This is very inspiring, good for you. I'm so glad I came across these posts. I want to try to lose without surgery. Can I ask what your eating/exercise plan was for the 8 months?
Even sample day would help me, I have 160 to lose.
Thanks so much
I had a lap band and had to have it removed because my body rejected it. (Long story)
I gained all of the 60 lbs I had lost back after it was removed.:(
I went to a Seminar conducted by a Surgeon in my hometown who specializes in vascular surgery. It was the most informative 2 hours I have ever spent.
He recommends a Low Carbohydrate Livestyle for health not weight loss (the side effect is weight loss.
My husband had a massive heart attack and we of course were eating as recommended by the heart dr. I had to trick him into going the next seminar. After we got there Doc mentioned Low Carb and if looks could kill I would not be her now!! LOL
After the seminar we got into the truck and he look at me (I am thinking here it comes) and says we are doing this!!
We have been on the Lifestyle for the last 2 years! I have lost around 65 lbs and still have a ways to go! He has lost 35 and is at his steady weight. Our cholesterol is under control and in the best shape in 15 years! The C-reactive protein is down so I do not suffer from the Fibromyalgia and Arthritis like before. I can not say enough about this lifestyle.
We do not miss any of the Carb laden food we used to consume. I have some great recipes in my Facebook group Vera's Low Carb Lifestyle. I eat cheese cake, 'Mock' Apple Crisp with Low Carb Ice Cream, Pizza Casserole, Wraps, Bagels.
If you want more info let me know.
It wont seem the same to you for a while - but I personally really enjoy fat free blue cheese salad dressing. It's a bit hard to find but very worth the search.
There is also excellent ranch fat free dressing and even fat free thousand island though again pretty hard to find.
I too love dairy and find I can substitute fat free milk powder and butter buds in most recipes without compromising creamy buttery taste at all.
((( good luck))))
I agree with All that... and Kudos to you!!
Hi Heslsey, I just found your posts today along with others in this forum, and I posted a reply under Chunky423's post (re Can't Have Surgery But Can't Go On Like This). It is a long post (sorry), but also had you in mind as I wrote it. I hope you are still around and are doing well.
There are at least a few of us (I suspect) who want surgery but for whatever reasons aren't having it, yet still appreciate all the terrific posts from everyone because they are so helpful - educating, motivating, and real. I may not be able now to be a part of the official WLS club in this world, but hope to continue enjoying and benefiting from all the posters here - hope you do too!
Hi, hope you are still around... I just found your posts and greatly appreciate the topic of being unable or unwilling to have surgery and needing to keep trudging ahead best we can anyway... This website, forums, and your posts do help.
So here I go, and I apologize in advance for the long post:
I just joined this site Nov. 2017 when I first started the 6-month pre-op program with my health providers for VSG, and have been voraciously reading and studying everything here and everywhere else I can find (for over two years actually) to not only continuously increase my education in these topics but to stay motivated. I love this site and all the wonderful posts and posters!
I have been working towards WLS for a few years, dieting my whole life, etc, and have gone through all the requirements except final surgeon meetings (too early for that) - but - have lost enough weight now that I won't qualify for surgery. This has forced me to think very hard and try to infuse even more open-minded views on using the better nutritious eating and lifestyle practices I've been able to reinforce this time to gradually lose the weight since I won't likely be able to have surgery (unless I let myself get sloppy to regain the weight in order to have the surgery!). Now that I feel "in a groove" with this, I'll have to stick it out and strive for averaging maybe a 1 pound loss per week, giving myself to the month of when I would have had the surgery to see how well I can do using all that I've learned and practiced. There's nothing better I can do anyway... but that should give me sufficient motivation to be patient and go another 6 months, etc, at a time. At least I will know it will be the healthiest way to lose weight that I can manage.
I too have cardiac issues, had a heart attack, apparently a mild stroke I didn't know about (tiny white spot in my grey matter?!), and the usual host of qualifying co-morbs and other obesity ailments... and need to take some weight off before I have a knee replacement, etc. So I truly need to stick with a healthy forever lifestyle, with or without surgery. I like your efforts to eliminate your worst bugaboos, even if one at a time. Pepsi - big one. Mine were also breads, brown rice and pastas, some sweets. I gradually lessened each, which now seem to be well-managed if not eliminated. I am always looking for a healthy substitution for each taste, sensation, urge, etc to be satisfying without feeling deprived; increasing activity and exercise; weighing-counting-tracking everything (Baritastic app); leading with protein, getting it all in; same for fluids (living on extra-diluted Crystal Light or similar beverages), and taking vitamins and calcium. Works, so far so good, just losing on average 1 lb a week, and feeling great. I have also worked on trying to more quickly reduce my stress responses (good for heart anyway), not overloading my time, and I am retired so want to appreciate and enjoy what I have earned. Yes, don't give up and don't give in! We are doing this!
As an aside, I have been "living" in the VSG forum and spent time in many other forums here to glean so much knowledge and motivation.. I have not found any other sites to be nearly as helpful and enjoyable. I hope you all continue, even without surgery, to participate, and I hope those of us who now cannot have the surgery are always welcome, since I am practicing the very measures the vets and others here reinforce for weight loss and maintenance. In effect, I am now on lifetime maintenance with 1200 calories, sadly without the surgery, but working to keep this positive. All posts and tons of helpful, healthful measures given here are the things that will get us through slow times, plateaus, lazy, tired and frustrated times, and work so much better (for me) than the support groups in the city (which I probably won't be allowed to attend much longer anyway). When I get booted out of the program, this is all I will have, and it's the best, so it's crucial we all feel comfortable here.
You are all brave, strong for making all the efforts and improvements you make every day, and very much appreciated. Looking forward to more! *hugs*