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That is a great summary and encouraging words to many who are beginning this journey. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Our lives are permanently altered and we are set for success!!

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I was 92kg (my own doing, I ate a lot 2 weeks before surgery) with a BMI of 31-32.

I had no problems with my blood pressure or cholesterol. The reason for surgery that was stated in my forms were polycystic ovarian syndrome and knee problems.

My insurance covered it, but I think my doctor did some sorcery to make them accept it. The wording in the form saying I was 104kg at my biggest and not mentioning my current weight, etc,

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I'm also a month out from WLS, my weight loss is slow. one day I'll be down a lb. , the next up 1/2 lb. Then no change for 2 days and then down a lb. 1/2. i just began pureed food. The liquid phase for 6 weeks about did me in.2 weeks before and 4 weeks after, it was murder, especially because after surgery my taste changed drastically. Sweet foods are horrible to me. I could barely stomach shakes of any kind.Soups were a little better, but I'm so glad that is over. I've lost 52 so far, 40 before surgery and 12 since, still have 30 to go, but steady progress. I was especially worried since I'm soon to be 66. I figured that it wouln't be fast, I've been dieting since the beginning of oct.2015 and it is now sept.2016.My surgeon told me to begin exercising and I'm on my 2nd week of exercise. This is a hugh life style change, but I'm determined to get healthy. I already was able to stop my blood pressure medication. I wish all of you luck on this journey. It is hard , but it will be worth it.

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@ Shuster how's it going ? Good I hope? I'm a new i.e. Getting sleeved next Thursday. If you've got through this ok, I know I can. Hugs to you

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@@lowbmi65 next Thursday! Congrats! It's totally normal to be apprehensive leading up to surgery, and excited at the same time.

I was sleeved on August 11 and am halfway to my goal of losing 60 pounds. Even if I were down just a few pounds I would consider it a success, as I was previously just gaining relentlessly and rapidly. I am grateful every day for my sleeve and for the new options and new sense of control and possibility it has helped me feel about my body and health. Good luck to you!

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@@hats123 that's fantastic news. Fingers crossed I lose the same as you. X

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Thanks! There are many positive low bmi stories -- @@LowBMISleever is astonishing both in terms of her weight loss and fitness -- it's just that since there are fewer of us, you don't hear about them.

I get excited for anyone on this "journey," but have a particular soft spot for people whose experiences feel familiar (a natural tendency to be sure!), or feel like ones I can identify closely with. That's not always people in a similar BMI/weight range to mine -- I feel an affinity with other people who hate certain artificial sweeteners! But I love seeing this thread move. It's an extra motivator and and extra reminder that we all have cheerleaders and we can all be them, too. I'll skip the corny outfit and pom poms though.

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Couldn't have said it better @@hats123! Love hearing our low BMI stories! Xoxo

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I've heard that the lower the BMI the slower you will lose after surgery and the weight doesn't "fall off" like it does for people with a BMI of 40 or more. Good luck!

this will be great for me because I don't want to loose anymore than 50lbs so hopefully it false off slow and I'm able tone up fast

Hi, I was wondering how you are doing towards your goal, as I'm just trying to lose 50lbs and was wondering how long that might take. Also whether I will get loose skin. Thanks for your update.

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@@hats123 Welcome! Anyone who finds support here is always welcome. Fluids can be difficult. I'm 14 months out and still have to remind myself to drink. Don't let anyone other than yourself pick your goal. I thought I'd be thrilled to get to 160, but with just sticking with the plan (mostly), I got down to my fantasy weight of 135. The last 2 pounds took months to come off. Now I'm happily in maintenance and if my body chooses to lose five more, I'd be ok with that too ( I'm 5'6", 54 years old, started at 200 pounds when sleeved in June 2015). Make your own goals and sleeve on!

Hi, did you have loose skin to deal with. I just got sleeved and am trying to manage my expectations. Thanks

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Generally speaking (since everybody is different I put the disclaimer in there lol): For lower BMI expect 1-3 lbs a week weight loss. You'll be eating usually 600-800 calories + exercise so although it won't be 20 lbs/wk hehe, it'll be healthy and rewarding.

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For me loose skin is a problem, but I'll be 66 this month so I'm not surprised. I just started solid food and I was sleeved Aug.12. I lose slowly, but that is fine as long as it doesn't come back. I just got back from a trip to Amish country and I was so happy to have lost 3 lbs. Usually I gain 5 lbs, with all the good food.I believe that losing slowly probably insures that new habits have more time to become established. Good luck on this journry.

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@@lowbmi65 I have slightly loose skin on my belly so I'd never wear a bikini again, but at 54 I shouldn't anyways. In to my 30's always had a tight flat belly, so it's kind of disappointing, but I'll get over it. Everything else looks pretty good.

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I lost a whopping 11 lbs in the first 11 days and then nothing for the last 5 days. I'm still on soft food. How many calories should I be aiming for ? Is it normal to stall in the early days ? I'm worried that even the sleeve might not work for my sluggish metabolism Thx

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Yes and I'm now 2kgs under goal 9 months post op.

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