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NeuRon
10-03-2011, 07:38 AM
Well guys.. I figured id open a small thread to give me some sort of journal on my new path in life. One i hope to share with some old friends and new!

Towards the latter of last year, into the earlier part of this early 2011,i was consulting with my doctor and several Bariatric surgeons to discuss the possibility of weight loss surgery.

I have tried all kinds of diets in my life. You name it, and i have failed it. I have always been a big guy, but in 2001, i had a knee injury which hindered my ability to keep playing sports. And i found that to be the start of my decline. I got bigger and bigger, each year, and i guess i just turned a blind eye.

Now while i have never let my weight keep me from doing/trying things; I noticed, it was slowly starting to stop me physically. Mentally, i was all there, but my body wasn't playing the part it once did :(

So Fast forward to June 28, when my Newly appointed Nutritionist laid out my new, pre-surgery diet. Wheeeew this seems fun! lol.. syke! My Starting weight on that fine day. 365lbs...BMI = 53.4? Not Good.. But there i was, ready to start my new life.. it needed to be not only tried, but completed..

So i started on one meal replace a day.. and after 1 month, i lost 19lbs.. Not bad! Then i started two meal replacements a day. and i lost an additional 14lbs. This seemed hard, as you try telling a guy who has been eating fast food and whatever that he can only eat a small 4 inch potein bar, twice a day.. Well then, the doctor asked me if i wanted to try 3 a day.. i said Yes, i could do it.. Well if you think two a day is twice as hard as one a day, then by my polish math, then 3 a day is 47342 times harder than 2 a day!. But i stuck it out, and tried not to cut any corners ( a sensible meal occurred maybe twice, once at best friends wedding), but i tried to stick to my guns, and not cheat myself out of my new life's path.

Fast forward to September 14th. RNY Surgery Morning.. Weigh in -324lbs, for a total of 41lbs in 75days.. Not bad for a guy who couldn't lose weight. hehe

The moment i woke up from my surgery, i felt like i was hit by a train. I was sore, i was weak as a leaf, i was scared. why did i do this?. 36 hours after my surgery, i was 330lbs.. thats right, i gained over 6lbs of weight from my IV, and i was just a mess..

I havent smoked any cigars since September 10th, and while im pretty sad about that, i just want to make sure i let myself heal first until i get back to my hobby.

And as of today, im 302lbs, a total of 22lbs from my surgery date 19 days ago.. 63lbs total! My cloths dont fit at all, and even though im still sore as heck, im starting to think this might actually work.. Anybody who has been down this path knows that the first few months can be very frustrating, and my journey thus far has been no exception. But i just hope that in the end, it will be all worth it..

MY personal goal is 230lbs. My doctors goal (which is a stretch goal for me ) is 205lbs. As soon as i am able to work out, and hit the treadmill and elliptical, i am SO there.. i want to get jacked up like i was in college. And more importantly, i want to be healthy and live to spend time with my wife; time to succeed in my lifes work; time to enjoy with the great friends i have in life.. The time is now..

And to the people that i was fortunate enough to meet here, whether it was at Shack or any other herfs, etc, i cant wait to see you guys again in my new body , hehe..

I hope to be able to post my updates here, however random they may be.. The thing with this type of surgery is; there isn't a "steady" stream of weight loss as there would be normally.. I might lose 4lbs in a week, and then lose nothing for 2 weeks, etc.. If i am retaining water, for example, the flow of weight loss goes awry. So my updates might be random, but i hope to have some good news in the future :)

pnoon
10-03-2011, 07:42 AM
Best of luck to you, Ron.
It won't be easy but it sounds like you are committed to making it work.

DBall
10-03-2011, 07:44 AM
f*cking awesome, my friend!!! Can't wait to see the transformation... :banger

deadrise
10-03-2011, 07:46 AM
good luck brother good luck you can do it

68TriShield
10-03-2011, 07:51 AM
:tu

WittyUserName
10-03-2011, 07:53 AM
Good Luck Brother!!

Blak Smyth
10-03-2011, 07:56 AM
Good luck brother, it sounds like you are trying to make some positive changes in your life!
More power to you and I am sure you will succeed!

NeuRon
10-03-2011, 07:56 AM
me and the wife in June.. i think i was like 362 in this pic. No good :(

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/1-1.png

Dave128
10-03-2011, 08:48 AM
Good luck!

Don Fernando
10-03-2011, 09:16 AM
good luck Ron, I know what you are going thru. I was almost 400lbs before I had my duodenal switch. I'm back at 240lbs now, less then 2 years later and feel so much better. Don't loose the weight too quickly as that might cause other health issues like I am experiecing right now (low heart rate).

It is a life changing procedure, but a life changer for the best.

jonumberone
10-03-2011, 09:17 AM
Good for you Ron!
Continued success! :tu

icehog3
10-03-2011, 09:44 AM
Sounds like you are focused and committed, Ron....we are all rooting for your success!

irratebass
10-03-2011, 10:00 AM
Keep it up Ron! You can do it!!!

maninblack
10-03-2011, 10:04 AM
Great job brother and keep up the good work!! We're all pulling for you.

shilala
10-03-2011, 10:59 AM
You're not gonna be Big RonS anymore, you'll have to just be RonS. :D
Go nice and slow and be patient like Ferdie suggested. I want to see you smiling and healthy when you come out the other side, brother. :tu

kelmac07
10-03-2011, 11:09 AM
Great job Ron...keep at it brother!! :tu

ArgusP2
10-03-2011, 11:44 AM
That's fantastic! X3 on the "go slow" advise. My doctors told me "you didn't gain all that weight overnight, don't expect to get rid of it overnight!" With that, I was able to go from 390 to 285 in a little under 2 years! Keep it going! You are definitley on the right track!!

NeuRon
10-03-2011, 11:50 AM
thanks guys, i really appreciate all the support..!

bobarian
10-03-2011, 12:05 PM
Keep up the hard work, Ron! Hoping for the best. :tu

357
10-03-2011, 12:48 PM
Good work so far. Keep it up Ron. It was nice meeting you at Shack. I can't wait until next year. In the meantime, keep us posted.

