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Creekimp13

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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from JessLess in Why the same advice over and over?   
    Most of the veteran posts, lets face it.... are "Help, I've regained!"
    And the response I see over and over and over and over is...
    "Go back to basics...starve yourself at 1000 calories a day (or less)...start drinking protien shakes....do keto...blah blah blah"
    I don't mean to criticize heartfelt advice...and I know some of ya'll are genuinely trying to help.
    But why in the world would you tell someone to do the same thing over again....that didn't work the first time?
    It seems nuts to me.
    My two cents: see a bariatric therapist. Stop the self punishment. Stop the self sabotage. Stop the self harming extremes.
    Get down to the real reasons you're addicted to food, what you're medicating with it...and work on fixing those issues.
    If you do....making slow reasonable changes to your diet that have slow but steady results....will work.
    You don't have to starve. You don't have to do very low calorie diets that hurt your metabolism, your bone density, and your muscle mass.
    You don't have to be so freaking EXTREME.
    Breathe. Make reasonable changes you can live with for a lifetime. No crash diets. They don't work. You know this. How many years experience do you have KNOWING that this approach doesn't work? Stop running from the real issues.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Wickerbuni in Carbonation?   
    I drink diet soda. One can a day. No big issues. I admitted it at my last yearly visit and my doctor said...you're maintaining well and your labs are great...without actually saying it was ok. I kinda cornered my doc on the fallacy of carbonation "stretching your stomach" and he admitted it didn't, but said that they try to strongly discourage people from taking up carbonated beverages again because so many of the people who suffer a lot of regain go back to full calorie soda and beer with diet soda being a bit of a "gateway drug".
    Also, diet soda isn't particularly healthy or helpful. It's a habit with little benefit that carries the potential for problems for those who will eventually return to full calorie beverages. So...I get it.
    Still....damned if I don't enjoy that one can of diet soda a day. My current favorite. Diet Mango Pepsi. Yep, I'm guilty.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Mental Health   
    See if your bariatric group has a therapist they recommend who works on food addiction issues with folks who have had weight loss surgery. Get someone on the job who is better aligned and more knowledgable about your needs.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from lizonaplane in A little rant about the grocery store and overly friendly men. LOL   
    "I love your smile!" This dude says this to me on my way into the grocery store today. And I'm thinking to myself....ok, that was odd.
    Then, I get a couple more big smiles and winks and weirdness.
    I asked my 80 year old mom who was with me today...."What the hell is going on? Do I look odd? Am I missing something? I'm getting strange looks."
    And without hesitation, she goes.... "It's your boobs."
    "What?"
    "You have a little waist and big boobs. You usually don't wear fitted shirts."
    And she's right...I'm wearing a sort of snug fitted shirt. My bestie made me try it on and she said it looked awesome on me. It's not hoochie or overly tight or anything....just not something I'd usually wear.
    Ok...this coming from my 80 year old mom was wild enough....but literally minutes later...some dude runs over to help me lift one of those 40 pound pails of cat litter into my cart.
    "Wait, let me help you!" Mr. Helpful says, dashing over grinning like a madman.
    And I thanked him. Twice.
    But I'm thinking to myself.....where the hell were you when I weighed 270 pounds and my back was killing me?
    Sometimes I kind of enjoy it....but most of the time it's incredibly uncomfortable to not be as invisable anymore.
    I mean, the sweet compliments and help are incredibly nice and all....but sometimes I feel gross about it. I am still a fat girl on the inside. I'm still angry and hurt that people are shallow assholes.
    Any of y'all know what I mean?
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from MeAndTinyTina in 5 year post gastric bypass weight gain   
    I've maintained almost 4 years at goal by eating a TON of carbs. So...there are a lot of ways up this mountain dietarily. I eat high Fiber, keep my calories under 1600 a day, and eat very little refined sugar or white flour. (I keep my refined treats under 200 calories once or twice a week)
    Stuff I eat a TON of: Oats, fruit, Veggies, Beans, Chickpeas, Lowfat/Nonfat Diary, Potatoes, VERY lean meats, whole grain breads. Lots and lots of fruit and veggies. (and it shows...my cholesterol and all labs are excellent...and this matters as we get older)
    Stuff I don't eat: Anything with animal fat. Fried stuff. (I do stir fry with a little olive oil) I don't eat Refined sugar. I don't eat White flour.
    Substitutions I make a lot: Plant Protein instead of animal. Olive Oil instead of butter. High fiber...I try to get 25g a day or more. oatmeal in food processor in place of white flour in recipes.
