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BREN718 Posts: 277
9/13/14 9:04 A

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I had my sleeve done May 5 and I am only down 37 pounds. It is coming off very slowly. My metabolism is very slow. I still have about 35 pounds to go.


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9/9/14 5:07 P

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It's been about 2 weeks since my last post and in only down 1 lbs.

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9/1/14 10:42 A

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Hi Cheryl! I am in Vegas and had my sleeve done on August 19th. I would be happy to talk if you're interested :) best of luck to you!!

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8/28/14 9:10 P

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Slow but steady down another 3 lbs since last post.

Current weight: 163 lbs



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8/24/14 4:10 P

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Hello, new to this board. Had my sleeve gastrectomy on 4 August. Doing well so far.



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8/22/14 11:07 A

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Another 9 days have passed and I've only lost .6 lbs!

Current weight 166.2



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8/13/14 2:21 P

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weight loss has defiantly slowed down. I averaging 1.2 lbs per week. at that rate I should be at my goal weight by March 23, 2015

current weight- 166.8

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8/7/14 1:12 P

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This journey is not easy even with the surgery.

Last weight was 169.4 lbs that was 2 weeks ago.

Today's weight 169.2. So I have hit another plateau! So frustrating





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8/3/14 3:49 P

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Anyone living in vagas. I would live to speak to someone ! I hope to have my surgery n October.

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8/2/14 12:15 A

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Hello, I am new to the group but have a question. I am scheduled to have the gastric sleeve on Aug 12th but was not yet contacted by the hospital for the pre admission testing.. Is this normal?

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7/28/14 11:48 P

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I had gastric sleeve on Thursday July 24 2014. I have lost 13 pounds in four days. I had no problems at all no pain on nausea no vomiting. I am so excited. I do not regret my decision at all. Looking forward to the months ahead to see how far I go

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7/23/14 12:43 P

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Finally broke my plateau after 3 weeks! New weight

169.4 lbs

Goal 135 lbs

34.4 lbs to go!

Stay focused even with the surgery it still presents challenges to lose the weight



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7/22/14 6:58 P

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I just had gastric sleeve surgery on 7/21/14. I was in the hospital for 3 days and am now home recovering nicely. I didn't have the surgery because I was extremely obese, in fact, I only have about 55 lbs to lose and I'll be at the weight I want to be. I had the surgery because I was diagnosed with diabetes in January and had been taking Metformin. Diabetes runs in my family and I've seen some pretty horrible things happen to those who ended having limbs removed, lost their vision or even died and I don't want to have that in my future. At least not in my near future. I'm 64 years old and the day of the surgery and the second day were the most painful and miserable I have endured but I knew that going in and I still don't regret doing this. I feel like I'm losing weight daily even though I'm on a full liquid diet. I'm looking forward to this complete life change and I made the decision to change my eating habits and try harder to live a healthier life before I chose to have such an invasive operation. I can't wait to see the new me someday and I'm totally prepared for what lies ahead. I encourage anyone who is thinking of having weight loss surgery to do all the research that is available to you. Read blogs, watch YouTube video diaries of those who have gone through it, and most of all, realize that it's not a magic weight loss application but a tool that is meant to be used to revamp your life and your way of viewing things that you consume and what those things do to your body. It takes the strength to get rid of everything in your house that will tempt you, and the strength to stay on a 14 day pre op diet. It takes willpower!! But the expected outcome is so much better than a life with disease and obesity. God bless all of you who go forth with this!

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7/20/14 8:58 P

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I just scheduled my initial appointment with a specialist to try and have Gastric Sleeve Surgery. Unfortunately not until September. However my primary wrote a letter to this doctor outlining my current health conditions and what I have done since January. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their experiences in dealing with their health insurance carriers to get this approved.

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7/9/14 2:42 P

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I am in the first required phase of the path to bariatric surgery in my area. Lots of hoops to jump through, although it turns out that I do not have to lose a specific amount of weight, just show a downward trend. the coordinator said I was one of a small number in their HMO that did not have a specific requirement.

