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BE HAPPY
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make exercise a regular part of my life
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stop avoiding old friends because of my weight
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Take it one day at a time....
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  • Comment by shammy 11/17/09 9:12 am
    Congrats on your surgery and best wishes for a speedy recovery!
  • Comment by Kathy B. 11/16/09 5:39 pm
    Dasie, wishing you all the best as you approach and recover from surgery. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers this week. Hugs, Kathy
  • Comment by gripofgrace 11/16/09 7:28 am
    Best wishes on your surgery. It's an exciting journey!
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Goal Reached
July 9, 2012 10:54 am
32 months post op, and today I weighed 127.  My goal was 128. 
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22 Months Post-OP & Interview Link
September 7, 2011 3:09 pm
I've posted a link to an interview  I was priveledged to participate in with my surgeon, Dr. Vadim Sherman  at Houston's Methodist Weight Management Center.  I love this video because it sums up what this journey has meant to me. 

http://www.methodisthealth.com/wmc.cfm?id=35059
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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
November 16, 2010 9:14 am
Tomorrow, November 17th, I will celebrate my one year anniversary.  I know it sounds like a cliche, but it really does seem like yesterday I was preparing to go to the hospital.  I have enjoyed an easy recovery and journey, and I am extremely grateful to Dr. Sherman and his staff for managing such a superior program.  I have learned a lot this past year, and I have ObesityHelp to thank for much of that.  So for those considering surgery, I wanted to share a few thoughts.

 - When I began considering surgery, I assumed everyone would celebrate my decision. Some did not, but those who mattered did.  Do not let anyone deter you when making this life changing decision - unless it is your surgeon or other health care professional who is responsible for your medical needs.

- I had a very difficult time finding a protein shake that I could tolerate.  Months prior to surgery, I was told to find a shake I liked.  I decided to wait, and as a result, it made the first few months very difficult as far as my emotions were concerned.  I was extremely concerned about my health.   Everything made me nauseous, and I barely got 30 grams of protein per day.  Make certain you are well prepared prior to your surgery date.

- I followed my Dr.'s plan.  There are a lot of good programs, but in the end I knew I needed to follow his protocol because, after all, he performed my surgery and provided the after care.  I have however learned much on the boards that I have incorporated into my plan.  These are things that enhanced rather than conflicted with the protocol I I received.  Get support as much as possible and remain active on ObesityHelp

- Exercise is non-negotiable, but I appreciated Dr. Sherman's practical approach.  We were admonished to move our bodies at least 30 minutes per day even if we only walked for that amount of time.  Those simple instructions gave me "permission" to not have to live in the gym like I did in the past.  But as the weight came off, I fell  in love with walking, often walking 6 miles per day in Texas' 100 degree heat.  It was during those months I had my best results.  I concentrated more on cardio and weight loss than anything.  Although I spent minimal time toning, I will now shift my focus and emphasis to gym related exercise.  If exercise has never been part of your lifestyle, know that walking 30 minutes per day is a great way to start.

- I chose a goal weight that I knew was realistic for me.  While my goal seemed low to some, it was right for my frame.  Don't let the number control you.  Yes, I have a goal and work towards it.  I decided prior to surgery to not weigh often.  I wanted to relax and enjoy my progress. Now that I am nearing maintenance I plan to weigh each day in order to remain accountable.  If it works for you, try not to weigh too often.  If you follow your Dr.'s orders, the weight will come off. 

- I have concentrated on "whole foods."  I was a volume eater with a carb and sugar addiction.  I can completely control any cravings when I stay away from processed simple carbs.  I do not eat "white" carbs, and it works well for me.  I have stayed with lean meat (I don't like meat too much any more), fresh vegetable (they are now my absolute favorite), beans, cottage cheese, cheese, yogurt and nuts.  If you are carb sensitive, try eliminating processed carbs; it really does make a difference.

- Last, but certainly most importantly, I am in better health than I have been in years.  I am more active than I was in my thirties, forties or early fifties.  I no longer take co-morbid medications and all back and joint pain is gone.  I went to the hospital wearing a size 24; today I wear a size 4/6.  That has been my greatest surprise of all.  I hoped to wear a size 8, dreamed I would wear a size 6, but I ended up in a size 4.  That was never my goal.  I am only 15 pounds lighter than I weighed in 2004, yet I am easily 6 sizes smaller.  I can only surmise all the walking I have been doing for the past year   made the difference.

So I end with my most important thoughts.  We all go through life with our own dreams and methods for achieving them.  For me personally it is, and has always been, my relationship with Christ and knowing "I am fearfully and wonderfully made."  Though I have struggled with my weight for years and certainly wanted to embody that scripture, I also knew I was not made to be trapped in an obese body.  I know He wants the best for my life, all our lives, and He is always there with outstretched arms to help us and to equip us for achieving our goals.  He does not promise us a perfect life, one without trials or testing, but He does promise to be with us in our trials.  It was that knowledge that has comforted, sustained and guided me these past 12 months.  I take each day as a gift, one day at a time, and I know I am always one cupcake away from defeat if I do not rely on Him and follow my plan.  I do fall down but try to get up as quickly as possible. 

