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HokieMan98

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    HokieMan98 got a reaction from NewMeDay in (VSG) To those who were successful..   
    Thanks for this note Green. I was just reflecting on the number of people who are obsessed with the quantity of food. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people ask, "when will I ever be able to eat a regular size plate of food? "
    It really baffles me, and I was quite confused until I met with the dietician. She said the most long-term successful person she's seen carries a 1/4 cup measurrle everywhere, and uses it to gauge all of her food.
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    HokieMan98 got a reaction from NewMeDay in (VSG) To those who were successful..   
    Thanks for this note Green. I was just reflecting on the number of people who are obsessed with the quantity of food. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people ask, "when will I ever be able to eat a regular size plate of food? "
    It really baffles me, and I was quite confused until I met with the dietician. She said the most long-term successful person she's seen carries a 1/4 cup measurrle everywhere, and uses it to gauge all of her food.
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    HokieMan98 got a reaction from AutumnTheAries in December 2018 Sleevers!   
    Hi Folks,
    I am scheduled for 12/5/2018 surgery date. My surgery and program are through Kaiser in Northern California, at the Richmond Medical Center.
    In the midst of all of this, I am applying to PhD programs and searching for jobs. I'm thrilled for the next part of this journey.
    SW: 308 / CW: 282.6 / GW: ???


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    HokieMan98 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Non Scale Victories   
    I forgot to mention the greatest NSV -- my latest BP at the doc was 110/73!!! I was floored. The meds help, too, but it hasn't been that low EVER.
  5. Congrats!
    HokieMan98 got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Non Scale Victories   
    I’m pre-op right now, but down >30# from HW. Been walking a 3-mile route most mornings. It had become so enjoyable. Walking is so easy now. On nice days I agree to go outdoors.

    My smaller belly allows me to be umm, closer to my partner during, umm, playtime. But seriously, there is a greater level of physical closeness, and that's important as we start this journey together.

    I mostly wear jeans, sneakers, and long-sleeved Ts. I had to get dressed up to deliver a training the other day. OMG! My dress clothes were so much more comfortable. I wasn't all sweaty when I arrived to meet the host. That was a huge confidence booster. During the presentation I had everyone stand up and do some movements. I barely broke a sweat!

    I'm so excited for the surgery and for this progress to continue. My WILW (When I Lose Weight) List is getting longer and longer. The first thing is riding ALL the rides at ALL the amusement parks.

    This is my favorite thread, and I'm so excited to read it every day.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to jessicaalyssa in Pre Op quitting smoking cannabis   
    Hi, Jessica!
    I used to be an everyday smoker but quit when I realized I wanted venture down this journey I quit and that was back in April/May 2018. I was completely honest with my whole Bariatrics team in this process even though it delayed me getting the surgery. My first drug test came back Positive, which was devastating but kind of expected and had to wait three months to get my second one. I passed my second drug test with flying colors. It’s always important to tell your doctor things that you’ve taken or done just in case, you never know what could happen. My Mom has been as avid weed smoker and has been for many, many years, when she has surgeries her anesthesiologist always suggest she stops smoking before hand because they’re worried about how her body will receive the anesthesia. Just be careful, girl! And good luck!💜
  7. Congrats!
    HokieMan98 got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Non Scale Victories   
    I’m pre-op right now, but down >30# from HW. Been walking a 3-mile route most mornings. It had become so enjoyable. Walking is so easy now. On nice days I agree to go outdoors.

    My smaller belly allows me to be umm, closer to my partner during, umm, playtime. But seriously, there is a greater level of physical closeness, and that's important as we start this journey together.

    I mostly wear jeans, sneakers, and long-sleeved Ts. I had to get dressed up to deliver a training the other day. OMG! My dress clothes were so much more comfortable. I wasn't all sweaty when I arrived to meet the host. That was a huge confidence booster. During the presentation I had everyone stand up and do some movements. I barely broke a sweat!

    I'm so excited for the surgery and for this progress to continue. My WILW (When I Lose Weight) List is getting longer and longer. The first thing is riding ALL the rides at ALL the amusement parks.

    This is my favorite thread, and I'm so excited to read it every day.
  8. Like
    HokieMan98 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Non Scale Victories   
    I forgot to mention the greatest NSV -- my latest BP at the doc was 110/73!!! I was floored. The meds help, too, but it hasn't been that low EVER.
  9. Like
    HokieMan98 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Non Scale Victories   
    I forgot to mention the greatest NSV -- my latest BP at the doc was 110/73!!! I was floored. The meds help, too, but it hasn't been that low EVER.
  10. Congrats!
    HokieMan98 got a reaction from Orchids&Dragons in Non Scale Victories   
    I’m pre-op right now, but down >30# from HW. Been walking a 3-mile route most mornings. It had become so enjoyable. Walking is so easy now. On nice days I agree to go outdoors.

    My smaller belly allows me to be umm, closer to my partner during, umm, playtime. But seriously, there is a greater level of physical closeness, and that's important as we start this journey together.

    I mostly wear jeans, sneakers, and long-sleeved Ts. I had to get dressed up to deliver a training the other day. OMG! My dress clothes were so much more comfortable. I wasn't all sweaty when I arrived to meet the host. That was a huge confidence booster. During the presentation I had everyone stand up and do some movements. I barely broke a sweat!

    I'm so excited for the surgery and for this progress to continue. My WILW (When I Lose Weight) List is getting longer and longer. The first thing is riding ALL the rides at ALL the amusement parks.

