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  1. anaxila

    Regain 4 Years out

    It’s okay. It happens. The solution is exactly the same as what got you there in the first place. RNY gave you a good start and a suite of tools, but YOU got yourself there. Dust off your old playbook and get at it. I know you can do it.
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    April 2020 Vets Roll Call

    Hello! I'm not on the boards regularly, but I have alerts for certain forums so I can still check in from time to time when others show up. It looks like you had surgery about 6 months before me, so we may not have crossed paths much at the time. I had RNY in Jan 2015 and reached my goal weight about a year later, so I've been in maintenance mode for a while. I became a runner shortly after surgery and it became a huge part of my life, so I have been suffering quite a bit since being sidelined by a bone spur on my heel in October. When I had to stop running, I had 5 half marathons on the calendar over the course of the coming 7 months, so it was a huge adjustment. It took me quite a while to stop eating like an athlete in training. And it was the holidays. And I was in mourning over my missed races. And then winter set in. And now I'm locked in the house with all this food... So I've definitely gained weight. I'm trying not to freak out about this and to accept that these stressors are real and temporary and I'll whip my self back into shape soon. I haven't weighed myself, but I'm guessing I'm up at least 15 pounds. Maybe more. I know I should commit to knuckling under and straightening myself out, but at the same time I just need to fight one battle at a time and right now it's adjusting to life in a pandemic. I had surgery in January to shave down the spur, and have finally been getting back into running (baby steps!) in the last 7 days. I've been doing quite a bit of physical therapy and have had good days and bad, but right now I just have to trust that better days are ahead on all fronts.
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    Calorie and carb intake

    If you’ve reached your goal weight and are maintaining a high degree of athletic activity, I recommend working with a sports nutritionist rather than a bariatrics one. I struggled with endurance for over a year before I realized carbs were no longer my enemy. if you’re still losing or not yet at goal, I’d be cautious about changing your diet too much unless you’re really struggling with energy.
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    Building up for my first marathon

    Hooray for you! I’m five years post-RNY and ran my first marathon last June. I’m one-and-done with marathons and plan to stick with the half distance going forward. Sounds like you’re doing great!
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    How sweaty, out of breath should I be.

    Sweatiness is highly variable. I am a cyclist and runner, and I always sweat like I'm dying. But I have friends that finish a run or a ride looking fresh as a daisy and completely unmussed. I sorta hate those guys. :D Out-of-breath-ness is generally related to heart rate, and the recommendation to get a heart rate monitor is a good one. I generally shoot for zone 4 / orange zone in cardio. But how out of breath you feel is also slightly variable by person. Unless I'm sprinting, I can almost always carry on a conversation while running. On the other hand, my cycle coach knows if we're all chatty we aren't working hard enough, but she's a mean one. Personally, I know if I can't talk, I'm working too hard, but if I can sing more than a line or two I know I'm not working hard enough. Yeah, I'm a joy to hang with. :D But I run with friends who don't ever feel like they can talk and run at the same time, despite the fact that their heart rates are in the okay zone. The other factor to consider is your underlying fitness. If your legs & butt are feeling it, but your cardio isn't there, then keep working your legs hard until they catch up with your cardio capacity and you can push them both together. And above all, HAVE FUN!
  6. I had it done. Absolutely worth it. Aside fromtje original bariatric surgery, it’s the best decision I ever made. Like the other commenter, mine was done in combination with other procedures so I can’t give specific guidance on price for the body lift. However, I had that done, along with a thigh lift, arm lift, and vertical shaping with the tummy tuck portion of the body lift. Two surgeries, $20k all in, done by a fantastic local surgeon who has a lot of weight loss clients.
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    Telling friends

