FIVE FAQ’S ABOUT LIVING WITH A GASTRIC SLEEVE

In December 2009 I opted to have a gastric sleeve operation performed.  It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision, in fact it took me over a year to make the decision.  But it’s proved to be one of the best decisions I ever made.

For those who’ve not heard of the procedure before it’s where a surgeon removes 80% of your stomach and leaves behind a tube of stomach.  Unlike the Lap Band it’s irreversible.  Which means that it’s about a life long commitment.

When I tell people about having had the procedure the news is met with a variety of reactions, but the predominant one is of curiosity.  So in an attempt to help answer some of those questions I thought I’d put together a list of questions and responses.  If you have anything else you’d like to know leave me a comment and I’ll be more than happy to answer them.  Who knows I may even collect them up and do another post!

The following answers are just my experience with life after the procedure.  I don’t know anyone else that’s had the procedure so it’s hard to compare experiences.  This information does not replace medical advice, it’s merely my experience and if you’re considering the procedure you should talk to your medical provider and follow their advice.

1. What can you eat?

I can eat whatever my heart desires; just not in big proportions.  Unlike the Lap Band the stomach isn’t restricted so there’s nothing for food to get caught on.  Of course I couldn’t eat anything straight away I had to build up to it over a period of six weeks post surgery.

There’s been some significant changes to the food that I do eat.  Prior to the surgery I was addicted to hot chips, after the surgery I really don’t enjoy them any more.  I used to be a big milk drinker, now milk products make me sick.  It was worse just after the surgery.  I would have a mouthful of milk and I’d be sick.  Now I can eat some cheese and it’s not a big deal.

I can eat bread, pasta and rice.  I used to eat a lot of pasta prior to the surgery, now I don’t eat nearly as much as I used to.  It’s just too heavy and fills me up too quickly.  I tend to eat more rice now as I get a decent size portion before I feel full.

I can eat all meats, it’s just I can no longer eat a Hog’s Breath steak.

2. How much can you eat?

It varies.  When I first moved on to solid foods after the surgery I was struggling to finish 250g of baby food.  However these days I can eat a recommended portion size.

If I have a sandwich I try to have a maximum of three toppings on it, any more and I’m just not going to finish it.  Even with three toppings I’m most likely only going to get two thirds of the sandwich in before I feel full. I try not to eat bread rolls as they are really bulky.

If we eat out in a restaurant I’ll normally only get half a meal in before I’m full.  If we eat fast food, for example McDonalds, I’ll only be able to have a burger or chips – not both.

I can eat more rice than pasta.  Unfortunately I can eat a lot of potato chips in one sitting, so I try to avoid them.  Same goes with lollies or chocolates.

They recommend that you don’t drink while eating, but I’m yet to master that art.  So if I drink either immediately before the meal or during the meal I’ll get a lot less food in.

I have found that the longer I go without food the bigger that first meal can be.  It’s still no where near what I used to be able to eat, it’s not even a full plate of food, but it’s a lot bigger than what I can eat if I’m grazing all day.  I don’t make a habit of going long periods without food, but it’s been an interesting observation.

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3. Do you get sick?

If I eat to much I don’t get throw up sick, but I certainly get the “I’ve eaten too much and will now have to lie on the couch and make moaning sounds”.  In the early days I used to go from eating to full in super speed and I didn’t see it coming.  Now as time has gone on I have a better idea about when it’s time to stop eating.

Interestingly I’ve developed a physiological reaction to being too full, apart from the obvious full feeling.  As I get close to being full my nose starts to run, if I don’t heed the warning and keep eating it turns into full blown sneezing attack. I have no idea why it happens, but my Father has the same thing happen if he drinks too much red wine, so I’ve assumed it’s a family trait.  I’m actually getting to be quite fond of it as it makes me pay attention to what I’m eating.

4.  How fast have you lost the weight?

It’s different for everyone, but I’ve managed to lose 33kg since 1 December 2010.  I need to preface that with the fact that I haven’t watched what I’m eating at all and I haven’t done any other exercise apart from Roller Derby Freshmeat.

After the surgery the weight really fell off, however since May 2010 I’ve only lost 2 kilos.  I think I’ve reached the point where I now have to start doing regular exercise and be more selective about what I eat.  I am still eating a lot of junk food.

