I'm 11 weeks out, and I know people say this all.the.time but it really does get better! I couldn't stomach Optifast so bought Nature's Way protein powder (non-flavoured) and would add it to V8 veggie juice or V8 fruit juice. It's still not great tasting but at least you don't get the horrible chemical aftertaste that Optifast leaves you with. No.2s took a while to get going, partly because you're just not taking in much to dispose of, but I ended up buying prune juice, and after two doses I was back on track. Now I'm on solids, I keep a bag of prunes in the fridge (because I like them, and miss eating dried fruit) and have a couple every few days to keep things moving. I'm not worrying about skin sagging so am no help there, sorry. For the record, I started at 144.4kg prior to the two-week Optifast fast, and am down to 123kgs as of today. I'm 50, and have/had the worlds slowest metabolism ever, so will happily take whatever weight loss I get. All the best to you in your journey.
It's completely normal but I totally understand how you're feeling. I was sleeved on 10 May and experienced the stall a couple of weeks ago. Plus I was a bit constipated too, which didn't help. The scale didn't change for probably 2 weeks, and I was freaking out, but it's over and I'm back to losing. if it's any help, I stalled between my 2 week checkup and my 6 week checkup, and when I went to the clinic for the 6 week checkup, I had only lost 3 kilos in the intervening 4 weeks. I was upset and felt that the clinic would be disappointed in me too, but they were so reassuring and told me that I'm right on track, etc. that it was really nice to hear. And since then the scale has started to move again - and in the right direction. The stall will end, just hang in there.
Well done @BackOnTrack! Your progress is amazing - even more so because I too am part of the 144.4 club, as that was my weight the day I started the pre-op Optifast process. If I get anywhere near your results, I'll be ecstatic. Thank you very much for sharing.
Thank you @youngbelle, your post has been just what I need to read tonight. I was sleeved 3 weeks ago and started out at 144kg, so reading about your success is really nice. for the most part things have gone well, however I was off work today because I'm quite constipated and as a result have been feeling a bit sorry for myself. I have so far lost 14kg (incl 2 weeks Optifast) and my weight hasn't changed in a week, no doubt due in part to bring bunged up, but I know that will change once things are moving again. Cingratulations to you, and thanks for your entry.
So sorry to hear this @tuppence. I wish you all the best in your recovery and a speedy return to home. I, too, was over the fluid stage very quickly but the good news is that it's only two weeks and then the next stage begins. It's ok to feel frustrated and not very enthusiastic about drinking stock cubes in water (lol). If it helps, maybe create a countdown calendar so you can cross off each day until the end of the phase? Take care.
Firstly, congrats on the 40.2 weight loss! That's amazing. Now, you poor thing! It sounds like yesterday was a horrible day all up. With not being able to swallow or keep down cough medicine - I'd go to a chemist that you know/like and talk to the pharmacist. There are tons of products out there, and they may be able to recommend something that will sit better in your tummy, or cough drops/lollies or even a puffer. Also, try sleeping with your head a bit more elevated, so one or more pillows than you normally have. That might help with the coughing. I hope today and tonight are much better!
Haha! The gurgling is something else! I experienced it a bit on the Optisfast, so it wasn't a complete surprise, but I think of it as my tummy's way of letting me know that it's adjusting to the new life and everything is fine. How are you going on the liquids? While I was ok on Optifast pre-surgery, since coming home and only being able to sip, I did struggle with 3 Optisfasts a day, but the dietician recommended a protein powder which I put it in with V8 juice, and it all went down fine. Now I don't mind having an Optifast for brekky, and then the protein powder for other meals. Plus I'm lucky in that I seem to be hitting my target of liquid, too. Not that it's all sunshine and unicorns ... I did get a bit backed up down below, which caused a bit of bother, but I tried to relax myself through it, and managed to get that under control again too. All the best to you, and all the others about to embark of this new stage of life.
And so my journey begins ... I was sleeved by Dr Le Page from the O Clinic, as part of the Concord Program. I'm feeling very emotional today, but it's probably the anaesthetic and a lack of Effexor for 3 days. I was pretty much due to get discharged today, to the point that I was given my meds, but one of the ward people came to tell me I'm in for another night due to a spike in my temp and in my bloods infection marker. I was very teary after that but fortunately the family stopped by a little while later which cheered me up. I have an MRSA, and so logically I know I'm in the right place ... but there's nothing as alluring as the thought of your own bed! I'm also impatient to start the next step in this journey and, potential infection aside, while I was sipping my arvo tea (Resource Peach Beverage) I was thinking how excited I am to start the next step and see the results. Thanks for listening/reading my little whinge. I'm sure you've all been through very similar things, and I know I will be released at some point. Side note: you'd think a hospital that has an obesity clinic and is known for this surgery would invest in at least a few larger beds? And automatically use larger blood pressure cuffs on those patients? Or is that just me? lol
I've got 4 more days of pre-op optifast to go, and I found the first 3 days difficult but not as bad as I thought it would be. So maybe expect the worst, and you might be pleasantly surprised? I was at work the first two days, and that really helped. Being busy, I didn't notice the time going and wasn't focused on my hunger. If you have the TV on at home, be mindful that there are so many food ads on especially from 5pm that it can be distracting and make you feel worse (it does me!) so I watch Netflix or Stan on the iPad while the family watch TV. Also DRINK WATER. All day long. That helped me enormously. The best thing was that after 3 days I didn't get those horrible hunger pains and it was interesting how quickly my tummy adapted to the decrease in contents. I don't know if this is right, but I delay having my "breakfast" shake until mid-morning, and then lunch is later, etc. Good luck!
I'm in the opposite situation to you, Newlease, in that I decided/paid what I had to pay in early Feb and am having my surgery next Weds (10th May). At first the wait seemed endless but I feel *so* ready for this now that I'm really happy there was such a long delay. The only nerves I feel is for the physical surgery and the stay in hospital, and I know with 100% certainty that this is the right thing for me to do. Side note: the reason there was such a delay is I'm doing the Concord program (Sydney based clinic). All the best to you!