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12-07-2004, 09:55 PM
Hey everyone.

I haven't been around a heckuva lot lately, due to several things I suppose. But I have popped in from time to time.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to post this or not, but, I figured why not. It may be a healthy way to ease any anxieties I may be having.

On December 21, at 11 AM, I will be having gastric bypass surgery. I am sure you are all aware of the public success of this surgery for the likes of Al Roker and Carnie Wilson. Well, after watching my weight grow steadily almost my entire life, and after watching my mother suffer from the health problems thaqt come with being obese, I felt it was time for drastic action.

Anyway, some of you will understand it, some of you won't. Some will care, others will not. Some people understand what a battle it is to be obese, and to try to do something about it, and others do not. Honestly, I've heard so many negative comments throughout my life, that they rarely ever phase me unless they come from someone I like and respect.

Anyway, it is going to be a long, hard, and miserable road to where I want to be. However, I think in the long run, it will help me lead a more healthy and normal life.

I am nervous, because as with any surgery, there are certainly risks. Infection, stomach acid leaking, etc. etc. The surgeon has performed thousands of these procedures, and has an impeccable record, so the odds are good. But, still, you can't help but have a little anxiety.

Supposedly, the first month after the process is extremely miserable, but afterwards, things get better quickly. I know for a fact, I will be taking supplements for the rest of my life, and I will also not be able to eat 90% of what got me to this point in the first place.

Well, thanks for listening. I'll let you guys know how things go.

12-07-2004, 10:06 PM
As a man who was fighting to get out of his weight troubles and is nearly through with it, i wish the best of luck and pray for a great outcome for ya, Limp. I know firsthand what it feels like to have excess weight on the body frame and how it messes with your body, but with your psychological standpoints as well. I'm sure you'll come through it with flying colors and if you need any support, this is one SSG member you can feel free to chat with.

This christmas you get a great life: a new chance for life. Take advantage of it, my friend. Cheers! :)

12-07-2004, 11:13 PM
L.I.M.P. I completely understand where you come from. I have been a pretty big guy myself. I have always flucuated weight. I wish you the best of luck and will keep you in the prayers my friend. God Speed on a quick recovery and enjoy the life that lies ahead.

Lord Malakite
12-07-2004, 11:32 PM
Come back soon LIMP. SSG is never the same when one of its major players leaves.

12-08-2004, 12:24 AM
Good luck old friend.
When things get tough during your recovery, be sure to find a keyboard and check out SSG for some amusement. And of course internet porn.

Hopefully the Falcons will offer you some enjoyment as they finish out the season those last 2 weeks and head into the postseason but the way they played last week, who knows. :D

12-08-2004, 01:54 AM
QLD (sorry, man, but you'll always be QLD to some of us), our best wishes and thoughts are with you. A former coworker of mine had this procedure, and also said the initial recovery stage was terrible. Obviously things have changed remarkably in terms of techniques, medicines to aid in recovery, etc. This is a very drastic step, I hope it leads to a significant positive change in your life. It's okay to be heavy, but it's not okay to live your life upset because things aren't different and concerned about your health all the time.

All the best to you and your family, please keep us posted.

12-08-2004, 09:26 AM
As long as you and your docs think this is truly the best option, I wish you the best of luck and a nice, easy recovery (if that's possible).


Exhaust Port
12-08-2004, 09:31 AM
As long as they don't end up removing the Lando from your pants. Best of luck with the procedure and recovery. :)

12-08-2004, 10:59 AM
Thanks for all the kind words and support.

It's nice to know that some people understand or know where you are coming from.

I'll certainly be sure to update as things go along, and when I need to complain because all I have eaten in a month is chicken broth.

Oh, and jjreason, I'll always be QLD at heart, even with Lando in my pants.

12-08-2004, 11:22 AM
QLD - The best of luck to you! I have 2 friends that have also had the surgery. The road to recovery and weight loss has continued to be a difficult one for them, but they are happy with the results so far. Might I also suggest some turkey and beef broths?

12-08-2004, 11:51 AM
I've only heard good things about this surgery. Both my oldest brothers girlfriend and her father had the surgery and they both feel and look great! They hardly eat anything and the only drawback in my opinion is that they can't drink alcohol or pop the latter of which I live off. Best of luck.