I have looked into the 3 options - band, sleeve, bypass - and know people who have had the band and the bypass - all lost a lot of weight, but have put some back on.

I do lose weight if I strictly maintain a very low calorie allowance and remove most carbs, but I cannot live that way. No social life to speak of, vaguely hungry all the time, any slip up causes an upward bounce of 3-4 pounds or a months long plateau. I have worked with a nutritionist who is as stumped as I am with how efficient I seem to be at sucking up calories from virtually nothing. I have some OCD and my food journal can be extremely detailed and the measurements very precise.

I am thinking that the sleeve may help the most with just simply not allowing much room for food.

Thank you all for sharing your experiences.




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7/8/14 7:54 P

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Hello VioletSummer,

I read your post and feel like I can relate in so many ways. I went through the process of getting the sleeve 3 years ago and backed out. I am in the final stages now (just got approved by insurance and have appointments for my pre-op blood work/tests) of going through with the procedure.
The first time I was just so discouraged and even a little angry. Sounds weird I know but I felt angry that I had to even go through this. I had let myself go and weighed in at 260. The highest I had ever weighed. I was full of pride and hated that my friends and family even suggested WLS to me. I too had tried every diet, gym membership, shake, pill, etc and nothing worked. I felt like I could do it on my own without any help if I just had enough willpower.
I finally came to peace with the decision after many health scares and doing a lot of soul searching for what I really wanted not what my family wanted.
Which brings me to where I am today. Unfortunately, I weigh 290 now. I am hopefully going to have my surgery within the next couple months.
I hope to find more information on here as well as far as what to expect and what to look forward to.
I wish you luck on your journey and will pray for you.
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7/6/14 1:32 P

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has anyone kept hitting a stall? every time I think Im going to break another weight barrier I stall out for 7-10 days. is this normal?

current weight 174.0 lbs

trying to get to 135.0 lbs



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down another 3 lbs! current weight 174.2

just 39.2 lbs to go. emoticon

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7/4/14 11:31 P

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Violet summer welcome. I had my surgery on 3/1/14 and had complications until just a week or so ago. In January I topped the scales at 309. Today 4 months post op I weighed in at 247.5. Now mind you I have not told anyone what I had done. I joined jazzercise a month ago and today as we waited for the center to open for an 8:30am class one of the members told me I had inspired her to loose weight. I almost cried. Me inspire someone! Now mind you they have only seen me loose about 11 pounds but the walking I do at work and the jazzercise have toned me to the point that when I asked a friend if I would be considered curvy or a few extra pounds to which she said you are really just about normal (mind you I am 5'10" so I carry my weight well). I choose not to tell people thinking they would say I took the easy way out. Nothing about this is easy . I also had the fear that I would not succeed. Now thanks to my friends on this site who have shared so much info and answered my every silly question I am well on my way and now hold my head high and not only am I at a weight I haven't seen in over 17 years, I feel good and good about myself. I can laugh now one week later my 4 year relationship ended because he said I was acting differently among other issues HE had. Again with the support of my friends here I realized that I need to concentrate on me and I am doing well. If you choose to do it you will not regret it.

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7/4/14 9:44 P

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Welcome, Violetsummer. I, too, suffer from depression and anxiety and I, too, felt (at first) that having surgery to lose weight was a cop out or a failure, like I should have been able to do it on my own. I even had a nutritionist in the hospital share with me that she felt the same way. I am 2 days post surgery, and believe me when I say it is not a cop out, it is not the easy way, it is just a DIFFERENT way, a different tool. It took me 2 years to decide to do the gastric sleeve. I do not regret my choice. I lost 36 lbs on my own prior to surgery, and every pound after this is less than I have weighed in 15 years. I can see hope on the horizon. It's a very personal decision, one you make for your health and your future. How other people go about it is their business. You do what you need to do to be healthy. :)



