Category Archives: VSG Pros and Cons

My body just won’t let me be great!

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Prior to surgery I use to tell the Mr. that one of my goals was to lose a whole butt cheek. I measured over 54 inches at one point and my hips spread as wide as 51 inches.

Honestly I can’t even tell you if that was the largest I measured either because there were numerous times over the course of 10 years that I dieted, exercised, or lost weight in some form or fashion. I tried to keep up with the measurements of my journeys over the years.

I have always had a big bottom half even when I was smaller. I got the “thunder thighs” label stamped on me in the 6th grade. I’m use to being thicc but things get heavy after while.

Large body parts cause body pains. I don’t care, I don’t care.

It was hard to sleep, aggravating to stand up for too long, difficult to buy clothes that fit right, impossible to run for any long distance, and super annoying to exercise.

2 years post op and I’m still having big ass struggles. I went to try on jeans today because I figured…it’s been long enough that I should go buy some actual jeans and not leggings. Although leggings have always been my favorites because they conform to any shape of body, easy to put on and take off they are super comfortable and very flexible.

As a curvy girl I have always struggled to find jeans…hell any bottom for that matter. I have a tiny waist, large hips, and a huge ass. I get it naturally… I swear its in the bloodline. Me and clothes have always  had a love hate relationship because of my shape.

POST SURGERY  

It didn’t take any time at all to see the changes in the way my clothes fit post-surgery. Within 6 weeks I needed all new scrubs and uniforms for work. I had dropped about 20 pounds and so many inches, I had already transitioned to flexible bottoms only outside of work because nothing fit. 😂

My original post-surgery body goal was to be in a size 10 jeans at the largest, I wanted to drop down to about 155- 160 pounds and get into a size small shirt. I’ve been in a small/medium shirt since about 9 months post op, and a s/m legging since about 8 months post op.

I’m sure I hit my goal in jeans a while ago, but I just never worked the nerve to go try any on until today.

It was entertaining if I must say so myself.

HERE’S MY PROBLEM WITH CLOTHES

My problem with clothes is that they are a waste of time when you’re on a post bariatric surgery journey. Remember you lose weight so fast and drop so many inches so quickly things will not fit for long periods of time.

I held on to a lot of my old bottoms for at least 13 months after surgery. What sense does it make to buy all new jeans, spend all that money to only wear them 1 time before you need to get a new size. Leggings and Jeggings are easy to replace, and they last a long time because they are usually made of some type of stretch material. They grow and glow with you, I love them.

I think I just threw away my last set of leggings I had from my big girl days. That’s only because they had gotten so loose they literally made no sense to wear. They were baggy all over and did nothing for my shape.

Anyway…

The first go round I put everything back. All the pieces that I tried on were fine on my legs but once I got to my booty good lordy. My ass was like HA…YEAH RIGHT!! The struggle was so real, I was in there dancing, jumping, and trying to wiggle my little self into those pants. It was a real work out.

I finally got on a pair- size 9 stretch denim they fit good, but they were tighter than I usually like for my comfort. I still have a good sized fupa hanging in the front of me as well so I have to take that into consideration when I’m buying clothes. I always get my bottoms a size up to accommodate the loose skin.

The last time I purchased “jeans” they were a 2XL pair of jeggings, this time I purchased size 10’s. I haven’t been in that size since I was pregnant with my first kid. I jumped from a size 7 to a tight 9 in 2 months. I had to get size 10’s and 11’s to be comfortable and this was in back in the day, so we’re talking about 18 years ago (he turns 18 in March).

Even after bariatric surgery certain things won’t change, they may just shrink a little or a lot. For me my booty was one of those things. I lost 8 inches off my ass and it is still huge, one of the good things about it is that I’m soft so it’s easy to maneuver and it sits well.

I was super excited about my size 10 jeggings- I felt very accomplished. I didn’t know what to expect honestly, my goal was to get into a size 10 jeans and I have achieved that goal. I guess my ass still gets me in my feelings sometimes because I get so close to fitting certain things and then boom my ass be like…”THINK AGAIN”.