12-08-2004, 01:28 PM
Yes, QLD, many of us have "been there"... when I was a lad I weighed far too much, and got the nickname "Porky" from my friends, which wasn't so bad...
The worst part was that my mother was ashamed of me thanks to continuous, infantile comments made to all who would listen by my "vic tanny" Uncle

Fortunately, I ended up living on the streets and having to steal food (no joke) and eventually became vegetarian at around 20 years of age, I am now, ironically, frequently criticized for being too thin (which, with my background, is more funny than anything else)

Surgery is a really freaky thing, to be sure, and you should feel no shame for being nervous, but a month or two of discomfort is a small price to pay... it is strange to consider how much "intestinal fortitude" (little wrestling reference) it must take to go through with such a drastic step, many folks may not see it that way....
Congratulations, Bro, on having the stones to take this step, and here's hoping you can complete your full recovery in time to "stomach" the next SW movie (sorry, I swear I was trying to keep this pun free, but a wiseacre like yourself should understand how hard it is)

:beard: to you, man, I think that somehow says it all


El Chuxter
12-08-2004, 02:18 PM
Yes, QLD, a :beard: to you. And have a :cool: and a :Pirate: while you're at it. Best of wishes to you, and get your :eek: back here soon.

Seriously, take care, m'man.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
12-08-2004, 04:41 PM
Be sure and let us know how everything goes!

Best of wishes and good luck!

12-08-2004, 11:49 PM
Thanks for all the kind words and support.

and thank you for the throwback avatar. ;)

here's hoping you can complete your full recovery in time to "stomach" the next SW movie

Ohhhh don't worry, he'll be all set to crack on ROTS when it comes out. :rolleyes:


12-09-2004, 02:01 AM
and thank you for the throwback avatar. ;)

Ohhhh don't worry, he'll be all set to crack on ROTS when it comes out. :rolleyes:


I figured you would enjoy the avatar throwback.

And as far as ROTS, I think my expectations are so low at this point, there is a slight possibility that I may even enjoy it. Here's hoping for a moment of clarity for G. Lu.

In honor of my upcoming procedure, I went to Hardees and got a Monster Thickburger, since they are all the rage now. I think I died twice today. But it sure was tasty. :crazed:

Anyway, again, thanks for everyone's kind words and support. It means an awful lot.

12-09-2004, 06:07 AM
In honor of my upcoming procedure, I went to Hardees and got a Monster Thickburger, since they are all the rage now. I think I died twice today. But it sure was tasty. :crazed:

LMAO.....that burger is huge and looks very tasty. It is possible that you did die twice from it.

12-09-2004, 08:01 AM
I have a friend who lost 220 pounds after gastric bypass. She said the procedure was more painful than her hystorectomy and childbirth combined. She was depressed for a number of months after she had her surgery and was physically sick for over a month.

Inspite of all that physical and mental anguish, she is happy with the results so far. Her current dilemma is getting the insurance company to cover the excess skin removal... and there is quite a bit. She's been turned down a number of times as the insurance company considers such surgery "cosmetic". Her GP, surgeon and psychologist have all written letters for the appeal. The GP says that the excess skin is just as dangerous as the extra weight and her psychologist says that having to see the residual "damage" is mentally harmful. I am really hoping that her appeal goes through soon. She recently contacted the State Insurance Board over the matter as her insurance company has been giving her the runaround (stating time limits for them to review and then going months past that time without contact or decisions).

Good luck to you, brother! I hope the road ahead is a much more pleasant one than the road you left behind you.

12-09-2004, 11:21 AM
Good luck LIMP :D I hope you get the results your looking for and its worth all the trouble.May the Force be with you :cool:

12-09-2004, 09:15 PM
I of course wish you the best of luck, but I am also curious why you are going with such an invasive surgery instead of first trying the stomach-banding, which I have heard is safer, easier, way less invasive surgery, and fully reversable.

12-10-2004, 01:25 AM
I considered the banding, but the results are not very good for it, especially someone with a BMI as high as mine. THe problem with the band, is that it stretches, and doesn't limit what you eat. I discussed that option with the surgeon, and he said that rarely ever sees long term weight loss with the banding, especially in people who are morbidly obese, such as myself. Banding is usually recommended for those who barely meet the qualifications of the surgery.

The bypass surgery changes the way your body absorbs food, and the amount and type of food you can eat. There are very few ways to cheat the system with it. And I have cheated on every other method I have tried. At this point, I need the lack of choices to be successful. The results are much better with the bypass surgery. If I was only floating around 300 lbs., banding might be an option, but that isn't the case.

Plus, after watching my mom suffer until her death from the symptoms of being obese, I am not anxious to go through it myself. Already, I have lymphedema in my legs from the circulatory problems as a result of my weight.

Anyway, I guess those are my reasons. I just feel it is the best chance of me living a healthier life in the future. I want to do it while I am still young and healthy enough to benefit the most from it, and also hopefully heal properly as well.

12-11-2004, 02:21 PM
good luck to you, sir. and especially after you've lost all the weight you want. it's all too easy to fall back into old habits and with a procedure such as this some might get the mentality of "well, if i gain it back i can do it all over again."

it will be hard physically and psychologically. i do not envy you, but i wish you the best over the coming year. if you do have weak times, do not hesitate to use this forum as a sounding board. lean on us when it becomes too hard.

