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Rainbow_Warrior

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  1. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Aprilgal in Is this my new normal?   
    If it's a choice between getting up in the night to take a #2 and staying twice my ideal weight, I am happy to get up every night for as long as I live and as long as I have the strength to do so.
    Q. Would you rather be obese 23 hours and 50 minutes a day or would you rather be slimmer until you die and give up ten minutes for a night visit to the household toilet?
    A. Mmm ... let me see. Yeah ten minutes out of my life every night is too steep a price to pay. I'll stay fat and depressed, thanks, Earl.
    As if!
  3. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  4. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  5. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  6. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior reacted to AllyJonesVSG in Non Scale Victories   
    Wow! I've been gone from the forums for a while and didn't realize how much I missed the positivity and support! My NSV is that a neighbor from way down the block stopped me in the street this week to ask me if I'd lost a lot of weight because I "look amazing"! It was nice to hear. Off to read up on everyone's posts and update my stats, etc.
  7. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ms.sss in 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!
  8. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ms.sss in 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!
  9. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ms.sss in 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!
  10. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ms.sss in 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!
  11. Hugs
    Rainbow_Warrior reacted to ms.sss in Non Scale Victories   
    So last night I was so tired that I fell asleep on the couch around 6pm and woke up 12 and a half hours later. And I didn't get up to pee the entire time! It made me realize that I can hold my pee in waaaaaaaay longer than I used to. I remember having to go almost every 1-2 hours (even at night). Yay bladder control!!!
  12. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Aprilgal in Is this my new normal?   
    If it's a choice between getting up in the night to take a #2 and staying twice my ideal weight, I am happy to get up every night for as long as I live and as long as I have the strength to do so.
    Q. Would you rather be obese 23 hours and 50 minutes a day or would you rather be slimmer until you die and give up ten minutes for a night visit to the household toilet?
    A. Mmm ... let me see. Yeah ten minutes out of my life every night is too steep a price to pay. I'll stay fat and depressed, thanks, Earl.
    As if!
  13. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ProudGrammy in 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".


  14. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ProudGrammy in 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".


  15. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ProudGrammy in 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".


  16. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ProudGrammy in 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".


  17. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ProudGrammy in 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".


  18. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from ProudGrammy in 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".


  19. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  20. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  21. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  22. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  23. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  24. Congrats!
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in 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.
  25. Like
    Rainbow_Warrior got a reaction from jo ann c troupe in Anyone know someone who had the ESG procedure more than 2 years ago?   
    My best man, 10 years younger than me, had this op 14 days ago.
    His surgeon said that, "international evidence is that you may not lose quite as much as other forms of bariatric surgery but you will have better healing, lesser risk of complications and a shorter recovery time."
    He added, "whereas others of your relative mass of 190 kg and height of 1.91 metres (BMI 51) could expect to lose 50%-55% of their body mass, your likelihood, ON CURRENT EVIDENCE, is that after 18 months you might have only lost 43%-48% of your body mass. There exists a likelihood of a greater chance of failure or diet recidivism too ... typically about 8%-10% more people than with other WLS."
    Jason expressed to me that if he could get under 115kg (BMI 31), he'd be excited by the extra mobility alone. And further success in reaching 100kg (BMI 27.5) would be utter joy.

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