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    Dr. Christina Richards
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    Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah
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  1. I'm three years out. I've regained about 10 pounds and I have a 5 pound range that I bounce around in - so at any given point in time I'm between 10 - 15 over my lowest weight. I'm not that upset about it, because all of my clothes still fit and I still feel pretty good about how I look. I'm 42, and like the poster above said, I'm not looking to be "a hardbodied 20 something", and in fact when I'm at my lowest weight it sort of ages me. (it is a lot harder now, I won't lie. I laugh and shake my head at the people who are a year out from surgery who think it will always be that easy - they honestly have no idea what they are talking about. The first year or two are easy, then the real work of maintaining begins. For me, with a history of eating disorders and food obsession, it is sometimes a real struggle. Physically I can eat whatever I want - I pretty much feel like I never had the surgery. I try to just do what "normal" weight people do - keep an eye on it, cut back when I need to, make sure to get some exercise, keep getting on the scale so that I don't wake up one day 30 pounds heavier.) I find that 5:2 is a good way to maintain (and/or lose if that is what you are looking to do). Basically you eat normally for 5 days (not overeating, just normal eating) of the week, then restrict yourself to a lower number of calories (and/or fast) for two days. Easy and effective for me - because if I'm on my restrict day, and there is something I'm dying to have, I can tell myself "you can have it tomorrow".
  2. I can't seem to get back on track

    I'm back at goal weight. Whew. I feel so good though I think I'm going to actually shoot for 130. I've been eating low carb and it makes me feel so much better.
  3. Follow up to the email I sent to the dietician

    I tried the 5 day pouch test - for about a day. I decided to switch to a low carb eating plan instead - which is basically what we are supposed to be doing anyway. Eating protein first has proven to me that I still do have a pouch, because when I eat protein I feel full right away. So far I've lost 9 pounds in 9 days. Probably most of that is water but I don't care. I feel so much more in control, less inclined to snack, and no more carb cravings. It has been a very good thing for me.
  4. I can't seem to get back on track

    I am currently four pounds above my lowest/goal weight and working to take it back off. I was getting lazy - too many junky carbs, mainly, which made me want more and more! And too many artificial sweeteners which made me really hungry. I'm back to the basics of protein first, then veggies, no slider foods, no diet soda. It has amazed me how much less hungry I am when I follow the stinkin' rules, ha ha.
  5. Craving sweets

    Yeah, when I indulge in carbs at all, I want more and more and more. Having junky carbs results in increased appetite and craving MORE junky carbs. Unfortunately. Bummer, eh?
  6. 13 Months Post Op and hungry

    Definitely. Are you eating carbs? Drinking diet soda with aspartame? Using lots of artificial sweeteners? Because those three things will make you absolutely ravenous. I had my surgery 2.5 years ago and every now and then I start to think I can relax and eat more carbs, so I do, and then I end up hungrier, and hungrier, and hungrier. Once I go back to eating protein first, then veggies, I start feeling in control again. Make sure you are avoiding slider foods and avoiding junky carbs. Grazing will pack on the pounds just like it did before the surgery.
  7. Chia seeds

    I recently bought a bunch of chia seeds and have been enjoying them on my salads. Another benefit - they tend to clean me out ;>
  8. Getting back in the saddle...

    Down a pound today to 142. Hooray! I feel so much better since ditching the junky carbs.
  9. I agree with everyone else. Make sure you are eating protein first, then veggies and things, then carbs. (If you are even allowed to at those things at this point, not sure where you're at.) Carbs will burn up almost immediately and cause cravings, making you hungry. Protein on the other hand, is very filling. Avoid slider foods because they're gone almost as soon as you eat them. Hang in there!
  10. Getting back in the saddle...

    Yes, I completely understand all of that. It's not that I think I'm fat, it's that I don't want to start that journey again. When I feel like my clothes are getting tight - forget it. I don't care if a size 6 is still very small, I don't want to be back in a size 6 (I'm usually in a 4.) because it's not the size that is the issue, but the fact that going up a size means that I've accepted weight gain. And yeah, just from past experiences where I lost weight and then regained it all, I just know (we all know) how it starts. It feels so familiar, in a really bad way. I know that there are a few people who are waiting for me to regain, mainly a few of my heavier co-workers. We do a lot of social eating around here - tons of cakes, doughnuts, bagels, pizza, catered lunches on Fridays - and on the occasions where I've partaken, there are always a couple of people who feel like they have the right to say something. Annoying, and they end up receiving my patented death glare.
  11. Help work potluck & pizza

    Sometimes I would just tell people I wasn't feeling well and avoid the lunch. Or I tell people I'm eating low carb (which is true).
  12. Gained 4lbs on vacation.... and I'm ok with that

    I agree that temporary weight gain related to special nights out or celebrations is nothing to worry about or stress over. There will be days when we indulge and see a temporary jump on the scale, and we can then cut back. I totally agree with that. I also agree that I'm sure you didn't gain 4 pounds so quickly - it is probably mostly water weight. For me, my stress over my recent 5 pound weight gain (that I talked about on another thread) has a lot more to do with recognizing that I've gotten off track - that there is a pattern of behavior that is going to contribute to permanent weight gain if I don't get back on track. I think it's great for us all to relax about temporary gains but also to realize that if we are seeing a pattern of bad eating and associated gains, that we should smack ourselves around a little, if that makes sense
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  14. I know I know

    Try not to stress. I gained weight during surgery and it took me weeks to lose the fluid weight, despite being on Lasix. Your body went through a severe trauma and everyone deals with it differently. Hang in there.
  15. Getting back in the saddle...

    Definitely Jodi, let's do it. (And anyone else who is a few years out who wants support, for that matter.) I got on the scale this morning and I'm down four pounds - so back to 143 - must have had too much sodium or something. That makes me feel a little better, but that still puts me five pounds up, which scares me - I know exactly what you mean! My husband makes fun of me for stressing over five pounds, but - that's how it starts. Before you know it, it is five pounds, then ten pounds, then fifteen. Ugh. I think it's less the number that scares me as the fact that I feel so out of control. I am truly afraid that I'm going to regain everything. For a long time I felt very in control - I'd have my days where I ate a little more, and then I'd just cut back over the next few days to compensate, so I didn't gain anything. But I don't feel in control right now. I'm trying to cleanse my system of carb cravings right now so I'm eating very low carb and high protein, sort of paleo-ish, and avoiding anything that is artificially sweetened, and that seems to really be helping my cravings and feelings of fullness. Last night, for the first time in a long time, I didn't feel compelled to eat sweet things. I guess that goes back to the way we really are supposed to be eating as WLS patients - protein first, veggies, then occasional carbs. I guess I'd forgotten that, or started to think it really didn't apply to me. Sort of arrogant.