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
    126.6
  • Goal Weight
    140
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    21.7
  • Surgery Date
    02/28/18
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. How did it go? Let us know when you are up to posting. We are thinking about you and wishing you well!
  2. Welcome! We are here to support you! Good luck on your next appointment. You have great times ahead!!
  3. Thank you for your kind and caring words. YES! I definitely fear this next year. I can feel some complacency as my 1 year blog is complete, and I completed the hike I was working towards. What should my next goal be? How do you keep yourself motivated? Any suggestions?
  4. For any newbies that need inspiration or information, go to @CheeringCJ's blog (in the blog section of this site) where she documented the first year after surgery. It's fantastic and so motivating!! She even included pictures each month so you can see the transformation. Happy Surgiversary, Dearie!!! All the best to you! Hope you are celebrating yourself today! How are you doing?
  5. Thanks, @Cheesehead! Years ago my father told me that "His daughter was happiest when her toes are in the warm sand." Hah! He got that right! And now I can enjoy my toes without feeling crappy about the rest of me. Life is so good. I feel so blessed!
  6. Thank you, @cinwa! I feel SO grateful. I want to continue to earn my good fortune of having this life-altering surgery. Some days I still can't believe I had the nerve to do it. And what good fortune we have in living in a time that this is available!! I think about my mother and grandmothers..... never had this chance! I need to keep earning it for them as well as for me.
  7. @CheeringCJ ! I've been watching my calendar awaiting this day when I can give you my heartiest congratulations on your Year 2 Surgiversary!!! I hope all is well with you. Give us an update! I hope you celebrate yourself today.
  8. I've completed my first year of maintenance, and I just received my new driver's license. So I might as well log them here. I also found a before and after picture. Yuck on the before!
  9. Post surgery I found bone broth very helpful. Good taste, liquid, and lots of protein. You might try it as something else different. I also liked butternut squash soup. Hope this helps!
  10. I agree with the others. I remember the pre-op diet being the hardest part by far. It's very important for your health to get that liver smaller before surgery. Just remember, you will never be this hungry again! Kind of like in Gone with the Wind. But your small pouch will be satisfied with so much less. Hang in there and do this right! We are here for you!
  11. WOW!!! 94 pounds in just over 4 months!!! You are a rock star!! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you, and I hope you're giving yourself a huge pat on the back for all your hard work!!!
  12. Thanks, @Jen581791! I'll agree with the happy and healthy part. Don't know so much about the "in-control" part. Some days are pretty wacky!
  13. Welcome! Being scared is okay. Little waves of panic are to be expected. It helped me to keep remembering why I started this process in the first place. I even wrote down the 25 things I hated most about being obese. I also read alot on this forum. Very helpful. I can tell you I had VSG 20 months ago and have not regretted it ONE day. I am SO happy and SO healthy now. I went from sore ankles and feet every day from little activity to running 5 miles with little effort. My future is bright and I look forward to each day. It's major surgery, so you'd be foolish to not be afraid a little. But just breathe.... and know you are starting a lifetime of better health. We will welcome you with open arms on the loser's bench!
