I have been approved for the surgury on June 17, 2003. I cannot wait to start the weight loss journey that I have been reading about for over a year. I did not have problems getting approved. Dr. Liem in West Palm Beach is wonderful and so is his highly trained staff. I will be having the surgury at JFK. Dr. Liem has done over 1000 of these surguries and never lost a patient yet due to complications. I hope he doesn't start now, I am a bit nervous but can't wait to get it over with.
November 9, 2003
It has been along time since I updated. I didn't know how to get back to this spot. I had surgury on June 17 and so far I am down 66 lbs. I feel so much better and am wearing size 14 pants and some 12s. My tops are 14 and all with darts to show the new much smaller waist, I just love it. I am able to get up and down without holding on to something to drag myself, that feels wonderful. It was so embarrassing before to have to do that in front of people. I can walk fast now and no one has to wait up for me anymore. I am loving life. Will update again if I can remember how to get here.
November 15, 2003 I am now down 69 lbs. and want so badly to lose two more lbs by the 17th, that is my fifth month anniversary. That would put me right on target with the weight loss planner to lose 100% of my excess body weight by 15 months and by 12 months I would be just 6 lbs from that goal. That would be so awesome. I got a 6 inch sub from Subway today and cut it into 4 sections, I was only able to eat one section and I was full already. That is really neat, but sometimes I just want to keep on tasting the food. I am so glad I have this new tool to keep me in check. I struggle a lot with my love of carbs and the fact that drinking enough water each day is hard for me to do. It has been much easier since I started drinking Fruit 2 O. It is much easier to get down. Well I sent some new pics in tonight so hopefully they will be able to post them. I will update again later.
November 25, 2003
I am very discouraged. I have not lost one pound since my last update. The only thing I think it can be is not walking anymore. Since the time changed I get home after dark and do not feel safe walking now.I ordered the walk a mile tape but just can't seem to get motivated to do it inside, I really enjoyed the walking outside.I am also slacking with the water each day. I just must get motivated and get this weight loss started up again, I am so afraid it will stop and I will start gaining again. I hope my next update is more encouraging.
November 30th, 2003
Good news, the scale started moving again. I am now down 72 lbs. I have to lose 5 more lbs. in 17 days to be right on schedule with the weight loss planner for my six month checkup at the doctor's office. That should be a reachable goal, I will see. I had a hard time at Thanksgiving leaving the carbs alone.I didn't indulge my cravings much, but did eat dressing a couple of times with gravy, yumm..
December 4th, 2003
I am down 74 lbs. I have to lose 3 more lbs by the 17th to be right on schedule with the weight loss planner. I think I am totally obsessed with the scale. I weigh three or four times a day. It is the first place I go every morning and also in the middle of the night. I really need to stop it but I can't seem to do that. I just seem to worry alot about being the one person in the world that will not reach their goal by the 12 months mark. Well i am going to continue trying very hard. Good luck to all the pre op's reading this post. I am so glad I had this surgery!!
December 8, 2003
This is just a quick update to say I am down 75 1/2 lbs. I have 8 more days to make the 77 lb. mark. Oh I would be so happy if I could make 80 lbs. by then.
December 10, 2003
I just wanted to say my friend had her surgery on Nov. 19th and has already lost 28 lbs.!! I am very happy for her. She is having some serious problems with a screen the surgeon had to put over a hernia repair site, her body is trying to reject it. She is on antibiotics and has to go to Ft. Lauderdale each day to have the absessed sites repacked each day. She is in the process of setting up home nursing care to stop the daily trips that take 4 hours round trip, not counting the time spent at the doctor's office. Please say a prayer for her if you are reading this update. My other friend had surgery on Nov. 18th and is down 25 lbs.!! I am very happy for her also. She is doing great and has had no problems. She will be returning to work after the Christmas Break. As for me, I am down 76 lbs. one more pound to go by next week at this time to meet my goal.
December 13, 2003
I made my goal, I am down 78 lbs. with 4 more days to go. Hopefuuly I will be down 80 lbs. by Wednesday when I go for my six month checkup. My next goal is to be down 100 lbs. by Valentine's Day, I will have to work hard to make that one. Will update again after my doctor visit on the 17th.
December 17, 2003
I went for my six months checkup today and I made my goal of 80 lbs. The doctor said I was 10 lbs from the goal he set for me to meet in a year. I never even knew he had a goal for me he never mentioned it. But I am 40 lbs. from my goal set by the weight loss planner on this web site. So I am sticking to that. I didn't go through all this torment to still be fat at goal. Well I will update in a week, hopefully the scale will continue to move downward.
