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Im 20 months post surgery, stopped losing weight wen i was one year out. My goal weight is still 4 kgs away. I count calories and im within 1200 to 1300 calories. But now my weight wont budge anymore. Can someone suggest exercises which wont harm my knee? I had to stop yoga and walking in between cos of a knee problem i had. Anyone out there to help?

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Swimming is always a good option for reducing strain on the body. Weight training and abdominal strength training may be another option for you. My suggestion would be to consider seeing a personal trainer or physical therapist for some ideas on body safe exercises. One visit may cost a little but might be worth it in the long run. Other things you can try are diet options mentioned in previous comments. Good luck.

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@@dropdeadweightdiva

When I was pregnant with my son I couldn't find a prenatal Vitamin that didn't make me sick. My ob told me two Flinstones complete with Iron were equivalent to a prenatal vitamin! And they don't make me sick!!! Check with your doc...maybe that could be an easier alternative.

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Thank you very much for this, I take it but it still makes me nauseous so will talk to my nutritionist and if she gives me the go ahead I am all for trying it!

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I definitely need a mentor I am having surgery in march or April and would love advice. I am excited and scared is there anything I should be doing the next few months

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I would start trying to eat healthier prior to your liquid diet. So much of this struggle is mental and you will find that when you first switch over to a new eating regiment your emotions will go into overdrive. They say it's like going through adolescence all over again as your fat releases hormones as it's broken down. This is already such a mentailly exhausting process so anything you can do to lessen the extremeness of that I highly recommend. Of course there are other benefits to changing your diet that we all know. I also recommend you take an ample amount of before pictures if you are like I was and camera shy. Especially take a minute to either take your measurements yourself or have someone help you. I did my neck, both arms, chest, waist, hips, and both thighs... just for an example. As you lose weight you tend not to 'see' the difference until you have shed a sizeable amount of weight and taking pics and measurements regularly throughout is incredibly motivating and empowering for those 'down' times.

I also suggest you take a bit of time to scope out stores in your area for their Protein shake and snack options so when the time comes it's just one less thing you need to figure out. Do your research to help allieviate any fears or at least put them into perspective as we all know any type of surgery has risks, but the health risks that accompany being overweight in the long run are much higher than all percentages of surgery risks. If you browse the site you will find stories of people who had complications, including leaks that still don't regret having had it further out. Of course there are some on the other side of that coin as well.

Another thing I would consider is to take some healthy eating or nutrition classes if there are any available through your health network, if you haven't already. Delving into trying to understand what kind of an eater you are will help you recognize those reasons later and help you choose different activities to do when they crop up.

Take this time to prepare because it really is helpful post op if you have a head start. Hope that helps :)

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thank you I am required to take a nutrition class and have to be cleared by the nutritionist for insurance. I am doing a low carb 1500 calorie diet. My dr said after surgery my goal will be to stay at a 500 to 800 call diet. And to gets lots of Protein. I have no idea where to start with protein what's best the already mixed or maybe the can of powder dose it matter? I guess I should try to taste these things before hand. Thank you so much for the advice!

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Already mixed I like primer Protein. All three flavors are good to me. I like to add Decaf instant coffee to vanilla and it's like a coffee shake

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The best Protein depends on your body sometimes. Some people end up preferring or tolerating a whey based Protein powder better. Best Protein if you aren't on a liquid diet will come from actual foods. Lean meat, chicken, fish, milk is a good source as well as legumes, lentils, quinoa.. As far as the shakes go a lot of people like the Premier Protein, but in the states powders?utm_source=BariatricPal&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=CommentLink" target="_ad" data-id="1" >unjury is #1. Look at their website online, they have tons of flavours and you can buy a variety pack before committing to buy any one flavour. Syntrax nectar is popular as the flavours are fruity instead of the usual so a nice change. I believe they also come in a trial flavour pack. Those are a few I would look into if I were you.

Good luck :)


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thank you I am required to take a nutrition class and have to be cleared by the nutritionist for insurance. I am doing a low carb 1500 calorie diet. My dr said after surgery my goal will be to stay at a 500 to 800 call diet. And to gets lots of protein. I have no idea where to start with protein what's best the already mixed or maybe the can of powder dose it matter? I guess I should try to taste these things before hand. Thank you so much for the advice!

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I use Unjury powder and Premier Protein ready made. Sometimes it's nice to have something ready to go. I mix unjury in decafe coffee or hot Water for something warm to drink

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I'm 3 days post-op doing well, I just wanted to know if it's normal that I'm thirsty I been drinking a lot of Water and crystal light which I water down ( I take small sips) also another question once in awhile I feel pressure on the right side well it's kinda feels like pressure or tightening its only lasts a few seconds. Any advice ????

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Also my stomach growls even if I'm not hungry, it's hurts just a lil when it does that ???

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If you are feeling very thirsty you might want to track how much Fluid you are actually taking in. This early out if you are getting enough you really shouldn't feel thirsty all the time. My advice would be to use a container, thermos, cup or what not that is labelled with measurements. I used to use a shooter glass and keep it full most of the time from a larger chilled thermos. Used an app called 'eat slower' and set it to the max of 3 minutes and took a sip or 2 every time it went off, as I couldn't down the entire shooter glass over the first little while. It would take me an hour or more to do a prepackaged Meal Replacement shake which I can now do easily in less than 10 minutes.. Consider how often you feel the need to use the bathroom as a good tell on how much Fluid you are taking in.. If you can't remember the last time you felt the need to do so that's an issue. If you are having headaches, or muscle pain besides the side pain, that's a sign.

As for the pain in your side this early out it is very likely gas and just the fact that you had major surgery recently, that pain could easily be related to incisions or previous instrument insertion annoyance.. I had a drain for 2 weeks and although it came out on my left side the tube itself was inside on my right. So if you had or have a drain... For gas, walking is basically the best option to remedy it. Check your incisions on that side, any redness or raised skin beyond what it was like before get it checked could be an infection. If you do have staples the site will get itchy as it heals, that's normal. Later on as the muscles start to repair you may feel a 'pulling' at the incisions sites, internal sites that is, as they tighten in their repair.

The growling again is gas moving around your newly adjusting tummy. My family used to get the biggest kick out of it as they could hear it across whatever room we were in. I remember being sooo mortified and worried that it would never calm down as it sometimes travels up your throat and voila, nothing you can do but smile.. if it happens to you, you'll know it's not quite a burp either.. just laugh it off.. if you annoy your tummy it gets louder.. Mine never hurt but considering it is a gas and digestion thing, gas pain is normal and as long as it abates and doesn't last long and is accompanied by said growl I wouldn't worry about it at this stage.

The number one rule is to trust your gut, no pun intended, if you feel that something is wrong, or it gets worse, or that feeling just doesn't go away, go see your doctor! Congratulations on joining the greener side of life!

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I will happily answer any questions and try to help you the best that I can in your journey. 40 year old female, 3 kids, 143 pounds gone. It is a hard and trying process but the best decision I ever made!!!

I need a mentor

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