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About Jen581791

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    Muscat, Oman
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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Rumbaut
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    Swiss Hospital, Monterrey, Mexico
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass

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  1. I was freaking out! Guys, I can't live without you So glad we're back.
  2. Three months in a 5 pound range!! That's amazing. You can do this!! For me, maintenance is the first time in my life that I'm not either actively gaining or losing. My head is so confused. In a good way.
  3. Puppyyyyyyyyyyyy! You look very happy together Right and sensible are not always the same thing, but sometimes you can't control the timing.
  4. Thanks, Trish. Two years post-op and my life has changed so much! Thanks for your support, as well. We've both been part of this great support team, and I attribute a large part of my success to having this forum and people like you to turn to
  5. Yup, that was me. Here are my tables, just for anyone who is curious. Now I'm at GW and that may seem inevitable in hindsight, but it sure didn't feel like it for the first few months! It felt like it was taking FOREVER. One shot is my 5% losses sheet (it stops at 150 because that was my original GW - I'm more like at 135 now). The other sheet is my total losses, measured every day, but just marking when the numbers went down. My losses were pretty consistent (again, in hindsight) compared with some others, but still felt like it was taking AGES.
  6. Yikes, Trish! It looks like you're suffering from this round of surgery, too Please don't worry about "being a downer" here - we all just want to support you, whatever your current health status. I hope your leg feels better soon. You could use some pain-free time! Hugs from a distance.
  7. Ugh, yes, it's getting hot. Overnight lows of 75-80 mean it's not even cool when I get up to run at 5:30am But I'm surviving so far. It's going to be treadmill running season soon, so I'm trying to run outside as much as possible for the moment! Yes, no excuses anymore. It helps a lot that I feel way better all the time now - it makes it easier to go to the gym or go for a run or hike when it doesn't hurt or feel uncomfortable and (weirdly important) I don't feel self-conscious. I feel like I look like a badass when I run - for the first time in my life! I never worry that I'm being stared at. It sounds like you're doing what you can, exercise-wise, which is great. I would bet that your knees would be a lot happier with impact exercise now at a much lower weight, but careful if you test that theory out. I've had bad knees since I was in my teens and wrecked them doing sports, but at this weight, I hardly notice. My joints are thanking me! No more chub rub. It's heavenly. Yes, I have had a couple of "breaks" with running since last summer, when I've had to take it easy for a couple of weeks because of my hip. I'm doing a few things to help it out: stretching a lot afterwards (I've found special hip stretches that are better than what I've tried in the past), spacing out my running days with rest days by not running more than 3 times per week for a few months, building up my hip muscles with exercises focusing on the areas that give me problems, and also adding miles pretty slowly. I was adding 10% per week for a few weeks, then staying even for a week or two, then adding 10% for a few weeks again. All dependent on not having pain. That combo seems to have worked out pretty well. I logged about 40 miles last week (WHAT. THE. HECK.) and am on track for 30-35 this week, all without pain. Good luck with the running - even a couple times per week is such great activity for your heart and cardiovascular system, and it doesn't hurt for burning calories, either!
  8. Thanks, @tracyringo, @Anita62, and @Res Ipsa Anita, the running was almost accidental - I started just jogging a bit, but spend a fair bit of time with someone who runs pretty seriously. My 5k efforts started to seem really short, so I bumped them up, then a bit more, then a bit more, and pretty soon 22k started sounding reasonable I actually ran almost 60k this past week! But just because I like it and it's fun for me. Res, I've been exploring around Oman quite a lot, fortunately. There's so much good hiking and off-road driving and swimming and snorkeling and and and... We go somewhere new almost every weekend, which is great! We had a four day weekend last weekend and ended up hiking 3 out of the 4 days The hot season is here now, so it's time to head for the mountains where it's cooler. At least we have that option.
  9. I posted this on my blog, but I don't think the blogs are getting very heavy traffic at the moment. Just an update for anyone interested in how things are going for me at the 2+ year mark. Nothing earth-shattering, but a routine check in.
  10. Jen581791

    Carina's surgiversary 2017

    @Carina! Do let us know how you're faring. I hope all is well with you Happy surgiversary!
