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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
4:36 pm
Sunday, June 28th, 2009
11:01 pm
Whats up, i just recently had my consultation for the gastric bypass.
i am 5'0 and i weigh 213 pounds.
i had a breast reduction in Feb of this year i went from a 40DDD to a 38C. its phenomenal.
im very excited to get this surgery, but i love reading about how much people enjoy there lives after and how great they look, its very inspirational.

ok so on the to real reason im posting right now.
i have a few questions for people who've already had this.
id like to know what the worst part about post surgery? what did you struggle with the most if anything?

Thanks alot

pics of meCollapse )
Monday, April 6th, 2009
2:11 pm
a little video of my journey

a couple current picsCollapse )
Friday, February 20th, 2009
12:51 pm

11 months post surgery

Last year at this time, I was excited and scared about my impending surgery.  Now, eleven months later, I’m a bit excited and scared about being 1 year out next month.  Although I’ve lost 55% of my excess weight, It seems that I’m going to have to make my personal goal of being 150lbs by my 1 yr surgiversary.    However, It's important for me to keep perspective and stay positive about what i have accomplished. 

What I can do now that I couldn't do then:

  1. Cross my legs
  2. Walk into a room and not wonder if i'm the fattest woman in the room
  3. Like myself
  4. Take risks
  5. Run over 3 miles
  6. Go to the gym regularly w/o feeling totally intimidated by the other patrons
  7. Wear clothes I couldn't even wear in college3
It's ok that i'm not going to make this weight goal.  As long as i'm alive, i can keep fighting.  And i've gained so very much.... i feel like this is still very much the beginning of the race, not the end.  

THEN              NOW
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
7:45 pm
Friday, June 13th, 2008
6:36 pm
Friday Ps and Cs

- Still in a lot of pain, which inhibits my every day movements
- Not getting in nearly enough water
- Weight has been the same for the last three days
- I wound up telling my in-laws about having surgery, even though I didn't want to... I just CAN'T lie
- Tomorrow is my MILs birthday, and we're all going out to dinner. I will have to have soup.
- SO many more people know about my surgery now, even though I've only told my parents and hubby's parents. People can't keep their mouths shut!


- Got my stitches out yesterday!!
- I've lost 22.5 lbs so far
- Finally able to sleep in a bed
- Finally able to (carefully) sleep on my left side
- My husband has been REALLY super supportive of me through the whole process
- I've been talking to my mom almost every day, and she's been great
- I bought some MBT shoes, and I can already feel a difference!
- My hubby bought me a sports watch, a small MP3 player, and a Wii to help me stay active! (Wii Fit to follow, but they were sold out)
- I am pretty sure I can see a difference in how my body looks already
- No more SAUSAGE FINGERS! Woo! ;)

Lap VSG - June 3rd, 2008
Saturday, April 5th, 2008
6:47 am
Greetings everyone.

I've just joined wls_pics after a few months on wls. I am 30 years old and have been contemplating WLS for a while. The WLS that peaks my interest the most is Lap-Band. I have seen some VERY impressive results of the band and am really impressed that it can be administered via microscopic procedure.

I do have a strange request if anyone would be willing to oblige. I have been wondering what the mid section looks like post surgery, Mostly the "port" area. Is it visable? what kind of "scaring" should I prepare myself for?

Any pics / lessons would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all!
- J
Monday, January 28th, 2008
12:20 pm
Hi there...

It feels like a Monday.

I took a body shot too ...Collapse )

I'm starting to notice a difference. And I am starting to feel more confident in my clothes. 90 pounds gone.

I brought my 3 lb hand weights with me to work to use when I am walking those stairs. Might as well tone up my bat wings while toning up the legs!

That's it.
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
7:13 pm
1 Year Anniversary
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my gastric bypass. I have lost 117 pounds and 68 inches. It has been a long year and I've experienced a lot, many things I expected and some biggies (my divorce) I did not. However, it has been worth it. I look forward to what the New Year brings.

