Daisymom

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About Daisymom

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  • Birthday 06/04/1967

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Boise, ID
  • Age
    49

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  • Surgeon
    Dr Robert Korn
  • Hospital
    St Lukes
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-05
  • Start Weight
    235
  • Current Weight
    145
  • Goal Weight
    150
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    24
  • Surgery Date
    08/22/2014
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. For reference, it took me around 6 or 7 months to lose 60 pounds. Granted, I started at the weight you are now, but I still lost at a slower, albeit steady, pace. You're doing fine. People have a tendency to have unrealistic expectations about the weight loss with these surgeries. After the initial rapid losses, the weight loss is actually more on par with "normal" dieting and exercise of 1-4 pounds a week, with some weeks more, some weeks less. I lost at an average pace of 1.5-2 pounds a week at the second half of my journey. Was it frustrating at times? Hell yes, but it also taught me to be patient and persistent and gave me time to learn as much as I possibly could about fitness and nutrition and what worked best for my body. It payed off, too, because I've been maintaining my 144 pound weight for well over a year now. It matters not to me at this point how long it took me, just that I know how to maintain it now! If you feel you want to speed things up or just feel like you want to be proactive, tweak some things and see how it works. I also slooooooowly increased calories along the way to shake things up and set my metobolic rate so I wasn't living on 800 calories by the time I got to maintenance, lol. Our bodies are one big science experiment. Learn about your resting metobolic rate, what macros are and how many a day you need to maximize losses. Make it fun! Keep up the good work!
  2. I say age is irrelevant. I've seen people as young as 16 or 17 all the way up to in their 70's get the sleeve. It's all a matter of mindset and a clear understanding of the surgery and why and how it works. The most important thing in my opinion is a complete motivation to change your lifestyle to better yourself, or else it won't work. Period. It's also important to figure out why you may want to eat emotionally, because life will still have it's celebrations and stress, sleeve or not. They still haven't figured out a way to have it choose the food we eat for us People have a tendency to get very short sighted about things when it comes to this surgery, and only concentrate on the weight loss aspect of it, not really realizing that maintaining that loss is actually where you're going to get the best bang for your buck. Only 43% of people who have WLS maintain their losses. That's because it's hard to stay motivated day in and day out for pretty much the rest of your life, but that's honestly what it takes. Sure, you still have the benefits of the surgery, but I always say although it's a permanent procedure, the benefits are actually pretty temporary. At 2.5 years out, I can eat more, am hungry more often, and can easily eat my pre surgery calories in a day if I really put my mind to it. Sure, I still can't eat more in one sitting, but I can graze all day with the best of them. That means what I choose to put in my mouth is so very important these days, even more so than earlier out. When I do slack a bit and put on a few, it takes twice as long as before to take it off due to a metabolism that is now complacent and used to the way things are now. I really have to shake things up to get things moving again. Gone are the days of a few days of protein shakes for a couple of days and BOOM, the weight comes off. I will always have to watch every morsel that goes into my mouth. If you feel you can be truly committed to this, I say go for it! I'm almost 50, and look and feel like I'm in my early 40's. Off all medications, can run a couple of miles and climb 150 levels of stairs on the stair machine. Being able to do those things, plus stay in my size 6 clothes is what keeps me motivated and has helped me keep my weight off for well over a year now. I know I still have a long road ahead, but it's so worth it! It will be for you, too!
  3. And to answer your question, OP, I think the surgery for me was kind of a 'do over'. I knew doing the surgery was kind of my last chance to get things right. It does help that hunger and capacity is decreased, and as that increases as you get further along, eating protein first really helps keep you satisfied longer. Also for me, avoiding simple carbs and sugar really helps avoid cravings for it. Drinking lots of no calorie/low calorie fluids also helps keep me satisfied and hydrated. Although exercise isn't the key to weight loss (diet is), it helped me reach my fitness goals, makes me feel healthy and keeps me motivated. It's also nice on a day like yesterday to be able to sit down and have a small amount of food and be completely satisfied. I think all those factors made it work for me and keeps it working. I'm not perfect, but I try to follow those 'rules' 90-95% of the time. I also feel if people have emotional issues with food, professional counseling or group therapy is a great way to address those issues and become another tool for overall success after surgery.
