I had “The Sleeve” Weight Loss Surgery — and I’m so happy!


I’m excited to share that I’m exactly two weeks out from having “the sleeve”, which is a type of weight loss surgery called “vertical sleeve gastrectomy”. It’s called “the sleeve” because the stomach is reduced from the size of a pineapple to a banana, in a “sleeve” shape (think long shirt sleeve). Yeah yeah, it’s a weird name because there’s no actual sleeve or anything that goes on the stomach, but apparently surgeons are not copywriters (and that’s ok — I’d rather them know how to rearrange my guts than give something a cute name).


So… how am I feeling? I feel great. I feel lighter, I feel relieved, I feel grateful, I feel excited. I’m down nearly 25 pounds in just under a month (10 post-op, 10 pre-op), and the tiny bits that I can eat now fill me up beautifully. I am VERY fortunate to have had no surgical complications. (Pre-Op Tip: If you’re a barfy person, ask for “Scopalmine”, a behind the ear nausea patch.) The surgery itself was simple, and honestly, the hardest part of this whole adventure so far has been 1) the pre and post-op liquid diets (I am SO SICK of protein shakes and soup), and 2) the cough I have from the anesthesia tube. Here’s a few answers to common questions I’ve been getting that I wanted to share.

    1. How painful was it immediately after surgery?
      Honestly, not too bad. Giving birth was far worse. I have a very high pain tolerance, but I definitely took the pain meds whenever the nurses offered. It more felt like I woke up and did 10,000 crunches. At two weeks out I have some soreness at the incision that had the drain in it, but honestly, I feel good.
    2. How long were you in the hospital?
      Exactly one night. They make you walk 30 laps (1 mile) around the hospital floor to help you get the preoperative gas out of your stomach. I was pleasantly surprised that the gas wasn’t that bad for me. Once I finished walking, I was given tiny medicine cups to start hydrating, and thankfully, I had no problem getting down my protein drinks or water. I hate being hooked up to all the IVs so once I was sprung free I felt a lot better.


View this post on Instagram


First post-op meal: sorbet, broth, juice. Tastes like heaven 😂 #vsgpostop #doublechindiary #bariatric #vsgcommunity

A post shared by Doublechindiary (@doublechindiary) on

  1. How many incisions do you have?
    I have six small incisions. Most are about 75% healed, with the exception of the one that had the drain in it, which is still a little… weepy, but is on its way. (Yuck!)
  2. How much weight do you want to lose? I’ll be thrilled with 130 pounds, which is about 30 pounds less than my surgeon wants me to lose. My surgeon wants me to lose 160 pounds — and when I joked with him that I hadn’t been that weight since the day I was born, he didn’t think it was that funny 😉 I’ll do my best. I don’t mind a little extra junk in the trunk as long as I feel good, am healthy, and am happy.
  3. Are you hungry?
    I have some fleeting moments of hunger where I can tell I need to hydrate and get in some protein, but it’s nothing at all like the type of hunger a “normal” stomach experiences during the day. Part of the appeal of this surgical procedure is that it removes the portion of the stomach that produces the hunger hormone, so appetite reduction greatly assists weight loss.
  4. How much can you eat?
    Now that I’m back on soft/normal foods, I can get down about two tablespoons of egg salad. I am able to eat a whole scrambled egg which freaked me out at first, but a quick email to my dietitian confirmed that’s totally fine and to remember that everybody is different. My dietitian has advised that the “maximum” for soft foods is four tablespoons at a time, half of which needs to be lean protein. This amount will increase gradually after a few months, but in general, I will never again be able to throw down on a pizza and eat half of it with no regrets.
  5. Are you off work?
    I go back on Tuesday, and have been grateful for the time to rest. I’ve mostly just been tired and have been taking some epic three hour naps. This is normal as the body adjusts to reduced calorie intake.
  6. What has happened that you didn’t expect?
    My first week home from surgery, I only lost two pounds and started to panic that the surgery didn’t work, etc. As much as I love social media, I was comparing myself to other people who had surgery the same day and had lost ten pounds in one week. Sure enough, the second week has had weight melting off of me — I’ve lost 8 pounds this week, which is mind blowing to me. I need to remember that COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY and that my adventure is MINE, nobody else’s. Secondly, I went to the bariatric support group at my hospital and I really enjoyed it. This was a big deal for me, because historically, I’ve hated support groups of any kind, including Weight Watchers. I think what made the difference was that the group was lead by a psychologist — and she was an excellent moderator, cutting people off when they went long, encouraging everyone to talk, and “correcting” harmful or assumptive statements as people said them. As somebody who spent a few years in therapy tackling an anxiety disorder, I really appreciated the structure and genuinely supportive style of this group. I’ll go back as often as I can.

