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  1. 5 points
    ktallon

    Good News

    Hi my ttf family just stopping by for an update and some good news for once. I had a j tube placed in December by my new bari surgeon and he also started me on a different med regimen to help my ulcers. I am proud to update that since the surgery i am actually doing quite well. I am eating on my own i haven't needed to use my feeding tube in two weeks. The chronic pain nausea and vomiting that i was experiencing has subsided to zero and i am no longer relying on the meds to get through the day (actually haven't needed my pain pill or nausea meds in a month). All in all everything is on the up and up.
  2. 5 points
    I am so very happy to hear that you are on a good path. Having times of stress when we eat outside of our normal food programs is totally fine, as long as we adjust back ASAP. During maintenance it is important to focus on the present and not dwell on the past. I totally love life living in rural northeastern Vermont, even though we still have a lot of snow on the ground. The air is clean and fresh, the people warm and neighborly, and the car traffic essentially non-existent. My golden retriever Seamus (who is now 11months old) is a wonderful dog - sweet, supportive and easy to be around. He gives me great joy.
  3. 4 points
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    As everyone can see now I'm back in town. I'm feeling ok considering the type of surgery I got. My immediate recovery was not as speedy as before but I'm on the fifth post-op day today and was allowed home. One more of these awful antibiotic things (I had elevated inflammation parameters on Friday so had to take them) and then it's PPI for 6 months again. Major downsides: 3 weeks of liquids. No sports for 6 weeks, except some walking or light cycling. Oh well...
  4. 3 points
    Cheesehead

    Hi guys

    Trish make a daily check in here.. we are here for you.. just stay healthy!! I was laid off a week ago. Hubby took 96 hours of comp time. He’s been clearing brush and I’ve been helping. I got frustrated/stressed one day this week and took off for a walk. I used to be able to only make the loop to our mailbox and back about quarter mile, did that twice then headed over to the next road where the loop is a mile-did that 3 times. My next goal before going back to work is our 4 mile block.. I’ve always figured that would be too much for me at one crack. I’ve also been stress baking and cooking. Hubby told me this week: “I can only eat so much and you don’t eat any”. Lol.. Raining here today. Hubby is cleaning the basement and I’m a bump (did take a walk earlier before the rain hit).
  5. 3 points
    Jen581791

    Hi guys

    Oh, I'm fine. It really just felt like a bad flu. I'm just feeling tired and cooped up now. Like most people who get it, I just had a mild case. As for those who are unlucky enough to get a bad case, it looks terrible. Let's get back on track then. Control is all about what you're doing right now, so just distract yourself (toddler wrangling strategy, right?) if/when the urge to eat what you shouldn't pops up. Protein first. I'm going to focus on drinking a lot of water and herbal tea today as well. Sometimes I forget that I'm actually the one in charge of me. Time to take charge. Daily check-in here might be a good strategy, as well. Not like I'm busy doing other things at the moment!! Be strong.
  6. 3 points
    Boston Redhead

    1 year out

    Hi everyone. Today I am one year post op from a gastric sleeve. While I’ve been struggling quite a lot the last few months, I am happy to report that I’m 85 lbs down and 62 inches smaller. while I’m only just over halfway toward my goal, I don’t see more than a few subtle changes in my body. I’m trying to look at them critically because I know it takes awhile for our heads to catch up with the physical changes. Has anyone else had that happen? I know the sagging skin will just get saggier, but when does the cellulite get better? I do though see a big difference in my face. See attached for before and today shots.
  7. 3 points
    cinwa

