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    thanks. Trying to lose a final 10#'s ....doesn't look like it's gonna happen, though. lol
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    You look Great!
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    Hey there! Very nice pic, you look great I'm doing pretty well, still mostly eating soups and the protein drink just because they're the easiest! Did your skin heal up all right? I got a new tattoo about 2 weeks ago I gave the artist a pic just like my avatar (DM violator rose) but then he said could he do some artistic interpretation and I said sure. Well I'm still happy with it because it's a really pretty rose and he does good work, but I don't think anyone would recognize it as the cover art. Oh well!
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    Thank you sweetie...
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    Hi Dear, I'm not too good right at the moment, I can hardly keep water down. But, tomorrow I get admitted to the hospital to get my stents out for the second time & hopefully my stomach will be healed. I have hope that I'll be much better soon. I love your picture, you look so happy & healthy. I hope to have pictures on my profile like that soon. I have lost about 45 pounds, so at least there's that to be happy about. Thank you for thinking of me & im really glad you are doing well.
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    I finally decided to take the birth control pills straight thru and not have any periods for awhile. this has helped me tremendously! More of an even keel. I was so emotional, my worst PMS the majority of the time. now I just kind of go thru life like a semi normal person. my friends aren't ready to hurt me anymore.
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    How are you?
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    Oh I keep thinking the same thing about being the 1 person who won't lose weight! I was too impatient and weighed myself after just 3 days and was so upset to see I had gained half a pound! I have to make myself wait until Fridays! Because I don't want to get discouraged from a small fluctuation. I've been mostly having a hard time mentally, dealing with the physical hunger hasn't been too bad after the first few days but being at the store or even just thinking about all the carb-filled things I miss eating is depressing! I wish I would just stop torturing myself LOL. I've mostly been eating broth, sugar free jello and pudding (and the protein drinks) but I can't wait to try some cream soups next week. It has been nice to have my clothes fit a little looser You're doing awesome at 27 lbs I'm excited for you!
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    I'm still in the hospital being fed through my IV. I'm very ill and I'm a lot of pain. I have another 3 weeks of this before they take the stents out of my stomach, hopefully after that my stomach will be healed. If not, I may have to have a gastric bypass. Thank you for thinking of me. Be careful flying so soon after surgery, you're really not supposed to, it causes blood clots...
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    We do have a lot in common! I just found out Depeche is going to release a new album!! I hope it'll be good My stitches are really itchy but doing pretty well otherwise. Mostly just cravings!
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    Thank you for thinking of me, my pain is better, but I still don't feel the best. I have one week left before I have to function...
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    Yay!... glad you are doing well...
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    Glad to hear that you are doing well. Keep us posted of your progress. Peace and Blessing.
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    Thanks doll. It is slow and steady but I feel absolutely great!! I am exercising. Not hungry. Don't miss the junk food. I really thought I'd miss the diet Dr. Pepper but I don't. Whenever I see someone drinking one I laugh to myself remembering how addicted to them I was. I refuse to drink any carbonated drinks that could stretch my pouch. I am glad to see your surgery went well and you are complication free!!
  15. Made a quick update under 'Blog' for those who are interested. More to come in the next few days.

    Doing well. Getting my liquids in, vitamins, but not proteins yet. 2 more days till I can use my shakes again, then I'll be good to go.
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Sleeved or not sleeved:
I have had a gastric sleeve.
"Goal Weight" is misleading... I mean, if I go by my BMI I should weigh 130-140 pounds! Currently 297 lbs. and aiming for wherever my body seems happy UNDER 180 lbs. I've spent the last 8 years dealing with massive back issues and now this past year and a half a knee issue as well. Physical issues have made it impossible to enjoy being active anymore, and caused pretty massive depression the past few years. I need help, a jump start if you will. And one that will buy me time to learn my way around my food addiction and emotional eating issues. I'm Really excited to finally be getting this tool to help me, and plan to work the crap out of it so it will work for me!

I've been overweight since I had my oldest (who is now 20 [2016]) and obese for the last 15 years. I went through high school at my comfortable weight of 134 lbs. I don't really need to be that weight again, but I WOULD like to be able to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing again. And I WOULD really like to not have to consider if the chairs at such and such restaurant/cafe I'm invited to will be too small (Starbucks OMG they kill me).

I look forward to NOT having to consider every aspect of my life through the lens of obesity. And I can't wait to be able to wear BOOTS again!!!!
Western Washington State
Kayaking, Camping, Fishing, Singing, painting, weaving, reading, cooking.
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Mario Almanza
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HW: 297+lbs ( stopped weighing myself, it was probably 310 ish)
Pre-op: 280 lbs (-17 lbs)

CW: 232 lbs -Down 65 lbs so far!

Week 1: 270
M1: 257
Week 6: 255
M2: 252
Week 10: 241
M3: 237
Week 14: 234

GW: 145 lbs


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A 'bread' to try/make soon ish

by TarotAces on 02-13-2017 at 12:18 AM
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Non-sleeve me again here. (Can you tell it's the dead of winter and I'm just knocking around the 'net?)

You may like what is sometimes referred to as one-minute bread. Individual-serving recipes can be found by searching online. Some recipes include the addition of oil and artificial sweetener, but I don't add these two ingredients. For expediency, I mix the dry ingredients in bulk and store them in a canister. To make, I put an egg and spoonful of water into a ramekin and add 3 rounded

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Not quite 3 weeks post-op

by TarotAces on 01-30-2017 at 06:38 PM
Just a quick update after 11 post-op days:

I've been doing REALLY well at staying at or below goal on my macro's (90+ protein, <30g carbs) and calories (approx. 600-800 a day) and water intake (at or above 64 oz on liquids)!

I also made a decision a few days after my last post here; I'll be following a friends post-op guidelines instead of what I was given. The info I was given was DEFINITELY really lenient, and questionable as far as 'okay' or not at whichever stage

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11 days Post-op; 1st night out/celebration since surgery SOLID FOOD... ish

by TarotAces on 01-22-2017 at 01:57 PM
I am now 11 days post op. My only complications, so far, are that 2 of my incision sites are infected and painful. I need to see a Dr. I think, maybe get stronger antibiotics. I think it's weird that I've followed the post-op instructions and have been taking my antibiotics as directed and STILL got infected. hmm...

Yesterday was Bill's birthday so we went out to our favorite place; The Blackfish (super awesome restaurant IN our favorite casino, with amazing food/chef and great wine

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6 days post op

by TarotAces on 01-16-2017 at 12:36 PM
I KNOW that I will be missing lots of things people would probably like to know but I didn't intend on actually making a blog post, just a quick update. So, hopefully this quick update will be enough until I can order my thoughts and feelings enough to actually write about the experience itself; which is guaranteed to be a LONG post.

I've been getting my fluids in (64 oz give or take, since about the 4th day post op) without too much difficulty; there is a bit of discomfort when the

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3 more days....

by TarotAces on 01-08-2017 at 11:46 AM
Took my pre-op laxative this morning when I got up, and am officially on my 3 days of clear liquids stage.

Decided it was past time to take my 'before' pictures last night. I cried. Just SEEING myself from the back... I ... don't have words for it really. I was dismayed, to say the least, at the way I look. I could even go so far as to say I was disgusted with myself, momentarily.

You see, I had given up on caring about being healthy or trying to lose weight about

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