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8/3/15 10:18 A

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I was rushed to the hospital bleeding to death from a bleeding tumor in my stomach. I had surgery to remove it. Along with the tumor they had to do a partial gastric bypass. I am trying hard to learn all of the things most of you learn pre op. Life is changing rapidly for me. A lot of in your face realities. I am hoping from this nightmare storm will come some unexpected sunshine. Surgery was two weeks ago today, I am down 15 lbs. I go tomorrow for my first post op visit with the surgeon . I will also find out the results of the biopsy then. (fingers crossed its benign) They also found Barretts esophagus in there, but we are treating it. What a scary journey so far. Thanks for listening. :)
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Lost 2 more pounds this week for a total of 40 pounds since surgery May 18, 2015 emoticon

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7/29/15 5:47 P

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MrsWrath-I am with you about not telling people except my closest family members and my doctors. It feels like such a personal decision plus my ego is bruised because I need to resort to such extreme measures to lose weight.

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7/26/15 9:30 P

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I am down 2 more pounds since my surgery emoticon

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My surgery is aug 3- excited- nervous - scared. Down 19 since may 19 - I am hoping I can be comfortable to be back at wrk after only a 2 wk recovery. ( self employed- so need to be back after 2 wks).
How do people handle the soft, purée food - stage 2 at work?
Also I have made at choice to tell no one about having the surgery ( my husband and 2 daughters are obviously aware.) I have a friend that is also having surgery about a month after me- so we are a tiny support team.
Has anyone not told people ? My dr said at the office they call it " self improvement vacation"-

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "Holy crap, what a ride!"


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7/19/15 11:34 A

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emoticon all new members!

I am 10 weeks out from my VGS and have lost about 40 pounds since the surgery. emoticon

I have been stressed out a lot the past few weeks, and I know this has slowed my weight loss. My goal is to get my stress under control and emoticon



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Hey, all!

Just starting my RNY process. Saw my dietician last week. She's skinny, and I wanted to feed her a cheese burger, but resisted the impulse.

I'm a foodie...love food, celebrate with food, eat when I'm sad, chocolate when I'm happy...or sad...or awake. And I'm a Taurus...also known as Foods R Us. (See what I did there?)

I'm easy to spot in family photos...ANY photo. HATE that.

I know my life is about to change, and I think I'm ready. Right? I'm ready. Someone say "you're ready."

I'm currently at 240 lbs. Would like to weigh 140.

I have moderate to severe arthritis and inflammatory pain in my right hip, knee, and feet (plantar fasciitis). My hope is that I can eliminate some or all of this pain with weight loss, so I can walk without curling my toes or dragging my leg like a horror movie monster.

I'm glad I found all of you.

Best wishes for weight loss success...however you accomplish it.
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My name is Janis. Im 26. with type II diabetes and FSGS kidney disease, high blood pressure and high lipids, and more recently was diagnosed with mild GERD. yay go me.

Im ashamed of myself. I used to love the beach and going to water parks, but now i cant even bring myself to wear a bathing suit to go in the water. I wish i had paid more attention to my health and not taken it for granted so much as a young teen. I wish that when my body HAD the ability to lose weight easily I had taken advantage of that instead of eating whatever i wanted and thinking the rules didnt apply to me. Shame on me.

Anyways, enough of that sob story i call a life. Mostly now, I am a happy single mom of an extremely active 4 year old, with a great job as a phlebotomist, and in school for nursing. My plan is to be an RNP.

I started the process of requesting weight loss surgery last December/January, FINALLY just finished all the prerequisites for the insurance company review and was approved for the surgery!!!!!!! However, my doctor is booking quite a ways out because he is so busy. So he figures it will be scheduled sometime in October. Oh .... Joy.... LOL I know that this is the hardest time of year to do something like that, and i have to be out of work for 4-8 weeks depending on recovery time etc. AND it will be during school, which will be the hardest part bc i juuuuuust realized i have to carry books.... fack. shiat... O.o

Anyways. I went to the seminars, watched many videos of surgeries (thank god im not squeamimsh), saw the nutritionist, and the psychologist. Knw the drill, read through that packet so many times... But I feel as though i will still be unprepared for the pain and recovery of this.

Anyone with any advice would be so much appreciated.

