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2 hours ago, Hope4NewMe said:

Anyone else buying stuff yet and what are you getting?

So far, I just ordered a bunch of new flavors of Premier Protein shakes since I have a hard time finding them locally. I also put Bone Broth, sugar free Jello & Gatorade Zero on my shopping list for this weekend.

I'm a bit of a planner too, so I've also created a list of weekly diet, workout, and other goals between now and surgery, with a different set of goals post surgery.

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1 hour ago, SpartanMaker said:

So far, I just ordered a bunch of new flavors of Premier Protein shakes since I have a hard time finding them locally. I also put Bone Broth, sugar free Jello & Gatorade Zero on my shopping list for this weekend.

I'm a bit of a planner too, so I've also created a list of weekly diet, workout, and other goals between now and surgery, with a different set of goals post surgery.

Have you tried any of the Bone Broth? I have ordered fire and kettle in chicken and beef flavor but I haven't tried it yet. It was recomended to me by my dietition. If you are comfortable sharing I would love to hear what types of weekly goals you set yourself. I think it would make the time go faster if I broke it up into weeks so I think that you have a wonderful idea there. Your surgery is just 1 day after mine it seems, so we have the same amount of time to fill :)

3 hours ago, Slwhurst said:

I work 10 hour days so I ordered some 5 ounce reusable bottles to be able to prepare my meals for the days after surgery while still doing liquid. I have also started trying to get used to sugar free yogurt. So far chobani zero greek yogurt is a doable option. Don’t forget you are allowed sugar free popsicles as well!

The bottles are a great idea. I did buy some ice cube trays because I didn't actually have any and I read that they hold about 2 oz each cube. Just in hopes of not wasting too much food after the surgery. I am glad to hear chobani is good. I haven't tried it yet but it was the only sugar free brand I saw available. With this heat, popsicles will be a nice treat :)

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1 minute ago, Hope4NewMe said:

Have you tried any of the Bone Broth? I have ordered fire and kettle in chicken and beef flavor but I haven't tried it yet. It was recomended to me by my dietition. If you are comfortable sharing I would love to hear what types of weekly goals you set yourself. I think it would make the time go faster if I broke it up into weeks so I think that you have a wonderful idea there. Your surgery is just 1 day after mine it seems, so we have the same amount of time to fill :)

I haven't really had any Bone Broth in a while, so can't recommend them at this point. If I try a few, I'll be sure to let folks know if some of the are particularly good (or bad!).

My goals are probably a little unique to me, but the thing I've learned about being on the diet and exercise yo-yo too many times than I can count, is that I do better if I start SLOOOOOW. For example, right now, my goal this week for exercise is just to ride my recumbent bike at least 3 times a week for 8 minutes each time. Every week between now and my surgery, I plan to up the number of minutes by two. Thus next week, the goal will be 10 minutes, 3 times a week.

It's possible that even going up by 2 minutes a week is too aggressive, so if it doesn't happen, I won't sweat it. The reason I picked that amount was that I was hoping to be around 20 minutes a day 3 times a week by the time I hit my surgery week. I think if I get there, I'll feel better and recover faster. I'm sure to some that seems pitiful, but it's what I think I can do. It would do me no good to be too aggressive and then hurt myself.

For what it's worth, I don't plan to do any strength training until about 4 months post surgery. I know that probably seems like a long time to some, but I didn't get so badly out of shape overnight. I have to keep reminding myself to be careful and not overdo things.

Diet-wise, I have 2 goals right now: Start talking smaller bites and replace 1 meal per day with a Protein Shake. That's really it. I'm lucky I suppose in that I don't eat a lot of junk food, so I don't have to overcome that issue too. Over time, I really need to start working on the whole complete chewing thing (which is a HUGE problem for me), but I realized I have to start with smaller bites. Until that's a habit, I won't add complete chewing to the regimen.

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I have the worst time with exercise at all! My daughter and I started out well enough for us at walking 10 min, 3 times a week. But then we had a trip and a wedding and we haven't exercised at all. I know I need exercise, I just have a bad time with motivation and sticking to it. I want to get up in the morning and just do it and get it over with, but since its not a habit yet I haven't succeeded. This month things have to change though, surgery is coming up and I need good habits. I love that you have a reasonable goal and flexibility to your schedule so that you are kind to yourself.

I am not going to sub any meals with protien drinks until I have to but I think thats a great idea. I am trying to eat less fat and I'm so proud of myself because I have been able to stop drinking soda completely. My whole life I have been addicted to soda and hated Water but now I don't buy any and I don't miss it either. I've noticed I have more energy and I'm less hungry after switching to water too.

I think my biggest food challenge is the not drinking with meals. I have tried it and I seem to just get thirstier and thirstier. I think its just a mental thing but its a hard one for me. Even eating out, how do you even get a drink at all? Usually its 30 min for us once the meal has arrived and then get the bill and leave. Maybe I can get a water to go? I don't know lol.

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Oh and Amazon has this great wellness journal from clever fox! It has monthly reviews you can keep up with measurements and goals and log what you intake and exercise!

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I have to check out that wellness journal. I have have been trying to figure out how to keep all my thoughts and goals all in one place. Yay another sept buddy! I'm jealous of your early date.

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Clever Fox Wellness Planner - Weekly & Daily Health and Wellness Log, food Journal & Meal Planner Diary for Calorie Counting, Notebook for Medical Condition Tracking, A5-Sized - Rose Gold https://a.co/d/iXxS9s6

Here is the link on Amazon

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The link didnt work for me but I used your description and found it easily enough. I bought one in purple, my favorite color :)

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Glad you were able to find it and I hope it works well for you. I plan on starting mine the first day of my liquid diet!

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I agree that the liquid diet seems a great place to start. Thats when I think I'll take my offiicial starting weight and hope that I lose something during the 2 weeks of pre op torture lol.

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I am scheduled for gastric bypass on September 28th. I'm super nervous and have even had days I've gone back and forth asking myself if I really want to go through with it. I'm new here and getting lots of information. I'm sure I'll have questions soon!

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Welcome and I go through times of nerves and excitement. I've wanted to get the bypass for years so I was super excited when my husband switched jobs and it was now mostly covered by insurance. The closer it gets the more I get nervous because its a big change and because its a choice. Honestly, if I don't get the surgery I'll probably just keep getting bigger and more amd more unhealthy. I have years of proof to myself that regular diets of every other kind have only been temporarily successful. I just have to keep reminding myself of that though lol.

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I new here and my surgery date is September 13

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