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  • Hello,
    I'm new to this site hope you dont mind if I introduce my self.
    My name is Trisha I'm 27 and live in northern California.
    I'm married and have a little girl named Taylor, who is 3 going on 13!
    I just had weight loss surgey on monday 11-20,and today is my second day home.So far so good.I have lost quit a bit of weight.I went into the hospital at 277,came home and weighed myself....too much I.V.fluids I weight 289.
    Today I weigh 272!! Yeppie!!
    I would love to hear from anyone who has had weight loss surgery.I'm looking forward to making new friends,getting some in put,and to hear success stories.So please feel free to send me any advice my way.
  • Real name: Tiffany (this is my very first post..Hi Ya'll)

    Geographical location: Brooklyn, NY

    Age: 30

    Marital Status: Married for almost 3 years

    Children/Ages: 15 month old son-Daniel

    Occupation: Early childhood teacher but currently a SAHM.

    Pets: 1 cat/tiger named White Socks

    Hobbies/Interests: Researching WLS has become my biggest hobbies.

    Height: 5'4" and a half (can't forget about my half!)

    Eye/Hair Color: Dk Brown, Dk Brown almost black

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: I've been doing research for 2+ years...finally found a doctor.

    Starting Weight: 305

    Present Weight: 301

    Goal Weight: I have no clue...

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Eating to live and not living to eat

    Following any specific plan: Trying not to eat everything in sight...more than likely will have a gastric bypass (crossing fingers)

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: Well this time I think I'm hitting a "do or die" phase. I'm scared.

    I have an appt. on Jan. 17th with the psychologist, doctor and nutritionist. We shall see what happens from there. I'm nervous but my weight has hit an all time high and my son needs his mommy.
  • Hi Pookie...thanks for the welcome.

    Yup, I've been dieting for my entire adult life and with not that much success. It has taken me some serious thought and time to get to the point of going to consult with a doctor. Hopefully it all works out for the best.
  • Hello:
    I thought I would take a second to introduce myself.I just had Weight loss surgery(rouxen- y) on 11-20-06.My Journey has been pretty good so far,just wishing for some real food,and some veggies.

    Real name: Trisha

    Geographical location: Northern California

    Age: 27

    Marital Status:Married for 1year

    Children/Ages: Taylor Rose-3yrs old

    Occupation: Stay at home mom

    Pets: a cat named jake,and my daughters fish-Dorothy

    Hobbies/Interests: Shopping,WLS,going to the movies.& lots more!!

    Height: 5'10

    Eye/Hair Color: Blue eyes, strawberry blonde hair

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: had weight loss sugery 11-20-2006

    Starting Weight: 288

    Present Weight: 260

    Goal Weight: 170

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Head Hunger

    Following any specific plan: soft protein,lots of water

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past:I have more than just myself to think about,and this has to be different! I have no other choice!
  • Real name: Karen

    Geographical location: Florida

    Age: 51

    Marital Status: Married

    Children/Ages: Grown and on their own

    Occupation: Retired federal employee

    Pets: 2 chihuahua's, 1 pomparian, 2 cats, 1 african gray bird

    Hobbies/Interests: quilting, reading, doing reborn dolls,

    Height: 5'6"

    Eye/Hair Color: brown

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: 10 Jan 07

    Starting Weight: 225

    Present Weight: 185

    Goal Weight: 128-135

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting more exercise, joining a gym, facing it the rest of my life

    Following any specific plan: for food the one my doctor gave me, to start walking at week 3 for 10 to 15 minutes, then move it up to 30 minutes, then at 6 weeks join a gym. And go at least 3 times a week

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: I could diet before but always gained it back, then I found out I had Interstitial Cystitis (IC), and it turned not only my food upside down but me. Many foods that every one eats every day I can no longer eat.

    Anything else you would like to share with us: Before findng out I had IC I had once again successfully dieted my way to a decent weight, then the IC hit and I had to change my whole life style. I gained very quickly and it scared me because diabetes is very strong in my family. I'd also had to quit smoking and the weight was just jumping on me. NOw that I've had the surgery I feel emotionally more healty and I am commited to being more healthy.
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  • Newbie
    Real name: Stephanie

    Geographical location: VA

    Age: 32

    Marital Status: Married

    Children/Ages: 4 children. 2 girls (11,9) 2 boys (7,4)

    Occupation: Business owner

    Pets: German Shepherd, Mia

    Hobbies/Interests: homeschool mom, crafts, hikinging, camping, meeting new people

    Height: 6'0"

    Eye/Hair Color: Red/ Hazel

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Sugery 04/12/06

    Starting Weight: 421

    Present Weight: 260

    Goal Weight: 190

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Drinking the water and getting in enough protein. Taking all my vitamins.

