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Nichelle

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About Nichelle

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    Aspiring Evangelist
  • Birthday 04/02/1988

About Me

  • Gender
    Female
  • City
    KC
  • State
    MO
  • Zip Code
    64131
  1. Nichelle

    One Year Surgiversary

    I wish you the best of luck and healthy recover with your surgery. Believe me I was nervous too and you should be. Your about to make a huge life changing decision and ITS WORTH IT!
  2. Nichelle

    One Year Surgiversary

    It will all come in time. Sometimes it feels like it is taking forever, but it is just what you said "a Journey". Enjoy every step and learn from it. The downs are what makes the ups feel so good.
  3. Nichelle

    One Year Surgiversary

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments.
  4. Nichelle

    One Year Surgiversary

    I just started slow and walked on a treadmill 3-4 days. It was no specific distance just as far as I could go in 20 min. All aspects gradually increase. First my time moved up 5 minutes at a time then I moved the speed and the incline. As it got easier I just increased my workout. Yes, I do have a lot of lose skin. Its just a reality. I had 280lbs on my body the skin had to cover it and no matter what its not all just going to snap back young or not. There isn' anything I would change though the skin is just a battle scar.
  5. Nichelle

    Nichelle

  6. Well VST, here it is. I thought I would have so much more to write about when it came to and I probably do, but I want to go out and enjoy life its a beautiful day. My one year surgiversary is tomorrow. I couldn’t have imagined what life would be like a year from then and now that I am here today, I still can't believe where I was and where I am now. There are so many things that have changed for the good and a realization of so many things in my life that have come clear. The ride was fun, it wasn't always easy, it’s the best thing I have done for myself yet, it still takes work every day, and I wouldn't ever change my decision to have surgery. A of the simple things that have changed in my life: *I can walk up a flight of stairs (and choose to now) without losing my breath *I can jog nearly 3 miles *I don't have a debate with myself whether I should get down on the floor to play with my niece because I can't get back up without some help of something to push off of (soon to have a nephew in just a few days!) * I can shop in the regular section of all the clothing stores; Lost over 10 dress sizes and a shoe size *I can see each side of a chair, noticed this in my car *Seat belts fit without pulling them all the way out, haven't been on a plane since surgery, but I almost needed an extender on the flight I tightly squeezed it over my legs. Today I am sure that wouldn't be the case *I have found a new love for cooking, gardening, and exercise * I can see the pendant on my necklace that now hangs 2 or more inches lower * I have lost 93 lbs AND counting, over 76 inches off my body (10 spots) **I feel beautiful, healthy, and happy! I am ready for the future! *** I feel normal; I have respect for myself and now so do others This is a journey and this is only the beginning of the rest of my life. I still feel like I have more work to go to reach my own personal goals, but in my heart I felt (didn't believe) and in the eyes of my boyfriend and close friends I was always a winner. Now I can truthfully say I believe them and myself. Thank you to my surgeon Dr. Ramos Kelly and to my wonderful coordinator Christi Beardon for making the process so simple. I want to also thank this site and the many of you that are a part of it that share your stories. I couldn't have done this without your support. Thank You! Please feel free to check out my blog it has all my stats if you’re interested. Plus I have a gallery full of pictures from before all the way through to now. Here are a few. They are still shocking to me. This was February 2011, 3 months before surgery Before in San Diego exactly one year from today Two days after surgery, shopping in Tijuana Now.... 11 Months First ever swimsuit without boy shorts Two Dresses I would have never worn before; well I've never worn a lot now I have a dozen
  7. Nichelle

