Thank you @cole.vsgslimming for sharing your story! “My fav transformations lol you don’t really realize how bad the struggle was until you no longer have to struggle haha. Now regular towels will actually stay on and fully cover me. I posted a picture like this about a year ago so here’s the new updated one 😊 #strugglewasreal
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When leg day has sweat dripping off your face, and your legs + booty shaking- ya gotta check for that progress ASAP! 😂😂😂 Anyone else feel this way?? 🙋🏼♀️
26662:43 PM Sep 28, 2018
As one of my favorite months approaches I’ve begun to realize this year is almost over.
I’ve taken a second to realize what I’ve done these past 10 months. How far I’ve come in my journey. But the same thing always comes back to me. I have yet to reach my goal. Not because I’ve plateaued, or because my weight loss has slowed down. But simply because I’m comfortable. I have not tried as hard as I should. I haven’t pushed myself like I use to.
No I have not given up by any means, I truly just haven’t given it my all.
Talked about this with a good friend & he made some valid points. You should never settle. You should always push for more. I’m the most comfortable I’ve been my whole life. But why stop here? There should never be an end goal set in mind. We should always strive for more. Pushing our limits & believing we can is very powerful. I always say this. Know your worth. Believe you can.
Never expect others to believe in you before you believe in yourself.
We are all capable of more than we understand. Never stop the fight. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve fallen. It matters how many times you’ve gotten back up. Nothing in this life worth having is ever easy. You have to want it.
Be who you want to be & fight like hell for it. No ones going to get you there except YOU!! It’s Monday. A new week & a new month. It’s never too late to continue what you started. With that being said, time to kick some ass this month. Ya girl is GOING to reach goal by the end of this month. ♥️ no doubt. Have a wonderful Monday. Let’s make October a great one. 🍁 🎃 .
Alright y’all, we’re getting in it! Lol. Time to stop giving excuses or watching from the couch. Here’s where I’m at! Currently 5 days into the pre-op diet and surgery is gettin real. It’s gonna be a bloody Halloween! 😹 Anyone else putting on Hospital garb for Halloween? Tagging two of my fave VSG accounts for inspo. These ladies are amazing ❤️
I’m feeling grateful and mushy tonight-so hang with me. I wanna be clear that Keto made huge impacts on my life & made a way for me to eat healthy for the rest of my life. This post isn’t about Keto tho. I’m sure I’ll do a Keto appreciation post soon•
This post is about #wls the thing that didn’t just change my life....it saved my life. That before picture was the day my life changed forever. I snapped it right before leaving the hospital after having 80% of my stomach removed. For years I was too scared to even consider surgery-& didn’t even want to admit that my weight hadn’t gotten so out of control that I needed surgery. I wish I could take all those years back, because the way I’ve felt these last two years? I regret waiting so long to feel this way. Unless you’ve been really overweight-you can’t understand the feeling of being trapped inside your own body. Wanting so badly to do things, but physically being unable to do them. Weight loss surgery set me free. I’ll never deny that I like the way I look now better, but more important than that? How much different I am physically and the MOST important to me? How much stronger I feel mentally. I like me better this way not because of how I look, but because I like knowing I can do hard things. •
So while I am eternally grateful and proud to be a Keto kid....I’ll *always* be a bariatric patient first. •
Do you find it challenging to drink enough fluid?👇
Your fluid intake is made up of all the fluid you drink (and you do get some water from your food). Keep in mind that highly caffeinated or sugar drinks are not as hydrating so best to limit these in your diet.
A few ways to drink more fluid during your day:
👉 Carry a bottle of water around with you: also once you know how much it contains you will find it much easier to know how much you have consumed.
👉Flavour your water: if plain water is not to your liking then there are many ways to add some flavour. Placing in some cut up fruit, a dash of diet cordial or OJ can really help.
👉Alter the temperature: the temperature of a fluid can really affect how appealing it is to drink. If you feel a bit nauseous cooler beverages can be better tolerated.
