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  1. lisafrommassachusetts

    Day 6 post op help

    Lots of people have very bad gas after the surgery; Walking seemed to be the only thing that helped. I also had trouble with constipation for a bit after surgery, and I ended up having to use Miralax. If you can't get fluids in I, however, I would not wait very long before reaching out to your surgical team.
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    Wow! That is an impressive amount of loss! I hope you are feeling energized. People will barely recognize you! Congratulations.
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    Favorite Grocery Products

    Siggi's yogurt, especially the vanilla and cinnamon and pumpkin spice. 15 grams of protein! and it satisfies my desire for "a little something sweet." Kibo's chips (I get mine on Amazon). 7 grams of protein; I bring them for lunch frequently to eat with tuna salad or chicken salad instead of any bread. I usually eat 1/2 the bag at lunch, and then save half for a mid day pick me up, with a piece of fruit.
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    It's been forever since I've posted...

    You look great! Your journey is very inspiring. What's your favorite change so far? Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    I had my 6 month surgery mark on Sunday, and my tele-doc visit with the PA and the Nutritionist yesterday. Everything is on track, which is good to hear; my blood work is all good as far as vitamins, macronutrients, protein, etc. Because I use Myfitnesspal to track food, the nutritionist was able to review my diet with quite a bit of detail, and thinks my carbs are a bit low; sometimes my carbs are as low as 20-25 (but sometimes they are 85!); she suggested I monitor to see if I am tired on the days my carbs are below 40, and adjust. I can't believe it has only been 6 months...February seems a lifetime ago, given all the ways our world has changed since then. Thought I'd share a before and after (during? Because I hope I'm not "done"): Before is from a wedding in 2019; After is from a hike/walk on Sunday.
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    Is anyone else as disappointed...

    It can be so frustrating when it is not dropping off as fast as either you believe it should, or compared to other people's experience. I am older (61), have crappy knees and a long time thyroid condition, so my expectations going in were tempered by those realities. I'm 6 months out and have lost about 50 pounds since the surgery, 60 including the pre-op. I found when I hit about 40 pounds down people really started to notice, and that gave me quite a little lift! (Even though I told myself and everyone else "I'm doing this for my health", it is still nice to hear, lol). I just went through a 3 week stall, I only lost 1.5 pounds in the entire month of July! However, I was getting smaller. I have never been big on tape measures, but I noticed my new clothes were getting looser! I've now lost almost 5 pounds in a week, so there you have it. Water, water, water, walking and some weight training is what I tried to do to keep sane during the stall. Everyone is going to lose at their own rate. If you are like me, the sane part of you knows that with your calorie and activity level you are going to lose weight, but it almost seems impossible! I have a friend who started weight watchers in January, and I had the surgery in February. She lost more weight than I did until March. Slowly her weight loss slowed to a stop, and mine has kept going. She has put back on over 5 pounds. I'm not judging, not at all, I have been on that yo-yo ride for years. I'm just pointing out that we all know you can lose weight without this surgery, and most of us have many times over. I am hoping that the physical restriction, coupled with the mental work I am doing now, will make me successful 2 years and 10 years and 20 years from now, and unfortunately due to whatever makes me tick that did not happen with traditional diets. Sorry for the wordy post, good luck, hang in there, and I'm rooting for you!
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    @DenverGirl88 I get the lightheaded thing also if I stand up too quickly. It is much more likely to happen if I am behind on my water, and/or it is one of the very, very muggy days we have had here this summer. I'm guessing you are not getting that in Denver..... @ResaRoo...nighttime hunger is my lifelong nemesis. I cannot just force my way through it, so I tend to have a little high protein snack about 1/2 hour before I go up to bed. I sometimes have a hard boiled egg with salt, or some high protein crackers (I like Kibo a lot) with a tablespoon of sunflower butter, a tablespoon of gorgonzola cheese on apple slices, or sliced turkey with salt, pepper and a slice of avocado. I don't want anything sweet at that time, something a little salty seems to do the trick. I'm always happy to find a quick healthy snack for those craving times. Not always, but once in awhile between 3:30 and 4 in the afternoon I need a little nosh, too. It tends to be when I am stressed at work.
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    Hey Fellow Feb Folks! Coming into our 6 month mark! I have been in a big stall..no weight loss at all for 3 weeks! Finally the scale moved and I am in ONEDERLAND! After many disappointing trips to the scale over the last few weeks, it felt like a miracle.... Hope you all are doing well. I am feeling strong and my energy level is good; I've been trying to include more hills in my daily walks and doing some light weight work for my upper body. I'm eating between 850 and 1000 calories per day; given that I am walking so much I am happy with that. Still need an occasional protein bar or shake to make my protein, but I can mostly do it through diet. Since we have been sweltering here in Mass getting the water in is not too hard. With everything going on in the world, I am enjoying the peace that comes from taking walks in the woods, and I am grateful that I am healthy enough to do that. I hope you and yours are healthy, happy and safe. Lisa
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    I Think I Need to Resume Antidepressants