    Following any specific plan: Just sticking with my diet to keep healthy.

    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: I have had a hard experience, I have a Vitamin B 1 def. And Have to take Warafin (blood thinners) bc they found a clot in November. So far I am 50 lbs to go until my goal.


    Stephanie
  • More than 2 years here, better late than never!!!
    Real name: Angie

    Geographical location: California

    Age: 32

    Marital Status: Married and loving it

    Children/Ages: 1 son, 11 in August

    Occupation: Bum

    Pets: 5 snakes, 2 lizards and 2 cats (too many names, lol)

    Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, cooking and being an organizational freak

    Height: 5'4"

    Eye/Hair Color: Auburn/Gray-Green

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Ummmm, birth?

    Starting Weight: 293

    Present Weight: 168

    Goal Weight: 140-ish

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Fighting an auto-immune disorder that sucks the life out of it's sufferers

    Following any specific plan: Roux-En-Y bypass

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: So this is what life is like when someone said "It isn't supposed to be this hard".

    Anything else you would like to share with us: My ultimate goal is to be a stable size 11 or 12.

  • Real name: Annie

    Geographical location: Indiana

    Age: 46

    Marital Status: Divorced

    Children/Ages: Samantha 21; Jake 18

    Occupation: Exec Asst

    Pets: Jack Russell-Isabella Roxanne (Bella); Cat-Leila; Snake-MJ

    Hobbies/Interests: gardening, movies, reading, walking

    Height: 5'8"

    Eye/Hair Color: Brown/Blonde

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Sugery 2/12/07

    Starting Weight: 303

    Present Weight: 252

    Goal Weight: 165

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Drinking the water and getting in enough protein. Taking all my vitamins.

    Following any specific plan: WLS rules and regulations-haha

    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: I have more energy and am happier.
  • Real name: Jeanette

    Geographical location: New York

    Age: 34

    Marital Status: Single with Pets

    Children/Ages: None

    Occupation: Government Employee

    Pets: 2 Yorkies: Jonah and Angel Mia

    Hobbies/Interests: Reading, working out, Ebay

    Height: 5'7

    Eye/Hair Color: Dark brown/brown

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Surgery: 4/24/06

    Starting Weight: 321

    Present Weight: 153.4

    Goal Weight: 150

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Getting in the protein.

    Following any specific plan: WLS, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Vegetarian

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: The gastric bypass was the tool that I needed to get started and now I feel like nothing can stop me from having the life that I desire and dream of.

    Anything else you would like to share with us: My journey has been interesting and hardly difficult. I'm glad that I had the surgery and feel like my life will be so different than what it was going to be. I feel like nothing can stop me. I live by the motto: Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.__________________
  • Real name: Kristy

    Geographical location: California

    Age: 30

    Marital Status: Happy and married

    Children/Ages: 1 - female...10.5 months old

    Occupation: HUC

    Pets: Deogie & Rosie (dogs), Trixie, Oreo & Tony (cats) & 2 fish

    Hobbies/Interests: crochet

    Height: 5'3"

    Eye/Hair Color: Green /Red

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: long time ago...but had WLS (RNY) on 8/3/04

    Starting Weight: 254

    Present Weight: 147

    Goal Weight: 140

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: not eating all those carbs!!

    Following any specific plan: WLS

    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: WLS allowed me to get pregnant after 8 years of failed fertility treatments due to PCOS. I also speak for my surgeon as a post op and have been doing it for 2.5 years now...

    Kristy
  • Real name: Lori

    Geographical location: Illinois

    Age: 52

    Marital Status: Married for 30 years on Sept. 10 of this year.

    Children/Ages: Michael - 21, Abbi - 11, Chelsi - 11, AJ - 10, Christopher - 9

    Occupation: Mom to the kids, 3 dogs and my hubby -

    Pets: Frosty (big, beautiful mixed breed - mostly golden retriever), Lady (medium sized mixed breed with beagle in her - she HOWLS!), and Taz (a VERY spoiled Pug) - Frosty and Lady are 11 1/2 just like my girls and Taz will be 6 in September. They are my babies!

    Hobbies/Interests: Kids, Animals, flowers, reading,

    Height: 5'6"

    Eye/Hair Color: Green/Brunette/Gray

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: Just starting for the millionth time!

