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  1. Good Morning, I am also up early today. Thank you for sharing your story. I always feel it's 'never to late" I spent years waiting to allow myself some happiness, waiting to use the "nice" china....just...waiting...I waited so long I missed out on the chance to have children....but....we push forward. It truly is a gift that you realized the prison you had been in. I'm only a couple of months out. and I've went though the stage of regretting all of this. but...there is a light...I share your optimism on the future. Take Care, Panda
  2. I have been pretty faithful to my doctors diet. I went to my 6 week follow up. I thought I would get praised on my decent weight loss and adherence to the plan but instead I got that I need to eat 1200 calories a day by the physician's assistant. strange that it even came up. I am getting the protein, etc in and following "their diet" I eat around 350 to 450 calories a day. I only know that because I use my fitness pal I didn't even think we "had" to track calories. I also email the nutritionist at this practice regularly and she seems okay with my diet. I sort of protested to this lady and she said my weight loss would be more... I thought it was irresponsible of her to suggest it. Had I been a less stronger willed woman I would have been tempted to go eat French Fries right after my appointment. The good news is I'm doing okay I feel good and getting my 80 grams of protein in but even before surgery I would have never eaten 1200 calories. Anything over 800 made me gain. If i was at maintenance phase I would understand but at 6 weeks? She said if I didn't eat more I would ruin my metabolism. Very frustrating to hear.
  3. I had a stall but I broke it by upping my liquid. THANK YOU ALL for replying. Not saying she's wrong, but I just don't think they look at us as individuals, just numbers or data points sometimes. Going to listen to my body and stay the course...as long as my energy levels and labs turn out okay I think I'll be fine. The last two days I did up it a bit and got to 550 calories and I still seem to be losing, but......don't want to overeat...thats what started this crazy cycle to begin with!!! ahhhh Head games......
  4. I'm a low loser myself but once I upped my calories and my fluid to 80 oz a day weight started coming off. I also started walking more..nothing crazy but getting the body moving.
  5. Hi fellow October folks - Thought it would be fun to do a roll call and to see our surgery months/twins. I extrapolated as much as I could from our Surgery Thread but if I missed anything....feel free to cut and paste and repost and add your date. Good luck to us all! October 1 - @Panda333 @lingre @Lizzie @JessTucker04 @ypease October 2 October 3 October 4 October 5 October 6 October 7 @MwtRBP @Joyfuljourney @LaLasQuest October 8 @DaisyJane @aurilove @Ng4345 October 9 October 10 October 11 @alyons23 @Little Debbie 77 @Nonnaof4 October 12 October 12 October 14 October 15 ) @pssk @sferen October 16 October 17 @Sheila62 October 18 @SassyTwin October 19 October 20 October 21 October 22 October 23 @JamieSH October 24 October 25 October 26 October 27 October 28 @Losing for Jack @Cherylmilla October 29 @ @Peggymacb @vanessalongano2 October 30 @Tiffgarcia22 October 31 @stacyguerra
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    Post-op weight loss expectations

    Remember, men lose 2 times as fast so females can't go by what a man experiences.
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    Four weeks post op RNY

