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  1. I had my surgery done on 11/30 and have found this process was so much more difficult then I had imagined. I had read everything in the book, and had done so much research and practiced this sip sip sip thing before the surgery. My world basically has flipped upside down. I cannot tolerate anything with more than 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar, or thick proteins. I dump on EVERYTHING. It's absolutely frustrating, beyond frustrating, so depressing. I thought that I would rock this, and be absolutely perfect at it. I was horribly wrong. This is nothing like I thought. 

    I've had to go to the ER for an IV and a CT scan because they thought I had a leak. Turns out no leak and I was just waiting for the IV to finish and was sent home. I was sickly, because of the OXYcodone they gave me for pain. I can no longer take my pain medications because I dump when I take it. I hate dumping it's the worst feeling in the whole world.

    Im getting so frustrated because I cannot do any protein at this point without dumping, I've tried like 5 different protein shakes. It's horrible. I know that I'll get through this eventually, but it just blows. 

    Sorry, vent over.

  2. I know I shouldn't be complaining, it's not really that bad, but remembering to do it is.   Having to do a calorie count is not easy either.  I try to plan my meals better now, so I can write everything down in the morning, then if I have to add anything I can.

    How do you all do it??

  3. First the stats:

    Day of surgery:  Sept 1; 191 lbs 

    Today: Oct 29;  bouncing around between 169 and 173.

    So now I am almost 2 months out and I am in a bit of a pause.  Sigh.  I have moved to fairly normal foods, per the doc, but I think I have slipped back into some old habits.  Grazing and snacking.

    Even though the amount of Grazing and snacking is a severely reduced volume of food....it is there.  I think my brain hunger is based on the weather getting rainy and chilly.  I have fallen back to "but it's just yogurt...it is a healthy snack"  -- when intruth, that same size yogurt is really a meal for me now.  I have to remind myself that there is likely no sick thing as a snack for me any more.  I used to pick my way thru the morning...now that would spell disaster.

     So my plan is to only allow myself into the kitchen to prepare a plate. .. a full meal... and not grab and go.  That full meal may look exactly like the thing I am grabbing and going with, but it represents a break from a long g-instilled habit.

    My husband is amazing--he has taken over prepping meals bc he knows me like I know me. 

    Thanks for listening--I think I figured this one out.

  4. kisten1210
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    so ...  Surgery was February 4 of this year. Since March I have sounded like I have severe bronchitis with a squirrel stuck in my throat! I finally started going to an ENT  to figure out what was going on. In the process he found nodules on my larnynx and wanted me to have it checked out by a G.I. doctor  because he believed that it was caused from Gerd even though I have had Gastric Bypass... after talking to my surgeon he said that Gerd can still happen after surgery ...  Very slight chance but can still happen. 

    This last week I ended up getting an upper G.I. scope and they found that my vocal chords and my larnynx were pretty severely damaged and very scared - during intubation during surgery.  I am just in the beginning stages of this, but it's kind of sad, and I going to sound like this forever? Yes I am healthier I am 125 pounds lighter and I am still alive but they damaged my vocal chords!  I sound like a man ... hot!

    happier note!  They checked out my pouch  and it is perfect size… As well the openings at both ends are perfect! And my intestines look great. Finally he said my surgeon did a fantastic job!

    any advise?  What would you do if this was you?

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    I had a revision of my lap band which I had several years ago. My sleeve was done 06/15 and I have recently hit a plateau. I have been ranging from 167-168. It seems like the scale just doesn't want to move. I am active and watch what I eat. How can I get past this I keep asking my self. I know that I have become a slave to the scale and have been trying to stay away. I even moved it down to the livingroom but that doesn't seem to stop me. I still find my way down there before getting into the shower for the day. I just hope that this doesn't last to long.

     

     

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    SW 218

    CW 168

    GW 145

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    HI, I just had my revision from lap band to ryn bypass on Nov. 4th.  Still in a lot of pain. especially when getting up and down.  I'm  surprised howi feel hungry at times.. wasn't like that when  had the lap band surgery back in may 2009.  anyone else in the same boat and pointers?