I only have another 10kg to go and I’m in the healthy BMI range for my height.  I suspect the last ten are going to make me work for them, but I think it’s about time I did some hard labour.

5.  What do you find most different since the surgery?

It’s been such an interesting experience, one that I wouldn’t trade for all the world.  I have however really struggled with adjusting to the new portions.

We’re told all our lives that we should finish all the food on our plates, but now I rarely get a plate of food with the right portion on it so I find myself often starring at a plate covered in uneaten food.  It can be really hard mentally to get past that.

There’s been times when my frustration level has gone through the roof because I just can’t eat the portion size that I want it.  I know that it’s all mental, I’m actually getting all the calories that I need to survive.  In fact I’m getting more than I need!

I don’t enjoy eating out like I used to.  I just see it as such a waste of money because I end up throwing out a large portion of what I get served.

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That’s the answers to my top five questions, I hope they’ve been helpful in some way.  If there is anything you would like to know about living with a gastric sleeve please let me know either in the comments, or you can contact me via my contact button on the right sidebar.

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  1. Aisha jamal
    March 22, 2013 at 12:53 am (1 year ago)

    I have been overweight all my life and am seriously considering having a gastric sleeve. Any advice or information on how to go about it would be greatly appreciated

    • Balsam
      March 24, 2013 at 6:41 am (1 year ago)

      Hey there! I have been obese my entire life too; I was never thin; not even as a 5 year old. I am 27 now; I had my sleeve in October 2012; 5 months ago; and I lost 38kg so far. I was 172kg. It is the best decision I ever made.
      I don’t know where you live so I can’t give advice regarding a doctor; but you need to research the doctor well; forums are full of discussions and you will surely find someone who knows a doctor in your city/country. You need to make up your mind; decide that is is time to change; and make sure you have support if you are the type who depends on family. If you live alone and prefer it this way; like me; then just go ahead; being by yourself means no one will interfere with your meals and bug you to eat a “bit” more. But still you’ll need support the first 3-5 days as it will be a bit sore or painful to move much. Think carefully and if you want to change your life and you have the will; then by all means go ahead and get yourself a new you!

  2. Angelene
    April 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm (1 year ago)

    I am having the sleeve surgery on the 17th of April (2013) and I am getting a bit nervous. reading this blog and the subsequent comments have made me feel alot more comfortable. I am concerned about the surgery itself but I was wondering “will I ever be able to eat normal food again”?
    I am excited for the future. And wish you all the best with reaching your goals.

    • Deanna Parisi
      September 15, 2013 at 9:58 am (7 months ago)

      Hi there, I had the sleeve in Sept 2010. I lost all my weight. I still can only eat very small portions of regular “healthy food”. Junk food is much easier to eat unfortunately, but the size of my stomach prevents over eating. I can pretty much eat anything, but some days certain foods react funny. Pasta with tomato sauce is the hardest for me, but pasta made other ways is fine. So I think everyone is different. Biggest thing is no matter what I eat I have to eat slower than I used to. Eating to fast always causes me to throw up. Also waiting too long between meals tends to make it harder to eat. I can drink pop (soda) never had problems with dairy. Stress affects my eating also. But on a day to day basis I am very happy I did it. You adjust to the eating portions. it doesn’t bother me at all to eat little, my family makes fun of my eating cause I can down a bag of chips but cant eat 4 oz of chicken. you learn to eat left overs. One meal at a restaurant is 2 or 3 meals for me. If you really like something you can eat more of it later. Your stomach tells you when your full, listen to eat. Getting sick can be the difference of one more bite. Good luck

  3. S.millowitz@aol.com
    April 25, 2013 at 12:38 am (12 months ago)

    How did you feel immediately after surgery?
    How long did you stay in the hospital?
    How long until you felt fine?
    Does it feel tight or like anything is left in your stomach??
    Thank you! I’m
    Scared but seriously considering the surgery!

    • debbie
      April 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm (12 months ago)

      you feel I little sore, I had a very sore shoulder (from the gas). I was operated on the 24.01.13 out 26.01.13. I was back to feeling fine in aprox 1 week. No feeling of tightness or anything left in your stomach. It is the best thing I have ever done. For about 1 week of discomfort it is so worth it. good luck.

