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I am feeling soooo impatient. I’m 2 months in to a possibly 6 month pre-surgery and I don’t know how I am going to make it another 4 months. I’ve done all my pre-appointments, given up soda, sugars and am down to 1/2 cup of coffee in the morning. I’m doing the head work - thanks to a great book recommended here (The Weight Loss Surgery Workbook). And I’m walking 2-3 miles/day 6 days a week. How did you handle the waiting period for this surgery?

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Well, I did a crap ton of reading here and on a few other boards! I also posted here a lot. Did what you are already doing. Started tracking my food every day. And listened to a LOT of music. And yeah, the waiting...SO. VERY. HARD!!!!

Hang in there!!! You're doing great!!!

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I practiced my eating habits for how they're going to be post-surgery and I worked out at the gym. I just kept my eye on the prize. Sounds like you're doing a good job making use of your waiting period.

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Dive into your work and normal daily activities. If you become too preoccupied with the wait, it will seem longer, trust me. Once you're past the surgery, it will seem much shorter in hind-sight. This is so very much a journey that you need to take. If you rush it, you will not be able to build in the good habits you're going to need for post-op. I'm thankful that I spent my time wisely during pre-op making sure I stayed away from most forms of carbs, fatty Proteins and pre-processed foods. Now I can do it in my sleep, its still hard, but it doesn't take as much willpower when your stomach isn't grumbling all the time.

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All of the above is great advice.

I also made a list of things I wanted to do, a kind of bucket list of things after weightloss, that were not possible/ fun at my highest weight. Even only 8 weeks out, I have already managed some and it is very motivating.

I collected recipes that I knew would be bariatric friendly, too. I made a binder for them so they would be ready to go when I was. My family has since implemented a "new recipe" night every Saturday where we cook and test one out together. (Makes a great replacement for eating out.) Check out the Food Before and After thread link below for lots of pics of yummy healthy food people eat post op for some great inspiration.

Food before/after

Hang in there, you can make this time count for sure! :)

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All of you seem to have been so much better prepared for this than I was. I did attend all the required pre-surgery classes, which helped me a lot. My only other source of information was this board, which was a godsend! I learned so many things that my surgeon had not told me.

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I just started reading this thread and I have gleaned so much good info. I have been trying to get ready for my surgery on 10/1. I'm currently undergoing a serious case of pre-op doubts. I am self pay, and keeping looking at the $ sitting in savings and thinking " what am I doing? I could use this to do...". Then I think about my health. So, with this in mind, I just ordered the Workbook previously mentioned. Maybe that will keep my mind occupied for the next month.

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