ubergirl

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About ubergirl

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    Female
  • Location
    SoCal
  • Age
    55

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  • Height (ft-in)
    5-08
  • Start Weight
    297
  • Current Weight
    207
  • Goal Weight
    190
  • Surgery Date
    01/17/2018
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Well, I went through my closet over the last few days. I'm a former size 3X/24 and I've already spruced up my wardrobe with some stuff that is closer to my now size: (14 pants and L or XL tops) But purging my closet made me feel weird. A little backstory is that I lost 110 lbs through diet and exercise in 2009. At that time, I hadn't been out of plus sizes in more than 20 years and it was just this gigantic joy ride to drop sizes and live as a normal-sized person. I got rid of every single plus-sized garment and bought a whole new wardrobe, but within 3 years, I was back up about 2/3rds of the lost weight and back in plus sizes. It took 7 years, but I finally regained every pound I had lost. I really dragged my heels buying new clothes at the larger sizes, but finally, by last year, I had a full set of clothes. Enter my VSG surgery in Jan 2018 and I'm now back down 90lbs (yay!) But the process of purging my closet and seeing hundreds (probably thousands) of dollars worth of clothes back in the giveaway pile is kind of depressing and it seems hard to believe that I'm out of plus sizes forever. Anyone else feel mixed emotions about this?
  2. I'm about 4.5 months post-op and planning a ten-day driving trip-- some hotels, some camping, and some airbnb. I'm getting a little bit worried about food strategy. I have struggled with heartburn since surgery and because of this I have to be super picky about what I eat. For one thing, protein nut milk has become a staple for me-- I mix it with protein powder and put it in my tea. Restaurants are sometimes tough because even if I order something simple like eggs, which are fine when I prepare them myself, there is more butter or something in them in restaurants. A lot of my go-tos need to be refrigerated (cheese sticks, cottage cheese, sliced turkey eggs) Any advice about nice things to take along that don't need to be refrigerated? Any great tips about ordering in restaurants? From previous driving trips, I know that I can't always easily find speciality items while I'm on the road and a cooler is only going to get me partway there.
  3. ubergirl

    Non Scale Victories

    Sweet!
  4. I went to Europe at roughly ten weeks out. I packed protein powder packets to mix with milk and pretty much just ate what I could for the rest. The truth is, the trip was easier being post-surgical. Had already dropped close to 40 lbs prior to departure, which meant no seat belt extender, and I walked up the stairs to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
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    Stopped acid reducer

    I was really frustrated with the acid for a while there. After I talked to the doc I decided to be super super careful and implement every single change they suggested. 1. take the pill on an empty stomach (I know you're not taking any, but I take one daily.) 2. actually give up spicy stuff 3. Choose really carefully and avoid anything even slightly fatty. 4. absolutely stop eating before I think I'm full. When I really started doing those four things my heartburn calmed right down. Would love to drop the med, but I'm not sure if I'm ready for that yet.
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    Stopped acid reducer

    I was having a lot of trouble with heartburn and the acid reducer wasn't helping much, and during that time I did feel less interest in food and could eat less. But I attributed it to feeling so acidy all the time.
  7. ubergirl

    Rewiring of brain

    I'm still having trouble putting little enough on my own plate. I think I've got it right and it's still too much.
  8. ubergirl

    3 months out!

    Thank you everybody! It's so hard to keep it in perspective. One minute I'm thinking wow, 50 lbs since Jan!! And another minute it's "oh this is so slow..."
  9. Went in for my three month post-op check up. It was actually a little bit later than 3 months, because I had to do some extra follow-ups after surgery. Was really happy when the NP told me that I have already lost 43% of my excess weight in 3 months. She said they consider 60% of excess weight to be a successful outcome, and I'm most of the way there after only three months. Of course, I'm hoping and expecting to lose more than 60% of my excess weight, but it is nice to know that my weight loss is line with what they expect. After one month, I had only lost 19 lbs and my surgeon told me that I might expect slower than average weight loss because of my age. My stats are as follows: Initial visit 297 Surgery weight 285 Current: 234 There was a minor complication with my surgery that kept me on liquids for a full month, as a precaution, but luckily that turned out fine. I have been suffering from a good amount of heartburn, but fortunately, it has improved in the last ten days or so. So definitely overall doing well, and tons of NSVs with hopefully more to come!
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    Onederland and 120 pounds gone!!

    Congratulations!!
  11. ubergirl

    Brave, brave article by Roxane Gay on WLS

    Wow. Weirdly enough, I'm also a writer and I also had my VSG at UCLA in January, but I'm not Roxane Gay.
  12. ubergirl

    Body image

    Ha! Well, if I had a pair of size 4 shorts, I would certainly never believe they would fit for a single second. :-)
  13. ubergirl

    Body image

    Well, I'm only 3 months out, and I'm having the opposite problem. I pull clothes out of my drawer thinking, oh this will surely fit and it's HUGE!
  14. ubergirl

    No seatbelt extender!!!!!!

    Oh my gosh! I went to Paris just a few days after you (home now) and I also was SO RELIEVED to snap that seat belt buckle and pull to tighten. Not fitting easily in an airplane seat is the worst thing in the world!!! And my other big Paris NSV was taking the stairs up the Eiffel Tower! No way in a hundred million years could I have done that at 297. I was so proud!
  15. I was a sweat-monster when I was young and then I stopped sweating much at all as I got older (not WLS related. I didn't sweat much even before) I was so mystified I googled the heck out of it, but I couldn't find anything that said "it's weird not to sweat" LOL. I do still sweat when I exercise hard though!