About VSG

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

weight loss thoughts

One of the things I find that people losing weight do is compare themselves to each other.  It's so destructive because we all have our own reasons for why we gained the weight and our body has its own timeline on how its going to come off as well.  Just ask anyone that considers themselves part of the "slow and steady" club.

This weight loss journey is so very very individual its really hard to compare yourself to others that have had the sleeve as well. The size of a person's sleeve is so personal to them purely due to anatomy (as well as how much their surgeon chose to remove). If you have a short stomach anatomy-wise, you will have a smaller sleeve in volume than someone with the same amount taken off but a longer stomach. That's why some people can eat more than other's post op. For me, I think my sleeve is small. For solids, I can still (at 9mo out) only get around 1/2-3/4c of food. The denser the food is, like fiberous meat, the less I can eat before I'm stuffed. I try to stick to fish, eggs and cheese for my protein (other than protein shakes for breakfast)... its funny, I'm almost doing a version of low carb or something along those lines now... without even trying!

Everyone has stalls and I was no different. Mine was Oct - Dec... I lost very little. Thats when I really started to measure and I saw the most changes in my body physically even though the scale wasn't cooperating.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I agree it is very destructive yet completely human at the same time. We all want to fit in and be assured we "normal", lol.

    I am like you in terms of sleeve intake. I can eat more of the slider foods but I don't. I still have to be very careful otherwise I can go an entire day without eating if I don't remind myself to. Weird. I never thought I'd be that kind of person.

    My weight loss has been slow but during this time I was shedding inches. Clothes that I purchased around mid december are already loose. Clothes that I bought in October are floating on me. My weight loss now resembles stairs if you were to draw it on a piece of paper. I don't lose for a few weeks then I drop about 5 pounds, stabilize on that for a few weeks then drop again. I only have 40 pounds to go to my goal weight!!!!