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  5. I have never been a meat eater either...it was in short supply when I was a kid and I never really got a taste for it. I have gotten better at focusing on protein first, but i still supplement daily with a 30g protein shake and a 21g protein bar. I am shooting for 90g per day, but rarely get that much. But each day is a new day, and I have another chance to get closer to shedding that last 20 pounds.
  6. I've never been much of a meat eater and that only got worse post-RNY surgery. I like fish but I don't want to eat that every day so even now, I'll drink low fat milk, sometimes adding some protein powder to keep up my protein intake.
  7. One thing I have learned here over the last 3 years is that every plan/program is different. I am allowed only minimal veg and no fruit (although i do have a banana or grapes from time to time). I try to stick to proteins, shoot for 90g per day. Depending on the protein source, it can be very easy or a challenge.
  8. Shows just how much things have changed since I had my WLS. We were advised to eat protein first and add fresh vegetables and some fruit (limited) the further out we got.
  9. Shows just how much things have changed since I had my WLS. We were advised to eat protein first and add fresh vegetables and some fruit (limited) the further out we got.
  10. Thanks for the tips! I will say the veggies do tempt me, but my program says to avoid fruits and veg going forward as much as possible. I am supposed to focus on protein first (plus daily vitamins)....which if I did a better job on I would not be tempted with carbs :). I know the solution, just stop having it in the house and I won't be tempted. Just hard with kids around... But thank you for the support and encouragement. Two years has passed in an instant it seems. Life is so much better on this side of that surgery.
  11. Happy Surgiversary Graham! Don't be too tough on yourself - at 6'3" and 207lb, you have done an amazing job losing 131lb of excess baggage - that's more than I weigh! Carbs are my nemesis so I avoid them like the plague - especially bread which is difficult because I like to bake my own. Where possible, I use lettuce leaves as wraps - I like the crunch factor too. But not all carbs are bad. Beans and legumes are something I eat pretty much every day but I'm careful to weigh them. Something that saved the day for me was "spiralizing". You can buy a vegetable/fruit spiralizer but I find that a vegetable peeler on carrots, broccoli stems, zucchini, beets, apples etc. works just as well.
  12. Today marks two years since my gastric bypass surgery. As many on here have said before, my only regret is not having done it sooner in life. I am down about 115 pounds from beginning weight and have been able to maintain the smallest sized clothing I have worn since i was about 11 years old. I went from a size 46 pants and 3X shirt to size 33 pants and a large shirt. While I am still about 20 pounds over where I want to be, and that is disappointing, I have to be happy with where I am. I have much less knee pain, sleep apnea is gone, back aches are only a memory. I have gained a confidence in life I have never had before. Daily life does not revolve around just getting to the next feeding time. I will also say that I have let carbs sneak back into my diet and I am struggling to eliminate them again. Sweets no longer tempt me, and that is a true relief as that was my nemesis prior to surgery. Aside from an ER visit for dehydration in the week following surgery, I have had no negative effects from the surgery and feel like I am making the most of this second chance at life. Any tips for cutting the carbs would be appreciated. I DO NOT want to go back to the old me.
  13. I have tried roadside lemonade and vanilla bean torte. The roadside lemonade I put in water and ice cubes shook and drank. One whole package and 8 oz water. I didn't want the artificial sweetener taste at first but toughed that one out, after all on that I don't have much choice but the drink was okay. I wouldn't buy it as a refreshing summer beverage but not bad. The vanilla bean torte was really good! I mixed in 8 oz of ultrapasturized milk, another 8 grams of protein, and shook. I enjoyed it. My stomach is still angry at me from surgery too.
  14. You're not doing anything wrong Janette. We don't all lose weight at the same rate but I've got to tell you - 23lb in 33ish days is good going. I wrote this many years back. It was THE best thing I could have done for myself.
  15. Maybe of topic but I’m feeling down so thought I try it’s been a month and 3 days I’m stuck at only loosing 23 lbs I’m eating regular food and protein shakes in moderation! What’s wrong with me is that good or bad
  16. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news... I had my surgery February of 2005 and still have dumping from time to time. I love my sweats and occasionally indulge. I don’t recall the last episode. However, I brought my uncle a milkshake and bought one for myself. I knew within 15 minutes it was a mistake. At first I felt extremely bloated. Then the gurgling. Afterwards the horrible gas pains and muscle spasms were extremely painful. I was actually glad when I could finally poo (which was mostly liquid). I’m sure I lost 4 lbs in that time. No MORE shakes for this girl.
  17. Sleeved in 2014 and hiatal hernia repaired in May 2021; by far the pain from the hernia repair was worse so I feel for you. The shoulder pain was awful and I also had a flare up of an existing neck issue, I'm guessing from positioning on the operating table. Hopefully by now you have turned the corner and can see the light. Congratulations on beginning your journey to your new healthy life...it is fabulous!
