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On 9/20/2020 at 12:04 AM, STLoser said:

I just worry that when I get to the point that my stomach can hold more I will start eating too much again.

You will start eating more with time.

I wish treatment teams would prepare their patients for this to happen. Take a look at 1:40 min when he talks about portion sizes.

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I'm determined to never let that happen though!

How are you going to prevent this?

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I’ve noticed a definite increase in appetite since around month 5, requiring much greater diligence and am sure this becomes even more challenging over time.😖Thanks for posting Dr. Weiner reminders and suggestions!

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I noticed an increase in portion size up to maybe 1 years or 1.5 years. After that it stayed the same.

Hunger is more or less the same. I don't feel much physical hunger. Appetite varies big time with stress levels, working load and mood in general.

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58 minutes ago, summerset said:

I noticed an increase in portion size up to maybe 1 years or 1.5 years. After that it stayed the same.

Hunger is more or less the same. I don't feel much physical hunger. Appetite varies big time with stress levels, working load and mood in general.

I think you’ve hit it there...stress, work, mood. The change around month 5 feels more about insides being less swollen, better healed, less nausea, ability to tolerate more foods, life “feels more back to normal”. The real work begins.

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25 minutes ago, Lily66 said:

The real work begins.

I'd rather think of it as "finding your new sustainable routine".

Referring to all of this as "hard work" or "the real work" or "a daily struggle" or "constant battle" as so many patients seem to do sets up an atmosphere that makes me feel uncomfortable to emerge myself into.

Words are very powerful. Be careful not to create an uncomfortable environment in your own head.

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How are you going to prevent this?
I've prepared mentally for this for a long time. I'm very determined to be healthy and I feel like the habits I'm forming will set me up for future success. I'm definitely measuring and tracking my food and not eating more than I should.
I can only take it one day at a time and do the best I can each day.
I came to this forum to get advice and see what successful people have done to stay on track.
I feel prepared, just nervous too because I'm a worrier.


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I’m glad I read this because I wasn’t told the hunger glands came back! I was set back 2 weeks because I’m deathly allergic to cats & my eyes & throat almost completely swelled shut so I didn’t exercise for 1st 2 1/2 weeks. I only lost 19 lbs including pre op shakes but I started walking and swimming yesterday. I hope I make it past honeymoon stage because my surgeon said I should have lost minimum 35 pounds in 4 1/2 weeks. I’m still having trouble with Water & shakes bc until the abandoned cat hiding in house was removed, I was pretty out of it. So I’m really just starting. So the lack of hunger only lasts 2 months? Ugh . I’m just glad I finally had the sleeve surgery so I have it in my head to really start serious again. It’s weird I didn’t lose laying in bed not taking much in because swollen throat. Second that Persian cat was removed to neighbors I was better fast. Thanks for everyone’s questions and advice on here.

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I’m glad I read this because I wasn’t told the hunger glands came back! I was set back 2 weeks because I’m deathly allergic to cats & my eyes & throat almost completely swelled shut so I didn’t exercise for 1st 2 1/2 weeks. I only lost 19 lbs including pre op shakes but I started walking and swimming yesterday. I hope I make it past honeymoon stage because my surgeon said I should have lost minimum 35 pounds in 4 1/2 weeks. I’m still having trouble with Water & shakes bc until the abandoned cat hiding in house was removed, I was pretty out of it. So I’m really just starting. So the lack of hunger only lasts 2 months? Ugh . I’m just glad I finally had the sleeve surgery so I have it in my head to really start serious again. It’s weird I didn’t lose laying in bed not taking much in because swollen throat. Second that Persian cat was removed to neighbors I was better fast. Thanks for everyone’s questions and advice on here.
Hunger comes back at different times for everyone. Most of the time it seems like it's way longer than 2 months.
It's manageable. I haven't had a terrible time with head hunger, but I do have actual physical hunger that lets me know when it's time to eat.
I had hoped I wouldn't feel hungry at all, but oh well. I'm doing fine and managing it, and it's not horrible. I have to learn to eat like a normal person anyway, whether I'm hungry or not.

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How are you going to prevent this?
I just realized you might have been asking how I was going to prevent being able to eat more in the future from happening.
The answer to that is I can't.
I was referring to preventing myself from overeating in the future. I am determined not to let myself slip back into old habits.

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8 hours ago, STLoser said:

I was referring to preventing myself from overeating in the future. I am determined not to let myself slip back into old habits.

My question was more like how are you planning to handle the fact that you're going to be able to eat more. All patients are determined to "never let it happen again" and many of them fail.

Too many patients say "I will never again" - until the day they finally do.

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OK then I did understand. I don't believe I'll "never do that again", but I've worked hard for a long time on my relationship with food and I hope that will help me when the time comes. I have spent a long time changing my diet long before surgery. I don't eat things like processed or fast food. I eat mostly vegetarian. I prefer healthy food. I'm not saying I never want junk, but I just don't keep it in the house. I know I will have treats now and then in the future, but they won't be a major part of my diet.
I didn't get as fat as I was by not eating a bunch of crap, but I did work on that for years before surgery so I hope that will help me.
This is a lifestyle change and it's important to me to change my life and live healthy.
I'm just going to keep working on all my habits, working on my mental health, and use this tool to the best of my ability.


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I must be an aberration because while my portion size has increased from where it was 17 years ago past the 2 month mark, not by much.

The video doc above claims that folks will be back up to a plate of food at 5 years, but I have found that is not the case with me. I take his point that pre-op, we were able to eat 2 plates. I could probably have done more, what with being a binge eater.

I can't eat a normal plate of food, even now. If it's a 5" plate, I won't leave as much, but there is still usually left over food.

I don't think this is necessarily attributable to anything I did, at least purposely. I also don't have much of an appetite either. I can't see how anything I did could have had an impact all these years later. I'm just wierd.

Tek

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