I still prefer comfort over everything so of course I got a few leggings and yoga pants along with the clothing haul.

A girl likes what she likes😊

The Great Bra Struggles

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Cons of Bariatric Surgery….It’s always something 🤷🏽‍♀️

Just when we thought we were getting rid of one issue, bariatric surgery brought a whole new one. LOL.

I was getting ready to go out on a date and I had to stop and notice the difference in my bras. My breast were massive. When I look at the cup difference I’m just in shock that I carried the weight of those humongous jugs for so long.

I was always a part of the “itty bitty titty committee”.

Pre pregnancy I was able to fill out a C cup but I wore a B cup regularly. I didn’t get larger breasts until pregnancy, after the kids started coming it was a wrap.

Prior to VSG my largest bra cup size was a EEE. Before surgery I was squeezing into a 44 – 46 DDD.

I have always struggled with bras ALWAYS. My breasts were very dense and heavy. Pregnancy made it worse because my breasts would inflate and deflate depending on what was going on at the time. I’ll tell you one thing though… breastfeeding had me looking like a pin up. LOL

The thing about big breasts is that everybody wants them until you actually get them. Because of the weight of my boobs (I’m going to keep using boobs from here on out) I had serious back issues.

I would always be in pain in my lower back. My bra straps would leave deep indentations on my shoulders because the support was never good enough. I wore 2 bras every day for over 2 years just to be comfortable at work. I had major shoulder pain and muscles tightness from the daily life of having large and heavy boobs. It was crazy!

After having my gastric sleeve, I noticed a change in my boobs but it wasn’t a huge change. When I really noticed that my boobs had gone to shit was when I had to stuff a push up bra with socks. One that I had previously overflowed. Read about it HERE . My boobs literally looked like they were caving in. LMAO. I was about 14 months post op.

So of course my first mindset was… its time to get new bras. Then I went to measure and realized I have to account for loose skin. It’s very hard to find bras that give you everything you need on the regular, when you have had a major weight loss surgery.

It causes drastic changes so rapidly, one week you’re one size the next week it’s falling off. The first set of new bras I bought lasted all but 3 weeks before I was on the bra hunt again.

Sports bras are always a life saver but sports bras don’t go with everything. They are perfect for at home and on the go comfort.

I have had to try all types of bras wire, no wire, small cup, large cup, skinny straps, thick straps, printed and patterned bras, maternity, plus size, cheap, expensive, minimizers, t-shirt bras you name it.

Right now I’m bouncing around cup sizes trying to see what fits the best. I’ve been sticking around 34 – 36 DDD. But, I think I need a DD cup…it’s the side boob fat…bruh it’s killing meeeeeeeee. My boobs are more full at the bottom, so I love push ups because well….they push everything UP!

I haven’t owned a push up bra since I was a teenager. But thanks to VSG I have a new reason to buy some. LOL.

I’m currently 2 years post op and I haven’t decided when I want to get plastics done so I have to keep fighting this bra battle until I find a great intimate’s line to hold these girls up.

I’ll keep you posted.

Simple, Sexy, Sleek…VSG Fashion 2 Years Post Op

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VSG Fashion for a night out on the town, Let’s hit the streets…

My favorite part of this outing was getting ready. My outfit was simple but stylish…something I never thought I would be able to do. I had recently changed my hair color, so I was feeling all spicy and stuff.

This was my first time wearing a hat as an accessory on purpose and for good reason. LOL! I was able to purchase my first fedora hat from Amazon and it cost me like 16 bucks.

Tonight started off with me wearing an off-shoulder sweater top by Fashion Nova. I go to put the damn sweater on, and the arm sleeve literally split in half at the seam. Sometimes Fashion Nova clothes be pissing me off because you get like 1 good wear out of some of there pieces, store it, take it back out, then boom your shit is ruined.

SMH…anyway.

I did not have time to sew it back together, so I had to go into my closet. Last year my husband purchased this black leather shirt by J.Lo. I had absolutely no reason to wear it, and I didn’t even know how to style it.  Well tonight that was top choice.

