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  2. Thank you! Yeah...just hard trying to figure out what is reasonable as a caloric intake. Most of the people in the hospital program are still eating 600-900 calories per day and so when I say 2000 no one knows what to say. It's nice to see others out there working hard and eating more calories.
  3. Thank you! I will checkout these profiles when I get a chance! I use Myfitness Pal everyday but have not spent much time on their forums.
  4. seaforest


    22. My five year plan is part of my 10 year plan. So, of course, weight loss and gain good health. Launch my private practice. Get a new puppy. Travel, visit with loved ones. have fun. Also got my squats and crunches done. B-Side: No I don't usually take pictures of my food. I did once of an arugula salad because it looked so pretty but that's been it that I can recall. My sister, the erstwhile chef, does all the time and records herself cooking.
  5. wallpapermusic

    Liquid Diet Pre-Op

    I get the Gold Standard protein powder from Costco. It tastes great and it's 24g per scoop.
  6. seaforest


    Oh @thatch, sorry I didn't see this before. It's basic really. I used 1 tbsp of avocado oil, 1/2 lemon for juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. I love lemon so my dressings have pucker power. I just put the ingredients directly on the salad and toss
  7. KEKE77

    UHC- Denial-Now what!!

    Thank you Diana, If I was not an employee of UHC I would be covered, they do not cover as an employee currently, they stated last year that they were in the works with adding it, they said it may be added this year but its just a waiting game. And yes changing jobs would actually help because a lot of companies in CT offer it - I am a coder so I have lots of options- it is just the fact my company is based in TN I am a remote coder so TN isn't currently a mandated state for offering bariatric surgery, Neither is CT but majority of the companies that I have considered do offer it. I just have to weigh out the fact of being remote for 5 years to going back into an office setting.
  8. FancyChristine15


    I take both. I take my Prevacid first thing in the morning. I take my probiotic after dinner.
  9. I have my last follow up/weigh in appointment this week! I’m so so excited and the 7 months really flew by! But I do my psych eval and my last appointment on Thursday and I’ve already taken care of all other necessities like bloodwork, urine test, sleep study... so this should pretty much be it! So unreal. Just curious how anyone whose already been here- how long did it take and what was the process after this point? I believe I need to meet with the surgeon but I’m not sure what else. And how long did your insurance take to get back to the dr? Ahhh! So excited! And excited to hear everyone else’s experience! Thank you
  10. 40yo 6’5” and currently at 255lbs after gastric sleeve in Sept 2018. Started at 345lbs. Weight plateaued about 6 weeks ago but working hard at the gym and feeling good. Looking for advice on training but also fun to read everyone’s stories. Currently eating 2000 “clean” calories per day and lifting heavy 3 days per week.
  11. mindwing

    Disappearing lapbanders

    It took me a few months to start losing. I had to change doctors to get a fill. as the surgery doctor said I didn't need fills. He said most of his patients lost just fine without them. ???? Not me. But once I got my fills, I started losing. This is the time to train your body to eat right so when you are healed you can lose.
  12. Carolina_Girl0608

    New To Forum

    (Apologies in advance if this is the wrong place to post this) Just wanted to introduce myself and thank you all for letting me troll your Q&A's [emoji1] the last few weeks . Was hesitant to introduce myself until my insurance pre cert came thru and I had my surgery date which I just got today!!! Been a long 6 month preparation but I am SOOO ready for this. Anywho, just wanted to say hello and a sincere thank you to everyone who has taken the time to post questions and answers. I'm nowhere near the anxiety level I was previously before finding you guys! Looking forward to sharing this journey with you all[emoji111] [emoji106] Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
  13. Diana_in_Philly

    UHC- Denial-Now what!!

    Step one - review your policy - look at the documents - either they were given to you in paper or are avaialble on line - that will outline what is covered and what is not. Since you did not get them to commit in writing in the first instance, you can't rely on that. If the policy website/paper copy says covered demand a denial of coverage letter so you can appeal. Talk to the insurance coordinator at your surgeon's office - they have done this more than once before and maybe she/he can help you. If you are coverage is provided as an employee, you may be covered by a Federal Statute called ERISA which gives you specific rights regarding appeals of denials and the requirement that they put the denial in writing. Secondary insurance will likely not cover it at this point. Changing jobs will only help if you get a job with a company whose insurer covers bariatrics and many don't. Call your human resources department and ask them for copies of the paperwork for your plan.
  14. Colorado Cowgirl

    BUffalo NY

    I was less concerned about the hospital and looked for the best surgeon I could find. As it turned out he is affiliated with a Center of Excellence hospital and is bariatric certified. Hope you get some responses.
  15. Maestro1279

    Immediate Weight Loss

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate it.
  16. SusieQ2019


    Congratulation on your journey. My advice is to start a healthy eating habit and stick to your preop if you have to do one no matter how hard it may seem.
  17. thatch


    B-side: I don't take photos but wish I did. It's fun to document. I always remember when I'm halfway done...
  18. taylormomto6

    Anyone had full bypass surgery??

