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  2. ChickenLittle

    Jackie and Julie F2F

    I'm so glad you two had fun! If you're ever back in the area let me know, I'd love to meet up and chat. Who knows, if I get in to Sac State's SLP program, I'll be spending a lot more time out your direction.
  3. Kirsten

    My Journey

    Keto is a very good lifestyle. But it is a lifestyle. You literally have to say goodbye to so much. Bread pasta sugar fruit rice etc etc etc. you are also supposed to mirror a keto lifestyle with an intermittent fasting regime. Eventually so that you eat 1 meal per day. But the no carb thing is a myth. You need to eat massive amounts of low carb veggies that are high in fiber. Most suggest 6-10 cups of hearty greens per day. Such as kale romaine and spinach. Some can be substituted with cooked non root or legume veggies like cauliflower or broccoli. It literally changes your body chemistry. Back to a similar state we were all in before processed foods. The human body is designed to run on fats. Not carbs. But current society has pushed us away from that. It’s an interesting argument both ways. Personally i I can achieve the same results using a low carb caloric based diet. And it allows me to eat my popcorn and sour patch kids at the movies. And that’s something I don’t want to give up. As I said it’s a difficult choice. The fat bomb and cheese snacks or the berries and nut snacks were just not cutting it for me. I’ll take my coffee and donut. Lol. And with watching caloric intake and exercising religiously you can loose equal amounts of weight and be as healthy as someone on keto. Just a matter of taste. Ps no beer on keto either. EVER!! And who wants to live without beer!? (Sorry to those who are recovering) I love my treehouse beers!! And that’s just me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I am happy you found such success on keto Michelle. I thought I had as well last year but I realized after talking with dr Eric berg (on YouTube) that I was simply low carb. Not keto at all. That guy is amazing with his knowledge. If you want to know more check out his library on YouTube. Over 2500 videos I believe. All if and keto.
  4. SeekingSadie

    Wig advice

    You also really suit being a red head! did you try before you buy? and just as an aside I love that "so over the rainbow t-shirt" too! 😂
  5. Amy LeBlanc

    Progesterone

    Hello All: So I wanted to share that I have noticed that the Progesterone is working. I was at work in my normal comfortable work clothes, which is a nice Tee, jeans and comfortable shoes since I am on my feet. I happen to look down and noticed the girls are really filling in. They are not getting bigger, but they are getting fuller and I can feel them all the time and I just love how they are getting fuller. I cannot believe that my breast are noticeable and can bee seen Lots of Love Amy
  6. SeekingSadie

    Wig advice

    Thanks Vicky, I went from having really fine shoulder length blonde hair that hairdressers used to compliment me on, to bald when I was 17 and still at school - and have looked the same on every photo ever since, nothing will bring that back! I haven't been out as me yet, but will want something to look natural to strangers even of those around me know that it isn't. Wind and rain are all too commonplace and I will have enough worries and self confidence issues the first few times without my hair being obviously fake or having to chase it down the high street!
  7. Since you are feeling suicidal, I would suggest that you get in touch with a therapist, or go to an emergency service location where they will help you with the suicidality. You do not have to tell your parents about the underlying cause as I have suggested before. The therapist may recommend that you go on puberty blockers after helping you tell your parents about the problem or may have a way around your parents. The blockers may cause some problems later on with GCS, but they are mild consequences compared to the harm you could do to yourself without counseling on the suicide / self harm thoughts. I know several young people who are on blockers and who, with the help of their of therapists decided that the risk of future problems was offset by their current needs. There are surgical procedures to overcome the other.
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  9. VickySGV

    Wig advice

    While my male pattern baldness was never a great problem, I did use wigs over hair that I had to keep short for a number of years before I could go full time. I used (and still have) good quality wigs that were synthetic, and never had a bad experience unless the wig and my other clothing clashed badly, and then the clothing got the blame. If the wig is styled by a professional for your face the color is not all that important, but getting the advice of a hair stylist helps far more than you may expect. Budget wigs can be fun but they do get ratty looking if you do not carefully care for them. Use them to choose color possibilities. Go to my Gallery here, (I did a wig show a couple of years ago when someone else asked this question) and you can see some of my serious attempts at wearing wigs along with some clowning around. My current color for my own hair came from one of my favorite wigs. https://www.transgenderpulse.com/forums/profile/14243-vickysgv/?tab=node_gallery_gallery
  10. RithiaAllen

