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  1. CraftyChristie

    If given the choice younger

    I AM in my 20's! :frown1: I'm 27 and had the VSG almost 3 months ago. Best thing I have ever done for myself. Wish I had done WLS when I first thought about it age 20, simply because I could have avoided some of the health problems that came along in the past several years. But on the other hand, I would have done the band back then so glad I didn't. VSG it da bomb!
  2. CraftyChristie

    what's the deal?? I'm hungry!

    I haven't read all the replies so forgive me if I am repeating... every post op diet is different but at least for hubby and I, we are supposed to eat every 2-3 hours and we get hungry that often so that doesn't sound wrong at all to me.
  3. CraftyChristie

    I'm here, I'm here...I'M HERE!!!

    April, so glad you are doing well! I can't wait to see you when you get home! Thank you SO SO much for calling me to let me know you were alive and kicking :frown1: love you girl!!!
  4. CraftyChristie

    Posted Video Update 11 1/2 Weeks

    Thanks so much everyone! It's nice to hear that you can relate :frown1: I feel less alone for sure!
  5. Posted a new video update on my blog!!! Health and Happiness: Video Update! The "April" I mention in my video is user icurapril here on VST She is having her surgery this coming Thursday and I want to wish her all the best. XOXO
  6. CraftyChristie

    I've NEVER blogged before!

    Welcome to the world of blogging! I have been a weight loss blogger for going on 10 years. Needless to say it was time for REAL, lasting weight loss.... thank you VSG!! For the weight at which you started, your loss is going at a very good weight!! It is slower when you weigh less. I've done 60 lbs in 11 weeks but I started at 310 lbs so that's why! I liked your post very much and I hope you keep blogging! If you are interested my VSG blog is here: Health and Happiness
  7. CraftyChristie

    Four months post-op; down 40 pounds at 178. Feeling FANTASTIC!

    You look so SMALL!
  8. CraftyChristie

    We Did It!

    Congrats you guys!! SO happy to know another Sleever Couple :thumbup1: :biggrin0: Can't wait to hear how things go for you.
  9. I'm glad you are feeling more like yourself now... what a great loss so far, especially those inches!! Amazing!! And congrats on you NSV today too!
  10. CraftyChristie

    Three months

    What a difference! You look great! And I know how much better you FEEL too!
  11. CraftyChristie

    Plantar Fascaitis?

    It does sound like plantar fasciitis. The best treatment is to go to a podiatrist and have orthotics made for your shoes. It takes a few weeks to get used to but then it really really helps. Now that Ive had them for over a year my pain is so much better and I can wear sandals without the orthotics way more of the time now. I know just how painful this can be - it used to stop me from so much!!! Get to a podiatrist... it is so worth it.
  12. CraftyChristie

    helium... don't do it!!!

    Huh... I had 6 get well balloons from surgery and when they were getting flat I sucked out helium and sang songs while my husband videotaped me... LOL.... I sucked a good 4 balloons full and I was ok. Then again nothing has bothered my tummy since surgery other than trying to take big vitamin pills. We are all so different in how these things affect us!!
  13. CraftyChristie

    Half way today!!!

    That is so wonderful, congratulations!!!
  14. CraftyChristie

    3 Month Update

    Thanks sweetie! Yes it really is a freedom... let's enjoy it! :001_tongue:
  15. CraftyChristie

    Keeping my calories down

    Oh also, Starbucks has these snack plates that are really awesome. They are all adequate choices for us and I get 2-3 meals out of one. I wrote about those on my blog too.
  16. CraftyChristie

    Keeping my calories down

    Same here Lisa, I too was told to avoid lettuce til 3 months. I am really into convenience foods also. Hot dogs are fine now and again but 390 cals for one meal is pretty high if you are doing it almost daily. A lot of times I just have a lite string cheese and a slice of deli turkey. Another easy one for me is a wheat thins flatbread cracker, spread some cream cheese, and put a slice of cheese and a slice of turkey on it. Hormel white chicken chili is delicious. Tyson chicken nuggets, I can eat 3 of them. Tuna or chicken salad put onto a flatbread cracker. I make up tuna salad every week and I eat that pretty much once a day every day, I love it and it's very high protein. Shrimp cocktail, talk about fast. 6 cold shrimp and some cocktail sauce. I will tell you that so far I've done very little cooking and everything has been fast and easy. Check out my blog and click the category "things I've been eating" and you'll see some ideas. Health and Happiness Also, if you use sugar free pudding for your snack it has very few calories, and if you add a little protein powder to it, then you can get some extra protein too. Hope this helps!!
  17. CraftyChristie

    3 Month Update

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this. You have really touched me. I am at 2 1/2 months so was excited to read a 3 month update. I am at almost 60 lbs lost right now and hope to be at about 70 lost when I hit my 3 months on Aug 20th but we shall see I think the fact you have been able to overcome emotional eating is incredible.... that is exactly what this is all about. I have only had one instance of nearly eating emotionally since surgery but usually it is the farthest thing from my mind. I love this new freedom! I am so sorry for the trauma you have gone through. Those things are extremely difficult... but I can relate so much to how you said that it showed you that you wouldnt revert to old behaviors. In 2008 my dad had a heart attack and was unconscious for 8 days and not expected to survive. At that time I had broken two addictive behaviors - nail biting and excessive gum chewing - and I was so thrilled that I made it through that experience without reverting back. I couldn't believe I made it through that and still had long fingernails. I did however, turn to food and my weight got even worse following his heart attack. Even though it should have made me realize how unhealthy I also was, and do something about my weight, instead I hid behind emotional eating. I am so happy that now this seems to be changing... have been working on it through therapy for about 6 months prior to surgery too so that was extremely helpful. Please keep us updated as you go along... I just loved your post.
  18. It's good that you are beginning to realize this. I was lucky enough to start facing my emotional eating through therapy about 6 months BEFORE having surgery so I haven't really felt this loss... I went through that mourning process way before surgery and I feel so much freedom and at this point i LOVE being able to eat so little and be satisfied. I dont' miss pigging out. I love not feeling stuffed and sick. Just keep working through these feelings and you will get there! I had ONE almost-emotional eating experience post op but managed to recognize and avoid it and haven't had anything like that since. Also I'm so sorry to hear about your wife
  19. INCREDIBLE!! Girl you really inspire me and give me hope! I came from size 28 and it's so hard to imagine being a 10. I'm a 22 now.
  20. CraftyChristie

    Hormel Turkey Meatloaf?

    I had it! It wasn't my personal taste as it was on the sweeter side... but as far as consistency in that stage, it went down well.
  21. I haven't kept very good track about exactly when the sizes have changed but I am 2 1/2 months post op and my pants size has gone from 28 to 22. My tops have gone from 22/24 to 18/20 and some 14/16's. I was very excited about the clothing exchange thread, but, people don't seem to use it very much at all. I have been selling most of my big stuff in yard sales, no one on here seemed to need it, I guess I started bigger than a lot of people and most people were looking for smaller sizes than what I had to offer. Let me know what sizes you might need, I will keep getting rid of stuff. Right now I'm in 22 pants for example and would be happy to pass them on when I'm done with them... message me if you need anything and I'll do what I can!
  22. CraftyChristie

    Foodie Blog for pre-op/newbies

    I think your blog is great! I'm going to be linking to it in the sidebar of my blog. Mine is at Health and Happiness

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