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  1. Well, just to add a little heat to this discussion, my spouse found some Habanero (spectacularly hot) pickles at Whole Foods recently. They were a hoot - hot as all get out yet refreshing as pickles can be. I think I'm going to make some this summer when all the local cucumbers are coming in.
  2. We inherited an old doctor's beam scale that goes up to 350 - no electronics or parts that wear out - and accurate as all get out. Love it.
  3. Well, one way to make this period more tolerable is to use your Foodie Family knowledge.... think of some super smoothie flavors, maybe something VERY offbeat... and give it a shot! Like athenarose suggests, I have chewed solids and then spit it out - just to have the mouth texture. Your family may support you but only you can do the hard lifting that is this post-surgery stuff. I'm only about a month post-sleeve and it's clear my family is delighted for me and tries to be helpful... but the hard work is the hard work. I've had to be persistent about what kind of restaurant we can go to, and it is still a bit shocking to them (and to me.... ) how little I can eat at one go. Plus, there is no way I can eat anything that isn't either liquid or very soft right now. But wow, the clothes fit better and my joints are better and... [the list goes on]
  4. Fantastic! Been on a plateau for the last week and good to see what perseverance will do. On that note, off to the gym...
  5. Hi Havamal, I keep easily cataloged foods - such as protein drinks, protein bars I can cut in half, '7 almond' portions - so that when it's time for me to eat, I can eat something without it being catch-as-catch-can. In sharp contrast to my pre-surgery self, I find myself forgetting to eat during the work day unless I have an alarm or set time. I enjoy my work colleagues so I can have a cup of coffee or tea with them at a specific time and then follow that later with the specific snack.
  6. Hi Miss A, After my surgery I thought I was nuts. (My family may say I was nuts pre-surgery though). Fear is normal. For many of us, and perhaps you, however, inaction is not an option. Have had exactly the same set of fears you had! Now I think I carefully weighed the options and did the right thing. I am SO happy to be losing weight and able to do so much more. Never had problems with hydration and the super-duper protein drinks help with the getting-enough-protein issue (I am still using Premier Plus, bought in quantity at Costco, 2 boxes a day = 60 grams of protein). Just plan. Was I worried? Sure. Be calculating. Predictors of success are social support, dietary adherence, exercise, and getting any psych issues treated. Weight regain is predicted by an absence of exercise, lack of support, untreated psych issues, and dietary non-adherence/snacking. So before your surgery work on each of these and you can feel reassured you have the right assets in place. This is not rocket science, it is a personal journey with some common-sense issues to face into. Plenty of success. I've joined a post-op group now, just as I joined this site, to interact with others in a community. Lots of suggestions about how to deal with social life and alcohol and all that. One woman (she had a Roux-en-Y) is about 10 years out, fit as a fiddle, looks great, and goes out to eat with friends 5-6 times a week including having some wine. She just has rules and stays within her boundaries. I listen very carefully to her.
  7. SouthJerseySleever, hope you are doing well. If you were able to do some Crossfit before surgery you should be able to ease back into it. For what it is worth, I eat much less than before surgery, and am now exercising 700-1000 calories a day. Most recently I have been losing (on average) 0.62 lbs a day which is -2,170 calories per day. [0.62 lbs x 3500 calories/lb.] If I wasn't exercising I would guess my rate of weight loss would be -1,170-1,470 calories per day or about 0.33-0.42 lbs per day (just do the math). It's my opinion that my rate of weight loss is 50-100% higher than it would be without the exercise. This is without even thinking about how it keeps my metabolic rate up. I was cycling and swimming before surgery, and was able to restart pretty quickly. Delighted. Hope the same for you too!
  8. dear NyxinKC, can't recommend exercise enough. It is keeping my metabolic rate up and am losing weight like a bandit, not quite 4 weeks out from surgery. Walking is a great exercise, it very gently uses the abdominal muscles in your front and will aid the healing near your incisions/ laparoscopy sites. Swimming is good too in the same way since the water supports everything, and you exercise all your limbs and (very gently) your core. Best of luck with your sleeve on Monday!
  9. What about the bloody stools?
  10. Dear Snow, delighted you are in ER. CT scan will help to diagnose not only gall bladder problems but also a bunch of other things. Reading your earlier posts, you shouldn't be so weak now, but instead have more energy. Please be sure you have tests - your blood count - since you have had bleeding and are weak. Will check your postings later...
  11. Stevie Winwood Can't Find My Way Home Lots of stuff by Adele and Linda Ronstadt And for many of us, Sometimes the lights all shining on meOther times I can barely seeLately it occurs to meWhat a long strange trip it's been Truckin by the Grateful Dead...
  12. Everybody starts in a different place in terms of prior exercise capacity... IMHO swimming is a great exercise as there is no wear-and-tear on the weight bearing joints like hips and knees. Bicycling too for the same reasons, plus you get to see the seasons change! - I have a nearby bike route that routinely took me an hour (60 minutes by the clock) and now, 24 days after surgery, I am doing it in 54-56 minutes - which has to be (in large part) that I am 31 lbs lighter! I am SO pumped about being on my bike, outdoors in the spring, and seeing a change in my route time!
  13. Dear Snow, go to the Emergency Room NOW. Forget work. Get someone to drive you. Very likely you need hospitalization. The bleeding could get much worse. The fact this occurred while you are on Pepcid is actually a point against this being an ulcer, since the drugs of this class help to prevent ulcers. Since you developed it while taking Pepcid -> suggests this could be from a variety of other causes some of which are ones not related to your surgery. For what it is worth, ulcer pain is often triggered by eating... and as you said earlier, you have not found a consistent pattern to the pain nor to what causes it. While you could have something related to your sleeve gastrectomy, you might have something else and you should not presume they are related. GO. You need blood tests to see how anemic you are after this bleeding, and if your ability to clot your blood has been impaired (can be altered by nutritional gaps or deficiencies). You need an endoscopy of your esophagus/stomach and maybe a CT scan of your abdomen and chest. GO.
  14. I know this thread is a few months old... but there is pretty good evidence that daily exercise contributes both the the rapidity of weight loss, and the total eventual weight loss that persists over time. The attached article (published in 2010) is an encompassing review of a number of studies (a meta-analysis). Both the increased activity burns more calories, and (depending upon the type of exercise) more muscle mass also translates to an higher metabolic rate. This review looks at groups of people, so of course it does not mean that an individual who does not exercise can't achieve their goal... or that a person who exercises a lot can't still manage to not reach goal through overeating. Nonetheless this strongly suggests that you really increase your chances of success through exercise. The study reported that on average, people who exercised had a mean BMI 4.2 lower than the non-exercisers, e.g. if the exercisers had a BMI of 24, the non-exercisers had a BMI of 28.2. Reference: Exercise Following Bariatric Surgery: Systematic Review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2850994/ Exercise Following Bariatric Surgery 2010.pdf
  15. Dear CoTN, hope your VSG went well. Had mine on March 20. Still a bit in shock that I can eat so little but I guess the opposite end was what got me in trouble!