Jumping Jo

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  1. That is great - congratulations! I'm in the same boat, and I don't want to buy too many things. My sister keeps buying me clothes because she is so excited for me to have new items (it doesn't hurt that she has new clothes from my old wardrobe --- some of my clothes still had the tags) but then does get upset because either I say the item is too small or try to reiterate that I don't want to have too many things as I want to keep losing (I think my husband's feelings were hurt too because he wanted to buy me new clothes - again I don't want to have too many clothes as I seem to be in a new size every few weeks!) My sister's friend gave me about 12 work blouses too, and it is with bittersweet feelings that they are getting looser. It was so exciting to go into the Dress Barn, walking in on the right side with the larger sized clothes to look for jeans (I've been wearing clown clothes for months between seeing the fat person in my head as well as not wanting buy something only to shrink out soon --- it's embarrassing though as someone at work told me I'd better had good underwear as my workout pants were way too big and looked like they were ready to slide off) --- the exciting part was that after my sister kept nixing the fit on the size 18's, the saleswoman brought a pair of jeans from the left side of the store which is for smaller sizes ---- the jeans were skinny-ish size 16s, and they make me feel like I can conquer the world with my energy and slim look jeans! Lane Bryant also has a very nice model of slacks; I think it is the Allie. Wide waistband with solid material, smooth fit, sleek trendy look and best of all they don't have the thigh bubble that afflict most larger sized pants because of course all larger sized women have a big bulb on the side of their legs (my sisters and I have big guts and much smaller legs) - the 20s are loose and the 18s are getting loose too. Yesterday, I bought new turtlenecks at Lands End in a Large ... the exercise pants were XL but that's ok because last winter I couldn't fit into their 3XL shirts! However, there is a downside ... this would be a lot more amusing if it happened to someone else. While at the movies I heard a clink only to find my ring had fallen into the toilet, outfitted with autoflush! Luckily it wasn't my wedding ring.
  2. I'm happy to say that my fears haven't been justified yet; folks seem to be positive about it for me. People have asked me about the process, which I explain to the best of my knowledge and experience; however, the people who need it haven't asked! My OBGYN wanted to know how I was successful in receiving approval as she has a number of clients who need the procedure and meet BMI levels but haven't been approved for the surgery. My worry now is that I've stalled since I reached the 60% rate, but I want to lose a lot more!
  3. Thank you for the thread. I'm at 3 months, and I'm still scared about my eating habits, i.e. feeling that nothing tastes incredibly good, I'll eat too much, will I stop losing again.... This week I worked in an apple over the week; I was nervous about eating it. I was losing only about a pound a week, perhaps less, and the NUT said that if I was eating around 800 calories and exercising to increase by 100 calorie increments. I'm not sure if that was the cure, but I have lost more weight. I can tell if I miss my protein drink as I get really hungry; sometimes now with 1/2 cup 5 times a day, I feel hungry - other times I start to forget to eat even with my alarm ringing, but I'm trying to distinguish between hunger and hurt from eating too much or too fast (if my back hurts, I'm assuming it's not hunger!). My hardest part is the water because I eat at 6:30am, and it hurts to drink before about 8:30 or 9; however, I need to eat at 9:30 so I have to try not to crowd my window with water; I'm forcing myself to drink a water every time I wake up at night. I'm a little worried about this weekend as we are driving across the state as well as staying with my sister; she had the surgery about 4 years ago but follows few of the tenets and has regained some weight. She's upset with me because I don't know what to tell her get me to eat at this time - I'm afraid of portions, types of food (either my body will have an issue or it will be too good and I'll crave it). (About two weeks ago she wanted me to go to a restaurant with her and a friend; luckily their meals were not attractive to me so I sat there for about two hours drinking water.)
  4. Nach - at 3 months, you are able to eat breads and pasta? I've tried rice and a tiny nibble of bread, but I've been hesitant to try pasta or more bread.
  5. I can't respond about the medications, but Res Ipsa seems to have good answers. However, I will say that post-surgery, every day seems to be a new day for food and reactions! I've found I can't count on much consistency between a 2-3 day period between how my mind and body feels!
  6. I don't know if you will find this helpful; I don't have PCOS. I think normal people are scared before and after because it's new, and you may wonder if you have made a mistake. I don't mean people who are down on the surgery or just generally negative, but rather those of us who realize that we are making a change for our health but still wondering about what we may have bought into! I'm 5 1/2 weeks out, discouraged by a stall, wondering how I'm going to have the wisdom to make the right decisions in the future, hoping I lose much more weight than anticipated, as well as trying to figure out if I'm hungry, is that last bite is going to send me into overstuffed agony .... As Gretta said you have to feel right about it, and my piece it's a lot to go through if you don't feel right.
  7. I've been thinking I should update this as I feel I was whiny ... I'm much better now. Now that everything is almost healed I can sleep on my side without pillows and without worry plus the cat can sit on my lap with modification! I will say though that I wake up a lot ... around 11 or 11:30pm, 2:30 or 3pm (probably because I'm parched and will drink water) then 4am to take my medication so that I don't worry about it affecting my breakfast so that I can leave for work on time!
