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  1. 8 points
    Kio

    Reconnecting

    Hi, TT fam! I've been away from the forum for a little bit, life has been crazy in both good and bad ways. Lost my beloved Xander-cat at age 20 - it was just time, we could no longer keep him pain-free with medications, his arthritis was just too bad. I'm not as broken by it as I always expected to be -- I got 20 years with him, my little furry best bud, and I feel like I made the right call at the right time. I miss him like crazy, but I know I gave him a good life, and he gave ME a good life, too. We also got a new dog - well, Leah got a new dog, which makes her my dog, too. A dutch shepherd, one year old, that we got from a rescue organization right after she had puppies. She's adorable, but a LOT of work, and super rambunctious first thing in the morning! And finally, construction/renovation has started at the back end of our house, in preparation for getting Leah's parents moved in with us. A few years before my surgery, it was a giant house renovation that essentially destroyed my success with the paleo diet - I'd lost 100lbs, and then construction de-railed me (we had no fridge, had to eat out basically for 2 months, it was horrible) and I slowly gained it all back over the next year. I'm DETERMINED not to let that happen this time (for one thing we get to keep our fridge this time!) but -- Overall summer has been hectic, but I've managed to stay active. I walk a LOT - a couple of hours a day on the treadmill, and the dog has just added on to that. But I haven't been eating right, and that's just on me and my stress/bad coping mechanisms. I've gained about 5 lbs and I'm feeling bloated and a bit gross, and I figured now was the time to come clean about that instead of you know, 2 years from now when it might be 40 lbs, you know? I feel like all the walking has been a buffer against bad behavior, but it's not ENOUGH of one - as they say, you can't outrun your fork. So I've spent the past week or so re-aligning myself with my program and getting myself back together. I'm also thinking hard about getting a membership for a barre/yoga studio, but it's a bit scary - as I am utterly lacking in things like flexibility, coordination, and rhythm. I'm almost two years out from my surgery, super close to my goal, and still finding new firsts around every corner. It's still kind of weird and mysterious and wonderful to me that I can actually exercise. We went hiking with the dog the other day - yuppie hiking, anyway, on a well-cut trail with a bunch of other people and their dogs. We were out there for almost 2 hours and when we got back to the car I felt really good. Not tired, not worn out, not sore - just like I'd had a good workout. Two years ago I could not have imagined feeling like that; I couldn't have imagined doing that; I couldn't have imagined just standing up without pain for 10 minutes, let alone walking for that long. I have so much gratitude for this place, for helping me to make the decision to have my surgery, and to my doctors for making it happen. It is miserably hot in the Greater Boston area this week and I'm doing most of my exercise inside, surrounded by construction workers. But life is still good! And I just wanted to share that with you guys.
  2. 6 points
    ktallon

    Could use some prayers

    So little update i had a blood transfusion and i am getting weekly iron infusions to help combat the low blood and iron. The surgeon is going to rescope me on August 20th to see if the new combo of meds is helping the ulcers if not i will then see the other surgeon to see about having the total gastrectomy. @BurgundyBoy i am doing okay just taking everything one day at a time. I recently celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend. He has honestly been my rock and now that we recently made the transition to living together a lot of my stress has honestly been lifted. As a bonus my boyfriend had sleeve surgery back in may so its been nice having someone who gets this lifestyle. son is well also just enjoying his last week of summer before school starts back. I can't believe i have a second grader already (my baby is growing up too fast). I hope you all are well and will try to update again soon.
  3. 5 points
    LeeC

    3 1/2 years post R-Y bypass

    I feel good, my blood pressure and labs are great and I'm happy. I'm getting lots of walking in and eating anything I want but in small amounts.
  4. 5 points
    BrightDay

    small victory...

    I have been married for more than 10 years to a lovely husband. He's slim, a naturally healthy eater and fit, and has always supported me in my battle to lose weight. Anyway, in the last year I have been snoring loudly and often he had to gently wake me up for me to change position and stop, as I was disturbing him. Among many others, this was one of the reasons to have surgery, to improve my snoring and apnea. Anyway, last night he told me that since I had the surgery I have not snored once. It made me feel so happy! because I felt embarrassed and sorry for him whenever I woke him up. I hope this is a sign that the snoring will be gone for good - fingers crossed! I just wanted to document this, before I forget about it : )
  5. 5 points
    Nana Trish

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I feel horrible that I haven’t been posting lately! I had planned on checking in last weekend, and as usual things got away from me... I had to post this from yesterday, though. I do believe it’s the farthest distance I’ve walked in one day since having my knees done...well, since prior WLS!! I still haven’t measured my driveway yet, @BurgundyBoy, so I don’t know how many “Trishes” it is, but it’s pretty amazing to me! I also climbed 3 flights of stairs at my bariatric surgeon’s office, for the first time since starting his program, and I also used the stairs at the cardiologists office yesterday morning! Not a bad NSV in Trish’s world!
  6. 4 points
    BrightDay

    4 weeks!

