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  1. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ollina
    Christie you look fabulous! I am probably going to Italy as well in August, but we were planning a beach holiday to Basilicata, any chance we can meet?
    I will be in Italy from 6-22 July! When will you be there? And thank you. I feel fabulous!
  2. Kindle's Avatar
    Sraebaer, I was gonna say the same thing. So I will.....GO PACK
  3. sraebaer's Avatar
    Go Packers?
  4. ollina's Avatar
    Christie you look fabulous! I am probably going to Italy as well in August, but we were planning a beach holiday to Basilicata, any chance we can meet?
  5. Cherub's Avatar
    Christie

    Any chance you are are a cowboys cheerleader by now? You look fantastic!!
  6. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3
    Planning trips is the best thing! I hope you will have a wonderful time! You will need to post a photo of you in that beautiful dress!!
    I had to get a new passport in October because mine was full, no more space for visa/immigration stamps, so this time I got the one with more pages. It was just incredible to look at the two photos next to each other, my new passport and my old one which was actually not so old (4 years). The last time we used the old one in October the immigration officer looked at me twice and asked my children who I was....but I had to look at the photos before and after to really see why it was not obvious. During my last trip in December with the new passport, no more questions :-).
    I can imagine. I was looking at my old pic (which was expiring in August of this year so it was almost 10 years old) and I thought damn...I really have been fat for a long time. My face was round, round, round. Not this time. I am not even at goal but my face looked so good! I was so happy with it. It is such a relief to be happy with your picture instead of having to deal with it. You have lost a lot of weight I can imagine that your pictures were like 2 completely different people. My sister was the same way. After 100 lbs she is a completely new person. I never thought my sister looked like my mom because her face was really full. When she lost all that weight and had cheek bones I could see a lot of my mom in her. (Which is a blessing with my mom being gone to be able to see her face when I look at my sister.) I know my friend at work always tells me how much you can see the weight loss in my face and it makes me look different. (She is not one of those who says it in a condescending way either.)
    I will definitely take pics when I go. I am hoping I will be really close to goal by then because that is 5 1/2 months away. Hoping I can lose the last 34 lbs in that amount of time. Fingers crossed!
  7. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Leslieann
    You look beautiful!!! The Italy trip sounds like a blast. I am so happy you and your family are able to make this trip.
    So happy for you!!!
    Les
    Thanks honey!
  8. Sandra3's Avatar
    Planning trips is the best thing! I hope you will have a wonderful time! You will need to post a photo of you in that beautiful dress!!
    I had to get a new passport in October because mine was full, no more space for visa/immigration stamps, so this time I got the one with more pages. It was just incredible to look at the two photos next to each other, my new passport and my old one which was actually not so old (4 years). The last time we used the old one in October the immigration officer looked at me twice and asked my children who I was....but I had to look at the photos before and after to really see why it was not obvious. During my last trip in December with the new passport, no more questions :-).
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    please email me a copy my email is india_er@yahoo.com im having my surgery on 3-13 dr.
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  10. Leslieann's Avatar
    You look beautiful!!! The Italy trip sounds like a blast. I am so happy you and your family are able to make this trip.
    So happy for you!!!
    Les
  11. Ann2's Avatar
    You are SO ROCKING this! Love to watch people who put their hearts and souls into the WLS battle.

    You will win.
  12. TarotAces's Avatar
    Such a great post! I am looking forward to that 2 months out trying on my old jeans moment. Truly.

    1 week post op weigh in is in 2 days! Soo hard to wait, but I'm making myself hold off. I know I STILL have gas and water retention and I don't expect my first week of loss to be a very big one. I'm guessing week 2 maybe will be a big one, we'll see.

    I also feel like the people around me must be tired of hearing about this topic already. It seems that way to me at least. And I am SOO grateful to have this forum community for support.

