It's been a long time since I was last here...
Good Morning everyone! It seems like forever and a day since I have been back on this site. I had my Gastric Sleeve surgery on 02/28/2011 and started as 276#. During my 1st year, I lost 100# and have been able to keep it off until about 5 years ago. Since then, I have gained back about 25 pounds and had heart surgery in 2018. What a scare there, I can tell ya! Since then, it seems like I have no energy to do anything and with this pandemic thing happening, it's been a lot worse. I just want to come home from working (thank goodness I have a job that is essential - I feel for the ones that have lost their jobs due to this crazy CoVi-19) and just want to get into my PJ's and not do a thing!
That being said, I need to get back to where I was before I had my surgery in 2018. Any suggestions on where to start? I have gone over my post-surgery diet plan from Dr. Rodriguez and it seems so distant to me that I don't' think I'll ever get back to under 200 again, must less my goal weight.
Any thoughts (good or bad) are welcome - no judging here! Feels good to be back and I promise I'll be here going forward.
I'd just like to point out that compared to where you were, a 25# regain is not that bad. Also, by the time you lost that last 25#, you were probably already out of the honeymoon period where the weight just "magically" melts off. So you had to work for that last 25#. Since your tool (the sleeve) is still there to help you, losing that 25# again is definitely do-able - you did it before.
I'm only a little over 2 years out, and I'm sure the vets on here will have better advice for you. But here's my suggestion: start by recording everything you eat, without judgement. After you have, say, 5 days of records, look at the patterns. What foods do you eat most often? Look for a small change you can make *without feeling deprived*? Incorporate that change into your diet, and then a while later look for another small change. You probably know from your history how many calories, or carbs if you count them instead, you need to stick to in order to lose weight. So make one small change at a time until you get there. It's important not to feel deprived, because it's going to take time to lose the weight, and you need a food plan you can stick to.
Drink lots of fluids; it really helps keep the hunger pangs at bay. I'm not really a breakfast person, so I try to get in 1.5 liters before I eat anything. That allows me to save most of my calories for the evening, which is when I am the most hungry. You may be different, of course. Figure out what works for you.
on 7/20/20 11:10 am
It looks like you've already made one of your best steps, coming back here! I'm fairly new, but finding that there is so much real support here from people who have been around the block and know their stuff about being successful but also about not beating yourself up for a bit of regain! Good luck, I'm sure you're going to get back to being on the right track again!
Its been a long time since Ive been on as well. Im 8 yrs post op 2012 and since 2015 from a 22 yr break up, knee surgery and stopping the gym 6 days a week I have gained 60 lbs back so your ahead of me lol We have to focus on going forward making that change and not dwelling on the past and what we haven't done correctly. Check out the book "Chasing Cupcakes" I could tell people all day what they need to do but it seems I cant get my own **** together, so your not alone. I did join Weigh****chers... Try and stay positive find a support group and post more on OH. I do feel that the oldies leave and its years before they come back. But maybe its the positive newbies that we need right now. Go back to basics and track all that you are consuming. Good luck!
You guys are great! I knew coming back here was the right thing to do.
Liquids - all I have been drinking is water with the exception of about 24 oz of coffee that makes at the beginning of my day and drink throughout my workday (8 hrs). I really only drink coffee while at work - never at home and once that's gone, I go right back to water. When I get home, it's water until I go to bed so that's about another 64oz. You'd think all I do is pee..LOL!
I had decided to start journaling again this morning before I made that post so it's nice to know we all think alike. I need to get back to where I started on this journey so getting all the "crap" food out of the house is essential but when you have a hubby to feed, well, that gets hard to do.
Amen to positive newbies to put us back in line as we were newbies at one time ourselves. I was considering revision surgery but with my heart stent, it scares me to go under the knife one more time so I'm willing to give this a BIG try one more time. I have made some wonderful friends from here that live around me and would like to do so again so if you all need anything, message me and I'll give you my cell number so we can talk it through.
Lots of love and prayers for you all!
Repeating a reply I posted elsewhere:
I regained 20 pounds last year due to life stresses but lost it all via WW. I went to the weekly meetings pre-Covid, then Zoom meetings since then. During the loss period and now back in maintenance I track my food, weigh and post on OH every day.
Liz 5'3" HW: 219 SW: 185 GW: 125 LW: 113 Desired maintenance range: 120-123 CW: 120 (after losing 20 lb. regain)!
on 7/21/20 2:24 pm
It looks to me like we all need each other, both long-timers and newbies. You all have the experience to share with us and maybe we have some new questions or ideas that might help inspire. I'm sticking here!