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    Glad to hear your having a great summer. I look at my many fat pictures and that doesn't look like me, It doesn't feel like me either. Not sure how to phrase it but the skinner, healthier me I now recognize that girl in the mirror and I don't know why I waited so long to do this. life is so much funnier and easier. I don't know how i lugged those 114lbs. Its nice feeling comfortable in clothes and a swimsuit. People treat you better too. I just comeback from Aspen and boulder, I didn't notice the elevation change, When I realized that I almost screamed with joy!! it always took me so long to adjust and i spent lots of time breathing hard. I climbed Aspen mountain top is over 14,000 ft. I hiked lots of trails and now I can run with more ease. life is good. Take care
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    Hi Lori, I was thinking of you and wanted to check in and see how you and your family are doing? and say Hi. Hope you our having a great summer. This has been one of the best in a very long time
  3. LOL... I forgot I HAD a neck!! I knew I was 5'8", but I seem taller now. And my legs are longer, not just telephone poles!
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    I understand! I found out my neck is about 3 inches longer than I thought too! LOL! Or at least it seems that way.
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    Looking good!
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    Where did you have your surgery? Thinking of Mexico and was looking to see and hear of people's experience.
  7. Hi Tamera2, Thank you for the compliments. I really do think I look younger now (maybe not a whole lot, but definitely some) and I do NOT feel like I am 59. I feel great and am more 'bendy' (LOL). I can squat, bend, lean over from sitting or standing without having my gut in the way, and feel taller too for some reason (I am 5'8"). I have added strength training machines at the gym and actually wear a tank top racer back shirt without feeling like a water buffalo (so that in itself is adding a new activity to my life.) People I run into do not recognize me, which is such a victory. And yes.... get a computer so I can see your before and after pics!!
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    Congratulations Lori on your success, you look great and you our looking younger too. Have you added new activities to your life? Need to get a computer so I can post before and after pics. people don't hardly recognize me now. Do you feel has good has you look?
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    Congrads, you are doing great. I can't hardly wait til I have mines.
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    I hope you are doing well today. All the people on here give me the courage to help myself and get a healthier life. Bless You! Mary
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    You did It!! Todays is rebirth, we say good bye to the old you and welcome the new one. You will forever be changed. Prayers sent. Will look forward to hearing from you when you get home from the hospital. Take Care my friend you'll do great.
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    I want to wish you good luck and a speedy recovery on your surgery.
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    Adkins and Muscle Milk work for me...there are probably various opinions on those but like I said...my activity level makes it work. I neglected to tell you that I make my own also with my Nutri-Ninja. Vanilla protein powder, strawberries, spinach, blueberries...heck, taste and invent your own. I also will put some protein powder in my coffee or sprinkled unflavored powder in my soup or on salads. Be creative...Skinnytaste and Pinterest helps me too. Keep up the fight and enjoy the ride!=)
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    Hahaha Lori...yes, I feel your protein shake pain. I've had to go to Muscle Milk and Adkins...which is to die for! Neither is probably optimum but my exercise regimen is so rigorous that it's a-ok for me. I've also become a fit-bit junkie and that helps keep me motivated and focused. I've sweet talked Tam into joining the craze and she's kicking butt=)! Good for you my friend...keep moving and if you get the fit-bit bug....you know who to call!!haha...MOI!
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    Can't tell you enough how your activity is going to help you tons post surgery. I did the same thing pre-op and post op I got off the bus running! Good luck to you and blessings to you during surgery. The first few days suck big time, after that the world is yours my friend. Take care and we'll be here for ya....Alvin
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After many years of unsuccessful dieting and failures, and feeling as the Yo-Yo Queen of dieting, my doctor suggested the gastric sleeve. I have RA, high bp, high sugar/A1c that's elevating at every lab testing over the past 2 years, sleep apnea and fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia and a few other gems I would rather lose forever! I have the appointment with a bariatric surgeon, have already been to my 1st nutrition class and now on their diet, and see the surgeon in January (after the seminar I must attend next week). I am scared, but hopeful. It's my last resort. I'd love to see my grandkids grow up. Our insurance company has been very helpful and I found a surgeon from our provider directory that my primary care doctor said has a good reputation. So I am feeling good about it all. Here's to a BRAND NEW year in 2017!
(When I signed up, I MEANT to write DesertGal but apparently my typing was too quick and hence, the name DesrtGal. Also, my surgery date is an estimation...seeing I was told by insurance it would be about 3 months to have it done.) Hopefully it will happen in March!
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Lori
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Dr. Teng
Surgery date:
2017-03-24

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Height: 5'8"
Highest Weight: 265 BMI 40.3
Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: - 42 pounds
1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 63 pounds
2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 77 pounds
5 Month Weight: 171 BMI: 26.0 TOTAL LOST: 94 pounds
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5.5 months out

by DesertGal on 08-19-2017 at 12:05 PM
It's been five and a half months from surgery and am ONE pound away from my original goal weight of losing 95 pounds.

In that time, I have lost 44.5 inches from all over this body (10.5"-14" inches from each area: chest, waist and hips).

What I have found that works for me is some form of exercise. I am not a gym rat by any stretch of the word, but I do like to dance around to loud music so Zumba classes are my vice. I'd much prefer them to machines. I still

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Four-Month Surgiversary!

by DesertGal on 07-24-2017 at 11:41 AM
Four-Month Surgiversary!
When I started the process in December 2016 to "go for it", and take control of my out of control weight, I couldn't possibly have imagined that I'd be wearing a size MEDIUM by summertime and feeling 20 years younger! But by God I am wearing a medium AND feel 20 years younger.

My BMI index was over 40 in January (41 in December) and itís now 26.5. I have gone from 2 and 3x in tops to a Large (which are now too large) and my pant size went

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Made It Through The 4th Of July-- Part 2 pics

by DesertGal on 07-06-2017 at 10:05 AM
I TRIED for the life of me to attach the pictures to my original blog, but it wouldn't let me do it.
Thank You ladies! I was probably the only person NOT hungry at the party. I made so many different dips and salsa's and had made 17 pounds of bar b q'd beef, pasta salad, potato salad, cucumber salad, ambrosia, lots of desserts, baked beans and I even bar b q'd hot dogs for the finicky kids who wouldn't eat the other foods, and then one friend brought a big crock pot of chile verde, homemade

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Made It Through The 4th Of July

by DesertGal on 07-05-2017 at 08:32 PM
Our house is the 'holiday party house' and this year, as always, was our 4th of July bash. I haven't eaten at any function since my surgery in March (I always nibbled on my morsels of so called food in front of people since then) but yesterday, I got to fit in! Mind you... my 'fitting in' entailed me eating 1 teaspoon of this or 1 teaspoon of that, all totaling up to about 1 cup, so it was a strange looking plate of food. I made so much food even though I knew I wouldn't be able to indulge in most

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A Milestone and A Promise

by DesertGal on 06-28-2017 at 06:41 PM


Last summer, my 9 year old grandson asked me often if he and I could go to the YMCA and swim at their pool(s) with the water slides and other water features. (I guess my pool at home was getting boring for the little guy.) I told him I would LOVE to go, but there was no way grandma would put on a swimsuit and wear it in public! I told him that "WHEN" I shed a massive amount of weight, I would gladly take him there.

This past winter

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Picture BEFORE 265.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 189.00 lbs.

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Surgery date: 03/24/2017

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