    11, 12 Months

  8. Nichelle

    12 Month Measurements

    Well Folks, here it is. I thought I would have so much more to write about when it came to and I probably do, but I want to go out and enjoy life. My one year surgiversary is tomorrow. I couldn't have imagined what life would be like a year from then and now that I am here today, I still can't believe where I was and where I am now. There are so many things that have changed for the good and a realization of so many things in my life that have come clear. The ride was fun, it wasn't always easy, it's the best thing I have done for myself yet, it still takes work every day, and I wouldn't ever change my decision to have surgery. A of the simple things that have changed in my life: *I can walk up a flight of stairs (and choose to now) without losing my breath *I can jog nearly 3 miles *I don't have a debate whether I should get down on the floor to play with my niece because I can't get back up without some help of something to push off of * I can shop in the regular section of all the clothing stores; Lost over 10 dress sizes and a shoe size *I can see each side of a chair, noticed this in my car *Seat belts fit without pulling them all the way out, haven't been on a plane since surgery, but I almost needed an extender on the flight I tightly squeezed it over my legs. Today I am sure that wouldn't be the case *I have found a new love for cooking and exercise * I can see the pendent on my necklace that now hangs 2 or more inches lower **I feel beautiful, healthy, and happy! I am ready for the future! *** I feel normal; I have respect for myself and now so do others This is a journey and this is only the beginning of the rest of my life. I still feel like I have more work to go to reach my own personal goals, but in my heart and in the eyes of my boyfriend and close friends I was always a winner. Now I can say truthfully say I believe them. Thank you to my surgeon Dr. Ramos Kelly and my wonderful coordinator Christi Beardon for making the process so simple. I want to also thank this site and the many of you that are a part of it that share your stories. I couldn't have done this without your support. Thank You! Please feel free to check out my blog it has all my stats if you're interested. StartWeight: 273 lbs. **Goal Weight: 157lbs. Pre-op:--- 6 lbs. lost Surgery Weight: 267 1 month: 247 -- -- bmi 39.0 -- -- 20 lbs lost 2 month: 238 -- -- bmi 37.3 -- -- 9 lbs lost 3 month: 229 -- -- bmi 35.9 -- -- 9 lbs lost 4 month: 220 -- -- bmi 34.5 -- -- 9 lbs lost 5 month: 212 -- -- bmi 33.2 -- -- 8 lbs lost 6 month: 207 -- -- bmi 32.4 -- -- 5 lbs lost 7 month: 201 -- -- bmi 31.5 -- -- 6 lbs lost 8 month: 198 -- -- bmi 31.0 -- -- 3 lbs lost 9 month: 192 -- -- bmi 30.1 -- -- 6 lbs lost 10 month:192 -- -- bmi 30.1 -- -- 0 lbs lost 11 month:183 -- -- bmi 28.7 -- -- 9 lbs lost 12 month:180 -- -- bmi 28.2 -- -- 3 lbs lost Lost since surgery: -87 Lost Total: -93 lbs. Overall Goal Weekly Break Down, lbs. lost pre-op week: 6 lbs week 1 -- 8 lbs. 2 - -5 3 - -3 4 - -2 5 - -2 6 - -3 ~2 months 7 - -3 8 - -1 9 - -2 10 - -6 ~3 months 11 - -0 12 - -2 13 - -1 14 - -3 ~4 months 15 - -0 16 - -4 17 - -2 18 - -1 ~5 months 19 - -1 20 - -3 21 - -3 22 - +1 ~6 months 23 - -0 24 - -3 25 - -2 26 - -1 27 - -2 ~ 7 months 28 - -0 29 - -0 30 - -4 31 - -0 ~ 8 months 32 - -0 33 - -3 34 - -0 35 - -0 36 - -1 ~ 9 months 37 - -2 38 - -1 39 - -2 40 - -0 ~ 10 months 41 - +2 42 - -2 43 - -0 44 - -5 ~ 11 months 45 - -0 46 - -4 47 - -0 48 - -0 ~ 12 months 49 - +2 50 - -3 51 - -3 52 - +1 StartJean size: 24/22 Current Jean size:12 some 10 & 11 Start Shirt size: 3x/2x Current Shirt size: L some M Inches: Neck Start: 16 Last: 13.5 Recent: 13.5 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -2.5 Upper Arm Start: 15 Last: 12.0 Recent: 12.0 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -3 Forearm Start: 11.5 Last: 10 Recent: 10 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -1.5 Waist Start: 49 Last: 36 Recent: 36 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -13 Abdomen (belly button) Start: 55 Last: 42.5 Recent: 41 Loss: -1.5 Total Loss: -14 Hips Start: 55 Last: 44 Recent: 43 Loss: -1 Total Loss: -12 Bust Start: 54 Last: 34 Recent: 43 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -11 Chest Start: 44 Last: 35 Recent: 35 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -9 Thigh Start: 30.5 Last: 23.5 Recent: 23 Loss: -0.5 Total Loss: -7.5 Calf Start: 17.5 Last: 15 Recent: 15 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -2.5 1st month loss: -19.5 in 2nd month loss: -9 in 3rd month loss: -13.5 in 4th month loss: -6.0 in 5th month loss: -2.0 in 6th month loss: -6.0 in 7th month loss: -4.5 in 8th month loss: -5.0 in 9th month loss: -1.5 in 10th month loss: -1.0 in 11th month loss: -5.0 in 12th month loss: -3.0 in Total Lost: -76 inches
  9. Nichelle

