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Six Months out, 113lbs down overall, 75 since surgery, a few questions:

1) Hiccups, anyone else have them after eating?

2) Started walking more to spur more loss to get into the 200's, and have found that i stagger a bit when walking. Anyone else notice this? I'm getting between 3.5 to 5 miles a day in, and my wife has went with me a few times, and has notice i stagger a little. I'm guessing it's due to being lighter?

3) When to buy new clothes? Everything is falling off me, but I'm holding out. Bought a set of suspenders to keep my pants up. Just don't want to spend a lot of money, only to spend it again when i drop another 20-30lbs.

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WOW, congrats on your fantastic success!

1) Yes! But they never last more that a minute or two for me.

2) Your center of gravity has probably changed and I'd think that you will naturally adjust over time to a smoother stride.

3) When something becomes so big that others say I'm "swimming in it", I will buy one or two items in the new size. Luckily, I wear scrubs to work and they're pretty forgiving when it comes to fit... they're expected to be loose/boxy. But for non-work wear, I'll buy one new pair of jeans now and then when I really need to until I reach my goal weight. The tops I wear are pretty forgiving, too.

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Congrats on your weight loss so far! You're doing great!

1) Yes, I get hiccups sometimes when I eat too fast. It hurts! 😢 (my surgery has a VSG stomach. Just with the intestinal bypass bit added that makes it the Loop DS)

2) I do stagger sometimes, but I also have arthritis in my knees, hips, and back so I always attribute any staggering to that. But, honestly, you've lost more than 25% of your weight. As the above poster mentioned, your center of gravity may be a bit off and you should be able to adjust over time.

3) Well, I was a 34 in jeans when I was at my highest weight (389 pounds) and my shirts were 6xl. I had clothing from about 15 years before when I was a 26 in jeans and some shirts from high school that ranged from 3xl-4xl so I put off buying clothes for quite a while lol. I went from those 26 jeans straight into an 18 (that I luckily didn't have to buy because my Mom wore this size so she just gave me a few of her pants). I also bought a few xl shirts around that time too. They were all on sale lol. Then I waited and bought 14's when the 18's were sliding off. I also bought a bunch of shirts since I figured I was close to my goal weight at the time so I bought a bunch of larges. I'm now in a size 12 in jeans and wear both medium or large shirts depending on the fit. Personally, I'd say buy a few things off the clearance rack if you can't stand how big your clothes are, but since you'll probably grow out of them pretty fast, don't buy a whole lot.

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1. occasionally

2. I haven't noticed it in myself

3: I bought pretty much everything except underwear and swimsuits at Goodwill and other thrift stores during the weight loss phase. I was blowing through sizes so fast it didn't make sense to spend much on clothes, knowing I'd probably only be wearing them for a month or two.

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1. Not really but I’ve heard it’s common
2. I had a period of time where my back was hurting a lot and I did feel off center- happened about the time I was losing a lot of weight off my stomach/front. I do think it was related to center of balance moving . A few months later and I don’t have the issue at all. I feel like running and rowing helped.
3. Thrift stores, I buy cheap things at old navy, and I bought way too much stuff once I hit “normal” sizes I’m now having to sell. Oh well, I knew it was stupid but I enjoyed wearing it while I could.

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Hiccups for me are a sign that I’m full and probably took one bite too many. I see it as a warning sign that I better quit or I’m going to puke 😂 I agree with everyone above. I bought either super cheap clothes from places like Old Navy, TJ Maxx, or thrift stores while still losing rapidly. I hated wearing saggy baggy clothes. Now that I’m at goal I splurge a little more since I know I’ll get plenty of use out of clothes.

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Maybe consider a Physical Therapy eval.

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And congrats on your success!

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Congrats on your weight loss. Woo hoo.

Hiccups: Yes, I do but they are way less severe & pass much more quickly then they did before my surgery when my reflux would stir up or I’d have too many gin & tonics lol - the gas. Esomeprazole helps if they are bad. They happen now if I eat too fast, the food is a little dry or rich.

Staggering: Your centre of gravity does change as you lose weight. You may even get lower or upper back pain as your body relearns how to stand & move about.(I had upper back pain for a while & I noticed I was slumping more until I got used to my changed body.) Do you have any light headedness &/or narrowed vision when you stagger as that could be some orthostatic low blood pressure. Wait a moment, hold onto something to ground you & it will pass as your BP stabilises again.

New clothing: It can become rather expensive buying new clothes as you drop sizes but it does become a necessity when your clothes start to fall off. Try second hand, thrift or inexpensive stores just to buy a couple of essential pieces to get you through. I was pretty fortunate I had a few different sizes stored away so I pulled them out & enjoyed wearing them again.

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First. Nice work.

Hiccups for me were a sign of full early on. Started immediately after surgery when I had my first sips of Water.

I dont recall any staggering. Tell the doc.

I bought cheap clothes from Walmart as I was losing. Just the bare minimum. Couple of their 11 dollar jeans after about 70 lbs to get me through.

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I hiccup All. The. Time. and i’ll be 3 years out in October.

I never noticed a stagger, but i did have alot of hip and lower back pain starting around month 2 that affected how long I could stand or sit in the same position (so possibly my walk too? I dunno). Doc said the pain was due to bone and musculature adjustments brought on by lower weight. Was told it would go away eventually. It did, around 4-5 months post op.

Bought new clothes as soon as the stash of “skinny” clothes i kept in my closet ran out LOL.

And lastly, CONGRATULATIONS on all your effort, you are doing awesome! 💪🏽

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