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  1. mama3beartn
    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 
  2. mama3beartn
    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 
  3. mama3beartn
    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 
  4. mama3beartn
    YEP only three weeks post - op and I had my first stall. I lost . pounds instead of pounds. With one day of gain. Not much but a little. I started last Monday at 271.8 and today I'm at 271.0. 
    Now I've read enough on here that this is very common. I changed stages this week from clear liquids to full liquids. And that stalls are common with Stage Changes. I'm not freighting. I'm getting my two premier shakes in a day and plenty of water. I did - bad me - have a bite of scrambled eggs a couple times this last weekend. I have 13 Hens and well the eggs are really building up. I made the Family eggs both Morning this last weekend and just took a bite each day. It didn't hurt my tummy or anything. But was very nice. I've heard some people are on food food by the third week, so I feel I'm doing very well for three weeks out and still on liquid. 
    Any hoo just wanted to say if you go through a stall, don't freak. It's common and will pass. I'll let you know how this next week goes.
    OH! And I had another issue with the stage change. I totally had a brain fart about the constipation. OMG - I started the first Protein shakes on Saturday 28th and forgot to start the fiber and stool softener with them. I did't go till Tuesday and it was HELL. I suffer from Anal Fissures. They seems so much better. No pain with the current bowel movements (since they were mostly water due to the clear diet) But that was NOT cool. I don't try to give TMI but we are all in this together and I wanted you to understand it happens. And Bad. After two enemas and very painful - not pushing but pushing... I cleared it some. It took another bout of issues the next day. Of course the fissure is PISSED and back to feeling like passing glass, but the fiber and stool softener is finally all kicking in and hoping I can get all back to control. Please please don't forget to start at least a stool softener when you change to denser liquids and foods. I do both fiber I put in my water and two stool softener at bed time (without stimulant). BUT DO SPEAK TO YOUR OWN DOCTOR.. THEY MAY HAVE SOMETHING OR NOT WANT YOU ON A CERTAIN THING.
    ****I must share this recipe - I made it as a trial for my future Bariatric Recipes  and my family was the guinea pigs. They are used it. LOL
    I used two cans chicken breast- drain REALLY well  - (keystone all natural is best) - you can even put in oven and dry out a bit before mixing the rest. I didn't but it suggest this if you want.  
    3 eggs
    2 oz Parmesan cheese - REAL STUFF - NOT POWDERY STUFF 
    Mix all this and press into desired shape on parchment paper placed on baking sheet. I shaped into a square since I had it on a square cookie sheet.
    Bake at 500 for 10 minutes. Remove and add Toppings. I added just a little spaghetti sauce, turkey pepperoni and shredded cheese since this is what my kids like. 
    Return to oven for 10 more minutes. 
    Remove and let cool a little. 
    Cut and enjoy. 
    Everyone said it was great. Of course I could try since on Full liquids still, but will definitely give it a go in a few weeks.  
  5. mama3beartn
    So I didn't know I wasn't able to blog on here on my phone. Totally frustrating. I don't have a computer at home so taking two weeks off work for the surgery; I was unable to get on here. Pooey. I tried to recap the last two weeks quickly as possible. 
    So it's now been two weeks since my gastric sleeve surgery on 07/17/2017. I arrived at the hospital at 9am and didn't get taken back to surgery till about 2pm. Boy that was a long wait. ugh
    ***My surgery was performed by Dr.Dyer at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville TN.
    Surgery went well. Minimal pain. I was on the pain pump and used it for a bit. I'm allergic (severe itching) to morphine so I only used the pain med for the first two days since they gave me a drug related to morphine and of course I was miserably itchy. I had a drain on my right side. (I attached pics of the incisions.) I had a total of 10 marks – a couple you can’t see. One was in my belly button and another on my left side. It wasn’t real visible in the photo. Some were small incisions, some punctures (needles where the gas was inserted), and the largest where they took the stomach out was near the drain. It still hurts a bit today, but not much. I was up walking pretty quickly. No problem. Drinking was bit hard. It felt like swallowing a rock. And it hurt went it hit the stomach. But I just sipped sipped and it got better each day.
    The second day I was given a bowel suppository of some sort to help reactivate my bowels since they freeze up due to surgery and anesthesia. I had a small movement the next day. Same stuff each day, walk , drink, sleep, walk , drink sleep. I was released early Thursday about 10am. I still had the drain and had it taken out that following Tuesday. I felt pretty good. I was probably ready to go back to work Wednesday but already had put the time in so just took the rest of the week off.