    11 Month Measurements

    Thank you so much. I appreciate your support and taking the time to look.
  10. Nichelle

    11 Month Measurements

    11 Month Measurements Welcome back to the losers game. I forgot how important it was to be a part of my healthy lifestyle not just float next to it. Last month I lost nothing. This shocked and scared me right out of my rut of how important it is to put forth the effort to see results. Over the holidays I got a little lazy in my exercise. Honestly, I quit exercising if we are going to be truthful here. Plus I was over indulging way to often and choosing to eat whatever as long as it was a small portion. Well as we can all see and I myself which is the most important just sliding by won’t lose the weight forever. This past month I decided to show myself that with a little more control and simple calorie counting along with 3x a week workout on the treadmill. I can have the results I want. Even results that match the first few months of weight loss. The exercise goes to prove it has helped not only on the scale, but this month I have lost more inches than I have in a few months. To sticking with it not just now, but forever. This is my life and my body so I have to put in the work. No one else can do it for me. To an amazing month ahead and my one year surgiversary. *My own little pep talk. StartWeight: 273 lbs. **Goal Weight: 157lbs. Pre-op:--- 6 lbs. lost Surgery Weight: 267 1 month: 247 -- -- bmi 39.0 -- -- 20 lbs lost 2 month: 238 -- -- bmi 37.3 -- -- 9 lbs lost 3 month: 229 -- -- bmi 35.9 -- -- 9 lbs lost 4 month: 220 -- -- bmi 34.5 -- -- 9 lbs lost 5 month: 212 -- -- bmi 33.2 -- -- 8 lbs lost 6 month: 207 -- -- bmi 32.4 -- -- 5 lbs lost 7 month: 201 -- -- bmi 31.5 -- -- 6 lbs lost 8 month: 198 -- -- bmi 31.0 -- -- 3 lbs lost 9 month: 192 -- -- bmi 30.1 -- -- 6 lbs lost 10 month:192 -- -- bmi 30.1 -- -- 0 lbs lost 11 month:183 -- -- bmi 28.7 -- -- 9 lbs lost Lost since surgery: -84 Lost Total: -90 lbs. Overall Goal Weekly Break Down, lbs. lost pre-op week: 6 lbs week 1 -- 8 lbs. 2 - -5 3 - -3 4 - -2 5 - -2 6 - -3 ~2 months 7 - -3 8 - -1 9 - -2 10 - -6 ~3 months 11 - -0 12 - -2 13 - -1 14 - -3 ~4 months 15 - -0 16 - -4 17 - -2 18 - -1 ~5 months 19 - -1 20 - -3 21 - -3 22 - +1 ~6 months 23 - -0 24 - -3 25 - -2 26 - -1 27 - -2 ~ 7 months 28 - -0 29 - -0 30 - -4 31 - -0 ~ 8 months 32 - -0 33 - -3 34 - -0 35 - -0 36 - -1 ~ 9 months 37 - -2 38 - -1 39 - -2 40 - -0 ~ 10 months 41 - +2 42 - -2 43 - -0 44 - -5 ~ 11 months 45 - -0 46 - -4 47 - -0 48 - - ~ 12 months 49 - - 50 - - 51 - - 52 - - StartJean size: 24/22 Current Jean size: 12 some 10 & 11 Start Shirt size: 3x/2x Current Shirt size: L some M Inches: Neck Start: 16 Last: 13.5 Recent: 13.5 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -2.5 Upper Arm Start: 15 Last: 12.0 Recent: 12.0 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -3 Forearm Start: 11.5 Last: 10 Recent: 10 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -1.5 Waist Start: 49 Last: 37 Recent: 36 Loss: -1.0 Total Loss: -13 Abdomen (belly button) Start: 55 Last: 43.5 Recent: 42.5 Loss: -1.0 Total Loss: -12.5 Hips Start: 55 Last: 44.5 Recent: 44 Loss: -0.5 Total Loss: -11 Bust Start: 54 Last: 44 Recent: 43 Loss: -1.0 Total Loss: -11 Chest Start: 44 Last: 36 Recent: 35 Loss: -1.0 Total Loss: -9 Thigh Start: 30.5 Last: 24 Recent: 23.5 Loss: -0.5 Total Loss: -7 Calf Start: 17.5 Last: 15 Recent: 15 Loss: 0 Total Loss: -2.5 1st month loss: -19.5 in 2nd month loss: -9 in 3rd month loss: -13.5 in 4th month loss: -6.0 in 5th month loss: -2.0 in 6th month loss: -6.0 in 7th month loss: -4.5 in 8th month loss: -5.0 in 9th month loss: -1.5 in 10th month loss: -1.0 in 11th month loss: -5.0 in Total Lost: -73 inches Easter Goal Start weight 192 Goal weight 182 8 weeks – 10 lbs. Current weight 183 … 1lb. to go!
  11. Nichelle

