How I Lost & Kept Off 270 LBS

– Sherri Curtis, Admin Bariatric Eating Support Groups on Facebook.

Every single day, Sherri inspires other post ops to get on track, stay on plan, lose their regains and get back to goal just like she did!




I have been heavy for as long as I can remember.  I do have a picture when I was about 6, where I looked like a normal weight.  My mother was an excellent cook and I loved to eat.

When I was nineteen, I lost weight for my wedding.  I weighed 164 the day I got married.  I was still fat to “normal” standards.

I continued gaining through the years.  I tried all diets known to mankind.  I can’t even remember them all, most I tried more than once.  Some were, Weight Watchers, too many times to count, Jenny Craig, three times, NutraSystem, four times, Phentermine, two times (and I still have heart palpitations from it) a hospital supervised liquid diet and The Atkins Diet.  I lost doing every one of those, but I always gained it all back, plus some.

Fast forward to 2008, I was over 400 pounds and miserable.  I stopped weighing myself the day I weighed in at 400.

I had sleep apnea and couldn’t walk more than a few feet without running out of breath but I didn’t have any other health problems. Eventually, I started having numbness in my right foot.  My doctor prescribed some medication, but she told me I was pre diabetic.  I told her there was no way, because I was using my husband’s meter to check my blood sugar and it was always normal.

She had been trying to talk me into WLS for about three years.  I am scared to death of IV’s and refused.  The biggest reason I refused was I had seen a very close family member go through the surgery.  She lost all her weight, and then regained every pound.  I would not go through major surgery only to gain it back!

Then my left foot starting to go numb and I knew my doctor was right.  She said my A1C was too high and I was going to have to go on diabetic medicine.

I had secretly been researching WLS and really considering it. I told my doctor and she was so happy for me.  She called the surgeon she was referring me to and I had an appointment the next week.  Since she had been my doctor for a long time and knew there was a possibility I would back out!

Three weeks later, in October of 2008, I had RNY. I was a model patient and did everything my surgeon told me to do.  I was faithful in every little detail.  I lost all my weight and was maintaining at 130 pounds. I maintained and stayed within 4 pounds of my goal.  The one thing I didn’t know about was the honeymoon period.  I had maintained at 130 pounds for four years, so I had this, right?

Well the bad habits crept back in. I started drinking with meals, eating BAD carbs and then sugar. I knew how much I could eat without dumping, but still continued to maintain. Of course the amount I could eat steady grew larger.

In the middle of my fourth year, a lot of drama, heartache and change in my life, and before Christmas in a blink I was up over TWENTY pounds! I was miserable. I was up a size in clothes, no one but myself noticed, but I knew it and could feel it! I didn’t know my honeymoon period had ended because I didn’t know there was one.

Honestly, I didn’t know what to do. I thought I had stretched my pouch and that my surgery was null and void and that like my family member, I was going to regain it all.

Then, one day on FaceBook, someone ‘liked’ an article from the Bariatric Eating website. I clicked on it and started reading. The first thing Susan Maria Leach asked me was, ‘Are you drinking during and after eating? If so, STOP!’  Then she asked me about bad carbs and sugar. Get rid of it! Get it out of your house! The next question, are you taking your supplements? Of course I wasn’t.  She was adamant that I started TODAY!

I took all of her advice, ordered Inspire and Journey 3+3, and started her Back On Track Plan. I lost all my regain plus fourteen extra pounds, my labs are perfect and I have been maintaining this new weight for four years.



Susan Maria Leach, this site, group, Inspire, Journey and Believe products have been a life saver to me.  I am so honored to be an ADMIN and to pay forward what was given to me, knowledge, control, power and belief, in my tool and myself.


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24 thoughts on “How Sherri Lost & Kept Off Over 270 lbs

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m so glad I found your article. You are truly an inspiration although I’m sure you’ve heard that a thousand times over. I am 7 weeks post op and so far very happy about my decision. I’m scared to death to reach the end of the “honeymoon” period, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. My concern today is the temptations at work. I work with a group of nurses and 4 of them are morbidly obese and constantly bring in treats. Yesterday it was Timbo’s Timbits. I did manage to stay away from them, but very difficult as they are kept on the back table right outside my cubicle. I’ve heard it all, “Just don’t eat them”, bring in your own healthy snack, move them, etc. etc. etc. Right now I can’t do a lot of snacking being only 7 weeks post op. I’m addicted to sweets (that’s what got me into trouble in the first place) and I can’t move them. I did not tell anyone nor do I want to tell anyone about my surgery. It’s my personal business. So what would you suggest. Also, I’m curious as to how many calories I should be eating at 7 weeks out. I know I should be at 65+ grams of protein, but I’m curious as to how many calories I should be consuming. thanks again for your thoughts. Kathy

    • marcia Pullins says:

      I am almost 3 months post op and I know about 65 + protein but no one has ever said anything about the calories. I am struggling right now. I am currently in a wheelchair but I am doing water therapy and started walking more with my walker. I go back to my surgeon on the 9th of August. If you find out the details of the calories please let me know. Thanks Marcia

    • Sherri says:

      Hi Kathy, I’m so sorry I didn’t see the response. Try writing yourself a letter. Be very honest with why you had the surgery and what you hope to accomplish. My surgeon required me to write one and I still read it. Everything I listed that I wanted to accomplish I have!

    • Sherri says:

      Hi Kathy, I’m so sorry I didn’t see the response. Try writing yourself a letter. Be very honest with why you had the surgery and what you hope to accomplish. My surgeon required me to write one and I still read it. Everything I listed that I wanted to accomplish I have!

  2. Donna says:

    Wondering eat kind of vitamins you would recommend for me. I am six years out with RNY with loss of 191 pounds. I use the baripack vitamins and iron supplements from my surgeon. Thank you.

  3. Barbara says:

    I, too, had the RNY surgery. Lost 250 pounds and have regained 76 pounds. I would like to join the FaceBook group but does this mean that everything will be out there for all to see?

  4. Deborah Pittman says:

    Im truly inspired (pun not intended) by your experience. I am recovering from gallbladder surgery (8 years post surgery and 40 lbs up) and will restart with dinner tonight!
    Thanks for sharing

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Deborah, I am 2 1/2 years out and regained 10 pounds does not sound like alot but you also have been there. I am new to this sight trying to get back on track myself .I am hoping with this web sight I can get back on track Vicki

    • Susan Maria Leach says:

      Carolyn, that is GREAT… if you didn’t start Back on Track you might have gained. Keep focused and follow the plan. We didnt gain our weight in three weeks… and it takes longer to lose it. – SML

      • Pat Miller says:

        I am going to get back on track in the morning… I think 7 lbs in 3 weeks is great. my dr wanted 8 in four weeks… so Hey Go girl… I just found this site and am so EXCITED. I see so many things I am doing wrong just from reading everyones posts… thanks fellow trackers.

  5. Jane Smith says:

    Sherri, you look healthy and happy! My question is kind of personal, I notice you had a lot of fat under your chin (before) and now you don’t have excess hanging skin. Did you have surgery and if so what kind (name)? I have been through this surgery in 2005 and my neck is just like a turkey and I dislike it. Thanks for any information. Jane

    • Sherri says:

      Hi Jane, I have not had any surgery on my neck. I have found an awesome neck cream. It’s Estee Lauder New Dimension Tighten and Tone neck cram. I had a horrible neck and noticed a difference in six weeks. 🙂

  6. Brenda Hedden says:

    Your recipes sound fantastic and oh so yummy, but they do not list serving size or Protein grams or nutrition value. This information would be a big help.

  7. casmith says:

    You are most inspiring. Thank you for your story and all the stories I am reading. I am about 10 years post op. I lost about 125 lbs and have gained about 60 back. Most recently I have had a year of severe anemia due to not taking vitamins (hate taking pills). The result has been very bad. Iron infusions weekly for 4 months to get my iron from almost needing a transfusion to acceptable. I honestly felt like death walking. Then my teeth fell apart. During the last year I have had 2 crowns, teeth fall apart, 2 pulled, 1 implant and all kinds of fillings due to malnutrition. I just went through pneumonia last week. So I truly believe that all this was years of not taking sufficient vitamins. Here is a person that has never been sick, no health issues other than obesity, and now all these issues. So I just re-ordered some bariatric vitamins which are great! I also ordered quite a few of other products as well. I am here to say to anyone and everyone this. Not taking your vitamins can take a very healthy person down. Don’t even think about not taking all your vitamins because it will catch up with you.

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