Any other tips that have worked for you?👇
This is where I have been all day; sat on the sofa in my quilt. It’s been a proper duvet day. 👌🏼 I’ve got a surgery tomorrow totally non-wls related.. 😕 I’ve struggled with headaches for about 10 months now and I have to go to the hospital for a lumbar puncture/spinal tap tomorrow to help with my diagnosis. 😧 To say I’m worried is an understatement. 😔 My eating today has been sporadic and I definitely haven’t been eating the right things for the last few days through worrying... 🤦🏻♀️ I have made the wrong choices and eaten whatever I have thought would make me feel better (it doesn’t ever by the way 😂) I’ve barely been reaching 400 calories and my body can definitely feel it 🤷🏻♀️ I’ve been tired and run down for the past few weeks and went to my gp on Friday where they changed my multivitamin and I have to have a blood test because they think I might be anaemic, more needles 🙄 brilliant. Sorry for the rant. I just needed to offload. I’m still really happy with my progress and I just need to keep focusing on the positives but it’s tough, really tough 😭😭 I feel like I’m constantly at Southampton General Hospital recently but I suppose it’s just something that has to happen 😔😔
712 hours ago
If you asked me what my favorite Non-Scale Victory was.....
2 years ago... I would have said being able to do a lot of cardio. Feeling smaller. Starting to be accepted by people.
A year ago... I would have said getting boy/men’s attention. Not feeling invisible in that sense. “Fitting in” with the other grad students in my program. Being a normal size. Experiencing things I would have never tried or been included in.
6 months ago... I would have said feeling strong AF. Finally getting comfortable to lift weights for me. Lift heavy. Talk about it. Do it for me.
Today... I would have to say... knowing that I’ll be ok on my own. To be able to stand on my own two feet. Completely alone. Being able to move to a brand new city, not knowing a soul. Accepting that almost every single person, acquaintance or friend or best friend, who has chosen to walk away. Leaving me alone in the world. Being thankful for the two friends that I do have, that keep tabs on me and care. But still knowing in the back of my mind that at the end of the day, coming from a very small family, that if I need to do it again, I could survive the world alone. I could put one foot in front of the other and keep my head up. I can do that. It’s not easy but I. Can. Do. That. I’ve always shrunk back in my shell when my “friends” were no longer there when times got hard, but not anymore. I can take it and keep flourishing. I can go do things on my own. I can take coworkers and strangers saying how “brave” I must be to face this world all alone. I can smile and just let that flow in one ear and out another. I’ll be alright.
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Huge #Nsv today!! I completed #C25k Week 5 Day 2! 5 min walk to warmup, 8 min jog, 5 min walk, 8 min jog, and 5 min walk to cool down!! I never in my life imagined being able to jog for 8 minutes without stopping!!! I feel amazing and so incredibly proud of myself!!!
This bathing suit has never fit properly from the moment I bought it about 4 years ago. A size 2x that now slips on easily and is kinda too big for proper swimming.(without letting anything pop out) very happy with my continual progress.
Introducing our newest speakers for our Mini-Conference! So excited for all of you to hear personal stories and advice from active members of our community. Don’t forget to RSVP on our Meetup Page. Link in the bio!
4155 hours ago
Trying white chicken chili for the first time! Check the recipe below 👇🏼 .
3 chicken breasts
2 15oz cans of northern beans (drained)
1 15oz can of sweet corn (drained)
1 4.5oz can of chopped green chili’s
2 14.5oz cans of reduced sodium chicken broth
1/2 large yellow onion (chopped)
3 garlic cloves (diced)
1/2tsp onion powder
1/2tsp garlic powder
1.5tsp of chili powder
1/4tsp cayenne pepper
Black pepper & paprika to taste
Mix everything together and cook on low in the crockpot for 6-8 hours!
13765 hours ago
So this is my accountability post.
This weekend has been atrocious food wise for me. Yesterday I ate crisps and pizza there was nothing nutritious consumed at all.
Today work provided free pizza for lunch and of course I ate pizza... again.
I don’t want to punish myself for eating like this as this was my problem pre op.. I was all or nothing and bad food days would carry into bad food weeks because I felt that I’d failed.. so I’m posting it here to allow myself to draw a line under it and to not let this continue!
This week is going to be focusing on protein, water and getting as many nutrients in as possible. •