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Cynisca

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    Cynisca reacted to Kay07 in 6 Months Post Op   
    Hi everyone!
    I technically hit 6 months 2 days ago, but whatever Wednesdays suck so boo. Anyways, I am 6 months into my new life, and good lord is it a new life. I am a new person for sure. One year ago to the day I had been sobbing in my room because my size 24s would barely button. I know without a doubt that I was over 300lbs, but the sight of a scale had anxiety clogging my throat. I decided that day something would change. I went out and dropped 2k on an elliptical and resolved to "fix this ridiculousness immediately."
    Fast forward to February of 2018, and I was frustrated as all hell. Killing myself on the elliptical every freaking day and I was sitting at 292 and not moving. It wasn't enough. It was never enough, because this wasn't the first time I had gotten fed up and resolved to change. I went online and booked myself an appointment for March 15 for a WLS consultation. I think the stress and anxiety over that appointment helped me drop a few lbs, but I weighed in at just under 288 for my very first weigh in, and the first day of my new life. I reworked everything about my diet, cut out the crap and worked studiously with the nutritionist. I was scheduled for surgery on May 14th, weighing in at 260lbs.
    Fast forward six months later, and I am sitting here at 184 (Darn you sweet potato wedges and the 2lb gain this morning because of you! But you were so worth it). I am OVER 100lbs down from where I began 2018. I am 76lbs down from my surgery weight. But numbers are really not my major accomplishments. Or at least, not those numbers.
    What are my important numbers?
    2.5: The number of miles I can run without stopping to walk. I will be running my second 5k Thanksgiving Morning.
    12: The size freaking pants I am wearing! I am NOT plus size anymore. This is huge for me. I've been in plus size clothes for the majority of my children's (8 and 5) lives and now I am not. I am below average size for the american woman.
    7: The number of sizes I have dropped. I don't know why, but I feel like that's a big deal. I dropped SEVEN sizes in less than a YEAR. Total Mind F**k.
    3: The number of days per week I take my kids on a hike/walk in the neighborhood. Given this is weather permitting, but I am always out with my kids now, doing the things I couldn't before. Whether it's riding on the bike trail, doing laps around the pond, or mini-hikes through the state forest, or even exploring the small woods behind our house- We are doing it. Every weekend and many times during the week if we can.
    1 Million: The percentage displaying how much better I feel about myself, and about my health.
    and lastly,
    0: The number of regrets I have for deciding to have this surgery.
    So that aside, whats my day to day like? Well here it is! (Work week, weekends are less regimented but usually are where I focus my heavier workouts)
    4:30am: I wake up and drink a cup of coffee (8oz) mixed with half a bottle of caramel or chocolate Premier Protein RTD drink. This is the start to my day, every day. I then go for my run or do my weight lifting/exercise regimen. During the week it's usually only a two mile run. I also go to OTF once a week, but that's usually on weekends. Wednesday is my OFF day because F**K Wednesdays.
    6am: I make a shake and drink it during my 1.5 - 2 hour commute. Yes 6 months out I still drink a shake. I do this because I make my own shakes and they are super good and I ALWAYS feel way more energetic when I have them. I have a huge selection of shakes I make, but they typically will consist of greek yogurt or cottage cheese, almond milk, Protein Powder, and either sweet or more savory items. I pack as much nutritional punch as I can into that shake. I even have holiday ones (My peppermint mocha shake is delicious!)
    10am: I will usually have a small snack. Honestly it really varies. Sometimes it will be a fruit, but it's usually something more cheese based. I love cheese. So a babybell cheese, string cheese, or even my newest obsession Sargento breaks.
    12pm: Lunch always varies, but I am usually good for about 2.5oz of food. I know it sounds super small, and at times I can eat more but I usually try not to since I don't need it. I tend to eat smaller frequent meals. Again this varies, but one thing I eat a lot is turkey salad. Roast turkey with greek yogurt and a FEW dried cranberries, salt, pepper and paprika and I am good to go.
