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About BurgundyBoy

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  1. @Jen581791 "Just keep trying, just keep trying." Not the words of Sysiphus. The words of success.
  2. Ah, the nerves. Use your brains and don't be ruled by your fears. To have fear is normal. To be ruled by fear is ... unhelpful. The risks of surgery are not zero but they are very low, like having elective gall bladder removal. The risk of not having surgery are the diabetes and hypertension, heart failure, strokes, and premature death. Plus joint failures and a lot of pain. The calculation is way in favor of surgery. It is the ONLY known successful medical treatment for obesity. Go online, put in your current circumstances in a life estimate calculator, get the prediction; then do it with a normal weight and without any medical complications you have like hypertension or diabetes. Bet you get at least an extra decade of life. Everyone posting here who has had WLS has dieted for years and regained all the pounds they lost... because that is what your body is set to do. Diets are against nature if you live as our ancestors did. It's crazy to think that an approach in which 99% of people cannot maintain the weight loss, e.g. dieting, is a real option. It's a mark of our society that the marketing of the diet industry is so much more powerful than the success of WLS. Succeeding is NOT hard but it requires a bit of bloody mindedness and determination. The surgery changes your stomach size but does not change the person in charge of you, e.g. you. If you cheat after surgery eating chips and pizza in small portions to fit your reduced stomach, then you will not do well. Look at the You Tube videos of people complaining the surgery did not work for them... who are snacking on chips. It's sad, actually. It's as if they thought the surgery relieved them of the task of guiding their own course in life, ... a sort of magical thinking. WLS gives you one marvelous thing in addition to a small stomach: much reduced physiological hunger. You can eat just a little bit and your hunger is gone. It is the opposite of that gnawing, encompassing hunger you have with diets. You might still want to eat something because your eyes and head say you want to taste the food but ... that is not physiological hunger. 4 points to success: Social support. Friends, family, others who have had the surgery, this Forum. Be sure it is in place. You will hear the wolves howling in the night at one time or another during the journey, or face an emotional barrier, or something else. Everyone does. Easier to deal with if you have the counsel of people who have walked this path before you who can tell you when to be concerned or to reassure you when something arises. Address your psych issues. You don't have to be fully completely perfectly balanced. Just aware enough to not end up like the You Tube people. Most of us in the real world suffer from anxiety or depression. If as a child Mom or Dad did not love you, or the other children taunted you, or you were unlucky in love... or you ate emotionally ... surgery is not going to change the past. Of course, nothing will change the past. So deal with it up front. Since success is the best revenge, get thin despite those things. Don't cheat. Can't lose weight if you eat 5 bags of Cheetos a day, one every 5 minutes so you don't fill your small sized stomach. You still will have eaten 5 bags of Cheetos. Don't drink alcohol like a fish. Don't guzzle olive oil. (The "not cheating" is surprisingly easy to do without hunger, and if you have any insight at all into your emotional eating. Many failures relating to cheating relate to psych issues). Lastly, exercise is NOT a key but it is a kind of insurance. People who do even modest exercise lose more weight at the 6, 12, and 24 month time points, and it predicts long-term success. It also predicts a lower chance of later weight gain. On average in a bunch of studies, their BMI is 4+ points lower than people who do not exercise. By this I mean with exercise a BMI of 24, without exercise a BMI of 28. Just walking every day puts you into this category. Plus, above and beyond the weight loss, it is an antidepressant and it is a major major predictor of good health. So there. Don't be ruled by fear, acknowledge your fear. Be cold-blooded in your thinking and be methodical in terms of putting the keys to success in place.
  3. A great extended multiple day NSV. Glad knees held out. Ever more 'extra gladder' you felt "amazingly alive." Lovely prose. If I had a lot more disposable income, I'd buy a place on the Vineyard. Magical place. A touch bleak in the winter, but in many ways still very beautiful with endless skies and ocean. Good place for reflecting on where you have been and where you are going.
  4. 45

    Oh this is brutally long for you... but you have laser-focused onto the key piece, it's the keeping it off. Without making too many assumptions, you sound like an Adult. I'm sure your body is screaming THIS IS A FAMINE and a lot of other things. You're a tough guy, matey. You've more willpower than I have.
