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Feeling Discouraged

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Betty Jo R Verburg, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. Betty Jo R Verburg

    Betty Jo R Verburg Member

    Messages:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    09/27/2017
    Start Weight:
    340.00
    Current Weight:
    288.00
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Howard City, MI
    I just had my surgery in September of 2017 and I am a bit discouraged the scale is showing some loss but I don't see the differences in my clothes or the way I look. It's hard to keep up momentum when you don't visibly see the changes. I am working out an hour a day and getting 60-80 grams of protein a day and seeing little to no change at times on the scale and it's extremely frustrating. Any suggestions for staying positive and when did everyone start seeing changes after surgery?
     
  2. Pixx

    Pixx Bariatric Guru

    Messages:
    235
    Trophy Points:
    37
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Bypass
    Surgery Date:
    6-19-17
    Start Weight:
    410
    Current Weight:
    305
    Goal Weight:
    165
    Location:
    Texas
    Hey Betty Jo, according to your info, you've lost 52lbs so far, that is amazing! What's more, is your a sleeve patient and you've lost a huge amount in such a short period of time. That isn't normal, sleeve patients are more long haul, slow and steady weight loss vs. bypass who lose lots, then stall, then lose again. I get it though, the moments of thinking you aren't as successful as you would like to be. Take a step back and look at the big picture, you've lost a lot of weight in a relatively short period of time and you aren't don't yet! You are still on your journey and the best is yet to come. Remember that the most basic rule of thumb is that it takes 4 weeks for you to notice changes in your body, 8 weeks for your family members to really start noticing and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice the changes. I had surgery in late June, and didn't really start to feel like much had changed until I reached a weight loss of around 75 lbs. Granted, weight loss was the last thing on my mind due to complications, but I'm past most of them now and can focus on it more. I've lost some dress sizes and am feeling better but I'm not where I want to be. So I get it, but stay positive! I don't allow a glance at the scale more than once a week. I workout daily and focus on protein and water intake. I actually find victory in the loss of just one pound at a time, because I know that it is fat I'm losing, not just water.I also find motivation in the non scale victories as they occur, like the fact that my original pants fall off and I had to buy new ones, or that I can sit in a chair without fear of it breaking, etc. The journey is about the long haul with lifetime changes so don't let time be a frustration point for you. I think you're doing great, so keep up the good work, things will only get better from here on out. :D
     
  3. Donna Steinman

    Donna Steinman Active Member

    Messages:
    56
    Trophy Points:
    15
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric bypass
    Surgery Date:
    05--02-2017
    Start Weight:
    227.0
    Current Weight:
    201
    Goal Weight:
    120
    Location:
    Framingham, MA
    I had my gastric bypass on 5-2-2017. I've lost 65 lbs from surgery date. Although I lost a total of 140 lbs from my highest weight. My weight stays the same for weeks, but it comes off. Only have 12 more to lose to reach my goal weight. Considering how long I was over weight for over 30 years. I am happy for all my results. This is the best decision I made for myself. You are doing great! When you look at the big picture it is all worth it.
     
  4. Betty Jo R Verburg

    Betty Jo R Verburg Member

    Messages:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    09/27/2017
    Start Weight:
    340.00
    Current Weight:
    288.00
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Howard City, MI
     
  5. Betty Jo R Verburg

    Betty Jo R Verburg Member

    Messages:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    09/27/2017
    Start Weight:
    340.00
    Current Weight:
    288.00
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Howard City, MI
    Hi Donna,

    That is fabulous
    Thank you, I am trying to stay positive and thank you for reminding me to celebrate the small accomplishments. It's so nice to find others that have been there and pushed through and are making great strives after surgery.
     
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  6. Betty Jo R Verburg

    Betty Jo R Verburg Member

    Messages:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    7
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    09/27/2017
    Start Weight:
    340.00
    Current Weight:
    288.00
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Howard City, MI
    Hi Donna,

    What a great accomplishment to only be 12 lbs away from your goal. Thank you for sharing your story with me it's so nice to know I am not alone in my journey.
     
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  7. Christine Seese

    Christine Seese Bariatric Guru

    Messages:
    962
    Trophy Points:
    59
    Surgery Type:
    Gastric Bypass
    Surgery Date:
    12/6/16
    Start Weight:
    363
    Current Weight:
    218.8
    Goal Weight:
    170
    Location:
    Dahlonega, Ga
    I stayed in the same clothing size until I lost about 60#. I was so discouraged, but now I change about every 25#. I’m actually tired of shopping! I only weigh once a week to get less discouraged as I have 4 meds that cause weight gain and have slowed down my weight loss. I’m almost 1 yr post op and 143# down, but I’m happy. I get compliments all of the time. Stay positive! :D
     
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  8. PAMELA WALLACE

    PAMELA WALLACE Active Member

    Messages:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    17
    Surgery Type:
    Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    Uknown
    Start Weight:
    232
    Current Weight:
    226
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Granite city il 62040
    Thinking of going straight liquid diet to lose this 17 pounds before surgery,its getting frustrating,doctor says diet pills but I don't no.
     
  9. Carolyn337

    Carolyn337 Bariatric Guru

    Messages:
    236
    Trophy Points:
    44
    Surgery Type:
    Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    8/21/2017
    Start Weight:
    337lbs
    Current Weight:
    286.9
    Goal Weight:
    203
    Location:
    Blacksburg, Va
    My doctor wanted me to try them as well before surgery but I couldn't afford it.
     
  10. PAMELA WALLACE

    PAMELA WALLACE Active Member

    Messages:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    17
    Surgery Type:
    Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    Uknown
    Start Weight:
    232
    Current Weight:
    226
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Granite city il 62040
    Well I already had them but just been scared to take them,but am going to try tomorrow,I'm having stomachs issues,I think its the benefited 3 times a day that is not helping at all,but its hurting my tummy bad..like my colon is in a lot of pain.
     
  11. christine thompson

    christine thompson Active Member

    Messages:
    64
    Trophy Points:
    12
    Surgery Type:
    sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    june13,2017
    Start Weight:
    271
    Current Weight:
    204
    Goal Weight:
    125
    Location:
    overland park, Ks
    You're doing great, please see it as a marathon, not a race. I know that sounds cliche, but everyone's journey is so uniquely different. Try not to compare your progress with others it will only keep you guessing. I see any amount of weight loss as an improvement, since before it would not budge. Remember September is just 4 months out, your body is still healing. But you are doing am excellent job.
     
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  12. Tracy Lindenmuth

    Tracy Lindenmuth Bariatric Guru

    Messages:
    778
    Trophy Points:
    59
    Surgery Type:
    Bariatric bypass
    Surgery Date:
    December 22, 2016
    Start Weight:
    270
    Current Weight:
    146.8
    Goal Weight:
    135
    Location:
    Sunbury Pa
    Wow,
    Diet pills???, I have never heard of a Dr telling someone to use diet pills to lose weight for bariatric surgery, are these prescription pills, but I don't get out much lol good luck,
     
  13. Carolyn337

    Carolyn337 Bariatric Guru

    Messages:
    236
    Trophy Points:
    44
    Surgery Type:
    Sleeve
    Surgery Date:
    8/21/2017
    Start Weight:
    337lbs
    Current Weight:
    286.9
    Goal Weight:
    203
    Location:
    Blacksburg, Va
    Yes, my doctor was gonna call in a script.
     
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