    2pm: Coffee #2! Actually I drink so much coffee, but luckily it's almost all Decaf. This coffee is a staple because well I have routine issues and just need it. It makes me happy. If I am having a rough day energy wise I'll add some PP in like my first coffee, but I seldom need the added Protein. In fact I take in too much protein honestly. I'm working on it with my nutritionist.
    3pm: This is usually my sweet snack. I make my own seven layer bars that I will sometimes eat, but if not it will be some sort of sweet. I will often eat some sort of fruit, yogurt, or whatever floats my boat. If I eat chocolate, I eat dark. It's my preference anyways.
    6pm: Dinner time! This is my last meal of the day. I almost never eat anything after this since I go to bed around 9am because I am secretly an old person LOL. Dinners as you can imagine vary a ton as well, but I eat predominately white meat. Not that red meat is bad, but my husband had a heart attack back in April so we limit the amount of red meat in the house. Despite changing taste buds I hate fish just as much post surgery as I did before it. I was bummed by this but whatever. We eat lots of turkey and chicken. Because my diet is pretty healthy, I do tend to be a bit more lax about dinner but that is just me. I will still opt for a healthier option a majority, but I still make a mean homemade chicken pot pie so I splurge every now and then
    Overall my calories range from 1100-1400 depending on how heavy my workouts are, and the time of the month because YES that makes a difference. I get in about 85-100g of protein (too much I know, I'm sort of working on it sort of. I made routines post surgery when you had to focus focus focus on building protein and I sort of overdid it. I mean I STILL drink protein waters because I'm weird. I drink about 100oz of water/fluid (This includes the DECAF coffees, I don't count caffeinated coffee in my Fluid intake and will drink a bit more Water if I have caffeine). Honestly any less than that and I really really feel awful. Keeping hydrated literally means the difference between going for that run, or lying in the fetal position on my bed with a Migraine. I don't respond well to my migraine meds post surgery. If I only got in say 70oz of water a day for 3 days straight, I'd be bedraggled with dark circles, and fighting a headache. My body likes water. A lot.
    I take my Vitamins mostly daily. The BIG vitamins I do... it's the Calcium ones I don't always take. I don't know why, but they always make me feel super super thirsty after taking them. My one a day does too, but not nearly as bad and they are more important. I LOVE my B12 I feel like it makes a huge difference so I always take that one. I'd say I take the calcium one 5 out of 7 days. I would say I'm working on that too... but I'm really not. NOT because I don't think it's important, but because I am a stubborn idiot and my teeth are probably paying for it :(. Maybe that will be my resolution for 2019...
    So that's me in a nutshell I think? Hair loss sucks but I have alopecia so that's not new. Saggy skin is definitely a thing. Mine isn't TOO bad, but it's definitely there. I mean I've had two kids and been fat so I wasn't expecting any less. My ass ran away though. That's kind of sad. I've tweaked my workouts a bit in hopes of coaxing it back but who knows if that will work LOL.
    Oh and lastly I wanted to talk stalls. Holy lord do I stall. My body is kind of ridiculous. Each month I kid you not I will not move at all, then bam I'll lose a ton of weight. My body likes to stall...gain... then wooooosh drop 5lbs overnight. So don't let stalls discourage you. It's a thing. They happen. And if your eating right and exercising the weight will continue to drop until you reach your happy place. Don't get discouraged. I personally treat each stall like a good friend. Because that stall always means my clothes are going to get a bit looser So I welcome good old Mr. Stall ❤️
    P.S. Running makes your legs look fabulous. My thunder thighs no longer go BOOM. In fact they look kind of... sexy... in my running pants
    P.S.S. My feet AND head shrunk too! Went down a full size in shoes (may go down to a 9.5 too since my 10s feel a bit slippery) and all my pre-surgery wigs are sooooooo big. Who knew I had so much fat on my head...
    Okay Piccy time (I know 90% of newbies will skip straight to that because that's totally what I did LOL)
    June-September 2017: I was probably about 295-305 in these pictures (Kind of hurts to look at them now to be honest.)

