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  1. mama3beartn

    Dr David N Dyer

    Yes... that is the amount. 500 cal till you hit goal...I wasnt given a range. Just 500.
  2. Morning Morning Bariatric World, Well I am 8 Weeks out today from my VSG on 07/17/2017. I'm down to 258.2 from my high of 315. Don't have a clue what my day of surgery weight was since I missed that somehow, but was around 286 I think. I'm feeling very good physical wise. Starting to notice some skin on my upper arms and definitely on my tummy. Needing to up my exercise with some weights now. Other than that I'm doing very good. Eating well. No more than 1/2 cup 4 - 5 times a day. But Oh man - did I mess up Yesterday. I had waited a bit too long to eat since i was running around so much. We stopped and got a rotisserie chicken since it was getting so late. I was shaking so I knew I was needing to eat something. I ate too fast and too much since I didn't take the time to weight or measure my food. first up - i do note throw up - just never could well. Usually had to be pretty bad for me too. Last time I did was in 2003 when I got the stomach flu while pregnant - not cool. But I was able to last night. It took some work but I finally did. (I had to make myself) It felt like food was stuck up into my chest. Like it was all back up. Hurt to move, to talk, to even breath. I will so never do that again. I'm feeling good today and started off with just a simple shake this morning. Doing well Lesson learned - -I keep handies in my purse now like the fantatic "Think turkey" on this site. Thanksgiving flavor is the bomb. But other than that just going day to day, week to week. About all there is after you get to this point. I'll probably get on here every few weeks or if something different happens. Hope everyone is doing wonderful pre or post-op. Many blessing to you all on your Weight Loss Journeys. LaTeR gAtErS
  3. mama3beartn

    pre-op diet picture

    This was my pre-op diet picture. I was about 310 and was just about to start the preop diet.
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    2 months post op

    This is two months post op. 60 pounds down. 315 to 255
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    This was me at my highest 315 and me at 255
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    rosacea before

    This was my face at my highest 315 and my Rosacea
  7. mama3beartn

    JULY SLEEVERS- How are you doing?

    I think I'm doing good. I feel good that's for sure... eating most anything well. Tuna hits a bit heavy so I just can't eat much that...I can see my clothes getting bigger and I can even fit in the bathtub now which is like awesome...But still can't see it myself in photos. Not sure why. I'll try and get some photos uploaded on here. Had my surgery on 7/17/17. I started at my highest at 315 and down to 255. My first mini goal is to be 250 for my birthday...October 13th...I'll be 45... and two days later will be married for 23 years to the love of my life who has supported me on this journey from the beginning. It makes a world of difference to have someone who supports you. The hardest thing is I do miss eating out. It was a BIG part of our entertainment. Trying new places. I dont miss food... just the going out and the experience. plus my husband... he supports me totally... But he isn't in the best place himself. At over 350 he needs this too but is afraid. So trying to find new things to do can be a challenge. Hope everyone is doing well on your journeys. Love reading on here. It's an amazing group.
  8. mama3beartn


    Hi Jenny I friended you on Facebook my name is Sherry Renee Richards Bare on there. I'm only 7 weeks out but I've already been through a pretty long stall on my second week which lasted for about 2 and 1/2 Weeks. It finally broke and I started losing again and then I was just on a little mini one again that lasted about a week but dropped a pound finally this Monday. I weigh on Mondays only also. My doctor said stalls are very common your body is constantly adjusting. But you will probably find you were losing inches during these dolls even though the numbers aren't changing. Also my nutritionist said that we have a constant fluctuation of 3 lb within our body. This can happen within just five minutes. She did an experiment and weight herself in front of us, and drink a pretty good amount of water about five glasses. And then weighed herself again and had gained 2 lb within 5 minutes. Your body will constantly fluctuate and is fine. As long as you know you are following your program correctly and I are not eating things that you shouldn't ben getting enough protein and fluids you should be fine... your body will naturally lose weight. I'm on a pretty strict diet of 500 calories a day 60- 80 grams of protein and I've only lost about 53 pounds... which I'm totally fine with. You're welcome to message me on Facebook if you have any questions or just need to vent. It's totally cool.
  9. I weighed the day I got home. I had this daily graph I had to fill out. It required me to weigh daily. I didn't have any weight gain or swelling from surgery so I did a steady pound a day for the first two weeks and then I hit the popular stall that is very common around week 2/3 after surgery. I stayed that weight for almost three weeks and it started going down again. But I did lose inches during those three weeks. It doesn't bother me to weigh and see the fluctuation and stalls. There is a 2 - 3 lb body fluctuation that one can gain over night just from water and stuff. Our nutritionist gained 2lbs in 5 minutes just by drinking 5 glasses of water. It was his way of showing us not to let those little gains bother us. As long and you know your are following your plan correctly and as long as the clothes are getting loser and your feeling better that is what matters. I haven't felt this good in years. I'm ecstatic. And I still have 100lbs to go. LOL I can't even imagine.
  10. mama3beartn

