One Year Surgiversary - 12/06/2017

on 12/5/17 8:38 pm
VSG on 12/06/16 with

Wow!!!!! I can't believe its been one year already. VSG was one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. I feel that I have accomplished a lot, but I still have some additional positive habits to learn, in addition to weight loss and fitness goals to achieve. My highest weight was 276, my surgery weight was 258 and today I am 185. I lost a total of 73 lbs over the course of a year. My goal weight is 160, and although I feel that I could've reached this goal within this past year - it is still a journey and somewhat of a challenge to ensure that I am making good decisions regarding my food choices, being mindful of mindless eating, and making sure that I make daily fitness a ritual. I accomplished goals that I didn't even know I wanted to achieve. I bought a fitbit, I average 11k steps a day, I park far away from my destinations, I take the stairs at work and climb an average of 34 stairs a day, I am able to jog without stopping for at least 20 minutes straight (lol), I am able to run 7.0 mph on the treadmill without losing my breath (even if it is only for a short period of time, another lol), my joints do not ache when I work out and overall I just feel good about myself. I was not confident as a larger individual, I was wearing a size 20 in pants and an XL/XXL in tops. Today, I wear a size 12 in pants (loosely :-) ) and a Medium in Shirts. I feel confident about my body, the way I look, the way If feel, and how my body works. I used to be very tired and lethargic, now I have energy most days and exercise at minimum 5 days a week for an average of 90 minutes a day. In addition to this, I also cut out most meats and only eat seafood - living a pescaterian lifestyle (4 months solid). Although I have all of these accomplishments, my biggest fear is that I will fall off of the wagon and gain weight again. However, I am not going to allow that fear to control me and my future habits. For the next year, I would like to continue to focus on my eating choices - make sure I am cutting out/ significantly reducing processed foods, maintain a strict daily calorie limit, and tell myself that I can do anything. I will continue to keep my progress posted, and I am going to work towards reaching my goal weight of 160 by April of next year if possible (my wedding anniversary - vacation in Jamaica woohooo...want to look stunning for my husband :-) ). Even if I do not reach this goal weight, I am confident that this surgery has taught me some positive habits and behaviors that would possibly not have been achieved if I did not have the surgery. Progress is a Process....and I'm here for it!!!!

on 12/6/17 5:40 am
VSG on 09/19/17

Congratulations, you look stunning. Best of luck in your continuing journey to reach your goal.

Gwen M.
on 12/6/17 6:20 am
VSG on 03/13/14

Congrats! Hope to see you stick around as you continue to work toward your goals!

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

Mahonia R.
on 12/6/17 7:07 am
VSG on 03/28/17


Height: 5'5" Pre-op 14 M1 23 M2 11 M3 13 M4 + M5 17 M6 9 M7 5 M8 3 M9 3

Below goal of 135 lbs in 6 months. Total 101 lbs lost, then 13 lbs regained and now losing again. New goal - maintain in low 120s forever.

Jess Says Yes
on 12/6/17 8:56 am
VSG on 10/24/17

Congratulations! It's inspiring to hear all the positive changes that have happened through your hard work over the past year. Thanks for sharing, you look gorgeous & happy!


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. - Oscar Wilde

Age: 36 Height: 5'9" HW:326 GW:180

Pre-op:-32 M1-26 M2-11 M3-13 M4-10 M5-13 M6-8 M7-12 M8-7 M9-7 M10-0 M11-11

on 12/6/17 11:41 am - Jacksonville, FL
VSG on 09/29/17

You look great and I imagine you feel even better. Congratulations on all the hard work and effort!


VSG with Dr. Wanchick - Sept 29 2017

Age 52 Height 5'2" HW 585 (2012) Initial Consult Weight 522 SW 460 (9/29/2017) CW 350 (4/5/2018) Next Goal 325 Starting BMI 95.5 Current BMI 64.0

Pre-Op: 62 M1: 36 M2: 20 M3: 15 M4: 19 M5: 10 M6: 10 M7: ?

on 12/6/17 5:45 pm
VSG on 10/09/17


VSG 10/9/17

HW: 294.2 SW: 286.2 CW:174.6

STGW: 170 LTGW:140

Pre-op:-8 M1:-25.4 M2:-16.8 M3:-15.6 M4:-13.8 M5:-5.4 M6:-8.6 M7:-9.2 M8:-5 M9:-5.6 M10:-2.4

on 12/6/17 6:31 pm
WLS on 12/21/15

You look Stunning! You are a beautiful woman and you sure know how to dress!

on 12/7/17 8:49 am
VSG on 12/18/17

You look Fabulously Beautiful. Bless God you-did that. I love it. You have inspired me and your pictures are wonderful. Any advice for us looking to accomplish your outcomes. It looks to me that you have avoided even having a lot of excess skin, which is one of my minor concerns. Keep up the great work and keep us all posted.

Shannon S.
on 12/9/17 7:16 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

You look amazing. I love when people post pics. So inspirational. I can't wait to buy my cute back dress!!!!