OK...I am the lone "oddball" on this site and will most likely get a rath of shit from a few uninformed or unsympathetic members, but here is my story.
I was born big at about 11.5 lbs in 1960. I was in "husky" sizes as a toddler and into mens cloths by the time I was 9. I weighed 240 at age 12, and 285 by age 16. In college I was at 300, where I held until about age 40. Then my weight started to rise again this time it topped out at 418 in December 2004. THis was a lifetime fight, diets and gyms and exercises and pills and meds, etc...nothing worked and nothing helped. I was desparate and knew my life was going to end soon if I didn't find a way to chenge. I decided to change or die in the effort. I had bariatric surgery in September 2005. This was the hardest, scariest, most painful thing I have ever done. I would also do it all again if I ever needed to. It has been my saving grace. I am not at the insurance listed "ideal weight" but I am more healthy and cative now than I ever was as a teen, 20 or 30 something. My life has completely changed...I am now holding at 180 lbs, with a body fat of about 12.5%. My resting BP is around 105/55, my resting HR is about 55 BPM, all of my blood chem numbers are great. They were not great before surgery, I was a "stroke, heart attack and diabetic victim" waiting to happen. Now, my doctors and support group members use me as their "poster child" of what defines success on the program. I lost the weight over about 15 months and have been at a stable weight for almost 2 years now....The extra skin is the only draw back, and mine is not real bad, although I will not be on here with my shirt off! I have the muscle definition, and it shows on some places, but my abs, most likely will never be seen without more surgery. At nearly 50, I can live with having great health and not get too upset that I don't have chuckystuds absolutely spectacular body...although I certainly do dream! Hell, I never thought I'd get this far, or bealive to tell about the "transformation"...so it is ALL good!