    So the worst part of everything was the clear diet. Ugh ugh. I couldn’t stand Nectar, Isopure and started to have trouble with the Unjury. I don’t throw up, but just hated the tastes of the water based proteins. I was only getting 40 grams in a day. So I started the stage 2 a few days early. I was suppose to be on the clear diet for two weeks then start stage 2 liquid diet. This just adds the Premier protein drinks. I drink two a day right now.
    I did have my first “too full” feeling yesterday when I drank my shake. I think I just had too much at once. It was like a large burp that couldn’t come out stuck just below my sternum and I was nausea's. Because of course my gag is broke (wink) I don’t throw up. So I just didn’t move for a bit till things moved on through. I only drink a bit at a time now. Much better 
    So I’ll be on this Stage 2 liquid for three weeks. It’s only suppose to be two, but my doctor doesn’t want me changing stages till I see him and the nutritionists and he is on vacation the week I’m suppose to transition, so I get an extra week of liquids. Oh Joy. We’ll see how this goes. LOL
    Other than that I’m back to work today. I have my schedule with my vitamins and drinks and will see how it all goes. I listed my schedule below case you were interested. I’m suppose to add a third shake if able when I can. But doc said doesn’t have to be everyday.
    Hope everyone is doing well in Bariatric Land.
    ***this is just a layout to try and help me get everything I am suppose to in. 
    Awake – 4am – take thyroid pills (crushed)
    Start first 24oz cup water
    At Work – 6am – take multivitamin
    Start second 24oz cup water
    8am – drink ½ protein shake
    9am – drink ½ protein shake – take first calcium
    10am if not completed – finish second 24oz water
    Start third 24oz cup water
    12pm – walk 30 min (lunch break) – take second calcium
    2:15 off work
    3pm – drink ½ protein shake
    4pm – drink ½ protein shake – take third calcium – biotin and D3 ( I take B12 once a week on Sunday)
    Make dinner for family
    Have another 24oz water available as I want ( I don’t feel pressure to finish it since I’ve hit my goal of 64 ounces already) but drink as I want so I’m not thirsty.
    6pm – yummy sugar free Popsicle.
    7pm – Bed time
    Oh my states right now are highest weight 315 - DOS 286 (I think- they weighed me in Kilograms ) - today 273.8 (42 total lost) 

  6. mama3beartn
    Well it was 30 minutes before I was to drink the Magnesium stuff and I got a call. The pre-cert was denied because it was put in as In-pt and they had it as an Out patient procedure. So long story short, my surgery was moved to Monday since they can't talk to the denier till Friday morning. As frustrating as it is, I'm okay. The worst was getting all the work time off situated. My husbands is unfix-able. He planned off the whole week this week and now we have to figure out how we are going to do Monday. He is off the day of surgery but not the rest.
    All will be good. We will figure it out -  
    So back to my regular pre-op diet till Sunday when I have to do that clear all day thing again and the drink Sunday night. 
    They are to get back with me on Friday to let me know how everything went with the fixing of the Pre-cert. Praying there is no more delays or problems.
  7. mama3beartn
    Well this is the last day for my pre-op diet. Tomorrow is the day before my surgery on the 12th and it’s a clear liquids all day with a 4pm Magnesium drink – yuck. Then Wednesday Morning at 6:30 am is it.
    I’m down 22 lbs so far from the pre-op diet. I battled with edema a lot due to the broth and sodium it contained, even with the low sodium kind. The last couple days I’ve cut out the broth and dropped 5 lbs after gaining some due to swelling. I expect to swell some again since tomorrow is a clear liquid only and broth will be my main thing besides jello and Popsicles. I will try and get on her before the surgery but if unable to, I will try once feeling up to it after.
    I'm not really worrying about the pain, the skin issues or my hair falling out. I just want to get through the surgery and get on with my new life. I'm feeling better just being on the pre-op diet. Don't feel as hungry anymore or think about food like I used to. I can totally see the benefits from doing the pre-op diet before the surgery. It helps us really get in the right mind set.
    The only thing I do worried about is the constipation. As I had mentioned I have chronic anal fissures. I’ve been babying them and it is doing better, but I take a daily fiber in everything. (about 6 tsp total daily) and this has helped a bunch. I’m hoping I can still add this to my liquids post- op. I have to call and find out from the nutritionists. This stuff below is the bomb. It goes in everything, no grit, no flavor. 

