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  1. I think about this a lot and you may be right about the carbs. I have enjoyed the amazing summer fruits like peaches and lots of berries and watermelon. And they’re so full of vitamins and nutrients that they’re easily justifiable but I know sweet fruits are carbs. Ugh!!! My boys are teenagers and i keep only the bare minimum of fillers they need because I can’t afford for them to eat a whole chicken each every day haha! They get hostile/ hangry when we don’t have those snacks. It’s up to me to make better choices. Thank you for this thoughtful reply!
  2. This is painful to admit. My worst fear has come true that I would blow this. I have lost 30 lbs since my surgery in June but have only lost 3 lbs in the past 2 months. I was doing well but the last stall messed with my head and I’ve gone back to old habits of snacking, grazing and mentally obsessing about what to eat. I eat very highly nutritious clean foods (I’m an aspiring gourmet cook) and occasionally grab 5 pringles or a spoon of ice cream when my kids have It out which feels like a compulsion I can’t control. For one solid month I was staying under 1200 calories, 75 grams protein/day and no loss and yes that includes every gram I put in my mouth. And it was taking every bit of my will to stick to that. I’m grateful my recovery was a breeze, no problems drinking water and getting my protein in. But I feel the same as I always have. My cravings are not changed. My appetite is the same and I can eat anything. Of course now I can only eat about 6 ounces at a time. I wait to drink water as long as possible because it does wash the food out of my stomach and I am hungry about every 2 hours. And I read what you all say. The scolders who say why do you eat foods you aren’t supposed to? And I wonder why you all who are able to stick to your food rules need this surgery? I wish I knew what makes me different. I am seeking a therapist to discuss this because I can’t stick to food rules after seeing no results after more than a month of white knuckling it and nothing happened. And my message is it’s true this is no magic tool because I feel the same as I always have. I have quit gaining which is good but I still have at least 70 lbs to lose. I’m 40, feel super healthy, always have lots of energy, I am passionate about many things in my life, I sleep great, love my job and personal life balance and I’m grateful for my health. I’ve been walking since surgery in fact the nurse who tried to wheel me out of the hospital said I was the first bariatric patient that ever asked to walk out at discharge. I have felt normal since day one! I am scheduled for metabolic testing and I’m curious to see what I’m burning daily and hoping I can get motivated again. I’m so down about this and back to feeling powerless like I did before surgery.
  3. Thank you for this reply! I appreciate this concept of doing the right things 90% of the time as well as all you share. Thank you!
  4. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. It was not a serious question in the literal sense. I am more mystified by your different experience that has helped you change. My meaning was Why do I feel the same as before surgery? Resisting what I know I shouldn’t have feels just as difficult as it did before surgery. I’m happy for you that you’ve had success!
  5. Thanks for the encouragement! I have wondered if I have a thyroid issue but I don’t have any other symptoms. Maybe I’ll request blood work just in case.
  6. I appreciate the encouraging responses. And I understand the rules about protein first and avoiding carbs. I’m amazed at you all who can follow them consistently and I admire you! My point is I feel the same as I did before surgery and I believed surgery would help me not have so many cravings in between meals or think about food so much. Because resisting what temps me is just as difficult as it was before surgery. Like I said I’m seeking a therapist to address this. This is a great tool because it makes us eat less at one time. For some people it takes away their cravings too which is what I was hoping for. I definitely need to do better about counting carbs and switching up exercises. I use MyFitnessPal. Thank you!
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    I never gave up my coffee. I started back on it a few days post op. But I wouldn't have done that if I hadn't been able to easily get my water in. Caffeine is a diuretic and you must drink extra water to balance it out.
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    Band to sleeve - reflux

    I had bad reflux after having the band for several years. I had the sleeve done 10 weeks ago and haven't had reflux since! But they also repaired the hiatal hernia when they did the sleeve.
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    DS Body Fluid Odor

    My body odor has changed too. I'm 10 weeks post op and since my surgery I have not needed to wear anti perspirant. I used to use natural deodorant but would need to use antiperspirant every other day otherwise I could smell the BO. Now I don't get BO at all. Weird. I still sweat but there's no bad smell! (I am still using the natural)
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    Conversion- Worth it?

    I had the band in 2009 and went from 305-260 and stayed there at 260 until 2016. I finally went to the doctor in the fall of 2016 because I had been aspirating saliva almost every night, felt like I had pneumonia for most of the morning, and I had terrible acid reflux with a hiatal hernia. I also for most of those years had a dull pain with every swallow and sharp pain in my right shoulder. So they took fluid out in the fall, I quit aspirating in my sleep, started gaining weight and only slightly improved acid reflux. My surgeon took out the band in April of this year and 2 months later did the sleeve and hernia repair June 23. It's been 4 weeks now and I have not had one day of acid reflux and have taken no medication for it! I'm eating soft foods and I get full and no pain! I'm loving this so much more. I have been in a stall since 1.5 weeks out but today the scale budged a little so now I'm down 19 lbs at 4 weeks out. I wish I had done this much sooner. And I'm grateful my surgeon was conservative by wanting me to have time to heal between surgeries. I spent years fighting my band instead of using it because it hurt and was not what I expected. I didn't feel much restriction, it just made me slow and hurt. I've been afraid I would "fail" at the sleeve the way I did with the band, but it's becoming apparent that the sleeve is a much more useful tool and I feel confident I can do this.
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    2 weeks post op and stalled!

