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  1. 15 points

    I cant believe that is me !

    I went to my granddaughters first birthday party yesterday, had a very nice time. I cant believe that's me !! I was able to get in that position with my granddaughter in my arms holding on to Nothing !! (but her) My eldest granddaughter on my other leg and I balanced there . No way I could have done that a year ago. OOps I blinked, lol
  2. 15 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Here's me at the pool today - on the way to the gym, though. The pool has actually gotten too hot - it just leaves me feeling heat-strokey now. It's above body temperature. I'm wearing a Monsoon sweater in S, Benetton pleated chinos in size 40 (that's Italian for 36 European, 8 UK, or 4 US - man, I have to keep all those numbers straight in my head), and Aldo gold sandals. I'm working on a monochrome theme today - pinkish orange. Zero black. Not even shoes. This is a whole new world for me. I bought the same pants in green and orange, so I see a lot of colorful outfits in my future. Benetton was my dream clothing store when I was in high school. Sometimes I could squeeze into their stuff, but it usually looked bad, so I rarely bought any. Now I'm a grown-up old lady, and I can wear their stuff finally. High school wish fulfillment, here I come. Fortunately, the 80s are in.
  3. 14 points
    Nana Trish

    Here’s our group photo!

    What a lovely, wonderful time today...meeting @Res Ipsa, @BurgundyBoy, @NerdyToothpick and @Kio!!! You all are even more awesome in person, but that really doesn’t surprise me!! Thank you all so much for spending part of your day with me. I can’t wait to do it again next year ❤️
  4. 13 points

    Can't believe I did this!!

    I said I wasnt going to get a puppy...they are too much work, and i really like the idea of adopting/rescuing a dog. I said i was going to wait until after my shoulder surgery which is 2 weeks away. But then this opportunity presented itself and it felt right and my heart needed her. So meet Rosie Sunshine
  5. 13 points
    Kim M

    Where it all began

    I am talking about my regain. i remember the lie I told myself the first time. I could have a blueberry muffin. Just one. However, if it was okay why did I feel I couldn't eat it in front of anyone. And so the lies began. Be it lies of omission to others, and lies to myself that I could stop the next day. Each day I told myself the same lie. I stopped getting on the scale...I knew my pants were getting tight. Then there was the ability to eat more at meals which I did. The grazing on carbs in-between my healthy looking meals. Sometimes I was too sick to eat my healthy meals. I would complain I was gaining weight too ashamed to admit the reason why. I never ate in front of people. The denial was so great that it didn't matter if I ate in front of people, because I was gaining weight. I suppose I could have come here and confessed my insanity, but I felt powerless to stop. I didn't want anyone to know what a failure I had become. I could have done a lot of things but I choose to continue on a self destructive path. The reason I am writing this today is because I walked into that store today and looked at the muffins. I wanted one. I even tried to justify that it would be okay to have one. I thought of the difficult week I have had and that I deserved some comfort. I know sitting here writing this knowing that eating muffins is not self care. Yes it has been a tough week. I had a car accident, I was coming from a wake and I was in physical pain from the accident. All true but all excuses. I am writing this for me but also for all those caught in the cycle of compulsive eating. I do understand your pain and suffering. I don't want you to regain and feel the shame and guilt that I felt. I don't want you to feel the self loathing of feeling powerless. I want to end by saying there is hope. I am in a better place. Today I didn't believe the lie. Today I knew I had choices. Today I choose to pass by the blueberry muffin and get what I needed for my dinner and come home. I choose to come here. I read some posts and replied to give support to others. I then thought I should write this. Maybe it is cathartic for me which is okay. I need help sometimes. I also hope that anyone who is struggling might read this and know that you have a choice. It is not always easy to do what is in our best interest. What i have learned again and again is feelings are just that. I don't have to act on them and make things worse. Sending love to all those in need,,,including myself.
  6. 13 points


    I’m so happy to say that I am now off all diabetes meds, high blood pressure meds and cholesterol med!!! I am so very happy! I was sleeved on June 18th
  7. 12 points

    Before/After (more or less)

    I still have 2 lbs to lose, but I doubt I'll look much different after those last couple. Haha! Here's a before/after. My husband is not the best photographer and I'm not the best subject, so my after shot is a little goofy.
  8. 12 points

    Biker Chick

    Being healthy and having the freedom to be whoever you choose!
  9. 12 points

    What a difference a year makes !!!

