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  1. InfiniteButterfly

    Pre op liquid diet

    Depends on your doctor. I was allowed 1 cup per day (SF creamer or NF milk/Torani SF syrup) because my PCP recommended caffeine to help with my migraines and my surgeon was okay with that. He normally recommends against coffee pre-surgery though.
  2. Hmm...I'll have to try this. I've done portobello pizza before, but never removed the gills.
  3. Honestly, I read so many negative reviews of Isopure, I haven't tried it. I do like Javapro, which is by Isopure. But then, I'm a coffee fiend.
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    Cheating on Pre-Op

    I didn't cheat at all on the two-week liquid pre-op diet. I was far too worried about what would happen if my liver didn't shrink to where the doctor wanted it to be. I waited too long for this surgery to mess up at that point. I'd already said goodbye to food and had a few food funerals before that point, but when I hit the deadline that was it. And after the first two or three days, it really wasn't that bad.
  5. Honestly, I have to agree with @BitterSweet*. It's certainly the tough love approach, but reading this thread...wow. My stomach hurt at the thought of that much pop. The rest of the food? Would feed the rest of my family for a few days. That's a ridiculous amount of food for anyone to take in. And not wanting to hear the doctor's advice? I don't take in much more than 600 calories unless I'm doing a lot of exercise. It's not unreasonable or unhealthy in the short-term. And costco? Didn't force you to buy tamales, pop and waffles. That was YOUR choice. I'm sure if you'd looked, you could have found healthy alternatives, but you chose not to. You are choosing to remain unhealthy and choosing to waste the opportunity you were given. My first thought was 'troll' as well.
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    I can't get in my needed protein.

    My doctor was more concerned with hydration early on. I didn't start hitting my Protein goals until I was into soft foods (at four weeks). I had panicked about not getting enough protein, but he said it would come when I was able to take in more and not to worry about forcing the issue. So I didn't.
  7. At 10 weeks out, I still couldn't eat a cup and a half of food at a meal. Maybe 1/2 cup (quarter cup or 2-3 ounces of a Protein, and a 1/4 cup side dish...veggies or cottage cheese...and generally there's food left on my plate.) It's between you and your surgeon and NUT what and how much you're eating, but my insides kind of cringed at even the thought of that much food. Nevermind that potatoes are a very much sometimes food (I've had them once. My NUT recommended avoiding them altogether.)
  8. Big NSV today. I had to take my daughter shopping at Old Navy…it’s back to school time and she needed school clothes, so since there was a sale there on school clothes, and I had a ton of rewards saved up, I managed to get all of her back-to-school clothes for $2. But that’s not the best part. While we were there, I looked over the women’s clothes. Now, I haven’t shopped in a regular-size store…probably since I was a teenager. So that’s quite a while. I have bought from Old Navy, but only from their plus-size (online only) store. But while I was looking at their clothes, I started thinking hmm…that looks like it might fit. And it DID! I bought a few shirts and a pair of compression capri. All size XL from the regular store (last things I bought for myself from Old Navy were 3x from the plus store). So two active-wear tank tops, one pair of capri and two t-shirts. I can not believe how good it feels to shop in a store and not have to slink to the plus-size section. I don’t CARE that I’m still in an XL…it’s a regular XL instead of 2x, 3x, etc. And it feels good.
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    my journey

    Sounds like you hit your first stall There is nothing wrong with being down 13 lbs.I remember how long it used to take me to drop that much weight. Just stick with your surgeon's program and you'll start losing again. I hit my first stall at two weeks and it lasted about 10 days. Frustrating, but if you do everything the doctor and NUT told you, the scales will start moving again.
  10. Are the letters required to preform surgery? Not from what I've seen. It's just an additional layer of accreditation and advanced training.
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    For those who didn't tell anyone - betrayed

    Sadly, this is at least in part why I was very open about my surgery and the process. I wasn't sure who would or wouldn't keep it a secret, so I made it easy on them. My partners were able to reach out to people they work with (both hubby and bf have co-workers who have had the surgery...although both were by-pass rather than sleeve...and they were able to have someone 'outside' to talk to. I think it helped my bf understand a little better to be able to talk to someone other than me...someone who understood some of what I'm going through. Yes, it was definitely your secret to share or not as you chose...but she meant well.
  12. @@*susan* I really commend your patience in continuing to answer these questions. Pity the Omar groupies continue to try and deflect attention from the real issue.
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    Ready to work out!

