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happyteacher
on 4/18/18 2:03 pm
Topic: RE: VGS Veterans at 6 years+ post op (weight maintenance advice)

Check my signature date for stats during the weight loss period. I have spent the majority of time at or below goal. I had a brief period where I went a little over goal weight. This is attributed to a large hiatel hernia reoccurance and the increase in acid. In my case, acid mimics hunger and when it is not treated my calories are significantly higher. What has helped me maintain is setting a hard line of if I hit 195 pounds (my original goal weight) I go back in weight loss mode. I prefer being at 185 so by the time I hit 195 my clothes are not fitting well which is an added incentive. I also refuse to buy larger sized clothes. Hence if you see this 6'2'' tall chic rocking summer dresses in February you now know why ;)

I also try to stick to the same types of food that got me to goal. Protein forward, veggies, avoid processed food, avoid white carbs. My struggle area has been sugar throughout all of this. If I am gaining it is directly connected to eating too many sweets, be it from acid issues or not.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 4/13/18 7:10 pm
Topic: RE: Hiatal Hernia Post VSG

I had a hiatel fixed with surgery. Around 4 years out I developed a very large hiatel hernia again and was unable to keep solid food down. (I was also having gallbladder attacks during this). Like you, I had a CT and barium swallow. I did have the hiatel hernia fixed the second time while they removed the gallbladder. I did not convert to bypass- really wanted to avoid that if at all possible. Interestingly, my surgeon said if I did convert it really wouldn't help to lose additional weight, although I was concered about losing too much since I was at goal. Anyway, I am not sure I made the right choice. I am once again mildly symptomatic similar to another hernia. Only time will tell, but I might have a conversion in my future anyway. I am sorry you are going through this and I hope all goes well 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  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  

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happyteacher
on 4/4/18 6:37 pm
Topic: RE: Tons of questions about VSG -- looking for thoughts and help!

Long-term your health will benefit from losing the weight. You may not have related health issues now, but statistically, you very likely will have serious issues later on. No nausea past recovery. You feel very normal once recovered, other than your portion size is so much smaller. I have found that eating with others is uncomfortable at times for that reason, nothing physical though. I don't know what the long-term of taking phen. drugs. I can vouch that your appetite is dramatically reduced, but the same level of satiety and satisfaction is present. I am several years out and maintained a normal weight since 8 months post-op with significant health improvements. In your case, I think your greatest benefit is what you mention- fitting into airplane seats, better mobility, etc. You will be shocked at how much better you feel with the weight off and you begin to live your life more fully due to it. :)

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 4/4/18 6:01 pm
Topic: RE: Food and Cooking Post Op

I remember really trying to figure out how to navigate meeting my needs with balancing family meals. Long story short, eventually I realized to just eat the protein out of the dishes and not to worry to much about what it was cooked in. I also remember it taking a long long time to find good protein sources. Maybe offer up some of the lesser known options. Finally, I wish back then I had the Instant Pot and my sous vide- those are a perfect fit for the dietary needs. I would do a thing on that for sure :)

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 4/4/18 5:56 pm
Topic: RE: 4 years post VSG-and FINALLY almost at goal!

Great post- glad to see you still have your mojo going 4 years 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  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  

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happyteacher
on 3/29/18 5:25 pm
Topic: RE: Honeymoon Period

Generally the honeymoon period is about 6 months-- but it is due to folks becoming fatigued with working on losing weight and not that somehow the process becomes less effective. There are a slew of people that have come through here over the years demonstrating that significant weight loss can occur after that period. A lot of us use protein shakes for replacement meals. I used Premier ready to drink primarily, but there are a lot of brands out there. Just be sure the vitamin count in the drink meets your needs, carbs on it is not too high, and that the protein used in it is something we can absorb. Don't buy too much of any one item- taste buds can really change post op.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 2/18/18 6:43 pm
Topic: RE: No weightloss for 18 days ð??

That was my pattern as well- it really helped me to realize the pattern. Made it a lot easier to wait it out and not derail.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 2/18/18 1:09 pm
Topic: RE: Almost there but I?ve gained!

You can't compare post surgery loss to pre-surgery loss. Presurgery is far and away more difficult. I had to work my arse off over 3 months to lose much of anything, and it was a real struggle. I was also afraid that I would get surgery and fail that- this is a natural and common feeling. All of us have tried and failed every diet known to mankind, otherwise, we would not be considering surgery. Just keep working really hard at improving habits and taking off what you can- it does really help the whole process. Just don't give up, for sure that doesn't work!

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 2/18/18 8:04 am
Topic: RE: No weightloss for 18 days ð??

You are making good adjustments. Just wanted to add in that you might be switching to a stair step type loss pattern. That happened to me right around the same time period. I would go up to 21 days without losing a half pound, but then drop 10 pounds in 48 hours. Overall if you check my monthly amounts it was fairly consistent, but it sure didn't feel that way when I was on week 3 of that stair step pattern with no progress. Just stick to the plan- it will work!