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7/13/15 2:00 P

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Hi all, three years out from Gastric Sleeve and still have about 60 lbs to lose! emoticon

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6/29/15 12:51 A

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Going into week 6 and I have lost a total of 30 pounds emoticon

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6/25/15 4:37 P

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Glad to hear about your progress MABEAZ emoticon

I had my first follow up with my nutritionist yesterday. She said I am doing very well and that after next week I will have no limitations except those that my body choose for me emoticon

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6/24/15 1:36 P

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I am 4 days post op for my sleeve. Doing pretty well. Getting 64-96 oz water and 5 protein shakes in. Plan to add my vitamin and Juice Plus today as well. It has taken almost 9 months to get here but I finally made it.

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Feeling good!

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6/21/15 9:25 A

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Ending week 5 of my post VGS emoticon

I managed to push past the 3 week stall emoticon

This week I lost 4.8 pounds emoticon

Last week I lost 2.8 pounds emoticon

I have lost a total of 27 pounds since the surgery emoticon

This may seem low for some, but it is perfect for me because it gives my body more time to get adjusted and it helps me give my skin the attention it needs to bounce back as much as possible emoticon

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I am 4 week post op as of today. Struggling a little bit but most of it is all good.

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I am in week 4 post op as of today! emoticon

Last week I was in the 3 week stall...I did not gain or loose weight. emoticon emoticon

I am hoping to get the scale moving down again this week emoticon

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I am in week 3 post VGS surgery and still learning to balance meals, exercise, and other daily routines that are new to me...but very glad I made the decision to have the surgery emoticon

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5/31/15 10:02 A

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Thanks for the information JENS_NEW_LIFE I will try that.

I have lost 21 pounds post VGS and happy about that.

Making mistakes along the way, but learning quickly from them.

I am not afraid to return to what works for me and try new things slowly...not in a race to eat solids and I learned that it may take me at least 2 to 3 months before my stomach will be able to tolerate solid foods on a regular basis...I'm okay with that emoticon

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5/29/15 4:43 P

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Skimbro 1% or skim milk helped me get my protein in pretty easily. 9 grams per cup. Drink it instead of water until you can eat more.

Don't be hard on yourself about not tolerating food yet. I was on full liquids (milk, pudding, applesauce, protein shakes, broth, yogurt) for 3 weeks before I was told to move on to soft foods. Your stomach takes time to heal. Keep trying but know you aren't going to hurt your progress by not eating much food quite yet.

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Just moved to Phase 2 (soft foods) emoticon

However, having problems with getting 60 grams of protein and any amount of food in without a protein shake emoticon

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I'm 11 months out and need support. My "honeymoon" period seems to me over...lol But, I just need to get back on track with tracking my proteins and working out!! If anyone has any questions to ask, please feel free to ask!!!

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Surgery complete emoticon . Now in Phase 1 clear liquid diet. emoticon

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My surgery date is tomorrow, Monday May 18, 2015 @ 2 pm check in 11 am emoticon emoticon emoticon

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hi!
I see my surgeon next week and get my surgery date!! I am sooo excited!!

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I am five pounds from being able to cal my surgeon and scheduling the surgery. I have met with the dietitian and psychologist and have gotten the green light from both of them. It seems like things are going a bit fast, but at the same time I am excited to make changes and live my life the way I want to live it!

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emoticon hi I'm Deborah and I am just starting my journey. I am super excited and nervous. I have a great friend that has already had the sleeve but thanks to some of my other health issues I have to have gastric bypass but I'm ok with that because it's reversible if anything goes wrong. I am glad to have a group that will understand my questions and fears cause my family sure doesn't even when they try.

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Congrats on everyone's weigh loss and decision to take a huge step. Surgery is scary but it saved my life!!

I'm over 2 years post-op. I had the Gastric Sleeve and I'm doing great!! Initially, I lost about 213 pounds, going from 343 pounds (highest) to my lowest at 130 pounds. My loved ones (and I) were scared about being that thin and my body wasn't quite happy with it. I've since gained 30 pounds and I've been around 160 pounds since. I'm looking at losing another 10 pounds to get down to 150 pounds. It feels so difficult but I know I can do it. I've done it before. I just need to get back into that mind-set again.

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4/15/15 10:16 P

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Hi Jen
Way to go on your weight loss
Almost 50 lbs gone emoticon

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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Just a quick check in. You can see how I am doing by my scale below.

On my way to dietician in a minute
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4/9/15 2:02 P

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Hi Tamara

Congratulation on your weight loss
60 lbs in 3 months it's more than great .
Way to go on getting off those mess

I am over 10 moths post op and have lost 115lbs . Have another 17 lbs to go
For me to it was the best decision
Good luck

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Checking in.
I'm 3 months post-op. I had the sleeve. I have lost 60 lbs. since surgery and I'm doing great! I still struggle to get all my water in every day (there just isn't room for it) but I'm not dehydrated so I'm doing okay. This was the best decision I have ever made. I can move again! I have been taken off of one of two diabetes meds and also one of two high blood pressure medicines. I'm on my way!
Good luck to everyone!

