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Healthy_life2

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. @Keatsy When was your surgery? I had the sleeve. It took time to figure out my sensation of full. I don't think my experience was much different than any other types of surgery. I still have times of hunger and cravings. I had to find ways to manage them and lose weight.
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    Weight Gain Post VSG

    @meggie 111 You are not alone in having a gain. Your team is there to help. Give them a call. They will decide if a revision is right for you. A weight gain can be worked back down. I agree with @catwoman7 Get temptation food out of the house. Buy groceries that fit your eating plan, Log your food (stay within your weight loss calories, protein, carb, and fat goals) Find a way to manage stress/emotions without food. Keep healthy options for sweet and salty cravings on hand. Years out, I miss tight stomach restriction. Some things that help manage my hunger. I fill my extra sleeve space with low calories foods at each meal. I detox off real sugar and extra carbs. ( I'm not a carb aphobic) For my body to drop weight I stay in a carb range. low glycemic carbs work for me. Be consistent not perfect. Healthy is the goal, right? Many people on this site will help you get back on track.😀
  3. Show me yours and I’ll show you mine. Make your walk about the photo opportunity. I would love to see the amazing places you live in or travel to. Post them!!!!!
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    One Year Anniversary

    Happy anniversary!
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    Food Before and After Photos

    @anniedebbie Congratulations on your surgery date. SIx years out, living healthy has become habit.😁 . There is no weight loss surgery secret. Follow your surgeon and dietitians plan. Be consistent not perfect. This can be done long term
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    Weight gain.....

    @BayougirlMrsS It's not just you making post's like this. We are are all entitled to an opinion or rant. It's ok to disagree. We had weight loss surgery because of after own struggles with weight, RIght? We are here for support. I hope anyone struggling with weight gain stays on the site.
  7. Many of us had pre surgery anxiety. It made me question if this would work. I don't regret my decision to have WLS. My experience six years out, maintaining has been easier after surgery. It's work to change old behaviors and making healthy choices a long term habit. I maintain a ten pound weight fluctuation up and down the scale. Years out, working off a gain is painfully slow.
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    6 years

    Happy Sunday! 6 year sleeve anniversary. Quick photo before my morning run. Still keeping the weight off.
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    May 2020 Vets Roll call!

    I'm a bit late - June 2020. Today is my 6th year out from surgery. I eat mainly healthy, indulge within reason and exercise. I maintain a ten bound bounce range up and down the scale. It works for me. Life is normal😁
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    I'm underweight but can't eat much

    It's not up to anyone here to say you are at a healthy weight or underweight. You know your body best. Advocate for your medical needs. Annoy them with phone calls. Get second opinions. Some things to try: Weight gainer shakes add whole milk - available on amazon or GNC. powdered carbs (mix in water) available on amazon or GNC. Nut butters are high in calories. If your surgery restriction is still tight, Eat several meals all day long to get your calories in. Best of luck, Keep us updated.
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    Week 2 soups

    All plans are different. When in doubt, contact your dietician or look at your bariatric food stage paperwork.
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    Any dense, high protein meals?

    Congratulations on all your hard work. Some of my favorites are at albertsons. Fresh meat case has seafood, poultry, beef pork. Items in the meat case are already seasoned You can buy in single servings and cook at home. Beautiful chicken parmesan. Asparagus stuffed chicken breast. Swordfish, ceviche, great cuts of beef. My quick proteins - Low to no cook days photos below Lots of meal combinations - Be creative. Cubed Turkey salad with sliced strawberries, pecans and skinny girl raspberry vinaigrette Beef fajitas no tortilla or if allowed on your plan rotisserie chicken wrapped in sliced zucchini add enchilada sauce. Serve with a side of riced cauliflower Sliced Turkey, steamed veggies Smoked salmon salad
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    Gerd & Sleeve

    Talk with your surgeon. Ask about gerd. tell him/her about your history of heart burn.
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    Vsg or rny and why?