    Best advice I can give.....three of them actually:
    1. See a bariatric therapist. The causes behind disordered eating are not addressed by your surgery.
    2. Get active! Increasing your activity, even if it's just adding a couple hundred more steps to your routine every day...it will keep your metabolism singing.
    3. Count calories. It sucks, but it's necessary.
    Wishing you the very best!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from ShoppGirl in Made my first goal 😃   
    Nice work!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from boogie2dope in Possible Blood Clot is Cellulitis, but it Won't Go Away!!   
    Definitely follow up. For all the reasons mentioned. Also..stay off it. You might be making things worse by pushing exercise. Talk to your doctor and take this seriously.
  8. Congrats!
    Creekimp13 reacted to ShoppGirl in Made my first goal 😃   
    My first goal was 180. The last weight I remember when I was social and comfortable enough with my appearance that I went out and did things like bowling league. I just reached 180.7 today!!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Wickerbuni in Carbonation?   
    I drink diet soda. One can a day. No big issues. I admitted it at my last yearly visit and my doctor said...you're maintaining well and your labs are great...without actually saying it was ok. I kinda cornered my doc on the fallacy of carbonation "stretching your stomach" and he admitted it didn't, but said that they try to strongly discourage people from taking up carbonated beverages again because so many of the people who suffer a lot of regain go back to full calorie soda and beer with diet soda being a bit of a "gateway drug".
    Also, diet soda isn't particularly healthy or helpful. It's a habit with little benefit that carries the potential for problems for those who will eventually return to full calorie beverages. So...I get it.
    Still....damned if I don't enjoy that one can of diet soda a day. My current favorite. Diet Mango Pepsi. Yep, I'm guilty.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Arabesque in Possible Blood Clot is Cellulitis, but it Won't Go Away!!   
    You need to go to the hospital especially as your current medication hasn’t worked so far. Cellulitis has the potential to become a very serious infection. You may need to go on intravenous antibiotics. Your body is already stressed from your surgery & the reduced calorie diet & may be struggling to cope with the infection. Better to be safe.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Arabesque in Drinking with Meals   
    My restriction kicks in pretty fast if I drink with my meal or close to before or after. I can drink a couple of sips up to a few minutes before I eat. It can be annoying because I love Soup but I do the reverse of @ms.sss. I eat a spoon or two of the broth, wait a few minutes, then work through eating all the chunky bits. I’ll sip more of the broth later on. Sometimes I’m sipping the broth an hour later (just microwave zap it to warm it up) or I just don’t finish it.
    You just got to find out out what works for you.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Was sleeve on 9/7   
    I, too, had tremendous hunger soon after surgery. A lot of people think you're crazy when you say you're starving this early out, but I've been there and I feel your pain. DO reach out to your surgeon. If you lay down and have hunger pains you might also be having acid reflux and they can help you with that. DO drink your protien shakes. They might not seem like they're filling your up, but they're giving you the nutrition you most need. DONT skip ahead with your eating schedule. Tell your surgeon's office what you're going through. They might allow you to try one particular thing from the next eating level that is safer than risking you making a bad decision. Talk to them. My team was awesome and helped a lot when I was going through this. Best wishes.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Mental Health   
    See if your bariatric group has a therapist they recommend who works on food addiction issues with folks who have had weight loss surgery. Get someone on the job who is better aligned and more knowledgable about your needs.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Mental Health   
    See if your bariatric group has a therapist they recommend who works on food addiction issues with folks who have had weight loss surgery. Get someone on the job who is better aligned and more knowledgable about your needs.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Mental Health   
    See if your bariatric group has a therapist they recommend who works on food addiction issues with folks who have had weight loss surgery. Get someone on the job who is better aligned and more knowledgable about your needs.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Lynnlovesthebeach in Gotta Rave about a little meal kit I found at Aldi. Great stuff on the cheap!   
    Thanks for sharing. That looks like something I'd love. I'm going to go look for some today.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to DoodlesMom in Gotta Rave about a little meal kit I found at Aldi. Great stuff on the cheap!   
    These are great! I only use half the seasoning packet though.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Taylor G in Having issues 5 wks post   
    I had the sleeve. I’m wondering if it may be acid reflux that isn’t being controlled well enough…anyway I did make some appts and I’m just hoping it isn’t something serious.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from learn2cook in A little rant about the grocery store and overly friendly men. LOL   
    Matty, you had coffee out my nose with this. LOLOLOL. Thank you for the best laugh.😘
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from learn2cook in A little rant about the grocery store and overly friendly men. LOL   
    Matty, you had coffee out my nose with this. LOLOLOL. Thank you for the best laugh.😘
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from lizonaplane in A little rant about the grocery store and overly friendly men. LOL   
    "I love your smile!" This dude says this to me on my way into the grocery store today. And I'm thinking to myself....ok, that was odd.
