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    I was looking at your before and after photos and wow! You look great! I can see a huge difference in your posture, like your happy to get a picture taken of you! Congrats!!
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    Hi Lori, was thinking about you and wanted to say Hi. Hope your having a good Summer. All the Best, Tamera
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    You are looking amazing!
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    Where have you been Lori? Missed seeing you!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas! Hugs!
  5. You look amazing. Praying I have such great results. Just had my surgery 10/12/17. Having a few tough days emotionally and energy wise. Any advice for these first few months?
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    Glad to hear your having a great summer. I look at my many fat pictures and that doesn't look like me, It doesn't feel like me either. Not sure how to phrase it but the skinner, healthier me I now recognize that girl in the mirror and I don't know why I waited so long to do this. life is so much funnier and easier. I don't know how i lugged those 114lbs. Its nice feeling comfortable in clothes and a swimsuit. People treat you better too. I just comeback from Aspen and boulder, I didn't notice the elevation change, When I realized that I almost screamed with joy!! it always took me so long to adjust and i spent lots of time breathing hard. I climbed Aspen mountain top is over 14,000 ft. I hiked lots of trails and now I can run with more ease. life is good. Take care
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    Hi Lori, I was thinking of you and wanted to check in and see how you and your family are doing? and say Hi. Hope you our having a great summer. This has been one of the best in a very long time
  8. LOL... I forgot I HAD a neck!! I knew I was 5'8", but I seem taller now. And my legs are longer, not just telephone poles!
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    I understand! I found out my neck is about 3 inches longer than I thought too! LOL! Or at least it seems that way.
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    Looking good!
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    Where did you have your surgery? Thinking of Mexico and was looking to see and hear of people's experience.
  12. Hi Tamera2, Thank you for the compliments. I really do think I look younger now (maybe not a whole lot, but definitely some) and I do NOT feel like I am 59. I feel great and am more 'bendy' (LOL). I can squat, bend, lean over from sitting or standing without having my gut in the way, and feel taller too for some reason (I am 5'8"). I have added strength training machines at the gym and actually wear a tank top racer back shirt without feeling like a water buffalo (so that in itself is adding a new activity to my life.) People I run into do not recognize me, which is such a victory. And yes.... get a computer so I can see your before and after pics!!
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    Congratulations Lori on your success, you look great and you our looking younger too. Have you added new activities to your life? Need to get a computer so I can post before and after pics. people don't hardly recognize me now. Do you feel has good has you look?
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    Congrads, you are doing great. I can't hardly wait til I have mines.
  15. I hope you are doing well today. All the people on here give me the courage to help myself and get a healthier life. Bless You! Mary
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I have had a gastric sleeve.
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After many years of unsuccessful dieting and failures, and feeling as the Yo-Yo Queen of dieting, my doctor suggested the gastric sleeve. I have RA, high bp, high sugar/A1c that's elevating at every lab testing over the past 2 years, sleep apnea and fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia and a few other gems I would rather lose forever! I have the appointment with a bariatric surgeon, have already been to my 1st nutrition class and now on their diet, and see the surgeon in January (after the seminar I must attend next week). I am scared, but hopeful. It's my last resort. I'd love to see my grandkids grow up. Our insurance company has been very helpful and I found a surgeon from our provider directory that my primary care doctor said has a good reputation. So I am feeling good about it all. Here's to a BRAND NEW year in 2017!

March 24, 2017 I had the surgery and did well. Just anesthesia related barfing issues (nothing new there) but relatively NO pain. I had to force myself to drink water and did, barely. Eating was another issue. I was going into starvation mode because my sleeve was so restricted I couldn't get more than 2 tbs of food into me for MONTHS. By 6 months post op, I had lost 102 pounds. And the appetite came back. Gained a few pounds but I work out and needed the few extra calories. So far, all is good.
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Las Vegas, NV
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Blogging, walking, swimming, arts and crafts, photography
Occupation:
Housewife and mom.
Name:
Lori
Gastric Sleeve Surgeon:
Dr. Teng
Surgery date:
2017-03-24

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Height: 5'8"
Highest Weight: 270 BMI 40.3
Day of Surgery Weight: 223 / Pre-Op nutrition diet: LOST 47 pounds
1 Month Weight: 202 (-21 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 64 pounds
2 Month: Weight: 188 (-14 lbs.) TOTAL LOST: 78 pounds
6 Month Weight: 169 (-2) BMI: 25.7 TOTAL LOST: 97 pounds
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Almost down 130 Pounds!

by DesertGal on 06-25-2019 at 10:40 AM
I got on the scale this morning and nearly went into shock! I haven't been this low a weight since 1977... I am 4 pounds away from what I weighed walking down the aisle when I got married... and I was thin back then. I am thin now and have to do double takes, still, when I see the scale numbers or see myself in the mirror.

I have stuck to my new way of eating and have allowed myself to have a scoop of ice cream here and there, and occasionally I will have bread or something I don't

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Quick Update

by DesertGal on 05-31-2019 at 10:57 AM
Doing very well. Had surgery 2 years, 2 months ago, and have lost 127 pounds! I was thrilled at losing 100 pounds but its still coming off. I haven't weighed this since high school. I don't regret having the VSG at all, and I struggled in the beginning... boy did I.
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It's been A While.

by DesertGal on 12-29-2018 at 06:16 PM
Hello! It's been a while since I have been on here. Life happens.
It was two years ago this month, December 2016, when my life changed. I began the pre-op diet and 3 months later I had the VSG surgery done.
I got to admit, I had some real struggles those first few months after... no food tasted good, I was in starvation mode, I couldn't drink enough water like I had pre-surgery. But, 6 months after surgery I had dropped 102 pounds.
I had been walking daily since a month after

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You're As Young As You feel

by DesertGal on 05-10-2018 at 06:25 PM
I went into this weight loss adventure to FEEL good and get off all the obesity related drugs. I have MS; and RA; and fibromyalgia. With that said, schlepping an extra 100 pounds was the pits! I heard "lose weight and you'll feel better". Duh. I tried for years and would drop and gain and drop again, only to regain everything plus more.

So, having this done last March (2017), my goal was to lose the weight, lose the medications I had to take for high blood pressure and

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One Year Surgiversary!

by DesertGal on 03-25-2018 at 05:50 PM
Hello fellow sleevers and soon-to-be-sleevers! It's been a while since I have been on here.
Yesterday, March 24, 2018 was my 1st anniversary of having the sleeve surgery. What a year it has been. I lost 102 pounds by September 2017 and once I began increasing my caloric intake due to the zumba classes, jogging and walking I do faithfully each week (and honestly, I needed some carbs), I gained back a few pounds and have been holding steady. I have lost 4-5 dress sizes and am no longer the

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Picture BEFORE 265.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 189.00 lbs.

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Surgery date: 03/24/2017

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