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  1. 10 points
    msmarymac

    Can't believe I did this!!

    I said I wasnt going to get a puppy...they are too much work, and i really like the idea of adopting/rescuing a dog. I said i was going to wait until after my shoulder surgery which is 2 weeks away. But then this opportunity presented itself and it felt right and my heart needed her. So meet Rosie Sunshine
  2. 6 points
    delilas

    Quick updates (bumpdates?)

    Thanks for being my reminder to come back! I'm 37 weeks this week, just finished at the docs, where this girls heart rate is spot on and everything is starting to progress....which is terrifying and also awesome. This is from last week (yay work bathroom selfies): Right at 20 pounds of gain right now, and while my doctor is very happy with it, it's been a hell of a mental struggle the last few weeks to see it sliding up a pound a week. Especially when suddenly I am actually craving all the healthiest of things. My diet is actually pretty good now that the crazy cravings have subsided and my biggest desires are for fresh fruit. I know the weight gain is all in the mindset of good things, but I'm ready to be able to be back to my "normal." I spoke to my bari office and they said they'd be happy to have me in to see a nutritionist after birth to try to figure out how to rebalance what I need with what baby needs with where I should be post op. Which is great, because now that I'm in full on waddling mode, I'm chomping at the bit to be back on the path of weight loss, and while I"m forever and forever grateful for this miracle baby, I can't help but think sometimes that I could easily be at my goal weight by now! My coworkers are the biggest sweethearts and actually went in together on a stroller/carseat combo that's actually pretty wonderful, and I plan on getting a zoo membership as well this summer, to give me another place to get out and walk (our zoo is HUGE, I've never actually managed to walk through the whole thing). Also got a ring sling and ergo carrier to try out some baby wearing on some of my favorite low-key trails in the area, because I desperately miss hiking right now. Cross your fingers for me, I'm praying I won't go until my due date or beyond - I'm ready for this girl to be here and for us to get on with our adventures!
  3. 6 points
    Cheesehead

    It happened again

    Probably my fault but I ran into Home Depot today to the garden center.. the card reader was having issues so I chatted with the cashier... then as im leaving she says “By the way you don’t need to burn calories”. Say what?! I forgot I had a T-shirt on that says “if only sarcasm burned calories”. I just laughed.
  4. 6 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Low White Blood Count

    Thanks, sweet @Nana Trish! My PCP put a rush on the CBC results and I just got them. My WBC has improved from the low last month! So I think I dodged a bullet! Thanks for all who pushed me to further action. I was scared into doing nothing and that's no way to be! Feeling relieved!
  5. 5 points
    I posted this on my blog, but I don't think the blogs are getting very heavy traffic at the moment. Just an update for anyone interested in how things are going for me at the 2+ year mark. Nothing earth-shattering, but a routine check in.
  6. 5 points
    To those of you long time maintenance folks, this may not seem like a big deal. But it's a HUGE deal for a newbie like me. Turn your head 90 degrees (sorry!) and Look at the figure below: ge That's 3 MONTHS IN A 5 POUND RANGE!!!! Woohoo! See why I call it an "MSV"? Anyway, I'm pretty happy and can't believe it. I'm hoping this will give me some confidence as I still worry quite a bit each day about either gaining or losing.
  7. 5 points
    bellamoma

    well hey!

    heyyyy everyone! It's been too long but i wanted to check on in and say hi to my friends at TT. January 2019 marked 3 years for me. I just finished my cosmetology program and passed my test. I start working in my new job this month! Those are the good things. Here are some of the challenges I've had of late: Around 2 years post op I started creeping up on the scale, even though i hadn't really changed what I ate. That has been an ongoing struggle since then. I'm up about 15lb from my lowest post op and continue to fight to this day. I had a severe bout of depression come and knock me right on my a##. Am taking medications and working through it. Recently had confirmation that a recurring memory of childhood trauma for me was in fact, real. I had always hoped I was just imagining things, but. I wasn't. Starting therapy for that. Am considering revision to bypass from my sleeve due to GERD. Kicking myself for not listening to my surgeon in the first place!!! That's the smallest nutshell I could put things in. I've been struggling a bit, but it's nice to come on here to see familiar faces and to catch up on how you're all doing. So, tell me. How are you??? xo
  8. 5 points
    msmarymac

    Low White Blood Count

    Sometimes a really low white count can be caused by a viral illness, but in my experience folks with that low of a white count from a virus were pretty ill. Cindy, I know no one like to hear bad news but please please make that appointment and figure this out. Please. It may be nothing. It may be something that will resolve on its own. But it may be something that needs attention right now. Go get it checked out. If it is something bad, waiting will not make it go away and it will not improve the outcome. And, if it is good news you get to quit worrying about it Go, right now and make that appointment.
  9. 5 points
    Who could ask for a cuter PT helper?? LOVE this boy!! ❤️❤️❤️
  10. 4 points
    Nana Trish

    Out of surgery!

