secret!

    Good to know Ash! I lost patience for shopping IRL ages ago. I do all my shopping online. I order tons of clothes a few times a year, try everything on at home and then send everything I don't want back. I wonder if as I move into regular sizes I'll enjoy the in store shopping process again though?
  18. Thanks so much everyone. I came into work today and she informed me she had decided against her lengthy time off in July. So the point is moot now, I will hopefully get my surgery date next week.
  19. Abdominal binder?

    @MissPriss81 Yes I used one and still use it. I am SO grateful I got one, especially for the week following surgery when I had to take 2 flights home. An abdominal binder works kind of like how a tensor bandage works when you have sprained your ankle - it provides support. When you have had laparoscopic surgery they pump your stomach up with huge amounts of gas so they can see your organs clearly. As a result it stretches the skin around your stomach and sides. For me, it felt as though I had been bruised/hit all over that area and I was extremely sore. So every movement, trying to get up and down from a sitting or laying down position, even being pushed in a wheel chair and going over the slightest bump, really hurt. But the binder provided support and sort of held me in so that it minimized pain. I have since taken in my binder because it was too big and it worked fine doing that on a sewing machine. When I have to do a lot of errands I wear the binder and I swear by it. Here is the one I ordered from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/TOROS-GROUP-Elastic-Abdominal-Postpartum-Operative/dp/B012LA01ZA/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1529366747&sr=8-1&keywords=Elastic%2BAbdominal%2BBinder%2B%2F%2BPostpartum%2B%26%2BPost%2BOperative%2BBelly%2BWrap%2B-%2BBeige%2C%2B3X&dpID=41o39hvCCpL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch&th=1
  20. I feel so down

    We have our own power grid? That's news to me!
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  22. 7 days post op and i feel....

    I’m on day 7 too. Bypass. I’m having trouble getting in all the fluid and protein. Going to have a popsicle now.
  23. July surgery

    Hi. I just joined this website. Surgery scheduled for July 11th.
  24. 7 days post op and i feel....

    I'm lucky enough to be drinking 2 premier protein shakes and the Chicken boullin protein soup.
  25. I make two weeks post op tomorrow and I experimented with refried beans yesterday and chili on Saturday (literally like 6 tiny bites) because even with my vitamins my energy was low. I never feel Hungry and I get in at least 40 oz of liquid. I’ve lost 20 lbs since 4 days pre op. With a total 13.4 post op! I feel fine and have more energy! I will be telling my doctor on Wednesday at my two week check up. But I wouldn’t go overboard.
  26. June RNY buddies?

    Glad you are doing well! Hope you feel better soon! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
  27. Diet update and psych eval woes.

    I was so so nervous and discouraged about the 1,200 calorie diet the surgeon wanted me to do, but it has turned out to be okay. I go over the calorie limit much of the time, but not by much, and I am able to take it in stride and not beat myself up over it. But lately it has been easier to control my eating (I almost feel like the promise of surgery is bolstering my spirits), but half of the days I still have that deep deep hunger that just won't seem to go away. I'm not sure how long I'd be able to keep up this diet without the eventual help of the surgery, but I seem to be doing okay with it for now. YAY! In other news... wow, it is hard to get a bariatric psych evaluation. All of the qualified individuals in my provider network are extremely backed-up, and many of them are not taking new clients. It is frustrating because I will be done with all of the other requirements by the end of July, but my psych eval appointment is at the end of October! I can't even get a surgery date set until after I've had the evaluation. I'd rather not have to wait that long, but I don't know of viable alternatives... ...Except I was googling and I saw bariatricpsychevaluations.com - I am not sure what to think about it... if I could get it done more quickly, paying $150 seems like it would be worth it, but is it legit? I was able to find a few reviews, and it seems to be split half-and-half - some people are happy, but other people never got their evaluation sent to their surgeon. Hard to know what to do. To be safe, I should probably just be patient and wait until October, but I need to have this surgery, and now that I've made up my mind about it, I don't want to wait. I need to be healthy YESTERDAY.
  28. I feel so down

    Yeah bu5 you do have community property there, keep Mr Dragons scales nice and shiny. I always remember Ron White,on Blue Collar Comedy your saying other,states ate trying to abolish the death penalty, in. Texas you have an express lane. Gosh I so like that frame of mind. Also think,its neat T3xas has its own power grid, you are not interlaced with,Me poor mortals. Plus.if. they parachuted me into Texas your state is big I'm sure I could find somewhere to put down roots at.
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