June 3, 2010 - I am winning this war!

May 2009 - 106 lbs later

May 2008 - I am at least 342.5 lbs.



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I have started down this path so many times before only to give up and gain even more weight.

Trying to lose weight is like trying to quit smoking. Heaven knows that took me about a bazillion times before I finally succeeded. I just never had the right motivation until the doctor told me that my smoking caused the cancer he just diagnosed. I handed him my cigarettes and lighter and never looked back. That was 1988 and I have been smoke free (and cancer free) ever since.

Once again I have the right motivation...

In March 2007 I lost my Mom to Pancreatic Cancer. It totally broke my heart and I went on the "I don't give a darn" diet. This continued until the day I realized that no matter how much fast food, pizza, and sweets I gorged myself on it would never bring her back.

Last summer I decided to eat healthy and lost a few pounds. I thought I looked great until I saw the photo from my Dad's wedding last August - I cried for an entire weekend. I was HUGE, absolutely HUGE!

On October 23, 2008 I went to my doctor, a bariatric specialist who does not promote surgery or any type of wierd injections. He is all about diet and excercise. He uses medication if he thinks you need it.

The thought of being weighed terrified me. To my delight I weighed ONLY 341.5 lbs. Why was I happy? I know I had been much heavier earlier that year because my seatbelt was so tight I could scarcely buckle it. But by October it was much easier to buckle but still snug with no "give".

On October 24, 2008 I began this latest journey and I have been able to stay on course. I had a goal to be below 300 lbs by January 1 and I met that goal in med-December. By the time I joined this site I had already lost 60 lbs.

My ultimate goal is to be below 200 lbs by my 50th birthday at the end of September.

I will make it!

Member Since: 1/12/2009

Fitness Minutes: 3,368

My Goals:
To lose weight and in the process avoid Type 2 diabetes, pancreatic cancer and any other illnesses. problems, etc that are related to being overweight

My Program:
Low calorie, low glycemic index

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    Just stopping by to say hello. I'm down 50 pounds!!!! It's about time we met for the red-shoe lunch. emoticon
    1817 days ago
    Just stopping by to say hi and leave you some (((skinny vibes))) - hope all is well with you -
    2186 days ago
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    You are doing amazing! I hope you have a spectacular award planned when you reach your half way point to you goal! You have come through so much and have not allow it to triumph over you.

    I am so sorry that is has taken me so long to acknowledge your post. The community response was overwhelming.

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    ((¸¸.•´ ..•´ -:¦:- ((¸¸.•´*I just might go insane!
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    2323 days ago
    Thank you for your comment on my blog and for your friendship! It feels good to be understood.
    2334 days ago
    Sending (((skinny vibes))) your way - Have a great Saturday!
    2334 days ago
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