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About AliPat

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  • Birthday September 30

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Central Valley California
  • Interests
    Horses, gardening, writing
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  • Surgeon
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    Kaiser S Sac
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Starting BMI 42.4
  1. Preach it sister!!! Yes, for the first time I have a tool to inject wisdom, will power and reason into my brain and stop me from letting 1... or 5.... mistakes.... become the 17,000 mistakes of my future! just now, at the airport, I finished half of a child’s chicken teriyaki bowl (no rice) and I stopped when my sleeve told me too! I never even made my miso soup. Maybe later on the plane. Day 17,773 is shaping up to be mighty fine as well
  2. And today I lost another pound!! ain’t it grand.... the chain of events that can start in the bathroom!!
  3. Awe, thanks you you too. And...FWIW.......NOTHING beats a good poop!
  4. Yep... that's right, I've been alive for seventeen thousand, seven hundred and thirty two days! So the piddly little 66 days I have been sleeved are relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of my time on this planet. And considering that I can eat pretty well now, I guess these stats can reassure me that the few days of not being able to eat or drink much of anything were totally worth it. I guess that means it should reassure you, that you can do this too! I've been a bit down and worried lately because I have been stuck at the same weight for 13 days. I know intellectually that I will have weight loss stalls and it's normal and happens to everyone. But I still wasn't prepared for the day after day disappointment. I tried to focus on my non scale victories and that got me through most of the days. But the last few days got me really worried that I am somehow screwing up. I started scrutinizing every bite I put in my mouth. I'll be honest, I've made a few mistakes. I've been dealing with some emotional issues that have reared their ugly head for some time now, and of course I turned to food just like I have always done. But fear not, the scale moved again this morning. I finally broke into the 180's by a whopping .4 lbs. and I'll take it!!! So, one of the mistakes I made was to eat a bunch of baked cheese. This was actually a BIG mistake. I made that mistake because I was looking at the calorie and carb count, which was very low, and the tastiness of the treat! It was 152 calories - 6 carbs and 10g protein per serving which was 6 crackers. I call them "crackers" because it is the closest thing in relation that I can think of. Basically it is baked pepper jack and Parmesan cheese with a hair of gluten free flour tossed in. They were so crunchy and so savory and so salty and so low carb/high protein....that I deluded myself into the fact that they were guilt free and completely forgot it was CHEESE.... My colon's arch nemesis! One mistake led to two.....servings that is....and the next thing I knew, I did it again the next day....and the next day....and then it dawned on me....when was the last time I pooped? Oh my... was I in trouble. I've been eating one bit of veggies for every 2 bites of meat for a while now. Usually a green veggie....but it was not helping combat that cheese. I loaded up on the miralax and I can report that I am cheese free and a half a pound lighter today.... WHEW!! And for some fun Non scale victories... I can feel some bones now. I noticed a few days ago the bones in my hand, last night I could feel the bone in my upper arm (with a little digging) and today I noticed my collar bone. Also, My legs finally "look" thinner to me, as does my side view silhouette and I got to throw away my granny panties!!! To top it off, I'm leaving for Hawaii tomorrow for the first time and I bought a bathing suit that I actually feel good in! Yup, Day 17, 732 is damn fine day!
  5. Confused about meals

    that video was AMAZING...I will never forget the visual.....thanks for sharing that!!!
  6. Almost 30 lbs down

