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Bea Amaya

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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  1. It's been a long time since I visited this site, but I've hit a spot in my life where I'm struggling and realizing I need to go back and find some support to help me through it. I currently live in the Middle East, in a small country called Qatar located on a peninsula next to Saudi Arabia. I am a researcher/instructor at the Texas A&M University campus and have been here since the middle of September. When I arrived here, I was weighing in the low-to-mid 170s every day. After only 3.5 months here, I just this morning crossed the 190 line, something I thought I'd NEVER do again. Food choices here are good, but my ability to make proper choices is hampered somewhat. I do not have access to the protein shakes that I love and learned to rely on, I do not have access to good nutritional information about foods I find here, and I do not have access to the low calorie selections that were the staple of my life before moving here (low-cal bread, sugar free jello, Progresso Light soups, etc.) I'm trying so hard to get back on the bandwagon, realizing that I really only have a short window of time to get control before things get totally out of hand. So here I am, back again, planning on hanging out here again in order to pick up tips, keep the focus on good health, and interact with the community that understands. Bea from Doha, Qatar (Surgery date: July 30, 2013)
  2. Bea Amaya

    20141030 After

    From the album: Bea Amaya

    Living in Doha, Qatar now I don't really have a chance to get on the forum very often. Although I struggle to find anything that resembles what I was eating at home, I still continue to do well on maintaining, and even occasionally losing. I'm still 3 lbs away from "Normal" but so very happy. I move around a lot more comfortably, and almost never feel as if I'm taking up too much space in the world. :-) My only struggles are with the loose skin, which doesn't bother me much except on my face and neck. Still...I'm so very happy with my progress and continue to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my sleeve!
  3. Bea Amaya

    one-year.jpg

    Still short of "Normal" by 11 lbs and short of my goal by 20 lbs, I couldn't be happier with my one-year progress. Lots of loose skin (at my age, that's no surprise) but manageable with good clothing selections I consider my story a success. I believe I can get rid of those 20 lbs, but it will probably take another 6 months. This journey was no magic solution, and certainly not an easy decision, and it's not even a choice that is right for everyone. But for me and my life, my body, my heart, and my soul, this was THE thing to do. Yup...I'm a happy camper.
  4. Time for the next challenge... 4th of July Challenge! Here we go with the rules and instructions: 1. Be sure and log in here on Friday, May 30, 2014 to post your start weight and your goal weight for the challenge. 2. When setting your goal, keep in mind that this challenge is only 4 weeks long (5 weigh-ins). 3. Weigh in every Friday and post your updates here. 4. Watch the data at 4th of July Challenge (click to be taken to an online spreadsheet) to see our progress as individuals and as a team. GOOD LUCK! Note for you non-USA folks...even though it is not your country's Independence Day, it is definitely your country's "Fourth of July" (I mean, it's the 4th of July everywhere, right?!?) So here's hoping you'll think of this as a holiday to share with us and join in on the fun here. Happy 4th of July, folks!
  5. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Awesome news, Shell. Too bad about the meds, but GREAT news about your progress! Can't wait to see what happens at the next check-up. You're on your way now!
  6. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Great reports coming in today! LOTS of people making goal...what a wonderful way to celebrate this holiday! Here are some of my "linking" tips: The best way to link to a thread is to go to page one of that thread, then copy the address in the menu bar at the top of your browser window. For example, when I go to page one of this topic, what I see at the top is "www.bariatricpal.com/topic/308570-4th-of-july-challenge". When I copy that address, then create (or edit) this post, I can just paste the link here (using Ctrl+v on Windows, or right-click...paste), like this...http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/308570-4th-of-july-challenge/. When I use the paste function, the forum automatically changes it to a nice, clickable link. When I'm copying links from several different places (photos, forums, trending topics, etc.) the easiest way for me to do this is to open a second tab in my browsers, go the the place I want to copy from in that browser, copy the address at the top of the page, switch back to this tab, and paste the link here. For example I saw an interesting topic title in "Trending Topics" called "My surgeon was just arrested!" I have it open in my second tab, have copied the address, and will now paste it here...http://www.bariatricpal.com/topic/312731-my-surgeon-was-just-arrested/ Hope this helps! P.S. After posting the note above and checking to make sure it was correct, I noticed something I forgot to mention. BariatricPal tends to shorten the text for a long, copied hyperlink to keep it more neat and manageable. You'll notice that both of the links in the post above are, well, abbreviated. If you're curious about the entire name, you can either click on it to go to it, or hover over it and (depending on your browser and settings) see it in a pop-up banner at the bottom of the browser window.
  7. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    LOL! Post when you need to. As always, we're flexible here.
  8. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    4th of July Challenge, Week 4 Border Crossings Group average this week: 2.3 lbs lost Group losses this week: 189.8 lbs (82 reporting in) Total losses for the challenge: 798.9 lbs!!! 320s to 310s :: daw3378 280s to 270s :: beteroo 270s to 260s :: elfnow 260s to 250s :: heatherdawn 220s to 210s :: Nurseygirl, ashes304 200s to 190s ONEDERLAND!!!:: pharmd08, getnhealthyintx, Sherry73 180s to 170s :: Beach Lover 150s to 140s :: livvsmum As always, my apologies if I missed anyone!
  9. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Several people have volunteered to be cheerleaders and supporters. I suggest you go ahead and start a new thread for the next challenge. That way we can point people to it (by putting a link in here) and they can get ready for the next go 'round. Thanks so much for volunteering!
  10. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    I am a bit overwhelmed with work these days as I prepare to relocate to the Middle East. I will be taking a leave of absence from my regular job for 9 months in order to 1) complete my PhD, and 2) do something I've always wanted to do...teach in a university classroom. I am currently jumping through hoops in order to prepare my company for my leaving as well as meeting all of the strict requirements for working overseas. I will be working at the Texas A&M Qatar campus and couldn't be more excited. There are drawbacks, of course, including a serious cut in pay (I'll be making 1/7th of my current salary, and I'm the primary breadwinner!) Also, my husband will not be coming with me for this assignment, although we are hoping we can plan a trip for him to come for a visit around Christmas. I'm telling all of this to let you know that I will not be able to manage the data for another challenge after this one. While I've had a heck of a lot of fun with these, I am just a bit overwhelmed at the moment and need to take a break. I hope that someone from this group will pick up the baton and run with it. I'm hoping someone will come up with some new ideas for the group, some new and exciting ways to keep people active, motivated, and engaged. I will miss this part of my week, this checking up on everyone and marking the group's progress, but I am in need of a break and can't figure a way around it. Can't wait to find out who is going to volunteer to take the lead next! Thanks so much, Bea
  11. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    4th of July Challenge, Week 3 Border Crossings Group average this week: 2.1 lbs lost Group losses this week: 174.6 lbs (85 reporting in) Total losses for the challenge: 613.4 lbs!!! 340s to 330s :: GoldnGirl6677 330s to 320s :: daw3378 260s to 250s :: joy59 240s to 230s :: mrslb5, Lynne1029 230s to 220s :: deanask8te, JLynn14, hmk715 220s to 210s :: Nurse_B, pinkbarbie 210s to 200s :: mtodd1205, Hunter 190s to 180s :: moveandgroove, Slimk 180s to 170s :: BeaAmaya, gomekast 170s to 160s :: DeezJeanz, Evolving, cprince1975 As always, my apologies if I missed anyone!
  12. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    That is crazy awesome, Janet! Sounds like you're about ready to move into "maintenance" mode. Congrats for your successes. Enjoy!!!
  13. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    4th of July Challenge, Week 2 Border Crossings Group average this week: 2.2 lbs lost Group losses this week: 192.3 lbs (88 reporting in) Total losses for the challenge: 450.8 lbs!!! 280s to 270s :: beachplum, elfnow 270s to 260s :: Krystal0528 260s to 250s :: InfiniteButterfly 250s to 240s :: JodiePaige, right for me? 240s to 230s :: hrhlaurie 230s to 220s :: jenny13 220s to 210s :: hiccupingduck, mcginn0425, BlondeBanshee, pjpanda 210s to 200s :: covatila84 190s to 180s :: KatieJo04, StrawberryPolly, CathySleever 170s to 160s :: Healthier2day1227, BestKaren 160s to 150s :: No More Shelly Belly, onsummit 140s to 130s :: EarthyGoalie, dommeno As always, my apologies if I missed anyone!
  14. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Holy Hot Momma! That pic is gorgeous in the blue dress! You look amazing! Daddy's a lucky guy! I know this sounds backwards but I'm so proud of you and I can't wait to look as half as amazing as u someday! Love u! Too sweet, Shell! Thanks for the kind words. And your Dad and I both feel lucky, that's for sure. Thanks again, sweetie!
  15. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Tried to look at the data-- forgot my starting and goal lol it says file not found Hmm...when I clicked on the link above, the one embedded in your message, it opened right up. Can someone else chip in and let us know whether you can see the file or not? I'll try to troubleshoot, but need to know if no one can see it or if only some of you are having trouble. THANKS!
  16. Bea Amaya

