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  1. 6 points
    lightenupwoman

    Coming up on 5 years!!

    I can't believe it. I don't have any recent body pics. I'll put one up on the actual day. My lowest weight was I think 165 and I'm at 188 now. I would like to get back to 180. I got off track for a while there. Right now it's just odd because I have no appetite again. I have zero head hunger and I have to make myself eat. For a while there I had a lot of head hunger. This is such an odd phenomenon. I started taking progesterone for perimenopause and my breasts went up a cup size so that might account for two pounds. Lol.
  2. 4 points
    Nana Trish

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I took a bath today!!!! I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but for me it truly is! I've lived in my house for 16 years now, and have NEVER fit in the tub. I've taken a couple of baths years ago, but I was wedged in on both sides. Before I had my knee done, I didn't dare try, because even though I knew I'd surely fit now, I didn't know if I'd be able to get out due to my knees. Well today I did it!! There was so much room in the tub, it was insane...lol. And I'm light enough now that I was able to get out without much use of my knees, which was another plus
  3. 4 points
    Cheesehead

    How is this possible?

    Thank goodness! How are you today? I’ve just gotten so I throw caution to the wind. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich Friday. I usually throw the bun out but wanted the lettuce and tomato with it, so I took the top half off, cut the chicken and bottom bun in half and had a weird sandwich. Only ate a quarter of it. But guess what? It didn’t kill me and it didn’t make me gain weight over night. At this point do what you have to. Get back up to where you are comfortable and cut back....to maintainence..
  4. 4 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    Thank you so much, sweet @Cindy Lou Who!! ❤️❤️❤️ I actually turned a corner yesterday morning, thank GOD!! It is utterly amazing how crappy pouch swelling can make you feel, and that you can literally forget this soon after surgery that that is what you’re actually experiencing. All I needed to do was get the swelling down enough to be able to hold down some protein drink, then yogurt, and I knew it would get better from there. I drank 2 whole protein shakes, ate 3 whole yogurts, and actually ate an English muffin last night. Please understand that an English muffin is NOT a normal part of my diet, but it truly was the only other thing that sounded good. I wanted to eat something non dairy based in the evening, because after not eating for almost 5 days, then having all that dairy, it caused some diarreah and I wanted to stop that. So I ate half, and let it sit for an hour. Then I ate the other half. It was glorious! I also was able to drink 80 ounces of water!! Last night was the first time in 6 days I didn’t lose any weight!! I’m completely exhausted today, but most definitely feeling a lot better. Thank you so much for the support and love!
  5. 3 points
    Kim M

    Where it all began

    Hi Tracy, I never set a goal weight. My thoughts were when my body has reached its natural weight I will stop losing. This happened at 15 months post op. I had lost half my body weight and was comfortable where my body was. I had gone from 266 to 130-132. I maintained for about 4 years. I started to yo-yo again and the food obsession returned. It was horrible. Even if I wasn't eating I was obsessing. It takes so much energy. I am much kinder to myself now when I start to obsess about food. It's almost laughable as I can hardly eat very much at all. However, the thoughts are sometimes there. I now can ask myself, with interest, what I am afraid of. If the harsh voices emerge , I pay attention and change my inner dialogue. This is a process. The older I get the more I seem to accept myself. Life may have been difficult for a long time, but I don't need to continue to self abuse with food. I am doing better since the revision with GERD. I am now taking only 1-2 PPI a day. I still stay away from spicy foods and anything with a tomato base. I hope to be able to go off all medications some day. Hope you are going well.
  6. 3 points
    ktallon

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    NSV for me i went shoe shopping yesterday for the first time in about 2 years. I have been maintaining under my goal weight for a few months now. I realized i have lost so much weight that i actually had to shop in the kids section for shoes. Woot woot thats a lot of shoe sizes lost considering just 2 years ago i was wearing a size 10 in womans.
  7. 3 points
    Such an important message for those in the early stages of considering surgery. My Doctor was really good at explaining this to me. I also spoke with some of his past patients for mentoring before committing to the procedure. Surgery is a fantastic catalyst and motivator, but it's not a magic pill. It CAN jumpstart a change in your life, but at the end of the day, it's you who changes your life. And that's a lot more empowering when you think about it.
  8. 3 points
    Kio

    still here!