    Hi guys

    Trish, You and your family are always in my thoughts. Back away from your DH's cookies. Been there, done that .... those things are addictive (best I don't go into detail about that - I have a reputation to maintain. )
  8. 3 points
    I hit my goal. This morning I weighed in at 218.3 - 70 lbs gone since starting the pre-op diet & 90 lbs gone since I started the program. I had surgery 12/31/2019 (sleeve) - just 10 weeks ago. They told me I would hit 216lbs if I was an 'average' patient. But I set my goal to 220 because I just couldn't imagine in my head getting down to this weight again. 220 is the weight I was when my 20 year old daughter was born. I can't overstate how excited I am & how happy I am I did this. Here's my worry - I'm only 10 weeks out - not even 3 months & I'm still dropping weight pretty quickly (though it slowed in the last 2 weeks). I am just now starting to exercise more - my wife wants to run a 5 k this year (ran a mile this past weekend - nearly died but I did it). How far should I expect to slide before my weight stabilizes? I will be beyond happy if I get to 200 lbs - I was 205 when I got married 22 years ago. I dont know if I want to go much lower than that. I was 172 when I graduated high school back when paper was made out of papyrus & we wrote in cursive (when not chiseling stones) & I dont think it would be good to be that thin - but since I'm still eating very few calories - I'm guessing I average right at 1000 calories per day - several days per week I'm around 800 & several days I'm closer to 1200. I'm honestly not sure what to do next? Should I try & increase my calories to try & level off? Is it too early? Do I just keep going & dropping weight? I really can't eat a large volume of food yet - 4 or 5 oz of lean meat. I've yet to taste bread though I have had a tortilla or two (wrap). I guess I honestly didn't expect to actually hit my goal & now I'm clueless as to what to do now. Excited to be sure - but really not sure what comes next.
  9. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    Prayers please!

    Thank you all so much ❤️ Richard’s funeral was this past Thursday. I’m hoping everyone can find some peace now. Although Richard was my children’s half brother, he was also mine and my husband’s nephew. My first husband was Papa David’s older brother. Weird family dynamic, I know, but it is what it is. My kids are doing ok, they are getting through this as well as can be expected. All of your prayers, love, and care have been felt and greatly appreciated. Thank you all so very much!!
  10. 3 points
    Buddymiles5

    A Reintroduction

    I had my surgery in October 2013, and by the time I met my now wife in December 2014, I was down to 320. I posted a lot in 2013 and 2014. My goal was 250, though I doubted I would ever get there. I fell madly in love with my Wife and surprise by July she was pregnant and by October we were married. In March 2015, we had our son Andy, followed up by our daughter Emily in August 2017. Needless to say, I have not been good with food/weight since December, 2014. Between then and October, 2018, I had gained back to 400. My wife, who was not fat when I met her, but was not thin either, gained significant weight through the two pregnancies and I went back to old habits. From October, 2018, we have both really tried to watch what we eat and get our weights under control. In that time, I have lost about 35 and am down to 365. She has hovered around the same amount. We decided a couple months ago that she would also get bypass (she initially thought sleeve but has reflux issues). We have decided to do that progressive diet together. Her surgery is Thursday, so I am sitting here at my desk at work drinking protein 2O as part of the 48 hour clear liquid diet. In going through her thirty day preop diet (which is basically the same as the post op diet) I can already feel my pouch snapping back into shape. I tried a shake only day last week and it was not so bad. I am hopeful that I can get back on track and begin losing again. I am going to try to be more active on here again. Good to see a couple people are still around from back then! My wife is having her surgery done the same place I did, and they have a very robust facebook group that did not exist back in 2013/2014. It seems this board is not as active as back then. I guess that is why. I look forward to keeping in touch with all of you. Buddy
  11. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Hi guys

    Hi guys First off, I pray EVERYONE is staying safe and healthy during this very trying time. I’ve been keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, even though I haven’t been here for a while. Things are still shaky, and I’m still making not so great choices. Just on the heels of my last visit here, enter COVID-19...Hubby got laid off until this is over, as did most of the people in NY. Just about everything is closed besides food delivery services, grocery stores, hospitals, and those types of essential businesses. We are getting nailed here. I haven’t left the house in 11 days. The weather is getting better, so hopefully I will be able to get outside and at least walk around the yard for a bit, and get some fresh air. I don’t mind staying inside, but I don’t like being afraid to go outside. This, I know, is something none of us has experienced before, and I’m sure we are all in the same boat here. Needless to say, going through this has made things worse as far as my eating, and of course not being able to walk yet isn’t helping. I miss last summer and fall when I could get out in the evenings and walk, instead of eating. Stress and boredom are my enemies right now. I’m struggling again/still, to get back on track. I’ve been too ashamed to come back here because of it. I’m officially back in the “overweight” category now, at 158 lbs, and am fighting the urge to just say screw it all. I know I’m not too far gone yet, but I’m watching my clothes getting tight, knowing I have to ditch the food, and feeling like I can’t. I NEVER thought I would be one to lose control like this, but I have. I’m letting food run my life again. I know I need to come here more. I know I need to find a distraction/something else to do besides eat when I’m feeling like this. I’m not looking for pity...just someone to listen to me vent a bit. UGH!!! Anyway, thank you all so much for listening. I’m gonna try and be here more. I hope you all know my prayers are with you all, and I’m praying none of you or anyone in your families contracts this horrible disease. Peace, love, and good health to you all ❤️❤️❤️ Nana Trish
  12. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Hi guys

