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Kaswhy

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    Kaswhy got a reaction from ms.sss in Non Scale Victories   
    This morning I was able to buckle my belt one notch tighter — and it wasn’t uncomfortably tight. It feels like I’m on my way.
    I had the sleeve on Oct 21.
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    Kaswhy reacted to FluffyChix in Weight Gain   
    It depends on my goals for the day.
    Some days I do IF or TRE (intermittent fasting or time restricted eating windows). Then I make sure to hit my Protein goals for the day along with the calorie load/carb load I'm doing for the day.
    Other days, I eat to hunger. But the difference is, I will schedule my meals. 2-3 main meals. And I will allow a snack of x y or z (very specific choices at specific timings) if needed. So it is a structured thing, not grazing, not standing at the fridge wondering what I "feel" like eating. Nope it's more like (1 cup of veggies and Greek ranch dip-homemade, or 1 hb egg, or a lite string cheese + 1 slice BH turkey or everroast chicken, or 1/2 tiny gs apple with 1/2 oz walnuts-raw), that sort of thing.
    Some days I schedule for a sf popsicle at night, or a sf Jello, or sf protein pudding, or chia pudding.
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    Kaswhy reacted to S@ssen@ch in 2 years out and weight gain.   
    I think JessLess is on to something here. I think you need to work on your feelings of self-rejection. So, you fell off the wagon. Sounds like you had some significant life issues that may have contributed. Examine what you did to get there, reorganize, and move on. Get back to basics and consider seeking counseling.
    As for a "maintenance" diet. I have always maintained the basic rules of my bariatric diet for long term. And to quote a regular BariatricPal contributor (sorry, fluffy. I stole this from you):

