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  1. 4 points
    Kio

    6 months... seriously!?

    Thank you!! I swear, every month I think, "This is the month I won't lose much, and the honeymoon will be over!" But so far so good - I just need to have more trust for the process I think. Slow and steady, right? You guys have all shown me that the honeymoon lasts as long as you're willing to work the program, and I am still way more than willing. Thank you! I have to give credit where it's due - watching you guys rock YOUR surgeries, and support and teach everyone here including me, is a huge part of how successful I've been so far. There have been so many times that I've felt down or got worried about something, only to come here and get my questions answered, or see someone post an inspirational thought or story... it's been lifesaving. Can't wait to get to goal weight and see just how fabulous it is! Nobody at my surgeon's office was willing to say they thought I could make it below 200... and I'm only 25 lbs away from that. If I can get there, I can get to where I want to be. I just know it!
  2. 3 points
    Fantastic blog Jen. My God you look beautiful. I love your style. Those embroidered jeans....I have three pairs similar to that these days and just love them. In Australia this year ALL jeans are skinny leg style....yes even the plus sized ones. I am thankful everyday when I walk past a clothes shop that my excess weight is gone, and I can actually wear what is available in the shops this year, and look pretty okay in them. Of course they do look better with heels, which my ortho has said I'll never be able to wear, but that's just a small sadness in my world. Loving that you're not one of those members that "get to goal weight and leave the forum behind you" people. This forum has to me been a much better place to hang out in the last 12 months because people like you and Toothpick have stayed around cheering others on and making us laugh and feel better about ourselves. Please keep continuing to amaze us all with your insightful posts.
  3. 3 points
    Beautiful post, beautiful sentiments, beautiful success and a beautiful person!!!! You look fabulous and I do remember you talking about your legs and not wanting to be in a bathing suit bc your bottom half is heavier and I look and think, "nope, you are just thin all over...I see no pear there!" You need to copy this post and pictures and send them to your surgeon! Congrats, can't wait to get where you are but for now I am enjoying the process!
  4. 3 points
    CurvyMermaid

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    @Cheesehead I think a heated throw may be the next purchase. Whew! I was joking about this with a friend and she said I'm losing so much weight and looking svelte but no one will know because I'm wearing two layers of clothing - so come spring, I'll unpeel the layers and come out like a butterfly! I thought that was a pretty analogy but with all the layers I feel more like Ralphie from A Christmas Story than a beautiful butterfly in a cocoon!
  5. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    Really?? I could get to sleep faster through a lower temp? I'm going to have to try this!
  6. 3 points
    Jen581791

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    You all need to move to a warmer climate!
  7. 3 points
    msmarymac

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    Y'all just need a hot flash or two, I would gladly share It is cold between surges though, am continuously either freezing or boiling.
  8. 2 points
    Thanks, Aussie Bear! (I like Aussie Bear much better than Aussie H, btw) Yes, I have made my peace with skinny jeans and am so happy about that. Heels, meh. I used to wear them a lot, but my feet don't like them. I prefer flat sandals. I'm definitely not leaving the forum behind me - I plan to stay and keep my mind in the game. I know that the day I don't pay attention to my intake is the day the rationalizing starts - I'm SOOOOOO good at lying to myself, and coming here frequently is a great check on that tendency. I need accountability. I hope you're sticking around, too. Your no-nonsense answers and advice are invaluable. You skip the sugar coating and get straight to the point! That's helpful to me - and you do it with a laugh, as well.
  9. 2 points
    Thank you, Chefman. Someday we'll have a big TTF convention and blind everyone around with our brightly colored clothing. We'll have to wear sunglasses.
  10. 2 points
    Nothing about this I dont love! You've been a great voice and helping hand ever since I joined TTF, and it's been amazing to get to follow along as you went through it all. Thank you for being here!
  11. 2 points
    You look SO great, Jen. Your smile in those pictures says it all! And to echo cardamom, above: thanks for reminding those of us who are still at the beginning of the path to stop stressing over how fast we're losing. I was just googling "sleeve weight loss at 3 months" yesterday to see if I was ahead or behind and then stressing about it. Enough, Kristin! Follow the plan.
  12. 2 points
    What a year! You have worked SO hard. I'm thrilled it has paid off in a big way! Those jeans with the design down the side are too cute! How strange to not be on a diet for once. What a great feeling! It's been so much fun to witness your awesome progress all year. I feel so much joy for you!!! Cheers!
  13. 2 points
    You are so pretty Jen! And I like the jeans pic the best - you have no butt! Hehe.... I have enjoyed all your documentation of your journey. In an world that is sometimes filled with negativity (especially towards larger people), the compassion from you and others on Thinner Times has been amazing. Your encouragement and success pushes the rest of us to continue. Oh and is the second pic the new orange jeans?
  14. 2 points
    You look fantastic! I love your style, too! Thank you so much for writing this. Being so new, I think I can get really caught up in feeling like I'm stalling or that I'm not losing fast enough, etc. It's good to see how well sticking to it can pay off.
  15. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    6 months... seriously!?

