HEY ELISA! It's so good to hear from you! Well, it's good to be here, period. I have to say, I haven't been back here as much as I want to. And for that I'm sorry. I know you all know what I mean: busy lives, busy social lives, active active active! Things are going very well for me. Like Jen T., I will be 2 years out on the 22nd. I got down to an all-time low (post-op) of 158 # and then I gained 20 #, and now I'm kinda maintaining at 170, give or take a few pounds. Mostly give, though. I got pretty worried seeing the scale creep back up; not so much after 10 pounds, but after the holidays, it was up 8 more. My nutritionist and social worker for the bariatric program both say that it's nothing to worry about, that up to 25 pound gain is "normal." I've examined what I eat and there are a few things that I've added that could account for a slight weight gain. We'll see. I have, actually, started weight training to shrink my batwings, and guess what. It's working. As a result, I'm building muscle, and muscle, as you may know, weighs more than fat. So, that could be the answer. I'm not too worried. Let's see, what else. Oh! I had a piece of chocolate raspberry cake with dark chocolate ganache for the holiday party for my company. It made me dump. I mean, seriously, what the JUNK was I thinking?!! I confessed my sin to the support group at the hospital.
They were very forgiving. But seriously, yeah, things are good. I'm happy where I'm at. Sure, I'd like to lose the weight I gained, and I will, but I'm happy being active the way I am. I just got done eating papaya for my snack. I eat five to six times a day. Small things. For example, for my breakfast eggs and toast. The toast was sprouted grain bread (Ezekiel 4:9 Low Sodium bread), well toasted. My snack was 7 ounces of papaya (yes, I'm a nerd and weigh & measure my food! Okay? Back off!
) and an ounce of turkey. Well, the turkey first, so I could get my protein first and good carb second. For lunch, I'm looking to have soup, but we'll see. I gotta tell 'ya, I LOVE HOW I EAT NOW! I mean, there's still such a whole creative pallet of food out there! Creations and having fun with food, it's just what I do. So, I can't wait to see what the next year brings. I hope everyone's doing just as well!