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  1. 10 points
    NerdyToothpick

    My husband got remarried?

    My MIL is visiting (hiss) and a friend asked her about the woman my husband remarried. Apparently, the friend didn’t recognize me and thought I was a different person! I haven’t told my MIL about the surgery because all of Eastern Europe would find out. I’m not shy about telling people about my surgery but it’s my story to tell. Besides, I’d tell the mailman before I’d tell her.
  2. 10 points
    lealphachienne

    15 years?????

    Hello! The format has changed here. I'm 15 years out since May 2004! I'm doing fantastic. Here's a photo of my husband at a friend's wedding
  3. 9 points
    KMFL28

    Three Years Later

    Stick with it! Somehow this little lady turned four and this is the improvement in my life she motivated. The year my niece was born, I weighed over 420 pounds and my blood pressure was through the roof. I didn't want to be the aunt sitting on the sidelines of her life begging her to come see me. Instead, I had the VSG and found my life. She now wishes I lived next door so we could play every day! Life, divorce and a new job have moved me 12 hours away from her and her brother but she knows how much she is loved. I've lost 185 pounds and somehow still manage to drop a few here and there. I'm sticking with it.
  4. 9 points
    Dtrain84

    It's been a long while

    Hey guys! It's been a while since I checked in here. So many things have happened since the last time I was here. I'll start with my progress, I finally made it to onederland. I'm holding steady between 190 to 195, my goal is 180. I was cleared by my cardiologist to start moderate exercise and weight training and the gym has been my second home. I just celebrated my 53rd birthday on Tuesday and I feel great! As for life, I lost my mother in law back in October and it was a struggle to help my cope with the loss of her mother. She's doing much better now. I also gained twin grandsons since the last time I posted here. Here's my before and current pictures of me. I'll try to check in as much as I can. Take care guys and gals,have a great day!
  5. 8 points
    robin0418

    I did it

    I got the date June 17 now my nerves are on edge.....and I lost another 4 pounds
  6. 8 points
    Brooke Danielle

    5 Year Update With Pics!

    I haven't been here in so long! I'm over 5 years post op. I lost about 175 lbs within the first 2 years after surgery and I've maintained well. It hasn't always been easy but it's definitely been worth it! I am forever thankful for my wls!
  7. 7 points
    KMFL28

    Three Years Later

    Thank you, I like posting here to keep it real for myself. This is May 2015 to recent.
  8. 6 points
    Res Ipsa

    Moving to Vermont

    After living my entire life in Boston (except for a few years spent living abroad), I am moving today (along with my wife and pets) to Craftsbury, Vermont, a small beautiful town in the "Northeast Kingdom" region of Vermont. Below is a photo that I took in February of the town's common, along with a photo of my new golden retriever puppy Seamus. Yesterday was my last day working at my Boston law firm and I plan to take the summer off enjoying the wonders of a stress free summer in Vermont. In the fall I will resume my law practice, but as a small town Vermont lawyer. Life is good.
  9. 6 points
    Jen581791

    Vacay time

    I'm off to France for a walking trip, leaving this evening. We'll be walking from village to village, staying in hotels and B&Bs, but carrying our own gear this year instead of having it transported every day as we've done before. I feel a whole lot more confident about it than I did last year when I did a similar trip. I already know, for example, that getting in enough calories every day will be a bit of a struggle - I'll be walking 6+ hours per day (with a pack this year, so more calories to make up for, yikes) and also running when I can since I'm in the middle of marathon training, so I'll be burning a whole lot of them. My tricks include: carrying a few protein powder pouches for days I really need them, buying a jar of peanut butter as soon as I land, eating all the cheese, eating lots of peanuts, yogurt, and tuna pouches, and stuffing myself with pastries if I start feeling really low on energy. I'll probably be eating meat on this trip, as I did last year, just because there's almost no way to avoid it if I'm needing so many calories and I'm staying places without kitchens I can use. Anyway, I may not be checking in very regularly over the next couple few weeks, but rest assured I'm thinking of you all. Wish my feet luck: it's the blisters that will be my downfall if anything.
  10. 6 points
    Kim M

