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over65

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  1. over65

    3 month supervised diet

    Dietician gave me a eating plan based on diabetic diet. I couldn't lose weight on that diet after two weeks. So switched to Premier Protein Shakes for two meals. Lost 12 lbs last month. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  2. I have 60 days to go on 90-day diet. Lost 12 lbs past month. So now 3 lbs below presurgery goal. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  3. Amazon has 5 boxes of 10 packets (total 50 packets) of sugar-free PROPEL for $10.99. One packet added to 16 oz water makes a drink equivalent to a bottle of POWERADE ZERO or GATORADE G2. That is 22 cents per bottle, a significant savings. Also, packets are easy to take with you and to store. The PROPEL has 5 flavors and all create clear, uncolored liquid. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  4. I would check your health insurance coverage FIRST and what specific requirements are BEFORE any other step. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  5. over65

    Need No gym options

    It rains a lot where I live (2-3 days a week). I need ideas for exercise that does not require gym membership or purchasing home equipment. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  6. over65

    Pre op Appointment

    I haven't met with surgeon yet. I saw dietitian and was given goal weight in 90-day diet before surgery scheduled. Must complete all tests (psych eval, sleep apnea, pulmonary function, EKG, EGD) and then see surgeon just before scheduling. I do see nurse practitioner once a month at weigh-in. She orders tests as we go. First visit with NP had blood work. Everything was fine except she wanted me to start B12 sublingual to get level higher before surgery. Sent from my SM-T580 using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. Saw YouTube video where person made her own packets to go. She bought "portion plastic baggies" at Walmart and put measured protein powder for one shake. So took these packets to work with shaker bottle. Sent from my SM-T580 using BariatricPal mobile app
  8. Are you on BP meds now? Does your annual physical at work include any blood or urine testing? Having regular dental checkup and teeth cleaning might be helpful to bring up. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  9. I have the following clearances done: Primary Care Provider Sleep Apnea Doctor Psych Eval Now scheduled for: Pulmonary function Electrocardiogram EGD (pending) Ran into minor snag on EGD. When I called to schedule, I was told I had a $100 unpaid balance from colonoscopy 12 YEARS ago. [emoji33] I always pay my medical bills. GI ASSOCIATES refuses to schedule EGD until I pay a bill from 12 years ago (past statute of limitations by 9 years.) They cannot provide any documentation about this mysterious unpaid balance. Lawyer friend says not to pay because so old and unknown to me all these years. So having to find a different GI group to schedule EGD. Have 3rd of 4th weigh-in in 1.5 weeks. My weight is just 2 pounds above goal with another month to go on 90-day diet. Getting close. Been stocking up on boxes of Kroger sugar-free gelatin, Premier Protein, MultiVitamins, Calcium + D3, B12. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  10. over65

    Pre-op Shopping list

    Don't forget a couple of water bottles. I bought two 32 oz bottles from Amazon that has ounce markings and time on it to help you sip all day. I have always bought OZARKA spring water but decided to try a water filter as tap water here is nasty, heavy chlorine. New pitcher system Aquagear from Amazon has a great filter that can last 6 months. It filters out chemicals but leaves in minerals. Am getting used to the change. Also get some good shea butter body lotion. Dry skin will certainly develop. Find one you really like. Another thing I bought was a water filter for shower. Aquabliss from Amazon has a 12 stage filter and rated best in articles I found on web. Chlorine really dries out your skin. And a hot shower can cause chlorine to vaporize into chlorine gas which can irritate respiratory system. I have had my showerhead water filter for two weeks now and notice a big difference, especially no more dry itchy scalp. Sent from my SM-T580 using BariatricPal mobile app
  11. My age is important. I don't need malabsorption when I already have some softening of hip bones. Sleeve for me. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  12. Not too much coffee. Surgeon will need bathroom break. 🤣 Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  13. I think it depends on your BMI and any co-morbidities. BMI over 40 with comorbidities, they won't care about your weight history. Just don't gain weight during 6-month diet program. The fact you haven't seen a doctor for a 7-8 years will concern your surgeon. They really emphasized at my orientation that continuous follow-up is required. "Patients of center for life." Many patients who regain significantly a couple years after WLS have not maintained followup. Have you kept up with preventive screenings like PAP smear, flu shots, and mammograms (depending on your age.) If you have neglected that care over 7-8 years, your surgeon will be concerned. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  14. over65