12-12-2004, 03:21 AM
Sounds like you're making a good decision. Hopefully you'll adjust quickly after the surgery. If the lack of food gets you down just remember you can always take your aggression out on your video games and complain to us here at SSG. Best of luck to ya. :D

12-12-2004, 10:24 AM
LIMP, I have been up and down in weight all my life, but my Carpenter job stops me from getting any bigger, but I do know the feelings of being large. Don't worry too much dude. I mean these Dr's don't continue to go to school and get paid the big bucks for nothing. I wish you good luck and a light speed recovery!:)

12-12-2004, 10:24 PM
That's an interesting and well-thought-out response QLD, I'm glad to hear you have put that level of work into the issue, it shows a level of maturity that will probably help you along your journey... though it's too bad the circumstances required you to do so at all. I wish I had some sort of sage advice or brilliant blessing to give but I am afraid that I am stumped, so all I can do is continue to wish you the best.

12-12-2004, 11:08 PM
This is about as off topic as it gets but I was just looking at your profile LIMP and we have the same birthday. We share it with John Denver too which is more that enough reason for me to celebrate.

12-13-2004, 02:52 AM
Good Luck LIMP. I'll be prayin for ya. As you can see, I think all of us here will be. Dont leave us in the dark though. Let us know how everything goes.

:beard: to you sir!

12-14-2004, 09:45 AM
LIMP, I will keep you in my prayers. I really want this to work for you. I flucuate in my weight which is currently around 215 pounds on a 5' 09" frame. I have had to modify my Stormtrooper armor to be able to wear it at several events this year, because I was unable to lose enough weight. I don't think I quite fit into the weight catagory that I would qualify for the surgery you are about to go through. But if I keep on the path that I am now, I'm going to have to do something drastic. Keep us posted!

12-19-2004, 09:52 AM
Again, I really appreciate the kind words from everyone. I'm feeling pretty good about everything now. I am on a liquid diet now, in order to get everything out of my system as much as possible. Mmmmm.....chicken broth!

12-19-2004, 10:15 AM
I've always been on the slim side. Walking everywhere in college helped as well as enjoying the outdoors anyway. But when I hit 32-ish, the metabolism started sliding a bit. Add that to the LA lifestyle of driving just about everywhere and I suddenly have started to see a little extra around my middle. Determined to avoid the plumpiness that has become accepted in society for some reason, I just picked up the SOUTH BEACH DIET COOKBOOK (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1579549578/qid=1103473107/sr=8-3/ref=pd_csp_3/002-6892811-4274459?v=glance&s=books&n=507846). And I gotta tell ya, not only does it really work, but the recipes are (so far) really really good. :)

12-20-2004, 10:50 PM
Well, I am going in for the surgery in the morning. I have been on a liquid diet for the last 48 hours, and it hasn't been so bad. However the Milk of Magnesia induced explosive diarrhea isn't that fun. ;)

Anyway, when I get back home, I will let you guys know how things are going. Again, I appreciate all of your kind words and support.

12-20-2004, 11:46 PM
Wow.. Hope this is succesfull for you. Kinda weird though- I open iTunes and chose "Random Song" and as I opened this thread the song was Don't Cry (Seal), and I started laughing when right when I got to Slicker's post and Dancing on the Ceiling (Lionel Richie) came on lol .. (Look at his avatar)
Anyways.. I whish you the best of luck!:D

12-21-2004, 07:39 AM
Well, I am going in for the surgery in the morning. I have been on a liquid diet for the last 48 hours, and it hasn't been so bad. However the Milk of Magnesia induced explosive diarrhea isn't that fun. ;)

Anyway, when I get back home, I will let you guys know how things are going. Again, I appreciate all of your kind words and support.

Explosive diarrhea......always fun(until you have ot clean the bowl)

LIMP, QLD.....best of luck and look foward to hearing the good news that all went well and that recovery is started.

12-21-2004, 02:04 PM
Good luck brutha.
Hope to see you back here soon.

And since you'll probably be gone for at least a few days, have a great holiday (all things considered).

12-29-2004, 03:14 AM
I'm keeping this thread afloat until we hear back from LIMP.

I'll postpad this mutha all the way into February if I have to ! ! !


12-29-2004, 06:08 AM
I was wondering about him myself Caesar. Hope he is alright.

12-29-2004, 07:28 AM
Hey LIMP! I hope you're doing well. I was out Xmas Eve with my friend Kelly, whio had the op. She has lost 90 lbs.

Best wishes brother! Happy New Year!

The 'Xir
12-29-2004, 09:26 AM
Yeah I Don't know how I missed this thread! I was busy with work, but you'd figure you'd run into it sooner or later! I hope we can keep it up, 'Cause I missed expressing my wishes before he went under!