    Yep...I found carbs essential once I started working out. Those whole-grain sandwich thins aren't bad. I know I'm able to exercise/cycle much better when I have an egg with cheese and half a sandwich thin rather than just a Protein shake for Breakfast (my exercise is always in the morning, before my body realizes what I'm doing to it ) My total carbs are still usually under 50 for the day (probably still on the low side, but for now, I have enough energy for the amount of exercise I get in)
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    Planking Challenge!

    Started today...using the dolphin plank variant (which I'm not used to, but I figure by time I hit day 15 or so, it will save my wrists) 2x20 seconds (I use a tabata timer, and did two sets)
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    Does anyone blog?

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    I'll have to try both. The yoga program I do has straight-arm planks as the standard, and the bent arm plank as the variant. Same with down-dog. Straight-arm is standard, on forearms is the variant (Dolphin pose)...it's listed as the wrist-saving variant. I've seen more non-yoga programs with the bent-arm pose listed as primary though... Curious...
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    Pre op

    My pre-op was 14 days, and consisted of Protein shakes 3x/day. I was allowed up to six in any combination of low-fat string cheese, V-8, 1/4 c. cottage cheese, 1/4 c. apple sauce, or 1/4 c. SF pudding. I was allowed any amount SF Jello or popsicles. The first day or two weren't fun, but after that, it didn't bother me a whole lot. I rarely ate all six allowables (2-3 was about all I managed. After the first few days, my hunger decreased greatly, whether it was because of the liquid diet or because of nerves, I don't know, but I was happy)
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    Hit a stall 3 wks out. GRRRRR!

    The three-week stall sucks. Especially after how fast the weight seemed to fall off those first two weeks. I've had two stalls so far, and each lasted maybe 6-8 days? Not fun, but just stay the course and the weight will start falling again in no time.
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    Let's talk about breast

    I'm only 8 weeks out (I have around 150 to lose as well). My boobs seem to be the first place I'm losing weight :/ They are definitely smaller than they were before (44DD) which is not a bad thing. Less pressure on my shoulders and lower back, so I find I'm standing straighter. They already sagged quite a bit due to large size and breastfeeding, so I don't expect them to bounce back into anything resembling perky. I'm definitely going to keep watch on this thread, particularly with the exercises (I've been doing planks and light weights currently, but if there are exercises that will help firm those puppies up, I'm all for it. Although since it's mostly fat and skin rather than muscle, I don't expect a whole lot will help :/)
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    DENIED by Aetna today :(

    Ugh, I know I gained on Zoloft. I went up nearly 30 lbs (that was the straw that broke the camel's back as far as me starting the process for surgery)
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    a revelation... to me

    Those ups and downs can be so disheartening! I really tried to avoid my scales at home pre-surgery, because nothing I did seemed to make any difference (until the liquid pre-op phase) Even post-surgery, I wanted to cry when I gained a pound. It didn't matter that I KNEW it was Water weight from my period (my hands were swollen, which has always been my retaining water clue). I need to start avoiding my scales more now, because those daily fluctuations are terrible and can really play mind games on you. I try very hard to just weigh once a week (usually whatever day the challenge is, so Mondays during the Labor Day challenge), and I take my measurements at the same time. The multiple tracking really helps, as well as looking at an overview on MFP or another tracking program. The day-to-day doesn't seem so bad when you can look at a graph of the whole month and see a steady downward trend.
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    Labor day Challenge

    I'm late to the party, but I want in! Starting weight: 249 Goal weight: 230
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    Fitness tracker

    I have a Fitbit Zip (so it doesn't track sleep, only activity), and I love it. It's nice having a constant reminder of how many steps I've taken during the day so I know if I need to bump up my activity or slow it down a little. And it connects with MFP (where I track my calories) It may not be the most accurate device out there, but it comes pretty close. I've measured it against other pedometers, and they're within a hundred steps or so of each other (and I know from a mapping program the distance I'm walking, so I know it's fairly accurate as far as that goes) My battery lasted almost six months, which is nice, and it's easy to change out.
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    Former Fatties! July Goals

    I was once in denial too.... Keep right up with the condescending attitude. You are judging people you know nothing about based on your own history and story.

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