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35 minutes ago, Gottajustdoit said:

I sure hope insurance will cover it! I'm tentatively scheduled for my breast reduction and panniculectomy (apron skin removal) on February 26 of next year. The panniculectomy can't be done until one year after my gastric bypass. I'm pretty scared out of my wits and do not look forward to more surgery, but I know if I don't schedule it I will chicken out. My consultation was for the breast reduction only and here I am pretty sure I'm going to have it all done at once based on the surgeon asking me if I wanted to consider the panniculectomy. I have to do more research. I think my insurance will cover both surgeries, but the surgeon's nurse is going to verify with an insurance rep (she said her research online seems to imply it will be covered). The panniculectomy is not a Tummy Tuck (a Tummy Tuck involves tightening the muscles). I think I can pay extra for this as it would include a "contouring," but I never plan to wear a bikini and it sounds even more painful than the panniculectomy. Anyone else going to do a panniculectomy or have spoken to a surgeon about it yet?

I would suggest not worrying about it too much right now. I know Feb will come up pretty fast, but you still have 35 pounds until you reach goal, and if you wait even longer after reaching goal, you may find that your mind will change. I started out 24 pounds heavier than you and a lot of it was right in my tummy. As I lost weight, I kept feeling this dangling, disfiguring mass around my abdomen, But as I reached goal and upped my exercise, things have really tightened up, even at my age of 63. I was seriously considering a panniculectomy, arm lift, and inner thigh lift a few months ago, but now, I wouldn't even think of it. The skin really has shrunk up a lot. Yes , there are loose bits, but I'm not wearing a bikini, either. My boobs are the only things that get looser and draggier, and there is absolutely no hope for them. But I'm not planning to enter a wet T-shirt contest any time in the near or far future! Anyway, give it some time more time and you may be surprised at how things change in the next 6-12 months.

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16 hours ago, AZhiker said:

Thanks AZhiker--I really didn't think there was a way to get rid of the apron skin. I'm at 160 right now and feel as if I'm at my maintenance weight as I haven't lost more over the last few months. Who knows, though, I might make my goal weight. I've always had large breasts (even when i was thin) so I know that I won't lose more there, but it's interesting what you say about the stomach. Will the skin really tighten up? Any exercises that you noticed that make a difference?

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Hi, all. All of our stuff finally arrived in Australia from the United States and we are busy unpacking. I found my scale today, which is the same one I used after surgery until the movers came in July. Good news--it's showing 136 pounds, which was the same reading I had been getting on other scales, so I guess it's accurate. Not bad after being on the road for weeks and eating in restaurants, including in Spain (yum!) and Sweden.

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On 10/22/2019 at 15:36, Tilli13 said:

I may have mine in February but won’t know for a month or two. I’m nervous and excited.

Please let us know what kind of plastics you plan on having. Right now that topic is really starting to take over my thoughts.

Funny— this time 1 year ago I was obsessing about WLS, and now I’m doing the same with plastics.

I’ve decided that by February— one year anniversary— that I’ll plan to have a couple of consults.
I’m definitely going to work on face first. As much as I hate my ET butt, nobody outside of my marriage sees that, but my face is the first thing anyone sees.

Plan is to save more $$$ into my HSA, work a bit extra and by March/April have some kind of facelift/turkey neck work done.

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OK y’all. After I posted my comment I was so scared of the rebuttals that I Was scared to get back on here. Today is my first time logging on. Glad I wasn’t alone and again I don’t want to isolate anyone at all.

Things are still going great with me. I’m losing had about a half a pound a month now. As of this morning I weighed 103 pounds. I went to Philadelphia and had an awesome trip! I feel like a completely different person now. I feel beautiful and confident. This surgery has changed my life. I have never felt this way about myself ever before!!!!!! I feel like I can finally live for the first time at 42 years old. It almost makes me want to cry !!

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On 10/22/2019 at 4:36 PM, Tilli13 said:

I may have mine in February but won’t know for a month or two. I’m nervous and excited.

February was the perfect month for me to have the surgery. Good luck with yours!February was the perfect month for me to have the surgery. Good luck with yours!