One of my best friends was about 6' 1" and about 400lbs, and QLD if you read this anytime soon, I got two words for ya..: Turkey Burgers!! The guy ate nothing but Turkey Burgers day in day out for as long as I can remember, and believe me I lived with him for about 1 year and I still can't get the smell of those damn things cookin' on the Geroge Foreman out of my nostrils! :stupid:
However, with those and I think Tuna fish sandwhiches, the guy stuck to his regimented diet and lost about 150lbs!!! No one could believe it when we saw the "new him" he looked great! So, I don't neccessairly know if it was the TB's or Tuna itself, but as long as you stick to a controlled diet after your surgery, I'm sure all will be as great as with my friend! I know... easier said than done, but Best of luck QLD, hope to see ya posting here soon! Salute!
And MTFBWY...Always The 'Xir :cool:

12-29-2004, 02:31 PM
Just thought i would drop a quick line. The surgery went well, and I was dishcharged from the hospital on Monday. It's pretty painful to situp and type, so I won't be on much for a little while, untill the incision heals a little more.

Ironically, one of the bigger recovery problems has been back pain. My lower right back has been killing me since the day of the surgery, but is slowly getting better. I suppose not being able to clean myself is the most frustrating aspect right now. But I esitamte it won't be too long before I am healed enough to do so. It may be another few weeks before I get to take an actual shower. :(

My diet right now consists of mostly juice, water, and buillon. It's not great, but I haven't had too many problems yet. In fact, making myself eat/drink enough is more of a problem than being hungry is. Taking all of the different medications in the morning is not fun, as I have to crush about 15 pills into dust.

Anyway, thanks for all the kind words, and I will update soon.


12-29-2004, 03:17 PM
My parents actually gave me beef and chicken buillon for Xmas (Thanks!). I'd be happy to donate it to the cause.

12-29-2004, 03:50 PM
Nice to hear you're back in action brother. :cool:

Just take it easy and make sure you get plenty of rest. Happy new year. :D

12-29-2004, 08:58 PM
LIMP, great news my friend. Even better that you atre playing for Fantasy Football Champ too. Gotta root for ya. Be good mi amigo and get well soon.

12-31-2004, 12:07 AM
Glad to hear you are doing well QLD... er, "LIMP". Do they know what the back pain is, is it just routine back pain, stress-related, kidney issue, other? I hope it clears up for you soon. That stinks about the pills, keep up your nutrients no matter what though. Take care, get better soon.

12-31-2004, 03:20 AM
Here's to a quick recovery brotha! While I've always been pretty thin myself, I come from a family of large people. In fact, my aunt is looking at undergoing gastric bypass surgery within the first quarter of this year. My prayers are with you and I wish you all the best.

01-01-2005, 09:25 PM
Well, having been home since Monday, I can definately say I am feeling better. I am less tired, my back hurts much less, and I feel more "aware" and alive.

I see the surgeon for the first time this Monday, where they will probably take the incision drainage tube out, and change the bandages (finally!).

The diet hasn't been hard to follow yet. Mostly I eat/drink broth, jello, juice, water. I don't really crave solid food yet, though some of the commercials on tv make me think a little about how it would taste. I should be starting on the pureed food part of the diet in a week or 2, which should be nice.

Anyway, I am sure I'll have more info once I see the surgeon on Monday. Again, thanks to everyone for the kind words and support.

01-01-2005, 09:49 PM
Good STuff LIMP, hope the news is all good at the Dr.

01-01-2005, 10:16 PM
I eat/drink broth, jello, juice, water. I don't really crave solid food yet
Can you just eat/drink however much of that stuff you want, or are you restricted on that stuff too?

01-02-2005, 02:17 AM
I was with ya up until the part about the drainage tube, I'm squeemish. :eek: ;) Keep getting better, or as Mr. T would say, "keep gettin' better, foo'!" :beard:

01-03-2005, 01:51 PM
My brothers girlfriend is coming up on her two year anniversary of having this surgery and she has lost half her body weight. She was 300 lbs. before and she's approx. 140 lbs. Hope you do just as well if not better.

01-03-2005, 02:59 PM
Well, my visit to the surgeon went well today. I lost 40 lbs. already!

They also took out a drainage tube, and half of the staples from the incision. Also, I can now shower!

As for the person who asked, no, I cannot have as much fluids as I want. I am supposed to drink about a cup every hour. And I am supposed to ingest it very slowly during that hour. So, basically, I am constantly sipping.

My incision is irritated today, but I think it's because they took out some of those staples.

Anyway, I'll update later. Hopefully I am not boring everyone with this. ;)

01-03-2005, 06:55 PM
Damn! 40 pounds in what, 2 weeks time? I'm glad to hear things are moving along for you right now LIMP. :)

01-03-2005, 08:15 PM
Alright LIMP. Keep up the good work. GLad to hear the progress is going good. You will be back hunting Landos in no time.

