My name is Risa. I'm 24 years old and live in Boca Raton, Florida. I have battled with my weight since I was about 6 years old, and for the last couple years, I was finally winning the fight. But I slipped, gaining back more than I'd prefer from my lowest weight in ages. Now I'm buckling down again to shed the weight so I can look on the outside the way I feel on the inside. But the road isn't always straight and smooth. For more information on my life-long weight loss journey, please view my first post here. This blog exists for me, to keep me on track and motivated. If you don't like personal posts or personal opinions, you took the wrong fork at Albuquerque!

**Please note that I am not a nutritionist, personal trainer, doctor, or in any way professionally trained in matters of health. Any advice I provide is based on my own thorough research and experiences. Please consult your physician or other health advisor for your personal needs.**

Watch my video about excess skin and, if you'd like, donate to my skin removal surgery fund by clicking the button below. Please and thank you for your support. <3

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April 12th
10:22 PM

In today’s video, I talk about what excess skin is like, and I show the excess skin on my body 3 years after gastric bypass RNY surgery. Excess skin like this usually only happens after rapid massive weight loss, so don’t panic that you’ll get this after dropping 20lbs.

This video is not meant to debate the merits of gastric bypass. It’s not meant to be a plea for cash or pity. It is simply to show what I live with everyday. I get a lot of questions about it. A lot of staring and looks of disgust, too. But this is my body. And until I can save up ~$30,000 for the series of reconstructive surgeries this requires (very difficult while unemployed and paying off student loans), this is the body I have to live with. Insurance will not cover this for 99.9% of patients.

If you have any further questions, my ask box is open. (Sorry this video is so rushed. Tumblr has a 5 minute time limit, and I’m not putting this on another site.)

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