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I was sleeved today, 6/28. Everything was smooth- just experiencing a little gas pain and some reasonable incision discomfort. All in all, the surgery itself was a success. Now, the hard part...

When I started this process I weighed about 270 (Im 5'10). I got to 245 on the pre-op diet. Any guys start around that weight? If so, where have you gotten, or where did you ultimately end up? I'm hoping to get to 200 around Thanksgiving, and end around 180.

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@bcl1628 been there... and know I could even do better!

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I hazard to guess you'll be 200lbs before October 1st, and close to goal by Thanksgiving. (You are male, so you will lose about twice as fast as a female).

Congrats on the surgery! Good luck!!

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you can do a lot better than 200 sir, trust me. Youve got it in you. at 5'9 i started at 408 and made it down to 170 in 368 days. while you cant afford to lose that much weight. you sure can lose a lot more than the additional 40 pounds. Try to set a bigger goal. at 200 pounds and 5'10 you'd still have a BMI that makes you clinically obese.

You can do this. its a lifestyle change, not a diet. Keep up on the forums ask a lot of questions and dont blow your honeymoon period on wasted calories. The gym is your friend, it always will be, and so is your sleeve.

You can do this!

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Be careful setting absolute goals, I started at 255 after max of 275. May 11 surgery. 7 weeks now, 221 today. Go easy on yourself


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Im 5"10, started at 265 and I was 250 after pre op diet and had surgery on 5/17. I'm at 225 now and my ultimate goal is 180 also. I've been on away on vacation for the last few weeks and I know I have not been eating the way I should be. Not that I'm complaining about vacation. Lol
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i wish i did this when i was 270 and it took massive amounts of exercise and dieting just to stay there! took me another 100 pounds before i wised up. a lot of damage to my health, life, and a lot of lost time.

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Hey guys, where is everyone at? I’m 8 months out and have been at a stall since the end of November. I am down to 215 from 275 and my goal is 180-185.


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I am T Minus 23 days away from gastric bypass surgery. I started my prelim program at 241 and am now at 221 and am pushing to get another 5-10 off before surgery. My goals are pretty similar to yours, good luck and am glad that your surgery went well, I wasn't feeling nervous at all until this week but am sure it will pass. Go get em!

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Sleeved mid June and currently down to 198 from pre-op weight of 260s. Pleased, but wanting to go further with exercise (Orange Theory/general low carb diet). @BatCap, I had the best experience with the surgery. Like getting my wisdom out. Was a breeze other than some gas pain and the initial shock of how little you can eat for the first little while. Now I am having regular (healthy) meals with friends and it's hardly noticeable. You got this!

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Sleeved mid June and currently down to 198 from pre-op weight of 260s. Pleased, but wanting to go further with exercise (Orange Theory/general low carb diet).@BatCap, I had the best experience with the surgery. Like getting my wisdom out. Was a breeze other than some gas pain and the initial shock of how little you can eat for the first little while. Now I am having regular (healthy) meals with friends and it's hardly noticeable. You got this!


I was sleeved in May. Pre-Op was in the 260’s also, but I am only down to 215. I guess I need to step up my game....


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Finally, some experience I can relate to and comment intelligently about.

Surgery day: 250

Pre-Op prep: 255

Max weight 2 years earlier: 280

Years jammed up at 250 with daily exercise, spin classes and Zumba: THREE!!

7 months after surgery?: 195

Experience?: It's been a BREEZE like this guy said. I have felt guilty expressing this due to sympathy for so many others. There is so much FEAR and TERROR expressed in SO MANY places. I was PETRIFIED going to Mexico more for the surgery than even going to Tijuana!

Physical side effects so far: Nausea ALARM (that's what I call it) to "STOP EATING YOU DUMMY". Best thing ever. Burping. Hilarious. Great at parties. farting? Not so much fun at parties.