    Hey guys, just letting you all know I'm out of surgery and back home. Also on the very good drugs. I'm having more pain than I did from my RNY, actually - with that I never got the collar-bone/shoulders gas pain everyone described, but with this one I'm definitely having a bunch of it. The doc said surgery could not have gone better, they got it all out in one piece (which doesn't always happen) and there was definitely one big stone about the size of a marble/ given size and shape they're sure that's what has been causing my pain. So crossing fingers that this WAS the cause, and I'll be better in a couple of days!
  9. 3 points
    Res Ipsa

    How is this possible?

    @Nana Trish It is really wonderful to hear that you are doing better! An occasional English muffin, bagel or muffin is totally fine for those of us (like you and me) at maintenance. You can even slather it with some butter or cream cheese. Indeed, almost any food is fine for occasional consumption in the maintenance diet, as a part of an overall healthy and balance diet, as long as that food does not make you dump.
  10. 3 points
    cinwa

    How is this possible?

    Geoff (Res Ipsa) is bang on as usual Trish. You will work back up to being able to eat and drink as you did pre this hiccup. I know from my multiple surgeries post-WLS that even a short spell of just liquids really affected my ability to consume much of any food but I was advised that if nothing else, drink protein shakes (made with milk to increase the calories). It takes time though and the one thing I would tell you is not to worry - that never helped. If it's any help, at one point I was down in the underweight category and was fretting about it but my surgeon said it wasn't unusual post-surgery. Just to do my best (especially with the protein drinks and milk).
  11. 3 points
    Res Ipsa

    How is this possible?

    Your current 20.3 BMI is still in the normal range, so there is no reason to panic. Just do your best all day long to get protein, calories and liquids into your body. Your stomach should return to normal soon, and then you can increase your calorie intake if you want to gain a few pounds back. We are here to support you.
  12. 2 points
    lightenupwoman

    Coming up on 5 years!!

    Ok I didn't feel like doing hair and make up so whatever.
  13. 2 points
    Aussie Bear

    Restriction after 18 months

    I can generally only eat around 100-150g protien, so two eggs, or two chicken wings, half a scotch fillet steak, maybe two thin sausages, one hamburger etc....I think you get the measure from that. I also eat probably around a cup of vegetables. If I eat the veggies first then I'll get the meat in, but if I eat the meat first then I can't always fit the veggies in. I'm RNY though, and we are different to you sleevers because we don't have to wait for the pyloric valve to open so out food releases into the intestine. If your still feeling good restriction then take that as the reward for having good portion control.
  14. 2 points
    Am 2 years out - in general do NOT have hunger pangs - and I only get hungry in one of two circumstances: - True hunger where I've not eaten in a long time. - If I am foolish enough to eat a lot of carbohydrates and no protein/fat - I get hungry a few hours later. I think is part of the carbohydrate-induced metabolic cycle of low-> high insulin In other words, am just like @Aussie Bear!
  15. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Restriction after 18 months

    Tracy, I don't sense that my post-VSG stomach is much different now (2 years) than it was at 6 months or so. I cook an amount of food for dinner most nights that is at my limit for being full, since I often don't finish it: typically 50 g of farro, 50 grams of lentils, with 300 g of chicken broth, some sauteed garlic and maybe some defatted sausage or hamburger meat - am sure it is less than 2 cups (500 cc) by volume. I'm 6' 2+" inches, not 5'6". At this point I remain a cheap date by food volume standards!
  16. 2 points
    Kim M

