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Creekimp13

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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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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque 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 catwoman7 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!
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    Creekimp13 reacted to catwoman7 in Gotta Rave about a little meal kit I found at Aldi. Great stuff on the cheap!   
    Aldi fan here as well. In fact, I'm headed over there this afternoon. I'll look for these!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from catwoman7 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!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Hiccup in So what’s with the dry mouth thing?   
    Wish I could comment, but I don't have this issue. Interesting that you both do, though...I'm sure others must!
    Your post did, however, make me giggle enough to startle the cat. Enjoyed it.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Sunnyway in Ignorance   
    Ultimately, it's no one's job but yours to figure out the best stuff to put in your body.
    People will always eat awful stuff because it's readily available and tastes good. People will equate offering food with offering affection, support, etc. (even though for someone trying to lose weight, this is backwards and crazy...it's just habit and they don't think about it) For some people it's a manners thing...I can't eat in front of someone else without offering to share, regardless of what I'm eating. Doen't matter if I'm eating a protien bar or a donut...if you're hanging out with me and I think you might be hungry...I'll offer you half. You can always say no.
    Sometimes, I make a mindful decision to eat junk food. I budget for it in my daily calories and I like proving to myself that I control food and food doesn't control me anymore.
    I like eating junk now, because I don't enjoy it as much as I used to and I don't feel out of control. I know that sounds crazy....but seriously...there is a satisfying victory in consuming 200 calories of something I used to be totally out of control with...and go...you know what? That's good, but I can take it or leave it now. I LOVE that I can take it or leave it now. And I really love that I'm being dead honest about that, because I have spent a lifetime lying to myself about food. I very honestly am not as reactive about food as I used to be...and that's a HUGE victory.
    Yep, I still like fat, sugar and salt. Most people do. But I can take them or leave them, and I can budget a sensible serving and not have my nutrition day ruined. I credit part of that to revamping my eating habits and microbiota due to the surgery, and part to food addiction work with my bariatric therapist. Both have been incredibly important.


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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from blackcatsandbaddecisions in Today's Rant: Why not what   
    I think it's important to talk about what we're eating. We do a lot of that. In minutia. We lable foods good and evil. We obsess about the "right" diet, calories, choices, etc....
    But that's really the easy part.
    The hard part is figuring out WHY we're eating. WHY we ate ourselves to morbid obesity, and what need we were trying to address when we put that food in our bodies.
    I feel like if those needs aren't figured out and meaningfully delt with this whole process is really vulnerable to failure.
    I feel like we never talk about why we ate so much.
    I'm not saying we need pity party hour with extensive confessionals chronicallying every challenge, insecurity and poopy life event...lol.
    But I feel like sharing those little eureka moments were we've identified some little unmet need that resulted in bad choices....would be a good thing.
    For instance.... I used to get the KFC six million calorie dinner with the 12 pieces of chicken, 3 sides, biscuits and the chocolate chip cake....after grocery shopping. It was almost an unwritten thing. I deserved it. In some weird justification, I figured that I was shopping, carrying stuff in, putting things away, selflessly giving up time to a task I sort of despised for my family. Of course I deserved chicken!
    But really, what I wanted at the core of things....was support. I wanted to feel appreciated, and rewarded for being a good doobie. I wanted to feel nurtured after a stressful task that I hated.
    These days....we have a new rule at the house. The person who does the grocery shopping gets to relax and take a bath while the other person does the cooking. And you know what? It works. I feel appreciated, supported. And I eat a more balanced decent dinner and have a win. That feels good. I learned that I geninely don't like asking for help...and that I need to more often. Just writing that makes me cringe.
    My bariatric therapist did a lot of talking about the "whys" of over eating, and finding ways to get the desired needs met that aren't self sabotaging.
    I wish we talked about the "whys" more.