    • Treyci
      September 22, 2013 at 4:57 am (7 months ago)

      I can answer a couple of questions. I’m just over a year on my gastric sleeve and have no regrets. I’ve lost almost 100 pounds and am only 20 pounds from my goal. I will admit the first few months were way to easy to lose and I forgot to try and put on 10 pounds. I’m back on track and realize nothing comes for free. Walk around the block once a day and the rest will sail off your body. I look at myself now and sometimes don’t even recognize my own face.
      I eat what I want but very small portions and I eat very slow. It takes 20 minutes for your food to reach your stomach. If you eat too fast in 20 minutes you will feel uncomfortable. Make your meals a ritual, plan your time so you can eat slowly.
      For pain after the surgery? There was NONE. The worst part was the nausea, like I was on a tilt-a-whirl for 3 days straight. I got out of the hospital on a Thursday and played kickball with my grandson in the yard on Saturday. I have no regrets life is good now. I’m happy and confident, and more energy. No more insulin for diabetes and no more sleep apnea. A new person was born the day I had my surgery.

  4. RobynCallaghan
    April 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm (12 months ago)

    Hi everyone, Iam in the process of seeing Drs, Nurse, Dietitian etc. I know the sleeve is the right way to go but still feeling abit nervous.

    • debbie
      April 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm (12 months ago)

      One of the best things I have done for myself, hubby and son. So much more energy, I am so much happier and life is great.

  5. D. Asiedu
    May 7, 2013 at 11:36 am (12 months ago)

    I am 10 weeks post sleeve surgery. No problems! The desire for fast foods fades with time if you hang in there. It is only mouth hunger not real hunger. I eat only low fat,no bread, no sugarnow with no problem. I have lost 43 pounds,and feel wonderful. I started with a gym at 7 weeks post surgery. I use only the machines and feel very strong! I am 78 years old and was a couch potato before. If I can do it, so can you!

  6. RobynCallaghan
    May 15, 2013 at 10:38 am (11 months ago)

    I have my date for gastric sleeve surgery 8/7/2013 can,t wait.

  7. dede
    May 25, 2013 at 3:35 am (11 months ago)

    Hi I would like to how gastric sleeve stop u from eating, what will happen if u over eat?

    • callie
      July 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm (9 months ago)

      It gives you that full feeling if you do eat to much you will probably throw up

  8. Claire
    June 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm (11 months ago)

    Hello. I had a failed gasyric sleeve surgery in december. I am going back for a second attempt with a guru surgeon on 1st july. Due to that failed surgery i am extremely nervous, but i know its the best thing for my health.

    • Claire
      June 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm (11 months ago)

      I have bought a blender and stocked up on recipes for green smoothies etc to ensure that once im sleevef, i get vitamins minerals etc.. is this a good idea?

  9. Vincent
    June 5, 2013 at 12:20 am (11 months ago)

    I am told that your desire for eating is greatly diminished because the part of your stomach that is removed holds the ‘nerves’ that tell you, you are hungry.
    Was that your experience?
    Thank You!

    • Deanna Parisi
      September 15, 2013 at 10:05 am (7 months ago)

      Vincent you never loose the desire to eat your just full very fast. I have lost the desire to over eat because eating just one bite too many for me makes me feel awful and you usually throw up. but you learn to listen to your stomach. Its been 3 years I weigh now 125lbs and love it. my husband and I love to eat out you adjust your eating but I pretty much can eat anything. and I am very good at eating my left overs. I ask the waitress for a doggy bag as soon as we sit down. lol

  10. Colin Hobson
    June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (10 months ago)

    I’m off today at 1pm to get the sleeve done. At present I’m 129 kg. ill up date as time goes on. I’m looking forward to the new way of life and energy. At 53 with medical problems I feel this is the answer. I also think I will save the cost of the surgery in the first 6 mths. Until then .

