18 months out from surgery

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on 4/14/18 1:08 pm, edited 4/14/18 6:09 am
VSG on 10/11/16

A few days ago I passed the 18 month anniversary of my sleeve surgery. This morning my lovely wife consented to taking a few pictures of my progress. I started out in June of 2016 weighing in at 481 lbs. I have included one of the most unflattering pictures I could find of myself from then.

I had surgery on October 11, 2016. It was Yom Kippur. I am not Jewish (although I read and write in Hebrew) but the significance of the day did not escape me. I weighed 414 lbs the day of surgery.

Fast forward to today. I am down to 264 lbs as of this morning. My lowest weight ever post surgery is 263 lbs. I hit it several times a month and then bounce up 1-3 lbs before going back down again. I thought I was stabilized at 275 lbs, but in January my father died a horrific death. That event promoted me to caretaker for my mother, who is semi invalid and suffering from Alzheimer?s. It stressed me out more than I?ve ever been stressed before. I lost 12 lbs in 10 days. Even so, I feel pretty good at this weight, and have been maintaining it for almost three months without any undue effort. There was a little naughty indulgence at Easter, but the few pounds I gained came right back off with the resumption of my regular eating habits.

At 264 lbs the antiquated BMI chart says I have an index of 35 and that I am still obese. My surgeon laughed right out loud at that. I did too. I sluffed off on my exercise over the winter. Most of what I did was shovel snow and scrape ice. There was a lot of that. But as you can see in the skinny picture, warm weather is finally upon us. That means lots of yard work on our 5 1/2 acres, and lots of miles on the bike. Who knows? Maybe I will continue to shrink. If not, I am content at the weight I am now. All that remains is to maintain it.

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on 4/14/18 1:08 pm, edited 4/14/18 1:11 pm
VSG on 10/11/16

Stupid software! Then again, even though I've lost all that weight, I can still fat finger things.

on 4/14/18 1:47 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

Powermatic drill press. Fancy.

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.

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on 4/16/18 4:15 am
VSG on 10/11/16

What can I say? I am a VS junkie.

on 4/14/18 3:47 pm - TN
VSG on 09/28/15

I am so sorry for the stresses you've had to go through recently. None of those are easy to deal with. You have done so great and I am glad to see an update from you. Stay well and try to make sure you still take time for you even though your caregiver now.

Had VSG on 9/28/15

Lost 161 lbs since surgery, LOST 221 lbs overall so far!!

Cecily C.
on 4/14/18 4:00 pm - CA
VSG on 02/22/17

You look awesome, LB! So glad you're doing well. And I'm really sorry about your Dad.

Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 GW: 170 CW: 166.2

Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-12.2 M3:-9 M4:-12 M5:-11 M6:-8.4 M7:-10.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-6.8 M10:-7 Goal reached 11/9/17! (37 weeks, 1 day) First plastics (LBL, medial thigh lift, fat transfer to rear) 5/08/18

on 4/14/18 5:25 pm

Well Bill it looks like there's less of you to love. You're still an inspiration.


Shannon S.
on 4/14/18 6:39 pm
VSG on 11/07/17

Sorry about the loss of your father. My deepest condolences. You should be proud that through all of the storms you have been able to maintain. You look great!!!

on 4/14/18 7:59 pm
VSG on 08/11/14

Sorry for your loss of your father. You look great

Kristi T.
on 4/15/18 9:52 am - MT
VSG on 02/09/16

You look absolutely amazing LittleBill, you have worked so hard and are an inspiration. I am so sorry for the loss of your father and the stress you are feeling while taking care of you mom.