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About Cardamom77

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  • Birthday 11/04/1977

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    Gastric Bypass
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    Dr. Josh Mourot

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  1. My dietician and I talked about this, too. He mentioned having kind of a contingency plan for if/when I am injured and have to take a break from cycling. That it may be difficult to adjust to having to eat less again to maintain my weight. It is honestly a STRUGGLE right now to eat enough (I burned 2100 calories yesterday - 65 miles - and that's on top of what I already have to eat just to maintain. Not happening), so I'm not terribly worried. But I also know that going from having to try to pack in 2700+ calories on an average day to needing to drop down to 1700 or so if I'm sedentary would not be easy. I could probably handle it, but that's easy to say now - might be harder in practice. I do often see food as fuel while I'm riding, but I do also really enjoy food still. I have to say that the 1/4 burger and half a dozen fresh cut fries I ate halfway through my ride yesterday was SOOOOO good! I really wished I could have eaten more. I tend to struggle to eat a lot during and right after my ride, so I've been keeping some of those Unjury ready to drink shakes in the fridge for when I get home. 20 grams of top-shelf protein that I can buy with my HSA card. Haha! Also - my weight loss clinic wants me to come speak at a seminar! I'm a superstar! LOLOLOL!
  2. I'm noticing I can eat more now - probably a good cup to a cup and a half of food at a time. That's the absolute most, though, and it depends on the food. But I am definitely happy that I can't eat half a pizza anymore. Ha! I totally get this. I don't dump when I eat sugar, which is an issue. I've been eating a lot more of it lately and even though I don't gain weight with it because I'm burning it off, it's not a good choice and won't help me nutritionally. We're all works in progress, though. I need to rein that in.
  3. I second the papaya enzyme! It works well for me.
  4. @CheeringCJ The other person was fine, too! I have to say that the 2016 Nissan Rogue is a very safe car. My husband was incredibly lucky. I still ride when it rains. I have no choice! I have a good rain jacket and rain pants to cover my clothes, but I can also just take a change of clothes in my panniers. I have a rain fly for the panniers, too, so that keeps everything inside dry. Those are some great deals you got! I definitely still shop at thrift stores. The cycling outfit I got was on ebay. I paid $22 shipped and it probably cost around $150 new. Lord knows I can't afford new cycling gear! Haha! I hide the jiggly thighs under those shorts, which also have a nice panel over the tummy and I just positioned myself well for the batwings. Haha! I'm pretty proud of my ripped quads, though, so it's nice to show them off. @Jen581791 It is a major struggle! I went on an organized ride Saturday before last and they had pizza at the end. They put two slices on my plate and I was like "Oh no, honey. I can only eat one!" and they looked at me like I had two heads. (And hell yeah I eat pizza after 30 miles! Haha!). That day I rode 63 miles and ate literally every time I stopped. I would stop and drink a bunch of water and eat something. If my husband hadn't been with me (he's still getting back on the bike and needs more breaks), I likely would have only stopped every 12-15 miles. As it was, we probably stopped about 8-10 times and they had bananas and peanut butter sandwiches along the way (they also had Clif bars, but anything involving rice does not do well in my pouch, sadly). So I ate a lot of bananas and peanut butter sandwiches and pizza and then, when I got home, a burger! Still had lost weight when I got on the scale the next morning. Blargh.
  5. It's been a year and a half for us now! How's it going? @CheeringCJ @AustinJ @Michael_A @Boho Rosy @kristinwitha_k @Lauraw96 @delilas @Lynn74
  6. My clinic had us go from liquid to soft foods - no pureed stage. Do you notice if it does it more with things like cottage cheese than with broth or pureed soups? If so, it could just be the texture - especially if you're not chewing it (yes, you should even chew cottage cheese!). If not, it could be sugar content from foods giving you the stomach ache. If you're pureeing soups, especially canned soups, make sure the sugar content is very low. Some canned soups add sugar which might trigger dumping syndrome. For me, dumping feels like nausea and stomach cramping for about 30-45 minutes. Also, I'm assuming you mean sugar-free flavored gelatin when you say jelly, so make sure you're chewing that, too. I know it seems weird to chew really soft foods like that, but fresh out of surgery they can get stuck. Chew everything to applesauce consistency. If none of that sounds accurate or works, can you call and talk to staff where you had your bypass? They may have some insight.
