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    Gastric Sleeve Member NellyBelly's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Can exercising be fun?

    Oh, Yes it can!

    Pre-op I had a plan and a hope of a more active lifestyle. 4 month post-op I went to the local gym and signed up, and even got myself a personal trainer. That is the second best investment ever (having the sleeve is the best). My PT has not only believed in me, but made me believe I actually can do all the exercises, and that my body will be able to do it. And she has created enough variety for me so I don't get bored, which has been an issue before.

    So, twice a week I build muscles and train strength. I thought I would never like it, but I actually do. I like that my body responds, and that I am actually getting stronger, more fit - and more toned. But I also had a goal that I would be able to run.

    I have always liked to go for walks and hikes in nature, but I have had the idea that running would combine that joy of nature with exercise. Well, I have been running a little bit every week, Just small steps. Baby steps and baby distance. In May i completed my first 5K in an organized run, but I had to stop and walk a dozen times. The time I used to complete has been a measure for me to check my improvement. I will participate in another run in just a few weeks from now, and I am practicing.

    A few days ago I decided to check if I was able to run 5K without stopping, and what my time was. And guess what - I actually ran 5K! No stops, and the only hard part was the last kilometer (from 4 to 5). The happiness and joy of actually being able to run is fantastic, and I really love that while I am running I run off all worries, problems, weariness, life struggles etc - and the feeling afterwords is awesome.

    And as I continue to loose weight it will be easier to run as well. I can't wait to see where I am at next spring when the running season starts after a long winter. My plan for the winter is to ski (cross-country) to maintain endurance.

    Bottom line - it is all worth it!




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    Gastric Sleeve Member Dutchie's Avatar
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    Simonne
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    Dr. Pablo Enriquez Valens
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Thank you for this lovely post!
    I am so happy for you that you found your way of getting your exercise in.
    I loved running, but due to some physical problems I don't run anymore, but I still do a lot of walking and hiking.
    I love walking and hiking, so I found the exercise I love.
    It is so important to find some sort of exercise you really, really love, isn't it?
    That way you'll probably stick to it.
    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 Sandra3's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Congrats on your success!
    It is so nice to be able to rediscover your body, be more mobile and having so much stamina! It was my favorite thing post-sleeve, walk more and more, being able to scrub the entire house from floor to ceiling before our last move was the best victory!! for once in 25 years I didn't have to hire a crew before the move, I had to do that for each move before! and we moved like 13 times...

    Exercise does help a lot, to build more lean mass/muscle, but also to rediscover that new body, it's new size etc.
    Try to enjoy a massage if you can, it's also a nice way to enjoy the sleeve success!Massages did help me a lot!


    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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    Gastric Sleeve Member WANAGL's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Cyndi
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Thanks for your positive post ;-)

    Congrats on your 5K success! By next running season, you’ll be in the lead!

    It’s such a blessing to be able to enjoy exercise again. It gives me a happy boost ;-) I was a dance teacher for years and missed the isometrics and dancing...now I do them daily again. And I love to walk. I walk 5 miles 2x a day.

    I will say over and over again...This is one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. My only regret is that I waited.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Tamera2's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    I’m always excited when I see people learning that exercise indeed can be fun. Another fun winter sport to add is snow shoeing. It’s like hiking while walking above the snow. I love it as well has both cross and downhill skiing. Another fun sport you might enjoy is trail running. It is so much fun. Good luck with your training. Thanks for your post and Congratulations on your success.
    Highest weight- 288 / Wt at Surgery 268
    1 month 236 -29lbs 2 month 214 -22lbs 3 month 206 -08lbs 4 month 196 -10lbs 5 month 185 -11lbs 6 month 178 -7lbs 7 month 172 -6lbs 9mos -12lbs 156 13mos later wt.144lbs, Wt.138 -150lbs in 15mos

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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Yay! Love this positive post.
    It's amazing how much fun comes into our lives in all forms. Finding an exercise that you love is certainly the key.

    Well done on all your progress.



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    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Woohoo, you're doing great! Just reading your post gave me energy LOL. That is one of the most important parts of the weight loss to me, being able to do all the fun things I couldn't do when I was so heavy. It's like rekindling an old friendship. Keep up the great work.

    I have found that exercise has been THE KEY to not only losing the weight, but also firming up all the lose muscle/skin. It doesn't matter what one chooses to do, but in my opinion you have got to get up and move!!! Sitting by idly doesn't cut it. I started walking from Day 1 and now I walk/run 4 miles every day and do HIIT at least 3 days a week. It has helped tremendously with toning those flabby bat wings and thighs of mine LOL.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3 View Post
    Congrats on your success!
    It is so nice to be able to rediscover your body, be more mobile and having so much stamina! It was my favorite thing post-sleeve, walk more and more, being able to scrub the entire house from floor to ceiling before our last move was the best victory!! for once in 25 years I didn't have to hire a crew before the move, I had to do that for each move before! and we moved like 13 times...

    Exercise does help a lot, to build more lean mass/muscle, but also to rediscover that new body, it's new size etc.
    Try to enjoy a massage if you can, it's also a nice way to enjoy the sleeve success!Massages did help me a lot!
    Massages have been a lifesaver for me also.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Christie13's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Congrats on your non stop 5K!! That is awesome!! The more you do it you will be surprised at the amazing things your body can do!!! Keep it up. I love strength training. I also love obstacle runs.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member NellyBelly's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: Can exercising be fun?

    Quote Originally Posted by coopersmom View Post

    I have found that exercise has been THE KEY to not only losing the weight, but also firming up all the lose muscle/skin.
    Exactly! My PT laughs when I tell her that my main motivation for exercise is to be thin/skinny and fit, and not thin/skinny and flabby.... But it helps a lott when I discover that my body works and responds, and improves in every way. I am starting to like the sweating and hard work...



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