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10-06-2012, 03:48 AM
Hi everyone :)

It is almost three weeks after my bypass surgery and I am really really disappoited :( i am notloosin any weight. I have lost 12 lbs on my first week and then it stopped. In las 14 days I have only lost less than 2 lbs.
I am aware that plateu is normal but I seriuosly doubt it is normal in that eary stage when I should be loosing the most :( I follow the program as I should afterall threre is no turning back now, the only thing i know i'm not getting enough is water....i struggle with it every day.

Otherwise I'm feeling better, starting to get my energy level back slowly, but this problem is also starting to get on my nerves and making me feel really sad.

10-06-2012, 09:04 AM
No need to fret, it is completely normal. Your body is adjusting and healing; the weight loss will continue.

It seems like plateaus happen to most people at three weeks and three months. If it truly is making you feel really sad, stay off the scale. I'm sorry your surgical team/program did not give you advance notice that this would happen. My weight loss was not a continuous downward trend, but more in line with steps. I would lose 3-5lbs and then stay at the weight for weeks and then lose another 3-5lbs. You may be losing weight the same way I did.

Chin up! It gets better! :)

10-06-2012, 01:40 PM
yeah - what Jen said. keep on doing what you're doing - emphasize the water [it CAN help with plateaus sometimes]. Are you hitting your protein goals? sometimes a stall is nothing more than water weight.

keep moving. keep drinking. chin up, darlin!

10-08-2012, 01:54 PM
Thank you both <3

My head understand this...unfortunately my emotions don't ;) I am feeling better though since I have more strength last couple of days and can be more active. I also took your advice Jiffypop and started using protein supplement and also some more vitamins and it helps.

10-08-2012, 04:41 PM
I have not had my surgery yet, so maybe I am not qualified to comment, BUT...two weeks ago I had a meeting with my "Bariatric Case Worker" and one of the things she spent a fair amount of time talking about was the emotional roller coaster I will be on after surgery, which might be what is leading to some of your sadness. She also said there will be some plateaus and getting enough protien and water can help (as others have already said).

Stay strong and keep going! You'll get there!!

10-11-2012, 05:38 AM
Kate, I didn't know these thing before and I did A LOT of reading even downsides of the surgery. But I don't know if I haven't read it or was just too stuck up about these problem and thought It can't happen to me. It's just really weird that I didnt realize these before. But one thing is certain medical stuff did not tell us anything about these. They should and honestly now when I think about my apointment with psichologist she asked me so many unimportant things when she should talk about emotional roller coaster. Maybe they should go through the surgery so they'll know what's really happening lol.

I am feeling better though my weight is still not changing but hopefully it will soon. I'm sure I am not the only one on this planet that won't lose weight :p

10-15-2012, 10:36 PM
You will lose the weight!! WLS is only a tool, you still have loads of work to do. Protein, supplements, water, exercise....not necessarily in that order, but those should be your focus. You should have a water bottle in your hand practically every second of the day. Your only concern for what you are eating is getting that protein in. I'm NOT on board with what the nutritionist say because if it were up to me I'd have protein shakes for the rest of my life and forget about food. It is way, way too easy to slip in bad carbs like cookies and bread. If you need to just have protein shakes for a couple of weeks then go for it otherwise forget about any other form of food and concentrate on protein, then veggies, then fruit, carbs like bread etc should be at the very bottom and not at all if you can help it. Are you exercising? I know it is only 3 weeks out but still you should be getting in some regular walks even if they are short, it is better than nothing and the exercise will help with your emotions. People always feel up and positive after exercising! Finally those pesky supplements...well we all signed up for those, nothing to do but grin and bear it. It's a necessary evil to stay healthy. The scale will move, trust me, it will. Your body is still saying WHAT????????? don't worry, it'll pass!

10-16-2012, 09:43 AM
Go Jen!!!!!

10-16-2012, 01:43 PM
Thanx Jen :) reading this I could actually see you all energetic telling me YOU WILL LOSE! haha... I am feeling ten thousand times better, my energy level is rising each day. I have started with walks a week ago and after my period which is due tomorrow I'm thinking of starting swimming on regular basis. My scale moved yesterday an today for the first time in last three weeks..which is like yaaaaaay lol so now I'm 294lbs. My BMI now is 42, my highest was 50,6.

10-25-2012, 07:11 PM
It's been five weeks now and I am loosing and loving it :) Today I am 60 lbs lighter then I was on Thedecisionday in February. It's amazing.

10-27-2012, 02:33 PM
It is super easy to get into the mindset that WLS is a magic tool and the weight is going to slide right off but there is still so much work that has to be done. I'm still in that mindset sometimes wondering why I am not losing weight and then it kind of hits me, um, maybe it is the thoughtless eating that I still slip into?? We have lifetimes of bad habits to turn around for long term permanent weight loss. I'm so happy that the weight has started coming off for you!! Keep up the good work!

