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  1. 2 points
    In my 30’s -early 40’s (I’m 48 now) … I had attention (both positive and unwanted) from men even at 300-330 pounds. I won’t lie - any positive attention threw me off, but that was more likely because I had just gone through a divorce and was not very trusting. I’m remarried now and in a healthy relationship. I’ve had drs dismiss my concerns telling me I needed to loose weight and I recall one time a kid commenting out loud about my weight, but otherwise either I wasn’t aware or didn’t pay attention. I once had a conversation with a coworker / friend, she commented I didn’t carry myself like someone who was overweight … and I honestly had no idea what that meant, so I asked her. She was a little embarrassed to even have the conversation with me, but she said I carried myself with such a confidence that she never really saw my weight. I actually had a similar conversations with a few other people over the years and it struck me a little odd, but eventually I understood what they were saying. After I was in a car accident and had some mobility issues, I carried myself differently. I didn’t want those issues to be noticed or focused on so I would often be more timid in how I carried myself or move to draw less attention. It was then that I noticed I had more eyes on me… judgements about my size. With my current weight loss (down 91 lbs so far), I honestly don’t see a big change in my body yet… my clothes are getting to big, but I can still wear most of them. I carry a lot of weight in my thighs and abdomen, so I think I’ll feel more of a change once that changes. I have had a few people mention my weight loss, kindly… but most don’t say anything. I notice I’m walking different - bigger strides and less guarded (because of having less pain). I do think how we carry ourself makes a difference how people look at us. I think in general I am oblivious to it … and that’s probably not a bad thing (to be unaware of other peoples negative judgements).
  2. 2 points
    I only take a multi with iron and two calcium citrate and my rx meds. I am able to take the rx meds with the multivitamin in the morning and I take the calcium at noon and three. I just set alarms. Some people like to use breakfast, lunch and dinner and/or bedtime. It really is dependent on how many doses you have to separate and what works best for you to remember.
  3. 1 point

    6months post op and PREGNANT!

    Congrats! Like you said, there are definitely some things that make your pregnancy higher risk, but in other ways, you are actually in a much better place. For example, you're much less likely now to end up with gestational diabetes. You probably already know this, but the things your doctors will be most concerned about will be your ability to eat enough, as well as the potential for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These can all be overcome with your doctors help. If it's available to you, going to a multidisciplinary hospital system where they have more experience with pregnancy post gastric sleeve would be a good idea. In most states, this would be large teaching hospitals or the like. Maybe talk to your bariatric surgeon for an OB referral to someone with experience with post WLS pregnancy?
  4. 1 point
    Generally, I don't think doctors give med schedules, but it certainly doesn't hurt to ask! You could also speak with your pharmacist, who may be able to help. There are a few good points to remember when timing your meds/vitamins: You can only absorb about 500mg of Calcium at one time. Most bariatric patients are encouraged to take ~1,000mg so you'll probably want to split that into 2 doses at least a few hours apart. Some research indicates calcium can inhibit the absorption of iron so if you take an iron supplement or a multi-vitamin with iron, you'll want to take it spaced out from calcium by a few hours. Early out your supplements may very well upset your stomach. Spacing them out even further, taking with food, etc. can all help. So don't get too hung up on a rigid schedule. Getting them in is most important; you can adjust as you go. Personally, I take my multi, a biotin, and a calcium along with my regular meds (no interactions) after I've had a protein shake each morning. I take another biotin and another calcium in the evening after dinner. My multi does NOT have iron, but when it did, I would take my first calcium with lunch instead. Hope that helps!
  5. 1 point

    Frozen Peanut Butter Whips

    Freezer Peanut Butter Whips Low Calorie, 2 Ingredient Freezer Peanut Butter whips. Cool whip and peanut butter powder Prep Time5 mins 2 hrs Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Diet: Low Calorie, Low Fat Keyword: peanut butter mousse, peanut butter whips Servings: 4 servings Calories: 75cal Author: Amy Roskelley Ingredients 4 tablespoons peanut butter powder 1 cup cool whip, light Instructions Whisk peanut butter powder with 3 tablespoons of water. Fold peanut butter powder mixture into 1 cup cool whip light. Scoop, or pipe into muffin cups and freeze Optional: Drizzle sugar free chocolate syrup on top. Notes Can substitute regular cool whip, and add 10 calories per cup. Link to Weight watchers personal points (8 for me) Nutrition Serving: 1cup | Calories: 75cal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g
  6. 1 point

    6months post op and PREGNANT!

    Congratulations! I’m 16 weeks pregnant. Have only gained 5lbs so far - bypass was Mar 8 this year. Feel free to ask me any questions you might have.
  7. 1 point

    people treating you different

    I was disabled for 6+ years, weighed almost 300lbs, used a cane & I was TRULY invisible to men. No one ever looked my way but I found comfort in that through out the years as I didn't want people to point out 'the disabled lady' - I just wanted exist with everyone else. I'm 183 today, no loner need a cane & while I'm not thin, the attention from strangers is already catching me off guard. I'm a very kind outgoing person so when someone talks to me, I happily chat back because normally we would just move on with our day 2mins later. Now a few men have wanted to know my name, some contact info, etc. I'm just especially not used to it because I was locked in the house disabled for so long. Itll take a while to get used to that kind of attention from strangers
  8. 1 point

    pre op appointment

    Mine was different but similar in that i did a lot of paperwork. It was in the dr’s office. They had me watch a video and fill out a questionnaire to make sure I understood the surgery. Asked if I had any questions about anything and then went over the surgical soap for pre surgery and the meds for post surgery. She talked a lot about constipation which I found odd at the time but totally get it now. I had already done my labs and they didn’t think I needed ekg at that point but the morning of surgery I think it was the anesthesiologist I mentioned I had a heart murmur when I was born and he ordered an EKG to be done pre surgery. This wasn’t a big deal cause they had to rush a blood pregnancy test anyways cause I couldn’t pee a drop for the urine test. Even still I was in surgery pretty quickly, the miracle of that word STAT.
  9. 1 point

    August surgery buddies!

    It does feel good. My hope is that everyone can feel the same way I do. I hope no matter how much weight we lose or don't lose I hope we all can appreciate all the positives and can recognize that even if we don't ever achieve our ideal body size or weight we have still accomplished so much! We should not look in the mirror and see the weight we have to lose. We should try to see the improvement in our lives and health no matter what. It helps for me to remind myself that even people who have been thin their whole lives hate their bodies. Sorry for the rant, but I just want us all to be happy and love ourselves no matter what.
  10. 1 point

    October 5 2022 surgery date

    Mine is tomorrow. How is your recovery going?

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