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  2. nevermore71

    Hi everyone!!

    Welcome. Very supportive people around here.
  3. Sodium will def defeat you! I’m nearly a year out and I fluctuate between 121 -123lbs depending on how many calories I eat. If I eat over 1100, I tend to gain. I can easily lose it by eating under 1100 the next day. Mostly I just eat 990-1000 and stay around 121. If I dip below that, I eat extra nuts the next day. My tricks on days when I’m using up calories but feel legitimately hungry or just “want” food? A 16 ounce mug of Hot decaf tea with Truvia and a splash of sugar free French vanilla creamer. Very filling, sweet and few calories. It’s also hydrating. Sometimes I have to do that a few times in the same day! Other times I just say, “Eff it”, have a single serve ice cream cup and deal with it the next day! But I always deal with it within 48 hours so it doesn’t pile up.
  4. Danny Paul

    Failed EVERYTHING, need to know I'm not alone.

    I'm nearly 19 months out and I need support EVERY day. There isn't a day that I don't call someone just to talk and help me work through my maintenance. I go to support groups a therapist and Over Eaters Anonymous. For so many years I Failed at weight loss and I Failed at maintaining what weight I did lose. Today, I ask for and I receive the help I need. It isn't easy, I attend meetings, I call people, I meet with healthcare professionals and I ask for help. You will get support here but you will also probably need to surround yourself with others who can help you on a daily basis. Don't be afraid to seek help or ask for it, you'd be surprised at the amount of help there is to be had.
  5. Go back to basics. Maybe just water for a few hours. Then try milk and give it a few hours before advancing to protein shakes. Then just protein shakes for the next day.
  6. Screwballski

    Plateau since month 6

    I’d dial that sodium down to about 1500, too. It makes a huge difference in weight loss. I know the common thinking had been 2,300 for adults for years but that thinking is changing. Salt is a killer. If you wean off it now, you won’t have to as you age and you will see a difference in your health.
  7. Hello! My name is Cindy and ten days ago I had the gastric sleeve procedure done to help control my weight and eating habits. I never had issues until my son was born but now it’s been 17 years of yo-yo dieting and non-existing self-esteem, never mind the number of health concerns that come along with all of that. I am just so happy I made the decision to do this. I have lots of little worries, concerns and joys to share and I’m looking forward to having that extra support here with all of you along the way. 😊
  8. I'd probably just do protein shakes for a day or two until my stomach settled down. You're way too early out for tomato soup (acid) and crackers (simple carbs) - so that's probably why your pouch rebelled.
  9. Danny Paul

    Construction worker with concerns

    You will be restricted in the amount of weight that you can lift. I was speaking to a friend the other day who hd WLS two weeks ago. He lifted a bag of groceries and immediately regretted it. He said that he felt a sharp pain in his stomach. You will in all probability be on only liquids for the first two weeks. If so you have to monitor your fluid intake and get the proper amount of fluids. If you need to go to work you should plan for the time you will be at work and have your liquids/foods at hand. Most of all you should have a strategy to get through the day physically so that you don't cause harm to yourself. If at all possible, take the time off from work to heal properly.
  10. Aprilgal

