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    Dr. Quilici
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    Providence St. Joe's
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    Vertical Sleeve

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  1. Well stated Kio, This is a game I always played and still play now. Never saw written out so succinctly before. Now if you figure out how to get the head really caught up, let us know.
  2. Relax and follow your plan. Stalls are normal and necessary. Your body needs to adjust and it will and IF YOU FOLLOW THE PLAN, your body will obey and shed the pounds. Keep the faith.
  3. I'm just like Cheesehead.... I don't sweat anymore unless I'm REALLY working out hard. But the normal everyday sweating because it's hot???? I just don't do it. I was concerned enough about last summer to ask my PCP about it. He just looked at me then said this was the new normal.
  4. ikantspel


    I echo everyone thoughts on this matter.... and I am a MAJOR lurker! I draw strength and inspiration every time I check in. THANKS!
  5. That says it all.... I went in for a RNY, woke up with a VGS. Thought I already failed. Wrong. You'll be given a great tool with either surgery. Just make sure your head is prepared to work that tool. Good luck!
  6. my 2 cents..... whatever you decide your end goal is, try to go a few pounds under. Many people experience a slight bounce back from the low weight. Not much, five pounds or less but if your end goal doesn't give you some leeway those five pounds could drive you crazy. Can you tell I'm speaking from experience here????? LOL
  7. Dreaming of carbs, justifying eating carbs, consideration, looking, evaluating, making a choice EVERY SINGLE DAY.... I'm trying to get to "acceptance". Acceptance that this is the life I choose now. I chose the other way for fifty years. I'm choosing this way now but it IS a choice every day. Your blog sings the truth. Keep on writing.
  8. This one involves stairs. Visiting the hospital with the most athletic friend I have. Room to visit is on the fifth floor. Without THINKING or LOOKING AT ME, my friend heads to the stairs instead of the elevator and I follow. Up we go, four flights, talking the whole way. We get to the fifth floor. I'm not even out of breath. My friend stops, says... "oh... did you want to take the elevator? I just assume you take the stairs now." I answer "we can take it on the way down". Whoo Hooo... who knew I could keep up!!!!
  9. BTW... Congrats Tom on the ongoing success.
  10. Oh, my, do I now love the body Adiposity Index Calculator. By this standard I'm HEALTHY! Of course, BMI tells me I'm overweight. What am I am saying... I'm still grateful for "overweight" instead of MO! Thanks for sharing.
  11. Quick answer to your questions. Second thoughts??? By the time a MO person gets to the surgery stage, most have lost and gained, lost and gained, lost and gained. Haven't you? If you are considering surgery, isn't one of the factors is that you are lacking some essential tool to keep off the weight? Keep in mind, the surgery is just a tool... a powerful tool... but you will still will be doing all the work. Most successful WLS patients will tell you they couldn't have done this without the tool. I say I couldn't have done this without the tool. Exercising in the heat?? L.A. is not as hot as Sacramento but even here, especially right now, I go out VERY EARLY in the morning. My first summer post WLS, I joined a local aquatics center and took water aerobics. It's AMAZING how graceful one feels in the water.
  12. You're right... things are going to start changing quickly and steadily. Go to Target. They carry some relatively sanely priced garments which will do the job decently and you won't feel too bad when you have to step down a size before the first one is worn out. Welcome to the losers bench.
  13. At least some of THEM DID!!! Loved the comment BurgundyBoy. Only wish it was true. In my case, it's simply more AWARE and MINDFUL with the relationship to food. Everyday is battle of what the head wants and what the body needs. Kio - don't be misled or disheartened about what the "averages" are for WLS. This is one area over which you have some control. If I listened to the "averages", my weight loss journey would have stopped where many peoples' begin. Savor your honeymoon period, get as low as you as can. It's a good fight - it's very rewarding - but it's a good fight. good luck.
  14. Congrats! Hope you are doing the happy dance big time. I remember reaching this goal very well. It was very satisfying since I'd always weighed more than he did. Keep going... you're rocking it.
  15. That first month's weight loss is amazing for all of us but let's remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. I started at a much higher weight than yours and in my first year I lost an AVERAGE of 2.7 pounds a week but it took me 21 months to reach my current weight. That means I lost an AVERAGE of 1.9 pounds a week. It's doable. Just stay the course, follow the plan, and celebrate the small victory everyday.
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