How much did you think about regain in the beginning?

on 2/8/19 7:18 pm

I will be one month out tomorrow and I have noticed that I am already starting to worry about regain. I am not freaking out, but it does cross my mind multiple times per day. Does this seem helpful or harmful? Did you take more of a one-day-at-a-time approach or did you get into the preventing regain mindset early on?

Highest weight: 350, Surgery weight: 317

VSG: 1/9/19

No longer obese goal: 185, Healthy weight goal: 150

Weight loss per month: 1=22, 2=12, 3=9.5, 4=11.5, 5=8, 6=9

Citizen Kim
on 2/9/19 6:52 am, edited 2/8/19 10:52 pm - Castle Rock, CO

Didn't give it a thought for 4 years, which is when I suddenly put on 10lbs!

I don't think people were as honest back then. For example, if you had a DS and mentioned regain, you'd have been run off by the DS Mafia as a moron.

OH was never as nice or supportive as it is now.

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

(deactivated member)
on 2/10/19 2:30 pm, edited 2/10/19 6:31 am

Lol lol lol omg U gotta b kidding !!!! Weight loss diet Mafia inc lol

Citizen Kim
on 2/10/19 4:20 pm - Castle Rock, CO

I have no idea what this means

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

The Salty Hag
on 2/9/19 10:31 am
RNY on 05/20/13

It was something I kept in the back of my mind while I was losing weight. For me, I think acknowledgement of the fact that if I didn't stay on plan, I'd regain, kept me on track. I was confident that I wouldn't gain anything back since I was 100% on plan, but I did still think about a little bit.

I was vigilant until I hit about 2.5 years out. I then relaxed a little and promptly gained 10 D'oh!

Thinking about regain so early out can be a catch 22. To keep it in mind during your losing phase isn't necessarily a bad thing, because I think it may help some people stay on plan-like it did me, but when one overthinks it and starts to obsess, it could derail them and send them into potentially developing an eating disorder. ( Not saying you're taking it that far!)

If you feel you're not overthinking, then that's awesome! Keep on keepin' on! If you find yourself thinking about more and more, then evaluate where you are mentally and decide if it needs to be addressed with a counselor.

I woke up in between a memory and a dream...

Tom Petty

on 2/9/19 6:41 pm

This is really helpful, thanks so much! I am not obsessing yet, but that is always a possibility for me, that is actually why I was a bit concerned. I do feel right now that the thinking about it is keeping me on track, but I will stay vigilant. I have some good supports lined up if I need them. Thanks again!

Highest weight: 350, Surgery weight: 317

VSG: 1/9/19

No longer obese goal: 185, Healthy weight goal: 150

Weight loss per month: 1=22, 2=12, 3=9.5, 4=11.5, 5=8, 6=9

on 2/9/19 11:36 am
RNY on 06/03/15

although I knew from the start that regain is very possible if you don't follow the rules, I don't think I started worrying about it much until I hit maintenance. My biggest fear while losing was that I wouldn't make goal - esp since I was kind of a slow loser.

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

Plastic Surgery 08/10/18 and 03/29/19 by Lawrence Zachary (Chicago, IL)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 145 LW: 138 CW: 150

on 2/10/19 3:06 pm
RNY on 02/15/18

I feel this on such a deep level. I've been losing slowly but steadily, and stall frequently though my diet is mostly protein and non starchy veg. I started worrying about regain fairly early because my weight bounces a lot with water retention (so I really watch sodium). It really helps to hear other people say they lost slower as well and that I'm not the only one not dropping like a rock straight to goal!

HW: 340 SW: 329 Goal: 170

CW: 243

Surgeon: Dr. Kalyana Nandipati (Omaha, NE)

H.A.L.A B.
on 2/9/19 10:24 pm

I diet so many times in my life, that I knew I would lose the weight.

From the beginning, I was really confident (today I would call it arrogant) that I would not have a regain. Only people who don't understand the diets would cause regain. Right?

Yes.. I had to eat my words and arrogance more than once. I am in a process of losing the last 5 lbs of the most current regain.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

on 2/10/19 8:46 pm

In 2002 when I had my first WLS I never considered it. After all I had the idiot proof surgery, the one that practically guarantees no regain.

Eight years and 100 lbs later I knew it was possible and there was no WLS that was fool proof.

I had a revision in 2010 and by then I knew that not only was regain possible but maybe even likely so I kept that in my mind whenever I tried to tell myself things like "One bite won't hurt" or "I can have that in moderation". I am nearly 9 years out and the only regain I have experienced is when I intentionally gained some weight when I got too low.

I weigh myself daily and keep vigilant over the lies I can tell myself and stick with what works. One thing I know is it's a lot easier to gain weight then lose it so if I find myself trending up a few pounds over a few days I cut back the carbs and clean things up before a few pounds turns into 10 pounds or 20 pounds or 100 pounds.

I have an upper number that I don't want to go over and thankfully, at least up until this point, I never have.

WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010

High Weight  (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 115.