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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from NeverGoingBack489 in Hungry   
    She had her surgery a week ago. She's probably freaking STARVING. I know I was. When you're eating a tiny amount of calories because your stomach has just been ripped apart, guess what you are? PHYSICALLY HUNGRY. It's not "head hunger"...."head hunger" is like.....you're not really hungry you just want to eat...tsk tsk. Like, you've just eaten a well balanced healthy meal and you want a brownie...THAT is head hunger.
    When you're eating less than 1000 calories a day and your body is trying to repair itself at a tremendous caloric deficit...many of us experience REAL HONEST TO GOD HUNGER. FFS.
    It's ok to be hungry. It's ok to be REALLY HONEST TO GOD HUNGRY.
    And it's ok to be honest about it. Feeling hunger when you are not eating much for several days is NORMAL.
    Pretending hunger doesn't exist and "it's all in your head and dangerous" is pretty much the definition of a disordered relationship with food.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Tomo in Calories per day?   
    My surgeon's group wanted us to reach 1200 calories a day as soon as we could. I did this at around 3-4 weeks out...eating 6 little 200 calorie "meals" a day. We were told to stay at 1200 during all of loss phase.
    I know this is VERY different advice than what many clinics give their clients. Some want people to stay below 1000 calories for a very long time to "take advantage of the window of loss". My doctors are part of a study addressing how extended periods of very low calorie diets may be corelated with rebound weight gain due to negative metabolic shift. They believe that for the best LONG TERM outcomes....eating calories closer to maintenance for healthy weight sooner...is better.
    I eat 1600 calories a day now, and have maintained the last two years with no weight gain.
    There will always be individual experiences and exceptions to every rule.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from blackcatsandbaddecisions in Today's Rant: Why not what   
    I think it's important to talk about what we're eating. We do a lot of that. In minutia. We lable foods good and evil. We obsess about the "right" diet, calories, choices, etc....
    But that's really the easy part.
    The hard part is figuring out WHY we're eating. WHY we ate ourselves to morbid obesity, and what need we were trying to address when we put that food in our bodies.
    I feel like if those needs aren't figured out and meaningfully delt with this whole process is really vulnerable to failure.
    I feel like we never talk about why we ate so much.
    I'm not saying we need pity party hour with extensive confessionals chronicallying every challenge, insecurity and poopy life event...lol.
    But I feel like sharing those little eureka moments were we've identified some little unmet need that resulted in bad choices....would be a good thing.
    For instance.... I used to get the KFC six million calorie dinner with the 12 pieces of chicken, 3 sides, biscuits and the chocolate chip cake....after grocery shopping. It was almost an unwritten thing. I deserved it. In some weird justification, I figured that I was shopping, carrying stuff in, putting things away, selflessly giving up time to a task I sort of despised for my family. Of course I deserved chicken!
    But really, what I wanted at the core of things....was support. I wanted to feel appreciated, and rewarded for being a good doobie. I wanted to feel nurtured after a stressful task that I hated.
    These days....we have a new rule at the house. The person who does the grocery shopping gets to relax and take a bath while the other person does the cooking. And you know what? It works. I feel appreciated, supported. And I eat a more balanced decent dinner and have a win. That feels good. I learned that I geninely don't like asking for help...and that I need to more often. Just writing that makes me cringe.
    My bariatric therapist did a lot of talking about the "whys" of over eating, and finding ways to get the desired needs met that aren't self sabotaging.
    I wish we talked about the "whys" more.

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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from devotion in Questions for Surgeon During Consult   
    Ask if they recommend a good bariatric therapist in your area. Have a consult, or file the contact away for later if you need it.
    Research the surgeon's credentials and reputation. Research the hospital where the surgeon does surgery. Make sure you like what you learn.
    Make sure anyone on staff who will be giving you dietary advice is in fact a registered credientialed dietician.
    If you're planning a surgery this fall, talk about the potential impacts of Covid19.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from devotion in Questions for Surgeon During Consult   
    Ask if they recommend a good bariatric therapist in your area. Have a consult, or file the contact away for later if you need it.
    Research the surgeon's credentials and reputation. Research the hospital where the surgeon does surgery. Make sure you like what you learn.
    Make sure anyone on staff who will be giving you dietary advice is in fact a registered credientialed dietician.
    If you're planning a surgery this fall, talk about the potential impacts of Covid19.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to Recidivist in Ignorance   
    It's not so much that they didn't read labels but that they didn't really understand what my dietary needs were. They kept saying I should eat salad and vegetables because they were low in calories, whereas I needed to prioritize Protein. It was frustrating when other people thought they knew better than I did what I should and shouldn't be eating.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Shay27 in Please Eat   
    First off, let me say that you should always listen to your doctor and nutritionist...rather than crazy people on the internet, myself included.
    But here's my rant today. And for what it's worth....this is just MY feelings on this nonsense. I'm no expert.

