Me and My Riding Partner at the 2008 MS150 Ride from Houston to Austin


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Wow! It was 700+ days ago that I started on SparkPeople. Since then I've had a baby and subsequently weight loss surgery in November of 2006.

After my pregnancy I became a Type II Diabetic and also had extremely high cholesterol, as well as sleep apnea. I started to be come limited with my mobility and it scared the heck out of me. At the recommendation of 3 different doctors, I declined considering WLS as an option, but when I started finding studies proving that the RNY procedure eradicates Type II Diabetes, I started to listen. I lost my Grandmother to Diabetes, I was not going to let my Daughter lose me any sooner than necessary.

I've always had a challenge with my weight, but in spite of my weight I've always been extremely athletic. at 250+ I was training for a triathlon. At 300 lbs. I was taking tap dance and step aerobics. I realize this isn't the norm, but to me being able to do those things at that weight almost seemed to make me feel normal.

Now, having lost over 100+ lbs. overall, I can't even begin to explain how good it REALLY feels to live life.

Member Since: 12/9/2005

Fitness Minutes: 7,667

My Goals:
Hips under 50" - DONE!
Waist under 40" - DONE!
Scale under 200
Complete 2008 MS150

My Program:
I train with a trainer and lift weights 3 times a week. I supplement with high-intensity intervals for 30 minutes 4 to 5 days a week -- frequency depends on bicycling weather. :)

Personal Information:
Born in NY, raised in NJ, I now reside in Houston's Bay Area. My name is Donna. I'm married to Darren, my biggest supporter. Our Daughter Cassie is what inspires us as a family to become and stay healthy!

Other Information:
I love to cook and try new things. I love to challenge my self with organized events like the Komen Race for the Cure and Ride for the Roses. I love to ride my road bike.

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    LOOK AT YOU!!! WOW!! SO happy to see you on here as well as DM!!!

    You have done SUCH a wonderful job! Thanks for motivating me today!!
    2108 days ago
    Donna, you are such an inspiration to me and many more. You are doing such a great job!

    Thank you so much for the beautiful tiarra!! That is the one thing that I've always wanted, but have never received. emoticon
    3105 days ago
  • v SWEETINDY500
    Welcome to Gastric Bypass! You’ll find plenty of support and encouragement here. No question is too stupid to ask, so post away and we’ll all put in our two cents worth. Utilize all the tools SP has to offer. I find tracking my food and exercise most helpful. Good luck on your weight loss journey!


    3112 days ago