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About byebyebmi

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  1. byebyebmi

    3 months out stall

    Hey, just so everyone knows you're not alone! I'm just shy of 3 months and am about to hit my 4th week at the EXACT same weight. I have significantly increased my protein/bumped my calories up to 1200-1300 and swapped out diet iced tea w/ artificial sweetener for lemon water. The only thing I haven't done is a ton of exercise but I have gone on some long walks. But really, it just seems like a true stall since it's been so long at the same weight. I was hoping to be less by this point for a vacation i'm going on this week but it is what it is! Hopefully it breaks soon
  2. byebyebmi

    Running Question

    Thanks...I can keep walking every day, my appointment is only 11 days away. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  3. Hey guys! I'm 4 weeks out as of tomorrow (Monday, May 23rd). I know it won't be until about 5-6 weeks until I'm cleared to go to the gym, which I assumed meant lifting a tiny bit more and being more flexible, etc. I've always wanted to do the Couch to 5K program and now after the surgery is the perfect time to make that a reality. My question is, is running something I have to wait until I'm cleared for or is that allowed just like walking is? Thanks!! Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  4. byebyebmi


    I'm 17 days out and cant believe the difference from just a few weeks ago. Follow your team's orders and take it day by day and you'll be fine and it will be a memory soon. My best advice is to get as many fluids as possible. I set a timer to go off every 15 mins to remind me to sip. The times I was a little dehydrated it made everything worse with headaches and dizzyness and I wanted to cry. When I was hydrated the world was a better place, lol.
  5. byebyebmi

    Portion Control Plates/Containers

    I just bought a Portion 8 container and I love it. It is extremely customizable and has 8 1oz compartments but can be expanded. Its hard to explain but you can look it up.
  6. I personally think it's hard to blame the psychiatric evaluations on instances where the wrong person gets WLS. Most programs only require candidates to meet with the evaluator for one session, and even though I believe MAJOR problems would probably be detected, and I don't doubt that the evaluators are mostly competent, I wonder if anyone can truly assess a person's mental health in an hour. If someone wants the surgery and doesn't understand their own mental instability or the fact that they are overall a bad candidate, they can answer however they please and be cleared by the therapist. I have suffered over the years with OCD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, etc in varying degrees at different times. I am also educated, articulate, a business owner and a good conversationalist. There is no way the man who did my psych evaluation could truly understand the mental health risk I was taking by having the surgery. I was well aware that the health anxiety from this could spark some major panic, or that the hormone fluctuations afterwards could have me on more of an emotional roller coaster than others. Fortunately since I am aware of those things I made sure I had proper medication, a therapist and a supportive group of friends & family. However, if someone is doing WLS for the wrong reasons and just wants to be skinny or find a husband and isn't concerned with a lifestyle change, being healthy and doing it for themselves then I doubt that would be the type of person who would assemble the necessary support team. Then when the surgery is done and they are left without any emotional first aid kit, they end up like this woman with transfer addictions, no healthy coping skills and no personal responsibility for why those things are happening. And of course, they blame it on the surgery. Anyone of any age considering the surgery needs to take a look at their emotional and spiritual situation and be completely honest with themselves. No one knows us better than us, and if something doesn't feel right it usually isn't. Plus, if for some reason someone finds its not the right time and they could benefit from counseling then its just a temporary pause and they are doing themselves a great service. I think everyone of every age contemplating/getting WLS should have a regular or semi-regular therapist before and after. As I think a few others mentioned, sometimes people wont realize mental or emotional issues until after the surgery, and since its permanent those people only have two options: get help or fall apart. And if they already have that person in place they will be well equipped to tackle the problem and have a real chance at being a great success story.
  7. byebyebmi

    I think I'm scared

    I just sent you a message Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  8. byebyebmi

    I think I'm scared

    April 25th here! I feel exactly the same. Just trying to take it one day at a time but every day that gets closer I think "am I really about to do this?????" Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
  9. byebyebmi

    Protein shakes

    I love the SDC About Time Chocolate Peanut Butter. Throw some PB2 in there and unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it's 29 grams of protein and tastes like a peanut butter cup. Sent from my iPhone using the BariatricPal App
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  12. byebyebmi


    I went to http://www.nashuanutrition.com/store/protein-powders/protein-powder-samples-1-serving.html They have a bunch of different brands and a bunch of different flavors in individual packs. I'm so glad I did because I ended up finding one I absolutely love and more than a couple that I didn't like or were way too sweet. Saved me a lot of money and aggravation of buying a tub of it and having it sit on a shelf for the rest of time.
  13. Amazing job I just wanted to say that I love Brene Brown as well. Keep up the great work!
  14. I'm on Day 5 of a 14 day pre-op diet and it alternates between being really easy and really hard. I make sure to always have sugar free jello cups at work & home in case I need anything sweet. I also have sugar free tropical popsicles at home for when I feel like I need "dessert" or something cold, as ice cream/gelato are major downfalls of mine. Jello & Popsicles are considered "free" foods on my 14 day pre-op diet from my program so even if I went bingey and ate 4 in a row it would be ok. Although so far i've only needed one and been ok. I also have requirements for protein shakes (less than 10 grams of fat per serving, at least 18 grams of protein, low sugars) and I have one called "SDC About Time Chocolate Peanut Butter" that is AMAZING, plus I add PB2 to it and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It tastes like a peanut butter cup. I already know that I have a fatty liver and i'm only 30 so i'm taking it very seriously. I think there are definitely ways to do the pre-op diet without feeling like going absolutely crazy like the popsicles, chocolate protein powder and really good lean meals like grilled shrimp or something. I'm trying to be as creative as possible. That doesn't mean I don't have periods of cravings that are REALLY strong. But I'm allowed to have sugar free diet iced tea so i'll drink one of them and even though they have artificial sweeteners which I hate putting in my body, it gets me through and that's all that matters right now. I hope that helps, and feel free to message me anytime!
  15. About 6 months ago I came across this site on the Nashua Nutrition page where you can buy samples of individual flavors and try them out. I bought a bunch of different ones with flavors I thought I would like and I was SO glad I was able to do that because some of them I really liked and some of them were either gross or way too sweet. I was happy I didnt have to waste my money on a tub that was just going to sit there for the rest of time. Here is the link: http://www.nashuanutrition.com/store/protein-powders/protein-powder-samples-1-serving.html I hope it helps some of you out there!

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