I haven't been on the boards in a couple of years, but I am back because I have fallen off the wagon. I have let old habits creep back in and sabbotage my weight loss. It all began in August 2010 (2 years postop) when I had my gallbladder out. I began eating more carbs, grazing and snacking throughout the day, and when I finally got a new job (had been unemployed for the previous 2 years), I started gaining weight. At first it was only about 9-10 pounds, which I attributed to winter weather and lack of exercise. But once I was back to work, it spiraled out of control. I began eating foods I had previously been avoiding (like chocolate and other sugars), eating less protein, drinking more diet pop and, GASP, drinking with my meals. I have now gained about 30 pounds and I am totally disgusted and beating myself up, and of course, feel like a big failure. So I am back on here with a new user name (previously was ColleenJ2, I believe it was) and am hoping to find support and encouragement to get back on the horse as it were and start ridding myself of these extra 30 pounds, and maybe even a few more than that seeing as I never got to my goal of 170, but when I look at that big picture it seems impossible to lose 56 pounds.
Surgery 11/2008 - Preop 299, Postop 192, Current 226