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About SkinnyMinnie123

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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I actually wrote basically this same post right before I had my surgery (6 years ago). My Dr said it always fails and he had a patient that would put lasagna in a blender to get it in with not being able to eat solid food, etc etc. And that if I did this I better not come to see HIM with any complications because he didn't like that these butcher surgeons would do this and then expect him to clean up the mess. It also really upset me. Bottom line is, you've done the research, you know what you're getting in to. You haven't taken this step lightly. There are ALWAYS going to be horror stories out there. But they are the minority. The simple facts are that staying obese IS deadly. No ifs ands or buts. The surgery MIGHT be deadly or dangerous, but the chances are very slim. And research supports that your chances of losing significant weight on your own and maintaining it are slim to none. It's proven that the best chance for long term success is WLS. That Dr is an uniformed idiot with a biased opinion. Just like mine. Just like a LOT of people. The best thing you can do is prove them wrong.
  2. Not really. I've always felt like my surgeon screwed up on me a bit. My husband had surgery a month later and still has way more restriction than I have. I can out eat him by quite a bit.
  3. You don't. You can't. You just give them a social club laugh and try to change the subject
  4. Thank you guys so much for your input! I've been trying to stick to 800-900 calls for the past week, but find it nearly impossible. Not having any restriction makes it hard, as does having a two year old that I always have to taste what she's eating or clean up that last bite, etc etc. So I guess that kind of makes my original post moot. I have been sticking to about 1000-1200 though. I went back and looked at my calorie logs from about 6-9 months post op and was surprised to find that I was actually eating about 1200ish calories then. So I guess it's good to know that I can lose weight on that amount. I'm so bummed about where I'm at. In my head, I know I'm only 20lbs more than my lowest weight. And I felt, and looked,AMAZING at that weight (my cholesterol, BP, and blood sugar were also good) But it just seems almost impossible to lose that 20lbs. I've been trying for nearly two years. I'll do really well for a few weeks, then fall off the wagon and just go crazy eating all sorts of terrible things. I mean, for good or bad, I can basically eat however I want and maintain at about 175... Which isn't a horrible weight, all in all. So part of me wants to just throw in the towel and accept this as my fate. But I don't look good, I don't feel good, and my health isn't good. At this point, I know consistency is the key though. That's what the surgery gives you that I never was able to give myself before. I'm really trying to recommit to that idea. It's just hard. As hard as it was pre surgery... And I obviously was never successful on my own.
  5. Hello- I used to be so active on this forum, but haven't been on here in years, so I'll just give a quick intro before I get to my question. I had VSG nearly 6 years ago. I started out at 230 (5'6" female). I hit my lowest weight about 10 months post op at 148, but really only stayed there about a month. But I leveled off and 155 for about a year. Then my weight crept up to 165 the following year. While I would have liked to be back at 148, I was pretty happy at that weight. I was able to eat basically whatever I wanted. I felt little to no restriction at that point which I didn't like, but managed to maintain for nearly 4 years. Then I got pregnant. I actually did really well while pregnant, I didn't end up with gestational diabetes (even though I was diabetic before the sleeve) and my blood pressure remained low too. I only gained about 28 lbs and the week after my kiddo was born I was back down to 171. Unfortunately, THAT'S when I gained weight. I put on 15lbs post baby, up to 186. Two years later, I've gotten down to 172, but I really need to lose a lot more. I really should be in the 130s. Although I would love to be "skinny", I'm more concerned about my health. Now that I have a kiddo, I want to live as long as possible. My cholesterol is through the roof and I really can't take medication for it, so I need to get as thin as possible. Anyway, my question is this: During the initial weight loss after the sleeve, I meticulously counted my calories. I usually ate between 600-800 cals a day. Sometimes getting as high as 1000, but not that often. So now that I'm 6 years out, is there any reason I shouldnt be able to return to eating that few calories? I don't have the restrictive feeling anymore, which sucks, but I feel sure that I can eat in that range. I just get freaked out by all the diet and nutrition guides that warn against eating so few calories. But I mean... The surgery wasnt anything magical about how my body used calories, right? It made it easier to eat so little, but at the end of the day it was using the calories the same way then that it does now don't ya think? I'd love to hear what others think on this subject. Thanks so much for tuning in!
  6. I had my surgery on a Weds and went back to work the following Weds. Honestly I could have gone back the following Mon. I felt totally fine after just a few days.
  7. I'll have to give it a try... we've only got ONE where we live and it's rather inconvenient to get to, but if I drive home from work the right way I can stop by. I actually try to avoid that store cause they've got SOOOO many good and very naughty treats! But maybe I can discipline myself to JUST walk to the yogurt section. No looking at anything else!
  8. I've never tried adding anything to yogurt. I've seen a lot of people say that they do that, but I've never tried it. It seems like it would make it gritty or something. Texture is a BIG thing with me...
  9. I've been too chicken to try Fage yet. It's so much more expensive and I worry that it will be nasty. I had a carton of it my hand today, but ended up setting it down. I keep trying to work up the nerve to try plain greek yogurt, but haven't gotten that far yet.
  10. I'm sitting here knoshing on Chobani Vanilla bean. I have to admit, my fav has been Dannon Oikos Vanilla. But after reading this I've decided to switch to Chobani. I think I will get used to it, but might have a period of mourning over my Oikos.
  11. I know a lot of us use Greek yogurt as a staple in our diets, but I've long suspected that not all Greek yogurts are created equal and I've grown to be a more suspicious consumer since I've started this weight loss journey. There are a lot of companies that jump on the "healthy" bandwagon but really are deceiving us. I found this article that ranks the different Greek yogurt varieties that may be of interest to some: Let me know what you think
  12. Although my situation isn't nearly as drastic as yours, I can certainly empathize. We're in the process of selling our house so that we can get on better financial ground. I'm not happy about it. Although things should be great after the sale goes through, I'm not looking forward to the change. I love my house and I'm comfortable here. I had intended this to be my forever house. I have no idea what the future holds and that's scary. I don't know what the answer is... for me I try to focus on the positives as much as possible. As Dorey from Finding Nemo says, "just keep swimmin'". I'm with you tho, even the positives don't feel worth it sometimes. I guess it just boils down to change being hard. But, generally, things have a way of working themselves out. I read a quote the other day that helped me a bit. I've heard it before, but it was a good reminder. "Things will be ok in the end. If they're not ok, it's not the end" Good luck! Hopefully it's the start of something great and you'll look back and say "if we hadn't have moved, x x and x wouldn't have happened".
  13. Oh man.. I used to work in the tax industry (for the big guys themselves... That three letter agency people are scared of... may I emphasize the USED TO in case anyone wants to yell at me) Needless to say, I DO NOT envy you. April is the worst time of the year for people in your profession! Well... that and Oct 15th...
  14. Ugh, my heartburn's been WAY worse post op than it was before. Prilosec (generic is called Omeprozole) It's the only thing that saves me. Insurance covers it for fairly cheap for me, but it's also pretty cheap at wal-mart and/ or Costco. Look for the generic name if you buy it at wal-mart or Costco.. same thing but cheaper than Prilosec OTC