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Biddy zz ๐Ÿณ๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

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  1. Biddy zz ๐Ÿณ๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

    Help I need input

    I agree - get on down to a doctor. It isnโ€™t right! It could be a muscle tear but also an ulcer, or any number of things. Best to know. Keep us posted?
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    So completely confused

    Hi there - I had open surgery (my surgeon prefers that approach) and I felt rubbish for a couple of weeks. These first few days are worrying, weird, unpredictable - it passes! But it is so hard to believe that when youโ€™re in the middle of it. One thing puzzles me about your post - what is the โ€˜no water ruleโ€™? I was told drink water/broth/liquids every chance possible. The mantra was โ€œsip, sip, sip, walk, walk, walkโ€ and it seemed to work!
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    Lost / Gained 100 Pounds

    I strongly recommend the thread โ€œthe importance of doing the head workโ€. Although someone said this regain is likely a nutrition problem, I suspect it is likely an eating/food intake/food choices problem! Some doctors sell this surgery as โ€˜set and forgetโ€™ but it isnโ€™t! The initial weight-loss phase with a new small stomach is just a chance to start in with new habits - less addictive sugar, more veggies and grains etc. All is not lost! Can you reset now, go back to your original diet plan? It will be hard at first, but in 3 weeks youโ€™ll be in the groove and losing again...
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    Revision if you already have a gastric bypass?

    Can you give us a bit more info? Revision to what, do you mean? To undo the RNY? To a duodenal switch?
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    Yep, go easy on yourself. Firstly, you gain water from the op and then have to lose that. Second, have you EVER lost 13lbs in 2.5 weeks before?! Be patient, and stick to your programme - use this time to train yourself in those new habits, and before you know it, youโ€™ll be walking straight out of your clothes!
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    © Copyright mine

  7. Hooray for us post-menopausal women taking a later in-life leap and getting this new life! I am two years post op. I was taking magnesium to help with restless legs before surgery so I kept that up. Initially I took a multi that I got from the bariatricpal store here. Then as things settled in it became apparent I would need B12 supplement, and 6 mo later, it was clear I needed folic acid too. My surgeon proposed them. And recently my iron has dipped so I take an iron/vitamin c combo tablet a couple of times a week (as I remember to). It is funny - I see loads of folks saying they chose a sleeve not a bypass because of the vitamin deficiencies - but it is so easily remedied! I am so so healthy now - I LOVE my new lease on my post-menopausal life!
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    I am a band to RNY revisioner and absolutely have never looked back! I chose the band originally because it was reversible, easier surgery, somehow not as drastic and I thought easier to manage with few side effects. I could not have been more wrong! The RNY is a breeze! And the impact on my life! I am now 40lbs lights than I was with the band, am a regular runner (I have never done exercise in my life!) and feel like life is a whole different game now! Go you - you got this...
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    Hi there One idea - go into your profile and tell up some details - height, weight, date of surgery, surgery type. Your profile still says pre-op so itโ€™s pretty hard to say anything useful. Only getting your protein by supplements is fine if you are 10 days out from surgery, but not so much if you are 10 months out!!
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    Vets - How often do you weigh yourself?

    I weigh daily. It doesnโ€™t suit everyone, but there is pretty compelling research showing that one single factor correlates most strongly with maintaining weight loss - and that is daily weighing and writing it down. Or, in my case, logging it in myfitnesspal. I have promised myself - never again will I have to โ€˜dietโ€™ more than a day or two. So I have a weight. I am relaxes 1lb either side of that. But above that? I have a careful day and fall back into my happy range. Heaven knows, I have too many clothes I love to have to start again, again!!
  11. Biddy zz ๐Ÿณ๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

    Favorite underwear?

    What brand? Tomboyx are my favourites since Tomboi in Australia stopped making theirs...
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    Food commercialsโ€”rant

    What a great attitude you are bringing to this journey. I loved reading that. You are SO right - these foods are back to old you, not forward to healthy new you. It does change, what we automatically think of as a yum treat. Some days I catch myself craving cashews with chilli-lime! Where has the old me gone? That said, those old carb cravings - sweets, chips, bread - still holler for my attention! But more and more I understand it and make choices - mostly healthy - rather than being a slave to the hollering! (I also wake up on tuesdays, Thursdayโ€™s and Saturdayโ€™s and think โ€˜oh yay, it is run-dayโ€™ - which is DEFINITELY a foreign person inside my brain!)
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    Revision from Lap-band to gastric sleeve.