    7 years since my first surgery

    Wow. I realized today that it has been 7 years since my VSG. That was quick. I have been around since about 6 months post op. I was so happy to find this forum and get the support and guidance from those who went before me. Some know my history. I had VSG and lost all my weight in 15 months. My body had released all the weight it wanted to and I was happy with where I was. I maintained for a number of years and it was around year 4 that the emotional eating started. I had regain which I lost once, and am currently working on again. I had GERD and had to have a revision to bypass. The GERD is better but not completely gone. My WLS was VSG. Despite some regain, and another surgery, I am in a much better place. I have to work on my emotions daily and continue to treat myself with compassion. I would like to lose the last of the regain, about 20 pounds, but if I don't that is okay too. Wishing all that are on the journey health and freedom from obsession.
  11. 6 points
    Brooke Danielle

    5 Year Update With Pics!

    The first couple of years, I walked 5 days a week, I kept track of my carbs and protein on My Fitness Pal, and I followed my surgeons directions to a T. The last few years I've found my new "normal". I can eat wherever and whatever I want in moderation. Thankfully, I still dump if I have too many carbs or sweets, so that definitely keeps me on my toes! I still feel hungry more often than most people, and I still like cheeseburgers and cake, but my biggest fear is regaining weight. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those lucky ones that eats whatever they want and stays skinny, so I always try to stay conscious of the fact that I'll never be able to fully relax. But I'll take this life over being morbidly overweight, any day. Anyone can do it. It may be harder for some, than others. It may take longer for some, but everyone can do it.
  12. 5 points
    kristinwitha_k

    19 Months Out

    Like so many of us, life has gotten so busy for me that I just don't find myself here so often anymore. How is everyone? I've had an emotional rollercoaster of a week, but my friend sent me a group photo we took yesterday at a paint and sip party, and I was so happy with how I looked that I thought hey: maybe time to post to TT and remind myself of how far I've come. I also would like to say to all the newbies: you don't have to reach your goal weight to be happy and satisfied with where you are. I still think sometimes I'm going to try to lose these last 30 pounds to get to onederland, and maybe someday I will, but life is so good right now regardless. I *plan* to eat 1400 calories every day, which gives me room to occasionally slip up and not derail. Mini cupcakes in the kitchen? Why not? One isn't going to kill me. Especially since I go to 9Round and sweat my a-ess-ess off nearly every day. Kickboxing has made me so strong. A trainer called me one of the most fit people in the club the other day, and I about fell over. Me? Whoa. Happy to be on this side. Happy to be alive and healthy and all those good things. HW: 387ish (probably higher, but I don't have a record of that); size 26/28 CW: 228 (but like, with SO MUCH MORE muscle); mostly a 14 (sometimes a 16, not yet ever a 12; working on that) My mom tried to tell me that my face hadn't changed that much, she thought. I laughed and sent her this succession of photos (before surgery, 6 months post-op, 18 months post-op): Full body before: And after:
  13. 5 points
    GAviv

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Thanks! So good to "see" you. Can't wait to get back in the groove. The pre-op diet is going really well, and I already feel so much more in control. Wednesday can't get here soon enough. For now, meet our newest family member...Isabella. She's 15 weeks old and we just got her last Thursday.
  14. 5 points
    Res Ipsa

    Moving to Vermont

    Just to keep things interesting , we now have my son’s 1.5 year old golden retriever with us for the summer (so that the dog can enjoy a summer in the country). The two dogs are half brothers and get along very well.
  15. 5 points
    robin0418

    Losers bench

    I went through it all very well no complications at all, sipping my water and protein shake tonight only two pain shots so far and walking is a breeze so glad I made it this far now for the journey to begin ...
  16. 5 points
    GAviv

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Thanks @Cheesehead and @cinwa. Miss everyone too! It's been a crazy year+. Not sure where I left off here, but we moved to Boston last November. New job, new house, getting everyone settled has been exhausting. But all is good. To be honest, I stayed away from here because I was embarrassed that I just couldn't get my head back in the game. I did great initially after Eli was born, but between the new job, move and everything else, I just let bad habits back in. I've regained some of what I lost, but not extreme. However, I'm super unhappy. I'm having a revision done to my bypass next Wednesday, so I will probably be lurking and reading up :) I'm just not happy with myself, and will hopefully get the kick in the butt that I need. And then hopefully contributing to this great thread again soon. Looking forward to catching up with everyone and saying hello again. You wouldn't believe how big the kids are now...Eli just turned 3! Dylan is 11 and Emma is 9.
  17. 5 points
    robin0418

    insurance

    I GOT MY APPROVAL!!!!!
  18. 5 points
    Aussie Bear

    My husband got remarried?

