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Mattymatt last won the day on January 4 2018

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About Mattymatt

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  • Birthday 03/03/1977

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  1. Mattymatt

    Going back to school

    6 months is considered the time frame to being fully healed from surgery! You should be just fine.
  2. Mattymatt

    I'm approved!

    Sweet! You'll be on the loser's bench in no time!
  3. Mattymatt

    The regain posts

    I guess in some ways I am extremely fortunate because the surgery changed my digestive and metabolic system in very drastic and noticeable ways. I physically am unable to tolerate the foods that I used to be able to eat huge amounts of. Most of my pre-surgery foods make me incredibly sick. Fried chicken and pizza aren't soft enough and no matter how much I chew or take small bites, I cannot eat them. I end up throwing them up. I even have difficulty with steak. I have to cut it into very tiny pieces and chew the flavor out of it. I don't really like steak anymore - I prefer chicken and turkey. I used to love Tortilla Chips (especially the Sweet Chili variety) but they physically hurt my stomach now. I cannot even do wraps. Wraps are so fiberous that my stomach just cannot process them.
  4. Hello! I hope everyone is doing well today! I had a nice little NSV. My jeans went from a size 48 relaxed fit to a size 44. Just remember that inches matter as much as the scale, if not more. :-)

    1. Orchids&Dragons
    2. BostonWLKC


      way to go Matty! Nice job!

  5. Mattymatt

    Disturbing Realization

    Hi Meg! Congrats on being two weeks post-op. If it helps any, I was the same way. I can promise you that it does get easier. You're in a kind of mourning phase; mourning the loss of being able to eat as a form of medicine. Ultimately, you will find your relationship to food changes for the better. I now really like eating to live versus living to eat. I like how food no longer makes me feel better - it forces me to deal with the realities of life on life's terms. This is ultimately healthier for the psyche. It used to be that eating would make me feel elated or relaxed. Now it's just eating. I've had to find other things to do to fill my time because so much of my days used to be spent around food. Since I have had so much free time (and being out of work due to a long, hard recovery), I picked up a new hobby. I've always wanted to do Amateur Radio so I took the time, studied, and passed all three tests at once. There are three levels of Amateur (Ham) Radio: Technician, General, and Extra. I did a marathon study and became an Extra. I started blogging again because I love to write. Now, I will be able to go back to work full time next week. It's amazing how much of my life was wasted due to food and sometimes it saddens me because time is something you cannot recapture. But, you can always start anew, here and now.
  6. Mattymatt

    Stupid stall

    Stalls are very frustrating. Just be patient and work through it. The stall will eventually break!
  7. Mattymatt

    gastric bypass reversal

    Gastric bypass is irreversible. But it works like gangbusters. I am down 72 pounds and losing.
  8. I actually got into a pair of 44 Relaxed Fit Wrangler jeans today. They fit perfectly. My old pair are 48s. The relaxed fit stretch a little so I lost some mega inches off of my waist.

  9. And in no time, you will be back to your active self! Just remember to be patient and gentle on yourself! :-)
  10. Mattymatt

    Food Before and After Photos

    I decided not to do before photos this time. I did them on the previous two weight loss attempts. I want nothing to remind me of where I was. My past belongs in the past and I don't ever want to look at pictures of myself at 366 pounds again. I like living in the present and love watching my clothes get steadily too big for me. This is more rewarding than a photo ever will be. I am going to keep one pair of jeans from my heaviest so that when I feel down about life I can out them on and realize that I am a success.
  11. Mattymatt

    The regain posts

    This is my uneducated opinion but I really think a goodly number of us got to where we were because we had an unhealthy relationship to food, i.e. an addiction. Speaking for myself, I definitely had an an unhealthy relationship to food. Being super strict about eating is as bad as overeating as it's swinging the pendulum in the opposite direction. We have lived our lives between two extremes: extreme dieting and extreme overeating. @Creekimp13 is quite correct about learning to live a life in balance.
  12. Mattymatt

    need help or suggestions

    Start tracking your intake again and maybe make an appointment with your dietitian so you can do some "troubleshooting."
  13. The three week stall is very common. I'll bet you're losing inches though
  14. Mattymatt

    Struggling to keep anything down

    Watered down apple juice may still be too much for you. How about sticking to simple water at room temperature. I am just over 4 months post-op and I still prefer water at room temperature. Sometimes really cold liquids bother me. Also remember to slowly sip. Drinking too fast, even for me now, will cause discomfort.
  15. This is going to sound strange but are you drinking enough water? I had some pre-surgery edema in my ankles which subsided when I upped my fluid intake. My doctor said that due to my excess weight, I needed to drink more water. She said sometimes not drinking enough can cause overweight bodies to hold on to water. Perhaps you want to have a discussion with your doctor?