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    slvrsax got a reaction from Kindle in Dr. Ariel Ortiz at the OCC   
    I used Dr. Ariel Ortiz a year ago.  I cannot say enough good about OCC.  Dr. O. is fantastic, as are his associates Dr. So and Dr. Martinez!  I had a wonderful experience and would do it again 10 times over.  Not one single regret.  Started in a size 24, a year later now in a size 10.  Go for it, you will not regret your decision.  Good luck!
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    slvrsax got a reaction from lljenkins in Discouraged Already   
    You are you. You are not everyone else. YOUR journey is unique and unlike any other! Enjoy it! There will be ups and downs but at the end of the day the weight will come off. If you are like the rest of us, it is hard to have faith, but trust the process. I know - easier said than done but follow the eating rules, exercise as soon as you are able as much as you are able and trust the process. This too shall pass.
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    slvrsax reacted to mduffield in Dr. Ariel Ortiz at the OCC   
    There are several topics specifically about him. You just need to search his name. I will be getting my sleeve on Friday with him. I've only heard positive things. Several people on this forum are down there this week and their reports are only praise! I will update as soon an I can. Post op this weekend.
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    slvrsax reacted to deedadumble in Plastic Surgery in Tijuana after the sleeve?   
    I would recommend Dr. Sauceda in Monterrey, MX. There is a support forum full of his past and future patients on Obesity Help. When you have scheduled surgery, there is a private Facebook group of patients where you connect with others that are having surgery the same time you are.
    The patient support and info was a big part of why I went to Dr. Sauceda. I had a lower body lift, butt flap augmentation, arm lift, breast lift/augmentation, and a neck lift. I am extremely happy with my results.
    The other benefit is Dr. S has the best and most gentle nurse in the world that helps you in the hotel after you get out of the hospital.
    Here are some pics from 5 months post-op. I'm 49 yrs old. Highest weight 273. Current weight 174.
     
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    slvrsax reacted to Cody's mom in Plastic Surgery in Tijuana after the sleeve?   
    Funny, I don't find Tijuana a risk, but more highly trained quality surgeons than we have here. I would choose Mexico over anywhere for any surgery or dental work, but I would prefer going to someone that someone else has used. I had a very successful sleeve done in TJ for a very inexpensive price, but price isn't my concern, it's getting quality surgeons, and I know they are in Mexico, much more so than here.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from GrammieJ in WA-Seattle, Tacoma, Kitsap or King counties   
    I'm in Everett, I'd love to participate.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Hey professionals (or anyone working full-time)   
    I'm a year post-op and was concerned re: schedule but it has worked out as long as I think ahead. My commute and workday combined is 12 hours long and I have 2 teenage daughters. Ready to drink (as opposed to powder) shakes seemed to be the most realistic for packing & ease, I take 3 or 4 (still at a year out) and put them in my work fridge on Monday. There are some good go to's when your out and find yourself hungry - items you can find in a convenience store in a pinch when you are a little further out. Lunchmeat, small cans of tuna, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, almonds, beef Jerky and even Protein shakes to name a few. I also rely on convenience pre measured items like 100 calorie packs of almonds, Quest bars and babybel light cheese. I keep Quest bars and freeze dried edamame in my desk. I always carry a questbar in my purse. I've been out shopping or on my way to an exercise class, realize I'm hungry and rather than going to the foodcourt I eat my questbar until I can get some "real" food. Your options feel limited initially but six months on and beyond it gets easier. For exercise I keep gym clothes at work when I can't get to my evening dance classes because we have a gym in my office building. Hope this helps.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from GrammieJ in WA-Seattle, Tacoma, Kitsap or King counties   
    I'm in Everett, I'd love to participate.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Hey professionals (or anyone working full-time)   
    I'm a year post-op and was concerned re: schedule but it has worked out as long as I think ahead. My commute and workday combined is 12 hours long and I have 2 teenage daughters. Ready to drink (as opposed to powder) shakes seemed to be the most realistic for packing & ease, I take 3 or 4 (still at a year out) and put them in my work fridge on Monday. There are some good go to's when your out and find yourself hungry - items you can find in a convenience store in a pinch when you are a little further out. Lunchmeat, small cans of tuna, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, almonds, beef Jerky and even Protein shakes to name a few. I also rely on convenience pre measured items like 100 calorie packs of almonds, Quest bars and babybel light cheese. I keep Quest bars and freeze dried edamame in my desk. I always carry a questbar in my purse. I've been out shopping or on my way to an exercise class, realize I'm hungry and rather than going to the foodcourt I eat my questbar until I can get some "real" food. Your options feel limited initially but six months on and beyond it gets easier. For exercise I keep gym clothes at work when I can't get to my evening dance classes because we have a gym in my office building. Hope this helps.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from ProudGrammy in Hey professionals (or anyone working full-time)   
