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This is sort of weird, but today I had an appointment with the surgeon who started me on this whole path. Years ago I went to him for an umbilical hernia, but it was small and not painful, so nothing needed to be done. Last year in January, I went back to him to have my gallbladder removed and mentioned that I had been having elevated liver enzymes for a while and would be seeing a specialist. He biopsied my liver when he took out the gallbladder. At my follow up, he said my liver was really bad (NASH, hepatic fibrosis), and recommended wls. He told me he couldn't see me living past 60 if I stayed that way, at 393 pounds. So I took his advice and had my Loop DS in July. Last week I had severe stomach pain and nausea and dry heaves, and would have vomited if my stomach wasn't empty at the time and I almost fainted, but was able to lay down in time to stop that. I've fainted before so I knew what was coming and was able to avoid it. The pain in my stomach was severe and then I noticed the hernia was big and sticking out and I couldn't push it back in and realized it might be the source of the pain. Anyway, I saw the surgeon today and he said the hernia was originally fat, but since I've lost so much weight,(148 so far), it is now intestine and the pain was because intestine got caught in the hole, and later when I laid down the intestines fell back through the hole and the pain got better.
Anyway, sorry this is long, but now I have to get this hernia repaired, but I got to show off my weight loss to that surgeon that recommended it, and he was so happy for me. It was a great feeling!
He is the trauma surgeon in the ER where my best friend works, and he saw her after my appointment and told her he didn't even recognize me!
It's just a wonderful feeling!

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I was wearing a fake wedding ring set because mine didn't fit. Now 3 months post op, my original set fits and is starting to spin on my finger.

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30 minutes ago, mweiss1998 said:

I was wearing a fake wedding ring set because mine didn't fit. Now 3 months post op, my original set fits and is starting to spin on my finger.

I've gone the opposite direction. My wedding ring started falling off and I almost lost it a few times. It couldn't be resized because there were 3 different golds, so I just put it on my key ring.

I went through a couple basic replacement rings until each in turn started falling off.

On our 35 anniversary last year my spouse gave me a new, wonderful wedding band that fits. She keeps the old one in her jewelry box.

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I haven't had surgery yet, but I have been doing A LOT of researching about how important exercise is to prevent re-gain. I have traditionally been very down on any exercise except walking because it's so hard for me. I'm down 32 lbs as I prepare for surgery and today I did a 15 minute dance exercise video without stopping! It wasn't pretty, I didn't get all the moves right, but I did the whole thing!

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It’s odd how bodies change- when I got engaged 13 years ago I was about 30 lbs less than I am now and I remember my engagement ring being on the verge of being tight. Now it is the exact right size. Maybe my fingers are getting bonier as I age. I’m hoping they just stay the same size though because I also have a multiple tone wedding ring that can’t be resized and I love it

Also, leave the fat on my fingers alone body, you have a veritable buffet of fat left on the stomach. Or the hips. Or thighs. I have a laundry list and the last place I’m interested in is hands at this point.

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Last time I weighed this (244) was when I met my husband in 2004. I wore a size 20 then and a 2x, and my ring size was about an 8.5
I'm finding myself fitting into 18s and 1x now and it's so confusing and my ring size is 7.5.
I know there is vanity sizing with clothes so maybe they're just making them bigger, but the ring size makes no sense!

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So many great comments in this thread! It's giving me life this week with the scale going back and forth between the same half pound.

I have three new weird/fun NSVs:

  1. Laying flat on my back is sooooooo much more comfortable without extra padding on my butt pushing my lower back into a deep curve and my boobs flopping into my neck to choke me. It's a whole new world of physical comfort!
  2. I keep accidentally off-balancing myself because of my body mechanic habit related to really needing to put some force into swinging my leg up when I was 50 pounds heavier. This morning I nearly ended up on the shower floor because I put waaaay too much force into lifting my foot up onto my shaving ledge.
  3. I can balance and walk on my toes or my heels. I discovered this playing with my niece earlier this week.

