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  1. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    I'm booked in for a gastroscopy next Wednesday with a Gastroenterologist. Will weigh in that am!
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    Accountability

    I was sleeved 23 months ago (i.e. nearly two years ago). Admittedly, I was very sick last year with a gut infection (Campylobacter), and dropped down to a BMI of 18.5, and 18% body fat. O.K; so here I am going to be honest and accountable. Since that gut infection has been treated, my weight has gradually increased ... particularly in the last couple of months... Yes. Alcohol. Low-carb beer ... Gin and diet tonic (so helpful for getting me through doing housework!!). I, probably like most folk, have had some carb-binges over the last month. A couple of days of eating nothing but "Grainwave" chips ... And an outstanding 2.25 kg of (Chinese) dumplings in the last two days. I have had horrendous health/energy problems last year, and haven't been active (chronic ME/CFIDS + Fibromyalgia etc. and I had really deteriorated health-wise) But this last week there has been an improvement. Today I "sucked it up" and weighed myself (after going to the loo, on an empty stomach etc). I have managed (!) to put on 3.13 kg in less than four weeks. Body fat increase of 3.6% ... And I can feel it. My arms feel like sausages bursting out of their skins, and my thighs are rubbing. My boobs are bursting out of my bra. I have jumped up a couple of clothing sizes. I had got down to a size 4/6 (I am only 5" tall - about 153 cm), and am now busting out of size 8. So. This is it. I have started this new thread, called "Accountability". 1. I am going to be more diligent to weigh myself more frequently. 2. Bye-bye low carb beer. 3. Move more. 4. Update my details and progress.5. Get to see dentist to have sensitive teeth treated ... this has been preventing me from "20, 20, 20". Numerologically, for me this is a "power year". So it is up to me to make the most of it.
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    Accountability

    Well, it's Weigh in Wednesday and today I am about 48.3 kg, BMI 20.5, body fat % 24.3 Off to see my Bariatric surgeon today (he wants to see me). I have developed oesophogeal motility problems, "Mild to moderate dysmobility with variable hold up at the gastro-oesophageal junction, but no fixed stricture/obstruction . The gastric sleeve remnant appears somewhat capacious".
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    Thanks @CarolC I had heaps of excess skin following my initial weight loss, and had plastic reconstructive surgery back in 2015 (in my blog ). I would desperately like to get my thighs done. Well, it's Weigh in Wednesday and today I am about 48.3 kg, BMI 20.5, body fat % 24.3 Off to see my Bariatric surgeon today (he wants to see me). I have developed oesophogeal motility problems, "Mild to moderate dysmobility with variable hold up at the gastro-oesophageal junction, but no fixed stricture/obstruction . The gastric sleeve remnant appears somewhat capacious".
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    Resleeved

    Wow! What a journey! Thank you for an honest, accountable update. I totally agree with all points (although for me I do exercise - yes, walking only, but briskly and for a reasonable time, and I have dogs = get me out walking ). When I went through Cymbalta Withdrawal, I could and eat everything in sight. It frightened me how much I could eat. I put on 8 kg in 7 months. Went back on Cymbalta for nerve pain, (but as a bonus it has an appetite suppressant effect on me) and I have slowly lost 6.2 kg over this year. Over the last month I have developed functional problems with my oesophagus (dysmobility) diagnosed by a real time barium swallow. It was also noted that my gastric sleeve remnant is somewhat "capacious". I took that to mean 'roomy'. A Dr friend of mine said that "was radiological speak for large and floppy" . My bariatric surgeon wants to see me, and I am guessing that I shall also have to see a Gastroenterologist. Wishing you all the best for the future!
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    Accountability

    @zaruse, that is wonderful! Congratulations and very well done .
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    From Monday (I had a GP appointment and knew that she would want to know what I weighed) , down 540 gm to 48.6 kg, body fat % 23.8, hydration 51.4 %, BMI 20.6 She doesn't want me to lose anymore weight, she says that I am at the lower end of a healthy BMI - I don't think that she knows that the lower end has dropped to a BMI of 18.5 - but I'd like to get back to my "happy weight" of 46-47 kg.
  8. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Many, many congratulations and well done!
  9. denzel

    I think I've lost my spot on the waitlist.

    I guess you'll know today after you have contacted them? Can you update us later please? Wishing you all the best.
  10. Just wondering - have you ever looked into a low FODMAP diet and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? And - if you have ever been pregnant - "pelvic congestion syndrome"? I have a sleeved friend/buddy who has gone to hell with reflux. Turns out that she had a problem PRE-SLEEVE with reflux . She had a basic repair of a hiatus hernia when she had her sleeve done Jan 2015, and has recently had to have done a more extensive repair. She also has severely increased reflux with foods in the night shade family. This - "night shade family" may be worth while you investigating. Also, just wondering if you have been checked out for a hiatus hernia? Maybe a barium swallow right now could be a good idea? What you are going through, IMHO , is not "normal" post sleeve-gastrectomy.
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    Accountability