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    Kaswhy got a reaction from GreenTealael in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Check in:
    1. personal goal: To make the most out of this chance I’ve been granted. To beat the head games and embrace healthy habits.
    2. surgery: gastric sleeve, 10/21/19
    3. weight: SW: 254 lbs; CW: 224.6 lbs
    4. food I am most grateful for today: today I would say the meatballs made at a little Italian store near my work. Frozen, six in a container, each one just the right size for lunch.
    day 27: most grateful for in my country
    I live in the US, and I’m grateful for the the free press. Everyone benefits from the results of hardworking journalists who shine light on people and events, that would prefer to remain unseen and unspoken.
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    Kaswhy reacted to AZhiker in Triathlon done!!!!! Woo hoo!   
    I had a good foundation of walking already established, but had not swum or ridden a bike in decades! I only had 2 months to get ready. So I started swimming - oh my goodness! With losing weight, I also lost my buoyancy! My legs sank and I couldn't kick hard enough. With a rotater cuff injury in my right shoulder, I just resigned myself to breast stroke rather than freestyle, which was utterly exhausting. I tried to swim 2-3 times a week. The first time, I nearly drowned twice!
    I tried to ride my daughter's bike, but because of stiffness in my hips and knees, I simply cannot swing my leg over the saddle and I couldn't get it over the bar, either. Pitiful. So getting on and off was a challenge and I didn't feel safe. So I bit the bullet and bought my own bike - a hybrid with a step through frame (ie: girl's bike). It is wonderful. It is very ergonomically correct for me and very comfortable. Most of all, I can get on and off safely. I bought the brightest possible strobing tail and head lights, and attached a water bottle to the handle bars with a long straw so I didn't have to reach down with one hand for a Water bottle. I started riding - 5 miles, then 7 miles, then 10 miles, then 15 miles - at least twice a week.
    3 weeks before the event , I did all three on the same day - spread out over the day. 2 weeks before, I did all three again on the same day, but more or less back to back. On the day of the event, I did fine. I was more mentally stressed than physically stressed. I was not exhausted or overly tired at all.
    The biggest hurdle was nutrition. I had to up my calories per day, and that was pretty hard. I had to give up intermittent fasting, as I needed the Breakfast time to get more calories in. This was not comfortable and I felt like I was over eating the whole time. I could not use high carb stuff or energy drinks, as I was a afraid of dumping. The best thing I finally settled on was to drink a Protein smoothies several hours before the event (300 calories, 35 gm protein.) Then water and RX bars throughout the event. Each RX bar has 210 calories and 12 gm protein. I think I ate 3 of them and it was fine. My stomach was not overloaded and I was comfortable and had plenty of energy.
    Now I see that I have a lot of room to improve my swimming stroke, my biking technique, and also maybe experiment with race walking. (My orthopedic doctor forbids me to run on my artificial knee, in order to save it for as many years as possible.) With a baseline level of fitness now, I think I may do a couple of these triathlons a year, just for motivation and to see if I can improve my times. It was definitely a milestone for me, and actually a lot of fun.
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    Kaswhy reacted to catwoman7 in New to this page. Had sleeve done 11/15/19   
    "buyer's remorse" is common the first few days or weeks after surgery. And almost all of us get over it and have no regrets at all that we had the surgery....so you'll be fine! But I agree - the first few days or even the first two or three weeks are tough. Just hang in there! Things will get better!!
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from GreenTealael in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Check in:
    1. personal goal: To make the most out of this chance I’ve been granted. To beat the head games and embrace healthy habits.
    2. surgery: gastric sleeve, 10/21/19
    3. weight: SW: 254 lbs; CW: 224.6 lbs
    4. food I am most grateful for today: today I would say the meatballs made at a little Italian store near my work. Frozen, six in a container, each one just the right size for lunch.
    day 27: most grateful for in my country
    I live in the US, and I’m grateful for the the free press. Everyone benefits from the results of hardworking journalists who shine light on people and events, that would prefer to remain unseen and unspoken.
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from GreenTealael in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Check in:
    1. personal goal: To make the most out of this chance I’ve been granted. To beat the head games and embrace healthy habits.
    2. surgery: gastric sleeve, 10/21/19
    3. weight: SW: 254 lbs; CW: 224.6 lbs
    4. food I am most grateful for today: today I would say the meatballs made at a little Italian store near my work. Frozen, six in a container, each one just the right size for lunch.
    day 27: most grateful for in my country
    I live in the US, and I’m grateful for the the free press. Everyone benefits from the results of hardworking journalists who shine light on people and events, that would prefer to remain unseen and unspoken.
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from GreenTealael in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Check in:
    1. personal goal: To make the most out of this chance I’ve been granted. To beat the head games and embrace healthy habits.
    2. surgery: gastric sleeve, 10/21/19
    3. weight: SW: 254 lbs; CW: 224.6 lbs
    4. food I am most grateful for today: today I would say the meatballs made at a little Italian store near my work. Frozen, six in a container, each one just the right size for lunch.
    day 27: most grateful for in my country
    I live in the US, and I’m grateful for the the free press. Everyone benefits from the results of hardworking journalists who shine light on people and events, that would prefer to remain unseen and unspoken.
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    Kaswhy reacted to ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    Ok, so if you are ever game for a road trip to Quebec (NY is not so far away!), you should try heading to the area north of Montreal and sample some maple-inspired menus in a traditional "Cabane à Sucre" (aka "Sugar Shack") during the maple harvest in the Spring. The venues range from 2 Michelin star establishments to decades-owned family farms whose barns are stuffed with harvest tables to serve meals to the public during maple season.
    ....and when you get tired of all the nature, you can head back into Montreal and party it up.
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from GreenTealael in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Check in:
    1. personal goal: To make the most out of this chance I’ve been granted. To beat the head games and embrace healthy habits.
    2. surgery: gastric sleeve, 10/21/19
    3. weight: SW: 254 lbs; CW: 224.6 lbs
    4. food I am most grateful for today: today I would say the meatballs made at a little Italian store near my work. Frozen, six in a container, each one just the right size for lunch.
    day 27: most grateful for in my country
    I live in the US, and I’m grateful for the the free press. Everyone benefits from the results of hardworking journalists who shine light on people and events, that would prefer to remain unseen and unspoken.
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    Kaswhy reacted to ms.sss in Food Before and After Photos   
    Made this for the Kid’s breakfast this morning...it was so pretty I had to take a picture of it AND take a bite as well. Broke my no-regular-bread-unless-on-vacay-rule...it was definitely #yum, but I probably would have been just as happy eating the avocado part sans the bread...
    Avocado Toast: 1 slice 12-grain bread + 3/4 an avocado + lime juice + onion salt + pepper + smoked paprika.
    *No nutritional info this time...I only ate 1 bite of this so am probably just gonna log 1/8 serving of some generic avocado toast entry in MFP.

