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  1. CheeringCJ

    Reconnecting

    @Kio, how are you doing now?
  2. Thanks, @Jen581791, you were always such an inspiration to me I will never feel 100% completely “healed” of M.O, I will always be an obese person in recovery (who was it, @Michael_A or @AustinJ that said that?) but I am in a good place and appreciating my journey to get me here.
  3. Thanks, @tracyringo! I do feel happy Only regret??? Like 99.9% of us here (I assume) is that I didn’t have it SOONER!!! (am I right on that, everyone?)
  4. I just posted some recent pics of me over on my blog
  5. That is so true! I am thrilled to be this size in my 50s also! And the energy I have now is way more than I had when I was in my 30s and 40s and 200s!!!!
  6. So it has officially been 2 years since my surgery! I went into work this morning much the same way I did the surgery, as I now work at the same hospital I had my surgery in. That day, I went in very early in the morning, on the train as everyone else was going about their commute and I was thinking about how much my life was going to change! It was slightly different two years later, I still went in very early, on the train, and yet, I was one of the commuters heading into the city but this time I was thinking about how much my life HAS changed! I considered how much more comfortable I am in my own skin. I wasn’t created to be morbidly obese and my old body and mind knew it. Somewhere it took the wrong turn and I fell victim to my circumstances and assumed I would be fat forever. Granted, I didn’t want to be fat and I spent thousands of dollars and even more hours trying to get thinner but nothing ever worked...until my VSG! Two years ago today, I was given a new lease on life. I was given the chance to start over and I was given the tools to do it right this time around! My stomach was cut and a big part of it removed and I was left with a small sleeve that would be my new holding place for my food now...now it would be impossible to overeat and binge! I wasn’t one bit afraid or nervous about “mutilating” my body. My body had already failed me and this was my chance to get it to cooperate with me and no longer work against me. I was prepared by learning all I could in the 6 months leading up to the surgery, plus I had a coworker who had been wildly successful with the procedure so I was filled with nothing but hope!!! I had the surgery, had a few issues with the anesthesia making me lightheaded and nauseated, so I stayed a few extra days, but all in all it wasn’t a bad experience at all because my outlook was so good and I knew the pain and the nausea was only temporary but the wonderful changes coming were not! I got home and followed the rules. I had another 2 weeks of nothing but liquids and the weight continued to come off. Then I started puréed foods, and the process of reteaching my stomach and my head what it was like to eat in small portions and to be satisfied. The food never mattered to me like it did before. For the first time in my life, I was eating for sustenance and not for pleasure and I was perfectly comfortable with that! I had never eaten “normal” in my life and it was refreshing to fill up before everyone else and really just enjoy the conversation at the table and not just the food! The weight continued to drop and thought it had it’s stalls and times I wondered “is it over already?!?!”, I did continue to lose in a healthy, controlled way. My surgeon and doctor were both pleased with my progress and I was over the moon with my own success. It wasn’t just seeing the scale finally move down, it wasn’t just seeing my clothes nearly dropping off of me and changing sizes by the weeks, it was much deeper than that. It went down to the core of me and the fact that I wasn’t a failure anymore, that I was actually doing this, I wasn’t broken, I had just never had the correct tools before. It was an eye opening, life changing experience like I had never had before! Now two years later, I no longer eat the same way I did when I was first losing. I do eat protein but I don’t overdo the protein and forgo nearly everything else. I do eat carbs (gasp!) and I even eat an occasional treat (double gasp!). However, life it different. I can’t binge without getting ridiculously full fast, but I can certainly eat more than the 4 ounces that was all I could eat at a time for that first year. I wasn’t sure how to do maintenance, so I joined Weight Watchers this past summer so I could learn how to eat normal and survive in a real world as a normal, average person and not as a post surgical person. I have to admit that I did struggle with seeing people that lost FAR beyond what the “norm” is (60% of your excess weight) and it bothered me for a while that I wasn’t in the 130s/140s like they were, but I have come to accept that I was never in those numbers even in high school so why should I assume I would be in my 50s after having 5 kids?!?! Plus some wise person here reminded me that I DO have excess skin (no pretending we don’t!) and that alone has excess weight, so if I didn’t have that my weight WOULD be lower. (And since my insurance doesn’t cover excess skin removal, and since I have come to terms with what I have), I am not going to stress about the number on the scale! I still have a weird relationship with my body. Mostly I like it but there are days I abhor it. Those are because they are the days I still see myself as morbidly obese. Then there are days