    January 2020 Surgery Date

    My dietician didn't give me any macro or calorie specifications. Instead, I was given diet for diabetics. Daily intake is 2 servings of milk product, 2 servings of fruit, 5 servings of fat, unlimited nonstarchy vegetables, 3 servings grains/beans/starchy vegetables and 7 servings of protein. Have a list of what makes a serving size. Example, one fat serving is small avocado, 1 Tbsp nuts or seeds ot 1 Tbsp salad dressing. One grain/beans category serving is 2 slices of whole wheat bread, medium baked potato, 1 cup rice or pasta Milk serving is 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt or skim or low fat milk. One serving of protein is 1 egg, 3 oz lean chicken or fish, hard cheese Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  15. over65

    Pre-op Shopping list

    I tried sugar-free Popsicles but won't be able to eat even half. I've been eating sugar-free Gelatin when hunger strikes. I am buying Kroger brand Gelatin (small box 39 cents compared to Jello brand $1.39). Likely Walmart or other store brands will be a lot cheaper as well. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  16. BTW. Small box of Kroger brand gelatin is 39 cents. Jello brand is $1.39. Taste the same. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  17. That is the lunacy of 6-month waiting to lose weight. Most people will see worsening of co-morbidities. You are one of the small percentage who loses weight enough that comorbidity actually improves. You could raise your A1C in 3 months by eating high carb diet but not soo high to gain a lot of weight. Ironically, Medicare requires you TO FAIL a 3-month weight loss diet but my surgeon wants me to to lose as much weight as possible. I don't know how Medicare defines "failure" to lose weight but my bariatric center said to not worry about that. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  18. Maybe she said "Smooth Tea". Will get. Thx Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  19. NP at bariatric center said a lot of patients find this laxative "Slow Tea" effective. I have tried, psyllium fiber, MiraLax and stool softeners. Fiber produces large, bulky, hard-to-pass stool. Nothing helps. My constipation is due to medications I take. Sent from my SM-T580 using BariatricPal mobile app
  20. over65

    VSG to Revision

    There is "tilt table" xray they can do to prove GERD. You swallow barium and they tilt table with head down. Can actually see the barium reflux up. You might ask your center if that test proving reflux would help qualify you. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  21. On my 90-day medically supervised diet required by Medicare. Have 2nd weigh-in Feb 17. My goal weight before last weigh-in is 229. This AM my weight is 233[emoji847][emoji847] Will likely get below 229 a month early. Getting excited about having gastric sleeve surgery. I will be 67 in March and have 5 comorbidities. My BMI is 45. My PCP told me in December I was now pre-diabetic. That made my decision for WLS immediately. Already have PCP approval and Psych Eval. I drink one Premier Protein to replace a meal each day. Really like Caramel flavor and will likely continue this plan for several months after surgery. Just discovered Sam's Club has 12-pack for $17.79 which is huge savings. So immediately bought membership for $45 and ordered two 12-packs for store pickup tomorrow. So if any of you have a Sam's Club nearby and drink Premeir Protein, check it out. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  22. I add Premier Protein to my morning coffee, caramel or chocolate. Guilt-free. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  23. over65

    Protein Drinks Isopure

    I started Isopure but hate the watery consistency. Like drinking milk flavored water. Have you tried Premier Protein? Most people really like the flavors. I like Caramel. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  24. over65

    Just starting the process

    I have been taking meds for bipolar for a number of years. Took MMPI-2 as part of my psych eval and showed I am totally "normal". Really shocked my psychologist. I will stay on meds though to be sure I stay stable. If you have mental health issues, they just want to be sure that you are: (1) stable on meds and continue under treatment (2) Addressing any eating problems. (3) You have adequate social support (family, friends, church, etc.) I was pretty stressed about psych eval because my history. Don't stress about it. If you have a current therapist, see if your bariatric center will accept psych eval by him/her. Who knows you better? Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  25. Anyone find an app that tracks daily food intake and exercise. I really don't want 2 separate apps. No fitbit crap. Fitbit totally inaccurate. I did 3 loads of laundry and folded and put away. It said I took 10k steps. Truck drivers report counting 25k steps just from driving (steering, shifting). I don't want recipe app. Just a tracker of what I ate and calculate macros. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
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