    I'm a year post-op and was concerned re: schedule but it has worked out as long as I think ahead. My commute and workday combined is 12 hours long and I have 2 teenage daughters. Ready to drink (as opposed to powder) shakes seemed to be the most realistic for packing & ease, I take 3 or 4 (still at a year out) and put them in my work fridge on Monday. There are some good go to's when your out and find yourself hungry - items you can find in a convenience store in a pinch when you are a little further out. Lunchmeat, small cans of tuna, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, almonds, beef Jerky and even Protein shakes to name a few. I also rely on convenience pre measured items like 100 calorie packs of almonds, Quest bars and babybel light cheese. I keep Quest bars and freeze dried edamame in my desk. I always carry a questbar in my purse. I've been out shopping or on my way to an exercise class, realize I'm hungry and rather than going to the foodcourt I eat my questbar until I can get some "real" food. Your options feel limited initially but six months on and beyond it gets easier. For exercise I keep gym clothes at work when I can't get to my evening dance classes because we have a gym in my office building. Hope this helps.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from blissfulbeing in Your Favorite things- fitness/ exercise related   
    Pre-surgery and right after surgery work out wear: Kohl's has a great selection on line in plus sizes and runs true to size as does Lane Bryant. Once I got into about a size 18 I could fit into XXL Fabletics - Kate Hudson's line available on line. Love the yoga pants they have fantastic compression for the price. The sports bras are not very supportive even for a B cup like me. Kiava (again on line) makes a double criss cross back sports bra that provides great support even for running for under $40, my favorite by far and they look cute with a tank top. I am a 38 B and wear an XL (I am wide through my ribs). I could wear the XXL at a 40-42C. You want to start exercising but don't know where to start and aren't thrilled about signing a gym contract? Check out Amazon local and groupon in your area and you will find all kinds of options from cross fit, martial arts, zumba, you name it and the deals are very inexpensive. I found the dance studio I go to that way. I was hooked from about the 5th class and is my main form of exercise and has been for over a year. I thought the gym was pretty boring by comparison.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Kindle in What took you to Mexico?   
    @@Jill Pill I used Ariel Ortiz, you will love him and the standard of care at OCC. I had a wonderful experience. 1 year post op 113 lb downs tells the story, you will enjoy great success. Best of luck to you! Best advice I have is - as soon as you can exercise, do (was seven weeks out for me). I lost the bulk of my weight in the first six months so be as aggressive as you can with your plan. I lost 88 lbs in the first six, 25 in the following six and I didn't really change anything - loss just slowed.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Texasmeg in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I also overindulged. So far, no regain (I realize it could take a bit to catch up on the scale) so no harm no foul right? Nope. As a result, I have that "out of control" feeling I used to have pre-surgery. For the last year (I am one year post op) I've had control over my eating for the first time EVER, but now that feeling of being out of control is back. I've awoken the carb monster. For the last several days I say "I'll start tomorrow" with the no sugar eating, then - I don't. I threw out anything in the house that was tempting me - Cookies, toffee, remnants of bags of chocolate chips and nuts (these weren't calling me from the cabinet but I got rid of them just in case), stocked up on some Premier drinks (costco in my area is carrying strawberry again, yay!) and started the 5 day pouch test yesterday. I need a re-set. I've maintained my exercise regime but I know I cannot out-exercise bad eating.
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    slvrsax reacted to back2barb78 in Dr. Ariel Ortiz at the OCC   
    Gtmikki glad everything went well. Covatila I'm glad to hear you're okay and so sorry to hear about your cancer. I would definitely not be hard on yourself- that is major and a priority and you can get back on track. 95lbs is amazing!! There's nothing you can't handle girl!!! I'm in the market now for plastics. Changing slowly but surely! Got a quote from Dr Medina at the Ariel center for lower body work and am strongly considering going back to the OCC. They are so wonderful. I'm not sure though because I would consider going by myself but the communication says they want you to bring someone with you and it's a whole week. I need to see if I could pay a private nurse to stay with me there!
