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  • MissThundercat
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    Seriously. There's no big difference in my appearance two days after my foot surgery (July 4, 2019) and almost a year later. I was told weight gain was to be expected. And holding it to 15-20 lbs over 10, almost 11 months is kind of impressive, considering I've had weight-bearing restrictions most of that time.

    Miss Thundercat can always find her way back when she skips too far and loses her way. It's been this way for awhile. And everyone who offers their unsolicited advice is sent out to bring her back coffee and an Everything bagel. She could eat them, but that's too much...

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  • MissThundercat
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    Yawn. Another person with good intentions telling me how to eat without knowing the first thing about me, other than I'm a queer from West Michigan who at one time was an amazing endurance athlete.

    You don't know that I used to weigh 396 lbs at NMU my first semester. I busted my *** and worked my way down to 265 by the time I graduated in 2006. In that time, there were cookies, ice cream, and plenty of alcohol. We were "relaxed but informed." And I had plenty of good people around me to help.

    By December 2007, though, I weighed 200. By 2008, "relaxed, but informed" became very tight gripped. Counted everything, including the lettuce and tomato on my sad little sandwich. Also at that time, I started running 5Ks and working out a lot. At the end of that year, I weighed 165. My old church, when they still loved me, tried to help. I was having none of it.

    By 2009, I was involved in endurance without adjusting my calories to meet the demand. After my first 25K, I had a fat free sandwich. It got worse from there. At the 2009 Grand Rapids Marathon, I started GREAT. By mile 23, I was dead, and I crossed the finish line 20 minutes later than I had in mind. At the post race dinner, I was scared to eat. 2010 snapped me out of this lifestyle, because I was sent to the ER with a hemoglobin level of 6, less than half of what it needed to be.

    It took time. And I went through a few years of Dietary Purgatory before figuring out what worked for me and for me alone. Right now, I only bake when the mood's upon me. Still surprised I lasted 2 months into Pandemic 2020 without baking anything.

    But right now, my mental state is such that I cannot handle another demand placed upon me. Work is hard enough, especially being a substitute technician right now (I fill in when other techs are sick). I'm in physical therapy for my right foot, and the last session made me want to cry in session. My physical strength is all but gone. I'm not the rock star I thought I was in school, and this quarter is pure hell. I have 4 major assignments due soon, and every assignment submitted is basically a prayer to Jesus, Allah, and Buddha. I gave up drinking for the month of May at least because it was interfering with everything. And lately, with the stress of school, pandemic, etc, all I want to do is absolutely murder a bottle of wine (or drink two full glasses of whiskey or vodka).

    Right now, the occasional round of baking something is the only comfort I have left. That, and my cat. I've been starved for physical touch and booze is 100% out of the question right now. So no. I can go for stretches without sugar, but when I feel the itch, I'm going to create something. Remember, it was me who gave this board recipes for double chocolate crunchy peanut butter bread and crunchy peanut butter banana bread with dark chocolate chips.

    And until you understand that.. you'll be reduced to getting me coffee.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Just eliminate added sugar. Just be done with it.

    I used to drink several pops a day, down a box of junior mints, and god knows what else back in high school. I used to buy all sorts of candy and sickly sweet ****.

    I stopped buying pop. I forced myself to like coffee. Buy a water bottle (we like the Nalgene Triton, easily washed and secure) and drink more water.

    Learn to like carrots as a snack. Cheap and still semi sweet. I would choke them down at lunch at work from the cafeteria. I used to get a pickle with my sandwich but decided to stop and just have carrots instead. Now I can eat them without dipping sauce.

    Don’t even go down the snack aisle. Stay away from dairy if it makes you do bad things. Stop buying butter if you can’t help but bake.

    It will be a hellish initial journey. But you eventually lose your sweet tooth. If you can’t do it slowly, start with pop. Never buy a pop again. It’s a step in the right direction.

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  • MissThundercat
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    My weight went up to 241 post surgery from 220. Not terrible, but not where I want to be. At last check, I was at 234.

    That said, I need to lay off my own baked goods. Giving up alcohol will help, but it will help more if I'm eating more fiber and drinking more water. I discovered craft soda in the wake of not drinking, but even that's got to stop. I love a good ginger beer, but 2 ginger beers every day don't help.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Down a full 40 lbs from my all time high now. So close to getting back into the 170s. 181.2 is an “all-time” low. I literally do not remember when I was at 181. Certainly pre-2003.

