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Martha Parker-mcneal

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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from danaymacklin in Sugar free candy   
    I also eat them particularly at night when the munchies still hits. I don't do chocolate cause that is a trigger for me but like the life savers. I can not have too many as it gives me the trots and gas.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Mili in RNY WAS DONE YESTERDAY Dec 28!   
    how wonderful for you. I sure wish you luck on your journey and as the weight comes off those medical problems go away. our stats are close but I was heavier. lost 105 and on NO meds for diabetes or hbp anymore
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Tyler's Mom in Reader discretion advised   
    for me it was about 3 weeks. I also used a stool softner and it helped. what also helped was walking a LOT drinking Water and a heating pad. I still use a stool softner about every other day just to keep things moving. good luck to you
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from sharumoru in Time Off Work   
    I was 59 when I had the rny and went back to my job in 7 days. it was a desk job so I did not do much but review cases and attend meetings for about 3 weeks. yes I was very tired and did nothing after work except sleep but I did walk each day ( our building was 11 floors and a block long) started just walking to the bath and back and then graduated to longer times. by the time they released me to go to the gym I was walking the 11 floors twice per day ( down the steps not up ugh). the more I made myself walk the more energy I had. since just liquids and shakes etc. I did not have to cook. would do the pudding and sf Jello on the weekends and fix the Soups ( strain them) and ricotta bakes or refried Beans for the week. a friend got my groc ( the shakes are heavy) the first two weeks and then I got my own. I must admit I am super independent and would not ask for help but I still could do it on my own and really did not need help if I paced myself.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from cyberdiva in Waiting still waiting   
    I am 13 years out and maintained a 105 lb loss for 12 years. then my sister ( last living relative except for cousins with whom I am not close) died. this year I have put back on 20 lbs from night time poor me eating but thank GOD I woke up at 20 lbs. I started back to the support groups joined overeaters anon for the emotional eating and went back to the basics of the food program. I have taken off 15 lbs in two months and plan to get the rest off ( now that Christmas is over lol) yes it does work but it is a tool and I will always have a tendance to gain weight because I like the carbs best. if I stick to the rules I can keep the weight off
    it is a lifestyle change and it must be followed for your lifetime. I weigh once per week because I am one of those people who eat to Celebrate if I lose and beat myself up if I gain or even stay the same. hope this helps and best of luck to you
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from carlychloe2 in Warning eat your protein/vitamins!!!!! 8mths post op Gastric bypass   
    never had the sleeve but have had the rny for 13 years. it is great and not a minutes trouble. lost 105 lbs and now take no diabetes or hbp meds. good luck
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Anthrodiva in Lent and Fasting/No meat   
    I can eat fish but I think the shakes will be fine since only for a short time. also if you can have dairy-the ricotta bakes and refried Beans are a good Protein source as well as cheese. just so you can have SOME options.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Anthrodiva in How soon after gastric bypass surgery can I lie down flat in bed to sleep?   
    I was on my back from the beginning. no issues. did use pillows for support tho.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Anthrodiva in When can you eat lettuce or a salad?   
    13 years out and still can not eat a salad or raw veggies my pouch does not like them.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Anthrodiva in Why will this be different? number two!   
    I can only speak for myself. I had rny 13 years ago and kept a 105 ll weight loss for 12 years. it was thro both the small amount I can eat at one time which has never changed and exercising. this last year I started grazing mostly at night and slowed down on the exercise thinking I had this licked. I rarely dump and when I do it is because I am talking or being with folks and forget to chew and go slow to listen to my body. I can eat almost anything except sweets ( three bites and I will start to feel sick so have to stop and I love that) and salads or raw veggies. I can eat bread of any kind and most meats. I wish this were different. I found that I had stopped paying attention to my foods and started grazing. I have gained 20 lbs and am now back on track and have lost 15 of the 20 in two months. I started going to the support groups and really paying attention to my food choices and emotional behaviour. I never lost my small tummy but did allow the head hunger to take over. I am also going to overeaters anon for that same reason. bottom line-- they can fix your ability to eat large volumes at one time but can not fix your emotional need for food. this is a lifelong change you must be willing to undertake and make the necessary lifestyle changes necessary to keep the weight loss. it is a TOOL not a permanent solution. I have never regrated having the surgery and am so thankful for the support group and the program that saved my life. now it is to me to continue to use the TOOL properly and be willing to put me and my health before that immediate gratification of that bite of food that is not good for me. love the mowing the yard analogy. it is so true. I have to remember to do it but don't think of it all the time. good luck to you and your journey
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from GBLady41 in Will we ever be able to drink liquids like we use to?   
    best not go down this road. yes you will be able to take bigger sips but gulping your drinks is part of what got you to needing the surgery especially if it is something other than Water. also drinking fast will eventually lead to eating fast which will be a killer. this is a new life so learn to slow down and savour it.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from GBLady41 in Will we ever be able to drink liquids like we use to?   
