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  1. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    I think you are right about having a contingency plan. Maybe swimming? It's great aerobic exercise and there is no weight bearing. I went from heavy daily exercise 6 months ago to none for the better part of the last 6 months -> gained about 15% of my loss back! It has prompted me to think about my work - life - family balance and I'm likely to cut back at work in a couple of months. Having worked my rear end off for the last 45 years I figure it's time to put my own health and welfare above my workplace. ~ and ~ WE'VE all known you were a superstar!
  2. 2 points
    Cardamom77

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    My dietician and I talked about this, too. He mentioned having kind of a contingency plan for if/when I am injured and have to take a break from cycling. That it may be difficult to adjust to having to eat less again to maintain my weight. It is honestly a STRUGGLE right now to eat enough (I burned 2100 calories yesterday - 65 miles - and that's on top of what I already have to eat just to maintain. Not happening), so I'm not terribly worried. But I also know that going from having to try to pack in 2700+ calories on an average day to needing to drop down to 1700 or so if I'm sedentary would not be easy. I could probably handle it, but that's easy to say now - might be harder in practice. I do often see food as fuel while I'm riding, but I do also really enjoy food still. I have to say that the 1/4 burger and half a dozen fresh cut fries I ate halfway through my ride yesterday was SOOOOO good! I really wished I could have eaten more. I tend to struggle to eat a lot during and right after my ride, so I've been keeping some of those Unjury ready to drink shakes in the fridge for when I get home. 20 grams of top-shelf protein that I can buy with my HSA card. Haha! Also - my weight loss clinic wants me to come speak at a seminar! I'm a superstar! LOLOLOL!
  3. 2 points
    summerset

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Yeah, the difference between the two can be a fine line. I freely admit though that I use food as some kind of reward after exercising and the food tastes better after physical labour anyway but I've noticed that this seems to be a pretty normal thing to do (e. g. having non-alcoholic wheat beer after long bike rides, I know many people who do that). While I don't view exercise as some kind of punishment, it definitely feels good eating some mood-enhancing and relaxing food after some mood-enhancing and relaxing exercise. A cumulative effect so to say. Since a while I don't view this as a problem anymore. Food is meant to bring us pleasure after all and this makes totally sense from an evolutionary point of view. And what's considered "normal" anyway? "Normal" is what the majority of people around you do. The problems start when exercise starts to consume an unreasonable amount of time or when it has become the absolute highest priority on your list no matter what (e. g. exercising when sick or injured or neglecting other important things in your life).
  4. 2 points
    summerset

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Almost all people are. I just have to look at my colleagues, e. g. all of them make their fair share of bad choices depending on taste, on mood, on whatever - even though they're not overweight, muscular, fit, or maybe just a little bit overweight or a bit skinny fat. "Food for fuel only forever" is some kind of wet fantasy that won't come true.
  5. 2 points
    summerset

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    I personally notice a certain regulation in both appetite and the volume of food that fits into my stomach comfortably, depending on how much exercise I do. It's not a 100% regulation but it's definitely there. IMO it makes sense not to rely too much on exercise (in the sense of "having to earn the food") since e. g. injuries and/or accidents that will cause you having to cut back or temporarily stop exercising might happen at any time.
  6. 2 points
    Jen581791

    Sometimes, you just have to open up.

    Congratulations on all your hard work so far, and welcome to the losers bench! It sounds like you are a very determined person and this really will work in your favor in terms of success post-op. You've been doing everything right and your attitude sounds excellent Thanks for sharing your experience here. I found journalling about my experience to be really helpful, and I hope it helps you, too. I love your list of health outcomes so far at the end of your post. What a list of accomplishments, especially so early out. Be prepared for many more achievements as time moves along. It's a wild ride.
  7. 2 points
    tracyringo

    Sometimes, you just have to open up.

    First you made me cry and I am so sorry of what you have been through and it takes a lot to open up to people that way, I hope releasing things in your past will help you to move on and find peace and happiness. Congratulations on having your surgery and welcome to the losers bench !!
  8. 1 point
    Jen581791

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    I work hard at making sure this isn't my attitude now - it certainly would have been in the past! Exercise as punishment, food as reward Now, I try to exercise because I enjoy it. Much healthier, for sure!
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    BurgundyBoy

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    @Cardamom77 Well, you are making lemonade when given lemons. Good for you. You've inspired me to take a ride today when I felt like being lazy! Exercise is a key to health even if it is not essential to weight loss You are looking great, fit, healthy. Congratulations! And let me commiserate with you about the car!
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    Cardamom77

