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I'm nervous my surgery is scheduled for Dec. 29th. Right now I am in the pre-op full liquid diet and I'm having trouble maintaining momentum with it. I am worried that Christmas won't be the same with me not being able to eat at the table. I know this is all in my head but would like to know what you all have done when it's difficult to follow through because of outside influences.

Things I try to remind myself:

1. This is what i want

2. This is my journey OWN IT!

3. I can do this!

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It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! We went out of town with friends and had several large cookouts while I was on my pre op. It was not easy, but taught me self control. I just kept super busy. When everyone was cooking I helped cook and clean up so that I would constantly be moving. I had my own “food” and ate that while others ate theirs. You can do this! Just keep thinking about the rewards that you are working towards! Good luck!

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Keep plugging away on your liquid diet. It’s very important now that your this close to your surgery date. You can do this. You’re already expecting that a situation will be bad because you’re allowing it to happen due to a require liquid diet. If I were you, I’d sit with everyone else to enjoy the festivities. While they eat their dinner, you can have a nice hot bowl of chicken broth and your Water. Be proud of yourself because you will be a healthy new person!

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I have posted this a few times but perhaps it will help. After my surgery my surgeon told both my husband and later myself how easy it was to do you surgery because I did so well on the liver shrink diet. Well I had very little pain post op. Not even gas pain. It could be total coincidence but I like to think they didn’t have to pump me full of gas and they didn’t have to bruise me moving things around because I did so well on my pre op diet that my liver was out of his way??

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it's just this Christmas. For future Christmases, you'll be at least a year out and can enjoy the foods everyone else is eating, just in smaller quantities. But I get it - I was like that my first Thanksgiving (although I was about five months out then, so I could at least eat *some* of the foods). But you're doing this for yourself and your health. Just focus on the social aspects of the festivities..

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