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  1. How are you doing this week, @Nana Trish? Every day getting stronger???
  2. Hope you’re doing well, @Toni476 and healing quickly! Post an update when you can
  3. Interestingly enough, the things that look the most enticing to me are: the berries (yum!!!!) the eggs the guacamole the tomatoes/peppers and though I can’t see it, I love shrimp!!! which in and of itself says a lot for the changes from the old me!
  4. You are killing it, @Cindy Lou Who!!! Sounds like you have a good plan...the old you would have loved to have found crap to help add calories if necessary (as if we ever had to) but the new you has learned a lot! @Jen581791 has some good advice which is perfect since she’s been where you are before. Enjoy those PB balls!!!
  5. What a great spread, the guacamole stadium!!!!!
  6. Exactly! That is how i was feeling too. I am 3# up at 157 (up and down since the holidays but lately staying more up than down) but I want to get back below 155 (aiming for 150 eventually) but I have gotten complacent and w/o thinking about it have started eating some smaller less uncomfortable foods bc I hate that full uncomfortable feeling....and this article made me think...”DUH! That is what you had the surgery for, Dummy...use it to your advantage!” Nice to have an eye opener every so often! What you said is EXACTLY how. I feel and I need to reset that thinking. The article made it make sense to me so I get the WHY of it all. Back to protein for snacking for me. I always eat protein first at meals and am fine but snacking I am less stringent lately on it being only protein. I don’t know why these darned oyster crackers keep calling me but I didn’t buy any for my son yesterday bc i still can’t be trusted around them. I got him other much worse things I won’t touch (think hostess or tastycake crap) bc he is very underweight and can eat them and I am not the least bit ever going to be attracted to them but “little tiny, harmless oyster crackers can’t hurt me”!!! Ugh, my brain! Oh well, it’s only been happening this past week so now that I read that article you can bet it won’t be happening now! Whew!
  7. Nice to see you @Michael_A!!!!! How are you doing, surgery buddy?
  8. I never really understood when ppl here talked about slider foods. I knew what kinds of foods they were but i didn’t quite get it. So i was just reading a great article w/ a lot of insight . It really struck home bc i have been snacking on my son’s oysters crackers lately (really just little circle saltines) they aren’t a ton of calories and not a ton of flavor but they dont bother me so i can eat them more than i should. Then I read this...gulp! It is like a light went on and i thought ”yikes *I* am eating slider foods w/ these stupid tiny crackers!!!” Plus lately i have been wondering if i still need to be eating so much protein like i did post op. I was told post op that. I needed it to heal and wondered if I still needed sooo much. I read that a lot of protein is hard on your body (not in relation to WLS just in general). But this explained it enough to make me say “oh, I GET it!”. Maybe it will be helpful to someone here to also didn’t get it before..... Understanding Slider Foods The most commonly consumed slider foods include pretzels, crackers (saltines, graham, Ritz, etc.) filled cracker snacks such as Ritz Bits, popcorn, cheese snacks (Cheetos) or cheese crackers, tortilla chips with salsa, potato chips, sugar-free cookies, cakes, and candy. You will notice these slider foods are often salty and cause dry mouth so they must be ingested with liquid to be palatable. This is how they become slider foods. They are also, most often, void of nutritional value. For weight loss surgery patients the process of digestion is different than those who have not undergone gastric surgery. When slider foods are consumed they go into the stomach pouch and exit directly into the jejunum where the simple carbohydrate slurry is quickly absorbed and stored by the body. There is little thermic effect in the digestion of simple carbohydrates like there is in the digestion of protein so little metabolic energy is expended. In most cases patients in the phase of weight loss who eat slider foods will experience a weight loss plateau and possibly the setback of weight gain. And sadly, they will begin to believe their surgical stomach pouch is not functioning properly because they never feel fullness or restriction like they experience when eating protein. The very nature of the surgical gastric pouch is to cause feelings of tightness or restriction when one has eaten enough food. However, when soft simple carbohydrates are eaten this tightness or restriction does not result and one can continue to eat, unmeasured, copious amounts of non-nutritional food without ever feeling uncomfortable. Many patients turn to slider foods for this very reason. They do not like the discomfort that results when the pouch is full from eating a measured portion of lean animal or dairy protein without liquids. Yet it is this very restriction that is the desired result of the surgery. The discomfort is intended to signal the cessation of eating. Remembering the "Protein First" rule is crucial to weight management with bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass, gastric banding (lap-band) and gastric sleeve patients are instructed to follow a high protein diet to facilitate healing and promote weight loss. Bariatric centers advise what is commonly known among weight loss surgery patients as the "Four Rules" the most important of which is "Protein First." That means of all nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat and alcohol) the patient is required to eat protein first. Protein is not always the most comfortable food choice for weight loss surgery patients who feel restriction after eating a very small amount of food. However, for the surgical tool to work correctly a diet rich in protein and low in simple carbohydrate slider foods must be observed. The high protein diet must be followed even after healthy body weight has been achieved in order to maintain a healthy weight and avoid weight regain.
