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Uomograsso

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Congrats!
    Uomograsso reacted to loridee11 in NSV: Official medical record change   
    A fun NSV. While on a call with my Dr. yesterday to check on some other things, she took a couple minutes to update my official medical record. Under issues, I used to have super morbidly obese --- she deleted it Also, on the scale front, officially 20 lbs to goal (which will also be half of my previous weight).
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Shanieka in Vitamins   
    You should have received Vitamin requirements from your doctor or dietitian. Follow their recommendations. Below is breakdown of requirements I received. They may want you to start with chewable vitamins at first. I use one a dat capsules now. Just make sure whichever you choose, make sure it meets requirements. Also, if it contains Iron you cannot take Calcium supplements within two hours of taking vitamin. I buy Vitamins from this site to support them hosting this forum.

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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Sammi_Katt in Mining (Yes, for real)   
    There is a public diamond mine in Arkansas. Really just a big dirt field in a state park where you can sift for diamonds. There have been some big finds there occasionally.

    https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/crater-diamonds-state-park
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from kendra_johnson in Surgery Date   
    Congratulations and good luck!
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from mattk53 in Purees!!!   
    There are a few websites out there with bariatric friendly recipes. I like this one the best.
    Bariatric Foodie Puree Recipes
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from mattk53 in Purees!!!   
    There are a few websites out there with bariatric friendly recipes. I like this one the best.
    Bariatric Foodie Puree Recipes
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from tarotcardreader in Lesson: You'll waste food. Don't beat yourself up   
    That is one of the things I still deal with. Prior to the whole pandemic I worked remotely, so meals at work were not a thing for me. Big thing I had to learn, sometimes the hard way, was when I was feeling full there is no more room for another couple of bites of food or even one more bite. Eating that one more bite led to painful consequences. Not the same thing as your experience, but I think we have all felt something like it.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from 1000islandgirl in Can't drink any fluids   
    It took me a couple of days before I could sip without pain. I was able to handle sugar free popsicles and sugar free Jello though. Go figure. I was eventually able to sip without pain.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from 1000islandgirl in I'm Hungry are You?   
    In addition to shakes, I was allowed to have sugar free Jello and popsicles. Sometimes having something a little more solid helps.
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    Uomograsso reacted to BigSue in PRE Pre-Op diet (tracking etc)   
    I think tracking is super important for weight loss. I lost about 70 pounds before surgery just by doing two things: tracking everything in MyFitnessPal and intermittent fasting. I haven't used the Baritastic app because I really like MyFitnessPal, but I think the two apps have many of the same features (barcode scanner, ability to enter recipes and meals, copy meals from one day to another, etc.). I find it super easy to use -- much easier than calorie counting of the old days where I had to look up everything in a book or calculate the points or something.
    MyFitnessPal gave me a calorie goal of 2280, and at first, it was a challenge to stay under that, but tracking everything made me more aware of the calorie content of foods and made me think, "Is it worth eating this?" Like @Uomograsso, I gradually decreased my calories over the course of the 5 months before surgery to the point that I was averaging about 1500 calories per day. Something that worked for me was that I made myself enter the food BEFORE I ate it -- basically like budgeting, to make sure I had enough calories left before I started eating.
    Intermittent fasting is a bit controversial, but it really helped me to cut back on snacking by making me get used to going long periods of time without eating. I did 16/8 fasting (fasted for 16 hours per day and had an 8-hour window for eating), fasting from after dinner until lunch the next day. Another nice thing about intermittent fasting is that since I was splitting the calories between two meals instead of three, I felt less deprived because I could eat a lot at those two meals and stay under my calorie goal.
    I actually didn't make huge changes in what I was eating, like cutting out sugar or carbonated beverages (I did cut out caffeine a few months before surgery, but it wasn't a huge sacrifice because I don't drink coffee, and I just switched from caffeinated diet soda to caffeine-free diet soda), because intermittent fasting was a big enough change for me! If you can do it, kudos to you, but I think sometimes we fail at diets because we try to change too much, too fast, and it's overwhelming so we just give up. I did make gradual changes to what I was eating, like eating a salad before dinner to fill me up, and switching to light Salad Dressing because the regular dressing wasn't worth the calories. I also started eating Protein Bars as Snacks and found one I loooooove (Built Bars -- so delicious!), which became a nice, relatively healthy treat for me.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from Morachia in PRE Pre-Op diet (tracking etc)   
    I used Myfitnesspal prior to surgery and Baritastic app after. I logged everything that I ate or drank. I started out on 2200 calories a day 6 months prior to surgery and slowly cut that down to about 1600 calories a day in those 6 months. Dropping it by 100 calories a month didn't seem like such a drastic change. Did I go over some days, yes I did, but I got right back on my plan after. I still use my fitness pal to calculate recipes because I like that functionality better.
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    Uomograsso reacted to GreenTealael in PRE Pre-Op diet (tracking etc)   
    I really struggle(d) to track accurately because the foods I make don't always match the items correctly in the apps database. I ended up estimating a lot of just giving up tbh.
    I used MyFitnessPal the most in the beginning but currently I like Baritastic much more because it has a built in barcode scanner. IMHO use whichever method will keep you tracking consistently.
    Good Luck ♥️
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from justme2k in Ricotta Bake   
    I got a set of these to make individual ricotta bakes.
    10 oz Ramekins
    I know 10 oz is waaaay to big. I fill them about half full so they won't overflow and make a mess when they are baked. You make one batch and split it up. Bake them all at once or one at a time. You can freeze them and then thaw and bake as well.
    6 oz Creme Brulee Ramekin
    Just some ideas
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    Uomograsso reacted to Hop_Scotch in ESG vs. LSG?   
    You can see in my signature that I had an ESG back in October 2018 and then had a VSG in March 2020.
    My ESG failed, the sutures loosened or came undone totally, there seems to be a fairly high failure rate in Australia as opposed to USA, but then I have noticed the ESG subforum here has become very quiet in the past couple of years and wonder if the failure rate in USA is as high as Australia.
    I initially chose ESG as it was less invasive, non-surgical with a quicker recovery. The ESG leaves a bigger stomach volume than VSG, average weight losses are much lower than the surgical option. It is a good choice for lower weight people if the sutures hold and you are compliant 100%, however, the resulting stomach volume does allow for a bit of cheating.
    My VSG recovery was pretty good and my reasons for going with ESG, such as less invasive and quick recovery seem moot now. I wish I had gone with the VSG in the first instance, I wasted a lot of time and a lot of money.
    Some people have had great success with ESG, but like my VSG surgeon said at the best it can be considered a temporary measure for people who need to lose some weight quickly for health reasons or who need to lose some weight quickly before a surgery.
    If in the end you choose a ESG make sure the doctor has done a significant number of ESGs (lack of experience can result in misplaced sutures or sutures that do not hold) and does re-suturing at no charge to you.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from JAKE H in Half the person I used to be   
    Hit a pretty awesome goal. When I started out in July of 2019 and decided to have WLS, I weighed 427 lbs. My last weekly weigh in I was 212.2. That means I am officially half the person I used to be. On another note, I am now officially overweight! You might ask why that is a good thing. I have spent almost all of my adult life with a BMI that put me in the obese category, but now with my weight loss my BMI is 29.6 which is considered overweight. When I started out my BMI was 60. My surgeon required me to get my BMI to 50 before the surgery so I lost 92 lbs between July 2019 and January 2020 and my BMI was about 48 at the time of my surgery. After surgery I have lost another 123 lbs. No secret, just follow your plan. Eat you Protein first, meet your daily protein goals, exercise, exercise, exercise. I am doing a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days a week and usually shooting for 60 minutes daily of intense exercise. My only regret is that I didn't have WLS years earlier.
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from RainbowBrite57 in Comfort food ideas please   
    There are pancake mixes out there with high Protein. Flap Jacked brand is one of them I have tried it and they are pretty good. Another high protein offering is Kodiak Cakes brand. They have a mix you can make yourself or I have seen premade pancakes and waffles in my local grocery store. You need to make sure you are following your plan and can have these in you diet at 5 weeks out. At 5 weeks on was on soft food, but you should clear it with your doctor or dietician.
    Flap Jacked Pancake Mix
    Kodiak Cakes
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from RainbowBrite57 in Comfort food ideas please   
    There are pancake mixes out there with high Protein. Flap Jacked brand is one of them I have tried it and they are pretty good. Another high protein offering is Kodiak Cakes brand. They have a mix you can make yourself or I have seen premade pancakes and waffles in my local grocery store. You need to make sure you are following your plan and can have these in you diet at 5 weeks out. At 5 weeks on was on soft food, but you should clear it with your doctor or dietician.
    Flap Jacked Pancake Mix
    Kodiak Cakes
  18. Congrats!
    Uomograsso reacted to teanny31 in Surgery day   
    Surgery day Monday 10/19/2020 [emoji846][emoji846][emoji846][emoji846]
    Sent from my SM-N970U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Uomograsso reacted to billho in A few milestones this week   
    I thought I'd log in with a few updates today. I started this process back on July 31st with a high weight of 284. I lost 34 lbs before surgery on Sept. 21st and weighed in at 233.2 this morning. The two big milestones are that I passed 50 lbs lost and I am now a BMI of 34, which means I'm only "obese" instead of "morbidly obese". I have a long way to go to my 180 target, but I am happy about the progress so far.
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    Uomograsso reacted to Uomograsso in Coronavirus: to mask or not to mask?   
    The CDC has done a study and found the majority of people (70.6%) contracting corona virus always wore masks. So, based on the data, no a mask will not keep you from getting corona virus. The size of the virus is too small for any mask other than a N-95 mask to block it.
    That being said, the real purpose of the mask is to prevent YOU from spreading corona virus if you contract it. The majority of people contracting corona virus have mild or no symptoms, so please wear a mask when you will be in contact with others and cannot distance yourself.

