0-Ld ... 0-Ld ... 0-Ld ... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

smbergie200
on 6/28/11 10:55 am - Naples, FL
Today I stepped on the scale. 0-Ld is what I saw. It means you have exceeded the maximum weight limit for this scale. WOW - this is a first. Waiting for insurance approval is making things worse. The longer I wait the fatter I get. I feel like I am losing hope. I just don't have the motivation to diet anymore and it seems like I am sooo hungry all the time. Maybe my brain knows that soon I will not be able to eat lots of food. I just don't know. About 2 weeks left until I submit my insurance. So close yet so far  away. Then I wait, and if approved then I have to schedule a surgery date and do a 2 week liquid diet. If life only had a fast forward button.


To make matters worse I am really worried about hair loss when I do get surgery. My golden locks are one of my finer features.




 

Plastics - Extended Tummy Tuck - February 6th 2013


       

roundater
on 6/28/11 11:01 am - Lincoln, NE
VSG on 06/10/11 with
Hang in there. the date will come before you know it and hope it goes as smooth as mine. Good luck and let me know if I can help.
Rich Sonderegger
                
BriarRose
on 6/28/11 11:01 am
Stay motivated, and put yourself on a 2000 to 2500 cal a day program. That will give you plenty of nutrition, and you should lose weight on it, and will make you feel like you are DOING something healthy for yourself ! Start NOW !
Briar Rose  
High Wt 300 lbs.  Pre-op Wt loss 34 lbs.   
jimbovsg
on 6/28/11 11:02 am
VSG on 09/01/09 with
yup the waiting game sucks bro....be patient...it is worth it.  And bald is in ha ha!  but shaving my head was more work than I thought!

JIMBO...  350lbs! lost!.....  TRIPLE CENTURY CLUB!!  HELL ...YEAH!  
MY  VSG......KICKS ASS!                                                                                                                                                                                      

 I  am   6' 2"    

Nicole S.
on 6/28/11 11:04 am - Vallejo, CA
Hang in there!  The pre op stuff is hard as hell - I am feeling the same way.   The lack of hair works for you too!

Patience is a virtue I know, and it is a virtue of which is not one of mine.  Hang in there I am sort of in the same boat as you! 

We can do this!! 
~Nicole  
Height 5'1 HW- 320 SW-265 CW- 172.2 GW 140                                
  
LittleMissSunshine
on 6/28/11 11:17 am
VSG on 05/23/11 with
Time for some tough love... brace yourself.

If you want this surgery, you need to put your foot down and force yourself to stop what you're doing.  You were given a few more weeks to show that you CAN make the necessary changes in your eating behaviors that will lead to success with the sleeve... and you're gaining... again?

I get it, I had a few false starts when I was getting ready to do the pre-op diet (clearly you're also an emotional eater if the stress from this is driving you to eat more), but at some point I hit that wall where I knew I had to suck it up and just do it or I was going to run out of time. 

You have ALREADY run out of time... all you have left is a couple of weeks before your final nut appointment and then all the documentation will go to the insurance company.  They're going to review your file and will make a determination based on how confident they are in your ability to be successful with this surgery.

If they see that you've done nothing but gain when you're supposed to be losing, the first thing they're going to think is "If we dole out the cash for this guy to get the surgery and he eats more than he should post-op, we're going to have to dole out MORE cash to pay for the complications from a leak."

THEY WILL REJECT YOU IF YOU DON'T LOSE WEIGHT!!!

What's more important, instant gratification from eating or getting this surgery?  What's going to help you more?

You need to sit that tempter tantrum throwing kid in your head down and tell him no, he can NOT have that hamburger, french fries, pizza, whatever right now.  Someday he will be able to again (in smaller quantities), but NOT RIGHT NOW.

I don't know what else can be said to help, except to tell you how I lost the weight pre-op.  This is what I eat religiously for a month leading up to surgery, I lost 20lbs.  You could probably drop 10 in a week or two if you haven't lost anything yet:

Breakfast: Unjury Chocolate Splendor protein shake (2 scoops in water)
Lunch: 5oz/slices of chicken (deli) and 2-3oz of cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, colby jack)
Afternoon snack: Unjury Chocolate Splendor protein shake (2 scoops in water)
Dinner: 5-6oz of meat and 1-2cups of veg (usually broccoli)
Dessert: Sugar free jello or popsicles

Tips:

1.) Get yourself a reusable watter bottle (Nalgene makes good ones) and keep it with you at all times...monitor your intake and make sure you're hitting 64oz minimum every day.  

2.) If you don't like regular water, try Crystal Light, Mio, Propel Zero (grape is my favorite).  Keep packets and your water bottle with you at all times and drink NOTHING ELSE.

3.) Pick up a couple of Blender Bottles or Shaker Cups for your protein shakes... these are your friends and will be for quite some time if you're approved.

4.)  Sign up on MyFitnessPal.com and log everything that passes your lips.  Keep your carb count under 30g/day and your calories under 1200/day (don't worry about the other values).

