HOBBIES/INTERESTS: watching tv and movies, going for walks, spending time w/my son and my boyfriend, dancing, cooking, internet junkie
i had wls in 2001 and i lost 100 lbs of my 320. it wasn't a lap band or stomach stapling procedure, it was simply a procedure to shorten my small intestine. the theory was "weight loss by malabsorbtion". it worked for about a year and then it slowed down considerably....well, it stopped actually. i was pretty confrotable at 200 for a while so i saw no reason to fight for more loss.
i gained back 20 lbs with poor eating habits. then i had a child, and gained 40 lbs with the pregnancy and 10 more after. i did atkins last year because i was afraid i'd end up over 300 lbs again. i lost 40lbs and i got a job that totally underminded my low-carb eating lifestyle. (i am a cook and had to taste tons of carb-laden goodies.) in the last 6 months, i gained 10 lbs. so i am back on atkins as of 2 weeks ago. i have already lost 5 lbs. my goal is 200 again. i kinda regret getting the surgery sometimes, it has made me sensitive to many foods i love. it was a life saving procedure, yes......but if i had only known about atkins then, maybe i wouldn't have had to go to such lengths.
HAIR COLOR: reddish/brown with lovely grey underneath
EYE COLOR: hazel
PREOP WEIGHT: 334
SURGERY DATE: 07/03/02
TYPE OF WLS: DS
GOAL WEIGHT: 175
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: My kids,very involved in their school, reading, TV, traveling, eating, drinking, church, supporting newbies in their WLS journey
I had my DS in July of '02 with Dr. Anthone at USC. I have lost 144 lbs to date. At one point it was 150, but I'm up a bit. I am currently on Weight Watchers trying to get to my goal. I've never been this close and I am determined to get there!
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Judo! I was an international competitor when I was 16-19, had to take a break when I hurt my knee. When I stopped working out constantly I gained like crazy… turns out I have PCOS! It was really hard to gain so quickly. I went from an athlete on my way to the Olympics to having high cholesterol, BP, resting HR of 89... That's not me! Judo is still my love, and I'm losing so I can start competing in the -171lbs division again.
PETS: Two dogs, Maximus (3yrs), and Otis (8mos)
TOP WEIGHT: 255
CURRENT WEIGHT: 249
GOAL WEIGHT: 170
EYE COLOR: Green
HAIR COLOR: Auburn
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION: Atlanta, GA
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: I produce almost 4X more insulin than I should, even taking Metformin. No matter how hard I work, fat stays! It has taken me all year to lose 6lbs.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS TIME THAT WILL MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL: I am going to have RNY gastric bypass. I have read several studies that show people with insulin disorders often level out shortly after surgery. Pain is worth it if I make less insulin! After that, I have to just keep doing what I have been! I eat a lot less than I burn- I work out at Curves 3x/wk, lift weights with a trainer 3x/wk, play judo 2x/wk, and go to dance class 1x/wk... I don't lack for workouts! Hopefully after surgery I'll be working out again in under a month... I hate sitting aorund!
I had my surgery May 26,2004..at that time I weighted 248, my BMI was 42 and I felt and looked miserable..Today I weigh 180..and thats it..I want to be down to 155 by the first of January..but I have a husband who hates this weight loss and will do anything and everything to stop it..He doesnt care that its for health purposes..he doesnt care that I feel better, he doesnt care that I even look better...he just feels threaten by it..any ideas...??? BTW...would have it done a hundred times over....this was a God send!!!!
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Hanging out with friends, arts and crafts, movies, internet, reading
GOALS: Lower my blood pressure (which I have done), get my BMI down to 24 (normal range), and get my weight down to 140.
PETS: 2 Jack Russell Terriers, and one beta fish.
WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY BEGAN: Back in 2003, but got nervous and backed out of it. Then I dieted again and lost 30#, but gained it all back so started to look into the surgery again. I wish I would have done it then!
