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    Any re-sleevers out there?

    Thanks for your help and input Jess! Much appreciated!

    Hungry right after sleeve

    I had super strong hunger pangs for a couple weeks after being sleeved and when asking my doctor about it, I was told it wasn’t unusual to feel hunger pangs, but that they would subside over time, and they did subside. Because the part of your stomach that secretes enzymes, that tells you you’re hungry, are removed, you might rarely feel hungry, until you’re a few years out....of at all. I’m 6 years out and I never feel hunger pangs like I did before I was sleeved. Maybe I’m a weird one or something....idk 😂😂😂😂
  3. I was sleeved in May 2014. My top weight was 252 (the day of surgery) and I lost down to 165 in a little over a year’s time. I have since gained weight and am at 220. I’m extremely depressed about it, yet nothing I am doing is helping. I’ve read that some have undergone a re-sleeve after some weight gain and I’m interested in finding anyone who has had this done and if so, has it been successful a 2nd time and who has re-sleeved you? I moved to Iowa three years ago and can’t find anyone who does it. HELP!

    Thinning hair

    The Monat products are expensive, but they do the trick. Also, I cut my hair into an inverted bob, to where it just slightly touched my shoulders, to let it thicken back up, and that helped tremendously.

    Love handles!

    Thank you!

    Love handles!

    That’s awesome! I have no problem admitting that I stress eat and this last year has been very stressful. I also do not have a problem admitting that I did indulge in the ice cream and Mickey D’s French fries. I also still get full on very little, it’s what I’ve been putting in my mouth and how often I was putting it in. Again, however, stress drive me to eat...and when I get a craving for something....it doesn’t go away until I get even just a bite of it. Talk about eating disorder lol. You’re looking great! Keep up the good work!


    Thanks! The after picture was a year ago this past August. My husband had surgery too, so the before and after is the both of us. This is more recent. Of course, I guess it’s kinda hard to actually tell, with my big coat on. Trust me....it’s still way better than before surgery.

    Love handles!

    Are you still eating how you ate after surgery? I’ll be four years out this coming May and, initially I lost 100 lbs, but then the losing stopped and the gaining of 30 lbs started. I’m freaking out. I don’t know how to start losing again!


    Thank you! Sounds like a good plan, and I know all this....thank you for reinforcements!


    I’ve thought about that! Thank you for your input! Good luck with your 30 lbs.


    Thank you! I’ve actually done the pouch test, but can’t seem to get past about three days. Thank you again....I guess I will keep plugging away.


    I was sleeved May 25, 2014. In a year’s time, I lost 100 lbs. I was so proud and I was feeling better than I remember feeling in a very long time. Fast forward to February, 2016 and my husband and I took a trip to New Mexico, and I don’t know why it is, but any time we are on vacation or on a road trip, we feel like we have to eat every meal....all of us. That trip was the start of gaining weight. Early two year later, I’ve gained 30 lbs of the 100 I had lost. I’m terribly depressed about it, but I can’t seem to get myself under control. Eating is definitely a very emotional thing for me....meaning I stress eat, and this last year has been very stressful. I’m scared, beyond everything, that I’m going to gain all my weight back. HELP! Has anyone else experienced significant weight gain? I’ve started time and time again, from the very beginning, but it’s not the same. After surgery, we have no choice but to drink our meals or eat soft foods for several weeks post op, because we just cannot get it in us and swallow, but now that I have a choice, it makes it harder to stay on track. I still get full pretty quick, but I put in a little more than I should, and I had developed the bad habit of allowing myself to have a REAL Dr Pepper once a day, instead my usual Coke Zero and water. I was also eating more sweets. I’ve halted drinking the REAL Dr Peppers and stopped eating the sweets. I’ve been drinking my protein and eating meat/chicken....Eating as few carbs and sugar as possible and nothing! Has anyone been here? What have you done to get back on track? Please help!!! I’m so scared I’m going to gain the rest of my weight back....did I mention I was scared I was going to gain all my weight back? I’m even considering sleeve revision!

    Dont want to eat

    Why do you think you don't want to eat or drink? You may have to do anyway, otherwise you will become dehydrated and malnourished. Even if you're not getting ALL your Fluid and ALL your Protein, you need to get SOMETHING in. Do it with things you like....cheese, eggs, deli-meat. It doesn't have to be a big production. Just get some in you! It's better than the alternative.
  14. I'm almost 8 weeks out and have gotten the hiccups when I'm full. It signals me that it's time to stop eating. Like the previous poster, I'm grateful for the reminder.

    July sleevers anyone?

    Hi Guys! I hope I can help again. I was told the first few weeks my dr was going to be concerned about my Protein intake. You're swollen inside for a good two weeks and getting anything other than liquids, even the cream soups, can be difficult. If you fill like you want to try the cream soups....dilute them more than you normally would and don't try to sip more than 1/3c. One way to tell you're getting full or that you are full is you will get the hiccups. I rarely had the hiccups prior to surgery. I get hiccups every time I get full or a little too full. Without the hiccups, sometimes it's hard to tell I'm full...lol. If the cream soups aren't agreeing with you, don't push it. One thing I did was to open a can of pinto Beans. I took out enough to fill the bottom of the blender, added chicken broth to dilute....it really adds to the flavor as well and you won't need to salt because of the chicken broth. Blend that together....after you hear it in the microwave....add just a tad grated cheese on top. It makes the best bean soup. If you must, use a baby spoon to eat with. It may sound silly, but it keeps you from taking too big a bite when you're fist getting started. I did better with that than the cream soups, believe it or not and there's not near as much sugar in that as there is in the cream soups. You can also start in yogurts, but make sure you watch the sugar content. I get the Dannon low fat Greek yogurt. It has the least amount of sugar grams per serving than the other brands. If you like the pre-made slim fast drinks, those are great as a liquid and for starting to get any of your protein. They make a low-carb shake. I'll only drink the chocolate and even at 7 weeks post-op can still only drink about 1/2 of a 6oz bottle. I save the other half for a later meal or snack. I may be 7 weeks out, but I'm still pretty much staying away from bread type products. I haven't had bread or soda in 7 weeks. At my 2-week post-op visit, I was told I could begin to have carbonated drinks as long as they were non-caloric. I thought, "GREAT!" I picked up a Coke Zero and a bottled Water for my trip home (2hr drive). I took one sip of the soda and had to throw it out. It was awful tasting. My Dr had mentioned that after surgery there might be things we liked that we would no longer have a taste for and vice versa. Needless to say, prior to surgery I loved my Coke and had one as my caffeine in the mornings but haven't craved or even had withdrawals from not having one. I have found that I can drink a diet cherry limeade from Sonic. I use it as an occasional treat. If I can stress anything, it would be not to push yourself. You'll get there! I have a friend who's 2 months ahead of me and she's been most helpful. I certainly don't mind helping any of you all with what I've already experience Donna