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Everything posted by mr.sean

  1. My “6 month” check in was scheduled for mid-March, but was canceled due to COVID-19. My weight loss had stalled at about 50% of my excess weight and I was feeling really down about it. I started Noom about 5 weeks ago and have slowly lost 10 more lbs. Too slowly. Now I’m ratcheting up my exercise with HIIT and body strength training on the Peloton app. Free for 90 days.
  2. Checking in, about 20 weeks post-op! Weight loss has slowed to about 0.5 - 1 lb per week, and some of my binge-eating habits have returned, but in smaller quantities. So I don't think it's technically binge-eating. I'm talking eating shredded cheese out of the bad, eating peanut butter out of the jar, eating like 4 string cheese instead of 1. I'm sure that's making the calories add up and contributing to the slowing weight loss. It's not hard to overeat soft, high-fat foods like that. I still can't binge-eat anything high in carbs, thankfully. This happening because I'm feeling very hungry again, especially at night. It's very discouraging because I was told the surgery would dramatically reduce the ghrelin hormone production in my stomach. It seems to have come back with a vengeance. I eat when I'm hungry, and then I fill up quickly, but then I start feeling hungry again when my stomach empties. This is not what I thought was supposed to happen. I'm feeling very jealous of all the people who lost 75%+ of their excess weight in the first 6 months, because I'll be lucky to hit 50%.
  3. I definitely could be more positive about it, like you are. I'm still getting used to how much I can eat, but I've finally started cooking in smaller quantities so I'm not throwing away a lot of leftovers. My issue is more: Why spend a lot of time and effort on making this meal when I'll probably be full after 6 bites?
  4. It's meal ideas, and also the concept of cooking in general. I used to like cooking, but now I wonder what the point is. I'm also worried about eating too much, so I stick to "safe" foods.
  5. Wow that sounds like me in the first 2-3 weeks, not 3 months. By 4-5 weeks I could eat a yogurt in a few minutes. I think it's a good thing though? You'll probably be in the top percentage of weight loss.
  6. That's definitely normal. Usually one time doing it is enough of a motivation to not "binge" again for a while. You learned your lesson, and you know not to do it again because it hurts!
  7. I no longer know what to eat, since I've found I can eat a little bit of almost anything. And guidance from my program has dropped off a lot. Every day, I've been eating some variation of: Sous Vide Egg Bites from Starbucks A Medium Iced Coffee with milk and splenda Salad with grilled chicken and Italian dressing (about half) 2-3 low-moisture part-skim mozzarella string cheese sticks 1-2 low-fat greek yogurts If I put away too many of the very-easy-to-digest yogurts and string cheese, I can easily hit 1000 calories, which worries me.
  8. mr.sean

    Going out to eat...

    Programs seem to be realizing the VSG =/= the bypass in terms of restriction of foods. My program at MGH said: Week 1: Liquids Week 2-3: Soft/puree Week 4: Start adding in cooked vegetables Week 6: You should be fine with raw vegetables Week 8: You should be able to have a little bit of pretty much everything (except pasta), but we advise you still stay away from bread and rice for now.
  9. mr.sean

    Going out to eat...

    No salad? Even 8-weeks post-op? Why is that? My nutritionist just said not to try it until 4 weeks at the earliest. Since about 6 weeks I've been fine with salad.
  10. mr.sean

    First signs of gallstones?

    About a month ago, so 10 weeks post-op, I was sitting at my desk at work and had a sudden, sharp, severe pain on my right side underneath my rib cage. I had to put my head down and close my eyes and just breathe through it. It lasted about 20 minutes. I haven't had any issues since then, but I think that must've been a gallstone.
  11. mr.sean

    Non Scale Victories

    For the first time in years, I sat between 2 people on the subway and felt comfortable and that I wasn't encroaching on their space.
  12. mr.sean

    Going out to eat...

