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    Gastric Sleeve Member RehabNurse's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default 4.5 Years Out...

    Life has been busy for me with ups, downs and new adventures. Therefore, I have not posted on these forums as frequently as I once did.

    I was sleeved in April 2015, so I am 4.5 years out. I'm pleased to say I've maintained my weight loss. I also took the plunge and opened a small healthcare trade school with my best friend, who was also sleeved one year after me.

    I've attached a picture of me taken two days ago during a stroll at a local park.

    Feel free to ask any questions.
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    10/23/14 Initial Consult 200 lb, 5'1 tall
    4/6/15 Highest Wt 225 (yes: 25 lb gain)
    4/20/15 Surgery Wt 218, BMI 41

    1 mo 203.0 -15
    2 mo 190.5 -12.5
    3 mo 184.5 -6
    4 mo 177.0 -7.5
    5 mo 171.0 -6
    6 mo 164.5 -6.5
    7 mo 157.5 -7
    8 mo 152.5 -5
    9 mo 149 -3.5
    10 m 143 -6
    11 m 142 -1
    1 yr 138.5 -3.5
    13 m 133 -5.5
    14 m 128 -5
    15 m 125 -3
    16 m 121 -4
    17 m 120 -1
    18 m 118 -2

    Dec '17: BMI 23.5; consumes 2000+ kcal/day

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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    So pretty! What's a healthcare trade school?



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    Gastric Sleeve Member RehabNurse's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer View Post
    So pretty!
    Thank you!
    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer View Post
    What's a healthcare trade school?
    The trade school has several allied healthcare programs: nursing assistant (CNA), medication aide, phlebotomy technician, and medical assistant. We also do CPR classes. The website link is below:

    www.LegacyHealthcareCareers.com


    10/23/14 Initial Consult 200 lb, 5'1 tall
    4/6/15 Highest Wt 225 (yes: 25 lb gain)
    4/20/15 Surgery Wt 218, BMI 41

    1 mo 203.0 -15
    2 mo 190.5 -12.5
    3 mo 184.5 -6
    4 mo 177.0 -7.5
    5 mo 171.0 -6
    6 mo 164.5 -6.5
    7 mo 157.5 -7
    8 mo 152.5 -5
    9 mo 149 -3.5
    10 m 143 -6
    11 m 142 -1
    1 yr 138.5 -3.5
    13 m 133 -5.5
    14 m 128 -5
    15 m 125 -3
    16 m 121 -4
    17 m 120 -1
    18 m 118 -2

    Dec '17: BMI 23.5; consumes 2000+ kcal/day

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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    well done. you look amazing.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member RehabNurse's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by elllie View Post
    well done. you look amazing.
    Thanks so much! ��


    10/23/14 Initial Consult 200 lb, 5'1 tall
    4/6/15 Highest Wt 225 (yes: 25 lb gain)
    4/20/15 Surgery Wt 218, BMI 41

    1 mo 203.0 -15
    2 mo 190.5 -12.5
    3 mo 184.5 -6
    4 mo 177.0 -7.5
    5 mo 171.0 -6
    6 mo 164.5 -6.5
    7 mo 157.5 -7
    8 mo 152.5 -5
    9 mo 149 -3.5
    10 m 143 -6
    11 m 142 -1
    1 yr 138.5 -3.5
    13 m 133 -5.5
    14 m 128 -5
    15 m 125 -3
    16 m 121 -4
    17 m 120 -1
    18 m 118 -2

    Dec '17: BMI 23.5; consumes 2000+ kcal/day

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    Gastric Sleeve Member KiwiGal's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Congrats on your continued success - and the opening of your business.
    Life looks good for you :-)



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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    You look smashing! Keep on doing what you do as you've been killing it thus far.
    No pre-op diet
    Day of surgery 11/4/14: 5'4" 213lbs
    1 month: 187
    2 months: 171
    3 months: 155
    4 months: 148
    5 months: 142
    6 months: 136
    7 months: 131
    8 months: 125
    9 months: 120
    10 months: 114
    11 months: 111
    1 year: 109
    1.5 years: 105
    2 years: 108
    2.5 years: 102
    3 years: 113
    4 years: 115


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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    You are gorgeous! Congratulations on your weight loss and your new business!



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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Beautiful picture and congratulations on your amazing success story. I love hearing from sleevers who are years out and still maintaining. Awesomeness!



