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A1C is 5.9 emoticon

I no longer have to take the Jardiance (diabetic medication) emoticon

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So sorry to hear about your medical condition AZTLAN777!

I will keep you in my prayers.

Thank you for your interest in my progress and for your words of encouragement.

I just had test done because I have cancer in my smaller intestines. I hope and pray that I do not need another surgery, but if I have to have it...it will be done. emoticon

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Hi Skimbro, wanted to share with you that, I ended up in hospital, they found tennis sized tumor, in my colon & it's cancer. So, today is surgery time to remove & repair. Please keep me in your prayers. Ty & continue in your awesome journey & inspiring successes! Please keep me updated on your progress, I enjoy reading about them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thank you AZTLAN777!

A lot depends on your insurance and how your doctor's office runs their office. emoticon

My insurance required me to have a history of trying to loose the weight and then also try to loose weight while being monitored by the nutritionist. I also had to get my psychologist to sign off and then the doctor's office takes an extra 30 days on top of the 90 days with the nutritionist just to cover everything.

When my insurance received the information packet from the doctor's office, I was approved for everything including the hospital and other necessary procedures that were needed prior to the surgery.

My insurance also covers the cosmetic/skin removal and other procedures (if medically necessary) once I loose the weight. So it is important to keep going to your doctor's after the surgery and report rashes, sores, hanging skin, etc., during the weight loss so that it will be easier for the insurance to approve the skin/cosmetic removal surgery as well.

I also plan to save as much as possible and keep my credit good in case I need to pay for procedures that are not covered by insurance. emoticon



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You are inspiring & uplifting! I have been trying to get the sleeve for 3-4 yrs. This year, I finally got ins. approval for, nutritionist consult, behavior analyst, & endoscopy. I haven't heard anything yet about the next step. Can you tell me, does ins still have to give authorization to get the actual surgery? Currently developed some sort of lower GI issues with a lot of pain. So, not in a big hurry, hoping that by the end of this month, all diagnostics, will be clear of cancer. So, Skimbro, forgive me, for living the WLS journey, vacariously through you! I'm rooting for you, you are my pioneer!

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Thanks AZTLAN777 emoticon

I have lost inches off my waist, hips, thighs, etc., and my BMI is down as well. emoticon

I have noticed that I need to purchase more undergarments because the others are too big for me. emoticon

I have been able to eat more of my protein instead of protein shakes and drinks, but it still feels funny/painful sometimes when I eat. emoticon

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7/12/15 12:49 A

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Skimbro, you don't know me but I am proud of your progress! Congrats!

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I said NO to donuts today emoticon

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I said no to cheese cake from the cheese cake factory emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Exercising daily and meeting my exercise goals emoticon

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Blood pressure down emoticon

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Even though I hit a plateau last week, I still lost inches in my hips, thighs, waist, and arms this week emoticon

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Baked all day.... all kinds of goodies for Christmas...... and didn't feel the need to sample everything!

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12/12/14 11:30 P

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Life is short, spend it happy :)

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I got pulled over by a Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park for going 35mph in a 25mph zone......she took my license, then looked at me, and said, "this looks nothing like you." Wow! What a compliment! I had to explain that I had lost over 100 pounds. She congratulated me, let me off with a warning, and told me to go get a new picture taken at DMV.

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11/22/14 7:50 P

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Wearing skinny jeans and feeling good and happy :)

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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11/9/14 7:31 P

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That is great way to go Carol

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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My NSV for today -- 4 mile hike through the woods.... not feeling completely out of breath and my legs still work!!

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10/25/14 10:54 A

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That's great
Small clothing dies cost less.

I just bought 2 tops in XL
And my I am in Onderland now yes


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Walked in to TopShop (a juniors clothing store) and bought a size Med tracksuit and size Small yoga pants!! All for under $40 bucks!

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My NSV for the week -- junior's size 5 MEK jeans with high heeled boots -- I am so ready for winter!!

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I just bought a pair of winter boots in a medium width, not WIDE width..... and regular calf, not wide calf.... I can't remember the last time I was able to buy "normal" size shoes......


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I just ordered new clothes for work -- size 4 dresses and pencil skirts and size medium tops...... super excited to wear fashionable clothes to work!!

