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About ThinCVT

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    Horseback riding, kayaking/rafting, hiking, Go Packers!
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ariel Ortiz and Dr. Arturo Martinez
  • Hospital
    Obesity Control Center
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  • Current Weight
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  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Still lovin my sleeve. Still gives all the restriction I need WHEN I eat the way I'm supposed to. No restriction when I eat crap..... pretty much what I expected. I can't stress enough that the psychological component and lifestyle changes you make play a bigger role in long term success than the surgery itself. With good choices I continue to maintain within a couple pounds of my lowest weight and annual bloodwork still perfect with my daily vitamin regimen. I am pain free, have lots of energy, and look hot! The biggest change for me since I posted in Nov 2015 is that I actually started dating someone 2 months ago. Despite swearing off relationships and embracing the freedom of being single for the last 20 years, I now find myself having a great time with a guy that makes me laugh and feel good about myself.
  2. I had some successful and some not so successful diets throughout my life. But never with long lasting results. I wasn't always fat and I used to hike and swim and camp and hang out with friends and travel, etc. But not anymore. I only left my house to go to work and attend the bare minimum required social and family events. But So what if I was fat and tired and aching all the time? Screw it, nothing I could do about it and I had pretty much thrown in the towel when it came to trying to lose weight. At 45 I was resigned to be an old spinster hermit. The light finally went off in my head when I thought of my mom, still struggling with her weight at 75 years old. I couldn't bear the thought of me doing the same thing. Another 30 years of being miserable in my own body....ugh! And once I committed to making a change by getting WLS, I realized how much of my life I had wasted by not doing it sooner. Now, at 48 years old, I have never felt better or healthier or younger or sexier and I look forward to the next 30 years instead of dreading them. Best decision I ever made. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  3. I drink decaf tea (both hot and iced), decaf coffee, almond milk, vitamin water, lifewater, protein shakes, coconut water, protein hot chocolate, and Bai5 and count it all towards fluids. I like the SweetLeaf water drops because they don't use artificial sweeteners which I think taste awful. These things in addition to having a water in a bottle with a pop top with me 24/7 so it's easy to take a swig anytime.
  4. I'm just over three years out and I hit goal at about 10 months postop. Since then it's been a challenge of maintenance within my 5 pound bounce range. Despite the recent holidays, I've actually dropped 8 pounds in the last month to put me 4 pounds below my previous lowest weight. I didn't really mean to lose anything and I don't weigh very often, so it was kind of a surprise. But looking back I can see that I have been snacking less and drinking more. I had a bad UTI that developed into bacteremia and landed me in the ER....uncontrollable trembling/chills, dehydration, 103 degree fever, etc that lasted 5 days. All that prompted me to start drinking more (I was already getting my 64+oz, but I doubled it). And in spending so much time drinking I had less time to snack. I'm not saying run out and get yourself a bacterial blood infection, but those two changes made a huge difference for me. So basically, yes, you can still lose after your honeymoon period. You just have to find what it is your body responds to. Good luck with your challenge!
  5. As always, good to see your post. You've been an inspiration to me as well. Your positive attitude and honest, open posts are always welcome and have helped so many.
  6. Lightenupwoman, sounds like you have a lot going on. Maybe you should enjoy being single for awhile. You sound like a strong woman and finding satisfaction and happiness inside yourself rather than seeking it with companionship can only help you become stronger. Despite some periods of loneliness, I don't regret being single for the last 20 years. At best it has made me confident and self reliant and at worst, somewhat selfish and "set in my ways". I never did the online dating thing so I can only imagine what a circus it is. But even regular dating is messy and you certainly don't need anyone else's sh1t in your life right now. Take time to be good to yourself. Take time to be selfish.
  7. Ditto. For me, being lied to is worse than whatever it is I'm being lied to about. The latter may be a forgivable offense, but the former never is.
  8. I'm three years postop and am still maintaining at my lowest weight. My secret to success is pretty basic..... 1) What you did to lose the weight is pretty much what you have to keep doing forever. 2) Never let a 1 pound regain turn into a 2, 5, 10 pound regain. Nip the little gains in the bud. Don't get "back on track" tomorrow. Do it TODAY.
  9. Lightenupwoman, you do make a good point about fellow addicts for the reasons athenarose described. My younger brother had struggled with drug addiction his whole life. Mostly I was non-sympathetic and figured it was his own fault and he was making bad choices "Why can't you just go get help and stop?" Years later, when I realized I did not have the power to stop stuffing my face, despite how fat I was getting, I finally got it. Unfortunately, an addict still has to do all the work. But the rest of us can still be there, cheering them on. And misery loves company.
