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About ThinCVT

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    Horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking/rafting, hiking, Go Packers!
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Ariel Ortiz and Dr. Arturo Martinez
  • Hospital
    Obesity Control Center
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. So another mini update with good and bad highlights. After my OP I spent six weeks COMPLETELY off the bariatric wagon and hit a record 160 pounds! Up 20 pounds...... Whoa!! But I managed to do a carb cleanse and am back within sight (8 pounds) of my previous maintenance weight of 140. I really need to to take my own advice to heart -"Whatever you had to do to lose weight is pretty much what you need to do forever." It sucks but it's true. my BF and I have been getting out cross country skiing on the weekends, so that is helping with my motivation. Speaking of BF's, congratulations @Kim M !! That's so awesome for you. Mine surprised me with a promise ring for Valentine's Day. Actually 2 rings. after declaring his intentions of wanting to be with me forever....while out on a cross country ski trek, BTW..... we went to look for a ring (he wanted me to pick it out myself to make sure I liked it). The one I REALLY wanted was blue and white sapphires in a silver and rose gold setting. But I am a vet tech and my daily exposure to poop, pee, blood, pus, vomit and other grossness as well as numerous hand washings didn't bode well for such an intricate ring. So we settled for a lower profile, simpler emerald and white sapphire ring.....more practical but still very beautiful. Then, a week later, he surprised me with the other ring, telling me I deserve to be as sparkly as I want and could wear it when Im not at work. I might be almost 50 years old, but I feel like a silly teenager who's boyfriend just gave her his class ring ......that was SERIOUS love back in the day Thank you, everyone, for the well wishes. Good luck to all of you.
  2. Haven't been here for awhile, but since Im at my 4 year surgiversary I thought I'd check in. 80% of this post is completely plagiarized from last year's update but it gives a good recap of all 4 years.... Year 1 - the year of losing all of my excess weight (100 pounds), dozens of NSVs, and a new wardrobe. By far, the most exciting year. Even the month of liquids, 6 weeks of diarrhea and 2 insanely painful gallbladder attacks couldn't put a dent in my enthusiasm. It was all so new and fun and easy. Life was great and I was invincible! Year 2 - the year of finding out life still sucks no matter what size you are, losing my best friend to suicide, sinking into a deep hole of depression and finding that I could no longer rely on my old, alcohol and cigarettes. Just struggling to get through each day with really no desire to. Two more gallbladder attacks which I finally put an end to with a long overdue cholecystectomy. Surprisingly able to maintain my weight loss from the 1st year. Year 3 - the year of emotional healing (well, at least a start in that direction) with a grief therapist, testosterone replacement and an antidepressant. Finally able to crawl out the darkness into a somewhat bearable existence. My latest breakthrough is I actually said yes when asked out on a date about a month ago. Considering my introvert personality and swearing off relationships almost 20 years ago, this is an extraordinary step for me. We've been out 1/2 dozen times and I'm actually enjoying it. Year 4 - the year of falling in love, being blissfully happy and regaining 10 pounds (yikes!) I'm still with that guy that asked me out back in Oct 2016. Enjoying my first totally honest, mature relationship. Ironically, I've found being a good bariatric patient is harder in good times than in bad. I've got better things to do than think about protein, fluids, carbs and vitamin......everything has become less and less about surgery and weightloss and more and more about life. So my downfall this past year has been cocktails and chocolate. Took up the bad habit of consuming both on a daily basis. That, and a lot of donuts and muffins! But the good news is I have already dropped 5 of the 10 pounds I put on. As always, it just takes going back to basics..... drink more water, eat more protein and less carbs. My BF is great and jumped on the high protein/low carb bandwagon with me. Of course being a guy, he's dropped 20 pounds to my 5 (stupid boys). I have every confidence I will drop that last 5 pounds before 2018. Bottom line is successful WLS results is not rocket science. Whatever you had to do to lose weight is pretty much what you need to do forever. If you can't control sliders and trigger foods, they WILL lead to regain. If you don't make the psychological adjustments and permanently change your habits and behaviors, you WILL regain. It's totally up to you whether or not your surgery becomes just another failed diet. Don't be afraid to seek professional help with the mental side of it. Because as the years go on, that's what makes you successful, not how tiny your stomach is. Good luck to the newbies. Congrats to the veterans.
  3. I took my iPad, iPhone, Chargers, a book, tooth brush and toothpaste. Never touched the book. I wore the same loose fitting clothes to and from the surgical center as well as a hat so I didn't have yo brush my hair. Wore the gown, slippers and compression stockings they provided while there. Had a private room in a 6 room surgical center so noise was not a problem. I was there less than 24 hours, including preop tests, surgery and recovery, so I could have shown up with nothing and been fine.
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    The best thing I Found for me for regular BMs is insoluble fiber. Most of the fiber supplements out there are soluble fiber, which can actually make constipation worse. I add ground flax seed and apple pectin fiber to my Greek yogurt. Kashi Go Lean cereal cereal contains 12g insoluble fiber per serving. This cereal is actually pretty high in protein, too, so a 1/2 serving Kashi with 4oz milk would give you 6g insoluble fiber and 10g protein. Until I figured out the fiber thing, Milk of Magnesia always worked well. I'd take some at bedtime and always had results in the morning. Did this 2-3 times/week if I wasn't going on my own.
