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About mooncat

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It took me almost a year to be certain this surgery was the path for me and to get through the preparation. I had my sleeve surgery on 12/3/13 and was completely confident that it was the right decision for me. I started to feel better as soon as I started on Optifast, which my surgeon requires for two weeks prior to surgery. I was disappointed that I only lost 15 pounds because I have seen on this forum where many people lost a lot more. My surgery went well, and my only issue was mild nausea, but I only spent one night in the hospital.

My surgeon requires 2 weeks of full liquids following surgery which was a challenge, but I held on and stuck to the program. I did not lose any weight the first week, but they said that happens sometimes. I felt like I was sacrificing a lot but not making any progress and I wanted something HOT to eat and something to chew on! However, my weight started dropping the following week. Week 3 introduced mushy foods which are my life for 6 weeks. I was very happy to have something real to eat. The first thing I tried was scrambled egg, which felt like it got stuck. I have since learned that many people struggle with scrambled eggs even well after surgery. I had the same challenge when I tried chicken. I have found some workable mushy foods.

I tried to return to work two weeks after the surgery, but I was still tired and found I only had about 4 good hours a day so I took a few more days off and returned to work on 12/26. I found that I could not cope without a little caffeine even though my doctor does not permit it. I found that the Isopure green tea protein drink has caffeine so I have it every morning and that is enough to fuel me for the day.

I am 4 weeks post surgery with 15lbs lost before surgery and 15 post surgery. I find that I am really hungry some days, but I only let myself have a yogurt or cottage cheese beyond what I am supposed to have. I know everyone is different, but I am disappointed I am not losing faster like so many of the people I read about here. I have all my protein nearly every day, but I don't always have all my water. I exercise almost every day.

5 weeks -32lbs
6 weeks -34lbs
7 weeks -

Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Starting Weight: 243 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 228 lbs
Current Weight: 163 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs
Weight Lost: 80 lbs
BMI: 25.5
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 03/15/2013
Surgery Date: 12/03/2013
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
mooncat's Bariatric Surgeon
Bluepoint Surgical Group
FAIRFAX, Virginia 22553