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    • istytehcrawk

      Fit back down into the (new) size 28 jeans I bought like six months ago!
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    • istytehcrawk

      Had my first meal out at a restaurant (Bob Evans) tonight. 
      Ordered the grilled Wildfire chicken (one breast), with sides of baby carrots, green beans with ham (very minimal), and fresh fruit. Skipped the bread. Oh, and mom and I sat around chatting after the meal, and (after waiting a while) I drank a few ounces of peppermint tea with Splenda.
      Ate some of each of the chicken/veggies/fruit, and brought the rest home. Separated it out, and it made enough for three more meals (the veggies could have made four or five, probably, but there was only enough chicken for three, and I don't mind wasting a little bit of the veggies), plus the fruit for a snack. Super delicious.

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    • Mattymatt

      Exhaustion finally got the better of me and I took a long nap. Only problem with being that tired was I had a very lucid nightmare. The basic theme was all of my setbacks and failures over the past 15 years in brief and vivid snapshots. The most vivid of these snapshots was of my ex-girlfriend, the one I thought I would marry. We were doing karaoke night on a cruise and she sang Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl while looking right at me with an unforgettable sparkle in her eye.
      Well, I woke up feeling predictably like garbage and then I vaguely remembered a few people posting about how fast weight loss can release hormones stored in fat. I don't know what prompted me to step on the scale but I did and lo and behold, I am down 6 pounds in only 5 days (maybe more because it is best to weigh at the beginning of the day.) This was a faster rate than I had ever lost before. Ironically, this did not make me feel any better. My hazy mind just said, "Okay, now time to shower and clean the incisions" Jaysus! I don't cry easily but the damn burst once the hot water hit me. A good cry is an underrated experience for feeling better. So I am now well along my journey and down 26 pounds from my heaviest last September.
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      1. Toomanytacos


      2. istytehcrawk

        I feel you. My hormones are definitely out of whack, too (though it's not as bad now as it was the first couple weeks -- so it does get better). I sometimes just start tearing up out of NOWHERE, sometimes in the middle of a conversation. I warned everyone at work that if it looks like I'm crying, I probably am, but it's fine because it's just my body being ridiculous (everyone at work knows about my surgery).

    • istytehcrawk

      A little annoyed that I'm up about two pounds since yesterday (weighed yesterday because it was my one-month anniversary and today before an appointment with my PCP so I could compare the difference between my scale and theirs), but my doctor says it is likely water retention because I've been spotting the last few days (I don't get true periods anymore because of the Nexplanon implant). I just hope it passes soon.
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      1. FluffyChix

        Oh that's the worst! Scales are unreliable pig fuc*ers who will want to mind-do you any chance they get! ((hugs))

      2. Mattymatt

        Hey! As I write this, I am taking a heaping teaspoon of my own medicine. Please be kind to yourself. Remember that this is a journey and you can expect it to have ups and downs. As my surgeon says, recuperation and gaining health rarely happens in a linear fashion. Instead, focus on the overall trend. You can do this! You're worth it!

      3. istytehcrawk

        I'm generally pretty optimistic (both overall and about this surgery), but I sure was liking maintaining an average loss of 10 pounds per week. Now that nice, round average is all shot to hell. (I'm more annoyed that my average is no longer "pretty" than I am about gaining the little bit of weight, actually.)

    • Mattymatt

      This morning the challenges are all mental. I woke up feeling down and I am also having a little bit of a "pain" set-back. The pain in that one large abdominal incision is a little worse today. It could be the way I slept though. Today the goals are the same: hydration, protein, more hydration. Hope y'all are doing okay.
      · 3 replies
      1. FluffyChix

        Remember, stay fully hydrated. Walk a TON! Take your tylenol or whatevs! And breath deep. Watch funny stuff on the puter or the TV. Comedy therapy! You got this. It's the anesthesia wearing off. I had days like that--they came and went. :D ((hugs)) and hang in there! It's not you, it's the surgery. :D

      2. Mattymatt

        Thanks, fluffster! Good to know I am not alone. :-D

      3. FluffyChix

        This was massively reassuring to me...that the things I was experiencing were normal and that it wasn't my weird ass body/mind. :D So I hope you don't think I blow you off every time you have a feeling or experience! You are affirmed!

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