    Great idea and sounds good! My hospital has one meeting a month I can go to but it's not for a few weeks. I will plan to go. Hopefully by then something will happen! Ha
  12. 2 weeks post op and stalled! How is this possible? I lost approximately 2 lbs/day the first week for a few days in a row and the scale hasn't budged in 6 days now. I'm down 11 lbs since surgery day and am using MFP to keep track. I'm getting 75-90 G protein daily and 800-1000 calories/day. I'm so grateful to say I've had no problems. I can drink easily and I drink more than 68oz water/day. Has anyone else stalled this soon after surgery? I need to feel some renewed hope. Also today is my last day to be in my 30s, lol
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    2 weeks post op and stalled!

    I hope so. I'm still stalled. I've only lost 2 lbs in the past 2 weeks and I'm not even 4 weeks out. I feel great fortunately. Lots of energy. I just can't believe I stalled 1.5 weeks after surgery. Down 17 in all including pre op one week diet. It just messes with my mind because I'm eating carefully and less than 4 ounce meals and nothing is happening it seems! I'm just going to keep doing the right thing and hope something good is going on with this craziness. My starting BMI was 41 I think so it's not like I'm a "low BMIer" I'm trying to focus on my gratitude to keep from being depressed. So grateful I've had a breeze of a recovery.
  14. It just depends on how well you can drink after surgery. I went back to work 6 days post op and could have gone sooner. I was so glad to fix my mind on something other than not eating! But I didn't have any problems getting in water and protein so I did not have low energy. I'm 3 weeks post op now.
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    2 weeks post op and stalled!

    Thank you for the encouragement. I too am surprised at how easy this is to get in my calories and if it weren't for MFP I'd probably be drinking more calories like from milk. I have been having some purees this week since liquid shakes go through my stomach so fast and I've been so hungry. I can eat 4 oz plain yogurt or cottage cheese easily and make myself eat slowly (10 minutes) I made very lean homemade chili and spaghetti sauce this week that I blended up smooth. My post op appointment is Tuesday so I'll ask him to look at my X-ray from when I was in the hospital to see if my stomach is normal sleeve sized. I just wanted this win today on the scale and I didn't get it. I know everybody experiences this, my fear is I won't be as successful as others.
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    Calories post op

    I remember someone on here saying to divide your ideal weight in half and that's your protein goal. Or it's by height. I'm 5'10" so I need between 75-90 G protein/day. I'm in the same boat as you where I am having no problem drinking and eating soups at 9 days post op. I'm also having physical hunger as well as head hunger at times. I was told by my NUT only count protein but of course the MFP also shows calories and I'm getting between 800-1000/day. I hope at some point my cravings or my head will align with what I expected to be experiencing, i.e. Lack of hunger and appetite. This is emotionally difficult for me.
  17. That's great you're sticking to a routine. I've been experiencing physical hunger and growling stomach which is satisfied by a protein shake or pudding up or blended up soup. I was told most people don't have hunger so this has been surprising to me. Also drinking is so easy and i go slow by taking 20 minutes to drink 11 oz protein shake but this is fast compared to most. I hope the surgeon didn't make my sleeve too big.
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    Pain near old port site

    My surgeon wanted me to have 6 weeks to heal after removing my band in April and I just got the sleeve last week. So far it's been a breeze of a recovery! But I did gain another 10 lbs during those 6 weeks because it was amazing to eat again with no restriction! I had way too much fun. I did Atkins diet the last week before the sleeve surgery.
  19. I'm right with you! I'm 4 days out and grieving my normally joyous meal times! I had the band from 2009- April 2017 and it's wonderful to hear every bite won't hurt when I start back on food in a few weeks! But like you I've been thinking constantly what have I done? This is so permanent! I'm thinking of eating out w friends too and will I be able to have a cocktail? Overall though i know this will pass and I'm used to nibbling at dinner anyway because my band was too tight and painful for a long time. I just hope I follow the rules this time. I'm not good at food rules if my cravings or appetite are strong. Are you hungry yet? I'm so hungry! I'm pacing myself brought the day and MyFitnessPal app is helping me!
  20. Hello! I'm a 39 y/o professional (I work part time), mom of boys ages 15 and 11, and army wife of 18 years. I was sleeved Friday and today is Tuesday, my first day on full liquids which is nice after just drinking broth and water. I'm grateful to say I've had no pain post surgery. This is my second bariatric surgery. I was banded in 2009 at 305 lbs. I got down to only 260 and stayed there until last fall when I finally went to the doctor that I had been avoiding due to my shame because I had been aspirating saliva almost nightly for a year and the acid reflux had gotten bad. They took out fluid and then I gained 10 + lbs quickly. I had the band removed in April and just got the sleeve 4 days ago. My new highest weight was 283. Day of surgery 279. Today 274. I'm having no problems drinking, in fact it seems too easy to drink and I'm so hungry already and all food sounds and smells so good. I'm having trust issues with myself because I didn't follow the rules with my band which is why I never got below 260. I never quit sweets, I drank while eating, I grazed every time I passed something on my counter! And it is emotionally difficult fixing dinner for my family and not being able to eat! It encourages me to read all your success stories! I am worried I'll sabotage myself again and screw this up too. I haven't told many people because of my fear of failure. I keep telling myself just get through these liquid weeks and it will get better emotionally to be able to eat protein and veg again... right? I naturally gravitate toward healthy, high quality clean eating food, I love to cook and am a true foodie. I just have loved it too much and has been the one place in my life where I've felt powerless. But boy, dinner time is tough!!!

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