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AZhiker

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    AZhiker reacted to Serengirl in Advice needed   
    Yes youre period can get wake because you are on such restricted calories. I am six weeks out and i haven't had a period yet... I know it s because my body is in shock and on extremely low calories and having Endometriosis doesnt help. but it IS normal. Think about how anorexics lose their periods. its because they calories are so low. Same thing here.
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    AZhiker got a reaction from GreenTealael in Whole Food Plant Based Eating   
    The evidence is pretty compelling for adopting a whole food plant based (WFPB) lifestyle. Basically, there are 4 food groups: vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. You can throw in some nuts and seeds as well. Nothing processed, no sugar. I already eat a very clean diet - no processed food, nothing artificial, no sugar, lots of veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes. But I think I am going to try to gradually move away from animal based foods. I have inflammatory issues, and I am hoping this will help reduce those blood markers that continue to be high. I also have seen the evidence for improved athletic performance after making the switch. There is better arterial flow and muscle performance with a plant based diet. So wish me luck. This will not be a sudden change. But I have actually been feeling a bit of upset tummy lately after eating fish, meat and eggs. I used to eat a lot of eggs (from my own backyard hens), but since surgery, they just do not sit well. cheese and yogurt will be my challenges, I'll have to try some soy yogurt and see if it works for me. I already use pea Protein for about half of my protein supplements. I will definitely keep up with my protein requirements and will always be taking my Vitamins.
    Tonight we had a stew of 3 kinds of lentils, white Beans, millet, sorghum, sweet potato, and garden snow peas on a bed of spiralized zucchini. Even my carnivore husband got a second helping. Yes, it seems like there are a lot of carbs, but I am at goal now and having a struggle not to lose more weight, so this seems like a good time to try this. Any thoughts?
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    AZhiker got a reaction from GreenTealael in Whole Food Plant Based Eating   
    The evidence is pretty compelling for adopting a whole food plant based (WFPB) lifestyle. Basically, there are 4 food groups: vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. You can throw in some nuts and seeds as well. Nothing processed, no sugar. I already eat a very clean diet - no processed food, nothing artificial, no sugar, lots of veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes. But I think I am going to try to gradually move away from animal based foods. I have inflammatory issues, and I am hoping this will help reduce those blood markers that continue to be high. I also have seen the evidence for improved athletic performance after making the switch. There is better arterial flow and muscle performance with a plant based diet. So wish me luck. This will not be a sudden change. But I have actually been feeling a bit of upset tummy lately after eating fish, meat and eggs. I used to eat a lot of eggs (from my own backyard hens), but since surgery, they just do not sit well. cheese and yogurt will be my challenges, I'll have to try some soy yogurt and see if it works for me. I already use pea Protein for about half of my protein supplements. I will definitely keep up with my protein requirements and will always be taking my Vitamins.
    Tonight we had a stew of 3 kinds of lentils, white Beans, millet, sorghum, sweet potato, and garden snow peas on a bed of spiralized zucchini. Even my carnivore husband got a second helping. Yes, it seems like there are a lot of carbs, but I am at goal now and having a struggle not to lose more weight, so this seems like a good time to try this. Any thoughts?
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    AZhiker got a reaction from Sheribear68 in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    On a side note, I went to see a plastic surgeon about getting my upper eyelids done. I have a strong familial trait for saggy lids, but especially after WLS, now they are interfering with peripheral vision. My insurance may or may not cover, and won't do pre auths any more for this surgery. BUT...... my doc said he can do it in his office under local anesthesia for $2000, which would be my max cost, even if insurance doesn't cover. I think that's pretty good. If I had it done in the hospital it would probably cost a whole lot more and I'd probably still end up with close to $2000 out of pocket. So I have it scheduled for December.
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    AZhiker got a reaction from pinkdreams87 in Who will you tell (or not tell) about WLS?   
    Told only my husband, my kids, my brother, and 1 trusted co-worker who helped by trading some work days with me so I could get enough time off. There are some hospital employees who know because of my required follow ups (lab), but no one else - not even my parents. I just did not want to deal with judgement and everyone's opinions.
    When asked how I lost the weight, I say, "This is what I am doing (present tense):" and then go into my mantra about healthy eating and exercise. Honestly, many people have asked, but they have all been moderately overweight - not morbidly obese. What I tell them about diet and exercise is exactly what they should be doing, as they are not candidates for surgery anyway. NO morbidly obese people have ever asked at all. So I don't think I am being dishonest. I have never been asked point blank about whether or not I had surgery. And interestingly, of all the people who have asked, I have not seen a single one actually change their lifestyle. It really does take commitment and maybe hitting the bottom before real change happens.
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    AZhiker got a reaction from KarenLR75 in Is a protein shake a meal or snack?   
    Oh please don't be eating cream of wheat only 2 weeks out!
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    AZhiker reacted to Sheribear68 in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    Okay so I say we all need to find a groupon for neck plastics.

