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TakingABreak

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    TakingABreak reacted to GreenTealael for a status update, Alright. No more adulting. Burned my nose, broke my espresso maker (officially), stub   
    Alright. No more adulting. Burned my nose, broke my espresso maker (officially), stubbed my toe, and cracked my phone screen all before 8am.
    Going back to bed.
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    TakingABreak reacted to macadamia for a status update, Surgery went well and I'm so far able to tolerate drinking water and eating SF jello.   
    Surgery went well and I'm so far able to tolerate drinking water and eating SF jello. I think I'm finally out of the fog of anesthesia drugs. The pain is less than I was expecting, compared to what I remember of the surgeries last year.
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    TakingABreak reacted to macadamia for a status update, Four hours until surgery and I cannot sleep... I'm actually a bit nervous...   
    Four hours until surgery and I cannot sleep... I'm actually a bit nervous...
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    TakingABreak reacted to macadamia for a status update, I have finally shared my journey and here is the link for anyone who is interested.   
    I have finally shared my journey and here is the link for anyone who is interested. 
     
     
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    TakingABreak reacted to macadamia for a status update, I now officially have less than 150 pounds to lose to meet my goal! Woot!!   
    I now officially have less than 150 pounds to lose to meet my goal! Woot!!
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    TakingABreak reacted to macadamia for a status update, I weigh less than 350# for the first time in over a year (naked, on my unofficial sca   
    I weigh less than 350# for the first time in over a year (naked, on my unofficial scale at home)! I am using the medical office scale at work as my interim official scale (until I get back to my surgeon's office) and I weighed 351# this morning. This is a big milestone for me, since I was stalled for a while in the pre-op phase at 352#.
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    TakingABreak reacted to SleeveinIL for a status update, Today I hit 216 and officially weigh less than my husband. That hasn't happened ever   
    Today I hit 216 and officially weigh less than my husband. That hasn't happened ever in our relationship and I am celebrating this exciting first! Small victories like this keep me going. 
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    TakingABreak reacted to SleeveinIL for a status update, Stall is finally broken and I am losing again. Stalls suck but I understand them much   
    Stall is finally broken and I am losing again. Stalls suck but I understand them much better now. I am still feeling great and have kicked my workouts up a notch. I went to an arm/abs class that turned out to be all men and "me".  The dudes walked in with their 30 lb hand weights and I have my little 7.5/10 lbs and I was thinking to myself...what did I get myself into, and am I going to embarrass myself?  Well I decided to stick it out and although I couldn't do everything the dudes were doing, I did a pretty darn good job of keeping up and I am proud of myself for being able to stick with it. I decided I am going back again tomorrow and I am going to kill it again. I belong there too! 
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    TakingABreak reacted to macadamia for a status update, I have been told unofficially that my surgery date is September 4, 2018. I have my of   
    I have been told unofficially that my surgery date is September 4, 2018. I have my official pre-op appointment today at 11:30. Updates and my full story (that I have promised) once my surgery date is official. That should be at my appointment today. 
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    TakingABreak reacted to SleeveinIL for a status update, Today I am officially halfway to the goal weight that I have set for myself. I have l   
    Today I am officially halfway to the goal weight that I have set for myself. I have lost a total of 84 lbs and I have 84 more to lose to get to my goal. Trying to celebrate the small wins. 
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    TakingABreak reacted to SleeveinIL for a status update, I am struggling right now. I am working out 4.5 hours a week and it hasn't felt good   
    I am struggling right now.  I am working out 4.5 hours a week and it hasn't felt good for the last 2 weeks.  Feels more like a chore and I don't know why.  I am still going but it has been a fight. Corresponding to this I have also been wanting to eat - eat everything we aren't supposed to eat. I have held back for the most part but I have splurged - full sugar vanilla pudding cup, I had a chocolate chip cookie and tortillas. I even stopped tracking my food. I am back on track, but I feel really down right now. I am already seeing someone, and it helps, but wow I am not feeling like myself. I am hoping this is a passing phase. I don't want these feelings to continue. Sigh... 
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    TakingABreak reacted to Mattymatt for a status update, So how's everyone doing? Hope all is well. It's good to be finally back to work. Once   
    So how's everyone doing? Hope all is well. It's good to be finally back to work. Once I became healthy enough to go back to work, it was a bit challenging to find a job that wouldn't require me being away from home for a week or two at a time. I landed something temporary moving cars between Carmax dealerships. It keeps me so busy that I sometimes forget to eat because I am not hungry. Now that I am not quite so bored, I don't reach mindlessly for food to fill up time. LOL! Hoping to maybe get 7 pounds more off by August 4th for my brother's wedding. Matty has his eye on a bride's maid .... LOL! At least the scale is starting to move again. I think if I lose another 7 pounds, my size 48 loose fit jeans won't even stay up with a cinched belt anymore.
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    TakingABreak reacted to Joe78260 for a status update, One week out and I am okay. I am not in any pain and I still do not have gas. I am fe   
    One week out and I am okay.  I am not in any pain and I still do not have gas.  I am feeling empty and no hunger.  I am getting my liquids down.  My doctors appointment is on Thursday.  The runs have slowed down to once a twice a day.  I am doing 30 mins of activity a day to the neuropathy in my legs  I want to try to do more there is nothing stopping me
    I do not feel anything emotion wise like happiness, second guessing, sadness, full of questions.  Some second thoughts as I am realizing the help of the surgery is changing your thought process.  I could eat but I can wash it out of my head. I wish I could do this with my legs.
     
