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    Gastric Sleeve Member aclabombard13's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Angela
    Surgery date
    05/24/2012
    Surgeon
    Terence Clarke MD
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    Jun 2012
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    09-02-2013 09:43 PM
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    Clifton Park, NY
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    Default 6 Months Post-op

    So I'm a couple days late, but as of the 24th, I am 6 months post-op. What a wonderful and crazy journey this has been so far. A lot of you are familiar with my journey, but some of you may not be. My journey began on March 23, 2012 when I had my first appointment with my surgeons office... so 9 months ago.

    9 Months Ago

    Weight - 260lbs
    Pant Size - 22
    Shirt Size - 2x-3x
    BMI - 42

    6 Months Ago

    Weight - 230lbs
    Pant Size - 18
    Shirt Size - 1x-2x
    BMI - 37.1

    Today

    Weight - 148lbs
    Pant Size - 6
    Shirt Size - Medium
    BMI - 23.9

    I could never have imagined that I would come this far at 6 months.... To be honest there was a part of me that was afraid to believe that I'd come this far EVER. When I made my weight ticker and had to come up with a goal weight, I was tempted to put 160lbs or maybe 150lbs.... but I talked it over with my husband and he encouraged me to put what my truly desired goal was. Truthfully, I was really afraid of how I would feel if I couldn't reach that goal and wondered if it was realistic. However, here I am 6 months out from surgery and I'm only 13lbs from my very ambitious goal weight. Part of me wonders if I am going to lose more than that... I'm almost convinced I will.

    Now not everything has been peaches and cream for me. I had a slight complication after surgery, I had excessive swelling and had to get steroid shots to bring the swelling down. This condition, unfortunately, caused me to vomit the day after surgery during my leak test (More painful than I could possibly explain) and additional painful, vomiting a few days after surgery as well. But once that passed, I felt much better about my decision. Over the course of my journey, I have not tolerated many foods as most do. I have experienced frequent vomiting but it does seem to get better as time goes on. I had an endoscopy a couple weeks back and my surgeon dilated the bottom opening of my sleeve slightly, in hopes of it making it easier for foods to pass. I do believe it has helped some.

    Despite the issues I have faced and the ones I still do, this choice to take this journey has been the best decision I could have made for myself. I am not the same person I was 6 months ago. I was depressed, had low self-esteem, suffered from chronic anxiety, snored, was miserable and I took my self-hatred out on my husband too often. I look back at the person I was and can't believe I allowed myself to live that way for so long. I am sooooo much happier now. I have confidence, I am proud of myself, I feel good, I have energy, I play with my kids more, I have fun with my husband, I feel beautiful. I haven't felt this way in 10-12 years.

    So that's my story, my update. I know I need to add more pictures, it's been about 8lbs or so since I updated my after pic in my profile... 20lbs since the after pic in my avatar. I'll try to do it soon.

    I hope you all are loving your sleeve and your journey as much as I am and for those of you who are just beginning or still considering... SAY YES TO LIFE! I did and I am better, happier and healthier for it.



    Trip to NYC Dec 1, 2011 - around 270 if I had to guess
    PCP Appt. March 1, 2012 - 260 lbs
    Bariatrics March 23, 2012 - 257lbs
    Day of Surgery May 24, 2012 - 230lbs
    39 Days Post-Op July 2, 2012 - 199lbs
    247 Days Post-Op January 25, 2013 - 135lbs GOAL

    "I'd rather LIVE my life than EAT it!"


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    Gastric Sleeve Member Texas76058's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Kim
    Surgery date
    01/02/2013
    Surgeon
    Dr. Quinones
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    04-05-2014 06:07 PM
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    Texas
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    You look amazing! Congratulations!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member JennyD's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Jenny
    Surgery date
    12/18/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr Kowalski
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    02-14-2014 11:40 AM
    Location
    Independence, MO
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Great Job, and Thanks For Posting

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    Gastric Sleeve Member sarahfinlay's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    06/25/2012
    Surgeon
    Mario Almanza
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Last Activity
    11-24-2014 04:39 PM
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    You look fantastic!!!!! im right behind ya at five months out and loving every minute of this sleeve.....YAY to us...Regards...Sarah



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Its_Me's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Jill
    Surgery date
    10/22/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Oliak
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    SoCal
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Thank you for sharing your story, what an inspiration



