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    Before and After Pics

    I love this.... I'm hoping after my surgery my husband will also follow suite. He needs this just as much if not more than me, but he is scared and hopes he will eat better watching me. *wink* he sympathy gained he said... LOL - maybe he will sympathy loose. - My surgery is July 12th. Love the pics. Such an inspiration to see. Thanks so much to everyone for sharing - GrInS
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    July Sleevers!!!

    I ordered it off amazon. There called yum boxes. I thought it was cute. Nice small compartments. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
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    July Sleevers!!!

    I've been buying and stocking up on Unjury unflavored and chicken broth flavored powders and Premier shakes in all flavors. Also different variety of broths, sugar free jellos and Popsicle. Just want to have everything and different options since I heard some flavors and brands may be hard to tolerate after. I haven't' bought any vitamins yet. Have my pre-op upper GI, labs and class on the 12th of this month. Want to talk to them more about the best of the best. My body deserves the best and want to make sure I choose right. Was thinking about Barimelts brands- whats y'alls preferred brands? I did get myself this adorable portion Yum box. Perfect once I'm in the Puree and on stages. I'm worth it!
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    July 12th here... start pre- op liquid diet June 26th. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
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    July 12th here as well....whoop whoop Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
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    That's fantastic news. Mine is July 12th. Pre op liquid diet starts June26th. Wishing you the best on this new chapter in your life. Keep us posted. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. I hope this was the right place to post this. I'm scheduled for my surgery on July 12th. So excited and ready for this. But a big concern is the constipation I've heard can be a problem after surgery. I've been told to drink lots of water after, but I have anal fissures which I'm dealing with it right now actually. I drink anywhere from 64 oz or more a day and I still have to take stool softener and fiber stuff. I don't have a constipation issue. I just have to keep the stool soft and unrough (no nuts or stuff like that) for it to heal. I'm worried the too firm a stool will not be a good thing after surgery. Has anyone dealt with this and what they did or any recommendations? Do you have many bowel movements while on the pre surgical diet and post liquid phases? I'm thinking this would be a good time for mine to heal. It's always the movement that aggravates it and starts me back as square one. Thanks in advanced for your help, GrInS
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    Constipation and anal fissures

    Thank you... thats good to hear. Letting the poor bum rest is the best medicine for fissures. Most hate having diarrhea, but for me it's great. Thanks so much for the help. Appreciate it bunches. Guess we'll just have to see how I react. Like y'all said.. everyone is different. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
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    pre-liquid diet

    From the album: PRE-OP PHOTOS

    This was about a month before the two week pre-liquid diet. I'll take another photo Day before the liquid diet and Day before surgery.
  11. Well I'm through all the pre-cert stuff. Had my Pysch eval - guess I'm not crazy and Nutritional eval. Took about a week for my insurance to approve. Over all from first call to office took about a month to get the that point. Then had my consult with the doc and surgery date is July 12th. Have a pre surgery thing on June 12th that includes upper GI - Labs and Pre surgery class. I have to do a two week liquid diet (which include cottage cheese and yogurt - seems weird) before surgery with the day before being all clear liquids plus that lovely magnesium stuff the night before too. yuck. So glad things are flowing along. Still nervous and working on new life habits. The whole drinking things I'm find the hardest. Just never had to THINK about not drinking. ugh... Any Hoo - Just posting the progress. Oh - does anyone know how to change stuff in our profiles? Can't figure it out for nothing. Thanks again GrInS
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    Being too sensitive or not?

    This is true. I have a friend who had the bypass and i felt she looked ill compared to what i was used to seeing. But after awhile I adjusted to the new and so much more happier her. Like stated above... people who don't know you won't see it that way. You look fabulous. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Easy way out ?

    I concur Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  14. Awesome... congratulations! Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  15. Yay Steve - That’s so wonderful - so glad for you. Yes it is an emotional roller coaster. Food just like any other drug can control our lives and we just have to move on from those things that are hurting us. Just keep doing what your doing - looking at the (non food) positives like the being able to move better, less pain, less medications, etc. Look at us. We are Irish and I have to give up bread and potatoes. OMG.... - but I know it will be so worth it. Gosh I can't wait to fit in the tub again. LOL I too am excited about the idea of being able to move better. Just to do my own toes, work in my own garden without spending the whole next couple day recuperating from it. It will be so worth it, you will see. Find new interests – bowling, hiking, hunting – things that don’t relate to food. Like I love painting, crochet, and gardening. I’m putting a lot of focus into these things and not so much on the culinary stuff. All it has done is make me miserable like I’m sure it has you. I too was a bit ashamed to tell people. Like I failed or something.. taking the easy way out. I’ve gotten so over that. I’ve tried for 20 years to deal with my weight with many programs, diets, exercise routines and stuff. I have to say I really did try. So the heck with what others say. You’re doing this for YOU and your family. Losing the weight to be healthy and prolong life to be with your family What ever the reason. What people say doesn’t matter. I haven’t announced like all out, but most people I know, know. I don’t miss work and it was really hard to explain the taking 2 week off so most my coworker know too. But no one has been negative at all. Actually way opposite. Please do keep us updated on your progress. My surgery date is July 12th so same as you sooo nervous but ready to get on with this new chapter in my life. Praying for you and a more healthier and active future. GrInS
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    Who are you telling (pre-op)?

