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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from bogglesauce in Before and After Pics   
    Wow, look at you! I've watched many of your videos but haven't seen them in awhile. You're doing such a great job!
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to DropWt4Life in Is eating breakfast important?   
    I take most studies with a grain of salt. You can say that a high percentage of people that skip breakfast are overweight, but is it really because they skip breakfast, or is there another reason? Do they really expect us to believe that if those people added a bowl of Frosted Flakes and whole milk to their diet, they would actually start to lose the weight? I doubt that.
    I eat breakfast though. Not because I think it will help me to lose weight, but because my stomach yells at me if I haven't had something to eat by 10am.
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to gwbicster in Weight Loss Stall, Frustrated   
    Yeah, I realized those were why I was deficient. And I did exactly as you suggested. And that's why I'm back on track.
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from FluffyChix in How Wild is Post-Op Grocery Shopping!   
    That was my favorite part of this experience...extreme restriction. My 'prescription' literally ran out in my 4 1/2 month. It was like I had extreme restriction still for Breakfast, then for lunch, I ate my regular half chicken breast but it no longer filled me like before.
    Sigh, I miss being able to go to Culver's for Soup, or Wendy's for chili, and have these cartons scattering about my fridge, that my husband would finish. I'm 8 months out and can eat a small chili from Wendy's, which is still good, don't get me wrong. But still .
    Just enjoy it while it lasts.
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to bcl1628 in Onederland!   
    Sleeved on June 23, 2017. 71 lbs and 4 pant sizes down. Male, 5’10. I can do things I haven’t been able to do in years- RUNNING being my favorite [re-]discovered hobby. Enjoying the process (and trying to be patient with the stalls). Let’s do this!

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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from bogglesauce in Before and After Pics   
    Wow, look at you! I've watched many of your videos but haven't seen them in awhile. You're doing such a great job!
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from krandall in 61 Pounds down sleeved 8/24   
    Good job! I was sleeved 4/24 and down 113 since then. I only lost three pounds this month, so I believe I'm in another stall :-/. I do a lot of circuit training, walking, and squats so it's unbelievably frustrating.
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to Sullie06 in Before and After Pics   
    Thanks for the reminder Time Hop
    Left 11/14/16- 275lbs
    Right- Today- 188 lbs

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    Finding_Stacy reacted to JerseyJules in Before and After Pics   
    Before 298lbs after 225lbs Im 5-11.5 tall.

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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from gwbicster in Weight Loss Stall, Frustrated   
    Wow, your post could've been mine. I literally eat the same thing I've been eating for months, but this past month I feel like I've hit my first big stall--or my sleeve stopped working--or I'm screwing everything up with my piece of whole wheat toast every mornings sans crust. It's a mind game, this surgery, and we knew that going in.
    And we still second guess ourselves every second of every day, right?
    I'm six months out, and at about five months along, I noticed a big difference in restriction. It's alarming when you're used to eating four ounces that will keep you full for hours, then literally one day, you eat six ounces and not feel the usual signs of fullness. I don't know, it made me a little sad. My favorite thing was this extreme restriction.
    But I will say to you, what I know for myself. Why am I not losing? It's most likely not your cream of wheat. You may be slacking in the Protein and Water department and don't even realize it. Even though I know this, I still am guilty. When you hit a stall, up your exercise even just slightly. Drink 90 oz of water per day and eat 70 + grams of protein. This will probably do it. I know it works for me so I'm making myself take my own advice as we speak.
    But chin up, you're doing an amazing job!

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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from Dabearo in Popcorn   
    I have popcorn 1-2 days a week and it hasn't halted my weight loss...and I'm on my doctor's weight loss high end by taking off 105 pounds in five months. Now, I will say, I keep all other carbs very low.
    It's a slider food in the sense that you can eat more of it, than let's say, chicken or beef, but you shouldn't be able to eat an entire bag of microwave popcorn in one sitting either.
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from Ready4theday in How much can you eat?   
    I'm around 17 weeks out and eat anywhere from 650-850 calories a day, 20-40 net carbs a day, and can eat 5.5 ounces of something like yogurt, but maybe only 4 ounces of meat.< br>

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    Finding_Stacy reacted to sjandj715 in I just hit the 140's   
    I just can't believe it!!!!! It feels sooo good!!! I was in a month long stall and I'm finally In the 140's. I'm down 66lns in 3 months

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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from Allie589 in Bowel Movement   
    Constipation is my number one problem. Milk of magnesia is a must if you're constipated. Nothing works better. Also, buy some tasteless benefiber and mix it into your food or shake.< br>

