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    Four, 4, vier, fire, cuatro, chetiri, quattro, yon, quatre

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    Four... no matter what language you say it in... I just fit into a pair of size FOUR jeans... yes, me! I love thrift store, bargain hunting. Its a huge thrill to me to find something that i love for less then $10. From my amazing, full length wool coat for $8.88, to my wool peacoat for $6.88 to my Ralph Lauren cords for $3.33 or my Stuart Weitzman pumps for $4.50... I love a bargin, but I have to admit, pulling those 4's off the endless jean rack and looking at them and thinking "no way" - to them sliding in and fitting me perfectly... shocker! Do I think every pair of size 4 pants will fit me... not necessarily. But I had someone tell me that my other jeans were looking too baggy on me - they were 6's... Its time to do some more shopping... I just love my sleeve!! The other nice thing about thrift store shopping... when something doesn't fit you anymore, it doesn't hurt so much because you spent so little on it, you can just put it back into the circle of life at the thrift store and find a new treasure... and it helps a good cause!! My daughter is getting married this saturday, and my son leaves for London the day after Christmas to participate in the New Years parade there... so my next week will be crazy - so my guess is, this is my last post before Christmas so... Merry Merry Christmas to everyone. Hold your loved ones close, make sure they know you love them. Be a blessing to all you come in contact with, and the best gift you can give yourself, is to help others in need! Lori 1-866-376-7849 ext. 81 lori@obesitycontrolcenter.com
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  1. kellyct
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    So, last Sept 2016 I had a total hysterectomy with complications.  I was on bed rest for 3 months, low bp, low blood count, huge hematomia in pelvic area.  so to say really sick.  Since getting back on my feet, the hormones or lack of hormones are killing me.  I have gained 25 lbs back.  It seems I can gain weight overnight.  Help Help please. 

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    italiannaillady
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    The first step to a move to Hawaii has turned into a successful relocation from the Bay Area, CA. in June of 2015.  It is now New Years Day 2017.  I'm in need of a lifestyle change and have committed to discipline myself this year in order to accomplish this goal.  I love the plication I received in 2011 and now know that I will always be an emotional eater.  "In my own way", so to speak.  I have a good support system here and intend to use every advantage God has given me to get out of my own way.  I believe my EGO is divided into divisions that have different intentions for my life.  My faith has taught me to be aware that my EGO enjoys chaos and anger, creating my bad choices and a vicious cycle that keeps me hurting most of the time.  I'm going to the mattresses, to quote "The Godfather".  It's an internal war that I intend to win. 

    So far, I have cleaned out the frig and pantry of foods that I know lead to weight gain for me.  These foods are for maintenance only.  I've given myself till my birthday July 6 to achieve my goal of 40 lbs.  I am now 200 lbs.  I can do this.  I guess I thought my surgery would protect me from old habits and I'd never gain weight again.  But, that's just not true.  I will get used to eating smaller portions again and use the 3 bite rule for foods I crave.  Not eat late in the evening.  Cut out sweets.  Limit fats and bread. Use my friends as sounding boards regularly.  Work out at my gym 3 times a week, 1 hr. min.  Journal here once or more a week.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR and Thanks for Listening

  2. So frustrated, so I watch the others that had surgery around the same time as I did. I have been doing the diet and vitamin routines to a "T". Why are my mates dropping pounds and my scale is goose eqq of loss every week I weigh in? Is this really a reboot? My surgery date was July 20 2016. I am down 18 pounds AND HOLDING. not sure what the heck is happening.

    pre op weigh in was 255 (down about 8 pounds for my liver shrinking pre op diet)

    1 week out 245 (water weight I am hearing from my body attacking glycogen)

    2 weeks 240 (maybe 5 legit fat pounds)

    3 weeks 237

    4 weeks 237

    5 weeks 237

    6 weeks 237 (starting to feel like the "0" girl on the biggest looser show) I can see the trainers jaw fall on the floor!

    Is this a normal thing? I set myself up with expectations and now they are not being met. I am starting to regret my decision to have done this surgery. ( I know this too shall pass) I am struggling with the mental hardship of knowing I can never eat like I used to and freaking out that I will remain this way and still be 237 pounds!! please let me know I am not the only one experiencing this. PS I am never hungry so I feel the weight of that burden is gone. JUST ready for the scale and my clothes to catch up. Still a size 24.

    Any comments welcome !!

  3. Many people post pre-op about their concerns, but then do not post following surgery to hear how everything went both physically & emotionally. Would appreciate knowing how you are doing following surgery in 2016.

    Thank you

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    Stardust
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    I received my pre op supplies today. What vegetables am I allowed to eat?

