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Hiya! My name is Nycole and I'm not new to SparkPeople, I've been using the nutrition and weight trackers off and on since late 2008, but I've just gotten involved with the message boards and blogs over the last few weeks, (March, 2011) mostly because I can sense that my friends and family are getting a bit bored with hearing about my latest low cal tasty treat, or how many minutes I walked today and so on. That's not to say that they are not supportive, because they are some of the most supportive people a gal could ask for, I just think I should babble about the little stuff here instead of to them.

My story so far...

March of 2010 I weighed 450 pounds and was in the intensive care ward of my local hospital with pneumonia in both lungs. I was not expected to live because the fat pressing down on my lungs was making it difficult for me to breathe. I just kept saying "but, I don't feel sick...", and that seemed to get me through, because a week later I was home. But between that and 23 years of smoking (I quit 3 years ago as of June 2011), my lungs were too weak to keep enough oxygen in my blood, and I ended up on an oxygen tank 24/7. I had also developed sleep apnea, and my pulmonologist laid it on the line with me. He said that if I kept going the way I was, I wasn't going to make it to 50 (I'll be 43 in March). That scared me enough that I finally decided to make enough of a change for it to matter. I started out just cutting calories (1500-1800), and trying to walk when I could, which was not easy or much, being on oxygen. Somewhere around December 2010 I had lost enough weight (60 pounds) that I was able to stop using the oxygen, and then I started really trying to exercise. When I first started, a 2 minute walk to the dumpster and back was a big deal, but I made consistent progress and got up to 30 minutes a day in 5-10 minute segments. I had lost 110 pounds by April 2011.

Then I got sick again.

I was ill for most of the rest of the year, and managed to gain back 50 of the pounds that I had lost, but I'm doing well again and I'm back on my diet and working out at a gym now. I've lost 10 of the pounds I gained back and am back on track.

I also have type 2 insulin dependent diabetes, which was caused by taking a medication for 5 years that causes extreme weight gain and diabetes. I've been off of that medication and ones like it (something new came on the market this year) since the 2nd of December of 2011. As I write this, it is 8 days later and my insulin dosage has gone from a total (long and short acting) of 300 units a day, to a total of 75 units a day, and I suspect it is going to continue to drop for a while. My diabetes is being reversed, and I'm hoping to be able to control it with diet and exercise within a month or two.

The message boards have been great for helping me get support when I inevitably get off track and when I have those times when the scale just doesn't seem to be moving for me. Or when I just want to talk to people who *don't* think that 4 pounds is no big deal!

Update-8/10/12...Well, the new medication didn't work out and eventually made me just as sick as the other ones and I gained a bunch more weight and my blood sugar got messed up again. I have finally given up on all of the "new fangeled" medicines and have gone to one from the 1970's (CHEAP!) that works extremely well and has allowed me to start losing the excess weight that I gained back (25 pounds since 4/12). This one I've been on for several months and shouldn't have any nasty surprises in store for me. I'm now getting ready to have WLS, I have my first meeting with the surgeon on Monday. I've been considering it for several years and even got halfway through the program a couple of years ago before chickening out. I think it is a good fit for me now, as I am not as afraid of it as I was and I have come a long way towards curbing boredom and emotional eating. And I have around 200 pounds to lose, depending on what goal you use.

Member Since: 12/30/2008

Fitness Minutes: 5,669

My Goals:
Weight loss goal-Go from
450 to 150 in as long as it takes.

My Program:
Eat from 1500-1800 calories most days, with the occasional "free" day.

Continue to change my natural eating habits and tastes so that even "free" days aren't that bad, because, really, donuts just don't taste good anymore.

Try to get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 6 days a week.

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I live in Livermore, CA with my wonderful hubby and my cat, Mikey, who is completely spoiled, as all cats should be, but has reasonably good manners regardless.

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