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About bellamoma

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  1. Yes, honey. By now you've had your surgery but put other folks in charge of the food if you can. This will apply to your post op phase as well. When I was on my pre op diet, I had to go to my nephew's bday party. I love cake. So much. Plus my brother is a great cook and his food is always homemade and yummy. I made a plan ahead of time and shared the plan with my sis in law. I brought my protein shakes and bullion cubes to have and I walked their dog when everyone was having cake and ice cream. A funny thing happened. The dog must have known I needed a little support, bc she laid down next to me on the couch after our walk and put her head in my lap- which she hadn't done before and hasn't since. Believe me, make a plan and stick to it. Enlist the help of your family and friends. Let nothing distract you. You can do this!!
  2. Hi Panda! welcome, we are here to help. I had my vsg January 2016. Best thing I ever did for myself and my family. It's a challenge and there is sometimes some turbulence? But all so very worth it in the end.
  3. Hi sally, welcome!!
  4. Hi meg! How are you doing?
  5. Hope you're still with us, chessboard. We are here to help. You've been given a lot to think about from some very wise folks. How are you feeling?
  6. I'm so sorry! I don't mean to tempt at all! Just to say that this is a life long thing, and you can look forward to one day indulging in very small amounts of these things, so long as they are not your cryptonite. I have eliminated my cryptonite- donuts and the like are off my list. Now I need to plan for a tostone bun burger for my next indulgence day!!!!!! Aaaak!!
  7. Hola, fellow latina here. Although our typical dishes are different (I am Cuban) I feel your pain. Nerdy lady is spot on! Also, keep in mind that the first couple of months are not really about liking anything or enjoying anything. Plus the amount you can eat is so small, you'll find that unless you have a family that will eat what you cook, a lot of it will go to waste before you can eat it. Caldo de anything is great to make in batches bc it feels good on the tummy. I did thinned out refried beans with a couple of shreds of chs and a tiny bit of low fat sour cream once I hit pureed. It was so delicious, but more than a couple of bites were way too much. If you make home made tamales, omg. That will be devine once you can eat them. Corn tamale (no sugar) with puréed chicken? Just remember that a couple of bites will be all you can do. Its scary to think you will "never" be able to have the things you want again- but you will, within reason, just modified. You can't do spicy at first, but eventually you will. I occasionally indulge in tostones and Moros y cristianos. I even get taco salads sometimes- I skip the beans, get double chicken, and I don't eat the shell it comes in. One taco salad is enough for 2-3 meals for me. Hang in there, it is all worth it. Once you're feeling healthier and smaller? You'll be like, arroz what? Who cares!
  8. Hey there, how are you feeling now? It really does get easier as time goes by. I found I had to drink my protein what felt like longer than others. I hated it, but I felt awful when I didn't do it. It truly does get easier as time goes by!
  9. Welcome, Val! I had a similar experience and I'm so glad I went with it. You're going to be just fine. Congrats on starting the process towards a healthier you!
  10. Sorry to hear this. Sounds like you've taken all the right steps to take care of yourself. Hang in there, there is much to love about your new life!
  11. Hey y'all! How the heck are you??????

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    2. bellamoma


      Yay! I'm happy to see you're doing so well. Living the post WLS dream :)  

      I'm doing well. In full on maintenance which is harder than I thought it would be, but I'm doing it. I keep myself in my safe weight zone (no more than 135). Great thing is, my kids are home for the summer and we've been busy and active! I can honestly say this is the first summer ever we've been so active together. 

    3. Jen581791


      I can imagine maintenance is hard - it's the part we spend much less time preparing for, and all of our WL mentality fights against it, I suppose. Glad to hear you've been having an active summer! That's its own reward :) 

    4. bellamoma


      Maintenance is easier for some than others, I think? It is constant mental gymnastics for me. I fall off, I get back on. Over and over. I'm still finding my way. I keep fighting, though. This life is too good to just blow it! Keep up all of your good work! Xox

  12. Kim, it's been too long since I've been on here, I am just seeing this sad news. Your dad was clearly a super special human being, and I'm so glad he was your daddy. My husband is from Africa and they say "home going" there as well. I find home going incredibly comforting and beautiful. I'm so sorry he passed. I'm comforted in knowing that a big piece of his heart lives on in you. Xoxo
  13. Welcome! ugh the liquid phase sucks, pure and simple. excuse my french but i'm right, right? it's so hard. after a few days you'll feel better. some say the first 3 days are the worst, some say the first week. It will get less terrible with time. Sometimes you have to take it a minute at a time! Try distracting yourself by reading, going for a walk, perusing thinner times, watching youtube videos about weight loss surgery (there are several people whose channels have documented their experience with WLS). My support group is an hour away on a good day- this is my only support group and it's a great one. Hope you stick around and ask any questions you have!
  14. It's not easy to "just stop" just like having WLS isn't the easy way out. It's so much more complicated than that. Please reach out for help. You can absolutely get to your goal without purging. I wish I could fly a banner about Depo-Provera. I have worked in women's health for many years and always counseled women that if they are prone to weight gain, look for another method of birth control. Too many women gain massive amounts of weight on that stuff, even though the drug company swears up and down that most women gain a max of 6lb. Not true. With depo, if you're prone to weight gain, don't do it. If you're prone to being skinny, don't- it won't help you put on weight. That's just how it is. Please reach out, there is a better way to get to your goal, I promise.
  15. I'm so happy to hear you've been approved!!!!!! You're that much closer to living the life you wanted! hooray!