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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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  • Start Weight
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  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. My belly stuck out so far it definitely looked like I was pregnant. My sister thought it was hilarious and took several profile picture. Took about 2-3 weeks before I could fit in my jeans. Had to wear elastic waist pants in the meantime. As for weighing, I stepped on the scale for the first time 11 days postop because it was January 1 and I thought I should have a milestone number. I weighed exactly the same as surgery day. . Didn't step on the scale again until I went to see my PCP at 6 weeks out. Down 17 pounds and no idea if I "suffered" the infamous 3 week stall or not. Infrequent weighins have been the norm for me through my entire postop. I measured my progress with NSV's and clothes sizes.
  2. Looking forward to seeing the replies.... my BF is interested in cutting down on his carbs and he loves casseroles!
  3. I'm actually surprised that this is your first stall and that you have lost so much so quickly. Congratulations! You are way in front of the curve. How long do stalls last? Who worst one lasted a month and that was after gaining 3 pounds when I was about 6 weeks postop. Doubling my water intake and increasing calories is what broke it for me. Are you tracking everything? If so, what has your protein/calories/carbs/fluids been? I really think this is just a normal response your body is having and definitely not the "beginning of the end". But if you want to be proactive about changing things up, look at your macros and go from there. I've been in maintenance for over 2 1/2 years, but more protein and more fluids is usually what kickstarts weight loss for me when I experience a little regain.
  4. What she ^^^^^ said. There are an overwhelming number of physical/medical/diet rules that will consume you at first and are very important during your first few months. But when the dust settles months and especially a few years down the line, it's the emotional and mental changes you make that become the deal breakers for long term success. But here's my advice for the short term -- 1) Do your best to get in your fluids and protein. Treat this like a prescription and do it whether you want to or not. 2) Don't get too obsessed with the WILL stall and you may even gain along the way....this is NORMAL. Just stick on plan and you will be successful. Good luck!!!!
  5. Thanks for the update and congrats on your continued success. You look great (except for the shirt .... Go Falcons! LOL)
  6. I felt "funny" for about 4-6 months. I think I Was just paranoid about every little feeling being a leak or twist or something bad. But really, I feel no different internally whatsoever. I would never know I had surgery other than getting full quickly....but isn't that kind of the point?
  7. I probably had one of the easiest recoveries ever and I certainly could have worked from home within a couple days of surgery. I was never on any pain meds and never experienced any nausea. Here's how my first week postop went..... Friday Saturday and Sunday.....Discharged and went sightseeing and shopping Monday....Travelled alone on a plane Tuesday.....Drove myself home 5 hours and plowed the driveway with my ATV that afternoon. Wednesday (Christmas Day)......rested. Thursday..... Grocery shopping, haircut and started making client calls and setting up appointments. Friday.....Back to work full time at an active, on my feet all day job. My only limitation was a 20 pound lifting restriction for the first 3 weeks. Unfortunately, postop varies so much from person to person that you will not know what you will be capabable of doing until the time comes. I would plan to take the 2-3 weeks off, but if you feel as good as I did, you could surprise your boss by starting back early (better than the other way around).
  8. First of all, congrats! You both look so happy. As for my experience and opinion, I do prefer honesty in a relationship from the very beginning. In fact, dishonesty is a deal breaker for me. I started seeing a guy about 4 months ago. First time I've dated in over a decade. I was not physically attracted to him initially, but his personality and open honesty became the basis of what has become a pretty serious, intimate relationship. he shared very early on that he was a recovering alcoholic...sober 16 years and that he was on medication for manic/depressive condition. I, in turn felt very comfortable talking about my obesity and WLS. That, and the fact I didn't want him to think I didn't like his cooking because I Ate so little. In a way, we share a similar with food and he with alcohol and we both work hard every day to win our battles. Our relationship in no way revolves around or focuses on these things, but it is part of who we are and it's nice to be able to share stories without it being uncomfortable or being afraid of getting "caught". IMHO, Secrecy can only hurt a relationship . And you never know what skeletons she has that she would love to share with you.
  9. First of all, congrats on your remarkable progress. 50 pounds in 4 months is far above average. And Like cheesehead mentioned, the surgical swelling in your stomach goes down and After that there will be normal relaxation of the stomach tissue and your restriction will lessen. This does not mean you have stretched your sleeve, but it does mean you will be able to eat more as time goes on. I could eat much more at 6 months than at 3 months. Even more at 10 months and I probably reached my maximum capacity around 14 months. If I wasn't careful about what I fill my sleeve with, I would easily regain. All of this is why it is SO important to be mindful of what you eat. Many carbs become slider foods and you will feel almost no restriction when eating them. Eating dense protein first, followed by veggies is a plan most WLS patients have to follow for life. From a nutritional standpoint, I have always included fruits and whole grains in my postop diet as well, but they are not the bulk of my diet. If you are concerned about what and how much to eat, definitely start measuring and tracking everything you put in your mouth if you aren't already. I mostly only worried about protein and water, but others have to be careful with their carbs. I find if I get 80+g of protein and 100+ oz of water along with a couple servings of veggies, fruit and whole grains I Have very little space in my sleeve or time in the day to squeeze in any empty carbs/calories.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!