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Weight regain with VSG?

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Started by MINI-Me, Jun 04, 2010 10:43 PM
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    MINI-Me

    I'm still learning how to be the new me ...

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  • Goal Weight: 127
Posted June 4, 2010 - 10:43 PM

#1
I've been lurking a lot on Obesityhelp.com. It seems like I've been reading several posts out there lately about people being 2+ years out and gaining weight. Tonight, I read another about a woman who's gained back a lot of her weight and basically starting over again.

Where were these kind of posts when I was doing my research? Why amI freaking out now when I am so close to goal? Did I see these posts before & just ignore because "I will be different"?

I need someone to talk me down. I am so close to goal. I NEVER want to be that fat girl again. Am I going to gain again just like I have after EVERY diet before? Please ... I need some reassurance - I feel like crying.



    tbtroy78

    Senior Member

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Posted June 5, 2010 - 12:17 AM

#2
I think people who regain the weight might of forgot that the surgery is a lifestyle change you have to accept this and going back to eating the way we did in our old selves is breaking your commitment to yourself and your new life style I am gonna be under 400lbs in a few weeks it is just so awesome to be that light again I can't ever go back to my old ways don't be discouraged you can do this we are all here to support you


    Tiffykins

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Posted June 5, 2010 - 7:26 AM

#3
I've been reading the same stories, and I had read several before choosing VSG. However, the one common theme I notice is that all of the stories I read all stated that they let life take over, got back into bad habits, and essentially never made the lifestyle change that is necessary to maintain.

We can't go back to sucking down milkshakes and ho hos without a regain. I may have some regain, I think I'm mentally prepared for it. If I see a regain, I know how to get back on track. I can say, without a doubt, that at 1 year out making the doing the right thing, making the better choice is a bit harder than what it was 6 months ago.

Sometimes life does happen, and people think the sleeve will save them from what they choose to put in their mouths. Unfortunately, it's not going to save us. It'll help us, but we have to save ourselves.

Just my 2cents.



    Lee

    Bariatric Master

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  • Gender: Female
  • Location: CA
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Aaron Baggs
  • Surgery Date: Feb 2010
  • Height: 5 feet 4 inches
  • Starting Weight: 249
  • Weight Lost: 108
  • Current Weight: 141
  • Goal Weight: 149
  • BMI: 24.2
Posted June 5, 2010 - 8:07 AM

#4
I'm reading the same stories as well. It seems like a common thread is "carbs". I tested it with a few crackers, or with 1/2 a small movie popcorn (gained 2 pounds overnight and took a week to drop them), and I can see how it would be so easy to eat carbs and gain weight. The carbs slide down like it's a party going on in there. Dancing straight through my sleeve, not a hint of fullness or restriction.

Needless to say, I won't be visiting popcorn again, and the box of crackers (whole wheat health food store blah blah blah) went into the dump after eating 4 of them and seeing them slide on through.

I ate low carb before surgery and I guess it's going to be my path post-op as well. I can't complain because before I would do low carb and lose 5-10 pounds a year, only to put them right back on if I picked up carbs again for a moment. At least I have a fighting chance of keeping the pounds off this time.

Rather than being frightened by it, I hope to read and reread those stories to motivate me to stay on track.



    MINI-Me

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Posted June 5, 2010 - 4:21 PM

#5
You guys are right. Thaks for being level headed for me.

This sleeve seems like a miracle too good to be true. I keep waiting for someone to say "pyche - it was all a big joke. You will gain back all the weight". But, it WILL NOT happen this time.



    Jachut

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Posted June 5, 2010 - 5:33 PM

#6
I find exercise the best weapon to avoid regain.

I got asked at bootcamp the other night why I needed to work out so hard (we were chatting, and I was saying I run 4 times a week, 4 to 6 miles, and do two bootcamp sessions). The point being why would I need to do that much when I'm already skinny.

Duh! That's how I STAY skinny. I have a band, its rather loose these days, havent had a fill for 2 years. Do the bad habits creep back in? Yep, they do. I could get filled to get on top of all that but I dont want to live life forever on restricted food intake either, I enjoy eating now. But I run and I work out and i burn LOTS of energy and I've been at goal weight for 2 and a half years and never gained a gram.


