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  1. Any MAY sleevers???

    Still chugging along ok over here. Had to go shopping for a whole new spring/summer wardrobe last week (cheap stuff from k-mart / best and less since I'm only going to need it one season) because I'm now a size 16 and all my old summer clothes were size 22-26. Once I get to size 12-14 I can also start raiding my little sister's and my mum's wardrobes Down to 86.8kg this morning.
  2. hmm... looks like the consensus so far is bypassers have become less appetising to mosquitoes, but not sleevers.. bugger... I'm another person they usually flock to
  3. No period since surgery (May)

    I'm 38 and my surgery was also May 2nd At time of surgery my period was 2 weeks late (I'm usually very regular, I figure delayed by VLCD for 3 weeks pre surgery) and it arrived nearly a week post op. It has remained odd since. some post op have been crazy heavy as usual, the most recent was shorter and lighter, the one before at least 2 weeks late. I think the low calorie intake, the surgery, and the hormonal changes it causes really throws our system out of whack, and it might take a while to settle back into it's new normal (or not settle for a while, if menopausal).
  4. I also use MFP (have used it every day since 2 weeks pre op). Some things I have to guestimate my serving (especially when it's recorded by "cups" not grams) but it gives me a pretty good record for each day. If I have a couple of squares of dark chocolate or a teaspoon of peanut butter (after making my daughters toast) etc I make sure to record that too and keep to my current 1000 calorie limit. MFP is also really good for tracking my water intake and pushing me to drink more.
  5. Calorie intake

    3 months post op and aim for 1000 calories a day. I'll probably move that up to 1200 calories in another 6 months or so.
  6. yikes, it adds up to a lot when I calculate it I"m only 3 months post op, so I'm still having some protein water and a collagen protein supplement in coffee daily. Taking Multivitamin, Calcium&Vit D, and Iron&Folate tablets. My multi and calcium&VitD vitamins are a special Australian bariatric formulation, and cost me Aus$47, the regular Iron&Folate another $5. (note, everything in Australia costs more than US). My daily protein water and collagen supplement costs just under $100 a month. I'll be dropping the $60 for protein water beyond about 6 months post op, but may keep up the collagen for longer, especially if it may help my skin elasticity in the first year post surgery (though I'm expecting to need some skin removal surgery) I do tend to think of my protein supplements costs as some of my "food" costs though, with the remainder being mostly rolled oats porridge (like $2 a month lol), fresh veggies (half of them grown in my organic garden), some lean meats (mostly chicken drumsticks/marylands to slow cook sous-vide and beef mince), some crackers, cheese and milk, decaf coffee beans and some quest protein bars, so the overall "food" costs for me are pretty cheap per month and will be very cheap once my food volume allows me to get all my protein with meat and dairy. Once I get beyond 6 months post op I may move to cheaper vitamins provided I"m sure they will be effective for my post op tummy and diet. When I see my doctor this week I"m going to ask him to order a blood test to check my current vitamin levels (since my surgeon didn't ask for it and I'm not seeing him now for another 4 months). I particularly want to know how my calcium, B12, and iron levels are.
  7. I feel scared and ashamed...

    As others have said, it's normal to feel scared about surgery, but it is a very safe surgery and it would be far more risky to stay obese and risk all the dangerous obesity-related diseases versus having the surgery. Try to let go of your shame. There is a multi-billion dollar diet industry that sells you products and ideas that DO NOT WORK in the long term, and have been shown time and again to fail, but they cause you to blame yourself when they fail. Many of us keep getting fatter the more we try to diet away the weight. Once you become obese the chances of being able to lose the weight and keep it off on your own are tiny, our biology works against us to put the weight back on. The only proven effective way to be able to lose significant amounts of weight and keep it off (provided you put in the work to make the tool work for you) is bariatric surgery.
  8. May Sleevers progress

