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Gundy

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. Hello! This post isn’t about me, but a dear friend who had bypass 11 days ago. She hasn’t lost a single pound yet and she is getting discouraged. She didn’t have any weight loss prior to her surgery since her BMI was just over 35. She has many pre-existing issues such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart issues, etc. She seems to be getting her Protein and is following her post op diet. She is also drinking over 80 ounces of Water per day. Any ideas??? Is this normal?
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    Any MAY sleevers???

    May 2, 2018 Sleever. Feeling great. Down to 159 lbs this morning from a high of 225. Not certain how much weight I still want to lose since I am very curvy and still have DDD breasts which add a great deal of weight. Just 2-3 lbs until my BMI is in the normal range. The rules I follow daily remain the same: at least 60 grams of protein, 30-30 rule on avoiding liquids before and after meals, wall at least 10,000 steps every day (I did this prior to surgery, too), and 64 ounces of fluids per day. I also TRY to limit carbs such as bread, pasta and sweets, and if I need a sweet treat, I have a small dish of Breyer’s Carb Smart Ice Cream or a Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Cluster or half a protein bar. If I am short on protein for the day, my snack will be the Quest Nacho Cheese protein chips...personal favorite! I’m 59 years old and never felt better! I also gotten so many compliments and am told I look like I’m in my early forties. This was such a wonderful life changing decision.
  3. Hello! I’m a sleeve patient and have had a wonderful experience. Current weight is 163. This post isn’t about me, but a dear friend who had bypass 12 days ago. She hasn’t lost a single pound yet and she is getting discouraged. She didn’t have any weight loss prior to her surgery since her BMI was just over 35. She has many pre-existing issues such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart issues, etc. She seems to be getting her Protein and is following her post op diet. She is also drinking over 80 ounces of Water per day. Any ideas??? Is this normal?
  4. Hi Mikeyy! Thanks for the reply. She isn’t very active, but she is following her diet to a T.
  5. Love, love my sleeve! I look and feel great. My only regret is not doing it sooner. Everyone I know that had the band regrets it. I didn’t think they were still being done.
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    Vitamins

    I take PatchMD Multivitamin. During my six month follow-up, all my labs were great so they work like a charm!
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    May Sleevers

    Hi Hopeful! I, too, had my surgery in May. My high weight was 225 and surgery weight was 215. I currently weigh 161. My progress has been slow, but sure. My nutritionist told me not to concern myself with calorie intake, but getting my 60 grams of protein and limit my carbs. If I have sweet cravings, I stay with sugar free or low carb treats. I also walk 10,000 to 15,000 steps every day. I’m 59 and 5’6.5.
  8. Hi! Just curious how long it takes after surgery before you can safely travel internationally for a short trip? I’m having the sleeve surgery May 14 and wondering if I could travel to Spain for 5 days for a conference starting June 1. Thanks!
  9. Great article. So many of us can relate! https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/everything-you-know-about-obesity-is-wrong/
  10. Hi Susunorm! This was the same way I felt at two weeks. I just reread the texts I sent to close friends, and I said I was struggling with buyer’s remorse and wish I’d never done it. What a difference a few months make! I am 59 years old and feel like I’m in my twenties. I just entered the 170s and am so proud. Please don’t allow the first weeks or month to overwhelm you. Just follow the plan and the weight will come off. Trust this tortoise...slow and steady wins this race!
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    The Yo-Yo of LIFE & SLEEVE

    Hey ChicTrying. Don’t despair. The best advice I can give is start with 3 simple rules. 64 ounces of calorie free liquids per day, 60 grams of protein and following the 30/30 rule. Practice them for 30 days until they become a habit. It sounds like grazing is an issue for you. Having three meals and 2-3 healthy snacks a day may reverse the grazing trend. Best wishes, and so glad you are seeking psychological help!
  12. Honestly, it wasn’t that bad. I only needed pain meds for the first few days. After that, Tylenol did the trick. I looked at it this way. My back, my knees, and the grooves in my shoulders hurt every day before surgery. They don’t cause me pain any longer. Every day long-term pain vs acute pain for a day or two. It’s a choice.
  13. Nope! My fitness pal does a great job tracking everything and is completely free.
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    Sugar addict anyone?

    You’re singing my song! I adore sweets, but realize I could eat them 24/7. I’m making every attempt to curb my sweet tooth. I bought a large bag of mini tootsie roll pops to satisfy the savage sugar craving. I can have one at 20 calories and beat way the sugar craving. Sugar free pudding with a bit of sugar free Cool Whip helps. Sugar free hot cocoa helps. Finally, I make a cup of tea with almond milk added and a bit of sugar free caramel syrup.
  15. Please look at the following chart prior to getting discouraged. It really helped me gain perspective. https://s.bariatricpal.com/uploads/monthly_04_2016/post-290199-14616366840086.jpg
  16. Been there, done that! The first month is tough and can be discouraging. Give it some time. Your body has been put through the wringer and needs time. You’ve also lost a lb a day! Holy moly!
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    Different Hair

    Besides shedding, my hair texture is more dry and brittle. It dawned on me today that I stopped taking my daily fish oil after surgery. That definitely feels like the culprit regarding the dry texture!
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    any sleevers in their late 50's

    Had sleeve surgery on May 2, 2018. The first weeks were a bit rough tummy wise, but no pain and resumed walking 10,000 steps a day in a few weeks. Best decision I’ve ever made. My current weight is 183, and I feel better than I’ve felt in years.
  19. 1. Most doctors don’t even offer the lapband any longer due to all the problems. All the people who I know who had lapbands either had revisions or are waiting for revisions. 2. No hair loss yet at 3.5 months post op. 3. Too much rich sweets or dessert. A small piece is fine. 4. After the first week. 5. MyFitnessPal
  20. Hi Kristy. I had a hard time with the protein shakes, too, so I added protein powder to broths.
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    WHY?

    The RN at my Bariatric Center stated that many times people seek revision after the sleeve due to GERD. This isn’t an issue for me.
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    What is your most embarrassing NSV?

    Pants fell off in the airport while going through security! Laughed so hard I could barely answer their questions.
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    Hey 50 & over gang We have a new spot

    Hello All! Sleeve surgery at 58, now 59. I couldn’t be happier. I started out at 225 and I’m now down 40 lbs to 185. My weight loss is more turtle, less hare, i.e. slow, but sure. Today I am classified as Overweight, NOT obese...NSV!
  24. If you go full Keto by the book, you should lose 10 lbs by September 20.
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    Need advice and encouragement not ripped apart

    The three most important rules to follow according to my NUT and surgeon are the 30/30 rule, 60 grams of protein per day and 64 ounces of water or no calorie liquids.
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