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1/23/16 1:37 P

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Hello DIINTRP, Thanks for the encouragement! I appreciate the reply. I was hoping for more replies so I could figure out what to change. I am glad you lost 100 lbs. too. Hope you keep it off and lose more if you want to. God Bless and Best Wishes.............Sandy

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1/23/16 12:25 P

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Sandy 100 pounds lost is awesome. Recognize that YOU ROCK!!!!!! I have lost 100 as well and would like to do a bit more but it is hard to keep the 100 off, let alone loose more. I feel ya. I try my best to stay 1000-1200 calories daily. Here are some of the things I eat when I am on track and being a good girl. Good luck!!!!!.

10 almonds and a clementine
PB and apple
chicken salad on good bread
cheese and rice/chick pea crackers
Quest Protein Bar (raspberry and white chocolate)
Adkins frozen meal (beef merlot)
Balanced breaks by Sergento
Special K Protein with 2% Lactaid milk
hardboiled eggs and almonds

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1/12/16 12:43 P

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SandyLee! 100lbs is a huge accomplishment!
We can all do better.
I'm afraid I can't offer much advice, I'm only 12 weeks post op and eating 400-800 calories a day. I'm eager to hear advice from others as well about how much they're eating, because it gives me some inspiration about the future.
I do want to encourage you though, SandyLee, that you're here, looking for advice and motivated to change... that's something to be really proud of!
It's not an easy journey for any of us, but we can all do hard things!
Stay strong!

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1/11/16 8:59 P

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Hello, I am new to this discussion group. I am 4 years post op and I never got anywhere near my goal weight. I did lose 100 lbs. but not what the doctor was hoping for. I am really struggling to keep my weight where it is. Could some of you please let me know how much food you eat in the course of a day. I am not sure if I am eating too much or if it is the lack of exercise ( i am disabled) I really want to keep the weight off and hopefully lose more. I have gained 5 lbs over the holiday and I am just really disgusted with myself. Nothing seems to work! Help!!!

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8/19/15 11:25 A

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Good morning everyone!!! I packed my foods for today, protein bar, greek yogurts, a bit of frozen fruits, protein granola.....Im off to a great start. :)

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New to these pages. Looking forward to tips for success! :)

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Congratulations on your success!

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Today I'm starting to use the timer function on my phone for 'non-drinking' times before and after meals.

I will also set it for 20 minute meals, since I'm finding that I'm 'wolfing down' my food again... emoticon

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5/7/15 6:18 A

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Packing 'purse food' for my trip: Beef jerky, protein bars, cheese sticks

so when tummy is hungry, I won't be tempted by all the easy, snacky airport food emoticon

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5/6/15 8:41 A

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Sip HOT, sf drinks in the evening to ward off munchie eating. emoticon

I especially like decaf tea with a splash of Torani sf Brown Sugar Cinnamon syrup and splenda.

Also, Alpine sf apple cider mix. I mix 2 envelopes into a large mug to make it 'strong', tart and satisfying.

YUM!

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3/26/15 9:07 A

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Start my day prepping my mind for WLS support. Reading and posting mainly on SP and occasionally on Obesityhelp.com. Always on the lookout for more resources.

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Buy "my" groceries first. Make sure I've got plenty of healthy choices in the house.



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3/24/15 10:59 A

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Create "mini" routines.

My morning wake up routine is to sip 2 cups of HOT tea with Torani Brown Sugar & Cinnamon syrup, skim milk, Splenda, 1 TBSP fiber powder while reading morning newspaper (comics first emoticon )

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"So much has changed yet who I am finding is my old self again." DSCROW's blog 8/1/13


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I thought I'd revive this thread to help remind me what I did when I was successfully losing. And get other's strategies for success! My goal is to post at least one per day.

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Just get out and walk. Don't think about it.

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"So much has changed yet who I am finding is my old self again." DSCROW's blog 8/1/13


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I work at the hospital I had my Gastric Bypass at on 12/17/2012. In fact the Unit I was on is right next door to the one I work on-which is the Cardiac Unit. I used to take my IV Pole and go for walks on my unit for more area to walk.
My teammates have been real supportive-in fact we took the before pictures and have been doing the after pictures and I have an area up on our wall for my picture updates and for all to see my progress. That is motivation for me.

When I had my surgery I was wearing a size 4XL scrubs to work-I just now started wearing a size small. Quite the NSV.
I hear nice comments every day from my team mates and our doctors on my weight loss and checking to see if I feel OK, etc..

