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Tony B - NJ

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  1. Tony B - NJ

    School After Surgery

    What is certain is that the more positive the attitude is and the more a person gets up and moves early in the process the better things will turn out. Unless the patient is really, really obese in the 55-60 BMI or higher, then I think what I wrote here is entirely likely. If someone is just not able to get up and walk at all before surgery, then it will take longer of course but anyone who was relatively mobile before surgery and walks and moves right away after surgery should be fine.
  2. Tony B - NJ

    Under 300lb! WOOHOO

    Congrats....keep it up. Try to walk around as much as possible, it will speed up your weight loss.
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    Pre-Op Broth?

    Well...it is whey protein so it will have a scent to it. All the whey proteins do to some extent. It does not seem off putting to me. It is much better than some of the stuff I have tried. I just cannot take the faux chocolate flavors, where the aftertaste is off putting to me.
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    Pre-Op Broth?

    I have mentioned this product before and stand by it. UNJURY makes a protein powder with chicken broth flavor that is outstanding. It is 21G of protein and the taste is better than broth or bone broth. It is worth trying. I swear by it for that protein boost I need when I don't get it from my meals.
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    Pretty much anything you would fry or bake can go in there. Gardein makes the ultimate chick n filet that in the air fryer you would swear is a chick filet pattie. It is vegan and is very, very good and has a lot of protein
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    I am 7 and a half months post surgery and I am just now able to eat fried foods (which I do very little of by the way). I can only do small amounts because it gives me an upset stomach. I really don't miss it much anyway and have used the air fryer in place of fried in oil foods and it is very good that way and very much lower in fat and calories.
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    I tried but I cannot do fat free mayo....I would rather eat none. I tried this succesfully....I use real mayo and some greek yogurt. So in a can of tuna, I put about 1/2 mayo and 1/2 greek yogurt and it tastes pretty good. Much better than the fat free mayo which to me does not taste like mayo at all.
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    I don't usually count fat but I do watch protein, carbs and calories. I just looked at my history in My Fitness Pal for the past couple months and it looks like I am averaging around 25 g of fat per day. Still less than 1/2 the recommended daily allowance for fat. If you watch your calories and carbs, I think fat just has to come in pretty low or those numbers could be off. I try to keep my protein to lean meats like chicken and fish with little to no red meat so I usually do not see a lot of fat.
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    Fluid Intake

    I guess everyone has their opinion on this but I think everyone can agree that being hydrated is good for the body and good for weight loss. I drink around 90-100 ounces of water a day and I credit my water intake for the weight loss I have seen. If I drink a lot of water I rarely if ever get hungry between meals. Remember that water also: 1. helps keep the skin hydrated which will help the skin contract so you do not have a lot of loose skin after the weight loss. I lost over 100 pounds and my skin is nearly back to where it was 30 years ago on my stomach. 2. Reduces water retention which helps keep weight off. 3. Dehydration slows down metabolism....scientific fact....so if you are trying to lose weight, that is something you do not want to happen. 4. If you are diabetic, plenty of water helps flush out waste and keep your numbers under control. 5. More hydration keeps the joints lubricated reducing inflammation and making it easier to walk and move which will improve weight loss. My advice to anyone that has WLS is to continue to force fluids until it becomes second nature to you. I do not think 64 ounces is enough, but that is my personal opinion on my experience. Most people are up 16-18 hours per day, so based on 64 hours, all you have to do is drink 4 ounces an hour....4 ounces....to get 64 ounces in a day. Challenge yourself and go to 6 ounces and you get up to 76 ounces of water. Anyone can force down 4-6 ounces of water in an hour...that is a one ounce shot every 10 minutes to get to 6 ounces. Force yourself to get this done and you will be glad you did.
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    Post op diet

    The shakes tend to be very thick. I did not like them and when I need to supplement my protein, I use UNJURY chicken broth protein. It gives you 21g of protein and 100 calories. It goes down a lot better than a thick shake. The only down side is you have to be 140 degrees or less because it tends to clump if too hot.
  11. Tony B - NJ

    “Non scale victories...”

