Good Morning NewtoYou!
I would never encourage anyone to discount the advise of their medical professionals - BUT... lol. Most times they set their standards based on a broad set of criteria that are not customized to each patient. It includes national averages, their professional opions and the experiences of most of their patients. While there's nothing wrong with this approach - I do think it's important for you to explore and establish your personal goals. To make sure I'm not leaving out some really vital perspective they've applied to their logic - be direct - ask them why they would only anticipate you reaching 155 (which would still put you at overweight) and not a weight that would put you within a normal range. If they can't provide a specific reason - GO FOR IT!
While my surgeon and I were pretty on point with my expectations for weight loss - there is no way I would go through this drastic change and not shoot for the stars. I decided early on, I may reach my goal and decide I would like to put back on a few pounds or even lose a little more. But I will reach my goal!.
Good luck to you!. Take care - and be good to yourself!
What Kevin said...The sleeve alone can help you lose UP TO 60% of your EXCESS body weight. The rest is up to you. YOU should set your goal. Your program coordinator is trying to be realistic in setting a reachable goal for you. My 60% puts me at 210 lbs. Do you think that is my goal?? HECK NO!! I am shooting for the stars!! Your fate is in YOUR hands. Not the program coordinator's. Lots of luck to you!!
155 would amount to is 80% EWL (Excess Weight Loss) from your current weight of 225. At your height (also mine) a normal BMI is 137lbs. 60-80% EWL is the average loss for VSG -- not per person, but across the whole pool of VSG patients. Some people lose 40% some 100%+. Each individual is, well, an individual, and their results are independent of every other individuals' results.
I am also 5'2", size 2-4 and I'll be 45 next month. I am in a maintenance range from 128-131lbs at 18 months post-op, and my body fat is about 21%, BMI of 23.5-23.8%.
I started at 291, although my official calculation for EWL starts at 264. I am at 107% EWL.
The sleeve is a tool. It's up to you to make the best use of it.