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    educationrulz got a reaction from njgal in NSV shout outs   
    -slipping into size 12s like butta (starting size 22)
    -can't remember the last time I sweated while engaged in normal, daily activity, like moving around getting dressed in the morning. used to be an almost daily thing.
    -i too have put "booth fear" behind me. i can slide into any restaurant booth with room to spare.
    -made it through a slight regain/stall after vacation and I'm back on the downswing again. it is amazing to be able to get back on track so much easier than before surgery.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from njgal in NSV shout outs   
    Kathy, you are right. Those preop pounds definitely do count. I include them when I mentally calculate my overall loss. I guess I decided to leave them off the ticker because I kind of think of my surgery date as a rebirth of sorts and I like to ticker track my weight loss based off my new stomach. I feel like such a new person and it's great.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from njgal in NSV shout outs   
    This is a kind of odd NSV that men won't get and some women may not get it either.

    The last couple of times I went to the nail shop, I noticed that I can comfortably twist in the chair to get my nails done at the same time that I"m getting my toes done. :biggrin0: It used to be SOOO uncomfortable that I would sometimes stay longer to get them done at different times or come back on another day to get my toes done. Now, it's easy peasy to just twist to the side a little. I can tell that my stomach is disappearing.

    And the fitting into clothes that I haven't worn in 5+ years ain't bad either. :biggrin2: I'm down from my largest size (22W) to my medium size (20W) and those are getting loose. I'm headed for size 18! Yippeee!
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    educationrulz got a reaction from CLN.BK in NSV shout outs   
    Today, I had my first "drink" with a friend after work. (I got the all clear from the surgeon this week.) It was soooo good and went down fine with no problems since I ate a little before the drink. When we were on the way out, I noticed a man who was coming in staring in our direction. My first thought was that he was looking at my friend. Then, after I turned around from picking up my purse and to-go box, he was still looking - AT ME! He smiled and said hello and I did the same. I could clearly tell he was interested in me. I haven't had that feeling in a LONG time. It made me a little nervous, but it also felt good. I drove home with a big grin on my face. Next time I"m out for a drink, I hope to run into someone of interest before I"m leaving the place.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from jsrmanatee in Rating protein powders   
    Where's Jay Robb? His stuff is great and it's whey Protein isolate. I especially love the tropical dreamsicle flavor. I mix mine with part water/milk or part water/OJ. Sometimes I do OJ with Water and milk. I just use the part water to help disolve the powder a little before I add the milk or OJ. I usually let it sit over night in the fridge so the powder is totally disolved. It's yummy! You can also get chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and pina colada. Vitamin Shoppe sells the single serve packets that you can try out to see if you like it. I'm sure GNC has them too. It has 25 gm protein per serving, 1 gm carbs and 0gm sugar, and is made with Stevia.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from highschoolfigure in Aflac???   
    I got $1000 from Aflac for my sleeve surgery. Two days for hospital and $500 for the actual procedure under my hospitalization policy. It was a great postop bonus! I submitted the bill from the hospital for the first part and had to get a copy of the OR report from medical records to verify the surgical procedure. I'm not sure about the difference between the $750 you saw and the $500 I got. I had no idea how much they would pay for the procedure and had estimated to receive $250, so the $500 was a nice surprise. I don't know about the short term disability because I don't have that AFLAC policy. Good luck!
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    educationrulz got a reaction from jsrmanatee in Rating protein powders   
    Where's Jay Robb? His stuff is great and it's whey Protein isolate. I especially love the tropical dreamsicle flavor. I mix mine with part water/milk or part water/OJ. Sometimes I do OJ with Water and milk. I just use the part water to help disolve the powder a little before I add the milk or OJ. I usually let it sit over night in the fridge so the powder is totally disolved. It's yummy! You can also get chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and pina colada. Vitamin Shoppe sells the single serve packets that you can try out to see if you like it. I'm sure GNC has them too. It has 25 gm protein per serving, 1 gm carbs and 0gm sugar, and is made with Stevia.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from senickisncis in Calling all (TGVP) people!!! new procedure   
    Becca,
    I think you did a great job researching this fairly new surgery beforehand and made sure that your doctor explained things clearly. It sounds like you're doing well already in the postop phase.