    I had a similar thing happen when an elderly neighbour asked me what had happened to the woman that used to live in my house after my husband died. He was kind of shocked when I told him that was in fact me!!!!
  19. 5 points
    NerdyToothpick

    Newbie

    @Ro ro and Ollies mom
  20. 5 points
    Thank you, @Cheesehead and @Nana Trish for the words of encouragement. We leave tonight and I'm very excited! I've been stressed alot this week, but went to one more Weight Watcher meeting this morning (and had my official weigh in) and I think my head is in a good place. I can't wait to have all the new experiences! This is a good test for the rest of my life. I may not always be tied to my home scale, and I don't want to be! I keep thinking about how empowered I will feel when I get home and I've been successful with this new weight/maintenance challenge. I'll let you know how it goes!!
  21. 5 points
    Nana Trish

    4.5 years after VSG.

    Craig, I can feel the pain in your post. I am so very sorry you are struggling. Is there any way you can get yourself into counseling, or an in person weight loss support group? This forum is wonderful, but sometimes you need to be in a room with others that are going through the same struggles you are. I hate to know that you see yourself as a failure. Food addiction is real. It's horrible. And it's strong. It's very similar to an addiction to drugs or alcohol. People have relapses with all kinds of addictions, and some folks can overcome the relapses and get to where they want to be. I pray that you can find a counselor that specializes in food addiction, I really think that would help you. We are always here for support, Craig. Please come here and talk to us. You are not alone ❤️
  22. 4 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Stall

    @hthe620110: Ditto @tracyringo re: second hand stores. You are not going to be wearing the intermediate clothes for long. But, if that is not doing the trick, or the available clothes won't do for work, buy 2-3 pairs of inexpensive pants at a big-box store (often lots of sizes, and inexpensive) and buy them a touch tight, or buy them with expandable waists. Then just wash 'em frequently while you work your way down to a smaller size. Also would note that as you lose weight, you will find more selections in the second hand stores, so having to buy a few pairs early on does not mean you'll need to buy retail going forward. I didn't want to buy along the way either. I started at a waist of 44+" and my Perfect Wife forced me to rebuy some at 38 since everything I had was falling off me and I looked ridiculous. She was as usual quite right to do so. I now have both 34" and 36" waisted chinos. My weight fluctuations can be enough that each has its place. Once I start wearing 36" I KNOW I have to go back to precise calorie counting and daily weights. (I'm wearing my 34" chinos today for the first time in a couple weeks, heh heh heh, I don't need to weight myself to know I am getting back to where I want to be).
  23. 4 points
    hthe620110

    Stall

    Hello, Thanks, everyone. I have started losing weight again, I haven't been exercising because I had double hernia surgery and I was told not to until July, but I am walking around more than I was before which is healthy. I am getting plenty of lean protein as I have found a good jerky that is low in sodium and fat, they say that it is good for the Kato Diet. I am drinking water like there is no tomorrow and I am really enjoying it. My biggest issue now is finding clothes that fit me, I still have clothes from eight months ago but I do not want to spend a bunch of money on clothes when I know that I am going to lose more weight. But I am doing great now, well, after that two months of having a hernia and then having surgery. I wish you all well and many weight loss successes.
  24. 4 points
    NerdyToothpick

    My husband got remarried?

    @BurgundyBoy You are brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I’ve always wanted a society girl nickname like Kitty or Bunny. I will tell stories about my marriage to an 87 year old man when I was 22. It was true love. The purest kind. I’m not sure what my MIL thinks and IGAF. She sure a sht doesn’t know that it was WLS! God, I’m mean...
  25. 4 points
    cinwa

    15 years?????

