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JMJames92 last won the day on February 4 2021

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About JMJames92

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  • Birthday 11/23/1992

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    My name is Joshua. I am 28 years old and in college to be an RN.
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    Reading, computers, hiking (casual), Netflix, meeting new people
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    Front Desk Clerk at a hotel
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  1. JMJames92

    Before and After Pics

    Yes I had the gastric sleeve. Why do you ask?
  2. I wouldn't worry about it at all. The weight comes off the fastest at the beginning and eventually it will slow down and even plateau at some points. When I had my VSG surgery I lost 30 pounds (give or take) in the first two weeks. I had my surgery at the end of August in 2016 and weighed 271 on the day of my surgery and by New Years Day I was down to ~180. Right after this I plateaued for a while. As long as you aren't having any health issues as a result of this rapid weight loss I would recommend just riding this weight loss wave for as long as you can 😆 Congratulation on your surgery and good luck on you weight loss journey!
  3. JMJames92


    @ms.sss Oh I didn't know we were doing hair now! Haha. Here is my new haircut 😄
  4. JMJames92

    Weight gain issues

    I haven't had weight gain issues but I have been very afraid of that...especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I think my fear of turning back into "my old obese self" motivated me to keep exercising and watching what I eat (somewhat) throughout this whole thing. I wish you luck in taking that weight back off. You did it once and you can do it again!
  5. Weight fell off ridiculously quickly in my first few months. Maybe too quick when considering how unhealthy it might have been for my body. In the first two weeks I lost about 30 pounds. I was ~270 pounds the day of my surgery (late August 2016) and by New Years Day 2017 I weighed around 180lbs. I plateaued here for a while but after a month to a month and a half the weight started coming off again, much slower this time. I actually ended up losing too much weight. At my lowest weight I was 133lbs at 5'8" tall. Luckily I was able to slowly start putting weight back on to get myself to a healthier weight. Until I weighed over 150lbs I looked too skinny. I looked like I was sick or anorexic. I am putting a picture in which I was pretty close to my lowest weight attached to this post.
  6. As the people above me said, I also had no issue taking pills after surgery. The only thing that may be different for a while is that you won't be able to take a lot of pills at once. So if you need to take 3 pills, you might have to take 1 and then wait a while and take the next one, and so on. It will get easier though as time goes on and eventually it won't be a problem taking multiple pills at once.
  7. JMJames92


    I don't know if that is a good thing or not 😆
  8. JMJames92

    Tips please on starting purees

    This vanilla custard is so good! I ate it all the time when I was in the puree stage.
  9. JMJames92

    Depressed after dr visit

    I agree with what @catwoman7 said. The numbers for the BMI categories are weird in my opinion. I am 5'8" and 160lbs. I am right on the edge of average/overweight. If I were to gain a half a pound it would put me into overweight. Also BMI can be a decent general indicator of health and weight for some people but if I were to start working out super hard and a year from now I have gained like 25 pounds of muscle, I would probably have an obese BMI. Don't let it get you down, you have worked so hard and come so far. You should be very proud of yourself!
  10. JMJames92

    Pain After Sleeve?

    I'm so sorry you had to go through such extreme pain also. I was also a little worried about scaring people away with my post but it shouldn't be that bad for the majority of people that go through it. Looking back, even with the experience that I had, it was a million percent worth it!
  11. Good for you for taking this step to better yourself. I had my surgery at age 23 and I am glad I did it so young. I lost a lot of weight very quickly and I do not have much loose skin at all (I have a little of course!). As for your insurance, it really would be impossible for anyone here to say definitively either way. You said you are on month 3/6 so I assume that means that your doctor's office contacted your insurance and they gave them a list of stuff they want you to do before the surgery? If that is the case then as long as you do the stuff and get approved by everyone that needs to approve you, you should be good to go. I had Blue Cross of California when I had the surgery and I got approved right away as soon as I did my diet documentation, cardiologist visit, nutritionist visit, psych visit, and 6 months diet documentation. I think there might have been a one or two day class in there somewhere as well. My apologies for rambling a bit. I wish you the best of luck in this process! -Joshua
  12. JMJames92

    What to say to the psychiatrist

    I was very unprepared for my psychiatrist visit. All they had me do was fill out a questionnaire and then leave. I thought we were going to take about my answers to the questions. I answered the question "Do you ever think about death?" with a yes. I didn't mean that I was suicidal or that I wanted to die, just that I have thought about whether or not anything happens after death. Since we didn't talk about my answers I did not get a chance to explain that. The psychiatrist recommended against surgery for me and I had to go to my PCP and my normal psychiatrist to get them to write letters saying I am not suicidal. It was a hassle.
  13. Just out of curiosity, how much did the surgery cost you out of pocket? Feel free to tell me to beat it if you are uncomfortable telling me. I just know that my insurance paid ~$80,000 for my surgery. It was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made but I couldn't imagine dropping that kind of money.
  14. I second catwoman7. Any number of nutrient deficiencies can cause hair loss.

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