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Neensyb

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    Neensyb got a reaction from Luna Girl in Pity Party - Frustrated - Venting!   
    Food can still entertain, just not in the quantities you consumed beforehand. I've been reading so many posts with the theme of missing food....I have to admit it goes through my mind sometimes too. A change that I've recently made is to not be distracted by TV, phone, computer etc, and with every single mouthful think about the nutrition, texture, taste. I feel like I'm eating a lot more mindfully, and starting to really enjoy a (small) meal.
    I've started growing herbs from seeds. Strange I know, but I work from home in a very isolated place that we have just moved to. No close friends nearby, and sadly had to have our dogs put to sleep last weekend. I have no company at all during the day, and just the family at night. The delivery man must think I'm nuts, I chatter away non stop to him! My point is, I am inside all day at my desk, so taking an interest in growing herbs and shortly a full vege garden gets me outside and doing something that keeps me active and my mind busy.
    This site is a great place to get advice and just chat to people. Good luck on your journey, it will get easier every day.
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    Neensyb got a reaction from Arabesque in Each bite is a torture - how long will this last until I can eat comfortably?   
    Oh gosh, your post brings back memories. I had my WLS done in January this year. Straight afterwards I had buyers regret....what the hell was I thinking....every mouthful I felt ill, I worried I would dehydrate as I wasn't getting enough liquids. So I sat myself down and gave myself a stern talking to 🙂
    Take one day at a time. If one mouthful fills you up, great. Just move on and take another mouthful in an hour or so. I still feel full after just one mouthful now, so I break it up into tiny little bits, and graze for an hour over my food. I can get about a half to full cup of food in over that period of time.
    Psychologically the struggle was real. I fought with myself that I needed to eat more, and when I was full and still had a delicious mound of baked potato with lite sour cream and bacon bits sitting on my plate, I got so sad. That's when I really had to work hard to only put on my plate what I knew I could finish, and start mindful eating and enjoying the company I was with.
    This is a huge lifestyle change for anyone who has the surgery, and I don't think any of us really understood the impact outside of the physical.
    If you can only cope with liquids, stay on liquids and make sure it's full of nutrition. Very slowly increase the thickness, puree leek and potato Soup, pumpkin soup with tasteless Protein (you'll laugh, one pot of soup lasted me 3 months...I froze it in half cup lots). Pulverize chicken noodle soup.
    Good luck, we'll be waiting for an update 🙂

