What's on your Sunday menu friends?

Melody P.
on 7/31/22 1:16 am - TX

Good mornin everyone, hope that y'all are having a great weekend.

Not a lot planned here. I haven't got the faintest idea what my moms wanting to do. I'd love a do nothing day, it'd be perfect for chainmaille. Alas I am betting she has something planned.

Not feeling 100%. I'm having to adjust to the "high" feeling from the pain meds. They do help a lot so I just have to adjust to it. The itchiness is subsiding a great deal. I am taking Zyrtec daily now and if I need it a Benadryl.

QOTD: What's your favorite breakfast meat? Bacon, sausage or Canadian bacon?

Sausage here. I like bacon but I don't love it. Canadian bacon is good for pizzas. LOL

B: JUST egg cup and coffee

L: beef stew and cheese

D: ????

S: ????

on 7/31/22 3:24 am - Ft Myers, FL
RNY on 06/07/21

Good morning! I find that most of the high feeling goes away after a few weeks when I start or move up on a med, even blood pressure meds make me high. Thankfully, that fades as well. This is a work day for me. It will be slower with not much going on. Nothing else planned, but the kids will come over.

QOTD. I will go with bacon. I usually just skip on the breakfast meats, but I love eggs, especially a good omelet.

Menu, more of the crack coleslaw, bananas and plums, shake, hopefully wings for one meal. I have had too much salt the last few days, I have blown up like a tick.

on 7/31/22 5:48 am
WLS on 07/15/22

Good luck with getting your project done today, and with adjusting to the medication. Glad to hear it's still helping.

I might go to the store today but there's not much I really need. Mainly I want to stock up a bit on tuna packets since they're on sale at Walmart ($1!). I used to eat them a ton before surgery as a good high protein option at work but am a bit worried that it might be something I don't tolerate well since surgery. Hence the internal debate.

My first post op follow up is tomorrow afternoon. If things go well I return to work on Tuesday and get to move to soft foods. I'm definitely in a stall as I've gained a pound over the past couple of days. The stall doesn't worry me so much as what the clinic might say about the fact that I've "only" lost 8 pounds since surgery. Not including the 3.5 pounds I gained on surgery day from fluids and whatnot. I'm sure they've seen this all before, though. Just pontificating, I guess.

QOTD - Just eggs for me. I skip red meats most of the time.

Menu - More protein, water, and tea. I'm still adding the skim milk and bone broth for the added protein. One more day of this menu and I just might have something new to report!

Hope everyone has an excellent day!

HW 282 SW 249 CW 237.4

Initial consult 5/24

SADI completed 7/15!

on 7/31/22 6:19 am, edited 7/30/22 11:20 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

the clinic probably won't say anything. Your body will do what it does, and there are so many factors that affect your rate of weight loss that you have little to no control over - like gender, age, metabolic rate, starting BMI. My clinic quit allowing people to post their losses on its Facebook group because it was causing too much disappointment and fear among the slower losers.

I was a "slow" loser from the get-go, and I ended up losing all of my excess weight (over 200 lbs - I've gained back a few, though - which is common after you hit your lowest weight). Honestly, your level of commitment to your program is MUCH greater predictor of your ultimate success than your rate of weight loss is. If you stick to your plan, the weight will come off - whether fast or slow. Fortunately, most clinics realize this and aren't going to give you a hard time if you're not losing at a fast clip. A loss is a loss...and actually, other than people the size of the contestants on "My 600 lb Life", most of us are not going to see those enormous drops (30 lbs or more) the first month. I lost a grand total of 16 lbs the first month - and I started out at over 300 lbs. And I'm not alone in that...

P.S. I just looked at your stats - you had surgery two weeks ago. Eight lbs in two weeks is pretty normal. Although I"ve never seen actual medical research on this, I've been hanging out on various WLS forums for the last eight years or so, and I'd say most of us lose somewhere in the 15-25 lb range the first month (or course there are always a few who are above or below that), so your two-week loss is actually very normal!

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 150 LW: 138 CW: 163

on 7/31/22 6:01 pm
WLS on 07/15/22

Hey there! Thanks for your feedback. I think that's the thing I worry about - that the clinic might think I'm not taking this opportunity seriously. I don't care if I lose a pound a week or however it works out so long as it keeps going the right direction.