    You're doing great, don't look back. Here's how I feel about eating/out with friends..... food and the scale has been my enemy for most of my adult life. yet food is a vital part of our social life. I made a decision before my surgery not to make food the enemy in regards to family and friends. I don't want to intentionally not be included in activities that food is involved. I don't want people to fear, pity, avoid, envy or despise me. So I go, I eat my little 3oz of food and enjoy the people I love. we joke about my itty bitty fork and plate, and we do all the things we did before.....minus me killing my self with food. I went to indian food last night with my friend. we go there at 6p and left at 8:30.....eating was only a teeny part of our fun. we choose places that aren't soo busy that they ruin our fun by kicking us out so they can seat someone else. my friends and I can talk for HOURS!!! so go enjoy a meal with your friends, you'll have plenty of left overs for meals to come!
  7. aww thanks! You've done amazing too I see! my profile was a screen shot from a video of a bunch of facial expressions I make when looking at the scale every morning. I made a collage, but it's not appropriate for here because of a few shots with obscenities....LOL thanks..,,, and isn't amazing how beautiful we are in our man's eyes but not our own?
  8. I just may be the most recent "quitter" here. Last cigarette was 9-24-17 9:06am. I vaped until my first WLS orientation where we were told we would be drug tested and it would include nicotine! I read that it takes 30dys to get the nicotine out of your system to pass a drug test. a few days later I switched to zero nicotine in my vape. I was nicotine free 30+ days when I got drug tested after thanks giving. I believe they drug tested me again right before surgery! My surgery was 2-5-18 and I am soooo glad quitting cigarettes was long behind me. I honestly don't think about smoking and haven't since about halloween last year. BUT...that doesn't mean I'm ok. I think because I don't think about smoking, that I think I don't have moments that need some type of coping skill. and since in those moments I DONT think about cigarettes...I also don't think of taking care of myself in that moment, and I end up raging pissed at something/someone, where removing myself from the moment to smoke would have stopped my anger in it's tracks. I will also say that almost all of my outside plants have died, because I I no longer go outside every hour to smoke. It has taken me 6 months to be able to be outside among the lifeless brown carcasses of my once lush green sanctuary. the only thing that survived was succulents and things planted in the ground. but i knew i couldn't be among them and not I'll be visiting lowe's and home depot soon to replenish and renew. keep up the good work and know that every once in a while, you will reach for a cigarette without even thinking about it. you'll be diggin in your purse for a while before you figure out that what you are looking for doesn't exist. sometimes i'm driving and reach in the spot they used to be.... and then i'm glad I'm no longer controlled by those stinky expensive buggars! One last thing.....I've spent my cigarette money on clothes at the thrift store and I ..... LOVE... shopping for skinny clothes!!! I promise there will be a day that you just don't think about it any more..... HALLELUJAH!!
  9. You're soo sweet. thank you! I'm shocked too at what a difference 35lbs has made. No matter what activity I'm doing, I'm going to spend my time in Hawaii listening to a self help program about "letting stuff go". I need to figure out this whole anger thing.....cuz that stuff ain't cute!
  10. Thanks! You're doing pretty dang good yourself! I stopped wearing that shirt back in sept because it was doing me no favors, and started wearing an identical but pink one. I've stopped wearing the pink on, because I just look ridiculous in looks like a dress on me. This black one is soon to follow. But I will continue to take pics in it for comparison. @Burgundyboy was mentioning looking at our arms. You can see the difference in these two pics in the white stripes on my arms. pic one....stripes tight...pic two....stripes wavy and lower on my arm!! I can't believe I used to fill that shirt out...all the way around, and now ....I'm just gobsmacked. PS....that shirt just came out of the dryer for this pic. I cannot stress enough how much "before" pics have saved my sanity. I took pics from front, side and back that shirt, a black tank top, and also in just my bra and panties. Believe it or not.....nothing highlights my success like that shirt does!
  11. 1. I have no regrets!!! 2. I lost 14lbs the first 14 days, then slowed to 2lbs week, to 1.5 last week....and I haven't freaked out 3. I am in "One"derland FOREVER!!! 4. For some ODD* reason, I am mad as HELL, and I don't feel like talking (for the first time in 48ys) 5 *** it's not ODD, I do know why I am so Angry, it's just hard to figure out why I am so angry. (if you are going thru the same know what I mean) 6. I've gone from a size 22 pant to a 16 depending on cut (low rise pants I'm 18) and 3x shirt to 1x 7. Before photo's compared to "after"/current photo's, have saved me from getting depressed/discouraged when I think I don't see a change in the mirror. As much as I hated that first photo, I love it now, because I know that woman is fading into the darkness, and this one shines in the light. 8. Family/Friend's/Boss'/Coworker ... drama/sabotage... is lurking around every corner....tip toe or run thru Hell before the devil see's you're there. 9. No matter how bad things have seemed, I haven't thought once about having a cigarette. 10. Sometimes.... if the angle is just right...I'm cute as hell. 11. Screw everyone....I'm going to Hawaii....ALONE. Refer to #8.... plane departs 4-13-18....reservation for 1. 12. I had a list of 25 things I hated about being fat....I've crossed 18 off the list, and only have 7 left to go 13. My body does what ever the hell it pleases, which often doesn't please me....and that's OK 14. For the first time in my life, I have faith I will be successful at losing weight and keeping it off 15. WLS is not going to solve all of my problems. It will however expose them! 16. If I only lose 1 lb a week from here on out... on my birthday 9-30.....I will weigh 165..... How cool is that ?!?! 17. I feel great !!!. I don't get winded just walking to my car, I'm quite flexible now, I sleep better, a lot less pain...DANG!!.....If I feel this good already, How amazing am I going to feel when I've lost another 30 lbs...or 60 more lbs. 18. I wish I would have done this sooner 19. I have the most amazing husband in the world....but Hawaii is something I need to do for myself....just like WLS 20. I'm going to have crepe'y loose skin and that's year I'm getting a tummy tuck and neck lift !! 21. I have all the time in the world to figure the rest out. 30 lbs of weight loss.....The below pic is my "before" 230 and then a month ago 200.4 (I've lost another 7lbs since then)
  12. NSVs—Let's share!

