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    Oh, what a difference…

    January 21, 2011 - Author: Greis - 50 Comments

    6 months ago, yesterday, I had surgery.

    Can you believe it’s been 6 months?  I feel like it was just yesterday that I began my journey down the road to a better me.  I am so happy with my decision to have surgery.  It’s the BEST thing I’ve done for myself EVER!  I’m healthier, I’m happier and it’s still just the beginning.  I’m really looking forward to what the future has in store.

    For the past 6 months I’ve contemplated posting my “BEFORE” pictures for everyone to see.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to publish the pictures because they’re pretty embarrassing, but the only way to really grasp the difference that 6 months has made is to see me now and then.  Side by side.

    So, here you go…

    Front View Before & After - 6 months

    Side View Before & After - 6 months

    The first picture was taken the morning of surgery, before heading to the hospital, and the second was taken yesterday afternoon.  I don’t ever realize how different I look until I see pictures.  It’s like I’m two different people.  These pictures drive home the fact that surgery was a good choice for me.  I have no regrets!

    I’m so proud of my accomplishments thus far.  In 6 months I’ve lost 93.8 pounds, started working out regularly and I’ve become more secure in my own skin.  I still have a lot of internal, and external, things to work on, but little by little I’m getting there.

    One day at a time, ONE pound at a time…Eventually I’ll get there!

    Categories: Gastric Bypass, My Journey - Tag: , ,

    Discussion (50 Comments)

    1. by Matt

      Greis,

      Oh my gosh! I would not notice you if I saw you on the streets right now. WAY TO GO!!!
      Matt´s last blog post ..Mornings of Me

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    2. by Neena
      Twitter: Christina Yother

      You are incredible!!! And, you look amazing!!!
      Neena´s last blog post ..Found- Lost Pictures

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    3. by Karla Carter

      Your inner beauty is manifesting itself!! So proud of you!! It’s a big decision and no easy feat! Your hard work and efforts are paying off!!

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    4. by Managed Chaos
      Twitter: Managed_Chaos

      You look AMAZING Greis! (Don’t ya love how I tied my comment into your blog theme?, lol) Seriously though, the difference is astounding. Keep up the great work Greis!

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      Greis Reply:

      Thanks and yes, LOVE the tie in!

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    5. That is outstanding. It feels great, doesn’t it? So happy for you and proud of you, too!
      Avitable´s last blog post ..For @mooshinindy- A letter to your baby mozzi

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      Greis Reply:

      Yes, it feels awesome!! Thanks!

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    6. by Nenette

      Congratulations! You look fabulous and so much more healthy than your pre-surgery shot!
      Nenette´s last blog post ..He

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    7. by cindy w
      Twitter: poobou

      You look absolutely freaking fabulous. The mental side of it is a lot harder and takes a lot longer (believe me, I know), but you’ll get that part nailed down too.

      So excited for you! xoxo

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      Greis Reply:

      Yes, the mental part is hard, but I’m ready to take that part on too! Thanks!!! Hope to see you soon!

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    8. So amazing!
      Secret Agent Mama/Mishelle Lane´s last blog post ..Monochromatic Thoughts

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    9. by Megan

      Greis, I cannot stress how proud of you I am! I KNOW it is such a hard road, but it is soo worth it. You look great, but more importantly, you feel great so woohoo!! and uh yeah, I didn’t take before shots, didn’t even cross my mind! good thinking

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      Greis Reply:

      I thought of my before picture because a friend who had the surgery 2 years ago recommend I do one every month. I did the first one and I’ve done my 6 month. Nothing in between. OOOPS!

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    10. by Tara R.

      So excited for you!
      Tara R.´s last blog post ..Ride along

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    11. by Miss K (@katetheowl)
      Twitter: katetheowl

      You look fantastic!! Congratulations!
      Miss K (@katetheowl)´s last blog post ..Friends Are Friends Forever

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    12. Wow! It does look like 2 different people! You look amazing!
      Miss Britt´s last blog post ..Pooping Your Pants May Be The Key To Happiness

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    13. by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]
      Twitter: alotofnothing

      Not only do you look amazing and beautiful, you ARE amazing and beautiful.

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    14. by Daisy

      You look fantastic. I hope you are SO PROUD of what you have accomplished.

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      Greis Reply:

      I am so proud! And looking forward to more! Thanks!

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    15. YAY! You look so great! You were very pretty before. But I can see more confidence now.

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    16. by Miss

      Look at that badonkadonk guuuurl! You look great! So very proud of you!

