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    Stay with your plan, everybody! It took me 3 years and 8 months, and this morning I finally hit my personal target: 199 pounds -- GOAL!
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    My little sister sent this to me yesterday to tell me how proud she was it it really opened my eyes to the changes. HW-350 Consult-342 Start diet-336 8-9-16 DOS-308 8-23-16 last weight. 2 weeks ago .... 268
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    I would have never imagined a year ago the life I have now- biking, running, hiking, grounded and self aware. I am loving myself and life and the exciting challenges that come my way! Below is day before surgery and then tonight before my workout.
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    I didn't tell many people before I got my sleeve. I've told just about everyone after the fact, with a predictable range of reactions, but I'd done my research, made my decision, and didn't want to be deterred. But I have two friends, both very skilled and experienced nurses, who I turn to for med advice, so I talked to them. They both got very serious and warned me that it is a terrible idea. They've seen "so many" bad outcomes. One works in peds and one in a pain office. While their general knowledge is very good, neither has any experience with bariatrics, endicrinology, cardiology, etc. So after a few frightening moments I had to realize that the outcomes they've seen are the same as the outcomes all of my negative relatives have seen -- they know somebody, or a few somebodies, who had the surgery. No doubt a lot of people suffer badly after the surgery -- years of obesity takes a horrible toll, and we humans are more inclined to whine about our suffering than bleat about our triumphs. If you tell people before your surgery, you may get the same -- the dire warnings, the pleadings not to do this. Although some people are invested in you not changing, most people are sincere in their concern. Advice is cheap, but when smart people you trust are staging an intervention, you should always stop and listen. You should also trust your doctor(s), and yourself. This is your health, and your life. You have to make your decision based on the most reliable, tested information available. If you're considering WLS, you already know the information: People who struggle with obesity can sometimes lose weight, but they will probably regain it. People who have WLS will lose, and will almost certainly keep at least part of that weight off. If they stay engaged with the process, they will almost certainly reach and stay at a healthy weight. People who stay obese suffer co-morbidities -- diabetes, heart disease, cancer, sleep apnea, loss of mobility, etc, and, as a result, and shortened life-span. People who have WLS may already have some of those conditions, which increases the risks of the surgery and the complications afterward. No matter how many individual cases are put before you, how anxious your daughters are, or how anxious you are, the simplified version of those facts is: If you are obese, you are in danger. Assuming you meet the criteria, WLS can save your life. It's like chemo. If you have a potentially deadly but treatable cancer, do you take the treatment? The chemo is poison, basically. You'll feel sick. There are scary risks. You may have pain, be on an emotional roller coaster, struggle with changes in your appearance. But you swallow hard and give the nice nurse your vein, because you want to get to the other side and live. Obesity is a life-threatening medical condition. Seriously, dude, this isn't about fitting into the cute clothes or showing up your sister. This is about saving your life. And transforming your life -- being able to do some of the other things the normals have been doing all along, savoring the textures of our all-too-short time here. So, speaking as a woman who is about 6 weeks out, struggling with body issues, nauseated about 20/7, can't figure out what the heck to eat (almost to the point of tears and I don't cry), can barely swallow even small pills so gags every morning, still has some pain, and sleep-walked through my first weeks back to work: I would do it again. I mean literally, if they said that I had to go back and do it again tomorrow to keep what I've got, I'd go without hesitation. You aren't choosing between getting the surgery, with all that means, or not getting the surgery, and avoiding that pain. You're choosing to live. Live.
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    I can't believe 2 years have gone by! The best 2 years of my life! So here's a photo from the day before surgery and here's today's photo.
