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  1. Muted_Tummy's Avatar
    hello womyn!! glad to hear all is well. Been busy with life myself. Self- care...umm, yea. Where do I begin LOL
  2. RehabNurse's Avatar
    Thanks for the update, Shirl. You're looking stunning these days.
  3. JLPSch's Avatar
    Congrats on your success! Yes, I agree self-care is so important! I've learned that some days you just need to put "life" aside and go have some fun, even if it's just for a bit! Take care!
  4. ghost_ryder's Avatar
    Shirl, I am impressed you have done that well considering. We all need to understand the relationship between stress and weight/health management. When we get on the wrong side, it can be a cascade down.

    Does your family have a history of high cholesterol? Mine does, my mother, the vegetarian, even had high cholesterol. I was able to being mine down unmedicated but genetics would only allow it so far. So back onto a low dose statin. Its a whole lot better than it was before though.

    I get the pressure of work school and family. I am hopefully completing my Bachelors in Dec and will be able to get off the bad end of that stress roller coaster. Up to late at night not getting enough sleep and making poor food choices because of the lack of sleep.
  5. Sandra3's Avatar
    Hey Shirl!!! so glad you are not diabetic anymore!! that's huge!! cholesterol is tricky...I'm up right now because I lost weight in the past two months...I will need to check it in a few weeks again.

    So may be it's just because the blood test was done when you were loosing too...who knows. I really believe that cholesterol is not the worth, plus adding some supplements (fibers, soy lecithin) can help lower it.

    I'm having some crazy weeks too, what saved me in the middle of all those amazing luncheon is that I take my lunch box when I can and go for a walk after my mini lunch break. I hope you will be able to do the same. take care and keep in touch!! XX
  6. Christie13's Avatar
    Awwww Shirl! You gotta take time for you babe! You are sooooo fabulous and worth it! Glad to hear that your no longer diabetic! And I hope you kick butt on your exam! I hope your cholesterol gets better with the dietary changes. I am finally off my BP meds as of September. I was starting to think I would never get off of them. Keep kicking ass and taking names!!
  7. Ann2's Avatar
    Shirl, your NUT is right! Self-care. Care of YOU! Your care of yourself! Everything you do to put your needs first is a good choice.

    Miss you. Break a leg!
  8. Stacey03's Avatar
    Hello Shirl,
    Your nutritionist sounds great! I can relate in terms of having a busy life, it can have all sorts of effects. I haven't had my sleeve yet, but I've seen how well you have done. Many congratualtions. I think we often have to stop in life for a quick 'taking stock'. I hope you get a little less busy soon and can concentrate on the 'play' a little!
    Best wishes :-)
  9. sraebaer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ann2
    Missed you, Shirl. Good to hear what's going on.

    BTW, the DMV doesn't weigh you. You can tell them you weigh anything you want. Trust me -- it's what I did for nearly 50 years.
    Me too! Finally after losing about 50 pounds I weighed what I lied about on my license. Then I lost 25 pounds more.
  10. Aydensmomma's Avatar
    Congrats on the baby and the weight loss!
  11. Ann2's Avatar
    Missed you, Shirl. Good to hear what's going on.

    BTW, the DMV doesn't weigh you. You can tell them you weigh anything you want. Trust me -- it's what I did for nearly 50 years.
  12. Christie13's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JLPSch
    Congrats on your success!! I love hearing how fellow sleevers deal with the day to day challenges!

    I remember handing my license to a TSA agent for the first time after losing weight. I was afraid I was going to have a cavity search with all the time she took looking at it. Finally she smiled and said, congratulations on losing so much weight.

    Best wishes on your success!!!

    That is awesome on the TSA agent. Pretty great feeling, I'm sure!!
  13. Christie13's Avatar
    Congrats on your new grandbaby!! What a beautiful baby boy. And all that hair!!
    I think you are doing a great job keeping it all together with so much going on in your life. You are amazing!! I am so sorry you had to postpone your trip to see your partner. I know that stinks. Hang in there hon.
    And oh my on the coffee. I am very sensitive to tastes so there is no way I would have drank that. Sorry it made you sick. That had to suck. Glad you are feeling better now.
  14. JLPSch's Avatar
    Congrats on your success!! I love hearing how fellow sleevers deal with the day to day challenges!

    I remember handing my license to a TSA agent for the first time after losing weight. I was afraid I was going to have a cavity search with all the time she took looking at it. Finally she smiled and said, congratulations on losing so much weight.

