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About BenisaMartim4

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    Bariatric Master
  • Birthday 09/03/1977

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    Wife and Home schooling Mom of four sons with special needs
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    Reading, Teaching, Baking, Extreme couponing
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    What are you looking forward to?

    Well I am at goal (175# lost), but waiting on my plastic surgery. When I have that done I want to have boudoir photos made for my husband.
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    Tomorrow is the big day!

    Yay! Best wishes :-)
  4. I am so going to love getting a new DL. When I show the one I have now people look at me like I'm crazy. They don't believe its me. I am less than half the weight I was when it was made.
  5. I am 18 months out and I still weigh almost every day. I have always been fixated on the pounds. At surgical goal I was a size 10. (5'9) but the scale still said I was overweight so I lost another 20#. Now I'm as small as a 4/6 and you can see every bone I have. According to the scale I could lose another 25# and still be "normal weight"; according to the mirror I'd be a walking corpse. The scale really shouldn't play such a large roll in our lives, but we all know it always will. Success to our doctors and society will always be based on the number of pounds lost/number on the scale and not by how we feel.
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    18 months & 175# lost (photo)

    By 10 months I was down 140#. From 10-12 I lost 15# and from 12-18 another 20#. Make sure you are eating ENOUGH. continuing on the extremely restrictive calorie diet will cause you to stop losing. It can damage your metabolism permanently to stay too low too long. I shoot for 1200. Sometimes I'm way under, sometimes way over; but the majority of the time that's where I'm at. I will probably be upping mine a bit before long because I don't need to lose any more. I am starting to look poor.
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    Picture - 7 months before and after

    You have done wonderful. Congrats!
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    More than I expected!

    Congrats! I am still waiting on mine. The insurance company is dragging their feet (as usual.) It has been close to 3 months.
  9. Today is my 36th birthday and for the first time in 30 years I am not overweight. I started my WLS journey 1-1-12 (surgery 2-14-12) and since then I have lost an entire person. I started at 335# and a size 28. Today I am 160# and a size 8. I am 20# below my surgical goal. It is a very shocking transformation and I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. I am less than half the weight I started out at and wear about 1/4 the size clothes. Mindboggling. I don't even recognize myself, let alone people that haven't seen me in awhile. I don't plan to try to lose any more because I am getting way too bony. I am in the process of trying to have plastic surgery though. I believe when that is done I will be a size 6..possibly even a 4/6. Unbelievable. I am a large framed woman and never would have believed it was possible for me to be this small. A 16 was my goal because it was the smallest I could ever remember being. [ATTACH]17879[/ATTACH]
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    My VSG Journey

    My progress from before, during and after my VSG.
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    Exercise question for the VETS

    LOL... sorry sweet. Don't hurt them too bad o.k. I am 16 months out and I reached my final goal last month (I am 15# under my surgical goal.) I have lost 170# and I am now a normal BMI. I have never "exercised." I do my regular daily activities of housework\childcare and on special occasions something extra, but to say I exercised no. I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc and joint and need a knee replacement. I have been doing good to walk at all. I have been doing excellent comparatively since my surgery though. I used to be on a cane/walker/wheelchair. Now I get around very well unassisted.
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    swimsuits that cover loose skin?

    Oh my goodness! Thank you so much! I am apostolic Pentecostal and like the Jewish ladies we do not uncover ourselves in public either. We are taking our children to a resort in the Smokey Mountains this fall and they have a huge indoor Water park. I have been worrying about what I was going to wear (my children are autistic/ blind/can't swim so they can't be left alone). I will definitely be shopping this site! Sent from my iPhone using VST

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