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Goals

Wear a "normal" size
29 People
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15 People
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get approved for surgery and get to a healthy weight, finally!
177 People
 in progress, 
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 achieved this
Surgeon Testimonial

David Dyer
Two years out from surgery and have maintained a 140 lbs weight loss -- Dr. Dyer was great to work with in this process. His diet plan and maintenance plan is strict but it works if you follow it. The support of the office and staff was wonderful too.
Member Interests
  • Animals - I am married with three kiddo's - 19, 18, and 5! Surprise!
  • Books & Literature - I love mysteries
  • Walking - Walking outside is my favorite exercise
  • Swimming - I use to swim when I was young and cannot wait to do it again.
  • Antique Shopping - I love the flea market and anything old

Latest Surgery Support Comments

  • Comment by Cyndi M. 1/30/07 7:03 pm
    ~~~~~~CONGRATULATION S ON YOUR UPCOMING SURGERY~~~~~~ (Everything in our lives happens for a purpose and that purpose is to prepare us) May God give you courage, strength and guidance throughout your new journey. You are about to embark on the most amazing transformation of you MIND, BODY and SOUL. Your big day is almost here, this is the day, your new life will begin, I cant promise it will be easy, cant say it will be hard, I can say that with all the complications and everything I had to go through, It was well worth it. I have never felt better in yearsss, I’m off all medications, have sooooo much more energy. So if you hit a bump in the road, hang in there and remember it will alll be worth it in the long run. Sending Prayers your way that the Lord will guide your surgeon’s hands. May the guardian angels wrap their loving arms of protection around you during your surgery and recovery. Remember your not alone in this journey, many of us have been down this road, we are here to offer love and support. Looking forward to hearing from you on the loosing side. Huggs and Prayers Link to my profile 8-19-04 surgery date weight 297.5 height 5f 2 -121 weight losss http://www.obesityhe lp.com/member/faith4 ever/
  • Comment by judyanne 1/28/07 9:15 am
    Thursday is your day! Just remember you are on the journey of a lifetime. Try to enjoy every minute. It may sound weird now, but know that you are cared for and prayed for here, and all too soon this will be but a memory and you will be an inspiration to someone else. I am waiting for you on the losers' bench! ~ JudyAnne
  • Comment by LavenderLoco 1/25/07 11:29 am
    Wishing you a smooth and safe surgery, speedy and easy recovery and all the best as you begin your exciting, life-changing journey. Many Blessings! ~Lavender
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Two and half year update!
July 27, 2013 12:32 pm

Wow, cannot believe it has been since January when I last updated.  Lot's going on this year.  Kid's senior year of high school - one did great, the other not so well....I have been separated from the hubby since last October and have agreed not to file the paperwork until next month as I wanted him to have insurance and the ability to work out his issues.  I am learning to let go -- somewhat....Never knew that I was a co-dependent person.  I always had this vision of me as independent and strong -- and, I am to some extent but boy am I unhealthy when it comes to relationships!  I don't think I will date for a very long time and I certainly do not want to get married again.  I did make some big girl decisions on my own -- bought a Jeep and a house, enrolled the youngest in private school and have really been focused on rebuilding my life with some safety, security, and stability.  The three S's.  I have maintained my weight throughout this process.  I weighed in this morning at 129 lbs.  Not too shabby!  I am doing what I have described on here a thousand times....following the rules.  I do have a twist to the story.  I have a side effect from surgery.  I now have reactive hypoglycemia.  Supposedly doesn't happen often but can happen with patients who do not have type 2 diabetes and have the R&Y procedure.  It started 5 months ago and it was scary.  I was in a car rental bus when all of a sudden I broke out in a sweat, got very dizzy, nauseous, and felt like I was going to pass out.  Instinctively I knew to go to the vending machine to get crackers and water.  It happened a few more times and I started researching what it was.  I didn't go to the doctor but I had been around my husband enough to recognize the signs of low blood sugar.  It's ok -- at least I will be forced to keeps my carbs lower and be very aware of my food intake even as my body adjusts to allow more food.  Still can't eat raw veggies or salad.  I tried eating half of a salad and was so ill within 20 minutes.  Nothing like negative reinforcement to keep me in check.  We shall see how the rest of the year goes.  Life is funny --- God has been good and he has watched over me.  I know he continues to work in my life and I pray I can do the right thing in his honor.  God bless and keep losing out there!

