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  1. Thanks for the info! I think i will look into it!
  2. Have you had your iron checked? Mine is always low but when I am severely anemic, I get terrible leg cramps! It usually makes me remember to take my iron supplements (twice daily plus it is in my multivits I take twice daily). It helps (IF) you’re anemic.
  3. Whoops, I just realized it is Friday! I keep forgetting bc we were away this week and came home late Wednesday night so yesterday at work felt like Monday and then today seems like Tuesday! Haha! When I realized it was passed Wednesday i checked to see how your stitches removal went...nice that you didn’t have any!
  4. I do have back problems so I might try it eventually. How did you have to document it? (Or didn’t you?) stitches aren’t usually painful to mostly just feel tugging, not pain. If they are removing them, that means your skin is already held together so it doesn’t hurt as if they are pulling apart. It shouldn’t be bad. Good luck!
  5. Can’t believe you’ve hit a year, @Cindy Lou Who!!! Granted you were successful looooong before you hit your one year surgiversary! You are the epitome of a successful WLS candidate! The true poster child!!! I am so super proud of you and love your inspiration you’ve given us all! Enjoy your surgerversary and take today to glory in your success!!!!!
  6. Sounds like such a quick recovery! Good for you! Glad you’re glad! Wish I had the funds for one too! I know I would feel better about myself w/ that done.
  7. You’’ve done an amazing job on you, @AliPat!!! And you look great! Keep it up and you’ll be a size 6 before you know it!!
  8. You ( both!) look FABULOUS!!! You know that “glow” they speak of? You. Got. It. !!!! I think you are right on line w/ your weight gain and growth, and as soon as she’s born you can get back to walking etc. (pushing a stroller!) I had the same thing w/ my pelvis....and ouch is all i can say! My daughter had the same thing too. I was glad for those hormones and the stretching and opening of my pelvis when it came time to getting a big baby out but darn, those few months before were a killer. Cheese and cold lettuce sound amazing (and I am not pg!)...and really so much better than chocolate cake and pizza! glad your sleeve is in place and working for you and helping you not gain 50# with the pg!!!! You are really set up for success! Thank you for sharing!
  9. Hey there, little’s baby girl doing?  I am guessing you should be in your third trimester now?  (Or just about). How are you feeling?  Getting excited?  Update us all when you can (and a baby bump too, please! :D )

  10. Wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong (as my family could attest to..haha!). Our diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is almost always pink and is sold alone but that is what they use in Tylenol PM our Advil PM to make you drowsy. But since it is an antihistamine, it stops itching. I keep it on hand all of the time since it is good to give someone in case of an allergic reaction (like from a bee sting etc). We do have. Phenergan in the US also... My dr gave me phenergan (Rx) for after my surgery in case I got nauseated. I find it so interesting how different each country is with meds. In Mexico we were at a store that sold RXs that you just ask for and buy with out a prescription! I was astonished! My parents buy their rxs from Canada bc it is so much cheaper than even their Medicare copay.
  11. I am guessing it is diphehydramine or Benadryl. That is an antihistamine that comes in 25 mg pills (OTC). Most OTC “night time” pain meds are actually Tylenol or ibuprofen mixed with this. It is relatively safe but if you don’t want another chemical in the mix, I would ask the dr @Nana Trish that looks lovely....actually it looks pretty normal for how soon after surgery you are, but it will get better looking and you’ll have a matching zipper looking line on the other knee soon so it will just look like you can take your knees in and out through the opening! Haha! Hope youre healing faster and faster by the day!
