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O.T.R. sleever

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from lmblakes in Frequently Asked Questions   
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from crmcguir76 in Fried Food   
    I had a Popeye's spicy chicken tender when I was about 4weeks out. Didn't cause any problems, but I did realize that it doesn't taste near as good as I remember.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from rodw in Post Op Penis Size   
    You can expect to see about 1" more penis per 35lbs of weight loss. Of course this is limited to the the amount of fat surrounding yours.
    I have lost just shy of 100lbs & can say it is verry noticeable. And with less fat around it, holding it up, it does hang lower (appear even larger) flacid.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from Hollyapplej in Fell Off the Wagon...How do I get re-started?   
    You can take a page out of a sleevers book and do a diet reset. Start over like you just had surgery, log everything just as you did before. It'll take a couple weeks without bad carbs for those cravings to go away.
    Unfortunately white carbs create a chemical reaction in your system that causes you to crave more of them. I've had to reset a couple times in the past couple years. It isn't easy, but if I can do it, you can too.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from lmblakes in Frequently Asked Questions   
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from VSGAnn2014 in Coloring hair   
    RED. Go RED. Actually more if a strawberry Blonde. Or a really bright RED. Pink works too
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from VSGAnn2014 in Coloring hair   
    RED. Go RED. Actually more if a strawberry Blonde. Or a really bright RED. Pink works too
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from Countrygrrl in hi there!!! are there really gay people here?!?!?!?   
    How about a non judgmental straight guy that always seem to find himself hanging out in the g/l communities? Close enough?
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from Countrygrrl in Post Op Penis Size   
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from Countrygrrl in Post Op Penis Size   
    There was a time when I was the only perv on this site (openly at least)
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from Countrygrrl in Post Op Penis Size   
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from BeagleLover in Over 400Lbs Gastric Sleeve Success Story   
    Here's a link to Big Frank's thread. He is the most recent 450lb +- success story.
    http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/topic/63473-new-guy-here-youve-got-to-read-this/
    We have seen numerous 400lb+ successes come through here. Only problem is that (I'm assuming) they get so involved in their new lives, they forget about us.
    Which reminds me of Patrick. Starting at 660lbs, I haven't seen a post from him in some time, but last report from another member that sees him occasionally is that he is doing great. Here's a link to his latest post.
    http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/topic/62139-weight-loss-pics-from-my-highest-699-to-540-4-months-post-op/
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from bizzybee in Can You Shrink Your Sleeve?   
    Well, I'm pretty good at being hard on people, but that really is only needed to wake up someone that has fallen asleep at the wheel. You on the others hand seem to be well aware of what is going on, you just need to decide when you've had enough. Once you've decided that, then you've got to be willing to put the work in to get back on track.
    The great news is that your body is an amazing thing. IF you have stretched your sleeve your can shrink it back to its normal size. Keep in mind it's normal size is bigger than it was at 6-8 months post op. you fully healed sleeve could be as much as 10oz.
    Now here's the hard part, in order for your sleeve to shrink, you cannot fill it up. You are going to have to go back to basics, a liquid/soft diet for a couple weeks isn't a bad idea, but for sure you are going to have to measure/weigh your portions. Keep your portions @ or below 6oz at a sitting when you are eating. This is not such a big deal with liquids(as I'm sure you already know).
    There is really no point in us beating up on you. You need to talk to that woman that watches you brush your teeth and ask her if she has had enough yet, is she willing to do what it takes to fix her problems. I am truly sorry for all the heartache and setbacks you've endured. But the bottom line is there is only one person that can make this happen for you.
    Today you need to decide to live like no one else, so that later you can LIVE like NO ONE else.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from BR42 in Anyone Have A Relatively Easy Recovery Story?   
    I still remember my first post in this forum.it was something like,
    Is this too easy? I'm really afraid since this is causing me no real adversity that I am going to fail at this.
    Needless to say, I'm almost 11 weeks out & it is definately working, and I'm not a failure. I haven't had any real issues yet.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from BeagleLover in Over 400Lbs Gastric Sleeve Success Story   
    Here's a link to Big Frank's thread. He is the most recent 450lb +- success story.
    http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/topic/63473-new-guy-here-youve-got-to-read-this/
    We have seen numerous 400lb+ successes come through here. Only problem is that (I'm assuming) they get so involved in their new lives, they forget about us.
    Which reminds me of Patrick. Starting at 660lbs, I haven't seen a post from him in some time, but last report from another member that sees him occasionally is that he is doing great. Here's a link to his latest post.
    http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/topic/62139-weight-loss-pics-from-my-highest-699-to-540-4-months-post-op/
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from BigGirlPanties in Protein bars ?   
    Check out Quest nutrition, or Premier nutrition.