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    17. by Meghan
      Twitter: MeghanGWine

      Awesome! You are amazing! xo

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    18. Holy crap! Keep on keepin’ on! You’re amazing! xoxo

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    19. by mel

      You look amazing! Awesome job, lady. You look so much happier too, which is really the best part of it!
      mel´s last blog post ..Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do

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    20. You look amazing love!!!

      (also I love your hair darker)
      domestic extraordinaire´s last blog post ..You Capture-Doorways

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      Greis Reply:

      The darker hair is my winter hair. I’m in the sun so much during the summer that it kinda just gets lighter on its own, so then I get my highlights done. LOL

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    21. by Kay Martin

      You are AWESOME.

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    22. You look amazing! Way to go – you’re doing GREAT! :D
      Chibi Jeebs´s last blog post ..I cant believe Im saying this- but 1

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    23. by mosey

      How awesome are you!!?? You look happy and healthy and gorgeous.
      mosey´s last blog post ..a bushel and a peck

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    24. Like two different people. I love the change in your face, that is where weight really changes who you see in the mirrow. You look fantastic, I am so happy for you.
      Debby Pucci´s last blog post ..POST IT NOTE TUESDAY

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    25. by Sherry Carr-Smith
      Twitter: prCarrS

      Thanks for posting both sets of pictures. The best thing about the second photo? Your smile.
      Sherry Carr-Smith´s last blog post ..The Freckle

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    26. by Nanette
      Twitter: nanette

      Gorgeous, Greis!

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    27. by Jen

      You look absolutely amazing! I’m so so proud of you, I know you’ll only continue to get better and become even more secure in that new skin. xoxo
      Jen´s last blog post ..Chase – Almost 20 Months

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    28. by Krystle
      Twitter: snarkykisses

      Absolutely amazing! Awe Inspiring Greis!! GO YOU!!!

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    29. by Issa
      Twitter: Issascrazyworld

      You look beautiful darling.
      Issa´s last blog post ..If I waited for something big to post about- I’d never post

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    30. by VDog

      You are beautiful.

      Love seeing YOU.

      (((HUGS)))

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    31. by Lynnette

      I have to agree with some of the rest, your smile in the second set of pictures is amazing. Great job! You did a brave thing posting both pictures. That alone speaks volumes of how much better you feel. Congrats!

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    32. I just wanted to say you look fantastic and you have such a beautiful face. For me, with my weight loss journey I found that the only way I could truly see the change in weight was by photos and when I felt down about my weight or progress I look back at the photos and can feel proud of where I came from.
      I have been following your blog only recently but would like to add that the decision you made truly seems to have empowered you and that it truly does seem to have been the right one for you :-)

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      Greis Reply:

      Thanks for reading. Also, yes I only really notice the difference when I see pictures. It’s pretty surreal!

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    33. by Lex
      Twitter: laprimera

      Rock it, girl! You have always been beautiful, I’m so glad you’re feeling it! xoxo

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    34. You look fantastic, Greis! I know you’ve worked hard. You should be proud of yourself! Can’t wait to see you at BlogHer!
      Headless Mom´s last blog post ..Its Delurking Day!

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    35. by Julie Morrison
      Twitter: Julie Morrison

      You look great and I hope you feel great too! Keep up your hard work!

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    36. Well, you’re gorgeous all around, but you look so much healthier. You glow. You look wonderful. It’s amazing. I can’t wait to hug your little self. XO.

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      Greis Reply:

      Thanks Stacey!!! Can’t wait to see you in August!

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    37. by Angie M.

      pretty soon you won’t be embarassed to say what your starting weight was. i remember thinking “omg, i will NEVER tell anyone how much i weighed before surgery” and now i’m not ashamed to say i started at 315…and actually my highest was 341(gulp!)

      you definitely look amazing! and i know you feel absolutely fantastic :)

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    38. by Rebecca

      Wow. You look so amazingly great and younger and your skin is just glowing! You’ve lost more than weight, you’ve gained better hair, glowing skin, and younger looks! I bet your insides are doing pretty fab too!

      Found you on The Sphors Are Multiplying.
      Rebecca´s last blog post ..A Video Just Because

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    39. by Alisha

      You look amazing! You should feel so proud…what an inspiration to all of us! Thank you for sharing, Greis!

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    40. by meener moo

      you are beautiful!

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    41. by Irrational Dad
      Twitter: joegearhart

      HOLY MACKEREL!! I just… you… err… I can’t… Wow, Greis. Seriously, what a difference. Congratulations, seriously.
      Irrational Dad´s last blog post ..Why I have 5 minutes

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      Greis Reply:

      Thanks! Also, what’s the word on baby 2.0?

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