If you can follow this starting now, you might actually drop some weight before your final appointment.

Good luck!

LB Consult: 360 | VSG Consult: 348 | Surgery: 328 | Current: 318 | Goal: 160 | Blog
          

DrHollywood
on 6/29/11 8:58 am - Harbor City, CA
Good Post lil Miss Sunshine.

You can do this....   Just do it...   Once day at a time....  until surgery....

                      ✿ L♦O♦V♦E ✿ & ✿ P♦E♦A♦C♦E ✿ღ ✿ & F♦R♦I♦E♦N♦D♦S ✿ ღ
                         "Keeping The Faith!"   "Slim by Summer!"
                                    HW: 250 - SW: 241  - CW: 154.7GW: 140  

     
 1 month: 22 pounds (2162 months: 12.2 pounds (203.8)  3 months: 10.6  (193.2)
 4 months: 9.7  lbs  (183.5)  5 Months:   6  pounds  (177.5 ) 
6 Months: 12 lbs ( 165.5)
 7 Months 7.1 lbs (158.4) 8 Months +1.6 pounds(159.8) 9 Months 2.7 pounds (157.1)
10 Months 8.1 lbs (149) 11 months +2 pounds ( 151) 1 YEAR!!!  2.6 pounds (148.4)


  
                                  Hit "One-derland April 9th, 2011   (199.7)

                                  "Half-Way Goal" April 25th, 2011 (194.8)

                                  "Happyland 80`s" May 14, 2011  (189.6)

                                   "Groovyland 70`s"  June 20th 2011  (179.9)

                                    " HippyDippyland 60's"  July 16th  (169.8)

                                       " CQQL-land 50`s"  August 25th ( 159.8)

                        "Normal BMI"   24.8  October 21st, 2011 (154.5) I am 5`6

                                 "AWESOME-land 40's" Dec 1st 2011  (149)

                              "Century Club 100 Pounds"  Dec 1st 2011  (149)

                                        ' ONE YEAR SURGIVERSARY!!!"

                                           Two Year Surgiversary!!!"


                                                                     

Kristy R.
on 6/28/11 12:05 pm - Santa Clara, CA
VSG on 03/29/11 with
 The wait is hard, but this whole process is about changing your mindset and keeping motivated.  From the moment I made the decision to pursue WLS I worked on changing my mindset.  I knew - KNEW - I could not rely solely on the surgery to do the work for me.  And boy, was I right.  I still get hungry, I still have an appetite.  Not like it was, but it didn't magically disappear for me and it might not for you either.  I could easily see myself sliding into bad habits if I wasn't totally committed in my head.  Some days I honestly question if I have restriction because I can eat more now, I have to remind myself that I am not meant to eat the teeny quantities that I could at first, but enough to be able to sustain myself.  Of course I can't eat as much as I could before.  There are head games you have to be aware of and make sure you keep yourself on track.  

Good luck to you, you will find your way.

~Kristy~ VSG 3/29/11 ~ 15 pounds lost pre-op, SW - 240/GW - 150
 
kimbethin
on 6/28/11 1:22 pm - CA
Hey, sorry you are frustrated.  Once I made the decision, I wanted the surgery yesterday!  Now I am 8 days post op and feeling great, just a little tired.  If you can stand some more advise, here goes-  My nutritionist kept us to a 1200 cal diet for pre-op weight loss.  We had to lose 5% of body weight or no surgery.  Start the diet now and you'll thank yourself later.  Every pound lost pre-op really helps. 
also start youe exercise program now.  I'm walking around the neighborhood for about 30 minutes twice daily.  I'm trying twice a day because I've never had the luxury of the time away from work before.  This thing working is all about a mindset change and you can start working on it now.  Also speaking, as a nurse, a friendly phone call every day to your insurance company case manager might help.  Kindly remind them how much cheaper this procedure will be than the probable cost of future health problems without the sleeve!  Make yourself a person, not a case #.  It may help.  Ask them if there is any information theydon't have that you can provide.  I like your sense of humor- use it to your advantage!  Good luck to you as you jump through the hoops!  Keep me posted on your progress!
Kim
putting one foot in front of the other...        
BuckeyeGirl
on 6/28/11 1:38 pm - TN
VSG on 12/01/10 with
I have to agree with some of the other posters, that now is a perfect time to start working on your mindset and turn this thing around. I would be so far along now if I had lost 10-20-30 lbs pre-op...it blows my mind to think of where I could be now. You are still in the position to do this...take advantage!

The other posters have given some good advice and I would just like to add this as well...take some time to read some of your previous posts such as this one:

http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/vsg/4383887/Im-a-drug-addict/#36233696
 

Look at how the junk really makes you feel.

Lindsey
    
sublimate
on 6/28/11 2:39 pm - San Jose, CA
VSG on 07/27/10 with
Some times will power alone is just not enough. I've had times where I have inadvertently eaten carbs (added sugar in something I wasn't expecting for example) and awoken the sleeping carb junkie inside me.

