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  1. I've heard it both ways. Some say it does stretch your pouch, some say it doesn't stretch your pouch. I've never heard that it causes ulcers, though. My doctor and NUT say no soda because there's just no nutritional value at all and you need to be mindful of everything your put in your body. Either way - I agree with Cuban_Momma - it's a gateway drug for me. I could easily see myself going from half a can to 4 soda a day.
  2. That's a great attitude! I "only" had a two week pre-op liquid diet and while it does seem daunting, it helped me to remind myself of how far I'd come and that I didn't want to screw it up right at the very end!
  3. Interesting! My doctor just told me they wouldn't. Oh well! I have never gone through a body scanner without being pulled aside for a pat down and that's both pre and post surgery. The first time I flew after surgery apparently my pants were too saggy/baggy and I had to be patted down. I had just had surgery two months prior and I had to take my belt off - of course my pants were baggy!
  4. Wow! Your hard work and dedication has definitely paid off! You look great!
  5. I just did my first half marathon a few weeks ago. While training, I stuck to my high protein/low sugar/low carb diet unless I was planning on running more than 10 miles. Then, like createchange, I used either swedish fish or starbusts. I would eat three every three miles or so. I'm sleeved and don't dump so I wasn't worried about the sugar not agreeing with me. However, since you are bypass, you might react differently to the sugar. I'm not sure what to suggest for you with that. Maybe another bypasser who runs would be able to suggest something.
  6. Haha excellent point. Thank you.
  7. I don't see loose skin either! I see an incredibly healthy, strong, and happy woman! Congrats on the half! I just ran my first one and I spent hours just days before searching for a running top that had longer sleeves to cover my bat wings. Sadly I allowed the negative voice in my head convince me I had to spend $40 on a shirt I didn't really need so people wouldn't be subjected to my yucky loose skin on my arms. Maybe if I'd been more worried about my running instead of my looks I would have finished with a better pace. You rock!
  8. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her story with us.
  9. Thank you so much! You can do it too!
  10. I ran a half marathon yesterday. Finished with a time of 2 hour and 20 minutes. A year ago I couldn't run a mile. Mind blown.
  11. The last thing my surgeon told me before I checked out of the hospital after having VSG was that if I cheated on my diet at all and developed a leak it would be CATASTROPHIC. That is literally the word he used. Scared the hell out of me but it was very effective. I never cheated. And like many on here have said - this isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle. Get used to it. There are alot of times it SUCKS but it's worth it.
  12. Yaaassss. I was in love with the whole grain shells and cheese. And it was whole grain so I could lie to myself and say it wasn't *that* bad! Pepperidge farm coconut cake. I would eat the whole cake in one sitting (all 2,000 calories and 184 grams of sugar) ...and still want more.
  13. Right there with you on that one. Mother KNEW I didn't want anyone to know and finding out she told my aunt was like a knife to the heart. Sounds dramatic, but gah! Seriously! I did the same as bella and said I had hernia surgery. I also added there were some complications and I had to be on a special diet while I healed.
  14. That's awesome! I cannot wait to go on roller coasters again! Just haven't had the opportunity yet. I bought a size 12 dress today! Size 12! Just a year ago it would have been a size 22/24!
  15. Maybe just tell him you are on a doctor prescribed diet plan that you need to stay on and your doctor thinks 100 grams of protein is plenty.
  16. One year out and I've never thrown up. I had a few instances of knowing I ate too much and feeling like I needed to throw up but I never actually did. And that was only in the first six months or so. The fear of throwing up isn't necessarily a bad thing. Keeps you on target for portion sizes. Same with sugar. I'm so afraid of dumping, I avoid sugar like the plague.
  17. I have one regret about making the decision NOT to tell anyone beyond my immediate family. I told my parents and my brother and they were the only ones I wanted to know. I didn't want to be judged if I failed at this. However, I didn't take into account the fact that I was basically forcing them to have to lie for me. We live in a small town and apparently people seem to think it's better if they ask my family how I lost weight instead of asking me. My family knows I don't want people to know, but I (stupidly) never expected people to ask them, so they were unprepared when the questions starte
  18. Heey! We have the same stats and surgery date! Twinsies! Cheers to you! Ain't life grand?
  19. Tuna is a staple in my diet. 8 oz tuna, 1 egg, 1 tbsp hot sauce, 1 tbsp minced onion, 1 tbsp oatmeal. Mix together and make into patties. Grill 'em up (George Forman grill works the best for me), top with a slice of cheese if desired, and enjoy! Makes about 4 burgers which is two meals for me. Or I make a quick and easy tuna salad - 1 pouch Starkist Tuna Creations Ranch flavored tuna, 30 grams light mayo (yes I weigh that out), and some chopped up pickles. Nom.
  20. Today is my 1 year surgiversary!!! Mind blowing to think how my life has changed and I love it! Best decision I ever made!

  21. Most of us went through a period of "buyer's remorse." A what-have-I-done phase. It will get better. Once you are healed, things will change but it may take a while to adjust. However, I'm confused and concerned by what you mean when you say you're trying really hard to stick to the eating guidelines. Most of the time when people say that it means they are eating food they shouldn't be. You are only a week and a half out - I sincerely hope you aren't making poor eating choices already. Not only does it spell disaster for you in the future, but you could also severely hurt yourself. Howeve
  22. Just registered for my first half-marathon! Would never have dreamed of this a year ago.
  23. I've never understood this. I mean, I get the concept, but the part of our stomach that produces ghrelin is removed during surgery...right? So regardless of how full or empty my stomach is, I don't feel hungry. I don't eat because I'm hungry. I eat because I'm empty or because the clock says I haven't eaten in a while. So in my head, it shouldn't matter how long the food sits in my stomach cause it's not like "washing it out of my sleeve" is going to make me hungry sooner. Regardless of my confusion - My doc's rule is 30 mins before and after eating and my NUT told me to treat protein sha
  24. I agree - that is insane. We're not even that restricted AFTER surgery. Can you email or call your NUT and either ask for clarification and/or express your concerns?
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