  14. I've spent this last year writing a maintenance blog each month, but I know alot of people don't get over to that part of the site. So I thought I'd repeat here my last blog ending my first year. Hope you like it. So it is. I have made it on maintenance for one year. I decided to write a blog each month because I thought the first year of maintenance might be harder than the weight loss phase. I had never written a blog before, and it helped me reflect along the way. Here is a portion of my first post, one year ago this week: Never done a blog before. But I love reading them on this site, and I think I have something to say. And I'm hoping it might strike a few chords with some of you. I can lose weight. Over the years I have turned the diet light on and off. I have lost hundreds of pounds over my life time (since junior high) and gained hundreds more. I have been successful on Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, Phen-fen pills, fasting once a week, and countless others. I've also ALWAYS gained it back. So instead of starting this blog when I had surgery (which was 9 months ago today), I am starting to record my next journey - MAINTENANCE. My goal is to stay within a 10 pound range. 130-140 pounds. I'm not sure what my timeline should be for celebration. Should I first make it for one year, two years? But each month for this next year I want to acknowledge where I am. Maintenance is the part I've always failed at. Maintenance is what I've been fearing since before surgery day. For the first time I realize that just because I'm at my weight goal doesn't mean I'm cured. Like alcoholics that successfully beat the disease say they are in recovery, I think maybe I'll always be a recovering yo-yo dieter. So today is my starting point. Today is my first day. I've had my first month, so feeling pretty good. Right now, a ten pound range feels like I'm trying to balance on the head of a pin! Hopefully, it will get easier? So now I've made it one year . I've continued going to Weight Watchers and weighing in to keep me accountable. My weight range ended up being 124.0 - 132.6. I now have a "happy range" of 6 pounds that I like being in. I feel SO MUCH more comfortable about keeping the weight off than I did a year ago today. I feel like I need to stay very vigilant, but no longer like a 10 pound range is like standing on the head of a pin. I also know I have alot to learn about lifetime maintenance and that it will get harder as the years go by. I'm hoping that the good habits I've started will help. My top 5 habits that I like keeping are 1) Exercise 5-6 days per week 2) At least 60 grams of protein and 48 ounces of liquid every day. The rest can follow. 3) My favorite mantra is "What I eat today, I'll crave tomorrow." I often avoid junk food just so I don't crave it the next day. I know I'm on track when I crave turkey, blueberries, and sardines! 4) I weigh every day. My happy range is 125-131. If the scale shows out of that range, there is work to be done THAT DAY. 5) Eat for fuel. That's it. I'm allowed to enjoy the fuel, but not eat for emotions. I just got a new driver's license in the mail. Six years and WLS has given me health!! (See picture below) Here is my year's weigh ins at WW. And here's to starting the next year! Before and after pictures.....
  15. So it is. I have made it on maintenance for one year. I decided to write a blog each month because I thought the first year of maintenance might be harder than the weight loss phase. I had never written a blog before, and it helped me reflect along the way. Here is a portion of my first post, one year ago this week: Never done a blog before. But I love reading them on this site, and I think I have something to say. And I'm hoping it might strike a few chords with some of you. I can lose weight. Over the years I have turned the diet light on and off. I have lost hundreds of pounds over my life time (since junior high) and gained hundreds more. I have been successful on Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, Phen-fen pills, fasting once a week, and countless others. I've also ALWAYS gained it back. So instead of starting this blog when I had surgery (which was 9 months ago today), I am starting to record my next journey - MAINTENANCE. My goal is to stay within a 10 pound range. 130-140 pounds. I'm not sure what my timeline should be for celebration. Should I first make it for one year, two years? But each month for this next year I want to acknowledge where I am. Maintenance is the part I've always failed at. Maintenance is what I've been fearing since before surgery day. For the first time I realize that just because I'm at my weight goal doesn't mean I'm cured. Like alcoholics that successfully beat the disease say they are in recovery, I think maybe I'll always be a recovering yo-yo dieter. So today is my starting point. Today is my first day. I've had my first month, so feeling pretty good. Right now, a ten pound range feels like I'm trying to balance on the head of a pin! Hopefully, it will get easier? So now I've made it one year . I've continued going to Weight Watchers and weighing in to keep me accountable. My weight range ended up being 124.0 - 132.6. I now have a "happy range" of 6 pounds that I like being in. I feel SO MUCH more comfortable about keeping the weight off than I did a year ago today. I feel like I need to stay very vigilant, but no longer like a 10 pound range is like standing on the head of a pin. I also know I have alot to learn about lifetime maintenance and that it will get harder as the years go by. I'm hoping that the good habits I've started with help. My top 5 habits that I like keeping are 1) Exercise 5-6 days per week 2) At least 60 grams of protein and 48 ounces of liquid every day. The rest can follow. 3) My favorite mantra is "What I eat today, I'll crave tomorrow." I often avoid junk food just so I don't crave it the next day. I know I'm on track when I crave turkey, blueberries, and sardines! 4) I weigh every day. My happy range is 125-131. If the scale shows out of that range, there is work to be done THAT DAY. 5) Eat for fuel. That's it. I'm allowed to enjoy the fuel, but not eat for emotions. I just got a new driver's license in the mail. Six years and WLS has given me health!! (See picture below) Here is my year's weigh ins at WW. And here's to starting the next year!