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    TakingABreak reacted to Mattymatt for a status update, LOL! I've lost so much weight that I can feel the muscles at the base of my neck. Fat   
    LOL! I've lost so much weight that I can feel the muscles at the base of my neck. Fat no longer covers that area. Whodathunkit!?
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    TakingABreak reacted to sleevedinschool for a status update, First day of puree diet! I blended together four small pre-cooked meatballs with a co   
    First day of puree diet!  I blended together four small pre-cooked meatballs with a couple tablespoons of marinara sauce and some Italian seasoning, and it was better than I expected.  I also mashed some canned carrots, but I could only eat about six or seven bites of the meatballs before I could feel myself getting full.
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    TakingABreak reacted to Mattymatt for a status update, Uh oh! Something happened to Matty this week. I was in a local Wawa (think east coast   
    Uh oh! Something happened to Matty this week. I was in a local Wawa (think east coast convenience store) and a gorgeous girl ran smack into me while I was grabbing a grape Propel - just couldn't deal with anymore water today. She was texting and walking ... okay, yeah, this missed me as Gen X'er. Well she looked up at me and flashed me one helluva smile. I was feeling pretty good that day so it was time to bring out some game, "So you know I can't let a gorgeous girl who crashes into me go without getting her phone number." LOL! She turned beet red, asked for my phone and sent herself a text message from mine. She said, "Because you men never call ..." I don't know quite what I was thinking but figured it would be one heck of a ride. What is it with me and short girls? I seem to attract them and I don't honestly care about height. She's all of 5'4". I knew she was young but it didn't occur to me how young. What did I just get myself into?
    I told myself no dating until the scale reads 190 but this new me is feeling sexually driven like I have never been before. Well, she's right I wasn't really planning on calling her so she called me. So I told her my age (41) and was shocked to hear that she generally goes for men older than 35. We must've talked on the phone close to 3 hours. You're going to think I am lying when I tell you she's a 3rd year med student and is interested in training to be a bariatric surgeon. The stars might've just aligned but I want to go slow and told her that I had weight loss surgery. She's totally my type - the professional, highly educated, and ambitious woman. That's what frightens me, because in the past, this has lead to unhealthy relationships. Well, I've got a date lined up for Saturday and I just want to have some fun. I needed money in order to make this happen so I sold a bunch of old computer equipment and managed to raise some capital for this adventure. I know I won't be drinking alcohol but that's okay.
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    TakingABreak reacted to SleeveinIL for a status update, I just completed my first 30 minute work out with a trainer. We did whole body weight   
    I just completed my first 30 minute work out with a trainer. We did whole body weights and the trainer pushed me in a good way. I am heading back to the fitness center later to get my cardio on as I had a conference call to run to, but I feel so accomplished. I was able to do all the exercises, albeit some were really tough. I could actually pull my knee to my chest! Can we talk high and low planks? WOW! Takes a lot of core strength which I definitely need to improve upon. So I signed up with this trainer to meet 2x/week to help keep me accountable. Here is the other thing...I was worried about breaking wind while I was doing all this exercising but thankfully it didn't happen. I am so gassy these days and I feel like I can't control it. I wonder if I am alone with this issue...
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    TakingABreak reacted to SleeveinIL for a status update, I am down from a size 28 to a solid 20. I can even fit into some 18/20s. The motivati   
    I am down from a size 28 to a solid 20. I can even fit into some 18/20s. The motivation I feel when I see myself in these smaller clothes is incredible. I almost don't recognize myself because the transformation is pretty drastic. I met with a personal trainer yesterday that they offer at my office's fitness center and got some basic info. He is going to give me 2 free "trial" sessions if I sign up for at least 2 additional sessions. I am pretty sure I am going to sign up. I am making this the summer of SleeveinIL! I can't be the mother, wife, caregiver and anything else I want/need to be unless I am healthy. Food is fuel! I see the scale moving again and that is also very motivating for me as well. NSV this week...taking a bath (first since before surgery) and my behind and thighs weren't mashed up against the sides of the tub not allowing the water to flow between the front and the back of the tub. The water was able to move around and nothing of me touched the sides of the tub unless I physically moved my legs there. This surgery is giving me some confidence back for sure. I even updated my photo at work because I don't look like that anymore!   
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    TakingABreak reacted to saltyjules for a status update, To do: attend one more class in June and then one on one with dietitian in July. make   
    To do:
    attend one more class in June and then one on one with dietitian in July. make appts: EGD, psych eval, sleep study, & redo cardiac appt.  make shopping list for vitamins/supplements create a new routine with exercise in the morning figure out meal planning/simple, repeatable menu of healthy meals all things are possible you are not alone if you can wrestle 2 kids in car seats onto an airplane by yourself, then this is doable.
     

