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happyteacher
on 8/28/15 10:49 am
Topic: RE: Insomnia Please HELP

I used to work midnights in a sleed disorder clinics, and here are the guidelines that we used to give:

- no caffiene at least 6 hours before bedtime

-use your bedroom only for sleeping (no tv, reading, etc)

-darken the room, get rid of all the light

-run a fan or some type of white noise

-do not exercise right before bed/late evening

-do not sleep in... if tired, instead go to bed earlier

-no naps

-keep a consitent bedtime 

On a more personal note, I found that when I take lithium orotate (a nutrtion supplement) I sleep fantastic. I get it on Amazon. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/28/15 10:41 am
Topic: RE: Protein Powder

I was originally told to go with whey isolate as well, but that was a few years back. Could be a bit out of date perhap?

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/27/15 3:25 pm
Topic: RE: Disney Food & Wine 3 weeks after surgery

IMHO you can go and just be darn sure you take care of yourself and make good choices. If you are willing to take your shakes, food, and water that is half the battle. Just don't get into the food there unless it is squarely on plan. Most of us can find items that are on plan when we go out. Just stay away from alcohol. Have a plan also of what you might do if you tucker out faster than your group. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/27/15 3:22 pm
Topic: RE: What will 23 year old skin look like after losing 100 pounds?

You will look better weighing 100 pounds less compared to the skin issues. You health will be better too, along with quality of life. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/27/15 3:21 pm
Topic: RE: What other protein would you suggest

It is a short period of time you will be in this phase- no worries. I tended to eat the same thing daily during each phase, and the 6 weeks were over before I knew it. Good luck!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/27/15 1:33 pm
Topic: RE: Someone please tell me I did the right thing!

You did the right thing! The first 4 days are roughest... you are dealing with the gas pain on top of the surgical incision on top of vastly altering your eating pattern on top of trying to get fluids in. I promise- it gets better, and fast. Typically at the 7 day mark or so you will notice a big step forward in feeling better. By 14 days you are ready to resume normal stuff (no heavy lifting, respect the diet plan for healing). You will be more tired than normal after that and dealing with hormone dumping as the weight starts flying off, but you will be shocked at 6 months looking back and all of the amazing progress that you have made and appreciating those healthy benefits. Hang in there!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/26/15 7:17 pm
Topic: RE: Post-Op and Cholesterol - Question for Vets

My cholesterol went up- a lot post op. Still up nearly 3 years out. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/26/15 2:54 pm
Topic: RE: Shrimps after surgery

I am not a huge cook, but shrimp is super easy. I buy the medium sized that is already peeled. Spray a pan with Pam, toss in the shrimp and season with Adobe. You know they are done when the curl into the shape of a "C". Don't over cook them- they get a little funky in texture. I also drop them into broth soups. They are actually pretty low in calories and pack good protien- but a little hard on your cholesterol of that is a concern. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/26/15 2:48 pm
Topic: RE: Complication a few years out... any similar symptoms out there?

I do. Since this original post I was referred over to a gastric doc. They tentatively diagnosed it as an ulcer and started me on the meds for it (Prilosxec, 40 mg twice a day, antibiotics are started from my Mohs surgeon due to an infected biopsy site). I have an endoscopy tomorrow and they are going in to see what is going on. In the meantime, I reverted back to a full liquid diet and between that and the meds I am already feeling a ton better. Keeping my fingers crossed it is an ulcer that responds to the medicinal 2 week course of treatment. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/26/15 2:44 pm
Topic: RE: 6 years post-op trying to get back on track- starting TODAY! anyone want to share success stories?

Just wanted to pipe in to say that it is really good that you have a clear picture of specific areas you need to adjust (carbs, grazing, etc.). That should be your priority to fix. I was not heavy prior to being pregnant for the first time, and did not gain hardly anything. BUT, with each pregnancy I gained 40 pounds after giving birth- for 3 kids. I think that the hormonal fluctuations, the change in routine, the exhaustion, etc. so be very aware of that. I have a blog post on getting back on track that goes over very specfic things that I do. Oh, and ice cream... just stay away compltely. I just went back in for a follow up and to address stomach issues that I was experiencing. When she asked me what I thought contributed to my regain I told her hands down ice cream. She replied saying that this is the number 1 culprit patients report for regain. Good luck!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/26/15 6:42 am, edited 8/26/15 6:42 am
Topic: RE: Ice Cream is the number one reason for regain...

I am aware of the cancer connection on that. I am so sorry about your father. My concern over exactly that issue had a lot to do with my seeking WLS to begin with, as my reflux was completely out of control along with me weight.