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 2/10/18 8:49 am, edited 2/10/18 12:49 am
Topic: RE: colonoscopy

I have had multiple colonoscopies. The prep schedule that I was given started 24 hours in advance. It involved a lot of miralax and ducolax washed down with Powerade Zero. I have a redundant intestine issue, so I have to start 48 hours in advance. It is highly effective and you for sure can space out getting all of the prep down. Here is a link to my Dr's site. It shows the different preps that they use. https://www.gidrs.com/procedures--preps.html

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/22/18 3:36 pm
Topic: RE: Has anyone had the VSG with a Hiatal Hernia

I had a hernia repaired at surgery. A few years later the hernia returned with a vengence and made it extremely difficult to eat and keep solid food down. Had it repaired a second time when the gallbladder was removed. I was warned if anymore issue I will have to revise. I suspect the hernia has returned, although not nearly as severe. Time will tell.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/18/18 5:33 pm
Topic: RE: Cancer Survivor

Hi Diva,

I am so very glad to read that your breast cancer treatment appears to be successful, albeit with some lymphodema. I had a double mastectomy but managed to avoid the lymphodema so our situations are not quite a match. What I do notice though is that if I use my left arm too much in a day my left side along the ribcage will really swell up still with some swelling also in the upper arm. This was not a thing prior to the double mastectomy so it is related to that in some form. I initially had a lot of restricted movement, but have since regained nearly full range of motion.

I think if I could offer any advice it is to pay attention to what seems to make your condition worse compared to when you can do an exercise that does not seem to inflame/worsen it. Take notes. Hopefully, you may come across a pattern to help guide you in what you tolerate well. Include in your notes what you are eating to see if diet may have a mitigating factor in that. Finally, if you are able to check in with your doc ask what you might do, if sleeves or other support type garments may assist, etc. If you are able to walk without it getting worse that is actually a really great way to get started. I know for a long time I had to put the left arm in a sling when I went for walks (or even at work) to keep me from moving the arm, which in turn would trigger a ton of swelling. Maybe some type of an adjustment may help in your situation? Find a forum online of survivors and post there- I bet you will find a slew of possible solutions that way. We are better here about weight management and not so much experience with lymphodema resulting from cancer issues. I can help you track down a place if that helps. Breastcancer.org might be a place to start poking around for that.

I wish I could be more helpful, but know that we are sisters in this and I am rooting 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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/13/18 2:13 pm
Topic: RE: GERD

Terrible Gerd before surgery. Hiatel hernia fixed during surgery, and that took care of the Gerd. Fast forward a few years, the hiatel hernia returned with a vengeance rendering me unable to keep solid food down (diseased gallbladder also an issue). That was fixed again, but have acid issues still... milder than what I had though prior to the vsg.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/13/18 2:06 pm
Topic: RE: Costco Premier Protein on sale $5 off

Nuff said.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/10/18 5:06 pm
Topic: RE: Fitbit Alta HR

Just replaced my Fitbit with the Alta HR. I found it was not logging steps well, found online where restarting it seems to take care of it. For now it did, but I am wondering if this is a glitchy kind of issue with the Alta HR and I will have to reset it all the time? Anyone out there use one for a while?

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/10/18 4:55 pm
Topic: RE: Seeking advice/ideas!

It is deceiving to compare how many pounds were lost. It is a bit more helpful to compare the percentage of EWL lost. Lightweights in general lose at a slower rate, super heavy weights post huge numbers comparatively. In the end the Ewl percentages tend to be a bit closer than the number of pounds. For example, I had 150 to lose... 15 pounds is 10% of the EWL. There was once several years ago I calculated a bunch of peoples ewl rate and found it to be fairly consistent. Somewhere in the archives is a thread on it. Search ewl perhaps to locate it.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/10/18 4:44 pm
Topic: RE: Questions about maintenance?

I would swear the post-baby delivery hormones have a lot to do with weight gain. I have 3 kiddos, I didn't gain too much from being pregnant, but did gain 40 after delivery for each of them. I wish I knew then how carbs impacted the insulin-hunger cycle.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/10/18 4:42 pm
Topic: RE: Questions about maintenance?

I don't subscribe to the notion that maintenance is harder. What is easier is to let complacency set in. I too read the stats on regain and elected to set my goal (195, the upper limit of a normal bmi for me) and subtract 5 pounds initially for some bounce back room. I eventually hovered at 188 for quite a long time, but alas periods or regain would pop up here and there. Most of them, once I hit 195 I would work on taking it off. I had a stretch there where I went 10 over goal... but I feel that it was related to the extreme amount of acid that I was experiencing (and not treating properly) that fed into the cycle of eating that I went through. Once the hernia was fixed I have again not had an issue with keeping my numbers pretty steady at 185 or so.

