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Dadd Scarguard is a great idea!

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ScarGuard comes recommended by this pharmacist!  I think it works just as well if not better than Mederma and I like Mederma as well.

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I ran into my surgeon at the pharmacy just now and she handed me "liquid bandage"' ! My glue is pealing off and she told me to clean the incinsions well and apply!!

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I ran into my surgeon at the pharmacy just now and she handed me "liquid bandage"' ! My glue is pealing off and she told me to clean the incinsions well and apply!!

 

O MY!!!!!  That sounds like fun..........no, no it doesn't actually.  Every time I hear of liquid bandage I think of welding skin.  Sorry you have to glue yourself together.

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ScarGuard comes recommended by this pharmacist!  I think it works just as well if not better than Mederma and I like Mederma as well.

 

My Mederma is almost gone so I will pick me up some ScarGuard so that I can go back to my bikini modeling career. 

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My Mederma is almost gone so I will pick me up some ScarGuard so that I can go back to my bikini modeling career. 

Lol! I really like it and small happy with initial progress. There was another one at walgreens, can't remember the name, but it is strips you apply for a week at a time as opposed to brushing on the ScarGuard.

I may try it next, but not sure if it stays on in shower or you have to reapply. As it is, I have to wake my husband up every morning to help me supply the ScarGuard across my back.

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UPDATE 1 Month:

 

Happy 1 Month Surgiversary!!!

 

So yesterday was one month from my WLS that was a blur that day.  This last month has been mind boggling with how things can change so fast and it encourages me to want to work harder and never cheat.  I can honestly say I have not cheated ONCE this last month!  Will I never cheat? Yep probably because I am still human but this head start is great! 

 

I have read so many of the posts from the Veterans here that have helped my mindset to stay focused and keep the path.  I understand that everything slows down and eventually I will have actually be hungry again but not right now!! I am enjoying every second of this stage because I know it wont last.  I know the changes and decisions that I am making everyday are cemented a permanent pattern for a healthy life!  I had a teacher or coach that would always say:

 

"Practice doesn't make Perfect.....Practice makes PERMANENT!"

 

So here are some stats because I love stats and it is great to see the inches lost not just pounds.  These are how much I lost in ONE month:

 

WEIGHT:  34 lbs

WAIST:  5 in

CHEST:  3 in

LEG:  2 in

NECK:  1.25 in

ARM:  1.25 in

 

I have also been able to do more on the exercise front.  Today I went 2 miles in 32 minutes with running 6 mph for 8 of those minutes!  A month ago I was walking 2.5 mph for 20 minutes.

 

More to come and thanks for all the support all of you!!!!

Edited by knt4ever

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Loved reading your journey. Right now I am trying to "gear up" with positive information. Trying to keep the nerves at bay!

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Loved reading your journey. Right now I am trying to "gear up" with positive information. Trying to keep the nerves at bay!

 

Thank you very much!!!  Just keep busy these last few days and it will come fast.  I had the joy of having to be at hospital at 5 am!!!! Nobody should be doing anything at 5 in the morning, it just isn't right!!  When I got there the prep started right away and soon I was sleeping.

 

Good luck!!!

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Just finished reading a thread called "The Honeymoon Period" that started 2 years ago but is incredible insight on how to handle this first year after WLS! I read all 2 years but if you only read the first post it will help.

Here is link:


http://www.thinnertimesforum.com/topic/66715-the-honeymoon-period/

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I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well!!!  YAY!

 

Keep up the great work, my friend!

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UPDATE 6 Weeks:

 

Lordy Lordy Look Who's Down 40

 

I know everyone says but it is so true how amazingly weird it is to look down at the scale and see it the number 40 less than just 6 short weeks ago!  I used to have a scale possessed by satan that would read 260 and then I would get back on and it would read 126!!!  I bought a new scale by EatSmart, which is EXCELLENT, and I still will get on it again to make sure the number it is giving is real and also that it is not possessed.  Even if I the number doesn't go down I still get a big smile and get warm fuzzies when I see the number. 

 

Eating.

I have not ventured out with my food like some of you brave souls.  My meals consist of either chicken, tuna fish, turkey deli meat, turkey meatballs, eggs or fish. All of those give a lot of protein and go down pretty easy. Although chicken is something that if is not dark meat or very moist causes issues going down. It is actually painful right below my ribs in the middle.  I found out if I mix in unsweetened applesauce to chicken breast it goes down smoothly.