01-04-2005, 12:42 PM
Glad to hear your surgery went well LIMP! I'll keep you in my prayers next to my mom who has lost weight, but because of cancer treatments she is undergoing. You are taking a step in the right direction young man!

The 'Xir
01-07-2005, 02:24 AM
Bore away QLD, Bore Away! Bore? Stop it! If you were boring us, do you think we'd keep posting! ;) I mean heck, this is probbaly the most responses you've gotten to any of your threads! :p j/k buddy!!
Glad to hear things are going well though! And hey, don't forget what I said about my buddy: TURKEY BURGERS!!! mmmmmmm! :ermm: :speech: :D

Actually has your doctor given you a timetable when you can go back to solids?

01-10-2005, 11:43 AM
Well, I got back from my second visit with the surgeon.

Things are going very well.

They took out the rest of my staples, as well as the two heavy duty sutures that went across the incision. I already feel tons better from not having them there. (I still have sutures inside me that will eventually dissolve.)

Also, I have lost another 25 lbs. Making my total since the surgery on 12/21 up to 65 lbs. already. Of course, I haven't had anything but liquids since then.

More good news, is that I get to start the pureed food phase tomorrow, where I can eat some soups, oatmeal, mashed potatos, applesauce, etc. So I am VERY much looking forward to actually eating SOMETHING.

I go back in two weeks, when I will probably have the last tube removed (the one that goes to my old stomach).

Aside from some back pain still, things are going fantastic. I also think I will finally be able to sleep in my bed now that the staples are gone! YAY!

01-10-2005, 12:28 PM
Glad to hear everything is going so well!

01-10-2005, 01:44 PM
Yeah, that's good news. Dissolving sutures, my favorite. ;) So if you weren't sleeping in your bed before, where were you sleeping?

Let me ask, if you hadn't had the surgery, just the diet that has followed, do you think your body would have lost anywhere near this much weight? I'm betting not, I'm betting that even if we took the "mind not over matter" issue out of the equation, this diet wouldn't have worked as well as it has with the surgery, otherwise I would think doctors would have perspective recipients try the diet first to see if it were effective for them.

01-10-2005, 02:49 PM
More good news, is that I get to start the pureed food phase tomorrow, where I can eat some soups, oatmeal, mashed potatos, applesauce, etc. So I am VERY much looking forward to actually eating SOMETHING.
Man I should do my own pureed food phase. I love all of those foods. Mashed potatos and applesauce it doesn't get any better.

Congrats on losing the weight. You've lost 1/3 of my body weight.:D

01-10-2005, 08:52 PM
GO LIMP GO!!!! Mashed potatoes???? I'm coming foir dinner the next two weels. Yummy.

SO with pureed foods, can you stick a steak in a blender and puree it?

01-11-2005, 03:38 AM
That's a great idea, Kid'
I'll go try it right now ! ! !

Jeez LIMP, before you know it, you'll be thinner than that gentleman in your avatar.

01-13-2005, 06:46 PM
Well, I COULD puree some steak, but the thought of it is nauseating.

I have been eating cottage cheese, refried beans, mashed potatos, sugar-free jello and pudding, oatmeal, eggs, etc. It's so refreshing to actually eat, but so weaird to get stuffed after eating one egg, or 3/4 of cottage cheese.

I don't think I could have lost this much weight by just following the diet. Some of it, sure. Plus, I just can't see myself with the right amount of willpower to do so. But I have been very good with my diet so far, and hopefully I will get used to the idea of eating less, and healthier foods. Right now, I dream of being able to eat a small salad, or half of a sandwich. ;)

My mobilty has increased greatly since the staples were removed. If not for the tube still in, I might be able to actually sleep in bed. That is one of the biggest things I look forward to. Being able to sleep in bed, on my side. Sleeping in a recliner is getting really, REALLY old. But, it's a small price to pay in the long run.

01-13-2005, 08:28 PM
I have been eating cottage cheese, refried beans, mashed potatos, sugar-free jello and pudding, oatmeal, eggs, etc.... Sleeping in a recliner is getting really, REALLY old.
Wow! You must be really musical in that recliner! lol ;)

01-24-2005, 12:08 PM
Well, a small update. I saw the doctor for the first time in two weeks, and more weight loss! I lost another 20 lbs., bringing my total up to 85 lbs. since the surgery one month ago. 85 lb.s in ONE MONTH! I can't believe it! I feel different already.

He said I was off the charts, and that I broke the his record as far as weight gain, and he has done thousands of these procedures.

Anyway, I can drive again now. YAY! But unfortunately I have to wait another two weeks to get the last tube out of my old stomach, as the internal stitch hadn't quite dissolved yet.

