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  1. So...it's been a while since I posted but thought I would share a before and after. I'm down a little over 60 lbs. Feeling great and have even joined my local tennis league which is a sport I loved growing up but had trouble playing when I was over weight. Fyi, the Before picture is from my daughters wedding (I had a heart attack a month later) and the after was just last week after buying a new suit....from the regular section, NOT big and tall! Lol.20180907_181309.jpeg

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  2. I've had mine for about 5 months and I have to say, I'm over the novelty of it. In the morning I'm usually in a hurry to get to work and about 1/3 of the time, the Tespo won't dispense the Vitamins. Sometimes just opening and closing the lid (sort of have to slam it), gets it to clear and start working but most of the time I have to take out the disc and put it back in again and then it will usually work. I clean it regularly so not sure why it does that. I tolerated the quirkiness at first but I've grown tired of it now. I think I'm going to use up the Tespo vitamins I currently have and then switch over to a regular pill...quick and easy.

  3. Woke up this morning and did my daily weigh-in and was excited (and relieved) to finally be under 200lbs! I've been bouncing around the 200 mark for over a week. Weight is now 199.6...just barely in there, but I'll take it! lol. Getting below 200 was my first major goal since having surgery on Jan. 11 (down from 243 day of surgery). I've also gone from a 38-40 in pants size, down to a 34 inch waist. Really glad I had this surgery!


  4. I work in a chem plant and can also have a demanding work schedule. I took 3 weeks off work and was glad I did. When I got back it was a challenge getting in Water and food on any type of routine. I just make sure I always have a bottle of water with me and sip as I go. For meals, I just make sure to eat a little something when I get a break. I'm almost 7 weeks post op now and it's getting easier each week as I'm able to eat more.

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  5. So, I had my 6 week check in today and all is well. Weight loss is on track...27 lbs down. I do need to increase my calories. I've been around a thousand and the doctor and dietician would like to see me at 1200-1500, particularly before I start going to the gym.

    While I was there, I asked how long I needed to wait before I could have a glass of wine. I expected to hear 6 months to a year based on what others have posted. I was surprised when the dietician said that I could have started a couple weeks ago! Of course they gave the usual caveats...empty calories and take it slow to see how I react.

    Just thought I'd share since I know that question comes up a lot

  6. I have BCBS IL and they covered most of my costs. However, I already had a cardiologist so I have just paid the copays. Where I did go out of pocket, for my surgeon, is for the lifetime nutritional counseling. Your surgeon's office should give you a break down of all the expenses and what you will be responsible for.

  7. Everyone has these doubts and the overwhelming majority end up saying they wish they'd done it sooner. In my case, I considered the surgery but didn't do it, then had a heart attack later that year. Now I'm happily just st over two weeks post op. Best advice is to go to the seminar and ask all your questions and make the decision that's best for your long term health.