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7/4/14 9:15 P

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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for posting all of this information! I am currently in the process of deciding whether or not this is something that I am going to do. This decision is what brought me to Sparkpeople.
I feel like it would be such an amazing tool, and where I live Bariatric surgery is completely covered by the government health care program in my Province (Ontario Canada) When the right criteria is met.
I have met the criteria and qualify but a part of me feels like a failure.
I don't know why but not being able to do it, to lose this weight, on my own makes me feel like this is some sort of short cut. I realize that its not a short cut and I think its probably just my own ego getting in my way.
I just turned 30 and have been trying and failing for the last 8 years to lose weight. I am currently over 100lbs over weight and I feel like there are no other options left for me. I have tried everything and have even lost weight on some programs but I can never stick to it. I also feel like a lot of these programs are so expensive and time consuming and every time I have been successful on any of them it has consumed my entire life!!
I just want to be normal again!
I have done tons of research and I know all about the changes that I am going to have to make before and after surgery but it feels like those changes would just be a lifestyle change for the long haul that basically consist of eating healthy balanced meals in much smaller portions - Without the added gimmicks, shakes pills or potions, injections,meetings, memberships or clubs that I have had to buy or pay for in the past (That obviously haven't worked)
I also suffer from severe anxiety and depression and being on this never ending roller coaster ride only seems to make things worse...
Sorry I'm rambling.
Anyways, Im new here and looking for information, motivation and anyone who would be interested in chatting about their experience and sharing some information with me!
TIA !!

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6/30/14 1:40 P

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I had surgery a month a go and I did hit a plateau so fast .
I have lost 21lbs. But most of it was in the first 10 days.
I don't get enough protein . I just don't have the room so I might turn to protein shakes.
I try to weight myself only once a weeks because its so frustrating When the scale don't move.
I'm very happy I did it , it's a great tool to a healthy life it's not easy but easier than doing it alone.
Kaza

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Pre- op 277.4 lbs
Surgery date 29 Mai 2014 (265 lbs)


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6/28/14 12:04 P

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I had my operation on June 20, 2014. I am down 12 lbs already! I'm glad I did it, but it's all still so new and I am told it will get much better, as far as my mood, and being able to actually swallow a drink without feeling nauseous. I'd like to hear from others who've had the the Gastric Sleeve and their experiences.

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down another 3 lbs! current weight 174.2


I am eating around 700 calories per day and try to get 60 grams of protein a day. this is just by eating. I don't do any protein supplements at all. I also use sparkpeople.com to track my food. that really helps keep thing in perspective. I also hit a stall around 3 months and that was because I was not eating enough. I have gone up to 800 calories and still lost weight. once I went back to tracking my food this week and getting the protein I have since stared to loose weight again! my earlier post I was stuck at 180 lbs im down to 177 and that was just a few days ago. hope this helps anyone out there that has gotten stuck.

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I had surgery three months ago and I to have hit a plateau. Can you tell me how many calories a day you were eating and how many grams of protein you're shooting for I'd like to compare it to see if I may be going over the limit. Getting little support from my surgeons office after the surgery

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Oh my you just told my story. I am 57, 5'4" and at my highest of 240 lbs. I have started the process after a few years of throwing around the idea. Prob was I love food as much as its loves me. :)
I have osteoarthritis in both knees with surgery already done on one. I have yet to have to get it replaced and really don't want it. Along with back pain, sleep apnea and a family history or heart and diabetes the bariatric surgeon says I am a prime candidate.
I have done my research, semimars (a couple) and now waiting for insurance approval. I just pray they don't make me do the 3-6 diet before. I've done them without success and don't want to wait any longer. That may be fear I'll back out, but in any event I'll move forward!
Hope to stay in touch with you as we take this journey. Linda

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6/7/14 5:16 P

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Hi, Had my surgery; gastric sleeve on June 2, Still haven't had the staples out and am anxious for the weeks coming without the strict liquid diet. I lost 45 plus on the pre-op and can only hope I do as well on the post op. I was supposed to get an angel (person a year out or better for support) through the center I had it done at but I haven't been contacted at all. That is rather disappointing as their support group (that is mandatory) didn't really help me much, plus I have to travel quite a ways to attend them.