    This is my favorite thread, and I'm so excited to read it every day.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to MargoCL in Non Scale Victories   
    NSV, 30 days post surgery hiking Mt Rainer's skyline trail.

    Other than the 2 hour drive there, 4 hour hike and 2 hour drive back to Seattle, feeling pretty good. Feel like the red eye will be a good time for a solid nap
  12. Thanks
    HokieMan98 reacted to nenes78 in Non Scale Victories   
    got my mile time from 23+ minutes at the beginning of my pre-surgery classes, down to 13:47 2 days ago.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to Coachthex32 in Non Scale Victories   
    Hiked up two (2) mountains this summer. 12,998' and 14,202'. Tried the first one three years ago and almost passed out within the first 20 mins.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to Pink nova in Non Scale Victories   
    So I went shopping with my mom yesterday and she forced me to try on a cream coloured jacket which I NEVER would have touched before because I didn’t want to look like a marshmallow. I decided to humour her and put it on....and not only did it fit but it looked good!! Woot woot!!! Best part is it was a size LARGE!!! When I started my journey (3 months ago) I was a size 4X and sometimes it still wouldn’t fit. I can’t believe how much has changed.

    No more Xs for this lady!!!
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    HokieMan98 reacted to She_whirls in Non Scale Victories   
    I just bought and fit a pair of size 2 jeans. I was wearing a 24 before surgery.
  16. Haha
    HokieMan98 reacted to sideeye in Non Scale Victories   
    I've been out of town for three months, so for a lot of people in my town it looks like these changes have happened all at once. Two of the nail salon workers spent 5 minutes gossiping with each other about how my face had thinned out, how my cheekbones are more prominent, and how my butt and thighs are much smaller (though they thought I wasn't using enough sunblock because I've freckled this summer). They also decided that it wasn't plastic surgery and that I must be eating practically nothing. This all happened right in front of me while I'm getting a pedicure.
    They have entirely forgotten that I understand Korean.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to BurBur in Non Scale Victories   
    I got to put my wedding ring back on--it fit! My husband put that on my finger when I was 19 years old and we had a whole life in front of us. We will have our 25th next year in June!
  18. Congrats!
    HokieMan98 reacted to AllyJonesVSG in Non Scale Victories   
    I went on vacation and had a wonderful time. Wore a swimsuit without clutching my coverup around my butt/thighs. Went PARASAILING!!!! Went snorkeling. Walked up and down the stairs all week on the cruise ship instead of taking the lift.
    So. Happy.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to abefroman329 in Non Scale Victories   
    Yes, he arrived on July 8. Here is a picture of us from this morning:

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    HokieMan98 reacted to JConforti in Non Scale Victories   
    My top 12 (In no particular order)
    Diabetes in complete remission Sitting in booths Not worrying if I will fit if I need to use a public restroom Boundless energy Fitting in a chair with armrest - getting out of it without it being stuck to my a$$ Not avoiding my photo being taken Everything I do is easier No pain (Knee, feet, back ....) Going from a 48" wait to 34" Having to remove 4 links from my watch band This conversation - Me: "Honey, did you pick me up anything while you were at the clothing store?" Wife: "NO. I'm afraid to buy you clothes because they will be too big by the time I get them home!" This picture VVVVV
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    HokieMan98 reacted to sillykitty in Non Scale Victories   
    I realized something today, making healthy choices at the grocery store has become so easy. I've been doing it consistently for months now without even thinking about it.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to ProudGrammy in Non Scale Victories   
    walked past some "yummies" in the baking aisle.
    after 6+ years, i still have to yell at myself, not to buy.
    i always win the argument!!
    kathy

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    HokieMan98 reacted to Orchids&Dragons in Non Scale Victories   
    A friend at work asked me what I was doing with my old clothes. She knew a woman at her church whose husband had just left her and their 3 kids. Showed up at their apartment one day when she wasn't there and cleaned it out. Only thing he left was the sofa; probably couldn't fit it in the moving truck. What an sh!t.
    Anyway, she was a stay-at-home mom, had to find a job pronto, and had not much more than the clothes on their backs. Yes, he took it all. Anyway, my co-worker's church has donated furniture and lots of clothing for the kids because that's all the mom asked for. But my friend realized that the mom had nothing, especially to wear to work. And she was about my "old" size 2X-3X.
    Point of the story-I had this pile of clothes in the corner of my closet that I was procrastinating taking to Goodwill that have now found a new home. While I was packing them up, I went through and pulled maybe another 15 tops off the hangers and added them to the pile. I ended up sending her about 30-35 tops, 4 pairs of slacks, misc yoga pants for sleeping in, and a gorgeous winter coat. I was really feeling bad about donating the coat to Goodwill. I bought it about a year ago on clearance for around $80 - London Fog, royal blue wool coat with a hood. I didn't often buy "treat" clothes for myself. However, last winter was so mild I never wore it. I felt so happy to send this beautiful coat to someone who really needs it. Still has the $220 price tag on it!
    It brings joy to my heart that this woman's church was so overwhelmingly loving to her at her time of need, and that I could be a little part of it.
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    HokieMan98 reacted to Charity G in Non Scale Victories   
    I had a NSV tonight that made me smile...my bath towel wrapped all the way around me without any gaps
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    HokieMan98 got a reaction from FluffyChix in Non Scale Victories   
    I forgot to mention the greatest NSV -- my latest BP at the doc was 110/73!!! I was floored. The meds help, too, but it hasn't been that low EVER.
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