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So many great comments in this thread! It's giving me life this week with the scale going back and forth between the same half pound.
I have three new weird/fun NSVs:

  1. Laying flat on my back is sooooooo much more comfortable without extra padding on my butt pushing my lower back into a deep curve and my boobs flopping into my neck to choke me. It's a whole new world of physical comfort!
  2. I keep accidentally off-balancing myself because of my body mechanic habit related to really needing to put some force into swinging my leg up when I was 50 pounds heavier. This morning I nearly ended up on the shower floor because I put waaaay too much force into lifting my foot up onto my shaving ledge.
  3. I can balance and walk on my toes or my heels. I discovered this playing with my niece earlier this week.
Ha ha ha you made me laugh about leg thing. Stuff like that is crazy isn't it?
I had a a huge hump on my upper back right below my neck and I could not lay on my back at all before. If u tried, my head would not touch the floor. Don't even get me started on the boobs or butt! [emoji23]
It is so amazing being able to lay on my back now.
Also, sitting in chairs, besides fitting into them, is just more comfortable how that my but isn't pushing me forward as much.
I love this thread. It's awesome reading about everyone's NSV's!


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I had one a few months ago- I recently joined my local volunteer fire department and when they went to find turnout gear for me, they had to really hunt for some that was small enough. And my daughter (who is also a firefighter) wears the same size as me.

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On 5/14/2021 at 7:58 PM, STLoser said:

Last time I weighed this (244) was when I met my husband in 2004. I wore a size 20 then and a 2x, and my ring size was about an 8.5
I'm finding myself fitting into 18s and 1x now and it's so confusing and my ring size is 7.5.
I know there is vanity sizing with clothes so maybe they're just making them bigger, but the ring size makes no sense!

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I weigh 325 pounds and wear a size 24/3X so yes, clothes are sized differently. Otherwise, I would lose 75 pounds just to be 2 sizes smaller???

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On 5/15/2021 at 9:58 AM, STLoser said:

Last time I weighed this (244) was when I met my husband in 2004. I wore a size 20 then and a 2x, and my ring size was about an 8.5
I'm finding myself fitting into 18s and 1x now and it's so confusing and my ring size is 7.5.
I know there is vanity sizing with clothes so maybe they're just making them bigger, but the ring size makes no sense!

Fat stores all over your body including your fingers so as you lose weight you’ll lose it from your hands & fingers too. I’ve either resized some of my rings (most was an O down to an L & it fell off my finger last week 🙁) or wear them on other fingers. I even have looshish skin on my fingers so they look wrinkly - didn’t expect that. I’ve slathered on many, many tubes of hand creams promising all sorts of things but the only change is softer hands. I wonder if there’s plastic surgery for fingers?? 😆

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[emoji38] That is so funny! Just today I was thinking I wish they could take some fat and loose skin off my fingers. My ring size has gone from a 10 to a 7.5, but I've always had this fat pad right below my knuckle, so it's hard to get a ring over that spot, because it's bigger than the spot where my rings sit, if that makes any sense.
I need finger loose skin removal! [emoji23]

Fat stores all over your body including your fingers so as you lose weight you’ll lose it from your hands & fingers too. I’ve either resized some of my rings (most was an O down to an L & it fell off my finger last week [emoji853]) or wear them on other fingers. I even have looshish skin on my fingers so they look wrinkly - didn’t expect that. I’ve slathered on many, many tubes of hand creams promising all sorts of things but the only change is softer hands. I wonder if there’s plastic surgery for fingers?? [emoji38]


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21 hours ago, Losing in in 2021 said:

I weigh 325 pounds and wear a size 24/3X so yes, clothes are sized differently. Otherwise, I would lose 75 pounds just to be 2 sizes smaller???

I weigh 250 and my clothes are 24 and 2x or 3x. I don't understand womens sizes at all.

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Seeing my ribs again what I lay on my stomach!

Was looking at the bruising from surgery through my phone camera, and as I was laying on my back, I saw the two little lumps of my ribs protruding, and my belly laying flatter.

It made me happy to see that.

Also that my breasts are no longer resting on the fat that was on my ribs. They are getting their natural hanging shape back.

I can zip up my boots all the way up my calves, still a snug fit, but three weeks ago, it was not possible!

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For me...this is HUGE! I was looking at my robot vacuum cleaner this weekend, so I was on my knees (something I avoided like the PLAGUE before WLS) When I went to get up, I thought "Can I do it without holding on to something?" AND I DID IT! One of the things that always terrified me, was falling and not being able to get up. It happened once (I dropped some papers in the parking lot and when I tried to get up, I couldn't! I had to crawl to a car and pull myself up. UGH). :)

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