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Rainbow_Warrior

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  1. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I had a very similar experience last night (Friday 28th June) at the liquor store. A man with whom I'd worked on a three-month project in 2011 (when I was in the mid 170kg range ... or 380 pounds) saw me for the first time in eight years. "Oh, f***, I knew the voice but I had to look twice. Sh**, you must have lost about 70kg, pal ... you look amazing," he announced. I confirmed that I was about 65kg lighter but extremely muscly these days thanks too my pool and gym programs. I chose not too discuss my October 2017 surgery as the store had some people I'd rather not have shared info with. It made my day when DARREN heaped so much praise on me ... vocally and with his eyes and his massive jaw-drop.
  2. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I know this feeling. (2014-2017) I used to stop drinking (any liquid at all) by 7:30pm/7:45pm and have a long pee before departing the main part of the house for the bedroom. I used to go to bed around 9pm/9:30pm but wake up with bladder pressure (and have to pee) around midnight and usually two or three more times before 7am. These days, I occasionally wake around 2:30am-3:30pm maybe once or twice per week. My VSG surgery has given me better sleep ... but my wife appreciates the silence of the night with me NOT getting out of bed through the night 20-30 times per week. Relative bliss!
  3. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    I know what you mean. I bought discounted end-of-season WINTER clothes (on very low-priced special pricing) at the end of the last Australian winter (July-August, 2018) ... 3XL and 2XL garments ... down from two years ago when I was 9XL/8XL sizing. As the autumn is having colder nights and much cooler mornings now in late April 2019, I am pulling this stuff out of the drawers to begin wearing it AND THEY ARE "SWIMMING" ON ME in most instances. I have dawdled to lose only about 12kg (26 pounds) in the last nine months but my upper body is more muscular. And yet, despite the seeming waste of the money, I'm pleased with the extra NSV feel of fat lower down being replaced by muscle higher up. My exercise physiologist says that my body's centre of gravity has moved UPWARDS 19mm in 9 months but that my sense of balance (which was 'terrible' before my weight-loss surgery is now "borderline excellent".
  4. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Yes ... I had "bath sheets" [a.k.a. giant towels] that at 400+ pounds would barely go around me. And now, 17.5 months post-VSG, I can wear a standard towel around me. Nice feeling.
  5. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    This is a factor. It's so true. As an obese man, the humid summers on the Australian coast were horrible on many, many days. Coming into summer now with our spring temps of 25C to 32C (77F to 90F) with humidity 70% to 95%, I am much better off. My regime of lots of daily swimming and "no perspiration left to give" is better. But, oh, the mild winters we have here with daytime temps of 16C to 20C (61F to 68F) after overnights of 6C to 11C (43F to 52F) left me quite cold getting up to swim each morning. I've never felt cold more than a couple of dozen times in thirty years before last winter (June-August here in the southern hemisphere). This winter was my worst ... I felt cold on FIVE or MORE days per week regularly and for the first time since my childhood, I needed extra night blankets. I even bought and electric blanket and an electric throw rug to try to hold back my personal cold. The youtube videos and the weight loss surgery forums were MOSTLY pretty clear about this feature of post-WLS.
  6. Rainbow_Warrior

    Guys who started over 400 lbs.

    Correct. Even when one feels like not going, just getting there is part of the process. I have had a lot of days (like today, Saturday 20th Oct at nearly 10am) where I really don't feel like kicking off my morning in the pool. But, if I just get in the car and drive the 8 km to the pool, it will be getting the routine started. The other thing is, I can feel like 5h1t some days and really think I don't want to swim, but just getting in the pool and doing that first lap or two sparks the right mindset within three to five minutes. You are so right about right time of day ... I prefer 5:30am to 9:00am on weekdays but, on Saturday, with the pool so cluttered with learn-to-swim classes near opening time, I often prefer early afternoon. And, Sundays 7am-10am is excellent at my swim centre. You remarked, too, about speaking with the front desk people. I'd say the same thing about the regulars in the pool too. I have a rapport or friendship with quite a number of weekday morning swimmers and a nodding acquaintanceship with others. People will remark next day if they haven't seen you the day before. (I had to stay home to let a plumber in last Monday so I swam from 11am-1:30pm instead and, when I went to the pool on Tuesday, at least seven or eight regulars sought an explanation or asked if I'd been unwell.) And, of course, if you feel hurt/pain/strain, just take it slowly or modify your workout or do a different exercise that day. I have been known to wade chest-deep for 2 hours or more if I have muscle-strain or muscle-tiredness from a long session the previous day.
  7. Rainbow_Warrior

    Guys who started over 400 lbs.

