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Prestonandme

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    Prestonandme reacted to SAS11 in Has anyone regretted getting the surgery?   
    To answer the original question: yes. I’m 7 months out, and although I’ve hand a good outcome from an objective standpoint, I regret this decision deeply. These are my reasons:

    1) There’s not a day when I don’t think about how terrible my body looks. I’m currently very close to where I thought I wanted to be long term, but I can’t stand seeing myself. I’d rather look at my old self in the mirror.

    2) My menstrual cycle is totally screwed up and has been ever since surgery. I was having constant periods for a while, and now I haven’t had one in 8 weeks. Totally unpredictable, and all my surgeon has to say is, “That shouldn’t Ben happening.”

    3) I’m tired of being praised for how great I’m doing, how great I look, and what I eat. I don’t eat anything different than I’ve ever eaten: the amounts are just smaller. Not all fat people are fat because of pizza and fast food. Some people gain lots of weight during a period of chronic illness, and that reality is totally lost on my medical team. I’ve stopped following up with my surgeon because I’ve tried discussing how anxious our appointments make me due to all this praise she’s giving me for nothing, but she never stopped doing that even after I requested. The thought of seeing her gets me really upset, so I’ve just stopped going. I’m a healthcare provider myself, so I’m aware of that being a risky decision.

    4) I’m tired of the random comments about my body from people I know as acquaintances. Losing this much weight isn’t heroic, and I don’t like it when other people refer to me in that way and with similar adjectives.

    5) I hate that people treat me differently now. It’s like my worst fear has been realized: there are a lot of people who like me now only because of my smaller body size. Suddenly, I get to sit in on conversations where thin women make fun of fat women: conversations where I would’ve been the one being gossiped about a few months ago.

