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*susan*

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    *susan* got a reaction from Chandni in Attention Men - The Powder Room is for ladies only!   
    Men, while we understand that you may be curious as to what is going on in the powder Room, Alex and I respectfully request that you refrain from posting in this forum. The purpose of having a room for the ladies is so they may post about subjects specific to woman only, and feel comfortable in doing so. Many times these are sensitive issues, and this should be a safe place to discuss female related problems without the fear of being judged or being afraid that their issue may not be taken seriously. We will be, in turn asking the same of the ladies in regards to the Man Room.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
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    *susan* got a reaction from othella2 in NSV shout outs   
    Steph, I like your idea about posting them above the scale, but I think I will take it one step further and post it in the pantry and on the fridge. That would be a good reminder whenever that urge to eat something not so healthy strikes.
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    *susan* got a reaction from Chandni in Attention Men - The Powder Room is for ladies only!   
    Men, while we understand that you may be curious as to what is going on in the powder Room, Alex and I respectfully request that you refrain from posting in this forum. The purpose of having a room for the ladies is so they may post about subjects specific to woman only, and feel comfortable in doing so. Many times these are sensitive issues, and this should be a safe place to discuss female related problems without the fear of being judged or being afraid that their issue may not be taken seriously. We will be, in turn asking the same of the ladies in regards to the Man Room.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
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    *susan* got a reaction from mmckimmey in When can we drink soda   
    Well, like a previous poster already said, soda is not going to stretch your stomach. Is it the healthiest of choices, probably not. But, if I quit eating and drinking everything they say is unhealthy, will cause cancer, blah, blah, blah then I probably wouldn't have needed the sleeve because I would be dead from malnutrition. I mean, seriously, you can google just about any food nowadays and find some kind of study saying why you should avoid it. It could drive a person crazy, lol.
    I am an "everything in moderation" kind of girl. If I want something, I have it. Denying myself things are what lead me to eventually binge on them. So, instead, I have a normal serving size of what I am craving and then I am perfectly satisfied. But, because this works for me, doesn't mean it will work for you. Just like, just because some people are able to cut everything unhealthy out of their diets doesn't mean that will work for you. You have to figure out what you can and cannot do, you have to find your own personal balance in what you do, what makes you healthy and happy and what works for you. Everyone can offer their advice, insist their way is the only way, etc., but the bottom line is it is your body, your life and your road to map out and follow to get you to your destination.
    And for the record, I was a former diet coke addict. I didn't have one for well over a year out from my surgery, simply because I wasn't interested in having one. Now, I usually drink one every couple of days without any problem.
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    *susan* got a reaction from Chandni in Attention Men - The Powder Room is for ladies only!   
    Men, while we understand that you may be curious as to what is going on in the powder Room, Alex and I respectfully request that you refrain from posting in this forum. The purpose of having a room for the ladies is so they may post about subjects specific to woman only, and feel comfortable in doing so. Many times these are sensitive issues, and this should be a safe place to discuss female related problems without the fear of being judged or being afraid that their issue may not be taken seriously. We will be, in turn asking the same of the ladies in regards to the Man Room.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
    Sent from my iPad using VST
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    *susan* got a reaction from Chandni in Attention Men - The Powder Room is for ladies only!   
    Men, while we understand that you may be curious as to what is going on in the powder Room, Alex and I respectfully request that you refrain from posting in this forum. The purpose of having a room for the ladies is so they may post about subjects specific to woman only, and feel comfortable in doing so. Many times these are sensitive issues, and this should be a safe place to discuss female related problems without the fear of being judged or being afraid that their issue may not be taken seriously. We will be, in turn asking the same of the ladies in regards to the Man Room.
    Thank you for your cooperation.
    Sent from my iPad using VST
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    *susan* got a reaction from njgal in NSV shout outs   
    I love reading these NSV's, they are great. I admit, I especially enjoy reading some of the R rated and up ones, lol.

    I had a great weekend. I got a new tattoo. October was breast cancer awareness month and a local tattoo parlor was doing the pink ribbon tattoos for free, as long as you gave a minimum donation of $20.00 to breast cancer research, so me and a coworker got one. Here is the picture, just pretend I am wearing a bathing suit:



    Then, I went to get my nails done for the first times in six months. I went to my same nail tech I had been going to forever, and she didn't even recognize me! She couldn't believe how different I looked with all of the weight loss.