    Ya'll need to eat. Not overeat. But also NOT UNDER-EAT. Eat healthy food you enjoy.
    I know how it happens. Your weight loss gets sluggish and stuck and you think OMG, this isn't working, I'm Failing at this! You start to panic.
    And what does a lifelong self-destructive dieter DO when they start to panic? They go exteme.
    They go...ok, my doctor said it was ok to eat this much.....so I'm gonna try to eat HALF of that to speed up my weight loss!
    I'm going to work harder than anyone! I'm going to eat less! I'm going to force this weight off of my body...because this is my last chance and I'm freaking out and I can't fail at this, so I NEED to do better and cut back!
    Only, here's the thing. You don't need to cut back. You need to stay the course, nourish your healing body, have good energy to boost your metabolism and lose weight sensibly.
    Why do people do VLCDs? (very low calorie diets....1000 or less calories a day)....they do them because they show results in a hurry.
    And there is nothing people like better than a lower number on the scale...regardless of how they're achieving it. Or how harmfully they are achieving it.
    When you eat less than 1000 calories a day, did you know you lose more muscle than fat...even if you are eating tons of protien grams?
    When you lose muscle, you slow your metabolism, endanger your organs that have muscle (heart anyone?), and decrease your bone density. None of this is a good idea.
    And when you're eating starvation level calories, your body tries like hell to keep you from dying....by, you guessed it, slowing your metabolism even further.
    And the carb thing...can we talk about that a minute? You DO want to avoid carbs that are metabolized to sugar really fast, like sugary foods and refined white flour items because they can cause your pancrease to over-react and send too much insulin and you'll end up with rebound hunger....but other carbs, particularly ones that have good Fiber content to slow the sugar can also have good protien content...and they don't do the rebound hunger thing. They give you great available energy.
    Why do we lose so much weight so rapidly when we do Keto? We don't really....but the first five pounds is so quick and shocking that it MUST work! (except you're not losing fat, you're losing the Water that your liver stores extra glucose in.....and you've stripped your liver of its emergency reserve of energy. And yeah...you can make the sugar you need from other things through gluconeogenesis....but it takes amino acids that your body is typically harvesting from your muscles.) Don't do that thing where you lose the five pounds eating keto....then eat a few carbs and go OMG, look at the weight I've gained!....and go keto again and lose the same five pounds of water. It's an illusion. (Not saying keto people can't lose weight...they do lose weight fast...but they also have about five pounds in lost water from glucose storage, no emergency stores, and their bodies may be consuming their muscles)
    Food for thought (literally!) Guess what organ runs exclusively on sugar? Pure glucose. Your brain. Your brain burns over 300 calories of glucose every day. At just 2% of our body weight....our brains burn about 20% of the calories we use each day! The CPU needs fuel.

    Lots of people lose weight rapidly with Very Low Calorie Diets after bariatric surgery. They have these amazing results that other people notice and are in awe of. They lose to goal eating very little and feel very accomplished about their self discipline and their amazing fast results.
    And then guess what happens?
    At goal...they are still people who have never learned how to eat sustainably for life. All they know is starvation and self deprivation. And starvation doesn't work long term.
    Please learn to eat sustainable amounts of calories. Do it early so you don't fudge your metabolism into starvation level calorie requirements.
    One of the best ways to have a robust metabolism...is to do exercise every day. It doesn't have to be the gym or something you find tedious. Do things you enjoy....but keep moving.
    It's hard to build your robust metabolism.....when you're too tired to do anything but go to work and go to bed...because you're starving yourself.
    Please eat. Don't overeat. But eat. Learn to eat right, not starve. Starving is not the cure and in many cases sets the stage for significant regain.
    Do it right, even it it's slower than other people. Do it sustainably. Learn to coexist with food, not avoid it. (easier said than done)
    Don't get discouraged by small losses. Just keep losing to goal with small sensible tweeks. You don't have to suffer extremes to have success.
    Learning to control your diet moderately...is the best skill to have when facing a lifetime of sustaining a significant weight loss.

    This end my rant.
    Totally ok if you think I'm nuts/wrong/whatever. Take what you like and leave the rest.
    Peace and best wishes to everyone on this crazy road.


