My ongiong journey :)

on 12/13/11 8:56 am - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
WOW....This is where it all began..I have been soo busy with life that I forgot where I came from...I had lap band surgery in 2008 with Dr Andrew Averbach...I was 276 pounds on the day of my surgery (Im 5'4) .....I moved to California in April 2010 and by the Summer of 2010 I was down to 121 pounds...Most would be ecstatic about that huge transformation...I looked like a crack addict.  My face looked skeletal, my hair was thinning (though I was proteining and vitamined up :) )  and despite working out- my skin was hanging like melting wax...My own family was even questioning if I was on drugs.  Most people would say "dont listen to them, they are just jealous of your success'.....uhhhhh naaah....Looking at pictures now, I looked sick.  I found a wonderful Cali Doctor and asked him to take my entire fill out and let me start over....(Dr Feiz in Beverly Hills).  I gained loads of weight back, but now am at a comfortable 155 pounds.  When I first started this journey, I had a weight in mind that I wanted to get down to.  Ladies/Gentleman..dont write that date in stone..what may look good on one person may look horrible on another.  I learned my lesson and found through my own personal experience-Im not meant to be 120 pounds...
on 12/13/11 9:10 am - Warwick, RI
Great job in making your weight decision! That was one of my first questions will I be able to maintain when I get to my own personal goal and not go lower.
I lost 107 pounds in 1997 and 140 is too low for me and never want to be that low again.
I had people asking me if I was sick. I just want to be healthy and comfortable.
So I totally understand what you decided!
Lisa Hull
on 12/13/11 9:18 am - Swanzey, NH
Great advice!  I meet with my surgeon on January 13th to set a goal he, like you, is recommending not to set a target at the "recommended" weight.  He'd like to see it slightly higher.  I'm so excited that you found yourself!

Lisa Hull
on 12/13/11 9:21 am - Swanzey, NH
Great advice!  I meet with my surgeon on the 13th of January to discuss weight loss goals.  He, like you, wants to set realistic goals not extreme goals.

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