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Long-Term Sleevers - 2 1/2 years Plus

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Hi.

I'd like to create this topic as an area where long-term (2 1/2+ years) post-op gastric sleeve folk can come along to to update where they are at, and for support.

I am about 3/12 shy of 3 years post sleeve gastrectomy and am seeking others such as me.

I found that the first two years, the first in particular, was unicorns farting glitter.

Everything was all good, and I found the gastricsleevesupport site good.  Unfortunately it closed down a while back.

Lately I have been feeling 'out on a limb', without having anyone I can ask questions of, seek similar experiences and relate to.  I have a lovely "sleeve-sista" - someone I met who was sleeved 10/7 before me, but she has had problems with severe reflux, no appetite, and losing too much weight.

Lots of support goes out to the 'newbies", but us long-termers don't get any.  Along with a number of us long-termers continuing to put the effort etc into supporting the newbies, but not getting it back.

But, I am now finding it harder and harder to maintain my weight, or to lose.  And I admit that the last month has been bad on my behalf.  I have been making LCHF sweeties, and instead of eating just one bit, have been eating lots.  = heaps of calories.  And the scales and my clothes are showing it.  I have been extra fatigued after having severe gastroenteritis about 8 weeks ago, and have been diagnosed as being iron-deficient.  Now on supplemental iron, and for repeat blood tests.

I know that life does go on for folks post sleeve-gastrectomy, as it did for me and people get caught up in their own lives.  Some folks 'drop' out due to embarrassment - either they didn't lose much weight to start off with, or they lost it and gained it.

So, I would appreciate other long-term sleevers, to get back in touch, and update - the good, bad and the ugly.

All the best,

:) 

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Hey buddy! Good call! I've been feeling a bit the same and only after gaining recently did I jump back on here to see if anyone had the same issue. I was going great guns but then had a baby and I think all the extra eating has definitely stretched my stomach. 

It's hard to say whether that would have happened anyway, you know, had I not had a baby. I'm three years post-op next month. 

For ages my tastes had changed and so I felt like it wa easy to be good. And I was fitter so I loved exercise. 

Now I feel tired and heavy and don't fit in my pre pregnancy clothes. I am stuggling to kick the newly formed sugar addiction. 

I am hovering between 84 and 86kg, but would love to get back to 72. 

Any hot tips?

 

 

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Annoying - I have just lost my reply!   Thank you @Morfette for checking back in, and for commenting!  I remember your posts from way back and you were certainly very inspirational to me as a 'newbie'! I found your posts interesting, insightful, with me being sleeved approx. 3/12 after you!

First - pat yourself on the back. You have lost an incredible amount of weight (approx. 1 of me!).  THEN you managed to conceive, to carry out a pregnancy, and deliver a baby! Outstanding!   In this time period you have created a whole new being.  I take my hat off to you!

For folks who around the same post-op, and for those who follow on for this, could you please comment on tastes changing?  I have.  I was the only one commenting, despite there being 71 views. http://www.bandingtogether.com.au/community/topic/18811-changing-taste-buds/ 

"Now I feel tired and heavy and don't fit in my pre pregnancy clothes".  Have you been back to your GP and had blood tests done?  Are your iron/B12/iron studies/Us and Es - 'U&E" OK? How well are you sleeping?  And knowing how you physically feel, I totally understand how you emotionally feel about not fitting into your clothes.  For me, I find this very demoralising and depressing.

"I am stuggling to kick the newly formed sugar addiction".  Sugar/carb addiction.  This, I believe, is the root of all evil for most folk post 1970s.  It seems to be the blood sugar/insulin response (I have posted heaps on this topic, and put it into my blog if you wish to read).  And, apparently, scientists have discovered that our tongues have another sense - for carbs.   https://www.newscientist.com/article/2104244-there-is-now-a-sixth-taste-and-it-explains-why-we-love-carbs/    I know that mine do :(  .

"Any hot tipsI  Well, judging by my recent weight gain,I am not in the position to give advise !  But, may I suggest that you check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/796942373660457/?ref=br_rs  ?  There are amazing folk on there who have achieved remarkable results (both weight and health-wise), other women there who have achieved remarkable outcomes despite being pregnant/ breast feeding/pregnant and breast feeding!   I know, for me, that my down-fall was over-indulging in the LCHF sweet treats.  I was cooking/making and eating.  If you have a tendency to a sweet tooth, may I advise that you stay well away from products such as these! 

All the best!

