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    Where did you have your surgery? Thinking of Mexico and was looking to see and hear of people's experience.
  2. 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
  11. Insurance Approved Monday March 6, surgery date is set: March 23, 2017! (possibly the 24th, will find out this Wednesday.)
  12. 25 pounds down. Surgery date is approaching!
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    Im 5 days post op and still have alot of pain in upper left quadrant. Did anyone else still have pain like this?
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I have had a gastric sleeve.
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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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Las Vegas, NV
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Blogging, walking, swimming, arts and crafts, photography
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Housewife and mom.
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Lori
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Dr. T
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
2.5 month: BMI 28.3
3.5 month: - 41.5 inches! BMI: 27.2

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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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Almost 3 months since surgery!

by DesertGal on 06-15-2017 at 10:29 AM
Tomorrow will be 3 months since surgery and it has been a pretty good ride. Still some difficulty with eating (can't consume more than 1/2 cup at best, and not every meal), and water doesn't taste as good or do down as smooth as before surgery. Why? I have no idea.

My surgery went very well. Just some minor discomfort but nothing painful. No pain meds needed at all in the hospital or at home. No gas pains at all. No shoulder pain at all. My incisions were small (dark, but small) and

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79 pounds gone!

by DesertGal on 05-31-2017 at 10:10 AM
Just one more measly pound and I will have hit -80 pounds GONE. Every morning when I wake up early, I feel my hips and waist in bed and think "Is it really gone?" (the flabby fat.) I have to do a double take when I walk by my big bathroom mirror because I still can't believe in this short time (almost 10 weeks out) I have dropped this much, this quickly.

I have found which foods I can easily eat with NO issues (chicken thigh meat, white fish, soft steamed green veggies)-

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

Member: DesertGal

Surgery date: 03/24/2017

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