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  1. Thank you. I can't wait to see the pics you post. It's amazing that a job you like or love to do can make such a difference, isn't it? I had my dream job years ago but the economy closed them years ago. I am still trying to find the right fit for me. Now you can travel without stress and discomfort. That is just so exciting. I remember the first time I flew after surgery and it was so much more relaxing. I took pictures of the belt fitting me and my leg room. LOL Overall I'm doing well. Got a new rescue pup to help me cope with my Dad's loss. My poor sister was in the hospital for 5 weeks, so that was very demanding as I was traveling almost every day to see her over an hour away. She's home now, thank goodness, so I can take the time to regroup. I started journaling, planning, and focusing on my choices once again. I've already lost 3 lbs in the last 4 days, so I'm thrilled. My son is visiting me in 6 weeks and I would love to surprise him with more progress. Talk to you soon!
  2. So I bailed on Michigan and moved to Florida. Been almost a year now and boy what a difference with the vitamin D. I haven't been on here much at all since my Dad passed, but I wanted to let you know that I still peek at your profile and think you are an amazing person. I'm so very happy for you. Be well.
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    Aw thanks! I am an occupational therapist and as I get older, decided that it will be really hard to keep up with the physical demands. I am studying Public Administration and actually got a graduate assistant position so it will all be paid for! I just hope I am good at it! But I never would have tried if it hadn't been for my weight loss. Thank you so much for your encouragement!
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    Anytime bud,Keep it up����
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    Great Job Mich
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    U go boy
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    Mich! You got your gi back!

    You look great.
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    Thank you very much.
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    Thanks Mich for the heads up definitely will take your advice ��
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    I had it done in PCB, FL after I had the band and lost a lot of weight. Now had band removed gained some weight back and want to have the sleeve. I didn't start until I was 40 with getting ink. Go for it you will love it.
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    Hey Mich! Yes, I'm still on track. Was suppose to have my surgery on Apirl 5th but my doctor had to rescheduled for the 20th, a few more days ☺️
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    Wow. You look totally different. So happy to hear how this has changed your world for the better. Thank you for sharing about your journey.
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    That phrase just came into my head as I was blogging,,pretty good eh lol. I have been feeling very frustrated with many of the blogs lately, makes me wonder what some people were expecting and that they think that it should be a cakewalk (excuse the pun). Anyway you have done so well and great that you are losing some of the dreaded sag. You look great and best of times for your future. Cheers Joanne
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    Hello Mich D, congratulations on your weight Journey!
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About Mich-D
Sleeved or not sleeved:
I have had a gastric sleeve.
Prior to opting for surgery, each day I felt would be my last. I had several co-morbidities, waist size of 58/60, starting BMI of 58.8, hypertension, chronic kidney disease (stage 3), knee pain, back pain, daily leg swelling, severe obstructed sleep apnea, chronic migraines, acid reflux, frequent night time trips to the bathroom (every 20 minutes nightly), depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, and frequent chest pains. I think that is all of them.

I mentioned this in other posts, I took my parents to Hawaii, and to spring training in Arizona because I didn't think I would live much longer and those were a few items I wanted to do for them before I died.

I am 15 months post-op and I cannot describe just how amazing my life has changed in just a few short months. I look forward to sleep where I get a full 6 hours without needing to go pee every 20 minutes. My legs and feet used to swell up after walking a few minutes. Now, I have tremendous energy, a positive attitude, no headaches, no need for Nexium, BP meds, and cholesterol meds. I used to get out of breath walking a few stairs. Recently, we were in Vegas (May 2014) and walked roughly 10 miles in 3-3.5 hours and I felt great! I regret I waited so long for this.

Update 8/13/14 lab results confirm kidney function is now at 75%! I have been upgraded to chronic kidney disease (stage 2).
I live in Michigan
Enjoying life
My friends and relatives would say they think it has something to do with computers.
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Bacal
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A brief update...hey gang!

by Mich-D on 11-30-2015 at 07:22 PM
Hey gang!

Today marks two years since I left my old life. 11/30/2013 was the last time I had a Dr. Doctor Pepper, XXL portions, cheese fries with extra cheese. I went on to a self-initiated and doctor approved 5 week pre-op diet.

Now, weight loss and health is good (in most areas). However, last week I woke up with my left eye bleeding. I am being tested for a tumor around the tear duct. That said, I am upbeat. My kidneys continue to improve (around 80%!) and

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Don't they feed you anymore?

by Mich-D on 09-13-2015 at 02:43 PM
Hey gang,

I am headed back to Denver for another week of meetings. That said, onThursday, I went to our Ann Arbor office and a number of people who hadn't seen me since a few days prior to surgery. I received a lot of compliments with the most memorable being; "so,they don't feed you anymore?" This was from a guy that once told me he liked being in meetings and training classes with me because it meant he wasn't the heaviest guy in the room. I responded,I still eat anything

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Greatings from Colorado! NSVs all around!

by Mich-D on 08-13-2015 at 09:59 PM

Hey gang!

I am in Denver this week with the new job. Still getting my feet wet. I.m on week 2. As I mentioned I have racked up several NSVs during the trip.

I flew coach! No one hit me with their luggage going down the aisle.

I have been walking everywhere.

In the past, people used to describe me based upon my size or width. Now, I am referred to as the guy who dresses real nice. Or the guy with a positive attitude.

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Wasn't recognized by a former colleague.

by Mich-D on 07-17-2015 at 01:00 PM
Hey gang,

Today planned to meet up with a friend and former colleague I used to mentor who moved over 18 months ago to Florida. He knew about the weight loss surgery but hadn't seen me. I met him at the office. However it took a few minutes as he didn't recognize me standing out front in the parking lot waiting for him! He said I looked great, more confident and ever taller! A very cool NSV.

NSV: a new job!

by Mich-D on 07-13-2015 at 08:33 PM
Hey gang!

Life post-sleeve has been beyond amazing! I have lost track of all of my NSVs along the way. However, I can say I picked up one more...a new job!
Prior to being sleeved, I seldom got second interviews for internal job postings and I often be asked if I could fly. Now, I am 200 lbs lighter , I have been focusing on my brand.

On Wednesday, I landed my dream job! I start the new position within the company as a program manager/instructional designer

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Before and After Photos

Picture BEFORE 457.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 232.00 lbs.

Member: Mich-D

Surgery date: 01/07/2014

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