trish29

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I have let carbs slip back in and I have been having cocktails one or two nights a week. Can alcohol and carbs be the sole issue?

I am here. I am stuck. I am almost 10 months out. I need to regroup and refocus.

Yes, alcohol and carbs could be the sole issue. :( They were for me at one time, and I was out far enough to see a DIRECT correlation when I put on weight. Beer and wine were the only new things, so I knew it was the cause.

There are a couple others here who are in your shoes and have either regained or stalled out due to adding alcohol to their diet. One found the weight loss kick-started by taking a break from the alcohol. Based on the experiences of others, yes those two COULD be the sole issue for your struggle to keep losing.

I REALLY believe that if you do just TWO things then you'll start losing again. The first would be to just cut out the drinks, cuz you can live without them, unlike food. :) If you don't want to be completely sober that's your choice. But if you try it for 6 weeks and you see a change in your body (you will, trust me) then you've identified one of your culprits. Maybe the ONLY one, and it's not so much the carbs at all. But you'll find out.

The second thing would be to GRADUALLY cut down the amount of unnecessary carbs you're eating. Eat less every day, and if need be cut the bad ones out. You know what the good/bad carbs are, and you know inside your own head which ones (if any) you're eating that are unwise choices.

My suggestion is don't do the whole hog approach of "I'm quitting it ALL!" when it comes to carbs (alcohol yes, carbs no). Because that would likely lead to self-defeatist beating about the head when you slip (we ALL slip sometimes in our lives, in one way or another). Of course if you want to do a complete stop and turn, then the 5 day pouch test is an option.

I think that my suggested course is a valid option too. AND it's practice for what you're more likely to do when you're further out and maintaining.

(Damn that turned into one longass answer! So I hope it helps...) :eek:

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Girl you don't know how to type a few sentences. You only type a paragraph or you don't post. LOL and I love you for it! You want to make sure you're clear. :)

Pshaw, I do TOO know how to type a few sentences!

(See...) :P

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Thanks all of you and Phoenix - I know you are RIGHT.

I'm feeling more motivated tonight. Gonna basically do what phoenix suggested, because I know deep down she is on the money.

Wanted to find some more motivation, so I finally found that pic from last summer at the lake. BLAH. That was last August I believe, near my highest weight. It was scorching and I don't think I even got in the water because I was so depressed. My last trip I spent the ENTIRE time in the water loving life. We are going again for Labor Day and I'm going to try to refocus, lose a little, exercise, and be proud of my efforts.

Thanks again you guys, can't tell you how much this site means to me.

PS> This might be my least picture EVER ON THE PLANET EVER. So, here I am, coming to terms with my old fat self, puttin her out there, its all part of the process. Maybe I'm struggling right now because I haven't really let go of all the hurt I was feelin back then...????

PPS> I just made a comparison shot with a similar-ish shot from my July houseboat trip. Yes I'm covering my lap with a towel, but trust me, I was FREE :-)

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Found a better pic where you can actually see two of my lap scars...

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Trish- you look great. I just wanted to wish you good luck on refocusing, and to tell you that I LOVE that you said you were "free". I just love that sentiment regarding losing all this weight, and I can't wait until I am there too! Please keep us updated on your progress!

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Thanks all of you and Phoenix - I know you are RIGHT.

I'm feeling more motivated tonight. Gonna basically do what phoenix suggested, because I know deep down she is on the money.

:eek:That side by side pic is DAMN GOOD motivation girl! Your hard work is totally obvious, and the genetic fairy dusted your skin with a huge dose of bounce-back. I think I hate you... :D

I'm glad to have given you some advice that feels right to you. I think you're going to be able to do it, that is work out what you need to do in order to balance health AND pleasure in life. It's basically just DIFFERENT work you'll be doing now that you're close to the weight you'll be maintaining at. I'm gonna be keeping my eye on you... ;)

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Just looking at those lake pictures again and noticed how I completely FILLED up and was POURING out of the side of the plastic houseboat chair last summer :-( This summer, as you can see, there is EXTRA room all around me in that chair! YEEHAW!

Thx Phoenix, I need someone to keep an eye on me and I will try to do a better job of reporting back. My skin ain't perfect, but I'll take it and I am happy so far....

FRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :-)

(Doing good today - protein shake for breakfast, salad with turkey and about five croutons at lunch, 1 liter of agua already)

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Hi all - I'm still doing my best, struggling every once in awhile. The carbs are almost gone....I just wish I had never tried another nacho cheese dorito. UGH. I despise them. I'm in a new house with a new roomie so I have new food challenges. Granted, I should have the strength to resist, but all this time I've been livin solo so any food in the house was food I brought home. Now I've got to contend with her food triggers/habits. But I'm trying. And Phoenix, I'm doing much much better with the alcohol. It is making a difference, I feel it.

Anyway, had a fight night party last weekend. As you all know, I take Muay Thai kickboxing and I LOVE it. My best friend and I took this picture and all of my friends say they can't believe I look almost as skinny as her....truthfully, I can't believe it either!!!!!! She's been thin our whole lives, I've known her since the 4th grade. So the fact that she is wanting to borrow my tops and dresses is just surreal.

I hope you all are well....I feel like there is sooo much to catch up on...

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The carbs are almost gone....I just wish I had never tried another nacho cheese dorito. UGH. I despise them.

And Phoenix, I'm doing much much better with the alcohol. It is making a difference, I feel it.

My dear I would NEVER steer you (or anyone here) wrong! :D

Great job in turning things around a bit there, and adjusting some of those inevitable challenges that come along when we're far out from surgery. They are a #*%$#!

You've done the critical step of SEEING stuff start to go wrong, then CHANGING the stuff that started to go wrong. This means you're growing the most important muscle of all: your BRAIN baby!! :P

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Hi all, I've been absent and I apologize, especially to all those newbies out there posting and waiting eagerly for someone, anyone to reply! LOL. I remember being there...

Just wanted to write on my 10 month surgi-versary. I've made it down to 162, so 4 pounds last month...its a step back in the right direction. I'm workin at it every day. But I feel good and healthy and pretty and happy....everything else that happens (no matter how long it takes) is just icing on the cake.

I hope you are all well....

If nothing else...HAPPY FRIDAY~~

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Looks like my post this month will be much like last month - not a lot going on over here ;-) Just living life. Down only 2 pounds, haven't been posting much, happy with all aspects of life. Wanting to work out more. The boyfriend is fabulous. The holidays and my one year surgi-versary approach rapidly. I'm amazed how fast this year has flown by.

I'm thinking some photos are in order soon. I guess I could just do my one year photos in a month. We shall see...

Take care all....

P.J.

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Hi all.

I CANNOT believe I abandoned this site for over one year.

I LOVED this site :-) Man, you all got me through some rough nights. And you made me laugh. And all the drama gave me lots of entertainment...lol.

So, why am I back? Because I'm thinking about my two year surgi-versary on 10/20. It's almost two weeks away. I weigh 162, got down to 154 at one point, but back up. I'm not gonna lie...it comes easy to me. I don't feel like I *try* to maintain or lose, there's some up and down, but I am loving what this surgery has done for me.

I signed up for a 6 week bootcamp, see if I can't break that 150 barrier....145 was always my ultimate goal. I don't know if my body has it in me...but its nicce to still have a goal.

So um yeah. I'm a happy girl. I'm happy for all of you just starting this journey...it can be the most amazing gift you've ever given yourself...and you deserve it!!!

I'm gonna post some photos ;-)

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