    062013 To 062014

    From the album: Journey

    What a difference one year can make!
  17. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    I've been struggling a bit in that I've reached that point where the sleeve has really done it's part and now it's time for me to need to WORK for the losses. I've been a whole month with no appreciable changes, just fluctuations of 3 lbs up and down the scale. Then I pulled out two photos taken a year apart and realize that I've come a long way already. I have nothing to be discouraged about and realize that this last 25 lbs. is just going to take some patience, planning, and persistence. Here's the photos:
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    Journey

    Photos of my journey along the way.
  19. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Wowsers...sound you had a WONDERFUL week! Congrats on having your loved ones around you this week...ENJOY!
  20. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Congrats on your wedding! Much happiness to you and your hubby! And congrats for hanging in there on your losses. :-)
  21. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    4th of July Challenge, Week 1 Border Crossings 340s to 330s :: daw3378 310s to 300s :: mark! 290s to 280s :: beachplum 280s to 270s :: Krystal0528, Sleeve Siren 270s to 260s :: joy59 260s to 250s :: heatherdawn, kimba6999, Luvin_Life125 250s to 240s :: danaevett, hrhlaurie 240s to 230s :: alice4914, Lynnc121 230s to 220s :: Susan-031314, pinkbarbie 220s to 210s :: Nicey2u, sassyd1999 210s to 200s :: getnhealthyintx 200s to 190s ONEDERLAND!!! :: Danni-doinit4me, Anababy, Bluesea71, Stephsjourney, nillee 190s to 180s :: dreamscometrue, Ree 180s to 170s :: Gettingsexyback, hockeywife91 170s to 160s :: KimberlyBranco7, longtimecoming7, Yoga lady 160s to 150s :: JanetPRN As always, my apologies if I missed anyone!
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    4th of July Challenge

    Awesome! Welcome to onderland!
  23. Bea Amaya

    4th of July Challenge

    Awesome! Another one made it to Onderland!
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