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  1. mae7365

    Seeking Fitbit users

    Anyone interested in being "Fitbit Friends"? I'm Marsha E on Fitbit and it's great place to challenge each other to increase our daily and weekly activity. Feel free to send a request if interested.
  2. I only drink Syntrax Matrix - after trying just about every brand I found. I love the mint cookie and Cookies & cream flavors best.
  3. mae7365

    Protein Shakes

    Syntrax Matrix. I love the mint cookie and Cookies & cream flavors.
  4. So I'm 5 days away from my 8 month anniversary of VSG surgery and finally admitting that my old habits and obsession with snacking have not miraculously disappeared because of WLS. On May 28th, I had lost 60 pounds and was so positive that I'd reach goal by my 8 month anniversary. But rather than stay focused, eat healthy and follow the plan, I got over confident and reverted back to snacking on all the high carb, high sugar, high salt comfort foods that had originally caused my weight gain. I stopped going to my monthly support group meetings, stopped my daily involvement in on-line bariatric and weight loss support groups and as a result, I've gained 8 pounds rather than losing the last 6 pounds that would have gotten me to goal. I know what I have to do to get back on track. Any suggestions on how to break my addition to carbs? I'm focused on Protein today with the hope that once I break the carb cycle, I can get back to making better food choices for my late night Snacks. Yes, the honeymoon is over!!
  5. mae7365

    Fell off the wagon

    I'm in the club also. Need to refocus today.
  6. mae7365


    I had less than 70 pounds to lose, but my health issues made that 70 pounds destructive. I'm in my late 50's, so losing 70 pounds and keeping it off was extremely difficult. Now my health has improved 150%, I exercise (including running on a treadmill) and I feel fantastic. Surgery was a blessing for me.
  7. mae7365


    I did and continue to take it at six months post-op. I took all my medications right after surgery with a small sip of Water.
  8. mae7365

    100 Pounds Gone Forever!

    100 pounds in 8 months......great job! I know you have to feel healthier just by the fact that you are off some medications. And having people compliment you on your success is such a great motivator! Congratulation!!!!!
  9. mae7365

    Can't do anymore protein!

    I love Syntrax Matrix with Water and sweetened almond milk (4 ozs each). The flavors are good and they aren't thick like many of the Protein shakes I've tried. And, they have lots of protein.
  10. I hope you are very, very proud of the decision you made. As time passs, you won't care who knows about your surgery. Because as time passes, you get healthier and appreciate the new you, it won't matter what anyone else thinks, or feels. You will know that the only one who can make you happy with yourself.....is you. It is the one thing that I learned from surgery. It was all about ME and I was worth it!
  11. mae7365

    Eating at night

    I found I have to eat before going to bed. Why? I sleep eat. I didn't believe it until I brought it up at the last support group and the NUT said it's a real thing. I've found chicken bones on the kitchen counter and don't remember eating a piece of chicken. I found an empty jelly doughnut box and don't remember eating a doughnut. I have a history of sleep walking since I was a young child, so I guess it's reared it's ugly head. P.S. The NUT is going to talk to the psychologist and see what he recommends. In the meantime, she told me to make sure I eat something before bed so I can at least control my food intact.
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    Eat. As mentioned above, if your body thinks it's "starving" it holds weight and minimizes energy utilization - hence fatigue.
  13. mae7365

    Is anyone close to the 35 BMI range?

    I had been dieting for 6 months prior to my first meeting with the surgeon. A week before surgery I realized I had dropped my BMI from 39 to 33 and I knew it needed to be 35 to be considered for surgery. I actually had to gain 15 pounds before my appointment to assure I met Aetna criteria. My PCP and I had both come to the realization that I wasn't going to get below 33 BMI after I stopped taking the diet pills she had prescribed for the first 6 months. Once I stopped taking the diet pills, gaining weight to meet my BMI requirement was easy. I had a 36.1 BMI on the day of surgery, so my 6 month pre-op diet did show a reduction as required by insurance.
  14. mae7365

    Clear/Color Water

    My NUT said Crystal Light is OK as Water replacement. That's all I use.
  15. mae7365

    Has everyone had WLS?

    I had a party at my home last month. There were six of us sitting around the kitchen table, and 4 of the 6 had had WLS. The others were amazed. Obviously, WLS is more common than I ever imagined!
  16. mae7365


    I just need to add that with time, all foods are tolerable in limited quantity. Yes, your eating habits will hopefully be forever changed, but with time, you will never need to feel deprived. Protein shakes are still my main source of protein, but I can go out to dinner with my husband and always find something on the menu. I take a bite of his dessert and it satisfies that craving for sweets. I've had a small slice of pizza. I do not feel deprived at 5 months post op. It is the best decision I've made for myself. I was always worried about kids, husband, work.......this was just for me and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to change my life.
  17. mae7365

    5 month side By side

    From the album: 5 months post-op, down 57 pounds

  18. I didn't have a band to sleeve revision, but I was low BMI at the time of surgery. My BMI was 36.1, but had been as high as 38. I had comorbidities that got Aetna to approve my surgery. I did have acid reflux before sleeve surgery and very bad reflux for the first 3 months after surgery. I was taking Nexium and Prilosec after surgery and had to sleep sitting up. I would wake up with coughing fits and my voice was actually beginning to change. Finally around 3 months post-op, it began to get better. I still take one 20mg prilosec each day and I still get reflux if I eat to close to bedtime. When I stop eating after 7:30 pm, I have no reflux. And the coughing has stopped. But I would have had the surgery even if I knew the reflux would be bad post-op. It was that important to me. I also found that Alka-Seltzer heartburn chews and Gas-X were my constant companion. I rarely need either anymore - I just had my 5 month anniversary on the 12th.
  19. A very good friend of my son has a failed lapband from 5 years ago (still inside her, but no inflation/restriction). She is very heavy, but happy. She told me a year ago that her own Mother told her she loved her move then she was thinner. I can't imagine such cruelty to a stranger, let alone her own daughter. I told her that love is unconditional, and I love her for who she is, not what she looks like. You ARE BETTER than the cruel people who make cruel comments about you. Love yourself because you are worth it. And be happy that you've made a decision to become healthier, since that is what weight loss is all about.
  20. Well I totally understand the lapse in program as I've been "carb loading" for the past 3 weeks and I've gained 2 lbs. I'm 4 months post op today and I've lost 56 lbs. so far and I'm very happy with that. But you are not alone in this lifetime journey. I'm trying to put the past behind me and start each day with a fresh attitude about what I eat and more importantly what I don't eat. All I can say is don't give up on yourself. You've lost 75 pounds and you have to feel better about yourself for that. If you need to give in to the "carb" craving, I've purchased BelVita Breakfast biscuits. If you eat the whole package it's 230 calories and 4 grams of Protein. I eat 2 out of the 4 biscuits when I'm craving carbs. They are nutritious, but have 35 grams of carbs. I know I feel better about eating them than when I was eating candy bars, Cookies and cake. And they taste good.
  21. My favorite is only 23 gms of Protein, but it is wonderful I use Syntrax Matrix and I've tried three flavors and love them all. Mint cookie is my favorite. I make mine with 4 oz. sweetened almond milk and 4 ozs Water. The almond milk gives it a very rich flavor vs .just water or regular milk.
  22. I love your post. I try to ignore the posts where people are "bitchy" to each other or complaining because some "newbie" didn't look for an old "thread" before posting a question. BTY, some of the old threads are six+ pages of responses and sometimes very difficult to find answers. I love your philosophy. I am currently reading the AA book (my son is an alcoholic and doesn't want to change), so I know what you mean about constantly reminding yourself of where you were in order to become and remain the person you want to be. Thank you for the reminder!