  7. Hey - good job catching these habits early and working hard to meet your goals! And it sounds like you had some stressors that could have sent you into a tailspin, but you powered through it. Go you!
  8. We’ll start with the bad: My husband totaled our car. He’s ok, though. The ugly: Our finances are still a hot mess and we can’t afford to buy or finance another car. The good: Now we have a great excuse (well, REASON) to ride our bikes literally everywhere. So I’m averaging about 15-20 miles a day commuting and running daily errands and taking 40-65 mile rides on the weekends. I’m burning roughly 600-800 calories on weekdays and roughly 1000-1500 calories on my weekend rides. I’m trying to look on the bright side. No car payment. No car insurance to pay. No gas to buy. Lots of exercise! Also there is grocery delivery in my area now, so that’s helpful! I had my 18 month follow up appointment and my main topic to discuss with the dietician was sports nutrition. I’ve been ordered to eat carbs. I’ve been ordered to eat fat. I’ve been ordered to eat constantly. What a mindf@*k after years and years of dieting! It is a huge shift for me, but I’m getting there. Lots of avocados and I make these oatmeal/banana/nut/salt bites to take on my rides. I’m trying to not get into a mentality of “I can eat whatever I want since I’ll burn it off” and remember that food is fuel. Delicious fuel, but fuel nonetheless. I totally eat a quarter cup of ice cream a couple nights a week though. Oh and I bought my first fancy bike outfit! (Ignore my messy room. Ha!)
  9. Wow! I realized it's been December since I posted. Holy cr@p! I haven't poked around the threads yet to see how everyone's doing, but I will! I'm doing well. I'll post the not so great first - I developed kind of a not great relationship with alcohol and may have given myself an ulcer as a result. I've only been experiencing pain for about two weeks, so I contacted the doctor ASAP. They're giving me a megadose of PPI daily and I'll have an endoscopy when I go in for my 18 month appointment in May. I'd do that sooner, but I can't afford the procedure so I'll have to save up for it. I'm hopeful that we can get it all healed up and I've stopped drinking alcohol altogether. Still drinking coffee, though. But just one cup a day. Maybe two The great definitely outweighs the not so great, though! I've lost a total of 146 lbs. I weigh less than I've lost - 133 lbs. I exercise CONSTANTLY. I ride my bike all over the place and I'm at the skating rink a couple of nights a week. I actually struggle to get enough calories to keep up with my activity level. My husband and boyfriend (we're polyamorous) are constantly trying to get me to eat more often and I have to pack snacks when I ride my bike over 20 miles or so. So I'm just going to say EXERCISE IS KEY!!!! I've registered for a 30 mile ride in May and a 100 mile ride in September and my training is on track to be successful in both. I fairly regularly ride 30 miles these days, but I'm adding mileage to keep increasing what I'm able to do. This Saturday I plan to ride 45 miles. I'm hoping to get up to 60 by the end of April. I do have some self-consciousness about my loose skin, but I am working through that. I won't be able to afford plastics anytime soon (if at all), so making peace is my only real choice at the moment. I do plan to incorporate some strength training into my exercise routine and hope that will help tone things up a bit, but I know the loose skin is going to stick around in some capacity. Still so worth it, though. I added a pic of me at Disco Night at the rink. I was the only one who dressed up, but I tend to like the attention these days
  10. Sooooo I date. Yes, I’m married but we are polyamorous and we date and have relationships with other people as well. We have since we started dating 13+ years ago. It works for us. It had been years since I had even bothered, but I decided to start an online dating profile on a whim and WHOA do people respond in droves when you’re thin! I actually put on my profile that I didn’t want to talk to anyone who had a “no fatties” policy because I used to be one. Lol Anyway, I met someone who is a runner and works out religiously and is pretty objectively hot and he is not put off at all by my loose skin. He actually likes it - it’s soft and feels nice. We do talk about fitness, etc and he knows I’m working on building some muscle but he isn’t critical or pushy about it - plus I ask him for advice sometimes since he knows his stuff. My girlfriend is on the heavier side (which of course is not a problem for me) and she likes it, too. My husband has been there through all of the changes and is completely in love with every changing inch. (It’s fun when I go to the gyno and they ask if my partner *fill in the blank* and I say “which one?” Lol!) If you can relax about it, it’s really not a bad thing. Easier said than done, I know, and I’m still working on it myself. But I’m getting there. So don’t worry. The right person will appreciate you for who you are. As my boyfriend likes to say, “I love the package you come in.” ❤️
