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  1. Sorry about your back pain. I had horrible pain post-op too. I blamed the operating room table and hospital bed too. It eventually subsided then the unbearable pain started shortly later. The physical therapy really did work, and the theory is the fat was a supportive structure. It's mysterious, I never had back pain before; but, the physical therapy worked for me. I hope you can find some relief.
  2. Well, I had that square of pizza. The first bite tasted good, but for some reason when you chew your food into oblivion it looses something, and of course I couldn't finish it. Oh how I miss large portions of barely chewed food!
  3. Ok, after 9 visits to the Physical Therapist I have been discharged because I HAVE NO BACK PAIN! I have exercises to do at home to continue to strengthening my core. I think the PT changed his mind in the end and agreed that the weight loss played a part in my sudden onset of back pain. So, rapid weight loss coupled with poor posture-although no one can say for sure. Also, I now have my computer monitor on a riser at work which also helps me sit up straight. Again, I just thought I would update this in case someone else happened to have this same problem and happened across this post.
  4. Thank you, I think this advice is good. I'm going to keep track of what I'm eating next week when my restrictions are lifted (right now I just keep track of meeting my protein requirements) and see if it seems to have a negative effect on me or slow my weight loss. Thanks for the tip.
  5. I feel bad for your cat (and your vet) but the image of you relaxing and enjoying a rare cup of coffee while letting the vet deal with the unpleasantness next door is pretty comical. I hope your cat is well.
  6. I've never been a big meat eater and tend to skew more vegetarian and now more than ever I am hating meat. So Bring on the seitan, beans, tvp, and tempeh. I'm so encouraged to read that you're an herbivore, it just seems like meat is pushed so much by my NUT I was getting worried that I was not going to be able to avoid it. She just upped my protein requirement to 70g (gag) because some of my levels were low, so I've really got to work hard.
  7. I find it a bit limiting since I cannot have fresh fruits, vegetables or beans. I find meat difficult to eat and would much rather have a salad or hummus and carrots. I was told to eat protein first and if I have room then I can have cooked vegetables and then if there is still room then canned fruit. I'm sure you can guess that there is no room past the protein and rarely room for the protein itself-so I rarely have the vegetables or fruit and when I do have them they are a bit of a cheat (not finishing my protein but cannot resist a bit of broccoli, or haven't met my protein requirements but I will indulge in some canned peaches). Now at 10 weeks out I'm feeling better and I seem to be getting through what really felt like deprivation - and I'm on to fresh fruit. Just a little more and I can have those salads and beans!
  8. I'm curious what you consider off limits for yourself. Are these trigger foods? High fat foods? High sugar foods? I do expect a variety of answers-and it is my hope that that is the case. I find other people sharing their decision making process and experiences to very helpful and it's reassuring to see myself in other peoples answers. I have no desire that this topic to become heated and sincerely hope that does not happen.
  9. On the 12th of May I will start my week 11. Per my surgeon my food restrictions are then lifted, meaning fresh vegetables, beans, nuts and carbs are ok. I'm excited and bit nervous. I think I do well with lots of restrictions. I complain and get frustrated but I'm a rule follower. Since my new anatomy doesn't let me eat much I'm guessing that will help me from spiraling out of control-but I've been having fantasies about having a square of pizza. Do you enjoy an occasional square of pizza or do you keep yourself on a short leash?
  10. I have now had 2 visits with a Physical Therapist. The pain has not gone away. I still need the back brace and I now have some exercises to do at home and will continue with the 2x/wk PT appointments. The Therapist seems to think that the back pain is coincidental, not due to weight loss but poor posture. How strange-I never had any more subtle symptoms before this time. I really don't know what to think but I thought I should update this in case someone else has this problem and stumbles across this post.
  11. Yes, this is exactly it! I'm happy to hear that this changed for you, and hope for the same for myself. Thank you.
  12. Thank you for sharing this. The way you explained it makes sense, and how awful for you. I'm sorry that you suffer this way.
  13. I'm allowed to have decaf coffee on my plan and I have enjoyed a small fast food coffee with cream and no sugar. my NUT said it was ok since is was small and I wasn't even finishing it. Today I got an medium ice coffee and planned to spend the day drinking it as part of my 64oz. but I'm having second thoughts because i don't want to inadvertently consume something I'm not suppose to (too much fat). I really enjoy coffee and have taken a lot of comfort in having my same coffee (sans caffeine) as I did pre-surgery: cream (half and half) no sugar. What is your opinion-can ice coffee and coffee still be a part of my life or do I need to change this habit? What is your coffee or tea habit?
  14. Thank you for this. I tend to get ahead of myself and fret about what might be. I'm really trying to take the long view, but meanwhile I'm struggling - and I'm scared about the maintenance. I've lost before, I'm sure we all have, but couldn't maintain what I had lost. I am following all the orders and I don't want to screw this up. You are doing an amazing job and I'm happy to read that I don't have to be perfect to be successful.