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About Stephtay

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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Before WLS I would snorkel whenever I had the chance. My honeymoon was a tropical trip so my husband and I could snorkel! I am a life long water person. Learned to swim before I could walk. Was my father's first mate in many sailboat races before I was 10. Went on to teach sailing in my early 20's. I was always interested in scuba, but scared to try. I finally got up the nerve to try when I was approx 300 pounds. The dive master couldn't get me weighted right and I kept flipping on my back like a turtle due to all my belly weight. Then, she tried to drag me under. It was about as awful as it sounds. After I'd made the decision to have WLS, I made a long list of all the things I wanted to do after I lost weight: ride roller coasters, run a mile, get out of plus sizes, etc. On that list I added learn to scuba dive. For me, diving was a lofty goal. Between JAWS, my first attempt at scuba and a healthy respect for how quickly things can go wrong in water, I had a lot to overcome. I got certified last Fall and took my 2nd diving trip last week. What helped me to push through my fears about surgery and stick to the plan to lose weight (and try to stick to it to keep it off) was/is WLS was my one chance to hit the re-set button on my life. I often said "no" to activities and invites when I was 250+. I would still go to the beach, snorkel, ski and many other things. But I declined to stand up with friends at their weddings. I didn't give scuba a second try. I skipped a tropical "girls' weekend" because they were all thin and would be wearing cute sundresses. I would have been the fat one sweating buckets in my black tunic and leggings. It's been 3.5 years since my WLS. I keep it top of mind everyday so I don't over eat or over drink. But, it is hard to remember how tough life was at 300 pounds. On this diving trip I jumped off the boat and climbed back on with 40+ pounds of scuba gear several times a day. It was a piece of cake compared to how hard it was to climb back on a boat when my body was 300 pounds and I had no gear! Sharing all of this with the hope to inspire someone who might be on the fence about WLS or is post-op and having a rough moment. I also learned to love color post-op. That's me in the pink and blue wetsuit. I wore all black everyday for so long the goth kids were telling me to take a break. No more all black for me anymore.
  2. My last cup of coffee was the day before surgery. I went through caffeine withdrawal in the hospital and while I was home on pain meds. It was too much for me to cut carbs, the liquid diet and try to give up coffee at all the same time.
  3. Sorry to hear you are having trouble with dairy. Just because you have trouble now with it, you may not always. I am veg and have been for 25 years. I don't eat seafood. I have had no problem getting enough protein post WLS and my surgery was 3.5 years ago. I do have a shake everyday. I also travel with moon cheese, nuts, protein bars, powders and shakes. For me, it was not an option to eat any kind of meat post-wls. I frequently look at menus online before I eat out and know what I am going to order in advance. If I know the best I can get is a salad that will be low on protein, I will supplement with extra protein at other times during the day. Good luck!
  4. It also depends on genetics, your age, how long you were overweight and how big you were. I lost over 100 pounds in my late 20's and didn't have any excess skin. But, 15 years later after WLS I have excess skin. Don't stress about it. Excess skin can be held in place with spanx and other form wear. And, if it is an option for you, you can have it removed.
  5. YES! I looked so out of place I feared someone would tell me Bieber was playing across town and to GET OUT! Lots of leather, mohawks, bad eyeliner and old/dirty Doc Marten's. No mosh pit though - we are all too old and creaky for that.
  6. I don't eat meat so it was harder for me to get my protein without supplements. At 3.5 years out I still have at least one shake a day. I also eat/ate a lot of greek yogurt, egg whites, cheese (glorious cheese!) and nuts. Too early for you to eat nuts. Somewhere Jolls posted a list of what to eat and when. I'm not good at finding old threads here. So if you can't find it, I imagine someone else can. Congrats on your weight loss! You are doing GREAT!
  7. You can do it. You are one of the only people I know who I think can do anything!
  8. I am veg. I had milk and premier shakes when I was first post op. Veggie broth too. I also had tomato soup. I can't remember what else.
  9. I am on a Damned kick lately. Going to see them tonight! Today's song by the Damned is Neat, Neat, Neat
  10. Nuts, seeds, protein powder - lately I like Quest's Salted Caramel.
  11. You can use tofu in just about anything. It takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with - sauces, veggies, etc. I like dry and firm tofu so I buy the super firm and then kinda of grill in a skillet to remove some moisture. I've put it in chili, soup whatever really, it is super versatile. And, wildwood sells flavored tofu so that is good too.
  12. Thanks for the update! As always, you are doing the coolest stuff! I love hearing about your adventures. Yes, LDRs suck but um BRITISH. Oh yes, totally worth the wait to spend your life with that cutie and that accent. We miss you around here but know you are off doing great stuff that we all just dream about! Excited for you and don't stress about the weight gain, you know how to lose it. Stay focused and it will be gone before you know it.
  13. It sounds too early to me to be that active. I worked out a lot pre-op. My dr told me to wait at least 4 weeks before going back to the gym. Give yourself another week or two and then see how you feel. I expect you'll have much more energy.
  14. I clicked on this a couple of days ago and it is following me around the web! Every time I see it, I laugh all over again!
  15. Hang in there. Stalls happen. So frustrating but just part of the process. Stick to your plan and you will be at goal before you know it.