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About embersmeow

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  • Birthday 06/18/1991

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  • Surgeon
    Jeffrey Friedman
  • Hospital
    UF Health/Shands
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Thanks everyone (: I'll post pics when I get them done (sometime in March)
  2. 118lbs lost since my high weight, 109 since my surgery date, just 15 months ago. I work for a portrait studio and I get a pretty good employee discount, so I am kind of thinking about having some pictures taken with my daughter in celebration.
  3. Welcome to TT! Good luck with your WLS journey!
  4. My boobs are not great, but I also breastfed for 2 years, so they took quite a hit between WLS & that. The size is ok, they aren't that droopy, but they aren't where I wish they were lol. I'm planning on an augmentation/implants after my weight starts to level out.
  5. Do what you need to do, having a good support team is really beneficial. Go with the team that better suits your needs. But I will say a 2 week pre op liquid diet is standard, and you really should follow it. I'm going to post a link that explains the purpose of it: http://www.obesitycoverage.com/the-big-gastric-sleeve-diet-guide/ (it also has a general food plan for after surgery) It's really important to follow the diet plans after surgery too, or you might find yourself back in the hospital.
  6. I still see the old me most of the time, sometimes I don't though. Pictures help me (:
  7. I have a little loose skin pooch on my belly (not bad or anything, plus I had a kid a few years ago), but I figure one day I will save up for a tummy tuck or something, WLS changed my life, and I feel so much better about myself (mentally and physically). It's not a quick fix, and I wouldn't say I'm dieting anymore, I'm just eating normal, healthy things like I always should have been. I'm sorry that not everyone has a good experience, but they are few and far between. I think that people who are still unhappy after WLS would benefit from therapy. My WLS team had psychologists for before and after surgery, and that's great because it is a huge lifestyle change and that can be really difficult for some people.
  8. looking great, you've made awesome progress!
  9. Syntrax nectar is my favorite protein drink brand. It's lactose free (I became lactose sensitive after surgery), and gluten free. It's not thick like other protein drinks either... They offer flavors that are not restricted to just chocolate/vanilla/strawberry (I like the fuzzy navel flavor best myself). I was worried about meeting nutritional needs before I had my surgery too (I was vegetarian, now I'm a pescetarian but I still follow a mostly vegetarian diet). I use the myfitnesspal app to help track my food/nutrition every day as well. You can still eat "real food" that is healthy, there are plenty of recipes out there for great food (pinterest is great for recipe hunting!) that aren't high in fat/carbs/sugar.
  10. Try sampling other protein drinks (a lot of companies offer sample packs online), I got sick of them quick too. .. but you have to stick with it if you want your surgery to be successful in the long run. Good luck!
  11. Hey there fellow UF Shands patient! I also had my surgery November of last year... Sorry about your knees, but welcome to TT! Hopefully someone who can give you advise will answer soon
  12. I started sampling different protein drinks so I could find one that I liked before I was starting my 3 week pre-op liquid diet. I ended up liking premier protein drinks the best, but I grew tired of the consistency and the standard chocolate/vanilla/strawberry flavors. I also ended up liking Syntrax nectar which is more like flavored water (fuzzy navel is my favorite flavor). I'm glad I found Syntrax because I ended up being lactose sensitive after my surgery and now Syntrax is the only one I drink lol. So yeah, I guess find out things like that that you like, sample recipes for your diet after and stuff like that.
  13. Beautiful! You look amazing!
  14. My mom is a nurse too, and she was worried as well. I put my foot down and I told her how I felt about my weight and that WLS was a last resort for me. I wanted to stop my weight before it started giving me any comorbidities. I told her that I was going to get RNY gastric bypass *just in case* there were any issues because RNY can technically be reversed. It put her a little more at ease. She has seen a lot of people who didn't follow the plan, or didn't take their vitamins, and they had complications down the road. Gastric bypass is an amazing tool and it can be a literal lifesaver.