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  2. Sorry, I'm from Australia currently on soft but relatively normal foods for another week My surgeon & dietitian has structured it like this: 1-2 liquids 2-4 purees 4-5 mushy foods (vege mash, saucy mince) 5-6 soft foods (omelettes, flaked fish, lasagna) 7 progress to normal diet but taking your time. *edit, for some reason my post got cut off. So now I'm finding myself having to adjust because I'm having a little taste of this and that whilst making dinner, I end up not being able to have dinner/dont feel like it. Its hard to keep track of what youre eating so I need to stop that. This am i had some egg whites, a tea spoon of pasta sauce for flavour (between 1/4cup-1/2cup volume). Ive got some yopro (high protien low sugar yogurt) & 2 large strawberries and a few blueberries for tea and will have a coffee for lunch (from a cafe, i find I cant really eat anything if i have a coffee). I bought some chickpeas as I heard theyre good for protien and some pulled lean meats to increase my protien. Its tricky changing! X
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  4. Syntrax is also one of my favorites. I’ve been blending frozen strawberries with premier protein.
  5. I decided not to tell many people. I didn’t need the negativity. Afterwards, a few people told me they didn’t think I was “that big”. Well how big is 250#? Once I decided to do it, it was full speed ahead. I have told very few people. My life, my body.. be warned, once you lose weight people will ask when you plan to stop. Be prepared with an answer. Such as I’m working with my doctor and he is monitoring my weight which is in the normal BMI range. Or what ever.
  6. Welcome. I only weighed every other Saturday.do what your doctors have told you to do. Use this time to change your eating habits. You don’t mention what country you are from but mushy stuff- cottage cheese, refried beans, chili, cheese..
  7. Hope you are recovering! How was your flight?
  8. @Aussie Bear is from Australia and her postings may be helpful for you.
  9. Please let us know how your surgery went. You are in our best thoughts and prayers.
  10. Sarah, Welcome! We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
  11. I'll be thinking of you - have a safe trip to the losers bench.
  12. Hi all, I'm Sarah I'm a month post a one astamosis gastric bypass (gastric bypass). I was LB in 2007, was very successful 147kg down to 58kg, then it slipped in 2010 (my own fault I feel as I developed an eating disorder) and I was terribly sick and had it removed. Regained nearly all my weight up to 130kg Had another in 2014 and hoverred around the 115kg mark, had it removed 4 months ago and then had my gastric bypass a month ago. Preop I was 114 & last week i was 103kg. I really thought I would have lost more as I had been barely eating. Im struggling as I feel like physically i have put on weight (bigger feeling/lumpy looking belly, and clothing has loosened but not significantly). I don't weigh myself due to my previous eating disorder as i get fixated/obsessed. I feel like im obsessing atm about how fat I still am and its not really healthy. Im worried im eating too much, and am finding this part of the process difficult to eat healthy (I really am craving a nice salad!). I'm trying to find protein rich foods that are soft and "mushy" per dietitian guidelines- but theres only so much high protein yogurt and scrambled egg I can eat! I am really keen to get on this journey but am so worried that i wont be a normal size, ever. I remeber my friend going through something similar, its so hard when your body dysmorphic! So glad to have found a forum where so many experiences are shared in a supportive environment. X
  13. Just checking in to say that in 2.5 hours I will be checking in for my VSG. After all of these months I can't believe my countdown is in the hours instead of weeks, months, etc. I wasn't able to sleep tonight, I'm so excited, which will probably come back to haunt me but it is what it is. Pre-Op diet was something else but it was a great lesson in the power of hunger as a 'thought' rather than a reality so I'm grateful for every terrible moment. Ha ha ha! Send those prayers and good vibes my way! Thanks!
  14. Aw shucks, I feel like I am NO WHERE NEAR being a hero, but thanks. It helps SO MUCH people like you are so successful! And for so long. The successful history is SO inspiring. And yes, I do to Eagle River which is only 20 minutes from Sayner! Beautiful part of the country! My three sons went to camp in that area for years too! Good for the soul!
  15. You inspire me! Please let me know how your training goes! Thanks for the encouragement on my training. I hope I have years of running ahead of me. I do really enjoy it and even more enjoy being able to do it!
