Four Year Surgiversary

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 3/28/20 7:51 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

Today marks 4 years since my VSG. I am constantly thankful that I had the surgery. I know I could eat around it and gain a lot by eating high calorie, high carbohydrate foods. However if I mostly avoid them it still functions as an incredibly useful tool and has taught me much better eating habits, including healthy snacks vs carbs.

Last year as my DH was sinking deeply and quickly into the final stages of dementia, I regained about 20 pounds most of which I have lost over the last 3.5 months. I did choose to rejoin WW after a 15 year hiatus mostly for the accountability but my tiny tummy still functions great at restricting how much I can eat as long as I eat high protein meals.

The most important things which support my weight control/loss are:

  • I go on OH every day. I post on the RNY menu thread and in a VSG Maintenance group. Even when I was gaining, I stayed active in the VSG group.
  • I weigh every morning - this is one of the things I didn't do during the regain
  • I track what I eat - previously via calories in MFP, but now via points in WW
  • I plan my meals and always have a mid-afternoon and evening snack. I try for 5 small meals a day. This keeps me from getting overly hungry which is a dangerous feeling for me.
  • I eat a lot of protein at every meal as it fills me up and stays with me longer than any other foods
  • I don't drink during meals or for 30 minutes afterwards (though I do drink up to the point of eating)
  • I do my best to have a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day
  • I take my vitamins every day
  • I restrict the times when I drink wine as I find myself wanting to eat when I do
  • I avoid breads, cakes, cookies and other similar carbs as much as possible. WW has helped in providing recipes for substitutes that I really enjoy.
  • I exercise by doing a lot of walking and some yoga

Though I skipped a few things during my regain, primarily weighing and tracking, I did still try to follow the other rules as much as possible each day. That is why I only regained 20 pounds, not 50 or more.

Thank you everyone on OH for being here and thank you to my surgeon and insurance for making WLS available to me!

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 SW: 185 GW: 125 LW: 113 Desired maintenance range: 120-123 CW: 120 (after losing 20 lb. regain)!

Laura in Texas
on 3/28/20 12:31 pm
RNY on 09/17/08 with

You are a rock star!! Thanks for sharing your story.

People need to realize surgery is NOT magic. We can never let our guard down.

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 170 (BMI=27)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears."

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 3/29/20 4:51 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

Thank you! You are right on - we will always have to work at it, but we can do it!

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 SW: 185 GW: 125 LW: 113 Desired maintenance range: 120-123 CW: 120 (after losing 20 lb. regain)!

Gina 18 Years Out
on 3/28/20 7:47 pm - Burleson , TX

LIZ - Congrats!!! You are so inspiring!!!

Thank you, for sticking around, to help ALL OF US

RNY 4-22-02... HAG=Honest And Genuine

LW: 6lb,10 oz SW:340lb GW:170lb CW:160

I learn something new, EVERY day, from SOME body

Liz WantsHealthForAll
on 3/29/20 4:52 am - Cape Cod, MA
VSG on 03/28/16

Thanks Gina! I don't know about inspiring. I sure am glad to have everyone here as friends and support!

Liz 5'3" HW: 219 SW: 185 GW: 125 LW: 113 Desired maintenance range: 120-123 CW: 120 (after losing 20 lb. regain)!

White Dove
on 3/29/20 6:26 pm

I love seeing your pictures and hearing from you. You look fantastic. I wish everyone who has weight loss surgery the success you have had.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

jmm1234
on 3/29/20 7:26 pm
DS on 11/01/14

Congratulations on losing the weight and keeping it off. Your much better at sticking to the plan than I have been at 5+ years out. I also weigh myself everyday and will continue to do so. It's probably my biggest guideline for keeping myself accountable.

Grim_Traveller
on 3/30/20 3:05 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Congratulations Liz. You've worked really hard, and done an amazing job. Your list above should be printed and handed out to everyone having surgery. It's a great recipe for success.

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.

Dee_Caprini
on 3/30/20 10:29 am

I love all of these notes! Always best to remind ourselves of things that are so easy to forget since old habits try to creep in ALL THE TIME!!!

Congratulations on your success! Very inspiring!

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