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    This article, by Susan Marie Leach, was posted on another forum and it may be some of the very best advice I've read for anyone considering WLS....or for those that may have "forgotten" what is really important in the recipe for success.....There has been a sudden explosion of advice and opinions floated out there by a brand new crop of bariatric experts. I would like to make a few points that I feel have been lost in the shuffle of bariatric information that is all around us. Generally, having more information is helpful, but just because someone writes something, does not mean that it is so. Present company included – although I have a pretty good track record over the last ten years for accuracy and consistency.This surgery is not a walk in the park. It takes a concerted effort to actually live in a way that is diametrically opposed to the way we have been living for most of our lives. You don’t just wake up after bariatric surgery and find that you no longer have a taste for a Krispy Kreme. You have to develop that disdain and disinterest in such foods by finding other things that while are not a Krispy Kreme, give you just as much or even more happiness than the soft squishy donut when paired with weight loss.My RNY surgery was in 2001 and I can assure you that I would not have had a shot at keeping off 125 of my original 150 lost if I had not stopped eating the crap responsible for my morbid obesity in the first place. Many of the current crop of advice givers, most still in the ‘honeymoon’ phase of one to three years, don’t seem to grasp this concept as they have not yet lived through it. I have done it too along this journey – loudly proclaiming that the twenty pound bounce was ‘an excuse’ – but I was just a couple of years post op and holding the line quite well so it was reality for me at that time.The phrase Honeymoon Period is an often quoted and vague concept to some (sort of like saying ‘Gold Standard’ when referring to RNY surgery – what does that really mean?) Marriage is rough in the long run – but when we first get married, we live in that fog of bliss for a brief moment called a Honeymoon, where all is good and the reality of money, housecleaning, laundry, kids, money and personal habits have not had a chance to drive us mad.Ditto for bariatric surgery. When we are first turned into surgically altered freaks we have no idea that we are not actually steering the car. Or better yet, we do not realize that we have absolutely nothing to do with our massive seven month weight drop. Some folks are already off the path at this point, snickering all the way ‘I am eating all my favorite stuff, nothing is making me sick and I am still losing weight, hehehee.’ or my all-time favorite justification for early Krispy Kreme eating, ‘I have lost 55 pounds in four months, I must be doing something right.’ Nope, during the Honeymoon Phase – we could have been washing down Fluffernutters with McDonald’s shakes and still have lost that first 85 pounds.Reality Check: If you have ever been on a diet, think back to what you had to do in order to lose even 45 pounds. How many salads with lemon juice, horse urine injections, public WW weigh-in humiliations, pots of cabbage Soup, making yourself throw up after meals, and prescription speed cocktails did we endure for a forty five pound loss? Why would this suddenly get so easy that we could have our internal organs rearranged and not have to change our eating habits as well? Give that some thought.Folks who are two years post op have no idea what it’s like at six years post op when what you have been doing not only comes to a screeching halt but seems to reverse itself and the weight begins to creep back on while you watch in shock and horror as every bite seems to count. Things that didn’t matter suddenly do matter – in a bizarre Revenge of Pretzels and Drinking with Meals.If you have not used surgery as a turning point in life – a line in the sand, you are eventually in for a world of bigger hurt and guilt than you could ever imagine. What I am getting to in a delicate way is this: Don’t let people BS you that you can simply eat whatever you want in smaller amounts and not only lose on down to a size eight, but keep it off forever.We have a serious personal responsibility after bariatric surgery to take care of the body that we have willingly cut apart and rearranged. While the surgeons have got the procedures down to a science it’s not simple, nor is any of it truly reversible or non-invasive. Don’t minimize what you have done. It’s a big deal and the changes are drastic. Don’t order the Pasta when you go out to dinner – don’t put the bag of chips in your cart at the grocery store – don’t even go there and order the side of fries – don’t eat the rest of the macaroni and cheese on your 6 year old’s plate as a habit – think about where those moves got you.A few words about compulsion and emotional eating. I know that some of the things I just said are actually impossible for some of you. You don’t want to eat certain foods but are driven to do so. You don’t know why you are not able to stop buying or eating chips or the donuts at the coffee machine in the office and you feel as if you are a failure because of it. During the last four years in particular I have learned more about emotional disorders than I would have ever dreamed possible unless I had not been living through it by proxy. You are not able to fix this by yourself or stop eating these foods simply by willing yourself not to. Weight loss surgery is not the answer to fixing your life.If you have already had bariatric surgery and find that you are upset over lack of control in your life, are careening out of control, obsessed with not being able to comfort yourself with massive bowls of food, are not able to keep relationships, can’t help stuffing even good foods mindlessly into your mouth, have fallen into deep sadness, look at others who are losing weight with hurt and jealousy, and find yourself crying out for attention – get professional help. Your situation may not have a lot to do with being morbidly obese – being morbidly obese is probably a symptom of situations you have had in your life that were not your fault.The brilliance of Connie Stapleton PhD nailed it and I am paraphrasing here but she said that having bariatric surgery will not do anything for you other than physically making your stomach smaller. That is it. You will have the exact issues and emotions you have always had. There is the distinct possibility that if you fix your life or at least attempt to do so, that you will be able to take control of all aspects of life, including your eating patterns.Treat yourself with kindness and love, know who you are taking advice from, and if you feel a bit lost it is a very good thing to find a professional so you can talk through what is on your mind. Life is a Journey – but a Bariatric Journey is even more challenging if we don’t pull together and help each other.