    WOW! What a delight seeing you post Marie. You were one of my guiding lights when I first joined T-T exactly 12 years ago today (an anniversary to celebrate for sure). Got to say, you are looking trim and fit and absolutely gorgeous.
  26. 4 points
    CheeringCJ

    Hi guys

    My goodness, trish! Do you get frequent stay rewards at your hospital or do you just like hospitals that much?!? Haha! Be careful, your health insurance might try to drop you like car insurance will if you make too many claims....LOL glad they figured what was going on and you got it fixed. Now if you need anything else you might as well get it done this year bc surely you’ve met your deductible!!! Feel better and stay out of trouble (medically speaking)
  27. 4 points
    TammyP

    I did it

    Surgery at 51! You've got this Robin!
  28. 4 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I wrote about this in my blog just now, but wanted to repeat it here as it seems like blogs are harder to find. I had an NSV yesterday that I've really been looking forward to. I've never been small enough to feel comfortable in white jeans. So when I started maintenance, I vowed to get some white jeans this summer. Well, I live in Houston, and it's too hot to wear white jeans in summer! BUT, a few weeks ago I saw a white jean skirt on major markdown from last summer. Size Zero. It fit!!!! What?!?!?!?! So had to buy it! Here it is. Wore it for the first time yesterday as my momma taught me to not wear white until after Memorial Day. Anyone else get that one? haha! I've added the picture below.
  29. 4 points
    Lori88

    8 & 1/2 Years out

    Hi all, Just stopping in to share.. I am still doing great. I am maintaining my weight 130-133.
  30. 3 points
    kristinwitha_k

    19 Months Out

    Thanks, everyone! In my mom's defense, it's not so much that she doesn't think my face changed now that she has evidence to the contrary, it's that she had forgotten just how much it changed. I showed her the photos after she said that, and we had a good laugh. It's fun to feel pretty. It's fun to flirt with guys I think are cute and have them flirt back. What a crazy new world to live in.
  31. 3 points
    Boston Redhead

    NSV

    no picture but an NSV for me.... went to the movies yesterday and fit in the seat, with both arm rests down, and had plenty of room to get comfy! Yippee! ps any chance to get a pinned topic for NSVs on the level of this photos one?
  32. 3 points
    My two year surgiversary was last week, and had a my follow-up with my surgeon's office. My weight one year ago was 150, last week it was 153. She said she is not the least bit concerned since my BMI is still in a good range (23.3). My labs were good. For most people 3 pounds is like nothing. For me, it's irritating. Normally I do tend shift 2-3 pounds. I am still under my goal weight which was 155. But that 3 pounds bugs me. :/ Maintenance is not fun. While I enjoy the freedom, I also have such a deep seeded fear that I will mess this up. Each and every day in maintenance you STILL need to be mindful of what you are putting in your mouth. Is it worth it to be thin? ABSOLUTELY! Would I do it all over again? Yes but sooner! Some days would I like to just not think about carbs and nibble on this or that? Yup LOL. All in all though, things are going very well. You all have been and continue to be the biggest inspirations to me. Thanks for being faithful to supporting each other <3 And now... for some pics xoxoxo
  33. 3 points
    msmarymac

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Oh my how they have grown, I still think of Eli as a baby! Glad you're taking the steps to get back on track. When we're skinny it's so easy to forget that obesity is a chronic disease and our surgery is not a cure but a tool. It is oh so easy to let a few bad habits and a few pounds sneak back in. You're a TTF rock star Greer and what's important is that you have recognized the issue and taken back control. No need for embarrassment. We all have the same disease here. Wishing you the best with your revision!
  34. 3 points
    GAviv

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Wow, I can't believe this thread is still going!
  35. 3 points
    robin0418

    less than 24 hours

    On my way to hospital.....excited nervous and ready so ready
  36. 3 points
    Res Ipsa

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I totally agree with @Nana Trish! You look great! Your weight loss success is an inspiration to us all.
  37. 3 points
    msmarymac