    You are going to start seeing the victories very soon after the surgery. You will start to see that your blood pressure, A1C and cholesterol will start to trend in the healthy direction assuming you stick to the plan laid out by your team. If you commit yourself to getting up and moving your body, you will also see your energy increase and find you are able to do a lot more things than before. Some of the NSVs I saw fairly soon were being able to easily cross my legs without pulling the leg up, being able to easily get up from a seated position etc. It is very important in my view to make sure you are not only dieting but moving....exercise as much as you can by walking and try to increase it as you become more comfortable with it. At this point, my non scale victories are far sweeter for me. I am able to fit into clothing sizes I have not seen since my Freshman year in College, I am exercising 1.5 hours per day, I have a resting heart rate of 50 and my blood pressure is well below average. I am healthier than at any point in my adult life and I am 58 years old. After not quite 8 months, my life has changed drastically and I am not going back to where I was. I have lost 101 pounds and am going to keep losing until I reach a normal BMI of 25 or lower.
  12. Tony B - NJ

    Surgery tomorrow morning

    Good luck!
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    100 pounds lost!!

    I just hit 100 pounds lost this morning. Started out at 293 and am 193 today! I am 8 months post surgery and have slowed WAY DOWN so every pound is a celebration!
  14. A subtle non scale victory. I had a suit custom made. When I went to pick up the suit the tailor brought it out on a hanger and I told him that was not my suit. It looked to me like a teenager’s suit. He opened it up and showed me it was mine. Amazed how small I have become. I still feel like a fat guy.
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    Stall or I am done loosing?

    I am wondering the same thing. I am 7 months post op and have hovered around 295 pounds for about 5 weeks. I am down 98 pounds total. I hope it is just a stall because I would like to see another 10 pound loss.
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    Leg Soreness

    Absolutely need to get this checked out in case it is DVT. It is not uncommon after any surgery for this to happen. Are you wearing your compression stockings? I would get to the ER or at VERY LEAST call the Doctor ASAP. I had similar pains and was sent to the ultrasound immediately. Ended up being nothing and I think was just due to all the walking I did in stocking feet the day of and after the surgery.
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    Want to be a part of this site

    Good luck to you. I have not seen anyone else have the issues you are having but I can sympathize. We will all be ready to help when needed regardless of what has transpired because that is what people on here do.
  18. Tony B - NJ

    Off the Wagon

    Start from ground zero and get back to your post surgical processes. They worked then, they can work again. You have to get the discipline back and stick to it. We all fall back from time to time.
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    Want to be a part of this site

    You make my point for me with this post. YOU have a nice day, seems like you could use a good day.
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    Off the Wagon

    Kind of difficult to respond to this without details. Have you completely abandoned exercise and food tracking? Did you decide to start eating foods that were not in your post surgical food recommendations?
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    Want to be a part of this site

    With all do respect, you are very defensive and a touch confrontational in your responses. I experienced this with you a couple weeks ago. People are not going to respond if they feel they are at risk of being attacked for their opinion. You are from the Boston area it seems, as am I originally and I know that people from there can be a little pushy and argumentative so I get it. Chill out a little my friend.
  22. After losing nearly 100 pounds and slowing down the weight loss I felt it was time to purchase a suit just in case the need arises where I need one. The Salesperson took me over to the "modern fit" area and tried on a jacket. He then took that off and brought me over to the "slim fit" area and tried on jackets there. The slim fit fit me perfectly. I went from a 52 Regular, Executive Fit to a 42 short, Slim fit. And the pants went from a 50 waist to a 36 waist. When I was checking out he saw I had purchased a suit about 18 months ago and asked who I bought those suits for since they were so large...it felt really good to answer him that I lost the weight but even better feeling to be in a slim fitting suit.
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    I used to work in a company that offered that insurance to the union employees. I do not think they cover WLS of any kind but it is best to call them to make sure since plans do change from year to year so it may be different now.
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    Want to be a part of this site

    People will respond if it is something that they have experienced or have knowledge about. They will also respond if they disagree with something you are saying or advice you have been given. Just keep posting and you will see more and more interaction. The more you post to other's the more you will see your posts responded to.
  25. Tony B - NJ

    food addict I'm not sure

    Very well said. I was also trying to get across your statement that it is a stomach surgery, not a brain surgery. That is a great way to put it and so true.

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