- Username: sistaqueen
- Location: Brookhaven, PA, USA
- Member Since: 7/17/2006
- BMI: 44.7
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: Lap Band (08/13/07)
- Surgeon: Leon Katz
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Surgeon TestimonialLeon KatzDr. Katz is now working for Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA. He is such a wonderful doctor. From the first time I met him, he was very gracious and patient, he really didn't mind taking the time to answer ALL of my questions and to help put my mind at ease. He allowed me to choose the surgery that I thought would be best for me without swaying me one way or the other. He shared with me the risks of both surgeries, but in the end I choose what I felt was best. for Recently, I went in for my first fill and was very nervous because I didn't know what to expect, but he talked me through every step of the process and set me at ease. I would refer Dr. Katz to any person in my area considering WLS. The ladies that work in the office are very pleasant and very easy to talk to. They were right on top of everything and I haven't had any bad experiences with them.
- Business & Career - I work full time at my church as the Admin. Assistant to the Pastor
- Business & Career - I really enjoy planning weddings, hope to have my own business soon.
- Meeting People - I love meeting new people, can be a little quiet at first until I warm up
- Dancing - Like to dance...knees don't always like it though!
- Walking - Enjoy walking...just haven't been able to do much of it lately.
- Board Games & Puzzles - Love playing board games...especially when I win.
- Christianity - I love the Lord! He is my all in all!
- Romance - I love watching love stories...I 'm just a romantic!
- Gospel - I enjoy gospel & jazz
- BMI over 50 - I am going to be working on getting this way down!
It's been this long? on May 15, 2010 9:04 am
Well, here I go posting after almost two years! I just need to get this out, I am so very disappointed in myself right now, needless to say, I have gained back ALL of the weight I lost plus some more! I am right back where I statred and have no one or nothing to blame but myself, I can't stand for long, can't walk long distances, knees are horrible, back pain, really bad. I just decided today to come on here and see what was going on, I see a lot of changes have happened. At this point, I don't know what to do or where to go from here, if you would have told me three years ago that I would be right back at this place, I would have said no way! I am having a very hard time right now and need to make some decisions about changing some things in my life in order to get this weight off! i just don't know what to do right now.
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Things are really, really bad!!!!! 11-17-08 on November 17, 2008 5:42 pm
Well, where do I begin? Maybe I should just start out with saying that I have gained back most of the weight I lost! On top of that, I am so far off track and don't even know how to find my way backThe first thing I wanted to do of course was to blame the surgery as a failure, I even told myself that I chose the wrong surgery and should of had the GB, but then I had to sit and really think about it, and realized that no matter what surgery I had, I still would have probably found myself back here in this place! I don't have any regrets for choosing to have the LB, I felt at the time and still do, that it was the best surgery for me. I want to encourage anyone who is reading this to learn from my mistakes, you must deal with the "root" of the problem with your weight issues. I am reminded of a scripture that says, you were running a good race...but who cut in on you? I must say , this scripture has definitely come to life in my situation, there seems to be no middle ground with me, when I'm on, I'm on and when I'm off, I'm way off!
I have had some major changes in my life over the past months, and unfortunately, I went back to what was familiar to me, and that was food and eating the wrong things! I must maintain a disciplined lifestyle, I find when I lack discipline in one area of my life, there are many other areas where discipline is lacking. I had the pleasure recently of reading a book called, Success through a positive mental attitude, this book was excellent and very practical about releasing myself from NMA (Negative mental attitude) and embracing a life of PMA (Positive mental attitude), so, I see myself thin, I see myself healthy(physically & emotionally), I see myself successful! I choose to keep my eyes on the prize, and move forward and allow those mistakes I have made during this journey to be used as stepping stones to catapult (sp?) me into my destiny!!!
Again, the "tool" will work, if I work the "tool"
I will be back!