January 2, 2004
Well another two weeks has passed and the scale was at the stop mode, as usual for me. It just started back this morning and I am now down 2 more lbs. I hope I lose at least 10 lbs. during my losing time this month. We will see by the 14th when it will stop again I am sure.
January 11, 2004
Well, the scale didn't move again until yesterday. I am now down one more pound for a total of 83 lbs.I hope the scale continues to drop because I sure can't stop obsessing about it. I am now comfortably in size 10, actually a couple are getting a little loose and I have one size 8 that fits very well. Of course that is my favorite pair. I can now wear size medium tops, woohoo. I bought an exercise bike today that I hope helps. I will be able to exercise for an hour each night when I get home from now on. I will update on the 17th, my seventh month mark. That seems incredible that it is almost seven months already.
January 17, 2004
Well, today is the seventh month mark and I am down 85 lbs. that is 2 lbs ahead of the planner so I am happy. I had lost 86 but the scale moved up a lb yesterday. I am now 4 lbs away from the goal for 8 months so hopefully I can lose ahead of that also. I am now 1 lb away from my doctors goal and 39 lbs away from my personal goal. I will update again later.
January 24, 2004
I am down 86 lbs. and holding. I have to update often to track my progress because this site is the only place I write it down. I have to revisit here to just know how I am progressing. I am using my stationary bike every other night but I am not exercising enough I know. All I want to do when I get home is sit. I feel much better when I can walk on the weekends. I have managed to stop eating carbs this week and hopefully that will last through the weekend. That is always my worst time for grazing habits.I will visit again next week to see if I did any better. I am still weighing 4 or 5 times day and in the middle of the night, the scale obsession is not getting any better. I also have not stopped my middle of the night snack either, although this week it has been protein I am snacking on and not carbs.
January 31, 2004
Well, not to much to report. I have been riding my bike two and a half miles every night when i get home and am down 88 lbs. as of this morning. The weight loss is very slow now. I just hope it picks up a bit as I continue to do protein first and drink the water. I still do not get the full amount of water in very often but close. In 17 days I will be at 8 months. That is incredible to me the time is flying by. I redid the weight planner to try to lose 100% of my body fat in 12 months. That made the amount of lbs. I have to lose 93 lbs. by 8 months to be on track for that. I need to lose 5 more lbs in 17 days to be on track for that. As slow as I am losing i don't think I will make it. The first one I did was for 14 months and I was to be at 89 lbs. That one is probably the one that is most realistic for me but I will try hard to lose the 5 lbs. I will update again next week and see where I am.
February 17, 2004
This is my 8th month anniversary and I am still at 88 lbs lost. I am on a long plateau and totally discouraged. I have not lost one lb since my last update. I am so scared this is it. The people in the chat room just said to be patient and up the protein and water and exercise and it will start up again. I am doing what they suggested and am hoping they are right. I will update in two weeks and report what happens.
February 20, 2004
I couldn't wait two weeks to post becuase I have good news to post. I am now down 93 lbs., woohoo!! The plateau seems to be over for the moment anyway. Someone in the chatroom told me to go on liquids for three days and then soft food for three days to jump start the weight loss, it started working after the first day!! woohoo!! Today was the third day of liquids and tomorrow starts the soft foods. I already have a small side of beans, cheese, and hot sauce from taco Bell in the fridge for lunch tomorrow. If the soft food stage stops the weight loss I will return to liquids again. I really want to lose 100 lbs. before I go to the doctor on the 14th of next month for my 9 month checkup. I drank two protein shakes a day and heated up v8 juice and tomato juice like soup and drank lots of water each day. Well I will post more if the weight continues to go down. I am very grateful for the chatroom advice, I love this site!!
February 23, 2004
Great news!! I am now down 94 lbs. and I just moved my weight bar on the scale down to the 100 lb weight. I am so happy!! I had to use the 200 weight bar for 10 years before surgury, then when I moved it to to 150 bar I could barely believe it, but the 100 lb bar is so exciting!! woohoo!! I will be back when I have more good news! 24 lbs to the weight planners 100% bady fat lost, oh I hope I make it!!
