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    wantobeskinny reacted to raven8888 for a blog entry, Attitude   
    March 12, 2012
    "It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome."
    ~William James~
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    wantobeskinny reacted to circa for a blog entry, First Official Weigh-in   
    Okay - weight this morning was 374.4
    I was hoping for less, but dinner was salty last night. I'm feeling a visitor coming along too - oh well, as long as I'm doing the right thing - what the scale says doesn't matter - its gonna be singing a different tune very soon anyway.
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    wantobeskinny reacted to Sleevie WonderLand for a blog entry, My Life After Being Sleeved...   
    Just yapping about the changes I've noticed since being sleeved. Some NSVs, some new revelations.
    My relationship with food is more enhanced. Since my portions have decreased so much, I really have to savor and enjoy the food that I’m eating. I used to scarf my food down like I was afraid someone was gonna take it away from me. Now I actually TASTE and appreciate the food I’m eating. I used to taste it before too, but dining is now an experience for me where as before it was a task. Does that make sense to you? For example, I’ve been making Spinach Lasagna for my family for years, and they all rant and rave about how good it is. Before I didn’t really eat it, but this past New Years, I had a spoonful, and actually tasted all the herbs and different flavors of the cheeses. That was a great EXPERIENCE for me and my tastebuds.
    I LOVE going to the gym. A year ago you couldn’t even pay me to step foot in a gym! I guess with the weight loss and the boost of confidence, I’m no longer worried about looking like a fat person trying to lose weight. I get to Planet Fitness, plug my headphones in and I become one with that treadmill, or bike, or ellipticall machine. I have never been this amped and motivated to get in shape. I think getting in shape is the key to this – I’m not focusing on losing weight because that is happening any way. I’m focusing on toning my body and getting my endurance up and seeing that progress makes going to the gym a very enjoyable experience.
    I don’t know how to shop for clothing anymore! It’s like I’m a stylist trying to give someone a makeover! I’m not complaining because it’s fun! I’m trying on clothes that I would never have considered in my pre-sleeved life. I got so accustomed to going right into Lane Bryant and the other big girl stores and settling for all the oversized blouses and tent like dresses they offer us. I’m not necessarily ready to shop in a skinny girl store for all my clothing yet, but it’s nice to be able to walk into a “regular” store and have the option to wear some of their clothing and not just the jewelry. I loved to shop before, but now that my options for stores to shop in have doubled, I’m in heaven!!!
    On another note, my ass and boobs have left the building. I wasn’t a Dolly Parton Kardashian candidate before, but now my profile looks like that of a door. You gotta see how I’m going after that glute machine in that gym. SMH. Been looking for “booty pop panties” on EBay and Amazon.
    New adventures in grocery shopping too! I was never a label reader up until about 2 years ago. Even then I was really only focusing on finding foods that had aspartame in them because I’m trying to stay away from it as much as I can. I would also glance at fiber content, as I like to know that my fam is eating foods rich in fiber. Now I find myself comparing everything to see what has the most protein in it.
    I am losing my hair. It’s coming out at the root. It’s my fault though because I’ve been neglecting my vitamin regimen as usual. I know, I know. Gotta get my vitamins in, it's essential to my well being.
    I can see my pubes. My stomach hung so low before that it covered my lady parts.
    I have gotten comfortable with telling people that I’ve changed my eating habits when they say “What are you doing to lose the weight?”. I tell them that my portions have gotten way smaller, and I’m more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth. I tell them that I’m also going to the gym, trying to get to a healthier place. Who says I have to mention the part about being sleeved?
    I sat in the movie theatre with my sons to watch the Chipmunks movie the other day. The seat was comfortable. Its usually to snug and I end up having to scooch my self forward to get out of the seat without bruising my hips. Now, no problem. Will definitely be going to the movies a lot more from now on.
