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About amandr

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  • Birthday September 11

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    Richmond, VA
  • Interests
    Reading, hiking, adventuring, exploring, travel, cooking
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Brennan Carmody
  • Hospital
    Bon Secours St. Mary's
  • Height (ft-in)
  • Start Weight
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. amandr


    Absolutely not. It was the first and biggest mistake I've made and I do not intend to try again any time soon.
  2. amandr

    Confused about meals

    My doctor's office told us to stick with the 30-minute rule during that phase, I think it was more to get into the habit of it more than necessity. It wouldn't hurt to get used to it but I'm sure you'll be fine if you're getting everything down okay.
  3. amandr


    So, at 3.5 weeks out I went to a festival at a brewery (we have 1,000 breweries in Richmond and that's basically the main thing to do each weekend). I knew I was only going to try a single sip because I knew I was way too early out of surgery to be drinking much of anything. At the most ever pre-op I would drink 1 maybe 2 beers tops, so I had no intention of going overboard. but I wanted to see how my sleeve would react to it since I was having an easy time of everything else. MAJOR NO NO. I took the smallest little sip of a brown ale and I immediately felt restriction and the carbonation was way too much. I gave it to my husband and didn't try anything else. So yeah. Lesson learned. I don't recommend it.
  4. amandr


    I am 4 weeks out and I just asked my doctor about this same thing yesterday because I had some major confusion about this. I was getting anxiety if I was eating too many or too few calories and I wanted some guidance. Echoing what others have said, this is my doctor who is telling me what to do based on my personal medical progression in their program--all of which can differ from yours, so you really should check in with your dietician or doctor rather than take any of our experience as gospel. I am eating currently between 500-700 calories a day, I was told this is a good range for where I am now and as long as I was getting 60-80g protein and try to limit carbs to 30g net/day then calories don't matter as much. I feel like I'm achieving those goals at my 500-700 calorie range. My advice is to 1. Listen to your doctors 2. Listen to your body 3. Stick with your nutrition plan. If you're eating outside of what those 3 things tell you, then maybe you need to tweek some things here or there. Best of luck!
  5. Quick update as yesterday was my 1-month post op date and I just had a check-up at my surgeon's office. I'm 20lbs down from my surgery weight of 250, 31lbs down from when I started my 2-week pre-op diet. I am in a bit of a stall right now and I've been sitting at 230 for about 4-5 days now. It's frustrating but at the same time I know I'm doing what I should be doing and it won't last forever. My doctor said I'm doing great so I will take that and go with it. I joined a new gym today as I just got cleared for full-on exercise and not just walking (yay!). Hopefully I'll be able to break this stall with some more intense workouts. Other than that I'm doing great! I'm so happy I did this and even though I'm not losing as much as I would like during this first month, I'm still really proud of myself and I am so excited for what's to come. NSVs so far are mostly clothing related. As I've been able to wear some super cute clothes that I bought in the past that were too small, but I hung onto the hope that I would one day be able to fit into them....well now is the time!
  6. Thanks for the suggestions!
  7. Hey everyone. I got sleeved a week and one day ago and I've been doing really well. I've gotten all my protein and fluids in each day and have lost 15 lbs since surgery already. One weird thing that happened to me though is that about 5 days post op I got crazy itchy hives on my forearm randomly ( I do not have allergies) and the bumps have not left for three days now. Did anyone have this happen? I am going to ask my doctor at my follow up appointment next week but it seems strange.
  8. amandr

    Amandr....thinking of you and your surgery today

    Also thank you!!! I'm so excited to finally be on the other side. I appreciate all the support!
  9. amandr

    Amandr....thinking of you and your surgery today

    I'm feeling pretty good. Still have a lot of gas, and while it's not causing pain, it is making it difficult to sip my liquids constantly. I'm really going to focus and try to find a sweet spot for amount and timing. I'm up walking around great, no problem there. Just really hoping to get all my water and protein in today as much as possible!
  10. amandr

    Amandr's surgery date!

    Thank you all! I'm so excited!
  11. Day 5 of pre-op diet: I've lost 8lbs in 5 days, which is crazy to think about! I am still feeling the tummy grumbles like woah, especially between lunch and dinner, but all said and done I'm doing great and this is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I am getting really excited and anxious since my surgery date is just around the corner. I think I'm ready, but it's not going to feel real until I'm sitting in patient registration. 

    1. CheeringCJ


      isn't it amazing how fast you drop it off?  Wait til you have surgery and it just continues!!!!  I've lost 53.5# since just under 4 mo ago when I started my preop diet!! You got this, Amanda!

  12. Day 2 of pre-op diet: Things are going well. I am hungry but it's manageable! I'm drinking as much water as possible and sticking to my doctor's plan. Haven't lost any weight so far, but it's only been a day...

    1. CheeringCJ


      good for you!!!!  it gets even easier as it goes you'll start dripping weight and that gets pretty exciting too (tho I see you have been losing weight so you've already experienced that fun!)  

  13. amandr

    VSG - AliPat


    Good luck! You're in there right now! Congratulations on getting there!
  14. Date got pushed back one day due to surgery schedule conflict, but 8am on 3/1/18 I'm going in!

    1. Nana Trish

      Nana Trish

      At least it was only 1 day :) You're almost there!!

    2. amandr
  15. Congrats! Did you put it on the Feb calendar here?  

    Too bad they couldn't have done it when they did your GB surgery!  At least you know what to expect this time around.  My NP said the VSG is actually easier than the GB surgery!  

    You're already doing great w/ your weight loss, so you got this! 

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    2. CheeringCJ


      sorry, I didn't mean Gastric Bypass....I meant Gall Bladder surgery...didn't you have that recently?

    3. amandr


      OH! Goodness. Yes! I'm sorry to be assumptive, there's just so many acronyms getting thrown around here sometimes that I lose track! I did have it right after Thanksgiving. 

    4. CheeringCJ


      no, I didn't even think about Gastric Bypass, which of course it would be on a weight loss surgery board! haha!  I was just too lazy to write out gall bladder....LOL!