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  1. I have not logged in since August and I have let life get in the way of my goals. I'm SO disappointed in myself. I really thought I had my diet mastered. Six months ago I was an expert at keeping my calories under 900, Protein 90-100g ( with no protein drinks/bars), carbs under 50g, logging daily and getting in my Water in. Now I'm year and a half out and I have regained 20 lbs. WHAT HAPPENED? The best I can tell is it all started when we went into escrow on a house. My focus switched from weight loss, diet, and exercise to loan paperwork, credit reports, and problem solving. We ended up losing that first escrow due to an inaccurate tax lien that couldn't be fixed in time to save the escrow. Then I became obsessed with resolving the issue and finding another house. Inventory was low so you had to be ready to pounce right away...hence the obsession. Meanwhile on the weight loss front I had stopped logging and watching what I ate. I told myself I was resetting my metabolism so that I could start back on a more normal calorie intake. We finally had all our ducks in a row to make for an easy breezy loan process and went into escrow on a house we love the end of November. The house was almost finished being built and they said they needed a 45 day escrow. We said they could have as long as they needed we just needed 30 days to give our rental notice. Long story short, it is taking forever and we are now 108 days into a 45 day escrow. This would be no biggie if we hadn't given notice and had to be out of our rental house Jan 28th. For the last 6 weeks, my husband and I (and our 3 dogs...EEK) have been staying with our friends. It was supposed to be for 2 weeks, so our stress levels are in freak out mode and we're still 2-3 weeks from closing. In an effort to impose as little as possible (being that we are the never ending houseguests), I just try to stay invisible. The problem with invisibility is that we have been eating out instead of using their kitchen, keeping lots of unrefrigerated Snacks (aka processed carb filled snacks) in our room, and not exercising at all. Its fine for my husband because he works but I am here in this room all day every day. That has lead to the pounds packing on mostly in the last 6 weeks. I have decided I cannot let the scale keep going up. I need to do damage control now before it gets even worse over the next 3 weeks. I cannot fully get back on track until we are in our house but for the time being I need to stop the gain. I started logging again this morning. I have put a kabash on the mindless snacking. And I am making better choices foodwise even when we have to eat out. I am so scared that since I am 18 months out it will be hard to re-lose the weight. Has anyone been able to lose their regain easily? Does anyone have any other ideas that I can do while staying in this tiny room (without using the kitchen)? I was thinking about the 5:2 fasting. Any ideas, support, words of wisdom, relatable experiences, or words of encouragement is greatly appreciated! (Please excuse any typos...typing long posts on a tablet is not my forte)
  2. Had a lot of time and mind consuming things come up and distract me from my goal over the last 7 months. My diet and weight loss fell to the back burner and the burner wasn't even on! My weight is currently 163 lbs yikes! Time to refocus and recommit! I'm ready!

    1. catnapper


      Yes! Same here except My situation is some what diff. Had the sleeve done in Oct 2012 & thought with the down sizing & grehlin removal,losing weight would be effortless. My surgery was done in Costa Rica.

      So as far as taking it seriously enuf & following a structured program, I didn't.Less amounts of food intake @ one setting but I grazed all day & into the night on one kind of food & when it became boring,on to the next choice.No exercise & very small amt...

    2. belladona


      Hi I am in a similar situation ive been out a little over 8 months I feel as if I never had the surgery done. I can eat everything!!! yes the first 50 lbs was on them but thats because your stomach is healing but I feel after it heals well, your on your own. I now joined a class twice a week and it seems to be working ok scale has started coming down again but I feel at this point of the game your basically on your own. ultimately we decide our outcomes.

  3. Happy Birthday Sassafras!

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  6. 10 month weigh in and 5.5 lbs lighter...almost in the 130's!! 7 lbs from normal bmi...can't wait!!

  7. After Dr. Kelly being upset with the staff at Florence too and canceling his future surgeries there while we were there, I don't believe this was about Mi Doctor. I believe that is just what we were told. In my honest opinion, I believe Dr. Kelly is extremely picky about how he wants things and has very high standards (almost too high for MX) and I believe this leads to him being a hard surgeon for the staff to please (which you could see as a good or bad thing). Personally, I love for my surgeon to be a perfectionist but I would NOT want to work for him ha ha. Bottom line: I had surgery at Mi Doc in Aug and liked it. My hubby just had surgery at Florence and we liked it too. I honestly believe you will receive great care in either facility. I did not mean to feed into any rivalry or competition I was going by what the coordinator told us and felt like I owed it to VST to share the information. Glad everything is ok at Mi Doctor!
  8. Home safe and sleeved! Honey is doing so well! Just walked a mile no problem. Happy to see what life brings as a sleeved couple!! :)

  9. I don't mean to cause any chaos and I would definitely do more research on it if I were you (you know how easily rumors spread), but I felt like its a piece of info I would want to check into if I was scheduled there.
  10. About to be a sleeved couple :) Hubby's surgery is tomorrow! Switched from Mi Doctor to Florence last min because of broken laproscopic equipment but Dr. kelly was nice enough not to charge us the extra $500. He's so awesome.

  11. Hi all, My husband is having surgery tomorrow and it was suppossed to be at Mi Doctor. We requested Mi Doctor specicifially because I had such a great experience there last August. They just changed us last minute over to florence because they said that the laproscopic equipment at Mi Doctor is sub-par and not working properly. Since I always sing the praises of Mi Doctor, I thought it was only fair to share this news too, so people can do their homework. I know there were quite a few people trying to decide between the 2 hospitals so I thought this might factor into any decisions. We are sad about switching because I really loved the care I got at Mi Doctor, but happy that my husband will be safe. But on the brightside, Dr. Kelly was really awesome about the switch and did not charge us the $500 extra to be at Florence. Anyone else's docs switch hospitals lately for this reason?
  12. I don't know what the heck is going on but the weight is falling off this week like it did in the beginning! ! I've gone from 152-145 lbs...7 lbs in 1 week!! The only thing I have changed this week is my water intake (went from 48 oz a day to 64/72 oz... Can that be so powerful? I'm estatic!!

  13. 10 lbs from normal BMI!!! That number seems sooo little! Yippee! My hubby is having VSG in MX in 6 days, and I just can't wait for him to experience all that the sleeve has given to me!!! tome

  14. Hi all, I am 9 months out and 12 pounds from my first goal...normal bmi. Although my body has faired pretty well so far (pics below), I definitely have a wish list of what I would like fixed. I always thought I would need lifts and tucks but I saw these pics of full body lipo and started thinking since I don't have hanging skin anywhere maybe full body lipo is all I need. Anyone had this done or researched it? Anyone know of good doctors and pricing.I only live a couple of hours from the Cali/Mexico border so Mexico is definitely on the table. Cost is a huge factor since I will be saving my pennies over the next year to save up. Please share any knowledge, experience, or results you have regarding this. I am attaching the pics of the full body lipo result that made me think this is an option. I blurred the nude parts. I am also posting some pics of myself. I have lost about 5 pounds since those pics.
  15. 9 months out today! Lost 5 lbs this month and while that number doesn't "sound" impressive I have to remind myself that 5 lbs on this little body is a MUCH bigger difference than on my previous obese body :)

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