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Bootscraper

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from GreenTealael in Milestone Rewards?   
    I have about 4 months left before I am eligible for surgery (12-month insurance requirement, ugh!) and I have been reading about rewards for meeting certain weight loss milestones. Right now I have an idea of rewards I want for specific markers below. I gave myself a couple of options for each depending on money/availability at the time. For those who have visualized their goals this way, what are your rewards?
    -15: Buy Fresh Flowers or a new perfume
    -25: New Gym outfit or buy a premium app on my phone
    -35: Massage, New hairstyle or buy a piece of artwork
    -50: Hockey Game, Glass Blowing or Pottery class
    -60: New Purse, flotation therapy or a new pair of nice headphones
    -75: Burn my fat clothes and host a dinner
    -85: Weekend out of town trip or Run a 10k
    -104 (total goal): Get my 1st tattoo or a spin bike and getting a new license photo
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from GreenTealael in Milestone Rewards?   
    I have about 4 months left before I am eligible for surgery (12-month insurance requirement, ugh!) and I have been reading about rewards for meeting certain weight loss milestones. Right now I have an idea of rewards I want for specific markers below. I gave myself a couple of options for each depending on money/availability at the time. For those who have visualized their goals this way, what are your rewards?
    -15: Buy Fresh Flowers or a new perfume
    -25: New Gym outfit or buy a premium app on my phone
    -35: Massage, New hairstyle or buy a piece of artwork
    -50: Hockey Game, Glass Blowing or Pottery class
    -60: New Purse, flotation therapy or a new pair of nice headphones
    -75: Burn my fat clothes and host a dinner
    -85: Weekend out of town trip or Run a 10k
    -104 (total goal): Get my 1st tattoo or a spin bike and getting a new license photo
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from GreenTealael in Milestone Rewards?   
    I have about 4 months left before I am eligible for surgery (12-month insurance requirement, ugh!) and I have been reading about rewards for meeting certain weight loss milestones. Right now I have an idea of rewards I want for specific markers below. I gave myself a couple of options for each depending on money/availability at the time. For those who have visualized their goals this way, what are your rewards?
    -15: Buy Fresh Flowers or a new perfume
    -25: New Gym outfit or buy a premium app on my phone
    -35: Massage, New hairstyle or buy a piece of artwork
    -50: Hockey Game, Glass Blowing or Pottery class
    -60: New Purse, flotation therapy or a new pair of nice headphones
    -75: Burn my fat clothes and host a dinner
    -85: Weekend out of town trip or Run a 10k
    -104 (total goal): Get my 1st tattoo or a spin bike and getting a new license photo
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from GreenTealael in Milestone Rewards?   
    I have about 4 months left before I am eligible for surgery (12-month insurance requirement, ugh!) and I have been reading about rewards for meeting certain weight loss milestones. Right now I have an idea of rewards I want for specific markers below. I gave myself a couple of options for each depending on money/availability at the time. For those who have visualized their goals this way, what are your rewards?
    -15: Buy Fresh Flowers or a new perfume
    -25: New Gym outfit or buy a premium app on my phone
    -35: Massage, New hairstyle or buy a piece of artwork
    -50: Hockey Game, Glass Blowing or Pottery class
    -60: New Purse, flotation therapy or a new pair of nice headphones
    -75: Burn my fat clothes and host a dinner
    -85: Weekend out of town trip or Run a 10k
    -104 (total goal): Get my 1st tattoo or a spin bike and getting a new license photo
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from Frustr8 in Psych eval   
    I would call around to local counselors to explain what you need and see if they think they can handle doing the evaluation and report. Another route would be to see if the psychologists/counselors on the surgery team's list can do the interview by phone due to your distance. I went to a counselor that was suggested on my list and it was all of a 30 minute interview. I have a feeling that because he knew the routine, my appointment was a lot shorter than it could have been.
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from SueperGal in Weight lifting after sleeve   
    There are videos online of proper form, but you should still get help from a live person with this - they can work with you on balance and alignment so you can work on your own eventually. Even if you are squatting or deadlifting just the bar (40lbs on its own usually). The quickest way back to the couch is by way of an injury!
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from Frustr8 in Psych eval   
    I would call around to local counselors to explain what you need and see if they think they can handle doing the evaluation and report. Another route would be to see if the psychologists/counselors on the surgery team's list can do the interview by phone due to your distance. I went to a counselor that was suggested on my list and it was all of a 30 minute interview. I have a feeling that because he knew the routine, my appointment was a lot shorter than it could have been.
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from chelsey211 in What to tell coworkers?   
    I am just in the approval phase too. I already had my gallbladder out so I know that excuse is out - except I did have to have bile duct surgery the year after gallbladder removal because the duct had scarred over and was not draining properly. I am considering saying that, or that I have unmanageable stomach acid issues that were solved by removing part of my stomach. You literally don't HAVE to explain yourself, you could just say "I am having surgery, it is a sensitive topic and I would rather not discuss it". That way people will think it is something worse than a voluntary surgery and maybe not dig too much, and just gossip among themselves because they will anyways.
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from chelsey211 in What to tell coworkers?   
    I am just in the approval phase too. I already had my gallbladder out so I know that excuse is out - except I did have to have bile duct surgery the year after gallbladder removal because the duct had scarred over and was not draining properly. I am considering saying that, or that I have unmanageable stomach acid issues that were solved by removing part of my stomach. You literally don't HAVE to explain yourself, you could just say "I am having surgery, it is a sensitive topic and I would rather not discuss it". That way people will think it is something worse than a voluntary surgery and maybe not dig too much, and just gossip among themselves because they will anyways.
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from Frustr8 in First step in the process   
    I'm With Bcbs EPO also. I have some of the same stuff.
    -1 year of monthly call in appointments with a nurse to discuss nutrition, moderating eating habits.
    -psych assessment. I just did mine yesterday and it was a breeze, but maybe I just lucked out with my evaluator.
    -letter from my primary care Dr. (my Dr was OK with it as long as I said I knew the risks)
    -recommended support group classes for pre/post op patients at the hospital.
    -blood work, no other tests though.
    -one on one with nutrition at least once.
    I have six months left, then the surgery group will submit for approval *fingers crossed * I'll be eligible by February 2019. You'll do fine, just write it down, keep track of appointments and do as much add you can to show that you're committed to going through with the surgery.
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    Bootscraper got a reaction from GirlShrinking in Maintaining weight to get approved?   
    I'm near the low end of the Bmi requirement, right now I'm at 41. The minimum Bmi for my insurance is 40 worth no other health problems or 35 with co-morbidities like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes etc. So I could lose like 30lbs and still qualify because I have high BP. I specifically asked my surgery team about losing weight before being approved. They told me that they go based on my weight at my initial assessment, not my weight when they submit it to insurance for approval. This was a positive thing for me to hear because I've lost 7lbs just by not eating carbs in the past 5 weeks.

