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4/21/11 10:27 P

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I have to remind myself that I did not put this weight on over night and I can't expect to take it off over night. Then I have to remember this is a life style change and I will be eating and exercising this way the rest of my life, so in a since it does not matter how long it takes to come off. I have between 30-35 pounds to go. I have been in the hospital (off and on) with stage 4 cancer since Jan. when I have been home I have had no energy to exercise. My husband and I both have had GBS. He has maintained his goal. We also joined a T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). I also have been on that standstill. As of last week, I was able to weigh in again with my group and after now weighing in since Jan. with them I had officially lost 17.5 pounds in 3.5 months. So hang in there BSZYMCIK, and take courage that you have done the right thing for yourself, after all you have made a life style change.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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4/18/11 8:16 P

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Cindy and Catlady, are so right! Switch it up once in a while! Blessings!

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4/18/11 8:13 P

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Cindy is right about the fooling your brain thing. I had a long plateau last year with 30 lbs to go. I went to a party and ate more and started to lose again. I think switching it up with the number of calories really works. Also switch up your exercise. Don't keep doing the same thing, especially with muscle building.

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4/18/11 4:19 P

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A few years ago and before I had RNY in one of my diabetes meetings with a certified diabetes educator I was told that sometimes we need to trick our brain so that it does not think we are starving and hold onto the weight. She told me after a 3 year weight plateau that I should vary the calorie intake each day to confuse my brain/body. She told me to vary my eating from 1200 calories to 1400 calories rather than trying to maintain 1200 every day. The body then expected 1200 and hung on to all calorie intake if I did not eat 1200 calories. As an example she told me to eat as follows S-1200, M-1200, T-1400, W-1200, Th-1400,F-1200,Sa-1300. In this way most of the days you are at the lowest calories but your body does not think it is starving because every couple of days you are eating the higher calories. I know a lot of people who eat in this way and they really are the best loosers. For me this did not work as I gain weight at 1200 calories.

So you may want to try varying how much you eat but do establish with your surgeon or primary care or dietiian how to best vary the calories for you individually.

Yesterday I missed my lunch and my calorie intake at 7pm was only 650. I did try to eat a little more but it was too late my body thought I was starving again and this morning I weighed 1 pound more than yesterday. It will probably take a few days of varying my eating to reset my brain so that it will release the calories and not think I am starving.

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Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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4/18/11 9:48 A

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Thanks everyone. Sometimes it just feels counter intuitive to have to stop exercising AND increase calories. Knowing that long plateaus are not uncommon helps and others have had them for more than 6 months is a relief, just so I know i"M not alone (or have had some weird freaky surgery thing happen to me.) I'm finally getting to a place of acceptance: I'm doing everything right and am very healthy and vibrant and happy with my success so far, and since I can't control what my body post surgery will do during this plateau adjustment, I AM going to continue to focus on all of my healthy actions. Part of it is that I'm just emotionally and physically exhausted from having to focus so much on food and exercise for the last 16 months and finding "normal" after a lifetime of bad habits. And only being half way to my goal weight IS frustrating regardless of what I can and cannot control. I appreciate the replies. So nice to have this group!

Presurgery weight: 365 lbs
Surgery Date: 12-10-2009
Current Weight: 257.4
Goal Weight: 165-175


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4/17/11 9:16 P

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You are doing fantastic, to get over a plateau try to change things up in your diet and exercise until you find that magic kick start. Be proud of your accomplishments

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4/16/11 8:54 P

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Wow, looks like there are quite a few of us with 40 pounds or less to go to goal and who are having the daily struggle to get our body's to give up the last of the fat! I am 5 pounds away from being "overweight" after what seems like a lifetime in the obese category. I am 38 pounds away from my goal weight.

I will pray that all of us are successful this sping in loosing some of the remaining weight!

cindy

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Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
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4/16/11 4:41 P

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4/16/11 4:02 P

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I am also on a long plateau - going on about 7 months now - and I've only lost about half of what I'd like to lose. Just hang in there with all of us! And remember how much healthier you are now with the weight you have lost. Good luck!

I believe in taking a positive attitude toward the world. My hope still is to leave the world a little bit better than when I got here.

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4/16/11 2:46 P

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BSZMCIK, With all your exercise it sounds like maybe behind the scenes you are adding lots of muscle which does weigh more than fat. How are your measurements doing? Even while I have struggled to loose pounds my muscles look great and I have lost inches and gone down clothing sizes.

The most important thing is that you are eating healthy, exercising regularly, and are motivated.

