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About Sallyawbc

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  • Birthday 04/14/1949

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    I have been either on a diet, starting a diet, ending a diet since I was 13 years old when my mother brought me to a diet doctor. I have lost and gained 100s pounds. I hope and pray this will give me the tools and ability to finally end the cycle.
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    Walking Avon Walks for breast cancer, 5 year survivior
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  1. Sallyawbc

    Surgery after 65

    Welcome to the new members of the 65+ group. I haven't posted for a little while but thought I would do an update. I have lost 84# since I started the process last July and 56# since my surgery Feb. 4. I have had many plateaus and the frustration of doing everything right and not lost a pound for weeks. Last Monday I had shoulder surgery so no exercise for a while but lost 5# since surgery. I literally have no appetite most of the time and must force myself to eat. I am supposed to be on Protein only but am bored stiff with no fruits and veggies so I do occasionally have a plum or berries or a bite of veggies. I am down from 26 size pants to 16W. Had to by new PJs and undies. The weight lose is finally evident to me and my friends and I am off most of my meds. This is the best thing I have done for myself in years and if you are feeling down and frustrated, just give it time. You will lose, it doesn't happen in a day, week or month but it will happen, I promise!!!!!
  2. Sallyawbc


    I also use Muscle Milk light but if you don't like mike I suggest Syntrax Nectar, there have several flavors but I love the fuzzy navel Fruit flavored. I blend it with ice and make a smoothie.
  3. I know what you mean, I've so many plateaus that it makes me very frustrated. There are days I roam the kitchen looking for some thing to eat like I did before the surgery. Most of the time I have no appetite but if I eat something I really like I want to eat more than I should. Then I go through my closet and fill another bag of clothes that are to big and I realize I can do this, I may slip up and eat potatoe chips (just a few), fruit off my trees (I really miss fruit), a bite of a quarter pounder including the bun, we all do this. Tomorrow will be better, if not the next day, we are human, not perfect. Just take one step at a time.
  4. Sallyawbc

    Post-Op January 2014 Losers Club!

    When did you last eat. It could be dumping syndrome, I had similar pain about an hour after I ate and thought I was having a heart attack. It eased up after about an hour but I felt miserable for several hours. I ate too much or too fast.
  5. Sallyawbc

    Surgery after 65

    Just checking in with everyone. I'm doing good but at another plateau! Frustrating as heck. Don't have to go back to the MD till August and am trying to exercise as much as possible. Still seeing the trainer twice a week but not walking as much as I should. Am still on only Protein and can eat most meats except steak, my stomach cannot tolerate it and I throw up - yuck. The only major events in my life are on Monday the 14th I turn 65 and am leaving May 1 for DC and the Avon Walk. I hoped to lose more weight before then but these plateaus last weeks!!!! Give me patience.
  6. Sallyawbc

    Fear that I won't lose weight...

    At 3 weeks I hit a plateau and it lasted 3 weeks!!!!! Then for no reason I started to lose 1/2 to a pound a day again. 28# since 2-4. The plateaus are normal and will pass, keep doing what the MD told you to do and you will lose again, honest!!!
  7. Sallyawbc

    Surgery after 65

    Hi everyone, just checking in to let you know I'm still here and doing fine. Night time nausea has stopped, still experimenting with protein. Tried a rib-eye and it tasted so good I ate to much, dumped and felt horrible till I threw up. Ah, the lessons we have to learn. Have lost 28# and 17" since surgery 2-4. Energy level is improving and working with a trainer at the gym twice a week. Trying to train for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in DC May 3 and 4. Can only do 3 miles at a time and need to step it up. Even at my highest weight I walked 13 miles each day so I would like to do that in DC, if I can't I won't be upset, I'll just hop on the sweep van and ride till I'm rested. Hope you all are doing well cause there are so many ups and downs it can drive you to frustration, each day is better than the next (usually). Keep smiling!!!!
  8. Sallyawbc

    Surgery after 65

    pquinn181, what is it with the shoulders, I just scheduled my fsurgery or June 2, outpatient, just a clean up, no rotator cuff repair -Thank goodness. Had major l-shoulder done years ago and it wasn't fun. I have been reading posts but not participating much. I am actually doing well. losing 4# a week average which is good but had a huge plateau that was very frustrating. Still on soft Protein only which is very boring. Had night nausea for weeks but that has stopped. Eating 1-2 ounces 3 x day and I am never really hungry which is very weird. My energy is finally back, working out twice a week with a trainer. So glad you have a date, this has been a learning experience everyday. I'm actually trying chicken wings for dinner, minus the skin, am looking for different ways to get my protein. Promise I will keep up on the posts!!!!!!
  9. Sallyawbc

    Post-Op January 2014 Losers Club!

