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    First of all I want to say I love this site. I get so much motivation hearing from all of you. My journey began way before surgery . I lost 112 pounds befor my surgery and was so excited to have surgery cause I just knew that the sleeve would make it so much easier. In the beginning it was easier. Now I'm almost 3 months out and I see old habits creeping up and that scares me to death. I was born and raised in a state that is known for its food (Louisiana). For entertainment we went "out to eat". In the beginning after surgery I was very careful about what went into my mouth. Now I've somewhat slacked about my choices. I am also a cook at a family owned restaurant as well so that makes it even harder to be strong. This week I have decided that I am going to be strong and do the right things because 30 pounds in 3 months is not enough in my opinion. And when I say making bad choices I'm not talking about stuffing myself I'm mean more like.... I have to bake a cake everyday at work and I want to lick the bowl... Or nibble on crumbs. I know this behavior will put the weight right back on me. I have noticed that my biggest problem is nighttime hunger. I stay busy every morning and I don't have time to eat much. Then once I get home and sit down I get hungry. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me get back on track.... I cherish every one of your opinions.

    Thank you for listening just didn't know where else to turn.

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    Apparently you are doing wonderfully... the average weight loss is 10 lbs per month which puts you right on track... and you have lost 142?? Right on! Good job.. as for allowing yourself to be human and have a "splurge" now and then? if you don't? You will begin to hate this journey.. nothing is bad for you, IN MODERATION... that's where we have all screwed up, pre surgery... As long as you don't let it become your lifestyle again, you will be fine...
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    Welcome Kova.... You've made amazing progress!! I haven't had my surgery yet, and it's helpful to read of people's struggles. It keeps it real! Please come here often, vent, ask advice, seek support. There are so many helpful people here. Hugs, and yes, STAY STRONG!
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    Make sure that what you are feeling when you get home is really hunger. Because of our busy lifestyles we often mistake thrist for hunger. I recommend drinking something first before having a snack. Maybe even drinking a glass of milk to kill 2 birds with one stone. If you do discover it really is hunger, just stick to high protein choices. Jerky, cheese sticks, lunch meat, or even a protein bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlayavonne View Post
    Welcome Kova.... You've made amazing progress!! I haven't had my surgery yet, and it's helpful to read of people's struggles. It keeps it real! Please come here often, vent, ask advice, seek support. There are so many helpful people here. Hugs, and yes, STAY STRONG!
    I do come here very often... Usually everyday but I usually just keep quiet and read other peoples post...lol



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    Quote Originally Posted by TEACHn96 View Post
    Make sure that what you are feeling when you get home is really hunger. Because of our busy lifestyles we often mistake thrist for hunger. I recommend drinking something first before having a snack. Maybe even drinking a glass of milk to kill 2 birds with one stone. If you do discover it really is hunger, just stick to high protein choices. Jerky, cheese sticks, lunch meat, or even a protein bar.
    Yesterday was just a real hard day for me. Had the munches all day long. I usually start out my day with a protein shake then three hours later I eat something. The protein shakes kill me. I am so sick after I drink them for a few hours then it passes. I have often wondered if I was lactose intolerant after surgery. I do snack on turkey jerky from time to time. I think some of what I think is hunger is actually boredom. I go to work at 8 am and then home from work at 730 pm. And once I get home that when I get hungry.
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    I have a band now and will have a revision in two weeks. My friend had the surgery and she said she isn't hungry ever. She is a waitress and is around food all the time. I thought the surgery makes it so you are not hungry. Is it really hunger you are feeling?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Blan View Post
    I have a band now and will have a revision in two weeks. My friend had the surgery and she said she isn't hungry ever. She is a waitress and is around food all the time. I thought the surgery makes it so you are not hungry. Is it really hunger you are feeling?
    That's what I heard too you never get hungry. But I do get hungry. I don't think it's as bad as it used to be but yes I do get hungry. But mine is usually night time hunger.
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    The written advice I was given says three meals and three snacks. Can you have a small protein-y snack partway through that three hours so when it comes time to eat again you have less space/hunger?
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    Stay close to support groups online and in person. That might Allow you to meet more people and new intrest as well as get you out of the house. If your weight Loss Center has a psychologist led support group that would be great., I am a newbie but have many of the same fears as you. It takes only a few hours to change our bodies, but years to change our brain As long as you are concerned you are making progress. It's when you don't care that you are on the slippery slope. Hang in there!
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    First, welcome! Coming here for support is one of the best things you can do when you are feeling down, have questions, or want to celebrate. We are here for you either way.
    I would suggest that you stop drinking the protein shakes or find a new one to drink. There's nothing worse and certainly not satisfying to drink something you don't enjoy and that makes you sick. I LOVE the pure protein shakes--banana creme. I buy them at amazon and have them shipped to my house. I also make my own and put non flavored protein powder in with fruit and milk. You have to find what works for you. If it isn't a shake, then other high protein breakfast choices. Do you like yogurt? High protein choices and a stick of cheese would be good, and you'd be eating real food.