    JULY SLEEVERS- How are you doing?

    I was sleeved on the 17th as well. I've eaten oatmeal I've bought off this site. It's also got more protein than regular oatmeal with less carbs and stuff. I've had no problem. Hardest thing for me is I used to love LOTS of butter so that makes it different for me and I also find the higher protein makes its mushy and less oatmeally. LoL if that makes sense. But no problems with the tummy. But everyone is different and handles things differently. I've had no problem with anything I've eaten except jello it just hits like a brick for some reason.
  11. Well I'm almost 6 weeks out and I've hit my first issue with my vsg. I can get really bad headaches due to inflammation and pinched nerves in my neck, one of the many reasons the decision to have the surgery. But I'm having a bad headache and this is the third day and it's at its worst. Aleve was my go to pill and worked wonderful and I'm not allowed to take that apparently. I had called the doctor yesterday and they said liquid Tylenol or crush a regular Tylenol. I did this and it didn't help . Does anyone have any recommendations? This is an inflammation issue due to my fibromyalgia and it flares a lot in my neck and low back/hips. Any help would be greatly appreciated on something that's anti-inflammatory that we are allowed to take if there is anything. Thank you so much
  12. mama3beartn


    I was only 2 weeks post-op and started my first stall. It lasted about 2 and 1/2 Weeks...almost 3 and then I started losing again. But during that time I lost inches in my waist because my belt had dropped like five holes. I was so surprised. I had heard that true weight loss really doesn't start till 6 weeks post-op. Or that's what my nutritionalist said. That any weight you lose before this is bonus weight. And you'll probably go through others as your body adjust and heals. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  13. mama3beartn

    JULY SLEEVERS- How are you doing?

    You're not doing anything wrong. If you're following the program you will start losing weight. Everybody loses in different amount. If you weigh more you might lose it a little quicker than someone who weighs less. I was told that true weight loss really doesn't start till after 6 weeks. That anything you lose before this is considered bonus weight. It will happen. GrInS Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  14. Well the scaled moved some today. yay I'm five weeks post op today and I did my Monday weigh in and it's on 267.0 finally away from the 270. But like I had mentioned before, I was still shrinking because I could tell by my belt. I could tell by my belt. I never got to measure last week. seems my tape measure did a hoodie and can't locate it. But I'm good. Not letting stalls or anything get to me. I feel much better and that is all that matters. My goals are to up my working out. I walk a mile 5 times a day, but would like to see about doing more cardio. I see doc tomorrow for follow up and see what he says. I do still have incision pain on my largest incision. So not sure what I'm allowed to do. I am still trying to get the eating down too. I know I'm not suppose to snack, but to do just three meals a day doesn't get my protein in. I do like five mini meals. All good stuff like diced chicken, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese stick, protein soups from this site ( so yummy), etc. It works for me. My big excitement beside the eclipse everyone is going bonkers over today here at work is, my husband and I are going to Gatlinburg here in TN in Oct. for my 45th birthday/ 23rd Anniversary. So excited. This will be a different trip since we usually focused a lot of our trips on FOOD and places to eat. I'm not a big shopper so trying to figure out the best way to enjoy a NON - FOOD focused trip. Well hope everyone is doing well in Bariatric Land. Blessing to you all, Later Gaters
  15. mama3beartn