    October 2018: I was at a conference and getting ready to run down to the gym. (The bulge in the sweater is a water bottle, I know it looks super weird haha! I was about 190lbs.

    And lastly, this is me TODAY at 184!

    So the summary of this post... Life is effing amazing, and you can achieve WONDERFUL results if you are committed. I attribute my success to the dedication to BE a better, healthier version of myself and also a STRONGER version of myself. I can lift weights at the gym with the fit folks and NOT look out of place Such a good feeling. I even get a little smug when I notice my lifting form is better than the pretty boy who likes to offer me "advice"
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    Cynisca reacted to MegPRN in Non Scale Victories   
    Sort of a scale victory - but for the first time in my marriage (10 years in March 2019), I weigh less than my husband!
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    Cynisca reacted to Swimmer in Non Scale Victories   
    Nsv

    Buy jeans of the rack and they always fit
    Not being able to buy pants at costco because I was too big and now because I'm too small
    Walk around a crowded room without stress
    Got scuba certified and was actually the smallest there, blew my mind as this is a dream come true. I'm going on a diving excursion by myself and not stressed, boom.
    I went zip lining in Costa Rica
    I actually will eat in front of others, huge for me
    I'm not worried about being judged for my grocery cart
    I no longer wish to be or feel invisible
    I tuck my shirts in
    I love getting dressed up and going to events
    I can talk with anybody and be present and not focused on negative thoughts
    I can enjoy social settings again
    I can swim for hours at a time again
    I am not afraid of failing anymore because of my weight
    I am more aware of others needs and am more able to help them. When somebody drops something I quickly pick it up for them.
    I saved ten bucks on flannel pj pants because instead of the adult xxl I used to wear I fit into a youth size
    I say yes to adventures now
    I have the courage to say no too without beating myself up
    The negative self talk is being replaced with thoughts of gratitude
    Food is finally just food again
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    Cynisca got a reaction from FluffyChix in Excercise   
    There is no doubt at all that exercise has helped with a higher weight loss than I would have had otherwise. I think the other thing though is it has kept me very positive (endorphins) and it's also really helped replace a terrible habit of snacking. Instead, I keep busy and keep active. It's been a game changer.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Frustr8 in Follow up to: I know this is long, but please read it. I need help! Guys this is the letter I'm sending along with the survey to my weight loss doctor. Please tell me what you think. Should I add or take anything out? Please let me know.   
    I personally wouldn't be posting and publishing this all over social media until you get a full second opinion and in fact if something is wrong with the surgery done. There are many cases of people defaming companies or business owners online where they come back and sue the person doing it and have won. Right now, the only thing you can comment on is how bad of an attitude he had towards you. You are accusing him of possibly not reducing your stomach size 75%. Get some proof first, another doctor can easily run the tests and obtain your records, see a food psychologist also to get some help with eating habits (you are gaining weight that is on you) and when you have proof or a great second opinion then I think you'll be in a far better position to have your concerns heard and possibly taken seriously.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from FluffyChix in Excercise   
    There is no doubt at all that exercise has helped with a higher weight loss than I would have had otherwise. I think the other thing though is it has kept me very positive (endorphins) and it's also really helped replace a terrible habit of snacking. Instead, I keep busy and keep active. It's been a game changer.
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    Cynisca reacted to FluffyChix in Excercise   
    By the way, that doesn't mean that for me, personally, that I believe weight loss is won in the kitchen, rather than the gym. (It's probably different for everyone!) It just means for me, I must be scrupulous about both.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Frustr8 in Follow up to: I know this is long, but please read it. I need help! Guys this is the letter I'm sending along with the survey to my weight loss doctor. Please tell me what you think. Should I add or take anything out? Please let me know.   
    I personally wouldn't be posting and publishing this all over social media until you get a full second opinion and in fact if something is wrong with the surgery done. There are many cases of people defaming companies or business owners online where they come back and sue the person doing it and have won. Right now, the only thing you can comment on is how bad of an attitude he had towards you. You are accusing him of possibly not reducing your stomach size 75%. Get some proof first, another doctor can easily run the tests and obtain your records, see a food psychologist also to get some help with eating habits (you are gaining weight that is on you) and when you have proof or a great second opinion then I think you'll be in a far better position to have your concerns heard and possibly taken seriously.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from FluffyChix in Excercise   
    There is no doubt at all that exercise has helped with a higher weight loss than I would have had otherwise. I think the other thing though is it has kept me very positive (endorphins) and it's also really helped replace a terrible habit of snacking. Instead, I keep busy and keep active. It's been a game changer.
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    Cynisca reacted to Oct517 in Follow up to: I know this is long, but please read it. I need help! Guys this is the letter I'm sending along with the survey to my weight loss doctor. Please tell me what you think. Should I add or take anything out? Please let me know.   
    I advise that you tone down the emotional parts and get someone to proof read your letter. A letter that is overally emotional and poorly written is not going to get the attention you want. They want to see facts and clear signs of neglect, not how you interpreted what the doctor said to you or how he made you feel.

