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My weight loss journey began in October of 2006. I had my surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. My BMI was 42 and at five feet tall I weighed 215. You might say to yourself this person is not that fat why would she have this surgery? I thought about this myself as I was half the size of most patients sitting in the doctor's office. I was never always fat. Growing up I was always physically fit through my twenties. I exercised every day until I burnt myself out. Once I met my husband I said to myself well maybe I can relax now and begin a family. Well after three years of marrige baby number one came then number two. Had not motivation to exercise and the weight gain topped out at 215. I had back pain from my large brease and lower back pain from my big butt! My knees hurt when I walked and I always seem to get my foot stuck in a crack and then I would twist my ankles. I thought about WLS for over a year. I watched all of the shows about WLS. I thought to myself can I really do this? It was permanent. At the time I don't think it was covered under insurance or at least I did not check. Well one day I woke up tired of being fat. Tired of everyone looking at me like god this girl is going to squeaze into this seat on the train? Then when I encountered someone with an attitude on the train they always had to make a comment such as "Fat xyz blurp". When I realized my insurance covered the surgery without a million reports for approval I stumbled across this website and saw Dr. Marina Kurian's website. I called and they accepted my insurance. I was excited. I was more excited when I found out she is a great advocate (co wrote WLS or dummies) for Obese patients. After the seminar my insurance approved and within a few weeks I was scheduled. It went so fast I did not have time to think about it. Surgery day came and post op I said to myself OH MY GOD what did I do to myself. I was in soo.... much pain. Well that's how it all happened. I took it day by day. I began exercising right away. Ten months later I lost 100 pounds. Everyone knows about my surgery at work. I tell everyone. And yes people right away day Oh I know so one and they gained the weight back. So encouraging isn't it? Well I continue to exercise and it is so much easier for me now that I am 120 pounds. My boobs went from a 40 DD to a 32 B. I'm acutually 30 inches but can't find anything smaller. It difficult to find 32B bras. My pants size went from 18 to a 3. Shirt 20 to a small. I can fit my calve in a tall leather boot. Can't wait to buy those. Well hopefully if anyone reads my story it will motivate them. I don't think you have to be over 300 pounds to have this surgery. This surgery saved my life and made me a better person. If I did not have the surgery I probably would have gained more weight. Now my future goal is to keep the weight off. Maintain my exercise routine and get plastic surgery. I need a major boob lift and beleive it or not I think I would benefit from a body lift. I don't have alot of excess skin w/ the exception of my stomach. To babies and weight loss I have this skin of about 3 pounds? Its just there and I see my stomach muscles underneath! A six pack waiting to come out. Well see....