    Four weeks ago I have my sleeve, amazing how time passes so quickly. I am doing well, still in the puree stage for one more week. Mi biggest incision is still bothering quite a lot, with a stabbing pain that feels deep inside my abdomen. I consulted with the surgeon who said it was to be expected, but I feel that it is getting worse rather than better. I worry that it can be due to the fall down the stairs that I had early on, or some gardening that I did 12 days post op, where I lifted some weight. Actually, the pain started right after the gardening, so I am praying that the internal stitches are holding well and healing fine. I really would hate to get an incisional hernia! which of course, it would be due to my own stupidity. Anyway, I have my follow up appointment with the surgeon in a week and a half, so I will continue to take it very easy and wait and see. Other than that, I have recovered quite well. No more bowel problems (I am religiously having all the fluids and including fiber in my diet) and so far everything that I have eaten has agreed with me. My face is much less swollen, and I am starting to look more like myself before I gained the extreme weight. My uncle came to see me two days ago and told me that I was looking very well - I didn't tell him about the operation because he is a bit of an hypochondriac and would have given me lots of unsolicited advice - and encouraged me to keep going with the diet. So it is showing! But I can see that in my trousers which are looser and tops that are not that tight, even though the scale is more or less the same since last week. All in all, recovery is going well but it is still early days. I am working on having a healthy mindset and so far have not had any cravings at all. We shall see : )
  7. 4 points
    QueAnd

    New To The Forum

    Good Afternoon to all.....I am a newbie here.....I had VSG Mon, 07/29/19. I am excited to meet you all and learn all about what you've experienced, as well as learn how to get along in my new lifestyle. Thank you for allowing me to become a part of this group! New Beginnings!
  8. 4 points
    cinwa

    Post Op weight loss

    I have a 35+ year history of failed documented dieting attempts pre-WLS. The moment the scales didn't record a loss, I gave up. I decided that my mindset had to change when started the WLS programme at my hospital and decided I would not have scales in the house until I got into the normal BMI range, relying on follow-ups, NUT group and PCP visits for weighing. Not for everyone I know but it allowed me to focus on the importance of following the programme and getting some exercise in every day (even it was just a good walk with the dog).
  9. 3 points
    RocketGirl77

    T minus 2.5 hours

    Just checking in to say that in 2.5 hours I will be checking in for my VSG. After all of these months I can't believe my countdown is in the hours instead of weeks, months, etc. I wasn't able to sleep tonight, I'm so excited, which will probably come back to haunt me but it is what it is. Pre-Op diet was something else but it was a great lesson in the power of hunger as a 'thought' rather than a reality so I'm grateful for every terrible moment. Ha ha ha! Send those prayers and good vibes my way! Thanks!
  10. 3 points
    Cheesehead

    Discouragement

    I decided not to tell many people. I didn’t need the negativity. Afterwards, a few people told me they didn’t think I was “that big”. Well how big is 250#? Once I decided to do it, it was full speed ahead. I have told very few people. My life, my body.. be warned, once you lose weight people will ask when you plan to stop. Be prepared with an answer. Such as I’m working with my doctor and he is monitoring my weight which is in the normal BMI range. Or what ever.
  11. 3 points
    Jen581791

    Discouragement

    Hi Courtney, and welcome. Rachael has already hit the nail on the head here with the idea that those kinds of comments show that your choice to have surgery may hit a little close to home for some people, and also that being overweight is really really common and "normal" these days. I'd add that our culture's view that obesity stems from character flaws (laziness, lack of self-control, greed, etc) is not helpful here. Thin people seem to feel that they have been rewarded for being "good" about intake/activity levels and that fat people must not be being good, and in fact have to suffer for their crime of being fat. WLS is often seen as "cheating," like it's some kind of unfair shortcut to being thin that requires no work. This is all untrue, of course, but try telling a thin person that. I'm a very driven, goal-oriented person who has a lot of self-control and I have always been able to lose weight - it's the keeping it off that's been hard because my body was setting me up to fail before I had WLS. In order to be thin(ish), I had to exercise like a mad demon and starve myself, and this was ultimately not sustainable any of the times in my life that I tried it. WLS totally changed the math for me, though. It's not easy or anything, but it makes it possible for me to be thin and healthy and active. It's definitely not cheating! It's the one statistically proven way to help an overweight person lose weight and keep it off. My advice would be to not tell many people if their comments hurt you. It's no one else's business. If you want to tell people later, when you're a shining example of what WLS can do for a person, it will be much harder for people to react in a discouraging way. And if they do, you'll feel all smug because you know they're wrong and you can just ignore them.
  12. 3 points
    athenarose