I am not saying regain is not very real- it is. Many do experience it, but many of us also recognize it for what it is and whittle it back down. I think the key is to not play ostrich and allow the regain to really pile up... at least for me there is a point where I know I am prone to just throwing in the towel. 10 pounds, 20 pounds seems doable. If I let it creep back up to 100 than it is unlikely.

One thing that I feel is harder though is dropping pounds. During my weightloss phase (a bit over 8 months) I lost steadily. I feel like even now when I return to the same calorie levels the weight comes off much slower. Fortunately I have experienced the benefit of what it means to just keep at it and the cumulative loss will eventually lead up, but overall I do find it harder to take regain pounds off.

Going from weight loss to maintainance- I added a 100 calories or so every few days and kept track of my weight closely until it stabalized. I continued to log diligently until I was able to determine what my magic number was for maintaining (1200 if not exercising, 1400 or 1500 if I am). This is a daily average though- some days higher and some days a bit lower kind of thing. Everyone will be different. We have one guy that doesn't pop in much anymore that lost as much as me and turned into a total gym rat- he maintains at around 4,000 calories a day if I recall correctly.

In the end it simply comes down to being consistent and if weight does pop on a bit to not ignore it.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 1/6/18 6:40 am
Topic: RE: NSV - Life Changing - Caution: Brutal Honesty Inside

What a momentous nsv! I cannot imagine how liberating it must be to be able to easily shower now. Congrats on your hardwork and continued journey!

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 12/29/17 5:48 am
Topic: RE: 1st round of clothes shopping!!!

Wow, you really did wait as long as you could to replace. I had to replace the wardrobe 5 times. I found that if I stuck to Old Navy and jcp.com I could manage a work wardrobe for under $200- and that is in the specialty sizing (tall) that normally runs more.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 12/19/17 5:25 pm
Topic: RE: ? for the veteran VSGers and tummy tuck patients

I was told to wait 6 months after hitting goal. Even once your weight levels out, it sort of redistributes for a while. My TT turned out amazing, so it is worth waiting to optimize the procedure! I have since had a regain of about 30 pounds from the tt surgery weight and subsequently lost it- I am not droopy, however, not as tight if that makes sense. There is a reason, in other words, why they want you to lose first and then TT.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 11/29/17 2:49 pm
Topic: RE: Forced to not use a scale and so far so good?

That is exactly how I was before losing the scale. This is also why I was surprised that once I adjusted to not using a scale there was some unforseen benefits. That tendency you mentioned of avoiding the scales/docs is exactly my pattern as well- and that is the part I wonder about. The structured accountability thing- hmmm.

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 11/29/17 2:45 pm
Topic: RE: regrets/ second thoughts

I would say in general I have no regrets. In my case I lost the gallbladder due to the weight loss and had a second severe hiatel hernia that required additional surgery. I would have no way of knowing if those issues would have occurred anyway (surgery or not), but there is now a permanent lifestyle change with the eating that I am forced to adhere too. I can't count this as a regret because perhaps it would have happened anyway. The flipside of that is had I not had the surgery I know for certain there would have been other severe health issues that I would have dealt with. But again, I wouldn't know for certain what those would be due to having the surgery- although diabetes and cancer would be on that list for sure.

I don't miss eating large portions or anything like that. I think this is a typical response because our satiety and satisfaction are nearly identical despite eating much smaller portions. That is darn near impossible to wrap your head around prior to surgery, just know that it is very typical to not have food restriction regrets.

Staying hydrated may be a bit troublesome for some during the first couple weeks of recovery. It was a zero issue for me, and that is not unusual either. Of course, I made it my job to continually drink sips so some of this has to do with your mindset.

I have been on these boards for 6 years. I rarely see people who come back after a year and say how much they regret it. Even the few that experience leaks, once they clear that up and get to normal they rarely cite regreting the process. The one regret that is very consistent though is one of not doing it earlier :)

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 11/29/17 2:37 pm
Topic: RE: Things that (perhaps foolishly) surprised you with weight loss?

I was really surprised at how much I did not realize how crappy I felt prior to surgery. I guess it was just my normal and all, but had someone asked me prior to surgery how I felt I would have replied good to great.

Even now it is fading- that stark difference that I realized after a decent chunk of weight had come off. I think about this sometimes- this idea of my health slowly, slowly deteriorating so you don't notice the cumulative impact- it just becomes your normal. I don't want that normal back :)

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  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  

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happyteacher
on 11/29/17 3:53 am
Topic: RE: Calories

Forgot to mention- you are doing a fantastic job with your weight loss- congrats!!! I just spotted you are in the double century club, impressive even by bariatric standards!

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  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  

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