Pincushion

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About Pincushion

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  • Birthday 03/03/1969

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    San Diego

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Charles D. Callery
  • Hospital
    Pomerado Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    351
  • Current Weight
    190
  • Goal Weight
    190
  • Surgery Date
    01/18/17
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Charles D. Callery

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  1. My Progress 7.5 months post VSG.

    So tomorrow, September 1st is one year since I started down the WLS path. I went to my first seminar to learn about my options and to see if WLS was right for me. I decided a week later that I had to make that drastic decision, because what I had done for the last 30 years was not working. I started at 351 lbs. and by making small changes in my diet i was able to get down to 318 for my surgery on Jan 18th 2017. I won't lie I was a little worried I had made to wrong decision my first week after surgery, but about day 15 or so it started getting easier and every day after that got a little better. I was learning what worked and what didn't, how to eat and keep myself hydrated. Before to long I suddenly realized food no longer controlled me, I had given up beer and I was surprised it didn't really bother me as much as I suspected it would. I was amazed that I found that i only really eat to fuel my body now, rather than to escape, reward, to socialize with others, or to comfort myself as I did in the past. 4 months after surgery I took a cross country motorcycle trip from San Diego .CA to Quebec Canada (150 miles east of Montreal) 6500 miles round trip in 13 days. I would not have been able to do that as easily at 351 lbs. I learned that I can still find a few reasonable food options at truckstops, and gas stations. I also learned that 12 hours of riding each day for 6 days in a row will take its toll on you if you don't fuel you body correctly. I ate a lot of Starbucks breakfast sandwiches without the bread (exactly the right size portion for me) after I drank half of my small coffee (I would save the rest of the coffee for the next gas stop in 150 miles) After my trip, I've been making the gym a habit again (3-4 times a week), i go in the morning before work, and it is getting easier. Strenght training at least twice a week and cardio the remaining days. I've had to down size my clothing a few times and I am back in things I kept that I really never thought I would wear again. I started at size 48 inch waist jeans, and now I wear a 34 inch waist comfortably. My 4XL shirts are now baggie 2XL, soon to be XL. Today the scale said 205 lbs, I found that if I weigh myself everyday I get crazy, so I only measure my weight once a week (Wednesdays or Thursdays) some weeks the scale jumps down a few lbs (or more) other times just a few ounces but I feel good and I try not to obsess about the numbers I am very happy with my decision to have VSG, and I have to thank so many of you for being honest and sharing the good, the bad, and the challenges you have faced along your journey. You all made me feel I was not alone in this, even though I mostly read (lurked) and not post, I have learned so much and I continue to learn. THANKS -George
  2. Down 100 Lbs from my heaviest.

    Thanks everyone, I am feeling great too. I also noticed I no longer circle the parking lot to find a spot closer to the door... I'm so glad I had WLS. I am looking forward to keep losing the weight, and gaining my life back... the more I lose the more I get back.
  3. Down 100 Lbs from my heaviest.

    I was Sleeved Jan 18th, my wife bought me a pair of jeans in a smaller size for my birthday on March 3rd by April 1st they were too big....I'm glad its happening, didn't expect it to be so fast... My waist size has gone from a snug 48" to a loose 40" and a 38" won't be too far behind. My formerly tight 4xl t-shirts just look silly on me now. 3xl' s are loose and comfortable....but for how much longer? Before WLS, I always wore a hoody to hid the fact that most t-shirts just didn't fit my shape right.... too tight or because I was big around that made the shirt to short. I just realized I don't really do that anymore, not to mention that all of my favorite hoodies are just to big now. I tried on a leather motorcycle jacket today and I really liked, but I didn't buy it because I know it will be too big in a short time. I have NEVER had great luck with motorcycle jackets, the sizes are ALWAYS so vastly different from manufacturers, one brands 4xl is another brands 7xl (today's was a 3xl) I have a 3000 mile motorcycle trip planned at the end on May so I want to make sure my riding gear fits....
  4. new clothes?

