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  1. I think getting the hang of scheduling everything is one of the trickiest things about post-op life, but luckily it doesn't take too long to figure out what works for you. First priority of course is meeting your fluid goals, you can get dehydrated pretty quickly. Protein goals are next; you likely won't meet those goals in the first few post-op weeks while you're on mostly liquids and not taking in much volume. Then it's the matter of timing the iron and calcium apart. I take my multivitamin and my iron in the morning, then calcium mid-morning (I keep some at work) and at bedtime. It can all seem overwhelming at first. But, you'll get there, I promise. I found my phone to be a very helpful tool in managing the new schedule; I'd set reminders when it was time for my calcium, or to remind myself to drink more. Before long, it becomes habit and replaces all those prior bad habits.
  2. Prednisone is well known for encouraging weight gain. Some of it is from fluid retention which should go away pretty quickly when you taper off of it. Some is also because it increases the appetite so people on it tend to eat more. If that's the source of the weight gain, of course that takes a little longer to come off (as we all well know!). But, at least you'll soon be off of it's influence and can get back on track. How awful to have to be on it just after the holidays, talk about a double whammy! BTW, prednisone is also well known for sleep difficulties so if that's been an issue these past days now you know why. On the plus side if you were having any aches and pains anywhere those should feel bette; ; its an amazing anti-inflammatory Hope you're feeling better and can soon put this behind you.
  3. I think perhaps you mistook my meaning. Not at all knocking a plant-based diet; vegetarians and vegans typically though do eat plenty of protein. What concerned me about the OP's thread is that some poor newbie would grasp onto this "basically white rice, fruit, and fruit juice" diet. We are a group that is susceptible to following every trend/fad that comes along, at least in the US. I am not an advocate for any particular trend (including keto), other than sticking to what your bariatric team has designed for your post-op period. Most of us were given a pretty sensible, healthy plan for life. My post was simply a cautionary reminder to newbies that successful long-term maintenance depends on giving up the "Magic Pill/Diet" mindset to settle into the new healthy life plan the team you hired gave you.
  4. April, I wonder if it is to reduce liver size making the surgery safer for you? I watched the surgery on You-tube before I decided which one to have, and it really impressed me what a difference it makes to have the liver out of the way. The liver is very vascular, meaning it has a very rich network of blood vessels, and accidentally nicking it during surgery because it was too large could have very serious consequences. That's the first thought. Lowering your weight in general lowers risks in other ways as well; decreasing your risk of blood clots, pneumonia, poor wound healing and a variety of other things. It's good that they want to have you in your very best health for this. It would be nice if that was communicated to you a little better though. Best thing to do next is ask.
  5. Jamesa, you may not have noticed the dates...this is a thread from 2006 so you likely won't hear from the good people who initiated it. I'm sorry you're having trouble eating at 10 weeks, have you talked with your bariatric team about it? Are you sleeve or bypass? I'm 5 years out from sleeve so I can eat pretty much anything, but I remember the early weeks when it was all an experiment to see what you can tolerate. Just remember tiny bites and chew it to mush. Good luck!
  6. This is an old thread and even older research. Please all newbies, don't grasp onto some radically crazy food plan that is contrary to what your bariatric team is advising. Most of us have lost weight at one time or another with the "cabbage soup" diet, the "all bananas and eggs" diets, or whatever the new craze was. Just don't fall for it again. Researchers just a few years ago lost weight on a "Twinkie Diet" at a State University in my home state. It was all about calories in /calories out. But as they stated in their conclusions, it wasn't healthy and it wasn't sustainable. Duh. Just stay on your plan. You've paid a lot of money to go through surgery and presumably put yourself in the hands of a team you trust. So trust them and don't fall for fads anymore. You're on a new reasonable healthy eating plan for life, you don't have to grasp at straws anymore.
  7. I wasn't hungry for a long time post-op but some people are. It will likely help when you are able to eat solid protein. Chicken breast in particular still fills me up the quickest and lasts the longest it seems. Enjoy the time without cravings...that "honeymoon" period is the best!
