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    St Luke's
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  1. Totally agree with @Jen581791! You're likely to have minimal loose skin and frankly, what is loose skin compared to obesity? There is also a surgical option to remove it. I freaked out also the weekend before my surgery. I started to think I hadn't tried hard enough. Then I looked online at the opinions of medical experts that I respect (David Katz MD out of Yale is great). I also reminded myself that my doctor who watched me lose and regain over 9 years is the one who suggested it. He told me the only regret his other patients that have had WLS have is that they didn't do it sooner. How's that for a testament? And guess what? I feel the SAME WAY! THE PROBLEM IS NOT YOUR WILLPOWER OR YOUR ABILITY TO BE CONSISTENT. The causes of obesity are multifactorial and it is rampant in the U.S. Dieting is doomed to fail you. I had a nutritionist tell me that she would not take me on as a client if I continued to diet. She has a great website that discusses why diets are the worst thing you can do if you are struggling with your weight (if interested google Jennifer McGuirk RD). This surgery is an incredibly powerful tool that will help you. As mentioned, fear is normal. But, keep reading our stories. This surgery has the power to change your life. And talk with your doctor about your fears. Good luck to you and stay in touch. This is a great place, keep coming back!
  2. Regarding the lack of consensus on post-op diets-each medical specialty in the US has a professional society that hosts annual conferences, bariatrics being no exception. You'll see their conference plans for 2017 on the ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons) website. These professional medical associations are the ones that offer accreditations to centers that meet certain standards, such as "bariatric center of excellence" and they also confer about recommendations and issue guidelines. Many of our docs are also "FACS"-Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. As you might have guessed, they also have annual conferences and cover topics such as bariatrics at those meetings, often as sub-specialty workshop topics. Ultimately, most physicians and surgeons balance their professional association guidelines with their own clinical judgement, which is based mostly on their clinical experience. There is more similarity in the surgeons' regimens than variation-we just tend to get excited or worked up over those that stray far from the norm. Also, keep in mind that surgeons in other countries are not part of ASMBS and therefore may not even be aware of those guidelines. There are international conferences as well but American docs prefer to follow American clinical trials, advances, recommendations and the like because they understand and trust where the information comes from.
  3. Your doctor will tell you what your protein goal is-usually between 60-90 (lower for women). The hair loss is a result of the surgical trauma the body experiences and really not preventable. Based on the hair's growth cycle, the loss usually lasts 1-3 months and regrows-a good solution is to go a bit shorter during this time. I found it comparable to what I experienced after each of my kids was born. Hitting your protein goals is important because it will help with your recovery, your general health and your weight loss. As for your skin, I wouldn't worry too much-I didn't notice anything but my skin being drier (it was also a cold winter). I added more moisturizer and as soon as I could, I added avocado and nuts to my diet. That was around 5 weeks post-op. I also use the patch for my daily vitamins which provides both biotin and vitamin E-those are supportive of hair, nail and skin health. I am betting you'll breeze through this-your attention to detail and curiosity are all signs of a compliant patient who follows the surgeon's guidelines and is very successful. Best wishes, keep us updated!
  4. I cannot remember what I used-the Vitamin Shoppe had SO many, but whatever it was, I didn't think it was so great as to recommend it. I might suggest asking for samples first before you invest in anything. I used it only twice-when I was on clears for a week and feeling sorry for myself, I mixed it into a Chinese take out chicken broth-it tasted like cream of chicken soup once I whisked it in. It was amazing the first time, so-so the second time but by the time I finished, I knew I'd never touch it again. Clears are a tough hurdle. I followed the advice I got on here: bite the bullet and keep your eyes on the prize. It will be over before you know it. If you are worried about protein intake, after any prescribed period of clears, I highly recommend Premiere Protein. It is reasonably priced, has 30 grams of protein per serving and comes in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and banana. Many of our fellow TTF'rs also enjoy it. Don't get me wrong-after 2 weeks of those shakes, 3 x day, the honeymoon was over and I can now only drink the chocolate! However, I do drink one almost every day for a meal and it helps me get a lot closer to my protein goals. Hope this helps!
  5. Just thought you might all get a kick out of this: My husband wondered if I would share my surgery with his parents and I gave him the same reasoning I provided above (some family members might be interested and could benefit from WLS), so if they asked, I would be happy to tell them. Of course, my mother in law has seen me 3 times since my surgery and has yet to mention my >70 lbs loss over less than 5 months. Gotta love it!
