Starting Opti

nitethyme
on 11/26/15 2:53 pm - Etobicoke, Canada
RNY on 12/18/15

Tomorrow I start my Opti-Fast regime for 3 weeks ... I won't lie ... I'm anxious as all get out about it ... I'm so worried I'm going to cave-in! But I just keep telling myself that I have not come all this way to blow it in the last 3 weeks! The one great thing I've got going for me is a group of supportive friends and family who will talk me off 'the ledge'.  The mind plays some serious games on us when it comes to food. I'm glad for this forum because I've read many of your posts on how to overcome the 'hunger games' ... wish me luck!

Referral: September 2014; TWH Orientation: December 9, 2014; Social Worker: March 2015; Nutrition Class: May 5,  2015; Nurse Practitioner: May 20, 2015; Psych Evaluation: August 2015; Nutritionist: September 2015; Meet the Surgeon: November 6, 2015; Pre-Op: December 4, 2015; Scheduled Surgery: December 18, 2015; HW 367; SW 341

jaimbeth
on 11/26/15 3:04 pm

I wish you lots of good luck and you're right ... you haven't come this far just to blow it in the last 3 weeks. Take it one day at a time and you'll do great!!  Keep your goals in mind.

~Jaime~

Big_blue_eyes
on 11/26/15 3:13 pm - Canada

Good luck, you can do it. I'm almost finished my 3 weeks. My surgery is next Wednesday.  I found that it really helped if I drank my shakes 4 hours apart and as soon as I thought I was hungry I had some water or celery. This has helped me to figure out what is head hunger versus real hunger.

 

Kittygirl001
on 11/26/15 6:27 pm - Canada

Best of luck to you, you can do it!! I just finished 3 weeks and have 3 more, so we will do them together :). 

Andrea,

Surgery Date: Dec. 16th, 2015

RNY 

Dr. Lindsay, St. Josephs Healthcare

HW:374, OPTI SW:365 (11/4/15), SW:332, CW: 198

nitethyme
on 11/27/15 5:26 am - Etobicoke, Canada
RNY on 12/18/15

Thanks ... it's always nice to have the support of those who know what this is all about! We will be on the loser's bench in no time :)

Referral: September 2014; TWH Orientation: December 9, 2014; Social Worker: March 2015; Nutrition Class: May 5,  2015; Nurse Practitioner: May 20, 2015; Psych Evaluation: August 2015; Nutritionist: September 2015; Meet the Surgeon: November 6, 2015; Pre-Op: December 4, 2015; Scheduled Surgery: December 18, 2015; HW 367; SW 341

Mas
on 11/26/15 7:23 pm

I'm in the middle of Opti.  There is no question it is challenging at first....but once you get into a routine you will be fine. Organization is key.   I also found that taking the shakes 4 hrs apart really helped. All will be well.  Drink lots of water too. I am taking Metamucil caps with each shake and which the clinic recommends - and I've had no probs with opti trots.    Take care. 

Pumpkin_Spice
on 11/27/15 6:14 am - BARRIE, Canada

I was really worried about giving into cravings too. I managed to get threw it and with no real hunger. I made sure to have a shake every 4 hours and my 2 cups of veg around dinner time.  You got this!

Humber River Orientation: Oct 2014 - Meet Surgeon Dr. Starr: Mar 23, 2015 - Trio Appt: June 1 - 2nd Meeting with Dietician: July 7 - Dr Glazer: Aug 24 - Surgery: Nov 23, 2015 ? HW: 305, Start of Opti: 295, Surgery Weight: 268, Current Weight: 180

    

nitethyme
on 11/29/15 7:52 am - Etobicoke, Canada
RNY on 12/18/15

So far so good on Opt ... day 3 haven't given into any cravings, however I think I've died and gone to heaven when I have my calcium & vitamin D chew and I find I have to spice up the unsalted chicken broth with paprika or lemon citrus pepper! Thanks for all the support and hints! 

Referral: September 2014; TWH Orientation: December 9, 2014; Social Worker: March 2015; Nutrition Class: May 5,  2015; Nurse Practitioner: May 20, 2015; Psych Evaluation: August 2015; Nutritionist: September 2015; Meet the Surgeon: November 6, 2015; Pre-Op: December 4, 2015; Scheduled Surgery: December 18, 2015; HW 367; SW 341

Alligator
on 12/1/15 4:23 pm

im at the end of day two on Opti.  I find I'm really, really tired, but not that hungry.  Two weeks seems like an eternity.  Sugar free jello isn't on my list, but do you think it would be okay?  

Alligator

nitethyme
on 12/1/15 4:31 pm - Etobicoke, Canada
RNY on 12/18/15

At TWH they say sugar free jello and Popsicle are ok, hang in there Alligator! Day 2 is hard and maybe even day 3 but once you get past that you'll be fine! I am on day 5 and am not really hungry ... I think I miss the taste of food but I have to say I'm not hungry.  One thing that I do with the Opt (my last for the night) is I don't put as much water and make it like a pudding and somehow I feel it's just a little more substantial then a drink.  I also make sure I have my broth and lots of water. You can do this! 

Referral: September 2014; TWH Orientation: December 9, 2014; Social Worker: March 2015; Nutrition Class: May 5,  2015; Nurse Practitioner: May 20, 2015; Psych Evaluation: August 2015; Nutritionist: September 2015; Meet the Surgeon: November 6, 2015; Pre-Op: December 4, 2015; Scheduled Surgery: December 18, 2015; HW 367; SW 341

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