  18. id like to speak with u about gorospe he did surgery on my husband. plz contact me at kaclocc111@gmail.com or 918-814-8009
  19. Probiotics are worth trying. I posted this a good while back: JULY 13, 2009 Probiotics help gastric-bypass patients lose weight more quickly, Stanford study shows BY DIANE ROGERS Courtesy of SHC Life-Flight program John Morton STANFORD, Calif. — New research from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics suggests that the use of a dietary supplement after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery can help obese patients to more quickly lose weight and to avoid deficiency of a critical B vitamin. In a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, John Morton, MD, associate professor of surgery at the medical school, showed that patients who take probiotics after the gastric-bypass procedure tend to shed more pounds than those who don’t take the supplements. Probiotics are the so-called “good” bacteria found in yogurt as well as in over-the-counter dietary supplements that help in the digestion of food. “Surprisingly, the probiotic group attained a significantly greater percent of excess weight loss than that of control group,” said Morton, who wrote the paper with lead author Gavitt Woodard, a third-year medical student, and five other medical students at the Surgery Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation in Stanford’s Department of Surgery. Morton has performed more than 1,000 of these bypasses at Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The researchers followed 44 patients on whom Morton had performed the procedure from 2006 to 2007. Patients were randomized into either a probiotic or a control group. Both groups received the same bariatric medical care and nutritional counseling, as well as the support of weight-loss study groups. Both groups also were allowed to consume yogurt, a natural source of probiotics. In addition, the probiotic group consumed one pill per day of Puritan’s Pride, a probiotic supplement that is available online and in many stores. Morton has no financial ties to the company that makes the supplement. The study showed that at three months, the probiotics group registered a 47.6 percent weight loss, compared with a 38.5 percent for the control group. The study also found that levels of vitamin B-12 were higher in the patients taking probiotics—a significant finding because patients often are deficient in B-12 after gastric-bypass surgery. The probiotics group had B-12 levels of 1,214 picograms per milliliter at three months, compared with the control group’s levels of 811 pg/mL. Morton said he now recommends probiotic supplements to his patients, and he plans to continue to look for ways to enhance the outcomes from the procedure. Roughly 15 million Americans are morbidly obese, and bypass surgery is becoming an increasingly common treatment for the problem. Some 150,000 Americans who have a body mass index of more than 40—who are typically at least 100 pounds overweight—have the procedure each year. Morton said the study was prompted by the fact that some patients have problems eating after gastric-bypass surgery. “For some reason, the food doesn’t go down right,” he said. When no anatomical reasons could be found for blockages, he hypothesized that a build-up of bacteria in the intestine—bacterial overgrowth—might be the culprit. “Bacterial overgrowth can be bad in that it changes your motility, how you empty,” Morton said. “A lot of people aren’t aware that we all carry about a lot of bacteria in our intestines and that they’re extremely helpful in aiding digestion. And I thought, ‘Well, if we give these patients probiotics, then maybe we can improve these symptoms.’ “Part of the obesity puzzle may be due to the kind of bacteria you have in your intestine,” he said. There was no outside funding for the study.
  20. You should know that smelly farts may indicate that your body, at least temporarily, cannot process certain foods. So, I suggest that you vary your diet and see what foods cause this problem. The problem may be temporary. A couple of months after my gastric bypass surgery I had a problem with lactose (milk). This problem went away a few months later.
  21. I had a gastric bypass and have never had this problem.
  22. I hope that you are doing better now. We are here to support you.
  23. I am a guy and weighed more than you before my gastric bypass. I tried so many ways to lose weight, and they all failed. My surgery allowed me to lose my excess weight and (more importantly) keep it off. I love life as a person at a healthy weight. My only regret is that I did not have my gastric bypass earlier. Do not fear the surgery as it will give you a powerful and lifelong weight loss tool. We are here to support and inform you.
  24. I had my meeting with the surgeon last Thursday; it went well. I am even more excited now. I have a list of things to do, such as lab work, schedule EKG, meeting with exercise specialist, psych eval, pulse oximetry, gastro eval, sit in on a support group meeting and meet with my pcp. So it's a lot yes, but I feel like by the time I have it all done, I will have enough PTO from work so I won't miss out on any pay. My doctor is amazing! He doesn't have a problem with me missing only 1 week of work (I'm a receptionist and do not lift anything heavy) and I will have only 1 night in the hospital (God-willing). My mother in law is still a bit nervous, but there is no way I can calm her fears. She is a natural born worrier and no matter what I say, it won't matter. I mean, my husband is supporting me as is my work and my mother and father. I know this will require me to work hard and things won't be easy but I have to try. I have been in too much pain lately and I'm not healthy or happy with myself. It's time for a change.
  25. Hi TammyP. I appreciate your response. I’m going to start logging everything I eat and drink. Thank you❤️
  26. Hi Nelly! I got my sleeve in June 2017 and I gained 10 pounds during covid. I feel like working from home gave me easier access to good and also less mobility. But all this to say that I share your frustration. I feel it is a matter of getting back to basics. If I am not logging my food in My Fitness Pal, things can get really out of control for me. Food logging is a good practice and helps to realize how much you really are consuming. I also have a Fitbit with a daily goal of 5K steps (which may be pretty minimal compared to other's goals). I'd love to hear additional tips/feedback from others in maintenance trying to lose or maintain during these crazy times!
  27. Hello everyone. I did the sleeve in May 28, 2019. I was doing good loosing the weight. In the beginning of 2020 I stop loosing the weight. Now I have gained 8 pounds. I’m very concerned I will gain back the weight. Please help me any suggestions.
  28. Welcome to Thinner Times Longevity.
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