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    Gastric Sleeve Member Bellagirl's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
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    To the people who have messaged me asking where Iíve been, Iím afraid to say the reason for my absence is not a positive one. I met someone on this site who I thought was a friend, and they ended up treating me very badly. Because of this reason, I decided to stay off the site for a while to figure out what my priorities are. But, Iím back! Iím afraid I often donít have much to say because I havenít experienced the success everyone else has with their weight loss. I knew it would be a struggle as having an addiction and then trying to quit cold turkey takes a lot of willpower and Iím sadly lacking in that. On top of that, I work 2 jobs and often care for my grandson while his dad attends nursing school, so exercise is not a priority most days. I know what needs to be done to win this battle, Iím just not completely there yet. But everyone on this site are examples of what hard work can get you and the support we provide each other is essential to our success. I rejoice in all the successes of my fellow sleevers and hope one day to be able to brag about my weight loss too. BTW, great job on your weight loss everyone. You are rocking this journey!




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    Gastric Sleeve Member Dutchie's Avatar
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    Simonne
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    Dr. Pablo Enriquez Valens
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Oh honey, you are rocking too!!
    What you are going through and what you have already accomplished, is amazing!
    I really, really mean that from the bottom of my heart.

    As if taking care of yourself is not hard enough, you also take care of others in your life.
    That alone is a job and then you have two more jobs!
    I applaud you, I don't know how I would do that.
    And quitting an addiction on top of all that, gosh... words fail me, I am in awe.

    Sometimes it seems, that things are never going to end, but in my experience (I can say that because I am old, lol) they do at some point.
    You are doing the best you can, that is all that you can do and that is enough.
    No one can expect more than that!
    Take good care of yourself, this too will pass...
    xoxoxo

    Oh and btw, there is someone new on the board that wants to know about sleeves after a lap band, so you are needed here!
    English is not my first language anymore, so I may and do make mistakes in my spelling, or say things oddly. Please ask me, if you want any clarifications.




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    Gastric Sleeve Member DLKnives's Avatar
    I have not had a gastric sleeve.
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    Don
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    That's too bad that you met someone here and got treated that way. I thought everyone was great, have to rethink that.

    Sorry about that but you do rock and we need your expertise!


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    Gastric Sleeve Member AnnieG's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Annie
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    Dr. Ryan Heider
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Bellagirl, I am saddened that you experience such a crappy thing! The world still surprises me at 67. But you are obviously resilient and determined! And very pretty. Just keep doing one thing at a time, even if you have too many one things. Try to take some time for you (yes, almost impossible with your schedule) but even if its a few minutes of day dreaming, or a candle, or some lovely essential oil scent....if you PM me, I will send you one! And you're welcome to "vet" me, but I'm pretty harmless. <3
    [I]HW: 240 lbs CW: 205 lbs: SW: 199 lbs GW: 130 lbs

    1 MO = 167.0 2 MO = 156.4
    3 MO = 148.4 4 MO = 140.6
    5 MO = 136.0 6 MO = 130.0 (GOAL)
    1 YR = 122.0 2 YR = 136.00

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    Gastric Sleeve Member WANAGL's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Cyndi
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    Dr. Robert Marema
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Bellagirl,

    You have A LOT to contribute. KUDOS to you for your life successes! You’re rocking it along with the rest of us...One Day At A Time.

    I’m sooo sorry to hear you were treated badly by one of our community. There are unfortunately all kinds of predators out there. You did what you needed to do for yourself and that says a lot.

    I for one am very happy you’re back and grateful for your input ;-)




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    Gastric Sleeve Member Kismet's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Rachel
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    08/09/2019
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    Dr. Kristoffel Dumon
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Hey! It's nice to meet you! First... WHAT!!!??? You are down 45lbs!!!! In the past I only had dreams of losing that much while fighting tooth and nail to just lose 5lbs. I would have given up quite a bit to lose 45 in about 4 months!! Mercy lady with all that you have going on I would just say to SLOW ROLL your weight loss and give yourself some breaks about it.

    Secondly I know EXACTLYYYYYYY what you are talking about. I was a bit nerdy in the past and hung around on gaming forums and online games and I met someone who I decided to meet up with and they were a huge $%&#@!!!!!!! So I am 100% on board with you there. But life is like that no matter WHERE you meet a fellow human! This too shall pass... and they will be just another one of those bumps in your past that only tripped you up for a minute. Keep ever forward!!!.. Reinvest in yourself when you can and hug tight to your achievements! Even if they came in baby steps!




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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    04/29/2019
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    Dr. Foreman
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Bellagirl, so very sorry that you encountered a bad person here. Unfortunately the world (online and real life) is full of them and you have to have your guard up at all times. What a bummer. But......there are also good people who are here for the right reasons. To share our struggles successes and to encourage each other.

