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My surgery date is July 21st, as long as I pass my cotinine, nicotine blood test. Fingers crossed

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Good luck. Quitting smoking was way harder than liquid diet for me. I've had 2 of those tests in last several months. Both by urine and both eaily passed. You can do this!

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The date came so fast, was totally not expecting this for another 6 weeks. Havent had a smoke since July 10th, will have blood drawn on the 17th, hoping that's enough time to get this crap out of my system. I dont want to fail before I even get started

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You should be fine. I've cut it that close before. Is it urine? Drink lots of water!!!

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Don't worry. I think you will be fine! I never had the blood test but 7days should be clear.

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Today is the big day, I'll be having surgery in 6 hours! This is probably going to be the longest wait of the past year.

Good luck to everyone else who is having surgery today. I know our surgeons will do an excellent job and pray that we will all recover quickly.

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1 hour ago, carlz said:

Today is the big day, I'll be having surgery in 6 hours! This is probably going to be the longest wait of the past year.

Good luck to everyone else who is having surgery today. I know our surgeons will do an excellent job and pray that we will all recover quickly.

💜

Carlz - sending you well wishes and a speedy recovery.

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I'm so sorry that happened. Stay focused; I lost my insurance right before my classes were finished. I had two more to go. I had to wait five months before I could start again, and I had to start over with all six classes. I was heartbroken, but I knew what I wanted. We will support you!! I hope you don't have to wait long.

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I had mine on July 7. Doing great just ready for more variety!

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On 7/11/2020 at 6:18 PM, MotivatedMomma said:

My surgery isnt scheduled until july 29 but I started yesterday getting cold feet and having these exact thought just on the forefront of surgery like "Do i really want to go through with this? Can I do this? What if I am miserable" etc etc.... I guess I am just not 100% sure anymore...

I am struggling with all the same thoughts & fears, and wondering if I really need to do something so drastic to my body in order to heal my relationship with food. And after I go through this soul searching, I know that after struggling with food addiction for nearly 5 decades, and knowing myself and my shortcomings, I need to forcefully disrupt the broken feedback loop between my stomach, heart and head. I am hopeful that this surgery will provide an initial strong restriction, and later a gentle reminder as my new stomach relaxes & heals; to always approach food mindfully and not mindlessly. I agree with everyone that being "left out" of social gatherings centered around food may make us feel hollow at first, but I think we have to recognize that our culture elevates food in an unhealthy way. I personally think we need to stop using food as a tool for shared social bonding and means to achieve emotional connection with others. I know food sharing in the context of creating social bonds is central in every culture likely back to our ancestral neanderthals, but that doesn't make it right. Maybe it was appropriate when we were hunter/gatherers and food was scarce, but we don't live in that world anymore - and maybe this psychological truth is central to understanding the epidemic of obesity. For me; these deep, tacit, perverted definitions of what food represents are at the core of why my experience of food evolved into an unfillable, aching, longing hole in me to begin with. I need to get comfortable with my body being empty, and not filled with food, get comfortable with all the difficult feelings I have been using food to erase and bury; and at this point in my life; for me, this surgery makes sense. My stomach is literally a part of me that isn't serving me any more, hasn't served me since I was a kid. I need it to survive, and that's it. I want to give it what it needs to survive, and that's it. I don't want a part of my body destroying the rest of my body. And this is a complicated subject, because we know that our mind is intimately involved in this process. There are drives for sustenance & survival rooted in our hypothalamus, ventral tegmental area, vagus nerve, brainstem, etc. that we cannot overcome and should not overcome; but when they are not working properly we need to retrain them. And where I am in my journey is that it seems this retraining cannot be accomplished through any other means, after having tried them all. I sincerely hope I am correct; it would be a terrible thing for us to be wrong about. Good luck to us all as we undertake this incomprehensibly difficult and infinitely meaningful, literal remodeling of our bodies in an effort to finally achieve a lasting remodeling of our minds.

Hope that all that rambling made sense! LOL! 🤣

PS: this site edits posts to create the weirdest hyperlinks. Obviously this post was not intended to link to the bariatric store. I can't edit out the automatic link above - LOL

Edited by _Chonk_

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Pre op diet day 1! Woot!

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