    Start weight: 286 (8/28/12)
    Pre-op weight: 272 (10/22/12)
    Goal to weigh what my drivers license says: 225 (3/9/13)
    First goal weight: 199 (7/20/13)
    Second goal weight: 186 - 100 lbs lost ( )
    Third goal weight: 175 ( )
    Fourth goal weight: 150 ( )
    Final goal weight: remains to be seen

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    Gastric Sleeve Member sarahfinlay's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    06/25/2012
    Surgeon
    Mario Almanza
    Join Date
    May 2012
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    btw how ironic it is that we both have 13 lbs to go to goal.....great storey and all in less then 30 weeks for us both!!!!!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Harts4you's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Patti
    Surgery date
    11/29/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Jose Rodriguez
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
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    Arkansas
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    As someone who's surgery is on Thursday, all I can say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. You are such an inspiration! I have your same starting BMI,
    and wear the same size clothing as you in the beginning. You have given me so much hope for the future. Thank you for posting this and Congratultions
    on your new wonderful life. God Bless.




    " Eating is no longer my favorite hobby. Eating is for living."


    All time high 267 pounds
    Weight Pre Surgery 250 pounds
    Day of Surgery 243 pounds ///// 10 months out 181 pounds
    1st Day Home 250 pounds
    6 weeks out 225 pounds
    8 weeks out 217 pounds
    12 weeks out 208 pounds

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    Gastric Sleeve Member Jerzeegirl's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    11/07/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Wasser
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    01-25-2013 10:06 PM
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    You look terrific. Congradulations. I can't imagine such weight loss in such a short amount of time.

    I was "sleeved" on the 7th, somy journey has just begun. Was wondering if you don't mind sharing your average daily meal plan and exercise routine. I'm really struggling with protien and water intake.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Jerzeegirl's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    11/07/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Wasser
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    Oct 2012
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Good luck Thursday. Wishing a speedy recovery to you.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member jknox65's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    James
    Surgery date
    12/03/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr Dexter Turnquest
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    10-20-2014 03:22 PM
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    Cedar Rapids, IA
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Wow, that is amazing and inspirational! I in a week will have my surgery and really look forward to similar results.

    What type of workout schedule have you committed too?
    In HIM all can be,

    James
    www.jamesknox.net
    "Change is the only thing in life that is guaranteed. So I choose to embrace this change!"
    Friend me on 'My Fitness Pal'




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    Gastric Sleeve Member Brenda2012's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Brenda Laura
    Surgery date
    09/18/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr.Lara
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    Nov 2012
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    you look amazing!! hopefully I have similar results im a slow looser but any -lb is a victory atleast that's how I will see it now. I been through a lot this year and I think the best thing that has happen was getting the sleeve. Thanks for sharing reading things like this will help me push harder. If any advice that anyone can share with me please do so.
    Start weight: 280(1/1/12)
    Pre-op weight: 255(9/3/12) lost 25lbs on my own
    Surgery weight:241(9/17/12) not the best weight but I'll take it
    First goal weight: 199 ( 12/7/12) finally Onederland!!
    Second goal weight: 175 ( 5/6/13) finally after 5 mo.
    Third goal weight: 150 ( )
    Final goal weight: 140 ()or tbd


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    Gastric Sleeve Member bookwrmmom's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    Chrissy
    Surgery date
    06/25/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr. Enochs
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Last Activity
    01-20-2015 08:59 AM
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    NC
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    You look amazing, and even better is that you feel as good as you look! Keep on keeping on because I am sure you will be at goal soon!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Name
    LENORA AKA BLACKBARBIE
    Surgery date
    12/19/2012
    Surgeon
    DR.RANA
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
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    03-26-2013 08:30 AM
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    NEW JERSEY
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Thats wonderful keep up the good work!!!!!!


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    Gastric Sleeve Member foodlover's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    10/18/2012
    Surgeon
    Dr Ghulam
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    08-31-2014 07:38 PM
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Hey congrats!! You look amazing! Can I ask if you we're working out? And what kind of exercise you would do for how long etc ..... I'm really struggling with the weight loss! Also what would you eat?lol sorry for the million questions.... I'm getting very frustrated with my journey! Thanks!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member mariposa's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
    Surgery date
    10/22/2012
    Surgeon
    alley
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Last Activity
    07-01-2014 04:25 AM
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    pa
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    Default Re: 6 Months Post-op

    Great job. Very encouraging. Thank you for sharing.



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