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kellym1220

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from ANewJourneyAwaits in Favorite Grocery Products   
    I had these last night with some salsa and YUM! The regular chips don't do much for me, but these were really food! I'm going to try and make nachos with them!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from Debs6688 in Plastic surgery painful?   
    There are several informative threads going on right now - plastic surgery Countdown is On, ChubRub's Plastic Surgery Thread and Jan Surgery Countdown - all pretty well balanced.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from Debs6688 in Plastic surgery painful?   
    There are several informative threads going on right now - plastic surgery Countdown is On, ChubRub's Plastic Surgery Thread and Jan Surgery Countdown - all pretty well balanced.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from skinnyfeelsgood in Hair loss???   
    I'm six months post op and have a CRAZY amount of hair (my hairstylist says at least double psi than a normal person). She thinks I could stand to lose a little hair! I have been taking Biotin and using collagen peptide Protein in my coffee each day to get an extra boost of protein, as well as the collagen benefits for my hair, skin and nails. I don't know if it's helping, but it's certainly not hurting! Good luck!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from Jay19 in Favorite Grocery Products   
    Probably TMI here, but be careful where and when you eat these (at least at first!) I brought them to work (before WLS) and they made me VERY gassy! Like, I had to go home or embarrass myself gassy! Just be careful...that's all I'm saying!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from yumna.zafar in Covid Positive + 1.5 months Post Op Sleeve!   
    I remember your first post of the before pic! You look great! Sorry, you feel like crap, but eat what you can and stay hydrated! How about Jello or pudding (SF, of course!). Take care of yourself!!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Fell off track 8 months post opp.   
    I (who am only six months out) would say no to the liquid diet. I think you need to go back to focusing on Protein and Water.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Fell off track 8 months post opp.   
    I (who am only six months out) would say no to the liquid diet. I think you need to go back to focusing on Protein and Water.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Protein drinks suck post op   
    Try Bone Broth instead of shakes...Swanson's Sipping broth has 9grams of Protein for 45 calories.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Today’s win   
    Congratulations! Jean wins are awesome!!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Fell off track 8 months post opp.   
    I (who am only six months out) would say no to the liquid diet. I think you need to go back to focusing on Protein and Water.
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    kellym1220 reacted to Horseshowmom in Today’s win   
    What is your win this week or today?

    Just out of curiosity today I grabbed a pair of jeans out of the storage closet that I haven’t worn in 13 years, a pair that I never thought I could squeeze into, but they fit! I’m 85 days post op and wore a size 24 or 26 in jeans, this pair is an 18. They are a little more snug than I care for in the waist, but they easily went on, zipped and buttoned, I kinda of like mine a little looser and then add a belt, but they definitely it! This felt like a huge victory for the day, because I was sure they weren’t even going to pull all the way up!
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    kellym1220 reacted to Amber Swift in Coffee   
    I didn't start for a few months. Just be sure to use a Protein Drink as your Creamer. Do not use the heavily flavored sugar free Creamers. - It will stall your weight loss.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in Clothes etc   
    SO many say to donate and put it behind you, but I have lost and regained too many times to make a clean break! I am going to keep the clothes i truly LOVE (mostly professional wear) and give away anything that I dislike or can easily replace. I will just store them in a trunk or in the guestroom until I am SURE that I will not need them again!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from spebbles711 in 6 days post op.... HELP   
    Try Swanson Sipping Bone Broth. There are a couple of flavors, Ginger and Turmeric, Lemon and Rosemary, and they have 9 grams of Protein and 45 calories. Also, BariWise high protein hot chocolate (15g of protein).
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from Jay19 in Favorite Grocery Products   
    Probably TMI here, but be careful where and when you eat these (at least at first!) I brought them to work (before WLS) and they made me VERY gassy! Like, I had to go home or embarrass myself gassy! Just be careful...that's all I'm saying!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in 22 Months Post-Op and losing control   
    I'm so sorry that you are going through this!! As Dr Phil says "You can't fix what you don't acknowledge" so it sounds like you are getting on the right path! Congratulations on kicking the alcohol habit! Definitely not easy.
    I am fairly new here (well, almost 6 months out), but I have read a lot about the "pouch reset" which involves about a week of going back to basics. I think you need to get on a scale and then focus on Protein and Water goals again!
    Good luck!!
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    kellym1220 reacted to familyguy in 7 year update   
    Friends,
    I had my surgery back in Nov of 2013. It was a huge decision for me at the time and I anguished over it. All the information on this website was super helpful, both before and after the surgery. One thing weighed heavily on me was the long term effects of the surgery, so I committed to giving annual updates on my experience back to this forum. This is my seven year update. Posted below is my last update, with the previous nested within.
    I weigh about 205 right now and my weight continues to fluctuate within about 10 pounds. I would really like to weigh 190, so like most normal people I'm working on losing a few pounds. With that said, back in 2013 I weighted 275 and was headed for 300+ quickly. I have zero doubt that without having the surgery, I would be in very, very bad shape today and have no regrets about the decision.
    Positives:
    I've been able to enjoy a "normal" weight life style for the last seven straight years. I'm off all meds. I fit comfortably in coach seats on the airplane. I shop for clothes in regular stores and it's easy to find a size that fits. I'm between a L and XL for shirts and have a 36 waist. My bones and joints don't ache. I can exercise, play golf, ski, etc. comfortably and enjoyably. I happily and naturally eat "normal" size portions and have no "trouble" foods. My meal (whatever it is) basically fills on a salad plate. Two eggs and a piece of toast is a full Breakfast. lunch could be a regular sandwich with nothing else or a half sandwich and a small side. dinner could be a tiny 5 oz steak and a small portion of potatoes and veg. Importantly, these are all full portions for me and totally satisfying. I love food and definitely look forward to eating (head hunger) but I rarely experience physical (stomach growling) hunger. I used to take omeprazole daily for heartburn, but it's unnecessary now. Occasionally, I'll take a Tums but only a few times a month. Since 7 years have gone by, none of my real old friends even remember me as a big person or ask about my weight. Anyone that I've met since wouldn't even know to ask -- they just view me as a normal weight person. When I tell them I used to weigh 275 the reaction is always "no way!" Occasionally, the old pictures come out and everyone gets a chuckle. I don't see myself as a fat person. Negatives:
    I'd still like to loose 15 pounds. Even with the gift of not being able to eat much, my ideal weight of 190 requires more work. Reducing snacking, sweets and more exercise is what's required and WLS does nothing to help on those fronts. I'd say WLS solves 80% of the challenge but the last 20% goes back to the basics we've heard all of our lives. If I overeat or eat way too fast, I will need to throw it up. This happens about once a month. It typically occurs when I eat something that's really good and I gobble it down too quickly. About 2 minutes later, I will feel pretty uncomfortable. I can wait it out and eventually it will go away. But more often than not, I just head to the bathroom and get it out. It's kind of gross to be honest. I have always liked to drink alcohol -- beer, wine, whiskey, mixed drinks and so on. IMO, drinking doesn't have any increased impact as a result of WLS -- I'm not more of a "light weight" than I used to be. But, as a practical matter, I do believe that it's easier to over drink following WLS. If I'm out to dinner with friends, they have starter courses, main courses, desert and so on. It's pretty easy for me to pour another glass of wine or order another scotch, while they eat through the evening. I would caution folks that like to drink to pay extra attention to this tendency following WLS. (BTW, I'm doing "dry January" right now:) That's about it. In sum, the sleeve was the best decision of my life. I hope this helps folks that are wondering about how things play out way down the line. If you have questions, you can DM me and I'd be happy to share thoughts. Good luck and look for another report from me next year.


