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Good morning, everyone.

I am very proud to report that as of this morning, I have achieved my weight goal of 180 pounds. My one year surgery anniversary was last Thursday (September 28), and I met my goal on Monday, October 2. I have lost 217 pounds from my initial weight of 397 pounds at my first pre-op appointment on March 3, 2016. My skin has done incredibly well for a person who has lost this kind of weight. I may pursue some kind of plastics later on, but for right now, I am pretty happy. I am wearing a 30-32 waist pants/jeans/shorts, and small shirts. It is incredibly amazing to me, and I am still shocked every time I try on something new.

I still attribute so much of my success to losing 99 pounds during the six month pre-op diet program. Even this morning, my first thought was that if I hadn't done all of that work on the front end, I'd weigh 279 this morning, and not 180. For those of you that have to do the six months for your insurance company, I'd encourage you to really devote yourself during that time and get started!

For those of you that are considering WLS, this can be you, too if you commit yourself to your plan, change your relationship with food, and prioritize your health and well-being over the momentary pleasure that any food provides.

My new challenge is going to be getting the weight loss to stop. I am finding that at one year post-op, I am eating less that I was a few months ago. It is weird. The will to eat is there, but I just get incredibly full incredibly fast. I have my one-year follow-up appointment with the bariatric surgeon's staff in early November. I'll talk to them about it then.

There isn't much difference at 180 than when I weighed 185 or 186, but I am super proud to have met my goal and to "officially" be in maintenance!

Wishing everyone the very best,

Blair

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Congratulations blizair09 on reaching your goal, and on dropping a staggering amount of weight in the process! You are an inspiration to us all, and a reminder that it is possible to achieve your goals, no matter how much you have to lose. Keep up the good work, and don't drop off. I know a lot of people tend to move on to bigger and brighter things once they reach goal, and weight loss ceases to become a big part of their lives.

We want and need to hear from you veterans that have lost the weight, and kept it off. Your input is invaluable for us that are in the shoes that you once wore.

Congratulations again!

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12 minutes ago, blizair09 said:

goal

@blizair09

i'm speechless - (that's a first for me!!);)

wishing you health and happiness for the

rest of your life.

kathy

congrats

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2 hours ago, blizair09 said:

My new challenge is going to be getting the weight loss to stop. I am finding that at one year post-op, I am eating less that I was a few months ago. It is weird. The will to eat is there, but I just get incredibly full incredibly fast. I have my one-year follow-up appointment with the bariatric surgeon's staff in early November. I'll talk to them about it then.

Congrats again on achieving your goal!

That eating less might be a phase. I had something similar happen around the 1 year mark but it didn't last.

Congrats and keep up the great work!

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On 10/2/2017 at 9:30 AM, blizair09 said:

I still attribute so much of my success to losing 99 pounds during the six month pre-op diet program.

Yes, absolutely! I did not have this requirement, but I see so many people posting frustration, impatience, disappointment because of their 6mo requirements. I think they are incredibly useful as you get to learn more about your post-op diet, gives time to practice and learn how to eat before "showtime", and start your weight loss journey before surgery. You have proven how essential it is to use that time to your advantage.

Congratulations on meeting goal. As another poster stated I hope to continue seeing you around as I learn so much from your posts.

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Congrats!

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Woot woot!!


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On 10/7/2017 at 7:24 PM, MSinger said:

Congratulations on meeting goal. As another poster stated I hope to continue seeing you around as I learn so much from your posts.

Thank you!!

I haven't been around BP much lately (it's a mix of a busy life and I just don't get much from it anymore), but I am going to try to make an effort to jump into a conversation or two more often! ;)

I hope you are doing well!

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Congrats!!!!

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