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  1. JessLess

    Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D

    Here's some information about the difference between calcium carbonate and calcium citrate from Harvard Medical School. What form of calcium The calcium in supplements is found in combination with another substance, typically carbonate or citrate. Each has benefits and downsides. Calcium carbonate supplements tends to be the best value, because they contain the highest amount of elemental calcium (about 40% by weight). Because calcium carbonate requires stomach acid for absorption, it's best to take this product with food. Most people tolerate calcium carbonate well, but some people complain of mild constipation or feeling bloated. Some well-known calcium carbonate products include Caltrate, Viactiv Calcium Chews, Os-Cal, and Tums. Calcium citrate supplements are absorbed more easily than calcium carbonate. They can be taken on an empty stomach and are more readily absorbed by people who take acid-reducing heartburn medications. But because calcium citrate is only 21% calcium, you may need to take more tablets to get your daily requirement. Calcium citrate products include Citracal and GNC Calcimate Plus 800.
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    Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D

    I was told to take Viactiv brand in my program. CVS has a house brand that's identical for $10.79 for 100 and 50% off a second container. I have a CVS card so I get 20% off that. So 200 are about $12.
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    No one has noticed ...

    Last time I lost weight I got really offended by people who commented on it... like was I so bad looking before? Now I welcome the compliments, but I can understand people not wanting to offend either way.
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    Time off

    I do work that can be done at a desk and I started working from home after a week and went back to the office after two weeks. I was pretty weak and light-headed for the first month.
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    100lb Mark SLOWLY Approaching

    My stretch goal is to lose 100 lbs. I'm a year and six months out. I've been the same weight for a while now. If I don't gain and can extend myself more at the gym to make what I have look a bit better, I'll be thrilled. No reason to get hung up on a particular number. I would look at all the gains you've made with your health, wearing smaller sizes, or other NSVs.
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    What should I do?

    Sure, call her. I wouldn't ask what's wrong, I'd ask for an update.
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    PreOp telling the fam

    Tell them it's your body and your choice and you don't feel comfortable discussing it with them. Or don't go and let them know they put you in a really uncomfortable position by second-guessing a decision you made with your doctor. The last thing I would do is let someone try to debate me about it. I told my mom a year AFTER the surgery because I didn't want her opinions.
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    Pregnant the first try

    I noticed you posted this in a couple of different ways. I gather you are a year out? If you want to get pregnant, why not make an appointment with a fertility specialist to discuss it? If you do get pregnant, please consult with a dietician. Good luck!
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    Bad taste in mouth

    Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Biotene helps if you have dry mouth.
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    Thanking Supporters?

    How nice! I would NOT send a gift card to someone who gave you money. Maybe a plant or something homemade instead?
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    How do I cut the candy?

    One of my snacks is nuts, dried fruit, and a couple of chocolate chips mixed in. A portion, for me, is 1/4 cup. It seems like with your workout routine, you could add this in occasionally.
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    Vacationing in the Dominican Republic, making new friends!
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    lean muscle mass building

    Yeah, I'm not a doctor v. fan. I believe he lost his license and is basically a scam artist now.
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    lean muscle mass building

    I've also never heard you have to wait a YEAR to lift weights. Nor has that been my experience. Citation?
  15. Does she make your meals now? Maybe she doesn’t want to have to do a lot of extra work and doesn’t know how? I do think the larger fear is that you will get more attractive and leave her. Or that you won’t eat your favorite foods together anymore. This is pretty easy to resolve. You prepare your own food at first. Then later you can still go out to nice dinners, you’ll just eat less. But I don’t think threatening divorce is ever fighting fair. Each person has to do what’s right for them. If you could bring her to a support meeting, a meeting with your dietician, or something, I think that would curtail her fears about the actual procedure.
  16. Will she come to any of your appointments and meetings to learn more? Tell her you want her expert opinion. That's what turned my husband around.
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    Post Op Bra Size

    I went from a 44D to a 38DD. My bras are getting too big again. I just buy, wash, and rotate a couple to save money.
  18. I had never heard of it either. This is from a Mexican surgical center. The NIH also has a study with 12-year outcomes. Congratulations, OP!
  19. Word to the wise, movie theater popcorn is a slider food. I was at the movies with my husband and suddenly I was REALLY HUNGRY and asked him to get us popcorn and ate... maybe four cups? I was shocked I could eat that much. So, I'm really full now and I won't be doing that again.
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    Can I eat this

    Congratulations! I don't know what your plan recommends, but I grabbed this from the University of Pittsburg Medical Center website. Suggested Foods Ideas for Pureed Diet After Bariatric Surgery Protein Sources Yogurt (plain or sugar-free, low or nonfat, blended without fruit chunks) Strained cream soups (celery, potato, mushroom, or chicken made with skim milk) Skim milk with ½ scoop protein powder Protein supplements added to food or water for extra protein Mashed cottage cheese (low or nonfat, small curd) Ricotta cheese (low or nonfat) Scrambled eggs or egg substitute Pureed beef, chicken, or turkey Baby food meats White fish (cod, haddock, tilapia, orange roughy) mashed with a fork Canned chicken breast, mashed and moist Canned tuna fish in water, mashed Grains/starches Cream of wheat or cream of rice Farina Grits Baby oatmeal Mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes Pureed winter squash Fruits Diluted, 100% fruit juices (apple, grape, cranberry) Light juices sweetened with non-nutritive sweetener Applesauce Mashed bananas or mashed canned fruits in own juices Pureed peaches, apricots, pears, pineapples, melons Vegetables Tomato juice Diet V-8 Splash® or V-8 Juice® Pureed spinach, carrots, summer squash or green beans Avoid pureed broccoli, cauliflower, and other fibrous vegetables at this stage Sample Menu for Phase 2B: Pureed Diet After Bariatric Surgery Eat the protein portion of your meal first, and don't forget your liquids between meals (about 30 minutes after each meal). Breakfast Protein: 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup scrambled eggs or egg substitute Starch: 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup cream of wheat Lunch Protein: 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup mashed low fat cottage cheese Fruit: 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup pureed peaches in own juices Dinner Protein: 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup baked skinless chicken breast (pureed) or mashed canned chicken breast Vegetable: 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup pureed carrots Liquid meal- If you're having a liquid meal replacement, soup, or high protein shake: Drink 4 ounces (1/2 cup) over 20 to 30 minutes Try adding mashed, canned chicken or tuna to soup to increase protein content Blend if needed Pureed food should be the consistency of baby food, “spoon thick.” Cut food into small pieces and place in blender or food processor Add liquid (broth, low-calorie gravy or skim milk) Puree until smooth Season food to taste
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    What to do When You Can't Eat

    See if there is a time limit. I run VERY slowly and it takes me about 40 minutes to run a 5K. If there's no time limit, you can probably walk and run it in that time.
  22. Forgive yourself and get back on plan. (hugs)
  23. I would go to the ER. If you don't have insurance for that, I would call your surgeon asap. I hope it's nothing serious, but I'm worried about you!
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    I got the sleeve. Pain (and pain meds) for a few days. I didn't get gas pain. After the operation healed (maybe three weeks?) no pain or weird stomach feelings except the restriction; I could only have 2 oz. at once at first.
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    No Nsaids..

    NSAIDs aren't recommended after a sleeve or bypass by most doctors. I have a bad back and I take Tramadol when I have to. Losing 87 pounds has helped a lot, but it was not a cure-all for my back pain.