    This made me chuckle, lol...my hubby was looking at before and after pics of me last night, and he said, "Even your nose lost weight!" And it has gotten "thinner" lol. So don't be surprised if yours does too at some point
  16. 2 points
    Kio

    6 months... seriously!?

    Thank you! I totally feel like a different person, too. This surgery is the best thing I ever did for myself, 100%. And I play mainly MMOs - I played World of Warcraft for years, and then stopped for years, then picked up Final Fantasy XIV and played that for a couple of years... and now I'm back to obsessively playing Warcraft. My theory has always been that not having kids deprived me of all the important maturing experiences parents have - so I'm still basically 20 at heart! I've also played and loved all the Dragon Age games - my dream game is an MMO based on those. Alas, probably that will never be...
  17. 2 points
    Kio

    6 months... seriously!?

    *beams* Thanks, CJ! I have no idea where the neck came from - in some of my before pictures you wouldn't even know I HAD one. I remember when I got my pixie cut I said to my stylist, "Just don't do it if you think it'll make me look like I have a fuzzy white bowling ball sitting on my shoulders." So I totally did not expect it to be there. I'm not sure how I feel about it! Some days I think it's awesome, and some days I feel a bit like E.T. I do thing the weirdest part is how much like my mom I look - at least from the nose down. I wish I had a good picture of her to share, but the only ones I have are old and grainy. Maybe I'll try to scan one in one day. I clearly have her mouth and her jawline though. It's happy and sad - I miss her so much, it's great to know there's some of her in me still. But on the other hand... it's kind of sad to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see her face sometimes. Anyway, I'm so happy you're on this journey with me, CJ! Your constant enthusiasm and dedication to this process inspires ME!
  18. 2 points
    Kio

    6 months... seriously!?

    Ok, don't laugh, but I totally tried to get out of doing the walk tomorrow! Not because of the walking, but because it's going to rain all day and I'm a wuss! But my boss is going too, and when I told her it was going to rain she was just all, "Suck it up, buttercup! Bring an umbrella!" So I'm still going for it. And Leah is sooooo not okay with that milestone, LOL! She keeps telling me she's going to step it up and be at 150 when I get to 170. (But she's still eating rice with her chicken tonight.... so I'm not too worried ) Seriously, though - she'd be really happy for me if I got there, but would also probably feel a bit sad on the day I weigh less than she does, if that day ever comes. Hopefully it will just be motivational though and not depressing. On the bright side, our friendship is far too strong and longstanding to get derailed by something like that. I'm always telling her, "If I didn't love you so much, I'd have killed you years ago!" She is the best and most annoying person on the planet. I do feel really good about my progress. I can't believe I'm 25 lbs from onederland! I'm trying really hard to step up my game - getting super serious about the protein, and for the past couple of days I've been doing really well on water too. I want the kind of success at this I've been able to watch you work for and achieve!!!
  19. 2 points
    kayak19

    7 Months Later...

    Thank you, @Res Ipsa! This is so true. I remember a little debate a few months ago about your famous saying, "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." I didn't have an opinion at that time, but I now find myself thinking something similar often. People ask me if I am missing certain foods and this saying is what comes to mind. It may not be the "skinny" part exactly, but all the things that come along with being at an increasingly healthier weight and size, the things on my list and the literally hundreds of other things that could be added. A cupcake or piece of pizza just isn't worth it. And I'm no longer avoiding those foods because I'm afraid of them, because I was until just recently. Now I'm choosing and am perfectly fine with not having them. Hope is the biggest factor for me...I had gotten to the point that I felt nothing was going to work. Having hope does amazing things for a person. I feel so badly for friends and family who are struggling and may not be at a point of considering surgery because I recall the feelings they are having so vividly and and it's a miserable place to be. Counting my blessings daily!
  20. 2 points
    Jen581791

