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Everything posted by Caribear

  1. I am still pre-op, but I have had rapid and dramatic weight loss in the past and I went through a period of time where I didn't recognize myself. I have never been "normal" size, and at my smallest, when I looked in a mirror, for a brief moment my brain would freak out because that couldn't be me looking back at me! I have no idea what it will be like getting down to goal weight. So I am right there with you, we can go bonkers together!
  2. Do you have a gym near you that offers classes? I would suggest finding one and sampling several different types of classes. You may find something that you really love, or at the very least, figure out what type of exercise appeals to you the most. For people with knee issues, I usually suggest aquatics classes, fwiw.
  3. Oh my! I would definitely be surprised at that as well! It's probably just a paperwork error, like you said, but I would call for sure for clarification. In the meantime, I hope you are recovering well!
  4. I did the Insane Inflatables 5K today with my son and a team of friends. I finished in under an hour, and only went around two obstacles. Kinda proud of myself! :)

    1. LipstickLady


      SO MUCH FUN!! That's an awesome course. You need to do a mud run next!

    2. Caribear


      I did the Dirty Girl last year, it was a blast! Wanted to do it this year, but they cancelled it at the location that was closest to me.

    3. KristenLe


      Congrats - sounds like fun!!!

  5. Caribear

    Freaking Out!

    I know you are freaking out, but I am super excited for you! I agree with KristenLe, go for some slider foods and see how it goes. Is Pasta a slider for you? Crackers?
  6. Caribear

    I need advice about my ex-girlfriend.

    I agree with this completely. Are you sure that she's telling you the truth about not being with him physically, or is she just telling you what you want to hear so that you will stick around? I have a friend like this, and I have watched her play games with so many people. In my friend's case I think it is a power thing. She needs to feel like she is in control, so she uses relationships and lies to keep people attached to her. I don't know if this is what your ex is doing, but if I were you I wouldn't mess with her anymore. You are worth much more than these head games she appears to be playing with you.
  7. This is something that totally varies depending on the person. I am pre-op, over 300 pounds, and I can see my collarbones. Not that they're super prominent, but they are definitely visible.
  8. Caribear


    How long have you been going to the gym every day, and what kind of workout are you doing?
  9. Caribear

    This might be a fun little 5 minute test for y'all.

    I have taken this before, both the extended version and the abridged tests. I am always an INFJ on the longer test, but the shorter tests sometimes show me as an INFP.
  10. Caribear


    Wow, those are some dark clouds! Hope you made it home mostly dry!
  11. Caribear

    NSV: Going to the Doctor

    Awesome! I am so looking forward to that.
  12. Woohoo! I am so happy for you! This post gives me hope. I have not been smaller than a 20 in recent history. The last time I was in an 18 was in high school. I truly can't imagine what it feels like to be in a 12, but seeing your success makes me feel like I have a fighting chance at getting there! Thank you for sharing!
  13. @@foevlo have you seen a counselor? They can help you understand the reason behind the old habits and the uncomfortable feelings, and help you put good coping mechanisms in place. Your surgeon's office may be able to recommend a good one. Edited to add: Set your own goals! Don't be discouraged if the ones your doctor sets are not what you want. I think they use statistics to choose a goal for you, but don't let that limit you or define you!
  14. Hey all, I am three months in to my nine-month physician supervised diet. I decided to lower the amount of carbs I have been eating (not even super low, I try to keep it around 100 per day) Anyway, I have noticed that I have had a lot of trouble falling asleep lately. I mentioned it at work, and one of my co-workers said "oh yeah, that's because you cut carbs!" I looked it up, and it seems this isn't an unusual thing. Has anyone else dealt with this, and how did you handle it? Does it stop eventually? I am tired of being tired.
  15. @@Dub thanks for the suggestion, I will try that! @@Manhattan Mom of Two I am glad to hear that your recovery is going well! I don't think it is uncommon for you to still be hungry after soup and purees. From what I understand, for most people, those types of foods go right through your sleeve. I think the term is "slider food." I would agree with your surgeon and stick to solid Proteins. I hope your recovery continues to go well!
  16. Caribear

    Did I make the right choice?

    Yes, I would reschedule. Your body will be under enough stress trying to heal after surgery, you don't need to add recovering from an illness on top of that. I know it's a difficult decision to make, but I think in the long run it is what's best for you. Keep us posted, and feel better soon!
  17. I will probably not have surgery until next June. My insurance requires 9 months of diet, which will be done in February, but I will need to wait until summer because of my work. I teach 10 classes per week at the YMCA and will need to find subs for all of them. So if I can get the surgery done during a break week, I will minimize the load on the other instructors while I am gone. I think my biggest fear is that my fibromyalgia will flare because of the surgery and hinder my recovery. I had my gallbladder out in 2010, and I was miserable for about three months afterwards. However, I am much healthier now and have much better control of my symptoms, so I am hoping that I will be ok. I feel like being nice to your co-worker is probably the best course of action. Just smile and do your best to ignore her. Her bad attitude is her problem, not yours.
  18. Caribear

    Surgery is getting closer.

    I am still pre-op, so I can't really offer you any advice, but I can offer you some encouragement: You can do it!
  19. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I am still pre-op, and reading people's descriptions of what they went through helps soothe what fears I have. I know every recovery is different, but if I have some idea of what to expect, it helps with the fear of the unknown. I am so glad you are recovering well, and I agree about the co-worker! Misery loves company. I hope things continue to go well for you!
  20. I am still pre-op, but I am a "teller" and I have told a decent number of people. I have only had one person react like that so far, and I knew that she would because we have had lots of discussions about surgery in the past. Honestly I have had more comments along the lines of "oh, you don't need it." For reference, I am 5'8", 315 pounds, and have been in the 300s most of my adult life. The smallest I ever got on my own was 260, and that was strictly limiting calories and working out 2+ hours a day. The next time someone tells me I don't need it, I am going to ask them "why do you think I don't?"
  21. Caribear

    Emotional and Physical Hunger

    Oh my gosh, I don't think I have ever related to an article any more than this one. Thank you for sharing!
  22. Personally I would go with the option that gives you the most time off. You don't want to rush your recovery any more than you have to.
  23. Caribear

    Caresource Ohio requirements

    I will add that the surgeon's office specified in their paperwork that the notes from the Primary Care Doctor must include that they counseled you on both diet and exercise, not just weight checks.
  24. I found this link, thought it might be helpful. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/10-best-tasting-vegan-protein-powders.html
  25. Caribear

    Long ways away

    Yes, I am probably looking at a date next summer as well. I completely agree with what Djmohr says, we can use this time to our advantage and start making important changes now. And remember, the time will pass no matter what. We can't make it go faster, we can only control what we do during that time. Hang in there!