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About MarktheNerd

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  • Birthday 02/14/1984

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    Washington State
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    Movies, reading, video games, cooking, blacksmithing, nerd stuff
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  1. Woah! Great work!
  2. It's definitely a wild ride. It doesn't help that, while you're losing, your mood might be especially volatile. I didn't even out until I hit goal and even after that I don't feel like I'm as "nice" as a was pre-surgery.
  3. Great work so far! Looking good!
  4. I've never had problems eating out. Some places are more of a pain, like a ramen place or something where it's almost all carbs. As long as they have menu items with dense protein, you're golden. Get used to leaving your plate messy and full. I'll order a hamburger with fries and just eat the meat and veggies, plus a few fries. At places that care about their customer's happiness I get asked if there's something wrong with the meal--you get used to it. Lots of take-home boxes. I'll get lunch somewhere and it almost always doubles as my afternoon snack. Dinner equals leftovers for breakfast the next day. If I get something carb heavy I'll see if there are options for extra protein. For example, most teriyaki places let you order extra meat with your noodles/rice for a buck or two. That way I can get 2-4 meals out of an order instead of having 1, and having to throw away a ton of good noodles. I've found two methods that work for eating out. Eat the protein until you know you're close to full, then finish off the meal with a few bites of carbs. Eat two bites of protein, then one bite of carbs. Method 2 is more reliable but method 1 is what I used while I was still losing weight.
  5. Well, first off--it sucks and there's not much you can do to make it un-suck--just have to push through. Some things that might help though--lots and lots of fluids to keep you occupied, try different protein shakes (I liked Premier options), try making homemade broth if you're OK cooking, go to a new grocery store, preferably something snooty, and get the fanciest soups/broths they have and try them. Most of all keep reminding yourself that it's only a few more days. If you need some help with mental discipline you can do a free ten days of the Headspace meditation app--it can really help!!
  6. Woohoo! Awesome work!!!
  7. Dupe.
  8. It's been a year since my last attempt at cosplaying Kurt Russel. Here's another try from today. Wearing my second favorite shirt. This year and last year:
  9. What a badass! Great work!
  10. That sucks, so sorry to hear about that. He sounds like a great guy and I'm glad you got to know him.
  11. Another vote for the 5 day pouch test. I've done it twice since surgery and it's been a great mental reset both times. Just did it a couple of weeks ago, actually. I think it's probably going to be a yearly tradition for after the holidays have settled down Great work on your progress so far, though! 70# lost is nothing to be ashamed of!
  12. My wife got a full back piece done, from her neck to her butt. You don't have to go that extreme, though
  13. That's terrible--so sorry you have to go through this. I'm glad they caught it and you're being taken care of now. Please keep us updated!
  14. I had to go help someone quickly at work, so I jogged from one side of the campus to the other. Got into the conference room and I wasn't embarrassed by being totally out of breath. Still not a runner. No idea how you marathoners do it--I feel like I"m going to die if I run for more than five minutes
  15. Three things: One, don't do this unless you've exhausted all other options and methods. This is serious, life altering, scary stuff. Second, if you've done one, sooner is better than later. You're likely healthier now than you will be in the future and there's no downside to sooner. Third, after surgery most people seem to have a harder time maintaining as time goes on. Since you'd be starting young you'd need to be extra diligent because you need to stay strong and maintain weight loss for 50+ years. Good luck!