Gastric Sleeve W/ a Lower BMI.

One week out from Sleeve and I've lost 14lbs so...

One week out from Sleeve and I've lost 14lbs so far. While some of you may think "why in gods name did this girl get this done"... I'm a realist. I know I was overweight, obese per my weight. I wanted to get it under control now. All my life I have been slim, and just recently in the last 6 years I have been unable to manage my weight. I am 5'3 and weighed 208.0lbs. Ridiculous! All my life I never weighed over 130.0lbs... My feet were hurting, knees, and back all the time. I'm just done. I decided the gastric sleeve was it. I'm happy I made the choice before I reached that point of needing an entire body lift when I lose all the weight, and look 10 years older because it ages you (no offense to others, please).... I knew my problems, tried to fix them, couldn't, so needed that extra help! So here starts my journey of being normal again....
I started with BR 11/2012, then TT in 3/2013 and now I'm ready to get the weight off with the gastric sleeve.
Lauren: I will be following your post since I'm starting my journey also. Please post before pictures so we can see how great you are looking.
Welcome and thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss already! Glad everything went well for you. How are you finding your first week out? Are you managing the pain okay? When do you start your soft food stage?

One week and one day Post GS. 15lbs down.

Since these are the only photos I took, I will post them now to show my progress. In these photos the weight lost already is no minuet that there hasn't been much change. My waste has skimmed down a little.
You are just like me. I did it before it got out of control! Read my story if u get. A chance. I had all the same problems you said. It was sad. But I've lost 30 pounds so far so I'm slowly getting there.
Thanks CrazyJersey - is your story in this mysterious REVIEWS area? 30 lbs wow! Take a long time? I always double the amount in my head when I lose weight to include what I would likely put on had I not been in a losing cycle. Female logic!
Lol I don't know if mine shows yet but it's on my page. I didn't put if it was worth it or not yet. I wasn't veryyy fat to start with and I didn't need a pre op diet nor did I follow half the eating :/ else I could've loses A LOT more. Took two months I'm aiming for 10 pounds a month. I hope I can get there this month. I bought a spinning bike today!

13 days out!

Alright! I've made it 13 days out. I've lost now 20lbs even! Whoo hoo! I started at 208, I am now 188. The funny thing is I don't look smaller anywhere. 20lbs is a lot of weight!!! And I thought I'd see it, but nope!

So I can drink my protein daily. Right now I can only consume about 50g a day. I still can't drink that much, but I try. I am able to eat, pudding, jello, mashed potatoes, cream of wheat, soups, without any issues. If I try something a little thicker my stomach still hurts and acts crazy. So I just listen to my body and back off.

My incisions are all healed, one of them though has done this dimpling pucker thing. So hopefully that goes away or else I'll have to have my PS release the tension when he revises my TT scar. Ugh! One more thing.

For those of you curious if I had to follow any pre op or post op diet. The answer is no. I are until the day of surgery, and was told eat what you want when you want when you can. I've come to realize this is because I only have about 73-78 pounds to lose total. So for those of you who don't have hundreds to lose, life will be a little easier for you.

Although I had surgery in Mexico, I will be following up with a gastroenterologist here locally. He will make sure my sleeve is healing well. I will also follow up with my PCP who will draw my labs every 3 months and keep me healthy.
Oh good, with about 65 lbs to lose I might enjoy an easier time too! Like that idea, and I'll bet others can e that 20, and keep,posting please I am following your journey :)
CrazyJersey - I've a plan to lose 15 lb for each of the first 2 months, October 24 -December 24th, so on Christmas Day I can slip into a size 14. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic huh? Might need to make a little more pre op effort perhaps...

2 1/2 weeks out!

So it's been 2 1/2 weeks. I have lost a total of 22lbs. It was coming off about a pound a day, but then now my body is trying to play catch up, and holding on to every pound. I haven't lost any weight in four days. Which is fine I heard it's pretty common. When you put your body in starvation mode it wants to hold into everything.

So let's see, I can now drink about 3 big gulps of water and not feel sick just after one. This was the most upsetting thing to me because I am a biiiiiigggg water guzzler! Love love water. So I am happy a few gulps is better than two sips! I can drink a lot sooner after eating. I usually can always drink about 15 minutes after eating. The food works it's way down and I can then drink. And no I do not feel sick. For some of you who were told to follow a diet, I was not. I was told to eat when I could and what I could. He did tell me to hold off on heavy meat and chips. Things that were hard on the stomach. I haven't tried salad either yet. I know what you're thinking, this crazy girl is eating what at 2 1/2 weeks?!?! Ha ha... Yes I have been eating like normal since after 1 week. I can eat crackers, refried beans, cottage cheese, block Chedders cheese, fruit (can), cereal, lunch meat (very thin), pudding, jello, lazangna, tuna w/ mayo & pickles.

So just some ideas of what I can tolerate. I usually can take about 3 bites and I'm full. If I'm in a hurry I take the three bites and save the rest and come back to it. I am too busy to sit there for 30 minutes trying to eat it. I take a bite and keep on moving. Eat and walk.... Eat and walk! That's my life. Again, I was not exstreamly overweight to begin with, and before surgery, I was the type of person who had to force feed myself or force myself to stop doing things to eat, because I would always forget. I always said eating was an inconvience and I wish I could live without food. I surely did not live for food. But my weight sure did hang on still.