    I'm soo happy for you Christie13!!!
    Keep up the blog entries, it helps me have a comparison and a motivation, and I like knowing how you're doing.
  13. Christie13's Avatar
    I usually do. It is just today we had a lot going on so we got up and went running right away. And Sunday is the only day we go in the morning. The other days we go at night.
  14. Sandra3's Avatar
    Running on Sunday morning! Impressive!
    Apparently from what I was reading a few weeks ago, women will do better if they have protein before a work out, for men it's better after. The study was a comparison on how effective the work out was on burning out fat..
    For me the real workout was getting everybody ready on time for a brunch with friends, we made it before 11 AM, that was a big victory (my kids don't like to get up "early" on Sunday)...then I walked only 3.5 miles yesterday and my knee started acting funny again...I am dragging my feet here because a consult with a specialist is long overdue but it will have to wait until my next trip in February.
  15. Christie13's Avatar
    Oh yes it gets better and better LeslieAnn! I'm so impatient though. I'd like to fast forward to a year to see where I'll be. LOL!!
  16. Leslieann's Avatar
    Wonderful post! Very encouraging for me only being 10 days post!! Thanks!
  17. Christie13's Avatar
    Leslieann!! You can totally go out when you are able to eat solids. My hubby is super supportive with ordering things that I can eat with him. It makes it super easy and makes me a super cheap date!! LOL. Remember to drink some water when you first sit down and then stop so there is time before you get your food. Let's face it....protein and veggies are on most menus with no problem.
  18. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by blaqbearyice
    Congrats on the one more pound.... I just checked out the C25K website... Thanks for sharing; very intrigued. This is a program a will definitely use....
    They have a free app by ZenLabs. I have done it before and I was a lot heavier then. I was able to run a 5k by the end. I will admit I did some days more than once until I felt comfortable with the run part. This time it feels so much easier due to the weight loss. I absolutely cannot stress how much I love this program!!! I highly recommend it!!
  19. blaqbearyice's Avatar
    Congrats on the one more pound.... I just checked out the C25K website... Thanks for sharing; very intrigued. This is a program a will definitely use....
  20. Christie13's Avatar
    It is amazing to me how water is hard. I mean, it is a liquid. No different than the others but for some reason so hard to go down. It is getting better but still weird. At least drinking my iced green tea I know I am getting in more liquids. That is always a worry for me that I will get dehydrated, especially since I am exercising.
    I hope you are able to find some relief for your injuries. That has got to be rough to not be able to do things and be sore.
  21. Leslieann's Avatar
    Haven't ventured out yet, but I'm thinking that planning ahead like Christie13 stated is our best bet!
    My husband LOVES to go out and eat and so far I have said no. Just not ready to do it. Surely, when I'm into the real food stage it'll be better.
  22. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13
    I didn't know that about a relative being successful as an indicator of my success. I figured that since she and I are very different (body shape wise) that it would just depend on how I worked the sleeve. I do feel blessed to have seen her go through this and know the results it can yield.

    I also know that eventually I will be able to eat more but right now it does seem like such a far away thing. I have noticed I can drink more than I was able to in the beginning but just certain things. I can drink green tea (warm or cold) and shakes much quicker but water is still slow going. How weird is that??

    I am glad that I am taking up the running now so when the weight loss gets slow I can start to run faster and longer. My long term goal is a half marathon by December 2017!! Wish me luck because that is a lot of running! LOL. I am confident that as long as I don't get injured I will succeed at that goal! I have all year to get there!

    Sorry to hear about your injuries. Always better to ensure they are completely healed before getting back at it. Have you tried yoga or swimming? Those can be challenging but a lot nicer to your body.
    Good luck for the half marathon!

    Drinking water can be an issue for many people. It was always easier for me to drink something with substance (green tea or herbal tea mainly). AT first I couldn't even drink plain water, it had to be mixed with juice (surgeon orders). Then around month 3 iced cold water only. Today I'm fine, but room temperature is never going down easy. I still prefer when it's cold.

    I did yoga for years and swimming is complicated right now. We had a pool in our house before but not anymore. I'm planning on going back to the pool when we move in a few months. But right now even yoga is painful.

    Somewhere it's like after 20 years of abuse my body can't take it anymore. It's one thing after an other. My ankle gets better then my knee is awful...

    I'm planning on finding a good specialist when we move. May be a doctor specialized in sport injuries could help, but at least PT will help too. I just have to be patient...and try new things. I did increase my omegas and it seems to help a little...
  23. DesrtGal's Avatar
    Christie, you are doing a great job! Congratulations! I measured the day after my 1st nutrition class and hid the paper away for only my eyes to see! It's mortifying to see those numbers. I'm anxious for my time to come.
  24. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jamma
    So funny Christie13, I am 10 weeks out and just today hit the 30 lb. mark! Congratulations to you on the running program. No way will I ever do that, but I am hitting the gym a couple of times a week to keep things moving. I am planning to start with a personal trainer so that my work outs become a little more intense as I am way too easy on myself, but at the same time I have knee issues so I don't want to get hurt. It's fun for me to watch your progress and try to keep up with you, even though I know our journeys are all individual. Keep up the good work!
    Congrats to you too Jamma! I sometimes think I am going so much slower than other people but it is probably because the people with the huge weight loss numbers are the ones that stick out in our heads. I also have noticed that I lose better when I am getting all my protein in.

    How much can you eat now? I am still eating what I feel is relatively small amounts. Definitely no more than 2.5 ounces...unless I take 2 hours to eat.

