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About lealphachienne

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    TT Master
  • Birthday 11/08/1973

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    Tucson, AZ


  • Surgeon
    Dr. Potts
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  • Surgery Type
    Gastric Bypass
  1. Saying Hi to Ya'll

    I've stuck around since this was a Yahoo group, some 14 years ago. I got to goal weight (135 at the time) in 8 months, kept losing and a few months later, to 120. Lowest was 114, too skinny for me! Overtime, life got busy and I was back up to 155. Now, I hang out around 125-130. My waist is so tiny, it's hard to find clothes to fit. Who thought it would be hard to find clothes when you're at a healthy weight????
  2. The concerned voices are starting to irritate me.

    People will make comments no matter what. First, it was, "You're too fat, stopping eating THAT. No wonder you're so fat with the way you stuff yourself". Then it was, you're too skinny, you're looking sickly, oh, the complications. Why don't you eat more?" The average American woman is now a size 12-16....we have no concept of what a "healthy weight/ht" looks like. It's been 13 years....people have forgotten I had RNY surgery and want to keep feeding me foods that I am not able to tolerate. I smile and just move on. Life is to short to worry what others may think, even if they love me.
  3. What Does Everyone Do For A Living?

    I'm a nurse and I manage 2 charities in my "free" time
  4. Halo top ice cream...what a mistake (accountability maybe)

    I simply don't like the taste and texture of Halo and other low carb ice creams. I make my own now, using coconut milk. At 13.5 years out, I'm on a ketogenic diet. Early post op, the usual low carb, low fat, high protein.
  5. Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift Issues

    I'm one of the original Yahoo groups members. When ThinnerTimes got started, we found fun ways to identify ourselves.
  6. Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift Issues

    Blood vessel didn't stay intact and bled out....it wasn't until I tried to get out of bed (in post op) and acting all confused that the nurse noted I soaked the bed in blood. Over to ED and 4 units of blood, emergency surgery to tie off the bleeders.
  7. Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift Issues

    Large incisions commonly dehisce. The skin has lost its collagen and elasticity and the tension of sutures are hard to maintain. My surgeon used glue and a few area still opened up, particularly in area where a hematoma or seroma develops. I nearly died during my plastic surgery; a few nasty scars were the least of my concerns. It was 3-4 months of healing, and skin generally doesn't get to 90% of it's prior strength for up to 2 years. You can't see my scars now; I tattooed them over
  8. My Life after WLS

  9. 13 years and going strong!

    Happy Surgiversary to me! I started at 235, lowest was 114, settled out 120 for a few years. Got back up to 155 when I was in graduate school. Back to 125, which is where I prefer to be. I've had 7 pounds of excess skin removed from my hips and waist. I've had a few nips and tucks. Almost bled out x 3 between plastic surgery complications and 2 upper GI bleeds. Emotionionally I have been all over the map. I have traveled the world, went through a divorce, moved a few times, recently lost my partner of 9 years. I learned a dozen new skills, made and lost a few friends. I have a very full life, no regrets. Life is grand, even in the dark times.
  10. Anyone 5 years Post Op?

    Mine was in 2004 and I'm very successful in maintaining the loss
  11. Will WLS make it EASIER to exercise?

    Physically, yes....as a habit, still detest it
  12. I would recommend doing the surgeries in 2 stages. Ask your surgeon about what it is realistic for you to get done in 1 session.
  13. 7 years post op

    Look into keotgenic diet...which also helps to reduce inflammation. It helped me lost 25# of a 35# regain.
  14. Driving the cute and tiny mercedes SLK convertible...fitting into airline seats...surfing, sex, bungee jumping, traveling, skiing, horseback riding, dog sledding....to name a few fun things.
  15. 1 year 8 months before and after. 190lbs down

    Hubba, Hubba! Congrats on hard work paying off!