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Hello! My name is Judi. I had my surgery December 9, 2019. I am five weeks out and have lost 23 pounds since my surgery. I have lost a total of 68 pounds since starting this process around this time last year.

Back in 2017, I decided to quit smoking after a 35 year relationship with cigarettes. As a result, I gained 70 pounds and developed additional health problems. I knew I had to do something. So I got serious about wanting the surgery and doing what I had to in order to get healthy.

So here I am, 68 pounds lighter and still continuing on my journey to a healthier life.

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My surgery is in 2 weeks; starting the pre-op diet tomorrow...glad to hear such a positive story. I'm battling nerves, second thoughts, etc.

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Great job. My step dad gave up cold turkey one day about 25 year ago

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11 minutes ago, Superman84 said:

Great job. My step dad gave up cold turkey one day about 25 year ago

That’s how I did it. I put them down and stepped away. Two and a half years cigarette free. It was one of the best things I did for myself.

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12 minutes ago, lisafrommassachusetts said:

My surgery is in 2 weeks; starting the pre-op diet tomorrow...glad to hear such a positive story. I'm battling nerves, second thoughts, etc.

You’ll do fine, I’m sure of it! Just remember to push fluids even when you don’t feel like it. Small baby sips are the best. They will help you from becoming dehydrated and feeling nauseous. I had to learn this lesson the hard way.
I would say if there are any questions you have, write them down and be sure to ask your doctor. No question is silly.

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Hello Judi. Welcome to the forums, we are not experts just people on the same journey as every other wls person, you will find advice whether you want it or not. Although everyone's experience will be varied and individual, there is some commanality with regards to success.

Follow the Dr's food plan, track everyday, ride out the stalls and keep following the plan, hydration is critical as it can be very hard to get caught up once you get dehydrated, don't be afraid to call your surgeon's office if some symptom just doesn't improve. Adancing through the food stages is not linear, some textures may just take longer to adjust to....

Good luck.

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