    Discouragement

    Welcome! Yep, I definitely heard my fair share of those comments. My solution was to keep my surgery pretty private and not tell many people. Also, keep in mind that the "normal" in our society is overweight. So to a lot of people you look "normal" and if you need surgery, then it opens up a can of worms about whether *they* might qualify for surgery too. Unfortunately, you're just getting practice right now- be prepared for tons of comments post-op about how you're wasting away, need to stop losing weight, too skinny, etc. Learning how to tune everyone out, smile and nod, and shut down discussions is really your best bet. And congrats! Your life is about to change so much. It won't always be easy, but it'll be worth it. WLS was the best decision I ever made and I hope you have the same experience.
  13. 3 points
    Jen581791

    Pancakes?

    Hi Gloria, welcome to TTF. I'm sorry to hear you have some negative feelings at this early stage, but rest assured that it's pretty normal for many people to react that way. It's a big shock to your whole life to have to make so many changes! You will probably start to feel much better about things as you enjoy your losses and start to eat more normal food again. You'll learn all about what works and what doesn't, and all of the coping strategies you'll need to be successful. I have nothing but positive feelings about my WLS at this point, but there were some darker days, particularly right in the beginning. This is an inactive post, but don't hesitate to start your own new post and ask questions or ask for help or support or just commiseration. People here are very friendly and informative
  14. 3 points
    nimiety

    Three Years

    I had surgery three years ago today: July 28, 2016. I've been about the size and weight I am now for two years—two years ago I was about five pounds heavier, last year I was about five pounds lighter. I'm feeling pretty stable and solid—I had a little weight gain earlier this year, watched (and didn't watch) things creep just above 195 before I realized I needed to and could focus on it and intervene. I've taken most of it back off. I definitely had some fear and anxiety when I realized that it was happening, but ultimately all that I really needed to do to bring it back down towards a more comfortable range was pay attention, show up, bump it back up my priority list again: make the time to feed myself in a stabilizing and pleasurable way and not just catch-as-catch-can, make the occasionally-difficult sensible adult choices that respect the limits of reality and reflect my priorities and preferences. I'm just a hair under 180 right now, and my preferred resting place is more like 175—I do think I'll be back around there by the end of the year, if not before. I do still periodically go "maybe I'll make a big push and lose another 15 or 20 pounds after that." That impulse is primarily about clothing—getting comfortably into the size ranges of more limited lines (right now I wear a 10 or a 12 in more "mainstream" size ranges, but I'm more like a 12 or 14 in upmarket/designer ranges, and not all of them make a 14. I'd like to be more of an 8/10/12 than a 10/12/14). I'd like a longer line on the leg, so I don't feel so stumpy when I put on ankle jeans. This will also probably, realistically, not make it far enough my priority list to be actuated until my life is a little calmer. This year has been hectic. It's contained an enormous amount of uncertainty and soul-searching about my professional and personal trajectories, a lot of grueling hard work towards dissertation completion even as my other obligations persist, a lot of hustle in other areas of my work life too, several family medical emergencies, and a relationship that has some real hard spots in with its many vivid and sustaining joys. Among other things. I see a very good therapist twice a week. I am still standing. In fact, I would say I am stronger than I was this time last year, stronger then than I was the year before too. Things feel in reach that didn't then—finishing my dissertation, moving on to the next thing, and also just the pursuit of certain kinds of personal fulfillment that have never felt available, even articulable to me. One of the things that I have been thinking about in the run-up to this three-year mark is that I don't look like I looked two years ago. This is a little confusing: two years ago, I didn't have trouble recognizing my own face. It looked like my own. When I was fatter, I had, somehow, seen that face. I knew it was there. Other people didn't, but I did. I was surprised when people don't recognize me. But I have a harder time recognizing myself now. Not just my pre-surgery face (although that too; in Berlin a few weeks ago an old friend showed me and my partner a picture of me with her older son years ago, when he was a baby—my partner didn't recognize me at first—it was alienating, but I wasn't exactly surprised). Even my face from two years ago looks different—sometimes only a little, but sometimes a lot. Last week, one of my closest friends said, "Don't get mad at me, but you need new headshots." She was talking about the professional pictures I use, the ones taken by my university department (I wrote about them on this blog, in fact). She's right—they don't look like me anymore. But neither one of us could put our finger on why. I've gotten a fairly high-concept haircut, but it's not that. People tend to assume it's because I've lost weight, but I'm actually just about exactly the same weight I was when they were taken. I think I look younger in them (other people agree—but then when we look for the visible signs of aging, there's not much difference. I do have more grey hairs now, though—but really, I think it's a more ephemeral kind of youngness: something about the child that I personally was, intense and clenched and afraid and trying very hard and terrified of being looked at). I think I also look very tense. I think ultimately, the difference is a visible difference of selfhood. It's attitudinal. There's something about me that has settled in. I have settled in. In some personal way. And in some new version of myself, emotional and physical. With that setting in I'm losing some of my acute consciousness of the experience of size shift—it's fading, coming to seem further away. I was sitting in Washington Square Park a couple of weeks ago and saw some friends I hadn't seen in ten years and jumped up and said hello to them and didn't understand until after they'd left why it took them so long to recognize me. I have a fuller and more present self with which to identify in the moment, and I seem also to feel less concerned with vigilantly maintaining my identification with my own past (I like to think of this not as a divestment or a denunciation, but a new trust in the simultaneous stability and instability of selfhood). And I feel very grateful for the settling in—the parts of it that are about selfhood and personhood and the work that I have put into those things, and the parts that are about the post-surgical outcomes I've experienced and the work that I've put into them and the luck that I've had with them. Some people never get to settle in. This surgery is hard. All the clichés—"they operate on your stomach, not your brain," etc.—and then some. People have side effects and complications, people have disordered eating that's gone untreated all their lives, people have damage from stigma and shame. People have cross-addictions, or end up obsessed with food and eating and not eating and highly specific eating, running the same circles just in different clothes. This stuff is hard. And somehow, I have settled in. I have gotten what I wanted—not in a fantasy version where I never have to think about it again, where everything is perfect and easy without hurting or requiring effort, but in a way that approximates that pretty closely in the ways of reality. I can't afford plastic surgery right now and I have to periodically pay attention to the way I eat in ways that make me nervous and uncomfortable and I would love to be twenty pounds smaller and comfortable enough to go sleeveless and/or wear pants without covering up the bulges of my deflated belly, but all of those things are secondary to the fact that I live in my body, and identify with it, and feel comfortable in it, and accept its realities. And I have a baseline that works for me and my life. I remember July 28, 2016 very vividly, still. My mother was recently hospitalized at the hospital where I had my surgery, and every time I walked in or out the door I remembered sitting on the retaining wall in the wee small pre-dawn hours of the morning of July 28, 2016, waiting. I did not know what I was waiting for. I know more about it now. I don't feel quite as the same as that younger woman as I did two years ago, or even one year ago, but she is still me, and I am still her, and I still remember those moments of waiting from an experiential perspective—they still belong to me, and to my life, and to my sense of self—and when I picture them from an external one, I think of the younger woman waiting on the retaining wall not with shame or refusal but with love and compassion, with appreciation for my fear and my bravery and my long hard preparation, and my willingness to take a leap into the unknown, to make the best decision I could and try to trust. It's not over—because it's never over—but so far, the leap of faith is turning out pretty well.
  15. 3 points
    DrCohbi

