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It's been 18 months since my surgery and what a wonderful 18 months it's been. (Health wise at least) On the day of my surgery I was 221 lbs (starting weight was 130lbs) taking 11 pills for diabetes, heart disease, high BP just to name a few. Today I weigh in at 158 lbs a 63lb weight loss. ( Not much compared to many others on here) But I'm down to just two pills and all of my health conditions are either gone or in remission. I struggle each day to maintain the weight loss but I don't want to go back to being what I was.

I applaud and marvel at those who have maintained the weight loss over a considerable amount of time. From my own experience I know that it isn't easy. The lure of food is always there and the bad habits that made one obese are still lingering. Long term success is elusive to many which is why those who do are very special. So, I made it veteran status with my weight loss intact. I'm hoping and praying that I can keep it up for the rest of my life. I know it's one day at a time.

This forum has been a source of information, encouragement and most of all a place where I can get truthful insights. Thank you all for making this possible.

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Congratulations!! Your insights hit a deep nerve as well. Thank you for that

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(kserrynotserry for pre-maturely posting in the VET territory...)

Wooohooooo!!!! So happy for you. Congrats on your great success and continuing recovery!!! You inspire me so much! WTG!!!

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Mahalo for the kind thoughts.

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