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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from FinallyLosingIt20 in Did you keep surgery a secret? What did you tell people?   
    I only told ~ 5 people--my closest, inner circle friends--including the two men who helped me: One guy took me to surgery and dropped me off at the other guy, who kept me at his place for 3 days post-op (and took me to the doctor's office for my 2-day post-op visit [my VSG was out-patient]).
    Months later, when I resumed eating out, some friends later noticed that I was eating small meals, ordering appetizers only,a nd even having to take some of that home. They'd also noticed my weight loss. I said, over the past months I'd limited my portions and went mostly high-protein. Facts.
    You don't have to tell anyone you don't want to tell. Besides, some are ignorant of the 'whys' of having wls, or that wls is 'the easy way out,' etc., and you don't need naysayers who may not understand and lack knowledge of the struggle.
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from FinallyLosingIt20 in Did you keep surgery a secret? What did you tell people?   
    I only told ~ 5 people--my closest, inner circle friends--including the two men who helped me: One guy took me to surgery and dropped me off at the other guy, who kept me at his place for 3 days post-op (and took me to the doctor's office for my 2-day post-op visit [my VSG was out-patient]).
    Months later, when I resumed eating out, some friends later noticed that I was eating small meals, ordering appetizers only,a nd even having to take some of that home. They'd also noticed my weight loss. I said, over the past months I'd limited my portions and went mostly high-protein. Facts.
    You don't have to tell anyone you don't want to tell. Besides, some are ignorant of the 'whys' of having wls, or that wls is 'the easy way out,' etc., and you don't need naysayers who may not understand and lack knowledge of the struggle.
  3. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from FinallyLosingIt20 in Did you keep surgery a secret? What did you tell people?   
    I only told ~ 5 people--my closest, inner circle friends--including the two men who helped me: One guy took me to surgery and dropped me off at the other guy, who kept me at his place for 3 days post-op (and took me to the doctor's office for my 2-day post-op visit [my VSG was out-patient]).
    Months later, when I resumed eating out, some friends later noticed that I was eating small meals, ordering appetizers only,a nd even having to take some of that home. They'd also noticed my weight loss. I said, over the past months I'd limited my portions and went mostly high-protein. Facts.
    You don't have to tell anyone you don't want to tell. Besides, some are ignorant of the 'whys' of having wls, or that wls is 'the easy way out,' etc., and you don't need naysayers who may not understand and lack knowledge of the struggle.
  4. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from FinallyLosingIt20 in Did you keep surgery a secret? What did you tell people?   
    I only told ~ 5 people--my closest, inner circle friends--including the two men who helped me: One guy took me to surgery and dropped me off at the other guy, who kept me at his place for 3 days post-op (and took me to the doctor's office for my 2-day post-op visit [my VSG was out-patient]).
    Months later, when I resumed eating out, some friends later noticed that I was eating small meals, ordering appetizers only,a nd even having to take some of that home. They'd also noticed my weight loss. I said, over the past months I'd limited my portions and went mostly high-protein. Facts.
    You don't have to tell anyone you don't want to tell. Besides, some are ignorant of the 'whys' of having wls, or that wls is 'the easy way out,' etc., and you don't need naysayers who may not understand and lack knowledge of the struggle.
