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  1. Oh man!!! It has been a long, long, long time since I have posted. I do apologize. I have been posting on Instagram. But here is an update: 

    1) I finally got my panniculectomy (10/6/2018) and I am loving it. 

    2) I was approved for a revision, so that will be done in April. 

    I will post pictures. 

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    1. Coexister

      Coexister

      Congratulations! Thank you for sharing. Was the panniculectomy covered by insurance? Was it very expensive?

  2. Sorry I have not been around much for the Month of May. It has been a busy month. I am trying to buy my first investment property, as a well as my workload picking up. Some things that I changed. I bought dresses. I continue to work a lot. I am now known as a "Gym Rat" which I wear proudly. I dyed my hair blonde because I was bored. 

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    1. Newme17

      Newme17

      Look at you hon! I love the dress! I’ve bought two in the past two weeks myself. Glad you’re doing alright and still hitting the gym. I haven’t been around much myself these days, just busy. Glad I checked the site today! :D

    2. Newme17

      Newme17

      Did you see my before/after? Of course, I’m still in progress

    3. Sosewsue61

      Sosewsue61

      Look at you all cute in that dress! Your arms are really looking toned.

  3. So I busted my butt at the gym literally. Not Every Workout Will Be Graceful.

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Mattymatt I fall at least twice a week, but I get back up and go at it again. I wanted to show people that it is not always going to smooth and easy. That there will be falls and the only thing you can do is get back up and do it again. I hit the gym almost 6 times a week now and I still am not graceful. Besides, I love the fact that I fall all the time, it makes my arms stronger when I am pushing myself back up.

    3. Mattymatt

      Mattymatt

      I want to start taking cycling classes at the gym and I know I won't be graceful because of my frame size but I don't care. Group exercise is more rewarding for me than doing it on my own.

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      Those classes are awesome. I fell off so it will happen.

  4. I went to the pool with my mom and a spin class. Omg, I got my a$$ kicked in the class. Also, I fell off of the bike and slide down the wall so dramatically lol. 

    That was my low carb meal for the day. My legs are still killing me but we will be doing this again next Saturday. 

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    1. Newme17

      Newme17

      I love spin!!!! Glad ya rocked it. 😊

  5. Today is 1-YEAR!!! 1 Year!!! I cannot believe a year has gone by soo fast. I am sooo hyper. I am proud of myself. I hope to keep this going. I hope that by year 2, I have an even stronger body than I do now. 

    Happy 1 Year everyone!!!

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @fluffychix Thank you.

      @laladee Thank you.

      @Newme17 Thank you. I just want to be really strong at this point.

      @WoodyDNA Thank you as well.

    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      That’s what I like to hear, “strong” and “healthy”. I’m personally over vanity. 😁...guess it’s age and not caring what others think of me anymore. Lol

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 I am with you. I just want to be strong and that is all the matters. I even did two handstands with help.

  6. I am in Love with myself right now. 

    There is soo many times I felt like giving up and just saying F*** it. I will never lose any more weight or get rid of all of this fat. I am soo glad that I did not. I took this picture after a work out on Friday and I have to say "Dammmmnnn Gina" lol. I am coming together so nicely. I may not need to spend that much money on stomach after all lol. I am soo excited to keep this going. I cannot wait to see what I look like in 6 more months. This year has been amazing. My Ab is starting to come in too. 

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    1. Newme17

      Newme17

      Keep it up hon!!!!

    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 Thank you. I am considering powerlifting next. I am really enjoying lifting and I want to start pushing myself more.

    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      I love lifting too, but haven’t considered power lifting. If you go that way...I’ll cheer you on! 💪🏽🏋🏽‍♀️

  7. Idk what happened yesterday. It was just an odd day for me. I stayed home and only ate Oreos. I ate 24 of them. Just Oreos. 1,280 calories worth. Idk why I did it. I was not stressed, upset or even sad. It was like an anomaly. I can’t explain it. The crazy thing is, I am not stressing it. I meal prepped healthy for the week and do not have any desire for any more junk food. Has anyone had this happen?