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    Before WLS I would snorkel whenever I had the chance. My honeymoon was a tropical trip so my husband and I could snorkel! I am a life long water person. Learned to swim before I could walk. Was my father's first mate in many sailboat races before I was 10. Went on to teach sailing in my early 20's. I was always interested in scuba, but scared to try. I finally got up the nerve to try when I was approx 300 pounds. The dive master couldn't get me weighted right and I kept flipping on my back like a turtle due to all my belly weight. Then, she tried to drag me under. It was about as awful as it sounds. After I'd made the decision to have WLS, I made a long list of all the things I wanted to do after I lost weight: ride roller coasters, run a mile, get out of plus sizes, etc. On that list I added learn to scuba dive. For me, diving was a lofty goal. Between JAWS, my first attempt at scuba and a healthy respect for how quickly things can go wrong in water, I had a lot to overcome. I got certified last Fall and took my 2nd diving trip last week. What helped me to push through my fears about surgery and stick to the plan to lose weight (and try to stick to it to keep it off) was/is WLS was my one chance to hit the re-set button on my life. I often said "no" to activities and invites when I was 250+. I would still go to the beach, snorkel, ski and many other things. But I declined to stand up with friends at their weddings. I didn't give scuba a second try. I skipped a tropical "girls' weekend" because they were all thin and would be wearing cute sundresses. I would have been the fat one sweating buckets in my black tunic and leggings. It's been 3.5 years since my WLS. I keep it top of mind everyday so I don't over eat or over drink. But, it is hard to remember how tough life was at 300 pounds. On this diving trip I jumped off the boat and climbed back on with 40+ pounds of scuba gear several times a day. It was a piece of cake compared to how hard it was to climb back on a boat when my body was 300 pounds and I had no gear! Sharing all of this with the hope to inspire someone who might be on the fence about WLS or is post-op and having a rough moment. I also learned to love color post-op. That's me in the pink and blue wetsuit. I wore all black everyday for so long the goth kids were telling me to take a break. No more all black for me anymore.
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    Just remembered that today's my 3rd surgiversary! I went from 270ish to a lowest weight of 139. My surgeon wanted me to be around 150 which is right where I stay now (although I prefer more like 145). Attached is the pic from 2013 that pushed me over the edge to WLS when I saw that my hubs could barely get his arms around me. The other is today (not the best pic- today's clothing choice was function over fashion). To the newbies- the "secret to success" is keeping an ongoing commitment to making healthy choices every time it's time to eat. It's not always easy but it's so worth it.
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    I haven't been on here in awhile but wanted to come back to share with everyone that I hit my goal weight of 200! It happened a couple months ago, and I'm hovering between 196 and 203 most of the time now. Comparison picture attached. I decided to have a tummy tuck, liposuction and breast implants done once I had maintained for about three months. Surgery was on Monday... I'm definitely a little sore still but doing a lot better than I was Monday and Tuesday. I'll come back and post another picture once I'm healed from surgery!
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    This. Pants I wore right before surgery on the bottom and jeans I wore this weekend.
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    So, as of this morning, I am officially 159lbs!! I've reached my goal weight, of 160lbs. I'm posting some of my before's and after's.. So at my highest weight, I was 292lbs.. Surgery Date I was 284lbs. I had surgery on August 1st of 2016, and I credit it has being one of the biggest and best decisions of my adult life. I am thrilled, my health is better, I am off my medications, I sleep well, and I can be active with my children. Regardless! Facial Changes in losing 130lbs : Body Changes in losing 130lbs : And a bonus - Wow look at my arms before! Yikes! (This is my gorgeous husband that has stood beside me for 15+ years, through this journey, three kids, and still took the time to draw a bath for me today, he's awesome) : And one more, Me at work :
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    I don't even recognize myself anymore. My old self looks like a stranger! The thing is is that I never saw myself looking that bad. I'm so glad I made this huge lifestyle change.