  12. It is still winter here in the NE but we were at a convention in FL over the week w/ 4 other couples that we are very close with (none of them know I had surgery bc, frankly only my family knows still). we went down very early Sunday so my husband and i spent the day on Coco beach which was perfect bc i am far to saggy in my bathing suit to share that experience w/ even my closet friends. The conference was over Wed at noon and we weren’t scheduled to fly out until 10 pm so my husband and i were going back to the beach until one other couple wanted to spend the day w/ us and head back to the airport together as they didn’t have a rental car. I debated about it long and hard in my head. I love these two ppl but she is so tiny and naturally thin (and much younger) and I knew that despite my enjoying this couple, I knew i would be totally distracted the whole time w/ my own body issues and never have an ounce of peace or fun. Instead, I suggested we go to Disney Springs for the afternoon which was a lot of fun (and free) and we were still out in the gorgeous. Florida sunshine! It was a win-win w/o me being obsessed with ME! while at the beach on Sunday though, I wasn’t as crazy as I could have been bc I kept seeing other ppl that looked the same as me (or worse yet, were wearing a bikini when they had no license to!!! Haha!). I have come to the conclusion that only 1-3% of the people on beaches look good in a bathing suit so i am definitely in the majority. I am ok as long as they are strangers or my husband/kids, but I still can’t deal w/ friends yet. Probably never will and so I just will avoid situations where I would have to. We live on the east coast but rarely go the shore w/ anyone other than family so I am probably pretty safe avoiding it!
  13. Wow, @Rob_VSG, you have learned SO much! One of my favorite lines was, I am believeing doctors much less these days! Haha! It has to feel great that you have taken so much of your health into your own hands, and it shows in your improved health! I read through this 3 times to digest many lessons learned I am glad you shared. Some things I am really struggling with you have conquered and I want to learn from you. Thanks again! Congrats for a marvelous first year and a upcoming, lengthy life of success!!!! And congrats, patient of the month!!! you deserve it!!!
  14. Hi, @tracyringo! So glad it is over and that it wasn’t as bad as expected. I was away and just got back and saw this. Hope you continue to heal quickly and love the results!
  15. She’s so adorable! What a precious little girl! Granted being a mother is exhausting, but when your child has their own special needs, it is even more so. It’s still just as rewarding but there are times the exhaustion will overwhelm you! Which is why having a support group helps so much! April is coming up and it is autism awareness month and there will be a lot of free events (which always seems odd bc they hate events) but they usually make things for them there like a quiet room and a sensory room etc. look it up in your area and see what is offered. Not only is it good for her it will let you meet other moms.
  16. How are you doing this week, @Nana Trish? Every day getting stronger???
  17. Hope you’re doing well, @Toni476 and healing quickly! Post an update when you can
  18. Interestingly enough, the things that look the most enticing to me are: the berries (yum!!!!) the eggs the guacamole the tomatoes/peppers and though I can’t see it, I love shrimp!!! which in and of itself says a lot for the changes from the old me!
  19. You are killing it, @Cindy Lou Who!!! Sounds like you have a good plan...the old you would have loved to have found crap to help add calories if necessary (as if we ever had to) but the new you has learned a lot! @Jen581791 has some good advice which is perfect since she’s been where you are before. Enjoy those PB balls!!!
  20. What a great spread, the guacamole stadium!!!!!
  21. Exactly! That is how i was feeling too. I am 3# up at 157 (up and down since the holidays but lately staying more up than down) but I want to get back below 155 (aiming for 150 eventually) but I have gotten complacent and w/o thinking about it have started eating some smaller less uncomfortable foods bc I hate that full uncomfortable feeling....and this article made me think...”DUH! That is what you had the surgery for, Dummy...use it to your advantage!” Nice to have an eye opener every so often! What you said is EXACTLY how. I feel and I need to reset that thinking. The article made it make sense to me so I get the WHY of it all. Back to protein for snacking for me. I always eat protein first at meals and am fine but snacking I am less stringent lately on it being only protein. I don’t know why these darned oyster crackers keep calling me but I didn’t buy any for my son yesterday bc i still can’t be trusted around them. I got him other much worse things I won’t touch (think hostess or tastycake crap) bc he is very underweight and can eat them and I am not the least bit ever going to be attracted to them but “little tiny, harmless oyster crackers can’t hurt me”!!! Ugh, my brain! Oh well, it’s only been happening this past week so now that I read that article you can bet it won’t be happening now! Whew!