    Lastly, I had an appointment with my OBGYN on Tuesday. One of the reasons I have always dreaded going is because not once in the past 25 years have I been able to close those darn gowns they make you wear. I realize they are going to see us in our all anyways, but still, I like to remain covered up for as long as possible. I was pretty darned excited when I was able to completely close the gown with no gapes whatsoever.

    So, those are my most recent NSV's, kind of silly, but they made me feel good.
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    *susan* got a reaction from JConforti in Attention Ladies - The Man Room is for men only!   
    Ladies, while we understand that you may be curious as to what is going on in the Man Room, Alex and I respectfully request that you refrain from posting in this forum. The purpose of having a room for the men is so they may post about subjects specific to men only, and feel comfortable in doing so. Many times these are sensitive issues, and this should be a safe place to discuss male related problems without the fear of being judged or being afraid that their issue may not be taken seriously. We will be, in turn asking the same of the men in regards to the powder Room. Thank you for your cooperation.
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    *susan* got a reaction from csthomas in Any Florida Sleevers?   
    Gainesville being represented here, lol.
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    *susan* got a reaction from goldenbarbie in I Definitely Regret Surgery.... So Far!   
    I agree with your surgeon, you do sound dehydrated, I speak from experience. Girl, I went through so much of what you are going through right after my surgery. I ended up in the hospital three times due to severe dehydration and had to get fluids via IV. As soon as those fluids were in me, I was amazed at how much better I felt. Additionally, the dehydration caused me bladder and kidney infections, which I wasn't even really aware I had until I was tested. All of those things can just really wear you down. I would feel so lightheaded and dizzy, like I was going to pass out at any moment.
    If you can't get more fluids in your body, then I suggest going to the emergency room and getting IV fluids. Your health is too important to mess around with. And, as I did, you may have additional infections as a result of the dehydration.
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    *susan* got a reaction from northcountyr1 in NSV shout outs   
    Loving this thread! My favorite thus far is the one I posted about last week. I can no longer buy my clothes from the woman's department at Kohl's. I now can shop in the regular sizes.
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    *susan* got a reaction from runaroundsue in So glad to be back on track   
    Brenda, kudos to you for recommitting. Don't hate yourself, it happens to many, including myself. I am sure you have heard this before, but weight loss surgery is a tool, not a magical cure. During the "honeymoon" phase, we tend to forget that because the weight just seems to melt off. But, for long-term, sustainable results, we need to really learn proper nutrition and healthy eating habits. I live with a certified nutritionist, and still didn't get that part! I gained back 50 pounds. But, now, with following proper, healthy eating habits and tracking every single bite that goes in my mouth, I too am back on track.
    I get the part about the clear head, calm and being in control again. It is really a great feeling, isn't it? You can do this. We can do this, especially with the wonderful support from our friends here on BariatricPal.
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    *susan* got a reaction from northcountyr1 in NSV shout outs   
    Loving this thread! My favorite thus far is the one I posted about last week. I can no longer buy my clothes from the woman's department at Kohl's. I now can shop in the regular sizes.
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    *susan* got a reaction from northcountyr1 in NSV shout outs   
    Loving this thread! My favorite thus far is the one I posted about last week. I can no longer buy my clothes from the woman's department at Kohl's. I now can shop in the regular sizes.
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    *susan* got a reaction from Shelli_d in It absolutely makes NO freaking sense to me... **MY RANT**   
    @@LipstickLady you have always managed to bring a smile to me face, and continue to do so. I love your style!
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    *susan* got a reaction from Shelli_d in It absolutely makes NO freaking sense to me... **MY RANT**   
    @@LipstickLady you have always managed to bring a smile to me face, and continue to do so. I love your style!
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    *susan* got a reaction from northcountyr1 in NSV shout outs   
    Loving this thread! My favorite thus far is the one I posted about last week. I can no longer buy my clothes from the woman's department at Kohl's. I now can shop in the regular sizes.
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    *susan* got a reaction from northcountyr1 in NSV shout outs   
    Loving this thread! My favorite thus far is the one I posted about last week. I can no longer buy my clothes from the woman's department at Kohl's. I now can shop in the regular sizes.
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    *susan* got a reaction from Who'sThere in Sex... Oh My God... Sex!   
    It is truly amazing how things change. A lot of it is indeed, we do have more energy and stamina with all that excess weight gone. I also think a huge part of it is also that we have a lot more confidence in ourselves as we lose the weight, and that makes things so much more exciting in the bedroom.
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    *susan* got a reaction from kimberb in It's going to happen   
    Looks like things are moving along, that is wonderful. It will be worth it in the end. In the meantime, you can spend lots of time learning as much as you can about your upcoming life change and being well prepared.
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    *susan* got a reaction from blizair09 in Happy News at Follow-Up Doctor's Appointment   
    Yay, that is fabulous news! I love hearing when people are doing so well.
    Now, you have me curious, what is hydro-therapy?
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    *susan* got a reaction from Christinamo7 in Alcohol after WLS   
    Wow, this is a tough one for me to respond to, but, I am going to be honest. It can be a very slippery slope. As many have already said, I too became a total lightweight after surgery. But, my real problem came in that I began substituting alcohol, White Russians, to be exact, as my choice of "comfort" instead of food. Unfortunately, that led to some major weight gain for me, nearly 40 pounds,which I am now working very hard to take back off. At six years out, it doesn't come off as easily as it did in the beginning. I am lucky now to lose a pound a week, which is quite frustrating. Now, I am drinking mostly Water 24/7. I will have an occasional drink, but for me, I have learned it is just not worth it.
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    *susan* got a reaction from Shayisready in New to forum   
    Hi Misty, and welcome! I am so excited for you, and am confident you are going to do well. You will love the support you get and friendships you make here.
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    *susan* reacted to Leather'nLace in Alcohol after WLS   
    I'm gonna put this disclaimer up first: I'm almost 5 weeks out from surgery and am NOT thinking about drinking now or anytime in the near future.
    That being said...
    My NUT told me that after getting the sleeve, one's alcohol tolerance is really low. I don't drink very much...a drink at Christmas, a drink out at dinner with friends, etc. So, not drinking right now is no biggie at all. However, I'm curious, if and when I have a drink at some point down the road, how much of a lightweight will I be? Are we talking one sip of a Fuzzy Naval and I'm stripping my clothes off and licking the bar top? How bad is it?
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    *susan* reacted to Alex Brecher in BariatricPal Newsletter - October 2016   
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    Hey BariatricPal Members!
    I hope this newsletter finds you well and making progress towards your surgery, weight loss, and health goals. Now that summer is officially over, it’s about time to take advantage of what autumn has to offer to help you lose more weight. We hope this newsletter will help you do that, and here is what you will find.

