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Flo-grown

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Flo-grown got a reaction from GreenTealael in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    Hi all,
    My one year surgery anniversary is 7/31. Since surgery I've lost 84 lbs. Quarantine has not been helpful, I am working from home full time now and not getting much exercise. My doctor says I'm doing great in spite of everything. I'm in a size 10 pants size now. I'm pleased with my progress and I will keep going! Hope everyone is doing well, happy 1-year to all of my July siblings!!

    5'4"
    HW 297
    VSG 7/31/19
    SW 266
    CW 182
    1st GW 170
    2nd GW 135 "With God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26


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    Flo-grown got a reaction from GreenTealael in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    Hi all,
    My one year surgery anniversary is 7/31. Since surgery I've lost 84 lbs. Quarantine has not been helpful, I am working from home full time now and not getting much exercise. My doctor says I'm doing great in spite of everything. I'm in a size 10 pants size now. I'm pleased with my progress and I will keep going! Hope everyone is doing well, happy 1-year to all of my July siblings!!

    5'4"
    HW 297
    VSG 7/31/19
    SW 266
    CW 182
    1st GW 170
    2nd GW 135 "With God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26


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    Flo-grown got a reaction from Newyearnewme2019 in I Want To See Before & After Pics! (Cont'd)   
    Congratulations, you look fabulous!!

    5'4"
    Starting weight 297
    VSG on 7/31/19
    Surgery wt: 266
    CW 236
    GW 135

    Sent from my [samsung Galaxy] using BariatricPal mobile app

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    Flo-grown got a reaction from Sophie7713 in New Hobbies or interests anyone?   
    So adorable, love it!!!

    5'4"
    Starting weight 297
    VSG on 7/31/19
    Surgery wt: 266
    CW 205
    GW 135

    Sent from my [samsung Galaxy] using BariatricPal mobile app

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    Flo-grown reacted to Dawn Hanaphy in single sucks after surgery   
    ok I cant believe I am jumping to this thread to tell my story in hopes that you can relate or find hope or commonality in my story.
    I had my first Surgery as My Marriage was coming to an end it was an attempt to save it but was a joke, nothing was going to save it.
    I got banded and got miserable throwing up all the time lost 30 pounds and divorced healed a little emotionally. Started dating, Still heavy not as heavy thought like you it was easier to date fatter.
    Anyway, flash forward 5 f**king years of no luck no love dating. uckkkkk to the nth degree. but I knew I wanted love.
    And kept trying. I eventually said ok if not love than an education. So I went back to school and got a degree lol still no luck no love dating. But I wasn't as focused on it. But still dying inside wanting to be in love or at least like, and a partner to go through things with.
    Well despite my pathetic attempt with the lap band I gained it all back. Finally after a trip to emergency room I decided to have it out and got sleeved. Finally real weight loss. Still dating no luck no love dating.
    I kept trying because like I said I wanted love. I did everything people said "learned to really love myself" I wasn't even close had to really figure that **** out. Weight or no Weight. Got it mostly figured out. Kinda,
    Being obese is a mechanism to not really deal food was my drug,
    OK so Finally still dating now thinner a little more success.
    And then it happened met him On Zoosk. But the best part was we went to a restaurant on our first date and as we are looking at the menu, he starts to say, oh I really dont eat much not sure if you would understand but I had this thing done to my stomach. LOL I just looked at him in disbelief. Not to mention I was digging him anyway.
    Well there it was we split our first of many Entrees "steak tips" laughed about Protein Shakes and all that went with the first year. He was a year and a little out I was nearly two years out.
    Ok so Moral of the story don't give up but don't focus on it. And while you are waiting get **** done. Getting my degree was amazing. I used to pray for God to send me a Man a good man, Or at times any man. When I stopped focusing on that and my pray changed to Get me to graduation and let me be thinner or at peace with my weight.
    So year after 7 long years I did it. I am in love with a man who has a gastric sleeve and teenage boys who play sports and video games like mine.
    Sorry to tell you the sappy story.
    Best of Luck
    Dawn Marie
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    Flo-grown reacted to JRT Mom in Being lockdown is killing me!   
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    Flo-grown reacted to JRT Mom in Being lockdown is killing me!   
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    Flo-grown reacted to AJ Tylo in Being lockdown is killing me!   
    For all you who wonder if cooking for others gets easier, yes it does - Whipped out below yesterday for the kdis - Really never bothered me. In the past I would woof down a slab like it was nothing. Now one rib No sauce FYI i have designed the new Florida Tshirt Logo also for Disney!

