water... yes please

on 9/11/17 7:20 pm

I am told by my medical team sip, sip, sip. well I want a DRINK. sometimes a big drink. I feel like over everything at this point, I will miss when I am wanting to quench my thirst, is being able to pick up a cup of nice ice, ice, ice, cold water and drink half of it in 1 drink! but nooooooo I will have to sip,sip,sip SLOWLY for the rest of my existence....Sorry that I am so angry abou****er and lack of gulping in the future.

on 9/11/17 8:01 pm
VSG on 12/14/16

It does take some getting used to, but give it some time and as you heal you might find that you can gradually take bigger swallows of water. I am 9 months post op and I don't sip or gulp it down, but drink what I would consider normal amounts. If you gulped down half of it you may regret it big time as it could be rather uncomfortable or painful and possibly come back up. Just be patient with your tummy and kind to yourself.


HW at consult #1 5/19/16: 348 lbs.

Consult #2 8/31/16: 331 lbs.

SW 12/14/16: 286 lbs.

on 9/11/17 8:07 pm

it's nice to know I could drink reg one day :-)

Cathy H.
on 9/11/17 10:56 pm
VSG on 10/31/16

Oh yes, I had the same thought about gulping down something cold. But even though you can't just chug a quart of something, you can eventually drink enough at once to satisfy that thirsty feeling.

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Grim Traveller
on 9/12/17 4:22 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Once you are about 6 weeks post surgery, you cannot hurt anything by drinking faster. It may be uncomfortable if you drink excessively fast, but you can't cause any damage.

Most of us drink normally fairly quickly. We won't win any chugging contests, but we do drink normal.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

Cecily C.
on 9/12/17 4:57 am - CA
VSG on 02/22/17

I don't sip anymore at 7+ months and haven't for a few months. I couldn't down a full glass in a few gulps like I used to, but it's not that annoying tiny sip thing anymore. I can take a decent gulp when really thirsty.

Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 GW: 170 CW: 160.6

Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-12.2 M3:-9 M4:-12 M5:-11 M6:-8.4 M7:-10.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-6.8 M10:-7 Goal reached 11/9/17! (37 weeks, 1 day) First plastics (LBL, medial thigh lift, fat transfer to rear) 5/08/18

on 9/12/17 5:28 am - PA
VSG on 08/23/16

I can put down at 16 ounce bottle of water in one shot - have been able to do that since I was about 6 months out. Before that - if I drank too fast it made my chest hurt, but by 3 months out I could drink a cup of water at a time with some gulps. Just be careful and listen to your body. Depending on when your surgery was, you will be sipping for a while, but then, you'll be able to drink normally.

I pounded back a 20 ounce PowerAde zero after fencing last night after changing out of my gear -- I think I came up for air once because i had been sweating so much. Be patient. You've got this.

Keep on losing!


HW 271.5 (April 2016) SW 246.9 (8/23/16) CW 158 (5/2/18)

Gwen M.
on 9/12/17 7:47 am
VSG on 03/13/14

You won't have to "sip slowly for the rest of your existence."

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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diane S.
on 9/12/17 10:54 am

Well, sipping often is important in the early stages. You will eventually be able to drink as you did before. I have water all day long. Just be patient. I keep water in the refrigerator so its icy cold. Just keep at it all day long. gl. diane S

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on 9/12/17 12:35 pm, edited 9/12/17 5:35 am - Los Angeles, CA
VSG on 08/28/17

I know how you feel. It was getting on my nerves too, I just wanted to drink like a normal person does. I have noticed that I'm starting to take more than a sip when I drink and so far it's going down alright. Personally, I'm looking forward to using a straw again.