Right before my surgery I had one Nurse there that was not in favor of it and afterwards as she watched my progress she is in favor 100% and is one of the first to give compliments.

All is going well so far and I keep my work badge that has my before picture on it to continue to motivate me and to remind me of where I came from.

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Hi SWEETP340

Although I have been on SparkPeople for a while, I am fairly new to this team too. I just decided to have the surgery last year.I have finished all my tests & am also waiting for that call to tell me my surgery date. Over the past year I have debated how much to tell people. Obviously some people the ones that are the closest need to know what is going on. But I decided that many of the people I deal with do not need all the details. Coworkers & those I felt might be judgemental I have told

I will be going for abdominal surgery to correct a problem with my intestines.

Because of the type of surgery I will be on a extremely restricted diet under a doctor's care for a few months before & after the surgery. (so I don't get any unwanted dieting advice)

As a side effect of the surgery I am likely to loose a great deal of weight but this is also being monitored by my doctor.

I also mention that this surgery is necessary because of some underlying health problems I have and am likely to develop in the future.

at this point most people assume that I must have something that is horrible & most likely hard to pronounce so they don't ask a lot of questions, they just agree that this must be the best thing to do.

as for pre surgery tips

I am thinking it is probably best to work on building core muscles to make healing easier in the abdominal area. The thing that scares me the most is going on the Optifast pre surgery diet I am worried that I will have a hard time staying on nothing but Optifast for a month or more. I have been trying meal replacements (whey powder shakes)for some of my meals in hopes that I will get use to eating less by the time they put me on the Optifast diet.



Do, or do not. There is no 'try." -Yoda (Star Wars)




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It is SOOOOO not the easy way out. Truthfully it was the most painful surgery EVER. Day after surgery I was crying and thinking I was stupid for doing it. 3 months out and down 51 pounds I'm happy I did it.

Chewing my food to paste and eating slowly is a good thing. When you have to do this and you watch others around you not even chewing it's a bit gross. My step mom can't stand that I put my fork down and chew. Whatever, when I eat fast it hurts. And I don't ever want to eat too much.

Anyway, you won't regret it but be prepared for a few miserable days after surgery. They are worth it. And ask for pain meds. Harrass the heck out of those nurses. I really think they were not generous because of the "kind" of surgery I chose to have.

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Hey all im new to the room and im hoping for sept surgery im so happy and i know it will change my life .What gets me is i have some friends who told me im taking the easy way out and i know thats not true.do any of you do face book i want all the tips i can get .like what to eat after the surgery on all the stages .

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FYI - A reminder for all of us. Most articles are copyrighted and you need permission to print the article. If you have permission that should be stated at the beginning. Sparkpeople admin recommends the following to post articles. Do not print the whole article instead write a summary or use the opening sentence and then put an internet link to the article. In this way you will not unintensionally violate any copyright laws.

In one of my blogs I posted an entire article from my support group. I sought permission from the organization and stated in the posting that I had permission to post the article here at the beginning of my blog. I also provided information for readers on how to contact the organization if they wanted to share the article with their support group.

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1/9/14 11:54 A

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Hi Marparmc!! I get stuck quite regularly -- I get so frustrated by stalls.

Here's a great article I found:
A Guide to Breaking the Weight Loss Plateau

It's inevitable. Anyone who has lost a large amount of weight (more than 10-15 pounds) has hit one or more weight loss plateaus. The weight loss plateau is a very annoying period of body adjustment, where your body "catches up with itself" so to speak. I hit 2 or 3 of them when I lost my 38 pounds, and I learned a lot from each of them. I mostly learned patience!

There are two types of plateaus that occur. The first plateau is the short plateau, lasting 2 weeks to 4 weeks. The short plateau is the kind that all active "dieters" run into throughout their weight loss efforts. It is not necessary to make adjustments for this type of plateau, because your body is simply re-adjusting to your new weight. Over time (2-4 weeks) you will naturally start losing weight again, as long as you continue your healthy diet and exercise program. Patience is all you need to get past a short plateau.

The second type of plateau is the long-term plateau, which lasts for longer than 4 weeks. If you go for more than 4 weeks without losing weight, AND you are continually following a nutritious diet and exercise program (in short, you are doing everything perfectly), then you need to make some changes. A plateau lasting for longer than 4 weeks is because you are no longer asking your body to go beyond its point of comfort. Let me explain this further: When you first start a new way of eating and a new exercise program, everything is a total shock to your body. All of a sudden you are filling the body with good healthy food full of nutrients, and you are pushing your body so that it responds to physical activity. You burn a high number of calories because it requires a ton of effort just to do simple exercise. Over time, you adjust and become more efficient at exercise, and it no longer requires the same amount of calories that it once did. If you do not change your activity, and continue to eat the same amount of food, you will eventually stop losing weight. The same principle applies to food. If you cut your calories down to 1500 per day, and lost 15 pounds this way, your new weight may use that 1500 calories for maintenance now, rather than weight loss. It's as simple as calories in = calories out.

