So things haven't changed a ton since I last posted other than I'm more aware of how much I'm drinking and I'm doing alot better with that. I'm replacing alot more wine with water these days :)
I guess the true test that things are going well and uneventful is that I didn't even post when I hit my 2 year anniversary! I am still maintaining, still dreaming of body reconstruction, and lastly still critical of my body.
This surgery will not change your perception of your body no matter how much you think it will. Sure, you might not see the same number on the scale as you did months/years post-WLS but you WILL still see the same thing in the mirror. Make no mistake about that. You will go from seeing fat, to seeing the skin left over from your fat. It affects your body image. It affects your size in clothing. It affects what you *think* you can do because you feel as big as you did pre-op.
I really want any pre/newly post/post WLS patients to read over and over that paragraph above. You may think "it won't happen to me!" I guarantee, it will. Maybe not in the first year when you only have wins but outside that... when you stop losing and move to maintenance... be aware this WILL happen at some point! I didn't think so myself, but it did as did many others.
Over 2 years out from my sleeve... I still do not drink any carbonation and I still try to keep protein as my first choice. I don't always make the best choices but I do enough of the time to continue to maintain my weight loss.
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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