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ausmith

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    ausmith got a reaction from New Me, New Mind in Calling all vets- where are you   
    I’m 51/2 years out and have only just checked in today after about 8months.
    Struggling with a 15lbs increase not a huge amount but definitely over my danger weight of 143lbs. My vanity goal weight has always been 132lbs which I have probably only achieved a handful of times, generally just before we go on holidays. So that I give myself some wiggle room for a bit of relaxed eating which I tend to do when on holidays.
    I try never to let myself go above 143lbs as a rule. I can usually get back on track just by being mindful of what I’m eating and logging all my food into my fitness pal but struggling this time around.
    I have only ever stuck to the rule of walking 10,000 steps a day and haven’t really added any extra exercise at any point. I started out at 253lbs and reached goal in the first 12 months. So I’m very grateful for where I am but know that once you cross your own danger line things can spiral out of control very quickly.
    About 12months ago I was struggling and tried IF and started to look at Keto but life got in the way and everyone and everything in my life became more important than me.
    I think I just answered my own question, Gastric Sleeve is a jealous beast and doesn’t like to be ignored. I think if we ignore the rules she set out when we started this journey she will make us pay lol.
    Good Luck everyone this isn’t a one size fits all. I know coming back to this site gets my head in the right place and makes me focus on myself. Which I think in my case is a rule I can’t forget or I pay the price.
    I’m interested in how others are going this far out.

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    ausmith got a reaction from GreenTealael in Pandemic Check In   
    Checking in to see how everyone is going
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    ausmith got a reaction from bookworm1983 in Pandemic Check In   
    I’m the same walk every day but unfortunately the boredom seems to be my biggest problem at the moment
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    ausmith got a reaction from GreenTealael in Pandemic Check In   
    Yes I am walking about 2 km a day and keeping myself busy with cleaning, cooking and YouTube but boredom is a definite trigger for eating for me. I’ve gone back to a shake in the morning for Breakfast to try to help me with this so I’ll see how that goes. Stay safe and positive everyone
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    ausmith got a reaction from bookworm1983 in Pandemic Check In   
    I’m the same walk every day but unfortunately the boredom seems to be my biggest problem at the moment
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    ausmith reacted to ms.sss in Pandemic Check In   
    I'm back to my morning runs, and recently added a second run in the evenings.
    Started a core strengthening program/routine with Mr. too...I have a secret goal to successfully execute and hold a yoga lift. I was always jealous of how Mr could do it, and now that I am half my former size, it is def a possibility!
    Oh, and I've been spending more time cooking/baking, and cleaning out the basement, lol.
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    ausmith got a reaction from vsgchick in April 2020 Vets Roll Call   
    Sleeved in Oct 2013 my husband and I were both done on the same day. I lost about 115 lbs and he lost 110 lbs We were both great for the first 5 years but I struggle with 20 lbs increase and he struggles with about 30 to 35 lbs increase. We do great for a few weeks then stuff it up again. Pandemic is making it worse because we have moved back to Australia and neither of us are working.
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    ausmith reacted to BriarRose in update on 10 years out regain, and weight loss   
    I posted a while ago about my weight loss, and regain and taking control again.
    Started at 320 or there abouts 5'2" and 54 years old 10 years ago. VSG. Lost weight and got to 180 pounds. Over 8 years I regained to 220. Started slow weight loss / getting back into control in mid July this past year. I have now lost 30 pounds. Back to 190. I started my weight loss with a BMI over 54 in the 300's. I am still considered obese at 190 and a BMI just under 34; but darn it, I am so flipping proud of myself.
    Yes, I am 64 years old. No, I can't really exercise ... but I do some short walks and I garden and vegetable garden, take care of my chickens. I had to get a local teen to help me lift 40 pound bags of feed this year; but I can still haul the 25 lb bags.... and I continue to work full time in my career. Life is good.
