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happyteacher
on 10/31/14 5:21 pm
Topic: RE: Does anyone use a juicer?

I am a believer when it comes to juicing for improved health- but I am really, really lazy about making it. When I was feeling crappy due to cancer related crap I would make the following concoction.... it makes a lot though, as my husband and daughter would have a large glass also.

Greens- kale, beet greens, a little parsley, spinach

2 carrots

a couple tomatoes (cherry, grape- small size, or 1 regular size)

1 lemon including the rind

1 apple 

celery

I use enough greens that this comes out a green murky color. I can't stand it without the lemon- some type of citrus to lighten it up. When I juiced regularly (4-5 times a week, 1 glass in the morning about 12 ounces or so) my labs improved, my skin improved (a big deal for me as I have skin cancer- less irritation on the skin is a good thing), I stopped getting sick, etc. If someone would make it for me I would drink a glass a day. 

Careful though- calories abound in this. In my case when I was in weight loss mode I built it into my regimen- but it is not triggery for me (or at least not when I was doing it back then). Just google juicer recipes- there are a ton out there. I think for me the combo of the greens and citrus is what really helped. 

I don't like using my vitamix for it. I can't stand thick juice- but my friend uses her Ninja and likes that a lot. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/27/14 4:36 pm
Topic: RE: Former SSMO: Guess who is at GOAL!?!?!?!?! (w/pic)

Triple century, triple impressive! Congrats!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/26/14 12:36 pm
Topic: RE: Any VSG vets out there?

Hello there-

I am coming up to the 3 year mark this December. I have a "large" sleeve and chose a "moderation" style approach that got me to goal in 8 months. I am still at goal, albeit at this point not by much. I set the original goal to 195, and was 191 the other morning. Maintaining was kept at 185 for most of the time, up until a double mastctomy this past April. Due to the reconstruction process (add of fluid in the tissue expanders slowly over the months) I am a little fuzzy on how much of the current weight is from this versus true regain. I still wear the same size, but notice they are indeed slightly tighter around the hips. My blood sugar levels have also taken a hit since surgery, and I suspect this is a combination of crappy choices and inability to exercise. Next surgery is in December (and hopefully the last) so my hope is to be able to exercise again post recovery. In the meantime I am battling carb issues like mad. Not only have I loosened up, but my husband has regained (not a sleever) 20 pounds and also struggling with eating choices. It is a journey no doubt! I think it is terrific you are on the boards and working toward chipping away on the regain. I saw in another post you pulled off 4 pounds- pretty awesome if you think about it, as it is nearly 10% of that extra weight done and gone in 2 weeks. Hang in there. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/21/14 6:48 am
Topic: RE: Still craving sweets and hungry. 6 months post-op

Acid mimics hunger for us. You may want to try a good PPI. You may need to try different brands until you find one that works. Sounds like you need to detox from carbs. There are different approaches that seem to work. Karik chooses to eat only meat with some green leafy veggies when he feels hungry, and after a few days the cravings subside. I do better by switching to shakes only until dinner- then protein and green leafy veggies for a few days. Others simply keep carbs under 40. I empathize with you being caught up in the carb-craving cycle- I have been spending far too much time lately caught in that. Track all cals, drink your water, and exercise to get going with weight loss again. Good luck. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/21/14 6:40 am
Topic: RE: confused !! maintenance sux.. not really..pics

Folks who know you will need time to mentally "catch up" to the thinner you. It takea quiet a while for people to "forget" your heavier version self. I never dropped down low enough to get the "your too skinny comments", but it was clear that it took people a long time to adjust to my normal bmi version. 

This next part is conveyed in the gentlest tone possible via an Internet posting- Only you can "feel" judged. It is a choice. Personally, I choose to not feel judged and feel fantastic about how I look and feel. Yes, I am at the high end of my range and have a little meat on my bones- but it is because that is where I want to be, and I am 100% comfortable with my choice.  IMHO if you are at a weight that you targeted and felt content with it prior to the boy comment, then that there is your answer. Do not let others derail, albeit inadvertantly, what you deem is best for you. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/12/14 12:19 pm, edited 10/12/14 12:20 pm
Topic: RE: How many Carb and cal's a day???

It changed by month:

Month 1 300-600 calories

Month 2/3:  600-800

Month 4/5: 800-1000

Post month 5 until goal: 1200

3 meals, 2 or 3 snacks. Exercised daily 6 days a week, usually an hour or more each day. Typciall exercise was a 4-5 mile walk or an hour on the elliptical.  Edit to add carbs: I would eat 15 net carbs for snack, 30 net for a meal as a general rule. If I went lower back then, I had issues with low blood sugar. Nowadays my a1c is creeping back up so I try to drop more carbs 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/12/14 12:16 pm
Topic: RE: Not losing as much as I thought I would, but I am getting smaller

19 pounds in three weeks is a whole lot of weight by any measure, and particularly since you are a "light weight". A stall right around 3 weeks in super common. Do a search here on "3 week stall" and you will find a gajillion posts on it. No worries- just work your plan and it will be fine. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/11/14 4:37 pm
Topic: RE: 9 days out - Hypoglycemia?