    see link below https://www.bariatric-surgery-source.com/gastric-sleeve-vs-bypass.html I am a sleeve almost 6 years out and maintaining. Less invasive and less chance of dumping syndrome. No complications.
  15. Thank you for these responses. Truly. I’m asking myself (and others like you who have been through this) these tough questions because like most, I assume, I have doubts about maintaining. I’m not sure I have the will to eat so little... forever. I absolutely admire those who do. But I find myself wondering if they are simply more disciplined than I am. I’m going to do some more reading about how the surgery “resets” metabolism. Easy to say but what does it really mean and how does this happen? While I understand the removal of the part of the stomach that creates a hunger hormone I’m not sure how it’s all reset for the better since you immediately move forward by eating so little and it seems hunger does eventually return. Yes, I will be talking to my surgeon and dietician. As a matter of fact my husband is an excellent internal medicine doc so I have the “ medical” resources handy. I also know their insight can’t compare to those who have lived it. So thank you so much. incidentally, on the HCG diet forum 10 years ago everyone thought it all worked so well and was a huge gift, reset etc too. Now it’s been recognized as a significant detriment to long term heath. So I’m determined to make sure long term living in the real world is possible. __________________________________________________ Is anyone here 10 years out and successful? Again, thank you greatly! Most long term surgery patients have no need for site. They have moved on and life is normal. I hope one is around to answer your question. Surgery isn't for everyone. enjoy researching and do whats best for you, Long term can be done. I will be 6 years out in June, 254 lbs to 130 lbs I've been maintaining in the 130's years out. Pre surgery: My past diets attempt's were not realistic or sustainable long term. I would regain with extra weight each time. I questioned if surgery would work, will i feel deprived/starving, would I regain, would I regret this? Surgery is nothing like my past diet attempts. (I've tried them all) My experience I have no regrets in my decision to have surgery. Hunger feels nothing like before surgery. Post-op It's manageable. I now have a sensation of full and I'm satisfied on the amount of food I can eat with the sleeve. First stages: Your stomach restriction is tight after surgery, Your stomach is healing and calories are low, Real food stage: Surgery restriction will slowly relax. You will be able to eat more food and calories. Food is still flavorful and I don't feel deprived.( I eat healthy versions of pizza, hamburgers etc ) My tasted buds have changed. I now love food that I didn't like in the past. Maintenance phase food plan: After you reach your goal weight, You increase calories, fats and carbohydrates to stop your weight loss. I indulge within reason. When I have a slight gain, I go back to weight loss phase calories to stay in my weight range.
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    One Year After Surgery 2/20/19

    Best advice ever. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience,
  17. Call your bariatric office. They are better qualified to answer your questions about metabolism Ask if they have an information seminar. It will help you decide on surgery. All I can offer is my experience five years out from sleeve surgery. (maintaining my weight in the 130's) Surgery is nothing like my other diet attempts. (I've done every diet and pill) I needed a long term solution. My weight loss/maintenance diet is very livable. I'm not deprived, My hunger is manageable. It's normal for your surgery restriction to relax after a year. My stomach is NOT back to full size. I still eat within my calorie range, Maintenance diet and calories are different for each of us. It depends on your surgeons/dietitians plan, activity level, metabolism, healthy issues, medications......The list goes on. I maintain my weight between 1200 and 1300. I do have days that are higher. I take vacations and indulge within reason. If I have a slight gain I eat weight loss calories (My weight loss calories are 1100) Take your time and research all of this. Do whats best for you and your health. Jenn
  18. Call your bariratric office. They are better qualified to answer your questions about metabolism Ask if they have an information seminar. It will help you decide on surgery. All I can offer is my experience five years out from sleeve surgery. (maintaining my weight in the 130's) Surgery is nothing like my other diet attempts. (I've done every diet and pill) I needed a long term solution. My weight loss/maintenance diet is very livable. I'm not deprived, My hunger is manageable. It's normal for your surgery restriction to relax after a year. My stomach is NOT back to full size. I still eat within my calorie range, Maintenance diet and calories are different for each of us. It depends on your surgeons/dietitians plan, activity level, metabolism, healthy issues, medications......The list goes on. I maintain my weight between 1200 and 1300. I do have days that are higher. I take vacations and indulge within reason. If I have a slight gain I eat weight loss calories (My weight loss calories are 1100) Take your time and research all of this. Do whats best for you and your health. Jenn
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    Noobie with questions!

