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  1. Hello all, I haven't been around for a long ole time and thought I would drop by. My sleeve will be 7 years old in July. Over the last year, I - like so many others it would appear - have started to regain; it is 14lbs at the moment. I can honestly say it isn't by eating crap food all day everyday. My diet is 85% clean and 15% rubbish. After being sleeved I turned into a food 'snob' and still don't eat a lot of processed foods and junk. Obviously I am not perfect either! One thing that has really changed though is my exercise habits. I went from being really active and strong to not doing a lot. The only real exercise I do now is walking, which as much as I enjoy, doesn't make me sweat and ache like the other types of exercise I used to do. I need to work on this. Another area of my life that has changed in the last 18mths is work - I am a teacher and my work load has increased (with a small promotion). I work between 10-16 hrs a day weekdays and sometimes on a Sunday. I refuse to work on a Saturday! So this has really impacted on my free time and also my stress levels. I also have had a lot of stress in my home life, which I feel is lessening a little now. However, I feel totally exhausted 90% of the time. I have been to the docs and am getting my bloods tested for cortisol and thyroid next week. I am finding it really hard to juggle work, home life, the house, caring for elderly parents and then finding the energy and motivation to move faster than a walk! Does anyone else feel like this? How do I overcome it? I have tried to lose the regain - trying all sorts of different methods (low carb, 5:2, 16:8, low sugar etc) - over the last 4 mths but no joy. The only thing I haven't tried is the pouch reset, which I am contemplating, I have noticed that I can eat more these days, if I chose to, so I am mindful of that and I still use a small plate to control my portions. If you have done the pouch reset, what was your experience? One thing I have been thinking about is being resleeved - if I could ever afford it (I was self pay as I am in the UK). Has anyone had this done? What are the results? Is it worth the money. I feel that I am at a weird cross roads... at 46 I am 'ok' with me. But I know I could be fitter and stronger. What I worry about is regaining all the weight that I have lost. Any thoughts are welcome!
  2. So last week I had a week of the gym - I have been mentally and physically exhausted. Work continues to be intense and it is wearing me down. Luckily, we only have two weeks left in school before we break for the summer holidays. I intend to go to the gym n the day then; taking advantage on no work routine (I will do work at home, but I also intend to take some well needed head rest!). I go on holiday in a month... 2 weeks in Cyprus with the husband! My kids are old enough to leave at home now and they don't want to come with us! As much as I am looking forward to it, however, I am also dreading it. I will have to but all new swim wear. After I lost my weight and stabilised (albeit not at target weight) I had a TT and on holidays post TT I was brave enough to wear a bikini. Now, I have the old feelings of 'I am two fat to wear a bikini', even though I know I am not 'really'. I feel that since I have gained weight, I have lost the body confidence I worked so hard to get. Although I tell myself that I am still looking ok, the voice is getting quieter and quieter! I know that that sounds totally irrational and that I shouldn't let the scale dictate how I feel and perceive myself, but I can't seem to help it. I suppose I am getting beyond frustrated that no matter what I do, I can't seem to get rid of the regain! The only thing that helps, is knowing that I am not alone... and popping on here now and again, really helps. Feel free to share your experiences or words of guidance. x
  3. Hiya Cathy... I don't drink in the house! I do however, enjoy milky coffee/latte -so perhaps this is the problem? Hidden calories in liquid form right there! Thanks for the heads up! I went to a class call Pump Fusion - it is weights with music! I have to be honest, it was great and I enjoyed it - I've already booked for next week. At the beginning of the year, I went to a yoga class... this gym (a local leisure centre) also do yoga and Pilates, so they are on my list to try too!
  4. I will be 7 years out in July and over the last year I have gained 10lbs - before then I was maintaining. Even though I never reached my target weight I was relatively happy with how I was feeling and looking. Now, no matter what I do; how I move or what I eat I am really struggling to lose those 10lbs! I feel frustrated but refuse to give up. If I have a 'bad' day or eat the wrong foods, I don't beat myself up (I used to) I just get my head back in the game and get on with it. Whether I get to goal or not I am still fitter and healthier, more confident and focused on 'life' than I was 7 years ago. That has to be good, right?
  5. Hey! Long time no see... I hope you are fully recovered from the back op. I remember you saying ages ago that you had regained - horrible way to get rid of the regain though. Do you still do the 5:2? Let me know how you're doing x I am soooo disappointed by the regain because although 10lbs doesn't sound a lot at 5 2 it has put me up a clothes size and I look chunky again. Don't like it at all.
