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About mrqatest

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  • Birthday 06/18/1964

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  • Surgeon
    Dr. Smith
  • Hospital
    Essentia Health - Park Rapids, MN
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  1. Before the surgery, I wore 3XL shirts. I am now in XL shirts, and I love to put the King Size/Casual Male catalogs directly into the recycling bin. SCORE!
  2. Any 350+ guys that reach goal weight?

    The day I had surgery I was 383 and I had a 54 inch waist. I am now 3 and half years out. I am at 230 and still losing, and I have a 42 inch waist, although not at the very fast rate of the first year. It has been most notable in my face, hands and mid-torso, but it has come off everywhere. I exercise 4-5 days a week, and I have begun to regularly do weight lifting along with the cardio workout on the elliptical machine. As other on this thread have mentioned, it comes off where it comes off, but you can control it to some degree by your exercise routine.
  3. Airplanes seats vs. Fat people

    Way to go! I travel frequently for work, and I have been humilated by flight attendants and passengers alike. Its so nice now to go to my seat, sit down, and buckle up with no problem.
  4. 5 months post surgery

    I haven't written in quite a while, but thought i would post an update. I had my surgery on March 29, 2012. Since that time, I have lost 96 pounds and many inches all over. I think the biggest difference I notice is in how my face looks. My health has improved so much - no more high blood pressure or blood pressure meds, no more sleep apnea, no more high cholesterol. I have had three dilatations and one bout of dumping syndrome, but other than that, I have had no complications. My wife loves the fact that she can get her arms all the way around me now. My goal is a minimum of 150 pounds lost, and I am working towards that. I am so grateful I was able to get this done, because it has literally saved my life. As difficult as this has been, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  5. Great post. Anyone who says this is cheating has no idea how difficult this is.
  6. Yo!

    Good for you, Jeff! I am 2 months post-op as of yesterday. I have lost 62 pounds so far and I feel great. It is not easy, but well worth it. I was on 5 meds before the surgery, and i am now only on 1, and my snoring/sleep apnea is gone. Hang in there!
  7. 6 days Post-Op

    Well, I have made it through my gastric bypass and then some. 3/29/12 was surgery day, which went fine. I had a hard time sleeping the night before, and combining that with the anesthesia, I was out from 7am until I was fully awake at 4:50pm. Surprisingly, my pain was minimal throughout the hospital stay. The nurses were the best I have every had, and my family and friends have been very supportive. I apologize for this graphic info, but I thought i should post it for reference. The only issue I had was when they started Step Two diet, a bit early I thought (3 days post op), I had some yogurt which immediately coagulated into small marshmallow sized bits. Well, they weren't going to go through my new plumbing, and because they were stuck, nothing else was going to go through either. I couldn't even get my own saliva down, so everything came back up. My first day out of the hospital, I was in the same shape, so I called the doctor, and I went in yesterday to have a ballooning. This went well, and I have had no problems since. I am at work today - taking it slow, but still at work - and no problems so far.
  8. Surgery date set

    I was on my way to the airport when I got the call on my cell phone; my gastric bypass has been approved by the insurance company and the date for surgery is March 29th. I am nervous and excited at the same time. I am a 47 year old husband and father. I look forward to being able to do more with my family - things I haven't been able to do for years.
  9. Before and after