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Thanks Carolyn and PNW it was a pretty good feeling to know I wouldn't have to ask for the extender any more when I fly. I still feel squished but it's not as bad now and will only get less squished as time goes by. Love my sleeve more everyday!!

Brenda

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I'm still very early on in the process but I had two NSV's today. Firstly, when I was walking this morning I looked down and what did I see? Or rather... NOT see? My tummy! It wasn't sticking out past my boobs! When I looked in the mirror later from the side I can see it does still stick out a bit past... but when I'm walking with good posture and whatnot, I can't see it. This is awesome because just 2 weeks ago I would look down and see it sticking out a good 3-4 inches.

The other thing is I have a pair of jean shorts I wore in my before pictures and they were very very tight when I wore them for those photos a little over 3 weeks ago. Today I put them on easily and comfortably, and I can even fit both hands in there because the waist is loose now. I wouldn't be able to wear a smaller size yet because it's still snug around my lower stomach, but I was just really happy to see how much looser they've gotten.

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About six weeks after my surgery (2/5/10) Tiffykins put me on to a website called www.thinnerself.com. I started tracking there around 3/19. Anyway I started at a BMI of 40.1 which is considered "morbidly obese". By the time I found this website I was "severely obese". I have now passed up the next category which is "obese" and am now considered "overweight". Wow, I never thought I would be so glad to be "overweight" at a BMI of 29.6. That is 57 lbs lost in 4 months! That's not a record by a long shot, but for me, it is amazing. I LOVE MY SLEEVE!

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About six weeks after my surgery (2/5/10) Tiffykins put me on to a website called www.thinnerself.com. I started tracking there around 3/19. Anyway I started at a BMI of 40.1 which is considered "morbidly obese". By the time I found this website I was "severely obese". I have now passed up the next category which is "obese" and am now considered "overweight". Wow, I never thought I would be so glad to be "overweight" at a BMI of 29.6. That is 57 lbs lost in 4 months! That's not a record by a long shot, but for me, it is amazing. I LOVE MY SLEEVE!

Thanks for that post. I went to the site and I too am only overweight! Not obese any more. YAAA! that is a great NSV. I just keep seeing how fat I am and how much I still have to loose. So, seeing that page gave me a healthy slap back to reality.

AND,even better still, according to that site~~ for my age and height I am NORMAL!!!!

I still wanna loose down to the medical ideal of 150 though. LOL I am gonna change my calculator to 150. That is only 32 lbs more, so I can do it. Not easy, but I can with my sleeve helper.

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About six weeks after my surgery (2/5/10) Tiffykins put me on to a website called www.thinnerself.com. I started tracking there around 3/19. Anyway I started at a BMI of 40.1 which is considered "morbidly obese". By the time I found this website I was "severely obese". I have now passed up the next category which is "obese" and am now considered "overweight". Wow, I never thought I would be so glad to be "overweight" at a BMI of 29.6. That is 57 lbs lost in 4 months! That's not a record by a long shot, but for me, it is amazing. I LOVE MY SLEEVE!

Thanks for the link to this my starting out BMI was 52.5 (super morbidly obese) now 41.8 ( mobidly obese).

Congrat on getting that number lower. Also congrats to Carolyn and AJW.

Way to go all.:001_smile:

Brenda

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Well this weekend I had the chance to go to California on a mini vacation, it wasn't planned and I had to really throw things together, plan foods, but I went and I had a blast. We went to Universal Studios one day, I love theme parks, but in the past I am nervous about getting on rides in case my butt and hips are going to be too tight in there. I was fine! Also I used to get horrible pain in my feet if I walked any real distance and I walked tons, my feet didn't hurt, I wasn't out of breath, I wasn't all sweaty. I ended up having a great time. It was also nice to have my vacation not be entirely about what we'd be eating next. I enjoyed what I ate, but more so I enjoyed spending time with the man I love and making new memories with him. I still have a long ways to go and so much to learn, but this journey is already worth it.

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I gotta tell ya....... it's been a while since I've had a NSV, or I have taken them for grated.

I'm 1 year and 4 months out, so they have not come as quickly as they did in the beginning.

But I had a few happen this week......

1- I went to go pay my lawn person, and I saw his wife... and she just kept going on how "good I looked" and asked what size I was. well....... the last pair of pants I bought were a 14 ...

She said OMG..... no way... I figured you to be a 7

You are SKINNNY...... tall and skinny!!

(That was great and I thanked her for the compliment) and of course she threw in there that I didn't need to lose any more weight.

2- My boss asked me how much I weighed before surgery... another guy was in there and said...... you don;t ever ask a woman her weight or age!! lol

But I answered him......my highest weight was 374

(Shocking for me to even tell him to be honest with you all )

I asked him...... before I tell you what I weigh now..how much do you think I weigh?

His answer was............................135!!!

I told him I loveed him!!! LOL

I weigh 173......... he said you sure don't look like you weigh that much at all!

3- Now one I can "measure"

I went shopping yesterday...... spur of the moment type of shopping... but I wantd a new pair of Jeans..... and............ I am in a 12-but could fit a size 10!!! LEVI's!!!!! I bought the 12... but after wearing them they are too big......... I should have gotten the 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't been in a 10............ ever in my adult life!!! A FRIGGEN SIZE 10!!!!!!!!!!!

woooooo hooooooo!!WOOT WOOT!!!!

MAJOR victory for me!

< Happy dance> Yeaaaaaah for MEEEEEEEE!!

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I just looked at your pictures--you look incredible! What a fantastic weight loss journey--from 374 pounds!!! No wonder the heads are turning!

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YEA Chancie!!!!!

I saw the NSV was from you and thought oh goodie~I love Chancies posts. But this one is the topper of them all. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy for you!

You are and inspiration. You are one of my "angels" here on the Board.

Thank you Chancie for being you. muah :-}}

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Chancie,

WOW. You go girl!

Cajun

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carolyn you are tooooooo sweet and kind!!

( Love you lots for it!!)

I'm at a "stall" have been for months... just not posted about it because I feel soooooo wonderful even if I have not made "goal" yet. I am not fretting getting to 160. I never dreamed I would be at the weight I am!!

From 374 pounds........ to 173 I can live with it just fine!!

I do want plastics BADLY... a lower body lift.. but am having problems with my back and might have to have surgery......... so it might have to wait till next year because I can only miss 12 weeks at my job or lose my position.

I know if I had the tummy gone......... I could be an 8!!! CRAZY STUFF!! LOL

but I'm ok with the stall and the belly......because I feel fantastic!!! :lol0:

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Congrats Chancie!! Great stories, that's fabulous. Big hugs for all your victories!

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I loved reading this thread. It is so encouraging.

Even though I just learned what a NSV is, I had a great one this week. (My surgery date was 3/16/10 and am down 42 lbs)

The last time I saw my cardiologist was in November to talk with him about the sleeve and get cleared for surgery. He totally supported the idea, but I could tell he did not think I would follow through. He was so pleased when I saw him the other day. After telling me that I need to stop one of my meds because my blood pressure was too low, he told me that "MY HEART WAS HAPPY"!!!!

I love my sleeve!:willy_nilly:

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Way to go Everyone! The sleeve rocks! And we are all rockin our sleeves!

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