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    Cleanliness after surgery

    I think you’ll be okay. But also- ask around- a lot of people struggle with having a BM after surgery, so the silver lining to that is you shouldn’t be in a predicament all too frequently.
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    Highest weight

    Popping in from obscurity! I wish I had commented on this before. I think my personal goal was 170. I’m now almost 1.5 years post op and have been plateaued in the upper 220s (give or take 5 lbs) for about 8 months. I seem to be able to tackle brief regains I’ve pretty easily and get back to this weight, but I have not been able to get beyond 220s. I probably don’t look like I weigh this much, because I’m on the taller side of average height and have always weighed more than I looked like I did. I would still like to make onederland, but because of my struggles with getting there, I’ve just been focused on increasing my weights at the gym and overall fitness so at least I’m accomplishing something. I also know the biggest key is diet and I’m always looking for ways I can clean that up. So yeah- I’d be happy to hit 199, but I still feel pretty dang fit at my current weight.
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    Gosh, idk if I could do IF. I get hannnnnngry. I’ve looked into Keto, but kinda want to stick with just trying to stick to/adopt a healthy lifestyle vs something I’m unlikely to stick to long term.. if that makes sense?
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    Hey all! Checking in. Hope everyone is still crushing goals. I’m now 13ish months post op. Been stalled for a few months, but just focusing on eating clean and getting fit, scale be damned. It’s hard not to focus on the scale, because even though I see the physical changes from working out- I’m still bummed the scale doesn’t seem to want to budge. Just gotta keep on, keepin’ on. I just try to appreciate all the good this has brought me and not take any of this health for granted. :)
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    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    That's the basic effect of training after all. A body getting more efficient doing the work. It’s true. My watch doesn’t even register my daily walk as “exercise” these days. My trainer has said that when you hit a stall, the thing to do is work out twice as hard. It is a bit of a delicate balance, eating enough to properly fuel workouts but making sure not to overdo it or eat the wrong things at the wrong times.
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    Overtraining & Stalls???? Frustrated.....

    Just chiming in as a fellow post-op fitness fan... I’ve personally noticed that as the weight has dropped and training has made me fitter, I actually need to train harder to get the same results that I used to get. Why? It takes a lot more effort to get my heart rate up and keep it up now. I really need to push myself to get to 140bpm during a workout. What’s your heart rate at during your workouts? However, building muscle is supposed to increase metabolism, so whether or not you’re burning calories during the workout, your metabolism should see a boost from the muscle mass you’ve built up. Good luck!
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    I’m at about a 5. Came home from father-in-laws family reunion in Southern Arkansas on Monday. My souvenir from the trip is a pretty solid head cold that is hopefully peaking today. Work has been nutso since I returned and I’m PMSing which means everything and anything is testing my patience. Husband is out with friends tonight and I’m relaxing at home, so I’d say we’re up to a 6.5. The silver lining is that I don’t get sick that often these days and it usually blows over quickly now. One of the perks of now being a non smoker and taking a boat load of vitamins. 😂
  8. I am 30 lbs less than him now... he’s trying to clean up his diet now to lose some.
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    I waited about 5 months. I’m nearly 9 months out and have drank about 4 times. For me, if my stomach is empty, alcohol will hit me really quickly and a little goes a long way. Now granted, it’s been a few years since I was a regular drinker, so my tolerance hasn’t been high for awhile... but yeah, strongly recommend pacing yourself to get a handle on what your tolerance is. I never drank and drove before- out of an abundance of safety- but I can 100% say that post-surgery, I do not/should not drive even after just one drink. So please be careful!
  10. Hubbs is probably bit on the overweight side. Not obese, though. Never had nearly the weight issue I did. My immediate family was/is heavy. Mom is low-carbin’ it and kicking butt right now. Dad’s passed but had lost a bunch of weight just before getting diagnosed with cancer. Older brother has weight issues. Two older half siblings that didn’t/don’t have weight issues. One was chubby as a teen but has been a thin adult his whole life.
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    Nutribullet vs Ninja

    So I had a nutri bullet before surgery and killed it pretty easily with making smoothies. The ice burned the motor out. I picked up a ninja blender on Black Friday two years ago and it worked like a champ for me post-op. I still use it for the occasional protein shake when I’ve got a sweets craving. I don’t think I’d buy a super pricey blender just for the purées stage. It’s such a short period of time!
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    Where to shop for regular size work clothes?

