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I am almost 6 months post op and took my first vacation this week (Drove up to Tahoe). I went with some friends who did not know about the surgery but knew I was actively losing weight and trying to eat healthier and it wasn't awkward at all. I didn't snack, but I did eat some meals I shouldn't have. But between watching how much and exercise, I was down just over 2 lbs for the week. In the past, anytime I vacationed I would be up so I'm super excited.

I had some great NSVs while I was out.

- Hiked almost every day - around 5 miles, intermediate hikes, at elevation. Still hard, but I did it.

- Kayaked, and was able to get in and out easily.

- They had standard size bath towels in the bathroom, and it wrapped all the way around me without a gap!

- It was my birthday and I didn't have any cake, and really didn't miss it.

I tried alcohol for the first time since surgery. I had a glass a wine a couple of times and did fine. However, I had about 1/3 of a margarita and felt awful. I don't think I full on dumped, but I think if I had drunk any more I would have. It's the first time I've had any amount of sugar so lesson learned. I'm going back to not drinking for a while (it will continue to be an occasional event going forward).

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A couple of other cool NSVs:

  • While out hiking, a friend was walking behind me (one of the few that know I had the surgery). She made a .comment about how different I look from behind and that my waist was cutting in
  • I ordered a new v neck tshirt in size L and it fit perfect!!! I was wearing 2XL and many of them were too tight.
  • I was cleaning out my coat closet today (I've cleaned out my main closet a few times, but never got around to my coats). Being in Northern California and wIth surgery end of December, then Covid, I didn't really wear most of my coats this year. I have a raincoat that last year was really tight - I could wear it but couldn't button all the buttons. I tried it on today and it was HUGE. You could literally fit another person in there with me :)


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