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Today is 6/6/2014 I had surgery five months ago! weight loss was fast in the beginning but has started to slow down. at this point I have been stuck at 180 lbs for a couple of weeks. not sure what I'm doing wrong. anyone experience a stall? would love to know how you overcame it.



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5/12/14 9:53 P

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Omg I would love to chat. Had my sleeve on 3/3/14. Been lactose intolerant since surgery and eaton very little to avoid pain. Boyfriend suggested probiotic and that got me thru today with almost no belly pain. It's been rough and hard to exercise when I am running to the bathroom all the time

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Hi there,
Just wondering how you have got on so far ?


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hi everyone,i havent had the surgery or been approved by my insurance company yet,but my doctor feels that the gastric sleeve is the best option for me because of the injuries that i have suffered with my ankle and leg and having 3 surgerys has left me impossible to work out like i want to.my family(my daughters) are against the surgery because of my last ankle surgery where i stopped breathing twice and developed blood clots and high blood pressure.i think this is the only option to get the weight off and get me back on track to exercise.im currently 100 pounds over weight and at 5'4, is not healthy.its good to know i can come here and express myself and get support on getting something that i need and not just want..wish me luck that i get approved

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5/2/14 9:59 P

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Hello,
I had my sleeve done Feb 26, 2014. I'm 2 mos out and so far I've lost 34 lbs. My issues is slowing down to eat and exercise as I just got medically cleared. Only complication I h ad was I had kidney function issues due to the diuretic I was on for my congestive heart failure so I was in the hospital 6 days instead o f 2. Exercise isn't easy for me due to back pain and knee pain. The liquid pre op diet wasn't easy but it gets easier. It's the best decision I've ever made as I'm only on sliding scale insulin and metformin, half a blood pressure pill but still on thyroid, seizure, psych and heart failure meds.



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4/29/14 9:12 P

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Hi Group
May 1 2014 I will receive my Gastric sleeve. I'm currently on the liquid diet. It's nice to find some on line support as I know this journey will be a daily struggle.




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Hi,
I got sleeved on March 19 and am 6 weeks out. I did not have any complications and have had great success. Chewing slowly and making sure that I don't swallow too much too fast has been the only challenges for me, BUT nothing else so far!

Sometimes transitioning from one stage to the next is interesting because your taste buds change and even your body doesn't accept certain foods, but you learn to eat other foods. Regarding the vitamins...let your nurse or nutritionist help you with those.

Easy Breezy!
Soni

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I have been approved for the sleeve. I start the liver reduction diet tomorrow with a probable date for surgery 2 weeks from tomorrow.

My concerns: 1. getting in all my liquids
2. which vitamins and forms of them do I need to be sure that I get?

I am interested in knowing your stories....those of you that have already had this surgery.

"Doubt is a foot poised to go forward or backward. " Charles Spurgeon


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4/27/14 7:02 P

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Kelli.....have you had your surgery? Where are you in the process?

"Doubt is a foot poised to go forward or backward. " Charles Spurgeon


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Hello everyone. I am new to this board although I am not new to Sparkpeople. I have been on this site almost since its beginning. Although I could and would lose when I was trying it never lasted. On again and off again for years. This is what led me to the sleeve. For me it has been a life saver literally. When my surgeon got in there he found my liver to be abnormal. Blood work never really showed liver enzymes to be that high. He said had I not had this done or lost weight another way that I would be looking at having a liver transplant done in about 10 year. WOW scary stuff..... Ok now to the surgery. I lost more blood than normal so I had to stay an extra day. Kinda put me in a catch up mode. I am 54 so I did not rebound as fast as younger ones but I am 5 weeks out and feeling great. It is a process. I am learning dos and don'ts for me. Not everyone is the same and what works for one does not always work for everyone. Would I do it again??? YES.. If you asked me a few weeks ago I might have hesitated. For me it saved my life I am sure. Glory to the Lord. It was my confirmation for sure. ***surgery date was March 17, 20014

