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5/4/15 1:30 A

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Hi SHAYB45,

Did you have your surgery as planned?



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If anyone has had the sleeve surgery, and could answer some questions for me, I would
so appreciate it. My primary care has told me I am a candidate since it is worse than a
battle for me to lose,no matter what calories I cut or what I eat.

I lost 75 pounds, as soon as I laid off of the gluten free diet, I have put quite a bit back
on and I am just sick. My joints hurt all the time, I don't sleep well, tired all the time. I
need to lose for health issues because the dr. was threatening me with insulin which is
why I lost the above...

Any comments would be appreciated.

If you always do what you've always done,
You'll always be who you've always been!!!!!!

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage
is the quiet voice at the
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will try again tomorrow!"

Mary Anne Radmacher

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A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.

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4/18/15 1:50 A

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Hi again...I know 2 people that had it done and that is what motivated me. I was also told some said after surgery gas in your stomach is a problem maybe for the 1st week...I was told to pick up gas x dissolving strips in mint..they said it helped them but I will do it just in case. I don't know if they will work but will see.
I am also scared ...I think it is normal..but i keep talking to some that helps me along and i feel better and these message boards help with ideas from other..



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Thank you so much SHAYB45, I will check them out. Congratulations on the appointment - you're almost there! By the time I get mine, you will probably be on solid food again. I have to admit now that I have accepted the life changes that have to be made...I'm scared, but anxious to get it over with and get started on my new life, but haven't told many people...My kids, husband, and 2 close friends. One of them went through it 2 years ago - and looks like a whole different person.



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4/18/15 1:25 A

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Hi TOOBUSY
I to was going to have surgery 2 years ago and then backed out. I am now going to have the sleeve surgery on April 30th.
In regards to protein drinks...Premiere shakes are very good...they come in chocolate,Strawberry and vanilla. 30 grams of protein in each shake...they aren't powder and they sell at Costco and Safeway..You can go online and check them out..I have also heard unjury medical protein shakes are good from people online. Also go to info@barilife.com...my Doctor told me this is also another good shake...He also told to try the powder vitamins on there..instead of doing alot vitamins..you can put the powder vitamins in a drink or whatever you want or take it by itself and chase it down with water...they say it taste like a pixie stix...you just do 2 scoops..one in the morning and one at night. I hope this helps...I just ordered the vitamin powder so I the way i am thinking this will be alot better then taking a mess of vitamins in the morning...this powder has all the vitamins you need and the Bariatric people developed it to make it easier to take your vitamins. I hope some of this helps




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Hello - two days ago, after many months of research. I didn't want to have surgery to lose weight, but just can't do it on my own. I went to my first orientation to start 12 classes of pre-surgery education with 123 pound to lose... My first official class is Tuesday. Probably looking at surgery around July. Can anyone offer suggestions?

I'm already trying samples of protein powders in case I develop an intolerance; like whey powder, can't stand soy, there's another called Raw made from sprouted grains that I'm not really fond of (gritty). Haven't tried the pea protein yet, but got that because I really don't have that much of a sweet tooth. I bought a small personal blender for other food...what else am I going to need or need to know that they don't necessarily teach you?




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Hi Shay, thank you for posting the pre-op diet. I have been given the green light to go from lap band to a sleeve, not sure when the appointments will start, but it looks like I will be doing the pre-op sometime in the near future... I had to do it for the LB surgery so I know it's not easy. But so worth it in the long run. Best of luck to you as you go on your journey. Mary

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Hi addiegirl, pre surgery celery wouldn't harm you, but post surgery it's one of those foods that won't be beneficial. A lot of doctors are prescribing antacids in the form of small pills for post surgery. Choosing what surgery to get can be a bit of a stresser, but the doctor can help you make that decision based off your body and how much weight you want to lose. Best of luck to you.



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I heard celery was good for heartburn. I never tried it but it's something a relative told me.

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I am on a liquid diet now...this is what they put me on for 3 weeks...My surgery date is April 30...

The following is your pre/op diet. Please begin your pre.op diet 21 days prior to your surgery date -but you will have a 1 day “break” for your birthday on April 21st ;)


Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner ... should be low calorie protein shakes or non fat yogurt or cottage cheese


The rest of the day (or if you are still hungry at meal time), you can have clear liquids.


You should drink 8 glasses of water or more a day.


Clear Liquids / Clear liquids are beef and chicken broth, apple, cranberry and grape juice, Skim Milk and Sugar Free Jello and Sugar Free Popsicles.


This diet will reduce the risk of complications during surgery by shrinking the size of your liver.




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I've been on the waiting list for weight loss surgery for 5 years. I finally got my call and have my first appointment on April 24th. Still don't know which surgery to take. Best wishes to you!!!

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best wishes to you today! please keep us posted. i have surgery on the 23rd.



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Hi parothwell,
Things are still going great. Just had a follow up with the surgeon, and its all good news. I have no complaints about having had the sleeve done. In the last month I lost 20 pounds, so it is a good tool. Good luck with your surgery, and congratulations.
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I am glad to read your good review of the sleeve. I, too, have thyroid problems and struggle with my weight. I try hard, exercise and nothing. So, I am scheduled for sleeve 4-15-15. I am 5'3', 158, and 55 years old. My surgeon said he thinks i am a perfect candidate and short of struggling with my weight the rest of my life, this will be a great surgery for me. Are you still doing well and happy? Just trying to be certain before I undergo this procedure. Thanks for your help.



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Thank You Nickie..What i am worried about also are some of the stories of leaks from the sleeve and the hair loss,but your story on hair loss makes me feel better.. I also have to go back from San Diego by plane in 3 days after surgery on the 4th of May...I am hoping I will be fit for travel..but i think i am a worry wart...lol....so my husband says..I like the fact i found this message board...hopefully it will help me...Thanks again ..I will keep in touch..I did talk to my primary Doctor about this surgery in Mexico and he said to go ahead..sounds good. I guess when i get to Mexico that Doctor will talk to me more..about vitamins etc. I started on some vitamins and my pre diet starts tomorrow..I just wished i started earlier too...Thanks again Nickie

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Hi Shay, I had minimum hair loss when I started my liquid diet pre surgery, but not really any more than normal. My only regret is not doing it sooner. Make sure you get your fluids and proteins in. I am assuming you have spoken to a primary about what to expect or a nutritionist, but if not any you have any kind of questions that someone who had the same surgery two months ago may be able to answer, feel free to ask away. I'm not a doctor or nutritionist, but I can offer my experience.



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Hi..I am having sleeve surgery on April 30 in Mexico..I am scared but i need this done..Has anyone had any hair loss and any regrets??



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So I'm here at the sleep study and I have just got 1000% discouraged II feel there is no information for me how will I know if I qualify 😞😞😞😞 I failed the spiromitor test and just want to leave have any of you went through failing a test or do you have any idea what they are looking for from these grhe sleep study is tonight and I hjust want to cry a

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Well it's a week later and I am feeling a lot better. Three weeks out and down 20lbs! I think I was just a little overwhelmed by the surgery and the changes, and a little emotional too. Thanks to all who talked me off the ledge. My nutritionist said I am doing fine, and I go to see my surgeon next week for my one month post op. I am in much better spirits.



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Thanks Nickie! I'll keep you posted!

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Congratulations on your up coming sleeve! I hope yours goes as easy as mine did. I added my fitness tracker just for you. ;) just kidding, but you were my motivation to get it set up. Just remember to go slow right out of the gate after surgery, but get up and move around as soon as you can. It will make recovery so much easier, and get rid of the air gasses that they fill your tummy with during surgery. It took about a week for mine to totally dissipate. If you have any questions of what life is like after, don't hesitate to ask.



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i dont see many fitness points posted. maybe that is why not as much is coming off. my surgery date is 4/23. not judging until i put my sleeve on!




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Hi Portia,
I had my sleeve on 2/23, and in my second and third week I stalled, then suddenly I dropped six pounds. I can share with you what my nutritionist said to me when I started to stress, it's not just about the numbers on the scale, your body is changing in shape and in how it is burning fat for fuel. Don't stress, easier said than done, but the more emphasis you place solely on the scale, the less chance you are giving yourself the proper credit for the major changes going on. Just make sure you are following your eating requirements and getting enough water. Also, when you start to add foods back in, the body may have to pause for a bit as it figures out what to keep and what not to keep.



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16 pounds is a good start. I would imagine you are at or exceeding expectations....talk to your Dr at the next visit. Make sure that you are getting your water and that your are meeting your protein goals. Also, watch for those sneaky hidden sugars. However, I truly think you are where you are supposed to be.

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I had my sleeve on 3/4.



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Hello All,
Hi All,
I had my sleeve done on 3/4/15 and I am down 16 lbs. That's great for me, never lost that in two weeks. Now I am coming up on my third week and the scale hasn't moved yet. Is this normal? I know it hasn't been that long, but with what I am (not) eating, it seems it would go a lot faster.

Thanks.



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My dieticians and my surgeon put me on the liquid diet. It was an 800 calories per day regimen where I had four protein shakes of 27grams of protein each and almost no sugar (made only with water), clear births from bullion, sugar free popsicles, and at least 72 ounces of water per day. That's it, pretty simple and strait forward. The first three days were a hard go, but in the end, it was worth it.