    Oh and I wanted to follow up on the experiment with the chicken unjury soup mixed with unflavored gelatin. Nope – total fail  But I did add to my cottage cheese and it was pretty good. Kinda strong, but good.
    Well hope all is well in WLS land and wish everyone many blessing.  
  8. mama3beartn
    Well I'm at the end of my second week of my three week and two day pre-op diet. The Mon-Fri part of the week went very well, but the weekend was a different story. I didn't like totally blow it but I had to cook all weekend and did some canning stuff from my garden and the tasting (just little tastes to make sure it was right) was enough to make me not feels so well.  I also got so busy I forgot to take my pee pill. (that is what I call that water pill I take for edema) - So I feel a bit puffy, but not too bad.  
    I'm down a total of 12 lbs as of this morning but will know more in a couple days once all the fluid is down again. I feel so much better though and just that little bit of weight has made a huge difference on my ability to walk a bit more. For every pound I lose that is 4 lbs of pressure off my back. That's 48 lbs of pressure off my back already. It feels much better.  Can you imagine when I get a 100 or more lbs down. Wowzers - I'm going to love it. Still have trouble just standing, but I can at least go forward longer.
    Only a week and two days away. Its so close. Feeling the nervousness creeping up. I don't even thinks its the surgery. Its such not much time to get a few things taken care of around the house and yard before. (hence the canning). I don't think I will be in the mood after. *wink*
  9. mama3beartn
    Just wanted to share some of the stuff I've been eating this week for my pre-op diet. Besides three Premier protein shakes I have other stuff. 
    My life saver is the sugar free jello. I add 1 scoop of Unjury Unflavored protein powder to a cup of cold water, mix real good and then add that to my already dissolved jello that is 1 cup hot water. I like firm firm jello so I do 2 pkgs jello to 2 cups water total. One hot to dissolve the jello and one cold for the Protein powder. Mix both and pour into single serve containers. I add the protein powder to make sure I get enough protein in for the day because I have trouble doing three premiere protein shakes a day. I really get sick of all the sweet. blah 
    I also use Unjury Chicken flavor soup protein mix too... this is so good. I'm going to experiment and had it in unflavored gelatin see how that works. LOL - soup cubes *wink* _ I'll let y'all know how that works out. LOL
    I do use broth cubes for convenience, but I don't want to much sodium so I also buy the organic premade broth from Walmart to break up between cubes. These are good and have less sodium. I find the beef broth flavor is my fav. Chicken is second fav. Veggie broth. Blah!   There is Chicken with herbs bouillon cubes and these have a tad less sodium than the regular Chicken cubes. 
    I am allowed cottage cheese on my pre-op diet so that helps too, cause I can sprinkle with seasonings for a savory flavor or sugar free jello/crystal light for a sweety thing. Kinda reminds me of ambrosia salad with cherry jello on it.  
    I also am allowed Oikos triple zero yougurt once a day. Those are so yummy. Coffee flavor is the bestest! 
    I'm also allowed up to 2 cups per day of V8/tomato juice. This is savory yummy too.  Love (just a dash) of Worcestershire and hot sauce.
    For those of you just starting your pre-op. I'm already not feeling as hungry as I used too. I have to remind myself sometimes to make sure I get enough stuff in for the day. Its true once you get past the first four or five days it gets easier. This diet is to help us shrink our livers and drop a few pounds to help in lessen any complications during surgery. It also helps us detox and ready our body and minds for the changes its about to go through. But this is pretty much what I eat each day.
    Oh and I always have Popsicle - sugar free of course when ever. Love to hear any ideas or things y'all have tried. 
  10. mama3beartn
    Hello Hello  
    Well I survive  and didn't go off the wagon - well too bad. LOL - I did have a few of these amazing protein chips. I only had 4 chips through the whole weekend. Two chips twice. BBQ one time and Cheesy Sour Cream the other day. My daughter brought them home and showed me for my later in journey time, but I had to taste them. They were pretty good. The BBQ were the best and lowest in net carbs. Only 2g net carbs for the whole bag, the other was 3g. 21 g Protein for the whole bag. 
