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    Re: Weight loss smoothie recipes?

    Even with smoothies, be aware of your protein -- if you can, put in a scoop of vanilla protein powder. And watch out for sugar/carb/fats in the fruits. Not saying they can't be healthy, but without...
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    Re: Lowest Weight in FOREVER

    What a wonderful thing to read! Wow! 3 more. You're an example of the tool works -- if you work it! I'm s-l-o-w-l-y creeping back down. While I know 122 was way to thin for me, I also need a bit...
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    Re: Throwing up after eating.

    I agree with the advice to see your doctor.

    However, I have always had an incredibly touch stomach. I get the "toad froth" if I eat too quickly, or if I am a bit wound up when we go out. (I wind...
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    Re: Help - Endoscopy denied by insurance

    Please remember if your results show anything, you can ask for the bill to be submitted with the diagnosis code, unless your insurance requires pre approval....I have to have one every year because...
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    Re: 3 month Post-Visit .. with Doctor

    Please know I wasn't laughing at you, but with you! I think of myself as pretty savvy medically, and even on computers. But sometimes people have processes in place that work for them, but leave us...
  6. Thread: Hello

    by AnnieG
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    Re: Hello

    What they said.....it is all spot on advice.
    I'm sure all will be well; please be sure to update us after you're back home.
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    What a great week!

    This is has been a very good (albeit busy) week.

    I learned about WW from sraebaer and found it very freeing in terms of my food concerns and staying on track in maintenance.

    We got a new...
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    Re: Starting to get real

    So glad to see your first post this morning! Ask lots of questions -- everyone is lovely about responding with some clarification and support.

    And use the search tool to find topics and lots of...
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    Re: What a difference a sleeve made!

    You would really have to work hard to offend me! You are correct. I had uncontrolled angina, a failed triple bypass (well, still have that), 3 strokes, chemo, radiation, diabetes, high blood...
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    Re: Thank you Sraebaer! WW

    REGARDING retirement and self-accountability. If you are a traveling retired, Ann2 and sraebaer are as well; they may have some wonderful tips about how they do maintenance when not at home.

    I am...
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    Re: Support Group Humor

    Oh my! 100 lbs and still struggling; hopefully the person has enough support to get where they are at a healthy weight for them.

    And totally agree that maintenance for the rest of your life is...
  12. Re: Newly sleeved... pain when swallowing liquids

    I agree with the comment about checking with your doctor. It is way too easy to get hydrated, especially if you are where it is summertime and you are in the heat.

    If you are recently sleeved, it...
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    Re: What a difference a sleeve made!

    Sometimes we become so focused on what we "lost" that we forget what we've become.

    We are fortunate to have made a decision to take control of our health and our life!
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    Re: A quick update... (2) pics.

    Russ, I wish we had a WOW button!

    WOnderful.

    Take your vitamins! Set a calendar reminder on your email or phone....
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    Re: Realistic goal weight?

    I set a goal of 140 lbs (100 lbs under my highest, but about 5 more than I weighed when my weight was normal.

    I am 5'4 tall, but used to be 5'5" - so have lost an 1" as I aged.

    I hit 122 at my...
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    What a difference a sleeve made!

    In 2011, in May, my youngest grandchild was born. I was at 220 lbs (down from my highest of 240).

    This year, on my birthday, also in May, we look very different!

    If you get discouraged, go...
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    Thank you Sraebaer! WW

    I kept looking at the posts about Weight Watchers; I've been trying to figure out maintenance.

    Looking at 2 long time members, Ann2 and sraebaer, it was apparent long term success is possible, but...
  18. Thread: Hair Loss?

    by AnnieG
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    Re: Hair Loss?

    Mine was enough to cut it very short (almost buzzed) and wear wigs for a while; it's come back fine. I've been diligent about the vitamins and protein, which is important to regeneration.

    FYI,...
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    Re: Staying full for two or three hours

    Great thread, and a solid question.

    I hadn't thought about how different proteins make me feel....I do fine with my liquids, and most of the time hit the protein goal. More difficulty with the...
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    Re: Physical activity??

    I totally agree that health is mind, body and spirit -- that said, my first step was getting my mind around the sleeve as a tool.
    Then the eating -- making the healthy choices in the right amounts...
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    Re: Finally Going to Do It

    I was another who was self pay -- and event though we are retired and on fixed income, the best money we have spent!

    My family got me back, and more importantly, I've gotten me back. Not just in...
  22. Re: How to work around the dreaded three week stall

    Oh EdiewasStacey -- I wondered where your sweet self was! So glad to see your post!
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    Re: Heat and dehydration

    Wow! What a timely thread.
    It never occured to me that the heat (and NC humidity) were culpable in increasing my low blood sugar!

    Had a ridiculous episode yesterday after the dentist.
  24. Thread: Phase 2 Eating

    by AnnieG
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    Re: Phase 2 Eating

    THIS is all such great advice in the beginning (AND AGAIN later).

    I still tend to eat too quickly -- and then I have the pain and the dreaded "toad froth" and I'm 20 months out.

    Also, what is...
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    Re: Officially Sleeved!!!

    What a great post! I am so tickled for you! Please post your journey!
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