So how do you break out of this long-term plateau? There are several things you can try, but the most important hing to remember is CHANGE. Any change is worth a try to shake things up a bit. Let's start with food intake: Have you been taking in the same number of calories or fat grams since the beginning of your lifestyle change? If so, then you need to throw your body off, and there are a couple of ways to do this. You can cut your calories or fat grams by a bit more (not a lot) to adjust for your new weight. You can try going off your healthy eating plan completely for 3-4 days. You can actually try increasing your calories or fat grams a bit per day. You can switch from eating 3 square meals per day to 6 smaller meals througout the day. You can eat your largest meal in the morning and smaller meals at lunch and dinner. You can increase your water intake. In the exercise department, you need to find ways to further challenge your body. You can try many different strategies: You can completely change your exercise method. If you only walked before, you can switch to cycling.

You can introduce cross-training into your program. If you only walked before, alternate with cycling or aerobics. You can exercise for 5-10 minutes longer each day. You can exercise harder during your normal session time. You can introduce interval training, where you alternate intensity levels throughout your workout. You can add another day of exercise to your week. You can switch the time of day you exercise. You can start lifting weights. You can vary which activity you do first.

As you can see, there are many different ways to TRY and break a plateau. I recommend that you start by trying 2 or 3 all at the same time. If they don't work, then next week try some others. It takes some experimenting to find out what will work for you, at this particular time in your weight loss journey. The steps I took to break my first plateau didn't work to break my second, so be prepared to pull out something else from your arsenal. You can expect your new method will become effective within 2 weeks. If you are not seeing any other results, then you need to change your method again. If you are close to your goal weight (or ideal weight within reason) and none of these methods work, then you need to look at two factors: Have your body fat tested. It is very possible that you are already at your ideal body fat level, and your body is not going to allow any further losses. Accept you new weight, and congratulate yourself for the long, hard road you just traveled!

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just stopping by to wish everyone a wonderful week :)

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Go back to your surgeons food plan instructions and bump up your exercise. Doing both should help.

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Constipation - get in your fiber and your water. especially your water! Those two are the key for most RNYers.

Work with your medical team on your food plan and your exercise plan. They will help you get to your goal as long as the goal is realistic.

I regained 30 pounds myself and am working with my endo, naturopath, and counselor. I revisit my food plan and work on increasing my exercise (problem with back and leg nerve and vein issues) sensibly. It is a fine balance. Go over your current food plan and your food plan at the end of the three months what is healthy about your food plan and exercise plan now? What are the unhealthy things you are doing? What can you do to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight. Do not be wed to a specific number on a scale. Are you healthy and active?
If so maybe you are at a good weight for you. Speak to your medical team.

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Hi All,

I had the gastric bypass sleeve last August. A week after surgery, I was in the hospital with dehydration. The last 6 months I've been battling kidney stones. I've had kidney stones pretty much for the past 15 years, but never one so big it couldn't pass. I had twins this time, 1-1.5 centimeters. The first one was broken up during lithotripsy, the second one was broken up during cystoscope surgery.

I've been battling constipation since the surgery in August. Have never had an issues with it before. Am having a hard time drinking my water too. I have numerous other health issues, but it was discovered during the hospital stay last August that I have a hard time swallowing. It takes quite a while for my food to go down my esophagus. No Barrett's, just a weird throat.

I have not quite reached 100lbs yet. I have been so close, for so long. I lost the first 80 in less than 3 months, but since then... I've gotten all the way to within 6lbs of my 100lbs, but now I've gained almost 20lbs, have lost 10lbs again. It's like before the surgery-- yoyo weight loss all over again. I HATE IT! Any suggestions?

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nice tip! thanks

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a great tip for avoiding drinking after eating....

brush your teeth with strong mint toothpaste. It works for me because I don't like drinking or eating with that taste in my mouth and it takes about 45mins to an hour to go away





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Thanks, I want to check it out for my mother who is unable to swallow well due to barretts esophagus and too many endoscopies to remove tumors. The muscles in esophagus do not work and she cannot eat anything chunkier than applesauce! Sound familiar? she is on a permanent pureed and soft food diet.

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Cindy-k, it's called liquid fiber from www.globalhp.com 18006382870. I don't sell it, we Oder direct from company. We usually order 6 bottles at a time and they ship directly to us.

Phillipians 4 8-9: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or recieved or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Jesus is the first SPARK ignitor in my life and SP has been a wonderful example how to be a better steward of the body Jesus gave


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DSCROW, what is the brand name?

TATASTHA, That is a great idea! You may also wish to keep a journal so that you can remember what works for different things as your journey continutes.

cindy

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As I have been reading through all the information here & on other web sites I have been using Microsoft one note to keep a "scrapbook" of information. recipes for the different stages, what to take to the hospital, things others wished the new before the surgery, how to get more protein and any thing else I know I am going to want as I get close to my surgery & in the weeks, or months after. I feel there is nothing worse than having a problem & remembering months earlier you had read how someone else dealt with this same problem & not being able to find that thread.

Do, or do not. There is no 'try." -Yoda (Star Wars)




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We use a tsp-tbs of a liquid fiber in our protein drinks. Its odorless and tasteless and keeps us balanced.

Phillipians 4 8-9: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or recieved or heard from me, or seen in me-- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Jesus is the first SPARK ignitor in my life and SP has been a wonderful example how to be a better steward of the body Jesus gave


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The fiber gummies are cheapest online or from Costco (about $14 for large bottle) in stores I only got a small bottle for $12. So watch the size of bottle when ordering.

Also be aware if you see the vitamins that they do not have sufficient quantities of many of the vitamins we RNYers need.

Some spread them out during the day and treat them like a treat! Oh, they are sugar free too.

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Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
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Think I will try fiber gummies. Need to up my water, been laxing lately on that.
I get my protein in and try a veggie here and there.

Carol

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Surgery Date: 12/17/2012
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I have been taking 8 fiber gummies (vita fusion brand) each morning and have not had to resort to miralax or phillips milk of magnesia in a month! I also need to make sure to drink plenty of water. fyi - 8 fiber gummies is 20 gr of fiber. My support group leader said 4 fiber gummies worked for her. It took me twice as many. So if you try it start with 2 (5 gr fiber) and increase each day until you find it helps.

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I was replying to a blog and thought I'd share this here for everyone

Constipation:

My go-to proactive trick is putting a tablespoon of sf fiber powder in my tea each morning. When I do this, the 'traffic' goes smoothly and regularly. (I usually get my fiber powder at Walmart, but it's available in most grocery and all drug stores).



My go-to reactive trick is to sip 1 oz prune juice mixed with 1 oz water. The most I had to sip in one day was 3 when the 'traffic' was really backed up and jammed.

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Currently battling 19 lb weight gain due to grief & stress of losing my dad in Nov 2013.

"So much has changed yet who I am finding is my old self again." DSCROW's blog 8/1/13


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If you follow the dieticians advice you will lose! I was a very slow loser both before and after RNY but I did lose. Try not to only look at the numbers on the scale. Take measurements monthly. Take photos monthly so that you can see the differences during the times that scale is not moving.

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Thank you for the advice. I will do my best to follow it. I think what I fear is this will be like everything else I have tried. Or that I will not be able to follow the guidelines and I will be one o the cases where the patient doesn't lose anything. I wish you continued success with your journey! emoticon emoticon

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Xen, Good luck you will find the next year will be a wild roller coaster ride with ups and downs and twists and turns but in the end you are worth so much more than the ride!

Do not worry about what you can and cannot eat. Do not worry about addictions to certain foods. Just take one day at a time. If you have food addictions then seek a counselor to help you deal with them preferably before surgery as that will make recovery easier but if not keep seeing the counselor to help you with those food issues until they are resolved.

Remember that RNY is a tool in your weight loss arsenal. No more no less. RNY is not a cure to obesity. It is a valuable tool to help you lose weight.

I recommend that you read my blog (on my sparkpage) for those just starting the process. I list a number of excellent resources that helped me on my journey. I hope they will help you also.

As to how long it takes......that is beyond all our control. Each insurance company is different. best person to ask is your surgeon as he has dealt with many patients insurance companies and is the best person to advise you on how long it will take.

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Hi!
I am new to the group. I am going to my orientation seminar tomorrow. The RNY was just decided on today,Ihad wanted a band but my docs do not think it ill work for me, so now I am looking at bypass and I am nervous.

I am seriously addicted to caffeine and chocolate. It is hard to imagine life without them, but there is no future with them.

