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January 29th, 2013

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11:20 pm - Exercise tips?
Wow, a lot of people getting the sleeve nowadays! It wasn't available to me when I had my lap-band done in 2010, but I'm wondering if more people have had success with it?

I'm currently around 260lbs and 5'6" and in the past two years or so (surgery was 12/2010) I've gone up and down but the lowest I've gotten to was about 240lbs. It's definitely not a lot of loss, but I know that's entirely my fault - poor eating habits and lack of exercise and motivation have to do with it, but I'm trying to change!

I want to take baby steps so I don't discourage myself so for now it's food journaling, walking the dogs 4 times a week (about 15 minutes each time), and walking on the treadmill 3 times a week (30-45 minutes each time). I think these are reasonable goals - I like walking on the treadmill a lot and walking the dogs is a short enough trip that I can definitely do it often (these crazy dogs of mine don't like to go on walks, can you believe it!). I can't really do weight lifting (though I enjoy it) because I'll be having surgery soon to have my port removed. Unfortunately it got infected (has anyone else had that happen?) and I'll be on a lift limit until after a second surgery to have a new port put in.

But! I'm wondering if anyone has any other exercise tips or tips for remembering to journal your food... Any advice is appreciated

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Date:January 30th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
I use fitness pal app on my phone and it's great for tracking food and exercise. I also use spark people online for the networking and support.

I am 18 mos out from vsg and have lost 80 lbs, although I started out on the "smaller" side at 240. I'd like to lose another 20 but am really having to fight for those last pounds now, which is actually a good thing. Keeps me motivated! :)
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Date:January 30th, 2013 10:34 am (UTC)
I'll definitely check out the app, thanks! Is spark people online something you need a subscription to?
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Date:January 30th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
I researched extensively before WLS - Band is shown to be not very effective. Lots of people over on ObesityHelp getting revision surgery Band to Sleeve. Check it out. I've lost 70 lbs - happy at that with VSG - I am active, but don't exercise or count calories/carbs. Eat regular meals and most days forget that I had surgery. Living life normally.
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Date:January 30th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
Interesting! My sister, father, and I have all had the band and only my father has had success with it (I think because he was working out for 4 hours a day). Since I've also had complications with the band I was thinking about it, so I'll definitely look into it more.
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Date:February 6th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
I am a band to sleeve. I loved my band - lost 77 pounds with it - but it rubbed a hernia in my diaphram.
I converted to a sleeve....
The thing that my WLS Dr's office is saying - is to work out hard - high intensity - work out to your exhausted... not work out to a level so that you can go 45 minutes.
Work out HARD for 20 or 30 - so long as your exhausted at the end... and then start trying to extend that intensity to 45 minutes.

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