    Tomorrow is my year surgiversary !! Can hardly believe a year has gone by. Me the morning of surgery. I looked like hell but I was pretty excited, it was about 4 AM and I was headed out the door. The year later pick was this morning.
  10. 11 points

    Quick updates (bumpdates?)

    Not overall WLS related, so I didn't want to throw it in my blog, but I am still indeed alive! Thank you to @CheeringCJ for poking me once in awhile and reminding me to check in 31 weeks pregnant now, so we're in the home stretch! At my first scan at 20 weeks, baby was a little undersized (40th percentile), and considering my sleeve was pretty fresh, they put us on schedule to have a couple follow up scans to make sure she was getting nutrition and all. Surprise! At the scan at 28 weeks, she jumped to the 67th percentile and was already 3 pounds I guess all those burritos are working For real, though, mexican style food is all I want to eat - that and salads. Thank goodness for some balance! I can't get enough cheese in my life, or enough crispy cold lettuce in my life. I'm forever grateful, honestly, that my sleeve keeps the eating a bit in check. I'm trying to be very mindful of getting proper nutrition, but even when it comes to vegetables, I feel I could easily go overboard if not for the restriction I feel. I've gained 12 pounds in pregnancy so far. Its very disconcerting to see the scale go back up after fighting for the losses for the last year, but I'm trying to focus on what's healthy for us both! I have an issue called symphasis pubis dysfunction - the damn hormones that relax and widen everything are causing me to have a ton of pain when walking because my pelvis is essentially shearing So I know some of that gain, beyond a big ol' baby and amniotic fluid, is the fact I'm not moving much. I'm currently restricted to being on my feet 4 hours a day at work. I can't wait to have this kiddo and eventually get back to walking and hiking! I'm still fitting in the same size of clothing overall (14 in jeans and usually a L in shirts) as prior to pregnancy. I just have a basketball sticking out the front of me now I go for another baby growth scan in a couple weeks, and am crossing my fingers she didn't take my encouragement to grow to add another 20% to her percentile again!
  11. 11 points
    This is just something I posted on another board - not specifically a weight loss board, but one I frequent. It's kind of a catch-all advice site, and someone had asked how she could get herself motivated to try to lose weight again, when she had already tried everything, and everything had failed her. She mentioned her family - a wife and kids - and wanting to be able to be active with them, and to not be in pain all the time. I assumed, with the comment about constant pain, that she was probably of a weight that would qualify her for WLS - though she never stated it, just said she had a "significant" amount of weight to lose. She listed all the stuff she had tried and failed - low carb, low fat, keto, paleo, fasting, intermittent fasting, therapy. She was looking for -- I don't know, maybe encouragement, maybe support, maybe just some mental tricks to help convince herself that trying again was worth it. You guys, it made me so. Damn. MAD! I was literally shaking with anger on her behalf as I read it. Take away the wife and kids, and she could have been me a year ago. I was also desperate - but I knew that I was at the bottom of my bag of mental tricks. I had given up on trying to eat rationally - it never worked, and it always made things worse. Even worse than failure was success that was inevitably followed by failure - I knew I couldn't go through that again. But there's so much predatory crap in the diet and fitness industry, and so many people have bought into it when damn it, there IS an easier way out! Not even just an easier way - for most of us who have/had substantial weight to lose, right now it's the ONLY way out. It's just that almost nobody wants to talk about it! So I responded, and maybe it wasn't the response she was looking for, but it felt good to just be honest about it. I didn't even do it anonymously, so my usual "handle" was out there for everybody to see. Everyone else who responded to her was suggesting "Maybe if you thought about it this way" or "the trick is to find exercise you love" or "only eat after 2pm and before midnight, like a gremlin"... And that's all fine advice for maintenance, but it's all basically crap when you're 100 lbs or more overweight. At that point, your body is so out of whack it's going to take a miracle for diet and exercise to be anything but a pointless torment for you. Anyway... here's what I said to her. I'm posting it here because I don't want to lose track of it - other forums come and go, but TT is home! ~ ~ ~ So, I can't tell from your post how much extra weight you're carrying. What I'm going to say is tailored specifically toward women who are seriously obese. It's coming from the perspective of a woman who has been fat all her life, and who topped the scales at 350 lbs, and whose obesity is now in remission. The fact that you have tried everything and nothing has worked makes you dead normal. It is vanishingly rare for anyone who is significantly overweight to be able to lose that weight through diet/exercise and keep it off long-term. Only something like 5% of people can do it, and many of those do it by turning weight loss into a career. Trying to fix obesity with diet and exercise is like trying to repair a computer with a hammer - the harder you try, the more you @~$& up the machine. Please believe that you haven't done anything wrong. You haven't failed. You've got exactly as much willpower and inner strength as any normal-weight person. People who are thinner than you don't have any secrets. They are what they are because their bodies LET them be what they are, not because they're just that awesome. You don't need another way of thinking about dieting or a better way of motivating yourself to exercise or managing your emotions about your weight. And you certainly don't need therapy -- unless it's to get over the piles of mental and emotional crap society has been shoveling onto you since you gained your first five extra pounds. There is nothing wrong with you. Let me repeat, with greater emphasis: There is nothing wrong with you! Nobody really knows how weight loss works physiologically. Certainly nobody in the scientific community devoted to the study of obesity. Believe me, I have made a PhD-level survey of the literature. Everybody knows how to lose weight in the short term; nobody knows how to keep it off long-term. At this point in our scientific understanding of weight loss, there is only one thing that reliably reverses obesity for the seriously obese - and that's weight loss surgery. It works really well for most seriously obese people who have it - while diet and exercise alone only work for about 5% of them. But since most people still tend to view obesity as a character flaw rather than a physical illness, most people (and most doctors) will just advise you to diet more and exercise harder. Hell, that's what we tell ourselves, too. It's somehow comforting to think that if we were better people, diet and exercise would work for us. It's not so comforting to admit that they probably never will. I'm not responding here to preach. I just wish someone had told me fifteen years ago, "Hey, you're not weak. You're just sick. There's a physical cure for it, you should look into it" instead of telling me to eat less fat, or fewer carbs, or go to the gym more, or see a therapist. Because I wasted literally years of my life eating less of whatever and exercising more and examining my emotions and adjusting my mental state -- but what finally cured my obesity was a couple of hours with a surgeon, who rerouted my insides and gave me a shiny new metabolism that allowed me to return to a normal weight. TL;DR: If you're in the weight range that would qualify you for weight loss surgery, I would seriously suggest you look into it, because it's a simple and safe procedure that corrects the metabolic processes that keep you fat. Science doesn't know for sure why it works, but they know that for most people, it does. I'm convinced that for the seriously obese, any other advice is basically woo. ~ ~ ~
  12. 11 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I took this in the bathroom of the homeless day center where I work, so pay no mind to the off-track shower door and hand towel. LOL This is me sporting the classic millennial (even though I'm 41) look of a short blazer buttoned over a long top. I don't actually know if that's a look, but it's cold in here, so that's what I'm wearing. Haha! And yes, those are Halloween nails. I love Halloween!
  13. 11 points