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    The ones on the left were this time last year - I am down about 125lbs, and I feel great. What a difference. I went from a size 24 in jeans, and 3xl in shirts to 8/10 in jeans, and Medium/small in shirts.
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    On this date 4 years ago I was terrified. I had no clue what this journey would bring or even if I would survive surgery. I wasn't given much to expect just basically a list of foods for each stage..so into this journey I stepped. I took each day one day at a time. I never really gave much thought to where my weight would take me; I bought an xl for the next winter. Never did get to wear it;). I am now in mostly medium shirts though the light gray one is an xs and size 2 or 4 jeans. The jeans I have on in these pictures are 26 waist. I have ditched 18 of my medications. I do not exercise due to bad ankles but I do get 10,000 steps in as I'm on my feet all day at work. I can play with my grandchildren (go sledding or swing or slide; things I was unable to do with my own children). I've overcome my fear of water and gotten scuba certified. I do not tolerate alcohol or fried foods. I've had no complications and I've learned to listen to my belly and not my head. If my stomach says enough, I stop. My eyes are still bigger than my belly but it's okay to leave food on my plate. I no longer belong to the clean plate club. This has been the best thing I've ever done for myself. I wish everyone much success.. Lois
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    I shared earlier that I had started dating for the first time since 1985 (yikes) and I have met someone that I care enough about to have the discussion about my WLS and how different I look without clothes. I was so terrified to be that open about it but I finally got the courage. And he responded perfectly; told me I was more than my skin, that he genuinely likes me. My life has changed in ways I never even imagined since WLS. Widowed at age 45 I completely shut down everything but surviving and raising our kids. About 2 months after his death, a "helpful" acquaintance offered his services should I get lonely. I was pissed, scared, and completely freaked out and immediately began stuffing my face. Already obese, I crossed into the land of morbid obesity. I was building my cocoon, a shield from that hurtful world out there. I stayed in that cocoon for far too long, but when I turned 50 I decided that it was time to re-imagine my future...my future as a single person. That's the first time I actually thought of myself as a single person. So in the last 3 years, I have worked hard to emerge from my cocoon and I can honestly say that I feel the best physically, emotionally and spiritually that I have maybe my entire life. What an incredible gift this tool has been! Not that this butterfly is quite ready to get naked yet, but hey it's a step
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    I took my 10 year old granddaughter to the county fair tonight and rode every single carnival ride with no fear of not fitting on the seat or of being too heavy. I felt very free.
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    I am super private and introverted, so my posting this is testament to what a great bunch you all are here on TT. i thought my belly looked pretty fly today, and decided to share it with the internet! Not bad, right? I'm dying for plastics but I'm grateful for this "before".
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    4 years ago at this moment I was in the OR. It seems both like it's been just a few months and a lifetime. Today I'm wearing a medium top, medium pants, 4 inch heels and a bright orange handbag. 4+ years ago I was wearing size 20 or 22. I never would have carried a bright handbag as I would have felt like it would have been a spotlight on my chub. And heels - I stopped wearing them when I got over 240-ish. Too much foot pain for heels. Pre-op I was lucky and didn't have any weight related health issues, but I knew it was only a matter of time which is part of the reason I had surgery. Pre-op I made a list of things I wanted to do once I got the weight off and many of them I've done: run, get certified to scuba dive, ride roller coasters again, wear dresses on a regular basis, etc. What I didn't expect and couldn't have foreseen is how having WLS and getting my food addiction under control would impact so many aspect of my life. When I was fat and people asked me to stand with them at their wedding, I always declined as I didn't want to be the fat one in the photos or cram myself into some dress that would look terrible on me. I've stood up with two friends since WLS. In my fat years, while I was still active, somewhat athletic and social, I said "no" to various invites and activities more often that I realized. After I'd lost about 70 pounds I remember starting to say "yes" to nearly everything I was invited to or wanted to try. I realized in certain places I would figuratively wear armor to discourage people from making comments about my weight and protecting myself it they did. It was hard to be the fat one at the gym. Or on the beach/on the dance floor/in the kayak/on the ski slopes, etc. I spent a lot of time while in public trying to make my body smaller as not to bump into strangers on