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happyteacher
on 5/21/16 7:26 pm
Topic: RE: Grams of sugar?

Beautiful answer- thank you so much for taking the time to post. I am off to check out the link now. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/21/16 4:50 am
Topic: RE: 2 years+ post op, now GERD?!?

That is how it progressed for me. I had a hernia repaired during the vsg. For a while the acid levels were getting worse, and by this past summer I couldn't keep solid food down. I also had the gallbladder tanking on me during that time, which contributed immensely to not keeping food down. What was very different over the summer, was the acid and the relationship to a huge spike in my eating. I gained quite a bit, and for the first time in maintenance went above goal weight and struggled. I had the belching and constant need to eat as well, along with diarrhea and stomach pain. When they took the gallbladder out, they repaired the hernia this past December. I had a "very large" hernia this time (compared to a small one at vsg) and most of the stomach was up in the chest area. I frankly cannot tell you much about how he fixed it, other than I do recall he mentioned using mesh. He did warn it was a lot riskier the second time through. I am still symptomatic though, and suspect I may be partially herniated again. At the last consult, he said the risk of going back in was high so unless I was crazy symptomatic it would be left alone. I now take a PPI daily, but was at least able to cut back from twice a day to once a day. I have tried a few times to not take it at all, but the acid is clearly an issue without it. 

If it were me, I would get it checked if you have good insurance. You need an upper GI. Being scoped could easily miss it, as I was scoped maybe 2 months prior to the upper gi and it did not find the hernia despite it being so large. Upper gi and the CT scan picked it up though. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/21/16 4:39 am
Topic: RE: Grams of sugar?

You would think being 4 years out, a history of low blood sugar, etc. that I would have a better handle on sugar. That is, goals when it comes to consuming it. Previously my priorities in eating daily rank like this: 1st calories 2nd protein 3rd carbs. Meaning that I would (when in weight loss especially) always try to ensure I was at or under my caloric goal, then ensure I got my protein in, and finally try to keep my carbs managed. So what happens too often, is I hit the three goals but... my grams of sugar are too high of a percentage. 

My carb goal for the day is pretty generous in comparison to many on the boards. 150 or less as a general guideline. But sugar is the devil, and it is entirely possible for me to have a high sugar day gram wise and still hit my caloric and carb goal. So I am trying to adjust. I do try to avoid processed junk, and stick to items low on the glycemic index in general. But that sweet tooth of mine is a constant battle. I have recently tried to keep my sugar under 25 grams. Holy **** it is nearly impossible for me. 

So my question is- if the sugar is coming from whole food (dairy, fruit in particular and some whole grains) is it as harmful to your system as say eating a cookie or something like that? I am particularly interested in if the "healthier" sugar is as hard on inflammation levels and increasing the chance of diabetes. So in a nutshell, if I log 30g of sugar, but it is fruit, yogurt, and whole grain bread compared to 30g from a cookie- is the impact on your system comparable assuming you eat the amount at the same time/proportions?

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/21/16 4:27 am
Topic: RE: Any advice for a frustrated person

Just hang in there. As long as you are certain you are at your target calories, getting your protein and water in, it will pass. Many of us change from a steady loss to a stair step pattern. In my case I would go up to 21 days with no loss, but then lose 10 pounds or so in 3 days, then another 14 day with no loss, several pounds in a couple day period. Hang in there. 50 pounds in 3 months is great!

Make sure you are weighing and measuring though- portion creep happens, and slipping in a few extra calories here and there add up. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/18/16 5:39 pm
Topic: RE: Paging all yogurt makers...

I tried all kinds of methods, including weighing the yogurt befoe and after weight. Finally, I just use a national brand and match the milk fat percentage. Not perfect, but close enough I guess.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/17/16 4:29 pm
Topic: RE: What cha eating today, VSGers? - Tuesday

Struggling to eat today. Have to figure out a way to get down at least 25 more grams of protein before bed, and bed is in 30 minutes. Way too full to eat at the moment.

B: skipped

L: 2 strawberries, Detour smart bar, .5 ounce cheese, hard boiled egg

S: fibergourmet cinnamon crackers

D: flat iron steak salad (3 ounces steak or so), fibergourmet cinnamon crackers, half bag lays bb1 backed chips (vending bag)

Latte with 6 ounces 2% milk

Missing gallbladder continues to mess with the digestive system.

Ugh. My weight is Ok though. Sitting at 183 today. (Doc wants me between 180-195.)

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:59 pm
Topic: RE: Vitamins

I switched to the patch- labs have never been better. patchmd.com- look for discount codes as you normally can find 30-40% off. I do the multi plus. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:57 pm
Topic: RE: Protein Bars

Detour low sugar, but be warned the vitamins are not so hot on those. Pure Protein- don't taste as good, but a better profile. Finally, for those time I want one, but they are too heavy I now do Detour smart protein bar. Less cals, less protein, but they don't sit as heavy. Taste is only a step above cardboard though. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:52 pm
Topic: RE: Gallbladder issues

Yep. Had mine out 4 years nearly to the day post Vsg. Pain under the right rib cage, stomach pain after eating (especially fatty food- not even that much fat), vomiting, dull ache under the rib cage. Attacks would bring very sharp pain that you can't get rid of by switching positions/walking around- but it would be intense for about 30 minutes and then back down. THe dull ache leftover from it though would last a few days. I also had a lot of reflux during this period, but had a very large hiatel hernia so I assume that was more of the hernia issue. It got bad enough between the gallbladder and hernia that I had to put myself on a liquid diet. Lost a lot of weight without trying. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:49 pm
Topic: RE: How soon do you have to worry about smaller clothes?

