“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

Actually this is a tale of two step brothers.

I was at a party yesterday, a friend’s birthday party.  Over the years I had met many of her family and friends but only saw them every now and then.  One gentleman re-introduced himself to me, we’ll call him Brian.  About 6’3″ and skinny.  The last time I saw him was maybe 30 years ago.  At that time he was easily 450 pounds.  Huge guy.  The personality was there – the face shone through the fog of memory.

We went off to the side to catch up.  He had gastric bypass surgery and lost close to 250 pounds.  He followed that with all the secondary surgery to remove the massive amounts of excess skin.  His exercise is Aikido.  My only observation – he could use some actual muscle development – each to his own.

I complimented him on his weight loss and his ability to maintain the loss.  I was about to tell him about another guy I knew who had done the same but has gained back a huge amount of weight, when he told me about his step brother John.  Yep – same guy. I’ve known John for the last 12 or so years.

They had been friends over the years and became step brothers as adults when one’s father married the other’s mother.

Apparently John had the surgery first and Brian was so impressed that he followed suit.

The difference – Brian followed the doctor’s advice to the letter.  He never varied and worked hard at maintaining his weight loss.  He holds his weight at the 195 mark.

John on the other hand, has gained back 150 or more pounds and looks terrible – his body is misshapen.  Had surgery to remove the excess skin and with it layers of fat. Additional liposuction was accomplished to smooth everything out.  Once those fat cells are gone, they don’t come back.  The end result – as you gain weight, your abdominal area appears flat while your belly above the belt bulges in an unnatural manner.

Had another friend who had liposuction and then started to gain weight – looked ridiculous – finally he reversed course and lost the belly.

John has not been able to reverse course.  I believe he is still gaining.  Brian is holding his own and proud of himself.

A tale of two brothers – it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.