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from clsumrall in Weigh gain - 3 years post op   
    You are not alone; though I'm now six years out this week (Dec. 3rd, 2013). In the past 1.5 years, I gained ~20-25 #s and I'm having a hard time losing them. Admittedly, I didn't stick to protein-only and began eating faster.
    I'd gotten from HW: 271-->SW: 252-->180 lowest weight, size 10ish. Now I'm 202-204 pounds, ~ size 12-14. Grr. (In full disclosure, I had gotten back to 210 [209.8]. That would have been a full 30 pounds!!!) I work hard to NOT pick up potato chips (my nemesis and road trip snack).
    I had the VSG and all that ghrelin area was whacked off 6 years ago. But ghrelin finds its ugly way back after ~ 5 years I'm told, and so the battle can resume.
    I don't do the shakes because they mostly have sucralose/splenda and I do NOT lose with that. Fact. I don't. I gain.
    So I'd say do all you can to get back to your steaks, fish, eggs, bacon, sardines, whatever, to break the cycle and get you back to no cravings. Just say NO when tempted to buy crap/bad carbs.
    As some have told me "20 pounds, not that bad." But to me, it is. I never wanted to see 200 again. Also, I'm almost 65, so that might be a factor, but I'm not putting it on 'slower metabolism.'
    But right now, I'm feeling stronger, so I hope to get under 200 by end of the year, if not by Christmas. Just step away from the bad stuff. Delight on steak, fish and eggs, etc.
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from clsumrall in Weigh gain - 3 years post op   
    You are not alone; though I'm now six years out this week (Dec. 3rd, 2013). In the past 1.5 years, I gained ~20-25 #s and I'm having a hard time losing them. Admittedly, I didn't stick to protein-only and began eating faster.
    I'd gotten from HW: 271-->SW: 252-->180 lowest weight, size 10ish. Now I'm 202-204 pounds, ~ size 12-14. Grr. (In full disclosure, I had gotten back to 210 [209.8]. That would have been a full 30 pounds!!!) I work hard to NOT pick up potato chips (my nemesis and road trip snack).
    I had the VSG and all that ghrelin area was whacked off 6 years ago. But ghrelin finds its ugly way back after ~ 5 years I'm told, and so the battle can resume.
    I don't do the shakes because they mostly have sucralose/splenda and I do NOT lose with that. Fact. I don't. I gain.
    So I'd say do all you can to get back to your steaks, fish, eggs, bacon, sardines, whatever, to break the cycle and get you back to no cravings. Just say NO when tempted to buy crap/bad carbs.
    As some have told me "20 pounds, not that bad." But to me, it is. I never wanted to see 200 again. Also, I'm almost 65, so that might be a factor, but I'm not putting it on 'slower metabolism.'
    But right now, I'm feeling stronger, so I hope to get under 200 by end of the year, if not by Christmas. Just step away from the bad stuff. Delight on steak, fish and eggs, etc.
  7. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from clsumrall in Weigh gain - 3 years post op   
    You are not alone; though I'm now six years out this week (Dec. 3rd, 2013). In the past 1.5 years, I gained ~20-25 #s and I'm having a hard time losing them. Admittedly, I didn't stick to protein-only and began eating faster.
    I'd gotten from HW: 271-->SW: 252-->180 lowest weight, size 10ish. Now I'm 202-204 pounds, ~ size 12-14. Grr. (In full disclosure, I had gotten back to 210 [209.8]. That would have been a full 30 pounds!!!) I work hard to NOT pick up potato chips (my nemesis and road trip snack).
    I had the VSG and all that ghrelin area was whacked off 6 years ago. But ghrelin finds its ugly way back after ~ 5 years I'm told, and so the battle can resume.
    I don't do the shakes because they mostly have sucralose/splenda and I do NOT lose with that. Fact. I don't. I gain.
