Today I am exactly one year out from my revision to sleeve. I have had a pretty good year. As many of you may already know... I had my Lap Band out 6 months prior to my sleeve procedure. My insurance company would not cover the sleeve procedure because my BMI was too low. So... I had to gain weight (totally ridiculous and pisses me off still). I gained a lot of weight... almost all my weight back. On my surgery day I weighed 249. That was just 10 lbs below my highest weight.
Today I am 179, 70 lbs down from sleeve day and 80 lbs down from my highest weight. I am living a pretty normal life. However, I think I could maintain somewhere in the 175-180 range relatively easily. I am sure you have all heard the theories on "set weight". I am pretty sure I am at my set weight. I would like to lose 20 more lbs in the next year. That is so little compared to what I have already lost.. however, it is so much harder than it was earlier on.
I gained a good chunk of weight over the holidays and have been working hard to get it back off. I have really cleaned up my eating, but I did have a couple days where I lost my will and ate a cookie or two. I have been doing really great the last 5 days but I am still having cravings. I joined WW online to give me some guidance because I felt like I was getting in a rut. So far I like it. The funny thing about WW is that in the past (pre surgery) I never felt like it was enough food. I would fail because I was always hungry. Now with my sleeve it feels like just the right amount of food.
I can eat a lot compared to many other sleevers. I can eat 2 pieces of pizza. For lunch I eat a sandwich with lots of veggies, some meat, and cheese. I also eat a cup of raw veggies with that. I am satisfied when I am done but by no means is it too much food. I am hungry (for real hungry) every 3 hours. I eat something every 3 hours during the day. Usually it is fruit or veggies or a boiled egg. Even when I was first sleeved I could eat a cup of food without any issues. I was able to stay at about 800-1000 calories for the first 6 months. Now I need about 1200-1300 to make it through the day. My doctor is one who believes in eating many times a day and thinks I am right on target with my calories. However, I need to increase my movement a lot to get a good loss at this point. I also tend to fall off the wagon on the weekend.
Everyday I do choose between my love of food and my desire for weight loss... some days food wins. No matter what, my sleeve has given me the life I had wanted. I am comfortable in my body for the most part. I am healthy, active, and eating a pretty balanced diet. I could have never done that on my own.