Beegoe

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Hi everyone!!

I just joined Thinner Times yesterday, and wanted to introduce myself. I will be 5 weeks post sleeve surgery 10.23.2017. My weigh in the day of my surgery was 375lbs, at 6'6. 375lbs was NOT my heaviest. As of today, I'm down 41lbs. So far, this has been a great experience, with some trying times sprinkled in, here and there. I still get weak from time to time. But I attribute this to the adjustment period that we all experience. I want to congratulate everyone for taking the steps needed to improve their quality of life, including myself. This is a step in my life that I never thought I would have the guts to take. For me, I just got tired to being fat, and feeling terrible all the time. I had enough. Full transparency, I am also one of the very few men out there that suffer from Fibromyalgia, and my case is a pretty severe one. So while I still experience quite a bit of pain, I was hoping that the surgery would also help with my Fibro pain. Pain-wise, the sleeve surgery really hasn't had a positive impact. But keep in mind, my pain is much different than "normal." I am still hopeful that with time, and as the weight comes off, the pain will lessen. If it doesn't, I'll just shoulder it, and carry on. 

If you're reading this and you're ramping up for your surgery, I applaud you. Some advice is this: GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME. I wholeheartedly believe that there are two important keys to succeeding post surgery. The first thing is to have a solid support system. If you're reading this, you're already on the right path. But the most important key is to mentally prepare yourself for this undertaking. You have to prepare yourself for frustration. Because you will have some. That's where your support system comes into play. Another piece of advice is this: DO NOT CHEAT. Do yourself a favor and look around at other forums, and you'll see several posts from people asking what they can get away with while still on a restricted diet, post surgery. There's a pretty high chance these people won't fully experience the benefits of this surgery. Also, but look at the horror stories from people that cheated on their diet, and totally regret it. It's not worth it. Not only that, but why put yourself through this process, just to return to old habits?

You will be hungry post surgery. There's no hiding it. This is where your mental preparedness, and your support system comes into play. If you're experiencing hunger between meals or snacks, clean your house, go for a walk, DO something. Don't just sit there and contemplate your hunger. It's counterproductive to what your goals are. Drink some water, and get busy doing something to take your mind off of food. Whatever you do, don't give in. Post-op, you have to keep your mind busy. All. The. Time. Face it, whenever we were bored, or didn't have anything pressing to do, we'd eat. At least that was my experience, and the experiences of other threads I've read about. 

Don't make excuses. This is one that I've had to battle with since day one. Especially having Fibro. "Oh, I'm in too much pain today." B.S. Get off your butt and get to it. Once you begin to see the weight coming off, this will become easier. 

Follow your doctor's direction to the T. Do NOT deviate from their instruction. There have been countless studies done. Their science behind this surgery is constantly changing. These are words right from my doctor's office. Don't overdo your exercise. I did that, and almost passed out in a store. Push yourself, but at the same time, know your limits. Even if you have to take 10, 10 minute walks, do so. 

This sleeve was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My kids & wife are proud of me. At the risk of sounding arrogant, I am proud of myself too. Like I said, I never would have thought I'd ever have the guts to undergo such a life changing procedure. I had to renew my driver's license on 8.27.2016. I looked at a side by side comparison with a new picture I had taken. The difference is astounding. The first 30 days are tough; NOT impossible. Steer clear of negativity. Remain positive. Join support groups, either online, in person, or both! You NEED people to be your cheerleaders. If you find yourself "on the ledge" speak up. I don't care how mentally strong you might be, you WILL need support. That whole "It takes a village" adage is SO true. That's why we're all here, right? Keep grinding away my fellow WLS people!! We can do this together!!

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Welcome, @Beegoe! I'm so happy to hear that your experience is going well so far, and I love your no-nonsense attitude about following doctor's orders :) Yes, indeed, looking for ways to get around the rules will lead down the path to failure, so taking that option off the table is a great way to start!

I hope your weight loss will eventually lead to less pain from fibro - that's a tricky thing to deal with, and I would guess that just having less of you to move around would decrease the pain. I hope this works for that. 

You should absolutely be proud of yourself: your photos show how much hard work you've already put in. Good for you. Great attitude + hard work = success. 

This forum definitely feels like the village we all need. I hope you find it to be as supportive and informative as I have - it's gotten me through some weird moments. 

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First, thank you very much!! Congratulations of your success!!! 