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  17. Thank you for the wonderful post - you truly are an inspiration to us all. You may have begun here as a newbie, but now you are a "TTF hero." My two sons went for many years to a wonderful boys summer camp in Sayner, WI - is that close to where you go to in Northern WI?
  18. @Ro ro and Ollies mom Congrats and welcome to the bench!! Keep us updated. The first few days/weeks are definitely a bit tricky, as you're healing from surgery and learning how to deal with your new anatomy, but it will get easier. Take good care of your new sleeve
  19. Hi Courtney, and welcome. Rachael has already hit the nail on the head here with the idea that those kinds of comments show that your choice to have surgery may hit a little close to home for some people, and also that being overweight is really really common and "normal" these days. I'd add that our culture's view that obesity stems from character flaws (laziness, lack of self-control, greed, etc) is not helpful here. Thin people seem to feel that they have been rewarded for being "good" about intake/activity levels and that fat people must not be being good, and in fact have to suffer for their crime of being fat. WLS is often seen as "cheating," like it's some kind of unfair shortcut to being thin that requires no work. This is all untrue, of course, but try telling a thin person that. I'm a very driven, goal-oriented person who has a lot of self-control and I have always been able to lose weight - it's the keeping it off that's been hard because my body was setting me up to fail before I had WLS. In order to be thin(ish), I had to exercise like a mad demon and starve myself, and this was ultimately not sustainable any of the times in my life that I tried it. WLS totally changed the math for me, though. It's not easy or anything, but it makes it possible for me to be thin and healthy and active. It's definitely not cheating! It's the one statistically proven way to help an overweight person lose weight and keep it off. My advice would be to not tell many people if their comments hurt you. It's no one else's business. If you want to tell people later, when you're a shining example of what WLS can do for a person, it will be much harder for people to react in a discouraging way. And if they do, you'll feel all smug because you know they're wrong and you can just ignore them.
  20. Looking happy and healthy, Lee! Congrats!
  21. You gotta do what you gotta do. The important part is finding your limit and staying firmly within it! I'm tempting fate by planning to run a 50k (30 mile) ultra trail run in November. I should know by then whether a marathon distance is in the cards for me or not. I'm definitely planning on taking it a bit easier on the training that I was this summer. At the moment, my knee is feeling good with up to 10k (6 mi), so I'll start ramping up again soon... Gentle running is probably in the cards for you for a long time yet, Cindy. Especially at a low weight, you're not impacting your bones/joints in the way you used to - it does take time to build up all the necessary supporting connective tissues, though, so easy does it
  22. Welcome! We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey. I have never regretted having my gastric bypass.
  23. Welcome! Yep, I definitely heard my fair share of those comments. My solution was to keep my surgery pretty private and not tell many people. Also, keep in mind that the "normal" in our society is overweight. So to a lot of people you look "normal" and if you need surgery, then it opens up a can of worms about whether *they* might qualify for surgery too. Unfortunately, you're just getting practice right now- be prepared for tons of comments post-op about how you're wasting away, need to stop losing weight, too skinny, etc. Learning how to tune everyone out, smile and nod, and shut down discussions is really your best bet. And congrats! Your life is about to change so much. It won't always be easy, but it'll be worth it. WLS was the best decision I ever made and I hope you have the same experience.
  24. Congratulations!! It takes a lot of adjusting but once the surgical pain heals it does get better.
  25. Hi Everyone, I am Courtney and I have met with my doctor yesterday to discuss the gastric bypass. I am 5'7"- 223lbs and have struggled with my weight for over 10-15years. To some, I understand that that is not a bad weight, but for me, this is the most I have weighed in my life. My health is now a factor due to recent bloodwork revealing a higher A1C (diabetes), high cholesterol, in addition to MASSIVE REFLUX (proven with an endoscopy and 48 hour implant (reflux count: 300+ over the 48 hour period) I was really looking forward to this surgery to not only get my weight and health back on track and "start fresh" but anyone i announce my great news too, I am "shamed". "Why??? you dont need this!!! You can do this on your own!!! Dont do it!!! Etc... I know I shouldn't care about other people's opinions, but this really bothers me! Inspiration or positive vibes needed♡ Also, for anyone that has gone thru this, any advice???
  26. Congratulations and welcome to the losers bench!
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