About

After years of struggling with our weight, my husband and I had vertical sleeve gastrectomy’s performed in Mexico on August 2, 2013. This blog details our journey, our thoughts and challenges, and the recipes we’re using to keep ourselves nourished.

If you are on other weight loss forums such as VST or Bariatricpal, my userid is gamergirl 

On Pinterest, you can find me at http://www.pinterest.com/twosleevers  All the recipes I post are bariatric-friendly.

 

A Little More About Me

I am 47 and mom to a 23 year old and a 13 year old, both boys. My younger one is adopted and I have wanted adopt once since I was 12 years old. My husband and I were sleeved together August 2, 2013, so I’m probably earlier out than most of you.

I was skinny as a child and as a young woman. At 21, I was pregnant and complications had me hospitalized for 7 weeks. I lost weight daily and had it pumped back into me through a PICC line. Naturally this upset my metabolism a bit. I was unable to have that baby but during my second pregnancy at 23 I lost weight. At seven months, I still wore the same jeans as I did before pregnancy. But something had shifted in my metabolism.
By the time I was 30, I started to pile on the pounds. I started lifting weights and eating clean, but six months later, had lost only 1 lb. My trainer cried :) We realized I had an underactive thyroid. Once I got on the thyroid meds, I started to lose. But, I also developed Rheumatoid Arthritis–which we were slow to recognize because I believed the soreness and inflammation was from lifting weights (I was leg pressing 200 lbs, 3 sets of 15, of course it was going to hurt, right? wrong.) I refused to take the meds because I didn’t want immunosuppressants, and I was told I could wait a while before I really needed them.
I waited too long. The doc meant wait for a year, I waited 5 years. The weight piled on.
Now started a period of trying every diet under the sun, without losing anything. South beach, paleo, vegetarian, eating 1200 calories, I tried everything (Except no carbs). I didn’t understand this at first, but losing weight is near impossible while your body is inflamed. I also realize now that I was carb addicted. I ate 1200 calories of virtually all carbs, no protein. I had many excuses about why I didn’t need to eat protein–but I was becoming carb-addicted and insulin resistant.
Then 2 years ago I got misdiagnosed with Lyme disease. The treatment almost killed me. Bed-ridden for months, unable to walk, unable to eat, lost 40 lbs in 3 months. After ignoring my doctors and self-treating (including teaching myself to walk), I got myself healthy again. But my body was sure it was going to starve. It hung on to every calorie I ate. I gained 50 lbs in 5 months and I hit 230 lbs, my highest weight. What really scared me was that at 45 years old, for the first time in my life I had uncontrollable hunger. I’ve starved myself before and it was no big deal. Now, it seemed like I was never full, no matter what I ate. Again, I’m sure it was my body responding to being starved for all those months but I felt out of control.
There was nothing left. I didn’t want to die fat, I want to learn how to scuba, there are places I want to hike and places I want to visit. I can’t do that fat. I told my husband–who was very opposed to surgery–that he could make his own decisions but I was not going to die fat. It changed his mind and we got sleeved together.  Loving the journey and hope this blog helps you.

5 Responses to “About”

  1. auntcynthiashouse September 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    I am 14 months post sleeve surgery and down 111 lbs. Thank you for the great recipes. I don’t cook much but these
    recipes look so good I am going to give them a try.

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    • sleevers September 16, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Hi there!I try to post very simple ones. Most of us seem too busy to cook, and a lot of sleevers that I meet haven’t spent much time cooking before. If there’s a particular thing you’d like to see a recipe for, do let me know and I will see about creating one. 🙂

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  2. Dee October 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Hello, Gamegirl.
    A friend of mine told me about your blog from VSG forum and I want to say thank you for these recipes. I don’t like to cook but, some of theses look pretty simple. Thanks again.

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    • sleevers October 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Welcome Dee glad to have you. I try to keep the recipes simple but tasty and high-protein. I hope you enjoy them!

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  3. changingthisyear April 24, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    Good Evening, I just ran across your blog looking for liquid bariatric recipes. Like you, I am following this journey with my husband. My husband had the sleeve surgery done Oct 2014 and I was finally able to get mine done last week April 15, 2015! Your recipes look delicious and hopefully they will be easy to do because I am not a cook but I really want to try some of these. We both love Indian food so I am excited about some of your options!

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