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Old 01-01-2017, 09:32 AM   #1
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New Year - New You - January 2017

Hi Peeps Seasoned and New

I'm back after a long time of backsliding and denial and all that crap.
I have a lot of regain after my initial crazy successful loss after RNY in 2010.
No excuses, all on me. I fell back into old habits to comfort myself. For a while it worked. Then it became one of the reasons I needed comfort in the first place.

Soooo, I got up this morning, weighed myself, , cussed some, then went for a walk - even with the miserable cold I've had for about 5 days now. No excuses.

More water, fewer carbs, attention to portions, and really listening to my body and myself. Putting myself first again. Doing what I know I need to do.

Happy New Year. Looking forward to hearing from many of you.
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Old 01-01-2017, 04:53 PM   #2
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Hi HT, you beat me to it, I came to create a Jan thread.
I have a Dr apt on Weds. about my acid / PPI / stomach issues. My husband thinks I might need a revision because of the acid issues and long term PPI usage (so I can stop). He had RNY 11 yrs ago.
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Whaaaaaaaaaaaat!

Has it really been that long? I didn't know you got married!!!
Congrats!!! I hope the dr appt gets to the bottom of things.
Wow! So good to hear from you!
Where's everyone else? Check in, please!!!
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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Really?

No one wants to post?
Really?
Resolutions for 2017?
Goals for January?
Anything?
Bueller? Bueller?

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Old 01-02-2017, 01:05 PM   #5
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I posted a link in the 'til the end of the year thread so maybe some will come over from there. I'm off today so maybe people are still on Christmas vacation. I stayed quiet here about my engagement and wedding and other personal details because people were stalking me online. Hoping they've moved on. I got married July 2015.
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Old 01-02-2017, 03:43 PM   #6
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I had all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed the Thursday before last (22nd). I hung on to them as long as a could, but my TMJ was acting up more than ever, and the TMJ/TMD specialist said it "might" help, plus I had a cavity on one, and "bone loss" on another.... so I finally had them out. I will be getting invisilign soon too to align my "bite" better. He said the wisdom teeth out of the way will help with that, too. Hopefully it will all be worth it.

Anyway, how this relates to WLS.... I have been on liquids/soft foods for a little over a week now and I feel like I had WLS all over again haha except hungry
I am doing this longer than some because I am just too grossed out about eating solid food while I have open sores in my mouth (sorry) and one tooth which was particularly hard to pull, root broke off and he removed it but that socket is healing the slowest

Anyway.... Today I had:

Breakfast - Chocolate Oh Yeah! brand RTD shake with coffee and a couple of squirts of Davinci coconut sugar free syrup and coffee (like an iced mounds coffee )

Lunch - "ranch" cauliflower (new frozen product from birds eye, they also have buffalo flavor) steamed in microwave then pureed in the nutribullet with some land o lakes light butter, and for protein, about 3.5 oz Fage 2% with some nature's hollow sugar free strawberry preserves.

Dinner - later I will have some pumpkin "pie" custard stuff I made last night, and a peanut butter protein shake (peanut butter, cashew milk and Healthsmart ChocoRite Protein Shake powder, peanut butter flavor)

if I need more salty stuff I will have some caldo de pollo (I love Knorr Granulated Bouillon)


You would think I would be losing weight, but I don't think I have!? Oh well, at least I didn't gain through Christmas!
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:05 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear about your dental stuff. Your menu today sounds so yummy!
I'm doing about 4 shakes a day - 1 scoop each with an almond milk-cashew milk blend. Yesterday I had bean soup and today I had cream of broccoli. I've walked for about 35 minutes each day, too. I've cut way back on coffee and really ramped up my water consumption. Going back to virtually all liquid is extreme, but so is a 75 pound regain. Very happy for you on the wedding and so sorry that people were so stupid to cause you to need to keep it to yourself.
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Sorry to hear about your dental stuff. Your menu today sounds so yummy!
I'm doing about 4 shakes a day - 1 scoop each with an almond milk-cashew milk blend. Yesterday I had bean soup and today I had cream of broccoli. I've walked for about 35 minutes each day, too. I've cut way back on coffee and really ramped up my water consumption. Going back to virtually all liquid is extreme, but so is a 75 pound regain. Very happy for you on the wedding and so sorry that people were so stupid to cause you to need to keep it to yourself.
So you went back to liquids to try to address the regain? Did you see your Dr? So sorry you are having a hard time.
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Part of what I am going to ask when I see the Doctor is just for general blood work. I trained 5-6 months and completed a half marathon in Oct and didn't lose any weight (and yes, I have excess weight to lose)
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Hey ladies! I've been so busy, but just got approval for a tummy tuck February 2nd. I'm at 180 right now. I want to lose 10 pounds before surgery. I've been working out a lot, and lifting heavy, but eating kind of crappy, so back on track!
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Awesome, Chrystee - Other than WLS, that tummy tuck totally transformed the way I looked. Best money I ever spent, too!
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Happy New Year Ladies.

