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About Stephtay

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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Another Sturgill as I am going to see him tomorrow. Sturgill Simpson - Long White Line
  2. Congratulations! Thanks for the update! So happy for you!
  3. In Bloom - Sturgill Simpson This is another excellent cover. I think I like it better than the original.
  4. Good one. I forgot how much of his music I know and like until I pulled him up on youtube this morning.
  5. I didn't have drains with my WLS but I had them with my plastics.If you have them, as other said, keep them pinned to your clothes. And, when you shower, wear a lanyard to hold them up since you won't be wearing clothes.
  6. I buy Premier Shakes from Costco! I haven't shopped Sam's in 20+ years so I don't know how the prices compare or the selection differs. I don't shop Sam's because of how they treat their employees. Wages are low and they force many employees to be part-time so they don't have to offer benefits.
  7. September - Earth, Wind and Fire perfect party song
  8. This is an excellent goal and I know you'll get there. I doubt it will take the rest of your life. Once you've been eating in you new way for a while, you are likely to completely forget how you used to eat.
  9. Congratulations! You are doing fantastic!
  10. Interesting. I do think our society generally 'punishes' fat people by collectively thinking/stating we are lazy, no discipline, etc. I've wondered how many of us internalize that. I know pre-op I would go on crazy restrictive diets that made me miserable. Some people here pre-op have grappled with the idea that by having surgery they are taking the easy way out. My POV on that has always been. Who cares if it's the easy way? I did it the hard way off and on for 20 years. I ended up with a closet full of clothes in sizes from 12 - 24 and even more baggage in the form of shame and self-loathing. My days of punishing myself are over. I know this isn't quite what you were asking, but I think it relates.
  11. BRAVO to each and every one of these NSV! So excited for you!
  12. I'd like to add on to @BurgundyBoy's great points and suggestions. Pre-op I went online created a hard copy calendar. I mapped out some goals of when I thought I'd be able to do different things (ride a roller coaster, buy clothes in normal sizes, get below 200 pounds, run a mile, etc). I also used this calendar to track my weight loss and my measurements. The images I used on the calendar were of things I love and make me happy that are not food, weight or body related. I ended up tracking all kinds of things on this calendar - fitness mile stones and even my good days and bad days. On a bad day it can all feel overwhelming so on a bad day it was nice to look back and see how I'd had several good days before the bad one. If you haven't yet, start thinking about what you'll do to fill the time you used to spend on food. I spent a lot of time pre-op on food. Thinking about it, shopping for it, eating it, regretting how much I ate, promising myself I'd do better the next day/meal/week, etc. Since WLS I spend more time reading, exercising, going to concerts, trying new activities, having sex, traveling, shopping for clothes, the list goes on and on. I was active and social before WLS but I am more so now. Pre-op I knew that a lot of down or alone time is not good for me as I loved to eat out of boredom. I started volunteering at a cat shelter on Saturday mornings for a few hours. 4+ years later, I'm still doing it. Nothing like changing about 20 litter boxes to keep my mind off food.
  13. I am so sorry. If you've mentioned this before I missed it. So very sorry for your loss. Big hug.
  14. The conclusion I've come to after being on this site for nearly 5 years and reading thousands upon thousands of posts is this: There is one path to get to goal and stay there. Follow your plan. There are hundreds of ways to eat around your sleeve or pouch and thousands of reasons to justifying doing so. Most of us are masters at convincing ourselves it is okay to eat or drink ______________________. It is how we got to the point of needing WLS.
  15. This is wonderful! Congratulations!