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Since I last posted I have officially hit 10 months post op on July 3rd. I started at my high weight of 308 pounds two weeks before surgery and I am currently 173.8 pounds. So many things have changed since my last update. I have gone vegan and so many aspects of my health has improved beyond what the WLS has done for me. So that is amazing. But also I might have an ulcer so I am scheduled for an endoscopy later this month. So things have been up and down but hopefully everything comes back fine. However, back to a lighter note my first picture is me right before surgery and the second is me from two days ago. The changes have been dramatic but so worth it. I am hoping to lose another 20 pounds and I hope to make it to the 150's by my one year mark.

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Darktowerdream:

Many congratulations on your almost 40 pound loss! That's really something to celebrate, indeed! You must be feeling a bit better daily despite other chronic issues. Keep working the plan and remain diligent, and once reaching your goal weight (while not a doctor, of course) maybe other issues may calm? I commend you for taking control of your health and food environment.

So often we find ourselves around toxic food environments and insensitive people. Regardless of what other people want from you right now - I think it best to put ourselves before another's agenda. Set in place strong healthy boundaries and concentrate on making yourself first priority. Your longterm success depends on this.

Additional perspectives and helpful insight that might be helpful - Are youtube videos and books by Dr. Matthew Weiner and Dr. Duc C. Vuong. One can be very inspired, encouraged and feel supported engaging these outside your world. Might I suggest the following to keep you focused and encouraged:

Weight Loss Surgery by Lisa Kaouk and Monica Bashaw

A Pound of Cure by Dr. Matthew Weiner

Ultimate Gastric Sleeve Success by Dr. D. C. Vuong

The Emotional First + Aid Kit by Cynthia L. Alexander

Each address facets of interest in Protein, nutritional needs, exercise, chronic conditions + disease along with the emotional and social connections after bariatric surgery.

And, many best wishes on your journey. Despite the extraneous challenges you face, you are moving forward in a heroic way! ;]

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You look amazing!!!! Well done and congratulations!!![emoji122][emoji122][emoji122][emoji122]

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I am 7 months out and have lost 86 pounds.

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I am 23 days out from my gastric bypass on June 17. I was feeling like I'm doing something wrong because everything said the weight will melt off. Day off surgery I was 295, today I'm 281. Is this loss slow? I do notice I eat a quarter of what I would have normally eaten. I just got the app today. Glad to hear other stories.

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On 7/7/2019 at 9:40 PM, mc2017 said:

Since I last posted I have officially hit 10 months post op on July 3rd. I started at my high weight of 308 pounds two weeks before surgery and I am currently 173.8 pounds. So many things have changed since my last update. I have gone vegan and so many aspects of my health has improved beyond what the WLS has done for me. So that is amazing. But also I might have an ulcer so I am scheduled for an endoscopy later this month. So things have been up and down but hopefully everything comes back fine. However, back to a lighter note my first picture is me right before surgery and the second is me from two days ago. The changes have been dramatic but so worth it. I am hoping to lose another 20 pounds and I hope to make it to the 150's by my one year mark.

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When did you go vegan in your weight loss progress? You look amazing

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I’m reading many of these posts today. This was a major issue for me the first two months after my surgery.

It’s important to realize everyone is different. I only lost 10 pounds my first month after surgery!

I’m 4 months out now. I’ve lost 60 pounds.

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18 hours ago, 12345shs16 said:

When did you go vegan in your weight loss progress? You look amazing

Hey, I went vegan around the 6 month mark but I was vegetarian from the 3 month mark onward. For me I found the Protein protein protein mantra drilled into WLS patients heads didn't make sense. I then started doing a ton of research and found that much of how we are told to eat is based on out dated beliefs formed when wls was very new but now decades of research has shown that after around 6 months there is no need for us to eat large amounts of protein so once I learned that I went vegan. And so far things are great. I eat a varied plant based diet and my health has gotten so much better. I would advise that if you want to go vegan to look the "Whole food Plant Based" way of veganism. It's all about eating plants like rice, Beans, potatoes, green leafy vegetables, fruits with no limits but not eating added oils and sugars. For me this way of eating is so freeing and great.

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Well there's tons of Protein in plants and vegetables like spinach and kale and tofu

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I’m 13 months out from my sleeve, and have lost 115. My nutritionist says that I am likely at my set point.

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Protein isn’t exclusive to meat, green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, asparagus and artichokes, Beans, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, lentils, soy, tempeh, seitan, edamame, quinoa, chia seeds, hempseed, peas (pea protein) oats, nut butters, nutritional yeast, etc. have protein.

even some fruits have protein like guava, blackberries, nectarines and bananas.

Not all vegan foods are healthy and you still need protein. I’m not sure I understand the no oils part. Our body needs healthy fats, including for brain function. A lot of people do Atkins vegan. High fat, moderate protein and low carb, no added sugar and low glycemic foods.

Im not arguing your post. I studied nutrition. I’ve also seen a lot of people who eat plant based become extremely unhealthy. Not to say vegan can’t be healthy. But certain things need to be supplemented. And the body still needs healthy fats and protein to function. Protein is more for muscle maintenance and repair and is Best before rest than exercise.

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