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happyteacher
on 9/15/14 5:42 pm
Topic: RE: Regain - hindsight is 20/20...

This is truly a great post Karik. I am sitting at about a 2.5 right now. Your stages totally make sense and really resonated with me. Thank you

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/6/14 6:57 pm
Topic: RE: What's it like at 2, 3, 4, 5 + years after VSG...

I feel just as satisfied now as I did preop. It is less food, but the same payoff in that regard. I can eat a small version of an adult sign at best. For pespective, I would not normally finish a kids sized portion. I could do a glass of wine with dinner. I do not feel deprived in any sense of the word. I can eat any option. I can eat a lot of junk food, as that is all slider type stuff. Because of this it is important to work on changing your eating habits... but with the sleeve it is much easier to do that then preop. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/3/14 3:44 pm
Topic: RE: Diverticulitis question

I was diagnosed with it a couple years ago during some cancer screening. Nothing to do with the surgery, and the older you get the more prone you are to developing it. I have never read anywhere that it is somehow related to the vsg. I have no symptoms, but if you do avoid small seeds, popcorn, etc. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 6:13 pm
Topic: RE: What does Maintenance look like for you?

1600 calorie average

Exercise has been severely limited for over 8 months now... can't even get a walk in or I am too sore for work. Hoping after I recover from the next surgery in December that I can finally move better again.

Lingering issues- it will always be sugar for me. My weight is up a bit right now. I think it is for a combination of 3 reasons- first and foremost a little junkfood here and there, then I am back in prediabetic range and dealing with some insulin resistance, and finally my inability to exercise. My calories during the regain period were not any higher than normal, but it started right after my mastectomy and being unable to exercise at all. So, interrelated... but boils down to making poor choices here and there. Still under goal- but not by much. 

I still tend to eat the same foods I ate during weight loss. avoid drinking calories unless it is protein shakes, etc. Just have too much sugar sprinkled in now. Back on the wagon I go!

You were so disciplined in your weight loss phase I don't think it will be an issue for you... unless you do make a bad choice and spiral from there because you have yet to develop the "get back on the wagon" skill set given your excellent adherence to plan. 

Truly- you have done a splendid job!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:23 am
Topic: RE: My fitness pal accuracy

Sort of- earlier in my weight loss phase it did seem to predict the loss fairly well. Not so much anymore. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:20 am
Topic: RE: Diabetes and/or Liver Damage

I was diagnosed with diabeties shortly before surgery. Had low blood sugar for a while after surgery, but once I figured out how many carbs and when to eat them it was no problem. Now after maintaining for 2 years I am back in the prediabetic range. No liver damage. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:19 am
Topic: RE: Finally Seeing Results

Wow- 4 sizes!!??  How in the hell did you keep the old pants on you????  Congrats!!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:17 am
Topic: RE: Grrrr... some people! (Crappy experience at my doctor's office)

Good for you for saying something!  That guy clearly is uneducated!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/2/14 3:15 am
Topic: RE: Well that hurt : (

Somebody was a real asshat that day. That person's comments was a reflection of being clueless. I have to say, had I been in your shoes I would not have remained silent!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/1/14 7:43 am
Topic: RE: Hiatal Hernia repair discomfort?

My hernia repair caused me more discomfort than the stomach surgery. I had mine done in the Winter, and went for a walk a few days post op in the cold- holy hell the hernia repair area didn't like that! Same with the elliptical. I was cleared at day 10 for the elliptical, but the hernia repair area though differently. It will be a slower heal relatively, but you will bounce back to completely normal so hang in there. I was swimming in acid prior to surgery- completly gone with that hernia repair. The surgery was worth that alone!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/1/14 7:39 am
Topic: RE: Been A LONG Time Since I've Posted Anything............

Ree,

It is so good to see you post!  It can be really, really tough losing while going through cancer treatment. I am so glad to read that your esophogeal surgery went well and that your subsequent recovery is also humming along! I think it is really great that you are refocusing and recognize how much the weight loss helped you to endure this path. Take good care of yourself! 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 9/1/14 7:35 am
Topic: RE: Not All Sleeves Are Created Equal

She very likely is eating a lot of slider food. If she were to stick to protein first, then small amounts of veggie and no drinking 30 minutes after I think she would be surprised after a few days of how much restriction she has. I am 6'2'' and I can absolutely out eat many sleevers, but my restriction is great assuming I do not persistently eat slider foods. IMHO if she continues this path, she will see relatively minimal loss and at high risk for regain. Get her on th boards here if you can, go to support group with her... if she goe much longer like this she will begin to be at risk for feeling like she has failed and that will make it even harder. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/31/14 12:58 pm
Topic: RE: Carbs?

Another vote for depends...

During my weight loss phase I dealt with low blood sugar, so carbs were essential. I alternated 30 net carbs and 15 net carbs eating 6-7 times per day- all sleever friendly choices.

Now after succussfully maintaining for 2 years I find myself back in the prediabetic range. Time for me to limit carbs- of which I have been failing miserably at. 

So- depends. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/31/14 7:54 am
Topic: RE: Nutribullet and slider foods

I make smoothies a lot (espeically in maintenance)... I have to say though they leave me hungry fairly quickly. And that is even if it is a protein packed smoothie. There is something about the fruit that does it. Now a Chike protein shake with almond milk- no problem. 

