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happyteacher
on 2/9/16 3:22 am
Topic: RE: Pulled Pork, Instnat Pot, and Why Cooking is Helpful

Fantastic! I love hummus, but the high calories don't love me back. I am picking some of this up next trip to Trader Joes. Thank you for posting!

 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/8/16 3:18 pm
Topic: RE: Pulled Pork, Instnat Pot, and Why Cooking is Helpful

I know right? It is so gross to me. I was quite pleased with myself for not being a total pansy about rubbing the dry rub on the meat and slicing it into slabs. ugh. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/8/16 3:17 pm
Topic: RE: Pulled Pork, Instnat Pot, and Why Cooking is Helpful

I would love the recipe too- I might assume that one just finds the beans and cooks them, well like dried beans. Then grind and season like hummus?

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/8/16 3:16 pm
Topic: RE: Pulled Pork, Instnat Pot, and Why Cooking is Helpful

I don't know my meats at all, but for some reason I thought Boston butt was just another name for pork belly. No clue really. Lechon sounds amazing! I love love love food from around the planet! 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/8/16 3:39 am
Topic: RE: Surgery tomorrow!

Thinking about you this morning and sending good karma your way!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/8/16 3:38 am
Topic: RE: Frustrated, worried, anxiety setting in....

You are in the really sucky part right now, but you are totally doing it right- hang in there!!!!  Some of us who are insulin resistent have a hard time pulling weight off. I know in my case I started the preop diet 3 months early because I knew how slow it is for me. No joke- month 1 no loss and I was behaving. I just counted not gaining as a win, due to packing on pounds each month up to that point. I did lose enough by surgery. But, what I can say is that post op it will work. Looking back on it I did the very low carb thing for the first few weeks- had to stop due to low blood sugar, but the lack of carbs I do believe was helpful. Most of my weight loss phase I carefully managed carbs and as long as I am sticking to low glycemic options carefully spaced out I do fine. On the other hand, when I over do carbs I gain rapidly- I am coming off a recovery period and managed to gain 5 pounds in 1 week... carbs. I am not a "carbs are evil" type poster at all, but for those of us who are insulin resistent it does take careful management. Look for protein shakes that are uber low in carbs- some of them can really pack a ton in there. Good luck!!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/8/16 3:33 am
Topic: RE: Pulled Pork, Instnat Pot, and Why Cooking is Helpful

For the first time yesterday I made a true pulled pork for the game. The Instant Pot did a perfect job of this by the way, so those that own it I followed Bob Warden's Great Food Fast recipe and it was better than most restaurants! But, holy yikes I guess I never realized just how much fat is in the pork used for that. I am not a meat person by any means, and this uses a Boston Butt cut. Just learned that is bacon that is uncured. No wonder it is so good. I was shocked at how much fat cooked off when browning, and of course you don't strain that off or anything during the prep sequence. So I love pulled pork, but sometimes just reading the nutritional stats on something doesn't really connect with what you are actually eating, so hence the cooking is helpful part of the title. Is there dishes out there that you were surprised at how icky it is during prep due to stealth nutrition issues that may not be so obvious when you eat it in a restaurant or simply have it prepared for you?

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/7/16 12:01 pm
Topic: RE: Super Bowl Sunday - Whatcha Eating?

Pulled Pork (sliders for the family, just the pork for me)

cheese/meat/cracker tray

coleslaw, maybe... probably not good for the digestive system right now

rice pudding for the family, not so sure for me

chips/salsa/7 layer bean dip

refried beans

mini quiche (appetizer sized)

From there we will just wait and see- not sure how mnay of my children and their dates will be here

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/7/16 9:57 am
Topic: RE: Changing the way I grocery shop?

Here is how it changed for my household:

  1. Immediately post-op, aboultely no junk food coming in and minimal processed food. I switched to shopping the perimeter of the grocery store. We still did Costco, but same idea.
  2. Trader Joes- started regularly going there due to so many posts back then about the easy proteins. Have not stopped since.
  3. Butcher- we do not have a true butcher near us. We do have one grocery store with a really great meat counter though. I never shopped there due to everything being pricey, but started buying meat there. Realized in the long run it was not more expensive protein wise because I could be exactly the amount needed. In the early days we had 5 people to feed, and most Meijer/grocery protein is sold for a family of 4. I used to waste a lot in other words. 
  4. Way more fresh veggies. 
  5. No crappy drinks except at holidays or larger family gatherings. So, pop free or any other junk food type drink free.
  6. Bones- started making my own broth so started purchasing bones for this purpose. 
  7. Beans- eat a lot more of that now then before. 
  8. Low glycemic choices- I shop for this now and never used to.

All changes for the better. Recently crap food/processed has rejoined the house- working on getting it back out again. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/7/16 6:16 am
Topic: RE: 5'6, 275#, BMI 43- (sedentary) F

Entirely possible. I am a lot taller, but started with a bmi of 44- so that part is similar. It also means I needed to lose more pounds to get to a normal bmi. I share your coffee addiction, and the good news is that you really don't need to give that up. If you put sugar in it, then swap out the sugar for stevia or something. I used cream the whole way through. It took me 8 months to get to goal. I exercised very regularly during the weight loss phase, and that was super helpful if for no other reason it kept me away from the fridge during my prime eating time. Calories started low... 300-500 during the first 2 weeks, around 700-800 for the first couple months, then up to 900-1000 for a bit, and I think around the 5 or 6 month mark I leveled off at 1200 until I hit goal. You are doing a great thing by working now on improving habits- that will go along way to get you to goal! 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/5/16 5:00 pm
Topic: RE: Not sure if its VSG related (was in the ER Monday due to what was almost like gallstone attack)

I had a very large hiatel hernia- most of the stomach was up in the chest- Similar symptoms. An endoscopy missed it- the CT caught it and confirmed with an upper gi.

