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About Brandon

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 06/27/1973

Profile Information

  • Gender Male
  • Location Aurora, CO.
  • Interests Spending time with my family, Hunting, Fishing, camping, Softball, Volleyball
  • Age 38


  • Surgeon Frank Chae
  • Hospital Sky Ridge Medical Center
  • Height (ft-in) 6-02
  • Start Weight 297
  • Current Weight 240
  • Goal Weight 190
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) 30.8
  • Surgery Date 03/12/2012
  • Surgery Type Gastric Bypass

Brandon's Activity

  1. Brandon added a topic in Post-op Gastric Bypass   

    60lbs down...45 more to go!
    Well, I finally broke through the 60lb mark!! Now I am on the down hill side to reach my goal!! 45 more lbs to go!! Hopefully I will get some extreme exercise while I am in Little Rock on business this next week! I sure could use it! Hope you all have a great week!!
    • 6 replies
  2. Brandon added a post in a topic night sweats - 6 days post-op   

    You probably already got your answer but I wanted to chime in as well. I had my surgery back in March. I remember having the night sweats so bad I had to change my sheets and my clothes every morning. It was horrible. I am not sure exactly what it is but I heard that with the dramatic decrease in sugar intake the bodies metabolism sky rockets therefore increasing the bodies heat and causing you to sweat...about the third or fourth week when I was able to take in a little bit more fluids and calories, my night sweats went away! Congrats to you on your surgery...there will be days that it seems like it wasn't worth it but believe me, I wouldn't change it for the world at 5 months out!!
  3. Brandon added a post in a topic 1 year facial comparison   

    You look amazing!! What an inspiration!
  4. Brandon added a post in a topic Feeling A Bit Down   

    I would have to agree with mistymee. Speaking from a man's perspective, we love confident women. Confidence in life, in themselves and forgive me but, especially in the bedroom. Insecurities and lack of confidience are both wedges that will split up your relationship....

    Good luck to you. I am sure your husband loves you and is losing weight to be a happier person for you. Just remember, he is yours to keep...Keep him!
  5. Brandon added a topic in Post-op Gastric Bypass   

    I don't Dump?
    Ok, I know this will come back to bite me but, I am a tester. I test everything to the extreme. So, I have been hearing about this Dumping syndrome and I wanted to find out what my limits are. It sounds a little crazy but I travel a lot for work and I wanted to know what my limits were...

    Ok, so I am a little embarrassed to admit this but, here it goes...I have had a chocolate glazed donut, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, a milky way (1/2 of it) (I didn't have this all in one sitting...)and NOTHING...honestly, that really frustrates me. I love sweets and knowing that I can have them without consequences is very dangerous. Anyone else out there have this kind of experience???
    • 4 replies
  6. Brandon added a post in a topic Hopeful (and scared!) in Colorado   

    Hey girl! Welcome to the forum. I am from Aurora, CO. I had my surgery back in March. I too heard some horror stories. I was pretty freaked out in the beginning and the day of surgery. I know there are risks and benefits to everything we do in life, thats why I went through with it. I still have rough days where I just miss food. Then there are days in which I am so glad I had the surgery. I feel so much better, I no longer take blood pressure meds or have to use my CPAP machine. I am much more active as a father, husband, and I love to play softball again. It doesn't hurt to be so active anymore. Just remember, go strictly by the book. Do everything that doctor and that nutritionist tell you to do. They will be your best friends during this time. I have lost a little over 50lbs but I have gone from a size 42 pant to a size 36 (however, I did just slip into a size 34 jean shorts the other day) so that makes it all worth it. Stick with your diet, stick with your exercise and you will do great! Don't let ANYONE get in the way of what you have to do for yourself. There are dark moments and super bright moments on this journey but I promise you this....if you have the surgery, your bright spots will out weigh any dark moments you will ever have...

    If you ever need to talk, I am here for you. You are also more than welcome to PM if you prefer! Welcome to the losers bench as they say!! Good luck to you!

  7. Brandon added a topic in Clothing and Goods Exchange   

    Men's Clothing
    I have some business casual pants size 42x34 (Haggar, Docker). Several XXL shirts (Polo's and Button Down Dress shirts) and a couple of dress belts. I also have several pairs of nice dress type shorts and jean shorts (size 42). I also have some blue jeans size 42 as well. I would be happy to sell these really cheap + shipping. IM me for specifics.


