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Zane's Mom

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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from summerset in Vets- at 2+ years post op HOW do you eat?   
    I’m 4 years out and one year ago I was at 123 maintaining well. I adopted a vegan lifestyle for many ethical and moral reasons. I dropped to 109 at first while I was learning many of my Meal Replacements and because my restriction is still so strong. But I started plant based Protein Drinks again just to help supplement and now I’m well balanced with an endless menu of Protein rich foods and back to 120. It’s the best decision I’ve made for myself besides the surgery.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from summerset in Vets- at 2+ years post op HOW do you eat?   
    I’m 4 years out and one year ago I was at 123 maintaining well. I adopted a vegan lifestyle for many ethical and moral reasons. I dropped to 109 at first while I was learning many of my Meal Replacements and because my restriction is still so strong. But I started plant based Protein Drinks again just to help supplement and now I’m well balanced with an endless menu of Protein rich foods and back to 120. It’s the best decision I’ve made for myself besides the surgery.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from summerset in Vets- at 2+ years post op HOW do you eat?   
    I’m 4 years out and one year ago I was at 123 maintaining well. I adopted a vegan lifestyle for many ethical and moral reasons. I dropped to 109 at first while I was learning many of my Meal Replacements and because my restriction is still so strong. But I started plant based Protein Drinks again just to help supplement and now I’m well balanced with an endless menu of Protein rich foods and back to 120. It’s the best decision I’ve made for myself besides the surgery.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Apple1 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I wasn't vegan right after surgery. However it is totally possible. You can change to vegan Protein Shakes and bars. My #1 app is food Monster. It is all vegan recipes. Also the Minimalist baker.

    But for right after surgery, I would absolutely make sure you have and love your food processor. Then find your high Protein veggies, Beans, lentils, etc, and blend them if you need to. Also vegan tuna is the bomb.

    You can make almost anything vegan. And I promise the weight will come off plus the surgery.

    With the surgery I only recorded losses on my fitness pal. I never recorded a stall or a slight gain. That way everything was always going down. I was excited when I could make a new entry.

    It's just what worked for me. I did have a shake in the morning for the first three years.

    Please feel free to message me and I'll share any vegan info with anyone. I love my lifestyle and chose it for myself, my family, my earth, and the animals.



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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Deemar007 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I am 3 years 3 months out and Reached goal by one year and maintained. I was at 123 and became vegan and I have dropped to 110. But I still have my bloodwork drawn and everything is fantastic. My Protein levels are perfect and I really enjoy the lifestyle.

    I changed my Protein Bars and shakes to vegan but I don't use them much because I cook all the time now.





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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Apple1 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I wasn't vegan right after surgery. However it is totally possible. You can change to vegan Protein Shakes and bars. My #1 app is food Monster. It is all vegan recipes. Also the Minimalist baker.

    But for right after surgery, I would absolutely make sure you have and love your food processor. Then find your high Protein veggies, Beans, lentils, etc, and blend them if you need to. Also vegan tuna is the bomb.

    You can make almost anything vegan. And I promise the weight will come off plus the surgery.

    With the surgery I only recorded losses on my fitness pal. I never recorded a stall or a slight gain. That way everything was always going down. I was excited when I could make a new entry.

    It's just what worked for me. I did have a shake in the morning for the first three years.

    Please feel free to message me and I'll share any vegan info with anyone. I love my lifestyle and chose it for myself, my family, my earth, and the animals.



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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Apple1 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I wasn't vegan right after surgery. However it is totally possible. You can change to vegan Protein Shakes and bars. My #1 app is food Monster. It is all vegan recipes. Also the Minimalist baker.

    But for right after surgery, I would absolutely make sure you have and love your food processor. Then find your high Protein veggies, Beans, lentils, etc, and blend them if you need to. Also vegan tuna is the bomb.

    You can make almost anything vegan. And I promise the weight will come off plus the surgery.

    With the surgery I only recorded losses on my fitness pal. I never recorded a stall or a slight gain. That way everything was always going down. I was excited when I could make a new entry.

    It's just what worked for me. I did have a shake in the morning for the first three years.

    Please feel free to message me and I'll share any vegan info with anyone. I love my lifestyle and chose it for myself, my family, my earth, and the animals.



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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Apple1 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I wasn't vegan right after surgery. However it is totally possible. You can change to vegan Protein Shakes and bars. My #1 app is food Monster. It is all vegan recipes. Also the Minimalist baker.

    But for right after surgery, I would absolutely make sure you have and love your food processor. Then find your high Protein veggies, Beans, lentils, etc, and blend them if you need to. Also vegan tuna is the bomb.

    You can make almost anything vegan. And I promise the weight will come off plus the surgery.

    With the surgery I only recorded losses on my fitness pal. I never recorded a stall or a slight gain. That way everything was always going down. I was excited when I could make a new entry.

    It's just what worked for me. I did have a shake in the morning for the first three years.

    Please feel free to message me and I'll share any vegan info with anyone. I love my lifestyle and chose it for myself, my family, my earth, and the animals.



