8 Years today.

Frank D.
on 6/23/14 10:53 pm - Philadelphia, PA

8 years ago today I was at the hospital waiting to go into surgery and trying to talk myself out of it due to nervous. Well, fortunately I didn’t and went through with my life change on June 24, 2006. It was a bit rough at first during recovery but it was normal being through such an ordeal. After a about 3-4 weeks life started to get back to normal with work and and everyday routines and what not. My way of eating had changed for ever and this was exciting as the weight just fell off around me as I walked. Each week that went by I swear my clothes just kept getting bigger and falling off me. Needless to say that buying cloths was useless if you expected to wear the more then a few times. LOL. but for some reason I didn’t care, oh yeah probably because I was so wrapped up in my weight loss who cared about cloths. I had a few complications to contend with down the road when I devolved an incisional hernia from the open surgery, that’s my only down side to everything thus far. due to my physical and liver size I had no choice had to be a full open surgery. So even today I struggle with mess issues which was used in my abdominal wall repair but all said and done I’m still extremely pleased and would do it again looking back. June 2006 – 470 pounds today June 24, 2014 215 pounds. I have maintained my original loss for 8 years and I am doing much better off then 8 yeas ago.


Begin weight 470

Today's weight 215. 

Don’t forget – It’s not a diet. It’s a total lifestyle change…



on 6/23/14 11:04 pm - Ontario, Canada
RNY on 01/20/12

Thank you for posting. I love to hear long term success stories. Congratulations on your great loss and especially on keeping it off





on 6/23/14 11:12 pm
VSG on 07/22/13


on 6/24/14 12:37 am
RNY on 02/04/15

Frank thank you for posting! This is such an inspiration to those of us who have just started our journey!  xo

Citizen Kim
on 6/24/14 1:38 am - Castle Rock, CO

Congratulations, Frank, maintaining at 8 years is not easy and you have done a great job!

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

on 6/24/14 1:44 am

Frank, you look sooo good!!!  What an amazing job you have done.  But please smile more!!  I know, these are just progress pics.  But you have so much to smile about.

  All posts that I make on this site, any forum, are a result in my having experience and caring for anyone having to go through life as an obese person. If you have medical issues, please see your doctor for medical advice.



on 6/24/14 4:04 am - TX
VSG on 08/26/13

I love hearing long term success stories. Thank you for sharing and congrats!

Toni Dallison

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Phil. 4:13

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on 6/24/14 4:36 am - CA
VSG on 08/19/14


Tracy D.
on 6/24/14 5:06 am - Papillion, NE
VSG on 05/24/13

Congratulations, Frank!  Love to hear stories from vets like you who have managed to keep the weight off for years! 

 Tracy  5'3"     HW: 235  SW: 218  CW: 132    M1: -22  M2: -13  M3: -12  M4: -9  M5: -8   M6: -10   M7: -4

 Goal reached in 7 months and 1 week

 Lower Body Lift w/Dr. Barnthouse 7-8-15



















































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