January 12, 2007
Dr. Bentances

Pre-Surgery Head shot (12/06)

Post Surgery 1 Year Head shot (01/07)

Pre-Surgery Full Body (12/06)

Post Surgery 1 Year Full body (01/07)

x-posted to WLS Pics

Current Mood: content
Saturday, January 5th, 2008
9:55 pm

The first is 10/30/07, the day before surgery. (294)
The second is 12/27/07, about 45 lbs. lighter! (249)
Friday, November 23rd, 2007
9:09 pm
Had my surgery on Halloween, which makes me 3 weeks and 2 days out..

Before and afters, the side view says a lot more than the front view, I know I was wearing baggy clothes so that doesn't help but I don't want to post the naked ones I did, even if I photoshopped the naughty bits out, haha.

Monday, November 19th, 2007
7:13 pm
(Belated) Yearly Before and afters!Xp
(Xposted to wls and wanderingstar65)

Hi!I'm Sara and I had gastric bypass July 17 2006, so it's been a year and 4 months, my highest weight ever was 330,
 on the day of surgery I was 301, and today I'm 160, I'd like to be 150..it was really worth it! hard , but worth it.... yeah so I guess this is my yearly picture update!

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
6:10 am
I Chose To Have the Lap Band Added to My Bypass
Hey Gang, I'm back and banded. Thank you as always for all of your love and support. It means so much to me. I'm feeling pretty good considering I just had surgery yesterday. I was pretty uncomfortable yesterday but I've been taking plenty of pain meds, and forcing myself to get up and walk at least a hundred steps every hour.

I have several new incisions on my belly that I hope will fade away like the ones I had before. Because I am allergic to latex they used special sutures and then super glued the incisions closed, which is a very weird thing; to see these wounds on my belly without any Band aids or dressing of any kind covering them like the last time I did this.

Here is what I wrote about this on my Flickr photo site;

I had weight loss surgery, (Laparascopic R&Y gastric bypass), four years ago with Dr. Carson Liu who was with Century City Hospital at the time. At first I was depressed, because I couldn't eat and food is my favorite coping mechanism, but as the weight melted off at such a fast pace, and the compliments and support poured in, I was so happy that I remember telling friends I would go through this same surgery every year for the rest of my life if that is what it would take to keep the weight off.

I lost a total of one-hundred-and-sixty pounds and was thrilled except for the sagging skin and the fact that even though I felt healthier and could do more, I thought that I looked closer to my real age and this plus all of the attention I was suddenly getting from men was disconcerting.

Before I got to my goal weight, in order to have the tummy tuck, thigh lift and breast surgery I needed, I had a few health setbacks that had me bedridden several times for weeks at a time and after two years of keeping the weight off I began to gain some of the weight I had lost back.

I finally went to see my original surgeon who has seen a lot of his bypass patients returning with weight gain, and because of this he is mostly performing lap band surgery because it is adjustable using a saline solution that can be injected through a port just beneath the skin that will then tighten the band that has been placed around the stomach thus causing a greater sensation of fullness.

I had my latest surgery on Monday, 9/17/07. My insurance wouldn't pay for it and I had to pay for it myself. It was very expensive.

I have all kinds of feelings about all of this. I wish I could have done this on my own without surgical intervention but after having tried almost every diet known to wo/man I decided to put my life and future back in the hands of this amazing surgeon.

Right now I'm super sore from the several small incisions in my abdomen, the pinched nerve in my neck, a herniated disc that I have, and the gas that gets trapped in different places in your body when they blow your abdomen up in order to be able to work inside of you with cameras, but I was able to walk to the car immediately after surgery and now one day later I am doing pretty well. I'll be on a liquid diet for two weeks followed by two weeks of soft foods and then I'll have a better understanding of how this new tool works.

Wish me luck? I'm so sick of this lifetime of struggling with my weight.