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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Deemar007 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I am 3 years 3 months out and Reached goal by one year and maintained. I was at 123 and became vegan and I have dropped to 110. But I still have my bloodwork drawn and everything is fantastic. My Protein levels are perfect and I really enjoy the lifestyle.

    I changed my Protein Bars and shakes to vegan but I don't use them much because I cook all the time now.





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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from woo woo in Vegetarian diet anyone?   
    I'm 3 and 1/2 years out and vegan. No worries. Plenty of Protein. Plenty to eat. I'm at 110. I don't think I could gain weight if I tried. Not being vegan and doing it right.



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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Deemar007 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I am 3 years 3 months out and Reached goal by one year and maintained. I was at 123 and became vegan and I have dropped to 110. But I still have my bloodwork drawn and everything is fantastic. My Protein levels are perfect and I really enjoy the lifestyle.

    I changed my Protein Bars and shakes to vegan but I don't use them much because I cook all the time now.





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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Deemar007 in Bariatric Vegetarian Life   
    I am 3 years 3 months out and Reached goal by one year and maintained. I was at 123 and became vegan and I have dropped to 110. But I still have my bloodwork drawn and everything is fantastic. My Protein levels are perfect and I really enjoy the lifestyle.

    I changed my Protein Bars and shakes to vegan but I don't use them much because I cook all the time now.





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    Zane's Mom reacted to swimbikerun in Long-term stories wanted   
    I am over 5 years out. I guess you have to define success. My goal when I had the surgery was to be able to do the things I wanted to do in life. I didn't exactly reach that goal for other things but it wasn't a total loss. I've learned a lot about what you want in a surgeon and support groups. I've learned just how rotten people are, and how some are good.
    There is more to life than losing weight. Your life gets affected by more than the weight loss. We need to talk not only in terms of weight loss but of life.
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    Zane's Mom reacted to jaminator in Carbonated beverages?   
    On a flight it will be even worse due to cabin pressure.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from neyney1960 in How is it even possible to gain wt after this?   
    I'm almost 3 years out and I still have some days where I say why did I do this and I am way under goal. Every day is a choice of eating the right foods. Not for nutrition, but to make my sleeve happy.

    I eat too much or I eat too fast and I've made myself miserable for hours.

    I eat something I know is too sweet and I get nauseous. I know it. I do it. Just a bite.


    But reading your post reminds me of my journey. I had so many days thinking I wasn't normal. Even posting here, I felt so out of place. But it did pass. And I did find the things that kind of worked for me.

    You will work through it. You will look at this post and say oh the Soup and fruit days. I remember those.

    I enjoy most everything in moderation. I have great restriction and I only hurt myself when I overdo it !!! It is MY choices that make my days go one way or the other. Just go with what your sleeve tells you.

    Good luck!!



