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Everything posted by colormehappy

  1. My nutritionist has me at 1000 a day. I’m about 4.5 months post op. I do pretty heavy exercise so it works for me.
  2. It more or less happens to everyone. I had surgery on 6/2 and my hair is falling out like crazy too. It should stop before the year mark.
  3. colormehappy

    Tips for surviving the pre-op diet

    On mine I could only do 3 protein shakes a day, plus calorie free clear liquids. Broth, sugar free popsicles and jello, etc. It was rough. Lots of people get to do proteins and veggies though.
  4. colormehappy

    Gastric sleeve pouch reset

    Sleeve and pouch are used interchangeably.
  5. colormehappy


    I was told the opposite of @bailey3, that regular vitamins didn’t cut it for Bariatric patients. I take Bariatric Advantage calcium chews and multivitamin with iron, but they’re expensive. A nutritionist in a Bariatric FB group I’m in highly recommends the Bariatric Fusion ones. Much cheaper and it’s calcium and multivitamin on one. I may switch to them when my current vitamins run out.
  6. colormehappy

    Tips for surviving the pre-op diet

    If you can get through Day 3 it’s much smoother sailing. Pickle juice saved my life. It helped a lot with my headaches and also sort of bolstered me through tough spots in the day. I just sipped it here and there.
  7. colormehappy

    Caring for children post op

    I had surgery in June and have a 4 and 6 year old. I was lucky my husband was home but I didn’t need any major help. My biggest issue was fatigue and I took a nap every afternoon for the first week while he supervised them.
  8. I think this is highly dependent on your surgeon. I woke up from surgery and was given my thyroid medication, antidepressants plus an acid reducer to swallow within the first couple of hours. ETA: Gah, sorry. I just noticed this was a super old thread that was bumped.
  9. colormehappy

    Calories Week 6, 7, etc.

    My nutritionist upped me to 1000 calories a day at 6 weeks. I was spinning 5x a week plus chasing two little boys and a puppy and I was feeling lightheaded and super hungry. 3 1/2 months out now and down 55 pounds so I feel like it’s been ok despite my initial fears.
  10. colormehappy

    Losing Weight Too Fast?

    I reference this chart frequently! I think weight loss is always super fast in the beginning because you lose water and inflammation. I lost 12 pounds my second week post sleeve and since then it’s slowed down to about 2 pounds a week with the occasional 3-4 pound week thrown in.
  11. I’m not much further out than you, only 3 months. But I can tolerate most things at this point. This may be an unpopular opinion, but I underwent surgery to improve my health but not to never enjoy foods I love again. I think it really comes down to WHY you’re eating. Is it emotional? Are you filling a void with food? I split a cookie with my toddler yesterday and didn’t feel bad about it. I tracked the calories and they fit into my macros. I also exercise almost every day of the week. I sometimes take a bite of my husband’s burger and then eat my salad. I personally think there’s a balance, but I’m also not a veteran yet.
  12. colormehappy

    New Member

    Did you just feel like you weren’t losing enough with the sleeve?
  13. colormehappy


    My surgery was 12k for self pay. But I had a complication and needed a second surgery for a gastric bleed 24 hours post VSG. My insurance won’t cover it because they consider WLS “elective” so now I owe the hospital another 30k. Yay American healthcare.
  14. I'm 3 months post-op, just short of 50 pounds down. I've always loved exercise, but I've really ramped it up as I've lost weight and felt better. Currently I'm spinning 4x a week, lifting 2x a week, and hitting 10k steps a day without much effort (I stay at home with two young boys and a puppy, so I'm always moving.) My dietician has me at 1000 calories a day, but I'm HUNGRY. It's legit hunger too, not head hunger. The exercise is better than antidepressant I've ever taken, plus I'm feeling super strong and energized, so I really don't want to cut back. But I'm also eating more calories than I "should" be at this point, so I sort of feel like I'm at a loss. I'm planning to call my dietician tomorrow but was just curious of anyone has dealt with something similar?
  15. Totally normal. I “gained” 10 pounds post op, mostly from fluids and swelling. It was all gone within 10 days.
  16. colormehappy


    Personally, I would focus on something that you can maintain for life. Do you really think you can spend the rest of your life eating meat only and no fruits or vegetables? Constipation is also a major issue post WLS. I don’t think I could manage mine without a lot of fruits and veggies as part of my diet.
  17. colormehappy

    5 years post op and have huge REGRET!

    I hope you end up feeling like the surgery was a positive thing! I’m not quite 3 months out and had complications as well. I had a gastric bleed, needed a second surgery and blood transfusions, plus had a full liter of blood just sitting in my abdomen. I’m down 45 pounds today with no lingering issues and feel great. I’m able to do intense exercise in a way I haven’t for years. My complication was super scary and I initially had some regrets, but looking back I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Hang in there! Best of luck to you.
  18. colormehappy

    5 years post op and have huge REGRET!

    To be fair, the sleeve only produces about 5% less weight loss than RNY. At least according to my surgeon.
  19. I would call your surgeon, be honest, and ask what they think. You don’t want to be cut open unnecessarily if they’re just going to send you home. They may say it’s fine and just stick to it from now until surgery.
  20. I’ll start by saying my nutritional support through my surgeon is somewhat lacking, but I feel ok with my progress and have really dug into research on my own. I’m almost 6 weeks post op, and took a punishing spinning class this morning. It felt great. (Cleared for it by my surgeon!) Apple Watch isn’t totally reliable, but it says I burned around 600 calories. Now I don’t know how to eat the rest of the day. I’ve only eaten when legitimately hungry this afternoon, still focusing on protein and veggies. Can anyone else who does heavy exercise advise me on how and if you adjust calories?
  21. colormehappy

    Is anyone else as disappointed...

    That seems really low. I’m also 10 weeks post op, down 45 pounds, but I’ve been at 1000 calories a day for the last 2 weeks. I exercise a lot which may factor into things, but I’d still think you’d be around 800?
  22. It’s only been 3 weeks. You’re still healing. There are literally thousands of results online if you Google “3 week stall.”
  23. colormehappy

    5 years post op and have huge REGRET!

    I think you can, but you automatically develop diabetes since you can no longer produce insulin?
  24. colormehappy

    Sent home after 7 hours!

    I weighed daily for weeks but it was starting to feel a little obsessive. I’ve switched to weekly now.
  25. My doctor didn’t give me a goal, but there are studies that show that 27 is a healthy and comfortable BMI for many people, despite the charts recommending lower. My personal goal is 165. I have been that weight in my adult life and was happy there, despite my BMI being 27 and technically overweight. I think it really comes down to personal preference. I would rather not be super thin.

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