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  1. 4 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Whew!

    Well @NerdyToothpick your tale shows you have really incorporated WLS lessons into your life. 2-3 lbs for me is normal variation over a week. It's impressive that without being mindful, and with all the stresses in your life, you are that fixed at your weight. So if it is confession time... my parallel universe is similar, but my weight gain was about 18-20 lbs. So perhaps more sheepishly than you: I weigh almost exactly what I did a year ago (204 lbs) today. In the interim though, especially over last summer and early fall, I ate well and upped my exercise level to 30-40 minutes a day of intense rowing in the gym, plus summertime walking and cycling, and got down to something like 192-193 last August - and a normal BMI for the first time since my twenties (I'm 63 now). And then in Sept-October work got intense, lots of conflict there, blah blah blah and I stopped working out, and only weighed intermittently. My BMI went from 24.8 or so to... 27, and I was in the 210-212 region (So + 2.1 or 2.2 BMI units). My diet really didn't change much (yes I drank fermented grape juice beverages most nights, ate foie gras and confit duck as much as possible, e.g. my normal weird diet). In December I said to h3ll with this, hit the gym again daily and did the usual stuff we do. Even spent 2 weeks in India where it was harder to control my diet, since I had to eat out most meals, and walked 4 or more miles a day, and lost some there too. Not quite half way back to where I want to be, which is the weight I was at in August-September. I have not had a moment of anxiety about this circumstance. Two things to point out: - My weight bump up, with my diet the same, but with and without exercise - was 2 BMI units, and all in about 3 months time. What do all the studies show about people who exercise after WLS? That their long-term BMI is ~ 2.1 BMI units lower than that of people who don't exercise. I feel like my body must have read the scientific studies and taken them to heart. - We can just do the stuff we know how to do, e.g. eat right and get some exercise and eschew the Cheetos and so forth when we have stopped being mindful ... and we can get right back on track. It feels SO GOOD to know that I have the tools and ability to do this now. None of us are perfect and we all have ups and down. All of you reading this now, especially the Lurkers thinking of having surgery, should take heart. You get so many useful tools going through this process. and now, having confessed, I feel much better. Thank you @NerdyToothpick!!
  2. 3 points
    SarahBMelbs

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    I weighed myself after 5 weeks in Europe and 3 months post op and I am now 92.1kg! I couldn’t actually believe it!!! I have dropped almost 31kg to date. I still see the old me in the mirror, but my clothes all seem to be sliding off! Time to go shopping me thinks!
  3. 3 points
    Jen581791

    Whew!

    FWIW, I really have not been very strict with myself since Thanksgiving. Holiday parties, vacation time, etc, etc, the normal excuses, plus I had some hip pain and stopped both running and making sure I got my 10,000 steps (usually 14,000 - 18,000) every day. I ate sweets, I drank more adult beverages, I ate out more. It's been about two months of this, and I'm clocking in at about a 3 - 4 pound gain as well. I expect it to come off in a couple of weeks of getting back on plan. Really, WLS has been the magic bullet I've needed: it's allowed me to limit my serving sizes and helped me learn to moderate/modify my choices so the dreaded holiday season weight gain is very limited and I feel like I'm in control of getting rid of it. My hip's feeling better - time to start carefully and slowly doing some running again, along with the back to basics food intake! I'm expecting to be fitter and stronger in 2019 than ever before! @NerdyToothpick, you are doing great at maintenance, particularly in the face of some challenging life events. I'd say the only real change you might consider is weighing more frequently so you don't build up a feeling of dread over it and start actively avoiding it. That might cut out some of the stress you place on yourself over your weight/health/diet/exercise. If you're doing well, as you are, you might as well know it and celebrate it!!!
  4. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Congratulations! You must feel great! Don't overbuy when you go shopping ... more weight loss to come.
  5. 1 point
    cinwa

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Congratulations Sarah - 31kg (68lb) is outstanding - you're doing a great job. Don't worry about not seeing any change in the mirror - it took me months and months before I could recognise the slimmer me looking back at me. Side-by-side photos are the way to go.
  6. 1 point
    Ladybugzzz86

    One year Dec 12/18

    ODAT Start 334 Dec 12/17 Current 232 Dec 12/18 102# lost, and a new love for salads found lol Thank you all for the love and support along this journey. Still a way to go, but I have faith in the process and will keep trucking on. Last A1C 6.3, never thought I would see that day. Still have back pain that I am trying to manage to the best of my ability, but am no longer bed bound for weeks on end. Overall, a fantastic year- and hope next year will be even better
  7. 1 point
    NerdyToothpick

    One year Dec 12/18

    *jaw drop* Your face has undergone a total transformation. Honestly, the biggest standout is that you look so young. I hope you are feeling healthier and happier. Congrats!
  8. 1 point
    NerdyToothpick

    Whew!

    Sheepish confession. I hadn’t weighed myself since early October. I knew I had gained a few pounds but all my clothes fit, so I allowed myself to be ignorant. That feeling turned into fear and avoidance. I started to get paranoid and scared. I haven’t been eating terribly but I haven’t been a saint. Agh I told myself that my return to TT was also an opportunity to be accountable to myself. I took off my big girl pants and weighed myself. 139! That was a shock as I assumed I had ventured into the 140s. That’s about a 2-3 lb weight gain. I can live with that and hopefully take off with better eating. I am so relieved!
  9. 1 point
    CheeringCJ

    Whew!

    Good for you. You must be awesome at maintenance. Way to go!!!
  10. 1 point
    Sama5959

    How long?

    Thanks all. Ive set my fitness goal for the year too, running the Glasgow Half Marathon in September. My legs are feeling it already, a good problem to have though.