  8. I had a huge NSV moment. I can now fit into a size 12. A size 12. I am soo hype. Also, I decided to try that hair wax stuff and I made my hair purple. 

    Also, I forgot to post on Face 2 Face Friday. 

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    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      Awesome!!!!! I love the purple too. Funny...I was just thinking of adding purple to my hair today. Lol. We shall see!

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 I bought the purple hair wax that you can wash out. I actually like having it and will buy more colors. It allows me to be versatile with my hair colors.

  9. Since this journey, even people at work are treating me differently. People used to never ask me to do physical activities and in the last 2 days, I have been asked to the following:

    1) Join the companies 5K marathon team for next year

    2) Join the companies Friday Night Bike Ride through Prospect Park

    3) Even joining a kickboxing class with another employee

    It just blows my mind that people invite me to things like this. I am soo excited to try new things that I would have been afraid to do. 

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 I am sooo excited about this. My co-worker made me a training schedule to prepare for a 5K. I am over the moon excited about it. He told me that my journey has inspired even the “Skinny” employees to get up off their butts and workout. I just laughed. He said, that though they are small, they aren’t healthy neither and could use the inspiration.

    3. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @blizair09 Thank you!!

      @FluffyChix Thank you as well. This is a huge NSV moment. Little me invited to workout with people. They actually want to workout with me.

    4. Newme17

      Newme17

      That's exactly it...so many people are unhealthy on the inside and they too need to work on that. My husband is one that doesn't gain weight, eats whatever he wants, and has always been small. But since he's adopted the plant based lifestyle with me, well...he's still small, BUT he says he feels better and he knows he's healthier inside now too.

      Go you! Be the inspiration to all!!!

  10. I was taking a look at my weight loss sheet. 7lbs loss for the month of February!! I am soo hype about it now.

    1. Newme17

      Newme17

      Yay! That’s awesome.

    2. FluffyChix

      FluffyChix

      Yay! Super great!!

  11. This wonderful, amazing woman has guided me, encouraged me, prevented me from giving up and from looking stupid at the gym (ex. decline sit-ups)🤣😹😂. The saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well it takes a village to achieve the hardest goals ever. I am so blessed to have so many people like her in my life. 

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    1. blizair09

      blizair09

      Aww. What a nice message to read! :)

    2. Newme17

      Newme17

      This is awesome! I’m so happy for you to have her hon.

    3. FluffyChix

      FluffyChix

      Fantastic. What a great pic!

  12. My gym is closed on the weekends. I feel sad. I wish I could just go workout. I miss it. President's Day they are closed too. I am like :49_triumph: . This interferes with my workouts. Now, I have to workout at home. Well, I have a jump rope and a medicine ball. 

     

     

    1. Newme17

      Newme17

      You can do it!

    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      I just miss my gym. I am like, can yall be open on weekends?

  13. Gave my back sweat a smiley face 😊. Isn’t she adorable? Her name is Sweatie. Lol, I am annoying. Lol

    I got back down to 189.6 lbs. I have increased my cardio with weight lifting, as well as consistently worked on my Abs. 

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      Lol, I use sweet sweat and a neoprene to help me sweat. I honestly have a hard time sweating to it makes my tummy pour down. That's where I hold most of my water and feel bloated.

      Since upping my cardio, the weight has been coming down. I think the key for me is equilibrium lol. That is the the key to everything. Also my diet has equaled out. I have no more than 40g of carbs with 120g of Protein. Limiting the fats a bit to no more than 20g. Also increasing my water intake by another 10 oz getting me up to 74 oz. This has been working and I see and feel the change.

      Yayy for being strong.

    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      Never had an issue of not sweating! Lol. Yes, I’m glad you upped your water intake for using the sweat gear. I’m glad it’s all working out for you too!

