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IcanMakeit

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from MyLife2.0 in Bread and Biscuits post op   
    It's amazing how different we all can be when we have had the same surgery. I, too have not found anything that disagrees with me. Of course, I haven't tried a bunch of things that might bother me -- like bread and rice -- but I suspect that if I tried them, they'd go down fine. On my birthday, which was 5 months out from surgery, I ate chocolate cake. It was a very small amount, but it caused no gastric problem at all. My nutritionist warned me that I might not tolerate fibrous vegetables like celery. Wrong. So far, nothing that is within my plan has bothered me and the few things that are outside of my plan that I have tried have gone down fine as well.
    Am I lucky or unlucky?
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from New Beginnings 78 in What are you telling people?   
    I don't have a problem with discussing my surgery with my family or close friends. But I don't want my work colleagues discussing my weight or intimate details of my health. So at work I just said I was having surgery with no other description. I started dieting (and losing a great deal of weight) long before my surgery, so the changes since surgery are not so extreme. If people ask me about my diet and exercise program, I tell them. Once they hear how strict it is, they quickly lose interest.
    I don't feel like I'm doing a disservice to other obese people by not revealing my surgery to all. I'm not losing weight any faster than I did pre-surgery. (Although it's true that I am counting on the surgery to help me maintain the weight loss by teaching me to eat less overall.)
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from GBLady41 in How to forgive someone?   
    I believe that when I hold on to anger and bitterness, that I am hurting myself more than the person who wronged me. So for me, forgiveness is in my own best interest. However, that doesn't mean I will forget the wrong. And in the future I am less likely to give my trust to that person.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from Treadmillwalker in Starting out at age 45? How common?   
    I was 60 when I had my surgery. There are a lot of people on this board who are over 45. I think we're actually in the majority. You're in good company.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from Treadmillwalker in Starting out at age 45? How common?   
    I was 60 when I had my surgery. There are a lot of people on this board who are over 45. I think we're actually in the majority. You're in good company.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from Ariel16 in What's your "weight loss pet peeve?"   
    My pet peeve was that in the beginning, I lost most of my weight from my butt and legs, just where I needed it the least. It took months before my waist was noticeably smaller. I realize that this is a ridiculous complaint since the weight eventually came off everywhere, but I was so disappointed in the way I looked early on.
    Now my new peeve is that I have a great deal of loose skin and am not sure I can afford plastic surgery and have been denied by my insurance. After losing 140 lbs, insurance should cover some skin removal. This amount of loose skin does not look normal.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from ProudGrammy in VIP's. Please post something about what is on your mind. Miss you????   
    I'm really wanting plastics, too. It's disappointing to finally be thin, but not be able to really appreciate it because of the prodigious amount of loose skin on my abdomen.
    But on a more positive note, my husband and I just took a long twilight walk (well I walked, he used his mobility scooter) and both of us were amazed that I could walk so much further and so much faster than last year. I'm no longer 60 going on 82. I'm now feeling like 61 going on 45.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from BunnyBenson in Apple Shape People   
    I am the textbook definition of "apple shaped." When I lose weight, it always seems to start in the areas that need it least and then progress. This spring I lost about 30 lbs before I could see any real progress in my belly and breasts. My bottom, extremities, shoulders and face seemed to be losing all of the weight. But that was a temporary situation, thank goodness. Now that I am near goal, my waist is still thicker than I would like, but it no longer seems so disproportionate. My problem now is loose skin, not my body shape.
    Your situation may not be as extreme as mine was, and your weight loss may be more evenly distributed as you progress, but even if you're like me, you'll get where you need to go.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from cynthiap05 in PANIC-NO WEIGHT LOSS FROM SURGERY!   
    I know you might not be comforted by this right now, but let me pipe in with my $0.02. Your body is different from everyone else's, but only up to a point. If you follow your doctor's post-op diet, you will lose weight. Maybe not at the rate you would like, but you will lose. This is when you have to take yourself in hand and breathe through the frustration. Time will pass whether you stress out or not. But it will pass more pleasantly if you try to relax. Don't get me wrong, I felt the same way you do at the beginning of my post-op period. Someone on this board gave me the same advice I'm passing on to you. Good luck. I look forward to reading about your progress.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from plumpprincesspeach in Success is fabulous, but it's temporary if you don't watch out   
    Today I reached my ultimate fantasy weight -- 122 pounds. (Well the scale actually said 121 lbs. but I know that when I weigh again tomorrow it will be up to 122 as that has been my pattern for the last few months.) My BMI is now in the mid-range of healthy for my height.
