Smylin

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About Smylin

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  • Birthday 04/20/1966

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Surprise, AZ
  • Age
    48

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Fang
  • Hospital
    St. Luke's
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    325
  • Current Weight
    148
  • Goal Weight
    185
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    22.5
  • Surgery Date
    06/06/2013
  • Surgery Type

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  1. Perfectly normal. It's impossible not to look at the scale frequently at your stage, but a week without loss at your stage is very common.
  2. I now consider myself a "runner" again. Done some 5Ks and training for the Rock & Roll half in January. (I'm 3 years post-op for anyone who is curious.) Im having no problem with increasing my distance as far as my legs, knees, ankles, joints go. My biggest issue right now is tricking my body into resting because for the past three years I was too afraid to give my body a rest. I thought if I didn't work out one day, I might be 350 lbs the next day. Well now I realize that in order to train for a half I have to get the right rest, so I'm working on that. The other issue is fueling my body enough to be able to go the long distances. As you all can probably imagine, I am afraid of carbs, but as a runner I don't think I can survive without them (the good kind). I'm wondering if any runners/wls patients can recommend any good books or authors to read for good info on the nutritional needs for distance runners? Appreciate any leads.
  3. I had the same thing when I lost around 100. Was so frustrated that after losing weight my back was starting to give me problems. I also did core strengthening and that's when it got better. The absolute best thing about WLS and dropping the pounds for me has been being able to strengthen my core again. It's the biggest thing that has changed my life. At first I didn't think id be able to strengthen it much because I figured it was permanently damaged. Turns out I was crazy. I would encourage everyone to work their core - it will change your life. PS I also still have some back strain sometimes and do think it is because of the pull from the excess skin. Haven't been able to get mentally strong enough to committ to having that surgery yet. But if more of you tell me that it helped your back strain I may be talked into it.
  4. I agree with what everyone has said here about the things you have to give up being far less valuable than your life. You may not think that now because you're living your life at 440 lbs, and let's be honest, that's not much of a life. But the bottom line is - if you're not ready to give up indulging at a holiday party, sugary drinks, carbonation, etc. don't have the surgery, because you will fail. You will have to give those things up in order to lose the weight whether you have surgery or not. The surgery will just make it more possible for you to give those things up, but if you're not ready to give them up, then you won't, and the surgery will be wasted on you. It's pretty simple really. And by the way, after a year or so, you can indulge anytime you want, and having a drink now and then is something many successful WLS patients do on a regular basis. The question is, are you ready to live a healthy lifestyle? If not, you will not be able to lose the weight and you will die earlier of some weight-related health complication. If you are ready, the surgery is the best tool available, and the only proven way to successfully maintain such weight loss.
  5. I was severely addicted to the sugar-free "Monster Pops" which I bought at Walmart. Suddenly several weeks ago they disappeared. I've seen "Monster Pops" at Safeway too, I believe, but cannot find the sugar-free any where. Did anyone else notice this? Any tips on where I can find these slushy little gems, or another SF Popsicle that is as delicious?
  6. The only thing in this whole thread that offends me is the "on their own" part, like WLS is not "on your own". When I woke up in pain after my surgery, I was "on my own". When I stuck to the food plan each and every time I made a food choice for over a year-and-a-half, without "cheating" ever - those were all decisions I made "on my own", no one else was there with me making those choices. When I am up at 4:00 a.m., five days a week, working my ars off in my personal home gym, I am "on my own". No one else is there, ever. All of the things that I have chosen to do to allow me to be successful in attaining a healthy lifestyle have been "on my own". Only I could make the choices, and I decided to do so "on my own". If I did not make those choices and take those actions "on my own" I would not weigh 150 lbs today. I would likely weigh 350 lbs, as I did when I was making the other choices "on my own". No one or no thing can do this for us. We have to do it all, good or bad, "on our own". If your friends can do the same thing "on their own", and they don't need the assistance of WLS to do so, good for them - but I bet they don't have the self-discipline that they need to do that. Watch and see - I'm still watching those that I inspired to "do it on their own", and it's not hard to recognize them because they look exactly the same. Most of them are still waiting for that perfect time to start "doing it on their own". And BTW, I'm also watching plenty of people who did have WLS "on their own" and did not make any other right choices "on their own", and they also look exactly the same. It's not the surgery that makes you successful, it's using the surgery to help make the right decisions "on your own" that being success.
