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  1. HeatherE

    Any March Surgeries?

    I want 2-3 ounces of protein and some fruit too! So jealous. Is your 2-3 ounces weight or mass?
  2. HeatherE

    Pants vs. dress right after surgery

    Pants are fine. I brought sweatpants but the staff all told me my pajamas looked like an outfit so I just wore them home (haha). Wear what you’re comfy in. If it wasn’t a dress before, I doubt it will be a dress now.
  3. HeatherE

    One glass of wine....

    Oh my goodness. Wine.. that’s a lucky thought. I’m also six weeks post-op. I begged for a couple whole grain goldfish pretzels rather than drinking coconut water to get my required carbs. I got back a two page email from the dietician guilting me into not having them. I can’t even imagine the response I’d get if I requested wine. Makes me laugh thinking about it!
  4. I had surgery in March. I told my husband initially. I eventually told my parents and was surprised they were supportive. My husband agreed that he expected my dad to tell me just to eat better and exercise more like him. My father was not kind about my weight gain. I didn’t tell any other friends or family. I’m six weeks out and still haven’t told friends or family. Only my manicurist knows, and my son’s head of school figured it out (she’s considering the same procedure with the same doctor). My coworkers, neighbors, and some friends knew I was having hernia surgery (which was true since they repaired my hernia at the same time). A couple people asked me if I was doing weight loss surgery when they figured out I was on a liquid diet. I was shocked because I didn’t think I was that big to even need surgery. I just told them it was hernia surgery. If I choose to tell people down the road, that’s ok; but, I’m not offering it up. I just tell people I’m on a diet,
  5. I just tried on new shoes yesterday. I’m two sizes smaller and didn’t need wide width. Is that common? I’m back to the size 7.5 I was my whole life until I gave birth; from then until now I was a 8.5 wide. Remembered your above post when I was shopping last night. Glad you mentioned it or I would have thought I was nuts.
  6. HeatherE

    Any March Surgeries?

    Thanks for your post. I can relate. According to the nutrition plan I received, I get one ounce (mass, not weight) of protein and 1-2 tablespoons of vegetables 3x a day. The surgeon said I can up it to 5x a day. That was fine initially, but 6 weeks out, I’m having more like 1.5-2 ounces of protein (maybe more). A one ounce medicine cup of chicken seems like almost nothing. I also had two turkey sausage links for a meal. Is that more than one ounce? in order to get in my protein and carb goals I have to have a protein shake(s) and I’m supposed to have Gatorade or coconut water for the carbs. I would rather eat than drink my protein/carbs/calories. This week I didn’t get my carb goals. I asked if I could have a few whole grain pretzel goldfish rather than Gatorade or coconut water, but I got a big no, I thought it may be ok since it is very similar in calories and carbs to the drinks. What does everyone else do for carbs? Is anyone else allowed fruit or grains six weeks out? What is your suggested quantity of food? I know my bariatric practice is stricter than most. I considered another plan that was different, but I preferred this surgeon. Meeting with a bariatric dietician from another practice tomorrow to get her advice. I don’t want to stretch my pouch, like you said, but I don’t know that this is sustainable for the long term. Other bariatric plans allow small quantities of fruit/grains after protein and vegetables and the patients are successful, Also, I’m usually ok without liquids when I eat, but when it’s super hot out and I’m walking or at my son’s soccer game, I sometimes find myself counting the minutes until I can rehydrate. Sorry for the long email. Appreciate everyone’s thoughts on this.
  7. HeatherE

    NSV of sorts

    Proud of you!
  8. HeatherE

    NSV of sorts

    Proud of you!
  9. HeatherE

    Any March Surgeries?

    We’re surgery twins. My surgery was March 22nd also. Like you, I’m following the plan and trying to trust the process. I’ve only lost 20 pounds post surgery which has been frustrating; although my doctor seems ok with it as long as I’m losing. I lost 33.4 pounds from January until surgery. The good news is, I’m half a pond from being halfway to my goal. My doctor calculated that I could get to 150 pounds , but my goal is 120 which the RN at the practice said is very doable. I’m 5’1”. I wish I was further along, but at least I’m losing, not gaining weight. I’m so proud of everyone losing 30 pounds and someone said they lost 70 ponds I think. Way to go!!!
  10. HeatherE

    Any March Surgeries?

