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Thomas Epting

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from denise08k in Full liquid diet   
    Just saw your post-op! Congratulations! It will go by fast, that first week, mine was such small amounts of liquids, it got easier every day.
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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from denise08k in Full liquid diet   
    Hang in there. It is definitely tough. It was the hardest part of the journey for me. But remember the “why”. It made it bearable for me.

    Also, I added extracts to my Protein Shakes. Like vanilla. And almond. Lemon even. Mainly to add some variety.

    Don’t give up. It makes a difference in more areas than just the pre-op IMO. For me, after surgery, when I was having a hard time getting enough Protein or even when I wanted a sweet, I always went back to the fact that I was able to go two weeks over Christmas on a liquid pre-op diet so I can do this!

    Good luck! And stick with it, you’re almost there!!
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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


  9. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting reacted to NurseMichael in New YouTube Show - Bariatric Strong   
    Hey everyone,
    So im trying out a new endeavor. I have created a new YouTube channel dedicated to people like us: Baritric surgery patients who now want to be more athletic.
    What should i do for a workout? What should I eat for performance? What foods fuel muscle growth? Questions like these and more are what I will try to answer through some simple little videos. Its not bout money or sponsors, its about creating a bariatric fitness community.
    I only ask that you guys watch, comment, and maybe give me some suggestions on topics to talk about for future episodes. No one seems to be able to give us good answers on this stuff so I figured I should seek them out myself.
    You can check out episode 1 here - https://youtu.be/2NvPVKE_kv0 - and feel free to subscribe to you know when new episodes come out.
    and as always...stay Baritric Strong!
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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Deedee12 in Before and After Pics   
    October of 2018 - Aug 2019


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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Frustr8 in MEN 300-350 LBS WEIGHT LOSS   
    Brent701,

    When I was in my initial consultation, my surgeon asked what I wanted to weigh. I told him what he wanted me to weigh. He was the expert. He pulled his calculator out and came up with 160 which he then quickly told me was arbitrary. He told me to think of my goal weight like the finish line in a long distance race. Most racers slow down (even if just a fraction) and what the really good racers do is just keep working. He said he would tell me when to stop and that my body very well might be ideal at a different weight. Ended up he stopped me at 180. Told me to not loose anymore. That if I had t become obese that I would be normal at this point.


    I still track my foods, and am very active. I hover between 175-180 and will do that indefinitely.

    When I started I only hoped I could be “normal”. I went from a 46-48 jean to a 30-33 depending on brand. A 3xl shirt that was tight to a small or medium again depending on the brand. But I feel amazing. I think I look great too.

  12. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from ProudGrammy in MEN 300-350 LBS WEIGHT LOSS   
    Hello,

    I started at 338lbs in September of ‘18 and had gastric sleeve completed on Dec 27th of ‘18. I’m currently 193.6lbs and am shooting to reach my Ideal BMI weight of 160. The ideal weight is just a target and my surgeon and nutritionist are closely monitoring my weight and blood levels and have told me repeatedly they will stop me if I need to stop prior to that.

    I know you stated you are planning bypass, that is what my surgeon wanted me to have, however, I had previous abdominal surgeries from a appendix that ruptured and the bypass wasn’t an option.

    The surgery, the “pain”, the pre-op diet....EVERYTHING WAS WORTH IT!
    I was down around 50lbs at surgery and have been steadily loosing weight since then. Some months more than others. Everyone sees the change in themselves a little differently in my opinion. I sometimes still see the Big Me, so I weigh myself every day. It’s my reassurance and my accountability to myself and my family.

    I will tell you, I lost weight faster from month 1-4 than from 5 to current. But if I track my food, make good eating decisions (forever), I will reach my goal weight. I will not be in the statistic that only looses a portion of the excess or even regains.

    If there’s ever anything I can answer, I’d be happy to give you my opinion based on my experience. You can message me in my inbox.

    Regards
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    Thomas Epting got a reaction from denise08k in Full liquid diet   
    Just saw your post-op! Congratulations! It will go by fast, that first week, mine was such small amounts of liquids, it got easier every day.
  14. Like
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from denise08k in Full liquid diet   
    Hang in there. It is definitely tough. It was the hardest part of the journey for me. But remember the “why”. It made it bearable for me.

