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denzel posted a topic in Gastric Sleevehttp://www.gastricsleevesupport.com/ This is another great resource for potential 'sleevers', and post-sleevers. The "good, the bad, and the ugly". Believe me, there have been some hideous outcomes of folks who have had the gastric sleeve done, and then have experienced horrendous outcomes, through no fault of their own. And despite following every guideline ... It is SERIOUS surgery. And needs to be treated, and respected as so. Please - just fork out the dosh, and book in and follow the guidelines of an experienced bariatric dietitian etc. It takes 10/52 for the stomach to heal, and even after that, late 'leaks' can happen. And other complications ... It is up to YOU , BEFORE you have "Weight Loss Surgery" ("WLS") to research, research, research. Read, read, read. There are numerous resources out there. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Remember "The Six P's"? I am not wishing to be crude here, but a good 'rule of thumb'/guideline is "Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance". And from a SCUBA diving background - about 25 years ago - "Plan your dive, and dive to your plan". (I have the same username on this site- gastricsleevesupport.com "denzel"). You may also wish to look at my blog on this site, bandingtogether.com http://www.bandingtogether.com.au/community/profile/20941-denzel/ I can only re-emphasise the importance of working with your GP, bariatric surgeon, and bariatric-savvy dietitian. Any questions/queries, please contact them first. Instead of posting on sites such as this and asking for opinions. Your peers only just have this - opinions. This DOES not replace the guidelines and adbice of your . That is their area of speciality - not your faceless peers. And that YOU have to be accountable. You. Nobody else. Believe me, WLS is just a tool. If you don't use it wisely, then it will not work for you (so many posts about "I am a lapband/gastric sleeve/gastric by-pass failure".) And my personal experience. I HAVE to be diligent. Hour by hour. Day by day. Week by week etc. And, at the age of (turning 54) 53, I HAVE to follow a "Low-carb, healthy fat" diet (LCHF). Otherwise I just "blow-out". Many, many years ago - i.e around year 2000, I did that just that, No excuses for having your potentially-life threatening surgery done, and THEN ask "What should I be eating?" *sigh*. I just 'don't get it'. Why you haven't you already connected with a bariatric-savvy dietitian BEFORE having this operation done? .... And then you have read all the other resources out there? Totally frustrating. Us long-term sleevers answer queries such as this SO SO many times, then we get 'burnt out'. Don't have the emotional/physical/well-being to answer the same questions over...and over ...and over ... and over again etc. So, at the end of the day, YOU have to be accountable. I don't dish out platitudes - because, even though this may give that person instant gratification - What? - at the end of the day? - is best for them?, and what they are seeking advise about? Instant gratification? or genuine advice?. And it all boils down to head space. Those who (superficially, and nominally) seek - "advice" from their peers on forums such as these, rather than from experienced and qualified health professionals); unless they are willing to change head space/attitudes/beliefs - (and "In My Humble Opinion" " IMHO") - is that for those folk. please seek professional help, who specialise in eating behaviour disorders. Rather than need constant 'stroking' of their egos. Because in 1/5/10/15/20/ 20 + years, what is better for them? (in 'normal mental health'... , and if they have other mental health/personality problems, such as "borderline personality", it isn't us folk to try to work with this), it is their "health-care professionals". Please be careful, for all of us "helpers" out there, there are are a lot of folk out there with "borderline personalities". Just speaking from experience ... All the best!
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.
Just another update... Date: 15/5, 16/6, 16/7, 16/8 , 30/9, 3/11 Bust: 118.5, 113.5, 110, 108, 103, 102 Waist: 110, 102, 95, 92, 86, 84 Hips: 124, 116, 110, 109, 102, 100 [R] arm: 35, 34, 33, 32.5, 30, 29 [L] arm: 34, 33.5, 33, 33, 29, 29 [R] thigh: 64.5, 62.5, 58.5, 58.5, 56, 53 [L] thigh: 65, 63, 58.5, 58.5, 55, 53 [R] calf: 42, 40, 40, 40, 39, 39 [L] calf: 42, 40.5, 40, 40, 39, 39 Neck: 39.5, 38, 37, 36.5, 36, 35
In the interests of accountability lets all do "weigh in Weds" (idea courtesy of LBA) . Its the second part of the year and time to bring this home . We all do better when we are accountable and LBA and I want to be able to complete the color run in November and be at a healthy BMI by Christmas. As the saying goes: "you cannot manage what you don't measure" so guys where ever you are in your journey, lets do this and help each other achieve the best results for the second part of this year. starts weds 3/7 week 1