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    My NSV of the week is definitely one that's been a while in coming: I ran 30 minutes on the treadmill yesterday (5k). Running is something I like OK if I'm light enough, like now, but after a big knee injury last winter and the ensuing opposite hip problem due to compensating for a limp in the aftermath of that, I haven't been able to run. In the last few months, I've been slowly babying the joints into being able to do that, and I'm proud to say that I ran without any pain, and have no pain this morning. Thank goodness for my lighter body. I'm in good enough shape now that my cardiovascular system isn't really a limiting factor in running - I don't really breathe very hard, even after 5k. My muscles are all fine with it, too. It's the knee and hip that have been stopping me, and I think I've sensibly and slowly built them up so they can take it now. Feeling good!
  14. 11 points

    One year surgiversary!

    Today was the big day - one year from surgery date! I feel like a million bucks! Best. Decision. Ever :)
  15. 11 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Went browsing clearance at a few stores, noticed this dress at Torrid. We're traveling for our anniversary and I thought it might make a nice dinner dress Nice added NSV - this is the smallest size they sell, so I won't be able to shop there shortly. ended up not getting it because even on clearance it was nearly 60 dollars, and I'm not positive how it will fit in 6 weeks time, but was pretty excited all the same
  16. 11 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Size medium top. Yay! Size 8 skirt. Double yay! ...... First time arms are out sleeveless in YEARS. Eeeek!
  17. 11 points

    3 milestones today!

