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  1. So what happens after one year? Does the weight loss just stop or do you continue to lose maybe slower? My year is coming up soon and and while I am extremely grateful that the surgery has help me lose almost 100 lbs..Id like to know what I can do to lose the last 20 lbs that I need to get to my goal weight.
  2. I should be so happy that I have lost 53 lbs in 5 months ( i have a week to go before I hit 5 months). I consider myself a SLOW LOSER. I cant help compare myself to others of the same stats. Most have lost more then 30 lbs in 2 months. I try everyday to tell myself how I would have not even lost 5 but probably gain 10 lbs in these 5 months if I hadnt had surgery. I know its my fault, I havent exercised.... I tried to and then I thought well let me let the surgery do what its going to do for me and then when weight loss slows down i can kick it into gear by starting an exercise program. I dont get my Water in everyday (probably 4 or 5 days outta 7), and I dont track EVERYDAY like I should but Im sure I dont get in more then 1000 calories a day. And I say 1000 because that is the max that I know my body will take if I try hard enough. I would say 95% of the time it is 800 or less. I do a shake for Breakfast every morning and about 2 to 3 hundred calories at lunch, and then sometimes dinner is hardly anything (sometimes just another shake but at max 400 calories). Iknow most of the time I eat so little that I get faint (head rush if i get up too quick) every once in while and I know I need to eat a lil more. I will say that my body is more active then it used to be in general. Im not tired all the time so Im always moving (chores, run errands, going to school now). Before surgery I was always tired and depressed and didnt do ANYTHING! So even if Im not exercising right now, my body is getting WAY MORE movement then ever had. As a matter of fact, I know as I write this that tomorrow morning I will be under 200 ( even if its 199.8) for the first time in almost 3 years!!! Im excited for the morning but yet somehow i wonder why im not losing as fast as others!!! Someone kick me please. Give it to me straight and tell me to stopp being such a pouty baby!!! Heck even if i lose only 5 lbs a month from here on out Id be almost at a 100 lbd loss and at goal in 1 year. Anyway....sorry for the vent guys. I had to get it out.
  3. Val_Martin

    I hate feeling ungrateful!!!

    Thanks! When is your surgery date?? I remember being so restless from excitement before surgery!!! Please keep me posted on your progress before and after surgery!!! Oh and your absolutely right about the difference in things you can do!! Good Luck!!!
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    United Healthcare????

    yes it was very fustrating and discouraging!!! I didnt quite understand why either but I figure i just grit my teeth, smile, and give them exactly what they want so I can get the surgery!!! As long as they say its covered then unfortunately the ball is in their court! As soon as I gave them that diet I was approved in less then 24 hours. I waited 3 weeks for the first two denials and as soon as everything was submitted in whole and to the right person it too less then 24 hours!!! I couldnt believe it!! Stay Hopeful...Pateince was the hardest for me but they will approve you.
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    United Healthcare????

    Please triple check that you dont have to do the six month Diet, My Policy also stated that I didnt have to do the six month diet but I did. It only said I had to do 3 thing 1.) must be 21 2.) BMI of 40 and 3.) Psych eval. I asked the nurse CM and told her that the policy said I didnt have to do it but there was no arguing she said I had to do it. So when I was denied the first time it was cause of my BMI and I thought good at least they didnt deny because I didnt submit a 6 month diet but the the second denial came and thats the nurse case manager said IT HAS TO BE SUBMITTED TO ME AND YOU HAVE TO DO THE 6 MONTH. So they werent even submitting to the right depts of UHC and those depts were just giving the denials even though it wasnt theirs to deny. And after the third denial its final.
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    Does anyone about How many Calories I should be eating now. I feel like my weight loss is kinda slow ( 3months = 42 lbs) I mean Im grateful but Im scared that it will stop at 42 lbs and I dodnt have surgery to lose 42 lbs if ya know what I mean. I completely understand that Im in control and I havent measured portions or really watched what I eat ( Nothing Unhealthy thats for sure), So Im increasing my water intake (that made me gain but I talk to Tiff and i felt better about it) but Id like to keep track of calories. I just wanna know how many I should be eating at my stage. Ive been losing slowly but still losing so.... Any and all advice welcomed please!!! I do have to say that the water increase helps tremendously with hunger but man I hate looking at the scale cause it it can be like 3 lbs up and makes me regret the water!!!
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    Need to get serious about exercise, AGAIN.