    My Journey

    I have my doubts about Keto. It seems like Atkins all over again. Narrow is the path. I congratulate you for losing so much weight. However you might wish to switch to exercise and smaller portions so you don’t fluctuate so much.
  11. VickySGV

    Hello everyone

    I am in Southern California, so I just had to look up where your city is to even start to think what to say. I do know that St. Louis has an active LGBT community center where you could probably get a referral to one of their medical providers. Your part of the U.S. is not really known for being Trans accepting or helpful i am afraid.
  12. Josietg

    Hello everyone

    I hope so too. I’m trying to reach out locally but so far none of my emails to Glad or any other organization are getting any responses. I’m trying to find support meetings, and other resources here but not much is making itself known. The closest psych doctor for mtf in your database is in Fayetteville Arkansas. That’s a bit of a drive right now so I’m going to try harder to find something else. It’s also the only thing listed at all near me but what about other things like endocrinologists and hair removal? I’m probably going to have to relocate for more comprehensive help. This is something of a letdown because it means I will probably be off balance once again in a new place. I know the lgbtq community here where I live means well and wants to support but I’m getting the impression that a lot of people moved away for similar reasons. Hopefully they can give me some direction.
  13. jae bear

    Single female Christmas

    It’s a tiny little bathroom, only 4 feet wide and 7 feet long, but it works quite nicely. I need to go get some vertical blinds for those windows though, I feel like I’m on display in here! The rolling shower door is what makes it work, you don’t have to worry about a swinging door smacking the wall or getting in the way. And since it curves away from the front of the toilet you actually have somewhere to sit without feeling like your nose is pressed up against the glass. I just need to get a two door cabinet to go over the toilet and a small rectangular medicine cabinet above the sink and I’m all set!
  14. Michelle F

    My Journey

    Keep it up, Kirsten! I just did my morning Keto stick. It's pink again, finally! What I like most about ketogenics is menu items can include Butter, Bacon, Prime Rib, Thick burgers made with 75/25 ground beef. I always thought 90/10 extra lean tasted better. OMG was I WRONG! It's all about the healthy fats. And very low carbohydrates! The classic ketogenic ratio is as follows: 75% Fat, 20% Protein, 5% Carbs. No sugars. Words that end with is -ose are sugar. Ultra Refined sugar! If you must have sweets use erythritol/stevia blend such as Truvia, Splenda Natural or goto Wal-Mart and get Pyure. It's affordable. Zero glycemic and Zero calories and tastes wonderful. I must reiterate... No sugar religiously!!! No root veggies! Moderate on the all other veggies. Salads and greens are fine as long as you use fat in the dressing. Avoid sweet dressing. Avoid wheat flour products. I use a coconut/almond flour blend. Lots of extra virgin CALIFORNIA olive oil Nothing better than fresh, batch, harvest and pressing dates identified and wonderful tasting! California Ranch Olive Oil. It's in a square green bottle and available at Wal-Mart. I don't use imported because it is always old and fairly batch identified and nearly always a blend. That's why I go local. Extra virgin unrefined coconut oil. Do eat refined. That's for your skin. It's almost as bad for you as hydrogenated oils and Palm Kernel oil. Palm fruit oil yes. Palm Kernal, no! Bad juju. That's furniture polish. If anybody would like some awesome keto recipes, I'm your girl! Michael, boy, Retired Chef at 400 pounds 10 years ago. Michelle, girl, still retired at 175 pounds, happy and healthy. The last 150 pounds came off in the past year using the above 75.20.5 nutrient ratio. I went to doc yesterday for last week's labs discussion. I weighed in at 183 wearing jeans and sweater, with my new booties (3" heels). After Thanksgiving I weighed in at 194.9. Ketogenics trimmed that 10 pounds off in less than a month... This diet works, but, you can't cheat. The moment you eat so much as a gram of any sugars you will be knocked out of Keto. I am just now getting back into full blown ketosis. By the way. My sweets dissolve body fat. I make a chocolate truffle to die for! With zero sugar... today's pic Off to get my wallet.... Bye for now. PM me if you want details on ketogenics...
  15. Willow