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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Nice progress. I wanna know more about how much you can eat, how fast you eat, do you still feel warmth at stomach when drinking alcohol ? What changed between years and years ? Can u eat like normal humans ? Because i wanna be able to eat my breakfast asap at mornings and rush to the public transport xd



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    Gastric Sleeve Member sraebaer's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mideem View Post
    Nice progress. I wanna know more about how much you can eat, how fast you eat, do you still feel warmth at stomach when drinking alcohol ? What changed between years and years ? Can u eat like normal humans ? Because i wanna be able to eat my breakfast asap at mornings and rush to the public transport xd
    I had surgery 6 years ago and totally eat like a normal human! I can't eat as much, but that's the good part. I can eat fast (typically do), but try to slow down to feel full quicker. Over the years I can eat more. For example, I used to only eat one piece of a small pizza, now I eat two. What does that mean? That means it's easier to gain now, compared to early on when I could hardly eat anything. I have to be super mindful of my eating and always exercise in order to maintain. I do of course stick to the protein first, then veggie rule as much as possible. This is my new life, and it's amazing.

    I did quit drinking alcohol in May. I was having 2 drinks a night and realized I didn't need those extra calories. There is no way you will ever be able to handle alcohol like a person who hasn't had surgery, it hits you much harder. If you can limit yourself to one drink occasionally, you will probably have no problems.

    I am currently maintaining 10 pounds below my original goal weight. I track with Weight Watchers, works for me. Everyone who maintains does it differently, but I think for most of us it does take work. No magic cure to obesity, but the sleeve is a great help! Good luck to you.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member RehabNurse's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mideem View Post
    Nice progress. I wanna know more about how much you can eat, how fast you eat, do you still feel warmth at stomach when drinking alcohol ?
    I can eat a normal, full-sized meal these days. Since I can eat so much more, I still stick to high-protein options and attempt to watch my carb intake loosely.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mideem View Post
    What changed between years and years ? Can u eat like normal humans ? Because i wanna be able to eat my breakfast asap at mornings and rush to the public transport xd
    I do not eat breakfast on most days. I think skipping a meal is one of the reasons I've been able to maintain. If you were to observe me dining at a restaurant, you wouldn't know I've been sleeved.


    10/23/14 Initial Consult 200 lb, 5'1 tall
    4/6/15 Highest Wt 225 (yes: 25 lb gain)
    4/20/15 Surgery Wt 218, BMI 41

    1 mo 203.0 -15
    2 mo 190.5 -12.5
    3 mo 184.5 -6
    4 mo 177.0 -7.5
    5 mo 171.0 -6
    6 mo 164.5 -6.5
    7 mo 157.5 -7
    8 mo 152.5 -5
    9 mo 149 -3.5
    10 m 143 -6
    11 m 142 -1
    1 yr 138.5 -3.5
    13 m 133 -5.5
    14 m 128 -5
    15 m 125 -3
    16 m 121 -4
    17 m 120 -1
    18 m 118 -2

    Dec '17: BMI 23.5; consumes 2000+ kcal/day

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    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    I agree with Sharon -- it is easy to begin to over eat as you tolerate more. I make myself eat more slowly than I used to (okay, I raised 6 kids, worked full time and had a 45 mile commute one way to work so very "hurried" in life). I'm retired, and can set my own pace and schedule most days.

    BUT on days that are full (like holidays, family gatherings, social responsibilities, volunteering, travel, classes) I almost always have an eating plan for that period of time. If we go to a family event, I always ask what I can bring and then bring something that's okay to eat. (My lovely son in law always wants to fix me something special, but he's a great cook and can accommadte). Going out in a group to eat, I try to check the restaurant early, but if I can't I look at appetizers, or what I would want to take home for another meal, or that my husband might enjoy. I get the box upfront and just remove the food from view. No one pays attention, but then again, I think we overestimate how much people care about what someone else is doing!

    I do eat slowly or I get "toad froth". And I find I eat way less most of the time. Don't ask about having cookies in my house. It is not a happy thing....and yet they are in my refrigerator even as we speak!

    Just plan your life a bit and its pretty easy.
    [I]HW: 240 lbs SW: 199 lbs GW: 140 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 = 140.00

    Happy with my weight; happy with my size; over-the-moon with my health!

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    Gastric Sleeve Member DesertGal's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4.5 Years Out...

    You look great! Isn't it the best feeling? Keep up the good work.

    Height: 5'8"
    Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
    Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
    1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
    2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
    6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
    "If you can't laugh at yourself, life's going to seem a whole lot longer."

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