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  1. deb_fox

    Omg That Taste Like Sht!

    Not to preach, but you would probably be better off staying away from fast food all together. Yes, your taste in food does change and perhaps that is a good thing for most of us. I am a year and a half out and some things that I used to enjoy taste and smell terrible. There are times when I have to go to fast food because of well....life. I do try to make good choices. At McDonald's, I would choose a side salad and a fruit parfait. Good luck!
  2. I had my surgery on June 11th and I still can't handle any kind of carbs. Does anyone else experience this? I have tried Pizza, Pasta, Rice, Potatoes and foods that have carbs in the ingredients. Instant belly ache. Feels like I swallowed bricks after only a few bites of these foods.
  3. I was 252 when I started. I had surgery on June 11th, so I am almost 5 months and am now 182,down 70 pounds. I had a stall last week and finally broke through it. I am guilty, guilty, guilty of not eating enough protein or water. I am not hungry or thirsty and I am so busy that I forget. We also were without power for almost a week due to Hurricane Sandy and I was not making the best choices for food when I did eat!
  4. I was 252 when I started. I had surgery on June 11th, so I am almost 5 months and am now 182,down 70 pounds. I had a stall last week and finally broke through it. I am guilty, guilty, guilty of not eating enough protein or water. I am not hungry or thirsty and I am so busy that I forget. We also were without power for almost a week due to Hurricane Sandy and I was not making the best choices for food when I did eat!
  5. It's all in your state of mind. I just kept telling myself that this is necessary to have a safe surgery. After a couple of days, I wasn't even thinking of food anymore. I was drinking nothing but Glucerna, which is what my surgeon had me drinking. To be honest, I was full all of the time because it is loaded with nutrients. It just made me very gassy.
  6. deb_fox

    How The Hell Do You Drink Isopure?

    I couldn't even swallow the protein bullets. That was some potent tasting stuff! I am so glad I took advice from this forum and tried the unflavored Unjury. It is virtually undetectable in cold water with crystal light fruit punch!
  7. deb_fox

    3 Month Surgiversary!

    Congratulations! I am just like you. I have never been sick or had any complications. I was sleeved on June 11th and am down from a size 24 bottom to a 16 and from a 2X/3X top to an XL. A total of 60 pounds on my 5'2 frame. I feel great and I look so much better. I didn't do it for what other people thought of me, but I get compliments everyday!! Keep up the good work!
  8. deb_fox

    I'm Getting Sleeved Today!

    Don't be nervous!! Good luck to you on your new weight loss journey. Speedy recovery!
  9. deb_fox

    Question For The Women

    I was told that anytime you have surgery, it puts stress on your body and can change your period. I don't have any experience with your personal situation, but I figure the same would ring true for you.
  10. deb_fox

    Boulder Holder

    I wore bras immediately after surgery. Nobody told me that I couldn't. I didn't experience any discomfort. Fortunately, my bra didn't land on any of my incisions.
  11. deb_fox

    So Upset With Myself

    Teddy Bear...Are you allowed to have liquids with your foods? I know all Doctors are different, but mine says no liquids a half hour before or after food. I am asking because I see you put milk in your cereal. I am not judging at all!! Just asking.
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    Popcorn is and has always been my favorite snack. I started eating it when I was 2 month post-op. I do pop my own in my popcorn machine. I use a tablespoon of oil and 1/3 cup kernels. I do lightly salt. I don't feel bad using a little salt because I do not have high blood pressure and I rarely use salt on anything. I use it very sparingly when I cook. I have been making the popcorn once a week.
  13. deb_fox

    How The Hell Do You Drink Isopure?

    Disliking every protein drink I have tried thus far and tried to convince myself that I really liked the muscle milk light...I gave in and ordered the unflavored unjury that everyone talks about on this site. I don't care for cold water, so I usually drink it room temperature. The first time I tried the unjury, I put it in a cup with a packet of crystal light fruit punch. I tasted it and didn't like it at all. I made my husband taste it because I feel like I am being the biggest baby when it comes to the protein drinks. He thought it was gross too. Everyone claims that you can't taste it, which I found to be untrue. It completely changes the consistancy of your beverage and it definitely has a funky taste to it. I was so upset. More money wasted on a protein drink I am not going to use. Then...I decided to try it with cold water. So much better!!! I think I can do this! You taste it less in cold water and the consistancy wasn't as thick as when I had it in the room temperature water. I have trouble with the muscle milk. I always had to make sure I was home when I drank it because it sent me to the bathroom. I decided to back off the muscle milk light for this reason. Not only that, the taste and the thickness was getting to me. Then I found a chocolate milk in my local supermarket that has 20 grams of protein per serving. I was loving it. I don't know what was wrong with me, but I never checked the sugar levels on it! It was something like 42 grams of sugar per serving!!! That explains why I liked it so much. They even had a notation on the bottle trying to justify the sugar levels by saying milk naturally has sugar in it. I won't be drinking this anymore. I try not to be a Debbie Downer, but I really think I just don't like protein. I was not much of a meat eater before my surgery 3 1/2 months ago. I force myself to eat the meat and then my veggies at meal time and am proud of myself for the amount of meat I have added to my diet. It is all worth it because I feel great and look a heck of a lot better. I just wish there truly was a protein drink that had few calories, no sugar and tastes fantastic. I am sold on the unjury now I had it again this morning with cold water and felt my confidence rise. I am going to put myself on automatic delivery now with the company. Has anyone tried the unjury chocolate flavor?
  14. deb_fox