I had issues with it post surgery. For several months I had to be very careful about spacing out carbs/meals/snacks. Once I got the routine down I rarely had an issue. Keep an eye on it- generally if it happens again, you eat something, and you feel better about 15 minutes later that might be the culprit. You can buy a glucose monitoring system pretty cheaply- walmart has a brand that the supplies are particularly a good deal. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/6/14 6:04 pm
Topic: RE: why the switch from vsg to rny

I think you have a distorted perception. I have been on these boards for years, and a very, very small percentage have the difficulties that you described. On the other hand, I have seen loads of people make it to 100% goal. I had horrible reflux before Vsg, and my doc recommended Rny. That is a terrific surgery, but it wasn't for me. During surgery my doc found the hiatel hernia that was causing all of the reflux, and I have not had any issues with acid since. Does every person with Vsg make it to goal? No. But neither does every patient for Rny or lapband. IMHO the Vsg is a strong enough tool to get you to where you want to be with the least amount of risk/complications when compared to Rny or DS. The lapband IMHO has a ton of issues, with a high complication rate resulting in many posting here that they had to have it removed. If you researched and found a doctor who is in agreement that vsg is a good path for you, do not beat yourself up second guessing yourself. 

Life is good on the other side- come join us :)

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/6/14 5:52 pm
Topic: RE: bionic woman appointment set

That is a pretty good turnaround there. It is a great way to look at a difficult process- have the TT thrown in. My PS said I didn't have enough to even muster up an A cup, so no dice there. My exchange is Dec 12th- so we are pretty darn close. I hope you are healing well and chugging along Ok. Sending good karma your way-

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/5/14 3:36 pm
Topic: RE: Your Fellow Diners' Appearance May Influence How Much You Eat

That is just messed up. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/5/14 9:04 am
Topic: RE: Anyone use a Vitamix Blender? Ideas?

Sorry about the crazy slow reply...

https://www.vitamix.com/Find-Recipes/B/R/Broccoli-Cheese-Sou p?RSRCH=1  this takes you to the broccoli soup recipe. This link is on the Vitamix website, and they have a slew of recipes there. I would recommend you peruse through them, as I found several favorites. I don't like to cook, and if this site says it is an "easy" recipe- it truly is. Cheers! 

And I am making this today... haven't had it in a while so I am overdue! 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 10/1/14 4:47 pm
Topic: RE: Anyone use a Vitamix Blender? Ideas?

I have one and use it daily. The obvious options are blending shakes. I make soup, and ice cream the most after that. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/29/14 5:29 pm
Topic: RE: NSV: Teacher-Student challenge

Super cool on many levels!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/28/14 6:06 pm
Topic: RE: NEED HELP!

What Gwen said. Stop eating slider foods right now. Stop eating your trigger foods. They are totally not worth it. Practice the 3 D's- delay, distract and now I totally forget the last one... hopefully someone will chime in. A big one for me is distract- find something to do instead of eat. I can vouch that you can lose past the 6 month honeymoon period, just tighten up your plan. I always, always do better when I incorporate protein shakes back in so something to consider if you dropped those. 

Good luck, and do not give up!!

 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/28/14 6:01 pm
Topic: RE: Don't stop reading OH- You never know when a post will change your entire mindset.

I have been kicking around  OH for a few years now. My history began in a dark place where I had given up on losing weight, my finding OH as I started the process of determing which surgery would fit best, my subsequent 8 months post op until I hit goal, my easy maintenance, the beginning of my slide, and a post that changed my entire mindset exactly at the moment I needed to read it most. 

Karik posted this about regain and how hindsight is 20/20. I thought when i would go to open it that I would find a reflection about going back to basics- and idea that I was already profoundly familiar with... but hey, it was Karik and it is always worth your time to read his posts and his perspectives. He outlined his anectodatal stages he noticed during his maintenance that led him to a 20 pound regain and struggle with takng it off. I read this at a time where I had put on a few pounds albeit still under goal weight, but this time it didn't just melt off and I was starting to realize that my poor eating habits had taken root enough that I was at serious risk of substantial regain. But that was not enough to change my mindset for some reason.

His post was though. When he documented the stages I could completley relate as he described my progression almost like he was living in my home and observing me during the last several months. When he wrote about how he would put a few pounds on, but easily take them off.... repeat, repeat, repeat he had me. That was exactly my mindset- don't sweat a few pounds here and there because I could always take them off so easily. But then the regain cycles became closer and closer together, and this last one didn't just melt off. 

