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Old 08-30-2005, 12:28 PM   #61
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Okay here I go I hope it is right...

location...San Diego, CA

Married with 4 childrem 11b, 9b, 4g, 2 almost 3 b

animals 1 dog reba 2 cats I think 1 is missing

weight loss journey began sept 2002 after birth of last child.

types of diet tried....almost all. lost all my weight on atkins and gained it back.

type of surgery open ryn june 20, 2005

starting weight 246 day of surgery

current weight 191?

things to overcome....being able to eat and not get nausiated. getting out and doing more activities...I became a hermit.

Looking for people who are in same sittuation in this area.\

Hope all of you are well
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:48 AM   #62
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Location: Carrollton, near Atlanta, GA
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I am new here, so here is a little about me...

DATE: 11 Oct 2005

USERNAME/REAL NAME: Valarie250/Valarie

AGE: 23

BIRTHDAY: 27 Oct 1982

MARITAL STATUS: Married 1 year, 6 months



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)




HEIGHT: 5'4”





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!

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Old 10-13-2005, 02:11 PM   #63
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Hi Everyone...
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!!!!
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:05 PM   #64
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Location: Maryland
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S/C/G: 312/288/165

Height: 5'4"


I am new here

DATE: 13 Oct 2005


AGE: 34

BIRTHDAY: 08 Oct 1971

MARITAL STATUS: Happily married 12 years

CHILDREN/AGES: Two - 10 and 6




HEIGHT: 5'4”


HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown

OCCUPATION: Administrative Assistant


SURGERY DATE: I hope to get scheduled in December or early January.


HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Spending time with my family, bowling, reading, cake decorating and traveling and love going to the beach

GOALS: To reach a comfortable weight and to be able to go the the beach and really enjoy that time with my kids and husband and not feel as though other people are looking at me.

PETS: Fish, Hoping to get a dog to walk and for my boys to enjoy. They have been asking for one since our cocker spaniel died at age 10 , two years ago.

WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY BEGAN: Ages ago, and has been an ongoing thing. But the weight gain started increasing after marriage and children.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM IN WEIGHT LOSS: I have terrible migraines and everything hurts (neck, back, hips and feet). Otherwise healthy.
Banded 3/20/06 - Band Removed 12/9/09 - RNY 1/08/13
Weightloss Journey Began, August 2005

Goal - "Onederland"
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:48 PM   #65
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Default Hello

My name is Kim,

I am from Connecticut and I had the surgery in Decembert 2004. I have lost 105lbs so far and I feel wonderful.

I have been fighting obesity all my life and it took me along time to make the decision to have the surgery. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I hope to have the opportunity to meet some of you on this site.

Start weight was 324lbs
I am now 219lbs
I want to be 150lbs

I have finally succeeded at my weightloss war. I am so happy with myself and I am in a size I have not seen in 20 years. Thank you to my surgeon Dr. Barajas who saved my life

Have a nice weekend all.

Kim Callahan
RNY Laporscopic
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:01 AM   #66
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DATE: October 17, 2005


AGE: 22, soon to be 23

BIRTHDAY: November 17, 1982






HEIGHT: 5'4”


HAIR COLOR: Dark Brown

OCCUPATION: Court Reporting Student


SURGERY DATE: August 16, 2005


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 !

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Old 10-23-2005, 04:59 AM   #67
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Real name: Heidi
Geographical location: Orange county, CA
Age: 40

Marital Status: married 18 yrs
Children/Ages: son 16-son 14-daughter 10-son 8-son 6
Occupation: medical assistant
Pets: foundling cat "fishy"
Hobbies/Interests: gardening---reading---sailing
Height: 5'9"

Eye/Hair Color: brown/hazel
Date of Surgery: mid DEC 2005
Type of Surgery: Roux en Y gastric bypass

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: high school!!!!

Starting Weight: highest weight ever recorded: 313
Present Weight: 289
Goal Weight:160

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Old 10-26-2005, 10:11 PM   #68
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Location: Starke, Florida
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Real name:Pam

Geographical location: Starke, Florida

Age: 39

Marital Status: Divorced

Children/Ages: Daughter Age 17

Occupation: Member Service Rep for Health insurance Company

Pets: Two Quaker Parronts,, Kiwi and Okra

Hobbies/Interests: Music, Swimming, Painting Ceramics, Playing games online

Height: 5'8"

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..

WLS 10/3/2005
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:11 PM   #69
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gbo315 Real name: Pam

Geographical Location: Alabama

Age: 51

Marital Status: Married

Children: daughter/deceased

Occupation: disabled

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
of striped
Toes- grey tiger cat
Nicki- Calico
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.
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Old 11-07-2005, 01:18 PM   #70
I can do it, yes I can!
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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Smile Hello!

Real name: Nita

Geographical location: Northern Minnesota

Age: 35

Marital Status: Divorced but head over heels.

Children/Ages: 2 boys, 4 & 6.

Occupation: Billing cluck

Pets: Beddo (dog), Patches (cat), Onyx (cat) & a fish, name to be announced hopefully sometime BEFORE the fish dies of old age.