    Where it all began

    I am talking about my regain. i remember the lie I told myself the first time. I could have a blueberry muffin. Just one. However, if it was okay why did I feel I couldn't eat it in front of anyone. And so the lies began. Be it lies of omission to others, and lies to myself that I could stop the next day. Each day I told myself the same lie. I stopped getting on the scale...I knew my pants were getting tight. Then there was the ability to eat more at meals which I did. The grazing on carbs in-between my healthy looking meals. Sometimes I was too sick to eat my healthy meals. I would complain I was gaining weight too ashamed to admit the reason why. I never ate in front of people. The denial was so great that it didn't matter if I ate in front of people, because I was gaining weight. I suppose I could have come here and confessed my insanity, but I felt powerless to stop. I didn't want anyone to know what a failure I had become. I could have done a lot of things but I choose to continue on a self destructive path. The reason I am writing this today is because I walked into that store today and looked at the muffins. I wanted one. I even tried to justify that it would be okay to have one. I thought of the difficult week I have had and that I deserved some comfort. I know sitting here writing this knowing that eating muffins is not self care. Yes it has been a tough week. I had a car accident, I was coming from a wake and I was in physical pain from the accident. All true but all excuses. I am writing this for me but also for all those caught in the cycle of compulsive eating. I do understand your pain and suffering. I don't want you to regain and feel the shame and guilt that I felt. I don't want you to feel the self loathing of feeling powerless. I want to end by saying there is hope. I am in a better place. Today I didn't believe the lie. Today I knew I had choices. Today I choose to pass by the blueberry muffin and get what I needed for my dinner and come home. I choose to come here. I read some posts and replied to give support to others. I then thought I should write this. Maybe it is cathartic for me which is okay. I need help sometimes. I also hope that anyone who is struggling might read this and know that you have a choice. It is not always easy to do what is in our best interest. What i have learned again and again is feelings are just that. I don't have to act on them and make things worse. Sending love to all those in need,,,including myself.
  17. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    Thanks, Jen ❤️ I'm being very gentle with my pouch, and giving it what it wants and needs right now. I've put 5 pounds back on, thank goodness I even got some sleep last night!!!
  18. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    Noooo, CJ...I never expected, nor wanted, to see 125 on the scale again, lol. It was stark raving fear seeing that on the scale for me. Not that that amount is a horribly low number, because it isn't. I've just found my happy place hovering between 140-145. I feel like I look sickly at this weight. I was 130 this morning, so it is going back in the right direction. I am taking good care of myself, thank you so much!! Getting stronger every day, and closer to normal eating
  19. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    I'm doing better today, @Cheesehead...thanks!!! I eat weird cut up sandwiches like that, lol. When hubby takes me to PT or to the doctor...all of which are almost 40 minutes from home...we like to stop at The Healthy Living Market for lunch. He gets whatever, and I generally get a 4 ounce wrap (I'm assuming they don't include the weight of the actual wrap in that, lol). Turkey, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo. But we all know how dense those wraps are (these are not the same low carb wraps I eat at home, I wish they could make my sandwich on that ). So, I will take 1/2 of the sandwich, strip all the meat and cheese off of it, and put it on the other half of the wrap. AFTER tearing all of the EXTRA wrap off. Then I eat about 3 bites on the wrap, which tastes so good. Of course I start getting full after that, so I pull the meat and veg off the rest of the wrap and eat it with a fork and knife. Every time, lol. I'm quite a comical sight to watch eat at that place. Could I eat more of the wrap? Probably. But that means less protein, and I don't do well with less protein. So I just have a few bites of a "real" sandwich, then poof...turn it back into bariatric...hahaha. I sure hope you enjoyed your chicken sandwich!! ❤️
  20. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    Thank you, @Res Ipsa!!! I actually did put a small amount of butter and some peanut butter on the muffin. It tasted like the best thing in the world to me, lol. I do occasionally eat some type of bread product, when the mood strikes. I'm not afraid to allow something like that once in a while, like I was right after reaching goal. I know now that a muffin or a slice of bread instead of my usual low carb wrap isn't going to make me gain all of my weight back. It's hard to make the transition in your brain when you first start to maintain, but once you realize that it's still all about choices, and just become smart about it-like not continuing to eat something that causes cravings, but allowing the occasional food item in that doesn't make you crave (or dump)-it just works. I was terrified of maintenance in the beginning, but now it's just regular life. And when I'm not sick, I like it... a lot!
  21. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    Thanks, Tracy I will have bread or rolls, etc., now and then. If I feel like having it once in a while, I do...I just make sure I eat protein with it. My weight before getting sick had been stable for months, so I'm really not too worried about it...I just know how the words "English muffin" can cause a gasp on the forum, lolol. I think your half bagel sounds yum, and there definitely is nothing wrong with it! Once I started maintaining, I had to add a certain amount of carbs back in just to stop losing. And I personally believe that there is a big difference between adding in a little bread here and there, and trying to "get away with something". I think what I've been doing works for me, and once I'm back to 100% I will continue on with my normal maintenance diet. Which I'm hoping will be by the end of the week, but TRUST ME when I say I'm not rushing it. I do not want to make myself sick again!!
  22. 2 points
    tracyringo