  6. AskAnt305
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    Good morning TT family, 

    Got the new diet from the doc, starting phase three... pureed foods...yum.... I will start tomorrow got to go shopping first I bought a ninja prep pro just for this... my old blender really didn't work for this part.  So. It's the middle of October and I'm suppose to be on this for the next three weeks, I made a fission to stay off the scale as best as I could I found myself jumping on three times a day and getting confused so I'll try this out... I got a little lazy on getting to the gym but it's more of a time issue then me not wanting to go, I really want to go!!! Not sure if anyone is following my YouTube channel from here but my next one will be up soon it's do I n got be on the insurance process. Well off I go melting away.. till next time...

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    Today I handed in my hospital admin papers. It's all systems go.

    i keep thinking that at this time in 2 weeks time, it will be done! 

    When I was in line today, another lady was handing in her papers too. When I went to leave she pulled me aside and said she overheard I was getting the same operation as her. She has her surgery 4 days before me and was very nervous. 

    I was trying to support and relax her which was weird as I'm very anxious too. 

    She kept saying that I will look amazing once the weight was off especially because I was young! Lol this woman looked in her late 40s, so i couldn't help but say that I am 40. Well she almost died, couldn't believe it and thought I was in my early 30s!!! Geez the past 7 days of dieting, detoxing, 3ltrs of water daily and losing 6kg must be working lol!!!! 

    We wished each other the best :) 

     

    13 days to go! 

  7. I am doing well.  I have been so busy with my new job and the little ladies starting back to school.  I am down 111 pounds.  I only have about 14 pounds to my goal weight.  There are many positives.  I have decided to train for a half marathon.  I have been running for several months but I felt like I needed something more.  I run usually 3 days a week for 3 or 4 miles but I have recently added Sunday as my long day and last week I did 6 miles.  So hard to believe that I was able to run 72 minutes straight and I didn't really feel bad afterwards.  I feel so blessed to have had this tool to help me reach goals that I never thought were attainable.  Another positive is the energy that I have.  It is amazing.  

    One weird thing is clothes shopping.  I know I am an abnormal female.  I hate it.  It is so hard trying to find clothes that fit that are appropriate and long enough.  I don't want to dress like my teenage daughters or like my mother so this has been a little bit of a struggle for me.  Today I am actually wearing my first pair of leggings.  OMG I love them.  It is like being in workout pants at work.  LOL!!!

    Negative side is my mother.  She is always the first to give me back handed compliments.  Like you look pretty but don't lose anymore weight you face is too thin.  It is hard because she lives with me.  I usually have my husband there to keep me grounded but I am afraid she is going to get a good lashing from my mouth when and if she hits me on an off day.  

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  8. Tuesday will be 5 weeks post op. I still am unable to eat anything that is not liquid or pureed....is that normal? I'm still struggling with my water intake and protein. I have days were my food has been stuck for 12 hours before I was able to vomit it up. I can also feel everything go down which tends to be painful, including water. Can't complain about the weight loss...start 326... Surgery date 316....today 256.
  9. leigha
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    So I have started my new job and I LOVE it. I now work at an involuntary evaluation and treatment center. It is basically a psych ward. I do admits and discharges.

    I have lost 117lbs and and 3 lbs away from being under 300lbs. I have been going to the gym regularly and swimming. Aside from my back hurting I am starting to feel like I have a new lease on life. Yesterday while at the gym my trainer put me on a leg press and put it at 320lbs and said "Hey that is more than what you weight now!" That was surreal, so she wanted me to leg press my former weight of 419lbs, I did it, it was hard. She wanted to try too so she sat her small self down and pressed with all her might and couldn't move the press. She just looked at me and said I don't know how you carried all that weight around. Neither do I, but I did for years.