What gave me an advantage: I had been a dancer, and competitive and physically active in my 20's after being a fat kid. Mid life crisis issues at 40 set some changes in to motion, but no matter what dietary changes I made . . dropped all sugary sodas gradually, massive carb cutbacks, cutting out of top trigger foods, pizza, chinese . . .it all helped, but 250 was where I thought life would settle. Then came spin classes, zumba, weight lifting - 240 was fun, but crept back to 250 gradually.

AFTER surgery - all those lifestyle things HELPED as the psychological hunger and inability to overeat just changed. Combine the surgery with lifestyle changes? I'm living a joyful life, literally and metaphorically dancing through every day. . . looking 10 years younger . . . wearing tight clothes . . . and getting a lot of dates and interest that lead me to believe I might not die alone fat and surrounded by my cats eating me after all.

Things people say that were NOT TRUE FOR ME:

- you will never have carbonated drinks ever again

- you will never enjoy eating again

- it's "not a magic bullet". (It was for me)

- you will always get gassy and uncomfortable and live with it

- you will forever need to be taking a lot of supplements and vitamins/shots

- you will get debilitating heartburn and physical pains

- you will risk ripping your staples out and bleeding to death if you eat too much.

- you will have to get used to vomiting from time to time, and it's painful and dangerous to do so. (twice for me, and only when I mixed bourbon with too many sugar free popsicles! I deserved it! It was just bad that it happened while sleeping - that's dangerous)

- you will never enjoy any alcoholic drinks ever again

- you will die in Mexico and they will never find your body

- you will be so constipated it will affect you all the time

- you will go through periods of regret (not so far anyway)

Some true ones:

- drinking enough Water is hard. It tastes awful, and I never liked it in the first place.

- Protein, protein, protein FIRST. Then the fun stuff, if you even want it anymore after the protein.

- Tastes change. sometimes in some bizarre ways that even change month to month.

- Remember to eat and keep the food log any way you can more so that you stay in balance, and don't get out of whack in areas like sodium and other things easily overlooked.

- Use your URINE as a constant CHECK on your own health. LOOK AT IT. Sometimes pee in urine specific container and check the color carefully. When it gets darker, really dark, or even into a neon type bright green/yellow - evaluate what you are doing carefully and make changes.

- The surgery is NOT what it was in it's early years and configurations of bypass and lap band. Sleeve was the way for me, and it all makes sense after the fact now. My mother had this surgery in 1992 and has led a miserable life physically, although she got thinner, it came with much substitute misery.

Have fun! It's the best decision I ever made! I would do it over and over again, and I tell everyone I can to not be afraid.

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I am getting very close to my pre-op diet and I'm kind of nervous. Of course, I am a lot heavier than the thread asks. I am just hoping that this surgery gives me some quality of life back where I have none whatsoever right now. It's refreshing to read about people whom have had their lives turned 180 degrees for the better.

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I'm now 15 days away from my bypass surgery, 15 days! About 8 months of work and now the time is just flying by, I know that everyone says not to "Last Supper" but it's getting hard not to. I'm not scared or worried about post op eating changes I just know that it's going to be a while before I can have certain foods so I'm rationalizing it to myself that way. I'm not going crazy and haven't put on any of the weight I've already lost it's just hard to walk away from Tommy's double chili cheeseburger without a proper goodbye, after all it helped make me the man I am today! It's great to hear from all you post ops out there, it's really helped me feel even more confident than I did before. Here's to the next 15 days!

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On 1/24/2018 at 11:02 AM, Batcap said:

I'm now 15 days away from my bypass surgery, 15 days! About 8 months of work and now the time is just flying by, I know that everyone says not to "Last Supper" but it's getting hard not to. I'm not scared or worried about post op eating changes I just know that it's going to be a while before I can have certain foods so I'm rationalizing it to myself that way. I'm not going crazy and haven't put on any of the weight I've already lost it's just hard to walk away from Tommy's double chili cheeseburger without a proper goodbye, after all it helped make me the man I am today! It's great to hear from all you post ops out there, it's really helped me feel even more confident than I did before. Here's to the next 15 days!

I understand it's hard but you can do it! 2 weeks will absolutely fly by, and before you know it, you'll be there.

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