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About pnw218

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    Bariatric Master
  • Birthday 02/18/1961

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    Mother of 3, grandmother of 1. Overweight for past 10 years.
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    travel, volleyball
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    Business Owner/Office Manager, Realtor/Broker, Branch Manager
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  1. Happy 52nd Birthday jsfrwa!

  2. Happy 51st Birthday jsfrwa!

  3. Look at me checking this for the first time in like a year!

  4. pnw218

    Mexico or Bust!

    hello everyone! I have missed a few updates but not much has really changed. I am holding easily at 132, eat whatever I want - just in small quantities. After the holidays, will do the Protein shake thing and get down to 128, my original goal just to see what it feels like. I don't really want to lose any more curves tho - I like how I look now. I just posted a few new pix. Will write more later! Hope everyone is doing great!
  5. pnw218

    199 to 132

  6. thanks for the post about my photo! I haven't been onsite for awhile but wanted to answer your question.

    My incisions have faded alot and are hardly noticealbe. I didn't even think about them when I was on the beach. Good Luck! You will get there!

  7. The surgery, recovery and maintenance has been easy overall. I so wish I would have known about this surgery sooner! You can read about my experience in the link below. For the most part, I think if you go in with a positive attitude, get lots of sleep the first couple of days, move around a decent amount and keep the Protein up, you will do well. I traveled alone, walked thru the airport, went back to work on Monday just 4 days after surgery and was back to a normal schedule quickly. The mental has been harder than the physical but I am doing great now. The love for food is still there but I am not as obsessed with it. And being down 60 pounds is absolutely amazing!!
  8. pnw218

    Mexico or Bust!

    7 month update .... I just keep sounding like a broken record! For those young kids in the crowd, a record is what we old folks listened to music on, and if it got scratched or broken, it would stick and we would hear the same thing over and over again :lol0: lol Life is so good! I have lost a few more pounds, down to 138.6. I am back to Curves on a regular basis. It is a low impact toning workout and serves my purpose well. I bought all new workout clothes this past week and it was so exciting to buy everything in size small. I doubt that I will go below a size 4 - or rather I have no intentions of going smaller :thumbup1:. Just trying to tone everything up at this point. I have lost almost another 10 inches overall. Still having one or two Protein shakes a day, and food the rest of the time. I am not counting calories at all. If I want something, I eat it. Ok - 2-4 whole bites that is. LOL I am still limited in quantity, never over 4 ounces. I do drink just a little with my meals. It is fun to see people I haven't seen in six months. There are many double takes. Very good on the ego! It is wonderful to hear: wow! you look great! I didn't even recognize you! The hair is still falling out. Hoping that will slow down and stop soon. I have had a few bouts of nausea; a very odd type of nausea that I never had before. Nothing seems to resolve it. Had it hit today; took phenergan and slept most of the day. This started on the cruise in late July and has been hitting about once a week or every 10 days. I see my GP on Monday so will discuss it with her. The mental aspect is getting much easier as time goes on. I don't even think about it much anymore. I take a few bites and move on. It is so very true: food doesn't taste as good as skinny feels!
  9. pnw218

    Nervous about Mexico Surgery!!

    I agree with you up until the last line ... I am only 6 months out, not 2 years, but there is absolutely no way I could return to old habits - my stomach will not allow me. I am at the point that I eat whatever items I want on a daily basis; the quantity is not a choice tho, 2-4 oz tops every 2-4 hours. To me, the overfullness is even worse than Thanksgiving dinner. Possibly because the pain is up higher and sometimes into your throat. I usually limit myself to one treat a day (cookies and milk usually : ) however if I also decide I want a few chips, I eat them. The mental has definitely been the most difficult aspect for me - and unless I ate straight sugar or fat all day long, I don't see how I could eat enough to gain weight. Right now I am just trying to eat enough to stop my weight loss!
  10. pnw218

    Nervous about Mexico Surgery!!

    My cost was $6k, including airfare and first night in a hotel. I traveled alone however a guest would have stayed with me for no charge. And the food the staff cooks, smells amazing! : ) You can read about my experience at the link below.
  11. pnw218

    Mexico or Bust!

    Monday, August 30th Weighed in at 141lbs! Bought size 4 Levi's this weekend! New photo in album. Went on a hike with the high school volleyball team on Saturday. Definitely brought up the end but no after pains with my back! I guess removing nearly 60 pounds has helped! Have lost 1/3 of my beginning weight. Amazing! After seeing high school friends this past weekend (31 yrs since graduation), it reinforced my thoughts that I may not push losing anymore. It seems the skinner gals get, the more wrinkles they have! I would rather have 10 lbs than 10 wrinkles! : ) I have more than accomplished my first goal - single digit jeans. I was also able to get into a pair of my daughter's skinny jeans this weekend altho I couldn't zip them all the way. LOL She just glared at me ..... Will return to working out next Tuesday (9/7) .... nice to have a few weeks off and sleep in!
  12. Congrats Karen!! This surgery is amazing! Sounds like you are doing great! I was so happy to have salad again too! I was eating it at about 4 months. I also graze during the day at work but the majority of it healthy, I allow myself one snack a day : ) Glad to hear you are so happy! Keep up the good work!
  13. pnw218

    Nervous about Mexico Surgery!!

    I had surgery last February, and really haven't needed any aftercare. The food plan I chose to use was easy to follow. google Cornell University Gastric Sleeve Guidelines. My primary doctor has been supportive and ran full labs at about 3 months post op. Everything was great - just a little low in Vit D, but then the sun really isn't out much in my corner of the world! LOL There is always that "what if" factor in every surgery ... I based my willingness to go to Mexico on prior surgeries. I have always recovered quickly, with few pain meds and no complications. Would be nice if you could find a doctor before you have surgery just in case you do need something afterwards. Good Luck!
  14. And - you will get full faster without getting the protein and nutrients you need if you drink too soon before eating or while eating. I do take sips with my food, some things just need a little liquid to get it down : ) White meat chicken, beef (steak or roast), melted cheese ... those types of things don't go down well for me at all - even with a little liquid. If that is my only choice of something to eat, I take small bites and eat slowly.
  15. pnw218

    crazy mind games

    I think the majority of us were super happy one minute and crying the next ... for the entire last week before surgery! : ) Normal stuff. I was so mad at myself when I was at the clinic and prepped for surgery, that I was crying and getting all worked up. Fortunately, a gal I met at the clinic, also having surgery, talked me down and the dr gave me a dose of happy juice in my iv. Definitely something to ask for! I have zero regrets now! The sleeve is an amazing tool : ) You will make it! Hang in there!