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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from NeverGoingBack489 in Hungry   
    She had her surgery a week ago. She's probably freaking STARVING. I know I was. When you're eating a tiny amount of calories because your stomach has just been ripped apart, guess what you are? PHYSICALLY HUNGRY. It's not "head hunger"...."head hunger" is like.....you're not really hungry you just want to eat...tsk tsk. Like, you've just eaten a well balanced healthy meal and you want a brownie...THAT is head hunger.
    When you're eating less than 1000 calories a day and your body is trying to repair itself at a tremendous caloric deficit...many of us experience REAL HONEST TO GOD HUNGER. FFS.
    It's ok to be hungry. It's ok to be REALLY HONEST TO GOD HUNGRY.
    And it's ok to be honest about it. Feeling hunger when you are not eating much for several days is NORMAL.
    Pretending hunger doesn't exist and "it's all in your head and dangerous" is pretty much the definition of a disordered relationship with food.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Pain pump🤷🏽‍♀️   
    That sounds nuts to me. See if you can opt out. I took one dose of pain meds the night I spent in the hospital, and that was it. Didn't need any more. Obviously, pain will be different for everyone, but I have never heard of anyone taking a pain pump home? Has anyone here gone home with that?
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from Arabesque in Surgery Pain after a month   
    Ask your doctor. Could be a scar tissue adhesion. I doubt it's anything serious. Will likely go away with time. Can't hurt to ask, though. Err on the side of safety and see what your doc says.
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from vikingbeast in Weight loss somewhat easier once I made the decision   
    Honeymoon glow. Ride it all you can, lose as much weight as you can, work hard to change your eating habits. Eventually, your old habits will come a knocking...be it in a few months or a few years....but working on these healthy changes is absolute key to longterm success. Great work! Keep at it!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from vikingbeast in Weight loss somewhat easier once I made the decision   
    Honeymoon glow. Ride it all you can, lose as much weight as you can, work hard to change your eating habits. Eventually, your old habits will come a knocking...be it in a few months or a few years....but working on these healthy changes is absolute key to longterm success. Great work! Keep at it!
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    Creekimp13 got a reaction from catwoman7 in Pain pump🤷🏽‍♀️   
    That was my experience, too, catwoman. Maybe things have changed? They offered me a pain pump during recovery (at the hospital) and I opted out. I did take one injection of pain meds before going to sleep the night I spent in the hospital and had a pretty restful night. But yeah, that one shot was the only pain medication I took other than a few tylenol. I was comfortable...very little pain. Pain meds give me constipation like crazy, wanted to avoid them as much as I could.
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    Creekimp13 reacted to STLoser in Today's Rant: Why not what   
    I've always loved all kinds of food, and strived to eat healthy. But healthy eating doesn't matter if you're still eating too much. I was very similar to Catwoman in the way I ate, and even though much of the food was healthy, my portions were huge. My "why" was always that I ate such huge portions and I never seemed to feel full.
    I can't prove it, but I was poor growing up, and although we got enough to eat, there wasn't abundance. It's almost like when I got older and had plenty of food available I wanted to make sure I ate as much as I could in case the time came when there wasn't enough. I never felt satisfied no matter how much I ate, and I always ended up stuffed.
    This surgery is like a miracle to me. I get full, and I can stop eating now before I am studded and I am SATISFIED. It is such an amazing feeling!

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    Creekimp13 reacted to catwoman7 in Going back on Liquids   
    I would never go back to an all liquid diet. I could never sustain it for more than a day or two. Plus I don't want to be thrown back into "diet mentality" again, and I'm afraid that would do it (at least for me).
    I'm also mostly vegetarian (I eat meat maybe once a week tops). I eat a lot of Beans and dairy products, though, so I don't have trouble meeting my Protein goals, but I usually have a Protein Shake as my mid-morning snack just so I don't obsess about protein all day. I know if I have that shake, I'll always meet my goals. Plus, I'm one of those odd birds who actually LIKES protein shakes!
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    Creekimp13 reacted to catwoman7 in Pain pump🤷🏽‍♀️   
    I had one in the hospital, but they didn't send it home with me. They just gave me some pain pills (which I don't think I even opened - i really had very little pain)
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    Creekimp13 reacted to vikingbeast in Weight loss somewhat easier once I made the decision   
    I don't know why, but suddenly, since I made the decision to pursue VSG, weight loss is becoming easier. I haven't changed my diet too much, I don't think—I still eat a variety of food—but yesterday I put on a smaller size jeans and they buttoned with no tugging, and today at the gym I had to cinch my weight belt in another notch before doing strict presses.

    Reduction in stress corresponding to a reduction in cortisol? Unconsciously starting to wind down my overconsumption? Psychosomatic? sleeping better? My body anxious to "repair" itself? I don't know which of those it is, but I'm not going to complain about it!

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