    3 weeks after surgery, I went out to eat with a friend and got a cup of chicken noodle soup, and just ate the broth and some of the chicken. Starting at 6 weeks, I get a chicken caesar salad and eat about 1/4 to 1/2 of it.
  13. Like everyone said, that's totally normal. Your appetite will decrease when you start eating more solids and you feel how it feels in your stomach, and how uncomfortable overeating by even one or two bites is.
  14. I'm down 55lbs since surgery 3 months ago and definitely noticing sagging and softness. I'm wearing a new, VERY tight compression shirt today and my organs hurt and I think it's causing nerve damage. But I keep getting compliments, so 🤷‍♂️!
  15. Wait, what? How did you have the surgery if you're only 30lbs overweight?
  16. You eat... mac and cheese??? I miss mac and cheese so much. The huge load of carbs from the pasta doesn't cause dumping or a crash after you eat it?
  17. Ok, the weight started coming off again, I think. I've lost like 51 lbs now.
  18. How's everyone doing? I'm 11 weeks post-op and have lost 47lbs. I've really stalled in the past 3 weeks though, and I've only lost about 4lbs in that time. It's very discouraging. I'm eating less than 1000 calories per day. How can I possibly have only lost 4lbs in 3 weeks?
  19. mr.sean

    No Greek yogurt?

    I was eating reduced/low sugar greek yogurt 2 days post-op from my sleeve.
  20. mr.sean

    September 2019 🍂🍁

    Very true. I had the sleeve and @Lynda486 I just noticed had the bypass. Definitely listen to your doctors over us. However, there is a problem in that there is such a wide range of information and differences in programs. Some say liquids only for 4+ weeks and some say the transition to solids after 2 weeks. Some have calorie goals, some don't. Some do a pureed stage, some don't. Message boards like this are useful for hearing about other peoples' experiences so you can tinker around the edges of your eating habits, but yes, you should definitely not go against what your doctors say.
  21. Hi Mikey! My surgery was 8/12, so I'm 10 weeks post-op now. Can you run down exactly what you went through whilst in hospital? I checked in around 6AM, and had to wait 2-3 hours to be brought into the surgery prep. I changed into the gown and spoke with the nurse and anesthesiologist. They put in the IVs, and I was wheeled to the surgery room, where I fell asleep within seconds. I woke up feeling very woozy and in pain. Post-surgery, I spent about 36 hours in the hospital. I was in a lot of pain for the first 12 hours or so, but they give you medication for it. Getting up and walking really helps with the pain, as much as it hurts to get out of bed those first few times. I was discharged in the early afternoon of my second day. How did you feel in the first few days to weeks.. Where you able to drink much Water? I felt very groggy from the pain, pain meds, and dehydration. In the first week, I was getting around 36-48oz of fluids per day, and by week two, I could get int 48oz+. Did you feel hungry much? I felt a little bit hungry for the first week, but not starving (even though you are technically starving). Was the pain bearable? The pain got noticeably better each day, and around 2 weeks, it was almost gone. It's not constant, nagging pain. It's sharp pain at the incision sites when you sit up or twist a certain way. I couldn't sleep on my side for about 10 days, which was very annoying. However, as bad as the pain was at times, at 10-weeks post-op now, I barely remember it, and it was definitely worth it. And in the first weeks or months are you still feeling restrictions on how much you can eat or drink in one go? Definitely, but it depends on the food. It's a lot easier to eat 4-8oz of yogurt or cottage cheese in 30 minutes than it is to eat 2-3oz of meat in 10 minutes. As for drinking, I can take bigger sips now and finish a small iced coffee (12oz/350ml -- not sure if Australia uses metric or imperial) in about 45 minutes. I'm just curious how we're meant to get enough Protein if unable to drink much liquids? The surgeon and dietician understand that in the first 2-4 weeks, you'll struggle to get enough of both. That's why you prioritize liquids over protein at first.
  22. The 1st day home after surgery I was only able to drink about 24oz. By 1 week post-op, I could do 48oz if I was sipping several times per hour throughout the day.
  23. mr.sean

    September 2019 🍂🍁

    My surgery was in August, and I'm 10 weeks post-op. My surgeon and nutritionist refused to give me a calorie goal, which is annoying. Considering that you're only 4+ weeks post-op, 1000 calories sounds high. At 4 weeks, I was getting between 400 and 600. If I were you, I would try adding another 100-200 calories of protein to get into the 600 calories/day range and see if you can tolerate it.
  24. I'm 10 weeks post-op and my weight has stalled around 45lbs of weight loss and it's pretty upsetting. I'm also easily able to eat 800+ calories per day and my appetite is coming back, which is also upsetting. I feel panicked because I know the majority of weight comes off in the first 6 months and the clock is ticking.
  25. I'm 8 weeks post-op and my incision scars are still very red. They look better and slightly smaller than they did in the week after surgery, but is it normal for them to still look so prominent? Anyone have any idea how long until they fade?

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