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About bellamoma

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    philadelphia, pa
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Yikes! I'm so glad you went to the hospital. It's amazing how crappy dehydration makes you feel. People perk up so much after getting fluids, it's nice to see. I'm happy you're home and feeling better!
  2. Oh. My. Gawd. You are a rock star. You've down an outstanding job and you look absolutely beautiful!!!! Congrats and happy anniversary!!!!
  3. I am so sad to read this. You know what's crazy? In that pic you posted, you couldn't convince me you're adopted. That is your daddy through and through. I'm so happy he's been in your life. You can see the bond! Saying goodbye is so hard. Be kind to yourself. We are here for you. Lots of love and hugs to you.
  4. Welcome. So sorry to hear this. I'm not clear on what you mean by the RNY being completely gone? That's incredible! I don't have any answers, just sorry to hear of your pain. I hope you are able to get a resolution asap!!
  5. Hugs to you. Your honeymoon isn't over, you've done and incredible job so far and you will continue to do so. I would agree with cheesehead that the pouch test might be overkill at this point. Make sure you're following the plan and the scale will start moving again. Sometimes, restricting too much can actually cause things to slow down. Follow the plan. The scale will move again, I promise. You'll be posting an update soon telling us your stall finally broke!
  6. Hi Charlene, welcome! Stalls are the worst. They bugged me so much. Have you tried the 5 day pouch test? It's a challenge, but I found it helped me get my head back in the game. I'm not a fan of counting/tracking calories, and I don't- EXCEPT when my weight isn't where I want it to be. And suddenly I see that there are places I can cut back to get where I want to be. You can do it!!!
  7. Holy smokes, amazing!!!! What kind of challenges have you had to overcome once you hit maintence and how did you overcome them? I'm always happy to see posts from vets, I want to learn from them! Welcome!
  8. You absolutely will be. Do your homework. Do the head work to figure out why you got to your max weight, and how not to turn to food in unhealthy ways. Follow your surgeon's plan to the letter. You may slip up here and there- shake it off and keep going. I'm rooting for you, we all are! You can do it!!!!
  9. Totally and completely agree with you, Jabsie. I knew it was coming, and here we are. It's a life long battle. Thank you for the well wishes! It's going to be tough but worth it in the end! Xo
  10. I'm not surprised by your story! You look amazing! So happy for you!
  11. WOW!!!!! You must run into people who knew you before and they don't recognize you. You look like a whole new person! Beautiful! Just beautiful!
  12. Hi guys. I've disconnected from TT for a bit, simply because life's been hectic. I think about you all and wonder how you're all doing? Here's what's what with me: I got my braces on Jan 9th! My husband was sick and hospitalized for a week. Thankfully he is much better now. I am researching schools, you guys. I have a bachelor's degree and then I have an associate's for my RN. I'm planning to go back to complete a bachelor's in nursing and then a master's and doctorate. Does anyone here teach at the University level? If so, will you message me here if you have a minute to answer some questions? I am considering pursuing the education concentration for nursing. My weight is ok. I go between 128-132. 132 is my max before I crack down and make sure I get back down to at least 130. I suppose this is what maintenance is, which kind of scares me. I've seen that suddenly, out of nowhere, my sleeve has relaxed a bit. I always remember Jolls saying, "just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD" (eat more). This is a new challenge for me, as my sleeve was quite a boss and quickly punished me if I had a misstep. That's not happening so much now, so I have to be extra careful. In short, it's harder now than it has been up till this point. The honeymoon is totally over. My goal is to make time to come back on here more often to keep drawing from the positivity and encouragement I've found here all along.
  13. I had two c-sections. I am at goal and have a small flap of skin. It's easy to hide with clothes. I don't even wear shape wear, unless I'm wearing a slim fitting dress. Cinwa is right on. You have to kind of wait to see where everything lands after you're done. You may be pleasantly surprised!
  14. I was totally afraid of dying on the table. I have younger children and a husband I adore. I also had a relatively low BMI. People would ask me if I "really needed" the surgery. All of these things can get you to thinking and amp up the anxiety. I'm really glad I pushed through and did it. I hope you are too.