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    Pouch Reset and Mounjaro?

    Congrats on your loss! I agree with medication possibly replacing surgery one day. I've seen posts from people that have lost 100+ lbs on medication...that is major. I am in a similar place as you. Under my bariatric doctor's goal, but not underweight. My BMI is 26, so still "overweight", but I am happy at this weight and my bariatric and primary doctors approve.
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    Pouch Reset and Mounjaro?

    Hope your recovery goes well! A friend is doing fantastic on Wegovy. I am so glad we have another tool available.
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    Pouch Reset and Mounjaro?

    Hello! Mounjaro has been great for me. I lost the remainder of my regain and 10 additional pounds. I am currently under my lowest sleeve weight and see my bariatric office in 2 weeks to discuss a maintenance plan. I didn't go higher than the 10mg dose (the highest doses are 12.5mg and 15mg). I didn't have any crazy side effects. GLP-1s seem to be a game changer for a lot of people...especially veteran WLS that need a boost but don't want revisions.
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    Pouch Reset and Mounjaro?

    You're welcome! Both medications delay gastric emptying, so that can definitely bring back the restricted feeling. I haven't had any side effects with Mounjaro yet. I ended my Saxenda run at the highest dose, so the beginning dose of Mounjaro (2.5mg) probably won't be an issue. I move up to 5mg next month, so we'll see what happens then. My side effects with Saxenda happened early on and were very mild...fatigue and a little nausea during the first week. I was fine after that. I am grateful to have a bariatric doctor that is educated on GLP-1s and open to prescribing them when needed. I didn't want to go the revision route (and probably wasn't a candidate because even with the regain, I've maintained over 70% of my original weight loss). I just needed an additional tool. [emoji4]
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    Pouch Reset and Mounjaro?

    Hi! I was sleeved in 2014...original loss was 185 lbs. Regained 40 lbs during the pandemic. I started Saxenda in January of this year and lost 35 lbs. I moved to Mounjaro last week (off label, as I am not diabetic) because I was tired of Saxenda's daily injection. I don't view GLP-1s as a pouch reset, but they definitely help turn off the "food voice" in my head. I am on the beginning dose of Mounjaro, so haven't experienced the full power yet. I still have decent restriction, so capacity wasn't my problem. Slider foods/snacking caused my weight gain. I know medication isn't for everyone, but I honestly believe GLP-1s should at least be mentioned to WLS patients dealing with regain. I see it as a 1-2 punch for me.
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    June 2021- calling all Vets!

    Hello! Still trucking! I had sleeve in November 2014...original total loss was 185 lbs. I am currently 15 lbs over my lowest weight, but slowly working my way back down. Hard to believe it has been almost 7 years! Sent from my SM-G998U using BariatricPal mobile app
  7. I lost 21 lbs during my 3 week liquid diet and 74 lbs in the first 90 days post-op. Hope all goes well for you! Sent from my SM-G998U using BariatricPal mobile app
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    2 years out RNY

    Hi! Congrats on your success! I am 6 years post with sleeve. I've lost 175 lbs and working towards an additional 25 lbs. I track my food daily with MyFitnessPal since 2014. I am too generous with myself to "eyeball" food, so weighing/measuring is a must. I weigh myself daily to stay on track/watch trends, but only record Saturday's weight. I work out 5x per week...a mix of walk/run intervals, cycling, yoga and kettlebell. I also use YouTube videos and subscribe to the Peloton app. FYI, there is a WLS Veterans board on this site. I've seen everything from 2-10 years of tenure. Worth checking out.
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    How Often Do You Weigh Yourself?

    I weigh every morning, but only record my Saturday weight. I don't let little fluctuations play with my head.
  10. Almost 6 years out and still can't eat spaghetti squash. It doesn't make me vomit, but the pain is ridiculous. So odd. I've tried it 3x over the years and finally had to give up.
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    April 2020 Vets Roll Call

    Hello...still here! I had sleeve in November 2014. I lost 185 lbs. I regained 20 lbs last year...refocused in January and I've lost 15 lbs so far. Staying active with the Peloton app and walking the furkid. Stay safe everyone! [emoji173]
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    So mad at myself for regain

    +1 on Cammy's suggestion of remembering your "why". It is so easy to lose sight of that when the excess weight is gone and you feel great/love the way you look. I regularly remind myself of what life was like when I weighed 400 lbs. The physical and mental pain...refusing to attend concerts/events...avoiding airplanes, amusement parks, etc. I wasn't living...simply existing. Revisit your list and before photos! Set some reasonable goals. I say reasonable because the honeymoon phase is over for us veterans. We are truly driving the car now. Sleeve is an air bag/safety feature. Lol
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    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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    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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    2020 Vets Updates

    Happy New Year Vets! I am 5 years post. My original loss was 185 lbs. I have regained 20 lbs in the last couple of years. Focused on getting back down to my low weight and doing a better job with maintenance. I still consider myself a WLS patient, but we are definitely driving the car now. Hope everyone has a wonderful year! [emoji322][emoji322][emoji322]
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    Intermittent fasting

    It really does...I'm guessing with a break from constant food digestion, the body can focus on other beneficial tasks. I feel so much better, I plan to keep fasting permanently.
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    Intermittent fasting

    I love IF. I use it for weight loss (4 years post/currently 15 lbs over my lowest) and to calm my autoimmune woes...also improves sleep quality. I do 16/8...about 1200 calories daily.
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    Accountability Group

    Hi all...definitely need something else to keep me accountable. I am 4 years post...lost 185 lbs...let 15 lbs creep back on in the last year. Must stop the trend...and tune out the people that tell me "but you've done so well!" Lol. 15 lbs can be 30 by summer if I am not careful. Using MFP...keeping calories under 1400.
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    Calling all vets- where are you

    I will be 5 years post this fall...lost 185 lbs. I gained 15 lbs in the last 6 months (totally my fault lol) and I am working it off now.
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    Count me in too...thanks!
  21. vsgchick

    Calling all vets- where are you

    I check the boards every few months. I'll be 4 years post in November.
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    Still seeing bariatric for annual appointment?

    I will be 4 years post-op in November and I visit my bariatric center annually for lab review and barium swallow (my sleeve hasn't changed much since Year 1, but I still like to see it every year lol). I plan to continue my annual appointments for life. It gives me accountability and peace of mind. Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app
  23. I am 14 months post-op sleeve...down 170 lbs. I lost 100 lbs in the first 5 months.
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    RNY vs. Sleeve

    Good Luck with your decision! I had sleeve surgery on November 20, 2014 and I've lost 152 lbs (21 lbs to surgeon's goal). I had an easy procedure and recovery. I have no regrets.
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    Where are the November Sleevers?

    I will hit a year on November 20. I've lost 150 lbs...40 lbs until surgeon's goal. The sleeve exceeded my expectations. Happy Anniversary to everyone. ????

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