    This is a really difficult topic, and something I struggled with three years ago this month when I was 90 days away from RNY. The simple truth is that you'll need to tell everyone eventually. It will be obvious when you start losing weight that something is causing it, and since rapid weight loss can be caused by cancer and other serious health problems, it's better if everyone understands that it's a *good* thing when they see it happening. The key is *how* you do this, not *whether* you do it. You don't have to shout it from the mountaintop to all and sundry, and you don't have to bare your soul to neighbors and acquaintances that ask how you've done it. Even three years later, while I'm pretty open about everything I've done (I've been on the evening news, for goodness' sake), I still consider the source of the inquiry when deciding how much to share. The most important element to successfully navigating these conversations is how you approach them. You've made your decision. You've done the research. You've read all the horror stories and wonder stories and come down somewhere in the middle. You've worked with a competent medical team over the course of many months to arrive at this place. Believe in your process, be confident in that decision, and communicate that confidence to those who love you. My parents were completely blindsided by my decision. My weight was NOT something I was willing to discuss with them, ever. And I could tell my mother was dying to undermine and question me. But I communicated my decision and my reasons and made it clear she was being informed - not consulted - and the moment passed. I would have loved to have more people on my side beforehand, and to be able to communicate my concerns, fears, apprehensions, and take comfort from my loved ones... but I knew it would be counterproductive to ask her to be that person. I relied on this group and my local support group to get me through my own fears, and let everyone else in after the fact. Hope this helps.
  8. I'll leave my desk at work, run down the stairs (6 floors) then run back up and get back to work. I've also been known to go running in the rain.
  9. The first week I literally dreamt about food. They were the most boring dreams ever: just me eating a cheeseburger or a slice of pizza. It went away within a week or two. I also felt the call of McDonald's drive-thru at breakfast almost every morning on my way to work, no matter how full I was. I was bever really tempted to eat it or craved the taste, but the habit was so strong it surprised me. You CAN stay away from these temptations, and eventually you'll begin to have cravings for the kind of healthful foods you do eat. Then life is pretty good.
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    Progress3 Side

    From the album: Progress Pictures

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    What Are Your Must-Have Foods?

    I cannot live without my Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt. My strong preference is for vanilla flavor with Bear Naked high-Protein / gluten free granola, raspberries, and blueberries. But just about any flavor will do, and I never pass a full day without one. I just came back from 2 weeks of overseas travel for business, and the days I couldn't find Greek yogurt were very bleak indeed. I also *have* to have Crystal Light lemonade. On this same trip, brought four boxes of single-serving lemonades. I ran out the day before I was scheduled to come home and was all "welp, time to go!". That last day was rough. Other common items in my pantry include Quest protein chips (especially the cheese flavor), and Quest Protein Bars only for emergencies. My freezer always has Sea Cuisine tortilla-crusted tilapia and raw chicken breasts to make into chicken salad as needed.
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    I added coffee back after about 3 months. The surgery team's guidance was to wait until I could routinely get in 100 oz of Water in a day. Also, they advise me to *subtract* the number of oz of coffee I drank from my total liquid intake for the day, to counteract the dehydration risk. So if I have 16 oz of coffee, I track that as -16oz of water. I have no idea how valid this is, but it makes me limit my total caffeine intake and I've had no issues for the past 4 months.
  13. I just posted this on a thread about whether we regret having surgery, and realized that it really belongs more in this forum. Apologies for the double-post. ------------------------------------------- I am less than 5.5 months post-surgery, and have lost over 100 pounds. I crossed that threshold just yesterday, and that means I'm just three pounds from the mythical place I never thought I'd see again: ONEderland. In the 5.5 months since surgery... ... I've discovered running. I completed couch-to-5k (thank you, "C25K Free" app!!) and then two 5k races, and have more scheduled every weekend for the next 6 weeks. Before surgery, I couldn't run half a block to catch a bus if my life depended on it. I definitely would've been the first one down in the zombie apocalypse. ... I've discovered bicycling. I rode 25 miles in a benefit event, including up a freeway ramp and across a big high bridge near Lake Michigan. And I did it without stopping. Before surgery, I hadn't been on a bike for 20+ years. ... I've discovered gardening. There was a large area of my property that used to be a garden and I always wanted to reclaim it. But the weeds were waist-high and the one time I tried to clear them out I could only manage a 2-foot square and that was even while sitting on a bucket. Now I'm growing 46 different crops and I have fresh strawberries every morning. ... I've vacationed like a fiend. I planned a big bucket-list vacation for my mom to Peru for 4 months post-surgery, and I conquered Machu Picchu like I was born to do it (see my icon). When I was in China a year ago, I could barley explore any of the Great Wall and mostly sat on a bench while watching others break out. ... I've kicked medical issues to the curb. I've beat diabetes (last A1C was 5.0 with no meds and no monitoring), high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. My knees don't hurt. My back doesn't hurt. I don't get headaches anymore. The past 5.5 months have felt miraculous and magical and transformative on every level. I catch myself getting excited about sneaking carrot sticks into the movie theater for a special treat during the show, and I hardly recognize myself. So, no... no regrets.
  14. I am 6 months & 2 days post-surgery, and life is beautiful. Front, back, and side photos are in my gallery folder: http://www.bariatricpal.com/gallery/image/85333-6-month-progress-picture-side/
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    6-month progress picture - side

    From the album: Progress Pictures

    Surgery date: 1/6/2015 Photo date: 7/8/2015
  16. If anything, I'm eating more spicy foods - and more spicier - than before. I'm eating so little that it makes a big difference if every bite packs a punch. Good luck!
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    Fitbit users

    I just added both of you (invite will say it's from Amy B.). There's also an official fitbit thread over in the Fitness & Exercise forum if you want to find other new friends: http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/191404-official-fitbit-thread/
  18. How I respond to the craving depends upon the cause and the specifics of what I crave. If I am dying to hit the drive-thru on the way home from work, I know that I'm just hungry and I try to pivot to thinking up foods I can make for dinner quickly once I get home. If I'm craving sweets, I'll try to find a suitable bariatric-friendly alternative or have a tiny little taste of whatever it is I want. I agree with @@Rebecca Jo Ragon. Sometimes, you just need to grab a steak fry, dip it in ketchup, and enjoy it. In the 6(ish) months since my surgery, I can count on one hand the times I've indulged in sweets or other things that were off-book, and I don't have a problem with that rate of deviance. And on that front I also think @@aelovelady is right: build any cravings into your meals, as the biggest risk factor to sabotaging your own weight loss is grazing. Especially if you work in your craving at the end of your meal, there's only so much damage you can do from going off your plan.
  19. I just got around to looking at the progress pictures I took a couple of weeks ago, and I can't believe what I see. First picture in each was taken 10 days before surgery. Second picture in each pair was taken on my 3-month surgiversary. This is an excellent reminder to me to TAKE pictures and LOOK at them, or my mind will never catch up with my body. I still have a long way to go, but I'm happier than ever with this decision!
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    Day 5 post-op, starving

    I'm with @innwtitdtity. There may be a physical component to the hunger, but the way to master it is all in your head. It's important to fight this battle at this phase and win it, because it sets the stage for your next battle and the one after that. The next few weeks will really test your resolve at times, but you can do this! That said, I think it's okay to push the boundaries, but not go all the way into the next phase. One thing that helped me a lot was to strain the food out of some good Soups and just drink the highly flavored broth. For example, Progresso chicken & Herb Dumpling Soup - with the chicken and dumplings strained out - was just about the best thing ever and kept me from losing my mind while waiting for the next phase.
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    I had the same urge, but I took the full time off and devoted that energy to building a gym routine that would survive my return to work. I was very scared that the habit would fall away as soon as I had to start working all day every day (afraid I would be "too tired"). So I stayed away from work and focused on building my stamina. It worked perfectly to plan for me. I say if you have the time off / can afford it, TAKE IT.
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    What will happen if I drink caffeine?

    My nurse practitioner told me I could have a cup of coffee per day once I could routinely get in 100 oz of water per day. That was all the motivation I needed.
  23. Here's a big one for me. I'm on the plane, about to take off for my first post-surgery international flight... and I fit! Not only do I NOT need a seat belt extension, I actually have 6" of seat belt to spare! I just checked the tray table, and it folded all the way down, also with room to spare. It didn't just fold partway down and then run into my belly long before it was flat. This is a banner day!!

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