11-04-2012, 12:22 PM
I had a laparoscopic bypass...very easy to recover from it..only five small cuts :)

11-17-2012, 03:22 AM
Today it's 2 months since my surgery and I feel great :)

11-17-2012, 03:23 PM
I'm so glad to read this - do you realize that you lost 20 pounds in a month? an average of 5 pounds a week? looks like you're on your way! keep up the great work!

11-18-2012, 11:53 AM
Yes I do :) it's amazing! I'm really happy with the results and they are really showing...am taking all the old clothes out of the closet and wear them...won't be able to do that much longer I haven't been this size for 10 years. I don't have any smaller clothes lol This makes me happy hehe. Thanks jiffypop for the support! ;)

12-17-2012, 02:34 PM
Today it's 3 months since my surgery. I feel ok,don't have much problems except being sick on evenings. But still I am happy to have done this!

12-17-2012, 06:12 PM
Sleepy, do you know why you are sick in the evenings? Is it vitamin related? Food?

12-17-2012, 06:17 PM
No I dont know yet, been to the doctor today for a blood test...will find out on Wednesday if its vitamin related.

01-17-2013, 04:55 AM
My 4th month today...15weeks since my surgery. I feel ok, the sickness is gone, it's been now for about three weeks I think....so thats cool :) I have no other problems at the moment. Nobody knows why I was sick as all the tests came back perfect. I guess it's just that the body needs to adapt to all the changes.

I've only lost 9 lbs in previous month, but I'm ok with it as I wanted to go a bit slow during the new years. Gave my body a bit of a break and my skin for that matter ;) Since new years I've started losing again and that's those 9 lbs.

All together I only need three more pounds to lose 100lbs...wooohoooo!!!! Hopefuly I'll lose them this week :)

01-29-2013, 07:53 AM
I was hoping WLS would help me with those premenstrual cravings...but it didn't. How can I deal with this? I feel so hungry a few days before my period..it's really annoying!!!!!!

01-29-2013, 10:41 AM
i'd suggest increasing your protein - and making sure you're hydrated and getting enough exercise and sleep. But perhaps most important, make sure you're getting enough calcium and B complex.

The hormone changes associated with the weight loss can make periods MUCH worse [fortunately, I didn't have to deal with it - as i was at THAT ADVANCED AGE!!!! whew! i did indeed dodge a bullet there!]

02-15-2013, 03:12 AM
It's been five months since my surgery and exactly a year since I've decided I had enough.

I've lost exactly 100 lbs. i guess feb.17th is a great date lol.

Last month I've only lost 3 lbs. not much, but I'll take it. I know why it stopped. I can finally eat without feeling sick and the workout is basically zero. I am soooo sick an tired of this winter an snow and cold.

But with all the problems, suffering, illness, sickness..everything I went through this last year...it was still A GREAT year :)

100 lbs??? Woooooohoooooooo! :)

02-15-2013, 09:21 AM
YAY!!!! great job!!! how are you feeling [in spite of the winter]?

and what are some of the big lessons you've learned?

02-15-2013, 09:41 AM
And since I am the siliest person I know lol it's not 17th. I was sure it was...oh well still have two more days...maybe I'll lose a pound heheheh.

Jiffy, the lessons are to be patient, to love life, to love yourself (still working on this one). I am feeling fine, not on top of the world but getting there :) And I am looking normal! I am still 60lbs overweight but now I am just fat, not extremly fat..so even if I wouldnt lose any more weight it was already worth it!

02-18-2013, 10:09 AM
Great insights, Sleepy - i gotta admit, though, that i'm fascinated by people's answers to that Q. In other parts of 3fc, the answers are often 'being satisfied with less' or 'learning to tell if i'm really hungry' or 'finally figuring out how to fit in exercise.'

but around here, the answers are always about the head games we play - about loving our selves, recognizing that we're worth the effort, changing our relationships with food, and therefore with ourselves and with other people.

just a comment...

02-19-2013, 02:44 PM
Yes it is amazing...I guess everything changes when you are not driven by hunger anymore...food becomes unimportant. Maybe when you are loosing weight without surgery food becomes even more important and that's why all the insights are food related and ours are more life related :)

02-20-2013, 10:10 AM
GREAT observation!

03-04-2013, 10:47 PM
I haven't read all of the replies, but I stopped losing 3 weeks post sleeve. That lasted 3 weeks. It was the most frustrating 3 weeks of my life! Once I got past that my losses were consistent. I'm 20 months post op, and I still lose 1/2 lb every now and then. I've lost 130 lbs total, and I'm at my goal. Hang in there, the losses will pick up soon!!