I already have the year of other programs, exercise at least three times a wk., and have the approval of all my assorted docs.

So, how long is the normal process from here? I just want to get it done, so I can stop worrying about it. And I am excited to see the changes.

I am glad to have found this group,and I look forward to talking with and supporting you all!

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The pre-op diet is a low carb low fat diet. It is restricting the carbs and fat that shrink the liver. But the lemon does make the water taste better! I especially enjoy hot water with lemon wedge and have for many years probably 10+ years!

Start the resistence band exercises now! Coach Nicole of Sparkpeople has some good videos for resistence band routine.


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What a great resourse of information. I have been focusing on better eating as I continue my path toward bypass surgery. Also increasing exercise. Reading labels is tedious to say the least.

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Hello everyone:
My surgery date is fast approaching (June 24th) and I have gotten rid of sodas and most juices. I still have a diet cranberry 1-2 times a week but most of my drinking involves water with lemon juice (told it detoxs the liver) My hardest challenge is the carbs like pasta and bread. I still have some form of them weekly. My appetite is not really there anymore, so I will have a slimfast for breakfast most days. Since the weather is getting nicer, I make myself walk for 20 min. a day to build up an exercise tolerance. I also bought a nice set of resistance bands from Amazon to hopefully help with post-surgery sagging. A little scared of surgery but know it will be the best decision I have ever made for me in a while. Hoping to get the insurance approval the 1st time around!

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Cyndi-K Thanks found it.


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On the community tab select sparkpage. Then click edit my sparkpage. At the top right is a section with options. check mark the one allowing friends to view your sparkpage. Then when you friend me I will be able to see your sparkpage and friend you back.

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Thanks Cyndi-K. I do have a spark page don't know why it is not showing up under my picture.

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Welcome Toni! Glad you found us. I have some good blogs for those just starting out on my sparkpage. You will need to friend me and allow me to friend you before you can see them. I noticed that you have not created a sparkpage.

Tip, Just create on and set the security to friends only. Then you can select whom you will allow to see your page. Go to the community tab at the top and then select sparkpage. Edit your sparkpage and put you first name and a sentence or two about yourself. You can add more later. Then click on my sparkpage and friend me. I will respond and then you can go to my sparkpage and read my blogs. I have one that is for those who are thinking about surgery. It is filled with great resources that I have used over my journey.

The only regret I have is that I did not take advantage of the psychologist who did my eval. I wish I had started working on my food issues before surgery. Now at 2 1/2 years out and a 25 pound regain I am seeing a counselor, learning biofeedback to help with my stress, increasing my exercise, and again tracking food. Dr wants me to work on mindful eating again but that was one book that I wanted to throw out. But both my counselor and biofeedback doctor want me to give it another try. So I am starting the 21 days to mindful eating. That is one mindful eating book I did not throw out but only because it is autographed.

The time before surgery is the best time to start making food and lifestyle changes. Stop drinking carbonated beverages(switch to water or crystal light or kool aid sugar free variety, start tapering off sugars and starches(get off them completely before surgery so that you do not go through carb withdrawal while recovering), and start or increase your exercise. Now is also a good time to start buying and using smaller dishes and untinsels. If you eat on 10 inch plates buy an 8 inch one, and a few 4 and 6 inch ones. Also buy lots of storage containers in 2 oz and 4 oz. you will need them to store all the food you are not putting on your plate and into your mouth.

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Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
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Hi my name is Toni, I will be having my GBS in July. I have been reading all of your post, and they are great and really helping me start practicing what I will be doing for the rest of my life. Thank you so much.


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For me I have learned that I get one little gurgle and if I do not stop then I will not feel well. When I take even one more bite I usually regret it. That mostly happens when I am eating with others and not paying attention. So when out with family or friends I then pay really close attention to my portions! I like the idea of the clock and waiting two minutes between bites! I wish I had done that before surgery to learn that habit!

I used a timer to remind me to drink water every 15 minutes. I could use going back to that habit! I drink enough but not consistantly throughout the day.

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Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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Yep, if you don't eat slowly and chew well your pouch will let you know. My pouch lets me know when I am full. Wshen it even gets near the feeling-I stop. Have learned to do so or the results are not a plesant one. The pouch teaches fast.

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I had a very difficult time slowing down my eating also and I could not judge time at all so I bought a timer and every meal I would take a bite put down my fork and watch two minutes go by than take another bite I had to do this for a good month before I could really judge time well and I sometimes find myself starting to eat to fast and I get my timer out again habbit of eating fast is hard to break

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