    I'm sure we have different insurance, I'm in Bcbs in Virginia, but hopefully this helps. Maybe ask your surgery team about this.

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    Bootscraper got a reaction from GirlShrinking in Maintaining weight to get approved?   
    I'm near the low end of the Bmi requirement, right now I'm at 41. The minimum Bmi for my insurance is 40 worth no other health problems or 35 with co-morbidities like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes etc. So I could lose like 30lbs and still qualify because I have high BP. I specifically asked my surgery team about losing weight before being approved. They told me that they go based on my weight at my initial assessment, not my weight when they submit it to insurance for approval. This was a positive thing for me to hear because I've lost 7lbs just by not eating carbs in the past 5 weeks.

    I'm sure we have different insurance, I'm in Bcbs in Virginia, but hopefully this helps. Maybe ask your surgery team about this.

    Sent from my SM-G950U using BariatricPal mobile app

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    Bootscraper got a reaction from Lisa K. in Keto   
    I am pre-surgery, I have five months left until my insurance will approve or deny me for surgery. I am doing Keto to maintain/not gain weight before the insurance review.
    I love meat, cheese, eggs and non starchy veggies - so Keto is easy for me. I don't miss sugar too much, but Atkins makes low carb sweet treats to satisfy that craving. The best part of keto for me is that looking at the nutrition label and identifying if I can eat a certain product is so easy. Total carbs - Fiber - sugar alcohols = net carbs. I track my carbs and calories in Myfitness pal, by editing my macros columns so I can focus on the items I need to pay attention to. I have also found a recipe with cheese, egg and seasonings to make "flatbread". It is deliciously cheesy and I turned that same recipe in to lasagna "noodles" and found a low carb Pasta Sauce to make a lasagna tonight!
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