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  1. msmarymac

    Kool Konz

    Hi there, long time sleever here. You're further out now, how's that hunger going? I think in those very early weeks a lot of it is because you're missing chewing and tasting and textures and all the other things you miss out on when you're on liquids/soft foods. This first 8 to 12 months is the best in terms of decreased hunger so commit now to sticking with the plan to maximize your weight loss during this time. You have been given a gift; the gift of a wonderful tool to help you live your best life. I can say with absolute confidence it's the best decision I ever made for my health and it 100% changed my life. I had my sleeve in 2014 and I am currently about 8 pounds over where I was at my lowest (thanks to pandemic-related stress eating) but considering I had never been able to keep weight off for more than a few months previously I consider that a successful use of my tool. So congrats, and welcome to the club
    3 points
  2. HeatherinChicago

    Two Week Countdown

    I meet with my surgeon 2 weeks from tomorrow and I am super excited. I have been researching this for awhile now and I have a list of questions to ask him. Hopefully in doing this, my mother in law will also see that I'm serious about this and will relax a little bit. I know she is just nervous and apprehensive but not everyone is the same. I need to get back into drinking my water, I've slacked a few days. But, I will get it. Hopefully I will be able to start going to the gym next month, when my insurance kicks in-that I am super excited for. I took time off from the gym because earlier this year, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and it made my eyesight really bad for a good month (couldn't even drive or see 12 inches in front of me, let alone see my kids -THAT was super hard). The good thing about all that was I managed to lose 45lbs (I was at 298), but I was drinking so much water, I threw my electrolytes all out of whack and was in the hospital for 3 days. It was definitely a scary time. I need to get back on more of a stricter diet again and at least begin my walking again. Get some good habits started NOW so that when it comes time to talk to him and as the time passes, everyone will see that I am serious about this decision. I know it's going to be a tool to help in my weight loss journey and I'm trying not to expect so much, as far as results. My thing honestly-I want to do what I can to avoid excess skin. I know I have a good amount to lose and I definitely cannot afford surgery to remove it. So if anyone has any exercises that helped them not have excess skin, please post below. But I am definitely excited for this new journey of mine. Looking forward to feeling healthier, sexier and having a lot more fun with my family. Please feel free to post any questions that I should ask my surgeon or any tips you care to share on anything regarding hospital stay/diet/exercise/expectations, anything really. Thanks so much.
    2 points
  3. Res Ipsa

    Nice to meet you

    Yes, a gastric bypass does produce a new way of life. A life of being thin, of being healthy, of being active, of not being seen as the "fat" person when you come into a room, of fitting easily into an airplane seat, of not worrying that you might break an old wooden chair when you sit in it, of not sweating, and most importantly of knowing that you probably will live decades longer (to be with your family, children etc). Oh, and you can buy (and enjoy) normal sized clothes too. When you look at a gastric bypass, I suggest that you not focus on the few weeks before and after surgery, but instead focus on the many many wonderful years (and decades) of life after surgery as a thinner and healthier person. We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
    2 points
  4. Res Ipsa

    Hello

    The secret of the post-op diet is to find foods that you like on the approved list. For me it was greek yogurt, nonfat sugar free chocolate pudding, sliced turkey breast, sharp cheddar cheese (from Vermont of course ), etc. One question - the vertical sleeve usually has a lower overall weight loss than a gastric bypass. At about 400 pounds, why not get a gastric bypass? I had a bypass and have never regretted it. Also, at 5' 10" you probably should have a goal weight under 200 pounds. We are here to support and inform you on your weight loss surgery journey.
    2 points
  5. Brrr50

    Messinger's Diary

    Thank you so much for sharing your 10 yr journey. I had RnY 3 yrs ago this month and have done well and stayed within 2 pounds of my original goal. Like you, if not for this surgery, I wouldn't be here today. All of my numbers have improved and I feel so much better. Still don't like how I look in the mirror, but do like how I look in my new wardrobe that is no longer in the plus size department.
    2 points
  6. @tracyringo I am so very happy to hear that things seem to be going well for you!! You have had a difficult weight loss surgery journey. We are here to support you.
    1 point
  7. Its been a few months since last post. The Dr. didnt seem to concerned with the reflux and I will be seeing the NP for a check up in Dec for my 18 month revision. My weight is holding steady a few lbs on either side of 148. I started buying 6s and 8s in jeans because my 10s are really just too big and I dont own a belt !!!! I have been told that around the 18 month mark of revision that I may have some weight gain? Wondering if anyone else has heard or experienced that?
    1 point
  8. Res Ipsa

    Hello

    Welcome @TiTiTummy!!
    1 point
  9. What about taco in a bag or using chips instead of tortillas?
    1 point
  10. My "go to" chewable multivitamins (once CVS stopped having their Spectravite chewable) are from Centrum. I currently take Centrum Fresh and Fruity chewable for adults 50+ twice a day.
    1 point
  11. cinwa

    Spectravite Women's Gummies

    Check out eBay Tammy. As of right now, there are 3 sellers showing: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Spectravite+Women's+Gummies&_sacat=0
    1 point
  12. Second_Chance_Graham

    Hello

    Welcome to the forum. I am a picky eater as well and had to learn to swallow Greek yogurt. ugg. But with a little added stevia, i was able to get it down. Still not a favorite, but the lifestyle change requires us to be flexible.
    1 point
  13. I would also add that focusing on eating protein first will help alleviate hunger. For me, the type of food I eat matters much more than the quantity as related to feelings of hunger. If i stick to the plan and ALWAYS focus on eating my proteins first, I fill up sooner and stay full longer than if I fall off the wagon and eat carbs.
    1 point
  14. tracyringo

    4 years post op

    Well well well here I am a few days short of my 4 year surgiversary !!! I decided to post early 8/9/17 was THE day that started the journey to change my life. I weighed in at 149 this morning !! 162lbs gone ! Had someone told me 4 years ago or even 2 years ago I would hit 140s I would have told them no way but here I am !! I look better and feel better but it hasnt always been roses and I have had bumps along the way. GERD, Esophagitis D to an A after being revised RNY 5/23/20. I still HAVE GERD and take 60 mg of PPI dexilant every day. Countless EDGs, problems with medications to put me under(i woke up last EDG nightmare and either right before or right after revision. I moved myself from one table to the next !) The best thing about losing this weight for me is that I dont dread waking up everyday to the voice the night before that said we would start a diet to lose the weight. I swear my mind was consumed 24/7 about food and how awful I looked and felt. I stopped looking in mirrors because that wasnt me!!! I went to bed feeling bad because I didnt eat right and tomorrow NEVER came. It was a vicious circle. I rarely left the house. I was always self conscious and stressed because I know I was starred at. In fact I was sitting in a parking lot waiting on my mom when she went into a store one day and a van pulled up someone got out and went in. One adult in front and 3 teenagers in back of van door opens and one of the kids started laughing and saying rude things about me being fat ect and the adult did nothing !!! The whole van full of laughter and me trying not to cry wishing I could hide. JUST HORRIBLE. I was in complete torture and my own prison. I do understand that this crap is all messed up and people are rude and it isnt right but it is so freeing to not have to go through this anymore. I didnt just lose weight. I left behind a world I didnt want to live in anymore. No!!! A WORLD I WAS NOT LIVING IN AT ALL !!!!! GOOD LUCK TO ALL ON YOUR JOURNEY AND LIFE CHANGES !!! NEVER GIVE UP !!
    1 point
  15. tracyringo

    4 years before and after

    Seems like a lifetime ago. I would tell my former self " Just wait, you are not going to believe this !" 160lbs gone
    1 point
  16. In response to Stratusphr, I did use the doctor that deemphasized protein after the first month or so. This doctor did recommend emphasis on protein/vegetables, with only a very small amount of carbs. I am now at almost 10 years out, and I am doing well. I stay within 8-12 pounds above my lowest weight. I do eat a lot of animal protein, because the few times I tried vegetarian meals that contained carbs like beans and rice I found my blood sugar tanked extremely low - dumping syndrome, according to the doctor. I feel good, the only real issue I have is that I have osteopenia, even though I'm very careful about my calcium and vitamins. Hoping for the best on that. Good luck with your revision!!!!
    1 point
  17. Nana Trish

    Hello!

    Yes...kindergarten It is amazing how fast it happened!! Overnight!! It's been a very good thing for my daughter to be home...this is the most time she has spent with Harper since he's been born. I think it was good for both of them, even though it's been rough on me. He needed to not have to be shuttled around between my house, his father's house and his other grandmother. That's a lot of running during the week for both of them, and I think it's been a much needed break for them both. Love and hugs to you too, sweetie!! I can't wait to see your pics...I'm going to check on my phone (new one) to see if I have any current pics of Harper. If not, I'll grab my other phone and edit my post later and add some pics of him ♥️ These pics were taken at my birthday party last month ♥️
    1 point
  18. BurgundyBoy

    Contemplating surgery

    Yes. That is why I like the fact that the Adults on this Forum look in on us Newbies every once in a while to keep us from going too very very far astray. (Apologies to anyone with a lot of experience who fancies herself or himself to be Still a Child on the Cosmic Scale whom I have thoughtlessly slandered by calling them an Adult).
    1 point
  19. Jen581791

    Contemplating surgery

    @Lori88 @Cheesehead Awesome testimonies. I hope I'm looking at my future when I see you. I am SO GLAD that I found TTF before I had surgery. The support, encouragement, and inspiration is invaluable. I am basically on my own, as far as real-life support goes, since I had my surgery in Mexico and I've been on the road since before it happened. This forum has been the foundation of my mental well-being in the past six months.
    1 point
  20. Cheesehead

    Contemplating surgery

    I second what's been said. It was the best thing I ever did for myself! I haven't been sick a day in 4 1/2 years. Might have felt like crap for a half an hour because something didn't agree with me but I'm healthier than I've ever been! You can take your support person (be it a parent or significant other) to your doctors or nutrition appointment and they can ask questions. as for gaining it back... anyone can gain weight. It's up to you what you put in your mouth. If you keep eating what you always have you will get the same results you always have! This is a second chance at live. It helps you get down where you can manage your weight. For me it was a do over. I couldn't lose weight no matter what I did. I took enough pills to choke a horse! I can now do everyday things: garden, bend over to tie my shoes without holding my breath, I can play with the grandkids, I scuba dive! I used to put our dirty clothes in a bag to take them downstairs and back up them as I needed to haul myself up using the railing! I had a really easy recovery. There wasn't any pain, just uncomfortable for a few days.. my before picture was at 243 pounds 5 years ago, 4 months before surgery! After was just last month on a scuba diving vacation to Cayman Brac.
    1 point
  21. Pretzels? That is odd! Are you dipping them in onion dip or something like that? The product you're talking about does exist. It is called a "FLAT-D" or a Flatulence Deodorizer. They run about $14 to $18 each and are reusable. (I told you I've really researched this issue!) They won't solve my particular problem, however, as odor is just one part of my problem. I don't know about the others here, but my problem is not only odor, but the wall shaking, window shattering sound that accompanies it. This is SO embarrassing! My point is that I need something that will address both issues and it appears (still untested though!) that Devrom will handle both. This morning I went out to purchase some Devrom. I went to three local stores (CVS, Walgreen's and Publix) and none carried it so I ended up ordering it through Amazon. It won't arrive until Friday May 22, so I'm in limbo for the time being. I'm impressed by the comments on the Devrom website praising it and mentioning our problem. My fingers are crossed!!
    1 point
  22. I pray that my success goes as well as yours, you look great!!
    1 point
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