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A Chance to Start Again

OkieGirl

Well-Known Member
Hi all!

I am now back to work three days a week, which I'm actually grateful for but we're keeping it really hush hush because once word gets out some people will think it's open season in the office again. The other day someone on our gardening team came in to do some weeding, saw my car in the car park and tried to get in the building! This person should know better than anyone else about keeping away because she's a nurse! At any rate, the Church of England has made a designated person policy where only that person can enter the building. Obviously our vicar is the named person, so it's another reason why we have to be quiet. Our paths don't cross, we both disinfect before we leave the building, she uses the other desk in the office and never touches mine, so I think we'll be relatively safe.

In terms of the weight loss, over the previous 2 1/2 weeks I have gotten really tough on myself. I've dusted off my Fitbit (or Fitbit*h as I call it when I'm sick of the prompts to move) and set my goal for 10K steps a day which I seem to be going to about 12K most days. I've increased the length of walk for the dog in the mornings, I am doing laps around my yard or in the church hall and most importantly I'm logging ever bit of food that crosses my lips. It has made me so much more aware of the mindless snacking that I was doing and has curtailed it considerably. On top of that I'm starting to do some weight training with resistance bands and doing 'cheater' push-ups and squats. It must be working though, because the first week I lost 3lbs and last week I lost 2lbs. My weigh day is Wednesday, but I weighed this morning and it looks as though I am probably on track for anther 3lb loss. I will say, though, that by the weekend I feel so knackered and worn out from it all and although I try to get in the 10K steps on Saturdays, Sundays are definitely my lazy day. Thankfully my husband takes the dog out for his walks on the weekend, so I at least get to have a lay in.

In other news, tonight I had another NSV! I was able to get up out of the bathtub without having to roll over onto my knees to get up!

Also below find some pics of my progress over the year(s). Sorry they're kind of craptastic in quality.

This was me in July of '99. I think I was about 350 here. Maybe not quite that much.

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Wedding day October '99. Probably a smidge over 350. When I went to find a wedding dress, I couldn't actually try anything on as they didn't have anything big enough in stock and they went up to a US 28. We had to take my measurements and go through the books to find something that would fit. The dress I chose was VERY tight even then. Now it'd drown me.
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Me at my heaviest, 403lbs and a month before my first appointment at L&D.
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A few months after the milk diet. I was about 40lbs down from my heaviest.
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About six months post op.
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Current: 249lbs/17.7lbs
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Bling Babe

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Great to hear from you Okie. Happy 1 year. Hasn't it flown by? Lock down seems to have a lot to answer for lol. Being out of routine on the beginning was bad for me, but I've pulled it around abs been pretty good, not that it's helping me lose weight, I've been bouncing around 16st Mark for months, I've only lost about 1 1/2st since my last appointment at end of October. You'll have to let me know if your telephone appointment is more fruitful than mine. When I told her chocolate tastes weird to me now, but my head still seeks it, her advice was to try dark chocolate 🍫🤷🏻‍♀️😂🤣
Glad you're staying safe. Take care xx
Unbelievable!!! X
 

Sarnie

Well-Known Member
Hi all!

I am now back to work three days a week, which I'm actually grateful for but we're keeping it really hush hush because once word gets out some people will think it's open season in the office again. The other day someone on our gardening team came in to do some weeding, saw my car in the car park and tried to get in the building! This person should know better than anyone else about keeping away because she's a nurse! At any rate, the Church of England has made a designated person policy where only that person can enter the building. Obviously our vicar is the named person, so it's another reason why we have to be quiet. Our paths don't cross, we both disinfect before we leave the building, she uses the other desk in the office and never touches mine, so I think we'll be relatively safe.

In terms of the weight loss, over the previous 2 1/2 weeks I have gotten really tough on myself. I've dusted off my Fitbit (or Fitbit*h as I call it when I'm sick of the prompts to move) and set my goal for 10K steps a day which I seem to be going to about 12K most days. I've increased the length of walk for the dog in the mornings, I am doing laps around my yard or in the church hall and most importantly I'm logging ever bit of food that crosses my lips. It has made me so much more aware of the mindless snacking that I was doing and has curtailed it considerably. On top of that I'm starting to do some weight training with resistance bands and doing 'cheater' push-ups and squats. It must be working though, because the first week I lost 3lbs and last week I lost 2lbs. My weigh day is Wednesday, but I weighed this morning and it looks as though I am probably on track for anther 3lb loss. I will say, though, that by the weekend I feel so knackered and worn out from it all and although I try to get in the 10K steps on Saturdays, Sundays are definitely my lazy day. Thankfully my husband takes the dog out for his walks on the weekend, so I at least get to have a lay in.

