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About Cardamom77

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  • Birthday 11/04/1977

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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Josh Mourot

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  1. Cardamom77

    THE Dress - VICTORY!!!

    A) no such thing as "too young" for you. You rock that dress! Wear it! B ) Your arms are AMAZING. I mean, AMAZING!!!
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    One year

    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!
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    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.
  4. Cardamom77

    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Today’s NSV - I just crawled through my dog door because I locked myself out of my house. Lol!
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    My minimized wardrobe or "What I Might Be Wearing Tomorrow"

    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!
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    My minimized wardrobe or "What I Might Be Wearing Tomorrow"

    Also I know that this doesn't look like a minimized wardrobe for some folks. For me, this is pared down because I used to do a lot of impulse clearance/thrift store shopping. I like having my wardrobe "decided" so that I don't have to clutter up my brain with a lot of decisions over trivial stuff.
  7. I was wondering if anyone else is doing a capsule wardrobe. I decided to start doing this recently and I have to say - it has made getting dressed SO MUCH EASIER. It also prevents impulse purchases because if I see something I like, I remind myself that I have already chosen my wardrobe pieces for this season and I can buy new things in the spring (unless I shrink out of something, of course, but my size has stayed pretty steady in the last couple of months - plus I have a sewing machine. ). Anyway, I don't count a few things in my wardrobe count. Those things are 2 "formal" dresses, a pair of shiny leggings that I'll only wear to goofy dress up stuff, and the 3 items I wear to help my mom sell her tie-dyes (tie-dyes aren't really my style). I also don't count underwear, pajamas, tights/pantyhose, socks, etc. I also don't count my bike shorts/clothes and exercise clothes. I do count shoes (other than my workout shoes). I have 20 items in my wardrobe. It is mainly black, white, and grey, with two items that are not neutral colors. Here's what I have (price I paid for it in parentheses): A short sleeved white crepe shirt ($2) A long sleeved white linen button-up shirt ($7) A grey and white striped tank top ($2) A short sleeved grey cowl neck top ($3) A black long-sleeved silk layering top ($0 - hand-me-down from a friend) A teal tunic ($.50) A pair of black jeans ($10) A pair of black and grey Spanx leggings ($0 - these were given to me by a friend they didn't fit, but I can say they are worth every penny of the $100 they cost!) A pair of grey and black striped leggings ($11) A pair of black ankle pants ($5) A faux leather skirt ($12 - I feel like basically the most rockstar rock star who ever rockstarred in this) A black open-knit sweater ($0) A grey open-knit sweater ($2) A mottled multicolor turtleneck sweater tunic ($0) A grey long-sleeve dress ($3) A grey corduroy blazer ($5) A black wool peacoat ($7) A pair of black Doc Marten boots ($100 in 2012 - ha!) A pair of black suede "witch heels" ($.50 - they're that kind of Victorian bootie style - LOVE) A pair of Teva Mary Janes for biking in ($30) That's it! Now I have a BILLION pair of earrings and a good dozen necklaces and about 8 scarves to brighten things up, so it's not as drab as it sounds. If you count the Doc Martens, my entire wardrobe cost $200. If you don't (because I bought them 6 years ago), it's $100. I try not to wash stuff as often if it's not dirty to keep it from wearing out too fast. I plan to get new stuff in the spring for spring/summer and plan to try to spend about the same amount and keep it to 20 items. Anyway - tell me about your wardrobe strategy! I have to say it's really nice to be able to find my size with no problem in thrift stores now!
  8. Cardamom77

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Thank you! I didn't have a birthday cake bar, but my husband found a Swerve cake mix that was pretty good on carbs and had erythritol in it (which I handle well) and made a very lightly sweetened whipped cream frosting for it. It was perfect! He's a keeper.
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    What Are You Wearing Today?

    It's true! I need to change my profile age - it still says 40. Haha!
  10. Cardamom77

    What Are You Wearing Today?

    Here’s what I wore yesterday, on my 41st birthday.
  11. Cardamom77

    Officially maintaining!

