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My question is Can anyone recommend a cookbook. Specifically Medifast recipes from the coastal areas of Mexico.? Hoping for any answer. Second question of mine... I got my first appointment with the surgeon scheduled, first available was Jan 3rd!.

Then who knows how long from there before I'll get the.

Surgery.

Date, with all the doctors and tests they talked about before getting clearance..

My guess is maybe May..

Any pointers on what to do until then??.

I wonder if I can just go get a.

Sleep.

Study and some of these tests ordered from my PCP and done early.....

asked May 09 at 11:57

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Ye, but you might want to make sure and wait for another member here to confirm my answer as I am on the fence. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Medifast guys because they can give you help better...

answered May 09 at 13:04

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Kobe
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Wow thats a long wait. I called and they wanted me to come in 2 days lol... they always fill in any cancellations too..... have you researched the doctor you scheduled your apt with. if you know he or she is the one you want then it's worth the wait!!.

I would enjoy the holidays and just think...... somethings are worth waiting for!!! I got rescheduled 2 times so just imagine what I mentally went through...stress...but it all worked out in the end and now I'm a week post op....SOOOOOOO WORTH THE WAIT!..

answered May 09 at 14:33

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Randy
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Congrats! I'd try to definitely schedule the.

Sleep.

Study b/c if you have.

Sleep.

Apnea you will have to get fitted for the mask and spend some time using it....which could delay everything..

Try to get all of the bloodwork and testing finished!.

Good luck!!..

answered May 09 at 15:50

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My Dr. required a recent heart echo and check up with my cardiologist, so check to see if you need that. You will ususally also need an EKG and a chest xray within 6mo of.

Surgery.

, or I did anyways. One more thing, make sure you have your regular.

Pap.

Smear appt. All Dr's are different in what they require as are some ins companies. These are all things I had to have...

answered May 09 at 17:21

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Thanks for the responses and advice....

I'm anxious to get on my WLS journey, since I am really hoping it will help with all my other medical problems..

I think I might have.

Sleep.

Apnea, so maybe I will try to ask my PCP about a study..

Depending on how recent other tests need to be, I might not need another EKG or certain bloodwork. Because I've had a zillion tests over the last year due to illnesses..

Anybody here from the Ellis program that knows how recent the tests should be??.

Thanks again.....

answered May 09 at 17:42

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P.S.... to NewBeginn.

I have a friend who had a specific surgeon, so I did ask for this doctor, that may have made my wait a bit longer....

But I'm pretty sure that my center is just incredibly busy and I had heard the waits are long and the program very strict, unfortunately..

Hopefully, it's a good sign that they do a lot of these, are careful about candidates for.

Surgery.

, and are good at it. Even though I'm impatient to get to first appointment done, so I know more info...

answered May 09 at 19:07

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Waiting is the hardest part (or well for those of us in that stage). I got in to the first appointment within 2 weeks (first that worked into my schedule) and since I work for the hospital that does the.

Surgery.

I knew all the stuff that was required for the approval process. So I scheduled my pysch eval same day, had all the paperwork completed, contacted the insurance company and here I am 2 1/2 weeks out still waiting for the surgeon's office to send it to the insurance company for the "official" approval. Uggggg!!!!..

answered May 09 at 19:14

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Hi Wantdx, A strict program isn't a bad thing. I did a lot of.

Research.

Prior to my.

Surgery.

And choose the doc with the best stats & bedside manner. His is a very strict program in the sense that if you don't do your part (the required wt loss, attend specific number of support gps, see the dietitian, psychologist,.

Exercise.

Physiologist, life style coach, start a regular.

Walking.

Program, etc), he doesn't do.

Surgery.

While I grumbled about the time it took, I knew I was a part of a program that had very few complications and the best long-term success in my area. Before you have your.

Sleep.

Study, call your program & ask what the time frames are. Some insurance companies have very specific parameters about when specific tests need to be completed. The person in the office who does the financial plan should have this info. The gift that my longish wait gave me, was the time to work on my brain. WLS doesn't cure obesity, just gives you a really nifty tool to work with. I am grateful for the months I had to change my relationship with Medifast food and learn how to navigate my life without eating my way through it.

Ah what a wild ride we're on, enjoy the journey!..

answered May 09 at 20:16

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If you ask me, I look back and think that the anticipation was way better than the first three months post.

Surgery.

This is when you dream about becoming healthy and learn to eat and.

Exercise.

Like your body was made to be and do..

You do what you want with your time big girl, but I'd become proactive and start widdeling that big body down to size. This is when you train that fat body to start eating it's own fat. You need to become a fat burning machine by accelerating your metabolism with movement of any kind..

Jus sayin Lucifer..

answered May 09 at 20:41

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I have been working on a six month Medifast diet plan. Unfortunatly I am not un-widening as Lu says. However I am getting rid of some of the stinking thinking I used to have. I am glad I had to wait. An example is if I blow lunch, I don't automatically figure oh well, i'll start tomorrow, I just continue on with my plan. I realize that I am doing what is right for me and no one else so while it may have been better to loose more, I know for me the head games were huge. so thats an idea also...

answered May 09 at 21:11

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Charles
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I got my first appointment with the surgeon scheduled, first available was Jan 3rd!.