    So I'd say do all you can to get back to your steaks, fish, eggs, bacon, sardines, whatever, to break the cycle and get you back to no cravings. Just say NO when tempted to buy crap/bad carbs.
    As some have told me "20 pounds, not that bad." But to me, it is. I never wanted to see 200 again. Also, I'm almost 65, so that might be a factor, but I'm not putting it on 'slower metabolism.'
    But right now, I'm feeling stronger, so I hope to get under 200 by end of the year, if not by Christmas. Just step away from the bad stuff. Delight on steak, fish and eggs, etc.
  8. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from clsumrall in Weigh gain - 3 years post op   
    You are not alone; though I'm now six years out this week (Dec. 3rd, 2013). In the past 1.5 years, I gained ~20-25 #s and I'm having a hard time losing them. Admittedly, I didn't stick to protein-only and began eating faster.
    I'd gotten from HW: 271-->SW: 252-->180 lowest weight, size 10ish. Now I'm 202-204 pounds, ~ size 12-14. Grr. (In full disclosure, I had gotten back to 210 [209.8]. That would have been a full 30 pounds!!!) I work hard to NOT pick up potato chips (my nemesis and road trip snack).
    I had the VSG and all that ghrelin area was whacked off 6 years ago. But ghrelin finds its ugly way back after ~ 5 years I'm told, and so the battle can resume.
    I don't do the shakes because they mostly have sucralose/splenda and I do NOT lose with that. Fact. I don't. I gain.
    So I'd say do all you can to get back to your steaks, fish, eggs, bacon, sardines, whatever, to break the cycle and get you back to no cravings. Just say NO when tempted to buy crap/bad carbs.
    As some have told me "20 pounds, not that bad." But to me, it is. I never wanted to see 200 again. Also, I'm almost 65, so that might be a factor, but I'm not putting it on 'slower metabolism.'
    But right now, I'm feeling stronger, so I hope to get under 200 by end of the year, if not by Christmas. Just step away from the bad stuff. Delight on steak, fish and eggs, etc.
  9. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from clsumrall in Weigh gain - 3 years post op   
    You are not alone; though I'm now six years out this week (Dec. 3rd, 2013). In the past 1.5 years, I gained ~20-25 #s and I'm having a hard time losing them. Admittedly, I didn't stick to protein-only and began eating faster.
    I'd gotten from HW: 271-->SW: 252-->180 lowest weight, size 10ish. Now I'm 202-204 pounds, ~ size 12-14. Grr. (In full disclosure, I had gotten back to 210 [209.8]. That would have been a full 30 pounds!!!) I work hard to NOT pick up potato chips (my nemesis and road trip snack).
    I had the VSG and all that ghrelin area was whacked off 6 years ago. But ghrelin finds its ugly way back after ~ 5 years I'm told, and so the battle can resume.
    I don't do the shakes because they mostly have sucralose/splenda and I do NOT lose with that. Fact. I don't. I gain.
    So I'd say do all you can to get back to your steaks, fish, eggs, bacon, sardines, whatever, to break the cycle and get you back to no cravings. Just say NO when tempted to buy crap/bad carbs.
    As some have told me "20 pounds, not that bad." But to me, it is. I never wanted to see 200 again. Also, I'm almost 65, so that might be a factor, but I'm not putting it on 'slower metabolism.'
    But right now, I'm feeling stronger, so I hope to get under 200 by end of the year, if not by Christmas. Just step away from the bad stuff. Delight on steak, fish and eggs, etc.
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    Dr-Patient reacted to Chardonnay40 in 14-day Pre-op Starts Today   
    OMG! Its happening. For my 14 day pre-op I can have:
    1. 4 Optifast shakes
    2. Herb Ox bouillon cubes
    3. Clear broth soup/bone broth (once a day)
    4. SF Popsicle
    5 SF Gelatin
    6. Mi0
    7, Decaf tea, coffee
    8. Propel 0

