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  1. 5 points
    PapaDavid

    Greetings and salutations!

    Hi everybody, I finally have a chance to get on the forum, I want to thank everyone for all the support you have given me through my beautiful wife @Nana Trish! I’m about to start my 3 day clear liquids diet Sunday morning and the anxiety grows. I have been doing fairly well and I’ve lost just over 50 lbs. on my 6 month pre-op diet. I wouldn’t have been able to do it if not for my wife. She is my rock and my conscience. I want to give her a huge thank you for everything she has done for me and everything she has yet to do. I look forward to being with all of you on this new journey I’m embarking on. I know from Nana Trish that you are a great group of people. I’ll be talking to you all soon!
  2. 5 points
    Nana Trish

    I love fall

    I love the fall weather! I love being able to wear hoodies again, and my beloved leg warmers (hehe). Along with that comes our Halloween decorations and the 400+ trick or treaters we get each year! This summer did not go as planned, of course. I had visions of walking 3 miles a day by the end of summer, being able to do stairs without thinking about it, and spending my days outside playing with Harper when I babysit for him. As you all know, I spent a great deal of the spring season recovering from my knee replacements, as well as my hernia surgery and spent much of the time quite ill, in the hospital, and losing too much weight. I’ve finally been able to gain some back, and have gotten my strength back, which is great! But my visions of walking that much every day kind of faded into the background. Hubby wasn’t even able to go fishing for the first time this year until a few weeks ago because things have been so hectic. On our last fishing trip, which was last week, we went to a gorgeous place that my father used to take me camping every summer as a kid. The only camping spot open (we didn’t camp, just stayed for the day) was one that we had to hike downhill to get to, and I almost told him NO WAY after I looked down the hill. But I thought to myself...if I don’t try it, I’ll never know if I can do it or not. So I tried it. And I did it! And not only did I DO IT, but on the way back up the trail, I carried 3 collapsible chairs, a cooler bag and my purse! I think hubby was pretty amazed...and to be honest, so was I!! Since then, I have been taking about a mile and a half walks a couple of times a week. So I’m definitely getting there. It may not be what I had planned, but I’m still out there doing it! I’m not sure if the picture does it justice or not, but I’ll post a pic below of the trail I hiked
  3. 3 points
    This week, it was three months since I had my surgery. I am completely recovered from the incisions and sometimes I forget that I am sleeved. I stepped in the scale this morning and when I checked the app in my phone (which is connected to the scale) it told me that my BMI is 29.9, so no longer in the obese range!!! It is very close, but still, my BMI is in the 20s now. I am very pleased that lately I have been losing weight very fast. I am not that hungry at all, so it is a bit of a challenge to make sure that I get enough protein every day. Just wanted to record that. I feel surprisingly well. However, two people have told me that I look very tired. It is strange because if anything, I feel more energetic than before. It could be that my face is getting thinner and they are used to see a plumper face with a double chin : ) It made me think whether I am in fact looking unwell.... despite that, I am very happy because my old jeans are fitting, and I am slowly been able to wear again nice clothes that had been put away for a long time. I am eating a sort of keto style diet, but with some berries that I mix in a protein shake. Yesterday I had the bizarre thought of what would I do if I cannot stop losing weight, as I seem to be in a very rapid weight loss phase. Crazy. I know that this will not happen to me, and that probably I will have the opposite problem once the honeymoon period finishes and I start the maintenance. We'll see. That is all for now!
  4. 3 points
    (She bribed you to write those incredibly nice things, right?? Seriously, we think she is wonderful too.) More seriously - delighted you are doing okay.
  5. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Restriction after 18 months

    Tracy and @Cindy Lou Who Did not have a clearly defined time when my pouch relaxed... Have found that having a salad can keep me on the Path at a restaurant - get a "wedge" iceberg lettuce salad with a lot of blue cheese crumbles and perhaps some grilled shrimp -> I have to chew the lettuce into smithereens, but if i do then there is enough space for the protein. I enjoy the crunch of the lettuce but I need the protein! My friends include the piratical sort who are always hoping I will order the other entree they wanted to try at the restaurant, since they know I will not finish what I order. No doubt, knowing them, it contributes to my appeal as a dinner companion. Maybe we should publicize it as a fringe benefit of having had bariatric surgery... all those left-overs or extra bites to try... even after their pouch relaxes!
  6. 3 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Restriction after 18 months

    I'm 18 months out too, and also seeing some loss of restriction. It's a little scary that I can eat a larger amount. But I do agree with others that I like being able to eat more veggies instead of just protein. I still can't eat a salad because it's just too bulky, but I wonder if someday I'll be able to eat that too. I just keep thinking as long as I stick to the best foods for my body, I'll be fine. I do stray on chips and other "slider" foods every once in awhile, but my exercise 5-6 days a week helps with that. I have to admit too, that it's nice that when I eat out or with other people it's not AS noticeable that I'm eating so much less. I still eat only about 1/3 of a normal plate, but no one comments that I only had 2 bites!
  7. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    My first race!

