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  1. I am 6 years post conversion from band to sleeve. I lost over 150# post sleeve and am currently dealing with a partial regain. I had also gotten out of the habit of regular intense exercise (I have remained walking etc. but gave up the higher intensity stuff I used to do). I have tried all year to use the various maintenance strategies I had learned, but I could not sustain it. A month ago, I joined a "small group personal training" gym that has a whole new approach. They are all about reducing bodyfat percentage and firing up the metabolism. The workouts are all HIIT, and short duration. The food plan is actually too much food (I had to have them modify it for me) but I will say I have not been hungry. It is lean protein and veggie focused, with very controlled and properly timed healthy carbs and healthy fats. (My new fave breakfast is pancakes made from rolled outs, egg beaters and zero fat cottage cheese - delish and moderate healthy carb) It's been 4 weeks, I have lost just shy of 12# and just over 3% reduction in bodyfat percentage. Not setting the world on fire, however, my belt is in a couple of notches, I am working out hard 3X a week and filling in with at home workouts another 2X a week. I am sleeping better, my appetite has increased (that is part of the idea in this program-heat up the metabolism) but my cravings are in pretty good control. I am only sharing this because my personal experiences were that low carbing, intermittant fasting and other techniques that I had big success with in the past, just don't seem to be sustainable. IF, which I love the results, seems to trigger massive anxiety in me so sadly that option is off the table for now. I guess the takeaway message for me is that maintenance is an ongoing thing, go with the tried and true (ie what works for you) but then when that stops working - be open minded to try something else. Who knew that eating MORE food (but different focus - like no cheese, no higher fat proteins etc.) would be what I need right now, today.
  2. CowgirlJane

    4+ year Vet Starting Over

    I am currently working off a gain - about 15 down; another 25 or so to go... I am 6 years post revision to sleeve. First, you do still have a sleeved stomach and I think it is possible to leverage it even now. For me, it takes FOREVER to lose weight now but I just can't care about that - I just have to keep losing or maintaining, not gaining. I am also working out and just getting toner, so I feel better. If I don't eat like a sleever, you wouldn't think I have a sleeve. I have always eaten half or less portions, etc - but I still have had regain that I am now turning around. Food wise, high protein (dense protein first), veggies and really don't eat traditional carb sources like rice, bread, noodles. Don't eat alot of processed foods, skip fast foods, make your own meals and freeze them ahead. Find favorite easy to make "go to" foods - and keep the junk, sliders and carby food out of the house, or at least out of sight. Some people find food journaling helpful. Make sure you aren't drinking your calories. Truth of the matter is that people regain post RNY also, after a certain amount of time it is less about the surgery and more about "compliance". I hate that, but it is true. I think your plan to tackle this is a good one, just don't be discouraged at the much slower weight loss this time around.
  3. When I revised I had about 2.5 months between removal of the band and the sleeve. i didn't need to do the medically supervised diet, but obviously I didn't want to gain! I had felt that the band was not working, but after removal, I was incredibly hungry 24/7. I don't know if that is a common occurance, but I would be prepared to meet with your NUT or some other knowledgable person if that happens. I wound up going low carb and did manage to maintain...
  4. CowgirlJane

    Long term.. Any case studies?!

    My niece has a close friend who had the GB at least 15 years ago. She is slim, healthy and happy! But, reading the many many many studies out there is a good way to get some peace of mind. Good luck
  5. CowgirlJane

    Nothing tastes good

    It's a good thing! My "taster" eventually returned to normal, but it was a good chance to be less focused on food as pleasure when everything tasted odd.
  6. CowgirlJane


    It sounds like you had something other than a lapband - they have ports where they enter and remove fluid to adjust it. There were other types of bands too... I had a lapband for 10 years and it didn't work well for me - food got stuck, puking etc.. I revised to sleeve 6 years ago with very good results - removal was a few months before the sleeve due to scar tissue. Many people have it done in one surgery (someone else asked about this!).
  7. You have received some great input... it takes awhile for the brain (self image) to catch up.
  8. CowgirlJane

    Long Article about Metabolism

    I know this is old, but it is useful information. I have a belief system (lifetime of obesity and maintaining as a 6 year post sleever) that I need so little to eat. I am doing a 6 week transformation through a local gym - and they want me to eat more than I think I should. However, when you actually stick to it - a person really isn't hungry, weight loss is slow but steady and it supports working out and building muscle and fitness since the protein is very focused on lean proteins, green veggies and limited but healthy carb and fat choices. I know there are exceptions, but once you are maintaining, I don't think most people need to live on only 1000- 1200 calories a day or something. I think we try to stick to that kind of restrictive diet but then have days where more is consumed, via either drink or food. I doubt it makes that much difference, but other than consuming workout supplements, I avoid eating 2 hours after an intense workout with the thought it might make a slight difference. During that 2 hour window, presumably the body is driven to convert fat to energy (And I currently have some extra fat).
  9. CowgirlJane

    Does anyone regret their surgery?

    FWIW - I posted this on a different thread. I never had regrets, I feel I had no choice as obesity was quite literally killing me, but it sure as heck wasn't easy either..... My personal experience as a sleever can be summarized like this: Preop - Terrified and anxious, I had to get short term medication to make it through the last week before surgery. The word "hot mess" comes to mind. It wasn't because I didn't want to be sleeved, it was because I had such a fear of the operation, such a fear of failing AGAIN (I was a failed band patient and there is no feeling of failure like failing after bariatric surgery) First weeks post op were very miserable and I was still fat. Struggle to get in enough Water, exhausted, anti-social, diarrea all that stuff. I never regretted it though because I knew this often happened and I just had to "muscle through it" Introducing solid food was another awful experience. I felt like I had to do it perfectly right since I was so desperate to succeed. I feared damaging my sleeve, I felt sick to my stomach, everything tasted weird, water tasted like it had metal in it.... and I was still fat. The next few months were surreal. I didn't feel like myself and I can't even articulate why. While I got the hang of eating properly, it was disorienting for food to taste bad, to eat so little, to have food restrictions, eating FELT LIKE A CHORE. Then, I had an "ah ha" moment - this is the window of opportunity to change my relationship with food. Food is not recreation, it's nutrtion - novel concept for me! I often felt I would be happier just not eating, but I realized that is another form of disordered eating, so I took on the approach that food is like medicine - follow my surgeons and NUTs directions and take it on faith it would get better. Still fat, but down alot. By 3-4 months out, people were noticing the weight loss, I was feeling more myself emotionally, I was not as naseaous, I could tolerate a wider variety of food and it started tasting normal. I was in a good workout routine and loving that I could do more. Yes, still fat, but not nearly AS fat. I started thinking that amazing things MIGHT be possible. At around 8-9 months my appetite returned, my weight loss slowed and I was still about 40# from goal. I made a conscious decision to evaluate what was important to me and I got my butt back on track with good steady losses. At 14 months I made my goal of losing 150#. I could wear cute clothes, people didn't recognize me, I could eat pretty much anything (exceptions are rich ice cream gives me cramps and spicy food can irritate my tummy a bit) I am nearly 5 years post op and living a good life as a normal sized, active woman with a loving boyfriend. I am living a day to day life that I could only dream of. Many people dont know I had surgery - I eat small portions of very normal food. My kids are shocked when they see my before pix... but they tell me I changed inside too, not just the weight loss. I wear makeup, I love to dress up, go out, social butterfly all that. Life is pretty damn good and I am thankful for the help of the sleeve to get me here.
  10. Ex's don't get a vote. What an asshat.
  11. I gained 10# due to all the IV fluids. I then went on to lose 150# from my starting weight. You are losing fine and will get to your goal. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using the BariatricPal App
  12. CowgirlJane

    Infidelity (long)

    So painful. I did not have an affair so I can't exactly relate, but I think I relate to that feeling of an empty spot in your heart that you try to fill. In my past I have tried to fill it with food, even alcohol but those were short term fixes. I wonder if the tendency toward "flirting" is something similiar - trying to fill a painful, empty spot in your own heart. I am not a huge counseling advocate, but it seems to me that examining yourself right now, perhaps with a counselor can be super beneficial. I lost 150# and I call 2013 as my crazy year because I was so disoriented. If I was prone to using flirting/temptations/men to fill that emotional void - it would have been bad. It might be helpful to tackle this stuff BEFORE you lose weight because WLS, rapid weight loss, becoming thin is a head trip for some of us ... and you may go through some tough, and emotional times. So, I had a past relationship that I had just a hard time letting go of. It wasn't even the relationship, it was the IDEA of the relationship that was painful. So, there was a phrase that I found hurtful "move on let go" and I made it my password on something I logged onto daily. It stabbed me in the heart everytime I typed it, but in about 1-2 months it stopped doing that. I changed the password, and I no longer felt that wanting. If I were you, I would remove yourself (or him or whatever) from any contact, any social media, delete his number. There is no reason you should even know who he is dating... Good luck in working this out. I am single after being in 2 long term relationships basically my whole adult life... and although there are things about singledom I love; having a loving supportive husband is a lot better.
  13. CowgirlJane

    $5.00 of a case of Premier Protein

    My local costco only carries chocolate strawberry and vanilla Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using the BariatricPal App
  14. CowgirlJane

    Instant Pot! Good recipes and ideas?