Weight Loss Surgery

Lots more including pictures of my surgery here;Read more...Collapse )
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
10:10 pm
I know this might not be the best forum for this. But I imagine there are people here who are sensitive to the topic.

On the community "randompictures" someone posted an unflattering photo of an obease woman sitting down. Obviously the fat jokes began to fly. So I commented in my typical sarcastic way about bullies and their inability to find anything other than the obvious with which to taunt. Anyway. Seems like I am kinda getting pushed around a bit by people who think it's okay to demean overweight people. I thought some of you might want to weight in on the subject. No pun intended.


Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, July 8th, 2007
8:36 pm
Friday, July 6th, 2007
6:21 pm


And lastly my stats....

Jennifer Kate
Age: 21 (19 at time of surgery)
Surgeon: Dr. Richard M. Stahl
Surgery: LAP RNY
Date: June 16, 2007
Height: 5'7.5"
Weight: 265.4(highest and time of surgery)/146(ish)/135(goal)/128(lowest)

A few things to people who have kept up with me/know me/talk to me....

I was a face model for nearly 18 months, I'm still al ittle in the industry, but nothing big. Simple things really. I recently was inquired about runway and national print modeling/advertising...Well I was a kind of excited about this, but when I was talking with my agent (from when I modeled cosmetics), he told me that they were inquiring as to my being a PLUS SIZE MODEL. Now have you know, I have nothing against that, but the fact that I am a size 8, and I feel great/thin (at least most of the time, hahaha) and I was asked to be a PLUS SIZE model made me sick. The fact that AN 8 is considered the cut off for plus size is disgusting. So, yes, I have not done anything further in that department, but it just made me feel worse.

So, ladies, (coming from experience from getting down to 128...) when you're eating, working out, doing whatever thinking "God I wish I was that little..." Pardon my language but eff that. You are a woman, women are meant to have curves, how many times have you heard a guy say "Man I love just snoggling up to my girl, she feels like a sack of bones"? Never? That's what I think. So don't strive to be model thin, don't strive to be a Paris Hilton, or a Hilary Duff, or a Kiera Knightley. Strive to be healthy, not just for your guy, not for your crush, or to fit into some cute little dress, but for yourself.

Sorry I had to vent about that. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I hope you all had a maaaah-velous 4th!
And for those not in the states, well...Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007
8:59 pm
Just found the group, wanted to add my photos...
Hi all I wanted to add my pictures to the group. MY befores are kinda blurry I avoided the camera like the plague.

Before at 350

One month post op

Two years post op

I actually was able to climb that hill an undertaking I could have never done pre op
Saturday, February 17th, 2007
8:13 am
1 Month Update
7:55 am - 1 Month Post Surgery
Well it hs been an interesting month. I've managed to only vomit twice, both within the past two weeks, and the nausea has only hit me a total of three days so I figure I am doing pretty well. All my pants are either no longer wearable or loose and needs a belt.

Pre Op 12/15/06 326

1 Month Post Op 02/12/07 291.8

Lap RNY 01/12/07
Dr. Bentances
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
8:41 pm
Hello everyone,

My name is Tanya and I am 25 days out. I weighed 316lbs the day before surgery. I am adjusting to the many changes and looking forward to the future. Following is a picture of me taken a few weeks before surgery (December 19, 2006).

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Please stop in and say hello sometime.

Friday, January 19th, 2007
9:39 pm
Okay, I'm new. Don't get me wrong I'm for the surgery but i found this link and I have questions about it. http://www.azfamily.com/perl/azfamily/video/wmPlayer.pl?title=www.azfamily.com/20041206_gastric2.wmv&vsect=Stuff

Are they simply being extreme with the few cases they presented or is it a time issue since most of these cases seem to be dated circa 1984-2000. Is this something that is common among the surgery or did they blow it out of proportion?

I'm excited to have the surgery and hoping to hear pros and cons on this video and any other effect. Thank you
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