    Wow! Talk about a life change! And your radiant smile speaks volumes!
  8. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    Partner support

    You are very welcome ❤️ This is what we are here for!! Helping people through rough times and difficult decisions, especially the big one as to whether to have surgery or not...and all the stuff that comes after that! If there’s one thing you’ll find here, that’s a LOT of people that have been through this surgery and have lots of advice and help in all stages of your journey Reach out anytime!!!
  9. 2 points
    msmarymac

    Hi, new to the boards

    Welcome! Wow, you are really rocking this sleeve; great job!!! I absolutely believe you will reach 250 and perhaps under that. Most of us reach goal weight or under despite our disbelief we could ever possibly reach that weight again. You have already experienced a taste of the sweet life that awaits you...it just gets better and better!! I never even imagined how wonderful life could be as a normal weight person, it will just blow your mind! I do agree with @BurgundyBoy; I believe your protein intake should be higher than 60gm. You're a big guy and have more muscle to fuel so get that jerky going. As to alcohol, it would be advantageous to skip it while actively losing but many of us enjoy it occasionally in maintenance. Sleevers don't usually have quite as much difficulty with dumping and low tolerance of alcohol as bypassers (though some do, so test cautiously at home the first time). The biggest concern really is the addiction transfer issue. Those of us with food addiction behaviors can easily replace our previous reliance on food with reliance on alcohol which is very dangerous. There are several threads on here that shed more light on that, it would be wise to read the stories people have shared about their battles. I am so excited for your journey as you discover what life has in store for you!
  10. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Do you have regrets?

    You make a great point - if you are curious about something, you can take a bite, but don't have to take a second one.
  11. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Why so few post

    @LorettaLynn Eye-popping success. Congratulations! congratulations! and still more congratulations! You must feel wonderful about the weight loss. ... and with every reason to feel that way.
  12. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Greetings and salutations!

    @PapaDavid congrats on those 50 lbs off, and we will be awaiting you on the other side of the Loser's Bench! (and even more kudos for having had the wisdom to get hitched to @Nana Trish)
  13. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Discouragement

    @CDE0622 Courtney, how are you doing? Have you decided to move ahead with surgery? The broad public just does not understand how hard it is to lose a lot of weight and keep it off over a long period of time. People are not informed and they can be hurtful and ... well, blame you for "just not having enough grit" to do this. Bah! The fact that the actual odds are ~ 10,000 to 1 against anyone being able to lose, and keep, 100 lbs off (as measured at the 2 year mark after attaining the lower weight) is not understood by people. Nobody in their right mind would freely choose an approach with a 99.99% failure rate unless they had no other choice. The best results published by nutrition scientists on exercise and dieting is that you might expect to lose ~ 6 kilograms, or about 13 pounds, and keep that off. If you are as heavily overweight as I was, that was just not going to be enough.
  14. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Partner support

    I pray to God that you get the support you desperately need and deserve! But you still need to do what is best for your health, my friend ❤️ We are always here for you, no matter what!!!
  15. 1 point
    I too have a sleeve and was recently (about 6 months ago) diagnosed with a hiatal hernia that wasn't there when I had sleeve surgery. I added generic Zantac at night (to my Nexium every morning) and had GERD symptoms under control. Now, of course they are pulling all Zantac and Ranitidine off the shelves because of a contaminant that causes cancer. I swear some days it seems you just can't win! Anyway, I am pretty sure my insurance won't pay for a revision to bypass, but at the time my hiatal hernia was diagnosed I was just weeks away from a shoulder surgery and I was just not really interested in pursuing another surgical fix of any kind. So, I didn't bother to really investigate the insurance coverage issue thoroughly. I do know that at some point I need to decide whether to revise to bypass or fix the hernia but I'm just not ready.
  16. 1 point
    cinwa

    Hi, new to the boards

    "Twoterville" is used on the forum for the 200's - Congratulations!
  17. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    2 1/2 weeks post op

    Wow - you are doing great! It is normal (especially early on) to occasionally have food "getting stuck" or "feeling overfull." Not fun - but each of these problems usually end fairly quickly. Remember that early on you need to chew your food to a paste, to eat small bites, and to pause between bites. Be sure to let us know when you reach "onederland." We are here to support you.
  18. 1 point
    LadyDay