    I was sleeved 2nd May, so 3 months post op now. I"m doing well, mostly feeling good (Aunt flo knocked me around pretty bad mentally the other week). I'm eating 800-1000 calories a day, minimum 75g protein (keeping detailed track in MyFitnessPal) and finding that's plenty to keep my body happy and hunger at bay. I"m not doing any major exercise/extra walking/gym etc, but am doing physical work shifting a lot of dirt, heavy digging, shoveling mulch etc in my veggie patch when the weather allows me (mid-winter here). My weight tends to stay the same for up to a week, then drop for a week, then stagnate again for a bit. I weigh myself most days but never feel disappointed when it's stalling since I know I'm eating well and the scales will eventually drop again. I'm down just over 10 BMI points now and almost half way to goal with a loss of 28kg (62 pounds), 18kg (40 pounds) of it since surgery.
  9. What amount per meal

    I've seen people post that they were eating about a cup of solids at a time at one year post op. I"m only 3 months post op so still only about a half cup of solids per meal for me so far.
  10. You should be able to get some unflavoured/unsweetened whey protein isolate powders if you want to make yourself a shake and can then include your preferred amount of stevia or similar. I never liked milky shakes either. I have a gelatin derived "peptipro collagen hydrolysate" protein supplement to add 14.5g protein to my morning decaf coffee. My mum now uses this supplement in her daily bowl of soup (it dissolves well in hot liquids as well as cold, without any gritty texture) I also use an unflavoured clear protein water powder (derived from whey protein isolate) to make nice not-too-sweet clear protein waters with brewed (then chilled) fruit tea. My favourite is red seal brand "peach and pineapple" and I add a little stevia powder to add slight sweetness.
  11. Still difficult to eat meat

    soft meats like mince and soft-cooked chicken were fine for me from around week 3 post op. Some people have real issues with chicken, and I wonder if it's because chicken can become quite dry and chewy with most traditional cooking methods when ensuring it's cooked all the way through (to avoid risk of salmonella and other food-born illness). I slow-cook my chicken in a sous-vide hot water bath for 4-6 hours so it's always fully cooked and soft but never over-heated and remains really moist.
  12. Just read no oatmeal

    Avoid it for now if your plan says to do so. In future you may wish to include it if its something you like. My plan includes moderate carbs, not very low carb as some people are doing post sleeve. I actually include 2/3 of a standard serving of porridge (made from natural rolled oats cooked with water) as my breakfast for most days, which myfitnesspal tells me is 74 calories, 10.8g carbs. I find it to be a good quick high fibre meal which my tummy is happy with (I cook a batch on the weekend and microwave my serving in the morning). At 3 months post op my surgeon is happy with my progress and what I'm eating.
  13. Study on Ghrelin

    Interesting. This is the first time I've seen reference to obese peoples ghrelin levels not dropping fully after eating in the way that non-obese peoples ghrelin levels do. It certainly supports the idea that our obese bodies are actively pushing us to continue eat too much, not just our mental desires/cravings for food.
  14. Sleep issues after sleeve

    I had trouble sleeping for the first month post op. I had trouble getting to sleep, and would be restless and waking several times a night. I think it was a side effect of the anaesthesia, and post surgery hormonal chaos. The only nights I had a good sleep were the couple of times I took an over the counter sleeping pill. Hopefully it will resolve for you in time.
  15. Not losing anymore

    In the "honeymoon period" sleevers still lose weight even while not eating a great diet. But when the post sleeve honeymoon period is over you will tend to stall and even start regaining of you continue to make poor food choices. You said the food you are eating with your parents is bad. How bad is it? Start tracking your food and calories each day to figure out how many calories you are eating, as the current total must be more than what your body needs to maintain its current weight. If you are eating more than 1200 calories (counting everything, including drinks) then it's likely too much, especially while you still have more to lose. I'm currently having 800-1000 calories at 3 months post op, and will move to 1200 calories when close to goal weight. Figure out how much protein you are getting each day. Not getting enough protein can result in losing muscle and organ mass which reduces you basal metabolic rate (the amount of calories your body burns just to function day to day). My target is minimum 75g protein. Most people's target is at least 60g. Don't worry if you have health problems limiting physical activity. A diet that creates a calorie deficit requiring your body to burn fat to function day to day is key to making your sleeve tool work for you.
  16. Grieving for clothes?!