    My husband was who knew in the beginning. I didn't want to hear everyone's opinions and horror stories. But after doing my research and getting more comfortable and confident in my choice to do this and come to realize what others think really doesn't matter, I have opened up my circle of know-ees to a few coworkers since I never hardly ever miss work and will be after having this procedure. Surprisingly I haven't heard anything negative yet.
  17. Hideey- ho I’m not sure where to actually post this. I’m hoping this was a good place. I’m currently in pre-pre-op. I have my Psych eval today and my Nutrition eval next week. These are required by my insurance. I’ve been doing A LOT of research and maybe too much - LOL. I read a lot on this website and other resources and see a lot about the worst of having barometric surgeries and problems and I’d really like to hear about the best. I mean it's worth it right? We are Urban Homesteaders and are looking to go full out in the country in a 1-2 years. I’m desperate to get this extra weight off not only because it’s starting to really affect my body with painful joints, degenerative disk disease, borderline diabetic and hypertensive, plus more that would just take to much time to list but I need to be able to do our chores and stuff on the homestead. My Children do a lot of it now but they won’t be around forever and I need to get doing these things more. I do what I can, but after standing too long (disk problem) – I have to sit cause leg is numb. Doc said getting weight off will help this tremendously. Hence I’m here on my journey to weight loss surgery. Yay I’ve always been a very positive glass half full person and reading on here has made me nervous. I’ve tried and tried diets and exercise programs and only come out worst than before. (Exercise I did was too intense and did some damage to my shoulders – go figure). So I had a question, and praying for a positive note more than negative - as a homesteader what is the reliance on the world for this? If the SHTF happens and we can’t go to docs every 3 months or what ever is required, are we screwed? This was the main reason I didn’t choose the lap band thingy. No way am I having a crazy contraption inside me and have to live at a doc office for constant adjustments. Seemed freakier to me. I was looking into the Sleeve; the gastric by-pass was a bit too much and seemed to have more post issues with anemia and stuff. I just would like to hear some positives on the surgeries. It’s taking me 5 years to finally say this is what I need to do so I could really use some advice or positive input. I totally get there are possible complications but heck, I’ve had gallbladder, appendix, tonsils, hysterectomy all removed and no problems. Hoping this will be similar. Any-hoo – really appreciate your time and sending prays to everyone to have a positive and successful weight loss journey. sorry for wording - typed this pretty quick on lunch break - - these little faces are so cute. Thanks again, God Bless, Sherry
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    Hi Diane, You look great! Congratulations! Thanks so much for the positive feedback. I'm glad to hear from everyone that it kinda goes to a yearly visit. That is totally do-able. We need to have yearly checkup anyway. I just didn't want it to be like the gastric band thingy where you were there every few months or so and had to rely on medical help for adjustments and so forth. We aren't moving for at least a year and could be two depending on how long it takes to find what we want and to sell our home. If approved, I'm hoping the process wont take too long. But heard that can vary too. Just continue to do my research and work on losing what I can now. Thanks again Diane, GrInS
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    Thanks so much for the reply - Oh I do love Avocado. got me a little Avacado tree growing. Only a few inches right now - LOL We did look into that Ketogenics. My doctor and I have been trying many things. We kinda came to the conclusion my problem relates to my upbringing. I was raised pretty poor and satisfaction never came from what I ate but the satisfaction of feeling full. Food was food and we ate anything. Just wanted to be full. I eat very well, all clean, organic and natural, have been for about 4 years now. haven't had a soda or anything but water and hot green tea since 2011. And I don't think I eat overly too much. Just till I'm full. Problem is... My full feeling is too much for me to loose weight. We are working on that too. Lost 5 pounds this last two weeks so I'm trying. Just going to take some work. My doctor thinks the sleeve would be a great tool for me. Since I got the "what I'm eating" under control. The feeling of being full with less food would be a great benefit. So I"m still doing research. Had my Psych eval yesterday, and Nutritional eval next week. See what come from that. - oh boy thanks again, Sherry
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    Almost 2 years out and gaining


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