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    In just 2 weeks I will go for my first pre-surgery diet and exercise appointment with my surgeon's office (5/16/16) that is required by my insurance in order to have weight loss surgery. I need 3 months of documented diet and exercise with some progress of weight loss to get approved for surgery by my insurance. This is the third time I have started this process. The first time I missed a weigh in and had to start over. The second time I was denied by my insurance because the documentation by my primary care doctor was not adequate (I also fluctuated with my weight loss down then up so I wonder if that played a role in being denied).

    I am both nervous and excited about this journey. But I am looking forward to documenting my journey with the use of this blog.

    This is my first time blogging so bear with me and my inexperience. I hope to also get some photos to document with as well.

    Here we go!

  4. Stacygirl36
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    Well today is my one year anniversary and i am more then proud to say i have dropped 120 pounds.. and regained my life and smile. i no longer hurt every time i move and have more energy then i know what to do with... for the first time in years i actually went horseback riding which was a huge milestone for me.. Thank you OCC for allowing me to get back to what i love you guys are awesome

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    Yes my lovies, I finally did it. I had that arm lift I have been waiting for... I've always had large arms, I am of mostly Norwegian, German, and Irish descent... and we are known for thicker arms, and I for sure got that from my Norwegian Grandma. It had come to the point that when i was working out (or waving to someone) that my upper arms kept up the motion long after I had stopped... It was also causing some pain and friction during my workouts. I was going in to have a fix to a breast lift from years ago and since I had to have surgery anyway - I decided to just go for it and have my arms done at the same time... if i was going to be recuperating, might as well get it done... so I did.

    Even immediately after surgery - OMGOSH - are those my arms? I took a picture the night before I left for Mexico and then one a few days after surgery. You can already see the remarkable change. I had an extended arm lift so it goes from my elbow up my arm, through the arm pit and then down my side, to take care of that bra bulge as well. I'm being very careful to follow all of Dr. Medina's advice so that I let the arms heal well, so that as my scar fades, it will be a nice, tight, clean, faded out scar.

    I won't say this recovery is a breeze... I mean - you use your arms for everything and I'm having to be very careful about how far I extend them for a few weeks. Thankfully most of my work is computer so i can use my laptop, and i wear a headset with my phone, so i'm not having to hold anything. Probably having the surgery 2 weeks before Christmas is the hardest part, but it made me get organized, get things done early, and will give me that excuse of... sorry, no i can't do those dishes or make those mashed potatoes because i can't use my arms for that yet! (insert evil grin here) but it also made me cut back on Christmas - not the joy or the experience, but the endless shopping, parties, baking, candy making, and over the top decorating, and allowed me time to sit back, and enjoy it, watch a few more Christmas movies. Have a little more snuggle time with my kids. And just enjoy the Reason for the Season, and the Celebration of my Redeemer's birth.

    I can't recommend Dr. Medina from www.thearielcenter.com more highly. I have seen several pictures of his other cosmetic patients, including arm lifts, and he does amazing work, and he specializes in post bariatric cosmetic surgery, which is so important! Those of you that had recent arm lifts with him will forgive me for my endless questions, but you look fabulous and i'm a need to know kind of girl. He also fixed a problem with my previous breast lift, but I'm way too shy to post those pictures, but my girls look good!

    So here is a before and right after pic... i'll post updates as the healing continues!

    If you are considering cosmetic surgery visit www.thearielcenter.com or email cosmetic@thearielcenter.com and our coordinator, Ora, will be happy to assist you! Usually all its takes for a consultation and quote is some pictures and description of the areas you are interested in improving!

    1/12/2016 update - new "after" picture - and LOOK you can see my muscles... that has never happened before! You can see the picture on The Ariel Center Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thearielcenter/ or my review on RealSelf https://www.realself.com/review/tijuana-mx-arm-lift-bare-arms-finally-batwings-fixed#dr-review

  6. I've been M.I.A. for 3 years and a lot has happened. I graduated from graduate school this summer and now have a master's degree. Kyle and I have been dating for 4 years now. He is currently finishing up his last year in graduate school as well in Boston. So we're currently long distance. The last time I was on here I wrote about me getting an unfill. Well I went 3 years with an unrestricted band. Needless to say I gained my weight back and I'm currently at 319lbs. I'm really disappointed in myself considering I was only in the 100s for 1 year before I ballooned back up into the 200s and now 300s again. I was at my highest weight in May of this year (2015) at a whomping 348lbs. A lot of that was stress eating and drinking every weekend.

    update: I'm now 317. I seem to be losing weight very quickly now that I have a fill. I'm excited to start losing weight again!

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    Houda44
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    Glad to have come across all this positive feedback about the OCC and making this decision to have Bariatric surgery. My surgery is on July 21, 2015, I am a little bit nervous because I am a revision patient. Here we go again, God willing this time is for keeps....