I was so frustrated because I actually take time putting my outfits together now. I get throwed off sometimes when things go wrong with my outfit selection. Especially if I’m in a rush.

I decided to pair the top with a set of my cotton lined fleece leggings I purchased from Rainbow for like $5. I’m usually not a color person but since having VSG all I want to do is express myself through color.

The color of choice tonight was emerald green. It matched my hair, my makeup, and gave a very sleek look.

My ankle booties were also purchased from Amazon…that’s where I have been getting a lot of my shoes lately. There and a shoe store in McDonough , GA called Shoe Show. They have really hot and eccentric styles. I wrote about them in another article “Let’s Ditch the leggings”.

During the fall season here in Georgia, you can need a jacket on any random night. Once the sun goes down you need a jacket with anything you put on to be honest.

My bubble jacket is an oldie but goodie, it never fails me. I don’t even know where I purchased the thing from. It was literally the only bubble jacket I’ve owned. LMAO When I was 95 pounds heavier the jacket was always so snug and fitted. Now it’s super big but I can do that whole wrap around effect thing when people get cold. It keeps me warm for sure.

My favorite part is when I get halfway dressed usually at this point it’s only accessories, makeup touch up and hair. I pull out the camera the moment I say “girl you fine, fine”.  Do a whole 50 pic photo shoot then finish getting dressed. Another photo shoot usually follows right behind “Ok, I’m finished… lets go y’all”. 

My brother usually gets my angles, he’s teaching me how to work the camera and the mirror. I never cared from before because I wasn’t happy with myself, but now I am. I love myself so much and I enjoy every moment of exploring this new me. I photograph and document all things my life.

After it was all said and done my sexy sleek let’s hit the streets was in full effect! And off to The Vortex Bar & Grill for date night. (You can find that story here Orgy for your Tastebuds)

Outfit Details Below:

Fedora from AMAZON

Accessories from Rainbow Shops

¾ Leather Shirt by JLO  Rainbow Shops

Fleece Lined Leggings Rainbow Shops

Chunky Platform Ankle Boots AMAZON

Hair by Me

Where are the bariatric friendly food experiences in Atlanta?

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These experiences are everywhere as long as you know how to eat.

I created a whole food segment with the mindset that just because you had or are having bariatric surgery doesn’t mean you still can’t eat good and enjoy yourself with a night on the town. Good grub ain’t never hurt nobody. You just have to take it easy.

I was super excited to get up here and get a real good feel of ATL. I only imagined that life would be just as exciting as in Miami. The first year was a little much because of the whole Covid and quarantining thing. We had not gotten the chance to really experience much of the cuisine, or city life.

I didn’t want to lose the ability to enjoy dining out and living life. One of my goals was to experience as much life as I could after going through this life transformation. To do all the things I wanted to do but couldn’t because of my weight issues.

I have always been a foodie. LOL, with all kinds of food too not just fatty ones and sugary ones, but healthy foods, island food, international foods etc.

I love to eat, I love to cook, I love the camaraderie and memories that come when family and/or friends gather together. I am a mother of 4 picky eaters who love to eat good, so I have to practice my skill inside the kitchen as well as out.

I know that my food journey will be something I have to continue and practice for the rest of my life. I also know that I want to still enjoy that journey. Sometimes I might binge on some ice cream. somedays I might want a vegan burger, other days I might want a protein shake, and sometimes I might want a few fries.

The way I see it is…as long as I pay attention to when my body is full, I will be okay. As long as I stick to my 30 minute wait rule between eating and drinking, I will be okay. I always try to remember not to over indulge.

I was told by my surgeon that my new stomach size was 4 oz at capacity. when I think of how small that is I realize that I can’t over eat even if I wanted to. I would be puking before I hit the restroom.

What made me want to create a food segment?

Moving to Atlanta we knew there would be so much culture, life, and history to experience. I didn’t want to skip a beat. So when my husband decided to start working for Uber, we begin to visit a lot of restaurants across Metro Atlanta. From Locust Grove all the way to Marietta. We were visiting a lot of places. Some of the food smelled heavenly while others smelled horrid. Either way we wanted to try some of these places to see what the hype was about.

