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    Look at you! You look awesome!
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    Hi, how are things going
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    Hi and thank you so much!!! You are doing a great job yourself! Time sure does fly by doesnt it? Waiting for the sleeve took the longest and now the months are ticking. Hope you are doing well
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    Thanks, I'm doing much better. I never really found out why I was having so much pain. I was given pain meds by IV at the hospital and released later. Two days later the pain just stopped. Who knows. Maybe my body was just freaking out. Lol
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    I saw that you're having your gallbladder out today. I hope that it helps and you can continue with your healing and your journey. Bright blessings.
  6. Karani, thank you. That is so nice of you to take the time to write that I wish you well with your journey!
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    I have been so inspired by your wonderful divorce letter & can really relate to it. I hope you are making good and steady progress towards your goal. I am in the process of counting down the weeks until my sleeve surgery & hope that my battle with weight, which affects my health will be easier after the surgery.
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    How goes the journey? Hope you are feeling alittle less frustrated!
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    Just wanted to check in and see how you're doing.

    Hang in there...

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    Hope your feeling great. I am adjusting to my smaller stomach. Weird.
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    Hope you're doing well! Can't wait to hear from you. Check in when you can. (((hugs)))
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    Best of luck today, hope it all went well!!!
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    Best Wishes!!!!!
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    Best wishes for an easy breezy surgery and recovery! Update us as soon as you can!
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    I'm doing great!! I have a lot of gas, but overall doing great! I had my post op class today and we ate for the first time! It's been a good day!!
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About brightnessofhope
Sleeved or not sleeved:
I have had a gastric sleeve.
Phoenix, AZ
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Dr. Reynoso
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Surgery Weight: 287


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Cue the "Rocky" theme song! 100 lbs!

by brightnessofhope on 03-02-2015 at 10:07 AM
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Today I reached a goal I've been working towards for quite awhile. 100 lbs down and wonderland on the same day. It's taken me almost 16 months. It took longer and was harder than I imagined it would be. I still have a way to go, but I am really proud of myself for my efforts and my journey. I just wanted to share my joy today. I CAN DO HARD THINGS! YAY!

Now we're sleevers together ;)

by brightnessofhope on 09-25-2014 at 03:46 PM
I'm sitting in the hospital right now waiting for my husband to get out of recovery. Nine months ago I had my VSG, and today my husband had his. All went well and I am grateful for that and so happy for him! Now to deal with the other emotions I have tried to keep at bay. I have lost 80 lbs so far, 70 since surgery. I'm overall happy with my results, although I wish I were further along. I'm just over half way to my goal. My losses have never come steadily... but in spurts. Even the spurts have

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The Hare Passes Mile Marker 30

by brightnessofhope on 02-24-2014 at 10:30 AM
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I just had to toot my horn today! I finally made it to 30 lbs. post-op! Actually, 32 lbs, in just shy of 12 weeks. I fought hard for each and every pound lost during the last 11 weeks, so yeah, I'm tooting! Toot-toot-toot!
I know this is the amount many of my comrades lost the first month post op, but I'm trying to change my thinking and be happy for my success as I always am for others'.

This stall has broken this camel's back

by brightnessofhope on 01-10-2014 at 11:44 AM
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I've waited, like you all said. I tried upping my protein, upping my water. My weight has stuck for three weeks. I guess it moved a little last week, because I did finally take off the 4 lbs (because I was sick and couldn't eat for two days) I gained during week 2. I lost 13 lbs. the first 8 days and nothing since. I really thought this surgery would work. I've been doing everything I was told to do. But just nothing. I'm eating somewhere between 600-800 calories (of lean protein, small

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8 days post op. Pinch me!

by brightnessofhope on 12-20-2013 at 09:31 AM
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I've lost 13 lbs! Was 287 when I was weighed just before surgery. Today, day 8, I'm 276. I can't believe it. I feel great! I'm eating chicken and cooked veggies and protein shakes and I'm so happy. So I'm doing a little happy dance!

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