    Video.mov
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    Flo-grown reacted to NewEnglanderGal in Before and after 95# wt loss pics   
    Wow, you look wonderful! Love the last photo especially. You are an inspiration!
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    Flo-grown reacted to Lily66 in Wondering WHY I did it!   
    Hi Grace, I totally understand! But we have to be patient and take things with a grain of salt. For instance, my profile shows a 21lb loss. But 12 of those were pre WLS, so in 2.5 weeks that’s only a 9lb loss, not 21. I get why they suggest we not compare ourselves to others, because we cannot see the entire story.

    During my post op I mentioned to surgeon that I wasn’t losing as much as others...he cited pre op WL often results in a slower early post op loss as the body wants to preserve itself, but being patient, following the program, we will lose! Also, you and I Grace are a tad bit older than some, and our metabolism doesn’t kick it like in our 30’s, 40’s, even 50’s!

    So this morning I said to myself, “Myself? Yea, a lot of work, angst, etc. for 21 measly pounds.” BUT, I have NEVER been able to lose 21lbs before so WHAT A VICTORY! Gracie, we may be slightly slower in losing, but perhaps our skin will benefit from the pause and not need surgery. Surgeon also cited those with a higher starting BMI will usually lose much faster.
    You and I had this vision of pounds seemingly effortlessly, rapidly melting away! It’s happening! We just have to envision it melting away until we can see. Love and Hugs!


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    Flo-grown reacted to Erica_B in Happy Sleevaversary To Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! 3/27/19   
    So happy to be alive and on the road to being well and fit.
    Happy anniversary to all my fellow March 2019 sleevers!
    To everyone else! Let's keep it moving!!!

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    Flo-grown reacted to AJ Tylo in All of you struggling With this virus   
    I just want to take a moment and tell all of you who are struggling and off work and the family stress from this Calm down.
    And why do i say this? Simple As a medium size business owner who pushed himself so hard and stressed out 8 years back! So what happened to me?
    I ended up in Naples Community Hospital Cardio Ward laying on a table and wondering if i would ever see my kids again, who would take care of my parents, who would get the kdis thru college. You get the point
    I am telling you all this as a survivor of stress! Stress Kills and during these times do what i am doing! Focus on your health - Its free. Help those who are having problems cooping with these times - Its free! Look around the house and finish a project that you started and have not finished. Turn off the dang TV!
    I played Monopoly last night with my two teanagers, Was a blast. No Tv No PHones -
    I currently am losing about 8-15k a week in my business, I will survive this - But one thing for sure I will not let the stress of it Kill me! Been there got a break once, No reason to chance it again

    These are the facts
    Waking a sleeping Giant.....
    The reports are that the truckers are getting supplies to the stores.
    People are stocking the shelves all night and letting old people shop first.
    Carnival Cruise line told Trump “We can match those big Navy Hospital ships with some fully staffed cruise ships”
    GM said hold our cars and watch this; we can make those ventilators where we were making cars starting next week.
    Women and children are making homemade masks and handing out Snacks to truckers.
    Restaurants and schools said, We’ve got kitchens and staff; we can feed kids.”
    Churches are holding on-line services and taking care of their members and community.
    NBA basketball players said, “Hold our basketballs while we write checks to pay the arena staff.”
    Construction companies said, “Here are some masks for the medical staff and doctors”.
    Breweries are making sanitizer out of the left-over ingredients.
    We thought we couldn’t live without Baseball, NASCAR, NBA or going to the beach, restaurants or a bar. Instead, we’re trying to keep those businesses open by ordering take-out.
    What communist China didn't count on was America saying "Hey, hold my beer and watch this."
    I think a Japanese Admiral in the middle of the Pacific said it best in 1941, "I think we have awakened a sleeping giant."
    Give us a few more weeks (maybe months) and we will be doing much better! Look at your community and the activities going on!

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    Flo-grown reacted to summerset in Regret   
    So you can drink the required amount of contrast media required for a sufficient swallowing test just fine but you regurgitate 3 sips of Water?
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    Flo-grown reacted to summerset in Regret   
    I guess there is a reason you chose to get snippy instead of simply answering my question. *shrug*
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    Flo-grown reacted to MeowAMR in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    Hey yall!!! It's been awhile since I've been around my last post was in December. So far things have been going well. Typical stalls and temptations!!!!! I can say I have failed at resisting at times. I was 205 the last time I was here and now I am at 190lbs! 15lbs down since I was here last and down 71lbs total. I was so happy when I finally hit "Onederland".
    Seems like once I hit the 6month mark weight loss has slowed. I am responsible for that though. I haven't been hitting my Protein or Water goal so I know that will slow me down plus, I've been bad and eating some sweets here and there. I am determined to lost 29lbs before they year mark which may not be possible, but I would like to. I did get to my size goal. Before the surgery I was around a size 18/20 and said all I want to be is a size 10/12 and I am there!!! I have finally got into Levi jeans sizes and I love them!! Boyyy!!! they make your booty look so good lol! But honestly if I stay where I am at right now I would be completely happy. Even though I haven't been losing much weight lately I can tell I am still losing inches. Hope yall are doing good and getting close to where you want to be!! (Attached a little progression)

