Pincushion

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About Pincushion

  • Rank
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  • Birthday 03/03/1969

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    San Diego

Information

  • Surgeon
    Dr. Charles D. Callery
  • Hospital
    Pomerado Hospital
  • Height (ft-in)
    5-06
  • Start Weight
    351
  • Current Weight
    177
  • Goal Weight
    170
  • Surgery Date
    01/18/17
  • Surgery Type
    Vertical Sleeve
  • Surgeon
    Dr. Charles D. Callery

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  1. Pincushion

    Any 350+ guys that reach goal weight?

    I was 352 at my heaviest, 318 at surgery 1\18\2017 and now I am 177 (as of this morning) I have loose skin and some floppy areas but I am feeling so much better than I ever thought i could.
  2. Pincushion

    Down 100 Lbs from my heaviest.

    I'm now at a baggy 34 inch waist, in need of 32's
  3. Pincushion

    Almost to my goal weight...

    I will try to get some before and now pictures this weekend
  4. Pincushion

    Delilas' Sleeve Day!

    Hope you are doing well, today was Sleeve day right? Good Luck, You got this!
  5. Pincushion

    Almost to my goal weight...

    It's been 316 days since my VSG (Jan 18 2017) and I am almost at my goal weight.... (of 170lbs after adjusting it down from 190lbs) HW 352 LBS SW 318 LBS CW 179 LBS GW 170 LBS I feel good, walking doesn't hurt anymore, I am in the gym at least 3 days a week.
  6. Pincushion

    My Progress 7.5 months post VSG.

    So tomorrow, September 1st is one year since I started down the WLS path. I went to my first seminar to learn about my options and to see if WLS was right for me. I decided a week later that I had to make that drastic decision, because what I had done for the last 30 years was not working. I started at 351 lbs. and by making small changes in my diet i was able to get down to 318 for my surgery on Jan 18th 2017. I won't lie I was a little worried I had made to wrong decision my first week after surgery, but about day 15 or so it started getting easier and every day after that got a little better. I was learning what worked and what didn't, how to eat and keep myself hydrated. Before to long I suddenly realized food no longer controlled me, I had given up beer and I was surprised it didn't really bother me as much as I suspected it would. I was amazed that I found that i only really eat to fuel my body now, rather than to escape, reward, to socialize with others, or to comfort myself as I did in the past. 4 months after surgery I took a cross country motorcycle trip from San Diego .CA to Quebec Canada (150 miles east of Montreal) 6500 miles round trip in 13 days. I would not have been able to do that as easily at 351 lbs. I learned that I can still find a few reasonable food options at truckstops, and gas stations. I also learned that 12 hours of riding each day for 6 days in a row will take its toll on you if you don't fuel you body correctly. I ate a lot of Starbucks breakfast sandwiches without the bread (exactly the right size portion for me) after I drank half of my small coffee (I would save the rest of the coffee for the next gas stop in 150 miles) After my trip, I've been making the gym a habit again (3-4 times a week), i go in the morning before work, and it is getting easier. Strenght training at least twice a week and cardio the remaining days. I've had to down size my clothing a few times and I am back in things I kept that I really never thought I would wear again. I started at size 48 inch waist jeans, and now I wear a 34 inch waist comfortably. My 4XL shirts are now baggie 2XL, soon to be XL. Today the scale said 205 lbs, I found that if I weigh myself everyday I get crazy, so I only measure my weight once a week (Wednesdays or Thursdays) some weeks the scale jumps down a few lbs (or more) other times just a few ounces but I feel good and I try not to obsess about the numbers I am very happy with my decision to have VSG, and I have to thank so many of you for being honest and sharing the good, the bad, and the challenges you have faced along your journey. You all made me feel I was not alone in this, even though I mostly read (lurked) and not post, I have learned so much and I continue to learn. THANKS -George
  7. Pincushion

    Down 100 Lbs from my heaviest.

    Thanks everyone, I am feeling great too. I also noticed I no longer circle the parking lot to find a spot closer to the door... I'm so glad I had WLS. I am looking forward to keep losing the weight, and gaining my life back... the more I lose the more I get back.
  8. Pincushion

    Down 100 Lbs from my heaviest.

    I was Sleeved Jan 18th, my wife bought me a pair of jeans in a smaller size for my birthday on March 3rd by April 1st they were too big....I'm glad its happening, didn't expect it to be so fast... My waist size has gone from a snug 48" to a loose 40" and a 38" won't be too far behind. My formerly tight 4xl t-shirts just look silly on me now. 3xl' s are loose and comfortable....but for how much longer? Before WLS, I always wore a hoody to hid the fact that most t-shirts just didn't fit my shape right.... too tight or because I was big around that made the shirt to short. I just realized I don't really do that anymore, not to mention that all of my favorite hoodies are just to big now. I tried on a leather motorcycle jacket today and I really liked, but I didn't buy it because I know it will be too big in a short time. I have NEVER had great luck with motorcycle jackets, the sizes are ALWAYS so vastly different from manufacturers, one brands 4xl is another brands 7xl (today's was a 3xl) I have a 3000 mile motorcycle trip planned at the end on May so I want to make sure my riding gear fits....
  9. Pincushion

    new clothes?

    I was Sleeved Jan 18th, my wife bought me a pair of jeans in a smaller size for my birthday on March 3rd by April 1st they were too big....I'm glad its happening, didn't expect it to be so fast... My waist size has gone from a snug 48" to a loose 40" and a 38" won't be too far behind. My formerly tight 4xl t-shirts just look silly on me now. 3xl' s are loose and comfortable....but for how much longer? Before WLS, I always wore a hoody to hid the fact that most t-shirts just didn't fit my shape right.... too tight or because I was big around that made the shirt to short. I realized I don't really do that anymore, not to mention that all of my favorite hoodies are just to big now. I tried on a leather motorcycle jacket today I really liked, but I didn't buy it because I know it will be too big. I have NEVER had great luck with motorcycle jackets, the sizes are ALWAYS so vastly different from manufacturers on brands 4xl is another brands 7xl (today's was a 3xl) I have a 3000 mile motorcycle trip planned at the end on May so I want to make sure my riding gear fits....
  10. Pincushion

    Outpatient Surgery?

    I had VSG surgery on a Wednesday at 10AM and went home Thursday at 2:30PM.
  11. My first appointment was in August, had Sleeve surgery in January. Didn't have to do a liquid diet prior to surgery. My Dr asked me to lose 20 lbs before submitting my paperwork, I lost 38 lbs so he submitted it in December. I'm just shy of 3 months post surgery, and down 90+ pounds from my heaviest.
  12. Pincushion

    Profile at 7 weeks out Updated

    You are looking great, you are right to be proud of yourself! Keep up the good work.
  13. Pincushion

    new to this.

    Paul, I had the same surgery and surgeon. I am 11 weeks post Sleeve. I live in Normal Heights. There is a ton of great info on this site, read the posts, ask any questions you might have. I have learned so much here, and I still learn something new every time I log in. Welcome aboard!
  14. Pincushion

    VSG Newbies - Read This!

    Loved this post! I'm 10 weeks post and I really needed to read this.
  15. Pincushion

    Long time coming

    Great news! You are getting closer, it's a marathon not a sprint the longer it takes to get to surgerythe more you can learn about yourself. With that knowledge you can more easily spot the triggers and adapt to new ways of dealing with them. You got this!