- HEALTH TRACKER
Hey there! I am having surgery on June 6th, and I too am scared ****less! Actually, the more I read and prepare myself, the more comfortable I feel with the whole thing. It also helps me to keep busy and try and stay healthy - walk, sleep, work, spend time with friends - these things are the "constants" that won't change, even though I will, once I have the surgery. I keep this in mind every day. I also remember the times I have lost and gained large amounts of weight, and boy am I over that and ready to beat this for good.
Cheers - keep in touch! 6-6-13 (My dad teases me that it is D-Day - fitting, on some twisted level I suppose..) :)
I made it to my surgeon's goal of losing enough weight to be at a normal BMI about 10 days ago, and this morning when I stepped on the scales I was excited to see that I lost a few more pounds this week and have officially lost 100 pounds! I had a goal weight in mind of getting to between 150-155 pounds within a year, and I made it within 7 months! When I started out I wasn't sure if my goal weight was unrealistic, but now I know it wasn't. :)
can that happen to your arms I get mussle pains in my arm all the time an sometimes leg pain
You're back here now, you've got this!!
you can do this, stay on the boards for the motivation and accountability- you're going to do great!!
My surgeon said no alcohol for the first year with a preference of never. Once you are in maintenance and or a year has passed you can have one. That said be very careful because after the sleeve you can drunk very quickly. The rapid high is why a lot of people after WLS develop drinking problems. Carbonation and the sleeve don't get along all that well makes me belch and feel uncomfoirtable.
I started this journey around 350 and I am 5'8". My surgeon suggested VSG but let me know I may need the "second part" months later. I had no clue at that point what he was talking about regarding DS. The morning of surgery I was 290, I started my ticker from there. I am bouncing between 140-145 size 2/4/6 now and glad the VSG worked on its own. As I read further I realized 'rewiring' my intestines was not for me so I am glad I had only the VSG. This surgery is a tool, an excellent tool but you gotta put the work into it. Its a mental and physical job, but so worth it!
Lots of luck with everything
Congratulations! I am almost three years out and still drink my shakes. I am not much of a water drinker but love the sugar free powders I like it extra sweet. I play with my shakes I make them with Hood's Calorie Countdown Chocolate Milk (not Trumoo) I will make sugar free chocolate pudding with the hood and add protein powder and then add 1/4 cup of the pudding to the shake makes it creamier. I like the taste of Unjury's chocolate and About Time's protein powder.
For me the hiccups signalled when my sleeve was full early on. I knew if I hiccupped only one or two times I'd be okay any more then I knew I over ate and foamies were not far behind. They are caused by eating too much or too fast. I still get foamies but they are a rare thing they lessened around month 3 same with the hiccups but I still get them when I eat too fast.
You know i've heard so many times how being fat makes you look older, but i never really SAW that until now. Look how much YOUNGER you look in the pic with your daughter!! you look fantabulous. Good job!!
Don't beat yourself up. It's not like it happens every day. And honestly my day was not that much better. It doesn't even sound like serious slip up. Not like you ate 2 pints or ice cream and a bag of potatoes chips. (Which is something I used to to pre-op sometimes :-(.) You doing well you have lost tons of weight and sometimes you may have a day like this but as long as it's not everyday I don't think it will sabotage your success at all!! Celebrate your success that something to be happy about. Congratulations!! :-)
I am one year post op on May 31st. I have drank one protein shake every morning since about 2 weeks post op. I plan on doing that for the rest of my life. I really like them, especially now that I am in maintenance. According to my surgeon and his staff (I say staff as three of them had VSG surgery from him) most people do indeed continue to have one protein shake every day forever.
Whichever protein shakes you use the guidelines per my nutritionist that have worked well for me are
1) 100% Whey Protein Isolate (Whey Protein blends and concentrates are not digested as quickly and therefore some of the protein doesn't actually get processed and absorbed)
2) Less than 5 grams of carbs per 8 oz serving
3) Less than 5 grams of fat per 8 oz serving
4) About 24 grams of protein per 8 oz serving (Any more than about 30 grams actually also doesn't get absorbed by our bodies and therefore is also wasted.)
With sugar free syrups, Hershey's Special Dark Unsweetened Cocoa (adding Splenda or Stevia to sweeten), and other ways to add flavor to your shakes anything you get is going to work out. You can add flavors to make anything taste better.
That being said I love About Time as it is 100% all natural with only four ingredients.
1) Whey Protein Isolate
2) Natural Flavor
4) Xanthan Gum (a natural thickener)
There are many flavors but the flavors in any whey protein isolate tend to be somewhat subtle.
I get mine from GNC as they run about $45 online and give you about 28 servings. Right now if you have a purchase of more than $10 at gnc.com or your local GNC you get a free one year membership that gives you up to 50% off every day ($15 value)
I started at 314 lbs and am doing great! I love the sleeve for too many reasons to list. Check out my profile for pics if you'd like. I think sleeve can be very successful for a high level of weight loss. Best of luck in your journey!
Wow! What an awesome transformation. You look great.