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    Finding_Stacy reacted to TooneyNinosMom in So what does everyone eat?   
    I've been living off of salads with chicken on them for the past week. I thought at 4 weeks when they moved back to regular food that I would be happily eating. Now, nothing has good taste. Nothing makes me enthusiastic about eating. I did have a kiwi yesterday and it was the best thing i've had in weeks. Then I found out it had 10grams of carbs. I cried.
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to heycrystal2052 in Breast Reduction and Lift   
    To be honest, at one point I thought I was losing too quickly. Between each appointment, I was losing about 25 pounds per three month, sometimes more. At this point, I have slowed a little, but the inches are still coming off. You do a lot more than I in the gym, I just focus on toning and walking. The arms, girl...they need help. Most insurance companies consider it to be more cosmetic, so I'll pay out of pocket for that if I'm ever desperate enough to get rid of it. What I wanted most, the insurance covered. These breasts need help, thankfully, BCBS agrees. LOL! The rate of loss now, is about 10 pounds a month. Almost two years out and I'm still so very focused, I've gone through too much to give up now. Ya know?!
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to jkppt in Getting ready to complete the journey   
    I am five days from plastic surgery for Tummy Tuck, lower body lift and vertical thigh lift. Equal part nervous and excited.
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    Finding_Stacy reacted to heycrystal2052 in Breast Reduction and Lift   
    I thought the same as you, I thought hey would tell me to lose a bit more weight before submitting to the insurance. Since I'm close to my goal, I'm sure that was factored in. Such adventures! lol
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from heycrystal2052 in Breast Reduction and Lift   
    Thanks so much. This is really helpful. I was wondering at what point to make an appointment with the plastic surgeon. I always thought at goal, too, but I saw on Youtube that one woman's plastic surgeon wanted to see patients around the 200 mark. He didn't want patients quite at goal because when he takes off the skin, the patient afterwards would be under weight.

    That makes sense too--although being under weight is a problem I'd like to experience, at least once.

    So I was really lost there.

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    Finding_Stacy reacted to heycrystal2052 in Breast Reduction and Lift   
    Depending on your policy, it could differ. W/ the lift, I didn't have any issues w/ the chafing, rashes, etc. Some policies will require those things to be a must. I'm a 40DDD, so they're very heavy and hurt my back, thankfully that was enough to get my approval. If you're having any issues due to the weight lost (only focus on that), make sure they're well documented and share that w/ your plastic surgeon. Now, I did have some discoloration under the breasts, I was later told, that was a sign of continuous skin irritation (so, maybe I did have those issues).
    The Panni, we knew they were would deny, but we tried any way. In my case, the denial did not warrant a P2P. Not to be too graphic, you must hang lower than your lady part and I just don't have enough loose skin to justify the surgery. They need to see you've had NUMEROUS amounts of skin irritations for them to even blink an eye w/ thought of the reviewing. If that is a problem, make sure you get prescribed (must fill through the pharmacy, we need to see you had claims for it and for how long) creams or whatever else you use to treat it. If you buy something OTC, again, make sure it is documented w/ your surgeon so it is recorded in your medical chart. Make sure you're within or at goal and have been there for several months. Now, depending on your policy, this could differ a bit, but this is the gist of it.
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from TooneyNinosMom in So what does everyone eat?   
    I really don't like eggs, either, since my surgery. I pretty much live on chicken. The other day I made tikka masala chicken with vegetables, which was so good. Chicken and broccoli. Yeah, I haven't gotten tired of chicken yet.

    You could make tuna salad to switch it up.

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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from Strivingforbetter in My doctor wants me to have this done-->help...questions   
    Yes! That's her. I felt so bad for her, but so terrified for me--I'm not even kidding. In the end I went with the sleeve. I thought, I could always change my mind and get the DS down the road, but let's first take this sleeve out for a test drive and see how well I do with it alone. All I know, I'm almost three months out and not regretting having bariatric surgery. Best. Thing. Ever.

    How are you feeling?
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from Missy161 in Still loving my sleeve over 2 years out   
    I wanted to ask you, since my insurance said they pay for skin removal too if the extra skin becomes a problem. Did your insurance pay for your entire lbl, or just the 'skin removal' part?
    I read some insurances who pay for skin removal won't pay for anything they deem cosmetic, like a belly button etc. I've also read some people even got insurance to pay for their breast surgeries as well. I hope I'm in that boat.
    And are you happy with your results? Would you go to Dr. Zachary again?
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    Finding_Stacy got a reaction from Missy161 in Still loving my sleeve over 2 years out   
    Wow, wow, wow!!! Simply amazing. You look phenomenal! You have zero evidence of wls on your stomach. All your scars are gone. I can only dream of results like this in two years. Thanks for the hope and motivation!!!

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