  11. Yes, I have neglected to write anything here for a long time! This isn’t because I’ve lost interest in TTF (I read it daily and comment fairly frequently). It’s just because things have gotten pretty routine for me, so I feel less of a need to do the soul searching I have spent so much time doing here in the past. I’m not taking anything for granted (working hard on that!!!) and I definitely haven’t gone back to my old ways, so I think things are OK. As a catch-up since last summer (what?? that’s a long time!), my trip home was good. There were some stares and a lot of comments from people who hadn’t seen me in a while, but most people were fairly polite about it. I told a couple of relatives about the surgery. They seemed OK with it. I had a face to face in person talk with my mom’s friend who has also had surgery - that was really nice! I haven’t spoken in person to any other WLS post-ops ever. Well, at least not knowingly. I have a co-worker that I suspect. But an in-person discussion was good. No one here in my current location knows about my surgery still. Some of them remember that I've lost some weight since I was hired (yeah, just a tiny bit, like 50 pounds!) but they don't seem to remember that it was very drastic, so no one has asked. I'm just that thin person who eats really weirdly. Famous for the eating weirdly. So, on to the more recent months. I’ve been just incredibly active this year. This has been a great change for me: who knew I wasn’t a lazy person, deep down inside? I go to the gym a few times a week, I hike once or twice a week, usually, and most astonishingly, I have started running, really actually running, not slowly jogging while cursing in my head about how miserable I am. I run 3 or 4 times a week now, and have worked my way up to about 40km (25 or so miles) per week. I am not fast, but I’m pretty average for women who are runners. I have run a half marathon distance four times - that’s 22.1km (13.1 miles). I am shocked. I usually do a long run each week (16km/10 miles or longer) and I’m not even sore the next day. I have started to look quite a bit leaner, as you’d suppose. I can also do pushups now - a huge victory I’ve been working on for months. I can do 10 proper push-ups, not knee push-ups, and can do 5 sets of them. This makes me feel like a superhero. I had a big treat-yourself day at the mall a couple of weeks ago and splurged on expensive running shoes. Honestly, is there a better way to treat myself than fancy running shoes? I love them and they make me feel fast. All this activity means that I’m not limiting my caloric intake much. I kind of eat as much as I can, and usually end up at around 2000 calories per day. I try to eat more on long run days. I am still being very careful about the quantity and type of carbs I’m consuming. No bread/pasta/rice/potatoes/chips/junk/etc. I eat a few whole wheat crackers just about every day, but that and dairy and fruit are the vast majority of my carbs. I “treat myself” with a little bit of junk now and again, but I am happy to find how self-limiting that is at this point in my life. Sweet stuff makes me sick so I don’t eat it, and crunchy snacks fill me up pretty quickly. If I eat too much junk for a couple of days in a row, I start to crave it and have to cut back, which I do. Generally, I avoid junk, though. I’d rather eat Greek yogurt with berries. So as to shatter any illusions that I am perfectly navigating this whole maintenance thing, yesterday I had some chicken on a salad for lunch at the mall. I am a vegetarian mostly still (I eat fish sometimes now) but I was starving and had just gotten done running 13 miles and really really wanted some substantial protein. White meat chicken, done in shwarma style = dry. It "didn't sit well with me," as someone with a better filter than me might say. A quick trip to the mall restroom and felt better. Puking at the mall - not my favorite. During December/January (the dreaded holiday season) I had visitors and was also recovering from a hip overuse injury (running related: why simply DO something when you can OVERDO it? That’s my motto…), so lots of junk plus very limited activity meant that I gained a few pounds. I got back at it when the guests left (and my hip got better), and got the numbers back within the range I like, although at the higher end of the 5 pound range. I started to worry about this, then noticed that my clothes were looser and I looked leaner. I have now started to not worry about the numbers. I’m OK with being at the top end of my “comfort window.” I’m pretty strong and fit. Some NSVs for the year, besides the running, gym going, and push-ups, include: loving my new sense of fashion, enjoying shopping, feeling OK (not great but OK) about being in my bathing suit in public (it’s the loose skin that makes me fret), being able to hike up big mountains with a heavy pack, meeting new people and having them tell me I look like a very fit person (several new employees this year have sought me out to ask about which gym to join! hilarious), feeling comfortable leading workshops in front of groups, flying comfortably (well, as comfortably as one can in cattle-class), not having my feet hurt even when I’m wearing heels, feeling comfortable in sporting goods stores, shopping for active person items, feeling at home at the gym, not being embarrassed to tell someone I run or how far/fast I run, not being afraid to go to the doctor to get weighed and measured, etc., feeling in control of my food intake and also not afraid to eat at restaurants (I was awfully nervous about this during my year of great losses), being happy to get my picture taken, and not having to wear shape-wear to keep my