If you are hungry all the time you may be dealing with blood sugar fluctuations or hormonal imbalances or nutrient deficiencies. It's very difficult to deal with mentally when your body is screaming with cravings. This is what I do that really helps me deal with physical cravings:

Chromium Picolinate - Take 200 micrograms of chromium picolinate each morning

L-glutamine - craving destroyer. Take 500 mg 20 mins before each meal, 3 times per day.

5-HTP - (for night cravings only) Take 50-100 milligrams about 1-2 hours before bed every day as long as cravings persist.

So in other words most supplements should be taken each morning, with additionally 5-HTP before bed ONLY, and L-glutamine taken also before your main meals, three times a day. These all should be relatively cheap to buy.. and of course there are others you can take but I find these most helpful.

I know that it may not seem like these will help, but trust me they make a HUGE difference. I recently had a huge sugar craving bout because I inadvertently ate some added sugar and totally got triggered. I was like a junkie, totally and then I remembered that I have taken supplements that helped in the past.

It took about 6 hours for the l-glutamine to kick in but it totally took away all of my cravings when it did. In addition to taking these supplements, go BBQ yourself a whole bunch of meat so that when you are hungry, and every time you are hungry, you can go stuff more meat/protein in your face.

You might be craving carbs but you'll keep yourself full with protein, and keeping yourself full will help you avoid eating the carbs and repeating the cycle. It won't totally take away the cravings but it will numb them.

Trust me this will really really help you. Just spend some time this evening cooking the protein foods and buying the supplements (walmart sells them) and get your plan squared away so that you are ready to go tomorrow. You can do this!

Start weight: 388, Current Weight: 185, Goal Weight: 180, Weight Lost: 203 lbs
Certified Nutritionist VSG FAQsublimate: To elevate or uplift.
3/2012 Plastics: LBL, 3 Hernias Fixed, BL/BA, Rhinoplasty & Septum Fix. 6/2013 Plastics: Arm and thigh lift

1london
on 6/28/11 3:32 pm
VSG on 07/27/11 with
You CAN do this!!!!  Your new life is right around the corner waiting for you!!!  Don't let your addiction to food rob you of a future full of hope and happiness.
We are all in this boat together, each and every one of us had/has something we were/are fighting.  We did not get to our heaviest weight by eating carrots!
Start fresh with the attitude; I will not let this opportunity to pass me by, and if you have a faith in God, pray, it works!
I will say a prayer for you and will be cheering you every step of the way!
GO-GO-GO
veranda
on 6/28/11 5:53 pm
I read your post and I remembered how I felt when I was waiting to have my approval/surgery. No one gets this overweight without abusing food. We are in an abusive cycle with food. So it makes a lot of sense that you are using food to process your feelings about surgery. I was doing the same thing. Then I had to decide if my desire to get healthy outweighed my abusive behaviors. I was able to lose the weight for approval and then my anxiety lessened therefore I ate less. Have you ever considered working on your addictive behaviors through counseling while waiting for surgery? You may want the support system even after surgery because your life changes so much. This is not a journay about weight loss -- it is a journey to become healthy -- learning to manage head hunger and addiction. If you don't get a the rood of the addiction, then you mat loss the weight but switch addictions. I wish you the best......
DrHollywood
on 6/29/11 8:38 am - Harbor City, CA
Try going to an OA meeting. maybe that can help your head get in the right place.

You can do this.  

                      ✿ L♦O♦V♦E ✿ & ✿ P♦E♦A♦C♦E ✿ღ ✿ & F♦R♦I♦E♦N♦D♦S ✿ ღ
                         "Keeping The Faith!"   "Slim by Summer!"
                                    HW: 250 - SW: 241  - CW: 154.7GW: 140  

     
 1 month: 22 pounds (2162 months: 12.2 pounds (203.8)  3 months: 10.6  (193.2)
 4 months: 9.7  lbs  (183.5)  5 Months:   6  pounds  (177.5 ) 
6 Months: 12 lbs ( 165.5)
 7 Months 7.1 lbs (158.4) 8 Months +1.6 pounds(159.8) 9 Months 2.7 pounds (157.1)
10 Months 8.1 lbs (149) 11 months +2 pounds ( 151) 1 YEAR!!!  2.6 pounds (148.4)


  
                                  Hit "One-derland April 9th, 2011   (199.7)

                                  "Half-Way Goal" April 25th, 2011 (194.8)

                                  "Happyland 80`s" May 14, 2011  (189.6)

                                   "Groovyland 70`s"  June 20th 2011  (179.9)

                                    " HippyDippyland 60's"  July 16th  (169.8)

                                       " CQQL-land 50`s"  August 25th ( 159.8)

                        "Normal BMI"   24.8  October 21st, 2011 (154.5) I am 5`6

                                 "AWESOME-land 40's" Dec 1st 2011  (149)

                              "Century Club 100 Pounds"  Dec 1st 2011  (149)

                                        ' ONE YEAR SURGIVERSARY!!!"

                                           Two Year Surgiversary!!!"