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About MamaT

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  • Birthday May 24

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    I am very happily married to my husband for 9 years, and we have a 7 year old son
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  1. MamaT

    Where Are My April 2012 Sleevers?

    I finally hit onderland! Down 81 lbs since surgery, about 90 overall. Happy new year! About 20 lbs to goal, but I am not stressing myself out over it. I enjoy going to the gym 2-4 times a week and take everything day by day. I still have my struggles but I don't beat myself up when I slip. Overall I feel blessed to have had my sleeve and the tool that gave me my life back.
  2. Hey everyone! Haven't been around in while.. but I wanted to share... I was sleeved 4/24 and am down 84 lbs since starting my journey. I wanted to share some pics with you.... the first was taken 2 years ago at my company xmas party with my best friend (we both work in the same hospital, different departments tho) and the second was last night... The 3rd pic was taken the day of surgery in April, and the last one was taken last week at a holiday party where I ran into my surgeon! He didn't know it was me at first! He told me how amazing it is to be able to see his patients look and most importantly FEEL so much better about themselves and their health. What I love MOST about my sleeve? I was still able to eat the food at the party, had a piece of this and a piece of that (no Pasta or rice, still can't tolerate it) and I was full and satisfied and guilt free! I even saw another surgeon who has been following my success (I work on a surgical unit, so I see alot of them.. except my bariatric surgeon because I work nights and he rarely comes around when I'm there) and he saw me eating a chocolate covered strawberry (my weakness) and he cheered me on because he knew I could eat just one and be satisfied with that! I hope everyone has an amazing holiday!
  3. Just posted some pics took me a while to figure out how to do it lol
  4. And I am so thankful! I have lost 75 lbs so far and I would like to lose another 30 but I'm not pressuring myself.... I went from a 22/24 to a 14/16. I never thought I would get down to this size and there are some 16 jeans that are already too big! I workout 2-3 times per week and I mix my workouts up between kickboxing and the elliptical. The support between family and friends is unbelievable. My favorite is when people Who I've known for a long time walk by me and don't know who I am.... dde00 My biggest piece of advice is don't pressure yourself... If you've been cleared to eat regular food and you're craving something... Like pizza or ice cream or chocolate, Have some but a very small piece... It will curb the craving And then you can eat something high in Protein And not obsess over that food that you wanted so bad. Here is a pic of me the day of surgery and one taken about a month ago... I
  5. MamaT

    Where Are My April 2012 Sleevers?

    I havent been on in a while... I had a great NSV yesterday!! Well, I went to the Gap to buy a new pair of jeans, and when I tried on the 16 thinking it would fit or be just slightly snug.. it was TOO big!! woooooooooo hooooooo! So I bought the size 14.. I couldn't believe it! And they look darn good on me too! <3 I only lost 1 lb in the last month, and I am OK with that. I haven't been getting my proteins in and I found myself picking here and there. I have been going to the gym 2-3 times per week, but now look to increase that now that my little boy is back in school. I am going to join a local kickboxing gym to change things up a bit. Feeling great... next goal is ONEDERland!
  6. In 3 months we have experienced such a drastic change in our bodies and the way we live now. Happy SURGIversary! I have lost 50 lbs since day of surg and I feel great! Been going to the gym 2-4 times per week and I am amazed at my energy level. Some days are better than others gettin all my proteins in, but overall I feel I am doing good. I never stress over having a few bites of cake or something "bad" because this is a journey not a sprint.. If I deprive myself of a craving then I don't stop thinking about it .. But I'm amazed at how I don't really *crave* anything other than what is good for me! Still the best decision ever (next to becoming a wife & mom, of course
  7. MamaT

    Where Are My April 2012 Sleevers?

    50 lbs GONE as of this morning! yay! I had a rough couple of food days ... I didn't get enough protein and I ate too many carbs. Will focus on getting in a shake and sticking to proteins today. I am very happy with my weight loss thus far and look forward to continued losing! I started this journey at a size 22/24 and yesterday I wore a 16 jeans! they were a little snug but I could breathe and they buttoned!
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  9. I had my gall bladder out 10 yrs ago, but the nurse in me thinks I have a stone in my common bile duct that may have sneaked into or around my pancreas. They didn't see anything on the CT scan but who knows if they were looking.
  10. no one knew what a sleeve was! They had to google it! I was having terrible chest pain/ abdominal pain that got so bad that I couldn't take te pain anymore so hubby took me to the local ER. We r vacationing down in the Jersey shore. when I got to the ER, the triage nurse asked for my history, and I told her I had a VSG, and she looked at me like "what?" I explained to her the basic premise of the procedure & why I had it and she still looked a little perplexed. I was in so much pain at that point I didn't care i she got it or not.. I just needed some pain relief!! (2 doses of dilaudid and I was still in pain... Stoned, but in pain lol) The ER doc knew what the sleeve was (thank God) and he thought this was unrelated but they did a ct scan just to make sure there was no issue. When the next nurse came to me, she asked if I had any problems since my bypass, and I explained to her also what the sleeve was (I was so drugged on dilaudid that hubby had to tell her towards the end of the story lol) . Then a 3rd nurse asked me of the band may have slipped and AGAIN I explained that I didnt have a band. Uuuugh. my Final diagnosis was "gastritis". They think I have an ulcer in my esophagus. I can assure you that I have become very close to my esophagus and sleeve, and this pain was no where near that. It was the worst pain I ever experienced and I pray that it never comes back. I am going to see my surgeon next week and will make an appt with my GI when he can see me. In the meantime I told the ER staff to look at my ct scan and see the sleeve and what it looks like. I was surprised that no one knew what it was! Sorry for the novel lol
  11. I have been an RN for 2 years now - I work med/surg nights and I love my sleeve! I also work on our hospitals bariatric floor so I love taking care of sleeve pts cuz I know what they r in for. Lost 43 lbs so far!
  12. MamaT

    Night Shift

    Hey all! Another night shifter question... Do u exercise on the days you have to work that night? I haven't been, but am starting to wonder if it will give me more energy. Hope everyone is doing well!
  13. MamaT

    Where Are My April 2012 Sleevers?

    Down 43 lbs.. yay! Feeling great. I recently took a picture of my son and I and cropped it next to the pic of me on the day of surgery.. and WOW what a difference. it really made me see the difference. I have a new bff, the elliptical. I try and get on it 3 times a week, and it gives me such a feeling of accomplishment. The first time I stepped on it I couldn't last 7 minutes.. and now I get on for 3 miles in 37 minutes... LOVE it! I have gotten alot of clothes from my aunt who dropped some weight (no surg for her) so I have gone from wearing 22 and 24's to some 16's and comfy in 18's. I even broke down and bought new scrubs for work because my 2x scrubs were looking ridiculous on me. I got LG sized ones, and they are a *little* snug so i'm gonna wait another week or so and try em again. I'm gonna have to look a little silly in my 2x scrubs for a little while longer. The Sleeve is still, next to becoming a mom & a wife, the best thing I ever did for myself.
  14. MamaT

    Something "crunchy" To Snack On...

    This is my newest treat!! Love it!

PatchAid Vitamin Patches