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Arual85

Gastric Bypass Patients
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    Arual85 got a reaction from ItsMarcyD in Post op puree/soft food question   
    My plan states that in the puree and soft food phase I can have chicken, soft like the chicken in the can. Does that mean I have to puree the chicken or i can eat it as is?
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    Arual85 got a reaction from Angelina1210 in How Long is Fatigue & Weakness After Surgery?   
    My fatigue lasted about 5 weeks. I was off work for 3 and the first 2 weeks back I was absolutely exhausted when I got home- and I sit at a desk all day!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from Honey10604 in Anyone near the Youngstown, Ohio area?   
    I am in Cleveland as well!
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    Arual85 reacted to ShoppGirl in Ricotta Bake   
    No, but I guess it would be like a meat lasagna (sounds good). It wouldn’t be a good idea during purée stage though, when most people first have the ricotta bake.
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    Arual85 got a reaction from lizonaplane in Protein Bar in Soft Food Phase?   
    If I never have to see another Protein Drink in my life It'll be too soon! Although I may have to.
    I'm eating eggs and chicken and cheese, Beans didn't agree with me nor did the deli turkey. I forgot about yogurt. Maybe I'll try that. Thanks!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from Tomo in Post op clearance and First solid food in 5 weeks!   
    I Had my 2 week post op appointment today and got clearance for soft food phase! I had a cheese stick mid afternoon and then for dinner had a scrambled egg with some cheese. The cheese took me half an hour to eat. I scrambled 3 eggs but I got in about 4 bites of eggs before I was full but I tolerated both with no problems!! Guess I’ll have to cut down my quantities! I’m so excited, and shocked at how little it takes to be full!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from Tomo in Post op clearance and First solid food in 5 weeks!   
    I Had my 2 week post op appointment today and got clearance for soft food phase! I had a cheese stick mid afternoon and then for dinner had a scrambled egg with some cheese. The cheese took me half an hour to eat. I scrambled 3 eggs but I got in about 4 bites of eggs before I was full but I tolerated both with no problems!! Guess I’ll have to cut down my quantities! I’m so excited, and shocked at how little it takes to be full!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from muala94 in September Surgeries!   
    1 week from today I have my surgery! I can't believe I actually went through with this program let alone and 1 week from surgery. It's for sure the hardest thing I have ever done. I met with anesthesia on Monday and am meeting with my surgeon tomorrow. I'm down 21 pounds on the liquid diet (I did 3 weeks) and I can't believe it. I have wanted to cheat so many times, last night I sat on my couch and stared at the phone number for my favorite pizza place but I put it down and preoccupied myself with other things. I am determined to make this work.

    Anyone else in the home stretch?
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    Arual85 got a reaction from muala94 in September Surgeries!   
    1 week from today I have my surgery! I can't believe I actually went through with this program let alone and 1 week from surgery. It's for sure the hardest thing I have ever done. I met with anesthesia on Monday and am meeting with my surgeon tomorrow. I'm down 21 pounds on the liquid diet (I did 3 weeks) and I can't believe it. I have wanted to cheat so many times, last night I sat on my couch and stared at the phone number for my favorite pizza place but I put it down and preoccupied myself with other things. I am determined to make this work.

    Anyone else in the home stretch?
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    Arual85 got a reaction from Wickerbuni in Gaining awhile Pre op   
    I gained 8 pounds between my last nutritionist appointment and when I Started the pre-op diet. I was stressed and felt like a failure. Since I went on the liquid diet I have lost 23 pounds. I still wasn't at the 'goal weight' the nutritionist set for me pre op but when I went to the Surgeon for my last appointment pre surgery on Friday, he didn't mention it. My surgery is tomorrow. Good luck!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from lizonaplane in September Ops   
    Congratulations! Hope for a smooth recovery. I go in tomorrow at 10:30 for my bypass. Nerves have taken over!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from lizonaplane in September Ops   
    Congratulations! Hope for a smooth recovery. I go in tomorrow at 10:30 for my bypass. Nerves have taken over!
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    Arual85 reacted to DaisyAndSunshine in September date!   
    Wow a fellow Virgo
    I finally got mine too, Sept 7th (few days before my Birthday) after being cancelled twice thanks to Covid lockdown. Hopefully this is for the last time *finger crossed*
    Also a fellow Bypass-er!
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    Arual85 reacted to Elidh in September date!   
    I’m a fellow Ohioan and Virgo too! Congrats on your date - such an adventure!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from muala94 in September Surgeries!   
    1 week from today I have my surgery! I can't believe I actually went through with this program let alone and 1 week from surgery. It's for sure the hardest thing I have ever done. I met with anesthesia on Monday and am meeting with my surgeon tomorrow. I'm down 21 pounds on the liquid diet (I did 3 weeks) and I can't believe it. I have wanted to cheat so many times, last night I sat on my couch and stared at the phone number for my favorite pizza place but I put it down and preoccupied myself with other things. I am determined to make this work.

    Anyone else in the home stretch?
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    Arual85 got a reaction from muala94 in September Surgeries!   
    What part of Ohio? I’m near Cleveland, surgery is at Cleveland Clinic. Hope you are doing well post-op!
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    Arual85 got a reaction from muala94 in September Surgeries!   
    1 week from today I have my surgery! I can't believe I actually went through with this program let alone and 1 week from surgery. It's for sure the hardest thing I have ever done. I met with anesthesia on Monday and am meeting with my surgeon tomorrow. I'm down 21 pounds on the liquid diet (I did 3 weeks) and I can't believe it. I have wanted to cheat so many times, last night I sat on my couch and stared at the phone number for my favorite pizza place but I put it down and preoccupied myself with other things. I am determined to make this work.

