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One thing you could do since you ahve to sit at a desk all day is get a excersise ball and sit on that intead of a chair. they are harder to slouch in and there is no back rest to lean on so you tend to have to use your leg and core mucles to sit up

Good idea, I don't know how it would go over in my particular environment tho. Plus I just have this image in my head of trying to sit on one of those things and going a$$ over teakettle, landing flat on my back on the concrete floor.

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:001_tt2: I fit into one those annoyingly small desks at school. I even got the desk part to lay flat over my giant tummy. Still hate them though-medieval torture devices all! :)

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went to resale shop today looking for capri's and bought a size 14 and a size 12. I haven't gotten into a 12 since 1978.yay!!

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Yayyy for you!:tongue_smilie:

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Discussed my 3 month blood work with my doc and my total cholesterol was 243 before surgery, now it's 208, which is only 8 pts above normal.

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Last night, we had a girl's night out and a club with a mechanical bull ! ! ! Never in my life would I have done this pre-op, but I went, I saw, and I conquered. . .

It was a slow, sexy ride, so no tumbling off the bull ! ! ! It was a blast, and I proved to myself that nothing is impossible! ! !

Sorry for the poor photo quality, the pics are taken with camera phones! ! !

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Discussed my 3 month blood work with my doc and my total cholesterol was 243 before surgery, now it's 208, which is only 8 pts above normal.

WOW!!! That's great. Congratulations!

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I went to Wal-Mart today to get something for my daughter, and on a whim tried on a pair of the size 18 pants in Misses. They fit! OMG! I was so excited. I've been fitting into 18Ws, but this is my first time fitting an 18 Misses. My daughter looked at me like I was nuts when I started shaking my moneymaker in the mirror - but she was laughing too.:thumbup:

This may not be as big a deal to some people who can recall fitting these sizes. I have been so overweight for so long that I pretty much skipped misses clothes in my adult life. I guess I was in them in high school but of course my choices were limited because of my age. By the time I went off to college with the freedom to make my own clothing choices, I was shopping in the Women's section.

This variety of clothing options that I will soon have is even more exciting because I know it will last. I won't have to go back to Women's sizes after I fall off the "diet" wagon like I did 6 years ago when I briefly made it to 18. I can't quite fathom right now that I'll be as small as a size 10 or less. I'd be happy with a 14 right now. Now I'm planning to buy my first ever sexy little black dress when I get down to size 16. :scared0:

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Finally got back into my size 10 jeans from my lowest weight with the band... And, I bought a size 8 this week as well. They're a little tight, but not too tight... on my way to single digit pants, BOOYA! :thumbup:

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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

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As of today, I weigh what it says on my driver's license! Which is hilarious because it was a HUGE lie when I gave them that weight in the first place!

hahaha MlkPas I can totally relate to that one and can not wait (weight) to actually be the size I said I was on my drivers license. And then beat it as I have 2 years before I have to get a new license.

Lily

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As of today, I weigh what it says on my driver's license! Which is hilarious because it was a HUGE lie when I gave them that weight in the first place!

OMG that is so funny because my previous drivers license said I weighed 172, I actually weighed my highest weight of 215 at the time when I took it. Then I lost 35 pounds on my own and had that same license for another 3 or more years and people would totally freak when I showed them it because my face was huge on it and it looked nothing like me any longer (i was only briefly that weight).

So finally this year I had to renew and get a new picture and the lady at the DMV was trying to hide her surprise at how different I looked, she just kept saying wow this doesn't even look like you anymore. Then she said you have lost a ton of weight since this haven't you. I said yes I had though it was only 35 pounds it made all the difference in the world at that point. So she said well we have to put the new weight on the license so she thought I looked like that at 172 and so I told her I now weighed 157. So my new license looked 100% better but I actually weighed 175 when i told her I now weighed 157. LOL.

I took the picture in December of last year and I gained 20 pounds since then before I had surgery. So I am down around 175 and stuck with a license that says 157. I hope I can actually :biggrin2:weigh that soon enough.

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As of today, I weigh what it says on my driver's license! Which is hilarious because it was a HUGE lie when I gave them that weight in the first place!

Ahhhhhh, that's priceless! I remember when that happened to me with the first go-round on my band... I didn't even think of it this time, but I'm 5 lbs away from that this time as well... very exciting! YAY!!! :001_smile:

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