Welcome to the team! And congrats on your sleeve! It will become your best friend...or your worst enemy if not respected. Seriously, been there done that. I am one year post sleeve and have lost 75 lbs. I think the amount of weight one loses depends on many factors, age being one of them. If I were much younger, probably would have lost more, but I am happy with this.
And I love my sleeve. There was much trial and error during this time and my greatest fear was stretching it back to the size it was. It hasn't though, due to a CT scan I had a couple of weeks ago along with an emergency appendectomy. It is about the size of a small to medium banana.
One major challenge I have experienced is eating to fast and not drinking before, during, and after a meal. I experienced a few stalls along the way, but overcame them. I was at a stall a few months ago and that is when I discovered Wheat Belly and Paleo. It was like I stepped out of the tunnel where the light shown brightly at the end of it that I had been walking toward since my surgery.
What a compliment to my sleeve I found! Finally, a simple way to eat and not worry about gaining weight back since losing it. I highly suggest this to anyone who has had the sleeve and is able to tolerate food, may take a few months, but you will.
When I see what others eat, burgers, fries, junk food, etc., I think "if they only knew what they were doing to their bodies...and minds"...and that is what saddens me. I see it as poison and a road to disease of the body and mind. Some know and most don't know what they are doing, then there are those who don't even care...this saddens me also.
Before the surgery, I was sad that I would have to give up sodas mainly. But right from the start of my recovery, I began my inner healing and did much research, learning the importance of nutrition and real food. Of course I drank sodas off and on since then, but since adopting my new lifestyle, I gave them up and don't miss them at all.
It is no wonder every diet I tried failed. And it was not because I was weak or had no will power. It was because of all the myths, like the food pyramid we are told to follow or the low fat diets that are preached to us by the medical professions and others. Learning that wheat has a protein that acts on the opiate receptors in our brains was a huge eye opener and could have possibly saved me from having to resort to the surgery. But, that was then and this is now.
I have no regrets for the surgery and knowing that it was not "my" fault I ended up weighing almost 300 lbs has given me the extra courage to have an even greater respect for my body.
Congrats on your weight loss and I wish you much continued success!
Edited by: UNIQDRGNFLY at: 1/10/2013 (17:06)
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| Pounds lost: 112.0