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Connie that is amazing

For me right now is sitting in sits and begin comfortable . And my husband hugging me and telling me how small I am ( I still have a long way to go to get at my ideal weight )
I was already over 200 lbs when I met my husband ..
Can not wait to be so light that I will feel comfortable for him to pick me up hehe
Kaza

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I think the biggest success for me was the day that my doctor told me I no longer had to take the 4-5 insulin shots I took each day. I'm telling you I sat down and just cried my eyes out I was so happy. Another thing was being able to cross my legs, I just get so tickled when I can do that. I fell a while back and my sweet hubby was trying to help me up and I would tell him be careful I'm heavy, I don't want to hurt you. Before I knew it he had picked me up and had me in the house. I know I've lost all this weight but I still think of myself as big, does anybody else do that?

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Carol that is awesome. Congrats

Life is short, spend it happy :)

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OMG! I wore a size 2 pair of white capris today to work -- size 2! and white to boot! And I was told I looked "super cute" by my daughter, and "sexy" by my hubby -- Thank you, thank you -- I will take the compliments and say "THANK YOU!"

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my newest nsv has been getting to stop my blood pessure medicine and getting to get rid of my oxygen concentration machine i still use a cpap at night but the pressure is lower as well

http://www.thewarofthemind.com/ the website of the most inspiring man i know check out his book


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Oh, don't you love that? The double-takes...priceless!

When I was teaching a fair number of Zumba classes, I would bring a before picture from time to time. Loved the "NO FREAKIN' WAY THAT WAS YOU!" reactions from my chicas :-)

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having to introduce myself to people who hadn't seen me in a while.

Watch out world! Here I come


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This is a great message thread thanks for starting it! NSVs are really important to me right now because I have been at the same weight for eight weeks. My surgical team and personal trainer believe it relates to a rue shaping from dat to muscle....

NSV list during this time: size 16 WP pants are now 2 inches too big at the waist and saggy in the butt/legs. I am in a Misses size large and size 14 pants/skirts. This means no more plus size department for me.
I can do an hour long interval training workout. This includes running intervals.
Lots of compliments on my healthy look, glowing complexion, and positive energy.
Smaller shoe size (who knew?..)

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Awesome, Patty!!!

I have turned in so many clothes to my local Goodwill, they greet me by my first name, lol!

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Going from 3x tops to my first XL emoticon

Going from skin tight 24W jeans to misses size 18 emoticon

Walking around the racks at Big 5 without knocking stuff on the floor

Sitting in the movie theater seat with the arms down without realizing it until the end

Getting in my friend's jeep easily and able to buckle the seatbelt without gymnastics

Going from hardly making the 30 ft walk to the mail box and back to 60 min walking up and down hills around ball fields

Actually spontaneously running from the car to the house when I forgot my purse emoticon (surprised myself and two dd's waiting in the car!)

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Currently battling 19 lb weight gain due to grief & stress of losing my dad in Nov 2013.

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Gleefully closing my Lane Bryan credit account, 'cause I can shop in regular stores!!!!

I'm looking forward to being able to wear a swimsuit and/or shorts in public without feeling uncomfortable about it. I have a ways to go on that one.

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Being able to sit in a resataurant with chairs that have arms and being able to sit in a booth.

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And my next best thing was not having to use the seat belt extension in my car. (And also on air flights, not having to ask for one!)

Congratulations, keep on Sparking..................................
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Haven't had surgery... yet. Still waiting on the date. But, my favorite (so far) NSV, is being able to get in and out of our car without having to lean the seat back. And, being able to drive without the steering wheel rubbing on my gut!

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That's a memorable moment Christine!! And no more bumping elbows and shoulders with the guy next to ya!

My latest has been adding some jogging to my daily walk. With chronic back pain and sore knees, it was out of the question until a month ago. I started out slowly and have been picking up speed. NEVER did I think I was going to be able to run again. Now I know it's possible.

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Greetings, Teammates!

I had a wonderful suggestion that I just HAD to act on right away...opening up a space for us to talk about those magical, memorable NSV's (Non-Scale Victories). They are just as much a part of the WLS journey as watching the numbers move downward at our weigh-ins, but somehow, they mean oh, so much more.

Take a moment and share YOUR favorite NSV's...and tell us about the NSV's you know may be just around the corner for you. Who did you tell? How did you celebrate?

I'll kick it off...at one point, I was doing a fair bit of traveling for business. It was a big embarassment for me to have to ask for a seat belt extender when flying. Oh, the precious moment, on a flight out West, that I realized that I didn't need it any more!!!!!!!!!!!! No, I didn't leap up and down whoo-hooing, but boy, I surely wanted to :-)

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