Jump to content

Hello! Welcome to the Largest Bariatric Surgery Community Online!

Welcome to BariatricPal, the largest Weight Loss Surgery social network in the world! We provide a unique platform for Weight Loss Surgery patients and potential patients alike that enables you to make informed choices involving your Weight Loss Surgery decisions as well as providing you the Weight Loss Surgery support you need to meet your goals. Sign up now or download our app to access exclusive member features!

Join our 250K+ WLS member community. It's free!!!

One Year Later

Started by WingRider, Jan 05, 2011 3:48 PM
17 replies to this topic
17 replies to this topic


    Expert Member

  • Posts: 153
  • Joined: Aug 2009
  • Location: TEXAS
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
Posted January 5, 2011 - 3:48 PM

Hello all,

I haven't posted in a long time, but I am posting this to help people see how successful this procedure really is. I had my sleeve on 12/29/09 and weighed in at 345. Today a year and a week later I am weighing in at 222. I am extremely happy with my progress, I had been stalled at 226-227 since Thanksgiving 2010, but I have started the scale moving again this past week.

As far as my well being, I feel like a totally different person. I have energy, sleep great at night(no more CPAP), love shopping for clothes now(went from buying 52" pants to 36" and 3XL shirts to XL or Large!). Money saved from not eating so much has helped me keep my wardrobe fresh. If I had to do it again I would not wait so long to purchase new clothes. I kept wearing the 52" pants for the longest time, just cinching up the belt. When I finally broke down and bought new pants I bought 40"'s. Boy did I start getting a lot of compliments about my weight loss once I did that. I was just so used to wearing baggy tent-like clothing it didn't seem to bother me.

I started a Couch to 5K program as my New Year's Resolution and just registered for a 5K the second week of March. I am so stoked about my ability to actually do the training program and excited that in 9 weeks I will be running for 30 minutes non-stop. I expect this to help me shed the last 20-25 pounds that I would like to lose. The last weight loss takes exercise, it would with our without the sleeve I firmly beleive. I haven't exercised much this past year, but I do lead a very active life juggling a small business, working a full time job, and volunteering 10-15 hours a week.

My eating ability is still weird. I eat Breakfast everyday, can't miss it or I will be tired and laggy later that day. Lunch is still very light, but at dinner sometimes I get full really quick and sometimes I feel like I am eating too much. I make good food choices 90% of the time, I don't believe in complete denial of things we want(it just makes us want it more). I still struggle to drink 64 ounces of water a day, never did like water. I know that more regular exercise will help me there though, I seem to crave water more when I have exercised in the past. I drink a margarita on Friday night like I used to, but I used to be able to drink 3 or more. Now I can't, I get intoxicated very quickly and feel like crap if I have more than one. No big deal, saves me money in the long run and not as unhealthy. Oh yeah, and even a year out if I do eat too much, it hurts like hell for about 5 to 10 minutes. Feels like a heart attack I assume feels.

Doctor is very pleased with my results. All my levels are checking out normal, where as before I was border line on BP(she wanted to start me on meds), I never did get tested for diabetes, but I know that I was borderline there because my energy levels were so erratic when I was heavy. My resting heart rate has gone from 75 bpm to 54 bpm. Cholesterol is in normal range. Only pills I take now are aspirin occasionally, Vitamins daily, and Prevacid daily.

I wave the VSG flag high and proudly. I talk to people about it all the time if they ask. I have no regrets to date.

Thanks for reading.



    Senior Member

  • Posts: 79
  • Joined: Nov 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: NEW MEXICO
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
Posted January 5, 2011 - 3:59 PM

Thanks for posting and letting us get a glimpse of what a year from now will be like. Its so very encouraging!!!! Thanks again.


    Bariatric Guru

  • Posts: 492
  • Joined: Sep 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: GEORGIA
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Scott Davis
  • Surgery Date: Mar 2011
  • Height: 5 feet 4 inches
  • Starting Weight: 288
  • Weight Lost: 92
  • Current Weight: 196
  • Goal Weight: 140
  • BMI: 33.6
Posted January 5, 2011 - 3:59 PM

Thanks for posting! I enjoyed hearing about your journey!


    I'm still learning how to be the new me ...

  • Posts: 2,181
  • Joined: Dec 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: WA
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgeon: Thomas Umbach
  • Surgery Date: Jan 2010
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Goal Weight: 127
Posted January 5, 2011 - 4:07 PM

Awesome job Bill. Life is good without all the "insulation", isn't it?


    Bariatric Evangelist

  • Posts: 907
  • Joined: Aug 2010
  • Location: ENGLAND
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • My Blogs
Posted January 5, 2011 - 4:11 PM

Thanks for sharing your experience :)


    BariatricPal Host

  • Posts: 2,506
  • Joined: Sep 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: COLORADO
  • Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
  • Surgeon: Michael Snyder
  • Surgery Date: Oct 2010
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Posted January 5, 2011 - 4:31 PM

Congratulations on your loss and the regaining of your health! Congrats on signing up for a 5K, you will have to keep us posted on how that is going.

Thanks for sharing your story with all of us, it truly is wonderful that some of the longer-term vets come in and check in with us and let us know how far they have come. We love hearing success stories!

    Ms. E

    Senior Member

  • Posts: 74
  • Joined: Dec 2010
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: TEXAS
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
Posted January 5, 2011 - 4:37 PM

Wow!!! How encouraging. I am about to start my journey and it's great to hear there is light at the end of the tunnel. I can't wait to post my one year update. Thank you.


    Bariatric Hero

  • Posts: 2,037
  • Joined: Dec 2010
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: AR
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
  • Surgery Date: Dec 2010
  • Height: 6 feet 0 inches
  • Starting Weight: 375 lbs
  • Weight Lost: 170 lbs
  • Current Weight: 205 lbs
  • Goal Weight: 190 lbs
  • BMI: 27.8
Posted January 5, 2011 - 4:51 PM

I am SOOO jealous! Can't wait till I see results like that.


    Expert Member

  • Posts: 153
  • Joined: Aug 2009
  • Location: TEXAS
  • Surgery: LAP-BAND
Posted January 5, 2011 - 5:07 PM


Awesome job Bill. Life is good without all the "insulation", isn't it?

Yes it is. I do get cold easily now, in the past you would be hard pressed to hear me complain about it being too cold.



  • Posts: 16
  • Joined: Nov 2010
  • Gender: Male
  • Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Posted January 5, 2011 - 5:51 PM

Thanks for sharing your story....I get sleeved January 14, 2011. Our weight and size are exactly the same..... so I am going to hold on to this post as motivation.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Featured Surgeons

Recent Status Updates

  • Photo
      May 05

    Today, I realized that if Australia is a day a head of us, and if the world e...

    Show comments (2)
View All Updates
Together, we have lost...