    How is this possible?

    Glad you turned that corner and are feeling better. There is nothing wrong with eating an English muffin once in awhile, especially when you are at or below goal ! I eat a half bagel with cream cheese, avocado and, tuna on occasion and I see nothing wrong with this.
  23. 2 points
    cinwa

    How is this possible?

    Good to hear that you've turned the corner Trish. And as far as the English muffin is concerned, you won't get any arguments from me because after a bout of not being able to eat much of anything, you have to go with whatever your pouch will handle.
  24. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    That’s so good to know, @tracyringo!! I’m so sorry to hear that you were that sick, but very happy to hear that you were also able to gain your weight back ❤️ Thanks!!
  25. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    @cinwa, It is actually a huge help to know that something similar happened to you, and now you are back to a normal weight. I have been able to drink 22 ounces of protein shake(s) today so far, and even some crackers. It is such a relief! I’m going to try some yogurt in a little while, and if I can tolerate that, I will try some cottage cheese for my dinner. If not, I’ll just do more protein drinks for today. I’m definitely not going to push it and make myself sick again though...that’s for the birds Thank you!! ❤️❤️❤️
  26. 1 point
    Aussie Bear

    Restriction after 18 months

    That's why they say dense protien first. That tends to fill the pouch and hang around for a bit. Other stuff though....well for me at least.....it's straight through into the intestine. I'm unsure though if or how my revision makes me different. I was told I'd have a smaller pouch by necessity, but to compensate for that my opening to the intestine would be larger. I've only over-eaten (maybe under-chewed) once.....that was last year on Christmas Eve....oh the pain!!!! I vowed never do do that again even though it was purely accidental. A couple of days later I felt the same pain with just my morning latte in my stomach when I took my vitamins. I'm gathering from what I've since learned that the pouch becomes very irritated and swollen when it's limits have been tested and it's wise to return to a liquid only diet for a few days to let it calm down....given for me the next day was Christmas Day that was never going to happen anyway, and I probably just made matters worse!!! I manage my food volume by dishing up the correct amount for me in tbe first place, and no going back for more. Eating out is a bit more difficult, but I do find that by eating more slowly than others, by the time they finish what's on their plates, I'm pretty much done..... so just get my plate removed with theirs. That way I also don't hold up their other courses. I also can't throw up after a meal. I've always assumed that's because the food has already passed out of the stomach pouch and into the intestine. A surgeon, not my own, recently told me that is most likely the reason.
  27. 1 point
    lightenupwoman

    Coming up on 5 years!!

    No seriously. I looked under weight. Plus I have a big head and it made my head look even bigger. Thank you for the compliments!
  28. 1 point
    Andra

    Hi

    I’m pre op and going through pre op phase. I have second dietician appt on Monday. I’m trying for a gastric sleeve this summer.
  29. 1 point
    Anita62

    Body changes

    That is so cool!!! Is it a one size fits all suit?
  30. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    How is this possible?