    Refried Beans & Salsa

    Again, WOW! okay, it’s settled, tomorrow I pick a location, dust off my Nikon, and start snapping pictures. I sure hope that I’ll be able to post such a successful result as you have CheeringCJ. If nothing else, I’ll be able to look back at my progress and gain inspiration. Thank you all...I’m lucky to have found ThinnerTimes!
  16. 3 points
    CheeringCJ

    Refried Beans & Salsa

    YES, YES, YES.....start taking pics for your “records”. I took a pic in the same outfit (until it didn’t fit anymore) in the same place every month. Days when I didn’t think I was progressing, I could look back and SEE that I did! (They are on my blog on here but I don’t know how to post them here, so I screen shot them to add here) (and I loved refried beans but they were too thick so I added plan greek yogurt (like sour cream) and a little water and salsa and blended it up so it was thinner and more tolerable. Then I would add a little cheese to the top and it was delicious. Ate it for months and didn’t get tired of it! Still do now. Good luck with it.
  17. 3 points
    TammyP

    Refried Beans & Salsa

    As long as you follow your Doctor's orders/plan, you will be fine Things have changed a lot in the past 10 years! I cannot even fathom being on strictly Ensure for 4-5 months Ugh! Just stick to the plan. Yep, the excess skin sucks. Younger people seem to have a better elasticity to their skin. I am 53, and I definitely have some loose skin, though I exercise 3x per week. But believe me, I'd rather have excess skin than skin filled with fat any day! Clothing hides a lot of it. Keep up the good work!
  18. 3 points
    LeeC

    Surgery in D minus 2 days

    You'll do fine. You'll need loose clothes to come home because of swelling. First suggestion, do NOT weigh until you go in for your follow up appointment (about 2 weeks post op) because due to the surgery there will be residual swelling. Personally, I would wait one week before taking vitamins and only take one at time at least one hour apart all day long. You also want to walk, a lot. While in the hospital whenever I woke up I went for a walk. When you get home - walk. Walking is one of the easiest way to improve circulation and help get ride of swelling as well as improving muscle tone and endurance.
  19. 3 points
    Kio

    So glad to be a new member!

