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I am 5 weeks post op and have lost 15 lbs. Is this on the lower end of losing? I don’t get much exercise in and am trying to work on that, but I feel a bit like I’m failing myself. Input is appreciated!

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15 pounds in 5 weeks is WONDERFUL! Weight loss isn't magic after surgery, it's still science.

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You are on pace for 156 lbs in a year. 52 weeks at 3 lbs a week.

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As long as you are following the program and losing consistently, there is no such thing as too slow. A group of us who all had surgery in the same month lost weight at different rates, but we all ended up in the same place at the end, some sooner than others. You will be fine!

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Fifteen ponds is great. Congratulations!

There is no right rate of loss. We’re all different. You’ll find you’ll lose at the rate that’s best for you. Follow your plan & your weight will continue to drop.

It’s a wonderful & exciting time. Enjoy every pound you loose.

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as long as you're sticking to your surgeon's food plan and the general weight trend is down, you're good.

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Thank you all so much for your input!

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15 hours ago, bufbills said:

You are on pace for 156 lbs in a year. 52 weeks at 3 lbs a week.

Dang you beat me to it! Above says it all - Get off the scale and focus on getting healthy. The scale will drive you nuts and you will end up in a rubber room with a jacket that buckles from the back

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18 hours ago, Bobbifaces said:

I am 5 weeks post op and have lost 15 lbs. Is this on the lower end of losing? I don’t get much exercise in and am trying to work on that, but I feel a bit like I’m failing myself. Input is appreciated!

You are consistently losing so that is success!

My loss is slow also compared to others I see on here. I am at 2 weeks post surgery (surgery weight 188.8), consuming 500 - 650 calories a day, walking 30 minutes twice daily and down 7 pounds at 181.4. So maybe my weight loss will only be 12 - 14 pounds a month. But it is still weight loss. We will get there! The important part is 1) we did it and 2) we are following what the program.

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2 minutes ago, TrueNorth1 said:

You are consistently losing so that is success!

My loss is slow also compared to others I see on here. I am at 2 weeks post surgery (surgery weight 188.8), consuming 500 - 650 calories a day, walking 30 minutes twice daily and down 7 pounds at 181.4. So maybe my weight loss will only be 12 - 14 pounds a month. But it is still weight loss. We will get there! The important part is 1) we did it and 2) we are following what the program.

you're starting out at a much lower weight than most WLS patients, so your rate of loss is likely to be pretty slow in comparison. 12-14 pounds a month is a pretty rapid rate of loss. Maybe not for the first month, but afterward, that would be on the high side. I started out at almost 400 lbs, and after the first month, I was losing 10-12 lbs a month (for about the first 6-7 months, then it got much lower). So just an FYI..

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4 minutes ago, catwoman7 said:

you're starting out at a much lower weight than most WLS patients, so your rate of loss is likely to be pretty slow in comparison. 12-14 pounds a month is a pretty rapid rate of loss. Maybe not for the first month, but afterward, that would be on the high side. I started out at almost 400 lbs, and after the first month, I was losing 10-12 lbs a month (for about the first 6-7 months, then it got much lower). So just an FYI..

You are right. Someone told me their last 15 pounds was about 1 pound a month for a year.

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1 hour ago, TrueNorth1 said:

You are consistently losing so that is success!

My loss is slow also compared to others I see on here. I am at 2 weeks post surgery (surgery weight 188.8), consuming 500 - 650 calories a day, walking 30 minutes twice daily and down 7 pounds at 181.4. So maybe my weight loss will only be 12 - 14 pounds a month. But it is still weight loss. We will get there! The important part is 1) we did it and 2) we are following what the program.

Heads up, it will be up and down. 12-14 a month is actually pretty high! depending on your starting weight etc, you can’t realistically expect that every month. Granted some people do shed weight at a fast clip but that seems like the exception vs the rule. (I’m looking at you @ms.sss ) lol

I was a “slow loser”. I just looked up my history. I was 204 on my surgery date 8/13/18 and 188.6 10/01/18. I was down 16 pounds after 48 days. Looking back at my tracking, I stopped weighing myself for 2 weeks! I don’t remember doing this, but I’m sure I took a break because it was driving me nuts. Just like you I was eating 500-600 calories a day, it just came off slower than I had hoped or expected. I had a few months when I only lost a few pounds! A good month for me was 6-8 lbs. I’m a stubborn person, it just made me dig my heels in harder and I got to my goal weight by a year and surpassed it a few months later.

I never cheated, I wanted this too much to fail. I did get frustrated but I got there.

This is my long winded way of letting you know to keep your expectations realistic. Even on 500-800 calories a day and doing everything “right” you can lose slowly. Our metabolisms defy logic sometimes! You will lose the weight, just might not be in a timeframe you’re hoping for.

You got this, good luck.

I think the show 600 lb life messes with our expectations.

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21 minutes ago, Cheeseburgh said:

I think the show 600 lb life messes with our expectations.

^^^^ this for sure!!

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Thank you all. I am having a day of frustration. In the last 2 weeks I have lost 3 lbs. Ok i did have a dumping incident where i could not eat for 3 days. I feel like a loser and not in the way I wish. I know it will happen but it does not make the process easier.

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1 hour ago, Cheeseburgh said:

Heads up, it will be up and down. 12-14 a month is actually pretty high! depending on your starting weight etc, you can’t realistically expect that every month. Granted some people do shed weight at a fast clip but that seems like the exception vs the rule. (I’m looking at you @ms.sss ) lol

I was a “slow loser”. I just looked up my history. I was 204 on my surgery date 8/13/18 and 188.6 10/01/18. I was down 16 pounds after 48 days. Looking back at my tracking, I stopped weighing myself for 2 weeks! I don’t remember doing this, but I’m sure I took a break because it was driving me nuts. Just like you I was eating 500-600 calories a day, it just came off slower than I had hoped or expected. I had a few months when I only lost a few pounds! A good month for me was 6-8 lbs. I’m a stubborn person, it just made me dig my heels in harder and I got to my goal weight by a year and surpassed it a few months later.

I never cheated, I wanted this too much to fail. I did get frustrated but I got there.

This is my long winded way of letting you know to keep your expectations realistic. Even on 500-800 calories a day and doing everything “right” you can lose slowly. Our metabolisms defy logic sometimes! You will lose the weight, just might not be in a timeframe you’re hoping for.

You got this, good luck.

I think the show 600 lb life messes with our expectations.

Yes, it seems I need to lower the expectations! I did Dr. Bernstein diet (800 calories) and lost 15 pounds per month so I thought for sure I would lose the same at 500-600. It's ok...in 1 month I will be better than today. And so on....its not bringing me down! I've got this!

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