But I am very happy and encouraged with the weight loss so far. By the time I go back in two weeks, I may already be up to 100 lbs! Incredible!

01-24-2005, 12:36 PM
Incredible, damn LIMP, that's just shocking! First off, I (like the rest of the forum) am thrilled your through the ringer and are on the way back to health. The amazing progress must be really motivating, and must really make the whole thing feel worthwhile.

Are the doctors giving you any explanation for how fast the pounds are coming off? I would think that the total change in how much salt you're putting in must be contributing by letting your body get rid of a lot of water to go along with the diet getting rid of the excess adipose tissue.

Congrats on everthing - including your huge upset (based on the season standings) in the NFL pool. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, except me of course! ;)

Always the frickin' frackin' bridesmaid, never the bride!!! :D

01-24-2005, 07:55 PM
Awesome LIMP, just plain awesome. Proud of you my friend.

01-25-2005, 08:40 AM
Glad to hear you came out of it safe, QLD!!! Congradulations!!! What are the dangers exactly of this procedure that I have heard a good number of people have actually died from having the procedure done. But glad you are doing well and losing the weight!!! I also have heard of people that basically since they didn't follow their diet when they had their prodedure done they strechted their stomach out back to the way it was. Some people think that when they get this done it gives them a licence to stuff themselves.

01-25-2005, 07:59 PM
Great news there L.I.M.P.! Are you experiencing any sagging skin from losing so much weight so fast?

02-03-2005, 01:38 AM
Mmmmmmmmmmm, pureed steak. :D

02-03-2005, 05:13 AM
Mmmmmmmmmmm, pureed steak. :D

Did ya mix it with mashed 'taters precious?

02-03-2005, 10:01 AM
Well, I am eating (mostly) solid foods now. It's MUCH nicer!

I haven't been back to the surgeon yet, but I go on Monday.

I do have a little sagging, mostly in my arms so far, but not much yet. Most of my weight loss has been upper and lower body I think.

02-03-2005, 03:53 PM
Keep going LIMP, and I wish you continued good luck.

Errrrrr I mean, you, LIMP, keep going . . . not keep going limp. :D

KH, I did add taters but why bother to mash them ahead of time ? :crazed:

02-03-2005, 04:03 PM
KH, I did add taters but why bother to mash them ahead of time ? :crazed:

Good point. :beard:

04-18-2005, 12:28 PM
Well, I hadn't updated in quite a while, so I figured I would.

I had my latest visit to the doctor today, and I had dropped another 37 pounds. That makes my grand total loss 147 pounds!

I have gone down two pants sizes, and a shirt size. And the best part is, I feel wonderful!

04-18-2005, 12:34 PM
It will be cool to see what you look like at C3 QLD er.... LIMP!!

04-18-2005, 03:11 PM
Congrats LIMP, that is quite an accomplishment. :cool:

04-18-2005, 03:21 PM
Good to hear, especially the feeling wonderful part, I was wondering how your endeavour was going recently, glad to get an update :D
Keep at it, it sounds like you are doing really well man!!

04-18-2005, 03:33 PM
Well, I hadn't updated in quite a while, so I figured I would.

I had my latest visit to the doctor today, and I had dropped another 37 pounds. That makes my grand total loss 147 pounds!

I have gone down two pants sizes, and a shirt size. And the best part is, I feel wonderful!

Wow, I'm really sorry to have missed this thread, but glad to have caught it today! I am SO happy and excited for you LIMP yet those words seems so hollow to how you must be feeling! Keep up the excellent work and will power, I know you'll do it...hell, you're doing it now darlin'!

Here's a giant hug for you! :D

04-18-2005, 10:49 PM
Wow thats great! Does it feel werid having lost so much weight?

04-18-2005, 11:06 PM
Fantastic LIMP! Have you begun to exercise yet? Or are you just having to monitor your food intake? Great news, and I was just wondering how you were doing the other day.

04-19-2005, 12:36 AM
LIMP, great news. I too was wondering the other day how you were doing. Hats off man and a HUGE :beard: to you.

04-19-2005, 02:06 AM
Hey LIMP, I watched the parody film "Being Ron Jeremy" the other night (it's not porn, so please don't delete ! ) and I thought of your avatar. Glad to see you haven't changed it. :D

Exhaust Port
04-19-2005, 09:17 AM
Well, I hadn't updated in quite a while, so I figured I would.

I had my latest visit to the doctor today, and I had dropped another 37 pounds. That makes my grand total loss 147 pounds!

I have gone down two pants sizes, and a shirt size. And the best part is, I feel wonderful!

WOW, that is outstanding. What's it like be carrying 147 pounds less on your frame? I can't imagine having to carry a 147 weight around with me.

04-19-2005, 10:39 AM
Quite impressive weight loss there. You're going to be spending all your toy money on a new wardrobe. But that's just as fun!

