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I know the surgery isn't a magic fix and that it is going to take a lot of hard and it isn't going to be easy. But I do believe this surgery is going to change my life. 

I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share how it changed their lives? 

Did it help resolve any medical issues? Energy levels? How active?  positive/ negative?  etc etc. 

 

 

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Having fought "the battle of the bulge" since puberty, at the age of 51 I had the gastric sleeve 02.02.2015

For many years I had eaten healthy low-carb - but large portion sizes - with occasional carb blow outs.

I researched extensively prior, and bought about 5 books (see the post "Recommended reading").

I have been super-diligent with my post-op diet, regularly saw my dietitian who specialised in bariatric surgery and followed her guidelines through every step of post-op eating.

I still follow low-carb WOE, just smaller portions, and are actually more experimental and confident with my cooking.  I eat "real food", not processed, that I have cooked from ingredients.

I totally have lost cravings for my "downfalls" - pink iced donuts and licorice all-sorts.

I have lost 12 BMI points since having had surgery, and feel much more self-esteem in my body and looks.  I no longer look frumpy!

Re general health, well I have a plethora of autonomic nervous system disorders which affect my physical well-being, energy etc, and these haven't improved.

Still got sleep apnoea, but I have poxy small airways - "Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome".

Re diet - I have to be forever diligent - see the topic "Accountability", so no.  Bariatric surgery isn't a magic solution.  It is a wonderful tool. It is up to the individual to use it wisely, and to be honest and acountable with themselves, and I can only advise that folks follow what I do as written above.

All the best!

:)

 

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Positives:

Cholesterol went from 7.1 to 4.5

Blood pressure went from very high and having to take medications to 125/85 without medication

Liver readings (for alchohol) went from 180 (45 or under is considered OK) to 33

Resting heart rate went from 88 to 54

Am able to run 8km easily whereas I previously struggled walking up a flight of stairs

Sleep apnoea disappeared

Reflux basically stopped altogether

Now a size 34 jeans whereas I was a size 44

No longer have to shop in the big man's department. 

I'm told I look far younger than what I am.

I had a problem with binge drinking alone pre-sleeve (often six beers and a whole bottle of wine to myself). I now no longer have any more than two beers while watching TV alone on a Friday night. Not because I don't want to, I just can't. It just doesn't do it for me anymore. (and I also don't want to as well)

 

Like Denzel, I also have to be very vigilant. I'm two years post-sleeve and can eat quite a lot more than I could, pretty much to the point of what a 'normal' person could eat in so far as a normal sized portion. In other words, I can eat a 'normal' sized meal, but certainly no seconds etc.

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I can absolutely say it has changed my life for the better. I initially had the band in aug 2012 then the sleeve in April 2014. I lost aprox 30 kg with the sleeve then almost an additional 20 with the sleeve. aprox 50 kg in total. Same as many, reduction in meds / pain etc. But the things that really stand for me is. I can enjoy things I never use to be able to. For example walking in a Gallery on concreate floors for an hour. standing for and hour or so watching a parade, going for a bush walk. I feel like I have a life now. and I dont hate myself when I look in the mirror.

 

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Super-duper well done @Jinie, and what a magnificent outcome!

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