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  1. So glad things are going well! I'm so excited for his future! Tell him to enjoy the ride!
  2. I'm 18 months out too, and also seeing some loss of restriction. It's a little scary that I can eat a larger amount. But I do agree with others that I like being able to eat more veggies instead of just protein. I still can't eat a salad because it's just too bulky, but I wonder if someday I'll be able to eat that too. I just keep thinking as long as I stick to the best foods for my body, I'll be fine. I do stray on chips and other "slider" foods every once in awhile, but my exercise 5-6 days a week helps with that. I have to admit too, that it's nice that when I eat out or with other people it's not AS noticeable that I'm eating so much less. I still eat only about 1/3 of a normal plate, but no one comments that I only had 2 bites!
  3. @LadyDay, I Ihear you and feel for you. I met my DH (darling husband) of 35 years when I was 19, and he is the love of my life. I know he loves me and supports me in every way. So it was disturbing when I approached him with my wishes for WLS and he balked. He thought is was "drastic", and "what if it still didn't work", and was very skeptical of my having the risk of surgery when it wasn't absolutely necessary. I had to (for one of the only times in my life) decide to do the surgery anyway. It helped that I brought him to some of my surgeon appointments, and let him slowly get used to the idea instead of fight about it. By the time the surgery came, he was completely supportive, and has been ever since. He is so proud of me now. I think it helped me to remember that he was concerned because he loved me. He wanted me alive, fat or thin, and didn't want anything to risk that. By letting him ask the surgeon questions, and see his statistics, and by letting him get used to the idea, he was able to come around on his own. I hope this helps?
  4. Welcome, welcome, @PapaDavid! Sounds like you're off to a terrific start! And with our heroine @Nana Trish at your side, you have all the stars aligned! Make this your journey, the best journey of your life! Hugs!
  5. WWWWWOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!! @Jen581791, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! What an inspiration to others! Your post just made my day. I love that you shared this news with us! So glad to hear that you've been able to work past your injury and that you are starting to reap the rewards of your new-found sport! SOOOOO COOOOOOL! I'm so happy for you that I'm just busting! Your picture of your 10K race is fantastic. You do look extremely fit! And extremely happy! Isn't it wonderful to celebrate a well-working body in such a fun, rewarding way! I also love the shift that you've accomplished from weight-loss to fitness. It sounds like food really is fuel for you and you're figuring out how to fuel that happy body the best way possible. I'm glad to hear you're not obsessing over the slight change in the scale. With all you're doing it has to be muscle. And your clothes tell the true story. I bet your % body fat is at an all time low! Please keep us updated in your training!! (PS - Don't you just love the Osprey water bladder hydrapack technology? I used one in an Osprey backpack on our hike and it's the perfect WLS tool with water always available for "sip, sip, sip"! So much better than a water bottle!)
  6. Today is the day! It's finally here! After 6 months of training, we are off to meet our friends for our Alps hike from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. I added up all the stats yesterday: In 13 days we will hike 216 kilometers through 11 mountain passes at an average of 2,500 meters in elevation. We will have a total height gain of 15,000 meters and a total height loss of 14,400 meters. EEEEEEK!!! Good thing we are with 12 of our closest friends for decades! To say that I NEVER could have even CONSIDERED this before WLS might be the understatement of the year. I may not check in along the way, but I promise I'll post a few pictures after we get back. Views are supposed to be spectacular! 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 - Range 127.0 - 130.0 10th month - Range 128.4 - 130.2 11th month - Starts today!
  7. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Inspirational!!
  8. Aw shucks, I feel like I am NO WHERE NEAR being a hero, but thanks. It helps SO MUCH people like you are so successful! And for so long. The successful history is SO inspiring. And yes, I do to Eagle River which is only 20 minutes from Sayner! Beautiful part of the country! My three sons went to camp in that area for years too! Good for the soul!
  9. You inspire me! Please let me know how your training goes! Thanks for the encouragement on my training. I hope I have years of running ahead of me. I do really enjoy it and even more enjoy being able to do it!