    The ProCare chewable tropics is good.
  11. HeatherE

    March 2021 Surgery Dates

    So glad to hear your positive feedback about your experience . I had surgery March 22 in Maryland. Doing well also. Wish I was losing weight faster, but I understand it’s a process. I keep asking my husband if I’m invisible yet... haha.
  12. Definitely take it to the hospital. You are required to have it there, especially for surgery. That said, I kept mine plugged in next to the bed but didn’t put it on. The nurses didn’t enforce it. Granted, I stayed in the orthopedic wing rather than the bariatric wing. Not sure why.
  13. You may want to get a second opinion from another bariatric surgeon. I very much trust my surgeon, but before I underwent surgery I got a second opinion from another practice to confirm I was doing the best surgery for my situation.
  14. I hope so. Perhaps you could see if you could get the one that’s a cushion under your nose. There’s no way I could have tolerated a full mask!!!
  15. HeatherE

    Skin issues after RNY

    Thank you for your post! I’m one month out from surgery and my menstrual cramps were crazy bad. I wished I could have ibuprofen but knew I couldn’t. Took a day off from work and laid curled up in a ball in bed. Glad to know it could be a common side effect after surgery.
  16. Sorry. I feel for you. I got the CPAP right before surgery (also an insurance requirement) and got rid of it right after surgery. I was required to bring it and use it in the hospital. I brought it, but didn’t wear it the one night I was there. I hated it! I had just the one that goes under the nose, but it was still terrible. Doctor told me if I lost 10% of my body weight before surgery he expected I wouldn’t need it. I did that pre-surgery.
  17. HeatherE

    Starting out on Soft Food Diet

    My nutritionist said avocado is ok as a mayo substitute for tuna, but in moderation. I ate hummus and tzaziki, but my nutritionist said it didn’t have enough protein. She said to hold off with hummus and use the yogurt sauce as an accompaniment to fish, etc. Other programs did allow hummus which is where I got the idea.
  18. HeatherE

    Starting out on Soft Food Diet

    I’m in my third week of fish, eggs, low-fat cheese, and tofu (white flaky fish or crab, no shrimp or salmon yet), canned tuna fish, eggs (scrambled, egg salad, hard boiled), ricotta bake (yum), Babybell, fat free cottage cheese, Laughing Cow, Morningstar vegetarian sausage (tofu), etc.) Next week I can add ground chicken or turkey, canned chicken, salmon, and shrimp. I also get a tablespoon of cooked soft vegetable with each meal (I’ve had yellow squash, mashed cauliflower, and broccoli). A different program I looked at allowed chicken, low sodium/low fat deli meat (ex. Turkey), and etc. during soft foods, but my doctor is very conservative. No red meat (including ground beef) until day 65 for me. I’m at day 33 today.
  19. HeatherE

    Starting out on Soft Food Diet

    I didn’t have a puréed stage, just the soft foods.
  20. HeatherE

    Starting out on Soft Food Diet

    My doctor’s office said white flaky fish (no salmon, no shrimp), low-fat or fat free cheeses (cottage cheese, Laughing Cow, Babybell, etc.), eggs and tofu (Morning Star, etc). They said to wait three weeks before having salmon, shrimp, ground chicken, chicken salad, etc., and three weeks after that before red meats (including ground beef). I don’t think I’ll wait as long as I’m supposed to, but if you’re concerned, perhaps start out with tuna fish, tilapia, cod, ricotta bake, scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, and vegetarian burger or sausage, since it may be easier on your stomach. Good luck!
  21. HeatherE

    Living Rent Free

    So glad you brought it up at counseling. Sounds like you got a fantastic response from your husband. Very happy for you.
  22. Congratulations! Isn’t awesome being CPAP free! I am so thankful.
  23. HeatherE

    Any March Surgeries?

    Good luck! You’ve got this!!!
  24. HeatherE

    Sick of Liquid Diet

    Thank you Lahela!!!