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    Gastric Sleeve Member dackn8tr's Avatar
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    Default 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Ok, here I am, 1 year post op loving my sleeve and wanting to share what I’ve learned along the way …

    First the Facts
    ** Beginning weight November 2011 - 277lbs in a size 24 pants and a 2X or 3X shirt
    ** Surgery weight May 2012 – 236 in a size 18 pants and 2X or 1X shirt
    ** 1 Year anniversary May 2103 – 160 lbs, size 10 pants and a 1X or Large shirt (this will change once I say goodbye to my “batwings”!!)

    Lessons Learned
    1. Choosing to have this surgery was not only imperative for me and my health, I realized it is a courageous step we all take! This surgery isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely a viable option and if you know in your heart it’s for you then go for it, you’ll be amazed!!
    2. The pre-op diet sucks HARD but you’ll survive it! Once your body realizes you’re not trying to kill yourself it will adjust so just hang in there, the end is in sight!
    3. After surgery the hardest thing for me has been getting in all of my protein and liquid each day, especially in that first 2 weeks when I was on strictly liquids and yogurts. It’s very important to do your best to get in that protein even though the shakes might taste like crap, this is the only fuel you’re getting to keep your body going at this stage and you don’t want to get sick because you’re not taking care of yourself!!
    4. IT GETS EASIER!!! As the weeks go by and you get to incorporate in normal foods it all gets easier. When you see the scale moving like wildfire that really makes it easier to keep at it! When you’ve reached or almost reached your goal it’s easier to keep making the healthy choices if you remember where you started and knowing you NEVER want to feel that way again!
    5. Stalls happen no matter what you do to avoid them. Stop weighing yourself for a few days, watching those numbers stay the same day after day is detrimental to your mental health!!! Let your body catch up and it will break, just keep doing what you’re suppose to and it will happen!
    6. Listen to your stomach, it has to be in charge – even at year out! If you think you just can’t take another bite of that delicious meal, don’t ~ you’ll regret it!! If you take a couple bites and your stomach “flips” on you, it doesn’t like that food and you need to move onto something else – this is frustrating but you’ll make yourself sick if you try to continue!
    7. Enjoy your success, you’re absolutely worth all of this hard work and sacrifice!
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    November 3, 2011 - First Visit to Bariatric Center 277 lbs
    May 1, 2012 - Start pre-op diet 251 lbs
    May 22, 2012 - Surgery weight 236 lbs
    May 22, 2013 - 1 year anniversary 160 lbs

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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Thank you so much for your update and encouragement!

    You rocked that sleeve! Good job! and congrats.
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Thank you! Just the post I needed to read today! Congrats to you on your success and hard work!
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Well Said!!! I couldn't agree more!! Congratulations!!!
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Thanks for sharing, congrats on reaching your goal!
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    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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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Loving your words as I leave for my surgery!! Today is my day for my journey to start! Thank you for your insight and sharing!
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    214 First day of liquid diet (heaviest) 5/6/13
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    196 Day of Surgery 5/22/13
    190 First Goal weight 6/2/13
    170 Second Goal weight 8/26/13
    150 Third Goal weight
    135 Last Goal weight.. someday (weight the day I met my husband)

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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Congratulations on all of your success, and thanks for the words of wisdom!
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    Starting Weight, 1/30/13: 317 pounds
    Day of Surgery, 4/29/13: 310 pounds

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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    I absolutely LOVE 1 year post op posts! This was so informative and very encouraging... Congratulations on your success!!!!
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Congrats on hard work has certainly paid off! Keep up the good work
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Great Post, thank you and Congratulations!!!!
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    Thanks so much for the update! You have filled me with hope!
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Very well said, Congratulations on your one year post-op!
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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Congratulations on a job well done. Yes the sleeve is an amazing tool but you are the one who did all the hard work. GFY!
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    Highest weight 440 lbs. lowest weight 9.5 lbs at birth
    Date of surgery weight 340
    12 week checkup 301 BMI <50 yeah!
    Weight on birthday 3/24/48 Goal 285 would be nice.

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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    It's nice to see that me at 6 months have pretty much the same feelings and observations at 1 year out... Great Job on your success (I just posted this week my 6 month review)
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    Lifetime rules
    Weigh myself daily - to keep thescale from going back up!!
    Use food scale
    Use smaller dishes

    BMI: 38.3 Weight: 230 - Heaviest 2009
    BMI: 37.4 Weight: 225 - Pre-Op 11/01/2012
    BMI: 30.8 Weight: 185 - 90 days Post-Op 02/16/2013
    BMI: 28.0 Weight: 168 - 6 months Post-Op 5/17/2013
    BMI: 25.2 Weight: 156 - 11 months Post-Op 10/17/2013
    GOAL is: BMI 25 Weight 155

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    Default Re: 1 year post-op!!! :)

    Ty Danniele, great post! And congrats. Think you've said it all!
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