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  1. I don't think we are allowed to post links here, but search Bariatric Eating, back on track. The plan is 4-5 protein drinks a day and one small protein/veggie meal. I am almost 7 years out from surgery and have lost almost 10 pounds of a 50 pound regain in a month. The website has tons of bariatric friendly recipes. There is also a very supportive FB group- although they do push using the BE protein products, which can be a bit annoying. Good luck!
  2. Sounds like gallbladder to me. Keep us updated.
  3. I'm five years out from surgery and ice cream is not my friend! I can't eat more than a couple of spoonfuls or I will dump. I think it must be the high sugar and fat content along with dairy.
  4. Oh, my goodness! What a tremendous amount of trauma you have been through! I'm so grateful to you for sharing your story- it's a warning to newbies and oldies, alike. Sending you healing hugs, Carmen.
  5. I use the Do Terra oils. I love the Digestzen oil blend. Very handy for angry pouches and my wonky gall bladder.
  6. Sorry to hear about your health issues. Please keep us posted. Your hair is super cute!
  7. First off, I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine how painful it would be to lose a loved one in such a way. Huge hugs to you. Since going off Seroquel isn't an option for you, maybe you could try self-hypnosis? They have a huge variety of sessions for all sorts of issues. I've downloaded sessions from hypnosisdownloads.com and have found them helpful. Good luck and don't give up.
  8. What an amazing transformation! You look amazing.
  9. The pics are adorable and you look terrific- but I think the best part is the happiness that radiates from you!
  10. What you're feeling is perfectly normal. You've lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time and it's going to take a while for your brain to catch up. In the meantime, be kind to yourself.
  11. Hi, E. I had gastric bypass done in January of 2010. Even though I am currently about 25 pounds over what I consider my optimal weight (darn those carbs), it is still the best thing I've ever done for myself. The only thing I'm sorry about is that I waited so long to do it. I have two friends (neither is on this forum, unfortunately) who had GB and have also been very successful. Like any other WLS, you can defeat it. The nutritionist who ran our pre-op class liked to say, "they're operating on your stomach- not your head."
  12. I tried it and thought it was great- until I saw what it looked like when I was outside! I actually prefer a product that Joan River's sells. It's called Great Hair Day. I bought mine from QVC. http://www.qvc.com/Joan-Rivers-Beauty-Great-Hair-Day-Fill-In-Powder-with-Brush.product.A78804.html?sc=A78804-Targeted&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-A78804&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/a/04/a78804.001?$uslarge$
  13. Hi. We had our surgery around the same time (mine was January of 2010) and I wanted to let you know that you are not alone. I never quite made my goal of 150- I think I got down to 152. I wasn't too unhappy with that because I looked and felt good. Buuuutttt...then the weight started creeping back on. a pound or two here and there at first and then blamm-o! I started gaining at a much more rapid rate over the past year or so. I am offically 30 pounds heavier than my lowest. And I'm getting desperate. I'm better about my exercise but my bad food habits are biting me in the hiney. It's time for me to do the 5 day pouch test (for real, this time) and get a handle on this. I refuse to go back to where I started. The good news is that you know what you need to do- now you just need to do it. I'll be cheering for you!
  14. Hi. I'm so sorry to hear about your accident, hon. Hope you are on the mend. A lot of people have had success using the pouch test. If you do a search you'll pull up tons of threads about it. Or you can go to www.5daypouchtest.com to get more info on the plan. You can buy a book about it, but it's not really necessary. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
  15. Avanelle


    When I started on my gastric bypass journey way back when, Karlos was a huge presence on the board. I loved his humor, his wisdom and his honesty. He may have ruffled some feathers now and then but he told it like it was. RIP, Karlos. The world is a less funny place without you.
  16. I'm so very sorry, kathma. I don't really have any words of advice except to take care of yourself. I'm glad you'll be with your parents while you recover. We are here for you. Please let us know how things are going.
  17. I don't have any advice as far as the Seroquel. Just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Sending you huge hugs.
  18. Don't really have much to add- you've already been given some great advice. Just wondering how you are doing, now?
  19. I am going on 4 years since my surgery and while I do my best to follow the rules, I am not and never will be "perfect." If I were perfect, I would be like Jodi who lost all her weight and then some! In Jodi's defense, I don't think she is trying to be harsh or judgmental. But as someone who didn't quite make their goal and is now dealing with an almost 30 pound regain, I can tell you that I wish I could go back and do the first 18 months after my surgery over again. The first 12-18 months after your bypass is when you will lose the majority of your weight. After that, your gut regains the ability to absorb calories like a normal person. So, it's really important to make the best of this time after your surgery. That being said, it seems like some surgeons offer little or nothing in the way of patient education. I was fortunate because my medical group required a six month course that covered everything from the different types of bariatric surgery to the emotional aspects and of course, what we could and couldn't eat post surgery. At the time six months seemed like a really long time to have to wait for my surgery, but I'm glad my medical group required it. My surgeon's office gave their own 2 hour class that we were required to attend before surgery. It was basically all of the information that was in the six month class that I had taken condensed into 2 hours. There were people in this class that were scheduled for surgery in a week or two who had no clue about what they were in for as far as what to expect after surgery. The moral of my little diatribe? Those of us "oldsters" should try and be patient with the "newbies." We don't know what kind of pre-op education they had. And "newbies", please don't be offended if the "oldsters" get on your case. We're not trying to throw ants on your picnic- we just want you to be successful.
  20. It's completely normal to have cold feet, but please don't let her make you doubt yourself. Just because she had one type of WLS, doesn't make her an authority. I don't know why some people feel like "their" surgery is the answer for everyone. Whatever surgery you have, it's just a tool. Most people I know (myself included) have had great results with RNY.
  21. Welcome back, Graphia. I feel like I could have written your post! I never quite made it to my goal, either, and now I find myself 20 pounds above my lowest weight. I'm working on my eating habits. (Darn those carbs! Why do they have to sit so nicely in my pouch?!?) Good luck with the 5DPT!
  22. I miss ice cream, too, but it makes me sick as a dog. What I can eat are the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. They're so big all I need is half of one.
  23. I'm so sorry to hear this! I remember Lisa well from when I first started coming to this site. RIP, Lisa.