    • Colin Hobson
      June 23, 2013 at 8:58 am (10 months ago)

      Well it’s done and already I can feel the difference. I went in at 130 kg I’ve lost 5 kg so far. Don’t forget the tummy was about 1kg but that’s a bonus. Hospital food can make you loose weight but if you are unable to eat it. I feel sore in the tummy and getting up it still hurts. Other wise no other pain. Am I hungry ? Yes you still get those hunger pains but 100grm yoghurt fills that spot. I’m having a chocolate protein shake with full cream milk ,yoghurt , and purée fruit . I’m full. Home today and looking forward to it. Holy cross was fantastic and Dr George’s work and his team are on the ball. Cheers till next time. Colin

    • Jeff
      September 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm (7 months ago)

      Colin, you situation is a close match of my own. I would love to hear how you progress. Thanks for your encouragement, everyone.

      • charlotte
        October 1, 2013 at 6:56 am (7 months ago)

        i had my sleeve on 18th sept 2013 im now 17lbs lighter in just 10 days….. not had any sickness or pain

  11. Cate
    June 27, 2013 at 9:32 am (10 months ago)

    Needing advice, im booked in for a sleeve on November 6th 2013, its daunting, I know a few who’ve been sleeved and a few that have been Bypassed and all seem to condemn what the other has had done and swears what they did was the best…. any one got any advice?
    Ive had a band removed a few months ago, after 20 years it had to come out, but im stuck on deciding whether to sleeve or bypass, any advice would be appreciated.

    • Viviane Amer
      June 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm (10 months ago)

      Hey when i wanted to do my surgery i did loadsss of research and beleive me from my own experience speaking iv had a very smooth surgery and a smoother recovery and had never been better since…
      I did a gastric sleeve and at first i lost weight and got very tired physicaly and mentaly but thts wt u should expect…it’s a long journy towards a new life!
      Mind that u mite need at somepoint to get some vitamens in ur system but not like the case of a bypass where you will have to take medicine for the rest of your life…

    • Eric
      September 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm (7 months ago)

      My surgery is booked for nov 4th..but may have it sooner if I can get clearance from all the pre surgical tests..so realistically it can be mid October ..had band for 3 years , didn’t lose anything , only made me choke..I’m super psyched and a little nervous..I know once its done it’ll be all worth it…I want to be the person I was when I wasn’t 350 lbs..energetic , lively,happy..I owe it to myself and my family…

  12. Viviane Amer
    June 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm (10 months ago)

    Heyyy there!
    I relate a lot to your nicely written article for iv had the surgery too almost two years ago!and it’s really been the best decision i ever made in my life so far. I had a lot of glands problems and suffered since i was 14 now it’s been way much better. If any one has any questions concerning the surgery feel free to contact me: viviane.am@outlook.com
    Best Regards

  13. RobynCallaghan
    July 20, 2013 at 10:17 am (9 months ago)

    Hi Everyone, I had my gastric sleeve done just on two weeks ago. I left hopital after 5 days without any pain, My type 1 Diabetes has never been better and I feel really good, but can someone tell me when they went off there Blood pressure tablets etc was it straight away or after sometime thanks.
    Robyn.

  14. I Love Exercise
    August 1, 2013 at 4:21 am (9 months ago)

    Congratulations! 33 kg is a lot of weight. A LOT!

    As you wrote in the post, exercise is probably needed for the last 10 kg. In fact, exercise is needed not only to lose weight, but to have a good overall health as well. So I hope you get a good exercise program and get started right away.

    Good luck! :)

  15. Annette
    August 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm (9 months ago)

    I had my sleeve done on July 18th and I am good. 2 days in hospital with wonderful nurses and docs. I am a little weak and sore but I see Dr tomorrow and he should putme on pureed food, so I can get poor protein in me. I can onlydo 2ozs at a time but am totally satisfied. I was 259lbs before and since pre op diet and surgery I am at 232 July 30th. I am happy I did this.Also got to stop my insulin shot before I even left the hospital. Yeah!!!!! Good luck everyone…..it is worth it.

  16. Sue
    August 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi everyone, it’s my first day home from the hospital today after my sleeve. Feeling a bit nervous and had the middle of the night terrors last night ” omg what have I done I love my food”. Feeling better this evening though and brought some small soups from Woolworth’s that were quite tasty. The hospital food was so bland soup or gravy mix, not quiet sure. Lost 9 kilos so far goal is probably 40 kilos away. Thanks for all your posts. It made me feel better that there’s a normal life to be had.

  17. leeann
    August 5, 2013 at 5:03 am (9 months ago)

    I had my surgerey on 31 of August, today I had a. deit coke to help me make an blurp , i feel fine, was that to early to be drinking.

