Big Fat Queer

October 9, 2011

Before and During: Some Progress Starting to Show

In a little more than a week it will be two months since my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery. I started taking pictures for a time lapse video on August 27. I wish I had started before the surgery because by August 27 I had already lost about 30 pounds. I have lost an additional 33 pounds since then (my recent plateau has ended). To date I have lost 63 pounds since I first decided to do the surgery.

The profile pictures in the time lapse set don’t really show much noticeable difference. It is more apparent in the face forward pictures. I started noticing today, so here is before/during. It is too early to say before/after.


  1. Keep up the great work Phil! Looking good!

    Comment by Km Poole — October 9, 2011 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  2. You can definitely see progress. This time next year, that white shirt will look like a dress and those grey shorts will probably be more effective as ankle warmers since you won’t be able to keep them up around your waist anymore.

    Comment by Gary Childress — October 9, 2011 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

    • I haven’t thought far enough ahead, but at some point I have to devise a way to keep the pants up while I take the picture. I would like to keep my arms in the same position, but not sure how I will do that.

      Comment by bigfatqueer — October 10, 2011 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  3. Absolutely a difference, and I like that the label is “before and *during*.” Looking forward to the next progress photo.

    Comment by Ken G — October 9, 2011 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

    • It’s the slowest video I’ve ever made, shooting frame by frame.

      Comment by bigfatqueer — October 10, 2011 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

  4. 63 pounds so far. That’s awesome! I hope you make a one year time-lapse video of all your pictures. Keep it up! 🙂

    Comment by Jo — October 9, 2011 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

    • It might be a year, maybe less. It depends on the rate of weight loss. I am hoping for 175-200 pounds total loss. We’ll see when I get there.

      Comment by bigfatqueer — October 10, 2011 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  5. Phil, you are looking so good. I’m glad your plateau ended! Looking forward to the next photo! Take care. xoxo

    Comment by Lee Ann Batsel Steinmetz — October 9, 2011 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  6. Just compare your right hands. Amazing.


    Comment by Auntie Vera Charles — October 9, 2011 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  7. Lookin good there buddy. Gonna have to rename your blog soon!

    Comment by Jay T (@beachbumde) — October 9, 2011 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

    • I may keep it the same. No matter how small I get, I’ll always be a big fat queer.

      Comment by bigfatqueer — October 10, 2011 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  8. Keep it up Phil !! Looking great !

    Comment by Sharan Bhavnani — October 10, 2011 @ 12:53 am | Reply

  9. Great job Phil. I’m very happy for you. This is really good.
    In August I’ll hug you and be able to get my arms totally around you! 😉

    Big big kiss.

    Comment by F3lixp — October 10, 2011 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  10. Where did you get the Youtube t-shirt ? Did you make it ?

    Comment by chuck — October 24, 2011 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

    • It was given to me by a Big Joe Smith at 7/7/7, the first New York YouTube gathering. Joe worked for YouTube back when it was smaller and more personal. He brought along a XXXL size shirt just for me. I will always remember that as an example of how much YouTube used to care about the community of users. Now nobody there has a clue who I am.

      Comment by bigfatqueer — October 24, 2011 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

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