    I came out of surgery around noon, and I’ve already been out of bed and gone for a walk No nausea, yay!! Feeling great ❤️
  11. 4 points
    Nana Trish

    Out of surgery!

    You guys are just the best...thank you so much for all of this wonderful support! @Res Ipsa and @cinwa, I know you aren’t sorry that you’ve asked, and that I’ve posted about my struggles ❤️ That was the depression talking when I wrote that. Knowing that you all care so much really does pull me through these tough times! @TammyP, @Jen581791, @msmarymac, and @CheeringCJ...hugs to you all!! Giant hugs!!! All of the prayers and love mean everything to me! I had my staples removed on Monday, which was uncomfortable, but they are gone. The PA took like 3 of them out and waited for a minute to make sure that the swelling was not going to cause the incision to open up. Thank God it didn’t. The swelling has gone down a little, and i can move my leg a little more than I could up to this point. They want to see me in 2 weeks to see if my range of motion starts to improve with PT, and if it doesn’t (it’s pretty limited right now) they are talking about having to put me under and manipulate this knee like they did my other one during surgery. That just means knocking me out and breaking up scar tissue, and whatever else is keeping me from having a normal range of motion. So for now, I continue with the edema elimination exercises and icing/elevating, walking as much as I can, etc. I was able to get up and fold laundry this morning as well as do a handful of dishes, so at least that’s progress ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  12. 4 points
    Yes, I have neglected to write anything here for a long time! This isn’t because I’ve lost interest in TTF (I read it daily and comment fairly frequently). It’s just because things have gotten pretty routine for me, so I feel less of a need to do the soul searching I have spent so much time doing here in the past. I’m not taking anything for granted (working hard on that!!!) and I definitely haven’t gone back to my old ways, so I think things are OK. As a catch-up since last summer (what?? that’s a long time!), my trip home was good. There were some stares and a lot of comments from people who hadn’t seen me in a while, but most people were fairly polite about it. I told a couple of relatives about the surgery. They seemed OK with it. I had a face to face in person talk with my mom’s friend who has also had surgery - that was really nice! I haven’t spoken in person to any other WLS post-ops ever. Well, at least not knowingly. I have a co-worker that I suspect. But an in-person discussion was good. No one here in my current location knows about my surgery still. Some of them remember that I've lost some weight since I was hired (yeah, just a tiny bit, like 50 pounds!) but they don't seem to remember that it was very drastic, so no one has asked. I'm just that thin person who eats really weirdly. Famous for the eating weirdly. So, on to the more recent months. I’ve been just incredibly active this year. This has been a great change for me: who knew I wasn’t a lazy person, deep down inside? I go to the gym a few times a week, I hike once or twice a week, usually, and most astonishingly, I have started running, really actually running, not slowly jogging while cursing in my head about how miserable I am. I run 3 or 4 times a week now, and have worked my way up to about 40km (25 or so miles) per week. I am not fast, but I’m pretty average for women who are runners. I have run a half marathon distance four times - that’s 22.1km (13.1 miles). I am shocked. I usually do a long run each week (16km/10 miles or longer) and I’m not even sore the next day. I have started to look quite a bit leaner, as you’d suppose. I can also do pushups now - a huge victory I’ve been working on for months. I can do 10 proper push-ups, not knee push-ups, and can do 5 sets of them. This makes me feel like a superhero. I had a big treat-yourself day at the mall a couple of weeks ago and splurged on expensive running shoes. Honestly, is there a better way to treat myself than fancy running shoes? I love them and they make me feel fast. All this activity means that I’m not limiting my caloric intake much. I kind of eat as much as I can, and usually end up at around 2000 calories per day. I try to eat more on long run days. I am still being very careful about the quantity and type of carbs I’m consuming. No bread/pasta/rice/potatoes/chips/junk/etc. I eat a few whole wheat crackers just about every day, but that and dairy and fruit are the vast majority of my carbs. I “treat myself” with a little bit of junk now and again, but I am happy to find how self-limiting that is at this point in my life. Sweet stuff makes me sick so I don’t eat it, and crunchy snacks fill me up pretty quickly. If I eat too much junk for a couple of days in a row, I start to crave it and have to cut back, which I do. Generally, I avoid junk, though. I’d rather eat Greek yogurt with berries. So as to shatter any illusions that I am perfectly navigating this whole maintenance