- Name: *Melting Chocolate*
- Username: shavara
- Location: Miami, FL, USA
- Member Since: 1/19/2005
- BMI: 65.7
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (01/23/08)
- Surgeon: Brett Cohen
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Surgeon TestimonialBrett CohenHe is a very informed surgeon. From the research I've done, and the reviews I've heard from former patients, and others he is a world renowed surgeon. I'm trusting that the God I serve would not let me down in leading me to him.
- Theater - Put on a good show, and you've got my attention all day long!!
- Meeting People - Nothing better than blending your personality, with the likes of others!
- Movies - I saw I am legend on New Years day.......that Mr. Smit knows he can act.
- Singing - I tried out for American Idol...I didnt make it. But I really can sing.
- Photography - I love taking pictures. I allows you to see your memories.
- Swimming - I really think being born under water has something to do with this addiction.
- Nursing - My daddy used to always say....
- Skin Care - Take care of your skin.....its the protector of all that lies within!!
- Tropical Fish - I had a few beta fishes....one named P.J. the other named Marty-Merv!
- Ceramic Painting - I love going to Color me mine....it really relaxes the mind!!
BAF's 2008 ATL meet-N-greet!! on July 3, 2008 2:33 am
This journey is so very amazing for so many diffierent reasons. One of the greatest reasons is because its allowed me the opportunity to bond with people I otherwise would never in life have.
This past weekend the forum from this very website called BAF(Black American Forum)....we all came together and met up in Atlanta, Georgia for a weekend of support....understanding...and most of all fun!!! We laughed....loved...and simply enjoyed fellowshiping with the folx who understood best our struggle within this sometimes tedious journey.
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2.5 Months out!! on April 15, 2008 1:47 am
Ok...so I went to see my surgeon yesterday for the 3rd time since surgery. All last week I was so nevrous about seeing him becaus I was thinking that I'd not lost very much weight since our last visit. I even found myself riding that horrid "protien train". That thing is a whole lot harder than it sounds. I'd been feeling so very bloated these past few weeks.....I thought for sure the scale was gonna be going backwards. Drum roll pleassssse!!!! I'm officially down 60lbs in less than 3 months. The only problem is....I really am having a hard time seeing it. Actually I do......but its all in my upper body. This A$$ of mine is gonna be the death of my sanity. It dosent seem to be budging. However I can report that I've gone from a form fitting 34 dress size.....to a lose fitting 26.....looka God showin out, and having his way in my life. My surgeon was saying how proud he is....that on average an RNY patient looses about 15 Lbs per month......I'm averaging a little more than 20. Yaaaaay!!!!
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This thing really does work!! on March 25, 2008 11:44 pm
Hey folx...I've been slacking in my progress posting as of late. I'd always vowed pre opertively that once I became a post op I would continue to post just as I did before WLS.
I had really become stressed out about this whole thing...I had started to think that maybe it just didnt work for me. I thought I wasnt loosing any weight. Anyhow....today I went to the hospital to pick my girlfriend up (she had her gallbladder removed on monday) while I was there I asked her nurse if there was a scale that I could use. I got on, and of course it was set for only kilogram readings, now I took a nursing course or two....but I wasnt exactly sure how to convert. I asked the nurse to do it for me, obviously her math is even worse than mine...cause she started to scribble on the back of a pice of paper 2 or 3 different math problems then finally came up with 330. I started jumping up and down...I was like "Oh Yeah". Then I stoped to realize ...wait a min....if I'm only 330lbs, that means I've lost about 66 lbs since surgery. IMPOSSIBLE. Needless to say my mind wouldnt let me rest with that, so I did the math myself, and also used an online weight converter.....just as I thought, the numbers were dead wrong. I'm 350, bringing me to a total loss of 46lbs. It just goes to show....that sterotype about all asian people being very smart.....not compleately true. I guess them Surgeons really did cut my gutts loose!!
By the way should you ever wind up trying to weigh yourself, and the scale only reads kilograms......simply multiply the numbers you get by 2.2 You can even do like I did and just use the calculator on your phone.
159.1k X 2.2 = 350.02 LBS
On to more depressing news. While I was at the hospital awaiting my girlfriend to be discharged...my car was hit by the vallet parking driver. Damit, I'll be self parking from now on.
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Got me some new wheels!!! on February 16, 2008 12:00 am
Great news yall.....I recently purchased my very first car. How crazy is that...I'm 27 years old, and never before now had I owned a car. Its a really nice one at that. Its a cranberry red 2005 Nissan Altima. It really feels great to have my own set of wheels. What a blessing!!!
I went to see my primary doctor today.....I was so anxious to get on the scale!! I'd not weighed myself since the 31st of Jan...(two weeks ago). My weight is now down to 363lbs...a total of 32pounds lost! At first I was all upset that it wasnt more....but then quickly came back to reality " Shavara its only been 3 weeks, this isnt some magic pill ya know!!" Now that I think about it.....that is wonderful for only 3 weeks!! Bonquisha (my pouch) and I are really bonding....she reminds me every chance she gets what her purpose/job really is. Someone else refered to her as Melda....I said "no no....my pouch's name is Bonquisha cause that heffa shol nuff ghetto.....and she acts up on a dime....so she had to get the "Hot ghetto mess of all names".
Yall continue to keep me in your prayers.....I'll do the same!!
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Success is beautiful!! on February 7, 2008 10:30 pm
As of January 31, 2008....8 days out....I was officially 20lbs less than I was before surgery. I dont know the numbers as of now...considering today is Feb 8....however I'm sure I've lost 10-15 lbs more. I'll know on Friday the 15th. Nevertheless I do know that there is progress each and everyday. Today I wore a pair of pants that I purchased a few weeks before surgery...when I bought them, I could not get them past my thighs....today I wore them, and felt ultra sexy. My life is rapidly changing just before my eyes.
Praise God......As usual....he has shown up.....and he is showing out!!!!
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Between each pound....from one platau......within every stall I'll live by the lyrics to this song!!!!
Dark is the night
I can weather the storm
Never say die
I've been down this road before
I'll never quit
I'll never lay down, mm
See I promised myself that I'd never let me down
 - I'll never give up
Never give in
Never let a ray of doubt slip in
And if I fall
I'll never fail
I'll just get up and try again
Never lose hope
Never lose faith
There's much too much at stake
Upon myself I must depend
I'm not looking for place or show
I'm gonna win
No stopping now
There's still a ways to go, oh
Whatever it takes, I know
I'll never quit, no no
I'll never go down, mm, mm
I'll make sure they remember my name
A hundred years from now
When it's all said and done
My once in a lifetime will be back again
Now is the time
To take a stand
Here is my chance
That's why I...
Mmm, I'm gonna win