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    Kaswhy got a reaction from ms.sss in Non Scale Victories   
    This morning I was able to buckle my belt one notch tighter — and it wasn’t uncomfortably tight. It feels like I’m on my way.
    I had the sleeve on Oct 21.
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from GreenTealael in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Check in:
    1. personal goal: To make the most out of this chance I’ve been granted. To beat the head games and embrace healthy habits.
    2. surgery: gastric sleeve, 10/21/19
    3. weight: SW: 254 lbs; CW: 224.6 lbs
    4. food I am most grateful for today: today I would say the meatballs made at a little Italian store near my work. Frozen, six in a container, each one just the right size for lunch.
    day 27: most grateful for in my country
    I live in the US, and I’m grateful for the the free press. Everyone benefits from the results of hardworking journalists who shine light on people and events, that would prefer to remain unseen and unspoken.
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from ms.sss in Non Scale Victories   
    This morning I was able to buckle my belt one notch tighter — and it wasn’t uncomfortably tight. It feels like I’m on my way.
    I had the sleeve on Oct 21.
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    Kaswhy reacted to Coexister in Sleeve Tips for the journey   
    I saw this on another forum and thought it worthy to share as it has all the great information and advice we all need for the journey! it is written by Mellissa Gangi and what I had wished I had been told from the very beginning.
    Sleeve Tips:
    I'm 10 months post op today and along this journey, so far, I've seen a lot of the same questions or concerns from many. I thought these tips could help!
    1. Take preop photos... you'll want them!
    2. Protein shakes...I used Isopure Protein Powder and scooped it into 2 oz. of Water (u can add ice and blend too) to drink in my immediate postop period. It was much less to drink at a sitting and you still got in your protein. It would take me over an hour to drink each one, but way easier to me. Plus, isopure has multiple flavors and it was reasonably priced. I bought off Amazon. Also, GENEPRO is an unflavored protein powder that is very popular. It can be added to pretty much anything. The scoop is tiny and it gives 30g of protein per scoop. I use it daily in my morning coffee but if adding it to hot liquids you have to add Creamer 1st to cool it down or it will clump up or dissolve in a little warm water 1st then add... the directions are on the bag. It is not completely unflavored and it has a smell to it, but most of us get used to it quickly.
    Your body can only absorb up to 30g of protein per serving, so anything more than that at once will be wasted and it doesn't count towards your daily goals!
    3. STALLS happen...stick to your plan and the scale will move again! You most likely will be losing inches during that time. They can last a few weeks...especially the 3 week stall. The further you are out they may even last longer and at that point you may have to shake things up a bit, maybe a day or 2 most increase your carbs then go back to your plan. Don't get discouraged and try to just be patient.
    4. No NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, motrin, etc...) they can cause ulcers...tylenol products are ok and Excedrin Tension is ok (great for headaches) it has tylenol and caffeine in it, no aspirin like the other excedrin products. Also, peppermint oil rubbed on your temples help for headaches.
    5. Fluid intake...atleast 64 oz of non caffeinated, non carbonated, sugar free fluids but the rule of thumb is drink half of your body weight in ounces.
    6. Caffeine and alcohol...follow your surgeons orders. They both can dehydrate you and cause ulcers in the beginning of your journey. And alcohol may affect you differently postop, so be careful. Absorbtion changes postop.
    7. Transfer addictions...a lot of bariatric patients give up food for other addictions like shopping and alcohol. Be mindful.
    8. Increased chance of pregnancy after surgery. You can be much more fertile. Even if you had problems with it preop.
    9. Increased divorce rates postop...I have looked into this because I was curious as to why. I have found that it does indeed increase, but the majority of the couples that do have had issues preop and the spouse that had surgery loses the weight, increases their self esteem and simply won't stand for the same behavior anymore.
    10. Sugar/Carbs...1st and foremost, follow your plan. There are reasons why your surgeon and/or nutritionist gives you one, especially while healing and it takes approximately 6 weeks for your tummy to heal. After you are advanced to a "regular" diet, usually about 2 month postop, yes you can eat some sweets or carbs but in moderation. Always try to get your protein in 1st, though. I have chosen to stay away from sugar and certain carbs. I don't crave them, so why reintroduce them. I know me, and moderation is hard for me.
    11. Everyone's weightloss journey is different. Try not to compare yourself to the next person. It's hard not to, I know! But their weight, height, sex, medical history all plays a part of it. If you do what you should be doing, you'll lose!
