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About bellamoma

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    philadelphia, pa
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Loved every bit of this post. Loved it. You're a great writer and you paint a vivid picture. I have always been terrified of the dentist, i would rather have 10 pelvic exams and an unmediated birth than see the dentist. But I'm getting better. There's hope!! congrats on all of your progress. You should be very proud!
  2. I'm so excited for you!
  3. Welcome! You'll see as you explore the boards that do many of us have only one regret- that we didn't do it sooner. The pre op liquid diet and the first few months post op are the worst of it, physically and mentally (at least for me they were). The you start seeing the results and you start feeling better and looking better. It's an exciting time. Your next challenge will be maintenance. It is tough sometimes but you have a nice tailwind from your sleeve. Congrats on your decision for a healthier life!
  4. Welcome cath! the gastric band doesn't seem to be withstanding the test of time and many get theirs removed or revised. However, I have to say that none of the WLS available will control what you choose to put in your mouth. With bypass or the sleeve, you can still eat all the foods you've listed up there. You may lose during your honeymoon but the weight will come right back on the further out you get. WLS is only one piece of the puzzle. You need to do the head work in order to be successful. And it's not head work that is ever done. You have to maintain your mental game as well as your physical. They are very much intertwined. I say this all with kindness, I am far from perfect and I fight the fight every single day. I just want you to know that there is hope. Do the headwork and get some strategies down to help you when you want that chocolate or chips or whatever. Some are able to eventually enjoy those things in moderation once they hit maintenance. Some cannot and stay completely away from them. You have to do whatever works for you. If you don't do the head work and really and truly commit to changing your diet and your relationship with food? Your surgery will be wasted. I hope you stick around here and learn from all of us who have been where you are. Good luck!
  5. WOW!!!!
  6. You look fantastic!!! Congrats!
  7. Oh my gawd!!!!! Look at you!!!! Just awesome. Great job, you are killing it!!!!
  8. Yay! Happy to hear things are going so well so far! Keep up the good work!
  9. Welcome! how'd it go?
  10. You know i'm a sucker for a man with an accent i'm so happy to see you posting on here! we love you! xoxo
  11. Yay! so happy you stopped by and saw the post! Loved meeting you in such a weird way. You SHOULD take pride in those hugs! I'll pm you my # so we can grab coffee some time, if you have time! ps, can you believe both of my boys wish they had straight hair? freaks!
  12. Thanks so much supermom! You guys really are a fantastic source of support for me. As an update, I am tracking my food intake on my fitness pal (which I wasn't doing before). No big surprises there, i hover around 1200 calories a day. I am doing some daily journaling to help me figure out my path in life. I will see my therapist tomorrow. I will probably not let so much time pass before seeing her again- i last saw her 3 months ago. Job coach starts in May. I stay in the low 130s. So, i am treading water. Maintaining. maintaining is hard. but i'm doing it. i'm not going back. i'm just not. I just ordered a size 4 dress. it's a joy to be able to do that knowing it will fit me. i feel like my true self now, whereas before i felt like i had a fat suit on. i'm not going back. Nope.
  13. hahahahhaha! i love it!
  14. I had the same problem post op. Part of it was acid. Part of it was hunger. Can you ask your doctor if you need more acid meds? Are you on any? I found when I added nexium to my zantac the "hunger" improved. The first few weeks post op are really hard. it's hard not to chew food. you feel unsatisfied. it really does get better. by this time next month you'll have moved on to small solid protein meals that will for sure help you feel full. i didn't meet my protein goals for a long time. focus on hydration first, then protein. you can kill two birds with one stone with protein shakes and isopure protein water. I was recommended 60-80 grams of protein a day on my program. i meet that easily now, but it took a while. hang in there!
  15. Hello sweet pea! Welcome!