    So scared of the future

    Wow, yeah, that is pretty cold indoor temperatures. Being able to stand and walk for extended periods without pain, even in non-sensible footwear, will be great! And being able to move about better in general. I look up to you for your running. I have a small dream of being able to run someday. Not marathons, but just being able to go for a jog. I think that's a good goal to have. Yeah, it feels weird and wrong to kinda ant a bit of illness, something that would go away with surgery and would guarantee the surgery in the first place. I just really, really ant this surgery so bad. I need this tool to help get my present and future health and life under control, on a lasting basis. Fortunately there's still a decent chance that I'll get approved I think, due to my weight exacerbating my mental health problems significantly and my BMI being over 40. So fingers crossed. Thank you for the support. This forum has really helped me sort things out.
  19. 1 point
    lisa18

    Anyone Suffer From PostOp Depression?

    @athenarose thanks you. I can not wait to start the gym, already joined one just need to get the OK from the surgeon. I have positive feelings about the gym making me feel better!
  20. 1 point
    LadyDay

    Anyone Suffer From PostOp Depression?

    Hi Lisa. I can't help you on the main question, since I haven't had the operation yet, however I do have a lot of experience with anti-depressants (I currently take 6 kinds. That is very, very unusual though. By far most people only need one. And nobody will force you to take more than you're comfortable with.). As with all medication, anti-depressants do come with the potential of side effects, but not many. However serious side effects are very rare (I don't have anything serious despite the crazy amount I take.). These medications can be a huge help and really, really raise quality of life. And remember, if you get side effects that outweigh the positive effects you get from the medication, you can always get off it again. Most people don't take anti-depressants forever, but only for a while until their mood is stabilized again. So it could very well be a good help for you to get through this first time after surgery. I can also highly recommend a bit of therapy, in combination with the medication or on it's own. Talking things through with a professional is a huge relief. There is a lot of stigma around anti-depressants and you'll hear a lot of false rumors about them (like them having a lot of side effects). I definitely suggest you talk to a doctor about the benefits and risks of medication before you make up your mind. I hope you feel better soon.
  21. 1 point
    msmarymac

    So scared of the future

    As a sleever almost 5 years out, I can drink as much water at a time as I want. I learned that in a summer after being out doing lots of yard work in the hot sun and without thinking just chugged water straight out of the garden hose like the old days...no problems May not be the typical experience but I have no problems drinking any quantity of water at a time that my body needs.
  22. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    So scared of the future

    I went home on a few meds but was quickly taken off of them. I can drink about 8 ounce of liquid. I don’t like the sip sip thing. Earlier out I set aside 4 bottles of water per day. (16 .9 ounces each) so I knew I was getting my fluids. Immediately after surgery I drank a shot glass of water every 15 minutes. 8 hours and done. I set the timer on my phone. I still like my water flavored and ice cold. I put a sugarfree lemonade powdered stick in my water and put in the freezer for a half hour til it’s slushy...this is my new “normal”. I’m used to it now. The first summer I drank too much too fast and it came out my nose. Lesson learned..
  23. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    Before and after!

    @Dodes Congratulations! You look great! Well done!
  24. 1 point
    msmarymac

    Moving to Vermont

    Beautiful!!! And Seamus is growing up to be so very handsome! I am so happy for you in your new amazing retirement life!
  25. 1 point
    msmarymac

    Moving to Vermont

    Labs are the best! Especially at 4 years, they've gotten through the puppy stuff and have settled in to be the very best dogs. I am so happy for you, the new dog will never replace your beloved Meg but will be a wonderful companion. I so miss my Penny. The puppy I got in my grief will someday be a good dog I think. But wow, is she a handful now. I've lost 2 pair of Birkenstocks, she chewed up my husband's glasses and every leash we've purchased; she picks and eats my tomatoes and peppers out of my garden despite rigging a sort of barrier around it. Sigh... She is scheduled to go to what I am calling "puppy military school" on December 13, it's a 9 day residential training. Hopefully that will at least allow us to peacefully co-exist. Plus side is I walk her a LOT to try and wear her out so am getting lots of extra steps in And, she makes me laugh on a daily basis, which is worth a lot. This summer I also lost my 19 year old cat so keeping busy with this crazy puppy is probably a very good thing. Losing both of my long term fur babies in just a few months (Penny, 13 year old lab in March and Bagheera 19 year old cat in August) may have just been too much! A saner choice would have been a 4 year old lab but here I am with the world's craziest labradoodle pup instead lol.
  26. 1 point
    Rob_VSG

    Is Depression Normal After Surgery?

