Cindy Lou Who

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About Cindy Lou Who

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Houston
  • Age
    57

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  • Surgeon
    Brian Mirza
  • Hospital
    Bellaire Surgical
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-04
  • Start Weight
    245
  • Current Weight
    126.8
  • Goal Weight
    140
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    21.8
  • Surgery Date
    02/28/18
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Lots of good tips in these posts. Only thing I can add is that right after surgery, I had aversions to foods that I had really liked before. And it also reminded me of being pregnant, kind of in the morning sickness phase. The smell of bacon, coffee, wine, anything fried... all made me feel sick! And for awhile I had to ask my husband to make the family dinners because it just smelled bad. I enjoy food now. Definitely. But some of the aversions have lessened, but not gone away. They seem to be the worse foods for me, like fried foods and white wine, so I'm okay with it! Just stay on track and let your body adjust. You'll do fine and good food will enter your life again.
  2. Thanks for all the vacay info and pics! Looks wonderful!!! Hope your recovery is going well. I'm interested in your hiking calories. My DH and I and 4 other couples are going to hike 14 days in the Alps in September, one of those hut to hut hikes. Very challenging, so I am trying desperately to get in shape for it, even though I'll no doubt be kicked in the butt by the altitude!! Anyway, I'm sure the calorie intake will be a huge challenge. What successful snacks did you take? Did the peanut butter idea work?
  3. Sorry it took so long! But I finally posted in the blog section and put up 5 Samoa pics!
  4. OOOOOPS, actually doing this blog entry a couple weeks late. I was on Samoa time, Man! Promised pictures at the bottom of page! It ended up being a great trip, and some new weight maintenance challenges that will help me in the long run. The main thing I was worried about was weight gain from being away from the daily scale weigh ins at home, away from the weekly weigh ins at Weight Watchers, no weighing and measuring and predictable food, not being able to run for security reasons, not having a gym, and a completely different lifestyle. Whew, lots of angst!! But I learned some great things from being away from all my security blankets. I did successfully monitor my weight! And now I feel so much more confident in not needing all the niceties that home provides. (I still weigh every day now that I'm home, but I'm not afraid to venture forth!) Things that helped me along the way/weigh are: (Haha, pun intended) 1) I told myself that a 5 pound gain over the month I was gone would be okay if it happened. My ideal was to stay the same, but a small gain would be okay. 2) I gain first in my butt and thighs. So I took a couple of shorts that fit snug. I figured that I would probably notice a 5 pound difference in those clothes. I monitored those in place of the scale. 3) I couldn't run, but took advantage of hikes and snorkeling. I also found a Crossfit class and did that about 6 times total. 4) I cut out the snacking I was doing at home, and listened to when I felt full. I also took protein bars and had them with me at all times. They really helped me keep the protein up as I was living with a vegan family. Results: I had gained about 3 pounds right before I left due to nervous eating. So silly, I know! When I got home I had lost those three pounds! Yay!! Now I feel way more confident that I can see in the mirror or in my clothes and don't have to have the scale all the time. I can tell I haven't run in a month, but after starting it up again, that endurance is starting to come back. I also broke my little toe while I was there, so I couldn't have run anyway. So now I'm learning that getting back in shape is doable. I have returned to my favorite home foods (blueberries, sardines, nuts, etc), but it was comforting to see that the pouch works when those foods aren't available. And the breadfruit, fresh coconut, and other exotic foods were DELICIOUS! Maintenance Diary - 1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds 2nd month - Range 133.0 - 135.4 pounds 3rd month - Range 127.2 - 133.0 4th month - Range 125.0 - 128.0 5th month - Range 124.0 - 126.6 6th month - Range 124.6 - 127.8 7th month - Range 126.4 - 130.4 8th month - One weigh in 126.8 9th month - Let's go!
  5. Prayers and good vibes coming your way!!
  6. Just my 2 cents on WW: I really have found WW very helpful. For me, it's all about the meetings and weekly weigh ins. That is where I find WW invaluable. I still go every week even though I reached my WW goal last October. I find the accountability, the focus on eating right, and the meeting topics most helpful. I like how healthy and balanced the WW plan is now, but to actually lose the weight right after surgery, I used MFP and concentrated on getting enough protein and water. That was hard enough, and made the weight come off. I think if I had to lose any more, I would definitely use the WW plan and just check my protein from time to time.
  7. Doing well indeed! Sleeve surgery Feb 28, 2018. At goal with 118 pounds down (From 245 to 127) and in maintenance mode for the last 8 months. Life is SOOOOO grand! i can now exercise, buy small, cute clothes, play with my kids, enjoy life to the fullest! Being healthy rules!!! I'm so glad you are doing this for yourself!