 

I usually start out each day with 2 scoops of Unjury, 1 Chocolate Splendor and 1 Unflavored, with hot water that's under 140°!! This is my Protein Hot Cocoa that gives me 42g of protein! Since I started this drink I haven't missed my daily protein.

 

Drinking.

Still a challenge to get my 8 cups in everyday.  If I don't concentrate on it I will be a cup low for day or dinking lemonade at 10pm.  It still surprises me how long it takes to drink.  I haven't ventured into many different types of drinks. I am still waiting to drink coffee until I am out 4 months.  I still have my Kuerig and I visit with it often to make sure it knows I miss it!! Is that weird???

 

Exercise.

Every week is getting better.  I am doing just cardio right now 3-4 times a week.  My desire is to run in a 5K this year so I have started to practice the Couch 2 5K (C25K) program.  I will actual C2K5 in a month or so.  I am convinced that exercise is crucial to maximizing the weight loss.  We will still lose pounds if we don't exercise this first year but I believe we can lose even more with adding exercise.

 

This is a port to catch up with my WLS family so I apologize for being so long.  I will pop in more often I promise!!!!

 

"Whatever you do, always give 100%.  Unless you are donating blood."

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I too have a crazy scale, I am fixin to toss it and get a new one. Tell me more about your protein hot cocoa, what is chocolate splendor and unflavored? I have heard of unjure but haven't tried it. Congrats on your. 40 lb loss.

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I too have a crazy scale, I am fixin to toss it and get a new one. Tell me more about your protein hot cocoa, what is chocolate splendor and unflavored? I have heard of unjure but haven't tried it. Congrats on your. 40 lb loss.

 

Chocolate Splendor is a flavor of Unjury Protein powder (www.unjury.com).  My surgeon's office works with a local vitamin store and they stock it for us which is very cool.  They have an Unflavored protein kind that is great to add to food or drink to get extra protein.  The key to the Protein Hot Cocoa is making sure the hot water isn't too hot!  If it is over 140 degrees the protein powder will just clump up and is gross.  Also add the water to the powder not the powder to water.  It will mix a lot better!

 

Hope that helps!!!

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Yes thanks, very helpful

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I have an unjury shake everyday.  yesterday was unflavored unjury (one scoop) with fat free vanilla Greek yogurt (the single cup), 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries and about 1/4 milk, add in some ice and it is soo yummy.  each serving has like 38 grams of protein which is more then half the required daily dose for me.  I never really thought to add another scoop of powder but this way works for me since my unjury lasts longer!

 

Im drinking decaf so I still get my coffee crave in.  if the cup goes cold before I can finish it I will mix the rest into chocolate unjury for a mocha shake. 

 

my doc office has a little store in it where we can buy vitamins and protein.  my pharmacy sells unjury. 

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Rain - I am going to attempt that protein filled drink. Thank you! And mocha shake? BRILLIANT!!

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UPDATE 7 Weeks:

 

NEGATIVE GHOSTRIDER!!!!

 

So last Sunday my beautiful Wiff came home from work at 3:30 in the morning and put a roast in the slow cooker.  The smell crept up all the way upstairs to my bedroom and actually woke me!!  Every hour I woke to that lovely aroma.  Then we woke and got ready for church and the whole time I kept walking by that slow cooker and it was intoxicating. Next we left for church and the whole time the smell of that roast was still in my nostrils!  I am a talker so I usually hang around after church and mingle but not that day!!! I had my coat on before the prayer was over.  We arrived at home and immediately commenced Operation EAT.

 

The first few bites were fantastic and then...............it happened.  My pouch responded with a "NEGATIVE GHOSTRIDER!"  I felt pressure in middle under ribs and I knew this wasn't going to happen.  SO SAD!!  I did try 2 more bites just to confirm and yep, it was a no go.  I told my Wiff and apologized and she looked at me and asked, "Are you crying?" LOL !!  I told her no but my face must have been so pitiful that she thought I was crying.  

 

I didn't have a full swing dumping episode but it was painful enough to let me know I am NOT ready for beef yet.

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UPDATE 8 Weeks:

 

THE BILL ARRIVED

 

Sooooooo,  I received my medical bill for the surgery, lab tests, and everything else.  WOW.  Luckily we have very good insurance!!  I have Mutual Heath Services in Ohio.

 

I strategically had the surgery before the calendar year ended because I knew most my deductible and co-pays had been paid already.  I was seeing my PCP almost every month for some sort of medical issue from the morbid obesity.  Last year I went to the doctor more than the last 10 years combined.  That was one of the factors that led me to the WLS, I was physically falling apart FAST. 

 

Back to the BILL, here is how it broke down of who paid how much:

TOTAL CHARGE:  $51,847.27

PPO DISCOUNT:   $30,015.01

BENEFITS PAID:   $21,519.83

AMOUNT I OWE:   $312.43!!!!!!!

 

I don't feel I could put a price on how much this WLS has helped improve my health but if I had to pay $51,000 it would be worth it!!  I am down over 50lbs and 9 inches off belly.  I don't have any more liver issues or sleep apnea.  Blood pressure is perfect.  Heart rate is normal.  I just wanted to share the bill because I was wondering Pre-Op about this. 

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UPDATE 2 Months:

 

Happy 2 Month Surgiversary - My Body & Me 

 

Today is two months since I went to surgery at 5am in the morning.  This is officially the lowest I have weighed since coming home from Afghanistan in 2010.  Not counting those 7 months, this is lowest in.........well I can't remember.  I am very aware that this amount of loss will not stay at this rate but I want to keep this journal going so I can look back. 

 

I have learned so much about me and my body these past months.  I can look at food and know what it will do to my body and what my body will do with it.  My body is responding and I don't want to let it down.  It likes the meals with protein.  It likes to know that meals will happen at certain times of the day and doesn't worry if I will forget about it.  It likes the work outs.  It likes to actually rest when sleeping instead of fighting to get enough oxygen.  My body likes ME!!!!!! 

 

So I have said before I am a stat guy so here are the pounds and inches that I have lost in two months:

 

WEIGHT:  53 lbs.

WAIST:  9 in

CHEST:  4 in

LEG:  3.5 in

NECK:  2 in

ARM:  2.5 in

 

New quote for the month:

"My weight is perfect, it just so happens I am 3 feet too short!!"

Edited by knt4ever

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WOW!!!  You are doing awesome! 

 

I wish I had your co-pay for the surgery...Mine was $2500 after insurance, but our overall bills were pretty similar.  It took me to Dec 1st to pay it off, but it's done!  And I got most of my medical care free after that because I met my out of pocket max and insurance kicked in at 100% in July.  But alas it's a new year and now I am paying for everything again...boo!

 

Keep up the great work!

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Wow, you are doing fantastic! Reading your posts are entertaining and encouraging. Keep up the good work and best wishes to you on your weight loss journey.

 

Thank you so much!!!  I was hoping I wasn't boring.  I am guy who likes to laugh!!!

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WOW!!!  You are doing awesome! 

 

I wish I had your co-pay for the surgery...Mine was $2500 after insurance, but our overall bills were pretty similar.  It took me to Dec 1st to pay it off, but it's done!  And I got most of my medical care free after that because I met my out of pocket max and insurance kicked in at 100% in July.  But alas it's a new year and now I am paying for everything again...boo!

 

Keep up the great work!

 

First off....THANK YOU!!!!!

 

Secondly......CONGRATS on how awesome you are doing!!!!  You are 10 months out and going strong!!  You encourage me!!!

 

Letter C......I have never got to the 100% level until last year with all the issues I was having with weight.  I have to admit it is nice knowing if I went to Dr it would all be covered!!!  They raised our deductible and out-of-pocket by 75% this year so I am happy I am so much healthier!!! 

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UPDATE 2 Months & 2 Days:

 

Before and After Pics 2 Months

 

Ok finally going to post some pics.....ugh.  These are before and after from day of surgery to 2 Month Surgiversary. 

Here we go.....

 

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UPDATE 2 Months & 2 Weeks:

 

CLOTHES FIT?

 

I just can't believe but I am already down 60 lbs!!!  I am now under 35 BMI so that makes me officially ineligible to have the WLS!!! LOL

 

I am finally trying on clothes that were too small for so long.  They are FITTING!! 

 

It is weird because mentally I think clothes I have on are fine or tight but they are actually really loose!  So I am adjusting mentally what is loose and how clothes are supposed to fit.  Weird transition for sure.  A pair of jeans I have been wearing will fall off even all zipped up and buttoned and I thought they fit fine.  I found an old pair that are smaller and I had to tell myself this is what clothes that fit feel like. 

 

I will try to post more often to keep in touch!!!

 

Peace out and WORD to yo mutha!

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