    so far so good. I am ready for this challenge. I just have to remember my goal is my surgery day 11/18!

    anyone else going through their pre-op fast?
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from GreenTealael in Cauliflower Rice Helps: Picture:   
    I love rice; but making this CAULIFLOWER RICE has helped psych out my brain! I almost feel guilty eating it.
    I buy the frozen packs of it, already riced.
    Directions: Saute' chopped sweet mini peppers, scallions [including green tips], onions...[mushrooms, too, are good]. Add some blackening seasoning I make (without salt). Once that's ~ browned/softened a bit, remove from the pan. Then put the thawed c-rice in the same pan (some Water and all). Let it simmer down to cook, and to absorb some of the water. Add in veggies; stir. I add a little bit of garlic salt, and sometimes add thai chili sauce [or other sauce] for color and a bit of 'heat.' Eat with your meats.
    If you love rice--or need that carb feel and taste--give it a try.
    .
    Bon appetit!
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from GreenTealael in Cauliflower Rice Helps: Picture:   
    I love rice; but making this CAULIFLOWER RICE has helped psych out my brain! I almost feel guilty eating it.
    I buy the frozen packs of it, already riced.
    Directions: Saute' chopped sweet mini peppers, scallions [including green tips], onions...[mushrooms, too, are good]. Add some blackening seasoning I make (without salt). Once that's ~ browned/softened a bit, remove from the pan. Then put the thawed c-rice in the same pan (some Water and all). Let it simmer down to cook, and to absorb some of the water. Add in veggies; stir. I add a little bit of garlic salt, and sometimes add thai chili sauce [or other sauce] for color and a bit of 'heat.' Eat with your meats.
    If you love rice--or need that carb feel and taste--give it a try.
    .
    Bon appetit!
  13. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from GreenTealael in Cauliflower Rice Helps: Picture:   
    I love rice; but making this CAULIFLOWER RICE has helped psych out my brain! I almost feel guilty eating it.
    I buy the frozen packs of it, already riced.
    Directions: Saute' chopped sweet mini peppers, scallions [including green tips], onions...[mushrooms, too, are good]. Add some blackening seasoning I make (without salt). Once that's ~ browned/softened a bit, remove from the pan. Then put the thawed c-rice in the same pan (some Water and all). Let it simmer down to cook, and to absorb some of the water. Add in veggies; stir. I add a little bit of garlic salt, and sometimes add thai chili sauce [or other sauce] for color and a bit of 'heat.' Eat with your meats.
    If you love rice--or need that carb feel and taste--give it a try.
    .
    Bon appetit!
  14. Like
    Dr-Patient got a reaction from GreenTealael in Cauliflower Rice Helps: Picture:   
    I love rice; but making this CAULIFLOWER RICE has helped psych out my brain! I almost feel guilty eating it.
    I buy the frozen packs of it, already riced.
    Directions: Saute' chopped sweet mini peppers, scallions [including green tips], onions...[mushrooms, too, are good]. Add some blackening seasoning I make (without salt). Once that's ~ browned/softened a bit, remove from the pan. Then put the thawed c-rice in the same pan (some Water and all). Let it simmer down to cook, and to absorb some of the water. Add in veggies; stir. I add a little bit of garlic salt, and sometimes add thai chili sauce [or other sauce] for color and a bit of 'heat.' Eat with your meats.
    If you love rice--or need that carb feel and taste--give it a try.
    .
    Bon appetit!
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from Hop_Scotch in EGS to Gastric sleeve   
    I'm glad to see this post. I had a wonderful VSG Dec, 2013. I lost ~ 90 pounds, from 272-180; down to a size 10, feeling great, hot and sexy. Self-confident. Alas, in the past 2 years, I fell off the Protein wagon and gained 25 pounds. I'm so mad at myself. The carb cravings...grr!