The weird thing is that I don't feel the acid at all like I did preop, and literally just until the last week or so even could point to having too much acid going on/reflux. I am now taking Prilosec at 40 mg twice daily and antibiotics along with reverting to a full liquid diet for two weeks, so I am on it. I also agree with you about the ice cream. For sure that is my number 1 trigger food far and away, but clearly it is not for me. Usually when something happens like this where I am clearly not feel well due to eating (fill in the blank) I am pretty good at eliminating it without ruminating over not eating it anymore. The sole exception is coffee. I am going to try to clear this up without giving up the coffee, but shudder to think that if in a few weeks if it is not better that will have to go. I would rather give up food entirely then my coffee!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/26/15 6:35 am
Topic: RE: New - questions I have

You are doing awesome so far! The soup also counts as fluids, so don't worry about that. Also, since it is more fluid than solid it is not surprising that you can eat a cup particularly since it is over 30 minutes.You are wise to measure though! Right now you will not be able to feel your normal "I am getting full/too full" signals due to the nerve being freshly cut down there. Hence, go by measuring to ensure you do not over do it. Keep drinking your protein shakes for sure, just increase your water. Keep a water with you at all time and sip constantly all day. If you try to just sit down and drink 8 ounces or 6 times a day that will not go as well compared to gentle sipping constantly.  Great start!!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/25/15 10:10 am
Topic: RE: Ice Cream is the number one reason for regain...

So I have headed back to the bariatric center due to needing labs done and pretty much no longer being able to eat solid food. In this converstation she asked what I felt caused my regain (about 5 over at the moment) and I said hands down ice cream. She responded by saying that from what she sees with the patients and regain, ice cream is the number one reason for regain. Too easy to get a lot down for us. Anyway, it also makes sense in my realm here as I started eating a lot more when I was having some issues with my stomach. Docs said today it is likely an ulcer, but won't be confirmed until Friday when I get scoped. Totally makes sense... more acid that in my case always mimics hunger, ice cream to put out the fire, repeat... regain. Go figure. Anyway, just sharing in case anyone else out there may be going through the same thing. I would never have guessed ulcer since I don't have heartburn or anything. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/25/15 9:52 am
Topic: RE: Complication a few years out... any similar symptoms out there?

I have thrown up a lot since being sleeved, but most times due to the medication associated with the cancer treatment. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/24/15 6:21 pm
Topic: RE: Should You or Shouldn't You?

I go both ways. I keep it down if I can, but I have a ton of experience with puking unfortunately and can tell when it is just time to throw in the towel. This doesn't include the times that there is just no stopping it...

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/24/15 5:48 pm
Topic: RE: can we be honest...

I am 2.75 years out and for sure can eat far more than what I could early out. But, with that said I still have great restriction so long as I stick to dense proteins and green leafy veggie type stuff. When I add in slider foods it is just plain scary how much I can put down,and then even worse how much more I crave as a result. I would recommend being uber strict with dense protein and only veggies and a tad bit of fruit that is low on the glycemic index. Going back to protein shakes always helps me too. Any chance you are having acid issues that is part of the hunger issue? Perhaps try an acid reducer for a few days to see if there is a correlation. Finally, I know when I take steroids my eating quadruples so consider if there were any mediation changes that may be contributing. Good luck. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/24/15 5:37 pm
Topic: RE: Pressure from surgeon to do bypass instead of sleeve?

Really great point on absorption of meds for cancer patients. I am 6'2'' and took Tomaxifen post VSG. I started at the typical starting dose and eventually had to be tested to check therapeutic levels due to side effects. Turned out I needed half the dose of most women even though I am a total Amazon and 185 pounds at the time. I can't imagine how much harder it would be if I had Rny and trying to figure out how much I am or am not absorbing of medication. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/24/15 5:28 pm
Topic: RE: Pressure from surgeon to do bypass instead of sleeve?

I disagree. And I also had cancer prior to making the decision regarding Rny and Sleeve and also totally can appreciate your concern about absorption of vitamins, meds, etc. I cannot emphasize this enough- I am not your doc and don't know squat about your personal medical situation other than as a cancer sister I get how much that can suck. So, this falls strictly under my opinion/my experience. 

My doc also wanted me to go Rny due to being diabetic, but I was sure about Vsg. He indicated that at the time of my surgery his Rny patients lost 5% more of the EWL than the sleeve patients, but by the time I had my 1 year follow up they were identical in loss. Regain for his patients is the typical 5% of EWL loss- neither Rny nor Vsg had an edge in that department. From what I saw in the support groups for the 2 years or so I attended that matched what I saw with the patients who attended. 

Now fast forward and I have dealt with a lot more cancer and a **** ton of surgeries to go with it. There has been seveeral times that inflammation was an issue and Nsaids were taken. Totally not an option with Rny. Now, please know I take them very very sparingly and do not take them consistently by any means. But I do appreciate it being an option. 

