Winter is coming!

With winter coming towards us we all dream of warm drinks and carb loaded meals and desserts. Remember that we have since evolved from the days of needing those extra 10 pounds to get through winter. Resist the urge to hibernate. What is your favorite winter activity? For me it’s time to explore and find something I love to do. What’s your strategy to get through the coming months of temptation?

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Tooting my own horn because I am another pound closer to my healthy BMI. Every pound matters!!

For the record: I didn’t eat all those burgers and fries. I just photographed them before they were distributed.

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!! My manager brought us all Burgerville cheeseburgers and fries. I just ate the meat/cheese and thew out the rest of mine. #Vsg #wls #nationalcheeseburgerday

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!! My manager brought us all Burgerville cheeseburgers and fries. I just ate the meat/cheese and thew out the rest of mine. #Vsg #wls #nationalcheeseburgerday

marcojoceph:

2014 Fitness pyramid

marcojoceph:

2014 Fitness pyramid

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You are not a dog, don’t reward yourself with food

Don’t let your mind trick you into believing that you are treating yourself kindly by eating that bag of chips or that chocolate bar. 

Is food addiction a true, legitimate addiction? This article may help you understand how food addiction works.

fabulouslyflabby said: How long did it take for you to be able to drive and function after surgery? I'm trying to figure out how many days to give myself off work. I work a desk job. Thanks!

I didn’t take any narcotics after surgery at all. I was good to drive when I got back - 3 days later. I think most docs recommend at least 2 weeks off.

Get in my belly! #click #protein #coffee #vsg #wls

Get in my belly! #click #protein #coffee #vsg #wls

Setting the Intention to Writing for a larger online publication than my little humble blog. Blog posts? Articles? Books? I feel open to the project.

Setting the Intention to Writing for a larger online publication than my little humble blog. Blog posts? Articles? Books? I feel open to the project.

Anonymous said: hi i have been following your journey for a long time and have so many questions. i guess my biggest fear is commitment. i have tried so many diets and i know they WOULD work, but i can't get my head in it. i'm good for one day and then mess up and binge eat and abandon completely then try again the next week. i know with gastric sleeve i can't do that but what if i WANT to binge like i need that? i don't know how to stay committed and i don't know if i can do WLS because of that

Hi! Thanks for the note. Sorry that it took me so long to respond. I’ve read and reread your message trying to come up with the “right” answers, but I’m not sure I know them, so I’m going to do with your message what I do with things that seem really big and overwhelming and break it into small steps I can do.

If your biggest fear is commitment then I think it’s possible that you are afraid of your own potential. If you unleash the person within, what could you do. And then you may fail. And what if that happens. And then you may succeed and that opens up all kinds of anxiety inducing possibilities. Success is almost scarier than failure. If you stay the way you are, it might unpleasant or even miserable and unhappy, but that’s a known entity/quantity and you know you can handle it. But the truth is, you can handle the unknown too. The trick is believing that you can.

So I think that we are similar in many ways. I have lost weight before. I think we all have. But most of us have quit or given up before. And it’s not that I didn’t want to quit or give up sometimes, but at this point, 10 months in, I can say that I can’t imagine life any other way.

It was really hard for me to deal with bingeing behavior, but it was possible with the sleeve. To date I am proud that I have never binged to the point where I’ve made myself sick (vomiting or dumping) and now I take pride in my self control over bingeing. I do at times “binge” in the sense that I will eat 3 oz of jerky instead of 2, but long gone are the days of eating an entire bag of Pirate Booty at 2am.

Let me be clear though, the WLS is just one component of my transformation. The big key, central tool in my toolbox is the built in appetite and portion control that is the gastric sleeve. But physical activity and mental health are the other two keys.

Choose recovery. Nobody ::wants:: to binge. It’s an out of control feeling. You will feel much better with a little distance between you and the bingeing. Surgery can be that giant reset you need. I encourage you to consider and research all of your recovery options thoroughly.

And message me anytime, anon :)

Not only would I not put this $hit in my mouth, I would rather feed my kids PB&J every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner than put McD on their plates. I’ll never spend another dollar at McD. I don’t ever go there. Ever. Hard limit. That’s true for me for all fast food. There is nothing there that is healthy or nutritious for a WLS (bariatric) patient. You could make the bottle of water argument, but save yourself the money and plastic and just fill up a mason jar with water and put it in the refrigerator to take with you. Seriously. Just don’t even go there. Fast food is one of those foods that you can actually banish. It’s something you can give up FOREVER. You aren’t treating yourself by going there. Don’t fool yourself. And yes, it might be easier to hit the drive thru and feed the kids, but nobody said good parenting was easy. It’s not. It’s labor and time intensive. Your kids deserve the best nutrition you can afford. Let me say that again differently: • YOU OWE IT TO YOUR KIDS TO FEED THEM HEALTHY FOOD • If you can only afford fast food, I can help you with some suggestions for healthy food that is inexpensive, because we are food stamps poor and still cook healthy food and provide healthy snacks for our children. I’ve said it before and I will again repeat it: Fast food has no place in your VSG life. Going back to McD is like going back to Marlboro after you’ve had chemo. Just don’t.

Not only would I not put this $hit in my mouth, I would rather feed my kids PB&J every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner than put McD on their plates. I’ll never spend another dollar at McD. I don’t ever go there. Ever. Hard limit.

That’s true for me for all fast food. There is nothing there that is healthy or nutritious for a WLS (bariatric) patient. You could make the bottle of water argument, but save yourself the money and plastic and just fill up a mason jar with water and put it in the refrigerator to take with you. Seriously. Just don’t even go there.

Fast food is one of those foods that you can actually banish. It’s something you can give up FOREVER. You aren’t treating yourself by going there. Don’t fool yourself.

And yes, it might be easier to hit the drive thru and feed the kids, but nobody said good parenting was easy. It’s not. It’s labor and time intensive. Your kids deserve the best nutrition you can afford. Let me say that again differently: • YOU OWE IT TO YOUR KIDS TO FEED THEM HEALTHY FOOD • If you can only afford fast food, I can help you with some suggestions for healthy food that is inexpensive, because we are food stamps poor and still cook healthy food and provide healthy snacks for our children.

I’ve said it before and I will again repeat it: Fast food has no place in your VSG life. Going back to McD is like going back to Marlboro after you’ve had chemo. Just don’t.

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773 calories / 95 grams of protein / 68 grams of carbs with 4 grams of fiber / 36 grams of sugar. Seriously not bad!

773 calories / 95 grams of protein / 68 grams of carbs with 4 grams of fiber / 36 grams of sugar. Seriously not bad!

(Source: after-crisis, via girl-in-nike)

anoceanofstarlight:

nikolaecuza:

danosaurs-and-philions:

im a bad person who thinks bad thoughts like ‘ew what is that girl wearing’ and then remember that im supposed to be positive about all things and then think ‘no she can wear what she wants, fuck what other people say…

I do the same thing - like, hang on, she totally can wear that bikini if she damn well chooses to and wow I can’t believe I totally judged her body and her right to show or not show it as much as she wants - ESPECIALLY SINCE I HAVE BEEN THAT WEIGHT AND HATED BEING JUDGED THE SAME WAY!!

Rethink everything.

The fact of the matter is, Everyone is Perfectly Beautiful to Someone. Be who you are, fully, and shamelessly. There is someone (there is probably more than just one person on this huge planet) that thinks you are the most beautiful when you are just being yourself. Wear what you want. How others interpret that is truly their problem, not yours.