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3 hours ago, Everythinganna said:

OK y’all. After I posted my comment I was so scared of the rebuttals that I Was scared to get back on here. Today is my first time logging on. Glad I wasn’t alone and again I don’t want to isolate anyone at all.

Things are still going great with me. I’m losing had about a half a pound a month now. As of this morning I weighed 103 pounds. I went to Philadelphia and had an awesome trip! I feel like a completely different person now. I feel beautiful and confident. This surgery has changed my life. I have never felt this way about myself ever before!!!!!! I feel like I can finally live for the first time at 42 years old. It almost makes me want to cry !!

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You look beautiful! I'm kinds jealous lol💗💯

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2 hours ago, Tejee said:

Hey guys... at 218 now and scale won't move. I'm so sick of the gym too. Any advice?

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I have found that gym/exercise has a minimal effect on weight loss. If you are stalled, you should look closely at your diet to make sure you are compliant. However, stalls are a normal part of the process and you should not necessarily be alarmed. It seems that our bodies need to take a little breather from time to time to adjust to the weight loss.

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On 10/29/2019 at 19:35, Recidivist said:






I have found that gym/exercise has a minimal effect on weight loss. If you are stalled, you should look closely at your diet to make sure you are compliant. However, stalls are a normal part of the process and you should not necessarily be alarmed. It seems that our bodies need to take a little breather from time to time to adjust to the weight loss.


Same advice
I started Pilates right after surgery not to have as a weight-loss tool, but to tone up and strengthen my body as I was already losing weight from the surgery. The biggest boost I get from it is the knowledge that I can be focused and strong and can sculpt muscles where I didn’t even realize I had them. Being able to hold plank for 3 minutes is pretty awesome and I can kick ass at it, but it’s not exactly the kind of thing that’s gonna burn a zillion calories at the end of the day.

I’ve never in my life been able to out-exercise a bad diet—- don’t think anyone really can.
Yes exercise is important, but it alone will never get us where we need to be.

Drinking Water, getting in the Protein and keeping calories below RMR is the key.

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On 10/28/2019 at 10:27, Everythinganna said:



OK y’all. After I posted my comment I was so scared of the rebuttals that I Was scared to get back on here. Today is my first time logging on. Glad I wasn’t alone and again I don’t want to isolate anyone at all.




Things are still going great with me. I’m losing had about a half a pound a month now. As of this morning I weighed 103 pounds. I went to Philadelphia and had an awesome trip! I feel like a completely different person now. I feel beautiful and confident. This surgery has changed my life. I have never felt this way about myself ever before!!!!!! I feel like I can finally live for the first time at 42 years old. It almost makes me want to cry !!



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Congrats Anna!
You look amazing and happy

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Wizardry! Somehow, during the last few weeks, I've eaten nearly a box of Girl Scouts Thin Mints and an array of fun-sized Halloween candy. After a 2-month stall, I lost 4.5 lbs. I was beating myself about the sweets and so thankful the scale showed mercy. I do need to get back on track with more Protein and Water, but am glad that the calories did not latch on. I can't explain it. Maybe there is just a delay effect going on. Darn this time of year!

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1 hour ago, Gottajustdoit said:

Wizardry! Somehow, during the last few weeks, I've eaten nearly a box of Girl Scouts Thin Mints and an array of fun-sized Halloween candy. After a 2-month stall, I lost 4.5 lbs. I was beating myself about the sweets and so thankful the scale showed mercy. I do need to get back on track with more Protein and Water, but am glad that the calories did not latch on. I can't explain it. Maybe there is just a delay effect going on. Darn this time of year!

Take the weight loss win. I have the same thing, sometimes, I think I am doing everything right and the scale does not budge. Then, I eat more and lose weight. Go figure. Happy for you

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13 hours ago, Gottajustdoit said:

Wizardry! Somehow, during the last few weeks, I've eaten nearly a box of Girl Scouts Thin Mints and an array of fun-sized Halloween candy. After a 2-month stall, I lost 4.5 lbs. I was beating myself about the sweets and so thankful the scale showed mercy. I do need to get back on track with more Protein and Water, but am glad that the calories did not latch on. I can't explain it. Maybe there is just a delay effect going on. Darn this time of year!

We are all going to slip up now and then. It's the end result that matters, not the little ups and downs along the way. Don't beat yourself up!

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