I think I lost nearly 50 pounds before I needed to go down a size, but I am super tall. I couldn't do Goodwill given I need tall lengths, so I had great luck stalking the clearance items from Old Navy and jcp.com. I could spend $200 and completely replace my work wardrobe (teacher clothes). I replaced my wardrobe 6 times. Good thing I enjoy shopping!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:45 pm
Topic: RE: Instant pot/yogurt virgin

Using 1 gallon of 2% milk gets me 2 quarts of yogurt (after straining) plus about 8 ounces of yogurt cheese. Yogurt cheese is just the yogurt strained for a couple of days- makes it thick and spreadable for bagels or whatever. If you are using fat free milk usually it doesn't thicken up quite as much, so it may need a little more straining.

The leftover whey- there are uses for it, but I tend to just toss it. People put it on dry dog food for their dogs, toss it in smoothies to boost protein, use it in bread recipes, and somehow use it to make buttermilk. I did find a recipe to turn it into ricotta, but when I tried it no luck at all. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:40 pm
Topic: RE: Planet Fitness- great deal for a gym

Must be a chain thing, as my location does both pizza and bagel days. Ugh. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/16/16 2:40 pm
Topic: RE: Planet Fitness- great deal for a gym

Hmmm.... I have Messa, which is a form of blue cross blue shield. I will look into if a gym is covered. That would be lovely it was, as maybe my nice gym just down the road is included. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/14/16 1:15 pm
Topic: RE: Planet Fitness- great deal for a gym

I love going to the gym when I am able. Problem is my awesome gym just down the road costs $130 a month, and it is just to pricey for the budget at this time. My daughter told me about Planet Fitness- $20 a month for me, and I can bring a guest (1 per day, unlimited days). So now the hubby and I can go to a gym, and it was a very respectable place. I got my daughter a membership for only $10 a month. Anyway, if you have one locally and don't want a big commitment (no contract for the $10 a month plan) it is worth checking it out. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/13/16 4:06 pm
Topic: RE: Instant pot/yogurt virgin

Did it turn out for you?

 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/10/16 5:02 pm
Topic: RE: Instant pot/yogurt virgin

Super cool you got an IP! My yogurt is super easy- 

1 gallon of milk, boil (hit the yogurt button, then the adjust button- the display will say boil then).

I used to add 2 tbsn dry milk to this, but have stopped due to forgetting all the time. Add it before you boil if you use it- makes for a thicker yogurt.

Remove, and cool to below 114. Add in your starter. I use 2 tbsn of my current batch of yogurt. You can use fage or any yogurt that has active cultures. Mix well (not with a metal implement).

Put it back in the pot. Hit the yogurt button. This defaults to 8 hours. The longer you set it the thicker and tangier the yogurt. 

I like it greek style, so once one I pop the pan in the fridge. After it is cooled I strain it for a few hours. I use a yogurt cheese strainer for part of it, an it makes a lovely cream cheese substitute. 

Hope you love it! I save a small fortune by making my own yogurt, and like it a lot better!  Have fun with your IP!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/9/16 1:46 pm
Topic: RE: NSV

That is a super cool one for sure. I was praying I could just get down to a size 20, as at that point at least a few stores offered talls in that size. Even better is my current size 12/14 as many more stores offers talls in that size. And who doesn't love shopping for new clothes? Congrats on the size 10- enjoy those new threads and may they be a source of motivation for you to stay on your path!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/8/16 6:09 am
Topic: RE: Anticipatory grief

I do remember clearly worrying about portion size, and mourning so to speak the loss of this. However, I could never have fully anticipated how the tiny portions were just as satisfying prior to the sleeve. So, try to take that off your plate if you can- smaller sized portions is NOT the same thing as being satisfied with what you are eating. The "numbed out soothed feeling" is more difficult to tackle. That points strongly to work you may need to tackle regarding why you are prone to binge eating. I am not judging mind you, I am a big emotional eater myself so I totally get it.

I went into the process and made the decision that no matter what the advice was that the professionals were giving me, I would follow it. Even if I thought it wouldn't help me. For example, I thought the nutritionist would be a waste of time given I was fairly well versed on nutrition. It proved to be very helpful because we actually spent most of our time carefully reconstructing my eating habits, looking for patterns, and then adjusting those patterns. Very little time was spent on portion sizes and "good choices" since I had that down already. That was enormously helpful for me, because up until that point I never thought about my schedule of eating- I felt like I would just constantly eat and ergo i was morbidly obese as a result. 

