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  1. Barbara278

    It's my one year anniversary!

    Hey Gang! Well it's been a year. Hard to believe. I'm feeling great. I've lost 109 lbs from my top weight and 87lbs since surgery. I was hoping to have lost another 10 to 20 lbs but I don't think that is going to happen. Once I hit the weight I'm at now, I just totally stopped losing weight. I think our bodies know where we are suppose to be and just stop there. I'm ok if I don't lose anymore. I'm in a size 7/8 or 9/10 depending on the clothes. I pretty much eat whatever I want now but just try to be mindful of what I'm putting in my mouth. I can definitely eat more than I used to right after surgery. Right after surgery and up until about 5 or 6 months after I could eat about 1/3 cup of chili. I now can eat 1 cup. I still try to make protein my first choice and try to keep my carbs down to a minimum. I rarely eat bread now, so sandwhiches/burgers etc aren't part of my diet. Bread is one of the things I don't digest well now and I'm glad because it used to be one of my weaknesses. My tastes have definitely changed. I don't care for fried food at all. I used to love fried chicken or anything fried. Now, I hate the taste. Not because I can't eat it, but my tastes have honestly changed. I love salads and Dr. Aceves gave me the ok to eat them. For all of you contemplating or just beginning your journey. Life does become very normal again. Actually for the first time in 30 years I feel normal. I don't constnatly think about eating, I don't eat until I feel like I'm going to explode. I told my doc..."This must be what normal people feel like"! I've had some great NSV's over the last year. One that comes to mind is not being recognized more than once. A casual aquaintance asked me if I was "Barbara's" sister because I looked just like her. lol I thought he was joking, but he wasn't. I explained that I was "Barbara" just a smaller version. lol In all honestly, this surgery changed my life. I couldn't be happier. I would do it over in a heart beat. Best wishes to all my sleeve sisters and brothers! Barb
  2. Barbara278

    It's my one year anniversary!

    Keep me posted on your date. I so remember those days before I had surgery. I thought it would never come. Then once I had the surgery I thought I'd never lose the weight, or it would take forever. Please don't fret, it does work. You will have hills and valleys and stalls along the way, but hang in there. You will get to where you want to be and I will look forward to reading your year anniversary blog. lol
  3. Barbara278

    It's my one year anniversary!

    You are welcome. I don't come on the board as much as I used to, but I do remember how important it was for me to read success stories. I was on this board every single day for months prior to surgery and many months after. It was what got me through it all. So I do plan to come on from time to time with updates. Good luck with your sleeve, it sounds like you are doing great so far. Best wishes.
  4. Barbara278

    It's my one year anniversary!

    Good luck with your sleeve. It's a great tool and does work.
  5. Barbara278

    It's my one year anniversary!

    You can and will be successful with the sleeve. I can't tell you how many diets I went on over 30 years. I must have lost and gained over 600 lbs. This does work. It does take dicipline and committment. I too wondered if this would work for me. It has been the one thing that does work. I honestly believe that many of use have grelin glands that are abnormal and that's why we are constantly hungry. Once that is removed, it changes the way you feel about food. I don't constantly think about food like I used to. Best wishes to you on your journey.
  6. Barbara278

    It's my one year anniversary!

    Camille, I actually first wanted to get the lap band. I did research for about a year as well. I'm so grateful that I found out about the sleeve prior to getting the band done. There are so many complications with the band. There are many people on this board that had the band and switched to the sleeve. The sleeve is maintenance free, no fills no unfills no future doc visits. I couldn't be happier. I wish you the best of luck on your journey.
  7. Barbara278

    D Dec 20th 2

    From the album: My Journey

  8. Barbara278

    I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT!!!!!

    Congrats!!! What a great NSV!!!
  9. Barbara278


    Thanks everyone! At my top weight, I just didn't care about myself anymore. I felt like I looked, terrible.
  10. Humpty, thank you so much!

  11. Barbara278

    Six months out

    Well, I can hardly believe that six months have passed. It really does go quickly. I'm down 74 lbs. yaaahooooo. I feel fantastic. I have about 30 more lbs to go and I'm very determined to get there. I'm not quite so strick as I was in the beginning but still working hard at it. I pretty much eat anything now. Dr Aceves said I could start eating salads now which thrilled me to death. Drinking is much easier than it was in the beginning. I can pretty much drink normal now. I haven't had any problems eating anything and have never thrown up or gotten sick from anything I've eaten. I do try to get protiens in first, then veggies and maybe a bite or two of anything else that will fit in. I can eat about 3 oz now which is up from 2 oz from the first 4 months. I can now tell when I'm full and stop right away. To all the people just starting this journey, hang in there....it really does work. :thumbup:
  12. Barbara278

    Six months out

    How did you do? Hopefully you got through that tough period.
  13. Barbara278

    August 2010

    Thank you all so much. It's a great journey and well worth it.
  14. Barbara278

    Monday Morning Weigh In

    Hi all. Sorry I've been MIA and just enjoying life. It's my one year anniversary!! I'll try to figure out how to update my blog. HW 257 SW 235 (I better mention I lost 9.5 lbs on pre op diet) LW 155.5 CW 148
  15. Happy Anniversary sleeve sister!!

  16. Barbara278


    From the album: My Journey

    Dec 2010,
  17. From the album: My Journey

    We just returned from Hawaii on Jan 17th, 2011. Here's a photo from our trip.
  18. Barbara278

    150 lbs..down 85 lbs

    Thank you all so much. I am a totally different person inside and out. It's been one fantastic ride. It's my one year anniversary. I'll upload some new photo's today. Best wishes to you all on this journey!
  19. Brenda, so good to hear from you and thank you so much for the birthday wish sleeve sister!! Tell your mom hello and I also FEEL like a totally different person. I can't tell you how many people don't recognize me and ask me if I'm related to Barbara (ME) cause I look just like her. I have so many funny stories regarding that. Hope all is well your way.

  20. Hey there! So good to hear from you and congrats on your date!!! That's fantastic. You can do it. I'm soooooooooooooooo happy I did it I can't even begin to tell you how it's changed my life. I'm pretty muchs tuck at 149, but thats 86 pounds lost so I'm not conmplaining. I would like to drop another 10 but am ok if I don't. Keepn me posted on how you are doing.

  21. Barbara278

    NSV shout outs

    hehehehe...that is priceless!!! Love it!:lol0:
  22. Barbara278

    NSV shout outs

    I saw an acquaintance that I hadn't seen in months today and said "Hi Jerry" as I walked past him. About 15 mins later he walked up to me and said "Where do I know you from?" He actually didn't even recoginze me at all. We both had a good chuckle after I told him who I was. lol
  23. Barbara278

    Monday Morning Weigh In

    HW 257 SW 235 (I better mention I lost 9.5 lbs on pre op diet) LW 161 .5From 8/11 CW 155.5
  24. Renee, thanks so much for your kind words. I'm still on this journey with you. I have about 30 more pounds to go. I know I'll get there, it's just slower as your go. You will be an inspiration to the next generation coming through. Good luck on your date and please keep me posted on your progress.

  25. Barbara278

    My new swimsuit (my husband thought it was lingerie:-)

    Great picture DeeDee...you look so cute!!

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