    My tenth wedding anniversary is in a couple of weeks, 10 years ago we didn't have any money so we don't really have any quality wedding photos. Literally there isn't one picture of us both facing the camera. A couple of weeks ago I was able to FIT into my dress! I wore it around the house for like an hour. So I have contacted a photographer, she did family photos in December and let her know what I want to do. She is excited and I am in planning mode. On my wedding day I went to get my hair done and came out looking like a alien, my hair was pulled so tight. I ended up going home after and using baking soda to pull all the hair spray out. and then just wore my hair straight and down. This time I want to do victory rolls, my hair is red now, and used to be brown, so I think the dramatic hair will rock! I am planning to do a classic cat eye and red popping lips. I am making a few mementos for our pictures too so that we have a prop in the photos that show 10 years. I am so excited to have this opportunity

    My work schedule is weird so I am not on as much as I used to be, but know that I am rooting for each one of you and here if you need me!.

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    Hello all. First let me thank you all as your stories have helped me prepare for this journey.

    I am 6 days post-op from Gbp and am still pretty uncomfortable. The pain is about a 5-6 and I just feel like crap. The surgery was pretty long (5 hours). Dr said I had a lot of scar tissue from prior abdominal surgeries.

    I guess in wondering when will I start to feel good again. I feel like I have gas or something trapped in my lower esophagus but liquid is passing and I'm also confused by what appears to be hunger pains. I can stand or stomach the protein shakes so I've taken to eating yogurt and instant breakfast.

    Any advise to make this tough time any easier?

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    I'm on day 3 of my 5 day liquid diet. DAY 3! I'm getting the hang of this. Discovered a way to satisfy my need for savory foods. Most protein shakes are so sweet, my tongue says, "Enough already! No more sweet stuff!" So I bought some unflavored protein powder. Now I can add it into vegetable juices or beef broth, etc. I'm also enjoying Campbell's Healthy soups. Just strain or puree the tiny bits of onion or such. Yum!

    Keeping my energy levels up has been a struggle. Having a boost of extra protein helps and keeping the water up helps too.

    I'm surprised, but the thought of fast food is losing its appeal. I'm hoping it goes away completely after surgery.

    Oh. Here's a perk. I've lost 7 pounds since I started the pre-op diet. I can't remember the last time I lost 7 pounds this fast.

    So, just 2 1/2 more days and I'm on the next step!

  10. ok, so I was going to play it smart and not weigh myself until my 2 week check up. After all, I have a lower BMI(start at 32), so I am not going to have an amazingly fast weight loss. I also tend to retain IV fluids forever, and everybody knows that any weight you lose is "just water weight" so it doesn't count....and I have been steadily increasing my fluids every day, so my goal here is to play it smart.

    So I got on the scale yesterday and it reported a number I haven't seen in a long while. So thinking that it was probably bouncing around, I quietly recorded it. I mean, i have mainly rested since surgery, nothing like the intense exercise I have done for several months leading up to surgery. I mean, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if I gained weight...that is my track record.

    Holy cow! i am down 9.5 pounds on Day3 Post Op! My bmi is 30.9, and I can hardly believe it. 185.5!!!

    Of course my belly is still swollen, from the surgery, but yowser! I am definitely on my way!

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    azrngolfer
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    Hi. My name is Dawn. I am using this forum to document my WLS journey, so feel free to travel with me...... I will need your support and experiences at some point!

    I have struggled with being overweight all my life. In 2002, I hit my all-time high weight of 250 pounds, moved to Arizona, and lost 75 pounds because I was golfing 3+ days a week while walking the course in 100+ degree Arizona summer! Then in 2005, I injured my back and neck and, over the course of the next several years, I regained all the weight and then some, putting me at my new all-time high of 255 pounds. At 5'1", my BMI of 48 put me in the classification of morbidly obese, and nearing super obese! Funny thing is, although I knew I was overweight and hated the way I looked, I would never had considered myself morbidly obese. And throughout my life, IF I told someone how much I weighed (which was not often), I always heard "no way" or "you do not look it" or "you carry it well" or something similar.

