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Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?`` Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

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Unread 02-29-2008, 07:34 AM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

HI friends,
I joined weight watchers a few weeks ago, and I don't seem to be really losing much. I am anemic, with a hemoglobin count of 7, and am trying to bring that up by eating lots of meat. Also, I can only manage to walk 20-25 minutes a day. Do you all think I should wait to diet until after I get my anemia under control and I feel more like exercising?
Just wanted to get your opinions.
THANKS!
Grace
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Unread 02-29-2008, 08:27 AM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Hi Grace,
Trying to get healthier is always a good idea. Lowering your calories can be an easy thing to do. Weight loss is about eating well and moving more. There are alot of iron rich foods that are low cal and low fat on top of your supplements. It might be hard to exercise with your anemia since it can make you so tired, but just do the best you can do. Slow weight loss is healthiest. A couple pounds a month is fine until your iron stores are replenished. Good luck and best wishes!!
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Unread 02-29-2008, 10:10 AM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Hi Grace...kudos to you for trying to lose weight. Did your doctor suggest an iron supplement? My doctor told me to use slow FE which really helped me out immensely. There weren't any nasty side effects from taking the iron either and I actually felt pretty good. Best of luck to you with your weight loss goals!
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Unread 02-29-2008, 10:37 AM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Robin and Trish,
Thank you for replying! Thank you for your encouragement. I think trying to stick to a "diet" is tough on me because I end up eating low-fat junk, instead of concentrating on healthy foods. I think I will focus more on eating "healthy". It's a battle, but I know I can do it! Thanks again.
Kay
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Unread 02-29-2008, 11:25 AM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

I am trying to lose weight too and I am just 10 weeks postop...it is slow to nil and I think that is natural...but the fact we are earting healthy and exercising...even if it is slow at first is a plus...

I just listen to my body and if it needs rest still, I do it...we may be "healed", but we're still not 100%...and wont be for a year!

Just stay healthy! You're on the right track!
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Unread 02-29-2008, 11:29 AM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Thank you!
I still love junk food, so I want to retrain my taste buds and quit craving.
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Unread 02-29-2008, 01:42 PM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Hi Grace,

Weight Wachers is a really great program. I did it years ago and that was probably the best I had eaten in my life!!

Since they always stress the fact that you have choices and can ultimately eat anything as long as you fit it in the plan, you should research what are the highest iron choices. Just Google "iron rich foods" or something like that and you should find info on the net.

My iron tends to run a bit on the low side and when I give blood they always give me info. Some of the things that surprised me with high iron counts were oysters, sunflower seeds, prunes. And remember that caffeine and calcium bind with iron and won't let your body absorb it. So you should not eat dairy products or too much caffeine when you eat your iron rich foods. Also Vitamin C helps you to absorb iron, so orange juice or fruit like strawberries and citrus are good to add to a spinach salad or other iron rich snacks.

Good luck with your "lifestyle change" and remember it takes about 6 weeks to beat a craving. If you can make it six weeks without eating something, the cravings should start to abate.
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Unread 02-29-2008, 03:04 PM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Grace, Good for you in trying to get healthy and also to take care of yourself.

I am 10 months post op and for the past 6 months I've been doing the WW Core plan. I really love it and it is working, slowly but surely for me. If I can suggest, the Core plan may be a workable solution for you -- I know it was much more for me as I'm eating a lot more healthy than before.

Best wishes to you!
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Unread 03-01-2008, 08:00 PM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Doing WW is an excellent way of getting your eating under control.

I've done WW for the past few years. I try and stick with Core foods as much as possible because it helps keep my cravings at a minimal level. I know that I have been eating too much junk when I start craving sugary crap. I still count points because I need more rules than the Core plan give me.

Stock up on lots of fruits and veggies as a substitute. It will take about 2 weeks to get rid of the sugar cravings but in the end it will be worth it.

Don't worry too much about the exercise part of the plan. Get your health back and then ease into the exercise. Start by walking or doing one of those walking videos if you can't get out of the house. Every little bit helps. Just make sure that you check the points formula again. Specify that your level of activity is sedentary to account for lying around most of the day. Good luck.
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Unread 03-04-2008, 04:56 PM
Should I be trying to lose weight at 3 months post op?``

Hi,
I was doing WW before my surgery and talked to my leader before I left about what to do while I was out and not attending meetings. She told me that I should concentrate on recuperating and not worry about losing weight. Even though that should have taken the pressure off, I've lost 45 lbs and don't want to gain anything back. I'm not even 2 weeks post op and I am weighing myself everyday! I am trying to focus on eating right, I do the flex plan, but I have always been a snacker when I am home and weekends were always very hard for me.

I am going to talk to my dr. on Monday when I have my 2 week check up, but I know that like you all have said, we all need to get better and just concentrate on healthy eating and not losing weight (at least for now!).
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