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About latina63

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  • Birthday 06/10/1963

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    New Orleans LA
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Michael Thomas
  • Hospital
    Crescent City Surgical Centre
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Yep it bugs me to no end to see all of these "preachy" keto people on YouTube that judge you if you eat carbs yet they drink?? Hello? That's carbs too LOL and they sneak in real quick...keep up the good work!!
  2. So sorry to hear that!! It is definitely an "unsaid" problem with VSG but I do know that more is being said about it now. I had it too and was on omeprozole 20mg and had to go up to 40mg, per day. It has it's own side effects as it is not a medicine meant to take on a long term basis. I switched to Braggs apple cider vinegar and have been off the meds for about 2 months and so far no gerd! It's a pain for sure, good luck on your revision!! I don't regret my surgery at all either :-)
  3. I guess I'm speaking from my own personal experience. I CAN'T eat a lot, it starts to hurt and becomes very uncomfortable...I guess if you still have the food addiction you will eat past the pain but for me...I can not. Your stomach will always be smaller even if you stretch it (which is odd in my opinion), there is a lot of discussion on actually "stretching" your stomach, some drs say yes, others say would have to eat a LOT of food to stretch it out and I just don't see how?? Maybe if you eat heavy every 30 mins?? That seems a bit extreme...but I guess it can happen. Regain happens when our brain puts a halt to our "medical" starvation and starts to try to repair definitely makes it harder to lose weight but eventually it will catch up if we treat it right and not abuse it with junk. There is a "healthy" number for may not be the one I want but I guess my body knows best ESPECIALLY if you know you are doing right in your eating.
  4. The restriction will always be there and so that means that you will always have a tool to help you. My hunger is measured by the noises my stomach makes now at 3 1/2 years out. At first I would NEVER have hunger pangs and now I do on rare occasions. I'm "normal" now and that means that I eat like a normal small person would. As far as regain goes that is an individual thing, everyone has it, you control how much. Good luck
  5. 185 from 270??? That's amazing honey!! Sometimes we have to look at how far we've come and if we would be here WITHOUT WLS, pat yourself on the back on how far you've come and then start being self conscious about your choices and take it one day at a time and always remember, healthy is NOT number, who cares what the number is on the scale as long as you FEEL great and you know you are eating healthy 80% of the time. Kuddos to you
  6. Hello, I've done extensive study on what excessive dieting, yo yo dieting, WLS, etc.., does to the body, AKA yours truly. From WLS surgeons to non ones, nutritionists and just scientists who study the brain for obestity. Collectively what I've read is this, after ANY major weight loss, be it WLS or just watching calories, our bodies go thru a traumatic change, (medical starvation if WLS), keep in mind that our metabolism is already damaged from all the years of dieting. After a while, could be 2 years or 6 years, the brain tries to repair the body from starving and it seems no matter what we do (unless you go back to starving), it starts holding on to every pound and actually re-gain some....and this is where it gets hard...according to study if we eat healthy, not necessarily keto, (80% of the time) for about a year, our brains will find a number (it may be a number you don't like) that it is happiest at and will begin trying to "repair" the damage that it THINKS we have done. Remember healthy is NOT a number, it's a condition, being married to a man for 39 years who has NEVER been obese, I will say that his advice does NOT work! LOL Work SLOWLY and STEADILY every day to make good decisions but don't STRESS over it if you eat "bad" sometimes. I'm not perfect by no means, I am 3 1/2 years post op and TRY to maintain a 5-10 regain, it's NOT easy and gets so frustrating, but, it's my life and how my body does. I will say this, it's getting harder to just gain a lot of weight so I think I'm doing something right, fingers crossed :-)
  7. @cinwa, yes she is my beautiful daughter who just got married on the 4th! It was a lovely wedding for sure, glad that's done!! Whew! Lots of work for sure!!
  8. Checking in after being off for a while. I am now 3.5 yrs post op!! What??? Time flies for sure. I had regain in my 2nd year of about 15 lbs, then I lost 10 of that out of nowhere, and I have maintained for the last year. My maintenance range is 5-8 lbs and I think my body has settled there. I'm ok with that, I do not do keto due to other stomach issues, I cannot digest fat well so that puts keto out. I eat a balanced diet with minimal cheat foods. Life goes on and I am so grateful for the surgery, I will NEVER be overweight like I was before, that part of my life is over, I do walk 3 times a week. Healthy is not a number, I have finally learned that.
  9. And boy are there slider foods!! A lot of us didn't see that coming LOL....but...once you recognize what they are and learn to control them you are good...and everyone is different when it comes to how many carbs/protein/sugar, etc., you can have. Some have successfully kept their weight down on a weight watchers style which is basically a "balanced" diet, others like the low carb, or keto style, I prefer paleo or rather more "clean" eating with a minimal amount of processed foods and lots of veggies and fruits. Although I derailed for the holidays but still maintaining with about a 5 lb gain from my lowest. I am coming up on my 3 yr post op on the 15th!! Yikes! I can't believe it!
  10. Yep, look at your overall success. You just need to lose 60lbs to get where you were, that's not a lot, do it 5lbs at a time and TAKE your time, maybe take up a hobby or something else beside eating to help with your emotions, you can do it!!
  11. It's been 2 yrs and 6 months since VSG, just thought I would check in. My lowest weight was 159.9 and only stayed there for a hot minute, maintenance weight for me is 165 and I play around that number up and down a few pounds, totally happy and so is my surgeon. Best decision I ever made!

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  12. I always thought that meat was the only way for protein but that just is not the case. I will say that I love meat and have no problems but for some it is, there are so many protein options out there now that getting in your grams shouldn't be a problem. :-) research, research.....
  13. I may be wrong but I have noticed that the taller ones have this problem (losing too much) more than us short ones. I don't think I have ever seen a 5'-5'5 person have this issue unless you are just starving yourself to lose and I am on a ton of support sites. I am 2.5 yrs post op and play around with 5 pounds, I am 5'1, I will gain real quick if I just let myself go for a couple of weeks but to lose I would have to basically starve myself again and I am NOT going down that road again, I will just be happy and healthy where I'm at :-) I will clarify what I mean...some just lose too much and have to ADD calories to stop...that is NOT a problem that most of us shorter folks have.
  14. Ok so now it's working without me doing the new code...