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Answer and Mixed Feelings

Rakat

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Today, I got the call...surgery is May 2nd! Which is awesome! I'm torn, though. I don't feel as excited as I thought I would be. When I start thinking about all the stuff I have to do, like the one week liquid diet, I feel a little panicked. Actually, most of the panic revolves around that. The other stuff is easy, such as a 90 minute pre-op class and pre-testing at the hospital on the same day. The only drawback about that is I have to be there at 8:30am. I live a hour away from there. That means I have to get up like at 6am. But, whatever. It's just a minor nuisance. The diet, though. That is the big issue. Also, my entire life is going to change. While I am ready for it, can you ever be completely ready? I want this to happen. I've been chasing this since June '17. I've already made adjustments like not drinking carbonated drinks, cutting way back on bread, sweets, and the like. I've been in counseling for over a year. So, I've prepared. Why do I feel so nervous, though? Why does my sister and mother feel happier than I do?



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I had to do a 4 week preop mostly liquid diet and it scared me to think of doing it as well. I was allowed one tiny meal each day.  Try to take it just one day at a time. The first few days are a little rough but a week will fly right by!

What I did was I tried to keep myself busy and away from food. The old out of sight out of mind trick. Plus, if you literally drink as much liquid as you can hold, you may be surprised that you are not all that hungry.

You have done everything right are well prepared and you got this!

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Nerves are normal. You can totally do the liquid diet. The first three days are tough, but the rest will fly by. May 2nd will be here before you know it. Congrats on your date!

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Congrats! I'm sure your feelings are a bit mixed right now with some apprehension about the procedure and all the changes kind of cutting into your enthusiasm. Just power through it :) 

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Yeah, it's normal to be apprehensive. I also find that others' enthusiasm actually dampens mine: like, yes, this is exciting, but it's also hard some days in a myriad of ways, and it would be helpful if people didn't gloss over that. I think we all have been where you are. (Just so we're clear: I'd do it again in a heartbeat, but that doesn't mean we don't have to work at this.)

The liquid diet will be over before you know it. Pinky swear. 

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Congrats!  I was still feeling like, "I thhhhhhink I'm going to do this but I'm not 100% sure?" when I came up to the 10 day pre-op diet.  I was not sure I could do the pre-op diet, but it was surprisingly very doable for me.  So much so that I started thinking why did I need to have surgery if I could do the pre-op diet so easily?

That said, having the surgery was the best decision I've ever made.  I'm just 9 months out, but the things I can do now and the way I feel every day fill me with joy.  I am building an active lifestyle for myself and prior to that was becoming more and more sedentary even though I didn't want that for myself.  I was just physically unable to do what I wanted to be doing.  I'm on a break from work right now so I went to strength training and then yoga this morning and am heading out for a bike ride in a bit.  Very different than last year at this time.

You can do all the pre-op requirements successfully and then after your surgery start creating the life you want to be leading.  I think people in our situation wonder if they have enough willpower and we absolutely do...you'll be on the loser's bench before you know it.

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40 minutes ago, kayak19 said:

Congrats!  I was still feeling like, "I thhhhhhink I'm going to do this but I'm not 100% sure?" when I came up to the 10 day pre-op diet.  I was not sure I could do the pre-op diet, but it was surprisingly very doable for me.  So much so that I started thinking why did I need to have surgery if I could do the pre-op diet so easily?

That said, having the surgery was the best decision I've ever made.  I'm just 9 months out, but the things I can do now and the way I feel every day fill me with joy.  I am building an active lifestyle for myself and prior to that was becoming more and more sedentary even though I didn't want that for myself.  I was just physically unable to do what I wanted to be doing.  I'm on a break from work right now so I went to strength training and then yoga this morning and am heading out for a bike ride in a bit.  Very different than last year at this time.

You can do all the pre-op requirements successfully and then after your surgery start creating the life you want to be leading.  I think people in our situation wonder if they have enough willpower and we absolutely do...you'll be on the loser's bench before you know it.

I love your message here, @kayak19. I totally agree. Very positive. Go do all those great active things and thank yourself for making the decision to have WLS :) 

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@Rakat Everyone is nervous, that's normal. 

You can do a week of a liquid diet, the time will fly by. Just keep tanking yourself up with water, tea, coffee, broth etc. in addition to the protein drinks and you'll be in great shape. 

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