For me to compensate for not loosing like everyone else who had RNY (in 7 months since surgery I have only lost 37 pounds) I have had to develop my own goals and achievements. For me I try not to focus on the lack of significant weightloss and more on things like dress sizes, muscle tone, inches lost, medication reductions, and other things that I can measure as a success. Are there other things that you can focus on to give yourself a sense of accomplishment to replace the focus on actual pounds lost? It helps me, maybe it could help you enjoy this time instead of having frustration build up.

cindy

Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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4/16/11 1:07 P

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i am on about a 5 month plateau, with about 40 lbs to go. i totally understand how you feel. it sure sounds like you are doing everything you can possibly do. i just came off of an 8 week rest from a surgery, so i am hoping that just working out again will shock my body!! good luck, i hope you get past this soon, i know its very frustrating! one question, do you ever do any running?

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4/16/11 11:24 A

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Thanks Cindy. Yes I do all those things. I'm 16 months out from surgery, I exercise regularly--cardio, strength, upper and lower body, swimming--and burn at least 1000 calroies a day, usually more becaue my metobolim is so jacked up form all my acitvity. I've been working with the medical team and two personal trainers and nutrition since my surgery and have adjusted caloric intake vs calorie and I do eat healthy. I log everything i do--food (on spark of course) and in a notebook, along with fluid intake, carbs, protein, sugar, and fat, times and rates/reps of exercise, my moods, my energy level, wake up and bed times--I am paying attention to every detail. I have lost some inches in the last few months but I'm still the same size for the last year which is frustrating since I lost so much so fast and then stopped. The medical team (nutrition, surgeon, therpist and GP) have all said a long plateau is not uncommon due to the body shock but I've felt that the surgery "stopped" working at 6 months which has concerned me considerably. after all, it is a A LOT to go through and suffer and then be afraid its not working. They think the calorie is the problem so I've reduced my acitivyt to 30 minutes a day with 4 days off from exercise in a 14 day cycle. I've also hd to increase my calorie intake to 1800 (I KNOW--SO MUCH FOOD!) becaue at 1300-1600 my calorie burn ws so high that my body thought I was starving. the adjustment period is still happening wiht he twekas in caloric intake vs burn but I"m hopeful it will work. Im just frustrated that no matter what I do--fewer calroies or more, more activity or cutting back, eating healthy or eating not so helathy--none of those things have made a difference int he last year so my frustration level has continued to rise. I hope some other members will be able to tell me about WLS plateaus they have gone through. thanks for the advice--it always help to talk with others whove been through this!

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4/16/11 12:52 A

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BSZYMCIK, Do not dispare. I have been a slow looser since the beginning. I never lost weight fast. I average maybe 1-2 pounds a month. But I keep at it. Have you been measuring yourself? I find that I can loose inches when I have not lost pounds!

Have you logged your food lately? If not, try logging all food and drink for one week, every bite accounted for . Then review the nutrition, see how much calories, protein, carb, fiber, fat you are eating. I just logged my food for the last 6 days to make sure that I am still eating about 1000 calories a day. I was surprised that I was getting more protein than I had thought and pleased that I am eating about 1000 calories a day! My doctor says I may need to decrease calories to 900 in order to loose the rest of my weight. I have 38 pounds to go.

Are you exercising? Exercise is critical to weight loss. If you need motivation join us on the exercise checkin topic. You need to exercise at least 5 hours each week to be healthy. Your choice of exercise but do look up how much calories you are burning with that exercise (remember be honest with yourself do not count 500 calories burned for an intense exercise period if you did not do the exercise intensely.)


If you are doing both of these and food intake is reasonable (ask doctor to recommend calories and protein to help you start loosing again.) If you are eating more than 1200 calories you probably should decrease the portions or types of foods to get down to 1200.

If you have done all these things then do a google search on the 5-day pouch test. Follow that test which over the course of 5 days takes you through the food stages from after surgery. It could help jump start the weight loss.

Most of all eat healthy, do not graze, drink lots of water, get enough protein, avoid fat and exercise. You will be a healthy person this way no matter what your weight. eventually your body will start loosing again.

For meal ideas and recipes check out www.theworldaccordingtoeggface.com Shelly has great ideas for bento box lunches and other meals with easy recipes.

cindy

Cindy - A Co-Leader on Gastric Bypass Sparklers
Proximal Laproscopic RNY 9-10-10
Start Wt: 228 5-21-10
Surgery Wt: 205 9-10-10
Goal Wt: 135


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4/16/11 12:08 A

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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this message board stuff so be patient while I figure it out? thanks.
I've lost 110 pounds but have been this same size and weight for more than 10 months, actually almost a year. I've been furstrated with this long plateau and am hoping it is nearly over but the medical team tells me it is common for a body with 100+ weight loss to have long periods of adjustment with no weight loss. I undersand that my body and my mind need to catch up to each other, but it's been exceedingly difficult to have not lost for this long and only be half way to goal weight, and to have stopped losing within six months of surgery. Has anyone else experienced this?

Presurgery weight: 365 lbs
Surgery Date: 12-10-2009
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Goal Weight: 165-175


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