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    TakingABreak reacted to Mattymatt for a status update, Thank you @Frustr8 , @Creekimp13 , and @FluffyChix for all the concern and well-wishe   
    Thank you @Frustr8, @Creekimp13, and @FluffyChix for all the concern and well-wishes. Here is the update. I have a stomach ulcer infected with H. Pylori. This isn't good news because it needs to get treated with a pretty serious course of antibiotics. The upshot is we know what's going on. The downside is that I am looking at 6-8 weeks of antibiotics to fight this little b*stard off. I will also need another endoscopy in a month to make certain that the course of antibiotics is working. H. Pylori is a nasty little phucker ... it has been known to cause stomach cancer according to the Mayo Clinic. It's going to take a bazooka to kill me though. LOL!
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    TakingABreak reacted to Mattymatt for a status update, Hello to everyone. Hope all is well! I am still battling the nausea and trying to fig   
    Hello to everyone. Hope all is well! I am still battling the nausea and trying to figure out what is causing it but at least I feel cheerful, not despondent.
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    TakingABreak reacted to blizair09 for a status update, Hi everyone. I am excited to report that yesterday marked 7 months that I have been m   
    Hi everyone.  I am excited to report that yesterday marked 7 months that I have been maintaining well below my goal weight.  Life is great, and I will always be so thankful the experience of this entire journey from the beginning with the six month pre-op diet program, to the surgery itself, to post-op life, and (most importantly) an on-going successful maintenance.  I hope this finds each of you well, regardless of where you are in the process.  Best wishes!
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    TakingABreak reacted to abefroman329 for a status update, Dropped below 250! I’m light enough to skydive now...if I do it naked! Ha!   
    Dropped below 250! I’m light enough to skydive now...if I do it naked! Ha!
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    TakingABreak reacted to Mattymatt for a status update, I seem to be in one helluva stall. I thought it had broken, but alas, I was wrong. Al   
    I seem to be in one helluva stall. I thought it had broken, but alas, I was wrong. Although to be honest, I think this one is my fault as I got away from careful tracking so today I am getting back up on the horse. Need to watch calories as well as make certain that I am getting 100g of high quality protein.
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    TakingABreak reacted to Toomanytacos for a status update, April 20, 2018 19 weeks and 4 days 80 days (almost 5 months) 275.6 pounds   
    April 20, 2018
    19 weeks and 4 days
    80 days
    (almost 5 months)
    275.6 pounds
     


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