    1) Today I am under 180 - which is TWO goals actually. It's the lowest weight I ever remember even CLAIMING to be - which was back in college, around 1996. And it's the weight I wanted to be under before I leave on my road trip on August 8! At the end of the trip is a gathering of friends who haven't laid eyes on me in years. Last time they saw me I was around 355 and perfectly miserable. This will be FUN! 2) Today I have lost 177.5 lbs, which is an odd number to celebrate, but: 3) Today I weigh 177.5 lbs! So yeah - today I am exactly half the woman I was last April!!! Which is kind of awesome, because thanks to my surgery and the support of you amazing people, I have triple the health and endurance and strength and confidence of that woman. I'm feeling pretty good right now.
  18. 11 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Woo hoo! I’ve spent hours over the last week trying on a million pairs of jeans to find the “perfect pair” to celebrate being happy to wear jeans (my nightmare as a pear shaped overweight person). I tried on somewhere north of 50 pairs of jeans. This is not torture anymore, thankfully, because I am ok with how I look in the changing room mirror <— huge nsv I ended up with two pairs of Girlfriend cut jeans. These are better on my body than skinny jeans. Which is fine. I took front and back photos of almost every pair. Here are the two winners: White House Black Market Girlfriend and Banana Republic Girlfriend.
  19. 11 points

    Life changes

    While pre op my NUT stressed I’d never be able to eat sugar. All I could think was “I’ll never be able to have my kids wedding cake”. Yesterday daughter number 4 was married. I ate 3 protein bars all day, I didn’t have the dinner-just wasn’t hungry.. fast forward to cake. There was 4 different kinds of cake and filling. Another daughter came up and said you have to try this, I took a forkful of hers. And another daughter said the grooms cake which was German chocolate was to die for so I had a taste of hers. In a previous life I’d have had a piece of all 4. And what was almost a deal breaker turned out to be no big deal.
  20. 11 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    I wore this bright ”sherbet” color dress to work the other day and got so many compliments. I teamed it w/ a bright sweater/belt bc it was sleeveless. I would have never worn it before (I sported more of the “hide in black style”!) but everyone loved it. I’m getting more comfortable with clothes the smaller they are
  21. 10 points

    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.
  22. 10 points

    Hi!!! *Waving furiously*

    I’m back and promise to stick around. Life has been tough. Managing a bipolar parent with the early stages of dementia and the needs of my daughter have left me with little time for myself. It’s been a h3ll of a year. I won’t get into it more because frankly, I am tired. Though it may not seem like it, I think about TT every day. Late at night, I think about posting but then I go into a shame spiral. Typical pattern for me and I’m trying to break it. I can’t believe I’m two years out. Despite my challenges, life is good. I’ve gained a few pounds because I haven’t been taking care of myself. I’m not concerned about the weight because I know what to do. I’m doing it now because four pounds can lead to eight and before I know it, I’ve done irreparable damage. I didn’t move mountains to be obese again. Hugs to everyone! I’m slowly catching up on what’s been going on. Here’s a picture of my little rockstar. She’s growing up so fast!
  23. 10 points

    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
  24. 10 points
    Kim M

    What have I done!

    Reading this post and it seems like ages ago. We have been together for 3 1/2 years. Living together for 2 1/2 years. We had a commitment ceremony last December, which I didn't know about, with all the kids and grandkids at our house. We have been wearing bands to symbolize our commitment to each other, I recently had revision surgery and while in the hospital he asked me to marry him. I thought we were all ready married...kind of. I told him this and he said it was a yes or no answer. I said yes but honestly don't know if it will ever happen. I really just don't feel the need. A happy ending either way. Never thought this could happen to me. We both want forever...for however long that is.
  25. 10 points
    I still don't like having my picture taken. Something that hasn't changed, but maybe it will someday. But I thought I would share the photo that my surgeon's office sent me. This is a picture of what they recently hung in their hallway. I still don't see that much of a change, but I think my eyes might be prejudiced... Anyway, here it is:
  26. 10 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    It's official! I just got back from my overnight sleep study. I don't need the CPAP machine anymore!!! YAHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've worn it since May 2013 when I had a BMI of 38. (Little did I know then that I would go up to 43.) Anyway, I am thrilled. That machine was number 1 on my list of most hated obese issues. Sleeping with my face buried in my pillow never felt so good! The sleep technicians were amazed at my story of 110# weight loss. They said they had no doubt that the weight loss was the reason for the sleep apnea going away. Suprisingly, it felt really good to tell a health professional that didn't know me before surgery. They only met me last night and were very interested in how I lost the weight. I could tell they were excited too to see how I would sleep. This experience gave me a new perspective on my recent struggles with maintenance. After surgery, as I was working on new foods and new habits, I felt very motivated. I remember telling my surgeon that I had NEVER had surgery before, and it was super strange for me to seek out this major surgery as I'm very conservative in my healthcare. So if I went to ALL this trouble to have major surgery, I was going to use this new tool to the BEST of my ability, and do everything right! I wasn't going to waste one day sabotaging this opportunity! Well this morning when I think about how it felt to tell the sleep technician of my success, I have a similar feeling. Now I have not only gone through the surgery, but have gone through 9 months of postop work! I have worked hard at healing, eating right, taking vitamins, starting an exercise program, working on eating mindfully, changing my lifestyle, working on emotional eating - every day for 9+ months! And it has made a major impact on my weight. Now I should look at my current status and be super motivated to take the benefits of all my hard work. Just like before when I was determined to let nothing wreck the benefits from the surgery, now NOTHING is going to wreck the benefits of all this work I did to get to a healthy BMI! No fear, no motivation lapses, no holiday stress, no laziness is going to stop this girl! I have come too damn far to let anything take away my current health! I deserve to be happy and thin, and no one is going to take it from me, NOT EVEN ME!! (Sorry for the self-cheerleading. It feels more like a strong kick in the tush to quit whining and get working! )
  27. 10 points

