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Johnny B

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  1. 18 minutes ago, ms.sss said:

    First, you look A-MAAAAAY-ZING. Good job!

    Second, regarding goal weight, at first I chose 130 lbs, which was the top end of the healthy BMI range for my height. Then once the weight started coming off, I lowered it to 120 lbs, which is the mid-point of said range.

    Just recently I hit 127 and decided to stop going for 120, because I feel like I'm getting too small for my liking. Trying to find my maintenance groove but I seem to still be losing so I may hit 120 anyway...

    Great job. You’ve lost a tremendous amount of weight. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. 37 minutes ago, Avery's Mom said:

    yep I picked a number I remember feeling good at. I have since lowered that number lol GOALS I usually don't set them.

    I wish I had taken more before pics but usually never allowed myself to be on camera. have begun taking progress photos

    you look great,.stop when it feels good!

    Yes, that is what I did at first, but now I'm not sure what is right. My general practitioner originally said 215lbs, but I'm below that now.

  3. 1 hour ago, Healthy_life2 said:

    aCongratulations on your amazing accomplishment.

    So my question is, how do we determine what our final goal should be? I don't go by BMI because I have a rather large bone structure. I've even have the beginnings of a six pack.

    Goal is finding a weight you feel healthy at and can maintain long term. BMI is only a guideline.

    How did everyone decide on an ultimate goal?

    I never really had an ultimate goal. Honestly, I would have been fine at a BMI of overweight and healthy.

    My first goal of 140 I pulled it out of the air. Its what I weighed in high school. My lowest weight was 125. I've maintained in the 130's for five years.

    You look healthy and happy now…First year out, You can continue to lose and see how you feel. If you don’t feel comfortable at a lower weight you can always gain some back. I wish you the best in what ever you choose.

    Thanks, I am very happy now. I feel like a much younger and healthier person.

  4. 15 minutes ago, GradyCat said:

    Oh wow, you've lost so much so fast. Way to go! I chose a number in the range of the BMI chart that would be middle-ground for me in the regular weight category (140)

    Thank you.

    The BMI chart says I should be 150lbs, which would be way too low for me.

  5. Hi,

    I began my journey towards being healthy again one year ago, at a starting weight of 308lbs at 5'6", on two BP meds and still with a BP of 140/90, and also on cholesterol meds.

    When asked what my goal was, it was just to be healthy, and I thought it would be great to lose enough weight to get off all my meds.

    So I began seeing a nutritionist late May, 2018, and started modifying my eating habits, went back to the gym, and did the pre-requisite doctor visits and tests to get approved for surgery.

    By December I was down 34-35lbs. and feeling good with a surgery date of January 2, 2019.

    Soon after surgery I was able to cut back on my meds. Was happy about that. By early April I was off them completely. Goal accomplished.

    So I then said what is my goal. So I picked 215, since I was in pretty good shape when I was at that weight nearly 20 years ago. Beginning of May came around...check. Then I said to myself, I'll strive for a loss of 100lbs. Check.

    So then I decided to lose a bit more, to accommodate the inevitable bounce-back.

    Today I'm at 199lbs, down a total of 109lbs, and even gained back some muscle. I haven't been this light in 26 years.

    So my question is, how do we determine what our final goal should be? I don't go by BMI because I have a rather large bone structure. I've even have the beginnings of a six pack.

    How did everyone decide on an ultimate goal?


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  6. Had sleeve surgery in January, now down a total of 109 lbs. (35lbs pre-surgery, 74lbs post-surgery).

    I Just came out of recent stall. Everything had been the same, training, diet, regimen, etc, but what seemed to work for me was an increase in calories for a few days.

    Guessing my body was in adaptation mode slowing my metabolism a bit, and the increase in calories sparked my metabolism, and I wound up losing 5 lbs. this past week.

    So if you've hit a plateau, give it a shot.

  7. 6 hours ago, Frustr8 said:

    You are the inspiration for Johnny B good. What great strides already for you.

    Everyone here inspires me. It takes a lot of courage to cast aside old habits, have surgery and make a lifestyle change.

    Keep up the good work and don't let anyone insinuate that you took the easy way out. There is nothing easy about the process.

    Keep your eye on the prize.... A new, better and healthier you.

  8. 8 hours ago, audjoc said:

    Checking in to see how everyone is doing? I am down 38 pounds since 01/24/19 and happy about it. I had a couple of days where I sweets -one was my birthday and the second was while watching a TV drama so I now know to stay away from watching TV dramas with sweet foods around. I get hungry now but the hunger pains are smaller than before and obviously it is easier to ease the hunger. I am consuming 400-600 calories a day. I was exercising quite a bit in the beginning but have slowed down on that end, usually I am pretty tired at the end of the day to do anything. I am getting a bike over the week-end so I can bike to and from work. I am hoping this will get me more active. I know I will need to increase my calories but am struggling to do that mentally. How else is everyone doing?

    You're doing awesome! Keep your Protein up. That will keep your energy up and cravings at bay. Keep moving, even if it's only walking.

    You should be very proud

  9. 27 minutes ago, DanaC84 said:
    31 minutes ago, Johnny B said:

    Started my journey with the nutritionist last week of May, 2018. Surgery January 2, 2019.

    As of March 20th....down 90lbs.


    That is phenomenal Johnny !!! And I gotta say, that dog is the cutest thing ever! Again, congrats 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Thank you. I feel great!

    That is Carmine the Bulldog. He has his own Facebook & Instagram page. He does pet therapy on the weekends at Long Island Jewish hospital, and here he was lending support to his brother Rocco who is halfway through his pet therapy certification.

  10. 1 minute ago, Jacqueline L said:

    I could probably be drinking more Water if I'm being completely honest. I don't think I hit the target Water intake on most days, but I try to drink as often as I can. I go on at least one 30 min fast-paced walk daily and my average calorie intake has been 600-700.

    You seem to be doing what you should be exercise and calorie-wise. Are you getting at least 60 grams of Protein?

    Keep in mind that everyone loses at their own pace. 16 lbs is good, nothing to be discouraged about. Keep up the good work.

  11. 6 minutes ago, Jacqueline L said:

    I had my surgery on 1/22 and since my initial doctor's appointment I'm down 61lbs, but I have only lost 16lbs post op. It's a little discouraging since it seems like most people have lost 20 or more one month post-op. I have been following the diet and going on lots of walks so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

    16 lbs in a month is very good. Everyone is different.

    Are you drinking enough fluids and walking? How many calories are you taking in a day?

  12. On 2/16/2019 at 7:50 PM, Lucky in Steamboat said:

    Great job. What did you do when you hit a plateau? Keep up the great work.

    I increase activity/exercise, and also increase my caloric intake for a day or two, then drop back it back down. It seems to spark my metabolism.

    As you get closer to goal, it naturally slows a bit.

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