    Oh, they be special alright! Boots and stark white breeches..... High Class!! Lookin Gorgeous!!
  13. Just want to thank everyone for the advice on this topic. I'm 12 days out, my surgeon offered little advice pre-op much less prescriptions. I did get prune juice, milk of magnesia, probiotics and miralax. so far I've had no need for the magnesia. My first attempts were great on days 4 and 5. day 6 was a whole nother story. I left the bathroom and immediately started miralax daily mixed into either my protein shake or my cream of wheat. things have been "ok" since, at least every other day, sometimes daily.
  14. Unflavored protein

    Just curious about only processing 30g at a time. Hadn't heard that. As for me, I have recently purchased Isopure unflavored and put it in everything. NO TASTE, or TEXTURE. My Vietnamese PHO and chocolate pudding taste exactly the same! I did the math for "my fitness pal" purposes. 2 teaspoons = 1/8th of a serving = 3.1g of protien per 2tsp I have an adjustable measure spoon, keep it on 2 tsp just for protien. I put one of those in my morning 1/2 packet of cream of wheat w 2 oz water. I've put up to 3 of my scoops (6tsp = 9.3g protien) into 5-6 oz of soup or broth and no change of flavor. I love it !!!
  15. NSVs—Let's share!

    NOOOOOOOO!!!!! before anyone throws away a good pair of boots, if money is an issue....don't forget the shoe maker! I ride horses, english, which require tall boots. I'll never forget taking them to him to get extensions and a zipper added, or the day I got so fat I busted the zipper from my bigger calf. Anyways, riding boots are soo expensive and once broke in perfectly, they are a labor of love. I can't wait to take them back to him and get them re-sized back to what they were. going smaller is easy, and looks way better then when you have to go bigger. Us horse gals love our boots so much.... one time, my friend had an accident on trail, horse fell on her and busted her leg. An ambulance came and went to cut her boot off and she told him if he did, she'd kill him. She told him to yank it off!!! he did, and after she healed from surgery, she still had her favorite boots. My non scale victory today is that I got into my jeans!