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Calling all vets- share your 2020 status and updates!

I am now 5 years post VSG. I had good loss (75+lbs), fell off a bit had some regain, got bad health news, went Keto, lost regain....I am now the same weight as I was at my lowest after surgery. I feel pretty good. I do CrossFit 3-4 times a week. I still identify as a WLS patient, and I always will because it was the first step in my journey of taking control of my health. I am keeping my medical issue at bay. I continue on Keto and would like to lose about 20 pounds in 2020 and will be where I think would be a perfectly ideal weight for me.

Hoping everyone is well!

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Banded in March 2001, revision to MGB in May 2016. Hernia is back and since that part of the reflux symptoms and surgeons want to do another revision. I guess I need to schedule it, huh?

Weight wise I'm an unspectacular normal weight.

Still can't make up my mind about plastics but my skin is bothering me more and more. I'm looking into the Avelar technique (would have to go to Austria to get it but since I'm most likely going to be a self-pay anyway...) but with a revision looming over my head I have other problems at the moment.

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I'm 22 months out from RNY (Feb 20, 2018). I walk 60min/day and slow jog. I am making a commitment to do core strengthening 3 days per week.

I also still identify as a WLS patient and always will because it DOES keep me honest and keeps me focused on living a healthier life that continues to grow and evolve.

I am a daily weigher. And this morning was 130.4lbs. Lowest weight was yesterday and was 129.4lbs. I maintain in a range of 130-135lbs.

Oh an 8 years, late stage cancer remission continues. Check up in 2 months.

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Happy 2020!🍾

I'm five years post op. Starting weight was 254 Lowest 125.

I maintained pretty easy in my first two years. My honeymoon ended when I had a regain in my third year. It was an emotional freak out moment. I came back to this site for support and worked the weight off. I maintain in the 130's. I give myself a ten pound bounce range to work up and down the scale. So far so good. We will see how I do in the years to come.

I identify as a weight loss patient but, life is normal and mundane this far out. People no longer comment about weight loss. Most have no Idea that I was obese. I am vigilant about my weight. I indulge and take diet/exercise breaks. When the scale moves up, I go back to bariatric weight loss diet.

I looked into plastics my first and fifth year out. I backed out both times. I'm done with people judging my body at any size. I'm comfortable in my loose skin *wink* I will never be a bikini model with the damage I did being obese. *I was not a bikini model before surgery.*

Before and after.

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Happy New Year Vets! I am 5 years post. My original loss was 185 lbs. I have regained 20 lbs in the last couple of years. Focused on getting back down to my low weight and doing a better job with maintenance. I still consider myself a WLS patient, but we are definitely driving the car now. Hope everyone has a wonderful year! [emoji322][emoji322][emoji322]

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2 yrs post WLS (VSG to RNY), not a VET but chiming in:

no GERD prior to VSG but developed along with strictures late in the journey. Lost all the weight I needed to but needed RNY for quality of life. Did it despite being super weary of more (non cosmetic) surgery 🤣

Turned out just fine with a few minor hiccups sorted. Enjoying life, Maintaining, Vigorously thinking about and plotting the future 🏆

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4 minutes ago, GreenTealael said:

2 yrs post WLS (VSG to RNY), not a VET but chiming in:

no GERD prior to VSG but developed along with strictures late in the journey. Lost all the weight I needed to but needed RNY for quality of life. Did it despite being super weary of more (non cosmetic) surgery 🤣

Turned out just fine with a few minor hiccups sorted. Enjoying life, Maintaining, Vigorously thinking about and plotting the future 🏆

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What? You are a vet. Thanks for all your help over the years.

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I am 7 years post VSG. I lost 145 pounds and kept it off 3-4 years, had plastics and looked and felt great, and then life happened. I cared for Sick parents, husband with early onset dementia and dearth subsequent death, a year of grieving....then one day I woke up and faced the truth of a 55 pound weight gain.

September 2019 I began focusing on my health and goals again, and I’ve lost 22 pounds. I had a barium swallow which revealed I have a normal capacity stomach, so really, no restriction. I never had the restriction others describe. Anyway, as much as I hated to do it, I joined WW. I basically eat like a Bariatric patient, using WW as guardrails. I also have increased my exercise and am totally in the Peloton “cult”, which is great because I am loving exercise for the first time ever.

I never thought I’d be here..yet here I am, living proof that stomachs DO stretch and even smart, determined people can end up with regain. I believe it will take me until June or July to get back to goal, but every pound lost is a great feeling of accomplishment.

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I'm almost 15 years out from a traditional DS. I lost about 140-145 lbs. and have kept it off. I eat a ton of Protein everyday and have never missed a day of my vits/minerals.

I've had some health issues (especially relating to my bones), but have been able to find the help I've needed (even though it took a while).

I'll always be a WLS patient, but it's just a part of my life; like breathing. No one knows I was ever big except my family and doctors.

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Just about 5 years lost from 225 to 120 and weighed today at 128.4 lbs. gained 12 lbs well was up to 142 after a post surgury infection this summer but it is now 2020 more days below 135 is good.
Menopause now I thought my weight was low and my periods had stopped but no it really is the next stage.
Yes I will always be a weight loss patient It is a unique ride we have shared.
Thanks you have been my rock and angels more than you will ever know. 🥂🍸🍷🍹🍾.

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On 1/1/2020 at 6:07 PM, summerset said:

Banded in March 2001, revision to MGB in May 2016. Hernia is back and since that part of the reflux symptoms and surgeons want to do another revision. I guess I need to schedule it, huh?

I've scheduled my revision for 26th February. Hopefully things will go as I plan.

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7 hours ago, summerset said:

I've scheduled my revision for 26th February. Hopefully things will go as I plan.

What will be done? Cheering you on!!! 💚

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28 minutes ago, GreenTealael said:

What will be done? Cheering you on!!!

Hiatoplastic, gastropexia with part of the teres ligament and a second anastomosis which will be kind of an RNY one.

I hope you're doing fine?

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