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About jfc193

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  • Birthday 03/11/1955

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    Just a guy who wants to get and stay healthy
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About Me

My mom and siblings have always had problems with weight issues. I started gaining weight at the age of 25. Over the next 26 years I went from 150 to 330.

I developed diabetes type 2, sleep apnea, severe pains in my back and knees walking was a chore, getting off the coach was and an adventure

Banded in September 07 and have had an interesting journey. Both my wife and I are banded matter of fact we were banded on the same day. The nurses thought it was cute. We were put in the same room overnight and it was interesting to see the reaction of the staff when they saw a man and women in the same room. Though it has not been easy I find the band keeps my food intake down.

It seems when I stay away from this board that I gain weight and find my way back

My lowest weight since banded and before starting to gain weight was around December 2009 around 180. Afterwards, stop exercising and even though I still ate properly during my meals I went back to heavy duty snacking and the weight started to creep back on. In June 2011 I had a complete unfill due to esophagus dilation and during the next three months gained 25 lbs.

I slowly kept gaining weight. On January 1, 2013, after reaching 250 I recommitted myself and am losing weight again 

I finally reached my Goal weight of 170 on August 29, 2019

Some of the benefits that have come as a result of the band are:
No more diabetes medicine (started taking Metformin again at the request of new Internist in 8/15)
No more Sleep Apnea
No more pain in my back or knees
I actually enjoy walking
I can keep up with the grandchildren

My Favorite NSV’s are:
Not having to ask for an extension on an airplane
Walking down an aisle of an airplane without apologizing for almost knocking someone out.
Getting off the coach on the first try
Crossing my legs
Getting dressed without sitting down
Being able to ride any coaster at an amusement park
Not having to worry if the ladder is going to hold me or not
Tying my shoes without almost passing out.
Taking the golf ball out of the hole without getting on my knees first
Leaving food on the plate without feeling guilty

It seems when I stay away from this board that I gain weight and find my way back

For me, the band has worked and though I have had my ups and down it was one of my best decisions I have ever made.