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  1. Great work! My journey is similar. I am a year and a half post op and ran my first half marathon (also a trail run) back in April. I want to start doing triathlons as my next challenge. I’m too on a mission to put on some muscle. My trainer also wants me to up calories and I’m easing into that but I agree, it’s scary! Anyway, thanks for sharing and keep fighting the good fight!
  2. Have you tried logging your daily food intake? I use myfitnesspal religiously. I found that managing my daily food budget helps me manage that same anxiety. Heck, I eat dessert every single day but my conscience is clear because it’s budgeted.
  3. kmac1

    Chips and salsa and bad eating day

    Cucumber is a great dipping. We buy the 3 packs of the seedless cucumbers at Costco and they work great.
  4. kmac1

    Chips and salsa and bad eating day

    Yes, I log every day. I generally plan out my days/meals ahead of time too. Now I’m not 100% perfect with my daily logging at this point. I’d say 95% though. For example I generally won’t log if I put some sugar free creamer in my coffee and stuff like that. But I’m a year and a half out and in maintenance phase. Early on post op I logged everything. My advice to you is do the best you can with logging and tracking your food. Again it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be better than what you’re currently doing. There are probably a lot of folks on here that no longer log at this stage and they are better at intuitive eating but for me this system works. Hope that helps.
  5. kmac1

    Chips and salsa and bad eating day

    I use the mini peppers when eating salsa or guacamole. If you eat chips, be honest with yourself and log them so they fit into your daily calorie budget (assuming you log). Just remember the surgery isn’t the fix, it’s a tool to help you make changes for the long term. I am a year and a half post op and basically went from 363 to 180. Have I been perfect, heck no! Am I more aware and have overall better habits, absolutely! What I’ve learned since my VSG is: 1. Give yourself some grace- we’re human after all 2. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good 3. One bad decision isn’t going to derail you- consistent bad decisions will! 4. Know that every day you have an opportunity to do better than the day before Good luck in your journey.
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    Thing I miss most

    I find the list of things I don’t miss far outweigh the things that I thought I would miss! Being 16 months post op and about 180 lbs down, I don’t miss blood pressure meds, I don’t miss my cpap, I don’t miss big and tall sizes, I don’t miss requesting a seatbelt extender on flights while trying to make myself small to not be rude to those sitting next to me, I don’t miss the mind space and control that my food addiction had over me, I don’t miss hangovers, I don’t miss fat jokes, etc., etc., etc! This journey has given me so much to celebrate that I don’t dwell on what I’ve given up. If I never have another carbonated beverage or Big Mac or you name it, it’s all been worth it to me. Keep fighting the good fight y’all!
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    Regrets ?

    Zero regrets! Had VSG 2/5/2021. Down highest weight was 363. Current weight 185. No more blood pressure meds, no more sleep apnea. I feel in control of my life and have a process to help manage my food behaviors for life. I still log my food every day and follow the guidance of my surgeon and nutritionist. Surgery allowed me to make long term behavior changes.
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    Initial weight vs current weight

    Sleeved on 2/5/2021 Heaviest Weight: 363 Intake Weight: 358 Surgery Day Weight: 333 Goal Weight: 200 Current Weight: 183
  9. kmac1

    Am I beyond the point of no return?

