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    Hello to all,
    I've been to the orientation, the psyc evaluation, and this week, I'm going to a two-hour orientation with the surgeon and nutritionist...so I don't have a surgery date yet. I turn 60 this Sunday; I'm ready to finally get and stay healthy. I've been on WW for two months and I've lost 20lbs (this is my third time losing with WW.) I'm just feeling scared and excited at the same time.

    What are my biggest fears right now? Will the surgeon consider my 20lbs already lost toward the 10% of my body weight? I'm afraid of leaving my old friend food. I'm afraid I'll be sick all the time. I'm super afraid of losing my hair. Right now, those are the things on my mind. If anyone has words of wisdom, please do share. I'd love to become a part of this community.

    All my best,
    Marilynn



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    Hi, welcome here.
    Isn't this exiting?
    You are about to become healthier than you have been for probably a long time.
    You will be able to eat anything you want, but just in smaller portions.
    Not pizza every day, you will have to learn to choose healthier options than that, but you do want to get healthy, isn't it?
    So, no problem there.
    You are not leaving your old friend food, you just make choices, like you learned at the WW.

    I have never been sick, and I don't know many people that are actually.
    It certainly is not the norm.

    And about loosing your hair, you may or may not loose much hair, but don't worry, it will grow back.
    Small price to pay for getting healthy, isn't it?

    I don't know about the procedures in the US, so I can't answer your question about the surgeon, sorry.
    I am sure someone will know that, there are many wonderful and lovely people here, that can and will help with all the questions you may have.
    Good luck to you!
    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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    Hi and welcome

    Happy birthday for Sunday :-)

    This is such an exciting time for you.

    Re your fears.....Can't comment on the weight loss so far as I'm in New Zealand and was self pay.
    Food is not your enemy. You will want to give your new body the best nutrition available and will make great choices based on your surgeon and nutritionists. Your tastes may change after surgery - mine did - and I now look forward to healthy yummy meals.
    I have been sick a couple of times. This was very early on and due to eating too fast - you soon learn to slow down :-) - and I have found out that my stomach no longer tolerates fresh salmon for some reason.
    I had some hair loss at between months 3-6. No one noticed except me and it grew back without any problems.

    The benefits that I now have far outweigh (good pun!) these small hiccups. I am 60kgs lighter than I started out and am maintaining well. I am happier, healthier and have so much more energy than I ever have. I'm 56 and am running around with our 7 grandchildren without a second thought.....and buying clothes is so much fun now! I love my new life.

    Embrace this tool and you will not believe how great your life will be.

    Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.



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    I'm 18 months out, and happy and healthy! Way more healthy than prior to surgery. Way more active. i eat what I want -- but MY rules are protein first, don't worry about healthy fats and very moderate carbs preferably in salad or lovely vegetables. On an occasion a literal "bite" of mashed potatoes, or a celebratory dessert. It works! the sleeve is a toold that works when you works it.

    I have been sick; if I eat too fast (which I still do once in a while) or don't hear that stop feeling, which you learn to recognize, I get toad froth or throw up. But I'm learning, like Pavlov's dog.

    I had some hair loss, but my doctor felt it was more from two surgeries the same day plus having to get two units of blood. I had a mior surgical complication, but still went home after 2 days and didn't need pain killers. So hooray.

    I have one regret -that I didn't do it 12 years ago.
    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
    15 MO = 130.0
    16 MO = 125.0

    "WE ARE ALL JUST WALKING EACH OTHER HOME" - Ram Dass[/COLOR]



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    WW is pretty much how you will be eating. You'll have your protein first, then veggies, then good carbs if you're still hungry. I'm actually doing WW now as a Lifetime member because it helps keep me on track with maintenance.

    You won't be leaving your friend food. You will be learning how to eat healthier, but you will be able to have a little of anything in moderation. (I recently had my one Cadbury Egg for the Easter season. No more until next year. I used to eat them by the 5 pack).

    I was NEVER sick. Never threw up, not once.

    Most of us only lose such a small amount of hair you can't even notice it. So you're probably worrying about nothing.

    Instead of worrying, get excited about being a healthy, regular-sized person. It is priceless. (And so much fun!)



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    I turned 60 in October and had my sleeve Feb 1, 2019. I too was scared and somewhat intimidated. I still enjoy food, just more picky and know when I get full to stop. I have not been sick at all...not even immediately post op. Surgery was not as bad as I imagined it might be. I lost 30 pounds before surgery...it actually helps the surgery go smoother with fewer complications. I think the preop weight loss helped me not to be nauseated, etc after surgery. I have lost some hair...my hair is very thick to begin with. Have been taking Biotin gummies, along with my regular vitamin gummies and I think it is helping. I understand it is easy to hear others' horror stories and get scared, but I would do it all over again. I started at 272, close to your starting weight. I am at 227 now. Weight came off very fast at first and has slowed down now. But it didn't go on overnight and it isn't going to come off overnight. I just keep doing/trying to do the right things everyday--eating and exercising, drinking lots of water, no pop, etc. You can do it. I am living proof.



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    I was just sleeved 2/25. I'm 58. Wanted to welcome you. I'm just starting pureed food. So far so good. The hardest part so far has been slowing down when eating and sipping. I have read from others that did loose some hair, it thickened back up. I don't really miss food. I had cut way back before surgery, so I'm used to going without for now. I'll let you know if it changes.



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    I too had surgery, february 25 and am getting use to how I feel when full. I have thrown up a couple of times because I over did it, but I think I know now when to push the plate away. Ive lost 14 pounds since and although I can't eat much, i'm satisfied.



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    Hi and welcome. For my two cents' worth - I am 51 and had my surgery last June. I have now lost 111 lbs. I reached my goal weight in December and have maintained it (actually have lost a bit more) for the last 3 months. I have gotten sick 3 times - and all 3 times it was when I was with other people and not paying attention to how fast I was eating. I eat pretty much what I want, but I find I don't want the same foods. I always go with protein first and then see what else I am able to eat. It is pretty easy now. Every once in a while I will crave chocolate, so I have some of those miniature hershey bars on hand. A couple of those and I am done. At around 4 months, I noticed that I was shedding some hair. It lasted about two weeks and then it stopped. I don't have any noticeable thin spots or anything like that. The hardest thing for me is the not drinking for 30 minutes before and after a meal - especially when eating out. I know some people have said that they can do it, but I can't. I just don't order a drink at all and move my water away from me until after I have finished eating. At home I don't get a drink until I am taking my dishes back to the kitchen. It is all worth it - I was scared of the same things. There are a lot of great people here who will be here every step of the way if you let them.


    I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist but I have never practiced in the areas of bariatrics or weight loss. I am happy to offer ideas or tips, but please follow your own Nutritionist's advice - she is the expert in the area.

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    Are you still here Marilynn?
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    Hello,
    I'm so new to this site; I hope all of you who took time to share your experiences with me can see this. I have been in Las Vegas celebrating my 60th birthday with my adult kids and a few friends, but while I was there I got notices that yet another awesome person has responded to my "first post." It really motivated me to stay on track with my WW plan, so thank you for that. Everyone covered my concerns. Thank you all for taking time and spending it on me. I promise to do the same someday when I can. I look forward to following all of you.
    Gratefully,
    Marilynn



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    O wow, Las Vegas!
    That is still on my bucket list.
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    Las Vegas is fun. I hope you can check it off of your bucket list



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