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About Stephtay

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    TT Master

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    Northern California
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  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. My first goal was 190. I arrived and changed it to 180. Then I got there and changed it to 170. At my lowest I was at 159. That was too low for me. My face was too narrow and I didn't like how I looked naked. So, over time I put a few pounds back on. I think the number feels more important than it really is before you've started losing or once you start losing. Yes, you want to get off the excess weight (and you WILL!) but you'll know where you want to be when you get there.
  2. I weighed in the 170's and 180's in my late 20'. I liked the look and feel of my body at that weight. I didn't want to be skinny. I wanted to keep some curve.
  3. Oh yes. I lived in that mode for at least a decade.
  4. Not sure how I missed this one - you are doing great! I can totally see a difference! Congratulations!
  5. Yay! So glad to hear it! I could not have made it through the entire process without this site. I was so scared and kept coming back here for reassurance.
  6. I think it's all about planning. Spontaneous food decisions helped me eat myself to 300+ pounds. I don't trust myself to make a good decision in the moment so when I know I am going out - I plan ahead. If I know in the morning that later night I'm going to indulge at dinner and have booze and dessert I will offset those carbs and calories all day and into the next day.
  7. SO GOOD! One of the best shows I have seen in years. I'm trying to figure out where I can travel to see them play again.
  8. I was going to suggest getting creative with how you stand to make it look longer. However the women's magazines tell you to stand to look taller and thinner? Do the opposite. Document your rashes. I've heard of some getting insurance to cover the surgery just based on rashes. Good Luck!
  9. Eating was a big part of my life pre-op and a big part of my relationship. We ate out probably 3 nights a week and at least one lunch on the weekend. I'm nearly 4 years post-op and my husband still misses how often we ate out. Now, we probably go once a week. I never feel guilty about it. For my area I have several places that I know the menu well enough I know what I'm going to order before I go. And, if I'm travelling or we want to try a new place, I will see if they have a menu online to scope out what I'm going to order. Last night I had dinner with a girlfriend. We split the hummus plate. I ate some hummus and some vegetable sticks. I stayed away from the pita. Not much protein in hummus so I also ordered the deviled eggs. It was delicious and worked with my eating plan. A major bonus for me is how much money I save on food and drink now. I estimate I spend about $7,000 less a year on food and booze that I did pre-op and that is just for me. Not counting what we save on him since, by default, he eats out less too.
  10. It's easy. I was listening to my dr. talk to the nurse and the next thing I knew, I was waking up! As Cinwa and BB said, super easy. Don't worry at all!
  11. You might be low on sodium. That can make you dizzy.
  12. Hahahahaha! This is the best response!
  13. Awww Tom! You are the best! Congratulations! So happy for you and big thanks for always being a source of inspiration and a voice of reason.
  14. I don't either Cinwa. If I see an old picture I don't expect to see, I momentarily think "who is that woman kissing MY husband?!?!"
  15. We make the decision for WLS and to a lesser or greater extent our SO and/or families come along for the ride. It sounds like he is scared. I would try to get to the bottom of his fear. Scared you will die? Scared you will change in ways that he doesn't like? Scared you will get super hot and leave him? Whatever is going on with him, try not to let it impact you too much. You have no reason to feel guilty. In my opinion, taking care of yourself and your health is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family.