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  1. FreeToBeMe


    I started back taking Lexapro and Abilify two days after surgery
  2. I have lots of dark chin hair that I tweeze. Has anyone lost a lot of weight and had the hair stop growing in? Or lighten up? Thanks!
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    Is Medicare really covering VSG? or not?

    Parallels H-Sphere This is the official Medicare site where you can search on Bariatric surgery and read their current policy. Good luck.
  4. Hi all, Even though I am down 110 pounds the size of my bosom has not shrunk. My back is constantly hurting. I have Medicare and am wondering if anyone knows whether it has covered a breast reduction? I also need to know if I should wait until I reach my goal weight first. I am so uncomfortable right now. When I was a thin teenager, my chest was oversized so I thinking that perhaps I do not have to wait until I reach goal. TIA Pen
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    NSV shout outs

    :001_tt2: I fit into one those annoyingly small desks at school. I even got the desk part to lay flat over my giant tummy. Still hate them though-medieval torture devices all!
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    NSV shout outs

    I had an oldie but a goodie! I crossed my legs while sitting without knowing it. :tongue_smilie:
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    Will craving junk food stop with sleeve?

    In my case, I don't think that it is possible through willpower alone to stop snacking. I had to find the causes of why I eat excess calories to get a handle on it. I have a history of comfort eating that I had to examine. Being psychologically prepared is the ticket to success with any WLS.
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    Happy with Six Months Out

    Pumpkin, I wish the media would mention the Sleeve more often too. It is still not in the cultural lexicon the way the gastric bypass is. I think that time will fix that as more people get it done. Certainly, by then we will have more info on the long term. BTW, another cool NSV: I just looked down and noticed that my legs were crossed naturally by themselves. Way cool! Pen
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    When I want something carby, I try to have protein, like some jerky or string cheese, first and that usually takes it away. Tiffy, please write that book! I'd be first in line to snap it up! Pen
  10. FreeToBeMe

    Happy with Six Months Out

    Hi All, Thanks y'all for all your great responses! I think getting your protein, water and exercise in is the key to good weight loss. Of course, starting off as a heavyweight meant I lost faster. The emotional part has been so difficult. I mean I didn't get to 350 pounds without major food issues. It's all about getting to the other side where losing weight, feeling fitter and eating sanely is the norm and the way you want it. Thanks all!! Pen:thumbup:
  11. :thumbup1: Hiya, Well, 6 months after my surgery, I am 111 lbs down from pre-op. My labs are good. Cholesterol is at 157 which I think is good and maybe someone could tell me if it is a decent number. I have struggled a lot with head hunger and the need to comfort eat. Luckily, I found a great therapist and am attending OA as well. I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat but I really must stress the need to be psychologically prepared for the major, huge changes to your way of eating. Lord knows I am over the moon about my weight loss and how great I feel physically but I have also cried many times because I can no longer comfort eat and binge. My surgeon has given me a goal of 60 more lbs over the next 6 months. Wish me luck. Thanks all for your support. Pen
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    where are the heavyweights?

    I am a heavyweight. I topped out at 350 in Jan 2010. Now, 110 pounds lighter I still have a good 90 to lose-how much of that is loose skin I can't say but I have a huge panni. Funny, I just noticed that I had moved from "Super Morbidly Obese" to "Morbidly Obese" and am closing in on plain "Obese". Ugh! I hate these labels. In my head, I am still at 350 in so many ways. Sad. Pen
  13. So I feel like I have stalled out-spent the last three weeks around the same weight. I have tried mixing it up with more exercise, etc but no luck. It has been 6 months since my surgery and I am worried that going so long eating too few calories has wrecked my metabolism. I have lost of lot of weight but I am afraid in the long run doing it on so few cals has slowed down my weight loss as my body thinks it is in the dreaded starvation mode. Is it possible to have a psychological block to further weight loss? It seems far more complicated than "calories in vs. calories out" when I review my history. I have tried increasing cals for a few days and that didn't work. Nor did being more restrictive and increasing the protein shakes. TIA for your insight and advice.
  14. Really interested too if this a good book.
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    Pre Op Liquid Diet

    Wow! You are rocking the pre-op diet! Good luck and well wishes to all those preparing for their big day!

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