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  1. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Congrats! That's quite an achievement! I am 20 lbs away. Getting there!
  2. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Same boat. Sometimes I work really late, and around 8-9 pm, the hunger monster attacks.. :). I started having a fat free, protein yogurt, this didn't cut it. A bit later, I started adding some granola, because "I don't eat enough carbs during the day"... and it went downhill from there.. :), weight loss went down to ~1 lbs / week. Had to stop, and go back to basics. Now, when hungry, and still have some ways to go before bedtime, I eat an omelet (even if it's 9 pm). After I started doing this, weight started going down again.
  3. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    200lbs, the magic number! Congrats!
  4. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Congrats! I've been a slow loser from the start. As long as it moves in the right direction, all is good.
  5. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    8 courses, ouch! Wife wants to go to a Brazilian restaurant they opened nearby, where they bring platters and platters of meat to the table in trays. I guess I'll bring the food scale along!
  6. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Missed this part. Thanks for the info! Even this far, I am still trying to figure out what to eat..
  7. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Have you tried a Crystal Light or one of the other flavor enhancers? Sometimes I struggle to down plain water, but I'm able to drink these more easily. I also up the water with the protein shakes. I blend the protein shakes with ice, and that makes another 20oz (and makes the shakes less sweet). Awesome results all around. How many calories are you all eating at this time? Meals per day? I haven't found my groove yet.
  8. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Restriction is still there. Don't have to wait between bites. And not having to super-chew the food either. My doctor's guidelines call for food weight instead of volume (which, TBH, doesn't make a lot of sense ). They call for 4-5 oz max weight. For example something like 2 oz of protein, 1 oz of vegetables, and 1 oz of carbs. I would guess that a volume limit would correlate more with the new limited volume of the sleeve.
  9. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    Keeping your shakes fresh

    I think it depends on the doctors' instructions. My surgeon told me to avoid them during the first 1-3 weeks, because, excess gas in the stomach could put pressure on the staple lines, and cause a dreaded leak. After the 1-month post-op, he said that I could use them if they didn't give me discomfort. I know of people that haven't used them again, and others that have used them since day 1 post-op. YMMV.
  10. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    Keeping your shakes fresh

    I put them in a blender with ice, and drink them with a straw.
  11. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Welcome to the club.. :), I am going on my 3rd stall.. I go through 2 weeks stalled, and the next week the weight comes off.. rinse and repeat. Everybody says that stalls are normal, and you just need to stick to the program, focus on water and protein. I am going to be changing up my diet to something more similar to what I was doing when I was losing weight steadily. And will be bumping up my daily exercise.
  12. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    Gas Pain post op

    I read somewhere that post-op gas pain lasts ~2.5 days on average. So you are almost there. Other than walking and gas-x. For the first 2 days, I tried to wait and burp after each sip of water. And if the pain got worse, I drank and walked some more. As @Arabesque said, most of us are on just liquids initially. I was on liquids for 2 weeks before moving on to purees 3 weeks post-op.
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    Post op calories

    After surgery the main focus is: Water, to not get dehydrated Protein, to avoid loss of muscle mass Limited Volume while the sleeve heals, to avoid stretching your stitch line, damaging it, and causing a leak. In my case, I was on 3 days of just water (no protein).. then 4 days of clear protein (no milky shakes).. and then milky protein shakes. Dr. said not to worry about calories, just water and protein goals. I was given a calory budget after 2 or 3 months..
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    Congrats on being Overweight! Yep, definitely funny to say. And yet, really great achievement.
  15. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Yes, you can change it, it has a standard mount. LOL. The prob is the wife is skinny and uses it every day. And.. more importantly, I am just lazy..
  16. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Congrats on your progress! I am doing strength training. Wife has a peloton bike, but I can't stand the tiny seat.. I'll try again when I lose some more weight.
  17. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    Tips to break a stall...

    @AnotherGuy, great post! Stalls are super frustrating.. About losing muscle. One of my surgeon's goals is to avoid/reduce muscle loss. He says that if you are losing muscle, you need to up the protein intake, to have a 'positive Nitrogen balance'. The basic idea is if you don't get enough protein, the body breaks muscle mass. Every month he tests my body composition using an InBody scale (same one found in gyms), One month post-op I was losing weight, and he bumped my daily protein from 100 to 120.. one month later I didn't lose muscle mass (according to him ), and he bumped up my daily goal to 135g/day. This is my report from 3-4 weeks ago.
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    I am 1 week shy of 3 months. Started at 260, have lost 35 lbs so far. I am a slow loser compared to others. However, take this with a grain of salt, everybody loses at a different rate. Depends on gender, muscle mass, exercise, calory deficit, etc.
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    Post op Eating/drinking

    During the first couple of days post-op, I did the same. Had lots of gas from the op. So I walked a lot around the house. I would drink and walk, rinse and repeat. I am almost 3 months out, and I am not sure I feel hungry, at least the same way I had before. If it's been a long time since I had food, I get a distant "I feel like I should eat something" feeling.. but not the gnawing feeling of hunger pre-op.
  20. A new study came out a couple of days ago that found that chewing slowly makes you lose more weight, burn more calories. No idea how much. I am close to 3 months out and have this same problem. I am eating at the same speed as pre-op. I (try to) make sure I chew to small bites, otherwise, I can get discomfort, but otherwise, 90% of the time I am not paying attention and scarf the food down..
  21. I've found Tanita scales to be very accurate and consistent. I also got a Withing scale, but it feels less consistent. Weighing 3 times in a row can give you slightly different results.
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    Belching and indegestion

    Indigestion could be caused by heartburn. Belching could be heartburn, or it could be caused by eating too fast. Some people experience this when they are full. Others have runny-nose, etc.
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    Eating out with strangers

    If they say anything.. you should just say: "You are eating ALL OF THAT?! Wow, good for you! that lot's of unhealthy calories!"
  24. Pete-TheTimeIsNow

    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Everybody will lose at different rates, depending on starting BMI, height, gender, muscle mass, etc. Some people lose really fast, and others at a steady lower rate. Keep following your plan, and make sure you are meeting the daily water goal. Water is essential to 'process' stored fat. For reference, I'm approaching month 2, and I am losing a bit over 2 lbs/week.
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    November Surgery Buddies!!!

    Hey Dan, welcome to the forum. Just keep following your plan, focus on protein/water intake, and ignore the scale for a few days. Not familiar with gout, but if it is an inflammatory disease, maybe the extra weight could be water retention due to inflammation caused by the gout flare-up.

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