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    Gastric Sleeve Member simplyseahorse's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    06/11/2018
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    Dr. Motamarry
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    Default First Surgiversary

    I never thought I would get to this day, yet here it is. One year ago at this time, I had just come out of the OR. I was nauseated beyond belief but not in too much pain. I woke up with alcohol wipes under my nose and a fan blowing in my face. The nausea hung around a lot longer for me, resulting in a 5 day stay in the hospital instead of the customary 1 night, but it was ok. It worked out. Other than the terrible potassium shots that I would not recommend, it wasn't too bad at all.

    The days after were a little rougher - it hurt to move around but I needed to. My head and hormones were all messed up and I wondered what the hell I had done to myself. This didn't last long either. Before long, I was home from my parents' house, walking up and down the stairs, walking my dog, and going back to work.

    Over this past year, I learned that I am braver and stronger than I thought. I have more will-power than I imagined. I have had to deal with my own inner struggle with that fat girl who lives inside of my brain. But slowly and surely, I have come out of my shell. How nice to cross my legs, shop in the regular clothing section, not be scared that I would break a stool or a plastic chair!

    Also over the past year, because I came to really believe in and love myself, I have found a gift greater than I ever imagined. I have found love again. He never knew the "fat" me, but he says I was beautiful then too. He roots for me, he celebrates every change in clothes size but also says that I am beautiful inside and out. My mind tells me that it is my body that made this man look at me, and I guess even though it shouldn't be that way, it is just a fact of life. But my heart tells me that he sees all of me - the skinny outside, and the still sometimes fat inside. I am learning that it's ok when she (the fat girl inside) rears her head - she was the boss for a long time, and even she is getting used to the new me.

    From 267 lb to 149.8 lb, steady for the past 6 months at 160 or below (my goal weight), I am now engaged to be married in the spring of next year.

    Anybody who wonders if this surgery is worth it - listen to what the people here tell you. It works if you work it. The payoff is unbelievable, but it is a lifelong change. Be committed and you will reap the rewards. Hugs and love to all!!!!!!


    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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    Gastric Sleeve Member Ann2's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Ann2
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    08/18/2014
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    n.a.
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    What a GREAT first surgiversary post.




    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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    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Annie
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    Dr. Ryan Heider
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    So very very happy for both of you! And just keep on!
    [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 2 YR = 136.00

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    Gastric Sleeve Member Dutchie's Avatar
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Congrats on your first surgiversary!
    Doesn't time fly?
    I love this post, it is so inspirational!

    And look at you, getting married!
    Congratulations!
    I'm sure you will choose a beautiful dress and look so gorgeous on your wedding day.

    I wish you continued succes with your sleeve and lots of happiness!
    English is not my first language anymore, 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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    Gastric Sleeve Member WANAGL's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Cyndi
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Happy first surgiversary!

    Thank you for your post. You’re living proof that it works when you live it.

    I’m so happy for you and your fiancÚ.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member simplyseahorse's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    06/11/2018
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    Dr. Motamarry
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Thanks to you all!!!!!


    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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    Gastric Sleeve Member meggieprice's Avatar
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Congratulations!
    What a difference a year makes!


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    Gastric Sleeve Member EllisM80's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Michelle
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    Dr. Clifford Black
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    I am 8 months post-op today and I hope that my 1 year is as encouraging as yours is. Congratulations on your engagement!




    HW: 315 lbs (2008) Maintained at 296 until 2015.
    SW: 255 lbs (10/11/18)
    1 mth post op: 229 -26lbs
    8 weeks post op 213 -42lbs
    3 month post op 197 -58lbs (at home)
    3 month post op appt 196 -59 lbs (1/28/19)
    6 month post op 171 -84 (4/11/19)

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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    It seems like we just met you. So happy life is going so well for you. I love how you realize this process isn't about just your weight, there are a lot more important things! Congrats on your Surgiversary!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
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    Stephanie Ulmer
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Fantastic post.

    Particularly these bits.

    "Over this past year, I learned that I am braver and stronger than I thought."
    "Also over the past year, because I came to really believe in and love myself"
    "It works if you work it. The payoff is unbelievable, but it is a lifelong change. Be committed and you will reap the rewards."

    Congratulations!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member JessNP's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Dr Shillingford
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Wow!!! So very happy for you! What a wonderful post and and so inspiring for those of us just starting out on our journey. Thanks for being here and for sharing your story!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Mmeghan's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    10/18/2018
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    Jorge Maytorena
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    This is all amazing to read. Congrats on the engagement you sound so happy!



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Dr. Foreman
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    What a lovely post, it made me smile. Congratulations on your 1 Year Anniversary. You've done an amazing job and I so happy for you. May you have continued success in happiness for the remainder of your long days! Well done.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Sandra3's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Sandra
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    Dr W
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    Default Re: First Surgiversary

    Such a great post!! and congrats on your engagement!

    This surgery is truly life changing!! I'm reading a lot of studies about bariatric surgery and the consequences, it's too bad that most studies focus on addiction, depression, suicide, divorce etc...when for many people their is a change indeed but for the best!! I actually never saw a study about how people get married after the sleeve, that would be really interesting...


    HW : 150 kgs
    09/02/2014 : 142 /1st apt
    01/20/2016 : 134 /surgery
    01/30/2016 : 130 /1st post-op
    02/27/2016 : 126 /2nd
    04/23/2016 : 118 /3rd
    07/16/2016 : 109 / 4th
    10/01/2016 : 103 /5th
    01/21/2017 : 98 /1 year post-op
    February 2017 : 100 lbs lost
    07/22/2017 : 96
    10/21/2017 : 93
    12/22/2017 : 91
    01/02/2018 : 96!! regain (medication)

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