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FifiLux

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    FifiLux got a reaction from NickelChip in Share your favorite air fryer and instant pot recipes!   
    I was trying to find a way to introduce eggs into my food intake as I dislike them and hadn't eaten any in about 30 years so I tried savoury muffins in my air fryer and they were very tasty, so much so I made a second batch
    4 eggs and then whatever I have as left overs so the most recent batch had small bits of red onion, green pepper, green Beans, cherry tomatoes, bacon and then a drizzle of siracha sauce.
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    FifiLux reacted to Amoebas in Liquid stage ideas   
    I love the lentil Soup idea! Lentils are very underrated. I also found you can make sweeter lentils with datepaste, milk of choice and/or Protein Powder, and cocoa or pumpkin pie spice and it is a higher Protein, lower carb version of oatmeal that is soft food stage friendly too! 😃
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    FifiLux reacted to Arabesque in When did you start indulge or give yourself a "cheat meal"   
    While I was losing I didn’t cheat. In saying that as I got close to my goal & then when trying to maintain, I stated developing a way of eating that would allow me to enjoy the foods I wanted to, enjoy my life & how I wanted to live it, and still maintain my weight.
    Actually I don’t like the word ‘cheating’ in regards to eating. Too negative much like the word ‘diet’. To me they mean failure, weakness & punishment.
    However or whatever you chose to eat now or in the future must be sustainable. It must complement your lifestyle and support your weight loss & long term maintenance. If you choose to eat in a restrictive way that means you can’t participate in social activities or makes you feel you’re missing out, it’s destined to fail. Especially if you are defining any diversions off that path as cheating. But if you adopt a way of eating that is flexible, means you can have pizza with your family or friends, or have birthday cake, or whatever & you accept this as just how you eat in your life, it will be sustainable and lead to long term success. You’ll have to consider portion size, frequency, alternative ingredients or cooking styles but it certainly isn’t cheating in my thinking.
    Well that’s what I believe.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from Fars in Liquid stage ideas   
    I used this recipe https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/spiced-carrot-lentil-soup without the bread obviously and didn't bother holding half the spices back for toasting, I just bunged everything into the slow cooker for a few hours. Once cooked I blended it and added the yogurt. Then when I moved on to the soft stage (and going forward now), after the blending I add in a few extra pieces of carrot and leave it for about 30 minutes to soften them so it gave a bit of a bite before adding the yogurt.
    I like spice so I used a tad more than a pinch of chili flakes, I probably have that in each portion Think I got 9 or 10 servings out of this
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    FifiLux reacted to AmberFL in When did you start indulge or give yourself a "cheat meal"   
    100% I am not going through this to be miserable, I did this to learn how to live "normally" with food. I like this!
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    FifiLux got a reaction from AmberFL in When did you start indulge or give yourself a "cheat meal"   
    Once I was through all the phases and it was ok to eat 'normally' I started to allow myself a 1/4 of a Protein based pizza once a week as Friday's is my pizza night if I am not out out so I have gone from having an entire pizza and garlic bread to 1/4 (at most) of a pizza.
    I try to be good most of the time and even my little bits of 'boldness' are minor by my pre-op standards, in that I know I probably eat too many nuts at times but they are yummy and I am probably having a couple of squares of dark chocolate (good for the heart ) a bit too often but they stop me feeling like I am being restricted. If I felt I was living too restrictively food wise I think I would just go back to bad habits again. I do try to avoid potatoes (a love of my life), Pasta and bread when at home but if out for a meal I may have a small amount, or take a few fries from a friends plate (with their permission )
    I didn't go through all of this to be miserable for the rest of my life so just have to know my own limits and make the best choices for myself.
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    FifiLux reacted to NickelChip in When did you start indulge or give yourself a "cheat meal"   
    I guess I've been doing this all along, at least once I was allowed regular foods. I'll have a small serving of ice cream if I go to an ice cream place. I had a couple bites of cheesecake a while back. I'll have a square of dark chocolate a few times a week. I generally order chicken or fish, and not fried, with veggies at a restaurant, but I'll eat the sauces and not worry about it. I'll eat a couple fries off someone else's plate. That'a all I want is one or two.
    My program is fairly simple, 60-80g Protein and 64 oz Water are the only rules I was given, (no specific calorie or carb rules) with an added recommendation of aim for 3 meals a day, about 40% protein per meal, and avoid snacking. Obviously, there is the list of good choices and not so good choices that we all know, like avoid oils and fried foods, and eat nutrient dense foods, etc. But I stopped keeping a written food journal every day because it isn't required of me, and for me, I don't want to live like I'm on a perpetual diet.
    Somewhere I heard the advice to follow a 90/10 rule. If 90% of what you eat is healthy, don't worry so much about the other 10%. That resonates with me. Also, I like the concept of a "planned indulgence" instead of a cheat meal. Cheating implies doing something wrong. Planning to indulge in something is deliberate and you're in control of it. For me, that fits my life.