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hi All :)
i am in Australia and things are a little different here.
i have private health insurance and it was up to me and my budget when i chose to have the surgery.
no appointments with nurtritionists or group sessions or counselling or anything. just me and the doctor and my decision. and he ordered blood tests, ECG, xrays and ultra sound. which was all fairly easy.

i met with the surgeon Feb 2014 and was operated on 24 Mar 2014.
i had 2 weeks of having to replace two meals a day with the shakes and the 3rd meal being small amount of protein and vegies or salad.
i lost 3 kilos in those 2 weeks.

the surgery itself wasnt nearly as bad as i had thought it would be. i was scared about the pain etc but on a scale or 1-10 the pain itself was maybe 2, the discomfort or ease of movement has been maybe 3-4.
i was in hospital for 4 days and then headed home.

for 2 weeks i was on liquid only - so meal replacement shakes, juice, water, clear soup, icy poles(water ice blocks not ice cream).
i went back to the doctor and had lost 13 kilos from my first appointment in Feb until 8th April ! i was thrilled but shocked as for the life of me, i can't see where its gone from !

i then had 2 weeks of blended foods/mush. so pureed veggies, icy poles, soups, jelly (jello) but no dairy.

now i am on "normal" food and having a few issues.
i stupidly thought i'd try a hot cross bun for easter - well it got stuck (you know that horrible feeling where you can't seem to dislodge it and it feels like its stuck half way down your pipe) so i thought id sip water to shift it, but all that did was make me want to try and burp and when i was finally able to, i was sick and up came the water and hot cross bun :(

i am eating wheatbix and milk for brekkie, and drinking green tea. lunch is a small yoghurt and a banana. and dinner is where i am having all sorts of issues....what to have that i can swallow down and doesn't get stuck :(
don't know what to do actually - its starting to really get to me.

the other issue i am having is not reflux i don't think, but a burning sensation at the back of my throat and a bit of unsettled tummy/gurgly.
i have had to resort to taking a prescribed "nexium" tablet maybe once every two days (i can take them daily if needed) and this knocks it on the head super quickly and off it goes.

i'm just a bit down wondering if this burning sensation/gurgly feeling and the difficulty in eating something for dinner will actually sort itself out and become less and less of a problem.

all in all, i wouldn't change what ive done for anything - just i guess when everything is so new and different and each day i learn something new, that it can be a bit unsettling not knowing.


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4/14/14 10:24 A

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I am having sleeve surgery tomorrow! Any last minute advice you could share? So nervous about nausea. How long did it last for you? Thanks for any info!

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Congrats on your success, and your pregnancy! Thank you for sharing your experience with Baraitric surgery. I, too, am pursuing Gastric Sleeve after trying to lose weight on my own for over 5 years. I do well initially, losing anywhere from 15-30 lbs, and then slowly slip back into my old habits and gain it all back. I have tried WW, SP, and a multitude of other support groups. I sometimes feel badly that I can't do it alone, that I need the intervention of surgery. I have finally come to terms with it, and have completed almost all my testing. Psych eval, Echocardiogram, seminar, nutritionist. I only have a few more nutritionist appointments, .and a final physical with my Dr. I'm scared, but hopeful.



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I just got my write letter of approval today for surgery on the 31st... any your story is scary ;(
but still excited.. my sister had it done and lost 90lbs so far. What was your calorie range the doctor gave you? Mine said 80-90 grams of protien and 800-1000 calories.. but I've seen alot of people say they were told 600 calories. I'm going to take the full doses of all the vitamins they suggest and add bioten to help not loose hair.

