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About athenarose

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  • Surgeon
    Farida Bounoua
  • Hospital
    Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. Welcome back!
  2. Welcome! I hope your recovery goes well.
  3. Agreed, particularly if the food diet is low carb. If you can get your body into ketosis, it helps with the hunger cravings. But I definitely wouldn't do a protein shake only diet pre-op if there's another option unless you think it'll help you be more successful. For some people, not having to think about or really prepare food may help them stick to the diet. You just have to think about your personality and which diet you think you'll have an easier time following.
  4. Well, at the very least, it's a good starting goal. I think you may be surprised by your results after surgery. Everyone is different, of course, but it really does reset your body in some ways so you may surpass 180 and hit a seemingly impossible number. It's still insane to me that I weigh what I do (and my head definitely hasn't caught up with my body), so the fact that it seems unreal to you makes perfect sense.
  5. Glad you're doing so well. Congrats on your weight loss so far!
  6. I felt a lot of emotions after my surgery, but I can honestly say that excitement was not one of them. Self doubt, frustration, overwhelm, apprehension, but no excitement. I totally understand the urge to want to chew. I would put protein powder in my yogurt and chew just to try to fill that need ( didn't really work). Putting on my "been there, got past it" hat (which absolutely no judgment intended), you really need to follow your diet. Your sleeve is still healing and you don't want to risk damaging it right now. It sounds awful (and I might get flamed for this), but if you really need to chew something, then chew and spit it out. Don't risk hurting yourself right now. I approached my post-op diet like a nearly recovering addict- one day at a time, one hour at a time, sometimes one minute at a time. I literally had a calendar marked with the date I moved on to each phase and marked off each day. That liquid only post-op phase is really hard mentally, but it's only for a time. Take care of yourself and find some coping mechanisms to try to distract you from the head hunger and urges. Sleep, showers, reading, whatever keeps your mind & body occupied.
  7. Oy, that's hard! Well hopefully it's just a stall, but either way, maybe the 5DPT will do the trick.
  8. Welcome! Your starting weight is close to what mine was, so just be prepared that you may drop far below your goal weight (even though I totally understand your hesitation to set what seems like a crazy low goal weight). I hope you find the support and connections that you're seeking here.
  9. Welcome! Are you sure your honeymoon is over and it's not just a stall? FWIW, I've found that, for me, temporarily bumping my calories up (literally for just a day or two) can help get the scale moving again.
  10. Welcome Juliet!
  11. It sounds like you're doing everything you're supposed to, so I can see why you're frustrated. Would you mind sharing a typical day of what you eat? Maybe we can help you troubleshoot.
  12. What's your carb intake like? And your daily caloric intake? If it were me, I would focus on eating a really low carb diet that's also low calorie. I wouldn't necessarily worry about walking a mile/day unless you're doing it for other benefits since that really isn't going to make much of a difference in regards to weight loss. Whenever I went low carb, I would easily drop 10 pounds of water weight in the first 2 weeks (and I was 80 pounds less than you at my highest, so I bet you'd drop more). That plus the actual fat you'd lose would probably get you to that 15 pound goal in a couple weeks easily.
  13. Welcome!
  14. I'll be honest- I didn't exercise at all. I was exhausted those first few weeks (really, the first two months or so), so I took it really easy. I worked out a ton pre-op and thought I'd do the same post-op. I wound up really focusing on changing my relationship with food and am just now starting to exercise again. I think it's fantastic if people choose to exercise as part of their weight loss program, but I also think the saying "six packs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym" is really true, so don't get down on yourself if you don't have enough energy to do all that you think you should be doing at this point. (Does that makes sense? I feel like that's a really jumbled run-on sentence, but I don't have the brainpower to be more articulate right now.)
  15. I forgot about rings! My ring size went from a 7 (honestly probably bigger since I couldn't wear my wedding rings at my highest weight) to a 5. When people say that everything shrinks, it's true. With such a massive weight loss, I think most of us have very little left from our pre-op lives that still fits once we hit goal (unless we resize it of course).