  11. A) no such thing as "too young" for you. You rock that dress! Wear it! B ) Your arms are AMAZING. I mean, AMAZING!!!
  12. A year ago today, I was headed into the hospital all nervous that I had made a wacky decision that I might regret. My sister had just died, so I was grieving and looking at going through this process without her - which was not part of my plan. She was my support system. My family needed me, but I told them I needed to go ahead and do this for myself and that everything could wait until I was healed from surgery. I almost backed out. Some of my friends and family thought I should have at the time. But I didn't. I felt like Brittney would not have wanted me to back out. She would have called me "chickensh*t" and told me to get my a$$ in that hospital. (We are very southern and these are terms of endearment. Haha!) I had my one year post-op appointment this morning. A year later, my medical record reflects a 134 lb weight loss (my home scale indicates a 138 lb weight loss as of this morning). My blood pressure is perfect. I'll hear back about labs, but I'm not anticipating any issues. The dietician told me to work in MORE carbs (complex ones) and continue doing what I'm doing. He did not recognize me when I walked in! I'm going to the gym 4 days a week and doing circuit training and also riding my bike as much as I can, so I definitely need to get those carbs. Haha! It's really nice to be told to eat MORE food. I still struggle to see what others see. I mean, my clothes are a size medium almost across the board now and I'm objectively slim, but I look down at my body and sometimes see the big me. The twice this size me. I can recalibrate and recognize it's not the truth, but my automatic thinking is that I'm fat. I still ask for tables instead of booths. I still worry about sitting in folding chairs. It is bizarre because none of this has been an issue for months. But the head stuff is a lot harder to remedy than the physical stuff. I knew that going in. It's just going to take a little more work to get straight there. Here are my before/afters. I've posted them other places before, but wanted to add them here. The after pic was taken 2 weeks ago, but there's only about a 2 lb difference, so I think it's fine. Ha!
  13. Cardamom77


    Hey - thanks for asking, @CheeringCJ. I started to post a reply to this the other day and ended up not really knowing what to say. I'm still not sure what to say. We have had a difficult time the last few weeks. The holidays will be rough. My nephews' dad is being horrible. It's just difficult. I don't know that there's a lot more to say about it. I also feel bad that it seems like I'm always getting support on here and not giving much support to others. In my day to day life, I work with people who are experiencing homelessness, my mother leans on me very heavily, and I'm the main caregiver for my family. I provide a lot of support for others kind of all of the time - and it's very draining. So I don't have a lot left when I'm hopping on the laptop for a break. You know? I know it's not much of an excuse, but I feel like I should offer some explanation. I probably come off as more of a taker than a giver, but that's not who I am, really. I'm just kind of tired.
  14. Today’s NSV - I just crawled through my dog door because I locked myself out of my house. Lol!
  15. Yeah, I don’t wash everything after every wear but I also keep things pretty clean. I also have a clothing steamer that helps freshen things up between washes. My mirror and selfie taking skill are both terrible, but here’s what I wore today. Grey sweater, grey dress, black tights, Docs and jewelry. I also wore my coat. Ha!