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About msmarymac

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  1. I'd been thinking about it for quite awhile and finally decided to go for it. Originally was planned to do a second surgery this summer; upper body lift (breast arms back fat) possibly with implants. Dont know how this will impact those plans. I will be on blood thinners for 3 months then likely have the filter taken out. Turns out I have something called May Thurner Syndrome where the iliac artery compresses the ileac vein and predisposes me to DVT in left leg. Don't know how that didn't happen with VSG except they did do a couple doses of Lovenox as I recall. Anyway,its good to know for future procedures. I feel so blessed to have been able to do this, and am so thankful for all the support. And I have a flat belly for the first timein my life
  2. So on Thursday I had a lower body lift which included tummy tuck,butt, outer thighs. Also had inner thigh lift,liposuction of hips,thighs and mons. Surgery went well although the post op pain was intense. The day after surgery I went in for follow up which included ultrasound of legs (he's doing a study on the use of ultrasound post op to detect blood clots). Discovered a 4cm clot in the popliteal vein behind left knee. Had a filter placed to catch the clot should it decide to travel and started blood thinners. You always know these things are a risk but never expect them to happen to you! The good news is that I am just thrilled with the early results and the pain is a little better every day. My surgeon went to the hospital with me and stayed the entire time which impressed me. My new love has been an amazing caregiver, the man deserves sainthood lol. I'd still do it all over again so don't let my experience scare you off if you're considering it
  3. I think by 4 months out I was cleared to eat anything I could tolerate. The plan I was given encouraged 2 to 3 oz of protein first, then whatever veggies I had room for. Chicken breast and scrambled eggs were the only proteins I didn't tolerate at this point (at least of those I tried). Chicken thigh meat was OK; breast was too dry, though is OK now. I was cleared for raw veggies at either 8 or 12 weeks (don't remember now) so you could possibly try salads if tolerating them OK. Tuna or chicken salad works great, hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks, cottage cheese, deli meats. Denser proteins have to be chewed really well but are generally tolerated. I think at this point a favorite meal was deli meat wrapped around a cheese stick or a dill pickle spear. Or a grilled chicken thigh with a few steamed veggies. Spiralized zucchini sautéed with a few shrimp and some parm. During active weight loss I avoided pasta, bread, potatoes, rice and other simple carbs. I have allowed a few back in now but not much because it tends to trigger carb craving. I know from another forum you don't have a dietician because your surgery was in Mexico, but I'm wondering if you might be able to get a local consult with a dietician to help you get on track. It might be worth a couple of visits just to get some questions answered.
  4. Sleevers are less likely to experience dumping syndrome than bypassers. Which I have mixed feelings about; on one hand it might be handy to have that kind of built in back up (if you cheat bad things happen) but on the other hand I know some people are so sensitive and become absolutely miserable when they really have not been "cheating". I like the thought of living/eating normally but there are days I wish carbs made me dump lol
  5. We "can" eat a lot of things. Whether we "should" is another question entirely First look at the nutritional content. How much protein per serving? How many carbs are you getting? If you can work it in and still meet your nutritional needs, it probably would be OK once in awhile. Unless it triggers carb craving then it may be something you have to leave alone.
  6. Refried beans with a sprinkle of grated cheese, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, wet tuna salad, egg salad, ricotta cheese with some marinara. Those were some of my faves in the soft stage. At this point eating is mostly about getting the protein that your body needs to heal so it's just something you do because you have to. Which really isn't a bad thing. Eating for pleasure (or stress relief or boredom, etc) is what got me to the point of needing surgery. And frankly is what I still struggle with now that the honeymoon's over. My best advice is enjoy not wanting to eat while it lasts and use this time to develop a different relationship with food.
  7. Most programs say no raw veggies, including salad for 8 to 12 weeks. I love salads now, and can always count on one being on the menu when eating out. I try to do spinach or kale which ups the nutritional value but mostly veggies and protein. I make sure to eat the protein first so that when I am full I have made sure to get what my body needs most. I'm 2 years out though. Your baby sleeve is healing and needs to be treated gently
  8. You should talk with your surgeon about taking your meds post-op. My surgeon's rule was nothing larger than an M&M for the first few weeks post-op but rules vary from practice to practice. If you are unable to take the meds as is, many come in liquid form or might be able to be crushed. Again, that's something to discuss with your team. Walking is all you probably should do in the first weeks. I remember that even in the early post-op hours, walking even a few feet helped with the gas pain that is so common after laparoscopic surgery. Each day, you'll walk a few feet further and you'll start feeling stronger. Your bariatric team should also provide information about how much activity is appropriate when.
  9. I never thought I'd be doing this, but here I was today getting nude photos taken for my preop I am scheduled for a lower body lift which includes tummy tuck, inner thigh lift and a little lipo here and there on March 16. My grandmother, who was all about looks and sometimes made me feel "less than" because of my weight, left me some money and I've decided this is a good use for some of it. She would approve lol. My new love will be taking care of me and says he loves me either way but is excited for the increase in self confidence he believes will result. My life has changed so much in the last 3 years, and it all started with a weight loss surgery seminar. I am a little nervous since it's such a big surgery, but I'm so excited for the outcome.
  10. This type of judgment kept me from exercising for many years (OK, it wasn't the only factor but still) so kudos to you for acknowledging that it hurts and then moving on. It was similar for me at the beach. I found that if I didn't wear my glasses and couldn't see people judging me it didn't bother me so much. Maybe try that if you can still see the path and the things you want to see lol. Just don't let other people's stupid keep you from your awesome!!! Great job!!!
  11. Congratulations, that's amazing!!! You should totally celebrate with professional photos; I can't think of a better way to enjoy your success!! Well done! Oh and be sure to share the photos here
  12. Hi there, I'm a bit over 2 years out from VSG and I eat 5 times a day usually; 3 meals and 2 snacks. Breakfast is typically a protein shake as I've never really been a food person in the morning. Lunch is usually a salad with protein (often tuna) or a Morningstar farm spicy black bean burger. Sometimes a greek yogurt with a few sliced almonds for crunch. Dinner is usually either chicken or fish (2 to 4 oz) and veggies. Snacks are string cheese, jerky, fruit and peanut butter, sometimes a protein bar. Hope that helps answer your question.
  13. I'm just a couple of years out, but I mostly have a protein shake for breakfast as I've never been much of a food person in the morning. Sometimes a greek yogurt. For lunches I'll have a Morningstar farm spicy black bean "burger" either by itself or wrapped in a lettuce leaf or low carb burrito. Dinner is often salad with grilled chicken, or sometimes I get a rotisserie chicken and eat on it all week. Chili and stews work well for feeding the whole family.
  14. I second trying the 5 day pouch test. Even though sleevers don't really have a pouch, it's a good reset for our brain, which is what usually causes us (at least me) to mess up. You can do this!
  15. I'm so very sorry for what you are facing. It is so hard to watch someone you love in such pain and deteriorating before your eyes. I pray for strength for you and your family to get through what's ahead. Take good care of yourself. Mary