March 13, 2004
Well the weight loss is slow but I am down 96 lbs and that is one lb below the weight planner for 9 months. So even if it is slow I am still a slight bit ahead of the planner and that makes me happy. My 9 month anniversary is only 4 days away it is hard to believe it has been that long. I am so grateful I had this surgery. I feel so much better. Well I will update again after my doctor's appointment on Thursday and let you know if his scale and mine was in the same ballpark.
March 23, 2004
My weight loss was 94 lbs according to Dr. Liems scale. So I was a pound behind the weight loss planner. I have lost two more pounds since my last update, the loss is really slow. It is my own fault I am eating way to many carbs. I really need to get with the program and let this thing work for me. I will update again when I have good news to report. Like I finally made the century club and will be 18 lbs. from my goal weight!!
March 28, 2004
Well i am down 99lbs. and holding steady as a rock. I want to make the century club so badly. I am on my last day of spring break. I am going shopping for some new shoes to match my new size "6" capri jeans and eat protein and drink water and walk, walk, walk. Hopefully that last pound and some more of its buddies will disappear. I will update again on April 17th, my 10 month anniversary and hopefully will have good news. I changed my goal to 120 pounds so I have 25 lbs. to lose to reach my new goal and 19 lbs. for 100% lost according to the weight planner. I might need to stop there but I would like to be under that if I can.
April 1, 2004
Drum roll please!!!!!! I am an official member of the....you guessed it!! THE CENTURY CLUB!!! 100 lbs. gone!! 18 more to a bmi of 23! I hope to make the 130s by my 10 month anniversary in 17 days. I will post again on that day to see if I made it there or even if I am going to be successful staying in the Century Club.
April 6, 2004
Still doing the happy dance, I am down 103 lbs.!! I will be back when the drop stops, 11 more days until my 10 month anniversary and 15 lbs away from my 100% body fat loss!! WooHoo!!
April 17, 2004
Well here it is my 10 month anniversary. I am still at 103 lbs lost, nothing more in the 11 days since I last posted. The good thing is I am 1 lb ahead of the weigh planner so I am happy. I have to lose 5 lbs by 11 months to stay on target. Hopefully I will do that. I have missed quite a few nights walking. I really must get better at that it is critical for me.
April 25, 2004
My scale nudged itself downward a bit again, I now have lost 105 lbs. I hope this means I am on a bit of a roll here. The weight loss is so slow. Other people on this website lose so much quicker than I do. I ate a barbequed pork rib today and felt so ill from it. I will not be trying one of those for awhile. I will post more next week if there are any changes.
April 26, 2004
Well its just me back again because I am so happy! Since yesterday morning I have lost 2 more lbs. I am now in my once a month drop time and the scale is going down, woohoo! I hope it continues for three more but we will see!! I am now 107 lbs, down!!!
April 27, 2003
I am so excited, I am down another pound this morning for a grand total of 108 lbs. The exciting part is I am now considered "normal" on the bmi chart with a bmi of 24.9. I am so happy. I started with a label of morbidly obese and now 10 months later normal. Wow how awesome is that!! I want to make it to a bmi of 20 just so I be in the classification of "thin" if only for a day or two! I hope my drop continues this month for at least a couple more days and I can make it to 110 lbs. lost. Everytime I start dropping I get greedy and then usually disappointed when it stops way sooner than I want. Oh well, I will update again whenever I reach another goal or at 11 months, whichever comes first!
May 8, 2004
The scale has dropped again! I am now down 110 lbs. This isn't the normal time of month I lose weight so I guess it is a bonus. I am now ahead of the weight planner by 3 lbs. and I still have 12 more days until my 11 month milestone. If I drop another lb or two and then have my normal loss around the 24th of the month I may make my goal weight of 125 lbs. Then I can try to lose a 5 - 10 cushion for the rebound and concentrate on maintaining instead of losing. That would be awesome if I could accomplish that by June 17th my one year anniversary. I will update again on May 17th, 11 month anniversary.
May 23, 2004
I didn't make it back for the update on the right day, May 17th. The only thing new since my last update is the fact that I have lost one more pound. I now have 7 more lbs. to my goal and 12 more to lose the 5 lb cushion I need.
June 11, 2004
I am only 6 days away from my one year anniversary. I have not lost any more weight this whole month. I have only went up and down two or three lbs. the whole month. I am now at 110 lbs. lost, up one lb. from from my last post. I didn't have my normal drop during the third week of the month. I hope this doesn't mean I have stopped and will not be able to lose the remaining pounds I want to lose so badly. I am going to increase the exercise and water and stick to mostly protein and see what happens. I will post on the 17th. I wish they would fix my picture, the new one disappeared and the five month one is back in place. That is strange. The new one is on the before and after in the gallery but when you click on after and look in the profile it is gone there also.
Well today is my one year anniversary! There have been so many positive changes in my life this year. I feel so much stronger and healthier. I went to Dr.Liem today and was down 109 lbs. according to his scales. I am still 9 lbs. away from my weight loss goal of 100 % excess body fat lost. I need to refocus and get on with the program. I just found out today that the sore spot I have on my stomach area under my left breast is definetly a small hernia. Dr. Liem said he wants to wait another month and see if it gets any larger before he operates. I will see if a tt can be done at the same time through the insurance. Hopefully it will happen. Well I will update in another month to post my progress.
July 1, 2004
I decided to update because the scale dropped again in the normal chunky way of late and I wanted to see how much I lost since my last update. I am very happy to say I have lost 6 lbs. since my last post! Wow I am happy, happy, happy! I wish my body did not choose this chunk losing way to go, it makes for a long month especially when you weigh 900 times a day like me! I have set a new goal for myself, I want to drop down to 120 lbs so I have a 6 lb cushion for the rebound weight so now I have 9 more lbs to goal instead of 3. It tends to keep me focused to keep uping the bar. I will post again on the 17th, wow almost 13 mo. post op, unbelievable!
July 19, 2004
Nothing has changed I am still 9 lbs from my goal of 120. I am holding my breath hoping I have a chunky drop again this month that will take me down at least 4 more lbs. I have been faithful about walking each day lately but I still eat too many carbs. Well I will post again when I lose some more weight. I really hope I can lose it before the plastic surgery begins. I will try harder to leave those carbs alone!
August 5, 2004
I am here to scream, shout and jump up and down!! I made the weight planner's goal of 100% body fat GONE!!! I weigh 126 lbs. this morning! That is a loss of 118 lbs. since June 17th. 2003. I am sitting here crying like a baby in total shock that I finally saw that number on my scale. I am so happy I had this surgury and can only say, thank you Lord for helping me I could not have done it without your strentgh. I thank all my support group on this website, you are the greatest group in the world. I am going to float on my cloud to work now and think about how great I will feel when I get to 120, my new goal for the rebound weight gain cushion I feel the need to have!! HAve a great day everyone!!
September 17, 2004
I am now 15 months post op and I weigh 124 lbs. I was 122 lbs for two days this month then back up to 124. This is only 5 lbs in two months. I really need to concentrate on better eating, more conducive to losing the last 4 lbs. I want to have it off by the time I have my first reconstructive surgury on November 30th. I have not been able to walk since starting back to work on my second job. I really need to make sure I go home put on my tennis shoes and go back out the door before sitting down, then maybe I will get back in the habit. When I return to update next month I hope it is to say I am back at the exercise and have reached my goal.
April 20, 2005
It has been awhile since I updated! I am happy to say I am still at goal and having an extended tt on July 19th. I am excited about that. I really wanted the lower body lift but money is a problem and the extended tt is $5000 cheaper that the lift so......! Oh well I really don't have that much hanging skin I think the tt will do the trick just fine. I really need my thighs and arms done also and I would love a cleavage but I will have to see how it all goes next summer for anymore.
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Surgeon: Robert K. Liem M.D., F.A.C.S.
This is me 1 week pre-op
Me in a size "4"
Dr. Liem was very quiet and gentle. I had complete confidence in him from the very first appointment.My impression of him really didn't change other than to discover he has a great sense of humor and he is very accessable to his patients. He never rushes you or makes you think he is in a hurry.
His office staff is great, always polite and helpful. The appointments run pretty much on time and you don't have to waste your day sitting in the waiting room. Which means they do not double book as is the practice at some offices. Maria is his right hand and and almost like seeing the doctor.
There was nothing I didn't like about Dr. Liem.
Future patients should know they are placing themselves in one of the best surgeon's care possible.
Dr. Liem now has a very strong support system in place. The group meets twice a month at JFK.
Dr. liem was very straight about the risks. He did not try to sugar coat the information.
I would rate Dr.Liem a 10 on a scale of 1-10.
I think a good bedside manner is very important but if your surgeon is not competent you really might not be around long enough to experience his bedside manner.