FutureSylph reacted to fourmonthspreop in Food Before and After Photos
Been doing these daily bentos. They're small little portions, perf for wls. I got this bento from a Japanese goods store. The biggest one is about 400 ml, about 1.6 cups (because im American lol) and the smallest one holds 180 ml or .75 cups/3/4.
I get about 40 grams of Protein depending on the food combo in them. Im a vegetarian so here I have vegan jerkey, vegan breadless chicken strips, edamame Beans and white cheese. Got some veggies and fruit for Fiber, some baked fries, and a serving of these no sugar added dark chocolate gems for dessert.
I supplement the rest with a protein yogurt an/or Protein Shake. Takes me anywhere from 70-90 grams of protein daily.
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FutureSylph reacted to lizonaplane in Please tell me I haven't failed.
1. Restaurants: I eat out about 90% of my meals because I travel for work. I just think carefully about what I'm eating and I stop when I've had enough.
2. Sweets: You just... have to make some changes in order to get the results you want. I have always had a sweet tooth, made worse by medications I take for bipolar disorder... but... I try not to eat sweets much now, and when I do, I use sugar free sweets or have a tiny piece. I CAN eat too much sweets without my restriction kicking in. It's up to me to make the choice that aligns with my goals for long term weight loss
3. Nice food: I love nice food. I just don't need to make it the only thing in my life anymore. I enjoy almost all of my meals, especially when I can enjoy them with friends or family, but it's not the only thing in my life (and I'm Italian!).
It kinda sounds like you want to have your cake and eat the whole thing - you can't eat every single thing as much as you want and lose weight, and only have a surgery that is less effective, and not take time off from work, and not like fat people and not weigh your food... We all want it all, but it's just not possible. I would love to have NOT had this surgery that makes me uncomfortable all the time. But I wanted to be thin. I think you really haven't made up your mind what it is you want yet.
FutureSylph reacted to Sleeve_Me_Alone in Hunger hormones
I'm just about 8 months post-op and I've just started to notice a "hungry" feeling starting to return. Until now, I didn't ever really feel physical hunger until it was too late and I would get dizzy, nauseated, and very weak if I went too long without eating. It didn't take me long to realize I needed to eat on a schedule, as I couldn't trust my body to tell me when to eat anymore! But, I absolutely had head hunger, and still do. There are times I WANT to eat, or I WANT to feel being "full" again. But therapy and LOTS of internal work has helped me manage that. I'm not perfect by any means, but I have learned to listen to those feelings, sit with them, and work through them instead of giving in and seeking food for comfort.
Some people lose the hunger feelings, some don't. What's most important is that you learn to listen to your body, fuel it well, and learn to eat in a way that honors your journey and aligns to your goals. If you find that you want to eat just to eat, eat more than you can comfortably, etc. then definitely look into some counseling or other strategies for learning how to manage emotional eating, etc. The surgery is just a tool, it can't do the head work or you!
FutureSylph reacted to SleeveDiva2022 in So I learned something today
I have been so focused on hitting my Protein goals that I completely forgot that once I hit it (2 shakes and a protein water) I can drink what I want. So my husband went to the store and got me sugar free tea, sugar free fruit juice, gatorade zero, and as a surprise, brought me a matcha lemonade from Starbucks. It makes it SO much easier to hit your fluid goals when you're drinking stuff you like and want and not all the same stuff every day. I know this is common sense to most people, but it honestly never occurred to me. The last 2 days I have been hitting my protein goals but struggling with my fluids. I think this is really gonna help.
FutureSylph reacted to Arabesque in Going to the gym VSG post-op (CONFUSED)
Yes, it’s always best to follow your surgeon’s advice but you also have to consider what you are able to do. Have to admit I’m surprised you are able to weight lift so soon after surgery given the weight restrictions we’re given. I could only lift/carry 5-10kgs the first fortnight then 10-20 the next fortnight. Many of us are advised just to walk to begin but 🤷🏻♀️.
There are lots of benefits to regular exercise but the truth is exercise will only contribute 10-20% of the weight you have to lose. So if you have to lose 100lbs, exercise will account for only 10-20lbs. I barely exercised at all & I not only reached goal but exceeded it. But that was my choice.
And exercising doesn’t help to reduce the amount of loose skin you’ll have. That’s dependent upon factors like age, gender, genetics, how much weight you have to lose, how long you were at the higher weight & your weight loss/gain history. Loose skin is about your skin being stretched out & it’s ability to retract back. That’s the elastane in your skin not your muscles. My friend & fellow sleever is a keen cyclist (100-200km a week) has rock hard thighs of steel but she still has all her loose skin.
Best advice is to listen to your body & do what you are capable of & comfortable doing.