      Soooo....weights are on hold. Goodness even holding my phone is hurting. I slipped and fell on a grape at the grocery store! Hahahaha. Lol. It was quite comical. I can even hear the cartoon like noise when I went down. Well I tried catching myself and landed on my left hand. Feels sprained. I had it documented with the store as well, for the just in case. But I think it’ll blow over in a day or two, I hope!!! So, just cardio for me. My doc will be happy about that part...wants me to focus on cardio more. Haha.

      I was a victim but I choose to not stay the victim!!! What a glorious day!!! 😊

      ...some guy ran in to my car yesterday as well. Haha. My house alarm goes off and have to dispatch the police, all at the same time!!!! What chaos...but it’s all good. Funny too.

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      I hope your wrist gets better. While I was reading your post, I couldn’t help but imagine the fall and the cartoon sound. I would hold off on weights for a little too.

      Nope there are no victims here. Just strong people reclaiming their lives each and everyday.

      You had such an eventful week. Oh man, someone hit your car, police get called. I am sure you were like what else could possibly happen. Whop Whop!! PoPo knocking at the door. It’s crazy how so much can happen in a short period of time.

      The amazing thing is how we can laugh about the craziness now instead of turn to food.

      Yeah that stuff has my tummy looking like a waterfall when all is said and done.

  14. Me in my Pokemon's lol. I had a killer HIIT workout on 2/9. 

    Also made a delicious Tuna Salad for Lunch. Each side is portioned lettuce and a slice of tomatoes. 

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  15. I was cleaning out one of my tubs and I found a book that I used at the beginning of my journey  (2016) to track. On the first page, I found a note that I had left myself.

    I remember being that girl. I remember being so lonely and unhappy. I am so proud that I was able to check off every one of the stars. It is now time to set new goals!!!:D

     

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    1. blizair09

      blizair09

      This is awesome. Great idea. Good for you!

  16. So yesterday, I did a dumb thing. I went to see the Dietitian and Therapist at my surgeons office and I was so anxious at the fact that I had not lost any more weight. I had forgot to eat since Thursday morning (It could have been that I subconsciously did it out of fear of being told I am not doing a job). I weighed in at 196 lbs and found out that I had lost 5 inches since my last visit which they were proud of. They gave me a much needed pep talk and I was ready to tackle on the world again. 

    I went to the gym (still had not eaten) and began my workout. My second set in and apparently I fainted. I know my trainer woke me up and apparently, I was trying to climb on the pull-up bars yelling, “I have to do the pull-ups” . Then in the Ambulance I am telling them that they are trying to hold me back from exercising and this is why our relationship will never workout . They tried to give me Oxygen and apparently I got rude with them and said, “I’m not paying $400 for **** that I can do naturally and for free.” 

    After some testing, I found out my blood pressure and sugar was very low and I was severely dehydrated as well. 

    Well 6 hours, $100 copay (probably hundreds in ER bills cause they will charge you for napping) and an annoyed mother later, the moral of the story is to remember to eat. Just eat. Don’t worry about the scale and the mind games it plays. Just eat. Now I am not saying junk food or anything like that but eat the healthy stuff. Don’t be afraid to. 

    I was so in my own head, that I forgot one of the most essential parts of living and that is fueling this body I have worked so hard for.

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @FluffyChix Yeah. I was pretty delusional so I was talking crap to people the whole time. I have been setting a timer to remind myself to eat.

    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      Oh no hon! Sounds like your mental got the best of your physical for a moment. I’m glad you’re alright and yes, it’s a GREAT reminder to eat and drink. I usually work out in a fasted state (habit..and good for me) BUT, I keep a little something in the car, if needed, or I drink some juice while I’m working out. Today I didn’t have anything so I rushed home (not far, about 5 mins) and ate a kale salad before doing anything else. Carry some nut bars with ya if you need to. 😊

    4. elforman

      elforman

      Before I started down this path, I would have interpreted the moral of your story to be: Exercise is bad for you!

      Glad you're OK now.