  22. Nice to see you @Michael_A!!!!! How are you doing, surgery buddy?
  23. I never really understood when ppl here talked about slider foods. I knew what kinds of foods they were but i didn’t quite get it. So i was just reading a great article w/ a lot of insight . It really struck home bc i have been snacking on my son’s oysters crackers lately (really just little circle saltines) they aren’t a ton of calories and not a ton of flavor but they dont bother me so i can eat them more than i should. Then I read this...gulp! It is like a light went on and i thought ”yikes *I* am eating slider foods w/ these stupid tiny crackers!!!” Plus lately i have been wondering if i still need to be eating so much protein like i did post op. I was told post op that. I needed it to heal and wondered if I still needed sooo much. I read that a lot of protein is hard on your body (not in relation to WLS just in general). But this explained it enough to make me say “oh, I GET it!”. Maybe it will be helpful to someone here to also didn’t get it before..... Understanding Slider Foods The most commonly consumed slider foods include pretzels, crackers (saltines, graham, Ritz, etc.) filled cracker snacks such as Ritz Bits, popcorn, cheese snacks (Cheetos) or cheese crackers, tortilla chips with salsa, potato chips, sugar-free cookies, cakes, and candy. You will notice these slider foods are often salty and cause dry mouth so they must be ingested with liquid to be palatable. This is how they become slider foods. They are also, most often, void of nutritional value. For weight loss surgery patients the process of digestion is different than those who have not undergone gastric surgery. When slider foods are consumed they go into the stomach pouch and exit directly into the jejunum where the simple carbohydrate slurry is quickly absorbed and stored by the body. There is little thermic effect in the digestion of simple carbohydrates like there is in the digestion of protein so little metabolic energy is expended. In most cases patients in the phase of weight loss who eat slider foods will experience a weight loss plateau and possibly the setback of weight gain. And sadly, they will begin to believe their surgical stomach pouch is not functioning properly because they never feel fullness or restriction like they experience when eating protein. The very nature of the surgical gastric pouch is to cause feelings of tightness or restriction when one has eaten enough food. However, when soft simple carbohydrates are eaten this tightness or restriction does not result and one can continue to eat, unmeasured, copious amounts of non-nutritional food without ever feeling uncomfortable. Many patients turn to slider foods for this very reason. They do not like the discomfort that results when the pouch is full from eating a measured portion of lean animal or dairy protein without liquids. Yet it is this very restriction that is the desired result of the surgery. The discomfort is intended to signal the cessation of eating. Remembering the "Protein First" rule is crucial to weight management with bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass, gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve patients are instructed to follow a high protein diet to facilitate healing and promote weight loss. Bariatric centers advise what is commonly known among weight loss surgery patients as the "Four Rules" the most important of which is "Protein First." That means of all nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat and alcohol) the patient is required to eat protein first. Protein is not always the most comfortable food choice for weight loss surgery patients who feel restriction after eating a very small amount of food. However, for the surgical tool to work correctly a diet rich in protein and low in simple carbohydrate slider foods must be observed. The high protein diet must be followed even after healthy body weight has been achieved in order to maintain a healthy weight and avoid weight regain.
  24. CheeringCJ


    I asked bc the thought of it made me laugh. We know a guy wore burgundy for literally years....we’d see him at church every Sunday and he would have a burgundy dress shirt on in the spring and fall and a burgundy sweater on in the winter. Every week! and the thing was he had a great job that paid him a lot so it wasn’t like he couldn’t afford anything else. My husband and i used to wonder if he had only those few shirts in his closet....or what we mostly imagined — him opening his big walk in closet and having rows and rows of burgundy hanging there! When i first saw your name here, I immediately thought of him...haha! Then I read your posts and could gather what you meant by it!