thing, yesterday I had some chicken on a salad for lunch at the mall. I am a vegetarian mostly still (I eat fish sometimes now) but I was starving and had just gotten done running 13 miles and really really wanted some substantial protein. White meat chicken, done in shwarma style = dry. It "didn't sit well with me," as someone with a better filter than me might say. A quick trip to the mall restroom and felt better. Puking at the mall - not my favorite. During December/January (the dreaded holiday season) I had visitors and was also recovering from a hip overuse injury (running related: why simply DO something when you can OVERDO it? That’s my motto…), so lots of junk plus very limited activity meant that I gained a few pounds. I got back at it when the guests left (and my hip got better), and got the numbers back within the range I like, although at the higher end of the 5 pound range. I started to worry about this, then noticed that my clothes were looser and I looked leaner. I have now started to not worry about the numbers. I’m OK with being at the top end of my “comfort window.” I’m pretty strong and fit. Some NSVs for the year, besides the running, gym going, and push-ups, include: loving my new sense of fashion, enjoying shopping, feeling OK (not great but OK) about being in my bathing suit in public (it’s the loose skin that makes me fret), being able to hike up big mountains with a heavy pack, meeting new people and having them tell me I look like a very fit person (several new employees this year have sought me out to ask about which gym to join! hilarious), feeling comfortable leading workshops in front of groups, flying comfortably (well, as comfortably as one can in cattle-class), not having my feet hurt even when I’m wearing heels, feeling comfortable in sporting goods stores, shopping for active person items, feeling at home at the gym, not being embarrassed to tell someone I run or how far/fast I run, not being afraid to go to the doctor to get weighed and measured, etc., feeling in control of my food intake and also not afraid to eat at restaurants (I was awfully nervous about this during my year of great losses), being happy to get my picture taken, and not having to wear shape-wear to keep my thighs from rubbing together during hot weather (it’s that time of the year again here on the Arabian Peninsula). I still have some crazy bouts with my head. I’ve worked very hard to keep running and working out in the “because I like it” and “entertainment” categories instead of using them as punishment for myself or a way to “earn” food. My balance with exercise has honestly gotten a little tricky just with me wanting to do more. And more. And more. I mean, I really do like it, but old me would have used it as a punishment/reward system. I have to be careful because of my hip (the overuse injury), which is probably for the best. It keeps me from running too much. However, I do have some days where I still just think I look or feel fat. I had that yesterday after running a half marathon distance. I mean, what?? I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I looked fat in my jeans all afternoon. This is a pair of jeans I bought because they look good on me. They’re a size 2. I know I’m not fat. I just felt like it. Brains are weird. Mine is crazy sometimes. Occasionally I get down on myself for eating too many treats. I eat a piece or two of 85% dark chocolate just about every night, and sometimes I want to not eat it just because I feel like I don’t deserve it, or like it’s too much junk, or I don’t need it (of course I don’t need it). It’s just that habitual feeling of needing to “cleanse” my diet occasionally. However, I’m not really doing anything wrong with my diet right now. I eat pretty well: lots of protein, some fruit and veg, very little garbage. No need to cleanse the diet. That’s just a habit. I do occasionally need to force myself to eat more calories, particularly on long run days. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that more is sometimes better, as far as calories go. Some days I just feel like eating easy stuff, like yogurt and bars. I try not to do that. Overall, in general, I think I’m doing really well. I need to schedule my doctor’s visit to do blood tests and such in the next month or so - I’m just dreading the bureaucracy of it, rather than the actual conversation with the doctor. That’s a novel feeling. I take my vitamins really really regularly, so it should go OK, I hope. One whole year (plus two months) of maintenance! I’m so happy I did this for myself, and so grateful for all the support I’ve gotten here on TTF. You guys are great and help keep my mind in the game. Thank you for everything. I’ll post an update photo soon. Due to my schedule, I’m rarely home during the afternoon daylight hours I need to get a good comparison photo. I’m not hiding anything - I’m just being lazy. In the meantime, here's a picture of my new shoes and my legs and a street cat from the gas station (petrol station) down the street. I was stopping for water and she was soooooo friendly.
  13. 4 points
    Rob_VSG

    Let's talk about not losing weight

    Ahh, the journey is long from over! There are so many things left to try. Read @BurgundyBoy's suggestions above, they are good ones. I'm 13 months out and more often than not my body rarely lost weight how I expected it to. What I found worked for me was staying focused on protein first, then drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and shortening my daily eating time window as well as going for 20-30 minute walk 3-5 times a week. Shortening my eating time window lengthened my over night fasting time window and between that and reducing carb intake my surgeon measured a higher metabolic rate for me. That means my metabolism increased well over where it was pre-op. You will find what works for you!
  14. 4 points
    Aussie Bear

    Restriction after 18 months

    This popped up on my YouTube last night and was very interesting regarding restriction changes. Definitely worth watching.
  15. 3 points
    msmarymac

    Can't believe I did this!!

    She is actually a labradoodle. Mama is a yellow lab (like my Penny) and Papa is a white Standard poodle. Penny was so easy these last probably 7 or 8 years but now I am remembering she was just exactly like this as a puppy! Full of energy, full of kisses, sharp little puppy teeth and some kind of naughty behavior too. I keep reminding myself its just the "puppy". It is so worth it for the laughs and the love
  16. 3 points
    I looked up my history, and at 10 weeks I had lost 31 pounds, so very close to your story. This is just your beginning! All these people with big losses did it over a long period of time. I kept a scale, but only wrote down my weight once per week after my "real" weigh in. Keeping a weight loss table by week with a space for every 5% of excess weight really helped me keep the bigger perspective. Below is a table that a TTF hero shared (I think @msmarymac or @Jen581791), and it was really helpful. I made my own and filled it in along the way. You're doing great, keep it up!!
  17. 3 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    It's been aaaaaages.....

    WOW! LOVE THAT PICTURE!! What fun!! So proud of you! You are doing great! Congrats on stopping the alcohol - I'm considering doing that too. I've gotten in the habit of a glass or two of wine each night, and while I can use the calories, I know it's not good for me. And for me it also makes me want to eat/snack on not-so-good foods so it's a double whammy. So far it hasn't affected the scale, but I know it's not good. I agree about exercise! Isn't it fun to move the new body that likes to move!?! I'm exercising 5-6 days a week, and really enjoy it. It keeps my stress down, reminds me that I'm in good shape, gives me something to improve on (now that I don't want the scale to move), encourages me to have good nutrition, and lets me eat more! Win, win, win! Love your collar bones!
  18. 3 points
    I agree with Cinwa; I ditched the scales first off. Hubby hid it and took it out once every other week. In my past life if I didn’t lose anything I said forget it and went back to eating what I wanted. Have you taken before measurements? Often when you aren’t losing pounds, you are losing inches. I measured everything (wrists, thighs, calves, neck..) and measured once a month and could see the inches getting smaller. And yes, stick to plan, it will come off. One step at a time. Each step adds up.
  19. 3 points
    cinwa

    Let's talk about not losing weight

    At 9 weeks 3 days, I was down 25.6 lb so you got me beat. You're not doing anything wrong - you have averaged a 2.9 lb a week - that is excellent! If it's any help, every single diet I tried pre-WLS (and it spanned well over 30 years) was sabotaged by what I perceived as a failure the moment the scales recorded zero loss. When I had my WLS, I decided not to have scales in the house - I relied upon surgeon/NUT visits for my weigh-ins. Not for everyone but it allowed me to focus on the importance of following the programme and exercising (even if it was just a walk and/or yoga or pilates) every single day.
  20. 3 points
    Kio

    19 months - stillllll losing

    Hard to believe it's been such a long time since I last updated! I never meant to let a month go by without posting here. WLS was such a huge point of change and disruption in my life (in the best possible way) that I didn't think there would ever come a time that I didn't need to talk about it endlessly. But truth - after a while, the machinery of normal life grinds on, and other priorities begin to reassert themselves. At 19 months out, I feel pretty evenly-keeled about my surgery and post-surgical experience. I have a lot fewer questions these days. I have a pretty firm grasp of how my new digestive system works, and how to manage its little quirks. I do still need this place - it's a touchstone for me, a reminder to keep doing what I'm supposed to do, a reminder that I didn't set out on this path alone and don't have to travel it alone. I think I'll kind of always need it. But I don't check in multiple times a day anymore - or even every single day. I think that's a good thing, because some of those check-ins were out of fear. Now, I mostly check in because I miss you guys, and because I want to help answer questions for n00bs, and because I want to know how everybody is doing. I can still say this, though - even though I'm not here every day, my WLS is still almost always at the forefront of my mind. I'm thinking about it when I get out of bed (easily) in the morning, when I go to sleep (without my CPAP machine) at night, when I put on my medium-sized clothes for the day, when I look at my new thin body in the mirror, when I'm on minute 20 of a long hot shower because it doesn't hurt me anymore to stand up that long, when I park at the back of a parking lot or walk into a mall for a few hours of shopping, when I'm first out in the morning to grab the snowblower and spend a few hours cleaning off the driveway, when I'm walking up and down the stairs without holding on, when I jog from one room to another for no reason... there's literally no part of my life now that doesn't remind me that I am a new, happier, healthier, stronger person. Maybe that will fade someday, but at 19 months out... it's still front and center, all the time. With regards to weight loss, things are still going well for me. I see you guys who had surgery around the same time I did sneaking off into the Maintenance Cafe, and I'm jealous! But I'm not quite there yet, myself. I toy with the idea sometimes - I'm at a weight that I could be happy maintaining long-term - but I'm just not quite ready to call it yet. I'd really like to make it to the goal in my sidebar (140# - normal BMI for me) -- which is arbitrary, super ambitious, and probably not a great weight for me to maintain long term... but which I'd like to see at least once before I say I'm done. Getting into the numbers: In September 2018, at my last update, I was 173#. My weight loss has been slowing down as I go, and at that time, I was fairly sure I wasn't actually going to lose much more. But today I weigh in at 158#, so as slow as the going feels lately, it's still actually going. From my highest recorded weight, around April/May 2017, I'm down 197# total. I can't believe I'm within 3# of losing 200 total -- that number just feels insane! And I'm down 15# since my last "official" weigh in, which at this point was about 7 months ago. (I no longer compare my weight to my sister's, because I'm now 12# less than the last weight of hers that I knew for sure. I feel like I officially live in crazy-world - I'm the smallest/lightest person in my household, and the new designated "person who does all the hard stuff" like climbing, lifting, mowing, snowblowing, etc.) In terms of how it works... after the first couple of crazy loss months after surgery, I used to have a "loss week" each month. I'd maintain within a pound either way of a number for three weeks, and then in the 4th week I'd drop everything I was going to drop for that month. I don't really know when loss is going to happen now. It doesn't seem to happen on a schedule. It's more like... I hit 169, and was pretty happy. Then a while later I realized I'd hit 166, and that was nice, and then I went back up to 168. Then a while later, surprise, 165. It's just sort of a two steps down, one step up kind of thing - but the trend is still generally down. (Honestly - I suspect I may STILL have one loss week a month- but the losses are so small, maybe just a pound or two, that they can easily be masked by how much water and salt I consume on any given day. It doesn't mean it's not happening, just that it's harder to see exactly when.) As for what I'm doing... I still weigh myself basically every day, and I still record new "low" weights here for my signature and my profile/sidebar. The only time I'll skip a day is if I know I won't see a loss - generally if I've had any kind of a "splurge" the day before, like on a holiday or something. I find the scale keeps me honest, and helps me decide how strict I'm going to be with carbs on any given day. I still eat mostly on program, but I do have periods of a day to a couple of days where I'll vary the percentage of nutrients in favor of carbs. It's not exactly optimal, but my keto days far outweigh my non-keto days, and I feel like I'm still on track. I've eaten some stuff I shouldn't have, but I'm proud to say that none of those things are Doritos or Mike & Ike's . And I still can't eat very MUCH, which is a blessing. So when I do go a little overboard, it's kind of like... falling out of the boat into shallow end of the kiddie pool, instead of into the ocean. Yesterday, for instance - as a treat, we went out for lunch, and I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich and a bag of chips. Then I cut the crust off the sandwich so it was actually a pretty tiny sandwich, and maybe ate 3 or 4 chips, and felt totally satisfied and full. It's not something I would do as anything other than a rare treat, but it didn't trigger cravings or set me off on a crazy carb spiral, so I'm not too worried about it. Most days are still the usual - coffee with Fairlife, protein bar or shake, yogurt and/or cottage cheese for the daytime... and then something mostly protein for dinner. I find that having a "usual" makes the usual that much easier to get back to. (My nutritionist is fine with all this, but would like me to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my meals. I haven't quite managed to do that yet. Maybe it'll be easier now with summer coming - that is prime fruit and veggie time! ) For most of the winter, I honestly didn't get a lot of exercise in. I stopped going to the gym or using the treadmill, and only did outside walks on really nice days - which are few and far between in Massachusetts winters. But I've been doing more lately - mostly on the treadmill. For the past couple of weeks, I've been doing long and slow walks while I either work, or watch stuff on TV, or read. By "long" I mean I spend 1-2 hours on the treadmill (usually divided into 2 sessions if I do 2 hours), and anywhere from 1.7-2.5 mph depending on how hard I'm working. I like it - it keeps me off my butt. As I've said here many times, the one failure of my WLS is that it did not make me magically less lazy! My commitment to exercise is still half-hearted at best. Other good stuff, though: I had gall bladder surgery recently, which relieved a lot of sort of ongoing stomach pain. I had my WLS surgeon do it, and in my pre-op appointment I was stunned when he pointed out to his little student doctor person that it would be far easier to do this surgery on me now, because I'm now normal-sized (NORMAL SIZED?! YES. THAT IS WHAT HE SAID!!!) I can walk as long as I want and as far as I want now, without pain (except a touch of foot arthritis, which is a lot more manageable than it used to be). And it it occurred to me just the other morning that I was just BOUNCING out of bed in the mornings - literally bouncing off the edge and onto my feet! This compared to the many, many overweight years where I would swing my legs carefully to the side and sort of slide to my feet, testing all the way for pain and balance. For any of you out there still in your decision-making phase, I can truthfully say that my life is unimaginably better now than it was before surgery. You know that saying - that money can't buy happiness, but it makes misery a lot easier to bear? I feel that way about my WLS. Being smaller hasn't magically solved all my life's problems - but it does make ALL of my life problems a hell of a lot easier to face!!! And now finally, because it's been so long... here's proof-of-life, from about a week ago.
  21. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    Out of surgery!