  7. The only thing in this whole thread that offends me is the "on their own" part, like WLS is not "on your own". When I woke up in pain after my surgery, I was "on my own". When I stuck to the food plan each and every time I made a food choice for over a year-and-a-half, without "cheating" ever - those were all decisions I made "on my own", no one else was there with me making those choices. When I am up at 4:00 a.m., five days a week, working my ars off in my personal home gym, I am "on my own". No one else is there, ever. All of the things that I have chosen to do to allow me to be successful in attaining a healthy lifestyle have been "on my own". Only I could make the choices, and I decided to do so "on my own". If I did not make those choices and take those actions "on my own" I would not weigh 150 lbs today. I would likely weigh 350 lbs, as I did when I was making the other choices "on my own". No one or no thing can do this for us. We have to do it all, good or bad, "on our own". If your friends can do the same thing "on their own", and they don't need the assistance of WLS to do so, good for them - but I bet they don't have the self-discipline that they need to do that. Watch and see - I'm still watching those that I inspired to "do it on their own", and it's not hard to recognize them because they look exactly the same. Most of them are still waiting for that perfect time to start "doing it on their own". And BTW, I'm also watching plenty of people who did have WLS "on their own" and did not make any other right choices "on their own", and they also look exactly the same. It's not the surgery that makes you successful, it's using the surgery to help make the right decisions "on your own" that bring success.
  8. I haven't tried the Papaya Enzymes yet, but reading this made me wonder if it might help my problem. Going to get some so I have them on hand next time I experience this. Thank you.
  9. Can you tell me more about the "food stuck" feeling? I'm a little over two years out. Am able to eat most things. The only thing that really gives me trouble is beef or similar meat that is lean and not easily broken down. I avoid that, but don't really have issues with anything else. I do sometimes experience a pain in my stomach area that lasts for several days. I have described it as a feeling of a huge gas bubble that sits there and when I try to eat it gets worse when it feels like the food is trying to pass by the "gas bubble". Eating is so uncomfortable during this time that I end up on almost a soft, purée diet for a few days until it passes. It usually passes almost literally with an explosive event in the bathroom, and then I'm back to normal. Does this sound like what you are referring to as food stuck, or does anyone have any other ideas what it may be? I've tried to correlate it with eating certain foods, but it doesn't happen frequently enough for me to have been able to discover a pattern. Because I've thought of it as gas, I've tried eating gas relief tablets and Tums, but neither really helps much. Any thoughts?
  10. Can you tell me more about the "food stuck" feeling? I'm a little over two years out. Am able to eat most things. The only thing that really gives me trouble is beef or similar meat that is lean and not easily broken down. I avoid that, but don't really have issues with anything else. I do sometimes experience a pain in my stomach area that lasts for several days. I have described it as a feeling of a huge gas bubble that sits there and when I try to eat it gets worse when it feels like the food is trying to pass by the "gas bubble". Eating is so uncomfortable during this time that I end up on almost a soft, purée diet for a few days until it passes. It usually passes almost literally with an explosive event in the bathroom, and then I'm back to normal. Does this sound like what you are referring to as food stuck, or does anyone have any other ideas what it may be? I've tried to correlate it with eating certain foods, but it doesn't happen frequently enough for me to have been able to discover a pattern. Because I've thought of it as gas, I've tried eating gas relief tablets and Tums, but neither really helps much. Any thoughts?
  11. I'm in Surprise. What part of AZ are you?
  12. I'm not sure why depicting sad as fat would be a bad thing to any of you. Being fat did make my life very sad. I wish I had been taught that when I was young, instead of my mother convincing me that it really didn't bother her that she was fat. That was a lie. If you don't exercise and eat unhealthy and become fat because of it, you will be sad. That is truth.
  13. I agree that 60 minutes of cardio with as few calories as you're abke to take in right now, may be causing you to feel depleted of energy. That was my experience. I know it feels good to exercise , and especially cardio, but you e got plenty of time to work up to a great workout. Slow and easy progress is more likely to give you improved and sustained health.
  14. Will be 2 yrs in June and I'm still freezing. I love it. I live in Phoenix AZ. Used to hate the what, now Life Is Good.
  15. Yes. Feel like that less and less, but definitely know what you're talking about.