aliciap0116 wrote: »
@caseyloupuckett welcome to the group. It sounds like you have a lot going on and I am glad that they are running tests to figure out the details.
I haven't had the surgery but others here have done it. But I have gone gluten-free and done the colonoscopy before. These days, going gluten-free is surprisingly easy - you'll have to check for it in things like salad dressing but just plan out your meals and get gluten-free replacements for what you want to keep in your rotation. Avoid eating out for hidden sources. Trader Joe's and other stores have lists of products you can look for: https://www.traderjoes.com/dietary-lists/gluten-free. Two weeks will fly by and it is actually really cool to see if you have a negative reaction to gluten. I do feel like it makes me foggy.
As for the colonoscopy, well, the prep really sucks but its only 16 hours or so, and part of that you are sleeping. Make sure you don't get dehydrated. The procedure and recovery are a breeze and practically fun on laughing gas, so you will do just fine.
I know it's scary to find out what is going on but it is your first step to taking care of yourself and reclaiming your health. We are all here to support you.
speyerj wrote: »
@terytha - they sell it at Costco, if you go there. But I also can find it in bulk at my usual grocery store.@Caseyloupuckett - (((Hugs))) If I can offer some wisdom from my own learned experience: Please, please try to get past feeling like a failure. To quit smoking, it took me 4 tries. I learned something with each try. I'm still learning how to lose weight, and have a ton to learn how to maintain it. But when I'm not completely successful, I'm not failing, I'm learning. I said this earlier in the thread. I hope you can hear it: I initially had a lot of shame for losing and regaining weight. It stopped me from getting back on track. I'm glad I learned that I had to kick shame out of the way or I was going to keep tripping over it in my journey.
sharpdust wrote: »
@Tarzan37 I wonder if maybe the app needs to be updated. I know when my apps start acting funky its usually because they need to be updated. Either way, do what you need to do to be successful@L2HS You can use this calculator https://tdeecalculator.net/ to help you calculate your caloric expenditure in a day (how much calories you burn just by being alive plus exercise). It will calculate your maintenance calories, or how many calories you need to maintain your weight where it currently is. By seeing your maintenance caloric levels you can then subtract some calories (like 500 is a good start) to get a deficit and go from there. As you lose weight you can to adjust your levels, because the lighter we are the less we calories we need to consume. Hope that is helpful.
bluffgirl67 wrote: »
@L2HS If you put the info into mfp to get your calorie guide then you need to be eating at least half of your exercise calories back (half to allow for tracker etc overestimation). For example when you eat 1200 and worked off 400 per fit bit then you are only netting anywhere from 800-1000 calories depending on exercise accuracy. I say eat more. Slow is the way to go.
torihudson6 wrote: »
@L2HS, great progress! I wish I was able to provide some advice about eating too little, but echoing everyone else, I was also told to make sure I am eating at minimum what my BMR (basic metabolic weight) since that is what your body needs to exist.
Candyn617 wrote: »
I know the 5 week prediction when you complete your diary is just an estimate,however tonight when I finished my diary it gave me a number I haven't seen probably in 15 years, maybe a little more. It showed 199.4lbs!!! This was so inspiring just to see it is on the horizon. After coming a good distance on my journey and having so much more to go. This was a wonderful thing to see!!! Just had to share. Have a wonderful evening!!
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