I had been over 300# for pretty much my entire adult life, and probably 250+ from high-school or before. I hit my max (that I know of) in mid-2008 of over 380. I had always felt WLS was not an option. I knew it was a life-style changing event, and that I should be able to make those changes on my own.
In October of 2008 after seeing the success a friend had with lap-band and my own aunt had with RNY, I decided that even with some of the changes I had been making… I needed help.
I became a “pre-op” in November of 2008, and started jumping through the required hoops, which included going on a 1500 calorie a day meal plan as directed by my surgeon to lose 21 pounds before I could have surgery. I lost that 21 and then some by New Years, and started to have some doubts. But then I remembered how I had lost that same 30-some pounds time and again over the years, only to have them find me again and bring along friends.
I kept plugging along and by the time I had my RNY surgery on April 8, 2009 I was down 55 pounds from my heaviest recorded weight. It’s now
November 2009 early 2010 late 2011, over two years since I started down this road I’ve lost about another 125+ pounds. I’ve gone from size 48 jeans down to 32 and from wearing 4X shirts to large, and I’ve been maintaining at around 210-215 for over 18 months and weigh less than I did when I graduated high school over 25 years ago.
WLS is a tool, one I’ve got no regrets in adding to my arsenal. And at times I wonder why I waited so long. This web-site is another tool. By writing about things here I think it helps keep me a bit more accountable… and if it helps someone else make the changes they need, so much the better.