:) 

 

 

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Hi Guys

I had my sleeve done about 5 years ago and was also going really well.  Never got to goal weight which was a big disappointment but lost 23 kg so....  I have been going to the gym really regularly over the years but slowly gone back to bad eating at times.  I am a teacher and some times during the term it gets a bit hectic.  I also have some health issues which require medication and I feel that this has had a massive effect on my wieght gain. Since beginning the medication last December I have put on about 7 kg.  I haven't been able to go to the gym for about 4 months as I have shoulder issues as well - if I was a horse you would probably put me down.:P

I am over myself!  I am over the constant struggle.  I see others who have had great sucess and don't feel like I have or ever will.

I am in the process of taking control of my life and habits again.  I have spent all afternoon reading and now feel energised to start afresh.  I am going to go back to portions and being very careful about what I eat first.  I am going to do this!:)

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Just gone 5 years sleeved in July.  Was doing well but over the past 2 years, according to the scales, I've gained about 10kg.  I only know this because at the time of tummy tuck, I was 73kg, today I'm anywhere between 84kg and 87kg.  I know I've let myself get out of control and I'm trying to be better, but it's not easy.  Plus I'm on a medication that is known to cause weight gain (Lyrica and Amitriptyline)...so basically I'm fucked.

I've enrolled in a 66 day challenge at my local gym.  First week I lost 800kg, then I somehow gained 200ish gm the week after.  I'll weigh myself again on Wednesday prior to my next PT sessions.

I'm monitoring my intake (loosely) on My Fitness Pal and average calorie intake is 500-700, which I know isn't enough but I can't do more than that unless I'm eating ALL DAY LONG.

I need to see a dietitian that specialises in sleeve (there's one near where I live) but I just need to pull my finger out, make a booking and get some guidance.

Plus I've stretched my tummy as I had a gastroscopy in May.  The surgeon said IF I wanted to, he'd do a re-sleeve at no cost but "to be honest, you look great the way you are" were his words.  I wouldn't go through all that anyway for a few kilos and pointless really because who knows, I could end up in the same place I am now and gain some kgs and then what, re-sleeve again?

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I am in the process of taking control of my life and habits again.  I have spent all afternoon reading and now feel energised to start afresh.  I am going to go back to portions and being very careful about what I eat first.  I am going to do this!:)

Excellent!

Please keep us updated.  Would you find posting in "Weigh in Wednesday" under the bandits lounge, and "Accountability" helpful? 

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@Nessa1977 - first congratulations on your 5 year Surgiversary back in July.

Having been a follower of your posts, I know that you've worked hard at your fitness.

Wow - 500-700 calories/day  :(  .  That's starvation.    Are you still following a high carb-low fat diet?  If you are, may I please respectfully suggest that you look into LCHF?   I've just had a quick look for a LCHF dietitian near you, but couldn't see one.  https://lowcarbdownunder.com.au/resources/lchf-practitioners/ 

I came off Lyrica and Amitryptilline (for Fibromyalgia, I also have ME/CFIDS and periods of POTS) somewhat abruptly 2 months ago.  I had severe Gastroenteritis and couldn't face swallowing my pre-breakfast medication , and had needed to get a script for the Amitryptilline!  I'm still on 1/2 a 15 mg Mirtazapine at night time. 

Would an Endoscopic Gastric Sleeve be beneficial to you, do you think?

All the best.  You have our support :) .

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Yesterday came and went, and I forgot!  Happy 3rd Sleeve Surgiversary to me!  No regrets! :) 

I have been super fatigued since early August when I have a severe Campylobacter Gastroenteritis infection, was iron deficient, and had a lot of stress from just before Christmas for a couple of weeks.  That has propelled me into a ME/CFS relapse, and I'm not travelling too well.  As with every relapse I put on weight - part of it due to the endocrinological side of things and the other part is that I eat more as my body is screaming out for energy.

I do, however, still walk every day.  And if that is the sole activity for the day as I end up in bed with severe fatigue and malaise after, so be it. 

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Happy sleeviversary Denzel. Glad you have no regrets. It's nice to talk to people who are long term sleevers. Hope that your flare ups settle down. 

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Soo happy to see this post!  Time has come for me to move from a band to a sleeve and intertested in how people go living with the sleeve long term.   Looking forward to some more stories on here from long term sleevers.

 

 

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Still struggling with a ME/CFS relapse - very drained, fatigued and low function.  Basically all I do is walk the dog/s early am and that's it.  I spend the rest of the day on my bed.

Current weight 53.2 kg, BMI 22.5  Cellulite has returned to my thighs and lower arms :( .

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