    Four months out

    I'm curious...were you having food allergy-type symptoms? "Not losing" seems a strange reason to test for food allergies. What kind of test was done? By an allergist? Sorry, my professional curiosity is piqued Keep in mind that you don't have to eat traditional breakfast food at breakfast time. What sources of protein do you like? I actually have never been a breakfast eater so I finally decided I just don't need it. Sometimes I have a protein shake if it seems like my day is not going to allow me to get in my protein. I am much farther out though so don't do what I do lol. Morningstar Spicy Black Bean "burgers", slice of ham around a dill pickle spear, beef jerky or deli meat, overnight oats using steel cut oats and chia seeds (instead of milk I use a RTD protein shake), tofu stir fry. So many non-traditional delicious choices One of the things I have found to be the most beneficial to me long term is learning to break the old rules. After all, the old rules contributed to obesity and the need for surgical intervention in the first place. You get to make new rules now that work for the new you. You get to choose what types of food you eat and when. And it's because of the WHY. Because you chose to become healthy, yay you!
  38. 3 points
    tracyringo

    22 months post op vsg

    Well, sure is crazy how fast time keeps moving so now. I weighed in at 172 even this morning with a low of 168.4 for the month. I was on my way for the extra 10 lbs and was doing fine. We went to my moms and sisters for Memorial weekend and that was that. Its too easy for me to gain when I leave my range. Could I have buckled back down and got there? Yes, its just not worth it to me . I would constantly be struggling and stressing. Will I try it again ? Yes, more than likely, just not today !! I have noticed I have been wanting to eat more off plan but do fine as long as I don't have it in the house. I still stick to the rule protein first and I usually cant finish a meal and go back to it later 90% of the time. I have done this since the beginning and it eliminates snacking for me a lot. I am all healed from my mastopexy !! I have one sm spot that is rough and the Dr. said it would soften up in time.
  39. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    Hi guys

    That does stink that you can’t do eggs, because really they are an ideal food for folks like us. But I feel like I’m in the minority because I have been able to tolerate them when a lot of people post op don’t seem to be able to. I think the problem was trying to eat the heavy, processed eggs instead of taking 5 minutes and cooking some fresh. In the quest to save time, I ended up making myself sick again...soooo not worth it! Im definitely sticking to lunchmeat for the next week or so for lunches, and I bought a rotisserie chicken and stripped the meat off of that to have for my dinners for the next week as well. I always have plenty of yogurt in the house, lol, plus I did buy a few cottage cheese singles to keep on hand for now as well, just in case. As for tofu, I tried it once at the Healthy Living Market. They had it prepared somehow, I can’t remember...maybe like a stir fry type dish? It was actually pretty good, lol. I’ve been playing around with trying it again in different recipes. I’m usually pretty open to trying new things, unless it’s raw fish. I just can’t do that! And I agree 110% about the pouch getting grumpier the more I stress about eating! So far, so good today...so far, lol. Fingers crossed that it stays this way!
  40. 3 points
    Res Ipsa

    Moving to Vermont

    Thank you for the kind words. I love it here in Vermont.
  41. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Hi guys

    @Nana Trish Pretty scrawny ankles there. Just think about that 336 starter weight. You are such a star.
  42. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    I'm new here! Hi Fam!

    Z., all of us have stories about our new wardrobes. I've thrown away 30 years of XXXx large clothes and have a new set of clothes that is off the rack. I travel to other countries for work and have a bunch of shirts, trousers, and a tuxedo I had made in Hanoi by a tailor for way less than what it would cost in the US. What fun. I found out I am a vain fashion plate. Who'd have known?? (My wife says she knew and just rolls her eyes...). My grocery bill is lower, but I eat *way better* foods since I buy less but want to make sure my aesthetic needs for delicious foods are met. I live in New England and buy small producer local cheeses now; and my fridge is filled with duck legs that I confited; and I just bought boudin noir, or blood sausage that is outrageously good. (Plus, as you might have guessed with the completely stupid and idiotic moniker BurgundyBoy, I drink very good wine most days). Don't confuse eating a reasonable, healthy, delicious diet after WLS with suffering in some way. In the long run, success after WLS is 90% in your head. It means being mindful, but it does not mean you must eschew beauty.
  43. 3 points
    Ro ro and Ollies mom