  17. After a week of keeping my mind on the goal, I got down from 196.2lbs to 193.9lbs. I am soo happy. I have not words to describe it. It gave my a renewed hope that I can come down a bit more. I personally don't like being so close to the 200lbs because it is soo easy to get back up to that amount. 

    This weekend, I spent time looking at my older workout videos and that the one that gets me is the pull up. My first time, I did 3 and 1/2. I struggled soo much to do that. Then the next week, I was doing 6 and I was not struggling as much. It just reminded how far I had come.

    Sometimes we focus on the finish line soo much, we do not take time to look back and see how far we have come from the starting line. I have come to the conclusion that I may not get to my weight goal due to my love of weight lifting and strength training but I will take being able to do a pull up and one day hopefully as push up any time. 

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @karen_marie Thank you. I wanted to be around the 150lbs with muscle but the build of my body allows a lot more muscle. I have packed on soo much of it. My coworker who has been weight training since his early 20's says I annoy him because I can easily gain muscle but he has to struggle to gain. I advised him that while I can gain muscle easier, he burns fat extremely quickly. So we are both **** out of luck lol.

      I am sure you will be able to do more than just one pull up down the road.

    3. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 It has taken awhile for me to get used to the whole sculpting the body then losing the weight on the scale. I am just happy that changes are happening. Although they maybe slow, it has been a fun journey and I want to be strong.

    4. Newme17

      Newme17

      It’ll pay off!! 😁

  18. With a new year, I need to take accountability for some of my actions which are preventing me from losing weight. I have started grazing again. I have been slacking on my meal prep and have been depending on outside food. I have not been keeping up with my water intake. I am not waiting 30 minutes before or after eating to drink water.

    I have been eating way more fruits and processed package foods than I should. I am not eating my proteins first and then veggies.

    Also, I have been downing halo top like crazy when I buy it. 

    With that being said, I am going to get back on track. I am still exercising like crazy but you cannot out exercise bad eating habits. 

    I am going to drink protein shakes as breakfast and dinner since I do not eat much during those times. I am going to use lunch as my main meal, with a high protein and veggie lunch. 

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @FluffyChix Thanks!! I am trying to get this right. I want to succeed. I want a strong body.

    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      I have found myself grazing again as well. I’m not in denial...that’s the first step. Neither are you. So it’s a good start.

      I like that...cannot out exercise bad eating habits...TRUTH! That’s what I was lying to myself about getting back in the gym. Smh. Wow. Thanks for posting this.

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 You will get back into the groove of things. I am soo excited to see this work out.

  19. Omg I forgot lol 

    Ya'll ya girl went rogue and cut all my hair off. 

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  20. Happy New Year!!! Just remember how far you have come. I hope to have another great year with all of you and watching everyone reach their goals. 

    As a reminder, it is not how fast that you finish the race but that you finished it. Let's keep this going into 2018!!!

    From 2016 me and beyond!!!

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      Happy New Years!!!

    3. jls99660

      jls99660

      Wow - you look wonderful! Congratulations!

    4. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @jls99660 Thank you very much!! Hope to see your progress as well.

  21. The left was me just doing cardio. I was losing weight and was down to 189 lbs in this picture. The right is mainly weight lifting and HIIT. In this picture I weigh 195 lbs. I have come to the conclusion that I may not reach my weight goal but I am definitely reaching my body goals.

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 Thank you!!! I had to fight the urge to over indulge. Thanks to the gym, it did not affect me too much.

    3. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @FluffyChix Keep up the good work with doing your PT. It took over a year to get back mobility in the my ankle. Unfortunately, I will never have full mobility but I am 80% there and that is okay. Using their gym works because you have trained and certified staff members.

    4. Newme17

      Newme17

      I didn’t pay any attention to my diet over the holidays, nor have I worked out and I managed to lose about 5lbs. I’m still not paying too close (strict) attention, but I will be working out again once the kiddos are back in school. So, I’m quite sure, I’ll see a fluctuated scale number (if I actually checked). My goal, change my physique. I’ve gotten a bit jelly here. Lol you posting your pics is inspiring to me. I love seeing the transformation. I will do the same in the near future and hopefully it’ll help someone else out.

