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  1. tchau


    Plain water. I don't like flavored water.
  2. ^^^^ THIS! Very well said @msmarymac
  3. I kept one outfit that I loved when I was fat as a reminder. I haven't pulled it out for a couple of years but as I was losing and even after I got to goal if I was struggling to see what I really look like, I would pull out that old outfit. I donated all my old fat clothes for just the reason @NerdyToothpick cites - plus sized clothing is hard to come by for women in need. I also save up all the beauty and body product samples and gifts with purchase that I don't like, won't use or aren't right for me and donate them to a women's shelter too.
  4. @Boho Rosy I agree with all of what you've said! I don't partake often but it affects me the same post op as it did pre-op. @NerdyToothpick I think vaping is the way to go as I'm not a fan of edibles. If you want to go with edibles, start with a little, like 1/4 of what the package says is a dose. Wait 45 minutes and then decide if you want more. I learned this the hard way.
  5. I think I posted a while back I was having some non-WLS health issues since June. I ended up having a couple of hospital stays and a surgery to remove my top rib on the left side. Other than walking, I cannot do any exercise for at least 2 more weeks. My last proper workout was June 24 and I MISS IT. I miss it a lot. I miss the physical challenge, the stress release, the endorphin hits and generally the good feelings I get from taking care of myself. I am restricted from lifting anything over 5 pounds so I can't even get any passive exercise! Because I've been so sedentary I've cut back on foo
  6. Congratulations! You look fantastic!
  7. Pre-op I started to break my addiction to carbs. It was incredibly hard. A couple of times I started sobbing when I was in the chip section of the grocery store. The idea that I could never have Doritos again was nearly too much to bear. I wrote break-up letters to my favorite foods. Over 15 years ago I quit smoking a pack a day cold-turkey. No patch, no meds, no gum, no mints while I was living with a smoker who continued to smoke in our house. While that was hard, it was NOTHING compared to breaking my carb addiction. I still eat carbs and sugar, not like I used to of course but if I'v
  8. Glad you posted this! Indeed what works for one doesn't work for all. I think there are quite a few successful WLS people that practice moderation. You have figured out what works for you (and, oh yes, it is working - you look fantastic! ) The path for all of us to get to the point we needed WLS was different so it makes sense to me that the post-op path can be different as well. I think I practice a form of moderation. What is a treat or special to me one day can very quickly become my norm so I have to work hard to keep that in check. Last week a vendor gave me a glorious box of c
  9. Congratulations and welcome! I had a setback in my pre-op timeline too. Mine was my fault - 3 months into my 6 months process I freaked out, decided I could lose the weight on my own and promptly gained 10 pounds in a month. So, I had to re-start the supervised weight loss portion of my process. I was super bummed and really mad at myself. I used that extra time to read more about WLS - I think I read something like 9 books on it. I spent more time here and lots of time working on the mental part of my changing relationship with food. If I were you, I would call the surgeon and te
  10. Do it! Kayaking is easy. If you've ever canoed, it is easier! In calm water you almost have to try to capsize a kayak. And, if you do, it can be part of the fun! I am so excited for you! You will have a blast! My 80 year old dad and 67 year old step-mom both kayak a lot - so much they have their own boats. Neither is as fit as you are so I know you'll do great!
  11. You recognize you are struggling and that is 70% of it I think. You are nearly at goal in less than a year. You are doing/having done an excellent job! You know you need to move away from some of the things you've been eating so, in my mind, all you need to do is figure out how to do that. For me, I plan for sweets, carb heavy snacks and booze. I had company for 4 days a couple of weeks ago. My guest has owned restaurants in the past so he basically wanted to eat and drink his way around San Francisco. I cut way back 2 - 3 days before he arrived. Spinach salads with hard boiled eggs for l
  12. GREAT looking group! Love all those smiles and healthy bodies! This picture made my day!
  13. I've heard the following helps - document your rashes with photos and dr visits. Does your insurance require that your belly hang down a specific length? If you don't know, find out. The woman who ran the offline support group I was in when I was newly post off had a panniculectomy covered by insurance and she suggested anyone who is interested to keep documenting and appealing. Good Luck!
  14. You can do it. It was really, really, REALLY hard for me to learn new habits. And, my food demon is still lurking around trying to trick me. This weekend my 7 year old nephew is coming to visit and he very sweetly asked, "Aunt Steffie, please can we make cookies?!" Every cell in my body wanted to scream YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I took and breath and said, "You can make cookies at home. How about we do something you can't do at home like play in the ocean?" Of course he agreed but my food demon tried to tell me I'm the worst Aunt on the planet for denying a sweet chil
  15. It is very rare that anyone feels actual hunger at the point post-op that you are. I didn't feel actual hunger until nearly 2 years out. Here is one of the secrets of the WLS honeymoon. You can and probably will still lose weight during your honeymoon eating the wrong foods. Chalk last night up as a great learning experience and don't do it again. As others said, just because you can eat more doesn't mean you should. If you are looking for that "my belly is full and I feel warm and cozy and life is grand" feeling that many of us (ME INCLUDED!) used to get after overeating, it is time to find o
  16. You know how to lose the weight, you did it before and you will do it again! Restart and get back to basics. Forgive yourself for the gain and only look forward. One meal at a time! You can do it!
  17. They are both super cute! I love your necklace too!
  18. I second every word of this!
  19. You are cute! Time to start feeling it all the time!
  20. This is how I feel. No more body shame here ever again. I got to a place where I like my body. I like it a lot. At nearly 50 years old I can run, scuba dive, rock climb and do all kinds of things I never would have been able to do at 40 years old. I am in better shape and have more energy than I did at 30. I wear what I want - bikinis, wet suits, short skirts and tank tops. I was not overweight as a teen and yet I hated my body. I will never go back there again. Huge waste of time and tears.
  21. Hey Gorgeous! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST! You are a total rock star! So happy for you and proud of you! xo - Steph
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