    I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. I continued my sertraline through surgery. I am 61 and have a moderately severe thyroid issue...5 months today and I've lost steadily... about 55 pounds down. These are tough times... you sound very mindful and I'm betting you can resume meds and maintain your weight loss. Our mental health is part of choosing to be healthy! Good luck to you! Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Real Good Pizza

    Yes, just the crust. I've loaded it with veggies and sugar free tomato sauce with low fat mozzarella and parmesan. I have never tried the turkey pepperoni, but some people have given it good reviews. It is half the crust, and is very filling.
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    Real Good Pizza

    I've never tried that brand; the calories and fat are higher than I personally would want. I have been happy with Outer Aisle. See nutrition information, below. outeraislegourmet.myshopify.com(1).download
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    All I want to do is cheat on my diet

    I ordered caulifliwer puazza crusts from outer aisle. A bit pricey' but much healthier and higher in protein. I also make vegetarian tomato sauce with veggie crumbles.... my adult daughter is vegetarian and it's a staple when she's visiting. I serve it with spaghetti squash and since it's very low calorie I'm generous with the parmesan cheese. I had this in phase 3 and had no problems with it. Don't worry too much about the "go see a therapist" comments.... whenever you mention a craving some people think you're about to dive off a cliff... let's face it, most if us had some level of disordered eating and I guess that's what works for some people. Good luck! Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Congratulations!!! Your weight loss in 4 months is impressive. I find it sobering that I've lost 50 pounds, and I'm still so far from where I want to be. The sane part of me knows that I'm 50 pounds further than I would be without the surgery, of course, but boy this is a long hard road!! Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Self conscious

    From your profile it appears you are 18 years old. Speaking strictly from my experience, I was much more self conscious at that age than as I got older. I was an average weight person then, but was self conscious about probably a million other things. In our weight obsessed culture it makes sense that you aren't shedding negative body image thoughts as fast as the pounds. My hope for you is that through this process, with or without the help of a good therapist, you find your power, claim your voice, and nurture a healthy self love. Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    To tell or not to tell

    I realized early in the process that I felt shame over "having" to have surgery, rather than doing it "on my own". I owned the shame, and I chose to be open about the decision. The first few times I told someone other than close family and friends I felt myself flushing with how nakedly vulnerable I felt. Other than one sister in law, and 1 colleague, everyone has either not deemed fazed at all, or been supportive. People also aren't speculating on why I've lost so much weight in 4 months. When people who don't know see me and mention my weight loss I tell them I had weight loss surgery. If they have questions I answer them. This works for me. I also totally respect people's decision to keep it private. Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    I'll have to ask my nutritionist about the vitamin with biotin to stop the hair loss... I'd love to get my normal volume back. While I appreciate the support, I don't feel like I need to "get myself together". I was being honest about where my journey is right now. I put the work in every day. As for whether I'd act on lusting after someone else's man, I guess that would depend on the man just kidding.... happily married for 35 years and he's still plenty of man for me. Take care.
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    4 mo post- bloating and constipation

    I get CVS brand fiber and stir in a tsp every day to my first glass of water. Sometimes I feel I need a little more, so I'll do it twice in a day. And yes forcing the water intake helps.
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    Great to hear from so many folks on here! I'm plugging along, I'm down a little over 50 pounds including the pre-surgery loss. I'm losing about a pound to 2 per week now. I've been walking a lot, and have started doing some more rigorous walks, although not anything that counts as "hiking"...My knees feel so much better, my stamina is up, my lung capacity is better. I try to make sure I get up and move for at least 5 to 10 minutes every hour, not so much for the calorie burn but to keep my metabolism up. It's been hard at times not to fall into grazing...We are home so much because of the pandemic, and at one point I was working from home 4 days a week. I try to keep hard boiled eggs, tuna or chicken salad ready in the fridge so if I need a snack I can have some protein. I also found I love sunflower butter, and a tablespoon of that with a half an apple, or some protein crackers is a great little snack for me. Frozen shrimp is also a new staple for me; I often have a salad with 6 shrimp for lunch, or make up a shrimp salad with reduced calorie mayo and lemon juice, red pepper, onions and celery. I am completely off the protein shakes, except I use Premier Cafe Latte in my coffee. I have a protein bar once or twice a week, but mostly because I like them. I eat between 800 and 1000 calories per day, which the nutritionist was happy with. Downsides: hair loss! Which is really bad right now, don't know why, maybe because I've lost enough weight to trigger it; Extra skin, especially on the upper arms, and boy head hunger is real. Also, I think the novelty is wearing off, I find myself thinking stupid things, like "I could eat just a quarter of the jelly donut" or "1 piece of pizza would be ok". So basically I am lusting after other people's food! I keep telling myself in maintenance I can try an indulgence once in awhile. I miss having a couple of drinks. My daughter is coming for a visit this Saturday, and we will socially distance out in the yard, and I would love to mix up some sangria (I make mine with rum and red wine....). Cucumber mint water will have to do! Stay well everyone! Nice to hear from folks!
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    Looking for non chewable vitamin recommendations