    WIW has come around again. Down 550 gm for me from 2/52 49.16 kg, body fat % 25.5, BMI 20.86
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    WIW has come around again. Down 550 gm for me from 2/52 49.16 kg, body fat % 25.5, BMI 20.86
  13. Hello fellow "Duck Disease" (bum closer to the ground) member! I am shorter than you lol! A stunning - stretch myself - 153.5 cm lol! Between the ages of 15-31 (1978- 1994) I probably went from about 45 kg to about 57 kg. At my all time heaviest I weighed 82.5 kg - a BMI of 35.X I THOUGHT that I was "doing the right thing" i.e.high carb low fat diet. I have no regrets having had a gastric sleeve surgery. Re cooking - I am much more focused on creating and cooking healthy home cooked food using basic ingredients now that I am post-gastric sleeve than I was prior. I follow a LCHF (Low Carb Healthy Fat) WOE (Way of Eating) . I have friends here in WA who are into competitive Dragon Boat Racing, so can relate . Re loose skin? I had had many years of my poor skin being stretched etc until it couldn't bounce back anymore (maybe you'd like to check out my blog on Plastic Reconstructive Surgery? *Note* graphic pics are included.) I would DESPERATELY like to get get my thighs done - they "tsunami" around when I am fast walking. I have NO regrets about having a Gastric Sleeve done. Nor do I have any regrets about having reconstructive surgery after. All the best!
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I have loose flesh bulging out of my bra under my arms . I could do with an upper body lift. I have already had a "360" (abdominoplasty + belt lipectomy) and arm lifts. I need thigh lifts as the flesh "tsunamis" around when I am walking - and I am a fast walker - which is uncomfortable. But I need a good win on the Lotto to get this done. I would also like to have a breast lift, but this is lower in priority than my thighs. At my heaviest I had a BMI of 35.X, and at my post-sleeve/gastric infection lightest a BMI of 17.X. So a drop of 18 BMI. If you want to read about my plastic reconstructive surgery check out my blog. Please be warned - it contains graphic pics.
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    Nearly there

    Fantastic @Boganlicious! Well done!
  16. denzel

    ENDOSCOPIC SLEEVE

    having problems now "tagging" folks in. There are now folks with "Endoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy". Can I humbly suggest that you contact these folk? Re Gastric Sleeve, as long as you meet the criteria of a BMI of 30 +, + obesity related health disorders e.g. sleep apnoea. high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes etc; you should be covered.
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    ENDOSCOPIC SLEEVE

    Hi @Teags
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    Well, you can drop weight and still qualify! All the best!
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    Weigh In Wednesday

    Do you have any obesity-related medical conditions such as high BP, sleep apnoea, diabetes etc? The cut -off for WLS is a BMI of 30 WITH obesity-related medical conditions.
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    Starting Again

    I am terribly disappointed for you that no-one has replied. I am sure that you are aware of all this, but always good to refresh. "What can you do today to improve and keep great results? Regardless of the type of weight loss surgery, check your eating style: Slow down your eating pace. If you have a gastric band, you may need to wait up to 90 seconds between each swallow. Chew well and clear the mouth between small forkfuls (spoonfuls). There’s no need to rush when the meal is small. Skip energy-laden drinks, such as sugar-drinks (soft drinks, cordials, energy drinks) and drinks containing alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, cider, liqueurs). Choose nutrient rich foods including protein rich foods. Protein is nature’s natural appetite suppressant. Stick with a smaller serving size that is just enough to take your hunger away without either making you feel over-full or leaving you hungry soon after - a fine balance that takes time to to discover. Serve more and you’ll attempt to eat more - human nature at work! Serve too little and you will slip into a less helpful grazing and snacking pattern. Learn to recognise the differences between true tummy hunger and head hunger. Head hunger is driven by social occasion, desire, emotions, or mood. Respond to head hunger with something other than food. Stop grazing and random snacking. Between meal eating and drinking is easy to forget and accounts for stalled weight loss and weight regain in many. " http://www.foodtalk.com.au/contents/en-us/d136_The_Pouch_Reset_Test_Diet__does_it_really_work_.html
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    Accountability

    Down 1 kg for me this fortnight to 48.53 kg, BMI 20.59, body fat% 25.2 . Getting closer and closer to my personal goal of 46-47 kg.
  22. denzel

    Weigh In Wednesday

    Down 1 kg for me this fortnight to 48.53 kg, BMI 20.59, body fat% 25.2 . Getting closer and closer to my personal goal of 46-47 kg.
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    Well done and congratulations @LosingKAL ! Particularly since you have had a gastric band - IMHO these, re management of the individual with them, would be more difficult for those folk with them than those of us with a sleeve gastrectomy/bypass/ variations on a bypass. Kudos to you!
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    May 2018 sleevers and bypassians

    I went from 35 BMI at my all-time heaviest to 17.something at my all-time skinniest, (approx 18 BMI difference, no wonder I looked like a prune!). The pics are on my blog. (and I am a lot older, and have had many more years gaining/loosing weight, and my poor skin simply couldn't stretch and retract anymore) .
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    Post Gastric Sleeve

    I think that we all have been in this position. I chose (i.e. paid for) extra bariatric specialised dietitian services post-op. Someone to guide and support me through the process. I can't find the paperwork here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this was when I didn't feel ready to progress further. I got stuck on soft foods/puree before I felt able to progress (texture/amount). "I can get maybe 4-5 teaspoons down before i feel over full". This is normal at the stage you are at! There are some really good resources out there such as There are some super recipes appropriate for every stage of bariatric post-surgery in Sally Johnsons' "Your Complete Guide to Nutrition for Weight Loss Surgery". https://dietitianconnection.com/products/books/your-complete-guide-to-nutrition-for-weight-loss-surgery/ I think that this should be a compulsory purchase for every bariatric patient. All the best!
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