Then who knows how long from there before I'll get the.

Surgery.

Date, with all the doctors and tests they talked about before getting clearance..

My guess is maybe May..

Any pointers on what to do until then??.

I wonder if I can just go get a.

Sleep.

Study and some of these tests ordered from my PCP and done early.....

answered May 09 at 22:46

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I'm eight months in the pre-op stage..

Surgery.

Is Dec. 8. I've lost 119 pounds 76 have come since my first meeting with the surgeons on July 27. What can you do? Change your life now. Begin eating a pre-operative diet..

Exercise.

Every day if possible. Don't let a slip become a binge. Best way to.

Avoid.

It is not to slip. Document every phone call, email, note, meeting and appointment meticulously in a binder. Keep track of all appointments, test results, contacts... Write everything down. It has saved me twice because hospitals or insurance administrators lost my paperwork. My best advice? YOU are YOUR OWN ADVOCATE.

Take charge of your health and life. It is your life, your decision and your plan. Then you can live with peace of mind. Best wishes...

answered May 09 at 23:00

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My heart is with you. I made the decision to have the.

Surgery.

In August, and I probably won't have my.

Surgery.

Until April I have to meet with my pcp monthly for 6 months before the insurance will approve it. What have I been doing in the meantime? For starters, I come here every day at least once and read, I have gotten.

Books.

About this process, and I meet with a nutritionist monthly. My nut has me.

Reading.

Labels,.

Walking.

, etc. If it wasn't for this group here, I don't know that I would have remained to determined and focused. I have also elminated sodas and alcohol. I try to.

Avoid.

Fast Medifast food too. Do your best and stay focused on your goal...

answered May 09 at 23:43

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Ximena
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Thanks everyone for the replies and encouragement..

I am going through a lot of other health problems right now, so I guess I'm just anxious for anything I can have control over..

I want my health back!.

But in reality, I do need to just take one step at a time and do what needs to be done and try not to get overwhelmed in the meantime...

answered May 10 at 00:22

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Hey I am From NY and from the Bariatric center at Ellis. My Dr. is Dr. Panemanglore and I just had my.

Surgery.

On Monday, the 22nd of November. Did you pick Dr.Ingram? Because is you did she is away till January and that's why you can't get into to see her till January. But anyways, I started my journey in July with the orientation from there went to see the Dr. They will give you a script for blood work, chest x-ray. Then you will get paperwork in the mail with all the other appointments you will need plus your.

Surgery.

Date. You will have Upper gi, ultrasound, blood gases, and the.

Oxygen.

Test forgot what it's called. You start the medifast program of the.

Liquid diet.

I had to do 5 shakes a day. I am not sure of your situtation or if you will beed any other testing done. Oh you will need to have a pysch evaluation also. I went to Dr. Nydegger very nice man. Also, make sure you have your.

Pap.

Smear up to date you will be required to get one if not. They make all your appointments for you but the pych eval. and the pre op appt. with your Dr. which needs to be done within 3 weeks of your.

Surgery.

If you have more questions please feel free to ask me anything. Goodluck to you...

answered May 10 at 01:11

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My wait was 22 months from when I decided to have the WLS and 16 months from the time I was proactive about seeing someone and the actual.

Surgery.

( dec 6 ) I went to a seminar and found out what I could do before.

Surgery.

To get the ball rolling and began knocking things out of the way. My surgeon requires a psych eval..

Pap.

Smear, mammogram, endoscopy and colonosopy, routine blood work , cardio appt and diagnosis, pulmonary eval and diagnosis and a.

Sleep.

Study. It took a long time, but As I look back at the time spent I think it was a good thing. It gives one a chance to be sure and positive about this decision and kind of weeds out those that think it is a quick fix and might be doing it without much consideration. Several of these I needed to wait for a referral from the surgeon ,but was able to do several of them before hand such as the.

Pap.

And mammogram..

I agree about the soda.I quit drinking it 3 months ago. I also quit eating chocalate 3 weeks ago. I figure that I will be giving up a lot after.

Surgery.

And so I went ahead and gave up the things that could really cause me a problem mentally. To my surprise, giving up soda was not that hard. I had 1 bad evening after a bad day at work but worked through it and it does not even tempt me anymore..

Good luck with this part of the journey. I know it can be frustrating at times but keep your head up and be proud of what you are doing to help yourself...

answered May 10 at 02:13

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Brandon
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I made my first appointment about this time last year and they couldn't get me in until early January. My.

Surgery.

Was on February 10th. I didnt go through insurance for.

Surgery.

, though, so I know that sped things up quite a bit..

Before the first appointment, I read Breaking Free from Emotional Eating by Geneen Roth and followed many of her principles (focus on eating when you eat no watching TV,.

Reading.

, etc, learn to pay attention to your bodys cues to know when to stop eating). Those principals really helped post-GBS. I also cut out Medifast diet coke and wine and started exercising (painful at first, but so necessary!)..

Good luck! Cant wait to hear about your journey!.

JJ..

answered May 10 at 03:48

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