Occupation: Web Designer, Photographer, Musician, Artist, Accounting, co-host on automotive radio show with my husband, WLS volunteer and advocate
Pets: 5 cats- Scout (Tortoiseshell), Kalli Cat (Calico), Boo Radley (Orange Tabby), Yoshi (Flamepoint Siamese), Sammy (Siamese) and one dog Sundance (3 legged Bichon Frise)
all rescue babies!
Hobbies/Interests: Music (Cello, Guitar, Piano and other misc. instruments), computer graphics, polymer clay sculpture, crafts of many kinds, creating videos on youtube about WLS and animal rescue,
Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Blonde
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Surgery date 3/30/01
Starting Weight: 260 was my heaviest (before surgery)
Present Weight: 130
Goal Weight: 130
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Seeing the huge difference in so many programs and wishing for more structure to help those in their journey
Following any specific plan: Knowing the surgery did not fix my head and working very hard on a plan for recovery from my addiction to food and making the changes necessary to deal with this disease
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I knew if I could just get back in the driver's seat one more time, I would do what was necessary to never return. I also knew that WLS gave me the tool I had always needed to help me do this. I lost the weight many many MANY times but could never keep it off until now.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I want to pay it forward and offer a helping hand to those that are on their journey on the road behind me because I could have never done it without those that were on the road ahead of me. I volunteer on various forums and have a site called Bariatric Girl.
Eye/Hair Color: blue/black( where it is still black: I started turning grey when I was 18)
Date of Surgery: November 26, 2008
Type of Surgery: Lap band
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I have been large all my life, I was a chubby kid. My folks started talking about it 2 years ago, but I have never had any kind of surgery and was scared to d3eath, so I put it off. I finally decided this year to do it. Mainly because I had gained so much weight that I could not even step up onto a curb.
Starting Weight: highest weight ever recorded: 486, not sure if this was the hightest or not, I went several years not being able to weigh on a scale.
Weight at surgery: 2 week pre-op: 469, surgery 439
Present Weight: 420
Goal Weight: When I graduated from HS I weighed 245, and dropped 45 pounds my first semester in college. I thought then I was huge, but I look back at photos and think wow I was kinda "skinny". So right now maybe 200
Biggest hurdle to overcome in managing after WLS: I am having trouble getting in the 3 small meals plus the protein shakes in. I am haviang to relearn how to eat.
Anything else you would like to share with us:
I want to be able to do things with my husband. We want to go on another cruise, and I would like to be able to walk around the ship and get off at the ports.
I want a pair of jeans, and pants without an elastic waist.
I was lucky, maybe that is why I got so large, my cholestrol, blood pressure, blood sugar are all normal.
Occupation: Full-time Mom, part-time server @ Cracker Barrel
Pets: Bella, a 1.5 yr old black lab
Hobbies/Interests: Reading (pretty much anything), writing (stories, letters), watching movies, listening to music, working out (gotta get back into that more), spending time with my family, trying new things, going to the beach, shopping
Eye/Hair Color: Blue-green/Dark brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: *10/25/06 (Date of actual journey) *7/30/07 (Date of surgery)
Starting Weight: 2005/2006 *285-298 lbs Day of surgery (2007) *257.3 lbs
Present Weight: 147-149 lbs
Goal Weight: 135-140 lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Remembering to stay focused and drink/eat like I should. A lot of times I'm not hungry, so I don't eat/drink or I'm so busy I actually don't remind myself to stop and take the time to eat/drink. Also, remembering to NOT eat & drink at the same time.
Following any specific plan: post-WLS diet/plan
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: When you have WLS you HAVE to do the right things and you actually see the results from it. Every other diet in the past failed miserably.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm in the process of starting up a support group in my hometown for people who want to lose weight, get into shape, eat better and who would like to learn more about the various types of WLS and if it would benefit them.
Age: 43 - although it feels much older most of the time
Marital Status: very happily married! Together for 25 years, married for 19 years.
Children/Ages: Lizzie - 12, Alex - 9
Occupation: self-employed text book editor, PTO board member (2 schools), Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout newsletter editor, Girl Scout service team member, personal secretary/assistant/word processor for husband finishing his masters
Pets: ShihTzu - Treasure (7yo); Cats - Adventure (17yo), Jimmy (6yo); Hamsters x4; fish; children - oh. already listed them
Hobbies/Interests: scrapbooking, computer stuff, stamping, card making
Starting Weight: 395 (sadly, not highest ever)
Present Weight: 381
Goal Weight: 150
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Changing my mind about food and its role in my life
Following any specific plan: am hoping to have RNY surgery March 30, 2010 (just waiting on insurance confirmation)
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I'm working weekly with my therapist to work through issues. I have reached a point where I am being much more honest with myself. My therapist and I feel strongly that I am actually ready to make the change.
