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    Well @NerdyToothpick your tale shows you have really incorporated WLS lessons into your life. 2-3 lbs for me is normal variation over a week. It's impressive that without being mindful, and with all the stresses in your life, you are that fixed at your weight. So if it is confession time... my parallel universe is similar, but my weight gain was about 18-20 lbs. So perhaps more sheepishly than you: I weigh almost exactly what I did a year ago (204 lbs) today. In the interim though, especially over last summer and early fall, I ate well and upped my exercise level to 30-40 minutes a day of intense rowing in the gym, plus summertime walking and cycling, and got down to something like 192-193 last August - and a normal BMI for the first time since my twenties (I'm 63 now). And then in Sept-October work got intense, lots of conflict there, blah blah blah and I stopped working out, and only weighed intermittently. My BMI went from 24.8 or so to... 27, and I was in the 210-212 region (So + 2.1 or 2.2 BMI units). My diet really didn't change much (yes I drank fermented grape juice beverages most nights, ate foie gras and confit duck as much as possible, e.g. my normal weird diet). In December I said to h3ll with this, hit the gym again daily and did the usual stuff we do. Even spent 2 weeks in India where it was harder to control my diet, since I had to eat out most meals, and walked 4 or more miles a day, and lost some there too. Not quite half way back to where I want to be, which is the weight I was at in August-September. I have not had a moment of anxiety about this circumstance. Two things to point out: - My weight bump up, with my diet the same, but with and without exercise - was 2 BMI units, and all in about 3 months time. What do all the studies show about people who exercise after WLS? That their long-term BMI is ~ 2.1 BMI units lower than that of people who don't exercise. I feel like my body must have read the scientific studies and taken them to heart. - We can just do the stuff we know how to do, e.g. eat right and get some exercise and eschew the Cheetos and so forth when we have stopped being mindful ... and we can get right back on track. It feels SO GOOD to know that I have the tools and ability to do this now. None of us are perfect and we all have ups and down. All of you reading this now, especially the Lurkers thinking of having surgery, should take heart. You get so many useful tools going through this process. and now, having confessed, I feel much better. Thank you @NerdyToothpick!!
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    The flu....

    @Nana Trish Hi Trish, sorry not to have replied earlier, have been off the Forum as have been travelling. FWIW there is also some data that zinc lozenges can also help with viral infections. Glad you are getting your knee fixed. Being mobile is better than not being mobile. I had my right knee cleaned out 12-13 years ago but I still must have some garbage floating around in it, once in a while when I row in the gym I feel it... my parents used to call it mice in the knee. Sounds like you have a big muskrat or skunk in yours. So your hair color really had me going there .... you know you could play to the need for a high protein diet that we have ... you know do your hair red, very red. Recolor your eye color so it is ... red, very red. Then add a couple of pointy sharp teeth to your smile and talk about your Transylvanian roots ... and put a mirror in the back of your photo and erase your image from the reflection. Just a thought. Maybe better for, um, late October than now... More seriously it looks great!
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    Life updates

    @ktallon I've had the Buddhist prayer wheels going like mad at my house for you. Lots of positive vibes in the ethers with you as the address for delivery.
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    Oh life!

    @NerdyToothpick <<Empathy, support, and congrats on getting these school/state/providers/insurance stars to line up.>> Thanks for catching us up. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Same issues arising in the extended BB family.
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    Heading to Haiti

    Lovely shots. Were you up in Cap Haitien? Transcendant beauty in parts of Haiti...
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    A "Lightweight" Having RNY

    Just back from India, sorry have been away from the Forum. Measures taken.
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    A "Lightweight" Having RNY

    Hi R., my "official" starting BMI was 38 but I know it was really 40. I got down to a BMI of 27 in 9 months, was steady there for a long time, upped my exercise and got under 25 late last summer early fall ... and then in the press of a demanding job over the past 3 months, slacked off the gym, and went back to my BMI of 27. My weight at the end of December was within 1.5 pounds of my weight in June 2017 and in early January 2017 (my surgery was mid March 2016). So that has been pretty steady. I think it just means since you have less to lose, you get there sooner. Like you I had co-morbidities (terrible hip and back problems, sleep apnea) and the weight loss has been a tremendous gift. For what it is worth, there are a bunch of studies - which when taken together - suggest that going to the gym is worth about another 2 BMI points off. My personal stuff this past 6 months is instructive since with daily hard exercise (rowing at an high level) my BMI was just under 25, and now (without that) it is 27. Exercise is not critical to our weight loss but it is critical to an healthy life! and does provide a bit of an extra when you are in the acute weight loss period, it seems to help keep you losing and to make it a bit faster.
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    What have I done!