04-19-2005, 11:12 AM
Yeah. It feels great to be so much lighter, and I can already do things I couldn't before which is also great. The only bad thing, is buying all of the new clothes! :crazy:
I guess the biggest boost has been to my confidene though. I just, in pretty much every way possible, feel better.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still really fat, but it's literally melting away. I couldn't be happier.

01-17-2006, 08:08 PM
Well, I haven't updated in a LONG time, so here we are.

As of my last official weight in at the end of October, I was down to 385 lbs. Bear in mind, that is after my starting weight of 627 lbs. I feel amazing, and it's so nice to be able to live a somewhat normal life again. My one year anniversary was on 12/27. WHOO!

Here are a couple of comparison pictures for everyone.

01-17-2006, 08:35 PM
It's truly stunning, QLD. The benefit to your overall wellbeing is immeasurable... but the best part is the fact that you're so positive about it. Truly awesome, man, well done!!!!

01-17-2006, 08:35 PM
Wow! That's really impressive! You look great in your photo's. Are you looking ot lose more?

My friend Kim that had the same surgery, she sent me a photo at Christmas - her and her brother. I recognized her brother right away, but in the 20 years I've known her, she's never looked like she does now.


01-17-2006, 09:46 PM
DAmn dude.. And I thought it felt good to lose ten punds over the summer, i couldnt imagine what it would be like to lose an enite half of myself! Truely an accomplishment! I hope you can keep it going (if you whish to), you're looking great!:D
(heck, you could start doing commercials! :thumbsup: )

01-17-2006, 10:38 PM
Excellent work there! We have a member at the Y who lost 100 pounds. He keeps coming in and getting his workouts in. He still has some weight to lose, but it has been exciting watching him shrink, likewise with you through your photos. Keep up the good fight!

01-17-2006, 11:21 PM
Nice work there QLD! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

01-17-2006, 11:42 PM
way to go QLD. the results are outstanding :thumbsup:

01-18-2006, 12:46 AM
Hats off to you QLD, truly an accomplishment to be proud off. I am giving oyu a one man standing sitting ovation right now.

01-18-2006, 03:15 AM
Honey, you look HOT!! (Remember, this is coming from a lesbian, so it's one of the highest compliments ever to be received) ;) :love: And I LOVE the goatee! :beard: = :thumbsup:

You look great QLD and I mean it! And what's most important is your feeling healthy and doing your body good! I need to quit smoking!

01-18-2006, 02:43 PM
Congrats QLD. :thumbsup:

01-18-2006, 05:00 PM
THank you all for the compliments!

Again, I feel great, and thanks for letting me share all of this with you all.

01-18-2006, 07:10 PM
Damn dude you were 600+. I'm happy for you. Now you have your life back!:thumbsup:

01-18-2006, 07:24 PM
Congrats on the great job done, stay healthy.

01-22-2006, 02:38 AM
Congrats QLD. I hope my congrats at Clebration 3 on your progress thus far helped you keep going.:D This is probably something you know already but I have found the magic of Benefiber. I had stopped taking it for a while just because I had not encorperated it into my routine. High fiber in your diet helps slow digestion so you don't have any spikes in your insulin. Which battles fatigue(which I have had alot of the last year, always tired, slept for 12 hours sometimes). Your body has to work 20% harder to digest high fiber foods thus using more energy and losing weight.

01-22-2006, 03:07 AM
THank you all for the compliments!

Again, I feel great, and thanks for letting me share all of this with you all.

Visa Versa(sp?), I think it's great that you are sharing with us and that you are comfortable doing so! :)

jedi master sal
01-22-2006, 03:44 AM
QLD, I haven't gone through all the pages, so bear with me. One, congrats dude, that's great. Second, I'm a big person myself and am starting to workout tomorrow. I did for about two months about 3 years ago and in that short time had lost about 25 lbs. I'm hoping to stick with it this time.

What type of surgery did you have? Was it gastric bypass? I've heard that was risky. If it was this type of surgery, what were teh risks and percentages?

I don't know if I could go through surgery, especially with the high risk. I'm hoping to lose weight by working out and changing my diet.

Besides your surgery, what ther things has your doctor told you to do/not do, and/or change regarding your health and weight?

Again, sorry if you've gone over this already.

I'm extremely interested.

Thanks and again, congrats!

01-22-2006, 08:11 AM
I did indeed have the gastric bypass. It is a risky operation, however, it is rare that people die from it, although that can happen, though the same is true with any surgery. The, I personally believe, that the younger and better health you are in, the less the risks, which only makes sense.

I don't recommend the surgery to anyone who doesn't feel it is a last resort, which is what it should be (in fadct, most doctors require you to meet certain criteria of BMI before they will even consider it). I was only almost 30 when I had the surgery, but my weight was obscenely high, and I was really beginning to feel my health starting to get much worse. Honestly, I realized I was never going to lose the weight myself, and I was going to die, very young. I would have been lucky to make it to 50.

