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  1. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    ate a handful of cherries at around 9:30pm.
    Cherries are great, they have different properties if they are tart or sweet (tart contain melatonin, sweet potassium) but both reduce inflammation...so I'm sure your all good with IF, because it's like if you took a supplement and not actually food!
  2. Shirl's Avatar
    Thanks to you all!

    It is so true! how we choose to use our tool is what will determine our lifelong WLS success!

    Just last month, before I started trying Intermittent Fasting (IF), I was starting to worry about how much more I can eat and how much hungrier I seemed to be. I was shockingly suprised to not feel those hunger urges with IF, it is mind blowing and baffling to me still!!! but I am just going with it!

    Knowing that I can eat about anything during the 8 hour feeding window is kind of cool, I mean I still need to make the right food choices, which generally I do.

    I think the biggest challenge for me is staying true to the 16-hour intermittent fasting period, last night I didn't check the clock and ate a handfull of cherries at around 9:30pm.

    All the rules continue to apply no matter what.
  3. jerzeygirl's Avatar
    Great stuff, Shirl, and very informative. My surgeon is one of our 4 bariatric surgeons and is the one whom makes the "smallest sleeve." He likes them small and tight I am grateful each day but also agree it's how we use the tool not the size (oh my, I sound like a man talking)...lol
    My capacity is not very large and I'm coming up on 6 years on Friday! I also agree it's how "pristine" we keep our sleeve in the beginning. I took care of it as if it was gold to me, following all the rules whatever they were at the time of my surgery, and as I moved along; added what I needed to in order to enjoy life and "lean" into my sleeved life the most positive I could.
    You look divine in those pictures and I wish you continued success!
  4. Sandra3's Avatar
    The bougie is an indication of our final stomach size indeed, but because each stomach can be different from an other (one will stretch more or less compare to an other one) at the end only "testing" after surgery can really show the difference from pre-op to post-op or at one year for example. Mine was a 36 or 38 since my BMI was so high(I have to ask my surgeon on Saturday, I forgot) and at almost 18 months out I can eat 1/4 of what I could eat before. This is such a relieve! I hope I won't be able to eat more...ever! My main issue was quantity...

    BTW I love your photos!!! the collage is darling and you look dang fantastic!! I know you want to lose more, but I would be more than happy to have your figure!!
    Well done!! XXX
  5. DesertGal's Avatar
    You LOOK Amazing! Congratulations!
  6. RehabNurse's Avatar
    I found my medical records and read that my surgeon used a 40 French bougie.
    I was also sleeved with a 40F bougie and lost all my excess weight. Yes, I can eat a greater volume of food than most sleevers, but I generally make decent food choices.

    The bougie size doesn't matter nearly as much as one's adherence (or lack thereof) to a healthier lifestyle with the sleeve.

    By the way, you're looking fabulous, Shirl.
  7. Ann2's Avatar
    Shirl, good stuff. Really good stuff. This WLS thing is all about paying attention, learning, applying our lessons, being willing to make changes based on things we learn / observe, and loving ourselves. You're doing so good at all of that. Good stuff!
  8. Shirl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sraebaer
    Sounds so complicated!
    Sraebaer, I couldn't wrap my head around the concept when I first heard about Intermittent Fasting (IF). However, after I read about the benefits, not just weightloss, I had to make it part of my WLS journey. I particularly like the Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting (BIF) because of the added benefits of coffee and good fats, and added calories that I needed.

    As with most things, I tried it on for size first, meaning slowly, the first week I only did 14-hour BIF, and I did the modefied protein version of the bulletproof coffee, instead of butter I did cultured ghee, and added a serving of collagen protein, recommended for women over 40 years old, and those who need to lose substantial weight. As mentioned, I was on my moon that week and had a 5lb gain. I lost those plus 1lb that first week.

    This is the recipe I did :

    1 cup freshly brewed organic coffee
    1 teaspoon of each: Bulletproof Brain Octaine Oil (ultra filtered MTC coconut oil), and organic cultured ghee
    1/4 cup coconut milk
    1 serving of Bulletproof Collagen Protein

    The second week, we traveled to Colorado so it was hard to do BIF all 7 days, I did what I could and still managed to lose another 1lbs. I mostly did 14-hour IF without the coffee about four out of the seven days.

    Last week, we were in Miami and I found travel packets of MTC coconut oil and ghee, I found a Starbucks and got them to add it to a grande coconut milk latte. I lost another pound. Bringing me down to 167lbs!!! 3lbs loss in three weeks!

    We got back on Saturday, and have been pretty strict with my BIF these last few days, but guess what!?! Started my moon  yesterday, and up again 5lbs!!!

    This week I am trying the 16-hour recommended IF (BIF for me) ... next week we are off to our European trip!!!

    Oh by the way, on my feeding window between 12pm and 8pm, I have been able to meet my protein requirements, I upped my calories, and have been able to enjoy a few drinks here and there, a few deserts, and some good carbs! Basically, I have been eating pretty well!