FutureSylph reacted to ShoppGirl in Weight loss/increase 2 weeks post-op?
That small of an increase could be anything. Retaining Water, full bowels, etc. Fluctuations of a up to a few pounds can even happen within a single day. I wouldn’t worry too much about that. And as for the few days without losing it’s possible that you hit your three week stall early. It’s so common that they have that name for it. It happens “around” the third week for most. If the little fluctuations are going to bother you you may be better to weigh yourself less often because stalls do happen and so do those small fluctuations. As long as the overall trend is down you will be fine.
FutureSylph reacted to BypassingMyPhatAss♡ in The BEST grilled chicken recipe
This is my go to recipe for grilled chicken, which I eat quite often. I usually grill a large batch and cube it and freeze it in small portions. The baste prevents the chicken from drying out, so it makes it easier to eat after wls. I also use a meat mallet and make the chicken breasts more like a fillet, so it grills evenly and this also prevents them from drying out because the entire breast cooks evenly.
Sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts, and before you put the chicken on the grill, mop the baste over one side of the chicken breasts, and place baste side down on the grill. Before turning chicken breasts, mop baste on the chicken then flip. Best grilled over charcoal with cherry wood chips. Voila✨.
1/4 cup salt
4 tbs. coarse black pepper
3 tsp. granulated garlic
3 tsp. granulated onion powder
3 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 tbs. butter
1 small onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbs. flour
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. dijon mustard
1 1/2 tbs. sugar
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute, but don't allow it to brown.
Stir in the flour, allow to cook without browning, about 1 minute.
Whisk in the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low.
Add the parsley and whisking often, until lightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
Let cool. The baste will separate. Whisk well before using.
The baste can be made ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before using.
FutureSylph reacted to Spinoza in Feeling depressed after gaining weight :) looking for support
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss Gretchel, that's so sad for you and your husband.
It sounds like you did really well after your surgery and you can definitely do that again now.
When you say eating healthy do you mean that you are tracking all your macros/everything you eat? Are you eating Protein first at all meals, followed by veg and then if you have room a small amount of carbs? Are you avoiding drinking for half an hour before eating and at least half an hour afterwards? If not it might be worth going back to absolute basics. If you've been in maintenance for a long time you might have got used to eating differently. Some people here have got back on track after much bigger gains than 30lbs @GradyCat and others - good on you for nipping this in the bud. You have done so well before, you can SO do that again. Best of luck.
FutureSylph got a reaction from FarfelDiego in scared...what will happen when I'm an old lady??
Just in the first few weeks (or months, I guess, if you're a really slow learner). I'm only two months post-op, and I go for several hours without eating. As for drinking, that's what 32 oz. Water bottles are for. (You only need to drink two of them per day.) Cold feet are fine, but I'd advise you to find a better excuse. ;-D
FutureSylph reacted to ShoppGirl in Should I edit my goal weight.
Thank you everyone for your replies. It took some time to figure it out again but I updated it to reflect my more realistic goal. I am still going to try to lose a little more and talk to my doctor about weight loss medications but I figure whatever else I lose I will just think of that as a bonus.
FutureSylph reacted to lizonaplane in scared...what will happen when I'm an old lady??
This will definitely have to change. I would highly recommend that you work on changing this (start eating three meals a day and drinking regularly) as soon as possible, so it's a habit BEFORE you have surgery. After surgery, you will have a lot to focus on, and trying to change bad habits is hard.
FutureSylph reacted to traceymmm in scared...what will happen when I'm an old lady??
Thanks everyone for the replies! It's good to know things aren't so strict as you progress months out from the surgery. I was thinking I barely have the cognitive skills now to be that organized let alone when i get older! (Currently I don't eat until about 3pm every day and often work all day without having a drink - obviously I will have to do better than this after surgery). Sounds like you all have hit a rhythm that isn't too overwhelming. I'll just have to use all my concentration skills for the first few months. Luckily I will be off work for the summer. I have my consult with my surgeon on Monday and then I'll be able to set a date... Wish me luck, I'm terrified and so excited at the same time!
FutureSylph reacted to BypassingMyPhatAss♡ in scared...what will happen when I'm an old lady??
My bariatric center recommends three meals per day and one or two Snacks if needed, and strongly suggest that we do not graze between meals and or snacks. The early days and weeks post op are the only time we have to sip constantly, due to swelling in our stomachs/pouches it just can't accept more than an ounce or two at a time. One of the reasons weight loss surgery is so liberating is because (once fully healed and eating solids) we establish a normal routine with food, the only difference is we eat less than non-wls folks. The whole idea is for life to normalize and not be a slave to food any longer.