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Sleeve1stFitNext

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  1. Sleeve1stFitNext

    No Weight Loss--like at all

    Are you working out at this time? I am asking because that is a large number of calories to be intaking less than a month out. I was only at about 400 around that time. Also, what type of foods are you eating? Protein-rich foods tend to be low in calories. It sounds like you are either not tracking your meals properly or weighing them to know how much you are eating. It could also be a stall. That can happen.
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    Favorite cookbook now?

    Oh, I do not have a cookbook lol. I just have favorite recipes. There is a Bariatric Cookbook that you may enjoy.
  3. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Let's Play A Game!

    I have a playlist for every workout. My Leg Day consists of Lady Gaga (Applause, Telephone, Paparazzi), Sia (Greatest, Cheap Thrills), Shakira (She Wolf) Destiny Childs (Bootylicious, Lose My Breathe), Fall Out Boy (Centuries, I Don't Care, My Songs Know), Linkin Park (Breaking the Habit), Fort Minor (Remember the Name) and end with some rap lol.
  4. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Food Smells Good but....

    This is a huge victory!!! It means that you realize that your surgery and health is more important. I will be honest with you, that first week out, I cried at all the Applebees, Red Lobster, Burger King, and Taco Bell commercials. I even almost licked a donut.
  5. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Extra incisions instead of 5 I have 9

    The base amount that a surgeon would need is 5. However, some patients require more as your surgeon said, "There is not enough room after the initial incisions". He would have needed to add more incisions to complete the surgery successfully and that is the most important thing. I have 5 and hell, I would take 10 more incisions without a problem after this tool has helped me soo much.
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    Eating crispy bread at day 7

    I would follow the plan they gave you. We are all human slip up but make sure that you chewed that bread until it was mush and soft. Also, do not make it a habit. The point is to teach you self-discipline. It won't be easy but try sticking to the program.
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    Let's Play A Game!

    Music improves your workout. Listening to music while exercising can improve workout performance by 15%. That means that the hype playlist that you have while everyone is popping **** about your taste in music, want help you burn upwards to an additional 1 - 3 calories per minute. Which is helpful because I am now able to burn like 12 calories a minute to maximize my workout time.
  8. I have United Healthcare and I had to wait 6 months prior to pre-approval. Once you reach out to a Surgical team, they will do the work for you and figure out exactly what you Insurance requires. I was approved for surgery within about 10 days of submission and had my surgery the following month as my surgeon was booked until then. If your insurance requires no pre-requisites, your team most likely will have you run through the usual testing and you will have surgery within a month or two. I highly doubt that you will be denied by the surgery as your insurance does not require the usual requirements that most do.
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    Surgery date April 5th!

    Congratulations to all of you and welcome to the loser bench!!!
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    nosebleeds?

    Hmmm. That is a curious symptom. I did have like 3 nosebleeds after surgery but it was due to the hot weather.
  11. Congratulations on your surgery and hope that this tool helps you as much as it has helped all of us. Welcome to the Loser Bench.
  12. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Acid reflux after vsg

    It gets better. However, it may take some more time. I have noticed that my sleeve prefers my solid food lukewarm and not hot. Try eating your solid food at a cooler temperature if you have not tried that.
  13. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Support for someone having surgery

    I had support from a lot of people. Mainly my mom and granny. They are my biggest supporters. The best way to help her is: 1) Reassuring her she is making the right decision (Many of us get scared and wonder if we are making a mistake. Do we really want to give up food? Are we really ready to change?) 2) This is an emotional rollercoaster and it is not going to be easy for her at all. (She is going to be moody, depressed, upset, frustrated. In turn, this will get on your nerves but be patient with her, it will get better once her energy is up and she starts seeing the changes) 3) If she lives with you, keep the junk food hidden and stock up on healthy food. If she does not, help her learn how to read the nutritional labels carefully. (Lol I ended up teaching my mom how to do this). Calories, Carbs, Fats, and Proteins per serving size. 4) When she slips up, do not hold it against her, just encourage her that the next day is a new day and to start over. (Remember, someone is being asked to change years of bad habits and like a smoker, it is not easy and we have drawbacks. As long as she dusts herself off and get back to it, she will be fine) 5) Get out there and exercise with her. Walk with her, head to the gym with her. When she sees that her change is helping you change, she will be more inclined to continue as she is as much your anchor as you are hers. (My brother and mother work out with me from time to time. They have slowed down as I am now comfortable to go by myself). I am sure that I am missing more things but these were the top 5 that my family did for me and it really helped me stick to the program. I am grateful for this surgery and my life changing. The key to success is support, determination, and consistency. I hope she has a great surgery. I love this tool and I would not change having it for anything.
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    I can dream, can't I?

