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About lauraellen80

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  • Birthday 01/10/1981

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  1. I'm finally getting around to selling a few items that I felt that I should sell instead of donate because they were expensive, and I barely or never wore them. I have the following listed on eBay right now: Size 1X SPANX "Slim Cognito" thigh-length body shaper (http://www.ebay.com/itm/SPANX-Slim-Cognito-Bodysuit-Mid-Thigh-Body-Shaper-in-Beige-Nude-Plus-Size-1X-/272318545469?hash=item3f67733e3d:g:B-YAAOSwTZ1XlQt-) Size 14 purple silk-wool Albert Nipon skirt suit (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Albert-Nipon-Plum-Purple-Silk-Wool-Skirt-Suit-Size-14-NWT-/272318479876?hash=item3f67723e04:g:-w8AAOSwbsBXlPqK) Size 14/16 (but runs large) Igigi Marisol lace dress (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Igigi-Marisol-Plus-Size-Lace-Semi-Formal-Dress-Size-14-16-/272318507952?hash=item3f6772abb0:g:7u4AAOSwbsBXlQHT) And the size 7.5WW shoes I bought to go with the dress (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Annie-Cameron-Silver-Mesh-Lace-Heels-Size-7-5-E-WW-Extra-Wide-2-5-Heel-/272318532913?hash=item3f67730d31:g:qEEAAOSwIgNXlQgs)
  2. Today is my one-year surgery anniversary... I feel like a different person at 123 pounds down from my highest weight.

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    2. Clementine Sky

      Clementine Sky


    3. Christinamo7


      congrats! I've been wondering how you were doing.

    4. OKCPirate


      Heartfelt congratulations. Great job and you look great.

  3. Oh, I guess I didn't really mention what kinds and amounts of exercise I'm doing--usually I do 1-2 yoga/Pilates classes per week, 1-2 Zumba classes per week, and walk my dogs for about 30 min. most days. I also will count working in the garden, heavy-duty cleaning, and other activity that's out of my "norm" towards my exercise. I have a Garmin fitness tracker that counts my steps, and it syncs with MyFitnessPal to estimate my calories burned. So, I'm not doing intense working out or training that burns an insane number of calories.
  4. lauraellen80

    My doc never mentioned this..

    I'm over 10 months out, and I have only thrown up on three occasions since surgery. Once was the day I came home from the hospital and stupidly took my whole antidepressant for the first time in a few days on an empty stomach (I started cutting it in half and taking it in two doses spaced out, with food, and was fine). Once was a couple months later and was just a weird combination of factors and seems to have been just one of those random things. And then a couple months ago I had a nasty stomach flu, which is completely unrelated to my surgery. As far as acid reflux, I take prescription Pepcid twice a day as a preventive measure and have no problems. In fact, I haven't touched a Tums since surgery, where before I was popping them all the time. Everyone is different, some people have these issues, but for me the benefits outweighed the possibility of the side effects. Don't panic and cancel surgery.
  5. I have been theoretically in maintenance since before Christmas, but have lost another 20 lbs since then. My weight right now is lower than when I was a ballet dancer in high school (still trying to wrap my mind around that one). And I'm averaging about 1400 net calories per day, so I'm actually eating somewhere in the range of 1500-1800 calories per day depending on how much I burn with exercise. I'm still trying to find the sweet spot to maintain, as I am still losing in little dribs and drabs (.25 lb here, .5 lb there). If I were limited to 1200 calories worth of food per day, I can't imagine where I'd be! Also, I average about 70-80 grams of fat per day... I was also told to keep to 30 grams or less, but I don't know how it's possible. That was also based on a 1000 calorie-per-day plan, which obviously is not where I'm at now. I'm already getting well over 100 grams of Protein per day, ditto carbs, so my macros would have to change drastically to make that happen. I have MyFitnessPal set for 1400 cals, with 35% protein (122 g), 35% fat (55 g), and 30% carbs (104 g). Those amounts go up when I eat more total calories to compensate for activity. Obviously, I don't do real low-carb as it is (though I don't really eat bread, Pasta, rice, Cereal anymore), and I don't want to damage my kidneys with even more protein, so unless my NUT gives me hell at my next appt, I am going to keep fats where they are.
  6. Last New Years, I flew out from Philly to Indianapolis to visit my parents. My dad's younger sister had died two months prior due to complications of diabetes. I was at my heaviest, was depressed, and having back and other health problems. My mom brought up the idea of WLS to me while I was there, and I reacted poorly and defensively. My flight back to Philly was on a slightly smaller plane than the one I flew in on, and I couldn't lower my tray table because of my stomach, and I spent the flight home trying to keep my fat from spilling over into my neighbor's seat and thinking about what my mom had said. I started researching WLS the moment I got home.
  7. lauraellen80


    I feel like it's about the same, except that if I miss a dose I feel it much more quickly than before--and not just brain zaps, but I start to get anxiety/mood swings. I take the regular version, though, not the extended release.
  8. lauraellen80

    Ideas to keep wedding ring on

    I'm currently wearing my wedding band on my middle finger (not sure what message that sends, haha). I haven't been able to wear my engagement ring for months. Right now I'm waiting for hot weather to have them sized, because my fingers always swell in the summer, and I don't want them to be sized too small.
  9. What the others said-- get rid of them, except for one or two things to keep as the "before"--like I did to compare my size 20W shorts with my new size 2 shorts. I donated my stuff in one of the bins as the local elementary school where the proceeds go back to the school. Most of my clothes were cheap things from Target, so they were not worth selling.
  10. lauraellen80

    I thought they were trolls

    Yikes. I have to say, with the exception of the beans and salsa, the rest of that would make me barf even 9.5 months out... but raw eggs, clam chowder, and potted meat would have made me queasy before surgery, too.
  11. True. Don't forget clothing sizes--they are probably the most meaningless because they are so arbitrary, especially for women (see my post above!). I want to get my body fat measured to see where I'm at in that regard--I know I could stand to build some more muscle at this point.
  12. I don't know how long ago it was for you that you were at 165, but don't be surprised if you get there and find that you can wear smaller than a 12! I was about 120-125 in high school (mid- to late-1990s), but I never wore below a 7/8. At the same weight in 2016 clothes, I wear a 2 or a 4. Vanity sizing is insane! I often wonder how the ~really~ skinny girls find clothes... like, are there secret stores for uber-thin people that carry things in triple- and quadruple-zeros? I've found that my weight is distributed differently now that it was when I was around my current weight as a teenager, 20 years ago (shocking, I know). My upper body seems a lot bonier than it did then--my collarbones and sternum stick out more than I remember.
  13. Same here. I get a sharp pain beneath my sternum. It only lasts for a few minutes, but it's not very pleasant. My insides make crazy whale sounds when I eat a meal that is higher in starches and fat than normal--like Thanksgiving dinner. I had a lot of issues with orthostatic hypotension (getting dizzy/feeling like I might black out when I stand up, especially from a crouched or bent over position) for a few months. My NUT suggested upping my sodium intake a bit, and drinking something with electrolytes when I exercise. That helped, and as my weight loss has slowed down, and I'm taking in more calories, it doesn't happen nearly as often.
  14. lauraellen80

    I thought they were trolls

    Yes, I'm intrigued to hear what he was eating, also...
  15. My surgeon didn't give me a goal, he just said that the average loss would be about 60-70% of my excess weight. That would have put me still in the "obese" range, so I didn't pay a lot of attention to that. I initially set my personal goal at 145, which was still in the "overweight" category for my height, because it was the lowest weight I could realistically see myself at. But as the weight was coming off, I realized that I could revise my goal downward, so I picked 134.8 because it was just in the "normal" category and would put me right at 100 lbs lost. Then I hit that and decided that it'd be nice to have some "wiggle room" and went for 125-130. I'm now working on maintenance but am still losing a little and am at 114.4 at the moment. Even when I was a ballet dancer, I couldn't maintain under 120, so this is really bizarre for me. Since puberty, there has never been a time in my life where I wasn't trying (or hoping) to lose weight. So, to some extent, your body will dictate where you'll end up. I think there are a lot of factors at play--how long you were overweight/obese, your age, your metabolism, genetics, etc.

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