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12/9/13 11:08 A

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CHIEF_GEEK - i Hear ya! I am definitely at a complete standstill right now.... I find it a bit frustrating, but I am trying to focus on maintaining and doing my training and not worrying about the scale for now.... I really do want to drop at least 20 more lbs, but I am sorely lacking in motivation to keep my mouth shut and not indulge in the cookies and sweets right now!

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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12/9/13 10:58 A

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Now closing in on 2 year mark. This time of year is always the most challenging.

A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.

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8/7/13 2:01 P

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NESSA, I feel like that at times too, I am a year 13 months out and have only lost 78 pounds, but I look at it this is what it is, I haven't gained that weight so any weight off is good weight off

Small steps, but everyday!


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8/7/13 1:28 P

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NESSA - if there is one thing I have definitely come to accept about this, is that everyone's experience is different, our bodies are different, our lives are different and no two people will have the exact same experience with WLS.... Some people move quickly with their weight loss, others move slowly.... and while it helps someties to compare or to know if you are having a similar experience as others, it is also problematic if you compare too much!!

Keep on trucking and taking it one day at a time. Focus on all the GREAT changes and SUCCESS you have had so far!!

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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8/6/13 6:58 P

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I have felt and still feel that way.. I have come far with losing 125 pounds however I feel that is all I am meant to lose.. In the past two months I have gained and lost 5lbs.. I work out three times a week for an hour each time I go to the gym, but I feel like I should be further along being 18 months out. I have friends who are already at goal and beyond goal and one was as big as I was.. shame really but the Dr. tells me I am moving at a good pace.. hahaha really? idk I guess in our own time.

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6/25/13 12:23 P

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After 18 months post op it is still mind vs stomach. There are good days and then the bad days that at the end of it you look back and say to yourself, "Just why did I eat that?"

Keep working it folks!

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4/27/13 6:31 A

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Than you will have this all down with great success!

Small steps, but everyday!


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4/26/13 9:57 P

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True Cathy

And that's what I working towards, making sure I get my workout in, making good food choices, and learning to be accepting of myself no matter what my weight!!



Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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4/26/13 3:01 P

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Now mind you I am only 9 months post op .... still have allot to learn .. what I can and can't tolerate now.

Small steps, but everyday!


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4/26/13 2:56 P

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Amen Cathy! That's the magic formula I think!

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4/26/13 2:16 P

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I do not have remorse, I look at any weight coming off is not weight going on. Use it as a tool, learn to live a life being healthy, eating healthy, and getting your body moving 60 minutes a day.
Do it for you and no one else.

Small steps, but everyday!


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4/25/13 4:37 P

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My go-to is "Weight Loss Surgery with the Adjustable Gastric Band" by Robert Sewell MD. Excellent book for reference throughout the whole process. I am sure there are other surgeries out there. I just went to Amazon and put in "Lapband" and started reading reviews.

But I got a ton of info from the Internet and from my Spark Lapband teams. Some of my favorites are:

health.groups.yahoo.com/group/SmartB
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www.lapbandtalk.com/
www.obesityhelp.com/

Diet information...

"The Leptin Diet" How Fit is your Fat? by Byron J. Richards. This is a little 100 page power-house of information on nutrition, fat cells, metabolism and the role of hormones.

South Beach.... books, cookbooks or website. All good info.
The Paleo Diet.... a wealth of stuff on the internet. Google it.
paleodietlifestyle.com/
Suzanne Somers "Sexy Forever" She's a very smart lady!

And we can't forget YouTube!

www.youtube.com/user/Back2BasicsWLS
www.youtube.com/user/UndergroundWell
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www.youtube.com/user/bandedwendy (Go back to her earlier videos..awesome journey and good info)

My daily exercise besides walking my dogs is Leslie Sansone www.walkathome.com/ When you sign up for her Challenge, you get a walking video for each month thru your email. It's a fast mile and an awesome workout. I started adding arm weights to get an added boost. Love Leslie! She also has YouTube videos out there.

Hope you can find what you are looking for Hink. There are a gazillion options out there so find what makes sense for you and try it.

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4/25/13 3:13 P

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Gardengirl... thanks for the great advice!! Is there anything you read about the first year after surgery that you would recommend?

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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4/25/13 1:49 P

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Gardengirl, this is all terrific advice and things I have told myself and will continue to tell myself. I have some great co workers who are helping me stay motivated to take breaks and walk. I also am in kind of greif stage cause I loved eating and now I can only love a bite or two not a meal. Lots of changes mostly in my head. Thanks for the advice I will try the blogging exercise

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4/25/13 9:11 A

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Hang in there is right! Long plateau's seem to be the norm with us. I don't know if they would be the norm without surgery because we never stayed on a diet long enough to find out??? Hmmmmm. Plateau's naturally make us wonder if we did the right thing by having this surgery. Finding a strategy to get through them is key, especially the first year because so much is new and ever changing. I found the following to be a big help for me...