In other news, tonight I had another NSV! I was able to get up out of the bathtub without having to roll over onto my knees to get up!

Also below find some pics of my progress over the year(s). Sorry they're kind of craptastic in quality.

This was me in July of '99. I think I was about 350 here. Maybe not quite that much.

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Wedding day October '99. Probably a smidge over 350. When I went to find a wedding dress, I couldn't actually try anything on as they didn't have anything big enough in stock and they went up to a US 28. We had to take my measurements and go through the books to find something that would fit. The dress I chose was VERY tight even then. Now it'd drown me.
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Me at my heaviest, 403lbs and a month before my first appointment at L&D.
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A few months after the milk diet. I was about 40lbs down from my heaviest.
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About six months post op.
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Current: 249lbs/17.7lbs
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Well look at you! You are looking fantastic, well done and for getting back on track, it's not easy. I only set my fit bit for 5000 steps, quite often I do about 7000, but rarely ever reach 10000, even when I'm at work on my feet. I do more now than when I'm at work because it's mostly standing. But I do try to keep active doing gardening and decorating. So pleased you're shifting the pounds again, I'm rejigging my eating, cutting out my protein coffee in the afternoon, that seems to be helping, but to early to tell yet. X
 

Bling Babe

Well-Known Member
Hi all!

I am now back to work three days a week, which I'm actually grateful for but we're keeping it really hush hush because once word gets out some people will think it's open season in the office again. The other day someone on our gardening team came in to do some weeding, saw my car in the car park and tried to get in the building! This person should know better than anyone else about keeping away because she's a nurse! At any rate, the Church of England has made a designated person policy where only that person can enter the building. Obviously our vicar is the named person, so it's another reason why we have to be quiet. Our paths don't cross, we both disinfect before we leave the building, she uses the other desk in the office and never touches mine, so I think we'll be relatively safe.

In terms of the weight loss, over the previous 2 1/2 weeks I have gotten really tough on myself. I've dusted off my Fitbit (or Fitbit*h as I call it when I'm sick of the prompts to move) and set my goal for 10K steps a day which I seem to be going to about 12K most days. I've increased the length of walk for the dog in the mornings, I am doing laps around my yard or in the church hall and most importantly I'm logging ever bit of food that crosses my lips. It has made me so much more aware of the mindless snacking that I was doing and has curtailed it considerably. On top of that I'm starting to do some weight training with resistance bands and doing 'cheater' push-ups and squats. It must be working though, because the first week I lost 3lbs and last week I lost 2lbs. My weigh day is Wednesday, but I weighed this morning and it looks as though I am probably on track for anther 3lb loss. I will say, though, that by the weekend I feel so knackered and worn out from it all and although I try to get in the 10K steps on Saturdays, Sundays are definitely my lazy day. Thankfully my husband takes the dog out for his walks on the weekend, so I at least get to have a lay in.

In other news, tonight I had another NSV! I was able to get up out of the bathtub without having to roll over onto my knees to get up!

Also below find some pics of my progress over the year(s). Sorry they're kind of craptastic in quality.

This was me in July of '99. I think I was about 350 here. Maybe not quite that much.

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Wedding day October '99. Probably a smidge over 350. When I went to find a wedding dress, I couldn't actually try anything on as they didn't have anything big enough in stock and they went up to a US 28. We had to take my measurements and go through the books to find something that would fit. The dress I chose was VERY tight even then. Now it'd drown me.
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Me at my heaviest, 403lbs and a month before my first appointment at L&D.
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A few months after the milk diet. I was about 40lbs down from my heaviest.
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About six months post op.
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Current: 249lbs/17.7lbs
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Wow you are looking amazing what a great transformation, you were a truly beautiful bride too. Well done on the past few weeks weight loss, fitness and food logging, your reaping the benefits of it now, I wish I could get my ar#e in gear and get back into the zone. I’m also glad your back at work a few days a week.
stay safe and take care xx
 

OkieGirl

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Thank you all! I still think my wedding dress was so pretty. It's a shame our wedding album is in the loft (it ended up in there when we moved and we never unboxed it!). It had a chapel length train with loads of beading and sequins on it, the bodice and the sleeves. The back had a heart shaped cutout with a pearl bead drape. Next time we go visit my mom I'll have to get it out of the wardrobe and try it on. It'll be hilariously big on me.

