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    Thank You!
    I saw this the day you commented, but I'm not sure if my response went through. I am much happier now!
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    Thank you! It's been quite an amazing journey!
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    Hi Aydensmamma, we both had the same surgeon I am having a hard time losing the last of the weight, what diet plan are you following
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    I hope you are well!
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    Hey Aydensmamma, it's been a long time,,, hope you're well!
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    Awwww thank you!
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    Morning, actually I do still feel restriction depending on the types of food that I consume. Protein still makes me fuller faster, but "junk" which I sometimes fall back into the habit of eating, goes down way too easily. I am careful about types of food that I consume on a daily basis and am still pretty rigid, however; the weekends do me in sometimes and I find myself losing the 3-6 pounds that I continually gain when I'm not so careful about planning foods. I will weight myself daily to maintain my accountability and that seems to help. Maintenance is no picnic, but it's worth it and I just try to take it one day at a time. Old habits will do any of us at any time and the winter in NJ doesn't help at all.

    Continued success!
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    thank you for all of the kindness. I sure did need it.
    I hope you are doing well. You are awesome, and I appreciate you and your support.
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    hey lady!!! you look amazing!!! I'm disgusted with myself though. still haven't lost the baby weight & max just turned 2!!!! I have fallen off the wagon & got ran over by it lol. Just can't seem to get back on track at all. before I got pregnant with him I was a size 6 & now I'm a 14. Still haven't gotten back to the gym but I'm hoping to soon. My older son (14) wanta to go w/ me so I'm hoping we can help keep each other accountable. I think my problem is I've become too complacent & just don't care anymore. any tips? Hope you & yours had a nice Thanksgiving!!! Take care & ttys. Michele
  10. Been a long time since I checked in!! Hope everyone is doing great and staying on track!
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    Hi, Teri! Happy New Year! Hope you get to feeling better! xoxoxo
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    You look great! Thanks for the encouragement!
  13. Hello all! I'm approaching my 2 year mark post sleeve and doing great! I have maintained 130lbs for months. I reached my goal of 145 by the 8mo mark. I continued to loose and was worried about loosing too much. I went to 125lbs before finally stopping and slowly climbing to 130. I'm thankful for the sleeve. It has made my life so much better.
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    Gee thanks! I've only weighed below 180 once in my whole life and that was in my first semester of college, when I was drinking a lot of booze and not eating! lol I was at that wt for just a minute, though. If I can get to 180, I'll be a happy camper!
  15. Almost at the 2 year mark and maintaining at 130. Still would like to get to my goal of 145. The journey has been worth every step.
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October 21, 1983 (40)
About Aydensmomma
Sleeved or not sleeved:
I have had a gastric sleeve.
I am a mom, I have an 8 yr old son named Ayden...that's where my member name came from....creative, right? I have a 14 yr old daughter Rachael and a 20 yr old step daughter, Liz. I have been overweight most of my life. I remember going to the doctor at 14 years old and being almost 200lbs. My mom was disgusted, she didn't say it but I knew she was. When I was 17 I had school and a full time job, and with little time to snack I lost 70 lbs. I maintained my weight of 150 until I got pregnant when I was 21. I ate for 2, and then some. I gave birth at 220lbs. It took 2 years of diet and exercise and I got my weight down to 130lbs. Maintained that weight until i was 27 and pregnant with my son. I didn't gain as much as my I did with my daughter. I was 180lbs when I left the hospital with my son. In the months following I gained weight. I was diagnosed with post pardum depression and PCOS. I dieted and exercised, I'd loose 10lbs and gain back 15lbs. It's discouraging to do all the work and not get results. My weight climbed up to 255lbs I had a toddler who I couldn't really play with because I couldn't get down on the floor, a 6yr old girl who I couldn't ride bikes with. I was self conscious. Crabby, my back and knees always hurt. I didn't want to go anywhere, I was always dripping with sweat, even sitting still. My clothes consisted of t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and a pair of jeans. I always made sure there was always ice cream in my freezer and caramel chocolates in my purse.
In April 2014 I ran into a friend who was my size the last time I saw her, she looked great. She lost all the excess weight, and felt great. She told me about the sleeve. That day I started my research and spoke to my husband and told him I wanted to do the sleeve. It was an embarrassing conversation but I'm glad we had it. He agreed to help me out along the way. That day I made my 1st appointment with my surgeon. After 6mo of seeing a dietician and following her diet I lost 8 pounds. Again, discouraging, but if I could loose the weight with diet and exercise (like I had in the past) I wouldn't be getting sleeved. After getting my psych, cardiovascular and pulmonary clearance I was scheduled for surgery 12/30/14. Happy New years!
Surgery went well, but due to the anastasia I was vomiting for 48 hours.
Fast Forward 1 year
Lost 127lbs was size 18/20 pants and now I am size 2
I was 1x or 2x tops, now I'm S or XS
lost a total of 51.5 inches!!

19 months out
I think I'm finally maintaining at 129 pounds.
Still wearing size 2 and small/XS
I love shopping now, I love getting dressed up and looking as good as I feel. I can run around with my kids and dog and not break a sweat. Pre-op I had a migraine 2x a week, now I get them maybe 2x a month, if that. My back and knees no longer hurt. I can squat down and get up easily. I can fit in small places, I can ride all the rides at the amusement park, I can cross my legs comfortably.
I love to garden, and now I can do it pain free. I can run around with my kids and not break a sweat
Volunteer EMR, Bethlehem Ambulance. stay at home mom
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Shady Macaron
Surgery date:


sleeved 12/30/14 @255lbs Goal 140lbs
3/3/15- 208lbs 6/14/15- 163lbs
lost 92lbs in 1st 6mo
9/10/15- 139 1/5/2016 - 128lbs
lost 128lbs in 1 year
4/4/16 - 123lbs 7/4/16 - 129lbs 12/3/16- 130
still 128lb loss@2 year mark-11lbs below goal
gained 13lbs by 3 year mark weighing 142lbs
Gained up to 158 by 3 years 3 months!
3.5 years back to 142
hoping to stay between 140lbs-145lbs
4 years hanging in between 145 and 150
5 year mark! ugh! Up to 160! Time to get back track!


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Getting birth control removed today!!

by Aydensmomma on 05-29-2020 at 08:55 AM
Hey all!
So about 2 weeks ago I called my doctor and told her the list of problems I have been having since October, when I recieved Nexplanon, which is an IUD placed in the arm. Supposed to good for 5 years, I read some facts they all sounded good. Well, fast forward to right now. I am up 25lbs, and no I haven't changed my diet. And it baffles me because all through the sleeve process it's been calories in vs calories out but somehow I gained 25lbs on 1200-1400 cal a day intake. I have the

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Hi everyone!!

by Aydensmomma on 04-09-2020 at 10:11 AM
Wow it is so quiet on this forum!! I've been checking in and reading posts but haven't posted anything in a long time.
I hope everyone is doing well. This coronavirus is no joke. I have heard of the "quarantine 15" where you gain 15lbs because your stuck home. That doesn't have to be the case. I know when I'm bored I tend to want to munch, so I try to keep busy. I paint/decorate bird houses, work in the garden etc. Now I'm a 3rd grade teacher too (my 9th grader doesn't need my help)

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by Aydensmomma on 04-03-2019 at 10:38 AM
It's a great idea to take a picture of yourself the day of your surgery and then using the same clothes and doing the same pose take a pic every 2 weeks. (Or 1 or 4, whatever you want)
Sometimes people say "oh look at you! You lost weight and you look great!" but some of us might not see it because we see ourselves everyday. Comparing pictures is a great way to see the changes, if you ever stall or feel discouraged the pictures might make you feel better.
I also suggest

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4 years 4 months

by Aydensmomma on 04-03-2019 at 10:13 AM
I hope everyone is doing good!
Its great to see so many people taking control of their lives and getting the surgery. One of the best decisions I have ever made. It's been over 4 years now. It's crazy when I go back and think about the beginning. The worst memory's I have were the hair loss, long thick hair turned to thread. The smell, I had such BO, bad breath and stinky pee during ketosis. Deodorant, showers and poo porri handled it. Oh and the irregularity when it came to the

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4 years later

by Aydensmomma on 01-08-2019 at 09:02 AM
Wow. 4 years!
It's been way too long since I've been on here so for those of you who don't know me, Hi! I'm Teri. I started the process in May 2014. Luckily all I had to pay for was my nuitrionist. Insurance did the rest.
My BMI was right at 40. I was 255lbs at 5'7"
I went in on December 30th 2014 with the hope of waking up skinny (not really, but it would be nice) instead I had the pleasure of waking up feeling like my stomach was moving around in a painful way and vomiting

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Before and After Photos

Picture BEFORE 255.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 136.00 lbs.

Member: Aydensmomma

Surgery date: 12/30/2014

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