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: Keeping motivated to stay away from the wrong kinds of foods, to exercise, drink water, take my vitamins, etc. This is not an easy way out like most people think. You still have to have will power after WLS! I am only 2 months out and am in no way physically hungry for food, but I still have head hunger when I'm bored or upset and I have to use my will power to control it. I also have to exercise almost everyday. So this was no quick fix for me! I never understood why people said that their new pouch is a "tool", but now I get it !
Occupation: Member Service Rep for Health insurance Company
Pets: Two Quaker Parronts,, Kiwi and Okra
Hobbies/Interests: Music, Swimming, Painting Ceramics, Playing games online
Eye/Hair Color: Brown/ Light Brown
Date of Surgery: October 3, 2005
Type of Surgery: Roux en Y gastric bypass
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Prob since 1987
Starting Weight: 365
Weight at surgery: 360
Present Weight: 330
Goal Weight: I Think I should be about 165
Biggest hurdle to overcome in managing after WLS: The drinking of water. Fluids, hard for me to keep track of . but trying ..
Anything else you would like to share with us:
I am excited about this. I am getting a chance to be a new me with eating habits. I know I am having minor complications at the moment. But guarantee I wont weight this much again.. Im gonna take this opportunity to make me a healthier me.. Im not sure If Ill be treated differently or If ill treat people differently.. Ill try not to.. but Im a bit nervouse to go back to work.. as Ill be different looking to them.. its kinda creepy in a way.. and now its even longer to go back to work .. due to the complications... anyway will cross that bridge when it comes..
Pets: children of the fur, cats
Tiny - orange, striped
Tigger- black, white, light gray & brown striped 23lb.
Tony- Long haired (like Tigger) Lighter orange sort
Toes- grey tiger cat
Tasha- 18 yrs old little black cat
Sissy - Calico
Sugar- Most black & white
Sheba- Dark calico
Hobbies & Interests/ Crochet, writing, sculpture, creative
anything really, intrested in archeology,flowers life in
general and love people.
Height: 5' 7
Eyes ,hair and skin tone : Brown
Date of Surgery: Waiting
Type of surgery: Roux en-Y
Date of weight loss journey: 1965
Top weight: 475lbs
Current weight: 368lbs
Goal weight 140
Soon a new beginning begins for me, I wish it had been possible oh so many years ago but I now will be able to live my life more fully and do all the things I would have loved to do. Most importantly, I will be set free to be the real Pam God made me to begin with.
Real name: Not ready to reveal; username: Invisigoth
Geographical location: California
Marital Status: Single
Pets: None anymore. Cat died recently.
Hobbies/Interests: Movies, TV (I'm so boring), swimming, activism/politics
Eye/Hair Color: Blue/ Light brown with blonde highlights
Date of Surgery: October 25, 2005
Type of Surgery: Roux en Y gastric bypass
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Seems like forever
Starting Weight: 366
Weight at surgery: 368
Present Weight: 337 as of 11/17 (I don't have a scale, so I don't know what I am until my next doctor's visit)
Goal Weight: 165 or so.
Biggest hurdle to overcome in managing after WLS: Drinking water has been hard. Maintaining my energy level after going back to work. I also had a complication and have another surgery two days after my first one. I was in the hospital for a week and then I had a feeding tube and a drain for three weeks.
Anything else you would like to share with us: So far, I'm still happy that I got the surgery. My scars are healing up and my clothes are getting a lot looser. I am determined to make this work.
Geographical location: Portage, IN (soon to be Valparaiso, IN as soon as I get married!)
Marital Status: Getting married April 29, 2006!!!
Children/Ages: No kids, getting two stepdaughers soon--ages 11 and 12
Occupation: 4th Grade Teacher
Hobbies/Interests: Church activities, watching movies
Eye/Hair Color: Dark brown/Dark brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 7/18/05
Starting Weight: 265
Present Weight: 190
Goal Weight: 130 ??
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I am always able to get in my protein, but it is CONSTANTLY on my mind...I'm constantly thinking about what I've ate and what I need to eat to get in all the protein...like an obsession!
Following any specific plan: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass diet...which is basically low carb, no sugar, high protein
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: So far this one actually works!
Anything else you would like to share with us: My next goal is to get to 160 by my wedding (April 29, 2006)