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80lbs down after 5 1/2 months - VERY HAPPY!

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I had the SIPS surgery on Valentines day - 2/14/2018. By the way, SIPS is not an option to select on here so had to put duodenal switch since it's the closest match to the type of surgery. Anyway, I paid $17000 out of pocket because I didn't want to wait for months to go through all of the insurance harassment. It is the best $17000 dollars I ever spent in my life, and would gladly do it again. I have no regrets!

To be transparent, I did have some complications less than a week after surgery and ended up on feeding bags and in the hospital for a solid month. Even with all of that, I'd still do it all over again. I'm off my CPAP machine for sleep apnea, off blood pressure meds, off cholesterol meds, off of Symbicort breathing treatment and so much more. My purse was a mobile pharmacy!

Being down 80lbs has had a significant impact on my life in so many ways. I was always confident, but I feel even more embolden and comfortable in my skin. The improved health benefits I already mentioned, and of course, it doesn't hurt to be wearing much nicer clothes and heels! I've come from wearing sized 20W pants to 14 (straight no W) pants, and 24W top/dresses, to between14W and 16W (depends on the brand). Fortunately, I carry weight well, so I look even less than my current 216 lbs.

While I have another 26 pounds to hit my first major goal, I am elated with the progress that I've made so far. I've cooked more in the last five months than probably the last five years. I've cut out 85% of the take out I used to do. Even when I've gone out of town for business, I've cooked. I can most times find a hotel, especially Residence Inn by Marriott, that have a small kitchen with stove, dishwasher, full refrigerator and everything. I also exercise five days a week for at least an hour.

I know this was long, but I'm just over the moon!

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Thank you for sharing! Wishing you continued success on your journey! :1296_raised_hands_tone2:

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