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  1. I have lowered my daily calories to 700-800 calories a day give or take. I am doing about 90 minutes of intense cardio and weight lifting almost every day. I have seen a drop in weight, but it appears to be slowing. I understand that muscle weighs more than fat. I have spoken to 2 people at my gym and they think it's because I was burning muscle and not fat. Now these 2 people do not understand our weight loss. Frankly, I was concerned early on after my surgery, that the severe loss of nutrition would have a detrimental effect on my health. It has not. So I was wondering if any else knows more about this subject or has experienced the same thing?
  2. Burning muscle into Fuel?

    My weight loss is rather slow now. So I do not think I am losing muscle. At this point I have to focus on slightly increasing my weight loss. As for my nutrition, I do need more protein. I am focusing on much less carbs than I have done in the past.
  3. Burning muscle into Fuel?

    It can't be as bad as the first year after surgery. I have the energy to do the exercises, but since it's at an intense level, my body needs fuel.
  4. I have a few pairs, they are slightly worn, but jockey quality makes it hard to tell the difference. I am giving them away, I just ask to be reimbursed the shipping and handling. They come in assorted colors and are size XL-extra Large. the pictures are below of what I found on the internet. The material is 80% polyester and 20% spandex. They fit snuggly for most average men. They sit lower on the waist, which should help with men who have extra abdominal skin. They are trunk length which should help if you have extra skin on your lower thigh, as they are shorter thigh length. Let me know and i can contact you with the specifics. I also apologize if this is not an acceptable post, but I tried to research this and could not find more information!
  5. King Size Direct

    I used to buy a lot of my clothes through king size direct or through the old casual male. I know KSD sells a few of these male support undergarments. I always wondered about the male "girdles". I am getting the loose skin syndrome, but I don't think I would wear a girdle. I do wear compression shorts though, and it does make my things better, especially when I run. I wonder if any guys wear them or have worn them?
  6. For the guys

    I thought I lost weight fast, but now I am slowing down. I am eating much more, though mostly good food 2/1 ratio of protein to carbs. I am also exercising much more, though I am not sure if I am gaining muscle and losing fat, which is my goal!
  7. Flying Coach

    My current goal is to fly comfortably in coach. I have a business trip at the beginning of April. I used to avoid and dread having to fly coach when I was morbidly obese, but now I am looking forward to it. I used to hope the plane wasn't crowded so I could fit as comfortably as I could, but now with all the airlines overbooking, my small size is now a requirement. Has anyone felt the difference flying coach after surgery?
  8. Metabolic testing??

    We have bodygem metabolic testing at my gym, is that the testing you are considering? I would only bring up the surgery if I was asked.
  9. SEX....dont read if you are offended easily

    All I can say is I feel 18 again! I am not sure about the other men, but I had not really anticipated the "Massive" improvement in my circulatory system (LOL)! The only problem is when I get an erection, now.
  10. Shoe,feet????? After Wls

    I am almost 6 months out and my feet have shrunk 1 size, and my feet thickness has decreased, not sure exactly how much, but I can tell and feel the difference. My feet have always been the smallest part of my body, so it came as quite a shock that my feet could shrink so.
  11. Damn scale! How does it effect you? post up

    Hey Mike, I love the elliptical. I used to get the stars feeling only after a long time (45 mins) and this was before WLS. I get it occasionaly now, but it goes away even if I don't take a machine break. I am definitely a "SCALE MAN", even thought that isn't the best way to go, but I am not at John's level yet. I hit a plateau and the scale told me so, so I adjusted my diet and I am now back on track. I bought those new Bodyfat and water weight scales. Lowering those percentages is worst than lowering my BMI, but it keeps my goals in perspective. That is I went from getting healthier, to loosing a lot of weight, to now gaining muscle. So if I lose weight and gain muscle, my BF% goes down much faster. I have switched my workouts from a cardio base to a lifting base with some cardio, but I still have a problem getting in enough protein. The worst thing I fear is that I am simply cannibalizing my newly formed muscle. I still do about 45 minutes of cardio in addition to walking as much as possible about 1/2 mile per day. So John, that is what I fear is happening to you.
  12. The stigma of WLS

    I think the average person thinks we are a group of mutants. Actually the term is "transmorph". Our change is dramatic, but occurs at a slower rate, unlike a caterpillar that transforms into a butterfly, the change is far more dramatic and much quicker. I also believe the bad perception that we are sadomasochists, because we endure the pain of surgery and some of us endure the pain of plastic surgery. But above all I believe the stigma derives from the belief that we have an unfair or more like it an "unnatural" advantage to weightloss. Remember, weightloss is a billion dollar business, and most of it doesn't work or last.
  13. I gained a pound