 

I spoke with my rheumatologist after posting here. She told me not to expect the weight loss to yield much relief in my pain. I don't care. I'll take a longer life with pain and flareups over losing my life by 50. I gained more time with my wife, kids, and friends. That is all that matters.

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16 minutes ago, Beegoe said:

First, thank you very much!! Congratulations of your success!!! 

 

I spoke with my rheumatologist after posting here. She told me not to expect the weight loss to yield much relief in my pain. I don't care. I'll take a longer life with pain and flareups over losing my life by 50. I gained more time with my wife, kids, and friends. That is all that matters.

Thanks! 

A longer life is, at the end of the day, the very biggest NSV any of us can hope for. Goodbye to all of those health risk factors! :D

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3 hours ago, Beegoe said:

First, thank you very much!! Congratulations of your success!!! 

 

I spoke with my rheumatologist after posting here. She told me not to expect the weight loss to yield much relief in my pain. I don't care. I'll take a longer life with pain and flareups over losing my life by 50. I gained more time with my wife, kids, and friends. That is all that matters.

You are very smart. Great post starting this thread. Fibro may or may not get better but you will be alive. That IS what this is about. Everything else is secondary.

Am I correct is seeing you are attired with Boston Red Sox cap?  A bunch of us in Metro Boston...

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Welcome! Great to see someone here who really has his head in the game. Your advice is great!

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Welcome and I feel more motivated just reading your post!  Thanks for that :)

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Welcome @Beegoe!  You sound like you're doing great and have an awesome outlook!  I am having my surgery in two weeks and am really stoked about it. I'll be glad to follow your success story for encouragement!

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Welcome @Beegoe. Congrats on your recent surgery and your very positive attitude.

While I'm all for following your individual surgeon's plan, I'm not quite so uptight about it. Every surgeon has their own plan, and boy do they vary widely. This isn't a one size fits all deal...as most of us know from experience with clothing...one size fits all usually just means it's a compromise for all sizes. Sure there are some universal truths, like protien first, and get your vitamins in. However there are real discrepancies between plans as well. As you read more here you'll see that some of us had very different plans to others, but we've still all lost masses of weight with lots being below goal weights.

The really important thing from my point of view is that we all learn what works for us....we're all individuals after all, with widely varying genetics, who come from many varied weight histories. Many were thin as kids and young adults, others like me were born obese and have never experienced normal weight until after surgery.

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22 hours ago, BurgundyBoy said:

You are very smart. Great post starting this thread. Fibro may or may not get better but you will be alive. That IS what this is about. Everything else is secondary.

Am I correct is seeing you are attired with Boston Red Sox cap?  A bunch of us in Metro Boston...

Yeah, I agree. The pain is terrible. Especially right now when the weather is changing. But with an extended lease on life, I can always hope for a cure, or meds that actually have a positive impact on the pain. I refuse to take ANY opioid medication. I made it 42 years on this planet without being addicted to anything. I'm sure as hell not going to start now. 

Yes, That's a Boston hat I'm wearing. My nickname is "Beegoe." I'm having my hat custom stitched using the Boston "B" as the first letter. I'm a 1st gen American. My family came to the U.S. from Ireland. I'm a Detroit fan, first and foremost. But all my second teams are from Boston. I root for my Red Wings. I root for my Bruins. But if they're playing against each other, it's nearly a "Sophie's Choice" for me!! LOL As for the Tigers and Lions, well, there's nothing too positive to say. I watch them....I suppose that's something, right? LOL

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10 hours ago, Aussie H said:

Welcome @Beegoe. Congrats on your recent surgery and your very positive attitude.

While I'm all for following your individual surgeon's plan, I'm not quite so uptight about it. Every surgeon has their own plan, and boy do they vary widely. This isn't a one size fits all deal...as most of us know from experience with clothing...one size fits all usually just means it's a compromise for all sizes. Sure there are some universal truths, like protien first, and get your vitamins in. However there are real discrepancies between plans as well. As you read more here you'll see that some of us had very different plans to others, but we've still all lost masses of weight with lots being below goal weights.

The really important thing from my point of view is that we all learn what works for us....we're all individuals after all, with widely varying genetics, who come from many varied weight histories. Many were thin as kids and young adults, others like me were born obese and have never experienced normal weight until after surgery.

I was only giving my perspective. I only wish to motivate others in the same scenario. I don't wish to come off as a know it all. I leave that up to others.

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