    In my weight loss journey this time out, I stopped at 20 pounds lost and took a break. I experimented with adding in more foods, and balancing out what I needed to do to maintain that 20 pound loss, and did that for a month, then decided to lose some more. I think that i never really paid all that much attention to how much, what kinds of foods how I Prepare them.... and exactly how my body reacts to it. I use very little salt at home. When I eat out, I gain weight from the added salt. Yes, it is Water weight from the salt; but being on lock down at home and working from home, with no lunches out for meetings.... going to have to find places to lunch that cut the sodium out !!! Going to continue what I am doing. Taking breaks, slow weight loss and maybe make it down to overweight, or not.... but will be pleased to keep that 30 # off !!!
    Still using my VSG. 10 years later.


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    ausmith reacted to JessLess in Pandemic Check In   
    I've been doing exercise classes on Zoom with a live teacher and other students. If I pay for the appointment, I'm far more likely to actually do it.
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    ausmith reacted to Recidivist in Pandemic Check In   
    I'm also in Australia (Canberra)! I've posted this before, but isolation has made it possible for me to plan and monitor my eating more carefully than when I'm working, so I've managed it quite well. I've actually lost a few pounds in the last couple of weeks. (And yes, I try to go for a walk every morning, which is still allowed here.)
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    ausmith reacted to catwoman7 in Pandemic Check In   
    my husband and I walk almost every evening and I do weights in my basement 2-3x a week.
    I don't stress eat, but I do tend to eat when I'm bored, so this has been a challenge, but so far I've been OK. I try to keep a lot of raw veggies and grapes in the fridge to munch on when I can't seem to be able to control the urge to eat. I also drink a lot of fluids...and try to keep my hands busy, too.
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    ausmith got a reaction from GreenTealael in Pandemic Check In   
    Hi just wanted to check in and see what people are doing differently to deal with what’s going on in the world at the moment. My husband and I were sleeved in Oct 2013 and have started to struggle in the last 2 yrs with 20-30 lbs gain. I’m in Aus and we are only to leave the house for exercise, shopping and essential travel. Neither one of us are working since we returned to Australia so that definitely adds to the stress.
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    ausmith reacted to FluffyChix in So mad at myself for regain   
    @Debbieduck4 PM me if you want to attend my online support meeting tonight at 6pm CST. We're a great group of committed folks who really motivate each other and help us with accountability and focus. It's hard to go back to basics, but IMHO that's what it takes. Plan, weigh/measure, log EVERYTHING that goes in your mouth for a baseline. Everything. Then look at ways to cut the trash out and emphasize the healthy stuff. Prioritize Protein, Water, healthy veg, healthy fats. You can do it. Seen too many people succeed in getting back to goal to believe it won't.
    Hang in there. These are tough days.
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    ausmith reacted to mi75 in Any WLS peeps from 2014 still around?   
    I've been here the entire time. I took off a while post surgery but after I had my regain and got refocused, I came back. I do still post but SO many that were here are long gone. Sadly. In reading many threads over the last couple years I feel like so many pre op and fresh post op people are looking for shortcuts, secrets to manipulate their surgery and ways around the 'work' of being a patient. It is a LOT of work. And yes, six years later I still have to put in the work every day. There are SO MANY foods I haven't had since before my surgery. I was NEVER the person who could go back to eating everything in small amounts. I know some surgeons are ok with that, but not mine, and FOR SURE not my body!
    Overall, I'm doing great. I am maintaining weight loss. As many here know I had some regain and had a bit of a health crisis. My child goes to a huge national Keto clinic for epileptics and under the supervision of a physician there I went hard core keto a few years back. I lost all my regain and more. I am at a bit of a plateau right now after working with a registered dietician and attempting to increase my carbs. I bumped upward a few pounds and put an end to that effort. Back in ketosis now, I'm back on track. I continue to move my weight downward and STILL there are numbers I strive for.
    It took me FIVE years to get the confidence to join a 'tribe' of exercise folks that I loved. After 2 years of bouncing around different places, attempting stuff at home etc., I finally found a CrossFit box that I love. I go a few days a week. I really enjoy it and will use some variation of this modality for as long as I can because it really works for me.