    For the first time since my operation I have gained a pound. I am eating more, but not that much. And the food I am eating is well within my parameters of proteins to carbs. Though I have been snaking on salted nuts and drinking my 2 liter water requirements. The only thing I hope it could be is more muscle. I have been lifting much harder than before and I can tell a decrease in my proportions. I know I shouldn't fret, but I still do.
  14. Buying A Suit

    I need to buy a suit for APRIL. Since, it is several months away, I don't know what size I'll be. The problem is I have found K & G Superstore and they are having a 2-For sale. I was told, though the source is somewhat questionable, that a suit can normally only be altered 2 full sizes down. Otherwise it's like tailoring a suit from scratch. Should I just buy "future" suits or wait until March and hope they still have the sale or a sale somewhere else?
  15. Buying A Suit

    I spoke with K & G's tailor and he said they can tailor it anytime as long as I have the receipt. The deal is $300 or less for 2 suits. I am not sure about the return policy, especially if I leave them unaltered. If I can do an in store exchange, then I might just buy them now and replace them in March.
  16. Sleep Apnea

    I know I am not at that point yet, but every time I follow up with my surgeon, he asks me how my sleep apnea is. When I went to the sleep center, I was diagnosed with a sever case of it. But this was almost 3 years ago. I can still, to this day, remember the fatigue, but I have been religiously using my CPAP machine. Over a year ago, I was away from my CPAP machine for a few days. I forgot to pack it on a short trip I had, but I didn't have any side effects for not using it. I was wondering, how do you know when you are cured of the sleep apnea? Do you just stop using the machines and see what happens? Does your Dr. tell you, you are cured? Even my PCP couldn't diagnose me, so I was wondering?
  17. Body Fat Weight Scales

    Is anyone using the body fat weight scales. At my gym the paid trainer's use them to induce their clients to pay for their services. Does anyone use this type of scale in relation to their weight loss? I assume the body fat percentage is a much smaller regression, like the BMI.
  18. Body Fat Weight Scales

    I just bought a new scale. It does bodyfat % and water %. Not sure why we need to measure water % but it's there. I have an old digital scale, which reads 3 pounds heavier than the new scale. I know it's all relative, but I like the "lighter" results of my new scale. It also has an obese scale, that reads like a heavy dashed line.
  19. Men's Shirts

    Sorry, I hope to never be that size ever again! There maybe some pre-op guys that could use those shirts. Maybe we should have a clothing exchange. I have some brand new underwear I can't even fit now, I need to get rid of.
  20. I understand we are supposed to stabilize, eventually with our weightloss, but will exercise also affect this? Even my surgeon just focuses on stabilization, but with diet and exercise, won't we continue to lose more weight? Or does the average GBS simply cuts back on exercise and diet?
  21. Calorie Dense Foods

    The holidays used to make me crave sweets. So I find one of my favorite pies of all time, Pecan Pie. It was only 3.5 ouces and like $0.55. So I had to buy it. It's a good thing I didn't dump. But I was shocked, that little itey bitey thing had 480 calories. Now I sometimes only consume that for an entire day. I spoke with John and he did say it was too little, but that's a different discussion. Are all calorie dense foods off limits now, or are they just for treats?
  22. Big Medicine coming back...

    There is something about those weight loss/Obesity reality shows that leaves a "bad" taste in my mouth. Maybe it's just me, but to make entertainment around human misfortune and misery is not entertainment. I just hope thomes patients can overcome!
  23. Question for the loser pros!

    I, unfortunately, weigh myself too much. I weigh myself everyday, in the morning. When I go to the gym, I also weigh myself, naked, in the men's locker room (LOL), but then so do most of the other guys. The men's locker room scale also has a BMI function.
  24. Changes...

    I have only told my family about my surgery. I just lie to everyone else, though, if anyone asks if I had the surgery, then I will tell them the truth. I have been working out at this specific gym since October 2006. Many of my fellow gym rats have complimented me on my extreme weight-loss. I guess it's obvious when you change and shower in the men's locker room. I have always been outgoing, even when I was morbidly obese, so I really haven't changed. I kinda enjoy the changes that have occurred. The better fitting and more stylish clothes and the increased blood circulation does have its percs! Mike, I know of an older woman like that too, she's a recent divorcee,so she's driving me crazy.
  25. Working out

    I really hate the walking thing as an exercise, only because I don't think it really does anything, at least not for me. What do you do with that "rubber ball"? Our upper bodies are usually much weaker, since we tend to workout our lower bodies much more, just by getting around. As squishy said, it all takes time and you need to heal first. I thought the same thing before I was allowed to lift again.