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Getting back on track!!!! 9-22-08 on September 22, 2008 8:02 am
Well, I will say I am getting back on track! Praise God! Now, last Wednesday, I went back in for a fill after the unfill I had a few months ago. Currently, I have 4.5 cc's in my band and I will have to wait to see wht that brings. It has been very difficult with getting my mind to wrap around doing the right thing again since I have been doing the wrong thing for so long. Okay, so I was on a all liquid fast on Wed., Thurs & Fri. (I ate a lil something about 11 pm) to try to help jumpstart myself back on the right track
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Its been a whole year!!!! 8-15-08 on August 15, 2008 10:46 am
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I just celebrated my one year bandiversary a couple of days ago! I'm not sure how much weight I have lost at this point, its been a rocky road for me theses last few months. I have been so off track til its not even funny, I was kinda sad then mad at myself for not reaching my one year goal of 100 pounds down, but then I had to remember, I'm not where I was before surgery, and for that, I'm grateful. A little over three weeks ago, I had to have some saline removed from my band because everything I was eating, I was bringing it back up, so he had to take some out. I'm not sure what happened all of a sudden because my last adjustment was in Jan. , and for the band to suddenly tighten up like that was really weird. I do have a theory though, I think I had started to gain some weight back and my stomach was getting larger, therefore making the band tighter. I know I have gained back at least twenty pounds because I am really starting to feel it in my knees again, went to the mall with my girls and had to sit down on the bench several times! I won't know for sure how much weight I gained until I go in for my one year follow up appt. on next Thursday, I don't weigh myself at all and try to wait until I go to my surgeons office to get weighed in. I can feel adiffernce in my clothes, I have slacked off with the gym as well. I have no excuses, but have had some very stressful things happen the last month or so, my daughter and grandaughter moved away out of state and that has been very difficult for me, but once again, I cannot allow myself to go back to that same person I was before surgery, so I am making a decision to get up, dust myself off, set new goals and move forward, I will not allow myself to stay in this place, no way!
So you will be hearing from me soon about the progress I am making!
To God be the glory for the things He has done!
I can't believe it's been this long since I posted :-(... on April 9, 2008 3:02 pm
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I cannot believe this much time has passed since I last posted! I just decided to come on today to give an update on my progress. Well, where do I begin? I have been having a bit of a hard time hear lately with staying focused, but again, I can only blame myself and not the band. I have been eating all of the wrong things, cake, candy, cookies, you name it, if I wasn't suppose to have it< I did! I went away on a little vacation last week for some rest and relaxation and lost my mind with eating the junk food!!!! I am trying real hard to get back on track, but it isn't easy, I am trying real hard to stay away from sugar for a long while. I have noticed lately the amounts of food I have been able to eat, it may be time for me to go in for another fill, but I am going to try to wait it out a little bit and try to eat the right things. I have gained a few pounds, but with what I have been eating, I'm not surprised. I have to go now, but I will come back on to finish later.
Hello All, well my story might sound like so many of the stories that we read about here on OH. So what can I say, I have been struggling with my weight for about 24 years now, I am 40 years old so that is more than half my life.
I am a wife and mother of three beautiful children, two girls and one boy, my oldest daughter is 24, my second daughter is 19 and my son, the baby, is 17. Oh, and I can't forget about my little princess, my grandaughter, she is 6. I know what you are thinking, I am to young to be a grandmother, and you are probably right, but I am, so what can I say, I started early.
I have been married to the same man for 22 yrs. and he loves me today at 300+ lbs. as much as he did back then at around 150lbs., he has truly shown me what unconditional love really is, I have a hard time accepting it. I often ask him what he sees when he looks at me, and he always simply says "Donna". I think I have tried every weight loss plan that ever was, and yes, they were successful as far as me losing the weight, but with each one, I gained the weight back and have gotten larger each time!
My quality of life...hmmm, well, I have osteoarthritis in both knees and can't stand for more than 5 minutes at a time, I wobble when I walk, due to the pain in the knees, my blood pressure is out of control, and I have been recently placed on another medication, so now I am taking two meds for blood pressure. I have bulging herniated discs in my back, , and need I go on? Oh, and on top of everything else, just got my bloodwork back and I am menopausal, isn't that terrific, who would have thought it would have started this early! What's that I hear, yes, I did say that I am 40 years old, you heard correctly.
I am beginnig the process now and I am considering having the Lap Band done, so I have already gone to my first seminar. I will be making an appointment next week for my consultatuion and getting things in motion to get my approval from my insurance company. I have Aetna US Healthcare, and I understand that they are the most dificult to get approval, but I know that all things will work together for my good and God will get the glory out of everything that happens. It can be a bit overwhelming, but I am looking at the other side and keeping my eyes towards the hills from where my help comes from! Amen.
Oh, did I say, that I am a born again believer in Jesus Christ! Well, I will keep you all posted on my progress, and I am asking for those of you who know the power of prayer to keep me lifetd up during this phase of the process.
Peace & Blessings,