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MOST RECENT

One year ago I decided to do one of the hardest things I’ve ever done at that point in my life which was to quit smoking. I was so dependent on cigarettes because I thought they helped with my anxiety and curve my appetite but really they were making my life worse. I had horrible anxiety because I couldn’t stand waiting more then 2 hours at work to have a cigarette break, thought I had to smoke every time I got in/out of a vehicle, I couldn’t do more then 1 flight of stairs without having trouble with breathing, I would skip paying a bill so I had enough money for a carton of smokes!
This all comes back to WLS because truthfully if my doctor didn’t refer me to a bariatric doctor I would probably still be smoking.
Now a year later, I can run for at least 4 minutes straight, I can run from bottom to top of my house which is 37 steps in one shot, I can smell and taste foods a lot better and enjoy physical activities and also I’m 90lbs lighter than I was a year ago!
Huge thanks to my Boyfriend whose been my biggest supporter through everything and will hit his 1 year mark on Saturday! My family for being there for me and shout out to my mom for quitting after 45+ years of smoking (5 months so far!). I’m strong, confident, dedicated, passionate and HAPPY! •




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Yo yo yo! I know @michele.rny can't make it this time, but I will still be attending because literally Kobe is like 10 minutes from my place and my FAVORITE sushi spot in the Twin Cities.

Who's gonna be there?! Can't wait to see you all! I'm tagging some of you but I always forget the midwest handles when I do this! 🙈

#mnwls #wls #vsg #weightlosssurgery #rny #bariatric #bariatricbabe #verticalsleevegastrectomy #wlsevents #wlsjourney #mnwlsmeetup #wlscommunity #wlssupport

I’m in my favorite city of Minnesota this weekend and I wore the shirt I bought just a few weeks after surgery and holy buckets is it loose 6 months later!
Even though we are supposed to get a snow storm I’m not going to let it ruin our weekend get away for our anniversary!
Happy Thursday friends and family!
#throwbackthursday #vsg #vsgcommunity #vsgbeforeandafter #vsgjourney #mnwls #duluth #minnesota #sidebysidecomparison #bariatricsleeve #healthycouple #lifestylechange #vacationmode

Well... I’ve seen people post pictures of them standing in ONE pant leg and I decided for the hell of it tonight to try it myself!
I DID IT!!! These were my biggest sized pants which were a 24! I was laughing so hard and tearing up because it was funny to walk it but also happy tears because I’m no longer worried on if I can find a pair a pants or shirt that will fit me.
#vsg #vsgcommunity #vsgjourney #wls #wlscommunity #mnwls #jeans #bariatricsleeve #lookatmenow

Down 8.6 pounds this month! 4.8 were regain, but I’ve powered through the last terrible week without falling back on old habits and came out ahead!! Here’s to seeing the 220s soon 😱😱
#weightloss #wls #vsg #bariatricsurgery #weightwatchers #mnwls #wwfreestyle

I’ve learned to celebrate good body image days throughout this journey. The last few weeks have been rough on all accounts - home, work, life - so I’m celebrating how I feel today! 90% of the time I don’t really see the change in my body image. I see it today and am proud.
As an added bonus, here’s a #facetoface and #flashbackfriday for ya!
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Holy throwback!
First Wild Game ever on the left & me at the game tonight! SAME JERSEY!

#tbt #mnwild #excelenergycenter #wildhockey #vsg #vsgmn #minnesotawild #mnwls

It’s Friday, huh? Suppose a new #facetoface is in order!
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Well the stats are in! 6 months post surgery!

I am down a total of 81.6lbs and 57inches!

Picture 1: Day of surgery vs today. SAME SHIRT! It’s so baggy on me it’s hard to see my body form now.
SWIPE👉🏼 Picture 2: What my upper body looks like under that baggy shirt AND while using the measuring tape I love putting it to what my first measurement was and comparing it to now. So much difference!!!
Swipe👉🏼
Picture 3: My current stats for how many inches I’ve lost and where. *** 11 months no smoking today ***






This is my 6 month progress! I see some accounts who are over 100lbs lost and more inches lost 6 months out but I’m so freaking happy with my progress so far! In 6 months I’ve lost a lot of weight and I’ve gained a new outlook on life! I can run up my 3 story townhouse from bottom to top in 1 shot without stopping halfway. I can go to a park and walk around without getting out of breath and muscle fatigued so quickly. I love running on the treadmill and cranking up the resistance on the elliptical to push myself for at least 30 minutes.
I LOVE THIS TOOL AND SO HAPPY MY DOCTOR REFERRED ME TO MY BARIATRIC TEAM!
#vsg #vsgcommunity #vsgbeforeandafter #vsgjourney #vsgsurgery #vsginstacrew #vsglife #wls #wlscommunity #wlstransformation #wlsbeforeandafter #mnwls #bariatricsurgery #bariatricsleeve #bariatricbabes #lifestylechange #verticalsleevegastrectomy #6monthspostop #minnesota #erxmotorpark #losingweight

