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About dmstafford

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  • Birthday 10/06/1959

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    Kansas City, MO
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Cabrera
  • Hospital
    Mi Doctor
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Cabrera

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  1. I have been a Diet Pepsi addict most of my life. It was the main reason I balked at having the surgery. I couldn't imagine ever going without my diet sodas. I have tasted it a few times since the surgery, and it tastes horrible. I don't like soda anymore! How cool is that?
  2. I do get hungry sometimes, and sometimes I am very hungry. But I have figured out that I only have hunger when I eat things I shouldn't. When I go back to getting my protein and water in every day, the hunger disappears immediately and I feel very satisfied. Even when I do have hunger, it is such a tiny version of my old hunger. I'm so glad I had this surgery! It rocks!
  3. I struggle with getting enough liquid, so every night I have a couple of sugar-free popsicles to give my intake a bit of a boost.
  4. dmstafford

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    I know what you mean about not having many full-body pics.
  5. Lost nothing until about the 5th day after surgery, actually gained while having the procedure due to fluids. The weight loss picked up the second week.
  6. I'm not as far along post op as you are, so this might not be helpful, but I want to offer what helps my energy. I walk first thing in the morning. Somehow my body manages its energy much better when I walk. When I don't walk, for some reason, I feel like I am riding on fumes ... and I spend the day shivering. But when I walk, I feel pretty much normal. I never walk on weekends, just the weekdays, and on weekends and those other occasional days when I skip my walk, I just don't have enough energy to swat a fly. I hope you can figure your needs out and feel better soon.
  7. Thanks for all of the advice. I was away from home for a funeral for a few days, so I checked in on my phone and started trying the additional fluids. I think when I went off of the liquid-only phase AND stopped drinking before, during and after meals, it messed up my winning formula. The fluids are really helping.
  8. Hi, I am 4 weeks post op and I am now allowed to have soft foods and work into whatever else I can eat. I have been focused on increasing my protein and water, so I have not played around too much with variety yet. A week ago my hunger returned. I keep track of my foods, and I am mainly eating protein. I have a desk job, but I walk every day and on weekends, I like to mow and work in the yard. It seems my activities are driving my hunger. On the yard work days, I am extremely hungry and my meals don't seem to carry me too long. I avoid drinking before and after meals for 30 minutes, but I wonder if the protein shakes, being liquid, are running right through. I cannot eat quickly and I'm not eating very firm foods yet. I have yogurt, cottage cheese and very small bits of chicken and fish. I have avoided adding vegetable until I can keep my protein up in the recommended range. I really don't eat many calories. It usually is around 400 - 500 calories per day. The problem is that I want to manage my hunger better. Lately the foods around me are looking and smelling better and better. I don't want to go back to eating sweets and fried foods, but I feel like I'm losing control. I know the obvious thing is probably to eat more calories, but that is easier said than done when I cannot eat quickly. I have to nurse my shakes along all morning. I'm sure this is all normal growing pains and that my fears are the same fears many face when they regain their ability to eat again. I would appreciate hearing from others who have successfully managed to continue losing weight and eating healthy after they are well enough to start eating variety.
  9. dmstafford

    New Life

    You are inspiring, Julie. I'm struggling (but determined) to get the protein in and I am proud of being up to about 7500 steps a day. You go girl!
  10. dmstafford

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    You rock! Great pics! Inspiring.
  11. Thanks for all of the advice! I heard from the nutritionist today, and she said I really don't need to take the iron pills if I was sleeved and am not anemic. I have always had good iron levels, so I have received permission to skip the iron for now. Yep!
  12. I had my vgs 3 weeks ago. I was nervous too. And yes, I wanted to get it over with. It was much easier for me to deal with the procedure itself than it was to wait. I have been nervous, but everything has been doable. I can only speak for my own experience, but it was much easier than I anticipated. I hope you and your wife have a very good and smooth experience.