    I have to brush my teeth several times a day. I guess since we have to chew our food so much that we’re more susceptible to plaque. I just know that I hate that feeling – the cheesy film that you feel when you run your tongue across your teeth. Instead of twice a day, I’m up to 4 to 5 times for toothbrushing. Flossing is becoming more frequent too.
    I have to get my wedding rings sized. They look like hula hoops when I put them on my finger now.
    Everytime I see someone who is obese I want to run and tell them about the sleeve.
    I’m realizing that since I’ve gotten more accustomed to my sleeve, the less I get on to VST and the less I have to vlog about on Youtube. I now understand why so many people are all in for months at a time, and then they just disappear and return a year later to announce their “surgiversary.” Once life with your sleeve becomes normal, there isn’t much to report.
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    wantobeskinny reacted to Helen the Cat for a blog entry, Getting Closer To Goal! How Sweet It Is !   
    I can hardly believe it, I am only 9 pounds from goal now! I am six months and 13 days post op, and have lost a total of 99 pounds! (I need to update my weight loss ticker!) I almost broke my husband's ear drums this morning when I got on the scale. He was in the shower and I came into the bathroom to step on the scale before I got dressed and fixed breakfast. When I saw that I had lost three pounds this week, I let out a yell that scared him to death and almost broke his eardrums! He told me he thought someone was attacking me!
    I have been so gratified lately to see that I now fit perfectly into a size 8! My size goal was a 10 or 12, so when I hit Size 8 I almost lost it completely! ANd now my 8s are getting big on me! Hurray!!!
    I told my sister that I am going to have to find thinner friends and realtives. I have been giving my clothes to her and to one really good friend as they get to big for me. Have given away 9 or 10 pair of jeans that were hardly worn, as I changed sizes so quickly. And now am getting close to being a size 6! WooHoo!
    How Sweet it is!!!
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    wantobeskinny reacted to lifestartingnow for a blog entry, Sunshine   
    Today has been a very blessed day so far. I think God plants little gifts in my life along the way, so that when I stumble upon one of them, I gain hope and encouragement.
    My thankful list for today is:
    The sun is out
    My parents and sister have been supporting me through this 100%.
    I get to eat normal-ish food.
    I'm going to see the new Sherlock Holmes today!!
    I have an amazing woman as a walking buddy.
    I think when we're thankful, life brightens up, and we stop thinking about ourselves and our situations. It redirects our selfishness into praise to God, and thankfulness for all He has done. I challenge you to make a list of five things you're thankful for, and spend some time praising the One who orchestrated them.
    Praying for all of you today.
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    wantobeskinny got a reaction from Mrs.Prisses for a blog entry, The looming Pre-op fast...   
    Hey Everybody,
    So it seems my freedom with food is slowly but surely coming to an end (which is a good thing I'm sure, but scary non-the-less...). My pre-op diet is approaching soon... Nov. 28, a week and a half from now. I don't know why but it seems like I am dreading this the most. Maybe its because I have my old stomach still, and I know I am going to be hungry. I am mentally preparing myself the best I can, but I'm not sure what to expect. I've never really done a true fast like this before.
    I've been looking for recipes online to help mix up the shake flavors... any suggestions out there? I'm open to whatever will get me through these upcoming two weeks. My dad who had the lap band done about 5 years ago has committed to doing the fast with me so maybe it will help having someone else going through the same thing.
    Also, I've been reading people's posts about who to tell about surgery... to tell or not to tell?... that seems to be a big question??... I don't know either. I have told my parents, my 2 sisters(one of which was more critical than the other... as expected... she's a physical therapist), my 2 best friends, and another friend who has had the surgery. This seems to be the only people I want to tell. My family thinks I should tell my overly critical grandmother, just so she will know what is going on, but truthfully I don't want her to know. I have heard enough from her about my weight throughout my life. I just want to show up at her house one day and be skinny. lol. I don't know what is best. Any thoughts on this too?
    Well... those are my ramblings for the day... let me know what you think!

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