thighs from rubbing together during hot weather (it’s that time of the year again here on the Arabian Peninsula). I still have some crazy bouts with my head. I’ve worked very hard to keep running and working out in the “because I like it” and “entertainment” categories instead of using them as punishment for myself or a way to “earn” food. My balance with exercise has honestly gotten a little tricky just with me wanting to do more. And more. And more. I mean, I really do like it, but old me would have used it as a punishment/reward system. I have to be careful because of my hip (the overuse injury), which is probably for the best. It keeps me from running too much. However, I do have some days where I still just think I look or feel fat. I had that yesterday after running a half marathon distance. I mean, what?? I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I looked fat in my jeans all afternoon. This is a pair of jeans I bought because they look good on me. They’re a size 2. I know I’m not fat. I just felt like it. Brains are weird. Mine is crazy sometimes. Occasionally I get down on myself for eating too many treats. I eat a piece or two of 85% dark chocolate just about every night, and sometimes I want to not eat it just because I feel like I don’t deserve it, or like it’s too much junk, or I don’t need it (of course I don’t need it). It’s just that habitual feeling of needing to “cleanse” my diet occasionally. However, I’m not really doing anything wrong with my diet right now. I eat pretty well: lots of protein, some fruit and veg, very little garbage. No need to cleanse the diet. That’s just a habit. I do occasionally need to force myself to eat more calories, particularly on long run days. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that more is sometimes better, as far as calories go. Some days I just feel like eating easy stuff, like yogurt and bars. I try not to do that. Overall, in general, I think I’m doing really well. I need to schedule my doctor’s visit to do blood tests and such in the next month or so - I’m just dreading the bureaucracy of it, rather than the actual conversation with the doctor. That’s a novel feeling. I take my vitamins really really regularly, so it should go OK, I hope. One whole year (plus two months) of maintenance! I’m so happy I did this for myself, and so grateful for all the support I’ve gotten here on TTF. You guys are great and help keep my mind in the game. Thank you for everything. I’ll post an update photo soon. Due to my schedule, I’m rarely home during the afternoon daylight hours I need to get a good comparison photo. I’m not hiding anything - I’m just being lazy. In the meantime, here's a picture of my new shoes and my legs and a street cat from the gas station (petrol station) down the street. I was stopping for water and she was soooooo friendly.
  12. Looking very sassy, there, @Cardamom77! I wish I lived near you so I could come and skate with you. I love to skate. First of all, let me say congrats on reigning in the alcohol consumption. We've got to watch out for that stuff, and it sounds like you took your warning seriously. Good for you. As for the ulcer, sorry to hear that. Not fun. I hope you can get it figured out. In the meantime, thank goodness for PPI. It sounds like you and I are both passengers on the exercise crazy train. I feel like it's a pretty good substitute addiction - but I also have to work at getting in enough calories, which is a weird problem to have after all these years of the exact opposite, but interesting. Snacks are life. I eat constantly. Fuel for the exercise! Good for you for upping your riding mileage. 100 miles sounds like a scary goal, but breaking it down into 30 then 60 then 100 sounds a lot more doable. I hear you on the skin. Mine's not horrible, I've been quite lucky, but I do feel self-conscious about it when it's visible. I feel a little afraid of plastics (pain, scarring, etc) and I just tell myself to get over myself, but it's hard to do that. Again, not a horrible problem to have, particularly when contrasting it with being really overweight, but nonetheless, I feel like I'd like it to go away. You can't see yours at all in this picture - you just look like a skinny person in a fabulous outfit.
  13. You are so freakin cute! I love this update - it's really positive yet realistic, and it shows sooooo many amazing achievements. It sounds like you are in a really good place in your head. Keep up your hard work and keep coming back here to update us. I love to watch you succeed!
  14. Yes, definitely. I am feeling pretty good about things now, though. Stable, not worried about little ups and downs or challenges. Today I'm having a "bad food day" - I ate an apple too quickly after eating something else, and it just got stuck. Couldn't eat anything else for several hours so way behind on protein and calories for the day. However, I am not worried! I'll have some of what I can eat (cheese and crackers and a protein bar) and do the healthy thing tomorrow. The scale is bouncing around right at the top of my "comfort window" (5 pound range I give myself), but I'm also not worried about that: I'm running a lot and lifting some weights, and I've noticed that my clothes have gotten baggier, so it's probably muscle and not fat that I'm hanging onto. I still have weird head-days where I think I look fat or I feel fat, but the rational portion of my brain is learning to shout down the irrational portion. It's a process. Congrats to you in doing so well and starting to make the mental adjustments that maintenance requires. You're taking your situation seriously and working hard to do the healthy thing. That will lead to success!