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On 8/15/2021 at 7:16 AM, ShoppGirl said:

I was wondering how you are supposed to weigh a sandwich or slice of pizza or something. I mean that wouldn’t be too appealing to eat after stuffing it down into a cup. Lol.

If I’m eating something with a higher carb content like bread I measure by calories and macros because how much I can physically eat is often different than how much I can eat to stay in maintenance or weightloss mode.

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On 8/14/2021 at 3:36 PM, *Paula* said:

Hi Everyone. I haven't actually decided whether or not to go the surgery route, but I am leaning that way. During my initial consultation with the weight loss center doctor, I decided I'd probably try a medication (Wegovy). I haven't taken that medication and I still need to discuss the possibility of surgery with my doctor. In the meantime I've been doing a lot of research (Googling) to get an idea of what life would be like after surgery.

While researching, it occurred to me that I probably should buy a good blender or stick blender for food preparation, especially during the stages when you must eat soft, mushy, liquified foods (ugh). That got me to thinking, what other things should I know about before-hand, in order to be prepared.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I also used food scales and measuring cups. Another thing I loved was a water bottle with measurements so you can track your liquids too

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1 minute ago, GreenTealael said:

I also used food scales and measuring cups. Another thing I loved was a water bottle with measurements so you can track your liquids too

Ooh yea. I did use the water bottle with the measurements on it early on as well. It was handy and a great way to know how you were doing at a glance, but now I use the Baritastic app to track 8 ounce increments.

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I also used food scales and measuring cups. Another thing I loved was a water bottle with measurements so you can track your liquids too
I also cancelled my surgery after the consultation..I went home thought about it...and opted out...Now 4months later...I have rebooked for 31st august...My only concerns about medication is the addiction... most diet pills give you an adrenalin high..like speed..

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4 hours ago, alexpap said:

I also cancelled my surgery after the consultation..I went home thought about it...and opted out...Now 4months later...I have rebooked for 31st august...My only concerns about medication is the addiction... most diet pills give you an adrenalin high..like speed..

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Congratulations with moving forward!
I personally don’t know anyone still using diet pills after surgery but if you struggle with any addiction you probably should seek treatment separately.

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On 8/16/2021 at 6:22 PM, MistySkye said:

I’m going to throw in- don’t over buy!

I bought Protein powders I never used or hated after surgery. I have 2oz disposable containers, never used them. They gave me a number of medicine cups when I was discharged, just used those the first few days. I have electrolytes, never needed, I drank fluids fine. I got compression socks - didn’t need, just used the ones from surgery.

Your tastes can change, so only get a few of something, because you might find you don’t want it after surgery.

This advice is perfect! I'm almost 3 years out and the only things I still use are... a scale and Vitamins. But a food scale, blender, Protein Shakes, and lots of bottled Water were all good tools along the journey. I'd avoid buying a lot of anything or paying a lot for anything until you know you want it.

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Things I still use almost 2 years out-

Protein shakes- I have one almost daily in my coffee as creamer

food scale- if I’m not confident in portion or need a reset to stay in maintenance then I use it, otherwise I’ve gotten pretty good at eyeballing it (I’ve used a scale for years before surgery for baking and portioning dough).

blender- I use it almost every day. I make a green smoothie with spinach, kale, almond or soy milk, frozen fruit and protein powder.

Travel mug- I enjoy warm liquids more than cold so I have broth almost every day along with coffee (not mixed together) so the mug keeps things warm.

My C3PO thermos- holds 10oz so it’s perfect for Soups (I eat Soup a lot!) and it fits great in my lunchbox standing up.

Blender bottles- these are more for portability than mixing as I might have the balls somewhere in a drawer 🤷‍♀️ They just make it easy to take my smoothie or a blended coffee with me on the go.

As you go along you’ll eventually find what works for you and keeps you successful. I think it varies a bit by person but the end goal is the same- being healthy.

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