the bus, planes, in lines, weaving through crowds -- the list goes on. And, all the time I spent thinking about food. What to eat, when, how much, oops now I feel bad because I ate too much. Okay, this time I really mean it, the diet starts tomorrow. But, until then I'm going to keep eating xx until it is gone. I road this crazy roller coaster as a fat then thin and then fat again adult. All the tears I cried of frustration and shame. I have serious self-discipline. I smoked a pack a day for over 10 years and quit cold turkey - no meds, no patch, no smoking cessation aids at all while living with a smoker. If I was able to do that then why couldn't I control what I ate for more than a couple of days?! Finally, I admitted I was a food addict and slowly the pieces finally started to fall into place for me. Having WLS was just one of those pieces. I still love food and definitely enjoy it. But not with the all consuming love and need/desire I used to feel. I was happy before WLS but I'm much happier now. I had a great marriage before and it is even better now. Both people who know and don't know about my sleeve have remarked how more laid back I am since I lost weight. Yep, I no longer waste time fighting a mental battle with food and my body which in hindsight was exhausting. With the money I save on eating far less food that I did pre-op I've bought a closet full of clothes that I love in a variety of styles and colors! I've been able to travel more. The time I used to waste on food I now spend doing a variety of other things that contribute to my happiness - including exercise. 4 years out I don't think WLS was/is easy. But for me, is was far easier than all the years I spent losing and gaining. I think it is the easiest hard thing I've ever done. Last night I was thinking about how scared I was the day before surgery. And how I could still back out up until the moment they knocked me out. I had a vision of jumping off the table and running out of the OR! While I was scared that I wouldn't lose weight, what scared me the most was that I would miss eating the way I used to for the rest of my life. Thankfully I did lose the weight, keep it off and I don't miss the way I used to eat. Getting sleeved is the best decision I have ever made. Even better than marrying my husband and he is my most favorite person ever! Huge thanks to all that have shared their stories and inspired me. (And, to those who provided cautionary tales.) Reading the success stories from those who made it to goal were a huge inspiration to me. I felt like if that many people could do it and be happy, perhaps I could as well.
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    I had these size 12's for 8 years. A friend of mine gave them to me and said that they would be a good pair of goal pants. These pants stayed with me while I lived in Las Vegas and moved with me across the country. I never thought I'd see the day that they zip. Well they are way out of style and way too long but I fit in a size 12. I mean I don't know if Kmart's size 12's are bigger than normal size 12's but I'm going to enjoy the moment of putting on a size 12 and zipping it up. It's been since 9th grade since I've seen a 12 maybe 8th in all honesty. I'm 39 so it's been a minute. So the scale may not be dropping fast but I'm going to rejoice in this non scale victory for the day.
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    Love this new Limited top, size large. Wore it to church today.
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    My NSV is air travel related: I flew on three flights today, and the seats were fine. Not too small. No hips squeezed in. No overflowing into the people next to me. No crossing my arms to try to be smaller. Belt nice and roomy. They're airline seats in coach: not comfortable, don't get me wrong, but they weren't torture. This is a huge victory. I usually fly quite a bit, but had totally given it up last year or so due to my hatred of the discomfort. My travel horizons are open again!
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    My one year surgiversary was last week... 160 pounds down... 30 BMI lower... I feel like a True Athlete. My goal for second year is to drop 30 more pounds get to 10 % total body fat and get Shredded! Just wanted to update my thinner times family, and say thanks again for being there in early days post-op I was terrified and you guys were there to make me feel better. <3
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    I'm a couple of pounds away from a BMI of "normal" and I'm aiming for it. I'm not concerned about staying there, it's just that it's something I never thought I'd ever see. I'm down two pounds this week, not sure why, I haven't been doing anything different. 191 this morning, and I could use a pair of jeans with a smaller waist. This brings me to 169 pounds lost.
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    Tried on bridesmaid dresses today with my sisters. The lady who owned the shop was helping us. She kept saying we had to find something flattering for me because I'm so lean. I was super self conscious because of my small saggy chest but she was clueless that I had been heavy and just kept saying "you're fit and lean there's nothing to be self conscious about." I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. I'm fit and lean--what????