    Thank you - thank you very much - as it's said here in Nashville. LOL _ Never thought about it like decades. Ha ha ha - thats great! I guess the 270s were my hurdle. I was 264 this morning. Doc was please with how I'm doing so that was good. I've been released from all restrictions (except on food of course) so going to add some weights to help firm up as I go. Don't have too much loosey goosey going on yet, but I knows it will come. Tummy will be the worst. Yes the belt rocks. I'm off the normal holes now and onto these rings (decor things). My husband asked if I should get a new one and said nope. This is my measure thing. The rings work. They are about an inch apart so each ring is an inch down. whoop Whoop. I walk the miles here at work. Our parking garage from bottom level to top level is exactly 1/2 mile. So I walk up (hardest since it's up hill some) then back down. I do get walking in on weekend when we go to the mall and walk the loop (opry mill mall here is made in a huge circle) I need to my fitness pal it and see how long it is? Hmmmmm But I've cut it back to one or two times a day since my hours are all wonky at work now. They got changed this week now. New flex time. Love it but different. I come in at 5am instead of 8am so I don't do dark garages when there are no peoples around - But I feel the once or twice is doing me good. I try to take the stairs now since I was released from restrictions so that adds more stuff. Wowzers those are rough on this out of shape body. Whew Can't wait for our trip to Gatlinburg. We go every year. I just want to enjoy the woods and streams. Cool, quiet and Ahhhhh - I hate hate summer so it's like a I survived reward to go up there where its nice and cool. Have blessed Day, TTYL gater -
  16. mama3beartn

    Pasta and Rice substitutes

    I've used this before. It's high in protein.. But the spaghetti squash is the best and just add protein powder the unflavored kind to your sauce. But if interested here is the link http://www.uplateanyway.com/keto/fettuccine-low-carb-pasta/ Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  17. Four weeks today I did something that was to change me for the rest of my life. I had the Gastric Sleeve done at Centennial Hospital with Dr. Dyer on 07/17/2017. My highest weight was 315. I as of today weight 270.0. i never got my Day of Surgery weight, but I think it was 286. I have been on a roller coaster stall for a couple weeks now. I've read this is common but it can still be frustrating, especially since I'm only four weeks out and already hitting one. It seemed to happen when I changed stages and the problems with Constipation started. I was worried also about changing stages a little early may of caused the stall. I did stage one, good. But I did stage two like a week and then moved to pureed stage 3 early. I was getting so nausea's on the shakes. So I added the pureed stuff a little early. I'll admit I'm not good at pureeing the foods. I just chew chew chew till it's pureed in my mouth or eat already soft stuff like eggs, cottage cheese and yogurt. No problems with anything yet, well still no jello and anything strong mint, like toothpaste.... it makes me nausea. Not sure why. But doing good with everything else. I'm still under 500 cal a day. I'm going to start my food journal this week as well as measurements. I was told this can help see any bad trends I might need to nip in the butt and make sure it truly is under 500. Its so hard when labels state 1 cup 200 cal, but you only eat 3 T. Hard to calculate. Still have trouble with the Anal Fissure. Fibers and stool Softener help, but like I had mentioned. Normal stool even for me is not fun. Going to have to go to a specialist and have this looked into more. Really don't want to go through another surgery right now. Not cool - nope nope. Any others who stalled early on? Love to hear your advice. Hope everyone is doing well in Bariatric Land. I'll let y'all know how the week goes. I have my follow up next week so can't wait for that. Lots of questions. Later Gaters
  18. Thanks so much - that makes sense with the scale. I have a scale, just not real good at using it yet. I actually used it for the first time last night weighing out my fish. I had mentioned that about the calculating because my yogurt said serving size was one container (some crazy 5.2 oz). I took three bites and was done. The other hard thing is my program want me to do three meals a day with no snacks at 20 grams of protein at each meal. I can't eat enough to get that much at one meal. Sometimes the differentiation of programs is so hard on here and at our office. There are three docs at my doc office and each has their own rules. And everyone's program on here is so different. I agree with Aunt B's comment above : While we all want to follow our instructions perfectly, I have to remember that part of this journey is listening to and trusting my own unique body. I totally agree. I love this site. Y'all are like the most awesome group. Thanks again for the help. GrInS.....
  19. mama3beartn