    Bob_350lbs

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  • Starting Weight: 450
  • Weight Lost: 100
  • Current Weight: 350
  • Goal Weight: 275
  • BMI: 60.1
Posted June 6, 2010 - 1:30 PM

#7


Be strong my fellow VSG'ers...it's a battle, the greedy food industry vs us. Buy organic fruits, veggies, and protein. Our government is run by corporations...a billion dollar industry, what would they without us? Let our $$ speak for us..

You will be successful and keep the weight off...just boycott Mcdonald's and the likes of them....

Edited by Steph_123, June 6, 2010 - 2:11 PM.



    katt

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Posted June 6, 2010 - 2:17 PM

#8
Mini, I've been scared too. I didn't read the stories--but truthfully I didn't need to read about someone else's WL failure to to experience the fear of my own ability to self-destruct with food.

I don't worry so much about getting to the point where I could eat really large meals again--but I tend to be a grazer, and now that I am 10 weeks out and a little more comfortable with eating, I can see very easily how I could stop losing and/or gain weight even right now. I'm drinking almost calorie free liquids, I'm not drinking with meals, I'm eating healthy proteins, and I'm not eating lots of carbs or high fat junk--but these are choices that I don't have to make. It's requiring some determination and effort on my part, just like every other time I have dieted. The sleeve is helping me because it reduces the amount that I can eat at one time, and it has significantly reduced my hunger. Unfortunately, even now, the sleeve can't force me to make good choices, or prevent me from snacking all day. I'm hoping that the reduction in ghrelin production, and the smaller size of my stomach will give me a little edge that will help me to be more successful at losing/maintaining, but what I'm most afraid of is me...I am still perfectly capable of packing in the calories without eating huge quantities of food. Here's a perfect example:

I was running errands with my grandson the other morning and I pulled into the drive through at Hardee's and got us each our favorite "breakfast" junk--a sausage biscuit. I was able to eat almost the entire biscuit--and that's only 2 months after surgery. That was a whopping 530 calories (340 from fat) and 36 carbs for one meal--so when Tiff says that she can now eat about twice what she could eat at 2-3 months out, I can do the math, and the numbers are not good. The fact is, I can make lousy choices right now, and in another year, I could do even more damage. Definitely no magic solution in the sleeve...Ultimately, the solution still rests with me.


    JudyJudyJudy

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Posted June 6, 2010 - 7:49 PM

#9

I've been lurking a lot on Obesityhelp.com. It seems like I've been reading several posts out there lately about people being 2+ years out and gaining weight. Tonight, I read another about a woman who's gained back a lot of her weight and basically starting over again.

Where were these kind of posts when I was doing my research? Why amI freaking out now when I am so close to goal? Did I see these posts before & just ignore because "I will be different"?

I need someone to talk me down. I am so close to goal. I NEVER want to be that fat girl again. Am I going to gain again just like I have after EVERY diet before? Please ... I need some reassurance - I feel like crying.


Everyone is different....just DON'T be that person...the sleeve is different...you can't stretch it out like other surgeries as far as I know.
You WILL be different....YOU WILL SUCCEED...just allow it to happen..and stop reading such negitive post....be the positive one like our beloved Tiffykin's....you'll be fine....just stay possitive!!!!


    MINI-Me

    I'm still learning how to be the new me ...

  • Posts: 2,181
  • Joined: Dec 2009
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  • Location: WA
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Thomas Umbach
  • Surgery Date: Jan 2010
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Goal Weight: 127
Posted June 6, 2010 - 7:50 PM

#10

Everyone is different....just DON'T be that person...the sleeve is different...you can't stretch it out like other surgeries as far as I know.
You WILL be different....YOU WILL SUCCEED...just allow it to happen..and stop reading such negitive post....be the positive one like our beloved Tiffykin's....you'll be fine....just stay possitive!!!!


That's my plan! Thanks.



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