Hello Everybody,

My name is Jeff Howell and I had RNY on 28 Jan 2015.  I was at a point in my life, when i just wanted it to end...  I hated everything about me and nothing seemed to work. 

I joined the Navy in 1991 right out of High School and retired in 2012.  I was not happy with retiring and my last duty station was in Italy without my Family, so I ate myself into retirement.  When I returned home, the depression kicked in and I did what I only could do - eat my way thru my issues.  Over the next couple of years, I went from 200-300 lbs and really hated myself. 

Went into the Doc Jan 2014 for Hernia screening and saw a brochure for the Lap Band and thought, that would be cool, as it would force me to stop overeating...

So a year of appts and going to the support groups - I was ready for surgery and selected Jan 2015.  Man, I could not be happier! 

So after the first 4 months I lost 100lbs and by my 8 Month, I was down to 140 lbs weighing at 160.  I actually started to freak out as I was to skinny and worried about my health...  I can say now I have been steady around 175-180 for the last year.  My goal is to get back to 170 as it is just easier for me to be a runner at that weight.

I have developed the love of Running and have made it a goal to run in Boston within the next few years... 


Thank you and look forward to learing from you all and to help in anyway I can!

About Me
Surgery Date
Feb 27, 2019
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Before & After
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Dec 2014, 1 month before surgery
Gasparilla Challenge 2019. 30.4 Miles.

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