  8. I think most of us had some last minutes "second thoughts" and were nervous going into it. Most of us also now say the only regret we have is that we didn't do it sooner! Life is so good at normal weight; there's a lot you miss out on as an obese person that you don't even realize until you leave that life behind. Here's to your new healthy life!
  9. One thing I liked in those early post-op weeks as a break from protein shakes and drinks was Unjury brand Chicken Soup. It's kind of a broth really (no chunks), that's got 21g protein per serving and is pretty tasty. I also used it in other things to up the protein, such as a butternut squash soup my Mom made for me. Here's a link if you're interested Something just comforting about a warm cup of soup in the winter anyway!
  10. Hi there and welcome! Good news is it's completely normal to get last minute nerves. Better news is that it is statistically very unlikely that those "what-if's" that are running through your head will actually happen. The best news is that you have begun the journey to a new gloriously healthy life!! Congratulations!! The journey isn't always easy but it is amazing! The great thing about hanging out here is that we help each other navigate the rough spots on this journey which makes them a little easier. Best to you!
  11. I didn't have any problems for the first couple of years or so, at least none past what a Pepcid or Tums would fix and that was generally after eating something tomato based which has been a lifelong thing. Now at 5 years out I am trying to decide whether to just have my newly diagnosed hiatal hernia repaired or to revise to bypass. My GERD is controlled with a low dose of Nexium daily but long-term use of a PPI is discouraged as they are starting to see some issues with that. So, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I love my sleeve and have been very pleased with the results, weight-loss wise. So, I don't have any words of wisdom for you, just sharing my experience.
  12. Have you ever tried the 5 day Pouch Test? If not, I would highly recommend giving it an honest, strict try. By that I mean follow it exactly, no cheating. See if that helps return you to that early newbie feeling of restriction and more importantly helps break the carb cycle and reset your brain to focus on your healthy eating plan. I have done it several times over the years and it's value to me is primarily the re-focusing. It helps me "get back in the game" so to speak. And, I am always amazed how much more restriction I seem to have after doing the 5 days. Here's a link if you're interested...
  13. Wow, congratulations! You are really rocking that new sleeve! If you spend some time reading through some of the posts here, you'll see that a stall is very common. Sometimes it's your body catching up if you've been losing rapidly. It's kind of like it's saying it needs to rest and reassess to make sure you're not starving to death lol. Once assured there isn't famine and you are indeed going to survive, the weight will start coming off again. That's one scenario. The other is that our bodies are very adaptable and decide that this new calorie level is the new normal and here's where we're going to level off. That can be broken by changing up your routine...sometimes ironically adding a few calories will break a stall and trigger a weight loss. Of course those calories shouldn't be sugary unhealthy ones. Third scenario; depending on age and sex it can be hormone-related fluctuation. Likely this early it's the first scenario. You've been losing so fast your body is just taking a moment. What, when and how much you're eating is far more important to weight loss than exercise so stay on plan and you'll likely start seeing the scale move again. Most importantly though, don't forget how much you've lost and how wonderful you feel! You are doing great!
  14. That gurgling sleeve, how I remember that. I had a very talkative sleeve for months, probably over a year. Hard to remember now but it seemed like forever, in fact I had just decided that's just the way life was going to be. However I am now 5 years out I and I realized a while back that my sleeve had gone silent and I don't really know when it happened lol. It can be very embarrassing but there's not a thing you can do about it. It is not related to hunger; in fact it was often worse after eating. Glad to hear you're doing so well, keep up the good work!
  15. Same here, I have disc issues in my neck and sometimes just need an NSAID. I didn't have the hiatal hernia at surgery either, and actually didn't have GERD for the first couple of years or so. That makes me think the GERD might be from the development of the hiatal hernia so fixing it might fix the GERD. If not for those studies coming out showing it's really not great for us to be on PPI's forever, it would be a no-brainer for me...I would just fix the HH and stay on the Nexium if needed. But they did so I want to do what puts my future health in the best shape; that's why I did all this after all. You're right, lots to think about.