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SoulGardener

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from Arabesque in stuck at 50 pounds down   
    Had VSG 5/5. I was losing really easily and fast until about a month ago. Stopped at 229 pounds…. eating 1,000-1,200 cal per day plus some exercise. Maybe I am eating too many carbs? Nutritionist said limit to 70 grams of carbs per day, 100 Protein, 26 gms fat, 25 gms sugar. So multiplying out. that is 70x4 plus 100x4 plus 26x9 plus 25x4….. 280 plus 400 plus 234 plus 100. That equals 1,014 cal total per day.

    I have a lot of injuries but I think I really need to add strength training. Plus I agree with another post; I do need to get a food scale and weigh everything I eat.

    Looking back at MyPlate where i record my food intake, I can honestly see that i am eating around 200-225 grams of total carbs per day and only around 50-60 protein.

    HEY I think I just solved my own dilemma!!! Can I get some positive strokes? thanks in advance!!!😀😀😀
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from brenda.vandruff@yahoo.com in stuck at 50 pounds down   
    I tried My Fitness Pal but it costs $20 per month & will not allow me to go below 1460 based on parameters it asked me to enter. How do you get it to allow you to put in your own calorie intake?
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    SoulGardener reacted to ms.sss in stuck at 50 pounds down   
    From what I have read on this forum, this is def not the norm.
    As a sleeve patient myself (3 years post op) I average 1800-2000 calories a day, and have been maintaining my current weight for over 2 years (and I'm 5'2", 115 lbs)
    Everyone will have different maintenance calories depending on a whole slew of factors. Each person needs to figure out what that is for their own individual set of circumstances.
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    SoulGardener reacted to ms.sss in stuck at 50 pounds down   
    Hi! I agree this is a good idea. Its very easy to underestimate when one is eyeballing and guessing. You would be surprised how fast uncounted calories add up!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from Reddpanda in Lying about not getting surgery is awful   
    I told an old acquaintance the other day that I had bariatric surgery. She proceeded to tell me about a horror story of one of her friends who had the surgery 25 years ago in Mexico. Her friend has had severe complications that have never resolved. Although I had mine done at a Bariatric Center of Excellence here in the states, her story did cause me anxiety. I’m only 3 weeks past surgery and I need to stay positive! I won’t be so open in the future!
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    SoulGardener reacted to AJ Tylo in How to Break a Stall (Step by Step instructions)   
    is this what you guys are asking Open the gate to the stall

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    SoulGardener reacted to ShanIAmVA in May Surgeries - check in!   
    Hey all! I was sleeved on 5/10 and feeling absolutely great. I have had no complications and can stomach just about everything I eat (on plan) at this point. Although, like others have recently mentioned, my tastes have changed and sometimes I get sad when I think about going the rest of my life not being able to gorge on food. The thought of a buffet gives me anxiety because really - what do you choose when you want to choose it all?!
    Only discomfort I have started to get recently is the scar tissue under my skin where the incisions were. My doctor said to expect this because during surgery nerve-endings were cut and as they start to heal you can start to feel where the surgery happened. It's not painful at all. It just feels like a bruise when I press on it to clean in shower or something rubs up against it.
    Anyone else have this now being that you are at least 4 weeks out from surgery?
    Oh, and does anyone else think about the surgery and food and Protein and Water and what to have to eat that day like every waking moment? For me, it's obsessive. I have been losing on average half a pound a day so I sit there and calculate how many more days/months it will take to loose X amount of weight and I even factor in losing less a day as my BMI drops. Seriously, I feel crazy! haha
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    SoulGardener reacted to SherrieLackings in May Surgeries - check in!   
    Hey All, I am 7-weeks post op. No complications, no issues, extreme energy.. the works. I hate that I waited so many years to finally have this procedure. One drawback for me has been that my taste buds are so different. NOTHING tastes good to me. NOTHING. I could no longer swallow the Protein Shakes so I began making my own from scratch. After only a few swallows my new stomach is full and I find myself rinsing the remainder down the sink. I have tried my favorite dishes and foods of the past but the textures and taste will keep me slim and trim for the remainder of my life. I look at it this way: I have consumed more than a small nation during my lifetime of eating! I will not miss anything at this point! I am happy and grateful and determined to have a healthy remainder of life. The best to all of you on this journey!
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    SoulGardener reacted to GingerStylz in 5 years post op and have huge REGRET!   
    I had heard horror stories about RnY surgery. Regarding issues further down the road like Vitamin issues. One of major reasons I chose Sleeve. I hope you get everything fixed! Thoughts and prayers that you can start eating and drinking like normal.
    when I had sleeve, my doctor removed my gall bladder as I had stones and also did hiatal hernia repair then.
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    SoulGardener reacted to escape_pinacolada in 5 years post op and have huge REGRET!   
    Hello,
    I am new to this forum but I really need to warn others. I am 5 years post op from the sleeve surgery and am MISERABLE! I have also had 4 more surgeries to fix a hiatal hernia at the esophagus and stomach as well as pouches that were formed by the surgery. I have not been able to eat normally since the surgery and by normally I mean the way you are suppose to after VSG. I haven't been able to drink Water without pain. My SW was 245 and now I am at 184 and losing since my most recent surgery. The recent surgery was to fix the hiatal hernia again. I was told it was a "new" way of fixing the hernia, nothing more was told to me. My pancreas was also removed at the same time. My surgery was called a Nissen Fundoplication, its pretty complicated. They use of the stomach to be wrapped around the esophagus so it won't go up into that area again. From the beginning I have had GERD very bad, it was so bad I was on 2 different medications as well as over the counter antacids so that is why the Nissen Fundoplication. It has been horrible this 5 year journey. I am getting all of my records together for a second opinion and to possibly have a revision to the RNY.
    This surgery was the biggest regret of my life. My life has suffered more and my relationship has also been hurt by this. I am always so tired and sick, and my husband is worried about losing me.
    I have also been just left to flounder. I have had numerous swallow tests and load of medications but NOTHING allows me to drink a nice glass of water, albeit a sip at a time, without pain.
    So in one word "YES" i regret everything about this surgery.
    Heather

