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Boho Rosy

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About Boho Rosy

  • Birthday 01/15/1978

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    Baltimore, MD
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    Johns Hopkins Bayview
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Nguyen

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  1. Just wondering what you’re up to and how you’re doing.    Hope all is well!

  2. An unexpected consequence of losing 120 pounds is that I'm SO COLD! This is my first winter that my weight hasn't been in the vicinity of 300 in over a decade - I guess it makes perfect sense that shedding pounds would equate to shedding layers of warmth, but I never considered it. Not that I would go back to my pre-surgery self for a million dollars, but man. I am freezing!! Anyone else?
  3. Thanks! It has been an absolutely wonderful year. I posted a before and after shot on my Blog.
  4. Thank you so much!! You're looking fantastic yourself, and I have appreciated every kind and encouraging word you've shared over the past year. I feel lucky to have gone through this journey with you and our other November pals - such a fantastic group of people!
  5. Thank you for your kind words. What you said about still not managing to reclaim your sense of self worth hurts my heart. It's just so hard, but we must never stop trying.
  6. Thanks so much. You can always count on me to keep it real! p.s. That's my kitty, Brian!
  7. Hi guys! Today is my one year surgiversary and it just hit me HARD. As I sit here, literally sobbing at my desk with my office door closed, I thought I'd share a few thoughts with the one group of people that I know can understand my feelings more than anyone else. One year ago I was a smart, talented, woman who had cultivated a solid "fun, pretty-faced fat girl" personality over the decades of my obese existence. As my weight increased over the years, the best and most important parts of me were shrinking and I was turning into a "shadow person." I would cheer on anyone and everyone in life, but always from the sidelines which, as an extrovert who desperately wanted to participate in so many things, was very much out of character for me. I carried around such shame and will never forget many, many cringe-worthy moments in my life - not fitting on roller coasters, the entire experience of airplane travel, wealthy donors (I work in philanthropy) directly and publicly asking me why I was "letting myself go," looks and stares from fat-phobic people, visiting friends who lived in 5 floor walk up apartment buildings and barely making it up the stairs, being passed over for jobs that I deserved, not being cast in operas back in my singing days, trying to take up as little space as possible on public transportation, being picked on at school, experiencing discrimination by healthcare providers, and, quite frankly, discrimination by so many people every single #(*&%$ day. This world is so incredibly cruel to obese people. There is an assumption that you are overweight because you're a lazy stupid idiot who doesn't even try. Well, as a woman who has been on a diet since junior high school (or probably even earlier), I'm here to say that I tried SO HARD, over and over again. On this day, one year ago, I had weight loss surgery and I refuse to be ashamed. I. WILL. NOT. DO. IT. Since that day, I have literally been working my @*# off, fighting for the chance to enter my forties, not as the "it's such a shame - you have such a pretty face" girl, but as just plain f$cking awesome. Not because I dropped a ridiculous amount of weight, but because I am awesome and, spoiler alert, I ALWAYS WAS. Thank you for all of your amazing support and advice through this experience. I'm not done yet, but I believe in myself and I am in love with my new life. Thanks for listening!
  8. One year! I did it!
  9. Had some fun going to a family wedding and seeing lots of folks that haven’t seen me in years.
  10. Love hearing this. I have so enjoyed having you, in particular, to look to as someone on a similar journey at a similar time.
  11. Thanks @Jen581791 and @msmarymac. I really thought everyone was going to start internet screaming at me (lol) and I appreciate your open mindedness.
  12. I would like to offer a different perspective - one that I know is not popular on TT, and that I have been afraid to express on here (which is why I spend less time on this site these days). There is an alternative to a super low carb diet. You can practice moderation. I am a recovering binge-eater, and my psychologist (who specializes in working with obese patients) figured out that for me, the concept of cutting out carbs was a recipe for disaster. Basically, the minute I tell myself that I can't have something, all I want to do is eat ALL of it. I was not one of the lucky ones that lost my appetite after surgery. I used to be disappointed about it, but now I view it as a strength because I have had to consciously practice moderation from day 1. For me, it's like a muscle that has gotten stronger with time. ALL THAT SAID...I find that in order to hit my protein goals, I almost never eat more than 75 grams of carbohydrates a day, but that is a byproduct of the fact that I count calories and grams of protein religiously. I generally eat between 1000-1200 calories a day. Every single day, 80-150 of those calories belong to something in the dessert family and I will not apologize for it. For ME, knowing that I'm "allowed" to have whatever I want makes me feel less desperate to binge. I have become a person who can sit near the office candy jar and not touch it for days because I know that if I want to have some, I can and I'm not a failure. You can have WLS and still be a someone who enjoys food. I am only 9 months out, so I know I'm not an expert, but my nutritionist and surgeon agree and I receive my care at one of the best medical centers in the world (I also happen to work there, so pardon the brag). I also have friends on here who I won't call out by name who have had long-term success and also consider themselves "foodies." There are so many yummy things that you can make and enjoy in small portions. Focus on protein, water, and exercise. If you're getting all of your protein and water in, there is rarely room for much else. So...if you're at all like me and start suffocating when people tell you to adopt a highly restrictive diet, taking a more moderate, calorie-centric approach might be helpful. Here is a sample menu from a very delicious and compliant day: Breakfast: Sous Vide Egg White Bites from Starbucks, iced decaf coffee, a little half and half Lunch: Grilled chicken over sauteed onions and peppers with a couple of tbsp's of tzaziki Dinner: An egg sandwich (1 egg, .5 oz of American cheese, 2 slices of bacon on a light English muffin) and a side of steamed green beans Various Snacks: 1/2 an Atkins protein shake, a Think Thin S'mores bar Dessert: 2 Dove dark chocolate promises This totals up to 1050 calories; 79 grams protein; 70 grams carbs (also, I do high intensity interval training 4 times a week)
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