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FutureSylph

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    FutureSylph reacted to GradyCat in I’m sad and I don’t know what to do.   
    Yes! It's possible! I gained maybe 25-30 COVID pounds and just lost them all. My stomach did what it was supposed to do (sleeve) and still worked as a tool 3 years post-WLS. It still works! I just went back to the basics of tracking EVERYTHING I eat, working out, focusing on Protein and Water and THE WEIGHT CAME OFF! I'm now on Weight Watchers to keep this momentum going.
    Believe in yourself. You can do it!
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    FutureSylph reacted to ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    Of course. Recipe is below…you can sub some or all of the sugar with a low cal sweetener (I sometimes use swerve or monk fruit…me nor fam can tell the difference). The original recipe actually called for almost double the amount of sugar/sweetener that I’m using below…I have made this a number of times with varying amounts of sugar to find what we think is “sweet enough”…so you like it sweeter, just add more sugar in any of the various elements.
    Also, here are a couple pics of ones I’ve made before for reference of what it looks like before cut into…yum, right?!?! Lol
    Recipe here: Strawberry Meringue Cake.pdf
    P.s.I’ve also subbed the strawberries with peaches, chocolate, and lemon curd, all quite successful…but strawberries remain our fave.
    p.p.s. …and can swap out the almonds for basically any nut..I added some ground sesame seeds last time and it was delicious.




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    FutureSylph got a reaction from GreenTealael in Food Before and After Photos   
    I'd love to have your recipe if you're willing to share it, @ms.sss. (I love dacquoise, and think everything about it is yummy, including the word.) Yours looks fabulous!
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    FutureSylph reacted to ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    I make a mean strawberry meringue cake (technically a Dacquoise, but i feel like “dacquoise” just doesn’t sound yummy, lol)…layers of nut meringue between layers of a whipped cream-mascarpone mixture and strawberries. It’s actually quite easy to make, but the baking/resting of the meringue takes forever.
    I wasn’t able to take a big of the whole thing before the fam dove into it, but my slice will have to do. Oh, and that’s 1/3 of a dulce de ledge churro in the bowl: 307 calories.
    I are the churro and about 1/2 the cake slice, because I had put the bowl down to take a break and someone came by and gobbled it up cuz he assumed I was done. I hate when he does that. 🙄


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    FutureSylph got a reaction from STLoser in ONEDERLAND!   
    Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishment. You're a rock star in that shirt!
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from STLoser in ONEDERLAND!   
    Congratulations on your tremendous accomplishment. You're a rock star in that shirt!
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from TRAVELRN in This surgery is bullshit...   
    It sure doesn't sound like you had realistic expectations of WLS, and I'm wondering how you were approved for it.
    Instead of cursing your surgery, though, how about investing in some bariatric therapy to help you develop some new attitudes and strategies that will make you happier as you do the hard work we all need to do to lose weight?
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from CowboyKurt in Post op - Liquid Only - Suggestions?   
    Yes, temperature can make a surprisingly large difference in how satisfying liquids (and solid foods) can be. When Protein Shakes are hard to get down, for example, I find them more palatable shaken with plenty of ice.
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    FutureSylph reacted to GradyCat in Food   
    It's a little high in carbs and sugar. Here's a site where foods are "graded" for healthiness.
    Fooducate


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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Esi in getting rid of too-big clothing   
    I'm still pre-op, but I can't wait to get rid of these gigantic clothes. I understand the superstitious resistance, since I hung onto maternity clothes long after they had gone out of style because I was afraid I'd end up pregnant again. But regain this weight again, after so much effort and risk? Nope, not gonna happen. This wardrobe will be history.
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    FutureSylph reacted to ShannonCorbin in 3 days Post Op-please tell me it's going to get better   
    I’m almost 2 weeks out. At 3 days out I was miserable. By 5 days I felt fine.
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    FutureSylph reacted to Jaelzion in Falling off   
    Do you know why you gave up on your eating plan? Is there something happening in your life causing you undue stress. Are you grieving a loss? Do you think you might be depressed? Are you self-medicating with food? If you have access to a therapist, they can help you try to get to the root of WHY you feel the urge to eat the wrong things (or in the wrong amounts). Unfortunately, surgery helps the body lose weight but it doesn't cure the emotional issues that may have caused us to overeat in the first place.
    In the meantime, I don't know what you're eating that is problematic, but maybe start by getting rid of junk food, soda, sugar, etc. Go back to Protein, veggies and fruit. Don't worry about quantity, but start by focusing on making good food choices. Once you "detox" from your problem foods, it will be much easier to figure out how you should eat going forward.
    Have you contacted your bariatric team? They should be able to provide support and guidance (and maybe a referral to a therapist). Best wishes, hope you can get back on track soon. Hugs. 🤗
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    FutureSylph reacted to Arabesque in Food Before and After Photos   
    Merry Christmas from the Southern Hemisphere. Picture of the traditional Christmas dessert, well in my family anyway, pavlova. We also had steamed marmalade pudding, fruit salad, trifle, egg custard & jelly. (I had a little marmalade pudding, jelly & custard - my Christmas treat.) Have to admit the pavlova was a shop bought one but it was lovingly decorated with Chantilly cream & fresh fruit by my nephews (21 & 16) under close supervision of Nana. Think they did a damn good job.