When I read his post describing his stages, and his warning of how a little further along the progression from where I was things were again reverting back to the darkness we experienced prior to surgery it finally clicked. I had seen others post their difficulties about regain  even though in their posts they routinely are at or undeer goal, but a few seemed to wear it like a badge of honor that maintaining was terribly difficult so it never really connected with me. This post by Karik did thought, and just in time. 

I have taken a few pounds off and this morning hit the top end of my comfort zone. More importantly though I realized how I needed to just be done with justifying crap choices and flirting with the slippery slope of carb related cravings. Once my A1c levels rose again to prediabetic levels it became brutally difficult to eat just some bad carbs without it absolutely triggering terrible cravings, and also a related sluggishness in dropping the weight that I had not experienced previously in maintenance. By drinking only proten shakes up until dinner and then only eating protein with a side of veggies within a few days the cravings finally subsided, my restriction was back in full force, and the constant cravings/thinking about when or what I would eat next stopped. I was shocked yesterday when I realized I forgot to eat for an extended period of time.... it has been a looooong time since that has happened. No idea why I am blessed to be able to just drink shakes and do one meal without it feeling like I am being deprived, but I am grateful that it makes it a way to not really have to plan ahead and the simplicity of it. My life is pretty chaotic right now so the simplicity and feeling better is much needed. 

I am not better, and my cleaned up eating habits are gong to have to last longer this time for me to be able to say I have reversed being at stage three and worked my way back down that scale. But the difference in the mindset is critical, as I finally let go of justifying persistently bad choices (even if I am under the daiily caloric goal).

I think so many people struggle or just simply drift away from reading posts or participating in the community here. I urge you to continue, even if you feel like you have read essentially the same content in a thousand similar posts and there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of new "aha" moments anymore. You just never know when a post can really change your outlook. 

Thank you again Karik for taking the time for such a thoughtgful post. 

Peace-

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/15/14 5:42 pm
Topic: RE: Regain - hindsight is 20/20...

This is truly a great post Karik. I am sitting at about a 2.5 right now. Your stages totally make sense and really resonated with me. Thank you

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/6/14 6:57 pm
Topic: RE: What's it like at 2, 3, 4, 5 + years after VSG...

I feel just as satisfied now as I did preop. It is less food, but the same payoff in that regard. I can eat a small version of an adult sign at best. For pespective, I would not normally finish a kids sized portion. I could do a glass of wine with dinner. I do not feel deprived in any sense of the word. I can eat any option. I can eat a lot of junk food, as that is all slider type stuff. Because of this it is important to work on changing your eating habits... but with the sleeve it is much easier to do that then preop. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/3/14 3:44 pm
Topic: RE: Diverticulitis question

I was diagnosed with it a couple years ago during some cancer screening. Nothing to do with the surgery, and the older you get the more prone you are to developing it. I have never read anywhere that it is somehow related to the vsg. I have no symptoms, but if you do avoid small seeds, popcorn, etc. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 6:13 pm
Topic: RE: What does Maintenance look like for you?

1600 calorie average

Exercise has been severely limited for over 8 months now... can't even get a walk in or I am too sore for work. Hoping after I recover from the next surgery in December that I can finally move better again.

Lingering issues- it will always be sugar for me. My weight is up a bit right now. I think it is for a combination of 3 reasons- first and foremost a little junkfood here and there, then I am back in prediabetic range and dealing with some insulin resistance, and finally my inability to exercise. My calories during the regain period were not any higher than normal, but it started right after my mastectomy and being unable to exercise at all. So, interrelated... but boils down to making poor choices here and there. Still under goal- but not by much. 

I still tend to eat the same foods I ate during weight loss. avoid drinking calories unless it is protein shakes, etc. Just have too much sugar sprinkled in now. Back on the wagon I go!

You were so disciplined in your weight loss phase I don't think it will be an issue for you... unless you do make a bad choice and spiral from there because you have yet to develop the "get back on the wagon" skill set given your excellent adherence to plan. 

Truly- you have done a splendid job!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:23 am
Topic: RE: My fitness pal accuracy

Sort of- earlier in my weight loss phase it did seem to predict the loss fairly well. Not so much anymore. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:20 am
Topic: RE: Diabetes and/or Liver Damage

I was diagnosed with diabeties shortly before surgery. Had low blood sugar for a while after surgery, but once I figured out how many carbs and when to eat them it was no problem. Now after maintaining for 2 years I am back in the prediabetic range. No liver damage. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:19 am
Topic: RE: Finally Seeing Results

Wow- 4 sizes!!??  How in the hell did you keep the old pants on you????  Congrats!!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:17 am
Topic: RE: Grrrr... some people! (Crappy experience at my doctor's office)

Good for you for saying something!  That guy clearly is uneducated!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:15 am
Topic: RE: Well that hurt : (

Somebody was a real asshat that day. That person's comments was a reflection of being clueless. I have to say, had I been in your shoes I would not have remained silent!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

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!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost