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  1. cinwa


    What about this recipe using Jello (I'm assuming that diet Jello would work): 1 Cup Boiling Water 2 Cups 7-UP or Sprite (or a similar soda pop) 1 Four serving box of any flavor of Jell-O (Gelatin) As you normally would, whisk the Jell-O / Gelatin into the boiling water until it is dissolved. Pour into a square cake pan. Stir in soda pop FREEZE (usually takes 4 hours, I let mine sit overnight). Use an ice cream scoop to “shave” the ice.
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    Wish I could help but I can't handle anything colder than room temperature (gives my pouch a toothache type sensation). Having said that, I did see a recipe a good while back using 1 cup diet fruit juice (Ocean Spray Diet springs to mind) or the lemon zest and juice to taste , 1 cup of water and 1 cup of Splenda (or similar) to taste. Cool. Pour into a shallow container - freeze and then get scraping with a fork.
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    He is adorable for sure. I can't think of anything better than a cuddle with that little guy .... bring on the puppy breath!
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    I can almost smell the puppy breath from here ..... do you have a name picked out for him Res Ipsa?
  5. I think the credit lay on you and his parents Trish. Sadly, too many people park little ones in front of a TV (or computer) and leave them to their own devices when exploring the world of textures and smells, digging for worms, planting seeds and watching a spider make it web etc. etc. etc. opens up a wonderful world for them and it's so much fun.
  6. LOL! I see that Harper is practicing with the Red Heart Scrubby yarn bath cloth that I sent him. He truly is adorable.
  7. Happy 2nd surgiversary Trish! Know that you're always in our thoughts (and prayers).
  8. Personally, I had no issue in sharing my story but can understand those who wish to keep it a private matter. I have a couple of WLS internet friends who didn't want to tell anyone so just said words along the lines that it was a personal matter that they didn't want to discuss.
  9. You have every right to be amazed at the turn-around in your life Jen. For many of us, just walking any distance was a struggle pre-WLS.
  10. I've never been a lover of highly spiced/hot foods so it's no big loss. Cold food/beverages are a real problem though. I can't eat or drink anything that's colder than room temperature. It gives my pouch a toothache type sensation.
  11. I've never been a huge hot spicy food lover but I've noticed that since my WLS, I don't seem to care for it at all - especially chilli, sriracha, harissa etc.
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    I'd give anything to have a cuddle with that fur baby - as you may remember, I lost my beloved Meg a couple of months ago and I can almost smell Emma's puppy breath from here.
  13. Hernias suck! That's how I entered the world of bariatric surgery. I was referred to a surgeon about an umbilical hernia that was causing problems and it was he who suggested doing WLS at the same time because unless I loss weight and kept it off, the mesh patch wasn't likely to be effective for too long.
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    I'm back

    That's wonderful news Robin - congratulations!
  15. You are my hero Jen! You truly have embraced the new life that being slimmer and more agile your WLS brought about and are living life to the hilt.
  16. Ferrous fumarate can cause a tummy upset. My experience with it was not good and it only has 33% elemental iron. I found carbonyl and polysaccharide to have the least side effects and the benefits is that they have 100% elemental iron so you get what you take. Feosol Bifera HIP & PIC Iron isn't harsh on the system. It contains non-heme (often plant derived) and heme (animal based) iron and you don't need to take vitamin C with it.
  17. It's good to see you back Nerdy - you have been missed. I'm sorry that life has dealt you rough hand.
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    I'm sorry you've had your surgery bumped back a week but it sounds as if you've got your head in the game.
  19. Go to the home page and select "Blogs" on the upper right of the page. You'll then find "Create a new blog" on the mid-upper right.
  20. Welcome to Thinner Times Janette! I'm not a diabetic but I can vouch for the 5 Day Pouch Test with helping you get back on track and weeding out the sugary and other stuff that seems to have a way of creeping its way back into our life. And the other upside is that it can help you get started on ditching those few pounds that seems to have a way of sneaking up on us.
  21. Happy 2nd Surgiversary Aussie Bear!
  22. cinwa


    Welcome to Thinner Times. Exciting times ahead!
  23. Along with yogurt and kefir, I take probiotics and have since my WLS. And if I'm feeling a little sluggish, I take prebiotics too. This is a good read: Prebiotics vs. Probiotics: What’s the Difference? Culturelle is one of the better probiotics IMHO and it's widely available at Walmart etc. I also like Nutrition Now PB 8 Probiotic Acidophilus for Life (order online).
  24. It took me a while to get out of my comfort zone and something I found helpful in the early months after hitting the smaller clothes racks was to take a friend with me. I'd never shopped in anything other than the big girls world of non-fitted and dark colours so it was a challenge to break that habit.
  25. Welcome to Thinner Times Sugar and congratulations on your recent WLS. Regardless of what form of WLS you had, nausea in the early days post-op is not unusual but if it continues for much longer, talk with your surgeon and/or nutritionist about it. In the meantime, keep up with your fluids as much as you can.