    Thank you everyone! I just ordered the year's worth for $99.00. Great bargain!
  20. I am coming up to 4 months post op and looking for non chewable multi vitamins with iron that aren't huge! I'd rather do two a day than one very large. Same with calcium, but I can bear the taste of the chewable calcium better. Sent from my SM-G965U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    Coronavirus / COVID - 19

    @DaisyChainOz; Thank you for the clarification. My goodness, what a different world it was March 14th! I know it is not quite 3 months back, but it feels so much longer ago. Where I live, in Massachusetts, we had (have) a huge crisis with Covid19. We have had over 102,000 confirmed cases, with over 7,000 deaths to date. For context, our population is just shy of 7 million in this state. Now, as you know, our streets are teeming with protesters, at the same time we are trying to slowly re-open the country a bit. Since where I live (like in NY, Connecticut, etc.) the virus has been so virulent lots of us are anxious about re-opening, but the financial devastation is also frightening. I have been amazed and impressed by how other places, including Australia, have dealt with the pandemic. I hope and pray that we get effective treatment, and a vaccine, while simultaneously dealing with all the issues that have lead to the social unrest we are now seeing. I have told several people, while it was strange to be going through the lockdown and pandemic right after surgery, the hardest part, I think, has been not being able to see my friends and family in person. I also miss having a beer! Hope things continue to go well in Australia for you and your family.
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    Struggling 4 Days Out

    Ugh, those first few weeks are hard! Everyone on here said it would get better, and it did. I thought I was hungry, and I was craving Mac and Cheese (ultimate comfort food, IMO); But once I was able to move to the next food phases it started to get better. Also, for me, Chicken Bone Broth (I like Swanson sippables) was a life saver! I needed something not sweet! Hang in there, it really does get much easier!
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    Weight Calculators

    Thanks @catwoman7. Most of the time I feel committed, though lately sometimes I feel like I should be committed! lol. Hope you are staying well, and, as always, I appreciate your feedback.
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    Weight Calculators

    I am glad I found this thread. I was watching some of Dr. Weiner's videos yesterday, and used the calculator he suggested (from Michigan BSC I believe) and it totally deflated me. Per that calculator, according to my age, gender, starting weight and my medical history I should expect to "only" get to 195, a disappointing number for me, and I totally let that get in my head. I also am aware that even though for me I am moving a lot (11-15,000 steps per day, with a weekly average of over 12k a day), moderately brisk walking will not spur weight loss. I spent a lot of time with better self talk, i.e. I want to walk so I can enjoy my time with my family, I love moderate "hikes" and have neither the inclination nor the ambition to hike the Alps, losing 65 pounds is a "lot" so 195 is a whole lot better than where I started, etc. However, with everything else that is going on in the world that number took on a whole lot more meaning that I should EVER have let it. Much happier running a few other calculators showing a lower number! Also, that I am currently at 40 pounds, so even if I "only" lose 5 this month, if the double your weight loss at the 4 month point holds true I'm at 90 pounds on that calculator. The honeymoon of the first few months is waning, and I am spending too much time in my head. I'm eating healthy, moving more, and feeling good. Why can't I stay in the moment and be grateful?
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    February 2020 Post-Op Thread

    Hello everyone! Hope you all are staying healthy and safe! I weigh on Fridays, so this is my 3 month mark. I am down 30 pounds in the 3 months since surgery, 40 including the 3 week pre-op weight loss. Not very fast, and this week was barely a pound, but I am happy with it. I have really been increasing movement and I am walking between 4 and 5 miles per day, spread out over the day. I am experimenting with food, and am eating 700 to 850 calories per day. My protein intake is good, and I fight to get the water in! Downside....my hair is soooo thin, and I am noticing lots of saggy upper arm skin. Hope everyone is hanging in!