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    Yep it's the Freestyle program. Love it! Basically how we are to eat. They have a points system for many foods, but things like lean protein (eggs, fish, chicken, beans) fruits and veggies are all 0 points. So you use you points for carbs, nuts, or something like that. I think I get 23 points a day. Sometimes I don't even use them all because we basically eat chicken and fish with veggies. And now that I've stopped drinking I don't have to count those points! The app is cool as it's basically tracking for dummies. No work at all. You can even take a photo of a bar code on any packaged product and it gives you the points. Like for lunch I had one of those little tuna salad packs with crackers, did the bar code, 3 points. My protein drinks are 2.

    They should be able to find you in their system. I was a lifetime member in another state back in the early 90's when no one used computers, and they found me. I would call them and have them find you! Then it's free.

    Good luck!
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    Bonjour Simonne,
    you are so nice!!
    I'm currently finishing a paper and have a deadline but will look into it tonight or tomorrow!
    take care!
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    Hey Simonne,

    Right now I'm in France so my insurance will only cover surgery in France. If we get a job overseas in September, our insurance will cover us in the next country (and even a few countries around, depends on the medical situation where we are). But they wouldn't cover me in Taiwan since we left the job in 2017 and are back in Paris since. Unless we go back to Asia for the new job, but I don't think so.

    Anyway...at that point, I'm looking at all my options, and hubby thinks I should take a one year leave from work (when my medical leave is finished in August) and just deal with my health so he would be the only one working overseas from September, I would have time to travel and get my surgery from Taiwan if needed (if I can't find someone skilled in Paris).
    The stomach repair after a sleeve is a complicated surgery and it seems most surgeons chicken out.
    My doctor in Taiwan is a really good one, so all things considered, I prefer to wait a few more months and get excellent care instead of just average. Even if I have to pay it all from my pocket.

    I'm in pain since November, it did get better but the pain is still here, just not as sharp as November (lucky!!).

    My health has been so complicated since October and I was hoping to see a "back to normal" pretty soon...seems it's not for tomorrow..but I'm optimistic, I know I will find a way! I will see the new surgeon in May in Paris and will decide from there..

    Thank you for your support my friend!!
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    The visit with the bariatric surgeon didn't go well to say the least. He was supposed to do the surgery next month, refused for no reason, was just awful, said July and not before (at first he said September), and he was pushing for a bypass when I said since day one I didn't want to trigger my IBS. My guess is that he doesn't do those repairs often, is scared of failing...but that's no reason to be awful...

    So....I was really upset after that consult, have an appointment with an other surgeon in an other Parisian hospital on 22 May, but in the mean time asked my surgeon in Taiwan if he would do the surgery to repair my stomach. He said yes.

    So that's an option I'm considering (even if it would be 100% out of pocket). We will know also in May what's happening on the job situation (if we go overseas or not) I will probably decide what to do when we get all cards in hand.

    This never ending story is getting really really annoying...most French doctors are awful, and since I'm in pain since November, I must say I'm losing patience and losing my cool too!! Argh!!! I can't wait to move!!
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    Yes, it has been a while!! I am just SOOO busy and active anymore, I just don't write as much. Coming up on my 18 month mark soon. Everything is still rockin'. My weight has pretty much stabilized now and it can vary 2 to 5 pounds one way or the other, but I am so comfortable now, I just keep rolling along. Really getting back into weight lifting and that may be why my weight has just kind of stopped right there. Putting on a lot of muscle.

    Hope this message finds you well! I still read all the posts daily, sometimes twice a day for my inspiration. I will post a 1 1/2 year update in a couple weeks. Stay well!!
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    Well going good until I hurt my rotator cuff before Christmas slipping on ice, saw the doctor who said it was just strained, but then REALLy hurt it in a body pump class about 3 weeks ago! See the doctor again Wednesday. It had better be something they can help in PT, because I have no time for surgery. Frustrating. This getting old sucks. I'm still getting in my hiking, but no strength training that I need.
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    I did, thanks! I'm out-of-town for almost 2 weeks now and doing my best not to eat a single bit of junk, as I typically return from vacations with a gain. Hope to stay the same this time. Not easy around three cute grandkids who are always eating things I shouldn't.
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    For the "virus" I took probiotic twice, I hope it will do the trick. Really weird that my reflux is back suddenly for no reason! I'm not really feeling sick but just nauseous, which happen when the reflux is bad.

    So today was not a "no snack day" since I had to have mini meals...but I will restart very soon. and still watching more my carbs to help with reflux too.

    My gastric surgeon wanted to repair my stomach in January, but since my asthma came back even stronger after my week of tests at the hospital, we had to wait for the asthma to be gone. Then looking at the results of my tests, he told me (like the other specialist in auto immune diseases) that after talking to all the other specialists about my case, it was better to first stop the anemia, so have the gyn surgery first.

    I even asked if doing both surgery at the same time was possible, but apparently it was too much time under.
    On April 1st I've got my green light from my gyn surgeon to continue with (finally!!!) the stomach repair.

    Since the asthma has been gone since mid February, I'm less in pain in that area (each asthma attack made the hernia slide, and the staples are touching a nerve on the hiatus, from what the radiologist said to explain my pain) but the reflux took also months to settle....and it's been really better for only two weeks.

    Anyway!! I see the bariatric surgeon next week, and I should have a firm date for the surgery confirmed that day. We discussed mid May..we'll see what happen!
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    I tried 3 days with no snacks and I will continue that as soon as my stomach let me because it was really a big improvement with my hypoglycemia. I will just need to figure out how to increase my calories and stay in my "moderate low carb range"..

    Since last night and the courgette disaster, reflux is awful.

    But my husband told me he was also not well last night, and apparently several colleagues around him have severe gastroenteritis and didn't show up at work! may be my weird veggie story is finally only a virus!

    I hope!! because I'm at my maximum dosage for the PPI since last night and anti acid (tums) don't help either ! if it's a virus I will find a way to control it. But I can't do much to help with my painful sliding hiatal hernia...the only positive thing after five month of dealing with that hernia, my lungs did adapt to the "alien" and my breathing is almost normal...
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    Hi Simonne!

    My experiment to stop the snacks and lower my carb intake to stabilize the hypoglycemia is not going that well.
    I did feel that no snack really did help me and my blood sugar was much better.

    But for mysterious reasons veggies are currently making me sick several days in a row! wondering if after all my stomach is really better, I might continue with my snack until I see my surgeon on Thursday.
    Plus I did track and was under 1200 cal for those two daysl...no good...and no weight loss indeed!

    Argh!! can't wait for my surgery!! and after I will stop the snacks for sure!
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    First of all....I love Greece. Did you go on the little island of Crete? So beautiful. I visited there when I was like 12 and the beaches were exquisite. I grew up in Italy so I have been all over Europe. I am from Aviano which is right at the base of the Dolomites. Actually Costa di Aviano which is a little fragment that literally is right at the edge where the road goes up. It is about 1 hour from Venice. Where will you be going in Italy? I miss the food so much. I had a great time on my vacation in 2017 and I was less than a year post op and fully enjoyed the tiny bits of food that I could eat.
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    Just wanted to say hi. I have been super busy with selling our house and building our new house. How have you been??
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    I'm doing well -- I have a study group on Wednesdays (2 hours) and its very challenging; I have the quarterly newsletter deadline today and am waiting on procrastinators. Meeting tonight at church. Friend stopping by after lunch to return a book....

    It's cold, rainy and yukky in NC. My dogs do not want to get off the porch, nor do I.

    I have not heard from Kristina since she was transferred to Univ of Minnesota -- I am not sure if I should call her -- or her dad? I'm concerned.

    Hope you are well happy and trucking along!
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    Yes, and we have signed up with the #1 organization to get us there. They have a 98% success rate which is pretty cool. They take 7 days to climb in order to get your body used to the altitude. That being said, altitude is the main reason people have to come back down, and if the team evaluates you and finds you sick enough, they force you to come down. (It's that or die!). And they say there is no way to predict who will get severe altitude sickness, it doesn't depend on your age, fitness level, just the luck of the draw. I am totally excited and hope we make it, but even if we don't it will be quite the experience. After the climb we are going on a 5 day safari to see the animals.
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    I'm feeling mostly well Blood sugar plummets (a known VGS thing) are a bit troubling, but since I was on shots for diabetes I'm pretty savvy on them. Had a good report from neurosurgeon - brain tumor has shrunk since surgery and is static.

    I'm fumbling with the maintenance and need to start exercising, but our schedule is just ridiculous. And yet it needs to be a priority.
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Sweden

by Dutchie on 09-14-2018 at 12:54 AM
We are currently in Sweden, where we were chasing the Aurora.
That was always high on our bucketlist.
And we have seen some beautiful sightings!
Life is good...
Nice hiking here in the forests and mountains.
I feel very blessed.
I could not have done it, when I was at my heaviest...
I'll try to put some pictures here.
Stil loosing weight, very slowly, but still...
This morning 105,4 pounds.

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I finally ate pizza!

by Dutchie on 07-15-2018 at 12:58 AM
Not a big deal, some of you might say.
But the point is: I have not eaten pizza since my surgery, 1,5 years ago.
So yesterday was a family day and we went out for lunch as well as dinner.

For lunch we ended up in a restaurant where food choices were very limited.
But there was pizza!
I reminded myself, that I was NOT on a diet and ordered a slice of tuna pizza.
And though it tasted good, I craved some healthy protein and my veggies.

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After 1,5 year

by Dutchie on 07-09-2018 at 05:01 AM
Last week was my 1,5 year surgiversary.
Time flies when you are having fun!

My sleeve does his job and so do I.
We are really a good team.

For the last couple of months I have maintained this weight, sometimes I weigh a bit more, sometimes a bit less.
And to be honest, I don't feel I have to do much to keep it like that.
My sleeve works itself, more or less.

I eat approximately between 1200 and 1300 calories per day, according

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My first slider foods

by Dutchie on 06-30-2018 at 06:33 AM
I finally did it!
My first real slider foods!
I had eaten a cup of popcorn before, but this time I went way further.

We are currently in Germany, where they have these delicious baguette-like little bread rolls.
Made of pure white flour, absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.
Those breads.
I used to love, love, love them.
Yesterday I ate one of those and I really wondered why I ever liked them...
No taste, no texture, just

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The sleeve and the hammer.

by Dutchie on 06-18-2018 at 01:47 AM
As some of you may know, I am constantly doing research and browsing through the internet, to learn as much as I want to about the sleeve and other wls procedures.
Yesterday I came across a youtube video from Dori'sJourney and she had a great analogy, I thought I'd share.

Our sleeve is a tool, just like a hammer.
You want to use that hammer to hang up a picture on the wall.
So you find yourself a nail and start hammering.
After you hit the nail two or

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