Support group was the other area that I had to literally drag myself too. I truly didn't see that helping, not because it was ineffective but because I was just so damn closed off to anything like that. It proved to be incredibly helpful in keeping my on track through the weight loss phase and into maintainance. Unfortunately, the hospital changed it from being led from a mental health type perspective (focused on our behaviors, strageties to overcome head hunger, etc.) to rotating out by being led by a nurse one week, an exercise guru one week, etc. That rapidly became not helpful for me, as my area of need by that time had been clearly established as needing to deal with head hunger, emotional eating, and eating due to boredom. 

For you, I wonder about when you post that you NEED to do this but don't WANT to do this. I can't tell if this might be a defense type mechanism (deep down you are afraid it won't work for you so you acknowledge only that you need to do it, but afraid to want to do it). Perhaps it indicates you are not ready- if you don't work on the part of food numbing you the surgery is far less likely to work.  Or maybe it just indicates that as you go through the process you should include some therapy work to help give you a little extra support in this area. What I do know, is that whatever is causing you to post that will not just magically go away for you. Like you mentioned, you had the same feelings and apprehensions years ago with the band.

Don't be afraid of the surgery- it truly can help you in ways you can't really imagine. Don't be afraid to commit. It is a little work for sure dealing with the emotional eating, but it can for sure be addressed. When I had the surgery I never allowed myself in those months leading up to and just after to even think for a moment that I could possibly make it to a normal bmi. I was really wrong about that. You might be too. :) 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/7/16 8:50 am
Topic: RE: 1 mo surgiversary

The hunger/growly Rupert syndrome really sounds like continued acid issues. I would get like that, and that is exactly what would cue me to start the PPI. You may need a stronger dose in other words. So glad to read though that it seems to have really helped! I did caffeine within a month. Not a mother load, but some. I wouldn't blink an eye about the tea thing you posted, but as always go with what the docs say. Great job on the weight loss so far and some how managing to keep a stellar attitude after everything you have been through!!

 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/7/16 8:46 am
Topic: RE: Non Diabetic low blood sugars - help!

I was going low a lot right after being sleeved too. Initially I had tried to do the under 40 carbs thing, and my system just couldn't tolerate it. It took me a while to figure it out, but this is what worked for me. 

  1. Eat six times a day. Meals had 30g net carb, snacks 15g as a general guideline. They were spaced out fairly equally.
  2. Starting the morning with just a protein shake lowered by blood sugar.
  3. Combine carb with protein.
  4. Do not eat processed carbs- they caused me to crash. For example, I couldn't do pasta (the regular kind) at all early out. Bread was another one that caused problems until I switched to the really dense stuff that was whole grain, and even then I would only have a little combined with protein. 
  5. I was having to eat a snack literally right before I went to bed. I ate 1 serving of fiber cereal with 4 ounces milk, and that seemed to get me through the night. Otherwise, I would have to get up in the middle of the night to eat a few carbs. 

This got better. I no longer "have" to eat right before bed, but still do most nights. That eating regime got to be habit after a while and now I don't even think about it. I rarely go low now. Do not feel pressure from this board to keep it under 40g- try putting in quality carbs in and see if that might take care of your problem. Good luck!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 5/4/16 6:46 am
Topic: RE: CPAP Question!

I used to work in a sleep lab, albeit 15 years ago so the tech has really changed. Yes, the weight loss could absolutely change the titration of your machine. There are humidifiers that we used to be able to add to the machine as well, so not sure if that is an option. Also, it does seem feasible that you are opening your mouth so a chin strap may help. Best bet, if insurance covers it get rechecked. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 4/25/16 10:17 am
Topic: RE: Any other long-timers out there?

I am also a little over 4 years out. Had PS a few years back as well. Weight is below goal still, and in general it is going well... but I did have some regain about 9 months ago. Turned out to be acid issues, hiatel hernia, and then went into a gallbladder removal.  My hubby lost 100 with me back then (no surgery), but has since had nearly 40 pounds of regain that we will work together on pulling off of him. Glad to see you back- don't be a stranger!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 4/20/16 6:09 pm
Topic: RE: How easy is it to stretch your stomach out after vsg?

I am a little ove 4 years out and have a large sleeve. This past December I had a very large hiatel hernia repaired, and the surgeon said just prior to surgery that he thought the sleeve stretched and that he may need to tighten it up. The stomach was very distended/mishapen due to the hernia. During surgery once he put it back where it belonged, it resumed the sleeve shape. So, even with potentially a few years of a messed up stomach that was herniated- still no stretching of significance. I am not saying that you should constantly eat until stuffed or anything, but it is not something you should worry about. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 4/20/16 6:00 pm
Topic: RE: Holy COW! 3.5 years and I finally hit NORMAL BMI!!! (pic too)

Been on OH for years, and I believe this is the first goal post I have read this far out- and that is some seriously awesome determination to see it through. Kudos to you, and what an inspiration to all of the posters freaked out that after the honeymoon phase is over so is the weight loss. You look smashing!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 4/19/16 4:20 pm
Topic: RE: VSG To Be Discontinued???

That is out of left field. I have seen a ton of research showing that our regain is comparable to Rny, or statistically about 5% of what you lost. Don't worry about it. Next time you see her, ask her for the research she is referring to. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost