34 Years Old, 2 Kids - Louisiana

I wanted to be healthy for myself and my children....

I wanted to be healthy for myself and my children. I wanted to be able to play with them without having to sit down every 2 minutes! I was 31, 5 foot nothing, and 264 lbs. My life was miserable. My bones hurt all the time because of the pressure they were under.
I had the gastric sleeve (not bypass) and am so happy I did! Don't get me wrong! The first 2 weeks after the surgery I thought I was going to die! Lol once my body adjusted to being off sugar, caffeine, and I knew I wasn't going to starve to death, I was fine.
It has been almost 2 1/2 years and I have lost and kept off 130 lbs. I still have to watch what I eat, exercise, and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep it off of course. If I had to do it recommend a surgery, I recommend the sleeve. It is not as invasive as the bypass and you still lose 80-90% of your excess weight. With the lap band the average is only 40% of your excess weight is lost. Hope this helps give you some insight and that you do what is right for you. God bless!

?I eat mostly chicken and shrimp...

I eat mostly chicken and shrimp as far as meats go. I really can't handle fried food that well. When I eat, I still can't eat that much at one sitting, so I eat small portions throughout the day. I usually eat about 6 times a day. My 3 meals and fruit or healthy snacks in between. As far as portion sizes, it really depends on what I'm eating. If I'm eating a salad, I can usually eat about half of it. If I'm eating something "heavy" like pasta, I can only take maybe 5 bites and I"m stuffed. Thank you for your questions and congratulations. I'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

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Thanks for your review, I have a month to my op so it's good to see reviews from all viewpoints, best of luck!
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awesome!!! yay! for you i think u should post more pics! to see b4 and afters to compare them and how it changed ur life for the better! :) im in the process of getting the sleeve! :)
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I only have a few before pics. I wasn't a fan of having my picture taken back then.... not that I am now either. lol..... I will see if I can find some to upload for you though. Good luck! I know you won't regret it! If you have any questions or concerns before or after the surgery feel free to ask! I'll help the best I can :)
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omg thanks sooo much! i hope u do find pics, i really appreciate it too! def. be asking ? if i have any so far so good! :)
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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss, that's a huge achievement. If you don't mind sharing, what is your eating pattern like now: how often do you eat, how many times per day and what are your portion sizes like?
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I eat mostly chicken and shrimp as far as meats go. I really can't handle fried food that well. When I eat, I still can't eat that much at one sitting, so I eat small portions throughout the day. I usually eat about 6 times a day. My 3 meals and fruit or healthy snacks in between. As far as portion sizes, it really depends on what I'm eating. If I'm eating a salad, I can usually eat about half of it. If I'm eating something "heavy" like pasta, I can only take maybe 5 bites and I"m stuffed. Thank you for your questions and congratulations. I'll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
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Thanks for sharing! I know most doctor's are different with what they allow their patients to eat. Mine is pretty strict, so I'm not allowed anything with heavy carbs, such as: pasta, potato, rice, bread, fruit, etc.

Sounds like you're doing great though!
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