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  1. 2 points
    kristinwitha_k

    19 Months Out

    Like so many of us, life has gotten so busy for me that I just don't find myself here so often anymore. How is everyone? I've had an emotional rollercoaster of a week, but my friend sent me a group photo we took yesterday at a paint and sip party, and I was so happy with how I looked that I thought hey: maybe time to post to TT and remind myself of how far I've come. I also would like to say to all the newbies: you don't have to reach your goal weight to be happy and satisfied with where you are. I still think sometimes I'm going to try to lose these last 30 pounds to get to onederland, and maybe someday I will, but life is so good right now regardless. I *plan* to eat 1400 calories every day, which gives me room to occasionally slip up and not derail. Mini cupcakes in the kitchen? Why not? One isn't going to kill me. Especially since I go to 9Round and sweat my a-ess-ess off nearly every day. Kickboxing has made me so strong. A trainer called me one of the most fit people in the club the other day, and I about fell over. Me? Whoa. Happy to be on this side. Happy to be alive and healthy and all those good things. HW: 387ish (probably higher, but I don't have a record of that); size 26/28 CW: 228 (but like, with SO MUCH MORE muscle); mostly a 14 (sometimes a 16, not yet ever a 12; working on that) My mom tried to tell me that my face hadn't changed that much, she thought. I laughed and sent her this succession of photos (before surgery, 6 months post-op, 18 months post-op): Full body before: And after:
  2. 2 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.
  3. 2 points
    Dunndeal

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Welcome back @GAviv. The kids are beautiful! Glad to see you back in the game. Regardless of circumstances- when you were at you’re healthiest and now, on your way back there, you’ve always been a source of inspiration here at TTF and we’re all here cheering for you!
  4. 2 points
    GAviv

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    @the_gilded_lily thanks so much. I’m relieved to hear about your revision and success so far. Way to go! I hope to replicate what I did the first time around, but my new surgeon is telling me that isn’t realistic. I told him I need to prove it to myself and him. I do like him very much, and I think he is just trying to manage my expectations. But in the end, I know it’s up to me. You get out what you put in. He is going to be tightening my stoma (?), shrinking my pouch and lengthening the bypass to increase malabsorption and help my chances for success. With all of that, he said my pouch will be like new! Here’s to second chances. I’m still so disappointed in myself, and everyday I go into my closet, I feel it more. So many beautiful things I can’t wear. Soon enough though. It’s great to be able to come back here and feel so welcome. I love this place and never should have strayed, as it played a big part in my initial success. Thank you all. @Nana Trish thank you for your kind words.
  5. 2 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!
  6. 2 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.
  7. 2 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Stall

    One other suggestion: I forgot to do the measurements when I started, but I did do another thing along the way that helped me when I needed to see the changes. I made a list in my phone notes section of the 25 things I hated about being obese. Things like sore feet, hard to reach things etc. Then I would check into the list every month or so and update which ones no longer applied. It was great to cross them off as time went by!
  8. 2 points
    Jen581791

    Stall

    Grad school will soak up all your time and energy, for sure. 47 pounds in the first month post-op may be some sort of record! Can't do that every month After that, anything would seem slow. I'm sure you're making progress - are you charting your losses? On the scale or with a measuring tape? In photos? These are all things that will help you realize how you're changing. Best of luck
  9. 1 point
    TammyP

    19 Months Out

    @kristinwitha_k Clearly mom needs to get her eyeglasses prescription checked! You have such a pretty face by the way. I am very impressed with the kickboxing. I wish I had that sort of tenacity. Yall's paintings look great too!
  10. 1 point
    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
  11. 1 point
    tracyringo