    7 Months Later...

    @kayak19 What a wonderful list to celebrate your 7 months! I love that every single one was measuring a way in which your life has become more enjoyable or easier. Those are the kinds of things that are so meaningful and inspiring. I’m really happy for you that you’re seeing such tremendous success. Keep up your hard work. You’re doing so well. The newfound love for exercise is great! What a great decision to find a gym and people who really clicked with you. I’m glad you’ve found the courage to try everything!
  21. 2 points
    CheeringCJ

    7 Months Later...

    @kayak19....congrats on your surgiversary! I was just saying on Kio's blog that I, too, was amazed at how fast things go. How quickly I could go from being the couch potato to being the one squatting down to tie a kids shoe...and still being able to get back up (w/o my using my hands to push on the floor!) I have seen so many changes so quickly that I astonish myself! I knew I would lose weight....but I didn't even consider how much it would change me! And you're right, TT has been a lifesaver and keeping me committed! So from your TT friend who is 4 months behind you....I'm watching and learning, and love seeing you thrive!!!
  22. 2 points
    Kio

    7 Months Later...

    This is such a great update! Sounds like you are doing fantastic. And you're so brave - I haven't gone near an exercise class yet, I'm so afraid of not being able to do things! Yoga especially is one of those things I want to get into - but it's still tough for me to get up from the floor, so I've been holding off. I know it would be so great for me to get some flexibility back. Your list is amazing, and I could have written so much of it myself. I love going into restaurants and not having to say "We need a table please, not a booth." And my big 3X work t-shirt shirt, which we get for volunteering, is now my "big" shirt - definitely not my size anymore - so the next time we order those I'll be in a size I can just check off the box on. And especially this: "Finding Thinner Times was the tipping point for me, causing me to decide that I would in fact go through with the surgery and where I found the community of people who were serious about making sustainable changes. I'm so thankful for all of you - for sharing your stories, successes, challenges, tough love, humor and compassion." That is absolutely true for me, too. I don't know if I would have had the courage to decide to do this if not for all the people here. This place is truly amazing. I'm so happy for you, @kayak19!!
  23. 2 points
    CheeringCJ

    My Three Month Surgiversary!!!

    I think you're totally right. I feel like I have HOPE this time at 192 where last time I was at 192, I was panicking thinking "I can NOT go into the 200s AGAIN!!! I promised myself I was never going back there and I did and now I am going back again!" so it was just despair! (thanks for the compliment!)
  24. 2 points
    Kio

    6 months... seriously!?

    Thanks! I'm not sure *I* recognize the new me as the same person! It's a little crazy. I keep finding out stuff as I go - like, as I get thinner, I look more and more like my mom. Who knew!? I always thought I looked like my dad, but apparently that was just because we were both FAT!
  25. 2 points
    CheeringCJ

    My Three Month Surgiversary!!!

    yep, you absolutely did it right! (I know I am being paranoid.....I just get nervous that I am posting such incriminating pics on a public forum.....though I am so close to everyone on TT, I worry about ppl I know finding it here which is why I changed my name a while back). Anyway, glad that you find inspiration which is the only reason I post them .....and I stay here to get/give information. There will always be someone in my place when i started here, wondering a thousand things and how they will do this ...and there will always be people that have gone ahead of me and are successful. So I want to learn and share! And I want to stay here because I feel like w/o the support, i will make my own decisions and fall off the wagon and be back in the same mess I was in before. So, thank you for your kind words....and stick around to get the positive peer pressure to succeed!!! BTW, if you hit quote, you can post some or all of the part they had posted...and then they will get a notification saying "Animalrescurer18 quoted you in a post" so it is good to help them see replies to their posts....but if you are posting a reply to THEIR ORIGINAL post, THAT ORIGINAL person will get a notification that says "Animalrescuer18 replied to your post" If you want someone to read a post w/o having anything to quote, just put an @ sign followed by their name and select it when it comes up and it will notify them ( @Animalrescuer18 ) that there is a post for them to read. (just thought I'd fill you in on the posts and quotes and stuff since I had to figure it out on my own when i started too, so I get it!)
  26. 2 points
    CurvyMermaid

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    @Aussie H that certainly puts a cost in perspective! I wish there was a way for me to switch to solar but it's not possible where I live.
  27. 2 points
    Jen581791

    Two months!