  8. Thank you both for your suggestions.
  9. Doyou have any good suggestions? I used to be a good sleeper, but now a couple weeks after surgery, I wake up every 1-2 hours and have to walk around. I noticed last night I don't really have the abdominal pain that I had - reducing until basically zero last night, but first I wake up with a pain in the right hip/leg, then walk around and then sleep left side only to wake up in 1-2 hours with the right hip/leg pain, walk around then back to right side again only to have inside right knee pain, walk around and sleep on left side only to get right side pain again. I am not a back sleeper, but sometimes I do just to see if I can get some sleep ... about 1-2 hours resulting in a backache. I was using the last of the pain killer in case something pulled again. I would like to avoid supplements as I don't think they work for me, and I feel like one more will just push me over the edge!
  10. Although this is an old post, I have to respond. Prior to surgery, I told only a few people because I didn't want to have to deal with advice or censorious attitudes. I had surgery a few weeks ago, and, at this point, I don't really care if people know so I'm telling more people (it's better than if they start thinking I'm sick). If they are negative, which no one has been yet, I can just walk away (I hope). I'm having to use more time and thought process to focus on my mental and body feelings so I don't have a lot of time or inclination to interact. I have to laugh because my sister's new doctor (back pain) asked if she had thought about WLS ... she had it a few years ago. So he was supportive as well as everyone else she knows (medical and friends). My PCPs two assistants have had the surgery with good results. Now, if only my other sister will do the surgery ... apparently she said she would do it the natural way, and she just keeps growing, and her daughter is getting much larger.
  11. My mom is getting tired of my rejects. It was so much easier to just eat a bowl of the food instead of now looking at the bowl going down in 1/4 cup increments. (One good thing is that someone brought tagalongs to work today, and I just thought ick and of the discomfort of dumping.) Tomorrow is the end of week one ... just two more weeks to go until soft food.
  12. I'm right there with you - I knew it was going to happen, but I think I hit a stall. I know it gets better. I'm trying not to be negative about the aching back, itchy sore incisions and the fact that nothing tastes really good! I was up to around 3 bottles of water on a good day; I choked down one today. The Crystal light that I liked before is still the best, but it just doesn't taste good. I'm feeling like I'm falling asleep at work because I'm so uncomfortable at night; I finally got snappish at my husband when he said I had a sour look on my face (I went off on him as I can't find a good alternative for over the counter pain killers. You don't realize how easy it was pre-surgery to pop some advil or motrin ... anything. I got dumping from Children's Tylenol (sugar), I thought my eyes would fall out or I would throw up from the taste of melts, and crushing pills helped me go off pudding!) I think I'll just start singing tomorrow, tomorrow. I am happy that my mom took such good care of me, and my husband has been supportive (although I do want to poke him in the eye for ignoring my concerns about flappy skin hanging down to my knees, only to be concerned now that it looks like it's sagging).
  13. Update - about 2.5 weeks post op and had to stop Premier Protein as my taste buds didn't like it. Now I'm drinking GNC vanilla bean or strawberry & cream. I've heard that changing taste buds is not uncommon. Now I have to figure out my pureed schedule ... everything is new, and it's difficult if you pureed a full can of something - if you don't like it, it takes forever to finish at 1/4 cup per meal! In the past two days I've tasted chili, hash, mashed potatoes, lasagna cheese/sauce without noodles, pureed tuna tomorrow --- I don't want to go back to the cream based soup or greek yogurt as neither very filling to me. It's hard, but I'm looking to the future.
  14. I wish I would have seen this sooner. I had surgery on Feb. 23, and, until Friday night, I slept in a recliner. I've been afraid to sleep in my bed as I am a side sleeper, and it pulled to lie down or get up. I haven't used a lot of the pain killers later as I don't want to get hooked (I don't care what anyone says - this hurts, even after taking pain killers post op ... back to pain killers and alternates - do not take children's Tylenol as the sugar content is really high and causes dumping). I've been modifying my sleep position over the last few nights, mainly using a slanted pillow, dropping onto a down pillow on the opposite site of my surgery site, and trying to use pillow between my knees. I ended up pulling something last night as I was wrestling with the heavy covers while trying not to kick the cat. I wake up about every two hours, sit up, then try to go back to sleep --- then finish off the last hour or two in the recliner. While sleeping in the recliner, I have to battle the cat who feels he should be able to sleep on my stomach; luckily I keep a pillow on my abdomen in case he finally manages to an end run around my hand or jump over!
  15. I had surgery about 2.5 weeks ago; I'm not sure how I'm doing on the nutritional totals although I'm following the pureed restrictions. One of my nutritionists said the average is 30 pounds in the first three months so I'm a little over that amount. Good luck - it is definitely NOT the easy way out.