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  1. Ice chips every 20 mins was all I could do for what seemed forever. Maybe your doctor will change something to help w/pain management. Pain in recovery is such an individual thing. I had hiatal hernia repair as well, and think it made a bit slower to swallowing anything more than water for a few days. These boards are awesome, keep reading and learning. You will feel better.
  2. I'm 6wks out, I have reminders set up in my phone. Some for food, some for vitamins then calcium chews so that everything is appropriately spaced out. 6am breakfast, 8am vitamins, 10a snack (may just be a few almonds), 12p calicium, 1pm lunch, 4p calcium, (I'm an afternoon snacker no reminder needed), dinner with the family, 8p calcium.... Keeping a baggie w/calcium, a baggie of roasted edamame or a protein bar with me is key to keeping me on track. Maybe write down how you are doing schedule wise on your own, so you see what works with your rhythm of your day.
  3. One month surgervissary was this week and wow what a difference in how I feel, how I think and of course how I eat. Many thanks to all of the vets of VSG & Thinner Times for such reassurance, information, gentle guidance. I had a 6mos wait/education program and that was great, but as the time was close I scoured the forums reading and reading everything. Nothing has surprised me, I feel at peace, whatever obstacle may be food wise. And I did think I could "cheat" a little here and there, the post of no cheat days was what I needed to hear. So many posts of shared experiences helps us all be prepared and I appreciate all of the posts. Thankyou!
  4. I'm still taking thyroid meds same as pre surgery. Losing slowly by some folks, but truly every body is different. I think if we lose appropriate amounts of weight, whenever that is, then our thyroid may be able to keep up with our new body size and we can wean off of meds. That is my understanding, not a medical person at all though.
  5. first time i made the unjury chicken broth i heated a mug of water..... the powder stayed in pea size chunks, it was awful. nutritionist says all of that is best dissolved at room temp then warmed slightly. and it was much better after that. in the beginning, it did the job, protein/meal/calories.... Now on reg foods so prefer the morning star farms fake meat stuff; easy to digest but has good savory tastes.
  6. that first week was a blur, we have similar stats as well as surgery info; I had surgery Friday morning, sent home Saturday at noon.  i walked from my bedroom down the hall to laundry room as frequently as I could and when the pain meds were rolling. Now at the one month, all is great, I'm learning all of the time and the best part is I'm not hungry and not in pain.  all of the veterans on these boards are the best, they provide such patient guidance.  Glad to see you here!  XOXO

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      CoTN thanks I'm glad ur doing good I have lost some weight already but who wouldn't just drinking liquids lol can't wait to start my gym I can't as of yet I asked my doctor he said in 6 weeks u can start ur work out he told me walk everyday I have been doing that since the first day we will keep in touch thanks again Xoxo 

  7. 0-2 weeks full liquid, 2-4 week soft foods, Friday was 4 wks so back to normal foods. Wild how different programs are, but if you ask questions you'll know what is right for your program. Popsicles were a fun diversion. I also used the unjury chicken broth, the protein did help clear the fogginess for me. Good luck!
  8. I started soft foods last Friday and loving the hummus, refried beans and such but lucky to finish 1/2c in an hour. Taking it slowly has been really helpful and I feel so much better having "real" food instead of shakes. I mix protein powder into oatmeal in the morning, beans for lunch/dinner. Still using SF popsicles for snacks. Blender things really taste good to me; black beans/avocado/mild salsa and then top w/cheese. Feels like I'm eating an enchilada... a few bites and full but feel so satisfied. My clinic says no to eggs for first 4 wks, think they are tough to tolerate for some folks. I can not wait to try them in a couple weeks and hope its okay. Good luck, hope its going better this week.
  9. Yall are the best, thank you I did all of the above. Wow the options of soups I had no idea. Tried cottage cheese today, just hours shy of day 15 and all is well and it felt great to sort of chew. Soft foods here I come.
  10. Hi Toto, yesterday day 11 post op.... I rolled over on my stomach while sleeping and there was no pain. Now this week I am moving slowly and get tired quicker but physically okay. Just so weak and tired from the liquids. Looking forward to a little bit of soft food on Friday! Just do everything the doctor says and you will do great!
  11. Hey Surgery Sibling ~ all well here and I am happy you are close now! Stock up on popsicles and jello My sleeve is doing well, its just me mentally tired of liquids. I want to crunch a triscuit or chew some chicken.
  12. Not a smoothie fan, not a yogurt fan..... I have tried mixing fabulous things into both, tried frreezing protein shakes in small cups and eating them frozen but after 10 days, yuk! Thankful for some nice thin soups that are helping the savory cravings. 5 more days until soft foods, not sure i can make it. Any great tips for bridge foods maybe i can think about for the next few days?
  13. I am 6 days post op and have hunger pains. Now taking 20mg prilosec twice a day and it helps but towards the end I'm dying wanting to chow down on food. How are you doing now that you are "healed" and eating regular foods?
  14. Great news, glad you are doing so well. Interesting re the splenda sensitivity. Seems like there are such varying degrees of changes to taste. Sad that I understand your experiences re doctors and weight struggles. Its reflective of many weight/size norms. Please keep sharing, learning every step of the way from you.
  15. Hi, I'm scheduled for VSG on March 3, so excited!