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3/8/14 9:31 A

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Hello, I had the surgery and things were great at the beginning. But after a month I couldn't keep anything down. I lived of very little amount of water. At first I was regretting having the surgery. I said no one told me about this. So I truly hope you don't experience any of this. I was put in the hospital for dehydration for 8 days. But now I can say I'm glad I had the surgery my highest weight was 239 now I'm at 148. I have just 3 more pounds to reach my goal. The surgery was done in September 2013.

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2/25/14 11:32 A

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Did you have any hair loss issues? I heard that is a problem. I am going through the process now to get the surgery.

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I am coming up on my 2 year mark post sleeve. I would do it again in a heartbeat. My husband and I both had it done (him 3 weeks before me). He lost 114 pounds in a little less than 6 months. I was down 116 pounds and almost 9 months post op when I found out I was pregnant. Needless to say I am now trying to get back on track after gaining a little more than I should have during my pregnancy. :-) The sleeve is a great tool to have and I am looking forward to eventually reaching my goal weight using it.' :-) I am an open book if anyone has questions

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I am just going through the motions to get ready for the "sleeve" surgery and was looking for somewhere to ask questions and get support. I'm doing my surgery in Southern California around the end of February. Does anyone have any horror stories I should be aware of just in case? I haven't seen any articles or posts where anyone has regretted the surgery. Everyone I have read or watched said they would do it again in a minute. I'm really worried about hair loss. Has anyone had any issues with this? Hopefully I will be posting only positive things from here on out. Next step, see the Dietitian and the Psychologist. Waiting to hear exactly what date my surgery is scheduled for....can't wait.

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1/14/14 1:56 P

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Oh wow....praying for you...



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1/14/14 1:40 P

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Hello,

Thought your blog was interesting....I just had the sleeve Dec 19th...and glad you umention about the exercise and food of the starvation mode...I didn't know that...

So is it that we have to eat more protein to not go into starvation mode...



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My brother is having gastric sleeve surgery next week and I am going up to help him for the first several days post-op. I have read about the surgery, but just wondering if there is anything that was helpful to you the first day or two after you came home? I am proud of him for his decision and just want to be as supportive as I can. Any tips are appreciated!



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1/11/14 2:30 P

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I Started my journey last July and had a 6 month requirement with dietician.. I have now been approved for surgery and will be getting my surgery date this week. Scared but excited!

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1/3/14 9:26 A

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I started my gastric sleeve journey Oct 2013 by attending the mandatory seminar and met with the surgeon Nov 2013. My BCBS insurance has a mandatory 3 month physician monitored diet prior to approving surgery and I'm 2 months in. I've lost 6.5 pounds in the two months which happened to contain all of my favorite food holidays. I'm very excited about that. My 2 month appointment was yesterday and the surgeon said I am ready to pick a surgery date! I can't wait!



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1/1/14 7:32 P

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Today in January 1 2014! I'm nervous because tomorrow I will be having the sleeve procedure. I found this forum and thought I would ask for some tips and advice. Thanks and happy new year!



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12/28/13 6:13 P

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Hi Everyone,

I am just looking for a place to chat about the sleeve gastrectomy experience and journey. I had my surgery July 16th and have lost 54 pound, but more importantly 36 inches and I have gone from a size 22/24 to a 14/16.

I feel like the slowest of losers, pound wise but I am coming to peace with this as I am starting to buy into slow and steady wins the race. It comes off slow, but it comes off consistently. Others in my support group seem to loose more quickly.

I am so happy with my decision. The holidays have been interesting, but doable and while I wasn't perfect I did get through with a 2 pound loss!

My 2014 changes will be that I am going back into the kitchen (I have let my husband take control of the food preparation since the surgery) because I need some variety and actually miss cooking. AND I am joining a gym. I have not been very consistent with working out- I seem to do it in spurts. I had an issue about 2 months ago where I was burning more then I was eating and caused my body to go into starvation mode and actually gained SIX pounds, that was horrific. But once I stopped exercising the weight came off- so I have a little phobia about it now. But I am working on that in January.

I hope others join in here. Hope you all have a great 2014!