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Today’s NSV - I just crawled through my dog door because I locked myself out of my house. Lol!
  28. 10 points
    So after months of thinking about it, today I've joined the sous vide culinary school!!!! I'm away from home for two weeks (and hundreds of miles away from my vacuum sealing equipment) so won't be giving it much of a workout until I'm back at home. Looking forward to tastier more succulent meats in the future.....maybe even chicken breast will make its way back on my menu. It's all your fault @BurgundyBoy. If I'm not enamoured then I'll blame you....hahaha!!!!
  29. 10 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Excuse the mess and the look on my face lol, but this was yesterday's outfit. I'm in love with it. Today marks one year since my surgery! I can't believe the progress I have had so far. I started out in a size 22 and I am now down to a size 8/10 and medium!! Thank you all for your support through this journey!!
  30. 10 points

    Goal day!

    Ok, so, I revised my goal a couple of months back. But if I hadn't.... today would be the day I made my goal. Today I'm at 170. I'm still hoping to lose more - the new goal I switched to is 140, which would put me at a normal BMI for the first time since like, kindergarten. But still, this is a milestone I've been looking forward to. I've even thought about changing my goal BACK to 170 a few times, just for the little hit of accomplishment... but I'm thinking of it more right now as just the part where my body starts gently braking on the weight loss. I don't know how much loss I'll get out of this before I glide to an eventual halt - but hitting 170 kind of makes the natural slow-down feel okay. It will probably take a few months to get to 140, if I even get there, but I'm ok with that. And I also hit another milestone today - check out my ticker! My BMI is now under 30! That switches me over from "obese" to merely "overweight". I know BMI is a nothing measurement, but it's one my doctor cares about, so I'm kind of excited about that. The last time I saw my PCP she was so pleased with my progress that she took the "super" off of "obese" in my chart. It'll be great to watch her change it AGAIN the next time I see her! (And... I'm finally, finally under Leah's weight. Shhhhh, don't tell her. I'm no longer detailing my losses for her...)
  31. 10 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    "You look just the same!!"

    I know, weird right? This is what happened.... My son became ill and in the hospital, so I flew immediately to his town to be with him. It turned out to be an acute condition, but dissipated rapidly. I spent a couple days with him after he was home for some "mommying" time, even after he went back to work. With time on my hands, I reached out and met up with an old friend who I hadn't see in 29 years. We had been close and have kept in touch through Christmas cards. We met for lunch. I was nervous. After she hugged me, the first words out of her mouth were.... "You look just the same!" What!?!? Oh yeah, then it hit me. At the time we were close, I was on a low on the weight yo-yo cycle, and was even a Weight Watcher leader. I jogged alot and was in decent shape and pretty near a healthy weight most the time. It was SO weird and SUCH a relief to NOT have to talk about my radical weight loss. It just wasn't an issue. She didn't even know about it! Anyway, now I'm back in the world of people's comments and shocked faces. Sometimes it's nice, and sometimes it's embarrassing. It was a nice break!
  32. 10 points
    So this is completely silly. I'm going to end up on here a bunch tonight since I'm sick in bed. Haha! Anyway, on Saturday I went to get breakfast with a friend. I rode there on the bike trail and it was fairly busy since it was a nice day. On the way there, I was riding behind a guy who was going a little slower than I wanted to and he waved me past him. He caught up with me a little later and said something about liking the music I was playing (English Beat - Save it for Later). I chuckled and said I'm glad it wasn't annoying and that I play it so runners/walkers can hear me coming and will move to their right. He said "You don't see a lot of people wearing dresses on the bike trail" so I explained that I was meeting someone for breakfast. Then he said, "No wonder you look so nice." Shortly after, we stopped at a crossing, where I realized I had missed a turn and turned around so I could get to the restaurant. I was recounting this story to my husband later and he said he was chatting me up. I am SO not used to getting attention from men, so it had not occurred to me at the time that that's what was happening. Looking back, he probably felt bad that I turned around so abruptly - it probably looked like I was trying to get away from him. Haha! But I honestly thought he was just making conversation and was a stranger on the trail and didn't think twice about it. Anyway, I'm still not sure that's what was happening, but if it is then I'm sure it would not have happened 113 lbs ago. Also it doesn't matter since I'm married and whatnot (though I wasn't wearing my ring, since it's a bit loose and I don't like to ride with loose rings). But I guess it's nice to feel like someone thought I looked good on my bike.
  33. 10 points

