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  1. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer
    It is nice to be in an understanding community. I don't know a single person who has had the sleeve surgery, just my virtual friends! (I guess I do have my hospital support group, but I have never found it very supporting).
    True for me too.
    I never knew someone who had a sleeve before I got the surgery, only a friend who had a bypass, and my husband's cousins who had the failing band.

    At the hospital my "support group" was only with Chinese speakers, I was the only westerner and my Chinese is terrible so no point going, beside being the focus point...

    Sometimes it does feel insulating to be facing issues alone all the time, the forum has been such a great help to communicate with fellow sleevers!
  2. Aydensmomma's Avatar
    The struggle is real!! Our situations are different but I needed to gain weight and it took over a year, but once I hit my goal of 145, I kept gaining. I was almost at 160 before I really woke up and said to myself 'If I don't stop now, I will be 255 pounds again' and I really don't want to go there. I downloaded the "lose it" app and started keeping track of calories. Because I had been eating carbs and junk my body was craving it. You just have to get through a few days of cutting the carbs and junk and then you won't want it so much. Clean out the fridge, freezer and cabinets. Get rid of the stuff you shouldn't have. I have kids and buy them snacks that I don't like so i won't eat them. Don't drink soda or sugary drinks. Track your water. If you feel hungry have small snack. Use a lunch plate for dinner. You have done it before and while at 4.5 years out we aren't going to loose as easy as we did in the beginning we still have the advantage of the sleeve. Just be strong and don't give in to the cravings. You got this!!
  3. sraebaer's Avatar
    It is nice to be in an understanding community. I don't know a single person who has had the sleeve surgery, just my virtual friends! (I guess I do have my hospital support group, but I have never found it very supporting).
  4. Ibleedblue's Avatar
    I just wanted to say thank you for the encouragement. I'm so blessed to have people that understand what I'm going thru because sometimes I feel like no one really understands ❤
  5. kenson's Avatar
    As others have said, dig out your old sleeve "bible." Get back to basics! Empty your house of anything that will make you overeat. Start weighing and measuring your food. Use any of the food apps that are out there that will help you. Like Sharon, I've returned to WW when I regained and its been so helpful to me. Stay vigilant and mindful of what you are eating.
  6. sraebaer's Avatar
    Sorry you've been so sick and happy you're on the mend. Instead of Keto why not dig out your old materials and eat how a sleeved person should? I too am maintaining, and basically do the sleeve diet with the help of Weight Watchers to help me track. I call it tracking for dummies. (I was a lifetime member way back in the day). Everyone somehow finds what works for them. But everyone does something, the weight just doesn't magically stay away. Good luck, you can do it! You've taken the first step by acknowledging the gain.
  7. Sandra3's Avatar
    Hi there,

    A lot to say here. I also had a big regain with meds. What treatment did you follow? I know for me, antibiotics and even worth, prednisone, make me gain A LOT. +30 pounds in 4 month 1/2, and it's hard to lose it, even after stopping the treatment.

    My advice would be first to have a blood test to make sure you are not deficient in something (iron deficient or anemia give me awful cravings) and make sure anyway you continue to take your vitamins every day. That blood test should be a full panel, checking the thyroid is important when your weight move that fast.

    Second, empty your house from any temptation. If it's not there it won't go in your mouth.

    Third go to bed early with a book and don't get up.

    And most important, track your food daily, keto is great for many but you might not be able to eat that much fat, low carb moderate fat should do the trick.

    Don't lose hope, and try to focus on good healthy food, your sleeve is still there to help you!

    Take care
  8. Dutchie's Avatar
    So sorry to hear about your struggles.
    I can't help you, I am only 2,5 years out, but I am sure someone here will give you some guidance.
    All I know is that you did it before and you sure can do it again!
    All I can (and will) do is cheer you on.
    Good luck!
  9. matto's Avatar
    Congratulations and thank you for sharing.
  10. Ann2's Avatar
    jerzeygirl, thank you. And double goes back to you on all fronts -- since you're twice as far out as I am. HUGE respect to you!
  11. sraebaer's Avatar
    Go you! For me maintenance is just a matter of weighing myself every morning. That way if I'm up a pound, I'm more careful that day and it's gone. I don't want to stay off the scale for months and then have a big surprise (which could easily happen to any of us who started out large). Of course I eat healthy, that's just become a habit.
  12. Christie13's Avatar
    Happy surgiversary Leah! Glad to hear you hear you are happily maintaining!!
  13. KiwiGal's Avatar
    Congratulations. Truly inspiring for those of us just starting out.
  14. jerzeygirl's Avatar
    Congratulations, and continued success! Maintenance can be a challenge for some, but for me it's a constant accountability to me and my sleeve. I honor it and even though I'm almost 7 years post op, have kept off the weight. I actually recently gained about 8-10 pounds, went back to basics dropped 14 pounds and am a "happy camper". I love the life and it's great to hear happy people posting positive comments!
    Thanks for taking the time!

    Ann, you're amazing and a great source of motivation and information; thanks for sticking around!
  15. Ann2's Avatar
    Hi, Leah. Good to hear from you. You are doing wonderfully!

    FYI, I'm 3.5 years out and maintaining well. Weighed 130 this morning.

    This surgery changed my life, too. So happy you are doing so very well.

    Don't be a stranger.
  16. Stacey03's Avatar
    Congrats!!! So good :-)
  17. Ann2's Avatar
    For EVERYONE who's struggling with overeating while you're in maintenance ... why are you NOT in therapy?