    Dr. Watkins,
    Thank you for taking the time to post answers to some of the question that we have been discussing about the plication procedure. There seems to be some misleading info or terminology from at least one other surgeon about this procedure as it compares with the vertical sleeve ("super sleeve") and that has caused some animated discussion in our forum. It's good to know that you are providing detailed, accurate, and honest information to your patients.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from highschoolfigure in Aflac???   
    I got $1000 from Aflac for my sleeve surgery. Two days for hospital and $500 for the actual procedure under my hospitalization policy. It was a great postop bonus! I submitted the bill from the hospital for the first part and had to get a copy of the OR report from medical records to verify the surgical procedure. I'm not sure about the difference between the $750 you saw and the $500 I got. I had no idea how much they would pay for the procedure and had estimated to receive $250, so the $500 was a nice surprise. I don't know about the short term disability because I don't have that AFLAC policy. Good luck!
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    educationrulz got a reaction from TCBunny in Georiga Sleevers   
    Hey you'll - count me in! I'm hoping for a June surgery too. As of today, all of my records are in at the surgeon's office. I have a tentative date scheduled and my paperwork is going to insurance on Monday.

    We're going to have to post some strategies for passing by all the GA rib joints, krispy cremes, and fish frys after surgery. :thumbup1:
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    educationrulz got a reaction from vsgm in Depression After Gastric Sleeve Surgery   
    This line from your post really hit home with me and may be my biggest emotional problem after surgery. Even though I'm confident about my decision to have this surgery, it does seem crazy to have to cut my freakin stomach out to be able to lose weight. I mean, why can't I do this the normal way! I feel kind of crazy sometimes thinking about this and I feel like people would think I'm crazy if they found out. I don't plan to tell most people the specifics of my WLS, but I'll still know I had my stomach cut out and it will still be wierd. I'm praying that I'll be able to adjust quickly to all of this stuff post-op, but if not I'll just have to deal with it. 30 years of obesity is damn well enough and I'm ready for a better lifestyle!
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    educationrulz got a reaction from Cleopatra in VSG Failure   
    I'm not sure if I have much to offer that will help you, so I do send my best wishes your way and to mbridgeman.
    I noticed that you said you sometimes feel pain when you eat even though you don't throw up. It sounds like you might be ignoring your full signals. I think it's great that you can eat anything - but that doesn't mean you have to eat anything ALL the time. Schedule some treats into your weekly meal plan and then focus on Proteins and some healthy veggies the rest of the time. It's not as frustrating when you know you'll be able to have a cookie or small slice of cake soon.
    Most importantly, STOP eating when you feel that pain twinge. Get up and put the remaining food out of sight for at least 10 minutes when you get that twinge. You'll start to realize that once you've moved on to the next activity, you won't think about the food as much as you do when it's still in your face. This has been very helpful to me - especially when I have something really yummy that my mind keeps telling me I have to eat more of but my stomach really isn't interested.
    This whole deal is definitely a work in progress. You still have the tool you need to be successful so don't give up on yourself. Take it a day at a time and try to incorporate some positive habits while not focusing so much on the negative. Like Dawn said, a Protein shake for breakfast every day works for me. Eating every three hours is fine if it's a healthy Protein choice most of the time.
    Good luck with your journey.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from andreanoelle in What were/are your safe clothes?   
    I'm a firm believer that looking good in clothes at any size is all about taking the time to choose what flatters your body. If you've ever come across that perfect pair of pants, or watched an episode of "What Not to Wear", you know what I mean. I certainly don't believe that hiding behind super baggy clothes is flattering.