    BTW...if you want everything I have (basically a closet full for all occasions) I will make you a smoking hot deal!
    • 0 replies
  8. Brandon added a post in a topic question about 5dpt   

    I also read in the authors post that it was best to stick directly to the recommendations for the ultimate desired results....
  9. Brandon added a post in a topic question about 5dpt   

    This is all I found too...I need to do this too! Good luck to you girl!

    Days One & Two: Liquid Protein
    low-carb protein shakes, broth, clear or cream soups, sugar-free gelatin and pudding.

    Day 3: Soft Protein
    canned fish (tuna or salmon) eggs, fresh soft fish (tilapia, sole, orange roughy.

    Day 4: Firm Protein
    ground meat (turkey, beef, chicken, lamb), shellfish, scallops, lobster, fresh salmon or halibut.

    Day 5: Solid Protein
    white meat poultry, beef steak, pork, lamb, wild game
  10. Brandon added a topic in Member Photos   

    my 4 month post op pics...with my pre op pics

    What do you think??

    • 5 replies
  11. Brandon added a post in a topic Bathing suit comparison, almost 7 mos post-op   

    DANG! You look amazing!! I am only 4 months out and still frustrated with only 50lbs lost...I have stalled for almost 5 weeks now. Ugh....my waist continues to shrink though...thank God for that! 4 pant sizes since May!
  12. Brandon added a topic in Post-op Gastric Bypass   

    Tomorrow is my 3 month Post-Op Anniversary
    So, tomorrow is my 3 month post-op anniversary. I got on the scale this morning for the heck of it and I am down 53lbs!!! I am so excited. I did go through a stall though in my second month that lasted a while but, I think I am over that. I have increased my workouts and started eating less but drinking protein shakes more...it seems to be helping. I have dropped from a size 42 waist to a size 38. I didn't realize it until this morning when I put on a new pair of pants my wife snuck in on me...they fit so good. I am use to the other pants being a little loose and these fit perfect so I checked out the size and when I saw that it was a 38, I have had perma-grin on the rest of the day!!

    Ok, enough about me...how are all of you doing today??
    • 4 replies
  13. Brandon added a post in a topic Work Travel After Surgery?   

    Hey Chitown...I was only off for two weeks after my RNY....My first day back I traveled out of state for work. Three hour plane ride and then a very full day of walking around a hospital providing education on some new software...the next week, I traveled again. Another plane ride, this time it was only 2 hours and 4 full days of training and education...It was no problem at all. I just went to the grocery store when I landed and bought Protein shakes and water....Did great and actually was probably better for me than sitting at home.

    Congratulations on your surgery date!! It is a fantastic ride! Like a roller coaster but the a lot of fun!! I had my surger on 3-12-12!! Down 51lbs and still traveling about every other week!
  14. Brandon added a post in a topic Hunters Connection   

    Hi everyone!! I am from Texas originally (small town close to Amarillo) but I live in God's country now! Colorado. We Elk hunt every year and this year is no different. I am going with 9 other guys this year so it should be a lot of fun! We are going the third rifle season which starts on November 3rd so, hopefully we will have so good cold weather and hopefully some snow! I will post more pictures or our camp and hopefully some good elk after our trip.

    I also love to archery deer hunt. Anyone else on here do any kind of archery hunting?? I just got into it about 5 years ago and I am so hooked! I love it. The stalking of the animals getting so close and then taking your target...nothing better. I am so spoiled though. Colorado is so gorgeous, I really don't care if I ever get a shot off or not. I really enjoy the outdoors here. I am starting to shoot my bow already to get ready for my October hunt...practice makes perfect.

    Fishing is first on my agenda. I am heading out tomorrow to try my hand at some trout! There is a nice little lake not too far from my house here in Aurora, CO. that I am going to tomorrow morning. I am excited to actually catch something I will eat. I never really cared for fish until my WLS, now I just can't seem to find anything better than a good grilled fish.

    I am glad to see some guys on here that share my same interests...If any of you are ever in the Denver area, look me up! I would be happy to be your guide!

  15. Brandon added a post in a topic Waist Size?   

    Thank you gentlemen. I have been reintroduced to ankles and veins...it sounds funny but I actually have veins showing in my arms and legs...it is really cool. I am sure my wife is tired of me showing them off but it is really cool!