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  2. Cindy Lou Who

    Is it just me that doesn't look skinny?

    I know this is an old thread, but I'm feeling super weird today, so I searched for "fat thighs." I'm currently wearing a child's size L top and size 6 skinny jeans that are loose. But I'm feeling fat! This is weird and scary! It doesn't help that I was so stressed that I just ate 15 tortilla chips - for the first time in 2018, and for no reason! I don't know where this anxiety is coming from and I hate it! So afraid all my old habits will come back and I'll balloon up overnight. This is nuts.........
  3. CheeringCJ

    Happy one year to me!

    Thanks, and it has been fun to go thtrough it with a group! I am also partial to the NNs!! Of course all of the TTF family are great! I am so glad we didn’t have to journey alone!
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  5. Aussie Bear

    OPTISLIM

    I use a good tablespoon but cinwa's suggestion to start with just one teaspoon is probably a good idea. I always blend mine with ice cubes, so it is ice cold. That also helps with the not so great taste by numbing the taste buds somewhat. I no longer use optislim, although I did use it for many months post-op with the addition of frozen berries or banana because I had so much of it left. These days when I want a protien shake (almost everyday) I use light milk, around 60g of plain Chobani yoghurt, half a frozen banana, ice cubes, two teaspoons of optifibre (the benefibre equivalent sold by Costco) and a level scoop of protien powder. I don't use pysllium these days because I don't want the bulk that gives. Benefibre doesn't thicken so for me has been a better option with a smaller stomach. Where are you having you surgery @the4cookies?
  6. Boho Rosy

    Boho Rosy's Surgiversary!

    Thanks! It has been an absolutely wonderful year. I posted a before and after shot on my Blog.
  7. Boho Rosy

    Happy one year to me!

    Thank you so much!! You're looking fantastic yourself, and I have appreciated every kind and encouraging word you've shared over the past year. I feel lucky to have gone through this journey with you and our other November pals - such a fantastic group of people!
  8. Boho Rosy

    Happy one year to me!

    Thank you for your kind words. What you said about still not managing to reclaim your sense of self worth hurts my heart. It's just so hard, but we must never stop trying.
  9. Boho Rosy

    Happy one year to me!

    Thanks so much. You can always count on me to keep it real! p.s. That's my kitty, Brian!
  10. msmarymac

    OPTISLIM

    I always found semi-freezing my shakes, especially pre-op, helped with satiety because I had to eat it with a spoon so my brain got the signal that I was "eating" something. Try that and the fiber and I think you'll find it will seem more like a meal that a drink.
  11. cinwa

    OPTISLIM

    I'd start on 1 tsp in your shake and work up from there. Psyllium binds with fluids in your digestive tract so increases your need for water so you must increase fluids (at least 64 ounces per day) to prevent constipation.
  12. Hey, haven't heard a peep out of you for awhile now.  Hope you are doing ok.

  13. the4cookies

    OPTISLIM

    how much plain husk do you put in pls I will get some 2moro from the local supermarket
  14. Aussie Bear

    OPTISLIM

    I wouldn't add more protien. Optislim has just the right amount for a meal, adding any extra is really wasted. If you need it to sit a bit heavier I suggest adding pysllium husk....not metimucial as that stuff tastes horrid....just plain husk. You can buy it at the supermarket usually, even better if you have an Indian supermarket nearby because they use it for almost every gut ailment known to man. It thickens the shake as well as filling you with fibre. I always added fibre to my shakes, both before surgery and even now at 18 months out. It not only bulks it up but also helps stop constipation, and believe it or not, supposedly is also used to stop diarrhoea by sponging up loose fluids in the bowel.
  15. Jen581791

    More questions!!

    Hi @SarahBMelbs, congrats on the -18.7kg! That's great! Sorry you're having issues with getting food down (and keeping it down). A couple of questions: are you having any trouble getting down liquids or thick liquids (yogurt, beans, etc)? Are you chewing the soft food until it's really sort of paste-like (similar texture to yogurt)? Like a million chews per bite? Essentially, there shouldn't be a difference between the soft foods and the thick liquids by the time they get to your pouch. Also, is there a particular kind of soft food that's causing you problems? I had a terrible time with eggs and just have learned either not to eat them or be really really careful with them (still, after almost 2 years!). Answering those questions might get you closer to an answer on whether you need to disrupt your routine and get that laparoscopy done. It's hard to say whether your surgeon is being ultra-cautious, but I'd give him the benefit of the doubt since he's the pro! As for the hunger/lack thereof and also lack of a sensation of fullness, you really should just be measuring your intake for now. Your nerves were all messed with when you had surgery, and that takes quite a while to heal. Also, your new pouch will give very different signs of fullness to you (once the nerves heal) so you need to learn to listen for different cues. Basically, you're learning how to eat all over again. At 5 weeks, you probably shouldn't be eating any more than a couple of ounces of anything solid-ish. I think I was eating like one thin slice of cheese and one thin slice of sandwich meat (fake meat in my case) at about 5 weeks, and that was it for a meal for me, to give you an idea of quantity. More than that would lead to issues. I ate my other meals (beans, yogurt, tofu in sauce, etc) out of a special small ramekin with a special small spoon that I bought just for that time. I knew how full I could fill the ramekin so as to fit comfortably in my pouch, and the small spoon helped me to eat really slowly. Honestly, I still do best if I eat out of small bowls that I know the capacity of at home , and smallish spoons and forks. When I eat away from home off of normal sized plates and with normal sized cutlery, I'm much more apt to eat too much and suffer the consequences. Our brains are easy to trick. Best of luck learning how to deal with your new system. WLS really should come with a new owner's manual! There's a lot to learn.
  16. SarahBMelbs

    More questions!!