    I hate to say it but I'm so glad to hear others in the plateau. I went 2 weeks losing nothing and just lost 2 pounds. I have been doing everything I am supposed to and that scale won't change, I even changed the battery thinking that was the problem. I don't understand it even though it is "normal" OK but 2 weeks!!!!! Doc says I should lose 20# a month, well that ain't happening. On the plus side I am losing inches but depending on the scale for the past 30 years of dieting, I WANT TO SEE THE POUNDS GONE!!!
  10. I'm really wondering why saltines are allowed, they have no nutritional value, they are dry and will get stuck in the new opening which is the size of a dime. I am allowed no carbs, veggies or fruit for 6 months. I was instructed to use low/no sugar sauces, salsas, gravy, mayo on my meat to make it slide easily. No white meat of chicken or turkey, to dry, dark meat only. Tuna fish with mayo and soft boiled egg chopped up is a good meal, I can only eat about 2 Tablespoons. Love scrambled eggs with cheese and scrimp is great. I am in the soft mushy stage and 2 weeks 5 days post. I do go out to lunch with friends, have scrimp cocktail or soup and some meat and cheese off a sandwich. Order ice tea, lemon Water or carry crystal light powder in my purse. I do understand the plateau blues, I gained a pound ???, didn't lose for 2 days then lost 2 pounds. How silly to worry about something so small but I'm still expecting that pound a day loss. Reality has not become normal yet and I am a very impatient person.
  11. Sallyawbc


    It was required for Health Net but I had one 2 years ago that was normal so they accepted it.
  12. Tearin and Mel, Please go through the other posts, at the top put in search "depression" and you will find toms of people who have or do feel the same way. The depression, mood swings and crying are NORMAL!!!!!!!! Your body is going through tremendous changes even tho you don't see them. Everyone losses at a different rate, give it time. When you do not give your body the usual amount of calories it goes into starvation mode and holds on to everything it can which is which is why you can go without food for 3 weeks before your organs shut down. We did this for a reason, we have dieted and had plateaus, gained instead of lost. Please don't beat yourself, there are tons of people here that have gone thro the same thing you are going thru!!
  13. Sallyawbc

    feeling hopeless

    Michele, your post made me so sad, you seem to be kicked down every time you got up. I really, really hope you get a referral for a therapist. So much of this is out of your control and I know how hard that is. I've just started my journey, my surgery was 2-4 and I'm 64 so I already have issues that I'm dealing with that get me very frustrated. Please know that everyone is pulling for you and hope you can find the help and strength you need to get back on track. Sally
  14. Sallyawbc

    Surgery after 65

    Rinny. I am using Bariatric Advantage crystals citrus splash and really like it but I have to have it morning and night. It goes in 8oz of water and sipping it takes a while and I still need to get my 2 shakes in and 3 meals and find I get to full. So I thought the chewable would be fasted, it ha no sugar and should not have caused a problem?! Ha Ha
  15. Sallyawbc

    What was your first week pose-op like?

    Skinnie, what you are going through is very normal. You are still getting over the anesthesia, a whole bunch of drugs were dumped into your system and it can take several weeks for the body to get rid of them. It effects all of your systems including smell and taste. I was told to concentrate on getting your liquids down, even if all you can take is broth, you do not want to get dehydrated, that is worse than no Protein. Try warm lemon Water first thing in the AM, this helps sooth the stomach. You should feel much better by day 10-12, sip, sip, take your drugs if you need them and do not push yourself. This is a major surgery and assault on your body. I'm at day 12 and went to the movies and shopping today. Very tired now, got winded putting clean sheets on bed. Hang in there, you will feel better, I promise you.

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