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BlueCrush

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    BlueCrush got a reaction from ladyscorpion04 in Before and After Pics   
    The photo that kick-started my motivation VS current. I'm about 2.5 years post-WLS and about 14 months post-skin removal surgery.



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    BlueCrush got a reaction from Yray in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    A bit about me: I had the sleeve surgery in December 2017 period. I've lost a total of 181 pounds since last May, and now I'm looking to gain some muscle mass. I'm currently sitting at 225lbs pounds and 6'2.5" tall.
    So many unanswered questions of not been able to find good responses to. Things such as how to start eating any calorie surplus now that I want to add muscle. Will I be able to eat enough to add muscle? Follow me on this thread and I will track my journey for any others that may follow the same path.
    Starting status:
    8/17/18 - 225lbs


  3. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from Yray in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    A bit about me: I had the sleeve surgery in December 2017 period. I've lost a total of 181 pounds since last May, and now I'm looking to gain some muscle mass. I'm currently sitting at 225lbs pounds and 6'2.5" tall.
    So many unanswered questions of not been able to find good responses to. Things such as how to start eating any calorie surplus now that I want to add muscle. Will I be able to eat enough to add muscle? Follow me on this thread and I will track my journey for any others that may follow the same path.
    Starting status:
    8/17/18 - 225lbs


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    BlueCrush got a reaction from pdc1605 in Dealing with Co-Workers and Friends   
    I've embraced talking about the surgery AS PART of a lifestyle change. I've actually had a few coworkers pursue the surgery after seeing my success with it.
    I'm not sure why some are so ashamed to discuss surgery. I see it as an opportunity to better educate people and perhaps help a few with their own struggles along the way. No shame in my game.
  5. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from pdc1605 in Dealing with Co-Workers and Friends   
    I've embraced talking about the surgery AS PART of a lifestyle change. I've actually had a few coworkers pursue the surgery after seeing my success with it.
    I'm not sure why some are so ashamed to discuss surgery. I see it as an opportunity to better educate people and perhaps help a few with their own struggles along the way. No shame in my game.
  6. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from Yray in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    A bit about me: I had the sleeve surgery in December 2017 period. I've lost a total of 181 pounds since last May, and now I'm looking to gain some muscle mass. I'm currently sitting at 225lbs pounds and 6'2.5" tall.
    So many unanswered questions of not been able to find good responses to. Things such as how to start eating any calorie surplus now that I want to add muscle. Will I be able to eat enough to add muscle? Follow me on this thread and I will track my journey for any others that may follow the same path.
    Starting status:
    8/17/18 - 225lbs


  7. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from Yray in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    A bit about me: I had the sleeve surgery in December 2017 period. I've lost a total of 181 pounds since last May, and now I'm looking to gain some muscle mass. I'm currently sitting at 225lbs pounds and 6'2.5" tall.
    So many unanswered questions of not been able to find good responses to. Things such as how to start eating any calorie surplus now that I want to add muscle. Will I be able to eat enough to add muscle? Follow me on this thread and I will track my journey for any others that may follow the same path.
    Starting status:
    8/17/18 - 225lbs


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    BlueCrush got a reaction from Suzi_the_Q in Plastic Surgery Cost   
    I went to Mexico. $10,500 for 360 LBL, BBL, Lipo in 3 sections, and male chest reduction. Price included 2 nights at the hospital + 8 nights recovery at the Hyatt hotel where they had 24/7 nursing. I did have to pay about another $1k for first class flights to get there and back, but that could have been cheaper if I went coach. Flew into San Diego, CA, and they had a driver pick me up and drive me across the border (about a 45 minute drive from San Diego to the hospital in Mexico).
    Researched and found a surgeon I liked. Followed the surgeon's daily procedures on Instagram and Facebook for nearly a year, and interacted with LOTS of his past patients in the FB group to get a good comfort level.


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    BlueCrush reacted to mchldck in Before and After Pics   
    Surgery 2/20
    Highest Weight 277
    Surgery Weight 264
    Weight Today 184
    25 pounds to goal weight.