 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/4/16 5:22 pm
Topic: RE: How do you drink water when you're so cold all the time.

I had no idea coffee and tea blocks iron. This would likely be why I was anemic for so long. Not a chance the poor iron would make it past my IV drip of coffee and tea!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/4/16 5:20 pm
Topic: RE: copymethat.com

Just found out about a really useful app that others might enjoy. The website copymethat.com allows you to quickly copy a recipe online and store it. If you install the extension it is just a matter of clicking a button. Then it imports everything for you and displays the recipe(s) as a tile. They have a meal planner option where you can then assign recipes to the days of the week, anda shopping list option to get you organized to shop. Very easy and very useful. There is an android app that syncs too. I know I do so much better when I plan, and this takes a lot of the work out of it!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/4/16 2:01 pm
Topic: RE: One Year Update - Long and with pictures

Terrific job, and a crazy awesome job staying focused and not derailing despite some major stress there! I guess I didn't even realize there were leagues for older women to play hoops. I think I might just check that out to use as a goal once the surgeries are done- what  a pile of fun that would be! Take good care of yourself!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/3/16 1:59 pm
Topic: RE: Instant Pot- deal on Amazon

I know a couple of you are considering buying my new favorite thing in the kitcen- the Instant Pot pressure cooker. New they run 118 on Amazon, but at the moment they have some used (fullfilled by Amazon). I believe this are returned items. Anyway, thought I would post a link for those who might be interested at getting one for $75 (includes shipping for Prime members).  This is the 6 quart model, 7 in 1 (it is the one that makes yogurt).

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/3/16 1:50 pm
Topic: RE: Post gallbladder surgery- from not being able to eat to struggling with carbs

The choices have opened up for sure, but still not ready to eat steak. The digestion thing is doing very well- still a bit symptomatic, but nothing that requires sprinting. The carb thing is killing me though. I am also noticing my capacity "seems" larger- which for me is always an indication that I am overdoing it on the carbs. The scale also agrees that I need to dial it back. But dang... I liken it to when I take steroids- anything and everything (carby) is calling me. Definetly need to work on watching the glycemic index, as that should help. The bowl of pasta last night not so easy on the glycemic level!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/3/16 1:45 pm
Topic: RE: Instant Pot update

I do when I make cupcakes, but now that I think about it I don't really know if I "have" to do it!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/3/16 1:44 pm
Topic: RE: Instant Pot update

I picked up a copy and it was delivered yesterday. The recipes seem fine- but pretty common. I wonder if many of these were "adjusted" for the other cookbooks. Not my favorite book, but a solid starter book for someone who is in need. I do like the 1 pot meal section.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/3/16 1:15 pm
Topic: RE: Just Catching Up

Hi Pam,

Sounds like you have a lot of folks in your life to love! Glad to read that overall you are dong well!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/3/16 1:13 pm
Topic: RE: How do you drink water when you're so cold all the time.

I drink a lot of tea (decaf most always). My protein mocha expresso shake powder actually does pretty well when mixed with hot (but not too hot) water. I also keep reading that in the morning a glass of warm/ho****er with lemon juice helps with digestion/fat/weight loss. No idea if that is a myth or not though. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/2/16 6:00 pm
Topic: RE: Instant Pot update

Thank you- sounds a little less messy than using the stove/pan and more consistent once I get the timing down. I don't have pyrex in that size, so perhaps my little silicon cupcake holders will suffice. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/2/16 5:52 pm
Topic: RE: Tired of people asking

I respectfully disagree. I told family and 1 close friend. Years later it is still the same group of people who know. On the other hand, people also didn't question my loss as much due to attributing it to other health issues so perhaps that staved off assumptions and further inquiry.

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/2/16 5:50 pm
Topic: RE: Tired of people asking

People sometimes have difficulties with bouderies. For those types, it is time to be assertive. Make eye contact and simply let them know that you don't want to talk about it. Or, if that is a little too hard core come up with a standard line. Mine went something like this:

I am not really sure how much I lost. I also am not sure what has the bigger impact- surgery, medicinal side effects, diet, or exericise. Depending on what time period you look at one might have more impact than others, but over the long term they all just swirl together. (I am also a cancer patient- most folks would have just assumed the surgeries referenced was from that. I didn't correct them, as it just wasn't any of their business about the cancer issues nor the weight loss IMHO.)

Hang in there. I recall quite vividly feeling like the constant barrage would never stop. It does. It just takes a really long time. 

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/2/16 5:40 pm
Topic: RE: Instant Pot update

Apologies- here it is.   I scald the milk using the IP- less clean up!  I used to use the microwave and a glass pitcher, then pour from that. This is easier!

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost 

happyteacher
on 2/2/16 5:38 pm
Topic: RE: Instant Pot update

How long?

Surgeon: Chengelis  Surgery on 12/19/2011  A little less carb eating compared to my weight loss phase loose sleever here!

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!  BMI 24  CW: 188  Goal in 8 months 4 days!!   6' 2''  EWL 103%  Starting size 28 or 4x (tight) now size 12 or large, shoe size 12 w to 10.5   150+ pounds lost