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STLoser

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    STLoser got a reaction from Lane1988 in How many calories are you guys getting in per day?   
    My dietitian said 850 to 1000. I'm am 3 months post op. I usually get between 700 to 800.

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    STLoser reacted to catwoman7 in 11 days preOp diet is Hell! Who else is days away?   
    you're actually lucky - a lot of people can't eat any solids at all. The only thing "solid" I could eat was sugar free Jello (which I ate with abandon since it was the only thing I could have that resembled real food). Otherwise, it was no-calorie beverages, broth, and V8/tomato juice (and the last two were limited - I think a cup a day). And 4-5 Protein Shakes. It was tough..
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    STLoser got a reaction from Lahela in Sick of Liquid Diet   
    The first 3 weeks post op were definitely the hardest for me. I hated all the Protein Shakes because my taste changed, and I was dying for something savory.
    Getting to purees was so great.
    I spent the whole time looking for recipes and it helped get me through.

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    STLoser reacted to Somenelsons in SIPS procedure coming up   
    Hi there! I'm in St. Louis and taking steps to get the LoopDS. Your experience in this thread is encouraging. There's a lot online about how LoopDS isn't nearly as effective as DS and it's all very confusing. I'm curious what surgeon you ended up with? I'm seeing Dr. Minkin at STL Bariatric Specialists? Thanks in advance.
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    STLoser reacted to NovaLuna in SIPS procedure coming up   
    Actually, my surgeon said that statistically the weight loss is about the same. At least in the surgeries he's performed and he's been doing those two surgeries for many years before I had mine. Also, just be aware if you have the DS, Loop DS, or Gastric Bypass they don't warn you that you can develop food allergies. I mean, I know they said you can develop a food 'intolerance' but I literally developed a wheat allergy after my surgery. It shows up in my blood work and everything. I didn't have that allergy before my surgery according to my gatroenterologist. You can also develop Celiac Disease. They never warned me about that. I mean, I would have done the surgery anyway, but I really wish they would have warned me.
    Good luck with your upcoming surgery! Even with the wheat allergy I don't regret my surgery and am grateful every day that I made this choice for myself. Bright side of the wheat allergy is a lot of the foods I used to love I can't eat anymore because most of them contain wheat flour (which is in friggin' EVERYTHING because most flours... have wheat in them!) so I don't have to worry about straying off my diet because I literally can't eat that stuff or it'll make me sick... I see that as a plus and keeps me eating like I'm supposed to.
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    STLoser got a reaction from FindingShan_vsg in How much weight did you lose the first 90 days ?   
    I lost 15 preop, and a total of 75 in the first 3 months.. I lost about 20 a month. I'm now 6 months post op and I've lost 122 pounds.

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    STLoser got a reaction from Lahela in Blood Pressure Meds- When were you able to quit taking post op?   
    I bet you won't be on them for very long. The hydrochlorothiazide is a Water pill and could dehydrate you too.
    Good luck to you! [emoji4]

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    STLoser got a reaction from ruthpets in How often do you weigh yourself?   
    I weigh myself daily, but seeing my weight fluctuate does not bother me, and if I do get aggravated I take a break. As long as the overall trend is going down over time I'm happy though, and I place more emphasis on how I feel, how my close fit, and my labs.

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    STLoser got a reaction from ruthpets in How often do you weigh yourself?   
    I weigh myself daily, but seeing my weight fluctuate does not bother me, and if I do get aggravated I take a break. As long as the overall trend is going down over time I'm happy though, and I place more emphasis on how I feel, how my close fit, and my labs.

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    STLoser got a reaction from ruthpets in How often do you weigh yourself?   
    Clothes*

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    STLoser reacted to Betty1971 in Let’s talk poop strategy   
    So here is a bit of knowledge that may or may not be helpful in your life.
    i have been struggling “big time” with constipation and tried everything I have been taught in nursing school and in life about how to help with constipation. It hasn’t really been helpful but it’s gotten me by. Well this week everything I thought I knew went right out the door and an Asian lady in Tacoma taught me a trick.
    I have spent the last week traveling with my hubby for a work thing, staying in hotels, with the covid their workout rooms were closed and I didn’t know the area so I wasn’t walking as much and with driving all the time I wasn’t getting in the massive amounts of liquids I was at home so I was stopped up right!!!
    I asked a friend there if she could give me a ride to Walmart to get an enema, well that was quite the conversation starter!!
    anyway she informed me that I could do whatever I had to do but: if I drank some hot ginger tea and took long hot bath and massaged my stomach froM right to left and then tried on the toilet with my feet on a stool or the garbage can turned upside down I would have a bowel movement. Haha right, I mean I haven’t pooped in four days and I think I may just pass a small elephant when it’s time what is tea and a stool going to do......
    I pooped. I pooped a lot. It worked. I don’t know what part of the equation is the magic part but you can bet your bottom dollar that every other night I will be drinking ginger tea in the bathtub with the garbage can turned upside down in front of the throne because it works.
    maybe it’s the position of the knees up or maybe it’s the hot tea mixed with the knees or the abdominal massage but by golly it’s better than any alternative I have found!!!
    thanks to Dtan I am again a happy woman
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    STLoser reacted to Lahela in Blood Pressure Meds- When were you able to quit taking post op?   
    I was taking lisinopril and they had me stop 1 days before surgery and I had to stop another med hydraclorathizid. My surgeon said you can not take lisinopril because it dehydrates you. I am still taking 1 other med for blood pressure. But hoping to come off that with in the first 90 days or so. I am only 1 day out from surgery so i am really excited to see how this all goes.
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    STLoser reacted to chiquitatummy in I "snuck" having WLS   
    thank you everyone for playing along with my poll and sharing your experiences and takes on sharing about your WLS. I've really enjoyed seeing the different perspectives and reading all the different experiences. This little community has become a real support to me since I discovered it. I appreciate having a place to come to where I can talk about my WLS experience and learn from others.
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    STLoser got a reaction from Lahela in Blood Pressure Meds- When were you able to quit taking post op?   
    I actually started BP meds in May 2020 (Lisinopril). I had just started having high BP right before that.. My surgery was July 23, 2020, and my BP was low after surgery and so they told me not to take Lisinopril, and I have not had to go back to it. My BP has been normal since surgery.
    It may take longer the longer you've had hypertension and been on meds though.

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    STLoser got a reaction from mocha2871@yahoo.com in I "snuck" having WLS   
    I'll admit, there was a time I thought wls was the easy way out, thanks to the lies that are told by so many about it. After my own research and finding out everything I could I realized that was so untrue, and now that I've been through it myself I definitely know better! It makes me so mad. It's the most effective treatment we have for obesity at this point. And I feel like as much as fat people are shamed to lose weight they shouldn't have to justify HOW they lose it. It's a medical condition. No one would tell a diabetic not to take their meds. This is just another medical treatment. This is a big reason I have told everyone about it.. I hope that by being open I can clear up some misconceptions. I'm pretty much an open book though and I understand why someone would want to keep it to themselves. I am so lucky that the people in my life have been very supportive, but if they said something rude they know my big mouth and that I'll let them have it. Lol
    I'm gonna be 50 in August and I think I've finally arrived at the "I don't give a sh*t what anyone thinks" part of my life. Ha ha


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    STLoser got a reaction from mocha2871@yahoo.com in I "snuck" having WLS   
    I'll admit, there was a time I thought wls was the easy way out, thanks to the lies that are told by so many about it. After my own research and finding out everything I could I realized that was so untrue, and now that I've been through it myself I definitely know better! It makes me so mad. It's the most effective treatment we have for obesity at this point. And I feel like as much as fat people are shamed to lose weight they shouldn't have to justify HOW they lose it. It's a medical condition. No one would tell a diabetic not to take their meds. This is just another medical treatment. This is a big reason I have told everyone about it.. I hope that by being open I can clear up some misconceptions. I'm pretty much an open book though and I understand why someone would want to keep it to themselves. I am so lucky that the people in my life have been very supportive, but if they said something rude they know my big mouth and that I'll let them have it. Lol
    I'm gonna be 50 in August and I think I've finally arrived at the "I don't give a sh*t what anyone thinks" part of my life. Ha ha


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    STLoser reacted to mweiss1998 in And now the rest of the story...   
    You can do it. I quit 25 years ago and it was probably one of the best things I ever did for myself. I did it cold turkey and so can you!
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    STLoser reacted to ms.sss in Alcohol during maintenance??   
    Thanks, I often wonder about that...though if I had an addiction, its probably already been transferred. To drinking, smoking, cooking, shopping, exercising, screen time, spreadsheet making, vacation planning, pouring over the forums of BariatricPal. All activities one person or other have commented I do too much of. *shrugs*
    P.S. oh, and forgot to include: counting calories and weighing myself every morning.
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    STLoser reacted to catwoman7 in Slow (maybe sore?) Loser   
    most people see the biggest drops during the first month or two after surgery. After that, it does slow down to about 2-3 lbs a week (maybe a bit higher for those with a higher starting BMI). So your rate of loss is pretty normal. I'm not sure where you started, but I was well over 300 lbs. I lost 16 lbs the first month, and then 10-12 lbs a month for the next six months or so. Then it dropped down to about 6-8 lbs a month....and gradually went down from there (by the end, it was like two lbs a month - UGH!). As long as you're trending down, you're good!
    and to reiterate, yes, your rate of loss is completely normal. Just follow your plan. If you cut back too much from your plan, you risk getting sick or having deficiencies. So I would not worry about "moving the needle faster". Massive weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, as they say...
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    STLoser reacted to Jaelzion in Slow (maybe sore?) Loser   
    As others have said, your rate of weight loss is good. It won't take long at all for the pounds to add up. If it's any comfort, I lost relatively slowly but the good thing was, the weight loss just kept going and going. I am almost two years out and at my goal weight and I'm STILL losing very slowly (half a pound in the last month). I know it's hard to be patient, but stick with it and before long you'll be looking back at an amazing weight loss.
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    STLoser reacted to ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    yummmmmmmm...i love all things deconstructed
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    STLoser got a reaction from Cherié H in Gall bladder removal   
    It is definitely very common for your gallbladder to act up with rapid weight loss..
    Having my gallbladder out is what actually led me to getting wls though, because the surgeon saw how bad my liver looked and suggested wls.
    So hopefully, it won't happen to you, but there is a possibility. It's not too bad of an operation luckily.. I didn't even have to stay overnight for it.

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    STLoser reacted to blackcatsandbaddecisions in Covid Vaccine   
    I have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and my husband has had two doses of the Moderna vaccine. We both had a sore arm after the first dose. After the second dose I felt a bit under the weather the next day, for about 6 hours, then nothing. My husband was a bit tired the next day but otherwise was fine.

    I would do it again in a heartbeat! I know a very young covid long-hauler who has permanent organ damage from Covid and isn’t sure if she will ever be the same again. I am so excited that both my husband and I are two weeks second dose so we are at maximum effectiveness. When it is available for young children I’ll be happy to get my kids vaccinated too.
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    STLoser reacted to summerset in Belly Sticking Out   
    Would be interesting to know how much weight she lost (especially in BMI points). After all there's a difference between losing 80 lbs being a tall person and losing 160 lbs when being a short person.
    I only think of weight changes that are about the same BMI points as comparable when it comes to loose skin. Also, age is a huge factor and "quality of skin".
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    STLoser reacted to blackcatsandbaddecisions in Scared and Nervous   
    My life post surgery is amazingly like my life pre-surgery, just without never ending insatiable hunger. That might be an oversimplification but truly, I’ve been amazed by how quickly I adjusted and how little I think about my stomach (or what is left of it I mean).

    What is different this the role that food takes. I had a moment of realization before surgery where I was panicking about how different my life would be, and realizing that was because my life had gotten so narrowed by obesity that food was the central part of it. Liking food, going places to get food, food, eating candy, thinking about my next meal, guilt over not dieting, obsessing about my weight, etc. Food seemed like the only thing I had that brought me pleasure anymore. But that isn’t how I want to live, and it was killing me.
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