    I was revised 2/12/19. I was released from the hospital the evening of the day, mostly because I pushed to be released. When I woke up after surgery I was nauseous and dry heaving, but after a couple of hours it passed and I was walking 3 hours later. I was not allowed any liquids or anything until around noon the next day after they did the barium swallow test to make sure there were no leaks. After that they had me slowly introduce water, gradually adding a bit more each hour and by around 4 they brought me a tray with broth, iced tea and sf jello. If I could keep a few bites down I was good to go. I never had narcotic pain meds, just IV tylenol. I really didn’t have much pain but I did get a headache that wouldn’t go away. When I came home I was good, not exhausted like many. I’m not normally a napper and didn’t even nap when lounging around the days after surgery. By 2-3 days home I slept on my side and tummy, was getting in 40oz of fluid and about 30-40 g of protein in shakes. I have felt great. Surgery day weight was 230lbs, today I’m at 196.7. I’m getting about 600-700 calories a day in, 50-70g of protein and about 25 carbs. Because I’m a revision I am extra careful about what I’m eating and am on guard about making sure I’m not grazing. I’m determined not to fail this surgery!
  19. Jenwill630

    Jan 2019 bypass buddies

    Then you aren't that far from me. I am near Kittanning. I had my surgery on 1-28 at Butler. Has your Dr. done any blood tests to see how your levels are?
  20. SusieQ2019

    April 2019 Surgeries!

    There is already a May group. Type in May surgery in the search field. Best of luck to you.
  21. Frustr8


    And no matter how early or late in the Day it is for your Surgery, He's already up, on the job and watching over YOU!❤ And you will not die of malnutrition, your doctor's will intervene before that happens. I was at risk, had 3 months of TPN being fed through an arm vein 12 hours daily, came out fine, sassy as ever, lost 30 pounds in a month, might not duplicate that but I am still losing but in a healthier way. There is nothing to fear, had multiple operations but this was by far the easiest. And although my recovery has not been classic it still isn't THAT BAD, could never have lost what I have on diet alone. Precious Pouch is a cruel taskmistress at times, but she and I will be a duo until my death, and I don't plan that for anytime soon. You are going to do fine , if I can do it at 72 it should be easy- peasy for you. Stop looking for calamity, just cross your bridges, nobody asked you to build overpasses, side ramps and round-abouts. And if you need to talk I'm almost always here!
  22. Great! Thank you. I've got a few more weeks to go before I'm there, but will try to increase calories now. Sent from my SM-N960U using BariatricPal mobile app
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  24. Wow that's a lot of weight lost. Don't get too skinny before your surgery. Lol. Good luck. So happy for u Sent from my SM-J727V using BariatricPal mobile app
  25. nssmia

    Took the 1st step.

    Thx. After lots of reading and research on Dr. Ortiz and Dr Corvala, I'm trying to Decide on who h one to use. Any thoughts Sent from my SM-J727V using BariatricPal mobile app
  26. taylormomto6

    February 2019 weight loss buds

    Hmmm, I just came to the realization that I think my views on food are changing. Like most of us, holidays were always about food. Yesterday I made Prime Rib, macaroni salad, corn on the cob and cauliflower Mac n cheese for our family dinner. I ate 3 dime sized bites of meat (should have eaten more because it’s protein but I got tired of chewing), 1/4c of the cauliflower and 1/3 of a corn and didn’t even consider eating the macaroni salad, no struggle at all. I guess I just didn’t even entertain the option and just now realized it. I didn’t make a dessert since I’d asked the boys (I have my dh and 3 boys 18-20 here) what they wanted and never got an answer so I didn’t make any, lol. I hope this is the beginning of real change in my way of thinking about food.
  27. taylormomto6

    February 2019 weight loss buds

    Everythinganna- I’m sure it’s water retention. It happens quickly if we go from eating few carbs to eating carbs things. It should go away in a day or 2 if you cut carbs again. Yes, we will be able to eat more as time goes by and that’s why we’re supposed to change our eating habits now. If we haven’t made those changes by the time we can eat more then regain will be inevitable.
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