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#sdontdefineme#

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from onlybroomegirl in February Sleevers.... Check in!   
    Sleeved 2/06/14, down 112.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from onlybroomegirl in February Sleevers.... Check in!   
    Sleeved 2/06/14, down 112.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from onlybroomegirl in February Sleevers.... Check in!   
    Sleeved 2/06/14, down 112.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from onlybroomegirl in February Sleevers.... Check in!   
    Sleeved 2/06/14, down 112.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from my2chinagirls in how many calories ?   
    My dietician says no calorie counting, this is not a diet. Unfortunately your energy level is going to be depleated for some time. Are u taking your B12? I am 10 weeks postop today and I am still struggling but it is managable. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest and your Protein and fluids. Your body is still in shock.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from tarabara in any Boise Idaho newbies   
    Boise is my hometown where I grew up but I've lived here in Arkansas since 2006. I sure miss Idaho, I was last there March of 2011.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from Lulah in February Sleevers.... Check in!   
    Sleeved on 2/6
    HW:277
    SW:266
    CW:236
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from nesa83 in 3 month progress pic!   
    Awesome job!
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from acampbell1318 in 11 weeks post op photo   
    Good job, you've got this.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from sixbuttons in FREAKING OUT!   
    Congrats keep up the good work.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from irockedthe80s in Feeling discouraged   
    I'll be 6 weeks on Thursday as well. The premiere Protein Shakes were way too sweet for me. I drink the EAS brand from Wal-Mart has 17 grams Protein. I also picked up a canister of whey protein, chocolate Peanut Butter flavor for like $15 at Wal-Mart too. It has 30 grams of protein per scoop. I eat laughing cow cheese wedges, string cheese, scrambled egg whites, Soups, cottage cheese, greek yogurts, pink salmon, tuna, hummus and tilapia. I have no problems getting my protein in, just my Water.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from Stacilyn in 6 Months Post-Op & 100.2 Pounds Lost w Pics   
    I just want to say congrats to you both on the success of your journeys thusfar. I will be 6 weeks post-op on Thursday 3-20-14 and I am down 34 lbs. I can't wait to have a huge drop! Keep up the good work ladies.
    -Tonya
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from Stacilyn in 6 Months Post-Op & 100.2 Pounds Lost w Pics   
    I just want to say congrats to you both on the success of your journeys thusfar. I will be 6 weeks post-op on Thursday 3-20-14 and I am down 34 lbs. I can't wait to have a huge drop! Keep up the good work ladies.
    -Tonya
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    #sdontdefineme# reacted to princessheather in My success pics/mini story   
    Banded June 2010. Rid of 168 pounds!
    (sorry if this is a repeat for some of you but thought i should post this in this forum too to
    help/motivate more people)
    So the truth is the way I had success was to get real with myself. The first year I completely failed my lapband. I lost a little and then gain 30 pounds back. I didn't exercise at all and tried to tell myself walking the dog counted as good cardio. I also didn't count any calories that first year. I ate crap and tried to blame it on my band not working properly. I was very uniformed and thought the band was magically supposed to work. I didn't understand that I needed to get to that "sweet spot". The second year I decided I had to do it and get informed. I read these bariatric pal boards and searched for the secrets to everyone's success. The answer? No big secret, actual real exercise and counting your calories! I got a little cruiser bike and actually rode it 15 miles a day 7 days a week starting the day I bought it. I had always wanted a bike like that and said if I got one i would use it. That day I also started counting my calories religiously...right down to a stick of gum. I stuck with 1200 calories for the first year and then actually had to up my Protein calories once I started doing even more exercise. When it got too cold I tried zumba and fell in love with it and did it 7 days a week. Then I upgraded to twice a day zumba for several months. Then I did the Insanity program and zumba every day for 3 months. I slowly but surely lost steadily that whole time. The majority of my calories was always Protein. 90 grams at least. And when my weight was stuck and I exercised more, i upped it to 120 grams of protein and lost even more. With that amount of protein i felt full, and there was only enough calories left for my veggies, then fruit the sometimes some carb foods. My band is a realize band and if i remember correclty it is at 10.2 in an 11cc band. I almost have to have the darn thing closed shut to feel any real restriction. I havn't had a fill in a year. (acutally i had it to 10.7 for a almost a year until this january when i started randomly having really bad night reflux so decided to just get a tiny bit out). I made little goals as I went along.. If I had a trip planned, I would say, ok I just have to lose 10 more pounds by then. Or I just want to weigh what I was when I graduated college, and the what I weighed when I first got married, and then I just wanted to be smaller than my husband ( that was an awesome day the day the scale said I weighed less than him!). And the it was I wanted to be what i was when I was 21, and then the ultimate was what i was when I was in my teens!
    As for extra skin, yes i look dang good in tight workout clothes but naked is an entirely different story. I will be very honest here and many people here can relate. I struggle daily with my body image. While I may look tiny and muscle packed with clothes on ( I'm at 19% body fat), without clothes my skin is soooo wrinkled. My upper arms are super bad and I am pretty self conscious about them. I wore tank tops last year but vowed not to this summer as i swear all i thought about was people staring at the saggy skin. My upper and lower stomach and pubic region have a huge amount of extra skin that gets in the way when i exercise. I can actually hear it flapping about when I workout dang it! My chest is completely non existent, just flaps of skin which will require a lift and augmentation. My inner thighs and butt are the least saggy out of everything but will require a lift if I really want the complete packed. The good news about some of this is my legs and butt have actually gotten better with working out once I added weight training. I was so overweight for almost 15 years and so i just don't have time (or age) on my side for my skin to shrink back. My goal is to concentrate on reducing my body fat just a little more and have my arms, chest and tummy done this fall as a reward for keeping my weight off for a significant amount of time.
    The best advice is to get very informed and have a plan. Don't kid yourself, real exercise and a diet plan is the key to success with the band. Exercise is my best friend now. I actually want to be a personal trainer and nutrition counselor. Many people have asked me how I did it and I have to say I was sick of being what I was.
    You can do this!!!!!
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    #sdontdefineme# reacted to livvsmum in 6 Months Post-Op & 100.2 Pounds Lost w Pics   
    Thought I would post this to encourage someone. I feel like a totally different person and have learned a lot about myself through this process. I've learned that I'm very goal-oriented, I've learned that when I take the time to take care of myself I'm a more balanced person, I've learned that the sleeve doesn't "cure" emotional eating & I've learned that success takes really, really hard work & perseverance! :-)
    Anyway...my "official " 6 month pics :-)