    Sugar - both in its sweet form and it's savory (potato chip!) form - has always been my problem. If I eat carbs, I will eat more carbs - end of story. I usually find that if i can get a solid day of low carb/keto eating under my belt, the second day is easier, and the third even easier than that. From there it's smooth sailing (until the next time I fall off the sugar wagon). The funny thing is, when I'm not eating sugar, I'm eating things I actually really like. I drink a lot of coffee with milk or cream, eat a lot of yogurt (my current favorite is the less-sugar chobani brand), eat a lot of veggies, a lot of berries, and a LOT of drumsticks and chicken thighs. It's not like my diet is lacking in favorites when I'm keto-ing well. And the stuff I eat when I'm NOT keto-ing well is actually kind of viscerally disgusting to me -- too sweet, too greasy, too rich, too everything. So why do I do it? Bodies are WEIRD. My trick to getting in that first good day is this: I eat as much as I want that day. I will literally binge on anything I want as long as it's not carbs. Granted, since surgery, my "binge" amount is vastly reduced from what it once ways. But I do feel like that getting-back-on-the-wagon day is basically nothing but eating. On the other hand, it's eating healthy, good for me foods, so I don't stress about it, and at the end of the day I have progress to risk - why waste a day of hard work by breaking my streak?! Just not worth it. Exercise does the same thing - it puts me back in the game. It's all too easy to say no to the treadmill when I already said no yesterday. It's got to be a habit for me, or it's not useful. Kristen, I think you've got a great handle on what's going on with your mental and physical status, and being here will only help with that. Yet another thing I've learned - it's a lot easier to disappoint myself than it is to disappoint @CheeringCJ, @BurgundyBoy, @Res Ipsa, @cinwa, @Cheesehead, and the rest of the ThinnerTimes fam! As long as I stick close to this forum, I have those voices in my head cheering me on.
  20. 3 points
    Rob_VSG

    Updated picture @16 months out

    @BurgundyBoy and @tracyringo requested a photo update. I've updated my profile pic and snapped a new picture today. Here is me at 332 lbs. : And here is me today at 173 lbs. : I just noticed my neck looks longer now! Rob
  21. 3 points
    Rob_VSG

    So glad to be a new member!

    Welcome aboard Kristen! @BurgundyBoy Always has sage advice. I have become somewhat of a low carb/intermittent fasting convert/evangelist so happy to answer questions about that stuff for anyone who asks. I even get PMéd questions. I too have an evening snacking habit I can't break and also substituted with healthier/low carb alternatives. Additionally, since I use a compressed eating time window, I only have a limited amount of tummy space for snacks in that time period so weight has still been under control. I'm only about 16 months out and still working hard to build and maintain healthy habits for the long term. I'm glad you found these forums! Rob
  22. 3 points
    Rob_VSG