    You're doing great, @delilas! I'm sorry to hear about the hip pain, but so glad to hear you're able to get in some gym time - it feels better and better the more you lose, of course! Here's to butts.
  28. 2 points
    CheeringCJ

    10 weeks out

    that is an amazing success record! you go girl!!! you make us NNs proud!!! I have a deal with myself.....I have a 30 oz cup and I fill it up and drink it after bfast (when I get to work) but then I am not allowed lunch until I have finished it....since it is empty when I have my lunch I can't drink any while eating.....then on my way out of the faculty room, I fill up my cup w/ the water cooler and put it on a shelf in my classroom. I have to (by my own rules!) finish that before I can eat dinner. I have had my dinner get cold waiting for me to finish it, but I do it bc I am not "allowed" to eat dinner til it's done. So that is 60 oz that way. I drink 10 oz water w/ my morning shake so that is 70 total and I then drink more (1/2 hr) after dinner....probably another 10-15 oz, so 80-85 oz is my avg but it wouldn't be if I didn't give myself the rule to drink it before I can eat my food! Oh and I want to share your paleo meal....let's get 4 of us together and go out to lunch and split ONE meal...LOL! We can all tip to make it worth their wild...but wouldn't it be crazy for 4 TTers to go out to eat together and share 1 meal?!?!
  29. 2 points
    Gretta

    Two months!

    Great update! Sorry about the hip pain. I hope it goes away soon. Great job taking action on the job front. Congrats on great losses!
  30. 1 point
    Gretta

    Three month follow-up

    You're doing SO well! Great job!!!
  31. 1 point
    Great post Jen!! Even more: a great success story! and all the kindness and common sense you have shown being part of TTF!
  32. 1 point
    Jen!! I can't believe I missed your 1 year surgiversary!! Happy surgiversary, and congratulations on all of your hard work and much deserved success!! You look beautiful in every photo...but I really do love those orange jeans Thank you for all of the inspiration you have given me and countless others here on the forum ❤️ You've helped in more ways than you know ❤️❤️❤️
  33. 1 point
    yep, that is all I know...I have lost 51# since I started my journey, that is all I know. When you said something before about how much you had lost when you were as far along as me....I thought to myself "yikes, I haven't ever figured out those stats for me" and then I thought to myself "why bother....i just might get myself upset! Let me just go w/ my running total!"
  34. 1 point
    Thanks, Tracy!
  35. 1 point
    Great success story and kind words from a kind lady. I'm proud of all you've accomplished and thankful for you on TTF. I'm starting to like bright clothing myself these days.
  36. 1 point
    Thanks, delilas! Reading back through my old posts has been great therapy, and writing them in the first place was, too. I'm glad if they could provide someone else a lifeline of motivation or inspiration when they needed it. I certainly felt that way about reading other people's blogs before I started my journey.
  37. 1 point
    Ding ding ding! My female students loved them. Thank you, Tammy There is indeed a lot of negativity in the world, and my time here on TTF is a wonderful contrast to that - everyone is so supportive and kind. I'm working on feeling more kindness toward who I used to be, my inner Fat Girl. It's getting easier to look at her with compassion, which is what she deserves.
  38. 1 point
    @Jen581791 What an energizing and motivating story. You’ve made WLS look effortless and it’s difficult to believe that you ever doubted or struggled. Thank you for holding my hand along this crazy ride.
  39. 1 point
    Kio

    My Three Month Surgiversary!!!

    CJ you're doing so great! I really wish I'd thought of your trick with the ribbons, that is an awesome way to really see your progress. Your head is truly in the right place and I'm so impressed with your work! And hey - I just did the math and you've lost 1# more than I had at MY 3 month mark! =D In case you're feeling competitive!!!
  40. 1 point
    Kio

    6 months... seriously!?

    It’s going to get so much better for you soon - so much faster than you think! I noticed the improvements in pain levels, stamina and mobility long before I could really see a physical difference. I used to have dreams about walking comfortably - like most people dream about flying. It was so exhilarating and exciting, and I always felt so helpless and hopeless when I woke up ... but now I can walk for miles and not even get out of breath, and it’s really only been a few months! For me this has been about mobility more than anything else - I do want to look better, too, but it’s secondary to just feeling better and being able to move again. And not always worry about whether I’ll find a parking spot close enough, will I fit in this chair, will the hostess try to put us in a booth instead of a table... i really can’t wait to see the world opening up again for you too. I hope you post a lot!!!
  41. 1 point
    Animalrescuer18

    6 months... seriously!?

