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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. 9 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. 8 points
    robin0418

    I did it

    I got the date June 17 now my nerves are on edge.....and I lost another 4 pounds
  4. 8 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.
  5. 8 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!
  6. 7 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. 7 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.
  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
    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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.
  16. 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!!!!
  17. 5 points
    NerdyToothpick

    Newbie

    @Ro ro and Ollies mom
  18. 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!!
  19. 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 ❤️
  20. 5 points
    Nana Trish

    2 year check up

    Next Thursday, the 30th, I have my 2 year surgiversary check up. I went for my blood work today. I can’t wait to go to this appointment. I was told prior to my WLS that I was expected to reach 184 from the surgery. I told the PA at one of my follow up appts. during the first year that I wanted to reach 160. She told me that would be very difficult, not to get disappointed if it didn’t happen, etc, etc. I was also told that my IDEAL body weight was 133, and that is when they consider you having lost 100% of your excess weight. (I think once you hit the “normal BMI” range, that is when they should say you have lost 100% of your excess weight, personally...) I’m soooo looking forward to seeing her expression when she sees that I not only reached my goal of 160, but that I have indeed lost 100% of my excess weight! I’m kind of feeling a little “in your face” (toward the PA) about this, and I know I shouldn’t be, but I think it was wrong of her to have told me that reaching 160 was basically out of reach for me. They should never tell a patient that something is out of reach, or even difficult, especially if the patient is doing exceedingly well according to said PA. Other than that, I’m anxious to see if all of my levels are good. Hoping I have no deficiencies and everything looks good. I always take my supplements, with the rare exception when I forget them and I’m at the doctor or something like that. So fingers and toes crossed!! I will let y’all know how it went after the appointment
  21. 5 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!
  22. 4 points
    robin0418

    insurance

    I GOT MY APPROVAL!!!!!
  23. 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...
  24. 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.
  25. 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)
  26. 4 points
    TammyP

    I did it

    Surgery at 51! You've got this Robin!
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 3 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.
  30. 3 points
    the_gilded_lily

    down 10

    Enjoy the ‘whooshes’ Robin because there’ll be tiny ‘puffs’ and sometimes nothing interspersed with them! I only lost a couple of pounds my first two weeks and then lost 15 in week three! But if you average it all out over a month it was pretty consistent in the first 6 months or so. But just think, whether it’s fluid, fat or whatever, that’s TEN WHOLE POUNDS GONE and you are allowed to celebrate!
  31. 3 points
    tracyringo

    Going for 10 more !!

    I decided to bite the bullet and see how it goes, 10 more pounds !! I don't like failing and so I think this has been what has held me back. I have been having wars in my head about it. I am pretty sure I can do it but maintaining that extra 10 pounds is what I am really afraid of. I was at 175 last week and am sitting at 170 this morning. My plan is to get to 162-164 and hold it. I have been holding 171-174 since January without stress for the most part, a few days of 175( holding water I am sure or I would not have dropped 5 in a week) Just wondering if anyone else has gone back to lose more this far out ? If so were you able to maintain it?
  32. 3 points
    GAviv

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Wow, I can't believe this thread is still going!
  33. 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.
  34. 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!
  35. 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 3 points
    Jen581791

    I'm new here! Hi Fam!

    Hi Zahra, I've got a stomach full of titanium that will always be there - I've seen it in an X-ray, and it looked a little freaky! To clarify, the titanium staples are the ones that hold together the pinched off part of the stomach, not holding together the holes where the equipment goes in. Those holes were closed up with glue and there was nothing to remove or anything. Congrats on your decision. As someone involved with the healthcare sector, you know very well how much obesity affects long-term health outcomes. I am a far healthier person today than I was three years ago, and I have zero regrets on my RNY. Did I mention happier? Also far happier. I eat a mostly vegetarian but also with some seafood diet. I eat a lot of dairy, plus eggs, some fake meat stuff, and fruits and veggies. Particularly early out, I got a lot of recipes from The World According To Eggface, a WLS blogger who has a ton of advice, info, and recipes. Her ricotta bake is to die for, and I make her egg bites on the regular. If you haven't poked through the blog portion of this forum yet, I'd recommend it. I read it like it was my job pre-op, and I felt really really prepared for everything when it happened. I will also shamelessly plug my own blog there because I'm like that. There are lots of other ones there that I really liked though, too, and there are several blogs there by people who have gone after me that are really good, too. They're good places to get a feel for what you need to do to get ready, emotionally, physically, and logistically, for your surgery. Best of luck - keep us posted, and keep hanging around TTF. People here are friendly, helpful, and welcoming. And they know a lot and are happy to share.
  38. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Hi guys

