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Everything posted by Stephtay

  1. Hang in there folks

    Amen, Mr. Tom!
  2. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    I love trivia - thank you! I live in the SF bay area which is known for it's sourdough but I think your loaves put our local bakers to shame! I prefer the lower crust too. When my husband buys sour dough baguettes, I scoop out the bread and smash the crust flat. Toast it and put on some butter or peanut butter.
  3. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    Those look delicious!
  4. Here is my unsolicited two cents. It can still be about the food - just plan for it. I know I'm going to have dessert and cocktails on Thanksgiving so the 2 - 3 days leading up to it I'm having cottage cheese for lunch and a small salad for dinner. (I drink protein shakes with decaf during the day so I'm getting in my protein.) I budget my carbs before an event so I can eat and drink what I want. More importantly for me, I care FAR less about food than I did pre-op. I still really enjoy it but I don't spend time thinking/obsessing about it like I used to. Now when I eat something, I really enjoy what I'm eating. Pre-op, I would think about what I was going to eat next while I was eating something else. It was crazy. Another change for me is if I don't like something, I stop at one bite. In the past, if didn't really like something I might keep eating thinking I needed another few bites to really decide if I liked it or not. Or, I've even thought, "this next bite might be better". Totally crazy. I only get so many bites in a meal so I don't want to waste them on stuff I don't love.
  5. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    This is awesome! Did you do this? This post should be pinned so people can see that you really can taste everything on Thanksgiving! So clever!
  6. Hey Rosy - I agree with everything BB said. Take it slow and don't worry too much about it. I exercised a lot pre-op and I think after 6 days I walked down my 50 foot driveway and turned around and went back inside. I was exhausted! Exercise is important but not critical. Greer has posted many times she doesn't exercise and I think she is 4 or maybe even 5 years out and still at goal. I know there are other veterans who got to goal and stayed there without exercising.The main reasons I exercise are for the dopamine hits and the stress relief. You are doing great! Hang in there!
  7. Stressed!

    I'm so sorry about your friend. I was going to suggested talking to your dr and I see you are going to do that. I would also look up the stats on complications with surgery. I took comfort in knowing the math was on my side and it was highly unlikely I would have any issues.
  8. 6 Years Later

    Congratulations!!!!! Thanks for sharing!
  9. Hang in there folks

    Tom - thanks for sharing and thanks for posting! You are such an inspiration!
  10. Vent

    They are in the business of surgery. I expect if you sent the email to two people, they will submit.
  11. What Are You Wearing Today?

    Hello Hot Stuff!
  12. What Are You Wearing Today?

    This is awesome! I was just listening to Purple Rain this morning. You nailed it!
  13. What Are You Wearing Today?

    I love this! You both look so happy it brought tears to my eyes!
  14. Vent

    I'm sorry to hear that. Burgundy Boy's letter idea is a good one. Or, call back another day and talk to her again. If she was snippy it may not have had anything to do with you. She could have just been having a bad day. But, if she gets snippy again, I would say, "The insurance company says submit now and you say no. I need surgery and I'm stuck until you submit for approval. I don't know what to do." (and then cry, or sob. If it were me, I'd sob.)
  15. Post Surgery Plateau

    Congratulations on your weight loss! I would stay away from potatoes and bananas if I were you. If you don't want to give up those two foods forever, I would wait to eat them until you are at goal. Carbs are what made all of us fat. I've learned with carbs, what I eat today I will crave tomorrow. What seems like a 'treat' or 'just a couple of bites' today can easily be the norm within a few days. Your dietician is sort of right - a bite or two of a banana or potato here or there isn't going to have much of an impact on your weight loss. But it is a slippery slope. Over the years I've been on TT I've come to the conclusion that there are two types of dieticians/nutritionists. Ones who really get what works and doesn't work for WLS people and ones that don't. My surgeon told me eating a couple of altoids could slow/stop my weight loss. It has been a while since I looked up the carb count but I think it was maybe 2 carbs/mint? I took the advice of my surgeon and her team along with the people on TT who'd gotten to goal and stayed there regarding what to eat over what my nutritionist told me.
  16. Sleeve Surgery Newbie

    Welcome and congrats on your weight loss!
  17. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I realized today I am more excited about going for a hike in the morning and later playing games (board, card and bocce ball) on Thanksgiving than I am about the food. We are spending a couple of days with three other couples and when the spreadsheet with the menu and what to bring went out to the group I was a little bummed. I want the focus to be on the activities and not the food!
  18. Relationship Trouble?

    I imagine your weight loss will bring attention from women. So what? It doesn't matter who wants you. It only matters who you want. Good Luck!
  19. Met my first TT celebrity today!

    You are cuter than your avatar which I didn't think possible! Michael looks great too!
  20. Gum? Can I have it?

    I chew gum and I swallow it on occasion. I'm a sleeve and I've never had an issue with swallowing a piece of gum. Might be different for bypass.
  21. Congratulations and welcome to life post-op! I am so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo
  22. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I love this post and this picture!
  23. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Congratulations! Your new profile pic is great too! I agree - what I save on food and booze is wash with what I spend on clothes!
  24. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    LOVE this one! Congratulations! You looking simply stunning!
  25. Song of the day Post -

    Another Sturgill as I am going to see him tomorrow. Sturgill Simpson - Long White Line