Hello! I am posting from my break at work so not a lot of time to write much!
Breakfast: wheat and protein bread with Greek whipped cream cheese.
Snack: Chobani plain with pb2
lunch: shredded salsa verde chicken with fajita shell
snack: crinkle cut carrots and hummus
Thank you for saying this Gwen! I also have BED and am so thankful for my newfound power over hunger. It's a long road, and I struggle from time-time, but for once I'm controlling what/when I eat not my compulsion.
QOTD: Before I worked in customer service, I used to think the world was mostly normal people peppered by jerks and weirdos. After working in customer service, my views did a 180 degree turn. It's mostly jerks and weirdos peppered by normal people!
B - coffee, yogurt, berries, grain free granola
L - cheese, salami, crackers
D - sushi
S - sugar free vanilla latte
Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 GW: 170 CW: 162.4
Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-12.2 M3:-9 M4:-12 M5:-11 M6:-8.4 M7:-10.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-6.8 M10:-7
Goal reached 11/9/17! (37 weeks, 1 day)
You might want to try a lip treatment that has a bit more of a petroleum base... I think Aquaphor has one, or good ol' vaseline. I do not recommend anything with camphor as it feels good initially but the camphor actually dries out the lips (Carmex, I'm looking at you). You might be having some sort of odd reaction, or it could just be a bunch of little things piling up to leave you with horribly chapped lips. If thicker/more emollient type products don't help, I'd mention it to the doc and see if there's something more odd going on that s/he can give advice about.
There are many days it still hasn't sunk in for me.
I pull pants out of my closet 10 sizes smaller than I used to wear (or does it only count for 5... 24 to 14?? Womens sizes are so confusing!!) and look at them thinking "there is no way these will go over ONE THIGH!!" and then when I pull them on, they're loose.
Or I go to sit down in an auditorium and think "OMG I'm going to have to squeeze into this seat" and then I plop in with room to spare.
It's not so much that I don't see myself as thinner in the mirror. I'm actually quite happy with how I look now and while I still sometimes focus on the remaining rolls and lumps, I still see that they're TONS smaller than they were. It's all the other interactions in society that I'd learned to cringe before, that the tapes still play in my head and I'm surprised when what I'm expecting doesn't happen.
VSG is hands-down the best thing I've done for my health, in pretty much EVER.
That's a huge accomplishment!