We all love getting out and having a good time. My husband and I have no social life…..I’m a covid and germ freak especially since working in the hospital. So, I have made it very difficult to start the process of stepping back onto the social scene. (I’m not gonna lie)

I was able to convince my brother and my husband (mainly myself) to have an outing at least biweekly. We all work insane schedules between work, family, and school; it is crazy difficult to get some actual adulting time in.

But, we’ve started with my brother as the spear header and have been having a great time. My brother has lived in Atlanta for a while now so he’s more aware of the hot spots and lit places. Plus, he created this list of things to do and places to go in Atlanta so we started with that. I really look forward to our outings though. It’s literally the only time I get to get all cute and done up.

Here’s the problem with the eating out thing…

The greatest challenge is my food intake of course. To really enjoy my dining experience, I must go in with the motto “A little goes a long way”. I always order way more than I can eat, but some places have large portions with no smaller choices available. Depending on the restaurant if I can’t make up my mind I order options, which means most of the time we take home leftovers.

Although I don’t drink a lot, going out for drinks is a much easier process. I gained control of the liquor method after my first 2 drinks following recovery. My first drink was around 6 months and then not again until after my 1 year surgeversary. 

I got my VSG surgery the same year we relocated to Georgia. No, it was not the plan but it was just where life took me. I was 6 months post op when we finally moved up.

It wasn’t until recently that we started making time to get out.

I need to remain as normal as possible

One of my biggest worries when I got VSG, was how much my life would change. Especially when it came down to my food and my well-being. Eventually after recovery I wanted to be able to return to eating and experiencing everything I love plus more. I didn’t want to lose anything but fat and bad habits.

Challenges are something I expect to run into for the rest of my life because of my weight loss surgery. That’s not to say that all challenges are bad. I’ve found that challenges no matter the state make me better as a person.

Trial and Error is a must

My trials and errors with food started very early on into my recovery. The dislike for all things sweet and sugary was on super strong. By the time I hit full liquids I was in such a state of despair I felt like the livelihood of my stomach had met its ending. And this was only about 2.5 weeks post op.

About a month post op I got permission to return to normal foods as tolerated. It was the as tolerated part that got me.

I had to learn what my body could tolerate and how much it could tolerate. I had to retrain myself on my body’s physical ways of telling me I’m hungry or full. I had to start PAYING ATTENTION TO MYSELF. I still have days when I eat something that’s so good I’m like “just one more bite!” then my intestines start biting me in the ass literally.

I know I’m not the only girl/person trying to maintain my sanity and navigate life after bariatric surgery. I figured why not review and share all these Atlanta experiences for my fellow bariatric folks.

Don’t limit yourself…..adjust!  Let’s Review Atlanta.

Let’s Ditch the Leggings

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I accidentally put this little number together. We were going to an engagement party and of course I wanted to be cute. It was the start of fall, the weather was nice, why not? So originally we were supposed to wear teal and silver.

I couldn’t find the right outfit to speak to me. I was aiming for a natural sexy fall glam. So I decided to raid my closet and pull out all my fall attire. Wasn’t much because I had just started purchasing new clothes

I was at the height of my wight loss around Fall Season last year. I had just joined onederland and I was all about new things. That same time was when I jumped on the Fashion Nova bandwagon and purchased my first few fall items.

The sweater dress was my favorite piece last season. I bought three different ones.

The first time I wore this sweater I paired it with leggings.

Anyhow, once I got everything laid out, I quickly started to eliminate things. I decided to change the color because I figured the couple would be wearing the theme colors and I didn’t want cause any confusion with the bride to be.

I picked the rust color because of course it’s a top-rated fall color.

Next comes the shoes. I’m going crazy trying figure out what shoe style would fit the occasion best. I needed a shoe that would set the mood of the outfit just right.

I recalled I had purchased these faux snakes’ skin printed boots with my husband. They had been sitting in my closet for about a year. They boots were a great match. I had recently braided my hair and changed the color to blue. The blue in my hair and in the shoes were a perfect match. After paring it with a few gold accessories and handbag, I was ready.

I felt amazing. The outfit was very risky, for me.

Outfit Details:

Don’t Cut Me Off Sweater Fashion Nova

Multicolor Faux Snake Print Thigh High Boots

There is another version of the shoe that I found at

SHEIN

All of my accesories

Rainbow Shops

Round Clutch Handbag

Support Is Key With Bariatric Surgery

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Going through something like bariatric surgery really affects you internally. Before going through with it, make sure you have a good team or person behind you. I have a girlfriend who has been through this entire journey with me before and after VSG. We have a lot in common and that’s probably why we’ve been friends for so long.

We have various similarities like our food choices, how we used food to cope with emotions and stress, our thought processes are similar, so it’s nice to have a person besides my husband who understands.

For me it was great to have a person I could vent to about any and everything. She was the one I called when I had a mental breakdown during the liquid phase of my diet.

My doctor and therapist warned me about the mental aspects of the diet but they didn’t really go through how deeply this surgery affects even your thought process once food is taken away from you.

The Breakdown

I had hit rock bottom with the liquid diet and I was so over the protein shakes and the yogurts. I craved salt and savory foods. But I didn’t have enough knowledge on the food recipes to get through every phase. I mean sure they give you a list of foods you can and can not have but no meal ideas to put together. If you don’t research these things prior to surgery then you fall into a whirlwind of repeat food and it’s so aggravating.

I went off on my husband because he couldn’t figure out what I wanted to eat. I know it sounds crazy.

He kept asking me “what did I want to eat?”

I was unsure because I was totally over everything in my refrigerator.

So I made him choose.

He must have gone through 3 or 4 different options. Broth, yogurt, Jell-O, protein shakes, protein yogurt everything was sweet.

Nope, nope, nope, nope…..

I exploded.

Realizing the Issue

I told him “he didn’t care about me”, and that “he wanted me to be hungry”. I blamed him for being in pain. I called him a bad caretaker, I was an emotional wreck. None of it was true but I was reacting off hunger emotions, stress and depression. I couldn’t think straight because I couldn’t satisfy the craving I was having for food.

I felt like he wasn’t doing a good enough job with helping me. Even though he had nothing to do with why I was feeling so angry, confused and hurt.

My girlfriend talked me through why I felt the way I did and I came to realize I was HANGRY. The lack of food choices, mixed with the inability to help myself, and the pressures of dealing with all the stress without packing down donuts or cookies to cope with the changes was killing me.

It was breaking me down because I couldn’t understand what was happening to me. Having her there to go through that situation with me was easier to handle BECAUSE I had someone to talk to. Someone other than the person I had just went off on.

After she and I talked, I realized that I had treated my husband horribly. All he did was try to help me. He was there, he supported me, and took my brutality while I processed my everything. I couldn’t have been more grateful for the time he took to make sure that I was okay.

I didn’t realize how insane I would become just because I couldn’t eat. It’s not like it happened a lot either. But, it was during that time I understood that although food was not my main problem with my overall health it was still a problem nonetheless.

This particular situation with my husband and how I felt about my entire recovery during the liquid phase really kickstarted my mental health evaluation.

If it wasn’t for the two of them I don’t know where I would be mentally with my recovery.

I often hear people talk about how they have gone through the surgery and have difficulty with recovery because they don’t have support or they are surprised at how many people turn their back on you during a time of need like this.

My suggestion, get a therapist. If you don’t have anyone or find yourself struggling especially mentally seek a specialist, find a support group and just vent. Don’t sit in a cloud of confusion and depression because you feel some type of way.

You will never improve if you don’t fix you first.

He warned me it would be horrible!

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You know how the doctor always gives a list of instructions after surgery, it usually comes with a no no list?!

So he explained that carbonation is not good for the belly after surgery. It causes irritation to the stomach and the gases stress the pouch out.

