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  1. Clothes Shopping 101

    The topic of shopping for clothes has been showing up in the threads and blogs I have been reading. As a direct result (and if I am so inclined), I have chosen to openly discuss this topic for those who have yet to experience this firsthand.

    Let discount, secondhand, and thrift stores become your ally. Any of these stores will benefit you (and your pocketbook) greatly when searching for clothing that may only be temporarily worn. What I currently do is shop for my current size, as ...
  2. An Epiphany in Portion Control

    Last night while my wife and I were preparing dinner I had an epiphany of sorts.

    We decided to look into the caloric intake, carbohydrates, protein, etc. of the meal we were preparing (beef tips) and much to our surprise, we discovered that they were relatively high in protein, low in carbs, and the caloric intake was minimal. I say this because as I prepared and consumed my serving, I realized that my portion - while smaller than my wife's (about 1/2 cup) - was the appropriate size ...
  3. Shining Like A Superstar

    Recent frustrations aside, I have sought information and inspiration, as well as put in dedication and perspiration all with the hope that the scale will tip in my favor, and much to my chagrin I have been met with nothing short of opposition where my weight loss journey is concerned.

    I said all of that because as kooky as it may sound when read through, it pretty much sums up how I have been feeling. I have literally been busting my ass to make see the result I am looking for but ...
  4. Frustration Doesn't Begin to Describe My Emotions

    I have come to the realization that I have been basing my food consumption on the time frame that has elapsed since my VSG procedure rather than looking within and going with what feels right to me and my body.

    This has been a HUGE source of frustration for me because I have been diligently working hard to move further down the weight scale, and yet despite my best efforts I am not moving below 240 pounds.

    I know, I know...slow and steady wins the race. I understand ...
  5. 8 Months Post-op

    Today is a special day in that it marks the eight-month anniversary since I underwent VSG with Dr. William Arnold in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    During this time a great deal has been learned not only about this procedure, the journey, and the expected outcome of said procedure and journey, but about myself as well. I now recognize that I am significant, valuable, and viable member of society, and that despite having lost a significant amount of weight, I will always see myself as an obese ...
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