    I agree. Does your surgeon even DO the roux en y bypass? If not, this might be why heโ€™s pushing the sleeve? The general advice - if you ever got reflux, go for the RNY because you almost canโ€™t get it after that...
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    Favorite underwear?

    I like โ€˜tomboyโ€™ boyleg style undies and I confess to having bought 30 since my weight loss! I have pink/lime green, orange tartan, black with rainbow waistband, blue, yellow. I have them long for snow days, and short for hot days. I have cotton, micromodal. I have โ€˜wicking fabricโ€™ for running in. And I have another couple in the mail. I am addicted! This is my FAVOURITE part of weight loss!!!!!
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    Stomach doesnโ€™t feel smaller

    I remember being utterly convinced they had cut me open, sewed me up, and forgotten to do the important part! But I soon realised, everything about my stomach and eating was suddenly very different!
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    Should I be offended?!

    That surgeon is a sexist fool, but sadly many surgeons are! Sometimes I wonder if being self centred and opinionated makes them want to BE doctors, of if they get that way from everyone pandering to their in their privileged lives! But. I hope that you l him do his best work on you, and then YOU did your best work on you! How is it going? I am well below goal. And I am LOVING building muscles. I feel stronger than I ever had, and the other benefit - good arm muscles make that loose saggy underarm skin, thigh skin, even belly and butt skin not NEARLY so bad!
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    What do you do when you donโ€™t want to eat?

    My surgeon was very relaxed - your body will tell you, just go with it. But I read a lot, and tried to ensure enough protein. I had protein soups from the bariatricpal store - a lifesaver. I couple were average, some were nearly tasty! Cottage cheese. With chipotle. Or chilli. Or fruit purรฉe. Or anything for flavour - I tried a variety! And I just tried not to worry too much, and NOT to let the carbs creep back in. And it sorted itself. I stayed healthy. And got well below goal.
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    Post-OP Walking

    You have a GREAT attitude. And given that the success of this surgery is hugely about attitude, I reckon you got this!
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    Help ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    That is great advice. It isnโ€™t happening to you, it is you. This is a HARD journey. Start weighing every single day. Log it (eg myfitnesspal app) - research shows the best indicator of long-term weight loss change is daily weighing and logging. Make a new eating plan. Plan to stick to it religiously for just 3 days. Get started on the change... now!
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    5 days post op!

    I couldnโ€™t weigh for 12 days as I was recouperating in a hotel. But at the end of that - I was well into losing. but I think it varies a bit. It will happen!!
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    Cravings from Hell

    Hi @CashmereAndBones I had really bad craving days! I got my RNY in another city, and recuperated in a hotel - watching FoodTV (which I donโ€™t have at home!). Dreaming of fried food, of diners and baking, while eating protein soup from the bariatricpal store! And feeling ever so sorry for what I couldnโ€™t eat. But it passed. Now I have very limited โ€˜cravingsโ€™ - I am well below any goal I imagined and I find myself thinking โ€˜ooh, I would like some chilli-lime cashewsโ€™ which is new! But cake or jelly beans at work are still hard to resist. And I am learning, this surgery is not a โ€˜get out of jail free cardโ€™. If I eat that crap, I will gain. I canโ€™t recommend strongly enough - use this time to forceably retrain your mind. Reprogramme yourself. Not โ€˜I canโ€™t eat that ๐Ÿ˜ชโ€™ but โ€˜I donโ€™t eat that ๐Ÿ˜‹โ€™...
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    Protein suggestions I finally found a good protein powder

    Thanks - I have ordered a container to try. 18 months post surgery and I think my current whey powder is now upsetting my stomach, so I am keen to try a variation. My absolute favourite is one shot of coffee, scoop of powder, dash of milk and 7 ice cubes, in NutriBullet - coffee slushie. I call it my โ€˜Forever Breakfastโ€™.
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    How many calories do you eat a day?

    My surgeon is tracking 1700 of his patients. After one year almost all weโ€™re still on under 1000 calories a day. After two years, about 1500 average...
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    how often did you feel buyers remorse having the surgery

    Just Wondering if the buyers remorse is moving along. And really keen to hear about progress - eating, weight....