    Before and after surgery

  34. 10 points

    My weekend..

    To avoid some family drama my second oldest daughter (who also just had RNY a month ago) and I decided to go camping by Duluth on Lake Superior this weekend. We actually pitched our tent and it stood all weekend! We did some sight seeing and a lot of walking. On Saturday we walked a good distance to the lighthouses. Afterwards we both said when we started out we weren’t sure if we would make it. Fast forward to Sunday and we went in search of a waterfall we had heard about. So we actually did some hiking. I have very bad ankles (I wear braces) and a muscle by my hip that bothers me (a lot! I’m actually doing therapy on it). I actually was able to do the uneven terrain and we both had fun. When we set out I wasn’t sure how far I would make it but figured I’d never know if I didn’t try. She wants to make it an annual event.
  35. 10 points
    Gypsy Angel

    Don't Forget to Take Pics

    Consistently. Especially in your active losing phase. I'm talking 2-weeks post-op. 1-month post-op. 2 months post-op. Etc. etc. You get the idea. You do NOT have to share with the general public, but you're going to want to stash your progress pics for when you have times of discouragement. Always look at how far you've come instead of how far you have to go! Wish I had dated these photos better. Wish I had done the month-by-month thing. Wish I had labeled these better. I know the first one is the morning of surgery. The second one is 2 weeks post-op. The third one is 3-months post-op when I had lost 100 lbs. After that? Your guess is as good as mine.
  36. 10 points

    Hey everyone!

    Just wanted to stop in and say hello! I'm doing great, 3 year surgiversary was 2 weeks ago. I'm holding at 152 pounds. Down 360-something pounds in the 3 years. I feel great and my life is about as good as I can hope for, given the condition I was in before the surgery. I hope you all are well and doing great!
  37. 10 points

    Good ol' bariatric dreams

    I dreamt last night that I'd gone to my surgeon because I thought I had an ulcer (I've been taking ibuprofen recently, so its probably guilt over that!), and he ordered an EGD. When I got there for the test, it was one of the docs I work with at my outpatient endoscopy, who first chastised me for having the surgery, and then he put the scope in, and my sleeve was already considerably enlarged and while he has the scope in and I can't talk, he's berating me for enlarging my sleeve. On top of all of that, I was apparently supposed to be assisting him in my own procedure and he was angry I didn't have the forceps ready to take biopsies of my own stomach, and he went to my manager afterwards about it I know I've been having some fears lately because it suddenly feels like I can eat considerably more (I think I got that relaxation in the sleeve that happens around six months) but WOW brain. Thanks for taking it even farther!
  38. 10 points
    This was such a revelation for me! Not too long ago, I wore a dress with nothing but my undies underneath out with friends because I didn't think I'd be doing much walking. I live in Arkansas, y'all, so it's basically like a sweaty armpit here from late April to October. Anyway, we ended up having to walk about a mile and I remember realizing, about halfway through the walk, that my thighs weren't ripped to shreds! It was like the heavens opened up and angels sang! Haha! I have a few NSV's for this week: 1. I rode my bike to and from the homeless day center where I work. Only about 6 miles total, but it was AWESOME and made me want to ride everywhere. It is so much easier to ride now! 2. I went to roller derby practice last week and did not die! I hurt for 3 days (muscle pain and a couple of decent size bruises on my butt), but it was pretty great anyway. 3. I did yoga! Also I might do this little tiny yoga routine every morning because it's really good stretching for the aforementioned bike rides and skating. 4. I donated 5 bags of clothes to a local thrift store! FIVE BAGS. Those bags represented the 5 sizes I've dropped since surgery!
  39. 9 points

    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
  40. 9 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    THE Dress - VICTORY!!!