CigarGuy88
10-03-2011, 12:52 PM
Kick some a$$ Ron! Glad to hear things are working for ya!

jledou
10-03-2011, 01:36 PM
You're on the right path Ron, Good Luck!

ade06
10-03-2011, 01:51 PM
Good stuff!

NeuRon
10-03-2011, 07:36 PM
Thanks alot fellahs. I hope to keep the good news rolling in

Fordman4ever
10-03-2011, 07:58 PM
Congrats on the weight loss so far. I know you'll be able to keep it up.

NeuRon
10-06-2011, 06:38 AM
Not alot of change, but kind of a big moment for me this morning

299.7

For the first time in about 7 years, i have broken into the 2XX range.. Baby steps, but it feels great!

DBall
10-06-2011, 06:42 AM
Not alot of change, but kind of a big moment for me this morning

299.7

For the first time in about 7 years, i have broken into the 2XX range.. Baby steps, but it feels great!


CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! :banger

357
10-06-2011, 06:47 AM
Congrats Ron! Keep up the good work.

Don Fernando
10-06-2011, 06:56 AM
Not alot of change, but kind of a big moment for me this morning

299.7

For the first time in about 7 years, i have broken into the 2XX range.. Baby steps, but it feels great!

baby steps is good. Don't expect too much too soon or you'll make the mistake I made, I was starving myself in the beginning and was malnurished at a certain moment.

NeuRon
10-06-2011, 07:06 AM
Ferdie, i have read that from several different places as well.. And also its not good for the body (loose skin, dehydration, etc). im not expecting much until i get to the gym.. i cant wait

And ive been getting 80-90 grams of protein in every day, and ive been drinking enough fluids.. its not easy though, but gotta do it!

Devanmc
10-06-2011, 07:08 AM
goodwork brother, keep it up!

NeuRon
10-12-2011, 10:05 AM
new update...

294.9 this morning... 70.1lbs... w00t!

54.9 away from my goal

and today is my 4 week surgiversary

NeuRon
10-16-2011, 08:45 AM
a little visual of the journey, kind of makes it easier to understand, lol....took that picture a few days ago. the other picture was me at my largest (when i started)

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/BnA.png

mash
10-16-2011, 09:18 AM
Congratulations and good luck. Look at this as a marathon and not a sprint, don't try to lose the weight too quickly. The more gradually you lose it, the more likely you will be to keep it off.

Montano
10-16-2011, 09:28 AM
Way to go Ron !! I just had my 2 year surgiversary :) Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything. I went from 325 down to 195 :D

Lonely Raven
10-16-2011, 09:34 AM
Wow, looking good!

NeuRon
10-16-2011, 10:22 AM
Way to go Ron !! I just had my 2 year surgiversary :) Let me know if you have any questions or need help with anything. I went from 325 down to 195 :D

wow thats great to hear.. i couldnt even imagine being 1XX .. cant even fathom it. lol

thanks guys

SmokeyJoe
10-16-2011, 01:27 PM
Congrats, bro. Glad the journey to better health is moving along. Proud of the commitment you have made.

Blessings on continued success!

Smokin Gator
10-16-2011, 01:38 PM
I missed this before Ron... so first of all congrats on the lifestyle change.

Second... dang you look good in your most recent picture!!! Keep up the good work!!!

NeuRon
10-17-2011, 06:03 AM
Thanks man. Yeah that was the hardest part; uncertainty. Its scary knowing everything is going to change but so far i dont regret it for a second

jonumberone
10-17-2011, 06:17 AM
I hardly recognize you Ron! :)

Keep up the good work! :tu

NeuRon
10-17-2011, 07:03 AM
thanks Dom, hopefully see you soon brotha

e-man67
10-17-2011, 07:39 AM
Ron you look great bro! Stay focused my friend and good luck to you!

357
10-17-2011, 11:36 AM
Great pics. Good job.

NeuRon
10-17-2011, 05:32 PM
thanks Mike and Eric!

NeuRon
10-24-2011, 02:38 PM
289, and feeling great... i just bought a balance ball, and plan on using it everyday

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/side.png

Stevez
10-24-2011, 02:54 PM
WOW! Congratulations Ron.........extremely impressive and you are looking great. You are an inspiration. Steve:noon

NeuRon
10-24-2011, 06:28 PM
thanks alot Steve.. baby steps!

hotreds
10-24-2011, 06:37 PM
Bravo- many Blessings to ya!

NeuRon
10-26-2011, 08:50 AM
well yesterday and today, i did 3 sets of 12 situps, and 3 sets of 10 modifed pushups in between.. i wonder if this will help my core.. lol (i dont know what the hell im doin)

Bax
10-26-2011, 06:36 PM
Looking great!!! You can do this:tu

neoflex
10-26-2011, 07:04 PM
Good job and sounds like we will start having to call you SmallRonS soon,:D

NeuRon
10-26-2011, 07:12 PM
haha... i wonder if i can change my screen name. lol

NotSoBigRonS....

thanks for the support guys

Moose6026
10-26-2011, 08:13 PM
Congrats man.

NeuRon
10-31-2011, 07:49 AM
286 this morning. Stepped it up to 50 situps yesterday and moving forward. Gym and strength training this week

NeuRon
11-02-2011, 04:45 PM
284. yay.. 81lbs and counting

Devanmc
11-03-2011, 06:29 AM
keep it up buddy! lets see a picture of the new you transformation :sh

chaase321
11-03-2011, 06:47 AM
Great work Ron...you are an inspiration man! Keep it up!

IndyRob
11-03-2011, 06:59 AM
Inspiring to say the least! You look great man, keep up the good work.

