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  1. If I stick to dense proteins, then I can't eat much. Other kinds of foods, I feel like I could eat endlessly. It's harder and harder to make smart choices. I imagine the struggle will be life long.
  2. I'm struggling right now too. I did the 5-day pouch test this summer and it went okay. I was exercising a ton though and that stopped as soon as school started up. My days are longer now since I'm working and the extra hours have meant extra hunger. Add in the reduced activity and I've put on about 10 pounds - maybe a bit less. Anyway, back on the wagon and in need of some encouragement. Every time my weight inches up I'm in fear that it will be the time that I lose control again. I DON'T want to go back to feeling out of control with food. Back on the wagon. The one thing that is helpful to me is that when I'm in the mode of really watching everything and exercising deliberately, I actually feel better about all facets of my life. Even though I'm not able to eat what I want to, I'm actually happier.
  3. I just slipped myself into new skirts - size 3! Umm...two thoughts. One, I never thought I'd type that sentence. Two, size 3 still looks bigger than I thought it would. Darned eyes!
  4. Okay, the scale is responding again, albeit VERY slowly. I'm back to my 1/4 to1/2 pound a week loss, but I'm totally fine with that. I've had to adjust my workouts because school starts in a week and I can't spend 3 hours at the gym any more each day. So, I am alternating my core exercises each day, but they take about 15 minutes. My workout is: A 20 minute SPRINT on the elliptical, 30 minutes of high intensity weight lifting - high weight, low reps for three weeks and then lower weight, high reps for three weeks, 15 minutes of core work. I do this in the afternoons. 3 mornings a week, I swim a mile. And I'm hoping to hit yoga at least once a week. That's going to be it unless I have some surprise time. I've also upped my calories to 1500 ish. At this rate, I could make it to goal by Christmas. (That is 4 pounds, by the way.)
  5. The headaches are killer, but the good news is that it works it's way out of the system pretty fast. About 4 days is all it takes and you should feel much better. Just remember to stay hydrated in the interim.
  6. I can definitely see the change in my body. I've lost inches in some place - my waist, hips, and gained in others where I've needed them, specifically my thighs which have nearly no remaining muscle tone. I feel really good. I just would like to be another few pounds lighter and there is still plenty of excess body fat on my frame. At 5'1", I just shouldn't weigh this much.
  7. Martee, you crack me up! I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience. Like you, I'm stumped on how to get the scales moving again. This certainly didn't do it. My body just likes being this weight. It's interesting because I weighed about 140 through much of high school, college and mid 20's. I'm at the point now of changing my set point and it's slow going. Eventually, chemistry has to work in my favor...I just hope I can hold on. It's hard to stay enthusiastic when there is no positive feedback for so long. Ugh.
  8. I really like the Wacoal bras. They are pricey, but I can often find them on ebay.
  9. I saw my chiropractor today. He is also a fitness junkie - competes in crossfit and looks like a Chippendale dancer - no lie. Anyway, I was talking to him about my slowdown of late. I've been gunning hard for the past 8 weeks and I've lost maybe 3 pounds. I'm exercising anywhere from 1 to 4 hours a day - averaging at least 2. He said that given the amount of weight training I'm doing (which is imperative to rehab my back issue) that I am adding muscle at a rate that makes losing weight nearly impossible. He said that until I'm done building muscle, which he guesses will take six months to a year, that I won't likely lose weight, but will lose inches. He also suggested a body fat test to gauge progress. What do you think? Make sense or half-baked?
  10. I don't have any words of wisdom per se, but I do know exactly how you feel. Just continue putting one foot in front of the other and take good care of yourself. Do you have somebody that can stay with you for a few days after surgery?
  11. I was petrified. Enough that it took everything I had not to back away from the whole process. But I'm so glad I didn't. Being scared is a totally normal response. This is a big deal. If you are really anxious when you get to the hospital, just tell them and they can give you something to help you feel calmer.
  12. Ohmigoodness. That is awful. I've only had one brief bout with nausea since surgery and that was a 6 hour or so bug and it was gone. I can't imagine riding out the flu. Stay hydrated. I hope you are recovered fully very soon.
  13. mjune


    Oh those steroid are KILLER! Before surgery, my asthma was out of control and I was on oral steroids a couple of times a year. My appetite was completely out of control. Thankfully, I've had no issues since surgery. Go heavy on solid proteins to fill your pouch and curb the cravings. I feel for you!
  14. Cottage cheese and fruit is a favorite of mine. Yum!