    faith, I think it's great that you're embracing your ability to look good in clothes that you previously shied away from. Just wait until your weight REALLY starts to drop. You are going to be out of control - and I mean that in a good way! Just watch your wallet because it's more addictive the smaller you get. I'm in Misses sizes after about 20 years in the women's section and I don't even know how to act. I had to turn to Goodwill or risk going broke. I refuse to live in two or three outfits when I am starting to look so HOT! ...can't believe I'm starting to thing that way about myself. Anyway, I've had to turn to Goodwill to keep my finances somewhat in order.
    I have found that preop, my go-to piece of clothing was the Worthington dress pants line from JCPenney. I could pick up any pair in my size and they fit perfectly. When I put those pants on, I felt so put together and classy looking. I wore them to work religiously and rarely had to Iron them if I took them out of the dryer as soon as it stopped and hung them up. They concealed my abdomen and somehow made my flatish butt look good. If anyone is looking for a good pair of trousers, try these.
    http://www2.jcpenney...tId=70656|71640
    Some comfortable Shapewear doesn't hurt either...
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    educationrulz got a reaction from LilMissDiva Irene in I'm on the Road to Onederland!! Who's with me?   
    I MADE IT!!! I MADE IT!!! As of Jan. 1, I am 193 lbs!
    It's been about 20 years since I weighed less than 200 lbs. It's amazing! I feel so great about making this major goal. I'm still weighing myself about once a month or so, and I really have to remind myself to do it now. I've been so excited with my shrinking clothes size that I don't even think about the scale anymore. But, this was an important scale victory and I'm glad I made it. The most exciting thing is knowing that the weight won't be coming back the way it did on my past diets. :amen:
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    educationrulz got a reaction from LilMissDiva Irene in I finally weigh less than my boyfriend!   
    This is a goal I definitely want to achieve. I guess I'd better find a boyfriend now.
    Congrats!
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    educationrulz got a reaction from LilMissDiva Irene in Food Servers seemed annoyed   
    I'm confused as to how someone at a restaurant can force you to order a regular entree as opposed to a kid's meal. Do some restaurants have a food minimum? I've heard of a drink minimum, but not a food minimum. I guess I haven't dealt with this because I've been ordering from the appetizer menu unless my daughter's with me and I get her a kid's plate.
    I order kid's meals for myself all the time as takeout. I guess I need to try the kid meal thing the next time I'm at a sit down restaurant. I don't like the idea of telling total strangers why I"m ordering a small meal, but if pressed I will call for the manager and insist that I be allowed to order what I choose to order. If the manager gives me problems I'll tell him/her that I have a stomach disorder and if I eat too much I'll end up in ICU and have to call my attorney. That'll probably shut them the hell up! :sneaky2:
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    educationrulz got a reaction from LilMissDiva Irene in Let me be honest   
    As far as the watermelon goes, I'd steer clear of it. My post-op diet was pretty liberal but I wasn't allowed watermelon until well over two months post op. I too didn't have a taste for Protein shakes post op, but I kept trying until I found a Protein Drink I could tolerate. Isopure did and does the trick for me when I don't want something milky or creamy. There are other fruity type drinks and Protein bullets that you can dilute if you need to. Also, try drinking plain milk when you're craving some food but don't want to go off diet. It's much more satisfying than Water and has protein.
    It's not too late to get back on track and establish some good habits. To be successful you're going to have to be able to pull back from times like these. We all have days where we snack all day or eat cake or Cookies. But, you can't do that stuff for days at a time. You have to get back on track quickly and nourish your body properly. Now's a good time to start practicing that. Good luck and let us know how you're doing.
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    educationrulz got a reaction from LilMissDiva Irene in I'm on the Road to Onederland!! Who's with me?   
    GOT MY TICKET AND STRAPPED IN!!! :flame:
    I haven't seen the hundreds since high school...a long freaking time ago! I was 209 at the doctor's office yesterday so my 1st goal is in my sights. Congrats to everyone who's made it so far - to this goal or whatever 1st goal you set for yourself. :cheer2:

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