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    FifiLux got a reaction from AmberFL in When did you start indulge or give yourself a "cheat meal"   
    Once I was through all the phases and it was ok to eat 'normally' I started to allow myself a 1/4 of a Protein based pizza once a week as Friday's is my pizza night if I am not out out so I have gone from having an entire pizza and garlic bread to 1/4 (at most) of a pizza.
    I try to be good most of the time and even my little bits of 'boldness' are minor by my pre-op standards, in that I know I probably eat too many nuts at times but they are yummy and I am probably having a couple of squares of dark chocolate (good for the heart ) a bit too often but they stop me feeling like I am being restricted. If I felt I was living too restrictively food wise I think I would just go back to bad habits again. I do try to avoid potatoes (a love of my life), Pasta and bread when at home but if out for a meal I may have a small amount, or take a few fries from a friends plate (with their permission )
    I didn't go through all of this to be miserable for the rest of my life so just have to know my own limits and make the best choices for myself.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from MrsFitz in An interesting week   
    I have the lemon and lime and it is fine for what it is.
    I tried the pre-mixed/made (found it weird that it was pea Protein based) one first and once I could stomach it I then ordered the clear whey powder. I must get back to using it again, I have the little Robinsons no added sugar lemon pots that I carry with me everywhere that way it makes me drink Water.

    I also use the MyProtein pancake mix, maple Syrup flavour, as I find a couple of small ones with a bit of fruit is a nice sweet treat every now and then, though I use half their measurement advice as I can only eat two small pancakes.
    I then also use their crunchy Peanut Butter in some of my foods - satay chicken, homemade Protein Bars etc.
    In my next order I am going to get the peanut butter powder as I think it might be easier to incorporate.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from MrsFitz in An interesting week   
    I have an unflavoured Protein powder that I put into Soups etc. but not sure what countries it can be purchased/delivered in - https://www.barinutrics.eu/fr/produits/barinutricsr-whey

    It doesn't have a smell (just double checked) and once it is blended/mixed in I have had no issues but it can clump a bit.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from simonbRTRCPL in Where to start (in the UK)?   
    I didn't have to pay for my surgery (financially anyway, just with lost months in hospital, lost bonuses from work, lost time with friends and family!) but look at it this way... think that what you will save on food post-op can go towards monthly payments

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    FifiLux got a reaction from MrsFitz in An interesting week   
    I have the lemon and lime and it is fine for what it is.
    I tried the pre-mixed/made (found it weird that it was pea Protein based) one first and once I could stomach it I then ordered the clear whey powder. I must get back to using it again, I have the little Robinsons no added sugar lemon pots that I carry with me everywhere that way it makes me drink Water.

    I also use the MyProtein pancake mix, maple Syrup flavour, as I find a couple of small ones with a bit of fruit is a nice sweet treat every now and then, though I use half their measurement advice as I can only eat two small pancakes.
    I then also use their crunchy Peanut Butter in some of my foods - satay chicken, homemade Protein Bars etc.
    In my next order I am going to get the peanut butter powder as I think it might be easier to incorporate.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from MrsFitz in An interesting week   
    I have the lemon and lime and it is fine for what it is.
    I tried the pre-mixed/made (found it weird that it was pea Protein based) one first and once I could stomach it I then ordered the clear whey powder. I must get back to using it again, I have the little Robinsons no added sugar lemon pots that I carry with me everywhere that way it makes me drink Water.

    I also use the MyProtein pancake mix, maple Syrup flavour, as I find a couple of small ones with a bit of fruit is a nice sweet treat every now and then, though I use half their measurement advice as I can only eat two small pancakes.
    I then also use their crunchy Peanut Butter in some of my foods - satay chicken, homemade Protein Bars etc.
    In my next order I am going to get the peanut butter powder as I think it might be easier to incorporate.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from ripburn in Best or Favourite Protein Brands   
    Yummy. I was just back in Ireland at the weekend and found some mint chocolate ones so bought what the store had left (5 bars) and keep them for a special occasion.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from simonbRTRCPL in Where to start (in the UK)?   
    Yes, I was one of the few 0.01% unlucky ones who suffered post-op complications. 4 months spent in hospital and even though I am 11 months post-op it really only feels like a few months as I didn't start to feel well until Feb/March so about 9 months post-op.
    I couldn't fly home to see family until December (6 months post op) and work couldn't pay me most of my annual bonus as I was out sick for 6 months, instead of my expected two weeks!
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    FifiLux got a reaction from MrsFitz in An interesting week   
    I have an unflavoured Protein powder that I put into Soups etc. but not sure what countries it can be purchased/delivered in - https://www.barinutrics.eu/fr/produits/barinutricsr-whey