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    Neensyb got a reaction from DoodlesMom in Husband refuses to drop me off or pick me up from the hospital. Now what?   
    I am really sorry to read this. I'd definitely go to a close friend and ask for support; not only for the transportation, but when you need someone to talk to afterwards. This isn't just a physical journey, but very much a psychological one too.
    Good luck, I am sure your husband will come around once he sees a healthier you x
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    Neensyb got a reaction from Luna Girl in Pity Party - Frustrated - Venting!   
    Food can still entertain, just not in the quantities you consumed beforehand. I've been reading so many posts with the theme of missing food....I have to admit it goes through my mind sometimes too. A change that I've recently made is to not be distracted by TV, phone, computer etc, and with every single mouthful think about the nutrition, texture, taste. I feel like I'm eating a lot more mindfully, and starting to really enjoy a (small) meal.
    I've started growing herbs from seeds. Strange I know, but I work from home in a very isolated place that we have just moved to. No close friends nearby, and sadly had to have our dogs put to sleep last weekend. I have no company at all during the day, and just the family at night. The delivery man must think I'm nuts, I chatter away non stop to him! My point is, I am inside all day at my desk, so taking an interest in growing herbs and shortly a full vege garden gets me outside and doing something that keeps me active and my mind busy.
    This site is a great place to get advice and just chat to people. Good luck on your journey, it will get easier every day.
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    Neensyb reacted to Arabesque in Each bite is a torture - how long will this last until I can eat comfortably?   
    First congrats on your surgery. It can be tough to begin especially getting used to how your healing tummy works: so strange & different from anything you’ve experienced before. But it does get better especially once your tummy heals.
    There are a lot of plans out there. Some with slight variations others with lots of differences. We always say follow your surgeon’s plan because if something doesn’t go smoothly they can more easily diagnose the cause. But don’t be afraid to stay or go back a stage if your tummy isn’t quite ready yet. It’s not uncommon for people to stay extra days at a stage or to go back a step if the new stage is causing them discomfort. We heal differently & in our own time.
    I wonder if you’re eating/drinking to quickly too. Go slowly. Put your cutlery or cup down & wait a few minutes before having the next sip or bite. Two years on & I still experience gurgling if I eat or drink too quickly. I can have two swallows but if I have a third - gurgling & tightness. It’s like I have my own poltergeist gurgling & moaning & groaning inside. I sometimes find if I have dairy it will do the same thing. You will get to know how your body reacts to how & what you eat. (Mine’s gurgling now from too many sips of tea - lol!) You’ll realise the restriction (the tightness) & the gurgling are good things - they’re telling you you’ve had enough or you need to slow down & to be more mindful about how & what you’re eating.
    As time passes you will be able to eat more. I was only eating 1/4-1/3 cup the first couple of months. But by the time I was at goal I could eat about a cup depending on what I was eating. I eat about a recommended serve of most foods now. This is plenty of food & all my body needs. And that it is one of the big learnings - eating what your body needs not what your head/emotions think you need. And I still enjoy food lots. I’m just more careful about my food choices & my portion sizes.
    Good luck & give yourself time to heal & discover what works best for you.
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    Neensyb reacted to Chip L in Each bite is a torture - how long will this last until I can eat comfortably?   
    Just because your doctor says to move on to soft food doesn’t mean you have to. Don’t go above the dr recommend diet but if you need to back up to liquids and eggs then do that. Try other foods again in a week. It’s really important to get your fluids Protein and other Vitamins. It could count for why you’re feeling so bad cause you’re not getting the proper nutrition cause you can’t tolerate the soft foods yet.

    just back up a step. Eat whatever makes you feel comfortable as long as it’s within your diet. The biggest problem I have had is speed. You really have to eat slowly. I usually eat while web surfing cause I need both my hands so it makes me wait several minutes between bites. Also chew chew chew chew. Savor the flavor and enjoy it because we all know we can’t have too much of it before our tummy’s yell STOP!
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    Neensyb got a reaction from Arabesque in Each bite is a torture - how long will this last until I can eat comfortably?   
    Oh gosh, your post brings back memories. I had my WLS done in January this year. Straight afterwards I had buyers regret....what the hell was I thinking....every mouthful I felt ill, I worried I would dehydrate as I wasn't getting enough liquids. So I sat myself down and gave myself a stern talking to 🙂
    Take one day at a time. If one mouthful fills you up, great. Just move on and take another mouthful in an hour or so. I still feel full after just one mouthful now, so I break it up into tiny little bits, and graze for an hour over my food. I can get about a half to full cup of food in over that period of time.
    Psychologically the struggle was real. I fought with myself that I needed to eat more, and when I was full and still had a delicious mound of baked potato with lite sour cream and bacon bits sitting on my plate, I got so sad. That's when I really had to work hard to only put on my plate what I knew I could finish, and start mindful eating and enjoying the company I was with.
    This is a huge lifestyle change for anyone who has the surgery, and I don't think any of us really understood the impact outside of the physical.
    If you can only cope with liquids, stay on liquids and make sure it's full of nutrition. Very slowly increase the thickness, puree leek and potato Soup, pumpkin soup with tasteless Protein (you'll laugh, one pot of soup lasted me 3 months...I froze it in half cup lots). Pulverize chicken noodle soup.
    Good luck, we'll be waiting for an update 🙂