    12. Dumping and The Foamies...
    Dumping occurs when your new tummy just doesn't agree with something you consumed. Dumping occurs more in bypass patients but it can occur with sleeves, also. Symptoms can include sudden vomiting, diarrhea, and increased heart rate and last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
    The Foamies... you'll know what this is if you get it. It's a lot of phlegm that is produced in your esophagus all of a sudden. It can happen if you eat or drink too fast, or take in too much, or drink right after eating...wait to drink atleast 30 minutes after eating. Plus, if you drink with eating or too close afterwards you flush the food through your belly too fast and you're not absorbing nutrients.
    13. Take your Vitamins and get in your protein daily! This will not only help your weightloss and prevent Vitamin deficiency but it will help with the sunken in look when you lose weight. I was told 60-90g of protein daily, but follow your drs orders. I take 2 flintstones with Iron chewables a day because I couldn't tolerate the prescribed multivitamin, in addition to Calcium with d3, and magnesium and B12.
    14. Gas ex chewables, heating pads, and walking help big time for your gas pains. When I woke up from this surgery I thought I was having a heart attack because the gas was causing chest pains. Also, use the incentive spirometry in the immediate postop period. Anesthesia affects your lungs and it takes 72 hours to completely wear off so the breathing exercises help strengthen them and prevent pneumonia.
    15. Heartburn...omeprazole works so well for me. My surgeon prescribed it from day 1 and I love it.
    16. Postop hormones... your body almost goes into shock in the 1st 6 weeks or so after surgery from the major changes to it. You may feel different mentally...it does get better but if it's bad talk to your dr about it.
    17. Medications... your body can change postop. The same medications you were on preop may be absorbed differently postop so if you notice changes talk to your dr. They may need to be adjusted. And extended release meds may not work as well.
    18. Tracking your intake keeps you honest. I love the baritastic app. It also has recipes for all the stages and reminders.
    19. Head hunger vs real hunger. This is a lifestyle change, your body needs much less calories postop but you have to retrain your brain. It may take time and that's normal. If you fall off the wagon one day...oh well...get back on it the next. We are all human. Don't get discouraged. Just pick yourself back up.
    20. Complications can happen. If your body starts feeling different...new onset pains, nausea, vomiting, passing out, food feeling stuck in esophagus, etc...call your surgeon. You're always better safe than sorry.
    21. Abbreviations...
    HW your highest weight
    SW what you weighed on your surgery day
    GW your goal weight
    CW what you weigh currently
    NSV non scale victory
    Nut nutritionist
    VSG vertical sleeve gastrectomy (sleeve surgery)
    RNY roux-en-Y (gastric bypass)
    DS duodenal switch surgery
    22. Hair loss or thinning happens. But, it will grow back. I thinned starting at about 4 months. It can last months. Many take Biotin supplements for it, I didn't.
    23. Get ready to be cold! You're body is changing, it's almost in shock so invest in a Comfy, like me, or electric blanket to keep warm lol.
    24. What to bring to the hospital for your surgery stay...a long phone charger, chapstick, your phone, comfy pjs, slippers, a robe, earbuds, and a list of your medical history, surgeries, allergies, and medications with dosages. Others add gas ex chewables but I'm an RN and don't recommend taking any meds from home without the nurses or drs knowledge. Some also say a heating pad to help with gas pains, but walking is best. Also, remember to hug a pillow if you cough or sneeze. It will help!
    25. Constipation! It is a part of this journey, unfortunately. The only thing that helps me, and this is not conventional, is sugar free hard candies. A few of those babies (no more than 5 or you'll hate me) and you'll be going within 12 hours. The sugar alcohols do it for me. But, more conventional approaches are benefiber packets, Smooth Move tea, or Miralax. And there's diarrhea in the beginning...liquids in, liquids out. But your 1st bowel movement may take awhile...its all normal.
    26. Ketosis...when you cut out sugar and go low carb you're body goes into a state of ketosis. This is a metabolic state that now uses fat for energy, instead of carbs. It aids in weightloss, but has some side effects like bad breath, body odor, bowel changes, fatigue at 1st but then increased energy the longer you're in it, and insomnia. Those side effects will decrease over time so just invest in mouthwash for the meantime!
    I know this is a lot, but hopefully it helps! If I missed anything, feel free to chime in. Best of luck to everyone!
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    Kaswhy reacted to Sheribear68 in overeating after gastric sleeve   
    I am so thankful for the clinic psychologist at the place I had my surgery.