    Ready for Weight Loss Anytime, Anywhere Appreciating the Weight Loss Surgery Journey Autumn Weight Loss: Take Advantage of the Season
    Take a look at the newsletter for some inspiration and ideas. Then, why not put what you learned to the test by planning the next stage in your weight loss surgery journey? The BariatricPal forums are always there for encouragement and support, so you can be confident that you’re never alone in your journey. To your health!

    Sincerely,
    Alex Brecher
    Founder, BariatricPal

    Ready for Weight Loss Anytime, Anywhere
    Your best bet for sticking to your weight loss surgery diet is to be prepared. For starters, you can stock your kitchen with fresh vegetables and fruit, chicken, tuna, yogurt, and other lean Proteins, and instant protein breakfasts and entrees to use in a pinch. There may be times when you need something even faster, and you can be prepared to get a healthy meal or snack anytime, anywhere.

    Shakes, Bars, and Snacks
    A healthy snack can give you needed Protein while curbing hunger, but putting together a fresh snack is not always practical. Protein shakes, protein bars, and protein Snacks, such as protein chips and protein pretzels, can do the trick when you are time-crunched or have other things on your mind.

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    Insure Nutrition
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    Our sponsors help make BariatricPal newsletters and other services possible. We encourage you show your thanks by considering them first for your bariatric needs.

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    *You still need calcium and sublingual B-12.

    Healthy Options at Every Corner
    No matter how careful you are to plan ahead, life can throw a wrench into your plans. When life happens, you can be caught empty-handed and starving. Even then, you can find something that fits into your weight loss surgery diet.

