It’s two months after my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG or the Sleeve) and I thought I’d share how I’m doing. I feel great, which is the best part of this update! I hit my 50 pound loss goal (10 of which happened during the liquid diet portion the two weeks before the surgery). Can I get a Woot? Woot!
Since having the procedure, I’ve got a lot more energy, I’m able to move a lot more easily, and I’m not as tired.
So, this is what a typical day looks like for me:
- 2 premier protein drinks,
- 30 minutes of exercise,
- 2 small meals,
- 64 oz. of liquid (this includes the two protein drinks),
- Calcium, multivitamin, biotin, a prescription antacid (I’ll only take this for another month as my surgeon likes to have patients take it during the first few months of healing), and a stool softener
- 60-80 grams of protein
My small meals are usually things like a half a hamburger patty and a couple of bites of a vegetable, or some cheese and lunch meat. I haven’t had any sweets, soda, or caffeine (or carbonation at all) since Christmas Eve when my liquid diet started.
The biggest change is that I’m not craving anything and I am not hungry. I understand that those things come back for a lot of people after a while, but I’m loving the feeling right now.
I feel very fortunate that I’m not having some of the side effects that a lot of patients have so far. However, I can tell you that the ton of protein I’m having with very little fiber in the way of fruits or veggies can really stop you up. Like, sit on the toilet crying stopping you up. Like way worse than pooping after having a baby pain. So my surgeon had me start taking a stool softener every day and it’s been significantly better.
I know everyone wants stats, so here they are:
- Before VSG, I was 300 pounds and my measurements totaled 361.75 inches.
- My 1-month post-op numbers were: 266 pounds and 330 inches.
- My 2-month post-op numbers are: 250 pounds and 316.5 inches.
- So, I’m down 50 pounds and 45.25 inches! Can I get another Woot?
Do you have any questions for me? I’m happy to answer them. I won’t give you medical advice (I only play a doctor on TV), but I can tell you my experience.
Oh, and here’s a comparison picture! The picture on the far left is from last year, but I was at the same weight that I started at on Christmas Eve, so it’s pretty accurate.