    Who all is in?
    🤣🤣🤣
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    AZhiker got a reaction from jenforr108 in Weight loss stats!   
    I lost 100 pounds in the first 6 months! Unbelievable, really. What I gained was also unbelievable - a whole new life! No shortness of breath with exercise, no asthma, no GERD, sleep apnea resolved, no joint pain, so much energy! Able to get down on the floor and GET UP AGAIN! Down 12 clothing sizes - WOW! Being one of the smaller people in the room instead of the biggest. The list goes on and on. It is a new world for me and I am so excited for you!
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    AZhiker got a reaction from GreenTealael in Intermittent Fasting Daily Menu/Results/Accountability   
    That's just about what I do, too.
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    AZhiker got a reaction from HappyHikerGal in New... question about psych evaluation   
    Paper tests and discussion about motivation, triggers, and warning signs to watch for after ward. She told me all about transfer addiction, which I had never known about. This has been really helpful, because I have found myself wanting to shop impulsively lately. I remember what she said and can recognize that I just want an endorphin high like I used to get from food. We also talked about creative outlets and other ways to deal with food addiction/desire to eat, in healthy ways. I found the session to be very informative and helpful.
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    AZhiker got a reaction from Sheribear68 in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    Well, I do have to say that my original turkey neck (and arms) seems to have shrunken up somewhat over the past few months, so I'm going to give it more time. However, I am looking into having my upper eyelids done. They have always been droopy, but now it's pretty bad. I consulted with a surgeon yesterday (well reputed) and he said he could do it in the office under local anesthetic for $2000. Even if my insurance didn't pay, that is still pretty reasonable, I think,
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    AZhiker reacted to Hannah! in Approved!! :)   
    My insurance approved me for a roux en y in only 3 days!! I am so happy! I have a pre-op class to take on 11/15 & 2 more on 12/5 and 12/12. They said they would give me my surgery date sometime between 12/5-12. I can't believe it. It still doesn't feel real!
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    AZhiker reacted to Sheribear68 in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    Just thought I’d drop this here:


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    AZhiker reacted to HappyHikerGal in Cold Feet, My Lightbulb Moment   
    I'm a month out from VSG surgery and yesterday had a severe bout of second-guessing myself.
    Is it crazy to cut your stomach to lose weight? Am I making this decision in haste? My family aren't fully on board, but are supportive of my decision - am I right to go through with it anyway?
    All these questions running through my mind made me feel quite low, and I sought some answers, did more research on VSG, why people have it, why it is effective, etc. That helped, but it wasn't the complete answer.
    I realized today, that my deepest fear with such an important surgery is that I will fail like every single other time I tried to lose weight. That my family will see me fail again. That one thought is a ball and chain around my neck that is holding me back from fully believing in myself on this incredible new adventure I'm about to embark on.
    Then I realized something important. That my past can either be a crippling weight on my shoulders, or I can choose to examine what I've learned from all of those dieting experiences and turn that wisdom into rocket fuel to propel me into a new healthy life, with the help of this proven surgical tool. I have to see my past as a source of positive wisdom. Like Thomas Edison, I've learned a 1000 different ways in which it doesn't work, but I will keep trying until I eventually find the one way that does. It's not a lightbulb, but my only one precious life. I'm worth the effort to examine those past experiences and mine every little bit of wisdom I can find, with love, humility, and excitement for the future.
    So, I'm feeling much better about this.
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    AZhiker reacted to KateBruin in Can't stop losing weight   
    You’re so sweet! I went to my first HIIT workout post bypass revision and shoulder repair. I wore tiny little booty shorts and would catch myself in the mirror and think damn you look good!! I might have dysmorphia but at least I have moments where I really recognize the loss. When I could see clavicle, chin and definition in my neck I practically peed myself in excitement! The loose skin is starting to be real and it really sucks we can’t get rid of it without paying tens of thousands of dollars. I’d probably be around a size 4 if I didn’t have it!
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    AZhiker reacted to GreenTealael in Intermittent Fasting Daily Menu/Results/Accountability   
    I've pretty much been on this schedule for about 2 weeks now :
    1st meal - 12:30pm
    2nd meal- 4:00pm
    3rd meal- 7:30pm
    What is everyone else up to?
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    AZhiker reacted to Sheribear68 in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    Here is one example of the saggy neck and wrinkles where I never had them before.
    I’ll be honest though and say that even if I knew how much older in the face this would make me look, I’d still do it 100/100 times.
    So I had to endure breast cancer and I got new boobs out of it 10 years ago.
    This time I’ll endure this and get a facelift out of it.
    I’ve actually started working on a budget and pricing different procedures.
    I’m more than likely going towards an S-lift, but won’t know for sure until I have a consult.
    Which will still be after the first of the year.
    I want to make absolutely for sure that I’m well and good out of my honeymoon period and that weight loss is stopped before making any decisions. Even if I lost just another 10-15 pounds it could make a huge difference.
    Besides, it will give me more time to save up.