  5. Ditto to stephtay and Jabsie. I dropped 12 pounds below my goal weight and stabilized there about 10 months postop. Maintained easily for a couple years. The last 6 months have definitely proven more difficult. My weight wants to creep up if I'm not super diligent. I'm spending more time at the top of my range rather than the bottom. lately my carb intake and cravings have increased so my goal this week is to knock out the cravings and get back to the bottom of my range with a few days of liquid protein. So yes, I can still lose 3 1/2 years out, it just takes a little more work.
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    You could stay off the scale and you'd never know you were in a stall. I weighed myself so infrequently, (like 5 times in the first 4 months) I wasnt even aware of a stall unless it lasted a month. But even during my longest stall, I dropped a whole pant size, so no complaints here. If the numbers are going to stress you out, try counting NSVs to measure your progress instead. Those are the things I remember anyways....the day my rings fit (and then started falling off), the day I bought single digit size jeans, the day I quit taking pain meds for my knees and ankles, being able to cross my legs under a table, sitting in the doctors office with normal BP, etc.
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    Fortunately I had a very easy recovery. I told the anesthesiologist I always wake up from anesthesia very nauseous, so he said he'd take care of it. Whatever he did worked like charm! No nausea and also no pain..... never needed any narcotics. I went shopping the day after surgery and sightseeing with more shopping the day after that. Walked at least 2 miles both days. Travelled via plane day 3, drove myself five hours in a snowstorm day 4, plowed the driveway and fed the dogs and horses when I got home. Finally Rested day 5 (it was Christmas Day), got a haircut and did a little work from home day 6 and was back to work full time day 7. My only postop issues were fatigued abdominal muscles (like I'd done a thousand sit-ups), a bloated belly so II couldn't wear jeans or sleep on my tummy for two weeks and making sure I sipped protein shakes and other fluids every waking moment so I could meet goals. Good luck to you!
  8. I don't own a scale, so I've just got a couple weights from those first few months. I lost 22 pounds on my 16 day preop diet so that was a huge jump start, but probably contributed to my initial "slow" postop rate of loss. Day 11 - 0 pounds lost 6 weeks - 17 pounds lost 14 weeks - 25 pounds lost. So altogether, I had lost 47 pounds approximately 16 weeks after starting my preop liquid diet. IMHO, setting aggressive goals (like 60 pounds in 3 months) may be inviting disappointment and frustration. You should concentrate more on eating healthy, meeting protein and fluid goals, and most impirtant of all....learning new coping mechanisms, establishing new habits and creating a sustainable weight loss/maintenance lifestyle. The pounds will take care of themselves and rate of loss has zero impact on your long term success.
  9. You can mix it up as soon as you wake up and sip on it while you are in the shower, getting dressed, driving to work, etc.. I usually took 2-3 hours to drink my protein shakes during those first few months. Had one in the morning and one in the afternoon, sipping on them in between appointments. At 24-32oz and 20-40g protein each, they made it easy to hit both goals and anything I drank or ate in addition was just bonus. Used a variety of powders and torani syrups to invent new flavors. Rarely had the same kind twice in the same week.
  10. Drink on your way to work. But like others, I mostly had protein shakes for breakfast so the whole eating/drinking 30 minute thing wasn't an issue. I also work 10-12 hours with no breaks so a formal lunch is out of the question. I simply sipped protein shakes and fluids in between appointments, maybe squeezing in a piece of string cheese and eventually nuts, jerky and protein bars for daytime snacks. I never get an actual sit down, formal meal until the evening. Been dong it like this for over 3 years.
  11. I've been eating quest bars for years and only recently discovered the Oh Yeah One bars. They are a little on the sweet side for me, but when I am in the mood for something over the dge sweet, I really like the peanut butter pie, chocolate chip cookie dough and the seasonal pumpkin pie was really yummy!
  12. I went back to work after 7 days. I am a veterinary technician and work 10-12 hours/day on my feet, bending, lifting, squatting, kneeling, etc.. I had to limit my duties to accommodate my 20 pound lifting restriction for 3 weeks, and was pretty tired when I'd get home, but other than that I had no problems. Kept a good supply of protein shakes and other fluids at work to sip in between appointments since I was on liquids only for the first 18 days. I had wanted to take two weeks, but we got super busy and actually felt fine to go back to work (being a couch potato, binge watching Netflix for a whole week would have been fun, though ). I am also partners in the clinic, so no PTO, FMLA, etc for work = no pay and due to scheduling my surgery to correspond with the weekend and Christmas, I actually only missed 3 days of work.
  13. If you are getting in all your water, protein and vitamins then you are dong fine. I weighed exactly the same on day 11 as I did on surgery day. Don't know if I stalled at 3 weeks or not because I Didn't step on a scale again until I was 6 weeks out. please don't use the scale to judge your progress and definitely don't let it control your mood or motivation. Feel free to toss it in the back of your closet. Hell, I lost over 100% of my excess weight and I don't even OWN a scale! Just stick with the program and keep track of NSVs....after all, they are the reasons we had surgery.