    Perfect advice. Swimming (even slow breaststroke) brings back a muscular upper torso in reasonable time and the pool allows one to operate oblivious to the knee and ankle pain of other cardio exercise. I have been doing 2.5 to 3.5 hours per day at the pool for over 11 months now. (Have only missed two days since I started.)
  8. Rainbow_Warrior

    Aussie Aussie Aussie

    For me, almost any food. Nothing known yet that I can't eat after one year. I drink "shiploads" more water. My meals these days fit in a bowl or a side plate. If I eat out, I make sure I take a couple of ziplock bags or a tight-lidded "chinese" container. I inevitably cannot eat a main meal in one go any more. I usually order an entree only if the choices are suitable.
  9. Rainbow_Warrior

    Aussie Aussie Aussie

    Not far from Newcastle NSW, @elcee. Had my VSG 368 days ago ... one year anniversary last Friday. What are your key questions?
  10. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Yes ... a lovely feeling. I have been able to buy a handful of items off the rack since May this year and I will be looking forward to more in the new year ... my winter clothes will need an upgrade ... Winter clothes here (Australia) are required mid June to mid August (daytimes) and late May to mid-September (evenings).
  11. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Yes ... the dreaded seat belt extension on aircraft. I think that I am in range of the regular seat belt now. Asking for the extension always felt majorly embarrassing for me.
  12. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Yeah ... nice to have to tighten the band or to put more holes in a belt. I also like that my business shirts are "swimming" on me ... very loose ... and the necks are so loose ... 5cm (two inches) or more too large now.
  13. Rainbow_Warrior

    OCTOBER SLEEVERS CHECK IN HERE

    I find less of a problem ... or FEWER problems. I'm just choosy about where I eat out. I have also learned to take a number (usually 3 or 4) ziplock bags to bring home uneaten food. I sometimes remember to put a so-called "chinese" container into my carry bag when I go out. All this helps me have a second AND/OR third chance to eat some purchased restaurant/cafe meals. But, nine times out of ten, I know where I am going and I either know the menu or have looked it up on line and have a contingency plan for what I will order or what I will ask for. For my interstate trip, I will make a carry card that says I am "Dr Exxe's" patient with a "special condition" and make it look official to hand out to any officious looking "maitre de" or "floor manager". <GRIN>
  14. Rainbow_Warrior

    Non Scale Victories

    Yes ... almost exactly my (male) experience. * Down to just one medication now ... apixaban/Eloquis ... and that won't change any time soon * My knees and ankles appreciate that I've shed more than a third of my mass/weight in 52 weeks * Yep ... the bath-sheet is too big now when it would not quite go around me 15 months ago. A regular-sized towel is enough to dry me adequately after a bath or shower or time in the pool. * Aeroplane and bus seats have room left-over * My driving position in the car is not cramped by my obesity like 12-25 months ago. My seat belt is NOT all the way extended as in the past. * My shirts/tops are down from Australian 8XL/9XL (USA 5XL) to 2XL/XL (USA XL). Ditto underpants ... from 7XL to 2XL now. * My slacks/trousers are down from 177cm/172cm [about 70 inches] waist to 122cm/117cm range [about 45 inches] I gave away 19 shopping bags of "super big" clothes and 22 pairs of slacks/trousers to the charity shop in the last few months. Once the plastic surgeon removes my excess skin before xmas 2019, I expect to shed another two to three pants sizes. I also noticed that my feet lose weight/width proportionately with my upper body. I no longer need 4E shoe widths. I can get by with E or 2E in leather shoes and regular joggers/trainers/tennis-shoes.
  15. Rainbow_Warrior

    How to Start Meal Prepping After Bariatric Surgery

    I find that the crockpot (a.k.a. bench-top slow-cooker) is great. I can toss in a range of medium to high fibre vegetables and a few 40 gram home-shaped meat-balls and cook them overnight and divide them into small and medium meal-lots. Some are casserole consistency while others tend to be more like soups. I can usually aim to have 10-15 serves done overnight about once every two weeks.
  16. Rainbow_Warrior