    I wanted a re-do VSG, but am told there may be leaks, etc. So the doctor--my friend and colleague--mentioned the ESG...but I don't want that.

    Fortunately, with the help of an anorexic I just started (in small, half-doses), I've been a good girl this weekend. It's a start. I just need help to break my grazing, and grabbing carbs.

    So I think I will not do the ESG. But I'm glad to see the pros and cons of some who've had it. I guess that, no matter what procedure we have, the battle is somewhat inherent to potentially regain.

    Oh...as an aside...I will say that CAULIFLOWER RICE has been helpful. I love regular rice, but I'm able to psych out my brain when I eat cauliflower rice. (I add/chop up sweet mini peppers, onions and scallions to it, with blackening seasoning.) I hardly realize it's not real rice.
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    Dr-Patient reacted to Melesg in EGS to Gastric sleeve   
    So I have finally hit my goal!! Total of 28kg lost over 2 years with the combination of esg and saxenda. Definitely needed the saxenda as I feel the appetite suppression is key for me. I am now beginning maintenance and will stay on saxenda for months at least, at a reducing dose. Wish me luck. Mel
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    Dr-Patient reacted to DANIELCO in EGS to Gastric sleeve   
    Hi, (sorry for my english)..6 years ago I had the sleeve , I lost 20 kgs. (I wasn't very overweight, but I wanted to be thin). I kept my weight for 3-4 years, until I had to stop making excersice ( I ran marathons,ironmans, play tennis, etc), because an injury on my neck. So the last year I regain half of the weight I lost at the begining of my sleeve. To make it short I went to the doctor, he said I didn't need to lose weight but if I really wanted he would make my stomach as small as the first time (it is called "la remanga"). "the sleeve again".. It was a total disaster, whatever I eat I vomit it, even the Water I drank I couldn't keep it in my stomach. So the doctor had to make me an emergency bypass in January (6 days after "la remanga"). So I had 2 operations. I lost 10 kgs. I am very thin again, but it was really scary and its been difficult in many ways. Between the sleeve and the bypass, I would choose the sleeve by far (for many reasons). Hopefully my experience can help you in some way.
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    Dr-Patient reacted to Melesg in EGS to Gastric sleeve   
    No nausea and vomiting. Just very fatigued but as I am following a low carb 800 calorie diet under dr supervision, the tiredness may be because of lack of calories! I am on 1.8 mg, due to go to 2.4 in 3 days time. This may be the dose I stay on. It definitely takes the edge off hunger and makes you quite disinterested in food. No sweet cravings at all. Could happily eat just 1 healthy meal a day at this point. And plenty of coffee of course.
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    Dr-Patient reacted to Melesg in EGS to Gastric sleeve   
    I have now started saxenda to try help with the hunger and appetite in conjunction with a dr supervised 800 calorie a day diet for now. I will post an update when I have something to report. Still have appt with surgeon booked in March to discuss what surgical options are available post esg. Mel 😊
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from Ldyvenus in Vets - How often do you weigh yourself?   
    I weight every day, first thing after going to the bathroom. I write it down. I'm almost six years post-VSG.
    Alas, in the past 2 years, I HAVE gained 25 pounds back and I am NOT happy about it. I never wanted to see 200 pounds again, but I am ~ 205. I am also having a very hard time getting back on track. So, advice: stay on track. I'm actually contemplating a revision because I do not want to get too far gone. Ghrelin is back and it is winning, at present. I had 5.5 great, happy years. The VSG was the BEST thing I ever did for myself.
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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from Zemi in What do you do for sweetening things?   
    Sweet & Low works for me.
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    Dr-Patient reacted to AchieveGoals in Sleeve revision to RNY or Bypass reason   
    Is it not being controlled with medication? Did you have prior GERD going into surgery or is this a new thing after the sleeve of having horrible GERD?
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    Dr-Patient reacted to SeattleLady in Sleeve revision to RNY or Bypass reason   
    I'm at the start over part of this revision process. My first appointment with a new doctor will be on Monday. I was told that it will last 2 hours. The clinic also told me to be "open."
    I know what is needed for my health. I have one of the top doctors (that is what I am told). I feel happy and scared.



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    Dr-Patient reacted to newlady1 in Sleeve revision to RNY or Bypass reason   
    I had the sleeve surgery in 2015 i lost about 70lbs, then my Gerd came back with a vengence plus i had a hiatal hernia. I gained all my weight back and i decided to give it another try and revise my sleeve to gastric bypass. I'm so glad i did. My surgery was 7/25/19 and after my surgery my doctor told my sister that this surgery was necessary because once he got in there he had to do major repair from the sleeve surgery that was done as well as repair the hernia. He told her he understood why the sleeve was not successful. even though this is a weight loss surgery, for me it was more medical and i will still get the pleasure of losing the excess weight. So far I've lost 30lbs. I have no regrets.

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    Dr-Patient got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Sleeve revision to RNY or Bypass reason   
    I'm actually considering a second VSG. I don't want anything more than that.
    I'm totally ticked at myself for getting over 200 again.
    My HW: 271.2 //SW: 252 (Dec. 3, 2013) // LW: 180 (Jan 2017). [I'm not an exerciser.]
    In the past two years, I've gained 25 pounds--admittedly eating a bit fast, some bad carbs, and I'm just grazing. Grr. SO, 2019: I'm hanging out ~ 205-208. I NEVER wanted to be out of Onederland. I'm ticked.
    I sometimes do media work, so my face is rounder than I want; and I've had to find something to wear (size 14 or ?), etc. I was having so much fun just grabbing clothes (size 10-12) and being confident, photos--sure!, etc. Also, I'm planning some bucket list trips and I want to be sexy, comfy, confident, etc. Not self-conscious re: my weight.
    Granted, I'm NOT back to 210, 230, 250, 270; I get that. But ...? Other things in my life, I've conquered and excelled at those: Focus...do it...done! Weight, and weight loss? Not my thing. lol .. [NO, not lol. Grr. Dang. F*** :-)]
    So I'm considering a re-do VSG or those reasons. I'd love to hear what others are doing if they've regained more than just 5 or 7 pounds. [If I regain 20 pounds after five more years, I'll be nearing 70, so I won't worry about it then. WTH.]

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