    Starting Weight: Somewhere around 320

    Present Weight: Somewhere around 320

    Goal Weight: 160 - 170

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: Take one day at a time - stop being my own worst enemy.

    Following any specific plan: Just started the paperwork for the WLS.

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: It's my last chance - I'm too old to be this heavy - I want to live to see my kids' kids and travel with my hubby when he retired.

    Anything else you would like to share with us: I'm excited to finally be starting this journey - been considering WLS for at least a year. My hubby initially was really scared for me to have it - he now realizes it will be worse if I DON'T have it.

    I'm glad to be with all of you!

    Lori
  • NAME: Sandy

    AGE: 36

    LOCATION: New Jersey

    MARITAL STATUS:Married

    CHILDREN: None

    PETS: 6 yr old calico cat, 5yr old Shih Tzu mix

    OCCUPATION: Data Entry Clerk and Massage Therapist

    HEIGHT: 5'5

    PREOP WEIGHT: 282

    SURGERY DATE: 10/15/07

    TYPE OF WLS: Gastric Bypass

    PRESENT WEIGHT: 282
  • Real name: Melissa (Missy)

    Geographical location: Valparaiso, IN

    Age: 28

    Marital Status: Happily married to Randy

    Children/Ages: Two step-daughters...Jessica (14) and Jamie (13)

    Occupation: 8th grade reading teacher

    Pets: an outside cat named Oliver (he's a Russian Blue)

    Hobbies/Interests: photography and scrapbooking

    Height: 5'1"

    Eye/Hair Color: brown/dark brown

    Date of Surgery: July 18, 2005

    Type of Surgery: Roux en Y gastric bypass

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: day of surgery

    Starting Weight: highest weight ever recorded: 270 right before my surgery

    Weight at surgery: 265

    Present Weight: 145-150 (depends on which day of the month it is LOL)

    Goal Weight: Currently I want to be at 120, but I will stop when I feel comfortable at my weight.

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in managing after WLS: Food is not an issue. I haven't touched a piece of chocolate cake or a candy bar, etc. since before surgery. My biggest hurdle has been exercising. I love to do it, but it's hard to find the time. I have to MAKE the time.
  • Real name: Angela

    Geographical location: Idaho

    Age: 41

    Marital Status: single

    Children/Ages: 1 - girl - 18 and married in Nov. to her DH that is entering the marines; no grandkids

    Occupation: artist, teacher and gallery owner

    Pets: Rook, my 6 year old shelty...ladybug (AKA girlie or girliebug), my 4 year old miniture pincher and... Ginny who is 1 and a half, also a min pin but is actually my brother's in the paperwork, nights and weekends. LOL I care it her during the day.

    Hobbies/Interests: Art (myspace.com/paintingsbyaks), music (myspace.com/silvansongs)

    Height: 5'9.5"

    Eye/Hair Color: hazel green and dark brown

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: when I was 16....in 1982 LOL but for surgery...6-04

    Starting Weight: 326

    Present Weight: 299

    Goal Weight: 170-180

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: fighting with ins. and getting the surgery actually done

    Following any specific plan: WLS

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: having a physiological tool to help me stay on track.

    Anything else you would like to share with us: I hope to use the patience and determination I had to have to actually get this surgery to be able to make it work for me!
  • Real name: Carol

    Geographical location: Texas

    Age: 63

    Marital Status: married 34+ years

    Children/Ages: 3 grown - 3 granddaughters

    Occupation: RN, retired teacher

    Pets: Buster (wirehair), Oreo (1/2 Yorkie 1/2 Shih Tzu), Sport (Yorkie), Roxie (mini-dach). Roxie is 18 - the others are <2 years - all more or less "rescues"

    Hobbies/Interests: reading, music, Red Hatters, crafts, retired DH

    Height: 5'1" (I've shrunk!)

    Eye/Hair Color: blue/grey, dark brown with grey

    Starting Date of Weightloss Journey: This time - just recently really serious

    Starting Weight: 250 (2 yrs ago); lost to 183 after surgery, gaining it back

    Present Weight: 210

    Goal Weight: around 130

    Biggest hurdle to overcome in weightloss: making the decision to have LB surgery and making this permanent life change

    Following any specific plan: WLS (probably in February '08)

    What is different this time in your weight loss efforts than in the past: finally realized I can't do it alone on a regular "diet" - need some serious help before it's too late to benefit

    Anything else you would like to share with us: just want to regain at least part of my health so I can live pain-free (relatively speaking). My DH had RNY 2 years ago and lost 180 lbs - he's my greatest support and cheerleader