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    SoulGardener reacted to New&Improved in 5 years post op and have huge REGRET!   
    Very unlucky sorry to see what you went through
    RNY worked amazing for me
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    My surgery was 5/5. Since then I have lost 19 pounds.
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    May 5th surgery…. pre-op 277….. surg 260…. 240 now. Yeay !!!!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    May 5th surgery…. pre-op 277….. surg 260…. 240 now. Yeay !!!!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    May 5th surgery…. pre-op 277….. surg 260…. 240 now. Yeay !!!!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    May 5th surgery…. pre-op 277….. surg 260…. 240 now. Yeay !!!!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    May 5th surgery…. pre-op 277….. surg 260…. 240 now. Yeay !!!!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    My surgery was 5/5. Since then I have lost 19 pounds.
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from SummerTimeGirl in May Surgeries - check in!   
    My surgery was 5/5. Since then I have lost 19 pounds.
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    SoulGardener reacted to CurlyGirl2021 in May Surgeries - check in!   
    1 month update: I lost 34.5 total (since 5/1) and 23.5 since surgery (5/11). I feel great, try to walk about 2 miles a day and do a lot of work around the house, including gardening. I found I can eat almost anything, as long as at each meal I eat 2 oz or less (definitely have to scale everything). I end up eating about 5 meals a day, and I am able to get the 80 grams of Protein as I focus a lot on fish. I've adventured to try (in small bite-sized quantities) other things: ground meat/burger (without bun, of course), 1 rib (that was not too great --it's a bit too fatty). Have not really tried raw foods yet, except tomatoes. Have definitely noticed that need to keep drinking to be hydrated. There are some days where I am not as careful and then I need to take 3-4 hours to rehydrate, including my body waking me up during the night to go get Water. I am not hungry and it's great! (I used to be sooo hungry before, all the time!) I wonder whether people who never gained weight always have felt like I feel now (with no hunger..): It is very liberating, to be honest, to not have that thing in your stomach and head tell you that you're hungry. Thank you for listening! Hope everyone else is doing well!
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    SoulGardener reacted to pk88 in May Surgeries - check in!   
    I don't understand how they think you can get that many calories in in 3 meals a day. I am still not able to get that many calories throughout the day either, and I am still drinking 1-2 Protein Shakes a day just to get enough Protein. I'm so sorry you've had such a bad time this past week. Diverticulitis is the worst!
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from pk88 in May Surgeries - check in!   
    I had surgery May 5th; have lost 17 pounds. However, for the last week I’ve had diverticulitis. Maybe it’s the antibiotics, but I am so weak. All I want to do is sleep. This isn’t good… I contacted the clinic. They said it’s because I am not getting enough Protein and calories. They never told me the number of calories to be consumed each day. I’ve been getting 500. They said I need to double that but only eat 3 meals/day. food stays a long time in my pouch, and so far I haven’t been able to eat much at a time. With what they want me to eat, along with the tiny portions only three times a day…. it doesn’t make much sense to me how I will get in 1,000. Anyone else run into this?
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    SoulGardener reacted to MsKayla in May Surgeries - check in!   
    Hello everyone I have a question, Am I the only one that is fighting the urge to want to eat food. I know it’s only a mind thing, but that’s what I am going thru right now. No pain no issues only dealing with the thought of food mentally.
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    SoulGardener got a reaction from acbenford in May Surgeries - check in!   
    Had a setback. Yesterday am got an intense very bad pain across my upper back. Went to ER... they did a CAT scan, found a “new” hiatal hernia. Part of my sleeve surgery was to fix the rather large one I had. They don’t know if the stitches gave out and it came back, or is a small hernia was left by the surgery. Only thing they can do is wait & see. Also I have diverticulitis — an infection in my colon from trapped stool. 😐😔🥴🤮

    I am sick.

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