    However, now I was not only suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia from my injury, but my knees and hips were starting to hurt, and I knew it was only a matter of time before my health really started to deteriorate. I turned 47 this June, and I have a disabled adult son who is wheelchair bound and whom I need to be able to care of for many years to come, so I decided that I needed to take serious action to lose weight and improve my health. Actually, I had already made some other changes in the past 1 1/2 years, such as giving up ALL fast food since May of 2014 and quitting smoking on March 27, 2015.... both of those major accomplishments were before I had decided to seek bariatic surgery.

    My Primary Care Physician and my Pain Management Providers both recommended me for bariatric surgery and I received my referral to a great Bariatric Center of Excellence for consultation in July, completed their 20-page patient package (which included weight history, weight loss attempts, etc. since childhood!), and watched their required (and very informative) 2-hour WLS seminal video (twice!). I had my 4-hour WLS consultation on August 18th -- it included 4 written psych tests, meetings with the surgeon, a registered dietitian, an exercise specialist, and a financial planner, and finally a 1-hour counseling session with a psychologist. I weighed in at my consultation visit at an even 250, so I had already lost 5 pounds, even with my recent smoking cessation! It was a good thing that I had already quit smoking, because it was a requirement for surgery anyway, so one less hurdle I would have to clear. Another hurdle I found out about at the visit was that I would have to give up my Diet Dr. Pepper :( I can do this.....

    The following week, I had the necessary pre-op lab work done. Now was the waiting game.... waiting to hear from my insurance on authorization. I was a bit worried because, although I had MANY weight loss attempts in my life, I was not sure there was any documentation of them in my current medical records (the one doctor monitored program I had done was in California more than 10 years earlier, and those records were no longer available). My loss in 2002 had not been medically monitored, but even if my doctor had noted that loss in my records, it had been over 10 years ago and those records were likely destroyed also (medical records are required to be stored for only 7 years).

    On the afternoon of Monday, August 31, 2015, my life changed! I received THE letter from my insurance company.... my surgery had been APPROVED! I tried calling the office all day Tuesday but they were closed for some reason (turns out the entire medical building was evacuated), so I called and left a message first thing this morning, and the surgery scheduler will be calling me back by the end of the week. All I was told today was there are several things I must do before my surgery (one is attend a nutrition class), and the scheduler would go over everything when she called me back.

    I am so excited and cannot wait to find out my surgery date!

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    Stevex09
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    Ok.. I talked with the Doc and he says NO HIGH EMPACT exercise !! I love hiking and trails, and My doctor says no, because my weight is still heavy and could cause damage to my knees and hips. He says Pool time, and stationary bikes!.. and I thought hmm.. a bike would be GREAT! So! I pulled out my old mongoose.. you know the one.. that time when we thought "Hey I'll get a bike and ride my fat @$$ off!!" lol.. and then you ride it 3 times and never look at it again.. well Mine got left out behind the storage shed, and went to pot.. It took a weeks worth of pulling it apart, and replacing cables and such.. and I'm proud to say that since Friday I have put 12 miles on that old bike !! I'm 360 ish.. but the weight I have lost has made it possible for me to ride that thing like the wind!! I just wanted to share with you guys !! I couldn't be happier!

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    MrsKitz
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    So I'm new on here and new to WLS and everything is happening so fast.

    Right after Memorial Day I landed in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer on a hiatal hernia. Thanks to a genetic disorder my blood doesn't coagulate properly so I was severely depleted. 14 units of blood later, 2 hospitalizations, and several trips to the ER, and a whole mess of tests, I finally got diagnosed properly. And that's when the sleeve came up. My surgeon recommends it to help prevent future problems. I jumped at the idea since weight loss has been a problem most of my adult life.

    So here I am. Not able to sleep because I'm too excited about all the changes about to happen.

