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  2. There's not much going on with the forums right now. I am scheduled in January 2021, as I need to lose another 50 pounds before they do my surgery.
  3. I'm waiting, surgery date is January 7th, and I have to admit that this is perhaps the biggest thing I worry about. During the Covid lockdown, an untenable situation existed with me being practically tethered to my kitchen. At least when I went to work every day, I was getting out of the house, and didn't have the opportunity to eat all of the time. I went from 435 to 482. I couldn't believe it! I was almost 500 pounds!!! I started Keto back in May, and since then I have lost almost 50 pounds, but the worst part of any eating plan is that over years of massive overeating, my stomach has stretched out badly! I am voraciously hungry almost all the time, except maybe when I am sleeping. But even then, sometimes I wake up to use the bathroom, and end up in the kitchen. I don't eat anything, but I wander in there, just to see what's happening. You know, since I went to bed. I live in fear of cheating on the diet, and I've actually had a cheat day and it kicked things into gear. I've also had a cheat day, which turned into cheat week, and cheat month, and then not only have I gained all of my unwelcome pounds back from before, but then it brings all of its weird relatives to stay as well. My brother went to OCC and had the sleeve surgery, and he lost over 100 pounds, and put back about 20 pounds, but he's settled into his new normal some 3 years post surgery. In life, I have found if you watch success closely, you can learn great things. Success in business teaches me to move up the ladder; success in money teaches me how to invest better; and success in weight loss teaches me how to stay on target. I'm proud of my brother, and watching him start living his life again has been a great thing. He has been talking to me about weight-loss surgery for a while now, and I've been researching my options. Keto has been good, in that it has gotten me to a point where I am eating cleaner. I purchase my meats from a local butcher, and will spend the money for grass fed. I buy in quantity and freeze it to save a few bucks. I no longer drink sodas of any kind. I've eliminated processed food and sugar from my daily eating. Now that the OCC nutritionist wants me to get down to 390 before surgery, I am following Lucia's menu guidelines, but it's hard!! With Keto, portion control was not as important as managing metrics. Now, I am cleansing and losing weight in preparation for this surgery. I don't drink alcohol any more (thank God!! Quit 35 years ago), so that helps immensely. I can do structured eating. Diet plans and formulas make sense to me... I'm an engineer, so I can live with a process if it makes sense to me. I think my mind is right, and my food choices are becoming habits, but still the "what if..." questions loom overhead. Portioning is going to be my nemesis. Anyway, it's good to be here, and I hope to learn more about living the good life after surgery. -jim
  4. You should be concentrating on your pre-op diet. Then starting some sort of exercise regime till surgery and after surgery. Remember,, what you do before and after surgery is is key to your success.
  5. I am scheduling my VSG surgery for November. Any advice on what I should do until then? It seems so long from now and I'm anxious to DO something!
  6. If that doesn't help you, The OCC offers a procedure that surgically resizes the pouch. The ObesityControlCenter.com website can give you more details.
  7. Thank you very much! I have not seen anything abt that before. I printed it and will start tomorrow with the soup. It makes sense, too. has anyone tried this? thanks again!!
  8. There are a few of these reset diets out there on the web. For some reason,, I can't get the reset diet loaded on the OCC forum. Just Google "Sleeve Reset" or "Pouch reset" or go to the OCC website/Facebook support groups and search.
  9. I am almost 3 years out and starting to regain too. It is completely emotional eating that I am trying to get under control. The pandemic certainly isn’t helping. I have been to a therapist a while ago to help which only helped a little bit. It is very depressing when it starts to come back. It’s figuring out the triggers that’s the difficult thing to do. It’s the mindless eating. it makes me so mad at me when I get on the scale and the numbers are going in the wrong direction. I try to blame to scale sometimes. :)
  10. Dolittle


    The OCC is also on other social media platforms, like Facebook, contact an OCC coordinator for more info. This Forum is not as active as the Facebook groups.
  11. Sarlharrison


    I was sleeved 8 years ago and looking to be revised to bypass - due to GeRD - I submitted an application to your program but would love any other information or contacts I might could receive regarding my particular situation thanks so much in advance
  12. I can suggest that your husband join the OCC forum and we also have several Facebook support groups. He can sort of stay in the background and observe other OCC patients with their journey and it could make him more on board. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1033707290046323/
  13. I am wanting to have surgery so bad and have for a few years but I cannot get my husband on board with the idea.
  14. Have you tried the Sleeve rescue diet? There's also another option, the Sleeve revision surgery that's offered by the OCC.