    I now have to buckle down and apply all of the lessons I have learned over the past year to maintain this weight. I know that if I lose focus, I will gain. That has been my experience in the past. I would tell myself that no one can be on a diet forever. But in the past year, I have been rethinking this. I have observed my thin friends. They aren’t on a diet forever, but they don’t eat whatever they want either. If they have a high calorie lunch, they’ll have a conservative dinner. If they are full, they don’t eat more just because it tastes good or they’re at a party or it’s their birthday. When they are full, they stop eating.
    My thin friends don’t even know that they have been mentoring me, but I need to emulate them. I need to remind myself every day that if I return to my previous eating pattern, I will return to my previous weight. These things may seem obvious to most people, but it is hard-won wisdom for me. In the past, due to my diabetes, I usually avoided junk food and almost never ate sweets but I often ate until I was over-stuffed. (My stomach didn’t seem to feel full until it was overfull.) I ate just because it was pleasurable, not because I was hungry.
    I am so grateful for this website and tools like MyFitnessPal which have helped me to learn better habits and stay on track for the past year. If I get the idea in my head that I don’t need this help anymore so I don’t need to check in, I hope I’ll remember how I feel today and compare it to how I felt in January 2014. Do I really want to risk returning to that?
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from heather5565 in Weight goal keeps dropping   
    As long as you protect your health and vitality, you can shoot for any weight that makes you feel good. Listen to your body (and your doctor).
    Ps. You look fabulous.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from MsRoc27 in HAIR LOSS   
    I believe the answer is yes, Hair loss can happen to anyone but it doesn't happen to everyone. Many people say that supplementing with Biotin will help, but the actual consensus seems to be that biotin helps with regrowth, but if you are one of the unlucky ones whose hair is going to fall out with the weight loss, there's not a lot you can do to affect that.
    For me though, I had already lost a great deal of my hair before I had the surgery and continued to lose it after. But since I've been in the process of losing my hair over the past decade (thanks to genetics), I can't blame it on the VSG.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from gina171 in Does my iPad hate WLS ?   
    I can't count the number of brilliant, important posts that were eaten by my iPad!
    No, seriously this is very irritating and I hope there is a solution.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from MNSkolGal in The Question All Newbies Want Answered! :-P   
    I don't drink during meals. I was told to wait 30 minutes after drinking to eat and to wait 30 minutes after eating to drink. I have actually found that I can eat comfortably within 10 to 15 minutes of drinking. But I need at least 45 minutes after eating to be able to drink.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from 2goldengirl in slow loss could it be......   
    Each person loses at his/her own rate and comparisons just drive you nuts. But there are some techniques that generally seem to help weight loss: measuring your food rather than "eyeballing," tracking your diet (using MyFitnessPal or some other website or app), staying very low carb (particularly if you have metabolic syndrome), and gradually increasing the frequency and intensity of exercise. All that being said, your weight loss so far is pretty good. You must admit that losing 49 lbs is usually an occasion for celebration. I don't think losing 100 lbs in 7 months is very average with any type of surgery.
    The Lexapro might be a possible contributor to slowing down your rate of weight loss, but you should talk to your doctor about that.
    Note: in case you are still comparing, my stats include 42 lbs of pre-op weight loss.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from 2goldengirl in 1.5 years out, only 40% loss, Devastated   
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    Let me start by saying that I hear and sympathize with your frustration and disappointment. It is totally unfair that you cannot lose weight on a 1200-1400 calorie diet, especially since you exercise regularly. Although that calorie level is low enough for an athletic person who has never been obese, most of us post-ops have to be on more restrictive regimens to lose weight. That being said, you deserve to achieve your goals. Please don't give up. You have already achieved a lot. A good nutritionist who is experienced with WLS patients should be able to guide you to your final goal.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from Rachel Pittsburgh in What happened to this group?   
    I love your screen name. Here in California "Tina" is just a normal name. Lots of girls and women I know have that name.
    This group hasn't been very active. But maybe that's not unusual for this website. It would be great if there was more activity so that we could get to know each other. Possibly we're all well enough that we have nothing to report. I hope that's it.
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    IcanMakeit got a reaction from KirstyKirst81 in Marijuana and Life after Bariatric Surgery   
    @@charmia, that's my take on it, too. I think that since smoking marijuana lowers inhibitions, you could end up making bad food choices and/or overeating. I'm not a smoker but if I was, I would avoid it post surgery.
    Just my $.02: Lets be careful how we use the term addiction. If it's applied indiscriminately to every behavior we don't approve of, it loses its meaning.
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