Julie S.

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About Julie S.

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 08/17/1973

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Philadelphia
  • Age
    38

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. John Meilahn
  • Hospital
    Temple University
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-02
  • Start Weight
    280
  • Current Weight
    119
  • Goal Weight
    120
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    21.8
  • Surgery Date
    07/06/2010
  • Surgery Type

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  1. i love you BOTH :wub: :wub:
  2. i'm holding steady at 124. would love to reach 120, but it's of little consequence to me. i spent 9 days on vacation in spain & morocco and didn't gain an ounce, though i have no idea why because i ate like there was no tomorrow. i've learned that i don't dump. sugar has no effect on me. neither does bread. or high fat foods. i'm wondering if at over 20 months out if i am still malabsorbing calories?
  3. for me, it was most gratifying to be able to lose weight so quickly. losing 100 pounds in less than 9 months was extremely rewarding, unlike the other attempts I'd previously made to lose weight, which felt like the weight loss was insurmountable and took forever. now that i am thin, it is a huge incentive and motivator to keep my food clean and to exercise. i want to be able to keep reaping all the rewards of this surgery. i like knowing that it is physically impossible for me to eat enormous quantities of garbage like i used to pre-op. as long as i don't outstretch my pouch or my stoma, my tool should keep working for me. everytime i slip on my size 4 jeans and a small sized top, it's an incentive for me to keep doing what i'm doing.
  4. it's rare for insurance to pay for plastics anyway. it happens, but it's more unusual than not. a breast reduction is often approved and a panniculectomy is sometimes approved, but it's frequently not enough for those of us who have lost a great deal of weight. we generally need the full-on abdominoplasty for optimal results. best of luck with your plastic surgery journey. having my plastics has made all the difference in the world about how i feel about myself. i have zero regrets and would do it all over again in a heartbeat! xxoo
  5. wishing you an uneventful surgery and an easy recovery. my plastics (breast reduction, arm lift & tummy tuck) have made me so happy. i love my body now. i wish the same for you. i'll be thinking of you tomorrow and looking forward to getting an update when you're feeling up to it. good luck! xxoo
  6. My experience has been that Victoria's Secret fits me very poorly. If you have access to a Nordstrom's, the bra fitters there do the best job. They measure you properly and provide a wide range of bra styles to try. If you can wait, I would hold off until you've lost the majority of your weight to invest in good bras. Your size is likely to change pretty rapidly over the next 6 months. For me, I've had the most success with finding great fitting bras at Nordstrom's. Good luck!!
  7. MJ (I love that moniker for you!) just wanted to tell you how sorry I am it didn't work out. I know how disappointing it is. No words of wisdom here, just big hugs being sent your way, lady. xxoo
  8. kathy, i'm so happy you made goal! so proud of you--congrats!!
  9. i've been away & busy but slowly getting back into the swing of things again. i've missed you, TT!

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    2. AboutTime

      AboutTime

      Missed you too!! :>

    3. haggardk

      haggardk

      Glad you are back! I come and go ---gets busy this time of year.

    4. SerenaSlimmer

      SerenaSlimmer

      I've been thinkin' about ya! Miss talking with ya!

  10. Are my PM replies to you getting through? I am not showing that any were even sent! *sigh*... I have tried..I'll try sending you a "new" message when I get home- it just now occured to me to try that, argh! sorry!!

  11. greetings from 35,000 feet ... in the air, winging my way to the west coast for the weekend.

  12. this is great ... helps me to remember that a couple pounds of fluctuation is normal & not to freak over it, but also helps me to see what might be a red flag. so glad you posted this. JESS--big hugs to you. i am SO PROUD OF YOU. you are doing everything right!! i'm so sorry you're not seeing the results you want, but i just know in time that you will. i just know it! xxoo
  13. rain, i just checked it out & bookmarked it. it's wonderful! so looking forward to following you and learning from you. as someone over 7 years out, you have so much to share with us! -julie
  14. at 28, would you consider the IUD? it is the most effective form of contraception outside of sterilization. the Mirena IUD can stay in for up to 5 years and the Paraguard can stay in for up to 10 years. You can get get a new one inserted at the end of the 5 or 10 years if you want. Mirena makes your flow much lighter, whereas Paraguard makes it heavier. Paraguard has copper, whereas Mirena is all plastic with a little bit of hormones that is localized to your cervix. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-22/entertainment/29710627_1_iuds-long-acting-reversible-contraceptive-methods-emergency-contraception IUD is most effective form of birth control: ACOG; Fewer than 6% of women in the U S. use devices BY LINDSAY GOLDWERT DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Wednesday, June 22, 2011 The most effective birth control isn't the Pill or a condom - it's an IUD. The intrauterine device is the best way to keep from getting pregnant, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The benefits to LARC or long-acting reversible contraceptive methods include no maintenance, rate of effectiveness for years and the fact that it can be taken out if the woman wants to become pregnant. A downside: Unlike diaphragms, cervical caps and rings, IUDs and contraceptive implants must be inserted into the uterus in a doctor's office. There are two types of IUDs: One is a small T-shaped device marketed under the name Mirena. The other is the copper IUD, marketed under the name ParaGuard which can prevent pregnancy for 10 years. Despite the device's effectiveness, they are still unpopular - Fewer than 6% of women in the U S. used IUDs between 2006 and 2008. The legacy of the Dalkon Shield, a faulty IUD that caused injury to more than 200,000 women in the 1980s, is still alive in the minds those who are choosing methods of birth control. Modern day IUDs are much safer and cannot, contrary to the belief of detractors, induce abortion. The device can be used for emergency contraception when inserted within five days of unprotected sex. "Women need to know that today's IUDs are much improved from earlier versions and complications are extremely rare. IUDs are not abortifacients-they work before pregnancy is established-and are safe for the majority of women, including adolescents and women who have never had children," said Eve Espey, MD, MPH of ACOG. "And while upfront costs may be higher, LARCs are much more cost-effective than other contraceptives."
  15. http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-06-22/entertainment/29710627_1_iuds-long-acting-reversible-contraceptive-methods-emergency-contraception IUD is most effective form of birth control: ACOG; Fewer than 6% of women in the U S. use devices BY LINDSAY GOLDWERT DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Wednesday, June 22, 2011 The most effective birth control isn't the Pill or a condom - it's an IUD. The intrauterine device is the best way to keep from getting pregnant, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The benefits to LARC or long-acting reversible contraceptive methods include no maintenance, rate of effectiveness for years and the fact that it can be taken out if the woman wants to become pregnant. A downside: Unlike diaphragms, cervical caps and rings, IUDs and contraceptive implants must be inserted into the uterus in a doctor's office. There are two types of IUDs: One is a small T-shaped device marketed under the name Mirena. The other is the copper IUD, marketed under the name ParaGuard which can prevent pregnancy for 10 years. Despite the device's effectiveness, they are still unpopular - Fewer than 6% of women in the U S. used IUDs between 2006 and 2008. The legacy of the Dalkon Shield, a faulty IUD that caused injury to more than 200,000 women in the 1980s, is still alive in the minds those who are choosing methods of birth control. Modern day IUDs are much safer and cannot, contrary to the belief of detractors, induce abortion. The device can be used for emergency contraception when inserted within five days of unprotected sex. "Women need to know that today's IUDs are much improved from earlier versions and complications are extremely rare. IUDs are not abortifacients-they work before pregnancy is established-and are safe for the majority of women, including adolescents and women who have never had children," said Eve Espey, MD, MPH of ACOG. "And while upfront costs may be higher, LARCs are much more cost-effective than other contraceptives."