  6. Hi @ktallon! Agree with everyone's advice ^^ and I would bet that you're continuing to lose inches. I've read about a process that occurs following work outs which essentially causes your muscles to hold on to water, causing the scale to stay where it is. The small muscle tears that occur as a normal part of your workout (and which build your muscles up) cause some water retention and when the muscles also need to hold on to glycogen for repair, this causes additional water retention. This has happened to me, mostly with running, but I believe it's possible with most forms of exercise. Last, don't forget that even minor dehydration can cause water retention. So if possible, you may want to increase your H2O on work out days, even by 8 oz. Are you already tracking your progress by measuring inches or, less scientifically, but still inspiring, how your clothes fit? If not, measure your waist now and return to check that when these dreaded scale stalls happen. You're doing a great job and you WILL get there. And more importantly, you're implementing all the right lifestyle changes to STAY there once you arrive.
  7. Waisting

    The Reset

    Good luck to you, sounds like you're on the right track! Keep us posted!
  8. Hi Jen! Things are going well-I have officially left the period where I didn't want to eat (not due to loss of smell or taste, just incredible post op restriction). Now, at 10.5 weeks out, my problem seems to be dinner-it's when I typically serve myself the most significant meal of the day, by which I mean about 2 oz of protein and some veggies. It's rare that I don't feel crappy, if not nauseated by the time I give up. That feeling lasts about 30-40 minutes and then dissipates. I suspect that I am eating too many veggies BUT, if I eat the same meal,earlier in the day, I don't seem to have the same issues. Any wisdom from the experienced Sleevers around this dinner issue would be appreciated. Other thing I have noticed is that there are days I simply must eat a quarter or a half a piece of whole wheat bread. This is usually once or twice a week. It's a new thing-I did not care whether I ever ate bread again earlier on in my post-op phase. I will need to watch this like a hawk as I have always identified bread as something I could binge on. However, pounds are coming off nicely-i have lost 50 lbs-and in the midst of that, experienced my week long dreaded stall. But thanks to TTF, i kept the faith. Enjoying your posts, keep up the good work!
  9. WOW! I've heard that people experience this following the surgery, it's interesting that yours was a result of your viral infection. Just wondering if you're thankful or sad or just very matter-of-fact (seems like it from the tone of your entry).
  10. I loved your insight that the most vocal opponent is someone who could benefit from it herself. We're all on our own journeys.
  11. I also struggled with the idea of putting a perfectly private medical decision "out there" and receiving unsolicited judgement, so your thoughts make perfect sense to me. I just want to provide an alternative viewpoint, which is not intended to persuade you to share your surgery. I agree with @athenarose. I realized that if the people I knew had never shared their WLS story with me, I would have wanted to know what allowed them to enjoy such success in their weight loss when I continued to struggle. I suspect that it would have caused me to be much harder on myself. Telling others about my WLS-in particular, those who have had it done themselves-also allows me to be able to discuss it with "real people"-as wonderful as TTF is, online support is not a complete substitute for me. Last point I considered-even if the person who is asking you about your weight loss isn't overweight, their spouse, child, sibling or best friend may be struggling. They may be asking for them. I assume that all of us on here believe that obesity is a disease with causes that are multi factorial. If you were receiving treatment that (finally!) worked for an autoimmune disorder, diabetes or cancer, would you believe in sharing it? It took me a few months to reach my decision to be honest but IMHO, it's about normalizing it, which in turn could encourage others to explore it and change their lives.
  12. Glad all went well for you. Good luck on your journey and keep us posted!
  13. Congrats-this is amazing!! Good for you.
  14. My endocrinologist suggested it to me. I had been seeing him for 8 years, during and after gestational diabetes, in an effort to prevent lifelong diabetes. He had tried me on metformin, prophylactically, and I couldn't tolerate even the extended release form. He saw me through several weight losses, only to regain what I had lost. After a year of watching carbs and exercising every single day, with only a few pounds lost, I told him that I no longer knew what to do to help myself and was wondering if weight loss drugs were what I needed. That's when he suggested the sleeve. He told me that about 25 of his patients had been sleeved in the past 5 years and their only regret was that they hadn't done it sooner. He also told me that one of his colleagues was talking to everyone of his diabetic patients about it as an option. I am grateful that it came from him-to be honest, before hearing about from my physician, I thought it was extreme, despite knowing 4 people who had done it. A trusted doctor's advice can go a long way.