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About thesuse2000

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  • Birthday 04/30/1968

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  1. thesuse2000

    Memorial Day Challenge!

    Hi there - new job has been crazy intense and I've gotten way off track. I've gained up to 163. Things will settle a little in a couple weeks and I'll work on getting back on track then. For now just trying to minimize the damage... Congrats all - and thanks Steph for managing this!
  2. thesuse2000

    Memorial Day Challenge!

    Hi - today's weigh-in - 158. Thanks!
  3. thesuse2000

    Memorial Day Challenge!

    Hi there - my current weight is 159 and my goal is 155. Thanks!
  4. thesuse2000

    Memorial Day Challenge!

    Hi - I'm in! Hopefully this is the last one for me (unless I strive to maintain in future ones).Thanks!
  5. thesuse2000

    Easter's Challenge

    Hi - thanks for doing this!! I started a new job and have been so distracted and not eating properly... thankfully I haven't gained, but I need to get back on track and lose these last few pounds. Will make it a priority in the next month. Congrats all on your successes! Final weight: 160
  6. thesuse2000

    Easter's Challenge

    I'm still 160 this week.
  7. thesuse2000

    Easter's Challenge

    Still 160 this week.
  8. For the record - I've had periods where I didn't lose because I was eating a lot as well as times when I didn't lose for mysterious reasons while eating and exercising just as I should to lose. Quite often though the weight loss catches up. Like I won't lose for a couple weeks and then drop 5-6 pounds the 3rd week. But sometimes there isn't a catch up, but the scale at least starts moving again. Alas, all part of the process.
  9. thesuse2000

    Goal and plastic

    I think you look great, and if you're at a weight that you've stabilized at, my thinking is that if you "diet" to lose more, you may end up gaining those last pounds back in time anyway. I've been wondering about this stuff too - I feel like I should try to eliminate all the fat that's mixed in with my extra skin before doing plastics, but I'm not sure I really want to get THAT skinny. I'm already getting comments that I shouldn't lose any more. I'm curious to hear how your consultation goes. Please keep us posted. But I think you're definitely slim enough to do it.
  10. thesuse2000

    Lifting weight (not gym related)

    I was told no heavy lifting for 6 weeks. Hopefully no damage was done, but if you can avoid lifting your son for another few weeks that would probably be best. My understanding is that you need to let the muscles in your abdomen heal. Stressing those muscles can increase the chance of a hole developing where intestines can pop through - hernia.
  11. thesuse2000

    Goal and plastic

    Your pics didn't post.
  12. thesuse2000

    "small gastric pouch" ?

    You didn't mention any symptomatic issues you're having, so I'm assuming you're not experiencing any. If that's the case then it doesn't seem to me (based on what you've written) like there's a problem you need to address right now. If your band slipped, like mine did, you'd be having issues like not being able to hardly eat or drink or having food and liquids constantly coming back up, etc. That said, it sounds like it might be a good idea to see if you can find a different surgeon to use for follow up care. I haven't heard of people getting the band removed after they've lost weight if they aren't having a problem with it. That doesn't make any sense at all because the band, when working correctly, continues to help control your appetite and eating, and most people regain after having to have it removed. So that alone makes me question him. Not sure where you are, but maybe you could make a post asking for help finding another surgeon in your area to see for follow up care.
  13. thesuse2000


    For me it was a matter of looking at the overall risk/benefit profile. Without the surgery I was pretty much guaranteed to develop diabetes and that comes with a host of other issues. And of course my odds of having heart disease or cancer were higher without surgery. Those odds far outweigh the risks of surgery. But yes - there are real risks and surgery is scary in the short term, but not as scary as the risks of obesity longer term. For me it has been SO worth the risk!!
  14. thesuse2000

    Easter's Challenge

    160 today. Thanks!!
  15. thesuse2000

    Easter's Challenge

    Congratulations Miss Brown!!!

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