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12 minutes ago, summerset said:

Actually I had that for the first few months and I decided to go lower on profile after that "ban wave" rushed through the boards and the "tough lovers gang" got banned. Never had pics online here (or anywhere) other than the one my employer made of our department. I think the older users can remember that I had them on my profile.

About regain: I wrote in older posts about (temporary) regain when I stopped smoking and when the band started to migrate and fail in the year before revision. Both times the weight loss following the regain was easy and without a real effort. I have a BMI of 25 or 26 (depending on season) and I'm still not sure if I should shell out the money for plastics but I guess I will in the end. I'm actually quite afraid of complications on the one hand but on the other hand I'm quite unhappy with several of my hanging body parts.

Stats can be faked and the person in the picture might not really be me. So while I can see where you're coming from I don't think it really adds to the credibility of a person when he/she is posting stats.

For example, I wrote above that I had temporary regain twice and that getting rid of the weight again was quite effortless. Well, it could be that I made that up or that I regained four or five times during the years or that I struggle mightily... posting any stats or pictures won't change that everything I write here could as well be a big, fat lie.

I have drawn information for free from the net without end regarding endless topics so I'm happy to provide my experiences and opinions in return because I think they might be helpful for others but I don't need people to believe me.

I'm not butt hurt if people on a message board don't believe what I have to say or that they might think my whole account is fake and I never had WLS because at the end of the day it doesn't really make a difference for me. I'm not writing on message boards to make my living.

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Can't provide any horror stories here. I had laparoscopic gastric banding and you can only see the little scars at the usual incision points. But back in the days it was lap band for a young woman or nothing so there wasn't much to choose from.

Thanks for filling out a little more info about your journey! So your revision from band to MGB was also laparoscopic and more recent and would also provide you with the advantages of the latest techniques and surgical advances in WLS! Good for you!

And you make a great point about being able to fake anything on the internet. I remember the "Kimmer" scandal and class action lawsuit. She set herself up as a guru, charged money for a VLC diet and forum membership and said she was this total fox. She turned out to be well over 300lbs, and was a regular consumer of candies/chocolates like Snickers etc and an alcoholic.

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2 minutes ago, GreenTealael said:

The VET presence is sorely lacking, and understably so. The neophytes are hostile , confrontational know it all little buggers, myself included, and VETS are busy and owe us nothing in the end.

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Dang! Sorry OP for jacking your thread!!!!!

@GreenTealaelvery well-said! TY!!!!! Loved the children need parents part!! :D

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Just now, GreenTealael said:

Oh no I can't see the emoji!

Maybe cuz it's a European emoji? ;) hahahaaha I said "peein"!

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3 minutes ago, FluffyChix said:

Dang! Sorry OP for jacking your thread!!!!!

@GreenTealaelvery well-said! TY!!!!! Loved the children need parents part!! :D

I'm the annoying @$$ kid in the back seat saying "did you know..."

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Just now, FluffyChix said:

Maybe cuz it's a European emoji? ;) hahahaaha I said "peein"!

Quick , describe it

Lol

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That's ok, FluffyChix! I benefit from everything I read on here! Or mostly everything!! You all have been very helpful to me.

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🤣 It's the dyin' laughing one with the head tilted! Can you see it here? But I think it's the one with the German accent. ;) ha!

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1 minute ago, FluffyChix said:

🤣 It's the dyin' laughing one with the head tilted! Can you see it here? But I think it's the one with the German accent. ;) ha!

Oh i know it well!

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8 minutes ago, Briswife15 said:

That's ok, FluffyChix! I benefit from everything I read on here! Or mostly everything!! You all have been very helpful to me.

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Remember! This tool is what YOU make of it as what @allwet said!! :) I'm not settlin' for "goal" until I've whipped that ass into exhaustion and it falls over in the desert brayin' and breathin' heavy! LOL. Proverbially of course! ;) *snort*

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To come back to topic I think these 60% EWL after 5 years or so are pretty much common after some decades of WLS. I don't know how many people really get to a normal or near-normal weight and maintain it after 10 years or so.

I don't know many people IRL who had WLS. One had lap band as well and gained it all back. Another one got to a normal weight and gained part of it back. Another one got lap band and revision to bypass and after looking at a picture of her a few months ago she gained at least most of it back.

About the people on the boards who vanish - who knows? After all I vanished from the boards for years and years before a revision got me back to one.

When it comes to weight and regain and the like I think too many people are asking the wrong question. Usually the question is: "What are these people doing to get to a and maintain a normal weight?" I personally think the question should be: "What enables these people to do the necessary things to get to a and maintain a normal weight?"

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15 hours ago, Briswife15 said:

I'm in month 5 of my 6 month "waiting period" before my surgeon submits my paperwork to insurance. I'm hopeful to have RNYGB in early 2019 if all goes well. I've heard that success is considered losing 50% of your excess weight. However, I am about 120 lbs overweight and would really like to lose 100 lbs or more. Am I dreaming? Or is that attainable? I am 5' 3" and weigh about 233. I exercise daily for a minimum of 30 minutes and have every intention of sticking with the exercise, Water, and nutrition plan. I just feel like I will be disappointed to only lose 60 lbs!

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I'm 5'2 and started at 234. I've lost 54ish pounds and my doctors goal weight for me is 140. That is still above normal by a little bit but he never gave me a goal in the beginning. It wasn't until my 6 month post op when he gave me his idea weight for me. So from beginning to finally reaching goal weight is losing 94 pounds. I've lost 57 percent of excess weight. The formula they gave me is pounds lost divided by pounds to lose X 100= percent lost.

Mine looks like this: 54/94(100)= 57%

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OP: The normal BMI range for a person 5’3” is 105-141 lbs. If you only lose 60 lbs then you’ll still be in the obese category. IMO, I think you should try to lose as much as possible, especially in the honeymoon period (i.e. the first 12-18 months) when losing will be “easier.” The key to weight loss is in the kitchen not the gym. You will need to change poor eating habits for life (therapy can help) as your WLS tool will not make up for overeating, eating simple carbs & processed food, too many liquid calories, including alcohol, and all the rest. This is also true for “normal” skinny people. Good luck, you can do it!

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