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    Uomograsso reacted to maslman in Half the person I used to be   
    Congrats! You're doing great and an example of how well sticking with the plan can work.
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    Uomograsso reacted to GreenTealael in Half the person I used to be   
    Congratulations! That's Amazing 😍
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    Uomograsso reacted to Lynnlovesthebeach in Half the person I used to be   
    Congratulations! I prefer to call myself the same person I always was in half the body I used to have.
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    Uomograsso reacted to mattk53 in Half the person I used to be   
    Killer!
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    Uomograsso got a reaction from JAKE H in Half the person I used to be   
    Hit a pretty awesome goal. When I started out in July of 2019 and decided to have WLS, I weighed 427 lbs. My last weekly weigh in I was 212.2. That means I am officially half the person I used to be. On another note, I am now officially overweight! You might ask why that is a good thing. I have spent almost all of my adult life with a BMI that put me in the obese category, but now with my weight loss my BMI is 29.6 which is considered overweight. When I started out my BMI was 60. My surgeon required me to get my BMI to 50 before the surgery so I lost 92 lbs between July 2019 and January 2020 and my BMI was about 48 at the time of my surgery. After surgery I have lost another 123 lbs. No secret, just follow your plan. Eat you Protein first, meet your daily protein goals, exercise, exercise, exercise. I am doing a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days a week and usually shooting for 60 minutes daily of intense exercise. My only regret is that I didn't have WLS years earlier.
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