Two and a half years out from my surgery date, I find I am maintaining a stable weight with a normal BMI. Hooray for me!
I was not a quick loser – I did not reach my goal until 15 months out. I attribute this to my age and the fact that I cannot exercise full out like many of you due to my acute (or chronic) fatigue syndrome. However, I reached goal and am actually maintaining below my surgeon’s and my weigh****cher’s goal. I anticipate that I might lose a few more pounds when I finally have my plastic surgery. I still strive to follow the rules of the surgery. Protein first. Then veggies. Then “good” carbs if I have room. I stray from this plan from time to time, and I don’t feel guilty about it. (This is how normal people eat.) I have NO food intolerances. I can eat anything I want, without problems, side effects or dumping. If I’m hungry, I eat. It’s that simple. No more guilt, no more diets, no unrelieved hunger/starvation that was supposed to be good for me, and no more self-imposed food restrictions while chasing yet another ill-conceived diet that was destined to fail.
For me, the VSG was a wonderful choice. I greatly benefited from the advice of some incredibly kind and patient women who are a couple of years ahead of me in this journey. If any of you have questions, I’d be happy to try to answer them.
Best wishes to each of you.