  18. melissa schulz
    August 15, 2013 at 1:43 am (8 months ago)

    Thanks for taken the time to writ such a great piece on content. I have also suffered from being overweight since I was a teenager. I had a gastric sleeve surgery in September 2012 and have lost a small person in weight about 148 pounds. I know for me it was the best decision I ever made ans now I want to give back to other with the same obesity issues.

  19. Latasha Howard
    August 16, 2013 at 4:08 am (8 months ago)

    I had the sleeve june 17 ,2013 and i feel wonder ful and only heartburn which i take medicine for that and i am on vitamins of course and slowly trying to exercise.

  20. Rene
    August 29, 2013 at 7:21 am (8 months ago)

    I’m had my psyc eval yesterday, my stress test today and am having my sleep study tonight. I am very excited going thru this process but don’t have my surgery scheduled yet.

    I’d like to know if someone could tell me what they drank after the surgery for meals and if you felt like you were starving. I’d like to know what brand of protein drinks worked best for everyone.

  21. EJ
    September 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi there, once I had my 1st child at 18yrs I couldn’t lose the baby weight and continued to get bigger and bigger. I have tried many things to lose small amounts of weight only to regain it all back with extras. My latest attempt was my best ever, I lost 25kg, but it was hard work and took me over 2yrs to do and in the last few months of slowing down on the constant food watching and gym work-outs I have managed to regain 15kgs. I have got to a point where I feel I need extra help from a gastric sleeve or get used to being the fat person who locks herself in the house and has no life. There are 2 things that bother me about having the operation and was wondering if anyone can help shed some light on them:
    1. I have a serious choc problem I cannot control…how will this op help with it??
    2. I am afraid I will feel like a failure for taking the ‘easy way out’ and not just working my ass off…has anyone had these feelings and how do you feel post op??
    Thank you for taking your time to read my post.

  22. Louise
    September 18, 2013 at 10:06 am (7 months ago)

    I just had my gastric sleeve done on Thursday night on 12th Sept. After waking up I had extreme pain in my shoulders but it soon left. I also had my gallbladder out and a hernia repair done. I got home on the Monday 16th Sept. I found it hard to sleep in the hospital bed and the food was terrible. They gave me this chicken like broth that smelled terrible, jello, apple juice, water and a lemon icy pole. Almost all of it had sugar in it so I didn’t really want to eat it. Just couldn’t eat the broth finally. I am feeling great. I can only take small amounts of liquids. My favourite thing to drink is Ningxia Red from Young Living. It gives you an amazing boost and tastes great. I also have some miso, peach tea. My doctor said I could have Optifast but I don’t like drinking it because it has sugar in it. I’m trying to find an alternative protein drink without sugar. If anyone has any ideas that would be nice. I am also using my power plate to exercise and walking a little. Altogether a good start plus I’m losing weight.

  23. Jan
    September 22, 2013 at 3:05 am (7 months ago)

    I was brought into hospital with an infection 13 weeks ago weighing in at 249 kilo. It was suggested that I was a candidate for surgury ( I had never considered this) and was put on the Cambridge diet (14 glasses of milk a day) for 10 weeks and then 71/2 glasses of milk and 600 calories of food, after this regime I now weigh 193 kilos. I am due to have a gastric sleeve opereration in the next two weeks. I do wonder if the weight loss I have already achieved will affect my any losses after the operation. I must admit I am nevous but reading all the comments here has been enlightening, thanks to all.

  24. Darlene
    September 27, 2013 at 8:57 am (7 months ago)

    I just had mine done 9.17.13 so far so good, feeling great, never feel hungry, just feel empty so I know it’s time to put something in my stomach. My only problem right now is I miss eating, I know I will have it back in time. :-)

  25. Yvonne
    September 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm (7 months ago)

    I will have my sleeve surgery in Nov 2013 and I am getting really nervous because I hear you can lose you hair and my hair is already very thin. Does this happen and can I do anything to prevent it?