    Updated picture @16 months out

    Compared to pre-WLS, every thing has improved for me. I am on 0 prescriptions and have no chronic conditions! Thank you all for your support! Yes, happier and healthy is an apt statement. I'm still working hard to keep my progress improving. Rob
  23. 2 points
    Good morning, I started the pre-op diet last Wednesday. Man, this is no joke! I'm not sure how I'm going to make it to the 13th??? I can have one lean clean protein meal a day until a week before surgery. Other than that just protein drinks and bars. I've also been drinking broth for a break from the protein drinks. And just to make life interesting we are closing on our new home two weeks after I get back from Tijuana. We did some packing this weekend. It's hard because we are not closing till the 29th but, I'm leaving for MX on the 12th and won't be able to lift anything when I get back. We are hiring movers for the furniture. My mom is coming and will be a big help. I can't believe surgery is a week from tomorrow.
  24. 2 points
    Wow, can't believe this is my 9th month of maintenance. I've been reflecting today just how scared I was when I first entered the "maintenance cafe." I was so petrified of gaining it all back as fast as it had come off. The weight loss numbers seemed crazy, and I had ALWAYS gained right back before. I'm talking SINCE JUNIOR HIGH. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like my weight loss efforts are working WITH my body instead of AGAINST it. I have officially been on maintenance longer than it took to lose the post-op weight. A! nd I feel great. I am SO grateful!!!!! And thank you, my TTF heroes for being with me the WHOLE way. I look forward to being one of the "TTF old timers" like many of you. I'm not nearly there yet, but feeling stronger and more secure and less scared every day. This is doable! Okay, enough of that, now onto the specifics of the last month. More summer travels with family trips to a Wisconsin lake house and visiting my cousin in Canada. I was away from alot of my foods and the daily scale, but after last month to Samoa (see last blog), I'm feeling way more confident about seeing weight loss or gain in the clothes I'm wearing. I also managed to get to Weight Watcher meetings 3 out of the 4 weeks. I was proud of myself for making the 45 minute drive each week to meetings while on vacation. And the effort really kept my head in the game. I also joined a gym for a month so I could keep training for our huge hike in September. (DH and I are going for 14 days and 160+ kilometers through the Alps with 10 other friends!) Anyway, I ate "vacation food" like yummy Wisconsin cheese and beer, but the 15 mile hike and trips to the gym evened it all out. I also had protein shakes many days for breakfast and my favorite sardines for lunch. (Weird I know, but post-op tastes are different, right? ) Two headgame things happened this month that I thought I would share: 1) When I returned and saw my neighbors and friends at home, ALL of them asked if I was still losing weight. I told them I know for a fact that I've been in the same 6 pound range for 7 months. It made me realize that they still remember me as heavy, so even though they've seen me healthy, they are still surprised when they see me after a break. THEIR minds haven't adjusted to my weight loss yet. It makes total sense, as I've been heavy for years, but it gave me some food for thought. Anyone else experience this? 2) Even though this journey is terrific and so much healthier than where I was, there will still be some negative reactions. I spoke to my sister on the phone yesterday, and she asked how the weight loss was going. I told her I was thrilled, and so proud to say that I've been in a 6 pound range for 7 months now. My goal was a 10 pound range so I'm super happy with a 6 pound range. Her reaction distressed me. She said, "Oh, a 6 pound range? That's tight. That's a really tight range. You need to be careful." Careful of what? How can she turn a success into something bad? Even family members can react negatively, and that hurts. Oh well, one time when I was thin, she told me I had an "exercise disorder" because I was running 4 times a week. Trying not to let it get to me. Anyway, there you have it. I go to my surgeon's nutritionist this month, so looking forward to that. Love to all, and signing out!! Here is a pic from visiting my cousin in Canada (Please overlook the cocktails! ), and hiking in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. Maintenance Diary - 1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds 2nd month - Range 133.0 - 135.4 pounds 3rd month - Range 127.2 - 133.0 4th month - Range 125.0 - 128.0 5th month - Range 124.0 - 126.6 6th month - Range 124.6 - 127.8 7th month - Range 126.4 - 130.4 8th month - One weigh in 126.8 9th month - Range 127.0 - 130.0 10th month - Here we go!
  25. 2 points
    I made it to the other side! I’m on the bench! Woo Hoo! Overall I feel pretty good. I had some dry heaves and it was hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in last night but, considering that I just had surgery I’m doing alright! I fly back to Florida tomorrow. I’m a little nervous about the long flight.
  26. 2 points
    RocketGirl77

    Pre-Op Appointment Tomorrow

    Hi Everyone! This is my first post on this site and I have to say, it has been so great reading everyone's discussions. My pre-op appointment is scheduled for tomorrow. This is suddenly very, very real. I know that this is the best choice for me; I need to get healthy and take my life back. I also know that I can do it. Somehow, that is not stopping the nerves.
  27. 2 points
    tracyringo

    2 years post op !!

    Two years ago today I had my surgery and at the time I could not imagine being where I am today. I am very happy with the choice that I made. I feel better and I go out in public without being stared at or whispered about by strangers who don't know what its like to have weight issues. I am confident and no longer hide in the shadows and I don't mind my picture being taken. This is not to say that I don't have daily life problems, its just that the big one is gone. I weigh in daily to hold myself accountable and will keep doing so the rest of my life which is a small price to pay to stay the size that I am. I do have some anxiety when I see others this far our regaining and wonder how it could of happened but am hopeful that if I keep doing what I am doing I will be just fine. My reflux is still there but is managed by meds and much better then it was after surgery. I was hoping to lose a little more weight this past month but was out of town for most of it, the good news is is that I only gained 2 lbs which I am working on getting off since I just got back Wednesday. I would like to get my BMI to a 25 after reading that it would be better for getting rid of the reflux and only time will tell. I am a very happy camper and wish all of you well and hope that everyone going through the process have the results that they dream of
  28. 2 points
    duffman27

    Song of the day Post -

  29. 2 points
    thornbury150

    Reflux?

    Update - I did meet with my surgeon back in March, and an upper and lower GI scope was requested. Due to issues getting into a neurologist for other issues, I've had to push the Gastro doc back a bit. I did submit a message to my doctors office asking if we can go ahead and prepare to speak about a revision to reduce the stoma, if that's what it turns out to be. I have felt that way for quite a while, as I've been able to eat pretty normal amounts of food. Regain has been in the past year when I stopped running. Getting back into that habit is soooooooo hard!
  30. 2 points
    Hi, I've just seen the surgeon and I've signed the consent form, now I wait to be called up. I'm going public so I have up to a year's wait but I'm also on the cancellation list so I could have the op with a fortnight's notice. I'm nervous, scared, excited but mostly looking forward to finally getting this part of my life on the right track.
  31. 2 points
    Jen581791

    Month 9 in Maintenance - Loving life!

