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  1. I start mine on the 16th of October I think, (Need to see calendar) but yeah, that part is going to be hard for sure. Glad the Optifast Soup helped. Where did you get them? I had been on Optifast also years ago and it helped, but didn't know if you could get outside of them giving them to you. The 16th will be here quick [emoji4]

    Meguone, I'm in Australia. Here, we can buy Optifast off the shelves from almost every pharmacy. The surgeons seem to recommend the brand a lot. That's why many others in Australia are using the same brand at least during pre-op.

  2. Pre-op diet... I started yesterday and OMFG I was constantly craving! Today was a lot better because I swapped an Optifast shake for an Optifast Soup, and that seemed to keep the hunger away.

    Plus, I went food shopping today and it was painful walking past all the things I cannot eat. I died a little bit inside, [emoji16] but then I reminded myself that I've been so good sticking to plan.

    Oct 10 seems so far away!

  3. 3 Optifast choices (any three products of shakes/soups/bars) PLUS
    TWO LITRES (or more) of water daily.
    As well as this, the following MAY be added:
    (a) up to 2 serves of fruit AND/OR
    (B) any low starch green vegetables AND/OR
    © any clear Soups or Bonox or dissolved stock cubes AND/OR
    (d) SPARING AMOUNTS of lemon juice/lime juice/vinegar/oyster sauce/soy sauce AND/OR
    (e) SPRINKLES OF salt/pepper/chives/paprika/oregano/curry powder AND/OR
    (f) diet or diabetic jellies (jellos) AND/OR
    (g) black unsweetened tea AND/OR
    (h) diet non-fizz cordials
    - - -
    NO COFFEES in last two weeks!
    - - -
    My surgeon is Dr Mark Gately (Charlestown, NSW, Australia)

    That's pretty much what my program lists for me although I'm allowed black coffee with no sugar, and salads and lean Protein. I got some discounted Optifast shakes today. Will wait till the soups are on special. I'm in Perth, Aus.

  4. I've been trying to work on the 1/2 before, 1 hour after drink arrangements. It's slow going but I realized how much "washing down" was actually going on; never thought about this before.
    I'm a size 18. I ordered a $5 skirt in size 6 and will hang this somewhere I can see it so I can keep my eye on the prize.
    I've been stashing chapsticks everywhere so I don't forget one day of surgery (though I'm doing outpatient and will hopefully be home by the evening)
    I've been bugging my husband to take before pictures and help me take measurements... one of these days!
    When I first started this journey I read everything I could get my hands on... then I settled down a bit. Recently I picked up the thread again and started reading and revisiting various sites but especially those pertaining to my surgeon (reviews) and day-of accounts. I had a period of doubt but now the whole thing seems like a good choice again [emoji4]
    Oh yeah; and I've been living out scenarios in my head on how I will react when people can't believe what they're seeing ( a lot of Rita Hayworth-like hair flipping going on in my mind!)

    I love your list. I think I'll hang my dress somewhere, too. Thanks for the idea. When I go shopping for clothes, I often take a photo of ne wearing the outfits. I should definitely group the photos for when I do my Before and After comparisons.

  5. So what's everyone doing now and up to surgery day?

    I'm slowly searching through my home for stuff that I need to pack for the hospital.

    I've started to teach myself new habits, like eating better and slower. I'm also taking Vitamin D and Iron tablets as per the physician's order.

    I've booked afterschool care for my son for the days after surgery. I usually pick him up from school. My husband will instead pick him up from afterschool care after work.

    I've also decided I should maybe pick a dress of two sizes down to help motivate me when I get sleeved. [emoji23]

  6. How many visit did you Oct sleever have to make? Because I thought I would be in October but the coordinator said November

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    I'm in Australia, and I believe we do things differently here. I had an initial appointment with the surgeon to discuss my interest in doing WLS, and the surgeon explained the options although I had already decided on the sleeve.

    Next, I had to attend 4 appointments: dietitian, psychologist, physician, and surgeon. Last one (surgeon) is on 18 Sept. Then I start my 2 weeks shakes to prepare for surgery (Oct 10).

  7. I'm already making changes in my lifestyle pre-op like going hiking over the weekend and eating smaller meals (even avoiding dessert at my family's birthday dinner!) [emoji5][emoji5][emoji5]

    Yup, I decided to do the same so then after the surgery people won't see me drastically change my habits. I'm trying to avoid making it so obvious that something is up. I don't want to attract questions.

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