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April 2011

Me @ 396lbs... urgh!

Little Miss Sunshine - My angel Katie and my inspiration.


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I have BED (Binge Eating Disorder) and became ill with CHD(Congestive Heart Disease) in October/November 2003. Until then I was a full-time carer for my only child Katie who died in 2004, aged 14, from CHF (congestive heart failure) caused by secondary pulmonary hypertention and a congenital heart defect.

My recovery was very slow and frustrating and I now have osteoarthritis in both my hips, lower back and knees which restricts my mobility, caused by a serious road accident in 1984 and years of being obese due to the BED.

My goal was to find a job working in IT, so I self-studied for and passed my CompTIA A+ exams in 2006. I then worked as an IT Volunteer at our local Hospice for just over a year and found a job as an ICT Technician in a local School... before my job was cut after 2 years due to Government austerity measures.

I had a gastric bypass in January 2009 after losing 86lbs to reach my pre-surgery target weight (BMI 50 or less). Due to health problems and depression I put 21 lbs back on while waiting but lost it again in the short run up to my surgery. During the operation my surgeon discovered that I had a very large hiatus hernia which was restricting my heart and lungs and was likely responsible for causing my otherwise unexplained CHD. I have had Bradycardia since the surgery and have also recently developed Atrial Fibrillation.

My weight plateaued after a fall injured caused my arthritis to flare up which prevented me from exercising, I became depressed and regained weight due to comfort eating. I also tripped and fractured my elbow back in July 14 2015 and now have post traumatic arthritis in that too. And then a couple of months later I got shingles... I'm beginning to think someone up there was seriously testing me!

I found a temporary job working for the NHS and passed my Level 3 AAT Diploma in Accounting in July 2016 and left the NHS in that September.

My current goal is to get my BMI below 40 so I can have a Total Hip Replacement. Beyond that any plans I have are on hold as I am undergoing counselling while in recovery from an episode of severe depression.


Updated 01/11/15

Member Since: 6/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 7,731

My Goals:
My long-term goal is to lose enough weight to have a hip replacement.

My Program:
I originally lost 188lbs between 2006 and 2010. Sadly due to further health problems and depression I put 106lbs back on. Now I need to get my BMI below 40 so I can have a Total Hip Replacement ASAP.

I struggle with exercise because of my disability but I will keep trying to build a regular routine.

Personal Information:
I live in the UK.

I trained in Martial Arts in my twenties and was a member of a Dark Age re-enactment society, riding my motorcycle to events around the UK. After a serious road accident I had to give up and have gradually developed severe osteoarthritis in my hips, lower back and knees.

My daughter died in 2004 and my sister the previous year, following a road accident. My father also died from a heart attack in 1991. My mother died shortly before Christmas 2013 leaving me as the eldest surviving member of my family.

Other Information:
I gained my BSc in 2000 and my AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting in 2016.

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  • v KATIEEMMA100
    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Stay Strong x
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    1080 days ago
  • v KATIEEMMA100
    -:.... ¦:-•: •:*'*:•-:¦:-


    Electric sparks and fire arcs
    The cliffs edge and the wind folds over, embracing us
    Sensory deprivation, amplification
    A savory night playing with light
    Sharing insights, delights

    Other days other nights

    Desert skies valley ties
    Show me your antics and tactics
    The city so pretty
    You know these things already

    Such a treasure
    We measured our pleasures
    To share with each other

    What a guy
    The passion to try
    You'll ask why


    Darling in so many words
    you're Fabulous.

    -:.... ¦:-•: •:*'*:•-:¦:-

    1089 days ago
  • v KATIEEMMA100
    People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown

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    1109 days ago
    Thanks for being so open and honest. How did the festive season go for you this year. We had three deaths in the family in 2014 and it made Christmas a bit of a challenge. Fortunately we chose to have a nice quiet one here in the UK. Fortunately the antidepressants are working well so we did manage some cheer as well as rest.
    All the very best
    1127 days ago
  • v KATIEEMMA100
    Hi, i'm starting new to lose weight. I've added you as a friend here. Look forward to chatting on the boards in disabilities team. xox

    1129 days ago
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