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    Cynisca got a reaction from Hop_Scotch in July Sleeve   
    July 23rd surgery down 62lbs since surgery. I am very active though, hard not to since my energy is way way up. We just did our full run of blood work to make sure there is no Vitamin deficiency or lack of Protein etc and it came back perfect.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Beck53 in Fat Shaming   
    I would keep a before and after picture of yourself. It seems the issue is more about you feeling like a fraud (your words). There would be nothing more educating and inspiring than you showing a before and after picture of your success and hard work.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Beck53 in Fat Shaming   
    I would keep a before and after picture of yourself. It seems the issue is more about you feeling like a fraud (your words). There would be nothing more educating and inspiring than you showing a before and after picture of your success and hard work.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Jingle123423 in Passed the Chic-fil-A test...it was tough   
    First, good for you. But seriously....you aren't even 1 week post surgery and your husband "had" to take the kids and himself for fast food with you? Perhaps you could learn to say "no" next time he asks and start to show your family that their support is critical in this journey. Go home and fix a healthy snack or carry healthy snack options with you for the family. Sorry but I just found the post more shocking with you being 6 days out of surgery.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from kata0683 in How soon can i go back to work?   
    I was off for 1 week back week 2 just with lower energy by week 3 I was fine.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from clsumrall in July Sleeve   
    My was just last week , it was mandatory to do it before the 3 months mark and after 2months.
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    Cynisca reacted to FancyChristine15 in Barely, but it counts!   
    I'm officially in the 200's, as of today's weigh in! I made it by the skin of my teeth, but it still counts! Yay!!
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    Cynisca reacted to saygrace in July Sleeve   
    congrats!!! i had surgery the 25th, down 46lbs since. i have my 3 month check at the end of the month, hoping my bloodwork comes back perfect too!
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    Cynisca reacted to newmeinfla in July Sleeve   
    Thanks my dr. nor his office has said anything so will ask at my next appt in 2 weeks. Thanks.

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    Cynisca reacted to Letsgetgoing2018 in July Sleeve   
    That great!
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Bowties in Exercise   
    When I was 1 month out I was cleared to cycle on flat roads (no hills). It was amazing to change it up from walking.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Oct517 in Passed the Chic-fil-A test...it was tough   
    Totally agree! My bariatric support group meets every 2 weeks and the #1 breakdown is people saying their partners aren't supportive in their choices. Very interesting stat you posted!
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    Cynisca got a reaction from theresahyatt19 in Passed the Chic-fil-A test...it was tough   
    It was a suggestion to carry healthy snacks....and unless she lives in the Sahara there is a grocery store on every corner and since everyone was STARVING they could run in and have some fun finding healthy snack options ..hopefully before they all passed out from serious starvation. Spousal support is huge and it's huge to find alternatives to break bad patterns and habits. And yes, I would be upset with my spouse if he did that, however, he's 100% supportive because WE get the journey and how hard this is and the lifestyle changes and decisions we need to make TOGETHER. And...personally.....you don't need to attack me and my post....if you don't like someone's opinion then kindly Piss Off.
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Oct517 in Passed the Chic-fil-A test...it was tough   
    Totally agree! My bariatric support group meets every 2 weeks and the #1 breakdown is people saying their partners aren't supportive in their choices. Very interesting stat you posted!
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    Cynisca got a reaction from Jingle123423 in Passed the Chic-fil-A test...it was tough   
    First, good for you. But seriously....you aren't even 1 week post surgery and your husband "had" to take the kids and himself for fast food with you? Perhaps you could learn to say "no" next time he asks and start to show your family that their support is critical in this journey. Go home and fix a healthy snack or carry healthy snack options with you for the family. Sorry but I just found the post more shocking with you being 6 days out of surgery.

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