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  2. BulletWithButterflyWings

    June 2019 Surgery Siblings!

    Do you know what kind of pre op diet you will have yet? Mine is 2 weeks of liquid only but at least my surgeons office doesnt require a bowel prep lol
  3. NYC_PAULA

    ❤ APRIL 2019 CHALLENGE❤

    20. The phone off was well timed yesterday because I had my writing class. That evening I went out with some of my classmates to see a show so also easy to keep my phone off then. 21. I made some broiled cod and roasted cauliflower for dinner tonight. I'll have the leftovers for dinner tomorrow.
  4. Thanks GradyCat, I actually chose to stick to water at first, didn't take any Pepto. Catwoman7; oddly enough, I baked tomato sauce with cottage cheese (1/4 cup of each) and had no issues with it, same with tomato orange soup. 2Bsmaller18, that's what I did, just water at first, then I had some yogurt, later an egg salad puree. ED_NW, hey neighbor, I'm in Portland, I have a version of those but didn't try them, I will have to remember them in the future! I appreciate the feedback, thanks everyone!! It's 5:30pm and I feel like it never happened. But I discarded what was left of the soup!
  5. Cheeseburgh

    ❤ APRIL 2019 CHALLENGE❤

    I make healthy recipes all the time. Tonight was easy, just a grilled Filet Mignon salad. Did the lunges and plank. I found out from my trainer that my form was off so I have to split the plank into 2 parts now. I could do it when I let my butt sag!
  6. Vivian1023

    April buddies?

    Tomorrow is the big day! Woohoo Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. Karen D

    April 2019 Surgeries!

    Hi! We have very similar stats and my surgery is on April 24th. But I’m having bypass. Good luck!!
  8. It all worked out perfect for you!
  9. Thanks for all the encouraging replies. Although my co-workers have noticed, they seem to be over it now. I am changing departments next week, so it will be a whole new group of folks who just see me now, and not 62 pounds ago, so it will be a fresh start now.
  10. AZhiker

    February 2019 weight loss buds

    I had bypass, and my doc keeps all his patients on an acid reducer for 6 months. I don't tolerate them well, however, and the only one I can really take is ranitidine. He said that was OK (like better than nothing) so I take 150 mg twice a day. I had bad GERD and actually had a Barrett's polyp (pre cancerous, due to acid damage) removed before surgery. I have not had GERD since the surgery, but staying on the acid reducer religiously. Don't want to take any chances.
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  12. AZhiker

    February 2019 weight loss buds

    Idawn, I started walking a few days after surgery. My surgeon said to do 10,000 steps a day - he didn't give a time frame, so I just started working toward that goal. My little step tracker is my new best friend. I didn't realize what a motivational impact it would have! As I started getting 10,000 steps a day pretty consistently, I also added 10 flights of stairs a day and 100 wall pushups a day (4 sets of 25). Then I added an upper body weight routine every other day. Each week I increase the number of sets by 1/2 set. I also started using the Elliptical machine 30 min a day, alternating with the days I do the weights. I have never been a great exercise buff - hiking yes, but just pain exercising, not so much. BUT..... I can feel my arms getting stronger and seeing some actual muscles! (little ones.) My stamina and endurance and increased a lot, and I can knock off those stairs like nothing now. I don't get out of breath when I walk up hills, and I am starting to walk faster. I had to go out of town this past week for a funeral and I was really worried about eating wrong and not getting the exercise in. I did my best to eat well, although it was hard because we went out a lot, but I DID get my 10,000 steps a day, 10 flights of stairs, 100 wall pushups and weights in - every single day! Amazingly, I actually lost some weight on the trip, and I really do attribute it to the exercise. I have not had any real stalls yet. The weight loss has been pretty consistent, and again, I attribute this to the exercise, I know that exercise is going to be one of the big keys to keeping the weight off and not regaining, once I hit my goal, so I am trying really hard to incorporate it into a routine that I will continue for life. I don't think it matters what you do, as long as you get some cardio and some strength training in. The more muscle you build, the better your metabolism will be, I think you have to set some small, realistic goals and then increase them a little each week. For example, once I can do 5 sets of my upper body routine with my 3 pound weights, I will increase to 5 pound weights and start over with just a few sets, gradually building those up. The best buddy is that step tracker. Whenever we stopped for gas or potty on our trip, I was walking, Whenever I have a lull at work, I walk for 5-10 minutes. I park in the farthest spot when shopping or at work to get a few more steps. It is very empowering, makes me feel more positive about myself, and I think it is also toning me up a bit, because my saggy skin doesn't seem so loose. Anyway, find a way to do it in small bites and I think you will be very happy with how you feel.
  13. sshrader1208

    BCBS TN

    Thanks! I’ll try that after my consult tomorrow :)
  14. Briswife15

    Immediate Weight Loss

    Normal. I gained almost 10 pounds of fluid while in the hospital!! It took me about 6 days to lose it and get back to my surgery weight. Hang in there!! Congrats on your surgery! Sent from my SM-N960U using BariatricPal mobile app
  15. Happy Easter, Frustr8. 🐇
  16. FluffySaysForkIt!