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    slvrsax reacted to covatila84 in Dr. Ariel Ortiz at the OCC   
    Hi everyone- it's been so long since I participated in the boards, I don't even know where to begin to catch up. I was sleeved in February and was doing pretty good until about July when I hit stall after stall. From July to sept I lost only 7lbs even though i still have plenty of weight to lose and I've been stuck since September at the same weight. I won't ramble on- I haven't been around because in September I found out I have thyroid cancer which had started spreading to the muscle in my neck. Had surgery October 17th to remove thyroid and some of the muscle in my neck that the cancer was touching. It's been a tough road, very difficult to function. Energy is very hard to come by... I exercise when I can, but most days just getting out of bed and making it to work is my only victory. I've been pretty depressed trying to deal with this, I hope it's not the "new me", hopefully it will just take some time to get my medication levels right. I was so close to 100lbs down until my surgery..then I gained 5. While I know 95lbs down is great, I almost feel like i didn't get to fully use my tool of VSG in my first year, you know? I'm sorry to be negative, I am trying to think more positive. Anyway, I just thought even though I haven't lost weight and I'm nowhere near my goal, that I should come back on here for encouragement and to see anyone else is dealing with my issues. So I stopped by one of my favorite topics to say hi.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Dr-Patient in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I'm on day 3 of de-carbing and happy to report that yes, the cravings are quieting a little bit. I suspect I'll feel I'm back in the driver's seat by the weekend.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Dr-Patient in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I'm on day 3 of de-carbing and happy to report that yes, the cravings are quieting a little bit. I suspect I'll feel I'm back in the driver's seat by the weekend.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Texasmeg in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I also overindulged. So far, no regain (I realize it could take a bit to catch up on the scale) so no harm no foul right? Nope. As a result, I have that "out of control" feeling I used to have pre-surgery. For the last year (I am one year post op) I've had control over my eating for the first time EVER, but now that feeling of being out of control is back. I've awoken the carb monster. For the last several days I say "I'll start tomorrow" with the no sugar eating, then - I don't. I threw out anything in the house that was tempting me - Cookies, toffee, remnants of bags of chocolate chips and nuts (these weren't calling me from the cabinet but I got rid of them just in case), stocked up on some Premier drinks (costco in my area is carrying strawberry again, yay!) and started the 5 day pouch test yesterday. I need a re-set. I've maintained my exercise regime but I know I cannot out-exercise bad eating.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Dr-Patient in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I'm on day 3 of de-carbing and happy to report that yes, the cravings are quieting a little bit. I suspect I'll feel I'm back in the driver's seat by the weekend.
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    slvrsax reacted to Kindle in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I got back yesterday, and stepped on the scale at work today. Gained the 4 pounds I was expecting to (top of my bounce range, still below goal). But like others, I'm back to plan today and my sleeve is VERY happy to have all the Protein. It was not happy with all those carbs. But hey, my tastebuds and head sure liked em. ....maybe too much. But with healthy eating I'm pretty confident I will be back at the bottom of my bounce within a week.
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    slvrsax reacted to jess9395 in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    Just do a detox for ONE DAY. At least that's what you tell yourself. This is what I did...I said OK I'm gonna have a NO sugar NO refined carbs detox day. If I want some tomorrow, OK. And guess what? One day and I was under control again. Try it! You can do anything for ONE DAY right?
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    slvrsax reacted to MamaBear in I’M Feeling A Slight Loss Of Control With Grazing And Sweets.   
    Even 4 years out when I have a backslide, and when I find my inner strength, I can trust my sleeve.
    I could have written your post - but I compare it to smoking... you have to get the drug out of your system. Go hard on your protein/water/healthy food only for 4 days and the cravings leave as the crap is out of your system.
    If I crave carbs at night, I have a cup of tea and my sleeve is so happy for the warm comforting hug on the inside, the cravings go.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Texasmeg in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I also overindulged. So far, no regain (I realize it could take a bit to catch up on the scale) so no harm no foul right? Nope. As a result, I have that "out of control" feeling I used to have pre-surgery. For the last year (I am one year post op) I've had control over my eating for the first time EVER, but now that feeling of being out of control is back. I've awoken the carb monster. For the last several days I say "I'll start tomorrow" with the no sugar eating, then - I don't. I threw out anything in the house that was tempting me - Cookies, toffee, remnants of bags of chocolate chips and nuts (these weren't calling me from the cabinet but I got rid of them just in case), stocked up on some Premier drinks (costco in my area is carrying strawberry again, yay!) and started the 5 day pouch test yesterday. I need a re-set. I've maintained my exercise regime but I know I cannot out-exercise bad eating.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Texasmeg in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I also overindulged. So far, no regain (I realize it could take a bit to catch up on the scale) so no harm no foul right? Nope. As a result, I have that "out of control" feeling I used to have pre-surgery. For the last year (I am one year post op) I've had control over my eating for the first time EVER, but now that feeling of being out of control is back. I've awoken the carb monster. For the last several days I say "I'll start tomorrow" with the no sugar eating, then - I don't. I threw out anything in the house that was tempting me - Cookies, toffee, remnants of bags of chocolate chips and nuts (these weren't calling me from the cabinet but I got rid of them just in case), stocked up on some Premier drinks (costco in my area is carrying strawberry again, yay!) and started the 5 day pouch test yesterday. I need a re-set. I've maintained my exercise regime but I know I cannot out-exercise bad eating.
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    slvrsax got a reaction from Texasmeg in Horrible eating over Christmas   
    I also overindulged. So far, no regain (I realize it could take a bit to catch up on the scale) so no harm no foul right? Nope. As a result, I have that "out of control" feeling I used to have pre-surgery. For the last year (I am one year post op) I've had control over my eating for the first time EVER, but now that feeling of being out of control is back. I've awoken the carb monster. For the last several days I say "I'll start tomorrow" with the no sugar eating, then - I don't. I threw out anything in the house that was tempting me - Cookies, toffee, remnants of bags of chocolate chips and nuts (these weren't calling me from the cabinet but I got rid of them just in case), stocked up on some Premier drinks (costco in my area is carrying strawberry again, yay!) and started the 5 day pouch test yesterday. I need a re-set. I've maintained my exercise regime but I know I cannot out-exercise bad eating.

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