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From “How I Eat at Two Years Post-Op” re VSG Weight Loss Surgery

My personal comments on a blog page titled  “How I Eat at Two Years Post-Op” re VSG  – Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy


Please see the above link for the original post and the comments that followed.

from the Web Site   http://www.bariatric-surgery-source.com/

As an update on my progress here are two comments I posted:

from Nov. 14, 2014 16 months post-op VSG

Nov 14, 2014 Slippery Slope NEW
by: Anonymous in Maine

Congratulations, Waning Woman, TX, on your success after VSG.
I am 16 months post-op VSG. I lost 70 lbs in 5-6 months after the surgery and 60 lbs pre surgery for a total of 130 lost, down to 250 from 384. I am very pleased with my success as well.

I do have an addiction to sugar and wheat and know I must abstain from them lifelong to be successful with recovery from my overeating. However a few months ago I decided it would probably be okay for me to have a “healthy” muffin, and it was. But I started doing it more frequently and eventually the addiction cravings kicked in.

I am now finding myself overeating to the point of fullness, also eating sweets daily. I’ve gained about 4 pounds as well, it is ironic that small amounts of refined carbohydrates will cause the weight gain whereas no amount of healthy foods will.
I must get myself motivated and determined to sit through the withdrawal and cravings again so I can get back on track.

My new found health means too much to me to just let it go. However an addiction being an addiction I am finding it extremely difficult to get back on track. Also I am fearful that this repeated full stomach may cause me some problems even this far post-op.
I am hopeful you or others may have just the right words to share with me to help me get motivated again. Sincerely, Anonymous in Maine

23 months out NEW MAY 2015
by: ALL post-op WLS  this should say TO: all Post-Op WLS BY Anonymous In Maine

All of your comments touch me as I identify with all the issues discussed so far.

I do think it is possible to mend the mind as I have experienced much mental healing over the years. My “I can’t” attitude kept me eating foods bad for me that I was addicted to and got me up to 384 lbs. I absolutely had myself convinced that I had no control over what I ate and how much.

I found out I actually had an addiction by committing to 3 weeks of eating no sugar, no refined carbohydrates and no problem foods (problem for me).(this was years pre-op) However the withdrawal symptoms started by day 2 or 3 and included headaches, irritability, nausea and ravenous cravings. By the end of 3 weeks the cravings had subsided and the other symptoms cleared much sooner. That is addiction.

I am now 270. My goal weight is 215 as I am tall, large framed, post-menopausal and 63.
Over the holidays I started eating the sweets again and I haven’t yet been able to give them up totally, yet, but I want to and I will.

My lowest weight post VSG was 247 and the gain started as soon as I started trying to control sweets and other binge foods. I’ve been maintaining at 270 for several months.

I WILL continue to lose weight I am certain of it. I WILL get back on my healthy post-op food plan and stick with it.
I’ve already begun to exercise again with daily walks. I plan to add a weekly yoga class and going to the gym 3x weekly. BUT one thing at a time.

My motivation is the incredibly miraculous changes in myself since eating healthy foods, and losing 130 lbs. My mobility is good again – I can easily walk 2-3 miles at one time now. My asthma is under control. My BP is normal with meds. My digestive problems are nearly nonexistent. My joint and muscle pain is gone most of the time. My depression is lifted. My self-esteem has soared and I am happy much of the time. I’ve become socially active again with activities and friends. My anxiety is very much less. My sleep apnea is GONE. I just found that out last week. I no longer need the C-PAP that I used for ten years. My borderline diabetes is completely gone and all of my diet related blood values are normal now. WOW!
The benefits just go on and on.

I am very grateful for the VSG for many reasons but especially for how it keeps my overeating in check. But since I gained 15 lbs last year I know I cannot afford to allow myself to gain again over this years holidays like I did last year.

I stay in good contact with the staff at my bariatric clinic even though I’ve made poor choices and gained some weight. They couldn’t be more supportive and reasonable. They never scold me or make me feel badly about myself – goodness they don’t have to. I am expert at that. In supporting me to stay on track they ask me what my goals are and then help me break them down so I am working on one “baby step” at a time.

So currently my goal is to walk daily – I am doing it. My next goal is to go back on the pre-op diet for 2 weeks to detox from the sugar and refined carbs and get back on track with the healthy foods – to start June 1.

When asked what my goals were I included both of the above plus several other things and I wanted to get them all done NOW – or by yesterday if doable- so my nutritionist and nurse that I saw a few weeks ago were hugely important in helping me make reasonable and doable goals.

I’m anxious about June 1 and the pre-op diet. I tell myself it is because of an extremely limited food budget and the expense of veggies and “healthy foods”, I tell myself I’m afraid I can’t do it. But I think the truth is my food addict within does not want to give up the sweets and junk foods.

So in order to accomplish this I must become gently more loving and accepting of myself and my issues. Being stern with myself is a setup to fail and that is a setup to comfort myself with the “bad-for-me” foods. I need to be kind and loving to me, and also if I make a mistake it is okay. The important thing is moving forward and making changes to the positive one at a time.

I sssooooooo want to learn how to comfort myself and love myself and reward myself with things other than food.It has been quite the challenge to find something that makes me feel as comforted as sweets (and that comfort is brief anyway because it soon turns to misery).

I know one thing that is wonderful for me to receive in my life is physical affection and as a single woman that hasn’t been easy to figure out. But friends give wonderful hugs, and so do loving family members, as do 12 steppers when I get to meetings. And I’ve just become a dog-companion again to a sweet little rescue poodle, whose owner died – after 3 yrs of being without a pet.

Yoga often feels that positive and comforting – after the practice. One other thing that does is relaxation with uplifting music in a meditative state.

I’d love to hear what works for others. My quest is things that make me feel comforted and happy as I used to think sweets did.

Anonymous in Maine

Note – May 28, 2015 – the recent photo of myself with the little poodle shows a weight gain of 20 lbs. I need keep myself honest and accountable to the truth. Yes, I lost 130 lbs total. Yes I had difficulty with holiday foods and continue to have difficulty and have gained 20 lbs and weigh 270 now.

The lowest I got on my home scale was 247 which is a bit more than 130 lbs. lost. In order to stay honest and to not get lost in the sea of numbers, simply I started at 384, got to 247 by end 2013 and currently weigh 270 and desperately want to get back on track and back in control of the food at the same time not wanting to give up the more refined carbs that put weight on me and keep it on. I see this as an ongoing lifetime dilemma of this food addict. However, Al Roker is my hero as he gained 40 lbs back, took it off, and has kept that stable for years. So yes, there is hope! Thank you, Al Roker, who I saw on Dr. OZ recently telling his weight loss story. 

Highest Weight 384 lbs

Highest Weight 384 lbs

Weight Loss 130 LBS

Weight Loss 130 LBS

Anne and Rusty

Today May 2015
Maintaining Weight Loss

– See more at: http://www.bariatric-surgery-source.com/how-i-eat-at-two-years-post-op-vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy.html#comments


  1. way to go. proud of you

  2. butchcountry67

    that is so awesome, be proud of what you have accomplished and just think of how proud you will be when you achieve your goals 🙂 sending positive thoughts and energies to you and wishing you the greatest success

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