    His lesson that he hammers every time he gets the chance is that WLS has 3 major traps:

    Trap #1: you will initially lose weight NO MATTER WHAT. You can have the worst habits and diet ever and still lose weight. This is a bad trap as there isn’t negative feedback for unhealthy behaviors.

    Trap #2: because of the reduced size of your new digestive tract, you can eat small portions of metabolically disruptive foods (carb-laden and devoid of protein) and be “okay” because it’s only a few bites. Nope,nope,nope! Even in teensy amounts, foods that promote insulin resistance are only going to put you right back into a bad metabolic state over time. Best to avoid them (or save them only for very special occasions) altogether.

    Trap #3: You don’t stop becoming a “fat” person just because you lost a bunch of weight.
    It’s kind of like being a smoker or an alcoholic. Just because you’re not actively smoking or drinking, it doesn’t mean you can magically pick up smoking or drinking again and not expect difficult consequences. Fat brains stay fat brains for life and we need to be ever-diligent to not fall into any of the “fat” behaviors that got us needing WLS in the first place.

    I actually wrote all of these traps down after my sessions with him and I keep them taped to a cork board in my bedroom. I see them every day and try my best each day to keep those lessons close to heart.
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    Kaswhy got a reaction from ms.sss in Non Scale Victories   
    This morning I was able to buckle my belt one notch tighter — and it wasn’t uncomfortably tight. It feels like I’m on my way.
    I had the sleeve on Oct 21.
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    Kaswhy reacted to sillykitty in OOTD   
    I had an epiphany today when I was taking the pics above.
    The person in that mirror is pretty much exactly the person I aspired to be. It struck me that I am literally living my best life right now. And while things are never going to be perfect (see my arms in the pic above for example), things right now are d@mn good. I always knew that WLS would be a positive in my life. But I'm not sure how or why, but it finally feels like all the pieces have finally fallen into place for me.
    I'd like to thank all the participants on this thread. The support and positive feedback from and for everyone is AMAZING. It feels so rare to find such genuine encouragement now days. You all have played a role in me gaining confidence that I never even fully realized I was lacking. THANK YOU!
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    Kaswhy reacted to FluffySaysForkIt! in 🍂 Nov 2019 Challenge🍂   
    Day 27: Most grateful for in my country
    I am grateful that the US has American citizens that came from all parts of the world. I love the fact that an "American" can look like anyone, originally be from anywhere, and yet still can really become part of our society. It is the very best of of our country's strengths, IMO. I hope we never lose sight of that...
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    Kaswhy reacted to The New Kel in Egg & Cheese Bites recipes- Delicious protein!   
    Hi all!
    I am 4 months post sleeve. My tummy still prefers softer Protein. I went to Starbucks and had their Egg Bites. They are delicious! This inspired me to create my own version at home. My version is made in muffin tins and baked since I don't have a Sous Vide cooking device. They turned out so good! And you can add fun stuff to make them even tastier. Recipe follows:

    For 5-6 Egg Bites (I eat only one at a time but they store well in the fridge, so I have them for the whole work week), you will need:
    6 eggs
    1/3 cup half & half (or whole milk)
    1/4 cup cheese- I use Gouda, but any kind will do.
    Dash of salt & pepper
    Add ins: I use green onions, roasted red bell pepper and crisp bacon pieces and cream cheese. (You could also use spinach, kale, green chilies, turkey sausage, the sky is the limit!)
    Muffin tin
    food processor or blender

    Process:
    Preheat oven to 325. Spray Pam into 6 muffin tins.
    Put the eggs, milk or cream, and cheese in a food processor or blender. Whirl and blend until egg mixture is light and fluffy, about 30 seconds.
    Pour mixture into a bowl, and stir in green onion, bell pepper, bacon pieces or any other ad-ins you love.
    Spoon mixture into muffin tins, leaving a half inch from the top of each cup.
    Super yummy extra: At this point, I add a bit of cream cheese into each cup. I use about the size of a marble of cream cheese. I LOVE how these taste with this extra kick!
    Put them in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until semi-firm. Let them cool before popping them out of the cups.

