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About msmarymac

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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. I'm a sleever so a bit different, but over 6 years out and working off a frustrating gain. Frustrating because I broke my own rules of not letting a gain get past a certain range before taking action, frustrating because I stopped tracking, stopped drinking enough water, stopped eating protein first, started eating junk. Married my new love who, with his traveling job was at the time my "weekend husband" which was perfect...I ate 100% perfectly during the week while he was gone and relaxed a bit and included some bread or pasta with him on weekends. Enter Covid and remote work and my now 24
  2. Hi there! I am kind of getting back on track as far as food goes. I feel like I have the carb thing back under control, probably helps that my husband starting traveling for work again so I was able to get the junk out (the food, not the hubby lol) and I have time to myself when I am home. It also helps that things are (fingers crossed) a bit more sane at work and I have a little more time to eat better. I haven't tried to really exercise yet, except to walk the dog occasionally. Likely will be able to do that more with the time change and increasing daylight. Thanks for checking, it hel
  3. Starting to feel hopeful for the beginning of the end of this nightmare. I am fully vaccinated (healthcare), my husband just got his second dose and my mother gets her second dose this week. I volunteer in the county mass vaccination clinic and the overall feeling from people I vaccinate is just joy...they are happy to have the chance to be vaccinated, and happy to think this might bring the beginning of the end of the beast. Of course it is too soon to say that is a certainty, with the variants developing and bringing unknowns, but it sure feels good to be taking action towards that goal.
  4. Kansas has seen no more than 5 or 6 inches of snow at a time which is pretty typical for us in the Eastern part of the state, I know there has been more in the north and west parts. Mostly though the sub zero temps have been the newsmakers, with almost a week below zero with wind chills in the -20 to -40 degrees F. While we get those kind of temps occasionally, they never last this long, so to have it be in the mid 20's today feels like Spring! We had rolling blackouts throughout the week, with our electricity going off randomly for 1 to 3 hours to conserve power in the grid so there was en
  5. When they remove the excess skin and stretch the edges together to create the incision, to stretch it to where it will look good when all healed actually creates quite a lot of tension on the incision when standing or lying straight. Tension=pain and the potential for separation of the incision in the extreme. Gradually as the incision heals you are able to stand straighter, probably by 2 weeks I'd say I was standing straight.
  6. Honestly, I don't either and I'm in the biz. Six hours under general anesthesia, a little over an hour in recovery and out the door. I couldn't even get out the door on my own power; they let us borrow a wheelchair since we had a followup appointment the next morning. I had an incision almost all the way around, plus up the middle of each thigh. I live about 2 hours away from the city my surgeon was in, so had to stay in a hotel. It was a miserable night. I really think part of it is that many of the plastic surgeons have their own surgical suites and aren't really set up for round-the-c
  7. Hi Robin, You have been through a lot, no wonder you're having trouble concentrating, and experiencing depression and anxiety. There are a lot of things in your life right now that you don't have any control over, and that is so scary. However, there are some things you can control and sometimes if you can manage even one or two of those successfully it can brighten your entire outlook and make that spinning out of control feeling seem not quite as wild. For example, from your writing it seems like you are really missing your connections with your church and really even with God. I
  8. My surgeon grouped several procedures so that I could get everything done that I wanted done in a total of 2 surgeries. I was told that the limiting factor is the amount of time under anesthesia; about 6 hours is the outer limit for safety. My first surgery I had lower body lift with abdominoplasty, liposuction here and there, and fat transfer to buttocks. Second one,, which was by far the easier one, included brachioplasty, breast lift and small implant. After the first surgery I developed a blood clot in my leg, which i think was partly because i had traveled and had a fairly long fl
  9. Hello and welcome! I'm 6 years out from my sleeve and the only regret I've ever had is that I didn't do it sooner as it completely changed my life! In the last 2 years I have developed a hiatal hernia which is causing GERD at night. I am reluctant to have another surgery and now with Covid I am just too busy (healthcare) so I have managed to manage symptoms with Nexium and elevating the head of the bed (luckily have an adjustable base). My surgeon insists on an EGD periodically (just had one on Monday) to make sure I am not experiencing any erosion or excessive irritation/inflammation.
  10. Yay! Congratulations on making the best decision for your new healthy future! In a leadership movement I've been part of "recently" (pre-Covid), we talk about why change is so difficult. People don't fear change, they fear what they might lose because of the changes. In order to get people to embrace change you must first speak to loss. Perhaps your sisters fear they will lose the things you do together (many of our social activities revolve around food); sometimes spouses or significant others fear they'll lose you, either literally or emotionally. Right now, they are likely needing
  11. Congratulations on reaching this first goal! You are working hard to make changes that will save your life, and vastly improve your quality of life and that should be celebrated! It's likely your kids aren't really worried about the beds collapsing; it probably is a much deeper fear. Maybe a fear that you won't make it through surgery, maybe a subconscious fear of losing the Mom they know (I mean, who IS skinny Mom, anyway lol), but it is far easier to make it about the bed. All you can do is keep providing factual information and reassurance, and keep moving towards your goals.
  12. HELLO!!! I don't even know how long it's been since I've checked in here; I hope all have stayed healthy. Covid has kept me hopping, and time has lost all meaning. We just get through each day as best we can and get ready for the next. I am so excited to be scheduled for vaccination this week; this is a light of hope that we've been waiting so anxiously for. Unfortunately, the stress of this and the erratic schedule has played havoc on my health. I am up about 20 pounds; I don't exercise or do any type of self care other than try to get a bit of sleep. My blood pressure is creeping u
  13. You need protein to build muscle. You may be better off to increase your lean protein intake instead of the supplements. The supplement industry is a lot like the "diet" industry; over-promising on what can be accomplished with their over-priced potions. Bottom line is, you're doing great! Don't let a breakup influence/drive the decisions you make regarding your health; do this for you, you're worth it!
  14. That's exciting, congratulations! I never imagined how much different I would feel once that hanging skin was gone. It allowed me to feel normal and for clothes to fit better. And the X-Ray scanner at the airport quit flagging my for having something tucked under my clothes which was mortifying. Nope, just my leftover skin... Hoping the time flies by and all goes smoothly.
  15. I too experienced some Covid weight gain. I think most of America did. Stuck at home 24/7, working remotely, so not even up and moving at work like usual, more time to go search for snacks, and more of the things that make you (well me anyway) want to mindlessly graze...boredom, stress, ordering groceries online, trying new recipes. I had an added new challenge...my husband who travels for work, suddenly wasn't and his sweet tooth meant more trigger foods in the house. Which meant dessert every evening. I've kind of snapped out of it lol. Walking more which helps the stress, increased wor
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