@Sarnie I actually counted how many steps I could get in a lap around the garden and the church hall so I know how many I need to do to get about 1000 steps in. It's made a huge difference to me hitting that 10K goal. Also, I cannot believe that they just suggested that you try dark chocolate instead! I suppose the 'logic' in it is that dark chocolate has less sugar, but still! @Bling Babe it is so hard to feel motivated when everything just feels so out of sorts. Every day is a struggle to make myself do stuff. I really do hope that it's not always like that, but I suspect it will be.

I finally have bitten the bullet and ordered me some new clothes. A lot of my tops are still okay-ish although starting to gap a lot at the neck. My jeans... ha! I've been wearing 32s and pulling a belt tight (I even had a new hole put in that belt before lockdown and need another 2 if I'm honest). Enough was enough though and I'm tired of making my old stuff eek out any further. I found a great deal on skinny jeans on TK Maxx for £6 each so decided to get a 22, which is the next size down from what I'm currently wearing. They arrived today and I pulled them out of the bag and thought that there is no way in hell that I was going to fit my still sizeable backside in those any time soon. So, for a giggle I thought I'd try them. Y'all... I can get them on. Now, don't get me wrong, they are TIGHT and if they weren't stretchy there'd be no chance, but I got them on, got them zipped and buttoned and I can sit in them! Could not believe it. Still can't. I reckon if I keep on as I am by the end of the summer/mid autumn they'll probably be fitting really well.

Keep on keepin' on everyone!
 

Bling Babe

Well-Known Member
Thank you all! I still think my wedding dress was so pretty. It's a shame our wedding album is in the loft (it ended up in there when we moved and we never unboxed it!). It had a chapel length train with loads of beading and sequins on it, the bodice and the sleeves. The back had a heart shaped cutout with a pearl bead drape. Next time we go visit my mom I'll have to get it out of the wardrobe and try it on. It'll be hilariously big on me.

@Sarnie I actually counted how many steps I could get in a lap around the garden and the church hall so I know how many I need to do to get about 1000 steps in. It's made a huge difference to me hitting that 10K goal. Also, I cannot believe that they just suggested that you try dark chocolate instead! I suppose the 'logic' in it is that dark chocolate has less sugar, but still! @Bling Babe it is so hard to feel motivated when everything just feels so out of sorts. Every day is a struggle to make myself do stuff. I really do hope that it's not always like that, but I suspect it will be.

I finally have bitten the bullet and ordered me some new clothes. A lot of my tops are still okay-ish although starting to gap a lot at the neck. My jeans... ha! I've been wearing 32s and pulling a belt tight (I even had a new hole put in that belt before lockdown and need another 2 if I'm honest). Enough was enough though and I'm tired of making my old stuff eek out any further. I found a great deal on skinny jeans on TK Maxx for £6 each so decided to get a 22, which is the next size down from what I'm currently wearing. They arrived today and I pulled them out of the bag and thought that there is no way in hell that I was going to fit my still sizeable backside in those any time soon. So, for a giggle I thought I'd try them. Y'all... I can get them on. Now, don't get me wrong, they are TIGHT and if they weren't stretchy there'd be no chance, but I got them on, got them zipped and buttoned and I can sit in them! Could not believe it. Still can't. I reckon if I keep on as I am by the end of the summer/mid autumn they'll probably be fitting really well.

Keep on keepin' on everyone!
:bunnydance: :banana_dancer: That’s so rewarding for you, a lovely read. Your wedding dress sounds absolutely incredibly beautiful It would be lovely to see some full images of it xxx
 

Sarnie

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Thank you all! I still think my wedding dress was so pretty. It's a shame our wedding album is in the loft (it ended up in there when we moved and we never unboxed it!). It had a chapel length train with loads of beading and sequins on it, the bodice and the sleeves. The back had a heart shaped cutout with a pearl bead drape. Next time we go visit my mom I'll have to get it out of the wardrobe and try it on. It'll be hilariously big on me.

