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  2. To introduce myself

    I also had what I believe was a lactose sensitivity immediately post-op - I couldn't get down any whey protein supplement without intense amounts of gassy discomfort, mostly burping. I'm using lactose-free Fairlife milk as my protein supplement since I also couldn't handle the smell/taste of protein powder regardless, but probably wouldn't hurt to try something without lactose and see if that's better. If it helps any, I do believe it's usually temporary. I'm able to eat cottage cheese, yogurt, and other things with lactose now at 4 weeks out with no issue. Still haven't switched to a different protein powder, though, because they all taste like death. But I'm fussy like that.
  3. I lost my dad tonight

    @Nana Trish Oh how my heart hurts for you. I’m sorry to hear of your loss and I’m glad you were able to spend three weeks with dad. We all want to hear the details. Most of us have sought comfort in food when we are faced with heartache. Obesity has many facets and grief has contributed to our unhealthy lifestyle. Addition transfer is real and we want to hear about your difficult times, so we can help you stay mental and physically healthy. We love you.
  4. Calling all November Newbies.....

    Oh my goodness! That's wild! I hope recovery goes well.
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  6. Calling all November Newbies.....

    So its been a crazy 8 days for me. I got pretty sick (cough, sinus pain, headache, fever on Sunday the 10th, so I went to my doc. on Monday. While he was checking me out he noticed my left thumb couldn't open all the way, so he took a closer look and decided I needed to see an orthopedist. I met with the orthopedist on Tuesday the 12th and she determined I have lost 20% of my thumb mobility due to a Dupuytren's Contracture and because of its size I would need surgery to stop it from completely immobilizing my thumb. Since my maximum out of pocket is already met this year I asked to get in asap. Friday morning the Orthopedist office called and had a time open up for this morning. but I had to have a pre-op physical done. so I went back to my doc Friday afternoon and got cleared for surgery. I was told my WLS surgeon I shouldn't be put under because I have been twice in the 14 months. So this morning I had hand surgery with local numbing only and got to watch the surgery. It was pretty cool! But it hurts like hell now.
  7. To introduce myself

    I echo what Aussie H about temporary lactose issues early post-op (lots of gas, upset tummy etc). I had to switch to a soy protein powder for a few months early post-op.
  8. Calling all November Newbies.....

    Interesting... I'm trying like mad to get my fluids up, and boy is it difficult. Clearly I need to try harder! I just started back to work today and I'm hoping that starting them earlier will lead to a better count at the end of the day. I've been hitting mid-70s including my liquid protein, and I know that's not enough. The struggle is REAL.
  9. An update...

    Great news and welcome to the losers bench! Exciting (and thin) times lie ahead for you!!
  10. Calling all November Newbies.....

    I stalled for 18 days and then I upped my water intake and boom, 4lbs in one day, 3 lbs the next and a pound every day since. After all that I'm 40 days out and 40 lbs down.
  11. Calling all November Newbies.....

    LOL.....my scale reads decimals so I think no other way! (besides, I am the math geek that would round up or down if I didn't count them and I do NOT want to round UP!!! haha!)
  12. To introduce myself

    Welcome to TT!
  13. Calling all November Newbies.....

    ZOMG, you November newbies and your decimal points!!!! That road leads to madness!!!
  14. Calling all November Newbies.....

    Exactly what happened to me....and I thought the same thing...."I'll be the one it fails for and I just cut out my stomach for nothing!" haha! Same sentiments that I had 4 wks ...AND 10 POUNDS ago!!! You'll catch up...and then stall again, like @Kio said!
  15. To introduce myself

    Thank you everyone, thank you Aussie. I am feeling much better now Looking forward to going on this journey with all of you :-)
  16. Vegetarian and having RNY in 5 days

    The post op gastric bypass food plan is primarily focused on meeting protein consumption goals every day. Although beans and legumes do have protein, you probably will not be able to eat enough of them (given your much smaller stomach) to be able to use them to reach your daily protein goals. So as a vegetarian you should plan on eating post op lots of eggs, low fat skyr (Icelandic yoghurt), and low fat Greek yoghurt, as well as a protein shake or two per day.
  17. 3 weeks out and not losing

