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Shrinking_Cat_11

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Shrinking_Cat_11 got a reaction from NtvTxn in Weight Gained Since Having Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    As far as carbs, my bariatrician gave me a number before surgery, while I was doing the insurance diet, of no more than 100 carbs a day, but obviously preferrably as low as you can get. With the small portions and high Protein intake I've had it's nearly impossible to get anywhere near that regularly. I don't think I've gone much over 70 at all since at least 2 weeks before surgery.
    The rule I have at this point since I've made it to "healthy diet" stages is three "meals" a day obviously starting with Protein first and two high protein Snacks a day and obviously lots of Water.
    I haven't had sweets since my surgery other than sugar free Jello one day after surgery that was too sweet. I have some frozen greek yogurt for a high protein snack that I haven't eaten yet and sugar free popscicles. Mostly I've been going to the store and while I'm there I'll pick up packages of things I used to like and basically if the sodium is super high &/or if there is less than 4g of protein per serving I put it right back down. Helps eliminate the junk food obviously. Plus there are a lot of fun substitutes.
    For example, I bout a bunch of seeds and nuts to snack on for preotein and fairly low carbs. All I do is find a seasoning I really like (I buy that Mr. Kernel popcorn seasoning since for being a seasoning its still not a ton of salt) spritz the seeds/nuts with olive oil Pam and sprinkle a little seasoning and shake it up. Flavored like chips but high in protein. I also buy flavored Pork rinds, to get a sensation like chips with no carbs, low fat and pure protein.
    I am happy to say that since yesterday my weight creeped down a tiny bit so maybe I'm finally over that hurdle. We'll see!
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    Shrinking_Cat_11 got a reaction from NtvTxn in Weight Gained Since Having Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    As far as carbs, my bariatrician gave me a number before surgery, while I was doing the insurance diet, of no more than 100 carbs a day, but obviously preferrably as low as you can get. With the small portions and high Protein intake I've had it's nearly impossible to get anywhere near that regularly. I don't think I've gone much over 70 at all since at least 2 weeks before surgery.
    The rule I have at this point since I've made it to "healthy diet" stages is three "meals" a day obviously starting with Protein first and two high protein Snacks a day and obviously lots of Water.
    I haven't had sweets since my surgery other than sugar free Jello one day after surgery that was too sweet. I have some frozen greek yogurt for a high protein snack that I haven't eaten yet and sugar free popscicles. Mostly I've been going to the store and while I'm there I'll pick up packages of things I used to like and basically if the sodium is super high &/or if there is less than 4g of protein per serving I put it right back down. Helps eliminate the junk food obviously. Plus there are a lot of fun substitutes.
    For example, I bout a bunch of seeds and nuts to snack on for preotein and fairly low carbs. All I do is find a seasoning I really like (I buy that Mr. Kernel popcorn seasoning since for being a seasoning its still not a ton of salt) spritz the seeds/nuts with olive oil Pam and sprinkle a little seasoning and shake it up. Flavored like chips but high in protein. I also buy flavored Pork rinds, to get a sensation like chips with no carbs, low fat and pure protein.
    I am happy to say that since yesterday my weight creeped down a tiny bit so maybe I'm finally over that hurdle. We'll see!
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    Shrinking_Cat_11 got a reaction from NtvTxn in Weight Gained Since Having Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    As far as carbs, my bariatrician gave me a number before surgery, while I was doing the insurance diet, of no more than 100 carbs a day, but obviously preferrably as low as you can get. With the small portions and high Protein intake I've had it's nearly impossible to get anywhere near that regularly. I don't think I've gone much over 70 at all since at least 2 weeks before surgery.
    The rule I have at this point since I've made it to "healthy diet" stages is three "meals" a day obviously starting with Protein first and two high protein Snacks a day and obviously lots of Water.
    I haven't had sweets since my surgery other than sugar free Jello one day after surgery that was too sweet. I have some frozen greek yogurt for a high protein snack that I haven't eaten yet and sugar free popscicles. Mostly I've been going to the store and while I'm there I'll pick up packages of things I used to like and basically if the sodium is super high &/or if there is less than 4g of protein per serving I put it right back down. Helps eliminate the junk food obviously. Plus there are a lot of fun substitutes.
    For example, I bout a bunch of seeds and nuts to snack on for preotein and fairly low carbs. All I do is find a seasoning I really like (I buy that Mr. Kernel popcorn seasoning since for being a seasoning its still not a ton of salt) spritz the seeds/nuts with olive oil Pam and sprinkle a little seasoning and shake it up. Flavored like chips but high in protein. I also buy flavored Pork rinds, to get a sensation like chips with no carbs, low fat and pure protein.
    I am happy to say that since yesterday my weight creeped down a tiny bit so maybe I'm finally over that hurdle. We'll see!
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    Shrinking_Cat_11 got a reaction from NtvTxn in Weight Gained Since Having Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    I guess that's true, its just super frustrating, especially since it seems so soon after. I guess I'll have to keep after it of course, I get so paranoid especially when things seemed to have been going so well.
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    Shrinking_Cat_11 reacted to LauraOnAMission in I Can't Wait To Not Have To...   
    To NOT feel like my boobs are choking me when I am laying down....to NOT have constant back pain....to NOT have to adjust my top constantly.... To NOT have to pull myself up into my 4wd..... To NOT have to worry about fitting in movie seats....to NOT feel people are watching what I eat.... To NOT have to search my cupboard for ages every day to find something that fits....to NOT wear holes through the inner thighs of my favorite jeans..... To NOT feel embarrassed to be naked in front of my Husband..... To NOT miss out on special cuddles because I am too ashamed of how much I have let myself go since we first met.... Gee I could be here all day......this isn't the half of it. If only the skinny people could walk a day in our shoes then maybe they might not be so quick to judge / comment!
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    Shrinking_Cat_11 got a reaction from mylastchance21 in In the early stages...   
    That's how I felt the very first time I heard about bariatrics years ago. Back when the only option was gastric bypass and it was still so new.
    I kept hearing things like "malnutrition, hair loss, appetite loss, fatal" all the scary buzz words that people throw out not thinking about the fact that they're talking to people already facing a serious life decision, and probably already in a life or death situation, as many who consider bariatrics are (as we're told all our lives its only a matter of time right?)
    But since then so much as improved. The surgery has become so much more efficient and the options have changed drastically. I mean now we have vertical sleeve and lap band and everything. it's all loproscopic and there are specialists in every step from pre- to post-op and nutritinal follow up. People are more aware of bariatrics and it's benefits, and with an epidemic like obesity in the US it's necessary that people become very good at what they do.
    I can understand being scared, and I'm sure I will go through my terror moments too as I get closer, but I just remind myself that nothing is too terrifying to convince me that an early grave is an option. I don't have major health issues yet *knock on wood* but I have a few (bad knees, easily worn out, pre-diabetes, poor circulation in my legs, PCOS). And I know doing this will give me a much better quality of life. I'll be able to have real confidence, not the facade I've learned to put on around my friends, I'll be able to go to a shopping mall and not feel embarassed as I walk around the clothing racks with my friends buying so many cute things and me with my pair of earrings cause that's all that will fit.
    it's what comes after the surgery that motivates me. The idea that i can finally be the person I see in my head and feel in my heart.
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