    Anyone else in the home stretch?
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    Arual85 got a reaction from NovaLuna in Hurtful comments   
    So I was telling my brother about how I’m doing well on the pre-op liquid diet (down 14 lbs in 10 days!) and he says “Just think, if you’d just do that regularly you wouldn’t have to go through surgery.”

    I know its just ignorance and he doesn’t get it, but it still hurts. Feeling down on myself right now.
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    Arual85 got a reaction from NovaLuna in Hurtful comments   
    So I was telling my brother about how I’m doing well on the pre-op liquid diet (down 14 lbs in 10 days!) and he says “Just think, if you’d just do that regularly you wouldn’t have to go through surgery.”

    I know its just ignorance and he doesn’t get it, but it still hurts. Feeling down on myself right now.
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    Arual85 reacted to Jaelzion in Hurtful comments   
    If he thinks the liquid diet is so easy, invite him to join you during your first post-op week. It should be no problem, right?
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    Arual85 reacted to vikingbeast in Hurtful comments   
    I have stopped telling people what I'm doing. I had a nurse friend—a nurse, for crying out loud!—who thought it was cheating because she literally thought I was going in for some kind of large-scale liposuction and was going to come out the hospital with abs. Other people have told me horror stories.
    So I'm not going to tell anyone else. I've started telling people I'll be out for hernia repair surgery, which may or may not be true. I'll find a different way to explain the tiny portions of food.
    In the meantime—remember this: your surgeon is giving you a tool to help you with THE most restrictive diet you or anyone you know has ever followed. The gift of not feeling that awful gnawing hunger, the gift of literally not being able to fall off the wagon while you figure your stuff out.
    And anyone who decides to poop on that deserves any tongue lashing you want to dish out.
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    Arual85 got a reaction from summerseeker in 3 week liquid diet!!   
    I’m on day 6 of my 3 week liquid diet. Days 3&4 were the absolute worst. I cried over nothing and was so ready to run to chipotle and get a burrito. Day 5 it was like a switch went off and I couldn’t care less about food. I’m down 9 lbs so far. September 8th is my surgery date.
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    Arual85 got a reaction from NovaLuna in Hurtful comments   
    So I was telling my brother about how I’m doing well on the pre-op liquid diet (down 14 lbs in 10 days!) and he says “Just think, if you’d just do that regularly you wouldn’t have to go through surgery.”

    I know its just ignorance and he doesn’t get it, but it still hurts. Feeling down on myself right now.
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    Arual85 reacted to Officially Not Fatty Matty in I need a pep talk (rant to follow)   
    Whoa this is a tough one…. Truthfully many (most? All?) of us have failed at every diet. We’ve all probably sat in bed falling asleep and promising ourselves that tomorrow will be the day I take this seriously. We’ve all failed over and over again otherwise we wouldn’t be here in this forum talking about having (or having had) surgery to help us achieve what we want but have yet been able to achieve. You’re not alone, you’re not even in the minority here. You’re all of us and we are all you. Some of us are just in different parts of the same journey.
    Since you know it would be disingenuous for us to tell you “yeah you’ll do great” I’ll spare you the line. We can’t know how you or any other one person will do on this path. We can tell you that for many many many of us it has worked when everything else failed. It can be life altering in the best of ways.
    The pre op diet sucks. It seriously sucked for me, I had all the same thoughts you did. But I got through it, I did cheat but recovered. Once the stomach was gone it got drastically easier for me. I was you. I had doubts, I thought I would be the rare exception and fail. I’m not far enough out to say regain can never happen…. But I’m saying it will never happen. I was you. And you will - statistically speaking - very likely end up being me. I know you’re not happy the way you are, or you would have failures in your past and you wouldn’t be here. So I ask… why not? The way I feel today? Despite the fears and doubts it was worth it, 100000 times over.
    I don’t cook either. Neither does my wife. My meals don’t look anything like the meals in the “food before and after” thread. Not one bit. I lived off cottage cheese and cucumbers and tomatoes until I moved back into meats. My lunches are a couple pieces of deli meat and some cheese and I’ll squirt some off brand mayo in the middle and roll it up. Last week I bought a burrito from chipotle and ate most of it over four days (two meals a day). I still enjoy food, flavors haven’t changed, what I liked before I like today. I can eat anything I want, but I never want much at all. Shockingly so compared to the amount I used to eat. Some people have to be very careful and strict, some people are able to not be so careful. It depends on so many factors, but I will say for the first few months be super careful and stick to the plan. You’ll figure out your hang ups, you’ll know if being near food is a trigger, and you’ll know what risks you can take. And if you can’t figure it out, we are here for you to help. Therapy might be a great option for you as well. I didn’t need one for my plan, and I don’t really think it would have been helpful for me anyway, but that’s just me. Self reflect and don’t be afraid to say to yourself “I need someone professional to help me work through this.” If you need it.
    I wish you success, I hope you become like the new me, because I feel like I’m talking to the old me right now. You CAN do this.
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    Arual85 got a reaction from summerseeker in I’m a monster   
    When your period starts on day 3 of your liquid diet…. Anyone else? 😡🤬😡🤬😂

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