    Granted, there have been good things about it. I like being able to do more things with my body. I like having more clothing options. But that’s it. If I could, I’d take this entire decision back and be as I was before.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from ShanIAmVA in Has anyone regretted getting the surgery?   
    I am glad that I've been able to lose a massive amount of weight via WLS, but I am sad that I, too, have experienced chronic nausea, cramping, and diarrhea for more than 1 1/2 years.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from qianmij in 8 months post op and still always hungry...   
    I'm nearly two years out and sometimes experience "hunger days" when I have urges throughout the day to satisfy my hunger.
    When I'm having one of those days, I use MyFitnessPal to log everything I eat throughout the day, and I concentrate on low calorie Snacks (e.g., a grape is 3 calories) to quell the hunger pangs. I make sure I don't exceed my recommended daily caloric intake this way.
    One of my best "cheats," however, is to drink a cup of coffee because for some reason it usually stops my hunger cravings for several hours.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from ShanIAmVA in Has anyone regretted getting the surgery?   
    I am glad that I've been able to lose a massive amount of weight via WLS, but I am sad that I, too, have experienced chronic nausea, cramping, and diarrhea for more than 1 1/2 years.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from ShanIAmVA in Has anyone regretted getting the surgery?   
    I am glad that I've been able to lose a massive amount of weight via WLS, but I am sad that I, too, have experienced chronic nausea, cramping, and diarrhea for more than 1 1/2 years.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from ShanIAmVA in Has anyone regretted getting the surgery?   
    I am glad that I've been able to lose a massive amount of weight via WLS, but I am sad that I, too, have experienced chronic nausea, cramping, and diarrhea for more than 1 1/2 years.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from Starwarsandcupcakes in How can I update my surgery tab?   
    Thanks!
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    Prestonandme reacted to Starwarsandcupcakes in How can I update my surgery tab?   
    I have this link saved on my favorites on my phone for when I want to update anything about my surgery.
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    Prestonandme reacted to Greendragonfly in How can I update my surgery tab?   
    Go to the dropdown next to your name, click surgery then, progress. Be sure to click save on the bottom.
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    Prestonandme reacted to NovaLuna in My Biggest Milestone So Far... 200 Pounds Down!   
    So, the entire month of April had been terrible for me. I've been dealing with a really bad osteoarthritis flare since April 5th so I only lost 1 pound the entire month due to inflammation issues and have been in constant pain since then. So, in the wee hours of this morning when I stepped on the scale I, honestly, wasn't expecting it to tell me I'd lost a pound because my weight keeps fluctuating between 190-193 and had done that the entire month of April. So I was shocked to see 189.2 on the scale! I stepped off the scale and then stepped back on it and it popped back up. I moved the scale and stepped back on it and, again, it said 189.2 for the third time. I didn't believe it at first lol (I think moved the scale like 5 times and checked it 6 or 7). But it's official! I can finally say that I've lost 200 pounds! That's a HUGE milestone for me! I have less than 10 pounds to go to get to my goal weight! And that just honestly blows my mind! I've been so miserable the last month due to the stupid flare, but seeing 189 on my scale put a huge smile on my face! It made my day! I just wanted to share my milestone...
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from ruthpets in Type 2 Diabetes   
    Since WLS is documented to trigger remission in a large percentage of diabetics, it's very unlikely that your recent diagnosis will prevent you from undergoing the surgery. If anything, it gives you more evidence that your WLS is necessary. Remissions are more common for people recently diagnosed with diabetes, as opposed to those who have had the condition for many years, have been taking insulin for extended time, and/or whose diabetes is uncontrolled.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from ruthpets in Type 2 Diabetes   
    Since WLS is documented to trigger remission in a large percentage of diabetics, it's very unlikely that your recent diagnosis will prevent you from undergoing the surgery. If anything, it gives you more evidence that your WLS is necessary. Remissions are more common for people recently diagnosed with diabetes, as opposed to those who have had the condition for many years, have been taking insulin for extended time, and/or whose diabetes is uncontrolled.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from meathead in Bad Advice and being honest.   
    I loosened up way too much in my daily carb intake. My dietitian asked me to remain at 90 g or less of carbs but I found myself exceeding that amount frequently. I also got sloppy about what type of carbs to eat. But in my case, I am now paying a price for my sloppiness. I never was diabetic but my A1C and blood glucose have returned to my pre-WLS levels, which were just nearly in the pre-diabetic range and have been creeping up steadily for the past year.
