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Brass Monkey

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About Brass Monkey

  • Birthday 12/19/1970

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Peoria Illinois
  • Interests
    Hunting, Fishing, Shooting, Football, tinkering in the garage
  • Age
    49

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-10
  • Start Weight
    309
  • Current Weight
    194
  • Goal Weight
    220
  • Surgery Date
    12/31/2019
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I tried & tried. In the end, it was an addiction that needed to be fed. Losing the stomach volume is only part of the picture. Yes - a smaller stomach means you lose weight no matter what you eat. But eventually the stomach will grow back to its original size. By that time - if you have not created new habits you will regain the weight & be no better that you are today. The other part of the picture & in my opinion one of the most important parts - when the stomach is removed in a bypass - you also remove the hunger hormone. Not only can you not eat as much - you simply do not want to eat as much...... the catch is, when the stomach returns to its normal size the hunger hormones come back too. I like to say I still get "full size hungry" even though my stomach is still very small (5 months post op). So the trick to being successful is setting up new eating habits before you fall back into old ways.
  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! We are so proud of you - keep up the good work!
  3. I'm sure you are aware of this - but I thought I'd toss it out there just in case. I'm almost 5 months post op - so not much experience yet - but I've found what I eat can cause me similar issues. My wife notices before I do - that I'm "out of it" - I found that a couple hours after eating popcorn my blood sugar would collapse & I would go into a total funk but it was hard for me to recognize I was in it. I have put left over dinner in the cabinet with the dishes (instead of in the fridge) and just generally am completely out of it. We decided to test my blood sugar during one incident & it was 70 (super low). I'm just speculating - but stress has an effect on blood sugar - test it the next time he is having an episode - you may find he needs some sugar.
  4. Drinking socially is a normal part of life. You will get many different answers here - from a surgical stand point - straight alcohol can irritate the staple line & if you drink too early after surgery you could end up with severe ulcers & a feeding tube. So please wait - they say 6 months. I waited 3 before I had my first sip of alcohol. I've found that wine works well for me. Anything with any carbonation or bubbles hurts & I just don't like drinking it. I collect whiskey from around the world & have a decent amount - not to mention the moon-shine & bourbon my dad makes (which is freaking good) but whiskey hurts like hell so I'm not going to try that again until maybe this fall. Many people who have this surgery have a normal relationship with alcohol after the first year or so. The carbonation is a real thing - it sucks. Alcohol on the incision / staple like is a real thing too - so don't start too early as it can be bad.
  5. I am 4 (almost 5) months post op. I didn't have any issues drinking water - I can drink all I want, it takes time, but no problems drinking. As far as eating - I am continuing to learn what works & what doesn't. For example - I can eat yogurt no problem, vegetables no problem, most meat - no problem. But when I get something greasy watch out it hits my stomach like a bomb. Some foods just plain hurt to eat. I was explaining to my family the other day - before surgery eating was a big part of me feeling good. It felt good to eat until I could barely breathe. After surgery - eating in general is just uncomfortable. Things I've learned so far. 1) you really do need to eat slowly - eating too fast hurts like hell no matter what I eat. 2) not chewing enough also hurts 3) grease hurts 4) popcorn was my friend for about a week - It didnt hurt, was low calorie & high fiber - but it caused a glycemic reaction - my blood sugar would drop so low I'd almost pass out - so no carbs for me. 5) liquid foods do not stick with me very long causing me to eat more calories - solid food is the way to go. Tuna, chicken, things like that mean I can go the full 2 or 3 hours between meals without discomfort. 6) every time I try something new - I learn something new. To be honest - most food is uncomfortable with the exception of yogurt, vegetables or liquid protein drinks. Lastly - congratulations on your weight loss journey - you can do this, it is a whole new world when food can no longer be the answer to your problems. : )