So... I am thrilled I had this done still. I get upset and regret the surgery only when I can't guzzle water. I love water and I am that upset about it. Other than that, boy is it nice to take three bites and feel like you just ate thanksgiving! Very convienent for me since I hate eating anyways! Ha ha
How are you doing with your weight loss?
Great. Posting update now.
How much did you pay for the dr in Mexico? What part of Mexico is it? And any complications at all?

Two (2) months post op...

Well hello my realself ladies. I haven't posted for several reasons. One is there is not much to say, you find your own rithum and routine and carry that with you. Another is I feel like I've had nothing but negative messages sent to me, why? I don't know. Maybe because I wasn't 400lbs when I got my sleeve done. Maybe I would deserve more congratulating if I where fatter. Or at least that's how I feel. :-(

Now, on a positive note. I started at 208lbs. I have lost a total of 33lbs. I went from a 36 BMI, to a 30. I probably would be losing more weight if I were exercising but I am not. I don't have time to. Thus ONE of the reasons I had this done. I have three children and go to school full time.

As some of you don't know, the OTHER reason I had this done was because after years of trying to conceive these precious babies because I had PCOS, I have finally learned it was my enemy for wanting to lose weight. When you're PCOS, it is an immune disorder, in which your body is insulin resistant. Your body does not process sugar like it should. Well EVERYTHING has sugar. So, this is why I was never losing weight, even though I have never been a big eater.

Other than that, I am 28. Very healthy. No other issues. And just looking to be back to a weight more suitable for my small frame and height. I am 5'3 by the way.

So currently I am wearing a size 11/12 pants, and shorts. I could wear smaller, but this butt and thighs can't squeeze into them. So my 11/12's end up being big in my waste. I have always been very hour-glass shape. So it has always been a struggle. I've always had the waste taken in my jeans because I am smaller there. But hey I am not complaining. That's what most women want! :-) I am wearing medium shirts. And I am at a 36B. Which I will be soon getting implants!

What am I eating? Well I eat anything I want. Simple as that. There are some things I still don't eat because I feel yucky afterwards. Like bread and meat. They're too heavy. I love sharp chedder cheese sticks, and yogurt. I also get my salty craving from eating a couple Spanish green olives. I also drink some of the juice! Yum! Reminds me of my martinies! I still drink my protien powder, and for those of you who are like me and hate the way every single one tastes, and there too thick, I finally found the PERFECT one. It was a bit pricy, but sooooo worth it. It's micro filtered, so it's very thin and easy to drink with a sleeve. Just passes right through like water. To me it tastes just like yoohoo. Just thinned out. I'll post a picture below so everyone can try it if you want. I got it from GNC. They let me taste the chocolate and vanilla before buying them. For a big jug, it was $80.00.

So vitamins. Every morning I take 2 multivitamins, 1 biotin, 1 acid reducer, and liquid b12. Then afternoon I take 2 calcium. Then bedtime I take 2 more multivitamins, and an acid reducer again.

I had my blood work done a few days ago, in which my PCP checks all my vitamin levels, and CBC, CMP. And all came back normal. Last time my cholesterol was 2 or 3 points over normal. And this time it was 30 points below being considered high... Yay! So all is good.

Because I was not that big prior to surgery, I don't have a lot of loose skin, and I probably won't. But I can already tell things I do not like. In which I'll fix. You start looking at all these things you never paid any attention too before. But it will be ok. 3 kids and weight does a number on your body. So I will soon be having implants, scar revision and a little tightening to my tummy tuck, and maybe a mini thigh lift if I can't tighten these legs up on my treadmill. Other than that. I'm very happy.

So I have to say, my husband got his surgery on the 8th. So he's what 1.5 weeks post op. He can consume 70-80oz of liquid a day, food, and it's like nothing ever happened! And he's already lost 19lbs... He makes me sick! Lol. He's already lost half my weight loss in one week. And he can drink and eat like all is normal. Although yes he is only able to eat small portions. But he's doing amazing! He's already dropped 4inch in his waste, and one shirt size. See these damn men! The doctor said he would look smaller quicker than I would because his weight was only in his belly. Women carry it everywhere.

Alright, I think that's all. Ask questions if you have any...
Well I think it is great that you nipped the weight problems in the bud now before you got to 300 pounds in 5 years - weight has a way of just creeping up on you until you look in the mirror and think how did that happen. I think you look great and if it took surgery to have it done so be it. I just didn't realize that you could have surgery unless you needed to lose 100 pounds or more. If I can't get my stubborn 40 pounds off that I gained after I lost 170 pounds (by dieting and working out) I am thinking of having what you had done. Good luck to you and your husband on your continued weight loss - I think that it's great that you are doing it together.
Thank you so much. Even though it wasn't that much weight, I just couldn't lose it. It was starting to creep up. Because I remember when I was sitting at 195 for the longest time and then bam 208. Insurance will of course not pay for it, so that is why I was self pay.

9 Weeks Post Sleeve

Hello there my real self ladies... I am now officially 9 weeks post op. I am feeling great. No issues. I don't feel yet that life is back to normal just yet. I think this is because my body is going through so many changes, I am still trying to adjust. I have lost a total of 39lbs now. I started at 208, I am now 169.0 I screamed when I hit the 60's... Just because this was the weight I was when I met my husband 6 years ago. And he thought I was little :-)

My goal will be to get down to the 130's. Just because like I said before I am little. I am 5'3. And prior to this weight gain and children I was in the 130's.

Just a quick update though, letting you know my weight loss progress. Ask any questions and i'll try to help as much as possible!
Congrats I think your doing great, good luck and stay health ....
Thank you so much!
you look awesome, thank you for sharing your story!!!
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