Just curious; but did/do you have sleep apnea as a result of your weight? I ask, because I have it and it is believed to be a direct result of my weight gain. I'm also fearful of diabetes as it runs in my family. So... I need to start thinking about losing weight myself. What really sucks is nearly all of my weight goes straight to my gut. Makes a great beer shelf, but also feels like I've got the incredible shrinking winky! :r

NeuRon
11-09-2011, 07:50 PM
i apologize for not responding, as i must have missed these somehow!.

i did not have any problems with sleep apnea, but extreme weight is the leading factor in that.. If you are starting to think u need WLS, time to tal to a surgeon and discuss some options, dont have any shame!

NeuRon
11-09-2011, 07:52 PM
keep it up buddy! lets see a picture of the new you transformation :sh


Sup Dev.. 282 this morning, and some pics from this past weekend

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/garden-1.png

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/claiborne1.png

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/ronlevi.png


ive been hitting the gym all week so far (finally), and im sore as all hell. lol.. but im diggin it!

NeuRon
11-13-2011, 03:11 PM
280.000000000000000

Jasonw560
11-14-2011, 10:52 PM
That's just awesome. Great work!!!

NeuRon
11-15-2011, 05:26 AM
thank you sir... 279.4
enjoying the gym!

NeuRon
11-23-2011, 06:58 PM
276.1.. confused as to what i am going to eat for turkey day! lol

11.1lbs to 100 lost!

maninblack
11-23-2011, 07:45 PM
Great job brother! Keep it up!

NeuRon
11-26-2011, 06:38 AM
thanks mannn!

274.1

DBall
11-27-2011, 07:47 AM
I love this thread, man... :banger

skullnrose
11-27-2011, 09:14 AM
Holy **** Ron you look great ! Sorry I lost touch I got married 10-29 and really didn't pay much attention to the boards over the last few months. Anyway congrats on your journey and continue the great work. Drop me a call when you get a chance.

NeuRon
11-27-2011, 10:39 AM
I love this thread, man... :banger

I Love My Dan, Man!

Holy **** Ron you look great ! Sorry I lost touch I got married 10-29 and really didn't pay much attention to the boards over the last few months. Anyway congrats on your journey and continue the great work. Drop me a call when you get a chance.

congrats scotty! we have to get together man, its been a while.. !

and thank you.. i actually just got back from the gym, and im loving my new life...!

NeuRon
11-27-2011, 01:05 PM
getting rid of the rolls and man boobs.. slowly but surely.. lol

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/ROADto240.png

Stevez
11-27-2011, 01:23 PM
Way to go Ron. Can hardly see you in that last picture! I just got back from the gym and saw your latest post and now I wanna go back. I gained a few pounds over Thanksgiving and you just inspired me again to keep working at it. Right now I'm too up and down and need to consider this surgery as an option. Take care and congratulations. Steve

357
11-30-2011, 01:19 PM
Amazing pics Ron. Keep it up.

NeuRon
12-01-2011, 03:30 PM
thanks again guys!

Mr.Maduro
12-01-2011, 03:45 PM
Keep up the good work! :tu

NeuRon
12-01-2011, 04:42 PM
Thanks Patrick... hope all is well..

awsmith4
12-01-2011, 04:55 PM
Great job Ron!

NeuRon
12-02-2011, 10:02 AM
Thanks Al. I seem to be in another one of my patented stalls. Havent lost Anything for a few days. I wonder how long this one will last hehe

NeuRon
12-05-2011, 03:09 PM
268.2... 3lbs away from paydirt, lol

NeuRon
12-10-2011, 03:25 PM
100lbs gone forever!

Well today i weighed myself after a slow 12 day mini stall, and alas, i finally hit my century milestone! 12 weeks and 2 days from my surgery, lots of hitting the gym, research, advice and hard work, and i can finally breathe a sigh of relief! next stop; my personal goal of 240... Now im starting to think i can get to 220. lol

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/finally.png

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/100lbs1.png

Devanmc
12-10-2011, 03:27 PM
Wow, your looking great Ron. Keep up the good work.

NeuRon
12-11-2011, 08:56 AM
thanks Dev!

yourchoice
12-11-2011, 09:05 AM
Ron, awesome, awesome, awesome! Keep up the good work, bro!

NeuRon
12-12-2011, 05:14 AM
thanks Joel!

NeuRon
12-17-2011, 05:47 AM
263

longknocker
12-17-2011, 06:37 AM
263

:tu Good Job, Brother!:D

maninblack
12-17-2011, 09:03 AM
Great job brother!! You have alot to be proud of! Keep it up!

NeuRon
12-17-2011, 02:20 PM
thanks guys.. i am very proud.. i pretty much damn near cried when i saw that i hit 100..

its amazing that i can go clothes shopping and shop for whatever i want; a concept i haven't fathomed in 10 years. lol

NeuRon
12-21-2011, 05:36 PM
260

105 gone forever

RevSmoke
12-21-2011, 07:51 PM
I have sort of been watching this thread, and I realized something - I never let you know I was thinking about you and had you in my prayers.

Forgive me for the oversight.

You are in my prayers.

Peace of the Lord be with you.

NeuRon
12-21-2011, 08:13 PM
why thank you Rev! The Lord has been in my corner for sure

NeuRon
12-25-2011, 10:17 AM
258 on this Merry Christmas morning.. hope i dont eat too much crap today! lol

Happy Holidays to all my BOTLS!

proguy747
12-25-2011, 10:30 AM
Ron you look so much better its amazing. Can you give us a detailed meal before and after the surgery?

icehog3
12-25-2011, 10:36 AM
258 on this Merry Christmas morning.. hope i dont eat too much crap today! lol

Happy Holidays to all my BOTLS!

Awesome Ron, keep up the good effort! :tu

Merry Christmas to you.

NeuRon
12-26-2011, 12:50 PM
Ron you look so much better its amazing. Can you give us a detailed meal before and after the surgery?

Thanks man, i appreciate it.. i feel like a new man

Hmm, as far as my pre-surgery menu?

