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Hey ya'll!

I had VSG on 12/29 and I'm 3 weeks post op. I am having a couple issues maybe some of you have experienced the same thing.

First: I feel my weight loss is going very slow. My doctor said last week I'm doing good and am where I should be, but I thought I'd be losing more.

(HW: 329, SW: 315, CW: 297)

Second: I started soft foods last Tuesday and I have not pooped in over a week! I will say this...my Protein and Water intake is SHITTY and is no where it should be.

Third: My program doesn't allow me to have salsa, avacado, Tomato sauce, so it's bee hard to find things to eat.

Any advice is appreciated!

P.S- I miss wings, popcorn, and coke

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You lost 18 pounds in 20 days... how is that slow? I lost 23 pounds the first month but I was 321 on my surgery day and had a different surgery. I lost 19 pounds the second month and 21 the third. You're doing good on the weight loss front so don't stress about it. You are losing at a good pace.

If you're having issues with Water try something with electrolytes like Powerade zero or gatorade zero or propel water. Or, even Protein2o as it has 20 grams of Protein and tastes like Hint water.

To help with the bathroom issues add some Miralax or something to help loosen things up. But... you need to hydrate yourself to help it along. Maybe suck on some sugar free popsicles if drinking is too difficult.

As to the food front... I don't know what to say because my program allows avocado, Tomato sauce, salsa, etc. so I have no suggestions based on what I ate because a lot of things around that time either had avocado or tomato sauce...

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You've lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks? That is very good and well within the range of what you should expect. Most people lose 15-25 pounds in the first month, and you are already there. Keep up the good work and be patient!

Are you taking Miralax or anything else for the constipation? You definitely want to head that off ASAP. Increasing your Water intake should also help.

Are you not allowed to eat salsa, avocado, or Tomato sauce ever, or just for a certain period of time in the beginning? There are plenty of foods you can still eat, though. You should be able to eat eggs, cottage cheese, ground meats, canned tuna or chicken (Starkist makes a variety of flavored ones), canned or boiled fruits and vegetables, hummus, Beans, Laughing Cow cheese... You also still have your purees: yogurt, sugar-free pudding, unsweetened applesauce, Soups, Protein oatmeal, etc.

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You've lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks? That is very good and well within the range of what you should expect. Most people lose 15-25 pounds in the first month, and you are already there. Keep up the good work and be patient!
Are you taking Miralax or anything else for the constipation? You definitely want to head that off ASAP. Increasing your Water intake should also help.
Are you not allowed to eat salsa, avocado, or Tomato sauce ever, or just for a certain period of time in the beginning? There are plenty of foods you can still eat, though. You should be able to eat eggs, cottage cheese, ground meats, canned tuna or chicken (Starkist makes a variety of flavored ones), canned or boiled fruits and vegetables, hummus, Beans, Laughing Cow cheese... You also still have your purees: yogurt, sugar-free pudding, unsweetened applesauce, Soups, Protein oatmeal, etc.

I guess looking at it that way you're right it is alot. They said I can't eat those things right now, I will be on soft foods for 6 weeks [emoji15] I just kind of want a hot meal, that's not fish [emoji28] but all in due time I suppose.

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You lost 18 pounds in 20 days... how is that slow? I lost 23 pounds the first month but I was 321 on my surgery day and had a different surgery. I lost 19 pounds the second month and 21 the third. You're doing good on the weight loss front so don't stress about it. You are losing at a good pace.
If you're having issues with Water try something with electrolytes like Powerade zero or gatorade zero or propel water. Or, even Protein2o as it has 20 grams of Protein and tastes like Hint water.
To help with the bathroom issues add some Miralax or something to help loosen things up. But... you need to hydrate yourself to help it along. Maybe suck on some sugar free popsicles if drinking is too difficult.
As to the food front... I don't know what to say because my program allows avocado, Tomato sauce, salsa, etc. so I have no suggestions based on what I ate because a lot of things around that time either had avocado or tomato sauce...
The dietitian said the reason no spicy or acidic foods are allowed in the vegetable is to prevent an ulcer from forming. I do drink the Gatorade zero and water but am never able to meet the 64oz goal. I bought some Isopure Protein Powder that's supposed to make a fruity drink and i hated it, it's so sour! But I'm trying

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Hi there!

Check out some bariatric blogs or Youtube for inspiration. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw lack of tomatoes would cause someone to run out of food options ... then I remembered it's because I live in a terrible climate where tomatoes aren't as delicious as I bet they are where you live ;)

However, in the grand scheme of things, it's something you can definitely work around.

In terms of fluids, I'd really try changing 'trying' to 'doing'. Dehydration is terrible. Best of luck!

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Hi there!
Check out some bariatric blogs or Youtube for inspiration. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw lack of tomatoes would cause someone to run out of food options ... then I remembered it's because I live in a terrible climate where tomatoes aren't as delicious as I bet they are where you live [emoji6]
However, in the grand scheme of things, it's something you can definitely work around.
In terms of fluids, I'd really try changing 'trying' to 'doing'. Dehydration is terrible. Best of luck!

I live in Texas and tomatoes are a staple in our Mexican household so it's been a little challenging. I am definitely getting closer to meeting my Water goal each day

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as others have said, 18 lbs in three weeks is great! I lost 16 lbs the first MONTH, and I started out heavier than you. As BigSue said, most of us seem to lose somewhere in the 15-25 lb range the first month. You'll always find a few who lose above or below that, but that seems to be where most of us fall. I think a lot of people come into this with expectations of losing a lot more the first month, and I think that's probably because of shows like "My 600 lb Life". But you have to remember that those people have MUCH higher BMI's than the average WLS patient. And generally speaking, the more you weigh, the faster you tend to lose - at least at first.

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as others have said, 18 lbs in three weeks is great! I lost 16 lbs the first MONTH, and I started out heavier than you. As BigSue said, most of us seem to lose somewhere in the 15-25 lb range the first month. You'll always find a few who lose above or below that, but that seems to be where most of us fall. I think a lot of people come into this with expectations of losing a lot more the first month, and I think that's probably because of shows like "My 600 lb Life". But you have to remember that those people have MUCH higher BMI's than the average WLS patient. And generally speaking, the more you weigh, the faster you tend to lose - at least at first.

You're right. I always have Dr. Now in the back of my head going "you could've easily lost 30 pounds this munth [emoji23][emoji23]

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