03-17-2013, 10:52 AM
Mommyto3 yes now I know that was normal...I guess I knew that before as well but was still frustrating. Congrats to you...you did really well!

I am at my six month today...it was a good month :) I've lost 13 lbs and am finally filling great..full of energy, positive, life is getting better and better and lighter and lighter hehe. I still need to lose about 50 lbs but thats like apiece of cake...I wont have lol.

03-20-2013, 06:34 AM
Heh I've just seen that some people put a dancing carrot on for every 10 lbs they've lost...so I tried...it looks funny and amazing hehehe

:carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:


03-20-2013, 10:18 AM

04-17-2013, 04:57 AM
I am at my 7th month today. I've been in stall for quite some time now. I hate it of course! My weight is going from 231 to 235. Today I am at 235 so I'll put down that as a 7th month weight ;)

I've started exercising on regular basis, I am really tired and have like zero time to relax...I guess that might also be the reason for not losing. I also think in the past few weeks I've eaten to many carbs, which I am controling now, also adding proteins and with excersising I'm hoping to lose some more. I am so far from my goal yet.

My mind is playing tricks again, telling me this is it, you won't lose any more ect. I am figthing these thoughts and try to stay positive, focusing on what I already done...how far I've come.

So what has changed since my surgery...besides being lighter lol, I can walk 5 miles with no problem and my plan is to walk 8 next weekend. I am full of energy, which is great, more lively (not sure if thats the right ord lol). Anyway, life is better :) and I am happier :)

04-26-2013, 02:09 AM
Finally!!!!!!!!! The scale is moving again :carrot:

04-29-2013, 09:52 PM
Sleepy! I am so excited for you! I took a moment and read through this post, You reminded me of the first year after surgery. the Ups and Downs both emotionally and physically, the stalls, the frustrations, the elation! Whew what a ride! Thanks for sharing the experience, reminds me of my own!

05-07-2013, 06:11 PM
Yes Missangela what a ride :) it's not easy but at the end it is worth it..

05-11-2013, 08:03 PM
Anyone who tries to tell you or anyone that it's the easy way out....send them my way!! It was sooooo not easy! Still have my down times, too. Mostly up times though! I really do believe it is a choice to view the positive in life!

my goal weight is still in reach, but I have decided to stay healthy and focus on the fact that I have maintained more than 100lbs lost even after 5 years. :carrot:

05-19-2013, 04:23 PM
It's been 8th months since my surgery this friday..gosh how things changed. Im doing 10km walks almost every day, yesterday me and my bf went hiking...1100m high..with absolutely zero problems...two years back I could hardly walk 10 m uphill.. Its amazing.
Im losing weight..well kind of strange lol. Im not losing anything for the whole month..and then I lose 10 lbs in one week..then again nothing for the whole month..and so on and onand on lol.

05-23-2013, 02:22 AM
Wooooohooooo first time since My teens I see two digit number on my scale....99,7 kg.... Goodbye 100 I never wanna see you again..:D next goal...getting under 30 BMI...at the moment it's 31.8.


06-13-2013, 03:55 PM
I cant believe how fit Im getting. On sunday we were hiking...the hill was 1000m high...the length we walked up and down was more then 11 miles. 11 miles!!! I walked 11 miles! Amazing.

06-16-2013, 03:51 AM
Another 11 miles hike yesterday and not even a bit tired.. It resulted in another two pounds loss. Love it!

06-16-2013, 10:02 AM
hiking ELEVEN MILES at any weight is a huge accomplishment - and after all that you've been through - my goodness, the world should throw you a BIG party!!!

06-18-2013, 02:49 AM
Haha Jiffy thanks :)) and you know what..I'm throwing my self a party soooooooonnn..only 10 lbs to go and Im under 200...getting there soooon ;)

06-18-2013, 10:20 AM
and to think - you thought you were STUCK at three weeks!!! BTW - you don't need to keep coming back to this thread to post updates - you can always make a new thread.

Cali Doll
06-18-2013, 11:26 AM
Sleepy, congrats on your success! You certinaly are inspiring, chickie! :-)

06-18-2013, 06:22 PM
Yeah Jiffy I know I can open a new thread...I just kind of like this one lol. Ok when I'll reach 200..I gonna open a new one :))

Thank you Cali Doll...it's nice to hear that I inspire..that my journey inspires someone...;)

07-01-2013, 09:35 AM
Don't worry it takes time, it's more of a long term solution than a quick fix

07-01-2013, 10:41 AM
Haha Jiffy thanks :)) and you know what..I'm throwing my self a party soooooooonnn..only 10 lbs to go and Im under 200...getting there soooon ;)

Incredible progress!! WTG.