ONE YEAR POST OP! Weight was 504#, now is 244#, 1 year loss is 260#, what a feeling! My BMI was 68.5 and now is 33.2. My waist was 62" and is now 38", shirt size was 6XL now just XL. What an incredible tool this surgery has turned out to be, I am not taking ANY of the 12 medications I once took for Type II Diabetes, Sleep Apnea, GERD, Chronic Back Pain and Edema. Goodbye old me, hello fitness & health!
As I inch closer to my one year ann'y I weighed in today at 250#, loss to date is 254# so I have lost more than I weigh and have reached my goal 9 days short of one year.........I celebrated by doing 75 minutes on the treadmill at the gym!
Getting nearer to one year with each passing day, weighed in today at 254# so my total loss is now 250# and only 2# to go to hit my goal of 1/2 my pre-op weight of 504#, even the Los Vegas odds makers won't bet against me getting there! My BMI pre-op was 68.4, today is 34.4 so it has dropped almost 50%.
Checked in at 259# today, first time since 1983 I have been this light, only 7 pounds to go to hit my one year goal. Did 66 minutes on the treadmill at the gym today at an elevation of 2 and a speed of 4.1 miles per hour, not bad considering when I started I was able only a speed of 1.5 miles per hour on a flat level for only 5 minutes.
Weighed in today at 261#, down from 504# on 4/28/03........in less than 11 months I have now lost 243# and after 9# more will have lost 1/2 of my body, that's my one-year goal next month.
I have now lowered my goal weight to 210# (it keeps falling because I can see the possibilities!), also my waist is down 22" from the start from a 62 now a 40.
Open WLS was on 4/28/03 with Dr. John Balfour at the Straub Hospital in Honolulu, pre-op weight 504#, Now I am 10 months plus post op,3/8/04 weight 262#, total loss to date 242#, my goal weight was 275#, now it is 220# so I have 42# to go......each time I get nearer to my goal weight I decide to lose even more! I am a talk show host and am writing a book on my experience and will do whatever it takes to help others to beat obesity. I began a new exercise regimen when I was 3 months post op, I have a personal trainer that I see three times a week. I do cardio to warm up, usually 1/2 hour on a treadmill, then it is weight exercises for 40 minutes or so and then another 1/2 hour of cardio sometimes on a recumbent bike and sometimes back on the treadmill. I started REAL slow to build up to the routine I am doing now, so don't feel bad if you struggle at first because everyone does. Water has become my beverage of choice, I try to drink at least 80 ounces daily. I sometimes have a little coffee and every once in a while a diet cola. The other key for me is to be strict about not drinking anything 1/2 hour before a meal, during the meal, or 1/2 hour after finishing a meal. I am convinced that practice really aids in controlling my intake. Also I try to eat very slowly and chew every bite very well. I get much email from folks seeking support, am happy to help. I also take many obesity related phone calls on my talk show now that the word is out about my surgery.
Surgeon: John Balfour MD
11 Months Post Op
I met Dr. Balfour 2 years before I actually had the surgery, we was very communicative about the surgery, all the risks
and possible side effects. His staff at the Straub Hospital and Clinic is very professional and seemed genuinely interested in me as a person. The aftercare was fantastic, the doctor has performed close to 600 WLS operations and I felt very confident about him and his staff. I am a regular visitor to his offices, I stop in weekly to use his scale. Even though I can now weigh myself on "regular" scales I still pop in to say hello. I am writing a book on my experience and wish to help others, I hope he will consider writing a chapter for me.
I cannot say one bad thing United Healthcare, there were absolutely no problems with anything. I was the "perfect" candidate for the surgery, met all the criteria.....morbid obesity with sleep apnea and type II diabetes and severe circulation problems coupled with edema in my legs.. There was never a question about me being qualified. I do know that it helped a lot to have listed all the times I had tried and lost weight in the past only to gain it all back over time and more