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NJsharon Offline
#1 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 11:59:51 AM(UTC)
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Thought I would share my weight loss pictures!

I had sleeve surgery in May 2012 and have since lost 52lbs. Not a huge loss compared to others with the surgery, but I am happy! I still have 55lbs to lose to get to my goal. But I am getting there. When I get depressed or find the journey tough, I just look at these pics & see the difference & it gives me the drive to carry on!

This was me in May 2012 in Tijuana MX.

May 2012


Then this was me last week, all dressed up & ready for an interview (which I am hoping I got, but didn't hear yet)!

August 2013


If you have any questions about my surgery or my weight loss journey, I would be happy to answer them too. Maybe I can help someone else out?!
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#2 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 12:03:52 PM(UTC)
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That is fantastic! Congratulations!BigGrin
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#3 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 12:06:19 PM(UTC)
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Congratulations! You look fantastic.....you go girl.Wink

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You look great and do not look like you have 55 more pounds to go...!!
Congrats on a successful journey so far and good luck on the job also!!

Jan
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#5 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 1:48:20 PM(UTC)
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Smile Congratulations on your weight loss. You look great! I sure hope you got the job!!
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#6 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 1:50:23 PM(UTC)
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Thank you all!

Jan, that makes me feel good, I guess I carry my weight well. lol But yes, still have 55lbs to get to goal (regular weight & regular BMI).

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Originally Posted by: NJsharon Go to Quoted Post
Thank you all!

Jan, that makes me feel good, I guess I carry my weight well. lol But yes, still have 55lbs to get to goal (regular weight & regular BMI).



boy Sharon - I wouldn't even worry abut your goal weight if I were you

you look gorgeous!

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#8 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 2:14:46 PM(UTC)
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You look great!!!!!

What is "sleeve surgery"? Never heard of itBlushing
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#9 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 2:27:36 PM(UTC)
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You look great!!!!!

What is "sleeve surgery"? Never heard of itBlushing



It is one of the 'newer' weight loss surgeries in the USA. There is the band, the bypass & then the sleeve. With the sleeve they take out about 85% of your stomach, then staple & sew it back up. So you are left with a tiny stomach. Means you cannot consume a lot of food, I can probably only eat 3oz of protein (such as a burger or chicken).

It is a great tool to help in someone's weight loss journey.
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#10 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 2:56:55 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NJsharon Go to Quoted Post
Thank you all!

Jan, that makes me feel good, I guess I carry my weight well. lol But yes, still have 55lbs to get to goal (regular weight & regular BMI).



oh, yes... BMI...
I look at that chart and laugh...
then I have some pounds to lose myself...
perhaps when the kids go back to school...
or I could just craft in my free minutes!!


Either way, you look happy and healthy-- ENJOY!!
BigGrin

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#11 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 3:03:24 PM(UTC)
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Congrats! You look wonderful! I, too, am trying to loose a few. Lost 17 so far.
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#12 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 3:49:26 PM(UTC)
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Congrats! You look amazing!
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#13 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 4:24:24 PM(UTC)
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Congrats to you Sharon! That is awesome, and you look wonderful! Just keep it up, and soon you will be there! I have lost 30 lbs recently myself, and it sure has made a great impact on my health!
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Sharon, you are doing GREAT!!!!!! So very proud of you.

As to BMI, I sometimes think that is a joke. According to the charts, my DH is overweight. If he lost any more weight, he would be downright skinny. He is about 6'2" and weighs 180. He is NOT overweight.
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#15 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 5:07:30 PM(UTC)
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congrats on the weight loss!! I checked into surgery a few years ago and they said I wasn't 'morbid obese'. I was simply 'obese'. You didn't look obese in your first photo so wonder how you was able to have that surgery. Hope you hear soon about the job.

Joyce
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#16 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 5:31:43 PM(UTC)
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First thank you very much for my artbooking cartridge. It arrived very quickly...

MOST importantly you look FABULOUS!! I think if you lose another 55 lbs, we won't be able to see youBigGrin . Congratulations on your Big Loss...Good Luck, I hope you get the jobBigGrin
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#17 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 5:36:15 PM(UTC)
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Wowsers! You look fabulous! Give yourself a big pat on the back. BTW you definitely do not look like you have 50 more pounds to lose. What is your target goal anyway? Keep up the good work!

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#18 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 6:33:44 PM(UTC)
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Great job Sharon! I personally know how hard it is to lose weight. Keep up the good work.BigGrin ThumpUp
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#19 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 7:20:23 PM(UTC)
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Congrats!You look wonderful! and good luck on the jobSmile
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#20 Posted : Monday, August 19, 2013 7:25:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JoyceG Go to Quoted Post
congrats on the weight loss!! I checked into surgery a few years ago and they said I wasn't 'morbid obese'. I was simply 'obese'. You didn't look obese in your first photo so wonder how you was able to have that surgery. Hope you hear soon about the job.

Joyce



Hi Joyce, well when I first went to a local hospital to find out about the surgery, they told me I was a high enough weight (or BMI) for the surgery. But I also had to have 2 other things wrong with me such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes etc. Well I didn't have them. I was pretty healthy except for being obese.

So I looked at other options then and ended up going to Tijuana MX for my surgery, with Dr Kelly. He was amazing. Had a lot of experience in the field, trained in the USA & he does lectures for Weight Loss Surgery in San Diego (gives them to other WLS doctors). So I felt really comfortable with him & my choice.

Of course not everyone's choice, it was a big risk going to another country for a major surgery. But it went amazingly well.

Believe it or not I was 254lbs & I am 5'6" tall.
My goal weight is about 145lbs, so you all can figure out what I weigh roughly now. LOL
Yeah, I must carry it well, as I still have quite a bit to lose!

Thanks everyone for your kind words though, appreciate them!
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You look fabulous!!! I have about 50 to lose...just need the motivation!
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You look amazing! I've struggled with weight for what seems like my whole life. It is very difficult to do so you've accomplished a lot. Congrats to you!!!!
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Congrats! You should be so proud of your weightloss, it is quite an accomplishment.

Hope you get the jobBigGrin
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Congratulations Sharon on your weightloss. You look great! Can't believe you have more to loose.
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Sharon, you look great!!!

I have about 50 lbs to lose, myself.... went to bed with severe depression, a size 8 and woke up a size 16.... literally, nothing in my closet fit but my shoes!!!! My gastroenterologist says I've lost nearly 25 lbs, but i don't believe him... My clothes are still shrinking in the laundry...

Best wishes for the job, too.
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You look FANTASTIC! Congratulations Sharon BigGrin
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Fantastic
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Congratulations! You look wonderful!
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Congrats you look good
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congrats on your weight loss. you look wonderful.
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