Amy

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11/19/13 3:42 P

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I am just starting the process of having the gastric sleeve. Just got my intake appointment scheduled today and I am so excited. I was wondering if anyone could tell me about how long after the intake appointment the surgery will happen. I know it is different for different insurance and clinics but just an estimate would be great. I am on Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and having the surgery in Lexington Ky.
Thanks

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10/28/13 8:34 P

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I also am in the process of bariatric surgery. The gastric sleeve seems to be the one suited best to my needs. I also have to self pay. I still have no idea how it is possible for insurance companies to "write out" bariatric surgery. It will be a big investment and we are not wealthy but at my age it is now or never. I have lost a lot of weight before but maintaining has always been a problem. I pray this surgery is the tool I need to handle maintenance. I have had all of the tests and as soon as my dietician gives the nod I can schedule surgery. It is wonderful to have a place to read other peoples experiences with the surgeries.

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10/21/13 9:34 P

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I'm so happy that you are doing so well! I bet you're excited to reach goal. The juicing idea sounds good--especially since I'm not a veggie lover. I have my one-on-one on 1 Nov and my group session on 7 Nov. I'm surprised that none of your conditions were discovered prior to the surgery. Did the surgery contributed to any of your problems?

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Hi,
I had sleeve surgery six months ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I have lost about 78 pounds so far and have about 30 to go. Eating still presents a challenge especially when it comes to getting in all my water and protein. I have taken to "juicing" and mixing unflavored shake into the juice which is a mix of veggies, tomatoes and some fruit. Good stuff and it makes you feel pretty healthy. I learned I have a cardiac issue with my aortic valve and will need open heart surgery to fix it. also, found out that I have a problem with my parathyroid that may need surgery too! Yikes! Good thing I lost all the weight. I track my food with Spark and that helps me. I would recommend the sleeve for anyone moving forward. It worked for me!
Good luck!

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10/17/13 1:21 A

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Good luck. I was very fortunate. I had already had a stress and sleep test. I have Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance. Once the doctor submitted my paperwork, it only took 3 days for approval. My doctor also did a complete blood work up to insure my vitamin levels were okay. I was a bit low in terms of calcium. I decided to go with the sleeve for a couple of reasons. The success rate was higher and I couldn't see the point of leaving part of the stomach behind. Seems like it could cause problems down the road.

Hope you are able to get everything done quickly.

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10/16/13 2:17 P

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I just got back from my set of labs. Didn't know you could take that much blood from you. I've been told this is just the beginning.

I still haven't decided between sleeve and bypass. Right now I am leaning towards the sleeve. Luckily my insurance pays for all forms of bariatric surgery. Can't wait to see what is around the corner. emoticon

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10/15/13 12:06 P

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I'm scheduled for the gastric sleeve on 20 Nov and I am both excited and apprehensive. Excited because this is like a precious gift, a chance to get my eating habits back on track. Apprehensive because I know this will not be a quick fix or an easy journey. As with any other diet, I will have to make permanent life style changes and find venues, other than eating, for dealing with emotional issues. I think the negative reinforcement (becoming sick from eating too much) will definitely help me stay on track. The psychological counseling session was a real eye opener for me. She pointed out that I tend to have an addictive personality and that I need to be mindful not to transfer that addiction to some other area (such as gambling, drinking, spending, etc). My counselor also suggested I join TOPPS, as a support group and to help me stay accountable for my weight. While I think joining TOPPS is an excellent idea, I also wish we had a bariatric support group in our area--the nearest one is over an hours drive away. To those of you who have successfully undergone this surgery--how did you deal with your self-image issues, e.g. still seeing yourself as overweight? emoticon

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10/1/13 4:12 P

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I am just starting the sleeve process. I have attended the information meeting and do know it is covered by my insurance.
I have done many diets and nothing really worked, except when I was on Phenteramine this summer for 3 months.
I do eat when bored and my weakness is pastries.