    @Nana Trish Pretty scrawny ankles there. Just think about that 336 starter weight. You are such a star.
  39. 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.
  40. 3 points
    Cheesehead

    Newbie

    Weird as it sounds; I love to cook, but not much interests me any more. I could live on fruit (apples especially) and Greek yogurt. At the moment I’m kinda burned out on chicken. Don’t like hamburger, detest fish (like shrimp), pork is ok once in a while, eggs make me gag. Had 2 ribs and watermelon for supper (last year watermelon made me sick every time I had it).
  41. 3 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Newbie

    @Ro ro and Ollies mom Ro Ro, You'll be fine. As you imply: Your best friend is NOT *food*. You can like food; admire great food; seek beauty and elegance in gourmet foods; but your best friend - as you know - is that slim self within you. I cook every day and eat incredibly good food; but I eat a lot less food than I used to. You are so going to love the results of this!!
  42. 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.
  43. 3 points
    Cardamom77

    Newbie with a few questions

    I second the papaya enzyme! It works well for me.
  44. 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!
  45. 3 points
    Here’s one here.....I was excited to make the 18 month mark bc I felt like this is my life now, not just a passing fad. But at the same time, I was discouraged that I had not only not lost anymore but I had gained a bit. My dr said when I stop losing, I will most likely gain 5# back and stay there which is very normal. So I got to my low, gained the 5# and maintained for a while. Then I noticed my habits slipping and I was snacking more and making unwise choices and felt like i was losing control. I decided to do the 5DPT and it was quite successful (see my blog for my 18 m update and my 5DPT journey) and I lost 8.4# last week from it! I got rod of the weight I gained and am now working on the weight that took me up from my all time low. I have a feeling I can really get below it now. Can’t wait to hear how everyone else is doing...hope they are around and will post!
  46. 3 points
    Nana Trish

    It’s my 2 year surgiversary!

    I truly can’t believe it’s been 2 years already!! The last 3+ months have been pretty challenging because of the knee replacement surgeries. I’ve lost a good bit of weight that I wasn’t trying to lose since my first surgery, so I’ve been trying to get my appetite back. But over all, I’ve got to say that from a weight loss and health perspective, I’m in a pretty good place...and a place I couldn’t even imagine 2 years ago today as they wheeled me into surgery for my WLS. No more diabetes, sleep apnea, high BP and cholesterol!! I really have more I want to write, and I will try and do that later on today. It’s 2am and I’m not sleeping (again) so this probably won’t be the most coherent post. But this is a pretty important day for me, and I wanted to make sure I came here to post a little something to celebrate ❤️ You all have been such a huge support system for me over the past 2 years, and there just aren’t enough words to express my gratitude for everything you have done for me!! I love you guys, and this forum, so much!! Thank you all for ALWAYS being here for me!!
  47. 3 points
    Thank you so much, @Cheesehead!! ❤️ Yes, I am indeed walking better with the bionic knees, lol My right knee (the first one I had done) is doing everything it’s supposed to be doing at this point, just a little stiff most of the time. It’s been a little over 16 weeks since the first surgery already! I can hardly believe that! My left knee is still slow going, but has definitely improved a lot since surgery. I can’t walk down the stairs normally yet because of that knee. And I don’t have the range of motion yet that I should have in the left. But I am walking very well at this point. I actually got outside yesterday and did some yard work!! Only raking, but it’s a start, lol. I’m EXTREMELY sore this morning, but that’s ok...because I did it!! And I loved every minute of it...even kept going for a while after it started raining! So the bionic knees are definitely improving my life immensely
  48. 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!
  49. 3 points
    Readytobeme

    2 year check up

    Good luck to you, Trish!! You truly have done exceptionally well. Especially considering all of the obstacles that you have faced and overcome. I am going to have my one year bloodwork done next week with a new dr (love him) at my new location. I also take my vitamins religiously but can’t wait to see how I am doing. I totally get the “in your face” feeling towards the Pa as well. My husband refuses to see a PA. He says that they are charging him for a dr visit and that’s who he wants to see.
  50. 3 points
    Kim M

    Going for 10 more !!

    I had gotten to 130 pretty effortless at my initial surgery. I was able to maintain it for about 4 years. I had revision for GERD in November 2018. The weight loss has been slow. I am hoping to get down to 140. If I should reach 130, that would be a bonus. I agree that maintaining is definitely a concern. I say go for it and see how it feels. If you can maintain it without constantly obsessing about what you are eating, then it works. If it becomes a struggle to maintain, allow yourself to settle where your body feels comfortable. Good luck