    Newbie

    @NerdyToothpick I’m self-employed. We have insurance but, wls is not covered. I came across Dr. Corvala’s name several times while researching surgery in Mexico. I read about your experience and others on another board and contacted his office asked questions. I had my mind made up that he was who I would use then I started questioning myself with this decision and asked my dad to help look into his practice. His research convinced me that he was the right doctor for me. My dad is traveling with me. He’s going to meet me in San Diego to cross the border. I have a question for you, do you follow a certain diet/ meal plan? Low carbs? Keto? Paleo? I want to make changes now and figure that I should start eating the way I’ll be eating once I can eat again. I eat pretty normal meals. I have a pretty mean sweet tooth though. *Edited to say thank you for the compliment. Compliments are hard, I'm sure others can relate. That picture was taken in Prague. I just got back a week ago from a trip to Europe with my mom. She wanted me to wear that jacket all the time to help her keep her eye on me, ha! Needless to say, I have it on in most of the pics I'm in.
  44. 3 points
    Cheesehead

    Newbie

    It will work out. I was a bundle of nerves. Until I woke up in recovery and there was no turning back. At that point it was full speed ahead. Most of us still enjoy food, just are satisfied with much smaller amounts. I ate 2 delicious bbq ribs tonight. Here are my before picture and after taken May of this year. It can be done..I notice in my after picture- my “funny” arms. I work in a daycare, a 6 year old autistic boy who has an arm fetish, recently wrapped his hands around my arm and said “funny”. I’ve also had a child ask me one time why I had worms in my arms. I could never see the veins in my arms before, when I was heavy. And as for funny arms- I have verticle wrinkles from losing weight.
  45. 3 points
    Readytobeme

    Newbie with a few questions

    I third the papaya enzyme. Had my doubts at first but, it truly works. Also helps us to absorb nutrients better.
  46. 3 points
    CheeringCJ