The malabsoprtion of vitamins in my case is a very big deal. Even with the sleeve I struggle to keep my levels up. As cancer patients we sometimes take crappy medicine that makes it harder to eat correctly or messes with us. I am so grateful to not have added that malabsoprtion to my plate of crap to deal with. 

And complications- more likely with rny. Maybe not MUCH more likely, but we are in situations where we need to carefully consider managing complications to the greatest extent possible. 

Vsg will be plenty strong enough for you to lose all of your weight. I also was not a volume eater, but rather eat crappy food all day long grazer type and I made it no problem. I did exercise a lot when I could during the weight loss phase, but also had several surgeries during the weight loss phase (cancer related) that gave me long stretches where I couldn't. My current slight regain I do attribute to a combination of crappy eating choices along with not being able to exercise for a realllllly long time due to a double mastectemy, complications from tissue expanders, complications from the exchange, and now complicatins from the revision surgery. 

VSG all the way. Just my humble opinon. I would suggest you find another doctor that does a lot of Vsg. Sounds like your current one is more comfortable doing Rny over Vsg and THAT is the reason why it is being sold a little more heavily. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/24/15 5:14 pm
Topic: RE: Complication a few years out... any similar symptoms out there?

For a little while I have noticed increasingly worse stomach aches and nauseau after eating at times and also associated with BM (sorry, tmi). Made an appointment 2 weeks ago and got in today. By this past weekend I can't eat without a pretty nasty stomach ache and throwing up. I went to the bariatric clinic and they immediately called up a gastro doc and set an appointment for me tomorrow. Just wondering it anyone out there had something similar. The doc said today that in rare cases intestines could twist even in sleeve patients, or an internal hernia, or whatever it might turn out to be. I am 2.75 years out. Anyone out there with something similar?

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/15/15 4:13 pm, edited 8/17/15 8:48 am
Topic: RE: protein drinks cool at school? edit: bad news

I'm going to attend Washtenaw County Community College on the 25th of August (Yay 1st time college student, need to get a math class and english class in 1st before I can get to my real study) and wonder if there's something I can buy or do to keep protein shakes of any kind cool? I know about igloos, but they seem bulky.

 

Thanks!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/14/15 7:22 am
Topic: RE: Around what month does the weight loss really slow down?

Check my ticker for the progression. It is entirely possible to continue losing. Usually if people level off it is due to becoming lax on the food intake/weight loss phase fatigue. Hang in there!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/14/15 7:20 am
Topic: RE: Stretched Sleeve

Your restriction is there, but if you are eating a lot of slider foods/grazing it is not noticeable. Check my blog and look for the entry on getting back on track... it outlines in detail everything that works well for me. I am glad you tackled your issues and are working towards a healthier you- hang in there!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/14/15 7:06 am
Topic: RE: Sleevers: do you judge how the non-sleeved eat?

In the first few weeks post-op no. BUT, I had a stint over the first couple months where it evolved from noticing the large portion sizes/poor choices to becoming a bit self-rightous as my habits continued to develop into more positive ones. Then one day I just realized how incredibly judgemental it was, and that I was never intending to be "that person". I stopped it immediately from that point forward. Just like preop I would positively fixate on food, it was just a different version of this bad habit. It is important to acknowledge your positive choices all the way through the process, but let go of the judgement and more negative thought processes! It is not helpful to your journey, and if projected onto others not helpful to them as well!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/13/15 6:50 am
Topic: RE: 5 years out from VSG update and encouragement!

You could say hernia... similar recovery. This way if you later actually have to have the gall bladder out it won't confuse folks who thought you already had it out. I did not tell anyone at work also, so I totally get it. In my case though everyone attritubted the weight loss to my cancer status and the surgury occurred over the Christmas break so folks didn't know I had surgery except for the boss in case I couldn't get back at the 2 week mark. Be prepared to field a lot of questions on how you are losing the weight... standard reply is diet, exercise, high protein, avoid refined food and white carbs did the trick for me and was exactly what I was doing.

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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 8/12/15 1:25 pm
Topic: RE: Lightheaded in mornings

Protein shakes first thing in the morning actually drop my blood sugar (I am hypoglycemic). Try a greek yogurt instead and see if that does it. If it does, it is a blood sugar thing. If it is blood pressure being low when you first wake up sit up on the edge of your bed for a few minutes before getting out of bed, increase fluids, use Powerade Zero to help with electrolyte balance, and monitor your salt intake. (Mine went low post op due to doing all freshly prepared and not using salt when cooking.) If you are on meds for blood sugar, hypertension, etc. it is possible they may need to be adjusted. Good luck. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating 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