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I have a Realize Band (not VSG) but I don't think that the surgery really changed my cravings as much as my decision to change what I ate did.
Eliminating cookies, cake, candy, etc was easier because the band helped to make very little food satisfying to me.
so, I ate protein and produce first and then was not hungry or have many real cravings.
cutting out the sugary things was hard at first, but after a few weeks it got a lot easier.
now, when I want chocolate, I have chocolate pudding, or a chocolate protein bar instead of candy.
best of luck to you, I am sure some of the VSG veterans will help you out.
You can find shape where at Target and Walmart or at higher end dartment stores or on line.
Spanx is a good brand that I find t Dillard's or Macy's ... And they have a 'sister brand' that is sold at Target under the name Assets.
If you wear a lot of slacks, you can find Assets or spanx that are Capri length or full length like panty hose but more tight fitting and more shaping.
There are numerous styles, some are jut like hose, some come up higher to just under your bra or you can get an all In one that incldes a bra.
Recumbant bike is a good choice for cross training and for inclement weather, but it is not considered a 'weight bearing' exercise, so it does not help to strengthen your bones.
walk as best you can and use the bike when you need to
Best of luck!!!
Cold water can cause little muscle spasms .. And pain
Keep experimenting ... I had to have water at room temp, but could have iced tea a few minutes later....it was bizarre!
Ah. You are one of those crazy mountain bikers!!!
Were recently in Durango, CO and camped right above the start of the Colorado trail ..... Mountain bikers everywhere!!!!!!
they are a crazy but fun loving crowd!!
congrats on your weight loss and on changing your life!!! Enjoy!
I found that some of the time I needed cold water and other times I could only tolerate room temp or warm water.
Try tiny sips of warm water or clear soup and see if that helps.
I am so sorry for your loss.
may your love bring you strength and peace.
Yes, I absolutely meant GYN and Dr. Blackstone... I was trying to be helpful.
many, many times, WLS enhances fertility ..... You MUST be upfront with your surgeon about any plans to explore pregnancy after WLS for your health and your baby's health.
It is like having Allstate for your home with no flood waiver.
in case of flood, Allstate will not pay, but you would possible qualify for government assistance.
Your other option is to self pay through loans,savings, out of country options, etc.
Ain't is not about Anthem, but the fact that your husbands employer is not paying for WLS.
You have a few options
petition his employer to include WLS in next years offering
find out if the company will pay for the surgery under special cir****tances. Sometimes employers decline the coverage and then have a fund set aside for 'one-off' cir****tances. If you have major co-morbidities, they may have an approval process for you to appeal to the company ... Not through Anthem because they are not paying Anthem for the coverage.
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I am surprised that Dr Blackstone did not address this with you before surgery.
I believe that a pregnancy that soon after surgery would be considered high risk due to the malabsorption you are experiencing.
if you believe you are pregnant, please contact both your gun and Dr. Blackstone as soon as possible.
they can work together to help you have as healthy a pregnancy as possible.
if you are not pregnant, please follow Dr. Blackstones advice regarding multiple forms of birth control.
For me, it is about accountability.
In the past, I lost significant amounts of weight and then became complacent and went into a level of denial that allowed me to gain it back plus some.
this time, I remain accountable through the numbers. They are for me .. To keep me aware and out of denial.
i weight daily and take action if the scale is up more than a few pounds.
I switched doctors because of weight related issues.
in my case, I finally realized that I had been seeing this man for 9 years, at least once a year for some reason or another, and in that time I gained 90 pounds and he never once mentioned my weight and it's impact on my health.
Reflecting back, it may have been because he was overweight (40 or 50 pounds probably) but regardless, I lost faith in his ability to manage my health
i self paid for my WLS and did not consult him until after my surgery. Then I switched to his female partner. I see her about every 6 months and she does a 'what's changed' history at the start of every appointment. We review my weight, labs, family history, etc.
i have a high confidence level of her ability to help me manage my healthcare.
All of that "how could I" stuff is normal, but also pretty useless.
we are where we are and we are ready when we are ready.
I made 3 lists pre op.