    I know that sounds harsh. I don't mean for it to. I simply mean that if we don't change our old ways of letting food control us, we will soon be overweight (or even obese) again.

    But here's the rub: Almost everyone who struggles with weight maintenance will NOT be able to control / change their behavior without significant support to learn new ways of responding to food and to changing their lifestyle permanently.

    If will power alone could have solved our issues with food, everyone here would have resolved their issues pre-op. But we didn't.

    "If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got." That includes struggling alone (without support or resources) and hiding in shame.

    Absolutely no one here gets extra points for trying to resolve these kinds of issues without the support of a therapist. I'm not even sure if anyone who struggles with these issues can be successful long-term on their own.

    The long-term coaching my therapist has provided over the last three years to help me focus on the long-term prize (building and maintaining a healthy body by building and following a healthy lifestyle) has helped tremendously.
  18. Sandra3's Avatar
    The start tomorrow thing was for me the "before sleeve" yoyo diet. At some point I realized that tomorrow was starting today and I made peace with myself and the food I ate or didn't eat. Meaning that portion control is really what helps me the most today, I'd rather have one square of dark chocolate and feel ok instead of trying to resist the call, be frustrated and then eat later five squares.
    So far so good..but I still keep lots of "temptations" out of the house and have been for at least five years. That way it's easier for everyone.
  19. bigdogluver's Avatar
    "The biggest thing for me is i start out the day eating well but then i stumble and figure well Ill eat what i want today and start again tomorrow then i go out of my way to eat things i will miss when i eat healthy again."

    This perfectly sums up my binging behavior. It could happen at any time of the day but normally at night when everyone is in bed. Thanks for bringing this to the light, I've felt so ashamed for so long and to know others understand and have experienced this behavior makes me feel not so alone. Breaking this behavior is my #1 goal and my #1 problem.
  20. Nenekidd's Avatar
    If , you can exercise do it, That's my problem, an achilles sprang. but if you can walk that is the best medicine.good luck,you can do it!
  21. BAMR's Avatar
    Girl we could be twins. i am 10 months out and have been slipping into bad habits. i need to step up my exercise and refocus on me. Sounds like you will get back on track as well. Hang in there. You are not alone. thank you for this post. it shows me, I am not alone either.
  22. Christie13's Avatar
    I am glad you are seeing a therapist. It is definitely useful for binge eaters. Also, catching the weight gain early and getting it under control is key. I would try going back to basics for a while to kick that sugar habit. And definitely some exercise if you are not doing any. Good luck!
  23. Katrina's Avatar
    I know exactly what you mean about going ahead and finishing out the day eating all the things you are going to miss when you get back on track "tomorrow." I play that game a lot.
  24. elle77's Avatar
    I had to start planning out my meals. I'm only 5 months out and I don't want to fall into old habits so I'm really trying to make sure I get in what I''m supposed to. You're taking the right steps to get back on track!
  25. yolymarie's Avatar
    I think if you increase your exercise a little it will help you feel better. Do not get to down on yourself.. it does not help. Just recommit and move forward. You can do this!
  26. Shirl's Avatar
    Two books I highly recommend are: Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole, and the Appetite Awareness Workbook by Linda Craighead.

    The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, and therapy is the second best gift you can give yourself after VSG.

    Make time to take care of you! It's never ending.
  27. JLPSch's Avatar
    I understand how you feel! It some ways it gets harder then longer you're out for surgery, but I like to think that the longer it goes, the more you need to be aware of your habits. Sounds like you're making great changes; therapy is a great thing! Best wishes!
  28. Notoriousbig's Avatar
    You didn't mention exercise? When I travel, just about every Hotel has a fitness room with at least a treadmill to walk on...or even going on long walks wherever your staying. Exercise or movement can mitigate a bit of the eating issue and for me at least, it keeps me on point because I only want to eat things that help my body to stay fit. Just some thoughts...and go get em!=)
  29. JennK's Avatar
    I think you should enjoy the party.. Like jennifermeske said.. enjoy the few bites you can eat, have that drink, and enjoy the party. You worked hard. Enjoy your life.. If you gain a pound or two, who cares, you are happy, and can burn that the next week!! You made this change for you, not others Try to enjoy life as much as possible Hugs
  30. jennifermeske's Avatar
    Hon, you should have just had a drink or two, and ate whatever awesome food you wanted to (it would not have been much), hitting the gym this week with a little more fervor. You'd be much happier right now. You've succeeded but will fluctuate in water weight throughout your life, enjoy the journey within reason, you'll be much happier and more at peace with who you have become. Congrats on getting to goal, I never made it to goal and gained 10 pounds back but I have no struggle with enjoying where I am at, just the opposite, I eat and drink whatever I want, probably being one of those ladies so happy to be eating and drinking and merry making, but I've had the sleeve and love the fact that I can only eat minimal amounts of food. I hit the gym 4-5 times a week, and this helps, plus i'm still in a 6/8/10, depending on the fit of the style. I understand the battle, even through menopause, which is a whole different level of challenge, but life is to short to suffer and be miserable. Next time eat those 4 nachos (you'll be full after that), have that glass of wine (with lots of ice) and celebrate the victory you have won, you've earned it! Come Monday, back on the battleground (gym, water, leaner food, etc). Don't get bitter in this process, get better in attitude... enjoy your life, your food, your hubby, your wine... Just balance it, you'll have more joy
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