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About rms22582

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  • Birthday 02/25/1982

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    Ravenna, OH
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  • Surgeon
    Jeffrey Claridge
  • Hospital
    Metro Hospital
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  1. I am in the process of becoming a certified natural healer. I will tell you that your body has no clue the difference between artificial and real sugar. You see, once something sweet hits your taste buds, your body begins to produce insulin awaiting it hitting the blood stream. If nothing comes into the stomach in the form of natural sugar, the body doesn't know what to do with the extra insulin. In essence, you are tricking your body and creating an immuno-response. Do you eat a highly refined diet? Things that are processed, low fat diet products etc? I can assure you that if you at a clean diet that is rich in nutrients, good fats and no added sugars, this problem would cease. I have lost a ton of weight since my journey began.....and I have NEVER felt as good as I do now. I hope this situation resolves for you.
  2. I am not an insurance expert by any means.....but my guess is that not enough was done to satisfy the insurance companies requirements for the surgery. Many have many pre op things that you MUST complete before they would even consider approval (supervised nutrition, psych eval, heart clearance etc.) Also, some insurances do say that only one weight loss surgery can be performed per patient in their lifetime. These all may be factors. I hope and pray things smooth out for you my friend.....in my heart!
  3. What a great post to read. It is so awesome when I read posts that show someone had the surgery for the right reasons....meaning, it isn't just about the weight, it is about the health. Focusing on those scale numbers aren't what this is about.....it is about choosing to live and being healthy. You made my morning. Congrats on the loss. AWESOMENESS!
  4. I had raw carrots yesterday and ended up SO SICK....I mean, it was horrible. I threw up for about 20 minutes and felt like a new man once they were up. NEVER AGAIN!
  5. Just an update I am now down to 269.4! YAY! Stall is over....for now LOL Hair loss has slowed and I have had some very minor regrowth. YAY!
  6. They say that people who document their exercise and calories are more successful than those who do not. I can honestly say that I totally agree. Some days I do not even REMOTELY reach my calorie intake they say that I should. Most days I am at least 400+ away from reaching it. I have not needed to use my exercise calories too much. If you find yourself needing them, use them!
  7. I can honestly say that giving away my clothing was cathartic! I was so excited when I actually posted on Craigslist all of my clothing. I saved about 3 sizes worth of clothes in a pile in my closet and then washed and gave. I have gone from a 6xl to a 2xl.....about 1-2 more sizes to go. THROW EM AWAY! Congrats on the weight loss!
  8. I spoke to my doctor today and he actually suggested more protein....when I told him that some days I eat 75 and some almost a 100, he said that most likely isn't the case....but it is worth a try. He also told me to try biotin. I am gonna try I suppose. He told me at the last visit I am on the higher end of weight loss in such a short amount of time. He said that most patients do not lose that much in such a short amount of time. This stalling is killing me smalls.....I am telling ya LOL Thanks for the kind words and encouragement! YOU ROCK!
  9. P.S. My protein intake is superb. I get about 75-80 grams per day. I am also taking my supplements and don't miss a beat. My water intake is right around 75 ounces per day.
  10. I know it has been a while since I have been on here y'all. Life has been crazy! Not in a bad way though. I am in need of a bit of encouragement if you will. Maybe some ideas? I started this journey a year ago in August 2013 at 435. I got down to 396 and that was the weigh in on surgery day. I am now down to 285....a total of 111lbs lost since April. Mind you, I am happy as a clam with that weight loss Seriously! However, for two weeks now, I have remained at the same weight. Nothing has changed eating wise...I consume around 1,800 calories per day on average (doctors recommendation between 1,800-2,200) and I do cardio for 45 minutes 5 days a week and weight training 3 days a week. Why is the weight not still coming off? Help! Also, I am dealing with hair loss....I mean pretty extreme. I have lost about 50% of my hair. Is this normal? Any sort of ideas, recommendations and thoughts are appreciated. Thanks everyone! Raymond P.S. My protein intake is superb. I get about 75-80 grams per day. I am also taking my supplements and don't miss a beat. My water intake is right around 75 ounces per day.
  11. My dear friend, I do not know you personally....but I feel like I do. The emotions that come with this decision are completely indescribable. But I want to say this....I am proud of you. I am so proud you are making the decision to live. I am proud of you for being brave and choosing to make the biggest leap of your life. You can do this.....you can make it. YOU WILL. Keep your head up and know that each of us care for you and are rooting for you! Raymond
  12. http://fromgastrictofantastic.weebly.com/blog… So I was watching a re-run of one of the shows we watched when I was a kid with my kids. In the show, one of the characters screwed up....big time. Possibly even facing jail time. But instead of giving you a play by play, let's just suffice to say that the character didn't get jail time. The moral of the story was that your actions effect others, even when you think they only effect you. I have screwed up plenty in my life time....my family could tell you stories. Oh the stories! Each time I screwed up, they were effected. Sadly it wasn't the Ozzy and Harriet kinda effect....it was a real world, God help save us kind of effect. One of the ways I screwed up was my health. Was allowing myself to get to the point where my morbid obesity was okay, normal, fine and at one point "healthy" in my own eyes. Looking at myself in the mirror and making the choice that it just wasn't worth trying anymore. Giving up on myself.....even though the people I have drug through the mud...never gave up on me. The thing about being human is the fact that we have a unique ability to screw up. I do not know about you, but I have never personally met anyone that is perfect. If you find said person, I think we need to record their life. Because I assure you....something ain't right. One of my favorite comedians, John Pinette (God rest his soul), said in one of his bits that he got cast as the lead role for the broadway musical "Hairspray." He said that they made him shave his eyebrows.....so they could paint on fake ones. He said "People look at you....and they don't know what's wrong. But they are pretty sure somethin ain't right." So if someone seems to have it all together....somethin ain't right! Not saying someone cannot be a decent, hard working and mostly sane individual. But if they look like something out of Martha Stewart magazine then we should double check. I mean, look at what happened to her! Anyways, I digress. My point of this post is to say....don't give up. Don't give up on yourself, your family, your children, your friends and the people you love. Don't ever give yourself permission to quit. You see, you are your biggest fan. Even if there is not another living soul in the world that is in your court. I AM. That's right, I probably do not know you. Some would say you are better off not knowing me LOL But I am here for you....rooting for you.....loving you. You will make mistakes. You will fail. You will hurt not only yourself but those around you....even some people you do not mean to hurt or do not even know you have hurt. But that does NOT define who you are. YOU ARE NOT YOUR MISTAKES! You are not the number on the scale....you are not the failed attempts.....you are not the years of slipping.....you are you! The perfectly imperfect YOU. You are loved. Raymond
  13. WOOT WOOT! Doing the cabbage patch for ya....YOU GO!
  14. Spunky, If you can find one that tastes great let me know I am already post op and love this stuff! But yes everyone is different. I have tried all another natural products and they truly taste like dirt lol this one is almost identical to EAS from SAMs club....just no bad stuff. Raymond