    I look back at my photos from last summer and it’s hard to actually look at them.
    I had a very long winter and ate too many cookies. Back on track now and hit 50 lbs since my all-time high three years ago.

    It’s a lifestyle change. Not a race.

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  • MissThundercat
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    I gained 15-20 lbs since my foot surgery on July 2. At first I was upset, but at least I realize I have the energy to do what workouts I need, I am keeping up with an 8 year old at my job (and will be assigned another case soon), my food intake is okay, my water intake is okay...

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  • cF[Authentic]
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    Originally posted by Zatind
    For me, weight loss is always more micronutrient than calorie counting.
    Do you have any services that could help me write a proper research paper? I've heard Professor Alicia is very good.

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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Anybody fighting the same thing, good luck to you, you have my complete support and respect. It sucks, it's boring, it's embarrassing, but it's important and you can do it.
    I never found it embarrassing when I was losing weight. I find myself embarrassed when I vocally admit that the mirror is right in that I've re-added most of the weight I lost. I was down 135lbs on a diet I began February 2014 and ended January 2015. Late 2017 I slowly started to re-add weight, and then in 2018 it accelerated after my shoulder surgery (second time on that shoulder). I'm a stress eater, and 2018 was prepping for a wedding, then a series of health issues with my new wife, and then most of 2019 to current I've been preparing for a colossal shift of having my first baby. I plan to get things back under control during my 16 weeks of parental leave.

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  • Kepler
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    Since I'm sure you were all desperate for an update, I finally found what is for me a workable solution to having healthy food intake. For lunch now I have Wegman's salad kits, and for dinners Dr. Mrs. and I eat Freshly prepared meals. This (and going full time to diet soda) has been successful enough that's I've lost 10 pounds over the month having lost 5 before, have decreased my weight volatility to almost nothing -- there are no longer any spikes -- and over the same interval completely stabilized my blood pressure to the 110s. I am still aiming for 30+ more pounds of weight loss but now I have a trajectory.

    For whatever physiological reason I was not able to do this on my own, I needed and adopted guardrails, and they work for me.

    Anybody fighting the same thing, good luck to you, you have my complete support and respect. It sucks, it's boring, it's embarrassing, but it's important and you can do it.

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  • MissThundercat
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    Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
    Gained 20 pounds since my surgery. Combination of inactivity and and general apathy will do that to you. And I noticed I always did better nutrition wise if I had an endurance event to train for, and multiple races each year pretty much keeps me on the path. Even thought I have no upcoming marathons or triathlons in the next few months, I do have a few things: a full recovery, feeling good about myself, and getting my life back.

    With that in mind, I re-committed to workout planning and meal planning, because I find myself eating better if the day's meals and workout are planned out. Lots of quality protein, fiber, and water, black coffee, and tea. And if I stay with this, I have a hunch I'll stop feeling like sh-t pretty soon.
    At least the good news is I am now cleared for the elliptical, swimming, and stationary bicycle. And once I get moving in full (along with laying off the baked goods), I should be okay.

    Also, never lose your fitness. It's a tough road trying to get it back.

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  • MissThundercat
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    Gained 20 pounds since my surgery. Combination of inactivity and and general apathy will do that to you. And I noticed I always did better nutrition wise if I had an endurance event to train for, and multiple races each year pretty much keeps me on the path. Even thought I have no upcoming marathons or triathlons in the next few months, I do have a few things: a full recovery, feeling good about myself, and getting my life back.

    With that in mind, I re-committed to workout planning and meal planning, because I find myself eating better if the day's meals and workout are planned out. Lots of quality protein, fiber, and water, black coffee, and tea. And if I stay with this, I have a hunch I'll stop feeling like sh-t pretty soon.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by SonofSouthie View Post
    Lady friend started the keto diet. Lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks. May not sound like a lot but it was just from changing eating habits.
    The beginning is never the problem.

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  • SonofSouthie
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    Lady friend started the keto diet. Lost 4 lbs in 2 weeks. May not sound like a lot but it was just from changing eating habits.

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  • MissThundercat
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    I found I've gained 15 pounds since surgery. Lately, I've been doing well on food intake, but when I can't really send any calories out...

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Great work. Keep it up.
    Thank you.

    Today's final: 1530

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