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About Gin820

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  • Birthday 08/20/1982

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    Southern Ohio
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  • Hospital
    Kings Daughters Medical Center
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  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Tomkins

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  1. Gin820

    Cheat days

    I'm really glad you've found a way that works for you. When I hit a stall I've found it beneficial to increase my calories for just one day and then go back. I've tried the cheat days and unfortunately they send me into a carb free for all. One taste of something I love (a cookie) and my brain tells me I can eat more. Until its a week later and bloated and have hit a stall. If I stay away from it I lose weight consistently, don't bloat and feel better throughout. I will still do it for special occasions (birthdays) but I have to remind myself to be careful. Sugar is truly my drug and nothing causes me to fall off the wagon faster.
  2. Ok, so 3 weeks out from VSG. Everything is going pretty well. I just started on solid foods... Yay! So far I can handle what I've had, which is just chicken and fish. My problem is that I absolutely cannot tell when I am full and suddenly I'm overfull and miserable. I do not have any signal that I'm getting there. What I have been doing is measuring about 4 oz and eating it. Apparently that is too much. How do I know when to stop before its too much?
  3. Gin820

    An update...

    Hi everyone. Surgery was 12/11/17. I had VSG. Everything went well and I went home the following day. I am on full liquids until 12/27, then 2 weeks of pureed, then 2 weeks of soft, then REAL food! lol HW 258 SW 223 CW 214 GW 120 Its going well. Although I am starting to feel hungry often now. I am getting in most of my protein goal and most of my 64 oz liquid goal. I'm hoping I'll feel full longer with the pureed food at least. I am eating 2-3 oz at a time and get about 350-550 calories a day. It's been a strange sensation, but overall not too bad.
  4. Gin820

    Almost there....

    So true on that! Did you have your surgery last week? How is everything?
  5. Gin820

    Almost there....

    Hi all, It's been a minute since I've been on here. I am approved for surgery and started my 2 week pre-op semi-liquid diet (one solid meal a day with 2 protein shakes and clears throughout the day). I see the surgeon to schedule my date on 11/28. Surgery will be a few days after. Decided on VSG. Very excited and I do not care about the holiday eating extravaganza I will be "missing." It is fine with me.
  6. Congrats to everyone having surgery this month? You can do it! I started my 2 week pre-op liquid diet this past Saturday. I see the surgeon on 11/28 to schedule the big day! Can't wait!
  7. Gin820

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I'm still pre-op, but have some NSV's to add... I've shrank so all my jeans are now too big. Rather than spend money on jeans every few months, I've started buying LuLaRoe leggings. The Tall and Curvy size fit sizes 14-22. When I started I couldn't wear get a pair over my legs and now leggings is all I wear. (Yes, I make sure my shirts are long enough to cover my bottom and I do wear dress pants if I'm going somewhere that warrants them.) I will save a bit of money on clothes since I will be able to wear the leggings for quite a while. And they actually look good! I get compliments all the time! Also, I have gone from a BMI of 52 to 44! Yay!
  8. Gin820

    Had my psych eval....

    Thanks to both of you! So excited for this journey!
  9. Gin820

    Had my psych eval....

    Hi NerdyLady, Sorry so long to respond. I haven't been on here in a while. I have bipolar disorder as well and have had more than a few hospitalizations relating to it. Her concern was that I would not be able to take certain medications that I need. I met with my surgeon last month and he agreed. Although I did discover that this surgeon and his group much prefer VSG over RNY. I'm sure this has something to do with it. This Friday I have my endoscopy to see what's what in there and that will cement things I suppose. Of course, I am terrified that I won't lose enough weight with the sleeve or will have major issues that require a revision to RNY. I much prefer one surgery so hopefully this does not occur. The malabsorption of the RNY also scares me. I know taking vitamins and adhering to the rules cuts down this risk, but it can still happen anyway. I know it also can happen with the sleeve too. And gosh if I think too much about it, I scare myself out of WLS all together! Another issue to consider is that I really don't want to have to take more time off work due to having the RNY and I do not want the extended liquid diet that comes with VSG. Of course I can do it and I will follow all the rules associated with my surgery, but the less the better. Anyway, those are my thoughts. I so much enjoy this board and the support that comes with it!
  10. Gin820

    Had my psych eval....

    Last Friday I met with the social worker who conducted my psych eval for surgery. She said I passed! She is recommending me for surgery! However, because I have a psych history she recommends the sleeve over the bypass. I definitely understand this and have come to agree. And apparently my surgeon much prefers the sleeve over the bypass for his patients, though it is my choice. So while I definitely understand why some choose the bypass over sleeve, for me I do think sleeve is best. And I feel at peace with that decision. Although in explaining it to my family (again) they agreed and said, "Well, you can always have the sleeve taken off." So I said, "Ok, let me start again..." I think they understand now, though they DO NOT support it really. But its my decision. I'm doing it. I can't wait. Down 9 pounds so far. Yay!
  11. Gin820

    Why RNY and not sleeve?

    I posted a few days ago that I had decided on the sleeve. And once again I am thinking about the bypass. It's hard to really decide which one is best for me. I've decided that I'm going to talk with my surgeon and see what he recommends. I meet with him in the next month or so.
  12. Gin820

    Brand New and Trying to Decide..

    I am still pre-op, but I started off wanting the band. After doing a lot of research and reading I decided that I would rather have the sleeve. Many doctors do not do the band anymore due to complications and low results. I also have 2 friends who have had the band and urged me not to do so. Find a program you are comfortable with and can trust. Good luck!
  13. Gin820

    Gin's Story

    Thanks for the comments guys. I guess I was feeling like I needed to let it all out the day I posted that! I read through it and sometimes I can’t believe everything that happened. It’s all about moving forward though. And that’s what I’m doing. J
  14. Gin820

    Moving along

    I’m starting to get really excited about everything. After doing a lot of reading about the pros and cons of both the RNY and VSG and seeing many before and after pictures, I think I am confident that the VSG is right for me. Granted I haven’t talked to the surgeon yet, but from talking with the RN in charge of the program it seems that he prefers the VSG anyway. Though I would prefer the extra benefits of the RNY (faster weight loss, dumping as a deterrent, better chance of diabetes being cured), the possible side effects of the RNY (greater chance of hypoglycemia, strictures, hernias, vitamin deficiencies, ect.) are steering me towards VSG. No offense to anyone who has had the RNY (and if my surgeon absolutely insists this is the one for me, I will do it). I just feel this will be best for me. I intend to stick to the program completely so I know I will lose weight with the VSG. Another reason for the VSG is the quicker healing time (though I know this varies and is not guaranteed). I need to take off the least amount of work possible and I have a desk job so I anticipate no more than 2 weeks (hopefully). So I am continuing on my pre-op diet. Cutting more carbs out. I’m trying ti stay away from the scale since I get depressed if it isn’t what I hope for. I am walking every day now. And an NSV this morning, as I sleepily pulled a pair of jeans out my closet and put them on, I realized they were my “tight” jeans that I haven’t been able to fit in a while. They buttoned up! Yay! My A1C is now 8.7, down from 10. It has to be under 8 for surgery. I am moving in the right direction! While I wish I could have surgery RIGHT NOW, I know I will appreciate this time later as I learn to hone my diet plan. And now if I could only cut out the caffeine! (I will, don't worry). Anyway, that is all! Thanks for listening (reading)! J
  15. Gin820

    Feeling Irritated

    Thanks for all your advice. Reading through this forum has really encouraged me. I am getting rid of the carbs and will monitor my sugar often. Today I only had 50 grams of carbs so I am moving in the right direction. I can't wait to get to the other side.