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I want to take a moment and thank everyone who replied to my post!

First let me start with I have been so far in my head even my surgery date was off!! Its 2015 not 2014 and i am only 3 yrs out on the 15th! That being said.....

I ordered a bunch of Protein items and shakes I love, completely cut out all the CRAP that even remotely was touching my day to day routine both food and person wise - toxic people can be huge triggers!

I am proud to say I am 100% back on track with eating and getting my mind right! 5 days and made it through the headaches from the detox off any remaining small amounts of caffeine and am eating 1200 or less cals a day typically about 950-1000 and over 120 grams of protein~ Not hungry had a couple cravings but had good planning and healthier choices on hand which I know is key!

I have been walking a lot more and using my arc trainer and though I shouldn't have I did for haha's jump on the scale today and I am down over 6 lbs. I will stay off the scale except for 1 time a month and if I have a MD appointment I must we weighed at tell them I don't want the results told to me.

Most importantly hopefully very soon I will be back with a psychotherapist to further rectify my issues with eating! We all can do this and we all are important, and though the mental game we can play on ourselves is ROUGH, no one is a failure, as my grandma would have said when she was alive, *I haven't failed, I only found a way that isn't, wasn't, or didn't work for me! Now I must find a new way to have it happen the w2ay I want!* So these words have become a mini mantra for me!

I will find the way that works - so long as there is air in my lungs I will fight the best fight forward I can, and thank God for the humility to know when i have fallen and need some help I just might not be able to give myself at that time!

I will keep you all posted on my progress - If you private me I can provide you my FitBit name or My Fitness Pal link so we can encourage and help each other out! We all empower each other in our own ways, and some of us may take something from all anyone on this thread has said with out responding.

~Chunky

Edited by ChunkyChicTrying

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Hi. I haven’t posted here in probably over a year or so but I came here looking for a post like this because I can relate completely. Same circumstances with me. I find what helps me is mindfulness and support from others. The more I have others checking in, the more it reminds me to stay mindful. I’d welcome a few others who want to be a support team for each other and I’d be up for doing it they MyFitnessPal. Chunky, I’ll PM you. Thanks

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Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated this thread. I got VSG in 2012, and like others, the weight FLEW off. I quickly lost about 50 lbs and in the 6(!?!?) years since, have gained 35 of it back. I never addressed the mental issues enough, similar to a few posters on this thread. I didn't mentally address why I turn to food for comfort, stress, you name it, and after you're able to eat more after year 1 or 2, the habits just crept back and here we are.

The post-surgery glow of physically not being able to eat as much quickly goes away, and I'm so determined to redo this.

Would love to support you and anyone else who has also regained to be in it, and accountable, together.

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So glad to have read this thread. So grateful for your candid heartfelt posting Birdie. My take away from this is yes, I’ve had the surgery (Aug 23 2018) and I’m hearing that I need counselling and a support group. I will see what is available here in Calgary.

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@Lynn Cannon Thank you! So smart to do that early, now, and while you are on a great wave of loss! I’m excited for you.

Tbh, looking back - I wish I had selected a hospital that had a more robust and consistent support staff beyond just the qualifications of the l surgeon and that included the nutritionist and support group. I know now that there were other hospitals that offered stronger support staff and programs and I underestimated how 360 of an assessment it really requires. I’m sure all of us have had years, if not lifelong, struggles with weight/eating/coping and the fast pace and seeming ease with which the weight flies off can be incredibly blinding and gave me such superficial highs that i still wasn’t addressing all that i should to ensure success beyond those first two years.

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Hey ChicTrying. Don’t despair. The best advice I can give is start with 3 simple rules. 64 ounces of calorie free liquids per day, 60 grams of Protein and following the 30/30 rule. Practice them for 30 days until they become a habit. It sounds like grazing is an issue for you. Having three meals and 2-3 healthy Snacks a day may reverse the grazing trend. Best wishes, and so glad you are seeking psychological help!

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