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FutureSylph

Gastric Bypass Patients
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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 Sunnyway 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 reacted to Arabesque in Considering It   
    The surgery will give you lots of help to lose weight to begin (loss of appetite, smaller tummy, etc.) but in the long term you have to make the decision to make the permanent changes to how, what & why you eat. If you go into this thinking you’ll come out the other side weighing less but still eating the same way & for the same reasons you’ll put the weight on all over again just like you always did. That might sound harsh but it is the truth of it.
    After surgery, I really looked at what, why & how I ate. I took that time to refocus my food choices & gained a better understand of my eating cues. I did a lot of reading & worked out a new eating plan because I realised I couldn’t go back to how I used to eat if I was to be successful in the long term.
    You may find you won’t follow a specific restrictive ‘diet’ like Keto or Atkins, etc. to maintain your lower weight but you may pick & choose & develop your own eating style that fits into your lifestyle, isn’t too restrictive &, this is the big one, is sustainable.
    Generally I eat lowish carbs, lowish fat, very little sweet, high Protein. Big change was eating more nutritionally dense food & eating more regularly. And I eat about the same number of calories as I used to eat when I was obese. My metabolism actually works now so I can eat about that same 1300 calories & maintain my current weight.
    Do I miss the foods I avoid now like sweet things? Nope, not really. Uncle’s 80th yesterday. Most had dessert. I had a cup of tea. There was birthday cake later & I had tea again. Did I feel like I was missing out? Nope. Didn’t want it either. Realising you can reach that mindset where you’re not really interested in foods you used to crave & love to eat is a bit of a head spin.
    Weight loss surgery is an amazing opportunity. You just have to fully embrace all it can offer. And don't be afraid to ask for help from a dietician or therapist along the way.
    All the best what ever you choose.
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Maisey in Information Vs. Support   
    Yep. It's much harder to lose weight if you insist on everything being sugar-coated.
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Maisey in Information Vs. Support   
    Yep. It's much harder to lose weight if you insist on everything being sugar-coated.
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 Angelina1210 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 EsojLabina in Happy Thanksgiving 🍗   
    I'm still waiting for a surgery date. Had a green salad for dinner yesterday. (My sister and I don't Celebrate Thanksgiving.) If there's pie on sale when we go grocery shopping this afternoon, we might get one. For those who celebrated yesterday, hope it was a safe and happy holiday for you.
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from EsojLabina in Happy Thanksgiving 🍗   
    I'm still waiting for a surgery date. Had a green salad for dinner yesterday. (My sister and I don't Celebrate Thanksgiving.) If there's pie on sale when we go grocery shopping this afternoon, we might get one. For those who celebrated yesterday, hope it was a safe and happy holiday for you.
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    FutureSylph got a reaction from Sunnyway in Comically small sandwich   
    It's so dainty! I hope 30 minutes later you took some tiny sips of tea.

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