    A personal trainer can definitely help you. Make sure you advise him/her of your knee issues. Do you like to swim? Or do water aerobics? How about yoga. Another thing that is amazing is Pilates. I used to love doing that. It can really tone up your whole body.
  25. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra3
    Congrats on your weight loss! and your exercise program! you are doing great!
    We all have different ways of losing weight, and you're right, it's better not to compare to others.
    But actually in your case, because your sister was successful, it's a very good indication of what can be your future. Apparently when a sibling or parent is successful with bariatric surgery you have a higher chance of success yourself! STudies don't lie!! that's very good for you!

    Enjoy those first months with a big restriction. For me it did change around month 6/7 and I went from being able to eat 1/2 cup to one cup. My nut actually was telling me that's what I was supposed to eat anyway, but that's also when my weight loss started to slow...indeed the closer you get from goal, the harder it is to lose, but it feels that's I'm still far ...I just can't wait to be able to exercise more! But I'm dealing with one injury after the other...I do feel so much better, I just wished it was helping my fitness level ;-)
    I didn't know that about a relative being successful as an indicator of my success. I figured that since she and I are very different (body shape wise) that it would just depend on how I worked the sleeve. I do feel blessed to have seen her go through this and know the results it can yield.

    I also know that eventually I will be able to eat more but right now it does seem like such a far away thing. I have noticed I can drink more than I was able to in the beginning but just certain things. I can drink green tea (warm or cold) and shakes much quicker but water is still slow going. How weird is that??

    I am glad that I am taking up the running now so when the weight loss gets slow I can start to run faster and longer. My long term goal is a half marathon by December 2017!! Wish me luck because that is a lot of running! LOL. I am confident that as long as I don't get injured I will succeed at that goal! I have all year to get there!

    Sorry to hear about your injuries. Always better to ensure they are completely healed before getting back at it. Have you tried yoga or swimming? Those can be challenging but a lot nicer to your body.
  26. jamma's Avatar
    So funny Christie13, I am 10 weeks out and just today hit the 30 lb. mark! Congratulations to you on the running program. No way will I ever do that, but I am hitting the gym a couple of times a week to keep things moving. I am planning to start with a personal trainer so that my work outs become a little more intense as I am way too easy on myself, but at the same time I have knee issues so I don't want to get hurt. It's fun for me to watch your progress and try to keep up with you, even though I know our journeys are all individual. Keep up the good work!
  27. Sandra3's Avatar
    Congrats on your weight loss! and your exercise program! you are doing great!
    We all have different ways of losing weight, and you're right, it's better not to compare to others.
    But actually in your case, because your sister was successful, it's a very good indication of what can be your future. Apparently when a sibling or parent is successful with bariatric surgery you have a higher chance of success yourself! STudies don't lie!! that's very good for you!

    Enjoy those first months with a big restriction. For me it did change around month 6/7 and I went from being able to eat 1/2 cup to one cup. My nut actually was telling me that's what I was supposed to eat anyway, but that's also when my weight loss started to slow...indeed the closer you get from goal, the harder it is to lose, but it feels that's I'm still far ...I just can't wait to be able to exercise more! But I'm dealing with one injury after the other...I do feel so much better, I just wished it was helping my fitness level ;-)
  28. Christie13's Avatar
    Also carbonated drinks are very bad for you at this point. My nutritionist told me to specifically avoid them as they make your tummy feel full and bloated. I tell people that I am now on a low carb lifestyle and intend to be until I meet my goal. So I don't get any strange looks with my low carb Atkins Lift protein bars in my purse. I keep it in a Ziploc because I can only eat a bite or two then I seal it back up. And I try to find anything on the menu that is healthy. Fish, chicken, steamed veggies. I know you were in a bar. I have had mozzarella cheese sticks in a pinch. Just pick the breading off and eat the cheese so it is not too bad. Or I will eat the meat of a chicken wing and not the skin. My husband and I always have a plan as to how to order. We usually get a meal and an appetizer and "share" so it is not so obvious. So far no one has batted an eye. But yes...not being prepared will leave us feeling super sick. It only takes one time to never do that gain.
  29. jamma's Avatar
    I had a bad experience yesterday. My husband and I went to an early basketball game, then to meet friends for socializing and early dinner. I had had a protein shake before the game, so I thought I would be all set and not feel famished afterward. When we got to the bar/tavern, we ordered drinks--I had a soda water, then a second. We sat down for tavern food and I was so hungry I ordered wrong. I ordered a cuban sandwich. The people we were with don't know about my sleeve, so I wanted to act "normal". Well, the combination of being over hungry, having had club soda and taking two quick bites of sandwich were very bad. I could not eat any more and everything kept coming back up, but I was stuck at the table trying to act like I was full (which I was).
    I should have ordered an appetizer, or let our friends know about the surgery, I don't know what else, but it's a mistake I'm not going to repeat!
  30. Christie13's Avatar
    I haven't been weighing but I eat very slow. It only took a few times in the beginning to realize I also hate that feeling. Oddly enough, I feel like I'm still getting full on very little.
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