Even if you try to go for one of the low to no calorie ones. Soda contains a lot of sugar and the sugar content can cause your body to react in negative ways.

This can include things like nausea, diarrhea, and slow healing. (Hint the NO NOs)

I followed this list to the T for the first 4 weeks. On week 5 my husband thought it would be a good idea to have me taste one of those Mango Rita thingies.

First I was like, “Heck no, because it’s going make my stomach hurt”. Then, he started with the…”just a little bit. I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be that bad”.

Why? Why did I let this man talk me into this?

I hadn’t had any sugary drinks in over 3 months. But, I was so not ready for what I was about to endure.

It was the most disgusting thing I had ever had in my life. The amount of sugar and syrup that hit my mouth on the first sip. Ugh 🤮 It was horrible.

Almost immediately afterwards the bloating, cramps, and gas pains started.

It was soooooo painful. It literally was on of those “I told you so moments” My brain was like SMH 🤦🏽‍♀️

The gas pains were ridiculous.

I knew I should’ve listened to myself and just said no!

I wanted to call the nurse but, I refused to because I felt like I deserved a spanking.😂

I felt like everything I was going through was exactly what I needed because karma said so.

After about 30mins my stomach was able to settle itself. The nausea calmed down and things returned to normal.

That day was the first and last time I had a soda. It has been almost 2 years and I still refuse to drink any kind of soda or carbonated drink.

The Rita was only a “sparkling beverage”….they all are the same to me.

I knew going into the surgery that I would have to let go of some of the things I use to crave and have on a regular basis.

I use to drink a 32oz Mountain Dew daily. The sugar intake from just that beverage alone was disastrous.

I can’t imagine how things would’ve turned out if I would have continued down that path.

I have learned to take charge of my nutrition and the types of things I put into my body. Yes, I have some days where I may have a bag of chips. I’ll have it then detox after.

It’s never easy going through challenging things. But, how are we suppose to teach others if no one ever makes mistakes.

I use my voice to tell my story. Hoping to encourage anyone that discovers it.

I made a change to better myself so that I may live a long and healthy life. And that’s what I intend to do.

The Woman In The Mirror After Bariatric Surgery

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The main thing I’ve noticed is how much I see myself now. I don’t mean just physically, but emotionally and mentally.

I use to dread walking past a mirror, I hated the image I saw.

It represented so many negative things in my life. Childhood trauma, emotional abuse, mental abuse, lack of self – worth and confidence. Lack of self- love and forgiveness. Self- esteem was almost non existent. My trust in people and society was totally twisted.

I never really understood the value of the words self – love!

I had to relearn to love myself, to value myself. My weight defined me for so many years of my life.

The biggest road block I faced was that image that reflected back at me.

Bariatric surgery helped me to put that image in focus!

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You get so use to allowing other people to control how you feel about yourself, about life, about certain situations and the choices you decided to make in reference to your life. You spiral into a whirlwind of depression and then you feel like there is no one there to help you out.

Then life itself rips you to shreds on the backend while you are already fighting so many battles on the front end. Advice from those close to you becomes little to none and unless you are dishing out your entire soul….. no one wants to hear anything. Everybody wants the tea but can’t stand to lend a hand or an ear. Letting people drain you becomes overwhelming until you shut down.

Confidence

Self love

2021

That smile tho’

I would always look at myself in the mirror and wonder if there would ever come a day when happiness existed. If there would ever come a day when I would love looking at the woman looking back at me.

Since having bariatric surgery I’ve learned to love, trust, and rely on me. Especially on the personal aspect of things.

When I talk about the reflection of self I tend to focus on me.

I am able to focus on me because I have an amazing support system between my husband and my children.

They make sure I get time outside, that I’m always laughing, they try to aide in me keeping my stress levels down. They are always constantly there and I love that. It motivates me to become a better human. I preach a lot of self love and self confidence to my children so I can’t not lead by example. This surgery was for me but bigger than me.

Everything has changed for the better and I am in love with it all.

Bariatric surgery is merely a tool. Literally you have to change your thought process, your eating habits, refocus your energy and everything. I understood the assignment and went in with every intention to come out and be different.