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    So I've been dreaming and thinking of the surgery, I'm excited then I get nervous I just don't any complications, I don't want to look droopy either I've seen lots of people who lost tons of weight look sickly and much older than before but then they gain the weight again and they look younger does that make sense anyways, but in the long run it's just me, myself and I who is battling really, in my heart I want it badly but my mind plays tricks with me and makes me think about FOOD, I know sick right but I've always had that issue, I just want to get it over with it so my mind will stop messing with me and be on the same team as my heart and will. Anyways, just thinking out loud and wondering if you had this issues before surgery and how you feel after if you have. Who wins Heart or Mind LOL!!!

  11. Well, Thinner times... We meet again!

    Here is my story/timeline.

    I was 275 lbs, miserable and tired ALL THE TIME. So, I called my PPO insurance and 1 month later I had gastric bypass. I made a quick decision and voila! I lost 125lbs! 3 weeks post-op I meet the amazing Handsome_Devil10 here on Thinner Times and then 3 months post-op BOOM! I was pregnant. I was the incredible shrinking woman while growing a baby belly. It seemed too easy! I lost 80 of those 125lbs while pregnant. Needless to say, I was not expecting that to happen and my Dr. was not happy with me at all. AS IF ALL THAT WASN'T ENOUGH- the day after I found out I was pregnant, My mother lost her long battle with cancer. Fast forward 3 1/2 years and I now am married to the Handsome_Devil10 and we have 2 children (4 1/2 and 2 1/2). Who would have thought that so much could happen in 5 short years?! My crisis (and I am serious, I am in crisis) is that I have gained back 65 lbs and can't seem to change my ways. I need someone's help. All of these life events has altered my way of thinking and quite frankly my will to change. Has anyone else experienced this? Am I alone? Most importantly, has anyone gained this much weight and got it off again? What can I do? Any non judgmental comments and help are greatly appreciated...

    Sincerely,

    This hopeless woman...

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    julie8893
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    Well another week has gone by and have found it extremely helpful with everyone reaching out to me. I have been able to keep my protein where it's suppose to be and drink plenty of water. I was also able to walk over 10,000 steps 3 days this week!!! WooHoo!! too exciting. I have had so many medical problems with knee replacements and many back surgeries and now have a permanent spinal cord stimulator; so excuse if I get excited over walking, but with this week coming off it has been so much easier on my back already. I hope everyone has a great week and look forward to talking to more of you.

    Thanks for all the advise, I deeply appreciate it.

    Julie

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    Hi Everyone!!

    I am a virgin to this website and this is my very first post!

    My surgery is on Monday and I have to admit, I am very excited but nervous too. I have been preparing for this for almost a year now and have researched and tried to take in all of the information I could get my hands on. I thought I would never get to this day but here I am. :D

    I had me preop group appointment last Thursday and met some really nice people that will be going through surgery in the next month or so as well. Out of the group of us, I will be the second one to go through the surgery. I am doing the Bypass and I am feeling very hopeful about it. I do have several acquaintances that have had the surgery as well and the one thing I have found with anyone I have met that has had the surgery is, NOT ONE PERSON REGRETS IT and has said they would do it again!! That to me is a huge statement and very encouraging.

    I am sitting here waiting very patiently for my call from the hospital to let me know what time my surgery will be on Monday. I am praying it will be early. I feel like I have been preparing for this my whole life. Finally something I am doing for me! I know my thoughts are all over the place and I apologize for that. LOL

    I would really appreciate any advice and/or feedback. Thanks so much and let the journey begin......

    Thanks! :wub:

  12. I don't really get a chance to speak with my mother in law often. Not because we dislike each other or even live far away from each other...but because my German is horrible and while she understands some English it is not enough for us to have a serious conversation.

    We chat from time-to-time over whatsapp. I use google translate and speak in simple sentences so it translates less wonky.

    The other day we were chatting about the construction going on outside of my apartment that will continue for the next 1.5 years (MOTIVATION TO NOT SIT IN HERE ALL DAY AFTER SURGERY) and then we started talking about the surgery. She is no stranger to medical issues both personally and professionally (she was a nurse when my husband was a child).

    She asked how I was and I told her I am excited. I really have no reason to be nervous at this point as I know I have a great surgeon and my husband is super supportive.