  8. Hey, Everyone, I'm back!!!! I had an INCREDIBLE month in American and Western Samoa with my son and friend. Trip of a lifetime! I'll post pics and talk more about it in my monthly maintenance blog when I get a chance in the next day or so. But, I wanted to hurry here and report happiness! I was INCREDIBLY nervous about leaving my scale, normal foods, water enhancers, Weight Watcher meetings, and food scale/measuring cups for a whole month!! I was one of those daily weigh people (in addition to my "official" weekly Weight Watcher weigh-in), so I thought for sure I would balloon up. I also worried, and rightly so, about being able to run much there. It wasn't because of safety, but because they are very conservative there, and running in tights would've been a no-go in some of the areas. Anyway, before I left, I ate because of nerves, and had gained 3 pounds. (130.4) After getting back home, my first official Weight Watchers weigh-in, I am 126.8! Yay!!!! My happy zone is 125-130, and happiest being 126-130, so I am happiest!!! Also glad to be back with all my TTF heroes!!!!!
  9. Welcome and good luck!! My initial pain was mainly nausea and a really bad headache from the anesthesia. That kind of ruined the first day for me. I had heard that the gas pain was bad and walking in the hospital halls was good for that, so I did a ton of that. It not only helped the gas pain, but the nausea as well! Walk, walk, walk! Sip, sip, sip the water they give you. It will seem like a ridiculously small amount, but it's good to start learning to sip right away. Welcome to TTF! People are awesome here and lots of great support and info!!
  10. I wrote about this in my blog just now, but wanted to repeat it here as it seems like blogs are harder to find. I had an NSV yesterday that I've really been looking forward to. I've never been small enough to feel comfortable in white jeans. So when I started maintenance, I vowed to get some white jeans this summer. Well, I live in Houston, and it's too hot to wear white jeans in summer! BUT, a few weeks ago I saw a white jean skirt on major markdown from last summer. Size Zero. It fit!!!! What?!?!?!?! So had to buy it! Here it is. Wore it for the first time yesterday as my momma taught me to not wear white until after Memorial Day. Anyone else get that one? haha! I've added the picture below.
  11. Another month down. Some new, and not so great, little demon habits started sneaking in this month. Messy head messages, really. Because I was still "underweight" according to my doc, and because I have been nervous the last two weeks about a month-long trip coming up, I started letting myself snack way more, and even ate emotionally some. YUCK! Hated it! I gained 3 pounds, which is no big deal as it's in my happy range, but I'm not happy AT ALL about how it made me feel. It made me feel out of control and defeated. Stopping that!! I'm glad that this month is over and the trip is here. We leave tonight for a month in Samoa. It will be an adventure of a lifetime, and I know I'll feel relaxed and happy once we are on the plane tonight! The 24+ hours it will take to get there (in middle seats, in economy) will not be bad as all the prep work will be done. And I have to admit it feels great knowing I can shift from side to side in my seat because I have ample room now! Thank heavens!!! Exercise has been great this month. I've worked up to running 5 miles at a clip and that feels good. And our gym got some Peletron bikes, so I've done a few online classes on them. OMG!! Kicked my butt!! I'm literally dripping with sweat after a 30 minute class! I highly recommend them if you're feeling like you're in good shape and need to be knocked down a few pegs! Maybe it's just me, but they are tough! Good, but tough! I had an NSV yesterday that I've really been looking forward to. I've never been small enough to feel comfortable in white jeans. So when I started maintenance, I vowed to get some white jeans this summer. Well, I live in Houston, and it's too hot to wear white jeans in summer! BUT, a few weeks ago I saw a white jean skirt on major markdown from last summer. Size Zero. It fit!!!! What?!?!?!?! So had to buy it! Here it is. Wore it for the first time yesterday as my momma taught me to not wear white until after Memorial Day. Anyone else get that one? haha! I've added the picture below. Time to go and do last minute packing! ALOFA! (That's aloha in Samoan :)) Maintenance Diary - 1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds 2nd month - Range 133.0 - 135.4 pounds 3rd month - Range 127.2 - 133.0 4th month - Range 125.0 - 128.0 5th month - Range 124.0 - 126.6 6th month - Range 124.6 - 127.8 7th month - Range 126.4 - 130.4 8th month - Starts today!!
  12. So sorry about the accident!!! Glad he's okay, but I'm sure it was very traumatic. AWESOME look in the fancy bike clothes! You look like the pro you are! I get the scary food consumption stuff. I've written in my blog about the doc saying to add more carbs, add mangoes, add fats. Scary stuff saying that to a person who has been overweight forever! I have gotten a little lax and gained 3 pounds, and I don't like my behavior to get there. It wasn't the food that bothered me, it was letting myself snack or emotionally eat that I didn't like. I'm going to rein it in because I don't want any bad habits. Keep up the good work! You're a great inspiration!
  13. Great post, thanks for all the excellent information! And more importantly, HUGE congratulations on tackling this and taking charge! WAY TO GO!!!!!
  14. Thank you, @Cheesehead and @Nana Trish for the words of encouragement. We leave tonight and I'm very excited! I've been stressed alot this week, but went to one more Weight Watcher meeting this morning (and had my official weigh in) and I think my head is in a good place. I can't wait to have all the new experiences! This is a good test for the rest of my life. I may not always be tied to my home scale, and I don't want to be! I keep thinking about how empowered I will feel when I get home and I've been successful with this new weight/maintenance challenge. I'll let you know how it goes!!