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  1. 5 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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.
  5. 4 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:
  6. 4 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Stall

    @hthe620110: Ditto @tracyringo re: second hand stores. You are not going to be wearing the intermediate clothes for long. But, if that is not doing the trick, or the available clothes won't do for work, buy 2-3 pairs of inexpensive pants at a big-box store (often lots of sizes, and inexpensive) and buy them a touch tight, or buy them with expandable waists. Then just wash 'em frequently while you work your way down to a smaller size. Also would note that as you lose weight, you will find more selections in the second hand stores, so having to buy a few pairs early on does not mean you'll need to buy retail going forward. I didn't want to buy along the way either. I started at a waist of 44+" and my Perfect Wife forced me to rebuy some at 38 since everything I had was falling off me and I looked ridiculous. She was as usual quite right to do so. I now have both 34" and 36" waisted chinos. My weight fluctuations can be enough that each has its place. Once I start wearing 36" I KNOW I have to go back to precise calorie counting and daily weights. (I'm wearing my 34" chinos today for the first time in a couple weeks, heh heh heh, I don't need to weight myself to know I am getting back to where I want to be).
  7. 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
  8. 3 points
    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.
  9. 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!
  10. 3 points
    msmarymac

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Oh my how they have grown, I still think of Eli as a baby! Glad you're taking the steps to get back on track. When we're skinny it's so easy to forget that obesity is a chronic disease and our surgery is not a cure but a tool. It is oh so easy to let a few bad habits and a few pounds sneak back in. You're a TTF rock star Greer and what's important is that you have recognized the issue and taken back control. No need for embarrassment. We all have the same disease here. Wishing you the best with your revision!
  11. 3 points
    GAviv

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Wow, I can't believe this thread is still going!
  12. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    Constipation

    So I was doing well eating for about a week after my hernia surgery. About a week later, I ate some eggs for breakfast and became violently ill, again. Vomiting, nausea, and of course constipation, which has been an ongoing problem for me for many years. Even prior to WLS, it's been a beast. I called my WLS surgeon for guidance. He referred me to a gastro doc, which got me in the next day thank GOD. I have been on a liquid diet for about a week and a half due to this nausea, etc...but the constipation has become so severe that I have stool backed up so far that it just wouldn't move. Apparently, the pain meds from the back to back knee surgeries took my "manageable" constipation and turned it into cement... MoM wasn't working, Mag citrate wasn't working, nothing. So the gastro doc put me on Miralax twice a day, daily enemas (NOT my idea of a good time), probiotics, and a pre biotic liquid diet. I have been a miserable biotch, between the liquid diet and not pooping. Things have started moving a little over the past 2 days, so I hope its the beginning of better days to come. I have to go back for another x-ray tomorrow to see how much I have been able to evacuate from my insides, then back to gastro on Wednesday to see what the next step is. I already know another colonoscopy is on the table (yay) but hoping its nothing more invasive than that. I know what I'm potentially looking at, but trying to keep those thoughts on the back burner until I know for sure. I ate solid food for the first time today, because gastro doc said I could try when I felt I could keep food down. It seems to be staying down and settled for now, anyway. I guess I just need a few words of encouragement from you guys. I'm so tired of doctors, hospitals and surgery...I just don't want anymore. I'm hoping to be able to at least stay on solids, but I will find out for sure after I see the doc on Wednesday. I know I'm always asking for prayers....but if you have any more hidden in there, please pull them out for me. Thank you!!
  13. 2 points
    kristinwitha_k

    19 Months Out

    Thanks, everyone! In my mom's defense, it's not so much that she doesn't think my face changed now that she has evidence to the contrary, it's that she had forgotten just how much it changed. I showed her the photos after she said that, and we had a good laugh. It's fun to feel pretty. It's fun to flirt with guys I think are cute and have them flirt back. What a crazy new world to live in.
  14. 2 points
    robin0418

    down 10

    Is it normal for it to be coming off like this? I have not been out a week and already down 10 pounds....am I doing something wrong
  15. 2 points
    Boston Redhead

    NSV

    no picture but an NSV for me.... went to the movies yesterday and fit in the seat, with both arm rests down, and had plenty of room to get comfy! Yippee! ps any chance to get a pinned topic for NSVs on the level of this photos one?
  16. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    You will rock this! Hope there are no complications. You’ve got this. Looking forward to your styling again!
  17. 2 points
    Cheesehead