    Construction worker with concerns

    I am almost at two weeks, and my doc says max I can lift is 15 pounds. I try to walk at least 3 miles a day, but in general, I am just more tired than average. I fell asleep at 830pm last night. I think at least 3-5 weeks post op - everyone is different. A physical job has way different demands than a desk job. I have a job where I am on my feet all day and have managed to secure 2.5 weeks off - that's also why I keep trying to push myself each day (number of hours on my feet). Plus, you will have to consume fluids every 15 minutes, I'm not sure how I am going to swing that, but I am sure I will - just like everyone else late next week. Best of luck to you. I hope you heal up super quick.
  11. Gradycat, absolutely...thank you for the encouragement! belikewater, I’ve been super lucky. I’ve never had any pain, vomiting or even nausea post-op. I tried something deep fried about a month ago (just a bite) and while that did not “agree” I have no real food intolerances. On my protein is Optimum Nutrition and I do a post-workout drink. Other than that it’s a multi, vit D3, B7, B12 and calcium. My diet is “real” food - meats, fish, veggies, fruit and minimal processed white crap. Post-op I did a Jim Stoppani Short Cut Size routine which was good to get me back in the gym because it varied weight and reps. I flew through that and felt good. At the time protein was at 120g per day and I was at about 1200 calories per day at the start and 1500 calories by the end. I realized how much strength I lost and decided to do Strong Lifts 5x5 - great for strength and only 3x per week. I’m also putting some HIIT in there too with a sled push and stair climb sprints. With this 5x5 you basically lift every other day and you alternate an A workout (squat, overhead press, deadlift) and a B workout (Squat, bench, barbell rows) - but you squat and add weight every workout - also doing weighted dips and chin-ups. Worried about recovery I moved up to 2000 calories per day and 200g of protein per day when I started this and was doing fine until the last week and half. I have had no problem progressing with weight but just really feeling fatigued afterwards and the next day. Now the fatigue is starting to creep into the next workout day too. Like I said no problem moving the weight during the lifts and no excessive DOMS - matter of fact sometimes none - just feeling worn out and spread thin all the time now. I’ve never needed “deload weeks” or “rest weeks” but I’m going to take a rest week this week. I’ll do some light cardio to keep active but I’m going to take the next week off and see how I feel. I’ve also got some mild, albeit nagging, joint pains here and there so this week should help. I’m also going to cut to 1500 calories per day since I’m not going to be working as hard. At 200g of protein I have definitely added size and strength....maybe not as much as if I were in a real calorie excess but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. This is more than 2.5x more than my program recommends post-op but like I said I’m not a typical post-op patient.
  12. We all learn by trial and error unless someone tells you in advance. I am thankful for the info and support I get on here. Although my course through May not be the same as someone else, there is still much info to be gl3an4d. And fe3l so good when Ms X or Mr Z had this, tells me,i won't die either!
  13. Screwballski

    Gallbladder Warriors! Sound familiar?

    Yes, thanks! I dealt with ulcers in my teens and twenties. I don’t remember this level of pain, but I wasn’t old then either! 😁
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  15. Screwballski

    10 week post op... stall?

    You’re all doing fine! I cant begin to tell you how many stalls I’ve hit these last 11 months while working my program with very few slip ups! Guess what? As long as you’re doing what you’re supposed to, it all works out. Just follow your plan! You’re going to make it! Best Wishes!
  16. Hi, I had my surgery in September 2018 too, back lifting heavy-ish but can't get enough calories or protein in so the gains are slow (I'm female, lost 31kg, basically at goal). I lost a lot of strength post op, down a good 20kg or more on squat, bench and deadlift, and I do a bit of Olly lifting for fun but don't have the endurance or explosive power I had. Are you taking supplements at all? I've not been brave enough to go back to anything except magnesium (my gut is dodgy) but am wanting to see how I cope with creatine and amino acids but need to up protein first. My dietician wasn't able to help me much beyond train less!! She also suggested I make sure I eat low inflammatory foods to help with recovery and over training. Would love to know what other lifters have found works.
  17. Frustr8

    I keep seeing you can have sugar

    And for some people a little natural fruit sugar is okay, many others it sends them down the "slippery slope" towards total non- -compliance. O am 7.5 months out , have not dumped yet, that's a point in my favot, but I am far behind you guys when it comes to diet advancement. Snuck 5 cheezit crackers from Tomkittens bowl, chewed them to a mush, so far so good but they didn't tast3 as thrilling as I was planning for. He can heve the rest of the box÷ 8n the Bad Old Days I would have arm wrestled him for,them÷ And now what some else said "NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS THINNER FEELS!!
  18. Screwballski

    I keep seeing you can have sugar

    I think you’ll find that when you ask questions here you will get informed answers from folks who have your best interest at heart. They are not trying to hurt your feelings or pass judgement. They are trying to answer the question you asked with supporting info that will help you succeed.
  19. Frustr8

    Where am I going wrong?

    Please do, you are too good and sweet and getting successful at this Weight Loss. game we all are in. I will not willingly sacrifice you to the Cancer God,, he already marked you, he will not have any more of you. I will hit him with a bolt of Righteous Indignation is He Tries!
  20. Screwballski

    I keep seeing you can have sugar

    I can’t do whey any longer since surgery. I use plant based protein only otherwise I get very bad digestive issues. I also avoid sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners (since before surgery). Although I use Stevia, I prefer Truvia. I cannot tell the difference between Truvia and sugar.
  21. Frustr8

    Gallbladder Warriors! Sound familiar?

