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  1. ABawdyMermaid

    Under 400lbs in over 6 years

    Hey, I know the feeling! All of my clothes now hang off me like sacks, and I have worn out the one pair of leggings that I had until holes came in the crotch area of them, LOL. I finally broke down and bought a couple new pairs of leggings, but I don't really intend to buy much else until I've lost even more weight. I will just have to deal with the clothes being two to three sizes too big or more. [emoji14] Sent from my moto g(7) using BariatricPal mobile app
  2. ABawdyMermaid

    Protein and fluids!

    My goal is also 90 grams of protein per day, but I haven't gotten that even once in the last 2 months since my surgery. I asked why it was so high from my nutritionist, and she said that it had to do with my weight since I was a very big girl. There was something else as well, but I can't really remember now. The only thing I found that helps me is drinking 2 protein drinks a day to help add to the protein total. At best I can get around 50 grams of protein, but like you I eat so little that it's very difficult to get it at all. I'm a vegetarian, but have decided to start adding fish into my diet simply because I'm not able to get the protein that I need. Sent from my H60-L04 using BariatricPal mobile app
  3. ABawdyMermaid

    Almost 4 days post op

    Try not to be discouraged, as you will definitely get better in the coming days! The gas pains tend to be the worst, at least they were for me, and I was also light-headed as well. That could possibly be from the lack of food or drink depending on what you've been allowed to consume. Just give it some time and take it slow, one day at a time! [emoji170] Sent from my H60-L04 using BariatricPal mobile app
  4. ABawdyMermaid

    Pre op diet

    If you just want to update your weight, there's a huge counter on the far right side of the page (you gotta scroll down a bit.) But if you want to update other stuff, go to Patients (at the top of the screen) then hover over until you see 'My Surgery.' You should be able to update from there!
  5. ABawdyMermaid

    Pre op diet

    Very true, very true!
  6. So sorry to hear you are in pain! I wanted to ask, does it hurt when you breathe in or anything like that? Does it hurt all the time or just when you eat? I had a lot of weird pains post-surgery, but mine were between my shoulder blades in my back (and this happened weeks after.) It could be something like that, but I would be wary since blood clots can develop (which is something I am always worried about, I admit.) If in doubt, I would say to call your team and talk to them or even see a doctor just to be safe.
  7. ABawdyMermaid

    No protein shakes! Possible or no?

    I hate them as well, but I have to use them in order to hit anywhere remotely close to the 90g/protein per day. I am a vegetarian though, so it's a bit more complicated for me than meat eaters (or so I'm told.) Right now I am drinking 1-2 a day still, but I want to stop drinking them asap. I could be wrong (and feel free to correct me, anybody, if so!) but I think you only really need them for the first couple weeks post-surgery, and then you can phase them out? There are other ways of getting protein as well besides shakes, like yogurts, quarks, even protein water.
  8. ABawdyMermaid

    How much to eat

    Hi there! Firstly, very sorry to hear of your troubles with the vomiting and such. It's just awful, especially so close to when you had surgery! I wanted to ask, when do you experience the pain? Is it literally with anything/everything you eat? Or, is it only with certain foods? I would get pain with eating when I ate a bite too much (usually in the middle of my chest or around my right breastbone area.) It doesn't seem like you are eating too much though. Generally when you can't yet tolerate one stage of food, you revert back to the previous, so in your case that would be liquids (since you're on soft?) Are you still able to drink okay?
  9. ABawdyMermaid

    What just happened?

    It seems to me that your body rejected it, basically. When I eat something my stomach doesn't agree with, I now get immediate stomach pains, which aren't quite cramps, but I definitely 'know' not to eat that again. Being that your surgery was just a week ago as well, you are still healing, so try not to panic. I take it the pain is not continuous or anything like that? It was just a one time thing with the cream of wheat? Edit: I just read the others' posts now, and yeah, it could have been the brown sugar or possible dumping. I think I read it doesn't happen as much with the sleeve, but it's definitely still possible, so maybe try the stevia next time instead? Also, your tastes change (sometimes dramatically) after surgery, so it could be that you just don't like one or the other anymore.
  10. ABawdyMermaid

    3 days and grumpy!

    I cheated a little as well, though it was earlier in my pre-op diet, and I was alright. (And unlike you, mine was an unhealthy-ish cheat, lol!) I don't think one day is going to affect it that much though, to be honest, especially when your surgery is right around the corner. The diet is to shrink the liver and also get you prepared for eating much smaller portions, so yeah, you should be alright. Just try your absolute best to stick right to your diet for the next few days, since you don't want to mess that part up! It was also my first surgery as well, when I had my VSG. I was absolutely terrified, and I told my nurse as well as all the hospital workers that were prepping me for surgery. I mean, they could see my terror, lol! If you can, ask if they will give you something to calm your nerves (if you feel like you need it!) You will get through it though, however scary it seems right now. You can do this! And also, if you need anyone to talk to, feel free to message me! I'm happy to share my experiences! Best of luck to you! 🎉
  11. ABawdyMermaid

    Pre op diet

    I went from 435 to like 402, I think? Or maybe 399. I'm not 100% clear, but it was over 30lbs. My pre-op diet was 1 month long though (compared to most people's which is 2 days to 2 weeks!) I am 5'6 as well, if that helps, and obviously was a pretty hefty girl, lol! (Well, still am, but a smaller, hefty girl.)
  12. ABawdyMermaid

    How’d you Choose? Sleeve v.s. Bypass?

    Cheers! I wish you luck with your surgery!
  13. Mine was very similar! Five shakes a day and a meal at the end consisting of a small amount of protein along with very select vegetables. Is yours for two weeks? One week? Mine was for a month! It can be very hard to get through, but you just have to push through it! The first week or so I was very tired, no energy at all, and just laid on the couch a lot (outside of a bit of exercise.) It got better after that though. Try to get in your liquids, as they do help a bit at least (and a lot for some) when it comes to hunger. As for my surgery, it went very well! The first few weeks were no real issues, outside of normal post-surgery stuff, though now I am dealing with a lot of nausea and general sick feelings. I think it may be attributed to my vitamin pill, or at least that may be part of it. Thank you for asking though! Despite my frustrations and the nausea, I am still glad I went through with the surgery. It's been great to watch the scale go down, down, down!
  14. ABawdyMermaid

    How’d you Choose? Sleeve v.s. Bypass?

    I was absolutely terrified going in, plus it was my first surgery as well. I had no idea what to expect, but I'm glad that I didn't have any issues to speak of (in surgery, that is.) It's odd to think about how the 'safer' surgery is the one where most of your stomach is cut away, lol. 🤔 My first few weeks I did alright, but now I am having a great deal of nausea and sickness, but no GERD or reflux, thankfully. My nurses seem to think it's normal given my surgery date wasn't so long ago, but told me to contact back if it continues beyond the 2nd month out, to consider more testing and see if anything else is wrong. So for now, it's nausea medication and carefully watching the foods I eat so I don't get sick. 😶
  15. ABawdyMermaid


    I was miserable the first week and a half of my pre-op diet. Headaches, body aches, just general malaise. Tylenol works for many, but didn't for me, sadly. 😕 I hope you are able to find something that helps you though! Is there any way you could contact your doctor to prescribe something a little stronger temporarily?

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