    Then, I get a couple more big smiles and winks and weirdness.
    I asked my 80 year old mom who was with me today...."What the hell is going on? Do I look odd? Am I missing something? I'm getting strange looks."
    And without hesitation, she goes.... "It's your boobs."
    "What?"
    "You have a little waist and big boobs. You usually don't wear fitted shirts."
    And she's right...I'm wearing a sort of snug fitted shirt. My bestie made me try it on and she said it looked awesome on me. It's not hoochie or overly tight or anything....just not something I'd usually wear.
    Ok...this coming from my 80 year old mom was wild enough....but literally minutes later...some dude runs over to help me lift one of those 40 pound pails of cat litter into my cart.
    "Wait, let me help you!" Mr. Helpful says, dashing over grinning like a madman.
    And I thanked him. Twice.
    But I'm thinking to myself.....where the hell were you when I weighed 270 pounds and my back was killing me?
    Sometimes I kind of enjoy it....but most of the time it's incredibly uncomfortable to not be as invisable anymore.
    I mean, the sweet compliments and help are incredibly nice and all....but sometimes I feel gross about it. I am still a fat girl on the inside. I'm still angry and hurt that people are shallow assholes.
    Any of y'all know what I mean?
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from summerseeker in Gotta Rave about a little meal kit I found at Aldi. Great stuff on the cheap!   
    Pics came out really small...if you can't read it, there are two servings per package. 70 calories per serving, or 140 calories for the whole package. 11g of Protein per serving or 22g in the package. It's got shrimp, onions, peppers, spices, other veggies? Smells amazing on the grill. I love Aldi!
  23. Like
    Creekimp13 got a reaction from lizonaplane in A little rant about the grocery store and overly friendly men. LOL   
    "I love your smile!" This dude says this to me on my way into the grocery store today. And I'm thinking to myself....ok, that was odd.
    Then, I get a couple more big smiles and winks and weirdness.
    I asked my 80 year old mom who was with me today...."What the hell is going on? Do I look odd? Am I missing something? I'm getting strange looks."
    And without hesitation, she goes.... "It's your boobs."
    "What?"
    "You have a little waist and big boobs. You usually don't wear fitted shirts."
    And she's right...I'm wearing a sort of snug fitted shirt. My bestie made me try it on and she said it looked awesome on me. It's not hoochie or overly tight or anything....just not something I'd usually wear.
    Ok...this coming from my 80 year old mom was wild enough....but literally minutes later...some dude runs over to help me lift one of those 40 pound pails of cat litter into my cart.
    "Wait, let me help you!" Mr. Helpful says, dashing over grinning like a madman.
    And I thanked him. Twice.
    But I'm thinking to myself.....where the hell were you when I weighed 270 pounds and my back was killing me?
    Sometimes I kind of enjoy it....but most of the time it's incredibly uncomfortable to not be as invisable anymore.
    I mean, the sweet compliments and help are incredibly nice and all....but sometimes I feel gross about it. I am still a fat girl on the inside. I'm still angry and hurt that people are shallow assholes.
    Any of y'all know what I mean?
  24. Like
    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Lynnlovesthebeach in Gotta Rave about a little meal kit I found at Aldi. Great stuff on the cheap!   
    Awesome nutrition, cleaned, chopped and ready to go...and it's just plain delicious. Look at those low calories! You can eat half of this with a couple of mini-tortillas, or a side of refried Beans and a little cheese. Or some lettuce, tomatoes, onions and avacado. Or, just eat the whole damned thing. You can. (might take ya a couple of sittings) Just a super easy, nice convenience product. Keeps in the freezer until you're ready to eat it. You can make it in a pan, or on some foil right on the grill outside. About $5.



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    Creekimp13 reacted to Officially Not Fatty Matty in A little rant about the grocery store and overly friendly men. LOL   
    Weird. When I was 350lbs and had big boobs no one helped me with the cat litter…. Joking aside sorry you’re dealing with that. My wife gets it too and she not only hates it but it affects her to the point of not wanting to go to certain places where it tends to happen more often (Home Depot). From a guys perspective I think most of the time we don’t know how creepy or unsettling it can make you feel. I say we because I’m a guy, not because I’ve ever done it. I’ve been too shy to say anything to anyone ever in that regard my whole life, and I’m ok with that. Hell I don’t even make eye contact with strangers in public.

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