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waterwoman

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    waterwoman got a reaction from SpartanMaker in What Health Changes have you seen?   
    Same with me - normal blood pressure and cholesterol without meds. Also no longer pre-diabetic. No achy joints.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from SpartanMaker in What Health Changes have you seen?   
    Same with me - normal blood pressure and cholesterol without meds. Also no longer pre-diabetic. No achy joints.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Mel G in 6 Year Post-Op Need Support   
    Hi Mel

    I’m also 6 year post op and I, too, have gained 15 lbs.

    Had an interesting conversation with a friend today who said the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but connection.

    Could that be true for you?

    Are you missing some kind of connection in your life?

    I think for me, it might be connection to my body. I tend to live in my head, and take my body for granted.

    Hope you find a way through this dark time.

    Take care of yourself.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Mel G in 6 Year Post-Op Need Support   
    I was thinking about your post and remembering how good it felt to hit this current weight when I was losing and how bad it feels to be at this weight when I've regained.
    The weight, of course, is the same. But my perception of myself is very different.
    I also need to connect with the person I was six years ago - what was I eating? what were the daily habits that supported the weight loss I was experiencing? how did doing those things affect my self-image?
    Thanks for sharing your experience and for hearing mine.




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    waterwoman got a reaction from Mel G in 6 Year Post-Op Need Support   
    Hi Mel

    I’m also 6 year post op and I, too, have gained 15 lbs.

    Had an interesting conversation with a friend today who said the opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but connection.

    Could that be true for you?

    Are you missing some kind of connection in your life?

    I think for me, it might be connection to my body. I tend to live in my head, and take my body for granted.

    Hope you find a way through this dark time.

    Take care of yourself.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from sugarbee24 in Clothes?   
    I got rid of my “big clothes” because I made the decision to get rid or my “big” life. It was incredibly freeing to uncover the new slender person underneath. She dresses well, takes care of herself and others, and thoroughly enjoys life. The old clothes wouldn’t fit her body or her personality.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from summerseeker in Regrets...anyone?   
    This surgery was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I still dump on sugars and am so grateful that I do. I had surgery 6 years ago at age 64. Only regret is not doing it sooner.
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    waterwoman reacted to The Greater Fool in Regrets...anyone?   
    I'm trying to keep this in the spirit of the thread. You should start a fresh thread on your wife's issues. I'd wager folks here could offer up some good ideas to perhaps help.
    I had my surgery about the same time as your wife. I dump pretty easily on sugars and fats, but I'm generally able to avoid them or at least avoid the amount that causes dumping. Not always, though.
    More generally, my restriction is still in full force. If I eat too fast it can still cause pain or discomfort, so again, I try to watch HOW I eat. I most often have issues when I'm eating out or in social situations, as I get involved in conversation and don't pay attention to my eating. I need to always be aware of what I'm doing.
    I can see this being defeating and problematic for some people to the extent they regret the surgery. I just take it as part of the joy of being me.
    So, all this being said, I wish I had done it 15 years earlier. I would have the surgery every year if I had to, well, I'm old now, so maybe every 5.
    Good luck,
    Tek

