Jump to content
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!


Gastric Sleeve Patients
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by lvidacovich

  1. 19 hours ago, JRT Mom said:

    Wowza! You look GREAT!! Your surgery was two days after mine, and you've lost more than twice the weight I have! You've obviously been working this HARD!

    Thank you! I also started 150 pounds heavier than you and it looks like you're doing great as well!

  2. Hey! Long time no see. I know I was here a lot right before and after surgery asking lots of questions but work got the better of me and I've switched jobs and just haven't had the time. However, I wanted to check back in and let everyone know how I was doing. Recap of my stats below.

    HW: 353 (measured but I'm sure I was in the 370's before)

    SW: 327 - Surgery Date 10/22/19

    CW: 204

    GW: 190?

    Yup - 123 pounds down since surgery and I'm still losing. My original goal was 210 so I would be overweight and not obese (by BMI) but after doing research and realizing that most people hit a low number and then settle about 10-15 pounds up from that I'm now shooting for 190 or below by my 1 year anniversary so I can hopefully settle long term around 200.

    I've gone from a 3XL shirt and size 50 pant to a L or M in shirt and size 34 pant as of last week! The pandemic and quarantine has actually helped me - I've taken up running and I've almost got my 5k time under 30 mins! I used to take 30 mins to walk 2 miles (which was still a fast pace).

    No complications and it seems there's nothing I can't tolerate food wise. I'm back on coffee without issue and dairy and red meats pose no problem. I've had pizza, Pasta, rice and more post-op - just in smaller servings and AFTER I eat my Protein.

    Tips? Do your research! I'm amazed at some of the questions - both on here and on a FB group. I swear some gastric sleeve surgeons and groups just herd people in and teach them nothing! Water and protein from day 1 - focus on getting them in. My water intake is around 128 oz daily, sometimes more. It helps a TON. Simple is best - don't over complicate things trying to get protein in. I'm lucky that I don't mind eating the same thing day after day so that's kinda what I plan out.

    I'm here for any questions anyone may have! Thanks!



  3. 6 hours ago, Danny Paul said:

    Since my weight loss and I'm sure that I'm not alone here, my health has greatly improved. I no longer have diabetes, high blood pressure, Gerd, gout and sleep apnea. I read postings from individuals who all attest that their weight loss resulted in a health benefit.

    At one of my group meetings a person who recently had WLS told the group how she found pancakes that were fortified with Protein and that she enjoyed her pancakes. The group leader who is a nurse in the surgeons practice told us that even tough the pancakes had Protein it was a bad food choice to make for a WLS patient.

    I brought this up because this is another example of a person looking for reasons to do an end around on their WLS. Look, if you feel comfortable adhering to that study, I say go for it. I nor anyone on these boards should be telling you how to attain long term success. Just because I don't agree doesn't mean that it isn't right for you. I will end with this, I wish you continued success with your weight loss journey and continued good health.

    Not sure how I feel about this - if she's eating the pancakes every day or 3+ times week then yes, I think it's a bad choice. If she's 3+ months post-op and eats it maybe once a week? I'm ok with that. I (hopefully) will subscribe to the moderation plan. Restricting whole kinds and types of foods in the past never worked for me. What do I plan to do? Find healthier versions of the things I like - and by healthier versions I mean lower carb and higher protein.

  4. 13 hours ago, Healthy_life2 said:

    Calories are not created equal. A junk food diet in weight loss calories vs healthy foods in weight loss calories. Google it.

    Sent from my SM-G930T using BariatricPal mobile app

    Don't think I could disagree more - https://www-1.kansas.com/news/local/article36718608.html#

    Lost 27 pounds on junk food - switched to salad and a balanced diet, gained 17 pounds and his cholesterol went up.

    Weight loss is simply about calorie restriction.

  5. 16 minutes ago, AZhiker said:

    Totally disagree with the ncbi on this one. 100 calories of sugar is going to result in a very different response in your body than 100 calories of oil.

    You hit the nail on the head - 100 cals of sucrose will cause an insulin spike and all sorts of other things BUT 100 calories is 100 calories and over a long enough time period any diet lower in calories taken in than calories used will make someone lose weight given that everything else is equal (no PCOS or Diabetes or the like).

    There was a professor at K-State that lost something like 50 pounds on junk food just to prove this point.

  6. On 12/31/2019 at 2:26 PM, summerset said:

    Yes, if the therapy doesn't work, simply blame the patient. ;)

    Yes, 100%. It's really as simple as CICO - calories in, calories out. Nothing more than that. Do some people have added complications that make it tougher to analyze? Yes. But I'm willing to bet that for 90%+ of the people that WLS doesn't work for there's an underlying compliance issue that can be to blame.

    Comparing this to a drug or anything else is apples to oranges. Different mechanic of action.

  7. Will it work? Maybe. But the good news is that the answer to that question depends mostly on you! I have a strong suspicion that most people who say WLS didn't work for them didn't follow the process or weren't ready mentally.

    Also, I want to give a dissenting opinion. The honeymoon period is not always easy. My hunger drive has not left me. I still have my appetite. Yes, it's easier to eat much less than I used to but I didn't have the same experience as some posters here and I think there are lots more like me.

  8. On 12/28/2019 at 5:05 PM, Lbtnew said:

    That's why I planned my trip as soon as we were able to go, I knew somehow that moron would "F" it up for everyone. The country and the people there are beautiful I hope to go back when you know who is where he belongs wearing an orange jumpsuit to match his face

    Could not agree more! I'm still working on a way in, likely through missions work. I don't feel right lying about my reasons for getting in.

  9. Yes, transfer addiction to alcohol is very real and a real problem post bariatric surgery. As said, you absorb it much faster (alcohol absorbs in the small intestine and for post-op people we have very little or no stomach left so guess where all that alcohol goes first - yup, the small intestine!).

    All that said, I plan to drink some at 6 months. I'll be in Hawaii for my 10th anniversary. I'm talking 1 drink a day, maximum. And that's only if I'm well on my way to my goal weight at that time and I will absolutely log those calories!