    Single female Christmas

    sometimes you just have to let things know who's boss. Willow
  16. jae bear

    Single female Christmas

    I can’t believe I forgot to update this one thing, I have had hot water since Friday! My friend and I couldn’t quite figure out why the on-demand electric water heater wasn’t turning on, everything looked right and the the settings were exactly the way the instructions said they should be, but my friend decided to curse at it loudly and threaten it once he ran out of ideas... and low and behold it immediately started creating hot water, I think he scared it, it was the funniest thing you would ever see, and it has been as reliable as iron ever since ! 😂
  17. SeekingSadie

    Hello everyone

    Hi Josie! Hope you get some of the answers you are looking for! x
  18. Kirsten

    My Journey

    That’s a slippery slope too. Too much info is just as bad as not enough. That’s one of her biggest issues. She doesn’t want to be engulfed in this process. She wants to know what’s going on, but she doesn’t want to be any more involved than what would be considered “normal” for a relationship. That’s hard for me. But I’m doing my best to find that line. Sometimes I just need to shut up. And not be so stupid. Lol. Sadie, it’s ok. It was hilarious. Literally felt my heart drop. 🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ Oopsie.
  19. Dakota16

    Wife came out to me last night

    That gave me a much needed smile this morning! My best to you both!
  20. Briana

    My Journey

    Hi Amy, I've been quietly following along. One thing you wrote popped out at me. Make sure your wife knows the above every day. Every day... Write it down and read it to her like you wrote it above. I think it's something that we don't tell out loved ones enough. And the bathroom episode. You cracked me up! It reminded me of an incident that happened in Vegas two years ago. My wife and I were cutting through a casino and I had to go to the bathroom. Headed right into the men's room. My wife hooked my by the purse strap to stop me and said, "what you doing???" As I looked at her and my broken purse on the floor, all I could do was shrug my shoulders and say, "I don't know..." All she did was shake her head at me. After we went into the right bathroom, she expressed her concern to me to be careful - going in the wrong bathroom could be a bad experience.
  21. SeekingSadie

    My Journey

    Sorry, but... love it!
  22. RithiaAllen

    Reaching my target weight

    Of course you’re welcome to post here. Thee more the better. Five pounds is not bad. Don’t snack and practice option control and keep moving and the. Weight will come off bit by bit. 😁
  23. Amy LeBlanc

    Underwear

    Thank You very much. I am lucky that I have already had 1 Oreacmitatoy. I am missing 1 since my Cancer so I only have 1 and not 2 and the hormones have made it smaller so between having it small and only 1, it is very easy to hide, even under the tightest clothes and underware
  24. Josietg

    Hello everyone

    It’s been some time since I’ve been on HRT and I am finally getting to a place where I realize I can’t go on living life as I present now. 15 years ago I was a year into HRT and had every intention of continuing. But circumstances shifted and I had to stop. I could not afford hormones and had no support system in place to provide me with information i needed to hang on. Now I’m discovering that in spite of all I have been through I can’t truly be happy unless I get back on track. I’ve been living a lie for years and afraid to be my true self. I guess emotional and physical abuse from my father had something to do with my fears, and it still does to a degree but I know deep down that I have to do this no matter what it means. I’ve tried to live a life that pleases my father for years and at every turn it has failed miserably. Getting married ended in divorce. Trying to be a man’s man always ended in devastating results, loss of jobs, people taking things away from me that affirmed masculinity. It’s as if the universe itself is saying “hey stupid, quit ignoring who you are! It’s ok to be you!”. Now I’m faced with a new hint nudging me, which is my body. The changes from my first try at HRT never really went away. I still have soft skin and my nipples hurt intermittently. I haven’t thought about a lot of things from a male perspective for a long time but now it’s beginning to be more pronounced even with the absence of taking anything. It’s as if my body is saying “you are not going to get the message are you? Well I’m going to start doing something to remind you where you’re supposed to be”. So this is also a very spiritual thing for me. It’s not going to be easy and I realize that struggles and tears are far from over but I have to follow my heart. It’s the only way I will find happiness. I’m going to be leaning heavily on the information here. I’m also in need of friends who understand and really need to network locally because it’s still dangerous to be trans especially here where I live now. Perhaps it’s becoming more dangerous just because of the way people behave if they feel their leadership supports their actions based on their opinions. I’m concerned about that but it’s not going to change my mind. Anyway, I’m going to do a lot of reading here. Please feel free to contact me if you have any pointers, especially for local resources. I’m also considering relocating just because the lgbtq community here seems to have gone stealth from my point of view. It’s not as prominent as it was even a few years ago. I could be wrong but it seems so. Since I just recently moved back to this area, I have no idea where to start but I can visit the local pflag meeting next month to talk to someone. I’m not sure if it’s wise to wait until then though.
  25. Kirsten