    Fast food restaurants have a lot of bad options, but they have some good choices, too. Whether you are stuck with a coffee shop, a burger joint, a pizza parlor, a sandwich shop, or another type of national franchise restaurant, you can fit something into your WLS diet if you order carefully. You might want to consider your options ahead of time so you can be confident in your choice when you have only a few quick minutes to decide what to order.

    These are some likely possibilities to look for.
    Eggs and cheese from a Breakfast sandwich. Chicken or turkey breast, a burger patty, or cheese from a burger, sandwich, or taco. A side salad or green salad with chicken breast. Fat-free yogurt.
    You always have the choice of how much to eat, so do not ever pressure yourself to eat too much just because you received too much food. Also, you can pick and choose what to eat. Never feel obligated to eat the bread when all you wanted was the chicken breast inside the sandwich, and feel free to pick out the shrimp and vegetables from a rice bowl, while leaving the rice untouched.

    Appreciating the Weight Loss Surgery Journey
    There is a lot to think about from the moment you begin the weight loss surgery journey. Goal weight may be at the front of your mind. Also at the forefront are probably milestones such as getting through your pre-op diet, having surgery itself, progressing to solid foods, and, if you are a lap-band patient, finding the green zone with your band. On top of all that, you need to focus on working hard day in, day out, on following your WLS diet.

    There is truly a lot to concentrate on as you chase weight loss surgery success. That is good because it can keep you focused on track, but it can keep you from noticing some of the great things that are happening every day of your WLS. Making an effort to notice these exciting moments on a daily basis can keep you motivated and make your entire journey easier.

    Recognize Great Choices
    On a daily basis, you are faced with countless choices that affect your weight loss surgery journey, from what to eat to whether to exercise. No matter what else happens in your life, you are in control of your choices. If you make a habit of noticing and praising yourself each time you make a good weight loss surgery choice, you will be motivated to make more good choices. They build on each other.

    Here are a few choices you might recognize. They may seem small, but they show your commitment to your weight loss, and they add up to big results.
    Measuring portions instead of eyeballing them. Packing a lunch the night before so you don’t rush out of the house empty-handed the next day. Getting up to walk in the morning instead of rolling over in bed. Making the effort to go to your support group meeting instead of staying at home. Phoning a friend to talk through your feelings instead of drowning them in food.
    Enjoy Daily Progress
    You will not hit a major milestone each day. The scale will not go down each day, or even each week. But you can still progress in your weight loss surgery every day. When you appreciate your progress, you can see the links between your hard work and the benefits that it leads to. In turn, that can increase your motivation.

    All kinds of progress can happen on a daily basis. Many of them will be NSVs (non-scale victories) that can pop up at any time. For example, there might be that first day when it takes you a moment to see that the skinny figure reflecting back at you from the shop window is…you. You might find that you ar Or, you might realize that you chose to order the grilled chicken salad instead of your old go-to of nachos supreme not because you had to, but because the salad actually sounded more appealing for your new palate.

    Autumn Weight Loss: Take Advantage of the Season
    Ready or not, summer is over and the chillier weather is coming in. You might as well embrace it, though, since autumn can be a great season for weight loss. For one thing, the distractions of summer vacations are over, so it is easier to focus on routine, including the routine that you know will get you to your weight loss goals.

    Here are a few more ways you can take advantage of fall for weight loss.
    Walk outside in the invigorating brisk air instead of avoiding the summer heat. Snack on crisp fall apples, or bake them with cinnamon and serve them with Greek yogurt for a guilt-free dessert. Discover winter squashes such as acorn and butternut as one of the most nutritious starch choices you can make – packed with Fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Find a local farm where you can burn calories picking apples or pears. Curl up with a hot cup of protein cocoa or cappuccino on a chilly evening. Go to a gym regularly, since they are fairly empty at this time of year.
    Get creative as you think of ways that the fall season can help you lose weight, and take advantage of every opportunity that comes along. Whenever you have ideas or need ideas, hop on over to BariatricPal and get those conversations going!

    I hope you enjoyed the newsletter and got some inspiration from it. You are always welcome to share your questions and comments over on the forums, and I hope you will! Have a great fall, and thanks for your support.

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