    Working 12 hours a day is tough so you have to be prepared. Do you have set break times? If so, I would work on planning a time to eat a high protein choice whether it be from the restaurant or something you've packed. This can help rid of the not eating during the day, and also it helps with making the right choices more often.

    As far as snacking goes, I would agree that most people do some of that. For most of us, it is a reality to make poor choices once in awhile. Maybe you choose to cut that back. Instead of sampling or licking daily, you do it every other day. A simple compromise may help. Maybe sucking in a sugar free mint when you are backing will help. It should curb some of the desire to sample when something is already in your mouth. That''s the part I miss about gum.

    Are you exercising? I know a 12 hour day may make that tough but even 30 minutes or 15-20 right after work may help set your mind set for the evening at home. I've been faithfully exercising since the beginning (very early in the morning before work because I have two young kids.), but I've made choices to exercise at home using dvds-Leslie Sansone's walking DVDs, wii, kinect, kettlebell--anything that leaves me with no excuse.

    Be sure you are drinking enough fluids. My guess is your hunger most of the time is just being thirsty. You won't know without drinking at least 8 ounces.

    Finally, you have a LOT to celebrate. YOU LOST over 100 pounds on your own before surgery. You've lost 30 more pounds in 3 months. The average is 10 pounds per month. You are DOING IT! You need to celebrate all that you have accomplished and remember the above suggestions.

    You've got this! Focus and believe in yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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    About the no hunger, I think that it may be so more in the first few weeks, but I have always experienced hunger. Just not like I did before surgery. I would never forget to eat. What the sleeve does do is make it so I can say "no" to things I shouldn't have. I can be around sweets and not have any. It took awhile, but now, at 8 months out, I only have sweet cravings about once a week and I am able to control them with my chocolate protein shake or chai. I have not eaten any sweet food or junk food since I had my surgery, but I feel like that gives me the best chance for long-term success.

    I like that the sleeve allows me to make choices that I *should* have made all along. :-)
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    Don't feel like the lone ranger on the hunger. I have read MANY posts from people who are still hungry after surgery. I am beginning to think that it is not that unusual. I have not had my surgery yet, so I don't have any real advice to offer...just encouragement. Hang in there We are all human and will all make mistakes. Myself, I will be happy if I lose 10# per month, so I think you are doing great. I suppose it is all in our expectations.
    Good Luck to you!
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    Hi and well done! I am almost 7 weeks out if surgery and I'm pleased with my weight loss so far but I honestly thought that I wouldn't be hungry after surgery but actually I am starving a lot of the time! I know I am probably not eating enough but I'm paranoid about undoing all my good work. Does anyone think like this? Keep up the great work you're doing fine



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    Tough Love Lesson 1.

    The sleeve is a chance at a new life IF you change your old habits in the process of losing and develop new healthy ones. The sleeve is not a quick fix or a magic pill. We all have to change our old mentality, throw the bad habits like stress eating, emotional eating, and eating out of boredom out the window. Stock your home and workplace with healthy snacks, exercise and surround yourself with people who emotionally support your goals.....even if it means changing jobs or getting rid of a few friends that are bringing you down. You get this one chance so don't screw it up!

    Not feeling hunger with the sleeve is a myth. I have felt hunger from day one and feel hunger every single day and I fight bad habits (and thoughts) every single day. Instead of giving in, I drink fluids, go for a walk, exercise or jump on the GS forum. Do something to distract yourself from eating when it is not time to eat. Distinguish between hunger and boredom by asking yourself.....am I hungry enough to eat an apple right now? If the answer is yes, go eat an apple. If it is no....find something else to do because you are not really hungry.

    I see so many people who return to their old habits a year out from surgery and gain weight back because they never really dealt with their demons or changed their lifestyle. Let the fear of this reside in the forefront of your mind. Keep it there to remind you that it CAN happen and WILL happen if you let your guard down. Like the Bible says, sin is crouching at the door waiting for the right opportunity. We let it in, we let it have its way, we let it seduce us in to thinking that one bite won't matter, one day without exercise won't hurt me.....and before you know it, the weight starts creeping back up and you are powerless once again. Don't let it win! Make exercise a part of your daily routine, track your food intake in myfitnesspal or another program and be accountable for the decisions you make.


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