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    Re: Does anyone else still feel "fat"?

    The mental stuff is always harder and takes longer than anything else. I am 7 years out from surgery and 10 years from my biggest weight and I still feel fat often. I learned early in my journey to...
  2. Thread: UP to goal weight

    by ACE
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    Re: UP to goal weight

    Oh yes I had a point where I got about 10 lbs from my doctors goal weight of 148 lbs but I felt terrible my face was sunken my bones stuck out and I had zero energy. I now hold myself between 180 and...
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    Re: Wow its been a long time

    Thank you, but I know there are many who have been on her who were further out than me. I try hard to keep myself on track everyday and not give into the food bullying that occurs way too often.
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    Wow its been a long time

    When I began my journey this site was my only means of support outside of my immediate family. I felt like the people here were the only ones who wold truly understand and because of that I am now...
  5. Re: Emotional/Binge Eating - Tips To Handle Stress & Raging Emotions

    I have had a terrible issue with binge eating and bulimia. I got to nearly 500 lbs because I would eat all the food simply because it was there. I couldn't stop myself and I would throw up many times...
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    Re: Sleevies that started @ 350lbs or more

    I began this journey at 470+ lbs and got down to 278 before surgery. Now I stay between 180-200 and its been six years since my surgery. My weight loss has been awesome and maintenance isn't hard.
  7. Thread: Freezing

    by ACE
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    Re: Freezing

    Yup I am 5 and a half years out and I am still always cold most days I sit in a hot bath to warm up if i just can't get warm. Its like my bones are frozen at times. I used to be hot all the time...
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    Re: Should I do this? Help!

    Fear is completely normal, if you weren't a little scared I would think there was something wrong. To get the most out of sleeve you will have to make a huge lifestyle change. Pain for me wasn't bad...
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    Re: HOW & WHY in layman's terms, please.

    The best explanation I have seen in the 5 years since my sleeve about not eating and drinking together is found by searching youtube for apple sauce and a funnel. or look up formerfatdudes on you...
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    Re: why only 60 percent weight loss???

    You only get out of it what you put into it. the stomach surgery its self is only a tool that is helpful to a point and if you don't work at ti then you wont lose as much as you want to. But also you...
  11. Re: Should people with a mental illness have gastric sleeve?

    I was diagnosed after my sleeve with conversion disorder they believe it was due to the fact that i used to stress eat but after sleeve cannot do that so now i convert my stress into physical...
  12. Re: Do I have to nothing but chicken and broccoli the rest of my life?

    Im five and a half years out and I have never given up carbs I never gave up sugar i never gave up anything other than the chemicals in the processed foods I no longer eat because I have learned what...
  13. Thread: Extra skin?

    by ACE
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    Re: Extra skin?

    Also binders like spanx are my best friend for helping the skin not only to stay looking nice under my clothes but also it helps gravity not pulling on it so it does shrink over time. I am 5 years...
  14. Thread: Extra skin?

    by ACE
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    Re: Extra skin?

    Excess skin is something almost all of us deal. I have lost over 300 lbs and as nice as I look in clothing the skin hangs and the boobs have migrated way south. You have to learn to be comfortable...
  15. Is anyone going to the SouthEast VSG Conference in Chatanooga this year?

    I found out about this a few weeks ago and I just made my reservations tonight! Its happening March 10, 11, & 12 2017.
    I cant wait to go and meet new people who are dealing with life after VSG like...
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    Re: Body image after weight loss?

    I'm over 5 years out and my mind is still not caught up to my new body. Body image seems to be the hardest part of this whole journey. I have found for me I have to look in the mirror often and I...
  17. Thread: It never ends.

    by ACE
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    Re: It never ends.

    People always have something to say no matter what you are doing. If you are improving yourself then someone will be jealous and will be negative just because they are petty and assholes!
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    Frustrated after 5 years.

    I had my sleeve over five years ago and I have had my ups and downs but lately I am going up in weight again. I have been here before and I was able to just change things up and get myself back...
  19. Thread: News Article

    by ACE
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    Re: News Article

    I relate to her story well in fact she is from my home town. Its nice seeing more and more people being able to choose this option to get healthy and live better.
  20. Thread: popcorn.....when?

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    Re: popcorn.....when?

    Popcorn is my only "Cant eat it " food I cant seem to process the shells of the kernals anymore its been five years since surgery for me and I tried today to eat about 8 pieces and i got so sick...
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    Re: I'm hungry! And they did what to me??!!!

    Its hard at first to figure out what is head hunger and actual hunger. I was so hungry after my surgery and I even cheated and ate mashed potatoes the fourth day. It was only one bite but OMG it hurt...
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    Can't believe its been 5 years already!

    On September 13, 2011 I made the choice to permanently change my life and had my gastric sleeve. That was the day I chose to make major changes and as such I see it as a sort of birthday. That was...
  23. Thread: Having regrets

    by ACE
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    Re: Having regrets

    I struggled at first with all of the food advertising on TV or just driving down the road and seeing bilboards. But I began yelling at the TV to remind myself that it was not going to taste as good...
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    Re: Who here had BMI 60+ and got sleeved?

    You are going to be the deciding factor if you succeed or not. I was at a BMI of 70 when I decided I had to lose weight which was about 478 lbs. I got down to 320 when I had my sleeve and I'm doing...
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    Do you feel like a survivor?

    I was speaking to my therapist and she refered to me as a "morbid obesity survivor" I have never heard it said like that before. My BMI has gone from about a 70 but now It's a 28 so I guess she is...
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