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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from choff999 in Lower-end BMI Sleeve Surgery. Any others?   
    im doing great. 6 months down 45 pounds to 145. Really slow loss past two months but I feel and look great.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from choff999 in Lower-end BMI Sleeve Surgery. Any others?   
    I was a self pay but my insurance is recent from affordable care act and the policy does not cover the procedure for anyone.
    I did have a hernia repair, so my total out of pocket was $8200
    The best thing about the self pay is that I got to schedule my surgery perfectly with my schedule. I did everything how I wanted to.
    As for my doctor I think he would have done any of the procedures. I went in thinking I wanted the band, but after doing so much more research and seeing so many revisions from band, I chose sleeve and my doctor had no issue either way.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from choff999 in Lower-end BMI Sleeve Surgery. Any others?   
    Hello fellow sleevers. I was 190 June 10 when I started my pre-op diet. Sleeved 6/17 and today I'm at 149. That's 41 pounds in 4 months. I'm thrilled with the results so far.
    I have had a pretty easy time with little pain and no real complications. I just read and post to figure out how to work past some of the quirks that go along with the sleeve.
    My dr said that since I'm so close to goal, 10 to 15 pounds, the weight loss will be slower from here on out.
    I have stalled twice for weeks. My hair is also coming out more than before, but I've been reassured by all the members here, so I just take it in stride.
    As for getting to old habits, I either pass on a "treat" or I have just a small bite.
    I'm so restricted, I prefer a great meal as opposed to Snacks.
    I'm always glad to know others are out there like me, and I'm happy to answer any questions about my journey.
    Best to us all ...
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from TinaSteven in I'm having cravings and snacking..HELP   
    I'm 22 months out and I'll tell you what my reset is. I can easily go back to full liquids for 3 to 5 days with no issues. Kind of like the pouch test but I don't count everything. I just have my shakes all day long. When I'm ready to bring back in solids, I start with my lean meats, mostly chicken and fish. And then my vegetables.
    It breaks my snacking. It resets my restriction. It gets me back on track to basics of healthy choices. Then I add things back in slowly.
    Mostly I just have a Protein shake every day. I think that has always helped me.
    And the funniest is I bring my Vitamins with me in my purse and have them throughout the day. They are like gummies and they do taste ok. Every little thing helps.
    You need to think back to the things you did absolutely faithfully while you were losing during the first year and pick that up again. So if you've stopped tracking then start. If you were using almonds as a go to snack and you've stopped, then start again. If you swear you can never eat another yogurt because you've eaten so much, go back.
    Sometimes we forget what worked because the first year was hell to go through but worth it.
    Best of luck to you.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from TinaSteven in I'm having cravings and snacking..HELP   
    I'm 22 months out and I'll tell you what my reset is. I can easily go back to full liquids for 3 to 5 days with no issues. Kind of like the pouch test but I don't count everything. I just have my shakes all day long. When I'm ready to bring back in solids, I start with my lean meats, mostly chicken and fish. And then my vegetables.
    It breaks my snacking. It resets my restriction. It gets me back on track to basics of healthy choices. Then I add things back in slowly.
    Mostly I just have a Protein shake every day. I think that has always helped me.
    And the funniest is I bring my Vitamins with me in my purse and have them throughout the day. They are like gummies and they do taste ok. Every little thing helps.
    You need to think back to the things you did absolutely faithfully while you were losing during the first year and pick that up again. So if you've stopped tracking then start. If you were using almonds as a go to snack and you've stopped, then start again. If you swear you can never eat another yogurt because you've eaten so much, go back.
    Sometimes we forget what worked because the first year was hell to go through but worth it.
    Best of luck to you.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from TinaSteven in I'm having cravings and snacking..HELP   
    I'm 22 months out and I'll tell you what my reset is. I can easily go back to full liquids for 3 to 5 days with no issues. Kind of like the pouch test but I don't count everything. I just have my shakes all day long. When I'm ready to bring back in solids, I start with my lean meats, mostly chicken and fish. And then my vegetables.
    It breaks my snacking. It resets my restriction. It gets me back on track to basics of healthy choices. Then I add things back in slowly.
    Mostly I just have a Protein shake every day. I think that has always helped me.
    And the funniest is I bring my Vitamins with me in my purse and have them throughout the day. They are like gummies and they do taste ok. Every little thing helps.
    You need to think back to the things you did absolutely faithfully while you were losing during the first year and pick that up again. So if you've stopped tracking then start. If you were using almonds as a go to snack and you've stopped, then start again. If you swear you can never eat another yogurt because you've eaten so much, go back.
    Sometimes we forget what worked because the first year was hell to go through but worth it.
    Best of luck to you.
  22. Like
    Zane's Mom got a reaction from TinaSteven in I'm having cravings and snacking..HELP   
    I'm 22 months out and I'll tell you what my reset is. I can easily go back to full liquids for 3 to 5 days with no issues. Kind of like the pouch test but I don't count everything. I just have my shakes all day long. When I'm ready to bring back in solids, I start with my lean meats, mostly chicken and fish. And then my vegetables.
    It breaks my snacking. It resets my restriction. It gets me back on track to basics of healthy choices. Then I add things back in slowly.
    Mostly I just have a Protein shake every day. I think that has always helped me.
    And the funniest is I bring my Vitamins with me in my purse and have them throughout the day. They are like gummies and they do taste ok. Every little thing helps.
    You need to think back to the things you did absolutely faithfully while you were losing during the first year and pick that up again. So if you've stopped tracking then start. If you were using almonds as a go to snack and you've stopped, then start again. If you swear you can never eat another yogurt because you've eaten so much, go back.
    Sometimes we forget what worked because the first year was hell to go through but worth it.
    Best of luck to you.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from smallbmi in Lower BMI Peeps out there please HELP!   
    Hey. I'm 20 months out.
    Sw. 192
    Now. 119.
    Loving every bit. Read my prior post. I thought I wouldn't lose past goal weight and I have without trying. I've hit my bottom at 119 and I stay at a range up to 123 depending on the day.
    Still have a Protein shake every day. Still reach my Protein goals every day. Have great restriction. No regular exercise.
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Shawn722 in Food & Social Life after surgery   
    I'm 20 months out and 16 pounds under goal. Here is my take on the question.
    My family and friends who know I'm sleeved are vultures and take everything left on my plate the minute I start hiccuping. That's my full "tell" and it starts about 6 bites in.
    For those who don't know but have known me a long time I still get the "you don't eat enough. You're getting too thin". I never thought that would be an issue.
    And I eat a little of everything and push food around and ask for a to go.
    I refuse to go to a buffet. I passing dessert. I'm now lactose intolerant so no more ice cream.
    It's totally workable in every situation.
    You'll figure it out and it's totally worth it. Oh to have skinny people problems .....
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    Zane's Mom got a reaction from Shawn722 in Food & Social Life after surgery   
    I'm 20 months out and 16 pounds under goal. Here is my take on the question.
    My family and friends who know I'm sleeved are vultures and take everything left on my plate the minute I start hiccuping. That's my full "tell" and it starts about 6 bites in.
    For those who don't know but have known me a long time I still get the "you don't eat enough. You're getting too thin". I never thought that would be an issue.
    And I eat a little of everything and push food around and ask for a to go.
    I refuse to go to a buffet. I passing dessert. I'm now lactose intolerant so no more ice cream.
    It's totally workable in every situation.
    You'll figure it out and it's totally worth it. Oh to have skinny people problems .....
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