    I think you are losing just fine. I had surgery on October 1 and weighed 285 that day. Today I'm 266.....for two weeks I stayed at 270...stall already......So..I've only lost 19 lbs. It's slow compared to others but still happy to be slowly losing. I do wonder why i did this to myself sometimes. I thought with RNY you were supposed to lose faster.
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    I definitely relate...Just had bypass on October 1. I wanted the sleeve for me and so did my primary but my surgeon said I needed the bypass because I was over 300 lbs. The sleeve is for smaller people he said. The bypass is known for it's complications which is why I didn't want it and of course...I got the complications. I've had so many complications and you can prepare all you want mentall and with psych appointments but nothing "really" prepares you for this. Yes, I miss real food. I'm also looosing sooo slow. Here is the thing, I already did this to myself and now I guess I need to make the best of it. This surgery landed me in the hospital 2 weeks later. Thank god I had insurance I saw those bills. $85,000.00 for the hospital on the surgery and $35,000.00 for the 2nd hosptial visit were there was a tear in where the doctor sewed me up. Sorry to digress getting off topic. But hang in there and know you are not the only one. xo - Panda
  9. Health is still #1 for me but damn str8, i can’t wait to look good to myself and others. Sadly, I know after massive weight loss It will not be...... For me it’s massive...some of you start at 200 which I consider small but I started above 300. What will happen is that i will look good in my clothes assuming I hit my goal, but I won’t look Good nekkid. So....then plastics need to be done. We don’t want to go through all this to not love our BOD. So...saving $$ for plastics is important to me. Not sure i anyone follows Bariatric surgeon Dr. V, on YouTube but he has many videos how if you have massive weight loss, you must have plastics afterThat’s the only way to get rid of those fat cells and for you to get right mentally. Those fat cells won’t leave unless you get plastic surgery...so you can lose weight....but they stay there....those little cells.waiting for you to feed them again and get fluffy again. Plastics will be motivation not to gain again. Just my 2 cents for whateva it’s worth, lol.
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    Cigna - Denial Due Location??

  11. Hiiiii! Just post op from October 1st. I know this is a marathon, not a sprint but would like to hear any stories of women over 40 and their experience with the rate of loss following bypass/RNY.n I feel it will help motivate me. Thank you very much
  12. Found this little space to start posting random thoughts, feelings and experiences to document this journey Surgery Type = Gastric bypass Age = 48 Highest weight = 307 1st date with surgeon 05-09-2019 Weight - 302 June, July, August, Sept - went through pre-op stuff diet and insurance hell Surgery Date 10-01-2019 Weight 284 10-02-2019 - Weight going home was 294 Hospital care impressive, bariatric program impressive. I was sent home with all the knowledge and material I need. Nurse called me on 10/03. I had red tinged phlegm coughing and she said that was normal. Today, 10/05/2019 I'm home and still sore. I don't think I was given enough pain meds so trying to use them sparingly. Lots of vitamins and meds to take it takes me about 30 minutes to take them (morning and evening) due to the stomach making me full. My main goal is to get 60-80 grams of protein and 60 oz of liquid. I've almost made it each day going to try today. I'm still happy I made this decision. Trying to walk at least every hour around the house and will i'm sitting I do ankle twists. I've take some short walks outside with the dogs. Things that are bugging me - I have 6 incisions and 4 are horizontal along my fat roll that 'bends" when I sit making it uncomfortable. Dr. filled out form for me to go back to work on Oct 17 I think i will need longer, will address at first preop meeting on the 16th Lower left abdomen hurts internally, is that where one of the stomas are? I know I'm still pumped with fluids, not weighing myself yet but I must be losing weight. entering everything in my fitness pal...always under 400 calories. Ordered a cheap fitness tracker on e-mail since my fancy one broke. I'm sick of store bought bone broth...will try to get some yummy from a local asian restaurant. ... 10/05 - had my first Bee Em sans miralax This is all more expensive than I thought it would be.
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    Weight going up

