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Posts posted by amybaby33

  1. Hi guys,

    Sorry I've been MIA, but I'm trying so hard not to burst out in tears because I haven't lost weight in weeks!:( I consider myself a "veteran" going though two lap bands and now the sleeve. I know I'm doing all the right things and for the life of me I can't figure out why in the heck I'm not losing! I know it's common to have a stall a couple of weeks after surgery, but I'm 5.5 weeks out and haven't lost since 2.5 weeks! I've upped my Water intake, am powerwalking 3-5 times a week, eating lean proteins..the whole 9 yards! I guess on the bright side I know I'm losing inches because I'm down a size and well...i *have* lost 22 pounds (5 lbs pre-op) and the best part is I've had ZERO issues since the day I got out of surgery..but C'MON..I'm ready to see that scale move again!!! Thanks for letting me vent and again, I'm sorry I haven't been around to support my fellow Firecrackers. I hope everyone is doing great! Oh..and my son turned 1...that was a great day! Pic attached :)


  2. Been thinking about you Carmen! Congrats on getting thru your surgery. Take everything in sloooow mo for the next few days! Sip, rest, walk:) Your uneasiness is common as you have a whole new lifestyle to adapt to and an itty bitty tummy that just needs some TLC. You're going to great! So happy you're on the other side and will look forward to your update...hang in there, hon :)

  3. Wow...that sounds pretty drastic! I have a 23 pound 11 month old and my Doc said not to lift him for 4-5 days which was sooo hard! I could hold him though. I'm two weeks post op and now lift him with no problems. But, I know you have to follow Dr's orders..however..maybe he will lift that restriction if you're doing well with your recovery :)

  4. Hi,

    I was sleeved July 13, so I am 12 days out. The first 10 days I lost 18 1/2 lbs. It just fell off. Now since Saturday not only have I not lost any, I have gained a pound! How is that possible? I did graduate from clear to full liquids, but really the only change is I have a bowl of real Soup (like chicken soup from chick-fil-a) and eat that broth. I have read about stalls, is this what I am having? Really what more coud I do right? I can't really exercise yet, although I am walking. Do I just need to be patient? Cathi

    This is me exactly! I was sleeved 7/11 and lost 15lbs and now the scale hasn't moved since Thurs. My Doc said don't be surprised if I hit a stall because our bodies are rebuilding muscle and as we all know..muscle weighs more than fat! I'm on mushies too and have been doing power walks, I guess I just expected the scale to keep plummeting! But, I know I'm losing inches and that I just have to be patient. Hard though when you're eating less than 900 calories a day, drinking lots of Water and exercising!

  5. I'm 11 days post op and feeling fab. I start soft foods tomorrow and really need to kick up my exercise regimen! What a perfect opportunity to start my

    sleeve journey the right way! I'm in and can't wait! Thanks for starting this, Irene....you're seriously the best cheerleader for VST :) Btw....from one former bandster to another, I can already tell the sleeve is a million times better than the band...so excited!

  6. I went through pregnancy with a Lapband and only gained 5 pounds. I was able to get in all the proper nutrition and Vitamins I needed and delivered a healthy, beautiful son! Unfortunately, I lost the lapband and gained alot of weight back. But now I am sleeved and loving it! I'm hoping when I get close to goal weight we can try for another and will look forward to this great tool helping me through another healthy pregnancy :)

  7. Hydration is definitely key! My plan actually didn't allow Protein Shakes until day 7. For the first week I just focused on getting as close to the 64oz mark of Water as I could. Some days are better than others. I'm now 11 days post op and am still focusing on h20, but am managing to get 1-2 Protein shakes in a day. I've also really listened to my body...if I so much hear a rumble or a gurgle I back off, those are signals to slow down..so I do! It sounds like you are doing great...keep up the good work, listen to your body and now that everday gets better :)

  8. Just got sleeved yesterday at 3:30 p.m. and I was home today by 11:00 a.m. :) Doing well. Not nearly as much pain as I was expecting! Now just working on walking and sipping. Thanks so much for all the support from everyone. I am so glad it's over!!

    Woo hoo, MLD! Congrats! I'm so happy you're home and doing well. You've got the right idea...rest, sip, walk :) Welcome to the losers bench!

  9. Ugh..I sooo feel for you! That reflux is just awful! I really hope you can get that thing out of you SOONER THAN LATER!!!!! I'm 8 days post op and my recovery has been fantastic!! I've had no pain from the incisions or gas, easily tolerating fluids and have great energy. This is already a hundred million times better than the band! I really hope you get some relief soon :)

  10. Fern--my marathon had an early start time for walkers and those who were under a 16 minute pace....thank goodness! It took me 9 hours and 20 minutes, but I still made it within the guidlelines and was an official finisher:) For me the whole experience was a huge accomplishent. During my 6 months of training, I logged over 500 training miles, raised over $10,0000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Soceity and of course crossing the finish line and saying "I did a marathon" was pretty awesome. I know how hard it is to find time to train, but make sure you get your long runs in....that is critical. If you can't get all your short runs in, don't stress...just try and do some quick sprints or some weights. One piece of important advice ...as you go through your training and figure out the right things that work for you...from your shoes, to your running clothes, to your snacks....whatever that may be....DON'T incorporate anything new on race day! You will find that every little thing that is part of your training will get you thru race day. For instance, my hydration snack for every run was Water and cheez-itz....I never took to any of the runners "goo" or bars or stuff, so I safety pinned little baggies of cheez-itz on my water belt for race and was so happy I did! Anyway, you are going to have an awesome experience and you should be sooooo proud of yourself for making the decision to train for and participate in a half marathon...please feel free to ask me any questions along the way :)

  11. Woo hoo! That is sooo awesome! Way to go Amanda and Fern! I trained for and did the Nike Women's Marathon in 2007. I was 240 pounds..but I did it! I'm doing the Santa Barbara half in November and plan on jogging (not walking..like I did the full) the whole thing and maybe even having a respectable time. Hopefully a lighter body will help me accomplish that goal. I trained for my marathon for six months with Team in Training and learned A LOT..if you ever need any insight or advice..let me know :)