ACCEPTANCE - Accept that this is where I am at this stage in the process. No looking back, no remorse. Only look at today and down the road.
LEARN - I was in unchartered territory. Had no clue what to expect. So I read as much as I could about my surgery, especially the first year's experience. Also read about nutrition, exercise and recipes. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is motivating!
EXPERIMENT - This is my time to try new things! I experiment with new foods, recipes, exercises, blogging, clothes, haircuts... the list goes on! This is the exciting part of our journey. Constantly trying new things has been motivating and it keeps me going.
REFLECT - Making this decision was more than just losing weight. It was about the emotions that made me fat. I started writing down things that made me dig deep like why did I make this decision. What was so bad in my life that I knew I had to do something drastic to change the course. What kind of life do I want for myself post-surgery? Visualize it and write it down! I did a blog-exercise here on Spark called "I Used To Be, Now I Am, I Will Be". It was an eye-opener. Give it a try!
COMMIT - This is where the rubber hits the road for me. I never had it bad enough to make the life long commitment to my health. I certainly knew what to eat and what not to. I knew I had to exercise. But how to do it every day and make it non-negotiable? That is where the lapband steps in. I really don't have a choice now. I have this tool that is inside of me! I won't be throwing it away or putting it in the closet, out of sight-out of mind. This is like my child now. I made this decision that would change my life forever. It's my responsibility to nuture it, do right by it and make the changes to enable it to do right by me.

Sorry to go on and on, but this question about "Buyers Remorse" is a hurdle that we all have to face and figure out how to jump over it and move forward. I wish I had the knowledge 2 months post-op that I do now 2 years post-op! If sharing my journey motivates just one other person to keep going, then I am happy. We are in this together.






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4/24/13 10:36 P

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TEREMC - Hang in there! Try not to look at the scale so much, focus on your other Non Scale Victories this week!! What I think I realized at that first plateau, is that I have to be patient with my body.... this is a huge change and the body will have to adjust, that means some weeks, we just won't lose weight. And it is easy to feel down about that if all you are focused on is the scale. And this is definitely a struggle for me - but today I was exercising and I realized how much my stamina has improved in just a month's time....

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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4/24/13 6:47 P

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Hink this is exactly how I have been feeling this week scale didnt budge except to show a quarter pound increase ( could have been the bottle of water right before I weighed) Initally I lost fast and now it has been a week of nothing....I know give it time and even if I dont lose any more weight I am still 32 lb lighter then I was in Jan. Expensive when you look at it from a $$ oer lb standpoint but I got out and walked today so hopefully things will improve

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4/24/13 5:34 P

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Chief- I can imagine that the maintainence is just as hard if not harder....

Good Luck getting back on track and finding something exercise wise that you like to do -- My surgeon and the NUt at their office have harped from pre-surgery how important the exercise piece is.... they are very big on you finding something that you enjoy doing because you need to do that consistent exercise to lose the weight and get to your goals.

I try to focus on the positives and how I feel after I'm done with the workout, because there are many days that I DO NOT want to work out, but I am finding that the more I do, the fewer days like that I have!

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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4/24/13 2:58 P

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For me it’s not been so much as 'buyers remorse' as it is, "is that all there is?" I am a VSG and out 14 months now. I hit my peek weight loss back last Aug and am seeing a slow but steady climb. I still see my NUT and still log most of my food, so I know where I am at in the intake department. But the body has totally adjusted itself to the lower daily calorie consumed. Anything above 1200 cal a day, I can see the scales moving higher. Now I know my level of exercise is the major player in this, and the lack thereof is not helping. But it does get downright depressing to see it come back on! So back to the restart for me last week with a major course change. The weigh chart is heading back down; let’s just hope I can keep it heading back down! Still hate that exercise part!!

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4/20/13 7:50 P

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Great points Xallissa! Congrats on your great progress and new size! emoticon

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4/20/13 4:58 P

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I have struggled with 'buyers remorse' quite a lot since the surgery. Surgery was almost 3 months ago and I'm down 36 pounds since then. I lost 37 prior to the surgery so I'm doing great... and I still struggle with being unhappy with my progress. I DO feel so much better now though I have to continually remind myself of that fact. I have had to retire all 3 swimsuits I was wearing before the surgery and yesterday I bought one that was a size 16! I haven't looked at anything size 16 in years!! When you start telling yourself you made a mistake, just take a good look at the progress you've made and that 'should' help get through it. Also, find someone to talk to about what you're feeling. It really does help.

"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy
than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our
misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. " ----Voltaire


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great topic Hink! I think most of us who have taken a major surgical step for weight loss have a twinge of "buyer's remorse". I agree with these comments too! Sometimes there is so much hype and the stories of dramatically fast weight loss that the details of the hard work get hidden. I am 9 months out from RNY and have lost 70 pounds with about 40 to go. I find it easy to lose track of my remarkable progress given that pre surgery I could not get the scale to budge! I know I am healthier and happier. I'm working on staying course on the long range and staying active and eating healthful foods.

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4/18/13 3:42 P

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Thanks for the encouragement - I know that no matter what, every little pound lost, no matter how long it takes is getting me closer to a new much healthier me!!

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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4/18/13 3:37 A

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Yes I did and sometimes still do...I had the GBPS June 2012, so entering month 10 and only 70lbs down so far.
I hit a plateau- mainly from not exercising enough and no doubt too many calories- nothing 'bad', just too many nuts, etc.
I thought I could relax a bit since I felt so much better, but two months at the same weight really bothered me- and all I have to do is workout to get the scale moving again!
They told our group during one pre-op visit, that this is the hardest you will have to work for weight loss, meaning it's such a radical lifestyle change, not JUST less calories and more exercise like non-surgical folk- (although technically they have emotional issues etc, as well of course)- we have many more facets to our new regimen that must be adhered to.

You will be ok, just remember to stay focused on the goal EVERY DAY- be good to yourself and love your self, follow the rules you were given and ask questions like you are- you will be successful!
Best of luck to you!

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4/17/13 10:25 P

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Marg - you are right!! And I know that, I just have my moments where my brain goes there and I have to reel it back in....

I am exercising regularly again and hope to eventually train to do some mini triathalons again (I did one, before I had kids, when I was in the best shape I've ever been in, in my life)



Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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4/17/13 7:29 P

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I had the lapband 18 months ago and have lost 40lbs since the surgery (lost 40 pre-surgery). While it has been slow, I just focus on the lifestyle change and the commitment I made to myself and my health. It isn't about how much I lose as long as I am making good food choices, exercising and losing - not gaining. I have 15lbs to go to get to "my" goal weight. I have come down 4 dress sizes and have one more to go. I also have greatly improved my health stats, I feel great and look forward to doing alot of physical activities that I had given up on.

I have learned so much and still am. I wish I knew then what I know now... 18 months later! I guess that's just the journey we have to go through. My advice is to quit second guessing your decision and commit to living a healthy lifestyle. Spark has some great recipes and exercise videos. The tracking is key and keeps us motivated and focused. Get involved in a weight loss group if there is one close to you. Otherwise, Spark has some great teams or talk to your surgeon's office. You have a lot of options. Obsessing about the scale shouldn't be one of them. Losing slow and steady is better for your body.

My motto is "This is not a Race. It's LIFE!"

Good Luck to you!

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You haven't gone into much detail. . . . . . .but I know I don't lose unless I move . . . . . . . . . . . I went for my first long spring walk today and I feel so good! Being shut in with this extra long winter has been a slow go for me. I just knew if I could get outdoors my emotions would improve. . . . . . . . and I was correct. . .

I do tweak some of my favourite recipes and cut their calorie content. . . . . . BUT keep up the protein and use the food tracker so you can review your days & see where you can change things for lowering calories, fats, carbs & etc. . . . . . . When you have lost what you planned on & are at your goal you can add some of those things back (But If you are like me you won't care for sodas & sugar added to various foods!) You can also know that they mention in most of these blogs that the slower losers are the ones who KEEP IT OFF!

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So I am almost one month out from my gastric sleeve surgery and while I feel great ... I find myself thinking WHAT IF I DID THIS AND I ONLY LOSE 30 lbs?????

I know that isn't very logical, but I have lost almost 30 lbs, since stating my liquid diet befroe surgery (which is great!!) but my weight loss has already slowed to a snails pace, and this is the time that my doctor said I should lose the most!!! So if I am already at a snail's pace, what if my body just quits losing?!?!?! emoticon

I mean - having 2/3 of your stomach removed is pretty drastic only to have a 30 lb weight loss!! Anyway - I know I am probably just being irrational -- did anyone else feel this way or have these kind of doubts after surgery????

Courage doesn't always ROAR. Sometimes, courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says... " I will try again tomorrow" - Mary Anne Radmacher


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