    I’m so glad you’re ok!! Yes, the bad cases look truly horrifying from what I’ve heard, and I want absolutely nothing to do with it!! So we are all here cooped up as well. I put my foot down this morning and started the 5 day pouch test. I’ve had it with food controlling me again. Like you said, WE are in charge! I have to remind myself of that! I have been letting depression, anxiety, and fear get the better of me, and not doing any real self care. I’ve gotta take this rare opportunity (if it’s not wrong to call it that) where I have no one but myself to focus on, and actually do it! No babysitting, no running errands, etc. Just finding things to do (I have plenty of closets to clean, lol). It’s raining today, so I am going to hop on my stationary bike later and start moving a bit! Lets do this, Jen!! We did much bigger and harder things way back in the beginning, 3 years ago. We can do this!!
  13. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Hi guys

    Yes, Cinwa...gotta back away from the cookies, breads, etc, that my evil DH is baking. He’s experimenting with new recipes since he is laid off, to keep himself sane. I keep telling myself that just because they are in the house, I DO NOT have to eat them...I think this everytime I pop a goody in my mouth, ugh. His latest creation below...seasoned artisan breads Your reputation is safe with me, lol , I promise!! I hope you and hubby are well and staying safe ❤️❤️❤️
  14. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Hi guys

    Dear Lord, Jen!!! I’m SOOOO sorry to hear that you’ve contracted this! But very thankful to hear that you are recovering!! Please, please stay safe and praying you’re completely recovered soon! I would love to do this with you! I’m in!! I could use a buddy to get back on track with ❤️ I have to do this, and very soon. Not only because of the weight gain, but I’m starting to feel very crappy because of my diet. And not having my Harper here with me, I have no one to chase around and keep me on my feet all day So yes, lets do this!
  15. 2 points
    msmarymac

    All abit real now

    I'm sorry, I know that is disappointing to say the least. However, I am not at all surprised. I'm not sure where you're at but it's getting very serious in much of the world and hospitals just have to focus on doing the right thing from a public health standpoint. First, it's not wise to bring in non-ill patients for elective procedures to places where very ill people are or could be. Second, hospitals just have to focus all resources on fighting this thing. I attended a county resources meeting today and our local hospital is nearly out of supplies. They are talking of enlisting the local ladies quilting guild to make some "procedure masks" out of surgical drapes for them to use on sick patients until their next allocation comes in April 1. It's serious people. We have to get through this awful thing that is happening. Hopefully life will be normal again someday and then you will be back on track. I feel the same sorrow for you as I feel for our students who won't have a graduation or a prom...our athletes who worked so hard only to have the opportunity to prove themselves whisked away by a microscopic devil. My greatest sorrow is reserved for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, that must seem just so senseless. It's all so surreal.
  16. 2 points
    summerset

