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  1. TheRealMeIsHere!

    Fleur De Lys Abdominoplasty

    You look awesome and I'm sure you must feel awesome! I know it takes time for your brain to catch up to the new image, surgery will surely help. Best of luck. You've done wonderfully! Curious, how did you get insurance to cover legs? I've never heard that before.
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    Plastic surgery pricing and insurance

    Because of back and other physical issues, I got a referral from pain management. I also wrote a letter stating my weight loss, the crucial role exercise plays in maintenance & the way the excess skin impedes and adds to my physical limitations. They not only covered panniculectomy but the abdominoplasty as well! Best of luck
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    60 minute pre-op requirement

    As others have said, break up the 60 minutes. Also, for your own benefit as well since exercise is crucial for long term success, you need to find something you can do that doesn't exacerbate the pain. Having ankylososing spondylosis myself, along with several other physical disabilities, and starting at almost 300 pounds I requested a script for PT to help find things that I could do at home without causing further damage or pain. Best of luck on your journey
  4. My surgery was January 2012. Just curious how others are doing that are 7 years or more from surgery.
  5. I expected to be quite debilitated. In reality, my life barely skipped a beat. Yes, I was moving slower, hunched, slept sitting up and wore the binder. Other than lifting, was able to take care of myself & do most things just fine. One tip I was given is wear the binder or some other firm support for at least 6 months. The longer you wear it, the better the long term result. I bought waist nippers & bodysuits with firm support once the drains were out. Best of luck!!
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    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    Upper left corner of the page. On a computer, not sure about mobile.
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    Walking shoes recommendations

    I also have foot/ankle/knee pain. My ankles pronate. It ended up being something easily addressed by custom made orthotics along with good shoes. An orthopedist can evaluate and make any needed recommendations. I'd start there as you don't want to cause any damage to the internal structures in your feet.
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    COVID and Gym-ing

    Absolutely @ms.sss! Once I break that habit/routine it is MUCH harder to start again. I really just have to go on auto-pilot, lol! Mornings are best for me as well.
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    COVID and Gym-ing

    It is very hard to motivate to workout at home!! Also, I'm afraid to go to gyms at this point, maybe for a LONG while. What works for me is waking, put on workout clothes and just do it (either before or after coffee). No time for talking myself out of it. Great music helps during. I tell myself I will do _______ X times a week on X days for X # of hours at X time, non-negotiable. My inner child that says "But I don't wanna!!" has NO choice. I usually feel so much better afterwards!
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    When did you get back to exercise?

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    When did you get back to exercise?

    Motivation is the key to long term success. It's been eight years since I've been overweight. I'm now at a point where I do NOT have uncontrollable cravings & am able to eat what I want as long as I balance the 'splurges' with healthy choices. Exercise is also key to long term success, as your weight goes down, your body will use less calories in general, exercise will fill in that growing gap between what you take in and what you burn off. Then find something that you can enjoy and stick with. It is vitally important to change your relationship with food & exercise, one small step at a time, right from the start. Otherwise, the surgery was for nothing. The surgery is a tool only.
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    When did you get back to exercise?

    Walking can begin within hours of surgery and increased as you feel comfortable. Walking helps with the trapped gas after surgery as well as helps to prevent blood clots. Your surgeon will guide you as far as more vigorous activity, as everyone is different. Best of luck on your journey! I can still remember how excited I was 😊
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    I have many physical issues. Went to my doctor and got a script for PT. Explained my goals to the PT, that I wanted to learn some exercises that I could do safely on my own. It was a great help!! PT would know best what is helpful/harmful for osteoarthritis and can provide you with some very useful guidance.
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    Post Sleeve Weight Gain

    It happens to many, as old habits creep back in. A taste while we're cooking, just a bite, the thinking, "Well, it's a special occasion" etc..... Go back to basics, back to the eating plan when you first began solid food Lean protein first plenty of calorie free liquid (stop 1/2 hour before eating and don't drink till 1/2 hour after eating) Non-starchy veggies Stay away from flour, sugar, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, starchy veggies (ie; potatoes, winter squash, con, peas, etc...) It worked then, it will work now. You'll be just fine! PS maybe either talk to the trainer and explain that you are just trying to build some lean muscle mass, not bulk up or maybe find a trainer more in tune with your needs
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    Restarted Pilates!