Congrats Mariposa on your marriage, I too had some major dental issues ,myself,. My gums look like Swiss cheese. ,

HT good to hear from ya!

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Awesome, Chrystee - Other than WLS, that tummy tuck totally transformed the way I looked. Best money I ever spent, too!
I'm excited that ins approved, but I really wanted a boob lift, and I really want a neck lift.. I'm going to see how much out of pocket it will cost.

I need to start making a calendar of my next runs. I want to do the DC Rock and roll again, but I'm concerned about lack of training, since the surgery is feb 2, and the run is mid March.
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Sorry to hear about your dental stuff. Your menu today sounds so yummy!
I'm doing about 4 shakes a day - 1 scoop each with an almond milk-cashew milk blend. Yesterday I had bean soup and today I had cream of broccoli. I've walked for about 35 minutes each day, too. I've cut way back on coffee and really ramped up my water consumption. Going back to virtually all liquid is extreme, but so is a 75 pound regain. Very happy for you on the wedding and so sorry that people were so stupid to cause you to need to keep it to yourself.
Hi Hot Tamale, good to see you back! I too have regained 60ish pounds at this point. I think I'm around 200 right now.
My tummy tuck is still intact somehow.

Hi Mariposa - congrats on your marriage
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Hi everyone! I haven't posted on LCF in what seems like forever!

Anyway, I had the sleeve on 10/24/16. My husband's health insurance had an exclusion for bariatric surgery, but I went on my own policy through my job for 2016 and went through all the testing and was approved in September. I most of the time am so happy I got this done. I still struggle with emotional eating (that's the 5% I'm pissed I did this surgery because I can't physically stuff my feelings down with food like I'm used to....even tried to do it last night and puked bad). I know I'm in the "honeymoon period", but so far I've lost a total of 58 pounds (10 pounds presurgery). I'm at 217 as of this morning. I'm definitely eating low carb. Making sure I get my protein in first. I'm compliant 98% of the time. I can't believe I made it through my surgeon's post-op all clear liquid diet for the first 2 weeks after surgery! But I did. I'm very proud of myself for that.

My boys are 5 and 4 years old now, and I'm so happy that I will be able to be more active in their lives now. We even have a trip planned for September to LA and we are going to Legoland and Disney. I should hopefully not have to worry about fitting in rides with them, or the plane seat!

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Hi hi hi
Checking in. I have had a very successful week, if I do say so myself. I've exercised some every day, drank bunches more water than in the past even year or so, and I've been super compliant with low-carbiness. I am down 8 pounds. I wish it could continue, but, as we all know, that dies down fast. My goal for the rest of January is to lose at least 2 pounds a week. I've also taken my vitamins every day - I think - maybe missed one day, but even that is so much better than the last year, too. I'm feeling pretty darn good.
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Checking in. I have had a very successful week, if I do say so myself. I've exercised some every day, drank bunches more water than in the past even year or so, and I've been super compliant with low-carbiness. I am down 8 pounds. I wish it could continue, but, as we all know, that dies down fast. My goal for the rest of January is to lose at least 2 pounds a week. I've also taken my vitamins every day - I think - maybe missed one day, but even that is so much better than the last year, too. I'm feeling pretty darn good.
You are doing great getting back on the wagon

Checking in I'm doing OK I hope to lose 10 lbs this month. No messing around or messing up !!
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It's nice to see some of you I haven't seen since 2012 when I joined this site. I started back on here around Sept. I have lost about 30 lbs but not exactly sure what my re-start weight was without a scale. I had a 3 year free for all with food.

I never got to my goal weight after RnY in 2011. Next month will be 6 year surgiversary and I am currently at my lowest weight since 1996. I'm really trying to make it to my goal weight this year.

I don't low carb but I do try to focus on lean proteins first and keep my avg calories under 800 per day. I was getting in great hikes when the weather allowed but now that it's winter I'm having to find new ways of getting exercise in. So not really a new years resolution, just continuing what I started last year.