    You got this. Change your perspective: even though you’re “up 30 lbs”, you’re still down 70!!!! After 6 years or so! I imagine if you think back to 2015 prior to your sleeve, I’d be willing to bet the idea of having to lose 100 lbs seemed way more daunting than losing 30! What Gradycat said: get back to basics. Track your inputs, move more and give yourself some grace!
  10. Hey whatever works! At the end of the day I got the surgery because “my way” wasn’t working so I embraced the new process! I started this journey 12 months ago at 358 and I’m currently at 183 and am training for my first half marathon! Getting sleeved gave me a second chance at life and I vowed to do things differently and work to be the best version of myself! I have a sneaking suspicion that soon you will look back at this time and realize it was all worth it!
  11. Hang in there buddy. The first few days suck! I had terrible abdominal gas, it took a handful of days before I had a movement, and felt crappy. I had a a shot glass of liquids every 15 minutes. It got easier to ingest as the days progressed. Good news: it’s temporary. Brighter days are ahead. Follow the plan of your medical team… it’s not their first rodeo. All the things you’re thinking are natural. You got this!
  12. I’m 11.5 months post op and I have lost 175 lbs total since this process. Starting weight was 358, surgery day weight was 331, current weight 183! Prior to my surgery, I was terrible at logging food, exercising regularly, and had a terrible relationship with food (addiction, portion control, etc). Of course I knew what to do conceptually but the follow through was the issue. I told myself (and truly believe) that the surgery was not the fix! It’s just a tool! A tool that allows me to fix the broken things. What I’m getting at is, although logging food is “difficult”, it’s necessary! You have to be willing do do things differently and consistently if you want to reach your goals. Set up your environment to help you be more consistent: meal plan, log your planned foods the night before or first thing in the morning. Proactivity rather than reactivity is key! I treat my food log like I budget my finances, I track input and output and plan ahead! You got this! You just have to tell yourself you’ll do what it takes. The habits that got you in this situation won’t get you out of it! Embrace your second chance at becoming the best version of yourself and focus on the inputs and the desired outputs will happen! Don’t be afraid to consult your medical team and seek mental health help if need be. We all decided we can’t do it on our own which is why we took this journey. You owe it to yourself to be better than you think you can be! Good luck!
  13. I am about 11 months post op (sleeve). I am generally an open book and was very honest with my friends and family about MY decision to get the surgery. Surprisingly enough I only got pushback from 2 or 3 people. Everyone else was supportive and had more questions than opinions. I think this is an area that different people may have different results with but as mentioned the vast majority were super supportive. I had been battling obesity and food addiction for 15 plus years and the supportive folks were happy I was making a decision to take control of my health and battle my addiction. As for the few folks that had differing opinions, I gave them an opportunity to voice their concerns out of respect for the relationship. After I heard their side, I explained my side and then immediately set a boundary of “I appreciate your concern, but it’s my decision and this is the path I’m taking. Either you can be supportive or you can keep your opposing thoughts to yourself”. I’ve found the naysayers still wanted me to get healthy, they just had different ideas in how to get there. Now that they’ve seen my success and commitment to the plan, the naysayers have been some of my biggest cheerleaders! Hope that helps. Ultimately do what you think is best but I’ve found the more people you “lie” to the more the lies build on top of that. And furthermore I think opposition helped mold my commitment to proceed as planned and fueled my hard work to prove them wrong. People are always going to have their ideas of how you should live your life but ultimately it’s your decision and you don’t owe an explanation to anyone other than yourself. But it is super helpful for your inner circle to understand and be supportive of your decision.
  14. I was sleeved 2/5. Down 88 lbs total (62 post op). Feeling great!
  15. kmac1

    Sleeve with Fatty Liver

    Wasn’t as issue for me. I did a 2 week pre-op diet and had zero issues afterwards. I’m 3 months post op and have been alcohol free for about 4 months. Prior to that I was a heavier drinker on the weekends. Just follow your plan and it should be fine for you
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    I’m sleeved and home

    Great news! I had my sleeve done yesterday. This abdominal gas is something else!
  17. kmac1

    Surgery Date: 2/5/2021

    @blackcatsandbaddecisions that's great input, Thank you! I am truly excited!
  18. Gastric Sleeve on 2/5/2021. This decision has been a year in the making. I read that others have anxiety as they approach their date (not that there's anything wrong with that) but there are few other decisions I've made in my life that I have been more at peace with. I have looked at this experience as a second chance: a second chance to become the best version of myself; a 2nd chance to forever change my relationship with food; a 2nd chance to no longer sit on the sidelines but rather to get in the game and go on the adventures in which my obesity has prevented me from experiencing. This seems to be an amazing community and look forward to sharing more about my journey. -Kevin
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    Surgery Date: 2/5/2021

    Nice Ankles- I've been called the same many times! Haaaaa! Thanks for sharing!

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