    Needing Some Support

    I hope you are feeling better soon! Please don't get discouraged. Keep up the good work!
  15. Protein drinks are a difficult thing. You either love them, or you hate them. You will need to find the one that works best for you. My personal preference is Muscle Milk Light in the chocolate flavor. I have tried many protein drinks that were recommended on this site or by friends only to revert back to the muscle milk light. I don't "love" any of them.
  16. I went on a cruise August 2nd-10th. My surgery was on June 11th. I was completely fine. I chose oatmeal or eggs at breakfast. I ate fresh fruit at every meal. I made sure that I ate meat at lunch and dinner. I still was only eating a few fork fulls of meat before I got full, so I relied on my protein drinks. There was a little refrigerator in my room, which was perfect for me. I always made sure that I had my protein drinks for the day waiting for me. I never was hungry. I was the only one that came home losing weight. Have fun on your cruise!
  17. deb_fox


    Thanks. I seem to be eating a lot of the same foods as some of you, but in such small quantities that I don't get enough protein from them to hit my goal. I literally get full just after a few bites at a meal. I am only 3 months out, so I am sure I will be able to eat more at one sitting as time goes on. I start my day with all of my meds. Then I have a 20 gram protein shake for breakfast before work. For lunch, I typically have a yogurt that has 5 proteins (I cannot stand greek yogurt), a light cheese stick with 7 proteins, a 100 calorie pack of almonds with 4 proteins. For dinner, I typically eat 1-2 ounces of meat and a few bites of vegetables. That's my day. I usually will add another protein drink after dinner to get my numbers higher. I want to be able to eat more food, but my sleeve hurts if I try to eat more. Time...
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    I am wondering how Spatters3 has never had to drink another protein shake again. Share your secret with me! I hate the protein shakes, but suck it up because I chose to have the surgery and knew that protein shakes were part of the deal for the rest of my life probably I am 3 months post op and still not able to eat nearly enough protein in a day to satisfy the 50-70 grams my Doctor wants me to have. I found a protein enriched chocolate milk I absolutely love that has 20 grams of protein in each bottle. Then...after I bought 25 of them, I looked at the sugar content which I completely forgot to do. It has 44 grams of sugar per single serve bottle, no wonder I love it. I am sick, sick, sick of the Muscle Milk light, which is the only protein drink I was able to choke down. Please share with me what you eat in a day to get all of the necessary proteins in. I would love to never rely on shakes again!
  19. I am 3 months post op and for the past two days, I have been getting slightly nauseaus as soon as I start to eat. I don't have any stomach pain associated with this. has anyone ever experienced this before?
  20. deb_fox

    Upset Stomach :(

    I am 3 months post op and found myself feeling a bit nauseaus for the past two days after I eat even the smallest amount of food. I have no pain associated with this. Has anyone ever experienced this?
  21. deb_fox

    Just A Simple ?

    Sounds like you just need approval from your insurance carrier and then schedule an appointment for your surgery!
  22. I have been on Cholesterol medication for over 15 years. When I went for my post-op blood work approximately 2 months after my surgery, my numbers for everything they tested were amazing. I asked my Primary Care Physician if I can stop my Cholesterol medication and she agreed! My next labs are in 3 months. We are hoping my numbers remain good so I can stay off of them!
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    Tired All The Time

    I was exhausted for the first month after surgery. I couldn't get enough sleep. I posted a question on here to see if that was normal. I was assured that it was and told to increase my protein. It definitely helped. I am the type of person that never sits down to relax. I decided that this was my time for me. If I felt tired, I went and took a nap or went to bed early. It soon passed.
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    Parents That Don't Agree With Wls

    When I went to the free seminar to learn about the different options, I learned how safe the sleeve is. Dr. Brathwaite said I was at a higher risk of dying from a complication due to being obese than from the surgery. He is right. I was borderline diabetic before my surgery on June 11, 2012. Now, 54 pounds lighter, all of my blood work came back perfect!! I don't think there is a single person who would consider having wls that hasn't tried every diet out there already. Bottom line, you need to do what is best for you and not let other people make you feel bad for your decision. Good luck!
  25. deb_fox

    From: Staying The Course On Pre-Op Liquid Diet

    My Surgeon required a 14 day pre-op liquid diet that consisted of Glucerna shakes and any clear liquids. The Glucerna's didn't agree with my digestive system because of how sweet they were. Stick with it, don't cheat. It is so worth it! Just try to distract yourself. I promise it gets easier. You still need that same will power for the rest of your life to stay on track, so you may as well start now! Good luck! I am routing for you.

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