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2 Years Post Op!
January 13, 2013 7:09 am

Two years ago I was recovering from surgery and figuring out this new way of life!  Eating was so hard, managing the pills/vitamins with all that water was atrocious!  It seemed like brain surgery to manage all of it in a 24 hour period.  Trying new foods and dropping weight but still feeling sluggish -- Those first few months were tough but well worth it!  I am a different person two years later -- and I am still in a discovery of "kelly" phase.  This surgery was a life saver -- physically and mentally I am strong.  Emotionally, I am getting there -- it's not perfect and I hid my emotions with my eating for years and years so I don't expect to just change all that in two years when it took me a 30 years to get here.   Therapy has been helping and I still continue to go.  My progress is just that, progress -- moving forward -- not giving up.  

Ok, so for those that are considering surgery and just now seeing this post -- I know you want the "meat" of what 2 years does with this surgery:

Start weight - 260

Todays weight - 127

Start size - 22

Todays size - small/4

Original goal -- 140   (met within 11 months, but continued to lose down to 132 lbs for next 11 months, now at 127 with lowest weight being 124)

How did I get there and have maintained?  I followed the diet plan given to me almost to the letter for the first year -- I didn't exercise a lot but I am extremely active.  Water and protein are my friends -- sugar still makes me sick (Thank you Lord) -- No carbonated drinks AT ALL!!  No beer, no diet coke, nothing but coffee, water, wine.  I hardly ever eat fast food - yuck!  I eat off of a salad plate to keep portion control -- sometimes my hunger is much bigger than my pouch!  Water is awesome -- I drink around 80 oz per day.  

Body differences -- I need surgery.  I look great in clothes but I look like a 60 year old lady naked (no offense to 60 year old women) -- I probably am worse than that -- The problem areas are my lower belly, my boobs, and my butt.  All those places you want to look good!  My face is good for the most part since I have strong bone structure but I could do with a little filler around the mouth area as it sags a bit.  

Mentally/emotionally -- I am stronger than before.  I don't take too  much from people like I used to.  I feel more confident and I smile more.  I still have a lot of work in this area though.  This is truly where I am trying to find who "I" am.  It's a journey I guess will be never ending but hopefully soon I will know more of "me".  Hard to explain.

Marriage -- we are getting divorced.  It has nothing to do with the surgery or what I went through over the last two years.  We had issues way before my surgery.  There were no other parties and in fact, we remain very good friends.  If anything, I think my surgery helped me deal with the situation that I ultimately faced.  I was strong enough to keep it together, deal with the trauma, support my kiddo's, and still be there for him somewhat.  Life happens....

Me -- I am going to make a bucket list for 2013 -- I am going to explore this new way of life.  God willing, I will learn to have more acceptance and give myself some peace in life.  

That's my two year update -- God bless you all -- thank you for allowing me to share my experience -- keep losing out there!

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Fall Update
November 10, 2012 5:57 am

Well, it's fall and I remember last year I was heading to goal weight.  It's crazy to think that in a month it will have been two years since surgery!  How my life has changed!  For the good, for the bad, it's still life, even when skinny.  Ok, so here's where I am -- I have actually lost weight these last few months.  I weigh now 125 lbs.  --- CRAZY to think since my goal weight was 140 lbs.  I will say that the recent loss has been due to stress and I do need to gain back those six pounds at some point.  I feel bones and it's a weird feeling.  I am a size S or a 4 -- never in a million years did I think that would happen!  I have more clothes than I know what to do with and I get to wear my dream clothes -- always imagined wearing jeans, boots, and cozy, cute sweaters and looking good!  Love dressing up and going to parties -- went to my brother in law's wedding in September and wore a fitted silver off one shoulder dress that was amazing!  I felt like a princess!  Now, there are some things to remember about this surgery.  I have found that the study they did on drinking too much in the second year is true.  I had found myself having wine every night to unwind or go to sleep.  Previous to surgery, I could not drink too much as my body had it's own stopping signal where the drink would all of sudden taste awful and I would stop.  Not now, instead I have found that I want more after a glass or two and that is not good.  So, watch the alcohol use.  I have never been prone to anything more than social drinking but I could see a habit starting to form.  On to eating,  I still eat small meals throughout the day and do protein as much as possible with fruits and veggies as tolerated.  I have been living with a lot of stress over the last three months so eating has not been my priority.  

I still take my supplements and vitamins.  Trying to keep healthy is important.  The home life has gone through drastic upheaval and I am now a single mom of three kiddo's.  The hubby has gone through so much himself and has had a breakdown of sorts.  Didn't even realize to what extent until recently.  I still love him a lot but have come to the conclusion that I cannot be responsible for him.  It's been hard but a long time coming.  So, just losing weight and looking good doesn't stop life from happening.  Therapy is essential in this process -- coping with life isn't about mac n cheese anymore and neither is about wine.  It's about learning healthy ways to keep the stress at bay.  I have found in the last few weeks walking to the park with my little one and the dog helps me.  Projects around the house helps me.  Writing in my new journal helps too.  And always, God and faith give me hope.  That's my update for now.  Keep losing out there and God Bless YOU!

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Summer Update
July 27, 2012 8:40 am
Hello -- I have been thinking of my friends here on OH and wondering how everyone is doing.  This summer has been going by so quick!  I thought I would take a minute to update.  My weight is 132 lbs and I have been below goal (140) since last November.  I do give myself a range of five lbs -- 130 to 135 to fluctuate but I actually gained up to 137 this summer.  I know it doesn't sound a lot but it put into perspective how I need to monitor my eating/drinking.  I started working out in the pool at night and quickly lost the 5 lbs to get back in range.  I know from lots of experience how weight can all of sudden be put back on and I went through way too much to let that happen.  I still count my protein and keep track of my water.  I use my scale as a guide to what I eat that day.  It may sound obsessive but I weigh 2x a day.  In the morning I weigh to see where I am in my range.  If I am low on the scale, then I can eat some carbs or be ok with going out to eat.  If I am high on the scale, then I cut back on my carbs and do protein.  It really has worked for me.  In the afternoon I check my weight because that is actually when I "lose" weight.  It's weird but I am always higher in the morning than afternoon.

 I am still carbonated free -- no cokes, beer, or anything with carbonation.  I don't even miss anymore.  I can eat a bit more sugar but still watch it.  One time I did have two chocolate chip cookies while in an all day meeting and boy did that make me sick.  So glad to have that reaction cause those cookies were tasty.  I am starting to exercise -- in the pool and I am starting Yoga -- I then will get into weight training.  I love to "work" out now.  My body responds to fast to it.  I did not exercise while losing the weight but now I enjoy it.

The hubby is in his 4th month of his supervised diet.  I cannot wait until he has his surgery.  He is excited too.  We are still going through tough times but are working through it as best we can.  We go on vacation next week and I hope it is wonderful.  Just wanted to post -- hope you all are well.  God bless you and keep losing!
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
May 26, 2012 4:28 am
I cannot believe the last time I updated was in February.  I have been going non-stop and this weekend is all about rest and relaxation.  I have been traveling for business for the last 5 months and just got a new job within my company.  It has been a crazy spring.  I have maintained my weight.  I weighed in this morning at 132 lbs.  -- I actually wore a sleeveless dress last night to dinner.  That is a first in 25 years!  I hardly wore anything sleeveless when I was a teenager.  It felt great.  My brother was teasing my husband asking him if I was the new girlfriend.  I even loved having family pictures taken -- another new experience.  I am starting to get comfortable in my new body and I am learning how to deal with attention.

The hubby and I are going through another difficult patch.  I am not sure what to do or how this is going to end or begin.  He has let his diabetes go out of control.  He doesn't take his meds or eat appropriately.  He lets his sugar drop or get too high.  It affected him so badly that he is no longer in nursing school.  He is now on a wait list which is 2 or 3 years.  He is depressed and taking 6 medications a day for all of his issues.  I am trying to be supportive -- I am trying to understand but it is hard.  He doesn't want to go out or do anything -- he hardly works his part time job.  I am very concerned.  He has half heartily decided to go through the process of having surgery.  He started his 6 month diet last month.  We filled out his paperwork and went to an open house at the bariatric center where I had my surgery.  Dr. Dyer was there and he was wonderful.  He gave the hubby a free consult and talked to him about the different options for Type 2 diabetes.   The hubby was thinking he should have the sleeve so he could still eat what he wants but Dr. Dyer told him that the R&Y would be better. I keep thinking that if we get him to surgery and losing weight that he will be able to get some clarity.  I love the hubby but he is not the person I married or even close to being the person he wants to be.  I really feel that if something doesn't happen this year that we will not be able to go on together.  That is a hard thing to write.  I do not want that to happen.  I want us to be healthy and happy together.  I want for us to enjoy being around each other.  Right now we are so resentful of each other -- I am resentful of his lack of health and he is resentful of my health.

 I am going to make an appointment with the shrinkage for both of us.  I figure if we can go to therapy, work toward the hubby's surgery, and take care of what we can then maybe it will work out.   I do see now why there is more divorce with bariatric patients.  I will never regret my surgery but I will say that if I had to do it over again, I would make the hubby participate more in the process.  I never let my inability to eat something stand in the way of what he had available in the house.  I think I should have emphasized more how I needed him to eat similarly to me or exercise with me rather than thinking I should take care of myself.  I don't know....  

I do think that if he has the surgery that we would bond again.  I would walk those steps with him --- Anyway, we shall see what happens.  Say some prayers for us!  Keep losing out there and God Bless you!  God bless all those folks we are remembering this weekend.

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