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CowgirlJane

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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

  3. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Maggie VBG to DS in Mexico for Plastics?   
    I had a great experience and results with Dr Sauceda in Mexico.
    I personally think now is the time to focus on getting fit and slim.... worry about plastics later!
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from jennypenny1998 in OMG. Guess I'm a statistic...(backsliding)   
    No shame, you did what you did, that is the past... now do what you need to do to get on track.
    Everyone of us has backslid in one way or another. Maybe it was a 5 pound gain or maybe it was a 50 pound one... but it is real life to tackle it and go back to basics.
    I am 3 years out and finding that things have changed... yet again. It is much easier to regain and harder to relose them then it was previously. Its real life and we are all in this together sisters and brothers!!!
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Stella S in Weight Gain 5 yrs out UGH   
    I have lost (re)15# since Halloween - and doing it without being hungry! It seems so slow, but you know, I am still 15# less than I was before the holiday season so that is something !
    I know it is very hard, but at some point I think it is helpful to get past the obesity induced shame, and focus more on living life, paying attention to healthy habits without being so hard on ourselves. Regain happens to many after about 3-5 years out, it's what you do about it that matters.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Stella S in Weight Gain 5 yrs out UGH   
    I have lost (re)15# since Halloween - and doing it without being hungry! It seems so slow, but you know, I am still 15# less than I was before the holiday season so that is something !
    I know it is very hard, but at some point I think it is helpful to get past the obesity induced shame, and focus more on living life, paying attention to healthy habits without being so hard on ourselves. Regain happens to many after about 3-5 years out, it's what you do about it that matters.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from FatToPhat in Did I do the right thing?   
    I have gone through phases on this topic. There was a time when I would hide in my bedroom rather than watch people eat. How it has evolved though is I cook a Protein, a veggie, make a salad and then make rice,potato or Pasta for the guys. I eat the first 3, they feel like they are getting a gourmet meal - winwin all around.
    I live with my grown sons and if they want junk food, they buy it and keep it in their rooms. The rule of the house is if there are Cookies, ice cream etc in the main living area of the house I am likely to eat it, toss it, or some combination thereof. I feel no guilt for that. I don't expect them to eat like I do,but I don't want it under my nose either.
    Luckily they aren't fast food take out fans. They have my taste for higher quality food.
    However truth is lousy food surrounds us. There is a reason I don't watch regular tv, I don't want to watch food porn, all the pushing of candy and chips and fast food that is literally killing our country. When I go into the office, junk food is at everyone's desk. It has taken me a long time to not want a fistful of candy every time I see a bowl of it.
    I am 4 years out , and while I am so much better, my drive for sweets and stuff rears its ugly head based on visual and odor cues. I don't have an answer except I like the trim me so much better than the obese me that I remain diligent. Whenever I doubt that, I look at my before and after photos.
    You can do this, he is rght,he shouldn't have to change (unless he wants a healthier life) but it is asking alot for you to sit there and watch/smell while he eats your trigger foods. Hopefully your counselor has some good strategies for you.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from BestDayEver in 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.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from TwylaV in Anybody regretted it, even with no complications?   
    I am saying this because I care... we are all in charge of our own "journey". The patient has a huge amount of influence in how this works out. Wildly successful, so-so, or whatever.
    This is a good place to "vent" and I recognize much of this is just venting but i worry about nervous pre-ops getting the wrong idea - it is hard to let go of old ways. I was very ready to let go and yet i do recall those early months... feeling a little like the world wasn't as brightly colored. Feeling a little... I won't say blue... but certainly not technicolor bright like it is now! I accepted responsibility for making the choice to have the surgery AND because I listened to people who came before me, i knew it was temporary. The surgery did EXACTLY what was promised. I can eat less, and I am no longer hungry 24/7. Absolutely everything else - following guidelines, working out, working on my emotional challenges - that was all me. Here is the newsflash - really really soon after you heal from the surgery, you are pretty much on your own sisters and brothers. The surgeon has done his/her job, you better have a plan for the rest. Doesn't mean you need to write the plan, it means you need to find the resources, support, education etc.
    If you seriously can't afford chicken, cottage cheese and greek yogurt and veggies to eat - i can't fathom why you are getting this surgery.
    So, here I am in maintenance living a life I could only dream about before. I do sometimes struggle, but crap, that is real life - isn't it? I mean, I don't know ANYBODY - fat or thin who doesn't have some rough days. Get over it.
    I am not as mean as I sound... I am just suggesting to anyone that wants to learn from this conversation thread that sleeve life is still life with all it's struggles. You still drive the bus - where are you heading?
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Frustr8 in Feel Like I'm A Failure   
    I think this post is completely right on!
    I feel that I have been incredibly successful with the sleeve, right on target per the nutritionalist and certainly meeting my expectations!
    I lost 24% of my excess within 30 days of surgery - pretty much the same as you!
    In fact, if I calculated the "excess" the same way you are, my stats would be worse. My goal is not to get down to a 22 BMI, but something more like 26-27 so in reality my EXCESS to lose was more then 150. I lost 37# by one month out which is 24% of my 150# excess weight but if I was targeting a 22 BMI my excess weight is something more like 170-175# and my month one loss would have been 22% of that.
    My point about all this math is that you cannot go on "raw" pounds you really do need to look at percentages. Either percentage of excess weight like I just showed OR percentage of body weight lost like they do on Biggest Loser. Raw pounds are very misleading comparing yourself to others.
    I think you are doing well!
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from clsumrall in Could Someone 'Splain This To Me?   
    I didn't have a supervised diet before surgery, but i did receive very clear post op instructions as well as a lot of in person follow up.