1. 50 reasons I want to get to my goal
2. 25 things to do besides eat if it is not meal time
3. 15 ways I will recognize success besides the scale
those helped me think about my goals before surgery and steered me through my journey post op
Wish you the very best as you move towards your surgery!!!
I would pack my own food and excuse myself at lunch by saying that I had to check email and attend a call..... And then go and eat in my room.
Dinner, hopefully there is soup or a soft fish dish you can play around with.
ice water with lime looks likes a drink ..... Turn the conversation on others and they won't worry about what you are eating.
I was banded almost 4 years ago and maintain a healthy weight ..but do NOT recommend the band given the high rate of failure.
Please research all 4 types of WLS ... Regardless of what you think is covered.you can fight and debate that once you have chose the RIGHT surgery for your lifestyle.
My understanding is that nerves have been severed during your surgery -- and you CANNOT rely on how much you "can eat" -- you need to be weighing and measuring your food --- eating it carefully and THOUGHTFULLY --- you have to think when you eat right now ----- if you don't have time to focus on that, then wait to eat until you do have time.
It appears that you are a revision --- and from reading here for 4 years, I have learned that revisions (of any type) lose weight more slowly than virgin WLS patients.
You may have to be patient and more disciplined in your eating and drinking -- limiting your protein to small, thoughtful bites that are about 2 - 3 ounces of food a few times a day -- and then you liquid protein according to your doctor's instructions.
if you cant afford a cleaning service, maybe putting on some fun music and spending 'one song I clean, one song I rest' time --- and knock out some of the clutter so you will feel better (and less stressed) with a cleaner place.
I like to listen to books on tape while I exercise --- when I need to clean house, I put on my book and just go from room to room first with a trash bag or empty laundry basket -- I pick up everything that does not belong in that room - either trash, or clutter that belongs somewhere else ----
Once the clutter is all picked up, I go back and clean/dust/wipe and vacuum each room --- then, I sort through the laundry basket and put things away --- since each room is clean the 'putting away' is easier
I always feel better in a clean house! I just hate doing it!!!
My experience is that major weight loss is as much (or more) of a mind game than a body game.
it helped me to set a goal and then put my head down, and charge to it ... And not let myself get distracted by anything.
i planned meals, I made sacrifices by not eating foods or drinks that were not on my plan, I exercised and I put my needs first.
i kept up with my surgeon and all appointments even if they were just to stop in and get weighed and 'show up'
i went back to weigh****chers for accountability
i see a lot of people who lose some or most of their weight ... And get distracted by life and go back to old habits ...... They start to regain before ever achieving their original goal. I knew that I would have been very discouraged by that, so I just kept pushing untilI reached my goal.
after that, I focused on changing my appearance through plastic surgery and that cements my commitment even further.
Best of luck to you as you begin this great adventure.
I have never heard of a plastic surgeon who takes payments
there is nothing to stop you from defaulting ... They can't repossess your body
you can try Care Credit or going out of country to save money
I did 2 rounds of plastic surgery to break up the expense and the recovery time and discomfort.
Weight gain alone is not necessarily muscle tone.
It might help more to add some strength training to gain muscle tone ...whether it adds weight or not.
I lost weight prior to surgery by eating low-carb.
i also practiced eating small amounts, taking tiny bites and avoiding drinking while eating.
i drank more than 64 ounces of water a day ... And other non-caloric beverages
i increased my exercise level by walking more ..... That was the only exercise I could really do prior to my weight loss.
i lost 18 pounds in the 6 weekd prior to my surgery.
my only advice is for you to follow YOUR doctor's instructions, they know you best.
I don't know why you had surgery.
i had surgery to get a 'boost' to my weight loss effort. I had it to help dim my appetite and allow healthy foods in small quantities to satisfy me.
i got what I paid for ... When I choose protein rich foods I can eat small quantities and feel satisfied.
I don't know why you are gaining weight so alarmingly and I have suggested to you in other posts that you seek professional advice about it.
weigh****chers helps me to focus on healthy choices, it offers scale accountability and support.
if you don't want to use it, don't go.
plenty of fat in my diet, I just choose low-fat milk and yogurt//puddings to keep my calories within reason.
i cook with healthy fats, my surgery is not mal-absorptive so I have to watch my calories pretty closely.