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So, I pop in here once every 3-4 months just to see if I know anyone and how they are doing. When I left here it was because I was in a different place and this group didn't offer me what I needed. I see some familiar faces still here. I was where it seems a lot of you are right now - far enough out that I was regaining and struggling to figure out how to get back to new post-op eating and weight loss. Everyone else (or the most verbal ones) were still in the "that will never be me" phase and "I have my safety zone" phase (I don't see them here right now), which was hurtful - because I was that person once too. It happens. You get complacent and think you are immune to weight gain because you had WLS and you will NEVER be that person. I think we all become that person though, some of us just notice it and reverse it a little quicker and easier than others. I see so many of y'all are right where I was a few years ago. It didn't get better for me, I'm still struggling. I've stopped trying to figure out how to get back to my new post-op self, and am trying to figure out how to become my not quite 7 year post-op self. Because we have so much different needs than way back then. It's hard, and I haven't quite grasped it, but that doesn't mean I have given up. Life gets hard, and food always was (and seems it always be) comforting.
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So, I pop in here once every 3-4 months just to see if I know anyone and how they are doing. When I left here it was because I was in a different place and this group didn't offer me what I needed. I see some familiar faces still here. I was where it seems a lot of you are right now - far enough out that I was regaining and struggling to figure out how to get back to new post-op eating and weight loss. Everyone else (or the most verbal ones) were still in the "that will never be me" phase and "I have my safety zone" phase (I don't see them here right now), which was hurtful - because I was that person once too. It happens. You get complacent and think you are immune to weight gain because you had WLS and you will NEVER be that person. I think we all become that person though, some of us just notice it and reverse it a little quicker and easier than others. I see so many of y'all are right where I was a few years ago. It didn't get better for me, I'm still struggling. I've stopped trying to figure out how to get back to my new post-op self, and am trying to figure out how to become my not quite 7 year post-op self. Because we have so much different needs than way back then. It's hard, and I haven't quite grasped it, but that doesn't mean I have given up. Life gets hard, and food always was (and seems it always be) comforting.


Have you tried any sort of counseling or therapy? Unfortunately, WLS doesn't fix our minds, or take away our stresses.
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Hi Heather! Ya that honeymoon phase sure was great wasn't it? I'll be 7yrs out in March, at about 4 years out I realized I'm hungry all the time again like before surgery and that grazing will make me regain. I'm still glad I have my surgery because at least I can't eat a huge meal and then still snack. I'm sorry you had to step away. Glad to hear from you now though!
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Have you tried any sort of counseling or therapy? Unfortunately, WLS doesn't fix our minds, or take away our stresses.
I dunno about Heather but for me it's not emotional eating that causes me to struggle with regain... I'm physically hungry all the time. It's 9pm and my stomach is growling. Easy to consume too many calories by grazing and the grazing isn't out of boredom.
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I'm happy to see a bit of activity in this forum. I was a frequent poster here for many years. It was a lifeline when I was getting ready for surgery and post surgery as I learned to navigate a new life. I hope I paid it forward and maybe offered some support too. Anyhow, activity on this forum kind of dwindled for awhile. Here's hoping more people find this community and feel the support no matter where they are in their wls journey. At this point in my journey, my sleeved life has become more routine and well, normal. It's who I am now. I don't have much more to add then what I've already shared, or perhaps overshared. So I don't post near as much as before, but I'm still grateful for the help, and hope this forum keeps on going, because we all get by with a little help from our friends.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:31 AM   #28
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For me it's nice to have people who are 5+ years out from surgery like me, because it's a totally different experience compared to those recently after wls. Your body and mind change and your WOE evolves. I face different challenges 6 years out than I did 6 months out.

After 6 years I am still unable to eat more than about 1 cup of food at a sitting. Since wls I have been unable to tolerate fat. No more ribeyes, which used to be my favorite. I now eat only lean meats. I can't eat ice cream, most dairy really. I now drink almond milk. Cheese seems to still be ok in moderation.

I'm not sure how my body would have responded to sugar if I had listened to it after wls. I was still very entrenched in my addiction after surgery and I ate it anyways, against all reasonable medical advice.

I did not drink any carbonation for the first 5 years, only recently allowing myself to start drinking diet soda. My cousin who is my same age had surgery years before me and she drank soda immediately after WLS. She gained all of her weight back within 5 years, and then some.

I still feel that the size limitations help me 6 years after wls, even if it didn't help in avoiding eating crap foods. That came from a LOT of therapy and recovery work on food addiction. My calories average around 600-900 per day, sometimes they go as high as 1200 cals but that is rare. I don't lose very quickly at that range but I'm still slowly losing. As long as I am staying active, I lose faster. Calorie restricting only takes me so far these days.
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Old 01-27-2017, 06:35 AM   #29
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I dunno about Heather but for me it's not emotional eating that causes me to struggle with regain... I'm physically hungry all the time. It's 9pm and my stomach is growling. Easy to consume too many calories by grazing and the grazing isn't out of boredom.
Same here. I am always physically hungry.
I am 2 1/2 years out, and for the past year I have basically stayed the same weight, within 5 pounds. I still want to lose a minimum of 15, would LOVE to lose 25 more. Every day I start over, and have all good intentions. I'm limited at work because I only eat what I bring; once I get home all bets are off, and I have been really working hard at that this past week. If I can tame the after dinner "hangries", I'd have it made.

But I'm not going to give up...ever...because I still want that goal of being able to say "I've lost 100 pounds since my heaviest weight".. and that would put me at an acceptable weight.

Another thing I need to get back into doing, ESPECIALLY at dinner and afterwards, is to s.l.o.w.l.y. chew my food. I'll be working on that

Prayers to all who are struggling, and even those who aren't, because we all need prayers and good thoughts.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:07 AM   #30
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I think we think initially its a miracle cure.. as the weight sheds off.. but it is still work.

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