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    Life updates

    Sending good vibes and a gentle hug across the ether to you, @ktallon. You have really been through the wringer, and I hope you're approaching the time when things get easier. My thoughts are with you, and I really hope you can get some medical peace and quiet soon!
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    ballroom dancing

    You look great! Enjoy the dance classes - a great way to treat yourself
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    Happy New Year!

    Welcome back!!! I hope your holiday helped give you some positive energy! Miiiiiiiiiissed you.
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    Day one

    Love it!!
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    Protein shake

    It really really seems like it wouldn't matter, but every once in a while I try to eat something just after drinking a shake, and I can't really because I feel full. It feels like I ate something. For this reason, I try not to drink for a while after drinking a shake. If my stomach thinks it's food, hey, I'll let it continue to operate under that misconception...
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    The flu....

    Tamiflu is your best bet, I think. Plus washing your hands like crazy and not touching your face. HAIR!!!!!!!!!!! Pink? Real or photoshop? I have ALWAYS wanted pink hair.
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    Questions galore

    Welcome @Jen132018. The bruising is probably a little trauma and a little blood thinners, but in any case a quick call to the doc probably wouldn't be amiss, if for no other reason than to make you feel calmer about it. Between clear liquids and soft foods, I had a lot of sugar free pudding, thicker soups (without chunks), and yogurt. You'll move through the food stages pretty quickly, but it does seem like agony to wait for the next thing. There is so much variety between post-op eating schedules that I don't think it's as much of a science as an art - and not an exact one, at that. You can look for the Tufts guide here. It's a widely used one. (Usually posted by @Res Ipsa but I thought I'd be proactive instead of just shouting out to him...) Good luck and welcome!
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    17 months post op

    Congrats on your upcoming new boobs! That should be exciting. As for tracking, I find that my intake swings between not enough and too much if I don't track - but maybe it comes out OK in the end? Maybe not, though, since I'm up 2-3 pounds since Thanksgiving Back to MFP for me - it's at least a good way to make sure I'm being honest with myself about the quality of things I'm eating. I understand that the entire process of tracking can be counterproductive for some, and annoying for most, but it seems to work for me. Each and every one of us has different motivations and triggers and whatnot, I suppose. There are a lot of good bodyweight workouts meant to be doable at home out there on YouTube, etc - you might have a look through those. I go to the gym because it pushes me to work a bit harder, but if you're going the home route, using videos is probably a good way to start, anyway. Resistance bands can be helpful, too.
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    Any ideas

    Big hug, @Kim M. I hope you get some answers and some relief soon!
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    How soon to feel better?

    Congrats on being a few weeks out and on all your progress so far! It took me about 6 weeks to start feeling "normal" in terms of energy (sort of normal, not really needing naps every day anymore, and not needing to rest if walking a bit). Looking back, I was still pretty low on energy then, but was able to go about my daily business. One thing that helped enormously was to have little snacks when my energy got low - I didn't figure this out for the first three or four months, but at that point I realized that being low on energy was my body's way of telling me I needed some calories, no surprise since post-op calorie intake is so low. With the protein heavy focus, I was also in ketosis and didn't have the glycogen stores to keep my energy up (carbs burn slowly so they keep you feeling energetic for longer, but protein burns pretty quickly). A few bites of food helped me to keep my energy up if I was tired while my caloric intake was really really low. Now my calories are higher and my carbs are enough to keep me out of ketosis, so I don't really need this, but it was certainly very helpful for the first year out.
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    Month 2 - Holiday month

    I had the distinctly bizarre experience the other day of telling a group of people that I'm not trying to lose weight - I'm happy where I am. That got a lot of blank stares. This was apparently the weirdest possible thing I could have said. Eventually they were like, "Really? Huh." I don't mean to imply that they thought I should lose weight, just that they hadn't really considered not wanting to as an option. They were all discussing running as a good way to lose weight. ***edit: and none of them are overweight... they're all pretty athletic people.
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    Knee surgery

    I hope it goes really well! This surgery can be a real life-changer for people - I hope it has that effect on you
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    The Ups & Downs of New Clothes Shopping

    First of all, @Brattykid, congrats on all your progress!! Clothes shopping will be pretty weird for quite a while. I spent a few months grabbing too large things, and then overcorrected and grabbed too small things, and just now I'm getting the hang of my new size. After a year of nearly constant shopping (can you say addiction transfer?). That said, you have certainly lost more than 4 inches off your chest. If you look at a "sister size" chart, a 46DDD holds the same breast volume as a 42G. A 42DD holds the same breast volume as a 46C! So you've lost more than you thought you have. I typed up a big long thing a while ago after I did some research on bra sizing to help people find their new sizes correctly as they lose weight, and I'm linking it here. There's a lot of incorrect information sloshing around out there in the bra industry, but fortunately there are great people out there on the internet figuring out better ways to help women find better fitting bras. You'll be dropping sizes pretty quickly for a while, but when you get down to your GW, you should spend some time and effort making sure you're wearing the right size - it's a game changer. Have such a great time on your trip!
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    Seeking post Sleeve Buddy!

    Welcome, @Abbey Morrison! I'm an RNY person, not sleeve, but much is fundamentally the same between the two, in terms of post-op lifestyle. I hope you find someone who's doing surgery around the same time as you, as that can be really helpful, but actually everyone here is very friendly and supportive. You'll find tons of sleevers here who are happy to answer questions, share information, or just commiserate over the post-op mental and physical weirdness (it gets better!). What a wild and amazing ride you're in for! Let us know when you're on the other side so we can welcome you to the losers bench.
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    Rice after a bypass

    I can only eat like a bite or two of rice. It tends to just feel like I'm clogged up, so it's not comfortable. The same with pasta and bread for me. Those were my go-to carbs all my life - I loooooooooooved them. Now, I can totally go without them without feeling like I'm missing out on anything. My tastes have changed, and as @CheeringCJ said, when comfort food isn't comfortable, you don't seek it out anymore. I just tend to eat things with real flavor, rather than filling carbs. I know this won't sound like what you want to hear, but your relationship with food will change, and allowing it to do so, even encouraging it to do so, is the best way to stay on track post-op. A year pre-op, I'd have just about died if someone told me I wouldn't eat pizza anymore. It's not that I can't, though - it's just that I don't really want to. The crust fills me up too much, and it's not a comfort food anymore. I don't feel at all bad about not "getting" to eat it. I can eat it, I just don't care to.
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    @CheeringCJ - Totally get it! I feel so pleased when I'm clothes shopping and my size isn't all folded over at the edges of the clippy hangers. They're the sort of size that hangers are made for! Very exciting.
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    @Jlipp, don't sweat perfect compliance at 4 days out!! Those are goals to work on, not achieve immediately. The first few weeks are all about healing and learning to deal with your new system, so the liquid and protein are important, but not the high numbers, just enough to get your body through that time. At four days post op, I think I was doing like 40-60 oz of liquid, and not even past clear liquids yet - just some Isopure clear (which disgusts me, but I did anyway) and broth and tea and really watered down juice. I'm not sure what your particular plan tells you to be consuming during the first week, but I'm sure you will be OK with your 45 oz of liquid and 60g of protein for now. Don't panic!! Here's my Day 5 post-op blog entry, to give you a look into my head at that point:
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    Heading to Haiti

    What a wonderful way to channel your energies, @msmarymac! It sounds like it must bring you a lot of joy to be able to help out, and I'm sure the people there are appreciative of your efforts. Talk about hitting a reset button on your expectations on life - some excellent changes in perspective. Work hard, share your expertise, and take care of yourself there.
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    A "Lightweight" Having RNY

    Me too, I was hoping a shout-out from the forum would reach her! I hope she's doing well.
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    A "Lightweight" Having RNY

    @NerdyToothpick could definitely help you out with that perspective, but she's been off the forum lately... anyone heard from her??? @NerdyToothpick we miss you She was very much borderline as far as BMI goes, and did RNY for diabetes reasons. You might look up her info - she shared a lot of great stories about her journey.
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    Farewell to Favorite Foods?

    That's plenty to be proud of!!!
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    Farewell to Favorite Foods?

    As soon as I got my appointment, I was focused like a laser on WL, and didn't have any food funerals. Something inside me just clicked and was OK with it, like I ate way too much of that stuff before, I don't need any more of it. I think that's an uncommon mental reaction, though. If I were you, I'd maybe pick a small handful of things that you really like the taste of and that are famous for being difficult for many people to tolerate well afterwards (I'd go with ice cream, myself). Allowing yourself to proceed with abandon and just eat like crazy is setting yourself up for a mental whiplash you may not want to deal with. The perception of deprivation can be a real killer of motivation. Setting yourself up for success by training yourself to follow some food rules now will probably be more helpful in terms of getting used to new dietary habits. You're not going to miss the old favorites any less if you have them one last time now than if you consider the last time you had them before now as your last time for a while. There are very few things you really won't be able to eat again eventually (once you hit maintenance). There will just be a lot more things you will choose not to eat again, or at least not frequently.
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    Surgery done...happy but sad

    The teensy amounts of food are pretty mind-blowing at first, and then it just gets to be normal. The way I figure it, I had 40+ years of eating too large portions to make up for - my brain had a hard time swinging the other direction! At almost two years out, I am able to eat at restaurants and parties and such without people noticing I'm eating weirdly, though (a combination of a little larger capacity now plus good coping strategies). I don't miss being able to eat large portions. I enjoy eating high quality teeny portions of only things I like and need, never things just to fill me up. And my brain doesn't need to spend time thinking about food much anymore. It's very liberating. You'll start to feel better as you recover - your physical aches and pains and differences will ease, you'll get your energy back, and you'll start to learn how best to feed your new sleeve. As you grow more confident and capable, you'll be losing crazy amounts of weight. It gets better fast!
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    I'm going to change things up - Wish me luck!

    Best of luck, @Aussie Bear. You've been having a hard time of it, so change might be just the thing you need. And if you get to watch some extra videos of Dr. Matthew Wiener, that's not too hard... He's a cutie. Let us know how you do and what kinds of effects you see.
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    Month 2 - Holiday month

    Cindy, it sounds like you're doing really well! I agree that it's hard mentally to stop losing - that moment when staying where you are is the challenge, the thrill of seeing the numbers flying away disappears. However, staying where you are is the name of the game... so onward we march, to stand still. Good for you for trying out running. I'm on a hiatus myself at the moment (a weird hip ache that won't go away), so I'm a bit jealous. New shoes are a great Treat Yourself!!