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    #sdontdefineme# reacted to honeyg317 in Any February 2014 Sleevers?   
    I'm scheduled for 2/6/14. Who else is getting sleeved in February?
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from survivingsleever in FMLA and doctor's release to return to work - HELP!   
    I was sleeved on 2/06/14. I took off 12 days from work and I work for DHS and have a desk job. I wasn't told until the day before surgery at work by a co-worker that I had to fill out FMLA paperwork. I used my sick and annual leave and the FMLA was basically for my job security. I did not need a doctor's release to return back to work. I would definitely recommend taking at least a week off. I couldn't even sleep in my bed for almost a week, slept in my recliner. Best of luck to u. P.S. forget what others think or say, their opinions don't matter and do not define u. There will always be gossip. U have more important things to focus on, like your complete lifestyle change. You are retraining your body to eat all over again. This is both a physical and mental journey. Also remember this is MAJOR surgery.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from survivingsleever in FMLA and doctor's release to return to work - HELP!   
    I was sleeved on 2/06/14. I took off 12 days from work and I work for DHS and have a desk job. I wasn't told until the day before surgery at work by a co-worker that I had to fill out FMLA paperwork. I used my sick and annual leave and the FMLA was basically for my job security. I did not need a doctor's release to return back to work. I would definitely recommend taking at least a week off. I couldn't even sleep in my bed for almost a week, slept in my recliner. Best of luck to u. P.S. forget what others think or say, their opinions don't matter and do not define u. There will always be gossip. U have more important things to focus on, like your complete lifestyle change. You are retraining your body to eat all over again. This is both a physical and mental journey. Also remember this is MAJOR surgery.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from survivingsleever in FMLA and doctor's release to return to work - HELP!   
    I was sleeved on 2/06/14. I took off 12 days from work and I work for DHS and have a desk job. I wasn't told until the day before surgery at work by a co-worker that I had to fill out FMLA paperwork. I used my sick and annual leave and the FMLA was basically for my job security. I did not need a doctor's release to return back to work. I would definitely recommend taking at least a week off. I couldn't even sleep in my bed for almost a week, slept in my recliner. Best of luck to u. P.S. forget what others think or say, their opinions don't matter and do not define u. There will always be gossip. U have more important things to focus on, like your complete lifestyle change. You are retraining your body to eat all over again. This is both a physical and mental journey. Also remember this is MAJOR surgery.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from MsVictorious1020 in Disgusting Protein Shots Beware.   
    They are horrible even watered down.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from amberj05 in 4 months 90 pounds!   
    You are doing awesome. Keep up the hard work.
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from gohelpyourself in I am new, just sleeved on 2-06-14   
    Hi everyone, my name is Tonya and I was just sleeved on Feburary 6th, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee by Dr. Virginia Weaver. She is top notch in her field and I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. I had my GSV at St. Francis Hospital. I am going for my 2-week follow-up appointment tomorrow. Wish me luck.
    HW: 277
    SW: 266
    CW: 254
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    #sdontdefineme# reacted to Alesha423 in I am new, just sleeved on 2-06-14   
    Congrats!!
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    #sdontdefineme# got a reaction from gohelpyourself in I am new, just sleeved on 2-06-14   
    Hi everyone, my name is Tonya and I was just sleeved on Feburary 6th, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee by Dr. Virginia Weaver. She is top notch in her field and I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. I had my GSV at St. Francis Hospital. I am going for my 2-week follow-up appointment tomorrow. Wish me luck.
    HW: 277
    SW: 266
    CW: 254

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