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Perspectives on Losing Fast & Slow

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On 2018-06-12 at 9:41 PM, Tealael said:

I definitely think that there's a pressure to be a poster child of positive attitude. Always have positive affirmations and outlooks, reminding each other of all of the great things that will come from the change but sometimes it's a little tiring and real life has changing tides... So I was looking for people who maybe understood how I felt and I could lean on their collective knowledge (not compare) until I could see my forest past the trees

The truth is nobody can quite find the negative in a positive like a bariatric patient. It is why I created this...to remind myself of how neurotic I was being regardless of what point I was at...I think a lot of people can relate to this...


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On 06/20/2018 at 11:57, Travelher said:

The truth is nobody can quite find the negative in a positive like a bariatric patient. It is why I created this...to remind myself of how neurotic I was being regardless of what point I was at...I think a lot of people can relate to this...


Very true and very funny

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I think we should stipulate that 0-1 pound a week is slow, 1-2 pounds a week is normal, and greater than 2 pounds a week is fast! :rolleyes:

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I am losing about 2 pounds a week. food does not rule my life anymore. That is a huge plus. I joined a gym and will begin working out next week. I am currently in week 7 post op. I have noticed that foods that I used to enjoy eating before the surgery I now do not like. For instance, I used to love eggs and now I cant stand them. I had a slice of pizza today and I could only eat half of it. That is the beauty of the sleeve. Where in the past I would have ordered 3 or 4 slices of pizza I can only eat half a slice now. The sleeve acts as a guardian for me. I am so glad I had it done.

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I totally relate to the frustration of stalls and even periods of weight gain that this graph shows. I found something that helped me deal with it the last time I was losing weight. There’s an app called a Happy scale that uses statistical averaging to show you what your weight loss would be if you factored out the bloated days, etc. It gives you a smooth curve on the graph. It helped me a lot.


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On 06/05/2018 at 07:17, Matt Z said:

I'm very frustrated... even though I know what's happening is 100% normal and expected. I've been stuck around the same weight for more than a week now, but my body fat % is dropping, so I know I'm still heading in the right direction. It's still painfully slow for my liking. But, I just have to keep at it, I know it's not a race, I know that having the band already means that My rate of loss is going to be MUCH slower than any other bypass. I know all of these things, and yet, every day I step on that scale and the weight doesn't move, I curse a little to myself. I'm still keeping my Protein and Water goals in check. I'm in the gym at least an hour a day doing cardio AND muscle building. So, even though it's frustrating, I'm doing my best to keep all that in check and keep myself moving forwards. Just need to keep moving forwards. The struggle **IS** worth it!

If my weight only stayed the same for a week, I’d be stoked! Mine stays the same for weeks now... yes I do eat more now.. no , I don’t workout as much. I know that’s why .. but on the bright side? I’m down 105lbs.. just need to exit the 140’s to be happier... in a slump. Pms eating. Happy you’re body fat percentage is reducing. I should probably get mine checked.

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On 06/05/2018 at 07:25, AllyJonesVSG said:

I think I had unrealistic expectations. I kept hearing about people who lost 90 lbs in 3 months sort of thing, but I forgot that they were starting from a place with much more to lose, which helps it fall off faster. I'm evidently going to have to be content with ~4lbs per week. :(

4lbs a week is fabulous!! It may slow down much more than that honey. When you get small, it will. Then it’s discouraging. I’m going through that. Not to say you aren’t smaller now.

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On 06/05/2018 at 07:40, LaLaDee said:

Rapid weight loss definitely has a lot of drawbacks. I have had a lot of health issues from my body being in shock. Feeling dizzy and light headed. I had psoriasis flare ups (in addition to a range of complications from my auto-immune disease).

I didn't mention this before, but it's very strange, psychologically speaking to lose 100 plus pounds in less than six months. It's very disorienting. You feel like a stranger in your own body. It's uncomfortable. You don't recognise yourself. I had a bit of depression (which may have been related to the illnesses), but it also was in part because I was really freaked out by all the changes. How do you stay mindful and centred, when you're dropping 6 dress sizes in 6 months? There's no time to adjust!

I am not complaining. I underwent this surgery as an investment in my future health and happiness. And frankly, I wouldn't mind some of that magic rapid weight loss again. However, losing slowly does have some benefits.

I couldn’t agree with you more! I have such dry skin, and emotional guilt and issues. I’m happy and thankful- but feel guilty when I eat most food. Like I’m going to stretch my pouch out or something. I never recognize feeling hungry or full. I lost 100lbs in 7 months and now things are super super slow. In the 140’s and often terrified to step on the scale. My weight does go up and down by a pound based on my sugar or sodium intake... life is super weird now... the feeling weird in my body. Although I’m also not complaining.... happier x100000 ... but I always thought being skinny would change my eating issues... nope! Just harder to binge because I’m full. My mind is still the same often.

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On 06/05/2018 at 08:40, Greensleevie said:

What's the rush?

I took the opportunity to learn about nutrition and exercise along the way in order to actually KEEP the weight I lost off, which over 50% of us will fail to do. That is far more important than how quickly it comes off.

Perspective is important.

Omg. That’s not slow. You’re doing amazing! Congrats

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On 06/10/2018 at 17:40, Sprinkles1 said:

I'm happy with even 1lb of weight loss. It's more weight loss than I would have had without the surgery. I'll get to my goal.... eventually.

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This mentality is beautiful! I’m at that point too! I had rapid loss initially and now that I’m 20lbs to goal- it’s slow as hell. 1lb loss makes me super happy. Means it’s moving in the right direction.

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On 6/11/2018 at 1:15 PM, MIZ60 said:

When I sit here and reflect on how much better I feel than I did on April 18 when I started the preop diet I can honestly say that I have no worries on how long this process is going to take.

Before April 18 I had excruciating back pain that limited my activity. Going to the grocery store was a nightmare for me and other activities were just eliminated. I tried a few medications and even had injections from a spine physiatrist with no improvement. My wheezing and shortness of breath (despite 3 daily asthma/COPD medications) was so bad it was hard for me to walk across the street to the mailbox. My pulmonologist was frustrated with the situation as was I. I was a prisoner in my home and feeling really overwhelmed, sad and resigned to the situation I was in. I have been unable to work for over a year. I honestly did not expect the surgery to help any of this.

As of today I have lost 33.8 pounds. My back pain has COMPLETELY resolved and I am able to do whatever I want without pain. I am OFF all three of the asthma/COPD medications since 2 weeks post op and have used my rescue inhaler exactly 3 times since. I am able to walk 1.25 miles in about 25-30 minutes every morning in the Texas heat and humidity. If these changes had not happened to me I would never believe them.

I still have about 100 lbs. to lose to reach my goal. I do not care how long it takes. This surgery is the BEST thing I have ever done for myself. Sure, I get jealous when I see people losing faster than I am but I can only experience my own journey.

Well Said! And good for you.

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I'm definitely a slow loser with loses if .2 to .6 if anything , but as everyone suggests I won't focus on it anymore. However my medical issues are NOT resolved through this surgery so I can't see those benefits just yet. So far I am simply smaller... Not to sound ungrateful

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