Anything else you would like to share with us:I am having a really hard time talking to people about this until I have a date on the calendar. I'm hoping "talking" with people online will help me with that. I am normally a very open person and have a lot of friends. I have been very selective in who I have talked to about my journey.
Occupation: i sit at a desk, computer stuff. Some days I dont even know anymore.. also going to school for my masters in Counseling
Pets: 2 cats. Tinky (the "blond", older momma), and Lucy. She's just crazy. I say she is a dog.. that can jump on the counters (to steal any food she can find. chocolate muffins.. really? cats like chocolate??)
Hobbies/Interests: computer stuff, and i recently just started growing a container garden- i have a greenhouse in my living room. literally- a greenhouse. portable ones.. we shall see if i can get some veggies out of this whole project!
Starting Weight: 295
Present Weight: 185
Goal Weight: 160? or when this belly goes away more
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: unfortunatly, i dont dump with sweets. so,.. seep. i dont really get enough sleep and i compensate sometimes with candy. and also no mindless grazing.
Following any specific plan: trying to just get my protein in.. i cant stand the taste of protein shakes
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: well.. the surgery helped me loose the weight and conquer my unstatisfyable hunger..
Anything else you would like to share with us: i lost a good amount of weight already.. and also helped a friend on her journey who just got WLS (a week ago) but im not a ridgid follower of the rules. I need people to set me stright sometimes, however, this also was a "tool" in my WLS, but doenst control my life. I drink Diet coke every day. i enjoy some moderate sweets, and am OK with that. i just need to remember how I ended up where i was before, and that i dont want to go back!
oh, and I used to be on this site- few years ago, way before surgery crossed my mind! love this site!!
Occupation: Retired RN/Disabled, volunteer and amateur artist
Pets: none at present. Roommates have 3 adorable cats
Hobbies/Interests: volunteering, reading, beading jewelry, making art, and learning to make exercising enjoyable.
Eye/Hair Color: Blonde/blue
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 9/19/2010
Starting Weight: highest weight last winter was 283, pre op was bout 265
Present Weight: 209
Goal Weight: about 150
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting in the protein, avoiding unhealthy food and learning to deal with stress in a healthy way.
Following any specific plan: WLS
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: The gastric bypass surgery has given me a great headstart at losing the weight, and I am dedicated to keeping it off, so am exercising regularly.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I want to learn and continue to use healthy choices and habits. And most of all be brutally honest with myself and make healthy decisions for me. I have to do this and i want to do this!!
Thanks in advance for any support..
Children/Ages: 2 - daughter 28, son 37, 5 grandchildren from 20 months to 17 years old and 1 great grandchild 3 months old
Occupation: Association Executive (NPO)
Pets: 1 assistance dog, 3 cats and husband
Hobbies/Interests: School, school and more school
Height: 5' 4.5"
Eye/Hair Color: Blonde/Brown (Goldwell colours)
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Fobi Pouch 7/14/1999
Starting Weight: 270 +/-
Present Weight: 198.8
Goal Weight: 150 lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: stopping grazing
Following any specific plan: Weight Watchers Momentum
Anything else you would like to share with us: After my WLS my lowest weight was 189.9, but quickly settled in at 195. The weight slowly crept up to 220 after about 5 years. I had a tummy tuck in 2004 and was 205 after the surgery to remove the excess skin. My weight went up again - to 221. I went on the Richard Simmons plan and got down to 190, but after some health issues found myself at almost 220 in January of 2010. I became diabetic during this whole process from not eating enough meat (so hard for me to digest). I do not want to take meds, so am on the path of losing the excess weight. I have muscular dystrophy which means my body is not strong and my weak muscles do not burn off the food I eat. I am following the momentum plan and have lost 15 pounds this past year.
Children/Ages: 1 - My daughter Lily will be four next week on Memorial Day (May 30th for those not in the US )
Occupation: Customer Service in the food and beverage industry (office/phones)
Pets: 1 cat (actually my husband's cat, he already had her when we met nearly 12 years ago)
Hobbies/Interests: Board games, crochet, cross stitch, spending too much time on the internet.
Height: 5' 6.5"
Eye/Hair Color: Reddish brown hair (thanks to my stylist, LOL) eyes are green.
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Right now I'm probably between 340-350
Present Weight: 198.8
Goal Weight: 180-200
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: emotional eating
Following any specific plan: Not right now
Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm really very very alone in this right now. I haven't told anyone in my real life about my decision to have weight loss surgery. I have my first appointment with a bariatric nurse this coming Wednesday. I'm terrified about everything EXCEPT the surgery. The lifestyle changes that need to take place, dealing with insurance, dealing with the reactions of people. But I'm resolved.