  22. So I had a Kanye West moment recently. I went off on a rant. I got my scale it said that I had gained 8lbs in 1 day. How Sway!! How!!

    I finally got the courage to video myself doing a workout. I am proud. 

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    1. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      FYI please excuse the language in my post. I was very upset that day and my feelings was really hurt.

      *Also it was in one week...not one day!!

    2. Sosewsue61

      Sosewsue61

      Muscles holding onto water....but yeah that would be a ****** to see on the scale!!! Drink some milk right after your workout, and maybe part of a protein shake and up your water.

    3. Newme17

      Newme17

      Not cool, but it’s not fat. So be encouraged that an 8lb gain in one week is most likely water, unless you decided to eat 5 cheesecakes all week long. 😊 it’ll come off as fast as it went on.

  23. Ya'll I took the sexist selfie at the gym yesterday. I messed around and cat-fished myself lol. I was like damn girl I would date all of that lol. Picture had me forgetting about my loose skin and that was amazing. I never thought I would have the confidence to take a picture like this or ever thought I would look like this. My body is coming together nicely. I will take loose skin and smile over being obese and unhealthy any day!!

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      Thank you both. I feel really strong and sexy. It is days like these that make me push forward when I do not have the motivation.

    3. FluffyChix

      FluffyChix

      You go girl! And while you're going, don't forget to stop by either the Mars and Venus colliding board or the Girls Room to open a new post discussing your sexiness. :D We need a new thread about how great this surgery is on our self esteem and libido. :D bahahahahaha! Not being salacious. Just begging for new material to read that catches fire and goes for 58 pages. Those kinds of threads always bring in a crowd. :460_circus_tent:

    4. Newme17

      Newme17

      Oh yeah...meow! Lol. You are looking pretty good hon. Good job in keeping it going!

  24. Some before and afters. 

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    1. Apple1

      Apple1

      Big change! You are looking great!!!

    2. Newme17

      Newme17

      Wow!!! Amazing. 😉

  25. It has been awhile since my last status update. Sorry. I have been busy with work and working out. I am now up to 6 days a week. 2 Cardio Days, 1 extremely light cardio day, 2 strength training days and 1 HIIT day. 

    I know it seems like a lot however, my light cardio day is just me riding a bike around without trying to break a sweat lol. 

    Sunday: Light Cardio (Ride Bike to Work)

    Monday: Strength Training - Lower Body & Core

    Tuesday: Cardio - 30/30 Medium Intensity 

    Wednesday: Strength Training - Upper Body & Core

    Thursday: 30/30 Medium Intensity

    Friday: HIIT

    Saturday: Rest

    I have made some smalls workout gains. I can do lunges with 10lbs weights in each hand. I am do reverse lunges with bar using 20lbs of weight. I can leg press 90lbs (which is shocking. I thought since I was heavier and my legs had to move more weight, I would be able to leg press more weight<_<). I can do squats with 25lbs now. 

    My booty is lifting and firming up too!!!

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    2. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Berry78 Thank you very much.

    3. Sleeve1stFitNext

      Sleeve1stFitNext

      @Newme17 Lol I hope so. I my goal is adding more weight to my workouts each week. I want to get progressively better and I do not want to get comfortable with my workouts.

      We all have that phase when we do not want to go to the gym. We are either way too busy, tired or just burnt out. I usually take a 2 day break and then go back at it again.

      I will post as a reminder but I do not think your slacking. I your tired. You have a lot to take care of and some times you need a break. Also, you are working out by doing the challenge. That still counts.

    4. Newme17

      Newme17

      I am tired and stressed about some other things. That’s probably why I should get my butt in gear and work out my stress. Lol. Thanks for your words...I guess I’m quite normal then. 😁 The squats are keeping me sane for now. Haha!

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