    I've heard about some bariatric surgeon's offices maintaining a closet of clothes donated by people as they loose, so people can leave some of their larger sizes for others on their way down, and use smaller sizes others have donated.
  17. Hi All. I'm now 2.5 months post op (sleeved 2nd May) and doing well other than having caught a few nasty cold/viruses along the way (mid-winter here). I dropped below 100kg a few weeks ago, and am now sitting at 95kg (209lb). I try to get close to 1000 calories a day, and get at least 75g protein. I still struggle to get in all the liquids I should be but am most of the way there. I expect it will still be slow progressive loss from now on, but I'm happy to be almost half way down to my goal. It would be great to shed another 20+kg by Christmas.
  18. The "starting weight" figure includes losses pre-surgery. ScoutCR may have had a longer pre-op weight loss period. ScoutCR also had bypass surgery, which tends to have a more dramatic early weight loss (and faster overall loss) versus sleeve surgery.
  19. This is so hard

    *big hug* A lot of us regret our decision in the first week or two when we are in pain, and it's hard to drink, and our emotions are all messed up. I was lucky to have a fairly easy recovery. I'm sorry you are still in a lot of pain. Try to keep on top of it with your prescribed pain medications, and let your doctor know if what you have is not helping enough. Your stomach may feel like it's starving, but that is most likely just pain/growling from healing and excess acid and wondering what the heck just happened to it. If you are not already taking a PPI to aid stomach healing and reduce stomach acid please ask your doctor for one. Excess stomach acid can feel like near constant "hunger". Some people do also experience real hunger almost immediately, and it isn't satisfied by the early small portions of liquids they consume, however once they move up to thick purees and soft solids they feel much more satiety. Are you still only limited to water and gatorade? Solid food at this point could hurt going down, but more importantly could harm your still healing stomach, which is still tiny and swollen. However I would expect your team would be allowing you to have more variety of thin liquids by 5 days post op, such as thin blended stocks/soups, and maybe a soothing cup of tea? I was being served thin soups while still in hospital (which I couldn't have because they were reconstituted powdered soups full of MSG/glutamtes). You are not alone, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience and encouragement here on the forums.
  20. Regrets???

    I only felt regrets a couple of times in the first week post surgery, when I had the odd "OMG what have I done to myself???" pity party. I am now 2.5 months post op and nearly half way to my weight goal and damned happy about my decision to get the sleeve. Now it's up to me to do right by myself and do the work to make my sleeve help me in the long term.
  21. Regrets???

    I was always a fan of choc chip cookie dough. I still get to enjoy this taste on occasion with quest "choc chip cookie dough" protein bars!
  22. Ohhh, I need to try to adopt this one! My house is always in disarray.
  23. 10 days out and feel no restriction

    As others have said, the restriction will come with more solid foods. Re: staying the same weight for 4 days: your body is still healing from major surgery so weight loss in the first month can be very random and many surgeons recommend people don't even weigh themselves until 4-6 weeks post op at their first surgeon follow up. Even after healing you will find your weight stalling at random times, sometimes for only a week, sometimes for much longer. Most of the stalls are just your body temporarily holding onto more water or waste for a bit, they aren't a sign that you are no longer losing fat or your sleeve/diet is failing. Provided you are following your plan, getting in your protein, water and vitamins and not having too many calories your body has no choice but to continue to break down fat to make up the caloric deficit between what you are consuming and what your body needs to function. If you aren't getting enough protein in you will be breaking down some lean tissue along with the fat which you don't want that happening.
  24. As others have said, maybe too high in sugar and fat for now. Might be tolerated better in another month or two. Remember that peanut butter and nuts in general are really calorie dense. A tablespoon of the standard peanut butter my kids eat is 100 calories. Make sure to include any portion of peanut butter in your calorie total for the day (at 2 months post op my target is 1000 calories).
  25. Use the broth to make yummy blended veggie soups. The extra veggies will make it taste much better?