    Looking for a way back

    It's unfortunately very, very common that people choose/adopt a post-op lifestyle that is very hard to maintain (or really impossible to maintain?) when "life happens" as so many people put it. It seems that maybe you've fallen into this post-op-gung-ho trap as well as so many people did. Good news is that you can lose regained weight, bad news is that you have to find a lifestyle that you can maintain even in hard times and this might mean experimenting with diet and exercise and asking yourself questions like "How much time can I realistically spend exercising and preparing food per day and per week long term?" and giving yourself honest answers. If you already know what the culprits are you could start with changing one thing and see how far you can come with this. One you feel comfortable with the change and your weight has gone down a bit and you want to lose more, change a second thing, then a third and a fourth etc. until you've either reached your desired goal weight or until you notice "Ok, I can't handle more changes, at least not now".
  17. 2 points
    Thank you Res - that was exactly the post I needed to read! I am seriously excited about my weight loss - I would be thrilled to be 185 lbs - but one step at a time. Having met my weight goal - I'm going to set a new "fitness" goal. Weight will be monitored - but now I need to get active & finish my 5k run! I am so excited to be here - thank you all for your support - this is such a great group!
  18. 2 points
    Hi all. I had Gastric Bypass in 2013. Prior to surgery, I read several topics on WLS and how it affects a marriage. I thought I had the best support I could ask for from a husband and figured our marriage would survive through the change. It turned out to be true..... He was the greatest support. He ate what I ate, he didn't eat crap in front of me, he supported my attendance to support groups and sometimes even went with me. He would remind me to drink water and chew more; eat slower. Even supported and paid for a tummy tuck. Fast forward a year.... I became very active. using all my free time to go hiking or swimming. I wanted to tone my body after all the weight loss. I started doing p90x. I was very aware of my activity. However, he still wanted to stay in and build a relationship with his Xbox. Fast forward another 2 years.... We were just arriving in Germany!! He is a military man and we would move every three years. This time it was a whole new country. I was so excited. I started planning all these trip and adventures. It was so easy and cheap to travel to places like Paris or Amsterdam. Again.... he wanted to stay in with the Xbox. I found us growing more apart. I would plan trips with friends and he would stay home. I couldn't get him excited to do anything. He was constantly texting on his phone with family and friends back home. He couldn't get used to living so far away from everyone. He started to use his free time to go back to the states to see family. I stayed in Germany because traveling state side every few months wasn't affordable for the both of us. We were living different lives. I spend my days hiking and exploring cities. Wine tasting in France. Laying on the beach in Spain. Pub crawls in Prague. Camel rides in Morocco. I took up snorkeling, scuba diving, spelunking, free climbing, castle hikes and exploring ruins. He still had no desire to join me. He still stayed home. We stopped talking. stopped spending time with one another. I suggested counseling... he said no. I suggested date nights... that happened twice. I tried many times to talk to him and he would just check out of the conversation, usually face in his phone. We seemed to only talk in loud tones, usually about not talking. I understood that he was depressed and missing family.... but I couldn't understand why he couldn't communicate that with me. I eventually started to sleep on the couch.... still no conversation. After two months of couch surfing, I change our office to a second bedroom and moved his things into that room. He fully supported the decision with no conversation about it or objections. For the next 5 months he isolated himself in that room. I only saw him when he came out to get food. Finally after about 8 months of silence we had a heart to heart. I told him that I no longer loved him and I didnt know how to help him. He agreed that he no longer loved me. He said that I was a completely different person after surgery and I wasn't the person he fell in love with. Turns out he liked when I was bigger because I had less confidence. I needed him and relied on him for emotional support. I needed him for little things like going grocery shopping with me because I was scared of getting judged if I had ice cream in my cart. Once I lost the weight and became independent, I no longer relied on him as I did before. I was more energetic and he prefered the sedentary lifestyle. I was more outgoing and he preferred the shut in. I was more ambitious and he preferred the underachiever. I was more confident and he preferred the insecurities. At this point it became clear.... after 10 years of marriage, 15 years invested time together... age 38... I had to start over. There was nothing I could do to make it work. Did I want to? If he didn't support the better me... Did I want to stay married? We continued to live together in Germany as roommates, each living our life. We agreed to stay together for convenience. I didn't want to leave Germany and he didn't want to live in single barracks. Now, 2 years later. We are back in the states. We lived in Germany for 3 years and I had the time of my life. We are now living in TN and are the best of friends (and yes, still roommates). We are signing divorce papers in a few months. We will finally go our separate ways once I have established a source of income in this new area. He feels as though he owes me enough time to be able to take care of myself financially. I hope that once I move out on my own we will remain friends. We have spent the last 15 years in each others company but only time can tell. In the end we didn't get divorced because of cheating or fighting. We grew apart because I became a different person. In my opinion, a better person. This surgery opens so many doors for you but can close others. You will become a better version of yourself. There will be people in your life that do not necessarily like the new version of you. If someone told me the surgery would make me healthy, energetic and happy but I would lose my husband, I would still do it. Having this surgery has changed my life and I would never undo it. Do not let people hold you back. Be the best you .....live each day as it were your last.
  19. 2 points
    Congrats on this milestone! You must feel terrific! And you should Your GW sounds like one of those ones that is set at a fairly high, very achievable number, which is a great place to aim for initially as it puts you in a much healthier place than you were. It's also not so low that your former self couldn't imagine being there, so great for that, too. According to a standard BMI calculator (for what it's worth, BMI is at least one metric we can use to ballpark with), your BMI will be within the top end of the "normal" category at 174. So no need to fret that you're going to be a walking skeleton overnight. You're early out and you're eating very little - it's likely that your weight will continue to drop quite a bit. It will probably also level itself out at some point, but where that is, who knows at the moment. Just keep on building healthy behaviors (eating smart and exercising sound perfect!). That's what will keep you in a healthy place. You may want to head over to the maintenance cafe portion of this site to just get an idea of what people do when they get there. And how they feel. I've been in maintenance for 2 years and it's pretty different from the active losing phase, but not so different that it's unrecognizable. You're doing great! Keep up your hard work!
  20. 2 points
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    I'm sorry it got worse instead of better. Having a revision takes a lot of courage. However, you're going to make it. I feel better by the day as it seems. Going for a little walk outside today with my husband and dog later.
  21. 2 points
    Seamus is gorgeous! As you know, I opened up my home (and heart) to a rescue chocolate labrador back in September and she has turned my world around - for the better. Labs and retrievers need a lot of exercise to keep them happy and healthy and without a doubt, I feel all the better for it too.
  22. 2 points
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    I went from a MGB to a long-limb RNY and had hiatoplastic again. I can tolerate liquids and purees quite fine. Drinking is no problem. Next Wednesday I'm allowed solids again. Pain is only a bit at the incisions when moving in certain ways but I don't need pain killers. I have a little bit of swelling beneath the wound where the drain was placed. I guess there is a bit of seroma underneath.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Thank you for asking, and for the prayers, @Res Ipsa ❤️ I am starting so do a little better now. It takes time for my meds to start working, and last week I started to feel a change. I know this medication will work, but it will be about another month for full effect. I haven’t gained any more weight, and have stopped the stress eating. I’m starting to get control back of my food intake. We had a rough week after my nephew passed, and his funeral was this past Thursday. I ate and drank stuff not on my diet at the reception, but other than that I feel like I’m doing better. I’m sorry I haven’t been here much. My energy levels and ambition to do anything have been pretty low. Im working with my therapist weekly, and will be increasing the dose of my bipolar med this week, so I’m hoping that will improve. Im also hoping to get out and walk a little this week if the weather cooperates and stays mild enough. That should help as well. I hope you and your family are doing well, and how’s that gorgeous boy Seamus?? How was your first Vermont winter?
  25. 2 points
    Kim M