  10. You look cute as a button!!! Thanks for posting!
  11. Welcome, welcome!! I'm so glad you're here. The people here are packed with information, and more importantly, are super supportive. This site has helped me tremendously. Is your picture from Kauai? I lived on Oahu for several years.
  12. OH no! I'm so sorry as I know you were enjoying the training and were excited. I SO feel for you. Giant hugs!! A few years ago I trained for a 1/2 marathon, even ran 14 miles, and then got a stress fracture in my foot before the race. SO DISAPPOINTED! The doctor told me it was a repetitive action injury, so that I will NEVER get to run even a 1/2 marathon. I was devastated. I've finally come to terms with it, and know that my particular body wasn't made for that. I've found recently that I can run up to 4 1/2 miles, but 5 makes that foot sore. So I've backed down to 4 and have to be happy with that. I also realize that I'm 57 years old, and my running days may be numbered. Whatever happens, at least I know I can maintain my weight without running if I need to. That's the huge difference between then and now.
  13. I've thought about that too. In training a couple weeks ago, I practiced by hiking 15 miles with my husband and one son, and I carried a 30# pack. They kept asking me if I was tired and if they should carry the pack. I finally said, "This 30 pound pack is NOTHING compared to the extra 115 pounds I used to carry!!"
  14. Hahahaha! Love that you've never overlooked a cocktail! HA! Me either! (And sharing a Manhattan with my cousin is a family tradition! ) "I don't have a sister, but I imagine I'd occasionally be a little bitchy to one if she had just lost a ton of weight and looked/felt like a million bucks now " - I laughed out loud at this comment too. Point well taken! Sibling rivalry never dies. Thanks for the nice comments on maintenance. And I will keep you posted on the hiking trip. The main reason I'm sharing it with the group is that there is NO WAY I could have ever dreamed about doing this pre-WLS. What a gift!! How is your training going?
  15. Cindy Lou Who

    4 weeks!

    Sounds like things are going along and you're doing the right things. Good job!!
  16. I snored so bad I had to have a CPAP machine. BEST NSV (non-scale victory) was the day I got to give it away!! Congratulations!!
  17. Wow, can't believe this is my 9th month of maintenance. I've been reflecting today just how scared I was when I first entered the "maintenance cafe." I was so petrified of gaining it all back as fast as it had come off. The weight loss numbers seemed crazy, and I had ALWAYS gained right back before. I'm talking SINCE JUNIOR HIGH. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like my weight loss efforts are working WITH my body instead of AGAINST it. I have officially been on maintenance longer than it took to lose the post-op weight. A! nd I feel great. I am SO grateful!!!!! And thank you, my TTF heroes for being with me the WHOLE way. I look forward to being one of the "TTF old timers" like many of you. I'm not nearly there yet, but feeling stronger and more secure and less scared every day. This is doable! Okay, enough of that, now onto the specifics of the last month. More summer travels with family trips to a Wisconsin lake house and visiting my cousin in Canada. I was away from alot of my foods and the daily scale, but after last month to Samoa (see last blog), I'm feeling way more confident about seeing weight loss or gain in the clothes I'm wearing. I also managed to get to Weight Watcher meetings 3 out of the 4 weeks. I was proud of myself for making the 45 minute drive each week to meetings while on vacation. And the effort really kept my head in the game. I also joined a gym for a month so I could keep training for our huge hike in September. (DH and I are going for 14 days and 160+ kilometers through the Alps with 10 other friends!) Anyway, I ate "vacation food" like yummy Wisconsin cheese and beer, but the 15 mile hike and trips to the gym evened it all out. I also had protein shakes many days for breakfast and my favorite sardines for lunch. (Weird I know, but post-op tastes are different, right? ) Two headgame things happened this month that I thought I would share: 1) When I returned and saw my neighbors and friends at home, ALL of them asked if I was still losing weight. I told them I know for a fact that I've been in the same 6 pound range for 7 months. It made me realize that they still remember me as heavy, so even though they've seen me healthy, they are still surprised when they see me after a break. THEIR minds haven't adjusted to my weight loss yet. It makes total sense, as I've been heavy for years, but it gave me some food for thought. Anyone else experience this? 2) Even though this journey is terrific and so much healthier than where I was, there will still be some negative reactions. I spoke to my sister on the phone yesterday, and she asked how the weight loss was going. I told her I was thrilled, and so proud to say that I've been in a 6 pound range for 7 months now. My goal was a 10 pound range so I'm super happy with a 6 pound range. Her reaction distressed me. She said, "Oh, a 6 pound range? That's tight. That's a really tight range. You need to be careful." Careful of what? How can she turn a success into something bad? Even family members can react negatively, and that hurts. Oh well, one time when I was thin, she told me I had an "exercise disorder" because I was running 4 times a week. Trying not to let it get to me. Anyway, there you have it. I go to my surgeon's nutritionist this month, so looking forward to that. Love to all, and signing out!! Here is a pic from visiting my cousin in Canada (Please overlook the cocktails! ), and hiking in the woods of Northern Wisconsin. 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 - Range 127.0 - 130.0 10th month - Here we go!
  18. Just so you don't get disappointed about what your pouch will tolerate, I'm 18 months out and still can't eat chili. I'm from Texas, so Mexican food and chili were my staples pre-op. And refried beans worked fine. In fact they were a good one when other foods were hard to get down. But chili hurt. All soups that had solids hurt. It feels like I'm mixing solids with liquids and hurts my pouch. I'm only telling you this so you know that all our surgeries are a bit different and affect us a little differently. Good luck, you're doing great!!
  19. I'd be interested to know how you are measuring your fat % as often as you do. So far I've only been able to do that about every six months at $150 a pop!
  20. Welcome! And congratulations on taking this life-saving step! We are all equals here! I may not have started as heavy as you did, but I did need to lose about half my body weight. It's all relative, and all a giant, wonderful journey! This forum REALLY helped me lose and still helps me every day. SO glad you're here!
  21. Sorry, for the late response, I just saw this. Thanks so much for posting pictures! You look so healthy, happy, strong and adorable! You are a true TTF hero!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration you give!
  22. That is SOOOOO awesome!!! Congratulations!!! And I agree with @Cheesehead. These are the moments that mean SO much and you could never predict them. Thanks SO much for sharing your news. We get it why you were sobbing happy tears!
  23. You're so funny! I purposely tried to keep the entry more about weight tips that could benefit others, and NOT about the trip!! The most amazing part of the trip was the flora and fauna there. After one day of hiking and one day of snorkeling, I rushed to the library to get books on the plants, birds, bats, coral, and fish so I could look up all the things I was seeing for the first time! I was compelled each night to look up what I had seen and record it in a diary so that when I saw the species the next day, I would know what it was. It was glorious, and made me feel like a little kid filled with awe and wonder!! I have to mention the people there are incredible too. The Samoans live by God first, then family, then the village. That mantra is seen in everything they do. I felt perfectly safe at all times, and touched by how polite everyone was, and how reverent they were to God, family, and village. Amazing people, and I made some nice friends!
  24. Yes, the water was simply incredible. I've snorkeled and dived in several places in my life, but the coral and fish approachable from shore was the best I've ever seen. We got to snorkel with a couple of top coral experts in the world (!) and I was awed by the beauty of the water and what was living just underneath the surface!!
  25. Thank you! It was a VERY wonderful trip, and I was happy that some of my weight strategies worked. To throw a couple more ideas out there, I wanted to pass on some things that I tried that didn't work: 1) I took a measuring tape to monitor my weight. But I don't rely on measurements very often anyway, so this was a bust. I don't like measuring myself! Snug shorts got the job done and was quicker and easier. 2) Before I went I figured I could load up on fresh fish and fruit every day. Fruit yes, but fish didn't work. I stayed with a vegan family, and even though they didn't mind my eating animal protein, cooking fish in their house seemed like too much and there wasn't alot of sashimi grade in the village stores. I did have a few cans of tuna, but mainly relied on what the family ate plus a protein bar each day. Glad I had the bars as backup! My lesson was that when going to an unknown, backup plans may save the day!