Lets look at the illustrious menu of a near 400lb hot-mess; pre-surgery

Breakfast- Either porkroll (or sausage), egg and cheese on a bagel, or a LARGE bowl of frosted flakes and a cheese danish

Lunch: A Cheeseburger and fries with all the trimmings, some cookies, a snapple, and some chips (nauseating)

Snack - candy bar

Dinner: 5 slices of Pizza

Snack. 8 cookies and 14 ounces of 2% Milk.

yay - death at 40!
_____________________________________________


Fast Forward to now..

Breakfast - 3 ounces of cottage cheese and 1 ounce of SF applesauce, or 1 scrampled egg with a sprinkle of cheddar, and a strip of turkey bacon

snack. 10-12 cashews

Lunch - 4 ounces of turkey chili with sprinkled cheddar

snack - Supreme protein bar

Gym for 1.5 hours, cardio and shredding

Dinner - 4-5 ounce chicken breast with some carrots or some other vegetable.

BTW, for reference, i try for 75-90 grams of protein and 60 ounces of liquid a day..


Awesome Ron, keep up the good effort! :tu

Merry Christmas to you.

and to you as well sir :banger

BTW Tom.. have any workout tips for a guy who cant intake any carbs, not many calories or saturated fat? lol.... your all jacked up.!. i want to be like you!

NeuRon
12-29-2011, 05:03 AM
255.1! - 110lbs gone..

NeuRon
01-02-2012, 04:03 PM
253

me on 1-1-12... i need new jeans again.. already.. lol

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/nye.png

i dont know why, but my face was all pixelated after i messed with the red-eye setting.. owells

BigAsh
01-02-2012, 04:06 PM
:tu:tu... way to go Ron....might need a "new" screen name....just sayin'....:D

DBall
01-02-2012, 04:33 PM
:tu:tu... way to go Ron....might need a "new" screen name....just sayin'....:D


"Lil' Ronnie"?

NeuRon
01-02-2012, 04:51 PM
LOL.. hmm.. i am still big though.. just not as big as before..

but i should change my screen name.. i was always tagged with the whole "BigRon" name, but im not even sure if i ever even liked it.. i guess it just stuck.. And i never really wanted it, but i never had a good case to argue. LOL

icehog3
01-02-2012, 05:19 PM
:tu Ron!

NeuRon
01-02-2012, 06:19 PM
:tu Ron!

Tom and his workout regiment :tu

i want to be jacked up!

NeuRon
01-04-2012, 05:53 PM
252

Remo
01-04-2012, 05:59 PM
Wow, how did I miss this thread? Congrats to you Ron, you look great, keep up the good work bro :tu

NeuRon
01-04-2012, 08:19 PM
thanks alot Mike!

NeuRon
01-11-2012, 07:38 AM
i have not lost any weight in the past 7 days...argghhh lol..

icehog3
01-11-2012, 09:16 AM
i have not lost any weight in the past 7 days...argghhh lol..

Just a little flatline in your continuing success, Ron...bet you do better this week, your results so far are inspiring. :tu

NeuRon
01-11-2012, 11:07 AM
Thanks Tom...

i just got back from the gym.. i felt good today..... i will have my wife hide my scale until next monday, so i dont get tempted. lol..

jluck
01-11-2012, 11:22 AM
i have not lost any weight in the past 7 days...argghhh lol..

congrats! and focus on where you started and not just last week! This is a inspirational story in the making for alot of people! If you already have your mind committed you will succeed!

NeuRon
01-11-2012, 11:30 AM
thanks Jared.. your right.. i shouldnt let a week bother me.. 12lbs from goal! time to keep on truckin!

replicant_argent
01-11-2012, 11:45 AM
Looking good Ron.

I would suggest "RippedRonnie" as a SN.

NeuRon
01-11-2012, 12:56 PM
LOL thanks man.. now all i need to do is get ripped!

ChicagoWhiteSox
01-11-2012, 01:05 PM
Way to go Ron! Very impressive:tu Keep it up

NeuRon
01-11-2012, 06:28 PM
Thank you sir. Btw. This may sound corny but i had a non scale victory this past weekend. I was at the mall and i went into Express for Men and American Eagle and actually bough clothes that fit! No more 5x for Ron....lol. XL or XXL now. Its the little things in life! Lol

DBall
01-12-2012, 01:49 AM
Thanks Tom...

i just got back from the gym.. i felt good today..... i will have my wife hide my scale until next monday, so i dont get tempted. lol..

You've been at the gym a lot, too... muscle weighs more than fat, I hear. I wouldn't be concerned with no losses over the last few days... you are doing an incredible job, man! :banger

MrClean
01-12-2012, 03:23 AM
Impressive Ron!! You look like a different person when comparing your latest pic with the one on page one! It's inspiring to watch your progress brother, keep it up!!

NeuRon
01-12-2012, 07:53 AM
thans jeff.. i think i need some new pics soon.. hehe

BTW, scale moved this morning, 251.. 1 more lb gone forever

NeuRon
01-12-2012, 09:56 AM
thanks Jeff.. heres a pic from this morning.. 250.2!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/2502-1.png

Stevez
01-12-2012, 11:40 AM
Damn Ron, unbelievable! You look great and you have really helped motivate me, so thank you as well. Congratulations!!!!!!! Steve

Hem
01-12-2012, 11:47 AM
Holy crap, that's an inspirational thread right there! You're lookin' good bro! Keep up the good work.

357
01-12-2012, 01:17 PM
Keep it up Ron. I'm getting back on the wagon myself. Lame as new year's resolutions are, I used that as my starting point. I'm down 7 lbs so far. Hoping for 50 by my birthday 3/30.

NeuRon
01-12-2012, 01:18 PM
thanks guys!

NeuRon
01-13-2012, 09:00 AM
Keep it up Ron. I'm getting back on the wagon myself. Lame as new year's resolutions are, I used that as my starting point. I'm down 7 lbs so far. Hoping for 50 by my birthday 3/30.