  15. Did you have your surgery? I’m 8 years out and gaining too. Desperate to get it under control
  16. Did you travel to get the surgery? If so, how far? I’m regaining at 9 years. Depressing.
  17. The OCC has a post op schedule they follow. Your OCC surgery coordinator should be able to answer all your questions. I personally can't answer that question, but I can guess, I''m trying to remember mine, I'm thinking it was 3 days after surgery your on the way home. Call 1-866-893-8005 and talk to an OCC surgery coordinator.
  18. How long in total is a expected stay after sugery??
  19. Don't miss out on OCC Webinars - featuring Dr. Ariel Ortiz and special guests that will help you #stayhealthy as you #stayhome. Hear from the experts on how to stay active, eat right, boost your immune system, get updated on the newest information on bariatric (weight loss) surgery, healthy habits, how to eat to stay well, and not just survive, but learn how to THRIVE! OCC Webinars start at 1pm PST You can register here to get all the updates and links to our new OCC Webinars https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1815857683875/WN_EHadwxekSleEAWeOwHG5vQ Topic #StayHome & #StayHealthy: New Health Webinar Series Description Complimentary educational series on nutrition, exercise, immune boosters, & mental health. FACE MASKS - FLATTENING THE CURVE: Saturday April 4th at 1pm with Dr Ariel Ortiz MENTAL HEALTH: Tuesday April 7th with Dr Robert Cywes EXERCISE: Wednesday April 8th with Dr Ben Bocchicchio OPEN Q&A: Friday April 10th with Dr Ariel Ortiz MENTAL HEALTH: Is weight loss surgery the answer or just the beginning? With world-renowned bariatric surgeon Dr. Robert Cywes who focuses heavily on the emotional attachment to food. EXERCISE: From flab to fit to healthy, 15 minutes 2x a week stay-at-home exercise program. Learn how to stay on track with your fitness goals without access to gyms or personal trainers with Dr. Ben Bocchicchio, renowned physical fitness master and best-selling author of 15 Minutes to Fitness: Dr. Ben’s SMaRT Plan for Diet and Total Health. OPEN Q&A: Tune in to ask Dr. Ortiz any and all of your questions! He will be available for up to 1 hour to answer as many questions as possible
  20. Great Live today from International Bariatric Club - featuring the world experts in bariatric surgery (including our own Dr. Ariel Ortiz!) You can watch it again here - at in the last 10 minute so of the video - they discuss how weight loss surgery could be the only way to help those at higher risk due to metabolic disease that bariatric surgery can help resolve so that your risk of COVID-19 is reduced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiKd5sw0qfI LIVEStream in FB: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBariatricClub/ and stay tuned to the OCC Facebook page for daily live videos - if you like our page and then turn on notifications for live video's you'll get notified when we are going live. Our OCC Chief Nutritionist, Lucia Chavez, will be live everyday at 11:30, so make sure you like her page and get noficiations as well https://www.facebook.com/OCCMedicalCenter/ we have a lot of great videos on our page as well: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OCCMedicalCenter/videos or check out the OCC Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC75WVfuNy6nNUPdt0IPBjKQ If you have any questions our team of Patient Coordinators are always happy to assist. Please call 1-866-376-7849 or email coordinators@obesitycontrolcetner.com
  21. I had a band in Dec and gas pain for 12 days after surgery!!!! still get it whenever I eat too big a bite or dont chew enough but only for about 5 mins but its excruciating all around left shoulder and up my neck. Kind of saw it as a good sign I needed to slow down as was getting complacent. Since 2nd fill beg of March it's been much more constant even overnight or 1st thing in morning. Gotta wrap left arm around right shoulder like a straight jacket to get any relief. Have a massage booked today to see if there's a pocket of gas trapped somewhere but will def think about vitamin and water intake as prob not getting enough of either.
  22. Your recovery is the same as the first time. It is a higher risk surgery but they do a great job as you know. Mine was a 10 year revision and repair. Phil
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