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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in 22 Months Post-Op and losing control   
    I'm so sorry that you are going through this!! As Dr Phil says "You can't fix what you don't acknowledge" so it sounds like you are getting on the right path! Congratulations on kicking the alcohol habit! Definitely not easy.
    I am fairly new here (well, almost 6 months out), but I have read a lot about the "pouch reset" which involves about a week of going back to basics. I think you need to get on a scale and then focus on Protein and Water goals again!
    Good luck!!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from Moon2408 in everything tastes gross!   
    It should get better every day. Experiment with temperatures and flavors...sometimes taste buds change.
    Good luck!!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from Moon2408 in everything tastes gross!   
    It should get better every day. Experiment with temperatures and flavors...sometimes taste buds change.
    Good luck!!
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    kellym1220 reacted to Barbwired in Favorite Grocery Products   
    I guess I'm lucky, I use artificial sweeteners all the time with no issues at all. Didn't realize how lucky I was I guess. :-)
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    kellym1220 reacted to BigSue in 22 Months Post-Op and losing control   
    Welcome back! Don't beat yourself up -- this has been a rough year for everyone and A LOT of people have had weight gain during the pandemic. It's not too late to get back on track.
    There are a lot of options for working out at home. I have no desire to go to a gym (plus, I live in a rural area and it would be a long drive to get to a gym), so I would rather work out at home. I do a YouTube video for cardio every day. There are so many free workout videos available (my favorite is Leslie Sansone). And you can do strength training with an inexpensive set of resistance bands.
    Maybe you could try cutting out Snacks completely. For me, snacking was a big part of my weight problems in the first place, so I am now sticking to three meals per day and not snacking at all between meals, other than Protein Drinks (and the occasional sugar-free hard candy). I'm only 6 months out from surgery, so I'm sure it's easier for me than it is for you, but I find that a warm beverage fills me up for a while.
    I think tracking your food intake is really important. I love MyFitnessPal, and something that helps me is to enter my food BEFORE I eat it. If you're not up to that detailed tracking, you could try an app like Ate Food Diary. All you have to do with that is take a picture of what you eat and say whether it's on path or off path.
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in The Joys of Orthostatic Hypotension   
    Oh my gosh!! SO glad they are finally taking this seriously! Take care and keep us posted!
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    kellym1220 got a reaction from GreenTealael in 💛Jan surgery countdown💛   
    Woot woot! You look AMAZING!!!!! (Starts savings account immediately...no more new clothes)

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