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    Hey welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your upcoming surgery��I wish you much success!!
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    Thanks i will give it a go
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    thank you I look forward to it!
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    Oh yes ma'am, i'll be joining that January 2017's sleevers group!
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    Yes I appreciate that post very much thank you!
  6. Excited, and nervous... Also, had NO IDEA I was going to need to do a pre-op diet for 4 weeks. Which basically means I need to start in a few days... Aaaack. Was not expecting that. But maybe my surgeon is different. *crossing fingers* I mean, I play to up my protein massively (aim for 60 grams a day) and stop eating refined carbs (veg only) and no sugar, etc... but I don't want to get stuck on a liquid diet for more than the few days before surgery.

    Thoughts? Advice?

    UPDATE: This post was based on incorrect information. My preop will only be 10 days. *Whew!*
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About TarotAces
Sleeved or not sleeved:
I have had a gastric sleeve.
"Goal Weight" is misleading... I mean, if I go by my BMI I should weigh 130-140 pounds! Currently 297 lbs. and aiming for wherever my body seems happy UNDER 180 lbs. I've spent the last 8 years dealing with massive back issues and now this past year and a half a knee issue as well. Physical issues have made it impossible to enjoy being active anymore, and caused pretty massive depression the past few years. I need help, a jump start if you will. And one that will buy me time to learn my way around my food addiction and emotional eating issues. I'm Really excited to finally be getting this tool to help me, and plan to work the crap out of it so it will work for me!

I've been overweight since I had my oldest (who is now 20 [2016]) and obese for the last 15 years. I went through high school at my comfortable weight of 134 lbs. I don't really need to be that weight again, but I WOULD like to be able to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and fishing again. And I WOULD really like to not have to consider if the chairs at such and such restaurant/cafe I'm invited to will be too small (Starbucks OMG they kill me).

I look forward to NOT having to consider every aspect of my life through the lens of obesity. And I can't wait to be able to wear BOOTS again!!!!
Mansfield, Texas
Kayaking, Camping, Fishing, Singing, painting, weaving, reading, cooking.
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Mario Almanza
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HW: 297+lbs ( stopped weighing myself, it was probably 318 ish)
Pre-op: 280 lbs (-17 lbs)

CW: 142 lbs -Down 178 lbs from my highest actual weight!

Week 1: 270
M1: 257
Week 6: 255
M2: 252
Week 10: 241
M3: 237
Week 14: 234

GW: 145 lbs


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Almost 6 months out, first REAL stall...

by TarotAces on 06-09-2017 at 11:34 AM
I know what I need to do to 'overcome' the stall (make sure I get my fluids in, redouble my efforts to get in enough protein, regular exercise, and patience) but I finally understand how frustrating this FEELS. I've read many peoples' posts about how frustrated they are with their weight stalling out for weeks at a time, I just never FELT their frustration until now.

I have been REALLY lucky and have not really had a stall until now... I had a week here or there where my weight bounced

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A 'bread' to try/make soon ish

by TarotAces on 02-13-2017 at 12:18 AM
Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
Non-sleeve me again here. (Can you tell it's the dead of winter and I'm just knocking around the 'net?)

You may like what is sometimes referred to as one-minute bread. Individual-serving recipes can be found by searching online. Some recipes include the addition of oil and artificial sweetener, but I don't add these two ingredients. For expediency, I mix the dry ingredients in bulk and store them in a canister. To make, I put an egg and spoonful of water into a ramekin and add 3 rounded

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Not quite 3 weeks post-op

by TarotAces on 01-30-2017 at 06:38 PM
Just a quick update after 11 post-op days:

I've been doing REALLY well at staying at or below goal on my macro's (90+ protein, <30g carbs) and calories (approx. 600-800 a day) and water intake (at or above 64 oz on liquids)!

I also made a decision a few days after my last post here; I'll be following a friends post-op guidelines instead of what I was given. The info I was given was DEFINITELY really lenient, and questionable as far as 'okay' or not at whichever stage

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11 days Post-op; 1st night out/celebration since surgery SOLID FOOD... ish

by TarotAces on 01-22-2017 at 01:57 PM
I am now 11 days post op. My only complications, so far, are that 2 of my incision sites are infected and painful. I need to see a Dr. I think, maybe get stronger antibiotics. I think it's weird that I've followed the post-op instructions and have been taking my antibiotics as directed and STILL got infected. hmm...

Yesterday was Bill's birthday so we went out to our favorite place; The Blackfish (super awesome restaurant IN our favorite casino, with amazing food/chef and great wine

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Before and After Photos

Picture BEFORE 297.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 220.00 lbs.

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Surgery date: 01/11/2017

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