    I was Sleeved Jan 18th, my wife bought me a pair of jeans in a smaller size for my birthday on March 3rd by April 1st they were too big....I'm glad its happening, didn't expect it to be so fast... My waist size has gone from a snug 48" to a loose 40" and a 38" won't be too far behind. My formerly tight 4xl t-shirts just look silly on me now. 3xl' s are loose and comfortable....but for how much longer? Before WLS, I always wore a hoody to hid the fact that most t-shirts just didn't fit my shape right.... too tight or because I was big around that made the shirt to short. I realized I don't really do that anymore, not to mention that all of my favorite hoodies are just to big now. I tried on a leather motorcycle jacket today I really liked, but I didn't buy it because I know it will be too big. I have NEVER had great luck with motorcycle jackets, the sizes are ALWAYS so vastly different from manufacturers on brands 4xl is another brands 7xl (today's was a 3xl) I have a 3000 mile motorcycle trip planned at the end on May so I want to make sure my riding gear fits....
  5. Outpatient Surgery?

    I had VSG surgery on a Wednesday at 10AM and went home Thursday at 2:30PM.
  6. My first appointment was in August, had Sleeve surgery in January. Didn't have to do a liquid diet prior to surgery. My Dr asked me to lose 20 lbs before submitting my paperwork, I lost 38 lbs so he submitted it in December. I'm just shy of 3 months post surgery, and down 90+ pounds from my heaviest.
  7. Profile at 7 weeks out Updated

    You are looking great, you are right to be proud of yourself! Keep up the good work.
  8. new to this.

    Paul, I had the same surgery and surgeon. I am 11 weeks post Sleeve. I live in Normal Heights. There is a ton of great info on this site, read the posts, ask any questions you might have. I have learned so much here, and I still learn something new every time I log in. Welcome aboard!
  9. VSG Newbies - Read This!

    Loved this post! I'm 10 weeks post and I really needed to read this.
  10. Long time coming

    Great news! You are getting closer, it's a marathon not a sprint the longer it takes to get to surgerythe more you can learn about yourself. With that knowledge you can more easily spot the triggers and adapt to new ways of dealing with them. You got this!
  11. My surgery is tomorrow 3/31/2017

    It gets easier every day. You are doing great, welcome to the losers bench.
  12. "Don't you ever get hungry?"

    It's almost like people go out of their way to test someone's will power or what they perceive as will power. I don't understand it, these same people would never consider telling someone who had food allergies to "just take a little bite". For so many of us, WLS saved our lives, and I for one don't ever want to take that for granted. I let food rule my life for too long, and if me working hard to take that control back and make sure I never return to where I was, bothers someone then oh well. I have a long way to go and I'm willing to put in the work and get there. I'm not exaggerating when I say I learn something more about myself everyday since having surgery (lately it's been what I can eat, when I should eat, how much to eat) but I'm getting the hang of it. So many of you have helped me learn these lessons, just because of the experience you share and the advice you offer.I know that I will have good days and bad days, I'm learning to recognize the signs my body shows me so I can adjust accordingly. Today I weighed in at my GP' s office and the scale said 275lbs, in August of 2016 when he talked to me about where my health was headed and urged me to talk the Bariatric Surgeon I was 352lbs. I was thrilled today when I realized I didn't need my seatbelt extender in my truck anymore. I am no longer pinned to the seatback, now I can reach the radio and the parking brake release while wearing my seatbelt. I could not do that back in August. I'm sorry if I hijacked the topic....just had a few things I wanted to say after reading the posts here. -G
  13. 4 Years on Pi Day 2017

    Congrats Tom, you're very inspiring to us newly sleeved. Thanks for being so helpful and sharing your journey with us.
  14. To be sleeved on 3/14/17

    I also never get hungry, I try to make sure I eat something every 4 hours at the most. I am learning that for the last 30 years my life was planned around food, occasions were planned around meals, vacations were planned around restaurants. It's all new to me, but I'm learning. These are some of the lessons we all learn as our journey continues. You can do this DoneW/300s, and we are all here to vent to, and offer advice if you need it. GOOD LUCK
  15. 6.5 Weeks Post Op

    Mine is a 24-26oz bottle. Not the backpack kind..... https://www.amazon.com/CamelBak-Eddy-Water-Bottle-75-Liter/dp/B00NTYIHNQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=sports-and-fitness&ie=UTF8&qid=1488950490&sr=1-1&keywords=camelbak+bottle