  6. Hello & welcome to the team! You are doing SUCH A GOOD JOB! Keep doing what you are doing - just be patient. I had many of the same concerns you have & the human body is strange how sometimes it will refuse to lose weight even though you hardly eat. There is NO WAY you can continue to be 191lbs for long on 500 calories per day. The weight loss will slow down - but it will also continue. Be patient & keep up the good work! Oh - & to try & answer your actual question - adding more exercise never hurts. Just start slow & dont hurt yourself! We are so proud of you!
  7. I broke out into hives just after surgery too. I believe it was the protein water I was drinking. Once I stopped the protein water it cleared up. Your body is going through changes & it isn't sure what to do. Cut back on anything new - just plain ol water for a bit & see if it clears up. Benedryl is your friend.
  8. That is exactly right! Bravery doesn't mean you are not scared - not being scared means you are crazy - Bravery means you are scared as hell but you still stand up & do it.
  9. Jabsie - Hang in there You know what you have to do to lose the weight - you've done it before. You have already taken a huge step in the right direction by reaching out for help & encouragement! Start by tracking everything you eat - you have to get on top of your calorie count & the food (types of food) you are eating. You can do this -
  10. Mandy - I am so sorry you have had so many problems. I can't imagine living with those problems for 10 years! The caffeine restriction is for a short duration around & immediately after surgery. This is because it can be difficult to drink enough fluid & caffeine will cause dehydration. You won't need any help being dehydrated! Typically today they say once you can drink 60 to 80 oz of fluid a day then caffeine can be re-introduced. I hope the next surgery corrects your issues - please come back here to talk - this is the best place for advice.
  11. Thank you Res - that was exactly the post I needed to read! I am seriously excited about my weight loss - I would be thrilled to be 185 lbs - but one step at a time. Having met my weight goal - I'm going to set a new "fitness" goal. Weight will be monitored - but now I need to get active & finish my 5k run! I am so excited to be here - thank you all for your support - this is such a great group!
  12. Thawk, The goal is to shrink your liver - you can do that with lots of other food besides milk! This is good news for you as you can eat(drink) other things & safely shrink your liver. The main thing is protein shakes, bullion, broth - lots of sports drinks. Lipton's onion soup (that was too salty), Sugar free jello, sugar free pudding. My Dr told me I could even cheat on the diet (I didn't) with solid foods that won't increase my liver size (plain lean chicken). Keep it up! Having just gone through this - these two weeks are the worst part. Once you wake up from surgery you will wonder why you ever wanted to eat & you will really wont miss eating - at least for the first few weeks! You got this - come here for support!
  13. I hit my goal. This morning I weighed in at 218.3 - 70 lbs gone since starting the pre-op diet & 90 lbs gone since I started the program. I had surgery 12/31/2019 (sleeve) - just 10 weeks ago. They told me I would hit 216lbs if I was an 'average' patient. But I set my goal to 220 because I just couldn't imagine in my head getting down to this weight again. 220 is the weight I was when my 20 year old daughter was born. I can't overstate how excited I am & how happy I am I did this. Here's my worry - I'm only 10 weeks out - not even 3 months & I'm still dropping weight pretty quickly (though it slowed in the last 2 weeks). I am just now starting to exercise more - my wife wants to run a 5 k this year (ran a mile this past weekend - nearly died but I did it). How far should I expect to slide before my weight stabilizes? I will be beyond happy if I get to 200 lbs - I was 205 when I got married 22 years ago. I dont know if I want to go much lower than that. I was 172 when I graduated high school back when paper was made out of papyrus & we wrote in cursive (when not chiseling stones) & I dont think it would be good to be that thin - but since I'm still eating very few calories - I'm guessing I average right at 1000 calories per day - several days per week I'm around 800 & several days I'm closer to 1200. I'm honestly not sure what to do next? Should I try & increase my calories to try & level off? Is it too early? Do I just keep going & dropping weight? I really can't eat a large volume of food yet - 4 or 5 oz of lean meat. I've yet to taste bread though I have had a tortilla or two (wrap). I guess I honestly didn't expect to actually hit my goal & now I'm clueless as to what to do now. Excited to be sure - but really not sure what comes next.
  14. try protein water - since you have to drink a lot of water throughout the day anyway this is a great way to add protein.
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