    So ALL the responses on this thread are awesome! I can't think of much more to add. I can tell you this, at the 2 week post op mark, I was really tired, run down, depressed and just felt like garbage. I ended up going to a place to for a hydration IV packed with vitamins and and minerals and felt about 200% better in just one hour. It was worth every penny.
  27. 1 point
    Sounds like you are off to a great start. I hate plain water. I hate it room temp and I hate hot tea. I prefer iced coffee (hated coffee pre op). Mio flavor drops and the powdered drink sticks are my friends. Lately I like the wylers lemonade, frozen just to a slushy state. For a while it was the root beer drink sticks, I was mixing that in vanilla protein shakes.. You are doing great!
  28. 1 point
    BrightDay

    Quick update

    Good luck on the appointment! I hope the Cleveland clinic can provide a good solution for your problems.
  29. 1 point
    As a non-meat eater, I'm not sure I going to be of much help but I always keep some Campbell's Chunky Soups to hand for when DH wants something quick. He's particularly fond of their Grilled Sirloin Steak & Hearty Vegetables, Beef Rib Roast with Potatoes & Herbs and Chicken with Vegetables & Pasta but will eat any of them. And I know that a few of my WLS/dieting friends like them too.
  30. 1 point
    LadyDay

    So scared of the future

    I don't have to deal with an insurance company, because we have free health care here, but I should still make sure the hospital can see in my journal that I have tried supervised diet in the past, because that's a requirement. I didn't log what food I ate back then, but I worked with a nurse, had regular counselling with her and got weight measured and blood samples taken along the way. So hopefully that counts. I'm pretty sure the doctors at the hospital get full access to my journal, so they can look it up, but I should make sure. To get the surgery you also have to do three months diet and lose 8% of your weight immediately before the surgery, but that is to shrink the liver, so the supervised diet I've done in the past couldn't count, since I've put all the weight back on. How great that you got moved forward like that and didn't have to do another 6 months of dieting and waiting! Did you still have to do some form of diet to shrink the liver before surgery? For how long? I'm glad I won't have a liquid diet before the surgery, just normal healthy food (to lose the 8%).
  31. 1 point
    Great news! We are here to support you.
  32. 1 point
    LadyDay

    PapaDavid is in surgery!

    Glad to hear it went well. Positive stories like this are also good for those of us who's operation is still in the future
  33. 1 point
    LadyDay

    One last fishing trip :)

    Congratulations to him on his surgery. I hope it went well.
  34. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    So scared of the future

    LadyDay, my sleep apnea is gone. Gone. I no longer wake up with a racing heart, no longer am tired during the day, and my wife no longer is frightened by me failing to breathe during the night. If I snore now it is usually because I indulged in some grape-derived beverage, often Burgundy colored, after dinner.
  35. 1 point
    OnlyGoodEats

    New to the forums

    I am new here but wish i had signed up months ago when i started my journey! I am 28 yrs old from new york and am 3 days post op. I did the sleeve and i got to say i feel amazing. My wife did it 1 1/2 years ago and she lost 100 lbs. From 230 to 130 and she looks amazing I was 282 day of surgery. I am excited for what wonderful things are to come from this. Not going to lie. I am at a friend's engagement party right now and all of the food is top notch and i am drinking protein sgakes and water :( I know it will be worth it though! Thanks for having me
  36. 1 point
    Emma1975

    Hello! - Just had Surgery 12 Sept

    Thanks for the lovely welcomes peoples:) I am doing fine thanks Burgundy Boy. Still getting used to everything and im off work so that helps for now!
  37. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    New to the forums

    @OnlyGoodEats Congrats on having had the surgery, and having a spouse who will be supportive. Anon, anon, soon enough you'll be so excited to be able to have ... pureed food! I remember (don't tell anyone!) chewing food at your stage, and then spitting it out, just to have the mouth feel of something solid again. Amazing what one takes for granted. More seriously, it's certainly possible to really enjoy only the 'good eats' available to us... just in amounts that allow us to be healthy. Welcome!
  38. 1 point
    Jen581791

    Greetings and salutations!

    Best of luck, @PapaDavid! You've got a build-in support network par excellence. I hope the surgery and recovery are as swift and painless as can be, and I know you're going to do well with Nurse Nana Trish taking care of you.
  39. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Greetings and salutations!

    And he only has about 40 more pounds to go (unless he changes his mind when he reaches goal and wants to go lower, lol). He’s done so well these past 6 months, this should be a piece of cake for him post op!
  40. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Aussie Bear, this is for you :)

    Yes, apparently now it’s a family habit! Lol He has been stuck on that lose a lot, gain more back, Ferris wheel for a couple of years now. And at his highest weight of 272, decided he couldn’t let it continue. So I’m hoping the same as you both, much success but with far less complications!! Thanks so much!
  41. 1 point
    BrightDay

    My first race!