that I see photos of me that don’t make me cringe anymore and I realize I am NOT that XXL person anymore. It is a weird mind play to be so fat for so long and now just be normal. I am basically a size 10/12/14 bottom depending on the make and a size M top. I can see myself in some pics and realize that although I think my stomach is so flabby/fat, I can see it really isn’t. I think although I will always struggle w/ my identity, I am coming to terms with being just plain regular! I go to the gym about 4 times a week, and I always make sure I get my 10K+ steps in everyday. I walk 1.5+ miles every lunch break (30 mins) rain or shine, hot or cold. I just dress the part and head out! Keeping active seems to be what helps me maintain, and keeping active is way easier as a normal sized person than it was as an obese person! I read a great book my Connie Stapleton, PhD called Eat it Up which is for weight loss patients and it deals w/ reasons for regain and finding a balance in your life...and I highly recommend it. I was here at Thinner Times day and night before the surgery and after, but as time has gone on and I have less free time because my life is even busier, I am not here as often. However, I must say for you newbies, this is THE place to be...look no further and glean as much info as you can get from here, it is THAT vital to your success!!! I do miss hanging out here w/ all the other “Losers”, but I stop in when I can. Here are some recent pics of me. I post them because I don’t even realize how much better I look and feel until I see them. Lots of times I see my self as my former self so seeing them here make me realize I am darned proud of how much I have changed and how much more active I am in my own life! I love the changes my little sleeve made to me!!! Here I am in Florida last week with my family, I realize that I am pretty comfortable in my own skin now and don’t run from pictures. (And yes, those collar bones are mine, I didn’t have them surgically altered...although technically I got them as a result of my surgery!!! Hahaha!) Here is a picture of me in my bathing suit on a recent family vacation....a picture I would never allow taken before In Williamsburg in August Another pic in my bathing suit...it’s not that I keep wanting them taken, it is just if someone does, I don’t have to delete them in shame! (Which is a healthy thing!) My sweetheart and me on our 35th anniversary in August My youngest grand baby and me Why I love being more active, having more energy and keeping up with the kiddos! These are our 5 grand babies! With my parents
  7. Awwww, thanks, @Cindy Lou Who !! You’re the best! Thanks for thinking of me. I wrote this up on the train yesterday but never got back to post it. I will stick it over on my blog but I saw this and wanted to reply to you. So it has officially been 2 years since my surgery! I went into work this morning much the same way I did the surgery, as I now work at the same hospital I had my surgery in. That day, I went in very early in the morning, on the train as everyone else was going about their commute and I was thinking about how much my life was going to change! It was slightly different two years later, I still went in very early, on the train, and yet, I was one of the commuters heading into the city but this time I was thinking about how much my life HAS changed! I considered how much more comfortable I am in my own skin. I wasn’t created to be morbidly obese and my old body and mind knew it. Somewhere it took the wrong turn and I fell victim to my circumstances and assumed I would be fat forever. Granted, I didn’t want to be fat and I spent thousands of dollars and even more hours trying to get thinner but nothing ever worked...until my VSG! Two years ago today, I was given a new lease on life. I was given the chance to start over and I was given the tools to do it right this time around! My stomach was cut and a big part of it removed and I was left with a small sleeve that would be my new holding place for my food now...now it would be impossible to overeat and binge! I wasn’t one bit afraid or nervous about “mutilating” my body. My body had already failed me and this was my chance to get it to cooperate with me and no longer work against me. I was prepared by learning all I could in the 6 months leading up to the surgery, plus I had a coworker who had been wildly successful with the procedure so I was filled with nothing but hope!!! I had the surgery, had a few issues with the anesthesia making me lightheaded and nauseated, so I stayed a few extra days, but all in all it wasn’t a bad experience at all because my outlook was so good and I knew the pain and the nausea was only temporary but the wonderful changes coming were not! I got home and followed the rules. I had another 2 weeks of nothing but liquids and the weight continued to come off. Then I started puréed foods, and the process of reteaching my stomach and my head what it was like to eat in small portions and to be satisfied. The food never mattered to me like it did before. For the first time in my life, I was eating for sustenance and not for pleasure and I was perfectly comfortable with that! I had never eaten “normal” in my life and it was refreshing to fill up before everyone else and really just enjoy the conversation at the table and not just the food! The weight continued to drop and thought it had it’s stalls and times I wondered “is it over already?!?!”, I did continue to lose in a healthy, controlled