Mike, im curious how much you weigh.. your a big guy anyway.. Broad shoulders like me.. So what method will you be using to try to slim down?

DBall
01-13-2012, 02:49 PM
thanks Jeff.. heres a pic from this morning.. 250.2!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/2502-1.png


Woah... who's that dude in the picture?! :tu

NeuRon
01-14-2012, 12:57 PM
Woah... who's that dude in the picture?! :tu

some douchebag........lol

NeuRon
01-14-2012, 01:00 PM
248.2 today.. bought new jeans.. from 52-34 to 42-32.. woohooo!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/jc1-2.png

357
01-16-2012, 10:36 AM
Mike, im curious how much you weigh.. your a big guy anyway.. Broad shoulders like me.. So what method will you be using to try to slim down?

Back in Jan 2010 I was at my highest 335. I started reducing carbs and working out a little, mostly cardio, and I was down to 290 in about 5 months. I took 35 of the 45 off in the first 10 weeks. I stayed between 290 and 300 for about a year and a half but my eating habits slowly got worse and my activity ceased. I'm wearing 46-34 size pants. That size was painfully small back in 2010. Now they are loose, but I don't fit in a 44 waist either.

Jan 2012 I was beginning at 313. I'm at 304 now with a similar reduced carb approach to eating. I know what I can eat and cannot. I actually feel better and sleep better when I reduce carbs. Also, it forces me to adjust my portions as well. Obviously my portions were out of whack. When reducing carbs you substitute it with protein, but you simply cannot eat as much protein. So, in the first two weeks my portions are about half what they were but with high protein foods and limited cabs. Right now I'm eat mostly salads, chicken, beef, eggs, grilled or steamed veggies, cheeses, berries, and nuts. I do eat venison too, but not as often. I know in the end I will have to increase my carb intake to reach an even balance once I'm at my target weight.

I haven't started any cardio yet. I will, but things are hectic at home right now. The Mrs is going to give birth any day, my MIL is staying with us, and my FIL will be arriving on Friday.

I would like to lose 50 by 3/30 which would put me at 263. My overall goal is to improve my health, be able to buy pants at normal stores (this means a 40 in waiste or smaller for my 34 in length), get into an active lifestyle or cardio/weights on a daily basis, and to accomplish that I think that means a weight of about 240 to 250. I'm about 6'6" to give an idea of my overall build. I'll nail down the final goal as I get closer.

BTW, looking good Ron. It's an amazing transformation. I hope it's a lifestyle change that sticks.

NeuRon
01-16-2012, 06:07 PM
good to hear mike.. keep us updated!!

NeuRon
01-18-2012, 02:28 PM
245.6 this morning

jluck
01-18-2012, 05:02 PM
245.6 this morning

This is awesome! how about a side by side, before and current pic! that would be a good spirit booster!
Keep it up, you look like a totally different person!

NeuRon
01-18-2012, 05:52 PM
This is awesome! how about a side by side, before and current pic! that would be a good spirit booster!
Keep it up, you look like a totally different person!


thanks man.. sorry, i couldnt get a great picture.. i just looked at the wifes Summer album for a fat picture of me (didnt have to look very far, LOL)..

but ask and though shall receive.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/rdjckmx.jpg

357
01-18-2012, 08:55 PM
good to hear mike.. keep us updated!!

I admit I haven't eaten well the past couple days, but I had a good excuse.

http://www.cigarasylum.com/vb/showthread.php?t=52736

baddevildog82
01-19-2012, 08:55 AM
Looking good Ron! Keep up the great work. Man, you must be spending a ton on clothes right now! Seems like you have been buying new jeans every week.

NeuRon
01-19-2012, 12:20 PM
Looking good Ron! Keep up the great work. Man, you must be spending a ton on clothes right now! Seems like you have been buying new jeans every week.

bobby, how are ya! long time no see.. yeah its kind of expensive buying clothes every 3 weeks, but its fun.. its very overwhelming inside a store.. im used to being relegated to trying on 2 things; not 40.. LOL.. but i dont mind!


I admit I haven't eaten well the past couple days, but I had a good excuse.

http://www.cigarasylum.com/vb/showthread.php?t=52736

Mike, congrats!! :banger:banger:banger:banger

NeuRon
01-22-2012, 10:16 PM
243.7... moving them chains..

go Giants!!!

NeuRon
01-29-2012, 11:41 AM
241.3

EricF
01-29-2012, 11:48 AM
Just read thru all this and I must say Ron, you have done fantastic with this!!! :tu

Keep it up!!!

Eleven
01-29-2012, 11:49 AM
I just caught up on this thread. What a great transformation! You're gonna have to change your username here to TheSkinnyGuyFormallyKnownAsBigRonS.

NeuRon
01-29-2012, 06:50 PM
Thank you Eric and Scott. I appreciate it.

jluck
01-29-2012, 09:56 PM
yep....damn fine job! you weigh less than I do now! congrats.

Remo
01-29-2012, 10:30 PM
Time to change the username bro!!!!

Ncpsycho
01-29-2012, 11:14 PM
Congrats bro ...cant be easy

icehog3
01-30-2012, 01:04 AM
241.3

Kick ass, Ron! :tu

I now officially outweigh you. :D

NeuRon
01-30-2012, 06:04 AM
Damn tom. Really. Lol. Theres another check of my bucket list! bhahaha :). But seriously. Thats awesome

Hmm i should change my screen name. I hate it. Lol

NeuRon
01-31-2012, 02:07 PM
no weightloss to report yet, i have a few days before my next weigh in, but i think i dropped another inch on my waistline.. premier party last night with wifey

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/baker.png

NeuRon
02-03-2012, 07:34 PM
nothing new to report, as apparently my body forgot how to lose weight :(

I weighed in the other day at 240.0, and then it actually crept up little bit (probably water). I will weigh in again in 1 week, and change up my work out habit a little bit, and try to get more protein in.

jluck
02-03-2012, 09:54 PM
Don't let a day or two bother you! look where you started! Kicking a$$ man!:tu

NeuRon
02-04-2012, 09:25 AM
no worries Jared.. i decided to weigh myself today when my wife came home with a new scale (damnittt) lol... 239.00

Not bad considering i still have water weight to shed

NeuRon
02-08-2012, 05:15 AM
237.6 this morning

gym this afternoon.. i need to step my game up !

