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Old 05-22-2012, 04:22 AM   #211
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Here is a pic, Bobby was the photographer so the front view was total blur, LOL I still cant believe that blob of skin is gone and I have hip bones and stuff, sometimes I think my ass is huge from sitting on it so long, but then I see a side view and I am like I have no butt, LOL As bad as this surgery was it was worth it to just feel better about yourself! It is amazing!

I forgot that Tony said the doc called him his cholesterol is high, so he is getting some kind of change I was shocked cause he is like fat phobic, and so nuts about his eating, but gotta work on something with him, and see if it lowers, his Mom has high cholesterol so I think it is more hereditary then anything.

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Old 05-22-2012, 04:24 AM   #212
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:47 AM   #213
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:51 AM   #214
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Amber.... You look amazing!!!! I know the 190's are on the way.....

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:55 AM   #216
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:23 AM   #218
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Here is a pic, Bobby was the photographer so the front view was total blur, LOL I still cant believe that blob of skin is gone and I have hip bones and stuff, sometimes I think my ass is huge from sitting on it so long, but then I see a side view and I am like I have no butt, LOL As bad as this surgery was it was worth it to just feel better about yourself! It is amazing!

I forgot that Tony said the doc called him his cholesterol is high, so he is getting some kind of change I was shocked cause he is like fat phobic, and so nuts about his eating, but gotta work on something with him, and see if it lowers, his Mom has high cholesterol so I think it is more hereditary then anything.

Hi Amber~
You do look great! You have came a long way and I know it isn't easy!
I was wondering if you read a post I left on one of your pix in your gallery.....

YOU are a wonderful inspiring person!
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:56 AM   #219
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I dont know what my gallery is?? LOL I see people mention their galleries but I can never find them???
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:00 AM   #220
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You look fantastic Amber! You may want to turn Tony on to extract of artichoke, it is a natural supplement that will help with cholesterol.

Artichoke is a plant. The leaf, stem, and root are used to make “extracts” which contain a high concentration of certain chemicals found in the plant. These extracts are used as medicine.

Artichoke is used to stimulate the flow of bile from the liver, and this is thought to help reduce the symptoms of heartburn and alcohol “hangover.” Artichoke is also used for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney problems, anemia, fluid retention (edema), arthritis, bladder infections, and liver problems.

Some people use artichoke for treating snakebites, preventing gallstones, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar; to increase urine flow; and as a tonic or stimulant.

In foods, artichoke leaves and extracts are used to flavor beverages. Cynarin and chlorogenic acid, which are chemicals found in artichoke, are sometimes used as sweeteners.

Don’t confuse artichoke with Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus).

How does it work?

Artichoke has chemicals that can reduce nausea and vomiting, spasms, and intestinal gas. These chemicals have also been shown to lower cholesterol.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #221
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Sexy!! Looking good!

Cassidy said you've done some carb cycling, what advice or what can you tell me about that? I'm currently starting the Wendy Chant crack the code program. I am going to see it through the 8 weeks and then re-evauluate if i want to go back to calorie counting or do another 8 weeks. I have 40 lbs to lose by October Post to my journal about it
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #222
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #223
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I can imagine how frustrating it must be not to be able to do the stuff you did prior to surgery, but just think how fab everything will be once you're all done draining,etc! I bet the pounds start flying off!!!

I'll wave to Tony today! 106 is forecasted high, altho I would SWEAR it has been hotter than that this week!!

My DD graduates high school Thursday, I cannot believe it!!!!
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:59 PM   #224
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You look AMAZING in your matching workout gear!!!! WOO HOO!!!! Can't wait until I look that good!!!
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:09 PM   #225
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #226
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:37 PM   #227
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Hi Amber, like the others said you are our Wonder Woman! You have been such an inspiration to me! Thanks for being so supportive, encouraging and for giving us a kick in the pants when we need. LOL!
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:41 PM   #228
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I just now saw your pic

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Old 05-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #229
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Hey Skinny Butt!

Lookin good there! I agree, the weight will drop fast once the body recovers.

Need to check out the artichoke extract. DH was warned about his cholesterol too. Not doing meds!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:36 PM   #230
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Wow, you look amazing and fantastic!! Wonderful lady! Sorry to hear of Tony's cholesterol!!! Did he do a VAP test? Was he fasting? What did he eat the day before the test? All of those things can contribute to a whacky score.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:39 PM   #232
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:43 AM   #233
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I go get drained today and my tummy feels so weird usually it feels squishy like its not attached now lately it feels hard! I am not sure if that is good or bad, but the darn seroma is still there, I am so sick of that thing, I swear, Friday is going to be 12 weeks, but I am glad I had the surgery it did make a huge difference and I really think I will be able to get into 10's when it is all done healing and that is fine with me. The VJ area is still looking like a a baboon butt, very scary he keeps saying it will go down I sure hope so!

Lexi-carb cycling I am not sure if I ever gave it enough of a real chance but I was alternating 50, 100, 150 carb days that was in my frenzy of trying anything to lose weight, LOL I am up again I swear its the freaking swelling I am not eating crap and I am going to the gym everyday so frustrating!!!!

Robert said they cancelled his Field Day I was helping at because the ground was wet, makes no sense since it has not rained since Monday so now I need to call the school and see!!

Tony gets home tonight he is sweating in AZ, LOL He had a good trip though but I will be glad to have him home with me.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:55 AM   #234
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:46 AM   #236
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Lexi-carb cycling I am not sure if I ever gave it enough of a real chance but I was alternating 50, 100, 150 carb days that was in my frenzy of trying anything to lose weight, LOL I am up again I swear its the freaking swelling I am not eating crap and I am going to the gym everyday so frustrating!!!!
gotcha! that seems a little different than the "crack the code" as I wont necessarily be monitering exactly the amount of carbs im taking in, but its all portioned out. Like some days i can have oatmeal at breakfast and then a potato or rice at lunch, but only a very small amount. i have carb down days, carb up days (where i get pizza at dinner or pasta ) and baseline days. its 8 weeks long. i plan to stick to is then reevaluate. i'm currently on the carb deplete week, under 20 grams/day just like induction except that its only for one week. I love the first week of induction, that initial loss is wonderful!

just keep drinking your water and doing what you are doing. even if you aren't seeing a loss you definitely shouldn't keep gaining. At least if you're still motivated to lose you are defintiely going to maintain, which is just as hard, if not harder. you are doing fabulous, make sure to always remember how far you've come and congratulate yourself!!
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:09 AM   #238
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:27 AM   #239
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YAY, Tony is coming home!!! Now you feel back at ease. Have fun at the dr's office. Hopefully this will be one of the last times!!! Have a great day. Oh and I have been thinking about this alot lately.

So you are what 204 I think is the last number you posted.... I am 206.2. You however are almost in 10's. I'm barely in 16's. A perfect example that the number on the scale doesn't matter much at all. You look amazing with just your sports bra, I wouldn't be caught dead without a shirt at this point. You have way much more muscle and less fat than me.
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