way. My surgeon and doctor were both pleased with my progress and I was over the moon with my own success. It wasn’t just seeing the scale finally move down, it wasn’t just seeing my clothes nearly dropping off of me and changing sizes by the weeks, it was much deeper than that. It went down to the core of me and the fact that I wasn’t a failure anymore, that I was actually doing this, I wasn’t broken, I had just never had the correct tools before. It was an eye opening, life changing experience like I had never had before! Now two years later, I no longer eat the same way I did when I was first losing. I do eat protein but I don’t overdo the protein and forgo nearly everything else. I do eat carbs (gasp!) and I even eat an occasional treat (double gasp!). However, life it different. I can’t binge without getting ridiculously full fast, but I can certainly eat more than the 4 ounces that was all I could eat at a time for that first year. I wasn’t sure how to do maintenance, so I joined Weight Watchers this past summer so I could learn how to eat normal and survive in a real world as a normal, average person and not as a post surgical person. I have to admit that I did struggle with seeing people that lost FAR beyond what the “norm” is (60% of your excess weight) and it bothered me for a while that I wasn’t in the 130s/140s like they were, but I have come to accept that I was never in those numbers even in high school so why should I assume I would be in my 50s after having 5 kids?!?! Plus some wise person here reminded me that I DO have excess skin (no pretending we don’t!) and that alone has excess weight, so if I didn’t have that my weight WOULD be lower. (And since my insurance doesn’t cover excess skin removal, and since I have come to terms with what I have), I am not going to stress about the number on the scale! I still have a weird relationship with my body. Mostly I like it but there are days I abhor it. Those are because they are the days I still see myself as morbidly obese. Then there are days that I see photos of me that don’t make me cringe anymore and I realize I am NOT that XXL person anymore. It is a weird mind play to be so fat for so long and now just be normal. I am basically a size 10/12/14 bottom depending on the make and a size M top. I can see myself in some pics and realize that although I think my stomach is so flabby/fat, I can see it really isn’t. I think although I will always struggle w/ my identity, I am coming to terms with being just plain regular! I go to the gym about 4 times a week, and I always make sure I get my 10K+ steps in everyday. I walk 1.5+ miles every lunch break (30 mins) rain or shine, hot or cold. I just dress the part and head out! Keeping active seems to be what helps me maintain, and keeping active is way easier as a normal sized person than it was as an obese person! I read a great book my Connie Stapleton, PhD called Eat it Up which is for weight loss patients and it deals w/ reasons for regain and finding a balance in your life...and I highly recommend it. I was here at Thinner Times day and night before the surgery and after, but as time has gone on and I have less free time because my life is even busier, I am not here as often. However, I must say for you newbies, this is THE place to be...look no further and glean as much info as you can get from here, it is THAT vital to your success!!! I do miss hanging out here w/ all the other “Losers”, but I stop in when I can.
  8. Hey, @tracyringo, thanks for asking about it. I just wrote an update in response to @Cindy Lou Who a few days ago but I can’t find it. If I can find it I will tag you in it but if not, I will have to rewrite it
  9. What an exciting and rewarding adventure (and so glad your son was a Wish kid and is alive, strong and healthy to do this with you!)
  10. Just an ordinary vacation, @Cindy Lou Who!!! Haha! Looks almost as amazing as YOU!!! You continue to wow me! Way to go!
  11. Love that it is so BIG on you now! Congrats! What is your workout schedule like? You sure have changed your life and your physique!
  12. Thank you for sharing, @delilas, Elaina is gorgeous!!! (Does your hubby have brown eyes? I assumed she’d have your beautiful blues! blue or brown, blond or brunette, she is an absolute beauty!) Good luck on getting your thyroid regulated and being back on track! Enjoy your workout classes!
  13. You’re doing AWESOME as always! Love that you are loving your maintenance. And youre rocking it for sure. Your hiking trip sounds like a fantastic journey! Can’t wait to hear about it (and see pics).
  14. Oh trust me, they were only for ME to see for the longest time. I didn’t post them until maybe 4-5 months out? I am not sure, but I was surely embarrassed of them to begin with but they did inspire ME to keep going when the scale wasn’t moving!
  15. YES, YES, YES.....start taking pics for your “records”. I took a pic in the same outfit (until it didn’t fit anymore) in the same place every month. Days when I didn’t think I was progressing, I could look back and SEE that I did! (They are on my blog on here but I don’t know how to post them here, so I screen shot them to add here) (and I loved refried beans but they were too thick so I added plan greek yogurt (like sour cream) and a little water and salsa and blended it up so it was thinner and more tolerable. Then I would add a little cheese to the top and it was delicious. Ate it for months and didn’t get tired of it! Still do now. Good luck with it.
