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    I had Gastric Sleeve surgery on 6/3/13 along with my identical twin. I started this journey at 270 lbs, and I now weigh 155 lbs (on a good day) - I have lost 115 lbs. My experience with the sleeve has been fantastic. I stuck to the diet guidelines almost 100% - I was committed to making sure I didn't mess anything up. I healed quickly and learned to work with my new stomach in a short amount of time. In the first 2 months I dropped a lot of weight without making too much effort. My only struggle was to get in enough water - I had to make a bigger effort to manage that intake. After 2 months I realized that just losing weight wasn't my goal - I really wanted to get healthy and fit. I started a couch to 5K running program in late August. It was so hard. Really, really hard. I stuck to it and even though I suffered from some weight related issues while running I didn't give up. My weight continued to drop, but interestingly enough not as quickly as my twin's weight dropped and she wasn't exercising or as careful with her food choices. This difference between us really helped me realize this surgery was just a tool - it wasn't a miracle that would relieve me of all responsibility for my own weight loss and health. I had to try. I had to use this tool to my advantage. Throughout the first 6 months I was very careful with my food choices - really focused on lean proteins and healthy snacks. I had the occasional lapse but it was no longer "THE END" of the effort as it would have been in the past. I knew I had some control over the situation so I was able to forgive myself the bad choice and move on. I am now at the point where I choose to eat what I want and have no "off limits" items. If I want chocolate, I have it but in moderation and I know I will need to either eat less or exercise more if I indulge. I turned 39 this year so my skin isn't as youthful as it once was and it hasn't all cinched into place. I will always have some loose skin in my upper arms, thighs, stomach and a little in my behind. It doesn't bother me. I look great in clothes, I am a size 8 or 10. Maybe one day I'll get surgery to remove it all, but if not I can live with it. On May 18th I completed my first 1/2 Marathon - the Portland Rock & Rock 1/2 Marathon. I feel incredible. I am healthy. I am fit. I am a runner. I have a body that lets me do whatever I want to do. I will run the Portland Marathon on Oct. 5th 2014! Thank you Dr. Ortiz and your Staff for making this new body and improved life possible for me. I appreciate the tool you provided to help me learn to help myself. I am a success story. As for my twin sister Emily - she is also a success. She now weighs 165lbs and feels great. Her journey wasn't the same as mine - she dropped weight much more readily then I did and with much less effort. Lucky her! She isn't a runner but is more active overall and is much healthier and happier. My Stats: 38 years old at surgery, 39 now 5'8" Weight Loss Progress: 155 LBS - 6/3/14 163 LBS - 5/2/14 170 LBS - 4/2/14 174 LBS - 2/28/14 181 LBS - 1/25/14 188 LBS - 12/25/13 196 LBS - 11/25/13 205 LBS - 10/31/13 220 LBS - 9/1/13 231 LBS - 8/4/13 246 LBS - 6/30/13 270 LBS - 6/3/13
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    I'm scheduled on the 6th, we'll be checking into the Mariott on the 5th. @elleelle will you be staying at the hotel? Where is everyone originating from? I'm from Calgary, Alberta
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    Dont worry you will be fine. The drs and staff are great. They take good care of the patients. I had mine done may 8th. It went good. Im down 35lbs! The surgery went fast. Hotel was nice too.
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    We have a 5 year follow up program that includes phone calls from our team, follow up emails. A 24/7 doctor line that you can call or have your physician call with any questions. Most primary care physicians in the US are happy to do the follow up care you'll need which is really just annual physicals and blood work ups. If any of your follow up's with us suggest you need some testing done, we will let you know what that is and you can ask your US doctor to order it or return to us. I have been sleeved for over 4 years now and have never had any testing done that my insurance didn't cover.
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    Sweet don't be afraid to ask my husband for any assistance if you need it - no one would let me go alone lol
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    Good Morning DedicatedLady I was curious if had layovers as well on your flights? Did your suppliment take long to arrive or are you still waiting?
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    My hubby had one called P94 with no carbs so been using that till mine gets here. Yes definitely flying in on the 6th we land at 3:06 pm so hopefully lots of time to get settled in. How about yourself?
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    I received a private email from a pre-op patient and I thought it would be appropriate to weigh in at this point which is 37 days post-op: Depends on how you measure success. I have been on an extended weight stall (4 weeks no change!) despite the low calories of the post-op regimen. However, I am losing fat and the percentage keeps falling slowly and my clothes are becoming droopy. That being said, I am 68 years old, am lightly active and have always had a very difficult time losing weight. My calorie intake is around 800 daily. My most notable success solves a lifelong problem--aching knawing hunger that drives food intake constantly. It is like having a monkey on my back! After the procedure, the hunger factor has backed off 95% and what hunger I am aware of is "soft" and uninsistent. In larger terms, the procedure was a success. The trip back and forth to Mexico was uneventful, I never felt sick, my health is intact and my energy better than ever. There is less stress on my back and joints. I have enhanced nutritional status. I do not suffer hunger and am almost to the point of getting back to a full food diet. I have retrained myself to be more selective about my food choices. At the beginning, I was 180--just barely into the Obese BMI category at 32%; now, I am at 167.6. My percentage of body fat has reduced from 41.4% to 38.7% I was not as obese as some patients but still suffering from the adverse effects of my overweight on my small bone frame. So, in terms of my definition of success, on this 36th day post op, I think the effort and expense was appropriate and that I am trending well in the right definition, though more slowly than I had hoped. Hope this answers your question and feel free to converse about your experience. movinsue@gmail.com
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    Hi Tanya that's awesome I'm nervous but excited and happy to find others going through the same thing
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    Hi! I'm new. Just scheduled my surgery for July 7th. I'll be arriving on the 6th from Atlanta, Georgia. Anyone else having surgery on that day?
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    I just booked my surgery for the 7th it sure doesn't give me a lot of time to get my diet in order. I'm from Red Deer, AB trying to decide on a flight to book
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    Yes I'll be at the Marriott. I'm from California
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    Dr. Ariel Ortiz speaker at the 13th INTERNATIONAL BARIATRIC CLUB SYMPOSIUM in Vienna, Austria.
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