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    hey there, TT peeps! geoff hollered at me and reminded me that i haven't been on in a while. i always post stuff to facebook, which i have most of you added on, but then neglect to recognize that some of you aren't. my sincerest apologies for that. i have outfits to share, too... but i figured i'd give a small update and knock two birds out with one stone. - i decided not to go through with bypass. the timing is terrible right now... with my cruise coming up, and palaceburn getting back into touring... taking weeks off just isn't in the cards for me right now, financially or otherwise. however - my voice is doing much better. i've been continuing my vocal therapy and taking my reflux meds, and things seem to be improving. WAY better than it was 3 months ago. - speaking of palaceburn, we're back in the studio. we're recording a couple of singles that will be released in the new year. you'll see a pic from our upcoming xmas card below. - oh, and i started dating again. on facebook, i asked certain couples how they knew they met "the one"... and i got some amazing responses. the reason being is that i've started seeing this guy named ashton. we're not official as of yet. neither one of us have any interest of rushing into a relationship, but we really like each other and we're playing it by ear. he is absolutely wonderful. he's a huge wrestling nerd (as i am), he's funny, a complete southern gentleman, and driven. a couple of pics below are from when i went to visit him in florida. that's the only downside... he lives in jacksonville (born and raised). LDRs have never been my thing... but i believe for him... if things are going the way i think they are, i can make an exception. i hope all of y'all are well and that you have a wonderful holiday season! oh! the black dress is from fashion to figure, 0x.
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    WHAT?! I'm a little stunned and the numbers on the scale haven't hit me. I'm in a bit of disbelief because, well, because. I'm still angry that I was advised to gain weight to qualify for WLS. I tried to gain weight and managed to put on about eight pounds thanks to Hostess cupcakes. I have been finding the wrappers stuffed deep in my couch cushions, in the nooks and crannies of my car and in my closet. I was ashamed of eating such terrible foods and hid the wrappers from my husband, even though he knew I was trying to gain weight. Every time I find a cupcake wrapper, I get angry all over again. How could my insurance company influence me to live an unhealthier lifestyle so that I could have surgery to become healthier?? The picture on the left was taken at this time last year. I'm not sure how much I weighed but I believe it was higher than 225. I may have weighed 235. I had spent a month in Europe with my family and should have been on cloud nine. I had my miracle baby and was deeply in love with her. I now see that I was miserable, depressed and full of self-hatred. The picture on the right is me today.
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    Be kind. Both pictures were taken early in the morning. I haven't had time to spruce myself up this fine day. Pic #1: Surgery Day. Pic # 2: Almost four months later and 53 pound lighter.
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    This week am hiking (can't believe I am using this word; more like moderately strenuous walking) in the Italian Alps. Bought new hiking boots - first pair in > 30 years - and have been wearing lightweight synthetic fabric shirts that hang from my shoulders and chest and do not blob out around my stomach. My wife banned me from wearing those in public some years ago as they were not, um, flattering. It feels so liberating... I walked 10 or 12 kilometers with my 19 year old son, we were just walking and talking the two of us for 5+ hours -- and I kept thinking how precious this is. I know, I know, none of you will believe this until I post a [email protected]#*& picture. Will do as soon as I can get a good internet connection....
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    floral maxi dress gap jean jacket AE crochet sandals
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    At two months beyond my 4 year surgeversary, I'm at a new low weight today, 193 pounds. I like it a heck of a lot more than 360!
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    Woot woot! I have lost 105lbs so far! Am 25lbs away from my goal and I feel great!
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    been awhile since I have been on her, I crossed my legs today, I wore leggings with a long shirt and knee boots!!! Wow, I was a little uncomfortable to start with, kept pulling my shirt down to cover my butt and my husband said STOP THAT, it was funny. By the end of the day it seem normal. When we went into the restaurant it seem like everyone was looking at me, my husband said, of course they are, you are beautiful! I almost cried , 61 lbs. Gone forever. I am 3 months out today so I am happy with my results
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    John Paul Richard shiny black pants, size 16, and AMI faux rattlesnake skin vest, size large. Down 66lbs.
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    I got one for this week. I work at a Pharma company and must wear a lab coat in the production areas. Well I HATE my lab coat because it is a special order 6 x in order to fit me and I avoid wearing it as much as possible. Earlier this week I had to go to an area that required I wear it so I grabbed it off of the hook and went to put it on, Only to find that it was TIGHT around the mid section and the buttons were a little strained. The person sitting at the common desk where my lab coat was at said, 'It's ok if you need to borrow it.' I looked down at the nametag and realized that it was his coat and an XL!!!!!!!!!!!! It was snug...ok really snug but it buttoned up.