  5. How you doing? Any luck?
  6. Were you able to find out what Anthem needs? How did your psych, and sleep apnea tests go? Like @delilas and @Res Ipsa would get this approved this calendar year. Who knows what the insurance market will look like in the future...
  7. What a problem for us to have! Well, just as a thought-experiment counterpoint to your doubts, your joints will be carrying 250/388 or 64% of your prior weight if you get to your goal. That has to result in less wear and tear from just the weight bearing. You are already at < 78% of the load they carried @ 301 lbs. Let's check in with one another every 20 pounds or some increment. My knees are shot (no cartilage at all) but they no longer ache unless I am walking up or down a slope with a gradient of 20 degrees or more, and my back is 95% better. It's just my hips that are lousy, and my weight loss may have led to looser joints but my right hip is much less painful than it was. It used to wake me up at night in bed.
  8. The good: achievable weight loss, down 70+ pounds in last 5 months, feeling superb. I feel like I got my life back when I was at risk of being disabled for the rest of my life (back and joint issues). Life calculators on the internet say I will gain 13 years of life by having done this by avoiding diabetes and hypertension strokes and all that stuff. The bad: I can't eat a whole rack of ribs at one go. I still think I can eat more than I really can. Are you having your surgery in Burma?
  9. @tmcgee Well, that sucks. You're likely to get a lot of advice, most of which is not helpful. In that spirit... I bought a gizmo that holds my ankles and lets me hand not-quite-upside-down and stretches out the spaces in my spine. For a while when my back was really bad I was using it twice a day. You adjust the device to fit your height and then can tip backwards safely as the bottom things grip onto your ankles. It helped my sciatica a lot more than the drugs did as they just worked on the pain, not the narrowing. One starts out with just a little bit of lying with your feet higher than your head on an incline and can change the incline as needed or desired. I can hang totally upside down like a bat now. Email me if you want to borrow it. I also see a spectacular orthobionomist, Cynthia Wood, who works wonders with my back and hip. She has an office in Concord. http://www.ortho-bionomyne.com/ BB
  10. Hi @ThriftyTheresa Just back from vacation and catching up on everyone. You had a really rough start but had the right systems in place to keep you doing well (ask your Dad if he can be cloned and loaned out to others) ... and the personal fortitude to keep moving along despite the obstacles. Thank you for your post! Heraclitus, ἦθος ἀνθρώπῳ δαίμων, "Character is fate" - and your destiny is clearly in good, your own, hands.
  11. @Jen581791 Just echoing others on your prose and pictures - really nice and the photo series is great. If I was you, I wouldn't be nervous about the photos, I'd be so PROUD and empowered by your OBVIOUS success. Way - to - go. Perseverance and level headedness. Can you keep those shots up from abroad? Obviously the background will change but your contours are what count. Perhaps it was just your fashion choice but the black lower and solid colors upper make it easy to see you shrinking away.
  12. I found doing some long strenuous walks that having some beef jerky (brined without sugar) was a good way to go... 60 calories an ounce, once chewed up it disintegrates into tiny tiny pieces so little risk of overeating pains from a full stomach. Tons of protein, no carbos if chosen well, and satisfying.... FYI @Havamal some of those walks were in Iceland, Land of Havamal...
  13. @Gabby any news?
  14. Thank you for sharing your story and the photos! Yes, you are just beaming in your pictures.
  15. Well, what you are saying makes sense to me. I had my sleeve in large part because of back and right hip pain. I had a very bad bike accident nearly 2 years ago and it "unmasked" the osteoarthritis in my hip, and then my back got bad when I couldn't walk very much. So now, some 70+ pounds down, my back is nearly all better... and my right hip is in some ways better... but over the last month BOTH my hips have started to ache with walking and I have definite clicks in both. I think the weight loss and fatty tissue loss has indeed led to the same stuff @Carina is suffering from. I'm going to continue to lose weight and do as much in the way of leg and core strengthening as I can and then re-assess when I am closer to goal...