    19 Months Out

    Your face has a youthfulness to it! You look happy and healthy! Love the kitty painting!
  18. 2 points
    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!
  19. 2 points
    Nana Trish

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Omg...she is just too cute for words!! Congrats on the newest addition to your beautiful family!!
  20. 2 points
    tracyringo

    19 Months Out

    You look amazing and your mama is wrong, BIG difference !! Congrats
  21. 2 points
    What you've done is something extraordinary. You are undergoing temporary discomfort so you can be healthy and fit and slim and like a butterfly exit a cocoon and thrive the rest of your life. Most of all you will exult in your longer lifespan. This, @Sleeved23, is deadly serious stuff: you are going to live longer now. You will live longer, and in better health, than you were fated to live in your prior life. You should expect a few days of disappointment and you should expect having 'Buyer's Remorse' when you gaze upon your ex-favorite pig-out food and find... you have no interest in it. You should also expect exultation as you throw away meds you don't need, throw away clothes that hid you instead of displayed you, fit comfortably into seats without worrying about breaking them, and delight in the shock on people's face as they finally recognize you in your new shape. Most importantly you will exult in being in control of your life. All the adult things we do have upsides and downsides. I used to love eating an entire rack of ribs. It must be 6 or 8 months since I had one rib. I just don't care. I used to eat bags of potato chips. Now I have 3. I just went to a wedding and ate moderately and well. One bite of the wedding cake was enough to share in the festivities, I didn't need to eat 500 calories of sugar and flour to be happy for the couple. I still love food. I just love my health more than the immediate gratification of feeling bloated and full. I belong to food and wine societies. I eat incredibly well. I've found that for me - and everyone's Path is different - I focus on quality and beauty (I'll let you define what makes a food's visible presence, its smell, its flavor; it's different for everyone). You do not have to give up all pleasures, nor even the majority of them. The only "pleasure" you have to give up is that of eating too much. There are many threads here about the difference in physiologic hunger (true body needs hunger) and hedonistic hunger (head hunger, based on emotion not on physiology). This is an opportunity to re-calibrate and to address physiological hunger and to acknowledge the role of hedonistic hunger. In my view it is better to live your life moderately and in control of yourself than to be at the beck and call of the whims of your emotional self when it comes to eating. And I love having less back pain. And I love having less joint pain. And I love sleeping through the night without my sleep apnea waking me up. I love sleeping through the night with my beloved spouse next to me, and not driven away by my snoring. And I love the way this has re-energized my love life. And I love my new wardrobe of clothes (who knew I was as vain as I am about my new looks??) And I love it when I cycle 5 mph faster than I used to go. And I love it when I see my doc and she looks at my numbers and shakes her head in disbelief.
  22. 2 points
    tracyringo

    Stall

    Congrats on breaking the stall !! Second hand stores are great for buying clothes until you get to goal.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 2 points
    cinwa

    Moving to Vermont

    That is an adorable picture - I'm sure they're going to have a wonderful time together. I admit to having a soft spot for retrievers.
  26. 2 points
    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.
  27. 2 points
    TheJuice202

    New(ish) here...

    I've been lurking about a week and decided to sign up. I hate writing intros lol but.....**waves** :). I had an original date of 5/15 but why I didn't get it then was a whole long story and not in the mood to re-traumatize myself lol. BUT my final date is 6/28. I'm on day 4 of my pre-op liquid diet (so much fun ) . Early 30's, job is mostly sedentary (wish I could get a standing desk but not possible with my workspace setup ). I'm cranky only taking in protein drink, low-fat yogurt, runny oatmeal and sugar-free gelatin but I'm pushing through. High-blood pressure, mild sleep apnea and doctor saying the words pre-diabetic are what pushed me to start my WLS journey back in September 2018. I'd been talking myself in and out of getting it the last 5 yrs though. Decided on getting the Gastric Bypass over the sleeve. I hope this was pretty good for an intro...don't think I left much out lol.
  28. 2 points
    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?
  29. 2 points
    tracyringo

    Going for 10 more !!

