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Dazed and Confused, where is my Sleeve Gastrectomy Journey leading me?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I haven't blogged regularly because I have no idea what the hell is going on! And I have been unable to reach my dietician, but I will keep trying.

It is like my nightmare is coming true- and I know this is irrational but what else am I to think?

So what is going on?? Since I weighed in last 8/27, eight days ago- I have gained 3.8 pounds- who the hell eats 2 oz of food per meal, counts calories (under 1000), drinks a lot of fluids and GAINS weight. ME! It is a nightmare! Ahhhhhh!!!

Since my dietician is not getting back to me, I am left to do some research on my own and here is what I am finding. It is possible that I am not eating enough. I have consulted with other post op patients and it could be that I am not eating enough food and putting my body into starvation mode- so my body is freaking out and storing fat. That does make sense, so I have been trying to eat more-- and it just leaves me feeling ill and at times I have tossed my cookies because it is just too much. I just can't seem to get into a rhythm of this new life style. But I will.

I also am struggling with the fluid intake. I can't drink for 30 minutes after I eat, and I can't drink when I eat-- so for 3-4 hours out of my day I can not sip. This makes it all difficult BUT I have to do better at this. I have to get in all 64 oz. I thought it would be easier by now, but it is not. I will keep at it!

I don't want to be negative with all my blogs... so I have been holding off hoping for a drop. But it isn't happening. The weight is just not coming off, and the recent gain (and maintain) is just so discouragingly UNREAL.

I will not say I regret having the surgery because it is too early to make such a judgement and I am not going to give up only 7 weeks into this. I am going to just keep at it- I have to! I hope to get in touch with the dietician soon, my group meeting is in a couple of week so I will get help then.

Every day I will try my best to do all the right things. I have decided to go back to the shakes and to stick with what I know works and not introduce anything new until I lose again. I am committed to drink MORE fluids and keep up with the walking. I have decided to BELIEVE that the scale WILL MOVE in the right direction soon!

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    Love all these comments. My weight loss has slowed to about 3/4 of a pound a week and some weeks not at all. Weeks that I appear to have gained usually end up that I have gotten dehydrated and therefore constipated. As soon as that passes emoticon things go back to normal so I am again backing off regular food back to fluid and protein. Did I say I am about six months out now and have lost 62 lbs. emoticon
    1722 days ago
  • PATTYR81
    For me, my weight loss came in fits and starts. It's never been one of those downward diagonal line chart things.

    I noticed that I'd lose some weight and then my body seemed to need to readjust itself. the scale would stay the same or even go up, but my clothes would get looser and fall off. My fat seemed to rearrange itself. Weird.

    I agree with your approach to go back to what's worked for you. To this day, I focus on getting my protein in and then water. I went thru a time when I wasn't getting in enough protein cuz I didn't 'feel' like eating. Weight fell off, but my hair started falling out. That got me back in line quick! emoticon

    Also one hot day I was in line for a softball game and I got REALLY dizzy. Had to sit down on the sidewalk. Wake up call for me about not letting myself get dehydrated. I learned: Yes, it can REALLY happen to ME!!!!

    You are doing great!!!! Keep on keepin' on!
    1723 days ago
    I am about 3.5 month post-op and I too am a slow loser. On avg I am losing about 1.5lbs a week. I have decided to adopt the attitude that a loss no matter how big or small is a loss, whether it be pounds or inches. Like Hink said look for those NSVs they really help your mental state. I too concentrate more on protein and low carbs that anything else.

    Good luck! emoticon
    1724 days ago
  • HINK2013
    I second everything FINALLYHEALTHY said.... and I'm pretty sure that I also really struggled with losing at about this point too.... I had several stalls in the first couple of months and it was very frustrating becuase of course my surgeon is saying that this is when I should be losing the most and I was just stalling out for weeks at a time! I definitely did NOT focus as much on calories as I do on getting my protein and fluids in... my nutritionist always focuses on getting the protein in, not the calories. anyway - hopefully it is reassuring to know that I too started losing more steadily after the 2 month mark, and have been losing pretty steadily for the last 3 months. I am not a BIG loser, I lose on avg 2 lbs a week, but I feel like slow and steady is a good way to lose.

    OH and one other thing -- try not to focus as much on the scale, look for other non-scale victories too and celebrate those while the scale isn't cooperating. Don't get too discouraged!!! You can do this and you will get there!!

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    1724 days ago
  • AMYRENEE1967
    Thank you both!! FINALLYHEALTHY, your words are helpful- it has been stalled for 2 weeks (but feels like forever) and I am hopeful it is just a hic cup. The fluids are hard for me to get in and I think I obsess about calories and will stop that craziness and just make sure I get the protein grams in that I need. I am hoping to report a move in the right direction in next weeks blog! Thanks again!
    1725 days ago
    I had a bypass but had the same issue! After two weeks of either staying the same or gaining I was terrified I had done the wrong thing. I talked with my doctor who told me that at about 2 months (which is about where you are) some people go through this body adjustment - kind of like starvation mode - where the body is wondering what is happening. However, it seemed like just a day or two after I spoke with her, it started falling away again! It has steadily been coming off ever since. I am now a little over 3 months out and am very happy with my decision.

    Also, my doctor told me that fluid intake is very important. It helps flush toxins and other things out of your body which helps with weight loss. I have a problem - even now - getting enough fluids! I try hard though. The more I pay attention to it, the better I am. One final note, constipation. If that is an issue, not to fear - it will pass (ha ha). But additional fluids will help with that - but it may be a reason why you are lot losing and/or gaining.

    Good luck - stick with it - you will do it and be happy with it! emoticon
    1725 days ago
    Great attitude.
    1725 days ago
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