    That is AWESOME!! At first, I was reading excuse after excuse, but you persisted and figured a way around every single one!!! THAT is the way to success!! Keep up the great work!
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    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    @bthompson82 It's only recently that I've had the words to use. I always knew I disliked intimacy except for rare times. Same with gender neutral, I think I always felt that way, raised my kids that way, no "boy" or "girl" toys, just toys. Does he have close friends that understand and accept him?
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    If you are queer, lesbian, no label, poly......

    Hi, welcome all! I do not like labels, either, as I never did fit nicely into a box. More like a little in a LOT of boxes 🤣 That said, the best words for me are gender neutral, gender fluid, asexual (which on dating sites, NO one sees that the 'a' is attached, nor knows what it means, lol!) I really would like to meet some people who enjoy similar activities, near me, no idea how to do that. Tried dating sites, making it clear where I stand as well as my interests/hobbies, no dice ☹️ Been single since 2007, I'm better for it. Sounds cliche' but I 'found' myself, love & like myself (NEVER could say that in the past) & am stronger in so many ways. I'm becoming a crazy cat lady 🤪😻
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    loose stretch mark skin

    As far as I know, stretch marks are similar to scar tissue. Not sure how they would take ink
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    Surgery Day! and beyond: Part 2

    Wow, not even 1 night in the hospital!? Glad all went so well. Best advice after my abdominoplasty was to wear compression as long as possible for the best end result. After drains were out, I bought waist cinchers and firm support bodysuits and wore for 6 months. Hope your recovery is quick, smooth & uneventful.
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    Bras after weight loss

    Years ago, I posted, asking about a good bra for my 'empty windsocks'. Many said that it couldn't be done without spending upwards of $50 each. WAAAAYYY outta my disability income budget! So, wanted to share what I've found, as I'm pretty sure that not everyone has a huge bra budget. Words to look for, encapsulation, full coverage, no bounce, support, no uni-boob, etc... Here are some that I've purchased & loved as well as some I may purchase in the future: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2K4M9X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T45JK92/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C1Z27SA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RAMCTS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (Needed to order 1 band size larger, and dispute the $6.95 return fee, which they waived) https://www.onehanesplace.com/shop/onehanesplace/champion-the-smoother-sports-bra-b1277?cm_vc=onehanesplace_desktop_OrderHistory Possible future purchases: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0186TEHCS/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_4?smid=A1CX3Y6OPGB2MO&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DP6CHM4/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072HTF3GD/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_3?smid=A1CX3Y6OPGB2MO&psc=1 Not sure if this one separates: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AM4QF0/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_6?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071GVJR9K/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_7?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00553XM7K/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_8?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721TR7F4/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_9?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JAC0R02/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_10?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0186TDPLC/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A1CX3Y6OPGB2MO&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JC7M8JJ/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=A1CX3Y6OPGB2MO&psc=1
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    Bras after weight loss

    @S@ssen@ch Thanks for the tip on VS, always thought they were way out of my price range. It's good to know that they have bras with full coverage!!
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    Smart Scales

    Exactly @Briswife15!
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    That is part of a panniculectomy, removing the apron of skin plus it can be a requirement for insurance to cover. My ins. wanted pics that showed the pannis hanging below the pubic area. And.....not tmi, most people have a pannis after losing a ton of weight
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    Low BPM now.

    People in good cardiovascular health will have lower BPM. Congrats on getting healthy!!! Lower resting heart rates indicate more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. In fact, an athlete's resting heart rate may even be as low as 40 beats per minute. https://www.livestrong.com/article/342197-relationship-between-heart-rate-cardiovascular-fitness/
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    When did everyone return to weight training?

    I believe that if you are in touch with your body, pay attention to not using abs, don't overdo, see how you feel the next day...... I know my body better than any doctor, I don't always follow what they say, if I know it's ok for me. This is not meant as advice, just my opinion

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