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  2. What will it feel like when I wake up?

    I did not have a catheter. For the leak test, I had to drink something nasty and then swallow while they were taking pictures while I was tilted on a long table. The leak test was not routine but they did it for me for a particular reason, but luckily, it all turned out fine.
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  4. I just got my surgery

    Welcome! The losers bench is the place to be. I’ve been Big all my life. My first diet was at4 years of age. @AustinJ- love Gabriel! Seen him 4 times..
  5. "At goal" pics

    I took it as a compliment I've always had some hips...but now I have HIPS...lol. Don't be embarrassed!! That pic you posted was amazing, and you have nothing to be embarrassed about! You look crazy good, and I'd much rather trade those hips in and have a shape more like yours. I've been a$$ and hips for more years than I care to remember, and I'd love to put that part behind me...pun intended!
  6. I just got my surgery

    Congratulations! I’m 44 and I wish I had been as courageous at your age. You made the right decision and I’m glad you are here to share your story.
  7. Tubal ligation

    No personal experience, but if you want to be done with periods, look into getting an endometrial ablation at the same time you get your tubes tied. My ob-gyn mentioned doing them both at the same time when I was looking into getting my tubes tied.
  8. "At goal" pics

    PS: I meant the hips as a super compliment. I don’t have hips and it’s embarrassing.
  9. "At goal" pics

    My dad hasn’t lived in Colombia for 56 years but my entire paternal family still live there. maybe my blood cousins have met her??? Who knows? Side note which I may have already shared. My family thinks the US is tacky and Miami is the only place worth visiting because of the great shopping. LOL
  10. Tubal ligation

    Have any female reproductive having people had a tubal ligation Post RNY? I’m 100% certain that we won’t have another child and I’m tired of the eternal birth control woes. I’m also tired of getting a monthly period which seems to be getting heavier and heavier. I haven’t asked my new WLS doc or my GYN about the procedure. Any personal stories would be appreciated.
  11. "At goal" pics

    @CheeringCJ...Thought you might want to see what it looked like when I first bought the sweater...it was October, not November. I guess I was jumping the gun a bit, lol.
  12. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    Go girl!!
  13. NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    On somewhat of a similar note, I have mom jeans that are a size 8 instead of 4. I need wiggle room and comfort when I’m chasing a toddler around music class!
  14. "At goal" pics

    Yes she is, @tmcgee Pure awesomeness!! I meant @NerdyToothpick, of course
  15. "At goal" pics

    Oh I've got hips to spare, allright, lol. The waist is S L O W L Y dropping inches, but I've got so much extra skin, I'll never be in a size 6, or 8 or 10. That's ok too. Did your dad meet Shakira? That'd be cool Stake your claim to fame by dropping your *cousin's name anytime!! I love it! Lolol
  16. Postponed

    The memory will soon fade and you’ll be post op before you know it. I don’t need to tell you that this journey is not for folks who are easily deterred. Onward friend!
  17. My body has gone crazy!!!!

    YouTube, my friend. YouTube.
  18. "At goal" pics

    It is very hard to look at that picture. I feel very sad for the old me. I told Devin last night that I felt sad for the me in the picture, and she asked me why. She said, "You're not her anymore"...I suppose she is right, but the pain of living in that body and being that sick and that depressed for so many years won't leave me. That's what will keep me successful and hopefully never have to relive that desperate time in my life ever again. As for hubby, he loves me unconditionally ❤️ I was showing him my post last night, and he teared up. He said he never realized it was actually that bad. That he just didn't see me like that before surgery. And that he loved the old me just like the new me, only he is happy that I'm going to be around to see my 60's and beyond I've only been in the "normal" size range for very brief periods since we have been together, so really he has never known me at a normal size. This is so much more emotional than I expected...I don't know why, lol. I spent so much time obsessing that I'd never reach my goal, that it snuck up on me. Now I'm here and sooo happy! Still looking to lose maybe 10-15, but if I don't, I'm perfectly comfortable here. We shall see what my body chooses to do from this point on.
  19. What are you eating today?

    I get them at my local Vitamin Shoppe - but I think they can also be ordered frozen online!
  20. I had Anthem BCBS CA too. I didn’t realize there’s a different kind of insurance with such a similar name. I was kind of confused when you initially posted the thing about the two comorbidities because I thought it was only one, but 1) I didn’t have any comorbidities so I didn’t pay super close attention to that requirement when I went through the process and 2) it’s been two years and things can change. But all that said, it sounds like, assuming you have sleep apnea, you’ll qualify for WLS as you are, so yay! And if you don’t, you have a solid back up plan. I hope it all works out for you and the rest of the process goes smoothly.
  21. Happy!

    We have been missing each other! Katya has needed PT because she is a tiptoe walker. The therapist suggested that some of her behavior share traits with autism. Of course, I freaked out and have been preoccupied with getting her care. Now that I’ve calmed down I realize that her suggestions were based on a casual remark I made. Nevertheless, I want to provide her with help if she indeed is on the spectrum. Tomorrow she has a three hour evaluation with four (!) therapists at our home who will make suggestions on next steps. That’s why I’ve been away. I’m fine and calm about tomorrow. I’ll keep You posted.
  22. "At goal" pics

    You always manage to make me weepy with happy tears, @NerdyToothpick ❤️❤️❤️ You actually gave me the courage to post the pic with me and hubby in it, and I thank you for that I was on my pre op diet when that was taken, and I told myself that if I managed to lose enough weight by my birthday this year, I would post it. Then when I hit goal, a month and a half before my birthday, I got cold feet. When I saw the pic you posted of yourself, you inspired me, as always!! Thank you, thank you so much!!!
  23. "At goal" pics

    Aw @tmcgee! You know how to make me smile. You are quite the sweetheart.
  24. What a year can do

    @Michael_A You were one of the first people to reach out to me. I tried to be upbeat in my first message but I wrote it with tears steaming down my face. Your kind words made me feel better. You continue to be a cheerleader for folks on the forum and it’s a testament to your open heart. I think you were quite handsome in your before pictures but hot diggity dog (!), you are quite dapper these days. Isnt it great to be off of insulin and other diabetes related meds? I had a similar experience at the pharmacy. The staff cancelled a recent order because they thought I no longer needed meds. At the time I was annoyed but your post makes me realize what a blessing I have in my hands. Hip, hip, hooray!!!
  25. "At goal" pics

    Shakira is awesome, and you are too. :-)
  26. "At goal" pics

    I echo @CheeringCJ. I know it must be hard to see that before picture but I love the photo with you and your husband. He clearly loves you.
  27. "At goal" pics

    PS: look at that slim waist and rockin’ hips. To quote my cousin* Shakira, hips don’t lie. *Shakira is not my cousin. She’s from my dad’s hometown, so I claim the right to say I’m related to her.
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