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Just now, DLWLovesEveryone said:

Wow! What a coincidence, I had my surgery at Journeylite in Cincinnati on the 13th of September as well. Dr. Agusta was my surgeon.

Me too, actually--he wasn't in the list for me to choose him so I listed Dr Curry because he was originally supposed to be my surgeon...he was great! Even texted me a few days later to see how I was doing.

I cannot recommend JourneyLite highly enough. I moved to WV from Cincinnati a year ago while surgeries were on hold in Ohio, and after a thoroughly disappointing experience with trying to restart the program with a hospital in WV (St Mary's in Huntington...their dietitian made me cry!), I went back to JourneyLite and was nothing but happy with the care I received.

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I had mine on the 28th and just got home last night. It's been difficult drinking enough and I've got a huge bruise on my side (and no gallbladder any more!) But I'm trying to stay positive.

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I had my gastric bypass on September 13th, and have been doing decent since then. We actually weren't sure if I'd have a bypass, or sleeve, until I was KO'd and on the table. That was due to mesh and scar tissue from a few previous hernia surgeries in the area. I am enjoying trying the items on the soft foods list. The surprise so far is cottage cheese. All my life I hated it, and suddenly it's the best tasting thing ever.

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My surgery was 30/9/21.. Derby uk Nhs, Revision from Sleeve to Bypass.

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Hello fellow September surgery buddies, I’m 18 days post op. Eating a little better now that I’m on soft foods. Talked to my dietician yesterday and my biggest gripe is remembering to take tiny bites and eat very slow and chew thoroughly. I forget sometimes and eat too fast and then I have a horrible uncomfortable pain where it feels food is stuck. But anywho my question for anyone really is, is it just me or has anyone else noticed that other drinks go down way easier than Water? I have to take the tiniest of sips of water and wait but with tea for example I can sip more easily and without issue. Just thought that was interesting. Lol

I had my surgery 24Sep and I was 210 before surgery and am now 197. But I’m pretty sure I’m in the 3 week stall people talk about as I’ve been this weight for a week. But I’m proud of the changes I’m seeing. I took a pic today to compare it and I can tell a slight difference already. There were times I was second guessing the surgery but I can now walk two miles without a lot of pain. I have osteoporosis and arthritis and break bones easily so the 30 + pounds I gained in the last year put a lot of pressure on my joints. I’ve broken an ankle three times and had a broken back. Just some background info, I started at 227 pounds. I was about 222 in the black dress and today at 197.

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Yes 100%! I’m 5 weeks today post op and I discussed the same thing with my nutritionist. She said it might be sensitivity to the temperature of the drink. I’ve noticed that cold drinks seem to make my tummy cramp. Hot and room temp have been fine. Maybe pay attention to that and see if you can tolerate Water at room temp. Good luck and let the journey begin!

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5 minutes ago, Kimberly_TN said:

Yes 100%! I’m 5 weeks today post op and I discussed the same thing with my nutritionist. She said it might be sensitivity to the temperature of the drink. I’ve noticed that cold drinks seem to make my tummy cramp. Hot and room temp have been fine. Maybe pay attention to that and see if you can tolerate Water at room temp. Good luck and let the journey begin!

Thank you so much. I didn’t even think about that. Good luck to you as well :)

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4 hours ago, KarrinnaP said:

But anywho my question for anyone really is, is it just me or has anyone else noticed that other drinks go down way easier than Water? I have to take the tiniest of sips of Water and wait but with tea for example I can sip more easily and without issue. Just thought that was interesting. Lol

First of all, you look fabulous! And I've just finished my second week of stall (surgery was the 22nd), so I feel you on the week-of-static-scales. I *think* mine has broken finally.

Regarding fluids: I'm great with water, it's the easiest for me and always has been. It's the shakes and Protein water I struggle with, because I am SO sensitive to sweet things now and find even stevia-sweetened drinks sickly and they seem to affect me physically as well. The things I enjoy and drink no problem are plain water, tea and coffee (I never sweeten either).

