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OMG you guys look awesome!! Every time I get annoyed with this process I come here and look at a few pages and remind myself why I'm doing this, it helps a lot... You are all inspiring!

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20 hours ago, Snetsky said:

What a difference a year makes, eh? I'm still about 25 lbs off where I really want to be, and I have only just started making the gym a priority, but seeing these photos side by side really does make the past year seem worth it!

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Wow you are looking great. You are a fine advertisement for this surgery, just shows how awesome the results are if you follow the plan. Even your Tattoo has been on a diet !

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Everyone looks amazing and is doing amazing. Congrats to all! xxxx

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I am 4 months since I started pre-op.

HW - 469.8, Pre Op Weight - 450.6, 12/4/23 Weight - 340.4

Pictures are Pre-Op to today (12/4/23)

Down 129.4 Overall, 110.2 since Pre-Op, and 90.4 since surgery (Aug 15, 2023)

Still have a way to go for goal (250).

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On 12/5/2023 at 12:15 AM, BigZ said:

I am 4 months since I started pre-op.

HW - 469.8, Pre Op Weight - 450.6, 12/4/23 Weight - 340.4

Pictures are Pre-Op to today (12/4/23)

Down 129.4 Overall, 110.2 since Pre-Op, and 90.4 since surgery (Aug 15, 2023)

Still have a way to go for goal (250).

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Great shrinking pictures. You are doing amazing. I bet you feel a million dollars.

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On 12/4/2023 at 7:15 PM, BigZ said:

I am 4 months since I started pre-op.

HW - 469.8, Pre Op Weight - 450.6, 12/4/23 Weight - 340.4

Pictures are Pre-Op to today (12/4/23)

Down 129.4 Overall, 110.2 since Pre-Op, and 90.4 since surgery (Aug 15, 2023)

Still have a way to go for goal (250).

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Great job dude!!!

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Oh hey, hi, how YOU doin?

Just as a FYI... At this time in 2022 I was 421 pounds, size 28/30 and 4x/5x, wearing a size 11 shoe, size 10 ring, and wearing 22-24 inch necklaces. I couldn't wear bracelets at all.

Fast forward 2 years, and today, I am 218 pounds, size 14/16 and wear an xl top (2x if I want it looser), size 10 shoe, size 6 ring, and 18 inch necklaces. And now I can wear bracelets.

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19 hours ago, SleeveToBypass2023 said:

Oh hey, hi, how YOU doin?

Just as a FYI... At this time in 2022 I was 421 pounds, size 28/30 and 4x/5x, wearing a size 11 shoe, size 10 ring, and wearing 22-24 inch necklaces. I couldn't wear bracelets at all.

Fast forward 2 years, and today, I am 218 pounds, size 14/16 and wear an xl top (2x if I want it looser), size 10 shoe, size 6 ring, and 18 inch necklaces. And now I can wear bracelets.

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4 minutes ago, Pilot my best self said:

It looks like you lost your cane too- Biggest non scale victory! You look amazing and must feel even better. Congratulations!

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7 hours ago, Pilot my best self said:

Yep! Once my mobility improved and my joints stopped hurting from the excess weight, I didn't need the cane anymore.

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Congratulations everyone!!! You rocked it and continue rocking it!!! Everyone looks amazing!! Be proud because surgery or not it’s hard work

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I was very reluctant to post my before and after. I just don’t feel like I’m done yet? I’m 4.5 months post op and reached my initial goal at 3.5 months post op and went down further more so set myself a new goal weight, which I’m very close to, but thought hey, why not Celebrate it anyway? I look good, I feel good and I should get to celebrate that. Every single one of you looks absolutely fantastic, way to go lot ♥️

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I don't post too much on here anymore because I'm 2 years and 3 months post of from bypass. Life has pretty much normalized and I've reached my goal weight. I would like to get down to maybe 195 lbs but I'm not sweating it too much because I feel the best I've ever been since starting this whole process. I am six feet tall and sit around 198/199 at the moment. I started this journey at around 340 lbs. I lost 30 lbs before my surgery. I have lots of loose skin on my belly, my thighs, and my arms. Unfortunately, I can't afford skin removal but I'm saving to do my arms next summer.

After a while, sometimes you have days where you no longer connect to your old obese self. I have days where I feel huge and ugly still. It's easy to forget where you came from or how far you've come. What helps me is now and then I check my old photos and make comparisons so I can see my progress. The body dysmorphia is so real and something I know most of you if not all can and will relate to.

Losing the weight did not fix my body image but it's different for everyone. Some things IT DID improve however:

-Improve my joint health (daily knee pain gone).

-Took up running. Avid runner now. Have done races and run regularly outside.

-Lowered my blood pressure.

-Lowered my heart rate.

-No longer profusely sweat or turn red from basic activities.

-No longer use alcohol and food to cope with anxiety.

-So much energy to move and do chores/tasks.

-Healed my obsession with food.

I love seeing everyone's progress and reading your stories. Getting the surgery is not a fix-all. We have to do the work to eat the right foods in the right portions and get exercise regularly. It's easier the first year but I can tell you it gets harder and harder. Every day is a battle when you're trying to escape obesity. That's not a bad thing. It's rewarding and you learn so much and become a more resilient and deep person. So keep remembering why you did this, where you came from, and how much better life is getting for you!

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