    19 Months Out

    You look amazing and your mama is wrong, BIG difference !! Congrats
  12. 1 point
    I'm 2.5 years from sleeve surgery, and over a year from skin removal surgery. I've been at my goal weight for 1.5 years, though recently gained a few pounds and was getting ready to switch in to strict mode for weight loss. BUT.... just found out I was pregnant. Unexpected and unplanned, I'm working to set up some nutrition appts now, but would LOVE to hear how other people have managed, what their diets were, what advice they were given, etc.! I don't want to lose all my progress, but obviously most concerned about nutrition for baby. A little freaked out, so any advice/thoughts/experiences = welcome!
  13. 1 point
    hthe620110

    Stall

    Hello, Thanks, everyone. I have started losing weight again, I haven't been exercising because I had double hernia surgery and I was told not to until July, but I am walking around more than I was before which is healthy. I am getting plenty of lean protein as I have found a good jerky that is low in sodium and fat, they say that it is good for the Kato Diet. I am drinking water like there is no tomorrow and I am really enjoying it. My biggest issue now is finding clothes that fit me, I still have clothes from eight months ago but I do not want to spend a bunch of money on clothes when I know that I am going to lose more weight. But I am doing great now, well, after that two months of having a hernia and then having surgery. I wish you all well and many weight loss successes.
  14. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    down 10

    Robin, Relax. You are doing great. Some weeks you will lose a lot of weight, and some weeks you will lose only a little weight (or even stall). What is really important is to track your weight loss per month. If you follow the post op diet, with gastric bypass you should expect to lose about ten pounds per month, but usually a bit more per month in the first month (and a bit less per month after about six to nine months). Note that, in general, men lose weight faster than women, and gastric bypass patients lose weight faster than sleeve patients. Also, as you approach your goal weight, you should expect your weight loss per month to slow down. We are here to support you.
  15. 1 point
    Res Ipsa

    Food Ideas

    This eating and nutrition guide from one of the best hospitals in Boston should be helpful to you: The food limitations in the first few months after surgery can be rough, but it gets a lot better. We are here to support you.
  16. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    down 10

    Hi Robin You are most likely dropping the water weight you gained from the IV fluids given to you during surgery. That is totally normal for this to happen. It will most likely slow down in a few days. Nothing to worry about, as long as you are getting your 64 ounces of fluids in and your protein. How are you feeling?
  17. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    @GAviv!! So nice to see you!! This thread is one of my favorites, lol...can’t wait till you start posting pics again You always have the best clothes!! I absolutely cannot believe that your baby is 3!! He was born before I had my WLS, and I can still remember you posting about him after he was born ❤️ I agree 100% with what Mary said above. It’s nice to see you posting again, and I wish you the best of luck with your revision!
  18. 1 point
    NerdyToothpick

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Katya does not like to wear shirts, so I occasionally buy matching children’s shirts. I’m wearing a child’s large, which admittedly is a bit snug. It’s making me feel weirdly fat, which is why I’m posting I need y’all to tell me that I’m silly for feeling fat in a child’s large! Compliments on my impossible beauty are also welcomed
  19. 1 point
    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!!
  20. 1 point
    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. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    Stall

    How you doing now? I ended up with lots of step-losses, nothing for a few weeks and then boom lose 5 lbs. There are these evil critters known as Weight Loss Demons. If you want to lose fast -> you lose slow. Don't be reluctant to go to your 6 month visit. You won't be judged. They are there to cheer you on and help you since we all lose at different paces. Hang in there!
  22. 1 point
    Boston Redhead

    Stall

    Great idea!
  23. 1 point
    tracyringo

    Stall

    You are doing so well, I am sure your body is just catching up from the major losses you have had. Stick with it and maybe take measurements, you may be losing inches right now.
  24. 1 point
    Nana Trish

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I got a gift card to Old Navy for my birthday. I’ve been dying to get in there to find a nice spring/summer dress. I stopped in after physical therapy for a quick minute on Tuesday, and this is what I found. It’s a size medium. I have to wear a cami underneath it because it’s too low cut for me, but besides that I think it’s a pretty dress. The form fitting thing is way out of my comfort zone, but I bought it anyway