    Hey Trish sorry you have been under the weather with all this, and have now gained some weight back. ... and lack of sleep is so very draining. You still on track for the surgery on your other knee? Best to be in the best shape...
  31. 1 point
    Aussie Bear

    How is this possible?

    Great to read things are looking up again for you @Nana Trish
  32. 1 point
    CheeringCJ

    How is this possible?

    Good for you.....you’ll be strong and healthy for that new knee!
  33. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    How is this possible?

    The art of dissecting a sandwich. I usually get funny looks when I open the wrap and dump it on my plate, lol! glad you are feeling better!
  34. 1 point
    Wow, I didn't know there were such drastically different opinions on the lap band! My best friend got the procedure in 2016 and had a lot of benefits from lap band surgery. Like with everything, each person will have their own reaction to the procedure. I'm so happy for those of you who have had success!
  35. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    Thats exactly how I felt about it, @cinwa. I haven't had an English muffin since last Mother's Day, lol, and it truly was the only thing that sounded good! And it was! I put some peanut butter on it, so at least I got a bit of nutrition too, but I enjoyed that muffin more than than you can imagine I figured most of us here have had something similar happen at some point, where the normal foods actually couldn't be tolerated for a short time, and would completely get this. I did much better yesterday, tolerating foods. I had an egg which (breadless turkey sausage and cheese on frittata "rolls") for breakfast, soup for lunch (because the turkey and cheese I had planned to try actually did make me nauseated just thinking about it), and I ate eggs for dinner. I had 2 yogurts and one protein shake for snacks through the day. The weight is already slowly coming back, so I'm a happy camper right now. Just have to work on getting my strength back. I can't believe how much this took out of me!!
  36. 1 point
    CheeringCJ

    How is this possible?

    Wow, @Nana Trish, that is amazing, unless you don’t want that, in which case it must seem frightening. Glad you are starting to turn the corner for the good though. Take care of yourself! (((Hugs)))
  37. 1 point
    Cindy Lou Who

    How is this possible?

    I'm here to support you too, @Nana Trish! Hugs to you! How are you feeling this morning? I bet every day, your stomach swelling will go down and things will get easier. One thing my surgeon told me to do to add calories was to add avocado, banana, and/or peanut butter to my protein shake (which I do in the blender). Keep us posted how you are doing. <3
  38. 1 point
    tracyringo

    How is this possible?

    I got sick back in Jan and my weight dropped also,7 lbs in a week, but as soon as I started feeling better and eating a little I started gaining 1 1/2 lbs per day or every other day. It is shocking to see your weight plummet like that though I am sure.
  39. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    How is this possible?

    I’m trying not to panic, @Res Ipsa, I truly am. I’m praying this resolves itself in the next day or two, because if I’m still dropping weight later in the week, when I have my pre op clearance appointments for my knee, they won’t clear me. I had to reschedule the surgery from March 20th to April 3rd as it is, because I was in the hospital with this stomach thing and missed my pre ops for the 20th. If I can stop losing, I’m not going to freak out over how much I’ve lost. I know I’ll be able to gain some back once my appetite returns. It just feels like it’s never going to. As usual sir, thank you so very much for your support!! You know how much it means to me that you’ve got my back ❤️
  40. 1 point
    tracyringo

    Where it all began

    This is a great post Kim. Glad you are doing better now. How far out were you when you started to regain and did you make it to goal before you started regain? How is the GERD now since you had your revision?
  41. 1 point
    Sounds like you need to log everything you're eating and drinking, print out your logs and visit your dietician.
  42. 1 point
    Thanks for this, @Cheesehead! This is a situation I hadn't thought of so haven't prepared myself yet. What to do if someone come out and asks if I'd had WLS? I've already decided that, at least for now, I am only telling my husband, sons, and my four closest girlfriends (whom I've had for over 40 years.) Everyone else, when they ask what I'm doing to lose weight, I tell I'm attending Weight Watchers meetings, which I am. BUT, what if someone comes out and asks me point blank if I'd had WLS? Hmmm. Better prepare for this before it happens, or I'll stammer along and have no choice in the matter!
  43. 1 point
    CheeringCJ