I haven't tried cold water yet, however, it's all been room-temp so far. So maybe I'll experience the cramping folk mention yet.

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46 minutes ago, Smanky said:

First of all, you look fabulous! And I've just finished my second week of stall (surgery was the 22nd), so I feel you on the week-of-static-scales. I *think* mine has broken finally.

Regarding fluids: I'm great with Water, it's the easiest for me and always has been. It's the shakes and Protein water I struggle with, because I am SO sensitive to sweet things now and find even stevia-sweetened drinks sickly and they seem to affect me physically as well. The things I enjoy and drink no problem are plain water, tea and coffee (I never sweeten either).

I haven't tried cold water yet, however, it's all been room-temp so far. So maybe I'll experience the cramping folk mention yet.

That is so exciting that your stall has let up. I can’t wait. I feel like I’ll be stuck at this weight for a while. But I am ok with that. I’m just grateful I am feeling better than I was before. I am the opposite. I wish I was not but the one thing that always got me was I like sweet drinks. I seriously probably drank most of my calories before the surgery and that was something I had to work on months before the surgery. I hate water. My husband gets on me all the time about how I don’t drink enough of it and now I’m trying so hard to get the recommended water in I just can’t stand it. So that could be my issue as well. And thank you so much 😊 I feel so much better already. Best of luck on your journey! And I’ve definitely had the cramping drinking water. It is horrible.

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1 minute ago, KarrinnaP said:

That is so exciting that your stall has let up. I can’t wait. I feel like I’ll be stuck at this weight for a while. But I am ok with that. I’m just grateful I am feeling better than I was before. I am the opposite. I wish I was not but the one thing that always got me was I like sweet drinks. I seriously probably drank most of my calories before the surgery and that was something I had to work on months before the surgery. I hate Water. My husband gets on me all the time about how I don’t drink enough of it and now I’m trying so hard to get the recommended water in I just can’t stand it. So that could be my issue as well.

I know the feeling! I stalled the second week post-op despite barely making 500 calories a day and exercising regularly, but I did a google search on why it happens, and reading that put me at ease. Made a lot of sense, and knowing that it's super common also helps. You'll break yours soon.

Have you tried a little diet cordial in water to see if that helps? I've never been a soda or sweet drink person, so water and I have always gotten along well, but I know for folks who have an aversion to it, diet cordials help. Also Protein waters - double your fun!

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53 minutes ago, Smanky said:

I know the feeling! I stalled the second week post-op despite barely making 500 calories a day and exercising regularly, but I did a google search on why it happens, and reading that put me at ease. Made a lot of sense, and knowing that it's super common also helps. You'll break yours soon.

Have you tried a little diet cordial in Water to see if that helps? I've never been a soda or sweet drink person, so water and I have always gotten along well, but I know for folks who have an aversion to it, diet cordials help. Also Protein waters - double your fun!

No I have not tried that. I’ll have to though. I love this site, so many ideas that would never cross my mind. And I hope so. It will make 3 weeks on Friday and same. Have had no more than 600 calories a day and I work out 2-3 times a week depending on my knees and ankle. And still Not a pound lost since the initial weight loss after surgery. I do feel feel relieved knowing this will pass. Lol. Thank you for the encouragement and the advice. I will try that!

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1 week from today I have my surgery! I can't believe I actually went through with this program let alone and 1 week from surgery. It's for sure the hardest thing I have ever done. I met with anesthesia on Monday and am meeting with my surgeon tomorrow. I'm down 21 pounds on the liquid diet (I did 3 weeks) and I can't believe it. I have wanted to cheat so many times, last night I sat on my couch and stared at the phone number for my favorite pizza place but I put it down and preoccupied myself with other things. I am determined to make this work.

Anyone else in the home stretch?

What part of Ohio? I’m near Cleveland, surgery is at Cleveland Clinic. Hope you are doing well post-op!
I'm in Akron area! I had mine done at Summa. I hope you are doing well since you had your surgery [emoji16]

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