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  1. Greensleevie

    Post Op Weight Loss

    There are far too many variables to give you a solid answer. These are the things that determine how fast someone loses: How much weight they need to lose: The heavier the person, the quicker and larger the losses. Gender: Men lose much faster and more efficiently than women. Damn them! Age: The older you are, the slower your metabolism is. Medical Issues: Does the person have outlying medical issues that require medication that can cause slower losses or are they restricted from regular exercise? Compliance to the program: Not meaning whether you’re following your new lifestyle absolutely perfectly, but whether you’ve honed in on what ultimately is working perfectly for YOU. If you stall out or aren’t losing as quickly as you feel you should be, don’t be afraid to change things up! Know your macros; how much protein, calories, carbs, etc do you need to be losing weight consistently. Adjust when needed ( and it will be needed periodically). Some people ditch most carbs, some people keep a certain amount of healthy carbs in their diet. Whatever works for them. Comparison is the thief of joy. If you understand the reasons why some lose faster and more efficiently than others, you’ll be less apt to beat yourself up about it.
  2. As someone who is much farther out from surgery than most are here, I can safely say you have absolutely nothing to worry about as far as “being too thin”. I’ve yet to see someone starve to death from weight loss surgery. As a matter of fact, in another couple of years statistically you will probably gain 5-10% of your body weight back. What I have seen? Dangerous vitamin deficiencies from not taking your vitamins and eating the correct amount of protein. Take those vitamins and make sure you’re getting at least 80 grams of protein, missy! I’m thinking it will make you feel and look so much better if you can get some bloodwork done and get on the correct vitamins. Good luck!
  3. Greensleevie

    I’m too Freaking Small

    Give it another few years, you'll be wishing you were 144 again. Believe me. Most regain a certain amount of weight statistically.
  4. Greensleevie

    When does progress start

    IV fluids, gas, water retention, hormone dump from surgery, etc.. Patience, Grasshopper. It's not going to happen overnight. Now is the time to hide the scale and concentrate on fluids, protein and healing. The weight loss will follow.
  5. How about soup? Most places offer some sort of soup. I don't think anyone should advance without asking their surgeon first.
  6. It's the totally normal 3rd week stall a bit early. If you do a search, you can find around 10,356 posts about it. Seems around 98% of us experience it. There's a science-y explaination for it, but in laymens terms it's just our bodies taking a break from the initial large losses. You'll continue to lose once it passes, I promise. It also won't be your last stall
  7. Greensleevie

    Buyers regret

    Interesting article I found about the "stages" of WLS. A Brief Overview of the WLS Stages of Transformation™ Decision Point – The patient decides to have weight loss surgery. Shock and Awe – The patient begins to feel "buyer's remorse" or are in awe of how little they can eat. Grief and Loss – The patient feels sad about the loss of some foods, rituals, or even friends. The Miracle – The patient feels invincible, like they will never overeat again. Testing Limits – The patient goes back to foods that used to trigger them to overeat, like sweets. Behavioral limits are tested, too, in this stage. Relationships can change, interpersonal boundaries can shift, and transfer addictions can begin to take hold. End of Invincible – The "honeymoon" ends and the patient's eating can more easily affect your weight loss or weight maintenance. Give Up or Change – The patient realizes if they don't make changes, they will gain weight or stop losing. Learning – The patient opens up and learns to pinpoint what their real problems are (not what they assume they are). Experimenting – The patient goes through a trial and error process to discover what really will work for them. Self Trust – The patient develops a sense of self trust and self care that was previously nonexistent. Mastery – The patient regains some control and begins to experience some peace of mind with food, their body, and the scale. Freedom – The patient sees that what they really want to do, and what they must do to stay healthy, are one and the same.
  8. Greensleevie

    Can I eat this?

    A little advice for someone who's several years out: Learn to delay gratification now, or you'll never be able to do it. It only gets harder and harder the further out post surgery you are. Why do you think there's almost a 50% regain weight from these surgeries? The "I want it now!" mentality is what got us all morbidly obese in the first place.
  9. Greensleevie

    1 month post op, not losing weight

    Yes, completely normal. Keep getting your fluids and protein and it will pass. Your body is just adjusting.
  10. Greensleevie

    Scared of stretching pouch

    If you have a sleeve, it's almost impossible to stretch it substantially. It would take years of systematic overeating to the point of vomiting to stretch it significantly. The fundus, or "stretchy" part of the stomach, is removed with the sleeve. Weigh and measure everything and stop when you're finished (even before as soon as you "feel" it). That's the one sure way to keep from overeating to the point of vomiting.
  11. Greensleevie