    I've never in my life overlooked a cocktail! Congrats on your 9 months of maintenance. You're doing great. You're actually getting to be an old-timer, you know that, right? It creeps up slowly. It sounds like you've got some great strategies for maintaining, and I'm seriously impressed at your dedication to getting to WW meetings. Good for you. A little beer and cheese will just be fuel for hiking if you play your cards right. I am SO EXCITED for your big hiking trip in the Alps. Keep us posted. As for your sister's concerns, I guess everyone has their own ideas about what's extreme, in terms of health maintenance. I don't have a sister, but I imagine I'd occasionally be a little bitchy to one if she had just lost a ton of weight and looked/felt like a million bucks now
  32. 2 points
    Rob_VSG

    That deceptive scale!

    Update as of today... So I resumed my visits to the personal trainer and now have 3 pounds less of fat and 3.6 pounds more muscle but weight is about the same! Looks like I'll keep seeing the personal trainer. Rob
  33. 2 points
    RocketGirl77

    Pre-Op Appointment Tomorrow

    Hi! Three days out- how are you feeling? I hope everything went well and you are feeling okay! I’m booked for August 19th and could not be more excited for it to get here. After all of these months of prep and appointments, I can’t believe it’s ten days away.
  34. 2 points
    DrCohbi

    Refried Beans & Salsa

    WOW! Thank you for sharing that video. It is completely inspiring, and most impressive. Makes me think I should start a photo diary of my own. Probably something that many people think they should have done.???
  35. 2 points
    RocketGirl77

    Pre-Op Appointment Tomorrow

    Thank you! The appointment was easy peasy and I'm more excited than ever. I appreciate it!
  36. 2 points
    Sarah, along with the 5 day pouch reset I suggest going back to basics; fill up on protein, no drinking with meals, keep carbs low. I’d recommend sticking with your old plan. Stay off the scale- maybe weigh once a week. Ask yourself are you really hungry? Is there any nutrition in what you are eating?
  37. 2 points
    Peachysmilz

    New To The Forum

    Hi QueAnd. I had my VSG surgery yesterday 08/06/19. I'm located in Australia so writing the date that way is different lol. I spent last night quite comfortable. Doctor and anaesthetist has me on regular pain relief. I started walking last night. Only thing is that I keep falling asleep.... Like narcolepsy, very odd, guessing it is to do with the anaesthesia. How are you feeling? Where are you located?
  38. 2 points
    GAviv

    Revision complete

    Had my revision of gastric bypass last night. I forgot how bad the initial pain is, but it’s much better this morning. This hospital is great and everyone is so caring. I feel very grateful to have this second chance and I will make the absolute most of it. The surgeon said he was going to do everything possible surgically to set me up for success. Can’t wait to feel like “me” again. Onwards and downwards
  39. 2 points
    DrCohbi

    New Here, But Glad I Found You!

    Hello everyone. I am new here but I am so glad I found you all. I feel like I may not be having to go through this alone. However, I do believe I may be one of the heaviest if not THE heaviest to be a member here, starting my weight loss at just under 500 lbs. I hope to be successful, and with my doctors and new friends I may make here, I know I will be.
  40. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    small victory...

    Before I had my surgery, I used to snore almost every night. Now I snore only about once every four to five months or so. My wife is much happier.
  41. 2 points
    cinwa

    How to get food unstuck

    Welcome! Walmart, Rite Aid etc. etc. stock papaya - ask at the pharmacy if you can't find it.
  42. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    @Nana Trish (I believe in order to calculate the Trishes accurately, you have to be strapped into some shoes and hung upside-down and measured. Let me check the official Rule Book. I believe Mr. Smoots who was carried & rolled across a bridge over the Charles River was exactly 67"; see Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoot ). More seriously, WAY TO GO!
  43. 2 points
    cinwa

    Moving to Vermont

    I had to look up Butternut Goldens. This put a smile on my face - what a wonderful life they have: Butternut Goldens -- Runnin' Down a Dream and Dana’s River They are some happy furbabies for sure.
  44. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    So glad to be a new member!