  9. CheeringCJ


    I asked bc the thought of it made me laugh. We know a guy wore burgundy for literally years....we’d see him at church every Sunday and he would have a burgundy dress shirt on in the spring and fall and a burgundy sweater on in the winter. Every week! and the thing was he had a great job that paid him a lot so it wasn’t like he couldn’t afford anything else. My husband and i used to wonder if he had only those few shirts in his closet....or what we mostly imagined — him opening his big walk in closet and having rows and rows of burgundy hanging there! When i first saw your name here, I immediately thought of him...haha! Then I read your posts and could gather what you meant by it!
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    Love the name choices, where were you when I was naming my five kids??? They ended up with names like Jillian, Jordan, Lily, Logan. and Mason....not a Burgundy in the bunch! Darn! (Btw, what made you pick your name? Are you a big fan of wearing burgundy? Or a wine kind of a guy?)
  11. Nice, enjoy the private room. Praying for a quick and easy recovery!
  12. You look fabulous! Awesome! Love the slippers hope youre up and about real soon! Thank Papa Trish for the updates! Love the love of your family too, how supportive and sweet!
  13. Love it!!! I remember when you posted that first one and I was sooo impressed you were in a size 8 skirt, so it to see it so big is incredible. I love the look on your face, you crack me up, Cindy! You were talking recently about others thinking you’re too small, but I think you look fabulous...not scrawny. The thing that is such a shock to your family and friends, is you look like a naturally thin person who was born that way and it has to be such a change from how they were used to viewing you. And they may be afraid you won’t be able to stop and that you’ll end up wasting away to nothing quite literally. However, I doubt there are ppl who die of getting too thin after VSG and you can start upping your caloric intake (think Jenn’s peanut butter protein balls! Yum!) but I personally think you look AMAZING!!!! You are the true POSTER CHILD for weight loss surgery!
  14. Yeah!!!!! Nana will be Dancing with your Harper this summer!!!!
  15. Same here......I STILL get nauseous from my multivit, so I have to have the one that is the least offensive and eat it w/ food. (NEVER on an. Empty stomach)
  16. @Jumping Jo i could have written this entry myself! I love the discount days (but have been known to splurge the whole $6.99 to pay full price to get a pair of pants I really want that fit nice! Haha!). I have ended up with duplicates, even the luxury of having a pair of black dress pants that are long enough to wear with heels and one short enough for flats! I come out of GW or Salvation Army with a couple of bags and pay way less than I would at Walmart for an outfit or two (and I really don’t that much for new retail clothes!) And in our closet for the first time ever, my clothes take up more room than my husband’s do. I have more than I need but for the first time in 50 yrs I LOVE clothes! And I am just loving having so many And YES, before I would buy whatever was cheap and fit over my big body....never worried about how it really looked bc NOTHiNG looked good!! Usually it was big and flowery and ugly and matronly and i was too young to wear the old lady clothes but that is what fit so I got it (I never wanted to spend a lot of money on better clothes that looked better bc i didn’t really “deserve” it since I was so “unworthy”! Silly the mental crap we go through.