    Thank you, CJ!! I did enjoy the mashed potatoes And the meatloaf. Just small portions, even for me, lol. The knee pain is pretty intense, just like last time. I’m experiencing the same excessive swelling that I did in the right knee, but the muscle weakness seems worse in this knee. But I’m definitely glad it’s over too, and I’m looking forward to the days the pain starts to ease up and PT gets easier. I can’t do much of anything in the way of PT just yet, but I know now that it takes time.
  22. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    T -3 days till knee replacement #2

    Well guys, it looks like I’m going to make it to surgery this time around I’ve had all of my pre op appointments, my labs, and received the go ahead from everyone. As long as I don’t get sick again, Wednesday is the day. I’ve fallen behind with my PT (in the office with the therapist) because when I was recovering I was too weak to go, and once I felt better, their schedule was full on the only available days I could go there...in between pre op everything. I’ve been doing extra at home, like lots of up and down stairs, stretching, quad sets and heel slides, and I’ve been walking LOADS in the stores, etc...it’s still too crappy outside to walk any distance just yet. I’m walking too much to use the old “how many Trish’s” measurement these days, for those of you that remember that...lol. It’s amazing what a difference having one healthy (albeit artificial) knee makes when trying to walk! It gets stiff a lot, and I get a lot of pain in the hamstrings and tendons, but the KNEE has no pain. The joint feels great! I’m so looking forward to being in this place, post op, with my new knee I’ve gained back SOME of the weight I had lost when I got sick with gastritis, but then I started losing a little again. I’m starting to not be so afraid of the 130’s, which is good. But along with the weight loss came worsening tailbone pain (it had become quite a bit better over the past few months while maintaining) and I can feel nothing but bone when I lay down in bed at night. I’m not liking that part so much. I think all of the walking I’m doing might be part of the reason my weight is staying in the low 130’s now, because I’m eating completely normally again, and have been for more than a week. But I’m just going to keep on plan and see where my body decides to land. I’m still well in the “normal BMI” range so there is nothing to worry about. Please pray that nothing else gets in the way of surgery on Wednesday!! I’ll keep you all posted (or have Papa Trish post) as things progress ❤️
  23. 3 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Month 5 - Panic is ebbing. Yay!

    I love everything about this statement. I love knowing that I can ease up and not be so obsessive in maintenance. I am trying not tracking in MFP for a few weeks, and it's a nice break. I also love that I need to still be mindful. I'm being VERY mindful as I try to regulate my weight to a steady number. I also love that we need to be wary of old habits. They are NO GOOD! I also keep thinking about the line, I think it's yours, that "you will crave tomorrow what you eat today." It helps me stay away from danger foods because I DO NOT want to crave them the next day! No taste today is worth the craving tomorrow. I love that I crave spinach, sardines, blueberries, and turkey. Makes life so much easier!!
  24. 3 points
    Pain meds definitely help, lol...I’m just so happy to have this over with and I can get all of my ducks in a row now The real pain will start tomorrow when they remove the gigantic ace bandage they have wrapped around the cryo cuff that is icing my incision. My surgeon checked out my other knee during surgery today and saw that there was scar tissue forming and he broke it up, which I’m so thankful for, because I was starting to have trouble going up and down the stairs over the past few days. I’m anxious to get back to PT and hoping the same thing doesn’t happen with the one he just replaced today! I truly am doing great though. The pain will be much better in a couple of weeks, and hopefully in about a month I will be walker free!!
  25. 3 points
    msmarymac

    Emotional Eating struggles

    Thank you for your kind words. I did message our local shelter today to look into volunteer work or perhaps fostering. I am in a small town, and our shelter is only open 11 to 3 so I'm not sure how that works for after hours volunteering but I hope to hear from them soon. I am putting together a donation for them as well; Penny was born on Easter 13 years ago, so the kids and I are donating to the shelter in honor of her birthday. I probably will end up getting another dog this summer, but I have a rotator cuff repair surgery coming up the end of April and need to get through that rehab first. Then, we'll see
  26. 3 points
    Papa Trish (David) here, Trish just went in to surgery for new knee number two. Please send all of your best wishes to her for a smooth surgery. She is the bravest person I know and my rock. Today will be the beginning of a new life for her and we couldn’t be more excited! As soon as she recovers a bit I will give her phone back to her and give you all an update.
  27. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    well hey!

