Geographical location: Finger Lakes region of NY state
Marital Status: happily single and not looking right now
Children/Ages: no children (ovarian cancer survivor)
Occupation: wanna-be writer
Pets: megan (curvy sleek and pretty calico tortie/tux cross kitty)
Hobbies/Interests: painting, writing, drawing, singing, listening to music, dancing, theatre (acting in -- my bachelor's is in theatre arts), playing the viola, reading reading reading, hanging out with distant friends online
Eye/Hair Color: blond/green
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 12/31/2010
Starting Weight: 362
Present Weight: 328
Goal Weight: 150
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: right now? carb cravings!
Following any specific plan: RNY WLS pre-op behavioral modification lifestyle diet (just like it will eventually be post-op i am told)
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: nothing yet -- i am waiting for the weight to come piling back on. i am hopeful that the rny will work to aid me in really dropping the pounds and as a sort of feedback tool to keep it off!
Anything else you would like to share with us: i am working on becoming the me i wish i could one day be inside and out. i have a lot of physical and psychological troubles but these do not define who i am.
Hobbies/Interests: reading, crocheting, going to movies
Eye/Hair Color: brown/black
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 12/21/2010
Starting Weight: 274
Present Weight: 237
Goal Weight: 120ish
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: eating, it still makes me a lil uncomfortable
Following any specific plan: WLS
What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: we i have a lot less stomach now and i'm actually working out.
Anything else you would like to share with us: i made the decision to have this surgery on my own & i only told a few about it before i actually had it. i'm looking forward for the weight to keep dropping and for me to reach my goal of 120ish, something i've wanted my entire life.
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I would like to say my whole life but April 20, 2009 I had a rouyen y gastric bypass - I was supposed to have a gastric sleeve and the doc had issues so they opened me up and here I am today.
Starting Weight: 351
Present Weight: 204
Goal Weight: 165 lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: I really need to learn to get away from the sugary foods. They make me very ill when I eat them but I still do it. In 2 1/2 years I still haven't learned that I can't have them any more. Plus I have hypoglycemia so it is really not good when I have sugar. I have been as low as 196 but found myself endulging in sweets so my weight went up to 210 - I thought I can't go through all of this again so I am trying something new.
Following any specific plan: Trying Metabolic Research Diet to lose the remainder of my excess weight.
Anything else you would like to share with us: I used to think WLS was the cheaters way out but I have found out it has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Very difficult to change eating habits but it truly was the best thing for me. I have had a hernia repair, a tummy tuck and feel such much better about myself - better than I have in almost 20 years.
Children/Ages: 2 - Son (10), Daughter (9), Son (5), Daughter (3).
Occupation: Information Technology - Microsoft
Pets: 1 Dog (A Havanese named Bella)
Hobbies/Interests: Shopping, Yardwork, Travel
Height: 5' 4"
Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Dark Brown
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Lap RNY 8/27/2012
Starting Weight: 245 lbs
Present Weight: 169 lbs
Goal Weight: 130 lbs
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Realizing that although I have had major surgery, I still have no control of my scale
Following any specific plan: Low carb/Liquid protein
Anything else you would like to share with us: Before WLS in 2012, I struggled with weight all of my adult life. I was under the false belief that I would lose weight effortlessly with WLS. After my first 4-5 months, I hit a major slowdown. What happened to the "honeymoon" period? I guess mine was awfully short. I am a perfect case of 100% compliance with the plan that my surgeon set forth, exercising 5-6 times per week, with minimal results at this point. I won't give up. I will go back on liquid protein diet (the same required pre-op) until I reach my goal. I am tired of weight defining who I am. I know that I can maintain once I reach my goal. I am mentally prepared for maintenance. I refuse to ensure another heavy summer where I cannot go to the beach with my family. Drastic measures!!!
Children/Ages: Grown daughter and son, 3 granddaughters (8, 6, and 1)
Occupation: Paper pusher is my day job; I also have a home-based business making wax melts, candles, soap, and other scented products.
Pets: 1 Black Cat named SugarBear
Hobbies/Interests: Shopping, Reading, Couch Tater (love to watch TV WAAAAY too much--at least I have a TV in my candle-making workroom and can work while I watch). I love to travel but don't get to do that nearly as much as I'd like!
Height: 5' 7"
Eye/Hair Color: Green/Blondish-brown (right now--covered the gray last week)
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: VSG hopefully in May or June
Starting Weight: 284 lbs at last doctor visit
Goal Weight: 150 lbs would be thrilling but probably not likely
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: The thing I'm really concerned about right now is not drinking with meals--I drink a LOT (luckily not alcohol)!
Following any specific plan: Not yet
Anything else you would like to share with us: I can't remember a time in my life that I wasn't overweight! I remember weighing 90 pounds in first grade and my best friend weighed 60--but I can remember being "chubby" (the kindest word ever used) even before I started school. I've been up and down and up again all my life--now I'm having health issues for the first time and have to make this work! Also, living in Alabama, I would love to not be hot all the time!!
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Since high school when I thought I was fat, but really wasn't
Starting Weight: 130 in high school (fat, really?) then up to 255, then down to 229 (due to stress--not a recommended weight loss solution), then up to 263, now down to 250. My body likes to be around 250. I've lost and found that magic number a few times.
Goal Weight: 130
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: exercise and mindless eating
Following any specific plan: I am currently eating healthy--mostly fish and chicken, more fruits and veggies, no soda, sweet tea, or juices, walking
Anything else you would like to share with us: I hate being fat. I would love to be able to pick out an outfit and just wear it without looking like a house. My husband and children do not have weight issues and I hate that I do. I have little self-control when it comes to eating, but have been having better success at making better choices.
Geographical location: Upper Pennisula of Michigan
Marital Status: married
Children/Ages: A few kids. Teenagers and a first grader
Pets: Three dogs and one cat
Hobbies/Interests: reading, swimming, biking, Zumba (one of my new passions. I have so much fun doing it)
Eye/Hair Color: hazel/color red cause there is gray in there now. lol
Date of Surgery: Not scheduled yet. Depending on my insurance hopefully July, Aug or Sept. The WLS Center will send for an approval in July after my next pc doc appt on the 9th.
Type of Surgery: Roux en Y gastric bypass
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 1992 its when I got married and I started to see my weight go up and down.
Starting Weight: highest weight ever recorded: 309 April 2013
Weight at surgery:
Present Weight: 300
Goal Weight: 165
Biggest hurdle to overcome in managing after WLS: I have hypothyroidism and it makes it difficult for me to lose weight.
Anything else you would like to share with us:
I am currently getting everything needed to be done to have the surgery. (labwork and tests). I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and a fatty liver. I want to be around for longer and enjoy doing things with my children again.
Children/Ages: 14 n 2 girls
Occupation: stay home mum
Pets: 4 cats
Height: 5' 7
Eye/Hair Color: green
Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 2008 lapband 2013 waiting for bypass
Highest Weight: 180kg
Goal Weight: 100kg
Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: failed lapband regaining 7 stone gaining another 5 stone from medication side effects
Following any specific plan: not until surgery
Anything else you would like to share with us: I have mild bipolar, I have struggled with weight all my life so had a lapband lost a lot of weight but regained it when I had a band slippage am now so big I have opted for a bypass instead