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    Neensyb reacted to MistySkye in Each bite is a torture - how long will this last until I can eat comfortably?   
    I didn’t have soft foods until week 4. I was 2 weeks “full” liquids, 1 week puree. Then soft.. even then my plan said if issues, go back to Full Fluids, so perhaps try that?
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    Neensyb got a reaction from Goin2disney in I Want To See Before & After Pics! (Cont'd)   
    Oooooh I am the same height as you, so love seeing your pics. I started at 96kgs and my goal is 69kgs. It gives me some to play with up and down. Surgery booked for 4 January. I am really excited but also scared!
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    Neensyb got a reaction from Slownstedy in Late dumping syndrome?   
    I am sure this is what I experienced on Friday last week, I'm a sleeve patient 10 weeks out. It was simply awful and I just had to sip Water and ride it out. It took about 2-3 hours until I felt somewhat normal again but very washed out.
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    Neensyb got a reaction from A1220M in Before and After Pics   
    I never thought I'd post pics of me in undies/bikini! But here goes.
    20kgs lost so far. I have none of my full body at my heaviest, I couldn't stand to look at it. The two body pics are after 10kgs lost and after 20kgs lost.
    No regrets at all.



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    Neensyb got a reaction from WanderingHeart in Calories per day at 6+ months post op   
    I am always interested in the comments on expected calorie intake. I am of the opinion this is a marathon and not a sprint. I am just over 3 weeks post op and I am changing my weighing to once a month, with even a small loss being a win. My dietician and surgeon both said eating is now for nutrition and not hunger. They have given me guidelines that I stick with. If in doubt, have another check in with your dietician to get advice and let them know your concerns.
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    Neensyb got a reaction from A1220M in Before and After Pics   
    I never thought I'd post pics of me in undies/bikini! But here goes.
    20kgs lost so far. I have none of my full body at my heaviest, I couldn't stand to look at it. The two body pics are after 10kgs lost and after 20kgs lost.
    No regrets at all.



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    Neensyb got a reaction from A1220M in Before and After Pics   
    I never thought I'd post pics of me in undies/bikini! But here goes.
    20kgs lost so far. I have none of my full body at my heaviest, I couldn't stand to look at it. The two body pics are after 10kgs lost and after 20kgs lost.
    No regrets at all.



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    Neensyb got a reaction from A1220M in Caffeine limits and guidelines   
    My sugery was 4 January, and I comfortably started coffee 2 weeks later. Now I am back to a max of 4 cups a day.
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    Neensyb reacted to catwoman7 in Any surgery regrets?   
    Does anyone here regret having had gastric bypass surgery?
    ** nope. Not for a minute. I'd do it every year if I had to. Best decision I've ever made!!
    I keep hearing about the downsides: adhesions, forever being careful of what to eat, dumping, stricture, malabsorption, etc.
    ** first, the downside of remaining obese - high risk of diabetes, heart issues, early death.
    As far as gastric bypass downsides that you mentioned:
    Adhesions - very rare
    Forever being careful of what to eat: you'd have to do this if you lost weight the old-fashioned way, too, if you wanted to maintain your loss.
    Dumping: 30% of us dump. I never have -- and I know lots of others who never have, either. If you turn out to be a dumper, it's controlled by avoiding or limiting sugar (or fats - some people dump on fats). These are things we should be doing anyway.
    Stricture: happens to 5% of us. Minor issue and very easy fix.
    Malabsorption: 1) calorie malabsorption is what gives us a leg up on weight loss. It lasts a year or two. 2) nutrient malabsorption - rare as long as you keep on top of your vitamins
    I think a lot of us once had the same concerns. I did too - which is why it took me ten years to take the plunge. And now my only regret is that I waited so long to do it.
    If you don't feel you're mentally ready for it, then maybe now isn't the time to do it. It takes some serious dedication and I think you really have to be in the right mindset to be successful. But seriously, it really is the best decision I've ever made. Should have done it years ago.
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    Neensyb got a reaction from Lahela in Sick of Liquid Diet   
    Trust me, you will look back at this time and wonder what you were worried about. 7 weeks post op and I am struggling to feel good after solid foods!
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    Neensyb reacted to Felicity3 in How Much Time Between Bites   
    Thank you everyone for your input! I started taking even smaller sips, which helped the sternum pain. And through some trial and error, I found my time between bites is best at 2 minutes. I think this will definitely help get my Protein and Fluid numbers up.
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    Neensyb reacted to Felicity3 in How Much Time Between Bites   
    I have the sternum pain even if it’s just liquids. My guess is that I’m not waiting long enough between sips.
    I definitely wasn’t waiting that long between bites of Jello. I’m guessing it’s more difficult because I’m one of the rare few who feel genuinely hungry after surgery, so it’s harder to go slow.

