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I was having trouble getting my liquids in. I was a person who has never drank enough Water to before surgery with, but I wanted to be better after surgery. Plus it helps you to lose weight. I'm 3 weeks out and I felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day to get all the fluids in without being able to drink 30 mins before, during, or after a meal until I did a schedule for liquids just like for my food. Ever since then I haven’t had trouble and have even started drinking a little more than 64 ozs! I just put 13 or 14 oz of Water in my bottle add ½ a pack of lemon iced tea flavored crystal light and a slice of lemon and I know that’s exactly how much I have to drink in an hour and a half. It doesn't look or sound so overwhelming as 64 oz. Here’s my schedule:

Food:

8:30 bfast

11:30 snack

2:30 lunch

5:30 snack

8:30 dinner (I know that is late but that’s when my hubby gets home so it works for me)

Fluids:

9:30-11:00- 13 oz

11:00-12:30- No drinks zone

12:30-2:00- 13 oz

2:00-3:30- No drink zone

3:30- 5:00- 13 oz

5:00- 6:30- No drink zone

6:30-8:00- 13 oz

8:00- 9:30- No drink zone

9:30- 11:00 13 oz

Hope this can help some others as it helps me! ;)

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I am pre-op and hadn't realized what an issue this would be, so thanks for posting! What a great idea! I will use this for sure!

I know this is off subject but I have lost a few lbs and tried to update my ticker but it won't take the new weight. Actually, during the edit part it does take the new # but it doesn't reflect on the finished ticker. Even tried making a new ticker for weight but display is still old info. Any tips or ideas?

Again, thanks for this great tip!

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I was having trouble getting my liquids in. I was a person who has never drank enough Water to before surgery with, but I wanted to be better after surgery. Plus it helps you to lose weight. I'm 3 weeks out and I felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day to get all the fluids in without being able to drink 30 mins before, during, or after a meal until I did a schedule for liquids just like for my food. Ever since then I haven’t had trouble and have even started drinking a little more than 64 ozs! I just put 13 or 14 oz of Water in my bottle add ½ a pack of lemon iced tea flavored crystal light and a slice of lemon and I know that’s exactly how much I have to drink in an hour and a half. It doesn't look or sound so overwhelming as 64 oz. Here’s my schedule:

Food:

8:30 bfast

11:30 snack

2:30 lunch

5:30 snack

8:30 dinner (I know that is late but that’s when my hubby gets home so it works for me)

Fluids:

9:30-11:00- 13 oz

11:00-12:30- No drinks zone

12:30-2:00- 13 oz

2:00-3:30- No drink zone

3:30- 5:00- 13 oz

5:00- 6:30- No drink zone

6:30-8:00- 13 oz

8:00- 9:30- No drink zone

9:30- 11:00 13 oz

Hope this can help some others as it helps me! ;)

I'm copying this and plan on using your template! Can you give me an idea of what your meals, Snacks and liquids consist of?

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This is a very good idea. I am almost 8 weeks out and still struggling to get in all of my fluids, with a few tweaks, this schedule should do it. Thanks!

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I was amazed at how much easier a little scheduling made it. Such a simple little thing helped me so much and I am so happy others think it might help too! :)

I'm copying this and plan on using your template! Can you give me an idea of what your meals, Snacks and liquids consist of?

Food:

I can eat almost 4 ounces at a time of pureed (or almost pureed) foods. I use the little glad disposable 4 oz cups so I don't have to measure (but I reuse the cups). Some of the things I have been eating are: turkey chili, roast beef hash with gravy, cream of wheat with honey, egg salad, tuna salad, crab salad, lobster cakes with lemon (like crab cakes but with lobster), Greek yogurt, SF pudding, Slim Fast low carb Protein Shakes, broccoli cheese Soup, oatmeal, canned pureed white meat chicken breast (that I thought would be gross but was pretty good), a frozen refried bean dip (I am not a huge fan of Beans but this was delicious with a little TB mild sauce on it). I have tried the Baked Ricotta recipe (and added a few pieces of pepperoni)and the Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole off of “The World According to Eggface blog/pureed food page” and the Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole from her website.

Drink: The only think I really like to drink is tea but I don't want the caffeine so now I just drink 13oz of Water with 1/2 packet of Crystal Light Lemon Iced Tea flavor and a slice of lemon.

I am 3 weeks out and plan to start keeping track of my Protein, carbs, and fat once I get on solid foods next week. I downloaded the my fitness pal app yesterday that everyone talks about and it is an amazing tool and I think thats my best bet on keeping track of it all. Its really easy to find almost any food in there and change your serving size so that it is exact...plus it keeps track of your fluids and exercise too.I saw people talking about it but I thought it would be way more complicated than it is.

Anybody have any good ideas on Protein that isn't sweet or Protein Powder? The only Protein Shake I like is the Slim Fast Low Carb (20g) so I try to do that for Breakfast, but I've never had much of a sweet tooth. I heard about an Ostrich Jerky stick that has 14g and tastes like a Slim Jim but haven't tried it yet.

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I am pre-op and hadn't realized what an issue this would be, so thanks for posting! What a great idea! I will use this for sure!

I know this is off subject but I have lost a few lbs and tried to update my ticker but it won't take the new weight. Actually, during the edit part it does take the new # but it doesn't reflect on the finished ticker. Even tried making a new ticker for weight but display is still old info. Any tips or ideas?

Again, thanks for this great tip!

My ticker did that too when I first made it! It bothered me so much. I tried everything to fix it. It eventually started working on its own...I think after I was post op. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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@Sass... Thanks for the response... I think it is on a delay. A few hours later it did show my change so I guess it just won't be an instant update. At least it works.

Btw, LOVE your profile pic! Really cool!

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This will be very helpful to me. Thanks for posting.

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