  26. Nikki
    September 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi everyone. My husband has told me he wants a gastric sleeve and has seen specialists who say he is a perfect candidate. I am reading up on every thing and most people are glad they got it done however I am just really concerned that it is a major operation and is irreversible. Is it something that you would say should only be done as a last resort? My husband is only 30 and has a family history of heart problems. He sees this as the best option to ensure he doesnt continue with his heart problems,blood pressure and weight gain. He doesn’t want to yoyo diet for another 10 yrs or more. Should we be trying alternative things first? Sorry so many questions but I just want to support him as much as I can. I just don’t know if this is the right thing. I would hate for him to have regrets about such a life changing process this young. Also how long until you felt “normal” again after surgery?

    • Trish Cormack
      October 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Nikki
      I had the lap band in 2006, I eventually lost more than 40 kilos with it but that was mainly through starvation as I couldn’t eat much of anything. I am booked in to see a specialist and will probably have the band removed and have a sleeve bypass.
      I am replying because I am an advanced registered nurse and from what I have experienced from my own personal level and from counselling clients is that for some people there is not a normal relationship with food and the only way to maintain a normal weight is with surgery. Why wait another 10 years and do another 10 years damage to your body? I think that mentally, the weight gain and loss that comes from yoyo dieting screws you up also.
      Good luck

    • RobynCallaghan
      October 13, 2013 at 1:57 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Nikki,
      I think your husband is very lucky to have a caring wife as you are. I had a sleeve done on the 8th of July 2013, I have been a type 1 diabetic for 42 years, with high blood pressure, over weight, my eye sight wasn’t good since having the surgary I havn’t felt better, apart from losing weight 19 kilos so far my blood pressure has droped, my eye sight has improved my over all health has improved greatly and I wished I had of had it done years ago. I had no problems with the surgery or with the recovery after surgery. It takes a little time to get use to the smaller serves of food but belive me it is well worth it. Only your husband can decide on what he wants to do, I wish him well and I would say go for it.
      Robyn.

  27. John
    October 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm (6 months ago)

    I have been a regular and large beer drinker for more years than I can remember. Will I be able to keep drinking beer after sleeving?
    Regards
    John

  28. melissa
    November 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm (5 months ago)

    I have been overweight since I hit my teen years I have my sleeve operation scheduled for Jan 20 2013 now that I know its only a couple months away it seems so realtime extremely nervous is there any concerns about leakage that anyone has exoerienced?

    • melissa
      November 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm (5 months ago)

      I meant January 20 2014

  29. Jessica
    November 23, 2013 at 10:41 am (5 months ago)

    You don’t watch what you eat and you eat a lot of junk food….why? What about your protein? I was sleeved only 5 days ago but Im already obsessed about making sure to get in all my protein. My nutritionist said the people who don’t get in all their proteins (60-80grams a day) will probably gain it back. A Mcdonalds hamburger? seriously?? Sorry to be so rude but this kind of shocked me

    • gnomeangel
      November 23, 2013 at 10:58 am (5 months ago)

      This post was written over 3 years ago and was me being honest about what I did after my surgery. I haven’t gained a single gram back since having the surgery.

      I was honest about eating junk food because I’m a realist – good for you watching what you eat and listening to your nutritionist, but not everyone is like that (or they probably wouldn’t be in the position of contemplating surgery) and I know that I will never give up the occasional “bad” meal so why lie and make out like I’m some saint. (And you’ll note I said “if” we eat out not “I eat out every day and junk food is all I eat!”)

      I wish you luck on your journey and may your resolve always be strong.

  30. Lara
    March 10, 2013 at 4:59 am (1 year ago)

    I was sleeved on 2/28/13. Initially I was feeling very tired but I think it was due to not eating. I’ve been able to take in fluids just fine. I have tested the waters with creamy potato soup and have found that I can only eat about 4 teaspoons full. My weight on 2/28/12 was 183lbs. Today, I am 173lbs. I am so glad I made the decision to get the gastric sleeve. I think the hardest part is watching your family eat all the food you used to eat, and not be able to eat any of it.

  31. debbie
    April 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm (1 year ago)

    I was operated on 12 weeks ago, and yes you will be able to eat normal foods again, just a smaller portion. I serve my dinner on a bread and butter plate. There are some foods, like steak is heavy and makes it a little harder to eat but I am not a big red meat eater anyway. Just enjoy your experience and take it one day at a time. good luck with your operation. Best thing I have done for my self. :)

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