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Listen to YOUR body folks

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🚨⚠VSG EDUCATION & INSIGHTS⚠🚨

Please listen to your body folks. I don’t know how people manage to re-stretch their stomach after #VSG.

In 1 year I have overindulged twice and the first time was on accident.

1st time: A seafood binge on my birthday, I had just got onto soft foods and I was a little too excited ( almost 3 weeks post op)

2nd Time: Drinking and eating at the same time and over filled my belly (like 2 weeks ago)

When you have Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy you are informed that you should not to eat and drink at the same time (it prevents overwhelming your stomach). You are encouraged to eat slow and take small bites. Thoroughly chew your food until it is basically mush (helps to digest better)

Guys please make it easier for yourself especially during your first year of recovery. This photo displays the usual amount of food I can eat in a setting before I FEEL FULL! I have learned to listen. Right now I am 1 year 2 weeks post op. I eat a lot of small meals throughout the day and I am completely satisfied.

On another note @starbucks hit the nail on the head with these egg bites. OMG they are lite and fluffy, and sooooooooooo good 😋 I’m saving the other one for midday snack😁

“The Cramps😫, Stomach Pains😣, And Hard Stools…Constipation Sucks!”

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Listen to me….This constipation thang ain’t no joke. My weekend was fantastic minus the stomach problems. And I’ve been drinking my fluids just fine. My constipation was so bad it got to the point where I couldn’t eat, or get comfortable sleeping. I had to call the nurse because it felt like I had rocks in my belly. I hadn’t taken a 💩 in almost a week and all the added protein was not helping the situation.

I hadn’t taken a 💩in almost a week

So this conversation with the nurse ended in an emergency trip to 🎯 Target. She explained that the increased protein diet, the amount of water I drink, and the lack of exercise during recovery were all a good mash up for constipation issues. So she recommended a few items that had worked for her and a few other patients.

  • Magnesium Citrate (this 💩 is the devil) It does get the job done but the cramps 😳 so painful and your stools are liquid. The 🍋 flavored one tastes so tart😖 *Success within a few hours, definitely overnight
  • Milk of Magnesia ( one of my favorites) This works great, no cramps👏🏽 stools are normally soft, easy to pass. The texture is very thick and the flavors are limited. I prefer the cherry🍒 flavor, I had the original in the hospital. They all have like a chalky taste. But it gets the job done *Success within a few hours, definitely overnight
  • Benefiber (good for work and travel) I got these to carry for work. They taste great and they are easy to use. You just pour a single pack into a bottle of water and go. I didn’t feel it was as affective as the other options but it was good to have to keep me taking my fiber. *Success is hit or miss for me
  • Smooth Move (Amazing) Of all the products I have tried, this is my absolute favorite. No cramping, the flavor of the tea is a normal herbal taste. It works just as a regular tea bag does. They box says to steep the tea for 15 minutes….for me I keep it until my tea cools down. I found that it is more effective when you let it sit for a while. It helps to drink fluids right after to help process. Before surgery I would use sugar to sweeten it but you don’t need it. I’ve been drinking it with no sugar since surgery. *Success within a few hours, definitely overnight
  • Miralax It works. I feel like it doesn’t move your stool faster than some of the other options. It’s a powder form so you would need to use it like the Benefiber packets. But for the cost of Miralax I prefer to try some of the cheaper options. *Success within a few hours

All items pictured can be found at your local stores.

Smooth Move

I have gone through trial and error with these items. I have been using these products for over a years time. Of all these products the only ones I keep in my cabinet are the milk of mag and the smooth move tea. I use them regularly like every couple days. If I notice that I haven’t had a bowel movement in about a week I take either product for quick relief. Most of the products mentioned will provide you with relief within a few hours. If you choose to take these at bedtime a morning stool is almost guaranteed. Well at least for me it is.

I use to wonder if this was a forever thing I’ll have to deal with or temporary?? This constipation thing does not stop. I have learned that it just makes sense to keep certain types of laxatives around just to take regularly.

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