NeuRon
02-09-2012, 03:13 AM
236.8

fencefixer
02-09-2012, 05:16 AM
DAMN!!!! I just now spotted this.. keep it up dude!

NeuRon
02-09-2012, 05:38 AM
thanks man!

Smokin Gator
02-09-2012, 05:49 AM
Wow Ron!!! Thanks for the update...really proud of you:tu

NeuRon
02-09-2012, 02:56 PM
thanks man!

NeuRon
02-10-2012, 12:53 PM
235.7... im on a roll

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/2386-1.png

fencefixer
02-10-2012, 01:08 PM
You look much younger and also more professional.


But.. dude.. come on.. put that toilet lid down, what's the matter with you. :D

NeuRon
02-10-2012, 01:21 PM
LOL.... thats MY bathroom.. full of cigar magazines and MAXIM. lol

NeuRon
02-13-2012, 07:11 AM
234.6....... wooot

replicant_argent
02-13-2012, 08:00 AM
Looking like a Boss, Ron. Great job.

NeuRon
02-13-2012, 04:09 PM
thanks man!

BeerAdvocate
02-14-2012, 03:09 PM
Sorry for such a stupid question, but is it true that you cant drink alot of beer or carbonated drinks after having weight loss surgery?

*This really is a serious question and I am not trying to be funny.

NeuRon
02-14-2012, 05:47 PM
it is true, Travis.... all carbonated beverages are not reccomended for RNY patients, since the carbonation fills you up and can upset your pouch... Since i do not drink much soda, that part did not affect me much, However, i do miss being able to put away 20 beers without a hiccup, lol..

But having said that, that part of my life is behind me.. It is that part of my life that has put my life into disarray in the first place. I am happy with my small portions and such nowadays..

Fact of the matter is, i can still enjoy a beer sparingly.. Its "recommended" to not drink carbonation.. I had 1 the other day,and it took me about 90 minutes to finish, but i still enjoyed it. probably more than any other beer ive ever had.. lol..

BeerAdvocate
02-15-2012, 09:55 AM
Thanks for the reply. Congrats to you and your new life!!!

Retiredguy
02-15-2012, 10:18 AM
Just read through this thread. Congratulations and keep on going

NeuRon
02-17-2012, 07:02 AM
232.8. Wooot

jonumberone
02-17-2012, 07:24 AM
Real proud of you bud! :tu

Keep it up!

Devanmc
02-17-2012, 10:09 AM
wow brother great job! :tu

cant wait to see these results at shack! :wo

NeuRon
02-17-2012, 10:42 AM
Real proud of you bud! :tu

Keep it up!
Whats up Dom! Yeah no more london broil eating contests at my house in the rain :( lol. We gotta herf again

See you at Shack Devan! Thanks to Everybody! U are all my inspiration

NeuRon
02-18-2012, 07:06 AM
232.2.. surprising, because i ate pretty poorly last night, lol

NeuRon
02-19-2012, 08:10 AM
230.2 dont know how that happened, but i could barely believe it mysel. lol woot! this is my third goal met (250,240,230) and now 220 is my next and final goal

icehog3
02-19-2012, 09:35 AM
Great job, Ron....hoping 220 comes soon for you.

NeuRon
02-19-2012, 09:41 AM
thanks Tom..... its definitely a great feeling; One i never thought was attainable

i havent been 220-230 since high school. lol

NeuRon
02-21-2012, 06:19 AM
not much change today... 230.0000000000

NeuRon
02-26-2012, 06:15 AM
Due to traveling for work, i had a 6 day hiatus from the gym and had a little stall. But went to the hotel gym last night and found 229.0 this morning. Woot!

NeuRon
02-27-2012, 08:41 AM
228.4

goal in sight!

icehog3
02-27-2012, 08:46 AM
http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa73/icehog3/rob.jpg

Remo
02-27-2012, 08:49 AM
Sweet Ron, just about there bud :tu

NeuRon
02-27-2012, 09:10 AM
thanks guys.. means alot to me... not a day goes by where i dont scream with joy

NeuRon
02-29-2012, 03:57 PM
226.7. Wooooot

BlkDrew
02-29-2012, 04:11 PM
You're on a roll Ron, great job. It is very rewarding to see the amount you've lost, truly excited for you on reaching your goals.

NeuRon
02-29-2012, 05:35 PM
thanks drew!

NeuRon
02-29-2012, 07:53 PM
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/226.png

DBall
03-01-2012, 09:25 AM
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/226.png

You almost lost one of me (and by almost, I mean you're probably around 6 pounds away from it)...

I showed my wife this picture and she is, of course, very impressed. You rock, Ronnie.

NeuRon
03-01-2012, 06:08 PM
You almost lost one of me...


hahahha, dan, i couldnt lose you even if i tried :r:r:r


I showed my wife this picture and she is, of course, very impressed. You rock, Ronnie.

Tell Shell i said hello, and thank you! miss ya Ball-er

Pseudosacred
03-01-2012, 06:25 PM
So, I'm curious, what exactly is a meal replacement?

Congratulations on your success, so far! It's a heck of a thing! Good luck with all your future goals, you've gotten past the hardest part. Everything else will come easier!

NeuRon
03-01-2012, 06:43 PM
So, I'm curious, what exactly is a meal replacement?

Congratulations on your success, so far! It's a heck of a thing! Good luck with all your future goals, you've gotten past the hardest part. Everything else will come easier!



meal replacement is a bar or shake that you substitute for a meal

and thank you sir

btw, heres a meal replacement bar.

http://www.nutritionexpress.com/met-rx+big+100+colossal+bar+chocolate+toasted+almond+1 2+bars.aspx

icehog3
03-01-2012, 07:51 PM
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/226.png

Freaking awesome. :tu

Chainsaw13
03-01-2012, 09:12 PM
Freaking awesome. :tu

I agree. You look great Ron. :tu

NeuRon
03-02-2012, 04:39 AM
Thanks Tom, Bob!

ChicagoWhiteSox
03-03-2012, 11:59 AM
Keep it up Ron:tu

NeuRon
03-05-2012, 05:14 AM
thanks guys.... the weight loss has taken a screeching halt thus far.. ughh lol.. off to the gym

DBall
03-06-2012, 08:45 AM
thanks guys.... the weight loss has taken a screeching halt thus far.. ughh lol.. off to the gym


A screeching halt?! C'mon brother, you've lost a TON of weight. You can't possibly let yourself get down if you plateau for a minute. You are killin' it, Ronnie. :banger

G G
03-06-2012, 09:09 AM
I saw this thread when you first posted it Ron and haven't seen it in a long time as I haven't been as active with all that I had going on for a couple months. The accomplishment is awesome and you are looking great man.

ChicagoWhiteSox
03-06-2012, 09:26 AM
A screeching halt?! C'mon brother, you've lost a TON of weight. You can't possibly let yourself get down if you plateau for a minute. You are killin' it, Ronnie. :banger

:tpd:

Small plateau, change up your workouts

NeuRon
03-06-2012, 05:52 PM
A screeching halt?! C'mon brother, you've lost a TON of weight. You can't possibly let yourself get down if you plateau for a minute. You are killin' it, Ronnie. :banger

you are right.. it just gets frustrating.. i actually gained like 1.5lbs, and then it seemed like it took forever to get it back to 226. lol.. but its ok. i cant let the "numbers game" kill me..

i guess its because im SO close to my goal.. other then that, im winning the war.. thanks for the encouragement guys!

longknocker
03-06-2012, 06:46 PM
Looking Great, Ron!:banger:tu I've Lost 20 Pounds Over The Last Month, But Nothing Like That!:banger

NeuRon
03-06-2012, 07:20 PM
thanks greg! 20lbs in a month is fabulous!

NeuRon
03-06-2012, 07:21 PM
new jeans, size 38's... wooot! and XL AmericanEagle t-shirt.. two more goals met! That surrreeee beats 52's and 4XL :(

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/3-6.jpg

jluck
03-06-2012, 09:19 PM
Congrats brother! Looking great!

longknocker
03-07-2012, 04:41 AM
new jeans, size 38's... wooot! and XL AmericanEagle t-shirt.. two more goals met! That surrreeee beats 52's and 4XL :(

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/3-6.jpg

:tu How Long & How Often Do You Work Out, Ron?

NeuRon
03-07-2012, 04:44 AM
about three times a week sir... sometimes 4, but mostly 3.. lol.. 45 cardio. 1hour of strength

longknocker
03-07-2012, 04:51 AM
about three times a week sir... sometimes 4, but mostly 3.. lol.. 45 cardio. 1hour of strength

Awesome!:tu The Best I've Ever Felt Was My Freshman Year In College When I Hit The Weights 3X/Week For 1H/Day. Need To Get Back Into It. Keep Up The Good Work, Brother; You'll Be At 220 In No Time!:)

NeuRon
03-07-2012, 05:03 AM
thanks fellahs... im learning that its not about putting up crazy gym numbers, but just being consistent and having a routine... disclaimer, since i had alot of arm skin, i do doubles of biceps and triceps a week, lol.. it has filled the skin in nicely. hehe

NeuRon
03-09-2012, 06:42 PM
225.8

finally, 140lbs gone

DBall
03-09-2012, 07:00 PM
Damn, son!

NeuRon
03-09-2012, 07:02 PM
i lost a dan! lol

DBall
03-09-2012, 07:05 PM
i lost a dan! lol

You'll need another 5-8 pounds for that... hahahaha!

NeuRon
03-09-2012, 07:35 PM
damnnniittt.. maybe by next month, hehe

NeuRon
03-10-2012, 06:41 AM
224.000

mash
03-10-2012, 09:01 AM
Unbelievable, way to go Ron. You are now the inspiration.

14holestogie
03-10-2012, 09:15 AM
Looking great, Ron. Your 224 looks a lot better than my 210. :)

NeuRon
03-10-2012, 10:30 AM
thanks guys!

:banger:banger:banger

NeuRon
03-11-2012, 08:31 AM
223.4

NeuRon
03-12-2012, 05:22 AM
did biking and walking yesterday, and then yardwork, some day off, lol... but i was pleasantly surprised to see 221.2..

jluck
03-12-2012, 05:26 AM
Wow! Congrats Ron. I thought you were shooting for 225? Your now 40lbs lighter than me!

NeuRon
03-12-2012, 04:28 PM
i was shooting for a bunch of different goals.. 250, 240, 220.. now who knows lol.. but i dont want to lose much more. i dont want to be a wimp, lol

NeuRon
03-16-2012, 09:02 PM
weigh in tomorrow morning, wish me luck!

icehog3
03-17-2012, 01:41 AM
weigh in tomorrow morning, wish me luck!

Good luck, Ron! :tu

longknocker
03-17-2012, 04:06 AM
:tu

DBall
03-17-2012, 06:47 AM
You don't need luck... you are doing awesome no matter what the numbers read.

NeuRon
03-17-2012, 09:00 AM
220.2 this morning! Stretch goal met!

