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latina63

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About latina63

  • Birthday 06/10/1963

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    New Orleans LA
  • Age
    55

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Michael Thomas
  • Hospital
    Crescent City Surgical Centre
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-01
  • Start Weight
    231.5
  • Current Weight
    170
  • Goal Weight
    ??
  • Surgery Date
    1/15/15
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I'm 6.5 years out and I've gained back 20 lbs. For the life of me I can't hardly get a pound off! I guess my body likes it here because I have maintained here for the last 3 years and I'm ok with it!! The new study now shows that your lowest weight after surgery is just a side effect of the actual surgery! To maintain there you would have to eat that small amount of calories you ate to get there...which many will not do as it is VERY unhealthy, I try to stay within that 20lbs, give or take 5lbs. My restriction is still very good which I'm grateful for, I'm 58 years old so weight does not come off easy LOL.
  2. Not my lowest, not where I want to be, definitely not where I was!! No regrets at all #cruise2020
  3. @cinwa Oh my, if I only could be so lucky!! Saying that maybe for you it's hard so I will TRY to understand your dilemma LOL LOL. I can't go over 1500 or I will gain so it's a constant struggle for me so I have just accepted myself as a "thicker" Nana and momma!
  4. Unfortunately at our age (I'm 56), it is extremely hard to lose weight even without WLS. I'm 4.5 yrs post op and regained about 15 lbs from my lowest. I have finally just accepted that this is where I am maintaining. Dr. Matthew Wiener's videos have really helped me understand how it all works. Now...if you want to starve for the rest of your life you can lose but the minute we eat "normal" it all comes back. I can't do keto the rest of my life as it affects in other ways plus it's not a life diet (in my opinion). Saying that, I am EXTREMELY happy I got the surgery! I was obese all of my adult life and only DREAMED of weighing 175, my life goal was hoping to weigh 200 (HW 260). Would I love to weigh 160 again? Of course but I am not willing to starve to get there and I can't exercise due to health reasons. I do walk but that is not enough. Just menopause itself makes us gain weight. Acceptance is key to your happiness, find a realistic number and maintain there, you will be happier in the end...believe me take it from someone who knows. You look lovely in the pic!!
  5. 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!!
  6. 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 :-)
  7. 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 no..you 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 us...it 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 everyone...it 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 :-)
  11. @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!!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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!!
  15. 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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