    Pre op testing

    Yes I had to do a test before surgery. I had to swallow this weird stuff that aired my stomach up. And then I had to swallow this other stuff I think they called it barium, that they took photos of my esophagus and stomach as I swallowed it. I believe it was just called a barium swallow test. I never did a swallow test after my procedure. My doctor puts a drain in so I had to swallow this really dyed blue water. It had no flavor. If I had any leaks it would go through the drain and that's how they tested me for leaks. Sent from my SM-G930V using BariatricPal mobile app
  20. mama3beartn

    JULY SLEEVERS- How are you doing?

    My surgery was 07/17/2017 and I'm at the stall. Been for about a week or so, since I started stage 2. Surgery was easy. Minimal pain... More issues with the pain meds. I"m allergic to Morphine so they gave me Dilaudid. Nope - same reaction- So the itching and burning was worse than the surgery. So I quit pain meds on Second day of four day stay. I did take two weeks off, but really think I only needed one. I do still have some incision pain still. The largest of the 10. I couldn't believe I had 10 marked. Asked Doc about them and he accounted for each one, but I was still surprised... plus the drain. ugh My only bad is I started puree a week earlier than the plan stated - I know bad bad bad. Our plan does four week pre-op, then two week clear post - op, then two week full liquids which only added protein shakes to the clear, nothing else. I was so nauseated on the shakes I moved to pureed - one meal at a time till now I can do all three meals pureed. The shakes started tasting like rotten eggs smell. I just can't do them anymore. Blah - plus I bought some stuff from the store on here. The Soups are amazing. Bought oatmeal but haven't tried it yet. I never got my Day of Surgery weight. They weighed me, but it was in Kilograms and of course I couldn't remember what it was after the surgery. I'm down from my highest of 315 to 270. I'm already feeling better. I can move so much more. And I don't really feel hunger or craving of any sort. So crazy. Just gotta be patient about this Stall. Patience... Patience.... Patience... GrInS, Later Gaters -
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    JULY SLEEVERS- How are you doing?

    I’m in a stall already now. I’m only 4 weeks out and been fluctuating 2 lbs. for the last week ½. I’ve heard about stalls but never this early on. But my body is still shrinking. I can tell by my clothes, so that is what I’m going by. I’m also going to start doing the measuring thing, and compare that instead of the scale. I think that scale is an evil thing. Yes I do- lol I know this is an little older post and was wondering if you’re out of your stall and how you’re doing?
  22. WOW - you have done amazing. Congratulations!! Don't fret... I've heard it's very common to hit these wall. the scale might not be moving but you are losing inches. Don't let the scale rule you. It can be a horrible thing sometimes. I'm not even close to your 11 months but I at only three weeks hit a week stall myself. But my belts dropped another notch (they are an inch apart). If you have already evaluated your consumption and know your doing well on your intake. Just keep going. Your body will catch up. Your down quite a bit and will definitely be losing slower than those who are much heavier. But some tips maybe, if you are not already doing these are keep a food diary for a week and take to your nutritionist. Make sure its very detailed and maybe they can see or help to make sure its all good. Also working out and cardio are different. Make sure your adding some cardio during your gym times. Hope all goes well. Keep us updated. GrInS
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    One week post op tomorrow and

    Yeah a lot of doctors have different plans. It's crazy. I had a two week clear liquid post-op then two week full liquids ( just added the premier shakes) then two weeks pureed, which I'm still not too yet. Almost. Then on to adding full foods. I couldn't imagines doing pureed already at week 1. My stomach barely liked me putting the premier shakes in at week three. Took a few days to get used to. Just do what is comfortable for you. Start with mild soft stuff like scrambled eggs (soft). This is so going to be my first. Take a small bit and wait. See how your stomach feels. If real concerned talk to you doc about it or your nutritionist. We seem to talk to them more than the doc anymore here. He is more concerned about incisions, internal pain and dehydration. Hope all works out well. GrInS

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