Friday, March 4, 2011

My Before & After - Weight Loss Surgery

-158 lbs
Size 28 to 4 (8 before plastics)
All co-morbidities resolved (GERD, severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure)
Off all 8 medications I was on pre-op

*Weight Loss Surgery is not a solution for everyone* but it was the right one for me. It was the HEAD START I needed to change my life and I want to stress it goes hand in hand with HEALTHY EATING, DAILY EXERCISE and MOST IMPORTANTLY (and the hardest part IMHO) working on the HEAD stuff, the why's of why I got fat. This is a lifelong war versus obesity and having surgery was just one battle... everyday I wake up and fight.

Just 'cause I got the monkey off my back doesn't mean the circus has left town. The FIGHT is FOREVER!

My wish for all those new on this journey: that you will soon feel the same way I do about having weight loss surgery that it was the BEST GIFT I ever gave myself.

xo to all the fellow fighters!

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28 comments:

Susan said...

The mind stuff is the hardest to overcome and is a fight every day. When someone asks how I lost the 110lbs so far I say "oh I had gastric bypass" then my husband pipes in and says "yeah but she watches what she eats and has to work at it too" I love that guy! Cause I gloss over the hard work it is every day to make the right food choices and move my butt. The surgery has been a GREAT gift but not a miracle.

Finding your blog and all your wonderful recipes really has been a godsend. You are an amazing creative chef and I thank god everyday for you :)

Susan

AmazingGreis said...

What an incredible transformation. I had surgery in July and am well on my way to a healthier me. I know the road will be long and for life, but I'm excited to see what the future holds. THanks for sharing your story.

JaimeK said...

Xoxoxo...to you too! Thanks for the blog and all your recipes...

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration to so many. So many refer to your posts on different websites and forums. We love you. You have come a long way, baby!! (and you look gorgeous, way to go!!)

Tara said...

Awesome post today :) Every day is a battle but we're lucky when we have each other to help fight as well.

I am grateful that you continue to share your story, your ideas and most importantly those fantastic recipes which help keep me honest.

Thank you and congratulations on your continued success :)

Anonymous said...

You're so right. I struggle every day with my demons. I've had a rough road with strictures and not being able to eat much of anything, but things are getting better after my 3rd endoscopy and stretching procedure.

I'm slacking on the exercise, and your post made me realize how important it is to get my ass back to the gym.

I've been tempted by "slider" foods because they're easier to eat and satisfy me a little more. Your post made me realize I just can't do this any more.

Thank you for your wonderful self!

Miss Vickie "The Queen Bee" said...

You look incredible! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes too!

Sheila said...

You are such an inspiration to so many people! I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your recipes and photos and talking about your life, you are truly a superstar in my mind!

Kelly said...

What an inspiring transformation! And a wonderful reminder that the work does not end with WLS. The surgery is a tool. What we do with it is entirely up to us. Congratulations on your continued victory. You're walking the walk and inspriring us all. :-)

Deb said...

Thanks for reminding me why I did it- I need a boost right about now.
You have been my inspiration for 3 years now- pre and post surgery.
Thank you for what you do for all of us everyday:)
xoxoxox
Deb in Boston
287 pre RNY
150 lowest
170 battling the creep right now:(

The Babe said...

You can't imagine what a wonderful tool your blog has been for me post-surgery. That others can be successful, even while loving food and struggling with it, is very inspiring. Please keep blogging and doing what you do!

Tammara, Jess and Cory said...

Shelly you are such an inspiration to us all. I love your blog and the recipes are so great. Once again you need to do a cookbook honey. Where did you do the plastic surgery? I need to get the tummy stuff done I am so tired of the excess skin. So I am searching for my best source and place to do it. You can email me that stuff privately tjchez@charter.net

Andrew said...

Here... Here... Oh so true.. Its all in the head...

Beth Ann said...

Oh my heavens! You look like your own daugher. You are just beautiful!! I'm starting to get a handle on my head issues, but I would have never gotten that chance without having some help from my band. Congratulations on the results of all your hard work! I hope to be as dedicated and join you at goal someday.

