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Ravindra Mailapur (COE)
Dr. Mailapur has been awsome to work with during this process. I decided in May of 2006 that I wanted to pursue having the Roux en Y surgery and attended Dr. Mailapur's seminar for more information. From the first time I shook his hand I knew he would be my surgeon of choice. He has been very thorough in explaining every detail of the surgery, and in answering every question my wife and I had. His care has been nothing short of perfect and I would do it all again today. I am just over 2 weeks post-op as of this writing and could not feel better about my decision...not only to have the surgery, but to have chosen such a wonderful surgeon. Thank you Dr. Mailapur for giving me my life back. I will be forever grateful.
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I have battled my weight most of my life.  Every diet provided some success with weight loss, but none when it came to maintaining.  Two months before my 40th birthday, I saw a heart specialist to discuss findings from a heart CT scan.  What a wake up call.  It was then I decided to begin my quest for a permanent solution to this problem.  I had surgery on February 12, 2007 with Dr. Ravindra Mailapur and looking forward to my new, healthier life.
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Happy birthday to me
August 1, 2007 6:25 pm
I celebrated my 41st birthday yesterday.  Had a nice day ending with a nice meal with just my wife.  Thinking back to last year's birthday, I have come a long way.  At this time last year, I weighed in around 375 pounds...today, I weigh in the neighborhood of 235...quite a swing.  I feel so much better, have so much more energy.  

I went to Birmingham over the weekend for my first cousin's birthday party (he and I share the same day...this year was the big 4 0 for him).  It was nice to hear all the compliments from everyone on my progress.  I enjoyed some of the birthday party food and had a great time.  

This weekend is the birthday party for my 2 sons....they're birthdays are both in August and at this age are ok sharing a party.  Should be fun.

Had a bit of trouble with my vitamins this morning.  I usually enjoy my protein bar breakfast on the way to work and then take my morning vitamins.  I must have swallowed them too close together, because the pain was intense...so bad I made myself "revisit" in the parking lot.  That's the first time in over 2 months that I have had to reverse course.  Quite a painful reminder to slow down.

My six-month check-up is August 14...I'll post more photos around that time and give a more accurate weight.
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Are these scales right?
July 23, 2007 4:48 pm
If my scales are to be believed, I have lost 123 pounds as of today.  That's 123 pounds gone in 161 days.  Simply amazing and very hard to wrap my mind around.  I still see myself as that very overweight man struggling to get through the day.  But the changes are becoming very obvious, even to me.  

My wife and I are in the midst of doing some big home repairs, and it sure is nice to be able to get things done.  Wallpaper removal, painting, and coming soon, a tile floor for our master bath.  I am planning on handling the labor myself...unheard of 6 months ago.  

I have my 6 month check-up in a few weeks and my unofficial goal of losing 125 pounds is definately within reach.  Keeping my fingers crossed for no plateaus or gains before my appointment.

New photos coming soon.
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Hungry all the time
July 12, 2007 4:34 pm
Lately, I find that I am hungry seemingly all the time.  I am not giving in to temptation to overeat, but it's a real change from what it has been like since surgery.  I have been enjoying Mexican food quite a bit over the past 3 weeks.  I usually order one beef enchalada (I discard the tortilla) and add salsa to the beef, cheese and sauce.  Very satisfying.  I have also had incredible cravings for hot dogs and mustard, so I have enjoyed those lately too.  And Campbell's Beef soup has been a staple of my diet recently.  Still having trouble with chicken and pork.  Today I tried ribs and could only eat 1 1/2 ribs before feeling like it was getting stuck.  I was in mild pain for about 20 minutes before I felt it move on through and then I was fine.

My new nicknames are "skinny" and "narrow" around my work, which suits me just fine.  For many years I've been known as big Stu, so the change is refreshing.

I am down between 110 and 112 pounds now...my scale is wavering now that I'm in the transition area on the balance scale.  Still feeling great.
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What a great weekend!
June 24, 2007 6:23 pm
I had a full weekend of work for the most part, but the kind that before surgery I would have not been able or willing to do.  I got on a ladder for the first time in probably 6 years, replacing light fixtures and bulbs, cleaning windows, ect.  Today I mowed the grass, and helped my oldest son with learning to ride his bike without the training wheels.  It was a very productive weekend and one that would have been virtually impossible without the weight loss.  

I haven't weighed in the past few days, but will tomorrow.  Hoping to be down a few more on my way to thinness.
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101 pounds gone!
June 20, 2007 3:55 am
My goal of losing at least 100 pounds by my birthday has been reached!  I got on the scales yesterday and had hit 260...101 pounds gone in 127 days.  If I didn't loose another pound I would say this surgery has been worth it, but I know it only gets better from here.  New photos later today.

My left knee has really been bothering me the last 3 days...not sure of how it got injured, but it's tough to walk around right now...can only imagine how bad it would be with an extra 100 pounds pressing down on it.  Taking Advil and hoping the pain will subside soon.  

101 pounds gone...about 80 pounds to go...wonder how long that will take?
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