    Bellamoma, you’re so sweet!! Thank you for the beautiful compliments ❤️ That pic was taken with Snapchat, lol...I don’t have pink hair or the nose ring I feel like I’ve done well so far...just praying maintenance continues on like it has and I’m not fighting off regain sometime in the not too near future, as the 2 year mark seems to be a tough spot for a lot of folks. Putting one foot in front of the other is what you’ve gotta do. I’m glad you have things that you’re grateful for, it helps to keep that in mind when you’re struggling. Putting one foot in front of the other keeps you moving. That’s the important thing. If you’re standing still, you’re not making any progress. It may be a long road, but having that support at home is key. And we are always here for you!!! Please, PLEASE, keep us posted!! We’ve missed you too, and so glad to see you back!!
  28. 3 points
    bellamoma

    well hey!

    TRISH! i almost cried tears of joy seeing your pic! you have smashed your WLS in spite of the many obstacles put in your way. I am beyond happy for you!!! ps- you look so stunning!!! thanks so much for the kind words of support. there is a saying in spanish- take it easy, but take it. that's what i'm doing. putting one foot in front of the other and pushing through. trying to remain grateful for the things i have. my boys are amazing. my husband is great. i have a roof over my head and clothes to wear. i have to be grateful. i will keep ya'll posted. it's so nice to hear from you guys. i've missed you !
  29. 3 points
    Jen581791

    well hey!

    Congrats on your three years out! 15 pounds up is not the end of the world, and if you're dealing with meds/menopause/etc, it's pretty normal, I think. You're still very much in the healthy zone, and you know what to do to fight it. The GERD sounds really un-fun. I think whatever you can do to keep from damaging your esophagus is good, and if that means revision, so be it. I'm so happy to hear that you're done with your program and starting a new job. What an exciting time Thanks for checking in, @bellamoma. You're one of my inspirational figures from this wonderful site. I love it when you catch us up on what you're up to.
  30. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Emotional Eating struggles

    @msmarymac Oh so very sorry for you. Only can suggest bringing in friends, walk your son's dog, do all those things. Sorrow has to work its way through you, there is no escaping it, at least in my experience, and to try to deny it leads to yet more sorrow later on. I've had this happen too. <<< Empathy >>>. If you eat 600 extra calories a day for a week extra you will be up one pound. This will not derail your long-term super weight loss. Suggest, with all modesty, that you find the least destructive gorge food, allow that and no others. Broccoli with Parmesan cheese all over it? pounds of it? Popcorn? and if that is too savory = For the sweets craving - made lemon curd recently, using erythriol instead of sugar, with egg yolks and lemon zest and juice. I was blown away with how good it was. Delicious, sweet, filling... and very low in carbs. Perhaps the action of making the curd, then throwing some berries on top, will assuage your need for sugar and the sorrow.
  31. 3 points
    Well what do you know, I got my check today for $17.20 . They are only paying for up to 40 shakes, glad I got something though.
  32. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    Calling Nerdy Toothpick!!

    My dear @NerdyToothpick...I will most likely not be online on the 4th, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss the opportunity to wish you a happy happy 2nd surgiversary!!! I hope you are doing well and are happy and healthy in maintenance, and that K and your hubby are doing well!! Sending lots of love, hugs, and a hearty “Cheers” with a decadent protein shake served in a beautiful crystal wine glass Enjoy your surgiversary and be proud of yourself for all of your accomplishments!! ❤️
  33. 3 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Low White Blood Count

    Thanks, you guys, for your concern. I went to my PCP today and he is running more tests (another CBC and a peripheral blood scan.) He thinks it's just my body not adjusting quickly enough with the weight loss, but is going to look into it further. Even if the scan turns out fine, he wants to check my CBC again in 6 months to make sure it's returning to normal levels on its own. Thanks so much. I didn't sleep last night because I was worried, so glad I went in and it's getting looked at! I go back to my surgeon Thursday so glad I can tell him too.
  34. 3 points
    Aussie Bear

    Med Check

    I have a complete blood count, liver function tests, kidney function tests, MBA20, iron studies, D3, B12....standard every 6 months but were every 3 months for the first year. Calcium is measured in the standard testing, but it's meaningless really. Blood just takes calcium from the bones if there isn't enough in the blood stream. The only real way to test that you're getting enough calcium is through a DEXA bone density test.
  35. 3 points
    lightenupwoman

    Coming up on 5 years!!

    Ok I didn't feel like doing hair and make up so whatever.
  36. 2 points
    Readytobeme

    Forum down?

