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I am curious to hear success stories from people over 350lbs before surgery. I am in this boat and realize this experience may be a little different for people who have more to lose. My date is set for October 1st and I am so excited and nervous and would like to hear some specs on weight loss throughout the process. Since everyone is so different, I would like to see some specs on SW, 3 months out, 6 months out, 1 year out!

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I started out at 373, lost 57 lbs through my required six-month supervised diet + the two-week pre-op liquid diet. The morning of surgery I weighed 316.

I was down to 138 lbs by about 18 months out. Have gradually regained up to 150 (but this is fine - I'm still within a normal BMI range)

3 months out - 276

6 months out - 241

1 year out - 187

P.S. I should add that this is not typical. I worked my butt off to lose this much. My surgeon said only about 10% of his patients that start out at my BMI lose all of their excess weight. The peer-reviewed studies I've read mostly agree with that assessment. But there are lots of people out there who've done it, so it IS do-able. It just takes a lot of commitment. I almost never went off plan while I was in the weight loss phase.

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Hello,

I wasn't over 350.0, but I was 320.0. Met my goal weight 22 months out. Goal was 150.0 CW is 148.6.

Oh I see you wanted the deets. Brb

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That is awesome!!! What kind of exercise did you do during the weight loss phase? If you don’t mind me asking, what led to the 150lb gain even though it still kept you at a great loss overall?

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Ohhh, sorry I saw 150 gain but you said back to 150 overall! This is so awesome to see and i would really love to hear more about your focus and routine you stuck to to accomplish such great results.

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12 minutes ago, lingre said:

That is awesome!!! What kind of exercise did you do during the weight loss phase? If you don’t mind me asking, what led to the 150lb gain even though it still kept you at a great loss overall?

Well, babies and never losing the weight after each one. Then I gained a lot more during the fat free stage. I thought if I didn't eat fat, I wouldn't gain weight. Duh!

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I will get the deets for you. ( have to feed hubby first) 🤣

I mostly did walking. I'm pretty flabby, so now I need to weight train.

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4 minutes ago, lingre said:

Ohhh, sorry I saw 150 gain but you said back to 150 overall! This is so awesome to see and i would really love to hear more about your focus and routine you stuck to to accomplish such great results.

yes I weigh 150 lbs now and have for at least a year, so a 12 lb gain. I seem to have stabilized here, though. A 10-20 lb bounce back after you hit your lowest weight is unfortunately pretty common - but this weight is still fine for me (even though part of me would love to be back in the 130s again!)

as I mentioned above, I almost never went off my food plan while I was in weight loss phase (I do occasionally now - but I still log everything that goes into my mouth and cut back when my weight starts to climb above 150).

as for exercise, I mostly did pool-based activities for cardio (e.g. Water aerobics, swimming) for probably the first year due to my weight & arthritis. I went 2-3 times a week. I also did gentle yoga a couple of times a week. Once a lot of the weight was off, I added Zumba and other types of dance cardio. I still try to do cardio 2-3x a week and yoga a couple of times a week. I've also done a fair amount of walking this summer - 30-45 minutes at a time. I really should add in some strength training, but I hate it. Sometimes I'll do it for a couple of weeks and then give up. I really wish I liked it... So in summary, I'm not a gym rat, but I do get some type of exercise most days of the week.

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I started the process at 415 lbs. at the start of the six month diet and exercise program. I was 360.8 on the day of surgery, and as of today, I am 267.7 lbs. My highest weight was 427.

I don't exercise nearly as much as I should, but I do swim and mow the lawn. I also walk around my work a lot during the day. I've found I'm able to walk around a lot more in general.

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Hiya Ellf! Today is My FIRST SURGIVERSITY,AND I am now half the weight I started this Last Segment of Bariatric Life ( I fought for over 3 years to receive IT) at 365+ and I am ( Drum Roll Please) 182.3. And lest that sounds impossible, I DID IT ALL at 72 years with the Natural BMR of a Seasick Sea 🐌, took Work, took Stubborness and , no matter what the People I encountered tried to Say, I Did IT RIGHT and like the song Paul Anna wrote and Frank Sinatra made His Own---' I DID IT MY WAY! And I am remodeled, realigned and renovated! I think I am now smaller than my High Graduation 56 years ago this Past May- and It Does Feel Fine! People seem to recognize me by my voice because my Exterior is NOT THE SAME! I finally radiate what I always have been inside- One Heck of A Woman, and pretty doggone Good to Know. And the Rest of My Life has Become The Best of My Life and I Do Wish It for All reading This! 😛❤ from Your Frustr8

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41 minutes ago, Frustr8 said:

The Best of My Life and I Do Wish It for All reading This! 😛❤ from Your Frustr8

@frust8

hey bud

some OP AND myself "sometimes" find your lllllong posts exasperating !!!!

(especially cuz you never space - causing one long paragraph!!! EEEK)

buttttt, at the end of the day, we all are who we are - and your fine with me!!😎

i remember/know you worked very hard with drs./ins. - dealing with denials -

you didn't/wouldn't give up - you kept pushing for WLS and you were finally

approved!!!!

PO you went through many physical prob PO - stents et al. You came out the other side healthy,smiling and a winner!!!

This morning i weighed 137.4 lbs - i can't visualize the loss of 150+ lbs!!

keep up the good work for the rest of your "LONGER, healthier, life"☺️

kathy

Happy Surgiversary

Congrats

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My highest ever known weight was 325lbs.

Over the past 20 years, I lost from 325 down to 218lbs during breast cancers treatment and post bc. But i started regaining at an alarming rate and my onc was very concerned the cancer would return. It took 2 years to convince me of the medical need for this surgical intervention. I'd regained back up to 287lbs.

I could always lose weight (although slowly), but keeping it off has been a clear challenge. So I lost from 287lbs down to 222 morning of surgery. Today I'm maintaining at 135lbs. I made goal in 9 months (150lbs).

It is very very possible to do this thing. It may not be the "average". I won't lie. I'm an outlier and extremely focused. I've gone hungry a lot -- and still go hungry. But that's ok. I refuse to let food/hunger dictate when or how much I eat or how well-behaved I am with food. This body feels fabulous and I intend to take care of it!

I know you can do this too. I'm nothin' unusual--just focused on treating my head while maximizing the mileage I get from my tool.

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All of your journeys are sooo encouraging to read! For those of you who did not say, can you tell me how long your journey took from beginning to end?

I know this will not be easy but I am so ready for this shot at success once and for all! My 4 week pre-op was this morning and the diet begins tomorrow. This has just gotten real!

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