    Gaby, I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well with your endoscopy. Please keep us posted.

    Emzbe, I was fine until about a month ago, and now I’m definitely needing laxative help.
    Not sure why my bowels have waited til now to go into lockdown mode, but it’s a daily struggle.
    I need to get more aggressive in treating it, because I’ve noticed that when things are super backed up I can barely eat more than 1/2 cup food w/o feeling ill, but then I’m hungry again 3-4 hours later and it’s frustrating bc I feel as if it’s throwing me off of my TRE regimen.



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    AZhiker reacted to Recidivist in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    Completely agree!
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    AZhiker got a reaction from Recidivist in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    I, too, think I look a lot older with the saggy facial skin, but people tell me I actually look younger. Go figure. I just try to smile a lot more, to make sure all the wrinkles look like smile lines and not old lady lines!
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    AZhiker got a reaction from EmzBee in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    I hear you 100%. It seems like we are all in the same boat. (And the boat is still afloat!!!! )
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    AZhiker reacted to Gottajustdoit in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    I can relate so well to all those things, especially the chin. I'm 53 and I think the advice I would give to those over 50 who are contemplating the surgery is to expect to look older. As those chubby cheeks lost weight, the skin starts to sag on the face too--at least for me. I definitely don't regret the surgery, but now when I see photos of myself I think "WOW! I look so....old!" The lines in my forehead have increased, as have the lines around my mouth. I guess I should have enjoyed that baby face when I had it!
    Another interesting thing is that I am noticing overweight people so much more now--not in a judgmental way, but more in a "I'm so glad I am not dealing with all that excessive weight, feeling overheated and sweaty all the time" way. Last night I was on an airplane and it felt so good not to have to expand the seat belt from the person who was last sitting in the seat before me. It fit so naturally and you are right, my neighbors did not fret that I was going to infringe on their space or be that "fat person" next to them. It's just a wonderful feeling. So glad I went through all the tough stuff to get to this point.
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    AZhiker reacted to gabybab in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    Congrats! You look awesome!
    I, too, worry about sagging skin. I went from I want my breasts and arms done to oh hell no I need my face done. I can tuck the other spots up. My face is showing lines I never had. I have a long way to go (68 pounds) and I'm afraid I will look scary. I'm having a terrible stomach problem and have an endoscopy on the 5th of November. I'm worried I will need a revision. My stomach burns down lower in my stomach and makes me feel nauseated. I had gerd before surgery, so I'm really scared about this.
    Bonus, I too feel so much better about myself. I just broke the threshold to just obese. lol
    But having had had a bmi of 54 I will take it.
    Way to go February friends!
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    AZhiker got a reaction from EmzBee in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    I hear you 100%. It seems like we are all in the same boat. (And the boat is still afloat!!!! )
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    AZhiker got a reaction from HappyHikerGal in Triathlon done!!!!! Woo hoo!   
    I finished the triathlon today! No speed records, mind you, but I finished it. The final home stretch was so emotional for me, as I considered where I was 8 months ago. This would not have even been remotely possible then with 110 extra pounds and joints that were giving up the ghost. I feel so grateful for the life that has been given back to me. By the time I got to the finish line, with all the cheering, cow bells, finishing medal around my neck, I was in tears. What an amazing milestone. I will never forget this day and what it represents - a new life with new horizons I cannot yet even imagine. I feel good - not totally drained like I expected. No NSAIDs, either. What an experience. I hope everyone of us has a milestone achievement that redefines us as empowered individuals.
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    AZhiker got a reaction from gabybab in February 2019 weight loss buds   
    I worry that the long term effect of low calorie intake is malnutrition. We have to be sure every bite is as nutritionally dense as possible and that we are faithful with our Vitamins. I know I have some malabsorption going on, especially with fats, and I am already osteopenic. I agree that I could happily consume under 1,000 cal/day and feel satisfied. Like you, I could actually lose 15-20 more pounds and still be the normal range, but I would look terrible, and honestly, I am building my size 10 wardrobe and don't want to get to a smaller size - too expensive!!!
    I am getting back to my 16/8 or 14/!0 window and adding in 1 day of 24 fasting per week. But I want to continue exercising to do some more triathlons and backpacking trips. So it will be an adventure to see how to do that with the IF. I do not want to give it up again like I did last month to train. That was not a happy place. I felt sluggish and more hungry, and just wanted to eat all the time. I think slipping in an extra Protein Shake, an extra yogurt power bowl, and/or a bowl of Protein Soup is the way to go. They go down easily without leaving me uncomfortable.
    It is definitely a journey and I'm glad there are others like you who are on it with me! It's so good to get ideas and feedback. I cannot imagine going this alone.
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