This picture was taken early December, 2011, in California. My weight at this time was about 278.

Cadence and I, December 10, 2011.

Taken the end of June 2009, this picture was taken when I was at my heaviest weight, between 330 and 340.


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I've been a long-time member of SparkPeople, but have yet to take advantage of anything the website, or the community within it, has to offer.

I think it is safe to say that we all, at one point or another, thought that this whole weight loss journey was going to be easy, am I right? I mean, all we have to do is set up an account on some webpage, and the pounds will just magically fall off as we read about other's successes, right? I admit I'm guilty of that. But, the sad thing is, magic of that sort really doesn't exist, does it!

On September 9, 2011 I underwent weight loss surgery and received a lapband. I am incredibly excited to be starting this next phase of my life, one where my life doesn't revolve around worrying when my next meal is, and wondering if the portions will be big enough. The lapband already has given me the freedom to actually live, and enjoy, life.

My lapband has also given me the energy to begin accomplishing my dreams. You see, one day I want to attempt a summit of Mt. Everest. Now, I'm obviously starting my journey with much smaller summits, and then will work my way up to the highest mountain in the world.

Along with mountaineering, my other passion is horses. I currently own (or am owned by) two horses, Amari, an 11yo Quarter Horse, and Cadence, a four year old Percheron/TB cross. As I have been losing weight, I am finding I have a lot more balance and security when on their backs. I'm sure they are also appreciative of having less and less weight to carry around too. I am beginning to feel more confident in doing faster paced and more difficult things on the trail, and I am having tons of fun! I'm looking forward to next summer when I can finally get out there and do some competitive trail riding with my girls. =)

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1. Drink at least 60oz of water every day.

2. Play with my horses at least four nights a week.

3. Walk at least 3 miles every day.

3. Meet a buddy online, and share my goals with them.

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    Just stopping by to see how you are doing. Hope you’re enjoying being part of the team.
    Sam – Lapbanders team

    2256 days ago
    Welcome Nicole!

    I was happy to finally see someone with a horse on the Lapband team! Check out my page and you will see my babies. I no longer have them due to life circumstances, but I found them a good home where I can keep in touch. Also, check out my blog on my RV trip to New Mexico!! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your State. So much history and culture that is like no other State in the Union. Our main camp was in Albuquerque. We loved it and plan to go back again next year!

    Your weight loss so far is Awesome! And I envy you your goal to climb Mt. Everest emoticon Go Girl! I have no doubt that we will be reading all about it in a year or two! Feel free to ask questions. I have had more than my shaare and have always gotten good info and advice from this team. They are the best !

    Keep in touch! emoticon Marg
    2264 days ago
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    welcome to the lap band glad you are here......
    we are now a combined team so would strongly suggest you join both our teams "lap bander" and" lap band surgery".....................
    introduce yourself on the lap banders team........... and feel free to join in as we offer daily challenges to help you get started on your way..............
    play many games on the lap band surgery team and while there check out the library of great articles worth reading and may answer many questions you may have...........
    you will soon be are on your way to seeing the results you have longed for so long......
    wishing you well with you lifestyle changes,as we journey together.............
    we are here for you............if you need any help don't hesitate to ask..............
    looking forward to getting to know you better...............
    blessings and hugs..................lita

    2265 days ago