    My Journey

    Yeah idk Jani. I didn’t even think about it until it was too late and then I was like uhhhhhhhhhh am I allowed in here!? Lmao. It was so totally deer in headlights. And my coworker froze just as I did. It was a weird moment to say the least. I mean no matter what I had to go in there. But I definitely should have knocked and seen if there was anyone in there first. It was so totally an oh my god I just walked into the wrong bathroom type of moment though. Lol. And being the men’s room really threw me. Didn’t think I’d get there that fast.
  26. Amy LeBlanc

    Reaching my target weight

    Thank You Kirsten. I recently got the money to buy a fitbit to help me out with seeing my better heart rate. At work, I have done alot of physical activity like up and down the ladder, pulling cable, racking heavy switches, then of course I do take my nightly walk around the data center building and throughout the building. I have been doing enough steps to equal 2 miles. I am so happy that I have cut out the crap food as I call it. I have been making alot more home made meals and and it smells so good that the individuals who I work with at night smell my food and they get jealous cause they are eating fast food and I have heated up home made veggie lasagna Been drinking alot of water, unsweaten hot tea, milk alot Keep on moving forward
  27. Kirsten

    Underwear

    Watch out for that “bulge” issue in tight pants Amy. I find the thong hides less than a brief in my experience. Maybe a long top with the leggings. 😁
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      I'm so glad you two had fun! If you're ever back in the area let me know, I'd love to meet up and chat. Who knows, if I get in to Sac State's SLP program, I'll be spending a lot more time out your direction.
    • Kirsten
      Keto is a very good lifestyle. But it is a lifestyle. You literally have to say goodbye to so much. Bread pasta sugar fruit rice etc etc etc.  you are also supposed to mirror a keto lifestyle with an intermittent fasting regime. Eventually so that you eat 1 meal per day. But the no carb thing is a myth. You need to eat massive amounts of low carb veggies that are high in fiber. Most suggest 6-10 cups of hearty greens per day. Such as kale romaine and spinach. Some can be substituted with cooked non root or legume veggies like cauliflower or broccoli.    It literally changes your body chemistry. Back to a similar state we were all in before processed foods. The human body is designed to run on fats. Not carbs. But current society has pushed us away from that. It’s an interesting argument both ways.    Personally i I can achieve the same results using a low carb caloric based diet. And it allows me to eat my popcorn and sour patch kids at the movies. And that’s something I don’t want to give up. As I said it’s a difficult choice. The fat bomb and cheese snacks or the berries and nut snacks were just not cutting it for me. I’ll take my coffee and donut. Lol. And with watching caloric intake and exercising religiously you can loose equal amounts of weight and be as healthy as someone on keto. Just a matter of taste.  Ps no beer on keto either. EVER!! And who wants to live without beer!? (Sorry to those who are recovering)  I love my treehouse beers!! And that’s just me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I am happy you found such success on keto Michelle. I thought I had as well last year but I realized after talking with dr Eric berg (on YouTube) that I was simply low carb. Not keto at all. That guy is amazing with his knowledge. If you want to know more check out his library on YouTube. Over 2500 videos I believe. All if and keto. 
    • SeekingSadie
      You also really suit being a red head! did you try before you buy?  and just as an aside I love that "so over the rainbow t-shirt" too! 😂
    • Amy LeBlanc
      Hello All:   So I wanted to share that I have noticed that the Progesterone is working.  I was at work in my normal comfortable work clothes, which is a nice Tee, jeans and comfortable shoes since I am on my feet.  I happen to look down and noticed the girls are really filling in.  They are not getting bigger, but they are getting fuller and I can feel them all the time and I just love how they are getting fuller.   I cannot believe that my breast are noticeable and can bee seen   Lots of Love   Amy
    • SeekingSadie
      Thanks Vicky, I went from having really fine shoulder length blonde hair that hairdressers used to compliment me on, to bald when I was 17 and still at school - and have looked the same on every photo ever since, nothing will bring that back!   I haven't been out as me yet, but will want something to look natural to strangers even of those around me know that it isn't. Wind and rain are all too commonplace and I will have enough worries and self confidence issues the first few times without my hair being obviously fake or having to chase it down the high street!
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