    Hi All! So I'm 5 weeks post surgery and I've lost a total of 18.7kg. Yay me! My question is this... I'm on soft foods now, is it normal for food to hurt and get stuck going down? I'm doing thumbnail sized pieces, per the dietian. But I'm struggling. I saw my surgeon and he wanted to do a laproscopy. I don't have the time to take off work to get it done though... so just holding off as long as possible. He said there was probably nothing wrong with the sutures, but he just wanted to check as a precaution. Also.... I don't feel hunger and I don't feel full when I eat. How do I stop eating before I all of a sudden need to vomit? I did this on the weekend and it was not fun times!! thanks!!!
  17. CheeringCJ

    I DID IT!!!

    @Cindy Lou Who, can I just say I want to bring you home with me?!?!? You are the most upbeat, complementary person I “know”!!! Your posts always make my day! (And I am sure I am not the only one here who’s day you make!)
  18. CheeringCJ

    2 Week Liquid Pre-Op diet starts today!

    That is awesome! The rapid weight loss helped keep my focus!
  19. Thank you so much. I'm sure there will be some tears shed but also gratitude for how long we were privileged to have him with us. Wishing you a joyous and peaceful holiday.
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  21. the4cookies

    OPTISLIM

    I am finding I am super hungry soon after having the optislim shakes and wonder if i can add more protein powder to them to make them more filling?
  22. I'm glad to hear you're doing a little better at least. Take it slow and don't overdo with your family...glad you're having it catered! It will be good to be together this year; all the "firsts" are so difficult and it helps to bear them together. 99 years of memories, what fun you will have reminiscing! I hope it brings you joy and peace.
  23. Thanks for asking. I am pretty fatigued. I was weak yesterday and finally began my vitamins. Hope this helps. Also making sure I get enough protein in today. I was probably a scoop short yesterday. I think pain is also a factor as it is draining. I got up and did a few things around the house and had to rest in between. I am hosting Thanksgiving, having it catered, as this is a tough year. My Dad passed away in July, having been the patriarch of our family for 99 years, I felt we all needed to be together. Ii will be very different without him here. I thought I would be up to having people over and entertaining. My daughter and niece will be here and I know they will help. In the meantime I am following doctors orders. Hope you are well and have a wonderful holiday.
  24. hthe620110

    Post Op

    Hello, Protein is getting better, I found out that I can eat and keep down Wendy's Chili, which helps out on the protein. There are good and bad days with the fluid intake, I should drink more, but it is hard when you aren't thirsty.
  25. BurgundyBoy

    Revelation during support group tonight

    Also along lines of @CheeringCJ thread - drink lots of turkey broth if you are tempted! and remember, QUALITY over QUANTITY pick and choose what you eat. My relatives all know I am going to eat small amounts, and with them I have no problems with just eating what is right for me - and yes to walking, walking walking.
  26. Jen581791

    Cardamom,

    Exactly. We all provide what we can provide. We all take what we need. Somehow, in the end, it all comes out OK here at TTF. I love this community. Love you guys!
  27. Jen581791

    2 Week Liquid Pre-Op diet starts today!

    Great plan! Habits are excellent things. They keep you doing what you're supposed to be doing, on autopilot.
  28. BurgundyBoy

    How hard has it been to change your behaviours?

    @Prattlebangs One of my downfalls is snacking at night, an old habit and hard for me to change. I try to keep things like seeds, dried fruit out of the house because I will snack on them at night - this is above and beyond things like crackers or potato chips, which are really gateway drugs for me . As per old postings I've made I sometimes just plan on my snacks and allocate a certain number of calories to that. Rather than beat myself up over the issue of snacking, I just plan on it and keep it bounded. I often do quite well with my calories/protein during the day but it is evening when I am at risk. I'm now in maintenance so my caloric intake is in the 2,000 - 2,400 per day range. One tactic you may wish to consider is the following: I will cook up a dinner with some form of meat, vegetables and beans in the evening. For example, a quarter pound of hamburger meat cooked with garlic and a little olive oil (gotta get your good oils in), herbs/salt/peppers of your choice, and then an entire can of Goya black beans. Adding some cruciferous vegetables bulks up the meal too without adding much in the way of calories. This kind of meal has lots of protein and fiber. I can't finish this meal in the one sitting we are supposed to have for dinner. Later on in the evening, when I am tempted to snack, I just go back to my dinner pot and have a few bites of the bean dish. I'm not advocating that you give up on having set meal times and amounts after surgery, which I think is a better course... but if you suffer from this malady of snacking behaviors/habits, this might prove helpful. It is easier to re-purpose an habit in a positive direction than it is to completely break the habit. {Calories in 1/4 lbs hamburger, 85% meat 15% fat, is 250; calories in one can of Goya black beans is ~ 450; so with a little oil and garlic this dish is ~ 800 calories total}.
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