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  1. GigiUSA's Avatar
    Thank you for your post! I am losing quickly and just reaching my 4th month post op. I noticed a lot more hair in my comb today and could totally relate to what you were saying. I too have a lot of hair and it is long but I want to keep as much of it as I can. My hubby said the other day that he does not want to see me get too thin. I laughed and told him we talked about this... I anticipate that I will get thin before by body figures out where I am supposed to be. I'm not sure, I was just a newbie a few short months ago myself. You look great and I really appreciate your honest post. (hugs) xoxoxo
  2. Aydensmomma's Avatar
    Thank you all for being nice....i was almost waiting to get a rude comment but I should know better, I've never had issues here.
    But yesterday I put on my jeans, size 2....they zipped up but no way in hell was I going Anywhere in them lol. Then I put on a 5 and had luv handles. Grrrr
    I'm going to use the elliptical every morning to make sure I don't gain and maybe loose the tummy a little. I'll post pics eventually.
  3. Aydensmomma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    I get it. I am a size 1 now and trying not to lose more weight. But we became so used to seeing ourselves big that sometimes we can't adjust our minds around it. Hope you find your happy weight both physically and mentally!! Good luck.
    I was in your spot last year...the 1st time in my life that I actually wanted to gain! It took a year to gain!
  4. Aydensmomma's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by zoey101
    Hey Terri, How the heck have you been? Reading your update is crazy because you and I are exactly the same weight now. Remember all those conversations about how sickly we looked and how badly we wanted to gain weight? Well, surprise, surprise it has happened and I don't know why but I feel the same way you do. I'm freaking out if I gain another pound and ironically we were once so much heavier than we still are now I feel like that really big girl that I used to be. It's crazy but now I have those "I feel so fat" days again. I think your right about how we just got used to being so thin and wearing the sizes we were once in that now it's a shock to carry this extra weight. I mean in all honesty I look allot healthier and not as bony but now I find myself once again wearing longer tops to hide my body again. Perhaps we need intense therapy "just kidding" but it is crazy how the mind has so much to do with how we think we look. Anyway I hope your doing well otherwise and the Hubby and kids are good. It's been pretty insane around here, my Husband had major back surgery 3 months ago and Ive been a full time nurse around the clock on top of a million other things going on. Would love to get together again and catch up, it really has been far too long!
    Hey!! We definitely need to get together! And yeah, this morning, every morning, I see clothes that just won't work....but I threw out the big stuff!!! I did my BMI and it's 22.2 in the 20th percentile....so 80% of people my height and she weigh more then me. That's crazy. Then I did the BMI of me at 130lbs and 91% of people were heavier.....but yes, I look much better and I do hear that a lot. But I'm getting the luv handle look and I don't want it lol
  5. bigdogluver's Avatar
    I hope this all works out for you. I'm sure it will. All the best.
  6. Christie13's Avatar
    I get it. I am a size 1 now and trying not to lose more weight. But we became so used to seeing ourselves big that sometimes we can't adjust our minds around it. Hope you find your happy weight both physically and mentally!! Good luck.
  7. zoey101's Avatar
    Hey Terri, How the heck have you been? Reading your update is crazy because you and I are exactly the same weight now. Remember all those conversations about how sickly we looked and how badly we wanted to gain weight? Well, surprise, surprise it has happened and I don't know why but I feel the same way you do. I'm freaking out if I gain another pound and ironically we were once so much heavier than we still are now I feel like that really big girl that I used to be. It's crazy but now I have those "I feel so fat" days again. I think your right about how we just got used to being so thin and wearing the sizes we were once in that now it's a shock to carry this extra weight. I mean in all honesty I look allot healthier and not as bony but now I find myself once again wearing longer tops to hide my body again. Perhaps we need intense therapy "just kidding" but it is crazy how the mind has so much to do with how we think we look. Anyway I hope your doing well otherwise and the Hubby and kids are good. It's been pretty insane around here, my Husband had major back surgery 3 months ago and Ive been a full time nurse around the clock on top of a million other things going on. Would love to get together again and catch up, it really has been far too long!
  8. Losinglbs2gainlife's Avatar
    Being a mom and postpartum and overweight is tuff. I know! But you overcame all of that and will this challenge too. It's a lifestyle so work it how it fits for you. Congrats on your success.
  9. astallons's Avatar
    I hope things stabilize for you soon so you can enjoy yourself. *hugs*
  10. Leslieann's Avatar
    You look fantastic!!!! Thanks for posting!!
  11. Christie13's Avatar
    I have acid reflux. Like you I have a hiatal hernia and had minor heartburn before surgery. Definitely more heartburn now.
  12. Christie13's Avatar
    My sister is 5 years post op and has not had any issues. I am not far enough so I couldn't say.
  13. Sandra3's Avatar
    I just replied to you other ost about your teeth. That makes sens now. Cavities could be coming from the reflux.
    My reflux was at it's worth after surgery. I had some issues before but never needed to take any medication besides may be a tums once a month if I had Indian food or too much tea.
    Post-op I could not function without my PPI. I took 30 mg Lansoprazole for about six months and gradually diminished the dose to 15 mg. Right now I take it every two or three days. I'm hoping to stop at some point. I always need to have my dinner two hours before bed time and do try to stay away from some teas/spicy food because it does trigger reflux and I can feel it the days I don't take the medication.
  14. Sandra3's Avatar
    Two of my cousins are dentist and since I had the surgery they focused a little more on the subject regarding their own patients.
    They told me what they noticed: many of their bariatric patients (right now in France it's mainly sleeve) have issues with their teeth, especially those who have a bad reflux and/or not taking medication for it. The result could be enamel issues or cavities.
    Two others had issues because they didn't take their supplements and needed more calcium. From what I understand, sometimes if your calcium level is ok on your blood test, it doesn't actually reflect "the reality". Basically the body will just go and find the calcium where it can find it, so bones and teeth. So blood test could be ok but then apparently we should have Xray to look at our bones.
    Since I saw my cousins in October, I'm planning on doing more tests when I will be in France next month. Starting with a panoramic X-ray. In the mean time I'm taking calcium supplements.
    I thought the issue was specific to France because some doctors don't give a PPI to all their patients post-op, and many don't advise on taking vitamins post-sleeve (because many French doc have something about taking supplements..go figure..)...may be the issue is actually not specific to the after care but just the surgery itself??
  15. Pam G's Avatar
    I hope not....breaking and losing teeth is one of my big fears!
  16. Shirl's Avatar
    Teri, great to hear from you!