    Weight loss AFTER removal of excess skin

    This is why the better surgeons want you at your goal weight or a a stable weight for at least a year. Unless the extra skin is causing mobility issues, of course.
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    You're doing just fine. The scale is moving in the right direction, and that's all that matters. Don't look at it as some kind of race, because there's really no end. Even at 3.5 years post op, I still struggle with going up and down 10 pounds. I didn't lose all the weight and live happily ever after. I mean, it's great, but the reality is it's still tracking, exercising, measuring and worrying about what I'm putting into my mouth constantly. Would it be awesome to just wake up thin one day? Sure! But how will you learn to appreciate the journey and all the lessons that come with it? How would you ever learn the habits you need to keep the weight off once you get there? This is the time to start the habits for lifelong success. Don't rush it and enjoy the journey! You'll get there. Then the hard work REALLY begins.
  13. BUT I ate the way you do the first year and a half or so.
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    Any hard liquor should do it. Avoid sugary mixed drinks, but even hard liquor turns to sugar in your system. It really only takes one vodka and tonic to give me a decent buzz without too many calories. Drinking should only be occasional if ever during the weight loss phase because it can really mess with your weight loss if it becomes a regular thing.
  15. *Clicks profile* "Surgery date 4/30/17". Yup. I remember thinking I had it all together, too. It's easy when you're not hungry and the weight is falling off effortlessly. Glad you have this ALL figured out at a whole 2 months post op. I never understood how people presume to know what the future holds when they have no idea what challenges lie ahead? How immature. Are we saying you're absolutely going to be one of the almost 50% of people who are going to gain some or all of their weight back? No. We are saying to KEEP that from happening, you need to be aware of the pitfalls to PREVENT it from happening. You no more know what's going happen 3 years down the road at 3 months post op as I do 6 years down the road at 3.5 years post op. You can at least admit that, right?
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    Why don't you ask your surgeon instead of looking for validation on an internet forum?
  17. Greensleevie

    Epic stall :(

    I concur. I exercised a lot like you do, and whenever I stalled out, I increased my calories and viola! Stall over. Give it a try!
  18. Greensleevie

    Just curious

    Why won't you be able to eat pizza again? I eat a piece of thin crust pizza occasionally. If it's more than occasionally, I eat the toppings off (including the cheese) and leave the crust. I have learned that there are no "bad" foods, only bad choices. Food is not the enemy.
  19. Some people have saved up for it, and some people have it financed through credit cards, Care Credit, private loans, etc...I even know a gal who took out an equity loan on her home to have it done.
  20. I'm a true foodie. I'm willing to try anything once. Why not? I eat TONS more veggies now than I ever did pre op. By choice, even! I didn't like green beans before, but now? A little bacon and onions fried up into them? Yum! Just like @OutsideMatchInside said butter makes everything better? Same goes for bacon 😀
  21. Greensleevie

    why no soda??

    Oh, stop being so dramatic. That's a total false narrative. It's a Coke Zero. I'm not forcing anyone else to drink it. We're all adults here, and make our own choices. Your choice is to not drink it. Okay, awesome! Go you! You don't get to dictate what we can and can't say on a public internet forum. You ALSO don't get to dictate what is considered 'good' or 'bad' for me. Here's my disclaimer: *Don't try this at home. Happy? Now put me in ignore so you don't have to see any more of my evil Coke Zero drinking posts. I'm sorry if I triggered you.
  22. Greensleevie

    Weight loss stall

    Google the "3 week stall". It's normal.
  23. Greensleevie

    People 3 years plus out?

    Although we are permanently altered, the actual effects of the surgery are really only temporary. I noticed an increase in hunger and less restriction at about 2 years post op. Luckily, I wasn't over dependent on the tool itself and continued to exercise as that happened, and kept my regain at around 10 pounds. I have since buckled down and lost most of that, but it takes MUCH longer now to lose. I would say I can now eat what servings are SUPPOSED to be for regular people. I also get hungrier faster after I eat. Chicken seems to be the one thing that gives me great restriction still, but I can still eat 4-5 oz of it. I still have the tool, and I am still in compete control of how I use it. You will be, too.
  24. Greensleevie

    How much can you eat?

    As time goes on and things continue to heal and relax, you will be able to eat more. Enjoy this time while you can. At over 3 years out, I can now eat the recommended portions for people who have not had bariatric surgery, which means what I put in my mouth counts even more at this point because there's more of it. Although I'm altered permanently, the effects of the surgery are really short term in the grand scheme of things. It's on us after that.
  25. Greensleevie

    3 weeks post op cheat

    At 3 weeks out you're still healing. This isn't about "cheating", it's about safety. There's a chance you can damage something and give yourself a life threatening leak if you eat something off plan too soon. Just keep that in mind.

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