  16. CheeringCJ

    Reconnecting

    So nice to hear from you, @Kio! We lived in our house during construction and it was my poor husband doing the construction. He’d work a full day at work then come home and work another 6-7 hrs at home. We were getting a new kitchen and taking the wall down between the kitchen and dining room, so there was drywall dust and stuff everywhere. We were without a sink for a week and then it was finally done for thanksgiving (he started in Aug so I was impressed he did both rooms, ceilings, electrical, drywall, new supporting beam, widened the opening, redesigned the kitchen, put in new cabinets, all new appliances, all new flooring in both rooms, etc while still working a FT job!) but the quartz didn’t come in until the week after so he couldn’t hook the sink up bc it was an undermount farmhouse sink....we had TG dinner w/o a sink. My husband and I washed the dishes in the bathroom sink. My point it I totally get living in a remodel and feeling the stress. We had a microwave we were eating Encore entrees for months, which got pretty disgusting and fattening :-/ I am proud of you pre-deciding to not go there this time! Awesome mindset, girlfriend! How fun was hiking?!? Wonderful that you could do it and survive!!! You’re so close to your goal weight.....kudos to you!!! Keep it up! I was starting to get into bad habits and though I was staying w/in 5 pounds but I wasn’t happy w/ it, so I joined WW two weeks ago. I am hoping it will teach me to eat now that I am “normal” (weight at least...haha!) but need to shed the mind set of a new WLS patients....not that I don’t want to be mindful and not drink during eating etc etc, BUT I have to learn to reintroduce carbs (a little) and stop insisting on eating tons of protein forever. I know that sounds wrong but you know what I mean...I definitely want to eat the proteins first but I bearly had fruit b/c it was a carb and a person does need carbs (healthy ones) for energy and I need to learn to re-eat in the “real world” and still maintain my weight. I haven’t gone nuts but do feel like I am making wise choices. And I am with you, don’t want to be coming back here in a few years 40 pounds up and try to get a grip!
  17. Wow, Cindy, that sounds so awesome! Don’t you just love discovering things for the first time? How exciting! So glad you had that opportunity! And what a terrific way to live your life. The world could use a lot more of that and a lot less living only for oneself!
  18. Thanks, I just joined up after reading your reply! I haven’t done it since early 2017 and i read that lots changed. I was going to do just the online but then I decided to do the meetings or whatever they call them now....I NEED the accountability so I have to do the weigh ins and i also need to learn how to eat balanced and normal. I am no longer on a have to eat a ton of protein kick. I need proteins and yes, I choose them first but then I also get veggies/fruits and occasionally a little starch and I haven’t died yet! I read a post on here from a while ago about WWs and needing lots of protein and I thought that isn’t really true any more. I need to eat normal just not like a morbidly obese person would! Anyway, if I can get down to whatever goal weight they set for me, I will be set for life and going free like you do! I will keep you posted how I do. Wish you were nearby so we could go to the same meeting!
  19. Lovely pictures! Sounds like a wonderful month! You look awesome as always! And I am so glad you realized your strength without the daily reliance on the scale etc. Good for you!!! So other than the weight loss concerns, tell us about your trip and how awesome it was!
  20. If constipation is what you are battling, I have recently found milled flax seed to be super beneficial in easily fixing that issue! It is a pleasant slightly nutty flavor and I add 1-2 tsp to my yogurt once or twice a day and it is amazing at how well it works!
  21. Well, it’s good and bad. Good because it works but bad bc i know it works and i don’t get as nervous about “if I just have this, I might gain weight and however would I be able to get it off???” So it is a blessing and a curse if that makes any sense. I’ve been eating ok, just a little extra here and there but nothing major, but the problem is life has gotten so intense with overscheduled back to back things and a lot of rain in the evenings where we live so we haven’t been walking as much. My activity level is definitely down, which let my weight creep up a pound or two. Still, I still want to keep it in check before it gets bad. So just today i was looking into joining WW. They have a special for the next few days and I think that might reteach me to eat in the normal world. NOw that my calories are back up to most people’s calories i need to figure it all out. My insurance will pay $100 of it (I already spend $150 of my ins money on the workout program at work and I get $250 every 12 mo). So that will buy me 3 months of meetings and if I get lucky, I might hit my goal weight there (never have before but was much bigger then!) and then I would not have to pay for it when i maintained, so I am thinking it might be a good idea. I was just asking @Cindy Lou Who about it since she did WW through her whole weight loss phase.
  22. CheeringCJ

    Vacay time

    Looks like an awesome trip @Jen581791! Your trips always sound so exciting. Granted the injury, not so much. It was smart to realize your limits w/ the re-injury and taking a car (and I love the canoe idea, ingenious....you worked out your upper body while the lower body was rebelling!). We are having terrible heat lately and all the accompanying humidity thunder storms and right now are under a tornado watch. BUT our weather today was 98 F, not 105....yuck! My kids are heading overseas (their plane is leaving in 45 mins) and one of their stops is in London and i heard they were having a heat wave...so my DIL looked up some places to take my granddaughter swimming! thanks for sharing the pics....loved the scenery, the kitten and the fact you’re so dang ACTIVE!!! GO YOU!!! (PS don’t know what the medical care is like where you are, but if you have a sports med doc, go see them so they can help you heal before the marathon!)
  23. I meant because you were at the Magnolia Silos! Did you get some delicious baked goods there? Dark chocolate is a real temptation of mine...so is choc/mint....so keep those cookies in TX!!! Haha
  24. Do you live in TX or did you just visit? Was it fun? ‘Fess up, what baked goods did you get?!?! Haha!
  25. @delilas, how is little Elaina doing? How are you doing, back on your journey? Stop in and update us when you can!