    May you not have ulceration, but if you do, rest assured it is fivable and it's early yet for you! Things are still gonna get better.
  22. Steam broccoli, I confess I used to put a slice of cheese over it and let it melt in , but it's good with a teeny bit butter. Just cook it until your fork goes through and it's still bright green. Don't do l8ke my late Mama-in- law, this she cooked until it was a disgusting yellow pulp and threw baking soda in most everything else vegetable- wise, no wonder she ended up with high blood pressure. I think most every veggie is good steamed. One of my othe4 fave, brocolli, cauliflower and baby pearl onions. Also equally good if you substitue thin sliced carrots. for the cauliflower. Makes my mouth water thonl8ng of ut!
  23. jaytissle55

    MAY 2019 Sleevers

    May 13th for me, it’s real!!!!!
  24. I am 4 weeks post op and currently on purées. I did great the first 1 week on purées, but everything I eat now irritates my small intestine or goes right thru me. I had gastritis one week after surgery, so I’m learning my system is extra sensitive. I have tried the following: yogurt, cream of wheat, sweet potato, oatmeal (won’t do that again or mashed potatoes), tuna salad, broccoli cheddar soup. Do y’all have any ideas of what other bland foods I can try? I was doing so well, but now this. Thanks for any feedback!
  25. Frustr8


    I had this in May 2015, also do not drink and had lost my gall bladder 31 years before. Was in the hospital 4 days, and they never could a causative agent for it all On my charts as idiopathic acute pancreatitis. But I was so sick a puppy while it lasted,never had pain like that before, and I delivered 3 nine-pound babies without meds, but whew the intensity of pain! Nearly 4 years ago and it's still an active memory.😭😪😥
  26. Hello Everyone, My recovery has not be smooth to say the least. My doctor cleared me for soft solids and that’s when it all went wrong. I follow his instructions to a T but after a few days felt pain in my abdomen. Later I found blood in my stool. I went to hospital and found out I had pancreatitis. The blood in the stool test came out negative but I was wondering if anyone else went through this? Ps I don’t have a gallbladder or had a drink since 2018. I didn’t slip and ate a high fat protein. Thank you everyone in advance and Have a Happy Easter! 🐰
  27. So I get a phone call this morning from my Surgeon himself asking a question on my history. Apparently my insurance company contacted them today asking for more information on a subject. I never smoked a cigarette in my life, but occasionally in the summer will smoke a cigar here and there with my husband. Somehow it got put in my medical history that I’m a smoker!? So he asked about this again because my insurance specifically says patient can not smoke in the past 6 months or it’s an automatic denial. Well I said the last time I had a cigar was last July and I never had a cigarette in my life. He said he will adend that in my history and submit it so that problem was cleared. Then he said the second thing they are requesting is all of my weights from the weight loss program I did for the last 2 years to see my BMI’s. I started in 2016 with a BMI of 42 but then dropped to a BMI of 34 briefly up until November of 2018 before I have steadily gained back up to BMI of 37 now. Only thing is insurance might likely deny me because I haven’t been over BMI of 35 for the recent “full” year. Which is a requirement for Fed BCBS. Praying they take into consideration my overall weight loss attempt the past 2 years. My surgery is scheduled for next Thursday and I’m freaking out! I just don’t have a good feeling now at all about getting approved. soooo... It’s Easter today and I’m on my second day of my pre-op liquid diet. It’s not AS hard as I thought it would be. Thank GOD for those non starchy vegetables I get to have though. Makes a big difference being able to “chew” some foods. Plus, they have def filled me up and taken the edge off. I actually went to bed last night feeling stuffed and couldn’t even get my last Protein Drink in. I’m allowed 1-2 cups of steamed or raw veggies a day but I think I definitely exceeded that yesterday. I have my sugar free Jello which helps and I’m drinking a ton of caffeine free tea and crystal light in my Water. The chicken Bone Broth is very filling as well so that’s a bonus too! Plus the Protein Shake3 times a day. I just wish I knew if I was definitely going to have the surgery on Thursday before the weekend came. It’s going to stink if I did this and I find our insurance denied me. I think If I knew the surgery was definite on the 25th, mentally I would be better with the liquid diet. Hoping I hear something either way tomorrow! Oh..and if anyone has any recommendations on veggies and what/how they cooked them during this, that would be great!
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