    Nutrion (per one egg bite) Protein= 11, Carbs= 2, Calories= 215*
    The calories could be cut back (if desired) by using lower fat cheeses and milk and skipping the cream cheese).





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    Kaswhy reacted to BayougirlMrsS in Can we just be for real ???   
    Raises hand and says Yes.... One of my main motivations was to look better. I was in a very long marriage and we would go a year with having sex 1-2x's. I thought, if only i could lose the weight he would find me more attractive and life would be great. So in 2009 I got banded, lost 89lbs (100 but to hard to maintain). Went from 232 to 143. But instead of getting better my marriage fell even more apart. He couldn't handle the attention i was getting. And to be honest, it was intoxicating.... i loved it. We divorced in 2017 after 26 years. Fast forward.... 2017, flu/stomach bug = slipped band. Fast forward Aug. 2019 173.5lbs..... Sleeve. Todays weight 144.4
    Starting to feel sexy again. Sept. 2019 remarried and feeling great..... bring on 52 years old... i'm ready
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    Kaswhy reacted to insta_adventurer in 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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    Kaswhy reacted to Jolexis in Highest weight   
    I’m 5’1” and while I dream of being out of the overweight category (132), I’ll be content with the 140’s. I’m in the 160’s currently at 14 months out and I have definitely had to clean my eating back up and be mindful of everything I take in. It’s definitely had to realize that this is a marathon and not a race! I also had my BMR tested and it’s at 1400 calories. It was kind of a reality check for me that: “okay.... you are essentially the height of a large child. You NEED to eat like you’re 5’1” for the rest of your life”. 
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    Kaswhy reacted to Screwballski in Nearly One Year Out...LOVING LIFE!   
    This post is really for the folks who are considering the sleeve, wondering if it will "work" for them, if they should take the leap...
    This post is for the folks who just returned home from surgery or are several weeks out..the people who are starting to feel discouraged...didn't realize it would be so "hard".
    And, this post is for the folks that have a bit to go before they reach that goal they set thinking the weight they REALLY want to be is unattainable!
    First, the sleeve alone will not "work" for you unless you are willing to WORK with it! It's a tool not a cure. And, yes, it is often hard, especially in the beginning when you are creating new, successful solutions to combat old habits that got you where you used to be stuck. But, the very best things in life come from pushing through the hard moments. If you give up before you get to the top of the mountain, you don't get to enjoy the beautiful view. Trust me, it's spectacular when you get here. DO NOT GIVE UP!
    Now, about that goal weight...if you are anything like me, you've lost and gained so many times you've become used to failure. You almost expect it. So maybe you set your goal weight at a number that seemed pretty reasonable. Attainable, even, right? And, perhaps, you told yourself that if you got anywhere near it, you'd be happy because, for goodness sake, it's soooo much better than where you started! It's a definite win! I did that. I let my pre-sleeve experience shape my goal. But that wasn't the number I truly wanted. Initially, I just didn't believe that I could ever get back to my teenage and 20's modeling weight. I mean, I'm a woman in my 50's! That could never happen, right?! So, I shot for 5 pounds over the top of the weight chart for my height.
    Guess what happened as I was working my way down the scale, working my program, building strong/healthy eating habits, changing my relationship with food? I hit that goal! Then I shattered it! Then I continued on, logging every morsel of food I put in my body, every darn day!
    I'm not even a full year out of surgery. But by working with my sleeve and using this tool to it's fullest potential, I weigh LESS than I did as a slim teenager! I'm 2 sizes smaller than my busiest period as a model in my 20's!
    This tool requires sacrifice. But, you are only sacrificing the things that were dragging your body down in the first place. In fact, I look at it as finally showing ourselves the respect we've deserved all along.
    You are so worth it. You absolutely deserve be healthy. Life is so much easier mentally and physically when you shed the weight that you are carrying.
    It becomes easier every single day! Then the months fly by and it becomes routine. All of a sudden you realize your whole life is brighter, healthier, EASIER!
    I put everything into getting where I am right now. I truly believe if you give it everything, the sleeve will give you your life back!
    You absolutely deserve this! You are absolutely worth this! Don't let anyone make you feel/think differently!!!!
    PS....Log everything every day! That's a game changer. Load an app (I use LOSEIT). Log everything. Never stop logging!
    Love to all!


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