    She said something to me that really made me stop and think. She said "You have made it this far, this is what is important. Many people work for a year and get rejected for whatever reason. You should be proud of yourself and remember that you are lucky!"

    I was kind of taken aback. I wasn't offended by the statement, in fact, it reminded me of the hard work that I have done. Of the working out, dropping weight, weight coming back, the lectures from doctors, the constant reading on health issues, the marathon youtube sessions to find out information about nutrition and the surgery. But in the end my hard work put me in a position that made me lucky. All of the stars lined up and I did the leg work but it worked out!

    I guess this is what i am trying to say:

    There are people that are out there willing to help you but you have to be willing to help yourself. To be your own advocate and have conviction in what it is you are doing and what you are wanting. No one will hand you a "get whatever is you want" free card.

    I also realize that I am lucky in the fact that I don't have to pay for any of the hospital bills. That bill will be footed by the German government as will all the aftercare and possible follow up surgeries I need. This is truly awesome and I am so very thankful.

    It is easy to get bogged down in numbers, protein, diet, pain, schedules.

    Just take a moment, sit back, and remember where you were, where you are now, and where you are heading and realize that at the end of the day NONE of this would would be happening if it weren't for you.

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    Hello Everyone,

    I am new here and still new to this whole surgery process. I feel like my life is just a movie right now and that I am not in it just watching it. I have been on a liquid diet from my doctor for 27 days today and I have lost 27 pounds.

    My doctor wanted my to lose weight before surgery.

    This have been really hard and being diabetic it messed with my meds. at first. I was on 3 diabetic meds. and now am off of two of them.

    I work two jobs and go to college. I am having a hard time keeping up my strength to do it all right now.

    I am getting about 600 cals. a day and that has taken so getting used to.

    I know it will all be worth it in the end I just wish I could fast fast forward these next 6 days.

    Thanks for listening.

    Amy :unsure::wacko:

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    NewMeIn2-15
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    Tomorrow starts the beginning of my sixth week post-op. I'm feeling good physically… am on track with my weight loss, even though I've plateaued for a while.

    I had someone ask me today if I was proud of myself for the accomplishments that I've made thus far. I couldn't answer that. I said I thought that I was "brave" - but I don't know that I could use the word "proud". At least not yet. Ask me that once I've hit my goal and maintained it for year. Somewhere in the back of my mind is still the fear that this won't work for me or that the fix will be temporary and I will end up gaining my weight back. I feel strong and determined yet I know the reality is that only I can make sure that I'm successful with this process.

    Hitting the sixth week… I've learned that as I start to be able to add in new things to my diet, not all of it HAS to be diet food. (Meaning my stomach can tolerate things I didn't think it would.) I still can't take more than about four bytes of solid food, but my question is this…

    When you were just starting out on this journey, once you could start to tolerate it, did you ever have a bite of a casserole? A spoon of whipped cream? A chip or two? I know there's still a lot that I'm not "supposed" to have yet but I've discovered that just because I'm not supposed to have it doesn't mean that I am physically unable. It's a new realization - and it scares me. I'm just being honest. I'm not looking to self sabotage or to go off of the plan my doctor provided, but many years of failed attempts are in the back of my mind.

    Please be kind in your response. I've done the extensive pre-work… I continue to see a counselor etc. I just could use testimony or some advice from someone who's been through it ahead of me.

  13. Haven't written here for a while because now I'm on automatic pilot: drinking water, getting in the protein and veggies, exercising pretty much daily (walks, water aerobics and lifting). I'm getting stronger and more fit. Weight loss is slower now, but that's as expected. Something like half a pound a week. Consistency means success to me, so I just keep plugging along. I did a meditation retreat over the July 4th holiday that was awesome, and am going to an emotional eating support group. The tendency to turn to food hasn't left, but it's not as ever-present as prior to surgery.

    This cartoon captures what sometimes goes through my head when the scale doesn't match my agenda (got to let go of that):tumblr_m5q6oyABkd1rqo1kco1_500.jpg