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About Dogmom68

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  1. Mama Des, just want to see how you’re doing!!!
  2. Dogmom68

    Days like this

    After my surgery I only lost my appetite for a few weeks and then my stomach started actually growling at me again! I have “munchie days”, too where I seem to be hungry all the time. I try to tell myself that it’s head hunger and resist grazing in the fridge. When I just have to have something I’ll have a Swanson’s Chicken Sipping Bone Broth. It’s low calorie and pretty high in protein and it does help curb my hunger. Try having more protein when you eat an actual meal. It does seem to help.
  3. Dogmom68

    My story

    I had surgery 7 months ago, as well and I’ve been in a stall for 6 weeks! I get pretty frustrated but have to remember to stick to the plan! I know if I do that then the weight will start to come off again. I’ve lost 80 lbs so far and I have about 35 to go to hit my goal. I can see that tiny light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there! You can do this!!! You’re doing great!💕
  4. I’m 52, 5’9” and my HW: 275. My pre-op weight was 242. I’m currently at 195. My surgery was February 9, 2021. I feel like I should have lost more by now and I’ve been in a stall for about 6 weeks. I’m happy being down 80 lbs but I do understand the frustration of a stall. My doctor wants me to try to get to 163 and being stuck in a stall for so long makes me wonder if this is all I’m going to lose. I would give anything to be down a hundred lbs!!! I’m not giving up, though. Everyday is a struggle to stay on track but I do. I’m being positive that eventually those last 32 lbs will be gone. It just might take me longer than most given my age, being post-menopausal, and having hypothyroidism. Everybody is different and we lose at different rates. Keep your chin up and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished so far!💕
  5. I’m so sorry you’re feeling alone! I completely understand how you feel. I decided not to share my decision for surgery with anyone but my husband so I didn’t have any other support except for people on this website. Just know we are all here for you and you will get to know people. I know it’s not the same as having face-to-face communication but chatting with people on here was so helpful for me. I had surgery February 9 of this year so I’m only 5 months out. I still have questions about things sometimes. You should feel proud of yourself for taking all this on on your own! You can do this! Just think how great you’ll feel a few months from now with your weight decreasing. The surgery recovery wasn’t too bad for me. I was up and about at home the day after I was released from the hospital. I only spent one night there. The nurses will give you all the help you need while you are there and your doctor and dietitian will be there for you anytime after. You won’t be alone! Hang in there!!!💕
  6. Congratulations! You look wonderful! I can’t wait until I hit my goal weight. I have about 30 lbs to go! I’ve lost 75 so far.
  7. Dogmom68

    Postop diet advice

    First of all, congratulations on your weight loss! 25 lbs is great! However, I do understand how you feel when your weight loss slows or stalls. What I did recently was cut back on dairy and carbs and started incorporating more healthy fats like avocado and green olives. I even started drinking bulletproof coffee in the morning. (Coffee with a teaspoon of Kerrygold unsalted butter. Trust me, you can’t taste it.) I stopped drinking protein shakes and use GenePro protein powder to supplement my protein levels. I use MyFitnessPal app to track my macros and keep tabs on how many calories I’m eating. I can’t exercise very well because of a spine condition but I try to stay very active around the house doing chores, etc… Watch your sugar/carb intake through yogurt and oatmeal. Try switching to boiled eggs in the morning. These are things that have worked for me. I know everybody is different but these are just suggestions. Just thought I would share. Take it one day at a time, listen to what your body tells you, and keep going! You CAN do this!!!
  8. Dogmom68

    Walking shoes recommendations

    I swear by ASICS or Reebok DMX because they run wider. I worked on my feet as an ophthalmic technician for about 15 years and those shoes were the only ones that wouldn’t cause joint pain in my knees, ankles, and feet. I usually get them through Kohl’s when I get a really good coupon or Amazon on sale. However, if you’re still having intense pain I would go to a walking shoe store and have shoes fitted or maybe even see a podiatrist.
  9. Dogmom68

    Finally in Onederland!! 🎉

  10. Dogmom68

    Surgery in 2 weeks

    I watched a lot of YouTube videos about preparing for surgery and found it very helpful. I also read Dr Duc Vuong’s Gastric Sleeve Success before surgery. His videos are extremely helpful, too.
  11. Dogmom68

    Scared shtless

    Touch base with your dietitian and let him/her know how you are feeling. It’s normal to have doubts and fears! Your support team is there for you anytime! After my surgery I dealt with head hunger pretty bad and found that hot/warm liquids helped satisfy the cravings. I drank a lot of Swanson Chicken Bone Broth, Better Than Bullion beef flavor, and cinnamon tea. Soon after I did develop actual hunger and my stomach would growl. I still struggle with this (I’m five months post-op) and when I could move to puréed foods I would eat foods mixed really well in my food processor. I can still only eat about two ounces at a time and if I feel the need for a snack I eat green olives, boiled eggs, or dill pickles. Try to avoid sugary fruits or too many sweet potatoes. This can slow your weight loss progress. I still only incorporate small amounts of carbs (steamed broccoli, green beans, spinach, etc), dairy, or berries. Be sure you are getting lots of protein and taking your multivitamins, B vitamins, iron, biotin, and calcium. You need to supplement your diet with these since you can’t get everything you need with food. You are going to be okay!!! Take it one day at a time and I know you will be very happy with your results. You can also always reach out to people on this forum for support! 💕
  12. I’m 52 and post-menopausal. Since my surgery on 02/09/21 I’ve only lost 38 lbs. My surgeon only told me “it’s not a race” and to “keep up the good work “ but I feel like I should have lost more by now. Before surgery my weight was 275, SW was 242, current weight is 206. I’ve been stuck at 206 for almost a month now and am feeling very frustrated. I’ve read where post-menopausal women will lose at a much slower rate so I’m just chalking it up to that. Anybody else post-menopause having the same issues? FYI... I see a hormone specialist and all my hormones have been balanced to “normal.”
  13. Dogmom68

    "Head Hunger"

    I understand what you’re saying! I’m only 4 weeks out and I’m feeling that empty, gnawing feeling in my stomach, as well. I try to tell myself that it’s not actual hunger but I can’t help feeling those same old hunger pains I did before surgery. At least now I just physically can’t eat as much because of the size of my stomach. However, it doesn’t change the fact that real hunger is there.
  14. Hey, Spitfireash! I felt the same as you about the hair loss so I did start my vitamins about a week after my surgery. My hair used to be thick but has thinned out as I’ve gotten older. I didn’t want to lose even more hair than I already have. Since starting my vitamins, I am doing fine. No problems. I also read where zinc is good to take to prevent hair loss so I’m taking that along with the biotin, etc..
  15. Dogmom68

    2 days out after Gastric Sleeve

    I have the same feeling when I sip water. The pain right in the middle of my chest. I still get it when I take too big of a sip and have to stop for a while until the pain subsides. I’m only two weeks out from surgery (VSG.) It does seem to have gotten better with time but I do still experience it.

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