- HEALTH TRACKER
Well my experience is that 3 years ago I wanted the band and started researching it and ALL the research I did showed TONS of problems with the band, band slippage, erosion, problems with the esophagus etc BUT in the back of my mind "it wouldn't happen to me." I literally had 2 letter sized sheets of paper with a whole host of band problems and questions for my surgeon.
Then I heard about the sleeve and was had my lightbulb uh ha yup moment. The sleeve is "made" to do everything the band does but only on a more permanent basis. So THEN I researched surgeries, non WLS related, and learned about full and partial gastrectomies and LIFE after them and what not. After my research I ended up with about 5 questions, they were what size bougie do you us, what do you know about the long term vitamin deficiencies if any associated with gastrectomies, can life be sustained if something were to happen to my smaller stomach and I needed it removed, about nausea post op and I believe they were it. With the exception of the size HE used my research answered ALL my questions and in comparsion to what I saw "could" happen with the band. Done deal.
So while this may "seem" like that next BIG thing, bottom line about ALL the WLS no matter which choice ultimately it's ALL up to you. YOU have to figure out the WHYS of your eating and your triggers and your deamons, cause no matter the surgery all those issues are STILL there. Yeah my VSG helped me but at 2 years out if I CHOOSE to graze and eat carbs MOST of the time my weight will come back and that's even true for the DS cause the malabsoprtion doesn't really apply to processed carbs WHICH is the problem for MANY of us. It's not the surgery that has to be looked at but the totality of the individual and whether for the long haul what's up.
Hey Daisy love...keeping in the FIGHT is a good thing! I eat on average about 1500 calories a day or smaller especially since I'm not working out right now. I eat about every 3 hours as well. Before surgery I heard it helped with your metabolism so hey why not. Right now I'm healing from Plastic surgery and my doctor has this protein shake stuff that I drink 2 times a day. I burnt what I was cooking for lunch this week so it's just be strange. I had the VSG and am rarely hungry so I'm taking a little advantage of this but trying to get in a good amount of protein.
Yesterday went like this.
On my way to work 6-630 I drank my protein shake. Once I get to work about 730 I drink some coffee. Around 930 I had a boiled egg and a pack of instant low sugar maple & brown sugar oatmeal. At 1200 I had a small salad; at 300 I had another shake; at 6 I ate a leg & thigh from popeyes chicken (I do every Tuesday) and I ate a chicken salad sandwich before bed.
I just want to say you inspire me in your strength to make your life work inspite of your situation.
Unfortunately Daisy after MY exhaustive research and knowing people personally for the last 5-7 years I knew that all RnYs were not created equal and that it's actually a gamble on the dumping.
I wish you continued success with your plan and pray for your doctor as well...he's a fool.
When you eat high protein, dense protein like steak, chicken etc, how much can you eat? I will tell you this being 2 years out I CAN eat more but MOST meals I CHOOSE not to why? Cause that would truly defeat my having surgery. Some meals I have more but mainly I try to stick to about 4-6oz of meat 1/2 cup vegetable and maybe 1/4 cup of starch.
Now regarding the starch thing well I can eat WAY more carbs then I can protein EASY. Again it's my CHOICE not to. I will lastly say that when I do eat more carbs I am HUNGRY like a mad b*tch and will so anything.
Why not STOP doing the things like eating so many carbs, TESTING how much you can eat, drinking with meals, etc.
What is the calorie plan you are on? I average a good 1200 calories a day, give or take.
I'll agree with the other poster but do know this...if you are not 100% ready to change how you look at food and to make this a change FOREVER there is NO WLS that will give you forever results. Processed sugar (ie carbs)will undo ALL your success if you are focused on the ALL or nothing.
I recently gained about 10lbs because I let my OLD habits of eating mainly carbs for about 2 weeks creep back in. And it was "easy" at the time to tell myself it didn't matter. But the reality is if I wasn't getting on the scale and making MYSELF accountable and monitoring MY behavior and ALTERING it when I saw the problem that 10lbs could have EASILY turned into 20 and so on and so forth.
In my opinion WLS isn't about having intial WILL POWER it's about having the POWER to change your LIFE, your DIET and your EATING HABITS for the long haul. Please don't go into this thinking it's a "diet" till you get to goal and then after you can go back because just like last year, the minute you go off is a minute to long.
I'd love to know what you mean about "staying on a strict diet for the rest of my life" means to YOU? If you want to be healthy for LIFE then you have to give your body healthy foods and while YES I have eaten and will eat again "unhealthy" foods I "try" not to over indulge. If you have food issues they will come to light and might even come back to visit and you should be mentally prepared for that.
Regarding leaks, I have seen several of them and catching it early is key, but only time really heals them for some they have to go in and surgically try to close the leak.
If you haven't please visit us on the VSG forum.
Side note about me...food no longer "controls" me the way it used to. I'm not hungry at all and it's been a blessing, but I do eat for emotional reasons which I'm working on and when I'm bored which is when I had my set back. The joy of my life was also food and on MANY days I mourn that loss BUT I also rejoice in the many blessings I have gained.