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Surgeon TestimonialGuillermo AlvarezDr Alvarez and his whole team are everything and more that everyone says he is. Kindness radiates from his smile. There is kindness in the simplest touch. His team is professional, compassionate and very kind.rnDr A. is through in explaining the procedure, the before care, the after care, the diet to follow. I can't imagine there is a better surgeon out there who cares as much for his patients as Dr A does.rnDr A bedside manner was second to none, as was his competence with the knife.
- Family & Friends - My husband and I are goin on 12 years of a wonderful life together
- Dogs - I have an 11yo lab mix named Mutzy and I love her as much as my kids
- Motorcycles - I have a 1972 GT 380 that my hubby and I took 3 years to customize.
- Parenting - I have the two great children in the worl Jill 8, Steven 7
- Camping - My family loves to go camping.
- Tattoo - a tattoo will be my reward when I reach my goal weight
- 4-Wheelers - MY husband and I own a store where we sell parts & accessories for motorsports
- WLS in your 30's - I am hoping to have WLS nezt month I am 34
7 month update, and active weekend on May 19, 2008 3:56 am
Mornin' all.. I just wanted to share that at 7 months out I am 2 lbs under goal. I have maintained my weight for the last couple weeks, flexing up and down a 1 lb everyday.
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I started by wearing a tight size 18, I know wear a very comfortable 6. I love my new body, my new energy, and I am finally living the life I always dreamed I would have.
Saturday I spent the afternoon playing tennis with the kids, and we were running out the court ( chasing the ball, we do not hit much as we are newbies at tennis) The kids each got invited to a friends house for a sleep over, that left Dh & I alone Sat eve and Sun. We went to the movies. Sun we woke up around 7 am and decided to take a bike ride to breakfast ( I have hated biking always and have not riden a bike in a very long time) I was having so much fun, we decided to keep the ride up. We eneded up riding 6 - 7 miles. We rode on the road as well as off road trails. ( I prefer the off road as I do not have to worry about traffic) When we got home we decided to go for a hike, we drove to a near by hill and we hiked to the top. I was not sore, I had a great time and I did it easier then DH ( that has never happened). After we got home we played in the yard ( we are getting an area ready to build a tree house). The not so fun part after that was cleaning the house, laundry...
Anyway. I have so much more energy, I have a better realationship with my DH, with my kids, with my house, and most important with my self.
Being gphysically active is no longer a chore, but a joy. My tv is on a lot less ( nwo we play the wii more then we watch tv)
I have started a small garden this year. I have never had any interest in taking on anything that would be more work for me.
I do not know what else I have to say except that I really appreciate that my Dh has been so supportive, I am grateful to Dr Alvarez for providing me with this tool. And more then anything the members of this board are amazing and so helpful and full of information you are all a great resource to be tapped. I love watching everyones progress.
Have a blessed week.
Dr Alveraz newsletter.. this is this months entry,... on December 31, 2007 11:39 am
Okay, so I deserve 50 lashes with a wet noodle. ( Just make sure you take the noodle so I don't try to eat it.) This month has been good, the weight is dropping, the inches are melting, and I was so good at following my plan until Dec 22. ( I only made it that long becasue of the OH websight holiday challenge.) I have turned into a junk food, carbo addict since then. I have been grazing non-stop, although I know I am thirsty I have been reaching for food instead of fluids and then I wonder why I am not feeling up to par. I am trying to reach my goal of 150 lbs. before Dr Alveraz's reunion on March 29. If I am going to make it, I need to step up my game a little bit. The exercise has been easy for me, ( so far) I have spent more time outside this winter then I have in the last 10 combined. I have walked in blizzards, I have walked when it was 20 below, you know what, I love it. I love the time to myself, knowing that I am doing what is right for me. What I haven't done that I need to do is, count calories, watch what I am putting into my mouth, ask myself if I am hungry or am I eating because it is there. I need to up my protein, and drink all my fluids, 64oz is a starting point not a finish line. I didn't get to be 80 lbs over weight becasue I only ate when I was hungry,I need to watch for triggers, just becasue I eat less, doesn't mean I am eating for the right reasons. I realized tonight, I have been riding high on the weight loss that comes just from eating less, but I am not doing everything I can to make sure that I reach all my goals. I have not been using the tool to its full potential.
I am having great results, but imagine how much further ahead I could be if I was staying away from the carbs, or making sure I got enough fluid in. This is not a diet, it is a journey, everyone's journey will be different. Some of us will lose weight quickly and easily, some will have to fight for every pound we lose. Some will face dragons that we have been covering with food for years now. There will be days that the journey is easy and the road smooth, there will be days we are climbing
the steepest mountian. What we all need to remember is that the ultimate goal is to be you, but better, to be healthier, happier, the weight loss is just a bonus. We can not compare ourselves to how fast this one is losing, or how easy it was for someone else. Make this all about you, about your life, your journey, your goals.
My current weight is 184, I am down from a starting weight of 231. I was wearing a tight size 18 to now a loose 14. ( I do have 1 pair of size 12 that fit very well, and some other size 12's that are new in the package that I need to lose a few more pounds first.) Since this surgery, I have felt better, been more energetic, but I still battle the food demons everyday. Thank you for letting me share my battles with you, I do it to make myself accountable, but I also do it with the small hope that someone can read and say...she knows how I feel. I want to help you with your journey.
I hope your holiday season was blessed and that your New year will be filled with many amazing moments that you find the real you.
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how do you tahnk someone for giving you your life... on December 12, 2007 6:59 pm
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Tomorrow will be 8 weeks that I had my life changing surgery. I can not believe how far I have come in such a short amount of time. The big question for me is how do I thank Dr A and his team for giving me my life back. Well this is my life, only better. I feel better, I look better, I am better to myself, my children and my husband. I walk my puppy for an hour and a half a day, I play with my kids, I fix healthier meals. I am so mcuh happier then I ever dreamed possible.
In 8 weeks I have lost 41 lbs and over 16" all over my body. I wish I had my body fat tested and my measurements done before surgery, but I did not. I did have them done by a personal trainer 2 weeks after surgery and again tonight.
The body fat ws tested on this machine results on 11/03 34.3% body fat.
today 12/12 body fat 27.6. WOW!!
I have lost 1" off each arm, 2.25" off my chest, 3.5" off my waist,
3.5" off my hips, 1.5" off each thigh, 1" off each calf.
I can't begin to tell you how excited I am. I never dreamed it would be this easy, or this fast.
There have been bumps in the road, but things that I can handle. Heart burn, constipation, but I have taken steps to correct both of these. Prilosec OTC has done wonders for HB the constipation has been a tougher, but I think it is coming around. I use Smooth move tea, I use Miralax, and at times I still need ex-lax. But most importantly I have started adding high fiber foods to my diet, daily.
I started weight training today, I need to take it slow, but I want to get tone and shape into these muscles. I will still continue to walk daily. ( I have no choice with the dog)
2008 and is going to be an amazing year, this Christmas, I have already been given the greatest gift...my life
Thanks for being part of it.
Here I am 48 hours out of surgery on October 20, 2007 3:26 pm
I know my thoughts are going to get jumbles, and my typos are going to be many, but I just can not begin to tell you have greatful I am for this web-sight and for all the information that everyone so willingly shares.
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I had my surgery with Dr Alvarez on Oct 18 about 3:30 in the afternoon. He is kind, compassionate, caring, and very skilled. From the beginning of this journey everyone has been great. Susan, the co-ordinater, Rosy the driver, Dr A the nurses. The suregery went great, the first night was hell. ( I was one of the 20% with uncontrolable dry heaves) the sun came up and I felt much better. I had my IV out by 2 in the afternoon and spent the second night wondering the halls. I had no pain meds, and didn't need them, but I just couldn't sleep. ( I even took a shower at 2 am) Dh has been by my side the hole time, and feel bad for those who make the trip alone, or for those whose So is not supportive.
I think I am typed out for right now, but will keep you all posted and for those patients of Dr A's you can follow my progress in the Up coming news letter as I have told them I will share my journey for at least the first 6 months.
Have a great day everyone, thanks for looking.
The count down is on on September 27, 2007 8:36 am
The plane tickets are purchased the date is set, the babysitters are all lined up, I have a dog sitter, the portein bullets have been ordered, the post op instructions have been read and re-read. I have 21 days until surgery, all of the sudden I have awful feelings of gulit for spending 10,000 on myself. I know if I do not spend it on the surgery I will spend it on health issues later on. I am haveing a hard time. I have told 2 close friends that are very supportive, but I can not bring myself to tell my family.
For the first time in my life I feel truely selfish. No one is going without anything becasue of this, and I know without the surgery I will only get bigger. Hoe come I can not make myself feel better about doing something for me? Anyone else have this problem.
Thank you all for being here. I couldn't make this journey without you
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My Name is Bethany Courchene, I live in Northern Maine with my husband of almost 12 years, my 2 children ( Jill 8, Steven 7) and our 2 dogs. My husband and I own our own store called Red's Motorsports, we cater to those who love to ride motorcycle, ATV, dirtbike and snowmobiles.
I have been over weight for about 14 years, every year I seem to get bigger instead of smaller, no matter what diet I decide to try this week. I am currently heavier then I have ever been at 230 lbs with a BMI of 38.5. I decided to have a VSG to help get this weight off and keep it off. I know if I do not have WLS I will only continue to get bigger. My biggest desire to lose weight comes from the desire to be happier & healthier for my children, so I can keep up with them. I truley just want to get back to a place that I am not self so self concious every time I leave the house. I want getting dressed in the morning to pretain to putting on 1 outfit, instead of 5 ( three of which have caused tears)
My husband is very supportive and is going without a few things he would like so we can pay for the procedure. ( we are self pay)
This board has already been a source of information & inspiration. thank you all who have shared. I am interested in getting to know all of you. If you have questions I am an open book.
Thank you and God bless you all on your weight loss journey's.