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9/27/13 7:15 A

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Hello to everyone. My name is Kathy and I am preparing for bariatric surgery. I have been to the seminar and the Insurance appt so my blood work and first nutrition class is scheduled for October 3rd. I am so very excited as this journey starts. I am 55 yrs old and single for the last 12 yrs. I am raising a grandchild that is now about to turn 12. I started as an emotional eater after my daughter passed away in 2003 and now stress is more the cause. I decided that it was time for me to do ME and have tried varied diet attempts with little to no success. Hated the yo yo syndrome so after discussing with my Surgeon we decided this is the best route. I have changed my eating habits such as no longer using vegetable oil, no more frying foods, trying healthier selections etc so I feel I am off to a great start. I started out wanting the bypass but after all the research I am now leaning more towards the sleeve. I hope to share my journey with others because if it helps me and I can share that success then I feel maybe it will help someone else. emoticon



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Hello everyone! I have been reading your posts for a while and thought it would be nice to introduce myself!

I'm Fay, 24 year old gal looking to lose around 80lbs! My goal weight is 130lbs! That number seems so impossible but I still have hope!

I have not had the surgery yet since my insurance does not cover weight-loss surgery and I have to self-pay :(. But is has been so great to read your posts while I try to come up with the cost of the surgery.

Congrats to everyone, you guys n gals are doing so wonderful! I'm so excited for you all!!!

(if anyone would like to contribute towards my surgery I have a page set up on gofundme. Do a search for "fat girl" and mine should be at the very top!)

If you would like to support my surgery fund please search "fat girl" on gofundme


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9/8/13 11:09 P

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I had my sleeve on July 24th of this year. In Feb of this year I had my lapband removed and incredibly, the sleeve surgery was a breeze! Way easier than the lapband surgery I had in '08!
All will be good. No worries!



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9/8/13 10:56 P

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Oh ok that's wat was your start weight and will be sleeved in less then 2 months but don't have date yet.i want to know everything am super scared

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The good things:

- I lost plenty of weight so far, 35 kilos
- It is much easier to exercise, more energy
- You totally change your eating habits, even your taste may change, as did mine. I still love sweets, but often prefer a proper meal to a sweet snack, I eat more "salty" than "sweet" now. In general, my main sources of food are meat and salads, lots of green salads, lots of different tastes you'll be looking for, to add variety.
- No feeling of deprivation, cause believe me you will still be able to eat most of the foods, but most probably you won't feel like pigging out
- An important change in the way I think about food - you eat until you're full, and leave the rest on the plate
- Shopping is much more fun!

Bad things:
- While eating out with friends you may think you're wasting your money, cause most of the time you'll eat 1/3 of the portion they serve. I now have no problems asking for packing what's left. I sometimes eat it on the same day.
- Feeling sick and getting to know how much you can actually eat will take some time
- Vomiting may happen if you "eat with your eyes" too much and forget about the little stomach you have now
- I had to have my gallbladder removed, as there appeared tiny stones in it. The body, the liver is a bit messed up.
- You may get dehydrated. Sip on water all day long.
- Fizzy drinks can mess up your stomach.
- People will get jealous and may undermine your achievement, but personally they can kiss my smaller .....



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8/18/13 7:35 A

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I'm new to the site and I am 50+ and will be getting my Sleeve surgery within the next 6 months. I am at the very beginning of my pre-op process; starting with the seminar next week. I am excited as I have been overweight for the past 20 years. This will be a new beginning.

I solicit much support and encouragement. Please let me know some of the things that have been happening since your surgery; the good and the bad.

When things go wrong...don't go with them. These are times that may test your spirit, sanity and faith. In life, things may happen to you and to the people that you care about. What matters the most is what happens in you!! That's what you control. Les Brown



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8/15/13 12:45 P

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I had my sleeve done almost 1,5 year ago, here in Poland.It didnt cost me a penny,and I lost 35kilos since the surgery day.I needed to have my gallbladder removed last April,which is typical after this procedure.If I can be part of a chat group or help anyone by answering any questions,I will be more than happy.



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