    Sleeve to bypass due to GERD

    Thanks so much for the support. I certainly do have medical system fatigue. I did get some good news recently. I had some genetic testing done for a condition of my heart and it was mostly negative. At this time, they are putting off the loop recorder to monitor my heart. At least as long as I don't pass out again lol. I am retiring at the end of the month and I feel I will be able to better focus on my needs. A trip to my surgeon will most likely be something I have to do. It is strange, I haven't lost anymore weight despite the amount I am getting down. I think it is because I have added carbs back into my diet. I know you can be malnourished and still be overweight. It really is not my focus right now, but I suppose it is still there. Wishing you good health and much happiness.
  26. 2 points
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    No, I'm at a normal weight already since a whole while. I wouldn't mind 5 kg or so since I didn't have plastics so far (kind of glad now I was so scared that I didn't) but I won't actively pursue more weight loss. Thanks a lot! This time it feels harder to recovery than before. Not sure why.
  27. 2 points
    latina63

    5yrs out!!

    Not my lowest, not where I want to be, definitely not where I was!! No regrets at all #cruise2020
  28. 2 points
    My surgeon set my original goal weight (shown in my profile) based on a calculation around the average percentage of weight loss for bariatric surgery and that number would have left me with a high BMI. I decided to not pick a goal weight and figured I would wait and see how I feel, mostly because BMI or just weight are not really great metrics for long term health. I think a better metric would be either height to waist ratio or percentage of body fat if you have access to a body composition scale. Two years post-op and my body fat percentage has bounced between 17 and 20 percent (considered healthy) but my BMI is typically 25-26 considered "over weight". I've had at least 12 lbs of weight fluctuation but have maintained a healthy body fat percentage and most importantly feel good and found a sustainable life style in the process. Hope this helps.
  29. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Hi guys

    Trish and Jen, I am very sorry to hear that each of you have been having a rough time recently. We are here to support you. We live in a strange time and I fear that the virus will continue to shut most things down until the fall.
  30. 1 point
    Best of luck to you! Hope it all goes as planned.
  31. 1 point
    Thawk

    All abit real now

    Oh no I hope nobody who has important appointments gets cancelled! My surgery was through choice, so I know it will happen eventually. I just hope everyone stays as safe as possible. I hope everyone who needs urgent medical care gets it ASAP. Big hugs to everyone around the world who is on this forum x
  32. 1 point
    Brass Monkey

    All abit real now

    That is exactly right! Bravery doesn't mean you are not scared - not being scared means you are crazy - Bravery means you are scared as hell but you still stand up & do it.
  33. 1 point
    dWel

    Well I am going to do it

    Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go ...so don't be afraid of failure because failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
  34. 1 point
    It was definitely nothing in me like this wanting to get out. I'm still not into dressing up, social events etc. - and I admit that it wouldn't feel too good if my husband all of a sudden after being together for over 25 years would have these ideas of going here and there and then somewhere else and let's do this and let's do that and then some more. Nope. Not this woman here. I work a stressful job with having to work nights and weekends. I'm just grateful for a weekend on the couch when I really have a two-day weekend. In the end WLS is a major life event that has the power to change people or rather people's behavior, just like e. g. moving out of your parent's home, entering or leaving the working force, a chronic illness etc. - and when one of these things strike, couples might not be made for each other any more. It's a sad thing, that's right, but that's life.
  35. 1 point
    @Rainvenezia - congratulations on your fabulous success at using weight loss surgery to become thin, healthy and active. You are an inspiration to us all! I am sorry that your weight loss resulted in the dissolution of your marriage. It sounds like your former husband could not handle your metamorphosis into an active and confident woman. As your posting notes, that woman always was in you (in your words "You will become a better version of yourself"), but it took the weight loss for her to come out. For other readers of this post, I should note that divorce is not inevitable after weight loss surgery. I remain very very happily married to my wonderful wife. We recently celebrated our 35th anniversary. She was, and remains, my best friend and my biggest supporter. I cannot image life without her.
  36. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    A Reintroduction

    Buddy, Welcome back to TTF. Remember that what is important is not where you have been, but where you are going. We are here to support you (and your wife if she choses to join TTF).
  37. 1 point
    In February I bought 3 boxes of this at Sams club. The expiration date is 12/13. After surgery I was not a fan and didn't drink it. Last week I decided I had to use it and stuck it in the fridge. Tonight I opened one and it this thick gelatinous gunk. Shaking it repeatedly doesn't seem to help. Anyone else encountered this issue? It doesn't taste weird but the consistency is offputting.
  38. 1 point
    Buddymiles5

    A Reintroduction

    I just noticed on my stats. I wish I was still 34!. Big 40 this summer! good tohear from you again Msmarymac.
  39. 1 point
    Katiemo

    Embarrassing question...

    I have surgery tomorrow and my led boyfriend is flying out today. I’m supposed to only be having clear liquids and magnesium citrate. Can I safely swallow his ***???
  40. 1 point
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    At least I don't have to do the full 4 weeks, lol.
  41. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    erosive esophagitis

    Yikes. Hang in there.
  42. 1 point
    summerset

    erosive esophagitis

    Haha, neither alcohol nor coffee (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....) for this time as well.
  43. 1 point
    Jen581791

    Happy Three Year Surgiversary to Me!

