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  1. I'm on the pre-op to the pre-op for band to sleeve surgery next month. This means Atkins until I reach the liquid phase. I actually appreciate this phase because I feel like it's going to ease me into the liquid phase more gently. I am steadily losing a nice amount of weight and my abdomen is deflating. I carry a lot of weight in the highest part of my abdomen which is right where surgery will take place so it feels especially important to me to comply. I want a flawless surgery. When I move to the liquid phase I know I will be much more hungry and challenged. My idea between now and then are to pick out some Pinterest projects to complete. My kids are nearly grown, ages 14-20. The first project is to create timelines with beautiful photos of their accomplishments on a wall in our "hang out room". This should take quite a bit of time because I have hundreds of photos and digital images to go through. I'll have to get larger prints made, purchase frames and possibly decorate some of them, etc. I know I will need to be more involved in doing something with free time to help keep the urge to eat under control. Is there anybody else in one of these phases that wants to share what they did or are doing to trudge through the hunger successfully? Judy
  2. 2.5 years later, I hope all is still well for you! Judy
  3. If anybody has had batwings removed at OCC, I would like to hear how it went. It's something I've considered a few times during my life, but the long scar is hardly worth it to me. I have put it off, waiting to hear that they can now trim and pull to the armpit for a scar there. (no news like this yet) I need a mini tuck, only for the upper most arm. I am converting band to sleeve next month, so the cart is in front of the horse for now, but the time will come soon when I'm hating that part of my body again. Judy
  4. I really love click mocha also. I like Fit Miss but it also has 15 or 17 grams protein. I imagine after surgery I can mix with 50/50 unsweetened almond milk and water to give it a boost. I like the proticcino bottles by healthwise. I am imagining it really is difficult like Doolittle said to get that much protein with so little room. Are the protein requirements even higher for men?
  5. Reading through other message boards, people who get into marathons, etc and really burn the calories eat small amounts of nuts and avocado. It seems to give them what they need.
  6. You are beautiful! Wonderful posting. Thank you and congratulations. Judy
  7. You are doing great! Congratulations....I bet you are down another very nice amount by now. Stay happy and healthy Judy
  8. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on all your success. I am sorry for the loss of special people in your life and I hope that time has been your friend. Judy
  9. Hi Tbiker-I spoke with OCC yesterday about a commitment I had 2 weeks following surgery. I was told that patients can normally return to a desk job two weeks following. I have not revised yet so I can't say from experience. Judy Band to Sleeve 6/14/16
  10. This is an older thread, but I love coffee flavored. Healthwise protoccino and Click cappuccino are my favorite.
  11. Boogirl- I think that proceeding forward should be done only if you experiment first. Try eating a diet of only proteins that you will eat. Get 70-100 grams of it daily for a few weeks and see if you can life with it. Do you like tofu? Do you like veggie "meats" made from soy and tofu? You don't have to answer to me, but what is the reason for the aversion to eggs and milk- both can be purchased from local farms if you want to make sure animals were humanely treated. If you can't tolerate the digestion of these, then I would think twice and seek other vegetarians who have already done it to see if it is something you could live with - forever. Nuts are a protein source, but a high calorie one and a food that in my early research seems to be used mainly for those who need to stop weight loss and maintain. Best wishes, Judy
  12. I'm very sorry to hear your story joycekim. What will you do differently if you have it done again? Have you learned anything that you wouldn't mind sharing with us who have not had the sleeve yet? Judy
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