  4. Sorry you feel this way. But the fact of the matter is, the sleeve surgery isn't a magic bullet. Hunger is mostly curbed because the part of the stomach that holds the hunger hormone ghrelin is removed. Some still feel physical hunger, but most feel head hunger or emotionally hunger and don't understand the difference. There is still a certain amount of will power that needs to be used, and correct food choices made. You saying you eat every 10 minutes is probably a good indicator as to why you have stopped losing weight, also. As time goes by, it's natural and normal for the sleeve to relax as it heals and have your capacity increase, especially after the honeymoon period. As a rule, sleeves do not stretch, and if they do, you'd have to work VERY hard at it. I'm not sure what 'valve' you're referring to, either? The sleeve gastrectomy is just removing 80-85% of the stomach--nothing is moved around or bypassed at all. Also, most of us lose hair unfortunately with the surgery, and it does grow back, but your skin situation with your face is just all part of the weight loss and has nothing to do with the surgery. You would have had sagging skin with the bypass, also? Who told you that you wouldn't have to 'diet' with the sleeve? I'm over 2 years out, and I have to watch every bite that goes into my mouth and exercise, or I will gain weight. The tool I have helps with portions, but that's about it at this point. It's all on me to keep the weight I lost off now. I feel you were highly misinformed about the realities of the surgery, and even the logistics of it, and that's a shame. But your sleeve is still there. If there was in fact 'something wrong with it', then no decent surgeon would tell you to gain weight back to have it redone. Most surgeons would correct the issue. Did you have tests done to tell you it was done incorrectly? Like I said, I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the sleeve, but it really doesn't matter if you have a sleeve, bypass, DS, or band, the principles of WLS are still the same. Change your eating habits for life, move a little more, focus on protein and veggies, and minimize simple carbs and processed sugar as much as you can from your diet. Good luck to you.
  5. You're amazing, inspirational and completely correct! Some new post ops have a tendency to be a little evangelical about things, lol. We are so wrapped up in WLS "rules" and overwhelmed with trying to get things right, we get terribly short sighted sometimes. As time goes on, we realize that what's going to work for one person may not work for ourselves. And that's okay. That being said, I'm 2 years out and I had chicken pesto flatbread pizza just last night. It's a rare thing to do, as I eat really clean and stay clear of "white" carbs 95% of the time. I'm back to my normal, healthy eating today. No harm, no foul. I can only hope at 6 years out I can still have my sh*t together as much as you seem to Congrats!
  6. I don't post much on this forum, as I'm more active on another one, but I'm a 2 year veteran who has kept the weight off for a year and have been on forums for over 2 years. Still a babe in the woods, really, but here's what I know: You're a year out. Still in your honeymoon period. You can pretty much eat anything you want and still lose weight during that time, because the overall lack of calories supports weight loss. It's science. But, you will not always have the great restriction and lack of hunger you feel now. Honestly, bariatric surgery is kind of temporary. Sure, you still have the tool, but people find ways to eat around it all the time. Otherwise, we wouldn't have an almost 50% (42% to be exact) regain rate, would we? As the months and then years go by, the results of the surgery wanes. Hunger and cravings return and capacity increases. It soon becomes all on you. So if you're still eating the crap you ate before the surgery with more hunger and larger capacity, what do you think happens? Weight gain, that's what. Ask 42% of people who regain with these surgeries. You HAVE to change your whole mindset when it comes to diet and exercise. You MUST eat healthier 90% of the time, choosing lean proteins, fruits, veggies and only whole grains when you choose to indulge in complex carbs. Once your metabolism changes, eating Tapas will not be conducive to maintenance. Don't believe me? Check out the literally hundreds of posts on this and many other WLS forums with the title "Help! I'm XX years out and gaining weight!" I'm sure they used to think they were invincible and had all the answers, too. Best wishes.