    Im just now reading this tread but I would love to join this. I too need the motivation to get my but into gear and I want my scale to go down faster!!!! Im going to make big changes ladies!!! Im on myfitnesspal.com aswell now so if anyone wants to add me let me know what I need to give you or you me to add as a friend.
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    I know Ive been terrible about tracking and Ive said it before but Im really gonna start. Ive done it for 3 days now and Im putting my iphone to better use with myfitness pal. I was wondering...I have 2 cups of coffee a day with SF creamer. Can I add this to my water intake? I havent been cause Im not sure but I usually have a cup anywhere from 5 am to 7am and then again anywhere from 1 to 5. Also Tiff when you nsay losing stage....Should I consider the whole first year the losing stage? Then when you say 600 to 800 calories is that net calories?
  9. Im on (ok almost) the mushy stage of my diet and Im wondering if it is that I can now eat same dinner with family as long as its blended. Is the mushy stage just blending everything I eat to applesauce consistency?
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    Adipex After VSG? Tips Please.....

    Im nt sure what to say......... Im going to be honest.....I would let the surgery do what its going to do for you and then once you get to the point where you stopped losing (if your still not happy) then try the phen. I know that you want the weight loss to go faster but it could all backfire if you dont try to do this without the phen. Like I said let the surgery do the work for you (about a year) during this time take the opportunity to learn everything you can about treating your sleeve well and maybe by this time you wont need the Adipex. I cant say I havent thought about phen but i definately dont want to go back to those days if I dont have to.
  11. I am 6 1/2 weeks out and today we had a birthday party fir my daughter. Im going to list everything I ate today and I wanna know how it sounds to everyone. Remember we had a party so Im aware that some of my food choices werent the best but they were small... Breakfast 1 egg 1 slice of bacon 4 ounces of coffee (maybe i think it was lot less) lunch Hot Dog with chili and cheese (i took one bite of hot dog bread then ate only the beef weiner with a small bit of chili and cheese) Chees puffs ( I admit i think it was a lil tiny bit more then a hand full) Cake (took two bite and could barely swallow the second bit but it went down) Cake was about an hour after lunch dinner Before gym I had 6 ounces of Water with a Protein powder Here is where I am worried After gym I was sooo hungry I had lots of a Diet Pepsi Max it was a 20 0z (almost half) while making Nachos (daughter gets to choose dinner for birthday) then I had what i felt was alot of Nachos for my stomach to hold but wasnt feeling the restriction???? I thought I was only going to be abke to eat a couple of Nachos cause I knew I had drank alot of Pepsi while making them...but I stopped myself instead of my stomach stopping me. I have to admit I have grown dependant on my stomach telling me to stop and i just feel like I ate alot...I didnt finish my bowl but I didnt expect to be able to eat half of it and I think I did. Did I stretch my sleeve already or could this possibly have been a slider food I hear so much about? The Nachos were made with velveeta, rotel, and ground beef. Please some input from somebody...i could probably use some constructive criticism.... My first party after surgery.
  12. Ok ....has anyone else experienced a fast heartbeat if they feel full or maybe ate to much. I know it can be symptoms of a leak but im not too worried its tha because I ont have ANY other signs of problems.
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    Fat Burners