    If I could give advice to any pre-sleevers (or other bariatric procedures) it would be to choose a surgeon/ surgical center AT LEAST as much on their support, education and follow up as any other factor. This bariatric thing is no joke, it's a lot of work and you may very well need the support in the long run.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from George OG in well..maybe there is hope for "real life" meeting someone   
    I met someone out dancing...we are going to dinner later this week. I never get asked out, it's a Seattle thing, so this is a good thing to experience!
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Julie norton in One Month Report out on my six week transformation   
    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.
  17. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

  18. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from BestDayEver in 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.
  19. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from BestDayEver in 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.
  20. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Neversaynever in Before and After Pics   
    There is already a huge long thread dedicated to before and afters.. but it is such a fun topic I don't mind repeating!!
    This is what losing 150 pounds does for you! A girlfriend of mine said the sweetest thing "I didn't know you had a teenage daughter"...LOL. I do feel like I look younger being trimmer.
    Taken within the last few weeks

    This was taken in December i believe - I think I was 20# away from goal,back when I was a bit curvier. I was feeling pretty good, but, I like how I look better now even if my T&A disappeared since this photo was taken.

    This is my before picture at over 300#. I don't have much to say about it but I KEEP looking at my befores to remind myself how far I have come.

  21. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from BestDayEver in 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.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from KeeSh32 in Lapband To Sleeve- Have Some Questions :)   
    I am short on time, but wanted to respond to you. I had the band for 10 years, had it removed in Sept 2011 and was sleeved Dec 12 2011.
    Results? AMAZING!
    I never lost this well with the band. I never felt this good eating with the band. I never had this reduction in desire to eat and other cravings. The sleeve is about 1000 times better then the band!!!
    However, I have also taken my personal lessons learned from my band experience and have been a better patient this time. It is all so much clearer to me know what I need to do to acheive my goal of lifelong "weight control". I thought I was ready with the band, but truly I didn't have complete education and support in place. I made sure it was there this time before going under the knife!
    I have lost 123 pounds - wow! I am the lightest I have been since I was in my 20s, sometime in the late 1980s. Life is really great and I feel that this revision literally saved me.... my weight and eating was pretty out of control as I was over 300# last year. My drive to eat, my desire for food was so strong I could not manage it without surgery. I was full on into a metabolic disorder/insulin resistance and just could not break free. With the sleeve as the tool helping me make changes to what I eat, how I eat, how often I eat and most important... how much I eat - I no longer go around starving thinking about my next meal. And, I continue to lose weight and am confident I will make my goal.
    My weight loss rate with the sleeve has been on par with what is expected for a "virgin" sleever.
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    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Stella S in Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014   
    I hit 6 year mark in December - things got MUCH harder for me about 3 or so years out. I had to really work hard to not regain, but over the last 1-2 years have put a few pounds back on.
    Like many of you have found, eating about the same - yet regain. Maybe some of it is natural aging process, maybe I don't estimate my intake as well - I don't know.
    I tried ALL the techniques that I have used (5:2, tracking, low carb etc etc) and could not make progress. What I have done is joined a gym with a metabolism boosting program - it is really quite different than anything else I have done post sleeve. I get to eat good quantities of food, and getting healthier. The weight loss is painfully slow, but I have turned the tide - I didn't lose any more over the month of December, but I held my own.
    Anyway, this seems like a lifelong thing....
  24. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Stella S in Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014   
    I hit 6 year mark in December - things got MUCH harder for me about 3 or so years out. I had to really work hard to not regain, but over the last 1-2 years have put a few pounds back on.
    Like many of you have found, eating about the same - yet regain. Maybe some of it is natural aging process, maybe I don't estimate my intake as well - I don't know.
    I tried ALL the techniques that I have used (5:2, tracking, low carb etc etc) and could not make progress. What I have done is joined a gym with a metabolism boosting program - it is really quite different than anything else I have done post sleeve. I get to eat good quantities of food, and getting healthier. The weight loss is painfully slow, but I have turned the tide - I didn't lose any more over the month of December, but I held my own.
    Anyway, this seems like a lifelong thing....
  25. Like
    CowgirlJane got a reaction from Stella S in Weight Gain 5 yrs out UGH   
    I have lost (re)15# since Halloween - and doing it without being hungry! It seems so slow, but you know, I am still 15# less than I was before the holiday season so that is something !
    I know it is very hard, but at some point I think it is helpful to get past the obesity induced shame, and focus more on living life, paying attention to healthy habits without being so hard on ourselves. Regain happens to many after about 3-5 years out, it's what you do about it that matters.

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