    It doesn't have a smell (just double checked) and once it is blended/mixed in I have had no issues but it can clump a bit.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from ripburn in Best or Favourite Protein Brands   
    You can get Fulfil in the US? Wow that is great for a little Irish brand . I love their salted caramel.
    I make my own but have Fulfil as my fallback, as in I always have a bar in my handbag for emergencies.
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    FifiLux reacted to simonbRTRCPL in Where to start (in the UK)?   
    Glad you're through it now. Clearly working well for you.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from simonbRTRCPL in Where to start (in the UK)?   
    I didn't have to pay for my surgery (financially anyway, just with lost months in hospital, lost bonuses from work, lost time with friends and family!) but look at it this way... think that what you will save on food post-op can go towards monthly payments

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    FifiLux got a reaction from simonbRTRCPL in Where to start (in the UK)?   
    Yes, I was one of the few 0.01% unlucky ones who suffered post-op complications. 4 months spent in hospital and even though I am 11 months post-op it really only feels like a few months as I didn't start to feel well until Feb/March so about 9 months post-op.
    I couldn't fly home to see family until December (6 months post op) and work couldn't pay me most of my annual bonus as I was out sick for 6 months, instead of my expected two weeks!
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    FifiLux got a reaction from Bypass2Freedom in Ozempic or weight loss surgery ?   
    I realise that, I've asked plenty myself, but I've not come across anyone that doesn't share part of their story back and deflects so much. You've done it again in your response.
    Everyone has different stories but this is supposed to be a safe place for those of us considering, going through or had surgery. Your numerous questions don't strike as someone in the same position as most of us and just seems off.
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    FifiLux reacted to SleeveToBypass2023 in OMG OMG OMG I DID IT!!!!!!!   
    I hit my final goal!!! I'm actually, literally ugly crying right now. I didn't expect it to happen so fast!!!



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    FifiLux reacted to SleeveToBypass2023 in Dating with excess Skin as a Man.   
    As someone who has lost 200 pounds in 2 years, I can 100% understand and sympathize with the loose skin situation. And being married doesn't really help. My husband is a good man, and he loves me, but he struggles with how much thinner I am now (he's what's known as a chubby chaser, and he loved it when I was around 260-270 pounds) and with all the loose skin (there's A LOT).
    He tries not to show it, but I can see it in his eyes and on his face. It makes it hard to keep my confidence up, but I know he loves me and I know he's happy with how much healthier I am. The weight and skin are things we talk about and are working through. It takes time and patience, but if you find the right person, it can work. They are allowed to feel a certain way, but they aren't allowed to make you feel bad about it. Remember that.
    You did this for you and your health. If they love you, they'll understand and be willing to communicate and work through their issues. If they get disgusted and give you a hard time, they aren't the one and you just move on.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from KarenLR75 in HOLY HAIR!   
    I don't think you are going bald, just going through what so many of us have had to cope with.
    I had long thick straight hair pre-op and thought I was doing really well when I got to month four with no Hair loss and then it was like a horror movie for two months. Clumps would come out if I washed my hair, I would cry in the shower when I saw what was in the drain and my hand after just a light touch wash. I kept my hair tied back and washed just once a week during the two months but you could tell where I had been by following the trail of fallen hair, I seriously shed more than my cat!
    I was so self conscious about it as had bald Patches but thankfully others couldn't tell it was mostly underneath. I ended up cutting my hair up to chin length so it was not as obvious. After six months the hair loss stopped and now it is about regrowth, it is nearly as annoying though not in anyway upsetting. I have been getting my hair cut every couple of months so that my existing hair is as close in length to the new hair (which is coming in with a curl) and I have to put mascara in my hair if I go out in public as there are baby hairs sticking up all over the place, looks like static hair.
    I took special bariatric Vitamins for hair for three months, no idea if it helped but I was prepared to try anything. I also got a couple of wigs but ended up not needed them. For washing my hair I used a really soft Shampoo made from oat milk.
    Basically I just want to let you know that what you are going through is normal after the surgery, you couldn't have prevented it, it just happens to most patients as the body is coping with the weight loss and it will get better.
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    FifiLux got a reaction from BeanitoDiego in Dating with excess Skin as a Man.   
    You are looking great, well done.
    Not a man but feeling the same way and have a lot of self doubt about starting to date (my friends are trying to push me to it) because the excess skin is all fine when it is hidden under the clothes but God forbid anyone was to see me naked, it is bad enough when the good looking doctors have to take a peak!
    I realise that a lot of my fear is in my own head and of my own making but not helped by social media etc.. At the moment I am trying to focus on the mental side of things and practice a bit of self love (no not masturbation 😂) by reading books on finding happiness and learning to dampen my own negativity. I never thought it would be something I would read and try to act on but I am trying my best to put positivity out into the word and hope it comes back. I am learning to have a smiling face instead of resting bit*h face, it is hard work 😂 Not sure if or when I will ever put myself out there but the positivity is good to give and get.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say you are not alone plus everyone (not just bariatric patients) is weird in their own way and we just have to try and embrace it and find that other person (persons) who get us.

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