    We probably had surgery around the same time, and I'm also in the middle of the much-maligned 3 week stall. As everyone has said, it will pass. Not without some gnashing of teeth and rending of garments, but it will.
  18. Tea suggestions

    I find regular brewed black and green tea to be really bitter. Do you think that could be the problem? The sweet part of sweet tea covers up the bitterness. If so, I would try an herbal tea if I were you. I make iced tea out of whatever herbal tea I feel like, but you can find herbal teas specifically for making iced tea. The Tazo Passionfruit is great - very fruity. I also just picked up some Celestial Seasonings cool brew Tropical Fruit. Can't vouch for it yet, but as I said, I find herbal tea makes a milder iced tea.
  19. Calling all November Newbies.....

    Ha yes, this is exactly what I've been doing - up a half pound, down a half pound, up 3/4, down 3/4. GRRR. I think it's been 4-5 days, so hopefully I'll start going down again soon!
  20. Calling all November Newbies.....

    Mine was about a week - up one pound one day, down one pound the next, over and over. It was pretty distressing! But it does start going down again. And then... you stall again... and then it starts going down again... and then you stall... and then.... and then... eventually you're all the way to goal.
  21. An update...

    Sounds like you're off to a great start Gin and kudos to you for being able to meet your protein requirements so early out. I know it isn't easy but it will help your recovery.
  22. An update...

    Hi everyone. Surgery was 12/11/17. I had VSG. Everything went well and I went home the following day. I am on full liquids until 12/27, then 2 weeks of pureed, then 2 weeks of soft, then REAL food! lol HW 258 SW 223 CW 214 GW 120 Its going well. Although I am starting to feel hungry often now. I am getting in most of my protein goal and most of my 64 oz liquid goal. I'm hoping I'll feel full longer with the pureed food at least. I am eating 2-3 oz at a time and get about 350-550 calories a day. It's been a strange sensation, but overall not too bad.
  23. I lost my dad tonight

    My heart is breaking for you and your family. I am so very sorry about your loss. Please know that I'm thinking good thoughts for you.
  24. Calling all November Newbies.....

    The 3/4 week stall can SUCK IT. I'm glad I knew it was coming because I'd be in full-on panic mode otherwise. The little voice in the back of my head is insisting that I'm going to be one of those people who fails miserably and I just cut out my stomach for no good reason. I know better, but she's very loud and intimidating. Those of you who stalled, how long did it last?
  25. Vegetarian and having RNY in 5 days

    The Nectar ones also have "Nectar Sweets" (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, oreo - which is a tad gritty for me, but that's me - I don't really like oreo milkshakes or blizzards or whatever either so I'm not sure why I ordered it), and also "Nectar Lattes" (cappucino, caramel macchiato, etc). The fruity ones taste a bit like Koolaid, which is OK if that's what you're after. I was once told that my Strawberry Kiwi looked like it was radioactive. Which was true. This is my favorite brand. Thank goodness I figured out how to get it here on the other side of the planet.
  26. Vegetarian and having RNY in 5 days

    The fruity flavours are called "Nectar": Apple Ecstasy, Caribbean Cooler, Crystal Sky, Fuzzy Navel, Lemon Tea, Pink Grapefruit, Roadside Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi, Twisted Cherry or Wild Grape. The Shake type flavours are labelled "Nectar Lattes" available in Caramel Macchiato, Vanilla Latte and the original decaf Cappuccino. They have other products too: http://www.si03.com/products.php
  27. I lost my dad tonight

    I'm so very sorry for your loss, and your experience with that loss. There is not much worse than watching a loved one suffer and being powerless to make it better. Sharing about the details is one of the ways we process and deal with those feelings so please don't apologize for sharing here. Praying for you and your family for peace and for the strength to get through this.
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