So, in summary — I am so glad I did this surgery. I wish I would have done it ten years ago, but honestly, the timing is perfect for me as I had my beautiful babies and was able to indulge freely in street tacos (pregnancy with Holly) and Oreos (pregnancy with Haddie). I know that I may be in a Honeymoon period right now and things won’t always be easy . Yes, there are hard moments — like smelling freshly baked bread and knowing I’ve said goodbye to bread for a long while, but in general, I think this surgery is just the tool I needed to help me reach my goals. Surgery isn’t a cure for obesity, but it’s a great tool. With exercise, clean eating, and good mental health practice, I feel confident. I’m on my way! Thank you all for your support. I’m so grateful for all the texts, the emails, the flowers, the gifts, the comments, and the phone calls. One beautiful thing about social media is that it often has amazing power of connection and camaraderie, and I’m feelin’ it. If you’d like more frequent updates on my weight loss adventure, follow me on Instagram @DoubleChinDiary.

Any questions? Have at it!

(Want your own plush sleeve tummy? Get it on Amazon here. (Affiliate link: I make a fraction of a penny if you buy it!)).


67 thoughts on “I had “The Sleeve” Weight Loss Surgery — and I’m so happy!

  1. Pingback: I had "The Sleeve" Weight Loss Surgical procedure - and I am so joyful! - All Personal Health

  2. Pingback: I had “The Sleeve” Weight Loss Surgery – and I’m so happy! – Diet Advice Online

  3. Oh, this is a serious step! If you made this decision, then tried to lose weight with the help of diets. Here are some good tips on how to make your weight stable healthdarts.com. Good luck to you!

  4. Pingback: I had “The Sleeve” Weight Loss Surgery — and I’m so happy! – Health And Wellness

  5. Pingback: I had “The Sleeve” Weight Loss Surgery — and I’m so happy! | weight loss recipe

  6. flat belly fix is also good if you want to loss your weight, it have been tested by a friend of mine and he loss 10 pound within a month, you can get it by clicking this link 2DzBtwy. thanks

  7. Great article. I had problems losing weight in the past I weigh 215 pounds way back April 2017 and I was losing hope already but i found out a product called flat belly fix and within 3 months i lost 33 pounds and didn’t feel any side effects I want to help anyone who wants to lose weight fast if you’re interested you can check the product here http://bit.ly/2Y4L0nt

  8. Hello, Love your article!
You are a true inspiration for us all!
I have got some good results lately with this new product, I’ll include the link below for anyone interested in losing some weight themselves. Hope someone can get some value out of it, keep up the good work!

  9. Oh surgery!! Maybe some organic ways of losing fats and weights is the most safer. Try to hit this linkhttp://bit.ly/2ZTxRi3

  10. From a maid to a night princess, yes everyone knows the story of Cinderella and her glass slipper. Fat teen, a fat young woman (my sister was worried about her size too), beefy lady. surfing the net all the daylong to fund a solution for our body problems looks hard. so now the solution fund you as it found my sister before and Cinderella got you as well by giving you the “Cinderella Solution” http://bit.ly/2ZY9gbI let us help each other by making our ladies get in shape

  11. This is a very amazing and heartwarming stories that show how anyone and everyone can improve her/ his life by taking the right steps towards losing weight and looking beautiful inside and out.
    More people are get the best results with this routine.

    learn more: http://rdrurl.com/.2tztf

  12. Pingback: I had “The Sleeve� Weight Loss Surgical procedure — and I’m so completely satisfied! - All Personal Health

  13. wow that’s amazing you had a surgery to take out all the fat out. But what if there was an alternative method to loose weight without going through any surgeries or any radiation that can pose a threat to your health. its safe, guaranteed and worked for thousands, helping you lose weight and keeping you in shape. Yours to discover:https://tinyurl.com/y4bdn99x

  14. This page is doing a great job in terms of informing the masses about weight loss. Many formula actually works in terms of weight loss. One of the most amazing one could be the Cinderella solution. This is one of the most used products in the world about weight loss. Get a look of the product here https://bit.ly/35Ixudx

  15. We are in the same shoes just like I was. I went through much ordeal being fat when I was a kid and puberty striked my hormones got haywrired. But, thank you I found this blog inspirational. No matter what sizes we are beautiful and unique individuals. This product is my go-to regimen and it worked wonders bit.ly/324Jdjx

  16. Pingback: The Curly Girl Method: Two Months Review – la la lyssa

  17. Great article for educating people, we can only take the steps necessary to change our own, sure lose fat and cut down on carbs and sugar when you think about it, it does make sense. I’m also so grateful I found https://bit.ly/3aT7ikv

  18. “doublechindiary is literally the BEST weight loss community anywhere, I read it everyday, and I’m also so grateful I found https://bit.ly/3nGqZ46, it help me not only lose weight but keep it off, hope it helps some others!”

  19. I was doing a lot of research lately on Weight Loss, and I found very interesting facts and tips on how to Healthy food boost your metabolism with Healthy recipes.
    So I posted on my blog, it explains how Healthy Foods to Buy in Bulk, and how they accelerate fat burning.
    You can read it here: https://bit.ly/3vCO5eF

  20. The Double Chin Diary is literally the BEST Weight loss blog. I read it everyday. I’m also grateful I leave this link https://bit.ly/3cqjtGh , it help me a lot to lose weight. Hope this method to help others too. thx :* kiss

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *