Joined January 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
229.0 lb
Lost so far: 0.2 lb

Current Weight
228.8 lb
Performance: gaining 2.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
170.0 lb
Still to go: 58.8 lb
I live and work in Kansas City. On September 14, 2011, I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). I was very successful at loosing weight, and got off 50-pounds by January 2012. However, Christmas and my family arrived and messed me up. Every since then, my life has been VERY stressful, and I haven't been following my diet very well, though I have continued to eat less and tried to make sure I eat enough protein and drink enough water. Also, I have been very consistent in taking my bariatric vitamins and fish oil, so that my metabolic profile is good. I have been told that 50-pounds is the average weight loss for a VSG. And I am really happy about keeping that off. But, now I am ready to get back at it. I would like to loose the rest of my weight, so that I am no longer obese, and get into better shape. I also want to develop some new good habits.

ElMcC's Weight History

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  New Year, New You! 30lbs lighter by New Years!
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ElMcC's Cookbook

cals: 241kcal | fat: 2.59g | carbs: 5.82g | prot: 46.24g
Sazon Chicken with Peppers & Onions
A tasty low calorie, low carb entree that can be eaten alone or with potatoes or rice for more calories.
cals: 165kcal | fat: 5.69g | carbs: 26.55g | prot: 2.76g
Cranberry Breakfast Cookies
Delicious, chewy breakfast cookies for a high fiber breakfast.
cals: 132kcal | fat: 2.08g | carbs: 22.81g | prot: 6.10g
Oatmeal Muffins
Taste like regular muffins and are yummy.
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struggling struggling struggling
Putting stuff in the freezer is a good idea. That gets it out of sight and makes it more difficult to eat it. I guess you could put most any pre-packages snack food in the freezer. How about frozen pop-tarts of potato chips? Sounds a lot less appetizing to me. Smile
posted 03 Oct 2013, 10:07
How we sabotage our health
Sorry about your loss Nkour. Wow. What a great discussion. I have really enjoyed what you all said. I took my daughter to college a few weeks ago. It was very upsetting to see that most of the students were obese. I'm not sure that there were any obese student when I went to college.
I think we need to find new ways to socialize that don't involve food.
Any suggestions?
posted 02 Oct 2013, 23:30
struggling struggling struggling
Maybe get that stuff out of the house? Just think of the awful stuff in those foods. Not good for the kids, and I'm sure you want them to learn healthy eating so that (hopefully) they wont have this difficult problem when they are grown.
posted 02 Oct 2013, 23:19
Dramatic weight loss
Here is a simplified explanation of "water weight" and the biochemistry of fat metabolism.

Your liver contains glycogen, which is a sugar (i.e., a "carb"Wink that our bodies use as a quick energy source for daily operations. The glycogen in your liver holds a lot of water (i.e., the water weight).

When you are taking in a deficit of carbs, such as by eating low, very low or zero carbs and/or exercising, your body uses up the glycogen in your liver; and the water previously held by the used-up glycogen is released from your liver. Your body might use the water in other ways, or it might pee it out.

If your liver doesn't contain enough glycogen, your body fills up your liver by converting some of your body fat into new liver glycogen. So, you have lost that tiny amount of body fat that was converted into glycogen.

If you continue to consume a deficit of carbs, you will again empty your liver of glycogen, and then another tiny amount of body fat will be converted into new liver glycogen.

If you continue on this cycle, such as by sticking to your diet and exercise program, you will continue to loose tiny amounts of body fat, which add up over time.

If, on the other hand, you take in an excess of carbs, such as by eating something high in carbs and/or not exercising, you will fill up your liver with glycogen made from the carbs in your food. Since glycogen holds a lot of water, your water weight will come back. If you continue take in an excess of carbs, some of the liver glycogen will be converted into body fat.

So, to a large extent, there is a balance between body fat and carb intake (consumed or used up). One can tip the balance toward weight loss by eating smart and exercising, so as to use up the glycogen (i.e., carbs) in our livers.
posted 01 Oct 2013, 13:34
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