    lol if only.
  15. First, congratulations on your weight loss, you should be proud of yourself. Next, how often are you eating junk food? Are you still hitting the gym and staying active? I eat junk food but in moderation and by that I eat it only on Wednesdays (This is the day when I reset my carbs but with one snack). As I workout 5 days a week, I will have one high carb snack which is reasonable in calories one day out of the week. This, in turn, helps me stay focus but also feed my craving and carries me over to the next week. I know I have not reached my goal weight but I do a lot of lifting so, I need the snack a week for the energy boost. Also, do not have it in your house. When I do not have junk food in the house, I am less likely to eat it.
  16. Loose skin can improve slowly over time (1-2 years). However, it depends on the activities that you are doing. I choose to start lifting weights at around my 6th-month mark as I noticed that everything on my body started hanging off. I have noticed that the loose skin on my thighs, arms and stomach are tightening up. However, I will still need a tummy tuck and my back done. You will need to gain muscle and tighten the skin. You can choose the amount of muscle you would like to gain. I have gained about 10 - 15 lbs of muscle. However, I had started lifting before I had reached my weight goal. This, in turn, helped me to lose a lot of fat in areas (breast included) but strengthen the muscles. The best way to see it is in the maintaining stage (lifting), you will see a change your body's composition. The scale at this point will not do you justice. This is when you will focus on inches, progression photos (comparisons), and how your current clothes are fitting. If the scale is something that you worry about, then lifting will cause you to have a lot of stress in regards to the scale because you will have to gain to look fit and toned. But remember you are gaining muscle and not fat, so you're gaining the good stuff. I hope this answers your question a little. Also, a picture just in case you are scared to gain too much muscle.
  17. Sleeve1stFitNext

    Not full [emoji33]🤬

    Remember, each sleeve is different and a different size. Some can take water better than others. There are Sleevers whom can drink endlessly without any issues but feel the fullness when eating solid foods.
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    Holy Heart Burn!

    Is it certain foods? Are you tracking what you are eating?
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    Kicking the TV habit?

    I use the commercials as a time to eat/chew my food. While the show is on, I do not eat. This actually worked in my favor as I am a fast eater and even with a timer, I would be done eating before 30 minutes. Unless it is Game of Thrones and then I am not eating while watching because I will not pay attention. I will sit there and stuff my face and before you know it, have the foamy feeling and pressure in my chest.
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    Surgery date April 19 2018 - bypass

    Congratulations!!! Welcome to the losers bench.
  21. Hi All, I am ready to get a Tummy Tuck. I am wondering if any of you used the Batriatripal Hospital? Also, what was your average cost? Thank you.
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    Liquor diet woes

    The liquid diet is one of the hardest parts. You feel tired and worn down the first 3 days. After that, your body will adapt to the new diet and you will start to slowly feel better. I was allowed to have non-starchy vegetables and I was eating cucumbers, spinach, and pickles. It will get easier after you get over the first 3-days.
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    What's wrong with a straw?

    I barely drink out of straw after my experience once. I have endless amounts of bubbles and pressure in my sleeve. It was like having a burp that you cannot get up. If I drink from a straw, I hold the air and breath it out through my nose and then swallow.
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    Liquid Diet linger than 2weeks?

    There have been some who have been placed on 30-day liquid diets. This is usually due to the amount of fat around their organs or as the surgeon wanting to ensure that the patient can follow the diet properly and succeed.
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