    @Jen581791 Congratulations!!! What a fantastic achievement!!! You really are an inspiration. You look fantastic in your first race and I do not see how you could look any fitter. Thank you so much for sharing your good news. Would you mind telling us what did you change in your diet to get enough calories for training?
  42. 1 point
    As usual, @BurgundyBoy has provided a very thoughtful and helpful response that I totally agree with. However, I am also of the opinion that there is no scientific way to exactly calculate what is a person's right goal weight. We all have unique bodies and thus some of us find that our proper goal weights are somewhat higher or lower than the mathematically calculated goal weight based on height, gender, age, DEXA scans, etc. Thus, I believe that it is a good idea to plan to adjust your final goal weight when you are near the end of your weight loss and can determine what weight looks and feels "right." For example, my goal weight if I went by BMI would be much lower than the weight that I (as well as my spouse and my doctor) feel is healthiest for me. On the other hand, other people here at TTF have found that their goal weight by BMI is too high and lose 10 pounds or so more in order to reach what they believe is a proper goal weight.
  43. 1 point
    LadyDay

    Partner support

    Wow, he really did spectacular! I like his comment about cursing at the scales, I believe I've done that on occasion! What a transformation!
  44. 1 point
    @BurgundyBoy Thank you so much for such a long, thorough answer. It's good to know that I can still lose my excess weight on the Danish plan. Of course I am terribly eager to lose the weight as fast as possible, I've been plagued by this weight too long, but the important thing is that I do lose weight, if it takes a little longer that's fine. I've been fat for a lot of years, so whether I lose it in half a year or a year is not crucial! What is on my mind is that it's supposedly important to lose as much weight as possible within this honeymoon period. You have calmed me down a lot. I am glad not to be weirdly special in this case! It will definitely work I will make sure to get exercise! Getting this surgery will be a great gift and I need to put in my utmost effort to get the most out of it! And it will be so wonderful to feel my body gradually moving about easier, getting in less pain and with less strain on everything! Not losing a bunch of hair is definitely a plus too! I have very thick hair, but bald patches would still suck! And most importantly, I think you are right that it's a sign the body is missing something. I imagine in general it's easier to avoid nutritional deficiencies when restricting caloric intake less. (I of course need to discuss it with the doctors, but from the research I've done so far I imagine I'll pick the bypass, which should mean a higher risk of deficiencies than the sleeve, so I need to be careful about that) Thanks again.
  45. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Aussie Bear, this is for you :)

    It’s easy to miss my posts these days, @Cheesehead...I’m not here nearly often enough! Thank you for the lovely compliment, my friend You will meet hubby soon ❤️ He will be making an account here soon. He’s doing so well, and should be at goal weight after RNY by January or February. I hope you are doing well!! Miss you all ❤️❤️❤️
  46. 1 point
    Depends...45 seconds to 2 minutes. Most of what I eat I can finish in 15-20 bites (I give myself a full 30mins usually). I need to get some kind of bowl or plate warmer I can have at work though when i'm trying to pace myself with warm/hot foods.
  47. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    4th of July

    I haven’t posted a picture in a while. I’m 6 1/2 years out. We tent camped while hubby scuba dived this weekend, so I’m grubby and hair is frizzed. The other photo was taken in May in Cayman..while camping our grandson found a dragon fly that wasn’t moving in the water and rescued it.
  48. 1 point
    That is a decision only you can make. What I can tell you is this; I have not one single regret about having surgery.....zero. The post was not meant to alarm folks going into surgery. Instead, it was meant to help improve their chances of long term success by alerting them to some of things that could impede it. I'd suggest also reading this article posted by another member to help put your decision into perspective: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/well/why-weight-loss-surgery-works-when-diets-dont.html?_r=0
  49. 1 point
    cinwa

    Winter activities and recreation

    Walking was and still is my favourite form of all exercise and with 6" of fresh snow overnight, I'll be getting out as soon as it gets light outside. I'm blessed to be living in a beautiful part of the country but I like walking no matter where I am. Hitting the weights at the gym is something else I like - if I were a guy I think I could have seriously got into that stuff.
  50. 0 points
    lisa18

    Restriction after 18 months

    I know you are worried about your pouch relaxing, but this thread just made me ease up a little just knowing that some day my pouch will relax a bit, because I am only on my 5th week on Monday, & I can’t get anything down !! Just got out from the er again because of dehydration, low potassium & low sugar.