    My 5DPT

    So, I have held the idea of a 5DPT in the back of my mind for when I “needed” it. I’ve been slowly but steadily going up since January. (I thought it was only 5# but when I looked back at my weight chart, it was nearly 10#!!!! GULP!!!! So, it was none to late to pull that fall-back out and use it. I wasn’t sure it would help me lose weight but if it at least helps me kick my carb habit and make my pouch remember its size!!! Day 1: I got up (really early, it was an early schedule I was working that week, up at 4 am, home by 2:30) and made a big shake out of 3 c unsweetened almond milk and 2 scoops of protein shake mix (30 gm protein) and then drank some and left the rest in the refrigerator so I would be able to drink it later (I don’t want to be hungry and be lazy and think “I don’t want to make a shake” so I wanted it RTD. I put it a big 32 oz cup w/ a straw so if I came in the kitchen and “needed” something ASAP to stop from grabbing a snack, it was available. I headed off to work and drank 2 12 oz hot teas (I do every day at work) and by 11 I was hungry. So I had a cup of broth. About noon, I was feeling that hunger again, so I had a RTD vanilla shake w/ very low carbs. I had stomach hunger, but I was also having the desire to chew, so after my broth, I had a piece of gum. That seemed to help enough. I also had poured myself a 20 oz water from the water cooler and had drank that between 6 am and noon so I refilled another. About 2 I had another broth but this time it was a unjury protein broth (chili flavor) which was good and thick and filling. I left for home shortly after that. When I arrived home at 3 pm, I wanted to eat something. Some hunger mixed with some head hunger. I was SOOOOO glad when I got home that I could open the refrigerator and just sip some of that chocolate shake I had made!!!! Things got tougher as I opened the freezer and the ice trays were water! Yikes! I listened and there was no sound (compressor or fan) and the temps were climbing (on our 2 yr old $2000 appliance who’s warranty has expired!). Of course my husband was out of state at a convention and he is such a handy man that can fix anything, but it was up to me. I started emptying the meat that was softening and just then my son in law stopped over to drop something off for my son so he offered to take my box of meat to his deep freezer. What I had left, I put in the garage freezer and tossed some and started to cook some (I had found 6 different bags of frozen meatballs so I threw them in a crock pot w/ a jar of sauce and let them cook, which wasn’t such a good idea for someone on a liquid diet! I so wanted to eat them!). I was on the phone w/ Samsung troubleshooting and trying my best to fix it. Finally I hung up as there was nothing left I could do.. I decided to pull it out and check behind it. Had I known it weighed a ton (or what felt like it!) I wouldn’t have tried but it was a good thing I did bc it I couldn’t move it, but I jerked it forward on one side and the sweet sound of the compressor and fan kicked on! Whew! But all that work, and food and I didn’t stress eat a thing!!! I collapsed into bed at 11:30 that night with a smile on my face that I COULD do this!!! Day 2: started early again at 4 am. Again, I made another big shake to keep in the fridge (which was still working ...whew!). I headed to work, drank my 2 teas, my water, my broth, and my shakes. it was getting easier. I would have liked to have eaten something but I could definitely handle not eating for 2 days (after all, I kept reasoning that I had gone 4 whole weeks on liquids when I was having my surgery!). Day 3: I had a shake again in the am bc at 4 am that is the easiest thing!!! for lunch (11 am), I had a lemon pepper tuna packet and it tasted sooo delicious! I had greek yogurt (low carb) for an afternoon snack. Funny thing was I had forgotten that a yogurt was 5.3 oz and my food was supposed to be 4 oz. BUT my pouch reminded me and I couldn’t finish the yogurt cup! AMAZING! For dinner I had another tuna pouch because it was easy and I was running out the door. When I got home, I had a string cheese bc I was hungry. I went to bed feeling proud of me again. Day 4: Feeling more and more confident. This was my day to “sleep in” until 5:15 am! I had a greek yogurt (most of it, couldn’t finish it) for bfast when I got to work at 7:30. At 11 I had a string cheese and at 1 I had a tuna packet again. For dinner, I had 4 small turkey meatballs w/ a piece of provolone on top but I couldn’t finish it. It was SO cool to have my restriction back!!! Day 5: I had yogurt for bfast and tuna for lunch. I kept up with drinking lots of water all 5 days which helped. For dinner I had dark meat chicken and some grilled veggies but filled quickly. Day 6: I stepped on the scale and was rewarded!!!! 6.0#!!!! Day 7: Scale: 7.7# down Day 8: Scale 8.4#!!! So worth it! My clothes feel better, my faith in the scale (haha!) and my hope in my ability to lose weight again after not having lost all year was restored, as was the size of my pouch!!! I still want to keep actively losing so I am not having carbs and still drinking a lot, chewing a lot and watching portions (all the things we were experts at at the beginning!). I think I may continue to do a liquid day every Monday until I am down to where I want to be and then figure what to do to maintain. Just wanted to document my progress for everyone out there who hasn’t tried it and was wondering what it would be like. It was so much easier than “dieting” used to be. Telling myself “no” comes easier these days as the reward is quick and encouraging! I feel renewed in my journey!
  47. 3 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
  48. 3 points
    Thank you so much, @tracyringo!! It really does seem like the time flew by, doesn’t it?? All of that stress and anxiousness and anticipation going through the pre op phase, now here it is 2 years later, and I’ve been at or below goal for 13 months! I couldn’t be happier that I’ve done this for myself, and I’m so blessed to have your support my friend ❤️ Thank you!
  49. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    It’s my 2 year surgiversary!

    Thank you so much for all of this, @Jen581791 ❤️❤️❤️ I’m proud of myself too!! No, this certainly has not been a journey filled with roses and rainbows and butterflies. But thankfully I was not expecting it to be. I knew it was going to be a lot of hard work. I didn’t expect some of the bumps in the road that have come along the way, that’s for sure. But I still believe, just as I did when I got my thyroid cancer diagnoses, that this is all happening just how it’s supposed to be happening. It’s like God is helping me tie up all of the loose ends, and removing the majority of the barriers that have been holding me back from becoming truly healthy. Your faith in me warms my heart, and it actually strengthens my faith in myself Thank you for that, too!! I’m glad you’ve been on this journey with me!
  50. 3 points
    I used to plan which restaurant we would go to every night. Now we stay at places with our own kitchen and make our own. In Bonaire in the fall I could live on gouda and apples. Real gourmet, lol. Both islands we go to; (Cayman in the spring) have cookies I treat myself to. Cayman has awesome coconut macaroons and Bonaire has a Dutch cookie Stroopwaffles. I allow myself to have one a day. (I brought back stroopwaffles last fall for everyone. I actually still have a package unopened in cupboard. Back in the states they aren’t magical, lol. Vacation is supposed to be fun and a little relaxed..when I get back I go immediately to the scale and close my eyes but it’s always lower than I left so I must do something right.. Enjoy the seafood!