    When I read your reply to my comment it brought tears to my eyes! I can relate so very well to feeling somewhat disabled. Between working and trying to keep my house somewhat clean it is getting harder each day. It can get quite depressing when you don’t have the stamina to do simple things like vacuuming for more than a few minutes then having to take a break. I also worry about falling. And when I do walk any distance I get worn out and short of breath. It just makes me want to cry with joy at thinking all of this can change and I can feel normal again. I know it won’t be easy but I have my head in the game and this is the first time in my life that I am losing weight for my health instead of simply wanting to look better. I have diabetes and high blood pressure and although I’m about to turn 57 next month I still have a lot of good years left and want to be able to enjoy each and every one!! Thank you for sharing!
  42. 1 point
    Animalrescuer18

    My Three Month Surgiversary!!!

    I admire all of you who post your before and after photos! I hope I will be able to do that too. I didn’t wanna put my real name on the forum either. I have actually told very few people about my upcoming surgery so it is still a bit difficult for me to post on here. Like you, I don’t want someone I know to see my info. Hopefully I will be more brave once I’ve lost this extra 100 pounds I have told everyone at my Baritatric dr’s office about this forum and about how much I’ve learned. It is awesome to get first hand experience advice from people who have been through the same things. And thank you so much for explaining how to post. I wondered when I reply to posts if I was doing it right. You’re so helpful!!
  43. 1 point
    CheeringCJ

    My Three Month Surgiversary!!!

    thanks....that is my door to the garage from my kitchen and I know that will always be there so I just stand on the little throw rug and get it taken..i am so tempted to hold in my stomach when I get them taken but that isn't realistic! I didn't have the light on the island on when I took yesterday's so my face is pretty shadowy and I wanted to see the difference in my thinning out face but maybe next month (my dh takes them on my ipad so there isn't a flash). Thanks for pointing out the door....you're right, I can see more door....so either I am shrinking or my door is growing! haha!
  44. 1 point
    CurvyMermaid

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    Lol @TammyP I had the same revelation with whisky. Back under the blanket I go!
  45. 1 point
    CurvyMermaid

    My Three Month Surgiversary!!!

    Congrats @CheeringCJ for the change in thought patterns, for noticing all the NSV, for the big scale victories! and having the courage to post your progress photos! You can really tell the difference in your profile photos - I think you and I carry our weight in the same place! I experienced the same 'shopping from my closet' feeling about every two weeks. Whenever I am at a good thrift store I look for clothes not only in my size but also in one or two sizes smaller. It always feels weird to do - to confidently acknowledge and plan for that smaller size - but I am getting used to that great feeling! The same feelings for meeting old friends. No need to dread that meeting or fear judgement, you are kicking butt CJ!
  46. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    Tales of Woe: My $281.25 Utilities Bill

    @CurvyMermaid you are so right. I live or freeze by my electric blanket at night now.
  47. 1 point
    tracyringo

    Two months!

    You seem to be doing very well. Hope your hips get better. 32 lbs in two months is nice congrats!
  48. 1 point
    kristinwitha_k

    10 weeks out

    I can and should! I don't use it during the week because then it goes off loudly in my open workspace, but I should get in the habit of doing it on the weekends.
  49. 1 point
    delilas

    Two months!

    Hahaha yes! They do EGDs as well, so at least its not all butts. I want to be in the OR but figure procedural is at least a step in the right direction - and a way to get away from this damn desk job. And your butt is fabulous, I dont care what you say! I keep forgetting to take my vitamins to work with me off and on, and thats where I tend to flub. I cant fit them all in after work, so I end up taking half on those days, but I 'prepped' them with my meals this week and it seems to be working better. Thanks I dont know what the hip pain is about, but its not gonna stop me. Doc warned me losses are slower after the first two months, so thats a bit of a bummer, but Ill take whatever I can get!
  50. 1 point
    delilas

    S - E - V - E - N

    Youre doing amazing! I also take my vitamins to work. I put them all (my program has us on B12 as well, and Im early out so Im also taking a PPI) in a baggy, and prep 5 baggies each sunday so I can throw them in my lunchbox to take with me. It does definitely help me remember, since they are right in front of me, and I can make sure Im timing them far enough apart as well. The extra money is certainly nice, too! My grocery bill hasnt dropped too much yet, but Im still adjusting to cooking less. I have a very consistent flow of leftovers that go much farther than they used to, however, so find Im shopping less, which is nice Excellent deals on the bras and all I'll have to look into that peanut protein as well.