- HEALTH TRACKER
Well **** I so don't want to be driving behind you when your driving out of a drivethru, throwing effing half sandwiches back at my windshield. Damn!
Actually, this made me feel kinda healthy. If i eat out it's gotta be a white linen tablecloth or it's just not worth it. Having said that fast food was never a siren call for me. I've had one Big Mac in my life. I've had 3 or four in n outs though, it was mostly the fries there that beckoned me.
I'm 5/4 and weighed 188 when i started. It's taken me 20 months to lose 80 lbs. Incredibly slow. About 5lbs a month at the beginning and then it slowed down. Excruciating but i still am happy i got the sleeve.
It may not be known for food or sweets, in that it does not have it's own cuisine but I'm here to tell you, I've been all over the world and had some of the best food there. Butter is big, cheese is big, seafood is big, really good meat and produce that taste amazing. I don't know how you stretch your budget for food, but there are several Michelin rated restaurants there, lots of sauces. Bread may be an acquired taste as soda and Brown unleavened is big. but every morning Irish brown bread with butter and smoked salmon was breakfast. Desserts I'll just let you sort of for yourself but pretty spectacular. I'm not big on sugar but i was tempted a few times. By the way they are big breakfast eaters, and i love a good full Monty (heavy heavy meat eaters and a full Irish breakfast is served as part of the price of a hotel night stay) which is why this was the meal i most needed to avoid but in reality a bite of everything on the plate is probably about all you could eat (fully aware I'm making assumptions about your capacity but it was true for me)
If i had advice it would be because our capacity is so small and i was there last year for 5 months, i saved my calories for the evening meal. In Ireland much like the drinking, it's not eating or drinking it's a real social occasion. The other problem you may run into is that an evening meal if you meet people can take place over a number of hours and of course this is a problem for us. We may not be able to get a lot in at once but over a long stretch with drinking, it changes the lay of the land. Be on the lookout for this.
I had breakfast as above, a really light lunch couple shrimp maybe, although i searched could not find a Greek yogurt with low enough sugar, so i had brought quest bars and then in the evening i had what i wanted mostly but it was always an appetizer and wine and alcohol. I didn't gain, but i didn't lose. If i ate something off plan early in the day then i changed my strategy for the evening, I had great food but i was there a long time and so had to figure out a way to weather it.
I didn't do potatoes but only because they are almost never with an appetizer and also i just did't have the capacity. I was about 9 months out when i went there, so probably at the same point you'll be. I've never been a beer drinker so that was fine.
I did split an odd fish and chips with 3 people because i could eat so little but it's so above and beyond any fish and chip you've ever had in America that it may be worth it to you, it was to me.
But for a vacation of a lifetime and just a week, I'd say basics before and basics after. The big thing i find about vacations is that you have to stop them when they stop and not get caught up in the tomorrow syndrome.
Ok so the lesson here is
If you have 2 bites of fries three weeks out keep it to yourself. because this board is not for help support and information unless you go with the crowd and at three weeks out you are expected to know everything there is to know about sleeve life. Never mind that it may take a minute to wrap your brain around the fact that you can get so little in your brain tells you that of course you can eat what you want since you can eat so little of it. Or that fat people always think they can get away with j'just a bite" of anything and the road to understanding that there is a new normal, may take a little longer than 3 weeks doesn't work here.You must know everything and follow the rules from day one or there will be dire consequences.
You know there might well be but the pile on may not be the best way to avert this. Just saying.
I looked at this thread and saw people who screw up time and time again beat you up. Now i understand that it is alarming that anyone thinks French fries are on their plan, however and again 3 weeks out there are kinks. So yes the thousand points of light is sadly missing on this board, so you are correct when you say that folks are afraid to post when they screw up unless they are with the 'in crowd" who seem able to get support and advice.
However you did get some responses who tried to be helpful and steer you right. But i should say when you post that you ate anything that off plan, that early out and tell the community you want to be a part of that you don't want to hear it was wrong, is going to bring about a different response that perhaps you want. So going back to my original point, either keep it to yourself or ask for help, otherwise, why are you posting?
I was an incredibly slow loser. i lost 6lbs in the first 6 weeks and then 6 the next and eventually when i was losing lost about 5lbs a month and then this slowed down. I was frustrated and unhappy that everyone one else had no problem with dropping but not me despite being really compliant.
I just went on. since i hadn't met goal i just continued with the same plan, in the past couple of months i added some fruit but really still about 700-800 in cals.
So here i am 19 months after surgery at 108.7. The last 20lbs came off at about 1lb every 2-3 weeks. It was what it was. I worked out and did my vitamins and everything right.
In asking if this is it for you are you asking should you go into maintenance? My answer would be no, if you're not totally happy with where you are. I don't know how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your diet but if it's not difficult for you then just continue down the path.
I started at 188lbs abd so i lost 80lbs in 119 months not optimum. In the last 6 months keeping on and seeing no results were hard, especially since a latte or a glass of wine were things i would often say no to since they were not in my calorie allowance and i also wondered what damage i was doing to my metabolism doing this low for so long and would maintenance look any different and that would have been really horrible for me.
But the thing that kept me constant is that I'd dieted my whole life and i never ever met my goal and i knew i wanted this much effort to leave me with the satisfaction of ending up where i wanted to be.
My original goal was 115 then 111 but I've been sick so i lost a couple more but when I'm feeling better I'm sure they'll show up but i won't freak out because i know the weight i want to stay at.
I would just say make sure that whatever decision you make will satisfy you and not leave you feeling unfinished or unsatisfied
Well I clearly do not have access to the porn section of the before and afters because nary a nipple or a vagina have i seen. And let me just say for all those arbiters of good taste...no one thinks they look bad when they step outside and are you really sure you look as good or as you think? You being the universal you.
The world is full of people who look at others and point out their flaws. Isn't it possible they too have them but just can't see them. Because the amount of tongue biting I've done in my life while listening to someone talk about someone else's attire, while not quite appearing to my eyes as if they belong on the cover of Vogue is substantial.
Yeah there's lots of mean girls in the world with faulty eyesight, taste and decorum. So wouldn't we all be better off just taking care of our own vajayjay's? Instead of slamming people on something they clearly have a great deal of pride in I.E., dropping hundreds of pound and photographing it for their community.
After a lifetime of being told you can't wear that, you still have to listen to it having achieved your weight loss goals, from people who should have some empathy?
Also after a lifetime of having one body it may take a moment to click into how to cloth it.
And speaking of dignity, it's also dignified, to say nothing, if you haven't got anything good to say.
You can write your story any way you want, so can everyone else. Different strokes and all that.
That chicken sounds delicious. could you post the recipe when you have a sec.
There is no need to apologize. Since you're in your third year out and in maintenance i don't know what people are fussing about. Happy to see a healthy treat for those of us further along. They do look yummy.
What's the difference? I can't speak for the poster and maybe it was the baked potato i had pre-surgery, or maybe it was the 16oz steak i had with that. I've never eaten processed food and the only white thing in my diet was potato and cauliflower and i still gained. And as for what is a healthy amount? Well amounts are what we trade in with tiny stomachs, so less than protein. But what is the fear of healthy carbs. Outside of Atkins Induction, i don't see a lot of healthy eating with a fear of plant life.
Now i eat carbs (not processed) and they are not sliders for me. 15 years ago i lost 100lbs and kept it off for 12 years, i ate what is called a balanced diet, with starches and grains. I never had a problem, my weight loss with low carb has been slow and frustrating and i do believe my body liked my pre wls habits, however once on a path, one gets scared to switch, especially with slow weight loss. Sure i gained the weight after 12 years (not all of it) but i still had 11 years more under my belt than i have now and certainly in terms of sleevers, I'm pretty sure i beat there time in too, so I'll have to reserve judgment.
I do feel if i hadn't started off with 600-800 carbs and 30-40 carb i would have had steps down to take and these last pounds would have been gone long ago. As i see it now after 18 months at these low numbers, this is it. this is what maintenance will look like, so yes i feel like i wrecked my metabolism, since a glass of wine or a latte is an increase of a lb. the 3500 cal = one pound just does not apply when your body is used to such deficit over a long period of time. So yeah i wish i had of taken another path.
Bottom line is there is no one diet that suits everyone. We used to have quite a few people on here who got to goal not counting carbs. The idea that there is just one path is what gets to folks.
The poster said she loved carbs, not tortilla chips. i fail to see how for some reading it it was the same thing.
I've seen a couple of your posts but i must have missed something. Why are you eating less than 500 cals? Is is that you are new and can't get any more in? If so, that is you are a new VSGer why do you need an accountability post? I guess I'm not sure if you are trying to meet your nutritional goals and cannot or are purposely eating so little?
Day 4 of the 5DPT. Lost 4lbs and did full body strength training all days planned. Cravings gone and appetite back in check.
I decided instead of going on soft foods today to just do five days of shakes. May incorporate one Greek Yogurt. Pretty happy with my week.
what she said, exactly. I am not a resentful person but i would not appreciate being in competition if i felt it were not a level playing field. think Lance Armstrong. It simply would not be worth the feelings it would agitate with your co-workers.
I am 5'4 and weighed 188, you'll find a lot of people were a lot less than 100lbs overweight, so the answer of too small is no. As for too young i don't really know why 26 is too young for anything. But you have to sort through these things and maybe you should ask yourself, if maybe you just supposed they were looking at you because you were too small? Because in my group of 12 your weight and height was about average.
You do have to be ready and maybe these doubts are you not being ready, so definitely take some time for that but the most often regret i see posted here is that folks didn't do it earlier, some bemoan losing decades from their lives. Had i been obese in my 20's i would most certainly have done something to deal with it, because from what I've seen, weight loss generally does not get better with age.
Whether WLS is for you is something only you can answer, when you've done the necessary research and you see how you feel.
Today was day 1. It was as expected. I'm fine all day but night after 8pm is hard but I'm totally wrecked because i had a big night last night so I'll probably knock off early as true gift. I really only have a problem the first 2 days.
It's perfectly normal for some. It was my normal. Weeks 4-5 were horrible. I cried i accused my doctor of not doing the surgery properly. I'd eat and i was on a purees diet and 1 hour later i was hungry again. It was horrible. I doubted every choice to have this surgery.
Week 6 the hunger went away and has stayed away. there are a lot of reasons people think this happens. The PPI thing was of no help to me. The other theory is that you're revised organ has not gotten it's nerve endings in line yet or the Ghrelin is not completely out of your system. whatever it is is was transitional for me and for many others, look up hunger at 4 weeks in the search feature and see what you come up with. It's not an anomaly. even those who don't lose their hunger completely have a spike around this time before manageable kicks in.
This too passes and probably within a week. good luck.
Damn but you're chipper MS. Shell.
Well since I'm still struggling somewhat with post Holiday cravings (maybe it's not cravings, just permissiveness, I tend tend to find it hard to get back on track when i break the habit. So need to get in the normal habit._) I'm doing the 5DPT.
I know there are those on this thread who feel it's a waste of time but it ha always worked wonderfully for me. What i need is less the craving killing, although i can use that but it always resets my hunger and i find myself eating a little more than usual this past week. So that's my goal. Plus strength training 4 days this week.