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About starsleeve

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    Mother of 4 kids. Married to my highschool sweetheart.
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  1. starsleeve

    Panniculectomy in 2 weeks.

    i had the panny done 6 weeks ago and only used the white binder provided by the hosiptal. dont think much more then that was really needed.
  2. Good Morning, Anyone have a pannectomy done by Dr Matsuba in Downey??? I was approved for one and its so different when you get insurance approved because they assign your surgeon to you. THere is no online website you can go to, to find the before and after picts of their work.. So i am looking for anyone who has had the proceedure done by him to give feedback. Please... Thanks again..
  3. starsleeve

    I Want To See Before & After Pics!

    Here is mine--- day 1 and then 1 year
  4. Soo Happy to report today is my 1 year mark!! It's been a great year with lots of happy moments a some not so happy. Overall still so happy with my decision to have the sleeve! I started at 245 and now weigh 160! I'm 5'5. The discouraging part is that I had my gal bladder removed on Feb 21st and havent lost any weight since then! Not sure why but i gotta say it has bummed me out! And at 1st i kinda gave up but then i realized that im not hurting anyone but myself so i kicked myself in the rear and got back on track! I'm still not eating 100% healthy but i'm on the right track! I work out 4 days a week. I am truely excited to begin year 2 of this life changing journey!!!
  5. starsleeve


    it took forever for me to figure out i had galstones.. but my symptoms occured at random times.. not every time i ate something greasy or spicy.. when i did get them they would last anywhere from 4-10 hours. the paid sure did feel worse then labor. it felt like i had a horse sitting on my chest. the you do feel nauseated, and feel like you need to have a bowel movement but it just doesnt happen. i got chills-- and no matter what i did it didnt go away. then randomly poof the pain was gone... From what the dr told me it was because when you eat greasy, fatty or spicy foods it causes the stones to move around in there, and occasionally they will get lodged in the tube- and when that happens thats when you get the pain until the small stone passes through the tube... i ended up having my gal bladder removed and have been in heaven since... hope this helps
  6. starsleeve

    Need Motivation and Advice

    kristieatkinson- you have done an amazing job with the weight loss- sooo happy for you! but i totally know how you feel. I am just hoping mine may jump start again soon, if not i guess i just better mentally start being okay with there i stopped and prepare my self for the maintence stage... Thanks again everyone for responding, means alot to me.
  7. starsleeve

    Need Motivation and Advice

    Thank you both for taking time to respond.. and yes Cowgirljane i will try that out.. who knows i just hope this stall breaks.
  8. I am 2 weeks away from my surgaversary... and I havent lost any weight in 2 months. Normally this isnt an issue with me, I experienced a stall early on which had me stable for the same length of time but I think the difference is that at that point i knew i was still going to lose, and now so close to my year mark it scares me that I may be all done loosing... When i started my journey last year i told myself that if I hit 160 i would be fine.. well guess where the scale stopped! Yep it goes between 158-160.. and i think because i have seen that scale move downwards for about a year now its hard for me to step on it and not see movement. I am scare that I am to the point where I now must work for my weight loss. Also i know i have read several posts on here about people that feel like they can eat more during certain days of the month and that is so me! it worries me that my stomach is stretching.. i wish there was an ultrasound that i could get to confirm it was still small, it worries me when i can eat a whole slice of pizza instead of just couple bites. i am just a ball full of stress and worry right now and talking to my friends makes me feel worse so i really wanted to motivation from people here that have been through what I have and can actually give me true to life experiences to say its okay and (hopefully i will lose more) on a good note i have been faithfully working out 4 days a week, i feel great after I work out. Although my diet does need more tweeking i know that i will be back on track soon. Thanks everyone for reading and listening to me vent!!
  9. Thank you kmwheel!!! and thanks ntvtxn- your knowledge is appreciated- i will have to look into a support group- you bring up some very valid points to consider. may i ask you where you can go to find a support group? my surgeons office is about 45 minutes from me so i cannot attend his- so maybe if i can find out local i can make time to attend them..
  10. Thanks everyone for the advice and support. No i do not attend a support group, i use this site as my support group, it has so much knowledge for me, and with my schedule the support groups around me are hard to find. can anyone tell me how they came up with their goal weight?? is it something the doctor told you was a goal or one that you thought of yourself?? the smallest i ever was in my life (when i was 17) was 155 so for me to even think about being slimmer then that is just out of the world! but at this time weighing in at 158 i feel that there is much more weight i can loose. people tell me that i am good where i am, but they havent seen me with no shirt on lol and my belly still says i can loose more! hehe, so i am not sure what the goal weight is for me.
  11. thank you jrabbit81-- yes i do have a myfitnesspal- but sadly dont use it.. what is your goal weight?? were you given one or did you come up with one that you would feel comfortable at??
  12. This is my thought for the day! I usually weigh myself every monday! i try not to weigh in every day because I know the weight flucuated and could get frusterating, however i purchased a new scale.. a digital one and so now i have one in my house on hand when i want to weigh in... I weighed myself the day I purchased the scale (sunday) then weighed myself again on tuesday... well the scale jumped up 2 pounds.. This is the 1st time since surger (4/27/12) that I actually stepped on the scale and saw it move upwards instead of down wards. Yes i know this isnt a big deal and yes i know our weight fluctuates but for me it was just a huge shock to see the scale move up!!! I started my journey at 245 and now weigh in at 158. i am 5'5. if anyone out there is near these #'s i would love to know what weight you are at now post surgery as everyone keeps asking me what my goal weight is but i have no clue!!! what should my weight be?? what i am gearing up for? should i be okay at 158 or will that scale possibly keep going down. I know everyone is differnt i am just trying to get an idea.. photo of me day of surgery (black shirt) and 10 months post op (pink tank top)
  13. starsleeve

    Hi, I'm new.

    Hi there. I am 5'5 and started out at 245. So my #'s are pretty close to urs. I always wondered what a good goal weight should be for me. I started out thinking 160 would be fine. My surgery date was 4/27/12 so today im about 10 months post op and weigh 160. At this point i dont feel skinny enough.. Lol but not sure if my body will keep loosing. So far no stall yet but who knows when that will hit. Just wanted to give u my story to maybe compare to. Good Luck.
  14. starsleeve

    6 Month Progress (With Pics)

    Thanks everyone for the kind words!!! to answer some questions, i am 5'6 (rounding up) but based on medical records i guess i am 5'5 and 1/2... LOL I just started getting motivated to work out so i have only been working out for about a month now.. i hope to one day work out 5 days a week but right now I am only working out 3 days a week and in between those days i walk when i can. i go to the gym and do 15 minutes cardion and 45 minutes weight lifting. I try not to do too much cardio right now because i dont want to loose weight to fast and get saggy so i do minimal cardio at the gym and more weight lifting. When my kids are at soccer practice i do my walking for an hour then. again i hope to work out a ton more but i like the "baby steps" process hehe
  15. starsleeve

    6 Month Progress (With Pics)

    Thank you!! it has truly been a journey- the 1st couple days/weeks were mentally hard for me because i knew i couldnt eat what i mentally wanted to, but now Its even harder because I am at the point that I can physically eat those foods and now I am working on mentally training myself to say NO! Every day is a new day and if i can use my struggles/sucess to inspire someone then it makes me feel better!

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