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Whose 5 years out or about? How are you doing?
I’m 5 years post op gastric bypass. Sitting at 150. Still wanting to lose the last few lbs. started at 402. Looking for some new friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here. But it’s nice to have friends who understand this way of life. ❤️ shoot me a message or leave a comment. I’d love to hear your journey!
Ashley

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I have my five-year anniversary in four days!!

doing well. Initially got down to into the 130s but gained 15-20 lbs in year 3 (10 of which I was OK with - with my large frame and musculature, 130s was too light for me). I stabilized at 150 for a couple of years, but last fall I was abroad for a month, then came back in time of the holidays, and then the pandemic hit, so I managed to get up to 160. I'm working on getting back down to 150 as that's where I feel best. It's happening but S-L-O-W going. Who knew how hard it would be to lose a measly 10 lbs?

anyway, overall it's been a great success and I'd do it over again 1000 times... Shouldn't have waited so long to take the plunge!

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I'm two and a half years out - went down to about 114 but was really too thin. Then went up to 140 and definitely wasn't happy. My problem is very definitely sugar and carbohydrates. I'm a sober alcoholic (8 years this time out, and before the four year break (divorce + stupidity = relapse) was 22 years. Bu the point is that for me sugar is a drug and the insulin response I get from any processed carb works in pretty much the same way.

So I've been working on killing sugar and processed carbs, plus grains and simple starches like potatoes, along with most fruit apart from small amounts of low GI berries over the last six months or so, trying various things. What have I learned: I can't do anything in moderation that isn't real food (by which I mean Protein and fat and small amounts of carb appearing in leafy veg etc. This, alongside intermittent fasting (Dr Jason Fung is great on this) has begun to make a real change. Because it's not really about the losing weight for me now, although I want to lose about 15lbs still and it's beginning, It's about the need to be healthy, not to be constantly sickened by food, not to be constantly obsessed with food and to find a long term sustainable solution that allows me to get on with my life. Still hoping to cross addict onto exercise but that hasn't happened yet!

Funnily, the post op diet which led with protein and allowed the veg and carbs in if there was room is closest to where I am now. I fast 16/8 - it varies but the average seems to be about 17/7. This is comfortable and I have loads of energy. Only been doing it a week properly and the Keto for about a month but I was struggling with the macros and counting. Keeping it simple now.

Be interested to hear if anyone is doing similar. What I would say is that my level of trust for something that doesn't involve someone trying to sell me special foods, vits, supplements, meal plans, exercise regimes is naturally quite high! Everything I need to do IF successfully if available for free. I like free!

Actually - and again I'd be interested in people's thoughts here, I wish I'd discovered this and worked it pre-op. But hey, can't turn back time!

Thanks all - this was a bit lonnnggg - sorry!

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2 minutes ago, myfanwymoi said:

Funnily, the post op diet which led with Protein and allowed the veg and carbs in if there was room is closest to where I am now. I fast 16/8 - it varies but the average seems to be about 17/7. This is comfortable and I have loads of energy. Only been doing it a week properly and the Keto for about a month but I was struggling with the macros and counting. Keeping it simple now.

Be interested to hear if anyone is doing similar. What I would say is that my level of trust for something that doesn't involve someone trying to sell me special foods, vits, supplements, meal plans, exercise regimes is naturally quite high! Everything I need to do IF successfully if available for free. I like free!

I'm kind of doing that, if not officially. I rarely let myself eat after dinner unless I'm really hungry and was really low on calories for the day. As for mornings, I'm never hungry then, so I no longer eat Breakfast before 10:00 a.m (I'm retired, so I'm pretty flexible with time!). I discovered if I do that, my calories are almost always within range by the end of the day - with occasionally some extra ones left over. It's because with this late breakfast, I have my daily Protein Shake (my former morning "snack") around noon or so, then a late lunch (1:30 or 2:00), maybe a light snack around 4:00, and then dinner. I don't get as ravenously hungry in the late afternoon like I used to (late afternoon is my worst time - I know for a lot of people, it's evenings...but evenings are USUALLY OK for me...). It's made it easier to maintain (and lose if necessary) my weight.

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Congratulations on your journey of keen self awareness and honesty. I can totally relate. Though I stopped drinking years ago short of it becoming problematic, the gene is definitely in the family. Thus, I, too, struggle with sugar, processed foods, simple carbs to the point of addiction. A little bit and the barn door seems wide open calling me for more. I am now striving for a clean, unprocessed fresh food life. Told hubby this morning...he is free to continue his junk food but it must be separate from the world I choose to live in. I neither feel well nor look well on that pathway. Delighted we have our kindred spirits here for strength, clarity, sharing ideas and celebrating a finer way of enjoying life. Salute!

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