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    Gastric Sleeve Member Gvn71's Avatar
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    Thumbs up Two years!

    Where to begin? Haven't been in here much, but wanted to stop by and say hello and let you know where I am and how I'm doing. I come in occasionally and read a bit, but haven't really had much time to post.


    Iíve actually been working on this post for a few weeks, typed it a few different ways and then got sick (The FLU SUCKS) this past week and didnít get back to any final edits until today. So, I apologize if this is long winded, or just plain nonsensical!

    TWO YEARS! What an amazing ride it has been. Itís been easy, hard, exhausting, life altering, enlightening, depressing, and euphoric all in one! Sometimes all in the same day.

    Things Iíve learned:

    1. Find a plan that works for you, for your body and stick to it. Not every plan will work for you and not every Doctor is going to have the right plan for you. Work the plan they give you, but if it isnít working then being ready to adapt and change to something that is going to work. For me, carbs are bad. If I eat more than 40 Ė 50 grams a day I will gain weight with a few exceptions. Equally as tough is high fat doesnít agree with me. So high protein / low carb / low fat is the roadmap of the future for me. You may be able to do it differently, but I know what works for me. I can be a little opinionated about carbs at times, but I speak from personal experience so take it for what it is worth.

    2. Donít waste that precious first year. Iíve been known to refer to this as the Magic Sleeve Phase. Work your sleeve as hard as you possibly can during that first year. Maximize your success by working hard and it will pay off. Most people will lose weight during this phase regardless of what you eat. Obviously if your eating 5000 calories a day you wonít lose, but if you reduce calories and eat crap (carbs, high fat) you will still lose. The problem is, this phase will end, and youíll be stuck. Eating crap will inevitably result in regain.

    3. Figure out the elusive ďRelationship with FoodĒ equation before itís too late. Iíd say, figure it out before surgery, but that isnít realistic. Know that you need to figure it out, recognize that it is a crucial part of the journey and you are a little bit ahead of the curve, but only a little bit. The what, how much, and why we eat is a huge part of this. If anyone can figure it out for the rest of us, write a book, get an infomercial, youíre going to make millions!

    4. Recognize that losing weight during the first year is easy! Itís losing the extra weight after that first year, or maintaining at your goal weight that is really hard. Things I could eat during the first year now cause weight gain. I have to be really careful about portion control now that I am 2 years out. This really started for me at around 18 months. Old habits die hard, and old eating habits creep back into your diet. Old eating habits = regain! Donít trick yourself with the common and often posted ďeverything in moderationĒ excuse. Candy (substitute any poor food choice here) today that doesnít result in weight gain will equal more candy a week later, which equals more candy and more candy which = REGAIN! Trust me, Iím not saying I havenít done it, Iím just saying recognize where it leads before you find yourself on that road. We are all human, and we all are going to have tough days.

    5. Exercise! You have to! Any healthy lifestyle includes exercise in addition to a good balanced diet. No good Doctor will ever tell you that you donít need to exercise. People who are less than one year out and brag about never exercising need to read number 2 again!

    6. Log your food for the rest of your life. I know I am only 2 years out and may be fat again in 2 or 3 years, but I might not just as easy. I log my food every day and try to log food before it goes in my mouth. It keeps me honest, and it makes me think about my food decisions before I canít reverse them. It doesnít work all the time (again, we are only human) but if it keeps me from making a crappy food decision 50 % of the time than itís a good thing!

    Now for the numbersÖ.

    HW Ė 320
    SW Ė 291
    GW Ė 205
    CW Ė 180 (Unreal)

    The photos speak for themselves. I am in the best shape I have ever been in my life, and thoroughly enjoy exercise and physical competition. I found running to be wildly therapeutic at around 5 Ė 6 weeks post surgery and have never looked back. My passion for running turned into a passion for triathlons which has led me to amazing personal accomplishments. I always wanted to run an Ironman Triathlon and 2020 will be my year (Bring on IM Lake Placid 2020!)! This coming year I will compete in two Ĺ Ironman Triathlons (IMCT 70.3 and IMLP 70.3) and a full marathon in preparation for 2020.

    I LOVE my sleeve! This surgery saved my life!

    There really is so much more to tell, but this post is long enough (too long actually)! Any questions post here and Iíll answer as many as I can!

    GET AFTER IT!
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    LOVING MY NEW LIFE!!!!

    "Never take life to seriously, no one gets out alive anyway!"

    Remember, in this thing, it's a good thing to be a loser!




    High Weight - 317
    Pre Surgery Weight - 291
    Current Weight - 181 OMG
    Target Weight -205 That's right, 205!!!!


