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
    293
  • Goal Weight
    190
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    55
  • Surgery Date
    01/18/17
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Charles D. Callery

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  1. 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.
  2. 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....
  3. 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....
  4. I had VSG surgery on a Wednesday at 10AM and went home Thursday at 2:30PM.
  5. 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.
  6. You are looking great, you are right to be proud of yourself! Keep up the good work.
  7. 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!
  8. Loved this post! I'm 10 weeks post and I really needed to read this.
  9. 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!
  10. It gets easier every day. You are doing great, welcome to the losers bench.
  11. 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
  12. Congrats Tom, you're very inspiring to us newly sleeved. Thanks for being so helpful and sharing your journey with us.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. @DaniLiz, I had the same feeling, like food just wasn't moving, it was making me not want to eat at all just to avoid that feeling. But then I remembered people talking about smaller bite sizes, and chewing, chewing and chewing so I worked on that, and also setting the fork or spoon down between bites. These little tricks seemed to work for me. For me, I had to accept that my way of eating has changed, it had to change if I wanted to live. The old sensations I felt when I overate before WLS were different, I was not used to these new sensations. Some people talk about getting a runny nose or hickups and that's how they know when to stop. I never worried about being dehydrated before WLS because I always had a 44-64 oz soda with me. Now I carry a bottle with me everywhere, it's a camelback bottle, I found that I drink more from that than I do from a cup or any other bottle (don't really understand why, but I do, it's like magic) I'm also at 6 and a half weeks post-op, and I'm learning how to get along with my new sleeve. Some days it beats me up, just to remind me it's in charge for now until I learn how I should be eating. But I do notice that everyday gets better.... Good luck, and hang in there, we're all in your corner.