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    I am anxious, feeling hiper alert and just plain excited that I am finally going to have the sleeve done. I made the decisión only a month ago, but after researching for entire nights and consulting my family gastroenterologist, decided to go with Dr Ortiz. I could not find a bad review for him or the center and If I am going to take the risk (no doubt any surgery is a risk) I should look for the best odds. I have come to terms with the fact that it is a selfish decision, I am doing this for me and nobody else. And that is OK. I am a good daughter, mother, a wife and an accomplished profesional and my priorities have been evident my whole life (not necessarily in that order :-) ), it is just this time I will set all of that aside and do this for me. So, after talking it over with my husband, he is supporting my decision. He is my hero for overcoming his fears and standing by me as he has always done. I have not told anyone else, don´t want to worry them, and also don´t want to have to convince anyone.

    My surgery is JUne 26th, I have so many arrangements to make so I can take the time off and leave things prepared for any outcome. Otherwise, I am so ready, Wish me luck!

  7. Minus 30 today!!! 2 more to go and never again will I see the 200's!!! I am exactly one month post op and onto soft foods. I was a little excited about the whole soft foods things but after having the poached egg, not so excited anymore. Interesting how the food did not go down so easy, its kind of hard to explain, but slow going and by the time I was done the egg was cold and I had enough anyways. You sure can feel how somethings are easy to go down and others cause you discomfort. That's a good word, not pain, but not comfortable feeling. Another thing I do not think I have done yet is fill myself to the FULL point. I usually eat til I think I am full, satisfied for sure but not STUFFED. Don't want to have that feeling. I have had no acid reflux, no heartburn, no problems really. I am now taking my suppliements whole, no more crushing or blending in vitamins and such. That is really good. I am still on 1 to 2 protein shakes a day. Cottage cheese, yogurts, mashed sweet potatoes. I had mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy which was heavenly! but of course a half a cup. I have had troubles with my Weight watchers stupid scale. I just bought it and I even swore off it for a few days as I am getting no where on it, stalled!! Then I tried the other features, BMI..etc and it shows Err...so I pulled out my old school style scale that I was using from the very beginning and it says I am down another 3 lbs. I think the WW scales is a big Err. I have had no issues whatsoever with my health, the healing process, I have been in the hot tub a few times in the past week, all is very good! I am 1/3 of the way to my goal, looking forward to the rest of summer!!! Keep up the good work friends!!! The best part of our lives are head of us yet!!!

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    My gastric plication surgery is scheduled for May 20, 2015. Any advice for pre/post-op?

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    Do you newbies and wannabe lap-banders and sleeve patients wonder what it's like to eat at buffets in restaurants at an All-Inclusive resort? Here's how I handle it.

    Breakfast buffet:

    One egg over easy, 2 strips of bacon, 2 thin slices of grapefruit and 1 piece of steamed broccoli. The amount was just right. I didn't over do it and was very satisfied.

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    Hello ... I thought I would blog my weight loss journey. I had my Plication Surgery on April 2, 2015.

    My daughter had this surgery in October 2013. I accompanied her to the OCC and have followed her progress for the past 1.5 years. She is doing great !!!

    So on March 1, 2015 I hit my wall with a weight of 213 lbs. On March 9th I scheduled my surgery. The nutritionist set a pre-surgery weight of 193 lbs. for me.

    The day of surgery my weight was 190 lbs. With a BMI of 31.3 and my Fat % at 46.7.

    I am on day 6 post op and looking forward to introducing the protein shake into my meal plan tomorrow. All has gone well so far.

    Take Care ... Wanda

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    italiannaillady
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    Not a lot to say today. Didn't work out today. Should feel bad about that, but in the grand scheme of things, I only need to work out 3 days a week. So feeling bad is not a good thing. When there is two days left in the week and I haven't worked out……time to feel bad. Not gonna happen till then. So for today, I feel good, am happy. And that's the way it should be.

    Thanks for listening

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    I had a gastric sleeve 4/8/13, however I have fallen 8/7/13 and hurt my shoulder and knee and had to have surgery to correct the injuries. However, I was treated with steriods. My weight loss worked wonderfully, until the fall. The weight loss stopped when I was treated with steriods and I gained 10 lbs back. It has been difficult to loose more and when I had spoken with a doctor in the U.S., it was told to me that the steriods will have to be our of my system to lose the weight. I want to have a re-sleeve and would like to know what you all think.

  9. blog-0297753001422328332.jpgWell its almost been 3 months since I had surgery, I am now 280.1 Pounds as of January 13 2015. I ma eating pretty well overall however I am having difficulties remembering to take the large volume of vitamins that the OCC wants me to take. That plus the vitamins are a pain in the butt to get in Canada because you can only order online and only if you have a Paypal account. I have been looking at comparable vitamins at GNC and will be switching in the next week or so when I get back home to Edmonton.
  10. Does anyone have a list of the guidelines that keep the band and you healthy? It said things about not lying down for a certain length of time after eating, when to drink, how to recover after slimming, etc...