    Just had to share those
    I did weight this morning and down a total of 8lbs for the first week. I do have edema so I fluctuate so much due to the water retention. I am hoping the edema will get better controlled as the weight comes off. I don't have it real real bad, but enough, my hands ache and my feet and ankles get a bit puffy. I am on a pee pill daily and this helps it too. 
    I hope everyone had a great weekend,
  11. mama3beartn
    Well I am definitely new at this blogging stuff. ha ha ha - I guess I thought my intro was my first blog entry. I moved that to the entry and now added today's below. 
    Well its day five and I’m surviving. I weighed in this morning and down 5 lbs. (311.8 to 306.4) I did have a rough day yesterday when a co-worker brought in Panda Express and made the whole office smell. At first it smelled amazing. I had to clock out, got up and went for a walk. About a half mile. It was hot and steamy so didn’t want to get to nasty for the rest of the day at work. But by the time I came back I felt better and the stuff actually stunk.
    The big challenge will be this weekend. Just need to keep busy and not think about it. I think I keep thinking that, “Heck I don’t have to OFFICIALLY start till the 28th, why am I doing this to myself.” LOL – but I know I really need this extra week jump and will do my darn-dest to keep it up. Because once next Wednesday gets here that’s my two weeks till surgery mark and its no turning back. I’ll get back on Monday and let you know how my weekend went.
  12. mama3beartn
    HOWDY - Internet Pals,
    My name is Sherry and I have decided to blog my Journey with Weight Loss Surgery. I’m not the greatest at wording stuff, but will do my bestest *wink*
    Here is a recap up to now.
    My actual weight history started 21 years ago with the birth of my first daughter. I gained quite a bit and just never lost it. It crept up over the next 21 years. I did have two more children but they were both boys and well I was sick the whole time and actually lost weight with them. J I do have multiple issues including – Fibromyalgia – DJD – Diverticulosis – Borderline hypertension – Borderline Diabetic – Hypothyroidism and chronic anal fissures. I was constantly on the work out roller coaster. I’d work out and then the next day I would hurt so bad I’d miss a few days. So walking was about it for now for exercise. Till the weight gets down. Many of these will be much better if not cured by weight loss. I’m looking forward to less pain. Oh man am I.
    Any hoo - I was introduced to bariatric surgery about 5 years ago and was like, “No Way. I can do this on my own.” So I did try. Of course right after that, I was inspired, and I did lose 45 lbs. with Somersizing, but only to gain it all back. Plus some of course. I have tried so many diets. Atkins, Somersizing (which was my most successful), Juicing, Vegan, Vegetarian, and so many more. All leading to a small amount of loss just to gain it all back, with its little side package. Always a side package. (that would be lovely extra you always gain back with what you lost) - So I’ve slowly over the last 5 years hit my max weight of 315. I was shocked and just gave up.
    But then stuff started getting pretty bad. My low back pain was getting worse, plus now I had numbness going down my right leg. Couldn’t sleep due to hip, shoulder and back pain. Shoulders were horrible and my anal fissure went on high alert and has been for about 2 years now. I had to do something so I started going to docs to get myself taken care of. I had a new sleep study to make sure my pressure was good – it was upped from 10 to 16. Colonoscopy to make sure all was okay there. Just the anal fissure and internal hemorrhoids, no cancer or anything like that. Yay! Then I had my low back evaluated. Bad Bad. Denerative Disk disease in lower back…and pretty badly. This was the doc who referred me to the Weight Loss Center at Centennial here in Nashville. And so the journey began.
    I called the Center and a week later they called and got my information. They returned my call a few days later saying my insurance required a couple of things before approving. A pre-op Nutritional eval and a Psych eval. These were taken care of within the next two weeks. Then they sent my information off to the insurance. Within the week I was approved. Then we scheduled my first consult with the doc. Went well. Then I received my surgery date. Boom Bam Boom. So now I’m three weeks pre-op and today I started my liquid diet. I have started this three weeks pre-op due to I have a very fatty liver and edema. I’m required to do two weeks but added another week to make sure things are good and down. We want no problems – nope nope.
    I attached the liquid diet the doc gave me below, in case you wanted to check it out. The crossed out stuff is stuff I don’t like or wont use. Not big on flavored water. But who knows after this that might change. Heard taste and stuff change after WLS.
    Well I'm off for now. Thanks for coming along on my journey and I’ll post often to let you know how all is doing. Blessing to you all on your own journeys and would love to hear from you. 

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