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Thursday, July 18, 2013

So in January my lap band failed and I had to get it removed. While that was happening I made the decision to get the gastric sleeve on June 20th. Well I am 4 weeks post op and I'm down 19.7 lbs. This past four weeks have been life changing, not just in what I am eating but emotionally and mentally. The mental part is so hard for me because I LOVE breads, pastas, and all of the stuff that got me where I am. It is hard to sit down to dinner with other people and only be able to eat a 1/4cup of food. Granted if I tried more than that I think I would get really sick. I know that the mental is going to be the hardest part for me because alot of my eating was mental and emotional. It is hard for me to realize that I'm not able to do it by myself. Emotionally I am just trying to figure out what is going to take the place of eating. I sometimes wish I was like my mom who can't eat when she's emotional. Instead I would eat everything.
Another challenge for me is recipes. I need high protein, low calorie, and low carb recipes but in a small quantity since I can't eat much. If anyone has any good ones let me know :-) I was able to find one cookbook that is great for weight loss surgery and I'm loving being able to experiment with different flavors.
Here's to kicking ass and losing weight!!!
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  • HINK2013
    There is one website that I found that had some great recipes ... "bariatriceating.com"
    lots of great ideas there....

    I can relate to the emotional eating - and it is hard, because they do surgery on your stomach, not your brain and so regardless you have to find a way to "Deal" with your emotions that is NOT eating.... there have definitely been days that I struggled, I know that some people, have sought out counseling to help them deal with the emotional side of things after surgery.

    You are doing great!!
    2646 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    happy that you are losing pounds, but sorry to hear you are struggling with the emotional end of things, were you well informed of the changes and were you counseled before hand???
    this is the very reason i chose not to have the surgery.
    no matter how much counseling i had, no matter how ready i thought i was, i just kept letting what ifs and omg moments creep into my mind.
    when my doctor told me to try to lose as much weight as i possibly could before surgery, i discovered i was able to lose 25 lbs in 2 months, with walking, giving up soda and bread and just watching my calories.
    i have struggled doing it this way, so it sounds like everyone still struggles no matter what they decide to do.
    i wish you luck and hope you find a good counselor to work with you or that your doctor can help you work thru these issues. emoticon
    2647 days ago
    Keep going your doing great.
    2648 days ago
    Go my friend, I'm cheering for you.
    2649 days ago
    Thanks everyone!!
    2649 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    That's awesome! Try writing in the morning - look at the book, "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. It's excellent,

    2650 days ago
    Welcome to the club girl! You are gonna do so well! I can see it! Best of ,luck to yOU!
    2650 days ago

    That is uncharted territory for me. Maybe a dietitian could help with this. All I can think of is would be a meal with a small amount of say salmon, with quinoa and veggies. I am sure there are other ideas out there. Maybe you have to eat more frequent small meals. Over 19 pounds in 4 weeks is pretty amazing. Good luck with this! emoticon
    2650 days ago
    Wow! I don't think I could do what you are doing. Best of luck.
    2650 days ago
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