7 year VSG Veteran .. Wooohooooo I am BACCCKKKKK!!!! <3 <3 <3

on 4/13/15 2:40 am, edited 4/13/15 2:41 am

So on 3.23.2015 I came on OH and posted this big long update.... I am SEVEN (7) years out!!!! I have gained 60 lbs back!  I am determined to lose it... DETERMINED!  So, guess what... I have LOST 16 lbs!!!!  I only have 44 more lbs to go to be where I stopped before... and this time I plan to lose 10 extra lbs to be at goal!!  I am sooooo excited! 

I have cut out ALL carbs from my diet and I am no longer hungry all of the time. The worse times for me is right before bed because I was used to having a carb "snack" and I have cut that out. Now I have a boiled egg or string cheese. I feel so much better knowing that I am back on track. I am not losing as quickly as I would like to... but Rome wasn't built in a day. I will take it as it comes. :)


One 3/23/2015: I posted the following:

So I had my surgery, July 2008. I lost 110 lbs in 9 months. I stopped short of my goal by 20 lbs. In the past 3 years, I started getting lax. I gained back 60 lbs. I got discouraged and depressed. I started researching revisions and the DS. I have read for months about the DS and I had an appt for tomorrow to schedule the revision. Last week I decided to go back to the basics and just try this one more time. I cut out all of the carbs and crap I was eating and I started tracking what I was putting in my mouth. I am thankful, happy and so excited to say, I have dropped 10 lbs.

Let me say here.. the surgery does NOT give you the okay to eat anything that you want. I have heard folks say I eat anything I want and I haven’t gained a pound back. I truly find that hard to believe. I am not saying that you can’t ever have that slice of birthday cake… I am saying you can’t have that slice of birthday cake every.single.day and expect to lose or expect to not gain weight.

I was told from the beginning.. this surgery is a tool… and ONLY a tool to help you lose weight but you have to do your part too. That is the truth. The honest to God truth.

So for the next 3 months, I am going to do my part of eating right, exercising more and drinking water like I am supposed to and see where it takes me. At the end of the three months, if I know that I have given it EVERYTHING within me.. and I have been honest and true about the food I am digesting, I will make a decision if I want a revision. I cannot justify a revision for ME if I am not making THIS tool work. I can’t keep going under the knife to make weight loss work for me for the moment. This has to be a lifelong commitment.

So for all of the newbies out there… weight gain is real. It does happen (more times than not) and to keep the weight off… you have to work this tool. You can’t get to goal and decide to eat everything in sight (even in small portions). The tool we have, has failed some people (rarely), but most of the time, WE fail the tool.



Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)

Pamela M.
on 4/13/15 2:43 am - Atlanta, GA
VSG on 08/25/14

Congratulations!    This is confirmation that we really do have a LIFETIME tool if we use it correctly.  That is wonderful news.  Very happy for you.  Keep up the great work!


The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.   Henry David Thoreau

on 4/13/15 2:46 am

Thanks!  What they say is TRUE!  No carbs in... makes you not crave them at.all.  They do not appeal to me at this moment... I am so excited... 16 lbs gone.  Thank the Lord!!! :)


Hugs, Karen R. (Mom to TWELVE incredible kids)

on 4/13/15 3:15 am - NC
VSG on 02/18/15

I'm so happy for you that you are back on track. Keep up the good work and you will be right where you want to be.


Height: 5'5" HW: 278.2; SW: 268.2; CW: 175.6

on 4/13/15 6:38 am

Thanks!  I have to say... it is awesome to still have so much restriction after all this time.  :)

on 4/13/15 3:35 am
VSG on 04/07/14

What an exciting and happy update!!  I have no doubt that you will cruise on to goal. :)

April:  HW- 323, SW-310, CW-159 (as of 9/25/15), Goal- 140; Pre-op (-13), M1 (-17), M2 (-16), M3 (-14), M4 (-13), M5 (-12), M6 (-8), M7 (-12), M8 (-8), M9 (-8), M10 (-5), M11 (-7), M12 (-5), M13 (-7), M14 (-0), M15 (-1), M16 (-5), M17 (-5)



on 4/13/15 6:38 am

Thanks!  I have great faith in myself.. because I am determined!!!

Gwen M.
on 4/13/15 4:52 am
VSG on 03/13/14

Congrats!  It's great to know that the sleeve will always work for us if we work for it :)

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 42 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

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on 4/13/15 6:39 am

That excites me more than anything... the tool STILL works... even after 7 years!! :)

on 4/13/15 5:23 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Nice job. You took a big step, getting back on the wagon.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.