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Andrew0929

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from EducatingtheMasses in Post Op Penis Size   
    My wife and I laughed when reading this thread as we've noticed the same changes. I have to be very careful now to not hurt her as I'm not used operating this large equipment.
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from J San in Time to stop losing weight!   
    Congratulations!!

    I had the same concern after dropping from 325 to 167. My dr kept emphasizing that my body would figure out an appropriate level and remain there. I was skeptical but he was right.

    I’ve continued doing the same things (still weighing, logging and exercising) and now 4.5 years later have at or about 177.
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    Andrew0929 reacted to J San in Time to stop losing weight!   
    This is a great topic to read on. Nothing better than reading success stories. Congrats on killing it. I too hope to one day say the same thing. CONGRATS!!!!!!
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    Andrew0929 reacted to imadethelist in Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?   
    I’m almost 4 year out and 90% of the time I still eat like I’m 6 months out.
    - followed my post op jet to the letter for over a year. That really helped set good new food habits.
    - I still track everything I eat mostly to ensure my macros are on point. This is just how I eat now not really a diet.
    - I exercise 5-6 days a week, it’s just part of my life now. I still don’t love it but it simply must be done.
    - I find I eat even less when I eat out. Probably because I eat faster which makes me full faster.

    It’s been a full on lifestyle change for sure. So grateful for the help of the sleeve and I know I couldn’t have done this without it. But as we all know I did the work!! And I continue to do the work everyday with my food choices.

    I do find I really can’t eat many calories without gaining weight. So I have to keep it to 1000-1100 cal a day. For me anything more and I’ll gain. To be expected with such a big weight loss my body wants to go back....but with my sleeve I’m in charge now and that’s not happening!!!!
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    Andrew0929 reacted to OutsideMatchInside in Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?   
    Agreed. I probably spend less than 30 seconds a meal logging. If you log all the time and you have foods saved it goes really fast.
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?   
    I've been at goal for 3.5 years. I think the key issue for me is continuing to measure and log food and exercise. It keeps me in check. If I go over one day I try to compensate the next day.

    When calculating net calories, I can almost predict what my weight will be the next morning.

    My plan is to measure and log forever...



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    Andrew0929 reacted to ausmith in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    My Husband and I are almost 5 years Out (Oct) and we take a multi and Vitamin D every morning. I also have to take Iron. We have just had our blood tests done and everything is fine but need to continue with what we are taking
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from Monkeyfulbrighter in Possible I've Lost Too Much?   
    I’m 4.5 years out and down 150. I had the same concern about 1 year out and my Dr said that my body would eventually settle into a new normal weight.

    That did happen and I've been about 10-12 pounds above my lowest weight for quite some time and it's probably a good long-term level to maintain.
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
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    Andrew0929 got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi Kathy,

    I'm glad to hear that you're well...

    The challenges never cease. While I've been able to maintain, it's still a lot of work. I got a taste of rapid weight gain after allowing my cereal snacking to get out control.

    I've been slacking a little on my exercising lately due to being very busy with work and need to get that back on track.

    Keep fighting the fight...

    Andrew


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    Andrew0929 reacted to ProudGrammy in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    hi andrew
    nice to hear from you
    glad things are continuing to go well
    i love Cereal too, have my weak
    moments, but i'm doing fine
    take care
    kathy
    congrats
  14. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
  15. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
  16. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
  17. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
  18. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from jess9395 in Checking in ... 4.5 years out   
    Hi All,
    Just went to my annual appointment with surgeon and realized I’ve not checked in here in quite some time.
    I’m now holding at 10 pounds above My lowest weight, which has been the case for several years. However, During the winter I gained 6 pounds and attributed this to increased snacking on Cereal. Then, I got the flu and lost 10 pounds. Interestingly, after getting better I decided to stop the cereal snacking and have ended up back at the same weight I’ve been at for about 3 years.
    Hoping to continue maintaining at this level. Still weighing and logging...
    Regards,
    Andrew
  19. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014   
    I’m 4 years and 3 days out and in a similar situation. I lost about 150 and am about 14 pounds above my lowest weight.

    What baffles me is that I continue to weigh and log all food and my calories/carbs haven’t increased and my level of exercise is the same.

    Working out 6 days/week and keeping calories at or below 1900.

    I’d be happy even losing 6 pounds. I hate that my pants are slightly tight. Makes me mad even typing that...



  20. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014   
    I’m 4 years and 3 days out and in a similar situation. I lost about 150 and am about 14 pounds above my lowest weight.

    What baffles me is that I continue to weigh and log all food and my calories/carbs haven’t increased and my level of exercise is the same.

    Working out 6 days/week and keeping calories at or below 1900.

    I’d be happy even losing 6 pounds. I hate that my pants are slightly tight. Makes me mad even typing that...



  21. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from Stella S in Do you still identify as a wls patient?   
    At 2.5 years post-op, I'm less focused on the surgery part but still as focused on the food choices and exercise.
    It is an intriguing question. A few years after the massive weight loss, when the steady flow of comments and questions has diminished, the surgery part of this process fades away.
    I worry about losing my edge in staying on top of following the rules as time passes. I want to remain aware of all that I've been through as a WLS patient to help keep me on track.
    Note to self: you will always be a WLS patient.
  22. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?   
    I use an app on my phone called SparkPeople and use a simple kitchen scale. Since I eat the same Breakfast and Snacks daily I created groups of meals. I probably spend less than 1 minute a day logging.

    It’s not for everyone, but I need to do this to maintain control.


  23. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?   
    I use an app on my phone called SparkPeople and use a simple kitchen scale. Since I eat the same Breakfast and Snacks daily I created groups of meals. I probably spend less than 1 minute a day logging.

    It’s not for everyone, but I need to do this to maintain control.


  24. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?   
    I've been at goal for 3.5 years. I think the key issue for me is continuing to measure and log food and exercise. It keeps me in check. If I go over one day I try to compensate the next day.

    When calculating net calories, I can almost predict what my weight will be the next morning.

    My plan is to measure and log forever...



  25. Like
    Andrew0929 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014   
    I’m 4 years and 3 days out and in a similar situation. I lost about 150 and am about 14 pounds above my lowest weight.

    What baffles me is that I continue to weigh and log all food and my calories/carbs haven’t increased and my level of exercise is the same.

    Working out 6 days/week and keeping calories at or below 1900.

    I’d be happy even losing 6 pounds. I hate that my pants are slightly tight. Makes me mad even typing that...



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