  17. Here’s a veteran tip (not that I have been at this too long, but I was in your same place this time last year and I had to buy clothes, but i have since packed them all up and given them away, so don’t get too attached to your new stuff and don’t spend a lot on it, no matter how nice it is, it won’t fit you later. My recommendation is to hit the thrift shops (not sure if you have them where you live) but I have literally saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars there. I buy nice brands (you have to look and look so give yourself time and you can’t go in looking for something specific but you will find great deals when you take the time to search the racks). I recently bought a pair of size 8 Loft dress pants with the $88 tag still on them for $6.99! (Here’s the funny thing, I felt sad for the girl who bought these new bc I have spent a fortune on things I am “going to get into” that sat in my closet taunting me until I finally donated them, so I imagined she had done the same so I felt her pain...but then again, maybe she had WLS and bought them to get into and flew right passed an 8 into a 6! Then I wouldn’t feel so bad! Anyway, congrats on your weight loss....great job! Get some transitional pieces of clothes, just know you won’t be in them very long!!!
  18. CheeringCJ

    Life updates

    Yikes, not again!!! You poor thing. Update us when you can, hope youre soon up and about and healing.
  19. Who is making who jealous, now, @Aussie Bear?? I will definitely take summer back! Well, ok, not the heatwaves like you get down there, but regular summer would be nice! You try to stay cool and I will try to stay warm! (I suppose if I had enough money, I could have two homes, one down there and one up here and live in each one half the year and never have to deal with winter!!!). BTW, I guess it is safe to say that right now you’re not wearing the cozy sweater you knitted for yourself!
  20. Thanks....but we lucked out and pushed it all north...sorry! it was heading here all week but last night took a swing towards the north, which isn’t as good for you but great for us. We are getting 2” of rain only...I can live w/ that. It was supposed to be snow, then rain overnight and in the am and then a flash freeze of ice and forcasted over 1/4” of ice which brings down the trees and power lines and though we are getting the ice, it isn’t going to be a flash freeze this time, the rain is supposed to stop before the drastic temp drop so we will get ice where water is ponded but not on the lines and trees. We totally dodged this one! YOU be careful and stay reason to go out on bad knees this weekend!
  21. Sorrry things have been so difficult. You know I totally get it. When our son was diagnosed, it turned my world upside down also. Our marriage wasn’t in a good place at the time (thank God that’s done a total 180 and we are better than ever) but I had 2 teens, and 3 little ones (1, 2 and 5 year olds). Our 5 yr old was very high maintenance to begin with (on the spectrum) and our little guy was just not thriving and he became my FT job of taking him to drs to see what was wrong. He had tons of sensory issues that affected his eating (lack of) which affected his growth. He ended up with 4 hours of therapy (occupational, speech, developmental and physical therapies) a week and then I had to do his treatments (skin brushing/joint compressions/oral stimulation etc) all day long. Bc the therapies were done in my house I felt like I had to have my house clean all time time which isn’t easy with 5 kids and toys everywhere. To say I was overwhelmed is a total understatement. The good thing is, I survived (probably due to my total addiction to food for comfort!) and my son is thriving. It just caused a whirlwind for a few years. It was very hard to take him out because new situations total frightened him and his anxiety level was very high. Home was his safe place, going out exposed him to a sensory nightmare of sounds, smells, brightness, noise everything that was too intense for him. Being in a restaurant was impossible, after about 10 mins he had had it and he would just scream, so one of us would stay at the table and eat w/ the other kids and one would take the baby outside and walk around w/ him till we could switch. Then the other one would walk him while we finished eating. I broke down and cried and said “no more meals out until he can handle it” and we literally didn’t go out until he was 5 and even then we had to take a portable DVD player and sit near an outlet and let him take a bag of toys and whatever we could do to distract him (plus he