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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

OK, you are probably wondering about this blog and what it is all about. I'll try to keep this as "ungross" as possible....

Rewind to last Wednesday. My DW and I decided we wanted Mexican food for dinner, so we went to one of our favorite restaurants, and I ordered their Texas fajitas, which is a combo of steak, chicken, shrimp, onions and peppers. They brought out flour tortillas, but I decided to eat eat them "naked" (no tortillas).

OK, so this is where it gets a little gross. One of the good things about the lapband is that you HAVE to eat small bites of food, else food can get "stuck, which then the body tries to fix by producing LOTS of saliva towards the "stuck" food. Most of the time this works, but not last Wednesday! Spent a good deal of time in the restaurant bathroom, quickly got out of there with just about 90% of my dinner in a to-go box, then hung out in my home bathroom for a few more hours until the offending food got "unstuck" (it was not pretty!).

Fast forward to my lunch today. I decided I was not going to let the fajitas beat me, so carefully measured out some steak/chicken/shrimp + the pepper/onions (about an ounce) + 1/2 cup of refried beans, added it all into a Santa Fe WW tortilla, then topped it off with a dollop of green chile, sour cream, and a cut up tomato. Guess what? Nothing got "stuck"!!


So I have evened the score with the fajitas, but really I fell like I won on this one. Would have been easy to write off fajitas, but I just have to remember to eat small bites, eat slower, and maybe have one or two of those flour tortillas to help slow down.

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IUHRYTR 8/28/2012 10:45PM

    I didn't know that about lap bands and eating. Interesting. Sorry your dinner was interrupted but happy all came out well in the end. emoticon -- Lou

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JEFFREYC1 8/28/2012 8:02PM

    smaller bites are the way to go. I don't have the lap band but I tend to eat big bites and fast. My remedy for this is to make the food spicy. lol I tend to slow down and take small bites when my mouth is on fire. hahaha. I have learned to love spicy,hot food too

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DRB13_1 8/28/2012 3:06PM

    Thanks for the abbreviated version emoticon
I'm going to try to consciously eat small bites as IF I had a lapband and see if that will get me visible results without resorting to surgery. Glad it is working for you, but sorry for the side effects. Sounds like you are figuring out how to live fully with it! emoticon

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More fun clothes shopping....

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stopped at one our local department stores this morning after breakfast (for those of you in PA/NJ/DE/MD, it was Boscovs), as I had two goals to accomplish:

1) Get a new wedding band (I'll explain in a minute)
2) Get some new jeans for the fall

OK, let's start with the wedding band. My original wedding band, a very nice gold one with diamonds embedded in the edge, had just gotten way too loose, so I was having to take it off for workouts or yard work, as I was afraid it was going to fall off. Well, one time I forgot it at the YMCA, and thought for sure it was gone, but thankfully I went back and found it. So, my DW and I decided it was going in the safe for now and we would find an inexpensive band, which we did. Unfortunately, I kept feeling as if I had to remove for workouts, and I cannot find it. Spent much of the past few weeks looking, and intensely looked up in my office this weekend, but with no luck. So....we bought another one today, definitely more snug, and I am NOT going to take it off!

Went also looking for jeans, as they were on sale. Primary goal was a pair of black jeans, as the pair I had were now WAY too big (oh that is fun to say that!). Went in thinking size 34 waist, relaxed fit, but after trying that size on, decided to make a leap and try a size 32 waist, regular fit (Lee) And guess what: THEY FIT!!!!

OK, so I was on a role, so decided to to try on a pair of Levi regular fit, size 32 waist. I have found in the past that Levi's can run a little smaller than Lee, but lo and behold, THEY FIT TOO!!

I nearly shed a tear of joy. A year ago I was POURING into size 42 waist jeans (my waist size was really 46!), now I am easily and comfortable wearing jeans 10 inches less! Almost (but not quite!) speechless!

Not much else to say, except WOW!!


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MISSILENE 8/29/2012 5:22PM

    Great news and many many more years of love. emoticon

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/29/2012 10:45AM



What a thrill : )

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NWFL59 8/28/2012 8:54AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on the new fit in jeans. Glad y'all were able to find a suitable fitting ring. Your success is rather inspiring, thanks. emoticon

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KAYOTIC 8/26/2012 3:41PM

    Great feeling fitting into those new jeans! Wear them (and that ring!) proudly!

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IUHRYTR 8/26/2012 3:39PM

    A remarkable turnaround that shows effort really does pay positive dividends. Good job. emoticon -- Lou

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MUSICNERD1993 8/26/2012 3:33PM

    Wow, that's amazing!! You're such an inspiration! emoticon

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PJC19671 8/26/2012 3:00PM

    WOW! Is right emoticon. I am so happy for you.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

As some of you may know, I enjoy cooking, and especially breakfast! My normal routine is to cook my DW and I breakfast on Thursday mornings. However, I was still in recovery mode yesterday morning from a battle Wednesday evening between me and some fajitas (the fajitas won!), so as much as I wanted to stay in routine, my DW advised against it.

Fast forward to this I am REALLY ready to cook! For me: 2 eggs, over easy, topped with my homemade green chile, 4 slices of bacon (vey thin), homemade oven baked potatoes (3 oz), and a Thomas WW Bagel Thin. My DW was the same except no potatoes and no green chile (she has never acquired the taste for it!). It tasted SOOOO good! Not quite routine (Friday), but it made it even more exciting!

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/26/2012 9:56AM

    Patrick..... I see you know which side your Bagel is buttered on...... Go Sharon!!

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/24/2012 10:17PM

    You're so impulsive ; )

Sounds like a delicious breakfast, though. I really enjoy my two-egg breakfasts when I have them. Although Friday is normally my day for a 'treat' breakfast, I knew I'd be eating two meals out today so figured it best to go easy on breakfast. If I come in OK on the nutrition counter by the end of today, I just might have a 'treat' breakfast tomorrow . . . .

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FIXED531 8/24/2012 11:15AM

    Green chile?

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PATTERD707 8/24/2012 10:02AM

    sounds balanced (taste and portions), getting hungry now

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CASE4GRACE 8/24/2012 9:00AM

    Breakfast sounds delish - what time should I be there? LOL!
You are such a sweet husband to treat your DW to breakfast each morning! She's a lucky lady.

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So that is what 100 pounds looks like...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

August 18, 2012 has been a significant day for a few reasons, both exciting:

1) My DW and I traded in our 2005 Toyota Sienna for a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country (both minivans)

2) I FINALLY crossed the 100 pound weight loss mark on SP!!

I remember the time frame well. End of 2006 / beginning of 2007, we were vacationing in St Lucia, I got stuck in a center seat for a 5+ hour flight, etc. I remember when we got home that I HAD to do something, and SP is where I started. I believe the date was January 5, 2007, and the scale tipped at 287!!

I looked for pictures from that vacation, and man, can I tell I was a VERY heavy boy:

So fast forward to today, with the scale at 186.4:

So, as the title of this blog states, that is what 100 pounds looks like! Not pretty, and I have NO intention of ever going back there again!


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MOBYCARP 8/19/2012 5:58PM

It looks like you're down a bit from your profile pic, too.

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TXGRANDMA 8/19/2012 11:51AM

    emoticonAMAZING Accomplishment! emoticon
Congratulations on the new mini-van! I hope you like it as well as the Toyota........or more!

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BBECKER1955 8/19/2012 9:14AM

    Fantastic accomplishment! You are a great inspiration! Hope the Chrysler minivan works out for you. I've been driving my 2001 for over 129.000 miles.
Excelsior. emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/19/2012 8:10AM

    Congratulations Patrick! Such a big milestone. You've worked hard for this one.... ENJOY !!!

