Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Before and After

I have a hard time posting these pictures. I have a really hard time excepting that I was THAT big. When I was THAT big, I never felt that I was obese, much less morbidly obese or even super morbidly obese. I was 275 in the first picture and 178 in the second picture. What a difference a 100 pounds make.

I have only a few pictures of me before surgery. I hated taking pictures and seeing myself. I still do. I received an email last night from my surgery center with my before and after picture. At first when I saw the front pictures, I couldn't really see much of a difference. Around my face and stomach looked smaller, but I didn't see a crazy difference.

When I saw my side picture, I was in shock. That is really when reality set in. I never realized I was so ROUND! I still can't believe that was me. It makes me want to cry.

I am so grateful for my band and my lifestyle changes! I can't wait to see what I will look like in another year. I know that sounds vain...but I can't wait.

Seeing these pictures keeps me motivated to do more. This was an awakening moment for me... just thought I would share.


  1. Congratulations to you, you look great! Thank you for sharing your recipes...you are an inspiration!


  2. Thanks Melissa! You are too sweet. I am glad you like the recipes.

  3. Melissa, Thanks for sharing your progress with us all. At this point, it is a year later... did you meet your goal? I was banded in Nov. 2007 with Dr. Michaelson @ NWWLS and I am slowly working towards achieving mine. During my journey I have gotten a divorce, moved twice, and such. It's been tumultuous. I was wondering if you have anything to say about your old eating behaviors and how often they plague you when emotions and cravings for comfort take hold. How do you deal? I've learned methods, but I still like to hear what others are doing. Especially those fighting the same battle! Thank you!

  4. Wow! These are awesome before and after shots! This is so exciting. I'm dying to find out what I'll look like 100 lbs down.

    You are rockin' girl!