    So now I have to be extremely strict now -- return to my original diet plan and, in fact, try to stay at about 60 g of carbs or less per day in the hopes of lowering my A1C and blood glucose before I cause myself irreparable harm.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from njlimmer in How often do you weigh yourself?   
    The scale keeps me aware of microtrends. I use MyFitnessPal to track my weight and I weigh daily. There have been three two-week intervals where I gained and lost 6-8 lbs. even though via food-tracking, I confirmed there was absolutely no change in my daily caloric intake. I reassured myself that these gain/losses were aberrations, not signs of actual weight gain. They could be explained by Water retention, salt increase, medication changes, etc.
    So I look at 7 day, 30 day, 90 day, and 180 day trends. For the past six months, I've been relatively stable and I owe this to food diarying and daily weighing.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from njlimmer in How often do you weigh yourself?   
    The scale keeps me aware of microtrends. I use MyFitnessPal to track my weight and I weigh daily. There have been three two-week intervals where I gained and lost 6-8 lbs. even though via food-tracking, I confirmed there was absolutely no change in my daily caloric intake. I reassured myself that these gain/losses were aberrations, not signs of actual weight gain. They could be explained by Water retention, salt increase, medication changes, etc.
    So I look at 7 day, 30 day, 90 day, and 180 day trends. For the past six months, I've been relatively stable and I owe this to food diarying and daily weighing.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from WishMeSmaller in How to get back on track?   
    Lots of different choices available to readjust your situation.
    You can easily restart tracking your food. It will be helpful in several ways because you will have to write down exactly what you eat and how many calories, carbs, sugars, fats, etc. you take in. Be kind to yourself if you find that initially you are logging "bad" foods -- sugary treats, etc. Focus on hitting and not surpassing your maximum daily caloric intake. Little by little, modify your diet so that you are back on track with your Protein and carb goals. Remind yourself that you are not on a fast train to disaster. You have identified a problem before it is out of hand and you are immediately taking steps to remedy it.
    As for exercise, lots of us falter, particularly during these COVID times. When I stopped exercising like you did during 2020 COVID (because I quit the gym), I was nagged by family members, sent articles about fitness, and finally was encouraged to take small steps to reintroduce the exercise I needed. I began viewing the Leslie Sansone "Walk at Home" videos on YouTube and walked along to them every day. At first, I would fast walk just 10 minutes three times a day with the videos and eventually I shifted to one 30 minute a day fast walk accompanied by video. She offers scores of different videos so I can do new ones every day for variation.
    So I think actually you are in a great situation to regain control of your life. You haven't regained. You are very aware of your shortcomings. And you are motivated to change.
    Take small steps towards each goal and you will get back on track. Best wishes.
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    Prestonandme reacted to Grammie2 in Serious Teeth problems after gastric bypass several years ago???   
    Ha! I read all these messages about teeth being bad after WLS and didn’t have the problem......UNTIL! I went to the dentist for the first time since my surgery, and also hadn’t been there in over a year and had 5 areas on my teeth with cavities! I ALWAYS (since adulthood) had great checkups. I could hardly believe it! He asked me if I had GERD, and I said yes, I’ve had it for YEARS and I’m on pantoprazole even now, but he said acid is causing my problems. I have no problems with GERD being on the medicine, so what else could it be??? He also gave me a script for the strong fluoride toothpaste, but doesn’t know if he can save my molars! Great news! Just thought I’d share! I am not on a Calcium supplement.
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    Prestonandme reacted to catwoman7 in 8.5 years out and struggling   
    your pouch is probably fine. Supposedly it takes work to stretch it - as in chronic overstuffing. You're probably just used to eating more, and it's hard to cut back once you've been eating at a higher calorie level. Regain is pretty common - but I know a lot of people who've managed to lose it. Some have gone to Weight Watchers, some start counting calories again, some do Keto, some do Intermittent Fasting - whatever works. But I would get on it now before it really gets out of control. It'll be a lot easier to lose 20 lbs than 50...
    If you're a calorie counter (I am...), then track your intake for a week or two to figure out what your current average calorie intake is. I find it hard to drastically cut mine, so I just try to cut it by 100-ish calories at first, then after a week or two, I'll cut another 100 calories - and so on
    if you hate calorie counting, then go back to following the rules we all followed the first year - Protein first, then non-starchy veggies, and then if you have room, a small serving of fruit or whole grain carb. Or find a program that you like and can stick with for awhile (like Keto or WW), and try that...