    You have done a wonderful job and every single person is different and lose at a different rate. You've got such a full and busy lifestyle and it's not always easy to concentrate 110% on yourself. That's okay, slow and steady wins the race. Good things come to those who help others. You've been a pleasure to follow along and I hope you can post when you have time, we missed you!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Dutchie's Avatar
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    Simonne
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    I missed the part where you mentioned that it was someone from here...
    That is so sad...
    The majority here loves you, please don't let a couple of people get to you.
    To quote WANAGL: "I don’t let people like her rent free space in my head... I don’t give away my power!"
    She is so right...
    English is not my first language anymore, so I may and do make mistakes in my spelling, or say things oddly. Please ask me, if you want any clarifications.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Sandra3's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Sandra
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    Dr W
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Hey Lisa,

    You are only five months out, I don't know why you say you are not successful! You are doing great!!
    Obesity is an hormonal disease and it's not about willpower to lose weight, it's fighting a disease...the sleeve is a very powerful help!

    Ignore the one who did hurt you in here, I find people on this forum are generally nice and fun and I'm a "regular" in here for five year now...

    Like our friends said, there is unhappy campers everywhere, what's great online is you don't have to face them, that's much easier than facing nasty family members (got a few of those unfortunately)...

    so ignore the mean people and come back regularly!! it does help on many levels to have people to "talk to" about something not many people around you share or understand..bariatric surgery!

    AND YOU ARE ROCKING TOO!!!!
    Take care!


    HW : 150 kgs
    09/02/2014 : 142 /1st apt
    01/20/2016 : 134 /surgery
    01/30/2016 : 130 /1st post-op
    02/27/2016 : 126 /2nd
    04/23/2016 : 118 /3rd
    07/16/2016 : 109 / 4th
    10/01/2016 : 103 /5th
    01/21/2017 : 98 /1 year post-op
    February 2017 : 100 lbs lost
    07/22/2017 : 96
    10/21/2017 : 93
    12/22/2017 : 91
    01/02/2018 : 96!! regain (medication)


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    Gastric Sleeve Member Bellagirl's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Lisa
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    03/27/2019
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    Corrigan McBride
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    I can not say enough good things about all of you. I hesitated to even say anything but I was so ANGRY, it just came out. I have had little support after having this surgery and to be able to turn to all of you has been a phenomenal experience. I can’t say thank you enough and you truly hold a special place in my heart. The kind words and messages are just what I needed!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Christie13's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Christie
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    I am so sorry someone treated you badly. While I have found most people to be super supportive there is always going to be some bad apples. Sorry you found one. As for the weight loss..45 lbs is a lot. Don't compare yourself to others. We all lose at different ratees and we all have our own demons. While some people breeze right along, eat terribly, don't exercise they still lose weight. Others have to fight for every single ounce they lose. And then most people fall into losing as long as they follow the rules with minor slipups. Hang in there. Work through your demons. You got this. You are AMAZING and do not let that bad experience ruin your time on the forum. Hugs. XOXOXO



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    Gastric Sleeve Member kenson's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Dr. Karl Strom
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    As my mom used to say "One monkey don't stop the show, he might slow it down, but he can't stop it!" You are doing so well. I know you've got a lot going on, but don't lose sight of you!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Dr. Foreman
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    Default Re: On a soapbox today

    Quote Originally Posted by Bellagirl View Post
    I can not say enough good things about all of you. I hesitated to even say anything but I was so ANGRY, it just came out. I have had little support after having this surgery and to be able to turn to all of you has been a phenomenal experience. I can’t say thank you enough and you truly hold a special place in my heart. The kind words and messages are just what I needed!
    Yipieeeeee, so happy that you're back with us Lisa! Don't feel bad about sharing what happened, you needed to get that off your chest.

    I didn't tell anyone else about my surgery except the hubs, so this place has been a tremendous support tool for me. Plus, I also feel compelled to try and offer encouragement, support and help (not that I have a ton of experience) to those who are considering surgery or who have just had it. I don't know what I'd have done if not for the awesome regulars who care enough to "Pay It Forward" months and years after their surgeries! It's what keeps the site going IMO.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    04/29/2019
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    Dr. Foreman
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenson View Post
    As my mom used to say "One monkey don't stop the show, he might slow it down, but he can't stop it!" You are doing so well. I know you've got a lot going on, but don't lose sight of you!
    HAHAHA, I think I'm going to have to borrow that saying from your Mom Kenson



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Katrina's Avatar
    I have had a gastric sleeve.
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    Katrina
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    Dr. Borland
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    Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that I know who this person is? Pardon my foul mouth, but fuck 'em! Ain't nobody got time for somebody else's nonsense. Keep doing you, don't waste another .minute letting that person dim your shine.
    No pre-op diet
    Day of surgery 11/4/14: 5'4" 213lbs
    1 month: 187
    2 months: 171
    3 months: 155
    4 months: 148
    5 months: 142
    6 months: 136
    7 months: 131
    8 months: 125
    9 months: 120
    10 months: 114
    11 months: 111
    1 year: 109
    1.5 years: 105
    2 years: 108
    2.5 years: 102
    3 years: 113
    4 years: 115


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