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  1. Every thing adds up! (Good and bad, lol.) Just keep at it. Yes, living post WLS has been work, but, so was being obese. It has been totally worth it. I am now able to do things I never would have been able to do six years ago. You are worth it. Stick with it. Good luck!
  2. Elizabeth21

    Vets - How often do you weigh yourself?

    I never weigh myself anymore. Only my doctor weigh-ins and I ask them not to tell me the number. The "number" makes me crazy. I focus on maintaining good eating habits, exercise and if my clothes start to feel too tight I know that I've had too many carbs and cut back. For me it has freed me from the obsession with food and hating myself over a number. Whatever that number is today -- it is no where near where it was 6 years ago. I just remember that.
  3. Elizabeth21

    Any WLS peeps from 2014 still around?

    I decided to take a peek here today. Dec. 2014 for me. Last Spring I also treated myself to plastic surgery to remove excess stomach. I finally feel "normal" when I'm in a room. I've been exercising regularly for two years now to maintain strength and metabolism. Yup it is work, but so was being obese. I'm glad I made this choice.
  4. Elizabeth21

    Post-Op Mental Health Issues

    You do not mention your gender or age. You have outlined classic symptoms of Depression as well as menopause. I agree with the others that you should contact a doctor and/or mental health professional. Good luck!
  5. Elizabeth21

    Carb Amount?

    The only thing I count is protein. Although, when I look at a label I will look to see if there are a lot of carbs because I definitely found correlation between carbs and weight gain. Don't forget to pay attention to the carb calories that you drink. Good luck!
  6. Welcome to the journey. It will be work, but it is worth it. I think the key to maintaining is portion size and minimal carbs. Exercise is also key and strength training to keep the metabolism up. Finally, I never pay any attention to my actual weight. I base it off how my clothes are fitting. For example, during the lockdown some things became a little more snug. So I upped my exercise and really watched the carbs. Things have improved. Good luck with your journey!
  7. Elizabeth21

    One Month Report out on my six week transformation

    Yeah, "easy way out" is total BS. Sheer ignorance.
  8. Elizabeth21

    One Month Report out on my six week transformation

    Weight is just a number. If your size is good, as in comfortable for you, forget the other numbers. Who cares?? Be kind to yourself!! It sounds like you are doing great!!
  9. Elizabeth21

    Sleeve Veterans: What makes you successful long term?

    Everyone is different. I'm on the flip side of the approach. I do not weigh or log my food because for me it brings more focus on food, and focus on restriction. I do not weigh myself because it is just a number and my head goes a little crazy over the numbers. That being said, I do focus on trying to get 60 g of protein a day and to avoid snacking. I avoid calorie beverages. I do exercise. I'm basically wearing the same size clothes. Oh sometimes things are little looser or a bit tighter, but my "normal" weight friends go through the same thing. The difference is I am not the biggest person in the room. If I'm getting stared at it's because I am looking good not huge. I fit wherever I need to go. In short, I'm focusing on LIFE not weight. I find joy in many things and not just food. I'm four years out. It works.
  10. Hi there. First of all, I think the regain stories are much more about the lap band than the sleeve. The lap band does nothing to change your hunger signals or metabolism regulation like the sleeve does. So all it does is restrict amounts. I'm sleeved and about 4 years out. I've kept most of it off. The amount restriction is still there. As for weight, I've had some fluctuations, but, so do my "normal" weight friends. I find it best if I do not weigh myself and get caught up in a number. I just stick to my same basic plan that I had post op and enjoy occasional deviations. And get some exercise. My weight does fine. I think one of the keys here is the experience of sustained good eating habits practice during the first year especially. That and the improved quality of life leads to finding additional enjoyment in life besides food. So, bottom line, I believe your premise is flawed. I doubt seriously most regain all weight. Maybe some of it but not all. I think (barring some unusual medical situation) it would be difficult to regain it all without making a purposeful decision to do so by consciously completely blowing your plan. I have absolutely no regrets with my choice. It has completely changed my life for the better. Best wishes! Liz
  11. Elizabeth21

    Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014

    Nature girl, First of all: BREATHE!!! Keep your perspective. The more you panic the worse it will be. First of all you are not starting over. Okay, you have a few more pounds than you want, but you are still better off. Second, review the differences in your life before and after surgery. Note how much life is better post surgery! Then, make choices to keep it that way. It does not have to be extreme. Just be honest with yourself. What are you really eating/drinking? You only need to get 50-60 grams of protein. Go back to basics and create a routine like you did just after surgery. Avoid the sugar, avoid calorie drinks. Start walking five minutes a day, and increase it by five minutes at a time over a week or two until its about 30 minutes a day. Sign up for a strength training class to add some muscle to burn more calories while resting. It will not take much. Do not make it a big deal because that can lead to spiralling. Also, accept that you may not have perfection. SO WHAT?? 25 lbs. vs. 125 lbs.?? Big difference in quality of life. You're okay. Breathe!!! *hugs* Liz
  12. Elizabeth21

    Checking In- Sleeved in Dec 2014

    Hi All, I understand. I've got an extra 15 I'd like to be rid of. But please... BIG picture!! I've got 15, not 115!! Do NOT beat yourselves up!! I think that only leads to depression and more weight gain. Take some small steps. And, maybe recognize that if it doesn't change, you are STILL so much better off!! :D
  13. Elizabeth21

    Band or Sleeve?

    The Sleeve is better because the procedure involves the removal of stomach tissue that regulates hormones that signal hunger. It does not just reduce your stomach. Your appetite is reduced. You are not HUNGRY. The sleeve has a better long term success rate. You won't want to reverse it. Good luck.
  14. Elizabeth21

    Post-op Protein bars?

    Another great protein source that is easy to take with you and/or store in a drawer at the office are the Starkist foil pack tunas. There are various flavors. Good protein for low calories. Also, Lite & Fit Greek yogurt is a good low cal protein source.
  15. Elizabeth21

    Trouble with Depression Meds absorption 2 years out?

    Update: My doctor and I decided to try having me take my meds twice a day. In the same way we are advised to take "one a day" Multivitamins twice a day due to absorption issues, we are thinking I need to do the same with my meds. Hoping this will help, since, in July I had a nervous breakdown and became very suicidal. But life events have also contributed greatly to my situation, so, can't blame it only on med situation. Good luck all.

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