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Hello bandsters, I am considering lapband surgery but my doctor told me that I could only expect to reach 50-60% of my goal. That's not necessarily bad, but I don't want to invest 16K for a 50lb loss (25 will probably come from pre-op diet alone!) I am 240lbs, 5"7, and 30 years old. I don't have any intention to be a skinny 120lb model but I DO want to get back to my healthy 140lbs (which I was about 4-5 years ago). Have any of you reached your ENTIRE goal? Do you know anyone that has? Thanks in advance :) P.S. I am considering SWLC or CIBO in Ontario.

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How much you lose is entirely up to you and how much you're willing to work for it. If you want to lose 100% of your excess weight you definitely can. There's many people on here who have actually lost more than 100% of their original excess weight.

As for myself, I've already lost 195 pounds in 14 months. That is 75% of my excess weight and I'm still consistently losing. I have no doubt I'll lose the rest of the weight, too.

It's all up to you how much you lose.

Best wishes.

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The goal weight I set up with my nutritionist was 170. I was hoping for 145 and I just reached that (145) on March 1st. Feb 3rd 2012 was my 1 year anniversary.

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I lost +100% of mine. I have regained a few extra lbs after I had surgery last year and had all my Fluid removed like a big dummy. Have almost all of the regained weight back off now though. It can be done. They tell everyone that because that's the average.

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GREAT QUESTION!! I wondered the same thing and just figured it was an average and I am happy to hear the responses support my idea that it would be up to me to lose everything I want to lose. I just had my consultation today and physical today. Will have the lab results tomorrow and hopefully funding as well since I am self-pay.... I am praying to have a surgery date scheduled by Friday!! I will be so excited if I can get the band for my birthday on March 23rd!! I already received my pre-op diet info and only have to do 5 days liquid then 2 days clear liquid before surgery!!! I have never looked forward to a pure liquid diet like I am now!

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I've lost about 75% of my excess weight, maybe a bit more. My surgeon commented at my last appointment that he would be happy if I stayed at this weight for the rest of my life. At the time, I agreed, but now I really do want to get closer to losing 90% of my excess weight as that should take me down to a size 12 easily. It will also make my sporting life that bit more comfortable.

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If losing 100% of your excess weight puts you at the top of the normal BMI range then I lost in excess of 100%. I have regained a couple of pounds but my BMI is still within the normal range (22.9)

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How much you lose is entirely up to you and how much you're willing to work for it. If you want to lose 100% of your excess weight you definitely can. There's many people on here who have actually lost more than 100% of their original excess weight.

As for myself' date=' I've already lost 195 pounds in 14 months. That is 75% of my excess weight and I'm still consistently losing. I have no doubt I'll lose the rest of the weight, too.

It's all up to you how much you lose.

Best wishes.[/quote']

Good for you Mis! 75% is a huge accomplishment and you must be SO proud of yourself :))

Did you exercise at all or just portion control...

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The goal weight I set up with my nutritionist was 170. I was hoping for 145 and I just reached that (145) on March 1st. Feb 3rd 2012 was my 1 year anniversary.

Congrats on your amazing loss cls!! How long did it take you to lose the first 100lbs? Any roadblocks? Complications?

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I lost +100% of mine. I have regained a few extra lbs after I had surgery last year and had all my Fluid removed like a big dummy. Have almost all of the regained weight back off now though. It can be done. They tell everyone that because that's the average.

More than 100%??!?!? WOW!! You must be so proud of yourself! I know I am!

Fluid removed? Do you mean a defill? Is that necessary for surgery or pregnancies?

Hope you have recovered from surgery.

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GREAT QUESTION!! I wondered the same thing and just figured it was an average and I am happy to hear the responses support my idea that it would be up to me to lose everything I want to lose. I just had my consultation today and physical today. Will have the lab results tomorrow and hopefully funding as well since I am self-pay.... I am praying to have a surgery date scheduled by Friday!! I will be so excited if I can get the band for my birthday on March 23rd!! I already received my pre-op diet info and only have to do 5 days liquid then 2 days clear liquid before surgery!!! I have never looked forward to a pure liquid diet like I am now!

Lilmispcl - the term "average" actually concerns me because just like there are big losers there are small losers. I'm afraid to be the latter. I'm not even concerned about the $$ (although I'm self pay!) as much as having a foreign object in me that won't help.

Is it normal to be this scared?

Which clinic are you going to?

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I've lost about 75% of my excess weight' date=' maybe a bit more. My surgeon commented at my last appointment that he would be happy if I stayed at this weight for the rest of my life. At the time, I agreed, but now I really do want to get closer to losing 90% of my excess weight as that should take me down to a size 12 easily. It will also make my sporting life that bit more comfortable.[/quote']

SageTracey. That's impressive!! Was it hard?? How long has the 75% taken you?

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If losing 100% of your excess weight puts you at the top of the normal BMI range then I lost in excess of 100%. I have regained a couple of pounds but my BMI is still within the normal range (22.9)

What an accomplishment! how long did that take you?

My 100% would put me in the middle of my BMI. But I think you're right. A healthy BMI is what matters.

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More than 100%??!?!? WOW!! You must be so proud of yourself! I know I am!

Fluid removed? Do you mean a defill? Is that necessary for surgery or pregnancies?

Hope you have recovered from surgery.

Thanks. I had a complete de fill before my TT last year even though my surgeon said I didn't need to I felt like I did because I was scared I wouldn't be able to eat or take pain meds after surgery because I cannot eat or drink or take meds then lay down for at least 2 hours after. I knew with the TT I would be laying flat alot.

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