  10. Just curious what "normal" you are referring to. I actually consider both myself and the new BF to be quite normal. I think anyone who goes through life with no addictions, mental struggles or psychological hang ups is quite abnormal (and probably kidding themselves). BTW, I would also be the one researching every possible choice when it comes to buying a new appliance. Online reviews, consumer reports, available options, etc.. THEN start searching for the best possible price. I do that with EVERYTHING. It's one of my "things" I'm envious that you can just walk into a store and buy something so easily.
  11. I quit looking for love over 20 years ago. Long before I got fat, actually. After my 3rd serious boyfriend left me heartbroken, I decided the pain wasn't worth it. I swore off relationships forever. Since then I've had a few casual boyfriends, "friends with benefits" and drunk one night stands, but no one I'd ever let myself get emotionally attached to. Never tried the online dating because I was perfectly happy being alone and certainly wasn't looking for a relationship. I preferred my single status and loved the freedom and independence that came with it. This didn't change after WLS. Fat or thin, I still preferred my own company to anyone else's. Three months ago I ran into a client at a copy store and he asked if we could have lunch or coffee sometime. My first thought was "Ugh! How am I going to get out of this?" Here is this older, grey haired, balding, paunchy, slightly overweight, nerdy accountant-type (turns out he actually is an accountant ) guy that I have ZERO attraction to, asking me out. But I did the polite thing and agreed to a lunch date. He turned out to be a great guy. Very "colorful" past and great stories to share, enjoys a lot of the same outdoor stuff I do... Fishing, hiking, rafting, skiing, horseback riding, camping.... he's very honest and open and and easy to talk to. He is an alcoholic, sober 16 years, but doesn't mind me drinking around him. Just like I don't mind him eating carbs, deserts and drinking soda in front of me. My choices don't have to be his and vice versa. We have become very close and quite serious in a short period of time. Like Res Ipsa mentioned, He makes me laugh, he makes me feel special, I look forward to spending time with him, and he likes and respects me for who I am. Even let's me eat off his plate in restaurants since ordering my own entree would be a waste of money. It's his personality, not his appearance, that won me over. No problem with attraction, intimacy or passion at this point . This is very scary business, leaving me vulnerable to being hurt again. Neither one of us is free of baggage or flaws, but at this point I'm too far gone to turn back so guess I'll just enjoy it for now. So yes, lightning can strike anywhere, anytime, in any shape or size, and especially when you arent expecting (or looking for) it.
  12. Ask about increasing your omeprazole dose or switching to another PPI. My surgeon has all of his patients on 40mg omeprazole mandatory for 2 months. Even at that dose I'd get an occassional twinge that Maaloxx or Rolaids would knock back. A friend of mine had bypass and omeprazole didn't work at all for her. She takes protonix.
  13. I weighed exactly the same on Day 11 as I weighed on surgery day. I was "only" down 17 pounds at 6 weeks postop. Then I gained 3 pounds and sat there for a month. However, I did not panic. I just kept drinking my 100oz of water and getting my 60-80g protein. Fast forward 9 months....I lost 100 pounds and went from a 22W to a size 5/6. I am 3 years out and am still maintaining that 100 pound loss. The moral of the story is this isn't a race. What your body does in these first couple months in no way reflects on your long term success. Just stick with it, keep meeting your fluid and protein goals, stay active and maybe most importantly, stay off the scale for awhile. Like others said, this is all likely fluid retention and your body reacting to the stress of surgery and whatever preop weightloss you had by hanging on to everything it can.
  14. I wouldn't trade my saggy boobs, wrinkly face and droopy butt for anything. Beats the heck out of chronic knee and ankle pain, being out of breath walking just one flight of stairs, high BP, always being the fattest person in the room, having to shop in specialty stores for clothes that fit and generally missing out on all the things in life I used to enjoy. Like pincushion, I had this surgery to improve my health and quality of life, not my appearance. I feel bad for anyone so insecure that they'd rather trade the latter for the former.
  15. I have followed my plan very close to the letter from the day I Started my preop. And even when I do eat off plan I never ever over eat. I've never vomited and I can only remember a handful of times I've even felt full. Basically, I haven't done anything to physically stretch my sleeve (not that that possible anyways, as long as your surgeon removed all of your fundus). But over time, the swelling in your sleeve will go down and the tissue will relax, allowing you to eat more. I started out only being able to eat 1-2 tablespoons at a time around 1-2 months out. This gradually increased to 1/2 to 1cup, depending on the density of the food, by around 14 months and that's where I've stayed. But again, I never push my limits to feeling overfull. The exception, of course, is slider foods, which I can eat an unlimited amount of and its all on me, not my sleeve, to not do that.