    I still do, and will ALWAYS identify as a WLS patient. I am proud of what I went through. I am focused and dedicated. I am positive that I wouldn't be seeing my upcoming 45th birthday had I not had the surgery. I had a massive health issue that was spiraling out of control and I didn't even know it was there until after surgery (after I had some regain and some testing that investigated symptoms I thought were related to regain)...Had I continued to gain weight and skipped surgery, I would be dead now. It's sobering and makes me that much MORE thankful for this option. I don't take it lightly.
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    ausmith reacted to vsgchick in Any WLS peeps from 2014 still around?   
    Thank you so much! I have a sleeve fairy godmother that holds me accountable. She is 7 years post and still rocking it. Total motivation. I miss the honeymoon period, but still happy to have some restriction this far out. If I focus on Protein and limit the slider foods, my sleeve is still running the show.
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    ausmith reacted to vsgchick in Any WLS peeps from 2014 still around?   
    I'm still here! I had VSG in November 2014 and lost 185 lbs. I regained 20 lbs last year (just being careless lol), but I refocused at the beginning of 2020 and I've lost 15 lbs. Glad to see veterans post. Sleeve Life definitely isn't easy at 5+ years, but still grateful for VSG.
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    ausmith got a reaction from FluffyChix in Extreme Measures   
    Ive had a few slides in the wrong direction because of stress but back in the game this week. Ill let you know how I’m going in a week
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    ausmith got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Extreme Measures   
    FluffyChix i’m using Optifast the same ones I used pre-surgery 5 1/2 years ago. Today was a bust I ate a few things that definitely put me over the 800 calories. Still 6lb down but I know tomorrow I’ll either move backwards or stay the same. Although I’ll be definitely back on track I won’t be using today as an excuse to destroy this opportunity
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    ausmith got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Extreme Measures   
    Still on plan and really feeling the effects but i know it’ll get easier.6lb down It’s not easy but at least I’m seeing results. This is the most weight I’ve lost at one time since going into maintenance. Not as many steps today only 5600 but i just didn’t have enough energy.
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    ausmith got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Extreme Measures   
    Ok still on plan 4lb down and met majority of my goals. I only managed 8000 steps today. 3 shakes and a cup of low starch veg. Struggling with low energy but hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Knowing that I’m getting results is making it worthwhile
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    ausmith got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Extreme Measures   
    So I made the decision to get rid of these extra pounds once and for all. Iv’e been doing this and that but nothing seems to have worked my goal weight is getting further away. After 5 1/2 years I love being at goal and hate the fact I’m carrying around now almost 20lb that I shouldn’t be.
    It really boils down to lack of making the right choices. There will be many people that disagree with how I’m going to tackle this but I need to act and I need to act now.
    As of this morning I have gone back on the shakes, 3 a day instead of meals and a small portion of Protein at night. Walking 10,000 steps and drinking 2 liters of Water. I plan on doing this for 2 weeks and then see where I’m at then start to introduce real food (high protein)
    If anyone else has done this or is thinking about doing it please let me know how you went. I really dislike the shakes but they worked so well prior to surgery so long ago that I figure it’s worth a try.
    I’ll check in each day to confirm that I have stuck to it and if it’s working
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    ausmith got a reaction from FluffyChix in Extreme Measures   
    Ive had a few slides in the wrong direction because of stress but back in the game this week. Ill let you know how I’m going in a week
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    ausmith got a reaction from FluffyChix in Extreme Measures   
    Thanks

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    ausmith got a reaction from FluffyChix in Extreme Measures   
    Thanks your right I just have to keep at it
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    ausmith got a reaction from FluffyChix in Extreme Measures   
    Hi plenty of ups and downs down 4.5lb so not the result I was hoping for. Back on normal food but trying to stick to about 1000 cal high Protein low carb. Pretty much in a stall but I’ll keep at it because there is no other option
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