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3/23/15 1:08 P

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It has been a LOOOONG journey for me, 3 years, but I have lost 118lbs to date, on my own, no surgery. I have been stuck since august 2014 with my last 21lbs to goal. I saw that you had done a 2 week pre surgery liquid diet and lost 20lbs. I am VERY curious about the liquid diet you were on. Can you let me know asap. I am soooo frustrated and discouraged, I will try anything right now. Thanks and good luck on your journey.

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I had my Gastric Sleeve Oct 7, 2014. I have lost 57.6 pounds.It is coming off much slower now but I am so happy with the results. I no longer have sleep apnea or Type II Diabetes. I can buy regular clothes and my joints feels so much better. I agree with the others that The Premier Protein shakes taste the best at 160 cal, 1 g sugar and 30 g Protein they are perfect for your post surgery plan and they taste good. I like the Dannon Light and Fit yogurt - it has 80 cal and 12 g protein. Getting enough protein helps prevent hair lost, keeps skin in good condition and preserves muscles. There are foods that are poorly tolerated but many are foods we should not be eating anyway. It is important that you are willing to totally change your eating habits for this to be a successful long term weight loss strategy. The first month was tough but after that I have found it fairly easy. I listen to what my body tells me and stop when I feel a little discomfort. I am now a very cheap dinner date lol.

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I don't know about you, but compared to pre-op weight loss totals this really rocks!!! emoticon

Slow and steady wins the race!!

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Jojomonkey, I understand how you are feeling. I was sleeved on the 23rd of February, and as of today the 4th of March, I'm only down 8 pounds. The two weeks pre surgery liquid diet phase I had a 20 pound loss. So to slow down now is frustrating.



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@Jojomonkey44
one pound every few days? That's awesome!
Just remember- you didn't put all your extra weight on in just a few weeks. It took time- so does losing it. You're doing great! Keep it up!

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I am meeting with the surgeon on February 23rd! I have about 85 pounds to lose and am excited to have this to help me.



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I understand about the stall, I had the sleeve done at the end of Oct, and I seem to be so stuck, Not sure what I should be doing I guess, I am going to go to the Nut, and dr. tomorrow Hopefully they will shed some light on the subject, Maybe something I am doing wrong, or not doing enough of, Sometimes others can see what you can't , i want to jump start this again, Donna aka Mammysm

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I had the sleeve done 11 days ago and im on stage 2 diet but it seems like im only losing 1 pound every few days what am i doing wrong can anyone help me i am doing what the surgeon told me to do? Feeling blue

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I had the gastric sleeve surgery last week lost 9 pounds in one week

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My first orientation is Feb 2...long way to go yet but each step counts



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my first appointment to the surgeon is on 2/9/2015 im excited

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last post was 11/3/2014 and since then I am below the 150 lbs. mark!

this journey has been a struggle. it started off fast then slowed down in the first couple of months. then I would gain weight then get stuck for months then loose. it has not been a dull moment. but it was well worth the surgery and I would do it all again. I still have around 15 lbs. to loose to get to my goal weight of 135 lbs. I know it will be a challenge but well worth the fight. if any of you are experiencing these issues know that they to pass. you will get through it. just stay strong and be willing to fight for your goal. the surgery is just a tool it doesn't do all the work for you! you can easily slow or stop your progress. so remember to stay focus stick to your diet and don't give up when the weight stops coming off.



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I also jumped through hoops for 7months... It definitely was the best decision I've ever made!! My surgery was august 5th and my starting weight was 216 as of today I weigh 132. Although I am very happy with my progress I do have some problems!!! My first problem is that my heartburn is through the roof!!! I feel like my esophagus is about to disintegrate! I do take my Prevacid and chew tums ALL day!! The second thing on my list would be that I've had major issues with eating food and keeping it down. I'm lucky if I can get three bites in before it starts to stack up and begins to hurt so bad that I have to vomit! I have had a couple of test done and they have shown distortion in some areas and now going for yet one more more test where they can see how severe the distortions are. With this test they will determine if I need yet another procedure to "fix" the distortions in which they will balloon out those sections. I know this May sound ridiculous, but I am so happy that I decide to have surgery and this is why... My diabetes is gone, my cholesterol and triglycerides are back to normal, sleep apnea pretty much disappeared and I am so active now!!! I do still take medication for my chronic fatigue syndrome and my anxiety attacks but my life has improved 100 percent!!! Once this distortion problem is fixed I'm sure that this experience will be even better!

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I decide the gastric by pass. Once you decide the type of surgery how long it takes? what is next?

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I am having my first appointment with the surgeon on 2/04/2015. My BMI is 44. My first appt with nutritionist and physiology was on 12/17/2014. They refer me with the surgeon same day. What can I spect front the visit with the surgeon.

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Hang in there. I truly believe the loss will come. Mine has slowed down quite a bit but I see changes in me often. The change in my pants size simply amazed me in the last couple of weeks. I hope each of you have a dietitian that you see during your follow up appointments. Maybe they can help you. Make sure you are journaling your intake to help them give you pointers. If you follow what they set up for you...I promise it works! As for shakes, I love the premiere shakes from Costco...and the one near me just got strawberries and cream! They don't tast like a protein drink! There was something about the muscle milk that I could not take for long....and the premier has 30 grams of protein vs 20 in muscle milk.



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This frustrates me so much! I feel like if I am not gonna loose anything and just gain it all back!

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I had my gastric sleeve done 12/2/14 and have lost 24lbs. But in the past week and a half I have seemed to stop and gained about 5lbs. What the heck is going on? I'm really not eating a whole lot. I do my protein shakes. 2 a day and a small meal for dinner. Has anyone ever gotten stuck on their first month? Or had weight gain back so soon.

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Good Luck!!! I have found that I have tasted just about every protein shake out there.... It's all about what taste good to you!! Premier protein shakes have like 30 grams of protein in one shake aren't bad they sell them at Costco and they are on sale this month! A case for like $20! You kind of have to just taste different ones to find what works best fit you! I would cut back on breads, get rid of soda period you won't be drinking it once sleeve is done anyway easier to cut things early so not a complete shock at time of surgery!

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12/30/14 11:09 P

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hello everyone I'm considering having the gastric sleeve surgery. I submitted my application and scheduled to attend the info seminar on the 15th of January. Does anyone have any tips on jump starting the weight loss? Good protein shakes to buy and where to buy? Or any advice on ways to prepare myself for the procedure wants everything is approved?

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12/29/14 9:53 P

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Keep me updated on how you are doing! I enjoy knowing others that have had the surgery!



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12/29/14 9:29 P

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:-)

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12/29/14 9:16 P

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Congratulations on your surgery! I also had a couple of rough days in the beginning and an occasional bad day during the first couple of months but I promise it gets better! Great weight loss. Don't get discouraged...it will slow down from time to time but you will still continue to lose. I am a couple of weeks away from month 4 and am less than 10 pounds from the surgeons goal weight. He says he expects me to exceed goal. Make sure you get your protein in and your water and you will do great. Your stuck will unstick!



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12/29/14 4:03 P

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I had my sleeve done on 12/17 had a rough couple of days but have been feeling better. I'm down 25 pounds but notice the last 3 days haven't lost anything. Did start eating cream soup and seemed to go down OK no reflux just took it slow. Wondering if anybody else got stuck when starting 2nd stage liquids?

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12/24/14 8:41 A

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It is not uncommon, but don't let it go too long. Try the senna or miralax. I am still having issues with this and have had some rough days. How much have you been eating? the movements won't be like they were before your surgery because you are not taking in as much. Good luck!!



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12/23/14 4:24 P

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I had my surgery. December 18th. I had already lost 30lbs since August. The gas is nit as bad as it was at first but I still haven't had a bowel movement. Is this normal?

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12/21/14 9:01 P

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It is possible to stretch out the pouch. How much is recommended for each meal?? I think mine is 1/2 cup at each meal. How much protein are you doing a day? My doc wants me to get at least 60 grams a day!

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12/20/14 10:26 P

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Wow Becky your doing great...I have been able to drink the amount I was told to drink in the pamphlet and then some...I'm at 3/4 cup per meal and 1/3 cup at snacks And still feeling hungry through the day...kinda wondering of anyone else has these problems?

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10 pounds in 13 days is great. Be patient and it will continue to drop. As far as hunger, I never experience hunger anymore. There are times I thought I should eat but couldn't eat but a few bites. I am 3 months post op and am still only eating about a 1/4 of a cup of food at each meal. I can get my protein in usually but still trying to get all the fluids in....difficult to do most of the time but it has improved. I am about 45 post op lost and total of 65 down from before surgery til now.



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:)

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12/20/14 4:29 P

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Hi everyone I just had my surgery on December 10, 2014 and have not experienced very much weight loss and feeling very hungry all the time. My starting weight was 316 I got down to 299 presurgery now 13 days after surgery I am at 289 I was really expecting faster weight loss. Looking to read about other peoples journeys as well as receive welcome tips on how to stop the hunger LOL.

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