    Congratulations!! Always space in life for happiness and love.
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    Traveling Post-Op

    Miss B, and @Brattykid - I buy one of the in-house Costco brand of beef jerky - it has much less sugar added than most of the commercial brands, and is pretty good. Unopened bags can be stored at room temperature for quite some time. It is also not as salted as some (so doesn't make me as thirsty when I eat it). At my local Costco they sell 3 or 4 different ones, but this is the lowest added sugar one. If you just look at the Nutrition information label you'll see which has the least sugar. It's tasty too. My other current choice for a protein bar is also coming from Costco - they sell bars with 21g of protein, 15 grams of fiber, and 4 grams net carbs (1 gram sugar). They are 190 calories. I find these very useful when I need something to eat but want to stay protein heavy. One advantage to these is that they are tasty and have fiber. If I eat one of these each day plus add some psyllium to my morning high-protein shake, or have some beans with dinner, then my bowls remain regular. For what it is worth -- When I am in places where there is a lot of traveler's diarrhea (India, Ethiopia in my recent experience) I take a probiotic twice a day. And, since the airlines like to give you cheap food with lots of carbos like pasta, I have taken to ordering special meals on my recent flights. If you ask for the diabetic meals they are usually strong on protein and vegetables. Have great trips!! and Best for the New Year!!
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    Merry Christmas 2018

    Ah, Aussie, I would! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All, and Best for the New Year!
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    Revelation during support group tonight

    Also along lines of @CheeringCJ thread - drink lots of turkey broth if you are tempted! and remember, QUALITY over QUANTITY pick and choose what you eat. My relatives all know I am going to eat small amounts, and with them I have no problems with just eating what is right for me - and yes to walking, walking walking.
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    How hard has it been to change your behaviours?

    @Prattlebangs One of my downfalls is snacking at night, an old habit and hard for me to change. I try to keep things like seeds, dried fruit out of the house because I will snack on them at night - this is above and beyond things like crackers or potato chips, which are really gateway drugs for me . As per old postings I've made I sometimes just plan on my snacks and allocate a certain number of calories to that. Rather than beat myself up over the issue of snacking, I just plan on it and keep it bounded. I often do quite well with my calories/protein during the day but it is evening when I am at risk. I'm now in maintenance so my caloric intake is in the 2,000 - 2,400 per day range. One tactic you may wish to consider is the following: I will cook up a dinner with some form of meat, vegetables and beans in the evening. For example, a quarter pound of hamburger meat cooked with garlic and a little olive oil (gotta get your good oils in), herbs/salt/peppers of your choice, and then an entire can of Goya black beans. Adding some cruciferous vegetables bulks up the meal too without adding much in the way of calories. This kind of meal has lots of protein and fiber. I can't finish this meal in the one sitting we are supposed to have for dinner. Later on in the evening, when I am tempted to snack, I just go back to my dinner pot and have a few bites of the bean dish. I'm not advocating that you give up on having set meal times and amounts after surgery, which I think is a better course... but if you suffer from this malady of snacking behaviors/habits, this might prove helpful. It is easier to re-purpose an habit in a positive direction than it is to completely break the habit. {Calories in 1/4 lbs hamburger, 85% meat 15% fat, is 250; calories in one can of Goya black beans is ~ 450; so with a little oil and garlic this dish is ~ 800 calories total}.
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    I'm considering not getting the surgery after all....

    Sssshhhh! Don't tell anyone!!
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    Post Op

    How is that protein intake going? Gotta keep that and the fluids up.
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    Happy one year to me!

    @Boho Rosy Thanks for all your smart, passionate contributions here. Congratulations and best wishes for yet more success on your Surgiversary!
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    How did you lose weight before surgery?

    Meadow - you will lose weight after surgery. You would have to have non-human physiology to not lose weight. Just because you have not lost weight before surgery does not undo what surgery will accomplish. Be of good cheer, every day you are closer and you are taking control of your future and are going to love being smaller.
  17. @Kim M How are you doing today? Hope you are doing better.
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    @Cardamom77 <<< Empathy to you and your family >>> Fear not, you give by your example.
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    2 Week Liquid Pre-Op diet starts today!

    Yes, you can! (Like the others, would not sweat the dieting app ... hard to argue with success). Great job with the pre-op weight loss. This also predicts successful weight loss after surgery.
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    I DID IT!!!

    @CheeringCJ Great looking CJ! and like you, have memories from my childhood about wearing such stripes (good memories) and later bad associations! Definitely a NSV!
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    Loose skin?

    Exercise helps with the excess skin; but it is not a miracle cure. I lost about a third of my weight (300 -> a bit under 200 lbs) and have both folds and rolls. But not bad! Upper thighs, lower buttocks, a bit in the elbow, a roll around the belly. Neck is much smaller and a bit of excess there - most notably though I now have a distinct jawline and my cheeks are no longer puffy, and no roll at the back of the neck. Not contemplating any kind of surgery for this.
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    Day 2 post ob gastric sleeve

    Many of us on the Forum did pretty well with the surgery, my experience was like yours, no problems with liquids. Would not be concerned, would be thankful. Suggest you just follow the rule book for fluids after surgery ... be sure to hit the protein target as soon as you can after surgery, using protein-rich broths, shakes, etc.
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    Starting to freak out a little

    Let us know how you do ... Here's hoping you have a smooth day of surgery and recovery. Walk, sip, walk, sip ...
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    Picture in my surgeon's office

    Spectacular. Just noting that you now fit in those office chairs with plenty of room to spare. It's one of those little pleasures when you go for a follow-up at your surgeon's office ... and can fit in half the chair.
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    Post Op

    @hthe620110 and @Kim M Probiotics may help in terms of intestinal gas ... hope you are both feeling better soon!