@Sarnie I actually counted how many steps I could get in a lap around the garden and the church hall so I know how many I need to do to get about 1000 steps in. It's made a huge difference to me hitting that 10K goal. Also, I cannot believe that they just suggested that you try dark chocolate instead! I suppose the 'logic' in it is that dark chocolate has less sugar, but still! @Bling Babe it is so hard to feel motivated when everything just feels so out of sorts. Every day is a struggle to make myself do stuff. I really do hope that it's not always like that, but I suspect it will be.

I finally have bitten the bullet and ordered me some new clothes. A lot of my tops are still okay-ish although starting to gap a lot at the neck. My jeans... ha! I've been wearing 32s and pulling a belt tight (I even had a new hole put in that belt before lockdown and need another 2 if I'm honest). Enough was enough though and I'm tired of making my old stuff eek out any further. I found a great deal on skinny jeans on TK Maxx for £6 each so decided to get a 22, which is the next size down from what I'm currently wearing. They arrived today and I pulled them out of the bag and thought that there is no way in hell that I was going to fit my still sizeable backside in those any time soon. So, for a giggle I thought I'd try them. Y'all... I can get them on. Now, don't get me wrong, they are TIGHT and if they weren't stretchy there'd be no chance, but I got them on, got them zipped and buttoned and I can sit in them! Could not believe it. Still can't. I reckon if I keep on as I am by the end of the summer/mid autumn they'll probably be fitting really well.

Keep on keepin' on everyone!
This is me too, I have bought a few things, but I'm still holding on to my big clothes to make do, I'm even still in the same knickers because I always wear trousers and they hold them up OK 😂😂. I bought jeggings in size 20 on a sale to wear for later thinking they wouldn't fit and when I got home they fitted perfectly. In asda I got leggings in a 12/14 because that's the only size they had and thought I could take them back cos they probably won't fit and they did, me in a 12/14 😱😱😱 xx
 

OkieGirl

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I never did update after my phone appointment with L&D.

Overall they are very pleased with my progress from last October to when I had my appointment. There was a blip though. My parathyrin levels in the blood test I had last October were quite high but my calcium and Vit-D levels were fine. They think it was probably a blip, but want me to get into my GP for a full blood panel just to be sure. I also mentioned that I've been having lots of dizzy spells when I stand up which is probably being caused by my blood pressure dropping. The woman I spoke to seemed really shocked that they hadn't dropped my BP meds or considered taking me off them, but as I told her I have AWFUL white coat syndrome and so my BP spikes when I go in although at home with my wrist cuff my readings typically are in the low 110's/50-60. My heart rate now sits at 54 bmp when at rest. At any rate, they said they'd write to my GP about it and once I got my copy of the letter for me to contact them and get things arranged, but that was about a month ago and I've not had the letter yet. I've also not had a B-12 injection since January, so, yeah... I was supposed to have one in April but that got cancelled. They've booked me an appointment at Luton in October, a face to face one. I had hoped they were going to send through another one for the phone shortly thereafter, but no such luck.

I discovered the other day that I can fit into a 22 from Tesco, which I was over the moon about. Finally. Cheaper clothes instead of being hit with the penalty of having to buy from 'specialist' stores like Simply Be! I may have to go back and get me another pair of shorts considering how the weather is.

I've been catching up on other's entries and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has stalled. Four weeks now I've stayed the same or gone up slightly. I am stuck roughly at 17st 6lbs and I am so angry and terrified. I've been logging food and my calorie intake is averaging about 1200 - 1300 a day (did anyone ever get told what your calorie goal a day should be!?), but with me doing the 10K+ steps a day I'm burning almost double that and then some. I do not want to get stuck here. Yes, I feel SO MUCH BETTER for what I have achieved, but I'm still at least another 7st to go to get to my goal weight (again, did anyone ever get advised of a goal?). Having said that, people are seeing me now and telling me they can't believe how much I've lost since lockdown (a stone... that's it.) and that I shouldn't lose anymore and can't seem to believe it when I tell them what I've got left. Oh. And someone told me that she thinks I have a goiter. Right. Thanks. Anyhow, I have spent the last week not wearing my Fitbit, not counting foods or steps or even really being careful in the hopes that I'll have hit the reset button and picking up my routine will get my weight shifting again.

Hope you all are coping with the heat. I find it way easier now than I did before due to a distinct loss of insulation!
 

Bling Babe

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I never did update after my phone appointment with L&D.

Overall they are very pleased with my progress from last October to when I had my appointment. There was a blip though. My parathyrin levels in the blood test I had last October were quite high but my calcium and Vit-D levels were fine. They think it was probably a blip, but want me to get into my GP for a full blood panel just to be sure. I also mentioned that I've been having lots of dizzy spells when I stand up which is probably being caused by my blood pressure dropping. The woman I spoke to seemed really shocked that they hadn't dropped my BP meds or considered taking me off them, but as I told her I have AWFUL white coat syndrome and so my BP spikes when I go in although at home with my wrist cuff my readings typically are in the low 110's/50-60. My heart rate now sits at 54 bmp when at rest. At any rate, they said they'd write to my GP about it and once I got my copy of the letter for me to contact them and get things arranged, but that was about a month ago and I've not had the letter yet. I've also not had a B-12 injection since January, so, yeah... I was supposed to have one in April but that got cancelled. They've booked me an appointment at Luton in October, a face to face one. I had hoped they were going to send through another one for the phone shortly thereafter, but no such luck.

I discovered the other day that I can fit into a 22 from Tesco, which I was over the moon about. Finally. Cheaper clothes instead of being hit with the penalty of having to buy from 'specialist' stores like Simply Be! I may have to go back and get me another pair of shorts considering how the weather is.

I've been catching up on other's entries and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has stalled. Four weeks now I've stayed the same or gone up slightly. I am stuck roughly at 17st 6lbs and I am so angry and terrified. I've been logging food and my calorie intake is averaging about 1200 - 1300 a day (did anyone ever get told what your calorie goal a day should be!?), but with me doing the 10K+ steps a day I'm burning almost double that and then some. I do not want to get stuck here. Yes, I feel SO MUCH BETTER for what I have achieved, but I'm still at least another 7st to go to get to my goal weight (again, did anyone ever get advised of a goal?). Having said that, people are seeing me now and telling me they can't believe how much I've lost since lockdown (a stone... that's it.) and that I shouldn't lose anymore and can't seem to believe it when I tell them what I've got left. Oh. And someone told me that she thinks I have a goiter. Right. Thanks. Anyhow, I have spent the last week not wearing my Fitbit, not counting foods or steps or even really being careful in the hopes that I'll have hit the reset button and picking up my routine will get my weight shifting again.

Hope you all are coping with the heat. I find it way easier now than I did before due to a distinct loss of insulation!
I’m so surprised that the surgery have not kept upto date with your B12, mine have been excellen, 12 weeks to the day, give them a nudge.
huge congratulations on the Tesco clothe’s, it Saves so much money not having to shop at specialis stores.
I was told by Zen, my one time dietician at L and D that our calorie intake should be 800 to 1000 for life !!! My Fitbit logs between 15,000 and 25,000 every day, I’ll let you do the maths 😉 my calories are rarely below 1,000 (usually much more of late) but I’ve been really trying this week.
I understand your fear but try not to worry, your stall WILL end, your doing so very well.
i hope you get on well with you GP, give Luton a nudge too about the letter xx
 

OkieGirl

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Talked it up. I got the letter from L&D today so I'll get in touch with my surgery next week. At the time when they cancelled the B-12 shot and I explained to the nurse why I had them, she said that she'd spoken to the doctor (no idea which one) and they said that most people have too much B-12, so that already tells me that whoever that is has little to no experience or understanding of the unique challenges bariatric surgery can present, which doesn't instill much confidence. Oh well, if I have to fight, then I must fight.

Honestly though, even with surgery, how realistic is to expect us to maintain 800-1000 calories a day? Especially if you're active! I mean, yeah, we've been dealt bum metabolic systems and many other things that haven't helped us over the years so we must be mindful, but if I go much lower than 1200 I find that I get into that old mindset where I'm obsessing over food, fretting about it and also feel physically unwell, weak and shaky. Can't win for losing, it seems!
 

OkieGirl

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So I had a 7.7lb loss this week... THANK GOODNESS!

I don't expect to lose like that every single week, but just want it to remain steady. If it hadn't shifted this week I think I would have jumped out of a window! Having said that, over the previous week I've been almost obsessive with tracking all my activity, food and water which was starting to get both irksome and worrisome at the same time.
 

Bling Babe

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Yay well done I’m glad your on the move again xx
 
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