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JMARIES51 8/19/2012 2:24AM

    I think you look great. I agree with everyone that says it is just that people are use to seeing you look one way and the change is so huge, that it takes some time to get use to it. I worked for a doctor that became a vegetarian and he lost a lot of weight and he was quite tall and slim and there were all these rumors going around that he was sick. That rumor mill can be a killer!

Keep up the good work!

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IUHRYTR 8/19/2012 2:11AM

    We should all you the mini-man with the mini-van guy. One hundred pounds off is indeed impressive and motivating for the rest of us to push on toward our own goals. I'm almost at three bowling balls emoticon emoticon emoticon lost, heading toward four and will keep your success in mind when I feel those times creeping up where I'm losing my inspiration. emoticon on saying goodbye to those unwanted pounds emoticon. -- Lou

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IUHRYTR 8/19/2012 2:11AM

    emoticon job. -- Lou

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MUSICNERD1993 8/19/2012 12:46AM

    What an inspiration!! emoticon

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RRBSKI 8/18/2012 11:13PM

    Congrats on the new Mini-van....and even more so on your weight loss. Your example shows me it can be done...SUPER JOB!!!!

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CASE4GRACE 8/18/2012 10:16PM

    Awesome! You have done an amazing thing for your health. Congratulations to you on your great accomplishments.

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/18/2012 10:08PM

    100 pounds.
Patrick, that's an amazing accomplishment!
BR> emoticon

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ERICADAWN1986 8/18/2012 7:47PM

    Congrats! You look great! Congrats on the new wheels too!

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PLMITCH 8/18/2012 6:28PM

    We were signing all of the new car papers today with August 20 so I have not been able to get that out of my head!! Nice catch! Sleep should fix the problem!


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GOODBYE-FRIENDS 8/18/2012 6:24PM

  This is awesome...but ummmm...did you time travel? It says August 20, 2012 at the top of your blog and my calendar says it is the 18th still? I I am not sure...LOL!!!

Your photos are amazing and I am going to ask my husband to look at these when he gets home. he gets discouraged by the time it will take, but your evidence of what 100 pounds looks like might just be an inspiration!

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MELISSAD71 8/18/2012 6:17PM

    Congrats! What an accomplishment!

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SOFT_VAL67 8/18/2012 6:03PM

    it usually is on vacations, or trips we decide we have to do something, this past june did it for me, it was the final straw, i had tried and tried, but never stuck to a plan, so after a few days in the heat and misery of what was supposed to be a relaxing trip, i was just fed up
came home and got down to business
and while, i have a long way to go and only 20 lbs gone so far, i am still pushing on and working hard at it
you have done such a great job and have been such an inspiration to me and others.
congrats. emoticon

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HANSBRINK 8/18/2012 6:01PM

  Congrats on the weight loss! You look fantastic, professor. (Yep, the shaved head does that).

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PURPLE180 8/18/2012 6:01PM

    Congrats on your success. You look great. :-)

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RAFF73 8/18/2012 5:56PM

    emoticon emoticon
Congrats on your weight loss and new mini van! You have come a long way on your weight loss journey. Keep up the great work! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us here at SP!

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Too skinny??

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Went out to dinner with our best friends last evening. Sadly, they are moving to Oklahoma and we are already missing them! They are responsible for introducing my wife and I on a blind date over 12 years ago, so we are very close!

I was taken back a little by a comment the wife of the couple made. She has been working in Oklahoma the past few months so she had not seen me since Memorial Day weekend, so I'm 10 pounds lighter and have a clean shaven head!

Anyway, after hugs, she said she was jealous of how I looked (that one I am OK with), but then said "you are too skinny now!", which then my DW jumped and agreed as well, making a point to mention that there are others who think that!

I didn't give it too much thought until this morning, but of course now I am. My measurements tell me I am not too skinny -- in fact my BMI is still in the "overweight" category (26), and that has been one of my key guides.

I clearly do not consider myself "too skinny". Maybe when others like my friends and DW look back in their memory banks when I tipped the scale at 287 (BMI was 40 then - morbidly obese!), then I guess I can see how I might now appear to be "too skinny", but it's scary to think we Americans (I personally think this is a US issue, but those of you from other countries can comment) have conditioned our visual senses to look at someone like me and think that is too skinny!

Well, as they say, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But mine is what counts the most and I am determined to reach the goal I set for myself -- to be "normal" on the BMI scale.


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IUHRYTR 8/13/2012 9:11PM

    A great many people feel they have an open door to comment on others' appearance, behavior, etc. I appreciate that she is a dear friend but would it have been so difficult to compliment you on your weight loss then ask how you did it and what your ultimate goal is? -- Lou

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JOYCECAIN 8/10/2012 9:15AM

    Peoplle are used to seeing you heavier. Congrats on the new you. Remember, it is only your opinion that truly matters. I like the new look. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I had a bad day.

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BBECKER1955 8/8/2012 6:34AM

    I get similar comments, I'm sure some folks are expressing genuine concern. They associate losing weight with illness. I guess that's natural enough. I am constantly surprised that those closest to us who know of our health struggles have such reactions.
You keep going, as others have stated you need to be happy with yourself.

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KARYN03 8/7/2012 10:17PM

    Sometimes its just jealousy...I hate to say it but some people are just too envious of others (whom they my feel threatened by for various reasons). As far as I am concerned from looking at your pics, you look like you are at a healthy point. I would just brush it off. Its THEIR problem, not yours. emoticon

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MDGARDENGIRL 8/7/2012 8:28PM

    I am going to take a different view point. I do think when people diet and lose a lot of weight, they do look like they went too far. Some of it is perception I agree. But I think our bodies don't have the proper amount of hydration to plump out our skin. Once you stop "dieting" and start maintaining, I think you will fill out those hollow spots and not look so emaciated.

Does that make sense? Just my opinion.... not based on medical science.

PS: I think you look great Patrick and I'm sure your beautiful Wife of 12 years does too!

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NWFL59 8/7/2012 6:04PM

    You are the best judge of your health status and we all are aware that others perception of our healthy appearance is rather dependent on their own experiences, goals and learned responses. You look happy to me. emoticon

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PLMITCH 8/7/2012 4:21PM

    Thanks everyone for the positive comments and the heartfelt support!!


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    I get the same response, they are just use to us being big that this size makes us look too skinny. LOL, I see it as a compliment...they can't imagine how we could get any thinner and be healthy well just wait and see! emoticon

When we tone our muscles we actually lose size but gain in weight, yet we are thinner and healthier by doing it! People don't understand...they have to walk a mile in our shoes to really see we are not going to do anything that is's all about health not what size I am!

I use to be 110 lbs and no one said I was too skinny then because they were use to seeing me that size.....they will come around...but keep doing what is have the right mind set!

Proud of you....thanks for the blog!

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DRAGONCHILDE 8/7/2012 2:50PM

    This is 100% about perception! They're not used to the new, healthier you. They are comparing the picture in their head to the way you are now.

I have a friend I've known most of my life. He's never been a small guy; 6'5, large frame, just big and strong football-player type. After college, he blew up.. probably weighed a good 300 lbs.

Well, he got fit, lost it all, and now weighs less than he did in high school. And I will admit it... *I* thought he looked too skinny! That's because I was comparing him to the person I've always known. Not who he is now. Compared to the old him, his cheeks looked sunken instead of plump, his neck was too thin, and he just didn't look right to me. I've known him for almost 20 years now.

I've gotten used to it, and I realize that my initial reaction was a kneejerk one, and not an informed one. He wasn't "too skinny", he was just uncomfortably different!

NOw, I know how incredibly fit and healthy he is, I think he looks GREAT! He IS healthy. You're fighting decades of misperception and poor health. They'll get used to it. If they doubt you, challenge them to a footrace. :)

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HANSBRINK 8/7/2012 1:59PM

  I receive the same comments from people I haven't seen in a while. Or they think I'm sick.

Stick with your plan. You are the best judge of what's going on with your body, health and fitness level.

Beware that others will now try to "fatten you up." You're too skinny and need to eat more!

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BYFTHALONE1 8/7/2012 1:37PM

    I have 40 pounds yet to go before I am at my goal weight and when I tell that to people they just shake their heads and tell me where I was going to lose it? We have to be happy with ourselves, whether it says it is correct by the BMI or any other chart.

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MOBYCARP 8/7/2012 1:06PM

    This is common for those of us who lost the weight relatively quickly, particularly from people who didn't see us during the process. I only came down 30 to 35 lbs (depending on what I count as the start point) to where I was in maintenance, but several people who didn't see me over last summer expressed concern about my health because I'd lost so much weight.

Thinking back, most of the people who made comments like that have known me about 20 years . . . and had never before seen me at a healthy BMI. They've also see people lose weight quickly because of serious medical issues, so that's kind of where their mindset is.

I used to tell them I felt great and could run a 7 minute mile, before I had to stop running because of the foot injury. Now I tell them I can do more pullups than ever before in my life.

But it does get better. By the time I was six months into maintenance, the comments about losing too much weight had pretty much stopped. People got used to seeing the new me, which is the me I want to maintain.

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GREENGENES 8/7/2012 12:53PM

    I got a similar reaction when I was first successful at reaching my target range. The funny thing was the first person to say that to me was a woman who works at the campus fitness center! My target has always been to be in the healthy BMI range and at that time I had just barely gotten below the overweight range so I was certainly not "too skinny". For me I think it has a lot to do with how I lose weight - I tend to lose weight in my face early in the process which is what people notice first.

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BOB240 8/7/2012 12:48PM

    Yes.. it started happening to me about 20 pounds ago.UK here so it's a universal old eyes issue.

Part f the issue is that a man can go up to 20% bodyfat and look very good. It's hard to distinguish between muscle and fat at that range.

Women have a similar problem - it's the old skinny fat issue. As long as women fit into their dresses then they think they are OK. Truth is very different..

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PAPAMIKIE 8/7/2012 12:35PM

    It is always interesting that when I was 250 pounds on my 5' 8" frame no body said, "Michael you are too fat, you are killing yourself."

I mean, there might have been a valid reason for others to point it out, out of concern for the fact that I was doing myself a harm. However, when I got down to 160 I do have people telling me that I have lost too much weight, even though I could still loose weight without being in danger as far as the experts are concerned.

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RRBSKI 8/7/2012 11:07AM

    Stick to your guns Patrick...I'm shooting for the "normal" BMI myself...I think it's just a "comparison" view that they are referring to and will get used to the new you.

Couldn't agree more on the "conditioned" minds of US society....and it exists in more areas than just weight...but...I won't go there.

Just know....I'm trying to follow your great accomplishment. Have a great day.

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/7/2012 10:55AM

    "'. . . scary to think we Americans (I personally think this is a US issue, but those of you from other countries can comment) have conditioned our visual senses to look at someone like me and think that is too skinny! "

It's becoming an issue in Canada as well, Patrick. And you're right--what we see most often is what we come to accept as standard and desirable. Thank goodness, when it comes to weight, fitness and nutrition, there are empirically-derived independent standards to compare against. I share your concern that close family members are seeing your approaching standard healthy levels of weight as unhealthy. Sounds like you've got a bit of teaching to do : )

You *are* right to have goals that are supported by health research. Stick to your guns, as GETSTRONGRRR says.

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SOFT_VAL67 8/7/2012 10:17AM

    i think when people get used to seeing you, overweight and then you lose the weight, they still have this memory in their heads of how you are supposed to look, or how they recall you.
i doubt you are too skinney, but maybe it will take time for their minds to recall you as merely, no longer overweight.

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KAYOTIC 8/7/2012 10:07AM

    I think your assessment is correct, it's in the comparison to your old self that you seem "too skinny" to them. Once they get used to the new you, they will see your good health rather than stick to it, you're doing great!

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/7/2012 9:42AM

    Stick to your guns.....they're seeing you with old eyes!

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