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Hi All, I am having my surgery in 2 days (10/1/19) and just need to see some motivation to help me stop being so nervous. Can everyone just provide their first 6 month weight loss stats. Lbs down per month - month 1, 2, 3, etc...so I can be reminded of all the good things I have to look forward too! I am so excited but so scared and this simple thing will help me tremendously. Thanks!

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I lost 100 pounds in the first 6 months! Unbelievable, really. What I gained was also unbelievable - a whole new life! No shortness of breath with exercise, no asthma, no GERD, sleep apnea resolved, no joint pain, so much energy! Able to get down on the floor and GET UP AGAIN! Down 12 clothing sizes - WOW! Being one of the smaller people in the room instead of the biggest. The list goes on and on. It is a new world for me and I am so excited for you!

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M1 -16.4

M2 -11 (-27.4 total)

M3 -12.4 (-39.8 total)

M4 -12.2 (-52 total)

M5 -11.8 (-63.8 total)

M6 -11.2 (-75 total)

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21 minutes ago, AZhiker said:

I lost 100 pounds in the first 6 months! Unbelievable, really. What I gained was also unbelievable - a whole new life! No shortness of breath with exercise, no asthma, no GERD, sleep apnea resolved, no joint pain, so much energy! Able to get down on the floor and GET UP AGAIN! Down 12 clothing sizes - WOW! Being one of the smaller people in the room instead of the biggest. The list goes on and on. It is a new world for me and I am so excited for you!

Wow!!! That IS amazing! You have to be so proud of yourself. What surgery did you get? I am getting RNY. I cannot wait to experience every single thing you listed. Thank you for the lift. Of those 100, how much did you lose in the first 2 months?

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55 pounds in first 2 months. RNY. I also focused a lot on exercise - walking, wall push ups, then stairs, then light weights, then a leg routine and stretches. Now biking and swimming and entering a triathlon this coming Saturday! Woo hoo!

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5 minutes ago, AZhiker said:

55 pounds in first 2 months. RNY. I also focused a lot on exercise - walking, wall push ups, then stairs, then light weights, then a leg routine and stretches. Now biking and swimming and entering a triathlon this coming Saturday! Woo hoo!

Do you remember your daily calories and Protein for the first 6 months? Did it vary?

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13 minutes ago, lingre said:

So inspiring! Thanks for sharing with me. What surgery did you get?

RNY...

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31 minutes ago, Mikeyy said:

Do you remember your daily calories and Protein for the first 6 months? Did it vary?

Always got at least 60 gm Protein. That gradually went up a bit. Average 80 gm by end of 6 months. Also doing a lot of exercise by then - strength training and cardio. Caloric amounts are average. They varied by 50 give or take each day, but this is what my journal shows:

First 3 weeks: 300 cal.

M:1 400-500 cal.

M 2: 600 cal.

M 3: 600 cal.

M 4: 800 cal.

M 5: 800 cal.

M 6: 900-1000 cal.

Now, because of this silly triathlon (what was I thinking?) I cannot get enough calories. I am eating to the point of being uncomfortable just to keep from losing weight. I don't like it. Can hardly wait til this is over. I will continue to bike, swim, and walk, but not all on the same day! I just want to get back to "normal" eating with my morning fast and smallish meals.

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I lost a lot pretty fast. That is not the way it is with everyone, and in some regards, I wish the loss had been slower. It is a huge mental adjustment to losing so much so fast. I went from pant size 24 to 10. Bra 42DD to 36B. People don't recognize me and I hardly recognize myself. Body dysmorphia is real - I feel like I am in someone else's body. It's a bit surreal. Sometimes I feel a bit lost - like where did I go? I think I look old and wrinkled - shriveled and saggy. People tell me I look younger, but I don't see it. Without clothes, I think I look 90 years old. Anyway, I just try to focus on all the things I can do now, even if I do look funny! I must say, it is fun to shop for cute clothes. I hated it before - so shaming. But gosh darn it! I can't find jeans that fit. My thighs are hollow on the inside now and even size 10 have way too much fabric in the thigh area so they look more like English riding pants on me.

Bottom line - you will lose at the rate that your body wants. Going slower is not bad - it might even be better for all the mental and physical changes that happen. I am also getting pretty tired of people asking about my weight loss. Some are concerned that I might be sick and others are just nosy. That is getting old.

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7 hours ago, AZhiker said:

lost a lot pretty fast. That is not the way it is with everyone, and in some regards, I wish the loss had been slower

I lost slowly and it was difficult because it made no sense and it was very frustrating at times. In hindsight, I am glad it took longer because I don’t take a single pound lost for granted.

I do think there are pitfalls with both. There is a risk of giving up when the weight loss is slow.

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I've been on my own preop diet for 5 weeks and I'm down 44 lbs thus far.

High Protein everyday. Low carbs. shakes. tuna. And use my exercise bike everyday :)

3.5 weeks until surgery cannot wait so excited get my own private room too!!!

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On 9/30/2019 at 8:44 AM, Cheeseburgh said:

I lost slowly and it was difficult because it made no sense and it was very frustrating at times. In hindsight, I am glad it took longer because I don’t take a single pound lost for granted.

I do think there are pitfalls with both. There is a risk of giving up when the weight loss is slow.

I was 192.8 on surgery day 6/8/19 and it will be 3 months next week I am 169. A big difference between now and the 203 start. It just seems so slow compared to others with the sleeve. I have my 3 month appt. with the surgeon next week and nervous I didn’t lose enough even though he told me to take it slow I have a year to take it off. At least at the 169 I am in the overweight category which I am very happy with for now. It is a little frustrating not seeing it come down. I am hoping I can continue losing as you did! Congratulations on your accomplishments it is something you work at every day.

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4 minutes ago, Midnightsun said:

I was 192.8 on surgery day 6/8/19 and it will be 3 months next week I am 169. A big difference between now and the 203 start. It just seems so slow compared to others with the sleeve. I have my 3 month appt. with the surgeon next week and nervous I didn’t lose enough even though he told me to take it slow I have a year to take it off. At least at the 169 I am in the overweight category which I am very happy with for now. It is a little frustrating not seeing it come down. I am hoping I can continue losing as you did! Congratulations on your accomplishments it is something you work at every day.

at 192 - and even at 203 - you would have been what we refer to as a "lightweight". With that starting BMI, you're going to lose much slower than someone who starts at over 300 lbs. I think you're doing great!

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