    Today is a huge day for me. A personal victory! Twenty something years ago, I did phen-fen medication and got down to a ridiculously small size. It was great while it lasted! Anyway, I kept one dress (I called it my Victory Dress) that I wore twice before having to stop the medicine and gained all the weight back. I.... can ....wear.... it ....today!! It is probably too young for me now, and I may never wear it in public, but I don't care! It fits! YAHOO!!!!!! I'm over the moon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  41. 9 points
    It’ll be 18 months post op on the 17th, and I truly still can’t believe that much time has passed since surgery. It’s all a huge blur. I reached my original goal weight on February 20, 2018. My final goal weight on my birthday (April 6, 2018) and I’ve been averaging 18 pounds less than goal for a couple of months now. I’ve actually been advised to stop losing weight for the moment, because due to my specific circumstances and severe muscle wasting I need to work on building muscle and can’t afford to lose any more right now. I really just wanted to thank you all for all of the advice, support, and love you have all given me these past (almost) 3 years since joining TT. Especially @Res Ipsa, @cinwa, and @Cheesehead from the veterans POV, and @NerdyToothpick, @CheeringCJ, @Jen581791, @tracyringo, @Cindy Lou Who and @TammyP...who have always been my cheering section here at TT!! If I’d forgotten anyone, PLEASE don’t be offended...im a currently unmedicated bipolar patient, and memory is not my strong suit at the moment. I love you guys and will be back soon, hopefully! Omg...and of course I can’t forget @BurgundyBoy!!!!! Thank you all so much!! oh, and my @Carina!!! Love and hugs, sweet pea!!
  42. 9 points

    4+ years post sleeve

    Have not been around in a while and realize that we move on in life but a lot of newbies wonder how things go. I dropped 100 pounds, most before the surgery then about 40 after. I had probably a very boring "journey" as they go. I did lose my gallbladder about 3 years ago probably from the surgery. I was one of the people who made a lifestyle change before the surgery so I believe my weight loss was more ME then the sleeve. I digress. In the years following I was incredibly diligent at first. I felt so good that I slacked off on my thyroid meds (I was so happy to be off all those BP pills etc I stopped taking my thyroid which was NOT smart) and I stopped exercising. I started seeing my clothes size creep up and made excuses (too busy, too stressed). I finally decided to go back to the doctor and get back on thyroid meds. My doctor had moved to management and my new doctor was young and I was explaining I was walking again but I thought I needed thyroid meds - she told me to go to Weight Watchers. So I got a new doctor and also went back to my endocrinologist and got my thyroid meds back in order. I started making a commitment to walk.and then I had an incident at work and my career fell apart and my blood pressure skyrocketed and they wanted to hospitalize me. I say all of this for this one sentence I am going to write and hope that everyone reading this - understands this. I had to put me first. ME. That meant no excuses, not explanations - understand that the only person in control of me is me. So I committed to walk - while the work crazy was going I used walking to focus on relieving stress. One foot in front of the other. I sought counseling for the stress at work. Then I did the craziest thing ever - I bought a Peloton bike. I tell everyone the overpriced bike has become my lifeline. I gained 40 pounds and when I decided to put myself first again and now I am 4 pounds shy of where I was before. The Peloton has an incredible community of people and is empowering (not trying to be a commercial for it LOL) SO I come back all these years later and hope that someone reads this and it helps. A sleeve or bypass is not a magic pill...YOU are your own magic pill. YOU have the power to change. I do not diet - I make lifestyle choices and right now I do try to stay deficient so I can lose weight but at the same time I am not hungry. Throughout this I have learned you have to be a bit selfish. As a wife, a mother pet serf and employee I always have put myself last - now I put myself first because all those others won't have me if I am not here. Six months ago if you had told me I would be riding 90 minute live rides with people all over the country and pedaling over 25 miles up and down virtual hills I would tell you thats crazy. I am still that 51 year old middle aged gal at the top of the bottom third of the leaderboard but as they say any minute off the couch is a better minute then on. I will end this with a statement someone made that resonated with me. "Treat your body like it belongs to someone you love."
  43. 9 points

    The smaller chair

    I always sit in the smaller chair now.... because I can.
  44. 9 points

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    MY GOAL DRESS! So I don’t know what it was about this dress but when I was at my heaviest and having the surgery, I bought this “dare to dream” dress. I wasn’t certain I’d ever get into it but I knew I wanted to and I knew I’d be thrilled if I could get down to that small of a dress. There is nothing fancy about it (and looking at it, I’m wondering what sold me on it bc it is pretty simple) but that I wanted to wear it one day. Today was the day! I slipped it on not sure if I’d have that “sausage in casing look” or not but it was pretty comfortable. I’ve been struggling lately with “SVs” so I needed his big “NSV” for sure!!!! So here I am in my goal dress!!!
  45. 9 points
    Cindy Lou Who

    Century Club Day!