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That's great
Yes you can do it .
Just watching a little your portions and you'll lose those 10 lbs.
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I had my first appointment with my surgeon yesterday and he gave me my goal weight for the operation. I need to loose ten more pounds. I want to have the operation in July, so this is totally doable! I am excited! This is really going to happen!

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Yes it will
It won't be easy but it's all worth it


Life is short, spend it happy :)

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Yes I have a two week pre op diet. I think it is mostly protein drinks. I am looking forward to it. I think t will make it all real for me.

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4/6/15 7:28 A

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You are so welcome Trina
It's ok we all go through it.
Now just focus of forming some good habits.
Exercise, drink lots of water, eat healthy as possible .

Will you have to do a pre op diet?
Me I had. A 2 week protein shake only . It was hard but I lost 12 lbs on it.

Yalda


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Thanks! I know it will, it just seems far away right now. I am trying not to drive myself crazy with looking at recipes, before and after photos, tip and tricks, things to know.... I am so appreciative of the support!! Thank you so much!!

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I know what you mean
It's so normal to be feeling that way
37 days will pass by so fast

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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37 days until my surgery. I can't wait. I am a little scared but I know it will be for the best. I wish I were getting it done tomorrow.

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Congrats on your decision
I wish you all the best in this journey

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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About three years ago I went to an information session, consultation with surgeon and began the process. Then I decided I would give it another go via diet and exercise and re-evaluate after I turned 40. Well, I turned 40 this year and I'm at least 25lbs heaver than I was 3 years ago. Today I went back to the surgeon and began the process for insurance approval, etc. I'm ready to move forward!

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Congrats
You must be so exited
It's normal to be nervous . You'll do fine

Are going to have a pre op diet?

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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My date for RNY is April 14th. Very nervous!Getting everything prepared-cleaning pantry out, getting vitamins, protein shakes, small bowls, exercising in preparation of surgery, taking my vitamins and iron. .

"Nothing Changes, if nothing changes"
"May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears"


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Hi
Christine that is wonderfull I hope everything goes well


Star child that's great . I hope you get your surgery date soon after

I wish you both lots of success in this journey

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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I have my dietitian, psych, and surgeon appointments all scheduled for mid April. I am so excited! I am trying my best to follow the guidelines they gave me in Orientation, so I can be successful.

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I got a phone call late yesterday from my surgeon's office -- my insurance approved the surgery (VSG)! And I am scheduled for Monday March 23rd (2015)!! I am so excited and nervous at the same time! LOL

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Also, I've had SEVERAL "food funerals" this week. lol It's making me happy to say goodbye the things I will likely never (or rarely ever) have again.

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Hello everyone

Where are you at on your weight loss journey?
How is everything going?

Have a good day

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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That's great
I hope everything goes well at your appointment and on your surgey
Congrats

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Woo Hoo! I have a check up on Thursday (19th) at noon for them to review my blood sugar readings and my weight. I fell off the wagon and had gained 10 pounds so they need to make sure that is gone (and hopefully more) and that my blood sugar readings are all below 200. Then my surgery is at 7:30am on 02/23/15

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2/11/15 8:45 P

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Skimbro
That's great news
I hope everything goes well

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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I have 2 more tests/appointments before my scheduled surgery February 23, 2015 @ 7 am. emoticon

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2/4/15 11:53 A

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Hi girls

Jen that's great 20 lbs already . Don't forget to mesure to
I'll chekck your YouTube chanel :)

Karri woohoo 15 inches it's amazing

My weight loss it's super slow now . I have to mesure my self again . After the 100lbs loss it's moving like a turtle...I try to stay positive and keep working out . As this rate I won't be able to lose my 29 lbs by the end of May . But I am still proud of myself. 103lbs in 8 months it's good enough.

take care
Yalda

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Surgery date 29 May 2014 (265 lbs)
July 2015 152lbs


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2/3/15 4:29 P

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I'm looking forward to checking out your Youtube channel!

So yesterday I was 3 weeks post-op and I lost 1 pound. It was kind of discouraging but I did my monthly measurements as well and since 12/29/14 I've lost nearly 15 inches. So that made it a bit better! :)



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