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    Flo-grown reacted to JAKE H in OOTD   
    As promised 😘

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    Flo-grown got a reaction from breavsg in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    I had my VSG 7/31/19 and last week I finally hit Onederland!!! It's such a great accomplishment and I'm 100% focused on getting to my 1st goal weight! I'm feeling pretty amazing these days and loving my new life [emoji173]

    5'4"
    HW 297
    VSG 7/31/19
    SW 266
    CW 198
    1st GW 170
    FGW 135

    "With God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26



    Sent from my [samsung Galaxy] using BariatricPal mobile app 3rd


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    Flo-grown reacted to JAKE H in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    Good news is you know what you have to do when it comes to eating. Now you just had to up your activity and continue to eat good healthy foods. Maybe look into some high intensity work outs. I know you can keep it going. This ride is not over and im sure youre more restricted then you were before surgery. Take full advantage! I love working out now. and i think it has a lot to do with my success. I know people similar to me that had the surgery and lost a lot at first and then plateau before goal because then never exercised. Use the tool while we have it and incorporate a new life style in that time. Good luck! You got this.
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    Flo-grown got a reaction from breavsg in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    I had my VSG 7/31/19 and last week I finally hit Onederland!!! It's such a great accomplishment and I'm 100% focused on getting to my 1st goal weight! I'm feeling pretty amazing these days and loving my new life [emoji173]

    5'4"
    HW 297
    VSG 7/31/19
    SW 266
    CW 198
    1st GW 170
    FGW 135

    "With God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26



    Sent from my [samsung Galaxy] using BariatricPal mobile app 3rd


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    Flo-grown got a reaction from breavsg in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    I had my VSG 7/31/19 and last week I finally hit Onederland!!! It's such a great accomplishment and I'm 100% focused on getting to my 1st goal weight! I'm feeling pretty amazing these days and loving my new life [emoji173]

    5'4"
    HW 297
    VSG 7/31/19
    SW 266
    CW 198
    1st GW 170
    FGW 135

    "With God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26



    Sent from my [samsung Galaxy] using BariatricPal mobile app 3rd


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    Flo-grown got a reaction from Cheeseburgh in New Hobbies or interests anyone?   
    Super cute, love it!!

    5'4"
    Starting weight 297
    VSG on 7/31/19
    Surgery wt: 266
    CW 201
    GW 135

    Sent from my [samsung Galaxy] using BariatricPal mobile app 3rd

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    Flo-grown reacted to Mom_of_Chaos in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    My husband hit And passed Goal a few months ago I still have about 40 to go I think.

    Surgery 7/9/19
    6’4 HW 360 SW 350 GW 260 CW 202
    5’8 HW 310 SW 290 GW 150/160 CW 191
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    Flo-grown reacted to Arabesque in Random wonky body image thoughts   
    Was waiting for my micro blading follow-up appointment at the swanky local day spa this morning when in walked two young, thin ‘beautiful people’ (all spray tans, botox & body con clothes) and I suddenly felt uncomfortable & embarrassed. I thought oh I’m so fat & they’ll look at me & judge me.
    WTF!! Where did that thought come from?? I’ve always been pretty self confident & never really felt that way when I carried weight (probably because I saw myself as ‘only being overweight’ not the reality of being obese - body dysmorphia). And now this random thought of being less than & being judged by how I look comes into my head. Worse was the realisation that I still saw myself as being fat.
    It threw me. I had to give myself a mental slap & looked again at the women with clear eyes. The reality was I was actually smaller than they were.
    Looks like I still have head work to do. Maybe I’ll be working on it for a long time as there’s obviously some buried stuff that needs to be dug out.

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    Flo-grown reacted to Cheeseburgh in New Hobbies or interests anyone?   
    I was bored so I painted my son’s old pottery barn desk. (Chair is a $2 Goodwill find) I think maybe it’s too busy. I tend to like plain things.

    I’d love honest opinions, I’m thinking of selling it.



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    Flo-grown reacted to darcyjae in July 2019 Surgery Siblings Post-Op   
    How's everyone doing now that we July Siblings are past the 6 month mark?
    Anyone at goal yet?
    I just passed the mark my surgeon set for me (to get under the 30 BMI/obesity level) and that felt pretty good. I'm about 15-20 lbs from where I think I'd like to be going into maintenance, but I'll probably make that call closer to the mark. How did you all set your final goals? I am trying to thread the needle between being slender and maintaining some of my curves/not being too saggy.
    I haven't noticed any major slowing of my typical 1.5-3 lb a week and 8-10 lb a month rate of loss YET, but I'm bracing myself for it as I understand the last 15 lbs are quite hard.
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