was on Prozac at that time so that helped). We could only drive certain ways (the routes he was used to, nothing veering off the regular route) or he’d melt down. we could only turn left on the green left arrow, not if that went away...or he’d kick and scream the whole rest of the way to church (which was another 10 mins away!). If he got really upset at the route, he’d projectile vomit his chocolate pediasure all over the car! I decided one day I had to break him of that so I sucked it up and started going different routes....I’d try just very close places and I would tell him ahead of time, this time Mommy is choosing LEFT....let’s go LEFT! (Trying to make it a fun adventure). It as pure torture for him but eventually he got over it...whew! I didn’t have many moments of tears because I couldn’t afford to melt down myself, but they were always just there below the surface, but I held them in. My life was so overwhelming, it is no wonder I wasn’t 500 pounds from shoving down the pressure and frustration and not having a second to care for myself. My point of sharing all of this is that....for one, I wanted you to know that you aren’t alone. I’ve been there and others have been there before you too....try to connect w/ a group in your area where they have things for kids on the spectrum...Meeting other moms who are also in the trenches helps. Just being able to vent helps! Also, it gets easier. It never gets perfect (but I have 4 other kids and they aren’t perfect either! Haha!) but it gets better. Try to enjoy the little things with her too. With mine, I celebrated little things way more than w/ my typical kids. Like when Mason finally learned to poop on the potty (at age 6!) it was such a huge deal! He couldnt’ sit on the potty bc there wasn’t anything under him and sensory wise he needed to have something supporting him and couldn’t sit over a hole (not even on a potty seat on the floor) so I danced the happy dance all day when he finally did it. So, embrace the little challenges that your child makes that is harder for her than for typical kids. I am glad to hear she is doing good and is a happy, healthy girl, but there are so many challenges that can break your heart to think of but you can help her overcome them. My son still hates going places but he has learned there is a limit. I give him a time frame and try not to go over. He knows we HAVE to go out but we WILL be back home by 9 pm (or whatever I tell him) I can’t be spontaneous with him, it still overwhelms him (at 15 yrs old). BUT he is a happy, healthy and absolutely adorable child that I wouldn’t have given up the chance to raise for all the money in the world!!! Here he is now...isn’t he too cute? This was at Christmas. The other pic is at the beginning before he was diagnosed. (It’s all 5 of our kids...our DTR was graduating high school, our son graduating 8th grade, our other daughter just turned 4, our little son was 18 months and the baby was 3 months). He is the baby and you can literally SEE something is wrong with him. He would always scream when he was held and see how he tensed up? He hated being touched. It confused me to no end because i was an “experienced mom” and I knew how to soothe a baby by cuddling them and it was just the opposite for him. When I would hold him, he would just cry and cry. Talk about overwhelming a momma!!! That is when I started searching for a diagnosis because something was clearly wrong and my drs didn’t see it. They just told me to stop comparing him to my other kids. I pushed and searched and he was diagnosed at 17 months. But that is when his help began. As much as I didn’t want the diagnosis, it validated me that I wasn’t just a bad mom or crazy and it gave me something to learn about and DO to help my baby! He still struggles but is doing so much better now. He started high school this year and loves it! He went to a private school just for kids on the spectrum (best decision EVER) and by the time he was 9 he was able to go back to our public school w/ his siblings (in special ed). (any time you want to talk, just message me)
  22. CheeringCJ


    Good for you. You must be awesome at maintenance. Way to go!!!
  23. Sorry, I must’ve missed that! That sounds painful, you will be glad to have relief after healing! Btw, i keep thinking of you every time they talk about this big storm coming...Harper!
  24. Well, hello, Miss @NerdyToothpick....welcome to our forum. You must be new. where did you ever get a name like that? LOL! Great to see you! Thought of you often. Hope Katja is doing well...and you and your hubby too of course! Nice to see you around.