    Thank you, I will get going on this tomorrow !! I restarted my 10 lbs about a week ago and I am down to 167 even this morning !! I would like this to be the top of my range, so I have 5 more to go
  30. 2 points
    Res Ipsa

    DS vs RNY

    I met a person with a DS prior to my weight loss surgery and he explained to me how DS had given him loose bowel movement and smelly flatulence problems. This information highly motivated me not to have a DS. DS patients, unlike gastric bypass or sleeve patients, need to follow a low fat diet for the rest of their lives, as this diet helps to minimize (but not avoid) the smelly and loose bowel movements (and flatulence) that are very common after DS. This problem is caused by the fact that DS results a dramatic inability to digest fats and starches.
  31. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Help

    Dear Rob, if you post data - how much you are eating (with carbos, protein, and fat breakdown if you can), how much you are exercising, and your current status, we can likely provide more help. For example, I found my bad habit of snacking at night continued after surgery. I had to plan on xxx number of calories in the evening to address that issue. Also, when in a stall, it may be you need to up your protein and become ketogenic, or up your exercise, or (counterintuitively) even increase your caloric intake to signal to your body that it is "ok" to allow weight loss.
  32. 2 points
    saglass75

    Revision

    Thank you so much, I know after the surgery I did a barium swallow and was cleared for liquids. So I would have to assume that they didn’t see any leaks? I was so out of it the whole time in the hospital, I have no clue what was going on to tell you the truth! I’m glad it’s over and am slowly getting my strength back day by day.
  33. 2 points
    robin0418

    Losers bench

    Home now onto the new life
  34. 2 points
    BurgundyBoy

    Losers bench

    (Congrats on your upcoming surgery, Juice!)
  35. 2 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.
  36. 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!
  37. 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
  38. 1 point
    TammyP

    Constipation

    I will be praying for you sweetie for sure! Thanks for letting us know what is going on. I pray for good results in the x-ray tomorrow and wisdom for the doctor's to know to best get things cleared out ASAP! And keep venting as you need to. We are here for you! <3
  39. 1 point
    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.
  40. 1 point
    cinwa

    Bra pushes on stomach area

    The Genie bras are 96% nylon, 4% spandex throughout so they're stretchy. No clasps or hooks to deal with either.
  41. 1 point
    cinwa

    Calories in Viactiv?

    Early out we couldn't take tablet form calcium citrate. Check around for calcium citrate powder - my choice was UpCalD - pretty much tasteless, has the all important vitamin D3 in it so you could dump it in your drinks, yogurt etc. etc. I don't remember seeing it in stores but it's available online. The cans are cheaper than the sachets. And check out the internet for calcium citrate powder but don't forget to take a low dose vitamin D3 with it. And if all else fails, look for capsule form - you could pull the ends apart and use the powder as mentioned above. It'll only be a short while post-op before you'll be able to take tablet or capsule form.
  42. 1 point
    TheJuice202

    Losers bench

    Nervous AF lol ... thanks. Yay :).
  43. 1 point
    Anita62

    Three Years Later

    Just beautiful! Always put yourself first!
  44. 1 point
    NerdyToothpick

    Moving to Vermont

    @Res Ipsa Congrats!!! Boston will miss you but I’m happy you are living your dream. Vermont is beautiful and will be a nice change of pace. What are you most looking forward to doing with your new life? Seamus is adorable!
  45. 1 point
    BurgundyBoy

    Beginner

    Protein, protein, protein, and fluids. What is ok now, at less than a week after surgery, is not predictive of what will be ok in the future. In the past I was not much of a sweets enthusiast and after surgery am even less of one.
  46. 1 point
    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.
  47. 1 point
    Readytobeme

    Nice Low Carb/High Protein Recipes

    I found this earlier and thought that some here may like to see it. The recipes look really good and healthy. They were created for bariatric surgery patients. https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/-/media/local-files/eau-claire/documents/medical-services/bariatric-surgery/bariatric-surgery-recipes.pdf?la=en&hash=D624574B942C016AF80E55554A2C8AE38234D8D2#page36
  48. 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!
  49. 1 point
    LorettaLynn

    Why so few post

    In February I wound up having H Pylori, not related to the DS surgery, which had me vomiting nonstop with 2 trips to the hospital before my PCP finally tested me for H Pylori. The antibiotics to treat it were rough but I’m on the mend now. I lived in the third world for 5 years so that’s likely where the H Pylori came from. Due to being so sick, I’ve only started taking all the vitamins in the last 10 days. I was taking lots of pills before surgery, so it doesn’t phase me too much. My cholesterol and blood pressure are both testing fine now. My out of balance lady hormones are still off, and my fatty liver remains fatty, but I suspect that once I get under 200 lbs that should all improve. I’m very glad I had the surgery!
  50. 1 point
    @Cardamom77 1) LOVE the hair. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! 2) Look at those collarbones! 3) Gotta love those chin whiskers. I’m petting mine right now.