    Also, I added extracts to my Protein Shakes. Like vanilla. And almond. Lemon even. Mainly to add some variety.

    Don’t give up. It makes a difference in more areas than just the pre-op IMO. For me, after surgery, when I was having a hard time getting enough Protein or even when I wanted a sweet, I always went back to the fact that I was able to go two weeks over Christmas on a liquid pre-op diet so I can do this!

    Good luck! And stick with it, you’re almost there!!
  15. Like
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Frustr8 in MEN 300-350 LBS WEIGHT LOSS   
    Brent701,

    When I was in my initial consultation, my surgeon asked what I wanted to weigh. I told him what he wanted me to weigh. He was the expert. He pulled his calculator out and came up with 160 which he then quickly told me was arbitrary. He told me to think of my goal weight like the finish line in a long distance race. Most racers slow down (even if just a fraction) and what the really good racers do is just keep working. He said he would tell me when to stop and that my body very well might be ideal at a different weight. Ended up he stopped me at 180. Told me to not loose anymore. That if I had t become obese that I would be normal at this point.


    I still track my foods, and am very active. I hover between 175-180 and will do that indefinitely.

    When I started I only hoped I could be “normal”. I went from a 46-48 jean to a 30-33 depending on brand. A 3xl shirt that was tight to a small or medium again depending on the brand. But I feel amazing. I think I look great too.

  16. Like
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Frustr8 in MEN 300-350 LBS WEIGHT LOSS   
    Brent701,

    When I was in my initial consultation, my surgeon asked what I wanted to weigh. I told him what he wanted me to weigh. He was the expert. He pulled his calculator out and came up with 160 which he then quickly told me was arbitrary. He told me to think of my goal weight like the finish line in a long distance race. Most racers slow down (even if just a fraction) and what the really good racers do is just keep working. He said he would tell me when to stop and that my body very well might be ideal at a different weight. Ended up he stopped me at 180. Told me to not loose anymore. That if I had t become obese that I would be normal at this point.


    I still track my foods, and am very active. I hover between 175-180 and will do that indefinitely.

    When I started I only hoped I could be “normal”. I went from a 46-48 jean to a 30-33 depending on brand. A 3xl shirt that was tight to a small or medium again depending on the brand. But I feel amazing. I think I look great too.

  17. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Ellf in Pounds lost   
    84lbs in not quite 6 months. Down a total of 140 or so pounds. Just got below 200 yesterday for the first time since I was around 13 years old or so. Best decision I’ve ever made for me and my family.
  18. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Ellf in Pounds lost   
    84lbs in not quite 6 months. Down a total of 140 or so pounds. Just got below 200 yesterday for the first time since I was around 13 years old or so. Best decision I’ve ever made for me and my family.
  19. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Ellf in Pounds lost   
    84lbs in not quite 6 months. Down a total of 140 or so pounds. Just got below 200 yesterday for the first time since I was around 13 years old or so. Best decision I’ve ever made for me and my family.
  20. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Ellf in Pounds lost   
    84lbs in not quite 6 months. Down a total of 140 or so pounds. Just got below 200 yesterday for the first time since I was around 13 years old or so. Best decision I’ve ever made for me and my family.
  21. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting got a reaction from Ellf in Pounds lost   
    84lbs in not quite 6 months. Down a total of 140 or so pounds. Just got below 200 yesterday for the first time since I was around 13 years old or so. Best decision I’ve ever made for me and my family.
  22. Congrats!
    Thomas Epting reacted to Sophie7713 in Pounds lost   
    I am 3 ½ months out and have lost 60 pounds. I arrived at Onederland this past Friday at 198. I have not seen the 100's in over 20 years! My next milestone is to achieve another loss of 68 pounds to settle around 130ish. I'm only a petite 5'0" frame, and prefer not to look "just chubby". Very thankful I'm no longer morbidly obese, and continue to strive toward normalcy to the fit and trim range. Looking forward to a much different and better end of 2019 holiday season. I love my new sleeve and the endless possibilities...
    Any other height challenged individuals out there? What is your ideal weight goal?
    Congratulations to all for your weigh downs and continued best wishes. Happy spring!
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