    I reached 100 weight loss today! Feels great. And feels like a dream, like I REALLY can't believe it. Very surreal. But I'll take it! Thanks to a great tool that one of you TT heroes gave me, I've been tracking my loss each five pounds on a little table below: % Lost Pounds Lost Excess Weight to Lose Actual Weight Date 0% 0 100 245 1/5/2018 5% 5 95 235 1/22/2018 10% 10 90 234.6 1/29/2018 15% 15 85 229.2 2/12/2018 20% 20 80 224.8 2/19/2018 25% 25 75 216.6 3/5/2018 30% 30 70 35% 35 65 209.4 3/12/2018 40% 40 60 202.2 3/26/2018 45% 45 55 199.8 4/2/2018 50% 50 50 193.4 4/16/2018 55% 55 45 189.4 5/1/2018 60% 60 40 184.8 5/16/2018 65% 65 35 177.2 6/5/2018 70% 70 30 173.6 6/18/2018 75% 75 25 169 7/2/2018 80% 80 20 164.4 7/17/2018 85% 85 15 158.4 8/6/2018 90% 90 10 151.8 8/27/2018 95% 95 5 148.2 9/17/2018 100% 100 0 144.8 10/1/2018
  46. 9 points

    I finally made it...

    to ONEDERLAND!!!!!!! I really appreciate this community being a place where I can celebrate this a bit - thank you!
  47. 9 points
    Nana Trish

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    This is just a simple tank top, one that was given to me by my daughters BFF’s mother, who had WLS surgery a couple of years ago. There were a couple of other tops in the bag that also fit, but were too short for my taste. There were also 3 pairs of size 12 pants (one pair of jeans) and they were all too big. The jeans were not skinny jeans, and I was swimming in them. The waist, if it was a size 10 would have been good...but apparently if they aren’t either slim cut, or skinny jeans, I can’t wear them. Plus, I swear, they weighed as much as I do!! Anyway, here is the top
  48. 9 points

    Blood work

    So went to see my family doc yesterday. Had some not so good labs, mainly iron and liver. But I still left that office with a huge smile on my face because for the first time in over 15 years, I had a 'normal' A1C!!!!!! Wth? Can you repeat that please? Lol Beyond happy about this. It has been SO long since my diabetes has been managed. The iron? Well I will work on that through diet, I dont want more pills, and for sure dont want to use that as a first option. I am kind of glad it is low because it does explain the lethargy, low BP, and orthostatic hypotension I have been experiencing. Otherwise, there is a super happy Bugzzzy here lol
  49. 9 points
    Nana Trish

    Wish me luck!!

    Graduation party today I got my second salon haircut on Thursday (since shaving my head last September), so I’m sufficiently coiffed, lol. I’m wearing a dress that used to be DEVIN’S (my pocket daughter...whom I’d never thought I’d be able to share clothes with!!) with a light material black cardigan. My nerves are calmed since I first posted about this, but a bit of anxiety is still there. I keep focusing on the fact that this party is for a sweet young lady, and that I’m in the best physical shape I’ve been in years (weight wise, anyway). I think I can do this without dying guys, lol. Thanks so much for the support you gave me in my last post about this. You guys give me so much strength and bravery!!! Hubby isn’t home yet to take a full length pic, so this is the best I can do right now. Wish me luck!!
  50. 9 points

    Life changes

    It’s taken 5 years to break that magical spell sugar had over me. Friday morning the bride and I left the house early stopped for coffee and she wanted a donut (one of my drugs of choice). I saw the caloric content and just about died! I no long “want” a donut when I shop. It’s taken 5!!!! Years! This is by no means the easy way out! For most of us it’s an addiction we have to break! For me it wasn’t fried foods or salty foods, it was sugar, plain and simple. I’d sneak and eat a bag of candy or half a dozen cookies. Oldest and youngest sister horsing around...