    Thanks for your input! If timing things down to the minute is what I have to do to be successful, I will absolutely start that.
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    Neensyb reacted to ms.sss in How Much Time Between Bites   
    First, I'm not sure, but Jello is not usually a culprit for chest pain? Have you contacted your doc with this info?
    Second, regarding the timing of bites:
    I got mine down to a science. I'm also pretty anal, so this may be too extra for you, LOL:
    Take one bite Wait 3 minutes (I used the timer on my watch). Ask myself: Do you want another bite? If yes go to Step 1. If no, go to Step 2. If I have answered no to this question 3 times in a row, I'm done eating. Go to Step 4 Put your food away in the fridge and try again in an hour or 2. Goes without saying, it took me a pretty long time to eat a meal in the early days. And I got used to cold/room temp food pretty quickly.
    These days (2.5+ years out) I take 2-4 bites at a time and just wait a minute or so without the need for a timer. Sometimes I don't do this as well as other days and l'd pay the price either in uncomfortable chest pressure or barfs.

  21. Congrats!
    Neensyb got a reaction from Pilot my best self in Before and After Pics   
    You look GORGEOUS!!!


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  22. Haha
    Neensyb reacted to Creekimp13 in Help!! Surgery in two days!! Advice needed   
    Bahahahaha! Too true!
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    Neensyb got a reaction from ElPasoSleeveGal in 3 Months Post Op   
    40lbs in 12 weeks is an awesome effort, how much would you have lost if you hadn't had surgery 🙂
    You may have had a couple of mini stalls. Stay on point, keep at it, and maybe if you feel like you are too sedentary you could get out for a 15 minute walk each day in the morning ? It's a beautiful time of day, fresh air, new start, you don't know what's coming in the day. You know what, I'm going to do exactly that, starting tomorrow morning!!
    Thanks 🙂
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    Neensyb got a reaction from ruthpets in Some days easier than others   
    Trust me when I say, you'll all get through this time. I have found adding apple juice to Water and not drink it icy cold was helpful in the first weeks.
    Consider looking at recipes like wonton Soup, and just have the broth of that. It's got more flavour than normal broth, and you can add tasteless Protein as well.
    Within a couple of weeks you'll be having puree or mash, and you'll find things far more palatable. Mashed pumpkin with butter and cracked pepper, leek and potato soup etc.
    Remember you've had major surgery, your body will tell you when it wants more or less. Keep smiling and know that in a short period of time you're going to start feeling so much better, not just physically by mentally too.
    🙂
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    Neensyb got a reaction from ElPasoSleeveGal in 3 Months Post Op   
    40lbs in 12 weeks is an awesome effort, how much would you have lost if you hadn't had surgery 🙂
    You may have had a couple of mini stalls. Stay on point, keep at it, and maybe if you feel like you are too sedentary you could get out for a 15 minute walk each day in the morning ? It's a beautiful time of day, fresh air, new start, you don't know what's coming in the day. You know what, I'm going to do exactly that, starting tomorrow morning!!
    Thanks 🙂

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