Apparently I like to get my hair done on #stpatricksday 🤔 Makes for a nice side by side though!
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September 2017 vs March 2018
WOAH! 😳 Still questioned myself if this was something to post because I beat myself up too much and get the look from Eric to knock it off. 😏

#transformationtuesday #vsg #vsgcommunity #vsgjourney #vsgsurgery #sidebyside #mnwls #wls #wlscommunity #wlstransformation #postop #postopvsg

Happy #transformationtuesday 🎉🎉
On the L, I was darn near my highest weight while visiting Duluth before moving (1/2015) & the R was this past weekend!
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I’ve been having a rough couple weeks with working out and meal prepping. I got a new job with different hours and also training in the cities which was an hour drive at least depending on traffic. So i get home around 6ish compared to 245 and I am exhausted! I’ve been to the gym maybe 3 times in 2 weeks.
I have my 6 month post op appointment next Tuesday and I am really beating myself up about my progress. I feel like I should be down 20lbs more then I am. My PA wasn’t very kind last time I saw her and lectured me about stuff (vitamins, tracking my food, exercising) so I’m stressing out about seeing her.
I’m going to get myself back on track;
Start taking my multivitamin regularly (it makes me nauseous) start all other vitamins also!
Drink at least 80oz of water a day.
Work out at least 4 times a week.
#vsg #vsgcommunity #vsgjourney #vsgsurgery #vsglife #bariatricsurgery #bariatricsleeve #accountability #backontrack #mnwls #teamnofinishline

I'm gonna be there! Hope to see some Minnesotan (ehem, and any midwestern!) Faces!

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Honestly I’m not even mad that I didn’t hit my 10lb goal. I was stalled for the first 2 weeks of February and I still came out ahead for the month. I got a new job, welcomed my niece into the world and had a few set backs for exercising because of tension headaches but I still kept pushing myself!
Also I’m 21.9lbs away from hitting 100lbs lost! My goal is to lose 100lbs by my birthday (April 10th) it’s going to be tough but I’m gonna push myself hard and hit my first official goal!
YAY ME!!!! #vsg #vsgcommunity #vsgjourney #vsgsurgery #vsginstacrew #vsglife #mnwls #minnesota #wlscommunity #wlssupport #weightloss #progress #reachinggoals

Life has been pretty crazy with finishing up my last few days at my job, waiting for my niece to be born and other exciting life events I completely spaced that today is my 6 month mark since surgery!
Of course I had to do some update pictures! The start of 2018 hasn’t been the best for my weight loss because my hair has been falling out terribly and acne on my face has been out of control so I’ve been stressing out about that. I’m so close to 80lbs lost since my 2 week pre op diet it’s driving me insane! I’m over my half way mark for my goal! I have 70lbs left to go and I hope I can hit that before the end of the year.
I’m amazed with the comparison and it makes me want to cry tears of joy!





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Happy Friday!
I love going through photos seeing the difference in my face/body over the past 6 months. I’m becoming more experimental in the gym and trying new recipes at home. “Be patient with yourself as you evolve. Small, healthy choices make a big difference in the long run!”





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March 2017 to February 2018
Not gonna lie when I started the 6 month process to get my surgery I did not stick to my plan right away. The first month I was in the gym and going by my meal plan and then I fell off track and I gained 5lbs over the 6 month period.
The picture on the left I was about 5lbs from my highest weight. Wearing a 2XL men’s shirt and a size 3 plus size work out pants from Maurices. (I still wear the shirt because it’s nice and baggy but the pants are a no go otherwise everyone would get a show when I run) 🤣 The “my motivation” banner is where it is because the pants were tight and I had a “roll” showing.
When I wrote motivation it’s not because he was there that one day to push me. Eric is my F***ing Rock! He has been there every step of the way and has changed his bad habits also! He quit smoking after 30+ years, started eating more vegetables, drinks fruit smoothies, drinks protein shakes and is listening to what his body is telling him. He makes me feel bad if I don’t go to the gym. He supports me more than anyone. He puts up with my emotional rollercoaster and the stress of trying to find my new size of clothing 🤦🏻‍♀️
My transformation is a work in progress and I battle with my emotions everyday. I’ve been at a bad stall for the past month and it is so frustrating but I’m not gonna let it break me and go back to my old bad habits!





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