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Yea Georgia, it was a school trip... we took 45 14-15 year olds. That bit was stressful, especially the actual travelling but it was well worth it as it was a trip of a life time for them and for me. The weather was lovely too... we did have a few cloudy days but it was warm, It rained over night one time, but the next day it was around 26 so all good! Nice to get some vit D...lol... not something we get much of here in Wales!
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hey,,, good job Cathy! I was just over 500 including my tea and coffee so I am happy and I managed to get in 20,000 steps too. After I had my TT I lost my appetite too Sheryl, perhaps it is just a way of healing? Fluid is the most important post op and no wine is good... x
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hugs to you Sheryl - rest up and take care my lovely. x
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Cathy, consider your backside kicked...lol... I think I am fasting Tuesday and Thursday this week if you want to join me x
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hope you all had a Merry Christmas... I will update properly when I can... lots going on here in not-so-sunny Wales! x
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Yes Cathy, I have seen if before... the difference there is that they are all different heights, whereas me and my two friends are between 5'2' and 5'5'! Still an interesting pic. If I was taller I would be at goal... but I am a lil shortie (not that I am complaining, I have never had an issue with my height). How we see ourselves is totally different to how others see us... I am sure of that. A lady in work called me 'tiny' and asked why on earth I would want to lose more weight when I am so small! I actually laughed at her cos I thought she was taking the pi$$ but she was serious. Even the pupils call me small... hahaha! It will always be a minefield. But what Sheryl says is important -and that is to be comfortable in our skins regardless of numbers.
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Florinda, enjot Italy - make sure you give us a full report... it is a place that is on my bucket list x
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    I'm not doing the 5:2 per se ... more like 16 -8. I've managed to gain over my bounce since I came back off holiday... and I can't seem to shift below 164lb. I have bought a fitness tracker called UP2 by Jawbone...a bit like a Fitbit. I was using a manual stepper that attatched to my waistband to see my 'average'... so with the UP2 I am just tracking my activity and food over a 7 day period to give me a base line... no 5:2 for that time. Once I can see what I am eating and doing I am hoping I can make adjustments. Last night I went to a running club in our local park - it was free! My neighbour has been trying to get me to go for months... last week Betty went and really enjoyed it saying that they are a friendly bunch and the beginners group would be perfect for me... So, I went and I have to say she was right. I was very nervous before we started but the coach was really supportive and the other ladies were lovely.... I will defo be going back. My aim is to get fitter and stronger - and hopefully lose a few pounds in doing so, with my ultimate goal is to return to the boxing gym in the New Year. Florinda, I am totally with you,,, yes 14lb is a great reduction but I also get that it does not reflect the food you're consuming... I get your frustration. I wish there was something I could do or say to make it ok - hugs
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hello all... It sounds like lots of us have a lot going on, both physically and mentally. I hope you all find the answers you need. Currently, although at times I feel blue, I don't have any worries with anxiety or depression (that is in the past and it is where I would like it to stay). I wish I had some advise for you ladies. My husband is currently in a 'dark' place and is taking anxiety meds and I find it hard to watch him go through it.
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Good to see you Chimera... and yes, as Kim said... fab holiday pics! Thanks for all the positive comments - so, should I post summat in the main sleeve area? xx
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    I'm doing okish... I pulled out of the promotion in work - felt good to make that decision. I decided I want to concentrate on the role I have and develop it than give it to someone else, which would of happened if I have been successful. On the diet front, I ain't doing too good... I haven't managed to stick with the 5:2 for a while ... my head isn't in the game at the moment... I know I have to turn it around to get to where I want to be... I haven't picked up the training either. I just seem to be very complacent at the moment. The scale is bouncing around for me at the moment, but I am not going to panic - yet! I am off work at the moment... I had a tattoo done on my foot (a cover up) and it became infected... I hobbled around for a week, not realising how bad it was getting...so, I am now laid up and having to raise my leg - on strong anti biotics and pain killers... nightmare. I just hope that my tattoo isn't ruined as it has great meaning to me.
