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    I had no trouble with any veggie when I started on solid foods, but I did cook them all to soften them. I was wary of salads and raw veggies early in my recovery, only trying them very slowly and one thing at a time. Even today, I don't eat a lot of raw veggies. i eat them, just not a lot. They tend to fill me up a little faster, but they don't satisfy as long. My advice: eat what you like because eating things you don't like is hard to sustain. When trying new things, try them one at a time (not mixed with other foods) and take it slow because if something doesn't agree with you you'll know what it was. Don't be afraid to try new things and be creative. Most of my life, I hated cucumbers. Now, I love them (especially with some good Hummus)!
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    Hitting those goals!

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    James Marusek

    10,000 steps

    There is little doubt that sedentary behavior is bad for your health. Many people claim that “sitting is the new smoking,” even though the two are not really comparable. Smoking is orders of magnitude worse than being sedentary, and given the choice, people should opt to do neither. The interesting thing is that increasing your level of physical activity results in health benefits regardless of what your baseline step count is. In one Canadian study, diabetics were randomized to usual care, or an exercise prescription given to them by their physicians. The intervention group improved their daily step count from around 5,000 steps per day to about 6,200 steps per day. While the increase was less then what researchers hoped for, it still resulted in improvements in sugar control. Another study found that women enrolled in a walking program for 24 weeks reduced their blood pressure by 11 points; even though they only increased their step counts to about 9000 steps per day. In yet another study, a weekly physical education class was able to increase daily step counts in menopausal women and resulted in improvements of their cholesterol profile even though they too were slightly shy of 10,000 steps per day. So where did this notion of 10,000 steps per day come from? In 1965, Japanese company Yamasa Toki introduced their new step-counter, which they called Manpo-Kei. This translated into “10,000 steps meter” and they marketed their device with the slogan, “Let’s walk 10,000 steps a day.” Japanese walking clubs were fairly popular at that time and the idea of a 10,000-step target seems to have caught on because the slogan was catchy and people tend to like nice round numbers. The rest, as they say, is history. The idea of 10,000 steps per day may have originally been a marketing slogan, but it does seem to be roughly useful. A sedentary but otherwise healthy person who does not exercise regularly might take about 6000-7000 steps per day in the course of their normal every day tasks. This is a rough average and it obviously varies from person to person, but is a useful estimate for our purposes. Now, a 30-minute walk will generally involve about 3000-4000 steps, depending on a person’s stride. So if you take a sedentary person, and get them to add 30 minutes of walking to the their daily routine, they will likely get to around 10,000 steps. Source: 10,000 Steps: Myth Or Fact?
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    Thanks! Will definitely try these
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    Walking The Dog?

    you will be walking starting day of surgery. The first few days you might only be able to go to the end of the block and back, for a few min at a time, but no worries by the time the first week is over, you will be up to your 30 min walks.
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    3 days post op

    I agree with Matt.. Totally normal, but you will have to still eat and drink in your case drink because you are on liquids most likely. The key will be to stay hydrated so you don't end back up in the hospital.
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    Huge influx of random flirting

    Possibly TMI-ing the hell out of the thread on this one, but I went to a national industry event recently and had an amazing hookup experience with a guy I met there. Body-positive feminist from the drop and just incredibly affirming the whole time (and also damn attractive and volunteered the term “enthusiastic consent” in conversation unprompted). I’ve been pretty conscious of my body for about a decade now, and the entire experience was fabulous. No shyness, no “demure” instinct to cover up when it’s actually just hiding. No trying for “flattering” positioning or lighting. No searching for the hotel robe and hoping it fits. I’ve lost around 90lbs so far, last time I was 20lbs above this weight I had the negative experience of guys suddenly catcalling me and just outing themselves as superficial assholes. It made me feel furious and cheap and like I wanted to live at the bottom of the sea. I don’t know if the way I carry myself has changed as well (or the five years makes a difference), but this time round I’m able to avoid most of the crappy experiences. And obviously hit the damn validation lottery with this last guy. (...also the nonstop shagging knocked off a few more pounds, bringing me within a whisper of onederland, so hooray for aerobics.)
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    Feeling Great

    From 456 to 183..I'm loving it. Sent from my SM-N960U1 using BariatricPal mobile app
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    People are starting to......

    This was the best thing I could have ever done. I haven't had any complications, no drama. I guess we have all gotten to the point where we are ready to shed this weight and keep it off. Not everyone here who has had the surgery was really ready (you can see it in their responses). Of course we're used to eating whatever we want, whenever we want, but look where that got us:thumbdown:. For me, this has been and will continue to be a life changing experience. I am eating better than I ever have in life, I'm exercising (I mean really exercising), I work out 5 days a week , 2 of those days with a personal trainer. It's only been about 6 weeks since surgery and I am getting so many compliments, people are really noticing. Others that need to do something about their weight are inquiring about the procedure. I would shout it from the mountain tops if I could. THE LAP BAND WAS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO ME:thumbup::lovechoc::scared2: