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Married, live in Oregon with hubby and 3 kids.

Three years ago I got gastric bypass surgery and lost 150 pounds in the first year. I have not really lost any weight at all since then but have gone down from a size 24 to a loose 18 all without losing any more pounds.
I suffer from arthritis in my spine and a few other health conditions but this Christmas I got a tread mill and my goal is to use it 3-4 days a week. I have since then and have dropped another 11 pounds.
My short term goal is that by my birthday in July I will drop below 200 pounds for the first time in my life since I was 18.
What I care about most is strengthening my body and my back to increase my quality of life. Secondly I care about being able to shop in whatever store I want to and finding my size. Right now as a size 18 I find my clothes in all sorts of places. Some stores have me upstairs in the "fat Lady" section ( I guess they put us up out of the way because they don't want us to ruin their store image for the "regular" shoppers.)
Most stores simply don't carry my size but I have to go and look around first to find out (wouldn't it be nice if they put signs outside the door that say what sizes they carry) Also, I find that many "fat lady " stores carry clothes that would look better on a clown at a circus.
I am a full time worker and am on a computer all day long. I won't be here at this site terribly often but my mother is motivated to get me here for the support I need.
Right now my goals to lose the weight I need are exercise and drinking my water.
I am exploring a few ideas that have been presented to me on changing the things I eat to help with the help issues I have as well as to increase my weight loss.

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  • v PAPELBON58
    love ur page just trying to meet new people and help them as i have been helped. i am so greatfull to spark as well as gina 4 convinceing me to come here. dont we all before we are here feel that way? were happy after we really truely know what a different place is all about. i have lost 30 lbs here in about 8 weeks or less and and met people that i will be atleast sparkfriends 4 the rest of my life. if u havent added me as a friend could u?


    2401 days ago
    Glad you are still part of the PMS team. Go SURVIVORS!!!!
    3170 days ago
  • v NETTSY1
    Your off to a great start with your weight loss. You'll find Sparks to be very informative and helpful. PMS is also a lot of fun. Logging in will become addictive - in a good way.
    3171 days ago
  • v DRAKE83
    Stopping by to say hi and nice pics!!! the PMS team is a very active team and I'm glad that AKAYCAT featured your information.

    Hope you had a great weekend
    3176 days ago
  • v WASHMOM2
    just read your page and i here what you are saying about the clothes you have beautiful kids i also have 3 kids they keep you busy that's for sure hope you are having a great weekend
    3177 days ago
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