    Here is a chart that PamG posted on IF and a few good articles https://www.gastricsleeve.com/forum/entry.php?b=30826
    Updated 07-18-2017 at 07:57 AM by Shirl (https://www.gastricsleeve.com/forum/entry.php?b=30826)
  9. Crisps's Avatar
    Hi Shirl, I would love to hear more about this, I am in the UK and can only find books on the coffee but not the actual coffee itself, I am so close and have been for a while and just want the last 10lbs to go, I don't even really mind if a little comes back, but oh to have that feeling of just doing it, the fasting BIT is easy for me, I am really struggling with food when I do eat though, I know what I should be eating but some days I do feel the old habits creeping in
  10. sraebaer's Avatar
    Sounds so complicated!
  11. RehabNurse's Avatar
    Do you do the coffee with coconut oil and ghee too?
    Nope. I have coffee with half & half and sweetened with Equal for breakfast.

    If I need to stir-fry or pan-sear something, I use coconut oil.
  12. Shirl's Avatar
    Christie, I'm all about empowerment and liberation definitely!

    Sandra, I can't say I am a "purest" when it comes to following any type of diet. I tend to like Paleo because of my liking local and seasonal approach. But I like I said I ignore tgeir band on dairy specially since I found grass-fed dairy.

    RehabNurse, I am so over having my period! I want menopause to happen already lol! I also think Intermittent Fasting (IF) will be the way I will reach my goal too. Do you do the coffee with coconut oil and ghee too? I am traveling today through Saturday, and won't have my supplies, so I'm going to try IF cold turkey (meaning without the bulletproof proof coffee). Fasting 9pm-1pm is my goal!
  13. RehabNurse's Avatar
    Daily intermittent fasting is how I eventually reached my goal weight. I'd eat during an 8-hour window only from 1:00pm to 9:00pm. From 9:00pm until 1:00pm the next day, I'd be in a 16-hour fast. This enabled my body to start burning off its stored fat.
    I was on my menstrual period most of the week with a five (5lbs) pound pms gain
    I am due to start my period in a couple of days and my weight is up by 4.5 pounds. I hate this time of month due to the water retention.
  14. Sandra3's Avatar
    I did use intermittent fasting (or my version of it) right before the sleeve, to lose a little weight before the pre-op diet. I must say it did work well even if my weight loss was very slow. Thing is I was able to do it "at home" but not really when I had to travel so I'm not sure of the results in the long run.
    Your good results do inspire me to look into it again! but paleo and me are not really friends, that's an other story
  15. Christie13's Avatar
    I have heard of intermittent fasting. Sounds like that may be working for you. One thing I have learned on this journey is that we are not cookie cutters. What works for one person may not work for another. I think we all have to explore and find ourselves on this journey. Good luck continuing to find what works for you doll! Knowledge is powerful. Knowledge of ourselves is liberating!
  16. Sandra3's Avatar
    Measures are for sure much better than only the scale!
    The nurse does it for me at my surgeon's clinic for each post-op, but I don't keep track, I watch more my clothing.
    I know what's too tight and I can see the difference just trying this or that.
    Also my next scan in July will tell probably more about how I'm doing because my last one was in January and since I had a few weeks were eating enough protein was a challenge so...we'll see..
  17. DesertGal's Avatar
    Great success story!
  18. Christie13's Avatar
    Way to go Shirl! You look amazing! I am currently trying to up my calories a bit. So far so good. And I agree with you that how we look is way more important than the scale. I would rather look fit and healthy than just hit some magic number. And learning to be sleeved in a non sleeved world is hard but every day we learn to adapt and adjust. It is a whole new world and a beautiful one! I am so glad to be on this journey with you my friend!!
  19. GigiUSA's Avatar
    Love your new Doo!!!! It does make you look younger

    Thanks for always posting such great info too. I can totally see that hair loss can be a tell-tell sign that your body needs additional nutrition and love... vitamins, sleep, exercise and water. I know it will happen to me too, but I am going to try to minimize my hair loss as much as I can.

    Congrats on your ONE YEAR SLEEVERSARY!!!!!!
  20. Mominatrix's Avatar
    Thank you for this post!!
  21. Christie13's Avatar
    Gah! You look super cute Shirl!! And super young with short hair! I absolutely love it.
  22. Shirl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JLPSch
    Love your hair! I went to a pixie too and I love it. It's nice to show off your face when you lose weight. Congrats!!
    Thank you! As you can see my hair is now super wavy. In the past, I have done all sorts of horrible things to get it straight but I think I am now really happy with it and will leave it be.
  23. JLPSch's Avatar
    Love your hair! I went to a pixie too and I love it. It's nice to show off your face when you lose weight. Congrats!!
  24. elle77's Avatar
    Thank you for sharing this! Great Post!
  25. GigiUSA's Avatar
    Thank you Shirl for the fantastic post! I have printed it for reference and appreciate the detail since I am doing the process basically on my own when I get back from Mexico. The detail and book references are great. I never really knew about the bone mass differences but even at my very thinnest...my weight was still higher than most. Thanks again, great post!!
  26. Christie13's Avatar
    Your scans look great!! Big strides!!! That's amazing to lose 11 lbs of fat. Big hugs!
  27. Shirl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by keoster1
    brilliant , well done
    Thank you, Ciaran! I was looking at your profile the other day, and I am so happy that you were able to have your surgery finally!

    Best of wishes for continued healing and success!!!
  28. keoster1's Avatar
    brilliant , well done
  29. jerzeygirl's Avatar
    Shirl, great job You are truly a success and it's great for us to be able to share in your wisdom. I wish you continued success, and the sleeved life is amazing for many of us!
  30. TarotAces's Avatar
    You are doing a TERRIFIC job Shirl!!!

    Keep up the good work; you're an inspiration to many here. <3
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