    So... the report back???
  15. CowgirlJane

    $5.00 of a case of Premier Protein

    Thanks for the heads up. Warning, the vanilla and strawberry flavors do not keep well. They curdle very quickly - but I stock up on the chocolate!
  16. Salmon. This time of year, fresh wild caught is delish. All year around the frozen fillets are great. The salmon patties (also frozen) are a staple. They have a really low calories high Protein chicken patty in fridge section. They have turkey sausages that are delish and healthy. If you do a search for costco on BP, you will find threads where many people have shared whole shopping lists.
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    Instant Pot! Good recipes and ideas?

    What a great resource this group is! I am looking forward to trying it!
  18. CowgirlJane

    How was your 5:2 day today?

    Hi everyone! I was in a training class all last week, busy busy busy. Things are going good, but I haven't been losing weight.
  19. CowgirlJane

    If this wasn't so pathetic it would be hilarious

    I admire the frankness. It is pretty disappointing to get this news 2-3 months into things....
  20. CowgirlJane

    How was your 5:2 day today?

    @@UK Cathy good idea. I will do some tomorrow.
  21. CowgirlJane

    What's your favourite...

    The line in this song by tim McGraw reasonates with me... why do we risk love and life after all the times we have been hurt? We ride and never worry about the fall , I guess that's just the cowboy in us all "The Cowboy In Me" I don't know why I act the way I do Like I ain't got a single thing to lose Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy I guess that's just the cowboy in me I got a life that most would love to have But sometimes I still wake up fightin' mad At where this road I'm heading down might lead I guess that's just the cowboy in me The urge to run, the restlessness The heart of stone I sometimes get The things I've done for foolish pride The me that's never satisfied The face that's in the mirror when I don't like what I see I guess that's just the cowboy in me The urge to run, the restlessness The heart of stone I sometimes get The things I've done for foolish pride The me that's never satisfied The face that's in the mirror when I don't like what I see I guess that's just the cowboy in me Girl I know there's times you must have thought There ain't a line you've drawn I haven't crossed But you set your mind to see this love on through I guess that's just the cowboy in you We ride and never worry about the fall I guess that's just the cowboy in us all
  22. I have been reading these forums about 5 years; I am 4 1/2 years post revision to sleeve and maintaining a massive weight loss - so one of the cranky vets around here. My primary comment is that your surgeon's guidelines do not fit, even remotely, the "norm" based on what others have shared, what I have read on websites of major respected bariatric centers etc. While we do each need to follow our program to maximize success, I really question whether a month of clear liquids acheives anything. When I read the details of your program it looked like a plan to maximize initial weight loss - but that won't work if you can't stick with it! Besides, in my experience, the real power of the sleeve is that time period when you begin solid food (for me it was around 6 weeks) through the period of time when your hunger returns (for me, it was about 8 months post op). Tiny amounts of solid food were all I needed to feel great, and lose weight during that window. It helped me change my relationship with food, but suffering through an extended liquid diet would not have done that. I am not sure what I would do in your shoes because you do need to follow a program, but I would not be happy with your program either.
  23. I had the band for 10 years, ended up heavier than I started! I revised to sleeve in December 2011, lost about half my former size and maintaining in the goal weight ballpark. For me, sleeve and band have been completely different experiences. I was a bottomless pit and the band didn't help me (after first year) whereas I now have what I consider a normal, not insatiable, appetite.
  24. CowgirlJane

    Epic Weekend!

    My horse is 25 (old) so I am borrowing a young Arab who has quite a bit of pep and is spooky and frankly often an idiot. I am a confident rider, but my friends worried about me taking this little loon on our 3 day riding adventure last weekend. Kudos to both of us - together we encountered: - a bear - elk - flushed a bunch of pheasants who flew up in a most alarming manner - many close encounters with mule deer - save a golden retriever who "messed" with the wrong does. Those mammas had that dog pinned to the ground and we had to rescue him on horse back! Because my horse was younger and energetic, i did alot of riding off from the group and doing some "faster" riding and then rejoining them. The spooky little horse really did good! oh, and hanging out with my pals for 3 days was epic all by itself!
  25. CowgirlJane

    How was your 5:2 day today?

    @@UK Cathy I am limiting my time on BP because Alex's post about how us vets are big meanies pissed me off. I still want to be supportive to our little group though! What is going on in your life Cathy? I am gaining weight, I haven't stepped on a scale in 2 weeks because I am scared and I need to get my butt in gear and get on the program!

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