    It’s ok I seriously thought it was gone for good. I know that I don’t post much but you can bet that I am here reading. I would hate to lose touch with you guys!
  37. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    Forum down?

    @cinwa and I both saw late last week that the site was down, so she contacted the site’s administrators to get it back up. I am sorry that it took a few days to straighten everything out!
  38. 2 points
    Jen581791

    Can't believe I did this!!

    Puppyyyyyyyyyyyy! You look very happy together Right and sensible are not always the same thing, but sometimes you can't control the timing.
  39. 2 points
    Kio

    Can't believe I did this!!

    Sooooo adorable!!! Can't wait till we get ours, whatever type of mutt she may be - but we're looking at August now, since our reno doesn't start till mid-May. I guess that will just give us a lot of time to make sure we get the right fur kid.
  40. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    Two years and two months post-op

    Love the shoes! You are an inspiration for many here! I look forward to your posts. So glad you are loving your new life.
  41. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    Out of surgery!

    Thank you for the update. I am not sorry that I asked, as I now know how to focus my best thoughts and prayers in your direction. The path for you medically after your weight loss surgery has been (to put it mildly) “bumpy” but you have always gotten better after every set back, and you will get better after this one. Plus soon you should be able to begin really walking on your two new knees. We are here to support you.
  42. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    Out of surgery!

    @Nana Trish Can you give us an update on how you are doing? You are in our best thoughts and prayers as you recover from your latest surgery.
  43. 2 points
    Thank you @Rob_VSG @tracyringo @cinwa. Your words are helping.
  44. 2 points
    At 9.5 weeks I had lost 26 lbs and weighed in at 270.8. I kept a journal and still do. This is my entry that day ….. So sick of this already !!! I lost 1 pound this week FINALLY but than again I lost nothing !!! GRRRRRRRRRR. Boston I hated hearing people tell me to stick to the plan because they were already at goal, lol. It is true but they were right.. You can not give in or give up. At some point in my journey I would not lose weight for 3 weeks at a time doing everything right, then the drop would come. I just stuck to it like it was my last chance and truly it was for me. You can do this, one day at a time. You are worth it.
  45. 2 points
    Kio

    19 months - stillllll losing

    Aww, thanks, Jen! I'll take it! I feel like I'm in a good place, too. Even when I slide off the wagon, I feel like the wagon is right beside me, waiting for me to jump right back on. Before, the wagon would just keep going when I got off, and after a while it would be so far ahead, it felt pointless to try to catch up! You know, the funny thing about this place is that even when I'm not posting daily, I'm still thinking about it daily. It kind of gets in your head! You guys are like my better angels, sitting on my shoulder and keeping me on the right path. It's really awesome to have so many great friends and such amazing support here!
  46. 2 points
    CheeringCJ

    Out of surgery!

    Awesome! You are an amazing woman, Trish! David sure does love you, you are a blessed woman!
  47. 2 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    well hey!

    @bellamoma, welcome back! And I'm sorry about your challenges. You've come to the right place for support, that's for sure! I admire you for your 3 year go of it! I know the regain must be frustrating, but maybe make a goal of staying the same for a few months, before you try to start edging the scale back down again. Maybe it won't seem so frustrating if you have some success? You are still doing AWESOME, BTW! Keep us posted!
  48. 2 points
    bellamoma

    well hey!

    I'm on a new antidepressant that is weight neutral in studies. i haven't found it to affect my appetite like celexa did many years ago. with celexa, i could not stop eating and gained 70lb in 6 mos!! this time i am very very aware and if i find my appetite to be uncontrollable, i will ask for a different medication. i believe menopause is the culprit. I'm so glad that life is good for you! autumn is my favorite but i wish we could skip to spring right from there! sunshine is lovely, isn't it!!!? Thanks for checking in with me, I've always been so inspired by you xo
  49. 2 points
    @cinwa's note about the cod triggered my response. Last week made haddock with farro/garlic in my Instant Pot. My notes read, "best fish I have ever made in my life." It is not only possible, but probable and likely, you can make great food that is delicious AND helps you maintain your weight loss. Later this week will be eating confit duck legs made a few weeks ago. Let none of us refrain from making the world more beautiful, more enjoyable, more tasty, after WLS and while crafting an healthy diet and healthy life!
  50. 2 points
    While sleevers have that section of the stomach removed where ghrehlin production is most prominent thereby reducing their hunger initially, RNYers have other unexplained hormonal changes due to bypassed intestine. The body is such a clever biological factory though that it does eventually learn to produce these hormones elsewhere. I'm told that happens earlier with sleeve surgery than bypass, but I'm not even close to an expert on this stuff. According to research I've read, that would explain the three year regain trigger point for sleeve as opposed to the five year danger period for RNY.