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About ChelseaJuly

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  • Birthday July 19

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    Sioux Falls
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    Dr. O'Brien (Lapband) and Dr. Peery (revision RYN)
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Curtis Peery

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  1. I was at Target the other day, just looking around. And I heard someone tentatively say my name. It was a good friend from college. She said that she followed me for a bit, wanting to say "hey" but she couldn't tell if it was me or not. And when we hugged, she was able to put her arms all the way around me. I don't think that I look that different, but I guess I've changed!
  2. My go-to shake is milk, carnation vanilla powder and then one yoplait yogurt. Just shake it up! You can make so my different flavors (my favorites are cookies and cream, anything cheesecake and raspberry) and it keeps me full for a decent amount of time. Welcome and good luck!
  3. I don't know if this counts as an NSV? But I got asked out on a date, he goes to my gym. And I said yes. See, I don't/didn't put myself out there much because I'm super self conscious. Since my life is changing, might as well change my views on how I see myself! Going out of my comfort zone and what not. Lordy, I'm feeling nervous .
  4. Ginger! Pregnancy pops, Gin-gins, ginger tea. Anything with ginger. It really does help to calm the stomach. Or peppermint tea or honey. Sometimes even actually just drinking hot water. It's weird, when I was younger my mom would give me warm/hot water when I had an upset stomach. I don't know why but it helped. Sorry things are ucky right now. Sending out all the good vibes and happy thoughts to you from the Midwest!
  5. Oh gosh, I went through this diet twice. Once before my lapband, I think I was on a liquid diet for about a month before and about a month plus after. Second time around, I was on a liquid diet from end of July to November of this year. My band mechanically failed and slipped. So I had to be on the liquid diet until we could get a surgery day. Some days were fine, other days I could have scratched out your eyes out for a piece of chicken haha. But I started making soups from scratch. That was actually my savor while waiting.There are so many recipes on Pinterest that I made, some I had to blend smooth. But they were flavorful and filling. I made food choices where I didn't feel like I was depriving myself. If you check in the recipe section I posted a recipe for my favorite tomato soup. Takes about an hour and you can make huge batches of it. I know this sounds gross, but it's super filling and you can make so many flavors. In a shaker bottle, add about 8-12 ounces of milk, a packet of vanilla carnation powder and then add a yoplait yogurt. Shake up and enjoy! Cookies and creme, cheesecake, peach, vanilla. You name it. You get some calories and calcium in and you actually get full. I'm post-op RYN revision and I still drink it! I hope this helps!
  6. I actually gained about 20 pounds back when I had the lap band towards the end. It crept up on me. I didn't even notice until I had to get a new pair of jeans. I grabbed the same size that I was wearing and tried the on. They did NOT fit like the ones that I was wearing, muffin top city all over the place. To me that was a big wake up call, get your hiney back in gear wake up call. I think that you just need to find that trigger. Why do/did you want to lose weight? Why did you gain it back? And what can you do to lose it again? Set small goals, achievable goals. Do not compare this time around to last time, that will be your greatest downfall for sure. That will make it harder for you to focus on the present. Set some rewards too (no food related rewards). I know that I like pretty things every once and a while. So I reward myself with getting my nails done. Then when I look down and see my hands, it's that little reminder of what I just accomplished. It sucks back sliding, it sucks knowing what once was. But it is achievable again. You've got this! I hope this helps!
  7. If you aren't into taking meds. Ginger tea or ginger candies. I use the ones called Gin-Gins. I know that ginger helps with nausea. I swear by Gin-Gins. If you can't find those, I know that they make pregnancy pops which are also made out of ginger. That's actually how I got the idea haha. I read somewhere that when I pregnant woman is nauseous to have ginger. I'm glad I remembered it, works like a charm for me!
  8. I actually saw a trainer up to surgery date. I see her M/W/F, surgery was on Thursday. Honestly, I think that is what helped me move around so fast after. Since I was building up some ab and arm muscles before surgery, it was easier for me to sit up and move around more on my own. I still have some saggy skin, granted I'm not at my goal just yet. But I started losing the weight slow, which has helped things shrink. For some reason, a lot of people hate lotions. But seriously, your skin will need it/needs it. Start slathering it all over, in the morning and night. It will even help with stretch marks (if you have any). I have lots of stretch marks, but they are barely visible anymore because my skin is so moisturized. Try something along the lines Curel or St. Ives (I use the Naturally Soothing with oatmeal and shea butter). Something that doesn't have much of a perfume, the alcohol in it dries the skin. Oh and water. Like a stupid amount of water, to the point where you start to despise water. I know that this isn't super workout related, but this has helped save my skin.
  9. I've been drinking a lot of flavored liquids. Like crystal light or tea in different flavors, like ginger peach, peppermint, caramel chai, chocolate peppermint (these are my go-to teas right now). I sometimes sweeten it with a bit of honey or add a little bit of milk or just drink it on it's own. That seems to help me. For some reason if I taste something sweet ish or more flavorful then regular water it helps curb my want for all things junky.
  10. OMG, ok. So I have been doing that too. I thought that I was going insane. I can't really get enough of looking at food. Lately, I've been looking at super greasy junk food when I'm having a craving. And it straight kills my craving like no one's business. It's weird.
  11. UGH, yes! I miss those days so much. Today, I fell asleep at around 5:30 am? And woke up at 9:30 am and I feel fairly fine for right now. I'm a woman that needs her sleep or I am not a nice person haha. And I'm not a big caffeine drinker to begin with, the most I get is from the teas I drink and usually they are herbal. I go back to work soon and I want to get this biz under control before I have to start putting in 8+ hours work again.
  12. Ever since my surgery (about 16 days ago), my sleep schedule has dang near reversed. Before surgery I used to go to bed by like 10:30 ish, like my body just knew it was bed time. Now, 10:30 tiredness is a thing of the past. It's almost 3 here my time and I'm wide awake. Well my brain is and I'm kind of restless. But I am exhausted. Please tell me this doesn't last long. I just want to go to bed at a normal time
  13. I went in for a check up, I am officially in the 100's (193). I haven't been in the 100's since I was 14? I'm 25 now. I told my nana, she said I was in my "ONEder year". I laughed so hard, I cried. Man, it feels good.
  14. ChelseaJuly


    I was cleared to go to Stage 3 on Friday. Bread, rice and pasta are a no no (obviously) but lettuce. That threw me a bit. What's up with lettuce?
  15. Yes! Surprisingly, it is easier talking about this with you guys. Crazy to think that totally strangers could make you feel better about a shitty situation and let you know that it will be ok. It's strange, but I kinda dig it.