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    GNV71, what a wonderful post. I'm at 18 months, and really echo what you said about how you eat after that first year. I got a bit wild over Christmas with the grandkids, and did sugar cookies (not a whole pan, just 1 or 2) but it was very difficult to not want to continue to eat sweet things or buttery things. My goal weight (130) is pretty sustainable, as long as I log what I eat (ahead of time) and hit my step number, I stay between 128-130. I got down to 122, but my face looked quite haggard, and at 66 that's not my aspiration, lol.

    Congratulations on the triathilon. What a great goal! Thanks for sharing.
    [I]HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 18 MO = 129.0

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    Wow Glenn! You are an inspiration to us all.
    What a great informative post.
    You have really made the most of your sleeve and are rocking your new healthy life.
    Love it!



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    Oh, Glenn! What a beautiful, beautiful post!

    Everybody who's a newbie or lurking -- please know that Glenn is telling it to you straight here.

    I'm also a little selfishly glad to see somebody else stickin' up for us meal planners and trackers. Four and a half years post-op, I'm still on that train, too. And I still weigh 100 pounds less than I did pre-op.

    But this is about YOU. You have accomplished so, so much for yourself, your family, and others who now see you as a beacon of hope. And that's what you are -- proof that lives can change incredibly for the better.

    Congratulations on all your success. And deep respect for everything you have accomplished!

    Ann



    Consult: 235 lbs
    My and doc's preop diet: 216 -19 lbs
    M1 postop 205 -30
    M2 193 -42
    M3 184 -51
    M4 174 -61
    M5 167 -68
    M6 162 -73
    M7 156 -79
    M8 151 -84
    M9 148 -87
    M10 146 -89
    M11 144 -91
    M12 143 -92
    M13 142 -93
    M14 140 -95
    M15 139 -96
    M16 137 -98
    M17 135 -100

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    Default Re: Two years!

    Yayyy glenn, so wonderful. Good advice for us!! Yes! You are always and inspiration :-)


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    Glenn Thank You

    You Know this has come along at such a relevant time for me.
    I am 11 months post-op and this was on my mind for the last 2 weeks.
    Why the honeymoon period seems to be over.

    I am Hungry morning noon and night for the last 10 days or so.

    I am aware that something has changed.
    Its down to me now!
    So I have been figuring out what's missing in my diet.
    I too track everything!

    Is it this or that? I asked myself.
    I added more protein in different varieties.
    Trying to keep the hunger at bay.

    I added more fluids if that's possible I made it happen.
    No, regain of weight yet but My intuition is telling me to PAY ATTENTION NOW!

    May I congratulate you on your physical transformation.
    You Look so well and Healthy and promote a sense of self-care that is outstanding.

    I always ask for something I can learn to come to me when I most need it and this week I did just that.

    Thank You!
    YOU! provided the information that I needed confirming.

    I think I know what I have to do.

    Amazing Photos and you look like a different person May I say Youthful to You?

    I am Inspired.
    That's a great Gift that you can give to people think I am going to plan and track a few more new things into my routine.

    All The Best to you.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann2 View Post
    Oh, Glenn! What a beautiful, beautiful post!

    Everybody who's a newbie or lurking -- please know that Glenn is telling it to you straight here.

    I'm also a little selfishly glad to see somebody else stickin' up for us meal planners and trackers. Four and a half years post-op, I'm still on that train, too. And I still weigh 100 pounds less than I did pre-op.

    But this is about YOU. You have accomplished so, so much for yourself, your family, and others who now see you as a beacon of hope. And that's what you are -- proof that lives can change incredibly for the better.

    Congratulations on all your success. And deep respect for everything you have accomplished!

    Ann
    Miss Ann, me too! I have to track my food - I need visual accountability. And the ability to immediately make an adjustment if something changes in a way I don't like! I weigh daily. I no longer let the number decide whether its a good day or a bad day but I do let it help me decide if I need more protein or water or whatever. I also figure out whether I'm tired, thirsty or bored...

    GLENN has totally blow it away!
    [I]HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 18 MO = 129.0

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    Thank you Glenn for this wonderful inspiring post.
    You did, and are still doing, so well!
    And you are so right: de really hard work starts after the honeymoon.
    Those first 1-2 years are easy. keeping the weight of is an entirely other ball game.
    No doubt in my mind you will nail that too!

    Like more people here, I also still weigh (myself and my foods), track and record.
    Exercise could be better though...
    English is not my first language, so I may and do make mistakes in my spelling, or say things oddly. Please ask me, if you want any clarifications.



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    Congrats Glenn! You always continue to inspire. What a great post. Cheers!



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