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  • Birthday 08/05/1976

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  1. I like to say that I'd rather let it go to waste on the plate than go to waste on my body. That got me through a few tough situations.
  2. Oh, don't get me wrong. I have no problem with my success. But it's one thing to have success, and it's another to push it into other people's faces 24/7. Not that I'm suggesting anyone here does that, of course. Heh. Success != money. Money != "good life". Satisfaction is success. Happiness is success. People confuse money with all sorts things all the time.
  3. It could be ketosis. It could be that now, by eating less, you're beginning to smell what has always been there, but was covered with the food you were eating. Your senses tend to sharpen as your body takes in fewer and fewer calories. I always recommend brushing at least three times a day and flossing after each meal. It's amazing how much better your mouth feels when it's freshly cleaned. Oftentimes this helps a LOT. ETA: don't take it as though I'm knocking your personal hygiene. Not the case. Your body is going through a ton of changes and we become aware of things more easily when taking in fewer calories. This is one of the reasons that fasting is an observed ritual in almost every organized religion in the world. It brings clarity from shocking places sometimes. Edit 2: sugar is definitely not the answer. Ever woken up in the morning next to someone who drinks regular pop and didn't brush his teeth before bed? DRAGON breath. The sugar won't help your breath. Trust me.
  4. I drive a 2008 GMC Envoy Denali. It's a pleasant drive and ride. I like having 4WD. Where I live, it's not an option to not have at least one in the driveway.
  5. Edited. Thought I cross posted. Turns out thread devolved. Reporting. I don't think wearing a suit or making a certain level of salary constitute "the good life". Having a good life is made up of many more things than money. This is coming from someone who prefers not to flaunt how much money she has by speaking about ridiculously priced purses, expensive boutique clothes, or buying expensive homes with expensive details. No one would ever guess my net worth by where I live or what I drive. I like it that way. OP: thanks for sharing this. There are a lot of things I regret about my fat years. I think most people do.
  6. Dees

    This makes me angry

    Confidence means nothing when people are taught by the media and culture that it's perfectly fine to hang out the window while going down the road and scream profanity littered with fat insults at a passer-by. You don't get to meet these people. You don't get to show them your awesome personality. They hate you because you're fat, in the same way that people hate on race and ethnicity. It is perpetuated by media, culture, and ignorance. No bones about it. You aren't necessarily sexier when you lose weight. You just lose a way for folks to see that you're different. You lose one avenue of discrimination. You're able to get your foot in the door and actually talk to people who would otherwise have given you the cold shoulder (not that I would want to anyway, just saying). I'm not willing to martyr myself for fat. But if it hadn't been killing me--if it had solely been a cosmetic thing--I wouldn't have changed for the world. Screw what people think. Don't like it? Don't look.
  7. Best post all day, Becca. Make it an awesome day.
  8. Nexium is what worked for me. I had motility problems (things passing undigested) years ago with Prilosec. Nexium, however, didn't cause those problems. Nexium is now OTC. Don't even need a script. I can attest, it still works well. It's more expensive, but if it works, it's worth it. I have to say also, the stuff is amazing. If I eat something that gives me burn, it's gone in 20 minutes.
  9. My out of pocket was around a thousand. Surgeon's fees were around $20,000. I think the hospital stay was nearly $15,000. So that's pretty middle of the road, I think.
  10. 1.5 years out, I eat around 2000 calories a day. I keep carbs within 20 grams of my protein intake (this keeps me from losing more--I'm ready to stop losing for now). I take in 80-100 grams of protein per day, usually over 100. I exercise 5-6 times per week for 45 minutes per day, and that is either cardio or near cardio. I've stabilized my weight. Carbs are not the enemy. It's ok to have carbs if you are exercising and still measuring the carbs. Just eating "what I want, when I want" is not ok. That's how you got here. You have to make a conscious effort not to ignore your intake. Just eating smaller amounts isn't enough. There are plenty who will argue with that (I have a few in mind who boast that they are small and "disciplined", and in the next breath tell everyone how they do it without eating enough protein...that will eventually destroy the body, so don't listen to that kind of drivel). You did this to get healthy. Healthy means taking in the right nutrients in the right amounts. Won't do you a damn bit of good to be "skinny" if you walk around looking like a human skeleton, and you hurt every time you move because you have zero muscle tone, and you can't think straight because you're depriving your brain of essential nutrients...because why? Because you have a carb addiction and you've lain down in the road and decided to let that addiction roll right over you. You're letting it win. Carbs aren't the enemy. But you have to use them responsibly. You aren't. Wise up, before you hurt yourself.
  11. Paris is a lovely, romantic thought. But it smells bad and many of the natives are...standoffish. I understand why. Just doesn't make for a fun environment for me. I hope you're able to shop for your clothes.
  12. That's what I thought. My thighs are so loose--something like that would probably make me bleed after a couple hours of wear.
  13. The key: it's not being strict, or some gimmick...using scales or cups or measures. The real challenge is being able to stay positive. Because it gets OLD. And most of us are human. We are tempted. You take it one day at a time, sometimes one second at a time, if that's what you have to do. People aren't one dimensional. So what's working one day for you, mentally, might not work the next. You may constantly have to give yourself pep talks and try to find new reasons to stay on the horse. Losing weight isn't some 80's "fixin' it up & gettin' it done" movie montage. It's hard work, it's constant, it never stops and it gets old FAST. It's a marathon that never ends. Being able to keep your mind in the right place is tantamount. I'll concede right now that the super humans are better than everyone else so I don't cause an argument. We're not worthy, we're not worthy.
  14. 1.5 years (a little more actually). I regularly take in 80+ Grams per day. Usually over 100. I'm strict about getting enough protein. I have yogurt and a shake every single day of my life. What I've noticed is that I have to have my carbs too or i can't maintain my weight. My body has hit some ideal now. I've just hit the right combination. Carbs stay within 20g of my protein (ideally they are equal) or I drop a pound overnight. I finally got it figured out.
  15. Carbs are not the enemy, particularly in your situation. 1. You can afford to eat them and still make protein goals 2. You are regularly exercising 3. You are not going hog wild on carbs - you are still managing your intake. Use them responsibly. Eat your carbs an hour before or within the hour after your exercise. Exercise speeds your metabolism and the carbs will give your energy for a better workout. There isn't anything wrong with healthy carbs in moderation combined with (real) exercise. ETA: you could do worse than oatmeal, by the way. Oatmeal is a fat scrubber. Helps with cholesterol. In moderation, oatmeal makes a great energy source. With protein powder it's even better. Don't panic, 1000 calories or less is FINE. You aren't over eating. Just slow your brain down and make sure it's just before or just after exercise.