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    waterwoman got a reaction from sugarbee24 in Clothes?   
    I got rid of my “big clothes” because I made the decision to get rid or my “big” life. It was incredibly freeing to uncover the new slender person underneath. She dresses well, takes care of herself and others, and thoroughly enjoys life. The old clothes wouldn’t fit her body or her personality.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from learn2cook in 1 yr out food   
    Just curious-are you maintaining or continuing to lose? Do you know your BMR? Resting Basal Metabolic Rate? I just had Body Spec body scan which provided this and other data to discuss with my doc. I’m 6 years out getting about 1800 calories, but will need to reduce to lose about 20 lbs regain.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Livgreen___ in Confused   
    What is your plan tell you? What does your stomach tell you?
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    waterwoman got a reaction from need to slim in Food coma   
    Also happens to me. Helps if I eat lightly and more often.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Kris10_78 in Final Choice   
    I chose bypass because it had the best loss stats and I wanted to give myself the best chance of success
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    waterwoman reacted to ShoppGirl in Surgeon's advice after vomiting   
    Have you tried or considered the Bariatric Advantage chewable. It’s more expensive and I didn’t love the taste of it but I was able to take that one on an empty stomach and I was fine. My nutritionist had samples.
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    waterwoman reacted to MandoGetsSleeved in "You look great - You're wasting away..." - Dammit I have 10lbs to lose....   
    "Exact Number" - That is the perfect way of putting it. I realize intellectually that the number really doesn't matter... but it does to ME! It's about having a goal and meeting that goal. Until I do, it feels like unfinished business for lack of a better term. @catwoman7 I can completely relate to eye-rolling in the past when people have bemoaned a 10lb weight loss issue - I just wanted to say "hold my beer and watch this!" Or my favorite... "I've gained 5lbs and I just have to get it off." - My thoughts "You vain *#&$, try losing 100lbs..." Again, now I can totally relate to panic mode if there's that much of a change - Ah... skinny people problems... I consider myself beyond lucky to have them now!
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    waterwoman reacted to MandoGetsSleeved in "You look great - You're wasting away..." - Dammit I have 10lbs to lose....   
    I know most folks here can relate - I'm well over a year out and these last 10lbs to my "real" goal are just killing me. I jump back on the bandwagon for a week or so and lose 2-3 lbs and then gain them back for no apparent reason (other than hormones and such) which of course puts me in a mood to just give up and go back to normal maintenance... then again, lose/gain the same 2-3 lbs over the next few weeks. Particularly when everyone is commenting on how great you look and "WOW, you are killing it, you look smaller every time I see you." No dammit - I want to lose at least another 10-20 lbs...
    I know what I need to do, just can't seem to get in the right headspace for more than a week or two.
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    waterwoman reacted to Queen ApisM in How Long Does it Take to See Results With Weightlifting?   
    I agree with the recommendation to work with a trainer. You can talk through your goals and what you want to accomplish through your exercise regimen (flexibility, balance [so important as we age], building muscle, etc) and the best ways to accomplish those goals. It's a financial investment, but well worth the guidance. There is a wide spectrum between using light weights and powerlifting, which a good trainer can help you navigate safely, without causing injury or overtaxing your body.
    I also would point out that strength training will probably be more obvious in how it helps every day life sooner than you might notice it appearance-wise, especially if you are doing functional training. Even at my heaviest, I was training regularly (cardio, strength, balance, etc) and honestly it made life so much easier compared to when I wasn't.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from GreenTealael in 12 years post RNY---3 years post emergency revision---new complications?   
    I am 5 1/2 years out from RNY. Had consistent sore throat pain in spite of being on Omeprazole. Dr explained that I had small hiatal hernia which allowed stomach acid to seep into esophagus. Last endoscopy must have pushed stomach Bach down below diaphragm because pain substantially reduced. Best of luck to you.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Annalaura88 in What do non-cooks eat in the 4th month?   
    I’m 5 years out and don’t cook. I found I could eat almost anything in smaller portions. I have the sliders at Arbys when I’m out and about. I also do Asian food. I never eat sweets anymore because I still dump, thank goodness.
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    waterwoman reacted to Jaelzion in Falling off   
    Do you know why you gave up on your eating plan? Is there something happening in your life causing you undue stress. Are you grieving a loss? Do you think you might be depressed? Are you self-medicating with food? If you have access to a therapist, they can help you try to get to the root of WHY you feel the urge to eat the wrong things (or in the wrong amounts). Unfortunately, surgery helps the body lose weight but it doesn't cure the emotional issues that may have caused us to overeat in the first place.
    In the meantime, I don't know what you're eating that is problematic, but maybe start by getting rid of junk food, soda, sugar, etc. Go back to Protein, veggies and fruit. Don't worry about quantity, but start by focusing on making good food choices. Once you "detox" from your problem foods, it will be much easier to figure out how you should eat going forward.
    Have you contacted your bariatric team? They should be able to provide support and guidance (and maybe a referral to a therapist). Best wishes, hope you can get back on track soon. Hugs. 🤗
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Luna Girl in Outshine Popsicles   
    Another sweet option is frozen grapes.
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Luna Girl in Outshine Popsicles   
    Another sweet option is frozen grapes.
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    waterwoman reacted to SummerTimeGirl in Ramen Noodles   
    Great idea. I was also gonna suggest that. Lots of pantries, churches, etc. Definitely look around. Especially this time of year many places have things like hams and turkeys they're giving out too. And absolutely no judgement. Many of us have been in your shoes at some point in time in our lives and some still are.
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    waterwoman reacted to Elahnen in Nervous   
    It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it! We went out of town with friends and had several large cookouts while I was on my pre op. It was not easy, but taught me self control. I just kept super busy. When everyone was cooking I helped cook and clean up so that I would constantly be moving. I had my own “food” and ate that while others ate theirs. You can do this! Just keep thinking about the rewards that you are working towards! Good luck!
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    waterwoman got a reaction from Sunnyway in This surgery is bullshit...   
    Achieving any goal takes discipline and desire.

    What do you really, really want? What are you willing to do to get it?

    These are tough questions in any area of life, including health.

    As we examine ourselves carefully we may see areas where we excel and where we need to make changes.

    Wishing you wisdom and courage as you discover who you want to be.

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