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karen_marie

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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie reacted to Matt Z in Pervy   
    LOL when I first read my apnea report I was like... "arousals... oh man, is that why they asked me if I had any dreams?" I was starting to get a bit embarrassed then I was like.. duh, they mean waking up/not sleeping/falling out of REM. But then I started thinking, these nurses get paid to watch people sleep... the amount of "nocturnal arousals" they have witnessed must number in the hundreds of thousands. That's a lot of timber to behold LOL
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    karen_marie reacted to Matt Z in Doing a Thru-Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail?   
    It's possible, but it'll be tough since you can't really do any carb or calorie loading. And the Water thing, the 30 after is important for keeping the food in your stomach longer, the before thing... I don't see any reason for it really, I don't follow it and haven't had an issue.

    Not sure when you are looking to start this, but I'd wait until you are 6 months to a year out from surgery before you attempt the trek.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie got a reaction from sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    I had gastric bypass, but all of your points translate to us as well. Can't agree with you more, and I'm only 10mos out from my surgery. Congrats on your success! And YES, everyone should spend some time really dissecting the what/when/why they go to food as a comfort or a compensator. It's not the most comfortable thing in the world, but will be the biggest reason why you have long term success. I also found a new passion in doing active things that I never thought my body could do - it's incredibly empowering to see your body accomplish things you never thought it could do. It definitely drives me to see just what I can get my body to do lol
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    karen_marie reacted to sharonintx in 5 things I've learned 5 yrs out   
    Hello fellow sleevers. I have been on this site very little in the past couple of years but have logged in today to respond to a question. Since I'm here, I feel obligated to tell you all the things I've learned after 5 years.
    1. The people that told me my approach to living life with the sleeve was all wrong and that I would fail, gain weight in a few years, stretch my sleeve, and regret my actions are mostly gone now. I have seen a couple of them around but the most are long gone. Do not pay much attention to the know-it-alls. They know no more than anyone else and are just as likely to fail.
    2. Obviously you want to follow your Dr's instructions but don't get too hung up on strict rules and diets. If you make reasonable decisions and balance your good and bad food choices, your sleeve will do most of the work for you. I have eaten anything I wanted since day one. I try to pay attention to Protein etc., but I do not deny myself anything. You have the sleeve for a reason. Let it do it's job. Don't force it to hold more than it can and do not deny yourself the things that make you happy. Balance - just do it.
    3. WLS is much more than losing weight. It is getting to the bottom of the issues that cause us to compensate with food in the first place. Pay more attention to your mental well being than the numbers on the scale. Your long term success depends on it.
    4. Know that even after you reach your goal weight you will still be the same person with the same insecurities. Being thin changes nothing. If you did it for health reasons then hopefully those will no longer be an issue, but the person you are and how you feel inside doesn't change from losing weight. That has to change on the inside. No way around it.
    5. Know that once you have made the necessary changes inside and out there will be some people that don't relate to you the same or just plain don't like you anymore. Also know that what they think is completely irrelevant . Physical and mental changes for the better intimidate those with small minds. Don't give them a second thought.
    Thanks for reading.

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    karen_marie reacted to Sunnyday25 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    Today I am down 113.4 pounds that right 7 months post op and down that much. It almost makes my head spin. I lost another 3.4 pounds this week and at this moment I am only 21.6 pounds away from my latest MD given goal this has been an amazing journey.

    How are all of you doing???
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    karen_marie got a reaction from ejoys29 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    Congratulations!!!!!! I'm inching my way to the 100lb loss mark and Onderland myself!
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    karen_marie got a reaction from ejoys29 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    Congratulations!!!!!! I'm inching my way to the 100lb loss mark and Onderland myself!
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    karen_marie reacted to Sunnyday25 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    You guys you guys you guys YOU GUYS!!!!!! Best news I hit 100 pounds lost not only did I hit it I went over it by 1.2 pounds I am so excited I could do a little dance Wooooohoooooooo!!!!!!!

    I hope you guys are having an amazing week!
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    karen_marie got a reaction from Sunnyday25 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    Girl the struggle is REAL LOL
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    karen_marie got a reaction from Sunnyday25 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    yeah I've had to plan for more time to get ready in the morning to allow the extra minutes needed to corral as much hair as possible
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    karen_marie reacted to sunshinetinks in October '17 RNY buddies   
    Jesus, I feel you. My family is checking the food I cook because I am shedding like a Collie in heat [emoji14]

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using BariatricPal mobile app


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    karen_marie reacted to Sunnyday25 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    Right my poor vacuum its awful and my poor husband when we go out he spends a few minutes pulling the hair off my bac lol its hard to be sexy when that's going on lol
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    karen_marie reacted to Keenikwe in October '17 RNY buddies   
    I’ve hit one of my major goals. Online groups call it Onederland...
    10/17/17
    HW 291
    SW 275
    CW 198
    GW 180





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    karen_marie got a reaction from FluffyChix in Can You Drink Too Much Post Surgery?   
    I don't think you should worry too much about how much water/fluids you're drinking, but def work to not gulp. Start getting into the idea of 'smaller over longer time' - applies to drinking and eventually eating. Already being used to sipping liquids will make taking smaller bites of food a more normal idea. Congrats on being almost a week out!
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    karen_marie got a reaction from RNY-Fall-2017 in October '17 RNY buddies   
    You're doing awesome! Yeah I've noticed this thread has gotten quiet, too. I think now that we're all a few months out, the focus has shifted to just living our new lives now haha Not as much to talk about I guess unless someone has a specific post-op question or concern. I've got my 3mo appointment with surgeon on 1/31 so I hope my Vitamin levels in my updated lab work are up to snuff.
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    karen_marie got a reaction from BuffaloBill in No-No Foods   
    I can do hard boiled eggs, the occasional over easy egg and soft scrambled eggs, but if I cook the scrambled egg too much the texture is disgusting to me. So I generally avoid scrambled eggs. Also have not had sliced bread in forever. Seems to sit like a brick in my stomach and I usually end up spitting it up. I figured I'd try again a little later on. I'm about 3.5 mos out from surgery at this point.
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