    Hi @Kmartz19 Good luck with WW - hope they can provide you some additional support. Sounds like you know what the challenges are that you face. Your circumstances reinforce the point that long-term success is 90% in the head, not the weight loss surgery plumbing that you have done. For what it is worth, there is a lot of neuroscience stuff now that suggests that carbs - alas, sugar in particular - trigger brain pleasure chemicals (such as dopamine) the same way cocaine and other pleasurable substances do. ... there is a lot of chatter about how that can contribute to a persistent intake and recurrent hunger. You should be wary of any one person's views, but must note that when I eat more than just moderate amounts of carbos, I get recurrent hunger. I have interpreted that to mean that my blood sugars fluctuate more after carbos - up then down - and that and the insulin response may be leading to hunger. This past weekend had dinner with some friends - they have not had weight loss surgery - but both of them, and their son, have each lost > 30 lbs over the past year by cutting out the carbs (yes including sugar, and yikes wine!!) - their son adhering strictly to a keto diet (he has lost more). If you do end up reducing the carbos including sugar, can expect to feel a bit low for 4-5 days (the "keto flu") and then feel lots of energy, clear-headedness, and balance. @Rob_VSG is a big proponent not only of being keto, but also intermittent fasting - may have a few suggestions for you along that line. Intermittent fasting has been in the news again recently because there is human data that it can improve human health - people became interested in that originally because of the observation that rats on a restricted calorie diet lived twice as long as rats that ate whatever they wanted. (It was fun having them over as I made them fresh lemon curd made with lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolks and Swerve instead of sugar - and dotted with fresh berries. It was shockingly good and had almost no carbs, despite being quite sweet tasting. ). Getting back to your thread - found the bestseller book "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg really informative, and helped me to understand my (many and various) bad habits. In the book he discusses not only the pleasure of indulging in habits, but also the pleasure of anticipation of the the reward. One insight I had was that I had a powerful habit of snacking in the evening - I could eat the equivalent of another whole meal via snacking after dinner - and so I replaced the high calorie, high carbo foods I might eat after dinner with healthier things - and it worked! My habit of snacking was so powerful I could not break it completely, so I followed Duhigg's advice and replaced the (bad) reward with an alternative, and better, reward. Mention this excellent book only because you have so much insight into yourself and your challenges, it might be of interest to you. Best wishes!
  45. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    4th of July

    I haven’t posted a picture in a while. I’m 6 1/2 years out. We tent camped while hubby scuba dived this weekend, so I’m grubby and hair is frizzed. The other photo was taken in May in Cayman..while camping our grandson found a dragon fly that wasn’t moving in the water and rescued it.
  46. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    It’s the simple, everyday things that are the best! I like getting on a plane and having to snug the seatbelt in instead of stretch it out.. and the tray seems to have moved further away (just like my steering wheel.)
  47. 2 points
    The tool still works; it's our habits that needs breaking and recreating new ways of eating and managing stress. I'm over 15 years now; lowest weight is about 120-125# when I'm sick, 155# when I was in graduate school; generally hover 130-135#. I stick to a modified ketogenic lifestyle and keep portions small. Very easy to snack your way back up as our bodies have a wonderful way of "bypassing the bypass" as I call it. Our bodies will adjust to eating larger portions and tolerate foods again over time.
  48. 1 point
    Cindy Lou Who

    Month 9 in Maintenance - Loving life!

    You inspire me! Please let me know how your training goes! Thanks for the encouragement on my training. I hope I have years of running ahead of me. I do really enjoy it and even more enjoy being able to do it!
  49. 1 point
    Cindy Lou Who

    Month 9 in Maintenance - Loving life!

    OH no! I'm so sorry as I know you were enjoying the training and were excited. I SO feel for you. Giant hugs!! A few years ago I trained for a 1/2 marathon, even ran 14 miles, and then got a stress fracture in my foot before the race. SO DISAPPOINTED! The doctor told me it was a repetitive action injury, so that I will NEVER get to run even a 1/2 marathon. I was devastated. I've finally come to terms with it, and know that my particular body wasn't made for that. I've found recently that I can run up to 4 1/2 miles, but 5 makes that foot sore. So I've backed down to 4 and have to be happy with that. I also realize that I'm 57 years old, and my running days may be numbered. Whatever happens, at least I know I can maintain my weight without running if I need to. That's the huge difference between then and now.
  50. 1 point
    Kim M

    Sleeve to bypass due to GERD

    I thought I responded last week. Sorry for the delay but don't stop by that often. I am 9 months post revision surgery. The GERD gets better. I really don't recall how long it took to feel relief but it must have been fairly soon as I went form 4 PPI's to 2 fairly quickly. I currently am taking one pill a day in the morning. I still can't eat anything spicy and tomato sauce is beyond painful. I did have hopes of being off all medication but that has not happened. I don't eat after dinner and still have to sleep on 2 pillows at night. I probably was not a great candidate for the sleeve as I had GERD before the surgery. My surgeon didn't think it would be a problem. Hope things are improving for you.