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My name is Kristie. I'm a 49 year old wife, mom, RN from Seattle. I've been overweight pretty much since I stopped competing in sports after high school. The pounds have crept up slowly over the years. I've had some success losing on my own, but I imagine like most here haven't been able to maintain my losses. I dropped from 285 to 200.1 (never hit onderland) on my own 6 years ago through calorie restriction and daily exercise. I slowly quit tracking, slacked on exercise, and unhealthy habits crept back in. I re-gained all but 2 pounds of that loss. I've dropped 14 pounds in my pre-op period.

I'm scheduled for a VSG on 8/12. I had my 4 hour pre-op class yesterday, which included diet teaching (both a refresher of my pre-op diet, as well as info on the 2 week post op plan). It's getting very real and sinking in what an enormous change I am undertaking. I'm feeling a mix of excitement, anxiety, and happiness for what lies ahead. I'm not sleeping well as my brain is full of planning, wondering, and worrying. I've been really fortunate that I haven't suffered from most of the health complications as the others who were in my class. I'm glad of that, but also glad that I have the opportunity to prevent a decline in my health through this surgery.

I've really appreciated all of the reading I've done here. You are all full of wisdom and inspiration. Part of my long term plan is to continue reading here, but to come out of lurking mode as well and start fully participating. I've been working on my head stuff for awhile, but anticipate that this will continue to be a challenge-I'll be coming here for a dose of tough love as needed! Thank you for being here, thank you for sharing your process. I hope in time I will be part of that sharing and help inspire those who come after me.

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Welcome! Best wishes on your upcoming surgery and the rest of your journey!

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Welcome! I'm 54 and just had VSG 7 months ago. It's been nothing but wonderful, even the sometimes irritating weight loss stalls and I feel happier and healthier and will continue to become healthier until I reach my goal. Good luck on your WLS journey.

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Welcome and congratulations on your upcoming surgery 😊

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On 08/01/2019 at 13:57, kristieshannon said:



My name is Kristie. I'm a 49 year old wife, mom, RN from Seattle. I've been overweight pretty much since I stopped competing in sports after high school. The pounds have crept up slowly over the years. I've had some success losing on my own, but I imagine like most here haven't been able to maintain my losses. I dropped from 285 to 200.1 (never hit onderland) on my own 6 years ago through calorie restriction and daily exercise. I slowly quit tracking, slacked on exercise, and unhealthy habits crept back in. I re-gained all but 2 pounds of that loss. I've dropped 14 pounds in my pre-op period.




I'm scheduled for a VSG on 8/12. I had my 4 hour pre-op class yesterday, which included diet teaching (both a refresher of my pre-op diet, as well as info on the 2 week post op plan). It's getting very real and sinking in what an enormous change I am undertaking. I'm feeling a mix of excitement, anxiety, and happiness for what lies ahead. I'm not sleeping well as my brain is full of planning, wondering, and worrying. I've been really fortunate that I haven't suffered from most of the health complications as the others who were in my class. I'm glad of that, but also glad that I have the opportunity to prevent a decline in my health through this surgery.




I've really appreciated all of the reading I've done here. You are all full of wisdom and inspiration. Part of my long term plan is to continue reading here, but to come out of lurking mode as well and start fully participating. I've been working on my head stuff for awhile, but anticipate that this will continue to be a challenge-I'll be coming here for a dose of tough love as needed! Thank you for being here, thank you for sharing your process. I hope in time I will be part of that sharing and help inspire those who come after me.


Hi Kristie! I identify with everything you’ve said. I too am having my surgery 8/12/19. I just got home from meeting with my nutritionist one on one. I called the meeting with her because , although I’m thrilled & excited, I was also getting overwhelmed with everything. She completely calmed my fears. Is anyone on your team available to meet with you one on one? I’m figuring I’m going to utilize as much support as I need in order to feel comfortable. Let’s stay in touch since we’re both in the timeline process together.. :-)

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20 hours ago, Chiptress said:
23 hours ago, kristieshannon said:


My name is Kristie. I'm a 49 year old wife, mom, RN from Seattle. I've been overweight pretty much since I stopped competing in sports after high school. The pounds have crept up slowly over the years. I've had some success losing on my own, but I imagine like most here haven't been able to maintain my losses. I dropped from 285 to 200.1 (never hit onderland) on my own 6 years ago through calorie restriction and daily exercise. I slowly quit tracking, slacked on exercise, and unhealthy habits crept back in. I re-gained all but 2 pounds of that loss. I've dropped 14 pounds in my pre-op period.


I'm scheduled for a VSG on 8/12. I had my 4 hour pre-op class yesterday, which included diet teaching (both a refresher of my pre-op diet, as well as info on the 2 week post op plan). It's getting very real and sinking in what an enormous change I am undertaking. I'm feeling a mix of excitement, anxiety, and happiness for what lies ahead. I'm not sleeping well as my brain is full of planning, wondering, and worrying. I've been really fortunate that I haven't suffered from most of the health complications as the others who were in my class. I'm glad of that, but also glad that I have the opportunity to prevent a decline in my health through this surgery.


I've really appreciated all of the reading I've done here. You are all full of wisdom and inspiration. Part of my long term plan is to continue reading here, but to come out of lurking mode as well and start fully participating. I've been working on my head stuff for awhile, but anticipate that this will continue to be a challenge-I'll be coming here for a dose of tough love as needed! Thank you for being here, thank you for sharing your process. I hope in time I will be part of that sharing and help inspire those who come after me.

Hi Kristie! I identify with everything you’ve said. I too am having my surgery 8/12/19. I just got home from meeting with my nutritionist one on one. I called the meeting with her because , although I’m thrilled & excited, I was also getting overwhelmed with everything. She completely calmed my fears. Is anyone on your team available to meet with you one on one? I’m figuring I’m going to utilize as much support as I need in order to feel comfortable. Let’s stay in touch since we’re both in the timeline process together.. 🙂

Thanks Chiptress! I have had a couple meetings 1:1 with the nutritionist as well as psychologist at my surgeon's office, and will have post op 1:1's as well. Best of luck with your surgery, I agree that good support is key!

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