Allison Stuart said...

You look just absolutely amazing! And I appreciate your blog SO much. It totally inspires me through the rough days and keeps me going! You show that it can be done!

Lesley said...

This is so true, and such a good reminder to all of us that no matter what stage of this journey we're in, we still have to remain vigilant. Excellent post!

Me said...

Your so beautiful, you were before wls and now after :)

Natasha said...

i read your blog all the time but i've never posted a comment before....thank you for all of your encouragement and tips and honesty. i am 6 months post-op (i had the lap band) and have lost 100 lbs. the doctors and my friends and family all tell me i'm a rock start and most days i feel so great and so strong and so proud. but some days are still really hard. some days i feel like i'm the same person i was 100 lbs ago, some days i am confused and scared and some days i don't know what's up and what's down. you help me remember to take it one day at a time. you help me remember that even though all of these changes are inarguably GOOD, they can still be hard, especially to mentally wrap my brain around. keep writing and keep fighting! you're helping a lot of people with your honestly and your excitement about this stuff. thank you, thank you, thank you!

natasha

Anonymous said...

I read your blog, even though I would not qualify for WLS (not enough overweight). Your spirit, your advice, and your recipe reworkings are still very helpful to anyone who wants to get back to and maintain their healthy weight. Thanks so much for all that you give back to the workd ev ery day. I suspect that you've helped far many more people than you could ever imagine.

Peggy said...

"Just because I got the monkey off my back doesn't mean the cirucs has left town. The fight is forever!" I'm going to post this on my fridge and mirror after surgery. Thanks for inspiring!

xoxoxo
Peg "LAMom"

Anonymous said...

You are so INSPIRING im at the beging stage and I love all of your blogs it's very helpful. Thank you

Nanette said...

Shelly, your blog has been so great in this journey a God send. I love your before and after photo, you could use it for a age reversing add too, as you look so much younger now than before.

Your recipes have been great Im looking forward to when I can add more things and try some of your other recipes.

We love your blog keep the stories coming.

Nanette

Marlena of Mohegan said...

Have you seen the cover of the February 2011 Reader's Digest? It sure looks like you designed it. (I'm trying to paste a copy here but I'm not sure it will succeed.)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you guys! Best decision ever :)

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Marlena, Yes LOL is that not the funniest thing. It must be a long lost cousin ;)

Tamera said...

Wow, Natasha, good for you. I had the Band in June'10 and have lost a total of ta daaa-20 pounds. I was diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes right after surgery and my doc says that's why it's been so hard to lose weight. I don't understand it, but somehow the insulin releases more calories in your body.
I had the surgery to escape becoming diabetic among other things.
This journey has been much harder and more dissatisfying than I had hoped.

LewisFamilytexas said...

I'm having the gastric sleeve surgery in 2 weeks, i'm really excited, lost 24 pounds so far since jan 1, 16 of the pounds have been lost the past 2 weeks on the pre op diet, they're having me do the slim fast diet for 4 weeks before surgery. For every pound i loose i do a little happy dance :) I can't wait to be able to start shopping...love clothes. can't wait to try some of your recipes....i was worried about getting bored with the same old protein shakes day after day, but you've given me so many more options, Thank you :)

Kathy said...

The greatest decision ever in my life too! Thanks so much Shelly for all the posts!! You've saved me in wondering "NOW WHAT?!"

Had my gastric bypass on March 8, 2011. I'm just short of 3 months post op and I'm down 56 pounds. I finally got on the tread mill and doing 1/2 hour a day of fast walking. Thanks goodness to No Doubt and Aerosmith to get me through those walks.

I love the direction I'm going in... and want to thank you so much for your help and guidance!!

Kimicah87@yahoo.com said...

eggface:
Thank you for your encouragement. Your recipes are wonderful. I tell everyone I meet about your blog, we have not tried one thing recommended by you we have not loved. I ordered the Quest protein bars today and can't wait to get them in the mail. Had to make the Pumpkin Muffins with sweetened coconut, don't think it will be too bad, the were wonderful. Thanks for all you do!
Kimberly