    365 Days Ago....

    Congratulations, this was an amazing testimonial you shared. I love that you are doing something you like to get your workouts in and helping others. That's fab. Tattoos I see in my future also. Excited.
  12. Great story, amazing pictures. Congratulations on the running its something I'm working on myself. WTG
  13. I had VSG __11 months___ (days, weeks, months, years ) ago, and I've lost __90___ lbs. When I started, my goal was to lose __122____ lbs, and I am __5'7__ tall. I still feel like I can reach my goal just in due time. Currently I am about 6 weeks from my one year surgiversary and plan on reach 100lbs down. 1 year 100lbs I'm jumping for joy. All my stats are below as far as weight and goals.
  14. Minaleigh: Hi stat twin, thank you for your response. Agreed the compliments now are better than thenot so beautiful compliments before. Yes, people will change the way they act around you unfortunately I believe we will soon just realize who true friends are. Keep up the good work your doing fabulous. Check out my blog if you like I have a pretty detailed sketch of my journey there. Aussiegirl: Thanks for sharing and congratulations on 100lbs. That’s my very close next goal. I can relate to the comments I am getting about keep going, work hard you’ll get there. It’s like was it that bad. I know I am still over weight and yes I will keep going. I will battle with my food addiction for the rest of my life like most of us here. It’s funny how these people never said anything before now they seem to think they have all the answers and are willing to share them like I want to hear them after their pitty compliment. I don’t think either of us are ungrateful to hear that we are doing good and the motivation we are receiving it’s just like you want to tell that person thank you now let it be. I’ve been doing this on my own (or with whatever support, such as you great people) for the last …however long and I’ll keep doing it for me with or without that person. I’m so glad I have people that can relate. BlackBerryJuice: I must admit with the body you have I would never have ever guessed it either. My skin underneath my shirt does not look as amazingly toned as yours. Although I know you have worked hard for the fantastic body you now have. Congratulations. Gmanbat: Thank you for sharing. Your wife you said must be at the more receiving end than you, but that must be kind of hard to hear sometimes. When I’m with my fiancé I do just try to smile and thank you, but I can tell sometimes depending on the compliment he can be overwhelmed too. Its fine because you know how beautiful your wife is inside and out and as does mine.
  15. Hello, I just wanted to say thank you real quick to everyone on here. I don't post a lot, but I do read these forums often. So thank you to all those who are willing to share their stories. I wanted to ask how some of you that are further along in your journey take all the new attention and amounts of compliments you get after your obvious, drastic change in your look. Here is the small, but very real problem I am having and don't know how to deal. To some I know I will sound obnoxious, but I really don't know how to take the attention. I don't want to sound like a snot or stuck up. I do know that at some point we all deal with this maybe more so than others or simply others may know how to handle it better. Either way I just want to ask for help without being judged and I know this is the right place to do it. My friends just don't understand. I do appreciate the attention, but it has become WOW! It is almost everytime I turn around I am being reminded of how much weight I have lost or how great I look or what my big secret to weight loss is or the over the top dirty remarks about my new body which includes a new butt which is what I have been told.How do you deal with this new attention? I have always been bigger, even through highschool and never been overly outgoing. I wouldn't consider myself shy; however taking a compliment is a bigger thing than I imagined. So much so it has caused me stress at work. I won't lie I do work at a bar and understand that this is a place than one can be put on the spot for attention. Most of the time I smile, say thank you or answer some of what seems at times nosey questions and try and move on. Yet, there are those that want to continue even after I have assured them that I have a fiancee and am happily in a committed relationship. Sometimes, its not just the guys. Its all of it combined when in a single day at work I have talked to dozens of people that by the way I have seen or even served before that all of a sudden what to talk to me. Like I was invisible or not important before, because I am of what seems normal weight all of sudden they want to be my friend and I can't help how I feel when I think they are jerks for just now realizing I am a good human being. I am the same person on the inside as I was 11 months ago, maybe happier and that's why more people actually want to talk to me, but tell me how do you all deal with the new amount of attention you have been given. Thanks for listening!

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