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  1. Thanks, I just joined up after reading your reply! I haven’t done it since early 2017 and i read that lots changed. I was going to do just the online but then I decided to do the meetings or whatever they call them now....I NEED the accountability so I have to do the weigh ins and i also need to learn how to eat balanced and normal. I am no longer on a have to eat a ton of protein kick. I need proteins and yes, I choose them first but then I also get veggies/fruits and occasionally a little starch and I haven’t died yet! I read a post on here from a while ago about WWs and needing lots of protein and I thought that isn’t really true any more. I need to eat normal just not like a morbidly obese person would! Anyway, if I can get down to whatever goal weight they set for me, I will be set for life and going free like you do! I will keep you posted how I do. Wish you were nearby so we could go to the same meeting!
  2. Lovely pictures! Sounds like a wonderful month! You look awesome as always! And I am so glad you realized your strength without the daily reliance on the scale etc. Good for you!!! So other than the weight loss concerns, tell us about your trip and how awesome it was!
  3. If constipation is what you are battling, I have recently found milled flax seed to be super beneficial in easily fixing that issue! It is a pleasant slightly nutty flavor and I add 1-2 tsp to my yogurt once or twice a day and it is amazing at how well it works!
  4. Well, it’s good and bad. Good because it works but bad bc i know it works and i don’t get as nervous about “if I just have this, I might gain weight and however would I be able to get it off???” So it is a blessing and a curse if that makes any sense. I’ve been eating ok, just a little extra here and there but nothing major, but the problem is life has gotten so intense with overscheduled back to back things and a lot of rain in the evenings where we live so we haven’t been walking as much. My activity level is definitely down, which let my weight creep up a pound or two. Still, I still want to keep it in check before it gets bad. So just today i was looking into joining WW. They have a special for the next few days and I think that might reteach me to eat in the normal world. NOw that my calories are back up to most people’s calories i need to figure it all out. My insurance will pay $100 of it (I already spend $150 of my ins money on the workout program at work and I get $250 every 12 mo). So that will buy me 3 months of meetings and if I get lucky, I might hit my goal weight there (never have before but was much bigger then!) and then I would not have to pay for it when i maintained, so I am thinking it might be a good idea. I was just asking @Cindy Lou Who about it since she did WW through her whole weight loss phase.
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    Vacay time

    Looks like an awesome trip @Jen581791! Your trips always sound so exciting. Granted the injury, not so much. It was smart to realize your limits w/ the re-injury and taking a car (and I love the canoe idea, worked out your upper body while the lower body was rebelling!). We are having terrible heat lately and all the accompanying humidity thunder storms and right now are under a tornado watch. BUT our weather today was 98 F, not 105....yuck! My kids are heading overseas (their plane is leaving in 45 mins) and one of their stops is in London and i heard they were having a heat my DIL looked up some places to take my granddaughter swimming! thanks for sharing the pics....loved the scenery, the kitten and the fact you’re so dang ACTIVE!!! GO YOU!!! (PS don’t know what the medical care is like where you are, but if you have a sports med doc, go see them so they can help you heal before the marathon!)
  6. I meant because you were at the Magnolia Silos! Did you get some delicious baked goods there? Dark chocolate is a real temptation of is choc/ keep those cookies in TX!!! Haha
  7. Do you live in TX or did you just visit? Was it fun? ‘Fess up, what baked goods did you get?!?! Haha!
  8. @delilas, how is little Elaina doing? How are you doing, back on your journey? Stop in and update us when you can!
  9. Not only are you awesome at this, but you really have awesome legs! ;). I totally relate to all you said. I am not quite two years out yet but I have the same feelings and understand you completely (and agree 100% w/ the SOONER part too!) Keep rockin’ it!
  10. You’re sooooo close. This time 24 hrs from now it will be over and you’ll be on your way to healing and becoming a thinner, healthier person! So exciting! Of course it will be nerve wracking but you’ll be so glad to be on the other side and to be done! Keep us posted!
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    Vacay time

    Sounds awesome (especially the eating part...LOL!) can’t wait to hear how it went and to see some pictures!
  12. 30 day squat challenge 85 squats this am. My butt is killing me, but I am almost done
  13. Doing ok, @tracyringo, haven’t lost anymore but haven’t gained. Maintaining as it were. Which isn’t all that bad, I think my body likes this set point also, which truth be told, I never thought I’d be at, so I should be thrilled! (I am but I am also a little greedy to go down more). It doesn’t help that my life is super busy right now. My job is exhausting (we got a grant given to us to spend before the fiscal year ends, and I have to keep getting quotes and proofs etc so my other work has fallen behind) and our free time has been totally booked lately. I still get my 5 miles in every day and I am doing the 30 day squat challenge and did 80 squats this am. So I guess all of that helps w/ the maintaining part.
  14. Hi, @Dtrain84! Nice to see you... we can “see” that the gym is working for you! Sorry to hear about your MIL and how difficult that was on your wife. Twin grandsons, what a treat! And to think Grandpa can keep up with them now that he is fit! How’s the new house? (Not as new anymore, I guess) Happy birthday (I am only a few months behind you) and happy re-birth of you! Don’t be a stranger.
  15. Thanks for stopping inn and showing us that one CAN maintain over many years! Bravo to you!!!
  16. Sounds heavenly! We have vacationed a few times in Vermont and my kids loved it there.....they always talk about it (as “the place without signs” since they don’t have billboards all over). Beautiful state, enjoy! I’d warn you that the winters are cold and snowy, but you’re used to that! Love how you changed your location already, I can tell youre excited about it! Have an awesome summer getting to know your new home town and area and what a perfect way to meet the neighbors, by taking walks with Seamus!
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    So sorry to hear of your loss. {{{HUGS}}}
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    Hi guys

    My you should post that bc I was just going to comment on the effects of being ill bc you were down to 125 (per side bar) but even lower...whew! If you lose another 6#, you will have lost 2/3 of your starting weight! Of course, not a fun way to lose weight so I will pass! Glad youre sounding much better today and getting around a little more and getting hungry...may it continue (well, maybe for another 15#, but then you'd need to STOP being hungry!)
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    Hi guys

    My goodness, trish! Do you get frequent stay rewards at your hospital or do you just like hospitals that much?!? Haha! Be careful, your health insurance might try to drop you like car insurance will if you make too many claims....LOL glad they figured what was going on and you got it fixed. Now if you need anything else you might as well get it done this year bc surely you’ve met your deductible!!! Feel better and stay out of trouble (medically speaking)
  20. Hello! I had my gall bladder out 20 yrs before my WLS so it wasn’t a problem. I know @Kio recently had hers out (maybe a year and a half after her WLS) and as far i know she did well (and the dr said it was much easier for her to have her GB out when she’s was thin than if they’d have done it when she was big). You can search for her post about it but I don’t think she had any issues afterwards. good for you to get back on track and lose 50#! Keep up the good work.
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    I did it

    I didn’t have to lose any to get approved fact, I ate what I wanted that whole 6 months and gained 10# bc I knew it was coming off and i feared I wouldn’t be able to eat ______ (fill in the blank) EVER again so i Indulged. I have had a few of the things again (I had a biscuit *gasp* and survived! Now I don’t do that often but after I reached goal I did allow a little indulgence here and there but have to rein it in if I feel out of control). I did have the 2 wks liquid pre (and post) surgery and lost a lot pre, so that helped me really push through it. I had just turned 51 when I had my surgery. I never regretted it for one second (just regretted I didn’t have it sooner!) but you are still at a good age, you’d be surprised what a 50 yr old can do when they are’t morbidly obese!
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    I did it

    What kind of prep do you have? (Like what kind of special diet and when does that start? That is when it seemed really real for me! I had 2 wks liquid pre-op but some have a mixed like Bfast and Lunch protein shakes and chicken breast and veggies for dinner etc.
  23. So, I wonder which wife your husband likes more? I suspect he loves them both just as much but that YOU love his 2nd wife more!
  24. ADORABLE as always, Cindy! So tan, so tiny and so cute! I love that you opted for a jean skirt in white instead of pants! (We weren’t allowed to wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day, but I don’t really follow that now...I wear my white shoes at the end of Sept because they are already comfortable and I don’t want to give them up! Ha! Have a wonderful trip...relax and enjoy and enjoy the extra room in your seat! I can’t imagine a 24 hr flight but hope it goes quickly! Can’t wait to hear about it!
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    well hey!

    That is ridiculous! Sorry you can’t have it now, but glad the nexium can help for now