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Taoz

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  1. Taoz

    Hungry....

    For me what felt like "hunger pains" "stomach growling" in the early weeks was stomach acid and healing, and generally my tummy trying to figure out WTF just happened to it I remain on reflux medication at 7 months post op as without it I get some annoying reflux, but with it no issues at all. At 4 days post op it is most likely just acid/adjusting post surgery. But some people also feel quite hungry early on post surgery and while you are only having thin fluids etc that may remain the case for you until you move up to more solid foods that sit longer in your tummy and provide more nutrition to create satiety.
  2. Taoz

    Any MAY sleevers???

    Hi all. Doing good over here. For the most part I'm feeling well, though finding I get dizzy sometimes when going from bending forward to standing up straight (blood pressure is fine though). I stall at times, particularly mid-cycle but weight is still working it's way down. I made it into the 70s (kg) this week with 79.8kg the other day, which puts me just over 2/3 of the way there, with 20kg to go to (optimistic) goal weight of 60kg. I stick with 1000-1200 calories a day, minimum 75g protein. I'm not specifically limiting carbs. Most mornings I have a 2/3s of standard serve of rolled oats porridge and find I'm more hungry on the days I don't have this for breakfast. Morning tea is 2 shots of fresh ground and brewed decaf coffee (thankyou jura coffee machine!!!) with 200ml hot 1% milk, benefibre (soluble fibre) and a 15g protein serve of peptipro collagen hydrolysate (tasteless beef gelatin-derived supplement, good protein plus supposed to aid in skin elasticity!). Lunch is meat and veggies, either leftovers or half a serving of lite n easy (frozen) or youfoodz (fresh) healthy ready-meals (150-225 calories for a half serving). Afternoon tea is often a chobani high-protein yoghurt or a quest protein bar (if I"m out and about) and dinner is fresh meat and veggies. I'll sometimes have a piece of fruit or a few crackers with cheese as a snack too, and a few squares of 80% cocoa dark chocolate. I keep up my fluids with that decaf coffee, 1-2 large decaf teas, a few glasses of water and a few glasses of chilled brewed fruit tea. I'm down to an Australian size 14-16 and had to go bathers shopping the other week as we are about to start our very hot dry South Australian summer. I had trouble finding bathers that sat nicely on me as my previously very full large bust is now a very deflated large bust lol.. looking forward to a boob lift in another year or two! Attached is me in the one I decided looked best. I hope everyone is doing well and getting the love and support they need. Cheers, Tanya
  3. I plan to buy myself a fishing kayak when I reach goal weight (60-65kg). I had looked at them a few years ago but came to the conclusion that I was really too heavy to be able to safely and comfortably use the most stable/suitable fishing kayaks available. We just spent a weekend camping with some families from my kids school and several brought some small kids and larger tandem kayaks and my son and husband loved them I'll have to get a wetsuit to go with it (something I also wasn't keen to do at size 24/26). I will also be getting myself some new fishing waders as I'm already swimming in my old ones, plus my feet are shrinking a bit and my old ones were sized to include my orthotics I used to need. I already did a massive clothes shopping trip a few weeks ago, out of necessity, as I"m now a size 16 and my old size 22-26 spring/summer clothing wasn't going to work at all. I stuck with very affordable stuff from k-mart/best and less though, as I'd likely be needing stuff in smaller sizes again in another 3-4 months (though I can start borrowing stuff from my sister and mum soon too)
  4. Taoz

    Non-food rewards

    I plan to buy myself a fishing kayak when I reach goal weight (60-65kg). I had looked at them a few years ago but came to the conclusion that I was really too heavy to be able to safely and comfortably use the most stable/suitable fishing kayaks available. We just spent a weekend camping with some families from my kids school and several brought some small kids and larger tandem kayaks and my son and husband loved them I'll have to get a wetsuit to go with it (something I also wasn't keen to do at size 24/26). I will also be getting myself some new fishing waders as I'm already swimming in my old ones, plus my feet are shrinking a bit and my old ones were sized to include my orthotics I used to need. I already did a massive clothes shopping trip a few weeks ago, out of necessity, as I"m now a size 16 and my old size 22-26 spring/summer clothing wasn't going to work at all. I stuck with very affordable stuff from k-mart/best and less though, as I'd likely be needing stuff in smaller sizes again in another 3-4 months (though I can start borrowing stuff from my sister and mum soon too)
  5. Taoz

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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).
  10. Taoz

    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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Taoz

    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Taoz

    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.
  18. 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.
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    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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Taoz

    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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Taoz

    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.
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