Now, just about every health problem I had has disappeared, and I have my life back. My moods are better, and I feel better than I have since I was a teenager.

After the surgery, your eating habits will of course, change drastically. Your average meal will be very small. Also, you will be taking multivitamins, protein, and calcium supplements every day for the rest of your life, because your new diet doesn't give you everything you need. A lot of things are up to the individual. Some people are unable to tolerate certain types of food afterwards, and there are many types you need to avoid that can be potentially harmful over time. The main thing I have to avoid as much as possible, is sugar. For obvious reasons of course, and it makes em sick if I eat anything high in sugar, which is great, because I was very addicted to it. You also hve to chew your food a lot more than you normally would. And, the one thing that usually freaks people out, is that you can't eat and drink at the same time. If you eat, you have to wait 30 minutes after eating to drink, as well as the opposite. It's odd, but something you quickly get used to.

It's not without the downsides, but for people who were in my situation, I wouldn't hesitate to do it.

01-22-2006, 11:37 AM
the one thing that usually freaks people out, is that you can't eat and drink at the same time. If you eat, you have to wait 30 minutes after eating to drink, as well as the opposite.

Just curious, what is the medical reasoning behind this? That does seem odd but for some reason makes sense with this surgery.

01-22-2006, 11:46 AM
There's no room in the stomach, right?

jedi master sal
01-23-2006, 01:30 AM
Thanks QLD for the info. I don't think I'm at that point yet, though I've felt my health declining over the past few months. I think Working out, if I stick with it and slowly changing my diet, is going to work for me. It's just a matter of willpower for me to stick with it this time.

I have some other questions for you, but they may be a bit more sensitive, so I'll ask them by PM. Please trust that I will keep it confidential, as I'm a brother-in-arms so to speak in the overweight "club".

01-23-2006, 12:58 PM
Well to give my 2 cents on what I discovered lately with myself is the magic of BENEFIBER. Diets high in fiber regulate your digestion so that you have no spike in insulin. Because of the insulin spike problem being taken care of that means more energy and less of an appetite. And it takes your body 20% more energy to break down fiber. Fiber grams in The WEIGHT WATCHERS system is a consideration in figuring the points of how much/what food you can eat. Health authorities have said that you actually need 35 grams of fiber a day. But alot of us don't get that much, but getting closer to it can make a difference. It sure has for me. I had a bottle of BENEFIBER for sometime but had not gotten into the routine of taking it like my vitamins. Well I started again and within a week, I woke up one morning and felt energy pulsating through me like I had not felt in a long time. I thought to myself, "ok I'm feeling great, why is this?" Because for the last year I felt like crap. Always tired, sleeping for 12 hours. I thought it was a fluke. But the next day I felt the same way. And the next day. This the 3rd day of feeling great and energetic. The last time I felt this good was when I was on the low carb diet and I ate alot of vegetables. Carbs are sugar in disguise. So high fiber and low sugar is the chemistry for my(and pretty much everyone) my healthy well being. I challenge each and everyone of you to take the BENEFIBER challenge!!!!:D

01-23-2006, 07:28 PM
Essentially, yes, there is no room. However, also, the water will make the food rush through the pouch into the stomach, which will then make you feel very ill for a little while. Trust me, it isn't worth it. :)

01-23-2006, 10:42 PM
wow. great job qld. when i was growing up(still not grown up) about 30 years ago, my neighbor had that operation. the picks are amazing. i'm glad you are enjoying life now.:thumbsup:

02-13-2006, 10:02 PM
Hey QLD, I was gone for awhile and was wondering how you've been doing and I am delighted to read such an awesome update from you. Good job man, that is incredible! Keep it up. :)

I have a bit of good news for you as well my friend, as we have chatted in the past about weight issues, well as Jim Jam can attest to I have kicked my own demons in their respective backsides and shed some pounds myself. Since I started tracking last year, I've lost 113.4 pounds so far, but I know I'm at least 125 pounds lighter than I was at my heaviest. At least 125.

Thing is, even though I knew I was way too big, I never had health problems. Ever. I guess I carried it well enough, people were always surprised to hear exactly how much I did weigh. So I finally decided enough was enough and I made some significant changes while I'm healthy enough to do something about it. Better now than later when my knees are blowing out or worse, my heart. lol

I still have another 41.2 pounds to lose until I reach my Goal, and then I might try to go below that even a bit more . . . I haven't decided. I know I'll get there eventually so that will be awesome.

Hey Sal, I feel your pain man so if I may be of help, I'll do what I can.

02-13-2006, 10:33 PM
Keep it up Caesar, you doin good.