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It's my one year anniversary!

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Barbara278

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Hey Gang!

 

Well it's been a year. Hard to believe. I'm feeling great. I've lost 109 lbs from my top weight and 87lbs since surgery. I was hoping to have lost another 10 to 20 lbs but I don't think that is going to happen. Once I hit the weight I'm at now, I just totally stopped losing weight. I think our bodies know where we are suppose to be and just stop there. I'm ok if I don't lose anymore. I'm in a size 7/8 or 9/10 depending on the clothes.

 

I pretty much eat whatever I want now but just try to be mindful of what I'm putting in my mouth. I can definitely eat more than I used to right after surgery. Right after surgery and up until about 5 or 6 months after I could eat about 1/3 cup of chili. I now can eat 1 cup. I still try to make protein my first choice and try to keep my carbs down to a minimum. I rarely eat bread now, so sandwhiches/burgers etc aren't part of my diet. Bread is one of the things I don't digest well now and I'm glad because it used to be one of my weaknesses. My tastes have definitely changed. I don't care for fried food at all. I used to love fried chicken or anything fried. Now, I hate the taste. Not because I can't eat it, but my tastes have honestly changed. I love salads and Dr. Aceves gave me the ok to eat them.

 

For all of you contemplating or just beginning your journey. Life does become very normal again. Actually for the first time in 30 years I feel normal. I don't constnatly think about eating, I don't eat until I feel like I'm going to explode. I told my doc..."This must be what normal people feel like"!

 

I've had some great NSV's over the last year. One that comes to mind is not being recognized more than once. A casual aquaintance asked me if I was "Barbara's" sister because I looked just like her. lol I thought he was joking, but he wasn't. I explained that I was "Barbara" just a smaller version. lol

 

In all honestly, this surgery changed my life. I couldn't be happier. I would do it over in a heart beat.

 

Best wishes to all my sleeve sisters and brothers!

 

Barb

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Hi Barbara,your story is very inspirational because I am just starting my journey,I have done research for about 2 yrs,first it was the lapband and once I thought that was the surgery for me I never thought I could change my mind to have a surgery that was so drastical as having my stomach cut but once I did some more research on it and had the chance to talk to my surgeon she kinda put the Icing on the cake,I questioned her and she told me not to let her opinion persway me in anyway but It deffinately did,she says that the sleeve would be a better fit of a surgery for my,I question about the erosion of the band and the slippage ,she told me that it depends on the person,and there journey that there going to take but it does has its own flaws because if you have to vomite or loose weight to fast the band just may slip or ever erode...that kinda scared me..not to go with the band...so I am happy to read such a positive Blog...thank you ...I hope everything go well beyond your surgerversary...Thanks

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Thanks for posting your blog. I am glad you were so successful because that means I can be successfu too. I have failed so many times I wonder if I can really do it. It is comforting to know that life becomes normal again and you can become not so concern with food. You have made me so sure this is right for me and life will set itself right side up, in time. Congrats to you!! You have achieve an amazing thing.

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Congratulations for everything!

Thank you for sharing your experience, I'll be sleeved in 2 weeks and this kind of successful stories really help a lot! Thank you again!

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Thank you Barbara for your inspirational and uplifting story! I don't have a date yet, but I'm prayerful that it will be in March. Keep up the good work and God bless!

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Thanks for sharing your story Barbara. I love it when vets tell their stories, so they can help and inspire the newbies. I myself am 5 1/2 months out and I definitely can tell the difference in how much more I can eat from when I first had surgery. I still have about 50 or so pounds to lose before my one year surgerversary in Aug. Wish me luck!!!

Again Congratz and keep on keeping on!!! THE SLEEVE TOTALLY ROCKS :D :D :D :D :D :D :D.

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Hi Barbara,your story is very inspirational because I am just starting my journey,I have done research for about 2 yrs,first it was the lapband and once I thought that was the surgery for me I never thought I could change my mind to have a surgery that was so drastical as having my stomach cut but once I did some more research on it and had the chance to talk to my surgeon she kinda put the Icing on the cake,I questioned her and she told me not to let her opinion persway me in anyway but It deffinately did,she says that the sleeve would be a better fit of a surgery for my,I question about the erosion of the band and the slippage ,she told me that it depends on the person,and there journey that there going to take but it does has its own flaws because if you have to vomite or loose weight to fast the band just may slip or ever erode...that kinda scared me..not to go with the band...so I am happy to read such a positive Blog...thank you ...I hope everything go well beyond your surgerversary...Thanks

Camille, I actually first wanted to get the lap band. I did research for about a year as well. I'm so grateful that I found out about the sleeve prior to getting the band done. There are so many complications with the band. There are many people on this board that had the band and switched to the sleeve. The sleeve is maintenance free, no fills no unfills no future doc visits. I couldn't be happier. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.

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Thanks for posting your blog. I am glad you were so successful because that means I can be successfu too. I have failed so many times I wonder if I can really do it. It is comforting to know that life becomes normal again and you can become not so concern with food. You have made me so sure this is right for me and life will set itself right side up, in time. Congrats to you!! You have achieve an amazing thing.

You can and will be successful with the sleeve. I can't tell you how many diets I went on over 30 years. I must have lost and gained over 600 lbs. This does work. It does take dicipline and committment. I too wondered if this would work for me. It has been the one thing that does work. I honestly believe that many of use have grelin glands that are abnormal and that's why we are constantly hungry. Once that is removed, it changes the way you feel about food. I don't constantly think about food like I used to. Best wishes to you on your journey.

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Congratulations for everything!

Thank you for sharing your experience, I'll be sleeved in 2 weeks and this kind of successful stories really help a lot! Thank you again!

Good luck with your sleeve. It's a great tool and does work.

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Thanks for sharing your story Barbara. I love it when vets tell their stories, so they can help and inspire the newbies. I myself am 5 1/2 months out and I definitely can tell the difference in how much more I can eat from when I first had surgery. I still have about 50 or so pounds to lose before my one year surgerversary in Aug. Wish me luck!!!

Again Congratz and keep on keeping on!!! THE SLEEVE TOTALLY ROCKS biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif.

You are welcome. I don't come on the board as much as I used to, but I do remember how important it was for me to read success stories. I was on this board every single day for months prior to surgery and many months after. It was what got me through it all. So I do plan to come on from time to time with updates. Good luck with your sleeve, it sounds like you are doing great so far. Best wishes.

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Thank you Barbara for your inspirational and uplifting story! I don't have a date yet, but I'm prayerful that it will be in March. Keep up the good work and God bless!

Keep me posted on your date. I so remember those days before I had surgery. I thought it would never come. Then once I had the surgery I thought I'd never lose the weight, or it would take forever. Please don't fret, it does work. You will have hills and valleys and stalls along the way, but hang in there. You will get to where you want to be and I will look forward to reading your year anniversary blog. lol

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