    @MarigoldSky Is Weight Loss Surgery just a medically approved way into disordered eating? For me, Obesity has been disordered eating. Working with my bariatric team and dietitian has been eye opening. I have a much better relationship with food. A psychological exam is a part of the screening process for bariatirc surgery. Some may be denied surgery until eating disorders are addressed/resolved. How much of this is health based vs. fat phobia? I'm really struggling to reconcile what is truth and what is fat-panic. Has anyone else had these thoughts? I guess it depends on your definition of fat phobia and fat panic. Do you base major medical decisions on appearance or what is socially acceptable? Obesity is a treatable disease. The truth is, I care about my health and being around for my family. I'm five years out from surgery. maintaining weight int he 130's and I'm in the best shape/health of my life. Unfortunately, It took a major health crisis for me to admit my weight was slowly killing me. Weight loss has resolved my health issues. I am off many medications, My A1C is in the non diabetic range, I no longer use a CPAP machine, My mobility and quality of life is improved. I've only told a few people in my life I'm considering surgery. I want to get really smart about it before I roll out a plan to friends and family. Any hot tips would be great! Research and decide if this is a good choice for you. Offer friends/family to join you at bariatric appointments/local support group for facts and information. Keep people that are supportive close to you.
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    OOTD

    Your jeans fit perfectly. Envious of that booty!
  21. Hi Shawna, Are you pre or post op? This is only from my experience and information from my dietitian. Protein shakes, bars, bariatic store processed food supplements are for first stages when you can't eat enough food to hit your protein goal. My dietitian does not want patients dependent on protein shakes, bars or bariatric store products long term. Once you can hit your protein goal with real food there is no need for shakes etc... My hunger is not satisfied with protein shakes or add water meals. they are slider foods. They easily break down and slide through your new stomach. Real whole food keeps my hunger under control. All of us are busy. Some of us use a day off work to meal prep. Below is a link to the low to no cook thread for meal ideas.
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    Almost 3 years out

    You might want to contact your team for professional advice. rule out medical issues etc.... All I can offer is my personal experience. What works for me may not work for others. I went back to bariatric real food stage. The calories that once worked to put my body for weight loss stopped working. I used myfitnesspal to dial in my diet, I started at 1200 calories. then dialed my calories back by 100. ( dial calories up or down to find your own weight loss calorie range) I did the same for my carbohydrate range.
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    Guessing weight loss vs true weight loss

    @Mimiwumba My surgeon said, expect to lose 60% of your weight with the sleeve. ( It's a guideline based on statistics) A 70 to 80 pounds loss sounds fabulous to me. If you lose more than expected, its a bonus Try not to compare your weight loss with others on this site. It will make you crazy, 😉
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    OOTD

    Having lunch with a friend visiting from Washington State. Nordstrom red sweater dress.
  25. WORLD OBESITY DAY MARCH 4th 2020. Spread the word and refer people to this website https://www.worldobesityday.org/ https://www.worldobesityday.org/about ABOUT WORLD OBESITY DAY People with obesity are constantly shamed and blamed for their disease. This is because many people - including doctors, policymakers, and others - do not understand that obesity is a chronic disease. They see it as a simple lack of willpower, laziness, or a refusal to "eat less and move more". But like all chronic diseases, the root causes of obesity run much deeper. They can be genetic, psychological, sociocultural, economic and environmental. It is time we break the cycle of shame and blame and revaluate our approach for addressing this complex chronic disease that affects 650 million people worldwide. Join us and organization’s around the world for a new World Obesity Day on March 4, 2020, as we push for more comprehensive solutions, treatment and collective responsibility for addressing this global epidemic. Together, we can address the far reaching personal, societal, and economic impacts of obesity. Share national experiences of campaigning to enable the spread of
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