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Sarah, Happy Wedding Anniversary... and Happy Sleeve-sary too! x
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Yep! Missus, I think you're probably right! I have to be super vigilant not to gain cos I can graze all day - Christmas taught me that. I have become a food snob though... delish food yes! Junk processed food NO! To be honest, this time last year I really was at peace with myself... I like the way I looked and felt. However, more recently I have become hard on myself again - finding lots of faults (don't we all?) and just not as contended... the only difference is that now I am feeling lazy about it all. When I look in the mirror now, I don't see a woman who has lost a lot of weight... I see a woman who needs to lose more. I feel I look 'boxy' not curvy. Probably all in my head. I too get a lot of compliments, especially from my hubby who every day calls me 'beautiful'. I also get male attention when I go out - although I mainly ignore it. But to be brutally honest, I am not doing this for anyone else. I am doing this for me - for good health, longevity of life at a good quality and frankly looking good is a pure bonus and one I never considered at the start of all this. This analogy is how I look at my situation now: 5 years ago weighing 17 stone I had a huge mountain to climb to get to 10 stone... I started the walk up that mountain when I had my sleeve... nearly five years later I still haven't reached the summit but for 2-3 of those years (yes it is that long) I have been sat near the top of the mountain looking at the view. I quite like the view from here... it is refreshing. I can see lots of things. But, there is this wall that stops me reaching the top and although to many it isn't such a big wall, to me it is massive! The wall seems impossible to climb over, despite many different attempts. So, I started to think: will the view on the top of the mountain be better than the one I have now? Will the blood, sweat and toil be worth getting to the summit? Or do I stay here admiring the view and comes to terms with the fact that I will never climb the wall? Is that elusive goal weight worth it - in my head it is, which is why I still try to lose weight; which is why I still yearn to get into a size UK 10 (remember I am only 5 2); which is why I still want a 'normal' bmi! Does that make any sense?
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Kim, so sorry to hear about your dog, they are our children... an extended part of our family. Hugs to you my lovely. And thanks Florinda for your kind words... xx
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hello all... yep! I've stopped getting notifications too... Good to see Dee and Denise - glad you both updated us. Sorry I haven't posted for a while but thing here in not so sunny Wales are a little fraught and I am feeling a lot of stress, which I don't normally do; well not to this degree. My main worry at the moment is my Mam... she really is very poorly. She has a lump in the side of her tummy and is currently undergoing a range of scans and tests under the supervision of a surgeon. He, and my GP, have both warned us that they suspect bowl cancer. This, they also suspect, is the reason that she has stopped eating and lost a lot of weight... she is just 6 stone now - around 84lb. She is so weak and frail - it is heart breaking to watch. I am hoping that we will have a definitive diagnosis soon. I need to know what we are dealing with; what we can do to help, if anything; and what treatment will be appropriate for her. My Dad isn't coping too well, he got very emotional today, had a tear and told me he loved me, which he hasn't done for many years - not verbally anyway. He doesn't 'need' to tell me, I know. I can't even describe how I feel at the moment... but I just have this innate fear of losing her and I really don't want to! She is so important to me ( as all Mams are) and I am starting to feel a little scared. What compounds the matter is that I am watching my friends grieve for their father and that too is wrenching at my heart. Such sad times. Sorry for the downer, but I know you lot will see where I am coming from.
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    well at the end of my working day I did just over 6500 steps... that is what I would expect for my job as I rarely sit down... I am always up and around my classroom as I prefer to be an active rather than passive teacher. I am gonna try and get to 10,000 by bed time, which might mean that I am walking on the spot tonight!
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    the cream is called flexiseq and it is amazing - both my hubby and dad use it and swear by it... gotta be worth a try Sheryl
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Yey Cathy! Good for you... Monday I focus on food. I had NSV of sorts today... I had to baby sit for a friend (her dad is back in hospital) and on the way back they brought a McDonalds home - they offered me something as I hadn't eaten all day and I refused! I then sat there whilst 5 of them devoured their Big Macs and shakes... and it didn't bother me one bit! How cool am I? lol
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    No fun plans here Kim as Steve is working afternoons! He was home all over xmas so I can't complain. NYE is a bit of an anti climax for me to be honest. We did go out for some food last night though, so that was out NYE! As regards people commenting on food - quantity and content - I don't let it bother me these days... it used to but now I let it go. I just can't be ars*d worrying about what others think I do or don't eat! As much as I don't want to go back to work, I am looking forward to getting back to 'normal' - like the routine and dare I say it fasting... I am finding it really hard to fast through the holidays although, I have managed a few 16-8 days. As our sleeves get older, is anyone else noticing an increase in volume? I don't know if it is in my head or in my belly but I seem to be able to eat more - if I want to, which I do at the moment! I like what Florinda said about the reset... what is the best way to do that? Liquid only for a few days? I need to get rid of the extra bounce and get down to my all time low, at least!
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    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hello and a belated Merry Christmas! We've had a fab week of seeing family and friends - some ups and downs (a close friend's dad had a serious heart attack just before Christmas day, but he seems to be better, although long term isn't looking good, he made it through the festive seasion). On the food front it has been crazy - so much cr*p around... I've managed to stay the same weight, not sure how! Still over my top end bounce range though... not surprising really! I don't make New Year resolutions... I worked out as a young woman that it is the best way to set myself up for a fall... but I am looking forward to starting the New Year with a positive mind set to get healthier and fitter. Hope you all had a good week x

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