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    Prestonandme got a reaction from Arabesque in Well, the honeymoon may be over   
    You're extremely disciplined and knowledgeable. Plus you are meticulously watching your weight. If you are plateauing or even gaining a pound or so, you can reduce your caloric intake and increase exercise. I know you'll make the necessary adjustments and be fine.
    Make a list of extremely low calorie Snacks (e.g., one red grape is 3 calories) that you can munch on if your cravings won't pass after some time. Really savor the snack.
    In the end, all of your vigilance and discipline will pay off and keep you at your ideal weight. I'll bet on it.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from Nanagrrl3 in Black poop and no restriction feeling   
    My poop suddenly turned black after I began drinking wine again. I had blood work done and discovered that my liver rates were elevated. I stopped drinking wine and other mixed drinks, and within 30 days, my liver levels had returned to normal. Apparently, my post-WLS system does not tolerate and process alcohol well.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from Momof2boyzandadog in Antidepresant Absorption post surgery Fears   
    Monitor your feelings for the first 30 days after you re-start your SSRI. If you notice any changes (heightened depression, listlessness, feelings of loss of self-worth), or even any physical symptoms such as abdominal pains, headaches, or nausea that seem unrelated to the surgery, then have a chat with your prescribing doctor about whether you will need to increase your dosage or switch to another SSRI. Remind yourself that your doctor will work with you to make whatever adjustments are necessary to get you back on track. You'll be okay.
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    Prestonandme reacted to Cape Crooner in 5 1/2 Years Post Op Observations   
    I haven't been here in five years, but I thought I should share what I've learned on this journey...
    1. My sleeve was a very minor surgery. Less than 30 minutes passed between being knocked out and the recovery room. Quite frankly, I think this option should be more widely available for marginally obese people. Unlike the other bariatric surgeries - which change your plumbing, this is simply the removal of the stretchy part of the stomach.
    2. Think long and hard about who you tell. I told a handful of family members and I think that was a mistake. I suggest you either tell everyone, or just the absolute minimum (spouse or care giver). Within the first year I was sure everyone knew and I felt I was being dishonest.
    3. The honeymoon is real. For 18 months it's virtually impossible to gain weight, but after that, you most certainly can. My smaller stomach can hold 8-10 ounces of food and get refilled after about an hour. If you fill it with sugar or fat and keep refilling it, you can certainly get back all your weight. I initially lost about 90 pounds and that was too much. People kept asking me if I had cancer. I've since put 25 pounds back on and while I wish it was 15, it's fine. My weight is what it was when I was an athlete in college. I have used my reduced weight and energy to excercise and I think that has helped. I generally do 100,000 steps a week. Again, eating/drinking the wrong stuff and not exercising would surely lead to more weight gain.
    4. I no longer count calories, but I do have a few tricks to keep things in check. I have designed a menu with a lot of 200-500 calorie meals and I have 3-4 of these every day. I burn enough EXTRA calories a day exercising to offset the calories I drink (I only drink 100 calorie cocktails - nothing sugary).
    5. There's a lot of good and bad information on alcohol on this site. I waited 6 weeks (the European guideline) and the eased in with weak cocktails and wine. I don't think it hits me harder, but since I'm likely to have less food in my stomach, the effect is to be hit harder. I can see no reason to wait 6 months or a year other than minimizing caloric intake. The Sleeve is a timeout from your bad lifestyle, but it's not a permanent timeout. At some point you'll create a new lifestyle that will include birthday cakes, pizza, French fries and booze. You need to manage around all of these risky consumables. You should think about it ll as you enter your journey, never stop reevaluating, and constantly adjust.
    I hope this helps someone...
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from GreenTealael in Colonoscopy post-surgery   
    I hope this information is helpful for WLS patients who need to have a colonoscopy.
    I have one scheduled for Wednesday. After telling my gastroenterologist that I had WLS and have significant nausea problems, he prescribed Suprep for my colon prep. With Suprep, you have to drink 4L of Water, preferably in one hour. I know I won't be able to do this, so I searched online and found medical articles that said bariatric patients can take longer to drink the 4L since their stomachs are so small. https://consultqd.clevelandclinic.org/which-bowel-preparation-should-be-used-for-colonoscopy-in-patients-who-have-had-bariatric-surgery/ . But the article stated that the authors prescribed a 2L alternative, Moviprep, for bariatric patients because it is much more easily tolerated.
    What upsets me is that I didn't find out about this until after I had purchased the Suprep. To even make matters worse, I found an article from the American Journal of Gastroenterology showing that of the three most common preps -- Miralax, Moviprep, and Suprep, "Miralax was successful in 87%, compared to 74% for Moviprep and 69% for Suprep" in adenoma detection rates. https://journals.lww.com/ajg/fulltext/2013/10001/comparing_miralax__versus_moviprep_versus_suprep.548.aspx
    So I am really frustrated and upset right now. Not only will I have to drink double the Fluid amount that I could have, had my gastroenterologist prescribed with consideration to my WLS, but I have to take the prep that has the lowest rate of adenoma detection.
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    Prestonandme got a reaction from STLoser in Weight Gain   
    Whether or not to eat sugar after WLS is a bit controversial. Some will say "in moderation" and others will say "never again." This has to be your personal decision -- which is right for you.
    A Cadbury bar is about 200 calories (you'll find a range of estimates if you google, but I'm going by MyFitnessPal's verified estimate). Are you eating just one at night or several? If you're having three, for example, you're adding 600 calories a day to your regular calorie intake. If that 600 calories exceeds your daily maintenance caloric needs, you could gain a pound every six days. In a worst case scenario, that would result in a five pound-a-month gain.
    So think about taking two steps. First, decide whether sugar will continue to play a role in your life. Acknowledge that it may be *extremely* difficult to give it up and you may need to come up with a substitute -- something you can chew on at night if you are feeling cravings. Second, if you decide you must have the Cadbury bars in your life to some extent, consider keeping a daily log of your calories so that you don't exceed your maintenance needs. In this case, try to eat the smallest amount nightly that would satisfy you, and chew each bite as many times as possible to savor the flavor.
    Lastly, if you decide you want to lose the regained weight, you'll need to recalculate your daily caloric goals so that you can start losing again. Be practical -- it's hard to shave off 500 calories a day for a one pound-a-week loss -- so set an achievable goal.
    I wish you the best and hope your husband is doing well.
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    Prestonandme reacted to GradyCat in Weight Gain   
    Are we twins or what???? Same here. Gained 10-12 pounds. Every single one of those pounds is chocolate/sugar. Still eating small amounts of food. Just addicted to sugar! I want to kick myself in the butt.

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