    When I weighed this morning, I was the same as I was yesterday, so that was reassuring. I have not been eating as much as I should the last week or so. I put my food from yesterday (best I could remember) into MyFitnessPal and it came up to about 1200 calories. So, yeah. Gonna have to get some snacks. Haha!
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    Random questions for "after'

    I'm not quite a year out, but I can share my experience as a less experienced bypass patient. 1. I drink coffee. I try to keep it to one or two cups a day. Sometimes I'm having a rough afternoon and drink one in the afternoon, too, though. I do not drink sugary coffee drinks anymore. Did you know there are FIFTY grams of sugar in a grande pumpkin spice latte?!?!?! 2. I do not take any NSAIDs and don't plan to. My sister had surgery about 15 years ago and ignored this advice (and smoked) and had the most horrible ulcers. She had to drink liquid lidocaine before eating to ease the pain in her esophagus. 3. I was drinking alcohol about 6 months after surgery. That was probably a little early, but I took it easy and didn't have trouble. However, I have had some medication changes recently and it's inadvisable for me to drink with my current med cocktail, so I abstain. It's fine - I don't miss it. 4. I do not have dumping syndrome. There are some foods that inexplicably do not sit well in my pouch (oranges, raw kale, iceberg lettuce), but I do not dump. Sometimes if I eat too many carbs at once, I will get sleepy, but that's about it. Early on, I think I did have dumping syndrome, but it's stopped. However, I have never even tried to eat anything with over 20 grams of sugar in it, so I'm not sure if I would dump if I ate a lot of something super sugary. I also have not eaten pasta or rice since surgery. 5. I have not thrown up at all - not once - since surgery. As far as things getting stuck goes, get some papaya enzyme. Works wonders. 6. I lost a little tiny bit of hair - completely unnoticeable. But I know some people have lost quite a bit. I think it has to do with where your hair growth cycle is when you have surgery and there's not really any way to tell that before you do it. It will grow back, though. And there are some super cute wigs out there at pretty reasonable prices! I like this place for ordering wigs: Hope some of this is helpful!
  13. Cardamom77

    Officially maintaining!

    I lost another two lbs in the last two days. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Like why did the weight loss speed up again? Am I silly for worrying about it? I'm eating bread again, you would think it would keep my weight steady at least. Haha! I'm overthinking it, aren't I?
  14. Cardamom77

    Officially maintaining!

    Thank you!!! I may be - I’m not sure! There are a lot of factors, though, so I’m sure everyone will make it in their own time! I’m honestly still scared of failure. Like there’s a part of me that is terrified of gaining it all back, even knowing my diet has completely changed and knowing that would be damn near impossible with my new plumbing. Brains are jerks sometimes though.
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    Officially maintaining!

    This is actually the first time I've visited the Maintenance forum and this is super helpful. I'm officially doing maintenance now and these ( @Res Ipsa's Maintenance 101 post) are good words to read. I had said that I would switch to weighing weekly after I hit goal, but this is helping bolster my reasoning for my habit of weighing daily. I got into the habit while in the active losing phase and it's hard to break those habits, so I'm glad to see it can be helpful! I'm still religiously getting my protein in first. I have discovered that I can eat something sweet and not crave more (mostly because if I eat something sweet, I'm grossed out by how sickly sweet it is - ha!), and that salty carby snacks are my kryptonite and have to stay the heck out of the house. So I will take those lessons forward with me and hopefully keep on track! I'm also expanding my IRL friend circle to include other people who have had surgery. Partly by purposefully participating in social activities organized by my clinic (it's seriously one of the best clinics ever) and partly by supporting my current friends who want to have surgery. I have 2 close friends who have opted to have surgery since I had mine and it's been great being able to talk to them about looking forward and also to be reminded of the basics. One friend had surgery at the same clinic I did and we have all the same recommendations, so I can tell her the places I tweaked the rules a little (and where that went well and where it didn't) and she can remind me of the places I need to be more attentive. I've lost another 2 lbs since I've started maintenance, so there's a chance that maybe 150 isn't where my body needs to be. We'll see. But I've stopped stressing about weight loss now, so that's cool. I have had people mention that they think I shouldn't lose much more. I am happy with where I am, but I don't think I would be unhappy if I dropped 5-10 lbs more. I just see no reason to strive for it at this point. Thanks for being part of my support team!