    Best wishes on your success!!!
  15. sraebaer's Avatar
    Oh, that baby.....adorable!! And congrats on your maintainance!
  16. blackjac24's Avatar
    Sorry about the accidents, I am glad you and your daughter are ok. I hope you are still doing good. Isn't weird how we always had time to post before the surgery and now after it seems so difficult to sit down and check in I am confident you will get back down again. You look beautiful in your profile picture and very happy. Take care
  17. Cherub's Avatar
    Thanks Shirl for the post. You were the first person that reached out to me when I joined. I joined in May close to when you had surgery. It took so long for me to get through the process but I had surgery in October last year and have been doing really well since then. I have always enjoyed your positivity. All the best to you and your family.
  18. Shirl's Avatar
    Thank you to each and every one of you!
  19. jamma's Avatar
    Great Post! At a time when I needed some reminding...
  20. Sandra3's Avatar
    Hey Shirl! time does fly! I'm happy no one got injured in those accidents! sending you good vibes!! take care!
  21. JLPSch's Avatar
    Wow! That's a lot to deal with! Glad everyone is OK!

    Wonderful advice!! Thank you for sharing!

    Best wishes on your continued success!!!
  22. Christie13's Avatar
    Oh Shirl. Sorry to hear about the accidents but so happy that neither of you sustained any major injuries. Congrats on starting your graduate program! That is awesome! I am currently pursuing a special certification/designation for work so I have been keeping busy as well. (Along with training for the 1/2 marathon.) You always give such wonderful, thoughtful advise! I have missed you being on here more frequently. Big hugs!!!
  23. Ann2's Avatar
    Yea, Shirl! Glad you weren't hurt badly in your respective wrecks. Be careful out there!

    I've missed your voice here.
  24. Sandra3's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirl
    ate a handful of cherries at around 9:30pm.
    Cherries are great, they have different properties if they are tart or sweet (tart contain melatonin, sweet potassium) but both reduce inflammation...so I'm sure your all good with IF, because it's like if you took a supplement and not actually food!
  25. Shirl's Avatar
    Thanks to you all!

    It is so true! how we choose to use our tool is what will determine our lifelong WLS success!

    Just last month, before I started trying Intermittent Fasting (IF), I was starting to worry about how much more I can eat and how much hungrier I seemed to be. I was shockingly suprised to not feel those hunger urges with IF, it is mind blowing and baffling to me still!!! but I am just going with it!

    Knowing that I can eat about anything during the 8 hour feeding window is kind of cool, I mean I still need to make the right food choices, which generally I do.

    I think the biggest challenge for me is staying true to the 16-hour intermittent fasting period, last night I didn't check the clock and ate a handfull of cherries at around 9:30pm.

    All the rules continue to apply no matter what.
  26. jerzeygirl's Avatar
    Great stuff, Shirl, and very informative. My surgeon is one of our 4 bariatric surgeons and is the one whom makes the "smallest sleeve." He likes them small and tight I am grateful each day but also agree it's how we use the tool not the size (oh my, I sound like a man talking)...lol
    My capacity is not very large and I'm coming up on 6 years on Friday! I also agree it's how "pristine" we keep our sleeve in the beginning. I took care of it as if it was gold to me, following all the rules whatever they were at the time of my surgery, and as I moved along; added what I needed to in order to enjoy life and "lean" into my sleeved life the most positive I could.
    You look divine in those pictures and I wish you continued success!
  27. Sandra3's Avatar
    The bougie is an indication of our final stomach size indeed, but because each stomach can be different from an other (one will stretch more or less compare to an other one) at the end only "testing" after surgery can really show the difference from pre-op to post-op or at one year for example. Mine was a 36 or 38 since my BMI was so high(I have to ask my surgeon on Saturday, I forgot) and at almost 18 months out I can eat 1/4 of what I could eat before. This is such a relieve! I hope I won't be able to eat more...ever! My main issue was quantity...

    BTW I love your photos!!! the collage is darling and you look dang fantastic!! I know you want to lose more, but I would be more than happy to have your figure!!
    Well done!! XXX
  28. DesertGal's Avatar
    You LOOK Amazing! Congratulations!
  29. RehabNurse's Avatar
    I found my medical records and read that my surgeon used a 40 French bougie.
    I was also sleeved with a 40F bougie and lost all my excess weight. Yes, I can eat a greater volume of food than most sleevers, but I generally make decent food choices.

    The bougie size doesn't matter nearly as much as one's adherence (or lack thereof) to a healthier lifestyle with the sleeve.

    By the way, you're looking fabulous, Shirl.
  30. Ann2's Avatar
    Shirl, good stuff. Really good stuff. This WLS thing is all about paying attention, learning, applying our lessons, being willing to make changes based on things we learn / observe, and loving ourselves. You're doing so good at all of that. Good stuff!
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