    Premier can be found @ Sams club, Walmart, & costco. I've always bought Quest online.
    Word of warning, there is really no such thing as a good Protein bar. They are nice for occasional use when you just don't have the time to stop & eat healthy, but ultimately they are all glorified candy bars.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from LidiBell in First Time Drinking Alcohol Post Op   
    I am of German descent, and in my opinion, we here in America are doing a huge disservice to our children by "protecting" them from alcohol. I was given small amounts of beer in my bottle as a baby. And as I grew I was never refused alcoholic beverages, they were limited, just as any responsible parent would with sodas.
    Now the argument can be made on both sides about health advantages/disadvantages. But where I saw the biggest difference was in my late teens & early twenties when all my friends were out getting sloshed, alcohol really wasn't that big of a deal to me, because I had access to it and was taught moderation with it my entire life.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Anyone Have A Relatively Easy Recovery Story?   
    I'm glad to see this thread is still alive and encouraging those that are feeling nervous about this decision. Here I am 19 months post op & am so happy & grateful for this miracle of modern medicine. I've gotten so much of myself back, so much more than I ever knew I lost. I can honestly say, I don't have a minute of regret. Yes I do occasionally miss stuffing my face with decadent Desserts & such, but I never miss what it did to me. It's been a long time, but I can honestly say, I LOVE ME.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from EclecticWonder in Frequently Asked Questions   
    It is most often too big of bites, eating too fast or not chewing well enough. The body is trying to lubricate the the food so tgat it will move down.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from catered1 in My confession. I fell of the wagon   
    Wow, do I really not want to admit this. But, I did it, I had a relapse.
    For a few weeks I was eating candy and ice cream on a daily basis. Somewhere in the area of 2000 calories a day worth of candy bars & ice cream. That's plus my salads and Proteins.
    I'm really ashamed of myself, not because I had relapse, that's just part of life for an addict. We are really good at justifying our addictions and tripping ourselves up. My shame comes from the fact that I let my pride get I the way of my recovery. I should have come here and told my sleeve family when I realized it was a problem. I knew it was a problem less than 1 week into it, but I couldn't bring myself to admitting it to you.
    About a week ago I got on the scale & had gained back 7-8lbs. I was so disappointed in myself. I am back on a very strict diet, let me assure you getting back on track is much harder when you don't have a fresh staple line to scare you into following the rules.
    The total disgust I felt looking at that number on he scale was enough to put me back on the straight and narrow.
    But let me tell you from experience, stay mindful of what you eat. There have always been 2 schools of thought on eating post VSG, the "what's best" & the "what's acceptable". This experience has assured me even more the I belong in the "what's best" crowd. I really need to focus on my health because "acceptable" for me quickly turns into overindulgence.
    I feel I need to apologize to you, my sleeve family for not being open about this when it happened.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from scrapbasket in Ugh...bras!   
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from Lorraine Stanhope in Changing how I consume my protein   
    Great information. Also make sure you are using a high quality source of Protein.
    If you are taking 2 hours to consume the 40 grams then you are still likely using most of the Protein. Protein slows the digestive process, so it stays in your intestine longer.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from docbree in Sleeve or Plication? Scared to death and nervous.   
    I'd recommend really looking harder at plication.
    Many of the original assumptions about plication have proven to be in error.
    Plication was originally thought to be reversible, real cases have proven otherwise. The folded portion of the stomach has a tendency to grow together therefore making it irreversible.
    Another misconception is that plication is safer or has less propensity for complications. Reality is that it is long term a riskier surgery. The aforementioned folds that grow together also tend to necrosify(die), also there have been multiple occasions there the sutures that have also torn the stomach.
    Another thing to consider is that with plication the fundus still exists and can further stretch. Additionally as you referred to grehlin production is not altered through plication.
    Lastly consider the fact that while the sleeve is gaining in popularity & becoming more common, many surgeons are ceasing to offer plication as an option.
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from VSGAnn2014 in Coloring hair   
    RED. Go RED. Actually more if a strawberry Blonde. Or a really bright RED. Pink works too
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    O.T.R. sleever got a reaction from BeagleLover in Over 400Lbs Gastric Sleeve Success Story   
    Here's a link to Big Frank's thread. He is the most recent 450lb +- success story.
    http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/topic/63473-new-guy-here-youve-got-to-read-this/
    We have seen numerous 400lb+ successes come through here. Only problem is that (I'm assuming) they get so involved in their new lives, they forget about us.
    Which reminds me of Patrick. Starting at 660lbs, I haven't seen a post from him in some time, but last report from another member that sees him occasionally is that he is doing great. Here's a link to his latest post.
    http://www.verticalsleevetalk.com/topic/62139-weight-loss-pics-from-my-highest-699-to-540-4-months-post-op/
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