  7. Good luck keeping your weight off.
  8. I tend to hang out at another site, but thought I'd check in and look around. I was looking at my last posts here from about 5 months ago and had to giggle to myself. I was STRESSING about a horrible stall I was experiencing at 6 months out. I even posted how I thought I was finished losing. Well guess what? The stall DID break and I DID continue to lose. I celebrated my surgiversary August 22, and actually reached my goal weight about a week after that. I am now 2 pounds under goal (I'm going to go down about 5 more pounds to give myself a buffer). It took me a year to lose 85 pounds. I'm not the fastest loser (I always say I have the metabolism of a sloth), but with patience and persistence, I kept fighting and finally got there! Never give up, never surrender! You guys were so helpful and encouraging during that time, and I appreciated it so much. And I took the advice given to me and got out of that darn stall! Just proves that stalls really DO gotta end sometime. Now onto the REALLY hard part...maintenance! I posted my before and after below
  9. So I've been exercising like crazy since January. Since then, I have also had a MAJOR slowdown in my weight loss and many, many stalls. January I lost 7 pounds, Feb 2 pounds,March 6 pounds,and only 2 so far this month. I chalked it up to being a little closer to goal (about 20 some pounds away), but i'm really wondering if the exercise is causing the stalls? Do you guys think I should back off a little? It's not diet, because I'm VERY compliant to the program. If anything, I struggle to eat more because of all the exercise I do (I run 2 miles a day 5 days a week and also do strength training).
  10. Yeah, I'm stumped. I am on HRT, and she did just put me on something different, but the weight loss had slowed weeks before that. I am a little concerned though, as I read that the hormone patch I'm on could possibly cause weight gain. I will see how it goes in the next few weeks with the scale and maybe go see my primary again about switching. I appreciate all the responses. I really don't mean to whine. I'm usually a very positive person, but with this stall and painfully slow weight loss, I have kind of gone off the rails emotionally. Of all the things I was expecting to experience with this surgery, the major head games and emotional toll it can take was a bit of a surprise. I'll be okay Just need to get through this little bump in my journey.
  11. I have to make an appointment. I really don't know what more they could say that I don't already know. But I will see.
  12. Yeah, been at least 10 years. Maybe I need to chill and just tweak some things but stick with the program and let my body do what it needs to do.... I appreciate your suggestions! You're sweet to try to help
  13. That's pretty much how I eat anyway. I may try just shakes for a few days to see if that shakes (no pun intended) things up, but I'm not really looking forward to it, lol. I don't and haven't since my surgery eat bread, pasta, rice or protein bars. The only carbs I get are from veggies and some low sugar fruit like berries. I still have one shake a morning for breakfast. I have been a stickler with my program all along, which is why it makes this beyond frustrating.
  14. I'm 6 months out, and I am hopelessly stalled in my weight loss for going on about 6 weeks now. Well, maybe not so much as stalled, but the scale is bouncing up and down a pound and not moving for weeks and when it does, it's by ounces. I lost 2.5lbs the whole month of February, and no matter what I do, I can't get it to budge. I have upped my calories to a bit over 1000. I have lowered my calories to 800. I have stopped weight training and just done cardio. I've stopped exercising for a week. I've added an extra day of exercise. I've upped my carbs for a few days. Then I cut down to under 30. I've increased water. I've increased protein. Well, you get the idea.... I've lost 55lbs or so (I'm also a slow loser), and doing the math, I've lost over 60% of my excess weight. That's what the doctors say to expect with the sleeve. So even though I'm still not at a healthy BMI, is my body just finished losing? Has anyone else experienced their bodies just settling where it wants to be? On the bright side, at least I'm maintaining I really would like to get to goal, but at this rate, I can't see it happening. I'm trying so damn hard!
  15. You look amazing! And you have a gorgeous smile