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    Wow! You look beautiful! Congrats on your weight loss. You give me hope that I can do this. You are an inspiration
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    You literally took my breath away!!! Simply beautiful
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    You look amazing! Just beautiful!
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    You look amazing!! Beautiful in both views, love the red hair!! Do you still want to pinch yourself when you look in the mirror?? Lovely!!
  5. Hi All- I know some people are interested in getting more info on the Sleeve Surgery Process and seeing what it is about. The surgeon I used is Dr. Carl Pesta at The Bariatric Surgery Institute at McLaren Macomb in Mt. Clemens, MI. They are now on Facebook. Like and share! My surgery was August 31 2011 and since my heaviest weight I have lost 133 lbs so far. I am very grateful! They have a great monthly group meeting with topics that are very helpful to us Sleevers! Hope to see you there or just look them up to get more information!

    Here is the link!


    Have a great day and Happy Holidays!
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    You look amazing!! Btw that baby pic on your before pic is gorgeous
  7. Down 130 and 108 inches. I am maybe actually going to make the goal I set for myself. If I can do it, it can be done.
  8. Down 125 and 103.5 inches. I am doing 4 days a week working out and trying to lose the old diet habits. I know I eat a ton less of what I used to but the tendency to want to eat old things from my old diet are not all gone, but I am trying. Not to say I do not still have chocolate or will ever give it up, but protein is so important! 1 day resistance/weight, 1 day 1/2 lap swim, 1 day 60 minute Zumba class and 1 day cycling for 60 minutes. I am a busy mom but I am fitting it in. I want to reach my goal and get as much off before I pursue the removal of my Apron.
  9. Down 118 and 100 inches. Still going! Added Zumba to my workouts with the lap swimming. Really seeing the results. I went from not being able to move, my knees and hip hurting, GERD and breathing treatments this time last year to working out 3-4 times a week and not getting winded and ready for more after 60 minutes of Zumba. I have even gotten by husband into working out together now. Life is good!
  10. Down 115 and 96 inches. The weight loss is slowing but I am not. 5 more to go based on what the Dr. wants for the Apron and 20 more for my goal. I am not done yet! =0)
  11. Down 112 and 95 inches. I was in a size 22/24 now I am in an 8/10. Never thought I would be here and just have about 23 more to go! =0)
  12. Down 107 and 87.5 inches. 30 more to go and I will be at my goal. I can't believe I am so close. You do not think you will get there, but you will. Keep up the hard work and you will make it! =0)
  13. Down 100 and 84 inches. I know I can! I know I can!
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    Hi, Ladyinred5:
    I am just starting this journey I have not been sleeved yet but I see that you live in Richmond and Dr. Pesta did your surgery. Dr. Pesta will be doing mine sometime in May (fingers crossed) and I live just a few miles from you in New Haven. I would really like to hear from you regarding your experience, it sounds like you are doing wonderful.
  15. Down 95 and 77 inches. I am going to keep on keeping on! =0)
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I found an approved alternative to a vitamin B-12 shot!

by ladyinred5 on 10-26-2011 at 01:14 AM
I found it at GNC and confirmed it was OK with the my Bariatric Hospital. You can get a shot or take it in a pill form that dissolves under the tongue(Sublingual administration).

GNC B-12 5000 ZipMelt 60 tablets at $18.99 ( $15.19 if you have the GNC member card). Quick dissolving to facilitate absorption!

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I found it at GNC and confirmed it was OK with the my Bariatric Hospital. You can get a shot or take it in a pill form that dissolves

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Needing Antibiotics for Dentist because of surgery?

by ladyinred5 on 10-25-2011 at 10:50 PM
I went to the dentist today and he told me he could not give me a full cleaning because of the staples from my surgery. I have never heard this before? Have any of you? He said the bacteria could collect in any area where you have any kind of metal(I also have 2 screws in my foot) and that some Dr.s will not want you to get your teeth cleaned or any other procedure causing bleeding or bacteria to go into your system because these areas are a breeding ground for bacteria to go to. He said that I

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Liquid diet weight loss stalled.

by ladyinred5 on 08-26-2011 at 11:16 AM
I started my liquid diet on the 17th and lost 8 lbs so far, but now the last 2 days I have stalled. I have been walking and I have not cheated. I only have 5 more days till surgery. Is this normal? Is this a good amount to have lost so far? Any suggestions?



Less than 2 weeks till surgery!

by ladyinred5 on 08-18-2011 at 05:52 PM
Man I can't believe it is so soon now when it seemed so very far and almost was refused. I am on the liquid diet and will be happy when it is done and know I will never have to feel this hungry again. There is so much on my mind and so much I am looking forward to. I can't wait to just feel good and healthy, to not feel so hungry, to lose the weight, to not be restricted from doing things because I am to heavy, to wear shorts and a bathing suit and not want to hide and to shop wherever the heck

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"Successful Weight Loss with the Gastric Sleeve" by Dr. Guillermo Alverez

by ladyinred5 on 08-18-2011 at 05:43 PM
I just wanted to to recommend this book to all of you. My Bariatric Hospital in Warren, MI recommended it to all of it's patients. It has the latest info on the Sleeve and is great for pre and post surgery. I found it to be very informative and it is written very well. It takes you through all the stages of the pre and post surgery diets, life after and has a good Q & A section. I have not seen anything else written that is so specific as to our need for information on the Sleeve.

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Before and After Photos

Picture BEFORE 290.00 lbs. - before
Picture AFTER after - 150.00 lbs.

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Surgery date: 08/31/2011

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