    Have you tried sleeping on an incline?

    I woke up choking on stomach fluid just a few days post op, and it scared the beegeezers out of me. I went to see my doctor the next day, and he told me that he recommends the incline sleeping method to all his patients with GERD and Acid Reflux, along with a special acid reducing diet.

    I have been sleeping on an incline since I bought a special incline foam pad for my mattress.

    Sometimes I get a little heartburn once in a while, but nothing a chewable Pepcid can't fix.
  17. hypn's Avatar
    Have you visited your Surgeon lately. I had to have a entire Barium swallow in order to see if the sleeve was not the cause -
  18. Ann2's Avatar
    Nope. Not so far. I'm 2.5 yrs post op and 71 years old.
  19. Muted_Tummy's Avatar
    yay
  20. Merry Mary's Avatar
    Congrats on another year of a healthier you! What fun it must be for your kids to be able to play with them rather than watch them.
  21. kenson's Avatar
    Congratulations! It's great to see an "old timer" still doing well!
  22. manzerick's Avatar
    Such a great life change. I also will often see old pictures, and think I am the "giant".


    So much so, I will struggle to find myself in pictures these days. The good ole "look for the biggest fella" doesn't work anymore.

    Great work!! Welcome year 3!
  23. seecshrink2017's Avatar
    You look amazing! Congrats!!
  24. bangieb's Avatar
    Congrats
  25. newclear's Avatar
    Congrats! I'm with you on the anaemia page. Unfortunately, nothing works. Because my prior job was highly specialised, my blood count was important and I couldn't meet the minimum standard. I have to have a bone marrow analysis done before they could buy off on allowing me to do certain work again. My count is still low, but no side effects.

    I had my surgery prior to you and I still can't believe that some of the pics were previously me. It feels like a lifetime ago... such a huge change in lifestyle overall. Hope you'll meet your new weight goal. Thanks for sharing.
  26. Sandra3's Avatar
    I'm glad you were able to regain some weight! I was wondering how you were doing!
    I have been dealing with anemia for ages and it got really bad a few months ago, even with taking my vitamins religiously....I noticed my hair did fall more during that time too. I did stop the biotin because I was growing hair on my chin (three or four but still) and nothing was really changing with my hair...but since my iron level is better the hair situation got better too. I also tried a new kind of iron made from curry leaves it's easier on my tummy (I used to have cramps after taking my iron, but I take like 80mg per day) and from my last blood test I seem to absorb it better this time. It's called "Rainbow Light, Certified Plant-Source Iron".
    I understand how you feel when looking at old pictures....I'm still dealing with the complicated body image...and I'm not even at goal yet...
  27. mrf0418's Avatar
    Congrats! It's great isn't it!!!
  28. Indianasleeve's Avatar
    I am always COLD. I am a year out and it hasn't gotten any better for me.
  29. Muted_Tummy's Avatar
    I haven't reached this stage yet, although, at support group many who are same month or same poundage range as me..have. Does everyone get this cold chill? Hoping maybe I'll get a pass.
    Well layering is fashionable so rock on!
  30. JennK's Avatar
    lol.. I have always been the warm blooded one.. now, im freezing my butt off!!
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