    Body changes

    That is awesome to visualize! And nooooooo, don’t spend the money on $60 jeans yet....go to a thrift store because it WILL change and you WILL go down again!
  44. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    Body changes

    Is that thing an actual suit you wear?!? Or is it like a virtual thing that you type your measurements into, etc? I DEFINITELY suggest waiting until you are at goal before spending $60 for a pair of jeans, but this thing is pretty cool. You might even want to wait for a couple of months after you hit your goal weight to shell out good $$ for clothes, because it takes your body time to settle, and redistribute, and your size can (and will) still change after you reach goal. I've been maintaining for almost a year now, and some of the clothes I bought at the weight I was just at, up until my knee surgery, are too big now. Pain in the a$$? Yep...but what a good problem to have!!
  45. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    200 pounds...gone!

    Thank you, @Brattykid! ❤️ I am very proud of what I've accomplished through my WLS Although, I'm about 5-6 pounds under my comfort zone right now, lol, it's still VERY COOL to say that I have lost a whole person with a BMI of 32.5 (at my height) from my body!
  46. 1 point
    Cheesehead

    Body changes

    That is so cool! Love to see the shrinkage
  47. 1 point
    I think most of us here researched continuously, so I feel I was as prepared as I could be. Although I do know some people have depression afterwards because they can no longer eat the kinds and amounts of food they use to eat ect… I myself have no issues and am very happy I had the surgery.
  48. 1 point
    I agree with the others. I'm every day grateful for how much better my life is in EVERY aspect! My relationships, my mood, my confidence, everything is just easier and better. The only sentence in the article I could relate to was: "This sudden surge of attention can make you feel vulnerable and exposed. " It's only after a week like I had last week where I travelled and saw a bunch of people that I hadn't seen in many months. So, all at once, I got alot of comments about my appearance, and that did make me feel vulnerable and exposed. But in every day life where someone says something every once in awhile, it's fine. I got a little stressed because for a week, I kept having to face those surprised looks and conversations every day. But I guess it would also be really weird to lose 100+ pounds and no one say anything!
  49. 1 point
    Agreed with the above. I don't relate to that article at all. My relationship technically changed, but I had been strongly considering divorce for two years before surgery, so even though I divorced after I had surgery, it was a long time coming for reasons completely unrelated to my weight loss and WLS.
  50. 1 point
    BrittBritt

    Very little weight loss

    The majority of your meals should be all protein. What I was taught 4 oz of lean protein is your meal, any extra room can be filled with non-starchy veggies. I by no means am an expert but here is kind of a sample of what my days look like: Breakfast: 1 egg with 1 serving turkey sausage- small amount of cheese Lunch- "Salad": 2-3 oz protein (ham/turkey/chicken), 2 oz of mixed nuts/dried fruit, small apple and small amount of spinach leaves. Dinner: 4-5 oz lean protein (chicken/fish mostly) with side veggie (all though i have been known to only eat protein at dinner) I would think you are consuming more carbs than you think, but i do seriously caution you from comparing your weight-loss to others. There is no gauge to say yes you are losing correctly or you aren't. We all started at different places/weights with completely different situations. And to be quite honest, we sometimes don't end up where we imagined. Would I like to weigh less? YES! ALWAYS! But I have hit a point now where I am losing sizes/inches but not pounds, and that can be a huge blow when you are working really hard. But I have to stop and remind ask myself- am I eating the way I should? Am exercising? And if the answer is honestly yes to both, I know I am doing all that I can, and I have a completely different life than I did before! Always take a moment to look back on where you started- looking at pictures from before can be a HUGE help, and always remember... it may not be exactly where you want to be, but it is a whole lot better than when you started