Thank you to ObesityHelp and to those who have impacted my life and supported me these last 12 months.
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10.5 Month Post-Op: Surgeon's Goal
September 28, 2010 4:24 am
 It seems I have been on a prolonged stall and have noticed the weight loss has slowed considerably.  I decided I really needed to recommit to walking each and every day.  I walked 6 miles on Monday, 5 miles on Sunday and 2.5 to 3 miles on prior days.  I stopped by the Y yesterday to weigh.  The increase in miles seems to have worked.  As of September 27th, I officially reached my surgeon's goal - 140 pounds.  It was actually 139.75.  I will now push forward to my personal goal.  I want to lose at least 5 additional pounds by my one year post-op date of November 17th.
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9 Month Post-Op Appointment
August 25, 2010 1:44 am

On August 24th, I saw my surgeon for my 9 month post op visit.  I now weigh 143.5 pounds.  I have consistently lost 20+ pounds per 3 months.  I am now within 8 pounds reaching my goal. My labs were good.  My potassium was a little elevated and iron absorption a little low, but my ferritin levels and hemoglobin were good.  Everything else was fine too.

I have learned a lot from ObesityHelp these past months.  My newest revelation came a month or so ago when I read a poster who said the longer he waits to drink before eating the more restriction he has.  It is because the pouch is dry.  I have found that to be true for me as well.  If I do not drink for a couple hours prior to eating, I have greater restriction.  If I stop drinking  the standard 30 minutes before eating, I can tell it is much easier to eat.  Extending my no drinking to a couple hours before eating has been helpful.

I know I will be reaching maintenance soon, and that will bring a new mindset.  I continue to enjoy my success and continue to be grateful for this life changing surgery.  My surgeon's associate once again reminded me long term success depends on my choices.  It depends on me consistently choosing the right food to eat and maintaining exercise levels.  There is no magic bullet.  He said we have to choose to do the correct things because surgery only gets us so far.  That is why they remind us of this truth each and every time we come to the clinic.  I appreciate this reality check.

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My Story

My first successful weight loss event occurred in 1969, at age 13.  I weighed in excess of 160 pounds and was entering high school the coming fall.  In anticipation of that milestone, the previous spring I drastically reduced my food intake and walked.  I lost 20 – 30 pounds prior to entering high school. 

 

By my junior year, I had regained the weight and more.  The summer before my senior year, I again reduced my calories and lost 35 pounds.  However one year after graduating high school, I regained 45 pounds. At that time, I met my husband to-be and lost that weight prior to getting married in August 1974. These efforts were self-imposed, without medical supervision, and always consisted of the typical “teenage starvation diet” with little attention to nutrition or health.

 

Following the birth of my first child in 1975, I weighed in excess of 200 pounds. This was not pregnancy weight. My daughter was 2.5 months premature weighing only 2 lbs 13 oz.  Ten months after her birth, I became acquainted with a “weight loss clinic” in Pasadena, Texas.  This clinic freely dispensed amphetamines and hormone injections that aided the weight loss process.  Although I did not tolerate the medication well, I lost 60 pounds and maintained my weight from 1976 until1984, which included 2 additional pregnancies. 

 

Once I enrolled in college in 1984, it was at this juncture my most significant and continuing struggle with weight began. Since that time until now, my weight routinely exceeds 230 lbs punctuated by numerous weight loss episodes including, but not limited to, 2 significant weight loss efforts of 70 pounds or more in 1997 and 2001, and 40 pounds in 2004 and 2007.

 

In addition to my weight loss history, there is another obesity component I sincerely believe impacts my struggle with this issue now more than ever.  Although it is not used as an excuse and does not cause obesity, it is inescapably a contributing factor that exacerbates the problem and is also part of my story. 

 

In 2004, I medically retired from my mathematics teaching career due to a degenerative retinal disease.  I lost my ability to drive in 1997 seven years prior to my retirement.  At that same time, I began relying on family members for all transportation needs, including driving me to-and-from work each day.  Once my children matured and left home, I lost a large portion of personal freedom - not to mention a substantial part of my transportation provision.  My yo-yoing weight issue became more severe once I lost their assistance.

 

I now spend 14+ hours alone each day.  Depending on my husband’s schedule, it is not unusual for me to be alone in my home 20 hours each day.  My eyesight undeniably affects my mobility which in turn affects my activity level and weight.  During my more productive years, I took for granted the number of calories expended and health benefits gained during my daily routine working, going to school, picking-up children, going to school events, gong to church, and much, much more.  Obesity among the blind and visually impaired is higher than in the general population.