Prepping for surgery, the only day I ate my feelings was the day of my consult. After four hours of shuffling between specialists I was stressed and absolutely stopped by Whole Foods for two slices of pizza. I haven't eaten a single thing outside of my plan since May 25th, so I'm pretty committed. And don't want to injure myself after surgery.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't have cravings the last week or so. Fortunately, I'm not really hungry and sipping water or protein takes care of it.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day for this insight. I really d appreciate it! I think I'm on the slow side but that's fine by me. We'll see how tomorrow goes! Cheers!

HW 282 SW 249 CW 237.4

Initial consult 5/24

SADI completed 7/15!

on 7/31/22 7:59 am
RNY on 10/29/19

I hope you took your measurements! Even when I wasn't losing, I was astonished at how the inches were melting away! I still take my measurements about every other month. I've also gained back a bit from my low, but I am sure liking where I am at. And keep a pair of your big pants just so you can watch them fall off of you when you are feeling a bit defeated or thinking that you are not making progress!

You are doing great!

on 7/31/22 6:05 pm
WLS on 07/15/22

Hi! Yes! I took my measurements on about May 26th. I lost a few inches in the initial 30 pounds before surgery but stalled for a couple weeks. I haven't measures in a while, so that might be something. My incisions are over my waistline and are still swelled, so I might wait a little longer.

Thanks for the tip! Probably the jeans I wore to my doctor the other day. I had them specifically because they were loose and I wanted to be comfortable. The doctor I saw made a comment on how loose they were and told me I need new clothes. :) might wait on that!

I get the regain. So long as you're happy, that's what matters! Thank you for your response and the encouragement. Cheers!

HW 282 SW 249 CW 237.4

Initial consult 5/24

SADI completed 7/15!

White Dove
on 7/31/22 8:05 am - Warren, OH

I have been following this board since 2003. There is no "official" or "normal" progression for weight loss after surgery, but this is pretty much what happens to most people.

Month 1 - 20 pounds
Months 2 to 6 - 10 pounds a month
Months 7 - 12 - 5 pounds a month

A total of 100 pound loss in the first year. At about 18 months most have hit their all-time low weight. After that the weight stays off effortlessly for a while.

With RNY, this is because of the surgery on the intestines. The intestines are lined with fingerlike projections called villi. These projections (the size of a hair) grab the food that passes by and hold the food against the intestine so that the calories can be extracted. After RNY surgery many villi have been destroyed and food can pass through without the calories being absorbed. That is the malabsorption that lets RNY patients loss weight so easily.

The body is smart. It knows that it is getting food but not absorbing it. So the body heals itself by growing new and stronger villi. Sometime between 18 months and 36 months after surgery, food will again be absorbed and the absorption will be even better than before surgery.

That is referred to as the bounce-back regain period and it happens quickly when it starts. Most regain 20 pounds. It is a wakeup call and the only way to stop that regain is to cut calories. If regain is not addressed, it is common to regain 50 pounds by the five year mark. My bounce-back started at 30 months. I quickly gained one pound a week. I was 128 and rejoined Weigh****chers at 142. My goal is 136 and today I am 139. I attended a WW meeting this morning.

I had surgery in 2007. I have had regains through the years and lost the weight again with diet and exercise. RNY is what made it possible for me to lose weight, but longterm it is controlling food intake that has kept it off.

My surgeon explains all of this and advises to lose 20, 30, or even more pounds under our goal during the magic honeymoon phase when malabsorption is still working. Then there is a cushion for the regain. It is OK to look too skinny during that period. The body will adjust and by year three we no longer have that starved look.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

on 7/31/22 6:11 pm
WLS on 07/15/22

Hey there!

Learned something new today about intestines. Wow. I had heard about a honeymoon phase the first year or so but not that they would adapt. Since I have a modified DS, I also have a bypass for malabsorption. I'll take your words to heart. My goal weight is 140 because the lowest I've weighed is 150. I look skinny at 5' 7.5" at that weight since I'm not built to be tiny. Being 40, I didn't want to deal with another 100+ pound yoyo. I'm ready to lose and maintain. And from a lot of people I see, it's the maintaining that's the challenge.

Thanks for the info and for the stats. I read a lot but you guys have been down this path for years. I appreciate learning from you all. Cheers!

HW 282 SW 249 CW 237.4

Initial consult 5/24

SADI completed 7/15!

White Dove
on 7/31/22 7:49 pm - Warren, OH

I don't know about the various modified versions of DS. With the original DS, the malabsorption lasted for life, but many did end up about 50 pounds over their lowest weight Many ate huge amounts of food after surgery. There used to be a very active DS community on this board back in 2007.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends