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About WildSpirit68

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Courcoulas
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. 4 years since WLS

    You are an inspiration to all of us, Steph! Congratulations on all of your hard work and success. Thanks for sharing your insights.
  2. It's time to stop the weight loss

    Ugh! Sciatica is for the birds! And it is no friend to a good night's sleep. Wishing you well, Tom and that you get some relief and get back on your bike!
  3. Halo top ice cream...what a mistake (accountability maybe)

    Ha ha ha! We all have a "baklava" story.
  4. BMI under 40!!!

    You go girl! I remember what a huge relief it was when I finally hit the normal range. Stick to plan. And walk. Wak. Walk. You'll get there before you know it.
  5. Lack of long time members

    Same for me! I reference the board a lot in conversation and when I first had my surgery I was on here every day and multiple times a day. It was my lifeline. People on here were more helpful than doctors, friends and family. People on here get it!!! I am glad I read this post today. I think it would continue to help me to check in and see how I can be supportive to others. My life has become so much better in the last three+ years and I need reminders on how hard and how rewarding the journey can be. Thanks for this!
  6. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    You are such an inspiration! This is why you looked so great in your scuba gear!
  7. White coats aren't just for crazy people

    Woohoo! That jacket will be too big before you know it. Congrats!
  8. What apps do you use to track your nutrition and exercise?

    FitBit with My Fitness Pal as well
  9. Food Scale Recommendations

    Oxo. Three years post and I still use it.
  10. Crossing lines

    I agree with others: don't beat yourself up over this. What I thought was most important in your message was the self awareness about WHY you ate that pizza. Knowing your emotional triggers and replacing eating with a healthy behavior is key. Maybe the next time you want to eat after a troubling discussion you take a bath or read a book or walk around the block. Good for you for owning it!
  11. Today is my three-year surgiversary and I thought I’d share some of my experience, strength and hope along this journey with my TT friends. Yesterday, I checked off HALF MARATHON from my bucket list. Woohoo! My old self would have been apologizing to you because I walked the race rather than ran it. I’m really very proud of this accomplishment not just because I walked 16-minute miles (and am registered to run a half marathon in September!) but proud when I think that three years ago the path worn from my couch to my refrigerator was how I got most of my daily steps. Like everything since my surgery, preparing for this race was hard work and I had to be vigilant about sticking to the training. By no means do you need to do marathons or extreme sports after surgery but you do need to exercise on a regular basis. Find what works for you. Keep experimenting until you find something you like. Join a “meet up” group and make new friends! I just joined a bike gang (cyclists). It really has helped me to have exercise partners that kept me accountable when I just didn't feel like it. Then stick to it.No matter what. It will help keep the weight off when you’ve hit your goal weight and it is good for the mind as well. Exercise is key for me to process my feelings, which - just like prior to surgery- run the gamut. One of my mentors from TT gets on the treadmill every morning without fail and walks 3 miles. She has kept her weight off for many years. My life is absolutely better now that I am no longer morbidly obese. I am truly living life rather than hiding from people, experiences, social events and feelings. Some days, it is not easy and some are a downright challenge. Surgery and consequent weight loss are not a magic pill that makes all of life’s problems go away. I am pretty much the same person inside that I was three years ago and continue to struggle with the same issues since I was young (I hate that word: “issues”). Some of those issues led to the massive weight gain that started in my mid 30s and continued through age 46. In 2012, I was scheduled to have surgery and backed out. Emotionally, I was not ready for that outward transformation. I have been seeing a therapist for more than 20 years who specializes in eating disorders. I plan to be her patient as long as she’ll have me! I have struggled with binge eating most of my life and had a few bouts of bulimia in my 20s. When I backed out of the surgery it was because I knew I was still clinging to that hope that THIS would finally be the cure to all of my problems. This was the “magic pill” I fantasized about that would take away all of the uncomfortable and painful feelings that compelled me to eat and eat and eat and create a physical barrier between me and the world. Just before my surgery I weighed 270 pounds at 5’4” and I have maintained 155 pounds since January of 2016. My lowest weight was 142 in October of 2015 but my calorie intake was about 800 a day and I couldn't maintain that. Oddly, my height has been measured numerous times since the surgery and always at 5’5”! Maybe I am standing taller? Not slouching? Post-surgery, I followed the diet my surgeon gave me without exception. I was walking laps on the hospital floor and haven’t stopped walking since. One of the nurse’s told me her sister had weight loss surgery and went home and ate a bucket of fried chicken and her stomach split open. She may have made it up and was just trying to scare me but that story stuck with me. I have not eaten fried chicken (or fast food) in 3 years. I did have my gall bladder removed in 2015 so any greasy foods make me sick. I “dump” if eat bread or sugar. I do not eat either often not because of the dumping but because I must be vigilant about my calories and nutrition. Today, I still have a protein shake every day (30g protein/1 g sugar: Premier Protein). I focus on protein first and then try to make every calorie count. Some days, It is not easy to pack in nutrition when you really want to eat cheesecake. I find Greek yogurt to be helpful in curbing my sweet tooth. I am not perfect with my diet but I strive to make healthy choices every single day. I continue to use the same tools as when I started this journey. I get on the scale a few times each week; I track my calories on My Fitness Pal; track my steps on a FitBit; weigh and measure foods at home and for packed lunches; and I reach out to my friends who understand that this is a gift that cannot be taken for granted. If you don’t have one already, find a surgery BFF. I found mine on TT and she is an anchor for me. I live in PA and she lives in CA but we talk often and have met in person. For me, this journey continues to be about learning to love myself … ALL of myself (including all of this excess skin!) and being vigilant on a daily basis to make good decisions that support a healthy inside and outside. Love you all!
  12. I need some words of wisdom

    Yes to what others have said: it gets better and Better and BETTER! Hang in there! And it's very important to stick to your prescribed plan. Be creative!
  13. 25 pounds down!!

    Great job!
  14. Under the sea

    You are a real inspiration friend! I am adding this to my bucket list! AWESOME!
  15. My honeymoon lasted 18 months. I had gastric bypass. I ate right and exercised 3-5 days a week. Then it stopped and I had to continue eating right, tracking my calories, wear a Fitbit and just plain doing the same things from the day I started. I can see/feel/hear the anger I repressed for so many years by stuffing it down with food. My therapy journey started before surgery and will continue as long as I struggle with eating to medicate feelings.