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  1. 9 points
    Today marks my 1 year anniversary for me and my weight loss surgery. Vertical Gastric Sleeve Surgery Start weight 245lbs Current weight 159lbs Goal weight 130lbs The hardest part is trying to get this last 30 lbs off and they my tummy tuck. Sent from my SM-G955U using BariatricPal mobile app
  2. 7 points

    NSV & first vacation experience

    I am almost 6 months post op and took my first vacation this week (Drove up to Tahoe). I went with some friends who did not know about the surgery but knew I was actively losing weight and trying to eat healthier and it wasn't awkward at all. I didn't snack, but I did eat some meals I shouldn't have. But between watching how much and exercise, I was down just over 2 lbs for the week. In the past, anytime I vacationed I would be up so I'm super excited. I had some great NSVs while I was out. - Hiked almost every day - around 5 miles, intermediate hikes, at elevation. Still hard, but I did it. - Kayaked, and was able to get in and out easily. - They had standard size bath towels in the bathroom, and it wrapped all the way around me without a gap! - It was my birthday and I didn't have any cake, and really didn't miss it. I tried alcohol for the first time since surgery. I had a glass a wine a couple of times and did fine. However, I had about 1/3 of a margarita and felt awful. I don't think I full on dumped, but I think if I had drunk any more I would have. It's the first time I've had any amount of sugar so lesson learned. I'm going back to not drinking for a while (it will continue to be an occasional event going forward).
  3. 6 points

    Tah-Ketos lol

    I gave these a try tonight and they were actually pretty good. Its sliced mozzarella baked til its golden, then you roll whatever you want in it. I used shredded chicken, and some seasoned black beans and corn. I was only able to finish like 2 if them lol, but that's because it's been really hot and I haven't eaten much. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  4. 6 points

    Arm Lift Experiences?

    I can't remember if I had the crepe-y-ness or not. I did have bat wings, though. Here are some before and after of my arms. The "after" were taken two months after surgery, so there'd be more scarring and swelling there than there is now - although it looks like it's pretty minimal in these pictures, actually.... (UPDATE: I did see one photo where I could see crepe-y arms (in the before) - but it wasn't too bad. I don't have an after one that shows that it's gone, but I definitely know I don't have that anymore. So yes - it took the crepe away!)
  5. 4 points
    My doctor didn’t give me a goal, but there are studies that show that 27 is a healthy and comfortable BMI for many people, despite the charts recommending lower. My personal goal is 165. I have been that weight in my adult life and was happy there, despite my BMI being 27 and technically overweight. I think it really comes down to personal preference. I would rather not be super thin.
  6. 4 points

    Arm Lift Experiences?

    I cannot wait until I get my epic bat wings taken care of. They bother me way more than my saggy belly or boobs. I want these GONE and will be happy to have my scars.
  7. 4 points

    Arm Lift Experiences?

    Following this thread as I've thought about arm lift and/or thigh lift for round 2 someday, but am also concerned that I'm just trading flab for a scar and that I won't have a great result. Ever see the Shark Tank episode with "Skinnies" which were stickers for an instant arm or thigh lift. My guess is they don't work, but I wish that technique would work for surgery, pulling it all up without the vertical incision. I'm great at pulling my skin up, just don't have anywhere to put it. LOL!
  8. 3 points
    I have a few suggestions for getting the muscle in the calves to thin out and some suggestions about loose skin. I lost all my weight at one point and had thick calves. I switched to non weight bearing exercises such as a exercise bike with no resistance and gradually the calves thinned out. Regarding loose skin. I swear by body brushing to lessen the loose skin. I went from 250 to 175 once and I used a natural boar bristle brush on my legs and thighs. It helped a lot. I also rubbed cocoa butter on my breasts and thighs daily. I was still loose but it helped. I'm due to have surgery in a few weeks and I have a new body brush and cocoa butter on hand. Good luck. Sent from my SM-A102U using BariatricPal mobile app
  9. 3 points

    3 days post-op, and...

    I'm incredibly shocked how well things are going right now (knock on wood), given that things didn't start incredibly well. I had my sleeve done Monday morning. They tell me I was under just a bit over 4 hours. It was a robotic-assisted surgery. I'm not gunna lie, Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon when I was discharged were miserable. I had been suffering with severe constipation the last 2 days of my preop diet, and that continued through the recovery period, with the abdominal pressure and distension pushing back upstream, which made ridding my system of the excess gas from the surgery extremely difficult. I hadn't slept a wink the night before surgery, and only got about an hour Monday night after surgery, so by Tuesday afternoon I was running on empty. The gas proceeded to work it's way out of my system, and by mid-day yesterday I was back to some semblance of normal. Luckily I did not experience any gas being trapped in joints, under shoulder blades, etc. The only real side effects I'm feeling are soreness... more discomfort than pain I would say. They sent me home with Oxycodone, but I've avoided it, not wanting to go down that road, and luckily Tylenol has been sufficient. I just need to be careful when turning, twisting, picking things up, etc. I can't sleep on my sides, and sleeping on my back is not natural for me, so that's an issue for the moment, but that will resolve itself in time. I've had no problem keeping full liquids down. I've not even had the remotest urge to vomit even once, so I must be pacing myself well. My biggest problem is not wanting to eat. I'm forcing myself to get in at least 3 protein shakes per day, but that is more than sufficient for me right now. I don't feel the need to eat more than that. I am, however making sure that I get all my vitamins, and am drinking copious amounts of water/Crystal Light/etc. throughout the day. I went out for two 15-minute walks at a brisk pace today, and they were lovely. I'm down 6 pounds from Monday preop, so I'm quite pleased thus far... I hope this portends the future.
  10. 3 points

    How do you eat going out?

    it's just temporary. I just skipped going out the first month or so since it was too challenging to do. After that, when I was on soft foods, I'd get something like chili, or a pureed soup, or shrimp cocktail. The further out you get, the more options you have. Once I was several months out I could eat most things except for really fatty meals (I still can't handle those). and you won't be on a half cup forever. I've been in maintenance for a few years now, but I'm sure no one can tell I had WLS. I eat like my thin friends do who are watching their weight - in other words, I'm a typical "light eater", but nothing out of the ordinary. When I go out, I'll get an appetizer, or split an entree with someone, or get an entree for myself and take half of it home. Same as my never-been-heavy friends do who watch their weight.