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/220.png

145lbs gone forever!!!!!!

never in my wildest dreams did i ever think this was remotely possible.. what a trip man.. thank you to my friends and brothers on here who have wished me luck and kept me in their prayers

jluck
03-17-2012, 09:12 AM
Congrats man! Truly amazing.

racerX
03-17-2012, 11:35 AM
Great work

NeuRon
03-19-2012, 06:22 AM
thanks guys.. 219.8 this morning and off to the gym

yourchoice
03-19-2012, 09:00 AM
Fantastic, Ron! :banger:banger:banger

NeuRon
03-19-2012, 02:45 PM
my wife caught me cheesin today.. lol.. 218.6

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/2183.png

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/2182.png

btw, i had a killer workout today.. 1.0mile run, and then 60 minutes of powerlifting, and then a 2.2 bike ride to the bay..

longknocker
03-19-2012, 02:52 PM
Awesome, Ron!:banger I Bet You Feel 100% Better Too! Keep Up The Good Work!:tu

NeuRon
03-19-2012, 04:15 PM
i do feel so much better.. i remember last year i couldnt even ride like .5 miles without being winded and sore. lol.. now i did 4 times that out of boredom

NeuRon
03-21-2012, 05:05 AM
217.8

NeuRon
03-23-2012, 08:23 PM
nothing new to report.. ive been actually trying to up my calories a little bit during the day.. lol..

NeuRon
03-24-2012, 04:56 AM
217.000000000000

longknocker
03-24-2012, 05:39 AM
217.000000000000

:tu What's Your Long Term Goal Weight, Brother?

NeuRon
03-24-2012, 10:31 AM
:tu What's Your Long Term Goal Weight, Brother?

Hmm. Long term? My plan was to get to 220 ( have since changed that to 210), and i plan on getting very serious at the gym, and gaining some more muscle. Maybe getting up to 225 with muscle and maintenence. But then again this is all new to me. So who knows what will take place. But thats my plan for now lol

NeuRon
03-24-2012, 07:39 PM
finally bought some new work jeans, Arizona relaxed fit 36x32.. odear lord thank you!

Don Fernando
03-25-2012, 06:13 AM
i do feel so much better.. i remember last year i couldnt even ride like .5 miles without being winded and sore. lol.. now i did 4 times that out of boredom

And you probably feel better mentally too, not just physically. More confidence, people treat you different, better sleep so more focused during the day. That are a few changes I have noticed recently.

NeuRon
03-27-2012, 06:49 AM
yes, i feel better in every way... its weird that people treat you different when your "normal", as opposed to fat.. what a world we live in ;/

216.6 this morning before the gym

NeuRon
03-27-2012, 10:30 AM
215.2 after the gym and new routine... 150 gone forever!. seems like its gonna be winding down soon..

icehog3
03-27-2012, 11:39 AM
You have lost almost 1/2 of the old Ron in bad weight, now time to rock the muscle, Brother. :tu

Da Klugs
03-27-2012, 01:10 PM
finally bought some new work jeans, Arizona relaxed fit 36x32.. odear lord thank you!

Congratulations!!! Been focused on me and a similar weight loss quest this past year and apologies for not piping in earlier. Just read the entire thread and... you da man! Making the lifestlye choices to get where you wanted to be and having the mental strength to keep with it is an awsome accomplishment. The real work is in your head.. the body will do what you are able to command it to and you have taken control of your life by your strength of will!!!!!

Finding happiness with stability vs lower numbers is the next phase. Took me a few months to shake off the "will to lose" as it would come and go and you end up yo yoing a bit.

Finding that new normal might become frustrating but it will pass once you find a number that you can live with looking back at you on that scale.

Kudos to your fantastic accomplishment!

NeuRon
03-27-2012, 03:45 PM
thanks Tom & Dave, i appreciate it.. You have done the masterpiece dave.. kudos to YOU!

and Tom is just dreamy.. lol

Da Klugs
03-27-2012, 10:51 PM
thanks Tom & Dave, i appreciate it.. You have done the masterpiece dave.. kudos to YOU!

and Tom is just dreamy.. lol

Hey us Arizona jeans guys gotta stick together. :) Its the only thing i have ever bought at JCP co. LIke em a lot. Plus the 32 x 32 on the label never gets old. :tu Jeans make us happierr cuz the number is 1-2 lower than regualr pants. I'm 33 or 34 waist in dockers but most jeans... 32 - its the little things that make life worth living. :noon

NeuRon
03-28-2012, 07:12 AM
Hey us Arizona jeans guys gotta stick together. :) Its the only thing i have ever bought at JCP co. LIke em a lot. Plus the 32 x 32 on the label never gets old. :tu Jeans make us happierr cuz the number is 1-2 lower than regualr pants. I'm 33 or 34 waist in dockers but most jeans... 32 - its the little things that make life worth living. :noon

hahah, yeah i never really shopped there either, but they have a nice selection of jeans. Im used to the BigMens section.. no more! But yeah the arizonas are pretty nice, plus they were discounted also :noon

32x32, good lord.. lol

my waist is a 36, and i usually wear a larger size because my thighs are a little "robust" :su

NeuRon
03-28-2012, 07:37 AM
pic of me and the wifey yesterday, celebrating our 3 year wedding anny, and my 150th lb lost, as well as her 15th lb lost, hehe.. shes doing good..

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/Sixtydashone/any5.png

icehog3
03-28-2012, 10:18 AM
Happy Anniversary wishes, Ron!

Jasonw560
03-28-2012, 10:52 AM
Happy Anniversary wishes, Ron!

+1 on this.

Chainsaw13
03-28-2012, 11:14 AM
That's awesome Ron, on all accounts. :tu

NeuRon
03-28-2012, 01:07 PM
thanks guys!!! much appreciated!

NeuRon
03-29-2012, 10:14 AM
213.8.. wheew

longknocker
03-29-2012, 10:24 AM
213.8.. wheew

:tu Congrats To You & The Mrs. On The Anniversary & Awesome Weight Loss, Brother!:banger

Da Klugs
03-29-2012, 10:56 AM
Well guys.. I figured id open a small thread to give me some sort of journal on my new path in life. One i hope to share with some old friends and new!

...

MY personal goal is 230lbs. My doctors goal (which is a stretch goal for me ) is 205lbs. ....

Given your track record of success might you consider tackling another seemingly impossible task... how about working on helping men understand how to keep their women happy? :)

COngrats again.