    Lately I have been living like I don't have a band until it stops me. This is not good and now I cough and get acid reflux. I want to reverse this and get back to living a "clean" band life.

    Any help will be appreciated. Thank you so much.

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    Zzzombrie
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    So I finally got myself to the campus gym. Looking at all the bods 10 years younger than me was daunting, but then I remember that I was just like them and I say to them in my mind 'This is what you have to look forward to kids so keep sweating'. Maybe not being morbidly obese, but the struggle for sure. Of course, I'm not like others my age either (30) as my narcolepsy has given me a metabolism closer to 40yo. It's a big reason why I'm getting surgery. I'm not normal so why should my stomach be?! I'm metabolically stunted with a binge eating disorder that used to be bulimia nervosa. I'm just tired of purging really (long workouts & fasting, not puking). Suffering for my health is not new to me. If I would've thought that I could've done this when I was at bmi 29,I should've. That point has long past and I'm done with riding this train.

    So I did some weight training. I couldn't finish my planned set but it's a start. I don't do cardio. I walk and dance but forget mindless jogging. Weight training produces a longer, more efficient caloric burn. Plus the added muscle will help me heal faster come surgery time.

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    blog-0175433001412469802.jpgI'm the one in the middle.

    In three weeks I am scheduled to have Plication done. Im 5'4, and at the time of the decision I weighed 195 pounds, "curvaceous" and attractive but definitely overweight. People think I'm crazy when I have to say that I have to lose 70 lbs because I don't look like I am 195 but I feel it. The culminating point was when my doctor gave me a phenteramine prescription to lose weight and it actually made me hungrier and added another 5 pounds and raised my blood pressure. 2 months ago I fell on a hiking trail and messed up my foot so my exercise routine of biking, hiking and rowing is over. Many feelings are at battle right now. Part of me feels like I'm being a cop-out, like I didn't have the discipline to do it the right way. I was an athlete throughout my life and ate relatively healthy but at 50 years old I can't drop weight no matter how well I 'behave'.

    I have only told my sister and a coworker that I'm getting this done because I feel ashamed and embarrassed. I'm nervous about f/u because what if something goes wrong after the surgery, where do I go? I'm not going to hop on a plane and go to Tijuana again.

    One week into this diet, I am weighing in at 187. I sure hope I'm not one of the statistics that doesn't lose anything.

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    Karena
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    Hello OCC world.

    I personally have struggled with my weight since I was a child. When I was a teenager I was losing weight until I had my daughter when I was 17 since then I cant seem to keep it off. I eat healthy and exercise and it seems to go no where. I even had my thyroid checked to see if it was that but the levels were normal. I am now the same weight I was when I was 13 and it SUCKS!!! I am tired of being on the yo-yo ride.

    My fiance and I have decided get the sleeve together and we have about 36 days until we leave. We have started the pre-op diet at the same time and I have about 5 more lbs to go and he has 10 to reach our target. He is losing it a lot faster than I am ( I know because he is a man) but he is having a lot more difficulty with the cravings. He seems to dwell on what he cant have. I try to help him the best I can, honestly he is doing a lot better than what I expected. If anyone have any suggestions, that would be greatly appreciated. I know he is getting tired of grilled chicken and salad. I have bought him some lean cuisines and he laughs at them but he eats them. He says they dont taste bad at all. We both like the protein shakes for the OCC website. The chocolate is the best, I am not that too big of a fan on the vanilla bean, I just wish they had more flavors. I also have found a brand of salad dressings that are 0 calorie,sugar,fat,carbs,etc called Walden Farms. The tastes take some getting use too but the raspberry is my fave. I even freeze the 0 calorie drinks to make Popsicle. If anyone else has any ideas to help keep him sane, like I said it would be greatly appreciated.

    I am anxious and excited for Nov to get here. It seems like it is taking forever. I think I would probably get nervous as it gets closer but right now I am more impatient than anything. I wish everyone the best wishes on their future.

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    Can anyone tell me if there is a place the your companion can go to eat the day of the surgery at the hospital while you are there? I have someone coming with me and I was wondering what and how they eat that day?

  11. Well today I sent Carolyn at OCC at huge list of questions I'd compiled. Huuuuge lol. I kind of feel bad for her! I am looking into booking my surgery for the end of August/14. I wish I could just have it done next week. Once I make up my mind, that's it and waiting is killer lol. I don't know if anyone is actually going to read this or not but it's nice to have a place to empty my brain of all surgery related stuff so I don't drive my family insane :)

    Here's some stats-female, 5'11", 362lbs, BMI 51, 35 1/2, northern BC/Canada, goal wt=165lbs

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