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Posts posted by poohbear1019

  1. I day I start with a personal trainer. I'm a little over 3 months post-op - was sleeved on April 21, 2014. I've only been doing cardio, for the most part - walking, treadmill, elliptic

    al and now doing the couch-to-5K app outside since the weather is gorgeous.

    The problem is that I know nothing about strength and weight training and I'm not the kind of person who can watch a YouTube video to work on it - I need a teacher, I need actual guidance - someone to tailor something for my needs, watch my form and most importantly - keep me accountable!! I'd prefer not to have any more surgery and I think the best way to avoid cosmetics/plastics is to really kick the weight training in/up.

    I found a number of people online and she seemed the most reasonable and she actually got me in touch with another bariatric client of hers, which made me feel great!!

    I'm nervous! Maybe that's weird but I'm nervous. The idea of failure is always sitting in the back of my mind - can I do this? Will I bail? I don't meet with her until 7 and I've been awake since 4!!

    Has anyone else gone the personal training route? Pros? Cons?

    Hey hmk715,

    If you can afford a trainer, I would definitely do it. There are awsome trainers and some sucky ones too! If for whatever reason you don't like the one you have now, find another one. Trainers are like any other profession, think doctors that you have had. Some are better than others and some have better personalities than others.

  2. Good morning everyone,

    I'm a year and a half out from my sleeve. I've lost 250 pounds!! As you can imagine, I have extra skin EVERYWHERE :-( and....unfortunately, I'm not indepently wealthy. Does anyone have some recommendations for solid foreign plastic surgeons? They don't have to only be in Mexico. Or if anyone in a similar experience found someone domestically that was reasonable or was willing to work with you?


  3. Thanks for the replies and ideas everyone! As far as a trainer I would like to find a good trainer. The last one was an old school Russian whose philosophy was, doesn't matter if it hurts, lift heavier. I can't do crossfit right now because I'm waiting on knee surgery. I've gotten books and apps. I just need to do it! A lifting buddy would be awesome to find!

  4. Hey Guys and Gals,

    I'm a year and a half out. I lost the weight, but I hate the way I look. I am weak and have no muscle tone.I want to start weightlifting but I'm nervous/intimidated in the weightlifting area. Does someone have a routine to share or point me in the right direction? I tried a trainer and got injured.



  5. I cannot believe how much US docs charge for plastics! What she has quoted you on is nothing more than what my surgeon in Mexico calls the Mommy Makeover...which he charges not quite $8,000 for which includes EVERYTHING except airfare. But, I understand not everyone wants to go to Mexico which I a shame as my surgeon is excellent. Just think, 22,000 minus 8,000 is 14,000. That's a LOT of money to have left over for new clothes.

    Can I get your Doc's name?

  6. I don't know what you mean by complete body lift. To the best of my knowledge, there is a lower body lift (tummy tuck plus goes all the way around to help lift butt and get rid of backside skin overhang) and upper body lift (gets rid of side boobs and extra back hanging skin).

    I had the lower body lift alone with breasts, arms and small thighs in Mexico with Dr Sauceda in Mexico. Amazing results, recovery was ALOT though as I had a lot done at once.

    Hey Cowgirl Jane,

    That's pretty much what I need done. Do you mind letting me know how much the surgery cost? Feel free to private me.

  7. A little dazed and confused about this new lifestyle but I am taking it one day at a time. When did you have surgery and how much have you lost so far?

    I had the gastric sleeve on 3.11.13. I started at 429. I lost 50 pounds before surgery. On the day of surgery I weighed 379. I'm @ 180 now. The craziest thing is when a customer calls me thin or describes me as the skinny guy! I went from the fattest guy in the room to the skinniest! I wish you the best of luck! If you have questions or need a friend don't hesitate to ask.

    God bless,


  8. poohbear1019

    i have found as i get older :(

    my hearing and eyesight are not as good as before :angry:

    did you say you lost 242lbs????

    did i read that right???

    holy moly dude or dudette ;)

    you must look and feel wonderful

    so happy for you

    keep up the great job (i know you will :) )

    good luck



    Hey Kathy,

    I'm a dude ;-) I started Pre Op weight was 436. Because I had severe diabetes, I was prescribed a miracle drug called Victoza. That help me drop 50 pounds. The day of my surgery I was 379. Today I weighed in at 194. Total weight lost is 242. Weight lost since surgery 185. It is hard for me to believe myself. And as I left my doctor's office I realized it has been 9 months to the day. I appreciate all of your responses and kind words. I would love to help out anyone that is pre op or post op that is struggling. I don't have all the answers, it has been a struggle, I've been very lonely. I am grateful for receiving the surgery and the outcome. I really think it is part of God's plan for me. On Monday I was told that I have been hired for a job that is going to change the course of my life. This is miracle #2! I am overwhelmed by everybody's responses!

    Thank you and God Bless all of you!

    Nicky A.K.A. poohbear1019

  9. Wow! This thread has been my life! It's just not gay bias (which I have experienced) but I've walked into a store or restaurant where the employees would start laughing at me. And it's like, why are you so mean?!

    Even though I'm "skinny" now. I'm still afraid to go out. Especially bars. But at the same time I'm very lonely :-(

    I wish all of you the best of the best!


  10. Hey Everyone!

    My name is Nicky, I was sleeved 3.11.13. I've lost more than 200+ pounds. It's so weird...someone called me thin to my face! I'm like are you sure?! Me?! Another person described me to my co worker as "the skinny guy". I'm so not used to this.

    What I have realized, is that I look totally different, I can now FEEL how lonely I've been for so long. I'm not talking about sex or hooking up, just a friend to get coffee, see a movie, or just chit chat. I joined an online dating site. I knew I wasn't ready for dating. I just want friendship. I'm in Chicago and would like to meet people locally or otherwise. Any ideas?

    Good luck to all of you,

    Nicky AKA poohbear1019

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