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    FutureSylph reacted to waterwoman in This surgery is bullshit...   
    Achieving any goal takes discipline and desire.

    What do you really, really want? What are you willing to do to get it?

    These are tough questions in any area of life, including health.

    As we examine ourselves carefully we may see areas where we excel and where we need to make changes.

    Wishing you wisdom and courage as you discover who you want to be.
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    FutureSylph reacted to BirdLady21 in Breakfast   
    Yeah, I found that out the hard way. It made me so sick. I didn’t even think about it containing caffeine. Lesson learned. Thanks for the tip on the power. 💛💛💛💛
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from MiniGastricBypassDude in Disgust to food   
    Yes, food aversions following gastric bypass are common. Here's a page that lists some studies: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21197604/
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from MiniGastricBypassDude in Disgust to food   
    Yes, food aversions following gastric bypass are common. Here's a page that lists some studies: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21197604/
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    FutureSylph reacted to toodlerue in Foggy   
    Maybe. I can’t remember if I do or not😹

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    FutureSylph reacted to Jaelzion in This surgery is bullshit...   
    Before surgery, I had been obese since the age of 8. I was 54 when I had the sleeve done. In all those intervening years (decades), I was never able to lose significant weight and keep it off for more than a year (usually 6 months). After surgery, I lost 130 pounds and reached a normal BMI for the first time since I was a little girl. I'm coming up on 3 years since my sleeve and my weight is within 4 pounds of my lowest weight. I had 45 years of trying to lose weight and maintain the loss. If I could have done it on my own, I would have.
    To a certain extent, you're right. No surgery will allow you to eat unhealthy food on a regular basis and maintain the weight loss. The part you are missing is that for some of us, the surgery alters our appetite and reduces cravings. That makes it much easier to stick to a desired eating plan. Prior to surgery, my appetite beat me up like it was Mike Tyson. Now, it's more like a toddler. It can make a lot of noise, but it doesn't overpower me anymore. I'm not consistently relying on raw will-power, where I'm constantly struggling not to eat. That wouldn't be at all sustainable (as my 45 years of diets demonstrated). Sure, sometimes I want something bad and I have to tell myself "Not right now". But it's a heck of a lot easier to do that now than it was before surgery.
    It's really unfortunate that you were told you would be able to eat as you did pre-surgery. I honestly don't know ANYONE who completely went back to their old diet and maintained their weight loss. Now that I am in maintenance, I'm not as strict as I was during the weight loss phase. I eat more carbs (in the form of fruit mostly) and I allow myself a treat now and then (Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday, Passover, etc.) But day to day, I eat a maintenance diet that is very different from how I ate pre-surgery.
    Your surgeon is simply wrong. 2 years and 9 months after surgery, I still have significant restriction and my appetite is still about two-thirds of what it was before. The restriction is not as intense as it was in the early days/weeks/months after surgery, but it's there. I am satisfied with a fraction of the food I used to eat at one meal. It will always be possible to "eat around your sleeve" by eating unhealthy food in small portions, but all day long. No surgery can stop you if you are really determined to over-eat. That's why it's important to get to the root of the psychological reasons you depend on food to help you cope. Because surgery doesn't eliminate those issues. It's very unfortunate that your bariatric team didn't prepare you for that aspect of things.
    Different people have different experiences of what post-surgical life is like. Not everyone gets the long-term appetite reduction that I enjoy. I'm aware that it may not last forever. But almost 3 years later, the sleeve is still helping me maintain my weight loss, WITHOUT a constant will-power battle. It takes commitment sure - I can't eat everything that comes to mind, whenever I want. But for the first time ever, I feel like on any given day, I can CHOOSE how and what I eat, rather than being a prisoner of my appetite.

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    FutureSylph got a reaction from TRAVELRN in This surgery is bullshit...   
    It sure doesn't sound like you had realistic expectations of WLS, and I'm wondering how you were approved for it.
    Instead of cursing your surgery, though, how about investing in some bariatric therapy to help you develop some new attitudes and strategies that will make you happier as you do the hard work we all need to do to lose weight?
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Edge13 in Weirdest None-Scale-Victory - I'll go first   
    Welcome to Onederland, Liz! Congratulations! 👍
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from TRAVELRN in This surgery is bullshit...   
    It sure doesn't sound like you had realistic expectations of WLS, and I'm wondering how you were approved for it.
    Instead of cursing your surgery, though, how about investing in some bariatric therapy to help you develop some new attitudes and strategies that will make you happier as you do the hard work we all need to do to lose weight?
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from TRAVELRN in This surgery is bullshit...   
    It sure doesn't sound like you had realistic expectations of WLS, and I'm wondering how you were approved for it.
    Instead of cursing your surgery, though, how about investing in some bariatric therapy to help you develop some new attitudes and strategies that will make you happier as you do the hard work we all need to do to lose weight?
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Edge13 in Weirdest None-Scale-Victory - I'll go first   
    Welcome to Onederland, Liz! Congratulations! 👍
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from TRAVELRN in This surgery is bullshit...   
    It sure doesn't sound like you had realistic expectations of WLS, and I'm wondering how you were approved for it.
    Instead of cursing your surgery, though, how about investing in some bariatric therapy to help you develop some new attitudes and strategies that will make you happier as you do the hard work we all need to do to lose weight?

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