    Sooo when I was dropping sizes quickly, I totally relied on the clearance racks at Kohl’s and Target. Now that I’m dropping sizes a little more slowly, I’ve fallen in love with Loft! Such beautiful garments and I get so many compliments!
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    Help with quitting smoking

    Wellbutrin helped me immensely when I quit!
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    Great!!! I was hoping you might be interested! What’s your “must be at least this warm to hike” temp? Mine is about 45ish, which we should hit in the next month.
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    What just happened?

    Hmm could the cream of wheat have expanded in your belly?
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    Yeah- I think I have a slightly larger pouch, but it’s still drastically smaller than what my stomach was before.. so I just try to focus on filling it with healthy things and try to be mindful of calories. I’m still kinda stalled in the low 220s. I can’t wait for the weather to break so I can get outsidddddde. Hoping to find a local hiking buddy to hit some trails with once it warms up. My bff is having surgery next week. I’m nervous and I’m hoping her journey goes as smoothly as mine has, otherwise I’m afraid she’ll resent me for inspiring her to go through with it. We’ve had some pretty open/honest conversations about my journey so it’s not like I’ve pressured her or told her I thought she should do it. However, I am positive that, barring any complications, she will absolutely be successful, because my girl can commit to things. Just wish she didn’t live 3 hours away!
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    Food Before and After Photos

    The dressing was 1.25 cups plain whole milk Greek yogurt, two table spoons of mayo, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar (could probably use a sugar replacement, but I didn’t because it was so little), a teaspoon of salt, pepper, a little garlic powder, a teaspoon of rosemary, like 2 table spoons of tarragon, and a dash of tumeric. I didn’t have dill weed so I used tarragon in the dressing. Really wished I had dill weed!
  18. East of the Mississippi. I’m a New Yorker.
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    Food Before and After Photos

    I forgot to take a before, but it basically had a few pieces of that chicken and a little more cucumbers/tomatoes. But the chicken (pictured in the pan was amaaazing)! It’s food cart (halal cart) style chicken, with s White sauce (some concoction of Greek yogurt and spices) and a little Harissa over a salad.
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    Yup. I regret this.

    I don’t have much to add, other than I’m super sorry for what you’re experiencing. The first six months my bp was on the low side (100/60) but now that my weight loss as slowed, it’s been around 110/70. How frequently are you eating? Have you tried carrying some snacking almonds or a protein bar to help you when you start feeling lightheaded? I only mention this, as I’m pretty sure digestion increases blood pressure.
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    what's the worse things about bypass

    7.5 months post op. Only complaint is the constipation. Otherwise, I tolerate most things (in moderation). The only things that get me sick are when dry meats get stuck.
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    Some stores do. J Crew and Banana Republic both sizes them that way. Pants were still listed in ladies sizes, but the jeans were like men’s. The fun thing was (aside from the Jean dilemma) that I basically could fit in clothes wherever we went, which is pretty neat for someone who at one point was getting close to being too big for the plus size shops and had to do most of my shopping online. 😁
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Glad it is treatable! So I have a rather superficial gripe. Now that I can shop in normie stores, why the heck have the changed how ladies jeans are sized? Why the heck would I want to go from wearing a plus size 28 to a regular size 33 jean (actually- not sure if that’s the size I should be because I have no reference point for these hip sizing methods!) On that note- still too fat for jeans at some places. Not sure why it seemed stores went to 16 in basically everything but jeans (the largest size I found in most stores was a 32, which google tells me equates to about a size 12).
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    Six months post-op+ : The Sophomores Thread

    You have such crazy restriction! I’m always amazed by it. Also- those look like amazing tacos!
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    New Job Offer, planned surgery

    I’m not sure what state you’re with but I know in NY, if you shift between agencies all of your accruals and I think your seniority stays with you, and people only do probationary stuff once. I’d take the job and tell them...I’m sure the hiring process is a real hassle for them and took a long time. I’m sure they’ll be understanding.

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