Hi, I'm only now just making some headway and have finally been able to sit down w/ a bariatric surgeon here in Youngstown, OH, and I've been w/ OH.com since 2002! I usually post on the General Discussion board.
Also many people, w/ video cams/ webcams, are doing Vlogs of their weight loss journey on YouTube and/ or posting on Bypass and VSG groups on FB and other social networks.
But OH.com will always be the place I first interacted w/ & saw b4 & after pics of people that looked like me all aspiring for the same thing(s); sorta similar goals. To be slimmer, healthier, more ambulatory and active and to LIVE-- not just exist.
I'm here had surgery in 2004 gained a lot of weight, need tips to get back on track.
Try to focus on the basics it really helps. Here is a list I created maybe it will helpI maintained 118-125 for over 10 years after losing 200 pounds. Due to a personal tragedy I gained and hit the 190 mark a year ago. After several starts it finally clicked and I am back to goal losing 60 pounds of regain. Here are some steps that helped me and I hope they will help you too! You may have several starts and stops but don't give up, don't beat yourself up. IT WILL CLICK!!! Our tool works if we work the tool and get back to the basics we stopped doing.
HW:330 - GW:150 - MW:118-125
RW:190 - CW:130
Super impressive! You look amazing. What do you think has made you so successful ? Also if you don't mind me asking, what's your workout regimen?
A couple of things. I DECIDED. There was no plan B. I burned the boats and said I'm truly going to give this all I have and that meant I did the mental work too - everything. Mind, body and spirit. I changed my thinking, not just my body. I think for most of us, a lot of our weight began with emotional eating (maybe it still IS). I went to a therapist and worked on my past. I made peace with things that I couldn't change. I found other behaviors that were unhealthy that I also addressed. Weight is just the one that is the most visible, in most cases. So that I think made the difference. I took the process seriously because it was such a big step and was going to be a permanent CHANGE to my body's insides. I followed the eating plan meticulously in the beginning. To the LETTER! Now I kind of know what works for me and so that's what I do. Protein is still a daily priority in my eating and I take plenty of supplements too to ensure I get all the nutrients I need even though I eat like a bird.
There were two people in my life that had the surgery and I was really inspired by them.... sadly both have gained weight back. One, MORE, the other a good chunk, but it's due to other health issues. And that was my other motivations. I did not have any health issues besides being overweight. I faced the grim truth that would probably not remain the case for too much longer given the way I was going. I was a single mom and wanted to be there for my child till I was an old woman, if I could help it - she only had ME, so I needed to be my best me. My workout fit in with that part of it. I had a pretty good idea that my skin was not going to pop back - my mother wasn't obese, but her stomach, after two children was REALLY REALLY bad. After my daughter, so was mine. I literally had horizontal and VERTICAL stretch marks... all the way up to under my bust! Very thin and fairly dry skin. I greased up like a holiday turkey during my pregnancy hoping to NOT get them, but to no avail. So since I was fairly resigned that my skin was going to be pretty bad, I decided to get my body as good as I could through exercise. I engaged a personal trainer and went to the gym 5 days a week, seeing him 3 of those days. It wasn't easy but it was easier with a trainer. Having that accountability partner made the difference. I did that all the way down. Now, as I mentioned in my profile, I need more consistency. I have back problems with sciatica (great! always something lol) and so sometimes, the last thing in the world i want to do is exercise - my body HURTS! But I try to do something. I wear a fitbit and 10K steps is my minimum goal. When i'm out and doing as I should be, I easily get over 20K. I move around a lot just in my ordinary life. I hope that helps a little bit.
I am still figuring out what workout is my best plan because I just don't like the gym that much. I do love yoga though, and I love zumba and other dance. I think the main key is finding something that you enjoy doing and doing it consistently.
Many of us women do not make ourselves a priority - we must. I always think about what they tell you in the airplane. Put on your air mask, then your child's. You can't take care of someone else, if you aren't taking care of yourself. That stuck with me. Am I perfect - heck no, but my goal is to continuously make progress towards my goals. and if i have a bad day, I'm allowed to begin again the next day with a clean slate - there's no beating up allowed. Just start again.