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    BlueCrush reacted to jami.1992 in Before and After Pics   
    Surgery- 05/14/20
    HW- 268
    SW-258
    CW-177
    GW- 160

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    BlueCrush reacted to Chillly in Before and After Pics   
    Mini gastric bypass May 2020 (5m post-op)
    SW 231
    CW 187
    GW 140



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    BlueCrush got a reaction from DiZia in Who started at the 400's   
    I started at 406.
  13. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from Thicc chick 504 in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    Today was legs day:
    3 sets of dumbbell lunges
    3 sets of machine hamstring curls
    3 sets of dumbbell squats
    3 sets of dumbbell calf raises
    3 sets of machine leg press
    3 sets of machine leg extensions

    Today's top workout tracks:
    Nothing More - Don't Stop
    Avenged Sevenfold - Bat Country
    Volbeat - Seal the Deal

    Legs current state:

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    BlueCrush got a reaction from JAKE H in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    I'm at about the two year mark now. Definitely slower gains at this point, but still going strong.

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    BlueCrush got a reaction from Thicc chick 504 in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    Today was legs day:
    3 sets of dumbbell lunges
    3 sets of machine hamstring curls
    3 sets of dumbbell squats
    3 sets of dumbbell calf raises
    3 sets of machine leg press
    3 sets of machine leg extensions

    Today's top workout tracks:
    Nothing More - Don't Stop
    Avenged Sevenfold - Bat Country
    Volbeat - Seal the Deal

    Legs current state:

  16. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from ladyscorpion04 in Before and After Pics   
    The photo that kick-started my motivation VS current. I'm about 2.5 years post-WLS and about 14 months post-skin removal surgery.



  17. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from ladyscorpion04 in Before and After Pics   
    The photo that kick-started my motivation VS current. I'm about 2.5 years post-WLS and about 14 months post-skin removal surgery.



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    BlueCrush reacted to justinas_journey_vsg in New Member! 11 months Post-op....-122lbs   
    Hi everyone! I have no clue how I didn't know this forum existed until just now! I love sharing my story and learning from others so I thought I would introduce myself.
    I'm 11 months post op
    Ht: 5'5"
    HW:264
    SW:260
    CW:142.8
    I have an Instagram where I post quite often @justinas_journey_vsg