Hobbies/Interests: Anything crafty really but I'm especially addicted to scrapbooking and knitting.

Height: 5'3"

Eye/Hair Color: Blue/red

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1/16/03

Starting Weight: 311

Present Weight: 185

Goal Weight: 135-140

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Water (HATE it!), eating enough protein and exercise.

Following any specific plan: No, but I probably should be.

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: You mean other than it actually WORKED???

Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm having a really hard time finding a form of exercise that I can do with extremely limited time and money. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Last summer I was able to walk at least 5 miles a day and I got down to 147 lbs. Now that I'm a single mom, I don't have the opportunity to walk like that anymore and the weight is starting to creep back on and I'm in total panic mode. HELP!!
1 DH - love of my life
2 DS's - 4 & 6
3 furbabies - 1 woofer, 2 meowers

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Old 11-08-2005, 02:43 PM   #71
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Posts: 161



AGE: 56 this month

BIRTHDAY: 11/21/1949

MARITAL STATUS: married 25 yrs in April

CHILDREN/AGES: Boy 21, Girl 18


CURRENT WEIGHT: 115 this morning

GOAL WEIGHT: I'm happy

HEIGHT: 5'1”



OCCUPATION: Administrative Assistant


SURGERY DATE: August 25, 1986

SURGERY TYPE: Gastric stapling

HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Reading, music, piano, singing, dancing, acting

GOALS: To maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, both physically and mentally\

PETS: Meshach the cat


BIGGEST HURDLE: I got pregnant shortly after surgery, had to train myself to eat enough calories to support my growing baby, and after I had her, I kept on eating the way I did when I was pregnant!

FOLLOWING PLAN: Nothing specific, just 1600 calories a day + 1 hour exercise (do DVDs, aerobics, Pilates, dance, step, strength/toning, stability ball)

In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:35 PM   #72
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Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 270

S/C/G: 316/234/196

Height: 5' 3"


Name: kfs151/Kim

Location: Massachusetts, just north of Boston

Age: 40

Marital Status: married 16 years

Children/Ages: Girl, 12 and Boy, 8

Occupation: Computer Consultant (gives me lots of time for kids too)

Pets: Norbert, 4 yo Rhodesian Ridgeback & Zelda, 12 yo Dalmatian

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Anything to do with computers (especially RPG games), Scuba Diving

Height: 5' 3"

Eye/Hair Color: blue eyes and brown hair

Starting date of Weightloss Journey: Been dieting through my late 20's and 30's, waiting for WLS approval

Starting Weight: all time high was 320

Present Weight: 316

Goal Weight: hoping for 150

Anything else you would like to share with us: Long time 3FC lurker, love this site and the volume/quality of the info and support!

Lap-Band 12/21/2005
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Old 11-22-2005, 11:08 AM   #73
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Location: Pickering Ontario Canada
Posts: 15

S/C/G: 237/232/150

Height: 5'6"


Real name: Susan

Geographical location: Ontario

Age: 35

Marital Status: Married 4 1/2 years

Children/Ages: 2 year old daughter

Occupation: Payroll A/P

Pets: 1 dog named Max, 1 hamster named Nutmeg

Hobbies/Interests: crosswords, family stuff

Height: 5'6"

Eye/Hair Color: green/ chestnut brown

Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Sept 2000

Starting Weight: 250 originally (now I am starting again)

Present Weight: 198

Goal Weight: 135

Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: binging

Following any specific plan: WLS & cutting calories

What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I will not be a failure at WLS. I won't have people tell me I was stupid to have this done. I will get back to 135 like I was.

Anything else you would like to share with us: I have a goal to get to 186 by Christmas. That will be 20 lbs lost since I started again.

Swingirl (Susan)
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Old 12-05-2005, 01:28 AM   #74
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Posts: 82

S/C/G: 245/146/149

Height: 5'5"



AGE: 43

BIRTHDAY: 3/20/63

5 children ~ 22b, 18g, 17b, 15b, 10b




HEIGHT: 5'5"

EYE COLOR: Hazel brown

HAIR COLOR: Brown with blonde highlights



SURGERY DATE: November 18, 2005


HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Yoga, Hand-Drumming, Bowhunting, Archery, Walking, Reading, Gardening

GOALS: To live a healthy, active lifestyle

PETS: Siberian Husky, Vladimir
Cats: Cupcake & Phantom

WEIGHTLOSS JOURNEY BEGAN: Late 20's after the birth of my daughter.

BIGGEST HURDLE: Getting enough veggies due to IBS



Indi ~ Lap RNY 11.18.05

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Old 12-06-2005, 08:52 PM   #75
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Real name: Not ready to reveal; username: Invisigoth

Geographical location: California

Age: 32

Marital Status: Single

Children/Ages: None

Occupation: Attorney

Pets: None anymore. Cat died recently.

Hobbies/Interests: Movies, TV (I'm so boring), swimming, activism/politics

Height: 6'

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.
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