    best not go down this road. yes you will be able to take bigger sips but gulping your drinks is part of what got you to needing the surgery especially if it is something other than Water. also drinking fast will eventually lead to eating fast which will be a killer. this is a new life so learn to slow down and savour it.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from Please in Considering Sleeve Surgery in Mexico   
    I obviously offended folks when I related what happened to me in florida when I attempted to urge folks to do lots of research on aftercare and not just the surgery itself. to those I offended I am deeply sorry.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from sharumoru in Time Off Work   
    I was 59 when I had the rny and went back to my job in 7 days. it was a desk job so I did not do much but review cases and attend meetings for about 3 weeks. yes I was very tired and did nothing after work except sleep but I did walk each day ( our building was 11 floors and a block long) started just walking to the bath and back and then graduated to longer times. by the time they released me to go to the gym I was walking the 11 floors twice per day ( down the steps not up ugh). the more I made myself walk the more energy I had. since just liquids and shakes etc. I did not have to cook. would do the pudding and sf Jello on the weekends and fix the Soups ( strain them) and ricotta bakes or refried Beans for the week. a friend got my groc ( the shakes are heavy) the first two weeks and then I got my own. I must admit I am super independent and would not ask for help but I still could do it on my own and really did not need help if I paced myself.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from strbryt78 in Am I doing something wrong?   
    perfectly normal. your body will lose weight and then stall while it adjusts itself to the new level you are on. this will happen over and over during your journey. just do what you need to do and allow nature to take care of itself. best of luck
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from danaymacklin in Sugar free candy   
    I also eat them particularly at night when the munchies still hits. I don't do chocolate cause that is a trigger for me but like the life savers. I can not have too many as it gives me the trots and gas.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from lurker lora in Considering Sleeve Surgery in Mexico   
    I so agree it is unfair. I moved to florida which is a state that is super conservative. I went to my regular dr but she did not understand the needs of the bariatric patient ( kept trying to give me medication we can not take and did not know what I needed to have checked on the blood test.) that is why I went to the bariatric clinic. I just want folks to get great after care and to be sure they research what they will need so if their dr suggests something that is not right--they will be informed and not have a medical issue that can be avoided.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from snapy17 in Pure Protein Bars   
    they are indeed great and have the nutrition you need. watch out for genapro tho. our group was told they are being sued for not posting their correct nutritional facts but inflating them. I keep one of the bars with me anytime I am traveling or may be going to a place where the food is not so good for me. I would be amiss if I did not warn you however they can be overused. since sweets are my trigger I found out about a year out that I can not allow myself more than two per week or I start with the sugar cravings again and that can lead to Desserts ugh this is a lifetime battle even after the surgery. good luck to you
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from snapy17 in Pure Protein Bars   
    no the pure [Protein are wonderful it is the GENEPRO brand that has the law suit as I understand it. still good product but they were inflating the amount of Protein in their products. sorry I was not clearer
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from snapy17 in Pure Protein Bars   
    they are indeed great and have the nutrition you need. watch out for genapro tho. our group was told they are being sued for not posting their correct nutritional facts but inflating them. I keep one of the bars with me anytime I am traveling or may be going to a place where the food is not so good for me. I would be amiss if I did not warn you however they can be overused. since sweets are my trigger I found out about a year out that I can not allow myself more than two per week or I start with the sugar cravings again and that can lead to Desserts ugh this is a lifetime battle even after the surgery. good luck to you
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from dvmp61 in Sick of sweet   
    I so agree. all the shakes and bars are sweet and way too sweet for me. I enjoyed the ricotta bake as well as refried Beans ( fat free) with cheese. got unflavoured Protein powder and added it to soups=scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes. there are several sites where you can get recipe ideas on the internet for every stage of eating just google/
    best of luck to you
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from snapy17 in Pure Protein Bars   
    no the pure [Protein are wonderful it is the GENEPRO brand that has the law suit as I understand it. still good product but they were inflating the amount of Protein in their products. sorry I was not clearer
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from snapy17 in Pure Protein Bars   
    they are indeed great and have the nutrition you need. watch out for genapro tho. our group was told they are being sued for not posting their correct nutritional facts but inflating them. I keep one of the bars with me anytime I am traveling or may be going to a place where the food is not so good for me. I would be amiss if I did not warn you however they can be overused. since sweets are my trigger I found out about a year out that I can not allow myself more than two per week or I start with the sugar cravings again and that can lead to Desserts ugh this is a lifetime battle even after the surgery. good luck to you
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from dvmp61 in Lack of support...   
    how close a friend is she? if you all are close I would sit her down and have a very frank talk with her. set some boundaries-ie no negative talk. the first time she crosses the boundary ( and she will cause this is her mo) -remind her of the discussion. the next time simply hold up your hand and say stop. if it continues then is the time to re-evaluate the relationship. I had to slowly stop a relationship because of all the negative talk. I started having other plans ( even if it was staying home reading a book) about every other time and progressed from there. good luck to you. you will find many supportive friends in your support group. ask someone who you like what they are saying out for coffee after the next meeting.
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    Martha Parker-mcneal got a reaction from sharumoru in Time Off Work   
    I was 59 when I had the rny and went back to my job in 7 days. it was a desk job so I did not do much but review cases and attend meetings for about 3 weeks. yes I was very tired and did nothing after work except sleep but I did walk each day ( our building was 11 floors and a block long) started just walking to the bath and back and then graduated to longer times. by the time they released me to go to the gym I was walking the 11 floors twice per day ( down the steps not up ugh). the more I made myself walk the more energy I had. since just liquids and shakes etc. I did not have to cook. would do the pudding and sf Jello on the weekends and fix the Soups ( strain them) and ricotta bakes or refried Beans for the week. a friend got my groc ( the shakes are heavy) the first two weeks and then I got my own. I must admit I am super independent and would not ask for help but I still could do it on my own and really did not need help if I paced myself.
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