    OCTOBER SLEEVERS CHECK IN HERE

    Ditto that. I have been 112kg to 115kg now for about five weeks. My waist is smaller. My muscles are bigger but I am in constant fluctuation with liquid consumption (coffees and water) versus appetite related to exercise. I expect that, by mid-November, I'll fall and stabilise around 109-110 as the Australian summer weather kicks off pre-xmas.
  17. Rainbow_Warrior

    OCTOBER SLEEVERS CHECK IN HERE

    I can understand that. Mentally and job-wise, I feel like the same person I was a year ago ... competent, capable, busy, etc ... BUT NOW NO UNDERLYING WAY FOR CLIENTS AND COLLEAGUES to assume I am a lesser person BECAUSE I am now much closer to "normal" size. It should NOT happen but people do treat me better now than a year or two years ago. As I shrink month by month, I am very aware of just how much verbal and visual discrimination there is targeted at FAT/OBESE people ... much of it by people who are themselves increasingly oversized or overweight compared to a generation (or two) ago. Physically, of course, I feel like a legend ... I can breathe really well. I am quite fit as, between two to three hours per day (seven days per week) of swimming and three 90 minutes (or longer) gym sessions per week, I am stronger, better balanced and quite muscly. Many of my bones now appear "at the surface" of my skin. I have some quite hard upper body muscles and a very hard, strong chest. I am off all but one medication and will be looking to steadily stabilise my mass/weight between 84 and 89 kilograms (185-195 pounds). The surgeon says he will put together a plastic surgery team in 10-12 months to remove my loose abdominal skin and some remaining stubborn "hard" fat.
  18. Rainbow_Warrior

    OCTOBER SLEEVERS CHECK IN HERE

    I had my eleven-month checkup on September 10th ... recorded 114.3 kg (252 pounds or 18 stones). I started with pre-op protein shakes on July 17th, 2017 at 174.6 kg (384.93 pounds or 27.49 stones). That's a drop of 60.3 kilograms all up (132.94 pounds or 9.5 stones). When operated upon, Thursday 12th October last year, I was 160.4 kg (353.62 pounds or 25.26 stones). So the TOTAL POST-OP LOSS IS A LESSER AMOUNT of 46.1 kilograms in 48 weeks (101.63 pounds or 7.26 stones) ... a very acceptable loss average of a nudge over two pounds per week. I am very pleased with this ... and despite recriminations or guilt about the things I could have done better or more consistently, I'm in a FAR, FAR BETTER PLACE than the hard-breathing, morbidly obese lump I was back then.
  19. MMM ... I just threw out 19 bags of clothing between 4XL and 9XL. Very pleasing feeling. This comes on top of the 22 pairs of dress trousers and casual slacks I sent to charity earlier on in 2018. I also parted with some very over-sized tailored shirts from 2009-2016 purchases.
  20. Rainbow_Warrior

    OCTOBER SLEEVERS CHECK IN HERE

    I referred last year to my need to feel more comfortable driving my car. Back then, my gut/stomach was just 5mm to 7mm (under half an inch) away from the steering wheel. Well, thanks to a smaller arse/backside, I have moved my seat about 40mm (1.5") closer to the steering wheel ... but the gap is out to 155mm (6.5") or more. I'm really enjoying being sleeved!
  21. Rainbow_Warrior

    October 2017 sleevers...how are you doing?

    I was done on Oct 12 last year. Currently 51.2 kilograms (about 113 pounds) lighter than July 17th last year when I met the surgeon and started pre-op progress. My BMI dropped under 40 last week (after starting above 50 last year). In the nine and a half months since the surgery itself , I am down just over 35 kg (or 77 pounds). I swim 100 to 160 minutes per day (thanks to being retired from my main job). That adds to the weight control and steady diet.
  22. It's not our place to be judgmental. Did you like speculation and comments of others about your obesity when you were larger? Give the public figures and celebs a break.
  23. No. I'm in the fortunate position to have kept several sizes of clothes I passed through on the way up. So now, I use each smaller size on the way down. I have lashed out and bought new underwear every couple of months. And for exercise, I swim ... so I have bought a new smaller swimsuit each 6-7 weeks since surgery. (I went 27 years without pools/beaches for swimming so I needed to actually buy swim shorts and rashies.
  24. Rainbow_Warrior

    Purée days - how do you get enough protein?

    Meaty soups. Meaty soups with egg whites pureed through them. Protein additions are not rocket science.
  25. Rainbow_Warrior

    1st meeting with surgeon (dr. Krause)

    It all depends on the individual and the surgeon. Be a good listener. Ask your surgeon all your worrying questions.
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