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About WildSpirit68

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    Dr. Courcoulas
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    Gastric Bypass

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  1. WildSpirit68

    I got my surgery date!!!

    Excellent! Stay tuned to TT formlove and support!
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    You don’t have to make any decisions today!
  3. WildSpirit68

    I need a better sushi strategy

    Pureed sushi ... blech! I stopped eating rolls and just eat sashimi now. So yummy! What about using a sharp knife and cutting it into small pieces?
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    Benefits of mixing it up

    Good for you, Steph! Four pounds in a week is a a huge WOW! Rowing!!! I have never tried it on a machine and my bat wings could benefit. I also like to mix it up and give my running muscles a break.
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    Time to Stop Hiding! You are enough!

    On Sunday, I ran my third half marathon. I cut 30 minutes off of my time and set a personal record. On Monday morning, I biked 12 miles and walked 3.5 miles to just "loosen up my muscles." By Monday afternoon, I was telling myself that I was lazy. It isn't that I am completely blinded to my achievements.. I am very proud of my accomplishment. I posted smiling pictures of myself at the finish line on Facebook. I know that I worked hard training to finish all 13.1 miles and I was thrilled with my finish time. But there's still a small voice telling me that finishing wasn't enough. I could have/should have done more. It never ceases to amaze me how insidious and deeply rooted my messages of self-loathing are and how those messages can lead to sabotaging my successes. It doesn't matter that I have lost more than 100 pounds or that I have run three half marathons or am finishing my master's and maybe even starting my doctorate or that I have done this or that. Through therapy, I have learned to be self aware and recognize those sabotaging messages. They don't carry the weight they once did but I have to remain constantly vigilant and let my empowering and self-loving voice be the messages that I heed. Those old messages of never being enough kicked in at about mile 8 and I wanted to quit and that's when I had my epiphany. I asked myself what it would mean to continue at the pace I was running and finish faster and stronger than ever before? It meant I couldn't hide from success and it meant that I can't hide behind my weight (I still try to hide behind the few extra pounds on my frame!). There is an illusion of comfort in hiding and the illusion of safety. I have spent years hiding because I was afraid that putting myself out there would only confirm that I really wasn't "enough." I AM ENOUGH! I don't want to hide. I want to be the best I can be. My running time on Sunday: 3 hours and 5 minutes! I am enough. You are enough.
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    Hi guys

    Great job!
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    A belated one year anniversary!

    Great job!
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    What are you eating today?

    This is a great post! I usually put what I eat into My Fitness Pal for accountability but I need to get back on TT regularly and this is a great way to do it. I always start the day with Coffee and eat a later breakfast B: one egg and two slices bacon L: Hummus, veggies and beef jerky Snack: Apple and peanut butter Dinner tonight is reversed: I am having a protein shake with half of a sliced, frozen banana. Worked out on TRX at gym for an hour today.
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    4 years since WLS

    You are an inspiration to all of us, Steph! Congratulations on all of your hard work and success. Thanks for sharing your insights.
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    It's time to stop the weight loss

    Ugh! Sciatica is for the birds! And it is no friend to a good night's sleep. Wishing you well, Tom and that you get some relief and get back on your bike!
  11. WildSpirit68

    Halo top ice cream...what a mistake (accountability maybe)

    Ha ha ha! We all have a "baklava" story.
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    BMI under 40!!!

    You go girl! I remember what a huge relief it was when I finally hit the normal range. Stick to plan. And walk. Wak. Walk. You'll get there before you know it.
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    Lack of long time members

    Same for me! I reference the board a lot in conversation and when I first had my surgery I was on here every day and multiple times a day. It was my lifeline. People on here were more helpful than doctors, friends and family. People on here get it!!! I am glad I read this post today. I think it would continue to help me to check in and see how I can be supportive to others. My life has become so much better in the last three+ years and I need reminders on how hard and how rewarding the journey can be. Thanks for this!
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    NSV of the Week - whats yours?

    You are such an inspiration! This is why you looked so great in your scuba gear!
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    White coats aren't just for crazy people

    Woohoo! That jacket will be too big before you know it. Congrats!