    Hi everyone!!

    Hi! Welcome and good luck on the rest of your journey!
  17. Two days for me!! I’m so excited! Only on liquids for two days and magnesium citrate. Ready to take it on!
  18. TheMarine79

    February 2019 weight loss buds

    I have lost 53.5 pounds since February 4th
  19. I had GB on Thursday (4/18) and now that I’m home, I’ve gained the weight back I loss during the clear liquid stage. I’m assuming it has something to do with the swelling and all the fluids I was given in the hospital. However, is that normal or should I be concerned?
  20. nssmia

    MAY 2019 Sleevers

    Just put in bmi calculator on Google and you put in your height, weight age ance it will calculate. Free. Did not use medical tourism. Read lots of posts and my own research. Now I'm looking at Dr Ariel Ortiz with Obesity control center . Excellent credentials. I just emailed him questions. Will call them tomorrow to ask more questions
  21. 1-Chance

    April 2019 Surgeries!

    April 30th here...excited and ready!! Sent from my LM-X410(FG) using BariatricPal mobile app
  22. What makes you think you have “failed”?
  23. 8 weeks, but I’m a teacher and it was summer
  24. Ltheart

    MAY 2019 Sleevers

    Did you go through Medical Tourism to find your surgeon? I am nervous too but my fears are around it not working. It has been so long with so many attempts in vain. I am not sure of my BMI off hand but I do know I’m the heaviest I have ever been and I am not as active and have far less energy. I have clothing in 6 different sizes and not a solid wardrobe in any size if that tells you anything. I just so badly want to get to a place of managing my weight instead of trying to lose a seemingly unsurmountable number. I think I should lose at least 80 lbs and I’m ready to see a new me. We will get through the nervousness because it will all be so worth it in a year from now.
  25. gabybab

    February 2019 weight loss buds

    That's amazing! How much have you lost?
  26. Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

    Little known facts about losing weight after bariatric surgery

    You get shorter! No, your bones aren’t getting shorter! When losing weight, the fat pads on the soles of your feet become smaller. This tiny loss of fat in the soles of your feet leads people to think that someone in the bariatric surgery clinic isn’t measuring their height correctly, but alas, your true height is now really the shorter one! Your shoe size may decrease. With the drastic weight loss seen after bariatric surgery (typically a loss of 20-30% of your starting body weight), it won’t only be your pants that are decreasing in size, but your shoes as well! Over the years, with weight gain, your shoe size most likely gradually increased because of the additional fat in the soles of your feet and in your ankles. The reverse happens with significant weight loss. Consider this change in shoe size as returning to your natural fit. Your dentures may have to be resized. Significant weight loss not only changes your body, but it also changes your face (which you likely have noticed when renewing your driver’s license!). The weight loss in your face may change the fit of dentures or partials, which can make chewing your food down to a pulp difficult to do. If this hasn’t happened to you yet (and you’re still in the first few months after surgery), or if you’re waiting for surgery, you should anticipate a trip to your dentist to get this monitored. If you’ve been having gum pain or difficulty chewing your food since surgery, poor fitting dentures or partials may be the cause. Your glasses fit differently. This goes along with the dentures not fitting well. At your highest weight, you may have picked a frame that fit a certain way, but with your recent drastic weight loss it’s very likely you’re finding that your glasses don’t sit well anymore. They may also feel uncomfortable, or perhaps they don’t frame your face as well anymore. The reason for this goes right along with dentures fitting differently; changes in the shape of your face may leave you with glasses that just don’t fit as well as they used to. Your rings need to be resized. Another consequence of losing a large amount of body weight, is that your fingers lose a tiny amount of weight too! It’s a strong possibility that your rings will no longer fit as you approach the 6-12 month mark because your fingers become thinner. Depending on how loose your rings feel, you may need to get them resized. It’s easy to predict that your pant and dress sizes will drop as you lose weight, meaning extra $$$ being spent on a new wardrobe. What you might not have known before reading this post, is to expect changes in the fit of your shoes, dentures, glasses, and rings. Don’t forget to account for these possible extra expenses when planning for bariatric surgery. – Lisa and Monica, your bariatric surgery dietitians P.S. If you’re planning for a surgery in the coming months, check out our Complete Guide to Weight Loss Surgery book on Amazon (Amazon.ca or Amazon.com). Or, if you’re interested in more tailored support, take a peak at our one to one services here.
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