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    I'm noticing I can eat more now - probably a good cup to a cup and a half of food at a time. That's the absolute most, though, and it depends on the food. But I am definitely happy that I can't eat half a pizza anymore. Ha! I totally get this. I don't dump when I eat sugar, which is an issue. I've been eating a lot more of it lately and even though I don't gain weight with it because I'm burning it off, it's not a good choice and won't help me nutritionally. We're all works in progress, though. I need to rein that in.
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    Cindy Lou Who

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    So sorry about the accident!!! Glad he's okay, but I'm sure it was very traumatic. AWESOME look in the fancy bike clothes! You look like the pro you are! I get the scary food consumption stuff. I've written in my blog about the doc saying to add more carbs, add mangoes, add fats. Scary stuff saying that to a person who has been overweight forever! I have gotten a little lax and gained 3 pounds, and I don't like my behavior to get there. It wasn't the food that bothered me, it was letting myself snack or emotionally eat that I didn't like. I'm going to rein it in because I don't want any bad habits. Keep up the good work! You're a great inspiration!
  12. 1 point
    Jen581791

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Rice doesn't work for me, either I think you and I both might have reacted the same way pre-WLS, though: "I rode 30 miles, so I'll eat my half of the pizza..." A slice is very different! We've come a long way! I ran yesterday (12km, my new normal medium run), and came home and was hungry. I decided to totally go for it and ate 8 Triscuits and 2 slices of cheese - which was literally all I could stuff down. Pre-WLS, I may have taken out a whole box of Triscuits. And definitely would NOT have run 12km.
  13. 1 point
    Cardamom77

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    @CheeringCJ The other person was fine, too! I have to say that the 2016 Nissan Rogue is a very safe car. My husband was incredibly lucky. I still ride when it rains. I have no choice! I have a good rain jacket and rain pants to cover my clothes, but I can also just take a change of clothes in my panniers. I have a rain fly for the panniers, too, so that keeps everything inside dry. Those are some great deals you got! I definitely still shop at thrift stores. The cycling outfit I got was on ebay. I paid $22 shipped and it probably cost around $150 new. Lord knows I can't afford new cycling gear! Haha! I hide the jiggly thighs under those shorts, which also have a nice panel over the tummy and I just positioned myself well for the batwings. Haha! I'm pretty proud of my ripped quads, though, so it's nice to show them off. @Jen581791 It is a major struggle! I went on an organized ride Saturday before last and they had pizza at the end. They put two slices on my plate and I was like "Oh no, honey. I can only eat one!" and they looked at me like I had two heads. (And hell yeah I eat pizza after 30 miles! Haha!). That day I rode 63 miles and ate literally every time I stopped. I would stop and drink a bunch of water and eat something. If my husband hadn't been with me (he's still getting back on the bike and needs more breaks), I likely would have only stopped every 12-15 miles. As it was, we probably stopped about 8-10 times and they had bananas and peanut butter sandwiches along the way (they also had Clif bars, but anything involving rice does not do well in my pouch, sadly). So I ate a lot of bananas and peanut butter sandwiches and pizza and then, when I got home, a burger! Still had lost weight when I got on the scale the next morning. Blargh.
  14. 1 point
    CheeringCJ

    18 months out....

    1.Yes, the muscle gain was nice. You know how ppl say when you’re working out and not looking weight “it could be because you’re gaining muscle” I used to roll my eyes at that comment, and think, nope, they’re just not working hard enough and/or eating right. But when he measured it (and it seemed so accurate w/ the ultrasound machine, (not just that fat pinching calbriator thing...haha!) that I actually believed it! I want to nurture my new 7# of muscle so it doesn’t atrophy. So I am still working out w/ it even though my stent at that gym is done. I am going to join a gym near my house (that one was near my work) to make it easier for other times of the day/weekend. 2. As for the 5DPT, it went great and renewed my hope/faith in my tool! (I blogged about it, which i know you read already) but it was a great week!! 3. Addressed and taken care of! Thin people, hmmm, I want to be one of those....I am working on it!
  15. 1 point
    TammyP

    Sometimes, you just have to open up.

    I am very very blessed to call Heidi my friend <3 And this post both breaks my heart, and gives me the greatest joy! I am so so proud of you honey! I know I have told you this a lot in the last year or so - but WOW here we are. Here you are ON THE LOSERS BENCH! What an incredible journey it has been and continues to be. I am here for you, and the wonderful people of The Thinner Times forum are here too. TY for sharing something so so personal. I hope and pray that lives will be touched, and your strength and committment to caring for Heidi will be an inspiration to all who read this. Love you girlie <3
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    Always love your posts and get so much from them (thanks for sharing). Really got a lot out of #2! Preach it, Sister! you’re doing amazing! Keep it up!