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    The Summer was good to me. I spent it in Texas with my family and I stopped obsessively weighing myself and tracking my calories. I lost 20 lbs in 2 months (woo hoo!). I've also been slooowly reintroducing carbs, which I think my body really needed. I am SO close to my 80 lb loss mark. I never imagined I'd lose that much this quickly. I was expecting 100 lbs in a year. Looks like I might hit the 100 lb loss mark by my 7 month mark. Grey sweater was back in December 2016. White shirt was last week. Husband says he sees a big difference in these photos, I'm not sure if it's the best angles. But I FEEL amazing. I was a size 28, 3X-4X. Now I'm a size 22 and a XL/XXL. Starting weight: 342 Current weight: 263 Sleeved: FEB 23 2017
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    I've got a big one...well it's big to me anyway. I was surprised with this trip so quickly that I didn't have time to order any clothes from my usual online catalog. I was a little stressed about it, because the stuff I fit into right now isn't very dressy...I'd say it's just a step above comfortable, lol. Well, after more than 10 years of buying stuff online, I broke down and went to an honest to goodness clothing store. I'm still wearing larger clothes, but quite a bit smaller than I was. I had NO idea what size to look for, and I was terrified I would leave there in tears, with nothing to wear. I asked the sales clerk what the largest size was that they carried, and she said 24. So I looked for some things I liked in that size. I actually ended up finding a nice dress. IN A STORE AND NOT ONLINE!! It's been so long that I've worn "off the rack" that I've forgotten what it was like! I felt so out of place, it wasn't funny. Even though it was a size 24, it fit, and I bought it. I cried all the way out to the car (happy tears). My husband actually teared up when I came out of the dressing room. I can't wait for the day when I don't have to shop in the plus size section any longer, but it felt pretty damn good to be able to fit into something I didn't have to order online!!! Below, I'm posting a pic of me on the morning of surgery, and one of me in the new dress. You can't see a huge weight difference, but I'd still like to share. And again, please be kind...I'm missing a lot of hair
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    I don't know the source for this, and the information is invaluable!
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    My grandson Harper He continues to be my motivation...every day!
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    118lbs lost since my high weight, 109 since my surgery date, just 15 months ago. I work for a portrait studio and I get a pretty good employee discount, so I am kind of thinking about having some pictures taken with my daughter in celebration.
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    In Grand Cayman. Size med Maurice dress..
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    Not really exciting, jeans, and very cute booties I got from Amazon, but the biggest thing I am posting.. is that this shirt is a medium!!! I've not fit into a medium in over 20 years.
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    Well, it's official. Reached this milestone and I am thrilled. Haven't seen 100's in at least 20 years. HW 273. SW 248. CW 199.
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    OOTD: Blush pink Milano top, size L. Kenzie skinny (happy dance) jeans, size 12 (big time happy dance). Blush metal and rhinestone necklace as an accessory. Bongo suede flats, size 11
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    Long time no post. I'm still here. Work has been super stressful and frankly I've had no time or mental bandwidth for bathroom selfies!! Maurices lace yoke top black ponte pant black boots yay for boot weather!!!!
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    i'm actually wearing this outfit today, but this is the only pic i have of it. my friend rocio and i went to go see "turandot" sunday. my first live opera. i loved every single second!!! grey cardigan from torrid, 1x. target black dress, L. lane bryant fleece leggings. boots are from amazon, just ordered them.
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    Thanks! But his is what I really look like as a cowgirl....at least when we've gotta round up cows in the rain when it's 40 degrees. (AKA how I spent last weekend) Norm Thompson silk turtleneck, Under Armor Cold Weather long sleeve shirt, Tundra fleece pullover, Polarfleece long underwear, Levi's 501 button fly jeans, Burton snowboard socks, Ariat boots with spurs, Sydney Oilskin duster, 3/4 leather chaps, Outback Trading oilskin hat, and thinsulate lined leather gloves. Kindle (my mare) is sporting a Professionals Choice SMX Air Ride Pad and Australian Stock Saddle Company Muster Master saddle with mohair cinch and accessorized with canvas cantle and saddle bags, Down Under leather and fleece breast collar, Tucker leather crupper, leather head stall with a Mylar bit and John Lyons reins.