    Three years ago today, I was lying in a hospital bed in Mexico wondering what the heck I had done to myself. I was pretty freaked out. I was also not at all hungry, which was a new thing. It was a wild and crazy ride for the first year, during which I lost 150+ pounds (!) and got to my eventually recalculated GW of 135, which seemed impossible and insane at the time, but normal to me now. I measured and counted every single bite of everything that went into my mouth that year, and was genuinely as close to perfect as I could be, as suits my sort of all-or-nothing personality. I started going to the gym and walking a lot. I gave my wardrobe a complete overhaul from the ground up. I started doing active things like hiking and running and swimming as entertainment. I moved to a new country and met all new people at my new job (so no one here really knows the before-me). Year two was all about figuring out how to make this whole change sustainable - eating in a less regimented way, exercising a whole lot, not spending every waking second thinking about WLS. Staying in the weight zone I was comfortable in. Amassing further wardrobe items Figuring how to eat while traveling. Getting used to being in a bathing suit in public. Getting used to how I looked in reflections and photos. Getting better at hiding that I eat a bit weirdly. Getting better at eating in restaurants. Starting running a bit more seriously (this becomes fairly important further on). Year three has mostly been about running. How to eat enough to fuel running long distances and during frequent trainings. How to deal with eating a lot more carbs for running. Getting used to looking in the mirror and seeing a fairly athletic person. Getting used to people referring to me as an athletic person <-- mind-blowing. Running a lot. Did I mention running? My husband is a little sick of the running. I worked myself up to running 10k, which seemed far. Then I decided to try running a half-marathon, just to see if I could. I trained for a marathon but didn't end up running it because I blew out my knee overtraining on my last long 30km run before the race. I rested up enough to start training again, and really got after it. I was talked into signing up for a 50km ultra trail run up and down a whole mountain (what on earth). I trained like crazy for the 50k, and ended up doing OK (survived, made it in before the cut-off time). Signed up for another ultra (in three weeks!). Through dealing with weird nutritional needs (lots of carbs, yikes! I literally squirt packets of sugar goo in my mouth during my long runs!) and just caloric needs (I'm burning an extra 4000-5000 calories per week running), plus gaining some muscle, I suppose, I've gained about 10 pounds in the last year, but it looks pretty good on me, so I'm not upset. I plan to go back to low carb and lower calorie once my next big race is done - 10 pounds less to carry around will make me a faster runner. I just can't work on losing while training - it doesn't seem to work for me, weirdly enough. So, today, to celebrate my surgiversary, I ran a 10k trail race. I did OK and felt comfortable competing and pushing myself. It was a fun race. I have pretty bad impostor syndrome at the starting line - trail runners look pretty badass, lean and muscled. I look pretty unimposing. I got 5th place among women (in a field of about 30) and 20th overall (of about 70). So not bad! It felt really good to go out and do something that would have been 1000% outside of my comfort zone three years ago (and, honestly, outside of my ability zone as well - it probably would have killed me). It felt like a great way to celebrate the changes I've experienced over the past three years. If anyone out there doubts they can make the changes necessary to succeed at this whole WLS thing, know that you can. It's not easy. It requires a ton of persistence. You have to keep making good choices every day, not just once, or even once in a while or most of the time. You will change your whole life - not just what you eat or how much, but what you do in your free time, what you think about, what you enjoy, your self-image, your identity. Everything. Here's a picture of me this morning at the end of the race.
  44. 1 point
    Great question - I wonder this for myself too. I started out at 309lbs on a 5ft 10in frame. I started the liquid diet at 288 & had surgery at 275. My nutritionist said I would lose 50% to 70% of my "excess" weight - she then did the math & said if I was "average" I would drop down to 216lbs. I am a big tough guy & I almost cried when she said that. I couldn't imagine 216 lbs. I haven't been 216 lbs in 20 years. I set my goal weight at 220 because I was worried I wouldn't get there - but here I am 2 months post surgery & I'm 226 & still dropping like a stone. I also have not really started exercising that much (I walk 2 miles a couple of times per week - but not every week). I started playing around with a BMI calculator & found that my 220 goal still has me listed as obese - I need to get under 209 lbs to be considered 'over weight' & I need to be 174 lbs or lower to be considered "normal". I haven't been 174 lbs since I was 18 & in high school. So I honestly do not think I can ever get close to 174 - not sure I would want to. But I would LOVE to get down to 200. I was 205 when I got married (almost) 27 years ago. If I get there I'll be ecstatic. So - back to your original question - how do you set your goal weight? Just take your best guess at what you feel is achievable and healthy for you! Then see where your body takes you.
  45. 1 point
    Because I had never been anything than overweight/obese that I could remember, I decided just to get to a normal BMI for my height and take it from there. I was never given a goal weight (and never asked for one). Once I got into the normal BMI range, I had a bone density test which showed that I had a below normal frame size. My shoe size went from a 7 - 8 extra wide down to a 5 1/2. My wedding ring went from an 8 down to a 4 at my lowest but ended up having it resized to a 4.5 - now it's back to a 4. It's my experience that my body told me where I felt most comfortable with weight-wise but something I was not going to settle for was a weight that was above the normal range for my height.
  46. 1 point
    Trish, I believe the further out you get, the harder it is. Some days I swear I hang on by the skin of my teeth. When my hubby is away on business I used to grab a rotisserie chicken at sams club and have supper on it all week. Now I just grab a protein bar. I know I’m not eating right. We had inspectors in today and I was so stressed. I grabbed a part of a protein shake. I had strawberries and Greek yogurt in the fridge. I guess it could be worse. I could be grabbing junk. Bought asparagus earlier this week for Steve before he left-been going to make ham and cheese roll ups but even that isn’t appealing to me.. does your hubby have a separate area for baking? Does his goodies get picked up/sent out right away? Can you stay out of the area? Make it off limits? Right now there are cookies in the freezer for Steve’s lunches (when he is home). Those don’t tempt me. If they were on the counter they probably wouldn’t be there tomorrow. I don’t keep candy around. (Only m and ms for the grandkids) but I keep those out of view so they don’t call to me. If they were Twix I’d have a problem. remember Trish, you’ve come too far to go back to where you were! You enjoy doing things with your grandson that you couldn’t do at 300+ pounds! Make better choices one temptation at a time..you can do it!!
  47. 1 point
    Doug