    @Lynda486 I was just about to start a thread called 3 week stall and weight gain until I saw this thread.. I am experiencing the same. I have not lost for about a week in fact I've gained 2 lbs. I JUST got the surgery Oct 1. I haven't even logged the two lb weight gain because I want to deny it. It happened around day 21 of the surgey. I've added soft foods in and I think that's why. I'm hitting my protein and fluid goals I just happen to be eating more real food. I never go past 350 calories a day and I get two 30 minutes walks in a day. I don't understand and I weigh several times a day and at the grocery store. I'm reading the responses and they give me some comfort but this is disheartening to have gone through this and now I've gained??? I did better pre-op...OMG..wondering what I did to myself and regretting this surgery. I'm not constipated at all everything is working on that front. Everyone says you lose the most the 1st six months of surgery and now I've stopped.
  14. Haven't posted in a while. Today marks 1 month. Even with my little ER trip I'm glad I did it. But...a RANT. I haven't lost a pound in a week. I have the dreaded 3 week stall. unbelievable. What gives me comfort is that this is a "thing" but dammit only eating 300 calories a day you would think that something would be coming off but no....ARGH...other than that I feel okay...been sticking to my diet..a couple of days the fluids were low. One night I forgot my vitamin...but overall good.
  15. HI folks, last night for dinner I had planned to eat 1/4 of an avocado and 2 oz of turkey meat with a little mayo. I guess I wasn't paying attention I ate 1/2 the avocado. It seemed to go down easy. I didn't have any problems at all. Is that too much food? should I be able to eat all of that this soon? . I'm a little over 3 weeks out?
  16. @mousecat88I would put this in the category if they are old enough to choose their own gender assignment without parent's approval like most states, they can decide they want the surgery. I personally believe the person should be 18 unless it's life threatening.
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    I agree with what everyone said but I personally have always been calorie sensitive. Even before I had WLS If I ate over 800 calories I would gain. The doctors never believed me that I got fat on 800 calories a day, even doing triathlons, but I did. I supposedly have pcos but no doctor will have the guts to tell me. even though I'm insulin resistant, hirsute, never got my periods. Now a days since my surgery. I try not to go over 400 calories in any one day or I don't seem to lose. Maybe 100 calories a meal. I am 3 1/2 weeks post op . @colleen156 Just remember, everyone is different,
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    Will Aetna still accept me?

    as long as you have your documention it was 3 months when you started, they will accept. You may have to fight them. If you search my posts they gave me an initial denial after I finished my 3 month program. I fought them and won!
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    Is this too much food?

    Thank you @Orchids&Dragons I need to avoid slider foods because those calories can sneak in..Or at least just stay verrrry aware, lol.
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    Panni vs tuck

    I would go with the tuck. The panni is just administrative there is no artistry and if you ever watch skin tight of 600 lb life they only show them after with clothes..that's because their only job is to remove the skin, not to make it look good. ....why get it and then get another surgery and put your bod through it. because there would probably be a deductible or co-pay. You have worked so hard and you want to feel good about your body. would suggest just the tuck. I've been following Dr. Omar Lazos on facebook. He specializes in those of us who have lost a lot of weight from weight loss surgery. Talk about Artist. Google him @Jazzy1125 I follow him and I just had my weight loss surgery so i have over 100 lbs to go but I plan to go to him after. He fixes everything. The thighs, the fupa, (fat upper pubic area) the everything!!! https://www.facebook.com/groups/dromarlazos
  21. That's great it's affordable. I actually thought healthcare is free though in your country. Maybe that's only Canada and the UK..........
  22. Good for you! I actually preferred the liquid stage. Shakes for breakfast, broth for lunch then maybe a yogurt (thinned out with soy milk) for dinner. Just easier! @Mikeyy
  23. I had RNY on Oct 1st and this is no joke. Ended up back in the hospital once. It's such a trial an error to figure out how much to drink how fast...etc..... 2 oz of meat in my baby measuring cup looks like nothing I want to use a kitchen scale but my plan says DO NOT use the scale only a measuring cup....I feel like I'm eating nothing. I'm so tired, I can't do much more than walk for exercise.... One of my belly button incisions looks weird....random pains sometimes...
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    IV Bars?

    I go to the vitamin lounge here. I even went before surgery because I was fighting a cold and it helped reduce my white blood cell count so I qualified. . There are so many choices of IVs and it's a good way to get hydrated without having to actually drink. You can ask them to drip them slow. I took about an hour..you get to relax... My local IV lounge has several bariatric patients. you can get the famous yellow banana bag @momof3_angels My only complaint is that I wish it is a bit more affordable. I would take all of my vitamins and fluids this way if I could....