Hello from Seville!

on 3/17/17 5:58 am

Hi All,

I just wanted to say Hi to you all. I've been busy preparing to travel, then traveling, and then living and studying in Spain.

This has been quite an adventure, especially the "Immersion" part where all the classes and tours are in Spanish. We are living with a host family who don't speak English, so communication includes a lot of pointing and struggling for words.

But it is just what I wanted. Lots of learning. lots of practice hearing and comprehending Spanish. The classes are small - 6 students, so there is lots of individual attention, and everyone is in the same boat, struggling to understand. I'm loving it.

I am walking so much - 8.5 miles the first day of school - less once we started using the bus for some of the trips. We are in the old part of the city, both the school and our home, so its an interesting walk, anyway.

I don't have a scale, but I think I'm eating healthy enough, that together with the walking, I should maintain my weight. In any case, I'm feeling healthy and will get back on my routine when I get home.

Best wishes to you all,



Surgery May 1, 2013. Starting Weight 385,  Surgery Weight 333,  Current Weight 160.  At GOAL!

Weight loss Pre-op 1-20 2-17 3-15 Post-op 1-20 2-18 3-15 4-14 5-16 6-11 7-12  8-8

                  9-11 10-7 11-7 12-7 13-8 14-6 15-3 16-7 17-3  18-3


on 3/17/17 6:05 am
VSG on 08/11/14

Carol, glad you are enjoying your trip. Enjoy it

on 3/17/17 6:24 am - PA
VSG on 06/17/16

that sounds amazing! Enjoy!

High Weight at Consultation December 8, 2015 - 442lbs

VSG Surgery Weight June 17, 2016 - 364lbs

Gwen M.
on 3/17/17 9:12 am
VSG on 03/13/14

I am so super excited for you! I can't wait to hear all about it. You should be so astoundingly proud of yourself for doing this thing. It's huge :D

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 3/17/17 9:49 am
RNY on 08/13/14

Hey Carol

Sounds like you're doing well. Thanks for checking in :)

Lanie; Age: 43; Surgery Date (VSG): 8/12/14 w/complications resulting in RNY next day;

Height: 5' 6" SW: 249 Comfort Zone: 135-140 CW: 138 (10/13/17)

M1: -25 lbs M2: -12 M3: -13 M4: -7 M5: -11 M6: -10 M7: -7 M8: -7 M9: -3 M10: -8 M11: -4 M12: -4

5K PR - 24:15 (4/23/16) First 10K - 53:30 (10/18/15)

on 3/17/17 9:54 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Wow! Good for you!

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.

on 3/17/17 10:02 am
VSG on 08/04/15

You're so brave to do this! I really admire that you're putting yourself into such an immersive program. You'll come back speaking like a native Spaniard!

5' 5" tall. VSG on August 4, 2015/ Starting weight 239.9/ Surgery weight 210.9/ Current weight 137.4/ Goal weight 140/ No longer overweight, now a NORMAL weight. Now that I'm at goal, it's time to move on to maintenance!!!!!!!!




on 3/17/17 12:23 pm

Hey Carol,

I always loved your story !

You committed yourself to the education and process and built a solid foundation. You are reaping the benefits of a better life !!!

I have been to Spain/Barcelona 4 or 5 times post VSG and have always enjoyed the food.

Truth be known, I based Cafe Frisco and my whole post op eating after "Tapas". Tapas are pretty much based on high flavor small plate eating.

Congrats on your next level adventure !


SW 338lbs. GW 175lbs. Goal in 11 months. CW 148lbs. WL 190lbs.

          " To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art "

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on 3/17/17 1:54 pm
VSG on 01/05/17

Hi Carol:

Keep us updated and post a pic if you can. How long are you going to be there?

What an incredible adventure! Have fun!


Height 5'4 Starting weight: 225 Surgery weight: 216 Goal Weight: 135 Surgery date: 1/23/17 Portsmouth, NH

The little engine that could.....

on 3/17/17 5:41 pm
VSG on 02/27/13

OMG I am so envious! I visited Seville for the first time in September and it's just the absolute best place. I feel like it was relatively easy to eat in a more-or-less bariatric friendly manner, too, since it seems like a lot of Spanish cuisine is pretty "protein-first" it that makes sense. And yes, it's so walkable!

Enjoy your time in Spain. Try not to feel bad about how jealous I, an internet stranger, am. ;)

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