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I had my ESG on Tuesday, all went well, I have had some stomach cramping but all good now. I am on my last day of clear fluids, tomorrow I start three weeks of free liquids.

I did get a bit hydrated and had an infusion, felt so much better, but rather bruised. My veins are difficult at the best of times, took four attempts to find a good vein, three of them via ultrasound...all good in the end though.

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It has been 10 days since my ESG, I have lost about 5 kilos (11lb) since then. The centimetres are also dropping off.

I am on a free liquids diet until 11/11 and then a pureed food week followed by a week of soft foods. There was a couple of days where I seemed to be lacking energy, all good now though.

Other than the initial cramping it hasn't been painful at all, I am still on a nexium a day for another couple of weeks, so far no acid reflux. My skin is even looking better as I haven't been eating all the crap food I use to.

I had my follow up with the doctor on Tuesday, all good, he wants 4 hours a week cardio until my appointment with the exercise physiologist, where weights/resistance training will commence. My doctor works of body composition rather than the scales.

My post procedure support program includes 4 appointments each with a dietician, exercise physiologist and behavioural pyschologist along with unlimited support from a bariatric physician, formally there are eight appointments with the bariatric physician.

I have yet to have a bowel movement, I am slowing upping the levels of treatment for that, started off with the lowest does and working my way up until output :)

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Almost seven weeks since the procedure. Last week I started standard foods with a focus on Protein and veges first, up to one cup volume three times a days. No snacking until maintenance. Haven't been perfect, been times when I ate too much and my body let me know. I am learning to pay attention to my body, am slowing down the eating so I get the satisfied signals. Weight loss has been slower as I have progressed through the food phases, that is to be expected and once I get the right balance along with cardio and the gym my body will find it's sweet spot for weight loss, if that's only a few hundred grams a week so be it. More important to me that health and fitness improves.

I start going to the gym this week, I expect to be muscle sore :)

Some comparison pics: (pay no mind to the bed hair!)

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Where does the time go? Just re-read my last post above, seems I need to pull my finger out, haven't been exercising as much as I should.

Weight loss is going well, restriction is holding up as well as it should it. In the past week or so I have been experiencing some minor acid reflux, I will have to start keeping notes see if I can identify which food may be triggering it.

Been some Hair loss beyond the usual in the past few weeks, fortunately with curly hair it isn't so noticable. I will keep an eye on that and make sure I am taking Vitamins and eating sufficient Protein. I will also check out some other supplements see if they may be beneficial.

I have been enjoying the exercise I have been doing, not getting so breathless or red in the face. It's great to be able able to up stairs without gasping, clothes are fitting so much better.

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