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HI. You and I are scheduled for the same day for surgery!! Feb 8th although I would like to change it....to Feb 9th. Tuesday seems to be a better day for me.....lol but heck its all about when the Dr says!!! Im glad you started this thread...what a great idea

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"My big worry is taking 30 min to eat and chewing the food enough. Is any one else worried about that?"

I am worried about that a bit...I eat out a lot with colleagues and clients. They all inhale their food and then we talk business after the speed-lunch. I'm not telling the world I'm doing this, only those closest to me, so I'm not sure how to deal with this. I'll probably just order Soup or something that I don't have to chew as much and see how it goes.

I've been practicing chewing my food until it's practically gone before I swallow. When I do that, I eat my typical meal in about 20 minutes and I've also stopped drinking liquids with my meals too. That is harder than the chewing thing so far! :blush:

Is anyone else practicing post-surgical behaviors? Are you successful?

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I, too, have been trying to cut my food in small pieces and chewing, chewing, chewing. I have found that our dinner conversation may be my down fall - I just swallow the food fast and reply or laugh, etc... I can't install a no talking at the dinner table rule - we have always went over the day at work and school, etc.... I will adjust and they will wait for my response....

I have been trying every Protein drink under the sun - yuck! I'm hoping I will be so hungry they will taste good!

My husband is probably tired of hearing me say (at every meal) what I'll be able to eat and what I probably won't be able to chew up small enough because it's too chewy, fiberous, or I have read a lot of bandsters have issue with it, etc..

NYSparklegirl - We will have to keep in touch since we are going to go through everything together - sorta :blush:

Good luck to all!

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It seems like a few of us are scheduled for the 8th. That's cool!

Those who are having surgery on the 8th, when do you start your pre-op diet? I have my "nutrition class" this Thursday, and I think I'm supposed to start the diet a week from today. That's 3 weeks. I'm really worried that I am going to struggle a lot with the pre-op diet.

Michelle

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#1. Surgery date? Monday February 8th

#2. State you live in? UTah

#3. Doctor/Surgery Center? Dr. Darrin Hansen/South Valley Surgical

#4. Insurance or self pay? Insurance

#5. Age and height.. 27 5'7"

#6. Current weight and goal weight? 300 170

#7. What was your deciding factor for having this surgery? wanting to gain control of myself and my eating habits

#7. Do you have the support of family and friends? My family is very supportive. My boyfriend has concerns but overall is supporting my decision

#8. Concerns and questions? I am of course scared with the fact of surgery but overall feel very blessed to have this opportunity :blush:

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I have my nutrition class Jan. 20th and my pre-op appt. on the same day.....My pre-op diet starts Jan. 25th - two weeks of shakes for Breakfast and lunch - dinner consists of a salad or veggies and a 4oz serving of a lean meat. No carbs..... I will stick to it to a "T". I'm to freaked out about what could go wrong to take chances - plus I have $2,400 out of pocket and that's a lot of money for us to throw away.

Keep in touch.

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YAYYYYY!!!! Just got a call from the Coordinator (Chad) at the bariatric surgeons office...I GOT APPROVED!!!!! Pre-op appt Feb 5 and surgery date Feb 23rd!!! WHoo hoo I am so excited scared nervous happy etc etc etc

#1. Surgery date? Feb 23

#2. State you live in? CT

#3. Doctor/Surgery Center? Dr Craig Floch St Vincent's Hospital

#4. Insurance or self pay? ins

#5. Age and height just turned 35 5'8"

#6. Current weight and goal weight? 297 i don't have a goal weight :-(

#7. What was your deciding factor for having this surgery? sick of being fat and unhealthy!!

#7. Do you have the support of family and friends? yes....for the most part

#8. Concerns and questions? not losing weight, vomiting, getting stuck, band slippage, band erosion, not being successful.....trying to avoid the "Last Supper" mentality between now and Feb 5 (part of the pre-op is getting all the "stuff" for the 2 week liquid diet before the surgery!!)

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oh yes....I forgot to mention I was a transplant from the Jan Bandsters thread....I was a little overzealous in thinking it was going to be in Jan LOL

And thanks to another poster..Abra I think is the name....about my height and weight and her goal is 170...I was thinking 180 for myself but didn't want to say it lol But I am saying it now....I think around 180 is good for me!

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Congrats on the approval and welcome to the February group!

We don't have a name like the January group yet but that may change.

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I have to do 3 weeks because my BMI was a little on the high side (49ish). I hate that.

Our doctor has us do Medifast/Healthwise. We can have 5 or 6 products a day. There are shakes, Protein Water, oatmeal, Soups, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bars, etc. We are only allowed 1 bar a day. Other than that we are supposed to have Clear Liquids. I think it equals out to about 500-600 calories a day. I know that's a lot better than some people have, so I am thankful for that. But I know it is going to be difficult to make dinner for my family and then eat that. I am going to have to get some books from the library or something to keep me busy during that time.

I want to be able to look myself in the mirror and know that I did it - that I followed it perfectly.

I think it will be good to have each other's support and know that we are not the only one going through this.

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I, too, have been trying to cut my food in small pieces and chewing, chewing, chewing. I have found that our dinner conversation may be my down fall - I just swallow the food fast and reply or laugh, etc... I can't install a no talking at the dinner table rule - we have always went over the day at work and school, etc.... I will adjust and they will wait for my response....

I have been trying every Protein drink under the sun - yuck! I'm hoping I will be so hungry they will taste good!

My husband is probably tired of hearing me say (at every meal) what I'll be able to eat and what I probably won't be able to chew up small enough because it's too chewy, fiberous, or I have read a lot of bandsters have issue with it, etc..

NYSparklegirl - We will have to keep in touch since we are going to go through everything together - sorta :smile2:

Good luck to all!

Yes, we should!!!

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yes, we def. should. There are several others who also are having the surgery for the 8th. Tomorrow I meet with the endocronologist. Yet another consult. Do you have to go to alot of doctors for consults and exams before surgery as well?? Since I just joined this group just this week I have no idea how to navigate all the threads...so im staying put in here!!! lol

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Sometimes I'm in so many threads I can't keep track :thumbup:

I have finished all my tests, etc.... I'm pretty much good to go now. I have a 2 hour nutrition class and my pre-op appt. on January 20th. Then I start my pre-op diet soon after.

The hospital called today to register me over the phone - it's getting closer!

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Look at this Feb 2010 group... LAP-BAND

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Hey everyone! Just got my surgery date Feb 12! My Dr. Is Michael Feiz in Beverly Hills California. I'm 26 yrs old. Now 240 but goal weight is 140. Decided to have surgery because I have always been able to lose weight and get down to 170 but I always gain it back so hoping this will allow me to catch myself before gaining large numbers. I have a 3 yr old daughter too so I need my energy back and right now I completly feel out of shape....plus I want a great summer beach body and my goal is to have it this summer! Family totally supports me so I'm just excited and I'm gonna go start looking for Protein Shakes and get a new blender and I plan to start dieting Friday. Yay!!!!!!!! I'm a february bandster

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