    Im 6 1/2 weeks out....Can I take a fat burner? I am starting to work out and I have a protein shake to drink but was also given a fat burner so I wanna make sure thats OK. Thanks in advance!
  14. I agree about the soda....one of the things that i really felt got me over weight was honesly not so much the food but soda. I coul drink tons of it and diet soda wasnt my thing. I knew that if I was going to do this surgery that I HAD TO stop soda....now its like "well, i should be ok with diet soda every once in awhile" Maybe I have i like once a week....but your absolutely right I shouldnt get ino a habit.
  15. Thanks Guys....Im having a hard time with carbs mainly because my stomach doesnt like them right now but my brain does.... I have given in to my stomach though...I just dont like the feeling carbs have been giving me. I try every once in a while like today with the hot dog but like I said the first bite immediately reminds me. I didnt realize that the chips from the Nachos was carbs...but i didnt feel that so I dunno.... but Breads, Pasta, and rice and my stomach hates me! I need to remember though chips=Carbs! Thank you every one!!
  16. About how many calories should i be having at 3 weeks out?
  17. This may be a stupid question but why all the emphasis on protein?? I know liquids you need to get in because you dont want to get dehydrated but what does the protein do for you?
  18. Im not sure what Im doing. Im doing this all wrong. I was able to eat a 6 oz. Yoplait light fat free yogurt in about 20-25 minutes. I am 2 weeks out. Everyone else seems like they cant do that in one sitting. Am I full with that? Yes. Am i suppose to be tracking everything I eat? Journal or something? Am I suppose to be weighing my food? Im just kinda going by what my body tells me and I dont think its working. I will eat at lunch until i get nauseas (which is only after 4-5 bites MAYBE ) and I either manage to keep it down or it comes back up and out. Im on the mushy stage but I feel like as long as I chew chew chew I can make it mushy enough. That makes my stomach hurt though. I dont know.... I need guidance or Im strech this sleeve out before I get any use from it. If someone can help me Id appreciate it. Maybe like a meal plan I can follow? Ive been eating with the family but my stomach isnt having it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    United Healthcare????

    UHC EPO here. If I would have done everything my nurse case manager @ UHC said to do to begin with I would have been approved along time ago but I listened to my surgeons office instead (you would think they know what they are doing) and it took me almost a year to get approved. After I submitted everything UHC requested it took another week to find out surgeons office needed to open a case for me. I called them to do it and then I was approved the next day. Stay on top of everyone during the whole process and make your surgeons office listen to what the Insurance Company wants.
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    I need help...as always.

    Thanks Tiffy. That info helps alot! I think I was really confused as to what liquids is considered a meal during the liquid stage. Im going to do one more week on liquids before I move to mushies. I going to learn to do this right if its the last thing I do!!!:thumbup:
  21. I too feel like Ive already messed up my pouch. Im 2 weeks out, I dont think I did well the second week as I was soo hungry I started on mushies earlier then my plan said. My stomach was not happy at all with this so now (thank godness) my hunger has subsided and Im going to do one week of liquids before I try mushies again. There were things I felt like didnt need blending so I just chewed chewed chewed but that was a huge mistake. I did this a least 3 times. Needless to say...it didnt stay. So Im gonna start over and do a week of liquids. Change is key. This is MAKING ME change. Whether I wnt to or not, I have too or Ill bee sick all the time. But since I did so badly my second week I wonder If I did damage to my sleeve.
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    I need help...as always.

    Thank you guys for helping. I have to say that Im not getting all my liquids or Protein in verty well at all. I was feeling pretty hungry even since surgery but over the last 3 or 4 days I noticed that Im not hungry now. Even though I am not hungry I have to eat right? Is hen when I only take a few bites to eat but then get nauseas. thanks for your replies. Im glad to have an idea of something so I can go by. This eating and having it slowly come back up isnt fun. I think I will stay on liquids until I get a better response. Its just that I thought I had to go to mushies and for awhile there I was so hungry I couldnt wait to get to mushies and now that my plan says I can be on mushies, my hunger has gone away and obviously my stomach is saying no mushies as well. Is my protien shake breakfast or part of my liquid intake? And is my liquid intake seperate from what I consume for my liquid goals. I mean if Im to get in 48 oz of liquid and for lunch I have 6 oz of tomato Soup....does that count towards my liquid or is that just lunch? Im sry for asking so much guys and Thanks so much in advance for helping me get through this. I appreciate it very much.
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    Pleease correct me if Im wrong....

    Awesome....thx guys!
  24. Why am I so hungry????? I feel like i did when i was doing the pre op diet. Struggling to get through that diet, what got me through it was thinking...it wont be as hard after the surgery. Now 5 days out, im on full liquids but i feel like im starving! i have to get in 48 - 64 ounces of liquid in but i want food or liquids all the time. I have not been getting all my liquids in either as much as I want. I also sometimes feel pain after i drink...would that be cause i was going to fast ? Am i just so destined to be overweight that Im going to fail at this too?? Im scared and confused.
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    Please Help!!!! 5 days out....

    Im sorry....i havent responded! Im doing better since i started the thread. Im not as hungry and find as long as i can get soups and yogurts in then it helps alot. Thank you to everyone who has replied with their thoughts and ideas.

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