I also finally, finally realized that I am fanatical about the ice in my smoothies. I have bought a ridiculous amount of blenders to get rid of the small chunks that are big enough to crunch. Eventually I broke down and bought a Vitamix, which is what I wanted all along. I could have bought 2 or 3 of them instead of wasting all that money on the other blenders! No big deal though, it just means I have enough to give my young adult and nearly adult children their own blender when they are ready for it! 

I also juice. If I use a lot of green leafy veggies, 1 lemon (whole), 1 apple (whole), and a handful of whatever berries I have that actually seems to tide me over well. It makes a bucket full though, so it is enough for 3 adults to have about 14 ounces. My energy level and skin respond beautifully to this, but i tend to be really lazy about making i****ch the blood sugar levels though if you are contemplating going this route. I also did this more back when I was struggling with low blood sugar. Now that I am back in the prediabetic range I am not so sure it is a good idea. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/31/14 7:48 am
Topic: RE: Miserable and need advice .. 50ish days post op

It does sound like at least in part you are having acid issues. A good PPI might really help. Some members have to change brands until they find one that works well. As always, consult with your doc first. Otherwise, I also agree with the other posters- get in to see the doc. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/30/14 11:31 am
Topic: RE: Skinny Jeans and Leggings

When I wear them to school I always wear a school spirit hoodie. Never a tight t-shirt. Once in a while a cute cardigan or layers to help offset how casual (and tight) they are. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/30/14 5:50 am
Topic: RE: Post-Op Free Protein Shakes

I tried this, but apparently my insurance didn't cover it. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/30/14 5:49 am
Topic: RE: I almost cried...

Hang in there- because you are losing weight hormones are being released like crazy right now, and for many that can make them extra emotional. Hopefully the nausea resolves soon for you. Sending good karma your way!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/30/14 5:47 am
Topic: RE: Skinny Jeans and Leggings

I felt the same way at first. In my case, I started slow. It was a mistake really- I am so tall I have to order my clothes online. Old Navy has jeans that are actually long enough in the tall, and a lot of different cuts. I ordered the wrong style by mistake. Tried them on at home, and decided that since they were only $15 or so it wasn't worth the effort to return them and I really needed a pair at the time. Wore them to a casual Friday at work, had morning duty where I was in front of the building directing traffic, and tons of moms stopped to comment. 

And yea, I share Chrissy's issues. I have absolutely positively no ass. I do have some hips though after birthing 3 babies. I now have several pair, and because they all have stretch to them I find them very comfortable and love that there is no crotch sag. Try looking for the ones that are a mid-rise cut... the low rise ones tend to make you bare crack! 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/27/14 6:03 pm
Topic: RE: Protein Powder Users.....

I use either unsweetened almond milk at 30 cals per 8 ounces or a flax milk clocking in at 25 cals per 8 ounces. Once in a while I use fat free milk if I need the protein boosted. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/27/14 5:59 pm
Topic: RE: Anyone regret getting VSG?

That is like being asked if I regret being able to move freely, do any exercise that I am interested in, look better, feel fantastic, lose the seatbelt extenders on a plane, not wedge myself into a booth at a restaurant, lose my comorbidities.... 

Nah.... I don't regret it!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/24/14 6:41 pm
Topic: RE: For the teachers out there...

Oh my- please tell me you have an aide with that many preK students!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/24/14 6:40 pm
Topic: RE: For the teachers out there...

Nah... don't be regretful about being healthy now! I was a darn good teacher when I was supersized. Fat does not equal incompetent!  You go use all of that energy and have yourself an amazing retirement!  That was actually one of my motivations to get surgery done... so I would actually live long enough to retire and have enough health left to enjoy it! November 1st though... tough time to retire. What grade do you teach?

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/24/14 6:23 pm
Topic: RE: 2 weeks vacation w/o a scale

I was in New Orleans for about 3 weeks, with a 4 day return trip home for class in the middle. Gained 10, got home lost most, returned, gained it right back. Working on dropping it now. In reflecting back I did an awful lot of rationalization.  My biggest downfall was beignets for breakfast each day with the rationalization that since that is a New Orleans thing it does not represent a long term problem. But the rationalization does. Lesson learned. 

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 8/24/14 9:14 am
Topic: RE: What are your BASICS?

Thank you for the reply-

It is good to read your energy levels are consistent with your current course. It will take some adjusting on my end to drop snacks- or at least drop the carbs for snacks perhaps to begin with. I have a large sleeve and capacity comparatively speaking to most on the board, and I could not imagine being able to add in enough meat to get me to 1600 calories.  Don't get me wrong- it is pretty easy for me to reach 1600 right now, but that is with 3 meals and 3-4 snacks. Time to keep tinkering with adjustments until I find my happy place!

  Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  Carb eating loose sleever here!  "Dying is easy. Living is hard."

1Mo: -21  2Mo: -16  3Mo: -12  4MO - 13  5MO: -11 6MO: -10 7MO: -10.3 8MO: -6  9 MO: -5 with slight regain from the original -10   MO 10: -8  MO 11: +1  MO 12: -1.4  Mo 13-14: 0  Mo 15:-10 (meds side effect) Month 27: maintenance so far so good!  Plastic surgery Abdominoplasty month 24        BMI 23  CW: 179  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 112%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) currently a size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost