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Discussion in 'Sharing My Journey' started by more2adore, Nov 15, 2014.

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    more2adore

    more2adore Well-Known Member

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    So I am somehow oblivious and never noticed the "My Journey" forum was here. I've had updates spread out over multiple threads. I figure it's probably better to confine my narcissistic ramblings to one place. :ROFLMAO: :whistling:

    For people who might come across this in the future, and want to see more on how things started for me, try this thread.

    So I just wanted to update anyone who was bored enough to be interested on how I'm doing. :) I used MFP to set my nutritional goals. It determined that in order to maintain my weight, I'd need about 3710 calories per day. (Really?!) So in order to lose 1 pound a week (which is what I have it set to), it's made my calorie goal 3250 calories per day. While I am NOT counting calories, when I log everything into MFP every day, I am not even coming CLOSE to 3250 calories most days. I usually am coming in around 2000, sometimes as few as 1400.

    I am never hungry - 90% of what I eat is meat, cheese/yogurt & veggies, 5% is fruit (berries and cantaloupe) and 5% other (I typically have a barley wrap a day as part of my lunch, have an occasional piece of dark chocolate,etc.). MFP said in order to get carbs at about 25% of what I should be consuming, my total carbs should be 163g or less, so that's what I've been aiming for. Definitely not super "low carb," heh, but it's been low enough (and I've been eating few enough simple carbs) that it seems to be working for me. I either meet that or am well under that amount of carbs most days. I typically get about 100g of protein daily.

    I would ideally like to up my protein and decrease my carbs a bit more, but I can't really do that without totally cutting out fruit, or cutting out my barley wraps, or cutting out a less-than-once-a-week night eating out with hubby. I'm just quite honestly not willing to do any of those things at the moment - I'm feeling really healthy and balanced right now, the weight is coming off, and I'm not going to put myself into bootcamp mode for no reason.

    On the rare occasions when I have a serious sweet or carby food craving, I've found Diet Coke will actually knock it out for me, so I keep a case of those on hand (even though they're ludicrously expensive here in Aus. Can you Americans imagine paying $30 for a 24-pack of soda? I think my family, with as much soda as they all drink, would have a heart attack at seeing those prices, haha). I do love the carbonation, though, so I find them hard to resist - I typically have one probably 4-5 days a week. I know, soda isn't great, but... priorities.

    I do still want to work on upping my water intake. I'm getting probably 48 ounces a day and I'd like to see it higher. As hard as it is for me to get it in now, I know it's going to be harder when I eventually have surgery. I've been putting in a little bit of straight-up lime juice to make it more palatable.

    I actually seem to be losing about a pound a day right now. The exception was while we were moving (had about a week where I had to consist on takeout - did the best I could, but definitely wasn't perfect) and then right before my period when I gained 7 lbs. overnight (no doubt all water) that came off again post-period.

    I'm only 11 pounds away from being under 500 pounds, which would be 100 pounds lost for me total since January and a milestone; I haven't been under 500 pounds since 2006, I believe. I came really close when I was working with an eating disorder therapist and a nutritionist in 2012, but when I got right above it (502) and just couldn't lose those last two pounds, I freaked out, threw up my hands and started gaining again.

    That's not going to happen this time. Thanks to therapy, and to the way my life has changed, and the way my attitude has changed, I'm ready for this. It'll happen. It'll either happen now, on its own, or it'll happen post-surgery. I don't have to freak out about it, either way. Either way, I've made some amazing strides, and I'm really proud of the changes I've made for myself and my health.
     
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    star0210

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    Good for you for making such positive changes..you'll be all the more prepared for life after surgery.
    You've made fabulous progress on your own!
     
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    southernlady

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    That is great. Keep it up!
     
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    JackieOnLine

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    a beautiful post!

    I have no doubt - the changes you have made sound excellent. I really like this:

    keep on keeping on and we love to hear about it!!:D
     
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    sophiehatter

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    Great progress! Thanks for the update! And I agree with JackieOnLine -- we love to hear about it!

    I love MFP -- but I also wish it were a little more flexible! It scolds me every time I log my food diary because I am coming in at between 700-900 calories a day (3.5 weeks post surgery ... but it doesn't know about the surgery!) I also wish it could count carbs as primary goal, not calories. I used one for a while (pre-surgery) that was called Low Carb Assistant, but it crashed a lot and didn't have as large a database as MyFitnessPal does.

    I agree that tracking and changing habits now will make it so much easier after surgery!
     
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    Larra

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    How wonderful that you are taking control of your health!
    How is the leg ulcer doing??
     
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    robs477

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    Yeah, I've been seeing your progress even from when you was on the other site. And, I browsed your other website as well when you published and see what a good writer you are also. 100 lbs is significant. I am an Engineer by discipline and I base everything on percentages and that is very significant, congratulations! You are doing ALL the right things and as I've told you before, your best friend is your age. Keep your eyes on the prize, get well, get the VSG and then DS for maintenance a bit later and before you know it, you will be where you want to be. And, we are ALL cheerleading for you and are in your corner!
     
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    Munchkin

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    That is great progress!
     
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    Barbara

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    You should be very proud of yourself. That's a huge amount. Of weight!! Please keep writing g. I don't always comment but do enjoy r reading about your journey. PS. I never knew there was my journey forum either!
     
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    more2adore

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    Hope you guys don't mind mulitquoted replies... I have a lot of people to respond to. :)

    Thank you so much. :)

    Thanks!

    Thank you so much, Jackie. :) I'm glad you don't mind reading my ramblings, haha. :) And I'm doubly glad it sounds to you like I'm headed in the right direction. :)

    Thanks Sophie! I know exactly what you mean re: wishing it could prioritize different things. I also wish I could train it not to mark things in red - it's GOOD when I get extra protein in, not bad. Heh.

    Thanks Larra, and thanks for asking about that. It's actually getting worse, unfortunately. I'm seeing the best doctor available for it, but with this autoimmune condition, sometimes even when you throw all the correct treatments at it it gets worse before it gets better. I'm looking forward to seeing the Dermatologist this week, though - they said they were going to try to coordinate with my surgeon to see if there's ANY possible way we can still make surgery happen in the next couple of months... I don't know if they'll actually do as they said they would and call him (they're pretty busy), or what his response will be, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Thanks so much for all the compliments, Rob! :D I hope you're right - doing the best I can, and I SO appreciate the cheerleading. :)

    Thanks, Munchkin! :)

    Thanks Barbara! I think it's good for me to write all this down so I can remember the journey, anyway - good to have it documented so I can remember where I came from and how far I've come. :)
     
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    brooklyngirl

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    Loving your attitude in this post. The weight loss is great, but your outlook is FANTASTIC :banana:
     
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    more2adore

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    Trying SO hard to hang onto that outlook! My weight has been going UP steadily a pound a day since Saturday - I've gained 6 pounds. And I have ZERO idea why. I've upped my water from 48 to 64+ oz, and other than that that's all that has changed. My carbs are still staying under 25% of my caloric intake, I'm still eating between 2000 & 2400 calories a day (actually, last night after dinner I'd realized I'd only taken in ~900 calories for the day which I figured wasn't nearly enough and I added a handful of pecans and some tuna salad to get me up to about 2,000 again without adding many carbs.) I don't THINK it's fluid - my time of the month was a couple of weeks ago. I haven't been on any new meds that would cause weight gain. I'm not really exercising per se, so I don't think it's muscle gain. It's just like... wtf?

    I seriously think bodies are SO much more complicated than most people realize. There's no WAY someone 500+ pounds should GAIN weight on 2500 or fewer calories a day, 100+g of protein, and 25% or fewer carbs. If I told a doctor this was happening, I think the vast majority would believe I was not logging things correctly (I am) or that I'm eating things I'm not logging (I'm not. I log everything, even the stuff I don't feel great about.).

    The only good side to this is that previously I would have gone "why am I even doing this to myself if it's not working?" and given up. I'm not even close to doing that this time. I'm frustrated, but I'm hanging in there. Things will never get better if don't persist, and I actually enjoy eating this way, so it's easier to not give up on it. Hopefully someday soon I'll have one of those "holy crap, I lost five pounds overnight" experiences and things will get moving in the right direction again.

    To make myself feel a little better, maybe I'll have hubby measure me tonight. I haven't been measured since I was at my highest weight, so maybe I can at least see how far my measurements have come and start keeping track of those as well.
     
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    star0210

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    If your time of the month was a few weeks ago, maybe you're ovulating and having some hormonal shifts that is causing your body to hold on to those lbs? I have no idea but it sounds plausible!

    Hang in there...you're doing awesome! I do hope you can have your surgery sooner rather than later!
     
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    more2adore

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    Me too. My specialist as supposed to coordinate with my surgeon over the last week to see if they could get something worked out so I could still have surgery, but they didn't... they've promised to do it this week. Fingers crossed.
     
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    star0210

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    Fingers and toes!
     

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