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    BlueCrush reacted to Imwichya in 2 Year Surgiversary   
    This is a long post. I promise there won’t be many like this. My hope is that my story will help inspire someone that is on the fence. My story is about some really good decisions I’ve made including marrying my wife. I submit to you that our respective journeys are about decisions and commitment to a process. The surgery fixes the physical for a period of time, but it does not work on your brain. The short and sweet version:
    HW: 602 lbs I very rarely admit to this.
    SW: 552 lbs
    CW: 260 lbs
    Total weight loss: 342 lbs
    On this day 2 years ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. At the time, I had no idea how great I was going to feel or the new experiences I was going to enjoy. All I knew was that I was about to turn 50, and I came to the realization I had to make a change. I always told others, that you can’t do the same thing over and over and expect different results. That was my a-ha moment prior to the surgery. I decided I was going to undergo weight loss surgery. I decided I was “all in” on this process. The day I went to initially meet with my surgeon, I stepped on the scale and weighed 602 lbs. It was hard to look at. Every part of my body hurt... my knees, my back, my ankles, etc. Almost impossible to walk. To put it into perspective, I could barely walk for a couple of minutes without pain or having my heart beating heavily. The good thing was I had normal BP, sugar, cholesterol, etc. I can’t even explain my mental state. I had slowly withdrawn from almost all aspects of living. I am the by-product of losing weight successfully and then gaining it back with interest. I could always lose 75-100 lbs on my own. But since I had a lot more than that to lose, I would eventually hit a wall and revert to my bad habits. I initially wanted to have VSG surgery because it was less invasive and quite frankly I was scared of surgery. Although my surgeon recommended RNY, he left it up to me. I researched a lot and decided RNY. I asked soooo many questions. I spoke with people that underwent surgery. I also decided that I was going to pay out of pocket for the surgery. I felt it was an investment in me. I also didn’t want to chicken out during the insurance process as other times. From my initial consult to surgery day (about 60 days), I lost 50 lbs. 27 of those were during the liquid diet. And no, I did not cheat once during the liquid phase. Was I scared about surgery? Absolutely. But I also understood, statistically, men of my weight do not live long lives. My surgery weight was 552 lbs. I was blessed to go through the surgery without complications. The 1st 6 months out, I focused on the nutrition aspects. The only physical activity I tried was Water aerobics. At about the 6 month, I weighed in at 425 lbs. I felt things were beginning to slow up. I decided to hire a personal trainer. My first conversation with him was that I knew I needed to exercise for my health but there’s no way I could ever have the passion for going to the gym like him and others. My first goal was to walk a 5K. I accomplished that 6 months after. It took me 1.5 hours to finish. But I did it. What an incredible feeling. Today, I do that on a daily basis. Both walking and jogging. I have never felt this good during my adult life. I have embraced this new lifestyle and now look forward to working out. During these unprecedented times we are facing, I have found alternatives to going to the gym and refuse to allow the situation to dictate my life. Today, I stand at 260 lbs. This is the lowest weight I’ve been since high school. It’s important to build the right team. To my wife, my surgeon, my primary physician, and my trainer.......THANK YOU. I would not have been able to achieve these results without your support, encouragement, and advice. I also look at my own level of commitment during this journey. As I said, I hope that my story helps others.


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    BlueCrush got a reaction from Suzi_the_Q in Plastic Surgery Cost   
    I went to Mexico. $10,500 for 360 LBL, BBL, Lipo in 3 sections, and male chest reduction. Price included 2 nights at the hospital + 8 nights recovery at the Hyatt hotel where they had 24/7 nursing. I did have to pay about another $1k for first class flights to get there and back, but that could have been cheaper if I went coach. Flew into San Diego, CA, and they had a driver pick me up and drive me across the border (about a 45 minute drive from San Diego to the hospital in Mexico).
    Researched and found a surgeon I liked. Followed the surgeon's daily procedures on Instagram and Facebook for nearly a year, and interacted with LOTS of his past patients in the FB group to get a good comfort level.


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    BlueCrush got a reaction from JAKE H in Is it possible to build muscle after the sleeve? I'm about to find out.   
    I'm at about the two year mark now. Definitely slower gains at this point, but still going strong.

  22. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from Suzi_the_Q in Plastic Surgery Cost   
    I went to Mexico. $10,500 for 360 LBL, BBL, Lipo in 3 sections, and male chest reduction. Price included 2 nights at the hospital + 8 nights recovery at the Hyatt hotel where they had 24/7 nursing. I did have to pay about another $1k for first class flights to get there and back, but that could have been cheaper if I went coach. Flew into San Diego, CA, and they had a driver pick me up and drive me across the border (about a 45 minute drive from San Diego to the hospital in Mexico).
    Researched and found a surgeon I liked. Followed the surgeon's daily procedures on Instagram and Facebook for nearly a year, and interacted with LOTS of his past patients in the FB group to get a good comfort level.


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    BlueCrush reacted to alissajs in Before and After Pics   
    5.5 months post sleeve. Down 90lbs in this photo. I’m getting there!
    Sw/hw 284. Currently 193. 5’4

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    BlueCrush got a reaction from ladyscorpion04 in Before and After Pics   
    The photo that kick-started my motivation VS current. I'm about 2.5 years post-WLS and about 14 months post-skin removal surgery.



  25. Like
    BlueCrush got a reaction from ladyscorpion04 in Before and After Pics   
    The photo that kick-started my motivation VS current. I'm about 2.5 years post-WLS and about 14 months post-skin removal surgery.



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