    premier protein thick and lumpy?

    It seems like the bad batches didn't get enough water mixed in during production...If this is the case, then each box would have far more calories than they should have. I use this for a diet, and that won't do. There's really no other explanation, since the "pudding" boxes are still just as full as the good ones.
  48. 1 point
    From WedMD What Is H. pylori? Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria. These germs can enter your body and live in your digestive tract. After many years, they can cause sores, called ulcers, in the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine. For some people, an infection can lead to stomach cancer. Infection with H. pylori is common. About two-thirds of the world’s population has it in their bodies. For most people, it doesn’t cause ulcers or any other symptoms. If you do have problems, there are medicines that can kill the germs and help sores heal. How H. pylori Makes You Sick For decades, doctors thought people got ulcers from stress, spicy foods, smoking, or other lifestyle habits. But when scientists discovered H. pylori in 1982, they found that the germs were the cause of most stomach ulcers. After H. pylori enters your body, it attacks the lining of your stomach, which usually protects you from the acid your body uses to digest food. Once the bacteria have done enough damage, acid can get through the lining, which leads to ulcers. These may bleed, cause infections, or keep food from moving through your digestive tract. You can get H. pylori from food, water, or utensils. It’s more common in countries or communities that lack clean water or good sewage systems. You can also pick up the bacteria through contact with the saliva or other body fluids of infected people. Many people get H. pylori during childhood, but adults can get it, too. The germs live in the body for years before symptoms start, but most people who have it will never get ulcers. Doctors aren’t sure why only some people get ulcers after an infection.
  49. 1 point
    I emailed the company yesterday, they replied immediately - I sent them the requested information and today I got an email saying they were shipping a replacement box. THAT is impressive!
  50. 1 point
    3K99Papi

    premier protein thick and lumpy?

    If you CALL the company & tell them & then ASK for replacement cartons, they'll ship them to you for Free. They will simply ask you to read the serial number off the boxes as proof you have them. They will also ask you to send some of the defective ones back (Again free of charge). I know all this cause I got hold of a bad batch and that's what they did for me.