Rob_VSG

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About Rob_VSG

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  • Birthday 11/11/1960

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Age
    57

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. McCarty
  • Hospital
    Pine Creek Medical Center
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-09
  • Start Weight
    332
  • Current Weight
    172
  • Goal Weight
    230
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    25.4
  • Surgery Date
    3/8/2018
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Awesome progress! Looks like your doctor probably set your goal weight based on a statistical average, as did my doctor. Really it depends on how you feel. Other metrics could be normal BMI which for you is probably around 170 lbs. Another metric you could use is your height to waist ratio which should be your height in inches should be double your waist size. Over time you will likely figure out where you are happiest and settle into an eating pattern and maintain that weight. Rob
  2. My surgeon set my original goal weight (shown in my profile) based on a calculation around the average percentage of weight loss for bariatric surgery and that number would have left me with a high BMI. I decided to not pick a goal weight and figured I would wait and see how I feel, mostly because BMI or just weight are not really great metrics for long term health. I think a better metric would be either height to waist ratio or percentage of body fat if you have access to a body composition scale. Two years post-op and my body fat percentage has bounced between 17 and 20 percent (considered healthy) but my BMI is typically 25-26 considered "over weight". I've had at least 12 lbs of weight fluctuation but have maintained a healthy body fat percentage and most importantly feel good and found a sustainable life style in the process. Hope this helps.
  3. Lots of good advice here. I avoided eating out as much as possible for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Mostly of my experimenting was around figuring out what sources of nutrient dense protein would taste good to me and could be tolerated. On the subject carbs, it comes down to this, food that raises your blood glucose also raises your insulin (storage hormone), and this signals your body to store energy (fat). Things that spike your glucose and insulin are dense carbohydrates such as sugar, fructose, honey, bread or anything made from flower or grins as well as rice, pasta and starchy items like potato. Focusing on nutrient dense protein sources and eliminating or minimizing carbohydrates will give you an edge when trying to burn fat because your body won't produce as much insulin.
  4. So ALL the responses on this thread are awesome! I can't think of much more to add. I can tell you this, at the 2 week post op mark, I was really tired, run down, depressed and just felt like garbage. I ended up going to a place to for a hydration IV packed with vitamins and and minerals and felt about 200% better in just one hour. It was worth every penny.
  5. Post OP period, for me anyways, seemed like my body let go of lots of toxins. I'm guessing that is what you are experiencing. Try not to let it get you down as it is likely temporary, and good for you in the long run. Rob
  6. Rob_VSG

    Struggling

    Yes, they are often referred to as a bio-impedance scale. I wish I knew how I could order a DEXA scan for myself. One of these days... ok, right after I typed that I did a search and found a place that will do a DEXA scan for $150! That is now on my list. https://dexascan.com/locations
  7. The best way to check if the macros you have chosen for your nutrition are working for ketosis is to use something like a Keto Mojo meter to test your blood. It works just like checking your blood glucose level, which it can also measure if you like. I typically measure both ketones and glucose because I track my glucose ketone index (GKI). It might not be for everybody, but I have found objective measurement useful to keep me on track. Incidentally, 17 months on keto nutrition and I had my fasting insulin and glucose measured. The results were normal (85 mg/dl) glucose and low (2.7 mIU/L) insulin yielding a HOMA-IR score of 0.6. A HOMA-IR score of 1.9 or lower is considered good. This means the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance I had before surgery is gone and I have good insulin and glucose control. The other marker that helps confirm this is my HbA1c was 6.2% before surgery and is now 4.9% 17 months later.
  8. Rob_VSG

    Struggling

    Are you using a body composition scale? I have one to help maintain my sanity because when my weight fluctuates, it gives me a good idea how is much water, muscle and fat. I am currently fluctuating between 169 and 176. I try not to sweat it too much, as I just get a little more mindful when things go in the wrong the direction. Hang in there! Rob
  9. Update as of today... So I resumed my visits to the personal trainer and now have 3 pounds less of fat and 3.6 pounds more muscle but weight is about the same! Looks like I'll keep seeing the personal trainer. Rob
  10. Rock on @tracyringo !! I too worry about the possibility of regain. I'd like to think I learned a lot and have all the tools I need to reverse it should it happen, but I guess I won't really know until it happens. Happy surgiversary! Just keep focused on all the positive changes and how much impact they have had on your life, you will have strong motivation to avoid regain. Make many stops a long the way to enjoy your successes! Rob
  11. If the dinner is scheduled for a restaurant, study the menu ahead of time and see if there are any selections you think you can handle. I found that helped relieve the stress of having to eat out. Also, try to think about subjects to discuss, if you are talking, folks are less likely to notice you aren't eating much and it gives you the opportunity to move the conversation away from you or your surgery. If you aren't up to it, not showing up at all is still an option and your husband can just tell the host you are still recovering from minor surgery and don't have the energy. You can do this! Rob
  12. Rob_VSG

    Hi

    @Patcat16 I see you are post-op now. Which surgery did you have done? How are you feeling? Do check in and let us know. Rob
  13. @BrightDay I hope your post-op time is going well. My surgeon also did not require a pre-op diet. I used the post-op period to break free from my sugar and carbohydrate addiction. That turned out to work really well for me and gave me the time I needed to research about nutrition and metabolism then slowly find the most nutritious foods that were tasty for me. Do check in an let us know how you are doing. Rob
  14. I suspect everyone is nervous before. I know was as VSG was the first time I've ever had ANY surgery. I see you are post-op now. Please check in and let us know how you are doing. Rob
  15. Sounds like you are doing all the right things and I agree with all the posters in this thread too. I only told family and closest friends before I had surgery. I think the reason I mostly kept it secret is the fear that I might fail at losing weight after surgery and if everybody knew about it ahead of time, they might end up watching me fail in in real time and that would just mess with my head more. Keeping it secret made for less mental pressure. Now 16 months and 159 lbs later, I will spill it all to anyone who asks. I have lots to tell about surgery, and post surgery life style changes and usually more than people want to hear. Best of luck!