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Hi y’all,

I asked this question way far down in my other thread so I wanted to highlight it. I told my friend who had had sleeve surgery and had successfully lost about how much I’ve been pushing myself to walk. I’m day 12 today and feel really weak today and been pushing for 10k steps a day. I walked 4 miles on Friday and 3.3 miles yesterday and 2.8 miles on Thursday. I didn’t hit 10k steps on Thursday (6500) or Saturday (7200) but I did on Friday. Prior to surgery I averaged about 3000 steps a day.
She sent me Dr. Vhong videos (Dr. V as she call him) telling me to watch and he is saying I should be walking for sure, but not pushing myself this much. What are your thoughts? I appreciate your feedback and support sooo much!!

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I was doing 10,000 steps by day 7. No weights or other stuff until later.

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It's only too soon if your body feels like it's too soon.

If it is physically hurting you to do 10,000, try working up from 6,000 or 7,000. I can do 10,000 steps a day at 2 months out, but at 12 days, I was lucky to get 4,000. It's all up to the individual person, honestly.

Now I'm using a bike and walking every day, and incorporating dance into my routine.

Also remember that rest days ARE a thing, and you should take a day off just to let your muscles recuperate every once in a while, too. I workout 6 days a week now.

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Hi y’all,
I asked this question way far down in my other thread so I wanted to highlight it. I told my friend who had had sleeve surgery and had successfully lost about how much I’ve been pushing myself to walk. I’m day 12 today and feel really weak today and been pushing for 10k steps a day. I walked 4 miles on Friday and 3.3 miles yesterday and 2.8 miles on Thursday. I didn’t hit 10k steps on Thursday (6500) or Saturday (7200) but I did on Friday. Prior to surgery I averaged about 3000 steps a day.
She sent me Dr. Vhong videos (Dr. V as she call him) telling me to watch and he is saying I should be walking for sure, but not pushing myself this much. What are your thoughts? I appreciate your feedback and support sooo much!!

I watch Dr. V as well...I definitely wouldn't push. Do what you can COMFORTABLY.

It's MY time!

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I think I definitely did too much over the past few days considering my sedentary state for so long prior to surgery. I’m resting today and will try for more walking tomorrow.

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Thanks for asking the question. I was wondering the same thing. Yesterday, was my first day actually trying to get steps and I only got to 6k.

Does it hurt your incisions? I found I had to wear the binder when I was walking more than just around the house.

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@Stinkerbells2ndact my incisions hurt a little after walking a lot but nothing really bad. I was worried about sweating on them, but so far, so good. I have one that I guess was the “exit wound” as it’s bigger than the others and has a stitch poking out of it....it hurts some. I want to pull the stitch out, but that’s probably not a great idea. 😂

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What does your surgeon about exercising timelines? Anything in the post op guidelines?

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I was released from the hospital day 3 post-op and since then I've been walking between 10-20,000 steps a day (I did the same when I had the sleeve). I do get a little tired sometimes, but then I'll go home and have a big rest. FWIW, I was doing 20,000 steps because I was in Paris and did a lot of walking there - I'm sticking closer to the 10,000 mark now that I'm back home. I don't make it to 10,000 everyday, but I feel better getting out in the fresh air moving around that just sitting at home. To be fair, this is in line with what I was doing before surgery, so it's not like I'm pushing myself more than usual. This is usual for me.

However, as other people have said, everyone is different. It's important to listen to your body. If you feel tired or are in pain, then maybe dial it back a bit. If not, keep going!

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My surgeon wants me to exercise. I told him I’d be walking and stretching. He said that’s good and we’ll talk about doing mor at my next appt.

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6 hours ago, CammyC said:

@Stinkerbells2ndact my incisions hurt a little after walking a lot but nothing really bad. I was worried about sweating on them, but so far, so good. I have one that I guess was the “exit wound” as it’s bigger than the others and has a stitch poking out of it....it hurts some. I want to pull the stitch out, but that’s probably not a great idea. 😂

So hard to not pick! Esp. Now that they are getting a little itchy. I don’t see any stitches, but the blobs of glue have semi-lifted and are buggin’!

Good for you for getting your move on. I only managed another couple miles with one small hill before I was d.o.n.e. and my belly has been a little sore this afternoon. Finally get to weigh in tomorrow since it’ll be 1 wk, so that’s exciting/nerve wracking. 😬

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Perfect keep it up = I was insane moving walking and pushing it hard soon after surgery, I really think it was the key to my fast weight dropping

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Same. I hit the ground running and never turned back. I Started walking constantly Day one and week 4 my dr cleared me to go back and to just listen to my body. It’s 8 months later and I run and lift weights 6-7 days a week since then. I workout HARD because I’m dedicated to my journey and to my results. A lot of people with be against this philosophy and sometimes I feel like ppl post Dr V so they can give themselves a reason to not give 100% but to each their own. Everyone’s journey is different and as long as you are headed towards goal and making the choices that work for you then you are doing great!!!

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